Toonami Roundup: 11/10/18

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This week on… Toonami…

My Hero Academia episode 26: In this episode, everyone picks a hero name. And it’s absolutely hilarious. Bakugo comes up with a too-offensive name, we get names such as Froppy, and Deku is dull enough to just use “Deku” as his name. Midnight is a great character, but shouldn’t this show be rated NC-17 with the way her breasts bounce around? I love that My Hero Academia didn’t give us a bridge episode and instead jumped right into the next arc. Oh, and now Deku’s training with some crazy guy? This is going to be so much fun. Episode rating (out of four stars): ***1/2

Boruto episode 7: An invisible man… sleeping in your bed… who you gonna call? Ghostbusters! Rating: *1/2

Mob Psycho 100 episode 3: The LOL cult attacks! The goal is to make Mob laugh. Of course, Mob doesn’t. Then he goes nuts and attacks back! While this episode was funny, it also leaves me wondering what the point of this show is. It felt like an episode of Samurai Champloo. Rating: **1/2

Attack on Titan episode 49: We’re taking Wall Maria! But before we do, we have to kidnap Potato Girl and have a fight with Eren. Quite obviously, nothing of note happens before the end of this episode, as that’s saved for the next arc which looks like it may actually be worth watching. Then they have this crazy moment during the credits where it looks like your stream got screwed up, but it’s actually showing something in the future where Levi wants to kill Eren. Man, do I hope Levi gets eaten by a Titan this next arc. Rating: **1/2

Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable episode 12 review: Joseph Joestar is officially senile. This revelation is the best part of this episode. Forget the battle with Chili Pepper, it was just great to watch Joseph completely lose his marbles. Usually we don’t get to be around main characters when they’re in their 70s. This could be hilarious – actually, it already is. Rating: ***

Hunter x Hunter episode 119: We save the best for last. Ikalgo and the lobster ant have a showdown, with the lobster ant figuring out how to escape everything, while Ikalgo keeps on strategizing and figuring out new ways to trap him. But then, when Ikalgo’s finally won his war with the lobster, he can’t bring himself to kill him! I told you the elevator part was the best part of this arc. Sometimes mental battles can be more exciting to watch than physical battles. Unfortunately, that means that the rest of this arc doesn’t get any better than this battle we had between Ikalgo and the lobster ant. Rating: ***1/2

Best show of the week: Hunter x Hunter

Worst show of the week: Boruto (actually Naruto: Shippuden, but I’m not reviewing that)

Best character of the week: Tie between Ikalgo and the senile Joseph Joestar

Worst character of the week: Eren Jaeger

AP Poll coming tomorrow!

Toonami Roundup – 11/3/18

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This post includes my new Anime Power Poll (AP Poll) in which I rank all the anime from Toonami as well as the other 4 weekly series I’m watching. This AP Poll will become a regular feature here at the blog.

My Hero Academia episode 25: A better episode this week, even if it was a bit cliche. We knew that Todoroki wouldn’t go all out; that’s the unwritten rule in shonen anime, you never, ever go all out. But it was funny watching Bakugo (who has a cool first name of Katsuki) go absolutely bonkers because Todoroki refused to go all out. Yes, it made no sense at all, but it was still funny. The best part of this episode, though, was when All Might missed his chance to say “Plus Ultra.” That was hilarious. Episode rating (out of four stars): ***

Boruto episode 6: Shino loses his marbles and turns evil. It’s up to Boruto and pals to stop him. I can only assume, based on past shonen anime I’ve watched, that each and every one of the “old guard” (aka Naruto and pals) is going to turn evil for one episode and it’ll be up to Boruto and pals to save them. Shino was first. My money’s on Temari turning evil next. Yeah, even though she hasn’t even made an appearance yet. Rating: **1/2

Mob Psycho 100 episode 2: Let’s forget the fact that I didn’t understand a bit of this episode. It was funny. I didn’t know what the heck was going on over there. That’s a problem with my head; I can’t fix that. But it was really funny, and that’s all I really wanted out of this episode. Rating: **1/2

Attack on Titan episode 48: Have I ever mentioned how overrated Attack on Titan is? Another big long flashback, coupled with angsting from our main characters. I don’t know what to say anything more about this series. Every episode is the same old stuff. SAMO, right? I can’t wait for this to be over. Rating: *

Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable episode 11: Chili Pepper is on the scene, and the new Jojo gang has to fight him. What’s best about this episode is the constant mocking of Joseph Joestar. Then he appears for a few seconds at the end of the episode. Can’t wait to find out what the senile, incompetent Joseph has to offer to the show. Rating: **1/2

Hunter x Hunter episode 118: Snail’s pace. Can this show go any slower? Also, can the narrator pretend we’re even stupider? Show, don’t tell. That’s the first rule of writing I learned. Here’s another one: pretend the audience isn’t a bunch of imbeciles and can actually figure things out without a narrator having to tell them every last thing. Rating: *

Best episode of the week: My Hero Academia

Worst episode of the week: Attack on Titan

Best character of the week: The senile Joseph Joestar

Worst character of the week: The insane Katsuki Bakugo

And now, for the AP Poll!

  1. World Trigger
  2. My Hero Academia
  3. Eyeshield 21
  4. Yowamushi Pedal
  5. Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable
  6. Boruto
  7. Haikyu!!
  8. Mob Psycho 100
  9. Hunter x Hunter
  10. Attack on Titan

Current standings:

  1. World Trigger (10 points)
  2. My Hero Academia (9 points)
  3. Eyeshield 21 (8 points)
  4. Yowamushi Pedal (7 points)
  5. Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable (6 points)
  6. Boruto (5 points)
  7. Haikyu!! (4 points)
  8. Mob Psycho 100 (3 points)
  9. Hunter x Hunter (2 points)
  10. Attack on Titan (1 point)

Toonami Roundup: 10/27/18

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This very well may have been *the* worst night in Toonami history. We got served up a ton of mediocre-to-horrible shows, not the least of which was the new show on the block. This is one of those nights that can turn you off to the whole genre in general. And that genre, of course, is shonen.

My Hero Academia episode 24: Ho-hum. Everyone knew Todoroki and Bakugo were going to meet in the finals; could we have just gotten to it sooner? Also, note how all the females were eliminated early and all the alpha males made it to the end. This isn’t anime, this is Survivor, where Probst gets his favorites to stick around longer. What a dull episode. Rating (out of four stars): *

Boruto episode 5: A boring episode involving the teacher (Shino) feeling sorry for himself, and the kids all causing mischief. Are we going to get to something that resembles real excitement? Or are we going to just have slice-of-life school days? This show is almost as boring as Naruto‘s filler. Rating: *1/2

Mob Psycho 100 episode 1: This was originally my pick for the worst show, but Jojo topped it. This smelled of Tokyo Ghoul, especially in the way it made absolutely no sense at all. We’ve got Saitama with hair who’s also a psychic. And supernatural stuff… happens. That’s the best way I can put it. Not exactly a very intriguing way to start a series. Give Jojo and AoT credit, as bad as their shows were this week, they at least knew how to start a season. Rating: 1/2 a star

Attack on Titan episode 47: This is Bleach. A big, long, emotional flashback of a character who’s about to die. Unless he didn’t actually die and I was made to think he did. Even so, I couldn’t care less about the flashback nor the character. And the narcissistic queen Historia gets her crown thanks to her selfishness, which is practically praised by all. She reminds me of another “king” of sorts in the real world. Rating: *

Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable episode 10: This one took the cake as the worst show of the night. Obviously Part 4 doesn’t really care about having any real direction, because we’re now ten episodes in without any coherent plot. This time, we have an episode about Josuke and his pal eating food made by a Stand user. Then the food causes wild reactions, before we find out that the chef (the Stand user) simply wanted to make his patrons enjoy his food. Seriously, it makes less sense than that. I couldn’t possibly think of a more frivolous idea for an episode, and the only way it would have been worse is if the dog that appears in this episode got blown up (which the author of Jojo is known to do). What a waste of 30 minutes. Rating: no stars

Hunter x Hunter episode 117: Can you believe this was the best show of the night? I can’t believe it either. Review here. Rating: **

Best episode of the week: HxH

Worst episode of the week: Jojo

Best character of the week: Killua

Worst character of the week: Historia (who deserved it last week too)

Pardon me while I go watch some sports anime to clean out my sinuses after having watched all of that. Even Eyeshield 21‘s filler can’t be this bad.

Toonami Roundup: 10/20/18

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This week in… Toonami…

My Hero Academia episode 23: This episode was about as cliche as I’ve ever seen one in anime. Izuku keeps on getting beat up, but he won’t give up. Watching this was like watching Gon get beat the tar out of but refusing to give up the whole time at the end of the Hunter exam arc. At least Izuku loses, that was nice. Oh, can anyone explain to me why, in a school that’s supposed to be training the heroes of tomorrow, everyone’s trying to kill each other? Doesn’t that defeat the purpose? Rating (out of four stars): *1/2

Naruto: Shippuden episode ?: Yes, I’m not bothering to look up the episode number, because this episode smelled of filler. Naruto and pals help a fisherman who’s trying to catch a giant swordfish. I wish I was making this up. Rating: *

Boruto episode 4: I’ve kind of lost interest in this. Basically, the boys and the girls have a contest against each other, and then it ends with everyone having to work together as a team. The way it ends is almost identical to episode 1, with everyone grabbing each other to stop from falling to their death. Not the best. Rating: **

Attack on Titan episode 46: You know who Historia is? She’s that point guard – think Allen Iverson – who has to have the ball at the end of the game to take the game-winning shot. For those of you who don’t understand basketball terminology (sorry!), she has to be the hero. And she gets to, so now she can make her claim as queen. This episode made me dislike her more. Rating: *1/2

Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable episode 9: Finally, something good! Koichi uses his Stand in crazy ways in order to finally break free of his imprisonment by that crazy girl. What makes this episode great is that the girl is so relentless in her attempts to keep Koichi locked up. Eventually, using his Stand, Koichi is able to get out, but not before turning her hair white. Crazy episode. Rating: ***1/2

Hunter x Hunter episode 116: https://tommyaphillips.com/2018/10/22/hxh-116-gon-loses-his-marbles/

Best episode of the week: Jojo

Worst episode of the week: Naruto: Shippuden

Best character of the week: Koichi (I hope I’m spelling his name right)

Worst character of the week: Gon