PGX Watches – Toonami (11/21-22/2015)

PGX Watches – Toonami (11/21-22/2015)


 

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Frieza and Goku clash.

 

Rob Lucci

For all the hype in the lead-up, the animation is really bad and budgetary issues start to show. Some examples are panning shots where it looks like those old 60s car effects in animated form, or when the electricity patterns say the same as the screen pans up while Frieza is charging.

There were also a ton of Frieza reaction shots and a ton of shots of Goku giving solemn stares or smirks. Just a fillery episode all-around, gotta say.

Tesla Coil

Rob said it all. This entire episode was padding, and not even well-animated padding.

DJ JayRap

Rob covered most of everything I wanted to say. I’m sure I remembered being hyped for this clash, so I was actually getting stoked to see this clash again in Kai, despite how I felt regarding last week’s episode. I felt disappointed. Yeah, that’s all there is to say. The animation was choppier than I’d remembered, and everything that happened with every single reaction shot kinda killed it all for me. Some pretty worthless padding going on, and ‘some’ is putting it very lightly.

Terrorking

The animation was garbage, but that’s to be expected with Toei. “I am a Super Saiyan, Son Goku” was a cool line and all, but how’d he know he was a super saiyan?!

Carly Nagisa

Considering how often Vegeta dropped the term “Super Saiyan” prior to his death, I’m not surprised by Goku knowing what he is. Either way, this felt incredibly bad to watch. The voice acting is good but the animation is shit. Thanks Toei, you put more into Precure than your money making cash cows.


Akame ga Kill

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Esdeath and Tastumi are transported to a beach.

Rob Lucci

“How many people could be on a rock like this?!”, Esdeath asks. I too wonder. This whole thing is kind of like a pizza delivery boy porn plot. It doesn’t make any sense, but it exists for the audience, but there’s no porn.

Tesla Coil

It’s incredible just how meaningless this episode is. Esdeath found Tatsumi through sheer dumb luck at the end of the last episode. Then they spent all of this one on a beach. Then Tatsumi escaped from Esdeath at the end of this one.

DJ JayRap

Esdeath finds Jimmy out of sheer luck. Then they screw around. Then they’re teleported for no good reason, and they screw around some more. This episode sure was worth my 30 minutes watching, I’ll tell you what.

Carly Nagisa

So why exactly does the circle have to be based on chinese mythos? Man this was a pointless transition.

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Introducing the second best character: Syura. I googled that.

Rob Lucci

This guy is behind the portal and the monsters from last week. I don’t understand his plan this week. Esdeath and Tatsumi pretty effortlessly kill the beach monsters I presume he created, so why teleport them? If it was defensiveness, why was he even hanging around a rock when the next time we see him he’s just banged some random woman?

Tesla Coil

Huh, Rob’s right. What was this guy’s motivation again?

Also, not pictured – the scene where Tatsumi asks Esdeath to hit him, and is somehow surprised that Esdeath took it sexually.

DJ JayRap

Who the actual fuck is this guy. And what the actual fuck was his plan even supposed to be?

Terrorking

Imperial Arms named “Shambhala,” white hair, scarred face, transmutation circle and dark skin…. is this guy from Full Metal Alchemist?

Carly Nagisa

This is quite the contrast compared to the prime minister who is a evil fat fuck. Syura is a muscular fat fuck who likes to play with his toys yet has the mental capability of a man in Texas.

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Esdeath fights the Donger Beast.

Rob Lucci

This is the quintessential obligatory fight scene. This entire time, the only thing I can think of is how cool (no pun intended) November 11th’s ice powers from Darker than Black were and how lame and vague Esdeath’s are here. It’s all interchangeable projectile spam and terraforming. Would this be any different if she was using rock and earth instead of ice?

Tesla Coil

Rob has a point. I do think Esdeath’s “freeze the ground” attacks show off ice powers pretty well, though I’ve certainly seen better.

DJ JayRap

Much as I love me some ice powers, this chick just ain’t cuttin’ it. It doesn’t help that there seems to be zero real extents to which this power can go, so she’s just summoning projectiles after projectiles, each of them getting larger. Instead of anything vaguely interesting you can do with ice pellet spamming.

Not pictured here is where Jimmy asks himself how Akame is going to kill her. I think I don’t need to say anything for how firetrucking dumb that sounds, so I just hope that was a dub mishap. Although my faith in Akame ga Kill’s original source and the manga have me saying ‘It was just as dumb.’

Terrorking

How will Akame ga kill her when she can do all that without limit or tiring?!

Carly Nagisa

I have seen much better ice users in my time, but Esdeath is only the second most retarded Ice user I know. First still goes to Hitsguya though. Akame will be fine, all she has to do is stab her once and let her evil sword do the double tap.

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Beach episode? Beach episode.

Rob Lucci

Esdeath as a fanservice machine ceases to make sense the more the show confirms she’s insane and kind of evil. The only way it integrates itself into the story is because she’s obsessed with Tatsumi, but we had the exact same poorly-done gag like five episodes ago.

It’s almost like her boobs are meant for the audience and this episode has no other purpose than to fill a 25 episode quota by throwing in fanservice.

Tesla Coil

As if Esdeath wasn’t fanservicey enough wearing regular clothes…

DJ JayRap

Jimmy, you’re a teen. You resisting this gets even more unreal with each minute she does something to pander towards the lower common denominator of viewers.

Terrorking

Jimmy’s characterization is all over the place. One minute he’s peeping in on chicks and saying he wants Susanoo to hook him up, and the next minute he’s doing… that.

Carly Nagisa

If you’re gonna have a beach episode, at least be consistent in what exactly you want to do. Still bothers me that Esdeath the sadist hasn’t taken charge yet.

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I’m only 2 decisions away from the sex scene. I NEED THIS

Rob Lucci

Yeah, this happened. See, this could be really funny in some shows. The problem is that this series isn’t elaborately lampooning harem tropes, it’s catering to them at every turn. This episode is proof. It’s a half-hour long excuse to parade the villainess’ gigantic tits around.

Tesla Coil

This moment actually enraged me. Last week, I made a quick little Photoshop of AgK as a visual novel to mock it. This week, AgK did that itself. It does in total seriousness what I do to mock it. This show has no shame!

DJ JayRap

I love me some jokes and all, and this would’ve been the greatest thing in ever. The problem is, just as anything else I could possibly enjoy from this show, it’s Akame ga Kill. It’s literal trash, and I wish this were actually just a parody on JRPG’s, LN’s, VN’s, whatever the hell it is this show is pandering to. Because if that were really the case, this would be the greatest thing ever.

But it isn’t.

Terrorking

The writer’s pretty shameless. Though with how horny Esdeath is, it’d be a pretty easy visual novel.

Carly Nagisa

What is the point of this gag when you do the exact same thing you’re making fun of? You know I could give this a complete pass if this show was a parody or the main characters were trapped in a video game. Then the comments about XP and leveling up would make a whole lot sense. But it isn’t so this show sucks!

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“My imperial arms are my boobs.”

Rob Lucci

I contend that no male of Tatsumi’s age would be so persistently against the advances of a big-breasted woman throwing herself at him. Made even more ludicrous by the two of them being on an isolated island for like 12 hours together. I don’t buy it.

Of course, it’d make sense if Tatsumi were gay. Given Bulat was also gay, there could’ve been some interesting opportunities for drama and decent plotting there. Whoops, there I go thinking again. AgK was meant to stop that.

Tesla Coil

The only reason Tatsumi hasn’t sexed Esdeath (or anyone else) yet is because he needs to be a virgin to be relatable to the sort of losers the writer thinks we all are.

DJ JayRap

I actually didn’t expect much out of the incoming backstory. Although the origins of her Imperial Arms did make me flip my coffee table with my legs. That’s how bad my actual knee-jerk reaction was to it.

Terrorking

I feel like this show spends most of its budget animating and drawing Esdeath’s tits. Every time she’s onscreen they try to focus on the titters.

Carly Nagisa

So is imperial arms in her blood also the reason why Esdeath’s tits have the power to make anyone retarded after looking at them? By god,she might be stronger than Korra.

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Esdeath’s dad died of Bad VA Syndrome.

 

Rob Lucci

Her dad’s VA is the worst I’ve ever heard in a modern post-2000 dub. Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, her backstory. It’s pointless. Why? Because it doesn’t offer any insight. She admits after her tragic backstory that she’s a dick because she enjoys being a dick.

Does this provide anything we didn’t know? Nope. We’ve always guessed and assumed this. The show spends a good precious few minutes reinforcing what we knew with a cliched and trite backstory.

Tesla Coil

It is pretty funny. The writer doesn’t know what backstories are for. He just uses them because he thinks all characters should have one.

DJ JayRap

WE NEEDED MORE BACKSTORY

This time it was for a character that actually sort of matters, but even then, it was prompted by Jimmy telling what was practically nothing. So in the end, nothing prompted this to really happen.

Terrorking

Look at those arms. It’s like he’s Popeye the Sailorman. Except Popeye is a way more nuanced character than anyone in AgK. Okay, here’s the issue: her backstory is about how the strong live and the weak die, you know, typical anime stuff (watch Shaman King and hear Ren talk about the same thing, or Ruroni Kenshin and hear Makoto Shishio go on about it), but it doesn’t really jive with Esdeath’s character.

  1. She specifically wants to shag someone weak.
  2. She’s seen comforting her weaker subordinates instead of chiding them for their weakness, like her father taught her to.
  3. She mourned the loss of her 3 guys Bulat and Jimmy killed earlier, but not her father because “he was a weak man”?

Nothing about this character is consistent other than her boob size.

Carly Nagisa

It’s 2015 and yet we have terrible voice acting like this running around. Even if this was subbed, I don’t think I would like Akame ga Kill. At least, it would give me one less thing to hate about watching on a weekly basis. So what kind of person did her father have to marry to make Esdeath as mentally retarded as she is right now?

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Esdeath drinks blood.

Rob Lucci

Everything I said above is reiterated again when we learn how she obtained her imperial arms. These scenes were not worth showing. They don’t provide insight or interesting bits of information. It’s just reaffirming things we already knew about. This just integrates something we knew about Esdeath (her being crazy) with how she got her imperial arms (an arguably unimportant detail.)

Tesla Coil

This gets so much weirder when you realize that this flashback is Esdeath telling Tatsumi a story. And it doesn’t portray Esdeath as good or sympathetic at all. Esdeath’s basically just telling Tatsumi a story of how she went completely batshit crazy for a moment.

Also, gotta love how sudden everything happens. Esdeath walks into a room full of Imperial Arms and says “None of these Imperial Arms seem to suit me. Oh look, there’s a container of blood. That one immediately suits me.”

DJ JayRap

This is actually some fanfiction.net levels of stupidity. Not only does the super special awesome Imperial Arms come from consuming the blood of some S-Class Donger Beest (shut up, I’m using that as their name now), but it has no goddamn drawbacks. They say it drives people insane, but Esdeath is already too insane for the blood to work on her. No, wait, sounds more like she’s too cool for the drawbacks to apply. If she were relatively normal and then went batshit from this point on, I’d actually see it as a real drawback to ingesting it. Hell, her multiple personality disorder (the personalities Rob mentioned in his post last week regarding Esdeath just leaping between different characters) could’ve been dismissed so easily here. But the writers refused to do anything interesting. Instead, we get a fanfiction.net “original character donut steel” level of stuff going on.

Also, the gag that the generic evil fat guy played there regarding Esdeath’s insanity was completely unnecessary.

Forget it, this entire scene was unnecessary and stupid.

Terrorking

Nothing about Esdeath’s imperial arms makes sense. If you only need a sip of it, does that mean multiple people at any given time can have the imperial arms? If you drink the whole thing, does that mean the Imperial Arms no longer exists?

Carly Nagisa

Jay said it best here, if you weren’t gonna let her be messed up due to the loss of her village and family, then you could have at least allowed this imperial arm to be the cause for her messed up mentality. That would have been a good way to show a sympathetic character. Here it comes off as Esdeath being Shadow the hedgehog picking out a brand new “gun” to pistol whip Dr. Eggman with before getting Sonic to make him a sammich.

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DANGERBEAST AIR MANTA

Rob Lucci

Thankfully, DANGERBEAST AIR MANTA is here to save the day. Well, actually, Tatsumi gets away through the same portal, but still. He would’ve kicked Esdeath’s ass.

Tesla Coil

Someday, Esdeath will kill one of these things, and all of us will weep.

DJ JayRap

Someday, Donger Beest Air Manta will learn to expand.

Terrorking

That’s not the real Air Manta. That’s a false prophet!

Carly Nagisa

Someday, Danger Beast Air Manta will bring it to them and blow everything to the ground.

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‘SCUSE ME BITCH?!

Rob Lucci

Holy shit. This voice is so unfitting, it’s like he’s out of something trying to parody the show. It’s like an abridged voice. Even the things he said felt like abridged/blooper lines. He’s perfect, the great foil to DANGERBEAST AIR MANTA.

Tesla Coil

At first, I was angry that the writer wanted me to relate to Tatsumi, thinking my ultimate fantasy was to have mindless women with no personalities throw themselves at me.

This random girl, though. The guy calls her a bitch, she wants to have more sex with him. Then he beats the shit out of her. That made me angry for all sorts of other reasons. Everything in this show is offensively terrible and terribly offensive.

DJ JayRap

That voice is ridiculously unfitting, and I still have no friggin’ clue what was the entire point of him sending Jimmy & Esdeath to an island.

Terrorking

The writer thinks exploiting women by having them murdered and butchered will draw sympathy from the audience or  make us hate the bad guy. Nah, it makes me scoff at the cheapness of it all. You can only use rape and murder for shock value so many times.

Carly Nagisa

Here we have further indication that no one in this show has ever taken any actual time to research on how to make a character. He hates his father yet willing to smack a hoe inappropriately when they talk bad about his father? My god this is stupid. His only redeeming trait is the golden line he said to the woman.

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Tatsumi escapes Esdeath

Rob Lucci

Man, you thought this episode had a point? It was to show off plot. Big, nice plot. Huge plot. Yeah that’s good.

Tesla Coil

Congratulations, AgK. You set a new low. I didn’t think you could do it, but you pulled it off.

DJ JayRap

“The next time we meet, we’ll meet as enemies”

Yeah, sure, whatever.

Terrorking

This episode sure happened.

Carly Nagisa

If the writers aren’t gonna try, why should I? Fuck this.


Parasyte

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Shinichi vs. the parasite.

Rob Lucci

Owing to the show’s effective pacing, Shinichi fights his mother with the help of a man with a parasite condition like his own. The catch is that this man, named Uda, has a parasite on his neck/mouth/chest. This leads to some funny scenes, but it shows a good combination of character building, comic relief, and foreshadowing – things that result in a tense fight scene with an ending that doesn’t feel like an ass-pull.

DJ JayRap

Have I said that I love this show? Because I friggin’ love this show. Shinichi discovering that the parasite he was about to attack was just a regular ol’ guy with the same condition Shinichi has was something for the ages. The character exchanges between Shinichi and newgirlwhosenameIactuallyforgot were sweet, because of how Shinichi is delivering all of this. Earlier, he was just saying and doing what he thought normal humans would do in order to reject the fact that he now had Migi as a part of him. Here he questions that girl on whether or not he’s a normal human being. And this is all coming along with his abnormal changes, so this just keeps getting better.

All of the character building and light-hearted gags with Uda eventually lead to the rather intense clash between Shinichi and his mother’s killer. At the end of the day, Shinichi hadn’t completely disregarded the fact that his mother’s body was what he was swinging at. This is shown by Shinichi seeing the burn scar on his mother’s hand, tugging at the audience’s heart because Shinichi can’t bring himself to kill the parasite. Uda is the one that takes Shinichi’s mother out in a sneak attack, because he already felt that Shinichi shouldn’t have to be the one to kill his mother. I liked that because it played towards Uda’s sympathetic nature.

Then we finally have Shinichi returning home, and his transformation is complete. He changes his look from nerdy glasses guy to the same guy we see at the end of the opening sequence.

Oh god, I wrote a little too much. I just love this show.

Terrorking

Uh… what those guys said.

Carly Nagisa

Jay said everything I was going to about today’s episode so I’m running low on material. Either way, I think seven episode is a good time frame to reach the level of development Shinichi went to on his way to becoming a Shonen protagonist.


Michiko and Hatchin

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“Just 10 minutes.”

Satoshi’s vengeance against an old gang partner was pretty legit and felt very Bebop-like, down to his one-man gang takedown maneuver. The most impressive aspect of the episode, beyond the visual element (as seen above, what a great shot) is the last confrontation between the two rivals. The dialogue, voice acting, soundtrack, and directing sell it perfectly even though neither received much intricate development.

DJ JayRap

What I missed in this shot was how ridiculously similar this shot is compared to scenes where Batista and Hiroshi interacted. Although that’s all because Hatchin does look like Hiroshi, so whether or not that’s just incidental or me reading too much into it is up in the air.

Batista finally settling his conflict with Shinsuke was something I thoroughly enjoyed. The flashback being as chilling as it was, while Batista and Shinsuke laughed it off felt like a forewarning to how Shinsuke would be brought down. I actually felt solemn watching Batista drown Shinsuke. Although their relationship lacked some fleshing out, it just went down in a way that sunk the heart. The soundtrack, the dialogue from Batista. It all blended together to make for a very somber scene at the end. “What the hell happened to you, man?” was sorta, to me at least, what finished it properly. It’s a generic question, yeah, but it’s something. Batista would’ve forgiven Shinsuke, despite all the backstabbing, because he remembered their friendship before any of that happened. Which also feels like a poke towards his shaky relationship with Hiroshi.

I’unno, overall I loved this episode. Also, Batista doing all the gun stunts without pants is the best 8 or so minutes of action I’ve seen in any animation ever, and you won’t convince me otherwise.

Terrorking

Satoshi’s one cold mawfa. But, you know, I’m glad the show’s almost over. It’s not a bad show by any stretch of the imagination, but I’m pretty burned out on it.

Carly Nagisa

It ain’t no Cowboy Bebop but it’s pretty good all things said. At the same time, I think it really does need to wrap up. You can only make me feel sympathy for Hatchin before it turns into blatant character abuse. That said, Satoshi is a complicated character in the few episodes we have seen of him so far. He’s like a male Michiko only a hundred times better in every way. Man, Hiroshi must be one hell of a gary sue.


Naruto Shippuden

 

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Do you have a home? A place to return to. I’m looking for a home, a place to return to.

 

Rob Lucci

Nothing happened except my memories started to slowly unravel, revealing a terrible beast that was long-forgotten. Seriously though, this was extremely meager and light setup for the next arc combined with a little bit of post-arc stuff. Bleh.

DJ JayRap

I don’t have much to say here, really. I dozed off somewhere around the part where Sasuke’s acting too cool to be on the screen and telling this little chick to head on home. I woke up at the end, saw I missed nothing, and went right back to sleep.

Terrorking

I hate this kid. I hate him so much. The only characters I hate more have “Uchiha” somewhere in their names.

Carly Nagisa

I dunno why, but I feel it’s funny that Kishimoto make the boys who can pass off being girls 100x prettier and cuter than the actual females. Also, for those who read the manga, Sakura lectures Konohamaru for his sexy jutsu. Then, he proceeds to show her the same jutsu with Sasuke and Sai and she turns into a pervert. Way to be a giant hypocrite Sakura.


 

One Piece

 

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New ship name: The Bad CG

 

Rob Lucci

It’s over. No more Water 7. No more Enies Lobby. After a hundred episodes of this, it’s…. finally over. We’re free.

CRAZY CRAZY RAINBOW STAR

Terrorking

Luffy has a dad?! Nobody cares.

Carly Nagisa

Toei, the master of dragging out every single scene till it’s like 3-4 minutes worth. I don’t think we needed a giant montage about everyone reacting to the Straw Hat’s new bounty. At least Blackbeard vs Ace finally happens next time.

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