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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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Ascendance of a Bookworm episode 30

Rating: 4.5 (of 5) Because of the series’ nature, true action scenes have been sparse at best; outside of the trombe incident in episode 25, there haven’t been…

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Spy x Family 4

Rating: 5(of 5) To give you a feel for how the anime community is reacting to the series, it is the most-watch and highest-rated series of the season…

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Special: Summer Time Rendering episodes 1-2

Note: This series is on Disney+ in Japan but is not currently legally streaming in the U.S. This review is based on a stream from a secondary source.…

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Ascendance of a Bookworm episode 29

Rating: 4.5 (of 5) Though its attention to detail can sometimes make the storyline of Ascendance of a Bookworm progress slowly, the series also occasionally has spurts of…

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Spy x Family episode 3

Loid, Anya, and Yor share a moment Rating: 4 (of 5) Now that all three of the principal trio have been established, episode 3 gets down to the…

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Ascendance of a Bookworm episode 28

Rating: 4 (of 5) Episode 27 was mostly set-up, so episode 28 is the first of the season to delve into the real meat of the story. And…

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Spring ’22 Episode Reviews

As previously stated, episode reviews will continue with Ascendance of a Bookworm s3. After watching second episodes of a number of other titles, I have decided to go…

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Ascendance of a Bookworm s3 episode 1 (episode 27)

Turi, Main, and their father Gunther Streams: Crunchyroll on Mondays Rating: 4 (of 5) Ascendance of a Bookworm ranks up with 86 as one of my most favorite…

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How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom episode 26

Rating: 4 The series has long vaguely intimated that something more – some bigger picture – was afoot in this story than has been revealed to this point.…

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Spring ’22 Preview Guide

Last Update: 3:30 p.m. 4/1/22 Welcome to my version of the Spring 2022 Preview Guide! I expect to cover every full-episode series that will be debuting this season…

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Winter 2022 in Review Part 2

Most of the Winter 2022 times have now concluded, so it’s time for the second part of the season-ending wrap-up. The first part featured a review of In…

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How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom episode 25

Rating: 3.5 (of 5) Duchess Excel Walter always came across as the sharpest and most potentially devious of Elfrieden’s Dukes, and she was the only one to fully…

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ESTAB LIFE: Great Escape Preview

Streams: Crunchyroll on (normal day uncertain) Rating: 2 (of 5) Technically this is a Spring 2022 season title, but its first two episodes debuted more than a week…

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Winter ’22 in Review part 1: In the Land of Leadale

The past three seasons I have done season-ending summaries for titles that I watched out. This season I am doing that in two (possibly three) parts between now…

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How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom episode 24

Rating: 3 (of 5) So the Native Americans long shown in the opener have finally appeared. Only it turns out that they are not associated with the dragons…

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86 episode 23 (finale)

Rating: 5 With episode 21 having provided the action climax and episode 22 providing the dramatic climax, all that’s left for episode 23 to do is provide the…

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How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom episode 23

Rating: 2.5 (of 5) To a certain extent, oversimplifying how characters deal with certain problems is a practical issue necessary for anime series (especially fantasy series which work…

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86 episode 22

Rating: 5 (of 5) 86 is finally back for its final two episodes, after its nearly three-month hiatus. Perhaps partly as an apology for the wait, the series…

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86 special: Episode 21.5

Frederika, observing Kiriya’s final moments After more than two months off, 86 is finally returning this Saturday (March 12th) and next Saturday (March 19th) for its two-episode finale.…

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How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom episode 22

This series has always been deliberate and thorough at examining economic issues for its fantasy setting, so I suppose that it eventually getting around to dealing with a…

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How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom episode 21

Rating: 3.5 Last week I made a number of suppositions about why Roroa appeared before Kazuya and offered to become his wife and why he would probably accept…

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How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom episode 20

Rating: 3.5 Last episode, I surmised that bringing up the pilfered dragon bones was going to set up an arc where the dragon shown in the opener comes…

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