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"This week, Clear Card shakes up the formula by having Sakura meet a card that wants to be her friend."
"Has anyone ever thought of installing a lock on the daycare room? Because with Usaida's sleep habits, these kids sure wander off a lot."
"The Ancient Magus' Bride hasn't been short on dark underlying themes, but this week still marks a shift toward something darker on a greater scale."
"This episode is a great example of how to efficiently use action beats to develop character, even if the action and the characters on display are pretty routine stuff."
"The pacing of Citrus almost makes me wish Yuzu's love life would catch a break once in a while, but it was clear from the start that this isn't that kind of show."
"I finally found myself invested in Vegeta during this arc, and the story moves forward with a tone that really hammers home the impossible power of our final opponent."
"The road trip arc was a vital and entertaining direction for the story, but I will admit that I'm glad to have the show back in its old element."
"At the rate it's going, the Destroyal could compose most of the rest of the season. I'm not convinced that a single-cour series can afford this kind of pacing."
"I guess when the plot moves this quickly, cutting a few corners is to be expected."
"It's difficult to say how intentional it was, but this episode's modest success is rooted in its unknowable horror."
"Not every mythical creature makes a great pet—for example, a mandrake."
"Thankfully, the show continues to hold up even when spending time away from its central relationship."
"It doesn't quite stick the landing, but it's an admirable failure, which is something you don't see often from this series."
"Instead of tossing everyone together immediately for the sake of narrative convenience, the show has allowed its main characters to move at a pace that matches their personalities."
"Given the episode's strong content, it's really a shame that the visuals take a major nosedive this week."
"Now that the anime has finally adapted a story from the light novels, the differences between the anime and its source material have become very clear."
"Although it's by no means unsalvageable, it's hard to picture this storyline living up to the promise it showed in its earlier installments."
"Once again, Ains doesn't even make a cameo in his own show, but fortunately the supporting cast is strong enough to carry the episode."
"I'm glad the challenge of sending people to Antarctica isn't being glossed over, but the show hasn't quite figured out how to turn those obstacles into properly gripping drama."
"This episode shows why Kotaro is a top contender for the King of Cute award."
"Six weeks into Kokkoku's story, it continues to be a strange and unwieldy beast."
"Pops endears himself to the audience more than any of the other adult characters, providing most of the excitement that leads to the Colors' silliest and cutest antics."
"Our leads struggle with feelings of jealousy in a relationship that's on the verge of sliding from mutual encouragement to dangerously codependent."
"There's a lot going on to highlight this episode as the halfway point of the Whole Cake Island arc."
"The fight with Jiren is getting desperate, and you can see the toll it's starting to take on our main characters."
"While this isn't a thrilling episode, it does lay the groundwork for things to begin heating up and breaking away from the basic card-of-the-week format."
"Given how prone to bombast and absurdity DARLING in the FRANXX has been, it's ironic that its most low-key episode is its best one yet."
"Despite the show's failings in developing Mei's father, the change he produces between our protagonists is effective."
"A theme is emerging in this episode; for all the personality these “Red Box” hIEs have, they still regard themselves as tools rather than people."
"This episode finally allows the crew at MAPPA to let loose, which means that Sword, Gina, Luke, and even Sophie get a crack at slaying a whole mess of Horrors."
"This episode offers enough action, bloodletting, and general nastiness for fans to enjoy."
"The stories are thematically solid, but their execution makes me wish I could have seen this same content paced out better with stronger production."
"This episode spans just two distinct but momentous evenings from several angles, giving these characters the relationship development I've been craving."
"The boys' bubbly classmate Motegi encounters a creature whose existence seems laser-focused on fixing her phobia of lizards."
"After the Rain is approaching its midpoint with the confidence that I've come to expect out of this sublime little drama."
"This is a mess bogged down by turgid writing and off-putting fanservice, all capped off by the most horrifyingly tone-deaf note possible."
"Now that Hazuki has found her determination, it's going to be much harder for the naysayers of the magic world to stop her."
"The show's relaxed pace certainly plays a role in stretching these story arcs across multiple weeks, but Laid-Back Camp also appears to be just as interested in the journey as it is in the destination."
"This was the first episode that felt true to the style and tone of the original novels."
"While episode 44 does a decent job of discussing moral gray areas and raising the issue of class inequality, it's also one of the show's most action-lite episodes to date."
"This episode falls firmly into "basic children's action show" territory as opposed to the messier past few episodes. Still not great, but I can live with it."
"For the second week in a row, the series shows some serious ambition with its character drama, and it's delivered in a big way once again."
"We've seen how great Mr. Osomatsu is at parody. But when there's enough time to evolve from parody to homage, the show turns out something even better."
"Big changes are in the works, so I was pleasantly surprised to see this episode be so thorough and well-directed."
"The series has regained a sense of urgency and purpose by giving Majima clearer motivations and backstory."
"The ability to mix darker subject matter into a show that features kids smearing teens with obscene amounts of snot has been one of School Babysitters' enduring strengths."
"The main thrust of this episode is getting the girls down to the zoo for the day, but the path it takes to get them there is odd to say the least."
"Into every adaptation some filler, or at least padding, must fall."
"More old friends resurface as Gintoki and the gang mobilize against Ensho and the Altana Liberation Army."
"Up until now, this has been mostly Android 17 and Frieza's fight, but it looks like Vegeta's ready to step up and fight Toppo one-on-one."
Pop Team Epic has become more preposterous than ever before, so the reviews must follow suit...
"There is certainly an austere beauty to Souya's world, but I'm happy to see Rei return to his gentle home."
"This week continues the show's push to solidify DARLING's unique voice by fleshing out its world and characters, while delivering some satisfying robot action to boot."
"This latest episode of Citrus does its best to simply move on from some of the storytelling and tonal misfires that dragged down the previous one."
"For the first time, the story angles for a much meatier approach to exploring big issues, carrying with it greater impact."
"After last week's uncommonly solid episode, this week returns to the show's more familiar roots of unfortunate attempts at horror."
"Despite some abrupt introductions and curtain calls for certain characters, I'm optimistic that the show is finally finding its stride."
"Our heroine starts to get what she wants and, at the same time, has to deal with unintended consequences of her wish for the first time."
"Crimes against Hans Christian Andersen aside, there're still a lot of interesting stories being told here that are following."
"Death March is no longer actively upsetting in its execution, but it's simply settled into the routine of a bland power fantasy instead."
"Super-comfy, relaxing, and hunger-inducing, I'd recommend this show to anyone with even an ounce of affection for these characters."
"If one of your reasons for watching this show is a desire to learn more about camping, there should be enough in this episode to meet that demand."
"Our resident curmudgeon Tazuki is the star of the show as he joins his pal Sora in adopting an unusual new pet."
"This is a doozy of an episode to critique, because it's such an onslaught of everything good and bad about the series at once."
"This anime is increasingly giving off the impression of following a formula instead of putting Violet (and the audience) outside of their comfort zone."
"Although this week's installment is all but devoid of action, it presents some thought-provoking moral quandaries and introduces us to an interesting new character."
"With the expedition about to begin, A Place Further Than the Universe has cranked the drama up a notch or two."
"Punishment! is Mr. Osomatsu's sharpest segment in a while, from its impeccable timing for escalation to how insanely excited the brothers get about what would only be cause for minor ordinary happiness to a normal adult."
"Even with Luffy and Sanji still on their way to meet up, the story manages to progress with one of the funniest episodes we've gotten in the arc yet."
"I've got plenty of room in my heart for big dramatic changes that keep the tournament interesting, but I don't think this episode puts in the effort to make this one satisfying."
"Every moment we spend focused on the cult members instead of the main family feels like it's holding the series back from the horror-flavored character drama it could be."
"School Babysitters makes a nice recovery from its missteps last week."
"Compared to the spirited adventures in previous episodes, this outing is decidedly more relaxed for our team of self-styled superheroes."
"The way things are escalating for Sakura, she's going to need all the information she can get as soon as possible."
"Bob Epic Team was on fire this week with two of the best gags that the guys at AC-bu have delivered yet to drag us further into the realm of lunacy."
"Showcasing Gintama's propensity for wearing many hats, episode 345 displays some of the show's rawest imagery to date before slipping into wildly subversive zaniness in the third act."
"As much as I love The Ancient Magus' Bride's sense of supernatural wonder, I'm glad we got to spend some time with its human characters."
"While the show's sexual and metaphorical intentions are only slightly less muddy after this week, the actual storytelling and direction on display are satisfyingly consistent and entertaining."
"At least for this episode, Citrus is putting its talent for melodramatic entertainment to questionable use."
"It's always nice to revisit old friends, and that's just what this extra episode of Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid feels like."
"Right now, the themes of this story are more interesting than the plot, which still isn't anything special in either the short term or the big picture."
"GARO actually abandons our heroes entirely this week to give us a full episode set inside the city's opulent walls."
"This episode provides a double-whammy of fanservice along with a chance for Yuya to prove his worth."
"This show is going to give me whiplash, but at least it's never boring."
"These two stories deliver surprisingly tighter direction than before, an effective use of ambiguity, and most importantly, some actual scares!"
"While Mii-kun's antics remained front and center, the episode's exploration of this strange family gave the tiny mummy's world a little more depth."
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