AoT 40: Trying so hard to be edgy

Attack on Titan episode 40 review

AoT 40

At one point during this episode, I just busted out laughing, saying “This show is so bad!” And it is. Attack on Titan is definitely one of the most overrated anime of all time, the only question is whether it’s #1. I’m sure lots of fans out there were wetting their pants over the “big reveal” that Historia is actually heir to the throne. Yet that was the most predictable thing ever. Why in the world would she make a big to-do about her name actually being Historia if it didn’t mean something big like that? I could have called this back in season 2, but I was too apathetic to care.

Let’s also talk about how Attack on Titan is terrible over torture. If you want to see what a real look at torture is like, watch the “Chain of Command” two-part episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation. Now that is the definition of outstanding television. Once you see that episode, all other shows that use torture will look childish and immature by comparison. Of course, most of that is because of Patrick Stewart, but even if your show doesn’t have Patrick Stewart, you could still do better. Attack on Titan fails. It doesn’t even make it clear why people are being tortured, or why the “good guys” are doing the torturing. It’s just trying to be edgy.

Hunter x Hunter may be going through a boring stretch right now, but at least it can’t be accused of being laughably bad. Everything about Attack on Titan is over-dramatized and (dare I say it) overacted. When Mikasa goes nuts when she hears about Eren’s fate, her reaction is so predictable yet so stupid at the same time. If she was in Pop Team Epic, she’d be hilarious, but she’s supposed to come off as a real person, just an edgy one. And she fails.

If you like this stuff, that’s okay. I personally find it to be laughable. It’s doing the exact same thing Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans did. It comes off as ultra-edgy, but ultimately ends up as flat-out low-quality television. We are 40 episodes into Attack on Titan, and I am still waiting for a reason to like it. Right now, it’s just not happening.

Character of the episode: Hange, I guess

Episode rating (out of four stars): *

HxH 110: Wake me up when September ends

Hunter x Hunter episode 110 review

HxH 110

Remember how last episode, we just saw the Hunter gang standing around talking strategy for their upcoming battle? Well, this episode was exactly the same thing. More strategic talk and no action. The series is moving at a snail’s pace. If this doesn’t scream “padding”…

I love Hunter x Hunter, I really do, but this part of the arc is the absolute worst. Guess what? It’s not going to get much better. This arc is about to move at the same pace that time moved for that one Arrancar Apollo after Captain Mayuri Kurotsuchi put him under his zanpakuto in Bleach‘s one arc. It is going to crawl.

Character of the episode: Gon, I guess

Episode rating (out of four stars): no stars

2018, Week 1: In your life, have you ever…?

2018, Week 1: Packers 24, Bears 23

Chicago Bears v Green Bay Packers

I said something nasty about Aaron Rodgers last night. I said he wasn’t as tough as Brett Favre.

An hour and a half later, Rodgers had pulled off one of the greatest comebacks in Packers history, beaten the Bears once again, and thrown three touchdown passes in the fourth quarter. The score was 20-0. Rodgers was not just hurt, he had been beaten around by the Bears defense. The experts put the Packers’ chances at winning at 3% and said that Rodgers should stay on the sideline since there was no chance at a comeback.

Then everything changed. After a field goal to make it 20-3, Rodgers had the greatest quarter of his career. Three touchdown passes, two of them from long distance, and a comeback for the ages. The first came to Geronimo Allison on a go route, a long bomb that was perfectly thrown. The second was on a shorter pass to Davante Adams, who juked a couple players to make it to the end zone. The third? An improvision where Rodgers bought time, squeezed the ball through a window to Randall Cobb, then Cobb sprinted for a 75-yard touchdown.

But keep in mind, Rodgers was hurt. He was basically playing on one leg. He had no business being on the field. To throw three touchdown passes in a quarter to lead a team from down 20 points while suffering from a major injury? I’ve only seen something like that from one guy: Brett Favre. And on this night, Aaron Rodgers wrote a chapter in his Hall of Fame story that will be told in Canton some day.

+’s & -‘s:

+: Rodgers, Cobb, Allison, secondary.

-: Offensive line in the first half, Clay Matthews.

2018 Green Bay Packers: 1-0

Next week: vs. Minnesota