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SNK 40th Anniversary Collection

SNK delivers a history lesson with an anthology of early arcade and NES titles. Todd finds out how well these games have held up in this new game for the Switch. ― What made SNK a cult favorite game company? Was it the Neo Geo, which delivered arcade-perfect games at home for just two hundred dollars per cartridge? Was it the Neo Geo Pocket Color, a well-made and vastly underappreciated handheld syst...
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Run with the Wind ‒ Episode 7

"Kakeru needs to confront his own demons before he can finally work with the team, and I have faith that this show will depict his development masterfully."
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Golden Kamuy ‒ Episode 18

"These are the kinds of stories that Golden Kamuy excels at telling."
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This Week in Anime - What the Hell is Happening in Conception?

This odd series combines isekai adventure with sex comedy hijinks in one of the most baffling ways possible, but is it a trainwreck worth watching? Nick and Steve find out the hard way. ― Conception combines isekai adventure with sex comedy hijinks in one of the most baffling ways possible, but is it a trainwreck worth watching? This week, Nick and Steve find out the hard way. Disclaimer: The views ...
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Eureka Seven: Hi - Evolution 1 BD/DVD

The first movie in this trilogy retelling the story of Eureka Seven gets off to a rocky start. Theron Martin has the details. ― As alternate adaptations of previously-aired anime content go, this 2017 movie, which is scheduled to be the first of three, is an odd duck. It seems intent on contradicting itself, as it wants to nudge the story in some slightly different directions but is also keen on recy...
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That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime ‒ Episode 7

"If last episode was a little too low-key for your liking, this one should more than make up for it."
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Thunderbolt Fantasy Sword Seekers 2 ‒ Episodes 6-7

"It looks like Thunderbolt Fantasy S2 has experienced its first major dramatic reversal."
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Tsuredure Children Complete Series BD/DVD

This anthology-style romcom has enough heart to ground its goofiness, as a charming reminder that even young love is never easy. Rebecca Silverman dives in. ― Teenage romantic comedy is a genre that has essentially been done to death. It's got a long history in both literature and film, so at this point to be able to do something even a little different with the genre is a major accomplishment. Tsure...
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Tsurune ‒ Episode 4

"This relationship-heavy episode draws a chart of checks and balances between the characters, with fresh conflict threatening to tip the scales at any moment."
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Skull-face Bookseller Honda-san ‒ Episode 6

"In one of the series' best episodes yet, Honda details the trials and tribulations of keeping popular titles in stock, anticipating customer needs, and catering to unreasonable idiots."
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Answerman - Why Are DVDs and Blu-rays Sold As Combo Packs?

Anime DVDs and Blurays are often sold together in a combo pack that provides both formats - but what if you only wanted one or the other? Justin gets in to the reasons media is most commonly sold this way. ― Danette asked: Ever since Viz started started releasing the new Sailor Moon BD/DVD box sets I've stuck with the standard DVD editions over the BD/DVD editions because it doesn't make sense to me...
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Double Decker! Doug & Kirill ‒ Episode 8

"We're supposed to be learning more about Max, but for all the episode's efforts to put her in the spotlight, we still come away with frustratingly little insight."
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Shelf Life - Area 88

This classic '80s OVA gets a new release, but does it still hold up over thirty years later? Paul Jensen finds out. Plus, all this week's new anime releases! ― A friend of mine is headed to Anime NYC next weekend. I'm not, which means I get the dubious pleasure of having a thoroughly normal weekend while getting bombarded with texts and pictures from the convention. If you're going, have fun! If not...
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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations ‒ Episode 81

"Fans hoping for significant plot progression may be somewhat disappointed this week."
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Nanbaka Part 1 BD/DVD

This unusual take on an office comedy takes place in a high-security prison where the inmates and guards alike are fabulously crazy. James Beckett has the details. ― Nanbaka is one of the most flamboyant anime I've ever seen – this may be a show about a gang of rapscallions trying to bust out of jail and annoy the prison guard, but I'll be damned if Jyugo and the gang don't all look good doing it. Ev...
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GeGeGe no Kitarō ‒ Episode 32

"Even though Belial is the villain of the week, the romance plot is the main feature of this episode."
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One Piece ‒ Episode 861

"The Pound stuff is straightforward enough to get the intended emotions across, but I also think it was ripe to go a lot deeper."
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Fairy Tail: Final Season ‒ Episode 283

"With major truths about to come to light, the story is set to get a lot more intense from this point on, so be sure to enjoy the silliness and lightness while you can."
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Release the Spyce ‒ Episode 6

"A dud, the first episode in the show's run that feels like empty clichés and aimless padding."
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SSSS.Gridman ‒ Episode 6

"Even with minimal battle spectacle, this episode is still an absolute feast of presentation that also drops a metric ton of story information the audience has been hungry for."
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Sword Art Online: Alicization ‒ Episode 6

"Thanks to good pacing and some wise directorial choices, this big info dump is much less cumbersome and more involving than it could have been."
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Goblin Slayer ‒ Episode 6

"It feels like the Dungeon Master of this particular tabletop session was trying to throw in a few more curveballs to keep their players interested."
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Radiant ‒ Episode 6

"While it avoids the significant mistakes that tripped the show up last week, this episode trades those ups and downs for a consistent level of mediocrity."
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The Fall 2018 Anime Preview Guide

The Fall 2018 anime season is well underway, and we're busy reviewing all of this season's new English dubs!
Simuldubs Available Now: Golden Kamuy Season 2 - Fairy Tail: The Final Season - Ace Attorney Season 2 - Senran Kagura Shinovi Master - Conception - Hinomaru Sumo - Ulysses: Jeanne d'Arc and the Alchemist Knight - Radiant - Double Decker! - SSSS.GRIDMAN
― Welcome to Anime News Network's Fall 2...
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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind ‒ Episode 6

"This episode is wild, incomprehensible, genuinely sweet and touching, and entertaining as hell."
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The Mike Toole Show - Off the Grid, Man

Mike digs through Trigger's dusty reference bin to discover the influences that led to SSSS.Gridman, along with some of the studio's other most idiosyncratic works! ― A couple of years back, I was a guest at Anime Next, a fun, lively event that takes place in Atlantic City each June. Anime Next is part of a rare, kinda disappointingly small group of North American events that put the priority squarel...
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IRODUKU: The World in Colors ‒ Episode 6

"While moments of this episode do veer in the direction of being heavy-handed, it largely works to further the story's potential goals."
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Boarding School Juliet ‒ Episode 6

"Even with the ups and downs the series has seen in its first half, the relationship at the heart of this story is strong enough that I think these two might have a shot of making their dreams a reality."
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A Certain Magical Index III ‒ Episode 6

"It's pretty bad when even someone who hasn't read the source novels can point out where content is being skipped."
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Bloom Into You ‒ Episode 6

"We're at about the halfway point, and it's time to lay all the cards on the table."
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Zombie Land Saga ‒ Episode 6

"This is a weird interstitial episode, but it still manages to sink its undead teeth into some unexpectedly juicy idol discourse while setting the stage for Franchouchou's biggest performance yet."
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The List - 7 Fishy Tales of Merfolk in Anime

Most people might be familiar with the Disney version of The Little Mermaid, but anime has riffed on merfolk legends countless times - here are 7 of 'em! ― Before The Little Mermaid recast seafolk as tragic romantic heroes, sirens were creatures you never wanted to encounter on the open ocean. Spotting one or more appropriately hearing one meant you and your fellow shipmates earned a one-way ticket ...
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Banana Fish ‒ Episode 18

"This episode covers an even wider variety of moods than usual, but with none of the whiplash this show induces in its weaker moments."
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Karakuri Circus ‒ Episode 5

"This episode is an excellent example of how deftly Karakuri Circus is able to switch between campy slice-of-life comedy and affecting drama."
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ANNCast - The Thing About My Dokes

Zac and Jacob dive back in to the controversial sequel Madoka Magica: Rebellion for its 5th anniversary and embark on a tour of the writing evolution of Gen Urobuchi through Madoka, Psycho-Pass and Thunderbolt Fantasy! ― ANNCast 340 - The Thing About My Dokes Zac and Jacob dive back in to the controversial sequel Madoka Magica: Rebellion for its 5th anniversary and embark on a tour of the writing ev...
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Interview: Luna Haruna

Sword Art Online and Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs theme song vocalist Luna Haruna is performing at Anime NYC's Anisong World Matsuri event next weekend, and had the time for a few questions. ― With her tender yet powerful vocals, Luna Haruna has made a strong impression on the anisong scene, contributing theme songs to hit shows from Sword Art Online to Saekano to this summer's Yuuna and the Hau...
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Takuya Yamanaka, Director of The Caligula Effect: Overdose

The director behind thrilling psychological adventure game The Caligula Effect talks in-depth about the anime adaptation and the game's splashy rerelease slated for 2019. ― Two years ago, developer FuRyu released a collaboration with Persona 1 and 2 writer Tadashi Satomi, The Caligula Effect, exclusively on PSVita. However, next year will be the opportunity to revisit this sci-fi psychological concep...
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Seven Deadly Sins: Revival of The Commandments

Melodias and his friends return in this full second season available on Netflix! Theron Martin has the details. ― Revival of the Commandments is the true second season of The Seven Deadly Sins. Viewers could probably get by with skipping the four-episode interlude Signs of Holy War and still fully understand what's going on here, as this is where the main plotline continues, but I still recommend wat...
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Black Clover ‒ Episode 57

"Now that we've left the suffocating realm of flashback land, the story is moving impressively fast."
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Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai ‒ Episode 6

"The episode plays out exactly according to expectations, with the only real mystery being the specifics of how things came to the inevitable climax and conclusion."
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Run with the Wind ‒ Episode 6

"Between Haiji's injury and King's frustrating job hunt, Run With The Wind continues to tackle relatable problems that real young people might face."
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The Best and Worst of Fall 2018, Oct 29-Nov 4

Zombie Land Saga fans send the show rocketing up 14 places on the charts this week! Find out how your favorite anime fared in our weekly user rankings. ― Our team of reviewers are following 27 anime series of the Fall 2018 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 rank...
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Tokyo Ghoul:re ‒ Episode 17

"This episode is Tokyo Ghoul:re at its most sentimental and optimistic, exploring what a path forward for ghouls and humans together will look like."
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This Week in Anime - Thunderbolt Fantasy is Still Amazing in Season 2

It may look like a puppet show, but it's one of the Most Anime things airing this season. Micchy and Steve dig into what they love about the new Thunderbolt season and why you should check this curiosity out. ― Thunderbolt Fantasy Sword Seekers 2 may look like a puppet show, but it's one of the Most Anime things airing this season. This week, Micchy and Steve dig into what they love about the new se...
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This Week in Games - The End of Final Fantasy XV

It's an unceremonious end for Noctis and the boys as Square-Enix uses the 2nd anniversary of Final Fantasy XV to basically put the whole thing to bed. PLUS: Dragon Ball Fighterz is out of Dreamhack, this week's new releases and more! ― Hey again all! I'm on my way back from Japan as I write this. The doujin event was great, and it was an amazing experience overall. I have a whole lot to write about i...
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The Ancient Magus' Bride GN 8

This weighty volume sees Elias and Chise’s relationship tested like never before. Nick Creamer has the details. ― The Ancient Magus' Bride's seventh volume represented a key turning point in heroine Chise's emotional development. Having started the series at a point where she valued herself so slightly that she literally let herself be sold as property, Chise has gained close friends and confidence, ...
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Golden Kamuy ‒ Episode 17

"The story of this show continues to be compelling, so it's too bad that it struggles to translate this material into fluid animation."
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Inside Studio CloverWorks with Production Dept. Vice President Yuichi Fukushima

As Cloverworks separates from A-1 Pictures to produce 2019's Fate/Grand Order and The Promised Neverland anime, VP Fukushima explains his creative process and hopes for the company's future. ― Even before A-1 Pictures Koenji Studio rebranded as CloverWorks, they were making anime independently from the Asagaya branch. Because this was never apparent to viewers from the outside, CloverWorks producer F...
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That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime ‒ Episode 6

"As setup episodes go, this one's not too shabby."
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Answerman - Who Was Cloverway, And What Were They Doing With Anime?

In the early '90s, Cloverway Inc. was a familiar credit on shows like Sailor Moon, but who was this company and what did they have to do with licensing anime? Justin Sevakis has the answers. ― Job asked: What was the purpose of Cloverway Inc, as a licensing entity in the Americas? Why didn't Cloverway got more involved in distributing anime in North America, like in Latin America? Why did Cloverway ...
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Dragon Pilot: Hisone and Masotan

This more whimsical take on a military dramedy suffers from some tone and audience problems but still manages to dish out hours of undeniable charm. Theron Martin has the details. ― Over the years, we've seen anime titles about dragon riders and ones about pilots of transforming aircraft, but this 12-episode original production by Studio Bones may be the first time that the two concepts have been wel...
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Interview: TRUE

The powerful vocalist behind the opening theme for Violet Evergarden and the closing theme for That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime talks about how she's feeling ahead of her big show at Anime NYC next weekend. ― TRUE is a name that will be familiar to many anime fans and anisong lovers, especially if they've seen this year's Violet Evergarden, which led with an opening written and performed by th...
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This Week in Anime - Is Karakuri Circus a Hidden Classic or Just Dated?

Karakuri Circus brings its unique '90s shonen energy and a whole carload of clowns and puppets to the fall season. Andy and Steve dig into this adaptation of Kazuhiro Fujita's work after Ushio & Tora. ― Karakuri Circus brings its unique '90s shonen energy and a whole carload of clowns and puppets to the fall season, but is the experience nostalgic or just confounding? This week, Andy and Steve dig i...
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The Hero and His Elf Bride Open a Pizza Parlor in Another World Novel 1

This isekai parody is just tongue-in-cheek enough to be worth reading. Rebecca Silverman has the details. ― It is something of a relief to realize that Kaya Kizaki's The Hero and his Elf Bride Open a Pizza Parlor in Another World is actually a parody of the pervasive isekai genre. That's not because there's anything wrong with it as a genre, but recent trends have stretched its credulity, so to see K...
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Tsurune ‒ Episode 3

"This episode is a pretty standard checklist of what viewers expect to see in episode three, so maybe now we can stop playing it so safe?"
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Skull-face Bookseller Honda-san ‒ Episode 5

"A rapid-fire, packed-to-the-gills installment, this episode is firing on all cylinders."
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Double Decker! Doug & Kirill ‒ Episode 7

"Just as the previous episode finally gave us some proper information on Kirill's past, this one is a serious look at Doug's history."
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Answerman - Why Do Edited for TV Dubs Change An Anime's Music?

If you watch the original version of an anime that's been edited for American broadcast, you might notice some potent - and crucial - changes in the background music. Why is that? Justin gets into it. ― Denzel asked: I was wondering why some English dubs that are made to air on US TV get new music. I understand well enough they change music with Japanese vocals as to not alienate their audiences but...
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GeGeGe no Kitarō ‒ Episode 32

"A story about how change can't be stopped, but you can work with it."
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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations ‒ Episode 80

"This week's Boruto is an intriguing character study of one of the series' most fascinating personas."
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One Piece ‒ Episode 860

"This is an especially slow and padded episode, but I'm impressed that the emotional core manages to shine through so clearly regardless."
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Shelf Life - Made in Abyss

Gabriella plumbs the depths of one of 2017's best anime, while Paul breaks down all this week's new blu-ray releases! ― I already sang its praises in the Preview Guide, but go check out Zombie Land Saga if you haven't already. It's a delightfully twisted little comedy, a fun send-up of both zombie and idol shows. I know that sounds insane, but it works better than it sounds. Welcome to Shelf Life. J...
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Fairy Tail: Final Season ‒ Episode 282

"In this action-packed episode, it's time for everyone to strut their stuff and show off just how much they've grown in the year since they were last together."
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Liz and the Blue Bird

Nick Creamer describes this unconventional and gorgeous Sound! Euphonium spinoff as director Naoko Yamada's "greatest masterpiece yet, and one of the best films I’ve witnessed in years." ― Liz and the Blue Bird is a film centered around two stories: the actual fable of Liz and the Blue Bird, and the story of two girls assigned as its soloists for the Kitauji Concert Band. These girls, Mizore and Nozo...
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Release the Spyce ‒ Episode 5

"The heavy emphasis on the Moryo stuff this week goes a long way in highlighting that spark of flavor that has ironically been missing from Release the Spyce so far."
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SSSS.Gridman ‒ Episode 5

"It's time for an obligatory swimsuit episode, though in this case we get a slightly-more original river rafting trip rather than a simple beach sojourn."
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Sword Art Online: Alicization ‒ Episode 5

"The series makes a much-needed transition back to the physical world to show what happened in the wake of Johnny Black's attack from the end of episode one."
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Goblin Slayer ‒ Episode 5

"This episode feels like a collection of framing stories that would have been better used between more adventurous parts of episodes where more stuff actually happened."
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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind ‒ Episode 5

"Golden Wind is throwing us into the deep end by introducing the rest of Giorno and Bruno's band right off the bat."
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Radiant ‒ Episode 5

"Radiant will need to conjure up a more compelling story if it wants to hold viewers' attention."
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The List - 6 Examples of Futuristic Space Travel

There are countless cool and creative examples of advanced space travel in anime - here are 6 of 'em! ― Modern space travel is largely dictated by complicated math equations. Scientists have to carefully plot the trajectories of its satellite probes to utilize gravitational forces of other heavenly bodies. How else would we get the New Horizons to Pluto in only nine years? Manned spacecraft accompli...
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IRODUKU: The World in Colors ‒ Episode 5

"There's a lot of thought going into this production."
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Boarding School Juliet ‒ Episode 5

"This episode takes us into a multi-week sports festival storyline, introducing us to new foes while giving Romio and Juliet more opportunities to develop their relationship."
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A Certain Magical Index III ‒ Episode 5

"While it may be too packed for its own good, it doesn't leave any room for viewers to get bored and features some sharp animation in some scenes."
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The Best and Worst of Fall 2018, Oct 1-28

We're finally ready with the first month of user rankings from the Fall 2018 anime season - and Jojo's Bizarre Adventure is off to a strong start! Find out how your favorite shows performed in our weekly user rankings. ― Our team of reviewers are following 27 anime series of the Fall 2018 season and readers are rating each episode as the reviews go up. So let's have a look at what ANN readers consid...
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Bloom Into You ‒ Episode 5

"Yuu and Touko already feel like far more realistic teenagers than many other yuri characters, but the story just needs to go that extra mile to become a great romance in its own right."
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Didn't I Say to Make My Abilities Average in the Next Life?! GN 1

This manga adaptation of the isekai light novel offers readers a first glimpse of what to expect from the anime version next year. Theron Martin has the details. ― Didn't I say to Make My Abilities Average in the Next Life? is a title that badly needs a shorter title, especially since an eventual anime version was announced earlier this year. It started in 2016 as a web novel before being picked up f...
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Today's Menu for the Emiya Family ‒ Episodes 10-11

"Cu Chulainn is my light of hope even in this show's lesser episodes and the glue holding the best ones together."
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Zombie Land Saga ‒ Episode 5

"It's a buck-wild return to form for our decaying debutantes."
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ANNCast - My Glamorous Vampire Dad

Zac and Jacob frantically chew their way through Mamoru Hosoda's latest movie Mirai and the second season of Netflix's ambitious and unrelenting Castlevania! ― ANNCast 339 - My Glamorous Vampire Dad Jacob's back, and this week we're all about Mamoru Hosoda's Mirai, Sam Deats and Warren Ellis' Castlevania Season 2, and of course, Smash Mouth. You can listen to the show on our player here, direct-down...
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Manga Answerman - How Do Censorship Rules Work for Hentai?

When it comes to pornography in manga, who dictates what naughty stuff can be shown and when? Deb Aoki finds out with a little help from FAKKU's Jacob Grady. ― When reading hentai manga, I notice that the censoring in some of them is just black or white bars. Those bars are sometimes used intensely, and other times very mildly that they don't actually cover anything (mostly the old ones). Whereas so...
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Banana Fish ‒ Episode 17

"I feel like I've been starved for affection between Ash and Eiji, and episode 17 delivers in spades."
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Karakuri Circus ‒ Episode 4

"This episode serves as a perfect example of the facets and foibles that make Karakuri Circus such a fascinatingly flawed gem."
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I Was A Judge At Scotland Loves Anime

Ever wonder what it's like to be a judge at a film festival? Tokyo correspondent Kim Morrissy shares her experience as one of the deciding votes at this year's Scotland Loves Anime festival! ― “Scotland Loves Anime is a yearly anime film festival” is still an amazing sentence for me to type. Anime films routinely get screened at Japan or Asia-focused film festivals around the world, but a film festiv...
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Black Clover ‒ Episode 56

"It's an uneventful flashback that derails the present day story so that we can get to know characters whose development is bafflingly undercooked."
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The Champions of Justice and the Supreme Ruler of Evil eBook

This reverse harem romance spins the genre on its head by making the heroine heir to an evil overlord throne. Can she find the way to her hero of justice's heart anyway? Rebecca Silverman finds out. ― The Champions of Justice and the Supreme Ruler of Evil is part send-up of stories about, well, champions of justice and supervillains and part more serious romance tale. That works much better than you ...
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Thunderbolt Fantasy Sword Seekers 2 ‒ Episode 5

"While it may be more dull to watch the plot's machinery being assembled, I'm confident that this will all culminate in an epic conclusion."
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This Week in Games - The Last Remaining Secrets of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Heidi's in Japan, but she still has all the details from the latest Smash Bros. Nintendo Direct - along with this week's news, including Nier Automata's 2B in Soul Calibur and much more! ― Hey again, folks! It's another This Week In Games, comin’ atcha straight from Japan! ...Wait, I'm in Japan again? Yes I am, though it's a rather short trip with only one major event for me. But it's still something...
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Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai ‒ Episode 5

"The second episode of Tomoe's arc is curious in that not much seems to happen, and yet I can't shake the feeling that we actually have seen some significant developments."
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This Week in Anime - Does Castlevania Season 2 Deliver on its Early Potential?

After well over a year of waiting, Drac is back with Netflix's second season debut of Castlevania. Nick and Andy find out if this spooktacularly gory action series was worth all the dramatic buildup. ― After well over a year of waiting, Drac is back with Netflix's second season debut of Castlevania. This week, Nick and Andy find out if this spooktacularly gory action series was worth all the dramati...
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Run with the Wind ‒ Episode 5

"This show is slice-of-life in many ways, but its team perspective on running—which is frequently a solitary practice—elevates it to something multifaceted and new."
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Tokyo Ghoul:re ‒ Episode 16

"So much is crammed together that actions are now divorced from consequences, so it's difficult to discern where all of this conflict is leading, and it's difficult to care."
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Golden Kamuy ‒ Episode 16

"While episode 16 is ultimately just more setup, its new developments pop with the action, thoughtfulness, and humor that initially got me invested in this series."
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Re:ZERO Memory Snow OVA

This comedic side story won't scratch fans' ache for a continuation of the story, but provides enough fun and warmth to make the wait for season two more bearable. Kim Morrissy has the details. ― Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- is one of the better “transported to another world” light novel adaptations in recent memory. I'd go far enough to say that it's my favorite series in this subgenre, ...
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One Piece ‒ Episode 859

"With the first stage of the cake baking finished, the Big Mom chase is getting ready to transition into the next phase."

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