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"This episode was a step down from the flashback, but there are still some powerful moments to be found."
"The idea of embracing something from the past while putting your own spin on it really suits this show."
"The show hasn't lost the plot so much as it's buried the plot in the backyard, hoping that it can make enough noise and spectacle to distract people from the suspicious odor of a decomposing narrative."
"If nothing else, New Game seems adept at maintaining a consistent level of quality."
"I'm guessing the show is currently rushing through material in order to hit some specific arc conclusion, and the current material is suffering the consequences."
"The Morose Mononokean clearly has several more twists up its sleeve."
"This episode creates the freshest sense of adventure I've felt in the One Piece anime since at least the beginning of Dressrosa."
"With no fanfare whatsoever, this week drops us back into the world of Zestiria, precisely where we left off three weeks ago with a tornado looming over the city of Ladylake."
"The problematic second part drags down what is otherwise a satisfying climax to a significant piece of this story arc."
"This may be the final episode of Dust Storm Dance, but its content makes clear that there's still a lot of Arslan anime to come."
"Orange is still a fine show, but this episode's mixture of individual weaknesses marks it as one of the series' worst."
"This may be the first time that we've seen Soma come so close to admitting that he's not up to a challenge."
"Nearly everything that the series has done so far now looks like a set-up specifically for this episode."
"Of course the show gets much closer to watchable right when it's ending. Berserk really is a tragedy!"
"Aqours is taking a longer path to the Love Live than μ's ever did, and that's the perfect decision for a show like Love Live Sunshine."
"Instead of scrambling to keep up with an endless line of newcomers, the audience is able to sit back and enjoy the antics of the Handa Force this week."
"All in all, 91 Days managed to recover from its momentary dip in quality, and the visuals have as well."
"Ever since day one, the show has been teasing the eventual inclusion of Yoshikage Kira, and this week finally pays that foreshadowing off."
"These two episodes explore over how well this ragtag group of strong personalities can possibly function as a group, and the prognosis isn't good."
"Although virtually no time is spent in the water this week, episode 7 is carried by fun character interactions and a relaxing atmosphere."
"This episode is nothing too spectacular, but the series is definitely smoothly sailing right now."
Mike Toole and Daryl Surat are fresh off the plane from Otakon 2016 and they're here to tell the tale! PLUS: Char's Counterattack, Berserk and much more! ― ANNCast Episode 269: Otakon Special with Mike and Daryl Mike Toole and Daryl Surat are fresh off the plane from Otakon 2016 and they're here to tell the tale! PLUS: Char's Counterattack, Berserk and much more! You can listen to the show on our pl...
"This week's Art Club did make me smile, even if those smiles were tempered by a few checks on how much time was left in the episode."
Re:Zero's protagonist is no ordinary NEET, but is he extraordinary in a good way or a bad way? Jacob Chapman dives into this otaku hero's mind to uncover what makes him tick and why it matters. ― Spoiler Warning: This article contains spoilers through episode 18 of Re:Zero. Re:Zero is definitely the kind of anime that draws polarized feelings out of people. Right off the bat, it's based on a series o...
Yona's first season concludes open-ended, but the journey is still well worth the price of admission. Rebecca Silverman explores the twists and turns of this shojo adventure. ― If part one of Yona of the Dawn's anime adaptation was about Yona's journey from pampered princess to a young woman who could survive in the world, part two is about her realization of what she wants to do in that world as she...
"Battery the Animation continues to be naturalistic in both its drama and production, depicting intense – if commonplace – adolescent struggles in a realistic way."
Sometimes finding middle or late volumes of an older anime or manga release is next-to-impossible and can run you some serious cash; Justin explains why. ― Vincent asks: I started buying anime on DVD back in high school and have gradually transitioned to buying Blu-rays. I've happened to notice that later volumes of certain series tend to sell out and go out of print significantly faster than the be...
"Just as the Future Arc starts looking more hopeful, the Despair Arc finally begins living up to its name."
"Naruto Shippūden is bound and determined to make the audience feel something for Uchiha Obito."
This week: a Pokemon fan game flies too close to the sun, a long-lost Game Boy Color game returns from beyond the grave, Konami stuns everyone with Metal Gear news and much more! ― Nobody's told me about any fires in the Anime News Network offices, so I'm going to go ahead and call the inaugural instalment of This Week in Games a success. That means it's time for another one! This week we've got a su...
"This is the show's new benchmark, with the kind of emotional intensity and tightly-wound conflict that I look for in anime."
Asahi's life gets more complicated when the monster secrets in his life just keep piling up! But as its harem expands, how does this offbeat romcom hold up overall? ― There's something inherently charming about a good manga romcom. You know the character relationships are probably going to stagnate, and you know any steps toward true romance will likely be walked back in a chapter's last few panels, ...
Orange and Food Wars! stomp down the competition with outstanding episodes, but halfway through the season, can they shake up the status quo? Here are your weekly user rankings! ― Our team of reviewers are following 30 anime series of the Summer 2016 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. ...
"The show decided to push itself to hard mode by more than doubling the size of its main cast."
Justin runs down some in-depth advice for people looking to introduce some of their old favorites to new anime fans who might not be open to the classics. ― Heather asks: I work at a local community college and have become involved with the anime club at the school. As a 30-something anime fan, my approach to and experience with anime is quite different from the younger people in the club. I was inv...
The final installment of Kevin Cirugeda's guide to anime closing credits rounds out the creative team - learn about storyboarding, screenwriting, what exactly an Episode Director does and much more! ― If you found last time's quick look at the producers and studio interactions less exciting, you'll be glad to see this guide delve back into the artistic side of production. Right at the end of TV serie...
Although it suffers from some overwriting, The Irregular at Magic High School's first two novels generally go to show that sometimes the book really is better. ― After the release of its anime version and two manga variants, the original light novels of Tsutomu Satou's The Irregular at Magic High School have arrived in English, courtesy of Yen On. While they aren't likely to win over any readers who ...
"Even if it still doesn't do its source manga justice, this was easily the best episode of Berserk 2016 yet."
"This episode is uncharacteristically optimistic, but things can only get way worse before they get better."
"As romantic as the idea of love stronger than death might be, I find myself pitying Kanda more than admiring his loyalty."
It's finally date night for Luna, and Maybell has big plans, but Vice has a little something to say about that first! ―
"This episode takes a turn for the dramatic—but not to the point of feeling like a different show."
This season's offbeat dramedy about an unemployed 27-year old getting a second chance at high school was released to Crunchyroll as a full series for binge viewing, but is it worth a 13-episode marathon? ― The Summer 2016 anime season has given us a number of unusual releases – one series that's only five episodes long (Planetarian), two concurrent series from the same franchise meant to be viewed si...
"Outside of some admittedly cool moments littered throughout the fight against Cal, almost nothing about this episode works at all."
"After four episodes of solid pacing, episode 5 has to fudge around with some transparent padding to get us in place for the Tragedy."
"New Game! continues to feel like it's in a holding pattern, neither moving forward nor slipping back as it circles around the possibility of advancing the plot."
"The Morose Mononokean is good at many different things, in a way that allows it to appeal to a wide array of viewers."
"The show's storytelling is as strong as ever, and I was happy to see that the events of last episode are actually resulting in lasting repercussions."
"The fast pace of this episode is truly the root of its problems, even if it's understandable considering the pace of this season."
Anime and manga frequently reference superstitious tradition - but just how superstitious is Japan in real life? Justin gets into it. ― Brooks asks: Are Japanese people in real life really as superstitious as they're portrayed in anime? Like in every anime that takes place at a school, there always seems to be that one character that's deathly afraid of ghosts to the point of absurdity. Or you often...
After War Gundam X ramps up the stakes in its second half, but is it enough to elevate the overall story? Plus, all this week's new releases! ― I think I've been doing this unconsciously for a few seasons now, but I've figured out a method of watching simulcast shows that's been working well for me. I follow the episodic comedies and slow-paced slice of life stuff from week to week, then start the m...
Queen Emeraldas runs the risk of only appealing to fans of Matsumoto or older manga, but it is worth giving a chance even if neither of those are within your usual purview. ― Technically, this review could simply consist of the words “lady space pirate” and possibly “Leiji Matsumoto” and pique a prior fan's interest in Queen Emeraldas. But as with most, if not all, Matsumoto titles, there's far more ...
"I guess I shouldn't be surprised that the battle against the White Whale is going to take more than one full episode."
"These two episodes could possibly be an ad for Tales of Berseria stuck into the middle of Zestiria's show, and I find that possibility frustrating."
"Tokyo really was a turning point not only for the characters, but also for the series."
Despite some pitfalls along the way and a shaky final episode, Yatterman Night comes together well enough overall. Theron Martin explores this unusual reboot. ― The original Yatterman TV series aired in the late '70s as the second and longest installment of the Time Bokan franchise. It featured a 13-year-old boy and his like-aged girlfriend who took on the identities of Yatterman-1 and Yatterman-2 to...
"We haven't known Kimura and Ando for long, but this episode manages to wring the maximum amount of sadness from their relationship before its bitter end."
"The disappearance of Inoue at the end of last episode seemed to mark a turning point in the series."
"It's time for us to embrace a humbled, much more humanized version of Yukako."
"This episode didn't waste any time getting to the conclusion of the Autumn Election semi-finals, which means it only touched on the cook-off between Akira and Ryo."
"As Handa-kun continues to introduce us to Handa's unusual classmates, I find myself starting to wonder if he's actually one of the saner people in his school."
Life in our world isn't always fair, but these dastardly deities make it clear that the powers-that-be could always be a whole lot nastier to the puny humans under their heels. ― Famine, rivers of blood, locusts, or a death game of mentally unstable teenagers trying to kill each other with their cell phones, life is hard enough without the powers that be actively working to make things as horrible a...
This Magi spinoff about Sinbad's early adventures has some rushed pacing problems, but its combination of adventure, humor, and backstory still tally up to a good time. Rebecca Silverman dives in. ― Thirty years before Aladdin, Alibaba, and Morgiana meet in Balbadd, a boy was born in Parthevia to a wounded soldier and his wife. Does that sound a bit melodramatic? So is the very beginning of this spin...
"This is a totally fine direction to go in, as it presents numerous possibilities for both military and diplomatic tactics, though it hardly rouses enthusiasm."
Zac and Jacob didn't intend to sound like a pack of haters when discussing Mob Psycho 100, but here we are. PLUS: Sweetness & Lightning, Love Live! Sunshine!!, Suicide Squad and much more! ― ANNCast Episode 268: Hater Patrol Zac and Jacob didn't intend to sound like a pack of haters when discussing Mob Psycho 100, but here we are. PLUS: Sweetness & Lightning, Love Live Sunshine, Suicide Squad and mu...
For some, anime convention badges seem like they're going up in price, and ticketed events - an extra expense after you've paid for your badge - are on the rise. Justin gets into the rising costs of conventions. ― Kasra asks: I want to ask why in the world of cons is so expensive. I went to my first con on Friday and the cost of the ticket was so much that it was unbelievable -- 57 dollars to get in...
The award-winning creator of the smash hit tearjerker Your Lie in April discusses his biggest hit, sudden success, his first trip to the US (or even on an airplane) and his brand-new manga series. ― Anime Expo 2016 was notable for having not just one, but several noted manga creators from Japan featured as their special guests. One such guest was Naoshi Arakawa, the award-winning creator of the drama...
"I'm glad that the latest Obito love fest was limited to half the episode—but it shouldn't have even eaten up that much time."
"As promised, this week introduces a new character to the cast, and like Usami, I'm not quite sure what to make of her."
ANN's new weekly gaming feature launches with this week's big news - including a remake of Metroid II that Nintendo doesn't want anyone to play - and next week's biggest new releases! ― Greetings and welcome to This Week in Games, our new weekly gaming feature here on Anime News Network that probably reminds you a whole lot of our previous column, The X Button. But where the X Button was a roundup of...
This yuri series of yesteryear can often be too weird for words, but its artistic ambition and thought-provoking ideas must be seen to be bear-lieved. Jacob Chapman explores this unusual gem. ― Yurikuma Arashi is a show about lesbians, written and directed by a man. For some people, this might not mean anything one way or the other. Countless other yuri anime have been written or directed by men, alo...
"Twin Star Exorcists took a surprising turn this week, resisting the urge to jump right into the fray and taking some extra time to prepare our protagonists (and the audience) for the battle to come."
A recent interview with one manga company prompts a reader to ask if anime and manga companies are cutting back on costly convention appearances. Justin gets into it. ― Jake asks: One of the things that I enjoy about going to conventions is meeting people from the industry and getting a more personal experience. But recently I was listening to an interview with Seven Seas and they stated that it was...
Six brand-new school idols appeared at Anime Expo 2016 to introduce the world to Love Live! Sunshine!! We sat down with the group to find out what their visit to America was like and what inspires their music. ― It's been a big year for the girls from Love Live Sunshine. It's the first voice role for many of the girls; they're the new "school idols" from the Love Live project, an all-media project th...
Despite a slightly uncomfortable premise, Ten Count's first volume treats its characters well in a slow but enjoyable first volume. ― Upon simply hearing the premise of Rihito Takarai's Ten Count, you could be forgiven for worrying that it would be just another exploitative yaoi series driven by an unequal relationship. That, however, would be allowing yourself to miss out on at least a first volume ...
Alderamin on the Sky shoots up the rankings in an unprecedented bid for the top spot - but Re:Zero remains king of the hill. See how all your favorite shows fared in our weekly rankings! ― Our team of reviewers are following 30 anime series of the Summer 2016 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...
"It's been a solid 90 episodes since the whole crew has been together, so we're inclined to make haste."
It's anime night at Vice & Luna's office, and it's never a simple task deciding what to watch! ―
"This week, Sweetness & Lightning changes things up by allowing its supporting players to join in the culinary fun."
Lucky Star took the otaku world by storm and became a sensation nearly a decade ago - now that the entire series is out on bluray, how does it hold up? Nick Creamer takes it on. ― It's difficult to conceive of a show that better exemplifies “a product of its time” than Lucky Star. Airing just one year after the mega-hit The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, it was the first dedicated slice-of-life serie...
"Its mixture of drama and brief (often intentionally awkward) moments of comedy sets this episode just a notch above previous ones."
"New Game is able to distinguish itself from the slice of life crowd when the characters talk shop at the office, but it loses some of that spark when it sends everyone out for a normal day on the town."
"The series keeps adding new characters without bothering to flesh out the old ones, and the general conflict is getting murkier and less interesting every week."
"This episode begins and ends strong but loses its way somewhere in the middle."
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