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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Team 7 faces off against a duo of next-level foes in an action-heavy Boruto: Naruto Next Generations.
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.
And so, with this episode, the story of Sword Art Online comes to its original conclusion.
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.
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.
The element of the episode which made me happiest, however, was seeing the Scavengers come back into play.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Across town, Dr. Glenn continues to put together a team for surgery by visiting a cyclops workshop.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
This wouldn't be an Index title without some action, and the Mikoto/Doppelganger head-to-head certainly provides that.
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.
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.
But as always with mysteries, it's what you don't know that runs the show.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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?
One of the unfortunate but fundamental truths about humanity is that evil can perpetuate itself simply by establishing a chain of violence and retribution.
Despite the artificial trappings of the play, characters got real about their feelings on stage.
Character-wise, this episode is about adding some depth to two newer characters, Revest and his teacher, Ms. Menou.
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.
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.
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.
After disparaging the state of Wano under Orochi's greedy leadership, everything is beginning to come to a head.
Team 7 faces off against their latest adventure's most formidable adversary yet in an action-packed Boruto: Naruto Next Generations.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Justice can take many forms, and sometimes that form is a punch square through an old man's brittle cheekbone.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Since its first episode, The Twelve Kingdoms has always known how to channel tense, even oppressive atmosphere through its direction and framing.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
The gang meets up with an old ally and encounters a terrifying new enemy in this week's Boruto: Naruto Next Generations.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
“It is always the herd men who win battles and the free men who win wars.”
There's something really satisfying about the moment when a purported detective show starts being about an actual mystery.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Is The God of High School's story even salvageable at this point?
Episode 24 kicks off the long-fated direct battle between Kiritsugu and Kirei, while at the same time Saber contends with Berserker.
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.
“There Was, Definitely” is such a powerful portrayal of the lifetime of pain Yuki has endured that it more than justifies his attitude.
Fashion! Hotsprings! And a spider-woman makes her return in this episode of Monster Girl Doctor!
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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