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Bleach: Thousand Year Blood War Episode 12 and 13

Bleach: Thousand Year Blood War Episode 12 and 13, “Everything but the rain: June Truth,” and “The Blade is Me,” explore what makes Ichigo Kurosaki identity. In episode 12, Isshin Shiba returns to Soul Society. He leaves out some details of his experience in the Human World but informs the Gotei 13 of the new hollow. Masaki and Isshin think of each other and hope to meet again. Masaki has developed a new problem she beginning the process of Hollowfication. The first time she experiences anything strange she’s walking with friends and feels like she’s “crawling in darkness.” As she’s distracted, Masaki bumps into Urahara Kisuke, who quickly notices somethings wrong with her.

At home, Masaki is accosted by her aunt, Izumi, who demands to know why she saved a Shinigami. Turns out Kanae Katagiri was the one that told Izumi in the first place. She’s afraid for the purity of the Quincy bloodline being infected after Masaki was bitten by the Hollow. Downstairs Masaki collapses as the process of Hollowfication begins. A Hollow hole appears in the middle of her chest, Ryuken is horrified. He begs Izumi for the location of his father Soken Ishida, but she doesn’t know. However, as far as Izumi’s concerned Masaki is a lost cause and she doesn’t think Ryuken should waste more time on her.

Urahara’s aid and Isshin’s sacrifice

Ryuken encounters a hollow and is rescued by Isshin. Ryuken and Isshin begin to argue with Ryuken blaming Isshin for Masaki’s condition. Suddenly, Urahara appears and tells them they have “no time to argue.” He has developed a cure of sorts. Masaki cannot be returned to normal but saved form death. He explains what Hollowfication is:

“the process of a Hollow’s Soul being poured into another Soul and destroying the boundary between the two in an attempt to sublimate the latter Soul to a higher level, with it initially being meant to strength a Shinigami’s Soul but ultimately causing all subjects to become mindless monsters.”

Urahara can “counteract” Hollowfication by “injecting the victim’s Soul with a certain substance, allowing it to maintain its balance so that its boundaries are not destroyed and preventing Soul Suicide.” If Isshin is willing to become a human Shinigami hybrid, he can become the counteracting force that will save Masaki. Isshin will never be a Shinigami again (at least at the time). He doesn’t hesitate in agreeing to Urahara’s plan shocking Ryuken who assumed a Shinigami would never save a Quincy. Masaki and Isshin forever connected fall in love, get married, and have children. In the present, Isshin tells Ichigo he the reason his mother died was due to Auswahlen.

The identity of Zangetsu

When Yhwach regains his powers he robs other “impure” Quincy of their power. Basically, Yhwach is the reason both Ichigo’s and Uryu’s mothers died. Isshin reveals that Yhwach is the “father of the Quincy,” and his blood runs through the veins of every Quincy. Ichigo regains what was lost, his resolve and prepares to return to Soul Society.

Episode 13 of Bleach is mostly set up for the upcoming war. Sui-Fang, Sajin Komamura, Mayuri Kurotsuchi, Toshiro Hitsugaya, and Hisagi Shuhei begin to train. Ichigo returns to the Soul King Palace, where he quickly chooses his Asauchi. Oetsu Nimaiya gets to work. Inside the inner world, it is revealed that Ichigo’s Zanpakuto spirit is his inner hollow. The man we knew as Ichigo’s Zanpakuto’s spirit is actually Ichigo’s Quincy Powers taking the form of Yhwach. To be honest its all too confusing but Ichigo gets two cool Zanpakuto.

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Mob Psycho 100 Season 3 – Episode 012

Mob Psycho 100 Season 3 – Episode 012 is the final episode of this series. Katsuya and Reigen struggles to make their way to ???. Reigen continues to head for Mob despite Serizawa warning him. He wants to talk to Mob one on one. In the mind of ???, fragments of Mob begins to stick to ???. The two continue to struggle over which one of them is the “real” Mob. Reigen finally reaches them and calls out to Mob. During this moment, Mob loses control to ???. Partly possessed by Dimple, Reigen gets close to Mob despite ??? hostility.

He finally exposes himself as a fraud, revealing that he doesn’t have any psychic powers. ??? stops his rampage and Mob makes peace with himself reaching Kageyama Shigeo 100%. Having accepted himself, Mob takes a single dandelion to Tsubomi. She rejects him. Reigen consoles Mob and contacts Serizawa to help repair the city. In the next school year, Mob continues his activities with the Body Improvement Club and becomes Vice President and Ritsu is Vice President of the Student Council. Teru, the Telepathy Club, the Awakening Lab members, and Sho wait to surprise Reigen with a birthday party.

Mob Psycho 100 was a series that surprised me. The art style wasn’t my favorite at first but it grew on me. It was the animation and colorful palleted that really was impressive. Mob was a unique character for Shonen anime. He’s quiet, humble, and uninterested in power. Most Shonen protagonists are violent and lust after more power. They’re noble but revel in their own ever growing power. I’ve mentioned this elsewhere, but this generation of Shonen heroes have been more varied than pervious ones. Tanjiro from Demon Slayer being one of the protagonists I think are different from what’s typical for Shonen. Overall, I enjoyed the series and it’s message everyone has something special about them and you’re no better than anyone.

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My Hero Academia Season 6 Episode 12 and 13

My Hero Academia Season 6 Episode 12 and 13, “Threads of Hope,” and “Final Performance,” Mr. Compress makes a shocking sacrifice to give Tomura a chance to flee. Best Jeanist is struggling to maintain control of all the villains. He uses his Ultimate Move: Blackout Bind, chocking the members of the League knocking them unconscious. Mr. Compress tells Spinner that he’s going to “buy them some time.” Using his own compression Quirk, Mr. Compress gouges out flesh from his own butt. It works and frees his arm enough to escape and compress Tomura and Spinner.

Deku desperately tries to stop Tomura in My Hero Academia Season 6 Episode 12
Deku desperately tries to stop Tomura in My Hero Academia Season 6 Episode 12

Mr. Compress sacrifices himself

As Best Jeanist tries to recapture Mr. Compress, the villains continues to use his Quirk against his own body and eventually removes his own clothing. This prevents Best Jeanist from binding the fibers of his clothing. He recalls a famous criminal from the past, Oji Harima, a peerless thief. Harima was Mr. Compress’s great-great-grandfather. Oji’s main goal was to steal from heroes the profited from the hero system, a robin hood type character. Mr. Compress was told that their family “is all about exposing injustice.” Elsewhere, Dabi gives up on fighting Shoto as Endeavor passed out. Mr. Compress uses his Quirk to compress Dabi. Claiming that he’s now passed on Oji’s will to Tomura,

Mr. Compress removes his mask. Announcing that he’s going to perform, “first and final escape artist performance of Mr. Compress,” he releases Tomura and Spinner, with the later waking up Tomura. Awaken, it turns out All For One, has taken over Tomura’s body. The remaining heroes try fruitlessly to stop Tomura, but are too badly injured to stop All For One. As the villain escapes we see the carnage he left behind. Heroes unconscious and some suggested dead, the destruction from Tomura’s decay and Gigantomachia’s rampage. The heroes have managed to save many but failed to stop Tomura and All For One.

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Chainsaw Man Season 1 Episode 11

Chainsaw Man Season 1 Episode 11 introduces us to some interesting Devils and Fiends. Aki meets the Future Devil, a fun devil that dances while repeating “the future rules.” Aki isn’t so jovial. He’s a stick in the mud that only wanted to “form a contract.” While disappointed, the Future Devil moves on after pointing out Aki’s bad attitude. He Future Devil tells Aki to “stick his head in his gut,” so he can tell his future and determine what he will ask Aki for. After Aki sticks his head inside the Future Devil, the devil agrees to grant Aki his power. He will live inside Aki’s right eye. Why has he agreed? Apparently, the Future Devil saw his death and it’s “epic.”

Kishibe continues to train Power and Denji. The two have made progress and will only have to train once a week instead everyday. A small victories for Power and Denji. He reminds him that they need to “keep their heads cool and not forget what weapons they have.” The next training will be against the Snake Devil and the Katana Man. Later, Kishibe meets with Makima. He reveals that he’s starting to become attached to Power and Denji and his drinking is a coping mechanism for the death of many of his students. He goes on to accuses Makima of knowing the attack was going to occur and permitting it.

Of course, Makima denies this and claims that she “wants to save as many people as possible from the devils.” Kishibe seems cold claiming that he “he don’t care about her plans or how many of his dogs die as long as she is serving mankind’s interests.” This conflicts with his drinking and affection for Denji and Power. I believe he’s lying about not caring about his students but serious about allowing Makima to operate as long as she sides with humanity. This threat also suggest that Makima isn’t human at all. The only reasonable answer is Makima is a devil. However, she has contracts with devils, so maybe she’s something else.

The Special Division and police surround Katana Man and his allies. Kishibe reveals to Division 2 the weakness of the Special Division. It’s a clever way to introduce new characters: Beam, the Shark Fiend, who has the ability to “swim” through the surface of any substance and transform his head into a shark, then there’s Galgali, the Violence Fiend, wearing a gas mask that dispenses poison, Galgali is strong, then we have my favorite Princi, the Spider Devil, she’s the creepiest one and I like that for some reason, the last devil is, Angel Devil, a strange combination. Angel Devil has the ability to drain ones life force by touch. Personally, I think the Angel Devil seems out of place in this series. I can’t figure out why.

Aki tells Power and Denji to leave the zombies to the new fiends and they should split up and find the Snake Devil and Katana Man. Aki eventually encounters Akane who summons the Snake Devil then has it spit out the Ghost Devil it decapitated in its fight against Himeno. Armed with the Future Devil’s ability to “peek,” into the future, Aki is able to avoid a direct hit from the Ghost Devil. Unfortunately, his ability to see the future is limited. He’s eventually overwhelmed by the Ghost Devil and is about to be choke to death before the episode ends. Is this the epic death the Future Devil predicted? I doubt it. But the Snake Devil’s ability to “eat” other devils is interesting.

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Bleach: Thousand Year Blood War Episode 11

Bleach: Thousand Year Blood War Episode 11 reveals the circumstances that lead to Ichigo’s parents meeting. Ichigo’s mother has been an absent figure in Bleach since its beginning. His mother Masaki Kurosaki was a Echt Quincy, who died protecting him from a Grand Fisher. Tite Kubo seems to have modeled the Quincy after Nazi’s, based on their uniforms, the use of the German language for their techniques, and the culture they have. I’m specifically referring to the obsession with “pure blood.” In Bleach, the Quincy call the pure blood “Echt,” meaning “real,” and the “mixed” Quincy are called “Gemischt.”

We get a shallow showing of this culture but it appears that the Gemischt are relegated to a service role, acting as maids and attendings. Meanwhile, the Echt occupy a more privilege positions and engage in arranged marriages. Masaki Kurosaki was engaged to Ryuken Ishida the father of Uryu Ishida. Ichigo’s father Isshin Kurosaki tells him the truth his mother was a Quincy. In a flashback we get to see a younger Isshin and his time as the Captain of the Tenth Division. Rangiku Matsumoto was his Lieutenant and the adorable Toshiro Hitsugaya is his third seat.

Isshin’s battle with White

Hitsugaya informs Isshin that a incident in Naruki City where Shinigami where disappearing. Isshin rushes off to investigate. Meanwhile, Aizen, Gin, and Tosen conspire in secret. They have been experimenting on members of the Gotei 13. They are also searching for Shinji Hirako and the other Vizards. They release the Hollow named White. Ironically it’s mostly black, but has white hair. White slaughters two Shinigami and attack Isshin.

Isshin notes that while White is a Hollow it fights like a Shinigami. He releases his Shikai, Engetsu. However, Aizen attacks Isshin by slashing him across the back. Isshin instantly realizes that it must be a Zanpakuto but Aizen is cloaked and cannot be detected. Isshin is how too injured to use Bankai and becomes overwhelmed by White. Suddenly, Masaki appears and uses her Heilig Pfell. Unfortunately, White is too fast and she deactivates her Heilig Bogen, leaving herself open for White to bite her. When it does she takes the opportunity to shoot it point blank in the head.

White corpse prepares to explode, Isshin steps in to take the brunt of the explosion. He saves Masaki. Ryuken and Katagiri watch for a distance, but conclude they won’t be needed anymore.

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Mob Psycho 100 Season 3 – Episode 011

In Mob Psycho 100 Season 3 – Episode 011, Ritsu senses the presence of ??? and rushes to find Mob. He assumes that Mob had a negative response to Tsubomi’s rejection but learns Mob was in an accident. ??? destroys the Smile Mart that Sakurai and Koyama were employed at. Suzuki arrives and commends them for “making an honest living.” He decides to handle ??? himself. He unleashes a barrage of punches but he only manages to bloody his own knuckles. Suzuki is shocked at the gap between his power and ???. Who then pushes Suzuki through the ground. Sho rescues his father. Suzuki decides to try to drain the energy from Mob and wait for him to “run out of gas.”

While franticly searching for Mob, Ritsu remembers what Mob use to be like. He says Mob was willing to let his emotions show and was willing to show his powers when they were children. He finds a naked and unconscious Teru. Elsewhere, Suzuki and Sho attack Mob together. Unfortunately, Mob just absorbs this energy. ??? prepares to obliterate Suzuki and Sho but the Mob inside fights it. Sensing an opportunity, Suzuki decides he’s going to sacrifice himself buy absorbing enough energy that will cause him to explode. However, he remembers his family and flees with Sho. They decide to refrain from using there powers anymore.

Mob vs ???

??? encounters the Body Improvement Club who astutely understand that Mob isn’t in control. They try to help but of course they’re easily defeated. One of them manage to speak to Mob and trigger the Mob within. Ritsu saves him from being seriously injured. Ritsu appeals to ??? and the internal Mob begins to panic as he reaches 95%. Mob begins to recall their childhood but before he can harm Ritsu, he reaches 100%. Ritsu tries to destroy the bouquet of flowers but ??? puts up a barrier. ??? send Ritsu flying into the sky and Ritsu passes out. A news report claims there’s another tornado with Mob and ??? at the center.

Outside, Reigen and Katsuya prepare to head into the tornado. Inside the tornado, Mob and ??? have a conversation where they argue over which one of them is the “real” Mob. They message here is predictable (accept yourself) and I expect Mob to do just that. This arc is a way to bring all old characters back into the series. I look forward to seeing how everything ends.

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My Hero Academia Season 6 Episode 11

My Hero Academia Season 6, Episode 11,” Dabi Dance,” is the episode where Dabi officially revealed to be Toya Todoroki. A this point the manga has already revealed this truth, so people like me aren’t shocked. Early in the episode, Todoroki lands with a wounded Deku, Endeavor, and Bakugo. Tomura is badly damaged and is struggling to maintain control over his body. Nejire Hado and Shoto attack Tomura, while Ida saves the heroes from Gigantomachia.

Bakugo demands Ida put him down so he can fight. Meanwhile, Gigantomachia manages to grab Tomura. Endeavor is exhausted and one of his lungs are in bad shape. Suddenly, Dabi appears and reveals he’s Toya. Skeptic hacks into the broadcast systems of many television studios and explains in a doctored video that “he murdered 30 innocent people.” He tries to blame this on his father Endeavor and exposes his fathers abuse.

He tries to expose Hawks as a violent he claims that he actually killed Best Jeanist. He tells everyone that Hawks father “was a serial killer,” and “a villain.” Endeavor is understandably devastated, but Dabi leaps towards him igniting his own version of Prominence Burn. Before he can land the attack, Best Jeanist appears and captures all the villains. Toya’s media attack may have had an impact but he made a claim that Best Jeanist was dead. At some point the public will learn of Best Jeanist is alive and it will undermine Toya’s claims. Regardless, Endeavors abuse is true and the heroes will have to deal with that.

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Chainsaw Man Season 1 Episode 10

Chainsaw Man Season 1 Episode 10 begins when Aki wakes to find himself in a hospital room with Denji and Power reading manga. Power and Denji bicker over apples, Denji tells Power she can’t have any because she’s a “coward,” that left the battle. Aki asks “who survived from Division 4,” Denji responds Kobeni and “that guy with the glasses.” However, Denji and Power are going to meet Makima but Denji leaves an apple for Aki. I’m not sure what the apple is suppose to symbolizes in this episode but it’s a narrative tool at least for the first part. When Michiko and Yutaro enter the room, Yutaro asks if he can “have” the apple. Maybe we’ll get a payoff eventually but I thought it was interesting.

At the cemetery Makima meets Himeno’s former master Kishibe. She wants him to train Denji and Power. Kishibe makes an impact when he asks Denji and Power a series of questions: how they felt when their teammates died, if they want revenge, and if they are on human or devils side? Denji and Power are odd and to be frank selfish and respond accordingly. They say that they didn’t “think much” of their teammates death, they’re uninterested in vengeance, and they’re on the side of “whoever takes care of (Denji),” and for Power whoever is “winning.” These answer pleases Kishibe who claims that they got a perfect score. He’s excited to train them, especially because their not human.

The benefits of training

The training arc is a common arc in anime but I’ve never seen one this violent and brutal. Kishibe breaks both their necks paralyzing them. We are reminded that not only are Denji and Power not human they have the ability to heal after consuming blood. Kishibe shows off his strength and ability with a knife as he stabs Denji three times in quick succession, he then slits the throat of Power. He leaves them in a pool of their own blood. Kishibe is sadistic and I wonder what terrible thing happened to make him this way. The following day Power and Denji decide to use their intellect and defeat Kishibe. He defeats them easily but they did do better. So far two (Power and Denji) of the dumbest characters became a little more strategic. That’s progress.

The rest of the episode focused on Aki gaining a new devil contract. The Fox Devil isn’t responding to Aki’s call suggesting their contract has been voided. We get more world building when Michiko and Yutaro bring him to the basement where Public Safety keeps the devils they catch. They take him to cell 108, which houses the Future Devil. Yutaro warns him that the other two people that have contracts with this devil lost “half their lifespan,” and “their eyes, sense of taste and smell.” I wonder what Aki can sacrifice. We know he only has two years left. Also what do devils do with what they take form humans? Can they make use of eyes, fingernails, taste, or smell? Or do they just want the sacrifice?

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Bleach: Thousand Year Blood War Episode 10

Bleach: Thousand Year Blood War Episode 10 is basically split into two parts, the conclusion of the fight between Unohana and Kenpachi and the meeting with Renji, Ichigo, and Oetsu Nimaiya. In the Hooden region, Nimaiya puts Renji and Ichigo through a series of silly trials. I’ll be honest I just don’t care about this section of the episode. Oetsu Nimaiya is a cool character but I just not interested in the difference between Shinigami and Zanpakuto.

Personally, I find it confusing how both Renji and Ichigo had their Bankai’s destroyed to a certain extent, but can still be rebuilt. However, Mayuri said that it was impossible. Obviously, this is probably a mistake on Tite Kubo’s part but it seems like he was trying to fix this inconsistency and has failed to do so. Anyway, Nimaiya goes on to reveal that the Asauchi is the basic level of Zanpakuto. Renji and Ichigo are attacked by the angry Asauchi, but only Renji passes. Ichigo has failed. Nimaiya explains that Ichigo isn’t really a Shinigami.

Unohana vs Kenpachi

The main attraction in this episode is the battle between Kenpachi and Unohana. As they battle Kenpachi realizes that he keeps losing consciousness. Unohana remembers meeting Kenpachi hundreds of years ago. Kenpachi stands on a mountain of dead bodies. Kenpachi leaps off the mountain of bodies to attack Unohana. Both Kenpachi and Unohana lust after battle but only for more challenging opponents. Unohana found someone stronger in Kenpachi and was ecstatic at the discovery.

However, Kenpachi, being stronger, had a dilemma, how can he the stronger one keep fighting Unohana. The only answer was for him to become weaker. Unohana has felt shame for causing Kenpachi to weaken himself. Her last wish is to free him from this limitation by killing him repeatedly and resurrecting him, each time bringing him closer to his true strength. Tite Kubo seems to have used this to explain why Kenpachi had either lost, to Ichigo, or struggling to win, against Nnoitra Gilga. Many fans of Bleach have had debates over whether Kenpachi’s losing to Ichigo was an asspull or main character syndrome or a result of Kenpachi’s weakens.

The fight is exciting, so I can’t do it justice so I won’t bother describing it. Seeing Unohana’s Bankai in action was marvelous but we don’t get a clear understanding of what her Bankai actually does. It seems to be a blood manipulation Bankai that increases her power and extends her reach. Sadly, we don’t get much details on this Bankai and Unohana dies. At the end, Kenpachi is devastated he lost his sparring partner, as he finally hears his Zanpakuto’s voice.

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Mob Psycho 100 Season 3 – Episode 010

Mob Psycho 100 Season 3 – Episode 010, sees Mob’s alternate self go on a rampage. Unconscious, Mob’s alternate personality ???, a manifestation of Mob’s psychic power. A consequence of Mob bottling up his emotions in order to appear normal, ??? is a destructive force. It first appeared during an altercation between Mob and Ritsu and three bullies. ??? erupted causing the bullies to crash into walls and bleed. However, Ritsu was injured as well, causing Mob to stop using psychic powers. ??? overwhelmed Teruki Hanazawa when he tried to choke Mob to death, and he appeared during the Keiji Mogami arc, destroying Mogami’s mental world.

??? begins to cause earthquakes as it tries to meet Tsubomi for the date. Teru tries to stop ??? as it walks through the forest. Teru is easily overwhelmed as ???, who throws Teru into an apartment complex. When ??? approaches, Teru warns it that there are innocent people still in the rubble. Teru fails to get through to ??? but he seems to make some kind of contact with the Mob within. ??? becomes enraged and explodes with psychic power destroying the surrounding area and endangering the civilians.

Teru uses his powers to rescue some of the civilians that are trapped. Afterward, Teru faints leaving ??? to rampage further. Mob’s friends recognize him as the news reports. In a aircraft above the town, prisoners including Toichiro Suzuki are tasked with stopping ??? in exchange for a reduced sentence. Suzuki knocks them all out and prepares to face ??? alone. ??? is Mob’s worst nightmare, a loss of control. He hasn’t accepted his powers and is always trying to suppress them. This causes his powers to fluctuate and eventual explode. It’s an unhealthy habit. I expect Mob’s friends will all try to stop ??? and eventually one of them, maybe Tsubomi will get hurt. Mob will need to calm ??? down, he’s the only one that can do it.