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Akashic Records of Bastard Magical Instructor ‒ Episode 8

"While this episode is fairly well-done overall, I'm longing for some fresher twists."
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SukaSuka ‒ Episode 7

"The series has settled into a comfortable genre groove after last week's much-needed turnaround."
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Yowamushi Pedal New Generation ‒ Episode 20

"This sprint may have taken some time, but the storytelling kept it interesting and tense."
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Grimoire of Zero ‒ Episode 7

"After last episode's downer ending, Grimoire of Zero moves into slightly darker territory this week, though the results are decidedly mixed."
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Atom The Beginning ‒ Episode 6

"Fun as this show can be, I'm really starting to want a more obvious plot from it."
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Alice & Zoroku ‒ Episode 7

"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."
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One Piece ‒ Episode 789

"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."
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The Eccentric Family 2 ‒ Episode 7

"This episode's finale found the show at its most somber and intimate."
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Dragon Ball Super ‒ Episode 91

"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."
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Granblue Fantasy the Animation ‒ Episode 8

"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."
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Re:CREATORS ‒ Episode 7

"This episode feels like it's setting the stage for the next few even while carrying forward its plot and action."
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Rage of Bahamut: Virgin Soul ‒ Episode 7

"Much like Nina, every high makes me harder to please, and I'm always ready for the next climax."
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Attack on Titan ‒ Episode 33

"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."
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Eromanga Sensei ‒ Episode 7

"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."
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My Hero Academia ‒ Episode 21

"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."
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Sword Oratoria ‒ Episode 6

"Here at the halfway point of the series, Aiz at last takes center stage."
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Berserk ‒ Episode 20

"If I'd stumbled upon this episode out of context, I'd probably have lasted no longer than a few minutes."
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Revolutionary Girl Utena ‒ Episode 7

"While this start to Juri's arc is pretty basic in its ideas compared to many others, it evokes some of the strongest emotions."
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Love Tyrant ‒ Episode 7

"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."
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Clockwork Planet ‒ Episode 7

"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."
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Saekano Flat ‒ Episode 6

"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."
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Sagrada Reset ‒ Episode 7

"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."
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Sakura Quest ‒ Episode 7

"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."
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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations ‒ Episode 7

"Despite being a reasonably solid piece of shonen anime, episode 7 is also Boruto's weakest entry to date."
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Natsume Yūjin-Chō Roku ‒ Episode 6

"Nishimura and Kitamoto have been around since season one, but we've known nothing about them until now."
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Akashic Records of Bastard Magical Instructor ‒ Episode 7

"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."
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SukaSuka ‒ Episode 6

"SukaSuka is losing a lot of dramatic impact by trying to push important information through with nothing but brute force."
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Grimoire of Zero ‒ Episode 6

"About half of this episode was some of the blandest material GoZ has yet produced, while the other half is some of the strongest."
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Yowamushi Pedal New Generation ‒ Episode 19

"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."
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One Piece ‒ Episode 788

"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."
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Atom The Beginning ‒ Episode 5

"If Atom the Beginning can build on this much more exciting and interesting episode, it may have finally hit its stride."
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Alice & Zoroku ‒ Episode 6

"With plenty of laughs, fun character interactions, and touching moments, this episode is an enjoyable exercise in slice-of-life."
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The Eccentric Family 2 ‒ Episode 6

"This week's episode demonstrates the vignette-focused style that provided many of the first season's highlights."
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Dragon Ball Super ‒ Episode 90

"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."
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Eromanga Sensei ‒ Episode 6

"If episode 6 is setting up the direction of this series for the foreseeable future, that's a bad sign for its overall tone."
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Attack on Titan ‒ Episode 32

"We finally get to see our hero take center stage to wreak some gloriously animated revenge for the first time."
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Granblue Fantasy the Animation ‒ Episode 7

"The one thing we can consistently count on Granblue Fantasy to do is to propel its story forward."
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Re:CREATORS ‒ Episode 6

"This raises lots of questions for next episode, but that's exactly what we want, isn't it?"
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Rage of Bahamut: Virgin Soul ‒ Episode 6

"This was the most Disney-ish episode of an already profoundly Disney-ish show."
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Sword Oratoria ‒ Episode 5

"This is one of the better episodes of Sword Oratoria thus far, despite the many full-frontal shots of Aiz's one-breast plate."
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Berserk ‒ Episode 19

"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."
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My Hero Academia ‒ Episode 20

"This is undoubtedly one of the best episodes of MHA yet, and easily the best of season two so far."
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Love Tyrant ‒ Episode 6

"Not everything works perfectly, but everything that does is entertaining enough to carry the lesser material, rather than being dragged down by it."
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KADO - The Right Answer ‒ Episode 6

With the conflict over the Wam mostly resolved, Shindo's next task is to find a new location for zaShunina's giant Kado cube.
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Clockwork Planet ‒ Episode 6

"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."
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Tsukigakirei ‒ Episode 6

"Overall, this episode demonstrated Tsukigakirei at its awkward, heartfelt best."
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Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend Flat ‒ Episode 5

"Episode 5 delves into an issue that's been on the periphery so far: Eriri's difficulty keeping up with the artistic load."
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Revolutionary Girl Utena ‒ Episode 6

"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."
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Sagrada Reset ‒ Episode 6

"The series still isn't particularly compelling, but at least there are stakes and hints of an overall story this time."
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Sakura Quest ‒ Episode 6

"There's a feeling of increased ambition to go along with Episode 6's cinematically-focused plot."
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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations ‒ Episode 6

"The series delivers its first episode-length battle this week, as Boruto, Shikadai, and Mitsuki face off against the possessed Shino."
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Natsume Yūjin-Chō Roku ‒ Episode 5

"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."
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The Royal Tutor ‒ Episode 6

"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."
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Akashic Records of Bastard Magical Instructor ‒ Episode 6

"Despite the attention to detail, it just didn't feel like this plot came together in dynamic fashion for some reason."
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SukaSuka ‒ Episode 5

"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."
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Grimoire of Zero ‒ Episode 5

"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."
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Yowamushi Pedal New Generation ‒ Episode 18

"It's here! After a bunch of setup, the Inter High has actually begun!"
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One Piece ‒ Episode 787

"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."
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Atom The Beginning ‒ Episode 4

"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."
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Dragon Ball Super ‒ Episode 89

"The bulk of this episode, the Tien and Roshi stuff, is still more of the same when it comes to this recruitment arc."
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The Eccentric Family 2 ‒ Episode 5

"What begins as a tanuki conflict ends up pulling in some of Kyoto's most distinguished tengu, and violence swiftly ensues."
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Granblue Fantasy the Animation ‒ Episode 6

"This episode is the one that has felt the most like a game adaptation, and it isn't doing the series any favors."
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My Hero Academia ‒ Episode 19

"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."
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Attack on Titan ‒ Episode 31

"I think this shocking anticlimax is delivering the message that Attack on Titan has been building up to for dozens of episodes."
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Re:CREATORS ‒ Episode 5

"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."
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Eromanga Sensei ‒ Episode 5

"There are a lot of missteps in this episode, and it's not necessarily the fault of the fanservice."
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Rage of Bahamut: Virgin Soul ‒ Episode 5

"Virgin Soul is fully a continuation of the first series in its aesthetics, worldbuilding, and comedic sensibilities, but the storytelling style is totally different."
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Sword Oratoria ‒ Episode 4

"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."
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Berserk ‒ Episode 18

"Episode 18 was enjoyable not just as supplementary to the manga, but in its own right, offering a gripping, fast-but-well-paced presentation."
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KADO - The Right Answer ‒ Episode 5

"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."
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Revolutionary Girl Utena ‒ Episodes 4-5

"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."
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Clockwork Planet ‒ Episode 5

"Things haven't really improved much for Clockwork Planet, but they haven't gotten demonstrably terrible either."
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Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend Flat ‒ Episode 4

"The theme of this episode seems to be that absolutely everything has a double meaning."
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Love Tyrant ‒ Episode 5

"The reckless absurdity that made the first few episodes of Love Tyrant so much fun returns in full force this week."
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Tsukigakirei ‒ Episode 5

"Tsukigakirei stuck to its guns this week, offering twenty charming minutes of brief glances, awkward sighs, and tentative romance."
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Sagrada Reset ‒ Episode 5

"This is not only an exceptionally boring plotline for the show, but a poorly presented one too."
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Sakura Quest ‒ Episode 5

"This episode succeeds because it gives the girls of the Tourism Board something they've needed for a while now: a victory."
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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations ‒ Episode 5

"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."
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Natsume Yūjin-Chō Roku ‒ Episode 4

"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."
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The Royal Tutor ‒ Episode 5

"After his notable absence from the first episodes, the God of War finally makes his entrance."
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Akashic Records of Bastard Magical Instructor ‒ Episode 5

"The series has a very solid arc going right now, and I look forward to seeing more."
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SukaSuka ‒ Episode 4

"While I'm starting to miss that initial feeling of mystery, SukaSuka is at least doing a reasonable job of broadening its fictional world."
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Grimoire of Zero ‒ Episode 4

"How odd that Grimoire of Zero's least eventful episode to date would end up being one of its most endearing."
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Yowamushi Pedal New Generation ‒ Episode 17

"It's another week of brewing tensions and rivalries before our teams hit the road."
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Atom The Beginning ‒ Episode 3

"If Atom The Beginning can even out its storytelling, this episode shows us that there is real potential for its future."
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Alice & Zoroku ‒ Episode 5

"This week, Alice & Zoroku wraps up its first major story arc with a full-blown action extravaganza."
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One Piece ‒ Episode 786

"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."
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Dragon Ball Super ‒ Episode 88

"Other than my own gripes as to how the Gohan stuff is handled, this episode works fairly well."
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The Eccentric Family 2 ‒ Episode 4

"At last, the day of the great Tanuki Shogi Tournament has arrived!"
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Eromanga Sensei ‒ Episode 4

"After a rocky start, the series pulls together for a solid finish to this arc."
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Granblue Fantasy the Animation ‒ Episode 5

"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."
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Series Finale: Tales of Zestiria the X ‒ Episode 25

"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."
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Attack on Titan ‒ Episode 30

"The relationship Ymir and Christa form is one of fascinating if not questionable codependence."
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My Hero Academia ‒ Episode 18

"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."
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Re:CREATORS ‒ Episode 4

"Despite a total lack of action, there's a fair amount going on in the plot this week."
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Berserk ‒ Episode 17

"When we have to cover X amount of monologue in Y lines per minute, no lovely intonation can save the episode from feeling rushed."

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