Toonami Roundup: 10/6/18


This week… in… Toonami…

My Hero Academia episode 21: The tournament continues, with some really good battles. Poor Momo gets ousted early, but the battles are entertaining and funny. Now we’ve got Ochaco going up against Bakugo. This match better be good, like the ones in this episode. Episode rating (out of four stars): ***

FLCL: Alternative episode 5: I couldn’t care less. Rating: 1/2 a star

Attack on Titan episode 44: Historia rebels and refuses to give in to her father who wants her to become a Titan. Now she’s freeing Eren and making all heck break loose. When are we going to get back to humans vs. Titans? Hopefully next episode. Rating: **

Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable episode 7: Again, more random Stand fighting with no main plot in place. It wasn’t a bad episode, it’s just that this season is lacking direction. How many of these random fights do we have to have before we know what this season is all about? Rating: **

Hunter x Hunter episode 114:

Best episode of the week: My Hero Academia

Worst episode of the week: FLCL: Alternative

Best character of the week: Knuckle

Worst character of the week: Historia’s father

Toonami Roundup: 9/29/18


I honestly enjoy doing the podcast more than I do writing anymore. Why? Because the podcast allows me to just be myself, whereas writing posts involves me using formatting and stuff that takes time away from my real writing, which is writing my book. In any case, here’s a roundup of the week in Toonami.

My Hero Academia episode 20: It’s the World Martial Arts Tournament! Midoriya goes up against a guy who can brainwash him. But at the last second, before Midoriya can step out of the ring, a bunch of mysterious ghosts appear to break him of his spell. Then he goes back and wins easily. Very cliche, but also very entertaining too. Rating (out of four stars): ***

FLCL: Alternative episodes 3-4: Random slice-of-life with Haruko appearing from time to time just to say “Hey, look at me, I’m FLCL!” This can’t end fast enough. Rating: 1/2 a star

Attack on Titan episode 43: More… torture… Seriously, is this entire season just all about torture? Not just torture, but cliche and bad torture. Visit Star Trek: The Next Generation on how to get torture right. This is just disturbing to watch. Rating: 1/2 a star

Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable episode 6: Another Stand to defeat, this time for Koichi. We get to find out what Koichi’s Stand can do, as it puts out sound effects that can hurt people, but it doesn’t really work that well since I can’t read Japanese. When are we going to get some direction for this season? Rating: **1/2

Hunter x Hunter episode 113: The narrator has to tell us absolutely everything. The audience is apparently too dumb to understand, so we have to have every last detail told to us by the narrator. Also, Pouf really really doesn’t like Komugi. Rating: *

Best show of the week: My Hero Academia

Worst show of the week: Attack on Titan

Best character of the week: Izuku Midoriya

Worst character of the week: That guy who was torturing the king in Attack on Titan

Toonami Roundup: 9/15/18


As a new feature to the blog, I will likely be cutting back on the full-blown reviews and going to more “roundup” posts like this one. The reason being is that I’m simply too busy to put the full effort into writing an all-out review of five episodes a week. Since I already covered Attack on Titan and Hunter x Hunter, this post will just cover the other shows.

My Hero Academia, episodes 17 & 18: The Cavalry Battle begins, and Roman cavalry choirs are singing. Deku chooses Ochaco and a couple of random people to be his mirror, his sword, his shield as they roll like missionaries in a foreign field. For some reason I can’t explain, Deku loses his headband, and now surely he won’t hear St. Peter call his name. Okay, enough with Coldplay. Deku survives because Ochaco managed to grab someone’s headband, and his team finishes in fourth. Speaking of which, I hate the name “Deku.” Can we call him anything else? Rating (out of four stars): ***

FLCL: Alternative, episodes 1 & 2: Slicy-of-lifey, as I like to say. Which wouldn’t be bad if it was normal slice-of-life, but this is off-the-wall FLCL thrown in. Haruko seems to be there just for the sole reason of saying “Look at me! I’m FLCL!” There’s no rhyme or reason to anything. But at least it isn’t terrible. FLCL: Progressive was flat-out terrible. Rating (out of four stars): **

Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable, episodes 3 & 4: Josuke has to fight off a Stand, and he finds a way to win. There really isn’t that much more to say. Unfortunately, there’s nothing about DiU to distinguish it from the prior season so far. Right now, you could throw this episode somewhere into Stardust Crusaders, and it’d seem the same. This season needs something new to make me care more about it. Rating (out of four stars): **1/2

And there you have it. Stay tuned next week for more mini-reviews, as I try to cut back on the bigger posts and provide more relevant reviews that allow myself enough time to get to everything.

FLCL:P 2: I need your golden-gated city like a hole in the head

FLCL: Progressive episode 2 review


I know FLCL is supposed to be weird, but at least the original series was funny from time to time. This is just bizarre stuff with no real point to it. There’s unnecessary sexual stuff thrown into each episode for shock value and little more. There’s also the fact that Haruko is now the villain, or at least she seems to be.

What was the point of bringing FLCL back, again? I’d almost rather be watching “Joe Pera Talks With You” than this.

Episode rating (out of four stars): half a star