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"While the show has so far been notorious for toeing the line between tasteful and trashy, I wouldn't be too surprised if this episode spurs some people to dig their heels in and refuse to take a step further."
"Once this episode finally shakes its doldrums, we get some respectable doses of action and drama, along with a startling new extension of Naofumi's shield powers."
"The tournament arc finally comes to a head (and a shiny head at that) as we blitz through the final rounds."
"What I initially liked about this show – its low-key approach to basic isekai tropes – has proven not to be particularly sustainable in the long run."
"The most important story conflicts may have been dealt with already, but the Royal Knights exams still have one heck of a climactic battle up their sleeve with the final match."
"At long last, this episode lays Akito Soma's first round of cards on the table."
"The good news is that this episode is able to focus on its clear through-lines in a way that feels like we're actually building to something in this new arc."
"This episode marks the first time that I have strongly wished for the runtime to be a little longer."
"It's an abrupt change of pace for the series: a welcome respite, but hardly as impactful as usual."
"The difference between taking a half hour to watch an episode of Fairy Gone and simply reading its summary on Wikipedia is almost nonexistent."
"The overlong recaps are still a burden on this arc, but at least we're getting to the point where the table scraps of new material are uniformly juicy."
"As things stand, this is shaping up to be Boruto's best Boruto-less arc yet."
"It's been a bumpy ride so far, but this episode finally manages to capture the near-perfect balance of grim spectacle and bloody horror that made the franchise famous in the first place."
"This episode got me to finally come around on Fumino as a character, depicting her and Nariyuki's deep trust that transcends the boyfriend-girlfriend barrier."
"The fight between Gray and Natsu may get top billing this week, but it's really the least important part of the episode."
"Two ladies get their tragic backstories this week, making for an episode that aims to deliver twice the emotional impact as usual."
"The Green Day/Oasis fight rages on, and I'm left unsure as to how I feel about most of what has been happening in JoJo's lately."
"If finally losing everything is what it takes to force Kazuki to start making real connections with others, maybe this fate isn't as cruel as it seems on the surface."
"It's circles within circles as Kazuki comes face to face with Haruka's dark alternate future in Toi, for an episode that combines the straightforwardness of Enta's story with the melodrama of Kazuki's."
"This is a great setup for the next stage of the story's conflict, and when you couple it with Muzan's slick and devious character design, you've got a recipe for an excellent villain."
"Little as I enjoy Atsushi's Sad Orphan Flashbacks, I think that the second half of this episode would have benefited from a deeper exploration of them."
"The show's not bad by any stretch, but it's disappointing to look at Senko-san and imagine a version that manages to be both fluffier in its aesthetic and meatier in its writing."
"This was less like watching an episode of a show and more like reading a forum post on it with all the spoiler tags turned on."
"This story has never been entirely certain what tone it wants to strike, and the biggest problems come back to Sizilien again this week."
"It's pretty sad when you can tell a mere third of the way through the episode that nothing much will be accomplished by the end."
"This tournament had to get bent completely out of shape in order for its best drama to happen, and what's left are a number of peripheral matches that are difficult to care about."
"Once again, One Punch Man spends an entire episode winding up a whirling dervish without actually following through with an impact."
"Though it doesn't have much for big laugh-out-loud moments, this episode does provide an excuse for the various characters to thoroughly mix and interact."
"Interspersed with tension-packed action sequences, this episode's script excels at navigating the moral ambiguity of Dororo's world with well-rounded empathy."
"This episode that takes the cake for the single most boring half-hour of television I've watched all year."
"With a premise that's ripe for shenanigans, the latest arc is off to a very strong start."
"The real battle of ice and fire is on its way – dragon and demon included."
"It's just not believable that a brand new koto club could possibly make this many enemies so soon, making this one of the show's weaker episodes so far."
"This episode delivers a landslide combo of resolution and setup that leaves little breathing room for emotional release."
"While it's nice to get some more perspective on the Titan side of this war, most of this episode didn't work for me nearly as well as I wanted."
"Moving forward, I'm not concerned about Demon Slayer's knack for action set pieces and raw emotional power, but I hope to see it tighten up its storytelling chops."
"As dire as the situation is for our heroes, this is the most I've felt like Golden Wind was meandering."
"This episode is all over the place in terms of focus, but the central thread of Nariyuki and his charges becoming closer keeps it unified enough to be engaging all the way through."
"At long last, it's time to check back in with Atsushi and the rest of the modern-day Agency members."
"This episode squanders some potential with its new cast member, but the series remains a relaxing if lightweight way to spend a half-hour."
"Even though this episode's twist composes only its last couple minutes, this reveal dominates everything else that happens into near-irrelevance."
"Now that its first arc is over, we'll have to see if this series can learn from its past mistakes or keep on stumbling into the same ones on its repeats. Given the way its protagonist has operated his time machine so far, it could go either way."
"With all of these plotlines happening simultaneously, the result is a jumbled mess hopping from scene to scene without letting any of them gain enough momentum to do something meaningful."
"If the series can focus more on the bonds between its characters and trust that its plot is enough to carry the rest, we'll be a lot better off."
"While the talent show isn't as riotously entertaining as I'd hoped, it still gets in plenty of decent jokes, including a couple that only viewers who are extremely familiar with one series or another are likely to get."
"By contrasting Hyakkimaru against both his younger brother and the past version of himself that Jukai remembers, this episode delivers a nuanced exploration of what it means to be human."
"It's amazing how much Fairy Gone improves when it simplifies things and gives itself time to focus."
"While Erwin's strong characterization is enough to get us through a shaky preamble, the main show of the second act proves to be well worth the wait."
"Since it appears as though every episode of this Reverie is going be at least half flashback, I'm going to mix things up with a mini-review of the older material being recapped in any given episode."
"While clip shows have thus far proven rare in this series, it's never fun to be presented with a slapdash rundown of a recent storyline."
"I feel like this episode didn't quite know where to focus, resulting in a story that had the potential to be very moving and tense just sort of existing instead."
"This dedicated sleep-away study camp episode is all about finally igniting the fires of romance between Rizu and Nariyuki."
"The combination of powerful sound and emotional impact made this the most unforgettable episode yet."
"These last two episodes have been a near perfect example of traditional Shonen Jump style excitement, and I could not be more excited to follow Tanjiro and Nezuko on more demon-slaying adventures."
"At long last, Tohru delivers Furuba's title drop, for the first truly great dramatic climax in her story."
"Thus far, there's been surprisingly little romance in Fruits Basket for a shojo story, so the Boar of the Zodiac arrives with a love injection straight to the jugular."
"This episode's brilliant adaptation choices allow the mutually envious relationship between Yuki and Kyo to be explored in a more cohesive way."
"Bungo Stray Dogs is perfectly good on its own, but Dostoyevsky might just be the character it needs to be even better."
"This episode played well to Senko-san's calming and healing aspirations, continuing to provide a welcome half-hour respite from the burdens of adult life."
"One thing I can say for this series is that it's not necessarily unfolding like I thought it would."
"Filo partly saves this episode, but I have to think that there was a more impactful and convincing way to handle all this."
"It feels unfair to center an arc on Ayumi only to treat her as a tragic prop whose destructive feelings will simply have to be fixed by solving all the right logic puzzles."
"It's funny that Saitama now feels like a side character in the show that's named for him, but that's where we're currently at in One Punch Man."
"KONOSUBA's Kazuma and Re:Zero's Subaru share a meeting of the minds that makes too much sense."
"The world is rarely as simple as good vs. evil, and this story goes out of its way to drive that difficult truth home."
"Enta's emotional vulnerability gives viewers a far more direct path to his heart than we've gotten for Kazuki or Toi, but that might also make him the biggest liability for the trio."
"If Fairy Gone doesn't shake off the doldrums soon, this continued lack of inertia runs the risk of severely limiting the show's long-term success."
"I worry that the Reverie is going to be a tough arc to review, because even when it isn't just a bunch of clip shows, it's all exposition and setup with nary an idea of how it's all going to tie together and pay off."
"We don't know who's going to make it out alive or even who's going to end this series happy, but there's a truth and a poetry to their journeys regardless."
"Cuteness abounds as Mitsuki makes a new friend in this week's post-arc breather."
"It's a step up from just being a recap episode, but this is not how I want to see a major battle with a powerful wizard."
"Despite the story's predictable trajectory, its steady dedication to character development ensures that it still has much to offer."
"I find myself in a parallel position to Nariyuki with his pupils: I believe these characters can be better at what they want to do, but we're still stuck in the early stages of learning how to do it."
"This returning episode may have gotten bogged down in how much table-setting is necessary to pick the story back up in the middle of the action, but now that the engines are revving again, I can't wait to see where the ride takes us."
"If this is what we can expect from Demon Slayer at its peak, it might just become ufotable's next smash hit."
"Whether you like these flashback sequences or not, they do a lot to establish the story's world and give the main plot a more firm foundation."
"Finral vs. Langris is the last of our sibling rivalries for this tournament, and it might be the most compelling one yet."
"I don't know about you, but I certainly didn't see this week's developments coming."
"While this episode isn't quite as cozy as the first two, the scope of its world and themes is expanding, and I still think it holds plenty of potential as long as it doesn't keep leaning on the crutch of stale jokes and off-putting behavior."
"A solid episode that introduces a significant new character and broadens the scope of the story's world-building."
"At least the story has ascended to "airport novel" levels of intrigue at this point."
"Unfortunately, Garou's likability isn't quite enough to save a dull interstitial chapter in ONE's superhero saga."
"The balance of the four series is nearly perfect, the irony of their interactions is deliciously rampant, and the anticipation for future events is great."
"While the narrative of this episode is interesting and nuanced, the choppy scenes and ugly animation make its finer points difficult to appreciate."
"For its third-episode twist, this club drama certainly isn't breaking any new ground. But a steady pace, new character development, and a budding romance keep the result interesting, if entirely predictable."
"The subject matter might be entirely different, but Fairy Gone is still two for two on delivering completely middle-of-the-road table-setting episodes that don't do much beyond dish out new plot beats."
"An eventful finale to a fun mini-arc, Boruto's latest adventure offers plenty of action, a steady dose of heart, and a sprinkling of laughter."
"Waiting for reinforcements takes on a whole other meaning when you're Fairy Tail."
"The themes of this episode do nominally raise the stakes for the story, but the plot is so rigidly boxed into a pattern of character vignettes that it ultimately feels like the series at its most average."
"The bones of this plot may not be anything special so far, but Demon Slayer knows how to make every shot and scrap of character count."
"By momentarily focusing on the villains, this episode cuts to the heart of what makes Golden Wind stand out compared to its predecessors."
"Once you get past all the misdirection, fast-scrolling text, and obnoxious double entendres, Sarazanmai is surprisingly straightforward as a magical boy story with sharp edges masked by a fluffy aesthetic."
"As with all of these extra episodes, your enjoyment will largely hinge on how endeared you were to the cast of Double Decker."
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