One Punch Man S2 – Episode 9 & 10: Recap & Review

Episode 9, The Ultimate Dilemma

Bakuzan remembers that Saitama is the one that defeated in the tournament. Now that he’s a demon he figures he can get his revenge. He begins with a series of attacks, first he uses Demon-Weeper Low Kick, Bear-Killer Mid Kick and Carnage Punch. Of course none of this matters, it’s Saitama we are talking about. As he tries to remember who Bakuzan is, Bakuzan uses Hell-Bringin Hand Chop. Bakuzan is defeated as most of his enemies are. Saitama introduces himself to Suiryu as a hero. He explains why he joined the tournaments to find the hero hunter (Garou).

Suiryu warns Saitama against Gouketsu. Saitama mostly ignores him. Suiryu overhears the fight between Saitama and Gouketsu. He assumes that Saitama is dead until he sees the decapitated of Gouketsu. After seeing Saitama he decides that he wants to become a hero. Meanwhile, Puri Puri Prisoner defeats a demon-level monster called Free Hugger. Saitama has a difficult time finding his excitement in being a hero. King tells him that he has ” lost track of himself and should aim to be the best hero.”

Garou is defeated by Watchdog Man. Garou says he’s lucky to have escaped, having difficulty fighting against the four legged style of Watchdog man. Garou seems excited that he can get “stronger.” However, he runs into Saitama and King. He attacks King, but Saitama simply kicks him through a wall. I don’t know why but I found this moment to be so funny. The human shaped hole in the wall is something that’s a was common in the old animated cartoons I use to watch as a child. Anyway, Saitama has easily defeated Garou twice now. Most humorously he doesn’t realize it.

Elsewhere, Genos is taken to Dr. Kuseno for repairs, while, Sonic is introduced to two powerful ninja, Gale Wind and Hellfire Flame. They offer him monster cells and he accepts. However, because he cooks them before he eats them he just get’s diarrhea. S Class Hero Rank 8 Zombieman decides to follow Martial Gorilla. He runs into the Armored Gorilla going to get some groceries. Martial Gorilla is upset that he’s trying to blend into society and attacks him. Armored Gorilla easily defeats Martial Gorilla. A monster manages to infiltrate the Hero Association to deliver a message.


Episode 10, The Encircling Net of Justice

Saitama loses to King multiple times in a fighting video game. Meanwhile, the message from the Monster association claims that they just want peace. It’s all bullshit as the monster association’s Destrochloridum kills an executive. S Class Rank 11 Superalloy Blackluster kills Destrochloridum. The monsters gather to plan the next attack. Lord Orochi eats Awakened Cockroach because he lost. Orochi asks where Gouketsu was. Meanwhile, Garou awakens assuming that King defeated him not Saitama. Elsewhere, Genos is repaired Dr. Kuseno. He’s given an upgrade. It is revealed that the Hero Association and Monster Association are going to “war.”

After reading the paper many monster head to find and join the monster association. However, Saitama kills them all while rushing to take the garbage out. Meanwhile, Garou tries to recover in a shack. The kid he’s been getting the hero book from, Tareo enters the shack to tell him to leave. Garou tells him that he should get stronger if doesn’t want to be picked on. Meanwhile, Death Gatling arrives with Stinger, Smile Man, Wildhorn, Chain Toad, Glasses, Gun Gun, and Shooter. Together they take on a limited Garou, that holds his own but clearly isn’t going to overpower all these heroes. My prediction is that either Garou will take Tareo hostage or Tareo will interfere allowing him to escape, I doubt that Garou will be defeated here.

Advertisements

30 Day Marvel Challenge – Day #16: The Most Powerful Character

One-Above-All

Universe: Multiverse

Creators: Mark Waid, Mike Wieringo

First Appearance: Fantastic Four #511 (2004)


Marvel has a number of “all powerful beings” that sometimes run together on me. Most of them can manipulate space and time, reality. Some are “abstract entities” that exists for a specific purpose. They’re Eternity, Infinity, Oblivion, Death, and the Phoenix Force. Together they balance each other. There are the Eternals, the Deviants, the Celestials, and many other beings of great powers and influence. There has been some humans who even reach the levels of some of these beings most notably Franklin Richards. However, there IS a hierarchy in the Marvel universe.

I am the One Above All. I see through many eyes. I build with many hands. They are themselves, but they are also me. I am all-powerful. My only weapon is love. The mystery intrigues me.

One-Above-All

Marvel abstracts, Celestials, Supreme cosmic beings, and The Living Tribunal are all under the Beyonder. However, the Beyonder is second only to the most powerful being in the Marvel universe, One-Above-All. Not to be confused with the Celestial of the same name, the One-Above-All is considered to be the “entity believed to be the supreme being/creator of the Omniverse.” The One-Above-All is responsible for the ” existence of all life in the Multiverse and possibly beyond.” To be honest I find the existence of these uber powerful beings to be confusing. I feels that many of them do the same thing and the other. Basically, Marvel really didn’t explain it’s cosmic system well.

Part of this is due to many different writers can create different characters. This doesn’t even consider the Gods like Odin or Zeus. Regardless, the One-Above-All is THE GOD of the Marvel universe. He is omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient, his abilities are “beyond any known system of abilities.” How can anybody top that.

Attack On Titan Episode 56 & 57 Recap & Review

The photo

Episode 56, The Basement

Armin awakens after having a nightmare of a crying Colossal Titan. He has no memory of what happened before. With only eight members of the Survey Corps remaining they explain what happened to Armin. Realizing that his life came at the expense of Erwin’s, Armin is devastated and doesn’t believe he sure have been chosen. Hange, Levi, Eren and Mikasa are left to investigate the basement. Eren, Levi and the others discovers a family photo of a man standing next to a women.

On the back of the photo is an explanation of what a photo is. In post credits, Eren starts reading Grisha’s book, which begins with Grisha recounting his tragic childhood. This episode largely is closing the last arc and opening the next one. As a result this episode wasn’t really that interesting. However, it has set up the next one.


Gross lying about what happened to Fay

Episode 57, That Day

We get the story that Grisha wrote in his book. A young Grisha drags his sister outside of the “Liberio Internment Zone.” They wanted to see the airship. They are caught by two guards, Kruger and Gross. As punishment, Grisha is offered a beating or hard labor. He chooses a beating for both his sister and himself. While taking his beating, Gross offers to take his sister, Fay home. However, she never makes it. Her corpse is found in the river. Grisha and his mother are devastated, but his father seems unmoved.

What really happened to Fay

Grisha begins to hate his father for his cowardly behavior. His father tells him the long history of the “Eldians and the Marley nation.” As Grisha grows older he’s told how his sister was killed by Gross (fled to dogs) and joins the Eldian Restorationists. The group was supported by an informant named “Owl.” Grisha marries Dina Fritz, the last member of the Eldian royal family. Together they have a child, Zeke(the Beast Titan). Attempting to raise Zeke as an infiltrator, however, he betray’s them to the authorities.

Zeke learning the history of Eldian

Captured, the resistance are tortured for information about the Owl. They are then taken to the perimeter wall to be forced into becoming mindless Titans. Both Kruger and Gross are present. Gross then turns Dina into the Titan that would later eat Eren’s mother. Gross proves to be an heartless monster, before getting what he deserves. It turns out that Kruger is “Owl,” and he’s also a Titan. He pushes Gross over the wall, leaving him to be eaten by a titan. His transformation appears to be similar to that of Eren’s, as he attacks the other members of the security squad.

Dina in Titan form

There’s a lot to digest in this episode. If you believe what the Marleyans do the Eldians were humans that could transform into Titan’s and used this power for world domination and oppression of other people. Or, according to the Eldians, they only wanted to give everyone to live peacefully in prosperity. Considering that this is Attack on Titan, I highly doubt that either side is really telling the whole truth. For Zeke to betray his parents as a child, would suggest that he believed the Eldians were wrong. The were also so many surprising reveals this episode.

The “Owl” pushes Gross

I thought Zeke had some relation to Eren in the previous episodes, I never predicted that they were brothers. Weirdly, Zeke does appear to be enacting the mission he turned his parents in for. I wonder what changed his mind? Another thing that’s interesting is that Eren and everyone living on that island didn’t know that they were Eldian’s. With only two episode remaining for this season I’m not sure what will get answered but I’m very excited for what happens next.

Kruger in Titan form

Dororo Episode 22 and 23: Recap & Review

Midoro the demon horse

Episode 22, The Story of Nui

Tahomaru and his group return home with Dororo now captured. Daigo is preparing to fight against the Asakura Clan at Banmon. Finding out that Dororo has been kidnapped, Hyakkimaru becomes enraged. His anger attracts the demonic horse. Oku decides to free Dororo because she became the friend of Hyakkimaru. Oku leaves with Dororo. They are caught in a current and their ship is destroyed. They are rescued by Daigo refugees, Biwa-Hoshi is among them.

Mutsu with Hyakkimaru’s arm

Oku decides to remain with the group and help the sick and wounded. Meanwhile, Hyakkimaru riding on Midoro is slaughtering Daigo’s soldiers in search for Dororo. Mutsu, the sister of Hyogo offers herself to the demon’s in the temple in exchange for the protection of the land and people. Her offer is rejected. However, when Tahomaru, Mutsu and Hyogo encounter Hyakkimaru their wounds are healed. This is due to the demon, and the demon has given them the arms of Hyakkimaru and both his eyes.

Hyakkimaru and Tahomaru clash

Midoro bites Mutsu’s head

Episode 23, The Story of the Demons

As the villagers prepare for war, Hyakkimaru fights Tahomaru, Hyogo and Mutsu. Oku and Dororo arrive at the battle. They are stopped by Biwa-Hoshi. Midoro attacks Mutsu and Hyogo. However, Midoro is distracted when her foal arrives. Midoro decapitates Hyogo and crushes Mutsu. The demon still has control over their bodies and uses the arms it gave them to mortally wound Midoro. After Mutsu and Hyogo die, Hyakkimaru’s arms return to him. Leaving Tahomaru heartbroken, then enraged.

Tahomaru with Hyakkimaru’s eye’s

He grabs the two sword blades with his new arms and clashes with Tahomaru. Hyakkimaru flees when he’s senses Dororo and Oku’s sadness. As he runs away he asks himself “what is a human.” He and Tahomaru fight again, only this time Hyakkimaru’s reach is longer. Dororo, Biwa-Hoshi , Oku and the villagers discuss the value of one (Hyakkimaru) and the many (the villagers). Hyakkimaru and Tahomaru clash in the castle, knocking over a candle. As a fire starts, Hyakkimaru fights for his last two parts. Oku and Dororo rush towards the burning castle.

Hyakkimaru clashing for the last time?

Dororo is reaching it’s end and I’m not sure what will happen. The major theme of this series now seems to be the lives of the few verses the lives of the many. The series introduces some Buddhist concepts regarding human desires and the costs of such desires. The question I have is if Hyakkimaru dies does what would happen to the prosperity? Regardless, I think this season will end with some devastating death.

30 Day Marvel Challenge – Day #15: The best rivalry

Your fancy claws can’t cut what they can’t hit. An’ your hotsy-totsy healing factor… won’t save you… when I rip out your heart! 

Sabretooth

Wolverine and Sabertooth

The rivalry between Wolverine and Sabretooth is legendary in comics. It’s not always clear as to why these two are rivals exactly. That said it is likely that Sabretooth and Wolverine see each other as rival simply because they’re so similar. It also may be the result of their “animalistic” nature. There first encounter is traced back to Power Pack Vol 1 #27 and continued in Uncanny X-Men Vol 1 #212. Wolverine is searching for survivors after the massacre at the hands of Power Pack and Sabretooth. In the sewers their clash for the first time. At some point Wolverines healing powers gets nullified and Sabretooth thinks he can take advantage of it. He breaks his hand on Wolverines adamantium skull and is stabbed in the heart in return.

Why is that, Creed? You’re not my father, my brother, or my clone. Why is it we can never get rid of each other?

Wolverine

They’ve had numerous battles since. Often their fight are brutal and violent. The brutality is in part due to the fact that they both have violent fighting styles, a love of fighting and those fights are prolonged by both having healing factors. They were both in the Weapon X project and received training. In Wolverine Vol 3 #50-55, the rival comes to it’s end with Wolverine kills a feral Sabretooth, who is barely able to ask for Wolverine to end his suffering.

30 Day Marvel Challenge – Day #14: Your Favorite Romance

Rogue & Gambit

Universe: Earth-616

Creators: Chris Claremont, Michael Golden, Jim Lee, Mike Collins

First Appearance: Uncanny X-Men (Gambit) #266, Avengers Annual #10 (Rogue)


Marvel has several storied romances, Jean Grey and Scott Summers, Storm and Black Panther, Mr. Fantastic and the Invisible and Mary Jane and Peter Parker. The romance that I was my favorite was Rogue (Anna Marie) and Gambit (Remy LeBeau). I was first introduced to them during the X-Men animated series. In the comics they first met while Rogue and gambit were under the control of the Shadow King on Muir Island. Their relationship was often strained due to Gambits lying and Rogues inability to touch due to her absorption powers.

This of course meant that they could never have a completely physical relationship, but flirting was an option. They both seem to at least enjoy this aspect of their relationship even if it was limiting. Eventually, they would both lose their powers allowing them to explore their relationship more. However, evetually Rogues powers return and even when trying to have sex telepathically her powers still absorbs Gambit. A new student, Foxx (Mystique in disguise) tries to use this moment to break them up. She even offers to sleep with him as Rogue, since that somehow wouldn’t be cheating. She fails, but succeed in furthering the rift between them.

Later under the influence of Apocalypse and now the horsemen Death, Gambit would attempt to kill Rogue. With the help of Xavier, Rogue learned to control her powers. However, considering the past events she was hesitant to continue their relationship. Later, at the failed wedding of Kitty Pryde and Colossus and some encouragement from Storm, Gambit proposed to Rogue. They were married shortly after. Rogue and Gambit had a lot of problems that could have ended their relationship. Despite them the managed to stay together and I always found their flirting in the animated series to be fun to watch.

Source: Marvel Wiki , Comicvine

30 Day Marvel Challenge – Day #13: Your Least Favorite Character

Scott Summers (Cyclops)

Universe: Earth-616

Creators: Stan Lee, Jack Kirby

First Appearance: X-Men #1 (Sept. 1963)


From what I can tell many Marvel fans find Scott Summers (Cyclops) to be the worst. He’s one of the original X-Men. The oldest son of Christopher Summers (Corsair), Scott became the first student of Professor X. He was given a visor made of quartz. He was also made the deputy leader of the X-Men. In the X-Men animated series Cyclops was presented as a “boy scout,” always following the rules regardless of the consequences. He was a bit of a teachers pet and often though he was superior to others. Furthermore, he would often find himself in conflict with fan favorites Storm and Wolverine. In the comics Cyclops became a cheater and a murderer.

Treatment of women

Scott had developed a tendency to move on to quickly or abandoned women. When Jean Grey dies (the first of many deaths) he moves on quickly with Colleen Wing when he thinks Jean dies in a volcanic explosion. When Jean dies during the Dark Phoenix saga he moves on with her clone, Madelyne Pryor. Worse, when he found out that Jean was actually alive he abandoned Madelyne and their child. At some point he became unsatisfied with his married to Jean, he began a psychic affair with Emma Frost. His excuse? It didn’t really count because it wasn’t physical.

Cyclops Kills Professor X

Power hungry murderer

During the Avengers vs X-Men event, Scott becomes possessed by the Phoenix Force. While he initially wanted to protected Hope Summers, he became drunk with power. When the Phoenix Force spits in five among Scott, Emma, Magik, Namor and Colossus, he goes full Dark Phoenix. He tries to kill many of the Avengers and X-Men that try to stop him. During this arc Scott kills Professor X as he tries to stop him. Cyclops was imprisoned in a ruby quartz cube.

Revolutionary and war criminal

While in prison Scott becomes more political. He originally sees himself as a matyr but after the murder of a fellow mutant he decides that he would be more effective on the outside. Magneto frees Cyclops from his prison. He then goes on to attack cops and attempts to start a “mutant revolution.” He also becomes inspiration for a mutant uprising called “The Ghosts of Cyclops.” While you could argue that Cyclops was justified in fighting for mutant-kind, his means were violent.

Samurai 8: The Tale of Hachimaru, Chapter 4 – 6: Recap & Review

Chapter 4, Fighting with dad

Hachimaru and Hayatarou enjoying flying among the clouds. Daruma interrogates Hachimaru’s father. He officially introduces himself as a master of the vajrayaksa style of fighting. Hachimaru’s father is surprised that Daruma is the legendary samurai that made a wolf into his holder, killing a thousand people. Daruma tells Hachimaru’s father that “if he does nothing the planetary belt would be destroyed.” In order to stop this he needs a to open a box with a special samurai key.

He’s been search for the box and the seven keys for 50 years. Hachimaru is one of these keys. Hachimaru’s father refuses to allow Hachimaru to leave with Daruma. He continues to be over protective towards Hachimaru. Daruma asks Hachimaru “what his favorite number is?” He responds “8.” Daruma uses vajrayaksa style silent cut, that allows you to set time between when you “cut something and when that thing is cut.” Daruma states that if Hachimaru steps over the cut he created that would mean that he cannot live with his father any longer.


Chapter 5, Heading Out

Daruma arrives at a tree where he senses the “horse samurai’s aura.” Meanwhile, Hachimaru is excited to begin training. Daruma reveals a swords bone-hilt in the horse. He concludes that Hachimaru’s father knows a lot about “samurai.” The horse samurai is a “key holder.” Key holders holds everything a samurai owns. Daruma states that a holder is “a samurai,” a weapon, armor, shield, transport and a symbol. They arrive to a hideout with two massive statues in front. Both statues attack. Hachimaru attempts to fight them but fails to make a dent.

Daruma intervenes using the Vajrayaksa Sword Stroke. Daruma uses a samurai’s soul to create a sword. He slices the statue in half. The second one fires missiles at Hayatarou and Hachimaru. Daruma shows Hachimaru that samurai are able to use weapons other than swords. He manifests guns. When a missile fly’s towards Daruma he transforms into a shield. He finishes the remaining statue with Vajrayaksa Eye of the Sword. Daruma explains that Hayatarou is a “simple holder,” and Hayatarou gives Hachimaru a bone-hilt meaning that it becomes a key holder.


Chapter 6, O Fateful Samurai

Daruma aims to find the “fighting the samurai style” of Hachimaru. Daruma teaches Hachimaru the samurai code beginning with the trinity. He says that a samurai on it’s own isn’t very strong on his own. He says that a samurai can only “realize” their true strength if there’s a samurai, key holder and a princess. Giving away a bolt-hilt means that the key holder regards the wielder as it’s master. The true sword of a samurai will manifest from the combination of a bone-hilt and a samurai soul.

As Daruma lectures Hachimaru on the values a samurai needs, we get to see the Princess Sa. She senses that a new samurai (Hachimaru) has been born through the crystal of a lost samurai. Meanwhile, we see another princess that’s clearly going to become the “fated princess” for Hachimaru. Anyway, the princesses are the only ones that can sense “locker balls” in the ground. As a result princesses can “manufacture the forces needed to protect the planet.” Daruma states that “there will always be a single samurai meant for the princess.” Together, they will create “courage.”

I still feel that Samurai 8 is moving too fast, but the pacing in chapter 6 was slower. I feel that they’re explaining everything all at once. I guess I’ll just have too reread the chapter, but ideally you shouldn’t have to read a chapter multiple times to get everything. Regardless, I’m loving this series so far. As the lore continues to be expanded I become more interested. That can only be a good thing.

30 Day Marvel Challenge – Day #12: Your Favorite Weapon

Mjolnir

Previous Owners: Eric MastersonJane FosterLoki LaufeysonOdin BorsonSteve RogersThor Odinson

Creators: Stan LeeLarry LieberJack Kirby

First Appearance: Journey into Mystery #83 (August, 1962)
Appearance of Destruction: Mighty Thor #705 (May, 2018)


Mjolnir is the hammer that is wielded by Thor. Odin ordered the Dwarves of Nidavellir to forge Mjolnir. The dwarves Eitri, Brokk and Buri used heat from a star to get the forge hot enough to manipulate Uru. The star exploded, destroying Midgard. Odin couldn’t wield it so he cast an enchantment on it to prevent others from doing so. Odin gave the hammer to Thor after he successfully past several trials.

Mjolnir is a powerful “nigh-invulnerable Asgardian metal.” Odin placed additional enchantments on it making it almost indestructible. Almost nothing can survive a blow from Mjolnir. The most well known enchantment is the “worthiness enchantment.” Those who are deemed “worthy” can lift the hammer gaining the ability to manipulate the weather, fly, energy projection, barriers, energy sensing, energy absorption, teleportation, and matter manipulation.

The reason I love Mjolnir is pretty clear, it’s cool. However, I have always personally loved mythology and seeing it in Marvel always gave me joy. Finally, I love a weapon that seems to have a mind of it’s own.

30 Day Marvel Challenge – Day #11: Your Favorite Power

Telekinesis

Emma Frost and Illyana Rasputina with the Phoenix force, using telekinesis to destroy.

Art by: Olivier Coipel

From: Avengers vs X-Men

As I briefly mentioned when I choose Jean Grey as my favorite character, my favorite power is telekinesis. The simple reason was that it was cool. However, more importantly I think that it’s one of the more versatile powers in Marvel. For those that may not know, telekinesis is “the psionic ability to move, manipulate and control a multitude of people and objects with the mind without physically touching them, especially over long distances. Depending on the user’s skill and power, they may be able to levitate themselves and other objects (including heavy objects), and form powerful pushes/blasts and protective shields.” The ability has more varied uses, such as:

  • Biophysical Control
  • Concussive Blasts
  • Energy Manipulation
  • Telekinetic Aura
  • Ensnare Opponent
  • Flight
  • Force Fields
  • Gravity Manipulation
  • Healing
  • Intangibilty
  • Matter Manipulation
  • Teleportation

Source: Marvel Wiki