The God of High School Episode 13: Recap and Review

Jin Mori in his Monkey King form in episode 13 of The God of High School
Jin Mori in his Monkey King form

Episode 13 – ‘God/God’

In the final episode of the first season of The God of High School, Jegal becomes a God. His only opposition is Jin Mori, Han Daewi, and Yu Mira. Jegal attacks Mira first, tossing her into Daewi. The two put up a valiant effort, but ultimately they fail. This episode was always going to be a showdown between Jin and Jegal. Angered by the attack on his friends, Daewi, Mira, Ilpyo, Seungah, and her sister, Jin erupts. He uses pressure points. However, it’s not enough. Jegal still has the use of his Charyeok and uses an energy spear to try to kill Jin. Daewi takes the hit, triggering Jin’s ascension to God’s status. I had always assumed that Jin would receive a Charyeok like everyone else. It turns out that he’s a God, the Monkey King. 

Journey to the West has inspired anime for decades, most notably the Dragon Ball series. Unlike most series, Jin is directly inspired by Sun Wukong. He makes use of the Nyoibo, changing the size and shape while swinging it with good effect. Jin dominates Jegal, delivering a devastating lighting strike. Jegal morphs into a grotesque monster, attacking Mira, Daewi, and Jin. Ilpyo joins them. Activating their Charyeok, Mira, Daewi, and Ilpyo join with Jin for a group assault. Jegal disappears, leaving a shard of the key behind. Our trio gets their wish. Jin wishes to restore the physical bodies of the fighters. The rest of the episode sets up the next season. Jin, Daewi, and Mira will head to Seiten Taisei’s homeland to get his memories back. 

What will Jin face next?

Ilpyo is the guardian of the key and must travel the world to collect all the pieces. Finally, Jin’s “grandfather” is still trapped by the Nox. The episode ends with him wishing Jin luck against the Gods, fate, and himself. It’s unclear what that means, but I think that Jin’s grandfather will become the final villain. The God of High School joins Tower of God as a manwha adapted series that made an impact this year. The God of High School did have its issues. To many of the details have been left out of this season. Why are “the Six” so powerful and who are they? Why was the United States involved? How does the Charyeok system work? There were also pacing issues. Many episodes had too much going on at once, which made it confusing. Regardless, The God of High School was a good anime series, and I look forward to the next season. 

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Fire Force Episode 13: Recap and Review

Captain Burns after losing his eye in episode 13 of Fire Force
Captain Burns after losing his eye

Episode 13 – A Pair of One-Eyes

Fire Force episode 13, “A Pair of One-Eyes,” opens with Captain Burns and Joker squaring off. However, Burns isn’t looking for a fight. He wants to “hear” Joker out. Burns offers Joker some “leads” on the secrets of the Holy Sol Temple. Joker reveals that both he and Captain Burns received their Adolla Links during an incident inside Amaterasu. They encounter an abnormal Infernal that triggered the link. Joker and Captain Burns teleport to another dimension. When they return to their world, Joker is still holding a smoldering stone. According to Burns, that stone still burns even though it doesn’t have any oxygen. 

Captain Burns offers Joker the notebook of Raffles’s wife. It’s a detailed account of the Day of the Cataclysms. Raffles’s wife notices that he was acting differently and concluded that he was a different man. Burns believes that Raffles might have been an “inhuman, higher-dimensional being.” Benimaru still doesn’t trust the contents of the dairy. Joker thinks they may have reached a dead end. Elsewhere, we learn that the Holy Sol Temple is a religion that started under the orders of the Evangelists. The goal is to manipulate humanity and lead them to Adolla. Captain Burns offers to cover up the incident, as Joker plans to investigate Haijima Industries. Benimaru refuses to break into Haijima facilities because they provide medicine for Konro. 

Captain Burns offers to help them in exchange for investigating Haijima. Inside the Haijima industries, three scientists discuss their “models.” Two of them have had nothing but failures but the third has one S-rank success, the child that Rekka Hoshimiya turned into an Infernal, Nataku Son. Lisa joins the 8th Company temporarily and Konro is present to inform them of the events at the Holy Sol Temple. The debriefing is useful for summarizing the events but not much else. Oba tells the crew that 70% of Japan works for a Haijima company. Shinra instantly thinks of Licht, who has been called back by the Haijima industries. At Haijima Group, Captain Hibana warns Licht that he’s “going to get eliminated.” She right. Once Licht brings Shinra to them, they will kill him. 

Fire Force Episode 12: Recap and Review

Deca-Dence Episode 12: Recap and Review

Kaburagi returns from the dead in episode 12 of Deca-dence.
Kaburagi returns from the dead

Episode 12 – ‘Decadence’

The final episode of Deca-dence Kaburagi connects with the Deca-dence but is incapable of moving. Minato announces the final mission for the players, gather the parts of the Deca-dence. Excited by the mission a lot of cyborgs log in to participate. Kaburagi engages with the control system, claiming that he will change the world outside of the system. The system calls Hugin and Munin are “puppets that carry out the orders of the system.” The system claims that opposition is futile. As morning breaks, Kaburagi gains full control over the Deca-dence. 

The Tankers refuel the old parts and form a new cannon. The mutated Gadoll prepares to fire its High-density oxyone energy, Kaburagi panics as Donatello flies towards the Gadoll, sacrificing his avatar. Kaburagi releases the limiters of the Deca-dence, firing the cannon destroying the Gadoll. The power released by the Deca-dence causes it to collapse, and Kaburagi shuts down. Natsume finds his body and tearfully thanks him for everything. The sight of a broken “dead” Kaburagi was shocking and sad. I thought it was important to see what Kaburagi’s sacrificed. 

The future is bright

The episode flashforwards three years. Minato has become the new system administrator with Jill as his secretary. Deca-dence City is built from the ruins of the old one. Cyborgs, humans, and Gadoll live together in harmony, farming, and growing crops together. The core of the Deca-dence has been made into an “attraction area,” where they play the zero-gravity sport of “Core Ball.” Meanwhile, Donatello and Kurenai compete against each other in the Battle Arena. The most interesting development is that Gadoll has become friendly towards humanity. They’re now in a type of petting zoo, giving children rides. Natsume becomes a tour guide. Jill reveals that she reserved some of Kaburagi’s data, and she revives Kaburagi. 

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The God of High School Episode 12: Recap and Review

Jegal Taek rises to God status in the God of High School episode 12.
Jegal Taek rises to God status

Episode 12 – Fox/God

Sang Mandeok summons a God to destroy the world. Park Mujin calls off the God of High School tournament. Fearing that things are getting out of hand, the US government fires nuclear weapons towards Seoul. It’s an act that disregards the innocent lives that will be lost. Jegal Taek and Park Ilpyo continue their fight, Jegal consumes Ilpyo releasing the key. With the appearance of the most sought after “key,” things devolve into chaos. The Six, the servants of God, and Jin Mori all scramble for the key. Jin ends up the victor. Park Mujin teleports all the “children” to a safe place. Ilpyo gives Jin the “key,” telling him to protect it from Jegal. 

Jegal arrives at the location Park Mujin teleported Jin and the others. He asks for the location of the key, but Daewi and Mira refuse to help him. He decides to kill them. Daewi and Mira activate their respective Charyeok. Off-screen, Jegal defeats Mira and Daewi. Jin and Jegal fight. Meanwhile, Jeon Jaesan of The Six teleports all the citizens of Seoul away from danger. Seeking revenge for his grandson, Jeon uses his “alchemy” to destroy the nuclear weapons, changing them into a statue. He also summons what looks like a meteor, causing an explosion. Jin and the others are teleported back to Seoul where they see the dead God. Taek gets the key from Jin and consumes it. He then is reborn, growing from an infant, then sprouts angel wings, and finally ascends to a godly form.

The God of High School leave a lot out

Jegal Taek gets some backstory in episode 12 of The God of High School. Taek is purchased by a rich old man, although it’s not clear if they are related. Raised with the binary view of “winners and losers.” It’s been unclear exactly how the key can be used which is confusing. Park Ilpyo was supposed to be the key, instead, he possessed the key. The God of High School has failed to give the audience important information. Who are the Six? What are their powers? Who is Sang Mandeok, the Nox, and why do they worship this God? Another issue is the constant jumping back between fights can be distracting. Sometimes it works, as it did in episode 10, but it’s the biggest issue this series has. Overall, I love The God of High School but trying to cram too many chapters into 13 episodes was a bad idea. 

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Fire Force Episode 12: Recap and Review

Benimaru prepares to battle the Shadows in episode 12 of Fire Force
Benimaru prepares to battle the Shadows

Episode 12 – Shadows Cast by Divine Light

The animation in Fire Force is always top tier from the first scene. You could instantly tell that this episode was a step up in quality. Benimaru gets up and quickly knocks his assailant out. He and Joker begin to advance. Benimaru destroys the monks. Joker reveals some information on the operations of the Holy Sol. Suddenly, the masked Holy Sol Shadows surround them. The group is the secret assassin arm of the Holy Sol Temple. The Shadows wear harlequins uniforms and white mouthless masks. It’s a striking look that’s also creepy. Joker used to be a member of this group. In a flashback, we see the abuse Joker suffers at the hands of the Commander. Joker craves strength in a world that he doesn’t understand. He’s obsessed with why the world “sucks” the way it does. 

Joker verses the Commander

In the present, Joker faces off against his old Commander. He leaves the rest of the Shadows for Benimaru to handle. The fight is impressive as Benimaru dominates the Shadows. However, they continue to get up and fight. Meanwhile, Joker uses his cards against the Commander’s “zigzag” sword. According to Joker, the sword creates “disruptions in air currents caused by its erratic blade movements.” This causes the flame to become difficult to read. The Commander is lulled into a false sense of security. However, Joker is using the smoke from his cigarettes to induce a hallucination. This episode does depict some stunning visuals. The camera angles become more dramatic, as bright colors dance across the screen. This effect does the Shadows but not Benimaru.

Taking advantage of the moment, Joker severs the hand of the Commander. The blood begins to squirt out of his arm. It’s a dramatic scene as the blood falls like rain. Joker then cuts the Commander into little pieces, leaving him in a pile. Having enacted revenge on his former tormenter, Joker prepares to face a stronger opponent, Captain Burns. 

Fire Force Episode 11: Recap and Review

Deca-Dence Episode 11: Recap and Review

Episode 11 – ‘Engine’

One of the central themes of Deca-Dence is “freedom from the system.” The series focuses on the humans and cyborgs being free in episode 11 of Deca-Dence a “free” Gadoll makes an appearance. The mutated crablike Gadoll lacks a “control chip” or “identification number,” and therefore isn’t within the system. Jill explains that the Gadoll “were not designed” to have “free will.” Hugin attempts to kill Natsume, but Karubagi kills him in his second avatar. The crew of the Deca-dence identifies the Gadoll as an “omega type,” and fire cannons at it. They have little effect bouncing off. The damage suffered by the tank has made a full charge impossible. Minato believes that they are running out of time. He orders that the cannon be ignited at 60%. 

The Deca-dence launches the arm cannon but the Gadoll catches it. They’re unable to retract the arm before the Gadoll rips half of it off. The Gadoll then sends the Deca-dence flying back, damaging the movement systems. Meanwhile, the Gadoll evolves. While the defense team fires a Solid Cannon the Gadoll shoot its high-density oxyone energy blasts. The cyborgs begin to panic, as the Gadoll appears to fall asleep. Munin contacts Minato and the crew and thanks them for their hard work. They have decided to shut down the Deca-dence. The Deca-dence will be “reverted” with the omega Gadoll with spatial compression. Munin states that “only the system need be preserved to make recovery possible.” Minato accepts their fate, telling Kaburagi that “it’s over.” 

Kaburagi takes over Deca-dence

However, Jill claims that someone can log in and use the Deca-dence as an avatar. As a former developer, Jill says that “their bodies are under the control of the system but their “cores” or minds are independent. If someone connects their core to the Deca-dence’s then they can gain control. Unsurprisingly, Kaburagi offers to do it, even though the Deca-dence is in terrible shape. Small Gadoll hatch from eggs and begin to crawl towards the Deca-dence. The Tankers including Natsume face off against the new Gadoll. Kaburagi enters the core room of the Deca-dence where Minato tries to stop him. Meanwhile, Natsume meets the cyborgs and is greeted by Jill. Minato ends up helping Kaburagi connect to the Deca-dence. Despite the potential failure and the threat, the new Gadoll creates, episode 11 of Deca-dence was hopeful. 

This episode made the case against attempting to control everything or at least what that will likely cost. It has already been established how little regard the system has for the humans that populate Deca-dence, but Munin’s decision to “restart” shows that the system will always put itself first. The series seems to suggest with the introduction of the mutated Gadoll that those outside the system will not have a perfect existence. Deca-dence episode 11 does have a lot of new things to say, the series continues to maintain its strong storytelling. 

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Burn the Witch Chapter 4: Recap and Review

Color cover of chapter 4 of Burn thw Witch
Color cover of chapter 4 of Burn thw Witch

Chapter 4 – If a lion could speak, We couldn’t understand

Chapter 4 of Burn the Witch opens with Balgo Parks whos still oblivious to his fate, finally being told that he’s a wanted man by Bruno. Ninny and Noel plan to shoot a spark off then escape with Macy and Balgo. Suddenly, Elly ambushes Bruno from the sky. He prepares to attack her but she disappears using Stealth Scale. The technique is rare for a dragon, allowing Elly to turn invisible to avoid attacks. Elly attacks Rickenbacker’s wing, slashing through it. She then takes to the air transforming into a larger dragon, Cinderella. She resembles a bird with dragon wings. Noel, Ninny, and Bruno are shocked that Elly turned out to be a Märchen. 

Märchen are ancient dragons that existed before Reverse London. They’re “progenitors” of the Dark Dragons and are authorized for elimination. There’s seven in all, named after fairy tails, Snow White, Red Dress, Golden Axe, Bubbles, Sugar House, Band of Animals, and Cinderella. Each one has six talons on each hand, the ability to use Stealth Scale, and Star Ash dust that explodes. Noel claims that they only mature “nocturnally.” With a new threat, Bruno decides to focus on eliminating the dragon. Bruno uses paint canisters to draw a symbol on Rickenbacker’s wing. He utters the phrase, “release code 0575 unlock” which summons a Hunger Shadow. Suddenly, a dark beast emerges and jumps on Cinderella’s face. 


Battle with Cinderella

It attempts to bite her, but Cinderella blows it away with an energy blast. Ninny and Noel arrive to provide backup. Cinderella has one weakness, the Crown-Shaped Horn on her head. The three of them separate and surround Cinderella. Ninny and Noel cast Magic #68: Supernal Jail, trapping Cinderella within several beams of light. Bruno uses another symbol to summon Greedy Curtain, surrounding Cinderella in sludge. She responds by blowing up the sludge and the top of the roof. Noel, Ninny, and Bruno are injured as Cinderella takes flight heading towards them. Noel and Ninny erect a barrier, as Ninny wonders why she’s attacking them and not Bruno. 

Shockingly, Cinderella stops moving and is shot through the Crown Artery by Billy Banx Jr. Despite that harrowing fight, Ninny and Noel aren’t paid very much. Billy claims that this is due to them begin charged for the damage. Bruno was given credit for killing Cinderella, enraging Ninny further. Macy becomes a dragonclad. Meanwhile, Wolfgang Slashhuat is given an application for releasing Balgo from the status of Punitive Dragon. Wolfgang notes that during the investigation of Balgo revealed that he came into contact with Macy months ago and this may have been the “trigger” that resulted in Cinderella’s appearance. They decide to use him to attract Märchen. Elsewhere, Sullivan Squire investigates the location where Billy shot Cinderella. She says that she’s “relieved” that she didn’t underestimate the “son of a hero.” 

Burn the Witch Chapter 3: Recap and Review

The God of High School Episode 11: Recap and Review

Park Ilpyo using his Nine-Tails Charyeok in episode 11 of The God of High School
Park Ilpyo using his Nine-Tails Charyeok

The God of High School episode 11 opens by telling the story of the Nine-Tails. The fox spirit lived in heaven during ancient times, attaining power after a thousand years of training. The Nine-Tails became the guarding of God, however, his power eventually caused God to fear him. So God orders the fox’s execution. Outraged, the Nine-Tails used its power to destroy half of heaven, then retreated to Earth, vowing to seek vengeance. Ilpyo and Jin continue their fight. With his new powers, Ilpyo has become swift and powerful. He beings to overwhelm Jin but seem to be in pain from the transformation. 

During the bout, Jin realizes that Charyeok isn’t about “borrowing someone else’s power,” as you’re still fighting with your “mind and body.” Ilpyo conjurers multiple fire foxes and attacks. Jin appears to summon his Charyeok, a thunder wielding God of some sort. It’s not clear who it is or whether it’s a Charyeok. Regardless, Jin defeats Ilpyo with a whirlwind. The God of High School continues to surprise or does it? I didn’t expect Park Ilpyo to become the “Key” (although this episode suggests that he may not be), but once his Nine-Tail Charyeok was revealed, I thought he would win the fight. 

Elsewhere, Park Mujin assumes that Mandeok is still planning something. This “something” is Jeon Jugok. He becomes a demonic like being that consumes others increasing his powers. Ilpyo attacks Jeon, hoping to save, Seungah and Ryu Hyeonbok. Jegal interferes, claiming that he will not allow Jeon to take his “prey (Ilpyo).” In the process of defeating Jeon, Jegal costs Seungah her leg and Ryu his arm. Ilpyo is horrified and becomes enraged. He releases his Charyeok and knocks Jegal out of the window. Meanwhile, Park Mujin declares “The God of High School is over.”

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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. 

Fire Force Episode 10: Recap and Review


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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