Spring 2017 Anime Preview: TsukigaKirei

Tsuki ga Kirei - 01 Apr 10, 2017, 11.49.33 PM

Studio feel.’s latest foray into the teenage romantic drama genre with TsukigaKirei (As The Moon, So Beautiful.) strikes a pretty, but frustratingly boring premiere. The slower change of pace might have been its selling point if much of the debut didn’t feel like an ad for messaging service LINE.

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Spring 2017 Anime Preview: Alice & Zoroku

Alice to Zouroku Apr 10, 2017, 3.53.24 PM

In a double-length premiere that manages to be both action-packed and subversive, J.C. Staff’s Alice & Zoroku (Alice to Zouroku) teases a magical realism story with plenty of narrative hooks.

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Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid Ep.13 Review: Everlasting, Rebellious Love

Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon - 13 Apr 7, 2017, 9.31.39 AM

Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid’s (Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon) finale is an excellently paced conclusion, charged with spectacular animation that compliments its nuanced and progressive themes.

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Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid Ep.12 Review: Flashback to Reality

Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon - 12 Mar 30, 2017, 8.44.20 PM

In a significant deviation from its usual here and now focus, Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid (Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon) treats us to several flashback sequences this week, setting a peaceful lull before next week’s final confrontation.

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ACCA: 13-Territory Inspection Department Ep.12 Review: Perfect Twist

ACCA - 13-ku Kansatsu-ka - 12 Mar 28, 2017, 9.46.47 PM

ACCA: 13-Territory Inspection Department (ACCA: 13-ku Kansatsu-ka) masterfully orchestrates a narrative feat some thought impossible with its finale: an incredibly comprehensive resolution of nearly every thread lying on the plot loom.

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Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid Ep.11 Review: A Cozy New Year’s Lull

Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon - 11 Mar 23, 2017, 1.16.53 PM

Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid (Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon) keeps with the holiday theme this week, quietly revealing another cute side to its characters’ progression.

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ACCA: 13-Territory Inspection Department Ep.11 Review: Gear Up

ACCA - 13-ku Kansatsu-ka - 11 Mar 21, 2017, 11.49.23 PM

ACCA: 13-Territory Inspection Department (ACCA: 13-ku Kansatsu-ka) doesn’t quite put the pedal to the metal of the plot-mobile this week, but boy does it ever remind us how smooth its transmission is, helmed by Jean.

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