AD 10-11: A bit off

Azumanga Daioh episodes 10-11 review

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These episodes were a bit… off. Not so good, like the previous episodes were. They were spacey, just kind of out there. They didn’t make much sense and missed the mark on humor on many occasions. I was quite disappointed, and it made me rethink my idea that Azumanga Daioh is far superior to Lucky Star. Maybe it’s just a little bit superior to it.

Also, my announcement about watching anime movies on Saturdays may have been a bit premature. I’m not sure if I’ll be able to watch them in the foreseeable future, just because I’m so busy. Just wanted to let you know.

Episode 10 rating (out of four stars): *1/2

Episode 11 rating: *1/2

Toonami Roundup: 8/20/17


This week… in… Toonami… (episodes airing 8/20/17)

Dragon Ball Super: Goku recruits Buu and the Super Namekian (Piccolo) to be on his team for the new World Martial Arts Tournament. Gohan refuses, because he has to feed his family. Yet another case of Gohan being absolutely useless. Funny how Gohan goes from beating Cell to being meaningless to the plot. Rating (out of four stars): **1/2

Dragon Ball Z Kai: Everyone’s dead and it’s now up to Goten and Trunks to save the world. In other words, the same thing as the previous arc, except that Gohan has been replaced by Goten. An infinite supply of Sensu beans might be a better call. Rating: **

Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Joseph and Jotaro fight off a Stand on a plane and arrive safely in… Hong Kong? Not exactly where they wanted to be, but Jotaro gives us a “tell” when he says “I’m never flying with you again” to Joseph. We get it, Jojo. Joseph’s going to die for sure fighting Dio (or a minion). This is becoming more obvious than Han Solo’s death. Rating: ***1/2

Tokyo Ghoul: Kaneki returns, and Touka treats him like trash. I like Touka, but come on. This was our first chance at seeing real emotion in this series, rather than just blood. Let me have some reason to care about this show. Rating: **

Hunter x Hunter: Gon and Killua start their training under Bisky. These are the guys who ran a double marathon back in the Hunter Exam arc. You think Killua’s going to run another couple of marathons for his next Hunter Exam? *hint* *hint* Rating: ***

Lupin the Third Part IV: Lupin and Jigen stay in a haunted house like the Three Stooges, and they survive and get the treasure. Not much to say here. Rating: *1/2

Naruto Shippuden: Cause this is filler, filler night, and no one’s going to save you from the filler that’s gonna strike! Hi Temari! Rating: **

Outlaw Star: A good replacement for Ghost in the Shell. For the first time since the Tachikoma episode, I know what’s going on in the final half-hour of Toonami. Great first episode, I hope it continues this way! Rating: ***1/2

Best show of the week: Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure

Most surprisingly good show of the week: Outlaw Star

Most disappointing show of the week: Lupin the Third Part IV

Suzuka 1: High jump

Suzuka episodes 1-4 review

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Suzuka Asahina is one of the biggest b****es in anime history. This is one of the main themes that hit home when you watch Suzuka. She is that girl you knew in high school who no one could possibly please, the one who made fun of everyone else, the one who always looked down on you. In only four episodes, she proves herself to be just as nasty and mean as any girl I’ve ever met.

And yet Yamato Akitsuki loves her. So much, in fact, that he has a girl in Honoka Sakurai practically throwing herself at him, and he ignores her in search of Suzuka’s affection. Honoka is the girl he should be after; Suzuka should be the one who dies as an old maid.

The dub for this show is phenomenal; I know I’ve been tough on some dubs lately, but not this one. It’s about as good as any I’ve heard, even the dubbed songs that replace the original opening and ending themes (same melody, different lyrics and singer). And this is not nearly as boring as I remember it being. Actually, it’s quite good. I look forward to seeing more action, including the high jump and sprints that are so important to this show.

Episodes 1-4 rating (out of four stars): ***1/2