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.

100 Day Anime Challenge–Day 15

Kero in both his forms
Kero in both his forms

Favorite Animal Sidekick, Pet or Summoning (Cerberus)

Cerberus (Kero) is one of the two Guardians of the Clow Cards in the anime series, Cardcaptor Sakura. Appointed to be the next “master of the cards.” When Sakura Kinomoto accidently releases the cards, he chooses her to be the next candidate. In his correct form, Kero is a huge lionlike beast with large white wings. He wears a helmet and breastplate with a massive ruby in the center. When he’s in his borrowed form, he looks like an adorable plush toy with big ears and small wings. Kero is bossy and greedy. He has a fondness for sweets, particularly cake, cookies, and chocolates. Kero is self absorbed. He loves to be filmed by Sakura’s friend, Tomoyo Daidouji, and loves the cute outfits she makes him. He cares about his image and often wants to watch the recordings.

Kero has a love of video-games. He avoids the sad facts of life, which is why he focuses of enjoying life. Despite his love of sweets, he doesn’t need to eat because he gets all his energy from the sun. Despite his poor qualities, Kero is a good friend and mentor to Sakura. Kero tries to keep her happy and comforts her when necessary. He’s willing to protect her from danger and she returns the favor. Kero’s relationship with Syaoran Li is the most interesting. They hate each other. They play their relationship for laughs. Constantly bickering, Li calls him a “plush toy” or “stuffed animal,” and Kero responding with “brat.” Kero often bites Li while in his “borrowed form.” Their relationship always brought me joy.

The Promised Neverland Season 2 Episode 1: Recap and Review

Freedom is beautiful, yet so cruel

The Promised Neverland season 2 episode 1 opens with the orphans running frantically with a black background. Considering how the last season ended, most would assume that they are fleeing from the orphanage. However, when Emma claims that “it’s just like a game of tag,” the scene shifts to reveal that their being chased by an alien. The outside world has been a mystery for both the audience and the orphans. Where are the monsters? What are other dangers? Turns out that there are some more “primitive” monster to deal with. Emma notes the “beauty” of freedom, but also its cruelty. The children stay together as they traverse the new surroundings. Emma tells the children that “everyone to stay in a group.” Ray apologizes to Emma for not cooperating sooner. In typical Emma fashion, she forgiving.

Emma first wants to find drinkable water and hopefully food. Ray notes that the “enemy” will assume that’s what they’ll do. They decide to head southeast. Emma presents Ray with the pen Norman gave them. Ray rotates it, resulting in holographic map appearing. Ray realizes that there’s morse code that reads “T.O.U.C.H.M.E”. So he does. It reveals another screen that requires a password. After referencing the “mythology” found in the book from Minerva, they enter the correct password. A note from Minerva appears. It reads: “if you need help, come visit me.” “I’m located at B06-32.” This scene gives us some peace of mind and tells us that where they can go. The moment also reminds us of Norman. Despite being shipped out, he’s still helping the orphans.

The hunted and the hooded

Yvette, a young dark-haired girl, notices a plant on the base of a tree. She can’t remember exactly where she saw the plant before. Ray chimes in that it was “The Adventures of Ugo.” The plants are “sea anemones,” they can store fresh water. Ray cuts one, filling a jar with water. This solves the river problem and even better the book is a guide. We return to the moment in the opening when the orphans were being chased. Ray decides that he will trap the monster in the “snakes of Alvapinera.” According to Ray, if “you fall down, you’ll never get back out.”

He distracts the monster, and it targets him. Suddenly, the monster is decapitated. Ray carves a message in the tree, then tells the hunters that all the others have died. Elsewhere, the orphans worry that Ray is taking too long. Emma tells them to head “downwind” as she heads to find Ray. Unfortunately, she faints. Her ear bleeds and her fever rises. Suddenly, a mysterious girl appears. Meanwhile, Ray leads the hunters away from the others, but they corner him. When all seems lost, Ray is rescued by a cloaked figure.

The hunters give chase but lose the scent. Ray awakens in a cave bathe in green light. Emma and Ray discuss the hooded figures that saved them. One of the hooded figure arrives to bring them to dinner. Ray asks about the other hooded figure and is told that his name is Sonju. When Emma asks the hooded figure about Minerva, she doesn’t seem to know who that is. Ray asks what we all want to know. Why are demons saving humans? It shocks Emma to learn who she’s been talking to.

So many questions

Season 2 of the Promised Neverland already has me scratching why head. This is a good thing. They didn’t focus on the creatures found in the forests. One child called them “bugs” is that literally what they were or was that a guess? Are they demons? The question of why the demons helped them is the most pressing, but I’m sure it will get answered in the next episode. The Promised Neverland has lost some drama created by being tapped in one place.

I miss the dynamic between the trio. While I miss the trio, I hope that the other orphans take center stage, at least sometimes. It will be difficult to do with such a large cast, but I would like to see how they handle this situation. The new mysteries are intriguing. What are the demons exactly? How does their society function? Do they all eat humans? Are the demons that saved Emma and the others like vegans? I can’t wait to learn the answers.

100 Day Anime Challenge–Day 14


Anime that Never Gets Old, No Matter How Many Times You’ve Re-watched It

The anime that never gets old is Dragon Ball Z (DBZ). Any average anime fan probability has seen DBZ. It was one of the premier anime from my childhood, and I can’t seem to get over it. To be honest, I talking about the fights that occurred in the series. Despite the facts that the disparity between most characters (that weren’t saiyans) became massive, I still enjoy the fights.

Speaking of fights, they weren’t particularly high quality in terms of creativeness. The battles can be linear and as a result predictable. Although, most anime is predictable on some level. My tastes for the style of fights have become more sophisticated over time, but I still find DBZ to be enjoyable. I don’t remember how many times I’ve re-watched the series, but I think I’ll do it one more time.

100 Day Anime Challenge–Day 13

Anime Character Your Most Similar

The character I most similar to hasn’t changed so I’ll just repost what I wrote in 2013.

Figuring out the anime character that was like me was difficult. But, doing a little introspection, I concluded that I’m not very tough, courageous; I don’t have angry issues or anything like that. However, I am really lazy. I’m better than I used to be, but ultimately I’m still lazy. The anime character that first came to mind was “Shikamaru Nara”. Shikamaru Nara is one of the primary characters in the Naruto series. Shikamaru was born into the Nara clan . He has a strong friendship with another character named “Chōji Akimichi”. While others teased Chōji for his weight, Shikamaru showed kindness toward him. Shikamaru also is very loyal to him. I would like to think I’m like him, in terms of his kindness and loyalty.

Shikamaru Nara is unenthusiastic, like me it takes a lot to get me excited. He avoids responsibility when every he can, a terrible quality I unfortunately possess. He also does not enjoy fighting, neither do I, even though it’s more required in the world of Naruto. Shikamaru is completely aware of his own personality and limitations as a result (so am I). However, when his comrades need him, a more noble characteristic is revealed (Bravery). I haven’t found myself (fortunately) in similar situations, but I’m willing to make some sacrifices for others. So that’s it. Even though I didn’t highlight many positive qualities, I think that Shikamaru and I have many similarities, except I’m not even close to being that intelligent.

100 Day Anime Challenge–Day 12

Ace dies

Saddest Anime Scene (Portgas D. Ace – One Piece)

Ace is the foster brother of Monkey D. Luffy and son of the legendary Gol. D. Roger. Raised by Monkey D. Garp, Ace became the 2nd division commander of Whitebeard Pirates. Captured by the World Government, Ace was sentenced to death. His imprisonment lead to the Battle of Marineford. The war between the Whitebeard Pirates, Whitebeard, the Seven Warlords of the Sea, and the Marines was an epic clash. Their primary goal was to rescue Ace. After Luffy rescues Ace, the pirates retreat. Akainu insults Whitebeard, calling him a “loser.” He triggers an angry response from Ace. However, Akainu’s magma is superior to Ace’s fire.

Akainu tries to kill Luffy, but Ace intercepts it. Akainu’s pierces Ace’s abdomen, burning his vital organs. Ace bleeds out, as Luffy begs the medics to save him. Before he dies, Ace tells Luffy that his only regret was “that he could not see Luffy’s dream come to pass.” Devastated, Luffy cries and screams. He eventually goes silent, falling into a catatonic state. Ace’s death always brings me to tears. He’s not a tremendous character in the series, but we know through Luffy that he’s a great big brother. They clearly love each other. As a result, we develop affection for Ace. From a story standpoint, I think Ace’s death could have been easily avoided, and it largely served the purpose of motivating Luffy. That said, Ace’s death was one of the saddest anime scenes.