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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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Arifureta - From Commonplace to World's Strongest Novel 1

An entire classroom is transported to another world in this isekai series, and its protagonist must go about getting superpowers the hard way. Rebecca Silverman investigates. ― If there's one thing that sets Arifureta apart from its fellow isekai stories, it's that in this case, an entire high school class is transported to another world, not just one lucky young individual. Not only does this make t...
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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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Sword Art Online Novel 10

We check back in with Asuna on the real-world side of things for the first time in the Alicization arc, as the mysteries behind this new virtual world begin to unravel. ― Whatever criticisms might be leveled against SAO creator Reki Kawahara, lack of ambition when it comes to imagining applications for virtual technology isn't one of them. The Soul Transfer Engine that was introduced in the last nove...
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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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Hatsune Miku: Bad∞End∞Night GN 1

This scattered volume proves that basing a manga on a Vocaloid song might not be the best idea. Rebecca Silverman explains why. ― Like Kagerou Daze, Bad End Night is based on a Vocaloid song. Unfortunately, that appears to be a premise too thin for an entire volume of manga, much less a series, and this volume can't quite decide if it's a mystery, a spoof on the “bad endings” of visual novels, or sel...
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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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ANNCast - Supernerds United

Justin Sevakis, Daryl Surat and Mike Toole reconvene to take on Berserk, Ghost in the Shell, retro anime rereleases and a whole bunch of your Twitter questions! ― ANNCast Episode 296 - Supernerds United Justin Sevakis, Daryl Surat and Mike Toole reconvene to take on Berserk, Ghost in the Shell, retro anime rereleases and a whole bunch of your Twitter questions! You can listen to the show on our play...
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Answerman - Why Is Random English Used So Much In Japan?

You see random English words used all over anime - in the credits, roadsigns, even in the dialogue. Why is that? Justin gets into it. ― "Hiruzawa Nakari" asks: Why do many official anime websites have their main navigation links ("Top, News, On-Air, Story, Cast & Staff," etc.) in English? Are they trying to make site international, or is it because it just looks cool? Those websites are clearly not ...
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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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Void's Enigmatic Mansion GN 5

The final volume of Void's Enigmatic Mansion is far from perfect, but with stunning art and a largely satisfying conclusion, it's still worth a look. Rebecca Silverman dives in. ― Whether it's a monkey's paw or a magic lamp, all stories about wishes remind us that a wish can be as much curse as gift. That's a theme that's been explored in all four previous volumes of HeeEun Kim and JiEun Ha's Victori...
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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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Interview: In This Corner of the World Director Sunao Katabuchi

We go in-depth with the director of Black Lagoon on his new film, an acclaimed, deeply moving World War II drama that's earning kudos worldwide. ― Director Sunao Katabuchi has worked on an astonishing range of anime. Many Western fans may still be most familiar with him as the director of the brashly ultraviolent series Black Lagoon, but his new opus In This Corner of the World is as far from that as...
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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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This Week in Games - Utawarerumono: Mask of Deception

It's a visual novel! It's a strategy RPG! It's a visual novel AND a strategy RPG! Dustin takes the second Utawarerumono game out for a spin. PLUS: The end of Hitman, Rap Rabbit and much more! ― It's tough to pick out a game less anime than the recently rebooted Hitman, but I can't avoid taking a moment to lament the fate of IO Interactive under the Square Enix umbrella. That new Hitman was an utter d...
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Ronja the Robber's Daughter Complete Series Streaming

Studio Ghibli and Polygon Pictures' CG TV series may look a little different than expected, using CG models rather than traditional animation, but there's still magic in the story being told. ― Studio Ghibli's first television series is based on Swedish children's author Astrid Lindgren's 1981 novel of the same name, Ronja the Robber's Daughter, and it doesn't want you to forget it. The dub script is...
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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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Answerman - Why Aren't New Dubs Made For Old-School Shows?

There are a few exceptions, like Escaflowne and Sailor Moon, but most older anime don't get new English dubs. Why is that? Justin has an answer. ― Leigh asks: I'd like to know why dubbing companies don't take more chances on old-school anime. I mean, just look at how long it took my favorite character, Locke the Superman, to get a subtitled DVD release for his feature film. There's a market for nost...
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The Best and Worst of the Season So Far: Week of May 6-12

Attack on Titan and Tsuki ga Kirei climb up the charts, and there's a new #1! Find out how your favorite shows performed in our weekly user rankings! ― Our team of reviewers are following 27 anime series of the Spring 2017 season and readers are rating each episode as the reviews go up. So let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the season. Keep in mind that these rank...
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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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When Anime Series Jumped the Shark

Even great anime series can't always stay great forever, but some crash from greatness way harder than others. Our team of reviewers shares the moments when the anime they loved fell swiftly from grace. ― For anyone who doesn't yet know, "Jumping the Shark" is a pop culture term for the point in a piece of media (usually long-running stuff like TV series) when it loses the "it factor" that made it go...
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My Brother's Husband GN 1

A world apart from the kind of manga yaoi fans are used to reading, My Brother's Husband offers a heartwarming look at prejudice and family through the eyes of a gay male author. Rebecca Silverman digs in. ― Yaoi manga does not depict reality. That may seem like an obvious statement – it is fiction, after all – but the genre has led to some misconceptions of LBGTQ life in Japan. Gengoroh Tagame's wor...
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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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This Week in Anime - Worst Pun Contest

Nick and Micchy catch up on some surprisingly adorable escapades in Rage of Bahamut and Grimoire of Zero, and the most colossal ball of them all finally drops in Attack on Titan... ― Previous Weeks in Anime Week 1 - Week 2 - Week 3 Nicholas Dupree got into anime in high school, and manga even earlier. From One Piece to The Promised Neverland, he's the man to talk to if it's Shonen and it Jumps. He co...
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Vice & Luna - 05/09/2017

Maybell finally works up the nerve to show Luna her comics - but they're both going to need a little liquid courage!
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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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First Impressions - Akiba's Beat (PS4)

With a new cast of characters, new enemies and a new story, Akiba's Beat tries to carve out its own identity while hanging on to what made the original games popular. Dustin kicks the tires. ― It's tough to talk about Akiba's Beat without invoking a few other games, both because it's a pseudo-sequel and because it patterns itself after a huge RPG series that just saw the release of a very successful ...
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K: Missing Kings BD+DVD

This movie acts as the bridge between the two K TV series, but does it add much to the franchise overall? Theron Martin has the answers. ― If you're looking for an entry point into the K franchise, this 2014 movie is not the place. It represents the transition point between the events of the first series and second series K: Return of Kings, including a sort of epilogue to the affair with Mikoto and ...
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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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Answerman - Is My Sushi Authentic?

Answerman takes a food question that vexes many anime fans - is the sushi I'm eating in America "authentic" at all to the Japanese experience? Justin dives deep. ― Andy asks: As I was sitting in a restaurant having sushi for lunch earlier today, a thought suddenly hit me: How 'authentic' is the sushi I'm actually eating? In almost every sushi restaurant I've been in, there tended to be a few common ...
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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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Shelf Life - Girls Beyond the Wasteland

Is there anything of worth to scavenge from this wasteland of bishoujo game characters? James Beckett is down to find out! Plus, all this week's new releases, and a very plushie-filled Shelf Obsessed! ― I'm watching Tsukigakirei this season, and I have to admit that it's a cute little show. I do, however, find myself constantly wanting to bonk the characters on the head and shout at them to be proac...
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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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The Mike Toole Show - The Soundtrack and the Fury

Mike dives deep on a few strange cases where the music in an anime series mysteriously changed between broadcast and home video - starting with The Big O. ― Last month, after a fifteen year wait, I finally got to see the power-pop duo Puffy (known in these parts as Puffy Amiyumi) again. They were appearing at Anime Boston, which was a good fit; they've actually supplied a good 6 or 7 anime production...
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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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Complex Age GNs 3 & 4

Cosplay serves as a metaphor for Nagisa's fears of change, as she faces some of the darker aspects of her hobby in this consistently strong series. Rebecca Silverman has the details. ― Yui Sakuma's Complex Age has been a difficult story from the start. Following the life of Nagisa, a twenty-six-year-old office worker and cosplayer, the first two volumes dealt with questions of whether or not it was e...
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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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The List - 7 Superb Anime Moms

It's time to celebrate Mother's Day weekend with some of the toughest, sweetest, and most memorable moms in anime! ― It's Mother's Day weekend! I originally planned to write an opposing column for this holiday, focusing on some of anime's very worst matriarchs. However, after I'd added my fourth example of a child-abusing, neglectful parent, it dawned on me how dreadfully depressing the whole thing ...
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My Hero Academia GN 8

This eighth volume runs through a dizzying whirlwind of new events, offering plenty of surprises and few chances to catch your breath. Nick Creamer has the details. ― The average My Hero Academia arc generally lasts for somewhere between one to two volumes worth of content, with only the U.A. Sports Festival really stretching that standard. The manga doesn't waste any time - while other shounen manga...
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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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Answerman - Who Are Subtitles Written For?

Justin discusses how subtitles have changed over time, and how translators have to make tough calls between subtitles written for a broad audience and those written for a niche one. ― Asiko asks: I've noticed with a lot of anime that when a character is speaking translators often leave Japanese words in the text when there are English equivalents. For example, in Naruto, rather than have the transla...
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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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The Real Japan Behind Persona 5

Atlus's newest hit game takes place in a fantastical world of phantom thieves and giant monsters, but its larger-than-life struggles are based on many realities of life in Japan. Elliot Gay details the true crimes behind Persona 5's story. ― Persona 5 opens with a bizarre bit of onscreen text telling the player that “This story is a work of fiction.” This disclaimer is also voiced, asserting that any...
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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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Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid — Episodes 1-13 Streaming

This slice-of-life monster girl comedy serves up plenty of humor and heart in surprising ways. Nick Creamer explains what makes Kyoto Animation's Dragon Maid special. ― There are few word pairs more likely to elicit raised eyebrows than “dragon maid.” The pairing sounds like fandom fetish word salad - like you threw two darts at a board of things the kids are into and landed on “maids” and “I dunno, ...
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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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Interview: Your Name's Michael Sinterniklaas and Stephanie Sheh

The two veterans tasked with dubbing Makoto Shinkai's Your Name into English talk about their experience working on a phenomenon. ― Stephanie Sheh and Michael Sinterniklaas scarcely need an introduction; they're a pair of legendary voice actors and directors with a history of home-run English dubs produced in record time from their home at NYAV Post. Sheh has served up countless memorable performance...
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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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The Best and Worst of the Season So Far: Week of Apr 29-May 5

The Eccentric Family and Natsume's Book of Friends continue to dominate the charts - how did your favorite shows fare in our weekly user rankings? ― Our team of reviewers are following 27 anime series of the Spring 2017 season and readers are rating each episode as the reviews go up. So let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the season. Keep in mind that these ranking...
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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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This Week in Games - Birthdays the Beginning

The creator of Harvest Moon guides you through the evolution of life on Earth in Birthdays the Beginning, and Dustin is ready to god. PLUS: Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and more! ― I mentioned last week that I'd begun setting up a Windows 98 PC for old games, and the project's pretty much done at this point. I'm still shifting parts around and messing with various drivers, but that screamin' Pentium III 500MH...
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Smokin' Parade GN 1

This hyperviolent action manga from the creators of Deadman Wonderland has some unique elements but encounters a little trouble standing out from the pack. Rebecca Silverman digs in. ― If you've read Jinsei Kataoka and Kazuma Kondou's previous work, Deadman Wonderland, you have some idea of what to expect from Smokin' Parade: a dark, bloody, and violent story about a hapless teenage boy whose life ta...
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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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The Spring 2017 Anime Preview Guide: Simuldub Edition

The Spring 2017 Anime Preview Guide Simuldub Edition has begun!
Available Now: Sakura Quest - Clockwork Planet - Tsukigakirei - Alice & Zokoru - The Royal Tutor - Suka Suka - Seven Mortal Sins - KADO: The Right Answer - Akashic Records of Bastard Magic Instructor - Love Tyrant - Attack on Titan Season 2 - My Hero Academia season 2
― Welcome to Anime News Network's Spring 2017 Preview Guide! Here's h...
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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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Answerman - Why Do All The Kids Want To Move To Tokyo?

Your Name and Sakura Quest join the huge pile of anime about young people who want to move to Tokyo. Justin explains why this is such a common theme in anime. ― Jake asks: I have recently watched Your Name as well as Sakura Quest and it has me wondering why every youths do or die goal is to move to Tokyo. It makes me wonder why only Tokyo? I assume that each prefecture has some equivalent of a capit...
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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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How Oreimo Made Little Sisters a Big Deal

Oreimo was hardly the first anime to play with themes of incest, so why did it kick off such a little sister phenomenon, leading to shows like Eromanga Sensei today? Kim Morrissy has the answers. ― A young pair of siblings struggle to reconnect after an event that made them drift apart years ago. Despite living under the same roof, they never speak to each other. They live separate lives, ignorant of...
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Momotaro, Sacred Sailors BD+DVD

If you're a historian, an animation buff, or just looking for a movie that's like nothing you've seen, you'll find Momotaro, Sacred Sailors well worth watching. Mike Toole explains this 1940s-era anime's significance. ― Watching anime from bygone eras will teach you about the medium. Track down those early Precure episodes directed by Rie Matsumoto, and you'll see her strong visual aesthetic taking s...
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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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Sakura-Con: Hiroshi Nagahama & The Reflection

The ambitious director of Mushi-Shi unveils his newest project, a Western-styled superhero anime collaboration with Stan Lee! Learn more about "The Reflection", airing this July. ― Director Hiroshi Nagahama is best known to Western audiences for working on critical and fan favorites like The Flowers of Evil, Mushi-shi, and Revolutionary Girl Utena. Perhaps less known is the man's love of American com...
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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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This Week in Anime - Hot Dads

The limits of lusting after terrible father figures are tested in My Hero Academia, and other questionable choices abound in shows from Berserk to Frame Arms Girl, as Nick and Micchy break down their week in anime! ― You can read the first two installments of This Week in Anime here (week 1) and here (week 2). Be sure to share your feedback on this new feature with us in the forums! Nicholas Dupree g...
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Vice & Luna - 05/09/2017

It's convention season, and Maybell has designs on making it extra special.
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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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Attack on Titan: Junior High BD+DVD

This silly parody of the titanic hit has its ups and downs, but how big a fan do you have to be to get any of its jokes? Theron Martin investigates. ― Some parody series are funny enough on their own merits that viewers don't have to be more than vaguely familiar with the source material in order to appreciate most of the humor. This is not one of those shows. Attack on Titan: Junior High expects vie...
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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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Answerman - How Do I Introduce Anime To My Kids?

It's every nerd parent's conundrum - how and when do I introduce my kids to my hobby, and more importantly, WHAT do I show them? Justin has a few ideas. ― Jason asks: I'm a new father. While I will be limiting screen time for my child, at some point I will be inclined to let her watch cartoons. A joy for me, as a child, was seeing adapted anime series that were brought to America. Rediscovering show...
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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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