A very controversial topic today: the best opening themes in anime all time! Everyone has a different opinion on this, that’s why I preface this by letting you know that this is just my opinion. These aren’t necessarily the “best” OPs, just my personal favorites. You can argue with them all you like. Except for #1, that is. You can’t argue with #1. Unless you think #2 is #1. Well, let’s get to it… Continue reading “Top 10 Tuesday: Anime OPs”
Our first major female character has arrived to Hunter x Hunter! And yes, it’s the character in the pic above, Melody. How do I know this? Well, I’m currently on ep 70. I’ve gone ahead and watched the whole Yorknew City arc as well as much of the Greed Island arc. I can tell you right now, the Yorknew City arc is the best arc of an anime since perhaps the Soul Society arc in Bleach. (And the Greed Island arc… well, let’s just say that even the Bount arc was better…)
But enough on the future! Currently we have a group of applicants trying to survive the mansion that they went to apply. Kurapika, who has grown a ton since the last time we saw him, has a chain on his right hand (all five fingers), and the first ability we see him use is the Chain Dowser, which can block bullets from guns, as well as tell whether certain people are telling the truth or not. He figures out who is controlling the bots that infiltrate the mansion, then he figures out that Squala (who is known lovingly as “the black guy” due to the lack of other races in this series) is lying and actually part of the gig being played on them.
We discover the secret abilities of the other applicants. There’s Basho, who can write haikus and make them come to life. There’s Baise, who can kiss men and make them her slaves. (Kiss me, Baise!) And there’s Melody, who can… read heartbeats. Sounds pretty useless to me. (*hint* *hint*) Oh, and there’s Squala, who controls the dogs. *sighs* Squala, oh, Squala.
And meanwhile we’ve got Killua’s brother sending a message to Killua about Greed Island. It’s the URL for the game. Yeah, that’s just about it. Somehow I find Kurapika’s mission a whole lot more fascinating than Killua and Gon’s. But maybe I’m biased. (Or maybe I’ve seen the arc already…)
Fasten your seat belts, everyone. This arc is one heck of a ride. It gets really, really good from here. Don’t miss a second of it. Through ep 58, you will be on one roller coaster of an adventure.
Character of the ep: Kurapika
This feature may have to be retired, because Kurapika is *the* character of this arc, and should win this for the next 18 eps straight.
Ep rating (out of four stars): ***
This week in Toonami:
Dragon Ball Super ep 7: Beerus goes off on the gang, his anger uncontrollable. But it isn’t until Bulma is attacked by him that Vegeta gets angry. Now that Fajita’s in Hulk mode, he’s either a) going to get revenge on Beerus or b) wait for Kakarot to show up and save him. I’m guessing b). Rating: **
Dragon Ball Z Kai ep 105: What a waste of time this ep was. The only thing of note was that Krillin has grown hair on his Chia Pet bald head, and that he and Android 18 are now a couple. Time for Mr. Satan to win another championship! Rating: *
Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure ep 17: Jojo defeats AC/DC, er, I mean, Esidisi. This ep makes a whole lot more sense in retrospect now that I watched ep 15. However, it still doesn’t excuse the boredom of this particular ep. That ep – #15 – was actually a good one. These past two have not been. Rating: *
Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn ep 7: “And it’s every time you hurt yourself with knives…” Maybe hurting yourself with knives would be a more pleasant experience than trying to figure out Gundam. Rating: *
Hunter x Hunter ep 39: Guys, you’ve got to watch Hunter x Hunter! This is seriously a really good show! This particular ep may not have been the most exciting, but it’s a buildup to what’s going to turn into a fantastic arc. Trust me on this one! Rating: ***
Naruto Shippuden ep 146: There were about six big “WHAT”s in this ep, at least two of which were by Naruto himself. Naruto also blurted out “I’ve got a bad feeling about this.” The plotline was bland as ever, so I spent the whole ep laughing at the unintentional humor. Rating: *
One Piece ep 380: Yohohoho, yohohoho! “Binks’ Brew” is the song of choice, though I can’t figure out whether it should be spelled “Bink’s Brew,” “Binks’ Brew,” or even “Binks’s Brew.” In any case, it’s the final song played on Brook’s ship as he and his crew dies. This ep was so touching and moving that it may have earned One Piece’s first-ever four-star rating from me, if not for the fact that there was no explanation as to why Brook had a Devil Fruit in him or what a Devil Fruit even is. Is it my fault for not having watched all 380 eps? Rating: ***1/2
Ghost in the Shell ep 3: It seems to me that we’re actually watching the second season of Ghost in the Shell. I got caught up on ep 2, and it just doesn’t seem like we should be as familiar with the characters as we are. I encourage you to join in watching this, for completion’s sake. In any case, the plot – Kusunagi playing the role of a cat burglar to sniff out a real criminal – is entertaining enough to keep me watching… for now. Rating: **1/2
Best show of the week: One Piece
Most surprisingly good show of the week: Ghost in the Shell
Most disappointing show of the week: Naruto: Shippuden
Yes, this one is truly bizarre. If you thought I was going out on a limb with my favorite figure skaters, now I’m really going out there with this one: the “Get a Mac” ads that aired in the second half of the last decade. I miss these ads greatly. Despite being a Windows user, I always found these funny and *maybe* thought about buying a Mac. (We actually own a Mac; it’s our desktop, but I use a Windows laptop most of the time.) So, let’s get to it.