Toonami Roundup: 3/25/17

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This week, in Toonami:

Dragon Ball Super episode 12: Goku and Beerus fight. The shockwaves from their fight are enough to destroy the universe, except they don’t. The fight has been padded out for so long, we may not see the end of it this year. Rating: **

Dragon Ball Z Kai episode 110: This episode consisted simply of Piccolo (aka Ma Junior) standing around in complete fear for half an hour. Piccolo gives up on his match, right after Krillin dispatches of his first-round opponent. Piccolo cowering in fear? Actually not that surprising, given how useless he is Dragon Ball Super and in the Cell Games. Rating: **

Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure episode 22: Chariot race! Jojo and Wamuu go at it in the best Jojo battle yet. Shooting cannonballs with giant crossbows makes for great television. And Wamuu is getting completely destroyed, yet still seems to have the upper hand on Jojo. Great battle. Rating: ***

Tokyo Ghoul episode 1: Gross-out. Rating: *1/2

Hunter x Hunter episode 44: Uvogin completely destroys the Shadow Beasts, embarrassing the Mafia big-time, but then Kurapika proves his superior power by chaining him up and bringing him along with him in the car. Then comes a hilarious scene where Kurapika is looking backwards, threatening Uvogin, while driving at the same time. Distracted drivers are dangerous, people! Rating: ***1/2

Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn episode 12: The best episode of Unicorn ever! I actually understood what was going on. Banagher tries to reason with his rival, but she will have none of it. And what turned into a Shinji vs. Kaworu turns into a sad ending, as the girl gets killed. Then a black Unicorn Gundam shows up, and the credits roll. Rating: ***

Naruto Shippuden episode 151: Hotaru’s villainous captor ends up losing, and she finally gets to have her master be her mentor. But wait! The Akatsuki show up out of literally nowhere and kill him, and he turned out to have the Six-Tails inside him. So it’s a bittersweet symphony, this ending to the filler. Rating: **1/2

Ghost in the Shell (one of the seasons) episode 8: Kusanagi tracks down someone who’s stealing organs. The plot description is pretty boring, but the actual show is pretty fun. Rating: **1/2

Best show of the week: Hunter x Hunter

Most surprisingly good show of the week: Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn

Most disappointing show of the week: Tokyo Ghoul

HxH 44: The Chain

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The Shadow Beasts are here and gone in the blink of an eye. These four characters, who are supposedly the ultimate weapon of the Ten Dons, show up and offer little resistance before Uvogin kills them. One of them manages to put poison and leeches inside Uvogin’s body, but he’ll be fine as long as he drinks a whole lot of beer (seriously). Uvogin then destroys him and the other ones as well, and then he reveals that he is spider #11.

There are two ways you can look at his #11, both having to do with Bleach. The first is that he is a lot like Kenpachi Zaraki, and Kenpachi was Captain of Squad 11. The second is that the Arrancar were numbered from strongest to weakest. If you think that’s how the Phantom Troupe are numbered, you’ll be gravely mistaken, as not only do their numbers mean very little, but the Phantom Troupe are minimized after this arc, and only get short appearances the rest of the way. So basically, the #11 means nothing.

But the tattoo does mean something to Kurapika! He sees it, and then he loses it. His eyes glow red, his heart starts pounding, and he starts arguing with his other crew members to go fight Uvogin. In the middle of the argument, Melody pulls out a flute and plays it, in order to calm down everyone. But it’s completely useless, because Kurapika immediately decides again that he’s going to take Uvogin down, and this time no one argues with him.

Then Kurapika launches his attack, and he is able to capture Uvogin with his chain. However, he’s not going to kill him; no, instead he wants Uvogin as a hostage. Then a hilarious scene breaks out as Uvogin taunts Kurapika while he is driving, and Kurapika keeps on threatening Uvogin while taking his eyes off the road. The funny part of it is Melody panicking, as she continually calls for Kurapika to keep his eyes on the road. The Kurapika-Melody relationship is pure gold.

While the Shadow Beasts were a big disappointment, Uvogin’s ways of killing them were pretty cool, and Kurapika somehow managing to capture a guy of that strength is even cooler. Now we get to start to find out about Kurapika’s chains, and what they do. Kurapika even tells us that if he uses his chain on someone who’s not a spider, he instantly dies. Be careful, Kurapika!

Character of the episode: Kurapika

Episode rating (out of four stars): ***1/2

Tokyo Ghoul 1: Beauty and the Bonehead

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Don’t watch this show if you are faint of heart. Don’t watch this show if you’re feeling hungry. And don’t watch this show if you’re expecting something good. Tokyo Ghoul’s first episode did a great job of grossing out this viewer, but it didn’t hook me into wanting to see more.

My old blog with my reviews of Parasyte no longer exists, so I can’t expect any of you to remember what I thought of it. So I’ll explain it here: the first episode of Parasyte grossed me out beyond belief. Hindsight being 20/20 (as I love to say), Parasyte can’t hold a candle to the disgusting, nauseating animation and storyline of this episode. In fact, I’d love to rewatch Parasyte just for the sake of comparison (and to watch “that guy” get gunned down again).

The main character goes out with a girl who is a dead ringer for Sheele from Akame ga Kill. Remember Akame ga Kill? Great show. I miss it dearly. “Sheele” goes out with the main character, only to turn on him and eat half his body. (It takes zero talent to predict this “plot twist.” In fact, it would have been more shocking had they just kissed and said good night.) Then the main character gets organ transplants from “Sheele” in order to stay alive.

What happens next is beyond gross. I was ready to eat right as I watched this episode, and I almost came up vomiting. To describe it in the least gross way possible, the main character vomits any time he tries to eat real food, and he has a craving for humans – as in, eating them. The latter doesn’t bother me as much as the former did. I did not need to see the main character vomiting into a toilet.

I’ll save the rhetorical nonsense for another post. For now, let’s just say that watching this episode was enough to make me feel nauseous for a whole day, and I still feel so now. I’m not sure what this episode accomplished otherwise. To me, it didn’t have a coherent plot, there was no hook for me to want to come back next week. Who is the bad guy? What is the main character’s goal? Is the main character the ultimate villain? Is he actually a good guy? All of these questions were left unanswered, and because of that, I can’t give this leadoff episode a good score.

Episode rating (out of four stars): *½

Jojo 22: Ben-Hur

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Jojo and Wamuu decide the only way to settle their score is in a chariot race with weapons. The ensuing battle becomes a mix of three things: Bleach “WHAT”-esque reactions by characters when they realize they’ve been had (ranging from Jojo to Wamuu to Kars to Lisa Lisa to the vampires in the stadium), Dragon Ball-esque battle commentary from literally anyone and everyone, and the third ingredient being some actually cool fighting.

Basically, Jojo and Wamuu have a race to the hammer. At the end of the hammer portion of the battle, it looks as if Jojo is dead, and Kars pours a glass of wine. Then out of nowhere Jojo is back and at ’em, which would be pretty awesome if it hadn’t happened about 10 times in 15 episodes already. Then Wamuu and Jojo take turns shooting Hamon-charged balls out of crossbows, banking them off the sides of the arena in order to hit their target. Wamuu is literally coming apart at the seams, yet the battle still feels like it’s in his favor – which is a positive for the series.

The chariot idea was actually very clever. There are a lot of things about Jojo I don’t like – first and foremost the characters all being super-muscular like they’re on steroids – but this was actually a cool idea that mixed things up a bit. As noted above, I really like that no matter how much Jojo beats up on Wamuu, it still feels like Wamuu is winning, and that actually causes me to care more. At this point, who even needs a Lisa Lisa-Kars battle?

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