F/sn 3-4: Saberface

Fate/stay night episodes 3-4 review

Fsn 4

So I get the feeling I’m not going to like Fate/stay night very much. It’s very convoluted. I’d prefer if they’d just say: “here’s the good guy, here’s the bad guy, now watch them fight.” Instead, we have an entire episode set aside to explaining the Holy Grail Wars. Why Shirou (the main character) must win the Holy Grail Wars remains a mystery to me, but “Saber” (the blonde girl who sells millions of figures) is going to fight for him the whole way.

“Saber” is loyal to a fault. In fact, it’s a little disgusting how loyal she is to Shirou. She fights and bleeds for him, without any real reasoning as to why she’s willing to put her life on the line for him besides that she’s apparently his “Servant.” How these things work doesn’t make much sense to me. I’m still lagging behind trying to figure out this series.

I’m not sure if I’m going to like this series all that much, since it’s so confusing. I prefer something on the brain level of Dragon Ball, which requires absolutely zero brain cells to comprehend. This one requires you to completely dive into it, and I’m not sure I can do that.

Episode 3 rating (out of four stars): **1/2

Episode 4 rating: **1/2

HxH 62: I throw in a Biscuit, and a big old cookie

Hunter x Hunter episode 62 review

HxH 62

Day 1 of the honeymoon for Gon and Killua begins with a tournament of rock, paper, scissors. I told you, it’s really important! The two then end up having their cards stolen, which may be a faster way of getting cards, but if everyone’s always stealing cards, who’s getting the new ones? They then choose a map. There are two choices: one is a blank map, and one has info on it. Gon of course chooses the blank map, then they have to go ask for directions. Wasn’t the point of having a map so you wouldn’t have to ask for directions? Why did you get a map, then?

Eventually, Gon and Killua end up having a fateful encounter with that girl from last episode. Her name is Biscuit, and she has a really annoying voice. I assume that’s the point, but I don’t remember her voice being so annoying in the Japanese version. Hunter x Hunter is probably the only anime I’ve picked apart the dub like this, as I usually like dubs and forgive their mistakes easily, but this dub is just not working for me. Out of the four main characters I only like two of their voices (Kurapika and Leorio), and now Biscuit has a voice I’m not a fan of. The true test will come when we find out who’s the king.

There wasn’t anything particularly putrid about this episode, so I guess I can give it a good rating. It’s just that I know where this is going, and we are probably only minutes away from the series taking its U-turn into oblivion.

Character of the episode: Biscuit

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

E21 40-41: The Bus

Eyeshield 21 episodes 40-41 review

E21 40

In these two episodes, we first have Kurita being a baby (as he always is) and hiding before a big game. Then we have Sena getting lost on the wrong bus to the game. To be honest, it’s a case of “not much happened.” We do have the introductions of all the teams, but it’s unclear exactly how this works. Is everyone playing on the same day on the same field in the same stadium? You do realize football games take about 3 hours to complete? You’d get 4 games in if you’re lucky. And this tournament looks like it’s got 64 teams or so.

Also, one loss and you’re out. Is that how they play American football in Japan? Imagine that in the NFL. Your season could be over after your first game. So you don’t have a regular season, you instead have everything riding on every game. This seems like a plot device being thrown in there to try to make things more dramatic, when I’d much rather see the team play a season of games and grow as they go, losing some, winning some.

We also see zero football in the first quarter of this game. It’s all the Devil Bats pushing and pushing and getting nowhere. The biggest flaw with Eyeshield 21 is that it doesn’t know how to show actual football. If it could correct that flaw, it could be really, really good. As of right now, Eyeshield 21 still is really good. It’s just not fulfilling its full potential, which I believe could be even better.

Episode 40 rating (out of four stars): **1/2

Episode 41 rating: **1/2