F/sn 19-24: Arthur Shakespeare

Fate/stay night episodes 19-24 review

Fsn 24

To be clear, this is the 2006 version of Fate/stay night. And I have a lot of questions to ask:

  • Saber is actually… King Arthur?
  • Saber identifies as a male? Her “preferred pronouns” are all masculine.
  • The Holy Grail is the ultimate evil in the world?
  • Saber and Shirou fall in love?
  • No love for Tohsaka?

Overall, I liked Fate/stay night, but it was very confusing. For someone who doesn’t totally invest himself in an anime unless it’s really, really good, most of the terminology of this series flew over my head. I didn’t understand the Servants and the Archers and the Casters and all that stuff. But I did enjoy it as it went along, and that’s what counts. It was exciting, and it had great characters. That’s what I consider to be a solid, good series.

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

HxH 69: Get Out of Dodgeball

Hunter x Hunter episode 69 review

HxH 69

So we’re going to be spending the next 20 episodes or so (that’s what it feels like) on a dodgeball game. The rules are so convoluted, it makes me wonder if these people have ever played dodgeball before. The game isn’t that tough to understand, really!

Basically, if that guy hits you with a dodgeball, you might die. But as it turns out, every time he does hit someone with a dodgeball, no one dies. So for all the panic about it, there doesn’t seem to be that much really to be worried about. Let’s also add the fact that there are characters we care about, and characters we know next to nothing about. Guess which ones are going to be eliminated right off the bat?

This isn’t actually bad, though. In fact, it was enjoyable, and it becomes even more so as the game goes on. The problem with it is that it’s not entirely clear what they’re doing this all for. A single card? When the bad guys can steal it off you even if you do get it? Why were 90 out of the 100 cards so simple to get that we never saw more than a couple seconds at most of the crew getting them, and now this card is so special that it takes a whole mini-arc to flesh this out? This is Hunter x Hunter for you. You enjoy it, but at the same time, you ask, “Why?”

Character of the episode: Hisoka

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

E21 57-58: David and Goliath

Eyeshield 21 episodes 57-58 review

E21 58

These were basically just two episodes of constantly playing up the fact that Komosuba, Monta, and Sena are much smaller than the Poseidon team. We have it reinforced over and over again that the three of them are short, and that the Poseidon team is tall. At first, it’s an okay storyline, but then it gets played up so much that it becomes tired and repetitive. The fact is, Deimon isn’t even trailing in the game. They’ve kept the Poseidon team out of the end zone. So why are we still hammering it home that Deimon is so much smaller than their opponents?

These weren’t bad episodes, per se, just rather repetitive ones. Hopefully there’s a satisfying outcome to all this.

Episode 57 rating (out of four stars): **1/2

Episode 58 rating: **1/2

2017, Week 5: One minute too many

2017, Week 5: Packers 35, Cowboys 31

Randall Cowboys

I have to admit: I almost gave up in the first half with the Packers down 21-6. It looked horrible. The Packers defense gave up 3 touchdowns on 3 possessions, and it seemed that this one was slipping away. A touchdown right before the half made it 21-12, and the defense got a stop to prevent Dallas from taking a bigger lead at halftime.

Two missed extra points seemed to doom the Packers, but Aaron Rodgers kept leading the team back, along with a pick-6 by Damarious Randall, and the Packers led 28-24 with about ten minutes to play. Then the Cowboys went on an extremely long, time-consuming drive, that ate up over 8 minutes and left the Packers with just over a minute to try to come back from a 31-28 deficit.

So Rodgers led the Packers on a lightning-quick drive, completing some good passes, then running for an 18-yard gain on a 3rd down to set up the game-winning touchdown pass to Davante Adams with 11 seconds left. The Cowboys had left the Packers too much time. And while that final play was scary (the Cowboys advanced the ball pretty far on laterals before eventually running out of people to pass it to), the Packers held on for a 35-31 victory.

+: Aaron Rodgers. This was yet again another example of why he’s a future Hall of Famer. It was a signature drive at the end of the game to win it, not to mention not giving up when the team was down by 15 points. Just a fantastic performance in what should have been a loss, but what ended up being an exhilarating victory.

-: Defense in general. While Randall had the pick-6 in the second half, the defense showed little sign of stopping the Cowboys throughout, and looked like the defense I’ve been complaining about for years now. Hopefully they get things figured out back there, but I’m not holding my breath.

2017 Green Bay Packers: 4-1

Next week: at Minnesota