Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders episodes 45-46 review
The Jojo gang finally meets Dio, and we learn quickly that he has an overpowered Stand. This Stand allows him to do such things as make Polnareff be back down at the bottom of the stairs after he had already climbed them. It seems innocuous enough, but soon the Jojo gang learns how tough it really is.
Kakyoin gets killed, which doesn’t affect me one bit. Why not? Because besides Avdol, Kakyoin was the most expendable member of the crew. Polnareff is inexpendable, same with Joseph, and Jotaro’s technically the main character so he can’t die either. So I wasn’t crying any tears when Kakyoin died, but I will admit it was a cool battle.
Kakyoin uses his last bit of life to destroy a clock tower with the time 5:15. This allows Joseph to figure out that Dio’s ability is to stop time; however, what Joseph should have been thinking about is that 5:15 is one of The Who’s best songs. But now it looks like Joseph is about to be killed by Dio too. If he does die, it will prove my prediction correct, as I have said since before Egypt that he won’t make it back alive.
The first of these two episodes wasn’t anything special, but the second one was fantastic and showed exactly what Jojo is made of.
Episode 45 rating (out of four stars): **1/2
Episode 46 rating: ***1/2
Hunter x Hunter episode 104 review
The King and the mysterious girl whose name I was not at ease to give out yet (sorry) go at it in another game of Gungi. This time around, the King pulls out a brand new strategy. Surely this one will work, right? Wrong. The girl (whose name I want to type) came up with that strategy 10 years ago so it’s useless to try against her. Kind of like playing the Hungarian Defense against a modern-day chess player.
But then it’s time for him to kill her, right? No, not this time. For some reason the King can’t figure out, he doesn’t want to kill her. So on we go to another game of Gungi sometime next episode. In the meantime, his Royal Guard wonders what’s gotten into him.
Then we’ve got a completely pointless battle between Morel and Cheetu. Why is it pointless? Because once Morel’s won, he lets Cheetu go and then goes back to drinking. Why was half the episode wasted on their battle? That was such a stupid teaser.
Then we have Morel talking to Knov about how the battle has reached a “stalemate.” Can I go on a rant on why the word “stalemate” is incorrectly used? A stalemate in chess almost always occurs when one player has a decisive advantage in material but either blunders or gets tricked into blowing the win and ending up in a draw. In other words, a stalemate would only be the case if one of the two sides had a huge advantage and couldn’t win. In this case, though, neither side has an advantage. The chess equivalent would be the perpetual check or repetition of moves.
In any case, this episode actually was pretty good. If I stuck to just watching Hunter x Hunter, I wouldn’t be threatening anime retirement.
Character of the episode: the girl who I am not allowed to name (even though I did already)
Episode rating (out of four stars): ***1/2
This is a sad post, but one that would eventually come. Basically, I’ve realized that I no longer have much interest in anime anymore. There are some anime I still like – Eyeshield 21, for example – but overall I’m just bored with anime. I have so much still to watch, and it pains me to think I’ll never watch it. But truth be told, it’s not the unwatched anime I don’t like, it’s the stuff I am watching.
Shounen anime has killed my interest in anime. Moreover, Dragon Ball is the biggest reason I don’t really like anime anymore. I apologize if you like Dragon Ball, but the intelligence level required to enjoy Dragon Ball is not very high. The fact that every time I turn on Toonami and here’s this stupid show that makes my IQ lower every second I watch it, well, that’s a good reason why I’m no longer interested in anime.
But it’s not just Dragon Ball. Watching four hours straight of shounen, with maybe a FLCL here and a Pop Team Epic there, is enough to make my brain shut off. Toonami is the worst of anime, essentially. If I wanted to put on a four-hour block of programming and I had eight shows to choose, only Hunter x Hunter would make the cut. The rest, sadly, are making me hate anime.
Think of it like Star Wars. Get exposed too much to The Last Jedi, and you’ll develop a deep-rooted dislike for anything that carries the “Star Wars” label. The same thing goes here. Too much Dragon Ball, and suddenly I think of all anime as being as mindless and boring as it. FLCL: Progressive and Pop Team Epic have not helped.
I’m not officially listing this site as closed, because there’s always the possibility that I’ll come back. But for now, Toonami is dead to me. I need good anime if I want to remain an otaku. Otherwise, I’ll have to finally give up on the genre altogether. Anime is good; I want to continue to think of it as such, so no more Toonami for me for the foreseeable future.