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Land of the Lustrous Is Much, Much More Than “Anime Steven Universe

Land of the Lustrous is a gorgeous, smart fantasy show about agender rock people—and it deserves much, much more than just being jokingly referred to as "anime Steven Universe."

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Steven Universe Recap: Kevin Party

I've never been so happy to eat my words. Kevin's still the worst, though.

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Steven Universe Recap: Sadie Killer

Importance of plot progression aside, we needed this breather.

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Steven Universe Recap: Back to the Kindergarten

The best (so far) episode of the run is followed by the worst.

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Steven Universe Recap: Raising the Barn

The show delivers one of its best gut punches in a while.

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Steven Universe Recap: Gemcation

The show's finally working out how to combine its magical and mundane plotlines.

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Steven Universe Recap: Dewey Wins

Surprise! The show's back after six months of silence, with five brand new episodes.

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Rick and Morty Season Finale “The Rickchurian Mortydate” Is a Bit of a Letdown After a Strong Season

Despite an incredibly strong season overall, the finale fails to tie the season's thematic threads together.

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“ABCs of Beth” Is One of Rick and Morty’s Most Thematically Developed Episodes This Season

We’re severely overdue for an episode focusing on Beth, and while a single episode can’t fill that void it makes a pretty good start of it.

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Neo Yokio’s Camp Is Hard to Enjoy Through the Transphobia

Also the classism. And the lowkey misogyny. And...

The series revolves around Kaz Kaan, an exorcist and member of the “neo riche,” as he battles very relatable concerns like purchasing a tuxedo that’s slightly the wrong shade and having to clear out a dead relative’s house in the Hamptons. Some have defended the series as satire, some have embraced it as camp, and some have settled in to watch the garbage fire secondhand.

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Rick and Morty Recap: “Morty’s Mind Blowers”

Uneven, as anthology episodes always are, but viciously pointed in its best moments.

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Rick and Morty Recap: “The Ricklantis Mixup”

A normal, self-contained adventure with no major plot developments.

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Rick and Morty Recap: Rest and Ricklaxation

In which the show magically makes its characters "healthy," and it turns out to be a terrible idea.

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Rick and Morty Recap: The Whirly Dirly Conspiracy

The show continues strengthening its character continuity and poking at how these characters might work on being slightly less terrible people. Now with more Jerry.

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Rick and Morty Recap: Vindicators 3: The Return of Worldender

This week continues in the vein of “Have we reminded you Rick is terrible, actually” episodes; while it’s a slight quality dip from the preceding three, it nonetheless manages to land some well-executed hits.

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Rick and Morty Recap: Pickle Rick

An excellent variation on a theme brings Beth's issues into (impending) central focus.

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Rick & Morty: Rickmancing the Stone

It's only two episodes in, but season 3 is already going from strength to strength.

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Interview: Gravity Falls’ Alex Hirsch Talks About Disney’s Censors, Pacifica’s Parents, and Future Plans

I finished my rewatch-and-review of Gravity Falls a few weeks ago, a project over a year in the making. To my shock and delight, the show's creator Alex Hirsch himself reached out with compliments, and even offered to give an interview! The results are here before you. Read on to hear about Gravity Falls merch, post-canon Pacifica, and a statement on what exactly happened with the censorship of “The Love God.”

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Gravity Falls Rewatch: Series Finale, “Weirdmageddon” Part 3

Farewell, Gravity Falls. I miss it all over again.

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Gravity Falls Rewatch: Weirdmageddon Part 2

Escape from Reality.

These kids are gonna be alright.

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