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This Week in Anime - Himote House is a Hidden Absurdist Comedy Gem

This short series didn't catch much attention when it first aired, with its janky animation and head-scratching premise. Andy and Steve reveal what's so special about the newest work of nonsense from the creator of gdgd Fairies. ― Himote House didn't catch much attention when it first aired, with its janky animation and head-scratching premise. This week, Andy and Steve reveal what's so special abou...
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Run with the Wind ‒ Episode 13

"While at times it's almost too obvious and literal, Kakeru's attempt to run away from his problems is delivered with empathetic storytelling and visual poise."
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Answerman - Why Were Anime Budgets So Big In The '80s?

The animation quality of '80s OVAs and movies can be absolutely jaw-dropping, so what changed to bring so many of these ambitious productions down to earth in the following decade? Justin Sevakis has the answers. ― Jacob asked: I was looking back at the anime that was made during the 1980's and have had something that has always had me curious. I have heard from several anime podcasts and as well as...
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Sirius the Jaeger

This hybrid between vampire-fighting action and elaborate period-piece has style in abundance but holds back on the substance. Theron Martin has the details on this Netflix-hosted series. ― This 12-episode series is an original anime production by P.A. Works and Masahiro Ando, whose previous directorial credits are as varied as Hanasaku Iroha, Snow White with the Red Hair, and the movie Sword of the ...
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That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime ‒ Episode 15

"Alliances are being forged, monsters are being named, and Rimuru is having another round of adventures in urban planning."
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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations ‒ Episode 89

"Ku's grand plan comes crashing down and Mitsuki's true loyalties are revealed as the current arc continues to wind down."
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Tsurune ‒ Episode 12

"Through a combination of plot-driven drama and our prior knowledge of the team's middling success rate, this was the tensest episode of Tsurune so far."
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GeGeGe no Kitarō ‒ Episode 39

"This may not have been the most profound episode of the show, but it definitely was fun."
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One Piece ‒ Episode 868

"The remainder of the Katakuri fight becomes an entirely new beast as our fighters tune out the haters and focus on their newfound bond as warriors."
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Answerman - Is It Possible To Kickstart Your Own Anime Series?

With the success of so many kickstarted movies, games, and other pop culture ephemera, could the dream of "making your own anime" really be as close as a month or two of crowdsourcing? Justin Sevakis has the answers. ― PAL asked: I know several web comic artists who have popular strips and are always asked by their fans “Any chance of an animated series?” To which they reply “No. Never. It's impossi...
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Fairy Tail: Final Season ‒ Episode 291

"Fortunately, things are moving in a direction that's going to focus more on Fairy Tail trying to beat Zeref's forces than dealing with romance."
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Sword Art Online: Alicization ‒ Episode 14

"This is the kind of fight where Sword Art Online excels: a dramatic high-stakes battle against a capable foe who can push both Kirito and Eugeo to the limits of their capabilities."
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Radiant ‒ Episode 15

"Apart from the fact that Konrad is still a boring antagonist, I'm reasonably happy with where Radiant is going right now."
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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind ‒ Episode 14

"The charm of this episode resides in the little details."
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A Certain Magical Index III ‒ Episode 14

"For a while there, it actually looked like the England arc was going to conclude in relatively satisfying fashion, but then they had to go and add on the epilogue, reducing some of what happened to a head-scratcher of a plot turn."
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The Winter 2019 Anime Preview Guide

The Winter 2019 Anime Season has begun! Check back every day for new reviews of this winter's new anime:
Now Available: The Magnificent Kotobuki - Kaguya-sama: Love is War - ENDRO! - Bermuda Triangle: Colorful Pastrale - Grimms Notes the Animation - Date A Live III - Magical Girl Spec Ops Asuka - Domestic Girlfriend - The Quintessential Quintuplets - Girly Air Force - The Promised Neverland - Kemurikusa - My Roommate is a Cat - Meiji Tokyo Renka - Dororo - Mob Psycho 100 II - The Rising of the Shield Hero - Boogiepop and Others - W'z - and MORE!
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REVIEW: Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel II. lost butterfly

The second film in the Sakura trilogy ramps up the stakes and the shock factor considerably, but is it a stronger film for the intensity? Kim Morrissy finds out from the film's debut in Japan. ― I called Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel I. presage flower my favorite anime film in 2017. I said that even though I considered myself only a casual Fate fan. I thought it was the best anime adaptation of a Fa...
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Interview: Studio Ponoc Founder Yoshiaki Nishimura on Modest Heroes

The sparkling ex-Ghibli talents at Studio Ponoc have a new anthology showcase out in theaters this weekend - studio founder Yoshiaki Nishimura elaborates on the project. ― Anthology films – feature-length movies composed of individual segments and stories, usually with a different director for each segment - are typically a pretty big risk for any studio, whether it's live-action or animation. The f...
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Karakuri Circus ‒ Episode 13

"Karakuri Circus needs to be graded on a curve for as long as the story continues to derail like this. The anime's awful pacing is actively undermining every moment of character development and spectacle it presents us with."
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Manga Answerman - Why Do Publishers Sometimes Stop Publishing Manga Before They're Finished?

Every now and then a manga being published in English will suddenly get canceled - what goes into that sort of decision, and is it possible to bring them back from the dead? Deb gets into it. ― Why do publishers stop publishing some manga before the series is completed? There are many reasons why a publisher might opt to stop publishing new volumes of a manga series in English before the story is co...
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This Week in Games - Demo Mode

Heidi's back from MAGFest with a pile of news about Dead or Alive 6, Resident Evil 2, the latest from Vanillaware, Epic vs. Steam and much more! ― Hey everyone! I just flew back all the way from the East Coast from MAGfest, and boy, are my arms… legs…. back… uh, well, everything tired. I had a great time, though, and I wanted to thank everyone who came out to our panels or said hi. Meanwhile… how abo...
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Black Clover ‒ Episode 65

"This feels like the most important info-dump yet, allowing us a much better look at the unfolding big picture story."
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This Week in Anime - You Have to Catch Up on Golden Kamuy

The manga has had a troubled anime adaptation, but its story shines through incredibly strong in this latest arc. Micchy and Steve marathon the season and share their favorite moments that make this series so rewarding to follow. ― Golden Kamuy is an outstanding manga with a troubled anime adaptation, but its story shines through incredibly strong in this latest arc. This week, Micchy and Steve mara...
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Anime Spotlight - revisions

An isolated city. An unknown enemy. An uncertain past and a prophecy of the future. The children fight the "future" to bring back the "present". No matter what, they're going home... ― revisions Official Website: http://revisions.jp/ Introduction Story Characters Cast & Staff Gallery Premieres in January 2019 Key Staff Director: Goro Taniguchi ("Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion (TV)", "Planetes ...
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Run with the Wind ‒ Episode 12

"This episode nailed its serious and silly beats alike, reinforcing a show that's flexible enough to tell a story with both action and heart."
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Answerman - Why Don't More Details About New Anime Leak To The Press?

When it comes to American films, pre-release details "leak" all the time to the movie press - why doesn't this seem to happen as often with anime? Justin considers the angles. ― Tim asked: I was thinking, if an anime movie takes around 1 year or so to make, how come there aren't much leaks about the contents of the film? In the case of the final naruto film, wouldn't leaks about its contents be rele...
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Interview: Sword Art Online: Alicization Director of Photography Kentaro Waki

Learn all about the profound art of "compositing" in anime from the Director of Photography behind the lush and gorgeous look of shows like Sword Art Online: Alicization! ― When discussing the visual appeal of an anime, it isn't often that we take a deep dive into the element of compositing and the effect that has over the final image. We might talk about how exciting the animation is or how detailed...
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This Week in Anime - Hi Score Girl is a Heartfelt Nostalgia Trip for Arcade Lovers

This romcom brings the arcade boom of the 1990s to life on Netflix, with an adorably nerdy love triangle and tons of gaming deep cuts. Nick and Andy share what makes this humble series so special. ― Hi Score Girl brings the arcade boom of the 1990s to life on Netflix, with an adorably nerdy love triangle and tons of gaming deep cuts. This week, Nick and Andy share what makes this humble series so sp...
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One Piece ‒ Episode 867

"While I still think the Katakuri match gets too samey for too long, this recent stretch has been really good at emphasizing how the fight is supposed to feel on an emotional level."
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That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime ‒ Episode 14

"Considering how long we've had to wait for it, this ending might not be the Earth-shaking clash that viewers were hoping for."
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AOKANA: Four Rhythm Across the Blue Blu-ray

This visual novel adaptation turns a fantastical high-flying sport into breezy entertainment, but perhaps it's a little too light on its feet. Rebecca Silverman has the details. ― Although Aokana: Four Rhythm Across the Blue has its origins in an adult visual novel, I suspect that watching the anime is a vastly different experience. That's not simply because the anime takes out any ecchi elements pre...
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The Best and Worst of Fall 2018

As the new year ramps up, let's find out where your favorite shows placed in the final user rankings of last season! ― Our team of reviewers are following 27 anime series of the Fall 2018 season and readers are rating each episode as the reviews go up. So let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the season. Keep in mind that these rankings are based on how people rated ...
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Tsurune ‒ Episode 11

"Minato has learned a lot from Masa about overcoming target panic, but in this episode, for the first time, Masa learns something from Minato too."
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The Mike Toole Show - Yamato's Orphans

After inhaling Yamato 2022, Mike takes a cosmic journey through a galaxy of Yamato spinoffs and sequels, and the strange production pathways many of them have taken over the years. ― A year and a half ago, I wrote about the curious absence of Star Blazers, especially its modern incarnation Star Blazers 2199, from most western media markets. I'd recently purchased the Italian blu-ray release of the fi...
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Answerman - What Is DNR/DVNR, And Why Do People Hate It?

DNR is a filter that allows film restorers to remove grain and noise from the image, but plenty of people hate what it does and how it looks. Justin gets into the reasons why. ― James asked: I have recently been hearing about digital noise reduction (DNR) being applied to reissues and remasters of older media, and some fans complaining about it. However, noise is, by definition, something that is un...
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Shelf Life - Land of the Lustrous

Paul unearths this gem of a fantasy series on blu-ray and shares his thoughts on what makes it so special, along with a rundown of 2019's first anime releases! ― Hello, 2019! We're back to business as usual just in time for the first releases of the new year, so let's jump right into it. Welcome to Shelf Life. Jump to this week's review: Land of the Lustrous On Shelves This Week Dragon Ball Super - ...
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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations ‒ Episode 88

"Regardless of how the final battles play out, one thing is for certain: the Hidden Stone will never be the same."
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Ulysses: Jeanne d'Arc and the Alchemist Knight

This more sleazy and supernatural take on the famous battles of Agincourt and Orleans brings history to life in some questionable ways. Theron Martin examines what went wrong. ― Sadly, any discussion of the worst anime of 2018 wouldn't be complete without bringing up this title. Though the series does improve somewhat in its later stages, I have rarely watched a more disastrous anime to completion. T...
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GeGeGe no Kitarō ‒ Episode 38

"This week's episode returns us to the yokai-of-the-week format of early days, with the creature in question being the kasha."
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Fairy Tail: Final Season ‒ Episode 290

"Fortunately, all the lengthy explanations appear to be at an end with this episode."
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Sword Art Online: Alicization ‒ Episode 13

"The expansion of one action scene livens up this week's episode-long infodump a bit."
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Radiant ‒ Episode 14

"I wouldn't be opposed to a slight uptick in animation quality, but what we really need now is some personal drama to draw more emotion out of the action."
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Nier Automata: Long Story Short

Can this official novelization of the beloved action game still communicate the original story's strong heart through text alone? James Beckett finds out. ― While I have yet to complete the original NieR video game that was released back in 2010, I consider its sequel, 2017's NieR: Automata, to be one of my favorite video games of all time. Writer/director Yoko Taro has always been known for crafting...
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The List - 6 Anime to Remake Like It's 1999

It's time for the year 2019, so what anime from 20 years ago deserve a triumphant resurrection? ― 2018 just kicked the bucket and clear a spot for the shiny new year of 2019. You know what means, right? It means 1999 is Twenty Years Ago and I am very, very old. I remember plenty of anime series fresh off the TV from 1999 like it was yesterday. Some of have stood the test of time while others look li...
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Slumbering Beauty GNs 1-2

This short series by the author of Usagi Drop turns the story of Sleeping Beauty on its head in unusual ways. Rebecca Silverman has the details. ― Even if you were burned by the second half of Bunny Drop, Yumi Unita's first series to see an English release, it's worth picking up Slumbering Beauty. For one thing, the two series are completely dissimilar, although both deal with protagonists who aren't...
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The Best (and Worst) Anime of Fall 2018

Before we can ring in the new year's fresh batch of anime premieres, our staff takes one last look back at a Fall season that was packed with great (and a couple not so great) shows! ― A brand-new year has arrived, but before we can start previewing all of 2019's newest anime, it's time to decide which shows were the best—and the worst—of an incredibly hype-packed Fall! We asked our critics to pick t...
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Conception—Episodes 1-12 streaming

This unusual harem series sees its hero having children with twelve women of the zodiac. But does its entertainment value match its lascivious premise? Theron Martin has the answers. ― In recent years, non-reincarnation isekai stories so commonly have some degree of harem elements that it's almost noteworthy when they aren't present. (They're slightly less prevalent in reincarnation isekai, but only ...
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This Week in Games - The Return of Persona 5

The smash hit JRPG gets an upgrade with more news on the way in this bite-sized weekly update! ― Hey all! Gonna be a bit of a short one this week, as I'm in the midst of preparing for MAGfest, which starts… today! Eep! Well, fortunately, it's a week of newsbits and a few big stories. Right now, Japan is in the midst of a New Year's celebratory period, and while that means a lot of things are closed a...
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This Week in Anime - The New Baki Anime is Criminally Insane

Baki the Grappler has come to Netflix for his first new anime adventure in over 15 years! Micchy and Andy break down the first half of the Death Row Convicts arc to find out if this hyperviolent slugfest holds any appeal for newcomers. ― Baki the Grappler has come to Netflix for his first new anime adventure in over 15 years! This week, Micchy and Andy break down the first half of the Death Row Conv...
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The Rising of the Shield Hero Novel 13

A pit stop turns into a much bigger hurdle for our heroes in this slower character-focused volume. Rebecca Silverman has the details. ― While The Rising of the Shield Hero is, in many ways, a fairly typical isekai story, it differs in one very pointed and interesting way: Naofumi has zero interest in romance. Largely this is the result of his treatment at the hands of Witch and Trash back in the firs...
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The Mike Toole Show - The Anime Cult

Mike gets his Thetan levels checked while perusing the wierd, wild world of propaganda anime made by dangerous religious cults like Happy Science. ― There were some dark portents at the turn of the millennium, but I don't think any were darker than the widely-circulated announcement that the Church of Scientology had commissioned a Japanese partner to produce an anime TV series based on Battlefield E...
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The Best Anime of 2018 Part V

We've got three more Best of 2018 lists ready for you - Rose Bridges, Jacob Chapman, Zac Bertschy, and the result of our 2018 MEGA POLL! ― This is it - the results of our 2018 Mega Poll! Look forward to the Winter 2019 Preview Guide, which begins Saturday, January 5th! Rose Bridges 5. Bloom Into You When I picked up the first manga volume of Bloom Into You, months before the anime's release, I thoug...
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This Week in Anime - What Makes Zombie Land Saga Special

Zombie Land Saga has wrapped up its undead production, leaving lots of big emotions in its wake. Nick and Steve share their favorite moments from this idiosyncratic idol anime. ― Zombie Land Saga has wrapped up its undead production, leaving lots of big emotions in its wake. This week, Nick and Steve share their favorite moments from this idiosyncratic idol anime. Disclaimer: The views and opinions ...
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planetarian BD+DVD

Planetarian offers a tightly written and heartbreaking sci fi parable in a modest visual package. Nick Creamer has the details. ― Planetarian is based on a visual novel of the same name, composed by unimpeachable nakige (“crying game”) experts Key. Originally released just months after the sprawling and tragic Clannad, Planetarian was a far more modest work, and in fact was originally a “kinetic nove...
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Answerman - Is It Possible To Eat Gluten-Free In Japan?

For people with specific dietary restrictions, Japanese cuisine can be a bit of a minefield. Justin has some advice. ― Anonymous asked: I've celiac disease so I live on a gluten free diet and have for basically my entire life. I've always wondered how celiacs or other people who live on a gluten free diet are taken into account in Japan. There are a lot of food I see in anime that a celiac wouldn't ...
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The Best Anime of 2018 Part IV

Nick Creamer and Mike Toole file their best anime of 2018, and it's finally time to talk about the shows that hurt us the most. ― (click the images above)
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PERSONA 5 the Animation ‒ Episode 27

"This ‘Dark Sun’ special continues the game's story in digest version with a few of its own flourishes, but I can't help but feel that its big pacing issues would have been smoothed over with a more standard episodic structure."
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Cells at Work! ‒ Episode 14

"Just in time for cold and flu season to really take off, here's a special extra episode of Cells at Work about the common cold!"
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ANN's Most Read News Articles of 2018

The top 25 anime, manga, and video game headlines of 2018! ― The sheer output of anime each season in 2018 means more news articles for our team to tackle to keep our readers in the know. This year, Anime News Network's News team published 8,159 articles. This feature went dormant for a few years, but 2017 had a total of 7,711 news articles. Our output has continued to grow year after year thanks to ...
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ANN's Most Read Interest Articles of 2018

― 2018 brought a lot of change-ups to Interest as our small time spent more time creating in-depth articles from the industry, breaking news about controversy on social media, and still including all the fun "most anticipated" and strange developments you expect from us. I got to close out the year writing about how a bot seized control of Rokka: Brave of Six Flower's website and posted a bunch of g...
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The Best and Worst of Fall 2018, Dec 17-23

The puppet boys of Thunderbolt Fantasy reclaim the top spot as the fall season winds down - find out how your favorite shows performed in our weekly user rankings! ― Our team of reviewers are following 27 anime series of the Fall 2018 season and readers are rating each episode as the reviews go up. So let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the season. Keep in mind tha...
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The Best Anime of 2018 Part III

Just in time for New Year's Eve, we've got more Top 5 Anime of 2018 lists and what are - clearly - the best anime theme songs of 2018! ― (click the images above)
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Shelf Life - The 2018 Year In Review

As the year's disc releases fizzle out, Paul runs down some of 2018's most notable moments in Shelf Life, and some of the most interesting anime our team has reviewed! ― 'Tis the season for “year in review” articles, and you'd better believe we're getting in on that action in Shelf Life. Here, you'll find a list of some of the most interesting and noteworthy titles we've covered this year, with two ...
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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind ‒ Episode 13

"This was a fairly run-of-the-mill fight for the series, showing hints of something greater but also being limited by the more generic side of JoJo's trappings."
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The Bride & the Exorcist Knight GNs 1-2

This supernatural shojo romance has its fun moments, but the age gap romance may be an issue for some readers. Rebecca Silverman weighs the highs and lows of these volumes. ― We hear a lot more talk about Lolita series (shows where the female romantic interest is a child), but not so much about Shota ones. That's not because they don't exist, but perhaps rather because there's simply less of a spotli...
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Season Finale: Goblin Slayer ‒ Episode 12

"This last episode was a tidy reflection of the entire series; it was certainly entertaining in its most thrilling moments, but it never reached for anything more thoughtful."
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Radiant ‒ Episode 13

"While it was obvious last week that the tension between the immigrants and the rest of the population would play a role in this story arc, I was hoping it would be a bit more nuanced than what we get here."
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Umineko When They Cry Episode 7: Requiem of the Golden Witch Volumes 2-3

The line between mystery and fantasy grows more solid as Umineko enters its endgame. Rebecca Silverman digs in. ― “The detective story,” wrote famed author S. S. Van Dine (real name Willard Huntington Wright), “is a game. It is more – it is a sporting event. And the author must play fair with the reader.” These words are part of Van Dine's introduction to his twenty laws for detective and mystery fic...
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Series Finale: IRODUKU: The World in Colors ‒ Episode 13

"This episode concludes Hitomi's journey back in time, and if it didn't end the way I hoped, it certainly ended the way it needed to."
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A Certain Magical Index III ‒ Episode 13

"Unlike in previous arcs, the frenetic activity is coherent enough that anime-only viewers can mostly follow what's going on, even if a scorecard might be needed to keep track of all the characters who pop up."
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This Week in Anime - The Best and Worst of 2018

Another year of anime has come and gone, leaving so many memories in its wake. Nick, Micchy, Andy, and Steve break down the highs and lows of their 2018 experience. ― Another year of anime has come and gone, leaving so many memories in its wake. This week, Nick, Micchy, Andy, and Steve break down the highs and lows of their 2018 experience. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the partici...
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Season Finale: Bloom Into You ‒ Episode 13

"Bloom Into You ends in the sweetest and most romantic way possible this week, and I couldn't be happier."
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Karakuri Circus ‒ Episodes 11-12

"While the show's narrative coherence feels all but unsalvageable at this point, I won't deny feeling excited by having absolutely no idea what's coming next."
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So I'm a Spider, So What? Novel 4

Revelations abound in this action-packed volume that turns expectations about both the villains and heroes upside-down. Theron Martin has the details. ― In my review for volume 3, I expressed concern about how long the power creep of the titular character would be manageable going forward, given how strong she was getting by the end of that novel. Volume 4 proves definitively that this isn't going to...
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Season Finale: Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai ‒ Episode 13

"There are many anime where the loss of one personality in favor of another is equated to the loss from someone dying, but rarely has it carried such a convincing punch."
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Black Clover ‒ Episode 64

"The tail end of this arc has turned out to be fairly strong, allowing all the moving pieces to finally fall into place."
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Season Finale: Thunderbolt Fantasy Sword Seekers 2 ‒ Episode 13

"At the close of this second season, I can still say with confidence that Thunderbolt Fantasy is the most fun you can have in the world of puppet-based anime."
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The Best Anime of 2018 Part II

Rebecca Silverman and Theron Martin file their top 5 anime for 2018, and we've got the Best Characters of 2018! ― (click the images above)
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Series Finale: Tokyo Ghoul:re ‒ Episode 24

"After a 20-car-pileup of a season, I'm thankful that the ultimate conclusion wasn't a complete disaster."
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That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime ‒ Episode 13

"Much like the opening band at a rock concert, this episode puts on a decent show and gets the audience in the right mood, but it's not really what people are here to see."
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Season Finale: Golden Kamuy ‒ Episode 24

"While Golden Kamuy's first cour felt like it went out with a whimper—a clear indicator of more to come—this one exploded with a bang."
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Zillion BD/DVD

The retro release of this '80s sci fi action series stands out for its throwback box art that looks like it belongs in the back room of a shuttered video store. Theron Martin finds out if there's anything special under Zillion's charming cover. ― This 31-episode series originally aired in 1987, with an OVA spinoff episode called Zillion: Burning Night following in 1988. Streamline Pictures made an ef...
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Tsurune ‒ Episodes 9-10

"Tsurune looked and sounded as gorgeous as always, but its tension took a turn for the melodramatic—all surface level theatrics without much genuine emotion underneath."
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Season Finale: Skull-face Bookseller Honda-san ‒ Episode 12

"Even with an anthropomorphic skeleton as its lead character, this series managed to offer up one of the most realistic takes on the service industry in modern fiction."
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Season Finale: Double Decker! Doug & Kirill ‒ Episode 13

"This wasn't the kind of show you should think about too hard, but it did feel pretty good to watch."
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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations ‒ Episode 87

"The first of the five Fabrications is removed from the equation in this week's action-packed outing."
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GeGeGe no Kitarō ‒ Episode 37

"This particular story arc comes to an end with permanent consequences for the future."
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Anime Spotlight - Boogiepop and Others

There is an urban legend that children tell one another about a shinigami that can release people from the pain they may be suffering. This "Angel of Death" has a name: Boogiepop. ― Boogiepop and Others Official Website: http://boogiepop-anime.com/movie/ Introduction Characters Cast & Staff Gallery Premieres on January 4, 2019 (JST) Key Staff Director: Shingo Natsume (One Punch Man (TV)) Series Comp...
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One Piece ‒ Episode 866

"This is a fairly action-heavy episode, but most of it is gradually drifting away from us as we prepare to change gears one final time."
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Fairy Tail: Final Season ‒ Episode 289

"This episode provides an interesting perversion of the old fairy tale trope of true love's kiss."
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Season Finale: Release the Spyce ‒ Episode 12

"The twists and climaxes we get at the end feel more perfunctory than thrilling."
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Series Finale: SSSS.Gridman ‒ Episode 12

"As sterling as the production and storytelling were, there are indeed a lot of x-factors that will determine how any given viewer feels about this series' conclusion."
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Sword Art Online: Alicization ‒ Episode 12

"This episode moves the story forward, establishes new foes, and starts to fill in the necessary details to flesh out the setting's structure, making it important to the story even if it isn't terribly exciting."
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My Hero Academia GN 16

It's a dazzling buffet of heroic abilities and thrilling battles from start to finish as the world of superheroes descends into war. Nick Creamer has the details. ― As I've mentioned in prior volume reviews, the fight between All Might and All For One was a clear turning point for My Hero Academia, representing the climax of what may eventually stand as the manga's “first act.” Like One Piece's Arlon...
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This Week in Games - Onward to 2019

Heidi predicts a few things for the year in video games 2019 - plus this week's big news, fighting game updates and much more! ― What all did you guys do for Christmas? Me, I watched awful things with my significant other, including the MST3K riffing of Santa Claus, a bit of the old DiC early 80s Japan/America live-action coproduction Photon (with mechanical designs by Shinji Aramaki!), and – to top ...
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Goblin Slayer ‒ Episode 11

"This isn't Goblin Slayer at its most excessive or characteristically dismal, but it's an entertaining enough watch, and I don't think I could ask for much more at this point from this show's final act."

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