PGX Watches: Toonami (10/3-4/2015)

PGX Watches: Toonami (10/3-4/2015)

Every week, the members of PGX watch Toonami as a group. This will be where we compile our errant thoughts. These are not reviews. An obvious disclaimer is spoilers are incoming, so if you’ve not seen any of these, do not continue and instead go read another article (from here. I don’t care if you’ve read them all already, do it again).

42 “Defeat Frieza, Goku! The Tears of the Proud Saiyan Prince!”

Terrorking

I’ve seen this episode more times than Frieza punched Vegeta in the kidneys and it never fails to hit me in the feels. This was a pretty heavy episode for me personally.

Tesla Coil

Isn’t Kai supposed to cut down on the padding? It took Goku half the episode to go over to Frieza and the others. He spent ages just thinking to himself as Vegeta got punched in the kidneys over and over again. Also, Vegeta’s dramatic death speech didn’t do anything for me. There were five people listening to it: Goku, Krillin, Gohan, Piccolo and Frieza. Three of them had come back from the dead already. I can’t feel bad when someone dies when death means nothing in this show.

Rob Lucci

Good episode, but the Dragon Ball revival mechanic hurts what could’ve been a more emotional speech.

8 “Kill the Three: Part 2”

Terrorking

Don’t the screenshots do an admirable job of explaining this episode of Akame Ga Kill?  I think they do because there we have one guy killing another, then some BDSM scene, then some dead guy and then some little girl in a school uniform sitting on a mountain of corpses. That kind of flip flopping in tone is what this show is, logic and sense be damned.

Tesla Coil

I stayed up to watch Kill la Kill when it had this timeslot. When it ended and AgK took its place, I stayed up again to watch the first episode. Then I started going to bed immediately after Kai ends. So… yeah, I have no idea what happened in this episode and I’m not sorry I missed it.

Rob Lucci

Fuck this show.

1 “Metamorphosis”

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Started with the accidental boob grab because it stood out the most this episode to me, in that it was the only annoying cliche you tend to find in anime that really didn’t belong in this series. Anyway, I spent most of the episode talking about how cute the handalien is, because it is really cute.

Rob Lucci

There were a lot of small details that this show got right that I really appreciate. It was paced very well, had some basic characterization good for a first episode, and overall set the tone really well. It’s not whacky, but the dialogue felt genuine.

If I had any complaint, it’d be the boob grab and the dubstep. The latter actually isn’t necessarily a bad choice, but they weren’t playing it much during action scenes. The concept of remixes beats actually goes pretty well with the clusterfuck of human parts that the parastyes use. I hope it’s used more effectively in the future.

14 “The Daredevil Explosive Runner”

Terrorking

The thing that stood out most to me was the sheer tenacity of a man we dubbed “Chickenfoot the Terminator”. He’s the kind of character that could have his own show that would be a totally different genre than his original series. “Being a man is hard.”

Rob Lucci

Pretty much the best episode up to this point. This series is great at mixing comedy with clever action, and this episode was just about the height of that. There’ve been more creative scenes in the show, but a raw highway chase with a comically determined terminator-like character was a perfect combination.

84 “Kakuzu’s Abilities”

Terrorking

Apart from Naruto saying something really groan-inducingly cringey, the animation getting bumped up for a couple of seconds and Kakuzu’s questionable battle strats, nothing really stood out this episode.

Rob Lucci

This episode continuously reminds me of how badly planned this arc was. Kakuzu gets four nukes and invincibility, but he kind of sucks. Hidan’s a walking plot hole. I like Hidan as Kakuzu as characters, but they’re perfectly symbolic of how inconsistent this series is.

318 “Mothers are Strong! Zoro’s Hectic Household Chores!”

Terrorking

And people wonder why One Piece can’t pull in ratings?!

Rob Lucci

This was not worthy of even a kek.

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