HxH 99: China’s under martial law

Hunter x Hunter episode 99 review

HxH 99

These rock-and-roller selection wars, I can’t take them anymore. Or at least, I can’t understand them. Something feels off. I feel like I missed 5 episodes or so. Which is surprising because I already watched the whole series. It seems that Pitou has gotten hardly any character development, which is strange because I thought she was really well fleshed out. Killua and Knuckle and Shoot are all talking strategies and sub-strategies, about a war plan that I don’t ever remember being set. And wasn’t Diego dead? Or is that his double? I’m so confused right now.

There is one bright spot. The best character in all of Hunter x Hunter, aside from perhaps Kurapika and Leorio, appeared in the end credits. If you missed them, you need to go back and watch them. She literally saves Hunter x Hunter from the depths of mediocrity that this arc will reach. If not for her, I’d hate Hunter x Hunter right now. But she rescues the series. I know that sounds extreme, but trust me, it’s true.

Character of the episode: Gon

Episode rating (out of four stars): **

MHA 6: Cosplay

My Hero Academia episode 6 review

MHA 6

Everyone is raving about an episode of My Hero Academia from season three, and I’m sitting here wondering how people got so into it when the story is so cliched. You’ve got this villain who hates the main character for absolutely no reason at all. You’ve got a love interest who just fell right into Izuku’s lap. And you’ve got a main character who doesn’t give you much reason to cheer for him. What about this show is any good?

Start with the villain. He gets cast as a “villain” for the test by sure coincidence, and he absolutely hates Izuku. Why? That has yet to be explained. You can’t just have a villain for the sake of needing a villain. There has to be something about him that causes him to think the way he does.

Then the love interest. If it was this easy to hook up with girls, there’d be no need for dating websites. Izuku literally does nothing at all, and he’s got a girl in love with him, fawning all over him. This is not in the least bit realistic. In fact, it’s the opposite of realistic. It’s the exact opposite of what happens in the Earth we live on.

Finally, we’ve got a main character who’s basically Shinji Ikari. Besides the blatant rip-off of a character from another series, he gives me no reason to be interested in him at all. I have little reason to cheer for him over the villain. I just don’t see what’s interesting about him.

Please tell me this series gets better. I know I was low on Hunter x Hunter, and look where that went. Hopefully this does the same thing. If not, expect a lot of posts like this.

Episode rating (out of four stars): *

BC 25: Shortcake

Black Clover episode 25 review

Charmy

This episode is all about Charmy, who is given the adorable nickname of “Shortcake.” She likes to eat, and nothing gets in her way of eating, not even the entire capital being under attack. Then she runs into Yuno, who literally passes out on her. Charmy’s cute antics made this episode a worthwhile watch.

I didn’t care too much for the efforts to save Fuegoleon’s life, but that’s at least something to build off for next episode. Overall, this was a fairly good episode, even if it didn’t make my top three for the week.

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