Fire Force Episode 11: Recap and Review

Joker is ready to attack the Holy Sol Temple in Fire Force Episode 11.
Joker is ready to attack the Holy Sol Temple

Episode 11 – Dark Hero

Fire Force Episode 11, Dark Hero, centers the Holy Sol Temple as the primary villain in the series. Shinra informs Captain Obi and Lieutenant Hinawa what they discovered on their mission. Captain Obi asks if this means that the scripture is “false.” Vulcan quickly interjects that “of course it is.” Obi wonders if the Evangelists and the Holy Sol Temple are connected. Iris is the most troubled. As a nun, she must be the most hurt. I wonder how she will deal with this in the future. Meanwhile, Licht that the numbers in the Tabernacle are pi. He considers the consequences of the truth but assumes that everything would get “hushed up.” 

If the Fire Force has its hand-tied, then what could be done? Fire Force gives us a surprising answer. Joker visits Benimaru Shinmon. Joker calls himself a “dark hero.” Fire Force has several characters that are hard to pin down. Benimaru and Joker are two of them. Joker is suspicious of the Holy Sol Temple and knows that Benimaru shares his skepticism. Joker chose him because he was “oppressed” by the Temple. Joker’s pitch works. Together, they head to the Holy Sol Temple. Like Joker and Benimaru, Licht’s motives can’t be easily understood. In a flashback, he tells Joker that he “seeks the truth.” Back at the Firehouse, Captain Obi tells Shinra that top brass has decided that they will suppress this information for three years. 

Who will stand against the church

Furthermore, the Church will have some input. This is a poor decision and I think it will force Shinra to possibly leave the Company. Captain Obi is a righteous man, but he’s also a stickler for the rules. Will he be able to go against the establishment? The choice of three years has to matter it too specific. I wonder why they picked it. At the Holy Sol Temple, the Emperor Raffles the third tells the story of the Church’s founding. Before the Great Cataclysm, many governments and religions existed. They were all destroyed. He calls the Temple a “bundling of all the histories of mankind.” He claims that all the science, religions, and governments are now centered around Sol and Amaterasu. 

The Emperor calls the Temple the “truth.” When he states that “no one can be allowed to betray the Temple,” Benimaru and Joker attack. The duo quickly dispatches the monks. However, Benimaru is shot with a mysterious dart. He falls to the ground, but his fate is unknown. Let’s get this out of the way, Benimaru is not dead. There’s no way Fire Force would kill such a popular and interesting character. Or I should say they wouldn’t kill him that way. The theme of “truth” is obvious in Fire Force Episode 11. Who wants it, who has it, and can you trust that you know what’s true. The “unchained, straw dogs” as Licht put it will become the main opposition to the Holy Sol Temple. I think Licht, Vulcan, Joker, Benimaru, and Shinra may join forces to stop the church. 

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Deca-Dence Episode 10: Recap and Review

Natsume becomes enraged in episode 10 of Deca-Dence
Natsume becomes enraged

Deca-Dence episode 10 begins with Kaburagi explaining the world to Natsume however, she collapses. The cyborgs panic as all the Gadoll disintegrate. They manage to transfer the information before they log out. Elsewhere, Kaburagi and Natsume discuss the ramifications of telling the other humans. Kaburagi drops a bombshell on Natsume, her father was killed because he knew too much. Realizing that Kaburagi was lying all along, she regrets learning the truth. Her response makes sense, her life was easier when she was ignorant. However, it’s too late now. The rest of humanity celebrate their newfound freedom. Meanwhile, Kaburagi is informed by Jill that the “system has handed down another elimination order.”

The Gadoll evolve

The cyborgs set a trap for the game police. Running a recording of Donatello’s voice and making the floor slippery, they successfully escape. Natsume struggles with what she’s learned but decides that she trust Kaburagi and she wants to help him fight. Suddenly, Hugin stabs Kaburagi’s avatar through the chest, leaving Natsume at his mercy. At the cyborg’s new hideout, a massive Gadoll appears. Most of the episode went the way I expected (except the ending), however, the most interesting part was the Gadoll that “infected” on of the cyborg. After the researchers die in the elevator shaft, a Gadoll burst out of his stomach. It reminded me of Aliens but less graphic. After it escaped its womb, the Gadoll then ate the corpses. 

What does this mean? Are the Gadoll evolving? It seems that the Gadoll or at least this particular one is different from the rest. I don’t think that Natsume has what it takes to stop Hugin. My best guess is that Kurenai comes to the rescue. Finally, will the cyborg be strong enough to stop the massive Gadoll? I don’t think things are going to get better for everyone.

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Shangri-La Frontier Chapter 1: Recap and Review

Chapter 1 – God Game

Shangri-La Frontier is a series based on the light novel of the same name. Hidzutome Rakurou is a high school student and a “trash game hunter.” Games of poor quality are considered trash, filled with bugs, poor AI, and glitches. Hidzutome is tired of the misery these games inflict and is talked into trying a good game for once, Shangri-La Frontier. A VR game with over 30 million registered players, Shangri-La is the most “played game in the world.” Set in a world 1000 years after some apocalyptic event, the game features a new race living in an age similar to the middle ages. Hidzutome puts on the VR headset and starts creating his character. 

First, decide on a job, dual-sword mercenary, then choose a role, wanderer. Hidzutome’s avatar is a human with a “staring bird mask.” He names his character, Sunraku. Hidzutome’s character is transported to a random location instead of a town because he chooses the wanderer role. Sunraku has minimum equipment, an incomplete map, and low stats. Hidzutome picks luck over endurance. Suddenly, he’s attacked by a goblin. Sunraku kills the goblin in one strike and levels up to 2. He picks up the handaxe the Goblin dropped, although it only has half its durability. In Shangri-La, when the durability value of a weapon hits zero it becomes unusable. 

Sunraku grinds

Sunraku battles a vorpal bunny, when he defeats it his level jumps from 2 to 4 and he learns a skill, Flash Counter. The skill allows him to turn parries into counter-attacks. Sunraku begins to grind, waiting for more vorpal bunnies to spawn, hoping they drop knives. In about 2 hrs, Sunraku reaches level 12, increases his stats, learns three more skills, and gains two vorpal bunny knives. Hidzutome plans to head to the second town, Secondil, but the bridge is blocked by the area boss. The Great Devouring Snake is considered difficult for even a level 10 party. Sunraku attacks it alone, using his speed and skills, he assumes he will when easily. However, the vorpal bunny knife shatters, and then Sunraku gets poisoned. Despite the setback, Sunraku still believes he’s going to win. 

Elsewhere, a shadowy woman complains that “no one’s defeated a unique monster.” She suggests that Shangri-La Frontier isn’t the type of game anyone can just beat. Shangri-La Frontier starts as any new game does. The series recreates the experience well. I was reminded of when I started Final Fantasy games or the Legend of Zelda. If you enjoyed series like Sword Art Online you will probably love Shangri-La Frontier. The art of Fuji Ryosuke is great. I like how he uses white space and minimal backgrounds. This style choice works well with the use of shadow and he does action scenes well. Shangri-La Frontier has me hooked.

Burn the Witch Chapter 3: Recap and Review

Burn the Witch Chapter 3: Recap and Review

Chapter 3 of Burn the Witch opens with Billy Banx Jr. leering outside of the Top of Horns meeting room. He’s confronted by Sullivan Squire, who asks “why he’s here.” Sullivan admonishes him for failing to “say goodbye” despite all she did for him. Confused, Billy wonders why Squire mentioned his Ninny and Noel at all. She tells him that the elimination of Balgo Parks has been approved. Sullivan implies that Bruno Bangnyfe’s “methods” are particularly harsh. Meanwhile, Bruno tells Noel and Ninny that he’s not “trying to kill them” Noel, in her dry tone, shocks Bruno by not knowing who he is. Ninny on the other hand is fully aware of him. 

Bruno calls for a Dragon blockade on Penfront Street that excludes Balgo. After the blockade is erected, Bruno accuses Balgo of being a terrorist. Bruno tells Ninny and Noel about the execution order and that a bounty will be activated in 72 hours. Realizing that Noel and Ninny aren’t going to step aside, Bruno turns hostile. Noel grabs Balgo, while Ninny asks Bruno “why he brought Macy here?” He admits to bringing her to Reverse London but he isn’t responsible for the dragon. Bruno reveals that Macy is a “Watcher,” a human with strong magical abilities. He deflects Ninny’s, Witch Kit, which Noel grabs and fires. In the chaos of the explosion, Ninny grabs Macy and flies away. 

Bruno chases Balgo

Annoyed, Bruno calls his dragon, Rickenbacker. Macy tells Ninny how she meets Elly. Macy admits that she always hated being in their group and would have quit if it wasn’t for Ninny. Later she finds an infant Elly, feeding her all kinds of food. Elly preferred fruits and vegetables, got larger, and never used the bathroom. She finally felt special having Elly in her life. Suddenly, Bruno tears through the Cloth they were hiding in with Rickenbacker. He mocks them while revealing that Balgo’s Punitive Dragon designation has been finalized. Burn the Witch is still filling out the universe but I starting to get the feel for how the governing body of Reverse London functions. It seems like the government is draconian, delivering harsh penalties without much consideration for the criminals. I think both Noel and Ninny will become outcasts, fighting against the government to rescue Macy and Balgo. 

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The God of High School Episode 10: Recap and Review

image of Ilpyo is the "Key"
Ilpyo is the “Key”

Episode 10 – Oath/Meaning

The God of High School episode 10 reveals who the “key” is. If you’re like me then you assumed who that person was likely to be and would have been wrong. Park Mujin and the Nox organization have been seeking this key for most of the series. The key is supposed to have the “power to challenge God,” so Park wants to use it and Nox wants to destroy it. Most of us assumed that Jin Mori, the main protagonist, was the key because of his power and our general assumptions about the main characters. For the key to be someone else was a surprise but a pleasant one. Park Ilpyo is the “key,” a noble fighter that was inspired by Mori’s grandfather. We discover that Ilpyo wants to use his wish to heal his cousin that was left paralyzed by Jegal. 

In flashbacks, we see that Jin’s grandfather, Jin Taejin, told Ilpyo to teach Mori a couple of things. He does just that when he and Jin fight in the semifinals. He starts off taunting Jin, critiquing his fighting style, and besting him in close combat. Mori overcomes each of these limits by using the techniques of Mira and Daewi. Just when you think that Jin is going to get the comeback victory (in most series he would), it’s his apparent defeat that triggers his ascension to the Key. The God of High School is turning out to be more than I expected. The animation in the episode, specifically during the fight between Jin and Ilpyo was well done. You could see all the movements and they didn’t feel rushed. 

How will Ilpyo handle being hunted

While all this was happening when saw battles between Nox’s Sang Mandoek and Park Mujin, saw the skills of The Six member Seo Hallyang (accompanied by music), and witness “God” fall through a gate in the sky. All this was visually stunning while being action-packed. The drumming from Hallyang’s Taiko drum corp added to the atmosphere. A thorough explanation of the powers in this series is still desired but The God of High School certainly features creative abilities. I often criticize this series for being too fast-paced but The God of High School episode 10, proved that they could balance many things at once. Making Ilpyo the Key was an unexpected outcome, I wonder how he will fare now that he’s become everyone’s target. 

The God of High School Episode 9: Recap and Review


Deca-Dence Episode 9: Recap and Review

Deca-Dence – Episode 9

Deca-Dence marks the beginning of the revolution. So far, Natsume has remained ignorant of the system she trapped in. The Solid Quake Corporation views humanity as expendable. The question is how will Natsume respond when she learns the truth. Deca-Dence episode 9 opens with the plan to destroy the Gadoll factory. Kaburagi and Natsume will enter the factory, then activate the Gadoll Genocide System (G.G.S.), and finally, destroy the reactor. However, they need to create a distraction. Jill predicts that Natsume “will have a breakdown” after she learns the truth.

Blow shit up

Meanwhile, the rest of the bugs begin to burn the shit. The smell and toxic substances flow through the ventilation system. They also flow into the lake causing the Gadoll to have a negative reaction to the pollution. As Natsume and Kaburagi enter the factor they encounter Hugin. Elsewhere, the bugs in the correction facility are ambushed by enhancing security. Betrayed by Turkey and Sarkozy, Jill forces Donatello to return from having fun in the game. Kaburagi and Natsume are attacked by Hugin. He’s able to move without the need for equipment. Back at the correction facility, Turkey abandoned a wounded Sarkozy. 

Turkey liked the system and wanted to preserve it. Donatello tosses him into the shit below, meanwhile, Sarkozy sacrifices himself, blowing up the reactor. Only the G.G.S switch remains. Together Natsume and Kaburagi push down two levels, killing all the Gadoll. Natsume demands to know what’s going on, nothing makes sense. Kaburagi finally tells her that his body, the Gadoll, and the world are manufactured. This episode was predictable, but I still found it sad how Sark went out. As he said he was pathetic, but in the end, he was a major reason they succeeded. As for Natsume, I agree with Jill, she will be devastated. 

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Fire Force Episode 10: Recap and Review

The pillars in episode 10 of Fire Force
The pillars

Episode 10 – The Woman in Black

Shinra is given the second of grace from the Dark Clad Women. However, before he attacks, we learn that the Evangelists want to destroy the world with fire. Blessed with grace, Shinra explodes with speed as his body is broken down to the particle level. At this moment, Shirna goes back in time to witness Tempe’s past. He was a victim of the Great Cataclysm. Having lost his family, status, and wealth, he travels to the spatial rift. There he encounters the Evangelists. He begs her for “a return to joy,” she releases an insect that pierces his chest and transforms him into the demon. Shinra destroys him with the remaining grace. 

Shinra and the woman have another conversation via Adolla Link. She tells him that she was once human. However, she was “enkindled with an Adolla Burst” by an Evangelist’s insect. She repaired the Tabernacle however, it had existed for 250 years at that point. The women in black believes that the Evangelists have been manipulating mankind for centuries, resulting in numerous religions. She thanks Shinra for saving the forest. The Fire Force regroups as Licht, Pan, and Shinra discuss how the first pillar came to be and what the Holy Sol Temple and Haijima could be hiding. 

The Holy Sol Temple’s deception

The Fire Force says farewell to Scop as they complete their mission. As Shinra thinks about the girl in Amaterasu, Licht notes that if she is inside then a “contradiction is created in the dogma and scripture of the Holy Sol Temple.” This means that the Prologue of the Great Cataclysm is false. Shinra and the rest of the team return to their respective forces. This exposes a lot of new conflicts. First, the narrative that the Holy Sol Temple is now in question and they may have killed the first pillar. I’m also more curious about her life story. Fire Force Company 8 has always been presented as a possible problem for the establishment. I wonder how the Holy Sol Temple will respond. 

Fire Force Episode 9: Recap and Review

My Hero Academia Chapter 283: Recap and Review

Cover of My Hero Academia Chapter 283
Cover of My Hero Academia Chapter 283

Chapter 283 – ’75’

Gigantomachia rampages towards Tomura Shigaraki. The younger heroes are left alone. Majestic used his Quirk to rescue them. Most of the heroes are confused by the events that lead to this defeat. The sedative seems to have failed. Elsewhere, Kyudai Garaki tells the heroes that they have not “slipped up,” but Gigantomachia is a “calamity that lives and dies for the sake of his master.” Garaki reveals that all the Nomu’s are modeled after Gigantomachia. Like most of the “Nomu” in Tomura’s employ, Gigantomachia has several Quirks. According to Doctor Garaki, he has an energy Quirk, that allows him to convert morale into energy and stamina. He has two other unnamed Quirks, one that numbs pain and the other that allows the bones to grow. 

Back at the battle, Shoto uses his ice to cool down his father. Eraser Head is being tended to by Manual and Rock Lock that are trying to deal with his newly severed leg. Rock Lock tells Deku to flee. Deku is dealing with a lot of emotions all at once. He’s teary-eyed and enraged at the “death” of Gran Torino. Tomura announces that it’s time for the heroes “to die.” However, his body begins to tear and gush blood. Deku realizes that as his body, Tomura’s Quirks are too much for him. It’s also the case that his body was never completed (stopped at 75%) and he may always have this limit. I think this is important otherwise Tomura would be too powerful at least at the beginning.

The value of Deku’s experience

Regardless, Tomura heals and uses his decay Quirk. Suddenly, Deku uses his Blackwhip and Float Quirk to rescue save his friends. Shimura’s Float Quirk seemed to be useless to me, but maybe it does have some value if used with other Quirks. Gran Torino remains alive but is unlikely to survive. I think he will get an opportunity to say goodbye to Deku. I have commented that Deku will need to master his six Quirks to be a threat to Tomura. However, both are in the process of learning the many Quirks the currently possess. That said, Deku is still ahead of Tomura who has just mastered the Quirk he was born with. With that advantage, Deku may have a chance. Victory isn’t possible but escapes maybe. 

My Hero Academia Manga Chapter: Recap and Review

Burn the Witch Chapter 2: Recap and Review

The cover of Chapter 2 of Burn the Witch
The cover of Chapter 2 of Burn the Witch

Chapter 2 – Ghillie Suit

Burn the Witch continues to build the universe. Light Dragons are distinguished from dark dragons in many ways. The first thing you notice is that they are adorable and look like cartoon characters. They serve the residents as “natural resources” functioning as radio wave boosters, Plant cultivation, water cleaners, and even mass transit. Ninny calls annoyed that Noel has gotten the headline in the Reverse London Press. Meanwhile, the Chief calls them with a work matter that pays five times the pay and points. An illegally reared dragon is allegedly being kept in the west. The duo head west with Balgo in tow. 

When they arrive in the district, they notice an explosion in another area. Noel and Balgo rush to see what’s happening. The explosion is at the empty building of the Realists a tabloid. Ninny spots someone inside the building and flies up through the window. Inside is someone that Ninny knows, Macy. She plans on destroying the building to get revenge for a negative story the Realist wrote. It’s revealed that Macy used a dragon named Elly to cause the explosion. Ninny warns Macy of the potential consequences of coming into contact with the dragon, however, Macy refuses to listen. Her dragon attacks Ninny, but Noel shoots it. 

Bruno Bangnyfe makes an explosive entrance

Ninny says that Macy “has feelings for her” and becomes jealous when other women are friendly towards her. She decides that she will attack from the roof, while Noel distracts her. However, when Ninny reaches the roof she’s caught in an explosion caused by Bruno Bangnyfe. He apologizes, kinda, asking if she died because he’ll need to write an incident report. Things don’t look good for Macy though. If this guy doesn’t kill her, then she will probably get executed. Burn the Witch is still filling out the world but we are starting to see how the society functions. That said, we haven’t learned how the combat works yet. I’m going to guess that we will see in the next chapter. 

Burn The Witch Chapter 1: Recap and Review

A review of Children of the Sea, how anime depicts athletes, and the promise of Black Myth: Wukong

A review of a unique anime

I have been meaning to review the anime movie Children of the Sea, however, I just returned to school (digitally), and have a backlog of anime to review. Regardless, Maya Phillips has a brief review of the movie. The movie combines “traditional hand drawing and C.G.I. technology.” Children of the Sea is an odd story that has phenomenal animation. Maya compliments the score by Joe Hisaishi calling it “whimsical string-heavy,” and “dazzling.” However, she’s not fond of the conflict between the C.G.I. and drawing saying that “the drawings make the C.G.I. look artificial, and the C.G.I. flattens the drawings.” 

Check out the review.

How anime depicts athletes

Also in the times is an article discussing the limits anime chooses when animating athletes. Maya Phillips writes “Because animation is free from the physical limitations of reality, it would be simple for these anime shows to slough off trifles like gravity” . . . ” they depict athletes as living just a few toes beyond the realm of possibility.” She mentions series like Yuri on IceHaikyuu!!, and Kuroko’s Basketball. She talks about how these series “dramatizes athletes surpassing the body’s limits.” She end’s the piece with Yuri on Ice, focusing on fluid animation, “The skaters swivel and swerve, fan out their arms and legs in a large circular sweep, then tuck themselves into tidy spins.” 

Check out the article.

Concept art for Black Myth: WuKong
Concept art for Black Myth: WuKong

A promising indie game

Final a few days ago I was introduced to a stunning game called Black Myth: Wukong. A project from Chinese indie developer Game Science, the gameplay trailer is impressive. According to IGN the founder, Feng Ji, wanted to use the video as a recruitment tool. IGN goes through what is currently known about the title and its developer. Game Science was founded in 2014 and produces mobile and free-to-play games. The story is based on the classic Chinese myth, Journey to the West. It gets its name from Sun Wukong or the Monkey King. Unfortunately, the game doesn’t have a release date, so it’s unclear when we could see it. 

Check out the preview


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