PGX Watches: Toonami (6/04-05/2016)

PGX Watches: Toonami (6/04-05/2016)

DBZKai

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17 is Neo

Terrorking

So three things happened: Bulma made the remote that shuts down the androids, Cell’s arrived and the 17 vs Piccolo fight has worn down Piccolo enough that Cell is an actual threat now. I would argue that a large large chunk of the episode being devoted to the fight was to hammer home how much energy Piccolo has expended so you know he won’t have anything left to fend off Cell, but since this is Toei, the point of this was likely to fill out time.

 

DJ JayRap

I barely remember what happened, but I do remember this is probably the best fight Piccolo has ever put up compared to how ineffectual he is later. I thought it was pretty cool that they were trying to wear each other out though. Valid battle tactic and all.

Tesla Coil

Seems like the best strategy would’ve been to throw literally all your energy at one of the Androids. …Which I guess is what Hellzone Grenade was. Silly Piccolo, not knowing that 17 has a force field that can neutralize any attack and has no downside.

Rob Lucci

I’m just waiting until everybody fucks up, it’s gonna be hilarious

Carly Nagisa

Is it wrong that I still miss the Piccolo vs 17 theme from the funimation dub of the original Dragonball Z?


Gundam: IBO

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Zelda and her adviser.

Terrorking

It isn’t Gundam if the main chick doesn’t have stupidly long hair.

DJ JayRap

Wait, she doesn’t have the largest rack. I feel like I was tricked. This isn’t a mecha show!

Tesla Coil

I honestly can handle shows with lots of exposition, but not at midnight! It’s not as long-winded as Dimension W, but I’m still going to be lost if they expected me to remember all the info they were info-dumping.

Rob Lucci

Lotso explainin’ stuff. This is pretty usual for Gundam, so I’ll give it a few episodes before I throw my hands up. Usually these shows don’t leave too many questions and they’re pretty good at developing personalities.

Carly Nagia

Oh boy…out of all the new gundam shows that they could have grabbed…WHY DID IT HAVE TO BE THIS ONE?!?! Only those who watched the original run of this show will understand my disappointment.

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New Super Frost Bros.

Terrorking

It isn’t Gundam if there isn’t one yaoi pairing with two extremely girly-looking men.

DJ JayRap

The exposition just flew over my head. I might have to watch this episode again before episode 2 starts. rip me.

Tesla Coil

The only Gundam show I watched was G Gundam. This doesn’t look like G Gundam. Sigh.

Rob Lucci

Tesla, this is gonna be grimderk Gundamn. I think. This Yaoi pair are either the first 4-5 episode villains or they’re the primary antagonists. I dunno.

Carly Nagisa

I bet if we gotten Gundam Build Fighters instead, Rob will have his G Gundam-ish show with cake.

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IT’S A GUNDAM

Terrorking

Episode was slow until about the last third of it. Then we got to see the girl isn’t just a damsel and is willing to get her hands dirty, the main character isn’t an edgelord and that the show didn’t delve into melodrama from one of the kids dying. I’d say this is an okay first episode.

But. I don’t like that Gundam’s design.

 

DJ JayRap

All I needed was OBARI mecha. This is all I requested once they panned over to it for a split second.

Tesla Coil

Surprisingly not the ending I predicted! I figured every fighter except the main kid and his Kamina would die. But instead only a couple of them did. I guess Biscuit the fat kid has an important destiny to fulfill.

Rob Lucci

It wasn’t the disaster I expected, but I’m very wary moving forward. I’m hoping this won’t have a dozen plot holes and I hope this won’t be vapid bullshit. Just as long as it isn’t SEED Destiny I’m happy.

Carly Nagisa

Rob, have a drink. It gets really depressing later down the line.


HunterxHunter

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Beans.

Terrorking

Is that Bea from Space Dandy’s ancestor?

Tesla Coil

It’s adorable. I want one.

Rob Lucci

GOD LEFT ME UNFINISHED

Carly Nagisa

Are we sure this isn’t Fairy Piece?

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Double Team is banned, Killua.

Terrorking

So this episode gave Killua a backstory, so now he’s more than “that weird strong kid that hangs out with Gon”. More importantly, and we’re obsessed with this here, this is yet another thing Kishimoto stole from HxH. This is a glorified bell test, even down to the lesson being “teamwork”.

DJ JayRap

I can’t help but feel like this kid is gonna be a secret boss. Sure can’t help but feel it. Nope. Family of assassins?¬†Killua(ll)? Nope. They are being very conspicuous about this kid.

In other news, I still vastly prefer interactions between Kurapika and Le Oreo, but Gon was surprisingly tolerable this week (for me anyway). Still pretty sure that the old guy needs to be put on a pedo list though.

Tesla Coil

All I knew about HxH was that everyone here was saying Naruto ripped it off. Then I saw this and I was like “oh this is the bell test”. Oh, and every now and then, Gon’s voice actor uses her Ryuko voice. It doesn’t happen often, but man it’s weird.

Rob Lucci

Besides the fact that Kishimoto used a bunch of events in this show as an outline for Naruto, I really do enjoy this show so far. It’s pretty standard-fare shonen, but I’m kind of immersed. I’d probably have nostalgia goggles if I saw this ten years ago.

Carly Nagisa

Kurapika and Le Oreo are usually the funnier team up, much like how Kurama and Kuwabara are usually an enjoyment to watch together. All aside I’m liking HxH so far. Its no Yu Yu Hakusho but I can see why for its time people were really praising it and its getting more and more clear that Kishimoto is a hack. But for real…why isn’t anyone worried about sleeping in the same place as the killer clown?


Champloo

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This is what shrooms cause. Be wary, kids.

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Trustworthy minekeeper with a fancy guitar.

 

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RUH ROH

Terrorking

I did not like this episode, nor do I think there’s really that much here to talk about. Zombies. Obvious that the writers were just doing this one for fun, but eh. Would’ve preferred another one-off episode with that Space Dandy-looking mofo.

 

DJ JayRap

What the actual hell even happened in this episode. Zombies and stuff, that’s all that happened. I can’t even begin to process what happened because it was just all trippy. I was asking one of my pals about this episode and he didn’t remember jack squat about it. I guess that tells me how memorable this is.

Rob Lucci

I liked this until the zombie stuff. The mine in question has this incredibly over-saturated bright color to it that gives it this dead looking feel when compared to how colorful the main characters look, and it gives it this eerie, off feeling. The zombie stuff and meteor was just weird and dumb.

Carly Nagisa

Yeah this episode is one of the weakest ones of the bunch. It was okay at the beginning and i was hoping for some sort of mushroom trip the moment we got introduced to it. But the zombie bit was weird even for this show. I feel like this was done to mitigate the plot heavy episodes that we gotten lately and they themselves were having fun so I can’t fault them for it. I’d just wish they were more wacky about it like with the drug trip episode.


Shippuden

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animation

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Boy did I hate this episode. It just reminded me of all the shitty writing surrounding the Uchiha, Sasuke and Itachi, and how OBLIVIOUS Kishimoto is in seeing how bad his writing is. Not only was this episode packed with melodramatic symbolism and amateur imagery, but it was also a Sasuke hype tool that didn’t bother to explain the main plot point, the body-swap jutsu, but then had that unexplained plot point get nullified because “Sasuke is just that cool”. Garbage. I’d prefer to sit through 10 3-tails arcs than watch this nonsense plot.

 

DJ JayRap

Here, let me save you the experience of watching the episode. “Sasookay too cool, Orochimaru gets btfo”.Meanwhile, they tried to humanize Orochimaru in the same episode he was gonna die. I feel as though this could have been spread out a little better. “Sasuke’s will alone” defeats Orochimaru’s inner universe. Yes, that’s exactly what the show says. That’s Naruto’s explanation for Orochimaru losing like this.

Rob Lucci

I’m kind of bothered at how Orochimaru just randomly dies to Sasuke, but then I remember that Kishimoto’s original plan likely involved Sasuke becoming the “new” Orochimaru, but then none of it makes sense because Sasuke’s arc is a mess and Orochimaru ultimately comes back and gets away with everything.

You can actually see the roots of what Kishi was planning, but the whole thing was completely abandoned at some point. I don’t get it.

Carly Nagisa

Are we sure that Naruto was any good? No seriously, looking back at the canon arcs in Shippuden I can safely say that it was garbage. And this is the highlight of when things go to shit. I’m not looking forward to seeing Kishimoto throw more symbolic bullshit with his favorite character for the next several weeks. Wake me up when we get to Pain’s Arc.


One Piece

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I didn’t even watch much but I just wanna say RIP Spider Monkey.

Rob Lucci

See caption.

Carly Nagisa

Toei is a shit, enough said.

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