Haikyuu!! Season 4 Episode 13: Recap and Review

Image of Aran Ojiro, Inarizaki's Ace from Haikyuu!! To the Top.
Aran Ojiro, Inarizaki’s Ace.

Episode 13 of Haikyuu!! To the Top, is the final one of the season. Karasuno runs up against one of the favorites to win the tournament, Inarizaki High. In a meeting, Ukai focuses the team on the ace of Inarizaki. Aran Ojiro is a third-year wing spiker. He has height and power. Just outside the top three, he is going to be a major threat. The goal, use the same tactics against Aran that they did against Ushijima. If they can focus on defense, they might be able to stop Aran from getting the ball. The next threat is Rintaro Suna. A second-year middle blocker, Suna, is short compared to his peers. However, he’s exceptional. Ukai notes that he’s likely to use the “quick attack.” Finally, there’s Atsumu Miya. The number one high school setter, he’s also known for his service. He can use spike serves and jump float serves. Meaning Karasuno will have a hard time reading his serves.

Let the game begin

At the warm-ups, Karasuno watches Inarizaki. The twins, Atsumu and Osamu, set and spike. As Karasuno begin their warm-ups, Hinata impresses with the height of his jump. The game begins. Atsumu serves, despite being disrupted by cheering girls, he hits an ace. His next serve, however, is out. For team Karasuno, Asahi is next to serve. The loud Inarizaki cheering section begins to boo. Ukai states that they’re trained to be “perfectly quiet for their own teams serves but make a commotion when the opposing team goes to serve.” Asahi dumps the ball into the net.

Atsumu gets pumped

Hitoshi Ginjima serves next. He also dumps his serve into the net. The game so far starts with a lot of nervous serving. When a rally finally starts, Hinata is excited to reveal his new jump. Too excited. He misses the ball or I should say forgets to hit it. Hinata jump still manages to impress Atsumu with its height. He now counts Hinata as a threat, along with Kageyama. While this episode was largely just set up for this match, I think that it was well executed.

Personally, the romantic storyline between Tanaka and Kanoka wasn’t interesting. I’m not sure it really mattered. Haikyuu!! To the Top has always included the female volleyball team, but I think it’s distracting. Kiyoko Shimizu and Hitoka Yachi are apart of the team (as management), it would have made more sense to focus on them. Maybe give Hitoka more to do. Anyway, I’m looking forward to this match between Karasuno and Inarizaki. While it possible Karasuno loses I think Hinata and his new jump will pull through. Haikyuu!! To the Top will return in July.

Haikyuu!! Season 4 Episode 12: Recap and Review

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My Top 5 Anime Arcs

5. Ryoka Invasion (Bleach)

Manga Chapters 70 – 178/Anime Episodes 21 – 63

The Ryoka Invasion was a conflict between the Ryoka and Gotei 13. The Ryoka, Ichigo Kurosaki, Uryu Ishida, Yasutora Sado, Orihime Inoue, and Yoruichi Shihoin invade Soul Society to rescue Rukia. Set to be executed, Rukia’s friends caused conflict among the Gotei 13. Many of the Captains and Lieutenants lost to Ichigo and the others. Aizen who was assumed dead turned out to be a traitor. Along with Captain Gin Ichimaru and Kaname Tosen, Aizen wanted to collect the Hogyoku he hid in Rukia’s body. They escape, concluding the arc. While I found the conspiracy by Aizen and the victories by the Ryoka to be implausible, this arc is what made men a Bleach fan.

Source: Bleach Wikia


4. Frieza Saga (Dragon Ball Z)

Manga Chapters 292 – 329/Anime Episodes 75 – 107

If your American then you were subjected to constant reruns of the Saiyan Saga. When Dragon Ball Z finally moved on to another arc I was ecstatic. Technically the Frieza Saga only begins when the Z fighters begin fighting Frieza. I’m going to include the Namek Saga and the Captain Ginyu Saga. Together the arc makes the most sense. The Frieza Saga is almost exclusively the fight Frieza and Goku. At this point in the series, power levels still mattered. So witnessing Goku reach over 200,000 and of course Freiza’s power level of 1 million. With Gohan having his usually moments of epic rage, the humanization of Vegeta, and the first Super Saiyan, thee Frieza Saga is one of the greatest.

Source: Dragon Ball Fandom


3. Pain Assault Arc (Naruto)

Manga Chapters 413 – 453/Anime Episode 152 – 169

Pain invades Konoha searching for Naruto and the Nine-tails. Using the Asura Path, Preta Path, and Animal Path as diversions, the other three Pains interrogated villagers for info on Naruto. Unlike the battle between Jiraiya and Pain, we finally get to see all six paths in action. Without Naruto present (at least for a while) we got to see some of the other ninja fights. Kakashi, in particular, takes on the Deva Path. Konohamaru Sarutobi uses the Rasengan on the Naraka Path and the secret of the Pains is discovered. The main event, of course, is Sage Naruto vs the Six Paths. While most of the damage done to Konoha is erased by Pain, the sense of urgency going in was intense.

Source: Naruto Fandom


2. Chimera Ant Arc (Hunter X Hunter)

Manga Chapters 186 – 318/Anime Episode 76 – 136

The Chimera Ant Queen gives birth to soldier ants waiting to bring forth the King. Feeding on humans including children, the population of the Chimera Ants grows rapidly. With the Birth of the Royal Guard and later the King the race to prepare is on. Killua and Gon train, while the King takes over the Republic of East Gorteau. This arc features a slew of battles, ending with one of the greatest anime fights ever. Coupled with the narration (in the anime) this arc is well worth the watch.

Source: Hunter X Hunter Fandom


1. Marineford Arc (One Piece)

Manga Chapters 550 – 580/Anime Episode 457 – 489

Ace is transferred to Marineford to be executed. Luffy along with the other escapees from Impel Down Arc head to Marineford to rescue Ace. In preparation for an incoming war, Marineford is evacuated. This arc was the first one where we got to see the power of Whitebeard. One of the four Yonko, Whitebeard and his massive crew arrive to liberate Ace. On the Marine side, was the 5 Shichibukai, all three Admirals, and every other justice force. Sengoku and Garp were also present. Sengoku reveals that Ace was the son of Gold Roger. The Marineford arc is heartbreaking and action-packed. The arc marks a turning point in Luffy’s life and the series as Whitebeard confirms the existence of the One Piece.

Source: One Piece Fandom

10 More of My Favorite Anime OP’s

10. Death Note OP 2

“What’s up, people?!” by Maximum the Hormone


9. Cardcaptor Sakura OP1 (English)

Cardcaptors Theme Song by Dave Dore


8. Gurren Lagann OP 1

Sorario Days by Shoko Nakagawa


7. Mega Man OP (English)

Mega Man Theme Song/Artist: N/A


6. Naruto Shippuden OP 6

Sign by FLOW


5. Digimon OP 1 (English)

Digimon Theme Song by Paul Gordon


4. Naruto OP 2

Haruka Kanata by ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION


3. Soul Eater OP 1

Resonance by T.M. Revolution


2. Cowboy Bebop OP

Tank! by Seatbelts


1. Yu Yu Hakusho OP

Smile Bomb by Sara White


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Dorohedoro Episode 12 Recap and Review

In episode 12 of Dorohedoro, Nikaido and Kaiman clash on the bridge.
Nikaido and Kaiman clash on the bridge

The origins of the cross-eye have been a mystery for this entire season. Episode 12 of Dorohedoro, answers some of our questions early. The cross-eye can’t use magic. Risu claims that they have a “headquarters” in Berith. He heads there to find out who killed him. Meanwhile, Kaiman and Nikaido begin to fight on the bridge. Kaiman is reluctant to fight her. She knocks him through a wall. A statue crushes Kaiman’s legs. Barely able to walk, Kaiman’s head starts to hurt. Nikaido is surprised by what appears to be Kaiman. He stabs her in the back. Asu, her devil friend, finds her and removes the contract from her wound. 

The contract is still on

Despite Asu removing the contract, it’s still in effect. Nikaido has escaped its control temporarily. According to Asu, if she lays eyes on En again the “contract will regrow inside her body.” Asu tells her that she must escape and get far from him. Kaiman has flashbacks of meeting Nikaido. It turns out that Kaiman isn’t his real name. Its the name of the reptile he resembles. When he comes to Kaiman swallows Nikaido’s head. She sees Risu and he tells her that she’s “not the one.” Nikaido tells him that the man in his mouth is Risu.

Nikaido meets the Risu in Kaiman’s mouth

Meanwhile, Shin and the others share a meal. He plans to return them to Hole tomorrow and implores them to forget Nikaido. As En follows Nikaido into the church. Asu forces Kaiman and Nikaido into a door and turns Chota into Nikaido. 

A heart to heart

Kaiman and Nikaido are sent to a ruined city. They hid in an abandoned train station to escape the devils. Nikaido explains that her magic caused her to “lose a friend.” It’s dangerous and she has highly sought after. She wanted to become human. She hoped that she could become human by fighting against sorcerers. Kaiman points out that he has no idea what kind of human he was. Why would she want to be friends with him? 

Nikaido asks Kaiman if being a sorcerer is a “dealbreaker?” He rationalizes that if she doesn’t use magic she really can’t be a sorcerer. They pinky swear. Promising no matter what Kaiman is really like they will be friends forever. 

Friends forever

The mysteries in Dorohedoro continue

Dorohedoro episode 12 ends on a touching moment. However, I can’t help but assume both promises will be broken. At some point, Nikaido will be forced to use her magic and we will find out that Kaiman was a terrible man. This episode was very well-paced. It felt quick but satisfying. Dorohedoro has set up new problems, Nikaido can’t escape En’s contract so easily. While implementing a temporary solution, Chota taking her place. Eventually, Chota (as Nikiado) will be asked to use her magic. 

When he fails En will surely kill him. Shin and Noi helping Vaux and the others could prove problematic for them. Finally, Asu is going to pay for his interference. One thing is clear, if Risu can’t use magic then he didn’t use magic on Kaiman. I can’t wait to find out who’s responsible. 

So did you enjoy this season? How did you like the season finale?

Dorohedoro Episode 11 Recap and Review

My Top 10 Favorite Anime OP’s

I generally skip anime OP’s, but every once in awhile I’ll watch one. The song is often what catches my attention. However, the animation quality is important as well. I prefer if the OP uses new content, rather than reanimating an old scene. However, if the scenes are from episodes or movies not yet released this isn’t a problem, spoilers are. That said here’s my top 10:

10. Boruto OP4

Artist: Brian the Sun/Song: Lonely Go!


9. Bleach OP12

Artist: Miwa/Song: Change


8. Shingeki no Kyojin OP1

Artist: Linked Horizon/Song: Guren no Yumiya


7. Naruto Shippuden OP16

Artist: KANA-BOON/Song: Silhouette


6. Samurai Champloo OP

Artist: Nujabes feat. Shing02/Song: Battlecry


5. Bleach OP13

Artist: SID/Song: Ranbu no Melody


4. Neon Genesis Evangelion OP

Artist: Yoko Takahashi/Song: ZANKOKUNA TENSHINO TEEZE


3. Sailor Moon OP

Artist: Brynne Price and Nicole Price/Song: Sailor Moon Theme Song


2. Dragon Ball Z OP

Artist: Ocean Studios/Song: Rock the Dragon


1. Pokemon OP

Artist: Jason Paige/Song: Pokemon Theme Song

What are some of your favorite anime OP?


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