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"With the endgame within reach, Ohnoki lays his motives bare in this week's somber installment."
"Rumor has it that the darkest hour is just before dawn, and the hour's looking pretty dark right now for Kitaro and his friends."
"As slowly as we're inching our way through this fight, this episode is well-directed and story-conscious enough to make sure the little nuances feel like a big deal."
"Laxus' entrance offers the most excitement in the fight against Ajeel, which otherwise feels a little truncated."
"The Mouryou plot is as immediate and entertaining as it's ever been, though a steep drop in the quality of the artwork keeps this from being the slam-dunk penultimate outing it could have been."
"This is the standard lowest moment for our heroes before they (hopefully) rally back for the finale."
"Perhaps because of how intense last episode was, the reunion with Alice this week doesn't quite capture the spark of excitement that it should."
"Despite its issues, this is still a major improvement on last week's underwhelming mix of recap scenes and bland side story."
"If Hitomi and Yuito's relationship can make it through the dark of the moon, maybe we'll get that Disney ending after all – or at least Hitomi will come out stronger on the other side."
"We already knew that Narancia was a firecracker, but now we see exactly how far he's willing to go."
"I'm usually able to take an episode's aesthetic failings in stride if the story can pick up the slack, but it's another issue altogether when they become this distracting."
"It's time for another lively affair involving superpowers, all sorts of new characters, and plenty of twists."
"I have confidence that Bloom Into You will pull off its climax in the best way possible, avoiding obnoxious "rivalry" clichés for something that truly does its characters justice."
"Once again, Banana Fish's desire to sprint toward another twist works against it."
"This installment lacks the whimsy and irreverence of the show's better moments, while focusing on a half-baked last-minute development for the sake of heightened drama."
"The show's pacing is still completely gonzo, and some of the story's developments would probably have benefited from not getting rushed through so quickly."
"This is the kind of culminating delivery that I would normally associate with an arc's climax rather than its opening act, so I have to wonder what more the story can achieve after this."
"The stakes have never been higher than in this arc, but the emotional core of the story has never felt so distant, as if it remains buried in the giant carapace wrapped around Tokyo."
"This episode on its own isn't nearly as exciting as what's to come, but at least the content is back to adequate."
"We already knew the team needed him, but this episode showed us that Shindo needs the team just as much."
"With just two episodes left, it's hard to imagine how this season might conclude, but that's what's so fun about this show – I have no idea where it's going, but I can still trust it to blow my mind."
"Thanks in part to the relative lack of narrative progress this week, it feels like we should be further along in the story than we are at this point."
"This episode reminded us of every character's disparate reason for practicing kyudo and how that affects their reaction to being put in a high-pressure situation."
"This is a goofy action-packed episode that dances around the line between every tonal risk this arc is taking, with appropriately mixed results."
"With an increased focus on employee interactions, this comedy series once again educates viewers on the trials faced by booksellers."
"Even as Double Decker jumps the shark straight over its second sun this week, there's still so much else going on this episode that I'm mostly boggled by how unnecessary each new twist feels."
"While this arc's final battle still seems a ways off, episode 85 offers up enough comedy, action, and intrigue to keep fans invested for the long haul."
"We're clearly gearing up for an end to the Western Yokai arc, so this is the point when we'd expect things to look the darkest."
"Fairy Tail doesn't always use fairy lore (or folklore) despite its name, but when it does decide to whip it out, it does things right."
"Release the Spyce finally pulls off a genuinely unexpected turn, at long last revealing the traitor who was selling out the Tsukikage."
"As the virtual world starts crashing down around our cast, this episode belongs to Anti."
"From the time that I read the source material for this episode, this was the part of the story I was most concerned about in adaptation."
"It's frustrating that the episode's nuggets of interest are buried in so much of what's basically filler."
"This episode takes some extra time to establish our new story arc, reminding us that this is just the beginning of something much bigger."
"Wasting this much screen time is a bad idea in general, and doing it this close to the end of the season is even worse."
"With Hitomi and Asagi both able to see their friendship through the storm, we get a clear picture of how much Hitomi has grown over the course of the show."
"This episode brings Romio and Juliet's external conflict into sharp relief for the first time since the premiere, and it's a welcome change of pace from the show's usual lackadaisical fare."
"It's not often that an episode about an attempt by saboteurs to bring down a jetliner comes off as low-key compared to the series' normal shenanigans."
"I care about these girls both inside and outside their relationship, and that's what makes Bloom Into You a cut above its peers."
"This installment doesn't reach the absurd comedic heights or heartening depths of the show's best moments, but it's still brimming with Zombie Land Saga's perpetually unique twist on idol conventions."
"Banana Fish's character writing is still a huge step up from last week, but its pulpy plot and exploitative framing choices keep threatening to undermine the show's higher peaks."
"We've gotten some interesting insights into the events that led to this crazy clown war, but at the further expense of the story's clarity and focus."
"The parts that are good are over too quickly, and too often the show just compensates with annoyingly loud emptiness."
"For maybe the first time in Bunny Girl Senpai, the snark factor has been minimized in an effort to resolve Nodoka's arc in a suitable fashion, giving us the best episode of the series to date."
"This season remains moored in a pattern of narrative successes being undermined by failures of execution, unable to escape the weight of its condensed runtime."
"This episode shows just how dramatically Kakeru has changed since joining the track team."
"Even in an episode that feels like a diversion, Golden Kamuy keeps the central mystery chugging along."
"With only three episodes left, the gang is still broken up and the season's big bad is now fully unleashed."
"A three-sided conflict could be a great test of Rimuru's leadership skills, but it'll only work if each faction has a compelling part to play."
"While this episode didn't successfully land every emotional beat, it looked great trying."
"Skull-face Bookseller Honda-san once again demonstrates that you can't please all of the people all of the time."
"This arc has experienced a number of starts and stops, and we currently look to be in another of its “stop” phases."
"No one in Fairy Tail has a particularly good grasp of slipping in under the radar, except maybe Gray."
"These are well-executed and entertaining tropes, but surprising twists and subversions are what make spy thrillers so much fun, which is where Spyce has been lacking."
"This whole episode is an effective exercise in pure artistic expression, and the climactic segment in particular gave me chills."
"This week was the (relative) calm before the storm, and it works well to that end."
"This episode's plot twist once again brings the story's uneven treatment of the goblins' threat level into stark relief where it doesn't hold up to scrutiny."
"Radiant takes a break from Seth and company this week to check in on Dragunov and his crew of Inquisition soldiers."
"For all its ups and downs, it's nice that the show ends on easily one of its best episodes."
"While these symbols of love, magic, and color could end up being pretty cheesy, it will also hopefully be worth it in the end."
"Giorno feels like an especially passive participant in his own story at the moment. He's coiled up like a snake, waiting for the right time to strike."
"This episode provides a chance for Char to nab the spotlight once again."
"Seeing this come down to a team effort rather than Touma just striking down Acqua with his fist makes for a more satisfying victory."
"I'm glad that we're finally getting a real payoff on all these episodes of build-up."
"This episode more than anything makes me wish that the studio had gone for something more transformative that really brought the story into the modern day."
"Saki's episode strays far from standard idol fare, while also wrapping things up in predictably unpredictable Zombie Land Saga fashion."
"I think the circus-half of the show's plot would benefit from giving all of its characters more time to shine."
"Cohesion has always been Black Clover's biggest failing, but now we're looking at numerous subplots that show plenty of promise, all getting stretched too thin."
"For not having much intensity or melodrama this week, this is a remarkably entertaining and well-executed episode."
"This season is still a confusing trainwreck, but it's a confusing trainwreck that I'm emotionally invested in."
"This sweet and often funny story has taken a turn for the bittersweet, and it'll be interesting to see how its character-driven plot pivots to match."
"Golden Kamuy keeps up its delicate mix of tones by delivering a serious murder mystery with some laugh-out-loud comedy on the side."
"Compared to last week's emotional fireworks, this is a relatively laid-back episode."
"On the whole, this is a subpar episode, and not because Touma isn't around."
"After last week's fairly formulaic training camp comes an in-between episode about the team ramping up for their first tournament."
"This week's Honda-san once again proves that the show is strongest when customer interactions are front and center."
"Double Decker still has time to find ways to weave episodic detective stories into its runtime, even as the overarching plot still builds up to the oncoming finale."
"This episode answers a number of questions that have been lingering since the beginning of the current arc and shines a sympathetic light on the show's latest set of villains."
"GeGeGe no Kitaro mines current events and uses its supernatural elements to frame them in a way kids can understand."
"We're in a strange place where the story is juggling a large variety of tones and ideas at once, so the pacing has to be a lot more careful than just padding everything out for dramatic suspense."
"Remembering why the guild is so important to everyone is part of what makes this series good."
"It feels like it's been a while since we've gotten to see a core team of Tsukikage pull off a mission together, and this episode's relatively straightforward plot presents the perfect opportunity."
"Even if the show's portrayal of American cities is a little dated, watching these characters zoom around and make each setting their own is half the fun."
"It feels like I'm calling every other episode of SSSS.Gridman its best yet, but that's because these escalating plot twists keep raising the show's own bar."
"This episode shines more if you're familiar with the source material, as it cleans up potential problem spots from omissions that the adaptation has made so far."
"Some parts of Goblin Slayer are weaker than others, but this time around, the good compensated for the bad and resulted in an ultimately enjoyable outing."
"This is a solid “back to basics” episode for Radiant, and it comes at a good time."
"Yuu's feelings for her senpai have been blooming for a while, but this week they really blossom."
"The thrills have been astonishingly reliable, and even the aspects I was ready to brush off have really come through."
"The story has begun to pick up emotional speed in its second half."
"Hopefully, trimming so much fat off the front-end of the plot will allow the rest of Karakuri Circus' episodes to give the source material the time and attention it deserves."
"Zombie Land Saga deftly uses its weird and irreverent charm to tell a healing story about a father and daughter, while also being a solid example of trans representation in anime."
"Mai and Sakuta's relationship definitely looks stronger and more stable than we commonly see in anime so far."
"Despite its bumps in the road, this is a shockingly pleasant episode, giving Kaneki and Touka's romance some space to blossom before the looming horror inevitably swallows them back up."
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