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Tokyo Ghoul √A ‒ Episode 8

"This is the final calm before the storm, and Tokyo Ghoul spends this time in its signature way: with quiet conversations between complex characters."
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Assassination Classroom ‒ Episode 7

"If you're here for the mix of silly and subtle humor, this episode is among the show's best."
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Death Parade ‒ Episode 8

Two men enter Quindecim and one of them is a murderer. Nona wants to find out how Decim will handle this. The answer? Air hockey.
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Your lie in April ‒ Episode 19

"With so much to resolve in the series' final episodes, this feels like an unnecessary diversion."
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Answerman - Business Minded

Hey, did you know that we're probably in another anime market bubble right now? Plus, the likelihood of Evangelion TV Blu-rays in the US, how Blu-ray rights are different than DVD, and the difference between licensing and distribution. ― Hey, I have a ton of questions in the Answerman inbox! Thanks to everyone that sent one in. Predictably, many people are talking about the ADV Films website, which ...
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Shirobako ‒ Episode 20

"Musani's resident Dostoevsky fangirl richly deserves this place in the sun."
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Naruto Shippuden ‒ Episode 401

"It's refreshing to see two taijutsu users go at it, and the animators take no shortcuts, meaning we get to see every kick, punch and defensive maneuver."
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Parasyte -the maxim- ‒ Episode 20

"Suffice it to say, this was not the show I signed up for."
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Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend ‒ Episode 7

"The most important thing is that we are now four down and one to go when it comes to expanding Aki's harem to its full extent."
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KanColle ‒ Episode 8

"There are a few standard-issue swimsuit jokes in this one, but KanColle ultimately doesn't spend much time on its bikini-clad battleships."
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Gundam Build Fighters Try ‒ Episode 20

"This week picked up with the second part of Sekai and Junya's mirror match."
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The Testament of Sister New Devil ‒ Episode 8

"While slightly more explicit than previous episodes, this is in no way the fanservice fest that the title implies."
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Yona of the Dawn ‒ Episode 20

"This week on Yona: SVU, Yona and Yun plan to infiltrate a human trafficking ring that specializes in selling beautiful young women across the border to the Kingdom of Kai."
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The X Button - Toukiden Talk

This week: a chat with the producer of Toukiden Kiwami! Plus tri-Ace, Disgaea, Rodea, Street Fighter, and something that could happen only in the early 1990s. ― I don't think I've talked about The Power Team here, even though it's the sort of odd video-game cultural relic I always enjoy discussing. Well, I'll fix that! I'm talking about The Power Team, a cartoon by-product of the rampant Nintendo ob...
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Happy Marriage!? GN 10

The final volume of Happy Marriage is simultaneously the happiest and the smuttiest. Rejoice! ― It is always a little disconcerting when you realize that how you see the main characters of a series and how the author sees them don't quite line up. In the case of Chiwa and Hokuto of Maki Enjoji's Happy Marriage, that turns out to be the case, at least for me. Enjoji states several times in the book ho...
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Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE! ‒ Episode 8

"The laugh factor here is nowhere near what it's been in past episodes."
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Yurikuma Arashi ‒ Episode 8

"Can Kureha's love stand up to this?"
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Short Peace Blu-Ray

Theron takes a journey through one of Japan's most acclaimed animated anthology films. ― Short Peace is also the name of a collection of manga short stories by Akira creator/director Katsuhiro Otomo, which was published in the 1970s. Here, like with the collection Memories, his name is the binding element to another collection of shorts, in this case all animated by Sunrise; he is the director of one...
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Yowamushi Pedal Grande Road ‒ Episode 19

"Everything's seemingly proceeding toward a happy ending, except for one glaring wildcard."
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Kamisama Kiss 2 ‒ Episode 7

"Balancing humor with drama without wandering from its focus, episode 7 is only missing some Nanami and Tomoe romance."
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Shelf Life - Space Case

It's a big week for releases! Plus, reviews of Space Brothers, Maid Sama, and My mental choices are completely interfering with my school romantic comedy! ― Jump to this week's reviews: Space Brothers Volume 1 BD, My mental choices are completely interfering with my school romantic comedy BD, and Maid Sama Complete Series BD. On Shelves This Week .hack//SIGN - Complete Series DVD Funimation - 700 mi...
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Maria the Virgin Witch ‒ Episode 7

"For as harsh as Maria's world can be, it's far from bleak."
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Yatterman Night ‒ Episode 7

"Yatterman Night really stretched its sophomoric jokes to the limit with the introduction of Ryu."
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Log Horizon Collection 2 Blu-Ray

The smash hit series about people trapped in an MMORPG - no, not that one, the other one - comes to a conclusion, but does it go out on a high note? Nick Creamer finds out. ― Log Horizon is the safe bet. It doesn't overreach, and it can sometimes drag, but if you give it time your investment will always be rewarded. Almost every strength and weakness that defined this season's first half remains true...
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The Rolling Girls ‒ Episode 7

"The Rolling Girls entered a new arc this week in glamorous, historic Kyoto."
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Aldnoah.Zero ‒ Episode 19

"While watching episode 19, one observation became inescapable: no matter what else happens, Lemrina is screwed."
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Gourmet Girl Graffiti ‒ Episode 7

"Going back to basics comes with its share of pros and cons."
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Kuroko's Basketball ‒ Episode 7

"This week revealed two vital pieces of information about Kise and Kuroko that we'd never known before."
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CROSS ANGE Rondo of Angel and Dragon ‒ Episode 20

"Even though it actually has very little action, episode 20 is nonetheless a very active episode."
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The Mike Toole Show - The Anime Alphabet

In response to the AV Club's "best animated shows ever from A-Z", Mike offers up his own list populated by anime's second-best shows. ― I was browsing the web last week when something caught my eye, and dragged it in mercilessly. It was yet another one of those list articles that the entire internet is turning into, but the topic was a hard one to resist: the best animated TV shows ever, from A to Z!...
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Give to the Heart GN 1 & 2

Give to the Heart is a sad, strange, fascinating story that tends not to be at all what you're expecting. ― Give to the Heart marks Korean manhwaga Wann's fourth English title to get a print release (others are available as e-books only), and it is certainly one of the most unusual. Set in a post-apocalyptic world, it combines her addictive soap opera romance with a frightening and confusing science ...
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Durarara!!×2 ‒ Episode 7

"This week's episode profiles two characters, one old and one new, who couldn't be more different, and are probably destined for a head-on collision before the show is over."
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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders Egypt Arc ‒ Episode 7

"It's been a good long while since we've had a truly tasteless comedy episode, so the conclusion to the battle with Bast is here to satisfy!"
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GARO THE ANIMATION ‒ Episode 19

"It finally happened - GARO popped out its best episode yet."
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Sailor Moon Crystal ‒ Episode 16

"Not only do we have the excitement of seeing a formerly manga-only attack animated, Mercury's Shine Snow Illusion, but we also get a decent amount of character development for Ami."
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The List - 7 Trips to the Anime Underworld

Take a tour through the wildly imaginative ways anime has depicted the dark side of the afterlife. ― Cultures have pondered about life after death about as long as humanity has been capable of doing so. This includes differentiating between "good" humans and "bad" ones and sometimes further into "good," "mediocre," "bad," and "really, really bad." Some souls are denied reincarnation, others tasked w...
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Secret GN 1

While Secret shares elements of Yoshiki Tonogai's earlier works, it eschews the locked-room format and hidden identities of those other titles, focusing instead on the idea of trauma, guilt, and what happens when you survive, against all the odds. ― If you've read Yoshiki Tonogai's other works, Doubt and Judge, you might be forgiven if you think he's a bit of a one trick pony. Therefore the sight of ...
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Log Horizon 2 ‒ Episode 20

"This episode was dense. Dense in action, dense in ideas, dense in characters and narrative turns and climaxes."
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The Idol M@ster Cinderella Girls ‒ Episode 7

"The mess may be resolved a little too quickly, but it looks like these Cinderellas won't have to give up on the ball anytime soon."
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Assassination Classroom ‒ Episode 6

The series finally presents a challenge that Koro Sensei can't overcome on his own, and Funimation's english dub premiere gets some tentacle probing.
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Shirobako ‒ Episode 19

"Contains one of the series' biggest fantasy sequences."
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Death Parade ‒ Episode 7

It's an eye-opening episode of Death Parade packed with secrets and big story moments. Plus: a few thoughts on Funimation's recently premiered English dub!
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Review: The Last: Naruto The Movie

The inaccurately-titled Naruto film hits American theaters today, and Amy McNulty sits in quiet awe at its visual (and romantic) splendor... in spite of some other issues. ― The Last: Naruto the Movie is a lush ninja fairy tale, an almost perfect incarnation of the Naruto story that's enraptured so many fans from around the globe for well over a decade. There were almost two and a half years between ...
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Answerman - Life Is Just A Game

Why Viz just can't stream to Canada, where all the NYC dubs went, if Discotek is abandoning its classic anime releases, and whether we'll ever get a full DVD release of Hikaru no Go. ― Tough week here at Answerman. I got a few questions about the new Funimation broadcast dubs, but then they came out and answered most of the questions people were posing. Then we had our server issues last weekend, wh...
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Tokyo Ghoul √A ‒ Episode 7

"It's a simple episode this week, so I'll be covering Funimation's simuldub of the first episode as a coda to the episode 7 review."
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Naruto Shippuden ‒ Episode 400

"Filler-within-filler with a dash of flashbacks."
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Your lie in April ‒ Episode 18

"It's been a while since the last performance episode, and this week was a reminder that they're the best parts of the show."
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Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend ‒ Episode 6

Since its first regular episode Saekano has regularly been flirting with greatness, never quite getting there... until now.
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ANNCast - The Cosmic Odyssey of the Supernerds

The Supernerds are down a man as seasonal allergies claim Justin Sevakis, but Mike, Daryl and Zac soldier forth to chat about Jupiter Ascending, Shirobako, The Tale of the Princess Kaguya and much more. ― ANNCast Episode 217: The Cosmic Odyssey of the Supernerds Get the Flash Player to see this player. The Supernerds are down a man as seasonal allergies claim Justin Sevakis, but Mike, Daryl and Zac ...
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Akame ga KILL! GN 1

The smash hit action-adventure manga starring a brutal team of assassins makes its way to the US, but does it live up to the hype? ― At first it seems like we know this story. Tatsumi is the bright-eyed, eternally hopeful country mouse who comes to the big city full of big dreams. He gets taken advantage of by a pretty lady, but eventually he finds out that there are still some good people in the wor...
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House of 1000 Manga - Helter Skelter and Pink

In both Helter Skelter and Pink, Kyoko Okazaki loves peeling back the skin of femininity to poke at the sex and violence writhing underneath. ― Helter Skelter and Pink A word before we begin: a laugh and a scream are very similar. This line, from the opening of Kyoko Okazaki's Helter Skelter, could be printed on the first page of any of her work. As many artists have tried to do and precious few hav...
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Gundam Build Fighters Try ‒ Episodes 18-19

"It's the ace, Sekai, who has gone through the most these past two episodes."
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Parasyte -the maxim- ‒ Episode 19

"With the Tamiya Ryouko and is-Shinichi-a-monster arcs safely behind us, the show laid out the groundwork for its final act."
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KanColle ‒ Episode 7

"While it remains more competent than exceptional, it's nice to see KanColle back on form this week."
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ItaKiss: Complete Anime Series Collection Sub.DVD

Kotoko is at the bottom of her high school's hierarchy, and she has a crush on the elite Naoko, who turns her down flat. Naturally, they somehow wind up living together! ― Based on the late Kaoru Tada's 1990-1999 shoujo manga, Itazura na Kiss is both unusual and important in a couple of ways. The most striking is that, unlike many other shoujo romances, ItaKiss does not end with the main couple getti...
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The Testament of Sister New Devil ‒ Episode 7

"It's the first time we've clearly seen Mio as a person and not a fanservice vessel or a bundle of clichés. "
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The X Button - Solitary Confines

Todd digs up some tragically lonesome games of the last generation! Plus Dissidia, Phantom Dust, and a very busy release schedule. ― Many talented creators go unappreciated in the game industry, particularly when their careers are short, seldom documented, or submerged in misunderstandings. So it's great to see a tribute to Shinya Nishigaki, the director of the bizarrely adorable action games Blue S...
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Yona of the Dawn ‒ Episode 19

We all have different fears. For me, a lifetime of living in close proximity to the ocean has given me a healthy respect for its power, so the scene this episode where a couple of rogue waves come close to washing Yona from the shore sent a chill up my spine. If your fear is heights, however, this episode also has you covered, since the shore I mentioned is actually a goat track of a path along a...
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Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE! ‒ Episode 7

"The fanservice is so over the top that it's more a parody of fanservice, but it's still a lot of fanservice to handle."
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The Set List - Top 10 EDs of 2014

You asked for it, you got it: Hope counts down her top 10 ending themes from 2014, and your poll results from the top 10 opening themes are in! ― Two weeks ago, The Set List premiered with my personal countdown of the 10 best OPs of 2014. Thanks to the overwhelming response to our user poll, we have a viewer-selected Top 10 OPs list for this column, so thank you to everyone who voted! But first, it'...
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ANNCast - Baby, I Can See Your Halo

Yoshitoshi ABe's quaint little series about quaint little angels with dark, mysterious pasts comes under the microscope of sin-bound fans Hope, Zac, and guest commentator Matt Von Gonten. ― ANNCast Episode 216: Baby, I Can See Your Halo Get the Flash Player to see this player. Yoshitoshi ABe's quaint little series about quaint little angels with dark, mysterious pasts comes under the microscope of s...
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Yurikuma Arashi ‒ Episode 7

"After last week's heated climax, it's time for a little relaxation and character work with our main three."
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Meteor Prince GN 1

It's the age-old question: what would you do if a naked bishonen who turns out to be intergalactic royalty fell on your head? ― Meca Tanaka's third English release – Tokyopop translated Pearl Pink and CMX released Omukae Desu – isn't really a stand-out in terms of shoujo plotlines, but it's still totally adorable in its goodhearted joy. The story follows bad-luck magnet Hako, a high school first year...
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Kamisama Kiss 2 ‒ Episode 6

"A transitional vignette that doesn't hit the mark."
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Yowamushi Pedal Grande Road ‒ Episode 18

"Onoda is awesome, but the flashback this episode was a little excessive."
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Durarara!!×2 ‒ Episode 6

"This is a transition episode, and not a particularly graceful one."
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Shelf Life - Illusions of Grandeur

A run down of this week's new video releases. Plus, a glimpse at the new dub for Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions, and a review of Okamikakushi: Masque of the Wolf. ― Jump to this week's reviews: Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions! - Limited Edition BD+DVD and Okamikakushi: Masque of the Wolf BD. On Shelves This Week A Certain Magical Index - The Miracle of Endymion BD+DVD Funimation - 90 min - Hyb - ...
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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders Egypt Arc ‒ Episode 6

"Joseph Joestar's animal magnetism has put him in a real bind this week!"
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Yatterman Night ‒ Episode 6

"Even when Yatterman Night leans toward one mood or the other, it has enough of the opposite (like Leopard waiting for her friends to chase her) to keep viewers guessing."
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Maria the Virgin Witch ‒ Episode 6

"Sub Rosa" is Latin for "under the rose." Correspondingly, this episode was stacked with covert dealings."
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Ben-To BD+DVD

It's an all-out brawl to determine who gets the day's half-priced bentos, and Theron Martin is preparing for battle. ― In an era when most non-kids' anime titles that air in Japan get licensed for simulcast streaming, this light novel-based fall 2011 series was an odd duck. That it was not picked up for simulcasting is quite surprising, given that its content should easily appeal to Western audiences...
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CROSS ANGE Rondo of Angel and Dragon ‒ Episode 19

With all that she has learned, Ange figured to have a proper meeting with Embryo at some point. That comes about here, and it pretty much goes as viewers of the series might reasonably expect. In fact, nothing that happens in episode 19 is too surprising. That's good in the sense that the series' internal logic remains strong, and it does confirm a few suppositions about what happened while Ange w...
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The Rolling Girls ‒ Episode 6

"The conflict between the Tenmusus and Motors concluded this week, with familial relationships being patched, passions being rekindled, and new symbols of the unified town being born."
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Gourmet Girl Graffiti ‒ Episode 6

"Whether or not you enjoy this week's episode depends on your reaction to the following seven words: eight-minute bath scene with melting popsicles."
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Kuroko's Basketball ‒ Episode 6

"It's a testament to the influence of basketball in these characters' lives that it holds sway over their interpersonal relationships too."
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Tokyo Ghoul √A ‒ Episode 6

"One of the strongest episodes so far, thanks to its willingness to relax and dwell on the inner lives of many cast members that we barely knew before."
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GARO THE ANIMATION ‒ Episode 18

León's finally regained his role as the Golden Knight Garo, and all it took was his girlfriend's death! Seriously though, this was a good episode, a climax both in its pathos and visual flair. The status quo has been reaffirmed after four episodes of mixed meandering, and it couldn't have come sooner. Meanwhile, the animation quality shoots into the stratosphere with one of the best looking episo...
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Aldnoah.Zero ‒ Episode 18

For most of its run episode 18 seems like just an ordinary episode, one where gimmicky, Aldnoah-powered Kataprakts are taken down with clever tactics and the plot advances a bit. Its last pre-closer scene, however, shakes everything up. We have wondered for several episodes now where, exactly, Slaine's ambitions would lead, and now we know what his ultimate scheme is – and my, it's not only quite...
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The List - 7 Anime Kisses Heard 'Round the World

It's Valentine's Day, so the List is hard at work counting down seven of the best kisses in anime. ― February 14 is a lot of different things to people, whether it's a celebration of romance or day to spend Netflix-binging while eating fistfuls of chocolate. Let's live vicariously through our anime counterparts who eventually managed to plant a kiss on their beloved. The kisses are passionate, or cu...
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Jaco the Galactic Patrolman GN

Jaco the Galactic Patrolman combines space cops and science with idols and Earth cops to provide a story that mixes adventure with a little social commentary. ― You've got to hand it to Akira Toriyama – he's still got it. Viz's release of his 2013 single-volume title shows us that the man behind Dragon Ball is still capable of telling a fun, entertaining story that can reach beyond its intended audie...
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Log Horizon 2 ‒ Episode 19

A heavy and tremendous episode of Log Horizon this week. The method and tragedy of the Odyssey Knights was revealed, Minami's doom train made its first move, and the various personal arcs of Tohya, Minori, and Isuzu were all highlighted and pushed forward as the wyverns descended on Safil. All the narrative dominoes are beginning to fall now, and the resulting clashes are some of the most poignan...
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The Idol M@ster Cinderella Girls ‒ Episode 6

Unrealistic expectations are to be, well, expected, especially when you're working with teenagers. The major plot point of this episode, which doesn't come until the end, is handled with The Idolm@aster Cinderella Girls' usual impressive subtlety so that until Mio has her breakdown after a perfectly respectable debut concert, you don't even realize that it's brewing. The issue? Mio had managed to...
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Assassination Classroom ‒ Episode 5

It doesn't always take big ideas or grand emotions to make something worth watching. Sometimes, all it takes is a good sense of humor. Assassination Classroom is at its best when it's having fun, and that's exactly what it does this week. This episode is split into two separate stories, the first of which involves a student's attempt to kill Koro Sensei with poison. Okuda's weapon of choice is a ...
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Your lie in April ‒ Episode 17

There is a lot to unpack with this episode of Your Lie in April. At least, that's how it seems at first. It ultimately boils down to one basic theme, and development for two characters who needed it: Watari and Nagi. It's amazing that the show has gone on this long and we haven't learned much about Watari. The other three main characters received oodles of development, with even Tsubaki getting m...
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Shirobako ‒ Episode 18

Some days, it's really good to be Aoi Miyamori, and some days, it really, really sucks. As the responsibilities pile up for her position as head of production desk for Third Aerial Girls Squad, it's looking like more of the suck and less of the good. The second season has been all about her character arc, as Aoi comes into her own in her new position at Musani. This episode is all about the downs...
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Death Parade ‒ Episode 6

Welcome to Viginti, the judgement bar of our ruddy-haired, sour-faced friend who showed up last week and challenged Decim to a brawl. Harada, blonde-haired, fresh-faced playboy idol from the boy band C.H.A , and Mayu, C.H.A superfan with a personality bigger than her ridiculous teddy bear hair accessory - show up in Ginti's wood-paneled, carefully manicured bar for a deadly game of Twister. Ginti...
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Answerman - Historical Baggage

Is Japan REALLY more sexually permissive than America? Plus, cel collecting, Netflix's new foray into Japan, and the seeming lack of WWII anime. ― I know most of the country is buried under snow and cold, so it's unseemly to complain about this, but I don't care. It's February, all the trees in LA are in full bloom, and so my allergies are ABSOLUTELY DESTROYING ME right now. I guess I'd better finis...
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ANNCast - Weep for the Cheeseburger

Zac and Hope strap in for a journey through the nutty environmental beliefs of circa-2002 Shoji Kawamori in his magical girl show Earth Maiden Arjuna. Learn about the "evils" of antibiotics, abortion, fast food, and more! ― ANNCast Episode 214: Weep for the Cheeseburger Zac and Hope strap in for a journey through the questionably-sane environmental beliefs of circa-2002 Shoji Kawamori in his magical...
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Bonjour Koiaji Pâtisserie Season One Streaming

It's a reverse harem set in a bakery, where a young girl in the flour of her youth is pursued by a bevy of baking bachelors. What more could you possibly want? ― Bonjour Koiaji Pâtisserie is one of those rare shorts where five minutes feels like it is just the right amount of time while also giving the impression of being more than that. It doesn't drag – rather it's that the storyline of each episod...
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Naruto Shippuden ‒ Episode 399

Last week, Sand ninja Shira exchanged blows with Rock Lee during the food fight, establishing them as foes for the next round of the chunin exam. Sure enough, Shira acts as a leader for all Sand ninja participating in this round, tasking them with taking out Team Guy because he sensed they were strong. They are definitely strong, but no more so than any other team from the Hidden Leaf. However, w...
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Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend ‒ Episode 5

Last episode Tomoya somehow managed to wind up getting himself on a date with Megumi. This episode we get to see how that actually plays out. Somewhat surprisingly, it actually ends up not being the disaster that it so easily could have been with someone of Tomoya's disposition involved. In fact, by otaku standards it would be a smashing success, and all Megumi had to do to help make it happen is...
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Review: Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate

Dave Riley is on a mission to determine if the latest entry in Capcom's monster-slaying portable juggernaut is any more penetrable than the last. ― Monster Hunter's body language is the best in the business. Few games model the stages between an enemy being alive (and shooting) or dead (and in chunks), so saying that feels like half a compliment. But, amid the common complaints about how this series ...
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House of 1000 Manga - Master Keaton

Naoki Urasawa's world-famous globe-trotting insurance investigator comes under Jason's microscope. Master Keaton “Insurance is gambling. It’s nothing other than betting money on the probability of people—the insured—dying or not dying within a given period of time.” Insurance doesn't normally make people think “adventure.” But then again, manga is great at finding excitement in strange and seeming...
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The Testament of Sister New Devil ‒ Episode 6

The Testament of Sister New Devil frequently challenges me to say something nice, so this week I'd like to start this review with something I enjoy every single episode – the slow, focused animation in the opening theme. It's far superior to anything we see during the actual episodes, and the individual panels of, for example, slowly flexing feet or even gradually lowering torsos has a more artis...
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Parasyte -the maxim- ‒ Episode 18

All sorts of narrative and thematic threads came to a head this week, as the confrontation between Tamiya, Shinichi, and Detective Hirama resolved in bloody fashion. Bullets were fired, babies were saved, and humanity was claimed, exalted, and regained. Parasyte's somewhat lukewarm execution may not have given this sequence quite the dramatic punch it deserved, but the base narrative ingredients ...
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KanColle ‒ Episode 6

Taking a break from a show's usual tone can be a good thing. Slowing down an action series offers a chance to let the characters be themselves without having to mow down an endless supply of bad guys. A more mundane episode can do wonders for character development or provide a welcome comedic interlude. Or, as KanColle proves this week, it can just be kind of dull. Akatsuki and her fellow destroy...

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