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The Promised Neverland ‒ Episode 7

"Given how much focus she gets this week, the issues with Krone mar the episode, but it's still a taut and compelling piece of the puzzle that leaves us with even more questions to tease us for another week."
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Black Clover ‒ Episode 71

"This looks to be a decent transition into a training arc, one that probably would have fallen flat much quicker without a character like Mereoleona to pump up our heroes."
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The Rising of The Shield Hero ‒ Episode 7

"The gradually growing number of artistic inconsistencies in the series is getting worrisome."
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Run with the Wind ‒ Episode 18

"Though this episode covers a lot of ground, it delivers a well-paced story that doesn't feel rushed."
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Mob Psycho 100 II ‒ Episode 7

"It feels like a privilege to watch an anime that's both this cool and this compassionate each week."
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Dororo ‒ Episode 7

"This week, Dororo swaps its usual violent action for a sweet “opposites attract” love story."
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That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime ‒ Episode 20

"If you've been longing for a return to the original formula of friendly encounters in a fantasy world, this story arc may be just what the doctor ordered."
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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations ‒ Episode 94

"While far from the franchise's funniest episode, this is an entertaining piece of sitcom fluff that helps lighten the mood after a mostly-serious five-month-long arc."
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GeGeGe no Kitarō ‒ Episode 44

"Being true to yourself is important and good for you, and that's a message worth hearing no matter who you are."
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One Piece ‒ Episode 873

"This was a serviceable send-off to the Vinsmoke kids, with brief yet potent moments of tenderness to keep the more complicated aspects of their role from weighing us down too much."
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ENDRO! ‒ Episode 6

"This episode finally puts Mao front-and-center for the first time in a while."
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W'z ‒ Episode 8

"The characters might technically be more developed, and the action is less nauseating than in Hand Shakers, but how much does any of that matter when the story has yet to justify its own existence?"
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Kaguya-sama: Love is War ‒ Episode 6

"The elusive fourth member of Shuchiin Academy's student council makes his grand entrance in one of Kaguya-sama's funniest outings yet."
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The Morose Mononokean II ‒ Episode 7

"I'm glad that Keshi's story seems to be taking us back to the heartwarming dynamic of last season's episodes, but I remain curious about the darker main story."
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Fairy Tail: Final Season ‒ Episode 296

"Fairy Tail typically excels at mixing action with exposition, but this week doesn't quite live up to its standard."
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Magical Girl Spec-Ops Asuka ‒ Episode 6

"This week we truly get an idea of the global scale of the Disas War."
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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind ‒ Episode 19

"Golden Wind has a lot of emotional richness at its foundation, but I think its strengths are done a disservice by episodes that try to draw from that well to compensate for poor action and plotting."
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Domestic Girlfriend ‒ Episode 6

"Miu isn't a bad character, but she's the first young woman we've met so far who doesn't yet feel like she belongs in this story."
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The Price of Smiles ‒ Episode 7

"This war drama still works great when it's confident in its goals, but chafes a bit when it tries too hard for tragedy."
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A Certain Magical Index III ‒ Episodes 18-19

"So much is going on in this ever-chaotic story, but at least this time the turn of events seems more coherent."
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Boogiepop and Others ‒ Episode 8

"Everyone is now in place for a final confrontation between the Imaginator and Boogiepop."
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Double Decker! Doug & Kirill ‒ Episode 14

"Remember the halcyon days when Double Decker was a simple buddy-cop comedy? This first bonus episode of the series remembers."
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Girly Air Force ‒ Episode 6

"Phantom's presence has pushed the show just beyond the bare-bones antics of its first arc, making this the most interesting episode yet."
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The Quintessential Quintuplets ‒ Episode 6

"With three out of the five quintuplets now showing up for his study sessions, Futaro is starting to feel optimistic about their chances of graduating."
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Karakuri Circus ‒ Episode 17

"Still being this on board for a story that's jumped at least half a dozen sharks since its inception is a testament to the weird power that Karakuri Circus still has to entertain and intrigue me."
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Kemurikusa ‒ Episode 6

"Since we're only halfway done with the season, I expect Kemurikusa to develop a larger narrative, but I appreciate how this first half focuses on the small-scale drama of survival."
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The Promised Neverland ‒ Episode 6

"A master class in building an atmosphere of pure suspense and dread."
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Black Clover ‒ Episode 70

"As a heartwarming celebration of our two main characters, it's a little underwhelming, but this is also as clear as the story has gotten about its themes and desired trajectory."
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The Rising of The Shield Hero ‒ Episode 6

"Overall, this episode offers more team development exercises than any major plot turns, but it works well enough in that capacity."
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My Roommate is a Cat ‒ Episode 6

"If you prefer Haru's perspective to her human's, you're in luck, because the bulk of this episode is taken up with her feline perspective."
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Run with the Wind ‒ Episode 17

"This episode does a great job sharing thoughtful interactions between its ensemble cast, but it still struggles with going beyond that to really surprise the audience."
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That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime ‒ Episode 19

"Despite all the things it does well, this episode doesn't really feel like a suitable conclusion for the current storyline."
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Mob Psycho 100 II ‒ Episode 6

"We finally get an episode all about that scheming punk, that salty swindler, the one, the only, the beautiful Arataka Reigen."
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Dororo ‒ Episode 6

"Even well-intentioned actions can have deadly consequences in this emotional episode that shows just how difficult a journey Dororo and Hyakkimaru still have ahead of them."
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Sword Art Online: Alicization ‒ Episode 18

"The battle scenes are still wonderfully sharp and dynamic, but there had to be a better way to avoid making these details feel cumbersome."
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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations ‒ Episode 93

"The series slows things down and recharges its batteries with a low-key, comedy-heavy installment focused on Naruto and Himawari."
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ENDRO! ‒ Episode 5

"Another example of the series demonstrating some thoughtful effort alongside its simpler course of comedy."
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W'z ‒ Episode 6

"It depresses me that in order for W'z to get better at delivering action and adventure, it had to become even worse at telling a story, which is a dubious achievement indeed."
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GeGeGe no Kitarō ‒ Episode 43

"The series has been dark and heavy before, but I think this episode may be in a category of its own."
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One Piece ‒ Episode 872

"Just about everything to do with Pekoms looks beautiful, and this manages to be a shockingly thoughtful and well-paced episode altogether."
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Fairy Tail: Final Season ‒ Episode 295

"We finally get an important piece of the puzzle that we've been missing, and it will be interesting to see how it affects the story's endgame."
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Kaguya-sama: Love is War ‒ Episode 5

"After continuously matching wits for the better part of four episodes, Kaguya and Miyuki spend the bulk of episode 5 apart."
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The Morose Mononokean II ‒ Episode 6

"There's a deeper, weirder story here, and I can't wait to discover it."
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Magical Girl Spec-Ops Asuka ‒ Episode 5

"Even though there's no physical torture in this week's episode, I'm still feeling very conflicted about this story's treatment of its characters."
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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind ‒ Episode 18

"Unless this is going to be another one of those fights that ends on a surprising high note, I'd like this one to wrap up quickly."
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Domestic Girlfriend ‒ Episode 5

"It's so much easier to identify with these adolescent trainwrecks when they feel human, and Domestic Girlfriend continues to surprise with just how down-to-earth its incestuous pretzel of love-triangles can be."
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The Price of Smiles ‒ Episode 6

"This episode handles its conflicts well enough, but I'm hoping it can find a new angle to explore sooner rather than later."
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Boogiepop and Others ‒ Episode 7

"The story can be so confusing if you're not paying maximum attention, but you may also find the dense and multifaceted nature of Boogiepop and Others to be richly rewarding."
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The Quintessential Quintuplets ‒ Episode 5

"If you're looking for rapid-fire comedy, you may find this episode to be a little thin on jokes, but it pulls off its more ambitious storyline gracefully."
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Girly Air Force ‒ Episode 5

"The trifecta of plane girls is completed with the introduction of the most intriguing character yet."
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My Roommate is a Cat ‒ Episode 5

"My Roommate is a Cat continues to be a sweet and fun midweek diversion with a surprisingly educational side."
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Kemurikusa ‒ Episode 5

"At this point, I don't foresee this show blowing up in popularity like Kemono Friends did—it's a little too niche for that—but as somebody already on board the Tatsuki train, I'm pleased with how enjoyable it's been."
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Karakuri Circus ‒ Episode 16

"This week delivers a simple story that focuses on easily digested emotions over lore-dumps and plot twists."
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The Rising of The Shield Hero ‒ Episode 5

"For all of its potentially interesting plot developments, this isn't a particularly impressive episode overall, and its artistic weak points don't help."
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The Promised Neverland ‒ Episode 5

"This is Ray's first opportunity to shine as a character in the same way Emma and Norman have."
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Black Clover ‒ Episode 69

"This is not a great episode, but there's a nugget of something really cool within it."
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Run with the Wind ‒ Episode 16

"This episode nails the worst moments of running, but it's also spot-on with its portrayals of the things that make running worth the effort."
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Mob Psycho 100 II ‒ Episode 5

"This episode is one of the most impressive feats of animation I've ever seen televised, painting Mob's struggles with both psychedelic bombast and heartwarming delicacy."
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Dororo ‒ Episode 5

"Dororo maintains its stunning sound and visual design, but an unsurprising plot twist this week misdirects the viewer's attention from what's important."
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That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime ‒ Episode 18

"There's still some heavy lifting to be done to make this arc into a journey worth taking."
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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations ‒ Episode 92

"Despite a lot of meandering in its first half, Boruto's longest arc to date is able to conclude in a satisfying fashion."
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GeGeGe no Kitarō ‒ Episode 42

Kitaro is put on trial this week, as Nanashi puts the finishing touches on his dark plans for humankind.
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One Piece ‒ Episode 871

As everyone's major battles come to a close, the time has finally come to begin parting ways with Whole Cake Island.
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Fairy Tail: Final Season ‒ Episode 294

"This episode is an interesting blend of gearing up for the big fight while a different big fight goes down at the same time."
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ENDRO! ‒ Episode 4

"There's nothing wrong with lighter stories, but if this episode wanted to be primarily lax comedy, it needed better jokes."
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W'z ‒ Episode 5

"Once we ditch our heroes, W'z finally picks up somewhat by taking time to develop the other Handshakers who've been milling about on the sidelines thus far."
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Sword Art Online: Alicization ‒ Episode 17

"This episode firmly establishes Alice as distinct in character from previous SAO heroines."
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Kaguya-sama: Love is War ‒ Episode 4

"This quirky comedy series continues to free itself from the constraints of its usual formula."
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The Morose Mononokean II ‒ Episode 5

"This is the darkest episode of The Morose Mononokean yet, and it's leaving me breathless wondering where we'll go from here."
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Boogiepop and Others ‒ Episode 6

"This episode offers a clear articulation of the show's thematic side, explaining the title character's purpose without even a single appearance by Boogiepop in the flesh."
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Magical Girl Spec-Ops Asuka ‒ Episode 4

"This week's content will be hard to stomach, even if it is toned down from the original manga's rendition."
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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind ‒ Episode 17

"The show is pushing its absurdism just an ounce beyond its usual schtick, but always played with a straight face."
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Domestic Girlfriend ‒ Episode 4

"The series continues to walk a fine line of taking its characters' bad decisions seriously while making the ensuing chaos as entertaining as possible."
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The Price of Smiles ‒ Episode 5

"As far as pure entertainment value goes, I think I've enjoyed the couple of episodes focused on the Empire of Grandiga more than the episodes in Soleil."
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A Certain Magical Index III ‒ Episode 17

"Though still fragmented and messy, at least this episode ties up or explains some of the big-picture elements driving the broader story."
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My Roommate is a Cat ‒ Episode 4

"With every new week, My Roommate is a Cat feels more like a "how to" for cat owners."
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The Quintessential Quintuplets ‒ Episode 4

"This episode doesn't offer any standout moments on the same level as last week, but it makes up for it with a more consistent level of entertainment."
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Girly Air Force ‒ Episode 4

"The poor introduction of what should have been an interesting new character and the disagreeable themes lurking under the surface leave a bad taste in my mouth at the end of this initial arc."
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Karakuri Circus ‒ Episode 15

"Even as it takes the series' story further into the deep waters of WTF-ery, this is actually one of the most enjoyable episodes the series has given us in weeks."
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Kemurikusa ‒ Episode 4

"More so than the previous installments, this episode focuses on the strange powers that the sisters possess, while also finding a niche for the aggressively normal human powers of Wakaba."
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The Promised Neverland ‒ Episode 4

"Between Norman and Ray, whose brand of cunning is truly the most dangerous?"
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Black Clover ‒ Episode 68

"The fatuous misadventures of Yami and Jack's grudge war leaves plenty to be desired."
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The Rising of The Shield Hero ‒ Episode 4

"This episode doesn't have quite the emotional impact that it clearly wanted to make, but it works well enough to keep things more interesting than annoying this week."
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Run with the Wind ‒ Episode 15

"The show casts aside its usual character-driven drama to put on a show for the cameras that follows more traditional sports anime narratives."
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Mob Psycho 100 II ‒ Episode 4

"There's shaping up to be a lot more Mob suffering in this season than I signed up for."
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That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime ‒ Episode 17

"Between the frequent reuse of the diplomacy scenario and the needlessly convoluted storyline, this is the first time I've been genuinely bored while watching this show."
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Dororo ‒ Episode 4

"Dororo continues to be a visual masterpiece that's curiously further removed from its source material each week."
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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations ‒ Episode 91

"As Boruto's longest story arc to date winds down, there are some real consequences Team 7 will have to deal with going forward."
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GeGeGe no Kitarō ‒ Episode 41

"This episode asks viewers to think about a culture where items are disposable and there's more hunger for new and improved things than old and venerable ones."
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One Piece ‒ Episode 870

"There's less than an hour left before Luffy's supposed to exit the mirror world and reunite with his friends, so it's time for him to pull out all the stops and finish this stupidly long fight once and for all."
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Fairy Tail: Final Season ‒ Episode 293

"Ichiya's never been my favorite character, but this week definitely moves him up a few places."
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ENDRO! ‒ Episode 3

"ENDRO! is clearly not content to be mere fluffy frivolity—a series can be fun and relaxing and still smart."
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W'z ‒ Episode 4

"W'z isn't just directly following up Hand Shakers – it treats nearly every plot thread and returning character from that first season with a mystifying kind of reverence."
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Sword Art Online: Alicization ‒ Episode 16

"This week delivers a solid action sequence that falls just a little short of being in a great episode overall."
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Kaguya-sama: Love is War ‒ Episode 3

"Kaguya-sama delivers another reliably hilarious installment this week, while also finding room for a little bit of heart."
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The Morose Mononokean II ‒ Episode 4

"This week's short and sweet story reminds us to take pleasure in our time with those we care about while we still have it."

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