Dorohedoro Episode 1 Recap & Review

Kaiman and Matsumura in Episode 1 of Dorohedoro
Kaiman and Matsumura in Episode 1 of Dorohedoro

Dorohedoro is an anime adaptation of a manga series created by Q Hayashida. The story follows Kaiman, an man with a lizard head, as he tries to find the one magic user that cursed him. Kaiman also has amnesia making his search even more difficult. Episode 1 of Dorohedoro opens inside the mouth of Kaiman. There’s someone inside of Kaiman’s mouth. He looks at Matsumura and determines that “he’s not the one.” Once outside his mouth, Kaiman asks Matsumura “what did the guy inside say to you?” When he repeats what was said, Kaiman concludes that “he’s no longer needed,” and slicing him into pieces. In his last act, Matsumura uses magic to create a door to save his comrade.

The hole and the World of sorcerers

The two criminals in the previous scene were “sorcerers.” They use magic to conjure doors that connect their world to the town called “Hole.” A ghetto, with a lot of powerless people, the sorcerers use the citizens of the Hole as lab rat’s of sorts. Kaiman’s part time job at a hospital exposes the horrors that these experiments can render. Several patient’s have had parts of their bodies turn into insect parts. The partial transformation causes them to bleed and spasm. Elsewhere, Nikaido returns to her dinner. A hot spot for sorcerers, the area where it’s located is sparsely populated. She encounters the unnamed sorcerer outside. While feeding him she comments on the “shitty magic” that he was using (unaware that it’s him). He attacks her while her backs turned.

Kaiman still living a normal life

Kaiman is a new threat

For whatever reason, Kaiman is immune to magic. Suspected to be due to the curse placed on him, this makes him a major threat to sorcerers. He and Nikaido have killed several sorcerers. This has resulted in the head Sorcerer, En, banning sorcerers form entering Hole. Lucky for Nikaido, when a sorcerer is killed their magic is dispersed. This also sets up a simple goal for Kaiman and Nikaido. If they want to reverse the curse, kill all the sorcerers. Dorohedoro doesn’t appear to complicate it’s morality until the introduction of Ebisu. At first she appears as a menacing, wearing a skull mask. However, when it gets ripped off, the fear on he face suggests that she somewhat innocent.

In a struggle between Kaiman and Fujita, he face gets ripped off. What effect this has on her and how she feels about Kaiman remains to be seen. However, I would imagine she would hate the man that tore her face off. We are introduced to two “cleaners,” Shin and Noi as they kill people in Hole. Dorohedoro is a series that is best described as quirky. This can only be a good thing. It can be difficult to stand out in this industry, but Dorohedoro has managed at least that. Kaiman is a perfect protagonist for this series, as he’s also a bit quirky. Brutal when interacting with sorcerers, he also has a childish side. The animation from MAPPA isn’t particularly revolutionary. However, the CG wasn’t overused or terribly rendered. The storytelling and plot might be too weird for some but the first episode of Dorohedoro has me captivated. I’m in.

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Anime Movie Review: Kimi no na wa, one of the best Anime Movies

Taki Tachibana and Mitsuha Miyamizu from kimi no na wa.
Taki Tachibana and Mitsuha Miyamizu

Your Name (Kimi no Na wa) is a romantic drama, released in 2016. It became the highest grossing film in Japan that year ($190 million) and the second highest grossing anime film of all time ($361 million). The film has received critical acclaim, earning 97% on Rotten Tomatoes and 79 out of 100 on Metacritic. Your Name is from the director Makoto Shinkai, who created Distant Star and 5 Centimeters Per Second. It’s based on the novel of the same name, it premiered during the Anime Expo 2016 convention on July 3, 2016. Your Name was animated by CoMix Wave Films and distributed by Toho.

The story centers on a high school girl named Mitsuha Miyamizu who wishes to be a handsome Tokyo boy in another life. A boy named Taki Tachibana, wakes up and realizes that he is now Mitsuha. Taki and Mitsuha switch bodies, they communicate through leaving paper notes and memos in their phones. They begin to interfere in each others lives, Mitsuha helps Taki being a relationship with a coworker, Miki Okudera. Taki increases Mitsuha’s popularity in high school. Suddenly, Taki and Mitsuha return to their previous bodies. Taki begins searching for Mitsuha, without having the name of her village, he uses sketches that he created by memory.

The comet

He is finally told by a restaurant server that he’s looking for Itomori. However, he is informed that a fragment of comet fell to earth three years ago, killing a third of Itomori population. Taki searches through the names of fatalities and sees Mitsuha name listed. He realizes that Mitsuha existed on the completely different timeline. Taki drinks an offering that Mitsuha leaves behind and returns to her body. He attempts to save the town, managing to convince her friends to help her evacuate the town. Eventually, they finally meet, Taki tells Mitsuha to convince her father to evacuate the town. Their memories begin to fade and Mitsuha begins to give up on Taki.

However, after inspiration from Taki’s “I love you,” she begs her father to evacuate the town a second time. The comet crashes into Itomori, destroying the town. It is revealed eight years later that Mitsuha succeeded in convincing her father to evacuate the town. Both Taki and Mitsuha forget each other. Taki moves on, living his life, he graduates from university. However, he does have a fondness for items from Itomori. Finally, while riding on parallel trains they see each other and finally ask each other their names.

I generally don’t gravitate towards anime outside of the typical Shonen genre, however, the critically acclaim of this movie made me curious. I’ll admit that I really liked this movie. I cared about Taki and Mitsuha, their relationship and was sad when I found out she had initially died. Even with it’s heartbreak, Kimi no Na wa does have some humor. The tendency of Taki to fondle Mitsuha’s breast when inhabiting her body, while juvenile, was still funny. Finally, the animation is some of the best you will ever see. Even if your not a fan of romance (like me), any anime fan will enjoy this movie.

Read my review of Steamboy.

I Got the Real Neat Blog Award!

I am happy to announced that I have been nominated by ospreyshire, from Iridium Eye Reviews. I always appreciate awards (who doesn’t) and ospreyshire always takes the time to comment on my posts. Anyway, the rules are as follows:

  1. Display the logo.
  2. Thank the bloggers for the award.
  3. Answer the questions from the one who nominated you.
  4. Nominate 7 to 10 bloggers.
  5. Ask them 7 questions.

Questions

  1. What is one obscure movie or anime that you know of that you wish was more popular? This is a difficult question, as my taste seems to always align with the mainstream. That said, I think the Vampire Hunter D movie would be a good choice.
  2. As some people may know, I am very vocal about film plagiarism issues (Examples: Inception stealing major concepts from Paprika or The Lion King blatantly plagiarizing several characters, scenes, and plot points from Kimba the White Lion). If some movie did some cinematic thievery, what is one original film, TV series, or anime would you not want to see ripped off at all costs? Evangelion. However, it’s probably too complicated to rip off anyway.
  3. Who is the most underrated composer in your opinion? Too be honest I only really know about popular composers and barely at that.
  4. Which country would you like to see some cinema from that’s not your homeland? Japan.
  5. What are your biggest issues with the current Hollywood scene? I think the “fear” of Disney’s dominance is overblown. They make a lot of money, but the only put out 10-16 movies a year. Out of thousands of movies each year. People act like they make everything.
  6. Finish this idea: (Name of protagonist here) would be the most interesting hero ever if…? Link (from Zelda) would be a more interesting hero if he spoke and had a personality.
  7. Who is one non-actor that should try voice acting? What kind of role(s) would they have? There’s a tennis umpire named Kader Nouni aka the Barry White of tennis. I think he would make a good narrator.

My nominees are:

My Questions:

  1. What anime from before 2020 are planning on watching?
  2. Which video game, tv show or movie are you looking forward to in 2020?
  3. Which anime genre is your favorite and why?
  4. Is there an anime or manga series that you want to give a second look?
  5. What’s your favorite anime studio?
  6. Do you read manga? Why or Why not?
  7. What’s your favorite anime arc?

My Hero Academia Season 4 – Episode 13: Recap and Review

Deku and Eri preparing for battle in Episode 13 of My Hero Academia.
Deku and Eri preparing for battle

Ryukyu’s team and the police restrain Rikiya Katsukame. However, he has taken a Quirk boosting drug, allowing him to inhale the life force of Froppy and Uravity. He breaks free and attacks. Ryukyu is forced to transform into her dragon form. During the confrontation, Deku arrives to inform the group that “the enemy is beneath them.” Nejire blasts everyone into the ground, breaking into the underground tomb. In reality, Himiko transformed herself into Deku to lead the group to Overhaul. Twice uses his Quirk to create double of Compress to help dig them out. They also want him to capture Eri for them. However, the Compress double is destroyed by Ryukyu.

With Nighteye missing his arm and still in critical condition. Deku attacks Overhaul, hoping to save Eri. Noticing the cape of Mirio, Eri decides that she should let the heroes save her. She activates her Quirk, Rewind. A mutated Quirk that resulted in her “killing” her father. He mother abandoned her, leaving her with her grandfather. Overhaul was asked to learn about her powers. He decides the best way to do this is to torture her, by cutting her over and over. When she “rewinds” she reverts Overhaul back to his normal state. He heals himself and absorbs Rikiya. Paired with Eri, Deku is now invincible, as Eri’s Quirk rewinds his injuries.

She’s unable to control he powers yet, forcing Deku to calculate the rate of healing. With Eri’s Quirk, Deku can use One For All 100% infinitely. Overhaul appears in his new monstrous form. However, he’s now match for the new duo. Deku asks “how he can call himself a hero if can’t save one small girl right in front of him.” He unleashes a barrage of punches, followed by a smash at 100%. Victorious, Deku surprises Nighteye that realizes that Deku has “twisted fate.” With Eri’s ability to rewind, I think Mirio’s Quirk can be restored. It’s really a game changer. I wonder if there’s some limit on the power. There must be other wise she can bring everyone back from the dead. I guessing that she can only rewind so far in time. Anyway, Deku once again proved why he going to be a top hero. Furthermore, My Hero Academia provides us with another epic battle.

Check out Episode 12 Review.

Haikyuu!! Fourth Season, Episode 1: Recap and Review

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Hinata and Acchan marvel at the banner congratulating the volleyball team
Hinata and Acchan marvel at the banner congratulating the volleyball team

As Hinata eats his “second breakfast,” he and his classmate Acchan marvel at the banner congratulating the volleyball for making it to the Spring Volleyball Tournament. Today is an important day. After school they are going to get measured. Hinata and Kageyama start a wager over who has the longest reach. The reward. Three curry buns. The dynamic between the two remaining intact. Episode 1 “Introductions,” acts as many tend. It’s more of a well re-introduction. Reminding us of the characters, what’s at stake and what the future will bring. At the nurses office the team gets measured. Hinata proudly announces that he’s grown a “whole 1.4 cm taller,” reaching 164.2 cm.

Yamaguchi has grown 5 millimeters and stands at 180.0 cm. Kageyama is slightly taller at 181.9 cm. Comparing the growth between the two, Hinata concludes that he’s “won.” Having grown a “whole millimeter taller.” He literally has remember everyone’s height. Finally, there’s Tsukishima. He’s surpassed 190 cm. Causing Hinata to roll around on the floor. In the gym, the team tests their reach. Kageyama reaches, 337 centimeters and Hinata reaches 333 centimeters. Therefore, he loses the bet, but manages to increase his reach by 5 or 6 cm. When spiking it’s generally it only necessary to reach the height of the ball. However, Hinata is certain that Kageyama will always get him the ball, no matter how high he jumps.

Ittetsu Takeda arrives. He has big news. Kageyama has been asked to attend the “All-Japan Youth Training Camp.” From these players Japan will choose the representatives for the under-19. Furthermore, a “special training camp” for the Miyagi Prefecture will occur in December as well. Only opened to the first years, the camp is intended to increase their skills. What is surprising is that it’s Tsukishima that get’s invited to this camp not Hinata. He takes it hard, unsurprisingly. To the point that he “sneaks” into the Prefecture camp. Trying to ignore the fact that Hinata is standing in line next to him, Tsukishima snaps.

He calls Hinata a moron for showing up. Takeda tells him that there’s a “difference from being a go-getter and absolutely thoughtless.” Hinata simply “wants to know” what makes the other players strong. The head coach, Washijo-sensei, takes the phone and says that “he wouldn’t mind another ball boy.” Coach Ukai claims that he has a bias in favor of “strong players.” Despite the fact that the assistant coach wanted Hinata all along, coach Washijo believes that Hinata is useless without Kageyama’s sets. If Hinata doesn’t want to be a ball boy, “he can go home,” Washijo said. Hinata accepts his new position as ball boy.