PGX Watches: Toonami (3/19-20/2016)

PGX Watches: Toonami (3/19-20/2016)

DBZKai

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This speaks for itself.

Vaioumon

So it occurred to me that if they’d just destroyed Gero here, the androids would have never woken up. Sure, Cell would still be a thing later, assuming that after this incident nobody would go looking for Gero’s lab, but given that stuff is always happening to the DBZ gang, I’m sure they’d be much stronger than Cell by that point.

But none of that happens. Instead Trunks shows up and Gero uses the distraction to get away.

Terrorking

I liked this episode. Piccolo showing the results of his timeskip training. Learning how to drive corresponds to a massive increase in power level.

Tesla Coil

We all like seeing Piccolo do things. And we all hate Bulma rushing in to screw everything up.

 Carly Nagisa

Stranger Danger has gone full circle in this episode. This whole arc’s entire progression so far has only been possible due to everyone on the Z-Fighters being stupid. With Gohan you can at least excuse him for being 8-9, but I won’t give the same leeway to someone like Bulam who is a genius. And never say that its over until its actually over. It just calls for something bad to happen in order to prove you wrong, universal truth.


 

Dimension W

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Dimension Ass

Vaioumon

It took half the episode, but they sure made up for the lack of “fanservice” in the previous two with this scene.

Terrorking

I feel like this was very important. She’s a very sexual character that uses her feminine wiles a lot to get what she w—oh wait, are you saying she isn’t any of those things and that this was just fanservice then? Oh, kinda sad.

Tesla Coil

Weird episode, this one. It started out like Scooby Doo with Kyoma and Mira off to visit a spooky mansion. …Which is such a bizarre plotline for a science fiction story, but hey, I’m game. Then Mira read some spooky books and her programming made her picture all of the violence in detailed hallucinations. That would be genuinely creepy and would’ve made a good horror episode, but about half the episode was either fanservice or Kyoma and blondie talking about stuff.

Carly Nagisa

You know its not even fun counting all the butt shots and fanservice shots we have been getting this episodes. Btw, we hit around eight through the transition of this scene alone. That aside, I still can’t help but wonder why did they have to make her a robot and not a cyborg? If you’re not going to play the element of her trying to be human and struggle with her identity as a robot then don’t do it. I know i brought it up before but its scenes like this which makes it very jarring to try and sympathize with her.

Rob Lucci

I’m not so adverse to fanservice that I totally detest the concept. I mean, it’s in everything – TV, books, movies, etc. – but this shit is just silly. It takes so long for them to get these shots that it’s time they could’ve otherwise spent doing more important things.

 

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The mansion’s secret.

Vaioumon

So the plot of this episode could have been anything, but at least I caught some explanation on the illegal coils. Normal coils apparently send reports to the company that let them regulate the energy they put out, while illegal coils don’t and can thus be used for anything. So that’s something. As for what’s actually happening in the plot…who knows?

Terrorking

So this episode in general. I don’t even know, man. The show isn’t hooking me, so I don’t care to keep up with what it’s doing. I didn’t even comment on last week’s episode. This show does nothing offensively bad, but also doesn’t do anything outstandingly good. It’s just middle of the road, and that’s really the worst thing you can be.

Tesla Coil

It’s nice to get an explanation about illegal coils so early.The show is good at explaining the things I want to know, but it also explains things that haven’t been shown to me yet, so I don’t really care.

It’s like you’re at a restaurant, and you eat a piece of cake. Then the chef comes out and explains how he made the cake. And you’re interested, because the cake was good and you want to know why. But then the chef starts talking about every ingredient in his pies and pasta and salads and you didn’t eat any of those, so instead of trying to match what he’s talking about to how the food tasted, it’s just a bunch of words.

Carly Nagisa

So are these actual ghosts, is this the work of some faulty gadgetry, was this all in her head, or is there something more to this than meets the eye. Find out none of these answers during the run of this episode. I was too distracted by the quick change of the scenes to really grasp the explanation of today’s episode. However, judging from my companions it wasn’t very good considering you can really attest to this being a whole another show rather than “Find all the numbers”.

Rob Lucci

Spooky ghosts. I got nothing, this show is boring. It can’t convey its exposition in an interesting way.


 

Parasyte

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Objection didn’t work so well.

Vaioumon

So turns out this guy wasn’t a Parasyte after all, he just decided that folding to them was the best option. The military did not agree, nor did they appreciate him shouting at them.

Terrorking

What’s interesting here is this guy wasn’t a parasite, but saw things from their point of view and decided to work with them. There’s also some interesting stuff here about how man thinks he’s God and manipulates the environment just to suit his needs. This environmentalism has been in the show from very early on, but it was very much in the background.

Carly Nagisa

Didn’t anyone teach these officers to wait until they have absolute proof or reason to shoot before doing so? Man, its regulations like this is how nobody ever takes the police seriously. Not even when they pull out a gun and fill you up with more holes than a GTA hooker or NPC.

Rob Lucci

The twist that he’s NOT a Parasyte is thematically a pretty big deal for the show, I think. I’ gotta wait until the show’s over to analyze that point.

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“My hand slipped.”

Vaioumon

Surprise! The sarcastic criminal turned on you the first chance he got! Nobody could have seen that coming! No clue where he’s planning to go from here though.

Terrorking

Who would’ve thought the psychopath serial killer would be untrustworthy?! Not I, good sir. I believe people can change. Not I!

Carly Nagisa

Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!!!!

Rob Lucci

I’m interested in seeing how he’s even going to play into the story after this since Gotou seems to be the big bad.

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Holy face.

Vaioumon

So this guy is back, and now he’s just going to kill everyone. And that’s pretty fun to watch.

Terrorking

This guy is a good villain. Not as cerebral a villain as Tamiya was, but more physical. And that’s good, because Shinichi has not been physically tested since he became a parasite-human hybrid. I can buy this guy as a threat, and this is a nice change of pace.

Carly Nagisa

Our villain ladies and gents, it goes without saying that Ryoko Tamiya was the intellectual side of things that couldn’t be beat with just brute force. That doesn’t mean that Goto is slacking off or lacking anything by being the more simplistic and physical challenge that Shinichi has to deal with. Again, if the two of them were ever in one body or had an offspring, you might as well consider that person to be a demi-god.

Rob Lucci

He’s pretty legit. What I like most about this whole episode (which ultimately relates to what the mayor was talking about) is that the Parasytes aren’t invincible.

This guy isn’t a large-scale threat, and the soldiers emphasize that they need an open territory to fight him. “We’re in his lair”, etc. Gotou admits he has physical weaknesses without displaying it to anybody who could feasibly use it against him. Gotou is a personal threat more than anything.

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Awwww.

Vaioumon

While contemplating simply running away, Shinichi runs into Murano, and finds his reason to stay, fight, and live.

It’s sex.

Terrorking

So, typically anime only play relationships for lols or fake drama, but here we have characters having actual legit sex. It’s almost jarring since you don’t typically see it. And it’s something that’s been built up to AND serves a dramatic storytelling purpose. This show’s writing has a level of maturity to it that I can respect.

Also, it was classy. We didn’t see her T&A.

Carly Nagisa

Elsewhere in hell, Kana is shaking her fists in anger. All joking aside, I really do like the transition and build up that we gotten with these two. There has been times where Murao’s speech irked me but the progression never really suffered enough to ruin it. Not even going to mention that these two are underage and this manga was made in the 90s.  Good show Parasyte, you continue to best my expectations.

Rob Lucci

While the relationship had good buildup and I appreciate the writing overall, Murano feels like… a device, I guess? Not really much of a character, but she at least displays enough emotion in the series for her to work as a believable partner for Shinichi. In a way, she’s normal and unremarkable, and maybe she serves as a reminder for what Shinichi wants to be? I’d have to give that concept more though.


 

Champloo

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The Recap Episode ft. Fuu, as commentated by Mugen and Jin.

Vaioumon

Good ol’ recap episodes. And by good I mean bad, but this one had funny commentary to go along with it at least.

Terrorking

I was gonna write off this episode, but I’m glad I stuck around. It was an interesting recap episode, with a unique spin.

Carly Nagisa

And this is just one of the reasons why Fuu is honestly worst girl in this series.

Rob Lucci

This is a great idea for a recap episode if you HAVE to make a recap episode, honestly.


 

Shippuden

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I’d say these are better villains than Guren but I’d be lying to you.

Terrorking

This was and is garbage. I can’t care about Gur”I’mATerribleFillerVill”en or her relationship with Yuki”INEEDTOFINDAPLACETORETURNTOx1000″maru.

Carly Nagisa

I hate this show.

Rob Lucci

Nobody said HOME this episode. +1.


 

One Piece

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Thriller Bark

Vaioumon

Ah, we finally begin my favorite arc of One Piece. Not because the story becomes any better than the rest, it’s just my favorite collection of “cool things” that happen.

The gag at the beginning stretched on a bit long, but that’s a sad flaw of the anime that I’m sure won’t disappear any time soon.

Anyways, this ep thoroughly introduces us to Brook, getting the story on why he’s a skeleton, and what he’s going to be focused on in this arc. He’s a fun guy.

Terrorking

Brook, or rather Ian Sinclair, made me enjoy this episode somewhat. I’ve never enjoyed a One Piece episode, even somewhat. I’m scared.

Carly Nagisa

If only we gotten to this arc during last October, then the setting for this would be absolutely brilliant.

Rob Lucci

I was not a fan of Thriller Bark when I first watched it, so this’ll be an interesting experience for me. Sinclair has done a great job as Brook, so I can at least connect to him more than I did on my Japanese VA watchthrough from like, 7 years ago.

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