Senku creates the silver spear he promised Ginro, resulting in the later taunting his brother Kinro. Senku reveals that the silver spear is actually a sensor. It turns black when it detects danger. Senku says that they will be killed if they fail to be careful when making sulfa drugs. The spear turns black when Ginro gets close to the large pool. Senku explains that the pool is made of sulfuric acid. According to Senku, the gas can kill instantly.
The key to their survival is gas masks. Senku gets Kaseki to make them. However, he tells Chrome that they both can’t go, as he can’t risks both scientists dying. Chrome rejects Senku’s concern, instead making a case that they both should go. He shows everyone how to make gas masks and they head to the spring without Ginro. He’s encouraged to face his fears by Kaseki and is given the last gas mask.
While, Senku gas line begins to melt, but Chrome seals it. However, he almost falls into the spring. Ginro rescues him before he’s does. Despite his fear, Ginro is able to overcome them with Senku’s help. Together they manage to get sulfuric acid. Senku really surprised me with his more emotional reassurance. Generally, Senku is sarcastic and analytical the way scientists tend to be, but he managed to encourage everyone. Kaseki also helps, but I didn’t find that surprising. Finally, I would have liked it explained why one couldn’t inhale the sulfuric acid but could fall into a spring of it.
Tanjiro continues his quest to master 24 hour concentration. Accomplishing this wasn’t ever in doubt, especially considering Tanjiro’s work ethic. He of course takes thing to a bit of an extreme. He asks the trio, Naho, Kiyo and Sumi to beat him with carpet beaters if he fails to maintain his breathing while sleeping. Meanwhile, while Tanjiro is working so hard, Zenitsu and Inosuke still refuse to attend training. They begin to feel guilty for their laziness. Zenitsu and Inosuke are manipulated by Shinobu into finally training. As Zenitsu, Tanjiro and Inosuke fuss while training, we see Kanao’s tragic childhood. She was rescued from basically child slavery by Shinobu and Kanae Kocho. Kanao is still mute, but uses a coin to flip and determine her decisions.
The return of Mr. Haganezuka and his associate Kanamori was the main source of comedy in this episode. Haganezuka is unsurprisingly pissed that Tanjiro “snapped” his sword. Meanwhile, Kanamori presents Inosuke with two perfect indigo gray swords. Anyone watching this far knew what Inosuke would do to those perfect swords. He takes a large rock and chips at them, creating jagged edge swords like his old ones. Both Mr. Haganezuka and Kanamori leave angry, with Tanjiro being apologetic. Tanjiro finally recovers completely and manages to catch Kanao during tag. I’ve already predicted that this season will end on some kind of cliffhanger. At the end, we see a new demon killing people on a train. It’s grotesque, having at least two mouths and three eyes. It’s unlikely that they will wrap up this mission in one episode so I’m betting that it gets resolved in the following season.
A few years ago on Quora, I answered this question. I though you guys might enjoy what my answer was.
In the Naruto series jutsu’s are ranked in six different classes from E to S. This is based on “the difficulty or skill necessary to perform a technique”. E Ranked – are learned by academy students there the most basic. D Ranked – are considered Genin level techniques C Ranked – are considered Chuunin level techniques B Ranked – are considered Jonin level techniques A Ranked – are both Jonin and Kage level, many are forbidden S Ranked – are often secret techniques. They are often typically unique to the user.
Tailed beast abilities, Kekkei Genkai and other abilities are not ranked.
So if your going to choose “the strongest jutsu” most likely will come from S Ranked classed. When using the word “powerful”, it important to determine what that means. Does it mean destructive power, effective power, or healing power. I think all 3 qualify.
7. Wind Release: Rasenshuriken
Naruto uses his wind manipulation to create a “giant fuma shuriken”. When the Rasenshuriken hits his target “microscopic wind-blades that severely damage the body on a cellular level”. It produces so many micro wind blades that the sharingan can’t follow them all. The “wind-blades sever all nerve channels in the body, leaving the target unable to move after being struck”. They attack the entire chakra circulatory system and cannot according to Tsunade “be repaired by any medical jutsu”. Naruto improved this technique by throwing it, on impact it also causes a tremendous amount of damage. Naruto has managed to add a variety of chakra types as well, and increase or decrease its size making it a dynamic jutsu.
6. Tengai Shinei
The user (Madara) summons massive meteorites from space. The impact of this technique was so devastating that it destroyed most of the fourth division and Madara’s own body.
5. Creation Rebirth
Is a medical ninjutsu, created by “the greatest of medical ninja”, Tsunade. She releases chakra stored in her forehead simultaneously, the body’s “cell division is forcibly stimulated by proteins”, “reconstructing all organs and all tissues making up the human body”. Tsunade claims that “as long as she has chakra it is impossible for her to die by any means”.
4. One’s Own Life Reincarnation
Created by Chiyo, The “user, giving their life force to the target, uses all their chakra as an intermediary”. This can be used on the living or the dead. If using the jutsu on the living “can save and restore the target from an otherwise fatal condition but will leave the user greatly exhausted. When used on the dead, the user will find certain death in exchange for the soul of the deceased”.
3. Mangekyu Sharingan
Once the “Mangekyu Sharingan” is obtained a whole host of abilities are released. They range from genjutsu to ninjutsu, but all are powerful.
Susanoo – “is an ability granted to those who awaken the powers of both their Mangekyu Sharingan. It creates a gigantic, humanoid being that surrounds the user and fights on their behalf. As one of the strongest techniques granted to those that have acquired the Mangekyu Sharingan, it is the user’s guardian deity, but at the same time, it consumes the user’s life force and damages their body over time”.
Izanagi – “When activated, the caster removes the boundaries between reality and illusion within their personal space”.
Izanami – “It is a genjutsu which affects the target through physical sensations shared between them and the user. Like Izanagi, in exchange for the temporary ability that it grants the user, the Sharingan with which Izanami is cast is rendered blind and loses its light forever”.
2. Summoning: Impure World Reincarnation
Kabuto claims this “technique to be the greatest technique in the shinobi universe due to it posing no risk at all to the user”. Tobirama admitted “that the technique’s new nature was essentially perfected and able to restore an individual to practically their full power”
The Rinnegan gives “access to a multitude of abilities, such as the potential to master all five basic nature transformations and the capacity to use any technique. The Rinnegan allows the user to see chakra including the chakra points within the body , as well as otherwise invisible barriers. However, the Rinnegan’s field of vision can be blocked by simple means such as smoke bombs”.
Madara could perform “the Limbo: Border Jail technique, creating corporeal shadows which are only visible to the Rinnegan”. Sasuke’s Rinnegan allows “him to shift spaces within a certain range of himself”. Kaguya “she can teleport herself and others to a series of alternate dimension”.
Kohaku continues to train Kinro and Ginro. Their attacks are too shallow, so she reminds them of what’s at stake. While Gen is distracting Tsukasa, Senku informs Chrome and Suika that they “must continue their pursuit of the cure-all drug.” In order to accomplish this they must create, glass. Senku snatches the watermelon off of the head of Suika. It turns out that she has terrible eyesight, with the watermelon she can see better. Of course solving Senku’s eyesight problem is easy. He knows that creating glasses will fix her bad eyesight. This may seem mundane to us, but to Suika this can changed her life. First they have to collect Quartz Sand to create glasses.
Senku is able to create see-through glass, they manage to polish the glass to create the glasses for Suika. Meanwhile, Kohaku continues to train Kinro. The problem with Kinro is that he can’t properly tell the distance between them and that causes him to hit shallowly. He has a vision problem as well, but only Ginro knows. Senku starts making a glassblowing furnace and an iron straw to create instruments. They lack the “artistic ability to craft instruments.” So, Chrome kidnaps the village craftsman, Old Man Kaseki. The man refuses to help. Senku realizes that the Old Man crafted Suika’s shield and the drawbridge. Senku hatches his plan. By purposely making glass incorrectly, he tortures the craftsman. Despite being aware of the plan, he can’t help himself.
The Old Man creates a perfect glass instrument. In a manner of days, the Kingdom of Science manages to create their science lab. While training, Ginro suggest that Kinro get Senku to make him a “shiny” spear to help them in the Grand Bout. Senku is aware that Ginro and Kinro only want spears, but he tells them that the only way he will make them is if “they must put their lives on the line to find the most difficult material to obtain.” In this episode the Kingdom of Science takes a step forward with glassware and a Chemical Lab. The most important aspects of this episode is the introduction of Old Man Kaseki.
He may not like Senku, but he has aided the Kingdom, meaning he might vouch for them. Finally, each episode often improves the life of one of the characters. In this one it’s, Suika. At first what seem like a shallow reason for wearing a watermelon on her head, turns into a more substantial one. I was genuinely happy to see her get the ability to see. As someone with glasses I really appreciate that invention.
I’m only going to include anime characters from anime/manga I’ve read or watched. Mainly because I would be familiar with their powers.
I’m only going to include ONE character per series. This is difficult to do, because there are many strong characters in any given series, but I want some variety.
I think it will be difficult to determine how each character on the list would fare against each other, so I going to focus how strong they are within their series. However, I will be thinking how they compare relative to each other.
[Note] This list and any others will focus on characters that MOSTLY or significantly use the element. In this case fire. What that would result in is having a list of characters that will have more that just the element in their abilities and I will be factoring these other abilities in as well.
5. Roy Mustang (FMA)
Colonel Mustang also known as the Flame Alchemist, is a State Alchemist from the anime series, Fullmetal Alchemist. He’s considered to be a hero in the series, hoping to become the next Fuhrer of Amestris. Mustang is a particularly skilled alchemist, focusing on fire based combat. Using custom made gloves that are created with ignition cloth. The gloves give off a spark when he snaps, allowing him to create flames with his alchemy. Water doesn’t render Roy’s alchemy useless. He’s able to “separate hydrogen atoms from the oxygen atoms in water molecules, isolating them into a highly combustible fuel and powerfully volatile oxidizer, respectively.”
Roy doesn’t really have any specific fire attacks, instead attacking with constant flames.
Portgas D. Ace is the older adopted brother of Monkey D. Luffy and Sabo. He’s the son of Pirate King, Gol D. Roger. A former division commander of the Whitebeard Pirates, Ace was one of the most powerful characters in One Piece. Ace posses immense physical strength he obtained with the training that he did as a child. He ate the Mera Mera no Mi, logia devil fruit. This allows him to become the element of fire and control flames. Ace could also use haki, haoshoku haki and busoshoku haki. Shanks described his haki a being “fiery in nature, to the point that Ace’s very presence was able to stop blizzards on an island for as long as he was there.”
Ace’s fire top abilities:
Kagero – shoots a stream of fire from the palm of his hand.
Hiken – Ace’s signature attack, he “turns his fist into flames and launches it as a column of fire at his target. This attack is so incredibly powerful that it is able to plow through several ships in one shot.”
Enkai – Ace amasses a large amount of flames around his body in preparation for an attack.
Dai Enkai: Entei – Ace’s ultimate technique. After creating great spiraling flames centered on his location before amassing it at a focused point (i.e. the palm of his hand), Ace then turns it into a gigantic fireball resembling the sun and hurls it at his opponent to try to obliterate them.
Natsu is a Mage in the Fairy Tail Guild. He’s among the five Dragon Slayers sent to defeat Acnologia. Natsu uses Fire Dragon Slayer Magic. He can consume fire, the heat of the fire increases as his emotional state changes. This is called the “Flame of Emotion.” He can use his flames from any part of his body, incorporating it in his fighting style. Natsu has a massive array of techniques. He can enter the Dragon Force, a point were his power becomes comparable to that of an actual dragon. He can use transformation magic, has enhanced smell, hearing, speed, reflexes and immense strength.
Natsu’s fire top abilities:
Crimson Lotus – Natsu rapidly punches his target, with his hands lit ablaze, creating a fiery explosion after each subsequent contact.
Crimson Lotus: Exploding Flame Blade – Natsu swipes his arms in a circular fashion, creating a powerful, and highly destructive, torrent of flames that barrages his target.
Black Fire Dragon Mode – After absorbing the flames of Dark Regulus, Natsu is capable of combining these flames with their own for destructive effects.
Dragon Force – By consuming Etherion or the Flame of Rebuke Natsu has been shown to be able to enter Dragon Force. This ability is said to be the final and most powerful state a Dragon Slayer can attain, and it has been said that their power becomes comparable to that of a real Dragon’s.
Itachi is the prodigy from the Uchiha Clan in Naruto. He became an infamous criminal after killing his entire clan, leaving only his brother Sasuke alive. After his death he was revealed to have been protecting his brother and the Leaf village. Itachi is considered to be one of the best ninja in Naruto. He was stronger than ever one of the legendary three Sannin. He could single handily defeat a team of jonin. Itachi was limited by a terminal illness that prevented him from fighting at his fullest. Despite this he was skilled in taijutsu, ninjutsu and genjutsu. Like most members of the Uchiha clan he had a natural affinity for Fire release. He mastered many fire type jutsus.
Itachi’s fire top abilities:
Amaterasu – by igniting whatever he looked at with black flames that would burn anything, including fire itself. In most cases it was impossible to avoid, it continued to burn for seven days and seven nights. The flames couldn’t be extinguished even by water. He also had the ability to extinguish Amaterasu.
Fire Release: Great Fireball Technique – Upon impact, the fireball is powerful enough to crater the ground and vaporize the surroundings.
Yamamoto was the Captain of the 1st Division in the Gotei 13, he was also the Captain Commander of all of the Gotei 13. Yamamoto is the strongest swordsman in all of Soul Society. He’s capable of fighting two Captains at the same time, with one hand. He’s a master of Hakuda (hand to hand), Kido, Shunpo and a master at strategy and tactics. He has master his Reiatsu control to the point that he could ” physically paralyze and possibly even choke combatants of lieutenant-level and lower simply by gazing in their direction.” He has immense strength, durability and endurance.
Yamamoto’s top fire abilities:
Ryujin Jakka – the oldest and most powerful fire-type Zanpakuto, it has the greatest offensive abilities in all of Soul Society.
Ennetsu Jigoku – Creates seven or more immense pillars of flame which surround an area. The intent of this technique is to trap the opponent in the caged inferno and destroy them. The power of this technique can destroy everyone caught in its vicinity, including Yamamoto himself.
Bankai (Zanka no Tachi) – Upon activation, any flames previously produced by Ryūjin Jakka are absorbed into the blade. Zanka no Tachi incorporates the full power of Yamamoto’s flames into the blade: the flames within the blade burn anything it cuts out of existence. Zanka no Tachi has the side-effect of depleting the moisture in an entire area (at least the size of the Seireitei), causing the air and the water to dry up.
Zanka no Tachi, Higashi: Kyokujitsujin, Automatically activated at release, this ability concentrates the intense flames of the sword along the edge of the blade. It neither burns nor erupts, but anything it touches is eradicated to nothingness.
Zanka no Tachi, Nishi: Zanjitsu Gokui , Automatically activated at release, this ability is unseen by the eyes of anyone else unless Yamamoto wills it to be seen. It engulfs his body in heat which reaches a temperature upwards of 15,000,000 degrees. Therefore, it becomes impossible to even touch him while he is using his Bankai.
Zanka no Tachi, Minami: Kaka Jūmanokushi Daisōjin, Impaling the tip of his sword into the ground, Yamamoto calls upon the corpses and ashes of the dead who were killed by his flames to come forth and fight on his behalf. Using the heat of his sword on their ashes, he can rouse all the people he has killed, allowing the corpses to become his limbs and attack whomever he deems as his enemy until they become dust. He can bring forth any specific corpse which he wishes, allowing him to inflict psychological damage upon those with connections to those he has slain.
Zanka no Tachi, Kita: Tenchi Kaijin, A slash of concentrated fire and heat which incinerates whatever it touches out of existence.
Season 1, Episode 11: The Formation of Special Fire Force 8/ The Mightiest Hikeshi
This episode is split into two. The first half, the Formation of Special Fire Force 8, focuses on Takehisa Hinawa’s time with the Tokyo Imperial Armed Forces. He’s actually even more cold and detached. We meet his friend, Toji. Hinawa isn’t religious and doesn’t believe in baptizing guns. Toji asks him, “Between a gun that was baptized and one that wasn’t, you’d rather be shot by the baptized one, right?” That night, Toji transforms into an infernal. He begs Hinawa to “kill him while he’s still conscious.” Hinawa can’t do it. After Toji’s death, Hinawa claims his baptized gun. Hinawa learns so empathy from this tragedy.
Obi, now a rookie fire fighter is standing by waiting for Fire Force members to end the suffering of two Infernal. The members of Company 3, have made a game of killing Infernals, assigning points to each one. Of course this causes Obi to get angry. They lack the concern necessary concern for the family of Infernal’s. Obi decides to take matters into his own hands. Hinawa recognizes the kind of man Obi is and offers to aid him. They decide to put the Infernal to rest. Unlike most of the recent scenes with Infernals this one is more reserved like the first episodes. Fire Force once again is reminding us of the costs. Killing Infernals aren’t fun and games, these are real people, that suffer. After this, Obi decides that he will create his own company, with Hinawa as his first hire.
The Mightiest Hikeshi
The second half of the episode introduces us to Shinmon Benimaru and Company 7. Located in Asakusa, the feels like the Edo era Japan. Benimaru is rude to the towns people that all seem to love him. When he returns to Company 7, it seems like there’s only four members. Their are the twins, Hikage and Hinata, along with Konro. As we saw in the previous episode, Benimaru doesn’t trust the Government or the Church. This includes Company 8. Before we get a conflict between Shinra and Benimaru, an Infernal emerges. Benimaru springs into action, beginning the “festival.” He has the ability of both the second and third generation. This makes him a unique fire fighter, able to create and control fire.
The battle scene is amazing, with Benimaru using matoi flags to destroy rows of homes. At first this is seems ridiculous, but it’s explained that the destruction of the homes are part of the ritual. This was the best episode of Fire Force in a while. Benimaru is a bit of an ass, but also a wildcard. Based on his attitude I don’t think that he’s corrupted. However, he may not care enough to be of any use. I do think that Shinra will likely convince him to join the fight. I’m uncertain if this is the start of more consistent writing from Fire Force, but this episode shows that this series is great without the unnecessary fanservice and with a touching story.
In House of X #5, Hickman once again changes the status quo for X-Men. There are three major shifts this issue introduces. In the first issue of House of X, we see the X-Men being “born” from orange pods, being welcomed by Charles Xavier. Magneto explains to his daughter, Polaris, how the mutants are resurrected. First, Goldballs uses his power to create biological eggs. Then they’re made “viable” by Proteus’ ability to warp reality. Elixir then uses his abilities to “kick-start cellular replication.” With a fully viable egg, Tempus uses her time-acceleration abilities to mature the mutants inside. Hope Summers uses her powers to boost the other four and create unison. Finally, to restore the minds of the mutants, Xavier, is able to transfer a copy of the mutant mind.
Krakoa becomes a nation
At the United Nations, the vote recognizing Krakoa as an independent nation was held. Emma Frost telepathically manipulates the voters and Krakoa is granted it’s nation status. Charles Xavier telepathically acknowledges that he knows that Emma did this. She plays the fool, having no idea of what he’s referring to. Regardless, he tells her that he’s “grateful for her sacrifice.” We get another explainer informing us of how mutant diplomacy is working. 100 nations have accepted a trade deal with Krakoa, with several rejecting it. These nations consisting of Iran, North Korea, Brazil and Wakanda are automatically considered “adversarial.”
Apocalypse and the other mutant villains arrive
Wolverine is preparing to meet the villains that Xavier has invited to Krakoa. Logan isn’t happy, believing that some are “beyond saving.” Magneto suggest that if that were true, neither one of them would be in Krakoa. The villains finally arrive, with Mister Sinister, Lady Mastermind, Selene Gallio, Callisto, Daken and finally Apocalypse being present. Krakoa greets Apocalypse (referring to the fact that Krakoa was saved by him, shown in Powers of X #4). Wolverine asks is there “gonna be a problem,” Apocalypse responds “why would it be.” Apocalypse is actually proud of them, as this is his dream. Prompted by Magneto, Apocalypse states that he and the incoming villains will submit to the laws of Krakoa, and serve it’s higher purpose.
I’ve said this before, but it bare repeating this series is amazing. House of X #5, continues to change X-Men for the better. Some may find that the resurrection of mutants, particularity the team that died in issue four, cheapens their death. That’s not an unreasonable feeling, but we all probably figured that they would come back we just didn’t know how. The process is more complicated than the process describe above. If you read those explainers the resurrection process does come with cost and effort. I think that’s appropriate considering how convenient resurrection is. That said I feel that it won’t remain so easy. If you think about there’s a lot to be concerned with. First, Xavier is back to acting strangely.
He was never as moral as he claimed but now he’s openly supporting Emma Frost undermining democracy. Now that Krakoa is a nation state it feels like there will be some issues with nationalism, although that may not be a bad thing. The scene were Storm is basically acting like a religious zealot and of course the arrival of villains who may not hate mutants but surely still hate humans. I predict that this will end badly. As I’ve stated before mutants like Magneto and Apocalypse, have largely come into conflict with the X-Men not because they wanted mutants to prosper, but because of how they went about reaching that goal. If they’re on the same page, conflict shouldn’t arise. However, we know that humanity will not let Krakoa stand.
I feel like Spider-man has been over exposed recently. Maybe it’s the Marvel, Fox deal falling apart and the conversations that followed. Regardless, I’m a little fatigued with Spider-man. This miniseries (5 issues) focuses on the father-son relationship between Peter and Ben, while being written by father-son duo J.J. Abrams and Henry Abrams. The art is by Sara Pichelli and Dave Stewart, with lettering by Joe Caramagna. We join Spider-man in the middle of a disaster area. It’s unclear what happened but Peter is injured. Mary Jane runs up to him (with his severely injured arm) and hey laugh at his corny jokes. An unfamiliar villain (to me at least) arrives and attacks with an group of xenomorph looking machines. The leader asks for Spider-man’s help.
MJ runs, as Peter is overtaken by machines. The villain called Cadaverous, kills Mary Jane. At her funeral we see that Peter lost that arm and his son, Ben Parker is present as well. The issue moves forward 12 years, Ben has become a troubled teen, getting in fights at school. According to his Principal (Orleen), Ben is a consistent presence in his office. Peter, now with a hook for an arm, arrives to pick his son up. They argue in the car, but it’s clear that Peter has given up on being a good father. He spends most of his time traveling the world as a photojournalist, leaving the parenting to Aunt May. She brings him to her attic, where he sees his father’s old Spider-man costume. Meanwhile, Cadaverous is still a threat. He’s searching for a cure for a mysterious woman.
So far this series is just okay. Considered the fact that this is a miniseries with only 5 issues, this one feels wasted. If you only have 5 issues to tell your story it needs to start with a bag. MJ dying in the beginning was surprising because of expectation, but not because of history. Mary Jane has died a lot in comics, so it doesn’t feel revolutionary. I feel like I know how Ben’s story is going to end. He becomes Spider-man and then takes over the mantle from his father. I love the art of Sara Pichelli but I don’t feel like this is her best work. I think it’s not her penciling but maybe the muted colors from Dave Stewart. I don’t care who the mystery woman is or have much interest in Cadaverous. Still with only four issues left, I see this miniseries to the end.
It’s been 2 weeks since the last episode of Cop Craft, (episode 9.5 was a recap episode) and when we left off, the third mayoral candidate was assassinated. The impact of the assassination could significant because the victim was human while the perpetrator was Semanian. Cop Craft has been circling around the possibility of a race war from the beginning. It feels like the series is going to take racism seriously now. The result of the assassination is so far an increase of anti-Semanian resentment. The two candidates are impacted differently from this sentiment. Mozeleemay, the Semanian candidate, is questioned by Kei and Tilarna. Kei suggests that he might be involved since he could get over 200,000 votes as a result of Khan’s death.
Mozeleemay’s wife counters with polling that suggests that Tourte (the other candidate) will get over 300,000 votes after Khan’s death. At this point we know that Mozeleemay’s wife is the one doing the killing or at least she’s hiring the assassins. She’s clearly in charge of him. However, Mozeleemay is assassinated when he was giving a speech. Kei is able to systemically locate the assassin, he and Tilarna chase the suspect. As he lies dying, he thanks them. It turns out that the assassin wasn’t an animated corpse like the rest, but the assassin is human. According to Tilarna, he can use Mildey, a form of magic used by Semanian. This complicates the narrative so far. It may be the case that there’s a third party involved in this conspiracy.
The presence of Vaifaht Steel, a rare substance that is considered “holy” and is generally used to create weapons or armor. Vaifaht can change it’s form in response to latena. Made form trees, it’s then turned in cloth and weaved into clothing. She demonstrates this for her co-workers. The gun made of Vaifaht steel, couldn’t have been made solely with the steel. Tilarna believes that a combination of Semanian and human technology is responsible. This is another good episode. I love the political conspiracy in this series. I wonder if they’re going to mention the Marla Mozeleemay who was responsible for Zoey’s murder. Would she kill Zoey, Khan and her husband? That doesn’t make since does it? Maybe she’ll use the tragic event to run, regardless of her involvement.
Leeze has been an important part of this episode, but the series went out of the way to prevent Tilarna from saying who or what Leeze is. Hopefully, this pays off. Finally, the animation of the series is now terrible. I ignore it because the story is so interesting.
The one grip I have with Oda is his tendency to have big events occur off screen. This is certainly done on purpose to create mystery and suspense. It works. It’s a week after the Reverie and all the nobles have returned home. Garp and the Neptune family are at the Ryugu Palace. Garp asks them not to “fear humans for an incident that happened to the Nefertari Family of Alabasta.” This event isn’t elaborated on, but we should expect it to be tragic. Meanwhile, days prior, the World Economy News Paper are preparing stories for the following issue. He mentions the “casualties” and how “death sells.” He’s given a check from the Government to suppress the details of Reverie. However, he refuses to do so. When a member of Cipher Pol threats him, Morgans beats him up.
News spreads. On Momoiro Island, the Revolutionary Army are shocked by the “news” regarding Sabo, as are Sterry and the Dadan Family. Doflamingo is overjoyed at the news, while, Blackbeard tells his crew they need to set sail to “claim something before the Marines do.” X Drake informs Koby that Kiado and Big Mom have formed an alliance. He tells Koby that Cipher Pol is present in the Flower Capital in Wano. Meanwhile, Koby is heading to Amazon Lily to capture Hancock. The final shocker is that the Shichibukai have been abolished. Proposed by King Riku Doldo and Nefertari Cobra, the Government agreed to end it. I’m not really concerned for the Warlord’s though, Buggy always escapes somehow and Hancock is tough.
This sets up the Marine’s for interesting conflicts with the Shichibukai. The most interesting match up will be the Marines verses Mihawk, although I expect that Oda will resolve that conflict off screen. There’s so much that has happen in this chapter. But let’s get this out the way. I don’t think for one second that Sabo is dead. It’s unnecessary to kill both of Luffy”s “brothers” and considering all the effort to retrieve Ace’s devil fruit and the perfect symmetry of that moment would be a waste. I think Sabo most likely has been captured. However, I think a third more terrible thing could have happened. Sabo killed Vivi and fled. Maybe he was framed or it was an accident, but I think that is what probably happened.
While, Morgans newspaper can’t be trusted, I think at least tell the truth most of the time. The fact that X Drake is a double agent in Kiado’s crew is surprising. This new Marine unit, SWORD seems interesting. Their goals are clear yet but both X Drake and Koby are apart of it. With Cipher Pol present in Wano things are getting interesting. They were suppose to negotiate with Orochi but the deal fell through, with Orochi shooting one of them and telling Cipher Pol that he wasn’t afraid of Nobles or Marines. How will they respond? History suggest with violence. Regardless, they could be a wild card in this upcoming war.
October marks the beginning of the fall anime season. While many of the series from the summer will continue like Dr. Stone, Fire Force and Vinland Saga, some new and returning series have piqued my interest.
My Hero Academia (Season 4)
Premiering Oct. 12th
I’ve decided that I will be reviewing the anime My Hero Academia from now on. Probably the most anticipated anime of the fall season, the fourth season will focus on the events of the Shie Hassaikai Arc. The eleventh arc in the series, the students of Class 1-A learn about the Hero Internships . Last season we were introduced to the Big 3, Tamaki Amajiki, Nejire Hado and Mirio Togata, third year students that hope to help students of Class 1-A. Izuku Midoriya meets All Might’s former sidekick, Sir Nighteye.
No Gun Life (Season 1)
Premiering Oct. 10th
No Guns Life is a new anime, adapted from the manga of the same name. After the war, the Extended (cyborg soldiers) are discharged. On such soldier is Inui Juuzou. His body was transformed into a weapon, with his head being replaced with a giant gun. To make a living Inui acts as a Resolver, a type of private investigator that solves cases involving the Extended. His loyalty to the Extended, obligates him into getting involved in the protection of a child from evil corporation, Beruhren.
Mugen no Juunin: Immortal
Premiering Oct. 9th
Blade of the Immortal is one of the manga series I always intended to start but the 30 volumes felt too daunting. Regardless, the reboot of the series (there was a series in 2008) is coming this fall. For those that are unaware, Blade of the Immortal, focuses on the immortal swordsman, Manji. Cursed with immortality, Manji has become tired of his death dealing. He decides that he will kill 100 “evil men” for every good one he killed. The witch that gave him his cursed life, agrees with Manji’s quest. He begins his path to kill 1000 evil men. On the way he meets Rin, a young girl that wishes to seek revenge for the slaughter of her family.
Final Crisis is a crossover story that ran from May 2008 to January 2009. Written by Grant Morrison, the limited series spanned 7 issues. Marketed as “the day evil won,” Final Crisis deals with Darkseid as he plots to “overthrow reality.” After the final battle of the New Gods, the spirit of Darkseid travels through time and manifests inside the body of a human being. After finding the dying Orion, detective Dan Turpin, The Justice League of America and the Green Lantern Corps investigate. The learn that he was killed by a Radion bullet that was “fired backwards through time from the future.” Realizing the upcoming threat, Alan Scott enacts “Article X,” preparing the metahuman forces for the war that is coming.
The New Gods manage to remove the greatest obstacles to Darkseid’s master plan. Batman is captured, Hal Jordan framed for murder, Wonder Woman infected by bacteria called Morticoccous, Superman in the future and Flash in the past. Turpin is possessed by the essence of Darkseid, who then subjects Turpin’s body to “bio-genetic restructuring” to recreate Darkseid’s original form. Darkseid’s agents spread the Anti-Life Equation through communication networks, spreading it around the world. As a result, Darkseid gains control over the majority of Earth’s population.
A small group of superheroes manage to resists. A battle between the mind controlled heroes and the resistance. Wonder Woman infects the other heroes with Morticoccous that strips them of their powers. Batman mortally wounds Darkseid with a radion bullet, however, Darkseid kills him with his Omega Beams. Enraged Superman retrieves Batman’s corpse, the Flashes still being chased, lead Black Racer and the Omega Beams that follow them directly to Darkseid. Like most crossovers, Final Crisis is convoluted and not for everyone. The art style shifts from JG Jones to Doug Mahnke, the death of Batman turns out not to matter. Despite all this I still enjoyed Final Crisis, it’s overall entertaining and I did wonder if Darkseid would win.
Well this marks the last day of this challenge. Did you enjoy it? Have another challenge I should consider? Regardless, I appreciated all the comments. Thank you.
After over 20 years, over 1000 episodes, collecting over 40 badges and 88 different Pokemon, Ash and Pikachu finally win a Pokemon League (technically he’s won in the Orange League). Throughout the series Ash has failed to win any of the six previous leagues. He finished top 16 in the Indigo Plateau Conference, top 8 in the Silver Conference, top 8 in the Ever Grande Conference, top 4 in the Lily of the Valley Conference, top 8 in the Vertress Conference and he finished runner up in the Lumiose Conference. With a team of Pikachu, Rowlet, Lycanroc, Torracat and Melmetal, Ash defeated his “rival” Gladion in the Manalo Conference.
The accomplishment was the #1 trending topic on Twitter, being noted by CNN, the BBC, Complex and Business Insider. Many fans felt that Ash’s perseverance throughout the years, never giving up was a model for everyone. I complained last time Ash lost, wondering if he every was going to win one. I just realized that Ash has failed more than main characters in anime tend to. Generally, there’s a massive surge of power that manifests itself before the main hero loses, ensuring that they always win. Granted, Ash has had some of his Pokemon overcome near defeat to win plenty of times, but never in the league finals. Also, to be fair many of the protagonist in other anime would have died if they lost, Ash never faced such dangers.
This win has lead to speculation that the next series will feature someone other than Ash. While I’m fine if Ash moves on, I don’t think I can live without seeing Pikachu again. Ash’s Alolan Team shares similarities with his Hoenn and Kalos team’s, he caught two out of the three starter Pokemon, he didn’t catch any water Pokemon and this region is the first time he caught a steel type and a Mythical Pokemon (Meltan). With all Ash has accomplished he’s still along way from catch ’em all.
In the fourth issue of Powers of X, titled “Something Sinister,” we get some humor to go with a often dark story. Some of the gaps in the timeline are filled, as we get to see what Charles Xavier planned before the current time. During Year One, Magneto and Xavier head to Bar Sinister. Hickman present Mister Sinister a little differently from normal. Sinister is more ridiculous and flamboyant, or as he puts it “being absolutely fabulous.” Sinister has many clones, so it’s unclear which one is “in charge.” When Magneto and Xavier meet with the one they assume is in charge, he tells Magneto how much he loves his cape. He’s thinks he would look good with a cape. When his butler clone says that he “always thought he should wear one,” he has him executed for not mentioning it sooner.
Xavier offers the DNA of mutants to complete a “safe, secure and redundant,” database. This Sinister refuses to help but is killed by the Sinister with the mutant gene. He agrees and Xavier wipes his mind, making him forget why he’s doing it in the first place. Months before the current timeline, Xavier and Cypher land on Krakoa. Xavier wants to introduce Cypher to Krakoa. Cypher learns that Krakoa use to be called Okkara. The land of Okkara was torn in two, resulting in a land named Arakko and of course Krakoa. Cypher is able to build a “translation program” to allow mutants to interact with Krakoa without Cypher’s aid.
Finally, in Year One Thousand, the first of the elders are hoping for ascension. This section of this series is the most difficult to grasp. It’s has to much ambiguity and I don’t care what happens to anyone. Hickman needs to do a better job explaining why the Year 1000 timeline matters. As usual the art of RB Silva is magnificent. Despite the funny Mister Sinister moments, Powers of X #4 is the most underwhelming issue so far. The most interesting part of the issue was the fact that Apocalypse and his four horsemen came to save Krakoa. I feel like that’s the most we are going to get on that story.
Finally closer to recovering, Tanjiro, Zenitsu and Inosuke put through “rehabilitation training.” Aoi creates the plan for them. Zenitsu doesn’t start right away. He’s been given the impression from the exhausted look on the faces of Tanjiro and Inosuke that the training is daunting. He is (as expected) petrified by attending the training. However, when the training is explained to him, stretching by girls, then a reflex game and finally a game of tag, Zenitsu is overjoyed by the chance to touch and be touched by pretty girls. After initially finding Zenitsu to be annoying and over the top, I’ve become accustomed to his personality. Zenitsu remains the primary source of comedy in this series, I appreciate that about him.
This episode isn’t all fun and games however. While, Inosuke and Zenitsu abandon training after they fail to capture Kanao, Tanjiro focuses on mastering his breathing. He’s informed that all the Hashira’s and Kanao can use the “Total Concentration Breathing” all day long. Tanjiro begins to increase his training hoping to achieve the feat. He must become able to use his breath to explode special gourds of increasing size, if he’s going to reach the next level. Finally, Tanjiro and Shinobu have a conversation on the roof. She reveals that she’s always angry, after Tanjiro asks why the scent he receives from her is always angry.
He sister was killed by a demon. Like Tanjiro she had sympathy for demon. Shinobu tried to emulate he sisters smile, but she finds it exhausting to do so. Shinobu decides that she will leave Tanjiro with the mission her sister started, forging relationships with demons. Unfortunately, the new character development seems to suggests that Shinobu will die soon. It think she will find the demon that killed her sister and finally let go of that anger to kill it. This coupled with the fact that Kanao has not so subtly been position as her successor, training under Shinobu and already achieving feats that the other Hashira’s can do. However, I don’t think this will happen this season.
Kyojuro Rengoku on the other hand will likely die this season. In the beginning of the episode, Shinobu asks him where he’s going. He’s likely going to encounter a member of the Upper Ranks. Since Giyu so easily defeat Rui a member of the Lower Ranks, I think we can assume that the higher ranks are significantly stronger. My prediction is that Demon Slayer will leave us with a understanding that Hashira’s aren’t enough and no one is safe. Regardless, Tanjiro, Inosuke and Zenitsu are going to have to get stronger.
The Spectre is a divine Spirit of Vengeance. He’s considered the “right hand of his God.” The Spectre is an “aspect” of the Presence (the One Above All), joining His Wrath (Eclipso), and His Mercy (Radiant). A former angel named Aztar, he needs a mortal host. In 1940, Jim Corrigan became the latest host of the Spectre. Corrigan was murdered, he was tied up and thrown in a barrel of cement that was then thrown into a river. After his death he went to Limbo. He was bonded with the Spectre Force and given the mission to “confront evil wherever he found it.” When he returned he exacted his revenge on the mobsters that murdered him.
As a servant of God, The Spectre is granted limitless power. He is a being that’s capable of almost anything. He’s second only to the “one.” He can warp and control reality. This allows him to simulate any form of superpower or ability. As a divine agent The Spectre has access to all knowledge. The Spectre is also immortal. His powers can be reduced by the Voice. He also cannot take any action that is “not dictated by the laws that he’s bound to.” He can also be killed by a weapon of sufficient magical force. Each Spectre host manifest a unique Spectre form, some people can recognized the host if they new them in life. After Jim Corrigan, Hal Jordan becomes the next Spectre host, followed by Crispus Allen. In the New 52, the Spectre is once again Jim Corrigan.
The tenth episode of Enen no Shouboutai (Fire Force), the Promise, introduces the Tokyo Imperial Emperor, Raffles III. He calls an emergency conference of all the Captains to discuss the threat of the Evangelist. It’s rare that all the Captains meet. They arrive at the thermal energy plant, Amaterasu. The plant produces all the energy for Tokyo. The conference begins. Along with Leonard Burns (1st), Princess Hibana (5th) and Akitaru Obi (8th), we are introduced to Gustav Honda (2nd), Dr. Giovanni (3rd), Soichiro Hague (4th), Kayoko Huang (6th) and finally Benimaru Shinmon (7th).
Obi notes that the 7th rarely shows up. Shinra states that Shinmon is considered to be the “mightiest Fire Soldier.” The Emperor begins by telling that the Captains that the Evangelist must be stopped as they are traitors. Shinmon is disrespectful when the Emperor suggests that they’re protected by the “Great Sol.” He states that his name is Shinmon Benimaru, which apparently suggests that he’s a “proto-nationalists.” It would have been helpful for Fire Force to explain what a “proto-nationalists” is, why his name is proto-nationalists” and why that’s a problem. Clearly it means that he doesn’t follow orders and he leaves.
Joker arrives and plans to see Shinra again. It is revealed to the Captains that Shinra has the Adolla Burst. This is the same as the flame of Amaterasu. Captain Obi and Company 8, take full responsibility for protecting Shinra. While watching Amaterasu, Joker interrupts him. Joker offers him a “reward,” and tells him that his brother, named Sho Kusakabe is now a Commander of the Knights of the Ashen Flame. Tanaka tells Shinra that he wants him to trust them. At the end of the episode he finally tells them about what Joker told him about his brother. We get a brief look at the White Clad cult and Sho, who has the same smile as Shinra.
This episode largely serves as a recap episode, but there’s enough new information that it doesn’t matter. We are starting to get some clarity on the hierarchy of the Fire Force universe, but I still don’t understand which of the Companies can be trusted. The impression this episode in parts is that Company 3, lead by Dr. Giovanni is a possible threat to Shinra. Company 7, lead by Benimaru Shinmon seem like the most likely to fight against the Church and Government. However, what remains unclear is whether these organizations are evil at all. Joker’s loyalties are interesting. He clearly is obsessed with Shinra, but what he gains from instigating a conflict between brothers is uncertain.
The Watchmen was the first graphic novel/comic book series I read that didn’t have mainstream superheroes like Superman or Batman. Created by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, the 12 issue series was published in 1986 and 1987. It has since spawned a movie adaptation, a prequel mini series titled Before Watchmen and a HBO tv series. Moore originally wanted to write a story that ” featured an unused line of superheroes that he could revamp.” His hope was to “shock and surprise” readers by using characters that were familiar to them. However, DC while receptive to his pitch, though using original characters was a better idea. He said that ” if I wrote the substitute characters well enough, . . . then it might work.” Dave Gibbons asked to be involved in the project and sent him the outline.
Watchmen is set in an alternate universe that is similar to the world during the 1980’s. The main difference is the existence of superheroes. These heroes alter real life events like the Vietnam War and Richard Nixon presidency. None of the superheroes have any super powers except, Doctor Manhattan. Superheroes become unpopular among the public resulting in the passage of the Keene Act. As a result many heroes retire, except the Comedian and Dr. Manhattan, while Rorschach continues to work illegally. The story is complex, as the antihero Rorschach investigates the death of the Comedian and uncovers a conspiracy that threatens to destroy the world.
The Watchmen series features structures that deviate from the comics of the time using a “nine panel grid system,” the cover of each issue was the first panel of the story and each cover “were designed as close-ups that focused on a single detail with no human elements present.” It also had a story within a story, Tales of the Black Freighter. Moore used several different images and symbols like, a stained smiley face (considered the symbol of the series), doomsday clock and craters, all cleverly woven into the series. Watchmen tackled adult themes, with a sophisticated plot. Watchmen is one of the best works I’ve ever read. It has been described as “one of the greatest literary works ever created.” Watchmen was honored in Time Magazine’s best 100 English Language novels from 1923 to present, it was the only comic present. I couldn’t recommend this graphic novel enough, if you get a chance read it.
The One Piece series has always featured swords. However, the series rarely elaborate on swords as a form of fighting. Having largely focused on devil fruits and haki, swords have been left out. Zoro has been the most important swordsmen in the series. Through him we have the most exposure to swords and how they are used in combat. One Piece has classified swords by their qualities. The three classifications are, Meito, Kokuto and Yoto. The Meito (Famed Blade) class is a sword that has gained such fame that it can be recognized by sight. Kokuto (Black Blade) are swords that are blacked colored. Finally, the Yoto (Mystic Blade) class, carries a curse that causes misfortune to its wielder.
The blades classed Meito are also ranked by “grade.” The grades are Grade swords, Skillful grade, Great grade and Supreme grade. There are an undetermined number of Grade Swords as they’re the lowest grade. There are 50 Skillful Grade Swords, 21 Great Grade Swords and 12 Supreme Grade Swords. In chapter 955, titled Enma, Zoro is given his second of two Great Grade Swords. Enma is a Meito that use to belong to Kozuki Oden, it’s also the only weapon said to have harmed Kiado. A masterpiece from the legendary swordsmith Shimotsuki Kozaburo, it is describe as being able to “cut through to the bottom of hell.” Tenguyama Hitetsu believes that if Zoro can make Enma a black blade, it’s rank would increase.
Enma is difficult to wield. Enma is able to draw out the wielders Busoshoku Haki on it’s own, it can result in the force of a strike being greater than intended. It was stated that if Zoro was a lesser swordsmen he would have been turned into a “dry husk.” Zoro is able to force his haki back from the blade. The Wano Country Arc seems to be a turning point in regards to focusing more on swords and the power. The chapter largely focuses on the preparations for the upcoming battle. A handful of days are left until the raid, Robin reveals that the Beast Pirates have 20,000 men and Orochi has 10,000. The Alliance only has 4,000. Clearly, they’re at a numerical disadvantage. However, I think that they have better “quality” of warriors. With Luffy mastering the new Haki and Zoro able to master Enma It think that they will be fine.
It’s New Year’s , the students are finally able to visit their parents, but they need to be accompanied by pro heroes. Hawks continues his undercover mission with the Liberation Front. Skeptic criticizes Slidin’ Go for his claim that he’s Hawks “superior.” He says that he doesn’t have “the influence to spread the doctrine,” and get information from “key figures in the hero system.” He placed twenty micro devices on the wings of Hawks, to collect “location data, communication records, real time conversations and visuals.” Slidin’ Go is also a hero like Hawks, but has far fewer connections. We see that Hawks has been in contact with the heroes and warned them that he will be monitored.
Midoriya, Bakugo and Shoto arrive at Endeavor’s office. He greets them with a smile, but quickly warns them that they shouldn’t expect kindness from him. He makes it clear that he only really cares about training Shoto, Bakugo calls him a “hard ass.” Endeavor is surprised that Shoto is friends with Bakugo. All Might is supportive of them interning at Endeavor’s. He suggests that Bakugo is very similar to Endeavor and it might benefit him the most. Meanwhile, Endeavor tells Midoriya that he’s only interested in his son, but they could learn from him by watching. He springs into action as the trio follow.
A villain appears and begins to attack the civilians. Hawks is also present and prepares to fight. I think that Endeavor will warm up to Bakugo and Midoriya. He could solidify his legacy if he was the trainer of what I think will be the top three heroes at some point. I wonder if he starts to show some more favoritism toward Midoriya and Bakugo, if Shoto would have an issue. I think that Hawks will get caught at some point, however, I think it will only happen after he becomes important to the young heroes like Midoriya. This next chapter will probably be the start of their relationship. His death will need to have some impact on the main characters right now they don’t really know him.