Jojo DiU 2: Michael Angelo

Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable episode 2 review

Jojo DiU 2

Jotaro and Josuke work together to fight off Angelo. In the process, Angelo kills off Josuke’s grandfather, and then Jotaro tries to convince Josuke that his grandfather can never be brought back. Funny, isn’t that what just happened to Joseph two episodes ago? (This thought stolen from my co-host Michael from the podcast.)

Eventually, Angelo is sealed into a rock, and it’s all over for his reign of terror. Now the real season begins. Hopefully once Dio Brando inevitably becomes the main villain once again, he will prove to be a lot more of a challenge than Angelo.

Character of the episode: Jotaro

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

MHA 16: Uncle Frank, is this a joke?

My Hero Academia episode 16 review

MHA 16

My co-host (the main host) of our podcast liked this episode, and I can see why. Good action, some funny sequences, a heroic ending. But I just couldn’t get into it. To me, it felt like My Hero Academia was parodying shounen anime. The trouble was: it wasn’t. It was actually trying to pass itself off as a serious story.

You see, if this had been Pop Team Epic, I would have laughed so hard. But we’re supposed to actually care about the characters, even when the story is so campy and cheesy. And of course Midoriya finishes in first. He’s going to become “the world’s greatest hero” with episodes to spare in season two. Make it a little harder on him, please, but not in a cliche way, either.

Overall, I found this episode to be disappointing and just way too campy. Hoping for better luck in two weeks.

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

AoT 39: Five lights

Attack on Titan episode 39 review

AoT 39

With each passing moment Attack on Titan rolls further and further away from being that must-watch show that everyone else thinks it is. This time, there’s not much to write home about, except for the super-secret revelation that Historia is the heir to the crown. Funny, that doesn’t strike me as a surprise at all, in fact I thought we already knew that. But in any case, there’s a lot of angst yet not a lot of action.

We also get Hange trying to torture a guy. She shows him four lights and tries to get him to say that there are five lights, or something like that. In the end, he doesn’t break, just as Picard didn’t break. (Actually Picard did break, but that’s for another time.) Two episodes in, and I’m wondering if we’re ever going to get back to some of the thrilling action that made season two – at rare moments – a fun watch.

Character of the episode: Hange

What, you think I was going to give it to Levi?

Episode rating (out of four stars): **

E21 93-94: Texas Stadium

Eyeshield 21 episodes 93-94 review

E21 94

The Devil Bats easily defeat the representative of Africa by a score of 28-0, with great touchdowns by Sena and Monta. Interestingly, those two are the only two players on the team who ever score touchdowns. You’d think other teams would have an easy time shutting them down if all they’ve got is two star players.

They then meet up with Panther’s pals and play some football with them. But Apollo, their coach, has still given up. Obviously, it’s up to Sena and the Devil Bats to get him to start liking football again.

So now it’s the championship between the Devil Bats and the Blizzards, the Russian team with Morgan as their coach. The Devil Bats take a 17-0 lead at the half, with one particular play that intrigued me. They are the first team in the history of football to pull off a “play-action field goal.” Hiruma fakes a handoff to Sena, then holds the football for a field goal by Musashi. The 50-yard kick is good, but never in the history of football has a team ever faked an offensive play and kicked a field goal. That’s something you’d see in rugby, but not American football.

In any case, early in the second half, the Blizzards have a new strategy: injure Sena. They hit him hard and give him a concussion. See, Eyeshield 21 is so relevant! Just like real life. But now, what do the Devil Bats do with one of their players injured?

Episode 93 rating (out of four stars): ***

Episode 94 rating: ***