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Made in Abyss Season 2 Episode 06

In Made in Abyss Episode 06, “Lurking,” Riko considers which part of her body she’ll exchange for Nanachi, half her organs, legs, or eyes. She decides but Majikaja stops her. Nanachi tells her to leave. Maaa and Majikaja drag Riko out of Belaf’s home as Riko begs Nanachi to return to their journey. Riko asks Vueko if she has anyway to get Nanachi back. Before she can answer a spear pierces the wall above them resulting in water gushing out. Vueko says that a “luring” has begun. As a result of the Narehate being unable to leave the village, they “lure” creatures into the village to hunt. According to Vueko this is done to “increase the value” of the village. However, the creature called a Fuzosheppu is overwhelming the villagers. When it heads towards Prushka, Riko takes off to save her.

Riko manages to reach Poriyon the jeweler before the beast. Poriyon claims it was “pleasant and sensual to work and perfect her whistle,” and returns Prushka, now shiny and new. Poriyon cannot leave with Riko and escape the Fuzosheppu because its “the workshop itself,” and cannot be moved. However, Poriyon attempts to stop the Fuzosheppu itself but is consumed alive by it. Fuzosheppu then heads to the market. There it encounters Juroimo, the third member of the three sages. Juroimo uses his “great sword,” a sticky weapon resembling a sharp pillar. However, it doesn’t work. Majikaja says that due to the “cramped and crowded space,” Juroimo cannot use the great sword’s “ancient power.”

Riko has a plan

Moogie and the other Narehate seek to hunt the creature, than allow it to attack the market. Riko refuses to allow the Narehate to meet their end so she forms a plan with Majikaja. She cuts off some of her hair and gives it to Majikaja so it will use its “fast body”. Riko rides Majikaja and the Fuzosheppu gives chase. It follows them until they pass through a reflective surface, which causes the creature to stop. Distracted, Riko orders some Narehate to ignite some fire causing an explosion, sending the Fuzosheppu flying upward into a net. Trapped the Narehate attack it with spears.

The Fuzosheppu stops moving and the Narehate rejoice. However, the creature isn’t dead yet and it grabs some of the Narehate including Maaa. Prushka spirit tells Riko to “call her,” and Riko blows the whistle and Reg comes to the rescue. The White Whistle releases the true potential of a relic like Reg. Powered by Riko and Prushka, Reg attacks the Fuzosheppu but the Queen already died. The Fuzosheppu isn’t a single creature but a hive that moves the entire nest. At this point Wazukyan appears to congratulate Riko. Afterward Riko asks the sage how she can get Nanachi back. Wazukyan tells her that a piece of Faputa would likely do it. Reg heads to speak with Faputa.

Vueko reveals to the Narehate that she was a member of the Ganja group and a former sage. Vueko wonders if Irumyuui brought Riko, Reg, and Nanachi to the village. She emotions that Reg must be a “true resident of the Golden City,” she even claims that Wazukyan was “scared,” when he witnessed Reg fighting. She then prepares to explain what Faputa actually wants. The stakes have increased in this episode. As I’ve been saying often in this arc I think the Narehate obsession with value is going result in them turning on the trio due to their “value.” Nanachi has already sold herself and Riko lost her hair. Their value have declined since arriving in this village. I think Reg will be made to sacrifice something in the coming episodes. I’m a little scared for the trio but I’m excited to see what happens.

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Made in Abyss Season 2 Episode 05

Reg is attacked by a Turbinid-Dragon. Gaburoon rescues him and escorts him back to the village. During the journey Reg learns that Gaburoon is a “Interference Unit,” a “robots capable of independent thought and actions.” These units seek to observe and gather knowledge. There was one unit placed in each layer and they cannot cross layers, however, they can share information with each other. According to Gaburoon they haven’t shared information in a long time, meaning the other units are either broken or taken. Reg isn’t one of these units, but Gaburoon wonders if they share a creator. That said, Gaburoon doesn’t know who his creator is and ask Reg to find out who created them.

Moogie officially introduces Riko to one of the Three Sages, Wazukyan. Riko becomes embarrassed at not properly introducing herself to such an important being. Wazukyan doesn’t seem phased and gives her a “high five” and leaves. The Narehate teaches Riko some basic Narehate language. Moogie explains that their language has “lots of words in which many actions and names are stuck together.” For example, Iruburu, the name of the village, means 50% “village,” 40% “cradle,” and 10% “mother.” Riko quickly learns the basics.

Made in Abyss Season 2 Episode 05 Nanachi sells itself for Mitty
Made in Abyss Season 2 Episode 05 Nanachi sells itself for Mitty

Later Riko heads to a cave in the village called Dogupu (Within the Eye). While there she encounters an imprisoned woman, Vuelo Eluko. She was an opponent of establishing the village which she claims had terrible “origins.” She was imprisoned. However, her opinion apparently has changed after observing the village. Riko frees her without hesitation, claiming she doesn’t care if she’s a “bad person,” or not she just wants to see her friends. In the village, Vuelo (in disguise) and Riko head to Belaf. Riko sees Nanachi laying next to “Mitty.” After meeting Belaf, it is revealed that Mitty is a clone that Belaf got it by sacrificing “half its body, 724 limbs, and a portion of its sensory organs” from Bondrewd.

Finally, Belaf reveals that Nanachi sold themself to buy Mitty and if Riko wants them back she’ll have to sell parts of her body. The Narehate in the village have made it clear that they convent the body of a human child. I speculated that the “perverse obsession with Riko’s body” would result in a sacrifice. Belaf asks for Riko’s eyes, legs, or “half her innards.” As dark as Made in Abyss can get, I don’t think it will have Riko sacrifice that much. Faputa, Gaburoon, and Vuelo all have some opposition to the village, so Reg, Riko, and Nanachi might join forces to escape, especially if the Narehate can’t leave the village.

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Made in Abyss Season 2 Episode 04

Made in Abyss Season 2 Episode 04 opens with Faputa dismounting off Gaburoon, then grabbing Reg. She has four arms and according to Reg she smells “like the sun,” and has a “high temperature.” She asks Reg about his arm and calls him by his name suggesting they have history. She and Reg leave the village, while Majikaja discusses Nanachi’s “value.” Majikaja claims that “the village itself knows everyone’s desire, because it can see signals in the brain and soul.” When asked, “what she values,” Nanachi responds “her friends and Mitty.” She’s shocked when Majikaja tells her Mitty is still alive.

Faputa inspects Reg’s body to prove he’s real. She claims that Reg was supposed “to bring back his highest valued thing.” Reg is understandably confused and so was I. How could he be the Reg Faputa knows if like Reg noted Riko named him Reg after her dog? Is he one of many Reg androids? That can’t be possible if he’s so rare right? Is there a time travel effect between the layers? Maybe the dog was named after him? Anyway, Reg leaves to return to Riko and Nanachi.

Made in Abyss Season 2 Episode 04 introduces a Narehate restaurant.
Made in Abyss Season 2 Episode 04 introduces a Narehate restaurant.

The return of Mitty

Meanwhile, Riko and Meinya can’t find Nanachi and Reg. The Narehate are no help because Riko can’t understand them. The curious Narehate creep her out when they surround her. She’s saved by the Narehate, Maaa, that was “balanced” in the previous episode. They head to Narehate Restaurant, owned by Moogie, who can create “any flavor and texture a customer specifies.” After eating a “spicy” dish, Riko is introduced to Wazukyan, one of the Three Sages. Nanachi and Majikaja enter the home of Belaf, where they find Mitty in a pot.

Made in Abyss Season 2 Episode 04 was a little confusing. Obviously, the mysteries surrounding Mitty and Reg will be addressed at some point in this series. But the return of Mitty might cause trouble for Nanachi. She was very attached to her former friend and I think she will likely do something reckless to get Mitty back. The Narehate value parts of the body so I expect she might give up a limb or organ. However, Mitty might “cost” more than that. There’s a perverse obsession with Riko’s body that I don’t trust. The value culture is likely to lead to exploitation. I don’t think it’s going to end well for our trio.

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My Hero Academia Chapter 362: Bakugo’s most priced possession

It’s clear at this point any fighting is meaningless until Deku arrives. The fight between Tomura, Bakugo, Suneater, Nejire, and Lemillion is over rather quickly. Suneater’s Ultimate Move: Plasma Cannon, in which Suneater unleashes a manifestation of “every single animal,” he’s eaten in a one attack. It’s a cool and flashy attack, boosted by Nejire, and followed by a punch from Lemillion. It does nothing to Tomura. Bakugo attacks Tomura, predicting the movement of the villain. With his increased speed and an analysis of Tomura habits, Bakugo get’s under Tomura’s skin.

Bakugo’s assault appears to have triggered a memory from All For One, specifically of the second One For All user. The second user isn’t named, nor is his Quirk but he resembles Bakugo. The second user was a rebel that fought against All For One at his peak. Suddenly, Bakugo is speaking to a visage of All Might, telling it that he “always wanted to get him to sign his All Might trading card.” If Deku is All Might’s biggest fan, Bakugo is his second. His tough attitude made him off-putting to most and this attitude seems to be the reason he failed to get the autograph. For a while I thought Bakugo would become a villains because his attitude was so bad. His hero worship of All Might that he had from childhood humanizes him.

I predicted in the last chapter review that “someone will died,” in this final arc. I thought it was more likely to be one of the Big 3 or the top five heroes. However, Bakugo is probably the best choice. I’ve come to like Bakugo but I think his death would really have major impact both on the story and on Deku. Most series avoid killing main characters. However, if they killed off Bakugo, a young hero that hasn’t reached his prime yet would be tragic but would make the stakes feel higher. At this point the fight between Tomura and the heroes isn’t interesting at all. Hopefully, Deku will arrive to save the world and this arc.

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The Top 10 Best Anime and Manga Power Systems (Part 2)

5. My Hero Academia – Quirk

In My Hero Academia, Quirks are “special, superhuman ability an individual can possess. Quirks are generally unique to their user, and are classified in multiple categories. The user is also given one single ability of that said Quirk, rather than many abilities.” Quirks are genetically inherited through “Mendelian inheritance.” They will manifest in children around age 4. Each child will either manifest the same Quirk of their parent or a composite one if both parents have Quirks. It is possible, however, for some children to develop Quirks that aren’t related to their genetic line.

In very rare case animals can possess Quirks, like Nezu. It is also possible that a Quirk can “mutate and merge.” Sometimes people with Quirks that are too difficult for their bodies to handle, for example Yuga Aoyama. His Quirks not only requires that he have a special belt, if he uses it for to long he will get pain in his stomach. Quirks feature more complex aspects to there existence. The concept of the “Quirk Factor” is one of these more complex aspects. The “Quirk Factor” refers to “the collective traits that compose a Quirk. This includes the primary Quirk power as well as all the biological mechanisms that allow said primary power to function properly.”

Quirks can also under go what is called “Awakening.” When this occurs, a users Quirk goes through “evolution.” It’s not clear what exactly triggers this moment, but Himiko Toga’s Quirk transforms during a “life or death situation.” Quirks are categorized in several different “types.”

  • Emitter – Quirks have the ability to either release certain substances, or alter materials around them in certain ways. Emitter-type Quirks usually require a conscious effort to activate
  • Transformation – Quirks cause the user to take on a temporary alteration of some kind. Transformation-type Quirks allow the user to temporarily “transform” their body in a variety of manners, sometimes enhancing existing features or perhaps adding new features to the body altogether.
  • Mutant – Quirks can have a wide variety of features and abilities depending on the individual. Generally, Mutant-type Quirks are associated with the user’s physicality (mutations). As a result, Mutant Quirks are passively active and, at a glance, are the most identifiable.

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4. Jujutsu Kaisen – Cursed Techniques/Innate Techniques

Jujutsu Kaisen has a power scaling system that ranks jujutsu sorcererscursed spiritscursed objects, and cursed tools. The ranks range from grades one through four and special grades. It can be confusing at first, as most of us associate larger numbers with higher values. Generally, sorcerers are graded from Grade 4 to Grade 1. The scale for cursed spirits isn’t exact, Grade 2 sorcerers are slightly stronger than Grade 2 curses as their abilities put them closer to Grade 1 curses.

Ranks

If traditional weapons were used against curses and sorcerers measured their effectiveness as a gauge:

  • Grade 4: “A wooden bat is enough.”
  • Grade 3: “If you have a handgun, you can rest easy.”
  • Semi-Grade 2 :
  • Grade 2: “Close calls with a shotgun.”
  • Semi-Grade 1 :
  • Grade 1: “Even a tank might be insufficient.”
  • Special Grade 1 :
  • Special Grade: “Cluster bombs might work”.

Coming up with a unique power system has to be difficult. At this point what hasn’t been done. It’s not always necessary to invent new techniques, like fire, but you can invent how those abilities manifest. The series power system focuses on limitations. Binding Vows, Heavenly Restriction, and Domain Expansions are some limits placed on techniques. By deliberately placing limitations on one’s self, a jujutsu sorcerer can increase their power. For example, Nanami limits his power during work hours. This puts him at disadvantage for hours, when Nanami has to work “overtime” his cursed energy increases.

Gon using his Nen
Gon using his Nen

3. Hunter X Hunter – Nen

Nen allows the user to manipulate their own life energy, called aura. These users are referred to as “Nen users.” Aura are produced by all living bodies. Aura flow’s throughout the bodies that escapes through the top of the head. The points in the bodies where aura flows are called “Aura Nodes.” In order to learn Nen, students have to master opening and closing their Aura nodes. There are two ways to learn how to do this, meditation or Initiation.

Nen of the Flame

A precursor to learning Nen, these are mental exercises that “strengthen one’s force of will. Regular practice can smooth the flow of one’s aura.” There are four exercises:

  • Ten (“Point”): Focus the mind, reflect upon the self and determine the goal.
  • Zetsu (“Tongue”): Put it into words.
  • Ren (“Temper”): Intensify your will.
  • Hatsu (“Release”): Put it to action.

These four principles must be mastered to fully understand Nen. Then one can learn the more advanced techniques. These techniques often combine with or derive from one of the four major principles. The advanced techniques are as follows:

  • Gyo (“Focus”) – is an advanced application of Ren by which a Nen user concentrates a larger than normal portion of their aura into one specific body part. It increases the strength of that one body part, but leaves the rest of the body more vulnerable. Gyo is most often used in the eyes, allowing a Nen user to see aura and Nen constructs concealed with In.
  • In (“Conceal”) – is an advanced form of Zetsu used to render one’s aura imperceptible, effectively concealing it. Unlike Zetsu, however, In does not stop the user’s aura flow; instead, it hides it, making it impossible to perceive with any of the five senses or extrasensory perception. Hence, this technique is perfect for launching sneak attacks or laying traps, as it can conceal not only the user’s presence, but also Nen constructs generated with Transmutation, or Conjuration.
  • En (“Circle”) – is an advanced application of Ten and Ren. In Ren, aura usually envelops only a small amount of space around the user’s body. En is when one extends their Ren so that their aura extends further than normal, then uses Ten at the same time to contain and give shape to that aura, normally a sphere.
  • Shu (“Enfold”) – is an advanced application of Ten. Shu allows a user of Nen to enshroud an object with their aura, allowing them to use that object as an extension of their own body.
  • Ko (“Temper”) – is a combination of TenZetsuHatsu, Ren, and Gyo in which all of the user’s aura is concentrated into one particular body part. Gyo is utilized to focus aura on a part of the body, while Ten is used to prevent it from dispersing. Zetsu is used to completely stop the flow of Nen in all other parts of the body, increasing the output in the desired area. With Ren, the amount of aura is increased even further. This makes that one body part extremely powerful, but at the cost of leaving the rest of the user’s body completely unprotected. Due to the risk it carries, Ko is regarded as a purely offensive technique.
  • Ken (“Fortify”) – is the advanced version of the basic Ren and Ten techniques. It is a primarily defensive technique where a Nen user maintains a state of Ren for a prolonged amount of time. The amount of aura surrounding the user’s body during Ken is about 10 times higher than during TenKen allows a Nen user to guard against attacks from any direction, but the large amount of aura produced makes it tiring to maintain. It is considered the best option to defend from Ko, despite not being as powerful as the latter on any given part of the body, as it protects all of it evenly.
  • Ryu (“Flow”) – is the term for use of Gyo from a state of Ken to perform real-time offensive and defensive value adjustments. If Ko devolves 100% of one’s aura to offense or, much more rarely, to defense, and Ken splits it evenly between the two, Ryu is redistributing one’s aura according to any other percentage, for example by focusing 70% of one’s aura in one fist as one is about to strike, or 80% in one’s leg to block an incoming kick. It is utilized to damage a Ken user without leaving oneself as unprotected as during Ko, although the power of the technique is lower. Ryu is difficult to master, as it requires not only to control one’s aura flow with great precision, but also to be able to estimate the amount of aura utilized by the opponent at a glance.

In the diagram below is the six different types of aura. Everyone is born with one of the six, they are tasked with learning a new unique technique. There are “numerical approximations” that determine how efficient one would be at using aura abilities. One has a chance to be 100% efficient in their own aura type. One can be 80 % efficient in the adjacent aura type, 40% efficient at the opposite or farthest category, and 60% efficient in the two remaining categories.

The chart of the six types of aura in Hunter X Hunter
The chart of the six types of aura

Nen gets even more complex, as there are several sub-nen types, limitations, conditions, activation requirements, and aura power levels.

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2. Naruto – Chakra

In the Naruto series, Chakra is the means to using any technique. Generally the use of hand seals are required to create jutsus. These techniques allow users to enact effects such as walking on water, breathing fire or creating illusions. Chakra is restricted by the Eight Gatestenketsu that are located along the chakra pathway system. Chakra became a form of life energy that all people can produce. If a person runs out of chakra, they will die. Chakra is created when two forms of energy, physical and spiritual are mixed together. The amount of chakra an individual possess is generally determined by genes, however, they can train to increase their limits, some what.

Chakra Control

Mastering Chakra Control requires a great deal of training. It’s not important to have massive amounts of chakra, but to be able “control and conserve it.” In order to have good chakra control ” a ninja should only mold as much chakra as they need to perform a given ability. If they mold more chakra than is needed, the excess chakra is wasted and they will tire out faster from its loss. If they don’t mold enough chakra, a technique will not be performed effectively, if at all, likely creating problems in a combat situation.” When a ninja wants to create ninjutsu, they need to use one of two methods of manipulating chakra, shape transformation and nature transformation.

  • Shape transformation deals with controlling the form, movement, and potency of chakra.
  • Nature transformation deals with changing the physical properties of chakra into an element. There is also the nature transformation of Yin and Yang, which deals with changing the ratio of spiritual and physical energies within chakra.
Hand seals from Naruto
Hand seals from Naruto

Jutsu

Are the “mystical arts a ninja will utilize in battle.” Ninja’s need to form seals to manifest the technique. There are three different types of jutsu:

  • Ninjutsu – is the most nebulous of the three, and may most simply be described as anything that is not genjutsu or taijutsu. Most ninjutsu require chakra and hand seals, but this is not always the case since the mere usage of weaponry qualifies as ninjutsu.
  • Genjutsu – is one of the main jutsu categories which uses chakra. Unlike ninjutsu, the effects of genjutsu are not real, being only sensory illusions experienced by those who fall victim to it.
  • Taijutsu – is a basic form of techniques and refers to any techniques involving the martial arts or the optimization of natural human abilities. Taijutsu is executed by directly accessing the user’s physical and mental energies, relying on the stamina and strength gained through training. It typically does not require chakra, though chakra may be used to enhance its techniques. Taijutsu generally requires no hand seals to perform, occasionally making use of certain stances or poses, and are far quicker to use than ninjutsu or genjutsu. Taijutsu is hand-to-hand combat.

There are several sub-categories of as well. Medical NinjutsuKinjutsuKenjutsuSenjutsu and Space-time Ninjutsu. Naruto’s powers systems include summons, ninja tools like swords, puppets and ninja dogs.


Smoker using his Devil Fruit ability

1. One Piece – Devil Fruits

Devil Fruits are mysterious fruits that are found throughout the One Piece world. Once consumed the fruit provides the eater with an ability. With the exception of Black Beard, an individual can only have one devil fruit ability. Devil fruits are divide into three different categories:

  • Paramecia – These fruits give the users a power that can affect their body, manipulate the environment, and/or produce substances. This Devil Fruit type can be categorized into two basic groups: those which are based on a characteristic (such as elasticity or slowness) or an object (bombs, doors, etc.).
  • Logia – this type allows the user to completely alter their form into a natural element and manipulate it at will.
  • Zoan – This type of fruit allows the user to transform into another species and inter-species hybrid forms at will. Zoan types are especially effective in close combat.

Haki

Every living person in the world has a mysterious power called Haki. However, most people do realize they have it. There are three different types of Haki:

  • Kenbunshoku Haki – is a form of Haki that allows the user to sense the presence of others, even if they are concealed from view or too far to see normally.
  • Busoshoku Haki – is a form of Haki that allows the user to use their spirit to create, in essence, an invisible armor around themselves, providing potentially incredible offensive and defensive capabilities. Notably, this form of Haki can be used to injure Devil Fruit users that are otherwise immune to certain kinds of physical harm, mainly Logia users.
  • Haoshoku Haki – is a rare form of Haki that cannot be attained through training. Only one in several million people have this ability. This type of Haki allows the user to exert their willpower over others.

Martial Artists

In One Piece every crew has a combatant, martial arts are a very important part of the series. While not the main form of power, martial arts are used by many characters in the series. Characters like Sabo use martial arts style and stick-fighting. Jinbe uses Fish-Man Karate and Fish-Man Jujutsu. Throughout the series several different form of martial arts are presented. They are generally characterized by styles (Black Leg Style), species (Fish-Man Karate) and culture (Okama Kenpo).

Swordsmen

Nearly every crew has a swordsmen. They are considered to be important assets to the crew and are often highly ranked in their crew. There are two different kinds of swordsmen, the Strong Blade and the Gentle Blade. Strong Blade swordsmen focus on strength like Zoro, Ryuma and Kawamatsu. However, the Gentle Blade swordsmen like Tashigi, Kaku and Brook emphasize speed. The greatest swordsmen alive, Mihawk, uses swordsmanship that combines Strong and Gentle Blade styles. Swords are categorized in One Piece by “Grade.” There are 12 Supreme Grade Swords, 21 Great Grade Swords, 50 Skillful Grade Swords and a undetermined number of Grade Swords.

Three Great Powers

The military takes a very important role in the One Piece series. The Three Great Powers consists of the Marines, the Shichibukai (now disbanded) and the Yonko. The military hopes to replace the Shichibukai with the SSG. The three powers balance each other out, with SSG and the Military equaling Yonko.

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