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Fruits Basket Episode 37

Move over, Tohru. Our relentlessly-positive protagonist has devised one strategy to soothe the Sohma angst, but it’s far from the only approach. This week, her jaded and cynical homeroom teacher gets a moment in the…

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The Twelve Kingdoms Episode 9-10

There always comes a point in a fantasy setting where all but the most masterfully graceful writer will have to sit the audience down and just explain stuff to them. It’s a necessity if you…


Tower of God Episode 13

I love complicated characters with a mix of positive and negative facets, so I was excited to learn that the finale of Tower of God was going to be all about Rachel. Unfortunately, this attempt…


Plunderer Episode 24

“In which our fallen hero finds the path to redemption.” Last episode, we wrapped up Jail’s arc, with him taking the final step on his journey to become the hero his world needs. In this,…


Tiger & Bunny Episodes 8-10

I commented before about how excellent a job this series does of balancing its plot progression with action and character development, and episode 8 is another fine example. It is the first of two consecutive…


Wolf’s Rain Episodes 7-8

I don’t know when I expected Cheza the Flower Maiden to fully enter Wolf’s Rain’s story—I think a part of me figured she’d be cooped up in a tank for the majority of the series—but…


The Vision of Escaflowne Episode 7-8

There are several signs that you might be an anime villain of the 1990s. Certainly one of them is a tendency to lick your lips inappropriately, but others include holding a knife in your mouth,…


Kill la Kill Episodes 9-10

I’ve gushed a couple times already about what a cool character Ira Gamagoori is, both in terms of what a great showcase he is for Kill la Kill’s visual excesses, as well as how interesting…


Fate/Zero Episodes 9-10

Episode 9 largely deals with the after-effects of the immediately previous battles, as shown through a focus on three different relationships. The most important one in a plot sense is the fallout in the Lancer…


Princess Tutu Episodes 9-10

Once upon a time, there was a little girl, pretty and dainty. Those words could come from almost anywhere, but for our purposes, they’re the opening line of Hans Christian Andersen’s literary fairy tale The…