PGX Watches: Toonami (10/24-25/2015)

PGX Watches: Toonami (10/24-25/2015)

Dragonball Z Kai

Looks like Bulma’s blasting off again

Terrorking

Filler that shouldn’t have been in at all ends in a little over an episode.

Rob Lucci

Goku’s visions towards the end were kind of weird. Felt like padding, and it’s hardly the only moment in the fight where Goku is pushed to his limit.

Most notably, Toei has handled Frieza’s model very poorly. He seems to change size every shot. sometimes his entire body looks tiny, sometimes his head is huge, sometimes he looks bigger than Goku, sometimes they look equal, etc. It’s really inconsistent.

Tesla Coil

So Bulma and Ginyu-Frog switch bodies again and everything’s back to normal. And then Frieza’s shockwaves send them flying in the same direction. What’s stopping Ginyu-Frog from doing the exact same thing again?

Flame_Effigy

20 minutes of Frieza yelling that it’s time to stop goofing around while beating up Goku, who is always on the verge of death somehow, but it’s obvious Frieza is never going to do anything beyond tail slapping him for 12 episodes, so who cares.

Also Bulma was there.


Akame ga Kill

Also Lubbock was in this episode.

Rob Lucci

Lingerie hero Akame defends Lubbock Texas from Dr. Stylish’s BDSM Squad. Yes, that’s a sentence. You could come up with something equally insane if you watched Kill la Kill, except Kill la Kill doesn’t take itself seriously. This show does. It’s a waifu simulator that tries to get you to care. Why.

Tesla Coil

God this episode was stupid. It started with them getting drunk and blacking out, but then one minute later, they’re all in perfect shape ready to fight. This scene had a really weird masked guy. We saw a lot of people with white masks covering their faces, but the guy these two were fighting seemed to have it as an actual face…?

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Who are all you people? What are you doing here? What’s going on?

Stay tuned for none of these questions to be answered.

Also, I hate Lubbock so much. All his lines seemed to be wink-nudges to the audience, and seemed to be poor attempts at self-aware parody. But the show is already far past the point of parody. It’s amazing how every single second of this show manages to simultaneously be the worst seconds of Toonami.

Terrorking

Weird how all the girls are in nightwear while the dudes are fully dressed. I wonder why such a thing would ha- okay, no I don’t.

There’s no way I’ll die in my introductory episode.

Rob Lucci

I screened this because his model looks awful and his face makes him look high as shit. I got nothing else, he’s just a random mook that Mine destroys mid-episode.

Tesla Coil

This episode does nothing right, but it’s still a hundred times better than the last one. Probably because Esdeath isn’t in it.

Flame_Effigy

Why does this random mook have the scissors instead of Dr. Stylish? Dr. Stylish is actually a member of Jaegar, and this is just some guy we are literally introduced to here with no other context. This is an imperial arms, they’re supposed to be special, right? RIGHT?

Oops he got killed in one shot because…because this show is bad.

Terroking

This guy right here especially annoys me. He has titsglasses’ scissor blades because the bad guys recovered it after she died. Tatsumi flips out and vows to kill him because of it. What actually happens? Tatsumi fails to kill him and is saved by another Nightraider, invalidating his pledge because who cares about making your protagonist follow through with his words? Finally, nobody made a big deal about recovering their dead “friend’s” weapon. It just sat there while they ran off to do something else. This is fake drama.

Shit.

Rob Lucci

A character’s evil is gauged by how many teeth they have and how large the teeth are. This man ranks a 9/10 on the Toothimeter and an 8/10 on the Edgimeter. Verdict? Bad guy. It’s not so obvious unless you have a guide, as the guy looks pretty friendly in the above picture.

Tesla Coil

Some scholars actually believe that teeth can vary in size and shape. Luckily the Akame ga Kill animators know better than to trust such nonsense.

Terrorking

How many teeth are in a mouth? A billion? I’ll just draw a billion.

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Let me just jump forty feet in the air so you can laser obliterate me. All agreed? Cool.

DANGERBEAST AIR MANTA

Rob Lucci

Sure, why not.

Tesla Coil

For a danger beast, that manta ray doesn’t seem to pose any danger.

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So not only did Dr. Stylish, part of Jaegar, attack the entirety of Nightraid who each have ANCIENT SUPER WEAPONS by himself, he also didn’t have one of his own. Then Robot Arm Eyepatch over here flies in because she somehow knew about the attack, and we learn in one line that she tamed a danger beast, that Dr. Stylish knew all of this, and that somehow HER OWN TEAM MEMBERS don’t know anything about their own leader that Dr. Stylish somehow does.

PGX: “What the F*CK is a danger beast?!”

Rob Lucci

This series has no rules. There is no build-up, setup, clever subtleties, anything. This show is like jingling keys in front of a toddler. Substitute “keys” with “boobs and gore” and substitute “toddler” with “teenaged males”, and you apparently get a winning formula.

This series is like the Donald Trump of anime. You think it wouldn’t succeed because it’s so fucking ridiculous and repulsive, but it does anyway.

Tesla Coil

Danger Beasts (危険種, kikenshu, lit. “danger species”), sometimes also referred to as Risk Species are fearsome creatures in the world of Akame Ga Kill!. They are extremely hostile and will attack any human who dares to wander into their territory.” – The Akame ga Kill Wiki.

That air manta is not extremely hostile. Not even the Akame Ga Kill wiki knows how Danger Beasts work.

Terrorking

For all our complaining, I think that manta is one of the better characters in the series so far. He never speaks. I wonder how many episodes until he dies for shock value.

Did I mention that Robot Arm Eyepatch is about to introduce us to two new Night Raid members, in this important crucial battle- oh wait  they’re just fighting a bunch of mooks. This introduction sequence is pointless. Why is she even here? Why does anything happen?

Teeth are the real imperial arms.

Rob Lucci

Leone is probably one of the only characters in the show that has a set of traits that could eventually lead to something resembling a character being formed. She’s about 30% there.

Tesla Coil

I feel like a character who can instantly regenerate deadly wounds goes against the whole “people die when they are killed” theme of the – oh wait. Did I just try to give Akame ga Kill credit for a theme? Ha.

Terrorking

Okay, Leone got sneak attacked and taken out earlier by some guy. She returns later to surprise attack that same guy when he’s about to fight someone else. Two problems with that: absolutely no Nightraid member made any fanfare about Leone missing, so her absence didn’t affect anything or anyone (including the audience) and secondly, she wasn’t gone for long enough for the audience to be surprised by her survival.

Flame_Effigy

Who was the guy that even attacked Leone? Why do we just now know that she can regenerate? Why do we care when every villain announces their motives and then dies immediately?

Not fixed: Tone

Rob Lucci

This is a series where we’re supposed to believe that both sides in a war might be right. So, after Susanoo kills twenty guys, he gives this tiny comical quip towards Mine. Yeah. Remorseless killing by our heroes without consequence in a morally gray show. Good writing. Yeah.

Tesla Coil

Susanoo is stupid. Who looked at Akame ga Kill and said “y’know, everything’s working out great, but we need more characters.” Probably the same person who said “Esdeath is a good character”, and then tried to email his manga to his editor by holding it up to his computer screen and licking the keyboard.

Terrorking

I don’t care about Susanoo yet, as there’s really nothing there right now, so let’s talk about what he represents. Two Nightraid members died… so the boss just goes back to their bosses and gets two new members. Why should we care about Nightraid’s struggle when losing members doesn’t do anything to them because they can just bring in replacements?

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Here we are introduced to our new Night Raid member, a living Imperial Arms because that’s a thing and was so totally a thing the whole time and wasn’t just introduced to us this episode, no sir. Also he’s an unregistered Imperial Arms because sure why not. Also Robot Arm Eyepatch totally had him the whole time. Yep.

Also he’s indestructible and invincible unless you destroy the imperial arms or destroy his core. Poison doesn’t work for some reason, so Dr. Stylish decides to retreat like a smart person because he realizes he can’t win, but then attacks him anyway because who the hell knows?!

This all happened in like the span of a minute.

“I smell bullshit about to happen.”

Rob Lucci

This nose and those ears are never explained. They’re just eaten to show how evil Dr. Stylish is. Fuck.

Tesla Coil

I’m pretty sure the manga writer watched an episode of Kill la Kill, saw Mikisugi and Nudist Beach, and tried to emulate that without knowing why it worked there. …And then decided to make Dr. Stylish gay because homosexuality is funny or something.

Terrorking

Wait, the mangaka went into the future, saw KLK and then went back into the past to include that in his manga?! I hate him even more now for keeping that tech to himself!

Anyway, Nose, Ears and Eyes seem to idolize Dr. Stylish and think of him as some super cool and benevolent savior guy, even though they see how he treats his subordinates. Either the Doctor drastically reduced their mental capabilities while experimenting on them or their characterization is as inconsistent as everything else in this show. I’ll go with the latter.

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RIP Ears. You were too good for this world. Go and join Gay Dandy in the sky where the worthwhile characters hope to one day be in a less garbage show.

Remember that time when I was here the whole time.

Rob Lucci

Here, we’re introduced to a new character named Susanoo. He acts as the deus ex machina that saves our main characters from the BDSM Squad, and… that’s about it. No greater indication of his personality besides him stoically murdering baddies and sharing a tone-whiplash moment with Mine.

Tesla Coil

AgK fails on every front. I can’t even enjoy the fight scenes – those aren’t even passable. Susanoo here dodges a four-thousand foot tall giant’s attack by walking briskly out of the way.

Terrorking

Yeah, if you wanna show how badass someone is, have them kill a bunch of already-shown-to-be-easily-dispatched mooks. That’ll be a good entrance! Oh wait, no. That’s not how you do it and it isn’t a good entrance.

“Something something DANGER BEAST”

Rob Lucci

Help me Jesus.

Tesla Coil

Dr. Stylish became twenty feet tall by activating his TRUMP CARD, and then ate three people to grow another ten thousand feet tall. And then he leveled up, because I guess this is still a video game?

Terrorking

This show needs to stop using terms like “EX-P” and “leveling up”. Is this a video game? Is this medieval fantasy? Is it modern? You’ll never know because nobody ever freaking explains anything in this show… except what their trump cards are, of course.

Finally, in the transformation sequence, he grabs the two guys and kills them instantly. The girl, however, tries to run away, then he grabs her and kills her. This show often uses women as sacrificial pawns to make the villains look worse. There’d be no issue if she just got killed like the other two, but the show made an effort to show her desperately running away. Mind you, I don’t usually care about this stuff if the media doing it is good, but Akame is already such a bad show that it really sticks out to me.

Flame_Effigy

I liked the part where I hate this show. Dr. Stylish upgraded about three times in the course of 30 seconds because who cares, he just dies immediately while doing no damage to anyone.

Why am I filled with strawberry jam

Rob Lucci

Akame’s sword ga kills Dr. Stylish. Who was this man? Well, we know he was a flamboyant dick who sacrifices his assistants to become a Titan. He’s another generic evil villain that’s meant to be hated. How droll.

Tesla Coil

I… got nothing to write here. Akame ga Kill sucks. It’s bad. It’s not good. I don’t like it.

Terrorking

A whole lot of posturing and then Doc Style gets killed as easily as everyone else in this show is. We barely cover her here for some reason, but it cannot be stressed just how bad a character Akame is: both in her inconsistent characterization and how she steamrolls everyone and ruins tension.

Flame_Effigy

This is the worst show in the world.

So once again, Dr. Stylish is part of a super powered anti-Night Raid team who was formed to take down Night Raid, and they needed an entire team because Night Raid is obviously dangerous. So what does he do? Attacks them alone. Whatever. If the entire team is going to die to their own mental disabilities, then good riddance.


Parasyte

Rob Lucci

Parasyte continues some pretty genuine character drama. Not a whole lot to say. It does something extremely rare in that it develops the main character’s relationship with his parents, resulting in some genuine dialogue on the part of the family. It can be funny and kind of sad when it needs to be.

The voice acting is weak at times and the “cold endings” the show does don’t work, but the show has proven its worth. it’s good.

Terrorking

If this was Akame ga Kill or Attack on Titan, the fact that he spent so much time talking to his parents would be a dead giveaway that they’re gonna die. I was expecting them to die. They did not. This show pleasantly surprised me.

Finally, Migi with a gun is adorable!

Flame_Effigy

This episode gave us the third “battle” between Parasytes, and this particular battle lasted almost five times as long as the previous two, clocking in at a whopping maybe 80 seconds. I do wish the fights were padded out a bit more. There was some good character interactions in this episode between Shinichi and his family, which took up the bulk of the episode. Maybe if the fight was extended a bit those interactions could have been split up into two episodes and expanded upon.


Michiko and Hatchin

“A month on yo back should pay fo’ this”

This week on Toonami: Teeth.

Terrorking

Two things. Tenshinhan is an okay guy, and why does Hatchin always run off on her own?

Rob Lucci

Another fun and slightly intense episode. A criticism has been brought up elsewhere that I am interested in addressing once the show is over, though: Does this show understand the inner workings of its own story and themes as much as Bebop did or is it using the fancy style and presentation to make up for weakness in the story’s depth?

There is depth, of course, but I’m wondering how much depth there is to the series as a whole by the time the ending comes around. We’ll have to wait and see. I’ll provide my overall thoughts on the series in a review once it’s over.

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Hatchin didn’t wear clothes that looked too much like a little boy’s this episode, but she still got confused for one anyway. The episode on a whole was cute.


Naruto: Shippuden

Pictured: Asspull no Jutsu

Rob Lucci

What a bizarre, broken moral. I don’t think the very concept of “revenge is okay/justified in some situations” is an inherently bad thing to portray, but it requires the right tone. The tone, imagery, etc. imply that Shikamaru would pass on his chance at vengeance. Yet, he decides… to commit murder.

No real conflict or anything. Inspirational music, Asuma’s ghost, “okay ima torch this bitch.” So, so poorly handled.

At the end, we see some heavy-handed symbolism implying Naruto is like the 4th. Then Naruto makes a nuke, and Kakuzu isn’t launching HIS nukes for some reason. Why? I dunno. Kishi was rushed in writing this, so I guess he decided he’d put literally no effort into ending it.

Terrorking

A huge problem I have with Naruto is how blatant the symbolism is. You don’t need Asuma’s ghost to stand by Shikamaru and talk to him because Shikamaru already has the lighter. You don’t need to spell out your symbolism; it’s more powerful when you don’t and leave it to the readers/watchers to figure it out.

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It boggles the mind how little anything about Hidan’s “death” makes sense. Hidan says that he’s immortal and will just climb out of the whole, because well duh. Why wouldn’t he?

Shikamaru responds that this is a sooper seekrit forest that only member of his clan are able to enter. [Shikamaru led Hidan here while shadow possessed from a faraway battlefield in maybe a few minutes]. Then we get a closeup on a deer, and Hidan is SHOCKED to see deer…for some reason. Shikamaru then says that they’ll be able to watch Hidan forever, and then there’s a closeup on the spooky deer’s eyes. And then Hidan loses. Yeah.

I don’t know. I just don’t know.

And then Kakuzu about vomits from fear when he sees Naruto’s Rasenshuriken, not wanting to get ripped apart from one-hit. Note: Naruto hits lots of people with Rasengen. It just kind of pushes them away. It doesn’t rend them asunder. Kakuzu’s death is just a rushed mess.


One Piece

Hairy man ass.

Rob Lucci

Franky chases people to find his underwear. Okay.

Terrorking

Yeah, I think that screenshot sums up One Piece in general quite well.

Flame_Effigy

When are they gonna get to one place.

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