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"Here at the finale, everything comes down to one last standoff between Kuroko and Akashi."
"With 200 servings necessary to pass the egg breakfast challenge that began last week, all of the main characters are relying on their own specialties and good luck skills to get them through."
The 700th episode (!) of One Piece takes its first steps into the story of Law, Doflamingo and Corazon.
"Why have a show with a story and characters when you can just parade the bodacious heroine across the screen again and again?"
"Things returned more or less to normal this week for a slower outing of Yuki-chan."
"Luckily, this week's venture into Flashback Land is material we haven't already seen before."
"This show is a lot of fun, but I'd love to see it become something even more than that."
"In an episode in which virtually every female Gintama character gets a chance to bring the funny, the proceedings are over-the-top as usual."
"The Heroic Legend of Arslan continues to be a bizarre mix of strengths and faults."
"Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches came into the season with plenty of good ideas, but it never quite overcame the challenge of fitting twenty-four episodes worth of plot into twelve."
"Here at the end, Plastic Memories is less Time of Eve and more Clannad."
The third season of Uta no Prince-sama wraps up with a fourth already on the way, which means maybe this one doesn't so much "conclude" as it does "pause".
"Fortunately the camp storyline is almost over, and within two weeks we should be moving on to different plots."
The palace-top fight with the villainous Doflamingo continues, and snippets of his backstory start coming to light.
"Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works ends on a deceptively high note."
It's the end of Danmanchi, which means Hestia and her famous physique are heading off into the sunset... for now.
Oregairu's second season wraps up; Nick reflects on the final episode.
Nisekoi: wraps up its second season, but there may not be a real conclusion to much of anything in the cards.
"I said last week that Nagato Yuki-chan likely couldn't keep up its (surprisingly well-composed) drama act forever, and this week revealed the truth of that."
"The series closes out well, in a far more orderly fashion than where it started."
"Ninja Slayer From Animation always knows exactly how to bounce back."
"Wish Upon the Pleiades' finale proves that potential isn't everything."
"This week's installment brings the highly-anticipated genderbent arc to a moderately satisfying, albeit predictable, conclusion."
"This season mid-point leaves us with slight frustrations unassuaged, but enough humor to make it go down easy."
"Mikagura School Suite remains a flawed series, but a conclusion this strong makes it easy to overlook those weak points."
"Kumiko was the star this week, in an episode with one simple theme: deciding what we play for."
"Mostly, this episode is transitional, setting the characters up for further conflicts."
High School DxD BorN wraps up its latest season while still leaving room for plenty more.
"At long last, the full truth about Black and White's complicated relationship has come to light, and it's literally heartbreaking."
"Considering the sheer scope of plotlines this series ambitiously tackled, the final episode does a passable job of wrapping things up."
"It'll be curious to see how Plastic Memories decides to put a cap on its ideas, since it could go one of many ways at this point."
"At the moment, Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches is trying too hard to think when it needs to just feel."
"Is there anything salvageable here at the end, when the show finally shows itself out?"
"Welcome back to the final game in the final arc of Kuroko's Basketball, where things just keep getting more intense."
"Ufotable missed their chance to make FSN:UBW's conclusion a real spectacle."
UtaPri's third season is almost over. Which gorgeous group of guys will sing and dance their way into performing at the fake Olympics?
"Surprisingly enjoyable, Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign may not have brains, but it's full of heart."
"Sometimes we have to deal with not-nice people, though. We can't always choose our company."
"Ultimately, despite a couple of amusing fight scenes, there's not a whole lot going on in this episode."
"The conclusion of this plotline is one of the stronger ones and I'm hoping that Sailor Moon Crystal can do it justice."
"Most of this episode is actually spent in flashbacks, although it wouldn't be fair to call it a clip show or recap episode."
"This episode goes from harmless to intense relatively gradually."
"As a lighthearted piece of entertainment, Assassination Classroom will be a tough act to follow."
"Thanks for the journey, Stardust Crusaders! Enjoy that last train home..."
An episode focused entirely on Kosaki Onodera mixes things up a little near the end of Nisekoi:.
This week marked the third straight slow, atmospheric episode of the disappearance arc, and likely the most unsettling episode so far.
"Punch Line is going to be 12 episodes after all. That's good, because as it turns out, one episode would have been nowhere near enough time to wrap things up."
"It's a day at the beach for Takeo, Yamato, Suna and friends—literally!"
"The team finds a collective purpose as Subaru comes to terms with her individual one."
"When the entire plot centers around the central romance and the pair still don't admit their feelings, that can get a little frustrating."
"Mikagura School Suite usually takes its sweet time moving the story along, but this episode starts off on a compelling note."
"Sound! Euphonium enters its final episodes having made virtually no missteps so far, and is currently one of the finest anime dramas I've seen."
"The Heroic Legend of Arslan can do a lot with flashbacks and philosophizing when it wants to, but that requires deepening those ideas beyond what we've already seen."
"Although previous plotlines were rushed, the show now appears to be gearing up for the final battle, and it's not in much of a hurry to get there."
"There are a handful of quiet moments in this episode, and each one goes a long way toward keeping the show afloat."
"At this point, Gunslinger Stratos is becoming more entertaining than it's been in a while, but for all the wrong reasons."
"As things are looking up for Seirin, Akashi decides to make his next move."
"I am now a lot less confident about a strong finish than I was after last episode."
"This episode very much borrows from the DBZ school of logic where we kind of have to assume that what we are seeing is the super dramatic slow-mo version of events."
"This show was so much easier to watch when it had Nico Nico comments."
"The fight has only just begun, and the fight is glorious!"
"Seraph of the End has established a solid repertoire between all of its characters."
"Visually, this final confrontation pales in comparison to earlier encounters."
"This episode recaptures the show's unique sense of humor and finally justifies the lengthy journey to the top floor of the hotel."
"Today's episode focused on one of the unsung stars of SNAFU - Hayama Hayato."
"This episode features the shokugeki Soma challenged Shinomiya to last week, with Tadokoro's expulsion as the prize."
"This episode wasn't quite as striking as last week's, but it continued the conflict established there with thoughtfulness and grace."
"This isn't quite up to the level of other recent episodes, but it's still a good ride."
"When the title character YEEART!!s, it's crucial to YEEART!! right along with him."
"How strongly Punch Line nails this episode gives great hope for a powerhouse conclusion."
"The producers of Naruto Shippūden want to make sure we fully appreciate the Obito-Rin-Kakashi dynamic, even it means beating us over the head with it repeatedly."
"Even in an episode that's pure fluff, there's still so much to admire about this series."
"If an anime comedy continues long enough, a gender-swap story is likely to spring up."
"This week involves a surprising new discovery about Rinne's past, while Sakura and Tsubasa gets dragged along for the ride."
One Piece finally joins our Daily Streaming Reviews with an exceptional episode that heralds the coming conclusion of the Dressrosa arc!
"Like several other shows this season, Mikagura School Suite seems content to roll through its remaining episodes on cruise control."
"If it came to your own comfort and glory or your friends' happiness, what choice would you make?"
"We've watched Arslan grow up across the past nine episodes, but now we see the evidence of that growth."
"With world-ending calamity on the horizon, the show has only one episode left to relax and indulge its silliest roots, so by god, it's going to indulge."
"Good ideas and sloppy storytelling cancel one another out here, leaving this episode in the nebulous middle ground between clever and dull."
"Episode 9 showcases another example of the series cramming too much plot into just over 20 minutes."
"There are three episodes left, so Plastic Memories is either going to try and throw some plot at us or dwell on Isla's fate hardcore."
"If you want more from your fan service show then just nudity and action then it's hard not to like what this series is doing."
"I've grown to enjoy the squad's rapport, but this does feel like padding."
"Overall, it's about five minutes of content stretched out to twenty."
"With not too many episodes left in this candy-colored reverse harem, it's time for UtaPri to actually get back to that pesky main plot."
"I love these characters, and they've worked hard and come so far for themselves. They've earned this victory lap."
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