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Dragon Ball Super ‒ Episode 96

"This episode is the calm before the storm, letting us stretch our legs before the tournament kicks into high gear."
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Season Finale: Alice & Zoroku ‒ Episode 12

"Alice & Zoroku closes out the season with a touching but relatively anticlimactic finale."
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Season Finale: The Eccentric Family 2 ‒ Episode 12

"If a tanuki's life is measured in trouble caused and fun experienced, then this episode was a success by all accounts."
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Answerman - Why Do Some Anime Change Studios Between Seasons?

Justin gets into some of the many reasons why an anime might jump to a different production studio between seasons. ― Jun asks: I noticed that sometimes a show with multiple seasons have different studios working on them. For instance, the first season of My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU is produced by studio Brain's Base while the second season was handled by studio feel. Why does this happen sometime...
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Atom The Beginning ‒ Episode 10

"The honeymoon is definitely over for Umataro and Hiroshi as the robo-wres tournament comes to its conclusion."
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Shelf Life - Ultra Maniac

Is this forgotten magical girl romcom from the '90s trash or treasure? Find out after the jump, along with a rundown of all this week's anime releases and a very Maison Ikkoku Shelf Obsessed! ― I live on the second floor of an apartment building, so it's always surprising when one of the neighborhood cats appears on my tiny balcony. I'm not sure if it somehow climbs the fire escape ladder or just ju...
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In Another World With My Smartphone Novel 1

Before its anime adaptation airs next season, is this isekai series worth reading? Rebecca Silverman has the answers. ― If you've ever wondered what exactly Konosuba is making fun of rather than mere genre specifics, take a peek at Patora Fuyuhara's In Another World with My Smartphone. That's not to say that this series is precisely the basis for Natsume Akatsuki's parody, but it is certainly closer ...
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One Piece ‒ Episode 794

"Judge's eyebrows are the most exciting thing to happen to me in weeks."
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Season Finale: Eromanga Sensei ‒ Episode 12

"It's a nicely understated ending for a story that clearly isn't actually over."
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Season Finale: Granblue Fantasy the Animation ‒ Episode 13

"GBF wasn't the best show, but it had its own charm."
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Kase-san and Morning Glories GN

Shy Yamada falls for school track star Kase-san in the first volume of this sugary-sweet yuri series. Rebecca Silverman has the details. ― In the increasingly diverse world of English-language yuri, Hiromi Takashima's Kase-san and Morning Glories stands out as particularly adorable. While it shares some themes with Milk Morinaga's Secret of the Princess in terms of wondering if having a lesbian relat...
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My Hero Academia ‒ Episode 26

"This was not the most eventful episode and probably could have benefited from being sped up."
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Re:CREATORS ‒ Episode 12

"It's the ideas behind what's going on that power this series more than anything else, and in the last two-thirds of the episode, those ideas are in full bloom."
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Rage of Bahamut: Virgin Soul ‒ Episode 12

"It looks like Rage of Bahamut: Virgin Soul is zooming toward an explosive mid-show climax."
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Sword Oratoria ‒ Episode 11

"Hopefully next week will bring us answers and not a “read the novels, kids!” final episode, because a strong ending could at least make things feel more worthwhile."
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Season Finale: Berserk ‒ Episode 24

"Even if this last episode ended on a slightly higher note than what we'd seen in recent weeks, my overwhelming impression is still that Berserk deserves so much better."
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KADO - The Right Answer ‒ Episode 11

"Given how much this series has focused on exchanging ideas instead of resorting to violence, I'm curious to see how it will handle a battle between its main characters."
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Season Finale: Love Tyrant ‒ Episode 12

"Thankfully, Love Tyrant pulls its many different tones together for this one, and the series goes out strong."
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Season Finale: Clockwork Planet ‒ Episode 12

"This isn't the worst anime I've watched during my time writing streaming reviews, but it's easily the most forgettable."
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Revolutionary Girl Utena ‒ Episodes 13-14

"Mysteries pile upon mysteries as the Black Rose arc gets off to a shocking start."
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Answerman - How Do Small Indie Theaters End Up Showing Anime?

One of the best places to see anime in the theater is at an independent cinema - but how do these mom 'n pop theaters get the films? Justin gets into it. ― Kevin asks: Going based off the Kizumonogatari movies, Mahouka movies, and plenty others, a lot of anime movies which get theater releases tend to be in small private theaters. How did these theaters get these anime movie screenings? Was it compa...
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Tsukigakirei ‒ Episode 11

"This week's Tsuki ga Kirei was lifted by an unexpected hero - Kotarou's mom."
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The Seven Deadly Sins: Seven Scars They Left Behind Novel

Ten years before Princess Elizabeth set out to find Meliodas and the other Sins, her older sister Margaret and Gilthunder struggle to keep a terrible secret in this prequel to The Seven Deadly Sins. Rebecca Silverman investigates. ― If you're a casual fan of Nakaba Suzuki's manga The Seven Deadly Sins or its anime adaptation, you should be aware that this novel is intended to be read either after the...
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Season Finale: Saekano Flat ‒ Episode 11

"This final episode isn't Saekano's strongest moment, but it doesn't diminish the things that the season has done right either."
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The Best and Worst of the Season So Far: Week of June 10-16

Attack on Titan races up the charts as the Spring anime season closes out! How did your favorite anime fare in our weekly user rankings? ― Our team of reviewers are following 27 anime series of the Spring 2017 season and readers are rating each episode as the reviews go up. So let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the season. Keep in mind that these rankings are base...
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Sagrada Reset ‒ Episode 12

"If there's a high point here, it's that this material might turn out more interesting than everything else that's happened so far, but I'm not placing those types of bets at this point."
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This Week in Games - Arms

Dustin goes a few rounds with Nintendo's noodle-armed fighting game for the Switch just in time for the summer. PLUS: Konami controversy, Rap Rabbit's demise, Sega Forever and more! ― Even covering it from the comfort of a home office, the sheer volume of E3 was positively exhausting. My heart goes out to the poor writers in the trenches, and even more to the poor fans who paid money for the mostly u...
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Sakura Quest ‒ Episode 12

"Sakura Quest hasn't shied away from "victory lap" stories in the past, but that style feels the most earned this week."
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Dagashi Kashi BD+DVD

Is this slice of life comedy about convenience store candy a sugar rush worth indulging, or is it just as frivolously forgettable as its subject matter? Nick Creamer finds out. ― Anime has already offered us long-running dramas about baking bread and entire franchises predicated on idols fighting interstellar wars, so it's tough to be surprised by basically any premise these days. Slice of life in pa...
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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations ‒ Episode 12

"Seeing Boruto, various classmates, and the Uzumaki family dynamic through Mitsuki's eyes makes for an interesting if uneventful episode."
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Season Finale: The Royal Tutor ‒ Episode 12

"While the whole plot to bring Heine back left a bit to be desired in terms of nuance and creativity, this wasn't a bad episode, just the least interesting one overall."
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Season Finale: Natsume Yūjin-Chō Roku ‒ Episode 11

"Even after six seasons, there are still compelling reasons to keep tuning in, and a wealth of new additions to Natsume's story I didn't even know I was missing."
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SukaSuka ‒ Episode 11

"With no big narrative stumbling blocks to hinder it, the series is able to deliver one of its best efforts to date."
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Answerman - What Happened To The "Watch This Program In A Well-Lit Room" Warnings?

Ever since one Pokemon episode caused an unanticipated medical emergency, there have been viewer warnings in front of many anime on TV. Why are they starting to go away now? ― Chris asks: Back in the day, after that infamous episode of Pokémon gave viewers seizures, many anime would start with an on-screen warning to watch with the lights on and at a safe distance from the TV. A bunch of my late-90'...
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The Mobile Suit Gundam Films: The Best, The Worst, and What's Worth Watching

Your complete guide to through the best (and the worst) theatrical feature films the Gundam franchise has to offer. ― Spanning 38 years of giant robot battle action and space opera drama, the Gundam franchise has remained hugely popular. It is also, to put it simply, huge. Between TV series, OVAs, and movies, hundreds of hours of anime bearing the Gundam name has been produced. It's a lot to take in,...
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Season Finale: Akashic Records of Bastard Magical Instructor ‒ Episode 12

"The series never achieved great heights, but it definitely managed far better than its rough start initially suggested."
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My Hero Academia - Season One Limited Edition BD+DVD

Have no fear, for the Limited Edition blu-ray of My Hero Academia is here! Nick Creamer revisits the strengths and weaknesses of this first season alongside its extras-packed home release. ― Debuting just three years ago, My Hero Academia has swiftly become one of the headline manga of Shounen Jump, a rip-roaring adventure elevated by strong art, charming characters, and consistent mastery of battle ...
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Grimoire of Zero ‒ Episode 11

"All of the suspense the series has built up over its last third begins to peter out at the worst possible moment."
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Yowamushi Pedal New Generation ‒ Episode 24

"I admire the show for its ability to keep the tension taut for an entire episode, but get to the climax already!"
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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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Vice & Luna - Artist's Alley Blues

Maybell discovers that Artist's Alley is a lot more brutal than she might've been expecting.
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The Irregular at Magic High School Movie: The Girl Who Summons the Stars

The Mahouka movie has just landed in theaters, and Kim Morrissy has an inside scoop! Is this original story worth checking out for longtime fans or even newcomers? ― When the TV series of The Irregular at Magic High School first aired in 2014, its highly technical magic system and overpowered protagonist proved to be polarizing. The anime's dry visual presentation and clumsy pacing only made it more ...
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One Piece ‒ Episode 793

"I'm starting to really enjoy seeing Sanji's family in color, though I enjoy seeing what they actually do to poor Sanji a whole lot less."
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Atom The Beginning ‒ Episode 9

"Ran may end up being the most important person in Six's life as we approach the season finale."
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Alice & Zoroku ‒ Episode 11

"Assuming the finale is able to wrap things up in a satisfying manner, Alice & Zoroku's latter half will prove stronger than its first."
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The Eccentric Family 2 ‒ Episode 11

"The Eccentric Family 2 may not be as tightly written or dramatically satisfying as its predecessor, but spending a few hours with these characters is still a lovely time."
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Answerman - Quick Answers Part 3

It's time for another lightning round - theme parks in Japan, live-action anime adaptations, the fate of Yahoo Japan auctions and more! ― It's time once again to tackle the questions that I couldn't get a whole column's worth of information out of! Ready? Let's go! Chris asks: What will happen to Yahoo! Japan after the finalization last week of Yahoo!'s merger with / absorption into Verizon? Some of...
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Re:CREATORS ‒ Episode 11

"This episode has been too long in coming for some viewers, as Sota finally spills the beans about Setsuna."
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Shelf Life - Valkyrie Drive: Mermaid

Things get steamy on Shelf Life this week as Paul dives into the deep end of a fanservice yuri action extravaganza. Plus, all this week's new anime releases! ― I was going to talk about E3 this week, but then I watched the latest episode of Sakura Quest and decided I really wanted to rave about that show instead. I've been watching it all season, but it only just recently hit me that it's really wel...
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Endride BD+DVD part 1

This fantasy adventure based on a mobile game came and went without much fanfare last year, but is it worth a second look? Theron Martin finds out. ― When this mobile game adaptation debuted back during the Spring 2016 season, I was so unimpressed by the first episode that I gave it my lowest rating of that Preview Guide and never bothered to watch another episode. Funimation's announcement of a simu...
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Dragon Ball Super ‒ Episode 95

"The big question of "Can we trust Frieza?" is the star of the show this week."
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Eromanga Sensei ‒ Episode 11

"For all its frustrating faults, at least I can't say Eromanga Sensei wasn't interesting to watch this week."
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Granblue Fantasy the Animation ‒ Episode 12

"As Gran and his crew sail off into the distance, it's made clear that this is just the start of their adventure."
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My Hero Academia ‒ Episode 25

"I guess I'll have to wait and see where else this arc is going to fit into the broader story, because I'm pretty surprised at how self-contained it feels right now."
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Rage of Bahamut: Virgin Soul ‒ Episode 11

"Charioce's prison seriously needs a better chain of command."
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Sword Oratoria ‒ Episode 10

"Sword Oratoria is winding down in terms of episode count, so I'm not sure how much of the Floor 59 story we'll get."
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Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash Novel 3

Grimgar's story continues where the anime adaptation left off, becoming far more brutal as our heroes lay siege to an orc fortress. Rebecca Silverman gets into the details. ― Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash's third novel is the first to go beyond what the anime covered, and it brings with it more answers about the past and an increased brutality to the combat aspect of the series. It sees Haruhiro and his...
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Berserk ‒ Episode 23

"After the events of the Eclipse left Casca broken beyond the capacity to process her pain, Guts is the only one of the Golden Age trio still holding on to his suffering."
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Season Finale: Attack on Titan ‒ Episode 37

"Season 2 of Attack on Titan has been superb, eclipsing the first season in nearly every way. One of the most exciting, visceral, and gut-wrenching anime I've seen in years."
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The List - 7 Anime About the Woes of the Workplace

Beyond the bubble of high school life lies the 9-to-5 grind of the working world, a place many anime fear to tread. These seven shows are prepared to run the rat race! ― The world of adulthood is wracked with responsibilities. There's the nine to five grind, house maintenance, bills, and sometimes even a spouse or children to take care of at the end of the day. This isn't the world of swords and sor...
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Tokyo Ghoul GNs 11-13

Kaneki must find the balance between monster and man within himself if he wants to succeed in his quest to protect his friends. Rebecca Silverman follows this antihero's darkening path through these three intense volumes. ― A work doesn't need to be subtle to be good, neither in its symbolism nor its references to earlier literature. That's a good thing in the case of Tokyo Ghoul, which is being more...
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KADO - The Right Answer ‒ Episode 10

"Kado The Right Answer came into this episode with a lot of explaining to do, which means it's time for a flashback."
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Tsukigakirei ‒ Episode 10

"This episode conveyed both the highs and lows of Akane and Kotarou's relationship with sensitivity and grace, firmly establishing this as a relationship worth fighting for."
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Love Tyrant ‒ Episode 11

"This is probably Love Tyrant at its most ambitious, but ambition doesn't always equal execution."
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Answerman - Will China or Korea Ever Compete With Anime?

You might expect China and Korea to have their own robust slate of anime for Japan and the world to contend with - but why hasn't that happened? ― Marlon asks: It seems that the Chinese and South Koreas want to have their own equivalent of the anime/manga market. With their webtoons and such, Chinese investors seem to be putting a lot into forming their own market like Japan, even licensing or creat...
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Revolutionary Girl Utena ‒ Episodes 11-12

"While I wouldn't call it the highest watermark for this series, the Student Council arc finale is still some of the most cathartic and satisfying stuff in any anime ever."
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Clockwork Planet ‒ Episode 11

"Our heroes finally come to the same conclusion everyone else in the world came to in the show's first episode: a planet made of clockwork should not work."
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Making First Contact with KADO: The Right Answer

While it's not rare to find space aliens in anime, KADO The Right Answer takes a unique approach to extraterrestrial encounters. Paul Jensen explores the history of first contact with the unknown in anime past and present. ― When visitors from another world show up in an anime series, it's usually not a good sign for the inhabitants of Earth. The typical chain of events involves a sudden burst of vio...
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your name. [Hardcover] Novel

The movie may be a phenomenon, but how does Shinkai's novelization of his film hold up? Theron Martin finds out. ― In 2002 Makoto Shinkai effectively shouted his name to the anime industry and fandom with the release of Voices of a Distant Star, an OVA that caught attention both for nearly one-man production team and its simple, potent story about teenage lovers trying to stay in contact even as the ...
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Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend Flat ‒ Episode 10

"The writing in the last couple of episodes has been particularly sharp, and this one is no exception."
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Sagrada Reset ‒ Episode 11

"This show has become ambitious in its capacity for dullness."
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ANNCast - Programmed To Feel Pain

Friends from the Internet Dave Riley and Graziella Mattie join Zac to stare longingly into the void with Nier: Automata. PLUS: Persona 5 and our most anticipated games from E3! ― ANNCast Episode 299 - Programmed To Feel Pain Friends from the Internet Dave Riley and Graziella Mattie join Zac to stare longingly into the void with Nier: Automata. PLUS: Persona 5 and our most anticipated games from E3! ...
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Sakura Quest ‒ Episode 11

"Sakura Quest plays the audience like a fiddle this week, and I was happy to play along."
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This Week in Games - Seven E3 Takeaways

Dustin has seven major takeaways from this year's E3, and we promise they aren't all about Dragonball FighterZ. PLUS: next week's new releases, including Nintendo's ARMS! ― E3 sure did happen. As always, it was a rough combination of the celebratory creativity of an entire medium and the cynicism its marketing and business has cultivated over the years. But look: video games are cool, the people who ...
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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations ‒ Episode 11

"Since the main group has felt fragmented as of late, it was nice to see everyone come together and collaborate on a plan."
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The Royal Tutor ‒ Episode 11

"We've now entered anime original ending territory, and it fits well, for the most part."
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Grimgar: Ashes and Illusions BD+DVD

This unusual take on isekai stories sees its adventurers struggling to take down even one goblin in exchange for a decent meal. Theron Martin takes a look at the special edition release. ― This 12-episode series from the Winter 2016 season debuted just three days before fellow isekai light novel adaptation Konosuba. These two series were diametrically opposed in their differing approaches to the same...
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The Best and Worst of the Season So Far: Week of June 3-9

Rage of Bahamut: Virgin Soul makes a daring break for the top spot, but it has some tough competition on the way! Find out how your favorite shows fared in our weekly user rankings. ― Our team of reviewers are following 27 anime series of the Spring 2017 season and readers are rating each episode as the reviews go up. So let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the seas...
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Natsume Yūjin-Chō Roku ‒ Episode 10

"This episode covers very little new ground, but what it suggests is promising to any viewer who's hungry for more information about Reiko's life."
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Answerman - Is It Still Socially Unacceptable To Be An Otaku In Japan? (Revisited)

Justin takes another crack at his answer to a question from last week - is the social stigma around being an otaku in Japan still prevalent? ― Today we're gonna revisit a question we published last Friday, submitted by James: I have seen a rather large number of anime and manga series in recent years in which a character (either male of female) is extremely popular and successful at school and with ...
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Your Complete Guide to the Spin-Offs of Attack on Titan

From prequels to spoofs to even coloring books, we've got you covered when it comes to picking the best Titan side materials from the pile. Theron and Rebecca run down what's worth checking out and what you should skip. ― In a franchise as titanic as Attack on Titan, where is the line drawn between canon and fanfiction? With spin-off media from anime to manga to light novels to choose from, some adhe...
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The Water Dragon's Bride GN 2

The Water Dragon's conflicted feelings for Asahi lead him to enact his wrath in the second volume of Rei Toma's take on a tragic mythical story. Rebecca Silverman dives in. ― Tales of girls sacrificed to water gods exist world-wide, although the story seems to have particular appeal to creators of manga and manhwa. Rei Toma's The Water Dragon's Bride combines with the ever-popular isekai genre to bri...
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SukaSuka ‒ Episode 10

"SukaSuka continues to frustrate me by giving itself unnecessary baggage to deal with, and it continues to impress me by turning in solid episodes in spite of those obstacles."
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Akashic Records of Bastard Magical Instructor ‒ Episode 11

"Whatever may happen, this has been an unexpectedly enjoyable series so far, and I don't see that changing with the finale."
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Yowamushi Pedal New Generation ‒ Episode 23

"Onoda's genuine enthusiasm for cycling made me fall in love with Yowamushi Pedal in the first place, and it's great to see it again."
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Final Fantasy's 30th Anniversary Event Lives In The Present

Projection-mapping and Amano artwork descend on Yokohama for the 30th anniversary of Final Fantasy, but the series' past is conspicuously absent. ― Full disclosure: I'm a retro Final Fantasy fan. I haven't played any Final Fantasy game past FFVI. So I've teamed up with Callum May, who hasn't played any Final Fantasy game before FFVII. Hopefully, we've covered all the bases between us. The Final Fanta...
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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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Grimoire of Zero ‒ Episode 10

"While I'm definitely glad that things have remained steadily entertaining for the past few weeks, I still can't help but feel frustrated at how long it took us to get here."
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Vice & Luna - Based on a True Story

Vice is confronted with the full Comic-Con outdoor line waiting experience, and he may never be the same again.
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One Piece ‒ Episode 792

"I think I've finally gotten to the point where Whole Cake Island's molasses pacing is getting to me."
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Gosick Part One BD+DVD

This mystery series starring a gothic lolita Sherlock is finally available on Blu-ray after lingering in licensing limbo for over five years! Rebecca Silverman finds out if it's still worth watching. ― The year was 1924. Waistlines were low and hemlines were high, Koshien Stadium was built, the Prince of Wales visited Japan, and Calvin Coolidge made the first-ever presidential radio address. The worl...
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Answerman - Why Are Hentai Characters Labeled As Being Over 18 (Even When They're Not)?

Justin explains what might be the oldest trick in the hentai industry localization book. ― Yousef asks: I noticed most DVD and Blu-ray releases of hentai contain a message stating that all participants in the work are 18 years of age or older; however, this seems to be incredibly subjective and in many cases not true (I've heard interesting stories first hand from one licenser on how this has been w...
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Revolutionary Girl Utena ‒ Episode 10

"This big ole downer may not be the most inspirational episode in Utena's first arc, but it's definitely an important one."
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Shelf Life - Himouto! Umaru-chan

James Beckett faces off with the world's laziest and craziest otaku imouto to see if her comedy adventures are worth owning on Blu-Ray, plus all this week's new anime releases! ― I spent the better part of last week driving around the northeastern US for family stuff, so I don't really have anything interesting to talk about this week. I can compare the quality of highways and drivers from state to ...
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Atom The Beginning ‒ Episode 8

"It's the start of the Robo Wrestling Tournament, and it very quickly becomes apparent that Six is not like the usual contenders."

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