Attack on Titan Episode 7: Recap and Review

Episode 7 – “Assault”

Attack on Titan Season 4 episode 7, “Assault” raises the stakes as the Beast Titan and the Cart Titan join the Jaw Titan. They shoot the Scout Regiment down. Running out of power, Lara Tybur uses her power to impale Eren again. He blocks his neck in time. Falco Grice and Reiner both survived Eren’s transformation. However, Reiner has lost the will to live. Eren attempts to crack Lara’s crystal, only to break the Attack Titan’s teeth. He abandons the Titan, then creates a new one. Pieck, Porco, and Zeke are confident that they have the upper hand. Pieck states that “he Warriors are the ones currently controlling the battlefield because their opponents are limited in weapons and fuel, having arrived using omni-directional mobility gear without a supply line.” With the Marley military surrounding the interment zone, she believes the only obstacle is Levi.

However, this isn’t true. In the harbor, Marleyan fleet prepares to dock. Suddenly, Armin Arlet transforms into the Colossal Titan, destroying the fleet in a nuclear explosion. The Warriors realize they underestimated the Scouts. Porco charges at Eren, hoping that capturing the Founding Titan would end the conflict. Zeke is defeated by Levi, who strikes at his nape. The Beast Titan collapses in front of Magath, Falco, and Gabi. Levi triggers an explosion, forcing Magath and the children into cover. Elsewhere, the Scouts attack Pieck and the Panzer Unit. Sasha Braus snipes one member, Carlo. Pieck is then overwhelmed by Jean, when he hits her with a thunder spear near the eye. The rest of the Scouts bombard the Panzer Unit with Thunder Spears, killing them.

Eren is starting to lose it

Meanwhile, Porco reaches Eren. He bites off his hand, then rips out one of Eren’s eyes. In the barrage, Porco scratches the Lara’s crystal. An airship carrying Hange Zoe arrives. Hange explains the plan is to pick up the scouts, but they only have one shot at it. Porco tries to attack the ship, but Mikasa surprises him. She cuts off both his legs, leaving him at the mercy of Eren. The Attack Titan tosses Porco before pulling off both arms. Eren then jams the crystal containing Lara into the Jaw Titan’s mouth. Taking advantage of the Jaw Titan’s teeth, Eren crushes Lara like a walnut, while Porco begs him not to. After he kills Lara, Eren allows the blood and spinal fluid to flow into the Attack Titan’s mouth, gaining the War Hammer Titan’s ability. As Eren prepares to consume Porco’s Titan ability as well, Gabi and Falco call for Reiner to aid them. Reiner finally awakes, transforming into the Armored Titan.

Attack on Titan episode 7 was brutal. This series has conditioned us not to expect any easy battles and to prepare to see our favorite characters die. I thought I would side with the Scout Regiment only, but I found myself switch sides. Falco and Gabi are both innocent (at least where the Scouts are concerned) but I felt sorry for them. They have always been victims, but Eren specifically has caused them pain. I wonder if they will become like him. Continuing the endless circle of violence. Eren’s brutality is becoming troubling. I’m thinking that he’s going to become the villain, or at least the anti-hero. Eren has no regard for human life. It disappointed me that Levi and Mikasa didn’t shine. However, it’s clear that they are going to be important to the Paradise military force. Overall, Attack on Titan “Assault” was another breathtaking episode.


100 Day Anime Challenge–Day 20

Anime Character that gets on your nerves (Buggy the Clown)

Buggy the Star Clown is the captain of the Buggy Pirates, coleader of the Buggy and Alvida Alliance, former apprentice of the Roger Pirates, and a former member of the Seven Warlords of the Sea. Buggy was the principal antagonist of the Orange Town Arc. Since then, Buggy has become a recurring character. What annoys me about Buggy is his cowardice, personality, selfishness, and weakness. Buggy is self absorbed, hoping to earn the glory and respect that other pirates have. The problem is that he’s completely unwilling to work for it. He doesn’t spend any time getting stronger himself, but recruits others to do his bidding.

An opportunist, when Buggy is given a chance to capitalize on a situation to grant himself power or attention, he will. One Piece often creates scenarios for Buggy to gain this notoriety. For example, Buggy was a low level member of the Roger Pirates. This makes him infamous, even though unlike his crewmate Shanks he never got stronger. Buggy is easily manipulated by flattery. He can succumb to delusion of grandeur, at one point believing that with the escapees of the Impel Down he could take down Whitebeard and his crew. Buggy uses the word flashy too much, choosing to inject it into almost all his sentences. Buggy is also greedy.

Considering that he’s a pirate, this isn’t surprising. However, most pirates would never betray their crewmates for treasure, Buggy is different. He was willing to abandon the Roger Pirates for treasure and even wanted to steal from them. He’s willing to kill anyone that gets in his way and has even held a grudge against Shanks for 30 years after the latter cost him treasure. Buggy has stated that “the most important thing to a pirate is the physical treasure they find.” Buggy can be funny, and it’s amusing to witness how he accidentally falls forward into success. However, Buggy embodies all the negative qualities of a Pirate in One Piece and none of the good ones.

100 Day Anime Challenge–Day 19

Most Epic Anime Scene (Whitebeards Final Stance)

I tried to come up with the single greatest anime scene and decided that it’s impossible to make that case. In recent years, anime scene’s such as Tanjiro and Nezuko vs Rui, Levi vs The Beast Titan, and Gon vs Pitou have proved to be “epic.” Regardless, I think the most epic “scene” in anime is Whitebeard verses the Marines. During the Marineford arc, Whitebeard sustains a great deal of damage. Sengoku orders the Marines to “take Whitebeards head.” The Marines charge at him, impaling him with swords. He’s then hit in the face with a cannonball, falling backwards. When his Pirate crew tries to aid him he tells them to “stay back.”

Whitebeard regains his balance, claiming that he doesn’t need help “because he’s Whitebeard.” HIs power and fearlessness is impressive, but so is his self-confidence. After the death of Ace at the hands of Akainu, White beard unsurprisingly flies into a rage. Akainu burns off half his face and he still continues to attack. Delivering a devastating blow to Akainu, cuts the plaza into two. He is then attacked by Blackbeard and his crew losing his powers and is killed. He NEVER falls to the ground and NEVER turns his back to flee. Whitebeard showed his strength of character, even in death.


Jujutsu Kaisen Episode 15: Recap and Review

Aoi Todo has found his best friend in episode 15 of Jujutsu Kaisen.
Aoi Todo has found his best friend

Episode 15: Kyoto Sister School Exchange Event – Group Battle 1

The team battle begins. Megumi uses his Divine Dogs to track curses. Panda deduces that the cursed spirit boss is probably “halfway between both schools,” but doesn’t think it will sit still. The Tokyo team splits into the Megumi squad and the Panda squad. Suddenly, Aoi Todo arrives. He intends on taking on the entire Tokyo Team. However, Yuji takes initiative, kneeing Todo in the face. The others split up afterward. In a flashback, Maki predicted Aoi would come “charging straight towards them.” Yuji task is to distract Todo, he doesn’t need to win. Todo comes at Yuji. He hits him with a powerful punch. Todo brutally stomps on Yuji’s head, drawing blood. When he goes for the finishing blow, he stops, assuming that Yuji died. As he walks away, Yuji gets up.

What if you made me even dumber?

It pisses Yuji off. Todo asks him his name, then the question, “What kind of woman is your type?” Perplexed, Yuji answers “a tall woman with a big ass.” Todo loves his answer, he fantasizes that he and Yuji are best friends. Todo cries after the memory. Aoi decides Yuji is his best friend. The other Kyoto students suddenly attack Yuji. Mai Zenin shoots at him, Kasumi Miwa uses New Shadow Style, Simple Domain: Quick Draw, but Yuji can dodge them. However, the students can surround him. Yuji realizes that they’re trying to kill him. Aoi claps his hands together, using a cursed technique to swap Yuji with Noritoshi Kamo. Having found his new best friend, Aoi isn’t pleased. He attacks Kamo but misses. The Kyoto leave Yuji in Todo’s hands, hoping he kills him.

He’s just Sukuna’s Vessel

Momo Nishimiya surveilling, the battle is attacked by Nue’s electric wings. Maki and Megumi ambush Kasumi and Noritoshi. Megumi asks Kamo directly if he’s trying to kill Yuji. In a flashback, the Tokyo Team assumes that the Kyoto Team is trying to murder Yuji. Panda explains they consider Yuji to be no different from a cursed spirit. They send Toge to hunt down the cursed spirits, while they stop the Kyoto Team. With Toge free to fight curses, the Tokyo Team has the advantage. Elsewhere, Yuji and Aoi continue to trade blows. Yuji impresses Todo with his toughness, strength, and speed. However, he hates the time lag in Yuji’s technique. He points out Yuji’s “nasty habit,” and that he will never lose to him as long as he does that. Accused of being okay with “staying weak,” Yuji charges his fist. Claiming that he’s not.

100 Day Anime Challenge–Day 18

Favorite Supporting Female Anime Character

(Asuka Langley Soryu)

My favorite supporting female character is Asuka Langley Soryu. She is the “Second Child” and the pilot of Unit 02. She is of German and Japanese descent but from America. Asuka has rather abrasive, self-absorbed, and often mean and abusive, usually toward Shinji. She has great confidence in her ability as an Eva pilot and has synced with Unit 02 better than average. She is severely insecure because of trauma from her childhood and uses her attitude as a mask. In the Rebuild of Evangelion series, it changes her name to Asuka Shikinami Langley.

This version of Asuka is like her original. She’s confident, opinionated, and aggressive. However, she doesn’t have the same relationships that the old Asuka had. Another change is with her backstory. In the original, Asuka graduates from University at age 14. In the Rebuild of Evangelion, Asuka joins the European Air Force, becoming a Captain at age 14. Asuka’s genius and cockiness the follows isn’t for show. She’s got the skills.

Asuka’s shining moment for many fans is when she single-handedly battles armed forces and 9 mass-produced EVA’s. Though she succeeded in defeating them at first, Unit 02’s run’s out of power. The Mass-Produced Eva’s have infinite power “which allows them to remain functional despite being severely damaged or mutilated” and finally allows them to “eviscerate and dismember” Unit 02 using their “Lance of Longinus” replicas. I didn’t like Asuka until this moment. I found her offputting, but she proved she was the best Eva pilot.

The Promised Neverland Season 2 Episode 2: Recap and Review

Ray learning that truth of the past in The Promised Neverland Season 2 Episode 2.
Ray learning that truth of the past

Mujika and Sonju are the demon rescuers of the orphans. They don’t eat humans for religious reasons. They eat everything else. Mujika and Sonju reject the demon’s society farming system. Sonju tells them an “old tale.” Demons used to hunt humans. Some humans surrendered, while others killed demons. Eventually the number of demons killed by humans surpassed the number of humans killed by demons. The death toll became too much. So they formed a compromise. They will split the world in half, demons on one side, humans on the other. The orphans were born on the demon’s side. They’re the offspring of “gifts” given to the demon world. The demons established a “breeding system” to farm humans. That was over 1000 years ago.

Emma and Ray are at first stunned. Then their faces shift to excitement. If there’s a separate world for humans, then there’s hope. However, Sonju tells them that “no one’s come and gone between the two worlds in 1000 years.” This doesn’t change their plan. Emma believes they will simply get to the human world. The Promised Neverland gives us what we’ve been waiting for information about the larger world. How the farming system came to be and what happened to the humans. They create a new obstacle. No human has passed through to the human world. So as they answer old questions, they create new ones. There is confirmation of other farms besides Grace Field. Emma and the others plan to rescue all the children there, but first they need to find Mr. Minerva and ask him “how to cross to the world without humans.”

How to kill a living being

The Promised Neverland recreates the dynamic that existed in the inside Grace Field. Emma, the optimist, wants to rescue everyone. However, Ray isn’t an obstacle this time. Emma also accepts the difficulty of her plan. She still has hope and will “not to let anyone die.” Sonju gives them directions out of the forest. He tells them they need to “detour” to avoid wild demons. Instead, they should head through the wasteland. Meanwhile, Mujika and Sonju teach them how to survive on the outside. They continue to travel. When Sonju goes to check the surface alone, Emma joins him. Emma has an ulterior motive. She wants to learn how to “kill a living being.” When Emma gets her first kill, she prays over her prey. She notes that “they don’t want to be eaten, but have been eating others.” It never occurred to me that The Promised Neverland was a commentary on human eating meat.

We could compare Mujika and Sonju to vegans or vegetarians. They evade consuming the most “natural” food of the demons, humans. They do so for a “higher purpose.” Emma knows that they (humans) are hypocrites. However, she and the other must each in order to survive. Emma is maturing, but she doesn’t lose her kindness. Emma collapses. It reminds her of Conny when the flower blooms. Sonju assures her they didn’t suffer. I think he’s lying, but it’s a good lie.

100 Day Anime Challenge–Day 17

Favorite Supporting Male Anime Character (Alphonse Elric)

Alphonse is one protagonist from “Full Metal Alchemist”. He takes a back seat to his older brother, Edward. Alphonse (or Al for short) lost his entire body while attempting to bring his mother back from the dead using alchemy. His brother loses his right arm so he could seal Al into a suit of armor. Edward and Al travel in search of a way to restore Al’s body. They search for the Philosopher’s Stone, “which would allow them to restore their physical forms”.

Alphonse is a powerful alchemist in his own right and is good at hand to hand combat. He cannot feel due to have no body, he is almost invincible. Alphonse sacrifices himself (his soul) in order to restore Edward’s arm, aiding him in defeating father. Edward sacrifices his ability to use alchemy for bringing Alphonse back with him in his original body. Al is a kind, fearless little boy. Despite his loss he never let it make him into a bitter person.

100 Day Anime Challenge–Day 16

Anime with the best animation

I think it’s impossible to answer this question. Animation quality varies with each series (and sometimes seasons), however, they categorize the best animation as Sakuga. Animators “skip frames” in order to save money. Motion exists, but it’s not fluid. A scene may only depict the mouths of characters moving if the scene only called for speaking. Sakuga is different. It animates each frame, resulting in movement that is so fluid that its realistic. They do not limit anime to reproducing realistic scenes. So even unreal scenes have realistic effects. Action oriented anime series often use sakuga the most. Fight scenes benefit the most from fluid action. Some anime series reserve sakuga animation specifically for action scenes. The episodes produced can have select moments that are sakuga, but the rest of the episode isn’t.

They also use Sakuga animation for emotional moments. Some sakuga animation can take the “fluid” motion too far. This can make characters appear distorted. Fans can find this of putting. If done correctly and with artistic style, the distortion may be more appealing. Sakuga does more than look good. It can make an anime feel for alive. This is especially important for series with complicated motion. Sport anime like Yuri on Ice and Haikyuu come to mind. As I’ve mentioned previous action or shonen anime, benefit the most. Anime like Naruto and Bleach selectively use the animation style, focusing on the most important battle and fight scenes. Regardless, sakuga animation isn’t for everyone. Some anime fans seem to hate it. I think sakuga allows anime to reach its peak. Breathing life into characters and environments that can feel lifeless and unrealistic.

One of my favorite sakuga scenes is Kakashi vs Obito. Check it out:


Kakashi vs Obito

Attack on Titan Season 4, Episode 6: Recap and Review

Episode 6 – “The War Hammer Titan”

I’ve been saying this all season, but it bears repeating. Attack on Titan has been to humanize the Eldian’s. Consider Willy Tybur, in episode 6, we see that he’s a father of 5. This successfully humanizes him. We think of his children being fatherless. However, he goes on in his conversation with Captain Magath to show little concern for Eldian’s life. The sympathy he earns in the previous scene is relinquished and when Eren eats him in the following scene, we don’t care. Eren’s assault has a devastating impact. While he massacre’s the attendees, the warriors suffer losses. Zofia is crushed under rubble. Udo tries to save her and is trampled to death.

The tragedy has the likely effect of radicalising Gabi. She can’t understand “why Udo and Zofia” had to die. The answer is they didn’t. However, Gabi is pushed further when Sasha kills a soldier in front of Gabi. Shocked by the violence, Gabi grabs a gun. I think Gabi will end up killing one of the Scouts, probably Sasha in revenge. However, Gabi’s not the victim here. She has killed plenty of people. She may be too young to or to bias to release that she’s no better than anyone else. That is the theme that Attack on Titan is trying to make. There are no angels here. It’s tragic that it involves a child like Gabi at all, but this is the world of Attack on Titan.

Look at what you’ve done, Eren

Lara Tybur is actually the War Hammer Titan. She quickly dominates Eren, when she impales him on a spike. The Titan can create any weapon it chooses. This makes the War Hammer titan a versatile Titan. Overwhelmed, it exposes Eren. When the War Hammer Titan asks “his last words,” he calls for Mikasa to take action. Mikasa arrives in typical epic fashion. Soaring through the air with new armor, she fires eight Thunder Spears into the nape of the War Hammer. As she pulls the triggers, they explode, appearing to kill the host. Once reunited with Eren, she asks him to “come home.” Eren’s “mission” to invade Marley seems to have been another one of his reckless decisions.

The Marley’s army prepares for a full assault. Eren notices that the War Hammer function differently from other Titans. First, it doesn’t have the nape weakness. Eren notes that the titan appeared “from the feet,” instead of “from the head.” Lara isn’t inside the War Hammer Titan at all. She’s hiding underneath the stage attached to the Titan by an umbilical cord. Eren transforms a second time, pulling out Lara from her hiding place. He tears the umbilical cord and the War Hammer Titan collapse. As he prepares to eat the Titan, the Jaw Titan attacks him from behind. Before it can kill Eren, Levi arrives slashing the jaw of the Titan, preventing him from biting.

It shocks Galliard that the Survey Corps isn’t afraid of him. Titans had besieged Paradis Island for decades, resulting is the Survey Corps developing skills and means to deal with Titans. This has also happened to the nations that surround Marley. This episode tests us. As viewers, we are rooting for Eren as he slaughters the masses. The “masses” unfortunately include children. Soldiers are expected to die and have made victims of other. I won’t lie, I was enjoying this massacre, especially when Eren kills the soldiers. Attack on Titan has attempted to make us feel for the Eldians, but I think they needed more time. War creates victims of everyone. The Survey Core may win this fight, but they could lose the war or at least more of themselves. Of course this is Attack on Titan, so they could get slaughtered in the next episode.

Jujutsu Kaisen Episode 14: Recap and Review

Episode 14, “Kyoto Sister School Goodwill Event”

Jujutsu Kaisen returns after a brief break. Episode 14, “Kyoto Sister School Goodwill Event – Team Battle, Part 0” begins the Kyoto Goodwill Event arc. Jojo, Geto, and Mahito discuss their plans after failing. Mahito realizes that Sukuna is “valuable,” and believes that they should focus on winning him over. Jojo is willing to everything possible, even if they die. Geto already sets a plan in motion. Elsewhere, Gojo and Yuji decided on a plan to reintroduce Yuji to his friends. At the Tokyo school, Nobara arrives with luggage. She falsely believes that they were going to the Kyoto school. Jujutsu Kaisen once again mentions Yuta Okkotsu. The buildup for this character makes me want to see his skills. So it’s working.

The Kyoto jujutsu students arrive and we get formal introductions. The student group comprises Ultimate Mechamaru, Nishimiya Momo, Kamo Noritoshi, Zenin Mai, and Toudou Aoi. All are second or third years, giving them the advantage over the Tokyo team. Gojo arrives late and makes a big deal about Yuji’s return. Megumi and Nobara aren’t moved. The Kyoto students don’t care, but it pisses Principal Gakuganji Yoshinobu off. Gojo loves antagonising him. If my knowledge with anime is any sign, old people are usually badasses. Gojo may be stronger than him, but I still wouldn’t mess with him. Anyway, Yuji reunites with his friends.

Principal Masamichi Yaga explains the rules of the team battle: “The first team to exorcise the grade 2 curse lurking around the battlefield wins. Its also populated with many grade 3 and lower curses. If the grade 2 isn’t exorcised by sunset, the team with the most exorcisms win.” The students must reframe from killing or severally wounding each other. However, during the Kyoto team meeting, principal Gakuganji orders them to kill Yuji. He considers Yuji to be Sukuna’s vessel and nothing more. The Kyoto team plans on ganging up on him. Jujutsu Kaisen is making the case for Kyoto, being the source of mole. We have learned little about Geto’s past, but I think he was a student at Kyoto.

What is Megumi capable of

A common theme of this episode was: the hyping of characters whose abilities haven’t been seen. This was the case for Gojo and now Megumi, Okkotsu, and Toge. At this point in the series, I feel like we know little about most of the characters’ abilities. This isn’t a criticism, but more of an observation. Regardless, we get some information on Toge’s abilities. He uses cursed speech. This ability allows him to “infuse his words with Cursed Energy to improve the spirit of his commands, forcing all those who hear it to obey.”

This ability has downsides. If he uses it against a target with more cursed energy, it will take a toll on his body. While we have seen some of Megumi’s abilities, Sukuna has pointed out that he has a special ability. Kamo Noritoshi warns against Zenin underestimating him, pointing out that Megumi is “the most talented in the Zenin Family.” Hopefully, Jujutsu Kaisen will stop teasing us in the next episode.