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Black Clover ‒ Episodes 28-29

"As a comedy episode, 28 is kind of great."
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Magical Girl Ore ‒ Episode 4

"This is the most entertaining bit of parody the show has delivered yet, but it's a gem within a bigger show that still has a lot of unresolved structural issues."
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High School DxD Hero ‒ Episode 2

"As strange as this is to say about High School DxD, I am optimistic about the story so far but trepidatious about the fanservice going forward."
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Tokyo Ghoul:re ‒ Episode 4

"We get plenty to think about this week, but ultimately this episode is another victim of Tokyo Ghoul's ambitions."
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Golden Kamuy ‒ Episode 3

"If you had hoped that Golden Kamuy would bring more of Asirpa's home and culture into the story, this episode definitely delivers."
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Food Wars! The Third Plate ‒ Episode 15

"It's like Erina's going through a renaissance all her own, and that's heartening to watch."
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Caligula ‒ Episode 3

"Naruko has bumbled her way into the plot, but it's difficult to get excited about adding new members to the cast when the ones we've already met still haven't had the chance to do anything important."
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Cutie Honey Universe ‒ Episode 3

"Maybe it's not really damning Cutie Honey Universe with faint praise to call this the best episode yet, since it feels like the story is just getting started now."
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GeGeGe no Kitarō ‒ Episode 4

"Yuta goes on an Alice's Adventures in Wonderland-style journey to the GeGeGe Forest."
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One Piece ‒ Episode 833

"The story content in this episode is crazy good, but that high octane energy easily gets lost when it feels like all the big scenes are standing around, quietly waiting for their turn to debut."
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Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card ‒ Episode 15

"We do get a new and likely significant card rearing its head, but for the most part there wasn't enough plot to fill this week, leading to some substitutions for time."
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Series Premiere: PERSONA 5 the Animation—Episodes 1-3

"By its nature, P5A not going to be as immersive as the game it's based on. However, it's still quite engaging and proves eminently watchable once it gets going. "
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Series Premiere: Sword Art Online Alternative - Gun Gale Online—Episodes 1-3

"I can easily recommend this series even to viewers who might not have cared for SAO."
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DARLING in the FRANXX ‒ Episode 15

"The only major issue with this otherwise stellar episode is the baggage that comes from this darned show being such a thematic mess."
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My Hero Academia ‒ Episode 41

"This cast is so big and saturated, and episodes like this know how to take advantage of that fact to keep giving the viewers at home something to chew on."
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Season Premiere: Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory—Episodes 1-2

"I honestly don't know how this return could have been done better beyond the limitations of its TV budget."
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Series Premiere: Hinamatsuri—Episodes 1-3

"Hinamatsuri is a willfully and unapologetically weird show, but there's something charming about its willingness to throw logic out the window."
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Record of Grancrest War ‒ Episode 15

"It's no surprise that everything's coming up Theo, but this episode hints that the real surprises are coming next week."
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Series Premiere: Megalobox—Episodes 1-3

"This show is so cool and confident that it ought to be criminal."
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Series Premiere: Wotakoi - Love is Hard for Otaku—Episodes 1-2

"Relationships are beautiful, but they're also tricky, and Wotakoi really feels like it's written from a place of experience with both the wonders and the warts of nerd love."
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Series Premiere: Comic Girls—Episodes 1-3

"Familiarity isn't always a bad thing, and while Comic Girls doesn't cover a lot of new ground, it seldom feels redundant."
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Series Premiere: Tada Never Falls in Love—Episodes 1-3

"With its soft pastel art style and bouncy music, Tada Never Falls in Love has all the makings of a hit anime comedy, but it also has so many places where it could go wrong."
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Season Premiere: Steins;Gate 0—Episodes 1-2

"This series seeks to sidestep the pitfalls that stymie other prequels and AU spinoffs by establishing a story that feels fresh and exciting."
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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations ‒ Episode 54

"Sasuke reveals danger on the horizon and Boruto begins learning his father's signature technique."
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Season Premiere: High School DxD Hero—Episode 1

"Take fan service-laden harem shenanigans and mix them with action sequences and a wonky interpretation of metaphysics, and you have the High School DxD experience."
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Series Premiere: Real Girl—Episodes 1-3

"Real Girl currently occupies an interesting middle ground between the blind optimism of sugary sweet romance and the deliberate dysfunction of a more dramatic story."
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Season Premiere: Lupin the Third Part 5—Episodes 1-3

"If it can keep juggling its tone well—taking the serious stuff seriously without sacrificing its lighter heart—I'd feel great recommending this Lupin III to just about anyone."
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Series Premiere: Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These—Episodes 1-3

"Die Neue These is looking to be the big-budget Hollywood adaptation to the original show's History Channel documentary."
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Series Premiere: Magical Girl Ore—Episodes 1-3

"My hope is that the show doubles down on its commitment to meta humor and shows us something entirely new, stretching the boundaries of magical girl parody."
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Season Premiere: Tokyo Ghoul:re—Episodes 1-3

"Despite my apprehensions after a long wait following a rocky journey, I got sucked back into the world of Tokyo Ghoul almost immediately."
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Series Premiere: Golden Kamuy—Episodes 1-2

"The story is incredibly suspenseful, constantly building on its central mystery, but the show's animation struggles threaten to bring the whole ship down."
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Food Wars! The Third Plate ‒ Episode 14

"Food Wars! manages to be frustrating and triumphant before swinging back to frustrating again, and if it can fit that much emotion into under half an hour, I'd say it's holding up well."
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BEATLESS ‒ Episode 14

Our weekly coverage of BEATLESS ends with an episode that opens up all sorts of complicated implications for the story going forward.
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Series Premiere: Caligula—Episodes 1-2

"While its distinct Persona influences might rub some of that franchise's fans the wrong way, there is potential to be had in Caligula's familiar setup. "
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One Piece ‒ Episode 832

"The conversation around this episode begins and ends with one main scene; the moment of truth during Sanji and Pudding's wedding."
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Series Premiere: Cutie Honey Universe—Episodes 1-2

"For now, the show's inability to focus makes it seem more dated than any of its character designs or fanservice style."
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Series Premiere: GeGeGe no Kitarō—Episodes 1-3

"There's plenty of precedent for this children's horror serial to be delightfully creepy, and thus far it is living up to its potential."
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Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card ‒ Episodes 13-14

"Thank god for Meiling's return, right?"
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DARLING in the FRANXX ‒ Episode 14

"This episode's script serves characters well in individual moments but falls down when it comes to stitching those beats together."
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My Hero Academia ‒ Episode 40

"Everything from the animation to the story is as promising as My Hero Academia has ever been."
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Record of Grancrest War ‒ Episode 14

"This episode sidestepped dull blanket portrayals of character types to instead show how its characters are developing in complicated ways, and not always for the better."
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Black Clover ‒ Episode 27

"I look back at the Royal Capital arc now that it's finished and my memories are mostly filled with boredom, which could have been the product of many factors."
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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations ‒ Episode 53

"The first installment of Boruto: Naruto the Movie's small screen adaptation doesn't offer much in the way of new content, but there are likely to be differences going forward."
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One Piece ‒ Episode 831

"The pieces are all in place, and it's time to see where they fall, considering how many ways this day can go wrong for every party involved."
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Season Premiere: Food Wars! The Third Plate ‒ Episode 13

"This episode reminds us just how far Erina has come, proving that her new outlook on life is much more than just a passing fancy."
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DARLING in the FRANXX ‒ Episode 13

"This episode provides an astonishingly effective piece of storytelling, taking the show's myriad influences and shaping them into something cohesive and heartbreaking."
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Season Premiere: My Hero Academia ‒ Episode 39

"I can't say that there isn't going to be an audience for these poolside shenanigans, but it's just not a full episode on its own."
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BEATLESS ‒ Episode 13

"Overall, this episode comes off much better on reflection than it did when I first viewed it, so I would encourage anyone watching it not to just accept anything that happens at face value."
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Today's Menu for the Emiya Family ‒ Episode 4

"April is the cruelest month, so what better way to open up April than by turning the spotlight on one of Fate/stay night's most cruelly underused servants?"
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Record of Grancrest War ‒ Episodes 12-13

"These two episodes go at the same breakneck pace as usual, but their consistent focus on Theo makes their momentum easier to follow than usual."
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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations ‒ Episode 52

"This week, Boruto finishes up its prelude to the events of the feature film in a surprisingly anticlimactic manner."
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Black Clover ‒ Episode 26

"The Wizard King is cool, but everything else is getting real snoozy."
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Season Finale: Killing Bites ‒ Episode 12

"This is one case where I hope this actually is the last we see of the anime, but not because it was bad."
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Season Finale: Violet Evergarden ‒ Episode 13

"I found myself impressed with its individual episodes, but by the end, the series never quite came together as a whole."
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Series Finale: March comes in like a lion ‒ Episodes 43-44

"Through its rambling progression of episodes, March has celebrated all of its many half-stories, offering few clear answers but copious sympathy for the struggles we all endure."
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Season Finale: Overlord II ‒ Episode 13

"The end of the episode brings the arc to a suitable stopping point, while the epilogue provides another hook for the next one."
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One Piece ‒ Episode 830

"This is easily the most well-adapted episode we've received in a long time, a perfect demonstration of the colorful yet twisted nature of Whole Cake Island."
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DARLING in the FRANXX ‒ Episode 12

"While DARLING continues its slow trickle of world-building and plot dissemination, the pieces of the puzzle remain so vague that it's difficult to grasp where all of this foreshadowing is headed."
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BEATLESS ‒ Episode 12

"The series may now have finally reached the point where viewers will really have to work to keep up with the ideas it's exploring."
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Series Finale: GARO -Vanishing Line- ‒ Episode 24

"-VANISHING LINE- wasn't always the most consistently animated or well-written series, but its highs outweighed its lows at every turn."
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Series Finale: After the Rain ‒ Episode 12

"An intense and subtle emotional experience, After the Rain overcame my initial reservations about its premise to become a heartwarming drama that I can recommend to anyone."
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Season Finale: How to keep a mummy ‒ Episode 12

"The pets may be fictional, but the moments these human characters share with their companions are so genuinely warm that it almost feels real."
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Season Finale: Death March to The Parallel World Rhapsody ‒ Episode 12

"This woeful adaptation is better off being forgotten."
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Season Finale: Maerchen Maedchen ‒ Episode 10

"This feels like a study in lost opportunities. It's a story that deserved better than it got."
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Black Clover ‒ Episode 25

"The arc has reached a point of new twists and turns, but the action itself is starting to get pretty stale."
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Violet Evergarden ‒ Episode 12

"If anything, this episode affirms that Violet Evergarden doesn't work as a gritty war story."
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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations ‒ Episode 51

"Boruto continues to be rough around the edges when it comes to thematic progression and continuity, but those issues don't hold back this reasonably solid episode."
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Season Finale: Mr. Osomatsu Season 2 ‒ Episode 25

"The depths of hell is an awesome setting to let creativity run wild, but when it's time to escape its grasp, that's when the true Osomatsu magic happens."
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Series Finale: A Place Further Than the Universe ‒ Episode 13

"This is a title that I'd recommend to just about anyone, and it's a good example of what an original anime production can do when it's allowed to tell a story from beginning to end."
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Overlord II ‒ Episode 12

"This episode's final scene may be its most impactful, even though it takes place well away from the action."
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One Piece ‒ Episode 829

"It's time to split up and get into place as the Big Mom assassination plot commences."
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Series Finale: KOKKOKU ‒ Episode 12

"Unlike those who live in the world of Stasis, anime fans only have so much time in their day, and there are much better series than Kokkoku to spend it with."
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Season Finale: Pop Team Epic ‒ Episode 12

"Pop Team Epic bust out the big guns in its production to make a long meta-joke about dumb anime finales, replete with callbacks to some of the series' best moments."
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Season Finale: Mitsuboshi Colors ‒ Episode 12

"I don't think anyone was expecting Mitsuboshi Colors to end the season with a bang, but this final episode definitely comes off more low-key than necessary."
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Season Finale: Gintama ‒ Episode 353

"Silver Soul wraps up its first cour with a no-holds-barred action extravaganza."
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Killing Bites ‒ Episode 11

"I've complained before about the series piddling around in dragging out the Destroyal, but when it came time for a proper climax, it definitely delivered."
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Season Finale: School Babysitters ‒ Episode 12

"School Babysitters never faltered in showing both the wonderful and disgusting aspects of toddlers. It managed to be funny, heartwarming, gross, and charming all at the same time."
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Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card ‒ Episode 12

"This episode ends on a much more sinister note than any of the ones before."
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Season Finale: The Ancient Magus' Bride ‒ Episode 24

"There was a lot of beauty to be found in how things played out between the boy unable to die and the girl unable to live."
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March comes in like a lion ‒ Episode 42

"Smiles and sunshine reign supreme in this week's extraordinarily fluffy episode."
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DARLING in the FRANXX ‒ Episode 11

"This episode pushes Hiro and Zero Two to the background again as Kokoro, Mitsuru, Futoshi, and Ikuno get involved in a rather complicated experiment."
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Season Finale: Citrus ‒ Episode 12

"This concluding shift into kindness and understanding feels like a reprieve, like the audience has earned a story about sweet love after all that bitterness."
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Season Finale: Dragon Ball Super ‒ Episode 131

The Tournament of Power at long last comes to an end. But who will be left standing when the dust clears?
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GARO -Vanishing Line- ‒ Episode 23

"Garo's penultimate episode offers just about everything you could want for the climactic entry in the -VANISHING LINE- saga, at least as far as pure spectacle is concerned."
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Season Finale: Junji Ito Collection ‒ Episode 12

"This conclusion gets an A for effort, though not execution."
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After the Rain ‒ Episode 11

"By this point, I feel that it’s fair to call this show’s initial presentation as a romance something of a bait-and-switch."
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How to keep a mummy ‒ Episode 11

"I didn't expect How to keep a mummy to spend its penultimate episode world-building, but suddenly Mii-kun's world became vaster than I ever imagined."
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Death March to The Parallel World Rhapsody ‒ Episode 11

"Death March basically feels like watching a Let's Play stream of an exceptionally mediocre RPG, recorded by the world's least interesting internet personality."
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Maerchen Maedchen ‒ Episode 9

"With noticeably poor art and animation, and a plot that's trying too hard to introduce cute elements to an increasingly fraught situation, it isn't making the best use of its runtime."
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Season Finale: Laid-Back Camp ‒ Episode 12

"In terms of delivering on what it promised, I'd call Laid-Back Camp a resounding success."
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Natsume Yūjin-Chō Roku ‒ Episode 13

"A fun piece of escapism that allows ordinary viewers to slot themselves into the Natsume Yujin-Cho universe."
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Violet Evergarden ‒ Episode 11

"If I had to point to one story that best encapsulates the theme and appeal of Violet Evergarden, this episode would be it."
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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations ‒ Episode 50

"This week, Boruto: Naruto Next Generations marks yet another box on the long-running shonen anime checklist: the unnecessary clip show."
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Black Clover ‒ Episode 24

"This is an episode for the Yuno fans, but Black Clover otherwise continues to march along just doing its thing."
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Mob Psycho 100 ‒ OVA

"Reigen's just here to get us ready for what's to come, and he does a very fine job of that."
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Overlord II ‒ Episode 11

"The high-level action beatdown that the series has been slowly building toward is finally at hand."

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