Twice and Himiko meet with Chisaki, he apologizes for murdering Magne. He asks them to explain their Quirks, they do and they’re welcomed to the Eight Precepts of Death. Chisaki doesn’t trust them yet and orders them to remain underground for now.
Joi Irinaka aka Mimic, becomes enraged altering the labyrinth. Himiko continues to insult Mimic, calling him a “wimp,” who “doesn’t want to admit that he is weak.” She continues to berate him calling him “lame” for hiding himself. Mimic yells loudly, given away his location to Izuku. Using his One For All Full Cowl, he jumps up to the ceiling, kicking it, revealing Mimic.
Shota activates his Quirk, disabling Mimic’s ability. He falls to the ground, with Himiko and Twice telling him that they “will do as they please.” Sir Nighteye throws his Hypermass Seal, hitting him in the face, knocking him out. Everyone is now free of the labyrinth. Finally, we see that Mirio has caught up to Chisaki and Chronostasis, asking to “talk with Chisaki.”
I find Mirio request to “talk” to Chisaki to be strange. Is he going to betray the heroes? Does he believe that he can reason with him? The betrayal of the eight precepts by Himiko and Twice is predictable, it was never convincing that they had any loyalty towards them. Regardless, Mirio is probably in danger, so far in the series none of the heroes have been murder by villains. I wonder if that will happen in this arc.
Ribrianne is furious at Android 17 for defeating her friends, Kakunsa and Vikal. She calls him an “evil, cruel, heartless man who harms fragile maidens.” Android 17 accepts his role as villian considering Universe 7 is also in danger of being erased. She matches 17 in hand to hand combat, meanwhile, Magical Girl Rozie faces off against Goku. Her Yacchaina Fist managed to confused Goku for a while, however, he eventually realizes how her fighting style works. Android 17 and Goku gain the upper hand, Ribrianne and Rozie, flee with Yardart.
Gohan vs Botamo
Gohan and Piccolo run into Botamo, Gohan asks Piccolo to “let him handle it.” Gohan continues to punch Botamo in the stomach, despite the fact that he takes no damage and has infinite stamina. However, Gohan manages to lift him up with his constant hitting, moving him towards the edge. Botamo attempts to shoot Gohan with ki, but misses, Gohan then finishes him with a blast of Ki, knocking him off the edge.
Universe 10 meets it’s end
Piccolo battles Rubalt, while, Gohan faces Obuni. Obuni honors Gohan as a warrior, meanwhile, Piccolo uses his Hellzone Grenade on Rubalt knocking him unconscious and then off the edge. After Rubalt’s defeat Obuni is the only warrior of universe 10 remaining. Gohan takes his hits and counters as he uses his internal shifting ability. Obuni uses too much energy and runs out, Gohan takes advantage and uses Kamehameha knocking him off. This off course means that universe 10 is defeated and therefore will be erased. The episode attempts to create some since of saddeness as universe 10 vanishes but none of the characters are important enough or familiar to really care.
Big Mom charges toward King Baum and the Strawhat’s, she uses her Elbaf Spear: Foreign Threat, blowing a massive hole into King Baum. Luffy remarks that her attack was similar to a giant swing. Big Mom being a yonko means she’s considered one of the four strongest characters in the series, so it’s not surprising that she has such strength. However, it is impressive to watch her power displayed. King Baum is understandingly frightened and begs for forgiveness. Nami manipulates him by reminding him that about his fiancee, he begins to run as Big Mom prepares to strike again.
Nami power up
Nami has a plan to help the strawhat’s, she uses Black Ball and Zeus begins to eat them. Big Mom falls off and misses the Strawhat’s with her attack. King Baum and the Strawhat’s make it to the seducing forest. With the sunny in sight the Strawhat’s hopes are up, Zeus quickly catches up to the Strawhat’s. He asks for more of “those little thunderclouds,” Nami asks that if he is willing to “be her servant in exchange.” Zeus seems to have no allegiance to Big Mom and simply asks Nami “what should I do?” She asks him to cover the whole sky.
King Baum’s death, Strawhat’s are trapped
Big Mom tell’s the seducing forest to “stop them,” overriding the authority of King Baum. Prometheus attacks King Baum by growing into a sun sized ball of fire. He obliterates King Baum, as the Strawhat’s flee. Meanwhile, in the mirror world, ten thousand soldiers are waiting to be deployed. The Battleships are also deployed, as are sea slugs underwater, within the sunny waits Katakuri. Bege continues to flee, but Pudding catches up to them. Chiffon refuse to help make the cake for Big Mom, but Pudding is asking for her help saving Sanji and the strawhat’s. Pudding is frustrating as a character, I have no belief that she has reformed herself. However, it would help the Strawhat’s if she did. The deck is stacked against them now and I don’t know what’s going to happen next.
Izuku checks on Shota, however, he tells Izuku to focuses on Lock Rock, who’s in worst shape. Shota feels that he underestimated the deadliness of the mission, realizing his careless error. Meanwhile, Izuku also has a realization, that “Camie” from the Hero License Exam was Himiko Toga all along.
Sir Nighteye vs Twice
Twice orders the Rappa clone to attack Sir Nighteye. Nighteye easily dodges his assault and counters with a kick. He then throws a Hypermass Seal at him smashing him into a wall. He explains that “when it comes to close combat and prediction he is quite fast, but what he didn’t predict was the League of Villains teaming up with the Eight Precepts of Death.” Shota and Nighteye both seemed shocked that the League of Villains have sided with the Eight Precepts. The Rappa clone dissolves and Twice decries the “uselessness of the yakuza.” Twice ends up fleeing at the attack from Sir Nighteye.
League of Villains and the Eight Precepts
Tomura in a flashback reveals that he decided to ally the League of Villains, but vaguely explains why. Regardless, he sends Himiko and Twice to “seal the deal.” Twice berates Mimic for his weakness and Himiko insults the boss of the yakuza. Mimic becomes enraged and decides that he will allow the Heroes of to have an easier time in order to “crush them all to death.” This chapter was a bit confusing, mainly the motivation for the LOV. Shota and Sir Nighteye raised this question, but it felt like the was suppose to be an answer, but it wasn’t. Sir Nighteye fighting ability seem impressive but wasn’t explored in it entirety.
The fourth episode of Made in Abyss, entitled the Edge of the Abyss, sees Reg and Riko begin there travel down into the depths of the abyss. Reg uses his arms to great effect in this episode showing his versatility and usefulness in traversing the abyss. Riko has her usefulness as well, she has general known of the surrounding flora and fauna, as well as cooking. Reg gives Riko an envelope featuring a replica of her mother’s sealed letter.
Reg speculates that the letter was placed in his pocket by Leader, Riko reads a note stating that leader will pursue them at dawn. Reg and Riko conclude that this is a test to see if they are worthy of begin explorers. They encounter a strange spider like creature called Silkfangs, that is limited in movement by webs. The episode fails to explain what the creature is and why it’s limited by web. I think this was a missed opportunity to further reveal the world.
Reg notices a green light in the distance and conclude that it must be a search party. It turns out that their pursuer is Black Whistle Hablog and he wants to see the “supreme treasure of the netherworld,” he like Riko in a previous check the “balls,” of Reg. Regardless, he explains that Nat and Shiggy hired him to help them get to the second layer. Riko tells him while she appreciates his help the mission is their “last test.” Hablog accepts this and gives Riko a vaccine for the second layer, mustard steamed and a warning regarding “Ozen the Immovable.” However, Riko doesn’t appear to consider the warning that serious, she and Reg finally arrive in the second layer, the Forest of Temptation.
The citizens of Sweet City recover from the damage caused by the explosion of the Tamatebako, with the Whole Cake Chateau in ruins, along with the wedding, wedding cake and Vinsmoke assassination plan. They are all uncertain what the cause of the explosion, meanwhile, Katakuri has sent squads to hunt after the Straw Hats, Fire Tank Pirates and the Germa. He asks Brulee to accompany him, as he plans to kill Luffy.
Smoothie interrupts them to announce that they need to flee, Big Mom is behind her, as her eating disorder caused her to begin a rampage. Big Mom has a dead Opera in her hand, shocking the Big Mom pirates. All of their lives are now in danger, as Big Mom attacks indiscriminately. Perospero foolishly lies to her telling her that there’s a second cake and the Strawhat’s stole it. Big Mom warns him that if he’s lying she will kill him. She summons Zeus and rides it towards the Strawhat’s.
Katakuri and the others are relieved but know that Perospero only bought the some time. Pudding arrives and reveals a plan to make a chocolate chiffon cake, she seems to back to her evil ways and hopes that Big Mom kills Sanji. The Strawhat’s are rushing to escape and ride a newly sewn together King Baum, they cut through the Seducing Woods. Big Mom quickly catches up to them and she demands the cake back, wielding Napoleon in sword form.
Opera’s death isn’t very important nor was it surprising he was already proven to be a traitor. However, the danger Big Mom represents to her own family seems to create a rather tense environment. Normally she’s irrational and selfish, in her current mentality she’s even worst. Perospero basically commits suicide by lying to Big Mom, but manages to save the Big Mom pirates at the expense of the Strawhat’s. I feel that one of the Strawhat’s will sacrifice themselves to buy them time, the best bet will be that it’s Pedro.
Dive is an anime adaptation of Eto Mori’s DIVE!! light novel series, the series will stream exclusively on Amazon Prime Video. The series focuses on the Mizuki Diving Club, that’s in poor shape and in danger of being shutdown due to financial troubles. The club’s newest coach manages to convince the club’s parent company to remain open if one of the members of the club joins the Japanese Olympic team.
Tomoki begins to train, first off it’s clear that he is in love with Yoichi, and doesn’t seem to care for his own girlfriend Miyu. He’s rude at best and it makes him rather unlikable. Yoichi is the star of the MDC and it’s only hope of finding their financial ruin. Tomoki is unsurprising bad at diving from higher meters, Yoichi gives him some helpful tips and eventually he does it. The episode takes an interesting turn when the character Sacchin, eavesdrops and overhears that Coach Fujitani is having an affair.
I’ll admit that this was more interesting to me than the diving itself, and that’s a problem. The affair doesn’t turn out to be real, as the students conclude that it was probably a representative from Mizuki. Tomo continues to ignore his girlfriends phone calls and even leaves before she can walk him to practice. The lady that they were previously discussing turns out to be Kayoko Asaki, a new coach that wants to take the club to the Olympics.
Too be honest I didn’t care for this series. Having recently watch Yuri on Ice and Ballroom e Youkoso, Dive!! fails in comparison. The animation does compare at all, and it’s a shame considering that diving is a sport that requires a smooth entry into the pool, and would benefit from top tier animation. Finally, the main character is unlikable, while determined, he’s mean to his brother and disrespectful towards his (hopefully soon to be ex) girlfriend.
We quickly learn that there are problems with going deeper into the abyss. A tremendous psychical toll can be a consequence the deeper you travel. When returning to the surface from the first layer you would experience “mild dizziness,” from the second layer you will experience, “nausea, headaches, and numbness of the extremities,” from the fourth, “intense pain throughout the body and bleeding.” When an explorer travels from the sixth layer or beyond, they will apparently result in their lose of “humanity or even death.” This phenomenon is dubbed “the curse of the abyss.”
Who or What is Reg
Based on the curse, Riko and the others conclude that it’s possible that Reg came from the bottom of the abyss. Reg wonders if that’s the case, but what’s his purpose. The check the “Compilation of Recorded Relics,” is a “field guide to the major Relics that have been unearthed.” Reg isn’t found in this book, however, Riko has done some research on Reg, he can function with food or electricity as a fuel source. He possess smooth but hard skin, flame retardant hair, superior sight and hearing, flexible material and apparently he has a normal human penis.
If that wasn’t strange enough it seems that Riko experimented on Reg without his consent. Due to all of the special material that made Reg he’s considered to be incredibly valuable, as a Aubade, “supreme treasure of the netherworld.” This unsurprisingly mean that he is in danger of being taken apart, captured and hidden. To proved him with a cover they give clothing to hid his arms and legs and a false story. Obviously, this is going to be an important plot point in the future. I think Reg will be exposed at some point and maybe Riko and her friends become outlaws at that point.
Learning about the whistles
Cave raiders are into groups, these groups are symbolized by the color of the whistles. The apprentices have red whistles, the proficient blue whistles, assistant-instructor Moon whistles, expert black whistles and the heroes the white whistles. This episode focuses on the white whistle, Liza the Annihilator, she is clear held as an example for the larger society. She’s even depicted as being a dragon and used to sell merchandise. The most important revelation is that Liza is Riko’s mother and much is expected from Riko, her father was a black whistle named Torka.
In this episode the world is expanded, as we learn about more problems with cave exploration. It makes since that robots like Reg would exists in the world with the harsh conditions, however, it seem strange that no one thinks robots exists or that they shouldn’t be created for everyone. Riko becomes a more complex character as her mother’s fame is presented, she will have a lot to live up to. Riko is reckless and is definitely going to get herself in trouble.
Ballroom e Yokoso (Welcome to the ballroom) is a manga series created by Tomo Takeuchi. An sports base series in the vein of anime like , Prince of Tennis, Slam Dunk, Yuri on Ice and Haikyuu. The series focuses on ballroom dancing, admittedly not considered by many to be a “sport.” Regardless, it does seem to be an interesting genre to tackle. Manga and anime, are useful creative mediums that can make anything topic an interesting series.
I’ll admit that I haven’t been able to maintain my interest in this genre, I really liked Yuri on Ice, but I haven’t finished it yet. However, with AOT season ending, I might have more time. Regardless, I think this series will be similar to that of Yuri on Ice, and is likely to receive some of it’s fanfare. Ballroom e Yokoso focuses on a shy student named Tatara, as he becomes a dancer under the tutelage of an international professional dancer, Sengoku. Tatara becomes inspired to become the best dancer possible.
I can admit that I have watch a few seasons of Dancing with the stars, so I don’t have a problem enjoying ballroom dancing. However, I also love tennis and couldn’t get into Prince of Tennis. I wasn’t surprised how detailed the information regarding how to perform the dances (such as “the box”) this is generally how these types of series work.
The most impressive part of this series is undeniably the animation. The animation is fluid, which is important for dancing. The characters are tall, with elongated limbs, muted colors and thin outlines. The only downside to the characters height is that it becomes difficult to believe that they are in middle school not high school. I won’t pretend to know whether I will finish this series but I did enjoy the first episode.
The Whole Cake Chateau begins to fall after the Tamatebako explodes, the citizens begin to panic as does. In the commotion the Strawhat pirates, Fire Tank pirates and the Vinsmoke family all flee. Big Mom also falls and Bege rejoices as he believes that the Big Mom pirates are finished. However, Streusen uses his ability to cut the top of the Chateau off, saving the citizens and Big Mom pirates.
Going their separate ways
Bege ejects the Strawhat’s from his body and tells them it’s time to prepare to go “their separate ways,” he returns the heart to Caesar. The strawhat’s prepare to escape and Bege warns them that it will take a “day’s journey to escape.” The strawhat’s prepare to take the Shark Submerge 3 back to the Thousand Sunny. The Big Mom pirates split into two groups, one to follow the Strawhat’s and the other to follow the Fire Tank pirates. However, Big Mom’s “eating disorder” kicks in, spelling doom for those nearby.
As I predicted the Tamatebako explosion was going to save the Strawhat’s and their allies, whether they escape still remains to be seen. However, Big Mom is about to go on a food rage which will surely make it easier. The real question is what happens when she does. When we were shown Big Mom as a child and she went into a food rage she appeared to eat all her friends. If this indeed did happen it is likely that she will attempt to eat her family. I wonder if she will or will her family be able to stop her? Maybe the end of Big Mom or the Big Mom pirates will be her doing?