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"The fact that this show has a compelling story and likable characters is almost icing on the cake for how solid the production is across every single frame."
"It's not the defeat of Pet Shop, but everything that comes afterward that makes this episode so special."
"This marks week two of ufotable knocking it out of the park with anime-original material."
"SNAFU is full of good kids making exactly the kind of wincingly relatable mistakes that exemplify precocious, lonely adolescence."
With the glimpse into Bell's start as an adventurer, we're getting a better idea of how Bell and Hestia's bond was formed and continues to grow.
"If the world of Food Wars were suddenly to sink in the ocean, most of the characters wouldn't need flotation devices – they could all just bob along on their enormous egos."
"Nisekoi has always been a bit more artistically ambitious than most other harem series, and this second episode is probably its most ambitious."
"Though the first two episodes were basically just Nagato and Kyon's Harmless High School Life, the third episode has seen Haruhi staging a full-scale invasion of their club."
"This episode accomplishes its goal of adding some depth to a pair of previously flat characters."
Mike Toole begins his perilous journey seeking the secrets of Studio Trigger's bombastic new comedy, Ninja Slayer!
"Each of these pieces would work well on its own, but together, they come across as a rushed, choppy mess."
"It's a paint-by-numbers magical girl show, and if that feels fresh, it's mostly because no one's done it in a while."
"My Love Story!!'s premise sounds like a gimmick, but it's already transcended that in so many ways."
"You have to be an irreverent comedy fan first and a shonen action fan second to truly enjoy Gintama, and if you enter the series with that mindset, you're sure to walk away entertained."
"There's a show in here somewhere, but the details are drowned out by a relentless barrage of blinding enthusiasm."
"Kyoto Animation productions are always beautiful, but Sound! Euphonium so far seems to be on another level."
"This series leans heavily toward the comedy end of the body-swap story spectrum, but there's a reasonably clever spark hiding behind all the dumb fun."
"It's like a pinch of DiGi Charat, a dash of The iDOLM@ster and a quart of Sanrio-style magical girls mixed together and thrown into a frenetic cyberpunk setting."
"It's clear Tanaka did a lot of research on his choice of setting, and it will be interesting to see what path Arslan takes for himself."
"Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign shows that you don't have to be smart to be entertaining."
"While it is short on plot, it's long on loveliness, from the varied backgrounds to the boys themselves."
"While the story itself is simple material, it's the two powerful artistic voices behind the wheel that drive this setup over the edge to make it striking and unique instead."
"On the heels of a mediocre first episode, Gunslinger Stratos: The Animation is beginning to show some promise."
"The first episode suggested that Koneko was finally going to get her backstory turn, and episode 2 delivers on that."
"For a show that often gets stuck in an episode-long rut of anxiety or anger, these episodes are an extremely welcome depiction of the series' range."
"Plastic Memories has a lot of potential, and I hope it achieves more than just straightforward melodrama."
"This week's emphasis on new original material works out well."
"While Food Wars has its issues, there is one thing it is difficult to deny – it does a great job with tension. "
"These first two episodes show some innovation and dedicated world building that make it both fun and unique."
"There's another season coming this summer, but to be quite honest, this final episode doesn't feel like it needs any follow up."
"It's finally Iggy's time to shine, and he's definitely met his match in a falcon named Pet Shop."
"The show's writing is getting better at dealing with characters who aren't goofy yellow mutants with apocalyptic intentions."
"There's more action when you compare it to Sakura and Ino's studying montage from last week, but the episode's substandard animation easily drops it a grade."
"This is really the point where the first season should have ended."
"As with other pivotal moments in the series, this episode tries to cover too much ground in twenty-five minutes."
"This was a 100% silly detour for both our heroes and villains, but the temporary teamup was tons of fun."
Those only familiar with the Disney or French versions of the Cinderella story might not know it, but the title of this week's episode seems to be a reference to the variant collected by the Brothers Grimm – in that version, Cinderella plants a magic tree and waters it with her love and sorrow for her mother. That is what is needed to make her magic “flower” bloom; for the girls of the Cinderella...
"This episode is low on action and takes too many predictable paths to convey Ino's story."
"In the post-Yurikuma world, oppressive institutions still exist, but they're slowly being eroded away by the raging counterstorm of love."
"With the major drama of the tournament finals done and dusted, this final episode is packed with fanservice for loyal viewers and not much substance otherwise. "
"Everyone has been given a half-hearted end to their storyline, but as sophomore seasons go, this was a worthwhile continuation."
"Yowamushi Pedal Grande Road never loses sight of what it is, a sports anime with a lot of heart and an uplifting message of friendship and support."
"The series started incredibly strong, but lost momentum as it fell into more well-worn plots and ideas."
"In the end, Maria the Virgin Witch stands as a successful and even feminist work of humanism."
"This final episode plays to the show's strengths, avoids most of its weaknesses, and touches on the ideas that sit at the core of the premise."
"As graceless as it may have sometimes been in execution, it accomplishes a lot more, and more effectively, than the bulk of recent anime series have."
"Tokyo Ghoul was a deeply flawed, but wholly unique experience, and it went out as strong as it possibly could."
"There were so many matryoshka wheels spinning around in this season that the story ultimately seemed to be locked in place."
"This week on Kuroko's Basketball, get ready to have some feelings."
"There is a better series laying somewhere amongst this content than what we actually got."
"Rolling Girls wasn't great, but it deserved a better ending than this."
“Alignment” is actually a major theme this week as Cinderella Girls pairs off its last aspiring idols and the combination couldn't be more mismatched."
"The final episode of Aerial Girls was delivered, the wrap party is over, and Shirobako ends with them. Or so it seems."
"By introducing a character who can fight Koro Sensei on equal terms, the show forces itself to stop fooling around."
"Tenten's mini arc comes to a close this week, and although the episode adheres to many of the same conventions as the previous two arcs, it features its own distinctive twists."
"What these episodes don't do is give the series a sense of finality, either in a thematic or a storytelling sense."
"It's a bit of a stretch to call the ending of Kancolle a surprise, but it's certainly disappointing."
"A distinct effort is made to wrap things up while still leaving plenty of room for the sequel."
"All three main characters had powerful reasons to fight one-on-one with the Gunpla Academy members, making every stage of the battle interesting."
"There are endings that wrap everything up in a nice little bow and endings that just sort of stop. Then there are those like Yona of the Dawn's final episode."
"This finale is packed to the brim with fast-paced action and hard-hitting revelations, but it never feels rushed."
"Yurikuma criticizes how the idea of salvation can be used to justify a life of suffering."
"Most likely in the hopes of a third season, all chance of resolution to the Akura-oh storyline has been thrown out the window."
"The other characters' reactions to Onoda and Manami's actions keep the ongoing climb from getting tedious."
The true source of Maria's power problems is revealed in this penultimate episode, and Gabriella has a listen to Funimation's new broadcast dub!
"If there's a lesson to be taken out of this show, it's the perseverance of the human spirit in spite of all odds."
"Either one of these stories would have been a chore to watch at around twenty minutes, but cutting them down to half that length keeps either one from wearing out its welcome."
"I look forward to an episode where Kuroko does more than simply observe, and where the players are more than whatever the audience believes they are."
"While Rosalie and Hilda's effort to save and redeem Chris is far from the most important element of the story, it is the one thing that the episode does fully resolve."
"I don't know how you take material this apocalyptic and make it this drab, but DRRR x2 found a way, and it's a real bummer."
"I was already going to miss this show, but I won't complain about another episode or two demonstrating why."
"The penultimate (or is it really?) episode of Aldnoah.Zero had so much going on that it could not even be bothered to use its opener."
"This episode felt busy in a bad way, but hey, at least we got a bunch of great fights!"
"It's a return to the show's roots as an animated heavy metal album cover, and anyone who's into this show for its artistry will be satisfied."
"This episode combined everything that makes Shirobako great, tying it up into the perfect package."
"Hold on to your hats, everyone – this week on Sailor Moon Crystal the pretty guardians start to get it right."
Cinderella Girls turns in an inconsistent episode featuring three of the girls spinning off into their own group.
"This was one of the tensest episodes of Stardust Crusaders yet, but it never loses its healthy sense of humor."
"Kaneki is the bridge that burned, and now everyone else is going to burn along with him as the snow falls silently around them."
"An acceptable placeholder, burning up some excess airtime in a reasonably pleasant manner."
The mysterious woman's backstory is fully revealed while Ginti makes an interesting final judgment on his two loiterers in the penultimate installment.
"This is a story about teenagers wearing their big, messy hearts on their sleeves, and the show does that too. If that's what you want from an anime, it should leave you fully satisfied."
The last girl in Saekano's harem arrives in an episode that attempts to turn the genre's fanservice on its head.
"Provides us with a compelling look into the mind of a secondary character who often gets the shaft in the main storyline, without skimping on the action."
"After an excellent first couple arcs and questionable middle stretch, Parasyte is pulling itself together (no pun intended) for the ending."
"Here was an episode that told us how great Gundam is, when it is much, much better at showing us."
"KanColle is trying to juggle an awful lot of ideas here, and it'll take a deft hand to wrap everything up cleanly."
"Don't you just hate it when you suddenly realize that the room you're standing in is actually part of the digestive system of a hellbeast?"
"After hinting at a deeper connection between Atsushi and Kinshiro all season, their checkered past is finally revealed."
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