E21 19-21: No overtime?

Eyeshield 21 episodes 19-21 review

E21 20

These three episodes contain the game between Deimon and the Sphinx. Since they’re all one game, I’ll just combine my reviews together. What I like best about these episodes is that they do a good job of teaching football to the uneducated fan. This is especially true when Deimon chooses to go for a two-point conversion after their final touchdown (although they inexplicably call the two-pointer a “touchdown” even though it was only worth two points).

There’s some character development with Monta as he uses his determination to catch a late touchdown pass. And there’s some hilarity with Hiruma firing his guns and kicking people in the butt. What confused me was the fact that there was no overtime to this game. What were these rules, pre-NFL-AFL merger rules? Overtime has been part of football ever since the mid-1970s (and even prior to that in postseason contests). Instead, the Sphinx team just kind of quits and chooses to let Deimon advance to play the American team. What a lame result, I wanted to see overtime.

Overall, Eyeshield 21 is in better shape than any of the other four shows that I’m currently watching. It is currently on pace to be a really good one.

Episodes 19-21 rating (out of four stars): ***

HxH 54: Wheel of Fortune

Hunter x Hunter episode 54 review

HxH 54

Chrollo has gained Neon’s ability to tell the fortunes of those in the Phantom Troupe. Each of these poems points toward half of the Phantom Troupe dying. He even gives one to Hisoka, who has a totally different poem than the others. Then, when Hisoka shows his poem to Pakunoda, it completely changes. All this while Nobunaga wants to avenge Uvo, and is ready to come to blows with Hisoka.

Then there’s Kurapika, who continues to go through character growth. After last episode when he seemed to have lost all hope, he takes comfort in his friends Gon, Killua, and Leorio, and uses their playfulness to get over the loss of avenging the Phantom Troupe and to change his focus to simply recovering the Scarlet Eyes. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that by the end of the episode, Hisoka texts Kurapika to let him know that the corpses were fake, and that Kurapika now does have hunting down the Phantom Troupe as a possibility.

Another fantastic episode, and I’m just warning you: enjoy Hunter x Hunter while you can. This arc is ending soon, and afterward, we’ll be talking Sword Art Online quality – not bad, but not great either.

Character of the episode: Kurapika

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