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Black Clover ‒ Episode 54

"This is evidence that the time we've spent hanging out with these characters has borne fruit, and that these lovable dumbasses have been working their magic on me."
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Series Premiere: Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai—Episodes 1-3

"This light novel adaptation takes more inspiration from the most successful example of its genre, the Bakemonogatari series, in its more philosophical approach to the nature of each girl's problems."
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Season Premiere: Tokyo Ghoul:re ‒ Episodes 13-14

"This cour gives the impression of a runner careening head over heels down a steep hill, willing to sacrifice a few dozen bones if it means finishing the race more quickly."
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Series Premiere: Run with the Wind—Episodes 1-3

"This show has already done an effective job crafting a lively, character-driven story that's more about the journey than the destination—just like distance running itself."
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Season Premiere: Golden Kamuy ‒ Episodes 13-14

"While it takes a while to get going, these two episodes were a strong reminder of why I found Golden Kamuy so compelling in its first cour. It always has a new trick up its sleeve to keep you gripped in its frontier gold chase."
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Series Premiere: That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime—Episodes 1-3

"This unconventional adventure is off to a good start, provided you're in the market for a less serious take on both fantasy and isekai."
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Season Premiere: Thunderbolt Fantasy Sword Seekers 2—Episodes 1-3

"Meta-commentative fantasy RPGs are a trend in anime nowadays, but this the pinnacle of the genre, reserved for viewers with a refined taste for puppets."
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One Piece ‒ Episode 857

"The One Piece anime delivers another bombastic fight episode this week, digging its heels in the ground with a great production."
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Season Finale: Attack on Titan ‒ Episode 49

"Using a pseudo-cliffhanger as a stinger for next year's episodes highlights my issues with this mid-season finale as a whole."
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Series Premiere: Skull-face Bookseller Honda-san—Episodes 1-2

"Both delightfully over-the-top and relatably down-to-earth, this workplace comedy offers up big laughs while illustrating the tribulations of working in a high-traffic bookstore."
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Series Premiere: Double Decker! Doug & Kirill—Episodes 1-4

"Double Decker doesn't have much in the way of ongoing plot or themes so far, but what it does have is fun entertainment in spades, as a spit-shined popcorn buddy cop piece."
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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations ‒ Episode 77

"At times, this side-adventure felt too drawn-out and detached from the main story, but this episode does a decent job of tying it into the bigger picture."
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GeGeGe no Kitarō ‒ Episodes 26-27

"These are two of GeGeGe no Kitaro's most violent episodes, and while they're not quite as disturbing as some of the earlier ones, they definitely have their moments."
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Season Premiere: Fairy Tail Final Season—Episodes 1-2

"Luckily Fairy Tail is adept at not only keeping things moving, but also at tempering the more difficult bits with humor."
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Series Premiere: Release the Spyce—Episodes 1-2

When the wild action sequences slow down, this charming series keeps its focus on story by developing Momo and Yuki's relationship.
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Series Premiere: SSSS.Gridman—Episodes 1-2

"SSSS.Gridman delivers the best of Trigger's specific balance between stylized minimalism and glossy polish."
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Series Premiere: Sword Art Online Alicization—Episodes 1-2

"Even by SAO's normal standards for storytelling, this will be a slow-paced arc. Fortunately, the story gives fans a fair amount to appreciate."
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Series Premiere: Goblin Slayer—Episodes 1-2

"I have no doubt that Goblin Slayer will find an audience to revel in the grisly pleasures of its premise just like Ninja Scroll and Wicked City informed my generation, but that's all it's got going for it right now."
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Series Premiere: Radiant—Episodes 1-2

"You've probably seen most of what Radiant has to offer at least once before, but there's something intangible about this shonen adventure that makes me want to give it a chance."
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Series Finale: FLCL Alternative ‒ Episode 6

"This ends up being reasonably satisfying as a finale to FLCL Alternative, but definitely unworthy as the new last page of FLCL as a whole, and that ultimately colors my final impression."
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Series Premiere: Boarding School Juliet—Episodes 1-2

"Beyond the solid animation and the funny jokes, Boarding School Juliet looks set to live and die on the pure unadulterated cuteness of its central couple."
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Series Premiere: JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind—Episodes 1-2

"JJBA returns to the small screen with a great spin on the usual JoJo's scenario that adds an unexpected pleasantness to a story about criminal life."
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Angels of Death ‒ Episode 14

"While it doesn't entirely forgive the show's earlier pacing and character issues, I'm incredibly thankful for this episode's sweet, funny, and poignant return to form."
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Banana Fish ‒ Episode 14

"This episode's literary title may foreshadow its very deceptive ending."
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Black Clover ‒ Episode 53

"This is a good episode that manages to be calm and understated without losing the power of its developments."
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Today's Menu for the Emiya Family ‒ Episode 9

September marked Caster's turn on the fondue carousal as she asked Shirou to help her cook a meal for her hubby, Mr. Kuzuki.
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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations ‒ Episode 76

"After a couple weeks off, Boruto's first episode in its brand new timeslot isn't anything special. It may be the current arc's weakest entry to date."
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Season Finale: Gintama ‒ Episode 367

"It's a strange place to wrap things up, but as the characters expressly spell out, the staff was simply out of options."
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Attack on Titan ‒ Episode 48

"Instead of fleshing out Attack on Titan's lore or plot, Keith's flashback acts in parallel to Kenny's episode as a thematic infodump more than anything else."
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FLCL Alternative ‒ Episode 5

"If there's an issue with all the questions being raised about Kana this episode, it's simply that no answers are offered just yet."
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One Piece ‒ Episode 856

"This is not a fight between good and evil, it's more of a surrealistic headbutt between competing states of human nature."
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Angels of Death ‒ Episode 13

"After a week's hiatus, we are once again amongst the angels, as Rachel's tragic backstory is revealed."
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Banana Fish ‒ Episode 13

"This episode is full of what the series does best: subtle character drama that requires your attention."
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Black Clover ‒ Episode 52

"This episode was fun and dramatic, a massive step up for the arc from last week's venture."
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Season Finale: Overlord III ‒ Episode 13

"In terms of coming to a dramatic climax, the third season of Overlord easily ranks as the least of the seasons so far."
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One Piece ‒ Episode 855

"It's an acceptable episode, but I'm hungry for a lot more substance at the moment."
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Gintama ‒ Episode 366

"In the three years (and 100 episodes!) I've been writing up this show, a lot has changed in Sorachi's world."
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Season Finale: Hanebado! ‒ Episode 13

"Despite the rocky road getting there, this ending is (mostly) satisfying."
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Series Finale: Revue Starlight ‒ Episode 12

"It's a shame that Revue Starlight's finale should bring into sharp relief one of its core weaknesses, but it's still a great ending for an uncommonly great show."
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Season Finale: My Hero Academia ‒ Episode 63

"I love these new characters, and the series' fervor still lingers even when we're just warmly strolling our way into a new arc."
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GeGeGe no Kitarō ‒ Episode 26

"This week, the yokai are just the window dressing to the story of a girl and her mother working out their issues."
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Season Finale: Cells at Work! ‒ Episode 13

"Cells at Work never quite overcame all of its persistent problems, but it does succeed to the end as a fun way to learn the basics of the human immune system."
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Season Finale: Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs ‒ Episode 12

"Ultimately, this series was for fans of lurid content first, with some pretty good character interactions and individual stories as a side bonus."
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Season Finale: PERSONA 5 the Animation ‒ Episode 26

"It ultimately feels unfair to just drop this giant shock in the audience's lap, then tell them they'll get an explanation by waiting three months. (Or just going and playing the game instead.)"
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FLCL Alternative ‒ Episode 4

"This episode is an improvement over the previous one, communicating some interesting choices with its ideas and making good use of the strong assets it does have."
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Season Finale: Grand Blue Dreaming ‒ Episode 12

"I think these kids made for some decent company during this summer season, and I'm glad to have spent time with this show, warts and all."
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Series Finale: Happy Sugar Life ‒ Episode 12

"While I'm not sure that it was intended that way, Happy Sugar Life strikes me at least as much as a cautionary tale as a love story."
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Season Finale: Free! -Dive to the Future- ‒ Episode 12

"This season needed to create space to tell meaningful stories, rather than glimmers of relationship-building in between tons of exposition."
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Black Clover ‒ Episode 51

"We begin this new storyline with an unmotivated turn of events featuring bland antagonists, poor animation, and little for the audience to get excited about."
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Series Finale: Steins;Gate 0 ‒ Episode 23

"The series had some solid character beats and a couple of truly effective emotional moments, but they're all wrapped up in an ugly mess of weak art and bad writing."
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Season Finale: Angolmois Record of Mongol Invasion ‒ Episode 12

"It feels like we've just gotten the beginning of a much larger story, and while it's a pretty good beginning, it needs to be followed by a middle and an end."
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Overlord III ‒ Episode 12

"Gazeff Stronoff once again stands before Ains, this time as an enemy."
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Revue Starlight ‒ Episode 11

"With the auditions concluded, this episode is light on action, but it more than makes up for it with Karen's rocky emotional journey."
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Season Finale: Holmes of Kyoto ‒ Episode 12

"This episode dropped the series' chance to end with something conclusive, be it either a solid mystery or a firm cementing of the romance plot, leaving things to finish much as they began."
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One Piece ‒ Episode 854

"This is a decent episode for the Katakuri fight, but you don't reach the end feeling like a whole lot of progress is made."
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Gintama ‒ Episode 365

"After three consecutive episodes of classic Gintama hijinks, the series once again puts on its serious face as the real final battle's stakes are laid out."
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Hanebado! ‒ Episode 12

"Beyond its animation, Hanebado's other main strength has been its catharsis factor, so hopefully the release of that should be worth it for the big finish next week."
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Season Finale: Asobi Asobase -workshop of fun- ‒ Episode 12

"Asobi Asobase stood out among this summer's offerings as one of anime's sharpest school comedies."
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Series Finale: Planet With ‒ Episode 12

"Over the course of just twelve episodes, Planet With was able to deliver a tightly-paced, action-packed, and emotionally powerful science-fiction saga."
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GeGeGe no Kitarō ‒ Episode 25

"This week's GeGeGe no Kitaro takes on cyber-bullying, albeit not as impressively as it has in the past."
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Cells at Work! ‒ Episode 12

"Of all the threats the body has faced in Cells at Work, this is the most drastic."
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Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs ‒ Episode 11

"Pick your favorite girl in the series and you'll probably find something suiting your tastes in this episode."
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PERSONA 5 the Animation ‒ Episode 25

"This week's exercise ends up shortchanging both its action and its characters."
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FLCL Alternative ‒ Episode 3

"This episode felt like it was underachieving."
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Attack on Titan ‒ Episode 47

"Even with all of the manga's fat trimmed off, I can see why this part of AoT's narrative wasn't everyone's favorite part of the story."
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My Hero Academia ‒ Episode 62

"This feels like a necessary step for the story as it digs into some nitty gritty world-building and manages to be pretty entertaining as we coast into the season's non-climax."
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Grand Blue Dreaming ‒ Episode 11

"This episode offers a solid reminder of the dumb gags and hijinks that I'll miss when the series ends next week."
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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations ‒ Episodes 74-75

"The gang makes a little bit of progress on the Mitsuki front in this week's double-sized Boruto."
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Angels of Death ‒ Episode 12

"It looks like the halcyon days of thwarting killer floor masters with the power of puzzle-solving and companionship are well and truly over for our motley duo."
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Happy Sugar Life ‒ Episode 11

"After delivering a couple of powerhouse episodes in a row, Happy Sugar Life eases off the throttle as it sets up for next week's finale."
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Season Finale: Harukana Receive ‒ Episode 12

"Harukana Receive presented a lot of emotions, but most powerful among them was joy."
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Banana Fish ‒ Episode 12

"This episode really ramps up Ash's descent into murder and darkness."
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Season Finale: How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord ‒ Episode 12

"In the end, this adventure was good (not great) most of the way through, but it still worked way better than I gave it credit for at the start."
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Chio's School Road ‒ Episode 12

"Looking back on the series as a whole, I liked the majority of Chio's School Road but never really found a reason to love it."
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Free! -Dive to the Future- ‒ Episode 11

"Right now, Free! Dive to the Future is more highlight reel than story."
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Steins;Gate 0 ‒ Episode 22

"This penultimate episode spends a lot of time and effort putting an overindulgent bow on a storyline that was never all that compelling to begin with."
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Angolmois: Record of Mongol Invasion ‒ Episode 11

"As the kickoff to the season's final battle, this episode is neither exceptional nor disastrous."
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Black Clover ‒ Episode 50

"The Underwater Temple arc was like a delicious sandwich being held proudly together by two slices of stale, moldy bread."
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Season Finale: Lupin the Third: Part 5 ‒ Episode 24

"There's a lot to love about this finale, and it sums up what I've loved about this whole series."
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Overlord III ‒ Episode 11

"I doubt anyone who hasn't read ahead expected things to go down this way this week."
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Holmes of Kyoto ‒ Episode 10

"Since by this point it's become clear that the mystery is just a device to get the romance plot bubbling, it feels like too little, too late."
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Gintama ‒ Episode 364

"We may be looking at the beginning of one of Gintama's most promising storylines yet."
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GeGeGe no Kitarō ‒ Episode 24

Rat Man ties the knot in this uneven but interesting episode about yokai relationships.
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One Piece ‒ Episode 853

"The heightened drama just doesn't come through enough this week."
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PERSONA 5 the Animation ‒ Episode 24

"For all the points where this episode feels like it might lack focus, trying to juggle too many characters, it still turns out a solid little drama."
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Happy Sugar Life ‒ Episode 10

"This is easily the meatiest episode of the series to date. Can the series hold this peak going into its final episodes?"
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Cells at Work! ‒ Episode 11

"This week's story about heat stroke certainly doesn't make a very good case for the human body's ability to function in extreme heat."
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Grand Blue Dreaming ‒ Episode 10

"After what feels like a lifetime of teasing, Grand Blue Dreaming has finally let the Peek-a-Boo Club have their big Okinawa vacation, and the results are pretty entertaining."
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Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs ‒ Episode 10

"It's time for the obligatory pool/beach episode, with the latter being the precise case here."
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Revue Starlight ‒ Episode 10

"The care put into the final scene made it sting all the more, and makes waiting for the next episode all the more painful."
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Asobi Asobase -workshop of fun- ‒ Episode 11

"Asobi Asobase has an usually high amount of continuity between its goofy vignettes, but this latest episode is the most focused one yet."
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Planet With ‒ Episode 11

"Just when I thought I could no longer be surprised by how quickly and efficiently Planet With can burn through plot points, here comes episode 11."
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FLCL Alternative ‒ Episode 2

"All this teenage introspection so far works in harmony with the slice-of-life flavor that FLCL Alternative is trading in, but don't worry too much - there's still a big crazy robot fight at the end of this one."
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Hanebado! ‒ Episode 11

"Okay, perhaps Hanebado! has been dragging things out a bit too long at this point."
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Attack on Titan ‒ Episode 46

"I'm not sure that this one episode was enough to do the attack on Orvud justice."
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My Hero Academia ‒ Episode 61

"It's finally time for Deku vs. King Explosion Murder round two!"

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