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Akiba'S Trip The Animation ‒ Episode 8

"A mild parody of professional wrestling is the order of the day, complete with elaborate costumes and a convenient supply of ladders and folding chairs."
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Nanbaka ‒ Episode 21

"This week, we get more of the thing Nanbaka stumbles with the most: lore."
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ACCA: 13-Territory Inspection Dept. ‒ Episode 7

"Even though the big reveal itself wasn't much of a shocker, all the little interactions leading up to it provided excellent buildup for the episode's climax."
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Hand Shakers ‒ Episode 7

"When the show isn't assaulting the senses with its ludicrous animation, its numbing them into submission with some of the most inane plotting that anime has to offer."
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Bakemonogatari ‒ Episode 6

"Bakemonogatari's sixth episode marks the beginning of Suruga Monkey, the show's third arc."
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Gabriel DropOut ‒ Episode 7

"After functioning as the perpetual straight man and voice of reason for the last six installments, Vignette April Tsukinose is finally given her own episode."
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Yowamushi Pedal New Generation ‒ Episode 7

"If you've missed Hakogaku these last few weeks, this week is all about them."
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ONIHEI ‒ Episode 7

"With its more balanced blend of character development and cop drama, this episode of Onihei feels like it's fulfilling the promise that its first episode showed."
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One Piece ‒ Episode 777

"This episode is a million times better than the last re-animated clip show, so at least it's got that going for it."
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Tales of Zestiria the X ‒ Episode 19

"Having an Alisha-centric episode this week was both a blessing and a curse."
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Gintama ‒ Episode 323

"With the Four Heavenly Kings reunited, The Battle on Rakuyo shifts the focus to Kagura's family."
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Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans ‒ Episode 44

"This was a complicated episode with certain scenes that stood out more than others."
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Interviews with Monster Girls ‒ Episode 7

"Interviews With Monster Girls has been a character-focused series thus far, but the show shifts into world-building mode this week."
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ClassicaLoid ‒ Episode 19

"Like Princess Tutu, this episode of ClassicaLoid takes a turn for the metafictional."
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Descending Stories: Shōwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjū ‒ Episode 7

"We finally get to revisit one of the oddest (and most controversial) parts of the first season – Miyokichi and Sukeroku's death."
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Dragon Ball Super ‒ Episode 79

"This show works for me a lot more when there's a bigger story in motion."
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March comes in like a lion ‒ Episode 18

"It feels like both Harunobu and Shimada are rubbing off on Rei in a positive way."
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Seiren ‒ Episode 7

"This episode really felt like two full-fledged teenagers starting a relationship."
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Fuuka ‒ Episode 8

"While this was definitely one of Fuuka's best episodes, the real big news is that this anime is starting to majorly diverge from its source material."
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Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Saga ‒ Episode 7

"This adaptation of the Impure King arc has already been more satisfying and engaging than the original series' conclusion, so I'm excited to see where things go from here."
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Scum's Wish ‒ Episode 6

"After three episodes of tempting and torment, Hanabi has started falling to the dark side of the force, finally turned by Darth Minagawa's cruelest wound."
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Masamune-kun's Revenge ‒ Episode 7

"This is the obligatory beach episode, since you can't have this many hot girls hanging around in an anime without one of these coming up eventually."
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Naruto Shippuden ‒ Episodes 494-495

"Naruto Shippūden serves up an extra-large helping of silly this week, with two episodes dedicated to showcasing the show's lighter side."
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CHAOS;CHILD ‒ Episode 6

"Sadly, having to wait a few extra hours didn't mean we were in for anything special in this rather mixed bag of an episode."
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Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid ‒ Episode 6

"Even when it isn't in perfect form, Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid still manages to turn in an episode with both laughs and moments of profound sweetness."
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Bakemonogatari ‒ Episode 5

"Beginning in the fifth episode, Araragi and Senjougahara's strange relationship represents the fundamental hope of the Monogatari franchise."
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Twin Star Exorcists ‒ Episode 44

"This is the exact kind of episode I've been waiting for, as the show barrels towards its conclusion."
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KONOSUBA! 2 ‒ Episode 6

"While there may have been individual funnier moments so far this season, episode 6 delivers laughs with enough frequency to keep things satisfyingly rolling along."
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Nanbaka ‒ Episode 20

"An episode like this one, upping the ante and shifting the focus considerably, showed that Nanbaka still has some tricks up its sleeve."
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Akiba'S Trip The Animation ‒ Episode 7

"I'm glad that Akiba's Trip isn't wallowing in fanservice, but it could actually stand to include more than we've seen in the past couple weeks."
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ACCA: 13-Territory Inspection Dept. ‒ Episode 6

"It's about time for the big in-show reveal to put all this intricate buildup to some dramatic use."
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Hand Shakers ‒ Episode 6

"When the episode isn't throwing lame CG fire or preposterous Giant Arms at the screen, it's attempting to squeeze some sympathy out of Lily's lust for her brother."
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Yowamushi Pedal New Generation ‒ Episode 6

"I'm getting incredibly spoiled by watching races start and finish in the same episode, especially in a show known for its interminable InterHigh."
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Gabriel DropOut ‒ Episode 6

"Satania once again takes center stage in Gabriel DropOut's latest offering."
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ONIHEI ‒ Episode 6

"This episode has some of the most beautiful scenery we've seen thus far."
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Gintama ‒ Episode 322

"I've never been a huge fan of needlessly drawn-out Jump battles, but I can't help but feel that the Gintoki/Bato face-off concluded too quickly."
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One Piece ‒ Episode 776

"This episode is effectively the finale of the Zou arc, as it marks the moment the crew steps off the "island", but it's gonna be a few episodes yet until we're setting foot on Whole Cake Island."
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Dragon Ball Super ‒ Episode 78

"Just as this mini-tournament serves as an exhibition before the real thing, these next few episodes serve that same role for the arc as a whole."
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Tales of Zestiria the X ‒ Episode 18

"This episode presents us with a much more organic way to work the Berseria story into Zestiria's plot. "
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Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans ‒ Episode 43

"McGillis's origin story shed light not only on his own actions and ambitions, but the message of Iron-Blooded Orphans as a whole."
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ClassicaLoid ‒ Episode 18

"If you've been waiting on more revelations about Bach's plans, we're finally here."
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Interviews with Monster Girls ‒ Episode 6

"Those charmingly awkward attempts at making connections continue to sit at the heart of this show's appeal."
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March comes in like a lion ‒ Episode 17

"From its thoughtful character work to its charming comedy, great control of tone, and beautiful visual embellishments, this was a satisfying episode from start to finish."
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Descending Stories: Shōwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjū ‒ Episode 6

"Plot-wise, this was a slower episode, mostly filled by a few philosophical discussions on the nature of art."
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Saga of Tanya the Evil ‒ Episodes 5-6

"These two episodes can be enjoyed equally well for both their visceral thrills and for the overall military and philosophical schemes they depict."
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Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Saga ‒ Episode 6

"Getting this kind of growth from a character we've only known for a few episodes is another example of just how confident Blue Exorcist has become in its own storytelling skills."
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Seiren ‒ Episode 6

"If nothing else, Seiren continues to be the strongest source of subtitle non sequiturs over any show this season."
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Fuuka ‒ Episode 7

"After what I presume to be days of off-screen practice, it's finally time for Yu and his friends to make their musical debut."
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Scum's Wish ‒ Episode 5

"Last week's episode proposed that the thing keeping all the "scum" in this story from being able to love was fear. This week's episode reveals where all this fear comes from."
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Naruto Shippuden ‒ Episode 493

"While Gengo never lives up to his full potential as an antagonist, the final showdown against him at least hits some of the right notes."
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Masamune-kun's Revenge ‒ Episodes 5-6

"The truths behind Aki and Neko's pasts and current motives are the main interest drivers for the series so far."
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CHAOS;CHILD ‒ Episode 5

"Last week's science babble infodump continues as Taku learns not only about the origin of delusional powers, but has to deal with the implications of being a Gigalomaniac himself."
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Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid ‒ Episode 5

"This episode proves that life really is better with Tohru in it!"
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Bakemonogatari ‒ Episode 4

"It was this wasteland of plot motion, more than the fanservice or idiosyncratic style, that initially almost knocked me off the Monogatari train."
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KONOSUBA! 2 ‒ Episode 5

"Things don't go anywhere near as planned for the bad guy, as Kazuma and crew's ever-loose screws are just as likely to thwart their enemies as themselves."
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Akiba'S Trip The Animation ‒ Episode 6

"This episode is far from the worst thing in the world, but I do worry that we're starting to lose the plot here."
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Twin Star Exorcists ‒ Episode 43

"As it stands, Arima's story feels more like an info dump, necessary but not at all dramatically satisfying."
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Nanbaka ‒ Episode 19

"As the action moved from Building 13 to Building 5, Nanbaka realized it was important to flesh out the characters who lived there."
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ACCA: 13-Territory Inspection Dept. ‒ Episode 5

"It's the small, subtle things that made episode 5 such a delight to watch."
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Hand Shakers ‒ Episode 5

"The issue wasn't so much that the plot this week was terrible, but that it was almost non-existent, and what little we got didn't make much sense."
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Yowamushi Pedal New Generation ‒ Episode 5

"This episode of Yowamushi Pedal New Generation puts a fresh sports anime spin on the oldest storyline in the book."
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Gabriel DropOut ‒ Episode 5

"Although Tapris's introduction does an okay job of shaking up the familiar formula, none of episode 5's humor is particularly original, and it feels like we've seen many of the featured jokes before."
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ONIHEI ‒ Episode 5

"Unlike earlier episodes, this week's Onihei casts a nice guy as its protagonist."
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Gintama ‒ Episode 321

As the Battle on Rakuyo continues, Amy takes a listen to Crunchyroll's new English dub for Gintama!
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Tales of Zestiria the X ‒ Episode 17

"Zestiria's back to proving that it can provide scenery far superior to just about any other show this season."
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Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans ‒ Episode 42

"We're wrapping up all those loose ends this week on Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans and setting up for something brand new."
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Dragon Ball Super ‒ Episode 77

"There's a lot of new things to cover in this new episode of Dragon Ball Super, all signaling the beginning of a new arc."
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One Piece ‒ Episode 775

"It's weird for the writing to be my favorite part of a filler-heavy episode."
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ClassicaLoid ‒ Episode 17

"ClassicaLoid's ability to push the envelope of weirdness ever further each week is impressive."
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Descending Stories: Shōwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjū ‒ Episode 5

"The curtain is closing on Kiku-san's life, and our hero has started to realize that his emotional constipation hasn't prepared him for a peaceful rest."
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Fuuka ‒ Episode 6

"While we got some hints about it earlier, this week's Fuuka finally gives us the full story of Yu's childhood friendship with Koyuki."
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Scum's Wish ‒ Episode 4

"I shudder to think what lies at the bottom of this well, but I'm still holding out hope for a little happiness before the end."
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March comes in like a lion ‒ Episode 16

"March comes in like a lion continued its resurgence this week, with another episode that demonstrated many of the shows best qualities."
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Interviews with Monster Girls ‒ Episode 5

"While she played an important role in the story last week, this episode offers a much more thorough introduction to Yuki as a character."
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Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Saga ‒ Episode 5

"If Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Saga has an Achilles heel at this moment, it is that it might end up being just a little too faithful to the manga at times."
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Seiren ‒ Episode 5

"I've come to accept at this point that Seiren is probably not going to be a conventionally “good” show."
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Naruto Shippuden ‒ Episode 492

"Shikamaru's Story enters its endgame this week, as the source of Gengo's mysterious power is finally revealed."
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CHAOS;CHILD ‒ Episode 4

"This sequel's very restrained approach enters full-blown delusion territory at last."
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Bakemonogatari ‒ Episode 3

"Welcome to the second arc of Bakemonogatari, Mayoi Snail."
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KONOSUBA - God's blessing on this wonderful world! 2 ‒ Episode 4

"As much as this is Darkness's feature episode, Kazuma is every bit as important to its overall success."
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Twin Star Exorcists ‒ Episode 42

"This is an episode we needed, but I don't know if it's the one we deserved."
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Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid ‒ Episode 4

"This has become an increasingly strong series by delivering a little more than you expect every week."
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Akiba'S Trip The Animation ‒ Episode 5

"For a series that specializes in taking deep dives into otaku culture, this episode spends far too much time skimming the surface."
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ACCA: 13-Territory Inspection Dept. ‒ Episode 4

"As we accompany Jean on yet another inspection, it's finally time for the much-discussed coup d'état to rear its head."
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Nanbaka ‒ Episode 18

"Episode 18 does a lot to build on Samon's character from his focus episode, despite the fact that Samon doesn't spend a lot of time onscreen."
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Hand Shakers ‒ Episode 4

"Without exaggeration, the first half of this episode contains one of the single worst sequences of animation I've ever seen."
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Gabriel DropOut ‒ Episode 4

"Now that the four main characters have more or less gotten to know one another, episode 4 opts to focus on them as a group instead of fragmented pairs."
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Yowamushi Pedal New Generation ‒ Episode 4

"This week's story has more payoff than usual, with two race conclusions and lots of drama."
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One Piece ‒ Episode 774

"I'm having a hard time finding the pulse on the momentum of these last few episodes."
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ONIHEI ‒ Episode 4

"Onihei does, as this episode shows, still have some problems with its female characters."
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Tales of Zestiria the X ‒ Episode 16

"This is a strong entry in a consistently good series—and happily, it looks like it will be Berseria-free for a little while longer."
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Gintama ‒ Episode 320

"Despite being one of the series' strongest fighters, Zura rarely goes toe-to-toe with his opponents, and this week, we're given some insight into why."
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Dragon Ball Super ‒ Episode 76

"Sometimes I really do think I'm going crazy with this show, as I can love it one episode and then be incredibly frustrated by it the next."
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Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans ‒ Episode 41

"We go from comedy and romance to betrayal and violence so quickly that it's less of a space opera and more of a soap opera."
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ClassicaLoid ‒ Episode 16

"Mozart and Beethoven's friendship forms the heart of this episode."
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Scum's Wish ‒ Episode 3

"Episode three of Scum's Wish took it from a well-written look at adolescent sexuality to one of the most emotionally insightful romance anime I think I've ever seen."

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