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Anime Orbit: The Fancy Footwork of IPPON! AGAIN

Judo anime Ippon! Again powers through a fairly limited production to put the focus where it really matters; on the judo itself.

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The Future of Magic Planet Anime [1/28/23]

Hi everyone! It’s time to talk about the future of MPA. And also to way, WAY overshare about my mental illnesses.

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Revisiting Darling in the FranXX 5 Years Later, Part 2 – Episodes 6-10

In the second episode of our Darling in the FranXX retrospective, we cover several of the show’s best episodes, but also more than one that emphasizes the cracks…

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MAGIC PLANET ARCADE: 2023’s Game of The Year (So Far) is a BOCCHI THE ROCK! Web Toy

“For that small joy, and as a nostalgic throwback to simpler times, I am just happy Nijika’s Ahoge exists.”

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Seasonal First Impressions: Hitting the Jackpot with HIGH CARD

In just 22 minutes, HIGH CARD proves itself to be a standout among a surprisingly dense anime season. A cast full of violent, superpowered prettyboys helps.

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(PODCAST) Revisiting Darling in The FranXX 5 Years Later, Part 1 – Episodes 1-5

The DarliFra retrospective gets off to a rocky start through some technical difficulties. Along the way, Julian and I discuss the comparative merits of the opening episodes of…

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Seasonal First Impressions: It’s Midnight in Nagasaki in REVENGER

Dark, mysterious, and appropriately vengeful, Gen Urobuchi’s Revenger stands as one of the 2023 winter season’s early highlights.

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DARLING IN THE FRANXX 5 Years Later Podcast Mini-Series – Announcement & Introduction

Five years since its premiere, the Studio TRIGGER / CloverWorks mecha series has remained in the public consciousness. But why, when so many of its contemporaries have faded…

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Ranking Every 2022 Anime I Actually Finished from Worst to Best – Part 4: The Top 5 Anime of 2022

In this, the final part of my massive, four-part list, we get to the best of the best, the top 5 anime of 2022.

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Ranking Every 2022 Anime I Actually Finished from Worst to Best – Part 3

In this, the third part of my massive year-end ranking of every 2022 anime I actually finished, we get to the good stuff. Anime I liked and a…

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Ranking Every 2022 Anime I Actually Finished from Worst to Best – Part 2

Today, in part 2 of my massive, multi-part end of year ranking list, we get to shows I thought were alright, shows I thought were really weird, things…

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Ranking Every 2022 Anime I Actually Finished from Worst to Best – Intro & Part 1

There were a lot of great anime this year, but in this, the first part of my massive, multi-part year-end ranking, we take a look at some of…

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Let’s Watch CHAINSAW MAN Episode 12 – “Katana vs. Chainsaw” (SEASON FINALE)

In the explosive Chainsaw Man finale, Denji finally confronts Katana Man. But does the story really end here?

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Let’s Watch SPY X FAMILY Episode 25 – “First Contact” (SEASON FINALE)

In the Spy x Family season finale, Loid finally meets Donovan for the first time, but can he really gain the sinister politician’s trust?

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Let’s Watch CHAINSAW MAN Episode 11 – “Mission Start”

This week on Chainsaw Man: Special Division 4 take the fight to Katana Man. Plus; the future rules.

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Let’s Watch SPY X FAMILY Episode 24 – “The Role of a Mother & Wife”

“This week’s Spy x Family is, on the whole, a low-key and relatively character-driven affair. Very different than the tennis-fueled adrenaline rush of the last couple episodes, but…

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Double Test Post

This post should never appear in any category page. If it did, something has gone wrong, probably in a very frustrating way! You MAY have received an email…

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Let’s Watch CHAINSAW MAN Episode 10

This week, in Chainsaw Man’s take on a training episode, Denji and Power are introduced to their new teacher and his unconventional methods, while Aki mourns what he’s…

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Let’s Watch SPY X FAMILY Episode 23 – “The Unwavering Path”

“But there’s always room for new spins on old ideas, and if Spy x Family seems like it’s more on-track recently than it has been for much of…

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Let’s Watch CHAINSAW MAN Episode 9 – “From Kyoto”

This week, Chainsaw Man indulges in pure expressionism by way of supernatural violence like a series of bloody solos, and it’s never been better.

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Anime Orbit Seasonal Check-in: Long Names and Short Stories in MY MASTER HAS NO TAIL

Anime Orbit is an irregular column where I summarize a stop along my journey through anime, manga, and the related spheres of popular culture over the past week. Expect spoilers for…

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Let’s Watch SPY X FAMILY – Episode 21 & 22

Let’s Watch is a weekly recap column where I follow an anime for the course of its entire runtime. Expect spoilers! Her code name is “Nightfall.” Alias Fiona Frost. Real…

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Let’s Watch CHAINSAW MAN Episode 8 – “Gunfire”

Chainsaw Man rolls on, and the ghosts start to pile up. #ChainsawMan #CSMAnime #CSM_Anime #CSM #チェンソーマン

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Let’s Watch CHAINSAW MAN Episode 7 – “Taste of a Kiss”

Denji defeats the Eternity Devil and is rewarded with his first kiss; but he gets more than he bargained for.

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Let’s Watch SPY X FAMILY Episode 20 – “Investigate the General Hospital”

In its best episode in a while, Spy x Family re-centers on its greatest stylistic asset; the fact that Anya really does act like an actual kid.

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New Manga First Impressions: Cracking the Code on CIPHER ACADEMY

New Manga First Impressions is a column where I detail my thoughts, however brief or long, about the first chapter or so of a newly-available-in-English manga. “μεμέ(τρηκεν)() ἰς̣() τὸ…

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Let’s Watch CHAINSAW MAN Episode 6 – “Kill Denji”

“This remains a best-case-scenario for adapting the manga; truly unhinged, quietly poignant, and crudely funny, by turns, and as it needs to be.”

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Let’s Watch SPY X FAMILY Episode 19 – “A Revenge Plot Against Desmond”

In this week’s Spy x Family; things continue to be pretty much fine.

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(REVIEW) To Die Amidst the Azalea Bloom – VAMPIRE IN THE GARDEN and the Modern Queer Tragedy

One of the year’s true hidden gems, Vampire in The Garden is a five-episode meditation on the search for a place where we can be who we truly…

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Let’s Watch CHAINSAW MAN Episode 4 – “Rescue”

Today on Chainsaw Man; Denji beats down another devil while missing an arm and gets a new roommate. You will *never* guess who it is.

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Let’s Watch SPY X FAMILY Episode 17 – “Carry Out the Griffin Plan”

Spy x Family returns to form this week with a simple but fun episode about a papercraft griffin

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(REVIEW) Warming Up to NARUTO THE MOVIE: CLASH IN THE LAND OF SNOW

Do you like ninjas? Do you like snow? Boy, do I have the mid-2000s anime movie for you. (COMMISSIONED REVIEW)

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Let’s Watch CHAINSAW MAN Episode 3 – Nyako’s Whereabouts

Denji and Power have a fun little adventure to rescue Power’s cat. Absolutely nothing goes awry at all.

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Let’s Watch SPY X FAMILY Episode 16 – “Yor’s Kitchen; The Informant’s Great Romance Plan”

“A lot of this really just seems far too basic for something like Spy x Family, which has previously demonstrated both much stronger characterization than this and much…

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Anime Orbit Seasonal Check-in: BOCCHI THE ROCK!

Anime Orbit is an irregular column where I summarize a stop along my journey through anime, manga, and the related spheres of popular culture over the past week. Expect spoilers for…

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Let’s Watch CHAINSAW MAN Episode 2 – Arrival in Tokyo

Denji’s just started his new job and it’s already killing him. Thankfully, he’ll get by with the most powerful force in the universe; staring at boobs.

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Let’s Watch SPY X FAMILY – Episode 15

Anime often deals with “puppy love,” but rarely this kind. Spy x Family’s strongest episode since its return is all about one very good dog.

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Seasonal First Impressions: The Brain-Melting, Existential Dread-inducing, Total and Utter Insanity of LOVE FLOPS

Inarguably one of the season’s worst premieres, Love Flops is all crass, no comedy. But is it hiding an even more bizarre secret behind the facade?

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Let’s Watch CHAINSAW MAN EPISODE 1 – “Dog & Chainsaw”

This is absolutely, obviously, completely and totally, a worthy adaption of Chainsaw Man, the manga. Incredibly, it might actually elevate the material in some ways.

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Let’s Watch – SPY X FAMILY Episode 14

Let’s Watch is a weekly recap column where I follow an anime for the course of its entire runtime. Expect spoilers! War, and what people do while waging it, are…

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Seasonal First Impressions: From The Closet With Love – Socially Anxious and Slinging a Six-String in BOCCHI THE ROCK!

Seasonal First Impressions is a column where I detail my thoughts, however brief or long, about a currently-airing anime’s first episode or so. We’ve all heard this story before,…

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Seasonal First Impressions: What in the World is AKIBA MAID WAR?

Seasonal First Impressions is a column where I detail my thoughts, however brief or long, about a currently-airing anime’s first episode or so. Friends, rejoice. It’s finally happened, a…

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Seasonal First Impressions: Make Your Own Fun with DO IT YOURSELF!

Do It Yourself’s premiere, one of the year’s strongest, introduces a series with an uncommon understanding of how to make its characters and their world feel believable and…

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Throwing Stars & Broken Hearts in SHINOBI NO ITTOKI

Seasonal First Impressions is a column where I detail my thoughts, however brief or long, about a currently-airing anime’s first episode or so. In a way, it makes perfect…

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Seasonal First Impressions: MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM: THE WITCH FROM MERCURY is The Season’s First Must-Watch

The original “real robot” franchise returns after a 7-year absence with a new entry that is decidedly modern, offering one of the strongest anime premieres in recent memory.

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Let’s Watch SPY X FAMILY Episode 13 – Project Apple

Let’s Watch is a weekly recap column where I follow an anime for the course of its entire runtime. Expect spoilers! If it seems like Spy x Family never really…

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The Tricky Art of Telling Tales in MY MASTER HAS NO TAIL

Seasonal First Impressions is a column where I detail my thoughts, however brief or long, about a currently-airing anime’s first episode or so. To hear some tell it, there’s…

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(REVIEW) The Clock Strikes Twelve for CALL OF THE NIGHT

Nocturnal, liminal, enchanting, and dangerous, Call of The Night stands as one of the summer season’s best offerings.

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