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The podcast about anime with two brothers

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110: All You Need Is Simp (Re:Zero)

The Aniki brothers witness the extremely popular time loop isekai Re:Zero -Starting Life In Another World– over and over and over again. Whisked away from earth, the protagonist Subaru is tossed into an unfamiliar world where he has to navigate magic, girls, and politics, usually to his own demise. Having the power to reset time upon death isn’t all its cracked up to be. But despite its popularity, does it live up to scrutiny? Is Subaru the hero we need or deserve? Is Rem or Emilia best girl? Find out what these old otaku think! Also featuring: Deca-Dence. Haven’t seen this show? Go watch Re:Zero – Starting Life In Another World – Watch before you listen! Show Notes General0:15Anime Review6:12 General Hyouka AnimEVO Deca-Dence Re:Zero -Starting Life In Another World- Watch Now All You Need Is Kill Happy Death Day Myth & Roid Next Time Aggretsuko Not sure what anime to watch on Netflix? Check out our Netflix Recommendations. First time listening? Subscribe and leave a review on your favorite platform: iTunes|Google Podcasts|Spotify|RSS |YouTube|iHeart Radio Follow us on social media: Aniki.fm|Facebook|Twitter

46 MIN1 w ago
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110: All You Need Is Simp (Re:Zero)

109: Ayn Rand So Far Away (HameFura)

The brothers ask the age old question, “can being an objectivist libertarian turn a dating villainess into a heroine?”, with My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! (HameFura). Catarina, a haughty noble child one day bumps her head and realizes that she is, in fact, a reborn fujoshi from Japan who was obsessed with otome games. Now she finds herself as the villainess of her favorite game “Fortune Lover” and must act quickly before she is either killed in a duel or exiled for life. Can she avoid the death flags and accidentally acquire a harem for herself? Also featuring: Tower of God and Tsukuyomi: Moon Phase. Haven’t seen this show? Go watch HameFura! Watch before you listen! Show Notes General0:15Anime Review5:39 General Tower of God manwa Tsukuyomi: Moon Phase Midnight Diner My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! (HameFura) Watch Now Otome Games Life Size Rem Statue Next Time Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- Not sure what anime to watch...

38 MIN3 w ago
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109: Ayn Rand So Far Away (HameFura)

SP: Summer 2020 Anime Season Preview

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! Running down the Anichart.net listings from least to most popular, they help you sort what shouldn’t be missed, what might be ok, and what you should probably avoid. What shows are you most excited for? Let us know on Twitter and Facebook! Like Aniki? Please leave us areview on iTunesso more people can be exposed to our insanity. Show Notes Summer 2020 Rundown00:15 Summer 2020 Anime Season Preview Follow along at Anichart.net Note: Order determined as of recording on 6/30/2020 Date Me Dammit (Jon’s Wife’s Podcast) Eromanga-sensei is a Masterpiece Aniki’s Picks Our picks for consideration for this anime season. Click the links to go to where you can watch or get more info. Ninja Collection No Guns Life 2 Deca-Dense Fire Force 2 My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU Climax Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- Season 2 Cover Art: ...

36 MINJUL 6
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SP: Summer 2020 Anime Season Preview

108: Turtles All The Way Up (Tower of God)

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. Originally published on Webtoons, Tower of God is a rarity in that it is an anime based on non-Japanese published source material. Following the Twenty-Fifth Baam, or Yoru, the show follows his journey through the eponymous tower to reunite with his friend Rachel. Said to grant any wish to those that reach its top, the tower poses a mighty and deadly gauntlet for each of its floors. While a shounen at heart, this is a unique spin on the genre with amazing animation and fantastic music. Also featuring: mahjong rants and some other manga reviews. Haven’t seen this show? Go watch Tower of God! Watch before you listen! Show Notes General00:15Anime Review7:55 General Switch Mahjong Mahjong Soul Midnight Diner Kaguya-sama Season 2 These Two Will Be Married In 100 Days The Monster Duchess and the Contract Princess Tower of God Watch Now Read N...

44 MINJUN 29
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108: Turtles All The Way Up (Tower of God)

107: Batting Over .9000 (Cross Game)

Jonesing for some baseball in this era of social distancing? The Aniki brothers reconnect with their love of the game with Cross Game. A delightful character driven show, this Cross Game centers on how baseball and the love of family and friends bring people together. Focusing on Ko, an up and coming pitcher and his childhood friend, Aoba, who teaches him all he knows, follow their journey in reconciling the past, discovering what they have in each other, and making their way towards the Koshien, the Japanese high-school baseball equivalent of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. Also featuring: Gurren Lagann, Panty and Stocking with Garter Belt, and Soredemo Ayumu wa Yosetekuru. Haven’t seen this show? Go watch Hoseki no Kuni! Watch before you listen! Show Notes General00:15Anime Review5:41 General Gurren Lagann Panty and Stocking with Garter Belt Soredemo Ayumu wa Yosetekuru (Even So, Ayumu Approaches the Checkmate) Cross Game Read Now Mitsuru Adachi (Mangaka)Touch Next Time To...

47 MINJUN 15
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107: Batting Over .9000 (Cross Game)

106: Rock Solid (Houseki no Kuni)

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. In a world where minerals are human-like, Phos and other gem-people must protect the remainder of their kind of the relentless assault of the mooninites. A unique show that strips characters of their sex, passes Lovecraftian horror off as bright fantasy, and makes us rethink our position on using computer graphics for anime production. Also featuring: Happiness, Tomochan is a Girl, Tonikaku Cawaii, and So I’m a Spider, So What? Haven’t seen this show? Go watch Hoseki no Kuni! Watch before you listen! Show Notes General00:15Anime Review8:22 General Magic Online Happiness Tomo-chan is a girl! Tonikaku Cawaii So I’m a Spider, So What? Houseki no Kuni (Land of the Lustrous) Watch Now Previous short review Mohs hardness scale Phosphophyllite Mercury vs Aluminum Suisei no Gargantia Shinsekai Yori Bort Antarcticite Next Time Cross Game Not sure ...

44 MINJUN 1
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106: Rock Solid (Houseki no Kuni)

105: F1ghter Boi (Hi Score Girl)

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?” The short answer is yes, at least for our boy Haruo. An avid early-90’s king of his video-game domain, his reign is threatened by the school princess Ono. Growing from rivalry to love, their relationship is built on the solid foundation of joysticks, coins, and the joy of defeating all opponents. However, when a new player, Hidaka, arrives to the game of love, who will become champion of Haruo’s heart? One of the best romance shows we’ve watched in a long time, this is a must watch. Also featuring: Tsukuyomi and Pop Team Epic. Haven’t seen this show? Go watch Hi Score Girl! Watch before you listen! Show Notes General00:15Anime Review10:07 General 1 UP Girl Tsukuyomi: Moon Phase Pop Team Epic Hi Score Girl Watch Now Cross Game Hi Score Girl DASH Next Time Houseki no Kuni: Land of the Lustrous Not sure what anime to watch on Netfl...

41 MINMAY 18
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105: F1ghter Boi (Hi Score Girl)

104: Poker? I Hardly Know Her! (Kakegurui)

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. Set in a high-school where your success and even life are tied to your gambling skills, the seemingly mild-mannered transfer student Yumeko Jabami upturns the social order with her insatiable desire for the ultimate gamble. While absolutely bananas, this show offers interesting games, crazy drama, and something of a mashup of Bollywood and Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure. Also featuring: How Clumsy Are You Miss-Ueno, Houseki no Kuni, Toilet-Bound Hanako-san, and Katanagatari. Haven’t seen this show? Go watch Kakegurui! Watch before you listen! Like Aniki? Please leave us areview on iTunes so more people can be exposed to our nonsense. Show Notes General00:15Anime Review11:03 General Final Fantasy 7 Remake What We Do In The Shadows How Clumsy Are You Miss-Ueno Houseki no Kuni Nichibros Toilet-Bound Hanako-san Katanagatri Kakegurui Watch ...

49 MINMAY 4
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104: Poker? I Hardly Know Her! (Kakegurui)

103: Ub Eiwerk (Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!)

The brothers check out a love letter to the dream and drive of the anime creation process with Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken! With more goblins than a first level Dungeons and Dragons adventure module, Eizouken follows three first year high school girls as they pool their distinct skill sets to live out their dream of creating animation. With its colorful and immersive look at the creative process from vision to production, this anime is probably one of the best offerings of 2020. Also featuring: Final Fantasy 7 Remake, Machikado Mazoku, Re:Zero, and A Certain Scientific Railgun. Haven’t seen this show? Go watch Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken! Watch before you listen! Like Aniki? Please leave us areview on iTunes so more people can be exposed to our nonsense. Show Notes General00:15Anime Review13:57 General Final Fantasy 7 Remake Carole & Tuesday Machikado Mazoku Re:Zero A Certain Scientific Railgun r/onetruebiribiri Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken Watch Now Misaaki Yuusa Shirobako Nozak...

39 MINAPR 20
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103: Ub Eiwerk (Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!)

102: Willy Wonka Deserves to Die (Castlevania 3)

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. Set shortly after the events of the last season, the third installment follows four distinct plot threads focusing on two protagonist and two antagonist groups as they make their way in the land of Wallachia following the defeat of Dracula and his army. The brother’s first encounter with Castlevania was disappointing. Can Castlevania 3 regain their faith in the series? Also featuring: Rising of the Shield Hero, Listeners, and Tower of God. Haven’t seen this show? Go watch Castlevania season 3! Watch before you listen! Like Aniki? Please leave us areview on iTunes so more people can be exposed to our nonsense. Show Notes General00:15Anime Review07:29 General Doom 2016 Rising of the Shield Hero A Certain Scientific Railgun Listeners Tower of God Castlevania 3 Watch Now Listen to our review of the first 2 seasons Mark Rosewater Linds...

60 MINAPR 6
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102: Willy Wonka Deserves to Die (Castlevania 3)
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Latest Episodes

110: All You Need Is Simp (Re:Zero)

The Aniki brothers witness the extremely popular time loop isekai Re:Zero -Starting Life In Another World– over and over and over again. Whisked away from earth, the protagonist Subaru is tossed into an unfamiliar world where he has to navigate magic, girls, and politics, usually to his own demise. Having the power to reset time upon death isn’t all its cracked up to be. But despite its popularity, does it live up to scrutiny? Is Subaru the hero we need or deserve? Is Rem or Emilia best girl? Find out what these old otaku think! Also featuring: Deca-Dence. Haven’t seen this show? Go watch Re:Zero – Starting Life In Another World – Watch before you listen! Show Notes General0:15Anime Review6:12 General Hyouka AnimEVO Deca-Dence Re:Zero -Starting Life In Another World- Watch Now All You Need Is Kill Happy Death Day Myth & Roid Next Time Aggretsuko Not sure what anime to watch on Netflix? Check out our Netflix Recommendations. First time listening? Subscribe and leave a review on your favorite platform: iTunes|Google Podcasts|Spotify|RSS |YouTube|iHeart Radio Follow us on social media: Aniki.fm|Facebook|Twitter

46 MIN1 w ago
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110: All You Need Is Simp (Re:Zero)

109: Ayn Rand So Far Away (HameFura)

The brothers ask the age old question, “can being an objectivist libertarian turn a dating villainess into a heroine?”, with My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! (HameFura). Catarina, a haughty noble child one day bumps her head and realizes that she is, in fact, a reborn fujoshi from Japan who was obsessed with otome games. Now she finds herself as the villainess of her favorite game “Fortune Lover” and must act quickly before she is either killed in a duel or exiled for life. Can she avoid the death flags and accidentally acquire a harem for herself? Also featuring: Tower of God and Tsukuyomi: Moon Phase. Haven’t seen this show? Go watch HameFura! Watch before you listen! Show Notes General0:15Anime Review5:39 General Tower of God manwa Tsukuyomi: Moon Phase Midnight Diner My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! (HameFura) Watch Now Otome Games Life Size Rem Statue Next Time Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- Not sure what anime to watch...

38 MIN3 w ago
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109: Ayn Rand So Far Away (HameFura)

SP: Summer 2020 Anime Season Preview

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! Running down the Anichart.net listings from least to most popular, they help you sort what shouldn’t be missed, what might be ok, and what you should probably avoid. What shows are you most excited for? Let us know on Twitter and Facebook! Like Aniki? Please leave us areview on iTunesso more people can be exposed to our insanity. Show Notes Summer 2020 Rundown00:15 Summer 2020 Anime Season Preview Follow along at Anichart.net Note: Order determined as of recording on 6/30/2020 Date Me Dammit (Jon’s Wife’s Podcast) Eromanga-sensei is a Masterpiece Aniki’s Picks Our picks for consideration for this anime season. Click the links to go to where you can watch or get more info. Ninja Collection No Guns Life 2 Deca-Dense Fire Force 2 My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU Climax Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- Season 2 Cover Art: ...

36 MINJUL 6
Comments
SP: Summer 2020 Anime Season Preview

108: Turtles All The Way Up (Tower of God)

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. Originally published on Webtoons, Tower of God is a rarity in that it is an anime based on non-Japanese published source material. Following the Twenty-Fifth Baam, or Yoru, the show follows his journey through the eponymous tower to reunite with his friend Rachel. Said to grant any wish to those that reach its top, the tower poses a mighty and deadly gauntlet for each of its floors. While a shounen at heart, this is a unique spin on the genre with amazing animation and fantastic music. Also featuring: mahjong rants and some other manga reviews. Haven’t seen this show? Go watch Tower of God! Watch before you listen! Show Notes General00:15Anime Review7:55 General Switch Mahjong Mahjong Soul Midnight Diner Kaguya-sama Season 2 These Two Will Be Married In 100 Days The Monster Duchess and the Contract Princess Tower of God Watch Now Read N...

44 MINJUN 29
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108: Turtles All The Way Up (Tower of God)

107: Batting Over .9000 (Cross Game)

Jonesing for some baseball in this era of social distancing? The Aniki brothers reconnect with their love of the game with Cross Game. A delightful character driven show, this Cross Game centers on how baseball and the love of family and friends bring people together. Focusing on Ko, an up and coming pitcher and his childhood friend, Aoba, who teaches him all he knows, follow their journey in reconciling the past, discovering what they have in each other, and making their way towards the Koshien, the Japanese high-school baseball equivalent of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. Also featuring: Gurren Lagann, Panty and Stocking with Garter Belt, and Soredemo Ayumu wa Yosetekuru. Haven’t seen this show? Go watch Hoseki no Kuni! Watch before you listen! Show Notes General00:15Anime Review5:41 General Gurren Lagann Panty and Stocking with Garter Belt Soredemo Ayumu wa Yosetekuru (Even So, Ayumu Approaches the Checkmate) Cross Game Read Now Mitsuru Adachi (Mangaka)Touch Next Time To...

47 MINJUN 15
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107: Batting Over .9000 (Cross Game)

106: Rock Solid (Houseki no Kuni)

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. In a world where minerals are human-like, Phos and other gem-people must protect the remainder of their kind of the relentless assault of the mooninites. A unique show that strips characters of their sex, passes Lovecraftian horror off as bright fantasy, and makes us rethink our position on using computer graphics for anime production. Also featuring: Happiness, Tomochan is a Girl, Tonikaku Cawaii, and So I’m a Spider, So What? Haven’t seen this show? Go watch Hoseki no Kuni! Watch before you listen! Show Notes General00:15Anime Review8:22 General Magic Online Happiness Tomo-chan is a girl! Tonikaku Cawaii So I’m a Spider, So What? Houseki no Kuni (Land of the Lustrous) Watch Now Previous short review Mohs hardness scale Phosphophyllite Mercury vs Aluminum Suisei no Gargantia Shinsekai Yori Bort Antarcticite Next Time Cross Game Not sure ...

44 MINJUN 1
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106: Rock Solid (Houseki no Kuni)

105: F1ghter Boi (Hi Score Girl)

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?” The short answer is yes, at least for our boy Haruo. An avid early-90’s king of his video-game domain, his reign is threatened by the school princess Ono. Growing from rivalry to love, their relationship is built on the solid foundation of joysticks, coins, and the joy of defeating all opponents. However, when a new player, Hidaka, arrives to the game of love, who will become champion of Haruo’s heart? One of the best romance shows we’ve watched in a long time, this is a must watch. Also featuring: Tsukuyomi and Pop Team Epic. Haven’t seen this show? Go watch Hi Score Girl! Watch before you listen! Show Notes General00:15Anime Review10:07 General 1 UP Girl Tsukuyomi: Moon Phase Pop Team Epic Hi Score Girl Watch Now Cross Game Hi Score Girl DASH Next Time Houseki no Kuni: Land of the Lustrous Not sure what anime to watch on Netfl...

41 MINMAY 18
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105: F1ghter Boi (Hi Score Girl)

104: Poker? I Hardly Know Her! (Kakegurui)

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. Set in a high-school where your success and even life are tied to your gambling skills, the seemingly mild-mannered transfer student Yumeko Jabami upturns the social order with her insatiable desire for the ultimate gamble. While absolutely bananas, this show offers interesting games, crazy drama, and something of a mashup of Bollywood and Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure. Also featuring: How Clumsy Are You Miss-Ueno, Houseki no Kuni, Toilet-Bound Hanako-san, and Katanagatari. Haven’t seen this show? Go watch Kakegurui! Watch before you listen! Like Aniki? Please leave us areview on iTunes so more people can be exposed to our nonsense. Show Notes General00:15Anime Review11:03 General Final Fantasy 7 Remake What We Do In The Shadows How Clumsy Are You Miss-Ueno Houseki no Kuni Nichibros Toilet-Bound Hanako-san Katanagatri Kakegurui Watch ...

49 MINMAY 4
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104: Poker? I Hardly Know Her! (Kakegurui)

103: Ub Eiwerk (Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!)

The brothers check out a love letter to the dream and drive of the anime creation process with Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken! With more goblins than a first level Dungeons and Dragons adventure module, Eizouken follows three first year high school girls as they pool their distinct skill sets to live out their dream of creating animation. With its colorful and immersive look at the creative process from vision to production, this anime is probably one of the best offerings of 2020. Also featuring: Final Fantasy 7 Remake, Machikado Mazoku, Re:Zero, and A Certain Scientific Railgun. Haven’t seen this show? Go watch Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken! Watch before you listen! Like Aniki? Please leave us areview on iTunes so more people can be exposed to our nonsense. Show Notes General00:15Anime Review13:57 General Final Fantasy 7 Remake Carole & Tuesday Machikado Mazoku Re:Zero A Certain Scientific Railgun r/onetruebiribiri Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken Watch Now Misaaki Yuusa Shirobako Nozak...

39 MINAPR 20
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103: Ub Eiwerk (Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!)

102: Willy Wonka Deserves to Die (Castlevania 3)

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. Set shortly after the events of the last season, the third installment follows four distinct plot threads focusing on two protagonist and two antagonist groups as they make their way in the land of Wallachia following the defeat of Dracula and his army. The brother’s first encounter with Castlevania was disappointing. Can Castlevania 3 regain their faith in the series? Also featuring: Rising of the Shield Hero, Listeners, and Tower of God. Haven’t seen this show? Go watch Castlevania season 3! Watch before you listen! Like Aniki? Please leave us areview on iTunes so more people can be exposed to our nonsense. Show Notes General00:15Anime Review07:29 General Doom 2016 Rising of the Shield Hero A Certain Scientific Railgun Listeners Tower of God Castlevania 3 Watch Now Listen to our review of the first 2 seasons Mark Rosewater Linds...

60 MINAPR 6
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102: Willy Wonka Deserves to Die (Castlevania 3)
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