One Piece Chapter 1016: Yami gets a powerup and Tama takes control

One Piece chapter 1016 cover
One Piece chapter 1016 cover

One Piece manga chapter 1016 utilizes CP-0 to update the audience on the battle. The unknown member of CP-0, says that “5,000 soldiers have been incapacitated, leaving the Beasts Pirates with 24,000 soldiers and the alliance with 3,000.” These numbers are complicated by the revolt of the Pleasures and Waiters against Queen. As a result, the Beast Pirates have lost 4,000 soldiers and the alliance gained them. CP-0 notes that “the disparity in manpower was shrinking . . . the battle constantly changes with new information.” I think this is the theme of this arc so far.

I have predicted Zeus will get his redemption arc. It appears I was correct. It’s confirmed that Zeus is inside the Clima-Tact. He explains when he was eaten, “his soul left his body,” and entered the Clima-Tact. Nami is happy about it. However, Zeus tells her that Big Mom is the only one who can remove him. Suddenly, they run into Bao Haung and Ulti. The latter charges at the Strawhat’s (Nami and Usopp). She grabs Tama from Usopp, blaming her for turning the Gifters against them. For those that may have forgotten, Tama’s devil fruit ability, Kibi Kibi no Mi grants her the power to “tame” animals with her “dango.”

Zeus defeats Ulti in One Piece Chapter 1016.
Zeus defeats Ulti

I am the Mighty Zeus

The Beast Pirates are part animals, as a result, they can be controlled by her if they eat a dango. Ulti begins choking Tama. Enraged, Nami swings her Clima-Tact at Ulti. Zeus increases its length and adds spikes. He tells Nami that he can “help” and she should use her baton like always. Zeus believes Ulti is still weak from Big Mom’s attack and a “lightning blast” would defeat her. Nami refuses because Tama is too close. Using his Special Attack: Green Star Sargasso, Usopp frees Tama, leaving Ulti vulnerable.

Zeus turns into a large black cloud and a lightning bolt strikes the ground. Ulti evades but Zeus claims it’s not over until he “hits the target.” Ulti collapses shocking Bao Haung. Ironically, she was excited to tell the soldiers that Momonosuke was dead, hoping to kill morale, instead she accidentally tells them the two Tobi Roppo were defeated. This does ruin morale, just for her side. Usopp incapacitates her with his Green Star Devil, giving Tama a chance to speak through her. Some of the Beast Pirates get excited hearing their master. Finally, Yamato prepares to stall Kaido until Luffy returns.

Weekly Anime Round-Up (June 7th – June 13th, 2021): Race and Power in the Great Pretender, Elitist anime, and Candy Flurry

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Great Pretender‘s animation looks good but I haven’t been able to get into it. A “crime comedy” anime produced by Wit Studio, Great Pretender follows Makoto “Edamame” Edamura as he enters a life of crime. When he swindles a swindler (Laurent Thierry) his life changes for the worst. Beata over at Anime Feminist explores how the series focuses on race, class, and power dynamics.

Makoto takes on a robin hood role, as he steals with the goal of helping others. Beata examines how the series depicts the negative effects of “structural oppression.” The bodyguard of the drug trader Eddie Cassano, Salazar, is trying to escape his life of crime and create a safe home for his son. Eddie exploits the benefit of his privileges or as Beata puts it:

Eddie chooses to continue his criminal activities because his whiteness and wealth give him the power to navigate both the criminal and legitimate world without experiencing many repercussions.

Beata

Mob Psycho 100 art

Elitist Anime

Scott over at mechanical anime reviews discusses what he perceives to be “elitist anime.” Basically, elitist anime is supposed to be “intellectual.” These anime generally begin in 2010. Elitist is considered an insult, suggesting someone is out of touch. While Scott doesn’t wish to pass judgment or take things too seriously, he does create a list of the anime he thinks fits the “elitist” label.

Personally, I don’t have an issue with “elitist anime” if it means anime that makes you think. I have an issue with gatekeeping by fans who believe you’re not a “true” anime fan if you only watch “mainstream” series. I don’t know how the two concepts compare and they may overlap. The list includes some anime I’ve seen, some I heard of, and some I’m unaware of, Vinland Saga, Mob Psycho 100, are among my favs.

This is the concept behind this post. I don’t want this list to be taken seriously, ok? Please don’t. Let’s just enjoy anime together and not point fingers at each other at our own tastes.

Scott

Cover page of Candy Flurry chapter 1

Candy Flurry

Demon God Thadeus hopes to give the new Shonen Jump series Candy Flurry some attention. A new series with less than 10 chapters, Candy Flurry is written by Ippon Takegushi and drawn by Santa Mitarashi. The corporation called “Cyndy Toy Toy,” sell Toy Toy Candy magical sweets that grant the consumer’s candy powers. There are 100 of each type of sweet. DGT loves the Power System:

I love how simplistic it is in execution- but how much potential it has for strategy and combat. I hear about all of these complex @$$ Nen abilities and these……….ridiculous overpowered Stands, and I end up thinking “Whatever happened to the days where I can just hit someone REALLY hard and they go down?” Seriously; what the h#ll is up with Knuckle’s “Chapter 7 Bankruptcy” and that stupid “Golden Spin” bullcr@p? That……may have just turned everyone who loves the complex mechanics in a power system away, but I can assure you that this is a really cool way of fighting.

Demon God Thadeus

Demon God Thadeus sells the series, making me interested and the art style appeals to me. So I’m going to give the series a read. I hope I like it. I’m always looking for another good manga series. Check out Candy Flurry.

Four Knights of the Apocalypse Chapter 4 and 5: Percival is death

The cover of Four Knights of the Apocalypse Chapter 4.
The cover of Four Knights of the Apocalypse Chapter 4.

In Four Knights of the Apocalypse Chapter 4, Pellegarde is surprised by Percival’s magic abilities. Percival is shocked and kind of disgusted by it. He tries to shake it off his hand and attempts to “give” it to Pellegarde, who is pushed back. He describes Percival’s magic as an “enchanter type.” Pellegarde uses his magic against Percival and shoots a fireball he calls Pyre. He’s able to control the flame with his fingers. Percival is able to dodge his attack with ease. Pellegarde challenges him to do something else. Percival swats the flame with his hands. However, Pellegarde’s flame hits him anyway. The Knight tells him that his flame “will never go out” unless he stops it or the “target burns down.”

Surrounded by flames, Percival doesn’t panic. He spreads his magic around his body to protect himself. However, Pellegarde claims that it’s too late, he’s already sustained burns. Percival collapses. Suddenly, little Percival’s form around Pellegarde. The Holy Knight is confused about what type of magic Percival possesses, as the latter heals himself. Pellegarde claims his magic is the “hero” type. This proves what we already know, Percival is one of the Four Knights. What is surprising is Pellegarde wants to keep Percival alive. Percival strikes Pellegarde, demanding the fight continue.


Pellegarde is impressed with Percival’s ability

Pellegarde is impressed by Percival’s strength and determination. However, he’s still inexperienced. Donny steps in and levitates Pellegarde, giving Percival a chance to escape. Pellegarde explodes with power, regaining control over the fight. A red fox appears with Percival’s bag. It releases a spell bead, teleporting Percival and Donny. The bead transports them to the dragon’s backbone, a thirty-mile mountain growth. The Red Fox can speak and is quite rude. After telling Percival he’s a “sorry ass,” the fox tells him Pellegarde wouldn’t know where his father was. Anyway, he tells Percival and Donny the Four Knights don’t exist, yet. Each Knight will bring “four world-destroying calamities.”

If you’re familiar with the Bible and the Four horsemen of the Apocalypse, then the concept is common. The four horsemen are famine, pestilence, war, and death. Percival is one of them. It’s clear from the image that Percival is death. Considering his personality, Percival doesn’t seem like he should be a member. Will he change? Maybe the four horsemen won’t be as menacingly as the name suggests. I’m curious how Four Knights of the Apocalypse will deal with this dark premise.

My Hero Academia Season 5 Episode 11: Team Deku’s perfect finish


My Hero Academia Season 5 Episode 11 begins with the hectic frenzy we saw at the end of the last episode. Neito copies Deku’s One For All, however, Deku warns him that his body won’t be able to handle it. Neito doesn’t get the opportunity to use One For All because Ochaco uses her Gunhead Martial Arts on him. Hitoshi and Deku face off. In a flashback, we see Eraser Head training Hitoshi. It didn’t occur to me until this moment that Hitoshi is similar to Eraser Head. It makes sense considering that most of the students are similar to previous heroes.

While Ochaco takes Neito to jail, Mineta and Mina step up the close combat. Dominating Reiko, Yui, and Shoda with a combination of Mineta’s, Mineta Bounce, and Mina’s Acid Layback. As much as Deku is supposed to be the focus of this fight I think Ochaco is the MVP here. She not only captures Neito, but she also saves Deku and returns to knock out Reiko and pin Yui to a pipe covered in Mineta’s Pop Off balls. The 4-0 victory is largely due to her. She is complemented by Eraser Head and Midnight. Class 1-A’s overall victory was never in doubt, but I thought Class 1-B showed how far they’ve come.

I get the feeling that Hitoshi will end up in Class 1-B. However, his connection to Eraser Head might be a factor in which class he’s in. That said, I don’t think it’s necessary for him to be in Class 1-A. We rarely see Class 1-B and it feels like they aren’t in the same school. However, I believe they’re literally next door. Anyway, Eraser Head can directly train Hitoshi after class. There was too much to this episode, but the potential of Hitoshi and Ochaco stood out to me.

One Piece Chapter 1015: Luffy survives and Yamato seeks freedom

The Alliance stops giving up, as Kaido corners Momonosuke in One Piece Chapter 1015.
The Alliance stops giving up, as Kaido corners Momonosuke.

It turns out the voice Momonosuke heard was from Luffy. In One Piece Chapter 1015, “Chains,” the alliance starts to lose hope until Sanji and Momonosuke reignite them. Queen and Perospero are about to defeat Chopper and the alliance fighter on the Live Floor. Suddenly, Sanji appears and attacks Queen. Perospero fires off more arrows into the air, but the long neck of a transformed Queen spins after Sanji’s. This results in Queen inadvertently blocking the arrows and then striking Perospero. While I’m excited to Sanji step up, I was disappointed that Chopper was so ineffective (at least in battle.) Anyway, Zoro is in Choppers care now and Sanji is ready to fight.

I was wrong in my last review, Kin’emon didn’t use his Devil Fruit ability to save himself. He does buy time for Momonosuke, he’s ultimately stabbed in the back by Kaido. He remembers how difficult it was for him to pretend to be Momonosuke’s father. I had completely forgotten they presented themselves as father and son. It’s a bittersweet moment when you realize what was sacrificed. Momonosuke recognizes Luffy’s voice and delivers Luffy’s message. Luffy is “still alive and that he would make it back, so no matter how to hurt everyone is or if they have nothing left, they have to keep fighting.” The message has its intended impact, reinvigorating the alliance. However, Kaido finally corners Momonosuke and Shinobu. The shinobi uses her Ripe Ripe Jutsu to decay a piece of rock they were standing on.

Yamato prepares to cut the chains that bind them

The Heart Pirates find Luffy and Nami’s Clima-Tact has been transformed into a homie like Zeus. Finally, Yamato prepares to “cut the chains” binding them to Kaido. The Heart Pirates have saved Luffy before, but I’m not sure what they can do without Law. The fight between Yamato and Kaido has to last for long enough to grant Luffy time to recover. Sanji verses Queen could be interesting if the arc allows for a proper fight. So far everyone keeps getting interrupted. I wouldn’t trust that Clima-tact if I were Nami, Big Mom could have planted it. However, if it’s Zeus then this would be his moment to redeem himself. Speaking of Big Mom, Kid is going to need Law to help him, if they’re going to have a chance. Finally, what is Luffy’s new power and can he control it?