Just one more week and the TKO will be in full swing. But how do my shows stack up to Voyager’s? The answer might surprise you. I’ll be saving any of my guesses until after the first round so you’ll have to wait till then to find out.
EvilBob: Welp, are you ready for the TKO to start, next week?
Ry: Yeah. Lots of things going on this week in anime.
EvilBob: Right, not what I asked, but okay. Let’s just get into what everyone is really here for.
Ry: A short-lived friendship and a fast goodbye. There is a lot to talk about in this episode.
EvilBob: Yeah. Not at all what I was expecting from the kids or Sister Krone.
Ry: The last episode ended with her offering the kids an alliance. In this episode, she explained how their escape would help her oust Isabelle.
EvilBob: Of course Norman pointed out that if she really wanted to help, she wouldn’t need to gain their trust, which automatically means she wants something else besides what she’d been saying.
Ry: Turns out she wanted evidence that she could turn in that showed Isabelle was incompetent, and ship the kids off.
EvilBob: Ray did something that took Sister Krone out of the picture though.
Ry: Yeah. We’re not sure exactly what he did, but Isabelle stood before her with a smug look and said goodbye as Sister Krone stood in terror.
EvilBob: I wish they showed us what was in that note she picked up.
Ry: They probably will, next episode.
EvilBob: So someone’s got a spider-lady girlfriend. That’s pretty… odd. But I guess you do you, buddy. I ain’t gonna judge.
Ry: So I guess he’s into eight legs and life sucking? Joking aside, it all started in the woods with her going out to eat. And, apparently, she loves her meals on the cheating side.
EvilBob: Don’t you just hate it when random strangers interrupt your intimate meals? I guess it doesn’t help that they try to kill you after being so rude.
Ry: Yeah. Sometimes you just need that private treetop to chow down.
EvilBob: Anyway, Hyakkimaru failed to kill her and got webbed down in the process. So I guess this is his second battle loss, now?
Ry: Pretty much. Well… technically the old man beat the bird. Anyway, they have a hard time even finding her.
EvilBob: Because she couldn’t finish her meal, she’s stuck in her human form. While in her human form, not even Hyakkimaru seems to be able to track her. It’s in her human form that she falls in love with a man from the nearby village. The guy believes all life is sacred and it seems to be a sort of theme for the episode as well.
Ry: Also the guy is someone who was helping people escape the mines, assumedly run by one of Hyakkimaru’s father’s men.
EvilBob: And once the town guards find out, the two lovers are forced to escape, running into Dororo and Hyakkimaru. Who are after the demon and the bounty on the guy helping her. Yay for three-sided battles.
Ry: The guy helping her, even after finding out she is a spider woman, still tries to help her. When they realize he can’t stay in the village anymore, he declares he would rather live as her prey than die in the village.
EvilBob: And then he gets hit by an arrow and she goes ballistic on the town guards. She doesn’t kill any of them, she simply ties them up in webbing. Even Hyakkimaru does something interesting. He lets her go with her… lover(?)
Ry: Yeah, usually he would just cut these things down.
EvilBob: I just love how he’s becoming more and more human. Anyway, enough about this show. Next!
Non TKO Recaps
Ry: So, Boogiepop finally shows up.
EvilBob: And boy did they. We went from almost no Boogiepop to a whole truckload. Boogiepop was in most of this episode and they were kicking tail.
Ry: Starting with drug obsessed circus freaks, fake Boogiepop fights first, gets whooped, and gets a nice lesson from the real one.
EvilBob: I believe he described their fighting as magic. So Boogiepop is so good at fighting that this guy could only describe it as magical.
Ry: The Imaginator, seeing his men all knocked out, decides to move up his plans only to turn around to an uninvited guest.
EvilBob: Upon trying to see Boogiepop’s flower, all his power could show him was an empty void. That should’ve been the point to throw in the towel but he had other plans.
Ry: He tries to fight back until Boogiepop says “Go ahead and do what you want,” and well…
EvilBob: Turns out his goal was unachievable, to begin with. So everything he’s done up ’til now was pointless.
Ry: He rages, falls out a window, and Boogiepop saves him, stating he’s not worth killing.
EvilBob: That was a strange ending, but I sorta like it.
Ry: Yeah it was pretty good.
EvilBob: Finally, a story we aren’t familiar with. It’s the story about The Snow Queen.
Ry: It all begins with the team discovering Gerda.
EvilBob: After finding the poor thing just laying in the snow, Ex and company look for shelter and find a small cottage that a lone, blind woman lives in.
Ry: When Gerda finally wakes up, she asks them if they’re robbers.
EvilBob: Is it rude to expect your saviors are robbers? Just how bad is this story zone, anyway?
Ry: A magic mirror that can apparently take over people and an evil queen. That sounds bad to me.
EvilBob: That’s a strangely good point. I guess she doesn’t have a reason to trust them. Though, if I was gonna rob someone, I’d probably do it while they’re asleep. I just think that would be the easiest way to do it.
Ry: Well, the fun part happens after they reach the Snow Queen’s Ice Palace, where they reveal Gerda actually is the one with the mirror fragment in her eye and she tries to trade Shane for Kai.
EvilBob: The Snow Queen ain’t having any of that noise and throws them into a pit.
Ry: With emotions flying, they pressed on to find a way out of the cave.
EvilBob: Through a secret tunnel. Where have I heard this before? Anyway, they eventually find themselves in The Snow Queen’s sacred grounds and find Kai, which triggers an emotional response in Gerda, freeing her from the spell.
Ry: Someone is clearly not happy about this and the boss battle ensues, but is quickly stopped by the return of a previous evil queen.
EvilBob: I just love how silly that attack was. Speaking of silly things…
Ry: So that chip thing they got on the last episode is apparently instructions for their final mission to bring Trish back to her father. Sounds simple enough right?
EvilBob: So only one of them can escort Trish to her father. Giorno volunteers but Bucciarati takes the lead instead. Before going, he gets Giorno to give him one of the ladybug charms he’s wearing to use as a tracking device.
Ry: The first part of their instruction after arriving on the specific Island with only Bucciarati and Trish getting off the boat was to get in the elevator and ride it to the meeting place they get in and crap hits the fan.
EvilBob: You see the boss hasn’t been as straight as it seems. He wants his own daughter dead. And they brought her to him so he could just kill her.
Ry: So after Trish gets snatched, Bucciarati follows the boss, finally catching up to him, and somehow managing to slip the tracker on him.
EvilBob: I’m a little surprised that last hitman hasn’t shown up yet. He’s still out there. We know he wants to kill the boss. Maybe he’s waiting in ambush to strike?
Ry: Could be. In any case, Bucciarati has a new hole in his stomach and might die if he isn’t already.
Is It Evil Ratings
EvilBob: First up to get rated is The Promised Neverland episode 7.
Ry: This show still hasn’t missed a beat. It’s going steady and revealing things a little at a time.
EvilBob: And with everything we’ve seen, this episode, it’s still about as Evil as a Super Villian! (10).
Ry: I again agree with this rating.
EvilBob: Gee, what a shocker. Next.
Ry: It’s time for Dororo (2019) episode 7. Is it strange that the monster was more human than some of the humans?
EvilBob: I think that’s the point. Episode six, while we disliked it, did a good job making humans seem worse than the monsters that Hyakkimaru has been killing. And if you really think about it. What kind of person sells his own son to demons to continue ruling his clan?
Ry: Anyway, I say it’s about as Evil as a Super Villian! (10).
EvilBob: This episode was a lot more enjoyable for us, but that last one is good. I still hate it though.
EvilBob: It’s time for Boogiepop and Others (2019) episode 9. I’m glad I picked this show up. It can be confusing but it’s also a lot of fun to watch.
Ry: Especially when Boogiepop actually does something.
EvilBob: You mean when they are allowed to do something? It’s still a little annoying that Boogiepop rarely does anything.
Ry: Yeah, but when they do they do it well.
EvilBob: I’d still say it’s about as Evil as a Killer Robot Army! (8).
Ry: Yeah, I agree. This episode was great.
EvilBob: It was.
Ry: It’s time for Grimms Notes The Animation episode 7. So overall this episode was pretty dang good.
EvilBob: Yeah, it’s been pretty consistent, aside from the one thing we didn’t like in the beginning. I’d say it’s about as Evil as a Villian! (9).
EvilBob: It’s about time for JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind episode 20.
Ry: Yeah, this time things got pretty dire.
EvilBob: It’s JoJo’s. Of course it’s getting worse. Just look at the last few. They aren’t happy feel-good stories, even with the bombastic action and outrageous characters.
Ry: Yeah. With villains like Dio in the past, there’s always quite a lot of peril.
EvilBob: Ah, JoJo’s. So much fun. Anyway, I’d say the episode is about as Evil as a Super Villian! (10).
Ry: Yeah. ’nuff said.
EvilBob: Phew, we finished that. Let’s wrap this thing up.
Ry: Well, glad this week’s anime is over. It was a lot of work putting up with Bob.
EvilBob: Uh… I was just informed that the next four episodes of Boogiepop just got released… early.
Ry: Well… guess I have to go make the coffee.
EvilBob: Right. You do that. I’ll close out here.
EvilBob: Well, that’s all we have for you today. If you’re following, be sure to check out Voyager’s list as well. Thanks for letting us waste your time, and keep it classy.