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Burn the Witch

Burn the Witch

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Burn the Witch

“Movie” Overview

Burn the Witch is an anime “movie” that’s actually three episodes. It’s more of an OVA than a movie considering how it’s presented. But, what it’s classified as doesn’t really matter. It’s about an hour of content.

Something else I found out after watching the movie is that it’s a spin-off of Bleach — or at least is set within the same universe. I’ve never watched Bleach. I have no interest in watching Bleach. And I don’t think you need to have any knowledge of Bleach to watch and enjoy this movie.

However, that doesn’t necessarily mean that the movie is going to be easy to understand. After the opening scene, which doesn’t really matter for the rest of the movie, we’re thrown into the deep end.

We aren’t given explanations for anything. I don’t know what the job of our protagonists actually is, what a “Dragonclad” is despite them apparently being important, or how the organizations within this world are connected.

You have to infer all of these things from context. And the problem with that is that there’s really not much context to get from an hour-long movie that’s trying to tell a small piece of a larger story.

From my understanding, Noel and Ninny work for the government to babysit people known as Dragonclad. And I think Dragonclad are people who have had contact with dragons. But also apparently coming into contact with dragons is illegal and results in execution. So why is there a government agency in place to babysit them?

Also, the movie is based on four chapters of manga that seem like they’ll never be followed up on. And yet, the movie sets up a story that would take at least 24 episodes to cover.

Burn the Witch Characters

Noel Niihashi is one of the two main characters of Burn the Witch. She works for the organization known as Wing Bind in Reverse London (some magic version of London). Noel is very competent with magic, cares most about getting paid, and has a very dry personality.

Ninny Spangcole is the other main character. She works alongside Noel in Reverse London but also works as an idol in normal London. Of the two, I vastly prefer Ninny. Though, I think part of what makes Ninny so good is that Noel is there to be her opposite.

I shouldn’t say that they’re complete opposites, though. Ninny is also competent with magic. And while she doesn’t care much about money as she’s an idol, she does care about earning points from completing jobs so that she can rank up (or something, it’s not explained).

Noel Niihashi and Ninny Spangcole from the anime movie Burn the Witch
Noel Niihashi and Ninny Spangcole

The part of Ninny that’s the opposite of Noel is her personality. As I said, Noel has a very dry personality and does things by the book for the most part. Ninny is brash, loud, and seems to generally view workplace rules as mere suggestions.

Balgo Parks is a supporting character and the main Dragonclad of the series. He has a dog/dragon named Osushi and dragons are attracted to him for some reason. He’s also kind of an idiot and is in love with Noel. Noel and Ninny spend a lot of time babysitting him so he doesn’t cause trouble.

The final character I want to mention is Bruno Bangnyfe, who sort of serves as the main antagonist of the movie. He’s a member of some other governmental faction and hunts down Dragonclad and dragons. While he seems like a typical meathead at first, I think he became a pretty good character.

I’d Watch a Full Series

While I’m still not interested in watching Bleach even after watching Burn the Witch, I am interested in more Burn the Witch. If this was made into a full series, and that series was animated as well as this movie was (unlikely), I’d absolutely watch it.

Despite the fact that I didn’t really understand what was going on for a lot of this movie because I was missing context, I enjoyed it. A full series would be able to add the explanations and context that couldn’t fit within the movie’s one-hour run time.

Sure, the plot that was eventually revealed of defeating the 7 special dragons or whatever seems kind of bland. But, I care less about the plot and more about exploring the world and characters that were set up within this movie.

Ninny holding her wand(?) to Bruno Bangnyfe's head from the anime movie Burn the Witch
Ninny holding her wand(?) to Bruno Bangnyfe’s head

As long as I get to go on adventures around Reverse London with Noel and Ninny, I don’t really care what those adventures are. Though, I get the feeling that those adventures would become less interesting as the series progressed and got into more serious plot material.

Another thing that a series could do better than the movie is supporting characters. There were a lot of supporting characters introduced who just never mattered. It’s clear they were introduced because they’re going to matter later on. But since there’s currently no “later on,” they just waste space in the movie.

For example, there’s a woman named Sullivan Squire who’s a member of some other government organization that I don’t believe is ever stated. I don’t think we even ever see her interact with Noel and Ninny. But she exists and is in multiple scenes, so I’d like to learn more about her.


Some people are definitely going to think this rating is high based on how rushed the story is. But I think Burn the Witch is a 7/10. Even if a lot of it doesn’t make sense, it’s fun to watch. And it looks really good too. I like the art and the animation was good.

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Demon Slayer: Mugen Train Arc

Demon Slayer: Mugen Train Arc

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Demon Slayer: Mugen Train Arc

Arc Overview

Demon Slayer: Mugen Train Arc is the first Demon Slayer movie and takes place after the first season of the series. It’s canon, with the second season taking place after it, which is why I binged it all the day before the second season began.

You might be thinking, “what do you mean you binged it? It’s a single movie.” And, you’re right, to an extent. It is a single movie. But it was also re-released this year as 7 episodes with some additional content. I watched that version of the Mugen Train Arc, not the movie version.

I don’t believe the fact I watched the TV release is going to matter very much as far as this review is concerned. If you’ve seen the movie version, you’ll still know what I’m talking about (for the most part, probably).

Anyway, I thought the arc was very good. But, I wouldn’t say it was very consistent in its quality. For example, there were multiple antagonists for different parts of the arc, and that was a bit awkward. I’ll discuss that more toward the end of this review, though.

As expected from Demon Slayer, the art and animation were extremely good — except for the one, major part where they weren’t. The titular Mugen Train is turned into a giant flesh monster about halfway through the arc, and that didn’t look great.

I get that this is ufotable’s animation style (blending 2D and 3D), but come on. That wasn’t a great way to blend those two styles. And on top of that, as I’ve said in other anime reviews, such as A.I.C.O.: Incarnation, I absolutely hate the giant flesh monster trope.

Giant flesh monsters just don’t make for good enemies. They’re boring and never look good.

Kyoujurou Rengoku

If the giant flesh monster is the worst thing about the Mugen Train Arc, then Flame Hashira Kyoujurou Rengoku is the best thing about it. I know a lot of people really like Rengoku. And so, I went into this arc expecting him to have been extremely overhyped.

Was he overhyped? Maybe a bit. And there are aspects of his character that I don’t like, such as how he says whatever he’s eating tastes good after every single bite. But, as a shounen series, I do expect most characters to have some weird tick like that.

Aside from that aspect of Rengoku’s character, I think he’s great. I love his sense of justice, which we see right in the first episode of the arc. I’m not a huge fan of superheroes. However, I liked Rengoku’s superhero attitude toward slaying demons.

Kyoujurou Rengoku from the anime series/movie Demon Slayer: Mugen Train Arc
Kyoujurou Rengoku

From what I remember of the other Hashira from the first season of the series, they typically don’t slay demons for good. They slay demons for revenge. They hate demons and think they need to be eradicated at all costs. That’s not quite true for Rengoku, though.

Obviously, he doesn’t like demons. But Rengoku doesn’t fight demons in order to eradicate them. He fights demons in order to save lives. He wants people to be able to live their lives without ever fearing that they’ll fall victim to a demon.

And another thing that’s great about Rengoku is that he’s strong enough to back up his noble view of his position as Flame Hashira. Throughout the arc, only one human died once Rengoku was involved — himself.

In the first episode of the arc, he makes his heroic entrance by saving the girl and her grandmother. And in the final episode, he makes his heroic exit by giving his life to save all the train passengers.

An Arc of Two Halves

The 7 episodes of the Mugen Train Arc can be split into two groups. Episodes 1, 6, and 7 are the good episodes, and episodes 2, 3, 4, and 5 are the “bad” episodes. Basically, the arc can be split up based on whether Enmu is the antagonist or not.

Enmu is the demon responsible for the disappearances on the Mugen Train. He’s a member of the Twelve Demon Moons, being Lower Moon One. But the problem with him (I originally thought he was a woman) is that he’s a boring antagonist.

We don’t get a good direct fight against Enmu. Enmu’s fighting style is very passive. He puts people to sleep and then has his human minions enter their dreams to kill them. And, of course, Enmu is the one who turns into a giant flesh monster, so I hate him for that too.

Flame Hashira Rengoku from the anime series/movie Demon Slayer: Mugen Train Arc
Flame Hashira Rengoku

Episodes 1, 6, and 7 have different antagonists. The antagonist of episode 1 was the “Slasher,” or at least I think that’s what he was called. And the antagonist of episodes 6 and 7 was Akaza, whose position is Upper Moon Three.

The Slasher isn’t a great antagonist, but he fulfilled his role of being a minor antagonist at the start of the arc to mark Rengoku’s introduction. And as one of the Upper Moons, Akaza is a powerful adversary for Rengoku to go up against at the end of the arc.

What this means, however, is that after the first episode, I lost interest in the arc until the end. Nothing exciting comes from the whole middle part of the arc. I would have rather had Akaza as the antagonist for the whole arc after episode 1.

Imagine this: Enmu is Akaza’s subordinate who fights against Inosuke and Zenitsu while Rengoku and Tanjirou take on Akaza. The arc still could have ended the same way. But it would have been more interesting than 4 episodes of just Enmu.


Overall, I’d say the Mugen Train Arc was an 8/10, which is apparently slightly higher than what I gave to the first season. Those 4 episodes in the middle definitely had an impact on that rating. If it was just the 3 “good” episodes, it probably would have been a 9.

What do you think of Demon Slayer: Mugen Train Arc? Did you watch the movie, series, or both? Am I being too hard on Enmu, or do you agree he was a boring antagonist? And how do you feel about Rengoku’s character? Let me know in the comments.

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Jujutsu Kaisen

Jujutsu Kaisen

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Jujutsu Kaisen

Series Overview

Jujutsu Kaisen (also known as Sorcery Fight, if you’re a nerd), was potentially the anime that surprised me the most from 2020. It began airing in fall 2020, but since the season was two cours long, continued through winter 2021.

Before I get into why this series was surprising, I need to say something about its English title. Sorcery Fight is a bad title. Yes, jujutsu means sorcery. But sorcery is a dumb word. And I’ve literally never met anyone who called this series Sorcery Fight. It’s Jujutsu Kaisen.

Now, I know that this was already a popular shounen battle manga. But, when I originally watched the trailer before the anime aired, I thought it looked pretty generic. While I’d still say that the beginning is kind of generic, I do think that Jujutsu Kaisen set itself apart from the pack very well later on.

The premise of the series is probably the most generic part (and the fact that the main trio is made up of two boys and a girl). Basically, there are people who use magic known as curse energy to fight against curses — monsters that harm humans.

And, since this is a shounen battle series, the protagonist obviously has a super-powerful curse inside of his body. So, yes, the premise is generic. However, I loved the magic system. There weren’t a bunch of hard rules it followed, but there were some general guidelines that gave it structure.

For example, someone’s curse technique could be anything. But, they also all have the potential to be able to use a heightened version of their technique called a domain expansion, which is where the guidelines of the system come into play.

Also, for the most part, characters’ abilities were fairly well-defined, which I like.

Main Characters

Yuuji Itadori is the protagonist of Jujutsu Kaisen and vessel of the “King of Curses” Sukuna Ryoumen. As far as protagonists go, he’s pretty run-of-the-mill. I wouldn’t say there’s that much unique about him other than the fact that he doesn’t inherently have some broken power.

Itadori’s cursed technique is just that when he hits things, they get hit with a second impact of cursed energy. In my review of My Hero Academia Episode 98, I compared Shoda’s Twin Impact quirk to Itadori’s cursed technique.

This might seem like an odd comparison, but I view him in a similar way I view Luffy from One Piece. Luffy doesn’t have an inherently broken ability. It’s how he uses it that makes it good. And that’s very similar to Itadori despite the fact that Sukuna is inside of him.

Kugisaki, Itadori, Yoshino, and Fushiguro from the anime series Jujutsu Kaisen
Kugisaki, Itadori, Yoshino, and Fushiguro

Megumi Fushiguro is the obligatory emo member of the group — just think of Sasuke from Naruto if you don’t know what I mean. Now, that may sound generic, but he’s not just a Sasuke clone. And Fushiguro’s curse technique revolves around summoning animals.

Nobara Kugisaki is the obligatory female member of the group. However, Kugisaki isn’t like many other female main characters in shounen battle series. She’s basically one of the bros. Her cursed technique has to do with voodoo dolls, which is pretty cool for a main character.

And then we have Satoru Gojou, the completely overpowered teacher of Itadori, Fushiguro, and Kugisaki. As far as we know so far, Gojou has the most broken ability in the series. His cursed technique effectively lets him control space.

I’ll touch on them a bit in the next section, but for now, I do want to mention that Jujutsu Kaisen has a lot of great supporting characters as well.

Cour 1 vs. Cour 2

If you haven’t yet watched Jujutsu Kaisen, or if you’ve only watched a small amount of it, you should know that the second cour is far better than the first. The first cour is basically just there to set up the premise of the show.

Honestly, I couldn’t tell you much about what happened in the first cour at this point. Itadori ate a finger, they fought some curses, and the main cast was introduced. That’s about it. The second cour, though, is where everything starts to be expanded.

The second cour has more of an actual plot, it introduces a bunch of great side characters, and it dives deeper into cursed techniques. Everything that the first cour does, the second cour does better. Even the OP and ED of the second cour are better.

Sukuna Ryoumen from the anime series Jujutsu Kaisen
Sukuna Ryoumen

As far as the side characters go, there are three that I really liked. These are Toge Inumaki, Aoi Toudou, and Momo Nishimiya. Inumaki can control people with his voice, Toudou is a bro among bros who can use teleportation, and Nishimiya is literally just a witch.

With Toge, it’s his cursed technique that I think makes him interesting. The rules of his technique are laid out very well and he sticks to them. For Toudou and Nishimiya, it’s more their personalities I like because they both act in ways you wouldn’t expect based on their appearances.

Also, the second cour of the series has the Jujutsu Kaisen version of the second stage of the Chunin Exam from Naruto. You know, the one where it’s a survival/battle competition and then some unexpected stuff happens that throws everything into chaos.

Jujutsu Kaisen cour two just has everything I want from a shounen battle series. I actually liked it more than “anime of the decade” Demon Slayer.


Overall, I gave Jujutsu Kaisen an 8/10. I would actually rewatch all of this first season to prepare for a second season in the future. That’s not something I would do for the vast majority of anime I watch — even those that I like.

Also, earlier I mentioned that the second OP and ED are better than the first. I know not everyone agrees with that, but I stand by it. I think OP2 has way better visuals and a better song too. ED2’s song isn’t my favorite, but the visuals are very good.

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Attack on Titan: The Final Season

Attack on Titan: The Final Season

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Attack on Titan: The Final Season

Season Overview

Attack on Titan: The Final Season (Shingeki no Kyojin: The Final Season / 進撃の巨人 The Final Season) is, surprisingly, not the final season of the Attack on Titan anime series. I’ll explain that later on in this review, but just know this is the fourth season.

So, what does this season cover? Well, for starters, there’s a four-year time skip between the end of Season 3 Part 2 and the start of this season. It then begins with the Marley arc before moving into the War for Paradis arc.

Now, one of the best and worst things about this season of the series is that the majority of the main characters have new character designs. That’s great because they all look fantastic (except Mikasa, honestly). But, this also causes some issues.

The primary issue with these new designs is that the two arcs this season cover also introduce a lot of new characters. So for the first few episodes, it can be difficult to tell who’s who. Specifically, I know a lot of people got Armin and Yelena mixed up.

I should also point out that this isn’t just an issue in the anime. I read the manga before this season aired, and it was difficult to differentiate between characters in that at first too.

Another thing to keep in mind about this season is that it does have a significant tonal shift from what came before. That’s nothing new for this series though. Each season of the anime does this. But, I think this season is the most different from the earlier seasons because both the story and characters change drastically.

I’m not sure if this season is my favorite from a story perspective. However, I think the characters in this season are the best they’ve ever been.

Source Material vs. Anime Execution

I don’t really want to get into the debate surrounding whether the anime or manga is better. Normally, I prefer anime adaptations rather than manga. But with Attack on Titan, I think both mediums have their pros and cons.

I think that some of the use of CGI wasn’t the best at the start of the season, but it gets phased out later on. The real issue I had with the anime visuals actually came from a really strange use of rotoscoping for some scenes that didn’t need to be dynamic.

And so, this brings us into what I actually want to discuss in this section, which is how the anime makes use of the source material. I don’t think I’m alone when I say that it’s the source material that really carries this series, especially later on.

Gabi Braun from the anime series Attack on Titan: The Final Season
Gabi Braun

Questionable use of rotoscoping aside, I think the anime adapted the content it covered in this season quite well. I was a little disappointed in the adaptation of the War Hammer Titan. But at the same time, I’m not really sure what they could have done to improve it because it was just like the manga.

My biggest issue with the anime is actually a relatively minor detail. If you read my weekly episode reviews, you may recall that I complained about the color of Eren’s eyes being green — especially when they glow green due to his control over the Founding Titan.

Yes, I know that Eren’s eyes have normally been green. And yes, I know the manga is in black and white. However, the manga covers are in full color. And in the manga covers, we see Eren with silver eyes to represent the Founding Titan just as we’ve seen with all the other Founding Titan wielders.

I think the silver eyes look way better and more intimidating than the alien, glowing green ones. Check out the alternate cover for Volume 30 to see what I mean.

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What Comes Next?

I touched on this a bit in my review of the final episode of this season, but there’s a lot of confusion surrounding the future of this series — mostly from the anime-only community. Luckily, it’s not really that difficult to understand once you have all the information.

First of all, these 16 episodes of this season covered chapters 91 – 115, so 25 chapters. The final chapter, 139, comes out in just a few days as of the posting of this review. So, there are another 24 chapters that still need to be adapted.

Because the next part of the season (this is why I said this isn’t really the final season) was only revealed as “episode 76,” people are assuming that we’re only getting one more episode. That makes absolutely no sense.

Eren Yeager from the anime series Attack on Titan: The Final Season
Eren Yeager

Now, while we don’t actually know how the rest of the series is going to be adapted, there are two ways that make sense. Either we’re going to have another roughly 16 episode season, or we’re going to have an 8 – 10 episode season followed by a movie.

As I said, we don’t know for sure what’s going to happen. However, I think the shorter season followed by a movie makes a lot of sense within the context of this “final” season.

So, what is that context? Well, you may recall that this season was actually delayed by two months and therefore didn’t begin airing until December 7th. Two months is the same as 8 episodes, so we can assume that this season was originally supposed to have an additional 8 episodes.

My guess is that this second part of the season will be those 8, 9, or 10 episodes that had to be delayed. And if we consider those, then a movie would be the perfect length to finish out the final few chapters of the manga. Also, the end of the manga is like 100% action, so it would work well as a movie.


Attack on Titan: The Final Season definitely isn’t my favorite season of the anime despite covering some of my favorite content. I’d have to give it an 8/10, which places it squarely in the middle of the series as far as I’m concerned.

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Taiso Samurai

Taiso Samurai

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Taiso Samurai

Series Overview

Taiso Samurai (Taisou Zamurai / 体操ザムライ), or Gymnastics Samurai, is a MAPPA original anime about a gymnast who doesn’t know when to retire. But, before I get more into what this anime is about, there are two things I want to touch on — the title and the studio behind it.

I’m not sure why the Japanese title went with “Zamurai” over Samurai. And what’s weirder is that it’s written in katakana rather than kanji. Katakana is often used to write non-Japanese words. So does whoever came up with this title think that Westerners call samurai “zamurai?”

And as for the English title, dropping the “u” at the end of “taisou” makes sense because a lot of English translations do that. But why didn’t they just translate “taisou” to “gymnastics” since they also changed “zamurai” to “samurai?” There seem to be some inconsistencies here.

Regarding the studio behind this series, MAPPA, it’s pretty sad that I feel the need to point this out, but MAPPA has been around for a long time and has made a lot of good anime. It’s really weird to see people either dismissing everything the studio has worked on because they’re disappointed with the final season of Attack on Titan or patronizing them by using stupid hashtags on social media like #ThankYouMappa.

Anyway, back to the actual point of this review. Taiso Samurai follows a gymnast by the name of Joutarou Aragaki, who’s getting a bit old to still be competing. However, gymnastics is all Joutarou has ever known, and other than his family, it’s his one love in life.

This series chronicles Joutarou’s rebound within the competitive gymnastics world and how the support of his friends and family are what made it possible.

Main Characters

As I mentioned, Joutarou “Joe” Aragaki is the protagonist of the series. The anime starts off with Joutarou in the twilight of his career. He’s not as young as most of the other competitors, and his decades of gymnastics are finally catching up with him — primarily in the form of a shoulder injury.

Joutarou Aragaki from the anime series Taiso Samurai
Joutarou Aragaki

Rei “Rachel” Aragaki is Joutarou’s daughter. I believe she’s in middle school, which gives you a rough idea of how old Joutarou is. Rei is her father’s #1 fan and always supports his gymnastics career even when it means making sacrifices of her own. She also loves ninja, so I like to think she’d be a Naruto fan.

Leonardo “Leo” is the third and final main character of the series. He’s a Westerner who claims to be a ninja but is actually a ballet dancer. Joutarou is his hero, and he wants to do everything within his power to support Joutarou just like Rei does.

Some supporting characters include Mari Aragaki (Joutarou’s mother), Britney (Joutarou’s acupuncturist), Noriyuki Amakusa (Joutarou’s coach), Tomoki Takizawa (Joutarou’s teammate), and Tetsuo Minamino (an up-and-coming talent in the gymnastics world).

But, the most important of all the supporting characters is Bigbird “BB” Aragaki, the Aragaki family pet. Bigbird is probably the best character in the series despite what I’m going to say in the next section of this review. He’s a large, talking bird from South America — and whenever he acts up, Rei threatens to send him back.

I don’t know why, but Rei telling her pet bird to shut up or she’ll send him back to South America is extremely funny to me. It’s probably the absurdity of the situation and her threat combined with how she suddenly snaps and yells it at him.

A Bit Too Wacky

Now, despite what I literally just said about Bigbird being amazing, my biggest complaint with this series is probably that it’s a bit too wacky. Though, considering how much of the series is like that, that’s not really a problem with the series — it’s just what the series is.

My complaint about the wackiness of Taiso Samurai is almost like if someone watched a drama anime and complained that there was too much drama. It’s not a real complaint in that sense. But at the same time, I think there were other aspects of the show that suffered because of the focus on these crazier parts.

Taiso Samurai is fundamentally a sports anime. And I would have preferred it if it focused a lot more on the sports side of things. Yes, this series gave us Bigbird. But I think it would have been better without all of that wacky stuff thrown in for seemingly no reason.

Joutarou, Rei, and Bigbird from the anime series Taiso Samurai
Joutarou, Rei, and Bigbird

The absolute best parts of this series were the gymnastics competition scenes. Unfortunately, there weren’t all that many of these in a series about competitive gymnastics. This is very similar to what I had to say about Iwa Kakeru! Sport Climbing Girls.

Both of these series have very enjoyable competition scenes that were exciting in different ways. However, everything else was a bit boring. I laughed a few times at Bigbird, but I really didn’t care about Leo’s subplot at all. Taiso Samurai isn’t like Ping Pong the Animation, which keeps you invested with all the interesting character development.

If you’re into well-animated and choreographed “action,” I would recommend at least watching the competition parts of this series. I don’t know exactly how they animated it, but some parts look like rotoscoping of actual gymnasts. And there are some cool first-person POVs as well.


Overall, I gave Taiso Samurai a 6/10. I enjoyed it, but mainly because of Bigbird and the competition parts of the series. Other than those two aspects, I don’t think anything else about it was particularly special. The best way I can describe it is that it was good enough.

The opening of the series is alright. It’s definitely not one that I would go out of my way to watch for either the song or visuals. However, I did enjoy the ending quite a bit. I downloaded the ending song on Spotify, and I think the visuals were pretty nice as well despite being fairly basic.

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