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The Legend of Dororo and Hyakkimaru Volume 1

The primary struggle of the definition of humanity is a big part of what makes this work effective. ― “Just an empty sheath.” It's one of the first lines spoken by our hero Hyakkimuaru. Accosted on the road by bandits, they demand the sword at his hip as payment to pass through. He informs them with a smirk that the sheath is empty – it's just for show. They attempt to jump him and find out that he i...
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Given (Movie)

Given isn't just about cute and fluffy first love or teenage angst; there are some murkier aspects of romantic relationships being explored here. ― This approximately 60-minute film is a direct continuation of the TV series, although the focus is less on the main characters and more on the supporting band members Akihiko and Haruki. Even after the story moves on from Mafuyu's struggle to come to term...
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Fruits Basket ‒ SEASON FINALE

The good news: Fruits Basket Season 3 will be here in 2021! The bad news: that means we have to sit with Kureno's shocking cliffhanger for at least a couple of months.
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Rent-A-Girlfriend ‒ Episode 11

I anticipated learning more about just why Mami is the way she is, and I'm still kind of hoping that happens now that the show's remembered she exists.
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Fruits Basket ‒ Episode 49

This week on Fruits Basket, Yuki got a chance to show off the emotional intelligence he's picked up from Tohru in two different scenarios that would have both previously left him flummoxed.
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The God of High School ‒ Episode 12

No amount of flashy spectacle can save this calamity of a story from itself at this point, and believe me, the show tries its best.
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Digimon Adventure: ‒ Episode 16

So then this week's episode theoretically deals with the kids ending up somewhere very familiar to them which ironically leaves us as viewers in that sweet, sweet uncharted territory.
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Monster Girl Doctor ‒ Episode 11

This was a pretty good episode overall. In some ways it was not as engaging emotionally as things have been with, say, Sapphentite or Tisalia, but it was an interesting attempt to try and give Arahnia a bit more depth.
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One Piece ‒ Episode 942

Seeing Sanji and Zoro back together again and arguing like old times feels great, and it's a reminder of how much these times of separation for the crew really impact the viewer.
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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations ‒ Episode 166

Team 7 faces off against a duo of next-level foes in an action-heavy Boruto: Naruto Next Generations.
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The Misfit of Demon King Academy ‒ Episode 12

There's no sugarcoating it: this, the penultimate episode of The Misfit of Demon King Academy is by far the weakest episode of the series—which is odd when you consider how strong it starts.
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Sword Art Online: Alicization War of Underworld Part 2 ‒ Episode 11

And so, with this episode, the story of Sword Art Online comes to its original conclusion.
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Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out! ‒ Episode 11

This week's episode of Uzaki-chan is titled “Does Sakurai Want to Hang Out, Too?”, but it's a question that hardly needs asking at this point.
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I Don't Know How to Give Birth! GN

Kazama's crash-course in babymaking is part of what makes I Don't Know How to Give Birth! so approachable. ― Every birth story is different. This is an extremely important point to keep in mind when approaching any personal recollections of giving birth. What happened during one pregnancy can be completely different the second time around, not just from person to person. That said, as a two-time mom,...
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Fire Force ‒ Episode 36

For all of this second season's improvements to Fire Force's writing and direction, it is still an adaptation of a supremely goofy and proudly formulaic shonen battle manga.
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A Certain Scientific Railgun T ‒ Episode 24

The element of the episode which made me happiest, however, was seeing the Scavengers come back into play.
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Sarazanmai - The Complete Series BD

Even as plot lines get tangled and explanations have to be glossed over, the empathy the series has for its cast through every moment is what I'll recall more than any ludicrously complex butt jokes or lengthy otter monologues about being a conceptual evil. ― There are sparse few anime directors working right now with a more iconic reputation than Kunihiko Ikuhara. While his works haven't always been...
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No Guns Life ‒ Episode 23

I can't say I expected the anime about the literal gun man to devote so much airtime to the psychological contours of its main character, but I also can't say I'm disappointed.
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The Misfit of Demon King Academy GN 1 & 2

The Misfit of Demon King Academy's first two volumes are not only a nice compliment to the anime's first few episodes, but also an equally interesting take on the story with more focus on Anoth's thoughts. ― There are two sayings about history that are particularly relevant to The Misfit of Demon King Academy: history is written by the victors and anyone who fails to learn that history is doomed to r...
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My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU Climax ‒ Episode 11

While Yui has been upfront with herself and others about wanting it all, she is mature enough to know that she can't get it all—especially when it comes to Hachiman's heart.
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Appare-Ranman! ‒ Episode 12

The team's together, the cars are fixed, and even Kosame is back in action despite still having a bullet hole in his guts, which means it's time for the crew to finally take down Gil!
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Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma: The Fifth Plate ‒ Episode 12

If the story sticks to its theme and means it, Soma will win for the same reason he beat Asahi – his cooking has heart and he knows what it means to care about others.
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The List - 5 Anime That Made Us Go WTF!?

I'm sorry, WHAT just happened?! Jacki counts down five of anime's wildest, most unexpected moments on The List! ― Anime series can stir incredible emotional responses. In one episode, you can go from laughing to crying to being so frustrated you're not even sure you want to watch the next episode. And then there's those anime moments that completely shock you. The crazy plot twists, surprise endings...
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A Man and His Cat GN 1 & 2

The overall theme of Sakurai's work is the way that bringing a pet into your life can help both the human and the animal in question. ― You don't have to be a cat person to love this manga. Whether you've connected with a dog, a cat, a ferret, or any other pet, Umi Sakurai's A Man and His Cat will be familiar in the relationship between the eponymous duo, and while elements of these two volumes do fe...
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The Millionaire Detective - Balance: UNLIMITED ‒ Episode 10

Despite the fact that he can be either a jerk, a royal pain in the ass, or both, this episode shows that Daisuke does actually both care about and listen to Haru.
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This Week in Games - M-M-M-MONSTER NEWSWEEK!!!!

Sony finally released the details on the upcoming PlayStation 5, leaving people scrambling for available pre-order slots. PLUS: New Final Fantasy, Disgaea, Rune Factory, and more! ― Hey, remember last week when there was a bunch of news? Pffft, that was nothing. This week we've got big ol capital-letters NEXT GEN CONSOLE NEWS. Which is why I'm using the opening paragraphs to highlight this week's coo...
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Happy-Go-Lucky Days

Takako Shimura is known for her poignant, queer romances. Does this anime film adaptation of Happy-Go-Lucky Days continue the tradition or veer off course? ― Manga artist Takako Shimura has made a career of engrossing and sensitive portrayals of young angst. Unfortunately, she is one of those authors whose works have seen only limited official releases in English, in spite of her popularity online. H...
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Deca-Dence ‒ Episode 11

It is odd to think we may find that kind of renewed optimism in the face of annihilation, but perhaps that's the energy we need these days.
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Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia GN 1

Fans of the original Sherlock TV series should continue to be satisfied (or dissatisfied, depending) with this manga version of the story. ― The fourth volume in manga creator Jay's adaptation of the BBC television series Sherlock, A Scandal in Belgravia is also the first case to span multiple books. As Sherlockians will have noticed (or remembered from the show), the title of this case is a play on ...
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This Week in Anime - The World Sinks 2020

Japan Sinks 2020 floats between devastation and rap battles, shark attacks and weed cults. Japan Sinks 2020 definitely has a message, but is it an effective one? ― Science SARU's take on the sci-fi classic takes one Japanese family through hell and back as the islands of Japan sink into the sea. The series floats between devastation and rap battles, shark attacks and even weed cults. Japan Sinks 202...
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Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- ‒ Episode 11

While there are plenty of remaining mysteries, I'm glad that Roswaal has finally broken his silence and revealed how he has been pulling the strings.
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The Twelve Kingdoms ‒ Episodes 28-30

Youko has already had her most pivotal character arc, and having internalized a desire for self-improvement we largely see her trying to learn what the best way of queenship for her is.
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Black Clover ‒ Episode 143

After the dramatic and impactful events of last episode, this episode spends most of its run time just dithering around, even though the Black Bulls are in the middle of a genuine crisis.
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Soul Eater - The Perfect Edition GN 1

But for all its speed bumps, there's just something infectiously endearing about the idiosyncratic world and fights of Soul Eater that keeps you turning the page. ― It feels odd to think of Soul Eater as a “classic” series – not because of any lack of quality, but just because even now it doesn't feel like it's old enough to be called that. While not as omnipresent as other 00's shonen hits, Soul Eat...
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Crunchyroll Expo 2020: Dr. STONE Focus Panel with Shusuke Katagiri

Animation producer Shūsuke Katagiri kicked off the CRX Dr. Stone panel and gave insight into what fans could expect and how the production is progressing. ― The first anime season of the Dr. STONE anime ended in December 2019, which seems like a lifetime ago now. In the nine months since the last episode ended, production has been swiftly underway for the highly anticipated second season. Animation p...
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The God of High School ‒ Episode 11

The force of Nox's will and whatever Mujin and Co. are up to are going to fully collide sooner rather than later, and every one of the charyeok wielders we've met so far looks destined to get caught up in the conflict.
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Digimon Adventure: ‒ Episode 15

Hey, someone has to be at the back of the line, so why not everyone's favorite perennial schmuck of the team of digital defenders?
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This Week in Anime - Just Who is Captain Harlock?

Has a manlier man every roamed the seven seas of space? Board the aptly named Arcadia of My Youth and embark on an adventure full of space witches, space chivalry, and a sword with lasers! ― Has a manlier man every roamed the seven seas of space? Board the aptly named Arcadia of My Youth and get ready to embark on an adventure full of space witches, space wars, space chivalry, and a sword with laser...
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Monster Girl Doctor ‒ Episode 10

Across town, Dr. Glenn continues to put together a team for surgery by visiting a cyclops workshop.
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Goblin Slayer Novels 9 & 10

While it may not be entirely appealing to read a volume where the main characters aren't all together, it's hard to argue that it isn't an effective method of showing us just how much Goblin Slayer and Priestess have changed. ― While it may not be entirely appealing to read a volume of Goblin Slayer where the main characters aren't all together, once you get into the book, it's hard to argue that it ...
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One Piece ‒ Episode 941

This makes Sanji's and Zoro's dramatic rescue more than just cool guys doing cool stuff - it makes it one of the highlight moments of Wano as an arc.
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Crunchyroll Expo 2020: TONIKAWA Panel with VA Akari Kitō and Author Kenjiro Hata

Hayate the Combat Butler creator introduces fans to his newest work, this time focusing on a relationship post marriage. ― Upcoming anime, TONIKAWA (also known as Fly Me to the Moon), premieres in less than a month. Ahead of its premiere, Crunchyroll Expo hosted a panel with voice actress Akari Kitō and author Kenjiro Hata to share details on the anime and the original manga. Hata is famously known f...
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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations ‒ Episode 165

The Haze quadruplets' backstory comes to light as the fight for the Hashirama Cell approaches its endgame in this week's Boruto: Naruto Next Generations.
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The Misfit of Demon King Academy ‒ Episode 11

Most interestingly, it's the short fight between Misha and Diego that is the most pivotal, because in that scene we are finally given the piece of the puzzle that lets us figure out what's been going on.
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Sword Art Online: Alicization War of Underworld Part 2 ‒ Episode 10

Of course Higa would try to make a copy of Kirito, as he would want to know – just like we do – what happened in those 200 years.
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Rent-A-Girlfriend ‒ Episode 10

Everybody break out your balloons and confetti, today we're celebrating our shambling homunculus of a protagonist taking his first step towards not being a puddle of congealed butt sweat.
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Appare-Ranman! ‒ Episode 11

This is a pretty solid lull point before our big final confrontation with the villains, though as I say that I'm shocked at how little the actual racing part of this show has factored into its overall story.
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Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out! ‒ Episode 10

This isn't an irredeemable episode, don't get me wrong. It just plays to all of Uzaki-chan's weaknesses, rather than its strengths.
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Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma: The Fifth Plate ‒ Episode 11

For a second at the end of the episode, I thought that Soma was going to tell Asahi that the one flavor he was missing in his repertoire was the taste of a mother's love.
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Fire Force ‒ Episode 35

“Dark Hero” is just the kind of episode Fire Force has needed for a long time now, but not quite the one it deserves. This will be the only Batman reference I make in this review, I promise.
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Kiki's Delivery Service Novel

The book that inspired Studio Ghibli's classic has a brand-new translation. Rebecca Silverman discovers why the novel still casts a spell decades later. ― First published in 1985, Eiko Kadono's novel Kiki's Delivery Service is not what we'd call a light novel, but rather a solid lower-middle grade text with a few illustrations, more along the lines of Katherine Applegate's The Wish Tree in terms of r...
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A Certain Scientific Railgun T ‒ Episode 23

This wouldn't be an Index title without some action, and the Mikoto/Doppelganger head-to-head certainly provides that.
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No Guns Life ‒ Episode 22

This week it's the Juzo half-hour, dwelling on his present and past while finally connecting his dots from a military dog to a private detective with a gun for a head.
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Interview: The Secrets of Deca-dence

"When the privileged class rules in perpetuity without even touching any other world, that, to me, is dystopia." ― Last time we interviewed the Deca-dence team, we had no inkling of the surprises the series had in store. Director Yuzuru Tachikawa is back for round 2, along with Cyborg designer Kiyotaka Oshiyama and Deca-dence designer Hiromatsu Shu. Read on to find out more about the design philosoph...
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I Had That Same Dream Again Omnibus

From the writer of I Want to Eat Your Pancreas, Nanoka thinks that she still knows more than the adults around her, which is behind the importance of the three friends she makes outside of her home. ― I Had That Same Dream Again is the manga adaptation of the novel of the same name by Yoru Sumino, author of I Want to Eat Your Pancreas and At Night, I Become a Monster. That may give you a decent idea ...
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Who Says Warriors Can't Be Babes? GN 1

I'm not opposed to parody or screwball comedies, but the humor is entirely predicated on cruel gender-based jokes that often dip into essentialism. ― You would think, in a post-Xena world, the answer to the question in the title of Who Says Warriors Can't Be Babes would be, “No one.” Pulpy fantasy is rife with bikini armor-clad babes who can swing a sword with gusto, despite having arms that look lik...
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My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU Climax ‒ Episode 10

Hachiman, Yukino, and Yui's relationship is entering its next stage and Hachiman's fears are driving him to end it in the worst way possible.
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My Senpai is Annoying! GN 1

My Senpai Is Annoying mostly concerns itself with trying to make the reader say, “Awww,” without doing the work to make those moments effective. ― I have some questions about My Senpai is Annoying. First of all, is Futaba Igarashi supposed to resemble Yotsuba of Yotsuba&!? She has green hair, and her name means “two leaves” to Yotsuba's “four leaves”. But while Yotsuba is a curious, outgoing five-yea...
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Now and Then, Here and There Wants to Break You

Akitaro Daichi's dystopian nightmare pits children against a mad dictator and remains one of anime's most stark depictions of the casualties of war 20 years later. ― While personal definitions will always vary as to what this means when a piece of media "breaks you," I've often found the core link between them is emotional disarmament. We find an empathetic connection, whether in a character, theme, ...
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The Millionaire Detective - Balance: UNLIMITED ‒ Episode 9

But as always with mysteries, it's what you don't know that runs the show.
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This Week in Anime - Appare-Ranman Is Off to the Races!

If you've been sleeping on this series, you're missing out on one of the best ensemble comedies of the year. See why Nick and Nicky can't get enough of Appare and Kosame and their race across the wild, wild west! ― One of the many productions delayed due to COVID-19, P.A. Works' Appare-Ranman is back in full force. If you've been sleeping on this series, you're missing out on one of the best ensembl...
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The Twelve Kingdoms ‒ Episode 26-27

The past few episodes have been on a gradual yet inevitable trend towards tragedy for our trio of disparate heroines, and while we're still in the early stages, it feels like we've hit each character's low point.
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I Love You So Much, I Hate You GN

It's so refreshing when you read a great love story that seems to tap into how actual humans behave—at the very least, because it makes it that much easier to imagine that happy ending for yourself. ― The title of this manga is more than a little misleading. I came into a book titled "I Love You So Much, I Hate You" thinking that it would be about a love-hate relationship: the characters argue passio...
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Deca-Dence ‒ Episode 10

Kaburagi and Natsume just took out one of the core components of the system corralling the humans, so with several episodes still to go, what happens next?
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This Week in Games - Poorly Kept Secrets

It's a big week in games as Heidi runs down the technical deets on the next-gen XBox console, all those Mario 35th anniversary announcements, and the head-scratching Shenmue anime! ― Well, I might be in the midst of the apocalypse right now, but before I try contracting any demons to serve me in the war for the new world, I should probably get at least one This Week in Games out! It's a crazy week fi...
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Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- ‒ Episode 10

I have a feeling that Echidna is trying to get back into the world of the living somehow, and I can never trust the good intentions of a character whose ultimate goal is immortality.
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Japan Sinks: 2020 ‒ SERIES FINALE

In a way, the finale is a call to action to rectify the disparities between the "future" and the "now," if only you have enough hope to realize it.
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Sword Art Online: Alicization War of Underworld Part 2 ‒ Episode 9

All of this raises one of the series' biggest moral questions: does Kayaba acting to effectively save thousands of lives redeem him for what he did in Aincrad?
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Black Clover ‒ Episode 142

One of the unfortunate but fundamental truths about humanity is that evil can perpetuate itself simply by establishing a chain of violence and retribution.
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Ghost in the Shell

Mamoru Oshii expert Brian Ruh dives into anime classic Ghost in the Shell for the film's 25th anniversary 4K HD release. ― When Ghost in the Shell came out in 1995, it was a revelation in both content and marketing. A measure of the film's success is often given as the fact that it went to the top of the Billboard sales charts when it was released on home video in the U.S. This little tidbit is often...
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Fruits Basket ‒ Episode 48

Despite the artificial trappings of the play, characters got real about their feelings on stage.
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The Hidden Dungeon Only I Can Enter Director Kenta Onishi & Novel Editor Satoshi Shoji

Work on the anime is just getting started, but director Kenta Onishi and original novel editor Satoshi Shoji gave us a peek at the details before the series premiere in January! ― Anime production for fantasy light novel, The Hidden Dungeon Only I Can Enter by Meguru Seto, is well underway by studio Okuru to Noboru. Kodansha announced in May 2020 that the series will be coming to life on screen in Ja...
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The Misfit of Demon King Academy ‒ Episode 10

Character-wise, this episode is about adding some depth to two newer characters, Revest and his teacher, Ms. Menou.
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The God of High School ‒ Episode 10

For the most part, GoH has been an incredibly run-of-the-mill martial arts tournament story that is frequently jazzed up by powers and transformations handed down by legendary beings.
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Digimon Adventure: ‒ Episode 14

This Ultimate Evolution arc that Digimon Adventure: has gotten itself into has been terribly uneven, but that does mean that there was bound to be a quality hill amongst all these valleys.
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Chainsaw Man GN 1

"Takes a delightfully ridiculous and bloody premise and just runs with it in all sorts of fascinating directions." ― I don't keep up with manga as much as I used to these days, mostly because I already spend so much of my time wading through the eternal river of New Anime That I Have to Watch, and also because whenever I do get into a new series, like The Promised Neverland or Dr. Stone, I tend to pr...
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This Week in Anime - WTF is Going On in Children of the Sea?

Studio 4°C's Children of the Sea movie's ever-expanding lens begins on one fateful adolescent summer before zooming out to ruminate on life, death, and the meaning of everything. ― The studio behind Mind Game, Studio 4°C, takes on Daisuke Igarashi's manga Children of the Sea to create a sumptuous visual feast. The movie's ever-expanding lens begins on one fateful adolescent summer before zooming out...
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Monster Girl Doctor ‒ Episode 9

This episode was heavy on the exposition, which meant more talking heads than usual and most of it in a lot of indoor settings without much environmental detail.
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EX-ARM Director Yoshikatsu Kimura and Voice Actor Soma Saito

Crunchyroll's 3DCG project features a brain, an AI, and superweapons? Get all the details about EX-ARM from the director and lead voice actor before it premieres in January! ― Ahead of EX-ARM's premiere, director Yoshikatsu Kimura and voice actor Soma Saito give fans insight on their experience working on the series and tease what fans can look forward to. Director Yoshikatsu Kimura, whose previous w...
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One Piece ‒ Episode 940

After disparaging the state of Wano under Orochi's greedy leadership, everything is beginning to come to a head.
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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations ‒ Episode 164

Team 7 faces off against their latest adventure's most formidable adversary yet in an action-packed Boruto: Naruto Next Generations.
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Rent-A-Girlfriend ‒ Episode 9

As Rent-A-Girlfriend spins its wheels it becomes ever clearer that our hero's myopic approach to problem solving is a self-propelling spiral.
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Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out! ‒ Episode 9

Due to a combination of Shinichi being a doofus and Tsuki overhearing a number of conveniently vague conversations, Uzaki's mother falls victim to a comedically inaccurate misunderstanding.
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Fire Force ‒ Episode 34

I'm feeling more reassured by the day that the show is going to come down on the “Abusing people's faith and stoking the flames of nationalism for political gain is a bad thing” side of the conversation.
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Kandagawa Jet Girls

Summer isn't over yet! Kandagawa Jet Girls is racing on to PlayStation 4 but can beautiful girls bring life to this kart-style racer? ― When I first booted up Kandagawa Jet Girls, I had no idea what to expect. I watched the first half of its anime run as a primer, and I was looking forward to seeing how they would translate the premise into gameplay. If you haven't seen the show, it centers heavily a...
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A Certain Scientific Railgun T ‒ Episode 22

The parts that Ryoko willingly relates are also interesting. One is the idea that the cyborg's “soul” could effectively possess things other than just its machine body if that body is sufficiently damaged.
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So I'm a Spider, So What? Creator Okina Baba and Illustrator Tsukasa Kiryu

The creators of the original series discuss the strengths and weaknesses of an anime starring a much-reviled critter ahead of the January 2021 anime. ― Ever wonder what it's like to wake up as the weakest monster in the world? No? Thankfully you can live vicariously through the main character of So I'm a Spider, So What? The isekai light novel began in 2015 and now has an anime coming in January 2021...
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Aggretsuko Season 3 Streaming

We need that sense of spiteful optimism more than ever, so bust out those microphones, warm up your vocal chords, and let out some hellacious death screams for all of the Retsukos out there. ― I loved Aggretsuko's surprisingly heartfelt and sometimes depressingly relevant first season when it premiered on Netflix back in the long ago age of 2018, and while I liked Season 2 quite a bit, it often felt ...
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Failed Princesses GN 1

"Things are only just starting to develop between the two girls in this volume, and there's definitely room for them to not only grow closer, but also to move into a romantic relationship." ― How do you remember high school? While everyone's experiences vary, for a group of us, the answer is far from “the best years of your life,” as so much nostalgia-based fiction tries to frame it. High school can ...
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My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU Climax ‒ Episode 9

This episode is treading water because that is exactly what our heroes are doing—though, that doesn't mean there isn't more than a little character development behind it.
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Appare-Ranman! ‒ Episode 10

But with “The Bridge to Hell” we finally meet the man, the myth, the legend in the flesh, and what follows can only be described as a 15 minute animated wrestling Heel promo.
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Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma: The Fifth Plate ‒ Episode 10

To say that this is the best episode of Food Wars in a long while isn't actually praising it that much because the bar is set so very low.
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No Guns Life ‒ Episode 21

Justice can take many forms, and sometimes that form is a punch square through an old man's brittle cheekbone.
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The Millionaire Detective - Balance: UNLIMITED ‒ Episode 8

Until you (the detective) have yourself actually poked the damn body to make sure it isn't bleeding or breathing, never, ever assume that it is dead!
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Demon City Shinjuku

Yoshiaki Kawajiri, king of late-night anime gorefests, brought us Demon City Shinjuku in 1988. Now available on Blu-ray from Discotek, Theron dives into the once gritty world of anime OAVs. ― The late '80s and early '90s were a heyday for intensely graphic, often sexually explicit supernatural action anime movies and OVAs, titles which became staples of late-night viewing rooms at geekdom conventions...
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Japan Sinks and the Cultural Identity in Disaster Anime

It is predicted that there is a 70 percent possibility of an earthquake directly hitting Tokyo within the next 30 years. Are you prepared? - Tokyo Metropolitan Government website ― It is predicted that there is a 70 percent possibility of an earthquake directly hitting Tokyo within the next 30 years. Are you prepared? - Tokyo Metropolitan Government website Think about the first anime you ever saw. I...

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