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"This is evidence that the time we've spent hanging out with these characters has borne fruit, and that these lovable dumbasses have been working their magic on me."
"This light novel adaptation takes more inspiration from the most successful example of its genre, the Bakemonogatari series, in its more philosophical approach to the nature of each girl's problems."
"This cour gives the impression of a runner careening head over heels down a steep hill, willing to sacrifice a few dozen bones if it means finishing the race more quickly."
"This show has already done an effective job crafting a lively, character-driven story that's more about the journey than the destination—just like distance running itself."
"While it takes a while to get going, these two episodes were a strong reminder of why I found Golden Kamuy so compelling in its first cour. It always has a new trick up its sleeve to keep you gripped in its frontier gold chase."
"This unconventional adventure is off to a good start, provided you're in the market for a less serious take on both fantasy and isekai."
"Meta-commentative fantasy RPGs are a trend in anime nowadays, but this the pinnacle of the genre, reserved for viewers with a refined taste for puppets."
"The One Piece anime delivers another bombastic fight episode this week, digging its heels in the ground with a great production."
"Using a pseudo-cliffhanger as a stinger for next year's episodes highlights my issues with this mid-season finale as a whole."
"Both delightfully over-the-top and relatably down-to-earth, this workplace comedy offers up big laughs while illustrating the tribulations of working in a high-traffic bookstore."
"Double Decker doesn't have much in the way of ongoing plot or themes so far, but what it does have is fun entertainment in spades, as a spit-shined popcorn buddy cop piece."
"At times, this side-adventure felt too drawn-out and detached from the main story, but this episode does a decent job of tying it into the bigger picture."
"These are two of GeGeGe no Kitaro's most violent episodes, and while they're not quite as disturbing as some of the earlier ones, they definitely have their moments."
"Luckily Fairy Tail is adept at not only keeping things moving, but also at tempering the more difficult bits with humor."
When the wild action sequences slow down, this charming series keeps its focus on story by developing Momo and Yuki's relationship.
"SSSS.Gridman delivers the best of Trigger's specific balance between stylized minimalism and glossy polish."
"Even by SAO's normal standards for storytelling, this will be a slow-paced arc. Fortunately, the story gives fans a fair amount to appreciate."
"I have no doubt that Goblin Slayer will find an audience to revel in the grisly pleasures of its premise just like Ninja Scroll and Wicked City informed my generation, but that's all it's got going for it right now."
"You've probably seen most of what Radiant has to offer at least once before, but there's something intangible about this shonen adventure that makes me want to give it a chance."
"This ends up being reasonably satisfying as a finale to FLCL Alternative, but definitely unworthy as the new last page of FLCL as a whole, and that ultimately colors my final impression."
"Beyond the solid animation and the funny jokes, Boarding School Juliet looks set to live and die on the pure unadulterated cuteness of its central couple."
"JJBA returns to the small screen with a great spin on the usual JoJo's scenario that adds an unexpected pleasantness to a story about criminal life."
"While it doesn't entirely forgive the show's earlier pacing and character issues, I'm incredibly thankful for this episode's sweet, funny, and poignant return to form."
"This is a good episode that manages to be calm and understated without losing the power of its developments."
September marked Caster's turn on the fondue carousal as she asked Shirou to help her cook a meal for her hubby, Mr. Kuzuki.
"After a couple weeks off, Boruto's first episode in its brand new timeslot isn't anything special. It may be the current arc's weakest entry to date."
"It's a strange place to wrap things up, but as the characters expressly spell out, the staff was simply out of options."
"Instead of fleshing out Attack on Titan's lore or plot, Keith's flashback acts in parallel to Kenny's episode as a thematic infodump more than anything else."
"If there's an issue with all the questions being raised about Kana this episode, it's simply that no answers are offered just yet."
"This is not a fight between good and evil, it's more of a surrealistic headbutt between competing states of human nature."
"After a week's hiatus, we are once again amongst the angels, as Rachel's tragic backstory is revealed."
"This episode is full of what the series does best: subtle character drama that requires your attention."
"This episode was fun and dramatic, a massive step up for the arc from last week's venture."
"In terms of coming to a dramatic climax, the third season of Overlord easily ranks as the least of the seasons so far."
"It's an acceptable episode, but I'm hungry for a lot more substance at the moment."
"In the three years (and 100 episodes!) I've been writing up this show, a lot has changed in Sorachi's world."
"Despite the rocky road getting there, this ending is (mostly) satisfying."
"It's a shame that Revue Starlight's finale should bring into sharp relief one of its core weaknesses, but it's still a great ending for an uncommonly great show."
"I love these new characters, and the series' fervor still lingers even when we're just warmly strolling our way into a new arc."
"This week, the yokai are just the window dressing to the story of a girl and her mother working out their issues."
"Cells at Work never quite overcame all of its persistent problems, but it does succeed to the end as a fun way to learn the basics of the human immune system."
"Ultimately, this series was for fans of lurid content first, with some pretty good character interactions and individual stories as a side bonus."
"It ultimately feels unfair to just drop this giant shock in the audience's lap, then tell them they'll get an explanation by waiting three months. (Or just going and playing the game instead.)"
"This episode is an improvement over the previous one, communicating some interesting choices with its ideas and making good use of the strong assets it does have."
"I think these kids made for some decent company during this summer season, and I'm glad to have spent time with this show, warts and all."
"While I'm not sure that it was intended that way, Happy Sugar Life strikes me at least as much as a cautionary tale as a love story."
"This season needed to create space to tell meaningful stories, rather than glimmers of relationship-building in between tons of exposition."
"We begin this new storyline with an unmotivated turn of events featuring bland antagonists, poor animation, and little for the audience to get excited about."
"The series had some solid character beats and a couple of truly effective emotional moments, but they're all wrapped up in an ugly mess of weak art and bad writing."
"It feels like we've just gotten the beginning of a much larger story, and while it's a pretty good beginning, it needs to be followed by a middle and an end."
"With the auditions concluded, this episode is light on action, but it more than makes up for it with Karen's rocky emotional journey."
"This episode dropped the series' chance to end with something conclusive, be it either a solid mystery or a firm cementing of the romance plot, leaving things to finish much as they began."
"This is a decent episode for the Katakuri fight, but you don't reach the end feeling like a whole lot of progress is made."
"After three consecutive episodes of classic Gintama hijinks, the series once again puts on its serious face as the real final battle's stakes are laid out."
"Beyond its animation, Hanebado's other main strength has been its catharsis factor, so hopefully the release of that should be worth it for the big finish next week."
"Asobi Asobase stood out among this summer's offerings as one of anime's sharpest school comedies."
"Over the course of just twelve episodes, Planet With was able to deliver a tightly-paced, action-packed, and emotionally powerful science-fiction saga."
"This week's GeGeGe no Kitaro takes on cyber-bullying, albeit not as impressively as it has in the past."
"Of all the threats the body has faced in Cells at Work, this is the most drastic."
"Pick your favorite girl in the series and you'll probably find something suiting your tastes in this episode."
"This week's exercise ends up shortchanging both its action and its characters."
"Even with all of the manga's fat trimmed off, I can see why this part of AoT's narrative wasn't everyone's favorite part of the story."
"This feels like a necessary step for the story as it digs into some nitty gritty world-building and manages to be pretty entertaining as we coast into the season's non-climax."
"This episode offers a solid reminder of the dumb gags and hijinks that I'll miss when the series ends next week."
"The gang makes a little bit of progress on the Mitsuki front in this week's double-sized Boruto."
"It looks like the halcyon days of thwarting killer floor masters with the power of puzzle-solving and companionship are well and truly over for our motley duo."
"After delivering a couple of powerhouse episodes in a row, Happy Sugar Life eases off the throttle as it sets up for next week's finale."
"Harukana Receive presented a lot of emotions, but most powerful among them was joy."
"In the end, this adventure was good (not great) most of the way through, but it still worked way better than I gave it credit for at the start."
"Looking back on the series as a whole, I liked the majority of Chio's School Road but never really found a reason to love it."
"Right now, Free! Dive to the Future is more highlight reel than story."
"This penultimate episode spends a lot of time and effort putting an overindulgent bow on a storyline that was never all that compelling to begin with."
"As the kickoff to the season's final battle, this episode is neither exceptional nor disastrous."
"The Underwater Temple arc was like a delicious sandwich being held proudly together by two slices of stale, moldy bread."
"There's a lot to love about this finale, and it sums up what I've loved about this whole series."
"I doubt anyone who hasn't read ahead expected things to go down this way this week."
"Since by this point it's become clear that the mystery is just a device to get the romance plot bubbling, it feels like too little, too late."
"We may be looking at the beginning of one of Gintama's most promising storylines yet."
Rat Man ties the knot in this uneven but interesting episode about yokai relationships.
"For all the points where this episode feels like it might lack focus, trying to juggle too many characters, it still turns out a solid little drama."
"This is easily the meatiest episode of the series to date. Can the series hold this peak going into its final episodes?"
"This week's story about heat stroke certainly doesn't make a very good case for the human body's ability to function in extreme heat."
"After what feels like a lifetime of teasing, Grand Blue Dreaming has finally let the Peek-a-Boo Club have their big Okinawa vacation, and the results are pretty entertaining."
"It's time for the obligatory pool/beach episode, with the latter being the precise case here."
"The care put into the final scene made it sting all the more, and makes waiting for the next episode all the more painful."
"Asobi Asobase has an usually high amount of continuity between its goofy vignettes, but this latest episode is the most focused one yet."
"Just when I thought I could no longer be surprised by how quickly and efficiently Planet With can burn through plot points, here comes episode 11."
"All this teenage introspection so far works in harmony with the slice-of-life flavor that FLCL Alternative is trading in, but don't worry too much - there's still a big crazy robot fight at the end of this one."
"Okay, perhaps Hanebado! has been dragging things out a bit too long at this point."
"I'm not sure that this one episode was enough to do the attack on Orvud justice."
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