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"This is the most entertaining bit of parody the show has delivered yet, but it's a gem within a bigger show that still has a lot of unresolved structural issues."
"As strange as this is to say about High School DxD, I am optimistic about the story so far but trepidatious about the fanservice going forward."
"We get plenty to think about this week, but ultimately this episode is another victim of Tokyo Ghoul's ambitions."
"If you had hoped that Golden Kamuy would bring more of Asirpa's home and culture into the story, this episode definitely delivers."
"It's like Erina's going through a renaissance all her own, and that's heartening to watch."
"Naruko has bumbled her way into the plot, but it's difficult to get excited about adding new members to the cast when the ones we've already met still haven't had the chance to do anything important."
"Maybe it's not really damning Cutie Honey Universe with faint praise to call this the best episode yet, since it feels like the story is just getting started now."
"Yuta goes on an Alice's Adventures in Wonderland-style journey to the GeGeGe Forest."
"The story content in this episode is crazy good, but that high octane energy easily gets lost when it feels like all the big scenes are standing around, quietly waiting for their turn to debut."
"We do get a new and likely significant card rearing its head, but for the most part there wasn't enough plot to fill this week, leading to some substitutions for time."
"By its nature, P5A not going to be as immersive as the game it's based on. However, it's still quite engaging and proves eminently watchable once it gets going. "
"I can easily recommend this series even to viewers who might not have cared for SAO."
"The only major issue with this otherwise stellar episode is the baggage that comes from this darned show being such a thematic mess."
"This cast is so big and saturated, and episodes like this know how to take advantage of that fact to keep giving the viewers at home something to chew on."
"I honestly don't know how this return could have been done better beyond the limitations of its TV budget."
"Hinamatsuri is a willfully and unapologetically weird show, but there's something charming about its willingness to throw logic out the window."
"It's no surprise that everything's coming up Theo, but this episode hints that the real surprises are coming next week."
"This show is so cool and confident that it ought to be criminal."
"Relationships are beautiful, but they're also tricky, and Wotakoi really feels like it's written from a place of experience with both the wonders and the warts of nerd love."
"Familiarity isn't always a bad thing, and while Comic Girls doesn't cover a lot of new ground, it seldom feels redundant."
"With its soft pastel art style and bouncy music, Tada Never Falls in Love has all the makings of a hit anime comedy, but it also has so many places where it could go wrong."
"This series seeks to sidestep the pitfalls that stymie other prequels and AU spinoffs by establishing a story that feels fresh and exciting."
"Sasuke reveals danger on the horizon and Boruto begins learning his father's signature technique."
"Take fan service-laden harem shenanigans and mix them with action sequences and a wonky interpretation of metaphysics, and you have the High School DxD experience."
"Real Girl currently occupies an interesting middle ground between the blind optimism of sugary sweet romance and the deliberate dysfunction of a more dramatic story."
"If it can keep juggling its tone well—taking the serious stuff seriously without sacrificing its lighter heart—I'd feel great recommending this Lupin III to just about anyone."
"Die Neue These is looking to be the big-budget Hollywood adaptation to the original show's History Channel documentary."
"My hope is that the show doubles down on its commitment to meta humor and shows us something entirely new, stretching the boundaries of magical girl parody."
"Despite my apprehensions after a long wait following a rocky journey, I got sucked back into the world of Tokyo Ghoul almost immediately."
"The story is incredibly suspenseful, constantly building on its central mystery, but the show's animation struggles threaten to bring the whole ship down."
"Food Wars! manages to be frustrating and triumphant before swinging back to frustrating again, and if it can fit that much emotion into under half an hour, I'd say it's holding up well."
Our weekly coverage of BEATLESS ends with an episode that opens up all sorts of complicated implications for the story going forward.
"While its distinct Persona influences might rub some of that franchise's fans the wrong way, there is potential to be had in Caligula's familiar setup. "
"The conversation around this episode begins and ends with one main scene; the moment of truth during Sanji and Pudding's wedding."
"For now, the show's inability to focus makes it seem more dated than any of its character designs or fanservice style."
"There's plenty of precedent for this children's horror serial to be delightfully creepy, and thus far it is living up to its potential."
"This episode's script serves characters well in individual moments but falls down when it comes to stitching those beats together."
"Everything from the animation to the story is as promising as My Hero Academia has ever been."
"This episode sidestepped dull blanket portrayals of character types to instead show how its characters are developing in complicated ways, and not always for the better."
"I look back at the Royal Capital arc now that it's finished and my memories are mostly filled with boredom, which could have been the product of many factors."
"The first installment of Boruto: Naruto the Movie's small screen adaptation doesn't offer much in the way of new content, but there are likely to be differences going forward."
"The pieces are all in place, and it's time to see where they fall, considering how many ways this day can go wrong for every party involved."
"This episode reminds us just how far Erina has come, proving that her new outlook on life is much more than just a passing fancy."
"This episode provides an astonishingly effective piece of storytelling, taking the show's myriad influences and shaping them into something cohesive and heartbreaking."
"I can't say that there isn't going to be an audience for these poolside shenanigans, but it's just not a full episode on its own."
"Overall, this episode comes off much better on reflection than it did when I first viewed it, so I would encourage anyone watching it not to just accept anything that happens at face value."
"April is the cruelest month, so what better way to open up April than by turning the spotlight on one of Fate/stay night's most cruelly underused servants?"
"These two episodes go at the same breakneck pace as usual, but their consistent focus on Theo makes their momentum easier to follow than usual."
"This week, Boruto finishes up its prelude to the events of the feature film in a surprisingly anticlimactic manner."
"This is one case where I hope this actually is the last we see of the anime, but not because it was bad."
"I found myself impressed with its individual episodes, but by the end, the series never quite came together as a whole."
"Through its rambling progression of episodes, March has celebrated all of its many half-stories, offering few clear answers but copious sympathy for the struggles we all endure."
"The end of the episode brings the arc to a suitable stopping point, while the epilogue provides another hook for the next one."
"This is easily the most well-adapted episode we've received in a long time, a perfect demonstration of the colorful yet twisted nature of Whole Cake Island."
"While DARLING continues its slow trickle of world-building and plot dissemination, the pieces of the puzzle remain so vague that it's difficult to grasp where all of this foreshadowing is headed."
"The series may now have finally reached the point where viewers will really have to work to keep up with the ideas it's exploring."
"-VANISHING LINE- wasn't always the most consistently animated or well-written series, but its highs outweighed its lows at every turn."
"An intense and subtle emotional experience, After the Rain overcame my initial reservations about its premise to become a heartwarming drama that I can recommend to anyone."
"The pets may be fictional, but the moments these human characters share with their companions are so genuinely warm that it almost feels real."
"This woeful adaptation is better off being forgotten."
"This feels like a study in lost opportunities. It's a story that deserved better than it got."
"The arc has reached a point of new twists and turns, but the action itself is starting to get pretty stale."
"If anything, this episode affirms that Violet Evergarden doesn't work as a gritty war story."
"Boruto continues to be rough around the edges when it comes to thematic progression and continuity, but those issues don't hold back this reasonably solid episode."
"The depths of hell is an awesome setting to let creativity run wild, but when it's time to escape its grasp, that's when the true Osomatsu magic happens."
"This is a title that I'd recommend to just about anyone, and it's a good example of what an original anime production can do when it's allowed to tell a story from beginning to end."
"This episode's final scene may be its most impactful, even though it takes place well away from the action."
"It's time to split up and get into place as the Big Mom assassination plot commences."
"Unlike those who live in the world of Stasis, anime fans only have so much time in their day, and there are much better series than Kokkoku to spend it with."
"Pop Team Epic bust out the big guns in its production to make a long meta-joke about dumb anime finales, replete with callbacks to some of the series' best moments."
"I don't think anyone was expecting Mitsuboshi Colors to end the season with a bang, but this final episode definitely comes off more low-key than necessary."
"Silver Soul wraps up its first cour with a no-holds-barred action extravaganza."
"I've complained before about the series piddling around in dragging out the Destroyal, but when it came time for a proper climax, it definitely delivered."
"School Babysitters never faltered in showing both the wonderful and disgusting aspects of toddlers. It managed to be funny, heartwarming, gross, and charming all at the same time."
"This episode ends on a much more sinister note than any of the ones before."
"There was a lot of beauty to be found in how things played out between the boy unable to die and the girl unable to live."
"Smiles and sunshine reign supreme in this week's extraordinarily fluffy episode."
"This episode pushes Hiro and Zero Two to the background again as Kokoro, Mitsuru, Futoshi, and Ikuno get involved in a rather complicated experiment."
"This concluding shift into kindness and understanding feels like a reprieve, like the audience has earned a story about sweet love after all that bitterness."
The Tournament of Power at long last comes to an end. But who will be left standing when the dust clears?
"Garo's penultimate episode offers just about everything you could want for the climactic entry in the -VANISHING LINE- saga, at least as far as pure spectacle is concerned."
"This conclusion gets an A for effort, though not execution."
"By this point, I feel that it’s fair to call this show’s initial presentation as a romance something of a bait-and-switch."
"I didn't expect How to keep a mummy to spend its penultimate episode world-building, but suddenly Mii-kun's world became vaster than I ever imagined."
"Death March basically feels like watching a Let's Play stream of an exceptionally mediocre RPG, recorded by the world's least interesting internet personality."
"With noticeably poor art and animation, and a plot that's trying too hard to introduce cute elements to an increasingly fraught situation, it isn't making the best use of its runtime."
"In terms of delivering on what it promised, I'd call Laid-Back Camp a resounding success."
"A fun piece of escapism that allows ordinary viewers to slot themselves into the Natsume Yujin-Cho universe."
"If I had to point to one story that best encapsulates the theme and appeal of Violet Evergarden, this episode would be it."
"This week, Boruto: Naruto Next Generations marks yet another box on the long-running shonen anime checklist: the unnecessary clip show."
"This is an episode for the Yuno fans, but Black Clover otherwise continues to march along just doing its thing."
"Reigen's just here to get us ready for what's to come, and he does a very fine job of that."
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