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"This episode appeals to our hearts, reminding us just why we feel that emotional pull toward so many of the characters."
"Our unwieldy bus-full of miscreants are slowly making their way to the finish line."
"I'm totally in love with the cast and aesthetic of Diamond is Unbreakable, but I'm still waiting for an episode that has that significant "oomf" for me."
"This episode re-opens a woefully unexplored conflict we first saw hinted at in the show's first episode: Spy-vs-Spy."
"This episode marks the first time the show has some genuine surprises up its sleeve."
"It honestly feels like the story is being made up every week as it goes along."
"This episode provides Assassination Classroom with an opportunity to slow down and give the characters a moment to breathe."
"This time around, Netoge gets fully serious about a real and significant modern problem."
"This week's Naruto Shippuden closes out another promising filler arc on a thoroughly baffling note."
"Easily the most confident and composed the show has felt since it's premiere, promising good things for the future of the series."
"This week, Atsushi gets to prove that he is more than just the cute sidekick of Bungo Stray Dogs at last. "
"This episode of Kumamiko gets off to a fun, pleasant start by offering viewers a cooking lesson."
"Don't you just hate it when your sickly best friend's father turns her into a cyborg and then gives her over to his evil lab assistant to be used as a vessel for an evil entity?"
"This week's Flying Witch split the difference between charming rural adventure and whimsical witchy fantasy."
"The Harekaze has plenty of its own problems to deal with as it continues to pursue the Musashi, but a trip into stormy waters makes things worse by conjuring up some bad memories for Akeno."
"As much as I adore Julis and Ayato as a fully-supportive pair, too many of their fights have come up short on dynamism."
"After the last episode I really shouldn't still get surprised by how effective this series can be."
"As intense as My Hero Academia can get sometimes, we always have to pull back and remember how little has actually been on the line so far."
"While episode eight may have a few charming moments, they're all but lost in the midst of this information overload."
"While Sakamoto himself is still a blank slate, his on-the-spot ingenuity and unshakably cool demeanor remain as entertaining as ever."
"This week's Shonen Maid introduces us to the members of Uchoten Boys, the boy band that's prominently featured in the show's end credits."
"The Lost Village has been funny up until now, but it's looking like from now on, it wants to be both funny and actually kinda exciting too."
"Valentine's Day really isn't Tanaka-kun's favorite holiday."
"This week's Kiznaiver was a stunner - strong from start to finish, almost wholly lacking in the show's occasionally awkward dialogue, firmly dedicated to a compelling personal drama."
"Concrete Revolutio continues a string of promising, thoughtful episodes by finally exploring the big elephant in its late 1960s room: the Vietnam War, as penned by Gen Urobuchi."
"Now that everyone has time to breathe and speak their minds, we're getting a much stronger look into the heart of Kabaneri as a survival adventure."
"After five episodes of mind-boggling incompetence, Big Order finally transcends its own failures to become So-Bad-It's-Actually-Kind-Of-Incredible."
"At long last, Ushio & Tora delivers one of the most highly anticipated plot points of the show—Tora's backstory."
"Yukako is apparently so special that she gets her own two-parter and a new remixed edition of the opening."
"Now that some light has been shone on Kaguya's early days on Earth, it's time for her twin sons, Hagoromo and Hamura, to take center stage."
"Assassination Classroom has officially made the jump to space, and the results aren't quite as ridiculous as you might have feared."
"The current episode is unexpectedly interesting for being a fairly standard beach/summer camp adventure at heart."
"The show has been treating Benio and Rokuro's fated relationship as window-dressing the past few weeks, so I was really happy to see this week put that plot thread front and center."
"Kumamiko isn't the most daring show in the world, but it's making its familiar set of jokes work."
What's interesting about this episode is not so much the actual plot, which is really fairly basic as mystery/action stories go, but how it highlights the different world views of Dazai and Kunikida.
"Episode 7 goes out of its way to cement that Joker Game is not very serious by historical fiction standards."
"Who would have thought that Sailor Moon Crystal was capable of a genuine cliff-hanger ending?"
"...episode 7 marks the first time that it has taken itself completely seriously for a whole episode."
"Whether MHA graduates from its currently modest scope stands as my only real concern, but knowing how this show has been operating so far it'll probably have an answer to that worry soon enough."
"At this point, Sakamoto himself can best be described as a predictably unpredictable character."
"Flying Witch seems to understand that Chinatsu is its most charming character, as she got plenty more focus in this week's episode."
"High School Fleet tries to do a little more than it has time for this week, and the result is an episode that feels pretty disjointed."
"This episode gives off all the vibes of a penultimate episode, and yet we're only halfway through the season."
"If you've ever wondered what depths someone would sink to in order to achieve ultimate laziness, Tanaka's got you covered."
"Move over, Phoenix Wright. This week's Ace Attorney episode was all about Miles Edgeworth."
"I keep expecting this show to go truly off the rails in a way that isn't entertaining to watch, but it actually seems to be getting more confident over time."
"This is one of those twenty minute episodes that feels more like five."
"Ushio & Tora has become wildly affecting, bringing a powerful story to life."
"At this point, I think the show could stand a little more depth, but I'd hate to see it stray too far from its slice-of-life roots."
"Concrete Revolutio is finally coming together and living up to its lofty goals."
"We still have 5 episodes to go, and I fear that the descent into the bottom of the barrel is only beginning."
"This episode's success hinges on Assassination Classroom's ability to deliver a serious, compelling action scene, and the show does exactly that."
"In addition to delving into Kaguya's past, we get an extended glimpse of what the show's world was like before the advent of ninjutsu."
"Episode 5 finally gives us the deeper look into Mumei's character that viewers have been waiting for, without putting the brakes on Kabaneri's nonstop action."
"With some recent heavier concerns out of the way, episode 6 takes a more purely comedic turn."
"The pacing is so jumpy in this episode that it feels like we barely have a chance to register the story's importance."
"This episode was a return to form, even if that form had a few rough edges to begin with."
"Now that the year is 1939, and we've found ourselves following a newly Axis-allied D-Agency, Joker Game has taken on a decidedly different tone of transition."
"The Witches 5 are nearly gone, which means that the time is approaching for bigger bads to actually enter into the fray."
"What it lacks in laugh-out-loud humor, this episode makes up with a surprisingly sentimental story that develops the relationship between Machi and Natsu."
"The series is consistently finding a nice balance between its lighter fare and more grim content, and the transitions are smoother than normal too."
"I don't know if Toei is just excited to move onto the Zou arc, but whatever it is that's whipped them into shape these last few episodes, I don't want it to stop."
"Characters like Bakugo go a long way to making My Hero Academia feel a little bigger than just Midoriya's story."
The always-listless Tanaka-kun has drifted into our Daily Streaming Reviews lineup by popular demand! Here's Rebecca's review of the first five episodes...
"Flying Witch seems like it'd be a pretty dangerous show to watch in the lazy hours of the afternoon."
"Concerns over the teenage mutant ninja hamsters aside, I don't see this series going off the rails any time soon."
"Since the hunt for Flora plot seems to be spinning its wheels, the character development at play is more interesting."
"This week doesn't just present original takes on existing scenes, but even presents some of its own scenes that weren't in the game."
"Although the stories remain as simplistic as ever, the jokes are incredibly sharp, the timing is pitch-perfect, and the material is presented with genuine enthusiasm."
"Just in time for Mother's Day comes a bittersweet reunion between Ushio and his mother."
"It's time for a training camp! Home cooking, steamy confessions, and tests of courage are all in attendance as Kiznaiver churns its characters around in one more classic anime scenario."
"How do you warn people about an episode that features animal cruelty that later turns out to not actually be animal cruelty?"
" All told, I'm still considering The Lost Village the breakout comedy of the season."
"Now that the key players have settled into their respective roles, it feels like the show—and its stories—have a lot more breathing room."
"Compared to the inconsistent and messy affair we've been working through the past few weeks, this episode of Big Order was a legitimate breath of fresh air."
"This episode demonstrates one of the show's core themes better than any episode before it."
"The battle against Kaguya has been a long time coming, but there isn't much action this week."
"Instead of a cheesy inspirational moment where everyone falls in line with Nagisa's idea, the show embraces the reality of good people having different opinions on the right thing to do."
"This was the make-or-break moment for the show and it soars rather than stumbles."
"This week was easily Twin Star Exorcists's weakest entry so far, and a troubling red flag for what the future of the series might hold."
"This may have been a one-shot interlude episode designed to introduce us to the character of Edogawa Rampo rather than to further the overall plot, but it's also one of the most enjoyable thus far."
"And the Most Awesome Transformation of the Week prize goes to…Sailor Mercury!"
"The One Piece anime has been on a roll lately as we power through all the post-arc shenanigans."
"This episode exemplifies Kumamiko's problem of being unsure what kind of show it wants to be: not quite a goofy comedy or an ongoing personal dramedy."
"Like all great blockbusters, Kabaneri's not afraid to take things a little bit stupid with a whole lot of style."
"Episode 4 is a major step up from everything that's come before in terms of raw, undiluted commentative bite."
"After a couple of milder episodes, the visuals have gone back to being quite graphic, and the musical score is certainly hitting its stride."
"This episode remains harmlessly watchable even in its slowest moments, but it lacks some of the impact that helped earlier episodes stand out."
"The show still has plenty of potential, but this was not one of its better episodes."
"This battle does not disappoint, with both sides putting on a satisfying display of back-and-forth one-upmanship."
"Ace Attorney is still no masterpiece, but this quality bump makes me way more optimistic for the show going forward."
"With its general formula established, Haven't You Heard? I'm Sakamoto delivers its funniest (and darkest) episode yet."
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