Ben is a podcaster, writer, photographer, programmer, and mahjong player living in Indiana. He has been hosting and producing the Aniki podcast for over two years.

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98: So Thrawn It’s Reich (Youjo Senki Movie)
The brothers get into the swing of 2020 with the action packed movie continuation of Youjo Senki: The Saga of Tanya the Evil. The saga continues in this alternate-history mashup of the two world wars and specifically the siege of lenningrad. However, Tanya meets her match in the equally blessed/cursed American soldier Mary Sioux[sic]. When the Russian Federation throws divisions of soldiers at Tanya’s small band of men and an overpowered renegade out for revenge catches up to her, can Tanya miracle her way out of this one? Also featuring: Keep Your Hands Off the Eizouken, Carole and Tuesday, Asteroid in Love, Toilet-bound Hanako-kun, and Star Wars Rebels. Haven’t seen this show? Go watch the Youjo Senki Movie! Watch before you listen! Like Aniki? Please leave us a review on iTunes so more people can be exposed to our nonsense. Show Notes General00:15Youjo Senki: The Movie12:55 General Keep Your Hands Off the Eizouken Carole and Tuesday Asteroid in Love Toilet-bound Hanako-kun Toilet-bound Hanako-kun art Star Wars Rebels Lucas’ Vision for Star Wars   Youjo Senki Movie Watch Now Aniki’s Review of Youjo Senki Siege of Lenningrad The creepy KGB guy (Lavrentiy Beria) Next Time No Guns Life The post 98: So Thrawn It’s Reich (Youjo Senki Movie) appeared first on Aniki.fm.
SP: Winter 2020 Anime Season Preview
New decade, new year, and new season Japanese animation! The brothers dish out their hot-takes on the upcoming winter 2020 season of anime. 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 a review on iTunes so more people can be exposed to our insanity. Show Notes Winter 2020 Rundown00:15 Winter 2020 Rundown Follow along at Anichart.net Note: Order determined as of recording on 1/3/2020 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. Breakers22/7Smile Down the RunwayKeep Your Hands Off Eizouken!Asteroid in LoveID: INVADEDToilet-bound Hanako-kunIn/SpectrePetMagia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side StoryA Certain Scientific Railgun T Episode art credit: Stu_dts The post SP: Winter 2020 Anime Season Preview appeared first on Aniki.fm.
97: The Girl Who Yeeted (Leapt) Through Time
Ben and Jon take a romantic trip at high speed down in a hill trying to relive the best days of their lives in The Girl Who Leapt Through Time. This quaint time-travel anime from 2006 follows Makoto as her sudden acquisition of time travel powers tempts her to better her own life and those of her friends. The results of her leaps are a mixed bag, but lead her to a better sense of self. If you liked Tatami Galaxy or want a light, award-winning movie to watch, this is a film for you. Also featuring: La Morte d’Arthur and The Once and Future King. Haven’t seen this show? Go watch The Girl Who Leapt Through Time! Watch before you listen! Like Aniki? Please leave us a review on iTunes so more people can be exposed to our nonsense. Show Notes General00:15The Girl Who Leapt Through Time5:46 General Once and Future King La Morte d’Arthur The Girl Who Leapt Through Time Watch Now Yasutaka Tsutsui (author) Questing Beast   Questing “Beast” Our episode on Night is Short, Walk on Girl Our episode on Tatami Galaxy Next Time ??? The post 97: The Girl Who Yeeted (Leapt) Through Time appeared first on Aniki.fm.
96: Chugging Forward (Night is Short, Walk on Girl)
The brothers contemplate the finer points of imbibing, romance, and hedonism in their #bestlife while watching the fantastic Night is Short, Walk on Girl. The spiritual successor to the Tatami Galaxy, Night is Short follows a young girl and young man during one wild and crazy night in Kyoto. Hers is a journey of flitting through life, sampling the delights that youth has to offer. His is a struggle to find his courage and discover what true romance entails. Around them are the myriad of other tails that mirror their own and cause their tracks to cross. If you have an hour and a half, this is one of the finer examinations of life and drink you’ll ever watch. Also Featuring: The Mandalorian, Dracula, Dark Maidens, and the Once and Future King. Haven’t seen this show? Go watch Night is Short, Walk on Girl! Watch before you listen! Like Aniki? Please leave us a review on iTunes so more people can be exposed to our nonsense. Show Notes General00:15Night is Short, Walk on Girl11:40 General Pokemon Sword & Shield The Mandalorian Dracula Audio Book Dark Maidens Once and Future King Night is Short, Walk on Girl Watch Now The Tatami Galaxy GK Chesterton’s Heretics Yonkoma Next Time The Girl Who Lept Through Time The post 96: Chugging Forward (Night is Short, Walk on Girl) appeared first on Aniki.fm.
95: Beating a Dead Senpai (Bokusatsu Tenshi Dokuro-chan)
Ben and Jon start questioning if their guardian angels wield nail-bats and have a pension for murder while watching Beat-to-Death Angel Dokuro-chan. In this classic sendup of magical girls, romcoms, and slice of life, mild-mannered Sakura-kun pines after his childhood crush despite living with an actual angel. Dokuro may seem innocent, but she also commands the holy, spiked baseball bat Excaliborg, which he uses to constantly kill and resurrect our boy when he annoys her. A memorable, yet disgusting, hilarious, yet garbage show from 2005, this is a nexus of all things anime that everyone should probably (not) see. Also featuring: Pokemon, the Konosuba movie, Kaiba, and Crest of the Stars. Haven’t seen this show? Go watch Bokusatsu Tenshi Dokuro-chan! Watch before you listen! Like Aniki? Please leave us a review on iTunes so more people can be exposed to our nonsense. Show Notes General00:15Bokusatsu Tenshi Dokuro-chan12:45 General Pokemon Sword & Shield 5-minute Pokemon renders Konosuba Movie (our episode on the series) Terminator: Dark Fate Dracula Audio Book Kaiba  Kaiba in a Nutshell Spinning Silver Crest of the Stars Bokusatsu Tenshi Dokuro-chan Watch Now Key Great Teacher Onizuka Zukuro vs Esdeath Hard Gay Dokuro-chan Bluray Robotech novels Next Time The Night is Long Walk on Girl The post 95: Beating a Dead Senpai (Bokusatsu Tenshi Dokuro-chan) appeared first on Aniki.fm.
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Birthdate
Feb 1st, 1984
Location
Indiana, USA
Episode Count
135
Podcast Count
1
Total Airtime
5 days, 18 hours