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Fall ’21 Weekend 9: Recaps and an Overlooked Gem

The 9th weekend of the season features an unusual coincidence: both of the series I was episode-reviewing are resorting to recap episodes, and in both cases production issues…

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The Faraway Paladin episode 7

Rating: 4 (of 5) Given the way last episode ended, the expectation was that this episode would be more action-intensive. Indeed, we do get that – sort of.…

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86 episode 18

Ernst, announcing the offensive against Morpho Rating: 4.5 Throughout its run, 86 has occasionally stretched its narrative a bit to end episodes on certain dramatic beats. For the…

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Irina: The Vampire Cosmonaut eps 1-7

For those who don’t already know, I am a high school teacher by trade. Though I have spent 90% of my teaching career in Math (my minor), my…

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The Faraway Paladin ep 6

NOTE: Apologies for this being late! I’ve had it done since Sunday, but just realized that I failed to post it. :-( Rating: 4 (of 5) With this…

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86 Visual Commentary Special Episode

From what I understand, the production team for 86 originally planned to have a break week in December. November 13’s break wasn’t originally planned and is instead the…

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Special: Banished From the Hero’s Party episodes 1-6

Rating: 4 (of 5) Based on the stated premise for this straight fantasy series, I really wasn’t expecting much here. Part of that might have been because it…

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The Faraway Paladin Episode 5

Rating: 4.5 (of 5) All things must come to an end, and in many senses that’s what episode 5 is all about. It marks the end of the…

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86 episode 17

Rating: 5 (of 5) Last episode was the action powerhouse that anime-only viewers were probably hoping for and novel readers were anticipating ever since this season began, but…

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The Faraway Paladin ep 4

Rating: 4.5 In most class-based RPGs (whether tabletop or VG), the process of choosing a class is not organic. In the early days, which stats one got the…

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86 episode 16

Rating: 5 (of 5) Ever since midway through last season, the series has been foreshadowing the coming of a large-scale offensive. Shin warned Lena about it, and in…

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The Faraway Paladin episodes 1-3

NOTE: I have not read the source novels for this series, so these reviews will be based on anime content only. In most isekai reincarnation stories, childhood is…

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86 episode 15

Frederica, reminiscing In last week’s review, I underestimated how much content from the second novel was still left to adapt. A full episode will probably be needed to…

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On Reviews for The Fall 2021 Season

After much consideration (including looking at the response made to my query about the matter a few days ago), I have made a few decisions about how I…

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86 episode 14

Shin getting back to business Rating: 4.5 (of 5) With this episode, the interlude from the battle scenarios ends, but that shouldn’t be any surprise; even if it…

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86 episode 13

Rating: 5 (of 5) Last season ended with Shin’s squadron in mortal peril. Killing them all off at the point and moving forward with a new group of…

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Summer 2021 Season Wrap-Up

Other than the unusually-scheduled Fena: Pirate Princess, nearly every Summer 2021 series has either concluded or hit its seasonal break, so it’s time to do a wrap-up before…

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How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom episode 13

Rating: 3.5 Given what transpires in this understated season finale, its title – “To Fight and Conquer in All Your Battles is Not Supreme Excellence” – is a…

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How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom episode 12

The end for King Gaius Rating: 3 (of 5) With this episode, the series wraps up the Amidonian subplot (at least for now) by having King Gaius die…

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How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom episode 11

Castor Vargas and Aisha face off Rating: 3.5 (of 5) The first few episodes of this series may have taken a much slower, more carefully developmental pace, but…

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Evangelion:3.0+1.01 Thrice Upon A Time

Rating: 4.5 (of 5) I first saw The End of Evangelion in a packed convention viewing room at some point early in 2002, when it was circulating as…

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How A Realist Hero Rebuilt The Kingdom episode 10

Carla Vargas in action Rating:  3.5 (of 5) Realist Hero is not a series that sells itself on its action elements, but it doesn’t do half-bad with the…

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How A Realist Hero Rebuilt The Kingdom episode 9

Liscia sans ponytail Rating: 4 (of 5) Machiavelli’s The Prince was featured a little too prominently at the beginning of the first episode for it – and the…

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How a Realist Hero Rebuilt The Kingdom episode 8

Rating: 3.5 (of 5) One of the single biggest engineering achievements of the Roman Empire was also key to its long-term control over widely-spread territories: its system of…

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Fena: Pirate Princess ep 1-2

Two views on Fena Rating: 3.5 (of 5) When Fena was very young, she was set loose on a lifeboat from her father’s ship as some calamity befell…

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How A Realist Hero Rebuilt The Kingdom ep 7

Rating: 3.5 (of 5) Last episode ended with what appeared to be a shocking revelation to Kazuya from Glaive Magna, or at least something that he called “heavy.”…

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How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom ep 6

Rating: 3 (of 5) This time around, the episode begins with some lecturing on the political situation of the continent, as having at least some understanding of that…

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How a Realist Hero Rebuilt The Kingdom episode 5

Rating: 3.5 (of 5) I will give the continuation of the foodie broadcast some credit: it did find something interesting to finish its cooking segment on. The notion…

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Preview: The Great Jahy Will Not Be Defeated!

Jahy in child and adult forms The Great Jahy Will Not Be Defeated! Streams: Crunchyroll on Saturdays                &…

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Special Review: DanMachi novel 16

Rating: 4.5 (of 5) Note for anime-only followers of the franchise: The events of this novel take place after the arc likely to be covered by the upcoming…

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How A Realist Hero Rebuilt The Kingdom ep 4

Note: Click here to skip to the “Other Series I Am Following” part Tomoe and Kazuya Rating (first half of ep 4): 4 (of 5) Rating (second half…

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How a Realist Hero Rebuilt The Kingdom episodes 1-3

Note: This will be one of my regular weekly reviews, and it should be on a regular “no later than next-day” schedule starting this coming weekend. Kazuya and…

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So I’m a Spider, So What? ep 24 (series finale)

Rating: 3.5 First, apologies for the delay on posting this. I have talked about this final episode extensively in other forums, so it slipped my mind that I…

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Summer 2021 Previews

The following entries will provide brief reviews of the debut episodes for most series this season, in the order that the debut. Sequels where I have not seen…

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Spring 2021 Season in Review

Surprise of the Season: Higehiro Overall Rating: 3.5 This is hardly a flawless series, and better series overall definitely aired during this past season. However, no series in…

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86 Special (episode 12)

Crunchyroll is listing the special episode of 86 as episode 12, but whatever you call it, the episode – titled “Coquelicots Blooming Across the Battlefield” – is just…

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Saga of Tanya the Evil: Operation Desert Pasta

Rating: 3.5 (of 5) Saturday June 19th, 2021 was a big day in the U.S. for fans of the Saga of Tanya the Evil franchise. News broke that…

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86 episode 11 (season finale)

Rating: 5 (of 5) First off, for those who have been reading each week, my apologies for this being up later than normal. Unexpected schedule changes over the…

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So I’m a Spider, So What? episode 23

Sophia in battle against Shun Rating: 3.5 In a surprising move (from the viewpoint of a novel reader), the series’ penultimate episode spends nearly its entire run focusing…

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86 episode 10

Rating: 4.5 (of 5) As a big fan of the novels, this episode surprised me a bit. Its title suggested that it would include a certain scene featuring…

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So I’m a Spider, So What? episode 22

Ariel facing off against both Kumoko and the Hero Rating: 3.5 As expected, Kumoko’s timeline returns to center stage for this episode, with the human timeline only getting…

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86 episode 9

Rating: 5 (of 5) One sign of a great episode is when you can watch it twice in the same afternoon and it loses none of its impact…

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So I’m a Spider, So What? episode 21

Hugo and Sophia, preparing to face Oka. Rating: 3 As the title of this episode – “So, I’m Not in This One, Am I?” – suggests, the titular…

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86 episode 8

The surviving 86 are set to depart. Rating: 4.5 (of 5) Storytelling in all forms has a habit of exaggerating the evil actions of an enemy or an…

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So I’m A Spider, So What? Episode 20

Rating: 4.5 To answer the question in the episode title – “this isn’t my fault, is it?” – yes, Kumoko, this one is most definitely your fault, both…

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86 episode 7

Lena all dressed-up for the party. Rating: 5 (of 5) From the beginning of the series until episode 5, one of the unspoken truths about Spearhead Squadron was…

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So I’m A Spider, So What? Episode 19

Kumoko is shocked. Rating: 4 In this episode, both the spider and the human protagonists reach goals that they have been pursuing for several episodes now. The results…

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86 episode 6

Shin and Kaie in a peaceful flashback Rating: 4.5 (of 5) If the more serious parts of 86 ever fail the series, it has a good fallback plan:…

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So I’m a Spider, So What? episode 18

Kumoko is shocked by the crowds lining up for her. Rating: 4 What happens when you go flashing your OP powers around normal people without thinking much about…

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