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What's Valkyrie Profile All About?

A new and loosely connected game in the Valkyrie Profile series is on the horizon, so what’s the secret behind this cult-favorite series?

Thus Spoke Rohan Kishibe GN 1

Hirohiko Araki's self-insert character tackles some unique, self-contained plots apart from JoJo's and its ongoing Stand-battle narratives

This Week in Anime - Is Fuuto PI Accessible to Kamen Rider Newcomers?

Let's say you're interested in Fuuto PI for...reasons but you're not knee-deep in Kamen Rider knowledge? Newcomer Steve teamed up Chris to check out this anime addition to see if it's approachable for newbies.

Our Most Anticipated Anime Of Fall 2022

This season is serving up an appetizing buffet of great anime! What anime are you looking forward to the most? Check out our editorial team's picks right here!

The Best and Worst of Summer 2022, Sep 16-22

On its way quietly upward, Stepmom's Daughter bumps Devil Part-Timer on its way softly downward. Find out how your favorite shows fared with one week left to the season!

The Fall 2022 Manga Guide

We dive into upcoming November releases with The Wrong Way To Use Healing Magic, the Sasaki and Miyano spinoff Hirano and Kagiura, Embrace Your Size, and more! Sponsored by Yen Press.

The Best and Worst Anime of Summer 2022

Here are the series of the season recommended by our editorial staff (and the ones you should probably avoid).

This Week in Games - We Wanted To Quote Luca Blight And/Or M. Bison, But It All Sounded Too Edgelord-y

Suikoden is coming back with a fresh coat of paint, we get the lowdown on new gameplay in Street Fighter 6, and Tencent (briefly) loses control after laid off Fanbyte employees rebel on social media!

Wolf and Red GN

It's classic fairytales with a BL twist!

Interview: Goodbye, Don Glees! Film Director Atsuko Ishizuka

We interviewed Ishizuka about the film's unique setting, cultural differences to look out for, and the likelihood of getting attacked by a bear in the Japanese countryside.
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Dropkick on My Devil! X

The series' early-2010's approach to humor always necessitated an amount of fourth-wall-breaking, but this season sees fit to demolish the remaining three walls as well. ― What is Dropkick on My Devil X? Why is Dropkick on My Devil X? We have on our hands the just-wrapped third season of a series whose irreverence has always positioned it as pointedly pointless to approach from a critical angle, able...
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Overlord IV ‒ Episode 13

Here we are at the end of another season of Overlord. The kingdom has fallen, almost all the “good guys” we've followed so far are dead, and Ainz has shown the world not to mess with him.
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Engage Kiss ‒ SEASON FINALE

Engage Kiss succumbs to its own pointlessness in its final act, concluding with all the triumph and finality of a wet noodle slapping against a kitchen wall.
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Love Live! Superstar!! Season 2 ‒ Episode 10

Wien remains the most aesthetically powerful character Love Live! has ever introduced, and I love everything about this gothic middle school ballerina.
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Classroom of the Elite II ‒ SEASON FINALE

And thus the second season of Classroom of the Elite ends with my favorite kind of final episode.
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The Maid I Hired Recently Is Mysterious ‒ Episode 9

Nakashima seems cute (I'm a sucker for a girl with sharp teeth), and there are some insights and interesting lessons to be gained from her character.
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House of the Lost on the Cape

Out on video tomorrow, Kim checks out David Production's supernatural movie about a runaway and an orphan staying in an old house. The House of the Lost on the Cape (or Misaki no Mayoiga in Japanese) shares a similarity in title to The Lost Village (Mayoiga), a somewhat infamous TV anime from 2016 that was distinctive for its hokey portrayal of psychological horror. The House of the Lost on the Cap...
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FUUTO PI ‒ Episode 9

Even with this uneven last part, I'll say this was the strongest arc for FUUTO PI yet, mostly because of the ways it showed off connections between characters, especially Shotaro and Philip themselves.
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Parallel World Pharmacy ‒ SEASON FINALE

This is honestly a perfectly serviceable season finale for Parallel World Pharmacy; I just wish that this last adventure of the season had a little more weight to it. A little more bite.
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Delicious Party Precure ‒ Episodes 28-29

While Narcistoru's final battle is the true meat of these two episodes, the girls' trip to the CooKingdom is a lovely bit of fluff that manages to still have some serious plot points thrown in.
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One Piece ‒ Episode 1034

Watching a mutated reindeer suplex a punk rock brontosaurus is what anime is all about, baby.
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A Couple of Cuckoos ‒ Episode 22

Episode 22 is a return to Cuckoos's usual "inoffensively fine" quality, though with a few noticeable highlights.
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Call of the Night ‒ Episode 12

After nearly a full season celebrating silly bouts of nocturnal hedonism, Call of the Night digs under its own skin and bares the beating heart of depression at its core.
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When Will Ayumu Make His Move? ‒ SEASON FINALE

This last episode of Ayumu was much the same as every other episode that came before it, and lord knows if I will be able to remember anything about this show come this time next Tuesday.
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Lycoris Recoil ‒ SEASON FINALE

Lycoris Recoil's most constant concept has been its celebration of life as lived, and thus the place Chisato and the others ultimately arrive at here, and the notes the series closes out on, feel earned.
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Visual Prison

How can you not love vampires competing in a visual kei battle of the bands? ― Man, remember visual kei? It was all the rage among anime fans in the late 90's and 00's, back when I first got into the hobby. Fans discussed bands like Malice Mizer and Dir en Grey right alongside their favorite series despite them not having any obvious connection, and the cross-dressing singer Mana, a major influence i...
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My Stepmom's Daughter Is My Ex ‒ SEASON FINALE

With the shackles of their childish expectations of each other lifted, Yume and Mizuto are free to define whatever relationship they want between each other moving forward.
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The Devil Is a Part-Timer!! Season 2 ‒ Episode 11

That idea of “hey let's just tell them the truth and let them decide if they wanna put up with this or not” is valid, and one that I don't think gets brought up enough in stories regarding secret identities.
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Lucifer and the Biscuit Hammer ‒ Episodes 11-12

Biscuit Hammer eschews all of its build-up to a confrontation to instead focus on the sticky mess of thorns that makes up the Asahina family.
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Tokyo Mew Mew New ‒ SEASON FINALE

It's a good thing that a second season of this show has been announced, because otherwise this would be a very unfair place to end things.
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Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? IV ‒ Episode 10

Bell Cranell's fight against the Juggernaut, the Dungeon's final line of defense, could be far more than he bargained for.
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Harem in the Labyrinth of Another World ‒ SEASON FINALE

Michio has successfully gotten laid, and we even get to watch him fill out the rest of the characters, glossed over as the credits roll because it seems Passione is about as sick of making this thing as I am of watching it.
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The Fall Trailer Watch Party Prize Winners!

Congratulations to Brian L. and Dennis M.! You've been notified via email and your prize pack will be shipping out next week. Thanks again to everyone who entered! ― Thank you to everyone who tuned into the The Fall Trailer Watch party on Wednesday and entered to win one of our two prize packs. See below for our two lucky winners! Want to win a complete edition of the classic Ghost in the Shell manga...
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Shadows House Season 2 ‒ SEASON FINALE

Secrets come to light in Shadows House season two's finale as we discover the true mastermind behind the series' nefarious plot.
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The Yakuza's Guide to Babysitting ‒ SEASON FINALE

A wholesome ending to a wholesome show, but not without its faults. The episode encapsulates so much of what The Yakuza's Guide to Babysitting gets so consistently right - and wrong.
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The Fall 2022 Manga Guide

Discover these great reads that inspired anime: The Executioner and Her Way of Life, Sasaki & Peeps, The case files of Jeweler Richard, Sugar Apple Fairy Tale, and Apparently, Disillusioned Adventurers Will Save the World. Sponsored by Yen Press. ― Banner art by catfish Welcome to Anime News Network's Fall 2022 Manga Guide! You may have seen one of our seasonal Anime Preview Guides, where a team of ...
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Mobile Suit Gundam: Cucuruz Doan's Island

Opening soon in theaters in the U.S., how does this expansion of a classic Gundam episode hold up as a full-length film? ― The existence of this film is an oddity, being a retelling of the 15th episode of the original Mobile Suit Gundam series. Apparently, that episode had some issues on the visual production side, prompting its omission from the English-language releases, so you can interpret this f...
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The Fall 2022 Light Novel Guide

Rebecca Silverman has all the details you need to find your next must-read light novel series right here! ― Another seasonal round up, another batch of isekai! Yes, the subgenre continues to be strong in the slate of translated light novels, with the twin sub-subgenres of “villainess” and “overpowered hero” remaining on top. But we're also seeing a bit more variation within them, as Formerly, the Fal...
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Rocking Out with Japanese Punk Band Wienners

The Digimon Ghost Game opening band is relatively new to anisong, but Wienners have been delivering their unique brand of punk rock and electronica fusion since 2009. ― If you've watched Digimon Ghost Game, you've heard the high energy, horror-rock opening theme “Faction” by Wienners. But while they're relatively new to anisong, Wienners have been delivering their unique brand of punk rock and electr...
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This Week in Anime - Cyberpunk Edgerunners is a Certified Crowdpleaser

Trigger has done it again, this time with its anime based on the tabletop-RPG-turned-multi-platform-video-game, Cyberpunk Edgerunners. Strap in for the capital-A Adult anime full of gore, boobs, and the the dystopian hellscape of Night City. ― Trigger has done it again, this time with its anime based on the tabletop-RPG-turned-multi-platform video game, Cyberpunk Edgerunners. Strap in for the capita...
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The Fall Trailer Watch Party!

Watch all of this season's trailers with Lynzee Loveridge, Jacki Jing, and Geoff Thew from Mother's Basement! Find out your next "must-watch" it and keep your eyes peeled for information on how to win one of two prize packs, including the soon to be released complete edition of Masamune Shirow's The Ghost in the Shell manga from Kodansha Comics! ― Watch all of this season's trailers with Lynzee Lover...
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Crazy Food Truck GN 2

Despite the 'Crazy' right there in its title, Crazy Food Truck, by this second volume, really does seem to have settled into an easier, exploratory, travelogue-style story. ― Despite the 'Crazy' right there in its title, Crazy Food Truck, by this second volume, really does seem to have settled into an easier, exploratory, travelogue-style story. Granted, it's one that still regularly has shootouts, e...
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The Fall 2022 Manga Guide

The Fall Manga Guide's newest update includes the latest from Junji Ito, the indescribably weird Dandadan, Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Another Story, and the soon-to-be-an-anime Shangri-La Frontier and more! ― Banner art by catfish Welcome to Anime News Network's Fall 2022 Manga Guide! You may have seen one of our seasonal Anime Preview Guides, where a team of critics writes up each new ...
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Jujutsu Kaisen 0

Streaming on Crunchyroll this evening, the blockbuster anime film stars Megumi Ogata who delivers a "performance that is one of the absolute highlights of the film." Jujutsu Kaisen 0 reminds me an awful lot of Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba - The Movie: Mugen Train. Both are hyped follow-up films to extremely popular Weekly Shonen Jump anime adaptations. Neither are anime-original stories, so they ...
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The Maid I Hired Recently Is Mysterious ‒ Episode 8

Look I'm sorry, I really am, but I just couldn't get swept up and be swayed by the emotions that were on display this episode, even though I desperately wanted to.
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RWBY: Ice Queendom ‒ SEASON FINALE

Ice Queendom has been an amazing experiment to witness. Regardless of your feelings on the original webseries, the fact that it was able to reach the medium that clearly inspired it is heartwarming in its own right.
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Overlord IV ‒ Episode 12

The thing about facing their own mortality so directly is that it serves as a catalyst: it forces them the focus on what is most important to them in what looks to be their last hours.
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Love Live! Superstar!! Season 2 ‒ Episode 9

This is a stellar focus episode that lets Keke and Sumire finally connect in a real way, and even if you're not into shipping an isopod and a panda, it's hard not to get teary-eyed nonetheless.
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The Best and Worst of Summer 2022, Sep 9-15

Made in Abyss and Call of the Night are both cementing their position in the cumulative. Find out how your favorite shows performed in our weekly user rankings. ― Let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the season, based on the polls you can find in our Daily Streaming Reviews and on the Your Score page with the latest simulcasts. Keep in mind that these rankings are b...
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SPY×FAMILY GN 8

It's Yor's turn to shine! After being criminally underused for seven volumes, volume eight's focus is on Yor as she takes on the task of being bodyguard to a woman and her infant on the run. ― It's Yor's turn to shine! After being criminally underused for seven volumes, volume eight's focus is on Yor as she takes on the task of being bodyguard to a woman and her infant on the run. The only catch? Yor...
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One Piece ‒ Episode 1033

Episode 1033 is a visual feast, nailing scene after scene, cut after cut, in an absolute tour de force of weekly television
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Classroom of the Elite II ‒ Episode 12

All his life Ryuen thought he had an unstoppable superpower that lets him get what he wants. But not feeling fear pales in comparison to the power of not giving a damn about anything at all.
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This Week in Anime - Do the Emotional Beats of Drifting Home Hit Hard?

The newest film from Studio Colorido sends a group of sixth-graders out to sea to deal with their burgeoning adolescent feelings. Can a film about a drifting apartment complex bring its big emotions home? ― The newest film from Studio Colorido sends a group of sixth-graders out to sea to deal with their burgeoning adolescent feelings. Can a film about a drifting apartment complex bring its big emoti...
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Yurei Deco ‒ SEASON FINALE

I don't even want to spend the many paragraphs that I could easily use to ask “What the hell!?” and “No, seriously, that was the point this whole time?”, because Yurei Deco isn't interested in doing that, either.
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Cyberpunk: Edgerunners Streaming

Studio Trigger brings their A-game to this anime with Hiroyuki Imaishi of Gurren Lagann and Kill la Kill fame in the directors seat. The action is dynamic, visually stunning, and completely over-the-top in the best possible way. ― (Spoiler warning: As it would be impossible to get into the meat of what makes this anime so excellent without going into spoilers, I didn't hold back. Continue forward at ...
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FUUTO PI ‒ Episode 8

The Shotaro and Philip in this episode are the ones who, to me, actually come off like they spent forty-nine episodes and a movie learning how well they could synchronize and work together.
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Just What the Heck is Genshin Impact?

If you just heard about ufotable's new long-term collaboration with the Genshin Impact mobile game but don't know what all the hype is about, we have a primer here for you. ― If you look at the list of Twitter's most talked-about games of 2020, you'll see a bunch of names you probably expect: Animal Crossing, Fate/Grand Order, Final Fantasy, Fortnite… and a new title called Genshin Impact. By now, yo...
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Engage Kiss ‒ Episode 12

Sated with NTR energy and thirsty for murderous revenge, Kanna has the most insane villain origin story Engage Kiss could have whipped up, and I'm in the stands cheering for her.
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Tokyo Mew Mew Then vs. Now

Shelby Tozier compares the classic to the currently airing magical girl series and finds charm that spans two decades. ― Fans of Tokyo Mew Mew rejoice! After twenty long years, the 2002 magical girl anime has a brand new anime reboot. Tokyo Mew Mew New is a fun, new version of the anime that captured our hearts two decades ago. © Mia Ikumi/Reiko Yoshida/Pierrot © Mia Ikumi/Reiko Yoshida/Yumeta Compan...
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Parallel World Pharmacy ‒ Episode 11

Something I've appreciated about Parallel World Pharmacy is how it goes out of its way to highlight the underrepresented voices of the women in its world—and not just the hot waifus/cute sisters/queen moms, either!
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When Will Ayumu Make His Move? ‒ Episode 11

“I Want to Get Stronger, Senpai" takes advantage of Urushi's senior class trip to mine from one of the most relatable stages of having a major crush at Ayumu and Urushi's age.
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A Couple of Cuckoos ‒ Episode 21

The low-key conflict resolution that has defined so much of Cuckoos is put to good use here, making the cast involved feel like reasonable people who make believable mistakes, and interact and grow in realistic ways as a result.
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Lycoris Recoil ‒ Episode 12

This score needing to be settled, and the pain of watching Chisato and Takina be shut off from one another yet again—this is the sort of high the show knows we're here for, and will be coming back for at least one more time.
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One Piece ‒ Episode 1032

Kiku and Izo (and Kinemon) are some of the more memorable members of Akazaya Nine to me, and the flashback here does a great job of touching on their connection to Oden.
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Call of the Night ‒ Episode 11

The vampires have finally met their slayer; Call of the Night's harbinger of doom is here, and she has one hell of a nicotine addiction.
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The Yakuza's Guide to Babysitting ‒ Episode 11

Kirishima couldn't completely let go of who he used to be. Old habits die hard, and that leads us to perhaps the most interesting and perplexing sequence of the episode.
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Rent-A-Girlfriend Season 2 ‒ SEASON FINALE

You spend 80% of this season's runtime futzing around, and just now decide to actually do some honest-to-god character writing for your romantic comedy story's main love interest?
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My Stepmom's Daughter Is My Ex ‒ Episode 11

The main focus of this episode was on Yume finally reflecting on the fact that she might have glorified Mizuto a little bit too much while they were dating.
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The Devil Is a Part-Timer!! Season 2 ‒ Episode 10

After two quick arcs that kind of struggled to find a balance between humor, satire, and plot progression, this episode kind of felt like a breath of fresh air.
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My Isekai Life ‒ SEASON FINALE

The twelfth episode may not have given us many twists or turns in its conclusion, but it earned all the tried and true notes that it hit.
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Made in Abyss: The Golden City of the Scorching Sun ‒ Episode 11

“Value” is a living and bleeding chronicle of all of the fury and sadness and loneliness that Faputa has been forced to endure for the last century-and-a-half.
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Ragna Crimson GN 6

If the pacing of the last volume felt slower than you would have liked, then boy are you in or a ride. ― If the pacing of the last volume felt slower than you would have liked, then boy are you in or a ride. Ragna Crimson Volume 6 hits the gas pedal and doesn't let up until you hit the back cover. While I appreciated the character moments we got in Volume 5, it's not hard to see that this is where Ra...
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Drifting Home Director Hiroyasu Ishida and Producer Hibiki Saito

An apartment complex adrift at sea becomes the backdrop in this emotional story about two childhood friends. Director Hiroyasu Ishida and producer Hibiki Saito share what drew them to the concept. ― Studio Colorido is a studio to watch. The anime production studio has consistently put out impressive, emotional narratives whether its shorts like Paulette's Chair and Puzzle & Dragons commercials or co...
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This Week in Games - Everything Happens So Much

Jean-Karlo attempts to get himself out from under a pile of game announcements (and Ryza's thighs) following the double-whammy Nintendo Direct and Sony State of Play in a single day. Farming, crafting, and Yakuza are all here! ― Hey, everybody! We have a lot to cover this week. I would start with my customary Xenoblade Chronicles 3 report, but something came to my attention this past week: last week'...
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Harem in the Labyrinth of Another World ‒ Episode 11

Harem in the Labyrinth of Another World at last actually has a harem in this labyrinth in another world. Harem Labyrinth may be guilty of many crimes, but at least false advertising is no longer one of them.
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This Week in Anime - Is Tokyo Mew Mew New's Story Rushed?

This update on the popular magical series cuts the pacing of the original down to a lean number episodes. Does the characterization suffer for it? ― This update on the popular magical series cuts the pacing of the original down to a lean number episodes but there's still a lot going for it. For example, shipping. Chris and Nicky debate the pros and cons of Ichigo's trio of potential suitors in this ...
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Tokyo Mew Mew New ‒ Episode 11

This is very much the build-up episode to the season's grand finale, the fight against whatever emerges from the cocoon. Or against the cocoon itself.
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Phantom of the Idol Streaming

Can a ghost revitalize a disillusioned idol singer's career? ― At a scant ten episodes, Phantom of the Idol is a show that knows not to overstay its welcome. You'd think that would be a good thing, allowing for tighter writing and a lack of unneeded fluff, and in some ways, that's true – every zany idol-based event that the protagonists have to participate in is kept to a manageable level of bizarren...
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Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? IV ‒ Episode 9

While the fight against the two Lambtons and Jura and his cronies makes up the action of this episode, there's also a very real feeling that this is all set up for what's to come.
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Goodbye, Don Glees!

From the director of A Place Further Than the Universe comes a new story that will take three boys from the Japanese countryside all the way to Iceland, but does it pack the emotional punch of its predecessor? ― If you're familiar with Atsuko Ishizuka's previous original anime, A Place Further Than The Universe, then you're already prepared for a good deal of Goodbye, Don Glees!'s appeal: dorky kids ...
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Uncle From Another World ‒ Episode 7

This is one of my favorite episodes of the show so far. Not only do we get our introduction to our final heroine, but we also get to see why exactly Fujimiya would be in love with a guy like Takafumi.
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Overlord IV ‒ Episode 11

I'm going to be sad if both Brain and Evil Eye don't make it. We're running low on longtime non-Nazarick characters!
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I-Sega-i: The Deep Gaming Cuts of Uncle From Another World

Heidi Kemps looks at the series' dive into Sega lore and how the console wars played out for gamers in Japan. ― ©殆ど死んでいる・KADOKAWA刊/異世界おじさん製作委員会 ©SEGA Uncle from Another World isn't your standard isekai adventure. It's a story about a man who, while in a coma for 17 years, finds himself in a dangerous and unfamiliar fantasy world. When he wakes up, he shares the stories about his otherworldly deeds w...
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Love Live! Superstar!! Season 2 ‒ Episode 8

What I'm here for is to see the new and old cast finally mix together, and they don't disappoint.
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Yurei Deco ‒ Episode 11

Can we all agree that the Mark Twain references are more distracting than anything, at this point?
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The ANN Aftershow - The Fate of the Village Hangs in the Balance

Faputa is on the war path as Reg's memories of their time together come flooding back. Also: the latest anime news including when to watch Bleach, why we love Sailor Jupiter, a premiere date for Chainsaw Man, and more! The Fate of the Village Hangs in the Balance Faputa is on the war path as Reg's memories of their time together come flooding back. Nanachi has to once again make a difficult decisi...
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Classroom of the Elite II ‒ Episode 11

This extended glimpse into Ryuen's mind ends up making him feel less intimidating overall, which is not exactly what you want for a show heading into the climax of the season.
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Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: Stone Ocean 1-24

Stone Ocean has risen to my highest expectations and then some, as between the battles it has proven to be one of the most thematically rich and interesting parts of the franchise so far. ― Jolyne, Jolyne, Jolyne, Jolyne… As an anime-only fan of Jojo's Bizarre Adventure and a chronic heroine addict, I've been looking forward to David Production's adaptation of the Stone Ocean arc for a long time. I'd...
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RWBY: Ice Queendom ‒ Episode 11

The RWBY fan in me ate this episode up, but the critic in me feels like it doesn't quite achieve all the things it set out to do.
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The Maid I Hired Recently Is Mysterious ‒ Episode 7

This week's episode directly addresses one of the major recurring plot points of the series: Yuuri doesn't understand what love is.
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This Week in Anime - Does Lucifer and the Biscuit Hammer Overcome Its Animation Shortcomings?

A cult-favorite manga by a well-regarded creator finally gets its moment to shine only to look like...well, this. It's hard to ignore in a visual medium but can this adaptation get by on charm alone? ― The Lucifer and the Biscuit Hammer anime seems like a monkey paw situation. A cult-favorite manga by a well-regarded creator finally gets its moment to shine only to look like...well this. It's hard t...
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Engage Kiss ‒ Episode 11

Since I'm on record begging this series to be the weirdest and trashiest version of itself it can be, I have to praise this episode for veering back into some bonkers melodrama.
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Parallel World Pharmacy ‒ Episode 10

I think this is an occasion where PWP's desire to get all Edu-taining on us ended up robbing the show of a golden opportunity to have Farma seriously struggle for once.
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The Best and Worst of Summer 2022, Sep 2-8

Uncle isn't doing bad after its 2-week break, but that's not enough to defend first place against Made in Abyss. Find out how your favorite shows fared in our weekly user rankings. ― Let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the season, based on the polls you can find in our Daily Streaming Reviews and on the Your Score page with the latest simulcasts. Keep in mind that ...
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The Wrong Way to Use Healing Magic Novel 1

We still don't fully understand what constitutes the "wrong way" to heal, but this is a nice little fantasy escape, and that's all it really needs to be. ― What, exactly, is the wrong way to use healing magic? It's a question we've seen pondered before, both in silly forms like in the old Slayers franchise and when Priestess uses it against monsters in the Goblin Slayer novels. The answer isn't fully...
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When Will Ayumu Make His Move? ‒ Episodes 9-10

It's very bizarre to me that Ayumu is struggling so much to engender any sympathy or affection for its side characters.
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Kaguya-sama: Love is War Producer Tatsuya Ishikawa

Kaguya-sama: Love is War recently concluded its excellent third season. We checked in with Aniplex producer Tatsuya Ishikawa to discuss the standout episode 5 and his feelings on the show. Kaguya-sama: Love Is War recently concluded its excellent third season. We checked in with Aniplex producer Tatsuya Ishikawa to discuss the standout episode 5 and his feelings on the show generally. ANN: The epis...
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FUUTO PI ‒ Episode 7

This felt like the strongest introduction for an arc yet: an expansion of what Kamen Rider can do and show in this different format, while also being a mostly-effective mystery story introduction on its own.
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Delicious Party Precure ‒ Episode 27

I'm actually very impressed with how lightly Kome Kome's development in this episode was handled, because this is the sort of Very Special Episode stuff that can be applied with all the subtlety of a sledgehammer.
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Made in Abyss: Binary Star Falling into Darkness

Does Made in Abyss make for a positively killer video game? The answer, as it turns out, is going to be based on how literally you want to take the word “killer.” ― I reckon that one of the first things people think after experiencing Made in Abyss—that is, once they've recovered from the awe-inspiring world building and the soul-crushing devastation of its story—is probably, “Gee, this whole premise...
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Lucifer and the Biscuit Hammer ‒ Episodes 9-10

Akitani is a pretty likable character in spite of his awkward introduction, mostly because of how Mizukami stacks up damn near every Old Man Mentor cliché into a literal trenchcoat and gives the chimera a palindromic name.
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A Couple of Cuckoos ‒ Episode 20

The meandering side content in this episode is frustrating, but it's a frustration I'll charitably speculate is supposed to be there at this point?
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Lycoris Recoil ‒ Episode 11

These cycles of action and drama may understandably mean little time for the sillier antics that were once LycoReco's trademark, but they do find some space for it, for which I'm grateful here at the end.
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Call of the Night ‒ Episode 10

Call of the Night argues that the fundamental human condition is to be sick and twisted, and that illness, not our lofty aspirations, should be the common ground on which we build our closest and healthiest relationships.
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Shadows House Season 2 ‒ Episode 10

But even though she's done terrible things, it's hard to think that Maryrose actually deserves to be disposed of, because at the end of the day, she was fighting for her right to exist as her own person, and Rosemary's to do the same.
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BASTARD!! -Heavy Metal, Dark Fantasy- Part 1

While there are definitely some things that Heavy Metal, Dark Fantasy lack when compared to the OVA, its distinct, more streamlined, and self-aware narrative can be charming all on its own. ― This is not the first time that Kazushi Hagiwara's BASTARD!! series was adapted in animated form. Many longtime anime fans might remember the OVA series from the early 90s which I would recommend checking out—we...

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