Toonami Weekly Recap 11/04/2017 - Daylight Saving Time ends.
Countdown EP#01: TOM shows SARA his pieces of his artwork, and suddenly he is teleported to an alternate universe.
Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans Season 2 EP#04 (29) - The Trigger of Success: Despite interference from the Arianrhod fleet, Mikazuki is able to capture Reuters, forcing the remaining Dawn Horizon Corps forces to surrender. As a reward for their success, McMurdo Barriston gifts Tekkadan with Chryse’s largest half-metal mine, where Tekkadan later discovers a Gundam Frame and another object larger than a mobile suit. Back on Mars, Hush asks Mikazuki to pass on his request of becoming a mobile suit pilot to Orga. Orga and Mikazuki visit Gyojan and demand compensation for Tekkadan’s losses against the Dawn Horizon Corps, with Mikazuki executing him for being unable to pay reparations, while the rest of Terra Liberionis is later apprehended by Gjallarhorn. Such brutal actions sadden Kudelia, as she hoped to build a world free of bloodshed for them but is making minimal progress. Orga, Mika and Merribit later meet with McGillis, who requests Tekkadan’s aid in gaining more power to challenge his rival, Rustall Elion, as part of his ongoing plan to reform Gjallarhorn.
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders EP#13 - Wheel of Fortune: On their way driving to Pakistan, the group finds Anne hitchhiking at the side of the road and they reluctantly take her along with them. Upon continuing their journey, a red car gets in their way and leads them into the path of an oncoming truck, with Jotaro quickly using Star Platinum to avoid a fatal collission. After stopping at a roadside tea house later on, the group, believing the owner of the red car to be a Stand user, spots the car parked nearby and they start pressing the other customers, only for the car to drive off. They chase after the car, following a signpost that the car had switched around in advance, and wind up at a dead end, where the car appears from behind them and pushes them off of a cliff. Kakyoin manages to stop their fall by having Hierophant Green hook a cable to the other car, before Jotaro uses Star Platinum to pull themselves to safety, knocking the other car down the cliff in the process. Just then, a voice comes from their own car’s radio, revealing the red car to actually be the Wheel of Fortune Stand, which emerges from the ground and destroys their vehicle, transforming into a stronger form. The Stand starts attacking Jotaro and the others with a seemingly unseen projectile, forcing the group to try and escape. Jotaro prepares to unleash an attack on Wheel of Fortune’s underside, only to learn that the purpose of the earlier attacks was to soak them in gasoline. Wheel of Fortune’s user, ZZ, uses the sparks on his car to set Jotaro ablaze, seemingly killing him. However, Jotaro manages to avoid the flames by digging underneath the ground and uses Star Platinum to destroy Wheel of Fortune and send ZZ flying out into the open. After chaining ZZ to a rock, the group borrows the car, which had reverted to its original dilapidated form, and they continue their journey. Meanwhile, Enya, frustrated that all of her Stand wielders have been defeated, decides to confront them personally with her own Stand: Justice.
Lupin the 3rd EP#18 - The Murdering Marionette: Lupin and his team are kidnapped by Greco, some sort of philanthropist who has sworn to rid the world of all criminals. Trapped in a giant underground basement, they’re challenged to find a way to get out, but they are informed by Greco that one of them has been secretly brainwashed in order to become his personal puppet. Unable to find out who is the puppet who’s trying to kill them all, Lupin and the others end up suspecting each other.
Hunter x Hunter: Greed Island EP#72 - Chase × And × Chance: Hisoka meets up with the members of the Phantom Troupe in order to track down the Nen user whose ability is to remove other user’s Nen. Meanwhile, Team Tsezgerra gathered enough Accompany cards to evade Team Genthru, declaring their decision to fight instead of surrender. Team Genthru had also collected Accompany cards and began “a game of tag they cannot lose”. Gon continues his training whilst Killua is left to recover his hands while coming up with a plan to defeat the Bombers. Tsezgerra soon runs out of Accompany and Return cards, which was all according to plan, and uses Leave to exit the game. However, shockingly, no one was guarding the place. A cornered Tsezgerra finds Mr. Battera crying and discovers that the whole deal had been canceled.
Outlaw Star EP#10 - Gathering for the Space Race: The Outlaw Star reaches Heifong and the crew enters the Thirteenth Annual Heifong Space Race, with some financial help by a sponsorship from Fred’s company, in an attempt to promote Gene and Jim’s business, and for Gene to gain more information about the El Dorado, the ship piloted by Ronald “Ron” MacDougall and Henry “Harry” MacDougall.
Cowboy Bebop EP#08 - Waltz for Venus: While the crew hunts down a Venusian mobster, Spike meets Rocco Bonnaro, who is on the run from the same mobster the crew is tracking for stealing a very rare and valuable plant, which he plans to sell to pay for surgery to restore his sister’s eyesight.
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex 2nd Gig EP#02 (28) - DI: Well-Fed Me – NIGHT CRUISE: Following the nuclear World War III and the non-nuclear World War IV, Japan passed an act known as the Refugee Special Action Policy, inviting war refugees from all across Asia to enter Japan. Thousands of Asian refugees took Japan up on the offer to enter their country, and have taken low-paying jobs handed out to them by various companies looking for a cheap work force. Gino, a combat pilot and World War IV veteran, is one such refugee, working as a helicopter pilot for a corporate CEO. He is angry and depressed and plots revenge against Japanese society, starting with assassinating his employer. When Section 9 is sent to investigate his plots, Kusanagi eventually concludes that Gino lacks the fortitude to act out his fantasies, and is just one in the long line of pitiful souls who dream about fulfilling goals they can never accomplish.
The episode contains strong references to the film Taxi Driver, which has many similar themes (a returning ex-soldier, scarred by a war the public wants to forget, and focusing his anger outwardly into fantasies of revenge and bloodshed).
Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans Season 2 EP#02 (27) - In the Midst of Jealousy: With the arrival of the upgraded Gundam Barbatos Lupus, Tekkadan successfully repels the Dawn Horizon Corps’ invasion but place themselves on the latter’s hit-list. Later, McGillis - under his Montag pseudonym - proceeds to hire Tekkadan to eliminate the Dawn Horizon Corps while Arianrhod and Isurugi, McGillis’ personal assistant, are each dispatched to Mars to hunt the pirates down as well. Meanwhile, tensions arise when Hush desires to undergo Alaya-Vijnana surgery, despite the fact that his childhood friend Builth was left paralyzed by the surgical procedure during his time with CGS and committed suicide.
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders EP#11 - The Emperor and the Hanged Man, Part 2: Kakyoin tries to convince Polnareff to retreat to safety until they can discover a way to beat the deadly pair, but J. Geil provokes Polnareff into attacking his Hanged Man within a glass window, using the broken shards of glass to pin him down. Just as Hol Horse fires a round off with the Emperor, Kakyoin uses Emerald Splash on Polnareff to get him out of the way, and escapes with him in a car, leaving behind Avdol whose body is eventually found by Jotaro and Joseph. During their escape, as Polnareff realizes the error of his ways following an elbow to the face from Kakyoin, Kakyoin theorizes that there is no such thing as a “mirror world” that the Hanged Man operates in as mirrors only reflect light. However, he is interrupted when they discover that the Hanged Man has followed them on the car’s various reflective surfaces, forcing them to crash the vehicle and retreat behind a nearby rock. The sudden battle leads the two to realize that the Hanged Man is actually a Stand of light that jumps between reflective surfaces. They are soon put in a dangerous situation when the Hanged Man jumps into the reflection of the eyes of a young boy, who is unable to look away from the pair out of curiosity. However, Polnareff overcomes this by kicking sand in the child’s eyes, forcing the Hanged Man towards his own eye and allowing Polnareff to strike it in its path, leading him and Kakyoin to J. Geil’s location and a man with wounds identical to the Hanged Man. However, this man is just a decoy, as the real J. Geil uses a nearby group of beggars to trap Polnareff and Kakyoin between them, using the Hanged Man to jump from eye to eye. Polnareff believes all is lost, but Kakyoin takes out a shiny gold coin and flips it into the air, bringing everyone’s gaze, along with the Hanged Man, towards it, allowing Polnareff to cut the Stand down before finally avenging his sister by killing J. Geil. Later, Hol Horse catches up to Polnareff and Kakyoin, but finds that the Emperor no longer has any advantage against them now that J. Geil is dead. As Hol Horse is pushed into a corner by Jotaro and Joseph, who say they have just finished giving Avdol a proper burial, Polnareff prepares to carry out his sentence but is stopped by Hol Horse’s lover, allowing Hol Horse to escape. After treating the woman’s wounds, Joseph urges the group to continue their journey towards Egypt, unaware that a drop of the woman’s blood has caused a mysterious growth to appear on his arm.
Lupin the 3rd EP#16 - High School Undercover!: Lupin steals a precious diamond with the unique power to change the personality of anyone who looks at it, but during his escape the jewel ends in a boy’s backpack. To take it back, Lupin sneaks in the boy’s high school as a new professor, when he finds out that the diamond has been found by a group of teachers that are planning to use it to build a bomb and free themselves from a blackmailer.
Hunter x Hunter: Greed Island EP#70 - Guts × And × Courage: Gon is unable to hold onto Razor’s throw and is sent to the outfield. He uses Back to return, but Hisoka is also injured and the situation looks grim. However, Gon has an idea for defeating Razor, but he needs Killua’s help to pull it off.
Outlaw Star EP#08 - Forced Departure: Gene becomes unconscious due to his previous battle with the Kei Pirate, who offers an antidote in exchange for their ship. Gene wakes up and declines the offer and Melfina purges the poison by taking Gene into the navigator booth of the spaceship. The Kei Pirate and his robots then attack the Outlaw Star, and Gene and Suzuka defeat them, only to be confronted by three more Kei Pirate grappler ships.
Cowboy Bebop EP#06 - Sympathy for the Devil: Spike and Jet chase a dangerous enemy who, despite having the appearance of a little boy, is actually more than eighty years old.
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex 2nd Gig will return next week.
Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans Season 2 EP#03 (28) - Battle Before Dawn: Tekkadan rendezvous with Gjallarhorn to discuss their joint operation to capture the Dawn Horizon Corps leader Sandoval Reuters, but Orga senses something amiss when Gjallarhorn sends only one ship instead of a whole fleet. Orga agrees to the mission on the condition that Tekkadan take the lead in the operation. Just as Tekkadan encounter the Dawn Horizon Corps’ fleet, they discover that the pirate faction has outnumbered them by towing the majority of their ships unpowered behind the lead vessels. Nevertheless, Tekkadan’s precise tactics and Mobile Suit squadron mow down majority of the enemy fleet, but the Dawn Horizon Corps strike back with Mobile Suits of their own with many piloted by disposable Human Debris. Just as Tekkadan are about to get their hands on Sandoval, Gjallarhorn’s Arianrhod fleet arrives and interferes with the mission, revealing that Isurugi and Arianrhod are under two separate and competing chains of command.
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders EP#12 - The Empress: Sensing J. Geil’s death through the connection in her bloodline, Enya prepares to take revenge on his assailants with her minion who uses the Empress Stand. Elsewhere, Jotaro’s group travel by bus towards Varanasi, joined by the woman from before, who introduces herself as Nena. Upon arriving in the city, Joseph, growing concerned about what he assumed to be a bug bite on his arm, goes to the local hospital to get it treated, as Nena sticks out her tongue which has a strange wart on it and remains with Polnareff. When the doctor attempts to cut the growth off, he is killed by the “bug bite”, which has grown its own face and reveals itself to be the Empress. As Joseph tries to fight off the Stand attached to his arm, he is put into a further pinch when the Empress implicates Joseph for the murder of the doctor, putting the police on alert. Joseph attempts to hide from the police, but the Empress grows arms and manages to keep Joseph in one place, alerting the police towards his location. With the Stand unaffected by his Hamon techniques, since it is a part of his own body, Joseph instead uses Hermit Purple to squeeze and ensnare Empress, allowing him to break free. As Joseph searches for user of the Empress while trying to avoid attacks from the Stand as it grows larger and stronger, he comes across a barrel containing a black substance and sticks his arm inside. Though the Empress is initially undeterred in its attacks on Joseph, stating that it cannot be suffocated as it is not a living organism, the substance suddenly solidifies around it, stopping its movements. Joseph reveals that the barrel contained coal tar that he had sought out with a map created by Hermit Purple and some ashes. Joseph then proceeds to use Hermit Purple to rip the immobilized Empress to shreds, while elsewhere Nena is also torn to shreds, revealing her as the Stand’s user and her true form as an obese woman who was using the skin of the younger woman as a disguise. After regrouping with Jotaro and Kakyoin, the group decides to travel by car to Pakistan, unaware that they are being followed by another car.
Lupin the 3rd EP#17 - Lupin’s Day Off: Lupin, Jigen and Goemon want to spend some time in the hills outside Rome, but they casually find a lost dog. The dog belongs to a rich woman who’s ready to offer a big reward to anyone who will be able to take it back to her. So, the trio starts a long journey to Messina, where they’ll be able to fulfill their duty.
Hunter x Hunter: Greed Island EP#71 - Bargain × And × Deal: Gon, Killua, and Hisoka manage to defeat Razor by working as a perfect team. After defeating Razor, Gon learns a little more about his father from Razor. The team gets Patch of Shore, and make two clones. Gon’s team receives the real card, which Genthru does not expect. Team Tsezgerra will delay Genthru for three weeks, giving Killua time to heal and Gon time to train to defeat Little Flower.
Outlaw Star EP#09 - A Journey of Adventure! Huh?: Gene does not take Jim seriously concerning the maintenance of the ship as well as their freelance business. Gene and Jim take on a contract to find and kill a man named Zomba in exchange for 10,000 wong, but they find a cyborg duplicate of this man instead, only being rewarded 2,000 wong as a result. They resolve to find the real Zomba and collect the full reward, but find out that the real Zomba has already been killed by Suzuka.
Cowboy Bebop EP#07 - Heavy Metal Queen: The crew of the Bebop chase a bounty named Decker, who is running a load of high explosives. While nursing a hangover at a diner, Spike meets a cargo hauler pilot named V.T., who hates bounty hunters, but ends up lending him a hand.
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex 2nd Gig EP#01 (27) - DI: Reactivation – REEMBODY: Two years have passed since the Umibozu forcibly disbanded Section 9. In that time, Section 9’s members have regrouped, reconstructed their headquarters, and resumed their previous role as a special-forces team specializing in cyber warfare. However, the reformed group operates without the official consent of the Japanese government, because the Special Forces Restriction Bill forced the group to separate. This changes abruptly when a skyscraper containing the Chinese Embassy is stormed by a group of terrorists identifying themselves as the “Individual Eleven”. The terrorists quickly take several people hostage and demand that the Prime Minister issue a statement announcing the discontinuation of the Refugee Special Action Policy. The Special Assault Team is summoned to the scene of the standoff, but the situation proves to be more than they can handle, and before long one of the SAT officers is captured. When the terrorists set a deadline for their demands and threaten to execute the hostages, the newly elected Prime Minister, Yoko Kayabuki, takes matters into her own hands and instructs Aramaki to have Section 9 storm the building with the promise that she will reinstate Section 9 if the team can resolve the incident without casualties among the strategically positioned hostages. Section 9 pulls off the operation without a hitch and they become an official law enforcement unit again. The episode ends with the return of the Tachikomas to the ranks of Section 9.
Samurai Jack will have a marathon again next week.