Inuyashiki episode 10 review: The people of Tokyo

Hiro’s terrorism

The penultimate episode of Inuyashiki, The People of Tokyo saw the most action packed episode yet. The last episode saw Hiro cause a airplane to crash, it turned out that it was more severe than that as several planes were targeted. The first wave of planes crashed causing the deaths of the passengers and civilians on land. Inuyashiki and Ando were understandably horrified at this terrible act of terror. However, Inuyashiki would be quickly tasked with saving potential victims with a second wave of planes. Inuyashiki was successful in his attempt to rescue these citizens.

 

Hiro vs Inuyashiki

It’s rare that two main protagonists so infrequently in each others company, however, this episode finally saw them face-off. Hiro apparently didn’t think murdering innocent people “made him the villian,” but clearly he’s that naive. Inuyashiki notes that he feels “human” when saving lives and Hiro feels “human” only when he’s murdering people. Hiro begins an assault on Inuyashiki, we shockingly see Inuyashiki use his “air gun.” While, we know that said “air gun’s” are real, they do seem somewhat silly, considering the fact that both Hiro and Inuyashiki need to use verbal sound effects. During the aerial battle, Inuyashiki gains the advantage ripping the back of Hiro’s head off and tearing both his arms off. He leaves Hiro seemingly unconscious.

Inuyashiki’s recognition

Inuyashiki’s relationship with his daughter has been testy, but his rescuing of her has seemingly restored there relationship in a touching moment. After rescuing his daughter and her friend he continues to save citizens exposing himself to media, doctors and firefighters.  The social media that was criticized in previous episodes for aiding negativity is seen spreading the good and positive story of Inuyashiki’s efforts to save lives. This was another emotion episode that saw the defeat of Hiro, however, he’s not dead yet and will likely return finally accept his place as the villian.

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Inuyashiki Episode 9 Review: Shihjuku People

Hiro verses Japan

Hiro Shishigami plans to basically commit a genocide against the Japanese. Hiro goes on T.V. to broadcast the fact that he is willing to kill all 120 million citizens. He threatens to murder 1000 people daily. Hiro has followed the same path that Light from Death Note did. Once Light gained the power of the death note he was actual sympathetic even though he was killing criminals without making a distinction between their crimes. However, while Hiro originally claimed he was killing on the basis of establishing a new form of Justice, he has quickly devolved into a mass murder, killing indiscriminately.

Hiro begins his murder spree

To prove that he is serious he beings to kill 100 people during the day. He unsurprisingly creates a panic, he then telephones a TV presenter and murders him live while broadcasting. Ando realizes how Hiro is killing his victims, by using his smartphone. Inuyashiki issues a public warning, but due to the public’s obsession with smartphones many citizens risk their lives regardless. This series has criticized our societies dependence on social media and the internet. While, I think the ONE reason people would put their phones down would be if they believed that they would be shot and killed. Regardless, the behavior of seems reasonable, even if you have to stretch your imagination a bit.

Hiro vs Ando

Ando has been helping Inuyashiki, filling the gap in his lack of techno knowledge likely due to his age. Hiro now knows that Ando is aiding Inuyashiki and he now views Ando as his enemy. It’s larger predictable that they will become adversaries. I predict that Ando may end up being a major death in the series or an surprising hero. Together with Inuyashiki i think that they will ultimately be able to defeat Hiro. His popularity, however, continues to grow as many people begin to admire his horrific actions. Inuyashiki largely remained in the background this episode, I don’t think he can do that any longer, as Hiro escalated his terrorism by crashing a plane into the city.

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The Artifice : The Mythological and Folk Tale Origins of Classic Anime

I have been writing for the website The Artifice, occasionally for 2 years now. They just published my fourth article, The Mythological and Folk Tale Origins of Classic Anime. The article focuses on how Japanese mythology and folklore have been used as inspiration for many anime and manga. I focus on Inuyasha, Naruto, Shinigami and what myths inspired their creators. Some of the other articles that I’ve written are:

 

Pokémon and the Animals in Captivity Debate

People in the Pokémon world have used Pokémon for various reasons. Most people are Pokémon trainers. Many people find reasons to exploit and abuse Pokémon mainly for profit and power. Pokémon are shown to have feelings, personalities and are capable of understanding human language. Throughout the Pokémon series various conflicts have arisen regarding the treatment of Pokémon. To this end several governing bodies have been established to protect Pokémon and punish their abusers.

The 5 Saddest Moments in One Piece

Nico Robin was born on the island of Ohara, to a family of archaeologist’s. Her mother abandoned her when she was two, leaving her in the care of her abusive aunt. Her devil fruit ability scared the townspeople leaving her isolated. She sought solace with the scholars at the “Tree of Knowledge”, and particularly with Professor Clover. She became a scholar herself at the age of eight. Robin was open about her wish to learn the truth of the “history of the world”. Dr. Clover informed her that she could get banned if she pursued that knowledge. Upset, Robin ran to a nearby beach where she met a giant, Jaguar D. Saul. They developed a friendship.

Mechas: Disassociation from Science Fiction

The four type’s of mecha are sentient, remote-controlled, wearable, and piloted. Sentient mechas are self-aware, capable of thought and emotion, such as in Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet (2013). Remote-controlled mecha is controlled from a distance. Gigantor is a good example of a remote-controlled mecha. Wearable mecha, like the ones found in Bubblegum Crisis (1987), is worn like armor and controlled by the human’s mind or body. Piloted is the last type. The pilots control the mecha internally like a vehicle, the mecha in Armored Trooper VOTOMS (1983) are controlled in this way.

Dragon Ball Super Episode 117 Review: Showdown of Love.

Goku targeted

Goku is developing a terrible pattern. He is constantly see-sawing in his energy levels as he goes from normal to Ultra Instinct and back again. His power in and of it’s self makes him a target. This has the undesirable effect of putting his Universe 7 on constant alert. While this episode centered on Goku original, it shifted focus to Android 17 & 18. Ribrianne and Rozie from Universe 2 have been surprisingly annoying and yet the episodes featuring them are the most humorous. This episode is no different.

Android 17 & 18 verses Ribrianne and Rozie

The androids rescue Goku from Universe 2, and face off against Ribrianne and Rozie. 18 annoys Ribrianne with her dodging, 18 tells her that “she didn’t come to fight, but she came to win.” Ribrianne looks at Krillin and tells 18 that she doesn’t believe that he’s all that attractive, because he doesn’t have a nose. I though this was funny, especially considering that Dragon Ball sometimes ignores the fact the Krillin doesn’t have a nose.

Ribrianne and Rozie are defeated

17 & 18 use their team work to pit Ribrianne and Rozie against each other accidentally. Ribrianne shoots “Max Love Cannon” at 18 while she’s in midair, 18 uses her ki to propel herself out of harms way leaving Rozie to be hit by it. 17 uses this opportunity to knock her out off the stage. After being hit by 18, Ribrianne reverts to her original form. However, she does manage to trap 18 in her “Big Armor’s” technique, then using the power of the “love” from her teammates she becomes “Giant Super Ribrianne.” Feeling the love of Krillin 18 powers past her, with the aid of 17 and defeats Ribrianne. Ending the most annoying and funny characters in this arc.

Inuyashiki Episode 6 Review: People of 2 Chan

Hiro attempted arrest

The last episode ended with Hiro being seized upon by the secret serviced. Shockingly, he doesn’t result to mass murder to free himself, but flees instead. This may be due primarily to his mothers present. Hiro seems to only care about people a handful of people and his most is clearly the most important. Hiro appears to reckon with his actions and becomes remorseful. However, his belief that some lives are less important than others remain.

Anti-media assault

One of the themes of this episode is the effects of the media. Unsurprisingly, Hiro creates a media sensation, Hiro witnesses his mother’s tearful apology for his actions. Later a news reports that his mother had committed suicide. Hiro becomes enraged at the media and massacres them while they ask his father questions. He then turns his hatred towards the members of a popular message board 2chan, who have attacked his mother and applauded her death. With his mothers death Hiro is likely to continue to become worst and now that he’s exposed as a mass murder he will feel more alone.

New abilities

While Hiro systematically killed each of the haters of 2chan, he revealed a new ability to kill people to through technology. This is frighteningly new ability that renders anyone an easy target. Meanwhile, Inuyashiki learns that he has a USB port under his fingernail, and can fly into space. Hiro’s youth seems to have given him an advantage over Inuyashiki, he appears to have a greater understanding of technology. However, Ando maybe able to bridge this gap as Inuyashiki will likely be unable to master tech.

 

Tennis returns to gaming with Tennis World Tour

World no. 1 after winning his record 10th French Open title

As a tennis fan and an avid gamer it shouldn’t be a surprise that I love tennis games. However, unfortunately the tennis genre is one that is under represented in gaming. Unlike, the most popular sports titles like Madden, FIFA and NBA 2K, tennis has failed to capture the same sized audiences and sell millions of copies. Generally, the games tennis games that sell the most feature famous characters from other gaming franchises like, the Mario Tennis and Sega Superstars tennis series.

In 2011 2K Sports cancelled the Top Spin series, the most prominent of the simulation tennis series. Top Spin 4 sold over 600,000 copies across several gaming platforms. I personally spent over a hundred hours playing that game and was disappointed when the online support ended. I’ve been waiting for a new tennis game ever since.

Finally, the wait for another tennis game is over. Tennis World Tour is a game from some of the producers from 2K Czech and 2K Sports. It will be the first tennis simulator since Grand Slam Tennis 2, in 2012. Back in May Developer Breakpoint Studio and publisher Bigben announced the game, which will feature some of the top ranked tennis players like Roger Federer and world number one Rafael Nadal.

Pierre André, a former Top Spin 4 producer, stated that due to technological advances “we can create the ultra-realistic simulation that we’ve always dreamed of.” André told Polygon during this year E3, “in that the game will be very close to what we had in mind for Top Spin, with the shot control and the movement of the player models. The meta-gameplay and tactical, strategic layer is where we will be innovating the most.”

He suggests that the game will have better “character building, playing style and strategies,” it will also feature created-player customization and a career mode. However, the tennis venues will not be licensed, despite this Tennis World Tour will have a variety of new features. André hopes that this series will be the unofficial successor to Top Spin 4 and so do I.

Sources: vgchartz, Polygon

One Piece Chapter 884 Review: Who

Gear Four Luffy vs Katakuri

Luffy strikes Katakuri with several attacks, sending him flying. He questions the assumption that Katakuri was “invisible.” He states that because “since Busoshoku Haki makes Logia types take form and it simply passed through Katakuri,” he was able to deduce that Katakuri wasn’t a Logia user. Luffy realizes that “that Katakuri’s most notable trait is not his control over his Mochi Mochi no Mi abilities, but his Kenbunshoku Haki.” Katakuri is impressed that Luffy was able to determine this and that he was able to hit him.

Katakuri responds by trapping Luffy in Mochi with his “Peerless Donuts,” technique. He then strikes Luffy with a devastating blow from his “Strength Mochi” attack, knocking him through several walls. Meanwhile, at Cacao Island, Pound arrives to see his daughter Chiffon. Brulee informs Pudding when the Strawhat’s will be arriving at 1 am and Luffy will not be there because he won’t defeat Katakuri. Oven arrives and notices Pound making a ruckus outside. Pudding warns Sanji that Katakuri probably won’t lose because he’s never lost to anyone. Sanji says he will “will suffer his first loss.”

The thousand Sunny continues to head towards Cacao Island, Nami is curious that no ones following them. Jinbei agrees and wonders what happened to the Sun Pirates. Mont-d’Or is informed that Big Mom is currently destroying Nut Island and the territorial sea slugs have disappeared. It is revealed that Praline is responsible for the disappearance, she’s been singing to them preventing them from doing what their suppose to do. It seems that Luffy is still in at an disadvantage when it comes to Katakuri. With Gear Four being his current highest level it seems that he will have to figure out something new. Sanji unbridled confidence in Luffy is unsurprising but refreshing to see. Overall, this chapter doesn’t advance the story that much.

Inuyashiki Last Hero: Episode 04 Review – Samejima

Inuyashiki gets darker

This series continues to get more dreary as it goes. This episode introduces the Yakuza, we open with the apparently dead body of a young woman. She seems to have been drugged and sexually assaulted by the Yakuza boss, Samejima. He clearly uses sexually assault as a way of displaying his power as he sexually assaults his underling by forcing him to perform oral sex on him in a sauna. This of course makes him an irredeemable character, that the audience can’t wait to see punished.

Fumino Inoue escapes

Fumino is the next victim for Samejima sexual assault, he targets her at the cafe where she works. She’s engaged to Satoru and the sweetness of their relationship contrasts with the horrible reality that will befall Fumino. The Yakuza successfully kidnaps and drugs Fumino. She awakes noticing the track marks, Samejima climbs on top of her but she headbutts him and grabs a samurai sword. She successfully manages to slit the wrist of Samejima, as he is tended to she escapes returning to her fiance.

Samejima’s revenge

All is not okay as Samejima finds them and proceeds to choke Satoru, Inuyashiki arrives and fights off the Yakuza. Samejima is no match for Inuyashiki in a hand to hand fight, but he’s shot in the head several times and he collapses. He awakens to find that the Yakuza have gone and Satoru is dead. However, Inuyashiki manages to revived him. He arrives at the home of the Yakuza boss and proceeds to beat Samejima to a pulp. He’s saved by his Yakuza as they riddle Inuyashiki with bullets. Inuyashiki’s defense mechanism activate and he kills and blinds them. He rescues Fumino and returns her to Satoru.

Despite the darkness of this episode it managed to balance the happiness of Satoru and Fumino. What’s interesting is that Fumino is a victim but not a weak one. She fights for her freedom and while short lived she gains it. This series is always an emotional roller-coaster and often features a character that is in tears. It’s telling that Inuyashiki doesn’t kill the boss of the Yakuza. It’s possible that Samejima will return later to cause more havoc.

 

Dragon Ball Super Episode 113: Goku vs Caulifla and Kale

Goku vs Caulifla

Caulifla transforms into Super Saiyan 2 and begins to fight against Goku. She asks that Goku teaches her to reach level Super Saiyan 3. Goku agrees to do it, but tells her she needs to “beat him first.” Due to his fatigue Goku will not begin fighting at level 2. Goku easily dominates the fight, his better martial arts skill on full display. Caulifla lands a hit on Goku and he responds by using his after image technique. Caulifla is annoyed by the technique, accusing him of “cheating.” Goku tells her that if “she can’t figure out his Afterimage technique, she will never achieve Super Saiyan 3.”

Super Saiyan 2 Goku vs Super Saiyan 2 Caulifla

Caulifla begins to adapt well to Goku’s fighting ability and he finally transforms. Caulifla and Goku trade blows as they shock the other fighters. Goku is impressed with her improvement and suggests that she could end up surpassing SS3. Goku points points to Kale and she joins in on the fight as Caulifla invites her. She is ecstatic to join her “sister.” Unsurprisingly, Beerus is shock at Goku’s suggestion.

SS2 Goku vs SS2 Caulifla and Kale

Together Caulifla and Kale manage to land hits on Goku. Shin is worried about Goku’s chances against two super saiyans, however, Krillin states that “that pushing himself to the edge to further himself is who Goku is.” Goku is able to handle himself against the both of them, but Goku is eventually knocked backward. Kale and Caulifla shoot 2 ki blasts at Goku, but he counters them with his aura as he transforms briefly into Super Saiyan 3.

Kale becomes the Berserker Super Saiyan, exciting Goku as he prepares to fight. I like the fact that the series has managed to make older Super Saiyan levels relevant. Super Saiyan 3 was always an unappreciated form, with SS2 even taking greater prominence in the series. Goku’s tendency to help his opponents get stronger has always been annoying, but it never seems to actually backfire on him. It will be interesting to see how a fatigue Goku will handle Kale in her current form.

 

Inuyashiki: Last Hero Episode 3 Review: Naoyuki Ando

Hiro Shishigami is stunned that Inuyashiki wasn’t killed instead of engaging in a fight with him he flees. Inuyashiki is horrified at the massacre and that there’s “another him,” and what it means. He’s saddened by his inability to save the family. The following day Hiro is at his friend Ando’s house. Ando gets a paper cut and Hiro reveals that he has the ability to heal. Traveling home from work Inuyashiki encounters a group of criminals that skip the line at the cab stand. On person foolishly asks them to “wait their turn,” they forcibly walk him to a secluded spot to assault him. The man cries, pleading for his life but Inuyashiki interferes.

Inuyashiki “fights” in a manner appropriate to that of an old-man, he windmills and throws erratic punches. The scene is both an effective show of heroism and the series since of humor. The man thanks Inuyashiki, who uses his sensor to hear a little girl calling out to her father as their house burns down. Inuyashiki attempts to fly like Hiro did. He looks to Astro boy for inspiration. He manages to fall upward only to fall back to the ground. The second time he’s almost hit by air plane, but he does manage to get to the burning house in time. He successfully saves the father and the grandmother.

Hiro convinces Ando to return to school. After class a bully named Tetchan beings to pick on him. Hiro steps in to help nearly breaking Tetchan’s arm. Ando and Hiro head to a roof, where Hiro shows Ando that he can kill people without gunpowder, he explains that he can hack into government weapon systems, use the internet mentally and steal money from bank accounts. Inuyashiki is walking when a cat is killed by a car. He becomes distraught and discovers that he can heal with his new powers. His first instinct is to head to a nearby hospital and begins to heal patients. Meanwhile, Hiro returns home and decides that he will commit more murder. He kills a dog, the dog’s owner and he baby.

Another great episode from this series. The most noticeable aspect was the humor. The introduction of Hiro to this series added to the dreary tone. Hiro’s behavior toward Ando is dramatically different from his views on the rest of humanity. He appears to at least be mildly concerned with exposure despite his claim that no one could stop him anyway. Ando is unsurprisingly appalled by Hiro’s murderous behavior, but is surprisingly brave when he ends their friendship. Like most people probably did, I assumed that Hiro would kill him and was surprised that he didn’t. The last to moments of this episode exemplifies the differences between Hiro and Inuyashiki, as they commit murder and heal the sick respectively. Finally, I think people need to start locking their doors.