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Disappearance of Nagato Yuki chan ‒ Episode 9

"This was the first time in three weeks I've felt at all invested in these characters, so I'm considering this a win."
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Ninja Slayer From Animation ‒ Episode 7

"I'm glad we're finally getting a look at Nancy-san, and her mysterious partner Jose-san."
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Assassination Classroom ‒ Episode 19

"Assassination Classroom is still more entertaining than the average action series, but it's starting to wander too far away from its strengths."
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Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma ‒ Episode 9

"Basically this episode just doesn't know where to put its focus – cooking, fanservice, or gags."
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Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? ‒ Episode 9

"When Bell sets out to buy new armor, he meets Welf, and the two strike a deal."
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Punch Line ‒ Episode 8

"Seeing a series that originally seemed so scatterbrained come together and fill itself out like this is proving to be a very satisfying experience."
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Naruto Shippuden ‒ Episode 414

Naruto Shippuden finally returns to its main story after five months of filler!
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Wish Upon the Pleiades ‒ Episode 8

"Now that Wish Upon the Pleiades has given every main character an episode of her own, hopefully we can move on to the bigger conflict with Minato."
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Gintama ‒ Episode 273

"There isn't a single joke in this episode that doesn't hit its mark."
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My Love Story!! ‒ Episode 8

"This episode brings a new dimension to Suna and Takeo's friendship."
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Kyōkai no Rinne ‒ Episode 8

"As usual, a series of happy accidents wrap up the plot for a lively half hour with a few good laughs."
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Mikagura School Suite ‒ Episode 8

"After all of Eruna's grand speeches about wanting to surround herself with cute girls, it might be fun to see how poorly she handles having two people actually fight for her attention."
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Sound! Euphonium ‒ Episode 8

"Big loves, small loves, unrequited loves, and even self-love were all on display this week, as the members of the orchestra club chose who would join them at the upcoming Agata Festival."
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Blood Blockade Battlefront ‒ Episode 8

Zapp's master has arrived to teach him a lesson in hard knocks, and we take a listen to Funimation's new broadcast dub!
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Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches ‒ Episode 7

"The characters need to stop a disaster before it happens, and the show needs to take a new storyline from beginning to end in just one episode."
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Heroic Legend of Arslan ‒ Episode 8

"This episode resolved a lot of plotlines, but created even more mysteries."
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Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works ‒ Episode 20

"This one is going to be a doozy."
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Show By Rock!! ‒ Episode 8

"This week's installment does viewers a disservice by rushing the plot point set up at the end of the previous episode."
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High School DxD BorN ‒ Episode 32

"This episode features a full-blown, out-of-left-field stunner, one which completely leaves me wondering how in the heck the series is going to explain it."
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Uta no Prince-sama - Maji Love Revolutions ‒ Episode 8

"It feels a bit as if the writer of the first episode of this season has made a return for this eighth one."
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Kuroko's Basketball ‒ Episode 20

"This episode of Kuroko's Basketball is very much about establishing a mood of uncertainty that revitalizes old characters."
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Gunslinger Stratos: The Animation ‒ Episode 8

Uh oh, we're heading toward the tail end of Gunslinger Stratos: The Animation, and the plot is unraveling faster than we'll ever have time to resolve.
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Plastic Memories ‒ Episode 8

"This episode is preoccupied with the question "Can Giftia bodies regain their previous inhabitants' memories after they've been erased?""
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Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign ‒ Episode 8

"After a few weeks of easy vampire slaying, it's refreshing to see the cast encounter a real threat."
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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders Egypt Arc ‒ Episode 20

"This is a tie-up episode with a farewell to fallen comrades and Suzi Q's Bizarre Adventure."
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My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU TOO! ‒ Episode 8

"In the episode's second half, in a sequence marked by a beautifully building soundtrack and likely the best character animation this show's ever seen, Hikki told the truth."
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Nisekoi: ‒ Episode 7

"So based on this episode, Haru is going to fulfill the role of the girl who sees Raku as the Enemy of Womankind but still winds up falling for him anyway."
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Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma ‒ Episode 8

"This week the kids of Polaris head off on their special training camp, and as you might have guessed, this isn't a "test of courage" kind of place."
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Disappearance of Nagato Yuki chan ‒ Episode 8

"If you want to see the Literature Club indulge in an old anime standby played perfectly straight, you've come to the right place."
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Assassination Classroom ‒ Episode 18

"Assassination Classroom is usually more creative than this."
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Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? ‒ Episode 8

"Watching Bell improve before our eyes is impressive, to say the least."
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Ninja Slayer From Animation ‒ Episode 6

"Ninja Slayer has pivoted back towards the weird comedy of previous episodes, after a whole episode that failed to use this gag even once." PLUS: a look at the new dub!
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Naruto Shippuden ‒ Episode 413

"After twenty long weeks, the anime-original chunin exam arc has come to an abrupt end."
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Punch Line ‒ Episode 7

"If episode 6 was the Big Reveal episode then episode 7 is the Big Reveal Part 2."
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Wish Upon the Pleiades ‒ Episode 7

"Desperately returning to old, tired plotlines this week."
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My Love Story!! ‒ Episode 7

"Takeo joins a school club so he can use his strength to help them win. Along the way, we get to see what makes the show so special among shojo romances."
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Gintama ‒ Episode 272

"Paced well and fraught with (humorous) tension, the conclusion of this storyline pulls off a near-perfect landing."
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Kyōkai no Rinne ‒ Episode 7

"It's apparent that Rumiko Takahashi came up with her ideal formula back in the '90s, and she isn't budging from it."
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Mikagura School Suite ‒ Episode 7

"The episode drags along lazily as it stretches a minute or two of content into ten."
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Sound! Euphonium ‒ Episode 7

"The characters ended this week all shifted slightly, more secure in some friendships and more committed to some choices."
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Blood Blockade Battlefront ‒ Episode 7

"This otherwise transient episode is bookended by great weights of plot."
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Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches ‒ Episode 6

"Rather than just allowing the show to do cool things, the powers become a way of adding depth to new characters."
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Heroic Legend of Arslan ‒ Episode 7

"This episode introduces not only several exciting plot lines, but also multiple characters with instant viewer appeal."
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Show By Rock!! ‒ Episode 7

"A dark monster has returned to lock horns with ShinganCrimsonz, and viewers are treated to the series' second lengthy battle sequence."
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Gunslinger Stratos: The Animation ‒ Episode 7

"Tohru's world is in trouble, but it's going to take a better explanation to determine just how bad things are."
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Kuroko's Basketball ‒ Episode 19

"Things look bad indeed for our underdog team."
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Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign ‒ Episode 7

Our heroes head out on their first vampire-killing expedition, and Seraph's broadcast dub premieres its first episode! How does it sound?
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High School DxD BorN ‒ Episode 31

"Astaroth tries to put some spice in the upcoming Ratings Game with House Gremory."
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Plastic Memories ‒ Episode 7

"The show might still be salvageable if it hunkers down to focus on its interesting premise for the rest of it, but that looks unlikely."
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Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works ‒ Episode 19

"Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works might not have enough story to fill out its runtime."
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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders Egypt Arc ‒ Episode 19

"Despite a few crumbs of lightheartedness, the fight against Cream is twenty minutes of sheer terror, and it's not even over yet!"
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Uta no Prince-sama - Maji Love Revolutions ‒ Episode 7

"Sweet as this plot is, something about the way it is carried out doesn't quite work."
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My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU TOO! ‒ Episode 7

"Hikki has been trying to hold on to things well past their breaking point, and they're beginning to crumble in his hands."
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Sailor Moon Crystal ‒ Episode 22

"Unfortunately by trying to handle Usagi's (re)awakening and the initial appearance of Black Lady in one episode, other subplots suffer."
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Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma ‒ Episode 7

"As always, the food looks mouthwatering, and as someone who can cut herself with an apple corer, I'm impressed by the speed of the chopping we see."
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Disappearance of Nagato Yuki chan ‒ Episode 7

"I guess I'll take “absolutely nothing happened” over last week's persistent barrage of stale gags, but “nothing happened” is still not high praise."
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Nisekoi: ‒ Episode 6

"This being anime, a Valentine's Day episode is obligatory for any romantic comedy which runs more than one cour in length."
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Assassination Classroom ‒ Episode 17

"While the yellow octopus fashion show is clearly the highlight this week, there's also a decent episode hiding behind the sunglasses and beach hats."
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Ninja Slayer From Animation ‒ Episode 5

"Forget everything you thought you knew about Ninja Slayer From Animation, because it all changes in this episode."
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Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? ‒ Episode 7

"For an episode with Aiz Wallenstein's name in the title, we certainly don't expand upon her character very much."
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Naruto Shippuden ‒ Episode 412

"At this point, even characters who have never met the sweat-suit-clad hero are preaching the Gospel of Uzumaki."
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Punch Line ‒ Episode 6

"By the standards of a series which has practically thrived on pairing revelations with new questions, this is a Big Reveal episode."
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My Love Story!! ‒ Episode 6

"A lot happens this week, but none of it's what you'd expect."
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Kyōkai no Rinne ‒ Episode 6

"This episode of Kyokai no Rinne presents two feline villains you just can't hate."
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Wish Upon the Pleiades ‒ Episode 6

"This episode shook things up in a way it can't reverse."
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Gintama ‒ Episode 271

"The focus of this episode is Kurokono Tasuke, the newly-introduced "phantom fifth member" of the Joi Faction's A-squad."
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Mikagura School Suite ‒ Episode 6

"At this point in the season, it's pretty clear that the show's ambitions stop at being a fun and inconsequential diversion."
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Sound! Euphonium ‒ Episode 6

" Instead of another ensemble piece, this was a very focused “character episode,” with Hazuki being the momentary star."
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Show By Rock!! ‒ Episode 6

"Episode 6 demonstrates how much fun the show is when it's less ambitious."
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Heroic Legend of Arslan ‒ Episode 6

"Arslan is finally delivering on its implications, giving a clearer indication of what it plans to say about power."
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Blood Blockade Battlefront ‒ Episode 6

"While BBB's fantastic direction has elevated its material in the past, I think the heart-squishing secret is all in the script this time."
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Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign ‒ Episode 6

"Yoichi is a good foil to the rest of the cast, all impulsive meatheads of various stripes."
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My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU TOO! ‒ Episode 6

"The drama got a little less personal this week, as SNAFU played out the predictable consequences of Hachiman's student council solution."
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Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches ‒ Episode 5

"Considering how much new information this episode dumps on the audience, we need all the small laughs we can get."
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Plastic Memories ‒ Episode 6

"This was a slow episode hampered by the same old enormous tonal problems."
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Gunslinger Stratos: The Animation ‒ Episode 6

"This episode focuses solely on the qualities that make this show unique."
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Kuroko's Basketball ‒ Episode 18

"This episode put the flow of the basketball game second while pushing three of the series' most dynamic characters to the foreground."
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High School DxD BorN ‒ Episode 6

"So after muddling around for nearly two full episodes, the story finally provides a clearer direction for where it is apparently going next: back into the ratings games."
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Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works ‒ Episode 18

"The big reveal has finally arrived."
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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders Egypt Arc ‒ Episode 18

"This episode's two halves are back to peak Jojo's in their own wildly different ways."
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Uta no Prince-sama - Maji Love Revolutions ‒ Episode 6

"This episode shifts the focus to someone we really haven't dealt with before while bringing us beautiful young men and a special insert song."
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Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma ‒ Episode 6

Sometimes the build-up is as good as a solid plot would be. Not that this episode of Food Wars doesn't have a plot, but it's clear that it's really more of a building block to the next one, where Soma will enter his first official shokugeki on behalf of the Don Research Society. A “don” is a rice bowl dish featuring various ingredients on top of hot rice, and it's a staple of traditional Japanese...
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Nisekoi: ‒ Episode 5

"The episode does a little better on the storytelling front, as it once again brings up a point suggested a couple of times in the first series"
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Ninja Slayer From Animation ‒ Episode 4

"Ninja Slayer hasn't lost its ninja magic yet."
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Assassination Classroom ‒ Episode 16

"While Koro Sensei remains a fun and likable character, it's nice to see that the series isn't content to use him as a crutch."
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Disappearance of Nagato Yuki chan ‒ Episode 6

"The drama dialed back down this week, putting us back in slice of life/gag land."
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Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? ‒ Episode 6

"Hestia shows Eina how much she trusts Bell to make the right decision, which further deepens their relationship."
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Naruto Shippuden ‒ Episode 411

"Just like the wasteland in which this filler arc takes place, it is seemingly endless and punishingly dull."
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Punch Line ‒ Episode 5

"When Punch Line plays straight and serious, it can actually be pretty good."
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My Love Story!! ‒ Episode 5

"We finally get something more typical of the genre this week: a romantic rival."
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Gintama ‒ Episode 270

"Gintama is so fast-paced and insane at times, you second guess yourself even when you've guessed the twist right the first time."
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Wish Upon the Pleiades ‒ Episode 5

"There's a lot to admire about Itsuki's episode and her story."
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Kyōkai no Rinne ‒ Episode 5

"Kyokai no Rinne isn't informed by the way real people behave in our world at all, but this episode hit a high point with its multiple influences from global mythologies."
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Sound! Euphonium ‒ Episode 5

"This episode returned to the narrow focus and consistent moods of the first several, while still building off the ensemble storytelling the show has been carefully nurturing throughout."
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Mikagura School Suite ‒ Episode 5

"There's no getting around the fact that this episode wastes an awful lot of time, even if it does so in a pleasant manner."
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Heroic Legend of Arslan ‒ Episode 5

"This week, we meet a new character with just as much promise as Narsus."

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