‘The God of High School’: An instant hit

Jin Mori makes an early impact in episode 1 of The God of High School.
Jin Mori makes an early impact

I have been excited about the anime The God of High School since it was announced. I’m happy to say that the first episode, set up/stand up wasn’t a disappointment. The God of High School is based on the manhwa of the same name, created by Yongje Park, the series follows Jin Mori, a martial artist practicing Taekwondo. The first thing that you notice is the animation and style. The God of High School is beautiful. The animation is fluid, but the series is also stylish. As Jin speeds through the city he encounters two old ladies. During each of these moments the animation shifts to a more childish animation style. The angles as he’s rides are dynamic and impactful. 

This all adds to the manic energy the series presents. The God of High School is also funny. Jin and Yoo are both goofy. They meet after Jin runs Yoo over with his bike. He quickly convinces her to join him in stopping a thief. The third main character, Han, seems to be more laid back. Jin is typical of an anime main character. He’s a male with high energy and apparent love of food. The God of High School tournament features participants that are directly recruited by administrators. They’re permitted to use any style of martial arts and any kind of weapon. Given bracelets that monitor their vitals, the fighters are injected with nanomachines that monitor their physical status. These bracelets will heal “any injury immediately.” The winner of the preliminary and the tournament will be granted any wish. 

Yoo Mira

The Battle Royale

After the announcer explains the rules he begins the battle royale. The battle royale is a convenient way to introduce us to our main characters and show us their skills. We got get official introductions but based on design and skills there are approximately eight main fighters. The main villain so far is Kang Manseok, a prisoner that has his arms tied together. As a result, he can only use his legs and speed to fight. He quickly defeats several fighters before encountering Yoo. The conflict is brief but shows several things. First, Yoo isn’t useless without her sword, Kang has mastered the use of his feet to the point that he can use his toes. It’s refreshing that Yoo is capable because female characters can often be useless in a series like this one. It remains to be seen if she will have a further impact during the tournament. 

It rare for an anime to meet the expectations set by anticipation. However, The God of High School does just that. The larger setting and lore that exists hasn’t been revealed yet but I’m excited about the possibilities. The trio of main characters and the other fighters are thinly drawn right now, but I’m interested in learning more about them. The God of High School makes a massive impact right out the gate, with flawless visuals, good humor, and great action it has the potential to be a hit. 

Fire Force 2, Episode 1: Recap and Review

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Pokemon: Twilight Wings Episode 6

There’s a dark side to Pokemon. It illuminated through the Pokedex entries of many Pokemon. This particular dark element is best illustrated in the descriptions of the Ghost Pokemon. The Pokemon Cofagrigus entry reads in part that “People who approach Cofagrigus are swallowed and turned into mummies.” The Pokemon Lampent according to the Pokedex, uses spirits to “fuel its baleful fire.” It waits for hospital patients to die. 

Banette use to be a doll that came to life after being disregarded, it seeks the child that abandoned it. Even more shocking is Yamask, who’s mask is created from the “face of a human.” Ghost Pokemon take center stage in this sweet but spooky episode. Pokemon: Twilight Wings episode 6, Moonlight, centers around Allister. The very young Ghost-type Gym leader from Stow-on-Side, Allister hides his face behind a mask. This episode returns to the story of John and Tommy. 

After a falling out over their dreams of becoming Pokemon trainers, Tommy is hoping that he can make amends. He asks Allister for tickets to see Leon. However, Allister suggests apologizing in person. Together they sneak into the hospital, were Tommy apologizes. Meanwhile, Leon is finally given John’s letter by Chairman Rose. With one episode remaining Pokemon: Twilight Wings continues to tell touching stories. 


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Fire Force 2, Episode 1: Recap and Review

Company 8

Fire Force Returns

The Fire Force Season 2 begins with an episode titled, A Fire Soldier’s Fight. Company 8 is enjoying ice cream meanwhile Shinra is considering the tasks he needs to accomplish to save society. He wants to find a way to “turn infernals back into people,” unravel the “mystery of the Evangelist and Adolla Bursts,” and end “spontaneous human combustion.” Early on the episode focuses on changing the style of the Lieutenant. I found this moment boring and I think it went on for too long. Regardless, an explosion erupts and Shinra springs into action. 

Shinra encounters a massive infernal. He’s rescued by Arthur Boyle. The rest of Company 8 arrive to take down the huge infernal. Captain Obi sends Viktor Licht and Vulcan Joseph to locate the infernal’s core. Iris, Maki, Tamaki, and Hinawa join with Shinra to battle. Vulcan and Licht discover that the infernal has multiple cores. Five in all, one in each arm and leg, with a main core in the chest. The arms and legs need to be destroyed first. Lieutenant Hinawa shoots the first core causing the wrist and hand of the infernal to turn to ash, falling off. 

Arthur arrives

A new infernal arrives

Temaki uses her Nekomata to bind the infernal, while, Maki uses her powers to pulverize the core with Sput-Flare Rush. Next up is Arthur, who easily destroys the leg core with Violet Flash. Obi takes the second leg core, leaving the rest up to Shinra. With the Rapin-Man kick, he destroys the massive infernal. After a new OP, we return to the Company 8 headquarters. Obi is outraged by Hinawa’s new wardrobe. Particularly his hat the reads “Nudist Bitch.” Hinawa lies a claims that he bought the clothing, however, Obi knows who’s responsible. What’s next for Company 8, Fire Force Nude Calendar. 

I have criticized Fire Force for its female fanservice, so male fanservice is refreshing. Company 8 hopes to become the most popular as they are currently last. Meanwhile, Captain Hibana is obsessing over the possibility that Shinra is seen naked. All the Captains seem to be eager to appear to accept Captain Shinmon, who was secretly photographed in the bathhouse. This year Company 8 hopes to rise in the ranking. It’s silly but I found it more interesting than the earlier shopping spree. I stopped watching the series in the middle last season, hopefully, they can keep my interest for Fire Force Season 2. 

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Top 5 Anime Tropes I Hate

The Sailor Scouts
The Sailor Scouts

Parental Abandonment

It’s common for heroes to have no parents. They’re either dead, strangely not mentioned, or abusive. Everyone is “conveniently an orphan.” This often avoids the question of why would someone allow their child to leave home alone? Even if the parent didn’t care it would still be parental neglect. Furthermore, if the main protagonists is a super-powered demon slayer or an actual demon, it would be necessary to explain why their parents didn’t know or didn’t tell them. It’s an understandable trope but one that’s overused. 

  1. Sailor Moon. Rei lives with her grandfather. Her mother died and her father abandoned her, leaving her to be raised by his mother. Ami’s parents are divorced. Makoto’s and Mamoru’s parents both die in tragic accidents. 
  2. Naruto. Sasuke’s parents were slaughtered by his brother. Naruto’s parents died fighting the Nine-Tails. Gaara’s mother died during childbirth. Asuma dies before his child is born.
  3. Bleach. Orhimes parents abandoned her, shes lived alone since she was 12. Chad’s parents died, then his grandfather leaving him to take care of himself since the age of 15. Uryuu’s mother died and his father is estranged. 

Instant Expert

Every once in a while a character must learn something that is conveniently helpful. Not only that the user can master the new power instantly. If you think too hard you will realize that it probably would take years if not decades for the character to learn the new skill. Of course, that’s why writers grant their characters instant abilities in the first place.

  1. Kamehameha. It took Master Roshi almost a century to learn it, Goku does it after seeing Master Roshi do it once. 
  2. Rasengan. Naruto’s father Minato learned the Rasengan after years. Naruto learns it in a week, although he didn’t master it.
  3. Bankai. Normally it takes decades to learn the Bankai. Ichigo learns his Bankai in three days. 

Calling Your Attacks

In anime, long-winded names given to attacks are the norm. Whether its the name of a punch, weapon, or magical attack these names are important to their coolness. The origin of this behavior can be connected to the ancient concept that “special words can invoke control over the supernatural.” The use of a spell’s name can sometimes be part of an incantation. The Kido in Bleach require long incantations that seem to be a random collection of words, however, a user can avoid saying the entire spell, but must sacrifice some power. These names use to be limited to special moves, now every attack has to have a title. 

  1. Bleach. Ultimate Technique: Stunning Charlotte Chuhlhourne’s Miracle Sweet Ultra-Funky Fantastic Dramatic Romantic Sadistic Erotic Exotic Athletic Guillotine Attack. 
  2. Fairy Tail. Metsuryuu Ougi Guren Bakuenjin (Crimson Lotus: Exploding Flame Blade)
  3. Kenshin. Hiten Mitsurugi Ryu Ougi Ama Kakeru Ryu no Hirameki

The Power of Friendship

The villain in many series often mock friendship. Why would you rely on others when you can do everything yourself? Of course, these villains generally have massive group followers that fight for them. However, they’re not friends so it’s different right. What the villain doesn’t know is that these friends are also a secret power. The hero will reach a new level of power to protect his friends or they will work together to defeat the villain. 

  1. Fairy Tail. Wizards gain power based on the strength of their friendships.
  2. Naruto. Like most Shonen heroes Naruto can get stronger to save his friends. Also known as Friendship no Jutsu. 
  3. One Piece. Basic this series runs on the power of friendship or Nakama. 

Explaining Your Power to the Enemy

The villain monologue has become a trope and is now mocked often. The practical reason for it is to inform the audience, however, this info could be gained without telling the villain. Like having the character think about the effect of their attack or its power. The explanation can range from what an ability does to how to counter it. Sometimes it doesn’t matter what they explain as their too powerful to lose, although, they usually make their lives harder. 

  1. Berserk. A demon tells Guts that he can’t regenerate if his head cut off. Gut’s immediately cuts his head off. 
  2. Bleach. Hirako Shinji does this twice the time. First, he tells Aizen how his Shikai works. (its powers reverse his opponents’ senses and movements). He then does it again when fighting Bambietta. 
  3. Dragon Ball Z. Gohan explains that his true power only comes out when he’s angry. So Cell tries to kill his father and his friends. 

Top Five Amoral Groups or Races in Anime

Top Five Amoral Groups or Races in Anime

The shinigami from Death Note
The shinigami from Death Note

The Shinigami (Death Note)

The Shinigami in Death Note exists to kill humans. It’s required for them to survive. Ryuk deliberately drops his Death Note into the human world out of boredom. He takes joy in Light Yagami’s mass-murdering but largely doesn’t care about their death because it’s all part of nature. Since all humans are going to die anyway, why be concerned with premature deaths. 

The Zoldyk family (Hunter X Hunter)

The Zoldyk family is a family of assassins. The family is highly pragmatic that practice tough love. They have a strict approach to their profession and a love of violence. However, they have a strict rule against killing the innocent. Their cold demeanor extends to each other. It works when assassinating people, not so much when relating to the family. 

The Pillar Men (JoJo Bizarre Adventure)

The Pillar Men are an ancient humanoid race. They’re almost extinct, but use to live thousand of years ago. Highly intelligent, powerful, and capable of manipulating the bodies to a high degree. Due to being such an elite and old race, they have very little regard for humanity. They view humanity the way humans tend to view insects. They even killed a character without noticing. However, the Pillar Men seem to value non-human life, going out of their ways to avoid destroying things like flowers. 

The Angels (Evangelion)

Angels in Evangelion refer to the fifteen children of Adam. Exactly what Angels are can be confusing. Supposedly, Angel’s are a variation of the human race. At first, they appear as humanoid entities, then they “reject” the human form. Angel’s have unique forms. The motives of the Angel’s are left ambiguous. One theory is that they’re trying to “return to Adam,” that’s located deep underground. They may want to “access Lilith and reset all life.” Angel’s don’t seem to communicate and often have no expression. Overall, the Angel’s seem to function on some sort of autopilot. What motivates hem is unknown but it appears that they only fight out of instinct. 

The Saiyans (DBZ)

According to Akira Toriyama Saiyans are considered amoral. They are a warrior race that loves battle and strength above all else. Goku often displays the amorality and its possible consequence. He often spares the life of a villain so they could get stronger a fight again. During the Cell Games, he gives Cell a Senzu bean so he could have a “fair fight” against Gohan. He does this although it would have benefited Earth and increase Gohan’s chances. Also, the Saiyans have an odd view of romantic relationships. Saiyan form sexual relationships for procreation and not for love. Most Saiyans don’t have romantic or parental love for spouses or children. It’s the primary reason Goku and Vegeta don’t have the best relationship with their wives and children. 

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My Hero Academia Chapter 276: Recap and Review

Shigaraki is too strong

Chapter 276 of My Hero Academia opens with a question. Where is our country headed? Endeavor battles Shigaraki directly. However, despite not being able to use his Quirks, Shigaraki is almost as strong as All Might. Meanwhile, Eraserhead is being helped by Manual because his ankle was twisted by a Nomu. Eraserhead’s eyes are being moisturized by Manual’s Quirk. As Endeavor reaches Tomura he unleashes a fire blast. It does not affect as Tomura is actively able to avoid it. He slams Endeavor into Ryukyu. Elsewhere, Deku and Katsuki are dropped off by Gran Torino. 

Deku and Bakugo are hidden

Gran Torino believes that due to Tomura’s speed they need to be a certain distance. The strategy is to create distance between Tomura and the civilians while putting him in Eraserheads sights. As the heroes descend on Tomura, several Nomu’s arrived. Tomura wasn’t able to save every Nomu but managed to free what Dr. Kyudai calls Near High Ends. They can’t think for themselves but they maintain get strength. Two of the Nomu’s begin to rush towards Eraserhead, but so does Tomura. Fearing death, Eraserhead thinks of his students and his desire to watch over them as they mature. Suddenly, Deku and Bakugo arrive, with Deku directly tackling Shigaraki. 

The heroes are still overwhelmed

I just noticed that both One Piece and My Hero Academia current arcs have the heroes outmatched and outnumbered. It’s probably a coincidence but it’s interesting none the less. Something has to give. I still think that this fight between the heroes is going to end prematurely. Shigaraki being comparable to All Might without his Quirks is simply too strong to be defeated right now. I believe most of the heroes present will probably die including Eraserhead and Gran Torino. Although I hope Eraserhead survives. Regardless, we finally get Deku/Bakugo vs Tomura. 

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Top 5 Best Anime Couples

Personally, the romance in anime hasn’t always interested me. When I was younger I found the romance to be annoying. However, as I matured I appreciated them more. Most of these couples come from Shonen as my anime diet consists mostly of that genre. However, I think all series are in the mainstream, at least to anime fans. Anyway, let’s get to it. 

Yuri and Victor dancing on social media
Yuri and Victor dancing on social media

Yuri and Victor (Yuri on Ice)

I’ll admit that I still not sure that Yuri and Victor are officially a couple. This confusing seems deliberate, as I imagine that the creators didn’t want to lean into the gay relationship. Or I could be dense. Regardless, I read them as a couple. Victor feels much older than Yuri, but he’s 28 to Yuri’s 24. At the end of season 1 of the series, Yuri and Victor are engaged. They’re a cute couple with Yuri and Victor having the opposite personalities. 

Yusuke Urameshi and Keiko Yukimura (Yu Yu Hakusho)

Keiko and Yusuke are childhood friends. Having grown up together they eventually became a couple. They like Yuri and Victor are opposites. Keiko is calm, kind, and doesn’t like to use foul language. Unlike Yusuke, she was a top student. When Yusuke becomes offensive, she often scolds him. Regardless, she is always supportive of him despite his behavior. Yusuke is very protective of her like most of the people he values. At the end of the series, Yusuke and Keiko are engaged. 

Inuyasha and Kagome (Inuyasha)

Inuyasha and Kagome were on the anime couple that annoyed me the most growing up. There’s a commercial mocking how often Kagome and Inuyasha call each other. This relationship leans on the will they or won’t they trope. I don’t think that you could even call them a couple through most of the series. It’s not helped by the fact that Inuyasha still loved Kikyo, even though she wanted him dead. Inuyasha is often juvenile, resulting in Kagome having to yell at him. The dynamic in this relationship is Kagome being the scold and Inuyasha being an idiot. It’s funny sometimes, but it can be a drag. 

Bulma and Vegeta (Dragon Ball Z)

This relationship is the most surprising. Vegeta not only started as evil, but he also kills several of Bulma’s friends. As death is rarely permanent in Dragon Ball, I guess the emotional pain isn’t either. Regardless, they meet on Planet Namek during the Freiza Saga. During this meeting, Vegeta threatens to kill both Bulma and Krillin. So he didn’t start on a good note. The first hint that Bulma was attracted to was when she told Vegeta that he was “cute and he should lighten up a bit.” Vegeta and Bulma’s relation remains rocky despite the birth of their first child Trunks. Eventually, they got along better and married. Their relationship is the most loving during the Dragon Ball Super series. When Beerus slaps Bulma, Vegeta flies into a rage becoming stronger than Beerus for a small period. Coming from Vegeta that’s a sign of love. 

Usagi Tsukino and Mamoru Chiba (Sailor Moon)

The relationship between Usagi and Mamoru was the first anime romance I was exposed to. Mamoru or Tuxedo Mask is an incarnation of Prince Endymion. He was the sole survivor of a tragic car accident that killed both his parents. The relationship starts playfully. With Mamoru calling Usagi pet names like “Bunhead”, a reference to her hairstyle. Usagi fell in love with the Tuxedo mask, not Mamoru at first. Once they got together, the two had their ups and downs. However, they eventually get married and have a daughter name Chibiusa Tsukino

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Tower of God Episode 13: Recap and Review

Headon returns in episode 13 of Tower of God.
Headon returns

In the final episode of the first season of Tower of God, we quickly learn that it was Bam, not Rachel that was chosen to climb the Tower. Despite not being chosen, Rachel begs for a chance to climb. However, when offered the test on the first floor, she considers it “cruel.” Rachel is resentful of Bam. She believes that he “gets everything.” Headon offers her another “special” test. If she “ends Bam’s story with her own hands,” then he will allow her to ascend the tower. She agrees.

However, Rachel hopes that someone else will kill Bam for her. She’s certain that she really can’t bring herself to do it. We learn that the Test Administrator colluded with Rachel. The Administrator sent a Navigator to give Hoh the note, pitting him against Rachel. Aware of this, Rachel chooses to allow herself to be stabbed. She assumes correctly that Bam would want her around all the time. This provider her with plenty of opportunities to kill him. Her jealousy permitted her to kill Bam after he became a big star among the participants. 

Rachel resumes her lies

Rachel and the Regulars pass

Rachel is released by the fish on dry land. Here she meets the remaining Regulars who want to know where Bam is. Rachel lies, telling them that his disappearance is due to the Bull. It’s a plausible lie and it works. The Regulars all pass but it’s bittersweet particularly for Rak and Khun. Remembering Bam’s commitment to Rachel the Regulars agree to help her climb the Tower on his behalf. Khun only joins them to undermine the rules of the Tower. Outraged at all cheating, Lero Ro quits and decides to climb the Tower himself. 

Of course, Bam is still alive. He’s encouraged by the Navigator to climb the Tower. She offers to train him. Bam agrees to climb to find the answers he seeks. I love this series but if Bam is still going to chase after Rachel like a puppy I’m going to be annoyed. I predict that next season, Rachel will get exposed by Khun. I don’t think she can hold up the lies for too long. One criticism I have of this series so far is that too many characters aren’t fleshed out. Overall, Tower of God exceeded my expectations. Hopefully, that will continue. 

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Top 5 Anime Characters with Scars

Guts with his Scar against his nose

Guts (Berserk)

Guts have numerous scars after many battles. However, his most distinct scar is the one across his nose. Guts received this scar during a training session with his former father figure Gambino. During this session, Gambino becomes frustrated after Guts manages to cut his cheek. In his rage, he gives Guts the cut across his nose. 

Shoto Todoroki (My Hero Academia)

Shoto has a large burn scar across his left side of his face. He received this scar from his abused mother. Todoroki’s father Endeavor abused his mother resulting in her developing an intense hatred of Endeavor. In a fit of insanity, she burned Shoto by pouring a kettle of boiling water. She immediately tried to soothe Shoto’s pain with her ice Quirk, however, Shoto seem to be permanently scarred. 

Shanks (One Piece)

Shanks’s trademark scar across his left eye was given to him by Blackbeard. When and why he received this scar is currently unknown. The scar is a set of three vertically linear lines that cross over his left eye. However, the eye itself isn’t harmed. 

Kenpachi (Bleach)

Kenpachi has many distinctive traits. His eye patch, long black hair, and his hairless eyebrows. In addition to all that he has a long, thin scar that runs down his face. Located on the left side, the scar doesn’t cut across the eye. It was given to him by the former Kenpachi and Gotei 13 Captain, Retsu Unohana. He was just a child when she gave it to him. 

Vast the Stampede (Trigun)

Vast the Stampede has too many scars to detail. The series doesn’t necessarily tell us when they all happen. Vast’s body is full of deep scars, metal plates that appear to be bolted on, and cuts. In the anime, it is suggested that these scars are all the result if Vast’s unwillingness to kill his opponents. 

The Top 10 White Haired Anime Characters (Part 2)

The Top 10 White Haired Anime Characters (Part 2)

Kakashi unmasked
Kakashi unmasked

Kakashi

Kakashi is one of the most famous shinobi in Naruto. Know the Copy Ninja, he had copied over 1000 jutsus. He’s one of the most powerful ninja’s in the series later becoming the Sixth Hokage. His appearance is often a source of interest for fans and characters in the series. He hides his face under a mask. Most of his friends have forgotten what he even looks like, although, Teuchi and Ayame consider him to be handsome. In addition to this and the fact that he hides his Sharingan under his forehead protector, and also has spiky white hair that leans to the left. 

Sesshomaru

The full demon brother of Inuyasha, Sesshomaru is a powerful demon. He began to hate his brother after their father sacrificed himself for him. Sesshomaru considered this act a sign of weakness. He always calm, calculating, and confident. Sesshomaru in battle was able to determine his opponent’s strength and only used power necessary to kill them. Despite his personality, he did show that he could care for others even humans, like his companions Rin and Jaken. In his human form, Sesshomaru is good looking, with pointed ears, and long white hair with bangs. In keeps his white hair when he transforms into his Yokai form. 

Victor Nikiforov

champion figure skater, coach, and choreographer, Victor is a legend in the skating world. He was the top figure skater at 16, having won five consecutive World Championships and Grand Prix Finals. It seems to be a trend that white-haired characters are considered more attractive than average. Regardless, Victor is considered hot. He has short gray hair with bangs that cover his left eye. 

Yoko Kurama

As a human Kurama has red hair, but when he reverts to his demon form he becomes a literal silver-haired fox. Kurama is calm, calculating, and analytical character. When he transforms his personality shifts and he becomes cruel and merciless even though he maintains his intellect. In this form, Kurama has fox ears, silver hair (including his tail), and wears an outfit that resembles a toga. 

Jiraiya

Jiraiya is one of the legendary sannin along with Tsunade and Orochimaru. A powerful ninja and world-renowned pervert, Jiraiya became the Toad Sage. Later he would become the teacher of Minato Namikaze (4th Hokage), Nagato (Pain), and Naruto. Jiraiya was generally silly and fun-loving. At first, you might assume Jiraiya’s hair is due to his advanced age, however, he’s had white hair since birth. As he got older his hair grows to waist length. 

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