E21 65-66: Field day

Eyeshield 21 episodes 65-66 review

E21 65

So many questions. Why is Mamori acting so out of character? What is the purpose of this episode? What the heck is going on over there? Was this episode just a bad dream? After all, I was falling asleep during this episode.

The second one is better, it’s of Sena helping out the one track-and-field guy win a relay race. Except they don’t, they finish in 8th place. “Isn’t that last place?” Monta asks. He’s right. This was like when our soccer team from our high school would come back from a tournament, and our principal would brag, “We came in fourth place!” “How many teams were there?” “Four.” “How many games did we win?” “None.” “How many goals did we score?” “None.”

Episode 65 rating (out of four stars): **

Episode 66 rating: ***

HxH 76: Go fly a Kite

Hunter x Hunter episode 76 review

HxH 76

So, in the biggest shock ever, that man who Gon and Killua found, is not Ging. No, he’s actually one of Ging’s friends, named Kite. Kite, who has a strange face, greets the boys by firing a large deadly weapon at them, killing off a single ant. It turns out that those ants are very predatory.

Kite then tells Gon stories about Ging, and he offers to let Gon know where he is right now. Gon, who used the Accompany card for that very reason, suddenly does an about-face and now chooses to not want to find out where Ging is. Instead, Gon is intent with just hearing the stories.

Meanwhile, a queen ant starts gathering food, as she must give birth to the king. Why? What does that even mean? It may be until 2018 when we find out.

Character of the episode: Kite

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

Jojo SC 17: Reelin’ in the Years

Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders episode 17 review

Jojo SC 17

Jotaro continues to have to do embarrassing things for Dan of Steel. Why Jotaro isn’t helping out the other two guys try to get the Lovers out of Joseph’s brain, I don’t know, but Jotaro obviously enjoys doing all these menial tasks for Dan of Steel. He keeps track of them, for his “big payback” later.

Kakyoin and Polnareff succeed in getting the Lovers out of Joseph’s brain, and eventually Dan of Steel is left begging for mercy (as a ruse). Jotaro figures him out, however, and doesn’t let him do it again. Then comes the “big payback.”

I couldn’t wait to find out what this “big payback” might be. Would it be something like the time in Bleach that Squad 12 Captain Mayuri Kurotsuchi used his powers on the one Arrancar so that he would experience getting slashed by a zanpakuto for centuries? Nope, it wasn’t anything cool like that. Just Jotaro’s stand punching hundreds of times. That’s the type of stuff we see on Dragon Ball all the time, and it hardly hurts. What a big disappointment.

In any case, I enjoyed this episode, but surely the writers could have come up with something better than a bunch of punches.

Character of the episode: Jotaro (finally!)

Episode rating (out of four stars): ***½

2017, Week 14: One more chance! One more chance! Never never give up!

2017, Week 14: Packers 27, Browns 21 (OT)

Hundley Browns

Eight weeks ago, I predicted that the Packers would beat the Bears, Bucs, and the Browns. I turned out to be right on the money on that prediction. But now the plot thickens. Aaron Rodgers may be back for next week’s game, and if he is, that changes everything. Suddenly the Packers go from middling team that can barely beat the Browns to a serious threat to make the playoffs.

I was at this game today. It was a whole lot of fun. Actually, it was freezing cold and very disheartening for three quarters. But the Packers have this “never-say-die” attitude. As opposed to Cleveland, whose fans left as soon as the Packers forced overtime because they knew they were going to lose. Deshone Kizer of the Browns threw an interception Brett Favre would be proud of. (I love Favre, he’s my favorite player ever. His interceptions were those passes in Madden that you regret the instant your finger leaves that button.) The Packers turned that pick into a touchdown to win the game in OT.

It doesn’t matter that the Packers almost lost to the worst team in perhaps the entire history of pro football. No one cares about that anymore. Because they refused to give up when trailing 21-7 entering the fourth quarter, they ended up coming out with a dramatic victory which boosted their confidence and morale. Not only that, they suddenly have a realistic shot at making the playoffs. And that’s worth staying the whole game for!

+: Brett Hundley. Give him credit, he played outstanding in the fourth quarter and overtime. He played like a genuine NFL starter. I don’t know what caused his sudden transformation into Superman, but I get the feeling the coaches loosened their grip on his plays, allowing him to do some stuff that he hadn’t been doing the first 3 quarters. The best was when he ran over his own receiver Geronimo Allison in an attempt to gain more yards. He didn’t care anymore; he was getting that first down no matter who was in the way. On the final drive of regulation, it seemed he was on the money every third down (actually, he was). And again in overtime. I’m not ready to trade Aaron Rodgers quite yet, but I feel so happy for Brett that he was able to contribute so much to this win.

+: Davante Adams. Two touchdown catches, the game-winner in overtime as well as the game-tier with 17 seconds or so to go. That is impressive. He’s easily Hundley’s favorite receiver. I think that he’s actually gotten better under Hundley. Getting all the looks and being counted on to make the big plays, he’s now the main man in the receiving corps. It’s time the Packers open up the checkbook and pay the man, Shirley.

-: Pass defense. Sadly the pass defense looked horrible for three quarters. Then in overtime they get an interception, although that pick was on one of the worst pass decisions I’ve ever seen. There’s got to be some improvement here, Rodgers or no Rodgers.

2017 Green Bay Packers: 7-6

Next week: at Carolina