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Season Finale: Nanbaka ‒ Episode 25

"It became obvious as Nanbaka ran down its episode count that it wouldn't be able to tie up all its loose ends, but I never expected it to leave all of them hanging."
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Hand Shakers ‒ Episode 11

"I have absolutely no idea how the show plans to end, but if this week is any indication, it's going to be just as much of a debacle going out as it was coming in."
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ACCA: 13-Territory Inspection Dept. ‒ Episode 11

"With only one episode left, I hope we'll have the time to resolve all these dangling threads."
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ONIHEI ‒ Episode 11

"At long last, Heizo's wife Hisae is finally getting her own story, which delves into her past to show her strength when faced with a difficult situation."
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Yowamushi Pedal New Generation ‒ Episode 11

"While one story of these three satisfactorily concludes where we left off last time, the other two left me wanting a meal with a bit more substance."
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Gabriel DropOut ‒ Episode 11

"While it's always been clear that Satania isn't as evil as she thinks, this story features her at her most selfless."
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Gintama ‒ Episode 327

"The Battle on Rakuyo heads toward its conclusion with a look at Oboro's past."
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Tales of Zestiria the X ‒ Episode 23

"I knew it was too good to be true. Sometimes I hate being right."
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Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans ‒ Episode 48

"By now you probably know better than to read an episode review before you've watched the episode, but today's discussion is just so darn spoileriffic that I want to stress this again."
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Interviews with Monster Girls ‒ Episode 11

"Can focusing too much on a single goal be a bad thing, even if a person's intentions are good?"
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Descending Stories: Shōwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjū ‒ Episode 11

"In its penultimate episode, Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu takes all of the shinigami talk in a surprisingly literal direction."
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One Piece ‒ Episode 780

"The show's been feeling a little extra stretched lately, so I'm counting on this break to benefit the upcoming canon arc for the best."
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Dragon Ball Super ‒ Episode 82

"The exhibition match before the Tournament of Power may be over, but the story isn't ready to call it quits just yet."
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ClassicaLoid ‒ Episode 23

"After all the silliness of past episodes, everything comes down to this two-part finale."
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Fuuka ‒ Episode 11

"Rather than Yuu and Fuuka's romance, the show's main priority seems to have been the story of Koyuki's pining and rejection."
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Scum's Wish ‒ Episode 10

"Mugi kicks off episode ten with the realization that he's made a huge mistake."
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Season Finale: March comes in like a lion ‒ Episode 22

"This wasn't a perfect season ending, but it was very March comes in like a lion."
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Seiren ‒ Episode 11

"All of this arc's smaller choices are adding up to create a reasonably charming comedy of errors, a substantial improvement over the half comedy/half errors mix of the first two."
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Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Saga ‒ Episode 11

"At long last, Rin must embrace the dichotomy of his own being, the demon who will slay demons, and become the Blue Exorcist."
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Saga of Tanya the Evil ‒ Episode 10

"After ignoring his return for an episode, Anton Sioux is back on the scene."
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Masamune-kun's Revenge ‒ Episode 11

"The series is currently on an upswing even with its less pleasant elements still present."
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Naruto Shippuden ‒ Episode 499

"Naruto and Hinata's big day looms ever closer in Naruto Shippūden's (likely) penultimate installment."
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CHAOS;CHILD ‒ Episode 10

"Every plot point and emotion is narrated instead of actually happening once again."
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Season Finale: KONOSUBA! 2 ‒ Episode 10

Konosuba's second season concludes with more visual splendor than expected, as everything comes crashing to an explosive finish!
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Bakemonogatari ‒ Episode 9

Monogatari gets into the violence, sex, and drama fast with the beginning of its Nadeko Snake arc.
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Twin Star Exorcists ‒ Episode 48

"Despite some anomalous bright spots, these last ten or so episodes have easily been the show's weakest offerings since its rocky start almost a year ago."
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Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid ‒ Episode 10

The dragons put on a truly unusual performance of The Little Match Girl in this Christmas in March episode.
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Akiba'S Trip The Animation ‒ Episode 11

"After sticking to single-episode story arcs for most of the season, Akiba's Trip is getting ambitious this week with a bigger plotline."
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Nanbaka ‒ Episode 24

"Every fight-focused arc on Nanbaka feels like it drags on forever."
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ACCA: 13-Territory Inspection Dept. ‒ Episode 10

"Unlike most of the other districts, Pranetta's officials aren't trying to get on Jean's good side."
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Hand Shakers ‒ Episode 10

"I've seen plenty of series spin their wheels as the season draws to a close, but this is circular spinning worthy of a master juggler."
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ONIHEI ‒ Episode 10

"“There are many kinds of thieves,” Heizo tells Ojun before beginning the world's least appropriate bedtime story."
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Yowamushi Pedal New Generation ‒ Episode 10

"The First Year Welcome Race is abruptly becoming a bloodbath, not so much a warm welcome as a test of absolute strength."
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Gabriel DropOut ‒ Episode 10

"Showing each of the girls in their respective home settings is a dynamic way to shake up Gabriel DropOut's familiar formula."
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Tales of Zestiria the X ‒ Episode 22

"As far as “calm before the storm” goes, this one is a winner."
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Gintama ‒ Episode 326

"The gang pulls out all the stops to calm Kamui's intense bloodlust in the Battle on Rakuyo's tenth chapter."
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Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans ‒ Episode 47

"Ready or not, the final showdown has arrived on their doorstep."
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Fuuka ‒ Episode 10

"Having averted the manga's infamous, defining tragedy, Fuuka looks ready to sail calmly (if dully) into its conclusion."
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Descending Stories: Shōwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjū ‒ Episode 10

"If this is a fake out, then it's a cruel one."
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Interviews with Monster Girls ‒ Episode 10

"All of the major characters may be present in this episode, but it's definitely the Machi show this week."
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March comes in like a lion ‒ Episode 21

"Overall, this was likely the happiest episode of March comes in like a lion yet."
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ClassicaLoid ‒ Episode 22

"Beethoven was already obsessive and cared little about how the world saw him, but this episode takes it up to 11."
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Seiren ‒ Episode 10

"It's been an uneven road, but it seems like Seiren may finally be pulling off its first unequivocally good arc."
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Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Saga ‒ Episode 10

"This is top tier anime, and if you haven't caught up on the series yet, you're missing out on one of the best of the season."
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Saga of Tanya the Evil ‒ Episode 9

"Overall, this episode steps back from the recent trend toward war commentary to focus more on story and plot execution, and it does so quite well."
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Scum's Wish ‒ Episode 9

"After delivering the most beautiful moment of the show so far, this episode changes everything."
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Naruto Shippuden ‒ Episode 498

"After being swept into the background for the majority of the Fourth Shinobi World War, Shino and Kiba are given one final turn in the spotlight."
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Masamune-kun's Revenge ‒ Episode 10

"This week brings the series into some dangerous territory that it has only occasionally flirted with before."
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Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid ‒ Episode 9

"Even with all of this emotional content, Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid still manages to keep things funny."
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CHAOS;CHILD ‒ Episode 9

"I sincerely hope next week will bring some emotional aftermath instead of diving into the next reveal."
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Bakemonogatari ‒ Episode 8

"As Bakemonogatari's eighth episode begins, we learn the full story behind Kanbaru's monkey's paw."
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KONOSUBA - God's blessing on this wonderful world! 2 ‒ Episode 9

"We didn't see much of Aqua last time around, so she (more or less) gets the feature treatment this week."
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Twin Star Exorcists ‒ Episode 47

"There are two roads Twin Star Exorcists could travel down in these final three weeks, and I can only pray the show chooses the right path."
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Akiba'S Trip The Animation ‒ Episode 10

"This episode provides an update to the chemistry between Mayo and Tamotsu, which has been one of the weaker links within the cast of Akiba's Trip in the past."
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Nanbaka ‒ Episode 23

"While it's nice to get back to the main Enki plot, it won't be interesting until we learn more about what's behind it."
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ACCA: 13-Territory Inspection Dept. ‒ Episode 9

"The suspense is as low-key as justifiably possible, but the series' restraint also enables hair-pulling and champagne-spilling to serve as moments of dramatic delight."
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Hand Shakers ‒ Episode 9

"With only about an hour's worth of screen time left in its run, I really hope Hand Shakers has some kind of banana-pants-absurd plot development around the corner."
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Yowamushi Pedal New Generation ‒ Episode 9

"It's time to adjust to a new pecking order, where Onoda, Imaizumi, and Naruko are no longer at the bottom."
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Gabriel DropOut ‒ Episode 9

"While I'm somewhat hesitant to declare this the series' best episode, it's certainly a worthy contender."
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ONIHEI ‒ Episode 9

"With such strong plot content, it's a shame that the art isn't quite up to snuff for this episode."
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Tales of Zestiria the X ‒ Episode 21

"The problem with episodes before a major showdown is that the characters have to get to the major showdown."
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One Piece ‒ Episode 779

"This week is all about the big man himself, Kaido."
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Gintama ‒ Episode 325

"The Battle on Rakuyo enters its climax as the audience is treated to the remainder of Kagura and Kamui's backstory."
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Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans ‒ Episode 46

"With the specter of death looming low over everyone, it's a race to the bottom to see what disappears first—each character's life or their will to live."
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ClassicaLoid ‒ Episode 21

"This marks a low point in the Schubert focus episodes, but it's still highly entertaining and plenty weird as ever."
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Dragon Ball Super ‒ Episode 81

"I certainly spoke too soon last week when I assumed that the responsibility of the Tournament of Power had been lifted from Goku's shoulders."
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Scum's Wish ‒ Episode 8

"Now the real battle for the future of Hanabi and Mugi's relationship starts in earnest, as all the unexpected consequences of moving forward come crashing down on our fragile couple."
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Interviews with Monster Girls ‒ Episode 9

"The execution remains solid by genre standards, but I'd still like to see those loftier dramatic ambitions come back before the end of the season."
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March comes in like a lion ‒ Episode 20

"The rest of this episode can't really live up to the beautiful, poignant opening sequence, but it still has its own pleasures."
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Seiren ‒ Episode 9

"Our third heroine turned out to be Kyoko Tono - childhood friend of Shoichi and fellow appreciator of magical girl manga."
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Descending Stories: Shōwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjū ‒ Episode 9

"Red-eyed Sukeroku's return to the opening was the first sign that this wouldn't be a good time for our hero."
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Saga of Tanya the Evil ‒ Episode 8

"This series specifically seems to be veering toward exercises in war commentary after only casually indulging such elements through the first few episodes."
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Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Saga ‒ Episode 9

"Now that the gears are all spinning in the fight against the Impure King, everyone has their own little mission to accomplish while everything is falling to hell around them."
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Masamune-kun's Revenge ‒ Episode 9

"This episode suggests that the more serious recent focus may be a permanent story shift, and given how well the series has fared on the comedy front, that's probably for the best."
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Naruto Shippuden ‒ Episode 497

"This gift hunt rolls on as Gaara tries his hand at finding a suitable present for Naruto and Hinata."
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CHAOS;CHILD ‒ Episode 8

"It's time for Taku to lose his mind big time, but he kinda doesn't, and that's this episode's biggest problem."
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KONOSUBA - God's blessing on this wonderful world! 2 ‒ Episode 8

"The little touches are nearly as important as the big jokes to making this series so entertaining to watch."
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Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid ‒ Episode 8

"This week introduces the fifth dragon as promised: Elma."
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Akiba'S Trip The Animation ‒ Episode 9

"Trading card games are the center of attention in this episode of Akiba's Trip, with a particular focus on their ubiquitous anime tie-ins."
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Bakemonogatari ‒ Episode 7

"We get a more thorough introduction to Kanbaru, as Araragi hunts down the most likely culprit behind his night attack."
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Twin Star Exorcists ‒ Episode 46

"This week, only a few episodes away from the grand finale, Twin Star Exorcists managed to truly surprise and impress me."
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Nanbaka ‒ Episode 22

"This episode sunk to a new low with its humor, and I wouldn't be surprised to see the drama follow suit."
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Hand Shakers ‒ Episode 8

"We're over halfway through the series at this point, and the most growth we've seen from anyone is Koyori's newfound ability to dress herself and text people."
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ACCA: 13-Territory Inspection Dept. ‒ Episode 8

"It feels like the cat hasn't just left the bag, but actually curled up in front of a cozy wood stove after having too much food."
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ONIHEI ‒ Episode 8

"Heizo may have a reputation for being an oni, but the more we learn about him, the more at odds that reputation seems with reality."
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Yowamushi Pedal New Generation ‒ Episode 8

"The senior members of Hakone Gakuen are taking forever to bow out, not that I'm complaining."
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Gabriel DropOut ‒ Episode 8

"No matter which one of the main characters is your favorite, you're likely to walk away from episode 8 thoroughly entertained."
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Gintama ‒ Episode 324

"Although this season's opening and ending spoiled the fact that she'd be appearing, The Battle on Rakuyo's eighth chapter provides us with our first real look at Kagura's mother Kouka."
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Tales of Zestiria the X ‒ Episode 20

"Both halves of this episode could easily have stood on their own and allowed for more development."
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Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans ‒ Episode 45

"The chaos of the battlefield combined with a brief love story and a Gundam 00 homage gives us a lot to take in this week."
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Dragon Ball Super ‒ Episode 80

"The exhibition match between Universes 7 and 9 continues with the fight between Gohan and Lavender."
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One Piece ‒ Episode 778

"I was really surprised at how much I liked this episode, since it's mostly another clip show, but in reality it's so much more than that."
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ClassicaLoid ‒ Episode 20

"The show is usually great at joining its seemingly disparate plot elements, but it dropped the ball this week."
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March comes in like a lion ‒ Episode 19

"Focusing on Shimada, who's swiftly become my favorite character in the show, it chronologued his life story and philosophy on competition from childhood to the present day."
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Interviews with Monster Girls ‒ Episode 8

"Tetsuo may be an easygoing guy most of the time, but all the demi-human abilities in the world can't save his students from feeling his wrath if they flunk their exams."
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Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Saga ‒ Episode 8

"Poor Yukio. It seems like no matter what incarnation of the Blue Exorcist universe we're in, he's destined to be plagued by his, shall we say, ambivalent feelings regarding his brother."

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