Friday, October 24, 2014

Attack on Titan/Bleach Penultimate Episode Liveblog

Live Blog Attack on Titan/Bleach Penultimate Episode Liveblog
 I'd be glad if you could join me.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Bleach 364: Rukia gets turned into a plushie

Bleach episode 364 review

It's Rukia vs. Riruka - try saying that three times fast. Actually, don't. No reason to get your tongue twisted with only two episodes to go. But anyway, those two are going at it, and Riruka's best bet is to render Rukia completely helpless - by turning her into a plushie!

However, this only lasts a short time before Rukia finds her way out of the plushie. And after a tear-jerker of a flashback of Riruka's past (NOT!), Rukia's about to kill Riruka, but wait! Riruka escapes! And this battle isn't quite over yet!

Meanwhile, Byakuya appears beaten in his battle vs. his clone, before the "WHAT?" moment where Byakuya pulls a rabbit out of a figurative hat and figures out his opponent's weakness. Even if this moment is completely predictable, it's still pretty enjoyable to watch, as we haven't gotten this classic Bleach in so long.

And thus our fearful run is done - well, almost. Two episodes to go. Bleach is back to its glorious past, just in time for the final finale.

Character of the episode: Riruka
Complete with Cristina Valenzuela's Homura Akemi voice for the flashback.

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

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

2014, Week 7: Relaxing

2014, Week 7: Packers 38, Panthers 17

Ever since Aaron Rodgers told us Packers fans to R-E-L-A-X, the Packers have gone 4-0 and been amazing on offense. This game was no exception, as Rodgers threw nearly a perfect game, and five different players scored touchdowns. The Packers were up 21-0 at the end of the first quarter and the game was effectively over at that point. They extended their lead to 38-3 before some garbage touchdowns by the Panthers' backups allowed them to at least say that they showed up at the game.

A very complete performance by the Packers, and one that makes for a very promising continuation to the season. The only bad news on Sunday was the Lions' comeback win against the Saints, as the Lions' earlier win over the Packers means that the NFC North title will likely come down to the Week 17 game between the two teams in Green Bay.

+'s & -'s:

+'s: Rodgers, Randall Cobb, Jordy Nelson.

-'s: None to really mention.

2014 Green Bay Packers: 5-2
Next week: vs. New Orleans

Monday, October 20, 2014

Gurren Lagann 9: Serious business

Gurren Lagann episode 9 review

Suddenly, with the death of Kamina, this series has taken a serious turn. At the same time of it having a serious tone, as an Evangelion fan, you can tell that Gurren Lagann is parodying Evangelion the whole way along, thus making it not all that serious. Seemoan has turned into full-blown Shinji, while Yoko has turned into angry Asuka, and then you've got the knockoffs of SEELE.

Of course, the star of the episode is Princess Nia. She arrives on the scene and instantly becomes attached to Seemoan. The real question is not what purpose she serves or who she actually is. No, the real question is: will she be Seemoan's Rei Ayanami?

Character of the episode: Nia
Whose voice is utterly adorable.

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

Sunday, October 19, 2014

AoT 23: Annie Get Your Gun

Attack on Titan episode 23 review

Half this episode is spent on some guy whose name I don't know who's all upset about the government being corrupt. He thinks he's going to fix it. Funny, that's what everyone running for office in 2 weeks thinks too.

So then Eren, Mikasa and Armin team up to take down Annie, because somehow they've figured out that she's the female Titan. I guess they took the cue from the fact that the female Titan looked exactly like her. But this involves a lot of desperate screaming from Eren and Armin, and finally some determination from Mikasa, who spills the beans on their plan.

Does Annie bite her thumb? She does bit her thumb. Does she bite her thumb at us? No, but she does bite her thumb. And our final confrontation of the season is set up.

Overall, a very confusing episode, made even more confusing by the fact that I was switching back and forth with a college football game (Notre Dame-Florida State). Ordinarily I don't do this, but it was a very close game and an important one as well. Given the way Marco's Pizza was handled, I doubt I would have understood manners much better had I watched every second of the episode.

Character of the episode: Annie
She does look exactly like Ino.

Episode rating (out of four stars): *

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Attack on Titan 23 Liveblog

Live Blog Attack on Titan 23 Liveblog
 Also, Bleach. And maybe Gurren Lagann, if I'm still awake.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Gurren Lagann 8: Kissed & Killed

Gurren Lagann episode 8 review

Well, that escalated quickly.

This episode somehow manages to jam-pack every big plot point you could think of into 25 minutes. That includes Kamina & Yoko kissing, Seemoan getting jealous over Yoko, Seemoan failing in Shinji-esque fashion thanks to the Yoko/Kamina kiss, Kamina getting his guts ripped out by his foe, an epic battle beyond all words of description, and finally Kamina... dying. (For now.)

If you think that I'm too negative about anime, consider this: out of the three episodes this week, I am giving positive reviews to two of them. No, I'm not too negative, Attack on Titan is just too sucky right now. On the other hand, Gurren Lagann just took my breath away with an episode so epic that I can't explain what I just saw.

I may be late on the Gurren Lagann train, but I've jumped aboard.

Character of the episode: Yoko
Her reactions are priceless in this episode - not in a humorous way, but in a emotional way.

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