PGX Watches: Toonami (1/23-24/2016)

PGX Watches: Toonami (1/23-24/2016)

DBZKai

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Parunga.

Terrorking

Porunga has no nipples, but that’s okay because he’s a reptilian thing. I liked this episode. Goku’s a deadbeat.

Carly Nagisa

I’m glad that the Cell and Buu saga happened because this would have been too bittersweet to end Dragon Ball on. Let say Goku dies on Namek, what exactly is to stop our heroes from wishing him back with Porunga’s power? Would Goku tell them to fuck off and let him rest? That would be completely out of his character and seem like a dick move, unlike where Goku firmly believed he was causing harm to Earth in the Cell Saga and knew the earth was in good hands with his son and his friends. But he didn’t, so having him tell his family to fuck off while he trains in space would be an anti-climactic end to DB. Goku is a dick yes, but even he knows when not to be an insufferable dick. That’s Vegeta’s job.

Tesla Coil

“Is this episode just going to cover wishing people back?” I asked. Yes, replied the show.

Rob Lucci

Sure was an episode.

DJ JayRap

This entire episode sure did happen.


Akame ga Kill

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Syura returns.

Rob Lucci

Remember this guy? He was a background character during the praised and award winning Beach Episode, known for the immortal line “SCUSE ME BITCH?!”

Terrorking

Ah, this guy. This fucking guy.

Carly Nagisa

Anyone else got the vibes that Akame ga Kill has no idea how to make compelling characters that swing towards the same sex or bisexual nature? It’s a miracle that Gay Dandy was the only one who was clearly homo but wasn’t blatant about it. Well…aside from the typical jokes that Akame ga Kill made with it. This is a problem that most media back then had trouble doing, so to see this being consistent in a 2010s era anime bugs me.

Tesla Coil

Well, all the Rakashas died. Time to introduce a new character and re-introduce some guy who did absolutely nothing the first time he appeared.

DJ JayRap

Oh hey it’s this guy.

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Yaoi hype

 

Rob Lucci

This is the closest Lubbock ever gets to having sex, and I find this to be hilarious.

Terrorking

Yeah, that’s good. Real good. Mmmmmmm.

Carly Nagisa

Hey now, it puts the lotion on its skin or else it gets the hose. In Jimmy’s case, it would be wires to the nuts.

Tesla Coil

I’m sure everyone else is going to mock the god-awful romance(?) that started when Mine and Tatsumi were alone, so no one else on Night Raid could possibly know about it to mock them, so I’m going to bring up something else.

There was a scene where Wave and Kurome were eating food. Last time we saw Wave, he was about to fight Susanoo. What the hell happened to that fight?

DJ JayRap

So when the hell does this take place, and weren’t Susan and Leone fighting Wave and Kurome. What even is this show.

 

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The rebellion dun got screwed.

 

Rob Lucci

Some rebellion that the elites are planning exists but it doesn’t matter because they’re all dead five seconds after that lady mentions them. This show has no plot.

Carly Nagisa

We spent 17-18 episodes trying to build up the climatic invasion and look at that, it falls apart completely within the first 10 minutes. Fuck this show; no really you can make a drinking game out of this line.

Tesla Coil

Pro-tip to all assassins working against the world government – if a random lady approaches you and asks “ARE YOU NIGHT RAID?”, the answer is “No”.

DJ JayRap

The only right answer is “Yes”, Tesla Coil. Don’t be a fool!

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Great General Budo, a man on par with Esdeath.

Rob Lucci

How have we never heard of this guy before? How!? Why was he just introduced now when he’s inevitably going to die in like two episodes?!

Terrorking

Ah, General Budo. I usually don’t care to point out differences between the anime and manga, since we’re judging the anime here, but this one warrants it. In the manga, Budo hates the people in charge of the government because they’re such cartoonishly evil stereotypes and openly opposes them, so to that end they have him deployed on campaigns far away from the capital. That way, they can do whatever cartoonishly evil thing they want.

In the anime, however, he’s fiercely loyal to those evil scumbags, so there’s no explanation for his lack of appearance until now. He just sorta shows up randomly, adding to this already-bloated cast.

Carly Nagisa

I can’t wait to see him have his credit absolutely destroyed by Night Raid with them only sacrificing one of their members to do it in a pretentious manor. Will this be how Mine or Leone finally dies? If so, then this will be very anti-climactic and pretentious, just exactly how Akame ga Kill does it.

Tesla Coil

Yeah I got nothing. This character is so hilariously pointless. I don’t care what happens to him or what he does. No one cares. Stop introducing characters!

 

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Syura somehow placed all of these everywhere

 

Rob Lucci

How in the world did he place markers everywhere?! What’s happening oh god my brain.

Terrorking

He can mark the air too, apparently.

Carly Nagisa

Again, how does this supposed to help with the quest of finding immortality? At least Fullmetal Alchemist was consistent with its deus ex machina.

Tesla Coil

So basically, Syura can teleport to anywhere he’s marked. Having the entire city be on top of one big marker is actually pretty cool. Having markers in the sky is dumb, but whatever. Having the markers move in shots like this makes the whole concept of having multiple markers irrelevant. If you can just move the markers, you’d never need more than one!

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Space. No wait I’m sorry “The ends of the Earth”.

 

Rob Lucci

Is this the map from The Force Awakens?! What’s even going on?! How is this still Earth?! Why is there a castle there?! How does Syura have a marker and what appears to be Mindfuck Central?!

Carly Nagisa

If this is really supposed to be space then how the bloody hell are they not freezing from the coldness of space. What about the lack of oxygen or the fact that the decompression should be crushing them like oranges? Even if you manage to survive all of that, how exactly are you even capable of “Standing straight”, the lack of footing should have you floating endlessly till you get hit with a meteorite or die for lack of nutrients.

Tesla Coil

This is so stupid that only AgK could have come up with it. Suyra, who can only teleport things to markers he has placed, teleports Lubbock to space. And calls it the ends of the earth. It really does seem to be outer space and not some crazy mystical realm, since Lubbock is struggling to survive just by standing there.

Also, yes, the AgK writer has just called his setting “earth”. This bullshit, video game logic-worshipping, Danger Beast-having, harem-spewing, inconsistent, magical crazy-ass world with dragons and giants and Lake Krakens where you can walk to outer space and place a friggin’ marker on the space-ground is supposed to be EARTH.

DJ JayRap

We’re in space? I thought this was just some funky background that they painted because the animators got bored and wanted something colorful. What even is this.

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His greatest evil was his capacity for shitty voice acting.

 

Rob Lucci

I’m not even sure what the purpose of his character was. Like, the point was that Tatsumi is captured, right? Why did this guy need to take up the bulk of an episode when his sole purpose is to be the catalyst for a supporting character’s death?

TTerrorking

Pointless character. Here, and in the manga.

Carly Nagisa

Rob, you can ask that question to a lot of things in this show. I don’t even know what the purpose of actually making a LN into a manga, let alone an anime. As bad as SAO and AoT are, they at least know what they wanted to do and kept it at that in its core. AgK doesn’t have that in the slightest.

Tesla Coil

What? A character died in the first episode to explain a damn thing about him? Colour me surprised.

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I’m not sure if there was any POINT to his death.

 

Rob Lucci

I really hated Lubbock, not gonna lie. He came off as a creep and his archetype was lifted from the harem genre as the pervy friend of the main character. His only motivation was his lust for Najenda, which came off as totally superficial, and he otherwise just kinda sat there as the series went along.

Terrorking

I’m not a big fan of ol’ Lub, but I don’t hate him either. All this scene enforces is that this show will go to any lengths for shock value. No character’s death is treated with dignity. Yes, ignoble deaths are powerful tools for showing the brutality and ugliness of conflict, but this show doesn’t do that. These deaths are shock value and nothing more, and at this far into the show there is no value to be gained because there is no shock.

Carly Nagisa

I do not care for Lubby in the slightest. Like Rob pointed out, he was another bad archetype and like the rest of Night Raid, he has a shitty past that fails at trying to make us understand his plight and reasoning. “Oh I’m rich and powerful, but let me ditch everything like my friends, my family, my future, and even my pet dog just to try and get laid with a woman who barely knows me. Surely nothing will go wrong there.” Jesus Christ AgK, you’re not even pretending to “not” give a half-assed attempt. Had he been the first one to die after so long, then maybe this scene could work better. But we already had Chelesa died a few eps before this and I’m pretty sure even now no one cares to acknowledge this in the slightest. So why should I?

Tesla Coil

Like I keep saying, I don’t get what the problem with Lubbock was. He acted exactly like Tatsumi, but whereas Tatsumi was rewarded with a harem, Lubbock got stabbed in the dick. I didn’t like him as a character because it’s AgK, but I felt bad for him.

DJ JayRap

Was there really a need to just throw him onto a bunch of spikes? They couldn’t just let the man fall to death? Also, for the record, I was expecting someone to jump in out of nowhere after conveniently listening to his monologue with a cheesy one-liner. At least this show didn’t live up to being that bad!

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Oh well

Rob Lucci

This was some funny shit though and one of the few examples of a character being evil for the sake of being evil actually working to the show’s favor. Credit given.

Terrorking

Hated this scene. Yes, we get it, he’s evil and depraved, but if you’re not going to have him care about his son dying, why bother making a big deal about Syura being his son? It’s superfluous detail that ultimately means nothing.

Carly Nagisa

This basically sums up my entire feelings about anything happening in this show in one screenshot. Snark aside, what is the entire point of having this show try and make us care about anything that it does when clearly the show itself doesn’t? The Prime minster doesn’t even show any sadness, makes you wonder why he even has a son at all.

Tesla Coil

It was kinda funny. See, Akame ga Kill? Your stupid writing and setting would be funny if you acknowledged it wasn’t serious. But you can’t. Because you are serious.

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“Tatsumi’s going to be executed?! Oh and Lubbock died who cares.”

Rob Lucci

I like how Night Raid totally stands out in a crowd by wearing suspicious looking clothes over their very-easy-to-define bodies. Remember that wanted posters of them exist everywhere. Yet… Najenda feels comfortable wearing what seems to be lingerie while wearing a cloak that barely covers her. No attempt made to conceal her hair or eyepatch.

Man this show is lazy as shit.

Terrorking

This was a garbage episode. Syura is the worst part of it. He kills some girl because the writers needed us to remember he’s evil, but he did the same thing in his earlier appearance with some woman he had just finished having sex with. This is retreading already-trodden ground! Then they have him make fun of her as she dies, because that’s what evil people do. Hey, did you know this guy was evil? I sure didn’t. Thanks for the reminder, AgK.

I won’t even get into the stupidity of introducing some drug that makes people stronger this late into the show with no foreshadowing or follow up to it. Awful. Just awful.

Carly Nagisa

Once again, I think Najenda should have died long ago. At least then we wouldn’t have bastardized characterization of her like with this scene. She known Lubby for more than 10 years and has been shown to be a compassionate person. And she doesn’t even struggle with breaking down and crying or show general sadness over his dead?!?! For fuck sake AgK, this is why I think Seiren needs to pull its head out of its ass and stop assuming that it need a constant sea of death all the time to be good. Quality beats quantity most of the time, and this is why it needs to be moderated.

Tesla Coil

This episode was absolute garbage, but it was the type of garbage I expect from AgK. It’s just… all the normal stupidity this show does.

Now next week, when Esdeath has to interrogate Tatsumi? That is going to be some next level cringe.


Parasyte

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Tell her already you ain’t too weird bro.

Terrorking

What can be said that this gif doesn’t? This is how you use a visual medium to tell a story. Shinichi desperately wants to tell her everything, but has to hold himself back because Migi would kill her. He has to bury his emotions—his humanity—to keep those around him alive.

Carly Nagisa

And thus Shinichi kills himself figuratively for the greater good. This is how you do Seinen right. I know you all must be sick of me beating this point but you have to watch AgK and this show back to back to really appreciate the difference when writing a good show.

Vaioumon

Yet another episode dedicated to Shinichi’s internal struggle to keep his humanity, though that’s not a bad thing. Migi is really starting to put his foot down, and Murano is fed up with being lied to, and all our hero can do is try not to let anyone get hurt.

And don’t listen to Carly. If you can tell a show is bad, you don’t have to force yourself to watch it to “appreciate” how bad it is.

Rob Lucci

The way this show handles its character drama is great. I like the idea of a brewing conflict between Migi and Shinichi on a deeper level than what we saw at the very start of the show.

DJ JayRap

I still love the continuing struggle between Migi and Shinichi over whether or not Murano should know. The gif alone tells you the entire episode.

Also, Tamura telling the baby to be quiet was one of the funniest things because of the sitter reacting the way she did. It was classic.


Champloo

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A bittersweet show.

Terrorking

The cool thing about this is they keep hammering it home just how much of an evil scumbag Mugen is, but he has a stringent moral code that keeps him from being the worst guy on the show. Barely.

Carly Nagisa

Our protagonist ladies and gentlemen, isn’t he just wonderful? Had Mugen been someone like Naruto, they would try to put their differences aside and resolve the conflict without killing them and having them become their friend in a unnatural and realistic manor. And this is why Champoo is a good show. It has a more real approach yet it’s not too dark or pretentious about it either. It has a fine balance to its formula and knows just when to paint someone in a certain light.

Rob Lucci

This show can be really depressing.

DJ JayRap

I liked this episode. Mugen’s character isn’t the generic good guy, he’s just a scumbag. A scumbag with different levels of depth to him, but a scumbag nonetheless. I also like how he says “mofo”. It just gave me a chuckle.


Shippuden

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Look at that quality.

Rob Lucci

Why does a villain randomly have anti-smell gas?!

Terrorking

I don’t like this arc. It’s boring as all hell. This episode was filler in a filler, but one of the worse episodes because nothing was accomplished from the fight.

Carly Nagisa

Wacky inflatable arm flailing tube man is that you?!?!


One Piece

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Filler villain chillin’.

 

Rob Lucci

This arc’s plot is a giant idiot ball and everybody’s rolling on it.

Terrorking

Keep rollin’, rollin’, rollin’, rollin!

Carly Nagisa

Now I wanna watch Rollie Pollie Ollie for some reason.

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