One Piece Chapter 895: Pirate Luffy vs. Com. Katakuri

This chapter was just an all out brawl between Luffy and Katakuri. Luffy reveals his new form, “Snakeman.” At this point in the series Luffy has three forms of Gear Fourth, Bounceman, Tankman and now Snakeman. All forms share a similar appearance, featuring arm and legs coated in Busoshoku Haki, while emitting steam. With Bounceman Luffy becomes larger as his muscles increase, however, he can’t stand on the ground and bounces continuously.

While in his “Tankman: Stuffed Version” form, Luffy appears similar to a sumo wrestler, his torso becomes infused with Busoshoku Haki, rounded and large. Luffy’s durability is increased dramatically. The compression based offensive ability of Bounceman is amplified. Snakeman doesn’t see Luffy physically get larger, except his forearms and legs get a little larger with Buso. Haki. His knuckles becomes similar to that of a leopards fist.

Luffy gains the ability to use “Python” that was first introduced in his battle with Doflamingo. Python allows Luffy to change the direction of his attacks, Luffy attacks also move faster the longer they last and gives him the freedom to attack any area of his opponent. Snakeman permits Luffy to jump up high, but his defense is worst that his Tankman and Bounceman forms. Katakuri is at first confused by Luffy’s attack as he’s unable understand how he’s being it after dodging.

However, he quickly learns why. This doesn’t matter as Luffy’s attack continues to increase it’s speed until contact. Luffy hit’s Katakuri with his Jet Culverin. Despite blocking it, Katakuri is knocked into the wall. He counters with his Sliced Mochi: Slayer, it’s a sticky attack due to the Mochi. He slams Luffy through the floor of the Mirro-world. He recovers and he and Katakuri go toe to toe, exchanging powerful blows. Luffy uses his Black Mamba attack, that uses a series of punches in all directions at high speeds. Katakuri manages to dodge and counter with another Sliced Mochi: Slayer, but Luffy decides to “end it,” with his King Cobra attack.


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Dragon Ball Super episode 127: Android 17’s sacrifice

Goku (Super Saiyan Blue), Vegeta (Beyond Super Saiyan Blue), and Android 17 vs. Jiren

After Jiren powers up, surrounding himself with a flaming energy. He impresses everyone with his aura, Vegeta mocks him for only getting serious after his teammates defeat. He attacks him head on, forcing 17 and Goku to follow. Jiren is barely phased by the now 3 verses 1 imbalance, Jiren focuses on Vegeta but 17 intervenes. Vegeta is not amused by 17’s aid and claims that he alone will defeat Jiren. Vegeta attempts a punch that is complimented by Jiren, while he easily blocks it. Jiren lands a massive fiery punch in Vegeta’s gut, knocking him out of SSB.

Goku attacks him with a Kamehameha wave, that is easily obliterated by Jiren’s uppercut. He manages to knock Goku down, as he approaches him 17 catches him by surprise and hits him with a massive attack from behind. Android 17 is caught in his own attack and is a little injured. Goku takes note that Jiren “can be damaged if hit unguarded by such a large attack.” They plan to use a coordinated attack to accomplish this, Goku and Vegeta distract Jiren, as 17 attacks.

Jiren deflects his attack, claiming that he “won’t fall for for the same trick twice.” He turns his attention towards 17, who uses several barriers back to back to no avail. 17 shoots a beam at Jiren which he blocks with ease, Vegeta and Goku also fire beams from three directions. Jiren blocks all of them with his aura, then knocks them down. Frieza finally reappears attacking him Jiren furiously, he becomes enraged stating that he will “kill,” Jiren. It doesn’t matter however, as Jiren knocks Frieza out.

Jiren’s backstory

17 shoots at Jiren, who asks “what can do on his own.” Belmod asks Android 17 what “he will do if his universe survives and use the Super Dragon Balls.” He responds that “he wants to wish for a cruise ship so he can travel around with his family.” He asks what Jiren’s wish is, but he doesn’t get a clear answer. However, we get Jiren’s backstory, when he was a child “his parents were killed by an evil-doer. Jiren himself was rescued by a man who went on to become his martial arts master.”

During his training “Jiren gained a number of comrades, and they fought together when that same evil-doer returned. However, the enemy was still too strong for them, and many of Jiren’s comrades were killed, including his master. Even his surviving comrades abandoned Jiren, causing him to view trust and emotions as worthless and place his faith in strength alone. It was Jiren’s thirst for strength and his solitude that attracted Belmod to him.”

Android 17’s sacrifice

So far in this arc Android 17 has been the most surprising. Compared to Goku, Vegeta, Gohan and Frieza, 17 wasn’t suppose to matter this much. However, he turns out to be the most pivotal member of Universe 7. He attacks Jiren by suggesting that he just used his teammates, Jiren says that “strength is absolute, and forgives everything, even the past.” Jiren sends a large attack at the remaining members of Team 7, 17 tries to hold it back with his barriers. He tell’s Goku and Vegeta that “he’s giving up on the cruise ship.” He sacrifices himself by self destructing, nullify Jiren’s attack and saving Vegeta and Goku.

Death in Dragon Ball is never permanent. It use to be that you could ONLY died once, but now it doesn’t matter at all. So knowing this, Android 17’s death isn’t really his end and to be simply matters less. That said his death seemed to have some effect on Goku and even Vegeta. However, the idea that Android 17’s gave Vegeta and Goku enough time to recover even a little seems implausible. Finally Frieza, he’s been humiliated by Jiren so far in this fight and appears to have very little ability to face him. He must factor into this fight at some point, having Goku defeat Jiren while Frieza is unconscious seems like a waste. Will he sacrifice himself for the greater good? That would be profound, even if he’s already dead. Anyway, 3 minutes remain in the Tournament.

 

One Piece Chapter 894: 12:05 AM, Luffy prepares to reveal his new form Snakeman

We get a flashback of the training session between Luffy and Rayleigh, who tells Luffy that “every enemy attack has an intent and motive.” Luffy is distracted by the aroma from Rayleigh’s food. He manages to pinpoint the foods location and hits the pot. Rayleigh attacks Luffy for doing so, he says that he can sense “emotions like anger,” and Rayleigh repeatedly strikes Luffy so he can learn how to use “Kenbunshoku Haki.” Rayleigh continues to teach Luffy how to use Kenbunshoku and how “it can be used to sense other people’s movement as well as to see glimpses into the future.” Luffy asks about the “personality” of the opponent, Rayleigh states that he never “considered that aspect.”

Back in the present, Luffy is able to read Katakuri’s attack patterns and dodge them. Luffy attacks Katakuri, but Katakuri is able to hit Luffy. They continue to land blows on each other, with Luffy getting bested at first, however, he is able to land a hit on Katakuri. Meanwhile, Capone Bege is certain that the Big Mom Pirates will not be able attack them. They begin to approach Liqueur Island, he praises his crew for restoring the “burnt paddles,” Vito notes that due to Prometheus large size it has become “sluggish.” Bege suggest that they should drop off the cake on Liqueur Island, but Chiffon states that ” if dropped at Liqueur Island, Big Mom will still have enough time to catch up with Nami and the Straw Hats.”

On the Thousand Sunny, Nami and Brook tell Jinbe the location of the incoming attacks from Smoothie. Jinbe tells Nami that “he trusts in her navigational skills,” meanwhile, Smoothie continues to get larger in size. Citron and Cinnamon beg her to stop growing, at risk of damaging the ship. She is pissed that Jinbe has been able to avoid her attacks so far. Sanji and Pudding head toward Cacao Island on Rabiyan, on Cacao Island many of the Charlotte siblings arrive to face-off against the Strawhat’s. Finally, we return to Luffy and Katakuri’s fight as Luffy activates a new form, Gear Fourth Snakeman.

I’m not a big fan of Luffy’s Gear fourth design, but I enjoy it’s fighting effect. That leaves me concern with the potential design of “Snakeman,” but expect it to be epic. We are introduce to several more of Big Mom’s children, Former Sweet Commander Snack, the 25th son, with a bounty of 600,000,000 Beli, Brownie, the 32nd son, Raisin, the 33rd son, Yuen, the 35th son, Joconde, the 27th daughter and the “Charlotte Decuplets: 36-40th sons; 30-34th daughters”. I still hold the belief that the Germa Kingdom will return to rescue the Strawhat’s from the Big Mom’s pirates. The arc is reaching it’s climax, only one hour until they rendezvous.

Darling in the FRANXX: Episode 4, Flap Flap review

It was always going to happen but it finally did, Zero Two and Hiro officially paired up in Strelizia. Mitsuru pairs up with Zero Two and it doesn’t end well. Unlike previous pilots however, Mitsuru survives. He describes his experience as horrific, and how Zero Two smiled during the entire ordeal. Understandable, he will never pilot with her again and warns Hiro against doing so.

“Papa,” and the rest of the leadership doesn’t want Zero Two to become tainted by the “parasites,” and want to see her at the frontlines. Despite Zero Two’s kill rate, Hiro and many other parasites still want to pair up with her. Regardless, Hiro manage to sync up with her perfectly, so it’s unlikely they will try to replace him. Meanwhile, the Klaxosaurs have become more troublesome recently. They are more active and it’s now more difficult to locate the core.

He series is clearly painting Strelizia, Zero Two and Hiro as the best team. However, the other members can’t seem to do anything without them. One weird moment that occurred in the episode was when Hiro stated that, “I feel myself going deeper inside of you.” I’ve already criticized this series silly sexually innuendo, but this was too on the nose. However, maybe I’m taking this series too seriously and that was meant to be a joke. That said the show is getting a little better, but I think that the Klaxosaurs could be a little bit more creative looking.

 

One Piece Chapter 893: We meet the 36th daughter, Flampe as Dogtooth and Luffy’s battle heats up

This chapter opens with Luffy grimacing in pain, Katakuri seems annoyed that Luffy isn’t maintaining his fighting level. He attacks Luffy with Mochi Sing Pouch, pummeling him into the ground. Luffy eye swells shut, Katakuri says that he was disappointed by Luffy’s effort. While down, Luffy remembers his training with Rayleigh. Luffy gets up on wobbly legs, a hiding Flampe shoots a “numbing needle,” at him but he dodges.

Flampe becomes excited and exposes herself as she mocks and laughs at Luffy. Dogtooth realizes that Flampe has been interfering in his battle with Luffy and she’s the reason that Katakuri was able to give Luffy a “fatal blow.” Luffy gets up a second time, While Flampe runs to hug him. Katakuri stabs himself to make thing even with Luffy. He then rips of his scarf to reveal that his name “Dogtooth” is appropriate.

His mouth feature sharp fang like teeth, Flampe calls him “lame,” “gross,” and a “monster.” She spits in his face, compares him to a “gulper eel,” while her subordinates laugh at him. She orders them to take pictures of Dogtooth so she could show everyone. He return’s to Luffy, apologies and together they use their Haoshoku Haki to knock out the “annoying,” Flampe and her  subordinates to faint. Luffy and Katakuri prepare to conclude their battle. The relationships between Big Mom’s many children seem to appear to be completely shallow. They turn on eat other so quickly and have seemingly teased each other from childhood. It begs the question, are Big Mom’s children naturally this evil or are they raised to be that way?

Cardcaptor Sakura Clear Card: Episode 4 Review, Sakura and the Lovely Transfer Student

We have a lovely interaction between Sakura and her brother Toya. He makes breakfast for the two of them pancake, with an egg on top and broccoli on the side. He notes that Sakura is “spacey,” and that she came home “soaking wet,” the day before. He comically gives his broccoli to Sakura claiming that it will help her grow, but Sakura states that it is simply because he hates them. Later in the day Sakura and her friends are introduced to a new exchange student, Akiho Shihomoto.

Akiho quickly becomes friends with Sakura and her crew. She has lived in Italy, England, Hong Kong and Germany, as a result her Japanese is too formal. While in class Sakura notices that the trees are uprooting themselves, she makes a scene in class. Tomoyo covers for her suggesting that Sakura has a stomach ache and needs to go to the nurse. Tomoyo offers to take her, she has with her a new costume and her camcorder.

The trees attempt to leave the school grounds and Sakura releases her staff. She looks at her four clear cards and determines that the “Aqua card,” might make the trees move faster. She decides to use the Siege card. She traps them within the cube but they begin to ram against the walls. She commands the Siege card to become more flexible, allowing for more give to the walls. Seeing the threat that they might break the walls, she uses the Aqua card. She uses the card too fill the cube with water, preventing the trees from being able to move as they’re now floating. Sakura is able to secure the “Action,” card. Another, fun episode and it seems the more Sakura captures the more complicated her captures can be.

Darling in the Franxx: Episode 1 & 2 Review

A mono type Klaxosaurs

Darling in the Franxx is an anime series from the producers Trigger and A-1 Pictures, focusing on a “post-apocalyptic future where humanity has been driven to endangerment by giant beasts known as klaxosaurs.” Children are bred to be partnered in boy/girl pairs called Parasites and they pilot Giant mecha called Franxx. The series seems to lean heavily on the two genders working together. The title characters both highlight this fact by referencing a bird called Jian. The Jian is known as “the bird that shares wings,” what is interesting is that they both recite this fact but draw different conclusions. 002 believes the fact that male and females need to work together is “beautiful,” whereas Hiro believes that this makes them pathetic.

klaxosaurs attack

The Parasites are at a graduation called a “welcoming ceremony,” where they’re told that they are “the chosen ones,” by Papa a weird hologram, that they must “shed every last drop of blood,” and “children that aren’t fit for this purpose have no value.” Meanwhile, Hiro is given permission to remain but he chooses to leave as his former partner Naomi leaves. It is made clear that her fate is going to be ominous. What is confusing is that it seems like Hiro was largely responsible for the failure but he’s been given an opportunity to stay but Naomi wasn’t. It doesn’t matter however, because a klaxosaurs attacks and kills her.

The mysterious Papa

The klaxosaur is an odd looking creature, with a body that seems too large for its legs. The klaxosaur falls into the plantation as it’s being shot at. As it attacks the garages it uses a massive beam that is deflected by 002’s Franxx. However, she is knocked back into the plantation and her male partner is killed, but she plans on piloting the Franxx alone. Hiro is concerned for her life and she responds that she “isn’t afraid to die.” Hiro predictable offers to fight with her, together they are able to dominate the klaxosaur, Dr. Franxx notes that “when the negative and positive-male and female factors combine and their hearts become one, the iron maiden will reveal her true form.”

002’s Franxx

In the second episode, What it means to connect we become more familiar with the other characters and how Franxx function. Zorome is the typical bully anti-hero, Gorou is the groups negotiator keep the group in harmony. What’s notable about how the Franxx function is that the Stamen (males), named after the male fertilizing organ of a flower, are the “drivers,” and the pistil (females), named after “the female organs of a flower,” are connected to the female looking Franxx. The manner in which the two pilots are seated in the Franxx is highly sexualize, with the male sitting in an upright position and the female positioned in front of him like she’s riding a motorcycle, simulating a sexual position.

The suggestive pilot positions

Furthermore, the piloting handles are literal attached to the females suits so the males steer the Franxx using their bodies. To bring the obvious sexual innuendo home, when connecting the female pilots emote a sexual moan. Hiro inability to pilot a Franxx seems to be some sort of metaphorical suggestion of sexual dysfunction. This is all so obvious and not the least bit scandalous unless your a child. To be blunt the fan-service is just distracting. That said Kill la Kill had similar elements, and while it eventually got old I really enjoyed that regardless. Overall, I liked episode 1 more than episode 2. However, given the fact that this season will be 24 episodes long I’ll stick with it for a while anyway.

The feminine Franxx

Finally, the animation and visual style is spectacular. This of course shouldn’t be surprising to anyone familiar with the work of Trigger and A-1 pictures. Everything from the character design, mecha design, monsters and environments are clearly hallmarks of their visual style. The world-building in this series is rather slow and the terminology wasn’t clear, with some still not making sense. Also, who the hell is Papa, why do they call him that? Is he the father of all the orphan? Why was he a hologram?

images from: Random Curiosity

Bioware’s new 2018 open-world RPG, Anthem

Anthem, is a new IP from Bioware/EA, slated to be released in 2018. The game will be released on PC, Xbox One and PS4, an open world RPG that is being compared to Destiny and Titanfall, with some Mass Effect elements. Anthem is a science fantasy game similar to Star Wars, meaning that technology and the surrounding environment isn’t using real science. You play as a Freelancer, an explorer of the large landscape. Up to four players can play together, you share in the exploits of missions. Freelancers can wear fully customizable exosuits called Javelins. So far two Javelin types were revealed the Ranger and the Colossus.

Bioware has made it clear that single player will also be a big component of the game. Anthem’s lead designer Corey Gaspur confirmed on twitter that, “single player experience is very important to the team.” EA has suggested that Anthem is a “10 year journey,” this is a similar strategy to that of Activision’s view of Destiny. EA’s executive VP Patrick Soderlund stated that “Anthem is a social game where you and your friends go on quests and journeys. It’s a game that we’ve been working on for almost four years now, and once we launch it next year I think it’ll be the start of a ten-year journey for us.”

The former script writer from Mass Effect and KOTOR is work on the story for the game, showing that EA/Bioware is serious about single player. Players will encounter “world-altering events called Shaper Storms.” These storms are similar to Destiny’s “public events,” they are “massive tempests crackling with lightning that wreak havoc on the environment as they intensify. Shaper Storms seem to warrant grouping up to prepare for an added challenge.” You will face off against marauders and beasts, you will have a home base or main hub called Fort Tarsus. Protected by a wall that segregates the civilians from the more dangerous outside environment, you’ll be free to go in any direction.

sources: Gamesradar , EA

Cardcaptor Sakura Clear Card: Episode 2 Review

 

I’m a little late on this episode but I’ll catch up by the end of the week. Anyway, this episode starts with Sakura showing Tomoyo and Syaoran her new captured clow card and the new key. Tomoyo is disappointed that she couldn’t record the capture. She shows Sakura her new outfit and gives Kero his outfit. Sakura’s classmate gives her a cheesecake recipe, her teacher comes in and asks if the students have to choose the club they want to join. Tomoyo decides to join the chorus club and Sakura will go for cheer-leading.

Tomoyo and Sakura are making the cheesecake recipe Chiharu gave them, some might find this sequence to be tedious but I found it surprisingly enjoyable. Toya arrives and Kero pretends to be a plushy, however, Toya is suspicious because the cheesecake in front of Kero is partially eaten and Kero has cake on his face. As Toya announces what he’ll make for dinner Kero begins to drool, almost revealing himself. Kero puts on her new pink outfit and Tomoyo bring to record when Sakura’s room transforms.

Sakura thinks it a dream until Kero pulls her face proving that their in reality. Sakura attempts to touch the walls but the wall “runs” from her. It turns out that they are trapped within a massive cube. The walls beings to attack Tomoyo, Sakura and Kero, they realize that the cube is like rubber or a balloon. They consider popping the walls with Tomoyo’s pins, Sakura releases her staff. Tomoyo uses her pin and the cube pop’s, Sakura secures the clow card, capturing the Siege card. Another, entertaining episode, I can’t wait to see Sakura use her new clow card to capture others.

Nintendo Labo combines cardboard with the Switch

Nintendo has always been an innovating company and the Switch continued this innovation. Today, Nintendo introduced a new way to play the Switch, combining “cardboard accessories,” with the Switch, players are able to play games with these “DIY creations.” Nintendo Labo, incorporates “augmented-reality game that turns cardboard models into fully functioning toys.” When you buy a Nintendo Labo you are given “25 sheets of thick, brown, branded cardboard, and a little cartridge.”

Following the on screen instruction on the Switch you can build several creations like, a 13 key piano, fishing pole or motorbike. You can customize these creations with markers, stickers or paint. By building the piano you can play as the “IR Motion Camera in the Right Joy-Con detects which keys are pressed and translates them into unique notes that are heard through the console.” Being cardboard Nintendo expects them to break and plans on replacing cardboard kits, however, you can “stick the cardboard Toy-Cons back together with glue or tape.”

Nintendo Labo will launch on April 20 this year and will have two kits called, the Variety Kit and the Robot Kit respectively. The “Variety Kit” will cost $69.99 and feature ” two Toy-Con RC Cars, a Toy-Con Fishing Rod, a Toy-Con House, a Toy-Con Motorbike and a Toy-Con Piano.” The “Robot Kit” will cost a little more at $79.99 and feature “you can build an interactive robot suit with a visor, backpack and straps for your hands and feet, which you can then wear to assume control of a giant in-game robot.” You can also purchase a $9.99 “customization Set that includes fun stencils, stickers and colored tape.” The cardboard toy-con are not from me but the technology is actually pretty cool and hope it’s another success from Nintendo.

For more info: Nintendo.com

Sources: The Guardian, Polygon