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New Game!! Anime Review Episode 9: Fan Service Sells But at What Cost

An unfortunate over-reliance on fan service Although episode 9 of New Game!! raised some interesting points about how workers perceive themselves, an over-reliance on fan service hampers it. This is something that has become increasingly prevalent as this season …

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Welcome to the Ballroom Episode 9 Review

Welcome to the Ballroom Anime Review Episode 9 : Dancing Around the Hard Questions

Around Akiba proudly presents Welcome to the Ballroom anime review episode 9, “Flower and Frame.” Mako vs. Shizuku? At the end of last week’s episode, Mako asks Tatara to let her bloom after Hyodo instructs him to become …

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New Game!! Anime Review Episode 8: Rocky and Disappointing Start

Meaningless Moe? With New Game!!’s plot finally beginning to move forward at a steady pace, it’s a shame to see it slow back down again in episode eight. The first ten minutes were simply an excuse to dress …

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How to Watch Anime Analytically: Narrative Causality

In this article series, Lucy Rubin breaks down anime analysis for Around Akiba and how we can use it in our everyday anime-watching lives. This time, we will explore narrative causality.  Narrative Causality: a second major component of …

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Welcome to the Ballroom Anime Review: Episode 8

Around Akiba proudly presents our weekly Welcome to the Ballroom anime review  Choices to be made in “Reality” At the end of the previous episode, so far the highlight of the season, Tatara and Mako advanced to the …

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