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Tsukimichi: Moonlit Fantasy – S2 16 – Dirty Tricks

While visiting Luria’s land of Aensland in Kaleneon, a young Ilumgard Hopleys makes a promise to fight with her someday. Here, in the present, he’s using real weaponry,…

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Mushoku Tensei II – 15 – Message in a Plastic Bottle

In a way, Rudy’s story is over. He’s struggled and wallowed in pain and anguish and failure, but now he’s happier than he’s ever been. He has a…

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Hibike! Euphonium 3 – 03 – The Shrine of Sally

When Kousaka declared the concert band would be going for Gold, that meant she would be taking no prisoners when it came to preparing for that goal, starting…

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Whisper Me a Love Song – 02 – Russian Blue

Yori and Himari have made a habit of sharing their time on the rooftop, and Himari is not shy about telling Yori how she loves her singing. Yori…

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Jellyfish Can’t Swim in the Night – 03 – Emerging from the Dark

When she’s online, VTuber Watase Kiwi is a charismatic superhero adored by all. She even receives cash tributes for her awesomeness. But in the real world, she appears…

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TenSura – 51 – Cruise Control

Like last week, this episode is a bunch of people sitting around discussing things. Rimuru and his original Majin crew plus characters like Gabiru and Geld feature heavily,…

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Urusei Yatsura – 37 – SisTerminator 2: Misjudgment Day

Mizunokouji Asuka’s parents deserve jail time for the abject neglect they’ve subjected to their daughter Asuka. At the same time, Asuka has quickly risen to become one of…

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Yuru Camp△ 3 – 03 – The Suspension is Healing Me!

Rin sets off on her trusty 50cc at 3:30 in the morning when it’s still dark. She notes that her parents are less wary of her going out…

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A Condition Called Love – 03 – Unlimited Overtime

A commenter in the ANN forum on this show made a very good point that made me want to reassess the show so far: this show is clearly…

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KonoSuba 3 – 02 – Guess Who’s Teleporting for Dinner

After a successful sale of pocket lighters at Wiz’s shop, Kazuma & Co. prepare for a formal dinner with Princess Iris. As the only noble among the party,…

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Spice and Wolf (2024) – 03 – War of the Coins

Kraft and Holo arrive in the bustling merchant town of Pazzio, which is so big Holo is amazed it’s not ruled by a king. She’s also immediately smitten…

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Tsukimichi: Moonlit Fantasy – S2 15 – Out of His Element

Half of this episode is given over to the academy tournament, and while I thought Makoto’s students would face stiffer competition, the fact is no other students are…

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Your RABUJOI “Wake the F*** Up” Song of the Day: “Miyuki”

There’s a third … fourth? … season of The Irregular of Magic High School airing this spring, but I stopped watching after its first cour ten years ago, and…

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Mushoku Tensei II – 14 – Keeping the Tribe Strong

A triumphant new OP is leans into the show’s new normal: Rudeus and Sylphiette are no longer alone, but an adorable matched pair who will never ever be…

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Hibike! Euphonium 3 – 02 – The New Kitauji Trinity

President Kumiko suddenly finds herself with a new euphonium ace (or at least her equal) in Kuroe Mayu, formerly of Seira High. Unlike Kanade, she doesn’t seem the…

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Whisper Me a Love Song – 01 (First Impressions) – A Happy Misreading

First-year high schooler Kino Himari joins her longtime friend and classmate Miki to watch her older sister play in a band composed of third-years to welcome the new…

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Jellyfish Can’t Swim in the Night – 02 – Friends with My Idol

This week we get a sumptuously well-produced OP that spoils the fact that Mahiru and Kano are only half of the eventual JELEE artistic group. The third member…

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TenSura – 50 – This Could Have Been an E-mail

In past seasons TenSura has overindulged in “standing around talking” episodes that serve exclusively as setup. Here we get perhaps the most egregious one yet, and to be honest,…

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Urusei Yatsura – 36 – His Own Worst Enemy

Urusei Yatsura’s second season resumes after a week off with fresh OP and ED themes from MAISONdes and the origin story of Mendou Shuutarou’s nyctophobia and claustrophobia. Mendou…

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Yuru Camp△ 3 – 02 – How the Sausage Gets Made

This week starts with Nadeshiko’s childhood friend Toki Ayano (Kurosawa Tomoyo) trying out “mini-camping”, riding her moped to a pretty spot to enjoy some hot cocoa. When her…

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A Condition Called Love – 02 – That Boy Ain’t Right

Hmm … Well. That’s what I get for giving this bizarre pairing the benefit of the doubt, I guess! Something is very very off with Hananoi Saki, and someone…

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KonoSuba 3 – 01 – The Dawning of Our Age

While I love Megumin, the spinoff focusing on her and Yunyun just didn’t do it for me. A True KonoSuba needs the whole team involved: Megumin, Darkness, Aqua,…

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Spice and Wolf (2024) – 02 – Exchange Rate Transaction

As he continues to travel with Holo the Wise Wolf of Yoitsu, Kraft learns more and more about her, like her ability to sense when it’s about to…

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Tsukimichi: Moonlit Fantasy – S2 14 – A Plethora of Pleasantries

On Day 2 of the academy festival there’s a formal stand-up luncheon filled with foreign dignitaries, and to put it charitably, it’s not Makoto’s scene. For one thing,…

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Your RABUJOI “Wake the F*** Up” Song of the Day: “Saturday Night Question”

Nakajima Megumi’s stirring, bittersweet ballad has me wishing we got a second season of 2017’s Net-juu no Susume.

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Grandpa and Grandma Turn Young Again – 01 (First Impressions) – It Does What’s On the Tin

Elderly couple Saitou Ine and Saitou Shouzou, both well into their eighties, are tending to their orchard when they find an odd golden apple hanging from the tree…

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Vampire Dormitory – 01 (First Impressions) – Needing to Be Needed

Misfortune seems to follow Yamamoto Mito everywhere he goes. He lost his parents in a fire, and his other relatives kicked him onto the streets. Everyone who sees…

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Mushoku Tensei II – 13 (Part 2 E01) – Feels Like Home

Rudy’s students all notice an extra pep in his step in his first class back since being cured by Sylphie. He confides in his two male buds Zanoba…

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Hibike! Euphonium 3 – 01 – The Last Dance

It’s been eight years—and I mean eight years to the freakin’ day—since I first watched and wrote about Hibike! Euphonium. It comes as no surprise for a top-flite operation like…

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Jellyfish Can’t Swim in the Night – 01 (First Impressions) – Waiting to Be Chosen

You could say Kouzuki Mahiru peaked early, and as such is in a state of arrested development. Her grade school-age little sister even notices it. Mahiru was a…

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TenSura – 49 (S3 01) – Allies of Us All

reyhe TenSura returns in media res, as Rimuru returns to Tempest from a meeting of the Demon Lords having been officially named a member of Octogram. Once home,…

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Yuru Camp△ 3 – 01 – You Can Always Go Again

Yuru Camp was a healing balm during Covid, but it’s no less welcome now that everything’s opened up. In a fun coincidence, I started watching this right after…

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A Condition Called Love – 01 (First Impressions) – No Normal Person

All romance series this season will have to compete with the all-timer that was Dangers in My Heart, along with the pretty solid Sign of Affection from Winter. Like Sign, a…

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Metallic Rouge – 13 (Fin) – All’s Well that…Ends

I was officially checked out of Metallic Rouge last week, and this finale didn’t offer a whole lot to change that position. Everyone basically stands around in a room for…

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Tsukimichi: Moonlit Fantasy – S2 13 – The Thick of It

Having juggled between the separate stories of Makoto, the Demiplane gang, and the heroes Hibiki and Tomoki and their parties, Tsukimichi now aims to continue squishing all of these…

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Spice and Wolf: Merchant Meets the Wise Wolf – 01 – A New Harvest

This fleet, efficient first episode serves as both a cozy, nostalgic blanket for fans of the original and a welcoming and earnest introduction for those new to the…

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Your RABUJOI “Wake the F*** Up” Song of the Day: “Brave your truth”

We go back fifteen years to wake the f*** up this first day of April. I don’t care what anyone says: Chrome Shelled Regios ruled and so did its…

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The Dangers in My Heart – 25 (Fin) – Their Everything

Kyoutarou most definitely ended up in quite the fix last week, but even as girl and love talk ensues, the other girls don’t suspect he’s beneath Anna’s blankets.…

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Solo Leveling – 12 (S1 Fin) – Shadow Monarch

Jinwoo has gone and backed himself into a corner. The knights keep coming, his fatigue and HP continue to drop, and he has no way to raise them.…

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The Wrong Way to Use Healing Magic – 13 (Fin) – Great Expectations

The best part of Wrong Way was its lovable, adorkable characters and their chemistry with one another, and finale leans into those strengths. Ken and Suzune meet with…

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Urusei Yatsura – 35 – What’s at Cake / A Fox’s Tale

Atari spots Ran in the park but loses her, but not before she drops a neatly-packaged cake from her basket. A cake she said would “knock him dead”.…

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Metallic Rouge – 12 – Live for Love

Here we are, back to having to hear the Puppetmaster drone on in his insufferably avuncular tone about puppets and plays and performances. I’m at the end of…

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Classroom of the Elite – S3 13 (Fin) – Let’s Pray

It’s now spring break, so there’s not a school uniform to be seen. Ayanokouji has a cozy cup of coffee with Shiina, who we haven’t seen in a…

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Jaku-Chara Tomozaki-kun 2nd Stage – 13 (Fin) – Stage Clear

Most of this finale is given over to Fuuka’s play, which serves as a proxy for how Fuuka has wrestled with who she is, who she wants or…

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Gushing over Magical Girls – 13 (Fin) – Love’s a Game of Give and Take

Vena gives the Enormita girls a much-deserved day off at the beach. Utena rejects the tiny purple micro bikini Kiwi picked out for her, going with a cute…

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Synduality: Noir – 24 (Fin) – Forward Together

Noir is the only Magus not shut down by Wiesheit’s order because she’s technically not a Magus, and never was. First inhabiting Mystere’s body and now the late…

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Tsukimichi: Moonlit Fantasy – S2 12 – Not Too Late to Apologize

After a bear attacks one of the orcs as a warning, Makoto investigates the deep forest and meets huggable bear, a surprisingly reasonable pack of wolves, and an…

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Hokkaido Gals Are Super Adorable! – 12 (Fin) – Cool Like You

This finale starts, somewhat surprisingly, with Tsubasa and Minami sharing a hotel room together. Turned out they missed the last bus home because they read the weekday schedule…

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Your RABUJOI “Wake the F*** Up” Song of the Day: “Psychological Warfare”

It’s a slower track, but whenever I heard this in OverLord I knew some scheming was afoot, and that guitar rif is epic, so I can say without qualifications…

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Shin no Nakama – S2 12 (Fin) – We Can Be Heroes

In a battle of pure swordsmanship, Red has Van’s number, as demonstrated by the ease with which he’s able to parry and counter Van’s thrusts, but also kind…

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