PGX Watches: Toonami (1/16-17/2016)

PGX Watches: Toonami (1/16-17/2016)

DBZ Kai

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Abstract art of Frieza getting destroyed

Rob Lucci

Rest in peace, space tyrant. ;_;7

Terrorking

Frieza just wanted to kill billions of people and rule the galaxy with an iron fist for all time. He didn’t deserve to die like that 😦

DJ JayRap

rip in pepperonis

Tesla Coil

Finally, Frieza is totally dead. 100% super ultra completely dead, never to return ever again twice.

Carly Nagisa

Well at least Frieza doesn’t have to live with the shame of being defeated by a monkey.


Akame ga Kill

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Remember the 4 Raksasha Demons?! This is the last one!

Terrorking

Hey, a Rakshasa demon survived… and doesn’t seem troubled that her friends all died… and is still confident despite them getting offed so unceremoniously.

DJ JayRap

I forgot who the hell she was.

Tesla Coil

We Googled her after the last episode, and found out she was a masochist. I expected she’d join the Jaegars and keep that as a constant character trait. But nope, she just exposited it here and (spoiler warning) dies this episode. Oh, Akame ga Kill. I just keep having to lower my expectations for you.

Carly Nagisa

Your first mistake is having expectations at all, but knowing Akame Ga Kill it’ll ruin even that. Her outfit bugs me in the fact that it’s only protecting one side of her chest and she’s not even an archer. Who the hell dresses these people?

Rob Lucci

I like that part in this scene where Seryu is focused on for 5 seconds so she could die this episode. Quality.

 

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Tatsumi’s meal.

Rob Lucci

One of the only funny scenes in the entire show, where they actually do the whole “set up a joke” thing that actual comedies do instead of throwing out whacky harem slapstick. Good on you, Akame ga Kill.

Terrorking

What makes this scene work for me is the fact that Susanoo’s character has managed to remain pretty consistent from his intro to now. Given this show’s usual treatment of characters, that requires acknowledgement, I feel.

DJ JayRap

Susanoo is the most consistent thing in this show, and this is one of the few times his comedy works.

Tesla Coil

Eh, I didn’t find it funny. The joke’s set-up felt really obvious. Maybe I’m just too picky.

Carly Nagisa

Guess I’m picky too cause I didn’t really find it funny. It’s really predictable as to how they continue to make fun of Jimmy due to him being the main character and the “purist” one out of the bunch. If you made this into a drinking game, I’m pretty sure you’ll be dead within the first seven to ten episodes.

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OH HOLY SHIT

Rob Lucci

Anime fights can be really bad because a lot of them just focus on one character’s attack and then cuts to the other character dodging. It’s more of a necessity in a heavy artillery battle like this, but Akame does all of its fights like this. You don’t get a clean still angle of the two characters fluently fighting each other, ever.

In this case, it’s still awful because it’s really hard to gauge the distance between these two. It doesn’t feel like anything serious is happening when the environment only reacts on the side that dodged the blast and neither character tires out until one of them gets randomly injured.

Terrorking

Missiles?! What the fuck even is this setting?!

DJ JayRap

OH GOD NOT THE MISSILES, NOOOO- oops I dodged them. Oops I shot the bigger one. Oops this is some fake drama.

Tesla Coil

“Oh no!” said Seryu. “She shrugged off my strongest attack like it was nothing!”. One cut back to the fight, and she’s throwing around trump cards and obviously more powerful attacks.

See, Akame ga Kill wouldn’t be a good anime if all it had were good fight scenes. That’s not enough to make a show good. But it doesn’t even have good fight scenes.

Carly Nagisa

Since Terror took what I was going to rant about, let’s talk about how the hell does she manage to get back her arms after switching them out for all these weapons. I know her Imperial Arms is one walking Bag of Holding, but to switch forms like that without actually explaining or showing how it’s effectively done irritates the hell out of me.

PS: Bohls’s Nuke was way bigger than yours Seiryu.

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Wave crashes into Smash!

DJ JayRap

Jimmy 2.0 jumps into the fray to defend his wimmenz!

Tesla Coil

Wave is still the most likable character.

Carly Nagisa

If Akame ga Kill actually focused on what I wanted them to do, Wave would be the perfect character for said role.

Rob Lucci

Wave is fine as a character, but he’s just sort of there, and he’s less tolerable because he has a crush on an insufferable cast member (Kurome.)

 

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Our 4th Rakshasha Demon, everybody!

Rob Lucci

I didn’t even catch her name. She just sucks, much worse than the other three. Her actions consisting of gloating then running a lot before getting crushed by a rock. These 4 Demons had no impact on anything. They didn’t kill any of the main characters or cause any lasting damage or really do anything at all except walk up and get killed.

DJ JayRap

Rob, what you don’t understand is… she survived for more than a minute. She’s totally the most competent of them all.

Tesla Coil

I don’t understand why the fourth demon was cocky, or even at all confident, in her ability to fight a Night Raid member 1 on 1. Considering, y’know, it took no effort for two Night Raid members to kill the other three demons. Last episode. When they were all introduced.

Carly Nagisa

Who needs experience or clever tactics when you can just drop a building on to someone, especially if they’re too stupid to get out of the way in time. Ahahahaha….fuck this show!

 

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Swole Doge acts as Seryu’s Trump Card.

Tesla Coil

I guess no one else had anything to say about this picture either.

Rob Lucci

I stretch for images sometimes. I found this dog to be hilarious in design. HulkDog.

Carly Nagisa

So how does this suppose to help the emperor achieve immortality?

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Mine’s gunlazer mortally wounds Seryu.

Rob Lucci

Mine’s supergun being powered by emotion is really dumb in and of itself, but I’m pretty sure this was never brought up before or displayed properly. We’re nearly 20 episodes in and a primary character only just now explains how her powers work.

Terrorking

I honestly don’t care how her power works. I’m just glad I won’t have to see Seryu’s obnoxious character or listen to her terrible voice anymore.

DJ JayRap

How are we only now finding out about what her gun really does? I mean she says a billion times “When I feel I’m in a pinch!”, but that’s just stupid convenience every time.

Tesla Coil

I dunno, I thought it’d been properly described. The more emotional she feels, the stronger her gun gets. When she’s “in a pinch” fighting for her life, she’s more emotional. Makes sense to me.

What the hell I’m looking at in that screencap, though? I cannot answer that.

Carly Nagisa

Telsa is right about it being somewhat consistent, the problem is that it took them way too long to reach that point. Also I would have to call bullshit to Glasses Girl’s death in that case. With the amount of emotions Mine was feeling after her death, you would think that would awaken Pumpkin to her full power and annihilate the entire army including Seiryu. The writers are clearly making shit up as they go.

PS: Also why a trump card for a sniper be a fucking beam sword?!?!

 

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Seryu pulls a Deidara.

Terrorking

Bohls’ final explosion was better, even though it wasn’t his final final one.

Tesla Coil

Why do all the Jaegars explode now?

Carly Nagisa

You can’t make me sorry for this piece of shit.

Rob Lucci

This just leaves me with tons of questions about the world’s technology. Chelsea with headphone, Seryu with rockets and radars, but the setting is medieval? It’s really inconsistent.

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The religion has been Akame Ga Killed.

Rob Lucci

History lesson: They were talked about for half an episode weeks ago, forgotten about for weeks afterwards, show up last week again, and then they all get utterly destroyed this week. What the fuck is cohesion.

Tesla Coil

What about those Path of Peace guys that tried to ship Mine and Tatsumi? Are we not Ga Killing them? …Okay.

Carly Nagisa

More pointless padding, we would be done with this show already if they didn’t have such scenes.

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Mine finds herself attracted to Tatsumi. +25 relationship points: Harem member acquired.

Terrorking

This episode felt trashier than usual. It was a giant uncool battle scene on top of the usual crap this show peddles.

Rob Lucci

She doesn’t even have a character! She’s just the tsundere archetype played totally straight!

DJ JayRap

And now Tatsumi has completed the Mine route. All that’s left is Leone and Akame. Najenda’s too ‘old’, so she’s already too gross. Esdeath is the ezmode route, so I assume he’s skipping that one.

Tesla Coil

I wish ‘harem’ was not a genre of anime.

Carly Nagisa

So basically from what I understand, Tatsumi chose the Mine route since he’s flustered around Mine the most. Can’t wait for Esdeath to kill Mine out of spite.


Parasyte

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fuckfuckfuckfuckfuck

DJ JayRap

You know a show’s got you really stuck on the characters when you go “NOOOOOOO” at your screen for every second that they’re building up to their death scene.

Carly Nagisa

The fact that they can make me actually feel sad for a character that is downright idiotic says a lot for the show in a good way. Also why didn’t she just DOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOGE.

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YEAH FUCK EM UP

DJ JayRap

So angry he can rip a guy’s heart out.

Carly Nagisa

Now that is one serious “Erupting Burning Finger”

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Metal

Rob Lucci

While Kana to me was a standard airheaded teenage girl trope, I think her death had significant impact because of what it meant for Shinichi as a character. He’s been shaped by all of these tragedies around him, he’s grown stronger, he can fight off other parasytes, but he can’t prevent other people’s deaths, and they’re shaping him.

That’s why the silly teenage drama is actually somewhat fun to watch. It’s an emotionally stilted person who’s been through a lot of shit trying to lead a as normal of a life as he can, but terrible things (like the above) happen anyway. I love this show’s ability to work its mechanics into the characters, too.

Terrorking

In keeping with the spirit of PGX Watches, I won’t give my reasoned opinion. All I can say is this caught me completely offguard and my eyes got watery. Bravo, Parasyte. Bravo.

DJ JayRap

This was metal as fuck.

I got all teary at the end of this episode. I mean, I already read the manga ahead, but wow this scene. The animation team got this down so well. Is it bad that I always wanted Shinichi to just give Kana the D? Like, forget Murano, take Kana and run. Too bad that’s out of character for him, so it wasn’t gonna happen either way. Kana’s death was simple, yet so well done. The ‘ring’ made from Shinichi’s hair comes loose and then her body goes weak. That’s it. That’s all. And yet it’s so powerful. It’s a lesson a lot of shows need to learn; simplicity is sometimes the best.

At the end when that guy starts punching out Shinichi and reminds him that he’s not human; Shinichi flipping out the way he did really stuck to me. All the times that he can’t feel anything build up to this moment, where he flips out and starts bashing his own head. He says “Well, my blood’s still red”, but the visual makes it look like tears of blood. It’s just fantastic.

Carly Nagisa

For all the negatives I said about Kana, I still think she was a decent character. Heck, when you think about it, she could have easily been the main character’s romance route in another show. She has a special power that really would have been essential for Shinichi in order to deal with the parasytes and keep himself from getting ambushed. Too bad Murano got to him first and this show is way too good to do a harem gene.

The final topping to this cake was the funeral scene. I love how Shinichi just broke down completely when confronted. He’s losing himself sure, but this is an excellent case of show and tell. They tell us enough without it being exposition and use the running time to show us how it’s effecting him and the changes he going through. This is something a lot of media related things need to understand, not only just anime.

PS: Aww, that’s cute. Migi doesn’t want Shinichi to get brain damage.


Champloo

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Gang wars in ancient Japan ft. Practical Businessman.

DJ JayRap

Parasyte got me down so bad that I was barely paying mind to Champloo. However, Mugen and Jin shenanigans in this episode were good jabs at trying to get me to laugh at least!

Carly Nagisa

Seriously watch this show, it’s good shit.

Rob Lucci

Parasyte took up a lot of the emotions this week, but Champloo was pretty funny. The character interactions work really well.


Naruto

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Hot vore action hosted only at PGX.

Rob Lucci

17 more weeks of this fucking thing and Yukiwhatever talking about homes and shit. Fucking Kishimoto not establishing Real Estate Ninja causing this bullshit arc I swear.

Terrorking

I feel like this is saying something profound about Naruto as a show. I don’t know exactly what yet.

DJ JayRap

Is this done yet.

Carly Nagisa

Naruto Shippuden, you’re fucked up.


One Piece

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Rob Lucci

Like a hopeful child, I stare into the beyond. “One Piece will be out of fillers soon”, I think to myself. In only a few years, we’ll be at the best part of the series. Hopefully Toonami doesn’t ga Kill it before that.

Terrorking

Wait, the phoenix pirates’ captain doesn’t have fire powers, but the villain does?! This confuses and angers me!

Carly Nagisa

Can’t be giving them a mythical zoan since that would clearly fuck up with the actual canon in the future.

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