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"While this episode is fairly well-done overall, I'm longing for some fresher twists."
"The series has settled into a comfortable genre groove after last week's much-needed turnaround."
"This sprint may have taken some time, but the storytelling kept it interesting and tense."
"After last episode's downer ending, Grimoire of Zero moves into slightly darker territory this week, though the results are decidedly mixed."
"Fun as this show can be, I'm really starting to want a more obvious plot from it."
"Although episode 6 largely shoved the show's more otherworldly elements to the side, the latest installment does a satisfying job of blending the two different sides of this series."
"The return of Jimbei, the whale-shark fishman and former member of the Seven Warlords, is so exciting that it's naturally going to dominate my enthusiasm for the whole episode."
"This episode's finale found the show at its most somber and intimate."
"The main bulk of this episode comes from cycling once more through some of the other universes to get an update on where they're at in the recruitment process."
"I hope we get more of these goofier stories going forward, because they help to make the series feel more like its own tale and less like a series of game checkpoints."
"This episode feels like it's setting the stage for the next few even while carrying forward its plot and action."
"Much like Nina, every high makes me harder to please, and I'm always ready for the next climax."
"After two months of nonstop suspense and action, not to mention a veritable parade of twists and reveals, we finally get a genuine breather episode."
"If there's nothing here for the people that aren't watching for the self-insert value, you at least have to admire the masterful execution of it for those who are."
"This isn't a heart-pounding, exciting episode, but it continues the show's fun elaborations on the B-tier characters to a really effective degree."
"Here at the halfway point of the series, Aiz at last takes center stage."
"If I'd stumbled upon this episode out of context, I'd probably have lasted no longer than a few minutes."
"While this start to Juri's arc is pretty basic in its ideas compared to many others, it evokes some of the strongest emotions."
"This episode offers a lot of insight into Guri's character, while being packed with enough lightheartedness and humor to keep the show moving at the same fun pace."
"After last week's regrettable experimentation, Clockwork Planet has returned to its usual track of delivering familiar anime fight scenes through an overwhelmingly mediocre story and cast."
"Now that Winter Comiket is in the bag, the series' future direction is unclear. At least this arc comes to a satisfying conclusion by not taking the path of least resistance."
"Overall, this arc is an improvement. The animation is still nonexistent and the character stuff doesn't work at all, but that's how low Sagrada Reset's standards have gotten."
"The show truly feels like an ensemble piece for the girls of the Tourism Board this time around, even if it leaves the town-revitalizing elements more on the back-burner."
"Despite being a reasonably solid piece of shonen anime, episode 7 is also Boruto's weakest entry to date."
"Nishimura and Kitamoto have been around since season one, but we've known nothing about them until now."
"This episode suggests that Re=L will be at the heart of the new story arc, but I'm not convinced putting so much storytelling weight on her was a good idea."
"SukaSuka is losing a lot of dramatic impact by trying to push important information through with nothing but brute force."
"About half of this episode was some of the blandest material GoZ has yet produced, while the other half is some of the strongest."
"After a fairly satisfying week-to-week pace, the show is back to its old routine of launching into grand flashbacks right before a pivotal checkpoint in the Inter High."
"It didn't dawn on me last week that the tease of Sanji's next two brothers was meant to be much meatier than what we got."
"If Atom the Beginning can build on this much more exciting and interesting episode, it may have finally hit its stride."
"With plenty of laughs, fun character interactions, and touching moments, this episode is an enjoyable exercise in slice-of-life."
"This week's episode demonstrates the vignette-focused style that provided many of the first season's highlights."
"So the ten man team has been assembled for the Tournament of Power, but it doesn't appear as though we're wrapping up this recruitment arc anytime soon."
"If episode 6 is setting up the direction of this series for the foreseeable future, that's a bad sign for its overall tone."
"We finally get to see our hero take center stage to wreak some gloriously animated revenge for the first time."
"The one thing we can consistently count on Granblue Fantasy to do is to propel its story forward."
"This raises lots of questions for next episode, but that's exactly what we want, isn't it?"
"This was the most Disney-ish episode of an already profoundly Disney-ish show."
"This is one of the better episodes of Sword Oratoria thus far, despite the many full-frontal shots of Aiz's one-breast plate."
"Unfortunately, last week's trend (and my enthusiasm) didn't quite carry over to episode 19, which is a messier affair than its plot requires."
"This is undoubtedly one of the best episodes of MHA yet, and easily the best of season two so far."
"Not everything works perfectly, but everything that does is entertaining enough to carry the lesser material, rather than being dragged down by it."
With the conflict over the Wam mostly resolved, Shindo's next task is to find a new location for zaShunina's giant Kado cube.
"We're six episodes into a twelve episode show, but I think I know less about what's going on than I did when this whole thing started."
"Overall, this episode demonstrated Tsukigakirei at its awkward, heartfelt best."
"Episode 5 delves into an issue that's been on the periphery so far: Eriri's difficulty keeping up with the artistic load."
"These filler episodes, while comical in nature and lighter on subtext than the dueling episodes, are used not only to explore Nanami, but her brother as well."
"The series still isn't particularly compelling, but at least there are stakes and hints of an overall story this time."
"There's a feeling of increased ambition to go along with Episode 6's cinematically-focused plot."
"The series delivers its first episode-length battle this week, as Boruto, Shikadai, and Mitsuki face off against the possessed Shino."
"After waiting a week for the conclusion to last week's exquisite episode, I have to say I'm pretty disappointed in this follow-through."
"The moment has come to shed some light on the secrets and troubles of the youngest son (and most distant in the line of succession): Licht."
"Despite the attention to detail, it just didn't feel like this plot came together in dynamic fashion for some reason."
"For the most part, this episode is a clunky continuation of an ill-advised detour, a dull blend of half-hearted moral debate and dumb comedy."
"This episode makes notable improvements on some of the complaints I've brought up over the past few weeks, but not before forcing its way through a slog of a first half."
"It's here! After a bunch of setup, the Inter High has actually begun!"
"I knew it was bound to happen soon enough, but for the first time in a while, we got an episode that's just all around not-great."
"It's a good thing that the festival itself has some interesting signs and displays, because looking for those fun little details is part of what saves this episode."
"The bulk of this episode, the Tien and Roshi stuff, is still more of the same when it comes to this recruitment arc."
"What begins as a tanuki conflict ends up pulling in some of Kyoto's most distinguished tengu, and violence swiftly ensues."
"This episode is the one that has felt the most like a game adaptation, and it isn't doing the series any favors."
"Todoroki, the fire & ice kid of 1-A, has been hinted to have all sorts of issues when it comes to his his father, and this week we finally get some insight as to why."
"I think this shocking anticlimax is delivering the message that Attack on Titan has been building up to for dozens of episodes."
"The entertainment factor is once again largely in the details and character interactions this week. Fortunately, there's a lot of detail and character to go around."
"There are a lot of missteps in this episode, and it's not necessarily the fault of the fanservice."
"Virgin Soul is fully a continuation of the first series in its aesthetics, worldbuilding, and comedic sensibilities, but the storytelling style is totally different."
"While I'm not entirely convinced that Sword Oratoria is going to live up to my expectations, this episode does give me a bit more hope."
"Episode 18 was enjoyable not just as supplementary to the manga, but in its own right, offering a gripping, fast-but-well-paced presentation."
"We've seen how professional negotiators and world leaders react to the prospect of free energy; now it's time to find out what happens when the rest of us get our hands on it."
"While the first three episodes helped ease us into Utena's world and characters, episode four is where the show really embraces its true nature."
"Things haven't really improved much for Clockwork Planet, but they haven't gotten demonstrably terrible either."
"The theme of this episode seems to be that absolutely everything has a double meaning."
"The reckless absurdity that made the first few episodes of Love Tyrant so much fun returns in full force this week."
"Tsukigakirei stuck to its guns this week, offering twenty charming minutes of brief glances, awkward sighs, and tentative romance."
"This is not only an exceptionally boring plotline for the show, but a poorly presented one too."
"This episode succeeds because it gives the girls of the Tourism Board something they've needed for a while now: a victory."
"Mitsuki's debut episode focuses more on Shino than the boy himself, but it makes sense for the show not to reveal everything about him right away."
"From beginning to end, this is a page-turner of a mystery, and the subtle hints it drops justify its status as a two-parter."
"After his notable absence from the first episodes, the God of War finally makes his entrance."
"The series has a very solid arc going right now, and I look forward to seeing more."
"While I'm starting to miss that initial feeling of mystery, SukaSuka is at least doing a reasonable job of broadening its fictional world."
"How odd that Grimoire of Zero's least eventful episode to date would end up being one of its most endearing."
"It's another week of brewing tensions and rivalries before our teams hit the road."
"If Atom The Beginning can even out its storytelling, this episode shows us that there is real potential for its future."
"This week, Alice & Zoroku wraps up its first major story arc with a full-blown action extravaganza."
"We're back to a one-chapter-per-episode pace, but even by those standards, there's way more in here than I'm used to seeing per episode."
"Other than my own gripes as to how the Gohan stuff is handled, this episode works fairly well."
"At last, the day of the great Tanuki Shogi Tournament has arrived!"
"After a rocky start, the series pulls together for a solid finish to this arc."
"It's fun, but if it ever wants to move beyond that, GranBlue Fantasy had better figure out how to make us worry that something isn't going to work out for its heroes."
"Tales of Zestiria the X's finale isn't quite as epic as it could have been, but that doesn't stop it from ultimately being satisfying."
"The relationship Ymir and Christa form is one of fascinating if not questionable codependence."
"The calvary battle should be the most banal of all the sports festival games, but it's proving itself something mighty in this back half."
"Despite a total lack of action, there's a fair amount going on in the plot this week."
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