Hey look! Toonami's still on. I've watched it, so I figured a follow up to last week's blog was necessary. I don't really plan on turning this into a regular review, but right now I'm having fun doing it SO READ IT. Also tune in to watch it if you can, great programs like these need our support. So, same deal as last time, I'll go through each show in order and tell you what I thought.
Show #1: Bleach - Does this episode have anything to do with last week's? I vaguely remember Ichigo fighting some guy in a place with pillars. and water. Now, we're talking about "Sword beasts?" If the past two episodes are both filler (very likely), this show is just as disappointing as I remember it. I guess I'm just going to try and see the positive in this episode.
So, the positive side of the Bleach filler. As always, the soundtrack is a lot of fun. It never really fits the mood, but it is fun to listen to.
There's also at least one scene with Rangiku, so you guys that like anime cleavage are in luck.
That's honestly all I can think of. Even for Bleach filler, this one was sad and boring. None of the original human cast, the more interesting soul reapers barely got any screen time, and the fight scene was pathetic. I don't look forward to sitting through this show again next week.
Show #2: Deadman Wonderland - Right out of the gate, the music in this show hit me more than it did last week. It sounds great and always fits the mood. Plus, that theme song!
The actual plot of the episode is really fun, though far-fetched. People are dying on the insane obstacle course and we're meant to believe that the spectators think it's fake? Hilarious. The end of the episode was predictable, but carried out in a really creative way. Still a really freakin' fun show to watch. My one complaint is the censorship. Curse words get bleeped like on Jerry Springer, and it really ruins the joke/dialogue when it happens.
Show #3: Casshern Sins - Holy shit this show is depressing. Casshern as a character gives off a very "Vash the Stampede" vibe in this episode. Not in the sense that he's a likable nonviolent person, more in the sense that destruction follows him wherever he goes. I really didn't feel that this episode was connected to the last one in any way. The adorable girl from last week is gone, replaced by an obnoxiously in love robot couple and their badass dog.
That thing will kill you.
The plot of this episode was more structured than the last one, even if we are just sort of dropped into it. The artwork and action scenes both remain amazing, I'm just hoping we get fed a little information next week.
Show #4: Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood - Carries on right where it left off last week. This is refreshing. The state is searching for scar, Ed and Al are searching for some little girl and her mini panda bear that everyone insists is a cat.
If that's a cat, so am I.
This series is interesting. Ed and Al are devoid of that awkward tension that I remember they had toward each other in the first series. They treat one another more like brothers and less like victims here, and I like it.
The ridiculously obvious bad guy was a bit cheesy though. I wasn't sure if I should be rooting for scar until the guy in the white suit started talking to him. He is over the top crazy. There was also a crazy scene with Winry and a drag queen. I really have to catch up with this show, I am so damn confused. Still the episode kept me entertained, so there's that.
Show #5: Ghost in the Shell S.A.C. 2nd GIG - I'm a little biased for this show. I LOVE IT. I mean, I know the words to the theme song. This is one of those shows that just doesn't get old. /gush
This episode follows Bato in search of a terrorist. He happens upon an interesting little girl in a wheelchair who seems to be able to see him while camouflaged, though she never says anything to him when she does see him. The girl proves to be more involved than we thought, and stuff gets exciting. It's a great episode, and I heartily recommed you watch it.
Show #6: Cowboy Bebop - Same as above. Love this show to death. Even more than Ghost in the Shell. I've got TANK! (Cowboy Bebop's opening theme) as my ringtone.
My desktop background.
I'm not getting all gushy again, I promise. This is the "Old guys" episode (Real title: Black Dog Serenade). A prison transport ship gets taken over by the prisoners inside. Jet Black and his old partner from the ISSP head out to try and stop them. Some past wounds are opened up, bits of Jet's backstory are revealed, and there's some genuinely awesome action that for once doesn't involve Spike or Faye. This episode is a must-see if you like Bebop.
"So Johnny!" I hear you adoring readers asking out loud to your computer screens, "After a week of thought, how do you feel about this interesting chunk of programming?"
Well, my well worded friends, I must say that I'm still quite impressed. The spirit of Tom from my childhood is alive and well in this block. It has earned my support and viewership, as it has yours (I hope.)
Now from what I've heard, the ratings for the first airing last week weren't anything impressive. This makes me sad. If more people don't start tuning in soon, the powers that be may deem it unworthy of the admirable effort they have put forth. Let's not let that happen. So, if anything I've said has made you curious, if any of these shows look interesting in the slightest, or if you just have fond memories of running into your house, dropping your backpack and parking directly in front of the T.V. to see Goku, Heero, Sailor Moon, or whoever else kick some major bad guy ass, I implore you to tune in to the Cartoon Network on Saturday night and tell your friends to do the same.
AAAAAAAAAAAND that's all I've got to say about Toonami folks! Check in sometime next week for something completely different!