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Gabriel DropOut — Episodes 1-2

"As a high school comedy with an interesting twist, Gabriel DropOut is fantasy-flavored slice-of-life done right."
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Gintama ‒ Episode 318

"The second installment of The Battle on Rakuyo continues to lay the groundwork for what will likely be one of Gintama's most epic, action-packed story arcs."
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Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans ‒ Episode 39

"The wheels of the plot are in motion again, but there are several pieces of the puzzle that make me ask "why?""
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Dragon Ball Super ‒ Episode 74

"With another decent two-parter wrapped up, I'm hoping we're getting closer to that Universe Survival arc that was announced a while back now."
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Tales of Zestiria the X ‒ Episode 14

"I'm glad to see Dezel taking a more active role in the story, because Rose's hesitation about the Seraphim is making it difficult for the story to include Mikleo, Lailah, and Edna."
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ClassicaLoid ‒ Episode 14

"Classicaloid has yet to do a two-parter before, but this is a good place to start."
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March comes in like a lion ‒ Episode 13

"March's underlying material remains strong, but its ways of executing on that material can be pretty shaky."
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Shōwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjū ‒ Episode 15

"Our rambunctious rakugoka is going through a rough patch, and while he doesn't find all the answers in this episode, he does scrounge up the motivation to keep moving forward."
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All Out!! ‒ Episode 14

"The clock is ticking if Sekizan wants to be the one taking his team to Hanazono, and there's no room for slowing down."
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Naruto Shippuden ‒ Episode 489

With Itachi's story behind us, the anime moves into adapting Shikamaru's story, with much more faithful results.
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KONOSUBA 2 - Episode 1

"The beginning of KONOSUBA's second season shows no sign of letting up, as all the things that you both loved and hated about the first season are back in all their glory."
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Twin Star Exorcists ‒ Episode 39

"This was probably the single ugliest episode the show has produced since the nadir of Shimon's introduction all the way back in Episode 5."
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Nanbaka ‒ Episode 15

"The return to comedy was welcome after the first cour took us down some dark corners, but two episodes in, it already feels stale."
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Trickster ‒ Episode 13

"If only something would actually begin to happen, now that we're in the second cour."
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Shōwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjū ‒ Episode 14

The tragic tale of Yakumo and Sukeroku continues, with the spark of new hope being lit for the first time as the story jumps ahead to the 1980s.
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One Piece ‒ Episode 771

"It's getting a tad repetitive as we enter our third episode of standing around in a room talking."
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Gintama ‒ Episode 317

"Unlike past premieres, episode 317 isn't a good jumping-in point for new fans, but longtime viewers are sure to eat up The Battle of Rakuyo's first installment."
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Tales of Zestiria the X ‒ Episode 14

"All in all, Zestiria the X is setting its second season up to be a little bit darker than its predecessor."
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Dragon Ball Super ‒ Episode 73

"A fun, filler-style episode with a hook that I actually like a lot."
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ClassicaLoid ‒ Episode 13

"This may be the weirdest and silliest episode of Classicaloid yet, but it's also one of the most enjoyable."
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March comes in like a lion ‒ Episode 12

"Having recovered from his cold, Rei finds himself reflecting on his time at the Kawamoto home and comes to an unfortunate realization."
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All Out!! ‒ Episode 13

"This week, it's time to learn why Sekizan started playing rugby."
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Naruto Shippuden ‒ Episode 488

"For the first time in a long while, Naruto Shippūden is able to wrap up a non-manga-inspired story without leaving any gaping plot holes or a sense of incompleteness in its wake."
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Twin Star Exorcists ‒ Episode 38

"At its core, this episode was about keeping things moving, even if it means rushing through details that warrant some more explanation."
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Nanbaka ‒ Episode 14

"Nanbaka needed a break from all the dramatic heavy lifting it's done lately, so it delivers a week filled with jokes, with nary a dramatic turn in sight."
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Series Finale: Flip Flappers ‒ Episode 13

"Flip Flappers used the last of its strength to deliver the best of itself, giving its gorgeous brand of confusion just enough elbow room to shine at the finish line."
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Series Finale: Brave Witches ‒ Episode 12

"Overall, the series represents the franchise well, with its strong technical merits pushing it to above-average levels for an action anime."
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Series Finale: Sound! Euphonium 2 ‒ Episode 13

"In spite of some occasionally shaky narrative diversions, Sound! Euphonium 2 ultimately stands as a worthy successor to its remarkable first season."
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Series Finale: Girlish Number ‒ Episode 12

"Overall, I wouldn't say Girlish Number was a capital-g Great show, but it was an incisive, empathetic, and very witty one."
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Nanbaka ‒ Episode 13

"Nanbaka's new look makes it clear that this battle is on a different level than the previous ones."
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One Piece ‒ Episode 770

"For an episode that's mostly just the characters standing around talking, there manages to be a shocking amount of variety in the content."
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Season Finale: Occultic;Nine ‒ Episode 12

"In the end, its story problems will put off a wider audience, but I can see fans of the semicolon franchise leaving content."
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ClassicaLoid ‒ Episode 12

"The content of this episode would rank it amongst the strongest Classicaloid has produced so far, but the way its plot points are stitched together results in some struggle."
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Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans ‒ Episode 38

"This episode laid on thick just how dark a path everyone is walking now."
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Dragon Ball Super ‒ Episode 72

"I do wish I knew that this was going to a fun mini-arc ahead of time instead of thinking it was a big dramatic turn for the series, but as a fun mini-arc I think it's pretty strong."
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Series Finale: Poco's Udon World ‒ Episode 12

"Bittersweet and thought-provoking, this finale deftly brings Souta's story full circle."
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Season Finale: Kiss Him, Not Me ‒ Episode 12

"Kiss Him, Not Me goes out with a bang in an energetic but seldom surprising finale."
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March comes in like a lion ‒ Episode 11

"After two stressful matches in a row, both Rei and March itself needed some cooldown time."
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Series Finale: WWW.WAGNARIA!! ‒ Episode 13

"Pay your tabs and head on home, folks, because it's closing time for WWW.Wagnaria!!"
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Flip Flappers ‒ Episode 12

"Flip Flappers' penultimate adventure is a major step up from last week both visually and emotionally, but the show still seems to be having trouble putting its numerous fragments back together."
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Season Finale: Lostorage incited WIXOSS ‒ Episode 12

"This finale was both overdrawn and undercooked, exacerbating WIXOSS's worst qualities."
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Season Finale: Drifters ‒ Episode 12

"Drifters' first season was, at the very least, a strong teaser for a story that had a lot of unfulfilled potential."
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Series Finale: JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable ‒ Episode 39

"This final episode is JoJo's Bizarre Adventure at its best."
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Season Finale: Keijo!!!!!!!! ‒ Episode 12

"Both in its finale and throughout its run, Keijo's magic lies in getting you to take seriously something that has no business being taken seriously."
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All Out!! ‒ Episode 12

"With all the joint practice team dynamics shaking things up, this episode's game is gripping despite a few too many slideshows."
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Naruto Shippuden ‒ Episode 487

"Episode 487 fills in many of the blanks relating to this arc's most prominent guest characters."
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Season Finale: Yuri!!! on Ice ‒ Episode 12

"Narratively, Yuri!!! on Ice isn't a flawless ride, but the highs far outweigh the bumps in the road."
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Twin Star Exorcists ‒ Episode 37

"So much of the show has been devoted to the growing relationship between Rokuro and Benio that an episode focusing on a confession of love was all but inevitable."
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Brave Witches ‒ Episode 11

"This episode is all heavy planning and action leading up to the featured battle scene, where the Witches have to protect their big guns as they make their shots at Grigori."
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Sound! Euphonium 2 ‒ Episode 12

"The Nationals performance resulted in a sturdy episode that felt like a fitting conclusion to a broad array of character arcs."
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Girlish Number ‒ Episode 11

"Girlish Number isn't coming to the most graceful conclusion, but it's still an insightful and witty show with a cast that continues to be likable in spite of themselves."
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Nanbaka ‒ Episode 12

"I thought I knew what to expect from this show, but with Musashi's full story, Nanbaka surprised me once again."
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Season Finale: Natsume Yūjin-Chō Go ‒ Episode 11

"The latest volume of Natsume's story exited our screens as abruptly as it came, leaving behind only fallen petals and bittersweet memories."
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Trickster ‒ Episode 12

"I can't really say I'm eagerly waiting for Trickster's next act to begin, even with such a cliffhanger ending."
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Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans ‒ Episode 37

"This was an episode where I could see the strings being pulled for the good of the plot, and it didn't feel natural."
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Dragon Ball Super ‒ Episode 71

"After the filler shenanigans of the past few weeks, it's nice to be reminded that this show has the capacity to be thoughtful too."
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One Piece ‒ Episode 769

"From this point forward, Luffy's journeys will all be about connecting us to the end of the story."
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Poco's Udon World ‒ Episode 11

"It looks like Poco's inability to remain in human form may finally give way to some genuine consequences."
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Occultic;Nine ‒ Episodes 10-11

"As it enters its conclusion, let's hope that Occultic;Nine stops dawdling and just let its characters do things."
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ClassicaLoid ‒ Episode 11

"Episode 11 puts this cast and their relationships front and center and lets them run amok, making it a pure hilarious joy to watch."
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Kiss Him, Not Me ‒ Episode 11

"Episode 11 brings the Asuma-centric mini-arc to a funny and satisfying conclusion that provides Mutsumi with the character depth he's lacked throughout most of the series."
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Season Finale: Magical Girl Raising Project ‒ Episode 12

"With just three magical girls left, it's finally time to close the curtain on this game of survival."
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Series Finale: Izetta: The Last Witch ‒ Episode 12

Despite a troubled journey, Izetta wraps up all its story threads successfully and accomplishes its goals as an alternate history adventure.
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March comes in like a lion ‒ Episode 10

"It's clear from its very first moments that sound and place are crucial in this episode."
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WWW.WAGNARIA!! ‒ Episode 12

"With several relationships approaching the point of no return, the main characters of WWW.Wagnaria have plenty of emotional minefields to navigate this week."
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Flip Flappers ‒ Episode 11

"Whatever Flip Flappers has become now, it no longer resembles the show we started with."
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Lostorage incited WIXOSS ‒ Episode 11

"This episode contains so much of everything that Lostorage incited WIXOSS does right and a good bit of what it does wrong."
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Season Finale: Bungo Stray Dogs ‒ Episode 24

"Thank goodness the manga is now coming out in English, because I'm not quite ready to say goodbye to this series just yet."
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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable ‒ Episode 38

"After a showy fight on the streets of Morioh, the Josuke and Kira fight changes gears in this penultimate episode."
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Drifters ‒ Episode 11

"With so much of the last eleven episodes feeling like protracted setup, I've started to burn out on Drifters a little bit."
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All Out!! ‒ Episode 11

"Thanks to Gion becoming less annoying and more likable with every week, I'm fully invested and looking forward to his journey to Hanazono."
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Keijo!!!!!!!! ‒ Episode 11

"Even if the broad outline of this episode's events is obvious, the sheer imagination, creativity, and audacity with which it's handled makes the content a joy to watch."
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Naruto Shippuden ‒ Episode 486

"Assuming next week's finale can live up to the episode that preceded it, we're looking at one of the show's best non-manga-inspired story arcs."
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Yuri!!! on Ice ‒ Episode 11

"Like its characters, Yuri!!! on Ice has fallen victim to sky-high expectations."
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Brave Witches ‒ Episode 10

"Takami is back in action, having finally made it to the 502nd. Unfortunately, that also means Hikari doesn't have a place there anymore."
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Twin Star Exorcists ‒ Episode 36

"Twin Star Exorcists got off to a rough start this week, but putting the focus on Shimon and Chijiwa's fight helped this episode make a solid comeback in the end."
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Sound! Euphonium 2 ‒ Episode 11

"Reina's crush on her teacher has been a bit of an albatross for Sound! Euphonium."
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Girlish Number ‒ Episode 10

"Girlish Number's reflections on the anime industry have been underwritten at times, but its understanding of people and the trials they face have been sharp from start to finish."
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Nanbaka ‒ Episode 11

"Episode 11 is designed as a combination of comedy and drama, but the shifts here make it feel like it's trivializing one or the other."
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Natsume Yūjin-Chō Go ‒ Episode 10

"After four seasons, this show is expanding its world in a big way, sharing stories and answering questions about characters who were always in the background."
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Trickster ‒ Episode 11

"At this point, I'm secretly hoping for more campy hilarity to fight the boredom stemming from my inability to care about any of these poorly fleshed-out characters."
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One Piece ‒ Episode 768

"I've got high hopes that the show will keep delivering on that something special that One Piece has always had."
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Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans ‒ Episode 36

"The next episode is primed to be action-packed, and hopefully it'll make a little more sense than this week."
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Izetta: The Last Witch ‒ Episode 11

"It's just a shame that the series took until its penultimate episode to finally crystallize what it does right again."
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Dragon Ball Super ‒ Episode 70

"Of these three filler style episodes, this one's probably my favorite."
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Poco's Udon World ‒ Episode 10

"Rinko's character arc enters its next phase in an emotional Poco's Udon World."
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Magical Girl Raising Project ‒ Episode 11

"Magical Girl Raising Project has had its share of flaws and missteps, but I give it a lot of credit for being able to invite so much speculation this late in the game."
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March comes in like a lion ‒ Episode 9

"This week's March comes in like a lion was consumed by Rei's encounter with the sixty-five year old Mr. Matsunaga."
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WWW.WAGNARIA!! ‒ Episode 11

"The show's main couple brings the comedy in a big way this week."
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ClassicaLoid ‒ Episode 10

"We had Mozart and Beethoven focus episodes, and it's now time for the next one in the line-up—Chopin!"
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Kiss Him, Not Me ‒ Episode 10

"Now that the rest of the harem has had a turn in the spotlight, Kiss Him, Not Me shifts the focus to Mutsumi Asuma, the second-least prominent member of the group."
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Season Finale: Haikyu!! 3rd Season ‒ Episode 10

After five exhausting and pulse-pounding sets, Karasuno's finals-qualifying match against Shiratorizawa has finally come to an end. But which team came out victorious?
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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable ‒ Episode 37

"Things are a rollercoaster right now for our dear little antagonist, as his luck seems to be spiraling back and forth."
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Lostorage incited WIXOSS ‒ Episode 10

"This back third of WIXOSS has embodied a weird kind of paradox, where too much is happening and not enough is happening all at once."
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Bungo Stray Dogs ‒ Episode 23

"Although Dazai and Kyouka both put in token appearances, it's really all about Atsushi, Akutagawa, and Fitzgerald this time."
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Drifters ‒ Episode 10

"This is one of the better “cooldown” episodes the show has had so far."

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