One Piece Chapter 910 Review: Now, to Wano

This chapter was largely a throw away, were I’m concerned. It’s not that it doesn’t do anything to progress the story, spoiler alert they reach Wano, it’s that well that’s all that really happens. As I’ve mentioned in the last chapter review, the visual styling of the Wano arc is striking. The koi fish were impressively rendered, I really like the use of thick outlines. Wano seems like a world separate from the rest of the One Piece world.

The chapter opens showing that the Strawhat’s have learned what going on in Reverie. Luffy, Sanji and Chopper get into their usually hi-jinks, fighting with one another as they rip the pieces of the newspaper that they want to read while Nami’s reading it. Oda seems to intend to infuse this arc with Japanese cultural references. Oda’s homage to the famous woodblock print  “Great Wave off Kanagawa” by Hokusai on page 9 was great.

One potential criticism is that Oda seems to be setting the Strawhat’s for yet another separation. The Strawhat’s are already split in half, I don’t think they also need to be separated individually, it’s tedious. Obviously, I don’t know that Oda is going there but he tends to do that. Finally, giant animals with katana’s is epic.

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FLCL Progressive Episode 4 Review: Loopqr

After the last episode, Hidomi has a complete personality change. She becomes rather manic, unlike the previous episodes this one doesn’t start with a dream sequence. Hidomi’s headphone are now drilled into her head, releasing this personality. The animation style seems to adapt to this new dynamic in Hidomi’s personality. Ide and the others attempt to figure out how to remove the headphone’s to return her to normal.

Aiko’s “emotional support plant” from the previous episode turns out to be a N.O. device, created from Canti’s robot shell. Marco falls for the “new” Hidomi, but this feels like an aside that will be quickly ignored. Anyway, Marco is tasked with trying out a new theme part ride. At this park is also Aiko, selling a bear statue to a customer. It turns out that this bear along with the plant are both made of parts of Canti. They apparently reverse the “N.O. field that transports beings through people’s heads.”

Meanwhile, Jinyu and Hidomi alliance from last episode ends. While inside a Medical Mechanica factory, Jinyu attempts to get Haruko to join her and give up her attempt to chase the pirate King Atmosk’s. However, Haruko decides that she rather “devour” Jinyu instead. They begin to battle destroying the transmitter in Hidomi’s head, both Jinyu and Haruko burst out of her head. In a series of flashbacks we see that Haruko did get the pirate kings power, causing her to split into Jinyu. The action sequence at the end of this episode is worth watching. Haruko eventually “kills” Jinyu by turning into a monster and eating her.

The build a harem tag

First I must thank Merlin for tagging me. If you been reading this blog you’ll know that I have disdain for the harem genre. However, I don’t need to be that uptight about, this tag seems interesting. Reading other tags from Cactus Matt over at Anime Q & A (the creator of the tag), Karandi James at 100wordanime and Scott over at mechanicalanimereviews, I decided to take Karandi’s “amended” version, that kinda ignores the “character types.” I’m mostly doing so because I find it to limiting and I’m lazy. That said characters that I choose will inevitable fall into one of the categories anyway. First the rules:

The ‘Build A Harem’ Tag Rules:

1)Link back to the original post on Anime Q and A so they can check out everyone’s picks!

2)Use the ‘Build A Harem’ logo somewhere in the post.

3)Make sure to mention the person who nominated you too!

4)Pick 5 Anime Characters (any show & any gender) that would be in your ideal harem if you were the main character of a harem anime, explain a little bit as to why they are your picks (if you want).

5)Make sure each character you pick falls into some of the following harem character types: Childhood friend, tom boy/girl, genki girl/boy, loli/shota, trap, tsundere, yandere, kuudere, dandere, etc. (If there’s a character you’ve picked that doesn’t specifically fall into one of these types or falls into multiple types that’s fine too!)

6)Nominate 5 people to participate in this tag!


My Harem

Android 18

18 is a cool and confident woman, she has a sarcastic sense of humor that I love. She was asked once by the World Tournament announcer “if her real name is legitimately “No. 18”, to which she responds “My father was pretty dull.” 18 is very protective of her family and friends. She’s also incredibly powerful, capable of overpowering a typical Super Saiyan. Of course she possess infinite energy supply and she ages at a much slower rate. She also only requires water, which it think is cool.

Mako Mankanshoku

Mako has a lot energy, meaning she’s hyperactive. A lot of people might find her tiring but I like her. Weirdly, Mako is profoundly lazy. She’s fearless, willing to face major threats. When she was hard working when she was head of the “Fight Club.” Her biggest failing is her greed, due to being impoverish. That said she’s also hilarious.

Nico Robin

Unlike Mako, who’s loud and energetic, Nico is quite and reserve. She manages to remain calm even in the most dire situations. She like pointing out morbid facts, scaring her crew mates. Nico refuses to engage in anything that is embarrassing. Robin is often seen smiling, even in dangerous situation. Nico doesn’t play when it comes to battle, she’s brutal, willing to break the necks or spinal cords of her enemies.

Usagi Tsukino or Serena Tsukino (Sailor Moon)

I’ve always loved Serena. Sailor Moon was one of the first anime I watched as a child, so I have a soft spot for her. Serena is kinda a lazy, air head. She doesn’t study at school, or really apply herself. She’s also juvenile relative to her peers. Serena also has a tendency to whine and cry we she doesn’t get her way. I find her personality funny, she’s goofy and clumsy. Despite all this Serena will fight hard for those she loves.

Yoruichi Shihōin

Yoruichi is simply a bad ass. She’s highly intelligent, having imminence knowledge of the world she lives in. Even though she’s a noble, she’s not as obnoxious as other nobles. She doesn’t require being called with honorifics. Yoruichi has a well rounded personality, she’s mature and calm but can be relaxed and playful. She enjoys teasing others. She’s is very powerful fighter, she is the most proficient users of Hohō. and her Shunko, is the “highest form of Hakuda technique.” You can never go wrong with a strong woman right.

I Tag( without obligation)

  1. The Anime Writer
  2. Thinking Anime
  3. Anime Otaku 139
  4. Satired of Anime
  5. Editorani

One Piece Chapter 909 Review: Seppuku

One Piece is just always exciting to read. The world is so big, with so many fun characters. This chapter entitled, “Seppuku” shifts focus from Reverie to Wano. We get more background on some of the characters that may have been forgotten. Nekomamushi and his Mink crew arrive to Whitebeard’s home island. We get reminded that Marco the is alive. Marco the former commander of Whitebeard Pirates, has basically been hiding out trying to do right by Whitebeard.

He fleeing from another character that I forgot about, the alleged son of Whitebeard, Edward Weevil. Also known as Whitebeard Jr, Weevil is alleged to be the biological son Whitebeard. His mother Miss Bakkin claims to have been Newgate’s former lover. She completely controls her son, who is strong enough to be a Shichibukai, with a former bounty of 480 million Beli. Together with his mother, has been hunting down former Whitebeard crew mates looking for Weevil’s “inheritance.”

Marco has been hiding out from them, acting as a doctor. We learn that Whitebeard was orphaned on the island that was too poor to join the World Government. Whitebeard send some of his ill gotten gains back to his home island. Regardless, he tells Nekomamushi that he can’t join Luffy but has a message for him. Meanwhile, we pivot to Wano Country, where we get to see the remaining members of the Strawhat crew.

Kin’emon tells Franky, Usopp, Robin and Zoro that they must assimilate into Wano society, to rally support to overthrow Kaido ally, Kurozumi Orochi. He says that it’s important that they keep a low profile. The first thing that struck me about Wano is it’s vibrant and beautiful. While being in black and white of course, I know that it would be a highly colorful. Wano is clearly based on Japan. Regardless, the Strawhat’s are not suppose to get unwanted attention, or they will alert Kiado.

Meanwhile, Zoro posing as a ronin, is under arrest for allegedly murdering 3 people. Due to Zoro having possession of the famed swordsman Ryuma’s, sword Shusui. The clearly corrupt magistrate orders Zoro to commit “Seppuku.” Zoro comments that ” the magistrate himself smells like blood and queries if he is the true culprit,” he then slashes him with the small sword he was given to commit seppuku, seemingly killing the magistrate while cutting the building and part of the ground.

With that epic moment the Wano arc officially begins. Oda has expanded the One piece universe greatly. I wonder how he will balance both Reverie and Wano. This arc seems perfect to witness Zoro’s new skills he hasn’t really fought since the time skip. This chapter creates so many questions. Will we get proof that Weevil is Whitebeard’s son? Will the rest of the Strawhat crew arrive in time? Will we see Kiado in action? Anyway, I’m excited to see what this arc brings.

The Salty Anime Challenge Day 21: An anime that you thought you’d hate (due to genre/tropes), but actually love.

The anime/manga genre that appeals to me the most is Shonen. So I was surprised that I loved Made in Abyss. On the surface Abyss looks like it’s going to be for kids, with it’s chibi like characters and bright color pallets. Abyss, a Seinen series is for my age group mind you but I generally don’t like the genre. What initial drew me to the series was what always draws me to a series is the high quality animation.

Made in Abyss is an impressive series that subvert the expectations of the viewer. The adults take a backseat to the children and cute bunny like characters. The background environment are often colorful, with bright sunlight even as they travel deeper in the abyss. This anime is a full on display of body horror. The effects of abyss on the human body and mind are brutal, “evisceration, hemorrhaging, swelling, parasitism.” Not to mention the abuse that adults inflicts on these children.

It also tugs at the heartstrings. I haven’t seen many anime that is as balanced as this one, while fighting isn’t it primary purpose, it has good action. The story is incredibly intriguing, the feeling you get from the characters is enthralling. It might be too dark for some, but I find that to be the reason I enjoy it.

The Salty Anime Challenge Day 20: What is an anime argument that you absolutely hate hearing?

Sakura Haruno is useless

Sakura Haruno or Sakura Uchiha is one of the most hated anime characters. Being in a shonen series that focuses on battle, Sakura is “useless” in battle early in the series. However, in Naruto strength isn’t the only thing that matters (at least early in the series). In Part 1 of the series Sakura’s physical prowess is limited. Sakura’s particular talent that surpassed even Sasuke and of course Naruto was her intellect and her chakra control. During the Chunin exams Sakura is smart enough to both realize that the ten questions are too difficult for most genin’s and answer them.

During the second stage of the Chunin exam, after Oorochimaru gives Sasuke the curse mark, she watches Naruto and Sasuke all night as they’re lie unconscious. She valiantly tries to save her teammates despite being clearly over powered and out numbered. Obviously, Rock Lee aids her, and later team 10, but if Sakura had more power I think critics would have cheered her more. In anime, many fans only seem to value power with courage, not power without it. For this reason Sakura’s attempt to save her teammates goes unappreciated.

In Part 2, Sakura really begins to show her skills. While, the characters in Naruto become better Sakura’s is arguably the most improved (Ino maybe close). She and Naruto face off against Kakashi in another bell test. During this test Sakura first shows her massive strength when she uses her Cherry Blossom Impact. A skill that makes use of her chakra control to devastating effect. When she and the rest of team 7 arrive to Suna when Gaara is kidnapped, she is quickly able to remove the poison found in Kankuro, heal him and create an antidote, which no Sand ninja was able to do.

Sakura’s best presentation of her fighting prowess is her battle with Chiyo against Sasori. Chiyo initially takes the lead in this fight using Sakura as a human puppet, making great use of her super strength. This method continues to prove effective once Sasori uses the third Kazekage’s iron sand ability. However, with Chiyo being one armed her effectiveness as a puppeteer is decreased. During this battle Chiyo notes that Sakura is able to “see through the attack patterns of Sasori,” she is able to deduce the pattern of his fingers and hands.

Even Sasori is impressed with her ability to both fight against him and create an antidote for his complicated poison. Finally, Sakura during the Fourth Shinobi World War is an important medic keeping the allied forces alive. Sakura uses the “Strength of a Hundred Seal,” she spent three years storing chakra a feat that is difficult due to the level of chakra control required. When Naruto is in danger of death, it’s Sakura that saves his life. When her medical ninjutsu fails, she “makes an incision in Naruto’s chest and manually pumps his heart to keep him alive while pleading for him to live because he is close to achieving his dream.” Ask yourself, What would happen if Naruto had died? 

Look, Sakura isn’t without her flaws. She was pretty annoying in the beginning of the series, and she treated both Naruto and Rock Lee poorly. While, she was completely useless during battle, she was helpful intellectually and displayed courage. I found her love of Sasuke, who was abusive and tried to KILL her TWICE was ridiculous. However, if you hold that against her keep in mind that Naruto is just as bad. Her value was never in battle anyway. While it’s undeniable that a in Shonen series, battles are the most important, so Sakura was inherently going to become a secondary character.

Many Sakura haters compare her power to Sasuke and Naruto, they ignore the fact that unlike Sasuke born with the privilege of having a Sharingan and the curse seal and Naruto given half the Nine-tails chakra as an infant. She was given none of these advantages, but mastered difficult medial ninjutsu and saving many lives. A lot of people seemed to believe that Sakura’s abilities are somehow unearned because we didn’t get to see all her training.

However, we don’t see most of Sasuke’s training or even Naruto’s during the time skip. I think this is mostly a negative bias. I think Sakura’s transformation from the beginning of the series, both personality wise and ability wise changed more than anyone and had to work with less than her teammate. She was important to keep the alliance alive during the war. She should be lauded, not decried.

The Salty Anime Challenge Day 19: Least favorite -dere character

Kamidere

Their are many different dere types in anime but my least favorite has to be Kamidere. It’s an anime archetype for characters with god complexes. The word is derived from the combination of Kami (which means god) and dere(which means loving or sweet). The dere isn’t limited to just love of a particular person but also love of something. In this case they love “power.” Their believe they’re destined for greatness, the world is their’s it’s just a matter of time.

Kamidere types also have a superior complex, basically they are better than everyone. They are often unbearable and can become cruel. For this reason I often root against them to be defeated. Kamidere’s are usually tremendously talented so their self confidence isn’t without merit, however, they take it to an extreme. All Kamidere characters are evil, Black Star from Soul Eater is one of the main good protagonists in the series.

“My name is Black☆Star. I’ll surpass the power of the gods.”

Some of the most known Kamidere characters:

  • Light Yagami (Death Note)
  • Lelouch Lamperouge (Code Geass)
  • Father (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood)
  • Enel (One Piece)
  • Satsuki Kiryuuin (Kill La Kill)

“As long as there is breath left in me, Satsuki Kiryuin has a chance at victory!.” – Satsuki Kiryuin

The Salty Anime Challenge Day 18: An unpopular anime that deserves being unpopular

This was the hardest challenge to do. Unpopular anime generally don’t make a lot of attention, and don’t warrant my attention. However, I have found one that is unpopular and deserves to be. If you have been reading my salty challenge you know that I hate anime that seems to exist to pander to children  and my disdain for CG anime you won’t be surprised at my choice.

SD Gundam or Superior Defender Gundam Force, according to My Anime List, SD is ranked 8432nd and popularity is 4673 with a score of 5.49. Gundam is one of the most storied anime series of all time, focusing intergalactic conflict and complex issues like war. It generates billions in revenue a year and Gundam’s were even on the postal stamps.

“Get ready for Gundam like you’ve never seen it before! …Really cute and tiny!

Toonami Promo

SD is a CG anime, because it’s for kids it watered down compared to other Gundam series. The Gundam’s by the way are sentient (think and talk), they aren’t piloted (clearly too small for that) making it hard to take them seriously. The “small form” of the Gundam’s were used to sell “capsule toys” and the sales of merchandise for SD was greater than the other series. Less serious, SD focused more on humor and was popular with young children.

Anyway, I think you can see why SD Gundam earned it’s unpopularity. I think a quote from a fan reviewer on Myanimelist, sums it up best:

I have never written a review before, but Superior Defender Gundam Force has inspired me to do so. You see, I generally like anime. I find it difficult to hate or even dislike an anime, because I know that there is a fandom for it out there and that a few sad, lonely, animators worked hard to make it.

But I can’t say that about SD Gundam Force. If Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam showed us how awesome U.C. can be, Gundam Force shows us the depths of human depravity. I stumbled upon this blight on the anime world when a local video store was having a sale and my friend bought episodes 10-12 for a dollar. As it turns out, a dollar was asking too much.

The Anime Salty Challenge Day 17: An anime that you have no desire to watch, even though it’s popular

Food Wars!: Shokugeki no Soma

Soma is a manga/anime written by Yuto Tsukuda and illustrated by Shun Saeki. The series focuses on “Soma Yukihira aspires to become a full-time chef in his father Joichiro’s family restaurant and surpass his father’s culinary skills.” Soma later enrolls in the “Totsuki Saryo Culinary Institute, an elite culinary school where students engage in food competitions called Shokugeki.” 

This series is highly popular, the manga has sold over 14 million copies. To me, Soma is a series that’s similar to Prince of Tennis or Welcome to the Ballroom, meaning that they not about fighting. I do try to watch more variety of anime. I particularly liked Yuri on Ice, but I don’t want to watch this series at all. I like to eat good food but I don’t care to watch it. I might be missing out, but I don’t think even anime can make me care about cooking.

The Salty Anime Challenge Day 16: Least favorite OP or ED

To be honest I usually avoid OP’s and ED’s. Basically, I skip OP’s and turn off the episode before the ED come on. The favorite OP I remember from my childhood was the old Dragon Ball Z opening and the original Pokemon OP. I did also like many of the early Naruto OP’s.

However, one series OP I did notice was Tokyo Ghoul Root A, why because it was terrible. The OP has music from Osterreich called Incompetence. Kaneki literally just stands in one place, the colors are pale, the changing background are cheesy to me. Kaneki’s face does change but it’s not interesting to me. I know that some anime seem to spend too much money on the OP but this is taking cutting corners too far. Regardless, this OP is forgettable.