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"It became obvious as Nanbaka ran down its episode count that it wouldn't be able to tie up all its loose ends, but I never expected it to leave all of them hanging."
"I have absolutely no idea how the show plans to end, but if this week is any indication, it's going to be just as much of a debacle going out as it was coming in."
"With only one episode left, I hope we'll have the time to resolve all these dangling threads."
"At long last, Heizo's wife Hisae is finally getting her own story, which delves into her past to show her strength when faced with a difficult situation."
"While one story of these three satisfactorily concludes where we left off last time, the other two left me wanting a meal with a bit more substance."
"While it's always been clear that Satania isn't as evil as she thinks, this story features her at her most selfless."
"The Battle on Rakuyo heads toward its conclusion with a look at Oboro's past."
"I knew it was too good to be true. Sometimes I hate being right."
"By now you probably know better than to read an episode review before you've watched the episode, but today's discussion is just so darn spoileriffic that I want to stress this again."
"Can focusing too much on a single goal be a bad thing, even if a person's intentions are good?"
"In its penultimate episode, Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu takes all of the shinigami talk in a surprisingly literal direction."
"The show's been feeling a little extra stretched lately, so I'm counting on this break to benefit the upcoming canon arc for the best."
"The exhibition match before the Tournament of Power may be over, but the story isn't ready to call it quits just yet."
"After all the silliness of past episodes, everything comes down to this two-part finale."
"Rather than Yuu and Fuuka's romance, the show's main priority seems to have been the story of Koyuki's pining and rejection."
"Mugi kicks off episode ten with the realization that he's made a huge mistake."
"This wasn't a perfect season ending, but it was very March comes in like a lion."
"All of this arc's smaller choices are adding up to create a reasonably charming comedy of errors, a substantial improvement over the half comedy/half errors mix of the first two."
"At long last, Rin must embrace the dichotomy of his own being, the demon who will slay demons, and become the Blue Exorcist."
"After ignoring his return for an episode, Anton Sioux is back on the scene."
"The series is currently on an upswing even with its less pleasant elements still present."
"Naruto and Hinata's big day looms ever closer in Naruto Shippūden's (likely) penultimate installment."
"Every plot point and emotion is narrated instead of actually happening once again."
Konosuba's second season concludes with more visual splendor than expected, as everything comes crashing to an explosive finish!
Monogatari gets into the violence, sex, and drama fast with the beginning of its Nadeko Snake arc.
"Despite some anomalous bright spots, these last ten or so episodes have easily been the show's weakest offerings since its rocky start almost a year ago."
The dragons put on a truly unusual performance of The Little Match Girl in this Christmas in March episode.
"After sticking to single-episode story arcs for most of the season, Akiba's Trip is getting ambitious this week with a bigger plotline."
"Unlike most of the other districts, Pranetta's officials aren't trying to get on Jean's good side."
"I've seen plenty of series spin their wheels as the season draws to a close, but this is circular spinning worthy of a master juggler."
"“There are many kinds of thieves,” Heizo tells Ojun before beginning the world's least appropriate bedtime story."
"The First Year Welcome Race is abruptly becoming a bloodbath, not so much a warm welcome as a test of absolute strength."
"Showing each of the girls in their respective home settings is a dynamic way to shake up Gabriel DropOut's familiar formula."
"As far as “calm before the storm” goes, this one is a winner."
"The gang pulls out all the stops to calm Kamui's intense bloodlust in the Battle on Rakuyo's tenth chapter."
"Ready or not, the final showdown has arrived on their doorstep."
"Having averted the manga's infamous, defining tragedy, Fuuka looks ready to sail calmly (if dully) into its conclusion."
"If this is a fake out, then it's a cruel one."
"All of the major characters may be present in this episode, but it's definitely the Machi show this week."
"Overall, this was likely the happiest episode of March comes in like a lion yet."
"Beethoven was already obsessive and cared little about how the world saw him, but this episode takes it up to 11."
"It's been an uneven road, but it seems like Seiren may finally be pulling off its first unequivocally good arc."
"This is top tier anime, and if you haven't caught up on the series yet, you're missing out on one of the best of the season."
"Overall, this episode steps back from the recent trend toward war commentary to focus more on story and plot execution, and it does so quite well."
"After delivering the most beautiful moment of the show so far, this episode changes everything."
"After being swept into the background for the majority of the Fourth Shinobi World War, Shino and Kiba are given one final turn in the spotlight."
"This week brings the series into some dangerous territory that it has only occasionally flirted with before."
"Even with all of this emotional content, Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid still manages to keep things funny."
"I sincerely hope next week will bring some emotional aftermath instead of diving into the next reveal."
"As Bakemonogatari's eighth episode begins, we learn the full story behind Kanbaru's monkey's paw."
"We didn't see much of Aqua last time around, so she (more or less) gets the feature treatment this week."
"There are two roads Twin Star Exorcists could travel down in these final three weeks, and I can only pray the show chooses the right path."
"This episode provides an update to the chemistry between Mayo and Tamotsu, which has been one of the weaker links within the cast of Akiba's Trip in the past."
"While it's nice to get back to the main Enki plot, it won't be interesting until we learn more about what's behind it."
"The suspense is as low-key as justifiably possible, but the series' restraint also enables hair-pulling and champagne-spilling to serve as moments of dramatic delight."
"With only about an hour's worth of screen time left in its run, I really hope Hand Shakers has some kind of banana-pants-absurd plot development around the corner."
"It's time to adjust to a new pecking order, where Onoda, Imaizumi, and Naruko are no longer at the bottom."
"While I'm somewhat hesitant to declare this the series' best episode, it's certainly a worthy contender."
"With such strong plot content, it's a shame that the art isn't quite up to snuff for this episode."
"The problem with episodes before a major showdown is that the characters have to get to the major showdown."
"The Battle on Rakuyo enters its climax as the audience is treated to the remainder of Kagura and Kamui's backstory."
"With the specter of death looming low over everyone, it's a race to the bottom to see what disappears first—each character's life or their will to live."
"This marks a low point in the Schubert focus episodes, but it's still highly entertaining and plenty weird as ever."
"I certainly spoke too soon last week when I assumed that the responsibility of the Tournament of Power had been lifted from Goku's shoulders."
"Now the real battle for the future of Hanabi and Mugi's relationship starts in earnest, as all the unexpected consequences of moving forward come crashing down on our fragile couple."
"The execution remains solid by genre standards, but I'd still like to see those loftier dramatic ambitions come back before the end of the season."
"The rest of this episode can't really live up to the beautiful, poignant opening sequence, but it still has its own pleasures."
"Our third heroine turned out to be Kyoko Tono - childhood friend of Shoichi and fellow appreciator of magical girl manga."
"Red-eyed Sukeroku's return to the opening was the first sign that this wouldn't be a good time for our hero."
"This series specifically seems to be veering toward exercises in war commentary after only casually indulging such elements through the first few episodes."
"Now that the gears are all spinning in the fight against the Impure King, everyone has their own little mission to accomplish while everything is falling to hell around them."
"This episode suggests that the more serious recent focus may be a permanent story shift, and given how well the series has fared on the comedy front, that's probably for the best."
"This gift hunt rolls on as Gaara tries his hand at finding a suitable present for Naruto and Hinata."
"It's time for Taku to lose his mind big time, but he kinda doesn't, and that's this episode's biggest problem."
"The little touches are nearly as important as the big jokes to making this series so entertaining to watch."
"Trading card games are the center of attention in this episode of Akiba's Trip, with a particular focus on their ubiquitous anime tie-ins."
"We get a more thorough introduction to Kanbaru, as Araragi hunts down the most likely culprit behind his night attack."
"This week, only a few episodes away from the grand finale, Twin Star Exorcists managed to truly surprise and impress me."
"This episode sunk to a new low with its humor, and I wouldn't be surprised to see the drama follow suit."
"We're over halfway through the series at this point, and the most growth we've seen from anyone is Koyori's newfound ability to dress herself and text people."
"It feels like the cat hasn't just left the bag, but actually curled up in front of a cozy wood stove after having too much food."
"Heizo may have a reputation for being an oni, but the more we learn about him, the more at odds that reputation seems with reality."
"The senior members of Hakone Gakuen are taking forever to bow out, not that I'm complaining."
"No matter which one of the main characters is your favorite, you're likely to walk away from episode 8 thoroughly entertained."
"Although this season's opening and ending spoiled the fact that she'd be appearing, The Battle on Rakuyo's eighth chapter provides us with our first real look at Kagura's mother Kouka."
"Both halves of this episode could easily have stood on their own and allowed for more development."
"The chaos of the battlefield combined with a brief love story and a Gundam 00 homage gives us a lot to take in this week."
"The exhibition match between Universes 7 and 9 continues with the fight between Gohan and Lavender."
"I was really surprised at how much I liked this episode, since it's mostly another clip show, but in reality it's so much more than that."
"The show is usually great at joining its seemingly disparate plot elements, but it dropped the ball this week."
"Focusing on Shimada, who's swiftly become my favorite character in the show, it chronologued his life story and philosophy on competition from childhood to the present day."
"Tetsuo may be an easygoing guy most of the time, but all the demi-human abilities in the world can't save his students from feeling his wrath if they flunk their exams."
"Poor Yukio. It seems like no matter what incarnation of the Blue Exorcist universe we're in, he's destined to be plagued by his, shall we say, ambivalent feelings regarding his brother."
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