Interview: Akudama Drive Art Director Yoshio Tanioka

In Akudama Drive, the background art is as much of a character as the colorful cast. Yoshio Tanioka explains how he infused futuristic ideas and Showa-era Japan in one world.

This Week in Anime - Does Great Pretender Stick the Landing?

In August, the This Week in Anime team was enthralled by Wit Studio's heist-comedy series The Great Pretender. Now the series is back with its finale arc, but does it continue its swindler shenanigans or fall flat?

The Journey of Eren Jaegar: A Road Map to the Final Season

The final season of the explosive action series is upon us. Here's everything you need to know about Eren's journey before the premiere on December 7!

This Week in Games - The Old Frontier

Heidi weighs in on the mine-riddled ethical conundrum of SNK's latest shareholder, the latest updates to King of Fighters, and the SaGa Frontier remaster!

Interview: VR Visual Novel Altdeus: Beyond Chronos Director Haruki Kashiwakura

The team behind the intriguing Tokyo Chronos VR visual novel game is back with Altdeus: Beyond Chronos, a sci-fi VN set in future Shibuya.

PREVIEW: Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & the Secret Fairy

With the new generation of consoles fast approaching and more emphasis than ever on bigger, grander, weightier worlds and stakes, Atelier Ryza 2 is content with swaddling you with a good time, even if it's a bit rustic at it.

This Week in Anime - Kimagure Old Town Road

The breakout work of the late Izumi Matsumoto, KOR laid the foundation that romantic comedy anime continue to build on to this day. Let's take a walk in the footsteps of one of the originals!
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We Swore to Meet in the Next Life and That's When Things Got Weird! GN 1

Whether or not the idea of a nearly forty-year-old dating a teenager makes you squirm is still likely to be a deciding factor as to whether you want to pick up this book, however. ― With a title that rivals those of many light novels in length and a reincarnation plotline, it would be very easy to make assumptions about Hato Hachiya's We Swore to Meet in the Next Life and that's When Things Got Weird...
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Wandering Witch - The Journey of Elaina ‒ Episode 10

Wandering Witch has, if nothing else, consistently managed to defy my expectations. When I think it's going to be a vibrant adventure series it shows up with questionable parables about moral relativism. When I start getting used to that it dumps a bucket of comedic nonsense at my feet. And after all my goodwill was slaughtered by a cackling nine-year-old who feasts on blood, the show sees fit to...
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Higurashi: When They Cry – GOU ‒ Episode 10

Higurashi has never shied away from gruesome and psychological horror, but Satoko's arc hits different.
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Inside Mari GN 1

Inside Mari begins by locking the reader inside the psyche of Isao as he recounts his depressive descent from bright-eyed college student to disheveled shut-in, and in a deeply unsettling sequence, shows us the twisted knot of emotional projection that leads to him stalking his “angel” as a nightly ritual. ― Shuzo Oshimi is a name synonymous with taboo. His most well-known work, The Flowers of Evil, ...
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Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear ‒ Episode 9

This makes the series safe and tension free. To some, that may make this the perfect show to relax to. To others, however, it's just plain boring.
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Golden Kamuy Season 3 ‒ Episode 9

That night, the team makes their move to get Sofia out using cover of darkness and interesting haircuts (because of course).
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Black Clover ‒ Episode 154

Before the training with the Spirit Guardians of the Heart Kingdom can finally get started, one final matter needs to be attended to: the situation of Langris Vaude.
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Val x Love BR

Overall, the main problem with Val x Love is that it lets Takuma wallow in his pathetic state for much too long and allows him little room for incremental improvement. ― NOTE: The spelling “Einheijer” used in this review for Einherjar was chosen to be consistent with Sentai's subtitles. This Fall 2019 manga adaptation is what I call a “forced harem” series, as it forces the harem situation through ob...
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One Piece ‒ Episode 952

Finding out that Shusui - a sword introduced all the way back in Thriller Bark - has huge plot significance is immensely satisfying in terms of payoff.
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Talentless Nana ‒ Episode 9

To kick things off, the resolution to last week's cliffhanger turns out to be more exquisitely convoluted than anything my high expectations could have anticipated.
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Sleepy Princess in the Demon Castle ‒ Episode 9

At the end of the day, all the demons' efforts give them are bruised feelings, damaged dignity, and a princess with a terrible new trick up her sleeve.
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The Irregular at Magic High School: Visitor Arc ‒ Episode 9

This episode has a major problem—major character decisions are dictated by upcoming plot points rather than the characters' established motivations and personalities. Or to put it another way, it's horribly contrived.
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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations ‒ Episode 176

in the wake of the attempted Divine Tree resurrection, Sai and the ANBU poured over the remains of Victor's headquarters and discovered that both he and Deepa were connected to Kara.
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Digimon Adventure: ‒ Episode 26

All my complaining here is really just built-up frustrations with this arc and the show as a whole. As an episode, this one slots right back into that ‘Fine’ category.
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The Day I Became a God ‒ Episode 8

After last episode was largely spent spinning wheels, you can imagine the chill that ran down my spine when I saw this episode was titled “The Day of the Trip to the Beach.”
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Moriarty the Patriot ‒ Episode 8

If there was a time in Moriarty the Patriot when die-hard fans of the original Sherlock Holmes stories were going to take umbrage at the anime's variations, this would be it.
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The Gymnastics Samurai ‒ Episode 8

The Gymnastics Samurai has never been shy about its themes being based around the people we interact with in our lives, since the show's real plot effectively kicked off with a ninja following the Aragaki family home.
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Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon ‒ Episode 9

Man, it sure is strange to see the opening of this week's Yashahime addressing a lot of the issues that I've been noting over the past 8 weeks!
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Love Live! Nijigasaki High School Idol Club ‒ Episode 9

My hope is that after so many mandatory heartfelt conclusions we can get to some good, old-fashioned goofy antics for an episode or two before heading into the final stretch.
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TONIKAWA: Over The Moon For You ‒ Episode 9

The final part, then, about the laundry and buying replacement clothes is all about some of the more embarrassing aspects of learning to live together, and that part is cute in its own way.
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Hypnosis Mic -Division Rap Battle- Rhyme Anima ‒ Episodes 8-9

The episode heads into the Mad Trigger Crew vs Buster Bros battle and honestly? I'm a little underwhelmed.
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Akudama Drive ‒ Episode 8

Akudama Drive gives us its subtlest episode in weeks, which is a wild thing to say considering it begins with a moon-bound rocket ship crash landing in the middle of Lake Biwa.
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Fire Force ‒ Episode 46

“Plot for Extinction” is the kind of episode that can do a lot to redeem a middling arc, which is unfortunately how I would describe this second excursion into the Nether.
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Higurashi: When They Cry – GOU ‒ Episode 9

However, if there is one thing I can say about GOU, it's that I do miss some of the original's totally bonkers horror.
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Jujutsu Kaisen ‒ Episode 9

This is the kind of technical storytelling that I can easily get bored with, but to JJK's credit, the show consistently makes these exposition-heavy chapters much more interesting by animating the hell out of them.
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The Saint's Magic Power is Omnipotent Novel 1

This is the point where it becomes apparent that Sei is not like many other giddy isekai heroines. She has no idea what's going on, is royally pissed that she's been ignored, and she wants out now. ― If you've been following recent light novel releases with a female target audience, one of the first things you'll likely notice about Yuka Tachibana's The Saint's Magic Power is Omnipotent is that it fa...
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I'm Standing on 1,000,000 Lives. ‒ Episode 9

Lesson learned in this episode: don't get on Kahvel's bad side.
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Wandering Witch - The Journey of Elaina ‒ Episode 9

Plenty of shows can jump the shark, but here Wandering Witch jumps the shark only to land in the waiting, ravenous maw of a second, larger shark.
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Assault Lily Bouquet ‒ Episode 8

The main conceit of this one is a sports festival, and while the way they described it initially made me think we might be heading into a tournament arc of some sort, it turns out to be much more the anime standard.
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Why Was the Haruhi Suzumiya Series a Big Deal?

Back in print with a new novel, the goddess that took the internet by storm 15 years ago is ready to rule again. ― Well before the days of Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba and Attack on Titan, there was an anime that took over the internet generation: The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, a quirky science-fiction series from 2006 about a high school club seeking out paranormal activity. Little does the cl...
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Haikyu!! To The Top ‒ Episode 22

Never underestimate the power of the dumb guy – if there's one lesson I've learned from shounen manga and anime, it's that.
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Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? III ‒ Episode 9

You shouldn't ever have to choose between doing what's right and doing what's easy, but unfortunately the former is very rarely also the latter.
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Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear ‒ Episode 8

I had hoped that when Yuna went out into the greater world, she would find others that could match her in strength and discover she had been little more than a big fish in a small pond.
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Dear Brother Episodes 1-13 Streaming

If you have any love for the shoujo or yuri genres, Dear Brother is a must-see. Your current favorites just wouldn't be the same without it. ― Dear Brother is probably one of the most anticipated releases among RetroCrush's various license rescues. Its pedigree is almost as prestigious as the elite Sorority Members of Seiran Academy: It was directed by the influential and distinctive Osamu Dezaki, ba...
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This Week in Games - Shibuya Style

In this abysmal hell year, it might not seem like there's much to be thankful for, but I must strongly disagree. This year, I'm thankful for all of the folks who spoke up against abusers and bad practices in the game industry. ― Heya folks! It's Thanksgiving here in the States, where normally we gather with friends and family over a big traditionally cooked dinner. However, in the hell year of 2020, ...
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This Week in Anime - Why You Should Try Heaven's Official Blessing

The series is just one of the latest offering as China pivots to domestic animation. Jean-Karlo and Nicky check out the show and how it handles the source material's subtext. Heaven's Official Blessing marks a first for U.S. anime streaming: it's Funimation's first streaming Chinese animated series. Produced by Haoliners and Chinese streaming giant bilibili, the series is just one of the latest of...
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Digimon Adventure: ‒ Episode 25

Out of basically nowhere, this week's entry sends Taichi, Yamato, Takeru, and their adjacent monster friends plummeting through the sky atop the hapless Eldoradimon for virtually the full length of the episode.
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The Day I Became a God ‒ Episode 7

In general this just isn't an episode with much to talk about – it's The Day I Became a God in a holding pattern, ticking a few more days off that doomsday counter and inching the plot with actual progression forward the teensiest bit.
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Arifureta - From Commonplace to World's Strongest LE

Despite being adapted from a relatively strong series of isekai power fantasy novels, where the protagonist has to actually work to get his powers rather than just lucking into them from the start, Arifureta - From Commonplace to World's Strongest's anime is not particularly well-written or well-animated. ― Despite being adapted from a relatively strong series of isekai power fantasy novels, where th...
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Black Clover ‒ Episode 153

While I would not go as far as calling this a throwaway episode, episode 153 is nonetheless firmly part of a stall between major arcs.
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Golden Kamuy Season 3 ‒ Episode 8

One of the potential challenges of Golden Kamuy is that the main cast is both large and interesting. They are not blank slates, and it feels like we never quite get enough time with them.
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What Can We Expect From the Staff Changeover for Attack on Titan The Final Season?

Attack on Titan The Final Season is coming out next month, and it's getting an extreme makeover. The core staff has changed completely, including the director, character designer, and almost everyone else in charge of the visual look of the show. Attack on Titan The Final Season is coming out next month, and it's getting an extreme makeover. Instead of being produced at WIT Studio, which has so far...
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One Piece ‒ Episode 951

Luffy going from emaciated zombie to chomp chomp punch lad in sixty seconds flat was good comedy, and we got a significant amount of Bepo screen time which is rare and must be treasured.
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Warlords of Sigrdrifa ‒ Episode 8

The information revealed in this episode also puts a new perspective on Odin's role in the story thus far.
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Talentless Nana ‒ Episode 8

There's fun and schadenfreude aplenty in trying to follow two chess experts exhaustively assaulting each other's defenses, and this episode proves Talentless Nana to be most tense and most compelling in this mode.
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Kageki Shoujo!! The Curtain Rises

Kageki Shoujo!! The Curtain Rises is a real treat: a drama that consistently resists the urge to indulge in histrionics, a shoujo-style manga that draws from tradition while remaining fresh and modern. ― Kageki Shoujo!! The Curtain Rises is something of an odd beast. It originally ran in a Jump magazine, Jump X, that was ostensibly seinen but published a number of manga authors whose previous works w...
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Sleepy Princess in the Demon Castle ‒ Episode 8

Her Highness in no way wants to go see the Demon Castle's Cursed Dentist to deal with her cavity. And if she has to see him, couldn't he just treat her cavity without looking in her mouth?
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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations ‒ Episode 175

Team 7 wraps up its latest mission and fights one of its toughest battles in an action-packed Boruto: Naruto Next Generations.
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This Week in Anime - Is Magatsu Wahrheit Zuerst Worth Watching?

Nick and Steve check in on the mobage adaptation about two guys on the opposite sides of war filled with political conspiracy and mutants?! ― The steampunk tale of intrigue slipped under the radar for Daily Streaming this season. Nick and Steve check in on the mobage adaptation about two guys on the opposite sides of war filled with political conspiracy and mutants?! This series is streaming on Funi...
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The Irregular at Magic High School: Visitor Arc ‒ Episode 8

After watching, re-watching, and re-re-watching this episode, one thing has become strikingly clear: this is the most confusing episode of the season so far.
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Love Live! Nijigasaki High School Idol Club ‒ Episode 8

After weeks of generally subdued character conflicts and emotional payoffs, the glorious dramatics of this franchise finally make a return from an unexpected source.
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If Witch, Then Which? GN 1

Ato Sakurai's art is an appealing combination of cute and pretty, detailed but lacking the fussiness that sometimes comes with that. ― If Witch, Then Which comes from the same creator as Today's Cerberus, and both series share one same strength: the artwork. Ato Sakurai's art is an appealing combination of cute and pretty, detailed but lacking the fussiness that sometimes comes with that. All of the ...
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Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon ‒ Episode 8

This show is proving to be the kind of anime that is honestly the most awkward to navigate, both as a fan and as a critic.
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What's the Story With Shenmue?

Why is Sega and Yu Suzuki's ambitious multi-part video game saga so enduring? And why is it getting an anime adaptation? ― Do you know any places where sailors like to hang out? Do you know where there's a pay phone around here? Do you remember that day when snow turned to rain? Did you happen to see a black car that day? It wasn't the kind of car usually seen around here. Do you know anyone who can ...
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Moriarty the Patriot ‒ Episode 7

Giselle's entr'acte is perfect for Moriarty's plans to expose Enders' murderous ways: Giselle dies at the end of act one of the ballet and act two opens with a danse macabre wherein Hilarion is frightened out of the forest by the ghosts of maidens who died of broken hearts.
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The Gymnastics Samurai ‒ Episode 7

This week's episode of The Gymnastics Samurai cold-opens with Leo the ninja doing a lavishly-animated impromptu ballet routine in a park in the middle of the night while those suspicious agents in suits look on in awe.
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Fire Force ‒ Episode 45

This action-heavy episode of Fire Force splits its focus between two different mini-boss fights.
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Jujutsu Kaisen ‒ Episode 8

Nobara and Megumi carry the story for the most part this week as they run into a couple of senior students from Jujutsu Tech's rival school named Mai and Toudou, which immediately results in Shit Going Down.
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TONIKAWA: Over The Moon For You ‒ Episode 8

Nasa has consistently pitched them as being odd, and the parents even admit to being oddballs themselves, but the surprise here is that they are nowhere near as extreme as expected.
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I'm Standing on 1,000,000 Lives. ‒ Episode 8

For a few episodes now, I'm Standing on 1,000,000 Lives. has been flirting with being a better show, and this episode is no different.
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Akudama Drive ‒ Episode 7

This episode has everything. There's a horrific backstory that confirms and fills in some important blanks. There's a sudden yet oh-so-inevitable betrayal. Two characters want to live on the moon.
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Assault Lily Bouquet ‒ Episode 7

The new girl's mysterious origins – seemingly hatching from an egg that the team stumbles across among some Huge wreckage – lend the mysterious atmosphere posing as much of the plot through this episode.
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Wandering Witch - The Journey of Elaina ‒ Episode 8

Despite the name, “The Ripper” is somehow more ridiculous (and anachronistic) than the grape-stomping foot fetish bit from last week.
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The Fall 2020 Light Novel Guide

Rebecca Silverman stares down nearly a dozen new light novels, including the highly anticipated High School DxD and I'm in Love with the Villainess! ― The months we're covering in this Guide don't have an enormous amount of new light novel series debuting. There are still a good amount, but some of them came out as digital-first titles in the late summer, so they won't feel quite as shiny and new if ...
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The God Of High School: The Gods and Demons [Video]

Leo Rydel looks back on the summer action hit to explain just what is going on The God of High School's lore, from its Gods to its demons. ― The God of High School came out on Crunchyroll this past summer as an original and it was a hit. There were many things to love about the show, mainly its unique way of depicting fighting. It has a style that reminds you of a cross of Dragon Ball Z and fighting ...
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New Updates Every Day!

Our tower of manga reviews continues to get higher! The FALL MANGA GUIDE has sneak peeks of the latest series! Available now: Slasher Maidens • Fangirl • Tokyo Shinobi Squad • Mapping: The Trash-Tier Skill • Record of Wortenia War • Bibliophile Princess • Hachi/Ritsu • Mieruko-chan • Campfire Cooking in Another World • The Engagement of Marielle Clarac • Mob Psycho 100: Reigen • Keep Your Hands of Eizouken! • Sadako at the End of the World • The Hidden Dungeon Only I Can Enter —AND MORE!
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Higurashi: When They Cry – GOU ‒ Episode 8

Murderous secrets are uncovered in the final episode of the "Watadamashi" arc.
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Haikyu!! To The Top ‒ Episode 21

Maybe there isn't a whole lot more that could have been done with that, but it does feel a little bit like Suga's not given quite as much time as his complex emotional relationship with the current match merits.
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Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? III ‒ Episode 8

One of the real monsters leaves the story this week at the hands of someone that most of Orario would account much more monstrous.
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Golden Kamuy Season 3 ‒ Episode 7

The initial threat of the snow storm was intense but felt like it got resolved a little too quickly, and the lighthouse scene/Russian family feel important for future events but we did not spend enough time with them to get invested.
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Shed That Skin, Ryugasaki-kun! vol. 1

It's a simple premise, obviously conceived to have crossover appeal between mainstream audiences and people who may share Yugami's kink. ― Shed That Skin, Ryugasaki-san is one of the first titles from the new manga publisher Kaiten books, and it certainly is an interesting choice for an early license. It's a character-driven high school romance that tries to be sweet with a kinky twist, from an autho...
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Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear ‒ Episode 7

I laugh every time I think about Emi Miyajima and Yūko Kurose coming into the sound booth, saying “kuuuu” three or four times and being told they're done for the week.
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This Week in Games - Scramble Spirits

Well, it appears that, once again, Square-Enix is hinting at a thing. And it's very obvious what game this announcement is related to if you've played it. ― Hey hey! It's the middle of November, and that means… uh, nothing! It's not quite The Holidays yet, but also past the Spooky Season, leaving us sitting here in an odd state of limbo as the days get darker faster and temperatures get colder and co...
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Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Familia Chronicle Episode Freya

This is essential reading for any franchise fan, whether that fan also reads the novels or just follows the anime and manga adaptations. ― This novel – the second of the Familia Chronicle branch of the DanMachi franchise – is not directly connected to the main plot lines of either the core DanMachi series or Sword Oratoria. Despite that, this is essential reading for any franchise fan, whether that f...
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This Week in Anime - Begonia, I Hardly Knew Ya

The 2016 film by the Legend of Korra's studio is now streaming for free on Tubi TV. Jean-Karlo and Nicky look at the emotional ode to Chinese mythology in This Week in Anime! ― South Korean studio Studio Mir is loved by fans for its work animated hits like The Legend of Korra, Voltron: Legendary Defender and Aaron McGruder's The Boondocks. The studio's labor of love, Big Fish and Begonia is now stre...
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Black Clover ‒ Episode 152

Episode 152 is not technically a recap episode, but it is about the next best thing to one.
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Bakugan: Champions of Vestroia

Champions of Vestroia is Bakugan's take on the monster-collecting RPG genre. It takes some unique steps in some interesting and smart directions, but also holds onto some of the more tedious aspects of other games in its fold. ― The Bakugan franchise has sold kaiju brawlers, duel simulators, and even tower defense games – these titles have variety in droves, and this is no exception. Vestroia commits...
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Interview: D4DJ First Mix Cast

Yuka Nishio, Aimi, Risa Tsumugi introduce their characters and the the hypnotic and exciting practice of DJing in Bushiroad's newest project D4DJ. ― Following the successes of BanG Dream! and Revue Starlight, D4DJ (Dig Delight Direct Drive DJ) is Bushiroad's latest multimedia project that centers around the hypnotic and exciting practice of DJing. Aside from live DJ performances and games, the projec...
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Digimon Adventure: ‒ Episode 24

So where. the Hell. Had Digimon Adventure: been keeping this episode all that time?
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Sleepy Princess in the Demon Castle ‒ Episode 7

A few weeks ago I questioned whether or not the demons realized that Syalis was their captive. Well, this week we get an even more pressing question: does the princess realize that she's been captured?
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Talentless Nana ‒ Episode 7

And speaking of exhaustion, I'm of two minds about the climax. With Yuka's life in her grasp, Nana turns vindictive to a degree we haven't seen yet.
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One Piece ‒ Episode 950

I personally think this is one of the better episodes of Wano that will probably be talked about the least.
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Therapy Game GN 1 & 2

The title shows how falling into love and a relationship is therapeutic for both protagonists, each of whom is trying to process events from their pasts and largely coming up short until they find each other. ― Therapy Game, a two-volume series from Meguru Hinohara, demands two immediate explanations: it is a sequel to Hinohara's other title, Secret xxx (also available from SuBLime) and it has nothin...
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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations ‒ Episode 174

As the Divine Tree Mk.II begins to wreak havoc across the Land of Valleys, Team 7 commences its high-stakes rematch with their most powerful adversaries to date.
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This Week in Anime - Why Jujutsu Kaisen is Horror-Action Perfection

Sunghoo Park and studio MAPPA's Jujutsu Kaisen anime is a blend of horror, action, and comedy with a pitch-perfect cast of weirdos. ― Sunghoo Park and studio MAPPA's Jujutsu Kaisen anime is a blend of horror, action, and comedy with a pitch-perfect cast of weirdos.The series offers the philosophy of life and death, action spectacle, and a cursed finger for audiences to chew on. Steve and Nick lay ou...
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Moriarty the Patriot ‒ Episode 6

This episode marks the entrance of one Sherlock Holmes onto the scene.
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The Day I Became a God ‒ Episode 6

I don't know if you can afford to be taking the long-running shonen approach to storytelling, guys, but at least I feel better about where this story might be going now.
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The Irregular at Magic High School: Visitor Arc ‒ Episode 7

Last episode revealed that the parasite was awakened by Honoka's unrequited love for Tatsuya—specifically, her desire to be needed by him—during their Valentine's Day gift exchange.
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Warlords of Sigrdrifa ‒ Episode 7

Oof, this was a heavy-handed episode. The death flags were waving from start to finish.
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Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon ‒ Episode 7

Never has Yashahime's flailing about felt more noticeable or irritating than here, in “Meeting Through an Apple,” an episode that is almost impressive in the lengths it is willing to go in order to waste everyone's time.
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TONIKAWA: Over The Moon For You ‒ Episode 7

While a fair amount of it is fluff, the episode does accomplish the important purpose of getting Chitose off of Nasa and Tsukasa's case – at least for now, anyway.
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The Gymnastics Samurai ‒ Episode 6

I have been futilely wrestling with the show's sense of pacing and direction for the past few weeks, arguing with its priorities in characterization and conceptual focus.
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Love Live! Nijigasaki High School Idol Club ‒ Episode 7

Nijigasaki's most defining divergence from its predecessors has always been its (relatively) grounded way of approaching drama.

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