Toonami Roundup: 6/10/17

toonami-2016

This week… in… Toonami…

Dragon Ball Super episode 21: Skipped it. The only reason I watch Dragon Ball is for the podcast; there’s no redeeming value of it for me.

Dragon Ball Z Kai episode 120: Vegeta gets controlled, and now we’re going to get that hyped Goku-Vegeta match we’ve always wanted. Rating: **

Attack on Titan episode 32: Eren’s learned a lot about fighting from Annie, apparently, as he takes on the other traitor Titans. Hange is great as always, and Mikasa is useless as ever. Why wasn’t the first season this good? Rating: ***1/2

Tokyo Ghoul episode 10: Kaneki is kidnapped, and I couldn’t give a crap. Rating: *

Hunter x Hunter episode 54: We’re running out of good episodes of Hunter x Hunter. The show’s about to take a nosedive once this arc officially ends. Rating: ***1/2

Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn episode 22: It’s over! It’s all over! What a relief. Rating: *

Naruto Shippuden episode 160: Naruto’s still too busy training, so we have to let the minor characters have some screen time, as they hope to put up somewhat of a fight against Pain. Rating: **1/2

Ghost in the Shell episode 15: Another typical episode; not great, just mediocre. Rating: **

Best show of the week: Attack on Titan

Most surprisingly good show of the week: Attack on Titan

Most disappointing show of the week: Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn

Toonami Roundup: 6/3/17

toonami-2016

This week… in Toonami…

Dragon Ball Super episode 20: Beerus wakes up and sneezes away a moon. Meanwhile, Frieza treats those who brought him back like trash, and the Frieza scene is almost scene-for-scene the same as a future episode of Hunter x Hunter. Rating (out of four stars): **1/2

Dragon Ball Super episode 119: Android 18 throws the match by bribing Mr. Satan, so Mr. Satan is still the undisputed World Martial Arts champion! Oh, and some crap with Gohan. Rating: **1/2

Attack on Titan episode 31: Bertholdt and Reiner are Titans too?! For crying out loud, the entire cast is going to be Titans soon enough! Seriously speaking, it was a great episode, if a bit on the predictable side. And now I can finally remember Bertholdt and Reiner’s name. Rating: ***1/2

Tokyo Ghoul episode 9: Cancel it. Rating: 1/2

Hunter x Hunter episode 53: While the Phantom Troupe goes about doing their evil business, Kurapika sees all their (fake) dead bodies. With nothing left to live for, he goes into a dark place. This episode proves you don’t need action to be great. Instead, it pulls on your heartstrings as you feel for a now-broken Kurapika. Rating: ****

Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn episode 21: One episode left! Yes! Rating: *

Naruto Shippuden episode 159: Naruto is still training (yawn), while others try to figure out the mystery of Pain. Pain is obviously pretty much unstoppable at this point, and the question is, who is Pain? Rating: **1/2

Ghost in the Shell episode 14: Apparently wine is the new currency of Ghost in the Shell. Any word on whether it’s worth more than dogecoin? Rating: **1/2

Best show of the week: Hunter x Hunter

Most surprisingly good show of the week: Attack on Titan

Most disappointing show of the week: Tokyo Ghoul

 

Toonami Roundup: 3/22/17

toonami-2016

This week in… Toonami…

Dragon Ball Super episode 15: Mr. Satan steals the show with his usual antics. There might be something to be said about the fact that this show has made “Satan” the “savior of the universe,” but I’ll ignore that fact for now and just have a few laughs. Rating: ***

Dragon Ball Z Kai episode 114?: I’m not sure about the episode number, but I am sure that this was about as boring of an episode as you can get. Rating: 1/2

Attack on Titan episode 26: In a surprise, Attack on Titan actually came out swinging with a solid episode. No word on whether this will remain the case, but at least this one wasn’t so bad. Rating: **1/2

Hunter x Hunter episode 48: What a letdown. After the best episode of the series, this one ends up boring me to death with its inane plot of Gon and Killua selling antiques. Rating: *

Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn episode 16: Yawn. Rating: no stars

Naruto Shippuden episode 154: A training episode, though a fun one. The Whack-A-Mole game and Naruto turning into a frog actually made this one very funny and enjoyable. Rating: ***

Ghost in the Shell episode 12: The first half of this episode was great, and very enjoyable to watch. The second half was completely unwatchable. Unfortunately, Ghost in the Shell has leaned more toward that second half than the first half. Rating: **

Best episode of the week: Dragon Ball Super (you can find this out faster by listening to our podcast!)

Most surprisingly good show of the week: Dragon Ball Super, also

Most disappointing show of the week: Hunter x Hunter

Toonami Roundup: 3/11/17

toonami-2016

This week, in Toonami:

Dragon Ball Super episode 10: Goku fights Beerus. Yeah, that’s it. Rating: *1/2

Dragon Ball Z Kai episode 108: Goten and Trunks battle it out for Junior Division supremacy. After they do too much of that close-range punching and kicking as fast as they can, which never lands a blow in Dragon Ball, they both eventually cheat and go Super Saiyan, and Goten gets knocked out of the ring. Trunks wins, then beats up on Mr. Satan. How is Mr. Satan going to save his reputation now? Rating: **

Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure episode 20: Caesar dies. But it’s more than just that – it’s a flashback about Caesar’s past, and how his father set out to destroy the Pillar Men. Eventually, Waamu defeats Caesar, but not before Caesar is able to get the antidote off him, so Jojo will survive the poison rings. I’m surprised, though, it didn’t come down to the last day the poison rings would release. In any case, good episode. Rating: ***

Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn episode 10: Banagher is Shinji Ikari. He’s running away from his destiny, and we all know he mustn’t run away. The rest of this episode is forgettable. Rating: *1/2

Hunter x Hunter episode 42: Gon and Killua buy a beetle phone, then set out to win 88,900 arm wrestling matches in order to gain the money they need. Kurapika and Melody discuss their pasts, and clearly are now the most shippable couple in Hunter x Hunter. Forget the Gon x Killua romance that probably has a million fanfics already; Kurapika x Melody needs some love! Rating: ***

Naruto Shippuden episode 149: The guy that they’re searching for just so happens to be the main villain of this arc. Also, the villagers all get hypnotized in InuYasha fashion. Rating: *1/2

One Piece episode 383: One Piece is running out of time. In the meantime, the Straw Hats save a couple of girls and help them find their treasure. However, the super-sappy flashbacks took away from the enjoyment of this episode: Rating: **

Ghost in the Shell SAC 2nd GIG episode 6: Section 9 – the name of the group the heroes work for – excavate a dead body – hence the title of the episode, “Excavation” – and try to figure out who it is. Togusa, the name of the main character of this particular episode, figures out that it’s a man named Kanji, as he’s able to find her fiancee. Togusa and the fiancee get chased by machines, but they get saved by the blue talking machine. It’s a little better than I can explain, but not great at the same time. Rating: **

Best show of the week: Hunter x Hunter

Most surprisingly good show of the week: Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure

Most disappointing show of the week: One Piece