10 episodes

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.

Aniki.fm Ben & Jon

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    • 4.8, 13 Ratings

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.

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

    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.















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    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















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    • 46 min
    109: Ayn Rand So Far Away (HameFura)

    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.















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    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-















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    • 39 min
    SP: Summer 2020 Anime Season Preview

    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!















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    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: 朱シオ













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

    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.















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    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 Now

    Ben’s Waifu List

    Yuri’s Wiki Page





    Next Time







    My Next Life as A Villainess: All Routes Lead to DOOM!















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    • 44 min
    107: Batting Over .9000 (Cross Game)

    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.















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    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







    Tower of God















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    • 47 min
    106: Rock Solid (Houseki no Kuni)

    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?















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    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)





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    Previous short review

    Mohs hardness scale 

    Phosphophyllite 

    Mercury vs Aluminum 

    Suisei no Gargantia

    Shinsekai Yori

    Bort 

    Antarcticite 







    Next Time







    Cross Game















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    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
13 Ratings

13 Ratings

Nicolechs23 ,

Awesome podcast for anime!

This is probably the best Anime podcast out there right now. Jon and Ben are both witty and make the show super entertaining to listen to. I can't wait for more episodes!

Blind_Monkey ,

On the Pulse of the Medium

These guys have a lot of genuine enthusiasm for the weeaboo arts, paired with a sense of levity, which are the first two things I look for in a hobbyist podcast. They have a nice back and forth, which makes it a great choice for an isolated commute or cubicle sesh. Great stuff.

Ericshijie ,

Interesting

Cross into this podcast and it’s really interesting. I’m digging it.

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