E21 79-80: The big reveal

Eyeshield 21 episode 79-80 review

E21 79

The episode description on Crunchyroll gave away what would happen in Episode 79. Nevertheless, I’m glad it did, because that caused me to pay extra close attention to it. Sena finally reveals to Mamori that he is actually Eyeshield 21. I think they played this up perfectly and set it up for a great reveal. Suzuna is able to finally say Sena’s name in cheering, and Sena is finally able to receive the glory that he earned from all his great play. Mamori finally accepts the fact that Sena is a football player, and then they get the game underway.

But the Spiders have something special saved up for the Devil Bats. They are a great “kicking team,” which I don’t know what that means because in football you either have a good kicker or you don’t; it’s an individual position. The Spiders decide to start the game off with an onside kick, a la New Orleans in Super Bowl XLIV. Here’s something you need to know if you’re not a football fan: onside kicks have an average success rate of 10%. They are extremely rare to recover and most of the time are game-enders.

Not so here. The Spiders recover an onside kick, then choose to kick a field goal from there. Another fact you need to know: from the position on the field an onside kick can be recovered, no kicker in the human race could ever convert a field goal from that far. It would be about a 70-yard field goal. That’s not humanly possible. So when the Spiders kick the field goal from there (a bizarre strategy if I’ve ever heard one), they have pulled off two events with a probability less than winning the lottery three consecutive times.

They then recover another onside kick. The odds of recovering two onside kicks in a row is just about 1%, but it has happened before in a high school game, just not in any NFL game in my memory. This time, they don’t just kick a field goal from an unreal distance; they choose instead to score a touchdown, which makes a lot more sense.

So now the Devil Bats are down 10-0 to the Spiders, who line up for another onside kick. This is the “Spider Web,” they say. Once you’re caught in the web, you can’t get out. It’s a great storyline, to be sure. It’s just completely beyond the bounds of believability if you know anything about football.

Episode 79 rating (out of four stars): ****

Episode 80 rating: ***

BC 19: Men are from Mars

Black Clover episode 19 review

BC 19

Black Clover doesn’t fall far from the Bleach tree. At least half, maybe even more, of this episode is just a flashback for Mars, who is about to die anyway. We get to see why exactly he wants so badly the weak to die and the strong to prevail. After all that, he gets killed off and everyone goes home happy.

The Asta-Yuno “rivalry” is pretty pathetic if you ask me. Yuno seems to be a warm, loving father figure to Asta, not a Gary Oak pain the butt. If Pokemon could do a rivalry better than this, you know you’re in trouble. Nevertheless, everyone escapes and now we can move on to the next challenge.

Character of the episode: Noelle

I really liked her tsundere thing she has going on with Asta.

Episode rating (out of four stars): ***

HxH 92: God Save the Queen

Hunter x Hunter episode 92 review

HxH 92

I don’t believe in numerology, but here’s a creepy one for you: this episode all centered around the Queen is episode #92. Guess who turned 92 years old on the day this episode aired in America? That’s right, Queen Elizabeth II. Isn’t that something?

There’s no saving this Queen, however. She has one last wish: to name the King “Meruem.” This is the Queen who hated the concept of names; now her last wish is to give a name, so we see she’s come full circle in death. And now she’s gone, leaving behind just a baby, which Colt must take care of.

This is the last bit of positiveness I can remember from Hunter x Hunter. Maybe there’s a little bit when Gon and Killua hang out with Palm, but after this, the show gets really, really dark, and there’s no turning back. The King is about to unleash a world of terror.

Character of the episode: Queen

Episode rating (out of four stars): ***