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Space Dandy

Space Dandy

Space Dandy anime series cover art
Space Dandy

Series Overview

Space Dandy (Space☆Dandy / スペース☆ダンディ) is a sci-fi comedy anime from the same team that brought you Cowboy Bebop. It’s also the team that brought you Samurai Champloo, which I think is better than Cowboy Bebop. But, Space Dandy is a bit different from both of those series.

Cowboy Bebop and Samurai Champloo both have their comedic moments — Champloo more so. However, comedy is what Space Dandy is all about. So, just because Space Dandy takes place in space doesn’t mean it’s anything like Cowboy Bebop. It’s not.

One thing Space Dandy has in common with those other 2 series is that it’s episodic. There isn’t an overarching story — at least not in the first season (which this review is about). Instead, Dandy and his crew go on wild adventures in each episode that are unrelated.

Adélie and Dandy in a restaurant from the anime series Space Dandy
Adélie and Dandy in a restaurant

It’s possible that the second season could try to tie everything together into a single story. But, that’s going to be pretty hard to do. You see, a lot of the episodes of this series don’t end in ways that allow for the story to continue after them. Dandy and his crew don’t always survive the episodes.

Could this series take place in a multiverse where we’re seeing different Dandys? Sure. But if that’s the angle you’re going for, I think you’re reading too much into it. At the end of the day, it’s an anime that’s fun to watch because of the characters and the situations they get into.

I should also mention that Space Dandy is for mature audiences. It’s not an ecchi series. But, it does have what I would consider a small amount of uncensored ecchi content. Because of its designation as being for mature audiences, I expected there to be more.

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The Aloha Oe Crew

Dandy is the titular character and captain of the Aloha Oe spaceship. He works as an alien hunter, but that doesn’t mean what you might expect. I thought it would mean he tracks down and kills rogue aliens. Instead, it means he finds unknown aliens and registers them with the government.

Through their job of alien hunting, Dandy and his crew don’t make that much money. But, what they do make, Dandy makes sure to spend at his favorite restaurant, Boobies. Boobies is basically the restaurant Hooters but in space. It’s full of waitresses wearing skimpy clothing.

QT is the first mate of the ship. He’s a vacuum cleaner robot who doesn’t do all that much in terms of helping capture aliens. Instead, his role is primarily to take care of the Aloha Oe. QT is the one who cleans and maintains the ship.

Meow using his phone from the anime series Space Dandy
Meow using his phone

While none of the Aloha Oe crew members are particularly smart, QT is the smartest of the group. He’s usually the voice of reason on the ship. However, that’s a pretty low bar considering the other two. At the very least, as a robot, QT isn’t prone to acting on impulse.

Meow, or Mymyamo, is the final crew member. Dandy and QT originally captured him in a Boobies restaurant thinking he was a rare alien. But, Meow is actually a Betelgeusian, which is a very common cat-like alien. Even after finding this out, Dandy keeps him around because he thinks Meow might be useful.

As it turns out, Meow isn’t useful at all. He spends the majority of his time online — usually on his smartphone. He also eats all of Dandy’s food on the Aloha Oe. And his room is so messy that even QT gave up trying to clean it.

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Better than Cowboy Bebop?

Is Space Dandy better than Cowboy Bebop? Most people don’t seem to agree with me, but I think so. Cowboy Bebop is definitely a good anime. But, Space Dandy is more fun to watch. And I get it, Space Dandy is a comedy, so it being more fun makes sense.

However, I also think the format of the series works better in Space Dandy. Both series are episodic for the most part. Yes, Cowboy Bebop actually gets a plot toward the end. But, a lot of the series isn’t much more than filler (cue the angry comments).

With Space Dandy, the episodic nature of the series doesn’t hinder it at all. Each episode is funny in isolation. And because there’s not really a main story, the episodes can do even crazier things. For example, the crew (and everyone else) die and become zombies in one episode.

Boobies waitresses from the anime series Space Dandy
Boobies waitresses

Episodic anime that are serious are kind of a thing of the past. A lot of older anime were like this. I don’t know why. Maybe they thought it would be hard for viewers to follow the story every week. But, that’s something I’m going to hold against Cowboy Bebop in this comparison.

What I’m trying to say is that I prefer Space Dandy because it’s more flexible in what it can (and does) do. Sure, the characters might not be quite as deep and there’s nothing in terms of a main story. But, that’s kind of the point.

Now, before you let me know why Cowboy Bebop is the best anime ever made in the comments, watch Space Dandy. Even if watching it doesn’t change your mind, there’s a good chance you’ll enjoy it. Or, you might find out that it’s not for you. But, that’s okay.


So far (season 1), Space Dandy is an 8/10 from me. I’m hoping the second season is even better, though. I’d like to maybe see another main character introduced. Perhaps even a female character.

Also, I want to say that both the OP and ED of this series are great. Though, I’m not sure which of the two I prefer. The song of the ED may be better. But, the OP’s visuals are better.

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Attack on Titan: No Regrets

Attack on Titan: No Regrets

Thugs in the Underground City

Since there’s a one-week break before the final episode of Attack on Titan: The Final Season Part 2, I figured I’d review the No Regrets (Shingeki no Kyojin: Kuinaki Sentaku / 進撃の巨人 悔いなき選択) OVA to fill the gap. This OVA consists of two episodes and tells the story of how Levi Ackerman came to join the Scouts.

Now, you might be thinking that we already got episodes of Levi’s backstory in the main series. And you’d be correct in thinking that. But the backstory we got for Levi in the main series focused more on his childhood. This OVA takes place much later.

At this point, Levi is the leader of a gang that’s located in the underground city beneath the capital.

Farlan and Isabel taking care of a wounded bird from the Attack on Titan: No Regrets anime OVA
Farlan and Isabel taking care of a wounded bird

It’s unclear exactly what the structure of Levi’s gang is. We see a decent amount of members. But, it appears that most of these members are more like contractors who are brought on to complete specific jobs. The only full-time member at the start seems to be Farlan Church.

Isabel Magnolia also joins the gang as a permanent member at the start of the first episode. From then on, Levi, Farlan, and Isabel are the core members of the gang. I think only one other member was named.

Also, before I move on to the next section of the review, I’d like to point out that the underground city could actually be a nice place to live. Obviously, it’s not. But at least if you’re down there you’re safe from the titans. With the exception of the one hole up to the surface we see, there’s no way for titans to enter.

Freedom on the Surface

Levi, Farlan, and Isabel make their way to the surface after they’re recruited into the Scouts by Erwin. However, they’re actually on a mission to infiltrate the scouts, steal a document from Erwin, and then assassinate him. This mission was given to them by a member of the government.

I have some problems with this whole situation. There are two things that the government official offers in exchange for their help. First, he said he’d pay for their comrade’s treatment in a hospital in the capital. And second, he promised them citizenship on the surface.

The first problem is that once these three join the scouts and are taken to the surface, they never mention their injured comrade again. It’s as if they completely forgot about him. And, sure, maybe they talk about him off-screen. But as far as the viewer is concerned, he no longer exists.

Farlan Church seeing beyond the walls for the first time from the Attack on Titan: No Regrets anime OVA
Farlan Church seeing beyond the walls for the first time

Why is that a problem? Well, it’s because of the second problem which is that Levi, Farlan, and Isabel already have citizenship on the surface. Simply by joining the Scouts, they now live on the surface. So if they live on the surface and they’re no longer concerned about their injured friend, why are they still carrying out their mission?

It seems like they’re so blinded by the mission that they were given that they don’t realize they already have everything they wanted. And do they really think the government official would grant them the citizenship they were promised?

To me, this seems like the perfect setup for Levi, Farlan, and Isabel to become scapegoats. If Erwin was actually killed and there was any suspicion surrounding his death, you know that official would throw those three under the bus to save himself. They’re thugs from the underground. They’re the perfect scapegoats.

RIP Farlan and Isabel

Once they made it to the surface as members of the Scouts, I knew Farlan and Isabel were going to be killed by a titan. Since we never saw them in the main series, it was clear that they either died or went back to the underground city. And I think we can all agree the latter was unlikely to happen.

In the end, they were killed by an abnormal titan, along with many other members of their platoon. Their deaths were also some of the most explicit in the entire series. That may be because this is an OVA, so it can get away with more than the TV anime can.

Their deaths also came very late in the OVA. There were only a few minutes left of the second episode when it happened. And I think that hurt the narrative a bit because it meant the ending was a bit too open-ended.

Erwin telling Levi to not regret his decisions from the Attack on Titan: No Regrets anime OVA
Erwin telling Levi to not regret his decisions

I enjoy open endings a lot of the time. But the issue here is that the ending of this OVA has to connect to what we know happens in the main series. That connection was left up in the air. It ends with Erwin telling Levi not to regret his decisions and to stay on as a member of the Scouts.

We know Levi did end up staying a member of the Scouts. However, we got nothing in terms of explaining why he made this decision. Levi says that Erwin is looking at something Levi himself can’t see (the future, the bigger picture). But that shouldn’t mean Levi suddenly wants to follow Erwin now that his friends are dead.

It just seems like there’s a huge disconnect between what we see happen at the end of the OVA and what we know happens later in the series.


Have you watched the Attack on Titan: No Regrets OVA? If so, what did you think of it? Despite my complaints, I still enjoyed it enough to give it a 7/10. It had great action and I liked seeing Erwin again.

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One Piece (Dressrosa)

One Piece (Dressrosa)

One Piece anime series logo
One Piece


Dressrosa is the One Piece arc that follows Punk Hazard and is widely regarded as one of the best arcs (in the manga, at least) of the series. In the anime, it spans 118 episodes, from 629 to 746. I think that makes it the longest arc I’ve covered so far.

So, let’s just get this out of the way upfront. It’s been over 2 years since I last reviewed a One Piece arc. Why is that? Well, a large part of it is the length of Dressrosa. It really drags on in the anime. The pacing is extremely slow, which makes it difficult to get through, the number of episodes aside.

I’d watch maybe 20 episodes in a week, and then take a 3-4 month break from One Piece. That’s why it’s taken me so long to finally complete Dressrosa (though, I’m actually multiple arcs ahead of it right now).

But, it’s not as if I haven’t written about One Piece, Dressrosa specifically, at all in these past 2 years. I wrote about my favorite character from Dressrosa and I wrote about some of the real-world influences on the country.

So, let’s just quickly run through the good and the bad of this arc. The thing I like the most about Dressrosa is the cast of characters. Both the Straw Hat’s allies and their enemies are good characters. I love Rebecca, the Grand Fleet are all cool, and the Donquixote Family members are all unique.

The biggest issue is what I mentioned already, the pacing. However, more specifically, I found the pacing to be a problem primarily in the “final battle” against Doflamingo, which lasted something like 60 episodes. Prior to that, when all the Colosseum stuff was going on, I didn’t mind the pacing.

Straw Hat Grand Fleet

Before I get into the Grand Fleet representatives, I want to give an honorable mention to King Riku and King Elizabello II. They’re not members of the Grand Fleet, but they’re new allies the Straw Hats gain within the Dressrosa arc.

First up, we have Cavendish, the captain of the Beautiful Pirates. His character design is based on French knights known as Chevaliers. He’s also frequently accompanied by his white horse.

Next is the best of the Grand Fleet members, Bartolomeo of the Barto Club. He’s the Straw Hat Pirates’ number one fan and is obsessed with every member of their crew. Bartolomeo also has the Barrier-Barrier Fruit, which is a pretty cool ability.

Bartolomeo of the Straw Hat Grand Fleet from the anime series One Piece (Dressrosa)
Bartolomeo of the Straw Hat Grand Fleet

I’m going to group Sai of the Happo Navy and Ideo of the Ideo Pirates together because they’re probably the least interesting. Sai is a member of the Chinjao Family and Ideo is a member of the Longarm Tribe — the same tribe Scratchmen Apoo is from.

Leo is the leader of the Tontatta Pirates, and one of the key figures of the Tontatta rebellion against the Donquixote Family in Dressrosa. Tontatta are basically a pixie race that are native to Dressrosa. Though, the citizens of Dressrosa think of them as mythological.

Hajrudin of the New Giant Warrior Pirates is pretty neat, primarily because he’s a giant. I don’t have anything else to say about him.

And lastly, we have Orlumbus of the Yonta Maria Grand Fleet, who I think is the most creative of the Straw Hat Grand Fleet members. His name is a reference to Christopher Columbus, and his ship is a play on Columbus’s ship the Santa Maria. San is 3 in Japanese and Yon is 4. So Orlumbus’s ship is the Yonta Maria, instead of the Santa Maria.

Doflamingo Donquixote

The one thing everyone seems to love about Dressrosa is that Doflamingo Donquixote is the antagonist. And, because everyone loves Doflamingo, there are countless discussions and breakdowns of what makes his character so good.

That’s why I’m not going to do that.

Instead, let’s look at how Doflamingo changed the story. The first way he did this is by increasing the scale of the threats the Straw Hats find themselves up against. Previously, all of the antagonists were relatively minor players in the oceans of the world.

With Doflamingo, we hit a transition period. Luffy and the gang are no longer going up against random pirates or Warlords (of which Doflamingo was formerly a member). Doflamingo comes from one of the Celestial Dragon families and has a worldwide influence due to his black-market network.

He’s a big deal that even the World Government didn’t touch. And, that’s true for every villain after Doflamingo. The next two villains of the story are the Emperors Big Mom and Kaidou.

Former Warlord Doflamingo Donquixote from the anime series One Piece (Dressrosa)
Former Warlord Doflamingo Donquixote

The second way Doflamingo changed the story was through his abilities, specifically his Devil Fruit. We’d previously been introduced to the concept of awakened Devil Fruit back in Impel Down, but Dressrosa is when we begin to understand what awakening a Devil Fruit really means.

Doflamingo’s fruit is the String-String fruit — a fitting fruit for someone who controls people both physically and mentally like a puppetmaster. But, what’s key here is that his fruit is a Paramecia that allows him to create and manipulate strings.

However, Doflamingo’s fruit is also awakened. This awakening allows him to turn all of his surroundings into string and control those strings as well.

We won’t see another awakened fruit until Whole Cake Island. But, Doflamingo’s use of an awakened fruit makes it clear that there’s another level of power we’re going to see more of as the series progresses and enemies get stronger.


What do you think of the Dressrosa arc of One Piece? Is this your favorite arc? Did you watch the anime version or read the manga version? Is Doflamingo your favorite antagonist? And which Grand Fleet member is your favorite? Let me know in the comments.

Overall, I think Dressrosa is actually a 5/10. Now, that’s my rating for the anime, and it was brought down significantly by the length and pacing of the arc. If it was shorter, I would have liked it a lot more.

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Amagi Brilliant Park

Amagi Brilliant Park

Amagi Brilliant Park anime series cover art
Amagi Brilliant Park

Series Overview

Amagi Brilliant Park (甘城ブリリアントパーク) is a comedy/drama (dramedy?) series about a magical amusement park by the same name. Finally, my literal thousands of hours playing Roller Coaster Tycoon 2 will be relevant for an anime review.

When I say the park is magical, what I really mean is that many of those who work there are magical. I don’t believe any of the attractions in the park were themselves magical. But, a large portion of the park’s cast members are originally from the magical realm of Maple Land.

So, why do these Maple Landers work at an amusement park here on Earth? Because they require the attention and joy of humans to survive. And what better way to be surrounded by the joy of humans than to live and work at an amusement park?

Unfortunately, Amagi Brilliant Park is a terrible amusement park. At the start of the series, it’s run down, the cast members are unfriendly, and there’s a deadline looming before it’s closed for good. The park needs to attract 500,000 visitors by August 1st.

To help the park achieve this feat, Seiya Kanie, an extremely narcissistic high school student is brought in to run the place. I think he was chosen because he used to be a child actor or something — not really sure how that qualifies him, but whatever.

Basically, the series is all about Kanie working to improve Amagi Brilliant Park and bring in more visitors so the park doesn’t end up getting shut down. He’s playing Roller Coaster Tycoon 2, but in real (anime) life.

With that said, don’t go into the series thinking it’s a “builder” kind of anime. It’s the characters that carry the series more than anything else.

Cast Members

Ignoring Kanie, Izusu Sento is the main cast member at Amagi Brilliant Park. She’s the one who originally recruits Kanie, doing so by threatening to shoot him if he doesn’t agree. And, that’s where Sento’s magic comes in. She has the ability to produce rifles from under her skirt, just like Mami Tomoe from Madoka Magica.

Princess Latifa, not to be confused with Queen Latifah, is the heir of Maple Land and I guess the effective president of Amagi Brilliant Park. She’s important to the plot of the series, but she really doesn’t do anything personally.

The head mascot of the park, and definitely not a Mickey Mouse rip-off, is Moffle. I don’t think he’s a great character. In fact, I think he’s a pretty bad character. He’s just angry, always gets into fights, and loves things like explosions because action is cool.

Sento and Kanie from the anime series Amagi Brilliant Park
Sento and Kanie

Now, my favorite character of the series is probably Tiramie, another one of the park mascots. Despite being a pink cat and the fairy of flowers, Tiramie is as degenerate as they come. He’s always on the prowl for girls to seduce, has no issue with betraying his allies, and says some of the most cursed lines of the series. I love him.

Macaron, the sheep mascot, is similar to Tiramie in a lot of ways, but I’d say he’s a bit more watered down. He’s still sleazy and definitely not a good person. However, he’s not as extreme as Tiramie is.

And, the last cast members I want to mention here are the four members of Elementario, Amagi Brilliant Park’s idol group. The members are Kobori, Muse, Salama, and Sylphy, representing the elements earth, water, fire, and wind respectively. I could honestly watch an entire series focusing on the girls of Elementario.

Should Have Been 12 Episodes

I noticed something pretty weird when I was watching Amagi Brilliant Park. At the end of episode 12, it seemed like the whole series was wrapped up. But, the anime is 13 episodes long (plus a 14th OVA episode that I didn’t watch).

So, if everything has been concluded by the end of the 12th episode, what’s the 13th episode about? Does it continue the story? Well, not exactly. The 13th episode is about the cast members creating a promotional video for the park after the events of the previous 12 episodes.

If you watch this series, you really don’t have to watch the 13th episode. It doesn’t further the plot in any way and just serves as additional content if you want it. It’s pretty odd that an episode like this is considered part of the series and wasn’t an OVA like episode 14 was.

Kobori, Muse, Salama, and Sylphy from the anime series Amagi Brilliant Park
Kobori, Muse, Salama, and Sylphy

After completing the series, I can say that I would have preferred if it just ended with episode 12. Yes, there was some good content, especially from Tiramie, in episode 13. But, when you consider how well the story already wrapped up the episode prior, this episode felt out of place.

Don’t worry, though. I’m not lowering my rating of the series because episode 13 is considered part of the main series and not an OVA. I just wanted to point it out because I can’t think of another anime I’ve watched that’s done the same thing.

I mean, there are anime that put recap episodes at the end, which I think is a terrible idea. But this may have been the first time I’ve run into what should have been an OVA episode slapped onto the end of a series.


Overall, Amagi Brilliant Park is a 7/10 from me. It’s a solid, good anime. However, I don’t think it was anything particularly special. If you like comedy, including some adult comedy, you’ll probably like this anime. Just don’t expect it to become your new favorite series.

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Ping Pong the Animation

Ping Pong the Animation

Ping Pong the Animation anime series cover art
Ping Pong the Animation

Series Overview

Ping Pong the Animation (ピンポン THE ANIMATION) is both a sports anime and one of the best anime series I’ve watched. Just earlier this month, in my review of Iwa Kakeru!, I was complaining that I always seemed to watch sports anime that are okay at best. Well, that run has come to an end now that I’ve seen Ping Pong.

Along with being a sports anime, Ping Pong is a psychological drama. And for me, this is really where the anime shines. Yes, it’s about ping pong. But more than that, it’s about how various characters from different backgrounds view and develop around the sport they love.

Also, this series was directed by Masaaki Yuasa, so from the start, there was a pretty high chance of it being good. He’s directed things like Samurai Champloo, The Tatami Galaxy, Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!, Devilman: Crybaby, and more. The only anime I’ve seen by him that I didn’t think was at least above average was Japan Sinks: 2020. But my issue with that series was the plot, not his directing.

Basically, what I’m trying to say by all of this is that Ping Pong is one of the best anime I’ve seen in terms of being able to tell a character-driven story. There’s a loose plot, but the vast majority of the series is pushed forward via the development of the characters, which I’ll go into in more detail later on.

Now, before going any further in this review, I should probably address the biggest thing stopping people from watching Ping Pong: The art style. Yes, Ping Pong looks “ugly.” Get over it. You’ll be used to the art style by the time you finish the first episode. And, the art style adds expressiveness.

Main Characters

Every named character in Ping Pong is complex and goes through development. But in this section, I’m only going to cover the basics of the five main characters. And then in the next section, we’ll go over character development.

Makoto “Smile” Tsukimoto is the protagonist of the series. He’s exceptionally good at Ping Pong, but he lacks the motivation required to become one of the greats. He’s called Smile because he never smiles, and his paddle has a crescent moon on the handle because tsuki (月) is Japanese for moon.

Yutaka “Peco” Hoshino is Smile’s best friend and is the one who got Smile into ping pong in the first place. He’s a pretty good player and hopes to one day win at the Olympics. He’s called Peco because he snacks a lot. Peko peko (ぺこぺこ) refers to the sound of an empty stomach. Also, his paddle has a star on the handle because hoshi (星) is Japanese for star.

Yutaka "Peco" Hoshino from the anime series Ping Pong the Animation
Yutaka “Peco” Hoshino

Wenge “China” Kong is a Chinese player who was sent to play in Japan after being dropped from the Chinese national team. His nickname is pretty self-explanatory. I think of the five main characters, China may have the best development.

Ryuuichi “Dragon” Kazama is the top high school ping pong player in the country. The school he attends is basically a military boot camp, but for ping pong. It’s also run by his grandfather. His nickname comes from ryū (竜) being the Japanese word for dragon.

The final of the five main characters is Manabu “Demon” Sakuma. Demon grew up playing ping pong in the same hall as Smile and Peco. He went on to join the Kaio Academy team — of which Dragon is the captain. He’s called Demon because akuma (悪魔) is Japanese for demon.

Character Development

This section of the review is going to contain spoilers. You can skip down to the conclusion to avoid them.

What I really like about the character development in Ping Pong is that we have all of these very different characters who develop over the course of the series due to a shared love of their sport. For example, China and Smile really have nothing in common, but the catalyst for their development is the same.

Smile and Demon are somewhat opposites of each other. Smile originally doesn’t care about being good at ping pong despite having enormous natural talent. And Demon originally wants to be great at ping pong despite having physical limitations in the form of his poor eyesight.

Eventually, Smile wants to prove how good of a player he actually is and begins to take the sport seriously. Meanwhile, Demon begins to understand that he’ll never be as good as he wants to be. His hard work can only take him so far — and so he leaves ping pong behind despite his love for it.

Dragon vs. China from the anime series Ping Pong the Animation
Dragon vs. China

China and Dragon are similar in a lot of ways. But their development is still different. Both are originally among the best players and this distinction is what defines them. For China, he viewed himself as above everyone else. And for Dragon, he continued to push himself to be the best even after he stopped having fun.

Dragon eventually learns to enjoy the sport again — which despite sounding cheesy, was actually a great scene at the end of the series. As for China, I really enjoyed how he mellowed out and turned into a role model and teacher for his teammates.

Peco is a good character, but he probably has my least favorite development. At first, he thinks he’s good. Then, he gets beaten and gives up on his dream. And finally, he trains hard and proves that he really can be one of the best. His story is more akin to a traditional underdog story.

And the final character I want to mention here is a supporting character named Egami, voiced by one of my favorite voice actors, Kenjirou Tsuda. I think a lot of people can identify with Egami because he quits ping pong after being defeated, travels the world in search of where he belongs, and ends up deciding that he loves ping pong and that it’s where he belonged all along.


Ping Pong the Animation is a series that everyone I know who’s watched it loves. Because of this, I knew it was going to be a good anime. However, I wasn’t expecting it to be as good as it is. Overall, Ping Pong is a 10/10 for me. If you like character-driven stories, or if you’re part of a competitive community, I think you’ll really like this series.

I don’t have too much to say about them, but I did enjoy the OP and ED as well. They both have good songs and visuals. I’d put the OP above the ED, though.

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