Friday, December 9, 2016

#FlashbackFriday: Sailor Moon R episodes 73-74 review


If Dragon Ball Z is the "Kings of Unintentional Comedy," then surely episode 73 makes Sailor Moon the queen. Where to start? How about the part where Chibi-Usa runs right in front of two cars, causing said cars to come to screeching halts while the drivers yell out the window at her? That part was hilarious, and maybe it was supposed to be. But then Chibi-Usa jumps off a high building with a parachute, and it's in a moment where we're supposed to feel afraid for her, but I rather laughed.

Then the villain actually uses the exact phrase "resistance is futile," which obviously had to be added in as a bone to Star Trek fans. Add to that a part in the next episode where Chibi-Usa "figures out" who Tuxedo Mask really is, and he just readily owns up to it. You've made a big deal about keeping your identities secret for so long, and now you just laugh about it.

There were some other funny parts I missed, because my memory is so short these days that I can't remember a show within 15 minutes of seeing it. But the episodes were pretty entertaining. That's all that matters, right?

Episode 73 rating (out of four stars): ***
Episode 74 rating (out of four stars): **½

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Back to Bleach: Bleach episodes 23-24 review


It's amazing how bad Ichigo is at getting along with people. He can barely get along with Rukia, he doesn't get along at all with Uryu, and now Ganju shows up and he can't find a way to act even remotely reasonable around him. In this episode, Yoruichi the cat brings the gang to the ridiculous-looking house that Kukaku has, and the four are shocked to find out that Kukaku is actually a woman. (There's a hilarious scene where Orihime draws a picture of a cat-like creature which she thinks Kukaku will look like.) Kukaku introduces the gang to Ganju, and then all heck breaks loose between Ichigo and him.

Meanwhile, it's Rukia being led off to the repentance cell. Renji whispers in her ear that Ichigo has shown up and tried to enter the Soul Society. Then Aizen has a talk with Renji, where he makes Renji wonder if the punishment fits the crime. You see Aizen walk past Renji, unmistakably doing his hypnosis thing to him. And thus begins Aizen's crazy plan to... well, what was his goal anyway?

Episode 24 has Kukaku trying to teach Ichigo & pals how to focus their spiritual energy in order to use her fireworks machine to blast them into the Seireitei. More hijinks between Ichigo and Ganju ensue, and then Ichigo's spiritual energy gets totally out of control. I guess he hasn't learned how to use Nen yet.

The Captains all gather over the pending situation, upset at Gin Ichimaru for not finishing off Ichigo. I should have figured Gin wasn't the ultimate enemy, given how evil he comes off - it's way too obvious! But I was under Aizen's hypnosis myself, and I thought Gin was the ultimate villain. Soi Fon gets all of one word in this episode, but she remains my favorite Captain (Kenpachi is second).

Two great episodes, as things look to get even more exciting once they finally enter the Seireitei...

Episode 23 rating (out of four stars): ***½
Episode 24 rating (out of four stars): ***

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Anime Bowl Toonami Podcast - Episode 73




I keep losing count of what episode we're on. This time I said we were on Episode 74, when it was actually 73. Who's counting?

Monday, December 5, 2016

2016, Week 13: Evening it up

2016, Week 13: Packers 21, Texans 13

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This was the first-ever victory for the Packers over the Houston Texans in Green Bay. (Granted, this was only the second game between the two teams in Wisconsin.) The Packers started off slow on offense, but slowly got it together as the game went along. A 7-0 halftime lead felt like it should have been bigger, and it looked like the Packers might let this one slip away. But a 98-yard drive followed by an 89-yard drive, both resulting in touchdowns, gave the Packers a lead they would not relinquish.

Great performance to get back to .500 at 6-6. Now comes the Seattle Seahawks, one of the best teams in the entire league. If the Packers win this one, they should win the next two to go to Detroit at 9-6 with the season on the line. If they lose this one, then they're going to have to hope the rest of the NFC collapses to even have a chance at the #6 seed.

+'s & -'s:

+: Aaron Rodgers, Jordy Nelson, the defense for the most part.

-: Clay Matthews (where has he been?)

2016 Green Bay Packers: 6-6
Next week: vs. Seattle

Sunday, December 4, 2016

HxH 30: It could have been worse, John. A lot worse.

Hunter x Hunter episode 30 review

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I actually watched this episode twice. Why would a multitasker like myself waste his time doing that? Well, because I thought I didn't see the conclusion of the battle between Gon and the guy who looks like a Snifit. So I watched it again, and I still didn't see it! It took me a little while to realize that it was purposely never shown.

So let's recap. Gon, for the first time in the history of Hunter x Hunter, loses a battle. (The battles against Hisoka and Hanzu do not count. Hisoka gave Gon his badge, essentially letting Gon win, and Hanzu gave up despite dominating.) His arm is broken and it'll take 4 months to heal (though Killua tells Wing it'll only be 2). Gon actually risked his life just to get some more training in. And as a result, he's a step closer to learning how to use chakra spiritual pressure hamon Nen.

My favorite character Kurapika finally makes an appearance! I like Kurapika because he looks, acts, and talks like a girl. He's a girl in my mind. In any case, he has his Hunter's license stolen from him by a mysterious man, and now this guy's going to teach him how to use Nen. This whole Nen obsession is getting ridiculous. There was no sign of Nen for 25 episodes. Why is all of a sudden Nen the biggest force in the entire universe?

Character of the episode: Kurapika
I might just go gay for you, Kurapika.

Episode rating (out of four stars): ***

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Jojo 7: Roundabout

Jojo's Bizarre Adventure episode 7 review


Jojo has the best ending theme, don't you agree? It's called "Roundabout" by rock group Yes. Every time they fire up that theme at the end of the episode, I get excited.

On to the episode. We see the remainder of the prophecy that Master Tonpetty made about Zeppeli. It's that Zeppeli's going to "unleash the tiger from its chain." That "tiger" who's "chained" is Jojo, of course. So Zeppeli goes all out to save Jojo. He succeeds, giving Jojo a new skill. I don't think Jojo had four moves already, so he didn't have to forget one. Jojo then defeats the bad guy, but Zeppeli is dead.

Then we see gratuitous violence where Dio turns a woman into a monster who eats her baby. Okay. Not sure why that was necessary.

Finally, Jojo, Speedwagon, and "the boy" head back to town, where "the boy" finds out that his sister is okay. They meet Master Tonpetty as well. Now it's up to Jojo to use his new technique in order to defeat Dio...

Episode rating (out of four stars): ***

Friday, December 2, 2016

#FlashbackFriday: Sailor Moon R episodes 71-72 review


Episode 71 is all about chess. Ami beats Usagi easily in chess (as does Chibi-Usa), and then Ami enters a chess tournament. But the Black Moon Clan also enters it, and ends up freezing Sailor Mercury to her chair so she's forced to play chess while they torment the other Sailor Senshi. Can you guess how they get out of this one? Yep, Tuxedo Mask SAVES them. Typical.

A couple of the Black Moon Clan become "good" after that encounter, so the others are looking to take revenge on the traitors. So in episode 72, an epic showdown goes down between the Sailor Senshi and the Black Moon Clan, and eventually the Sailor Senshi win and get the other sisters of the Black Moon Clan to become "good." It's actually better than it sounds, as is the prior episode, with the exception of Tuxedo Mask always having to save the women. Can't we have some girl power in a shoujo series?

Episode 71 rating (out of four stars): **½
Episode 72 rating (out of four stars): **½