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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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The Devil is a Part-Timer!! episode 2

Rating: B The first episode ended with the bombshell revelation that Alas Ramus, the toddler who appeared from a golden apple and was capable of stopping Better Half…

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Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? IV episode 1

Rating: 4.5 (of 5) NOTE: An episode 0 does also exist for this season, but it is entirely a recap of the first three seasons narrated by Bell…

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The Devil is a Part-Timer!! episode 1

After more than nine years off, this beloved anime adaptation is finally back! It features a new animation studio, new director, and substantial but not complete turnover in…

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Bastard! (2022)

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Summer 2022 Preview Guide

Last Update: 3 p.m. 7/1/22 Welcome to my version of the Summer 2022 Preview Guide! I expect to cover every full-episode series that will be debuting this season…

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Spy x Family episode 12

Rating: A (equivalent to 5 of 5) To put into perspective just how big a hit Spy x Family is as the Spring 2022 season comes to an…

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Spring Wrap-Up Part 2: Skeleton Knight in Another World

The concept for this series could not be more generic: a dedicated gamer wakes up to find himself in a fantasy world in the form of his uber-powerful…

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Spring ’22 Wrap-Up Part 1: I’m Quitting Heroing

NOTE: This review does not include the first of the two-part OVA for the series, which streams the evening of Thursday 6/23 on HIDIVE. If you had asked…

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Spy x Family episode 11

Rating: 4.5 (of 5) Sometimes the funniest jokes aren’t always the most obvious ones. That is definitely the case with this episode, where some of the best humor…

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Ascendance of a Bookworm episode 36 (finale)

Rating: 5 (of 5) This season of Bookworm was only scheduled to be 10 episodes, as that much brings the overall story to its most obvious transition point.…

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Spy x Family episode 10

Rating: 4 (of 5) One of the running jokes of the series is that Yor, for all of her domestic incompetence, is superhumanly capable physically. That gets reinforced…

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Ascendance of a Bookworm episode 35

Rating: 4.5 (of 5) This episode proved to be every bit as dramatic as the ending to last episode promised, just not entirely in the way that last…

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Spy x Family episode 9

Rating: 3.5 (of 5) Of the episodes of this wonderful show which have aired so far, this is, by far, my least favorite one, and the one that…

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Ascendance of a Bookworm episode 34

Rating: 4 (of 5) One of the truest axioms of security is that even the most robust security plans are still only as good as the people carrying…

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Spy x Family episodes 7-8

Rating (collectively): 4.5 (of 5) If the last two episodes of Spy x Family show anything, it’s that the series functions just as well when things are transpiring…

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Special Review: The Devil is a Part-Timer novel series

Note: This review assumes the reader is at least familiar with the content covered by the 2013 anime series (i.e., the first two novels). It talks about the…

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Ascendance of a Bookworm episode 33

NOTE: Due to me being away at Anime Central this past weekend, I am behind on everything else that has aired since Thursday. Hence I am skipping covering…

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Ascendance of a Bookworm episode 32

Rating: 4 (of 5) The potential threat to Main from forces among the nobles has been growing since the late stages of last season. With this episode, the…

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Spy x Family episode 6

Rating: 4.5 (of 5) Anya is now formally into Eden College, so the first phase of Operation Strix is now complete. However, the second phase looks to be…

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Ascendance of a Bookworm episode 31

Rating: 4 (of 5) One of the many things that I adore about this series is the very studious way that it examines the potential wide-ranging consequences of…

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Spy x Family episode 5

Rating: 4.5 (of 5) Despite the episode’s ominous title – “Will They Pass or Fail” – Anya getting into Eden College was never in doubt; Master Henderson’s evaluat…

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