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Kuroko's Basketball ‒ Episode 25

"Here at the finale, everything comes down to one last standoff between Kuroko and Akashi."
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Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma ‒ Episode 14

"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."
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One Piece ‒ Episode 700

The 700th episode (!) of One Piece takes its first steps into the story of Law, Doflamingo and Corazon.
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Ninja Slayer From Animation ‒ Episode 12

"Why have a show with a story and characters when you can just parade the bodacious heroine across the screen again and again?"
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Disappearance of Nagato Yuki chan ‒ Episode 14

"Things returned more or less to normal this week for a slower outing of Yuki-chan."
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Naruto Shippuden ‒ Episode 418

"Luckily, this week's venture into Flashback Land is material we haven't already seen before."
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My Love Story!! ‒ Episode 13

"This show is a lot of fun, but I'd love to see it become something even more than that."
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Gintama ‒ Episode 278

"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."
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Sound! Euphonium ‒ Episode 13

Sound! Euphonium triumphs to the end.
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Heroic Legend of Arslan ‒ Episode 13

"The Heroic Legend of Arslan continues to be a bizarre mix of strengths and faults."
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Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches ‒ Episode 12

"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."
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Plastic Memories ‒ Episode 13

"Here at the end, Plastic Memories is less Time of Eve and more Clannad."
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Uta no Prince-sama - Maji Love Revolutions ‒ Episode 13

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".
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Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma ‒ Episode 13

"Fortunately the camp storyline is almost over, and within two weeks we should be moving on to different plots."
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One Piece ‒ Episode 699

The palace-top fight with the villainous Doflamingo continues, and snippets of his backstory start coming to light.
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Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works ‒ Episode 25

"Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works ends on a deceptively high note."
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Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? ‒ Episode 13

It's the end of Danmanchi, which means Hestia and her famous physique are heading off into the sunset... for now.
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My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU TOO! ‒ Episode 13

Oregairu's second season wraps up; Nick reflects on the final episode.
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Nisekoi: ‒ Episode 12

Nisekoi: wraps up its second season, but there may not be a real conclusion to much of anything in the cards.
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Disappearance of Nagato Yuki chan ‒ Episode 13

"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."
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Punch Line ‒ Episode 12

"The series closes out well, in a far more orderly fashion than where it started."
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Ninja Slayer From Animation ‒ Episode 11

"Ninja Slayer From Animation always knows exactly how to bounce back."
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Naruto Shippuden ‒ Episode 417

"Flashbacks continue to awkwardly prolong the final battle."
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Wish Upon the Pleiades ‒ Episode 12

"Wish Upon the Pleiades' finale proves that potential isn't everything."
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My Love Story!! ‒ Episode 12

"This week, the topic is Takeo's grades."
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Gintama ‒ Episode 277

"This week's installment brings the highly-anticipated genderbent arc to a moderately satisfying, albeit predictable, conclusion."
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Kyōkai no Rinne ‒ Episode 12

"This season mid-point leaves us with slight frustrations unassuaged, but enough humor to make it go down easy."
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Mikagura School Suite ‒ Episode 12

"Mikagura School Suite remains a flawed series, but a conclusion this strong makes it easy to overlook those weak points."
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Sound! Euphonium ‒ Episode 12

"Kumiko was the star this week, in an episode with one simple theme: deciding what we play for."
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One Piece ‒ Episode 698

"Boy, to call this an action packed episode is an understatement."
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Heroic Legend of Arslan ‒ Episode 12

"Mostly, this episode is transitional, setting the characters up for further conflicts."
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High School DxD BorN ‒ Episode 36

High School DxD BorN wraps up its latest season while still leaving room for plenty more.
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Blood Blockade Battlefront ‒ Episode 11

"At long last, the full truth about Black and White's complicated relationship has come to light, and it's literally heartbreaking."
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Show By Rock!! ‒ Episode 12

"Considering the sheer scope of plotlines this series ambitiously tackled, the final episode does a passable job of wrapping things up."
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Plastic Memories ‒ Episode 12

"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."
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Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches ‒ Episode 11

"At the moment, Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches is trying too hard to think when it needs to just feel."
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Gunslinger Stratos: The Animation ‒ Episode 12

"Is there anything salvageable here at the end, when the show finally shows itself out?"
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Kuroko's Basketball ‒ Episode 24

"Welcome back to the final game in the final arc of Kuroko's Basketball, where things just keep getting more intense."
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Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works ‒ Episode 24

"Ufotable missed their chance to make FSN:UBW's conclusion a real spectacle."
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Uta no Prince-sama - Maji Love Revolutions ‒ Episode 12

UtaPri's third season is almost over. Which gorgeous group of guys will sing and dance their way into performing at the fake Olympics?
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Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign ‒ Episode 12

"Surprisingly enjoyable, Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign may not have brains, but it's full of heart."
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My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU TOO! ‒ Episode 12

"Sometimes we have to deal with not-nice people, though. We can't always choose our company."
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Ninja Slayer From Animation ‒ Episode 10

"Ultimately, despite a couple of amusing fight scenes, there's not a whole lot going on in this episode."
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Sailor Moon Crystal ‒ Episode 24

"The conclusion of this plotline is one of the stronger ones and I'm hoping that Sailor Moon Crystal can do it justice."
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Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma ‒ Episode 12

"Most of this episode is actually spent in flashbacks, although it wouldn't be fair to call it a clip show or recap episode."
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Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? ‒ Episode 12

"This episode goes from harmless to intense relatively gradually."
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Assassination Classroom ‒ Episode 22

"As a lighthearted piece of entertainment, Assassination Classroom will be a tough act to follow."
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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders Egypt Arc ‒ Episode 24

"Thanks for the journey, Stardust Crusaders! Enjoy that last train home..."
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Nisekoi: ‒ Episode 11

An episode focused entirely on Kosaki Onodera mixes things up a little near the end of Nisekoi:.
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Disappearance of Nagato Yuki chan ‒ Episode 12

This week marked the third straight slow, atmospheric episode of the disappearance arc, and likely the most unsettling episode so far.
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Punch Line ‒ Episode 11

"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."
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My Love Story!! ‒ Episode 11

"It's a day at the beach for Takeo, Yamato, Suna and friends—literally!"
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Wish Upon the Pleiades ‒ Episode 11

"The team finds a collective purpose as Subaru comes to terms with her individual one."
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Gintama ‒ Episode 276

"More gender-swapped characters get their time to shine."
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Kyōkai no Rinne ‒ Episode 11

"When the entire plot centers around the central romance and the pair still don't admit their feelings, that can get a little frustrating."
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Mikagura School Suite ‒ Episode 11

"Mikagura School Suite usually takes its sweet time moving the story along, but this episode starts off on a compelling note."
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Sound! Euphonium ‒ Episode 11

"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."
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Heroic Legend of Arslan ‒ Episode 11

"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."
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Show By Rock!! ‒ Episode 11

"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."
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Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches ‒ Episode 10

"There are a handful of quiet moments in this episode, and each one goes a long way toward keeping the show afloat."
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Plastic Memories ‒ Episode 11

"Plastic Memories is now a full-blown domesticity fantasy."
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Gunslinger Stratos: The Animation ‒ Episodes 10-11

"At this point, Gunslinger Stratos is becoming more entertaining than it's been in a while, but for all the wrong reasons."
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Kuroko's Basketball ‒ Episodes 22-23

"As things are looking up for Seirin, Akashi decides to make his next move."
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High School DxD BorN ‒ Episode 35

"I am now a lot less confident about a strong finish than I was after last episode."
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One Piece ‒ Episode 697

"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."
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Uta no Prince-sama - Maji Love Revolutions ‒ Episode 11

"This show was so much easier to watch when it had Nico Nico comments."
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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders Egypt Arc ‒ Episode 23

"The fight has only just begun, and the fight is glorious!"
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Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign ‒ Episode 11

"Seraph of the End has established a solid repertoire between all of its characters."
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Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works ‒ Episode 23

"Visually, this final confrontation pales in comparison to earlier encounters."
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Assassination Classroom ‒ Episode 21

"This episode recaptures the show's unique sense of humor and finally justifies the lengthy journey to the top floor of the hotel."
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My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU TOO! ‒ Episode 11

"Today's episode focused on one of the unsung stars of SNAFU - Hayama Hayato."
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Nisekoi: ‒ Episodes 9 and 10

Two episodes of this harem comedy enter, but only one leaves.
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Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma ‒ Episode 11

"This episode features the shokugeki Soma challenged Shinomiya to last week, with Tadokoro's expulsion as the prize."
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Disappearance of Nagato Yuki chan ‒ Episode 11

"This episode wasn't quite as striking as last week's, but it continued the conflict established there with thoughtfulness and grace."
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Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? ‒ Episode 11

"This isn't quite up to the level of other recent episodes, but it's still a good ride."
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Ninja Slayer From Animation ‒ Episode 9

"When the title character YEEART!!s, it's crucial to YEEART!! right along with him."
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Punch Line ‒ Episode 10

"How strongly Punch Line nails this episode gives great hope for a powerhouse conclusion."
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Naruto Shippuden ‒ Episode 416

"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."
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Wish Upon the Pleiades ‒ Episode 10

"It's backstory time for poor Minato."
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My Love Story!! ‒ Episode 10

"Even in an episode that's pure fluff, there's still so much to admire about this series."
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Gintama ‒ Episode 275

"If an anime comedy continues long enough, a gender-swap story is likely to spring up."
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Kyōkai no Rinne ‒ Episode 10

"This week involves a surprising new discovery about Rinne's past, while Sakura and Tsubasa gets dragged along for the ride."
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One Piece episode 696

One Piece finally joins our Daily Streaming Reviews with an exceptional episode that heralds the coming conclusion of the Dressrosa arc!
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Mikagura School Suite ‒ Episode 10

"Like several other shows this season, Mikagura School Suite seems content to roll through its remaining episodes on cruise control."
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Sound! Euphonium ‒ Episode 10

"If it came to your own comfort and glory or your friends' happiness, what choice would you make?"
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Heroic Legend of Arslan ‒ Episode 10

"We've watched Arslan grow up across the past nine episodes, but now we see the evidence of that growth."
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Blood Blockade Battlefront ‒ Episode 10

"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."
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Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches ‒ Episode 9

"Good ideas and sloppy storytelling cancel one another out here, leaving this episode in the nebulous middle ground between clever and dull."
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Show By Rock!! ‒ Episode 10

"Episode 9 showcases another example of the series cramming too much plot into just over 20 minutes."
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Plastic Memories ‒ Episode 10

"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."
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High School DxD BorN ‒ Episode 34

"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."
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Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign ‒ Episode 10

"I've grown to enjoy the squad's rapport, but this does feel like padding."
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Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works ‒ Episode 22

"Overall, it's about five minutes of content stretched out to twenty."
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Uta no Prince-sama - Maji Love Revolutions ‒ Episode 10

"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."
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My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU TOO! ‒ Episode 10

"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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Sailor Moon Crystal ‒ Episode 23

"It's unfortunate, but maybe we should revel in what the episode does right as the Dark Moon story arc heads for its finale."

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