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Bungo Stray Dogs ‒ Episode 32

"This is a standout episode for F. Scott Fitzgerald fans."
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The Helpful Fox Senko-san ‒ Episode 7

"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."
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The Rising of The Shield Hero ‒ Episode 20

"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."
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One Punch Man Season 2 ‒ Episode 7

"The tournament arc finally comes to a head (and a shiny head at that) as we blitz through the final rounds."
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Wise Man's Grandchild ‒ Episode 7

"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."
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Black Clover ‒ Episode 84

"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."
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Fruits Basket ‒ Episode 7

"At long last, this episode lays Akito Soma's first round of cards on the table."
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YU-NO: A girl who chants love at the bound of this world. ‒ Episode 8

"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."
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Isekai Quartet ‒ Episode 7

"This episode marks the first time that I have strongly wished for the runtime to be a little longer."
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Dororo ‒ Episode 19

"It's an abrupt change of pace for the series: a welcome respite, but hardly as impactful as usual."
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Fairy gone ‒ Episode 7

"The difference between taking a half hour to watch an episode of Fairy Gone and simply reading its summary on Wikipedia is almost nonexistent."
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One Piece ‒ Episodes 884-885

"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."
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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations ‒ Episode 107

"As things stand, this is shaping up to be Boruto's best Boruto-less arc yet."
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Attack on Titan ‒ Episode 53

"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."
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We Never Learn: BOKUBEN ‒ Episode 7

"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."
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Fairy Tail: Final Season ‒ Episode 309

"The fight between Gray and Natsu may get top billing this week, but it's really the least important part of the episode."
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Kono Oto Tomare!: Sounds of Life ‒ Episode 7

"Two ladies get their tragic backstories this week, making for an episode that aims to deliver twice the emotional impact as usual."
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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind ‒ Episode 30

"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."
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Sarazanmai ‒ Episode 5

"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."
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Sarazanmai ‒ Episode 4

"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."
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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba ‒ Episode 7

"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."
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Bungo Stray Dogs ‒ Episode 31

"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."
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The Helpful Fox Senko-san ‒ Episode 6

"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."
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YU-NO: A girl who chants love at the bound of this world. ‒ Episode 7

"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."
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Wise Man's Grandchild ‒ Episode 6

"This story has never been entirely certain what tone it wants to strike, and the biggest problems come back to Sizilien again this week."
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The Rising of The Shield Hero ‒ Episode 19

"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."
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Black Clover ‒ Episodes 82-83

"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."
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One Punch Man Season 2 ‒ Episode 6

"Once again, One Punch Man spends an entire episode winding up a whirling dervish without actually following through with an impact."
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Isekai Quartet ‒ Episode 6

"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."
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Dororo ‒ Episode 18

"Interspersed with tension-packed action sequences, this episode's script excels at navigating the moral ambiguity of Dororo's world with well-rounded empathy."
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Fairy gone ‒ Episode 6

"This episode that takes the cake for the single most boring half-hour of television I've watched all year."
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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations ‒ Episode 106

"With a premise that's ripe for shenanigans, the latest arc is off to a very strong start."
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Fairy Tail: Final Season ‒ Episode 308

"The real battle of ice and fire is on its way – dragon and demon included."
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Kono Oto Tomare!: Sounds of Life ‒ Episode 6

"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."
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Fruits Basket ‒ Episode 6

"This episode delivers a landslide combo of resolution and setup that leaves little breathing room for emotional release."
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Attack on Titan ‒ Episode 52

"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."
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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba ‒ Episode 6

"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."
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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind ‒ Episode 29

"As dire as the situation is for our heroes, this is the most I've felt like Golden Wind was meandering."
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We Never Learn: BOKUBEN ‒ Episode 6

"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."
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Bungo Stray Dogs ‒ Episode 30

"At long last, it's time to check back in with Atsushi and the rest of the modern-day Agency members."
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The Helpful Fox Senko-san ‒ Episode 5

"This episode squanders some potential with its new cast member, but the series remains a relaxing if lightweight way to spend a half-hour."
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The Rising of The Shield Hero ‒ Episode 18

"Even though this episode's twist composes only its last couple minutes, this reveal dominates everything else that happens into near-irrelevance."
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YU-NO: A girl who chants love at the bound of this world. ‒ Episode 6

"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."
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One Punch Man Season 2 ‒ Episode 5

"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."
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Wise Man's Grandchild ‒ Episode 5

"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."
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Isekai Quartet ‒ Episode 5

"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."
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Dororo ‒ Episode 17

"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."
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Fairy gone ‒ Episode 5

"It's amazing how much Fairy Gone improves when it simplifies things and gives itself time to focus."
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Attack on Titan ‒ Episode 51

"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."
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One Piece ‒ Episode 883

"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."
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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations ‒ Episode 105

"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."
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Fairy Tail: Final Season ‒ Episode 307

"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."
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We Never Learn: BOKUBEN ‒ Episode 5

"This dedicated sleep-away study camp episode is all about finally igniting the fires of romance between Rizu and Nariyuki."
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Kono Oto Tomare!: Sounds of Life ‒ Episode 5

"The combination of powerful sound and emotional impact made this the most unforgettable episode yet."
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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba ‒ Episode 5

"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."
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Fruits Basket ‒ Episode 5

"At long last, Tohru delivers Furuba's title drop, for the first truly great dramatic climax in her story."
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Fruits Basket ‒ Episode 4

"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."
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Fruits Basket ‒ Episode 3

"This episode's brilliant adaptation choices allow the mutually envious relationship between Yuki and Kyo to be explored in a more cohesive way."
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Bungo Stray Dogs ‒ Episode 29

"Bungo Stray Dogs is perfectly good on its own, but Dostoyevsky might just be the character it needs to be even better."
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The Helpful Fox Senko-san ‒ Episode 4

"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."
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Wise Man's Grandchild ‒ Episode 4

"One thing I can say for this series is that it's not necessarily unfolding like I thought it would."
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The Rising of The Shield Hero ‒ Episode 17

"Filo partly saves this episode, but I have to think that there was a more impactful and convincing way to handle all this."
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YU-NO: A girl who chants love at the bound of this world. ‒ Episode 5

"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."
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Black Clover ‒ Episode 81

"Thankfully, this tournament seems to have finally found its pulse."
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One Punch Man Season 2 ‒ Episode 4

"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."
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Isekai Quartet ‒ Episode 4

"KONOSUBA's Kazuma and Re:Zero's Subaru share a meeting of the minds that makes too much sense."
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Dororo ‒ Episode 16

"The world is rarely as simple as good vs. evil, and this story goes out of its way to drive that difficult truth home."
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Sarazanmai ‒ Episode 3

"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."
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Fairy gone ‒ Episode 4

"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."
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One Piece ‒ Episodes 881-882

"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."
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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind ‒ Episode 28

"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."
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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations ‒ Episode 104

"Cuteness abounds as Mitsuki makes a new friend in this week's post-arc breather."
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Fairy Tail: Final Season ‒ Episode 306

"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."
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Kono Oto Tomare!: Sounds of Life ‒ Episode 4

"Despite the story's predictable trajectory, its steady dedication to character development ensures that it still has much to offer."
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We Never Learn: BOKUBEN ‒ Episode 4

"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."
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Season Premiere: Attack on Titan ‒ Episode 50

"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."
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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba ‒ Episode 4

"If this is what we can expect from Demon Slayer at its peak, it might just become ufotable's next smash hit."
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Bungo Stray Dogs ‒ Episode 28

"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."
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Black Clover ‒ Episode 80

"Finral vs. Langris is the last of our sibling rivalries for this tournament, and it might be the most compelling one yet."
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Wise Man's Grandchild ‒ Episode 3

"I don't know about you, but I certainly didn't see this week's developments coming."
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The Helpful Fox Senko-san ‒ Episode 3

"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."
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The Rising of The Shield Hero ‒ Episode 16

"A solid episode that introduces a significant new character and broadens the scope of the story's world-building."
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YU-NO: A girl who chants love at the bound of this world. ‒ Episode 4

"At least the story has ascended to "airport novel" levels of intrigue at this point."
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One Punch Man Season 2 ‒ Episode 3

"Unfortunately, Garou's likability isn't quite enough to save a dull interstitial chapter in ONE's superhero saga."
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Isekai Quartet ‒ Episode 3

"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."
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Dororo ‒ Episode 15

"While the narrative of this episode is interesting and nuanced, the choppy scenes and ugly animation make its finer points difficult to appreciate."
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Kono Oto Tomare!: Sounds of Life ‒ Episode 3

"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."
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Fairy gone ‒ Episode 3

"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."
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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations ‒ Episode 103

"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."
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Fairy Tail: Final Season ‒ Episode 305

"Waiting for reinforcements takes on a whole other meaning when you're Fairy Tail."
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We Never Learn: BOKUBEN ‒ Episode 3

"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."
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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba ‒ Episode 3

"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."
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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind ‒ Episode 27

"By momentarily focusing on the villains, this episode cuts to the heart of what makes Golden Wind stand out compared to its predecessors."
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Series Premiere: Sarazanmai—Episodes 1-2

"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."
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Double Decker! Doug & Kirill ‒ Episode 16

"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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Season Premiere: Bungo Stray Dogs ‒ Episodes 26-27

"These two episodes focus on Osamu Dazai when he was a teenager with the Port Mafia, with an emphasis on his relationship with Chuuya Nakahara."

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