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Dead Mount Death Play ‒ Episode 11

It moves all the pieces to where they need to be. And while I expect it to pay off more next week, this one was pretty lackluster as a stand-alone episode.
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My Home Hero ‒ Episode 12 - SEASON FINALE

This final episode of My Home Hero is all about our two fathers finally giving some much-needed backstory for Matori.
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Why Raeliana Ended Up at the Duke's Mansion ‒ Episode 11

It doesn't seem likely that we'll get any concrete answers in next week's finale. There just isn't enough time, no matter how much manhwa gets crammed into twenty-four minutes.
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Heavenly Delusion ‒ Episode 12

A goofy nightmare from Tokyo portends a chapter full of profound sea changes on both sides of Heavenly Delusion's plot.
game review

Story of Seasons: A Wonderful Life

Just in time for the 20th anniversary, we have Story of Seasons: A Wonderful Life, an updated remaster of that beloved game. Does it live up to its predecessor's memory? ― Back before the Harvest Moon games had their complicated split, A Wonderful Life and its subsequent distaff counterpartAnother Wonderful Life became the introduction for many a farm-sim fan to the genre. While it wasn't too differe...
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TONIKAWA: Over The Moon For You Season 2 ‒ Episode 11

You could argue that faith in the concept of marriage now isn't nearly as strong as it used to be for a handful of reasons, but TONIKAWA is not interested in any of those things.
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Hell's Paradise ‒ Episode 11

This show is something else, as it runs the gamut of hitting you at your core with uncanny and disgusting subject matter without necessarily feeling gratuitous.
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The Dangers in My Heart ‒ Episode 12 - SEASON FINALE

While this season doesn't end with any romantic climax, I think it does a solid job of rounding out Kyotaro's character arc.
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Honey Lemon Soda GN 2

What sets Honey Lemon Soda apart from its brethren? It's the willingness to understand that it's not a quick or easy thing to break free of the things that haunt you. ― What sets Honey Lemon Soda apart from its brethren? It's the willingness to understand that, even with the help of the most popular boy in class, it's not a quick or easy thing to break free of learned behavior and the things that hau...
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Birdie Wing -Golf Girls' Story- ‒ Episode 24

The day has arrived, the promise has been fulfilled, and the golf girls are ready to pen the ending of their story on the biggest stage possible.
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Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch From Mercury ‒ Episode 22

Apparent as it is that we're heading into finale territory, without certainty of a follow-up season, we can see that the show simply isn't going to have the space to resolve all the various conflicts it's built up and utilized throughout its run.
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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Swordsmith Village Arc ‒ Episode 11 - SEASON FINALE

If you're looking for a review of this Demon Slayer season finale that is chock-full of unqualified praise and hype, you won't find it here.
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My Clueless First Friend ‒ Episode 12

After seeing Yukiko's friend kiss her boyfriend, both Takada and Nishimura are faced with both the uncomfortable aftereffects of accidental voyeurism and the growing possibility of wanting to engage in some romance themselves.
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Magical Destroyers ‒ Episode 11

All in all, I still have no clue whether or not all of this nonsense will have been worth it, by the end.
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Sugar Apple Fairy Tale Novels 2-3

If you've already watched the first season of Sugar Apple Fairy Tale's anime adaptation, is it worth reading the novels? I'd say yes. ― Note: You can find our review of the first light novel here. If you've already watched the first season of Sugar Apple Fairy Tale's anime adaptation, is it worth reading the novels? I'd say yes. Although these two books bring us to the end of the first season (so you...
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My Love Story With Yamada-kun at Lv999 ‒ Episode 12

The movement up to the threshold of crossing the confessional line is the main feature of this one.
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A Galaxy Next Door ‒ Episode 11

This hasn't always been a perfect series, but in this episode, they truly get it right.
review

I Hear the Sunspot: Four Seasons GN 1

A grounded romance, I Hear the Sunspot continues to be a slow-burn that touches on an important message with disability representation. ― It is always worth waiting for a new entry in Yuki Fumino's I Hear the Sunspot BL series. Four Seasons is the latest subseries in the overall tale of Kohei and Taichi, and it continues to move time forward while dealing with the slow-growing nature of their relatio...
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Konosuba: An Explosion on This Wonderful World! ‒ Episode 11

It's the kind of silly Scooby Doo-esque hijinks in a fantasy setting that warms my heart, and it got a big belly laugh from me.
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Otaku Elf ‒ Episode 11

It drives up the tension more than Koma's flighty faffing-about of an investigation does, as we're immediately driven to anxiously ask "Koito, what did you do?!"
ep. review

Mashle: Magic and Muscles ‒ Episode 10

It feels weird that the best compliment I can pay this episode is that at least it's moving through its fights quickly when we could have skipped over these entirely and not missed anything.
ep. review

Yuri Is My Job! ‒ Episode 11

While Kanoko may not care about the Schwestern concept, she knows that Sumika does. To Sumika, it is the symbol of a real sisterly relationship—on stage and off.
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This Week in Games - From The Materia Of Your Soul

Jean-Karlo hypothesizes about possible major changes in the Final Fantasy VII remake's plot, plus the missed opportunities in the Persona franchise's newest entry. ― Welcome back, everyone! Wow, what a week! I saw the Super Mario Bros movie last week. Wow, what a movie with a miscast lead and horribly shoehorned pop culture music. There were a ton of announcements this past week; I'm definitely itchi...
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Dr. Stone: New World ‒ SEASON FINALE

It's an incredible father-son moment stretching across the millennia.
game review

Puzzle Bobble Everybubble!

Overall, Puzzle Bobble Everybubble! is a stellar little game. The puzzles are witty and addicting, the co-op mode is sure to ruin friendships, and the Space Invaders mode—while a bit sudden—is a fun surprise. ― Ah, Puzzle Bobble. What a delightful classic of the arcades it is. Puzzle Bobble Everybubble! is similarly a delightful take on the old classic formula. While it's been a while since I've last...
ep. review

The Legendary Hero is Dead! ‒ Episode 11

It's the kind of fight you'd see in a filler episode of The Seven Deadly Sins, delivered with animation on par with that show's worst episodes.
interview

The Brilliant Minds Behind VINLAND SAGA Season 2

The creative team talks about taking up the mantle for season two and how a "battle of emotions" takes center stage. ― VINLAND SAGA, the critically acclaimed historical anime, has taken audiences on a breathtaking journey through the Viking Age, combining thrilling battles, complex characters, and a gripping narrative. As fans eagerly watch VINLAND SAGA Season 2 each week, we had the privilege of si...
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The Ancient Magus' Bride Season 2 ‒ Episode 11

An unsettled Lucy asking to pet Zoe's snakes (no, not like that!), admitting that she needs something comforting to cuddle in lieu of her spiders, is an incredibly sweet moment.
game review

The Centennial Case: A Shijima Story

Are you a murder mystery buff? Then The Centennial Case: A Shijima Story should go on your “to-play” list immediately. ― Are you a murder mystery buff? Then The Centennial Case: A Shijima Story should go on your “to-play” list immediately. Borrowing heavily from the traditions of Golden Age mystery novels (roughly equivalent to the time between WWI and WWII), this is a game that both challenges and r...
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Golden Kamuy Season 4 ‒ Episode 47

Episode 47 is one of the better one-off entries in the series that doesn't necessarily wow but turns into a strong performance regardless.
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Oshi no Ko ‒ Episode 9

Though "B-Komachi" is all about building the action into the season's likely final arc, smooth transitions between storylines and consistency of messaging and voice make this episode shine.
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This Week in Anime - Why Demon Slayer May Not Have 'Slayed' This Season

Has the series' recent successes and prolonged battles exhausted its pacing this season? Maybe. ― Has the series' recent successes exhausted its pacing this season? Maybe. This series is streaming on Crunchyroll, Funimation, Hulu, Netflix, and Viu. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the participants in this chatlog are not the views of Anime News Network.Spoiler Warning for discussion o...
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Japan's Newest My Hero Academia Exhibition is Full of Awesome Photo Spots

See the most impactful moments from the hit anime's sixth season! ― The currently-running My Hero Academia ANIMATION Exhibition -All-Out War- in Tokyo is an art exhibition centered around the most impactful moments of the first arc of the hit anime's sixth season. It's full of statues, pop-out wall art, and various pieces that use both dynamic lighting and sound to enhance the experience. Or to put i...
ep. review

KamiKatsu: Working for God in a Godless World ‒ Episode 10

At this point, everything about this show is so pitifully inert that it can't even manage a half-assed parody.
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The ANN Aftershow - Heavenly Delusion Gets Even Weirder (Yes It's Possible)

Lynzee and James continue to be shocked by the twists in Heavenly Delusion (did they just pull a Get Out!?). Heavenly Delusion Gets Even Weirder (Yes It's Possible) Lynzee and James continue to be shocked by the twists in Heavenly Delusion (did they just pull a Get Out!?). Meanwhile, Miorine has a breakdown in G-Witch and Suletta is about to find herself facing off against Lauda! The ANN After Sho...
ep. review

The Dangers in My Heart ‒ Episode 11

It seems that the stage is being set for these two to enter an environment where it will be nearly impossible for them to deny their feelings, whether it's to each other or in front of other people.
review

Violet Evergarden: The Movie Limited Edition

A love letter to hand-written correspondence, Violet Evergarden: The Movie is gorgeous visually and beguilingly melancholy in its writing and delivery. ― In the language of flowers, a blue (purple) violet means “love” and a white daisy means “innocence.” Although a Japanese film doesn't necessarily adhere to Victorian lore, I can't help but think that maybe there's something to them in the case of Vi...
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Insomniacs After School ‒ Episode 10

Now that our two leads are stuck playing house together, with no supervision whatsoever, it makes me itch on the edge of my seat because I know something is coming.
ep. review

Vinland Saga Season 2 ‒ SEASON FINALE

"Two Paths" is where this stage of our heroes' journeys reaches its end, and I couldn't have imagined a more fitting way to wrap up Thorfinn and Einar's long and difficult road to freedom.
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Skip and Loafer ‒ Episode 11

It's not going to be easy or instant. Nothing is, but this episode shows a lot of people taking tentative steps forward.
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Light Novels With Shōjo Manga Energy

Whether you're looking for intrigue, romance, fantasy, or just a fun female protagonist, we've got your next summer read here! ― Last year, I wrote an article about light novels with shōnen manga energy. It's a bit belated, but here is a list of light novels that feel like they belong in a shōjo manga magazine. (In fact, some of their manga adaptations actually are published in shōjo magazines!) It i...
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Your Anime Rankings - Best of Spring 2023, Jun 3-9

The cumulative isn't moving much anymore, but The Dangers in My Heart just keeps climbing and climbing; how far will it go? Check out 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 ba...
ep. review

Dead Mount Death Play ‒ Episode 10

At this point, in her mind, it was proven. She was just as bad as those she had killed. So there was just one evil assassin left to kill: herself.
ep. review

My Home Hero ‒ Episode 11

When it comes down to it, Tetsuo can't let go of his empathy even in a life-or-death struggle. He simply has to make one final appeal to the man out to kill him and his family.
ep. review

One Piece ‒ Episode 1065

It's a whirlwind tour of Onigashima that results in a lot of smaller elements that simply don't have enough time to shine.
review

Gunbuster Blu-ray

Gunbuster is a true classic in every sense of the word: historically important, influential, and a fantastic series decades after it came out. With this gorgeous release, it deserves a place on every anime fan's shelf. ― I wasn't in the room when Discotek announced they licensed Gunbuster at Otakon in 2021, but I have a feeling that if I had been, my eardrums would never be the same. See, this six-ep...
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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Swordsmith Village Arc ‒ Episode 10

It finally feels like the show is willing to (almost) shut up and let the audience enjoy the fight that has been in progress for two-and-a-half months now—at least in the second half of the episode.
ep. review

Heavenly Delusion ‒ Episode 11

After weeks on the sideline, the "Heaven" side of Heavenly Delusion takes the narrative's reins and slides downhill towards the inevitable disaster at the bottom.
ep. review

Why Raeliana Ended Up at the Duke's Mansion ‒ Episode 10

There's one major problem here: Raeliana herself is still stuck in the mindset that she's a side character in someone else's story.
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Game Preview - Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective

The quirky game from the creators of Ace Attorney is back with a fresh coat of paint. Christopher Farris tests out fan-favorite adventure puzzler. ― It's been well over a decade since Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective possessed the Nintendo DS. The adventure game from Shu Takumi (the same creative mind behind the DS mainstay Phoenix Wright) proved to be a solid cult hit in its time, and now, with a rema...
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“My Last War”: Finding a Peaceful World in Attack on Titan and Vinland Saga

When confronted with the horrors of war, what kind of man do you become? ― General Spoiler Warning for the plots of Attack on Titan and Vinland Saga, below. It's rather incredible how perfectly Eren Jeager and Thorfinn Thorsson serve as foils for each other, both as characters and as symbols for the larger thematic goals of their respective anime. It was not even a little surprising to learn that Att...
review

Lupin Zero

The Lupin III franchise gets an accessible introduction in the form of Lupin Zero, the story of Lupin in his youth. ― Lupin III is a name familiar to anime fans worldwide, but not all of them would know what exactly the name entails. I, for one, have been interested in Lupin III for who knows how long, but felt intimidated by how large a franchise it has grown into throughout the last five decades. A...
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Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch From Mercury ‒ Episode 21

This is the sort of aftermath, downtime, catch-up episode everyone needed after the big blow-ups last week.
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Hell's Paradise ‒ Episode 10

This is a very exposition-heavy episode, but I don't mind that there were some interesting revelations here.
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TONIKAWA: Over The Moon For You Season 2 ‒ Episode 10

This episode gave us something I wasn't expecting, but it's arguably something we've needed for a while.
ep. review

My Clueless First Friend ‒ Episode 11

For every character who changes, there are going to be those who don't.
ep. review

Magical Destroyers ‒ Episode 10

The big problem with Magical Destroyers going all in on the tragic spectacle that an “All is Lost Moment” demands is the whole “spectacle” part.
ep. review

My Love Story With Yamada-kun at Lv999 ‒ Episode 11

Just keep putting yourself out there against it and trying, paying attention, until the proper approach makes itself apparent to you.
review

Saving 80,000 Gold in Another World for My Retirement

Saving 80,000 Gold In Another World doesn't overstay its welcome, though it does make some odd choices that deflate an otherwise strong start. Saving 80,000 Gold In Another World is a fun enough show with a solid premise and meandering execution. It doesn't overstay its welcome, though it does make some odd choices that deflate an otherwise strong start. The series is, yes, another isekai fantasy t...
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A Galaxy Next Door ‒ Episode 10

Mrs. Goshiki feels like a throwback to a time when parents fully controlled their daughters and guarded their “purity,” and that's almost certainly intentional.
ep. review

Birdie Wing -Golf Girls' Story- ‒ Episode 23

All you millions of Birdie Wing fans who begged for footage of Eve bench pressing, your day has arrived.
ep. review

Konosuba: An Explosion on This Wonderful World! ‒ Episode 10

Megumin tries and tries to fit the right fit, and just keeps coming up short. We've all been there!
review

What This World Is Made Of GN 1

Chalk this one up to a "good idea, mediocre execution." ― Chalk this one up to a "good idea, mediocre execution." Shin Yamamoto's third English language release (following Sekiro Side Story: Hanbei the Undying and Monster Hunter Flash Hunter) tells the story of two brothers who have lost everything. First, their parents abandoned them as children, then they were shuffled around between relatives befo...
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Mashle: Magic and Muscles ‒ Episode 9

Mash's all-physical counter-attack he throws at Razer is a satisfying beatdown for the climax and I remain amused by Mash calling out his particular muscles like they're magic spells.
ep. review

Otaku Elf ‒ Episode 10

It's not as deep as all the stuff we've gotten for Elda and Koito, but it demonstrates how Otaku Elf's commitment to making characters feel three-dimensional persists even when the actual content is at its most cute-deities-doing-cute-things
ep. review

Dr. Stone: New World ‒ Episode 10

This week's Dr. Stone is all about one thing: the importance of communication.
ep. review

Yuri Is My Job! ‒ Episode 10

The issue facing Kanoko is one of her own doing: she's socially isolated.
review

Don't Call It Mystery Omnibus 1

This omnibus contains three complete cases and the start of a fourth. All of them are intriguing in different ways, and each explores a different trope of detective fiction. ― But then what should you call it? Even creator Yumi Tamura says in her afterword that this series isn't a mystery, despite all evidence to the contrary: there are crimes, clues, and cops throughout the volume, with protagonist ...
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The Ancient Magus' Bride Season 2 ‒ Episode 10

If season one was ultimately about Chise learning to value her own life, it would seem this season is about her learning just how dangerous she can be, and how ruthless (but not Ruth-less!) she can become if she isn't careful.
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This Week in Games - Pokémon Strike Version and Protest Version

The top four players in Korea's Pokémon league were disqualified this past week for protesting the tournament by hacking their entire teams into knowing nothing but the move Metronome. ― Well, that's an egg on my face—I finished Chapter 5 of Xenoblade Chronicles 3 over the weekend. So much for "July"! They sure played us like a fiddle with that chapter. But we can talk about that later; in more impor...
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The Legendary Hero is Dead! ‒ Episode 10

If I wanted to see a version of Fairy Tail that was worse in every regard, I could just watch Edens Zero.
ep. review

KamiKatsu: Working for God in a Godless World ‒ Episode 9

After running on fumes since its big reveal, it feels like KamiKatsu has well and truly run out of ideas.
ep. review

Oshi no Ko ‒ Episode 8

After a grueling two-week wait, Oshi no Ko revealed the fruits of Akane's labor in the form of Ai-kane—and Aqua is genuinely smitten.
ep. review

Golden Kamuy Season 4 ‒ Episode 46

This entire episode involves Tanigaki and Inkarmat being in mortal peril; I was glued to my seat throughout.
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This Week in Anime - Yuri Is My Job! Is the Best Gayfabe We Could Ask For

What starts as a silly comedy about role-playing in a yuri-themed café turns into a rollercoaster of real emotions. ― What starts as a silly comedy about role-playing in a yuri-themed café turns into a rollercoaster of real emotions. Our columnists peel back the layers of performance in this gleefully metatextual rom-com. This series is streaming on Crunchyroll. Disclaimer: The views and opinions ex...
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Insomniacs After School ‒ Episode 9

I would argue that this episode excels in the little blink-and-you-miss-it moments.
ep. review

Vinland Saga Season 2 ‒ Episode 22

“The King of Rebellion” is a textbook example of what it looks like when a show is firing on all cylinders both on and off the battlefield.
ep. review

Skip and Loafer ‒ Episode 10

Much of the problem is that Shima can't separate his past trauma from his present behavior.
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The Anime You Should Have Watched in Spring 2013

Travel back ten years and revisit some fan favorite anime and hidden gems. ― When you're captive to the eternal churn of seasonal anime, it's hard to fit every show you want to watch into your busy life. I have a full-time job and a family, yet somehow have twenty-seven newly-streaming anime shows on my Spring 2023 to-watch list. This isn't sustainable, so why not take a break (hide) from all those ...
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Why Raeliana Ended Up at the Duke's Mansion ‒ Episode 9

This episode sets up for what's to come, and it's nice to have a calmer, funnier break from the intrigue that has been lurking beneath the surface of the rest of the plot.
ep. review

My Home Hero ‒ Episode 10

It feels like two episodes stitched together—one excellently done and the other painfully contrived.
ep. review

Dead Mount Death Play ‒ Episode 9

This week's episode is all about showing us that there's only one major story going on here—that almost everything we've seen unfolding in Shinjuku is interconnected.
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Your Anime Rankings - Best of Spring 2023, May 27-Jun 2

Vinland Saga and Skip and Loafer are sitting very stable at the top of the charts. See how your favorite shows stack up this week! ― 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 based on how people rated indiv...
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Monster Episodes 43-74 Streaming

In the end, I think that Monster succeeded in telling the story it wanted to tell. The difficult pill to swallow may be in learning what kind of story that Monster was meant to be in the first place. ― It is beyond cliché at this point to begin a review of the final episodes of a long-running series with a pithy observation on how a story "is about the journey, not the destination." I honestly can't ...
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Heavenly Delusion ‒ Episode 10

The layouts in this episode are even busier and more beautiful than Heavenly Delusion's already high standards.
ep. review

One Piece ‒ Episode 1064

Episode 1064 is another perfectly solid episode, and like 1063 before it, its only sin is not being a medium-defining high watermark in weekly television.
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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Swordsmith Village Arc ‒ Episode 9

After literal months of buildup, it seems that we have reached the point in this season of Demon Slayer where things are happening. Kind of.
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This Week in Anime - Top Reasons to Watch Skip and Loafer

Nick and Steve discuss the myriad of reasons why Skip and Loafer is a top-tier rom-com, from fully-realized characters and expertly-timed comedy to positive trans representation. ― Nick and Steve discuss the myriad of reasons why Skip and Loafer is a top-tier rom-com, from fully-realized characters and expertly-timed comedy to positive trans representation. This series is streaming on Crunchyroll. D...
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Ranking of Kings: The Treasure Chest of Courage ‒ Episodes 7-8

If you've skipped out on this side quest for Ranking of Kings, you're missing out on some fantastic animation this season.
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TONIKAWA: Over The Moon For You Season 2 ‒ Episode 9

Okay, so this episode pretty much straight up confirms that Tsukasa is immortal, right?
ep. review

The Dangers in My Heart ‒ Episode 10

Kyotaro might just be maturing more than I initially gave him credit for, because he has finally opened up to the idea that Anna is probably romantically interested in him.
ep. review

Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch From Mercury ‒ Episode 20

"The End of Hope" almost comes off as an ironic title for an episode where, through so much of this denouement of death and destruction, our characters are still searching for that hopeful, better way.
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Kamen Rider Kuuga GN 2-3

Marred by poor editing, stilted dialogue, and missing color art assets, Kamen RIder Kuuga gets by, but the ride is bumpy. ― The end of the second volume of the Kamen Rider Kuuga manga includes, as a bonus, an interview with Toei producer Shinichiro Shirakura. In it, Shirakura talks about some of the decisions made in creating the manga, going with Tohshiki Inoue as the writer, and the mindset that le...
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Hell's Paradise ‒ Episode 9

Looks like we finally got our big reveal as to who the top dogs are on the island.
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The Anime Road To Street Fighter

Video game to anime adaptations can be contentious, but Street Fighter fans can consider themselves the lucky few. Christopher Farris discusses Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie and the fighting game's other, less well-known anime entries. ― The return of Cammy White in her debut trailer trailer for Street Fighter 6, and her new design, has caught the attention of plenty of players and fan artist...
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My Clueless First Friend ‒ Episode 10

Although this is another piecemeal episode, with lots of short, tangentially related segments, it still manages to stick not just the landing, but all the little moments leading up to it.

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