“Weekly” Watch 2017: Late April to Early May 

I’m a little behind, so this is a more general watch list than normal!

  • Bleach 
    • Season 1, Eps 1-8
  • Green Lantern the Animated Series 
    • Season 1, Eps 1-10
  • Gumball Season 2, Season 3, Season 4

Bleach was one of my first animes along the ranks of Naruto and Death Note. (Oh the good old days.) Either way, its still pretty good to rewatch if you’re looking for something easy to get into with fantasy/mystical elements. I’ve been watching the English dub with the Japanese subtitles, which is fun if you’re interested in playing spot the difference. If you’re not interested in subtitles or watching the anime in Japanese, the dub holds up pretty well on it’s own.

  • Favorite characters: Rukia, Ichigo, and “Mr. Hat-and-clogs”
  • Pros: aged well, not a bad dub, easy to get into, two ways to watch it (Japanese and English)
  • Cons: a little confusing as animes can be, two ways to watch it (Japanese and English), addicting and time altering, only 3 seasons on Netflix

Green Lantern the Animated Series is so incredibly underrated for how good the writing is. It aired simultaneously with Young Justice on Cartoon Network and was unfortunately cancelled with it too. In many ways this show got thrown under the bus and cast in the shadow of the popularity of Young Justice. Which I find unfortunate because while I love Young Justice, I think the writing, animation, and overall direction of the Green Lantern show were whole are much stronger, tighter, and better executed. If Hal Jordan and CGI don’t appeal to you, I would advise giving the series an episode before entirely ruling it out. Yes, the CGI feels like a cheap and less detailed Disney Star Wars: Clone Wars or Rebels, I think CGI was the only way to go with this type of space show. Essentially if you’re looking for a super hero show that’s basically Star Trek with power-rings, this is the show for you!

  • Favorite Characters: Saintwalker, Kilowog, Aya, and Razer
  • Pros: Good writing, Giancarlo Volpe, like a new animated Star Trek
  • Cons: CGI (not one of mine but it turns a lot of people off), Hal Jordan, lack of diverse female representation
  • Other notes: if you’re interested in comics, there’s a Green Lantern (DC) and Star Trek (IDW) 6 part comic cross over that’s really quite good!

In lieu of sounding like a broken record, I’ll list some of my favorite episodes of The Amazing World of Gumball from this “week”.

  • The Kids – Season 3 Episode 1
  • The Void – Season 3 Episode 12
  • The Origins – Season 4 Episode 20
  • The Origins Part 2 – Season 4 Episode 21
  • The Love – Season 4 Episode 26
  • The Nest – Season 4 Episode 28
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