F/sn 7-8: Learning curve

Fate/stay night episodes 7-8 review

Fsn 7

So in these two episodes of Fate/stay night we get more character development, specifically of Rin Tohsaka, who has become my favorite character over the dull Saber. Rin is a delight to watch as she goes through her “almost tsundere” feelings and then moves in with Shirou and Saber. When it comes to actual plot development, there wasn’t so much of that, as there was building up of the characters’ personalities. Hopefully I’ll begin to understand what the bigger story is, because it is quite confusing. Until then, at least I’m enjoying this.

Episode 7 rating (out of four stars): ***

Episode 8 rating: ***

E21 44-45: Back on track

Eyeshield 21 episodes 44-45 review

E21 44

Eyeshield 21 got back on track this week with two solid episodes. The first was a humorous episode circling around Taki, the tight end who talks funny (“my sister!”) and isn’t very smart. The second was an episode where a few members of the team help out on a semi-pro team and fill in as backups after Taki and the rest of the team end up in the Nagano Hot Springs. Both were very funny and enjoyable.

Episode 44 rating (out of four stars): ***1/2

Episode 45 rating: ***

HxH 64: Bomberman

Hunter x Hunter episode 64 review

HxH 64

Nen is back! And it’s the obsession of Bisky, Gon and Killua. In fact, 2/3 of this episode was simply Nen talk. Honestly, the exact specifics of Nen are not important when it comes to the big battles of this series, so my eyes glaze over every time Nen is mentioned. And did I mention something about rock-paper-scissors being important? Yeah, it showed up again.

But the real excitement of this episode came when “the Bomber” revealed himself. “The Bomber” has set a bomb on all the people who wanted to help him beat the game. “The Bomber” needed only to say the words “the Bomber” while touching them in order to set the bombs on these people. Now all these people have bombs on them that will go off soon, and the only way to get them off is… check that, they don’t really explain what he’s going to get in return. He’s just an evil dude.

Now here’s the problem: no one cares or gives a crap about any of these characters with the bombs on them! We don’t know a single person’s name of these people with the bombs on them, or if we were supposed to know their names, they weren’t very memorable. So a bunch of guys are going to get blown up. So what? I don’t know a thing about these guys. They could be as evil as the Phantom Troupe for all I know. Why should I worry about them when none of their characters are established? This is a huge, huge problem for Hunter x Hunter. Sadly we traded out Kurapika and Leorio for these losers.

This was not a good episode. But don’t worry; it only gets worse from here.

Character of the episode: Gon

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

Jojo SC 5: Back to boring

Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders episode 5 review

Jojo SC 5

Unfortunately, we’re back to formulaic Jojo again. It’s the typical – highly muscular men (why must they all be on steroids?) go up against each other in a one-on-one battle, while three of them just stand nearby to be battle commentators instead of helping their at-risk friend. Then the bad guy is defeated, and suddenly he’s not that bad of a guy after all. In fact, this follows the exact same storyline as two episodes ago! The bad guy becomes a good guy and joins the crew! At this rate, by the time we reach Dio, there are going to be a couple dozen super-muscular men working together, all of whom have been bad guys for a while, before having the worm pulled out of their head to make them good again.

That’s the one thing I struggle with when it comes to Jojo – the battles are sometimes boring like this. In some cases they’re fun, no doubt, but in this case this was a snoozer of a battle with a totally predictable ending. Could we actually have a bad guy who doesn’t get eulogized after he’s defeated, or join the crew afterward? In any case, this episode wasn’t all that great.

Episode rating (out of four stars): **