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Code:Realize -Guardian of Rebirth- ‒ Episode 11

"Despite some good bits of character and world building, there's almost too much going on in this episode."
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Yuki Yuna is a Hero Season 2 ‒ Episode 11

"Another potent episode whose impact isn't lightened in the slightest by the bursts of frivolity early on."
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Dies Irae ‒ Episode 10

"Unlike some previous episodes, this week actually delivers some entertainment value."
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Recovery of an MMO Junkie ‒ Episode 11

"This is as singular a focus on comedy as we've ever seen from Recovery of an MMO Junkie, and it's a definite success."
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Inuyashiki Last Hero ‒ Episode 10

"While there is one episode remaining, this week offers about as strong a finish as the series could have managed."
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King's Game The Animation ‒ Episode 11

"Thank goodness the old King's Game rollercoaster hit a definite upswing this week."
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Just Because! ‒ Episode 10

"Just Because! is like the romantic drama that takes place after your standard anime romance."
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Konohana Kitan ‒ Episode 11

"This warm and goodhearted series has proven to be the perfect way to enjoy a cozy winter's evening."
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URAHARA ‒ Episode 11

"Gorgeous background art improves the episode but can't save it from its own poor animation and tension-free plot."
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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations ‒ Episode 37

"While it was basically a certainty that the entire class would band together at some point, it's still satisfying to see everyone join forces to outmaneuver more seasoned shinobi."
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Black Clover ‒ Episode 11

"Right now the show's hit-and-miss cast and near-suffocating padding are still Black Clover's biggest hurdles."
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Welcome to the Ballroom ‒ Episode 23

"This episode is a return to the show's old form, which doesn't do it any favors."
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Food Wars! The Third Plate ‒ Episode 11

Azami's master plan to control all the restaurants in Japan is finally revealed as Soma faces down Tsukasa in culinary combat!
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Jūni Taisen: Zodiac War ‒ Episode 11

"This show seems determined to find every creatively engaging choice it could have made and then proceed to do the exact opposite."
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Mr. Osomatsu Season 2 ‒ Episode 11

"This show wouldn't be half as good if it couldn't back up its crude humor with equally precise cinematic execution."
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UQ Holder! Magister Negi Magi! 2 ‒ Episode 11

"The series is still racing through plot points just to get finale stuff set up, but at least now they're moderately engaging plot points."
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Himōto! Umaru-chan R ‒ Episode 10

"Most of this week's episode felt like the show was spinning its wheels, but it still takes just enough time to remind its audience that 90% of this show's cast are lovable dorks who you can't help but root for."
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A Sister's All You Need ‒ Episode 10

"If this episode was going to eschew the show's stronger elements in favor of teasing plot points, it should have at least made them worth teasing."
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Blood Blockade Battlefront & Beyond ‒ Episode 10

"I've been waiting for K.K's dedicated showcase for a long time, and I'm happy to say that it more than lives up to expectations."
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Anime-Gataris ‒ Episode 10

"It's safe to say that Anime-Gataris has officially gone off the rails."
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Gintama ‒ Episode 339

"As usual, Gintama manages to up the ante in the humor department and leave audiences wondering, “What the heck did I just watch?”"
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One Piece ‒ Episode 817

"The core of this episode is a great hook that suffers from the usual pacing problems pushed to their extreme, as well as art that sporadically drops in quality."
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March comes in like a lion ‒ Episode 31

"Although March's narrative may wander this way and that, its overarching trajectory reflects the confidence of a master storyteller."
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Land of the Lustrous ‒ Episode 10

"Another episode of beauty in motion, made unstable by a frightening new enemy."
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Dragon Ball Super ‒ Episode 119

"This week, we finally come down from our action-packed adrenaline high and get back to basics."
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The Ancient Magus' Bride ‒ Episode 10

"The time is right to go back to the past and answer at least some of the questions teased about Elias' nature and backstory."
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BLEND-S ‒ Episode 10

"This episode has a “back to basics” vibe, as the show puts most of its energy into making a simple premise work well."
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Love Live! Sunshine!! ‒ Episode 23

"This episode hit all the right notes, and it may have been one of the series' best to date."
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Code:Realize -Guardian of Rebirth- ‒ Episode 10

"The endgame is well underway now, but Cardia isn't the wilting blossom she was when the series began."
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Kino's Journey - the Beautiful World- ‒ Episode 10

"This episode's climactic scene is a great encapsulation of the thematic and emotional complexity that I originally expected from Kino's Journey 2017 going in."
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GARO -Vanishing Line- ‒ Episode 10

"I'm shocked to report that not only is Luke's first solo outing good, it's one of GARO's best episodes yet."
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Yuki Yuna is a Hero Season 2 ‒ Episode 10

"If last episode was one of the action highlights of this second season, then this episode represents one of its dramatic highlights."
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Dies Irae ‒ Episode 9

"Giant fighting skeletons are one of the very few points of enthusiasm that this series can offer at the moment."
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Series Finale: Recovery of an MMO Junkie ‒ Episode 10

This massively multiplayer online romance comes to a heartwarming conclusion, but there's still room for a bonus episode next week!
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Girls' Last Tour ‒ Episode 10

"As we approach the show's conclusion, our heroines have made a significant gain, but that also makes me suspicious of some impending loss on the horizon…"
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Inuyashiki Last Hero ‒ Episode 9

"This series understands how to exploit violence to dramatic effect without descending too deeply into crass sensationalism."
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King's Game The Animation ‒ Episode 10

"After ten episodes of going on about saving everyone, our alleged hero Nobuaki finally demonstrates his desire to try and save the other contestants."
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Just Because! ‒ Episode 9

"Just Because! may be approaching a conclusion, but that doesn't mean these kids are any closer to figuring out how to be adults."
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Konohana Kitan ‒ Episode 10

"Konohana Kitan remains one of the most humbly excellent series I've seen all year."
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URAHARA ‒ Episode 10

"Once as pretty and insubstantial as cotton candy, URAHARA has slowly become more engaging as it's gradually forced its protagonists into increasingly dire situations."
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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations ‒ Episode 36

"One of Boruto's best action episodes to date."
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Food Wars! The Third Plate ‒ Episode 10

"Food Wars doesn't usually have trouble showing rather than telling, but there's always an exception."
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Black Clover ‒ Episode 10

"This is at least the best looking and slickest directed episode of the show to date, wrapping up the Lord Heath conflict successfully."
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Jūni Taisen: Zodiac War ‒ Episode 10

"Episode 10 of Juni Taisen is a perfect demonstration of how this show can come so close to telling an emotionally affecting story, only to be held back by its usual shortcomings."
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Mr. Osomatsu Season 2 ‒ Episode 10

"While Mr. Osomatsu didn't exhaust all of its animation budget this week, it nonetheless provided some golden moments."
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UQ Holder! Magister Negi Magi! 2 ‒ Episode 10

"The smart pacing of the previous arcs is all but gone as UQ Holder fumbles about trying to assemble an epic finale."
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Anime-Gataris ‒ Episode 9

"This back-and-forth subversion of audience expectations is fascinating, but it can also be exhausting."
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Himōto! Umaru-chan R ‒ Episode 9

"Some of the stories will make you laugh, others might make you tear up a little, and a few of them whiz by without making an impression at all."
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A Sister's All You Need ‒ Episode 9

"While all the outrageous action that occurs in this episode is pointedly shallow, there are surprisingly some strong ideas in this mess of fetishes and pandering."
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Gintama ‒ Episode 338

"The Slip Arc's twisted tale of dueling idol units enters its second chapter as Galaxy Kingdom Bitches begins its all-out assault on Booger Diamonds 48."
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Blood Blockade Battlefront & Beyond ‒ Episode 9

"In the second half of this jumbo-sized two-parter, Leo's little friend has turned into a major problem for Hellsalem's Lot."
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One Piece ‒ Episode 816

"This episode cuts straight to the heart of what there is to love about One Piece's more melodramatic side."
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March comes in like a lion ‒ Episode 30

"Rei's limited ability to help the people he cares about spins in a different direction this week when he overhears Shimada discussing Nikaidou's flagging health."
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Land of the Lustrous ‒ Episode 9

"Even in a new and serious era for Phos, the story retains a lightness and whimsy that expresses the full emotional spectrum of the series."
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Welcome to the Ballroom ‒ Episode 22

"The stronger part of this week's episode is doubtless the first part, which gives us Kugimiya's history as a dancer."
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BLEND-S ‒ Episode 9

"Instead of getting to see the series flex its comedic muscle, we have to watch it fumble around in search of new material."
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Kino's Journey - the Beautiful World- ‒ Episode 9

"Welcome to Kino's variety episode! This potpourri week was mostly boring, but there's one genuinely thought-provoking brainteaser in the mix for once."
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The Ancient Magus' Bride ‒ Episode 9

"With no one to fight or send off to the other side this week, Chise has a lot of time to ponder over the nature of love and relationships."
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Love Live! Sunshine!! ‒ Episode 22

"While the concept behind this episode was sweet, the execution didn't quite live up to the message."
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Code:Realize -Guardian of Rebirth- ‒ Episode 9

"Issues of life and death have always been part of Code: Realize's plot, but they're really coming to the fore now as our heroes head into what may be the final battle."
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GARO -Vanishing Line- ‒ Episode 9

"This was an imperfect but necessary episode, an opportunity for Sword and Sophie to take a much-needed journey with one another."
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Yuki Yuna is a Hero Season 2 ‒ Episode 9

"As it should at this point in the story, this episode raises all kinds of questions about what we and the girls don't yet know about the big picture."
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Dies Irae ‒ Episodes 7-8

"There are some signs of potentially intriguing plots and philosophical connections here, so it's a shame the execution overall is so poor."
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Dragon Ball Super ‒ Episode 118

"The humor doesn't stop, nor does the show's recent streak of fantastic fight animation."
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Recovery of an MMO Junkie ‒ Episode 9

"This episode manages to sweep some of the show's messier plot points under the rug, thanks in large part to the charming interactions between the main characters."
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Girls' Last Tour ‒ Episode 9

"After last week's atmospheric and thematic showstopper of an episode, I'm surprised that Girls' Last Tour managed to deliver another all-time-high so quickly."
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King's Game The Animation ‒ Episode 9

"Unfortunately, the depressive darkness and cruelty that envelopes this week just makes an already poor series simply unpleasant to watch."
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Inuyashiki Last Hero ‒ Episode 8

"Ichiro's daughter Mari lends this episode its title and takes on a co-starring role, with close to half of the episode being told from her perspective."
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Just Because! ‒ Episode 8

"Even if the show's visual execution has diminished, its writing is as strong as ever."
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Konohana Kitan ‒ Episode 9

"This episode is a decidedly odd experience, though not necessarily a bad one."
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URAHARA ‒ Episode 9

"It took nine episodes to get there, but “Bitter Candy” finally showcases this friend trio's origin story."
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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations ‒ Episode 35

"With the final exams slated to begin in the next week, episode 35 serves as the calm before the storm, giving our heroes one last breather before things start to heat up."
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Himōto! Umaru-chan R ‒ Episode 8

"Even if Anime Strike had to once again deprive us of our Himouto for almost three days, a late Umaru-chan is better than none at all."
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Food Wars! The Third Plate ‒ Episode 9

"Between Soma and Isshiki, they've laid the groundwork for a revolution to fight back."
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Black Clover ‒ Episode 9

"It's not the most complicated scenario, but like any good shonen, it's giving itself solid ground to move forward."
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Jūni Taisen: Zodiac War ‒ Episode 9

"Juni Taisen always becomes its own worst enemy, undercutting its emotional impact with lousy writing that insists on butchering any nuance the material might have had."
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UQ Holder! Magister Negi Magi! 2 ‒ Episode 9

"On the eve of the story's presumable finale, the show's pacing takes a break for a remarkably unremarkable comic relief episode."
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Mr. Osomatsu Season 2 ‒ Episode 9

"This episode provides great material for Jun Fukuyama to go as wild as Ichimatsu can ever get."
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A Sister's All You Need ‒ Episode 8

"Miyako has always been our not-so-secret viewpoint character, and this week the show really tries to put us in her shoes."
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One Piece ‒ Episode 815

"This episode has a lot going for it as various forces cross paths, and a lot of great mystery is being established."
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Dragon Ball Super ‒ Episode 117

"For the first time in a while, Super is offering silliness that I genuinely think is fun."
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Love Live! Sunshine!! ‒ Episode 21

"This season has been pretty rough on its characters, but it's been better because of it."
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Gintama ‒ Episode 337

"Following a years-long absence, sharp-tongued pop idol Terakado Otsu finally resurfaces in the Slip Arc's latest storyline."
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Blood Blockade Battlefront & Beyond ‒ Episode 8

"This two-parter is devoted to our detained duo, Deldro Brody and Dog Hummer, as well as the show's lovable mascot, the Sonic Speed Monkey."
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Welcome to the Ballroom ‒ Episode 21

"While I'm thrilled that Tatara and Chinatsu have made a breakthrough, it does feel like it's taken the series too long to reach this moment of understanding."
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Anime-Gataris ‒ Episode 8

"For anime fans craving acceptance, this episode is like a big warm hug."
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The Ancient Magus' Bride ‒ Episode 8

"Unfortunately, some patterns surrounding the show's highlights are becoming predictable."
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Code:Realize -Guardian of Rebirth- ‒ Episode 8

"Things are undeniably looking grim for our protagonists as London Town is burning down."
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Girls' Last Tour ‒ Episode 8

"Once again, Girls' Last Tour smuggles a surprising amount of philosophy into some otherwise sweet and relaxing slice of life escapades."
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Land of the Lustrous ‒ Episode 8

"This is a turning point for Land of the Lustrous, a powerful tragic moment in the dark of winter that will surely influence its characters' actions for the rest of the series."
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March comes in like a lion ‒ Episode 29

"From a point of utter dependence and despondency, Rei has become someone the Kawamotos can actually rely on."
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BLEND-S ‒ Episode 8

"Blend-S finally completes the Café Stile crew this week with the introduction of Hideri."
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Yuki Yuna is a Hero Season 2 ‒ Episode 8

"With the technical merits remaining solid and the character dynamics balancing out just fine, this sequel half shows a lot of promise."
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GARO -Vanishing Line- ‒ Episode 8

"This is as fluidly animated and ambitiously directed material as anything we've seen yet from VANISHING LINE, which is absolutely beautiful to behold."
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Kino's Journey - the Beautiful World- ‒ Episode 8

"As of this second Shizu episode, Kino has officially featured in only 50% of their own show."
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Recovery of an MMO Junkie ‒ Episode 8

"The tangled web of online identities has been unraveled, closing the book on a significant part of this story."

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