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"Despite his humiliating defeat a few weeks back, Urashiki wastes no time in setting his next scheme into motion in an eventful Boruto: Naruto Next Generations."
“The Light of Dawn” is a whirlwind of apocalyptic violence and almost unbearable tension, and easily the single best episode Vinland Saga has produced yet."
The neat fight scene isn't enough to draw back from the episode's sloppiness, which extends beyond simply taking too long to get Shinmon back on Company 8's side again.
"I've liked this arc more than most because its premise forces the show to let interesting character dynamics carry most of the burden, but this episode collapses under Black Clover's worst qualities."
"Unfortunately, this week suffers for the same reason that most of these recent episodes have suffered. The content being covered doesn't flow comfortably in anime form and we end up repeating ideas that have been drilled into the ground."
"This week, Boruto: Naruto Next Generations offers up a laidback lead-in to its latest arc."
"It's been an overly-long, strange road for Arifureta so far, and as of news today, it turns out we aren't even all the way there yet."
"If you would have told me a few months ago that Askeladd would end up being the most interesting and complex character, I probably would have balked."
"The only proper story development in the first of these two episodes is the follow-up on Asta's sword situation, with him finally discovering that he's now in possession of the sword that Licht was using."
"Arifureta's late start plus that midstream recap episode means it feels like it's lasted a lot longer into this season than most."
"In “Land of the Far Bank”, we see Vinland Saga continuing to move along at a ponderous gait, and I can see how some might see the show tipping precariously towards the “boring” half of the aforementioned divide."
"There isn't a ton of new material for us to chew in this week aside from the introduction of another side villain."
"This episode is a true encapsulation of all things Dr. Stone. There's science, some action, hints at greater mystery and intrigue, and a fun sense of humor and tension throughout."
"Maybe the pace of the next episode will help clarify why this one felt more uneven, but in the end, at least its visuals are probably among the best of the show so far."
"This week's Boruto serves as a nice breather from the usual action."
"It's a decent enough conclusion that's bolstered by the show's ever sharp sense of visual panache and comic-timing."
"The Fate franchise as a whole has been very hit-or-miss, but this is definitely one of the hits."
"The guild's saga comes to an end, gathering up all the threads and bringing things to a satisfactorily happy ending."
"This isekai comedy offered a solid gimmick that was weighed down with half-baked writing, characters, comedy, and even fanservice."
"On the whole, this season was a step up from A Certain Magical Index III."
"There's a ton to chew on here at the ending of Granbelm, and while I might have appreciated more definitive clarity, I can't say it's out of line with what the show has done all this time."
"It isn't easy to make an episode simultaneously bittersweet and hopeful, but DanMachi has pulled it off."
"For all its emotional catharsis both subtle and blunt, and all its winks of foreshadowing for the many changes to come, this was one of my favorite episodes yet."
"You can call it clearing low bars or playing on easy mode if you'd like, but the point is Arifureta set manageable goals for itself this week and came out pretty okay."
"Now that the arc is making its way into more frivolous side adventures, the pacing problem is getting increasingly fraught with each week."
"This isn't the most visually striking of episodes, but it makes a couple of bloody beats count where it can."
"Boruto and Shinki's roadtrip comes to an end this week in a satisfying yet underwhelming fashion."
"This series has always been slight fare, but there's little forward momentum to be found this week."
"If Demon Slayer is going to stretch out this comedy rehab storyline for as long as possible, it helps that there's a smidgen of character development and foreshadowing tossed in for good measure."
"It will be interesting to see if there's any redemption left for the character who threw everything away to become what he despised the most."
"This final episode does a good job of bringing all of the story's elements together in a concentrated collection of themes and tropes."
"This episode took not just the culmination of this story arc, but the series as a whole, and distilled it into a fun and exciting jaunt through action, mysticism, and revelations that was only slightly held back by exposition."
"It wasn't on my radar at the start of the year, but I will absolutely remember this series as one of 2019's finest anime."
"With no excessive fanservice and slapdash writing holding it back, the show is able to dig into the worldbuilding and deceptively simple storytelling that made its first weeks on the scene such a blast."
"The animation remains nothing special, so only the color gimmick and a strong musical score make this episode stand out, and that isn't enough at this stage."
"The visuals and ideas come together to finish this episode off as yet another of Granbelm's best yet, one I'm reduced to just gushing about."
"Everything is building to bring us to later events, and right now it just feels too bad that the season is almost over."
"I get the impression this episode is meant to be a moment of relief after the recent spectacle, but the few moments of intrigue and tenderness don't completely save it from being rather boring."
"These kids, along with the rest of humanity, are lost no more, and the cosmic ocean awaits."
"Dumbbells heeds the burning advice of any good workout coach and finishes strong."
"This episode collects a myriad of moving pieces into one gradually-cohering picture, setting up the big reveal in what should be the series' finale next week."
"There's a story worth telling in here somewhere, it's just buried under a struggling production and baffling directorial choices."
"While this episode does feature a climactic battle we all knew was coming and a sort-of resolution, this conclusion really marks the end of the first stage in a longer journey."
"Much like Tohru and Kyo, this episode didn't handle everything perfectly, but it came through in the ways we needed most."
"We've already met Urashima, the yokozuna of Wano, but now it's time to finally see him in action as he struts his stuff and defends his champion position."
"There's an apocalyptic aura hanging over Vinland Saga this week in the aptly titled “Ragnarok”, with omens abounding on both fronts of the escalating Saxon-Danish conflict."
"This episode's slower pace gives us time to refocus on existing characters while also leaving space for fresh introductions."
"The latest leg of Boruto and Shinki's journey benefits from placing its focus squarely on the dynamic between the arc's two central figures."
"This episode acts more as table-setting for the season's final climax than a story on its own, but for good reason."
"Mamako's triumphs in this episode provide a glimpse of this narrative's potential platonic ideal, where motherhood is exalted as a superpower in ways that are both silly and heartfelt."
"If you've been feeling deprived of your weekly dose of Zenitsu antics lately, then boy howdy does Demon Slayer have an episode for you."
"Hop aboard the Mest Express for the lead up to the final episodes of Fairy Tail!"
"The impact of Hanajima's arc comes not from her powers themselves, but how she feels about them."
"Conceptually and emotionally, this is probably the strongest Granbelm has ever been."
"This episode's gimmick doesn't sit well with me, introducing a character in a flashback right before revealing that the character in question is at the heart of the series' biggest plot twist."
"This episode is nowhere near as exciting or emotionally resonant as Fire Force's first pair, but it feels more like the show I was expecting to see, which is a step up from the last arc's misfires."
"I don't know about you, but I sure didn't see the final twist of this week's episode coming."
"The Haruhime arc ends here, and while it does a decent job of wrapping things up, I can't help but feel like giving it those last two episodes of the season might have lent it more impact."
"How does you even follow up an episode as show-stopping as last week's? Anyway, here's Wonderwall."
"Black Clover has been up and down on the quality scale for the past few months, but it's clear Pierrot wanted to make sure this week was something special with a major turning point in the story and production values out the wazoo."
"In the debate between nature and nurture, Astra Lost in Space tells determinism to bug off with an episode that's equal parts tragic and triumphant."
"It's another volume of all outside and at-home exercises, with a surprising amount of retreading as the show eschews the New Year's-themed opportunity to try something new."
"Senku was right that a liar like Gen would never easily admit to being impressed, but I think he's wrong about the impact he's had on Gen from the start."
"This episode easily meets its quota for graphic violence while also building toward some sort of climax in the near future."
"It shouldn't be too much to ask a series like this for a cool monster fight, but problems predictably pop up as soon as the dragon does."
"This return to a light and humorous tone is exactly what the story needed after it bit off more than it could chew with Medhi's arc."
"In spite of the generally muted stakes, there's a lot going into making this episode as breezy as possible."
"Fast-paced and full of action, this week's episode is an improvement over the last two installments despite never reaching its full potential."
"After taking a well-deserved nap for an episode and a half, Lord El-Melloi II is finally back in action by the end of this episode, and all is right with the world."
"Thankfully, “Hashira Meeting” is the good kind of low-stakes Demon Slayer episode, exactly what last week's wasn't."
"Fairy Tail has a fairly good track record for its anime-original material, so I'm feeling tentatively hopeful as we head into the final episodes."
"All of the intertwined narratives have at times mirrored or paralleled each other over the course of the series, and this time that line is drawn between two sets of reluctant but frustrated people."
"It's hard to say what exactly Fire Force is trying to do at this point, and the reliable beauty of its boarding and direction is beginning to chafe under the story's rushed writing and irritatingly juvenile sensibilities."
"For all of its action and creative power uses, this episode's visual impact is hit-or-miss."
"It seems like there may be more going on here than just some feuding goddesses allowing for Bell to enact his ideal form of heroism."
"Granbelm seems to be thriving on the sheer number of twists and surprises it's crammed into the last few episodes, but while they make the plot feel more intricate and keep us guessing, they also crowd each other out."
"Given has been building up to this concert scene since the beginning, and Mafuyu's performance is pure catharsis."
"Black Clover is a series that needs the emotional intensity dialed up to eleven as frequently as possible."
"Astra Lost in Space lays on the exposition thick as it jumps into its final act, but it keeps things interesting with weird answers to questions we weren't even expecting to have to ask."
"Dumbbells has its sensibilities down to such an entertaining science that even a Christmas special at the absolute worst time of year wasn't enough to dampen my enthusiasm for it."
"This is a transitory episode of Arifureta that exists in service of accomplishing just a couple new plot beats, but wastes too much time in the process."
"Hank was laid low last episode as he felt wracked with guilt over all of the former companions he had killed, but apparently he still had even further to fall."
"With the season wrapping up in just a few weeks, the last thing Demon Slayer needs to be killing is time."
"As satisfying as it would be to see Suishou go down to Kuon, there's still several episodes left, and a few more twists to dole out."
"Waver spends this entire episode unconscious (except for one brief flashback), but that doesn't hurt the story one bit this time."
"Thorkell represents the slightly more exaggerated style of action and characterization that we've been seeing in these late-season adaptation of early-run chapters."
"The episode is much more concerned with sharing a feel-good message than with exploring anything nuanced or interesting."
"Despite containing a number of plot revelations and villainous reveals, there isn't much going on here to get my blood pumping."
"I think the series will be better off when Accelerator returns to the heart of the action."
"If Tsukasa is building an empire based on the values of primitive strength, it sure was a strange choice for him to revive Gen Asagiri."
"This episode solidifies the goals and expectations of the village arc, while drip-feeding in some of the new characters we can expect to meet during Senku's stay."
"While the return of Urashiki promises more action in the coming weeks, it would be great to see this arc's core relationship break the mold instead of mirroring the same basic conflict we've seen countless times in the past."
"This may just be the final trial that the protagonists of the fairy tale have to face before their happy ending."
"This week is a surprisingly underwhelming milestone, simply because you know the big 1,000 is going to hit us soon enough—I wonder if we'll still be in Wano when that happens."
"In many ways, this episode appears to be about stagnation, and little has changed from where we were last week."
"Astra Lost in Space doesn't rewrite the sci-fi playbook by any means, but it's been smart and economical in how it doles out both its central mystery and its worldbuilding."
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