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Ultramarine Magmell

"Overall, the series could stand a lot more world-building, but if you're looking for an uncomplicated action-adventure series then it should fit the bill" ― This 13 episode series is based on a manga of the same name and aired during the Spring 2019 season. It is only coming out now because of the typical Netflix delay, but it does at least include Netflix's standard complement of multiple audio and...
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This Week in Anime - Is Netflix's Seis Manos Worth Watching?

Netflix's new animated series blends retro grindhouse with Mexican supernatural elements for an ass-kicking good time. Micchy and Nick have all the details. ― Netflix's new animated series blends retro grindhouse with Mexican supernatural elements for an ass-kicking good time. Micchy and Nick have all the details. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the participants in this chatlog are n...
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This Week in Games - The End of the World As We Know It

Heidi chronicles this week's Fortnite saga - along with fighting game news and the return of Fat Pikachu! ― As mainstream as games are nowadays, I'm still weirded out when a game manages to make national headlines. But when you're as big a force in popular culture as Fortnite is right now, almost any degree of shakeup is going to make some big waves. Epic had dubbed what was going to happen in Fortni...
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So I'm a Spider, So What? volume 6

"Even as the weakest volume so far in this series, it provides enough intriguing details to press the story forward." ― Volume 5 ended with a massive cliffhanger about the Shun timeline still lingering, but that scene doesn't get addressed or continued at all in volume 6. In fact, the way volume 6 plays out, the story may not get back to that timeline for quite a while. Unlike all previous volumes, v...
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Another Look At New York Comic-Con 2019

New York's biggest pop culture convention has wrapped, but we've got a perspective - and some photos - on the experience from correspondent Cindy Sibilsky. ― Autumn in New York -- the weather fluxes almost daily from sweltering and summery to brisk enough to begin turning the leaves another tone. Halloween may be just around the corner but the event that ushers in October with its costumes, creativit...
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Daytime Shooting Star GN 3

Suzume's spur-of-the-moment confession to what she thought was a sleeping Shishio turns out to have greater repercussions than she imagined when she realizes that he heard her. ― If there's one major fault in a lot of student/teacher romances (besides the obvious, but we are talking about fiction), it's that the older person in the relationship very rarely seems to think about the inappropriateness o...
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This Week in Anime - Blade of the Immortal is Blood-Soaked Beauty

LIDEN FILMS takes on the gory manga classic Blade of the Immortal, delivering more slicing and flying limbs than ever before. What is it about the classic tale that will keep Steve and Andy tuning in every week? Besides the rolling heads, anyway. ― LIDEN FILMS takes on the gory manga classic Blade of the Immortal by Hiroaki Samura, delivering more slicing, dicing, and flying limbs than ever before. ...
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Her Blue Sky

The Chouheiwa Busters - with a script by the prolific Mari Okada - are back with a third film set in Okada's hometown, a drama about aspiring musicians. Kim Morrissy has the scoop. ― Her Blue Sky is the third anime in what I like to call "the Chichibu trilogy." Like Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day and The Anthem of the Heart before it, the story of Her Blue Sky is credited to the Chouheiwa Buster...
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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations ‒ Episode 128

"Despite his humiliating defeat a few weeks back, Urashiki wastes no time in setting his next scheme into motion in an eventful Boruto: Naruto Next Generations."
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Vinland Saga ‒ Episode 14

“The Light of Dawn” is a whirlwind of apocalyptic violence and almost unbearable tension, and easily the single best episode Vinland Saga has produced yet."
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The List - 5 Best Boys-Love Anime

Yuri on Ice premiered three years ago and absolutely took the anime world by storm. Jacki Jing takes a look back at this amazing anime and more heart-warming BL series. Also: The reader poll returns! ― Who doesn't enjoy a good love story? Their eyes meet, sparks fly, their hands graze one another and...! Ah, but it's just an anime series! I've rewatched Yuri and Victor's partner-skate routine so man...
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Fire Force ‒ Episode 12

The neat fight scene isn't enough to draw back from the episode's sloppiness, which extends beyond simply taking too long to get Shinmon back on Company 8's side again.
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The Fall 2019 Anime Preview Guide

The Fall 2019 Anime Preview Guide has begun! Check back all week for fresh reviews of this season's premieres.

Now Available: Sword Art Online Alicization: War of Underworld - My Hero Academia Season 4 - Food Wars: The Fourth Plate - Case File nº221: Kabukicho - True Cooking Master Boy - Blade of the Immortal - No Guns Life - Stars Align - Assassins Pride - Kandagawa Jet Girls - Z/X Code Reunion - Didn't I Say to Make My Abilities Average in the Next Life? - and much more!
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Black Clover ‒ Episode 104

"I've liked this arc more than most because its premise forces the show to let interesting character dynamics carry most of the burden, but this episode collapses under Black Clover's worst qualities."
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One Piece ‒ Episode 905

"Unfortunately, this week suffers for the same reason that most of these recent episodes have suffered. The content being covered doesn't flow comfortably in anime form and we end up repeating ideas that have been drilled into the ground."
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ANNCast - The Spooky Season

Zac and Lynzee swap some horror movies for the official start of the Halloween season - plus this week's Masaaki Yuasa news, and a bunch of Fall 2019 anime premiere chat! ― ANNCast 361 - The Spooky Season Zac and Lynzee swap some horror movies for the official start of the Halloween season - plus this week's Masaaki Yuasa news, and a bunch of Fall 2019 anime premiere chat! You can listen to the show...
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This Week in Anime - Why Dr. Stone's Village Arc is The Best Yet

The series' Village Arc introduces an array of outlandish allies and villains and Nick and Steve are here to break down why we can't help but love this edutainment anime. ― Dr. Stone has taken his science up a notch as our boy Senku continues his quest to build a kingdom Albert Einstein would be proud of. The series' Village Arc introduces an array of outlandish allies and villains and Nick and Stev...
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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations ‒ Episode 127

"This week, Boruto: Naruto Next Generations offers up a laidback lead-in to its latest arc."
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This Week in Games - Under the Gun

Blizzard's controversial and oppressive stance on the Chinese government overwhelms the news - plus One Punch Man, the Playstation 5 and much more! ― Hey all! Let's check the gaming news and… oh. It seems that Blizzard really stepped in it this time. And it's not pretty. [BREAKING] Hong Kong Hearthstone player @blitzchungHS calls for liberation of his country in post-game interview:https://t.co/3AgQA...
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Amber Silhouette E-book 1

Rebecca Silverman has the details on this spooky classic shoujo manga from the 1990s, following a maid in a gothic castle. ― Readers of Harlequin's line of manga adaptations of their romance novels may recognize Chieko Hara's name and art style from her work for them, but she's much more than just an adaptor of light romance fiction. Hara debuted in 1976 alongside other shoujo manga greats like Riyok...
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Interview: Ameko Kaeruda, Author of Sexiled: My Sexist Party Leader Kicked Me Out, So I Teamed Up With a Mythical Sorceress!

The fantasy author behind the unapologetic light novel that follows a girl warrior who faces gender discrimination discusses her life's work and inspirations. ― The English translation of Sexiled: My Sexist Party Leader Kicked Me Out, So I Teamed Up With a Mythical Sorceress! attracted attention when it was first announced due to its unapologetic girl power premise. The story, which was initially sel...
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Seis Manos

Netflix and Powerhouse Studio's new original anime production is full of grindhouse gore, martial arts, and big, passionate emotion. Faye Hopper has the details. ― Seis Manos came as a slight surprise. I love Kung-fu movies, I loved Powerhouse Animation's previous work on Castlevania, and the fact that it was making such a point of speaking to experiences not often glimpsed in animation made me very ...
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This Week in Anime - Is Netflix's Action-Packed Sound & Fury Musical Art?

Grammy-award winning musical artist Sturgill Simpson teamed up with Batman Ninja director Junpei Mizusaki for his anthology animated Netflix Film, Sound & Fury. The musical action is both head-scratching and even beautiful, but is it capital-A art? ― Grammy-award winning musical artist Sturgill Simpson is known for his versatile sound, having found success as a country artist and opened for the like...
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Arifureta - From Commonplace to World's Strongest ‒ Episode 13

"It's been an overly-long, strange road for Arifureta so far, and as of news today, it turns out we aren't even all the way there yet."
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My Hero Academia Season 3 Part 1 Limited Edition [Bluray + DVD]

The first half of My Hero Academia’s third season is a glorious spectacle, rising to a climax that marks the thrilling end of this story’s first act. ― My Hero Academia's first few seasons have covered a winding series of arcs and adventures, as Midoriya has entered U.A. Academy and received his first taste of heroic responsibility. He's overcome significant challenges, defeated strong opponents and ...
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Vinland Saga ‒ Episode 13

"If you would have told me a few months ago that Askeladd would end up being the most interesting and complex character, I probably would have balked."
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Premiere Report: Sword Art Online Alicization: War of Underworld

The latest season of Sword Art Online doesn't debut on streaming services until October 12th, but we've got all the details from the premiere at New York Comic-Con! ― The latest installment in the Sword Art Online franchise continues with Sword Art Online: Alicization – War of Underworld. As a follow-up to the nail-biting season finale to Sword Art Online: Alicization, War of Underworld didn't disap...
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The List - 5 Best Anime Opening Songs of Summer 2019

Summer season is drawing to a close but Jacki Jing will still be grooving to these anime opening themes. ― Summer season is drawing to a close but Jacki Jing will still be grooving to these anime opening themes. Which songs did you add to your playlist? Let us know in the comments! 5. Dr. Stone: "Good Morning World!" by BURNOUT SYNDROMES Burnout Syndromes are pack with a snappy opening after working...
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Gallery: The Cosplay of New York Comic-Con 2019

Here's a gallery of some of our favorite incredible cosplay from this year's New York Comic-Con and Anime Fest 2019! ― IMG resized_img_3915.jpeg IMG resized_img_3916.jpeg IMG resized_img_3917.jpg IMG resized_img_3929.jpeg IMG resized_img_3931.jpg IMG resized_img_3932.jpeg IMG resized_img_3933.jpeg IMG resized_img_3934.jpeg IMG resized_img_3936.jpg IMG resized_img_3940.jpeg IMG resized_img_3941.jpeg ...
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Black Clover ‒ Episodes 102-103

"The only proper story development in the first of these two episodes is the follow-up on Asta's sword situation, with him finally discovering that he's now in possession of the sword that Licht was using."
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ANNCast - Let's Put A Smile On That Face

Zac and Lynzee tackle Todd Phillips' controversial new Joker movie, plus their favorite Batman movies, this week's hot news and the Fall 2019 Anime season so far! ― ANNCast 360 - Let's Put A Smile On That Face Zac and Lynzee tackle Todd Phillips' controversial new Joker movie, plus their favorite Batman movies, this week's hot news and the Fall 2019 Anime season so far! You can listen to the show on...
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Raging Loop Scenario Writer Amphibian

The writer behind the upcoming new psychological horror visual novel - praised highly by both Gen Urobuchi and Ryukishi07 - discusses his inspirations and what went in to making this. Raging Loop is an award-winning psychological horror visual novel developed at Kemco and published overseas by PQube. It's one of the more intriguing new visual novels to emerge in the market, having received endorsem...
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Seriously Seeking Sister! Ultimate Vampire Princess Just Wants Little Sister, Plenty of Service Will Be Provided!

An all-powerful vampire princess only wants one thing: a little sister. Theron Martin has the details on this unique light novel. ― This light novel, which is currently only available in English in e-book form via J-Novel Club, is in some respects a throwback to the pure power fantasy tales which existed prior to isekai titles subsuming the subgenre. As a result, it probably owes more to Vampire Hunt...
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This Week in Anime - Legend of the Galactic Heroes Gets a Shiny Makeover

Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These Second picks up where the first season left off but our space boys have a brand-new look. Micchy and Andy revisit the legendary space opera's roots to see if this new coat of paint is merely superficial. Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These Second picks up where the first season left off but our space boys have a brand-new look. Micchy and And...
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This Week in Games - Requiem for Alphadream

The developer behind Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga shutters for good, and Heidi runs an In Memoriam reel for them - plus big Pokemon news and much more! ― Hey everyone! Did you know you can finally, finally play with friends in Super Mario Maker 2 now? No more struggling to achieve any sort of victory against obnoxious randos, hooray! There are some new features for local play, too, so if you were so...
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Demon Girl Next Door

If you didn't catch this overlooked comedy about a demon girl and the magical girl she winds up in the same class with - it might be worth a look. Theron Martin has the details. ― One or twice a season a worthy title flies enough under the radar that it does not get picked up by our site for weekly episode reviews. This 12 episode manga adaptation was one such title in the Summer 2019 TV season. Whil...
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Interview: The Creative Team Behind Netflix's Seis Manos

Billed as the first original anime set in Mexico, Powerhouse Animation's martial arts-inspired production is coming soon. We spoke with some of the talent behind the show! ― Releasing this Thursday, October 3rd, SEIS MANOS is a unique production that follows the bloody revenge of three battle-hardened, martial arts-trained Mexican heroes on a quest for vengeance, produced by Castlevania veterans Powe...
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Hello World

Sword Art Online director Tomohiko Ito has a new theatrical 3DCG movie out featuring two high school kids trying to save the future. Kim Morrissy has all the details. ― If you're a fan of director Tomohiko Ito, the premise of Hello World may seem like something in your strike zone. Like the virtual worlds portrayed in Sword Art Online, Hello World follows the life of a boy living inside a computer si...
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This Week in Anime - Did Masato Complete His Mother-Loving Quest or Is It a Bad-End?

Do You Love Your Mom and Her Two-Hit Multi-Target Attacks? was an MMORPG full of mamas, mothers, and mommies but did it manage to move mountains and win a place in Steve and Nick's mother-loving hearts? ― Do You Love Your Mom and Her Two-Hit Multi-Target Attacks? mixed mammaries, magic, and monstrous encounters in an MMORPG full of mamas, mothers, and mommies but did it manage to move mountains and ...
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Our Most Anticipated Anime of Fall 2019

The Fall 2019 Anime Preview Guide is right around the corner! We asked our reviews crew to let us know the shows they're looking forward to most. Don't forget to tell us your picks in the comments! ― It's the end of the summer - and the Fall 2019 Anime Preview Guide is right around the corner! As per tradition, we asked our reviews crew to let us know the shows they're looking forward to most. Don't ...
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Arifureta - From Commonplace to World's Strongest ‒ Episode 12

"Arifureta's late start plus that midstream recap episode means it feels like it's lasted a lot longer into this season than most."
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Vinland Saga ‒ Episode 12

"In “Land of the Far Bank”, we see Vinland Saga continuing to move along at a ponderous gait, and I can see how some might see the show tipping precariously towards the “boring” half of the aforementioned divide."
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Millennium Actress (English dub)

The late Satoshi Kon's masterpiece Millennium Actress, which follows a star throughout her career - and film history - has a brand-new English dub, and Theron Martin has the details. ― Of Satoshi Kon's five main directorial efforts, my favorite would definitely be his first, the gritty and disturbing Perfect Blue. However, in a storytelling sense this 2002 movie, which was his second time in the dire...
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One Piece ‒ Episode 904

"There isn't a ton of new material for us to chew in this week aside from the introduction of another side villain."
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ANNCast - Are You Not Entertained?

Zac and Lynzee ready their broadswords and passionately scream at the heavens for a double feature of historical fiction - Ridley Scott's Gladiator and the brutal Viking epic Vinland Saga! ― ANNCast 359 - Are You Not Entertained? Zac and Lynzee ready their broadswords and passionately scream at the heavens for a double feature of historical fiction - Ridley Scott's Gladiator and the brutal Viking ep...
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Dr. Stone ‒ Episode 13

"This episode is a true encapsulation of all things Dr. Stone. There's science, some action, hints at greater mystery and intrigue, and a fun sense of humor and tension throughout."
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Dr. Stone ‒ Episode 12

"Maybe the pace of the next episode will help clarify why this one felt more uneven, but in the end, at least its visuals are probably among the best of the show so far."
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Isekai Cheat Magician—Episodes 1-12 streaming

When it comes to isekai power fantasies, it doesn't get much more generic than this already-forgotten adventure from the past summer season. Theron Martin has the details. ― This light novel adaptation had the great misfortune to come out in the Summer 2019 season, a time so packed with isekai fantasies that it wasn't even the only series of its type to air on the same day. (It was most directly up a...
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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations ‒ Episode 126

"This week's Boruto serves as a nice breather from the usual action."
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Season Finale: Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba ‒ Episode 26

"It's a decent enough conclusion that's bolstered by the show's ever sharp sense of visual panache and comic-timing."
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Season Finale: Lord El-Melloi II's Case Files: Rail Zeppelin Grace note ‒ Episode 13

"The Fate franchise as a whole has been very hit-or-miss, but this is definitely one of the hits."
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Series Finale: Fairy Tail ‒ Episode 328

"The guild's saga comes to an end, gathering up all the threads and bringing things to a satisfactorily happy ending."
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Season Finale: Do You Love Your Mom and Her Two-Hit Multi-Target Attacks? ‒ Episode 12

"This isekai comedy offered a solid gimmick that was weighed down with half-baked writing, characters, comedy, and even fanservice."
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The List - 5 Best My Hero Academia Battles

Jacki Jing puts on her brawlin' gloves to knock out the five most nail-biting fights from My Hero Academia! It's PLUS ULTRA! ― Jacki Jing kicks it into high gear before My Hero Academia Season 4 premieres in October. Get your blood-pumping with the shonen action show's five most spectacular brawls! 5. Stain vs Todoroki, Iida, Deku (Season 2) Stain's self-righteous sense of “justice” and “truth” led ...
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Season Finale: A Certain Scientific Accelerator ‒ Episode 12

"On the whole, this season was a step up from A Certain Magical Index III."
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Series Finale: Granbelm ‒ Episode 13

"There's a ton to chew on here at the ending of Granbelm, and while I might have appreciated more definitive clarity, I can't say it's out of line with what the show has done all this time."
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Season Finale: Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? II ‒ Episode 12

"It isn't easy to make an episode simultaneously bittersweet and hopeful, but DanMachi has pulled it off."
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The Way of the Househusband GN 1

When this former yakuza learns that housekeeping for his working wife is no walk in the park, hilarity and hijinks ensue. Rebecca Silverman has the details. ― The original 1972 novel Freaky Friday and its 1976 film adaptation, both written by Mary Rogers, taught kids that being a housewife was not the picnic teenager Annabel Andrews (and plenty of real kids) assumed it to be. Now that torch has been ...
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Season Finale: Fruits Basket ‒ Episode 25

"For all its emotional catharsis both subtle and blunt, and all its winks of foreshadowing for the many changes to come, this was one of my favorite episodes yet."
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The Best And Worst Anime Of Summer 2019

The Summer season is ending - which means it's time once again to discover the best and worst of the season! Don't forget to give us your picks in the comments. ― It's that time again! The Fall Anime Preview Guide is right around the corner, so we asked our reviews crew to file their favorite (and least favorite) anime of the summer. Don't forget to let us know your picks in the comments! Nick Creame...
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This Week in Games - Strange Romance

In the wake of the Kentucky Fried Chicken promotional visual novel, Heidi shakes it off and explores the wonderful world of VNs, along with the rest of this week's news! ― Hey folks! Well, TGS is over, and that means… we're into that slow news period where everyone's too busy getting all their hot holiday-season releases out to really make any big announcements. At least we've got a release date for ...
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Tales of the Abyss BD+DVD

This adaptation of the classic JRPG suffers from a surplus of ambition without much room to develop its ideas. Rebecca Silverman has the details. ― Like most stories in the extensive “Tales” series, Tales of the Abyss, a 2008 adaptation of the 2005 game of the same name, is highly ambitious. It seeks to tell a sweeping story of man's inhumanity to man, the way religion can be used to shape society an...
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This Week in Anime - Did Lord El-Melloi II's Case Files Close Out Capitally?

This Sherlockian Fate spinoff has just wrapped the mystery that consumed its entire second half. Nick and Steve discuss whether or not Waver Velvet's crazy train managed to stay on the rails. ― Lord El-Melloi II's Case Files: Rail Zeppelin Grace note has just wrapped the mystery that consumed its entire second half. This week, Nick and Steve discuss whether or not Waver Velvet's crazy train managed ...
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Cats of the Louvre [Hardcover] GN

This surreal drama from the creator of Tekkonkinkreet explores the lives of curious felines amidst the awe-inspiring gravitas of classic works of art. Theron Martin has the details. ― Taiyo Matsumoto won an Eisner Award for his creation of Tekkonkinkreet and may also be known as the creator of the manga Ping Pong, but this most recent work from 2016 is at least as ambitious as his previous efforts. I...
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Interview: The Cast And Crew of Zombieland Saga

The cast and crew of the smash hit Zombieland Saga reveal some fun behind-the-scenes tidbits about their time working on the series - which has an upcoming second season! ― Unconventional idol horror anime, Zombie Land Saga, took the world by storm with its cute characters and shocking early plot twists. The world of Zombie Land Saga tells the story of a resurrected group of girls who become idols to...
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Shortcake Cake GNs 4-5

This lighthearted romance offers all the excitement of a tangled love triangle without the agony of forced melodrama. Rebecca Silverman has the details. ― One of the chief strengths, and delights, of suu Morishita's Shortcake Cake is the fact that it manages to both follow and subvert shoujo romance traditions. The story is following one unassuming high school girl with two attractive high school boy...
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This Week in Anime - Fruits Basket's First Season Was an Emotional Rollercoaster

The first season of Natsuki Takaya's legendary shojo fairytale has come to a close. Micchy and Steve break down their favorite moments in the series so far while they wait for season two. ― The first season of Natsuki Takaya's legendary shojo fairytale Fruits Basket has come to a close. This week, Micchy and Steve break down their favorite moments in the series so far while they wait for season two....
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Arifureta - From Commonplace to World's Strongest ‒ Episode 11

"You can call it clearing low bars or playing on easy mode if you'd like, but the point is Arifureta set manageable goals for itself this week and came out pretty okay."
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Banner of the Stars DVD

Despite being hampered by visual limitations and an inconclusive story, this classic sequel still offers a satisfying continuation of Jinto and Lafiel’s journey through space. Nick Creamer has the details. ― Crest of the Stars counts as one of the more unique and satisfying anime I've recently experienced, though the show itself is now two decades old. Centered on the young Jinto Linn, it followed hi...
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One Piece ‒ Episode 903

"Now that the arc is making its way into more frivolous side adventures, the pacing problem is getting increasingly fraught with each week."
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Vinland Saga ‒ Episode 11

"This isn't the most visually striking of episodes, but it makes a couple of bloody beats count where it can."
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Demon Lord, Retry!

This yakuza-flavored comedic take on isekai tropes flew under the radar this past season, but is it worth checking out for fans of fantasy anime? Theron Martin has the answers. ― The anime known in English as Demon Lord, Retry! is based on a light novel series (which itself is adapted from a web-published novel) that has only recently released its fourth volume in Japan. It debuted during the Summer ...
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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations ‒ Episode 125

"Boruto and Shinki's roadtrip comes to an end this week in a satisfying yet underwhelming fashion."
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Do You Love Your Mom and Her Two-Hit Multi-Target Attacks? ‒ Episode 11

"This series has always been slight fare, but there's little forward momentum to be found this week."
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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba ‒ Episode 25

"If Demon Slayer is going to stretch out this comedy rehab storyline for as long as possible, it helps that there's a smidgen of character development and foreshadowing tossed in for good measure."
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Fairy Tail: Final Season ‒ Episode 327

"It will be interesting to see if there's any redemption left for the character who threw everything away to become what he despised the most."
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Series Finale: O Maidens in Your Savage Season ‒ Episode 12

"This final episode does a good job of bringing all of the story's elements together in a concentrated collection of themes and tropes."
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The List - The Top 5 3DCG Anime

Special guest host The Canipa Effect runs down the top 5 3DCG anime of all time! ― It wouldn't be farfetched to say that the presence of 3D anime within the industry is growing. As the technologies become more accessible and fans become more accepting, we're seeing more producers open up to the possibility of creating 3D works for the anime market. Now even studios like Polygon Pictures, who had bec...
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Lord El-Melloi II's Case Files: Rail Zeppelin Grace note ‒ Episode 12

"This episode took not just the culmination of this story arc, but the series as a whole, and distilled it into a fun and exciting jaunt through action, mysticism, and revelations that was only slightly held back by exposition."
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Season Finale: Given ‒ Episode 11

"It wasn't on my radar at the start of the year, but I will absolutely remember this series as one of 2019's finest anime."
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Fire Force ‒ Episode 11

"With no excessive fanservice and slapdash writing holding it back, the show is able to dig into the worldbuilding and deceptively simple storytelling that made its first weeks on the scene such a blast."
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A Certain Scientific Accelerator ‒ Episode 11

"The animation remains nothing special, so only the color gimmick and a strong musical score make this episode stand out, and that isn't enough at this stage."
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Granbelm ‒ Episode 12

"The visuals and ideas come together to finish this episode off as yet another of Granbelm's best yet, one I'm reduced to just gushing about."
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Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? II ‒ Episode 11

"Everything is building to bring us to later events, and right now it just feels too bad that the season is almost over."
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ANNCast - Lost In Space

Zac and Lynzee burn up and confront the enormous Studio Trigger movie Promare, and then eject themselves into the galaxy for this summer's strongest show, Astra Lost in Space! ― ANNCast 358 - Lost In Space Zac and Lynzee burn up and confront the enormous Studio Trigger movie Promare, and then eject themselves into the galaxy for this summer's strongest show, Astra Lost In Space! You can listen to th...
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Black Clover ‒ Episode 101

"I get the impression this episode is meant to be a moment of relief after the recent spectacle, but the few moments of intrigue and tenderness don't completely save it from being rather boring."
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Series Finale: Astra Lost in Space ‒ Episode 12

"These kids, along with the rest of humanity, are lost no more, and the cosmic ocean awaits."
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How The Structure of Jojo's Bizarre Adventure Avoids The Pitfalls of Shonen Cliche

Why do people love the legendary mangaka Hirohiko Araki's Jojo's Bizarre Adventure so much - and what can other shonen series learn from his art? Mary Lee Sauder explores. ― Hirohiko Araki's legendary manga JoJo's Bizarre Adventure has been in constant publication for over 30 years, and in that time it hasn't lost one ounce of its unique appeal. Even though all eight parts are drastically different f...
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Vampire Dormitory GN 1 [e-book]

This edgy supernatural romance dabbles in cross-dressing, blood-sucking, and enticing artwork. Rebecca Silverman has the details. ― Ema Toyama has worn many genre hats over the course of her manga career, a decent amount of which are available in English translation. Vampire Dormitory, one of her two currently ongoing titles, is the third to get a digital-only release from Kodansha, following Kamikam...
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Season Finale: How Heavy Are the Dumbbells You Lift? ‒ Episode 12

"Dumbbells heeds the burning advice of any good workout coach and finishes strong."
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This Week in Anime - What the Hell is Happening in Granbelm?

This hybrid magical-girl/battle-royale/mecha-war series has largely flown under the radar this season, but not for lack of twists, turns, and ambitious ideas. Nick and Andy break down everything you might have missed over the series' crazy trajectory so far. ― The hybrid magical-girl/battle-royale/mecha-war series Granbelm has largely flown under the radar this season, but not for lack of twists, tu...
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This Week in Games - Tokyo Game Show EXPLODES!

Tokyo Game Show came running out of the gate with news on Final Fantasy VII and Sakura Wars - Heidi has all the details! ― Hey everyone! It's time to catch up on the remainder of the craziness that was TGS week. This year's show was pretty good, I thought – I saw quite a few games that I was interested in playing, and there were some surprise announcements that put a big grin on my face. Let's not wa...
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BEASTARS GNs 1-2

This anthropomorphized drama about animals struggling to find their place between the herbivore and carnivore worlds goes down far darker roads than Zootopia. Rebecca Silverman has the details on this provocative series. ― If there is a single thing that might prevent you from enjoying Beastars, Paru Itagaki's Manga Taisho Award-winning title, it is the anthropomorphic animals who star in it. There's...
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Lord El-Melloi II's Case Files: Rail Zeppelin Grace note ‒ Episode 11

"This episode collects a myriad of moving pieces into one gradually-cohering picture, setting up the big reveal in what should be the series' finale next week."
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Arifureta - From Commonplace to World's Strongest ‒ Episode 10

"There's a story worth telling in here somewhere, it's just buried under a struggling production and baffling directorial choices."
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Season Finale: to the abandoned Sacred Beasts ‒ Episode 12

"While this episode does feature a climactic battle we all knew was coming and a sort-of resolution, this conclusion really marks the end of the first stage in a longer journey."

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