PGX Watches: Toonami (2/27-28/2016)

PGX Watches: Toonami (2/27-28/2016)

DBZKai 

 

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The Androids.

 

Rob Lucci

A pretty adequate introduction to the new antagonists, I’d say. 19 is ugly as sin but Gero is definitely a bit of a badass. Then again, nearly murdering Yamcha isn’t too impressive considering he’s the biggest buster of the group.

Speaking of, how does a senzu bean cure a hole in your stomach?

Vaioumon

Androids! Funny voices! A baby! Yamcha’s corpse! Yamcha’s magically healed corpse! Yajirobe! Explosions! What didn’t this episode have?!

DJ JayRap

Yamcha died, this episode is a success. I’m sure that’s what someone in the writing department actually thought.

Terrorking

NOT YAMCHA! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

Carly Nagisa

Oh no…not Yamcha, won’t anyone think of the children! He is the star of DBZ, we can’t go on without him! All joking aside, I do like how the androids were introduced. The atmosphere and timing really make this episode. It also helps that these androids could blend into human society without any notice aside from the Red Ribbon brand. Putting that aside, Goku was really holding the idiot ball during this episode.

Tesla Coil

This was one episode that Dragonball Z Abridged did perfectly. Why did they leave the beans with Bulma?! Why?!


 

Dimension W

 

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dance dance

Rob Lucci

Mediocre start. I get that a significant amount of exposition is necessary for Sci-fi, Fantasy, and Alt. History/Universe types of works, but the delivery of that exposition has dramatically improved over the decades. You’d think we’d be a little bit past “I hate you because, as you know, you murdered my family and I, the smartest scientist in the world, am angry!”

Really generic outside of that and the fact this is 12 episodes and not 24 really, really has me on edge going forward.

Vaioumon

So humankind has discovered a 4th dimensional axis that’s essentially granted them unlimited power. Channeled through devices called “coils” (the company that owns this tech is called “New Tesla Energy”. Do you get it? Do ya?), this energy is phasing out everything else. Our main character, Kyouma, makes his living by hunting down “illegal coil” users, and on one such event finds an android girl, Mira. They quickly get into a fight as she tries to run off with the illegal coils, during which the CEO of New Tesla, Mira’s father/creator, sets off a device that makes coils throughout the city explode, including the one powering the girl. Kyouma takes her back to her boss, and where Mira is repaired, and requests to join Kyouma upon hearing what happened in the city.

This first episode gives very slight introductions to a number of characters while laying out the exposition hard. Like, awkwardly working it into dialogue hard. Beyond that, everything seems very basic. The power company is actually evil on the inside, and the main character naturally dislikes coils due to being an old car mechanic. The couple action scenes were neat, but that’s a given nowadays. It’s gonna take another episode or two to see where things are really going, and if it can get past its starting flaws.

DJ JayRap

I’m not sure how much I can say because this show coming up caught me off guard. I was already watching it subbed and all, so I already knew the first episode wasn’t exactly going to pull in anybody here. Although, I guess I’m somewhat unfazed by this. I was sold on Mabuchi, the rest was still just developing. Next week is where the plot sorta starts.

Carly Nagisa

I feel like the exposition could have worked out perfectly if they had managed to blend it to the conversation fluidly. Like have some people discussing it during some sort of school topic or work program, would help it not be so forced awkwardly. Still, I do like the fact that we did get some world building so that we know what are getting into. All in all, I don’t hate it, just think that it could have been better. The characters make the show don’t get me wrong, but for a first episode I’d say that it was kind of flat. Like Rob pointed out, we got a vague explanation of the plot, setting up for our unlikely duo to meet and get the gears of fate spinning. At the same time, it barely tells us anything while focusing too much on showing…some questionable things.For an introduction episode, it is certainly lacking, but if next episode improves on the pace then all is forgiven…for now.

Tesla Coil

I like the name of the energy source and evil company. I’m not thrilled with the huge amount of exposition, but I’m willing to accept an exposition-filled first episode. Hell, they did a lot better introducing the setting than Akame ga Kill did in its entire series.

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Rob Lucci

Because we really need to address this, the fanservice in this episode was kind of ridiculous. We’re talking KLK levels of buttshots. I mean, we’ve established that the robot girl didn’t do a fall-in-love-at-first-site thing, but why all the ass?

Vaioumon

Holy flying crap, this was bad. Like, really really bad. Very constant ass shots of Mira, who looks like a middle-schooler, topped with a scene where she’s completely without clothes at the end. The promos for this show already had one shot of her topless, but this was just ridiculous. I’m praying that it lessens as the show goes on, though it’s pretty heavily in the opening and endings…

It certainly might explain this being the show that replaced Akame ga Kill though.

DJ JayRap

SADLY ENOUGH, the anime department caught on that sex sells. There’s way less butt shots and fanservice shots of Mira in the manga. I was actually shocked when I transitioned from the anime to the manga. Too bad the manga’s scanlations are immensely behind. Like, 5 volumes behind.

Terrorking

Lotta ass in this show.

Carly Nagisa

This is what I was talking about when saying”The show focuses too little on telling what actually needs explaining and more on showing that doesn’t need to be seen.”Now I know in the anime business that fanservice should be entirely expected. However, I think there is always a time and a place for it in order to keep it from being obnoxious or a harem anime. This show doesn’t look like to be one…yet. So the idea of seeing Mira’s butt so frequently despite looking like a middle-schooler is off putting. No other girl so far does this, then again I’d doubt anyone would want to see a fat girl showing fanservice. Feels like if we cut half of the fanservice, we could have devote it to developing our characters more or addressing the main plot better.

Tesla Coil

The fanservice is cheap. Just plain cheap. Overall, Generation W is just kinda generic and bland, but nothing immediately awful. Let’s see where it goes from here.


 

Parasyte

 

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Ryoko’s final decision.

Rob Lucci

So, over the course of the show, Ryoko goes from being cold and threatening to realizing the humanity she developed. No abrupt nature to this, either, as she showed more and more emotion as the show went on, and her final act of love seemed to give context to her killing the detective in the previous episode. She genuinely grew to love her child, give up a mission she saw as pointless, and died in good faith. Bravo, Parasyte!

Vaioumon

And here we see the end of Ryoko Tamura, gunned down for being a parasyte while protecting her child. Before she died, she revealed that parasytes don’t in-fact need to eat humans to survive, and warned Shinichi to stay away from the five parasyte monstrosity from two episodes ago. Migi now has a lot to think about, while Shinichi cries for the first time in a long while, reaffirming him of his humanity.

DJ JayRap

I liked this scene so much. It just landed so many things correctly. It timed the insert perfectly, was a little tear-jerking on the end of Tamura and Shinichi. Shinichi’s flashback to childhood was probably the most heart-wrenching part of this scene. It made me tear up a little, but whatever!

Terrorking

Man, if this scene didn’t affect you on some level, maybe you’re a parasite. It was a very poignant death, which managed to add to the character. How so? A parasite chose to sacrifice itself to protect a human baby that didn’t actually contribute anything to its survival. The death also helped Shinichi since it shocked him into feeling something. The death mattered.

Carly Nagisa

I guess I must be a parasite, or more likely what Shinichi is as a hybrid. I was sad to see Ryoko die in such a way and to see Shinichi have a moment. Yet it didn’t motivate me to tears or held a strong lingering feeling to me.Even so, it certainly did make an impact to my heart however fading it was. The show must being doing something right if I can relate to Shinichi and come to grieve over someone I should hate.

To go back to Ryoko, my thoughts prior to the shooting was “This scenario is child’s play for someone of Ryoko’s cunning to deal with.” She’d probably lose her son in the process, but I would still believed that she could have gotten away even at the worst case scenario. What caught me off guard is the fact that she didn’t choose herself as her number one priority like previous incidents. Her survival was not her main objective, instead she wanted to protect her child while fixing Shinichi. So I can understand why she didn’t put her brain to good use and made a bloodbath out of these detectives. She succeeded in what she wanted to do and was given a good death. Take fucking notes Esdeath, oh wait you can’t…YOU’RE ALREADY DEAD!

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Rob Lucci

This guy is a riot, I swear.

Vaioumon

This was dumb.

DJ JayRap

I friggin’ died laughing.

Terrorking

When you’re on death row you ain’t got much to lose. Why not masturbate in public?

Carly Nagisa

AND SO I PULL OUT MAH GUN!!

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Death glare.

Rob Lucci

The cliffhangers in this show are kind of silly sometimes, and with the above gif, I can’t help but think that maybe this show could’ve had its episodes split up better. Like, I can’t imagine the last third of this episode wouldn’t fot well into the next, or that the last third of last week’s episode would’ve been a better start to this week’s, etc.

It’s only a problem for weekly watchers and probably has no bearing on a marathon, and it doesn’t use cliffhangers as a gimmick to distract you from a lack of depth, (this show has plenty) but it’s still  bit aggravating.

Vaioumon

This guy was was brought in specifically to try and single out anyone who could, like himself, sense parasytes. Shinichi’s secret is getting closer and closer to being revealed.

DJ JayRap

I like the part where this guy was all “hahahahaha” for most of the time he was on screen, and then suddenly he gives a glare to Shinichi after joking about him at first. It gave a sense of transition. The [dubstep intensifies] soundtrack kinda helped in that too, I guess.

Terrorking

This episode was another winner, but I wish it had somehow found a way to end with Tamura’s death rather than this.

Carly Nagisa

I get the feeling that if the show wasn’t limited to 24 episodes, this could have worked as part of it’s own episode. We just got out of Ryoko’s death and thrown right into the plot again with wacky hilarity. Talk about mood whiplash. I’m not going to hold it against them since at least with Parasyte it only makes us want tot see what happens next. That, and they manage to keep the pace from being too overwhelming for us.


 

Champloo

 

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what’s happening

Rob Lucci

I got nothing. This was a weird, bizarre, drug-trip of an episode by the time it was over, and not quite in the Mushroom Samba memorable kind of way. It went from border stuff to gay weed orgies. I dunno man. My brain hurts.

Vaioumon

This week has one of the silly episodes that don’t really give any insight into the main characters, nor move the plot along, but are nonetheless entertaining. Many silly faces, fun animations, and drug-induced colors.

DJ JayRap

This episode was…something. I think either I took something by the end, or the writers finally decided to drug themselves at the end of this one.

Terrorking

Champloo can do no wrong.

Carly Nagisa

To infinity and beyond!

MooMoo

Drugs are bad. M’kay?


 

Shippuden

 

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My existence is fading

 

Rob Lucci

Guren’s fighting style doesn’t make any sense. In spite of Naruto and her being in fog and Guren having stated that she develops her crystals using moisture, she vyes for direct physical contact. She has a diverse set of abilities with her Kekkei Genkai, but nothing she does with it is consistent. She could freeze Naruto in place but because the plot wants them to argue she doesn’t. Terrible.

DJ JayRap

I actually didn’t fall asleep through this one!

I stopped listening to it and let it be background noise. And from what I could hear, nothing remotely made sense. Can we just cut this filler already?

Carly Nagisa

Why should we care about any of the development that Naruto gets here if it never means anything in actual canon arcs? I feel like if Kishimoto took notes, he could have made something better in an actual arc within part II to show that Naruto is growing up and taking into account that his actions have consequences to them. He can’t just do whatever he wants and not get anyone involved. It doesn’t work like that. Also, anyone else is seriously sick of Sakura beating the shit out of naruto? Show some fucking equality.


 

One Piece

 

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“Just fuck me up fam.” – Don Accino

Rob Lucci

This idiot-ball driven arc finally comes to an end. How does Luffy overcome the heat on Don’s body even though this dude’s sitting in lava? Because the Manga’s pulled far enough ahead at this point, so it’s time we get back to canon. Oh wait, no, we have an episode about Chopperman next week. Help.

Terrorking

Filler villains seem like the greatest threat that the main character ever faces, but then is promptly forgotten once they’re taken care of. I want to promptly forget this guy.

Carly Nagisa

Just one more week…Just one more week…

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