SP 21-26: Super-happy ending

Sister Princess episodes 21-26 review

SP 26

Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE happy endings, and I normally hate something if the ending doesn’t have some hope. (Catching Fire is the only exception to this rule.) But this ending was almost TOO happy. After several episodes where we get development for the last few characters who hadn’t gotten any, Wataru goes back to Tokyo, seemingly forsaking his little sisters. But then he has a change of heart and goes back with them, and his friend Akio, who tried to get Wataru to stay in Tokyo, ends up joining Wataru on the island. In short, everybody’s happy!

And after all that… it was a very uplifting series, and a super-cute one. But is it one I’d recommend? Probably not. Unless you like watching cute girls do cute things, which is actually a genre in itself these days. All in all, though, I think Sister Princess accomplished its goal. What show will replace it in my lineup? Find out in a couple of weeks!

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

HxH 86: In the Palm of your hand

Hunter x Hunter episode 86 review


It’s training arc time! In case you’re not a fan of training arcs, well, I have bad news for you. Bisky is back for the sole purpose of training Gon and Killua. She’s joined by a very strange woman named Palm. And off we go to train!

Gon and Killua have to get strong enough to beat Knuckle and Shoot, who seem to be pretty strong, and maybe a little arrogant too. Why must they beat Knuckle and Shoot? To prove their worth. But in reality Knuckle and Shoot are just there to provide barriers to prevent Gon and Killua from getting back to the NGL where PEOPLE. ARE. DYING. (Would you please shut down the system?)

Oh, and Pouf has been born. He’s got the ability of telepathy. Pitou and him are preparing for the third Royal Guard to be born. Meanwhile, Kite’s body is frozen in a block of ice. Is he still alive after all?

Character of the episode: Palm

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

BC 12: Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix

Black Clover episode 12 review

BC 12

This episode continues the triviality of Black Clover. We seriously waste 2/3 of an episode chasing a guy who stole a woman’s purse. Sorry, but in the world of a Wizard King, I expect bigger problems than simply purse-chasing. (At least the “Ha Ha!” guy – similar to the tight end from Eyeshield 21 – is pretty humorous.)

Then we spend the rest of the episode seeing Yuno visit home. And that’s it. It seems like only yesterday he left home. Had this reunion come in episode 52, I could see this being a big moment, but he didn’t leave home all that long ago. There’s no reason to have him come back home so soon.

In short, this episode was pointless, save for a few scenes that were foreshadowing. I feel like there’s so much more that can be done here.

Character of the episode: The “Ha Ha!” Guy

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

E21 73-74: Onside kick

Eyeshield 21 episodes 73-74 review

E21 73

Eyeshield 21’s 73rd episode is one of the best in series history. Now trailing 35-32, Hiruma misses the extra point badly, setting up a near-hopeless situation for the Devil Bats. They must recover the onside kick in order to get the ball back. Luckily for the non-football fan, Hiruma goes into great detail in explaining the play, and the non-fan can understand what is about to happen.

Then the kick occurs, and it’s every bit as exciting as the best onside kicks in the NFL. Monta appears to have it, then he laterals the ball to Sena (which is illegal). The official rules of football state that the kicking team cannot advance an onside kick. But it doesn’t matter; the Seibu player had possession before Monta did, and thus the play is dead. The clock runs out, and the game is over, Deimon is out.

But wait just a moment! As Monta fruitlessly yells at the referee, the Devil Bats find out that they still can get into the Christmas Bowl as long as they win the third-place game! Hiruma declined to tell the team this so they wouldn’t slack off. And of course he failed to tell the audience this so we’d be in suspense. So it’s not over for the Devil Bats yet; they still have another game to play.

Episode 74 was just tomfoolery. Not much to say about it. Not much happened in it.

Episode 73 rating (out of four stars): ****

Episode 74 rating: **