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Ningen Fushin: Adventurers Who Don’t Believe in Humanity Will Save the World (series review)

What do you get when you form an adventuring party out of rejects and cast-offs from other adventuring parties? You get the Survivors, a bunch whose members all…

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Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? IV episode 22 (season finale)

Rating: B+ Between last episode and this one, I saw some commentary in some online forums lamenting that Bell was once again be the hero and solo the…

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Has The Angel Next Door Spoiled You Rotten?

Review: The Angel Next Door Has Spoiled Me Rotten eps 1-10 I would absolutely forgive anyone for dismissing this one as just another generic romcom about an ordinary…

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Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? IV episode 21

Rating: B+ Original novel writer Fujino Omori is on record as wanting to have as many characters as possible fall for Bell, and he’s proven that statement to…

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Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon IV episode 20

Rating: A- The inevitable has arrived: the episode-opening flashbacks on Ryu’s past with Astrea Familia have finally led to the pivotal moment where the rest of her familia…

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Fantasy Farming Done Right

In an interesting coincidence, the Winter ’23 season marks the second in a row that a farming-themed fantasy series has aired. While last season’s I’ve Somehow Gotten Strong…

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Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? IV episode 19

Rating: A- Episode 19 is the first one in the second half of season 4 to exclusively focus on Bell and Ryu’s plight on floor 37. That’s primarily…

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Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? IV episode 18

Rating: B+ In some respects, writing reviews when familiar with the source material is actually trickier, since you have to avoid spoilers and carefully gauge if an anime-only…

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A Second Chance at Greatness: Reincarnation Stories in the Winter ’23 Season

One substantial recent subcategory of reincarnation series in anime (and its source materials) has been one where a man has achieved the height of power, but for one…

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Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Episode 17

Rating: A- There’s a great line from the recent series 86 which immediately came to mind a couple of times while watching this episode: “It’s a child’s right…

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Sword Art Online The Movie – Progressive: Scherzo of Deep Night

The second of the Sword Art Online Progressive movies, Scherzo of Deep Night debuted in October 2022 in Japan and is now making the rounds in the States…

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Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? IV episode 16

Rating: B+ The split between three fronts continues in this episode, but this time the third front isn’t the rescue party, but rather Hestia talking to Hephaestus about…

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Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? IV episode 14

Rating: B+ To a certain extent, this part of DanMachi has become a tale of two redheads. On one side is Alise, the Captain of Astrea Familia and,…

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Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? IV episodes 13 and 14

NOTE: Due to me somehow forgetting that I hadn’t written up episode 13 yet, these two episodes are being covered together. Rating – Both Episodes: B+ After focusing…

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Is It Wrong to Try To Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? IV episode 12

The first half left off on one hell of a double-cliffhanger: Bell and Ryu are stranded in the Deep Levels, while the rest of Bell’s expedition must face…

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Winter 2023 Preview Guide

Last Update: 7:30 p.m. EST Tuesday 1/3/23 Welcome to my Winter 2023 Preview Guide! (For the debut schedule, see here.) I expect to cover every full-episode series that…

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2022 in Review: The Best and Strangest of the Year

As we say good-bye to 2022, it’s time to take a look at the highlights of the year. Prior to Anime News Network starting its current “Best of…

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Isekai³: The Isekai Quartet Movie

Isekai Quartet The Movie: Another World Japanese Premiere: 6/10/2022 English Premiere: 12/21/22 (on Crunchyroll) Though American media has a tradition of cross-overs going back at least 40 years,…

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Who Lurk in the Shadows?

The Eminence in Shadow, episodes 1-12 Minoru Kageno was a young man who never outgrew his childhood desire to be a hero – specifically, a warrior from the…

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Princess Principal: Crown Handler

The recent BD English release of the second installment in the Princess Principal: Crown Handler OVA series led me to realize that I never did get around to…

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The Magic of the Inner Palace

Raven of the Inner Palace episodes 1-11 While I don’t specifically consider myself a fan of Chinese Imperial Court-influenced fantasy series, I must have a high tolerance for…

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Review: Is the Novice Alchemist Managing?

Management of a Novice Alchemist One interesting trend in anime in recent years (and by extension its common source material) is fantasy series with an entrepreneurial bent. While…

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Dual Review: Farming vs. Taming

Note: My apologies for getting nothing posted last week! I had fully intended to continue rotating through various series airing in the Fall ’22 season, so to make…

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KanColle: See You Again on Another Blue Sea (aka KanColle 1944) debut

Streams: Crunchyroll on Thursdays First Episode Rating: B Though easily the most successful of the “ship girl” franchises to come out of the 2010s (it had an enormous…

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Special Preview: Arknights: Prelude to Dawn

Streams: Crunchyroll on Fridays Rating: 3 (of 5) Anime series which adapt mobile games are hardly unusual in recent years, but I am hard-pressed to think of another…

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Reincarnated as a Sword episodes 2-3

Rating: B for episode 2, B+ for episode 3 This is one series that I did not expect to be commenting on week-to-week, and I’m still not sure…

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Review: Summer Time Rendering

Rating: A- When Shinpei Ajiro left his home island of Hitogashima to attend school in Tokyo, his childhood friend Ushio (whose family he had lived with since the…

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The Devil is a Part-Timer!! episode 12

Rating: C+ There is a moment early in this episode which speaks best to the spirit and attitude of the show: the scene where Maou and Ashiya have…

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Fall 2022 Preview Guide

Last Update: 12:01 a.m. EDT Saturday 10/1 Welcome to my Fall 2022 Preview Guide! I expect to cover every full-episode series that will be debuting this season, but…

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Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? IV episode 11

Rating: A Last episode ended with Bell in his worst shape ever – possibly even dead. Naturally, a series so heavily-dependent on its protagonist was not going to…

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Special Preview: I’m the Villainess, So I’m Taming the Final Boss

The Fall 2022 season does not officially get underway until Friday 9/30, but one title has debuted a week early on Crunchyroll. So let’s take an early first…

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The Devil is a Part-Timer!! episode 11

Rating: B+ Ashiya is unquestionably devilish in the most literal sense of the word, but this episode we see that he can be that way in the figurative…

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Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? IV episode 10

Rating: A- The wonderful summary quote for this episode on HIDIVE tells it all: “Some monsters you must fight and from others you must flee. But beware the…

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The Devil is a Part-Timer!! episode 10

Rating: 4 (of 5) With this episode, the series is fully back on track with the novels, picking up in the early stages of novel 5. The one…

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Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? IV episode 9

Rating: 4.5 (of 5) Ryu is unquestionably a killer. However, she only kills people in the cause of vengeance, so whacking an informant isn’t her style. How moral…

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Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? IV

Rating: B+ Just from animated content, we know that Ryu once lost everything – her whole familia – and that one particular rival familia was responsible. In retribution,…

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The Devil is a Part-Timer!! episode 9

Rating: 3 (of 5) I was slightly in error last week. While this mini arc isn’t in the novels, it actually is not anime-original, either; it did appear…

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The Devil is a Part-Timer!! episode 8

Rating: B- This episode represents a very odd decision in what has otherwise been a solid adaptation so far. While part of one of the episode’s early scenes…

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Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? episode 7

Rating: B+ Whether goddesses or adventurers, Guild workers or waitresses, DanMachi has never lacked for sexy female characters amongst its recurring cast. While fan service has never been…

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Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? IV episode 6

Rating: 4 In the original novels, the downtime between the Moss Huge part of this arc and Ryu part of the arc is an epilogue that amounts to…

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The Devil is a Part-Timer!! episode 7

Rating: B As expected, a crisis is afoot involving the demonic appearances, and as some of the characters started to suspect last episode, Olba is connected to it.…

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The Devil is a Part-Timer!! episode 6

Rating: B Last episode ended with the not-so-vague impression that something was out in the fog, and the more vague impression that Amane had more of a sense…

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Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? IV episode 5

Rating: A- Over the course of the franchise, Bell Cranel has fought a number of epic battles, but in most of those he has been fighting from the…

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The Devil is a Part-Timer! episode 5

Rating: B That there would be major consequences for one wall of the “Devil’s Castle” getting blown out last episode stood to reason, as this series just doesn’t…

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Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? IV episodes 3-4

Rating: B+ Among the other series that I am still following this season is Harem in the Labyrinth of Another World, which I’m sticking with mostly to see…

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The Devil is a Part-Timer!! episode 4

Rating: B+ Last episode ended with a crisis centered around Alas Ramus: despite Chiho’s delaying action, Gabriel was coming back for Alas Ramus in the morning, and neither…

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Special Preview: FUUTO PI

Side Note: Due to my attendance at the Gen Con game convention on August 4-7, this week’s episode reviews for DanMachi IV and The Devil is a Part-Timer!!…

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The Devil is a Part-Timer!! episode 2

Rating: B When is the idle babble of a little kid not so idle? When that child turns out to have been grown from a shard of one…

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Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? IV episode 2

Rating: B+ The first episode was well-spent preparing for Hestia Familia’s first on-the-books Guild-assigned expedition, so with episode 2 the whole gang actually gets down to business. The…

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Bonus Preview: The Maid I Hired Recently is Mysterious

Streams: Crunchyroll on Saturdays Rating: 2 (of 5) (NOTE: Given how late this series is debuting, I have decided to post this as a separate post rather than…

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