Jojo SC 22: Cheap Shot

Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure Stardust Crusaders episode 22 review

Jojo SC 22

There were so many things wrong with this episode. I need to do a list this time.

  1. Avdol never died in the first place. This is about as cheap as it gets. I absolutely hate it when a movie or show makes it out that a character died and then brings them back after it had been clearly established that they were dead. It’s a cheap way of playing with the audience’s emotions. After it happens once, then it ruins all the other deaths in the show. The viewer never believes that a character is dead again, nor does the viewer even care, because he/she knows this can happen again.
  2. Avdol survived by the most bizarre explanation ever. This reminds me of the way the main character in Fight Club survived a self-inflicted shotgun wound. It stretches so far beyond the bounds of being believable that, just like in the prior note, the show has lost all its credibility when it comes to killing a character.
  3. Avdol acts way out of character. The guy isn’t even the same person he was before. What’s the point of bringing him back if he’s for all intents and purposes a different character? I don’t feel anything for Avdol if he’s not the same person.
  4. More toilet humor.

This is as close to a shark-jumping episode as it gets. Jojo is on full shark warning at this point. Unfortunately, I’m contractually obligated to keep on reviewing it until the end of this season, but it is possible that I’ll jump ship before part 4.

Character of the episode: Polnareff

Who continues to be the star of the show, while Jojo gets maybe one line of dialogue.

Episode rating (out of four stars): no stars

BC 7: Royal candidate

Black Clover episode 7 review

BC 7

This series continues to be the most cliched show I’ve ever seen. Now we’ve got the stereotypical princess snob who thinks she’s royalty and treats everyone else like scum. I’m not saying that having such a character is a bad thing; I do not hate Noelle, in fact, I like her. But the way this episode plays out – she treats Asta like garbage, then Asta has to come to her rescue when her magic goes astray, and the two become friends – it just seems so overdone.

That’s the problem with Black Clover – there’s nothing new to it. It’s all the same old stuff we’ve seen in all sort of other shows, combined into one. When is Black Clover going to come up with something new? That’s what I’m waiting to see.

Character of the episode: Noelle

Episode rating (out of four stars): **

BC 6: Meet the Mets

Black Clover episode 6 review

BC 6

In this episode, we get to meet all the “good people” that are part of the Black Bulls. That’s pretty much all there is to this episode, save for a little fight at the end of the episode between Asta and one of the top Black Bulls. The unfortunate thing is that I forgot all the Black Bulls’ names after the episode, so maybe it didn’t do a good enough job of introducing them.

In any case, Asta continues to scream like crazy, and he continues to win by sheer determination. I’m not sure if he’s ever going to turn into a normal-speaking character, or if he’s just going to scream the rest of the series. I’m also not sure whether he’s ever going to find out that sometimes sheer will can’t perform certain things.

Character of the episode: Asta

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