Black Clover episode 6 review
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
Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders episode 21 review
Jojo manages to make a boring old trope of a genie in a lamp giving 3 wishes into an actually very solid episode. This time on Polnareff’s Bizarre Adventure, the main character Polnareff finds a lamp and scratches it, pulling out a Stand that is like a genie. The Stand is very sarcastic and snarky to Polnareff, which is great. He asks Polnareff to make wishes, which he does. The first is to become rich, which seems to work out well. But the second two are to bring back his sister and Avdol. These don’t work out so nice for him.
This episode was a fresh take on the “genie three wishes” trope, and I loved how Polnareff subverted the trope on several occasions. I’m still waiting for the day someone is smart enough to make their first wish to be “give me more wishes,” but until then, this episode will do.
Character of the episode: Polnareff
Episode rating (out of four stars): ***
Hunter x Hunter episode 80 review
(Note: This is a convention week for me, so no reviews of my weekly shows; only Toonami.)
Remember when I told you that Hunter x Hunter was going to go downhill? Here it is. We get this incredibly over-the-top sad flashback over Gyro, including the completely unnecessary story of how he had to pee in a bottle. Then it’s over, and so is Gyro’s life. He’s dead. Yet we wasted almost half the episode on the flashback. Who cares if the guy’s dead now? This is worse than those pointless flashbacks in Bleach.
Then we get to see Ponzu get killed. Seriously, I hate these Chimera Ants. Don’t try to get me to feel bad for them 50 episodes from now. They’re awful creatures, with no redeemable qualities. I don’t want to see them become friends with our heroes, who were again relegated to secondary status in this not-so-good episode.
Character of the episode: Ponzu
Episode rating (out of four stars): no stars