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Aniki

Brothers Ben and Jon review and decompose anime series with focus on story, characters, and cultural relevance. Every other monday brings you a new series breakdown and before every season they deliver a preview of hottakes. Join them in their discussion of a media form that is unique in the world.

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November 16, 2020 50 min

It's shonen time! The brothers jump aboard the hype-train for the visually stunning Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba.

Read this post in its entirety at 116: Oni-chan (Demon Slayer)

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It's the economy stupid! Ben and Jon investigate the #3 waifu, Holo, trying to understand her ties to currency schemes in Spice and Wolf.

Read this post in its entirety at 115: Furex Trading (Spice and Wolf)

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September 28, 2020 66 min

The leaves are turning and so is the anime season. Aniki is here to help sort wheat from chaff with their fall 2020 anime season preview!

Read this post in its entirety at SP: Fall 2020 Anime Season Preview

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The brothers learn that a modern family can be just a woman, a dragon, and a loli dragon in Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid.

Read this post in its entirety at 114: World Class (Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid)

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September 7, 2020 34 min

The brothers decide that humanity was a mistake, to play video games all day, and listen to other life lessons from Gabriel DropOut.

Read this post in its entirety at 113: Hang Loose-ifer (Gabriel DropOut)

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The brothers’ lives get hectic so they take a quick romp to see some of Japan’s mountains with the Yuru Camp spin off Room Camp. Following Nadeshiko and friends as they go on a stamp rally across Yamanashi Prefecture, this series of short episodes is an adorable reason for the Aniki bros to talk about […]

Read this post in its entirety at 112: Heya the Girls are Back (Room Camp)

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August 10, 2020 34 min

What if The Office was set in Japan, was cast with cute animals, and the heroine was deep into death metal? Aniki finds out with Aggretsuko.

Read this post in its entirety at 111: Boss Hog (Aggretsuko)

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July 27, 2020 46 min

The Aniki brothers witness the extremely popular time loop isekai Re:Zero - Starting Life In Another World over and over and over again.

Read this post in its entirety at 110: All You Need Is Simp (Re:Zero)

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July 13, 2020 39 min

The brothers ask the age old question, "can being an objectivist libertarian turn a dating villainess into a heroine?", with HameFura.

Read this post in its entirety at 109: Ayn Rand So Far Away (HameFura)

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Too hot or virusy to be outside this summer? Unsure what trash anime to watch? The Aniki brothers have your back with their summer 2020 anime season preview

Read this post in its entirety at SP: Summer 2020 Anime Season Preview

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The manga revolution may be in for a revolution as the Aniki brothers climb a deadly gauntlet with the adaptation of the Korean manwa Tower of God.

Read this post in its entirety at 108: Turtles All The Way Up (Tower of God)

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June 15, 2020 47 min

Jonesing for some baseball in this era of social distancing? The Aniki brothers reconnect with their love of the game with Cross Game.

Read this post in its entirety at 107: Batting Over .9000 (Cross Game)

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June 1, 2020 44 min

Who said CG anime was terrible? Well, we did, but Houseki no Kuni is a strong case that CG can be used to build a compelling and engaging show.

Read this post in its entirety at 106: Rock Solid (Houseki no Kuni)

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May 18, 2020 41 min

The Aniki brothers go head to head with Hi Score Girl, the show that asks "Can being a Street Fighter arcade rat get you a high school love triangle?"

Read this post in its entirety at 105: F1ghter Boi (Hi Score Girl)

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Determined to bet their own destruction, the brothers take a chance on the gambling anime that is a mashup of Poker Stars, Bollywood and Jojo: Kakegurui.

Read this post in its entirety at 104: Poker? I Hardly Know Her! (Kakegurui)

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The brothers check out a love letter to the dream and drive of the anime creation process with Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!

Read this post in its entirety at 103: Ub Eiwerk (Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!)

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After reviewing the first two seasons of Netflix's original series Castlevania, the Aniki brothers try out the latest season to see how it measures up.

Read this post in its entirety at 102: Willy Wonka Deserves to Die (Castlevania 3)

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March 30, 2020 54 min

Quarantined? Need help finding what to watch after searching Netflix for the last hour? Aniki is here with their hot takes on the spring 2020 anime season.

Read this post in its entirety at SP: Spring 2020 Anime Season Preview

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Due to plague, the brothers are stuck inside with nothing to do. Good thing this week After School Dice Club offers a solution with board games!

Read this post in its entirety at 101: Quarenteens (After School Dice Club)

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February 17, 2020 49 min

did it internet! Aniki has reached 100 episodes! And to celebrate our age, the brothers watch the (arguably) progenitor of all anime: Slayers.

Read this post in its entirety at 100: Hyaku & Slashu (Slayers)

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