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Naruto Shippuden ‒ Episode 426

"Keeping track of the real story may prove difficult if we, like the characters, are caught in a web of Infinite Tsukuyomi illusions for too long."
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My Love Story!! ‒ Episode 21

"The point of the show is that we're all more than our appearances, even if they define how the world treats us sometimes."
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School-Live! ‒ Episode 8

"When you're talking about a zombie apocalypse show, an episode title like “Future” can carry certain ominous connotations."
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Answerman - At What Point Are You No Longer A Fan?

Ever feel your ravenous desire to consume all anime slowly fading? Do you find yourself only seeking out the small handful of shows that might interest you every year? Does that make you no longer a fan? Justin gets into it. ― Robert asks: From 2007-2010, I always considered myself a huge anime fan. I checked out every anime that came out in Japan each season (eventually sticking with no less than 5...
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Interview: International Otaku Expo Association

These three guys are attempting to create a global otaku community by encouraging communication and collaboration between otaku events (like, say Comiket and Otakon). Let's find out what they're all about! ― We had the pleasure of chatting with three representatives from the International Otaku Expo Association, an organization established this year to "encourage new developments within the wider ota...
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A Silent Voice GN 1

A Silent Voice examines childhood bullying with uncommon frankness, telling an engaging story of cruelty and responsibility. ― A Silent Voice's first volume is not a comfortable read. It's slow and mean, full of small violences that make you wince and characters you just want to shake. That's not necessarily a bad thing though; in fact, it's often the best stories that make you uncomfortable, that ma...
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Gintama ‒ Episode 286

"This week's Gintama consists of two half-episode segments that both poke fun at Japanese summertime traditions."
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Terra Formars GN 7

Terra Formars shifts gears to expose its heroes to a new threat...from back on Earth. ― Spoiler Warning: This Review Contains Spoilers for Volume 7 There's a good possibility that this volume of Terra Formars, which really does up the plot factor to the point where our heroes are no longer just fighting increasingly powerful roachmen but actually dealing with some of the other repercussions of being ...
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The X Button - Cyber City

This week: Bandai Namco’s future with Dark Souls III, Project X Zone 2, and Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth! Plus your chance to vote on Konami games, Dead or Alive rosters, and the future of Guilty Gear! And comics! ― Nintendo recently put a little The Legend of Zelda comic on its Play channel. It's drawn by Seitaro Komatsu, it's based on The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask, and it showcases a lazy, man...
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Monster Musume ‒ Episode 8

"Rachnera moves in with the rest of the monster girls this week, and her arrival garners some mixed reactions."
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Overlord ‒ Episode 8

"How much of Momonga's shtick is him just play-acting, and how much of it is him actually becoming an arrogant bastard because of his overwhelming power?"
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Castle Town Dandelion ‒ Episode 8

"The siblings' powers are going berserk!"
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Interview: Yuki Yuna director Seiji Kishi

The director of the late night magical girl anime Yuki Yuna is a Hero answers a few questions about the show, including what went in to writing a disabled character. ― We sat down with director Seiji Kishi to talk about Yuki Yuna is a Hero, which he was representing at Otakon 2015 as a special guest of Ponycan USA. Over his long career, Kishi has also directed other notable series, including Assassin...
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Non Non Biyori Repeat ‒ Episode 8

"If you watch Non Non Biyori for the warm fuzziness, there's plenty on display here."
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Actually, I Am… ‒ Episode 8

"This storyline simply doesn't produce enough comedy to merit wasting half an hour on."
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Snow White with the Red Hair ‒ Episode 8

"This week Snow White with the Red Hair takes us on a journey to the past. Zen's past, that is."
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Gangsta. ‒ Episode 8

"Gangsta. has settled into a consistent mood over these past few weeks, and the limp violence has mostly faded into the background."
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Shelf Life - Group Therapy

This week's new DVD and Bluray releases, alongside fresh reviews of Kamigami no Asobi and the first season of fan favorite K-ON in HD! ― Jump to this week's reviews: Kamigami no AsobiK-ON! On Shelves This Week Fairy Tail - Part 16 BD+DVD Funimation - 300 min - Hyb - MSRP $54.98Currently cheapest at: $32.12 Rakuten Synopsis: Lucy and Yukino are arrested for their involvement in crimes against the sta...
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Answerman - What Happens to a License When a Publisher Goes Under?

When an American anime company goes out of business, what exactly happens to all of their licenses? Justin examines the fallout from several angles. ― Robert asks: What happens to shows (or manga) that are licensed and then for some reason, something happens to the company? Shows like Gosick (which was licensed by Bandai) or manga like Alive: The Final Evolution (which was licensed by Del Rey). And ...
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One Piece ‒ Episode 706

"Okay, this is the last of the flashback episodes, I swear."
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Durarara!! ×2 The Second Arc ‒ Episode 8

"I barely had time to put everything together before the episode wrapped up and slid right through to the credits."
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Classic Review: Paranoia Agent ‒ Episode 7

"This week's episode starts with one more of Paranoia Agent's classic tonal confinement-chambers, but swiftly gets very, very weird."
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Heroic Legend of Arslan ‒ Episode 20

"Now that Arslan has accepted both prongs of his destiny, it feels like the show is finally moving into its last act."
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Gugure! Kokkuri-san Episodes 1-12 Streaming

This raunchy comedy that draws from Shinto folklore may not be for everyone, but if it winds up being for you, you might have a great time. ― Between Gugure! Kokkuri-san and Hozuki's Coolheadedness, 2014 was a good year for shows rooted in Japanese mythology. These series can do decently in Japan, but often struggle to find an audience stateside because of the knowledge base required to get the jokes...
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Rokka: Braves of the Six Flowers ‒ Episode 8

"These extended discussions are fun and all, but it feels like all the competing theories are about to start spilling out of my brain."
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The Best and Worst of the Season So Far: Week of August 12-18

Your favorites of this season get shuffled around once again according to the voting decisions of our daily streaming reviews audience! Did your favorite show rise in the ranks? ― Our team of reviewers are following 27 anime series of the Summer 2015 crop. And this season, at the top of each Daily Streaming Review, we added a little rating widget to let our readers chime in. So let's have a look at ...
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Wagnaria!!3 ‒ Episode 8

"It looks like it's time for Souma to start turning up the heat on the rest of the cast."
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SHIMONETA: A Boring World Where the Concept of Dirty Jokes Doesn't Exist ‒ Episode 8

"The growing sense that what SOX is doing is a double-edged sword is what gives the series at least some semblance of depth."
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The Mike Toole Show - Ai Am Legend

Mike takes a very fashionable journey through the world of anime based on the manga of Ai Yazawa, including Paradise Kiss and Nana. ― This week, the anime director Osamu Kobayashi fired off some tweets in English. When asked if he'd done anything new lately, since his last project, an episode of Dantalian, was several years ago, he replied, “I directed the 13 episodes of the new Lupin III. And Garow2...
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Spell of Desire GN 5

Spell of Desire finishes on a stronger note than it started on, with Kaoruko finally doing something of her own volition. It's pretty romantic, too. ― A complaint about Tomu Ohmi's previous series to get an English-language release, Midnight Secretary, is that her heroine went from being strong to just another heroine under the romantic sway of a powerful hero. Whether or not you agree with that sent...
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Charlotte ‒ Episode 8

"At this point the people-with-powers story could fall flat on its face, and Charlotte would still hold up as a strong adolescent love story."
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Ushio & Tora ‒ Episode 8

"Want to raise the stakes of any situation? Set it on a plane!"
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GATE ‒ Episode 8

"The fantasy girls, with Princess Pina and her subordinate in tow, finally make it to Japan with Itami and his two chief subordinates as escorts."
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The List - 7 Anime for Grown-Up Romantics

The endless parade of anime about teenagers figuring out love for the first time is heartwarming but sometimes, if you're a little older, you want a show about adults who have been around the block a few times already. ― Romance anime, or the medium in general, is dominated by adolescent stories. Characters between the ages of 14-18 getting in trouble, saving the world, or enjoying club activities m...
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Kagerou Daze Novel 1

Kagerou Daze isn't off to the strongest start with this dense novel. Is it still worth reading? ― The term “light novel” can be misleading. While it is generally accepted as the term for the Japanese equivalent of Young Adult fiction (and as anyone who's read any English-language YA can attest, they're often very heavy), it's also hard not to just assume that the books themselves will be “light:” the...
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Prison School ‒ Episode 7

"This week shines more of a spotlight on Meiko than we've seen in previous episodes."
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Chaos Dragon ‒ Episode 8

"When will these awful clichés stop rearing their ugly heads?"
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School-Live! ‒ Episode 7

"Although the series has touched before on Yuki's delusions not being entirely flawless despite how strong they are, this episode emphasizes that more strongly than before."
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Classroom Crisis ‒ Episode 8

"It was school festival time in this week's Classroom Crisis, meaning time also for A-TEC's traditional rocket launch."
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Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma ‒ Episode 20

"Watching different people stir pots isn't as exciting as some of the other cook-offs have been – but once again little details make the episode."
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Ranpo Kitan: Game of Laplace ‒ Episode 8

"Despite the simplicity of figuring out who the killer is in the first half of the episode, this is a really well put together show."
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Answerman - Why Does Anime Have "The Motion Picture" In The Title?

"Fatal Fury: The Motion Picture". "Slayers: The Motion Picture". "Lady Death: The Motion Picture". Why do US anime studios seem to insist on this antiquated label for anime films? ― Matt B. asks: I was wondering if all anime movies that say "The Motion Picture" were actually in theaters in Japan at some point? Often they don't seem much better quality than OVAs. Funny you should ask this, as this is...
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Ranpo Kitan: A Twisted Metamorphosis from Page to Screen

The gruesome mystery anime Ranpo Kitan serves as a flashier, gorier, modern adaptation of several famous Japanese horror stories by author Edogawa Ranpo. But how much did they change in the transition? ― Note: This article contains some spoilers for the first seven episodes of Ranpo Kitan. You've probably heard the names Edgar Alan Poe and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle before. They're two of English literat...
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Blood Blockade Battlefront GN 1-4

It was one of the biggest hits of the spring season, but the manga's been around for years. Gabriella Ekens catches up and discovers what you might've been missing. ― Dark Horse licensed Blood Blockade Battlefront – the second series by famed Trigun creator Yasuhiro Nightow – way back in 2011. It was an obscure property, however, until this year, when Studio Bones released an anime adaptation (direct...
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Death Note (Drama) ‒ Episode 7

"This episode makes for a permanent shake-up in the Death Note story."
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Naruto Shippuden ‒ Episode 425

"Too much talk and not enough action."
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ANNCast - Old Toys Club

Sometimes you have thousands of vintage Japanese robot toys, or thousands of anime DVDs, or artbooks, or whatever special thing filled that existential space inside of you. Sometimes, after many years of collecting, you're ready to let it all go. ― ANNCast Episode 235: Old Toys Club Get the Flash Player to see this player. Sometimes you have thousands of vintage Japanese robot toys, or thousands of ...
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My Love Story!! ‒ Episode 20

"Here it is, the moment we've all been waiting for: the Valentine's Day episode!"
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Gintama ‒ Episode 285

"The episode's twisted take on Japanese festival games is well worth the price of admission."
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Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works Limited Edition Bluray Box 1

Nick Creamer's original review of the first 12 episodes of Fate/stay night is updated with an in-depth look at the new bluray box set, a review of the English dub and some new insight from included interviews. ― Unlimited Blade Works is a tricky one to approach, both structurally and due to its place in a broader, creakier canon. The show technically adapts the second of three routes included in the ...
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Ultimate Otaku Teacher - episodes 1-12

He's a hardcore otaku who claims he can only do what he burns with passion for, but when he becomes a teacher, all bets are off. It's a sitcom with a painfully unlikable main character - strap in! ― The unconventional teacher who finds ways to reach out to and motivate troubled students has been a recurring story element for decades in live-action movies and TV shows, and anime has certainly had its ...
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Answerman - How Popular Are Japanese Voice Actors?

Exactly how popular and successful are your average Japanese voice actors, and how do they compare to American VAs? ― DJ Alexander asks: Recently I discovered that Seiyuu surprisingly make quite the source of income off an anime compared to everyone else whom partake in the production of an anime, which leads me to wonder. How big is voice acting in japan? Are all Seiyuu seen as celebrities equivale...
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The Grim, Disgusting Magic of Tokyo Ghoul

The wildly entertaining, fantastically bloody and visceral Tokyo Ghoul has drummed up enormous enthusiasm from the fan community; Gabriella Ekens digs in to the manga and the anime to find out why. ― If you've been to an anime con lately, you might've seen flocks of people walking around in white wigs and black leather S&M masks. Don't worry, it's not the latest gimmick in salacious teen sex, but cos...
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The X Button - Lost in Blues

This week, Todd reviews the under-the-radar Vita RPG Lost Dimension! Plus Exist Archive, a Resident Evil return, and some extreme Guilty Gear nerding out. ― Fighting games play us for suckers. To be fair, just about any game series with semi-annual upgrades plays us for suckers, but fighting games at least do it predictably. The initial version of a new fighter comes out shiny and freshly redesigned...
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What Did You Eat Yesterday? GN 9

Shiro's emotional and comfort level progress are made more apparent as he faces new trials like familial illness, standing up for Kenji, and, worst of all, the impending closure of his favorite grocery store in this latest volume of Fumi Yoshinaga's slice-of-life series. ― Time has been passing slowly over the course of Fumi Yoshinaga's quiet slice-of-life series What Did You Eat Yesterday, something...
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Monster Musume ‒ Episode 7

"Of all the monster girls that have appeared thus far, Rachnera is the most monstrous."
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Overlord ‒ Episode 7

"A series being too deliberate and methodical for its own good is definitely possible, and that is the trap that Overlord is falling into."
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The Best and Worst of the Season So Far: Week of August 5-11

Check out which episodes of the summer streaming season you and your compatriots loved the most in the last week! ― Our team of reviewers are following 26 27 anime series of the Summer 2015 crop, now with Shimoneta joining the fun. And this season, at the top of each Daily Streaming Review, we added a little rating widget to let our readers chime in. So let's have a look at what ANN readers consider...
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Interview: Shinji Takamatsu

The director of the hit magical boy comedy Cute High Earth Defense Club Love! talks about what it was like creating a show for the fujoshi market. ― We had the pleasure of sitting down with Shinji Takamatsu at Otakon 2015, where he was an invited guest of PonycanUSA to promote the recent North American release of Cute High Earth Defense Club Love. How does it feel to be here at Otakon, promoting Cute...
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Snow White with the Red Hair ‒ Episode 7

"Your dose of warm fuzzies this week come courtesy of Snow White with the Red Hair."
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Yuki Yuna is a Hero Bluray 3

Yuki Yuna wraps up with a conclusion that might not satisfy everyone, but Ponycan's release includes some insightful commentary. ― The non-fighting parts of the first two-thirds of Yuki Yuna is a Hero establish each of the five members of the Hero Club and build strong bonds of love and friendship between them. Although that development was quite satisfying on its own, the final four episodes show ex...
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Non Non Biyori Repeat ‒ Episode 7

"Compared to last week's collection of short stories, this episode features a much clearer theme and a more cohesive narrative."
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Actually, I Am… ‒ Episode 7

"The comedy is stretched pretty thin here, and the laughs don't come quite as often as they should."
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Castle Town Dandelion ‒ Episode 7

"This week's episode of Castle Town Dandelion is fluffy and forgettable, but a fun time while it lasts."
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God Eater ‒ Episode 5

"Never have I been so frustrated to learn that I'd have to wait two weeks for the next episode."
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One Piece ‒ Episode 705

"This is a really beautiful episode and it has almost nothing to do with flashy animation of any kind."
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Shelf Life - Love Me Like You Do

A jam-packed Shelf Life this week with three new reviews, plus week's new releases!
- My Little Monster
- Noragami
- Please Teacher
― Jump to this week's reviews: My Little MonsterNoragamiPlease Teacher! On Shelves This Week Hayate the Combat Butler Season 1 Complete Collection BD, DVD Sentai - 1300 min - Sub - MSRP $99.98|$79.98Currently cheapest at: $58.42 Rakuten|$46.73 Rakuten Synopsis: Because ...
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Answerman - Why Aren't More Races Represented In Anime And Manga?

Although wonderfully diverse in genre and subject matter, anime isn't particularly known for being as diverse when it comes to ethnicity among the cast. Justin gets into it. ― J. Sinclair asks: I'm very disappointed in the lack of variety of skin tones of manga and anime characters. If you were to break the shades down by Copic markers the only color you get is E00 Skin White, and rarely a dark skin...
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Classic Review: Paranoia Agent ‒ Episode 6

"There was a storm warning on for this week's Paranoia Agent. Heavy rain approaching, with a high chance of flooding."
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Gangsta. ‒ Episode 7

"After last week's downpour of catharsis, we're treated to some fun interactions between our main characters."
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Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE! Blu-Ray 1

This lighthearted confection about a team of magical boys comes to bluray with a bevy of extras and an oversize case, but is it worth the price? ― From the director who brought you Daily Lives of High School Boys comes another comedy about high school boys...who have to dress up in frilly outfits to save the world. Cute High Earth Defense Club Love, winner of winter 2014's unwieldiest title, is a str...
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Heroic Legend of Arslan ‒ Episode 19

"The Heroic Legend of Arslan's ideas aren't complicated, but it's nice to be back on track, instead of continuing down the path of mindless cast expansion."
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Durarara!! ×2 The Second Arc ‒ Episode 6

"These were some of the best episodes of Durarara!! period. More please."
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Charlotte ‒ Episode 7

"Remember Yuu's supervillain tendencies from way back in episode one? Well, the show hasn't forgotten about them."
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Wagnaria!!3 ‒ Episode 7

"The future is more uncertain than it's ever been in this series, and that's pretty exciting."
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Gatchaman Crowds insight ‒ Episode 7

"Things are getting very, very gloomy in Gatcha-land."
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Haven't You Heard? I'm Sakamoto GN 1

Are you ready to meet Sakamoto? He's an incredibly charismatic, amazingly skilled new kid at school, and he's got a solution for everything in this very funny spoof of high school manga. ― Who is Sakamoto? No one seems to know, but they can all agree on one thing – he is preternaturally awesome. Recently transferring to an average, everyday high school from someplace known as “Innocence,” Sakamoto is...
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Rokka: Braves of the Six Flowers ‒ Episode 7

"I think I'm pretty lenient on poor animation, but there does come a point when I have to put my foot down."
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Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma ‒ Episode 19

"This is a good breather between the fried chicken storyline and the Autumn Elections."
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SHIMONETA Episodes 1-7

Theron plays catch-up with the first seven episodes of this season's raunchiest comedy, set in a future where sexuality is all but outlawed.
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Ushio & Tora ‒ Episode 7

"There's a lot on Ushio's shoulders right now, and I don't just mean because Tora likes to perch there."
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Chaos Dragon ‒ Episodes 6-7

"Pacing means nothing anymore. There is no emotional investment allowed here. Only critical rolls."
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Classroom Crisis ‒ Episode 7

"Classroom Crisis has successfully built its characters into well-defined people with a set of shifting but emotionally charged relationships."
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The List - 7 Righteously Confident Protagonists

A new breed of hypercompetent badasses who know full well they're awesome are the headline attraction in a lot of new anime series these days. Here are seven of 'em. Try not to fall in love. ― The milquetoast protagonist is a well-known one. He's the guy in an anime where every girl wants him, for no discernible reason. His primary goal is to be a self-insert but this usually means he's generic in e...
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Prison School ‒ Episode 6

"It's still difficult to pinpoint exactly how much logic to throw out the window when watching Prison School."
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Demon Prince of Momochi House GN 1

It may feel like a reiteration of several other supernatural shoujo series at first, but by the end of the volume, Aya Shouoto's latest series is well on its way to standing on its own two metaphorical feet. ― Aya Shouoto has officially Made It in the English manga market: The Demon Prince of Momochi House marks her third series licensed and released in under a year. Falling somewhere in-between Kiss...
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GATE ‒ Episode 7

"So far Gate has largely restrained its otaku side, but it has always been lurking in the background. With episode 7 that aspect comes to the forefront, at least for a while"
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School-Live! ‒ Episode 6

"This episode stumbles not in the slightest and does what it is trying to do precisely and very well."
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Answerman - Do Japanese Businessmen Really Drink As Much As I've Heard?

The legends surrounding the drinking habits of Japanese salarymen are well-known and frequently depicted in anime. But is Japan's drinking culture really that hardcore? ― Leafy asks: I keep hearing about how Japanese businessmen would go out to bars for talks and such and that it's a major part of their culture, and that if one invites you to drink, it's very rude to turn it down (which, I would gue...
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Death Note (Drama) ‒ Episode 6

"As Death Note heads into its sixth episode, we reach the Third Kira Arc."
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Why Persona Is Still A Big Deal

The last game in the Persona series is around 7 years old, but the games remain wildly popular, maintaining a special place in the hearts of anime fans. With the fifth game right around the corner, Gabriella Ekens explores why Persona still means so much. ― When I first encountered Persona 3 as a young JRPG fan, it was a revelation. I'd grown up on Final Fantasy and just entered puberty. This JRPG di...
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.hack//Roots DVD

We have enough high quality "stuck in an online game" shows now where maybe we don't need to rely on ol' .hack//Roots anymore. ― In this third series in the overarching .hack franchise, which is comprised of anime, manga, light novels, and games, you have to wonder if it's worth going back into Cyber-Connect's MMORPG “The World.” At least in part this is because, based on the events of the show, it a...
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Naruto Shippuden ‒ Episode 424

"Fans who have longed to see the series' two most important characters join forces to take down the main antagonist are sure to walk away happy."
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Ranpo Kitan: Game of Laplace ‒ Episode 7

"One thing is for certain, though: this tale of Panorama Island is certainly strange. In this show, that can only be a good thing."
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The Best and Worst of the Season So Far: Week of July 29-August 4

Recently we enabled user voting on each new episode of the series we're covering. Here's what you thought the best (and worst) new shows of the summer season were (so far)! ― Our team of reviewers are following 26 anime series of the Summer 2015 crop. And this season, at the top of each Daily Streaming Review, we added a little rating widget to let our readers chime in. So let's have a look at what ...
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My Love Story!! ‒ Episode 19

"There are many adorable episodes of My Love Story!!, but this episode may be the most adorable."

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