Toonami Roundup: 9/30/17

Toonami

This week… in Toonami…

Dragon Ball Super: The tournament rages on, with Vegeta winning against one foe, then ending up needing to avoid the lava saliva of his next opponent. Unfortunately, Dragon Ball is at its most boring when it’s a one-on-one battle. Rating: **

Dragon Ball Z Kai: Buu eats Babidi. And just like that, Babidi is silenced. At first I was happy that the loudmouth won’t get to speak anymore, but now I think I might miss his ramblings and irrationality. Rating: **1/2

Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders: Not the best. Kakyoin isn’t really bad, there’s just a very bad impostor pretending he’s Kakyoin. An unnecessarily violent scene where a dog is killed is in this episode, and I can’t help but wonder why that had to be included. Rating: **

Tokyo Ghoul: It’s over. It’s all over. Rating: no stars

Hunter x Hunter: Hisoka joins the crew. This ought to be fun. Is he really a bad guy, or is he just a mischievous nuisance? Sorry, you won’t get to find that out for another 70 episodes. Rating: **1/2

Lupin III: The best episode yet. Lupin gets locked in prison, then plays a mind game with Zenigata who wants to keep him locked away. Eventually Lupin tricks him into opening the door, and as soon as it’s open, Lupin is out. The best part is how Zenigata is the one being tortured even while Lupin is in jail. A great episode. Rating: ****

Naruto: Shippuden: Naruto’s the hero. Congratulations. Rating: **

Outlaw Star: I love Twilight Suzuka. I hope she sticks around for a while. Even if she’s pretty much helpless against Gene. She could be a great character. Rating: ***

Best episode of the week: Lupin III

Most surprisingly good episode of the week: Lupin III

Most disappointing show of the week: Jojo

SP 1-2: Sister Princess, oh the time has come

Sister Princess episodes 1-2 review

Sister Princess

Sister Princess is an anime based off a dating sim. That’s probably all you need to know to have your siscon radar going off. A boy named Wataru fails his high school entrance exam by misaligning his answers on the test, so he gets sent to an island with a ton of cute girls. The catch? All of the girls are actually his little sisters, and all of them fawn over him.

The king of siscon is Oreimo. Oreimo doesn’t get enough credit for being a good anime; all anyone remembers is the final episode. This is totally different. We don’t have the siscon yet; we just have Wataru meeting all his sisters, who are all different in personalities and looks. Also, this series is rated PG-13. My guess is that we never even go the siscon route; we just toy with it and subvert it, very much the same way Oreimo did until it crossed the line.

Overall, I found these first two episodes to be humorous and super-super-cute, and while it’s not on the level of the last “Princess” anime I watched (that would be Princess Nine), it is at least entertaining and a good addition to my anime watching block.

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

Episode 2 rating: ***

HxH 68: The Waiting

Hunter x Hunter episode 68 review

HxH 68

This episode was pretty pointless. We saw Killua and pals throw matches just in order to “gather information.” Pray tell how you gather information by letting a soccer ball bounce off your foot? Then Jell-O Girl and her pals decide to quit, because they’ve got better things to do than beating the game.

Then they meet up with Hisoka. Hisoka obviously is super sneaky, but it’s not quite obvious what he’s being sneaky about. In fact, it’ll take another 75 episodes or so for us to find out if he’s really even a bad guy. Right now, he’s just a guy who likes to screw with other people’s minds.

The climax of this arc is about to occur, now that Hisoka’s on board. It’s going to be a super-complicated showdown which resembles a sports anime. Can you guess what sport they’ll be playing? Find out soon, on an episode that can’t be any duller than this one.

Character of the episode: Hisoka

Episode rating (out of four stars): **

F/sn 17-18: Caster and Servant

Fate/stay night episodes 17-18 review

Fsn 18

First, an announcement: Sister Princess is coming to this blog as the newest show I will be reviewing, starting tomorrow!

These episodes were great. You had the interaction between the characters as they ate a meal, then things got dicey. A new Servant is wreaking havoc, so Shirou, Saber & Tohsaka go to stop it. It turns out that the Master of that Servant is their teacher! He beats up on all three of them, then his Servant threatens to create a human sacrifice. Who’s she going to sacrifice? Shirou’s housemate Sakura!

So then it’s up to the three of them to save the now-possessed Sakura from a fate worse than death. Caster – the enemy – is doing all this magic on Sakura, but Tohsaka fights back. Tohsaka is my favorite character, of course, and I loved seeing how she fought for Sakura. Apparently the two of them are very closely related, though the series hasn’t let us in on that secret quite yet. Tohsaka rescues Sakura, but there’s still lots of fighting to go!

Episode 17 rating (out of four stars): ***1/2

Episode 18 rating: ***1/2