BC 2: I’ll have you marry me!

Black Clover episode 2 review

BC 2

The cliches continue as we enter the second episode of Black Clover. This time we find out that Asta is just a really, really persistent person who won’t give up on anything, and that’s the reason why he gets all this good luck. There’s nothing wrong with persistence, but I’ve seen this character so many times that I don’t know what to do with this one. Asta won’t give up on marrying Lily, which means of course they’re going to end up with each other.

This show also follows the Fullmetal Alchemist example of going to a flashback right after the first episode (or two-part episode in FMA’s case). So almost all of this episode is just a flashback to set up the fact that Asta and Yuno are rivals. Also, there’s all this talk about the Wizard King and how both of them are going to be the Wizard King. It’s hard at this point to judge Black Clover just based on two episodes, but so far it feels like it’s no different from Naruto or any other shounen series. The hope is that there’s some sort of twist that differentiates it.

Character of the episode: Asta

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

BC 1: Unrivaled

Black Clover episode 1 review

BC 1

Bet you thought I wasn’t going to review Black Clover here! This first episode did all I asked it to: keep me entertained for 30 minutes. Sadly there are shows like Iron Blooded Orphans that can’t perform that simple task. (Heck, IBO doesn’t entertain me for 30 seconds!)

Asta and Yuno are brothers, one of whom has tons of magic powers, the other whom is completely powerless. The episode hammers home the fact that Asta has no powers for 29 1/2 minutes. Then in the final minute, Asta finally gets his powers, and they’re more powerful than everyone else. I said it was entertaining; I didn’t say it wasn’t predictable.

This episode was all about Asta, so it’s hard to make a judgment on it yet. It looks to be heavily male-biased, which ought to make it very popular for cosplaying for the girls. It didn’t spend too much time developing anyone besides Asta, so there’s no way of knowing if any of these characters are going to be good or not. And it employs all-new voice actors for all but Yuno’s role. Either these voice actors are going to blow us away, or they’re going to make us wish for Vic Mignogna. It’s sink or swim here.

Overall, not a bad start. Hopefully it won’t end up falling into every single cliche or trope that this first episode did, but otherwise I was happy with it.

Character of the episode: Asta (not much of a choice here)

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

HxH 75: Survivor: Greed Island

Hunter x Hunter episode 75 review

HxH 75

The Greed Island arc is finally over! Gon has beaten the game, and he gets all the credit for it even though Bisky and Killua deserve more credit than him. Ultimately we end up wondering what the purpose of all this was. “Purpose, it keeps you going strong, like a car, with a full tank of gaaaa-aaaaas…” But really, what is the purpose? Gon and Killua weren’t after the money, and it was obvious that they could escape into the real world if they wanted to knock out 1,000 Hunters at once. Oh, yeah, that’s right, now I remember…

Gon wants to find Ging! And he’s figured out how to! He’s allowed to keep 3 cards to take with him “into the real world” (even though Greed Island is “the real world,” but whatever). He lets Bisky waste one of them on Blue Planet that way she can have that little jewel. Then Gon and Killua use the other two cards to bend the rules in order to turn the two of them into an Accompany card. I didn’t understand how that worked, but what I took away from it is that it was somewhat similar to an inverse cosine. A secant, if you will. Or a cosecant to a sine, or a cotangent to a tangent. Ah, I miss math so much!

Then Gon and Killua immediately – that’s right, immediately – use that Accompany card to get to a character with an extremely offensive name. Honestly, I was hoping they would edit this part out of the English dub. Anyone in North America who sees those four letters together sees that as offensive. Hard to believe that passed the censors and “the freaking FCC.” In any case, Gon and Killua “Accompany On” to this character, who is probably hopefully likely maybe possibly Ging, Gon’s father. Right? It has to be. We’ve waited 75 episodes. Surely this is the perfect time to introduce Ging, right?

Don’t hold your breath, is all I have to say. This next arc is loooooooooooong. In fact, it’s almost as long as everything we’ve already seen thus far, close to 70 episodes. And it is one nutty arc. It has its highs, it has its lows, and it has its low lows. There is one character, though, that if you don’t love, you have no soul. That character is what saves the arc from itself. If not for that character, I would want all memories of this arc erased from existence.

Who is that character? Why is that character so important? What is this arc even about anyway? And is that guy over there actually Ging? Find out everything next week, as the Chimera Ant Arc gets underway!

Character of the episode: Gon

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