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Free! Eternal Summer: Episode 01 Review

Free! Eternal Summer: Episode 01 Review

No one was surprised that Free! got a second season, but I was sure surprised to see a season called "Eternal Summer" start in the middle of winter. It makes some sense—no one on the Iwatobi team was a third-year (and thus in danger of graduating), but their rivals at Samezuka had to say farewell to their captain and introduce a new one.

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Sailor Moon Crystal: Episode 01 Review

Sailor Moon Crystal: Episode 01 Review

It's here, it's here, it's finally here! The Sailor Moon reboot we've all been waiting for. It seemed almost impossible that a franchise as big and as popular as Sailor Moon had gone so long without any sort of extra story or remake (as fantastic as the stage shows and live action series are, they're just not quite the same), but after 23 long years, the anime is finally getting a modern treatment!

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Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun Episodes 5-7 Review

Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun Episodes 5-7 Review

As much as I hate to say it, with so many lovable and colorful characters, even a series as meta as Nozaki-kun can start to feel predictable in its gags after a while. After all, those who are genre-savvy enough - or, at least, familiar enough with the series - can guess what it is they can expect once the premise has been introduced.

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Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun Episodes 02-04 Review

Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun Episodes 02-04 Review

While a series that leans against the fourth wall and pokes fun at a specific manga genre isn't exactly anything special to write home about (though I seriously beg to differ in the case of Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun), when it comes to its cast, this show has the 'colorful and interesting cast' part in spades. Episodes 2 through 4 are pretty much dedicated to introducing new cast members, each one just as interesting and unique as the next.

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Persona 4 The Golden Animation: Final Review

Persona 4 The Golden Animation: Final Review

Transfer student Yu Narukami arrives in the quiet rural town of Inaba, where rumors abound of a mysterious “Midnight Channel” that appears during rainy nights. Together with several new classmate friends,

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Persona 4 the Golden ANIMATION: Episode 08-10 Review

Persona 4 the Golden ANIMATION: Episode 08-10 Review

Persona 4 Golden is now moving along into uncharted territory, with the Adachi arc concluded. It seems there is still very much left to do, and the series has kept its fun, humorous tone even as events of a darker sort are about to emerge, once again involving the tragic heroine Marie.

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Persona 4 the Golden ANIMATION: Episode 05-07 Review

Persona 4 the Golden ANIMATION: Episode 05-07 Review

Streaming Allegiance: Crunchyroll Reconnaissance Report by: Dr. Magnanimus Progress: Episode 07 One of the main reasons I was drawn to the Persona series in general was its central theme on the denial of self. On one hand, denying the aspects of the self that we abhor about ourselves is the surest way to lead to self-destruction. On the other hand, self-acceptance of our failings and reaching out to others with love and selflessness is how...

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Ao Haru Ride: Episode 05-07 Review

Ao Haru Ride: Episode 05-07 Review

I found about the first half of episode 05 to be a bit boring. It involved a lot of exposition and awkward small-talk, but that was sort of just the nature of the orienteering event. The episode definitely picked up, though. I really enjoyed Aya's optimistic view of the whole event as a "happy memory."

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Glasslip: Episode 05-07 Review

Glasslip: Episode 05-07 Review

Although he was likely already aware, Yanagi finally explicity confesses her love to Yukinari in episode 05. It seems that she has already accepted that her love will not be returned since Yukinari confessed to Touko, and although Touko rejected him, Yukinari is still hung up over her.

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Glasslip: Episode 02-04 Review

Glasslip: Episode 02-04 Review

As I mentioned in the last review, the characters are very well-defined. I already feel attached to most of them, and even without the plot twist, their everyday "adventures" are interesting enough to keep me engaged.

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Akame ga Kill: Episode 01 Review

Akame ga Kill: Episode 01 Review

What starts off as a particularly standard adventure story with a boring introduction quickly takes a turn for the dark and despicable in the latter half of Episode 1 of Akame ga Kill.

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Love Stage!! : Episode 01 Review

Love Stage!! : Episode 01 Review

Love Stage!! introduces the audience to Izumi Sena, a college student who dreams of becoming a manga artist in a family where entertainment is the career path of choice. Despite all of the opportunities and offers for help Izumi has received, he declines them all because his heart lay in pursuit of manga; he even joined the Manga Club at school to better his drawing.

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Ao Haru Ride: Episode 02-04 Review

Ao Haru Ride: Episode 02-04 Review

I noted in my last review that the personality of the main characters has not been expanded upon much yet, but it is clear to me now that this is so because the characters are holding back so much of themselves. Futaba is only beginning to come out of her shell, and Kou has a lot of barriers put up.

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Anime Declassified Podcast – Mission 01 – Sword Art Online Season 2 Episode 1 & 2 Review

Anime Declassified Podcast – Mission 01 – Sword Art Online Season 2 Episode 1 & 2 Review

Rizwan and Kara discuss in detail Sword Art Online Season 1, the Extra Edition and Season 2 Episodes 1 and 2.

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Glasslip: Episode 01 Review

Glasslip: Episode 01 Review

Not an awful lot has been revealed plot-wise thus far, but this is not a bad thing in this case. So far, the main character, Toko, goes to watch fireworks with her friends during the summer break of their senior year at high school.

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Ao Haru Ride: Episode 01 Review

Ao Haru Ride: Episode 01 Review

So far, I have found Ao Haru Ride to be very engaging. I really want for Futaba to be able to right things with Kou, so I find his stubborn mentality to be very frustrating. He seems so nihilistic... This series really seems like it will be very touching - it has been thus far, even one episode in.

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Persona 4 the Golden ANIMATION: Episode 02-04 Review

Persona 4 the Golden ANIMATION: Episode 02-04 Review

Having watched more episodes, thus far, I am nopersona postert surprised to find that Persona 4 Golden has been made in the image of a slice-of-life comedy. The audience is expected to know who the characters are already, and nearly all the jokes refer back to events in both the original anime and game.

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Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun Episode 01 Review

Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun Episode 01 Review

You would assume, from its title and watching the first minute of the show, that Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun would be a something along the lines of your stereotypical shoujo romance anime. And you'd be right, in a sense. Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun does kicks off with our high school girl protagonist, Chiyo Sakura, confessing her feelings for the titular schoolmate Umetaro Nozaki in the typical, blushy-blushy, "oh, I'm so nervous I hope he likes me back" way, but that's about where the shoujo-ness of this series ends. Once Umetaro gives his response to Chiyo's confession, you'll know instantly that Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun isn't going to be at all anything involving shoujo bubbles and sparkles (unironically, anyway).

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Persona 4 the Golden ANIMATION: Episode 01 Review

Persona 4 the Golden ANIMATION: Episode 01 Review

If someone had told me ten years ago that an niche genre video game series combining dating sim and dungeon crawl mechanics would emerge as one of the most-hyped Japanese role-playing game series since Final Fantasy, I would have thought said person was under the influence of some mind-altering substance (alternately I would have begged said person to join my scarcely-attended university anime club that I reigned over, but that’s another story).

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Sword Art Online II: Episode 01 Review

Sword Art Online II: Episode 01 Review

It's been about two years since Sword Art Online ended and waves of fans began waiting anxiously for the next season. As you may recall, I concluded the first season of SAO with some major issues. First of all, the last two episodes irked me with the graphic nature of the scenes, and the resolutions were downright weak. Secondly, I felt like Asuna's character went from a glorious warrior to a housewife for no good reason.

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