Cop Craft Episode 10: Recap and Review

Episode 10: Cock Robin, John Doe

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.

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Anime series I’m looking forward to this fall season

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.

Pokemon Sun and Moon Episode 139 Review, Ash finally wins a Pokemon League

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.

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Episode 24: Recap & Review

Image from Demon Slayer Kimetsu no Yaiba Episode 24 of Kanao throwing tea in Tanjiro's face
Kanao throwing tea in Tanjiro’s face

Season 1, Episode 24: ‘Rehabilitation Training’

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.

Image from Demon Slayer Kimetsu no Yaiba Episode 24 of Shinobu's sisters death.
Shinobu’s sisters death

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.

Enen no Shouboutai Episode 10: Recap and Review

In episode 10 of Fire Force, Shinra, Tamaki and Obi are sitting in the car arriving to the meeting at  Amaterasu.
Shinra excited to see Amaterasu

Season 1, Episode 10: ‘The Promise’

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.

In episode 10 of Fire Force, Sho Kusakabe sits on a throne while leaning on a sword.
Sho Kusakabe

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.


Enen no Shouboutai Episode 9: Recap and Review

Season 1, Episode 9: The Spreading Malice

In episode 9, Shinra faces off with Lieutenant Rekka. They engage in a battle, resulting in Shinra taking Rekka down with a devastating attack. Using his movement he’s able to take advantage and defeat Rekka. However, Shinra almost exhausts the oxygen in his body. During the battle, Rekka notices that a Infernal insect is reacting to Shinra’s flame. He states that Shinra must be the “third person” that the Evangelist was searching for. He claims that Shinra possesses the “undefiled flame, the Adolla Burst.” Rekka explains that the Evangelists hope to make Earth into a “second Sun.”

Rekka reveals that he will make the children look like “they died in a fire and teach them the teachings of the Evangelists.” Shinra flashes back to his childhood, realizing that the Evangelist may have taken his brother. Rekka begins to over use his flame, preparing to die in the process. Karim uses his abilities to seal Rekka in ice. Suddenly, Rekka is shot through the chest, killing him instantly. Two white cloaked assassins succeed in their mission to silence Rekka. They then turn their sights on the others. Attacking Karim, Li intervenes losing his arm in the process.

Karim tells Shinra to create a “smokescreen,” and uses Tamaki to create a distraction. The two assassins retreat, unwilling to risk their lives further. Karim offers to join forces with Company 8 to expose the Evangelists. Tamaki is suspended by Company 1 and joins Company 8. The conspiracy is getting more interesting. The Evangelists and his followers are clearly an extreme religious organization. It also seems clear that the Evangelist took Shinra’s brother. I hope that the series teases out the investigation into the Evangelist because so far it seems that their rushing.


Dr. Stone Episode 7, Recap and Review

Kohaku stops Kinro and Ginro

Where Two Million Years Have Gone

Kohaku and Senku get to know each other. Kohaku makes it very clear that she isn’t in love with Senku, but admires his lifestyle. Senku tells her that he intends to create a “nation of science,” but needs “allies.” Kohaku gets excited and tells Senku that she knows some people that will be “dependable allies.” Everyday Kohaku carries a heavy jar of water to help her sick sister. After Senku creates a “car” like vehicle they rush to her village. Senku is attacked by Kinro and Ginro. Kohaku intervenes, informing them that Senku “saved her life.” Kohaku prepares to fight the both of them. However, Senku uses soap to make bubbles. Kinro, Kohaku and Ginro are bewildered by the “suspicious floating orbs.” Senku plans to get all of the villagers on his side with science.

Senku planing on winning over the village with science

A new character, Chrome, arrives. He’s (according to him) a “insanely smart, genius sorcerer.” Chrome is clearly fraud, having discovered some elements he uses to trick people into thinking that he has powers. Chrome can understand science on a low level, but he doesn’t have the historical knowledge that Senku possess. Despite the limits of Chrome’s experiments the fact that he capable of experimenting at give Senku hope. As a result of this, Senku believes that Tsukasa will target and kill Chrome. He believes that Chrome needs to join his nation of science. Chrome challenges Senku to a final battle. A battle of arithmetic. Chrome loses handily. Chrome and Senku get excited over “rocks,” as Kohaku puts it. Senku uses mercury and gold dust, to turn Kinro’s spear gold.

Chrome becoming emotional

Kinro who constantly says “rules are rules,” isn’t trusting of Senku. He threatens to kill Senku if he steps into the village. Chrome has also been collecting plants for drugs. He intends to create a drug to cure Ruri. Kohaku arrives to give her sister the hot spring water. Ruri asks her sister to avoid doing anything reckless, as she doesn’t have much time left. Meanwhile, Senku tells Chrome all about the modern world. Chrome becomes emotional over the wiping out of the technological world. Senku tells Chrome that he does believe that together they can recreate the world. Chrome decides that he’s going to help Senku build the nation of science and save Ruri. Senku says that their going to make “antibiotics.”

Senku preparing to create antibodies

The village adds another new dynamic to the story. It’s seems obvious that Senku will help save Ruri, making himself allies with at least most of the village. However, it’s likely that he will still meet resistance among many. This is especially likely to occur if he becomes a rival for anyone in power, as they’re likely to protect their position. The fact that most of the villagers aren’t nearly a “backwards” as I though was surprising. Kinro’s seems to be a likely challenge for Tsukasa if they ever come into conflict. Ginro feels like he would make great friends with Taiju. Speaking of which, Tsukasa, Taiju and Yuzuriha don’t appear in this episode. I’m not complaining but I do think my earlier prediction that Senku may remain separated form the other members of the trio for a while.

Vinland Saga Episode 6: Recap & Review

Askeladd “saves” Thorfinn

The Journey Begins

Thorfinn appears to have unofficially joined the mercenary band, lead by Askeladd. Viking are explained. Largely, Danes from Denmark they were pirates or thieves. Their goal was to live in England. Naturally war broke out. Askeladd and the others arrive at bloody shore, littered with corpses. Askeladd offers the services of his men. They strike a deal, Askeladd men for women, treasure, food and five pounds of gold. As they continue to talk, they’re attacked. Many of Askeladd’s men are killed, as Thorfinn watches. He draws his dagger, but is attacked. Askeladd kills his assailant (stabbing Thorfinn in the process). It’s a small wound. He claims that “he didn’t know Thorfinn was still alive.”

The woman is devastated to see Thorfinn’s behavior

Thorfinn finally get his first kill. We are shown a series of battles as Thorfinn gains his experience. It’s brutal. It feel wrong somehow. Knowing that his father didn’t want this for him, made it feel tragic. As he ages he become more and more proficient at killing. Losing more and more of his innocence with each kill. Thorfinn is chased by men with dogs and manages to survive. He’s then found by a mother and daughter passed out by a river. They nurse him back to health. The mother hides Thorfinn, seemingly believing he’s a replacement for he dead son. Knowing this series, I could anticipate that these women were not going to have a happy ending.

The new “feral” Thorfinn

Life for most men are terrible, for women almost hopeless. Thorfinn was sent to scout. He knows whats going to happen to all of the villagers. Thorfinn had change. He looks more feral or rabid. We still get to see a glimpse of his remaining humanity. How long can he hold on to it. Vinland Saga is becoming a must see series, it’s not a very cheerful one. However, having watched Attack on Titan, I am certain that they will find some moments of happiness to balance out the dreariness. I believe that Askeladd wants to see Thorfinn survive. He fully intended to save Thorfinn, but he refuses to do so directly.

Artifice Article – Philosophy in Anime

A few days ago my latest article was published on the Artifice. Titled, Philosophy in Anime, I wrote about the relationship between philosophical themes and anime. I focus on philosophy in Mob Psycho 100, Ghost in the Shell and One Piece. Many of the greatest anime series have had significant philosophical themes, such as Attack on Titan, Evangelion and Death Note. With so many different anime I could only focus on a few. Regardless, I worked really hard on this article and I hope that you guys will take the time to check it out. If you have the time read some of my other articles as well:


Philosophy is the study of general and fundamental questions. Philosophers ask questions about knowledge, reason, values and human existence. I may surprise many, but anime often tackle these complex questions as well. Philosophy is one of the many influences commonly found in anime. By including philosophical themes anime series can have more complex stories and characters. This is likely one of the many reasons that the most impactful and revered anime series tend to have some form of philosophy. Mob Psycho 100 is an anime series from the creator ONE, this series focuses on the philosophy that no one is special. Ghost in the Shell, a series created by Mamoru Oshii, focuses on post-humanism philosophy. Finally, I’ll discuss how Adam Smith philosophy applies to One Piece, one of the most acclaimed anime series of all time

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Dr. Stone Episode 6, Recap and Review

Senku, Taiju and Yuzuriha

Two Nations of the Stone World

We continue with the flashbacks, as Senku explains how he found Taiju. He speculates that aliens may have been responsible, a foreign military or a new virus. The only thing that he’s sure of is that whatever turn humans to stone also did so to swallows. He concludes that an “outside force” is responsible for his, we know that its the nitric acid. Senku has to experiment before he learns that its not as simple as pouring the acid on stone. He remembers that E=MC squared, meaning that you can create energy from nothing. He tries “everything” on the sparrows. Meanwhile, Senku awakens in the present. Senku sends Taiju and Yuzuriha to “infiltrate” Tsukasa’s “army.” Senku plans to create an “revolutionary army” to counter Tsukasa’s. They only way Senku thinks he can do this is by finding the mystery people and get them on his side.

Tsukasa vs Kohaku

However, if they meet Tsukasa first it may not work. Senku, Taiju and Yuzuriha separate to being their plans, with the expectation that they won’t see each other for months or even years. Finally, Tsukasa encounters the young woman from the last episode. She attacks him, showing get fighting skills. Tsukasa assumes that Taiju revived her, however, he deduces that she’s probably a child from a “primitive people.” He also concludes that they have no science (as she refers to sorcery) and he could rule or kill them if he wanted to. He decides that he really needs to get to the cave before Senku and the others. He knocks the girl down and cuts a nearby tree.It falls on her creating a large dust cloud. Senku see it and begins to run to the area. The girl is pinned under the tree but it does seem like her life’s in danger. Senku makes her choose between him, “gambling and blowing up the tree or a longer method.” She says she can wait.

Senku’s pulley system

He creates a pulley system and lifts the tree off her. She is amazed. Introducing herself as Kohaku and telling Senku shes fond of him now. Dr. Stone continues to add new potential conflicts and intriguing narratives simultaneously. In this episode they introduce a more primitive group that has been freed potential from alternate means. They have procreated and are possibly anti-science.” It’s possible that Senku will have to deal with the pro-science but pro-violence that Tsukasa believes in and deal with an anti-science community. I don’t think Tsukasa will fall for the spying from Taiju and Yuzuriha, he’s too smart for that. I wonder if this series would separate the trio for a year (in the series timeline), normally I would say know. However, with this series I’m not sure.

Enen no Shouboutai Episode 5: Recap and Review

Arthur believes he lives in Camelot

Season 1, Episode 5: The Battle Begins

I didn’t anticipate that the fight between Company 8 and Company 5 would come soon. In our weekly fanservice, we have a soaked Iris kneeling next to a fountain. She recalls growing up alongside Hibana. Afterward, Obi holds a meeting reveling that they will investigate the 5th Company. Hinawa explains the details, then it’s revealed that Hinawa is actually a second generation. According to Maki, he can use the “manipulate bullets and made his shot non-lethal by weakening the gunpowder.” Meanwhile, Hibana experiments on Setsuo Miyamoto. Sister Iris disappears.She heads to the base of the 5th company to meet her former friend. Hibana has lost he belief in God, believing that ” there are only devils walking the earth, not gods.”

Hinawa defeating fire soldiers

She reveals her desire to use Iris to lure the 8th Company to her. It isn’t necessary, as the 8th Company arrives. Shinra, Maki, Arthur and Lieutenant Hinawa arrive to get Iris back. This is were Hinawa really gets to shine. He takes down several fire soldiers alone. Arthur faces off against the old Cone headed and a newly upgraded Miyamoto. Arthur isn’t concerned but is having difficulty finding his power. Meanwhile, Maki and Hinawa take on Toru Kishiri. He uses bubbles that are filled with flammable gas that exploded when they burst. The explosion is extraordinary, but Maki is able to help block them. Hinawa defeats him using his ” ballistic and ricochet control.” Their then attacked by the Angels Three.

Arthur defeats Miyamoto

Arthur is losing his fight until he realizes that he’s been using his left hand. After switching to his right, he easily defeats Miyamoto. Maki and Hinawa easily defeat the Angels Three, while Shinra arrive at the Hibana’s castle. Hinawa took center stage in this episode. He’s stone cold towards everyone, but it makes him effective as a leader and also a great fighter. He was my least favorite character and now he’s turning out to be my favorite. Arthur on the other hand. Well I still like him but I’m not sure I find him annoying or dumb. Maybe both? He is really ridiculous. I do find his viewing the world from a Medieval perspective to be funny. I don’t know he might grow on me.


Enen no Shouboutai Episode 4: Recap and Review

Princess Hibana

Season 1, Episode 4: the Hero and the Princess

The ashes that Joker used in his fight are analyzed. There main component are Infernal ashes. Shinra hasn’t informed Company 8 of Jokers claim that his brother, Sho, remains alive. Maki sends Arthur and Shinra to rescue a dog out of a tree. We learn that the Fire Force isn’t a replacement for the fire fighters, but they exist in the world together. Apparently, the Fire Force are often mistaken for firefighters. Turns out that the “dog” is the mascot, Mamoru. A group of high school students tossed him up into the tree. Mamoru explains that since the murder spree of serial killer, Miyamoto, the image of the firefighters and Fire Force have taken a “hit.” The result is that they’re sometimes picked on by the public.

Arthur vs Miyamoto

The serial killer’s verdict will be announced today, he’s expected to be found insane. Setsuo Miyamoto is found not guilty, he gloats, while the audience is outraged. Then he begins combustion, becoming an Infernal. He tells everyone that he will kill them all. Everyone, except the judge manages to escape. Arthur, Shinra and the rest of Company 8 arrive at the courthouse. Arthur and Shinra immediately begin to fight Miyamoto. Unlike the other Infernals, he’s self aware. If your will is strong enough you can keep your personality after transforming. He escapes, and Shinra is sent to stop him. Shinra dominates Miyamoto, as Company 5 watches. Princess Hibana orders her company to capture Miyamoto. They arrive and capture him, when Shinra tries to question her authority she uses an ability on him. He collapses to the ground and she orders her company to hold him down.

Miyamoto captured by Company 5

Shinra prepares to fight the entire 5th Company, but is stopped by Obi. We meet another new character from Company 5, Second Class Fire Soldier, Third Gen., Toru Kishiri. He calls Captain Obi a “no-talent nobody.” As Arthur and Shinra argue with him, Maki sucker punches him in the stomach. It’s a funny moment that Toru earned, even the uptight Hinawa approves. Anyway, Company 5 leaves with Miyamoto, I doubt that they will share what they discover. While, I find Princess Hibana’s abilities to be intriguing, she yet another fanservice character. I can tolerate fanservice as long as it’s occasional. We’ll see, it early. I wonder how far these companies will go in terms of morality. Company 5 are rude (they knocked a little boy over) and appear unethical, but are they evil? I expect that some of them are, but wonder if any of them will be “good.”


Vinland Saga Episode 4: Recap & Review

Bjorn vs Thors

Episode 4, A True Hero

I’ve known the fate of Thors from the beginning and have been dreading it. I think this is a testament to the great characterization Vinland Saga has given Thors. Even with so few episodes, I feel I know him. Or at least I want to know more about him. Exactly what happened that made him hate fighting so much. From the first episode it seems that he was a bloodthirsty warrior. I may be the birth of his daughter that softened his heart. Regardless, he turned his life toward peace and put his sword down. He even seemed to develop a hatred for violence. However, when the village is threaten he has no chose but to prepare for war once again.

Thors begins this episode quickly defeating many of the bandits. He avoids shedding any blood (when possible) focusing on punches, throws and breaking bones. On of the men, Bjorn goes “mad,” his pupils turn white and he indiscriminately attacks his own men. Thors notes that he’s eaten a “berserker mushroom.” Thors knocks him out with his bare hands, however, Bjorn gets up. Meanwhile, the last ship gets closer to Thorfinn and the other villagers. Thors arrives, after defeating Bjorn. Having defeated half of Askeladd forces, offers to allow him to leave. He assesses the situation and because Thorfinn is present he’s handicapped.

Askeladd vs Thors

He challenges Askeladd to a duel. He accepts. After Askeladd calls him the “troll of Jom,” he quickly understands that Floki is responsible. When they begin to fight, Askeladd gets the first strike. As Thors approaches him he cuts the boats sails, causing them to fall. This distracts Thors long enough for Askeladd to slash him. The hit is too shallow. Askeladd is impressed by Thors, believing his trip was “worth it.” Accepting, Askeladd strength, Thors knows he can’t go easy on him. He begins to dominated the fight. Chipping away at his sword, Thors is relentless. However, Askeladd is able to predict the arc of his sword. He shatters it.

This was what Thors was waiting for. When Askeladd “swing wide,” he takes advantage. Thors hits Askeladd’s arm, disarming him and takes his sword. Despite winning, Thors refuses to kill Askeladd. He would accept a surrender all the same. However, Askeladd is unwilling to say it in front of his men. He tell Thors that the “duel won’t end until Thors kills him.” He asks why Thors is “wasting” his talent. Thors responds that a true warrior doesn’t need a sword. Bjorn awakens and grabs Thorfinn, holding a knife to his throat. Despite Thors winning the duel, Askeladd breaks the rules. With no choice, Thors accepts his death. Askeladd commands his archers to shoot.

Thorfinn after

Thors asks Askeladd to keep his promise and allow the villagers to go. He then asks Leif to bring his head to Sigvaldi, the leader of the Jomsvikings so he knows that he didn’t refuse to fight. Released, Thorfinn hugs his father on last time. Devastated, he vows to kill Askeladd. The look in his eyes shocks the other men. Askeladd, decides to leave him assuming he will die anyway. First, Thorsfinn’s lust for vengeance, while I would like to see it, is not what his father would have wanted for him. He really emotional right now, so we’ll see how long his rage will carry him. However, he hasn’t learned the lesson his father taught him regarding violence.

A common theme in this series so far is to “value ones life.” Basically, do recklessly throw it away. Obviously, Thorfinn not going to die anytime soon but he seems to be reckless by nature. In contrast with this theme or in accordance to it, Thors life had literal value (Askeladd was paid to kill him), and according to Askeladd he was worth than a “hundred warriors.” In the end his life was valuable enough to save his men and most importantly his son. I’m not sure Thorfinn will learn that lesson until later in the series. I think he’s going to have to go through the same journey his father did, first through violence then to peace.

Cop Craft Episode 4: Recap and Review

Episode 4, In the Air Tonight

Kei and Tilarna face a difficult task of disarming the fairy bomb, while defeating Zelada. Kei grabs the bomb and is quickly attacked by Zelada. He’s invisible and begins to attack Kei with blue flame form the sky. Kei gets hit and is badly burned. Somehow Kei is able to sense Zelada’s location and manages to shoot him. Visible, Tilarna is able to attack Zelada and cut his arm off. Rather than be defeated by Tilarna, he decides to jump off the roof, seemingly to his death. Tilarna accepts her death and plans to die with Kei and the fairy. She and the fairy were friends before and she came solely to rescue her. However, the fairy decides to sacrifice herself. As a result Kei is healed.

The incident is quickly wrapped up and Tilarna goes home. For a second I though she was actually gone, quickly however, she returns to partner with Kei. The time between her leaving and returning wasn’t clear to me, but it doesn’t really matter. Anyway, Tilarna and Kei resume their partnership. On their first raid together, Tilarna cuts off the finger of a criminal. This understandably pisses of their new boss, who’s a major asshole. He is racists toward Tilarna. However, the problem with racism in this series is that it doesn’t feel threatening, only rude. So far the this series isn’t really convincing in its portrayal of racism. Are there different laws? Is there oppression? It needs to be better established before I can take it seriously.

Anyway, the contents collected from the raid features a mummified Semanian woman. They take it to Cecil for examination. Tilarna isn’t sure that it’s safe for Cecil to examine the mummy. Cecil sends her assistant to scan the body. While Tilarna is abusing the civil liberties of a criminal, he tells her that the corpse is from “Doras Derill.” She becomes alarmed and rushes to save Cecil. Meanwhile, Cecil walks in on the mummy killing her assistant. Tilarna arrives just in time to fight against the “vampire.” It’s unclear whether she’s actually a “vampire” in the traditional sense, but we’ll find out. I’m a little on the fence with this series. It started so well, but now I’m not so sure. I don’t know. I give it a few more episodes before I decided one way or the other.


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Dr. Stone Episode 4, Recap and Review

Gunpowder exploding

Episode 4, Fire the Smoke Signal

After 3700 years of being in love with Yuzuriha, he decides that he wait even longer to tell her. Senku manages to collect the ingredients for gunpowder rather quickly, first is sulfur, second charcoal and finally potassium nitrate. Dr. Stone breaks the fourth wall several times in this episode. Particularly to inform the audience that the ingredients were accurate and should not be repeated. This is find and all, but I think Dr. Stone should have just left an ingredient out. Regardless, Taiju accidentally blows up the first batch of gunpowder. Senku believes that the gunpowder would be useful to negotiate with Tsukasa. However, Senku is willing to kill him if needed and Tsukasa is will to kill him if needed. While putting out the fire, Yuzuriha notices a smoke signal.

Smoke signal

Senku is excited. The possibility that there’s more people in the world is in a game changer. Senku fires a smoke signal in return to get the people attention. The problem is that said smoke signal will also give away their position to Tsukasa. It does. He captures Yuzuriha and holds her hostage. Tsukasa make a very good case against gunpowder. The weapons of science that Senku hopes to create, have been used to destructive ends in the “old world.” Tsukasa argues that he doesn’t want that world again and is willing to kill to avoid it. Tsukasa threatens Yuzuriha, in exchange for the recipe for freeing people from pertification. Senku claims that he doesn’t care about Yuzuriha. Tsukasa calls his bluff, cutting Yuzuriha hair. He believes that Senku does care about both Taiju and Yuzuriha.

More people are alive

Yuzuriha decides that she will sacrifice herself for the “greater good.” Senku gives the revival fluid formula to Tsukasa. This means that Senku no longer has any value to Tsukasa and he can kill him. While, gathering wood, Taiju sees three smoke signals. we get a glimpse of another female character. Meanwhile, Tsukasa get closer to Senku, asking him to “allow civilization to grow.” Tsukasa asks Senku to “abandon science.” Senku flashes back to his childhood learning science, with Taiju and Yuzuriha helping him. Obviously, his answer was always going to be no. The episode ends trying to suggest that Senku was killed, but we all know that didn’t happen.

Senku’s “death”

Tsukasa continues to be an interesting villain. He makes a lot of good points regarding the world. He wants to make a new one that’s better than the previous one. He willing to be violent to do so, but if you think about is science really better. As mentioned in this episode, science has been used to help people but also for tool of war. Far more people have been killed by bombs than weapons made of stone. Who actually serves more of a threat, Senku or Tsukasa. The introduction of new people to this series is really going to get interesting. As I mentioned before, the trio don’t have a way to determine whose “good” or not without taking risks. It’s possible that a new threat could emerge from the other people that could make Tsukasa and the trio have to work together.

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Episode 17: Recap & Review

Episode 17, You Must Master a Single Thing

Zenitsu was always going to be a character that required getting use to. I always figured that with this series he would be more than a coward. While he remains one, he has shown some willingness to change. This episode gives him more complexity. Zenitsu flees from the creepy spiders demons with human heads. Turns out that when the original human head spider demon injects venom into humans they become spider demons. Of course, Zenitsu is bitten on the hand. Zenitsu panics in a tree. We get a flashback, of him crying in a tree (with brown hair). His master (Gramps) begs him to get out of the tree. Zenitsu realizes that while he wants to live up to the expectations of his master, he lacks the ability to do so.

Zenitsu’s ability to use lighting causes him to be struck by it, turning his hair yellow and knocking out the tree. When his hair falls out he faints and goes into his trance. We learn that Zenitsu has only mastered one attack, Thunder Breath: First Form. However, he’s managed to perfect the form. In another flashback, his Master gives him permission to cry and run away, but not to give up. However, another student, Kaigaku, bullies him. He considers him a “waste of time.” Zenitsu, being an orphan, only had his Master to support him, having been abandoned by everyone else. As he starts to cough up blood, Zenitsu still in his trance, turns up the power.

He begins to move at lightning fast speeds, and decapitates the Spider Demon. He falls, being crippled by the poison. He uses the breathing techniques to slow the effects of the poison. Meanwhile, Tanjiro hears his attack and plans to investigate. However, the “Daughter” of the Spider demon family shows up. Inosuke follows her. She flees, calling for her “Father” that arrives from above. He begins to attack Inosuke and Tanjiro. I suspect that the Father isn’t actually the member of the Twelve, but his Daughter is. This series likes to play with our expectations. The seeming fearful Daughter being the member of the Twelve would do just that.

Enen no Shouboutai Episode 3: Recap and Review

New Villain

Season 1, Episode 3: The Fire Rookie Soldiers Games

Normally the ‘tournament arc” is done far later in an anime series than the third episode. Of course this wasn’t a full tournament so maybe I shouldn’t count it. Regardless, we are introduced to another villain, although we don’t get his name. We learn that Company 8 Captain, Akitaru Obi had twice earned awards for heroism and twice had them removed for disobeying orders by being a hero when he saved lives. I initially got the impression that the 8 Fire Force Companies worked closely together but it seems that they operate independently of each other.

The mascots

Shinra and Arthur get a look at the mascots of the Fire Defense Agency. Called the Wone Wone Nyine, two of them are cute, but one is a “dog faced human.” Shinra recognizes the fire fighter that saved him as a child. Leonard Burns doesn’t recognize Shinra because, it was a fire over a dozen years ago. Shinra suspects that Burns is hiding something. Maybe it’s because the series is new, but I though the new character Tamaki Kotatsu was Maki (their names are similar too). This may be intentional but so far it feels a bit lazy. Tamaki is a third generation of the first company.

Leonard Burns

She seems to be this series main fanservice source, as Shinra had manage to somehow “accidentally” groped her. Anyway, the competition is for the participants run into a large burning building, while rescuing those in need and defeating a fake infernal. As the competition starts, Shinra uses his ability to fly to the top of the building. He quickly runs into the man named the Joker. He offers Shinra information on what happened 12 years ago. Shinra attacks Joker, with Joker using ashes that explode. He makes the surprising revelation that Shinra’s brother Sho is still alive.

Shinra fighting Joker

The Joker asks Shinra to join him. Shinra attacks Joker again this time he uses more power impressing Joker with his ability. Arthur and Tamaki arrive. Shinra attempts to inform Arthur of the situation. Arthur thinks he’s lying and tries to capture Joker. Tamaki and Arthur fail to defeat Joker, who releases all the ashe he has setting up the building to explode. Shinra, Arthur and Tamaki work together to escape. This encounter leaves Shinra more suspicious of the Fire Force, only for Obi to confirm that he too is suspicious.

Obi congratulating Shinra

Each, Fire Force Company operates independently and are supported by different factions like the Holy Sol Temple and Hajima Company. The 8th Company acts as a investigation force of companies 1-7. This larger conspiracy is very intriguing. We haven’t seen many of the other companies. It’s unlikely that all of them are bad, but in investigating the 8th Company could make enemies of all of them.


Cop Craft Episode 3: Recap and Review

Learning to walk like a “high class woman”

Episode 3, Midnight Train

For some reason Tilarna decided to trust Father O’Neil to help her fit in, rather than trust Kei. He dresses her in skimpy clothing and teaches her to “walk” like a “high ranking woman.” Brother Kenny is surprisingly concerned for her safety and calls Kei. While she’s at the bar, Elbaji begins to hit on her. He fails. He later reveals that he’s Dennis Elbaji, which doesn’t surprise Tilarna obviously. She in turn reveals that she is a Knight looking for the fairy he stole. He refuses and sets his me to attack her. When they draw their guns, she cuts off their arms.

The fairy bombs

Elbaji draws his sword and quickly defeats Tilarna. He then kidnaps her, hoping to get some answers. In the car, Elbaji asks Tilarna, “if she knew the name of Earth’s God.” He responds, “money.” He claims to have “converted” to the religion. He bring her to a temple where the Wizard Zelada is waiting. He offers to torture her for information, but conveniently leaves. Kei is watching from a far but decides to intervene. Meanwhile, Tilarna escapes and find the room where the fairies are kept. Inside she is discussed to see fairies and some limbs of fairies in jars.

Tilarna asking Kei to trust her

Kei arrives, giving Tilarna her sword back. She and Elbaji fight. Tilarna wins, only to discover that the bomb was a fake. Zelada has taken the real bomb. They catch up to him and arrests Zelada. However, Chief Roth arrives and shoots Tilarna. Roth reveals that he’s been informing Zelada of the investigation, deliberately gave him an inexperienced partner (Tilarna) and killed Rick. Their goal is to create hatred between Earth and the Semanians using terrorism. When Tilarna gets up, Chief Roth is distracted long enough for Kei to shoot him. Zelada heads to Forest Tower, the tallest building in the city.

Leahyah

Kei and Tilarna race to stop the bomb, dodging traps as they do so. When Tilarna sees the bomb she calls the fairy, Leahyah. Things are getting more interesting in each episode. We learned that Zelada have meet previously. They both were involved in a war between the humanity and the Semanians. Tilarna and Kei’s relationship really got closer in this episode. He saved her during her fight with Elbaji, by returning her sword. He also twice showed her trusted her, when he allowed her to fight him on her own and trusted her to warn him about Zelada’s traps. With Kei losing his friend (Rick) and his father figure (Roth) he’s going to need to trust someone.


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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Episode 16: Recap & Review

Episode 16, Letting Someone Else Go First

Murata offers to hold off the controlled Demon Slayers, allowing Inosuke and Tanjiro to progress. They run into a living member of the Demon Slayers. Controlled, she is force to fight beyond her psychical limits. Rui, the male child demon, arrives to tell his “mother” to hurry up. In this moment we get the impression that they’re not really that close, as the demon doesn’t want Rui to tell his father. As a result she becomes inpatient. She increases her intensity with regard to how she uses the female Demon Slayer, breaking her bones as she swings violently.

Tanjiro, not looking to kill anyone, decides to toss the girl into the tree tangling the webs. Inosuke eager to prove he can do what Tanjiro can dose the same to the remaining two. Mother, now angry, breaks all of their necks. This was a shocking turn of evens for me. I mean all the work Tanjiro did, lead us into believing that he would be rewarded for his efforts. This isn’t the first time Tanjiro will be let down, but it was surprising that they weren’t saved. Regardless, they have no choice but to move on. Mother releases her “trump card,” a headless demon doll with bladed arms.

Meanwhile, Zenitsu is wandering the forest whining and loudly calling for Nezuko. He is followed by the smaller spider demon. Considering his advanced hearing it’s likely the case that he knows he’s being followed or will realize it at some point. When that happens he’s likely to run than fight. Anyway, Inosuke is becoming an interesting character. He seems like a complete moron that doesn’t think thing through, however, it seems like he does think on some level. He’s also appears to have developed an admiration for Tanjiro. Together they defeat the demon doll by working together, with Tanjiro taking the lead.

Tanjiro is tossed in the air by Inosuke, this sends him towards Mother. It’s unclear whether Inosuke intended to that or was mindlessly throwing Tanjiro in the air. Regardless, Tanjiro heads for Mother preparing to decapitate her. She initially is preparing to defend herself but decides that she rather die. When Tanjiro notices that her body language changed, he shifted to a more gentle form killing her without pain. We see her interaction with Father. The dynamic is clearly modeled what is typical for a domestic abuse situation. As usual, the demon is a former victim with a sad backstory. As a reward for his kindness, she tells Tanjiro that a member of the Twelve is around.

Dr. Stone Episode 3, Recap and Review

Episode 3, Weapons of Science

Senku realizing the threat that Tsukasa presents, believes that it necessary to keep the recipe for the revival fluid a secret. Almost instantly, Taiju runs up and announces that he’s got enough of the revival fluid for Yuzuriha. However, Taiju didn’t collect enough. Senku sends him to get more. Tsukasa stops him and suggest that since he’s faster he should collect it. Tsukasa is proving that he’s not just strong but smart as well. However, he is still ignorant enough that Senku is able to deceive him. Taiju actually had enough revival fluid and while Tsukasa is at the cave they revive Yuzuriha.

Senku offers them two options, either Taiju and Yuzuriha leave together and live somewhere else or they band together to stop the murderous Tsukasa. When he returns he suggests that “killing” is a matter of perspective and he’s “just culling,” people. Taiju attacks him foolishly, but Senku saves him by shooting an arrow. Tsukasa catches said arrow, then hits Taiju’s hand with a kick. According to Tsukasa, Taiju’s is the first person to remain standing after receiving such a blow. Despite his endurance, Taiju remains an idiot. He tells Tsukasa that he will never “hit” anyone, but will accept being hit. Tsukasa is confused. He then asks if he tried to “kill” Yuzuriha what would Taiju do.

Taiju faints. Tsukasa leaves. Senku concludes that the only way to defeat Tsukasa is with “advance civilization and weapons of science.” Senku makes it look like they fled in a hurry and they head to Hakone to find materials for weapons. When they get lost Yuzuriha helps them find their way using a great Buddha statue. Senku takes the chance to make a mirror out of the bronze that the statue is made out of. Tsukasa arrives at the camp site. However, he’s not fooled at all. Not only that he deduces Senku plan completely. It’s a little too convenient even for this series. Regardless, Senku, Yuzuriha and Taiju arrive at the hot spring, where they will make gunpowder.

So far, Tsukasa is proving to be stronger than everyone and as smart as Senku. If he’s to dumb (like Taiju) he won’t be a challenge for Senku. However, if he’s too smart the trio won’t stand a chance against him. Yuzuriha hasn’t shown what she brings to the group yet. She clearly smarter that Taiju which isn’t saying much and she appears to be in better shape that Senku, as he was tired from traveling. I hoping she adds more to the series than simply being the reason for Taiju to fight. Finally, I’m excited to see when Tsukasa chooses to free someone who he picks.