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Overlord ‒ Episode 9

"For finally fully delivering again on the series' promise, I award this episode the highest grade yet."
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Castle Town Dandelion ‒ Episode 9

"These stories tell us that you deserve to treat yourself the way that people who love you would."
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Snow White with the Red Hair ‒ Episode 9

"There's a slow build to Snow White with the Red Hair that leads me to believe that we won't necessarily have a grand finale to this first cour."
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Actually, I Am… ‒ Episode 9

"This episode cuts out all the extra noise and goes back to what makes the show work."
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Non Non Biyori Repeat ‒ Episode 9

"Spurred into action by the promise of money, Natsumi forces everyone to go fishing with her this week."
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Gangsta. ‒ Episode 9

"If the previous few weeks of Gangsta. played to the show's narrative strengths, this one encapsulates its weaknesses."
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One Piece ‒ Episode 707

"In an ideal world, this episode would have been mostly cut from the story, or at least truncated significantly."
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Classic Review: Paranoia Agent ‒ Episode 8

"This week's Paranoia Agent took a break from being Paranoia Agent for a while, to instead be a very different show."
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Heroic Legend of Arslan ‒ Episode 21

"This episode isn't quite as strong as the ones that preceded it, but it's still moving in the right direction for a fulfilling ending."
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God Eater ‒ Episode 6

"A powerful soundtrack and horrific visuals make this week the most alarming installment of God Eater yet."
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Durarara!! ×2 The Second Arc ‒ Episode 9

"We're taking a peek deep into Izaya's past, when he was naught but a scraggly pre-teen!"
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Rokka: Braves of the Six Flowers ‒ Episode 9

"No matter how solved the mystery may seem, Rokka has three more episodes to fill and a number of unexplored story rivulets."
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Wagnaria!!3 ‒ Episode 9

"The subtleties of who does and who doesn't know about the various budding relationships at the restaurant make for some solid comedy here."
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Gatchaman Crowds insight ‒ Episode 8

"Gatchaman Crowds stays strong even as its story bums the hell out of me."
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Charlotte ‒ Episode 9

"My mouth was hanging open with confusion and horror, in a good way. Going forward, Charlotte will be re-evaluated in light of this twist."
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SHIMONETA: A Boring World Where the Concept of Dirty Jokes Doesn't Exist ‒ Episode 9

"While the ribald language powering the show may eventually get old, it has yet to do so, and the artistic quality and storytelling advancement remain consistent."
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Chaos Dragon ‒ Episode 9

"Perhaps the simplest and most sanely paced entry in the entire show, but that still can't save it from being the worst episode yet."
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Prison School ‒ Episode 8

"If Prison School didn't try so hard to be so solemn, it wouldn't be half as entertaining."
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GATE ‒ Episode 9

"If the theme of episode 8 was overt politics then the theme of episode 9 is covert politics. Well, that and fan service of varying kinds."
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Classroom Crisis ‒ Episode 9

"Today's Classroom Crisis is called “Joyless Victory,” and it doesn't take much sleuthing to unravel that title."
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Death Note (Drama) ‒ Episode 8

"Death Note leaves us on a delicious cliffhanger after easily its best episode so far."
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Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma ‒ Episode 21

"Once the tasting begins, we get back into the meat of the show – people reacting to amazing dishes while the skills and techniques of the cooks are expounded upon."
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Ushio & Tora ‒ Episode 9

"This is a battle anime turned emotional and cerebral, and I look forward to the next leg of the journey."
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Naruto Shippuden ‒ Episode 426

"Keeping track of the real story may prove difficult if we, like the characters, are caught in a web of Infinite Tsukuyomi illusions for too long."
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My Love Story!! ‒ Episode 21

"The point of the show is that we're all more than our appearances, even if they define how the world treats us sometimes."
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School-Live! ‒ Episode 8

"When you're talking about a zombie apocalypse show, an episode title like “Future” can carry certain ominous connotations."
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Gintama ‒ Episode 286

"This week's Gintama consists of two half-episode segments that both poke fun at Japanese summertime traditions."
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Monster Musume ‒ Episode 8

"Rachnera moves in with the rest of the monster girls this week, and her arrival garners some mixed reactions."
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Overlord ‒ Episode 8

"How much of Momonga's shtick is him just play-acting, and how much of it is him actually becoming an arrogant bastard because of his overwhelming power?"
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Castle Town Dandelion ‒ Episode 8

"The siblings' powers are going berserk!"
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Non Non Biyori Repeat ‒ Episode 8

"If you watch Non Non Biyori for the warm fuzziness, there's plenty on display here."
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Actually, I Am… ‒ Episode 8

"This storyline simply doesn't produce enough comedy to merit wasting half an hour on."
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Snow White with the Red Hair ‒ Episode 8

"This week Snow White with the Red Hair takes us on a journey to the past. Zen's past, that is."
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Gangsta. ‒ Episode 8

"Gangsta. has settled into a consistent mood over these past few weeks, and the limp violence has mostly faded into the background."
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One Piece ‒ Episode 706

"Okay, this is the last of the flashback episodes, I swear."
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Durarara!! ×2 The Second Arc ‒ Episode 8

"I barely had time to put everything together before the episode wrapped up and slid right through to the credits."
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Classic Review: Paranoia Agent ‒ Episode 7

"This week's episode starts with one more of Paranoia Agent's classic tonal confinement-chambers, but swiftly gets very, very weird."
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Heroic Legend of Arslan ‒ Episode 20

"Now that Arslan has accepted both prongs of his destiny, it feels like the show is finally moving into its last act."
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Rokka: Braves of the Six Flowers ‒ Episode 8

"These extended discussions are fun and all, but it feels like all the competing theories are about to start spilling out of my brain."
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Wagnaria!!3 ‒ Episode 8

"It looks like it's time for Souma to start turning up the heat on the rest of the cast."
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SHIMONETA: A Boring World Where the Concept of Dirty Jokes Doesn't Exist ‒ Episode 8

"The growing sense that what SOX is doing is a double-edged sword is what gives the series at least some semblance of depth."
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Charlotte ‒ Episode 8

"At this point the people-with-powers story could fall flat on its face, and Charlotte would still hold up as a strong adolescent love story."
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Ushio & Tora ‒ Episode 8

"Want to raise the stakes of any situation? Set it on a plane!"
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GATE ‒ Episode 8

"The fantasy girls, with Princess Pina and her subordinate in tow, finally make it to Japan with Itami and his two chief subordinates as escorts."
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Prison School ‒ Episode 7

"This week shines more of a spotlight on Meiko than we've seen in previous episodes."
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Chaos Dragon ‒ Episode 8

"When will these awful clichés stop rearing their ugly heads?"
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School-Live! ‒ Episode 7

"Although the series has touched before on Yuki's delusions not being entirely flawless despite how strong they are, this episode emphasizes that more strongly than before."
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Classroom Crisis ‒ Episode 8

"It was school festival time in this week's Classroom Crisis, meaning time also for A-TEC's traditional rocket launch."
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Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma ‒ Episode 20

"Watching different people stir pots isn't as exciting as some of the other cook-offs have been – but once again little details make the episode."
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Ranpo Kitan: Game of Laplace ‒ Episode 8

"Despite the simplicity of figuring out who the killer is in the first half of the episode, this is a really well put together show."
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Death Note (Drama) ‒ Episode 7

"This episode makes for a permanent shake-up in the Death Note story."
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Naruto Shippuden ‒ Episode 425

"Too much talk and not enough action."
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My Love Story!! ‒ Episode 20

"Here it is, the moment we've all been waiting for: the Valentine's Day episode!"
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Gintama ‒ Episode 285

"The episode's twisted take on Japanese festival games is well worth the price of admission."
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Monster Musume ‒ Episode 7

"Of all the monster girls that have appeared thus far, Rachnera is the most monstrous."
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Overlord ‒ Episode 7

"A series being too deliberate and methodical for its own good is definitely possible, and that is the trap that Overlord is falling into."
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Snow White with the Red Hair ‒ Episode 7

"Your dose of warm fuzzies this week come courtesy of Snow White with the Red Hair."
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Non Non Biyori Repeat ‒ Episode 7

"Compared to last week's collection of short stories, this episode features a much clearer theme and a more cohesive narrative."
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Actually, I Am… ‒ Episode 7

"The comedy is stretched pretty thin here, and the laughs don't come quite as often as they should."
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Castle Town Dandelion ‒ Episode 7

"This week's episode of Castle Town Dandelion is fluffy and forgettable, but a fun time while it lasts."
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God Eater ‒ Episode 5

"Never have I been so frustrated to learn that I'd have to wait two weeks for the next episode."
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One Piece ‒ Episode 705

"This is a really beautiful episode and it has almost nothing to do with flashy animation of any kind."
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Classic Review: Paranoia Agent ‒ Episode 6

"There was a storm warning on for this week's Paranoia Agent. Heavy rain approaching, with a high chance of flooding."
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Gangsta. ‒ Episode 7

"After last week's downpour of catharsis, we're treated to some fun interactions between our main characters."
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Heroic Legend of Arslan ‒ Episode 19

"The Heroic Legend of Arslan's ideas aren't complicated, but it's nice to be back on track, instead of continuing down the path of mindless cast expansion."
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Durarara!! ×2 The Second Arc ‒ Episode 6

"These were some of the best episodes of Durarara!! period. More please."
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Charlotte ‒ Episode 7

"Remember Yuu's supervillain tendencies from way back in episode one? Well, the show hasn't forgotten about them."
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Wagnaria!!3 ‒ Episode 7

"The future is more uncertain than it's ever been in this series, and that's pretty exciting."
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Gatchaman Crowds insight ‒ Episode 7

"Things are getting very, very gloomy in Gatcha-land."
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Rokka: Braves of the Six Flowers ‒ Episode 7

"I think I'm pretty lenient on poor animation, but there does come a point when I have to put my foot down."
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Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma ‒ Episode 19

"This is a good breather between the fried chicken storyline and the Autumn Elections."
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SHIMONETA Episodes 1-7

Theron plays catch-up with the first seven episodes of this season's raunchiest comedy, set in a future where sexuality is all but outlawed.
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Ushio & Tora ‒ Episode 7

"There's a lot on Ushio's shoulders right now, and I don't just mean because Tora likes to perch there."
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Chaos Dragon ‒ Episodes 6-7

"Pacing means nothing anymore. There is no emotional investment allowed here. Only critical rolls."
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Classroom Crisis ‒ Episode 7

"Classroom Crisis has successfully built its characters into well-defined people with a set of shifting but emotionally charged relationships."
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Prison School ‒ Episode 6

"It's still difficult to pinpoint exactly how much logic to throw out the window when watching Prison School."
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GATE ‒ Episode 7

"So far Gate has largely restrained its otaku side, but it has always been lurking in the background. With episode 7 that aspect comes to the forefront, at least for a while"
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School-Live! ‒ Episode 6

"This episode stumbles not in the slightest and does what it is trying to do precisely and very well."
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Death Note (Drama) ‒ Episode 6

"As Death Note heads into its sixth episode, we reach the Third Kira Arc."
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Naruto Shippuden ‒ Episode 424

"Fans who have longed to see the series' two most important characters join forces to take down the main antagonist are sure to walk away happy."
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Ranpo Kitan: Game of Laplace ‒ Episode 7

"One thing is for certain, though: this tale of Panorama Island is certainly strange. In this show, that can only be a good thing."
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My Love Story!! ‒ Episode 19

"There are many adorable episodes of My Love Story!!, but this episode may be the most adorable."
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Gintama ‒ Episode 284

"This episode is a little different from the typical Sho-chan-centric story."
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Monster Musume ‒ Episode 6

"This episode is weird and discomforting, and that's a good thing."
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Castle Town Dandelion ‒ Episode 6

"Episode six was especially strong thanks to two surprising reveals about Kanade and Aoi, elevating them from mere sketches to fully fleshed out characters."
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Overlord ‒ Episode 6

"What would an episode of the series be without having at least a little fun with Albedo's perversity?"
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Actually, I Am… ‒ Episode 6

"Werewolves are hardly a new concept, but I don't think I've ever seen the idea carried out like this."
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Non Non Biyori Repeat ‒ Episode 6

"Even for a slice-of-life series, this episode is a little light on content."
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Charlotte ‒ Episode 6

"This episode is such a game changer that it's difficult to talk about."
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Gangsta. ‒ Episode 6

"Gangsta. is a one-mood show, but sometimes that one mood is all it needs."
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Snow White with the Red Hair ‒ Episode 6

"Even before last week's preview, when we first caught a glimpse of Zen's older brother Izana, we've known that there was an elder prince waiting in the wings somewhere."
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Classic Review: Paranoia Agent ‒ Episode 5

"Paranoia Agent took a hard stylistic left turn this week, jumping from its usual character study-slash-horror aesthetic to become a straight farce."
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One Piece ‒ Episode 704

"I mentioned in the past that this climactic fight has definitely upped its game in the production values, and it just simply looks great."
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Heroic Legend of Arslan ‒ Episode 18

"We learn more about Rajendra this week than from the entire rest of his arc."
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Rokka: Braves of the Six Flowers ‒ Episode 6

"We get some of Adlet's backstory after he does a terrible job of defending himself."
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God Eater ‒ Episode 4

"A beautiful setting combines with an ominous story to make for the most successful episode yet."

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