Dororo Episode 003 Review – The Story of Jukai

Dr. Jukai jumping off of a cliff

Jukai the mass murderer

The Story of Jukai reveals how Dr. Jukai came to learn and provide prosthetics. During war Jukai worked for the Shiba Clan, crucifying wounded enemies. Until his loved one is killed by a soldier. Traumatized, Jukai jumps into the sea. Years later Jukai becomes a Doctor that helps the poor for free. He is aided by a orphan named Kaname. After Jukai gives a boy that had his arm cut off by a samurai a prosthetic arm, Kaname is told of the rumor of Jukai’s past. When confronted, Jukai tell’s the truth. He reveals that he was saved by a ship when he jumped of the cliff. Kaname becomes furious, as Jukai murdered his father. Jukai doesn’t beg for his life but just a chance to make a prosthetic for the boy. Kaname then removes his prosthetic leg and limps away.

Kaname threatening to kill Jukai

Saving Hyakkimaru

Jukai finds Hyakkimaru and raises him. We fast forward 6 years as Hyakkimaru is seen swing through trees. He appears to have had powers from the beginning. He gives him prosthetics and names him, Hyakkimaru. While searching through the woods, we see that Hyakkimaru pulls a flower from the stem. By removing the flower it seems to lose its life force and goes from a green aura to red as it dissipates. He’s attacked by a wolf like demon, but is saved by Jukai. The demons appear to be attracted to Hyakkimaru’s powers. Jukai then teaches him to fight. Dororo gives us a glimpse of the life of the brother of Hyakkimaru.

Hyakkimaru fighting a demon

Fearless and Painless

Hyakkimaru masters the techniques that Jukai taught him. He goes on to slaughter many demons. Jukai notes that because he “doesn’t feel pain, he doesn’t have fear and no hesitation towards slashing and killing.” When he kills a demon, Hyakkimaru leg grows back. Jukai realizes what likely happened to Hyakkimaru, he makes him sword embedded prosthetic and sends Hyakkimaru on his way. Dororo and the Old Priest discuss the deal that was likely made. They can’t decided why demons would want his body parts. Hyakkimaru returns having regained his sense of pain. He steps on the fire seemingly testing his pain tolerance.


Hyakkimaru feeling pain

This episode was largely straight forward, explaining how Jukai came to be the doctor he is. While, focusing on Jukai may seem odd considering that Jukai isn’t a main character but he is the only character that knows what happened to Hyakkimaru and can speak. What this episode does leave us with is a question. How will Hyakkimaru handle fighting demons now that he can feel pain. It’s a new wrinkle in this series.


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Bandai Namco announces Dragon Ball Z action RPG

Upcoming Bandai Namco game, Dragon Ball Game Project Z was teased on Twitter. It was announced last week, the publisher states that the game will “focus on the World of Dragon Ball Z.” More news is expected at the Dragon Ball Fighter Z World Tour Finals on January 26th and 27th. I was confirmed last week that “The Warrior from Universe 11,” will be joining the Dragon Ball Fighter Z’s rosters. Many fans assume that it will be Jiren.


Dragon Ball Super: Broly Film 4th at Box Office

According to the site, Box Office Mojo the latest Dragon Ball movie raked in an estimated $9, 794, 742 (US) in America and Canada. Dragon Ball Super: Broly ranked fourth behind Glass, The Upside and Aquaman. Overall, the film has earned a five day total of $20, 214, 771, making it the 3rd anime film all-time in America and Canada. The film has already grossed $65 million outside the US and Canada. The total gross for the film was about $85 million.

Source: ANN

The Promised Neverland Episode 002 – Review

Emma’s Nightmare

Ignorance is Bliss

Emma now with the burden of knowing that Conny has been killed by monsters. Having nightmares as a consequence of this event she can’t put the genie back into the bottle. Mom (Isabella) sweetness towards the children must now feel like a thin facade. She is clearly frighten by Isabella and justifiably so. However, Norman is able to put on a facade of his own. He greets Emma with a exuberant smile. He explains that he believes that “Mom found the bunny,” but doesn’t know who dropped it. He believes that they must smile so they won’t let on what they know.

Norman smiling through it all

The quality of the meat

Emma and Norman discuss what the likely parameters are for the “meat.” Norman concludes that ” age equals the grade of meat.” The siblings aged six represented the normal quality of meat and higher quality meat was from the twelve year old children. He deduces that the students with the lowest test scores get shipped out first. They both figure that the significance of the test are connected to the brain. Norman determines that they need to escape in 2 months.

The escape plan

Preliminary escape plan

Emma and Norman head to the wood to hatch their escape plan. At this point you have to wonder where everyone else is. All the siblings and Mom seemed to disappear. Regardless, Norman states that the “house is in the center, then the gate and the forest surrounds them.” They conclude that escaping through the forest during the day would be the best opinion. However, there’s a massive wall that’s tall and thick. It’s too smooth to climb as well. When they return to Mom they discover something more troubling.

Mom’s on to them

Mama’s got you tracked

Mark comes rushing towards Mom in a panic. He’s lost Naila in the woods. Mom pulls out a compass looking thing, she clear know Niala’s whereabouts. Norman and Emma concluded the obvious truth. Mom has a tracking device. Furthermore, Norman assumes that she did it in front of them on purpose. He message “No matter who it is. I won’t let you escape.” It appears that Mom can only know the current location of the orphans, otherwise she would already know who was at the gate. Norman is asked to help with repairing a clock. When he returns he finds Mom with Emma. Afraid of what she’d do he hides and watches from afar. Emma manages to fake Mom out. She does however ask them if “they went to the gate last night,” scaring the shit out of them.

Emma and Norman informing Ray

Telling Ray the truth

Norman and Emma consider telling Ray everything. Ray shows up and asks them what happened last night. They inform him and he instantly believes them. He breaks down the various issues they would face. He doesn’t mince words when he tells Emma that getting 37, mostly six year olds over the wall would be improbable. In addition to that they don’t know what’s outside. He concludes that since they’re on a farm that likely means that they outside society is one for demons. Ray believes that leaving them behind is the best option. Emma believes that they can “save the world.” Finally, the stakes get even higher when Mom introduces the infant Carol and Sister Krone.

Introducing Krone

This episode had so much in it. First the main protagonist have already been established as geniuses or at least highly intelligent. At first I though it was a little convenient, but how else are several 12 year olds going to outsmart demons and escape. That said this series play’s with knowledge. What you know and when you know it is important. Emma and Norman quickly figure out that Mom must know about the bunny. They quickly realized all the obstacles they face. This mostly lets the audience know what the obstacles are.

There are some issues with the amount of knowledge they possess. How would they understand the concept of a “tracking device,” implanted in the body no less. Clearly, this show couldn’t exists with all knowledge having to be accounted for or it would take forever. Finally, the 2 month harvest period sets up a time limit. Every period they will lose on of the now 38 siblings, which is something that Emma doesn’t want. With the addition of a even younger child and a second adult, The Promise Neverland will likely keep viewers on our toes.

My Hero Academia Chapter 213 Review – The Soul’s Whereabouts

The Power of One for All

An unnamed former One For All wielder tells Izuku “not to give up.” He tells him that the black tendrils were a “manifestation of the previous One For All wielder’s Quirk,” Black Whip. The reason that it manifested was because ” Izuku was thinking about how he wanted to capture Neito Monoma, fitting the nature of the Quirk perfectly and so causing it to appear.” The Quirk factors ” of all the previous wielders have been inside One For All for a long time, just sitting inside the small core of the Quirk.” This Quirk is expanding, as the strength of One For All increases.

Izuku gets back to reality

Deku regains his composure. Ochaco explains that “Shinso used his Brainwashing to calm the power down, so there would be nothing to worry about anymore.” As they talk they’re attacked by Neito. Ochaco attacks him with Gunhead Martial Arts, Reiko uses her Poltergeist to throw screws and pieces of metal at Ochaco. She has to doge, giving Neito the chance to escape. Class 1-B regroups, but before they can refocus they’re attacked by Mina and Mineta. A melee breaks out between the five.

One for All’s true power

This chapter only moved the story a little, but the biggest revelation was the true nature of One For All. The assumption so far was that all it did was give Izuku a great amount of strength. Especially, considering that All Might only seemed to use his strength. However, All Might stated that he believed that “the ability to actually interact with previous users of One For All is exclusive to Midoriya.” If what the previous wielder said was true that “the quirk factors of previous holders have merged with the core of One For All and there are six other quirks that Izuku will manifest,” then One for All will change drastically. Through the development of One For All I think we’ll get a greater understanding of the previous holders and their Quirks.

Source: bokunoheroacademia.wikia.com

Mob Psycho 100 Season 2 Episode 2 – Urban Legends

Reigen and his sad little stand

Looking into Urban Legends

Reigen is bored. No one seems to bothered by spirits. In search of money Reigen decides that he and Mob should look into urban legends. Reigen is of course looking for the gullible, that believe in the supernatural. He sets up a stand to offer exorcism help. Mob and Reigen are interrupted by Shinra Banshomaru, the greatest psychic of this century. He claims that they don’t have any jurisdiction to put up their stand. As challenges their so called authority, but a potential client arrives. She claims that spirits are attracted to her. Mob confirms that a spirit of a middle aged man is following her.

Shinra Banshomaru

Eliminating the Urban Legends

Shinra is uncertain who would take such a job, and of course Reigen claims the job. Shinra decides to help, Reigen asks Dimple to tail him. He seems to be concerned for Shira’s safety. He asks some children about what they’ve seen. He becomes weird and the girls think he’s a pervert. A guy in a read raincoat runs pass him and he tackles him. This reveals that the man named Akarain isn’t wearing any clothing. We get a seen that’s similar to the fighting game genre, with Akarain vs Shinra. Akarain flees. The human faced dog turn out to be a dog with a face written by marker.

Akarain Verses Shinra Street Fighter style

Hey aren’t you thirsty

Shira catches up to Akarain. This turns out to be his plan all along. He attacks Shinra with a taser. At this point it seems like Shinra doesn’t have any psychic powers. After knocking Shinra out, a skinny woman dragging several dolls behind her, stating hey, aren’t you thirst over and over. Akarain attacks her with his taser. She reflects the electricity on him, knocking him out. Shinra uses Spirit Hold. It doesn’t have an effect. The woman sinks under the water and rises under Shinra throwing him into the lake. She tries to drag him under water, but Dimple possess him awakening his latent powers.

The Dragger

Dimple verses the Dragger

The fight between Dimple (in Shinra’s body) and the dragger is a dynamic battle. The animation is spectacular ask they fight through the trees. Dragger attacks with a series of clawed weapons. Cornered, Dimple considers abandoning Shira when his achilles tendon snaps. However, Mob’s faith in him prevent him from doing so. Just before the Dragger kills Shira, Mob saves them. She flees. Dimple claims that the Dragger was given life from “the imagination of masses.”

Mob defeats the Dragger

Fear is used to power her. The lake begins to expand, trapping Reigen and Shinra. However, because Mob doesn’t have a childhood fear of the Dragger he’s able to defeat her. Mob’s ignorance saved him. Reigen, Mob and Dimple head to find the “Dashing Granny,” but it turns out she just an old lady that runs. Mob is embarrassed that she beat him, becoming Mob’s “first traumatic experience with urban legends.”

Dashing Granny

One Piece Chapter 930 Review – Ebisu Town

Zoro in Ebisu Town

Zoro arrives to Ebisu Town, where he’s greeted pleasantly by the starving residents. Each of them mentions how hungry and malnourished they are while smiling. Yasu tells him that “since humans have been blessed with the gift of laughter, it would be wasteful not to use it.” They citizens mention that Ushimitsu Kozo arrived last night. Kozo is a thief that steals from the rich to give to the poor. His motives are unclear.

Big Mom arrive for Luffy

Big Mom arrives

In a surprising turn, Big Mom and her pirates arrive at Onigashima searching for Luffy. Having tied carp to her ship, they’re being pull up the waterfall. Kiado, demands that his subordinates stop them. Fearing an “All out war,” Kiado grows more fearful of Big Mom causing trouble. King arrive in the form of pteranodon using his Ryu Ryu no Mi, Model: Pteranodon. He causes the ship of Big Mom to flip over, sending her into the sea. Obviously, Big Mom won’t meet her end her. However, being a devil fruit user she can’t swim, I wonder if her children can save her.

Big Mom falls into the sea

Sanji and his Raid Suit

In the Flower Capital, Law, Sanji, Usopp and Franky are fleeing the Beast Pirates as they try to find Sanji. Law discourages Franky from fighting sighting it’s risks. However, when a woman is under attack from Page One in his spinosaurus form. He demands that they call out to Sangoro and they do so. The civilians flee before Hawkins and Drake arrive, however, Sanji prepares to use his Raid Suit as it protects him from injury and will conceal his identity.

Oda has found a convenient way to get Sanji to use the suit that he refused to use before. It seems like Kiado’s subordinates are going to have dinosaur devil fruit abilities. Considering the vast variety of dinosaur species Kiado may have many Ancient Zoan-type devil fruit users. So far we have only seen three, X Drake, Allosaurus, Page One, Spinosaurus and King, Pteranodon. They’re all aligned with the Beast Pirates. This chapter is the rare one that didn’t feature Luffy at all. This arc does feel that it’s rushed , there’s so many characters both new and old that it can be difficult to focus. Regardless, another great chapter.

Dr. Stone will get a novel on February 4

Art by Boichi

Ichio Morimoto’s novel Dr. Stone Hoshi no Yume, Chi no Uta will be released on February 4th. Based on the manga series by Riichirou Inagaki and Boichi’s, Dr. Stone focuses on Taiju Oki, Senku Ishigami and Yuzuriha Ogawa as they navigate the world after humanity is turned into stone. One story in the novel will focus on Senku during high school, before humanity was petrified. Another will focus on several characters after the pertrification, as they join a band using handmade instruments.

Shueisha published the 8th volume in December and a 9th volume is expected to be released in February. Viz Media published on it’s digital Weekly Shonen Jump magazine. The series will get an anime adaptation in July this year. The series is described as:

One fateful day, all of humanity was petrified by a blinding flash of light. After several millennia, high schooler Taiju awakens and finds himself lost in a world of statues. However, he’s not alone! His science-loving friend Senku’s been up and running for a few months and he’s got a grand plan in mind—to kickstart civilization with the power of science!

Viz Media

Source: ANN

Dororo Episode 2 Review – The Story of Bandai

The old man and the bell

The Fire of the soul

We see the blind old priest meet what I assume is a demon in the woods. For his vantage point the odd looking demon is nothing but a green aura. Dororo is desperately trying to communicate with Hyakkimaru. It’s clear to him that Hyakkimaru can “see” something as shown in the battle from the previous episode. Also, Hyakkimaru is able to grab berries to eat and fish. After, Dororo cooks the fish, the narrator explains the how the warrior sees the world. Hyakkimaru cannot see or hear.

Since birth he was able to “see” the “fire of the soul.” Using the fire of the soul one could differentiate being from one another. The color of the soul was used to determine if they were hostile. Hyakkimaru also possessed “superhuman senses and strength.” Dororo’s soul was white, therefore it didn’t indicate to Hyakkimaru that he was in danger.

The representation of the murdered traveler

Warrior for hire

Dororo plans on using Hyakkimaru’s fighting ability to make them rich. A small village is under attack by a monster. Villagers and travelers disappear. When they arrive at the village they are greeted by Denkichi who’s filling in for the chief, Bandai. He offers them a place to stay and supper. The “monster” from the beginning of the episode arrives with his bell, asking “You want.” Clearly, this “monster” isn’t a threat. However, his appearance certainly has given people that impression.

The tail end of the demon

Hyakkimaru’s true sight

Hyakkimaru’s ability to see the “fire of the soul,” gives him the advantage of being able to “see” someones true intent. As a result he’s able to see the danger Bandai represents and can determine that the “monster” is harmless. Regular humans can only see the surface of a person. This results in a bias, Bandai is a beautiful woman as Dororo quickly notes. Meaning everyone assumes shes “good,” while the deformed “man” is dubbed a “monster.”

Hyakkimaru quickly attacks Bandai. He and Dororo are placed in the storehouse. They meet the old priest there. He explains to Dororo how Hyakkimaru can see. As they speak, a monster comes from the well. Hyakkimaru attacks it and heads to fight Bandai. She reveals herself to be a demon. However, Denkichi help Bandai escape, revealing that he feed the travelers to the demon to save the villagers. The demon is surprised to see that Hyakkimaru is “still alive.” It suggests that the reason is the “it” failed to “take him.” He kills the demon.

The hidden gold

The pilgrim’s bell

The “demon” from the beginning once again ask “You want” then disappears into the ground. Underneath it is the traveler’s gold that were eaten by Bandai. Addicted to the money Denkichi couldn’t stop. He wanted the bell’s sound to stop so that he wasn’t reminded of what he did. The bell was from the first traveler. Hyakkimaru reveals his name to Dororo and begins to receive his next lost organ. Daigo notices something is wrong and orders an underling to investigate. This episode is the standard monster of the week on the surface but it’s actually more. By explaining to us the limitations of Hyakkimaru it simultaneously explains the limitations of those with “normal” sight. Basically, everyone has a handicap of sorts and we should investigate our biases.

One of Hyakkimaru organs return

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Boogiepop wa Warawanai Episode 03 Review

Tanaka Shiro searches for his girlfriend the now deceased Kamikishiro Naoko. Together, with Nitoki and Masami they search for Kirima Nagi to get her knowledge on Naoko’s disappearance. When they locate her she attacks them and ties them up, not knowing whether she can trust them or not. Echoes vouches for them and she releases them. It is here that Masami betray’s them, stabbing Echoes with a poisoned pen and slicing Nagi’s throat. Manticore appears and attacks Echoes.

Tanaka flees, abandoning Nitoki. Masami confesses his allegiance towards the Manticore. Defeated, Echoes activates his powers and returns to outer space. Masami sacrifices himself for Manticore, resulting in her becoming enraged. She threats to “kill everyone,” but Tanaka arrives with Boogiepop, killing the Manticore.

Nagi returns from the dead as she is resurrected by Echoes. Everyone returns to their normal state and Naoko saves humanity. If this anime was supposed to have the “no one is safe” feel, then this resurrection ruins all that. Supposedly this ended the first novel of the series, which makes it even more unnecessary to bring her back.

Boogiepop remains a bit of a mystery to me. The plot remains confusing due to the non-linear storytelling. My understanding is that this non-chronological sequencing is intentional. Maybe, this style of storytelling is an acquired taste, but I don’t like it. The animation isn’t particularly good in my opinion, especially the fight scene at the end of the episode. It was terrible. This episode represents the end of the first arc and the end of my reviewing this series. I keep reading other reviews to see if this series gets better with other arcs, but in the meantime I’m done with Boogiepop for now.


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Fairy Tail 100 Years Quest Chapter 16 Review – Ash and Dark Clouds

Natsu torches Madmorl’s and burns through his armor. Wendy now nude, is given some clothing from the spirit world. Lucy, Carla, Gray, and Happy get back together, and prepare to fight Skullion and Madmorl. Shocking everyone, Madmorl gets up after Natsu’s match. Natsu’s flames begin emitting heat, resulting in Kyria’s clothing melting. Ezra’s is unaffected because she’s wearing the “armor of the flame empress.” Kyria attacks claiming that “we’re going to eat these flames.”

Ezra isn’t phased by this and she attacks using Flame Empress’s Rising Fire Cutter. Kyria is teleported by Skullion. Natsu and the rest of Fairy Tail impress Skullion. He reveals that they are no longer interested in the Water God. They now want the White Witch, he reveals that there are more of them. Skullion then leaves, promising that they will return. Their ship dissipates into ash. The Water God Dragon awakens and tells Caramille’s to run.

The villains of the series so far are too generic. Skullion in particular has thin characterization. While it’s likely that they will get more depth, but so far their behavior is predictable. That said a guild of Dragon Eaters seem interesting. I haven’t been able to really get into this series yet. It’s only the 16th chapter, but I feel something is missing. I like reading it but not as excited for the chapter like I am for other series.