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"As a high school comedy with an interesting twist, Gabriel DropOut is fantasy-flavored slice-of-life done right."
"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."
"The wheels of the plot are in motion again, but there are several pieces of the puzzle that make me ask "why?""
"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."
"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."
"Classicaloid has yet to do a two-parter before, but this is a good place to start."
"March's underlying material remains strong, but its ways of executing on that material can be pretty shaky."
"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."
"The clock is ticking if Sekizan wants to be the one taking his team to Hanazono, and there's no room for slowing down."
With Itachi's story behind us, the anime moves into adapting Shikamaru's story, with much more faithful results.
"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."
"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."
"The return to comedy was welcome after the first cour took us down some dark corners, but two episodes in, it already feels stale."
"If only something would actually begin to happen, now that we're in the second cour."
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.
"It's getting a tad repetitive as we enter our third episode of standing around in a room talking."
"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."
"All in all, Zestiria the X is setting its second season up to be a little bit darker than its predecessor."
"A fun, filler-style episode with a hook that I actually like a lot."
"This may be the weirdest and silliest episode of Classicaloid yet, but it's also one of the most enjoyable."
"Having recovered from his cold, Rei finds himself reflecting on his time at the Kawamoto home and comes to an unfortunate realization."
"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."
"At its core, this episode was about keeping things moving, even if it means rushing through details that warrant some more explanation."
"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."
"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."
"Overall, the series represents the franchise well, with its strong technical merits pushing it to above-average levels for an action anime."
"In spite of some occasionally shaky narrative diversions, Sound! Euphonium 2 ultimately stands as a worthy successor to its remarkable first season."
"Overall, I wouldn't say Girlish Number was a capital-g Great show, but it was an incisive, empathetic, and very witty one."
"Nanbaka's new look makes it clear that this battle is on a different level than the previous ones."
"For an episode that's mostly just the characters standing around talking, there manages to be a shocking amount of variety in the content."
"In the end, its story problems will put off a wider audience, but I can see fans of the semicolon franchise leaving content."
"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."
"This episode laid on thick just how dark a path everyone is walking now."
"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."
"Bittersweet and thought-provoking, this finale deftly brings Souta's story full circle."
"Kiss Him, Not Me goes out with a bang in an energetic but seldom surprising finale."
"After two stressful matches in a row, both Rei and March itself needed some cooldown time."
"Pay your tabs and head on home, folks, because it's closing time for WWW.Wagnaria!!"
"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."
"This finale was both overdrawn and undercooked, exacerbating WIXOSS's worst qualities."
"Drifters' first season was, at the very least, a strong teaser for a story that had a lot of unfulfilled potential."
"This final episode is JoJo's Bizarre Adventure at its best."
"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."
"With all the joint practice team dynamics shaking things up, this episode's game is gripping despite a few too many slideshows."
"Episode 487 fills in many of the blanks relating to this arc's most prominent guest characters."
"Narratively, Yuri!!! on Ice isn't a flawless ride, but the highs far outweigh the bumps in the road."
"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."
"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."
"The Nationals performance resulted in a sturdy episode that felt like a fitting conclusion to a broad array of character arcs."
"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."
"I thought I knew what to expect from this show, but with Musashi's full story, Nanbaka surprised me once again."
"The latest volume of Natsume's story exited our screens as abruptly as it came, leaving behind only fallen petals and bittersweet memories."
"I can't really say I'm eagerly waiting for Trickster's next act to begin, even with such a cliffhanger ending."
"This was an episode where I could see the strings being pulled for the good of the plot, and it didn't feel natural."
"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."
"From this point forward, Luffy's journeys will all be about connecting us to the end of the story."
"It looks like Poco's inability to remain in human form may finally give way to some genuine consequences."
"As it enters its conclusion, let's hope that Occultic;Nine stops dawdling and just let its characters do things."
"Episode 11 puts this cast and their relationships front and center and lets them run amok, making it a pure hilarious joy to watch."
"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."
"With just three magical girls left, it's finally time to close the curtain on this game of survival."
Despite a troubled journey, Izetta wraps up all its story threads successfully and accomplishes its goals as an alternate history adventure.
"It's clear from its very first moments that sound and place are crucial in this episode."
"With several relationships approaching the point of no return, the main characters of WWW.Wagnaria have plenty of emotional minefields to navigate this week."
"Whatever Flip Flappers has become now, it no longer resembles the show we started with."
"This episode contains so much of everything that Lostorage incited WIXOSS does right and a good bit of what it does wrong."
"Thank goodness the manga is now coming out in English, because I'm not quite ready to say goodbye to this series just yet."
"After a showy fight on the streets of Morioh, the Josuke and Kira fight changes gears in this penultimate episode."
"With so much of the last eleven episodes feeling like protracted setup, I've started to burn out on Drifters a little bit."
"Thanks to Gion becoming less annoying and more likable with every week, I'm fully invested and looking forward to his journey to Hanazono."
"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."
"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."
"Like its characters, Yuri!!! on Ice has fallen victim to sky-high expectations."
"Takami is back in action, having finally made it to the 502nd. Unfortunately, that also means Hikari doesn't have a place there anymore."
"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."
"Reina's crush on her teacher has been a bit of an albatross for Sound! Euphonium."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"I've got high hopes that the show will keep delivering on that something special that One Piece has always had."
"The next episode is primed to be action-packed, and hopefully it'll make a little more sense than this week."
"It's just a shame that the series took until its penultimate episode to finally crystallize what it does right again."
"Of these three filler style episodes, this one's probably my favorite."
"Rinko's character arc enters its next phase in an emotional Poco's Udon World."
"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."
"This week's March comes in like a lion was consumed by Rei's encounter with the sixty-five year old Mr. Matsunaga."
"We had Mozart and Beethoven focus episodes, and it's now time for the next one in the line-up—Chopin!"
"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."
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?
"Things are a rollercoaster right now for our dear little antagonist, as his luck seems to be spiraling back and forth."
"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."
"Although Dazai and Kyouka both put in token appearances, it's really all about Atsushi, Akutagawa, and Fitzgerald this time."
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