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This Week in Anime - A Sister's All You Need...But Is It Really?

To call this romcom divisive would be a gross understatement, mixing wry observations on the publishing industry with a heap of eyebrow-raising fetishes. Is this show's journey worth taking despite several miles of speedbumps? ― To call A Sister's All You Need. divisive would be a gross understatement, as a romcom that mixes wry observations on the publishing industry with a heap of eyebrow-raising f...
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This Week in Anime - Who's the MVP of Libra in Blood Blockade Battlefront & Beyond?

This second season has expanded the series' initial focus on Leonardo to give more love to the rest of its eccentric cast. Nick and Steve explore how this ensemble approach is working out so far. ― Blood Blockade Battlefront & Beyond has expanded its focus on Leonardo from the first season to give more love to the rest of its eccentric cast. This week in anime, Nick and Steve explore how this ensembl...
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This Week in Anime - Is Land of the Lustrous the Best 3DCG Anime?

This sleeper hit of the season has captured fans' hearts and minds with its fantastical world and one-of-a-kind style of 3D animation. We explore what makes this series such a gem. ― Land of the Lustrous has become a sleeper hit this season, capturing fans' hearts and minds with its fantastical world and one-of-a-kind style of 3D animation. This week in anime, Micchy and Steve explore what makes this...
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This Week in Anime - What the Hell is Happening in King's Game?

Survival games are still a hot genre in anime, but King's Game the Animation is just a hot mess. This week in anime, we detail what went wrong for this hilarious horrorshow. ― Survival games are still a hot genre in anime, but King's Game the Animation is just a hot syrupy mess compared to its peers. This week in anime, Nick and Jacob detail what went wrong for this hilarious horrorshow. Disclaimer: ...
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This Week in Anime - How Has Love Live! Sunshine!! Changed The Idol Anime Game?

This series took a surprising left turn last week, leaving fans on the edge of their seats. This week in anime, we discuss our favorite things about Aqours' journey so far. ― Last week's Love Live! Sunshine!! took a surprising left turn, leaving fans on the edge of their seats for the season's second half. This week in anime, Nick and Steve discuss their favorite things about the girls of Aqours so f...
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This Week in Anime - Is URAHARA This Season's Hidden Gem?

URAHARA is about as cute, unassuming, and completely under-the-radar as you can get. This week in anime, we dig in to see if we've been sitting on something special. ― URAHARA is about as cute, unassuming, and completely under-the-radar as you can get. This week in anime, Michelle and Jacob dig in to see if they've been sitting on a hidden gem this season. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed...
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This Week in Anime - How Does Fate/Apocrypha Compare to Other Grail Wars?

The first half of Fate/Apocrypha has finally landed on Netflix! We break down the best and worst of everything this series has to offer compared to its predecessors so far. ― The first half of Fate/Apocrypha has finally landed on Netflix! This week in anime, Jacob and Steve break down the best and worst of everything this series has to offer compared to its predecessors so far. Disclaimer: The views ...
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This Week in Anime - How Anime-Gataris Does Reference Humor Right

This season's slice-of-life comedy about an anime club is far more than it seems on the surface. We get into all the little details that make this series something truly special. ― Though it looks simple on the surface, Anime-Gataris is much more than just another slice-of-life comedy about an anime club. This week in anime, Nick and Micchy get into all the little details that make this series so spe...
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This Week in Anime - Why Himōto! Umaru-chan R is Better than the Original

UMR is back for a second season, but if you haven't seen the show before, this vastly improved continuation might be the best time to jump in! ― Himōto! Umaru-chan is back for a second season, but if you haven't seen the show before, this vastly improved continuation might be the best time to jump in. This week in anime, Jacob and Steve explain what's different about UMR. Disclaimer: The views and op...
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This Week in Anime - What Makes The Ancient Magus' Bride's World So Magical?

The world of The Ancient Magus' Bride mesmerizes us in ways we usually don't get from TV anime. This week, we explore what makes this series so uniquely captivating. ― The world of The Ancient Magus' Bride is magical in ways we usually don't get from TV anime. This week, Nicholas and Steve explore what makes this series so uniquely captivating. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the part...
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This Week in Anime - Why is the Post-Apocalypse in Girls' Last Tour So Comforting?

Despite its bleak premise, watching Girls' Last Tour feels like snuggling up in a warm blanket on a cold winter's night. What's the secret behind this show's surprisingly soothing atmosphere? ― Girls' Last Tour takes place in a frozen wasteland where two girls struggle for survival after civilization has fallen. This week in anime, Michelle and Steve explain how this bleak premise resulted in such a ...
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This Week in Anime - What the Heck was ID-0 About?

This 3DCG sci fi series from last spring recently arrived on Netflix with little fanfare, but is its confusing story worth checking out? ― Netflix snapped this 3DCG sci fi adventure up last spring, only to finally release it this month to little fanfare and a lot of head-scratching. This week in anime, Nick and Jacob try to decipher what ID-0 was even about and whether it's worth anyone's time. Discl...
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This Week in Anime - What Does Vanishing Line Have to Offer GARO Fans and Newbies?

Garo is back for another war between Knights and Horrors in this season's retro-cool Vanishing Line. We compare the new series to its demon-slaying predecessors. ― Garo is back for another war between Knights and Horrors in this season's retro-cool Vanishing Line. This week in anime, Nick and Jacob discuss this reboot's watchability for newbies and compare the new series to its demon-slaying predeces...
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This Week in Anime - Why is Recovery of an MMO Junkie So Relatable?

If you've ever felt like your online life was actually more real than your "real" one, this nerdy romcom has your back. We get into what makes this show feel so true to virtual life. ― If you've ever felt like your life online was actually more real than your "real" one, Recovery of an MMO Junkie has your back. This week in anime, Michelle and Steve get into what makes this extremely nerdy romcom fee...
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This Week in Anime - Why You Should Watch Blood Blockade Battlefront

With the arrival of its second season, there's no better time to marathon this action-packed sci fi dramedy extravaganza! We make our case for BBB(&B) and share our hopes for its new season. ― With the arrival of its second season, Blood Blockade Battlefront & Beyond, there's no better time to marathon this action-packed NYC-themed sci fi dramedy extravaganza! This week in anime, Nick and Jacob make ...
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This Week in Anime - How Does the Kino's Journey Remake Compare to the Original Series?

This season delivered a truly unexpected reboot in the form of a new Kino's Journey anime, so we compare notes on these two versions, what's changed, and why. ― Well over a decade has passed since Kino's Journey was first adapted into anime, but this season brought us an unexpected remake with Kino's Journey - the Beautiful World-. This week in anime, Jacob and Steve compare notes on how the characte...
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This Week in Anime - Why You Should Watch Mr. Osomatsu

The biggest anime comedy of last year has finally returned to go all-out this season. We explain why you should catch up on the Osomatsu-san phenomenon. ― The biggest anime comedy of last year has finally returned to go all-out this season. This week in anime, Micchy and Steve explain why you should catch up on the Osomatsu-san phenomenon. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the participa...
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This Week in Anime - Why You Should Watch Food Wars!

Food Wars! makes its grand return this fall with a third helping of culinary competition! This week in anime, we discuss what's made the show so delectable so far. ― Food Wars! makes its grand return this fall with a third helping of culinary competition! This week in anime, Nick and Jacob discuss what's made the show so delectable so far and what they hope to see from the Elite Ten this season. Disc...
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This Week in Anime - Will Bakugo Become a Hero or a Villain?

As My Hero Academia's second season comes to a close, Bakugo's future still seems uncertain. Is there anything that could turn him over to the dark side? ― My Hero Academia's second season has come to a close, and Bakugo's future seems uncertain as the League of Villains begins to reform. This week in anime, Nick and Micchy predict what might be in store for U.A. High's most fiery student. Disclaimer...
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This Week in Anime - Made in Abyss Made Us Cry Like Little Babies

Made in Abyss' first season ended this week, leaving behind an ocean of tears for many fans. This week in anime, Nick and Steve pick up the pieces in the wake of its emotional conclusion. ― Made in Abyss' first season ended this week, leaving behind an ocean of tears for many fans. This week in anime, Nick and Steve pick up the pieces in the wake of its emotional conclusion. Disclaimer: The views and...
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This Week in Anime - Where Did "My First Girlfriend is a Gal" Go Wrong?

Straddling the line between romcom and fanservice show is no easy feat, but this gal-stacked effort falls on its face. We break down where this milkshake turned sour. ― My First Girlfriend is a Gal could have straddled the line between romcom and fanservice show gracefully, but the end result was less than successful. This week in anime, Jacob and Steve suss out where things went sour for these gals....
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This Week in Anime - What the Hey is Wrong With Heybot?

This brain-meltingly stupid kids' show has been a punchline on This Week in Anime since it started, but was there secretly a method to Heybot's madness in the end? ― It's been a go-to punchline on This Week in Anime since the column began, but now that Heybot! has ended, just what the hey was this series anyway, and why was it so incredibly weird? This week in anime, Micchy and Steve put this bizarre...
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This Week in Anime - The Best and Worst Moments of Re:Creators

Now that Re:CREATORS has concluded, did it live up to the promise of its premise? This week in anime, we break down where the series soared and where it sank. ― Now that Re:CREATORS has come to an end, did the show live up to the promise of its premise? This week in anime, Nick and Jacob break down where the series soared and where it sank. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the particip...
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This Week in Anime - How Meta Does Re:Creators Get?

What did this anime about fictional characters confronting their makers have to say about the creative process? This week in anime, we tackle the conclusion of Sota and Altair's story. ― Re:CREATORS is a story about fictional characters meeting the people who created them, but just how far does its metafictional rabbit hole go? This week in anime, Micchy and Steve follow Sota and Altair's tale all th...
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This Week in Anime - What the Heck is 18if?

It's hands-down the weirdest anime of the summer season, but does its uniqueness alone make this indescribable oddity worth watching? This week in anime, we delve into the mysteries of 18if. ― Slipping under the shadow of bigger titles this season is 18if, an inscrutable little Gonzo series that doesn't really look like anything else out there, because it looks totally different from episode to episo...
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This Week in Anime - Does Made in Abyss Have to Be So Disturbing?

Made in Abyss has always been a little gruesome around the edges, but its newest episode took Riko and Reg's quest to a much darker place shockingly fast. Will all this pain and hardship be worth it in the end? ― Made in Abyss has always been a little gruesome around the edges, but its most recent episode took Riko and Reg's quest to a much darker place shockingly fast. This week in anime, Nick and S...
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This Week in Anime - How Did Love and Lies Become So Boring?

This teen romance started off with a premise too ridiculous not to be entertaining, but recent episodes have dragged it into the doldrums. This week in anime, we try to figure out what went wrong. ― Love and Lies started off with a premise too ridiculous not to be entertaining, but recent episodes have dragged the series into the doldrums. This week in anime, Nick and Jacob try to figure out what wen...
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This Week in Anime - What Is The Reflection Mutating Into?

Now that its growing pains are finally behind it, what kind of superhero story has The Reflection decided to become in such a crowded market? Nick and Steve are about to find out. ― The Reflection started out somewhat unsure of what kind of superhero story it wanted to be, but it seems to have found its footing in recent episodes. This week in anime, we delve into how this anime has found its way for...
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This Week in Anime - What Makes Princess Principal So Engrossing?

Combining cute girls and steampunk for a convoluted spy plot told out-of-order should make Princess Principal a tough sell, but it's shockingly easy to binge-watch. Jacob and Steve suss out what's in this show's secret sauce. ― As far as anime premises go, Princess Principal should be a niche within a niche, combining cute girl clubs with steampunk espionage in a plot told out-of-order. This week in ...
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This Week in Anime - Can Anime Fans Enjoy Netflix's Death Note Movie?

While most critics have panned this new film adaptation of the hit manga, is there anything worth seeing in Adam Wingard's Death Note for prior fans? Nick and Steve explore the movie's simpler pleasures. ― On August 25th, Netflix's live-action Death Note film debuted to wildly contentious reviews. This week in anime, we discuss whether fans of the original material can get anything out of the experie...
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This Week in Anime - Was Little Witch Academia Worth the Wait?

After months of buildup, the first season of Trigger's newest project is finally out on Netflix! Nick and Steve set aside the hype to explore what this show has to say about the anime industry and childhood dreams. ― After many months of waiting, fans can now enjoy the full first season of Little Witch Academia on Netflix! This week in anime, we examine whether Trigger's newest project lives up to th...
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This Week in Anime - Is WorldEnd (Suka Suka) Worth Watching?

Last season, Nick and Micchy were following last spring's sleeper light novel hit week to week, but they never got to discuss the ending. Now that it's over, how does the entire series hold up? ― What do you do at the end of the world? Are you busy? Will you save us? This light novel sleeper hit from last season has an incredibly unwieldy title, but was it worth watching in the end? This week in anim...
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This Week in Anime - Why is Stain's Capture Actually Good for the League of Villains?

My Hero Academia's good guys defeated Stain, so why does it feel like they're the ones who lost? Nick and Micchy uncover the real evil that's only growing stronger. ― Everyone in My Hero Academia is recovering after their terrifying encounter with Hero Killer Stain, but maybe they shouldn't be getting too comfortable. This week in anime, we explain why the real battle is only beginning. Disclaimer: T...
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This Week in Anime - Why is Tsuredure Children So Relatable?

It may be a wacky 4koma comedy about puppy love, but Tsuredure's observations on infatuation can cut surprisingly deep. Nick and Jacob figure what makes this show feel so honest. ― Tsuredure Children may be a wacky 4koma-style comedy about teens in puppy love, but its observations on infatuation can cut surprisingly deep. This week in anime, we piece together just what makes it so feel so honest. Dis...
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This Week in Anime - What's Missing From Welcome to the Ballroom's Characters?

Ballroom's visuals can be dazzling, but its cast of characters hasn't quite been clicking for many viewers. Nick and Micchy take the stage to suss out what's amiss. ― Welcome to the Ballroom has dazzled audiences this summer with its immaculate ballroom dancing animation, but people haven't seemed quite as enchanted by its story so far. This week in anime, we try to suss out what's holding the charac...
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This Week in Anime - Just How Trashy is NTR?

Netsuzou Trap's title alone has been raising plenty of eyebrows, but is it just trashy enough to be treasure? Micchy and Steve sail straight into the eye of this smut-storm... ― Netsuzou Trap -NTR- started raising eyebrows based on the title alone, but is there any treasure buried in its trashy premise? This week in anime, Micchy and Steve sail into the eye of this season's smut-storm. Disclaimer: Th...
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This Week in Anime - Should You Give The Reflection a Second Chance?

First reactions to Stan Lee and Hiroshi Nagahama's new superhero anime have been mixed at best, but is this unusual project worth a closer look? Nick and Steve share what they love about The Reflection. ― The Reflection might not be the prettiest girl at the dance this season, but is there a great personality hiding under its unusual sense of style? This week in anime, we give this potential diamond ...
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This Week in Anime - What the Hell Just Happened in Vatican Miracle Examiner?

From two-headed babies to a cryogenically frozen Hitler, this Catholic-flavored mystery series has gone off the rails. Nick and Jacob make it their sacred mission to figure out how we got there. ― It may have seemed like a normal mystery series on the surface, but there's more than sacrosanct sleuthing going on in the world of Vatican Miracle Examiner! This week in anime, we try to exorcise the madne...
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This Week in Anime - What's Really Going On In A Centaur's Life?

This world of mermaids, satyrs, and centaurs may seem peaceful at first, but are there more complex politics in play under its surface? Wild horses couldn't drag us away from solving this mystery! ― The world of A Centaur's Life is populated with six-limbed wonders like angelkin, goatmen, mermaids, and of course centaurs instead of the four-limbed humans of our world. But is there something deeper go...
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This Week in Anime - What's Stain's Real Problem With Heroes?

My Hero Academia's newest villain is bloodthirsty to a shocking extreme, but does he have a good reason to hate heroes so much? This week, we take a look at the world through his creepy red eyes. ― Welcome to our new twice-weekly format for This Week in Anime! Going forward, two members of our team will discuss just one hot new anime topic in each column, starting off with a discussion of My Hero Aca...
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This Week in Anime - Hugs for the Good Boys

As This Week in Anime changes gears for the next season, Nick and Micchy say their goodbyes to all the good boys in Attack on Titan, Berserk, and Love Rice, as other shows soldier on into the summer! ― Previous Weeks in Anime Week 1 - Week 2 - Week 3 - Week 4 - Week 5Week 6 - Week 7 - Week 8 - Week 9 Nicholas Dupree got into anime in high school, and manga even earlier. From One Piece to The Promised...
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This Week in Anime - Mostly Blood

The biggest shows of the Spring season pull out their biggest twists and bloodiest climaxes this week, but some are more successful than others. From Re:Creators to Kado The Right Answer, Nick and Micchy cover this gory week in anime! ― Previous Weeks in Anime Week 1 - Week 2 - Week 3 - Week 4 - Week 5Week 6 - Week 7 - Week 8 Nicholas Dupree got into anime in high school, and manga even earlier. From...
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This Week in Anime - Yutapon Cubes

My Hero Academia steals the show with a jaw-dropping battle, but the shockwaves just keep coming with dark twists in Attack on Titan, Re:Creators, and even Anonymous Noise. Nick and Micchy have their hands full for this week in anime! ― Previous Weeks in Anime Week 1 - Week 2 - Week 3 - Week 4 - Week 5Week 6 - Week 7 Nicholas Dupree got into anime in high school, and manga even earlier. From One Piec...
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This Week in Anime - It Came From DeviantArt

Re:Creators takes some fanfic-tastic turns, while the stakes shoot much higher in Rage of Bahamut and The Royal Tutor. Nick and Micchy discuss all this and more in shows from Attack on Titan to My Hero Academia! ― Previous Weeks in Anime Week 1 - Week 2 - Week 3 - Week 4 - Week 5 - Week 6 Nicholas Dupree got into anime in high school, and manga even earlier. From One Piece to The Promised Neverland, ...
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This Week in Anime - Silent But Deadly

Nick and Micchy take a breather to discuss A Silent Voice, as the tension and violence ramps up in Attack on Titan, SukaSuka, Re:Creators, and My Hero Academia for an explosive week in anime! ― Previous Weeks in Anime Week 1 - Week 2 - Week 3 - Week 4 - Week 5 Nicholas Dupree got into anime in high school, and manga even earlier. From One Piece to The Promised Neverland, he's the man to talk to if it...
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This Week in Anime - The Mouth of Madness

Nick and Micchy have a lot to chew on this week as the tension ramps up in everything from Re:Creators to My Hero Academia, and even Boruto and The Eccentric Family! Plus, just what the heck is Heybot, anyway? ― Previous Weeks in Anime Week 1 - Week 2 - Week 3 - Week 4 Nicholas Dupree got into anime in high school, and manga even earlier. From One Piece to The Promised Neverland, he's the man to talk...
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This Week in Anime - Worst Pun Contest

Nick and Micchy catch up on some surprisingly adorable escapades in Rage of Bahamut and Grimoire of Zero, and the most colossal ball of them all finally drops in Attack on Titan... ― Previous Weeks in Anime Week 1 - Week 2 - Week 3 Nicholas Dupree got into anime in high school, and manga even earlier. From One Piece to The Promised Neverland, he's the man to talk to if it's Shonen and it Jumps. He co...
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This Week in Anime - Hot Dads

The limits of lusting after terrible father figures are tested in My Hero Academia, and other questionable choices abound in shows from Berserk to Frame Arms Girl, as Nick and Micchy break down their week in anime! ― You can read the first two installments of This Week in Anime here (week 1) and here (week 2). Be sure to share your feedback on this new feature with us in the forums! Nicholas Dupree g...
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This Week in Anime - How to Cook (for Forty) Humans

Attack on Titan spirals into absolute horror, suspicious aliens invade in KADO, and Nick and Micchy try to explain what Love Rice is even about on This Week in Anime! ― You can read last week's Titan-Sized First Edition here, and be sure to share your feedback on this new feature with us in the forums! Nicholas Dupree got into anime in high school, and manga even earlier. From One Piece to The Promis...
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This Week in Anime - Titan-Sized First Edition

There's so many new shows this season that we had to create a whole new feature to contain them all! Nick D and Micchy break down the biggest and smallest moments in anime this week. ― For this new feature on ANN, we're trying something a little different! There's so much anime airing every season now, and so many ways to discuss it, that we wanted to offer a more casual way to stay caught up with th...

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