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Fruits Basket ‒ SEASON FINALE

The good news: Fruits Basket Season 3 will be here in 2021! The bad news: that means we have to sit with Kureno's shocking cliffhanger for at least a couple of months.
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Rent-A-Girlfriend ‒ Episode 11

I anticipated learning more about just why Mami is the way she is, and I'm still kind of hoping that happens now that the show's remembered she exists.
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Fruits Basket ‒ Episode 49

This week on Fruits Basket, Yuki got a chance to show off the emotional intelligence he's picked up from Tohru in two different scenarios that would have both previously left him flummoxed.
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The God of High School ‒ Episode 12

No amount of flashy spectacle can save this calamity of a story from itself at this point, and believe me, the show tries its best.
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Digimon Adventure: ‒ Episode 16

So then this week's episode theoretically deals with the kids ending up somewhere very familiar to them which ironically leaves us as viewers in that sweet, sweet uncharted territory.
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Monster Girl Doctor ‒ Episode 11

This was a pretty good episode overall. In some ways it was not as engaging emotionally as things have been with, say, Sapphentite or Tisalia, but it was an interesting attempt to try and give Arahnia a bit more depth.
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One Piece ‒ Episode 942

Seeing Sanji and Zoro back together again and arguing like old times feels great, and it's a reminder of how much these times of separation for the crew really impact the viewer.
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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations ‒ Episode 166

Team 7 faces off against a duo of next-level foes in an action-heavy Boruto: Naruto Next Generations.
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The Misfit of Demon King Academy ‒ Episode 12

There's no sugarcoating it: this, the penultimate episode of The Misfit of Demon King Academy is by far the weakest episode of the series—which is odd when you consider how strong it starts.
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Sword Art Online: Alicization War of Underworld Part 2 ‒ Episode 11

And so, with this episode, the story of Sword Art Online comes to its original conclusion.
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Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out! ‒ Episode 11

This week's episode of Uzaki-chan is titled “Does Sakurai Want to Hang Out, Too?”, but it's a question that hardly needs asking at this point.
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Fire Force ‒ Episode 36

For all of this second season's improvements to Fire Force's writing and direction, it is still an adaptation of a supremely goofy and proudly formulaic shonen battle manga.
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A Certain Scientific Railgun T ‒ Episode 24

The element of the episode which made me happiest, however, was seeing the Scavengers come back into play.
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No Guns Life ‒ Episode 23

I can't say I expected the anime about the literal gun man to devote so much airtime to the psychological contours of its main character, but I also can't say I'm disappointed.
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My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU Climax ‒ Episode 11

While Yui has been upfront with herself and others about wanting it all, she is mature enough to know that she can't get it all—especially when it comes to Hachiman's heart.
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Appare-Ranman! ‒ Episode 12

The team's together, the cars are fixed, and even Kosame is back in action despite still having a bullet hole in his guts, which means it's time for the crew to finally take down Gil!
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Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma: The Fifth Plate ‒ Episode 12

If the story sticks to its theme and means it, Soma will win for the same reason he beat Asahi – his cooking has heart and he knows what it means to care about others.
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The Millionaire Detective - Balance: UNLIMITED ‒ Episode 10

Despite the fact that he can be either a jerk, a royal pain in the ass, or both, this episode shows that Daisuke does actually both care about and listen to Haru.
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Deca-Dence ‒ Episode 11

It is odd to think we may find that kind of renewed optimism in the face of annihilation, but perhaps that's the energy we need these days.
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Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- ‒ Episode 11

While there are plenty of remaining mysteries, I'm glad that Roswaal has finally broken his silence and revealed how he has been pulling the strings.
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The Twelve Kingdoms ‒ Episodes 28-30

Youko has already had her most pivotal character arc, and having internalized a desire for self-improvement we largely see her trying to learn what the best way of queenship for her is.
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Black Clover ‒ Episode 143

After the dramatic and impactful events of last episode, this episode spends most of its run time just dithering around, even though the Black Bulls are in the middle of a genuine crisis.
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The God of High School ‒ Episode 11

The force of Nox's will and whatever Mujin and Co. are up to are going to fully collide sooner rather than later, and every one of the charyeok wielders we've met so far looks destined to get caught up in the conflict.
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Digimon Adventure: ‒ Episode 15

Hey, someone has to be at the back of the line, so why not everyone's favorite perennial schmuck of the team of digital defenders?
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Monster Girl Doctor ‒ Episode 10

Across town, Dr. Glenn continues to put together a team for surgery by visiting a cyclops workshop.
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One Piece ‒ Episode 941

This makes Sanji's and Zoro's dramatic rescue more than just cool guys doing cool stuff - it makes it one of the highlight moments of Wano as an arc.
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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations ‒ Episode 165

The Haze quadruplets' backstory comes to light as the fight for the Hashirama Cell approaches its endgame in this week's Boruto: Naruto Next Generations.
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The Misfit of Demon King Academy ‒ Episode 11

Most interestingly, it's the short fight between Misha and Diego that is the most pivotal, because in that scene we are finally given the piece of the puzzle that lets us figure out what's been going on.
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Sword Art Online: Alicization War of Underworld Part 2 ‒ Episode 10

Of course Higa would try to make a copy of Kirito, as he would want to know – just like we do – what happened in those 200 years.
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Rent-A-Girlfriend ‒ Episode 10

Everybody break out your balloons and confetti, today we're celebrating our shambling homunculus of a protagonist taking his first step towards not being a puddle of congealed butt sweat.
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Appare-Ranman! ‒ Episode 11

This is a pretty solid lull point before our big final confrontation with the villains, though as I say that I'm shocked at how little the actual racing part of this show has factored into its overall story.
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Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out! ‒ Episode 10

This isn't an irredeemable episode, don't get me wrong. It just plays to all of Uzaki-chan's weaknesses, rather than its strengths.
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Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma: The Fifth Plate ‒ Episode 11

For a second at the end of the episode, I thought that Soma was going to tell Asahi that the one flavor he was missing in his repertoire was the taste of a mother's love.
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Fire Force ‒ Episode 35

“Dark Hero” is just the kind of episode Fire Force has needed for a long time now, but not quite the one it deserves. This will be the only Batman reference I make in this review, I promise.
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A Certain Scientific Railgun T ‒ Episode 23

This wouldn't be an Index title without some action, and the Mikoto/Doppelganger head-to-head certainly provides that.
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No Guns Life ‒ Episode 22

This week it's the Juzo half-hour, dwelling on his present and past while finally connecting his dots from a military dog to a private detective with a gun for a head.
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My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU Climax ‒ Episode 10

Hachiman, Yukino, and Yui's relationship is entering its next stage and Hachiman's fears are driving him to end it in the worst way possible.
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The Millionaire Detective - Balance: UNLIMITED ‒ Episode 9

But as always with mysteries, it's what you don't know that runs the show.
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The Twelve Kingdoms ‒ Episode 26-27

The past few episodes have been on a gradual yet inevitable trend towards tragedy for our trio of disparate heroines, and while we're still in the early stages, it feels like we've hit each character's low point.
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Deca-Dence ‒ Episode 10

Kaburagi and Natsume just took out one of the core components of the system corralling the humans, so with several episodes still to go, what happens next?
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Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- ‒ Episode 10

I have a feeling that Echidna is trying to get back into the world of the living somehow, and I can never trust the good intentions of a character whose ultimate goal is immortality.
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Japan Sinks: 2020 ‒ SERIES FINALE

In a way, the finale is a call to action to rectify the disparities between the "future" and the "now," if only you have enough hope to realize it.
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Sword Art Online: Alicization War of Underworld Part 2 ‒ Episode 9

All of this raises one of the series' biggest moral questions: does Kayaba acting to effectively save thousands of lives redeem him for what he did in Aincrad?
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Black Clover ‒ Episode 142

One of the unfortunate but fundamental truths about humanity is that evil can perpetuate itself simply by establishing a chain of violence and retribution.
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Fruits Basket ‒ Episode 48

Despite the artificial trappings of the play, characters got real about their feelings on stage.
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The Misfit of Demon King Academy ‒ Episode 10

Character-wise, this episode is about adding some depth to two newer characters, Revest and his teacher, Ms. Menou.
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The God of High School ‒ Episode 10

For the most part, GoH has been an incredibly run-of-the-mill martial arts tournament story that is frequently jazzed up by powers and transformations handed down by legendary beings.
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Digimon Adventure: ‒ Episode 14

This Ultimate Evolution arc that Digimon Adventure: has gotten itself into has been terribly uneven, but that does mean that there was bound to be a quality hill amongst all these valleys.
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Monster Girl Doctor ‒ Episode 9

This episode was heavy on the exposition, which meant more talking heads than usual and most of it in a lot of indoor settings without much environmental detail.
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One Piece ‒ Episode 940

After disparaging the state of Wano under Orochi's greedy leadership, everything is beginning to come to a head.
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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations ‒ Episode 164

Team 7 faces off against their latest adventure's most formidable adversary yet in an action-packed Boruto: Naruto Next Generations.
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Rent-A-Girlfriend ‒ Episode 9

As Rent-A-Girlfriend spins its wheels it becomes ever clearer that our hero's myopic approach to problem solving is a self-propelling spiral.
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Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out! ‒ Episode 9

Due to a combination of Shinichi being a doofus and Tsuki overhearing a number of conveniently vague conversations, Uzaki's mother falls victim to a comedically inaccurate misunderstanding.
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Fire Force ‒ Episode 34

I'm feeling more reassured by the day that the show is going to come down on the “Abusing people's faith and stoking the flames of nationalism for political gain is a bad thing” side of the conversation.
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A Certain Scientific Railgun T ‒ Episode 22

The parts that Ryoko willingly relates are also interesting. One is the idea that the cyborg's “soul” could effectively possess things other than just its machine body if that body is sufficiently damaged.
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My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU Climax ‒ Episode 9

This episode is treading water because that is exactly what our heroes are doing—though, that doesn't mean there isn't more than a little character development behind it.
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Appare-Ranman! ‒ Episode 10

But with “The Bridge to Hell” we finally meet the man, the myth, the legend in the flesh, and what follows can only be described as a 15 minute animated wrestling Heel promo.
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Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma: The Fifth Plate ‒ Episode 10

To say that this is the best episode of Food Wars in a long while isn't actually praising it that much because the bar is set so very low.
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No Guns Life ‒ Episode 21

Justice can take many forms, and sometimes that form is a punch square through an old man's brittle cheekbone.
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The Millionaire Detective - Balance: UNLIMITED ‒ Episode 8

Until you (the detective) have yourself actually poked the damn body to make sure it isn't bleeding or breathing, never, ever assume that it is dead!
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The Vision of Escaflowne ‒ SERIES FINALE

Ultimately in these two final episodes of The Vision of Escaflowne, “fate” becomes a word for the changes the characters wish to see in the world.
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Deca-Dence ‒ Episode 9

In a work as decidedly dense as Deca-Dence, it can be easy to get so caught up exploring the woods of its thematics that you almost forget there's a whole show happening in there as well.
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Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- ‒ Episode 9

On one hand, we definitely needed a palette cleanser after the murder bunnies; on the other hand, I can't be the only one who thinks that Daphne's character design goes overboard.
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The Twelve Kingdoms ‒ Episode 24-25

Since its first episode, The Twelve Kingdoms has always known how to channel tense, even oppressive atmosphere through its direction and framing.
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Black Clover ‒ Episode 141

Over the course of a succession of missions, the Golden Dawn comes to terms with some internal tensions and demonstrates that they can also grow both as individuals and as a squad
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ORESUKI: Are you the only one who loves me? ‒ SERIES FINALE

Jōro is back in a final attempt to push Pansy's "perfect" admirer out of the picture, but first he'll have to win a popularity vote and the odds are stacked against him.
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The God of High School ‒ Episode 9

Mira has her own episode-long fight scene for once, where we find out that Not-Marin got his hands on the sword that Mira lost back when she had that terrible wedding.
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Fruits Basket ‒ Episode 47

In an epiphany that has lasted one afternoon for Yuki and three works for Fruits Basket viewers, the mopey prince has thoroughly examined his feelings and set Tohru squarely in the Mom Zone.
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Digimon Adventure: ‒ Episode 13

It leaves us with another compromised, clunky entry in this ongoing Ultimate evolution showcase. One thing I'm thinking about now is that the rush to get to these forms harmed the character portrayals.
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Monster Girl Doctor ‒ Episode 8

There were no grand moments to write home about or egregious elements to make note of. It felt like a setup episode for what is going to be happening in the final few episodes of the season.
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One Piece ‒ Episode 939

Even though by and large the entire episode is just Yasui up on a cross laughing, there is enough tension and excitement to keep things interesting
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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations ‒ Episode 163

The gang meets up with an old ally and encounters a terrifying new enemy in this week's Boruto: Naruto Next Generations.
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The Misfit of Demon King Academy ‒ Episode 9

This is an insane amount of ground to cover in a single episode. Three or four of these scenes could have been taken, lengthened, and turned into a full episode with little problem.
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Sword Art Online: Alicization War of Underworld Part 2 ‒ Episode 8

Only one challenge remained at the end of the last episode, but it was a doozy: either defeat Subtilizer or at least stall him long enough to allow Alice to traverse the final distance to World's End Altar.
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Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out! ‒ Episode 8

This marks the very first time this show has made a halfway decent boob joke, and that alone proves that Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out! might just be worth sticking around for, after all.
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Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma: The Fifth Plate ‒ Episode 9

The cookery has been on a downhill slide, to the point that I've resigned myself to it as each episode trims yet more off of what used to be the chief allure of the series.
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Fire Force ‒ Episode 33

The real centerpiece of the episode, though, is Tempe's fight with Ogun, which sees Fire Force rolling up its sleeves for a good old-fashioned bout of sakuga braggadocio.
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A Certain Scientific Railgun T ‒ Episode 21

Academy City has some sick and twisted things going on in its dark underbelly, but as demented experiments go, this one ranks high up the list.
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Rent-A-Girlfriend ‒ Episode 8

If you've seen even a single romantic comedy before this one you can tell 5 seconds in that no, Chizuru isn't actually on a date and that this will all be explained as an innocent misunderstanding.
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No Guns Life ‒ Episode 20

In this week's meeting of the quasi-mechanical minds, the newly-iron-willed Tetsuro stares down the ambitions and philosophy of Professor Wachowski and his anti-cyborg terrorist cell.
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Japan Sinks: 2020 ‒ Episode 8

If you aren't aware of the story, the series of events in this episode might seem outlandish but I was surprised by how similar they were to the experiences of the Trashman crew.
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Appare-Ranman! ‒ Episode 9

“Short Break” is more or less a series of short, mostly comedic vignettes as different characters have chance encounters, training sessions, and even a few heart-to-heart moments.
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My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU Climax ‒ Episode 8

With this week's episode we see not only the end to the drama surrounding the creation of the prom but also the end of Hachiman and Yukino's relationship as we know it.
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The Vision of Escaflowne ‒ Episode 23-24

“It is always the herd men who win battles and the free men who win wars.”
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The Millionaire Detective - Balance: UNLIMITED ‒ Episode 7

There's something really satisfying about the moment when a purported detective show starts being about an actual mystery.
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Deca-Dence ‒ Episode 8

Dismantling the decadence of a capitalistic system is a determined decision, but it's also one of those things that's easier said than done.
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Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- ‒ Episode 8

Subaru reaches his lowest point in this season so far, and despite all the heartfelt bonds he formed, he has never been able to confide in anyone about what he has gone through.
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Black Clover ‒ Episode 140

In all, there's nothing terribly exciting about either vignette, but both are solid bits of storytelling about pushing people to adjust their thinking in more benevolent directions.
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Wolf's Rain ‒ SERIES FINALE

I'd go so far as to argue that the finale of Wolf’s Rain is nearly good enough on its own to cement the series' place in the popular anime canon.
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The God of High School ‒ Episode 8

Is The God of High School's story even salvageable at this point?
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Fate/Zero ‒ SERIES FINALE

Episode 24 kicks off the long-fated direct battle between Kiritsugu and Kirei, while at the same time Saber contends with Berserker.
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Digimon Adventure: ‒ Episode 12

Tying Mimi's emotional evolution to this obviously-doomed one-off character doesn't quite work because things don't fully come together by the end.
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Fruits Basket ‒ Episode 46

“There Was, Definitely” is such a powerful portrayal of the lifetime of pain Yuki has endured that it more than justifies his attitude.
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Monster Girl Doctor ‒ Episode 7

Fashion! Hotsprings! And a spider-woman makes her return in this episode of Monster Girl Doctor!
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One Piece ‒ Episode 938

This episode was more emotionally resonant than visually resplendent. It's mostly setup for what is coming down the pipe in the near future.
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Princess Tutu ‒ SERIES FINALE

Princess Tutu is a remarkable story. It melds folkloric themes, ballet and opera plots, and the myriad ways to tell a tale into a triumphant, hopeful finale.

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