The truth about Ymir and Historia

Episode 30 of Attack on Titan was mostly split in half. The first half was a flashback that gave us background on Ymir and Historia (Krista). I mostly focused on Ymir, we learned that Historia is the illegitimate child of some royal. As a result she was rejected and was given another name. Ymir takes to Historia due to their mutual life experiences.

The flashback didn’t quite peak my interests, it might have been better to weave the flashbacks in between action scenes to keep the intensity. Regardless, the most interesting thing was the suppose secret that Ymir was going to share with Historia. She was blatantly asked by Reiner, whether she knew that Ymir was a titan. Either she was lying, Ymir told her a false secret or a completely different secret.

We return to the present, as Reiner and Bertolt realize that Ymir was the titan that killed their friend. Ymir’s titan form is rather small, her arms are elongated with claws. It appears as if it shouldn’t be balanced, but moves with impressive agility. However, her lack of strength makes it difficult for her to defeat all the titans. Seeing Ymir struggle causes Historia to shout towards her to live. Ymir changes tactics and knocks the tower over on the titans, as she rescues the scouts.

The titans are unharmed and emerge from the rubble. The titans overwhelm Ymir and begin to cannibalize her. Historia foolishly tries to help her, but the great Mikasa rescues her. The result of the Corps arrive and defeat the remaining titans. Ymir survives, but at the cost of her leg. Despite the beginning I still thoroughly enjoyed this episode. I liked the way this series plays with our expectations of who will and can died. Twice I assumed that Ymir was done for. The question becomes is her loyalty ONLY to Historia or the larger corps as well.


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Ymir the hidden titan

In my previous review I questions Ymir’s motives and thought she was acting oddly. I had no idea what she was hiding but it was big. It turns out that like Eren, Ymir is a human-titan shifter. Early in the episode we are shown a unsettling scene between two small titans, the more energetic one pushes the other to the ground, rips its ear off while making weird panting sounds. I don’t know what the significance of that scene was but it stood out.

The episode then flashes back 2 hours as we witness what transpired before the titan emerged. Connie explains to Ymir what he believes happen to his village, she doesn’t buy his theory that his mother might have been the titan he saw. She rudely mocks him, later she and Reiner look for food and find herring in a can. The language seems to be foreign and Reiner can’t decipher it. He seems to conclude that she’s from a specific part of the country.

We return to the present, as the scouts face off against the titans. A small titan breaches the tower, Reiner encounters it in the narrow hallway. He flashes back to earlier times when he’s and Bertholdt saved by one of his friends, whom is then consumed by the titan. The unarmed scouts defeat the titan, but Connie almost gets eaten by another one. Reiner intervenes and is bitten on the forearm, he lifts the titan on his back intending to jump out the window with it.

Connie slices the jaw of the titan open releasing the grip it had against Reiner’s arm. Scouts seemed to be successfully dwindling the titans down, but the Beast titan throws a giant bolder and horses at the scouts, killing Lynne and Henning instantly. The beast titan calls for more titans, the scouts become overwhelmed. Gerger falls of the wall but Nanaba saves him using the last of her gas. Gerger appeared to be saved, however, he along with Nanaba are killed. Without anyone to battle the titans hope seems lost.

Christa begins to consider what she needs to do to “fight and die” with their comrades. Ymir chastises her for thinking about “throwing away her life.” She takes the knife from Connie and tells the other she’s going to fight with it. She tells Christa that she should remember her promise, then she jumps off the tower cutting herself and turning into a titan.

I’ll admit that the minute Ymir took the knife I figured she was a titan, it was the only thing that made sense. This season has manage to increase the intensity of each episode. The episode also played with or expectations, I assumed that Gerger was safe since Nanaba risked her life for him. Of course this is Attack on Titan, so that was naive of me. Regardless, the secrets of Ymir have been revealed and only more questions remain.


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Jinbei is boss, plans to join the Strawhat’s

Luffy’s plan revealed

Luffy uses a mirror inside the wedding cake and using the abilities of Brulee to reflect an image of someone onto another person. Luffy captures several animals and Luffy uses the copies as the distraction as they jump out of the giant cake. The cake topples over and Big Mom is outraged at the sight of the cake falling. She demands that a new cake be made and she threatens to kill the cooks. She uses her “Soul Pocus” abilities on them an kills them.

Luffy vs Big Mom

Big Mom wonders which of the Luffy clone’s are real. Bege is impressed with Luffy’s plan at first, but is shocked when Luffy reveals his real self. Luffy targets the photo of Mother Carmel, Big Mom uses Zeus and Prometheus and prepares to attack him. Katakuri attacks Luffy with a sticky substance trapping his arms and legs. It is revealed that Katakuri consumed the Mochi Mochi no Mi a logia-type devil fruit.

Jinbe is boss

Jinbe rescues Luffy from Katakuri’s attack. He admits to Big Mom that he was the one that told Luffy about Mother Carmel’s photo. Big Mom accuses him of trying to start a mutiny, he tells her that he’s merely quitting her crew and joining the Strawhat’s. Luffy is excited to hear this news and Big Mom claims that she is fine with this. However, she demands that Jinbe offer up his lifespan. Jinbe consents to his lifespan being taken, but Big Mom fails to take his life.

Jinbe explains that “he will not cower at a mere yonko,” especially if he plans on joining the crew of the “future pirate king.” Big Mom announces that they are now officially enemies, meanwhile, Brook appearing as a Luffy clone breaks the picture of Mother Carmel. This chapter was amazing. I knew the plan wasn’t going to go off perfectly, but the chaos that occur was fun to watch.

Jinbe as always is the standout of this chapter, having no fear of Big Mom is impressive considering her power. I couldn’t be more excited for Jinbe to join the Strawhat’s. Caesar is a red flag for me, I think he will betray them at some point. Sanji seems to have fallen in love with Pudding, but despite the fact she was abused, her bad choices may be too much to forgive. Is it possible that Sanji leaves as Jinbe joins the crew? Anyway another good chapter.

Lovely Blogger Blog Award from Matt-in-the-Hat

I would like to thank Matthew from Matt-in-the-Hat for nominating me for my third Lovely Blogger award.

Here are the Rules for this award:

  1. Thank the person that nominated you and leave a link to their blog
  2. Share 7 facts about yourself
  3. Nominate at most 15 people
  4. Tell your nominees the good news!

7 facts about myself

  1. I love Greek mythology
  2. I’m addicted to playing Legend of Zelda on the Switch
  3. I just started my first semester in Queen College, NYC
  4. I just started watching SHINGEKI NO BAHAMUT: VIRGIN SOUL
  5. I turned 30 in February of this year
  6. I just read Frankenstein for the first time
  7. I’m trying to grow a beard

Nominees:

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  4. https://dreager1.com/
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What is the mystery of the titans?

I am tempted to go on google and spoil the Attack on Titan series for myself, but I promised that I will stick to the anime only. Regardless, the third episode of Attack on Titan, titled “southwestward” begins were we left off in the previous episode. Connie mourns the destruction of his village, however, Gerger notices that the village lacks the general destruction associated with a titan attack. There’s no bodies, remains or blood left behind. The horses are still in the stables, meaning it is implausible that the villages left without them.

Before Connie leaves with the scouts, he hear what appears to be a strange and strained, “Welcome Home.” The trapped titan appears to have been speaking to him. I predicted that Connie might be related to this titan in my last review, I think that I might be correct. However, I does seem odd that Connie doesn’t seem to recognize her. That said we do know that titans can be created with injections, I think the reason there’s no bodies is because they were kidnapped and some were turned into titans. If the titan is Connie’s mother, she must be a failed experiment.

The scouts plan to follow the wall and locate the breach. Meanwhile, a group of scouts kill off another titan, with Captain Rico delivering the death blow. She notice the patterns of the titans are strange, elsewhere, Captain Hannes also releases the strange behavior. 11 hours later the team lead by Gerger, meets with another scout team. They confirm that neither group could locate the breach in the wall. Moonlight breaks through and a castle is revealed. The scouts take shelter in the castle, meanwhile, Hange reveals that the skin of the female titan is the same “pattern and composition,” as the wall.

A massive group of titans most likely under the control of the beast titan, attack the scouts at the castle. The beast titan as pointed out by Connie, heads for the wall. Hange, Levi tells Armin, Eren and Mikasa their mission. Gerger becomes enraged as the titans continue the assault on the castle. He and the other scouts with gear attack the titans, meanwhile the beast titan scales the wall. The rest of the scouts travel towards the castle, I wonder who will still be alive? This episode featured no action, but still manage to remain intense. A partially striking moment was when the scouts were using torches to illuminate the night.

The lack of visibility was frighting, I assumed that they would be attacked. That thought alone created the frighting moment. I was understandably relived when they meet with another scouting team. Armin and Hange together make a formidable team, their logic and reason are probably the best. Finally, I would say that, Ymir, stood out this episode, but not in a good way. She seems suspicious and the squinting eyes and close ups didn’t help. I don’t know what she’s up to but its not good.

 

Nintendo Switch out sells the PS4 and XB1 in March

Nintendo has confirmed that the Switch is now the “fastest-selling video game system in Nintendo history” with more than 906,000 units sold in March. They also have announced that the “Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild were sold during that period of time, equating to a more than 100% attach rate. This has never been achieved by another console.” The Wii U version of Zelda sold an additional 460,000 units, resulting in the game selling 1.3 million copies. Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has officially become the fastest selling Nintendo launch title and the the fastest-selling Legend of Zelda game ever.

The NPD Group has confirmed that for the fifth month the PS4 has outsold Xbox One. However, the Nintendo Switch outsold them both. Selling 500,000 in the first week, and 906,000 units in March. “Demand has outpaced both expectation and supply at a level that surpasses the record-selling Wii during the same length of time post-launch, surprising Nintendo and analysts alike.” I could only assume that the gamers that purchased Zelda without a console plan to buy it later or sell it on the secondary market for a profit.

The research firm SuperData has predicted that the Switch will potentially shift over 7.2 Million consoles this year. If this occurs it will surpass half the amount sold in four years by the Wii U. Globally, the Switch has sold an estimated 2.4 M consoles. So far everything looks good for the Switch, hopefully it will continue to be successful.

Nintendo Direct (April, 12, 2017)

In celebration of the release of  “Arms,” Nintendo will be releasing a new neon yellow joy-cons on June 16th. They also announced 12 new Nintendo Switch games and many 3DS titles. Finally, Nintendo announced that they will be releasing a “a new Joy-Con attachment that extends the battery life of the controllers. The Joy-Con AA Battery Pack Accessory includes an attachment for up to two Joy-Con controllers and a pair of AA batteries powers each unit. The battery pack slides onto the rail of the each controller in the same manner as a Joy-Con strap would, and it adds a sizable grip to the back of each one.” No news on American release prices.


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Sasha and Conny return home

Attack on Titan, episode 2, “I’m home” reintroduces the main characters, but focuses primarily on one secondary character Sasha Blouse. She is known as “potato girl,”possessing an insatiable appetite and a pleasant manner of speech. Sasha returns to her village, Dauper, that is a sparely populated village in the forest, in the southern territory of Wall Rose. While returning to the village she remembers a argument she has with her father, Mr. Blouse. She sees a new village and is immediately confronted with a horrific sight.

Tramatized little girl

A more human sized titan is chewing on the leg of a handicapped woman as her daughter watches. Sasha attempts to use an axe to kill it, but the rate of the titans healing prevents her from succeeding. She loses he grip on the ax and out of desperation flees with the girl. The titan turns its attention toward Sasha and the girl, while the girl is stunned that Sasha would help her at all. Sasha has a flashback of her and Ymir, who tells her to be herself. She returns to the present and determines that she will fight off the titan and the girl should run.

Cold eyes of a titan

Sasha isn’t know for her titan slaying prowess, but puts up a valiant effort considering that she only had a bow and four arrows. She concludes that blinding the titan temporarily will be the key to freedom. She succeeds and is surprised to see her father and other villager returning to get her. Her father tells her that he’s proud of her. Meanwhile, Connie Springer also returns to his village, he frantically rushes through his village and toward his families home. The episode concludes with a odd titan, that has crushed the home of Connie. The titan is emaciated, with ribs protruding out of it’s body and small limbs.

Titan casually eats a helpless mother

This episode conclusion was the most interesting part. I can’t hope but wonder that the eyes of Connie and the titan are similar. It may be nothing but I though it was interesting. Regardless, the next episode may reveal what true. The beginning of the episode reintroduced us to our primary characters, Eren, Mikasa and Armin. They are tasked with traveling in a group that features Levi, Pastor Nick and Hanji. She suggests that the trip will test Pastor Nick resolve and expose him to the reality of the world. This wasn’t an action packed, but interesting as always.

Sasha faces down a titan

The next Naruto series Boruto begins

A few weeks ago Naruto the long running anime series finally ended with the 500th episode. Boruto Uzumaki the title of the first episode of the spin off series, Boruto: Naruto Next Generations, will focus on the son of Naruto as he goes on his adventure in the ninja world. The episode begins much like the manga, with Boruto facing off against a currently unknown villian, Kawaki, as he announces the death of shinobi. He also alludes to killing Naruto, although it’s not clear.

Boruto is similar to his father in a lot of ways, his delinquency and other bad behavior. However, unlike Naruto he does have a father and mother. Boruto is resentful of his father being busy all the time. Like his father Boruto has no interest in school and prefers to have fun. Despite the differences between Naruto and Boruto, there are key similarities. Obviously, they look alike, but they share the desire to save people. Boruto rescues Denki from a group of bullies in an alley. Denki is the child of the head of the “Kaminarimon Corporation, the Leaf’s foremost electronics company.”

His father is the overbearing, wanting Denki to become a ninja. Denki is possessed by a dark force that seems to compels him into punishing his bullies. He plots to murder them by leaving them to die in a train crash. Boruto interferes with his plan, convincing him to “make his own decisions.” Together, Boruto, Denki and the bullies survive and Boruto arrives at the ceremony in a dramatic fashion, crashing the rail car into the monument to the Hokage.

Not much of note occurred in this episode, but it will be interesting what the differences between this series and the original. The series seems to hint that we will get to see Boruto and his classmates go through the ninja curriculum. I hope that the series will focus not just on Boruto, but the other genin as well. I also hope that the complex battles that were the hallmark of the Naruto series, but it became only about Naruto ans Sasuke. This new series feels like its going to go on for a while and hope it will take the best of Naruto series and add more.

 

Attack on Titan returns

The season of Attack on Titan has premiered, the second season will be half the length of the first, 12 episode. It has been four years since the last season premiered to critical acclaim and the series hasn’t missed a beat. The episode continue right where it ended, with Anne being defeated and the wall Titan being revealed.

Wall Titan

The Church of the Walls has secrets

Hanji is told by father Nick that she “shouldn’t allow the wall titan into the sun.” She asks him the obvious question, “why are titans in the wall?” Pastor Nick isn’t forth coming and wants restitution for his congregation’s apparent devastation. Hanji isn’t having any of it, she grabs him by his shirt and threatens to drop him over the wall. Surprisingly, Pastor Nick is accepting of this threat. However, I would question his piety considering he could have just jump himself. AOT is a series full of conspiracies this episode just introduced another one.

Mike in action

12 hours ago

We flashback half a day to the corp members stationed at Wall Sina, Connie and Sasha looked bored. Thing get exciting quickly as multiple titans from the south arrive, without time to gear up, the recruits are left to warn the villages on horseback. The Corp plan on splitting into four groups, avoiding combat when possible and spreading the word.

Abnormal Titans start sprinting

Enter the Beast Titan

Once the titans reach the woods the corp separates. However, the titans are abnormal and begin sprinting, to prevent them from reaching the unharmed corp too quickly Mike uses himself as a decoy. He is considered second only to Captain Levi in skill and single handily takes down 5 of the 9 titans. He passively watches the Beast titan as it casually walks. He whistles for his horse, this is when the Beast titan begins it’s assault.

Beast Titan weird demeanor

It grabs the horse and throws it with massive force, knock Mike off the roof and into the jaws of another titan. The beast titan then speaks ordering the other titan to stop chewing, shocking Mike. The beast titan asks about the equipment that the Corps use against titans. Mike is rendered speech less, the beast titan removes the equipment for study. Helpless, Mike is left to be devoured by the remaining three titans.

Beast Titan grabbing the horse

This series is still outstanding. The animation feels more fluid and dramatic. The dark themes, dramatic moments and sense of unease remain. The new and odd behavior the titan’s display add another layer to the series. The most important revelation in this episode is the Beast titan. His strange body design, powerful strength, intelligence and control over the titans makes him into a frightening new titan type. It’s demeanor in response to a petrified Mike is so caviler and the face it made when asking him question was eerie. Finally, the sounds of the titans ripping and chewing poor Mike apart was gut wrenching, reminding me why I love this series. Attack on Titan is back in all it’s sadistic glory.

 

Mike gets eaten

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Samurai Jack kills his first human

Jack finally kills his first human, officially making the series more adult and changing Jack forever. It’s amazing how the use of red blood in general adds more maturity to the series. Samurai Jack never felt really violent until now. Regardless, Jack faces off for the first time against the “Daughters of Aku.” They are merciless, organized and quickly dominate him. The get him off guard and remove his armor and arms.

As the fight begins, we simultaneously see a white wolf, fighting against three large tiger-like beasts. Like Jack, it’s outnumbered and desperate. To escape the barrage Jack retreats, where he has a conversation with himself. During this conversation it’s foreshadowed that Jack will kill a human. He tells himself that Aku just sends robot, and they are “just nuts and bolts, just nuts and bolts.”

Jack makes a risky run towards a safety, we are treated to a nice slow down scene in the rain. Jack finally sees the Daughters of Aku. The sisters are separated, as they search for Jack.  The sisters blend into the shadows of the ruins, Jack finally comes out of hiding. Two of the sisters attack him in the shadows, he manages to hold his own while fleeing when necessary.

Jack fights off all the sisters together, but only can evade, then run for his life. He eventually gets his one on one against a sister and kill her with her own weapon. When Jack finally kills one of the sisters he’s literal stripped down to almost nothing and is petrified. He is stunned that she’s was human and even in death she managed to wound him. We finally cut back to the white wolf, he’s defeated his attackers but doesn’t appear alive.

Could that be foreshadowing of Jack’s fate? This episode was spectacular, the tone was intense, the animation, camera angles and music, were all effective. Even though I knew that Jack was going to kill his first person in this episode, the suspense created still made it an effective moment. The symbolism with the wolf was a nice touch as well.