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The primary feature of this week's episode is demonstrating the increasing closeness of the combat-worthy members of the Sword Rose.
Mamoru Hatakeyama remains one of my favorite storyboarders and series directors in the industry. His unique approach injected an air of artfulness that played wonderfully into the macabre camp of this penny-dreadful detective romp.
It may sound a little corny, but in the end, it all comes down to love in this show.
There are still three whole episodes left in the season's run, of course, but lord knows when we'll get to see them.
The happy couple... though we'll just have to see how healthy of a couple they turn out to be.
The episode dragged its feet by spending time focused on hairstyles, but it connects in the end with Kyouko and Izumi cutting their hair short, reinforcing that everyone is constantly changing.
Such is the scale of Wano and its combatants; even falling down takes a whole episode!
While The Gene of AI's vignettes have highlighted all kinds of injustices, Tu Fui goes through some of the worst.
Even as I thought it made the eventfulness of this episode feel overloaded, I ultimately came out liking that explanation for how it speaks to Dark Gathering's thematic elements I've enjoyed so much.
This episode is a perfect microcosm of the season—i.e., equal parts Anos being cool and way too much information jammed into far too little time.
While it may seem absurd, Boxxo has created a new life for himself in this fantasy world as a heavy metal box.
Let's hope it doesn't kick the football so far that we don't even get to that point by the time this season is over.
Altogether it's a great rebound after weeks of wheel-spinning.
That's also the most eventful this one gets since the rest of this episode is Spellblades, with seemingly just a couple of episodes in its season to go, spending its time on setup and prep work for this whole new arc.
All evaluate Gojo as generally being two things: Very dumb, and obscenely strong.
Shizuku anchors the other members of the Cage User trio to a baseline of humanity. Aya might not think twice about either set of villagers, but she does care enough about Shizuku to let her do as her conscience dictates.
This is a satisfying ending and certainly worlds better than the first cour's finale.
I feel like if this reveal came out in episode two then Vermilio would immediately be trying to kill Helck.
Sariphi has been instrumental in showing that her being a human doesn't make her any less of a person than the beasts and carefully changing the hearts and preconceptions of everyone she has encountered throughout the series.
The clock may strike midnight, as it does, but now we can believe that even when the carriage becomes a pumpkin, Miyo will be all right.
Was there really no other way? With the choices made, it falls to hindsight to answer, and we all know how well that tends to work out.
With the arrival of Beatrix Amerhauser, the circle is now complete. The Fellowship has been formed.
Thus ends an eye-watering long arc of anime and a new era dawns for the series.
Just when I was starting to come around and appreciate Kyouko and Izumi as a couple, this episode needed to ruin it by reminding me why you should think otherwise.
When we get a show like Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout that uses its final episode as an epilogue—well, I'm already enjoying it on principle alone.
Throughout this season, one question has been looming over the story: Why won't Sylphy just come out and tell Rudeus who she is?
While last week was more than a bit of a mess, this episode is the exact opposite.
One thing I haven't mentioned about Dark Gathering is how its shonen-magazine origins and comparatively longer run as an anime adaptation have become apparent in its episode structures as of late.
This is a Love Live! show and even with added magic and flying motorcycles, it was always going to end with a triumphant musical number, and that's what we get here.
Everything that is being talked about is done off-screen so I don't get to witness or feel the weight of what Emi is dealing.
If anything, the internet, arguably the most significant of these developments, seems to have fostered more regression than progression.
I am more than happy to put these zombies back in the grave and never speak of them again.
The cave scene in episode 11 legit looked like it was from Johnny Quest.
Shizuku waking up nude, sandwiched between a pair of werewolf girls, also marks the second arc in a row where she's stumbled into a sapphic situation.
Lafalle is perhaps better compared to a cult leader because he's convinced the other fairies that he's their savior and that they will be redeemed by doing what he decrees.
Ko-guy the Locust Guy is a fun enough enemy for a Monster-of-the-Week type, I suppose, but his throwdown with Yuji eventually devolves into little more than an incoherent montage of smeary punches and blurry dodges.
Because everything is so fraught and emotions are so high, Sariphi's good deed of stepping in and putting a stop to that little horror show is all but ignored.
In the middle of his existential quandary, we get the story of a zombie child who visits Boxxo each night.
It's not healthy to pin all of your hopes on one person, and in Arata's case, he was doing so with someone who didn't even know he existed.
It seems as though the Wano arc delivers nothing but knock-down, drag-out fights, week after week. But episode 1075 shows us that there can be just as much action and drama in the space of a single punch.
When it comes down to it, this episode is about one thing alone: Rudeus discovering that he has feelings for Fitz.
I suppose even this series has its limits, however, as the two topics covered in “A Proper Society” show us Gene at its most openly didactic and acerbic.
It's the classic Valentine's Day episode, and with the promise of chocolate comes rising expectations and crippling anxiety.
With Empel and Lila temporarily out of the picture, it's up to Ryza and friends to take down the dragon before the horrendously under-equipped party led by Boz gets themselves killed.
Once again, we get one of these episodes of The Misfit of Demon King Academy where an insane amount is thrown at the viewer—and is made all the more complicated by a stream of proper nouns (some of which we've never heard before).
The fact that I felt inspired to quote an unrelated song for this review should tell you how hard this episode hit me.
If you hadn't already clocked that this storyline kicked off by Ai was going to be a longer one, then this week's episode of Dark Gathering should make that fully apparent.
Much like the memetic version of Batman, he's always super-humanly prepared for any and every eventuality, no matter how much it strains narrative credulity.
1 minute 36 seconds in, my heart skipped a beat, because Stale, Pride, Arthur, and Gilbert are incognito on the human trafficker's cart!
We're finally starting to see the build-up and fall-out to all of the conspiring that has been going on.
It is one of the world's incontrovertible truths that the people most likely to want power are those least suited to having it. Case in point: Lafalle Fenn Lafalle.
This tribalism—the obsession with the in-group versus the out-group—is the thematic core of this arc, and it especially comes through via the elder's words.
“Hey, remember these characters? They're still around!”
Remember when Anubis was the worst, most hateable character in this show? Ah, those were the days.
Viewer-rage aside, this is a very good episode for Kiyoka's emotional trajectory. We see him go through a variety of emotions that he hasn't been able to fully express before.
But really, the biggest question is – can anyone really make it out of this undecayed?
“Truck Stop of the Dead” is one of those episodes that sounds like it has all the right ingredients on paper. Yet, it feels ever so slightly like less than the sum of its parts when everything is said and done.
So she and her friends head out: not for selfish, foolhardy adventure, but to save those who will otherwise die.
At this point, I'd be surprised if this week's events weren't what gives her the push to divulge her real identity to him shortly.
This week's Misfit of Demon King Academy is a rather straightforward one—putting on screen all the things that have been hinted at over the series so far.
The battle of the serious and the silly continues with One Piece 1074, with the same high-quality results that Toei has been turning in, week after week.
It's important to remind myself that everything happening here makes sense for our characters, and within the frame of this franchise, that's always going to be more important.
There aren't many episodes left, but it would be nice to read some definitive closure about all these moving pieces, but only time will tell.
This season has, for the most part, been inoffensive, but this episode has genuinely highlighted some major problems that the original series had.
We got another emotional one, people! Val, the criminal, is back!
JJK makes the wise decision to ease us back into things with a heaping helping of narrative and emotional exposition.
The focus here is very much on the main group of friend characters as a group, with only a little bit of Oliver co-opting the spotlight.
Per usual, this new arc of Undead Murder Farce kicks off strongly with an episode that wastes little time familiarizing us with the rustic German setting of our headless heroine's latest mystery to solve.
Anne is well-placed to help bring Jonas back into the light. Does he deserve it?
With this week's episode, Reborn as a Vending Machine joins the elite and exclusive group of anime that remember that women do have periods.
Hold on to your hats, everyone – Sariphi finally has some shoes.
It's always the cheery ones, isn't it? Kenji Miyazawa the author wrote some very bittersweet stories, so it makes sense that Kenji the detective would be hiding a tragic past beneath his happy-go-lucky façade.
If anything, I need to see Kosugi bite the big one just so we don't have to watch Akira suffer from his crippling PTSD anymore.
The one saving grace of this episode was towards the middle where we got a little glimpse into the relationship between Tooru and Yuki.
We know Anos as unbeatably strong and completely unflappable. However, that doesn't mean he hasn't suffered loss and pain.
This is a solid character-building episode. Our heroes are both triumphant and humbled.
This episode of Mushoku Tensei is a bit of a palate cleanser after our last two episodes.
It's a fine viewing experience, with some very nice moments and an uncharacteristically somber atmosphere, but it's necessarily reiterating stuff we've already covered.
Unfortunately, everything about actually telling that story is quite haphazard and messy, even by Dark Gathering's often enjoyably lax standards.
Was it cheesy to see the entire cast look to the sky while the savior literally descended from on-high, complete with his goofy-ass theme song blasting?
We get our first glimpse of what Emi has been doing these past few episodes at the very end.
The other irony in the ideas articulated by this episode is the point it makes about Oliver's baked-in spotlight-stealing nature.
The level of ruthlessness Lafalle displays did take me aback.
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