My personal opinion is that the characters barely acknowledge Blackstar's rants because he hypes himself so much.
Originally Posted by Light Lucario
And if they do, it's just to humor his insanity.
Of course everyone is happier with BlackStar getting a beatdown - he's so prideful and full of it that it's just a comeuppance.
That and the nightmare sequence were the most satisfying moments of the episode for me. It didn't make me love the episode itself due to Blackstar himself, but I'm okay with Blackstar losing more fights and being beaten up.
I didn't really care much for this episode. It seemed like they were trying to make Blackstar look sympathetic, but in their attempt to do so, it only showed how much of a huge jerk he is. He doesn't want to surpass God to be able to protect his friends or fight off the madness. He just wants to prove himself like how he boosts about being the greatest to everyone, which just makes him look like a selfish jerk. Talking about surpassing God when he hasn't really accomplished much within the show also didn't make his goal look any better. Maybe this kind of motivation could work if he at least had a likeable personality, but he really doesn't. I think he's one of the worst anime
characters I've ever seen, or at least the worst of the hyperactive boy trying to prove himself type. He's loud, extremely annoying, and just downright unlikable. There are no redeeming traits about him and so the attempt to make him look sympathetic was going to fail right from the start.
Hmmm, now that I consider it, maybe Blackstar isn't a typical shonen hero along the likes of Naruto. His rants, his manic personality, delusions of grandeur... Maybe he's supposed to be really an psychological wreck and we're following his breakdown.
Joe the Plumber was probably introduced to add to the mystery The Kid was trying to uncover. There are hints that something odd is going on through the show. Though this aspect has been overtaken for humor this episode.
(snip) Tsubaki isn't surprising since she rarely argues against Blackstar, but everyone else not batting an eye about it was strange. Hopefully, they can go back to some of the more interesting elements of the show like Crona's subplot soon. I wasn't sure what to make of the new character, but he didn't appear much besides the beginning and end of the episode anyway.
Speaking of the "Mystery Plot" regarding Death (as if the war against spider women, golems, and cosmic horrors were not engaging enough), I always thought it's out of place in this anime. Why is this plot tossed in when everything else isn't developed or done yet? Or for that matter, why throw it in when we should focus on the bad guy's evil plot?
"What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men. That is what love looks like." ~ St. Augustine of Hippo
"Truth suffers, but never dies." -St. Teresa of Avila