HxH 87: Knuckle sandwich

Hunter x Hunter episode 87 review

HxH 87

I missed this episode along with all of Toonami last weekend, and now I wish I would have skipped it. This episode was boring as heck. Sure, it introduced the character of Knuckle, but truth be told, he’s not all that interesting of a guy. Hunter x Hunter pretty much forces characters on us in this arc. We are forced to care about Knuckle and Shoot and Palm, as well as some of the Ants. In reality, I care about characters like Bisky and Kite. Those characters get shoved aside.

Aside from Gon and Killua meeting Knuckle, the only thing of note in this episode is that the Queen is getting closer to giving birth, while Peggy talks about subordination amongst the Ants. Wait until you see how important Peggy’s talk was. It is completely forgotten about as soon as the King is born. Once the King is born, all the crap about Ants is all thrown out and the only Ants that matter are the King and his 3 Royal Guards. Hunter x Hunter is written like a bad fanfic at this point.

Boring episode, hopefully it gets better, but what am I saying? I know it doesn’t get better for a while.

Character of the episode: Knuckle

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

HxH 86: In the Palm of your hand

Hunter x Hunter episode 86 review

Palm

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