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High School DxD Hero ‒ Episode 10

"This episode powers through five duels in the Ratings Game and the set-up for the sixth."
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Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These ‒ Episode 11

"Watching the functional commanders of the Alliance deal with the incompetent bureaucracy of their leadership is the major focal point of this episode."
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Series Finale: Magical Girl Ore ‒ Episode 12

"Magical Girl Ore was silly and sometimes bizarre, but in the end, it was mostly just the same kind of magical girl show it parodied."
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One Piece ‒ Episode 841

"With the Big Mom Assassination plot a resounding failure, our heroes' efforts turn completely to escape."
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Golden Kamuy ‒ Episode 11

"Beyond Kano's characterization, the greatest problem with this episode is how ultimately unnecessary it feels."
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Food Wars! The Third Plate ‒ Episode 23

"For once in this series, Isshiki is deadly serious about what he's doing."
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Caligula ‒ Episode 11

"Caligula's penultimate episode isn't what I would call “good”, but it does offer glimpses into what a successful version of this show might have been."
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Cutie Honey Universe ‒ Episode 11

"There are times in this episode where it feels like the consistently troubled Cutie Honey Universe is truly in free-fall."
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GeGeGe no Kitarō ‒ Episode 12

"Like most episodes of this series, there's a point to its darkest moments."
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Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online ‒ Episode 10

"This phase of the battle was dramatically satisfying and featured a couple of nice twists along the way."
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PERSONA 5 the Animation ‒ Episode 11

"When everything comes to a head in this episode, it feels like a well-earned climax."
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DARLING in the FRANXX ‒ Episode 21

"I think it speaks to both this episode's success and its failure that I can spend so much time complaining about what didn't work and still maintain some interest in how things are going to shake out in these final weeks."
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FLCL Progressive ‒ Episode 3

"This one felt a little more scattershot than the previous two, and they're still repeating themes that have been fully clarified at this point, but I'm still dying to know where all this is going."
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My Hero Academia ‒ Episode 49

"This is My Hero Academia's proudest moment in the spotlight."
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Hinamatsuri ‒ Episode 11

"After spending most of last week in the background, Nitta makes a big return to center stage in this episode."
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Record of Grancrest War ‒ Episode 23

"The art, animation, and pacing were all lacking this week, but perhaps this was never the right format to fully enjoy this material."
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Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku ‒ Episode 10

"Not everyone finds it so easy to be as outgoing as Wotakoi's main cast, and this is where Kou comes in."
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Megalobox ‒ Episode 11

"In typical MEGALOBOX fashion, this episode is both incredibly on the nose yet appropriate and effective all at once."
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Comic Girls ‒ Episode 11

"While often comically inflated and routinely over-the-top, Comic Girls is always grounded in a dash of realism and anchored by relatable character emotions."
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Tada Never Falls in Love ‒ Episode 11

"Pacing issues left me feeling a little sour about an installment I really wanted to like, which also sums up my feelings on Tada Never Falls in Love in general."
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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations ‒ Episode 62

"This week's Boruto begins the battle against the Otsutsukis in earnest, and the good guys are already at a clear disadvantage."
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Black Clover ‒ Episode 36

"For as bad as it started out, this Midnight Sun arc has been working for me best out of all the arcs so far."
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Steins;Gate 0 ‒ Episode 10

"While I'm fine with fluffy filler every now and again, I think S;G 0 has officially hit its quota for the foreseeable future."
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Tokyo Ghoul:re ‒ Episode 11

"In true Tokyo Ghoul fashion, it's the “villainous” side that gets the most heroic moments this week."
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Lupin the Third: Part 5 ‒ Episode 11

"This red-jacket throwback episode really shows how the series has changed over the decades."
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High School DxD Hero ‒ Episode 9

"This episode's feature fanservice scene actually packs in an impressive amount of sincerity before ultimately collapsing into full-blown harem hijinks."
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Real Girl ‒ Episode 11

"If this is the last gasp for Ito's crush on Ayado, then it's a pretty underwhelming way to wrap up that storyline."
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Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These ‒ Episode 10

"Unfortunately, most of this episode lives up to its title of 'Interlude' too well."
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Golden Kamuy ‒ Episode 10

"This episode introduces a new character, develops its existing ones more, and drops a pretty big bombshell of a revelation for Asirpa."
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Magical Girl Ore ‒ Episode 11

"This episode was low on quality, but for once it was high on quantity, and that was enough to make me curious about everything it'll need to tie up in the final episode."
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One Piece ‒ Episode 840

"This is possibly the most important episode in terms of Sanji's arc in WCI, but it sure isn't much else."
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Food Wars! The Third Plate ‒ Episode 22

"It's a disappointment to see so much just tossed aside in the name of cramming the full story arc into too few episodes."
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Caligula ‒ Episode 10

"Caligula gives me exactly what I wanted all along by revealing the tragic backstory of every main character except for Ritsu, but in the worst way I could have possibly imagined."
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Cutie Honey Universe ‒ Episode 10

"The serious looks at Honey's deteriorating psyche and how others step in to support her are about all that Cutie Honey Universe does well this week."
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GeGeGe no Kitarō ‒ Episode 11

"If humans had known more about yokai matters, they wouldn't have become the authors of their own displacement as the dominant species in Japan in this tanuki-driven episode."
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Season Finale: Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card ‒ Episode 22

"This final episode feels very symptomatic of the entire season; it's still entertaining and enjoyable, but a little sparse on the plot."
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PERSONA 5 the Animation ‒ Episode 10

"I appreciate how these episodes that exist to transition the team from one target to the next use their time to explore some of the meatier ideas behind their actions."
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Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online ‒ Episode 9

"Despite its handful of problems, the story is still chugging along exactly on schedule, with the competition pared down dramatically and the first conflict between major players ready to get underway."
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DARLING in the FRANXX ‒ Episode 20

"I have a hard time believing that DARLING will be able to make this dramatic shift in focus feel earned."
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My Hero Academia ‒ Episode 48

"Season three so far has been pitch perfect, getting through its material swiftly but deliberately."
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FLCL Progressive ‒ Episode 2

"What makes this all work so well, pushing this episode from good to great, is how it utilizes that unique FLCL style to subvert our expectations."
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Hinamatsuri ‒ Episode 10

“This week's episode features Hitomi and Anzu dealing with typical middle school problems like renting a high-rise apartment, juggling multiple jobs, and picking up the pieces after an ill-fated gambling spree.”
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Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory ‒ Episode 8

“The shocking conclusion to this arc packs in plenty of thrills.”
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Record of Grancrest War ‒ Episode 22

“Even after 22 episodes in this show's universe, there's a lot I still don't get about crests.”
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Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku ‒ Episode 9

“Narumi and Hirotaka finally face their toughest challenge yet as a couple: going on a normal date.“
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Comic Girls ‒ Episode 10

“Tied together by a holiday theme, all three of this week's stories start strong but end on an inconclusive note.”
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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations ‒ Episode 61

“The Chunin exams conclude on a somber note as the story heads into its climax.”
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Tada Never Falls in Love ‒ Episode 10

"While there are still some cartoonish flourishes (because where would an anime comedy be without them), Tada and Teresa act much more like real people this week."
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Black Clover ‒ Episode 35

"For the time being, Black Clover is exciting, funny, and beautiful to look at."
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Megalobox ‒ Episode 10

"This late into the season's run, it would be more surprising to me if MEGALOBOX turned out an episode that wasn't excellent."
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Steins;Gate 0 ‒ Episode 9

"Though it wasn't without its moments, I can't help but feel that the show has spent enough time getting into Sad Okabe's head and could stand to get things moving at a more propulsive pace."
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Today's Menu for the Emiya Family ‒ Episode 6

"Visually, this episode of Today's Menu for the Emiya Family was especially effective."
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Tokyo Ghoul:re ‒ Episode 10

"With this episode, Tokyo Ghoul:re has done another commendable job weaving its seemingly endless stream of characters and plot threads into one big confrontation."
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Lupin the Third: Part 5 ‒ Episode 10

"On the one hand, this arc seemed to fly by too fast, but at the same time, this final installment felt paced just right."
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High School DxD Hero ‒ Episode 8

"It was nice to see Rias finally recapture at least some of her former assertiveness, but the series still has a ways to go on that front."
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Real Girl ‒ Episode 10

"After weeks of buildup, the time has come to sort out Real Girl's love triangle."
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Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These ‒ Episode 9

"The policies and points being made this week come across as dry even by this show's standards."
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Golden Kamuy ‒ Episode 9

"This isn't the most momentous episode of Golden Kamuy, but it does a great job putting the pieces in place for a big play later."
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One Piece ‒ Episode 839

"This is a rare episode that's both busy and extremely well-directed, offering some of the most fun spectacle in a long while, but it's hard not to be enthusiastic with a few caveats."
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Magical Girl Ore ‒ Episode 10

"This episode had a depth to it that so many previous episodes were lacking. For once, I'm excited to see where it takes this new direction."
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Food Wars! The Third Plate ‒ Episode 21

Azami's backstory gets its full due in this crucial flashback episode before the big Team Shokugeki.
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Cutie Honey Universe ‒ Episode 9

"Unfortunately, Cutie Honey Universe's underachieving execution diminishes what should be a pivotal moment."
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Caligula ‒ Episode 9

"It's always unfortunate to see an anime's plot fall apart right in front of your eyes, but that's exactly what happened to Caligula this week."
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Hinamatsuri ‒ Episode 9

"Considering this is her first appearance in Hinamatsuri, Mao does a remarkable job of carrying the first third of this episode on her own."
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GeGeGe no Kitarō ‒ Episode 10

"Compared to some past Kitarō adventures, I don't think that this episode has any grand plans to be meaningful."
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Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card ‒ Episode 21

"It's the penultimate episode of Clear Card, and while it looks like next week will give us a conclusion, it seems doubtful that we'll get anything particularly final."
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PERSONA 5 the Animation ‒ Episode 9

"Perhaps it's because the staff is as fond of Kawakami as the fans, but whatever the motivation, it was nice to see them actually give the character her due for a moment in the spotlight."
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My Hero Academia ‒ Episode 47

"I've talked about this show's limp arc structure in the past, but to my pleasant surprise, this Bakugo rescue story arc is leaning into that weakness in an interesting way."
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Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online ‒ Episode 8

"With this episode, Squad Jam 2 gets down to business."
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Series Premiere: FLCL Progressive—Episode 1

Haruko, Medical Mechanica, and all those truly embarrassing forehead bulges are back with a gender-swapped twist! How does Production I.G.'s FLCL 2 reflect on its hit Gainax predecessor?
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Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory ‒ Episode 7

"This is one of the most difficult rescue missions Sousuke has encountered yet, since he can't just brute force his way through it."
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Record of Grancrest War ‒ Episode 21

"This episode's events prove that even if the Imperial Army is united in name, the loyalties of its characters may not be so simple."
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Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku ‒ Episode 8

"I appreciated the show's willingness to forgo comedy for a more introspective tone."
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Megalobox ‒ Episode 9

"Even though it feels like the series' formula could grow stale at this point, this latest showdown doesn't disappoint, delivering as much drama, action, and flair as any episode before it."
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Comic Girls ‒ Episode 9

"After taking a backseat in recent weeks, Koyume and Tsubasa both shine in this week's Comic Girls."
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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations ‒ Episode 60

"Even with the Otsutsukis still MIA, episode 60 serves as the ideal lead-in to this arc's endgame."
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Black Clover ‒ Episode 34

"This feels like the kind of episode that I may have enjoyed more if I was reading it in the manga."
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Tada Never Falls in Love ‒ Episode 9

"It's too bad that one great episode late in a show's run can't make up for weeks of dragging its feet."
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Steins;Gate 0 ‒ Episode 8

"As a one-off love letter to what made Steins;Gate such a success in the first place, this episode is a remarkably effective chapter that makes me incredibly excited to see what's coming next."
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Tokyo Ghoul:re ‒ Episode 9

"Its complexity is what makes Tokyo Ghoul so impressive, but I can't say it's not nice to have a more simplistic episode now and again."
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Lupin the Third: Part 5 ‒ Episode 9

"Episode 9 seriously amps up the stakes of this arc and even adds in some attempts at social commentary."
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Real Girl ‒ Episode 9

"As uncertainty about their relationship builds, both Tsutsui and Iroha get some advice from their circle of friends."
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High School DxD Hero ‒ Episode 7

"Clearly the creative team has decided to prioritize size over variety or shapeliness in the fanservice, and I'm not thrilled about it."
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Golden Kamuy ‒ Episode 8

"Like his predecessor, the newest tattooed prisoner has a creepy lust for murder—but this time, for killing humans specifically."
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One Piece ‒ Episode 838

"There's a lot that's potentially interesting about this episode, but it doesn't do the structure of the story many favors."
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Magical Girl Ore ‒ Episode 9

"PRISMA snags the spotlight as Michiru and Ruka prove they've got as much reason to become magical girls themselves—and they've got just as much love to share."
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Food Wars! The Third Plate ‒ Episode 20

"Once again, we appear to be flying through the story at a breakneck pace."
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Caligula ‒ Episode 8

"While Caligula has yet to produce anything truly awful or outrageous, the past two episodes have committed one of the worst sins any anime can commit by being horribly boring."
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Cutie Honey Universe ‒ Episode 8

"This week delivers a more emotionally complex and ambitious episode of Cutie Honey Universe than ever before."
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GeGeGe no Kitarō ‒ Episode 9

"Underneath the latest harebrained scheme courtesy of Rat Man, there's a message about the culture of overwork in modern Japan."
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Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card ‒ Episode 20

"Things are finally taking off, and the answers should just keep on coming from here on out."
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PERSONA 5 the Animation ‒ Episode 8

"Execution aside, there are some excellent ideas in this episode, borne out of what worked about the source material."
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My Hero Academia ‒ Episode 46

"This episode's theme of pursuing the passion of heroism, even when taking action could technically be described as "selfish", allows Bakugo to really shine."
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Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online ‒ Episode 7

"While this episode did move on the slow side, it didn't have a single wasted scene."
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DARLING in the FRANXX ‒ Episode 19

"This is easily DARLING in the FRANXX's worst episode yet, a tepid and awkward mess that makes the rest of the show worse in hindsight."
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Hinamatsuri ‒ Episode 8

"There's a sense of giddy, reckless enthusiasm in the way this show plays with genre conventions and audience expectations."

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