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Free! -Dive to the Future- ‒ Episode 6

"This show is going to be better as a marathon, but watching it week to week, it's too packed with exposition to be anything but sluggish."
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Steins;Gate 0 ‒ Episode 18

"I've never been so frustrated and disappointed by an episode of Steins;Gate."
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Overlord III ‒ Episode 6

"This episode is all setup, but it's setup done well."
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Angolmois: Record of Mongol Invasion ‒ Episode 6

"Even if it doesn't hit the loftiest heights of wartime drama, the story has enough going on to keep me engaged."
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GeGeGe no Kitarō ‒ Episode 20

"Whether you know it as World War Two or the Pacific War, GeGeGe no Kitaro's message is to never allow it to be forgotten."
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Lupin the Third: Part 5 ‒ Episode 19

"There's a lot around the edges of this episode that's just weird if you start to think about it too hard."
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Revue Starlight ‒ Episode 5

"This was my favorite episode of Revue Starlight yet, both humorous and heartfelt in all the right ways."
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Cells at Work! ‒ Episode 6

"It does add to the appeal of what's basically an educational show to throw in a romantic subplot."
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One Piece ‒ Episode 849

"This really feels like the anime staff going above and beyond to make something that feels just a little bigger than the source material, and I believe they have succeeded wonderfully."
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Holmes of Kyoto ‒ Episode 6

"Even as light mysteries go, this episode of Holmes of Kyoto feels like it was just phoning it in."
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Hanebado! ‒ Episode 7

"The ‘sports’ part of this sports anime is finally getting to shine, which helps the show's strong points stand out against all the other content that could be charitably described as less enjoyable."
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Planet With ‒ Episode 6

"This showdown between Soya and Takashi would have felt worthy of a season finale if it didn't come at the story's halfway point."
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My Hero Academia ‒ Episode 56

"What this arc lacks in scope, it aims to make up for in small character moments and an affirmation of 1-A's growth and companionship."
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Asobi Asobase -workshop of fun- ‒ Episode 6

"Asobi Asobase continues to be one of the funniest anime comedies I've ever seen, but its attempt to push every boundary can occasionally leave you squirming."
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Angels of Death ‒ Episode 6

"This is the bloodiest and most grim episode of Angels of Death yet."
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Attack on Titan ‒ Episode 41

"This episode offers little victories to balance out the plot's increasingly dire stakes, as the show's world becomes more clouded with political strife."
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Gintama ‒ Episode 359

"This arc has consistently brought out the best in each character and forced them to set aside personal differences to discover new strength."
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PERSONA 5 the Animation ‒ Episode 19

"Though a decent chunk of the episode is set on an island vacation, it functions more as setup for all the plot that picks up steam this week."
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Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs ‒ Episode 5

"Overall, this episode readily meets its fanservice quota while retaining emotional sincerity. For a largely plotless harem romcom, could you ask for much more?"
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Grand Blue Dreaming ‒ Episode 5

"I'm not saying I want Grand Blue Dreaming to be less crass, or willfully dumb, or absurd. I just expect the show to be better at doing all that."
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Happy Sugar Life ‒ Episode 5

"Happy Sugar Life was originally promoted with nods to being a yuri series. That element finally comes into play directly in episode 5, but not in the way you might expect."
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Harukana Receive ‒ Episode 6

"Suspense, heartfelt emotion, and humor combined this week to give us the best that Harukana Receive has to offer."
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Chio's School Road ‒ Episode 6

"This episode has just enough going for it to keep the ball rolling, but a dedicated comedy needs to keep throwing fresh ideas into the mix if it's going to hold up for a full season."
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Banana Fish ‒ Episode 6

"While the first five episodes gave us plenty of reason to care about these characters and the mysteries surrounding them, this week really made me feel like I know them now."
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How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord ‒ Episode 6

"Shera remains so pleasantly good-natured through the weirdness of this show's premise that it's hard to dislike her."
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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations ‒ Episode 68

"Cho-Cho's love woes and self-image issues continue to throw a wrench in the gang's latest mission."
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Free! -Dive to the Future- ‒ Episode 5

"After weeks of emotional turbulence, Free! Dive to the Future has gone back to its roots with a sports story."
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Steins;Gate 0 ‒ Episode 17

"While far from perfect, this is the most “Steins;Gate” that S;G0 has been in a good long while."
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Angolmois: Record of Mongol Invasion ‒ Episode 5

"What Angolmois needs to do now is to build on this fresh start and get itself back up into genuinely thrilling territory."
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Lupin the Third: Part 5 ‒ Episode 18

"This episode manages to cycle through all of Lupin's major relationships, reflected through a minor home crisis that shakes everything up."
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Today's Menu for the Emiya Family ‒ Episode 8

"With not a Shinji in sight, Rin and Sakura being happy together is gomoku fried rice for the soul to me."
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Black Clover ‒ Episode 44

"This show is simultaneously too much and too little. It's full of ideas that don't fit together, and huge emotions that are just big enough to seem completely empty."
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Overlord III ‒ Episode 5

"Though Ains doesn't appear until late in this story, his stamp is firmly on the situation from both sides."
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Holmes of Kyoto ‒ Episode 5

"Holmes of Kyoto has been taking its time getting to the main plot of the series, but I'm hopeful that we may have just hit it."
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One Piece ‒ Episode 848

"I hope we get to spend at least a few more episodes at this level of quality as the story delves into heavier stuff up ahead."
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Asobi Asobase -workshop of fun- ‒ Episode 5

"Asobi Asobase is still largely good, but there are a few worms in this week's apple."
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My Hero Academia ‒ Episode 55

"You can smell the filler this week, but it keeps itself humble and manages to snuggle into the story naturally."
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Gintama ‒ Episode 358

"The Earth's destruction continues to loom as Utsuro potentially meets his match in two unlikely opponents."
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Hanebado! ‒ Episode 6

"For once in its roller-coaster run, the show lands somewhere in the middle between surprising optimism and soul-crushing melodrama."
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Planet With ‒ Episode 5

"Planet With continues to barrel through its plot points with peak speed and efficiency this week, further demonstrating the show's deftness at marrying its wacky visuals and motifs with clear and direct storytelling."
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Attack on Titan ‒ Episode 40

"With episodes like “Old Story”, Attack on Titan shows how well it can balance complex and nuanced storytelling with its usual forceful spectacle."
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Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs ‒ Episode 4

"This episode expands on the lives of the Yuragi Inn's other denizens, attempting to show that the series can get along without relying on Yuuna herself."
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GeGeGe no Kitarō ‒ Episode 19

"All it takes is an episode like this week's to remind us that there's a reason behind the increased anti-human yokai activity in this story."
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Happy Sugar Life ‒ Episode 4

"In previous episodes, the series played coy about whether or not Satou actually was committing any violence. Episode 4 seems to have put an end to that."
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Cells at Work! ‒ Episode 5

"One of the most fun aspects of each episode is the depiction of each new body-invader, and these pollen allergens are no exception."
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Revue Starlight ‒ Episode 4

"Although Karen and Hikari are the focus of this episode, the other girls still have to go through their daily routine at the academy, giving us more context on their own relationships."
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PERSONA 5 the Animation ‒ Episode 18

"The slight forward momentum of Morgana's development ends up being the most interesting part of this otherwise too-light episode."
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Grand Blue Dreaming ‒ Episode 4

"This is a busy story all around, and the gags this week come in the same quantity and quirkiness as always, but I found this to be the least funny episode of the show yet."
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Harukana Receive ‒ Episode 5

"This week on Harukana Receive, Haruka and Kanata launch into their first real competitive match together."
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Angels of Death ‒ Episode 5

"This twisted yet compelling character drama adds another layer to Angels of Death's sense of camp and macabre humor, and it keeps the show feeling fresh despite its more predictable moments."
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Chio's School Road ‒ Episode 5

"While I'd like to see Chio's School Road go back to swinging for the fences next week, this is a perfectly decent “business as usual” episode."
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Banana Fish ‒ Episode 5

"This episode opens the door to a whole new storyline that will deepen our characters and their relationships."
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How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord ‒ Episode 5

"The show winds up telling more than showing, grinding against its own premise in ways even more uncomfortable than Shera's curvaceous cuddling of Diablo."
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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations ‒ Episode 67

"With the Otsutsuki threat vanquished for the time being, the series lightens the mood with an arc centered around Cho-Cho."
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Black Clover ‒ Episode 43

"This was an action-heavy episode that had neither the direction nor the animation to sell it, making this week's installment of Black Clover a bummer."
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Steins;Gate 0 ‒ Episode 16

"This episode was a drastic improvement over the past couple weeks, offering more solid drama and well-earned conflict than we've seen from Steins;Gate 0 since probably its eighth episode."
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Free! -Dive to the Future- ‒ Episode 4

"It took three seasons, but the Free! franchise finally has its own proper villain."
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Lupin the Third: Part 5 ‒ Episode 17

"I appreciated that Lupin III's take on the whodunnit genre kept things relatively simple."
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Angolmois: Record of Mongol Invasion ‒ Episode 4

"While there are still good moments to be found here and there in this episode, it feels like Angolmois is starting to lose its way."
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Overlord III ‒ Episode 4

"Ains's efforts to subdue the Giant of the East this week just come off as pedestrian."
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Holmes of Kyoto ‒ Episode 4

"This week Holmes of Kyoto throws the mystery out the window in favor of a slice-of-life story about past loves."
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Planet With ‒ Episode 4

"With the plot moving at such an assured clip, it's easy to just sit back and enjoy the simple aesthetic pleasures that Planet With offers on a weekly basis right now."
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Asobi Asobase -workshop of fun- ‒ Episode 4

"This episode is one of the funniest and strangest things I've ever seen, taking butt jokes into the realm of art."
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Gintama ‒ Episode 357

"The battle against Prince Ensho and the Altana Liberation Army reaches its hard-fought conclusion this week."
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Attack on Titan ‒ Episode 39

"I'm happy to see that Attack on Titan is still capable of telling a nuanced and thoroughly compelling tale even beyond its appeal as pure spectacle."
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One Piece ‒ Episode 847

"We were so close to victory and now an entire cake has to be made while we twiddle our thumbs and hope the rest of the cast doesn't die."
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Hanebado! ‒ Episode 5

"I'd be hard-pressed to recommend Hanebado for everyone, but it's doing its own thing in its own way, remaining interesting and attractive despite its intense emotional priorities."
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My Hero Academia ‒ Episode 54

"I don't think there's enough pomp and circumstance to really get the most out of this arc's low-key framework, but I'm still hanging on."
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GeGeGe no Kitarō ‒ Episode 18

"In typical GeGeGe no Kitaro fashion, this week's theme is handled with a good use of subtlety."
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Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs ‒ Episode 3

"Even though the series has every bit the feel of a classic harem romcom, it's already showing an inclination to be inventive with its fanservice."
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Revue Starlight ‒ Episode 3

"Revue Starlight remains full of spectacle and heart."
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PERSONA 5 the Animation ‒ Episode 17

"Overall, the Futaba storyline proved to be a strong lead-in for Persona 5 the Animation's second half."
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Banana Fish ‒ Episode 4

"Banana Fish's greatest strength is the fundamental tenderness at its core. For all the story's grit, its primary interest is in the human relationships underneath the horror."
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Cells at Work! ‒ Episode 4

"If there's one thing getting in the way of Cells at Work telling a good story, it's the narration. Fortunately, its re-imagining of bodily systems continues to be lots of fun."
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Grand Blue Dreaming ‒ Episode 3

"Grand Blue Dreaming may not be the season's most consistently funny comedy, but it's keeping its head above water well enough for now."
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Happy Sugar Life ‒ Episode 3

"I'm actually starting to wonder if this premise is really as sensationalistic as it seemed at first or if the show is pursuing some degree of more measured social commentary."
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Chio's School Road ‒ Episode 4

"I had some concerns that the series would start to wear out its paper-thin premise by now, but instead it seems like it's settling into a comfortable comedic groove."
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Harukana Receive ‒ Episode 4

"There's a lot of fanservice and yuri hinting, but it all surrounds a genuine emotional core."
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Angels of Death ‒ Episode 4

"Angels of Death can be wickedly funny when it wants to be, and its brand of macabre humor continues to make it stand out among other horror offerings."
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How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord ‒ Episode 4

"For a series I had no expectations for going into, this episode counts as a win in my book."
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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations ‒ Episode 66

"The small-screen adaptation of Boruto's feature film debut comes to a satisfying end this week."
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Black Clover ‒ Episode 42

"There isn't a ton to get excited about this week, but this is probably the most I've enjoyed the group dynamics in the series."
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Free! -Dive to the Future- ‒ Episode 3

"Between the discussion of Ikuya in Australia, flashbacks of Ikuya in America, and the bulk of the cast's attempts to reach out to Ikuya in Japan, his damage has become an international concern!"
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Steins;Gate 0 ‒ Episode 15

"Perhaps it was a mistake to go into a series about a doomed timeline and expect it to have a compelling plot or meaningful character development."
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Lupin the Third: Part 5 ‒ Episode 16

"Through these various smaller plots, Lupin the Third: Part 5 has gathered the ingredients for a juicy larger story."
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Overlord III ‒ Episode 3

"While it would be nice to see Ains personally get back to the business of clobbering foes, it's hard to complain much about his minimal appearances in the last couple of episodes when the new story is so engaging."
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Angolmois: Record of Mongol Invasion ‒ Episode 3

"While the fighting might be a step back from the style and spectacle of previous episodes, it's balanced out by an improvement on the emotional side of things."
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Holmes of Kyoto ‒ Episode 3

"The calm chemistry between the leads makes this work, but if you're not here for this sort of episodic storytelling, this may not be the show for you."
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Hanebado! ‒ Episode 4

"I wish the show believed in Hanesaki's compelling character development enough to quit overcompensating with so much manufactured melodrama."
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Series Premiere: Planet With—Episodes 1-3

"Planet With maintains its willful weirdness and rollicking action sequences while putting in the work to flesh out its narrative and make sure these characters are worth following for the long haul."
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Series Premiere: Asobi Asobase—Episodes 1-3

"Asobi Asobase is like if Please Tell Me! Galko-chan had Pop Team Epic's sense of humor."
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One Piece ‒ Episode 846

"That sinister Disney air still has a presence this far into the arc, but as a step in the Big Mom chase I really think we need to keep things moving."
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Gintama ‒ Episode 356

"The action heads back into space this week as the Kiheitai fight against the clock to prevent Ensho from firing the Flame of Kagutsuchi."
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Season Premiere: Attack on Titan ‒ Episode 38

"Attack on Titan is back, and it doesn't seem to have missed a step in transitioning to this new story arc."
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Series Premiere: Chio's School Road—Episodes 1-3

"With its absurd sense of humor and storylines that are little more than setups for comedy sketches, Chio's School Road won't be everyone's cup of tea."
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Series Premiere: Revue Starlight—Episodes 1-2

"I would describe this show as Love Live! meets Revolutionary Girl Utena, and the less you know going in, the better."

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