PGX Watches: Toonami (11/7-8/2015)

PGX Watches: Toonami (11/7-8/2015)


DBZKai

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>:[

Rob Lucci

DBZ’s fun and all, but it’s always been tremendously stupid that Frieza never thought to just LOOK UP. Kinda dumb, like this episode.

Tesla Coil

I was doing stuff in another tab while DBZ was on. This episode was boring. Akame ga Kill might fail at everything it attempts to do, but at least it does things.

Terrorking

Toei totally failed with Kai. One thing happened in this episode: Goku getting a Spirit Bomb ready while Frieza stands still for 15 minutes going “Hey, what are you doing?!”

Carly Nagisa

Remember when Kai was supposed to cut the filler and give us exactly what manga fans have been asking for  for decades? You don’t? Good cause neither does Toei from the looks of it. Also, it’s pretty jarring to realize how much of a moron Frieza is throughout this fight. If your enemy has this giant ball of energy in front of you, don’t dick around and just finish them quickly.

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I liked the part where Frieza implied playtime was over for at least four episodes but still hasn’t bothered landing a finishing blow.


Akame Ga Kill

DANGERBEAST AIR MANTA

Rob Lucci

The best character in the show, no doubt.

Tesla Coil

This episode actually had a fairly consistent tone. It was like a bad episode of a really bad slice of life anime. That’s a step up from 50% bad slice of life and 50% dark grittiness that tries to be mature by including rape and gratuitous gore.

Terrorking

When it’s all said and done, Dangerbeast Air Manta is the character we can all agree we need more of.

Carly Nagisa

So wait, our two new recruits are a J-Pop looking anime sweetheart and a lone wolf stoic badass with horns? Did the writer seriously just look up all the tropes from past animes and think they would work here just as well? It’s such a good thing two Night Raid members had to die so quickly so we can have more characters.

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This episode was less bad than some of the previous episodes, but only because it lacked the poor attempts at drama and emotion that have plagued this series from the beginning. Instead, this episode was focused entirely around wacky hijinks and equally poor attempts at humor, so instead of constantly cringing, I simply watched it with a blank face. That’s an improvement, right? Right?

Night Raid arrives at DANGERBEAST ISLAND to LEVEL UP.

Rob Lucci

The worldbuilding in this show continues to not make any sense. So, this part of the world is uninhabited thanks to DANGERBEASTS. What are DANGERBEASTS? Can they please be explained to us without horribly lazy expository dialogue? Please?

Tesla Coil

It’s kind of funny how readily I’ll accept training arcs, but the moment they say “level up”, it gets a billion times stupider.

Terrorking

“Come on, guys. We’ll be leveling up here.” – the moment Nanj-Naj… The moment Robot Arms McTits said that I totally fell out of the episode.

Carly Nagisa

This show is stupid but it really gets annoying when they can’t decide what time period they are in or the rules of this world. Is it medieval fantasy, is it steampunk, is it some sort of video game parody? Pick a gimmick and stick with it.

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Good thing they all leveled up, otherwise the Dangerbeast Actual Real Dinosaur might’ve beat them with his dinosaur TRUMP CARD.

Lesbians: Part 1.

Rob Lucci

This is Chelsea, a new member of Nightraid. Due to image constraints, her Imperial Arms involves using a cosmetics case to transform. Her design’s nice, her VA is good, but… she’s basically in the wrong series. What a drag. Could’ve been real interesting in a different shonen, but her personality doesn’t get a chance to shine due to the bloated and undeveloped cast. I wonder what she’ll get to do this episode?

Tesla Coil

The biggest hint that Chelsea belongs in a different show is that she wears headphones. On the other hand, her characterization is generic as all hell and not very interesting, so she really does belong here.

Terrorking

Woah, she is wearing headphones! Just what is this goddamn setting? Is it medieval? Is it modern? What the hell is a Danger beast? Where do Imperial Arms come from?! Literally none of these is answered.

Carly Nagisa

Now this is what really triggers me for this episode. I’ve seen all the stupid stuff with imperial arms and what not, but Chelsea’s has to take the cake on wasted potential. Now her tool basically allows her to shapeshift into anything she wants, but she can’t use it to directly hurt someone? That’s like telling Mystique she can’t turn into a giant Tyrannosaurus Rex and not be able to chomp them to pieces with her chompers. Now Shapeshifting is by far one of the most potentially broken powers in media, so it’s natural for one to try and tone it down. So basically ignoring all the potential this Imperial Arms has, they then say Chelsea is an equal to Akame, but how? Something is clearly wrong there. Also, I’m pretty sure a ton of pairings was made from this scene alone.

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So Akame’s character is badass stoic girl with a heart of gold who is easily swayed by food? Yeah sure okay whatever.

Also today we learn that NO MORE REPLACEMENTS! If someone dies, they’re gone for good! The HQ isn’t going to help anymore! Yeah okay. I bet that isn’t reversed or anything in an upcoming episode.

Also, Chelsea’s imperial arm being a cosmetics kit made me angry. It’s just ridiculous. Also she plays a trick on them by turning into a cat. Meow.

I thought the joke was going to be Dangerbeast House Cat, but AGK got me! It tricked me good!

Susanoo makes a fancy house in 5 minutes. No, really. He does that.

Rob Lucci

Susanoo is WHACKY OCD who can make things super fast. Not much else to say. He seems like a convenient plot device for them to just go wherever and have an excuse to stay.

It’d be kind of interesting if we got to see some intense training where Night Raid is out in the wilderness, trying to survive and get better, but… nope. They get a nice mansion with a hotsprings and great food. What kind of bullshit shonen is this? They get leisurely training where they just walk out into the forest. It’s like a shitty RPG and we get to watch the grinding process.

Tesla Coil

But Rob, if they had to survive without hotsprings, how would Tatsumi walk in on the girls naked?!

Terrorking

Susanoo, by virtue of not saying or doing much since his arrival, has potential.

Carly Nagisa

The very concept of living Imperial Arms bothers me, it bothers me so much. Susanoo would have been way better off being an actual character with his Imperial Arms than just a servant to the Boss. I swear the writer must have planned some sort of Imperial Arms for her but forgot about it so he made this new character an Imperial Arms to hit two birds with one lazy stone.

Lesbians: Part 2

Rob Lucci

Seryu confesses that she’s upset about Stylish and her parents dying. She looked up to the people who die around her, and she swear revenge. Thankfully, she has the comfort of Esdeath’s giant rack. Even if this was intended to be a tender moment, it’s ruined because the show indulges in making a lesbian joke and has WHACKY REACTION SHOTS to it. SHOW, YOU CAN’T EVEN GET YOUR HUMANIZING MOMENTS RIGHTS! FUCK YOU *flips table*

Tesla Coil

And then, once Seryu finished venting, Esdeath chopped off one of her arms, beat her with it for being weak, and told her to go rape a village. Oh wait, I’m thinking of one of Esdeath’s other characterizations. Silly me.

Terrorking

So much for Esdeath hating weak people. You’d think she’d be scolding Ms. Ubiquitous for breaking down and crying. Also, it’s hilarious that while Senor Stylish was alive, he never even interacted with Ubiquitous, but now that he’s dead they’re telling us the two were really close. By “hilarious” I actually mean “terrible”. As in the writing is terrible. Yes. Quite.

Carly Nagisa

Esdeath, please for the love of god pick a character archetype and STICK WITH IT. This is like the second pairing shot in the show and it hasn’t been 20 whole minutes yet. There’s so many things about this scene that bothers me. Another note, if this was another show Senryu would be a tragic character, and that could have led to some real good development. But no, here she’s just a generic villain that the writer shoddily tries to pass off as a morally grey character. Fuck this show.

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If this show were able to plan ahead it would have shown us these scenes before Dr. Stylish’s death, instead of doing it after the fact in some sort of misguided attempt to make us feel sorry for Ubiquitous. In fact, the entire Dr. Stylish sequence could have included similar scenes as well.

Wait a minute, this anime is an adaptation of the manga, that means they had free reign over rearranging scenes to improve the narrative! Okay, AGK is just garbage then. But still, it’s hard not to wonder what the show would have been with proper editing.

Najenda’s feminine charm.

Rob Lucci

This was kind of funny, actually. One of those rare gags that’s character-based and gives some banter between the cast that humanizes them some. Too bad that happens once in a blue moon.

Tesla Coil

The joke is that Najenda looks like a dude because she has short hair. She’s got boobs bigger than her head, but apparently it’s all down to the hair.

Terrorking

Wait, is she developing a personality?!

Carly Nagisa

So is this supposed to be a subtle jab at tomboys? Either way, this joke is dumb. Also, WHY DOESN’T SHE HAVE HER OWN (non-Susanoo) IMPERIAL ARMS!?!?! This is like I think 14 episodes in and we’re supposed to believe that she is somewhat on par with Esdeath, yet she has lost an eye, has a robotic arm and has to rely on Susanoo to do the fighting. Why couldn’t Gay Dandy be the leader of Night Raid?

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*insert over the top anime reaction here*

Doctor, it’s true. She has no nipples.

Rob Lucci

Remember how I said Chelsea belonged in the wrong show? This is why. This gag is about 25 years old, folks. Tenchi Muyo already dun did this shit. Love Hina already did this shit. Every harem show in the last 15 years has done this joke, even the ones that parody harem shows. Most shows go way farther with it, too.

Tesla Coil

“We just need some way to distract her,” said one stupid character. “Are they going to walk in on her naked?” I asked, knowing with 100% certainty that that is exactly what they were going to do.

I still haven’t seen all the stuff I missed, so I’ll just ask the next person who comments – Tatsumi has walked in on every female character naked, hasn’t he? (Except Najenda, because the writer doesn’t think she’s hot.)

Terrorking

I don’t think he’s walked in on naked Akame yet.

Carly Nagisa

I hate this cliche, I hate it so much. This is like one of the lowest hanging “sex joke” fruits a series can grab. If this was just a normal harem show I’d stop giving a damn. However, Akame ga Kill is a show that wants you to believe that it’s serious and deep. It’s like that fanfiction you wrote as a 12 year old when you watched too many hardcore tv shows or played too many violent video games.

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Jimmy and Lubbock’s scenes were more terribly awkward than they were funny. I hope Lubbock dies next.

Also, this scene was completely necessary.

Pictured: Drama.

Rob Lucci 

Every harem protagonist is the same annoyingly pure dude. There’s no comedy in this because it’s already been doooone befoooooore. The gag was set up by Lubbock Texas, too, so it’s played totally straight –  the team pervert tries to rustle Chelsea’s feathers by dumping water on her head, and Tatsumi fucks it up. The next we see, Chelsea transforms into Susanoo and back to herself to troll him and the most we get out of it is that, shocker, she has a tragic backstory.

Tatsumi is a sue. This show is dumb.

Tesla Coil

Ugh I hate this character type. As anime fans, we are supposed to project ourselves onto Tatsumi. A guy who uses invisibility powers to look at women while they’re bathing, while every woman in the world throws themselves at him for being such a nice guy.

I can handle poorly-written. But this? This is just insulting.

Terrorking

I like how he’s immune to Estits right up in his face, but a woman obscured by steam is just too much for him to handle!

Carly Nagisa

No one in real life would be this pure or this stupid.

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I’ll never forget you Shell and Gay Dandy! Now lend me your strength, Gay Dandy, so that I can look at naked girls.

Esdeath, thinking of Tatsumi and the upcoming battle with Nightraid.

Rob Lucci

When asked by one of her assistants about finding a new man, she just reiterates that Tatsumi is the “Perfect man”. Y’know, one who’s strong, but one she can dominate. But there are probably tons of guys like that in this city/country/wherever this stupid show takes place. SAO was more subtle about being a harem show than this.

Tesla Coil

I think what the writer was going for was this. Esdeath spent her entire life controlling and dominating the vile scum of humanity, and lost the ability to genuinely care for people. Tatsumi reminded her that there is some good in the world, and because of that, she opened her heart a little bit and felt an actual human style of love for the first time.

Of course, being AgK, this failed for no less than five reasons. A) She flipped from dominatrix rapist to smitten schoolgirl in half an episode. B) She already had someone exactly like Tatsumi on her team and tortured him for fun. C) Tatsumi was scheming against her since day one, so she had no reason to trust him anyway. D) She was so unrepentantly evil that no sad backstory could possibly justify it. E) She’s constantly presented as caring for her team (except when she tortures that Tatsumi clone guy), so she was already a terrible mix of completely different character types before Tatsumi came along.

Terrorking

Tesla thinks he knows what the writer was going for, but I, Terrorking know what the writer was going for. “Big tits! Dominatrix! Cool powers! Yeah, this’ll drive the otaku crazy! I’ll make millions!”

Carly Nagisa

Tesla knew what the writer was trying to go for, but since this is Akame ga Kill none of that will actually happen. If this was another show Esdeath could be a real good villain or that morally gray sixth ranger that was once a villain turned to the side of good by our Power Ranger Crew. Esdeath has to be the most shoddily-written characters in a show this big in a long time. She has so many qualities she doesn’t know which one to be at any given time, so she’s just a different character every episode and it is really annoying. She is probably supposed to represent the very worst in humanity, a pure soul being corrupted by the nature of humanity since birth, but yet she never once considered breaking Tatsumi’s legs to take him and make him a man? I still hate Mine more than Esdeath.

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I get whiplash from Esdeath’s scenes. She’s so inconsistent, but the writing tries so hard to make us care for her and then also hate her at the same time, that I just don’t know what to do. But considering her character design, I’m sure the writer knows what he wants me to do.

A NEW CHALLENGER!

Rob Lucci

Because this show needed more characters.

Tesla Coil

This guy chalked up all of Esdeath’s weird characterization to depravity. He’s a smart guy. I like him.

Terrorking

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

Carly Nagisa

Nutcracker. Don’t worry, you’ll look back at this months later and laugh.

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I have no idea who this guy is. A good guy? Probably a good guy.


Parasyte

Good thing we’re okay, hon-Oh.

Terrorking

Should’ve let Jesus take the wheel.

Carly Nagisa

Friends don’t let friends drive with idiots while being in the presence of aliens.

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First the parasites master seatbelt technology, and then, the world.

Bullies.

Rob Lucci

The latter half of this episode will be more remembered for sure, but the first half isn’t much to scoff at. Shinichi contends with some bullies and a somewhat mysterious girl who seems to reason that there’s something special about him, in a dark way.

After the bully subplot, we get some kind-of-sweet banter between him and Murano. He tries to have sex with her, she shoots him down in a respectful way, and it’s pretty funny and totally believable. Pretty nice that this show can build relationships.

Terrorking

This bully subplot may seem like episode filler, but the whole point of it is something I feel the series will continue to build on. Everyone was saying Shinichi is changing, and he is, but he desperately wants to believe he’s still the same person. The alternative is he’s becoming like Migi: cold, calculating and only caring about his own survival. It’s something that’s come up in small doses thus far, and I don’t see it going away.

Carly Nagisa

If this was any other Shonen series then Shinchi would have either beat them up through sheer determination or most likely got them to change their ways while still looking like the underdog. Then they would become best friends. Thankfully it’s not like one of those typical Shonen shows and instead we got a more realistic look at what happens when a stupid good guy tries to make a stupid bad guy do the right thing. This is the kind of stuff that I like.

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Shinichi refusing to let Migi help him was good, because it’s showing that he’s forcibly trying to still be human. But is he really still human, or is he simply feigning at it by doing things he “knows” humans would do?

He could have easily protected Murano by letting Migi help him beat up the bullies, but that would have been listening to Migi’s calculations. If not for the guy he helped out earlier coming back to return the favor, It’s likely he would have been beaten horribly and Murano would have been… assaulted.

FUCKFUCKFUCKNONONONO

oh no

Rob Lucci

After the show makes you somewhat comfortable with the parents being okay last week, the subplot of the parasyte at the start of the episode comes around – and it kills Shinichi’s mother in an attempt to save itself. Pretty much totally devastating in every way.  Fuck.

Terrorking

For context, there was a b-plot in the episode about a Parasyte needing to find a human female host. The above image is how we reacted the moment Shinichi’s parents were shown. At that point, it became obvious who that host was going to be. This caught me completely offguard because, if you remember, last week’s episode was entirely about his parents and him. If they survived that episode, surely they would survive until the end, but that assumption got blown away.

Carly Nagisa

I really did not want this show to go down the route. Not because I’ve seen it so many times before, but mainly it’s because I feel for Shinchi to the point that I don’t want him to suffer. You promised me a happy time Parayste, you promised me!

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The death scene of Shinichi’s mother was excellent, with her head slowly spinning through the air after being sliced off by the parasite, but I think the entire sequence was a little rushed.

All the feels.

Mom’s not looking so good.

Pictured: Giving love a bad name.

Rob Lucci

So, yeah. This is probably the first really big episode of the show five episodes in. In spite of the quick turn to abject chaos, there was a pretty suitable amount of development between Shinichi and his parents. The best quality this show has is its ability to create sincere relationships between its characters.

Unlike that show.

Terrorking

This episode messed us up real good. I felt sad. That’s good writing. So good, and it’s crazy to think this airs right next to Akame and is owned by the same people. The quality of writing is just so vastly different.

Carly Nagisa

Well shit, this actually made me sad. In a span of five episodes, we gotten development between Shinchi and his parents, learned why he is like this. And the fact that to this day that he has guilt for being an ungrateful little shit as a kid to his mom. I’m pretty sure we all feel like this as we get older and learn just how awful we are to our parents. Well, the ones who ACTUALLY grow up anyway. So it’s really disheartening to see Shinchi never getting a chance to make it up to her like he would if it was another shonen series. Take fucking notes Akame ga Kill.

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Shinichi’s voice actor took his normally flat voice up a notch in this scene and really had some good line delivery. The last big scene was super awkward to watch (in a good way), and that final blow the MotherParasyte landed on Shinichi was brutal.


Michiko and Hatchin

Such a lust for Hiroshi.

Hatchin thug lyfe.

Rob Lucci

As much as I’ve liked this series, I’m not sure of the importance of this episode. This series’ structure is very similar to Bebop’s, of course, but this series lacks quite the impact in the Hiroshi-focused episodes. They’re typically ruse-based and end up leading the two nowhere. I don’t like that much, even though there’s an underlying theme of relationships and maturity. The soap opera kind of represents that, but I think this series is far enough along to use that and still have some greater action that moves this portion of the story forward.

Terrorking

The real message of Michiko and Hatchin is: rich people are cool and poor people are assholes.

Carly Nagisa

I have no comment for what the hell just went on in this episode. Roll credits.

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This episode felt unbelievably meta, with almost everything Feliciano saying about his soap opera and audience expectations seeming like a wink to us, the viewers.

Turn down for what.


Naruto Shippuden

Hidan can’t handle the deer.

Rob Lucci

I don’t really understand this. Sai and Sakurai can find a forest “only Shikamaru and his family can find”. Why did that even need to be a thing? He has the same chance of escaping regardless: He’s buried under a pile of rubble. The plan to trap him was convoluted and the “He’s trapped because secret deer” doesn’t make any sense.

Terrorking

Remember when the message of Nardo was “Revenge is bad?” No? Neither does Shikamaru. Or Kishimoto, since he had nobody comment on Shikamaru gleefully taking revenge on Hidan. Moment you try to kill Sasuke for being a criminal though, you become the devil.

Carly Nagisa

Can this really be considered when Naruto was good? I’m starting to think that nothing in Shippuden was good. Rob thinks these characters are worth the hype and one that this is the strongest point in the series, but I really don’t see it. This felt so jarring to see as it starts the whole “Shikamaru is the greatest, let’s have everyone acknowledge it whether it makes sense or not” trend. Where did this show go wrong?

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Deer are spooky.

Remember when Shikamaru said that the forest was a place only his clan was able to find, because it was a seekrit? Well Sakura and Sai found him pretty quickly and easily.

I felt kind of bad for Hidan, because he was clearly going off the deep end when Shikamaru was preparing to bury him, and Shikamaru just stared at him with dead eyes.

Kakuzu’s qualifications include: JOBBING

Rob Lucci

A ninja that fought the First actually believed Naruto tried the same thing twice AND he didn’t use his elemental nukes. He emphasizes a need for range, too, so… why throw his body forward and risk it when Naruto’s obviously cooked up some sort of trap? This arc ends on such a terrible note.

Terrorking

For this to work, Kakuzu had to be literally mentally challenged. He has a bunch of long-range nuke-level jutsu, and instead of using those and keeping his distance, he decided to rush in to close range fighting where HE HIMSELF SURMISED NARUTO WANTED HIM TO BE. He could’ve even separated from his masks so his flying Wind beast could provide backup while he fights. But nah, that makes too much sense. Awful. Literally awful.

Carly Nagisa

Remember when jutsu like this were an impossibility? Neither does Kishimoto from the looks of it. Rasenshuriken is the start of a long future trend that makes Naruto turn from a show about Ninjas and stealth into Magical Wizard Adventures. I think Kishimoto even admitted that he wanted to make a manga series about Wizards and magic before settling on Ninjas.

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Kakuzu mused to himself that getting in close range of Naruto’s jutsu was a bad idea. Too bad Kakuzu doesn’t have extremely powerful long ranged jutsu and a jutsu that shrugs off all physical attacks. Such a shame, that.


One Piece

Frankie’s balls are crushed.

Rob Lucci

I’d rather that happen to me than have to watch another week of this post-arc. Holy shit.

Terrorking

Yeah. That sums it up.

Carly Nagisa

Toei’s pacing really is terrible and looking back it now, Oda really didn’t need to write this the way if it was to make us better understand Franky’s character. Also this scene is clearly setting up the Robin x Franky pairing!

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Franky’s ass is almost as offensive as Satsuki’s in KLK reruns. Almost.

This was something Japanmen spent hours animating.

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