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  1. Made in Abyss – 03 「出発」 (Shuppatsu)

    「出発」 (Shuppatsu)

    You may, from time to time, hear us talking about ‘The Three Episode Rule’ around here, which refers to the amount of time we should generally give an anime to convince us to watch it all the way through. My personal take on this is that any given show has one episode to hook and three to impress, but the general gist is that by three episodes we should be able to predict whether a show is ...
  2. Shoukoku no Altair – 03 「将軍会議」 (Shougun Kaigi)

    「将軍会議」 (Shougun Kaigi)
    “The Council of Generals”

    Shoukoku no Altair is a tricky kind of story to adapt, because it is messy. It is certainly not, for example, a simple story of a hero fighting against some clear evil (good as those can be), and indeed when Mahmut goes out of his way to be the hero in this arc (and indeed, saves the day), he is punished for it. Rather, this is the story of many different people from many ...
  3. Boruto -Naruto Next Generations- – 16

    「ダブり:留年の危機」 (Daburi: Ryuunen no Kiki)
    “Crisis: The Threat of Failing”

    Evident in his phobia of failing tests, you can see that Denki is a high achiever. However, Denki’s notion of failure captures Iwabe’s predicament quite well. It already hurts being a warning to others not to be a failure like yourself, but hearing it from a dear friend must cut quite deep. With their ensuing differences, both go about trying to ...
  4. Youkoso Jitsuryoku Shijou Shugi no Kyoushitsu e – 01

    (Aku to wa Nani ka? Yowa sa Kara Shouzuru Subete no Mono da.)
    “What is Evil? Whatever Springs From Weakness.”

    If it seems too good to be true, it probably is. A lesson to live by.

    Youkoso Jitsuryoku Shijou Shugi no Kyoushitsu e—or Youzitsu, as I will subsequently refer to it as, because jeez these titles are getting out of control—is a story about the meritocracy on steroids. It’s also a show that ...
  5. Gamers! – 01 Keita Amano and Chapters of the Chosen

    「雨野景太と導かれし者達」 (Amano kei Futoshi to Michibika re shi sha Tachi)
    “Keita Amano and Chapters of the Chosen”

    A great sense of humor elevates everything.

    I went into this episode slightly excited, and was delighted by what I found. Part of that is certainly expectations; it’s easier to be pleasantly surprised when you weren’t expecting the world. But the simple fact is that this show takes what could easily ...
    Tags: gamers!
    Anime , Anime Episode Review
  6. Princess Principal – 01 「case13 Wired Liar」

    OP Sequence

    OP: 「The Other Side of the Wall」 by Void Chords feat. MARU

    「case13 Wired Liar」

    As you may have been able to tell from our preview on Princess Principal, I had high hopes for this show and I’m happy to say right out the gate that this pilot met all of them and more. It’s an excellent start in both visuals and drama, and for ...
  7. Tsurezure Children – 02 Spring

    「春」 (Haru)

    I’m rather impressed with how many different characters this show has.

    General Impressions

    Continuing on strong after last week’s great introductory episode, this week’s episode keeps pushing forward with a strong sense of identity by skipping all the fluff and getting straight to the point. While things overall may have felt a little slower (especially toward the ...
  8. Isekai Shokudou – 02 Minced Meat Cutlet/Fried Shrimp

    「メンチカツ/エビフライ」 (Menchi Katsu/Ebi Furai)
    “Minced Meat Cutlet/Fried Shrimp”

    For those wondering, the Day of Satur they speak of in this show is nothing more than another way of saying Saturday. Too bad this show doesn’t air on Saturday, right? Moving on, if we take out all the fancy stuff that cannot be afforded on a daily basis like pufferfish and wagyu beef, deep fried foods are pretty much my de facto guilty pleasure. ...
  9. Boruto -Naruto Next Generations- – 15 A New Path

    「新しい道」 (Atarashii Michi)
    “A New Path”

    Ninja Duo > Ninja Trio

    Shino setting up combat training, with the intention of figuring out who would make good teams, can only mean one thing. As the preparations are made for our current generation’s transition into the genin class, we’re nearing the end of our time in the Ninja Academy. It feels like Kishimoto really tied down potential plot variations by ...
  10. Aho Girl – 02 Aho Girl Multiplies!

    OP1.02 Sequence

    OP: 「全力☆Summer!」 Zenryoku☆Summer! by Angela

    「増える!アホガール」 (Fueru! Aho gauru)
    “Aho Girl Multiplies!”

    The secret word for this episode is “assimilation”. Yoshiko’s ultimate goal is outlined clearly this time around as she tries to convince street hooligan Ryuichi (Yashiru Taku), Akuru’s sister Ruri (Senbongi Sayaka), ...
    Tags: aho girl
    Anime , Anime Episode Review
  11. Sakura Quest – 15

    「国王の帰還」 (Kokuou no Kikan)
    “The Queen’s Return”

    I knew the cult people would end up being drawn in by the chupacabra! It was an odd way to end the last episode, but it’s cleared up very quickly by placing the Cryptids cult in the center of their B&B plans for Manoyama. Sakura Quest‘s approach to foreign language is interesting since many of the Cryptid members use pretty decent Spanish, and Sandal’s voice actor ...
  12. Kakegurui – 02 「つまんない女」 (Tsumannai Onna)

    「つまんない女」 (Tsumannai Onna)
    “Boring Girl”

    I’m not going to lie — if you have or know someone who has an actual gambling addiction, don’t be like Yumeko. All jokes aside, it’s a little chilling just how much this show triggers my gambling addiction sense with the way it perfectly personifies what the word “gambling addiction” means.

    The Meaning of Addiction

    I’m not qualified to really speak ...
  13. Action Heroine Cheer Fruits – 01

    OP Sequence

    OP: 「超天界カミダイオー」 (Chou Tenkai Kami Daiou) by Fuchigami Mai

    「いきなり超天界!」 (Ikinari Chō Tenkai!)
    “Suddenly, the Heavenly Realm!”

    When I saw this on the Summer chart, I had this impulsive desire to see what it would be like as I was under the assumption that it would be a “so bad it’s good” show. After all, a show about ...
  14. Hina Loji from Luck & Logic – 03

    「白銀のグリズリー -子の心親知らず-」 (Shirogane no gurizurii – konokokorooyashirazu -)
    “The Silver Grizzly -There is No Love Like a Child’s-”

    Hina Loji from Luck & Logic continues with another entertaining episode. This time featuring Lion’s unnamed father, who comes to visit her all the way from their home country, making an over the top entry onto school premises where he almost gets shot down by anti-aerial defence units. While ...
  15. 18if – 01 「電影の魔女」 (Den kage no majo)

    OP Sequence

    OP: 「Red Doors feat.米良美一」(Red Doors feat. Yoshikazu Mera) by TeddyLoid

    「電影の魔女」 (Den kage no majo)
    “The Witch of Thunder”

    18if might be what you get, if you took LSD and mushrooms before going to sleep, and started having severe hallucinations in your dreams. Central to the series are witches, misguided girls afflicted ...
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