In Tower of God episode 8, Khun’s Strategy, we get to witness the strength of a Ranker. Quant is proving difficult to handle so Khun activates his next strategy. He wants to “Lure the opposite team’s “It” to the exit for Khun and delay Quant for just long enough that Anaak — the true, secret “It” of Khun’s team — can make it out of the exit on the bridge and pass the test.” Khun plans is not without its limits. He tries to convince Quant that Anaak jumped off the bridge when in reality she’s hiding in a Lighthouse. This deception fails as Quant can sense the Shushi emanating from the Lighthouse. He challenges Khun to jump as well and pulls Khun off the bridge with him. Khun is rescued by Anaak and her vine-like weapon. With Quant at the bottom of the room and Anaak racing toward the exit, it appears that team ‘A’ won.
However, “Quant” manages to appear at the end of the bridge, taking the badge off Anaak. Khun seems devastated by his failure. His team tries cheering him up by praising his strategy. It turns out that Khun’s real plan was to guarantee that his friends on Team B would pass, but also negotiating a way for himself, Lauroe and his other friends on Team ‘A’ to make it to the next round.
Team B’s turn
The administrator and Lero-Ro discuss the betrayal, with the administrator pointing out that Khun didn’t betray his team, revealing the list of the friends he signed. I wondered how Tower of God would manage to keep Khun and the other more important characters from losing. Does it suggest that putting Khun on team ‘A’ for dramatic effect was a waste? Probably. However, I think what was valuable was showing how Khun thinks. If he’s willing to betray, admittingly strangers, would he do it to others if necessary? Speaking of betrayal, Endorsi after electing herself appears to join Khun in turning on her team.
In My Hero Academia Chapter 271, Dark Cloud, we deviate from the events occurring a the hospital. At the Gunga Mountain Villa, Tsukuyomi heads to aid Hawks. He covers Hawks with Dark Shadow, who notes that his wings are gone. Dabi says that it’s “pathetic” that U.A. High sent students to fight. I found this argument strange because the members of the Paranormal Liberation Front aren’t much older. Regardless, he points out that Hawks killed Twice. I think this might be important to create some kind of doubt in Tsukuyomi. However, I think it won’t be effective considering he had no personal relationship with Twice. Dabi’s larger point, that the “the Pro Hero he looks up to is far dirtier than the Villains“, is accurate.
However, the “victims” of the heroes and villains are what would color how they’re perceived. Anyway, Dabi still has the advantage as Tsukuyami’s Dark Shadow is weak to light. Hawks conclude that Dabi is “buying himself time” by talking, suggesting that his flames have weakened. They manage to briefly escape but before Tsukuyomi could escape they are attacked by Dabi. However, Geten interrupts them by creating a massive wall of ice. The villains begin to push back against the heroes, meanwhile, Gigantomachia begins to respond to Shigaraki’s scent.
Tomura Shigaraki awakens
As the heroes search for civilians in the likely battlefield, we get a glimpse of who is present. Most of the U.A. Class is there, Katsuki, Uravity, Froppy, Ingenium, Anima, Shota, and Deku. Furthermore, we now know that there are no civilians left in the area. Also, Anima uses his Quirk to evacuate all the animals present. Deku has a response to the first user of One For All. He warns Deku that “blowback will arrive soon and they don’t have much time.” Elsewhere, Tomura awakens, claiming that he’s “cold.” Most of the High-End Nomu is defeated and Present Mic still is escorting Kyudai Garaki. Suddenly, the lab begins to decay.
Gran Torino rescues Present Mic and Garaki, Ryukyu tells Eraser Head to grab on, as she is carrying multiple heroes on her back. As he’s about to grab on a disintegrating Nomu grabs his leg. Eraser Head is saved by Crust’s Shoot Shield, however, he can’t escape Tomura’s Quirk and dies. Endeavor escapes with Mirko and another hero in tow. Deku shows a new skill, Super Move: St. Louis Smash Air Force. I’ve been predicting the death of many heroes for several chapters, I’m not surprised that a high ranking but largely unknown hero, Crust died. I still wonder if one of the U.A. heroes, particularly, Bakugo or Shoto, will lose their Quirks to Tomura. If they can survive his decay Quirk.
If you’re familiar with anime, action movies, or martial arts film then you probably noticed the legendary blind weapon master. Despite their inability to see they are often the most deadly fighters. Sometimes they have developed supernatural powers to compensate for their blindness or have trained to use other senses. While the audience probably expects the blind weapon master to be dangerous the characters in the story usually don’t. This results in the blind warrior being underestimated, gaining an advantage at least at first. So what are my top 5 blind characters:
5. Kaname Tosen (Bleach)
Tosen was the captain of the 9th Division of the Gotei 13. He joined Sosuke Aizen and Gin Ichimaru when they betrayed Soul Society. Tosen was blind since birth. Tosen was proficient with his Zanpakuto. As a 5th seat, he was able to fight at Captain level. After his defection, he encountered Captain Sajin Komamura and Lieutenant Shuhei Hisagi and was able to duel them both. He mastered the Shunpo, Kido, and Hikuda techniques. Like most Captain level Shinigami’s, he also mastered the Shikai and Banki abilities. Tosen develops a Resurreccion form. Ironically, Tosen gains sight in this form and it results in his downfall.
4. Uzu Sanageyama (Kill La Kill)
Uzu is one of the students on the Elite Four council. He regulates the athletic clubs at Honnoji Academy. He has his eyes sewn shut to increase his awareness. He develops a “Mind’s Eye” that allows him to form a “three-dimensional image of his surroundings, resulting in clairvoyant abilities. He’s an expert Swordsman, using a kendo style. With this style, he displays precision and reflexes. When he had access to the Three-star Goku Uniform, he possessed the Shinsoku: Senbonsuki ability which allowed him to “attaches multiple shinai blades to his hands and spins them at high speeds, allowing him to assault his opponent with a series of high-speed sword thrusts”. Uzu also developed the Blade Regalia MK 2 and the Blade Regalia: Secret Unsealed. Uzu’s self-inflicted blindness resembles the legend of Shinto God, Susano’o.
3. Yomi (Yu Yu Hakusho)
Yomi is one of the Three Kings of the Demon Realm and the main antagonist during the three Kings Saga. Yomi uses to have sight but lost it due to a plot by Kurama, he gained four extra ears to compensate. His earing was so amazing that he could “hear every word being spoken in his kingdom of Gandara”. He can hear heart rates, guessing facial expressions, and emotional states. Like Kurama, Yomi is calm, calculating, even able to use his super-hearing to measure the speeds of his opponent’s attack. Yomi possesses a Demon Absorption Wall, energy blasts, and is an upper S class demon.
2. Sara (Samurai Champloo)
A beautiful blind musician, Sara turns out to be an assassin for the Shogunate. She walks barefoot and carries a Shamisen and a Yari disguised as a walking staff. Sara has had a hard life due to her blindness. Her child was taken from her over it and is often pitied, which she hates. Sara is capable of predicting moves, her fighting ability is considered to be one of the strongest in Samurai Champloo. She could notice Sundar rocks with her Yari, her skill is so great that Kariya Kagetoki deems Mugen and Jin worthy of being defeated by him. Ultimately, Sara learns that her son was killed and she allows herself to be killed by Mugen.
1. Issho Fujitora (One Piece)
One of the new Marine Admirals, Issho is against the hashish forms of Marine justice. He hates corruption and evil. Issho intentionally blinded himself to “avoid ever seeing it again”, cutting himself leaving an X-shaped scar on his face. He regrets having done so. He hated the now-disbanded Shichibukai system and often undermines the Marines. Like many blind warriors, he’s always underestimated and he resents it. As a Marine Admiral, Fujitora is one of the strongest fighters in the World government. He was able to defeat Jack, a pirate with a billion-dollar bounty. He fought Sabo to a standstill without getting hurt, posses great strength, defense, and reflexes.
He claims to have developed heighten senses, able to “sense the movement of clouds”. Fujitora prefers to use his shikomizue (cane sword) in conjunction with his devil fruit, Zushi Zushi no Mi. With this devil fruit he can manipulate gravity, he often uses it to pull meteorites out of the sky. He can reverse gravity to repel or levitate ships. He has mastered haki, busishoku haki, and kenbushoku haki.
In Tower of God, episode 7, reveals more regarding Jahad and his princesses. Jahad was the first man to climb the tower. He built the kingdom, he granted some women “boons,” none are related by blood. After granting these women power, he demands that they remain virgins and bear no children. Jahad imposes this limitation to preserve the power he gave them. Tower of God doesn’t really explain why the King does this. Regardless, Anaak’s mother breaks the rules the King set. The powers that Anaak possesses are inherited from her mother and she represents what the King forbade. Endrosi accuses Anaak of being a privilege. The fight ends with both Endrosi and Anaak falling off the platforms. Despite the animosity Anaak has for the Princesses she doesn’t seem to hate Endrosi.
Bam’s Shinsu training
Elsewhere, Bam and the others continue to train their Shunsui. After getting some tips from Lauroe, he begins to excel very quickly. So far I have found to be underwhelming protagonists. He doesn’t seem to be centered in Tower of God the way most protagonists are. Initial I found this jarring but it’s starting to feel refreshing. Bam is a docile character. His only motivation (currently) is to find Rachel, who treated him like a pet or a child. He’s starting to come out of his shell as he’s separated from Rachel. Bam is similar to other typical anime main characters, in that his unassuming personality draws others to him. To this point, Bam is asked by Ship Lesso and Hatsu to help them finish their friend making list, they are two short. They entice Anaak and Endorsi to join the lists, with the promise of food.
New Test and New Administrator
The director decides to have a joint test with another examiner, Quant. The fourth test is a game of tag. The 28 participants that have yet to pass will participate. Only Rak and the mysterious fighter from Endorsi and Rachel’s team have passed. The participants are divided into two teams, with Bam and Khun on opposite teams. Each team has a member that’s “it”, one is chosen by the director, the other will be selected from the Fishermen. They will be marked by wearing badges. In order for a team to win they need to help their teams “it” to reach a goal or steal the other team’s badge. If they succeed they will get 100,000 points and if they steal the badge they will get 200,00 points.
Khun quickly sets a plan, leaving Ship Lesso as bait. Quant falls for the trap but is able to quickly break free. According to Lero Ro, Quant can become “angry and indiscriminate.”The test is particularly interesting for only one reason, Khun and Bam are on different teams. Assuming that the losing team can no longer climb the tower, I think it’s become an interesting dichotomy. If I had to guess I would suggest that Khun sacrifices himself for Bam or Bam receives some more of his “luck”. It’s possible that I missed something but I’m interested in the outcome.
I was right. Rachel did ask Khun not to tell Bam who she actually is. She believes that if they were together they would become “each others burden.” However, considering Bam’s condition I wasn’t sure he would remeber her anyway. Elsewhere, Anaak now has the Black March, she hopes to collect all 13 weapons. However, the Black March still won’t work for females and ugly men, as Ship Leeso learns. As Bam awakens Khun informs him that the fourth test is underway. This test, position selection, each member of the team will be assigned a role. There are five roles, first, the fisherman, close quarter fighters, spearbearer, distance fighters, Light bearer, the illuminate the dark tower with their lighthouse, and gathering of information.
The final two are, the scout, they assist the fisherman with information on the enemy movements and the wave controller that control the battle with Shinsui. Bam is given this title. Khun delivers the lie for Rachel, claiming Bam mistook her fpr somepne else. In order to protect Bam, Khun is willing to lie “as much as needed.”
How to use Shinsui
In order to use shinsui, a contract must be established between the user and the floor adminstrator. After summoning their pockets, closing their eyes, and speaking the command: “Form contract with administrator.” When Bam uters the phrase, an ominiouns voice responds that Bam “smells rather appealing.” A large grey creature with two big blue eyes agrees to a contract with Bam, but states that it’s more like a “shackle.” Meanwhile, the other particapants, including Khun and Rak begin classes. Rak leaves to train some more. Suddenly, Ship Lesso and Hatsu arrive hoping to make more firends. Khun is reluctant, but Bam is eager for more friends.
The Princesses of Jahad
In episode 6 of Tower of God we finally get an explaination regarding what a Princess of Jahad is, mostly. First, they’re not biologically related, although they call each other “sister.” They’re recruited to represent capable tribes and families. Endrosi, a Princess of Jahad, comparies the princesses to “brand names.” Anaak and Endorsi battle during the next class. While in class, Khun uses a computer to learn information about the other particapants. He finds little on Bam and Rachel, but learns that Anaak is “dead.” However, it turns out that it’s Anaak’s mother that is deceased. She was killed by her “sisters.” Anaak isn’t interested in climbing the tower, she wants revenge, starting with Endrosi. I think that Rachel and Bam parting their ways (at least for now) is a good thing. Bam seems to be growing with out her.
Rachel may not be as manipulative as I thought. She appear to be the one that relied on Bam. She may feel that she is freeing him from her, not the other way around. The next test appears to suggest that the next teams will have five members. With Anaak abandoning her team with Ship Leeso and Hatsu, I think it’s being telegraphed that Bam, Rak, and Khun will team up with Ship and Hatsu. Anaak might have a death wish or will end up being disquaified. If she’s not playing the game, she will lose. The story and lore of the series continues to get more intersting.