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"Sailor Moon Crystal is at its worst when it's about the boys instead of focusing on the vivid female characters that populate its world."
"Suffers from stiff execution; hopefully the finale, which should wrap up the source material's first major arc, will produce something less underwhelming."
"I hope this half-episode misstep doesn't bode badly for the conclusion."
"As a "commercial for the manga," Tokyo Ghoul is also second to none, taking the most immediately effective material from its source and illustrating it cinematically."
"This episode focuses on the physical battle without much introspection on what led Obito to this point, but we've gone over that already anyway."
"Bakumatsu Rock's final episode did exactly the worst thing possible: the anime nobody can take seriously tried to take itself seriously."
"Rin and Haru spend one delicious fan-servicey episode on a visit to his old haunts. It's comfort food after all that downbeat drama."
I am convinced that Nobunaga Concerto is a more enjoyable half hour if you are well versed in Japanese history. The show pairs the events of the fabled Sengoku Era with star-studded voice acting and a gorgeous musical score. However, as somebody who has very little experience with Sengoku Era history, I've had a very difficult time following the plot. And even after reading up before watching thi...
"By far the best directed episode of the series, with every scene ratcheting up the tension, building until the final confrontation with Jakiou."
"At this point the core cast is adorable enough that the show's triteness doesn't matter much."
"Things seem to be moving towards a confrontation of some kind, but exactly what kind isn't certain."
"While there are few things more satisfying than the happy conclusion to a romance, there are things that come pretty damn close. This episode of Blue Spring Ride is one of them."
"If you're in the mood for a surreal adventure with a hint of serious romance, then you'll definitely get a kick out of this."
"The joke quota is back on track this week after a slight dip in laughs last episode."
"Rail Wars! has definitely improved as it's gone along, (if only by a little) so chances are good there will be a happy ending waiting for us at the end of the line."
"It's never great, but it's not always broken, and that keeps the series floating just above the realm of irredeemable failure. "
"Each of this episode's segments draws from a different source of humor, but all three offer an entertaining experience."
"Stardust Crusaders is done for the summer, and it's primed to go out with a bang: literally!"
"Shounen Hollywood has always been smart about addressing what effort, art, and celebrity are really like than most shows, but this episode hit particularly close to home."
"A fairly slow and talky episode of Sword Art Online this week, but we did cover some necessary ground."
"Magic and the paranormal are featured more heavily here than they have been for the past few episodes, but even so, the story focuses largely on Kota attempting to enjoy the perks of being in a mixed bath."
"Disappointed by the relative dearth of serious action the past couple of episodes? Episode 11 makes up for it, and in a big way."
"This episode may cover plenty of familiar comedic ground, but it manages to have much more fun in the process than anyone could reasonably expect."
"How our heroes are going to succeed may not be clear yet, but the last pieces are in place and the story can move toward a conclusion."
"Terror in Resonance needs to stick the landing, but so far it's made all of the right moves. Checkmate is in sight."
In last week's review, I mentioned that I was worried about how the last episode of Black Butler: Book of Circus would fill itself out, since only a few plot threads were left hanging (and only a few characters were left alive, for that matter). This week proved that those worries were completely in vain, as the final chapter of this arc proved to be nearly as jam-packed as the penultimate one, an...
"Tokyo Ghoul, for all the things it gets right as a horror and action show, does seem to have trouble deciding whether it wants to be plain gory fun or disturbingly contemplative."
"GLASSLIP uses much of this episode to allow the relationships formed in the previous one to settle. It's a step towards conclusiveness, if nothing else."
"ARGEVOLLEN still isn't breaking the mold, but if I may borrow the General's words, it shows moxie and promise."
"Episode 10 contains some major revelations about the central character Marie, but ultimately comes off as one of the lesser episodes of the series."
"Think of these episodes as taking place in an alternate timeline or view them as a 45-minute commercial, take your pick."
"Drags when it shouldn't, and it's too bad, because this episode of Locodol has a lot of interesting things to say about the way they do idols in Nagarekawa."
"Last week's teaser promised this to be the most historically inaccurate episode, and it did not disappoint."
"Wait...is this the end? Ridiculous as that might seem, particularly given that episode eight was essentially a clip show, this appears to have been the final episode of Love Stage."
"New Haru's quietude is downright uneasy, like the eye of a storm. We can no longer predict who he'll explode at next, or when."
"Despite mostly failing in its attempt at real drama, Momo Kyun Sword episode 10 does pull off some things well."
"Hanayamata may not be doing anything excitingly different, but what it is doing, it is doing very well."
"There's nothing inherently wrong with slowing down and focusing on character development, but it's generally considered bad form to bore the audience to death."
"Things are really starting to come together, and despite its lack of physical action, this episode is full and totally engrossing."
"Akame ga Kill! continues to be one part generic adventure and one part mean-spirited junk food. To its credit, it's never boring."
"“Lovers Are Trendy, Baby” tells a story that is at once deeply personal and universal, a poignant tale of loneliness, love, and heartbreak that anybody who has ever been in a relationship can identify with."
"Episode 10 of Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun manages to showcase three stories in lieu of the usual two, and while the jokes are there, they seem fewer and farther between than in previous episodes."
"This is ultimately a decent half hour of anime, but it's not the best that Sabagebu! has to offer. The occasional dud is acceptable in a series like this, and hopefully the show will be back on form next week."
"This episode succeeds by neutering the problematic source material and carrying over decent momentum from the previous installment."
"The conceit was everything here, and the conceit was brilliant and perfectly executed. More shows should pull wild tricks like this."
"Overall, this wasn't the strongest episode of Barakamon, and leaned a bit too heavily on repeated gags at the expense of a stronger structure and emotional power."
Sword Art Online II creeps toward its inevitable conclusion, but the show is still giving in to the franchise's bad habits.
"Magimoji Rurumo owes us better than this. There are laughs in these stories, but it's far from the funniest episode."
"Primarily a character development-focused episode, putting the main players in place before the next big dramatic push."
"This episode represents a (hopefully permanent) step up for Sailor Moon Crystal from an uneven experiment to a solidly enjoyable 20 minutes."
"The first half is carried by great vocal performances and a fun surprise, but it's a slow moment in the otherwise action-packed second half that forms the heart of the episode."
"In terms of minute-by-minute execution the series is bottoming out here as much as the heroine is."
"Invaders of the Rokujyoma!? still has plenty of momentum. With only one major character left to send into the spotlight, the series will soon be forced to buckle down and move the story along."
"To its credit, this episode breaks a GLASSLIP tradition and gets things done. Whether they're done well is a different story, but this late in the series any semblance of forward motion is to be savored and appreciated."
"This show is full of pathos, as heartwarming and pitiful as it is dark and righteous, built on an essential human foundation that more shows should emulate."
"Episode 9 moves the overarching plot forward a great deal, and seems to be setting the stage for the series' endgame. This is not to say that the episode is totally story focused, as a great deal of humor is present as well."
"Episode 375 features exactly the type of battle Naruto Shippūden fans—or fans of any action anime—dream of."
"Black Butler is the type of show that will only dwell on the sublime for so long before launching back into the ridiculous."
"The odds that the finale could be underwhelming sequel-bait are pretty high. Still, I have faith in Tokyo Ghoul."
"Locodol has found a place in my affections as a cute story that tries just hard enough to be enjoyable."
"The music's great, the plot's a mess, and above all, it doesn't care what anyone thinks."
"A varied, entertaining, and at times at least semi-romantic episode (depending on your romance preferences)."
" It looks like Eternal Summer is going to do its darnedest to get those tears flowing; all aboard the drama train!"
"Nobunaga Concerto is a patriotic reminder that history still matters. The only problem is, this idea has been done to death."
"The most we can look forward to is seeing what new forms of vulgarity the show decides to explore and if they're entertaining enough to work any better."
"The issues with Bladedance of Elementalers are disappointing, predictable, but not completely intolerable."
"Blue Spring Ride is an enjoyable shoujo romance, not quite as different as you might hope, but it's still fun for fans of the genre."
"The character introductions keep on rolling with each new episode, and all of them add exponentially to the charm of the experience."
"Akame ga KILL!'s desire to be thought of as more than cheap and reflexive fun is the biggest strike against it."
"If you love massive creativity, great writing, amazing visuals or just laughing so hard you pass out, then you owe it to yourself to check out Space Dandy Season 2."
"Sabagebu! is an easy sell for fans of action movies and gag comedies, who will find that the show balances out to a solid effort."
"At this point, the most we can hope for are new forays into life-threatening melodrama to mirror the show's constant fresh forays into oddly framed T&A."
"Sailor Moon Crystal isn't dead in the water yet, but if it becomes engaging later on, these first four episodes will probably be skippable."
"It isn't going to move any mountains, but if you're looking for a more grounded slice of life with a sharp, poignant undercurrent, it's got you covered.
"As pure entertainment, Sword Art Online tends to work even when its hackneyed writing is otherwise dragging it down - it's a mixed bag of parts."
"Aldnoah.Zero is hardly doing anything daring with its storytelling, but even if it ultimately fails to be a quality series, it's still quite entertaining."
"If you have a soft spot for magical girls and perverted boys, and you want to see that formula done right, it just might prove worth your time."
"Anyone looking for a light, entertaining way to kill half an hour each week will find that Invaders of the Rokujyoma!? fits the bill quite nicely."
"Stardust Crusaders is a slice of something special. Its blend of sincerity and silliness both fully adopts and plays fast n' loose with the muscle-bound chivalry holding it aloft."
"Even with its short run of too-gross-to-defend episodes in Shuu's arc, Tokyo Ghoul has been an enthralling ride for fans of the macabre, filled with great action scenes and nuanced characters."
"This is a unique, exciting show that will appeal to people who care about our societal trajectory or value animation as an artform."
"Tokyo ESP's only significant problem so far is that it sometimes gets just corny enough to detract from its more serious elements."
"Fans of the Persona 4 video games will probably be able to fill in the story's gaps and take more interest in Marie's story, but The Golden is a hard-to-follow, unfulfilling mess for the uninitiated."
"Black Butler: Book of Circus doesn't have much to offer those who aren't already enamored with the series, but it's a fun, solid return to form for the show's fans."
"It really isn't all that great, but somehow it's easy to watch and there are moments of fun in nearly every episode. "
"It doesn't live up to the sleekness and swiftness of its namesake mech, but neither is it a trundling clunker on its way to the scrapyard."
"The awkward, drunken, low-stakes chaos is strangely captivating in its own way, but there's not much here to recommend this late in the game."