Future State: Wonder Woman Vol 1

Future State: Wonder Woman Vol 1 #1

Writer, Penciler, Inker: Joelle Jones

Letterers: Clayton Cowles

Hell to Pay, Part One

Future State: Wonder Woman (Volume 1) is a limited series published by DC Comics. DC Future State is a two-month event. It’s considered a direct sequel to Dark Nights: Death MetalFuture State is a future where younger heroes take the mantle from DC’s famous heroes. The event will have 24 titles published in January and February. Yara Flor is the new Wonder Woman. Unlike Diana, Yara originates from the Amazon Rainforest in South America. Like the original Wonder Woman, Yara is an Amazon. Future State: Wonder Woman opens with Yara hunting for the Hydra. She quickly decapitates it. However, the mythological creature’s ability to regenerate its head proves difficult. As Yara struggles with the Hydra, she calls for her pegasus, Jerry.

After she finally kills the beast, Yara takes its horn. She tells her “friend,” Caipora, that she intends to take the horn to the Underworld to “demand Hades return her sister warrior.” Caipora tells her she will not allow her to take the horn. Yara is defiant. Telling Caipora to “watch her.” Caipora offers a deal. If Yara leaves the horn, she will take her to the Underworld personally. In the New 52 Multiverse, we find the Underworld in the “metaphysical reality known as the Sphere of the Gods.” It includes all “lands of the dead”, and “prison dimensions.” In Future State: Wonder Woman, the Underworld resembles an airport, guarded by Cerberus. Once past the turnstile, they arrive at the river Styx. True to the myth, Charon, the ferryman demands a coin for payment or Charon’s obol.

Make way for Yara Flor, the new Wonder Woman

Yara has no such coin and steals one from the soul in front of her. When the soul realizes that they have robbed him, he attacks Yara. Preferring combat, Yara causes a ruckus, waking the Cerberus. Future State: Wonder Woman is a captivating comic. Wonder Woman is visually striking. I quickly fixated on the color pallet by Jordie Bellaire. The greens, yellows, and blue-greens contrast well with the red. On one page, Yara appears to exist in a 3D world. She’s centered, with the decapitated Hydra head in the foreground and a wall of plants in the background. The panels are dynamically placed, breathing life into the action. The storytelling is excellent. You get a sense of Yara’s and Caipora’s personalities quickly. They both have humor to them that plays off each other well.

The silhouette of Beyonce

Joelle Jones designed Yara well. According to Polygon, Jones based the hero on Beyonce. “Her performance costumes, to me, have such power behind the silhouettes,” Jones says of Beyonce. She arms Yara with a sword based on a shape of a spear tip found in Brazil. Yara uses boleadoras, a bola with three weights at the end of a rope. Used to entangle the legs of cattle, Jones claims that “Her bola acts more than a weapon of control.

She could control somebody to speak the truth, or control them in the way they think, or control their actions. It takes the Lasso of Truth and amps it up more.” Yara Flor is already resonating with audiences. A CW series is in the works and Yara will get an ongoing comic, Wonder Girl. Yara is an interesting character, that has an impressive design and Joelle Jones is an amazing artist that can craft a great story. Future State: Wonder Woman is just the beginning. I want to see what comes next.

Attack on Titan Episode 8: Recap and Review

Episode 8 – “Assassin’s Bullet”

Reiner attacks Eren and is quickly knocked down after Eren destroys his jaw with the Attack Titan’s hardened fists. Despite his defeat, Riener grabs the Jaw Titan from Eren. Out of energy, Eren emerges from the nape of the Attack Titan. The conflict finally ends. The Scout Regiment retreats to the airship. Gabi Braun refuses to allow them to escape. Armed with her rifle, she vows to “kill Eren.” On board, Levi kicks Eren and has him restrained.

The fallout from Eren’s manipulative behavior is just starting. Outside, Jean and the other Scouts board the airship while defending it. Former commander Lobov stays to defend the rear. Gabi races toward the airship, while Falco chases behind. Gabi’s perspective is irrational. Part of her drive to “improve herself” is based on the bigotry of Marleyians. She knows they hate her, and yet she aims to gain their approval. She engages in bigotry towards the Eldians from Paradis Island, calling them “devils.” Her desire for revenge is justifiable because the Scouts attacked her home. However, she denies that this is an acceptable justification for Scout’s.

Gabi kills Sasha

She’s spotted by Lobov, who hesitates to kill her after seeing that she’s a child. Gabi has no hesitation and kills him. His corpse drops to the ground, still tethered to the airship. Gabi with Falco grabbing on use the wire to get aboard the airship. Gabi fires at the celebrating Scout’s hitting Sasha in the torso. As Jean and Connie rush to the aid of Sasha, the other soldiers beat and restrain Gabi and Falco. Heading towards death, Sasha asks “whether they will eat soon,” ending with “meat.”

Elsewhere, Commander Magath and Pieck discusses the soldier she suspected. Most of us assumed incorrectly that the soldier was Armin, turns out it’s Yelena. She a soldier that was onboard the one of the missing fleets, she’s also a devout Zeke Jaeger follower. Yelena’s on the airship with the scouts, and so is Zeke. Hange leaves the cockpit and as Zeke, if “all has gone according to plan.”

Eren’s recknessless

Sasha’s death was shocking, but I think they foreshadowed it when Gabi witness her killing the two soldiers. Sasha is loved by the Attack on Titan fandom, but she never was a significant character. Her death will have an emotional impact on fans and of course her friends Armin, Mikasa, Connie, and Eren, but little effect on the actual story. I could be wrong, of course. Eren seem to take her death hard. Hearing her last words from Connie, Eren remembers Sasha wishing for the day that they can recover her lands so she can raise livestock.

While I don’t think that her death will have a narrative impact, it serves to make Eren look worse. He didn’t want her to get killed, but his behavior got her killed. As Jean points out, “she died because Eren had dragged the Scouts into battle.” Zeke’s betrayal is surprising. It explains why Levi’s and the Beast Titans fight wasn’t that intense. Regardless, Levi hates Zeke. He threatens Zeke when the Titan jokes he must have “wanted to kill him.” Zeke’s plan will unfold in later episodes, but in it seems to include getting the Founding Titan and a Titan “of royal blood.” With Gabi and Falco captured and Zeke “missing” I wonder what the Marley’s response will be.

Jujutsu Kaisen Episode 16: Recap and Review

Jujutsu Kaisen episode 16 focuses on the battle between Panda and Mechamaru. Before that, we get to the climax of the fight between Aoi and Yuji. The episode ones with the quote from the “artistic community.” It is said that, “If someone doesn’t have an eye that can judge quality, they can create nothing of value with their hands.” It’s implied that this is true of Jujutsu and that Yuji has the “eye.” Yuji counter’s Aoi’s attacks. Yuji can see through the offense of Aoi and is “growing” as they fight. However, Aoi can still get the best of Yuji. Todo Aoi appears to be a violent and brainless, but he’s proving (at least when fighting) that he’s smart. He’s capable of analyzing the problem’s with Yuji’s Divergent Fist. Yuji leaves behind Cursed Energy because of his “superhuman speed.”

Yuji’s attack is good enough for low-level sorcerer but not a special grade. Like Todo, Yuji is a brawler. He also has intelligence (again when fighting). He quickly deduces that “he must apply Cursed Energy at the exact moment his attack hits.” Aoi teaches him to that “flowing Cursed Energy is something most Sorcerer’s do consciously.” It’s important for Yuji to stop trying to “speed up” his energy flow. Yuji beings to make his cursed energy flow throughout his entire body. Aoi and Yuji prepare to fight, as his new best friend Aoi hopes to lead Yuji to greatness.

Panda is not a Panda

As Nobara and Panda corner Momo, Mechamaru shoots Panda from behind. He feints dying. Meanwhile, Momo decides to “teach” Nobara a listen. When Mechamaru appears, Panda gets up and punches him. It’s revealed that Panda is a mutated Cursed Corpse. Mechamaru is a “puppet.” It’s being controlled by a man named Kokichi. He reveals he has a Heavenly Restriction, an ability that “grants him great levels of Cursed Energy in place of his useless body.” Kokichi is jealous of Panda’s freedom. He attacks with full-power Ultimate Cannon. Pandasurvives. He emerges from the smoke to reveal his Gorilla Mode.

In a flashback, Yaga informs Panda he had an “older brother and sister.” He was born with three cores, meaning that he needs to be hit in all three to be defeated. In his Gorilla Mode, Panda is a powerhouse. He strikes Mechamaru, sending him flying. Panda uses an unblockable “Drum Beat” ability. In close combat, Panda has the advantage. On the roof, Mechamaru distracts Panda by throwing a tile at him. He takes this opportunity to strike at Panda’s core with his elbow boosters. Panda faked the location of the core. He strikes Mechamaru with his palm, destroying the head of the puppet.

The Promised Neverland Episode 3: Recap and Review

Emma and Mujika bond over pictures of the children left behind. Meanwhile, Ray beats Sonju in chess. Norman comes up. Emma tells Mujika that she “made a promise to him to keep their family safe.” She notes Mujia is “not like a demon at all.” Last season, The Promised Neverland characterized the demons as a mysterious group that preyed on innocent children. This season, with introducing Sonju and Mujika, that image is gone. The history between humans and demons shows that even some humans have a cruel streak (leaving humans to be farmed). They have never seen humans as being completely good, with Isabella being willing to farm children, even her own son (Ray).

Emma and Mujika learn that human, and demons are different that expected. Mujika states that Emma and the orphans are the “first humans she’s spoken to.” She sees humans as differing from other living creatures. They’re both glad they became friends. They continue to travel through the underground caves, being cautious of the hunters. However, they reach the wasteland. The younger orphans want Mujika and Sonju to come with them. Ray tells them they must “make it on their own.” Sonju tells them they won’t run into any demons in the wasteland, but warns them to “stay away from water of forests.” Everyone says their goodbye’s.

After the orphans leave their sight, Sonju and Mujika discuss turning them in. Sonju smiles. He agrees with Mujika that they’re “smart.” He doesn’t mean the orphans any harm, but he looks forward to them “breeding.” Sonju hopes that the offspring, or “naturals,” increase so they can be hunted and eaten. He claims that “the doctrine of the original faith” allows them to “take the lives of their creations in the name of hunting.” He heads off to “take care of business.” Sonju runs finds and kills all the hunters. Later, Emma, Ray, and the other finally reach B06-32. There’s nothing. The children panic, but Ray tells them to calm down. Ray uses the pen and enters the word “History.”

William Minerva answers

A map appears, showing an entrance that leads underground. They enter the tunnel and find a series of doors. Inside one room, Emma turns on the lights and finds several televisions linked to cameras. A letter with Minerva’s seal is pinned to the wall. He congratulates them on arriving. The shelter has a kitchen, showers, a garden, a small library and a room with a piano inside. One kid plays and when another presses a key, a secret passage opens. They investigate and learn that there’s another secret passage. The hideout is a safe place for the orphans. However, Yvette discovers a room with the words “Help” scribbled on the walls. Emma unlocks a door leading to a phone. When she picks it up, William Minerva answers.

The Promised Neverland keeps the mystery going. As I stated in my last review, the series answers old questions while creating new ones. Even when it seems like the orphans have found safety, new dangers appear. Like the children, the audience can never relax. The series needs to balance this reality. I think the pacing between new discovery’s and new threats could be slower. The children should have more time to adjust before being rushed into another problem to be fixed. With only 11 episodes this season, this might not be possible. Regardless, The Promised Neverland is never dull and I’m always excited to see what happens next.

Attack on Titan Episode 7: Recap and Review

Episode 7 – “Assault”

Attack on Titan Season 4 episode 7, “Assault” raises the stakes as the Beast Titan and the Cart Titan join the Jaw Titan. They shoot the Scout Regiment down. Running out of power, Lara Tybur uses her power to impale Eren again. He blocks his neck in time. Falco Grice and Reiner both survived Eren’s transformation. However, Reiner has lost the will to live. Eren attempts to crack Lara’s crystal, only to break the Attack Titan’s teeth. He abandons the Titan, then creates a new one. Pieck, Porco, and Zeke are confident that they have the upper hand. Pieck states that “he Warriors are the ones currently controlling the battlefield because their opponents are limited in weapons and fuel, having arrived using omni-directional mobility gear without a supply line.” With the Marley military surrounding the interment zone, she believes the only obstacle is Levi.

However, this isn’t true. In the harbor, Marleyan fleet prepares to dock. Suddenly, Armin Arlet transforms into the Colossal Titan, destroying the fleet in a nuclear explosion. The Warriors realize they underestimated the Scouts. Porco charges at Eren, hoping that capturing the Founding Titan would end the conflict. Zeke is defeated by Levi, who strikes at his nape. The Beast Titan collapses in front of Magath, Falco, and Gabi. Levi triggers an explosion, forcing Magath and the children into cover. Elsewhere, the Scouts attack Pieck and the Panzer Unit. Sasha Braus snipes one member, Carlo. Pieck is then overwhelmed by Jean, when he hits her with a thunder spear near the eye. The rest of the Scouts bombard the Panzer Unit with Thunder Spears, killing them.

Eren is starting to lose it

Meanwhile, Porco reaches Eren. He bites off his hand, then rips out one of Eren’s eyes. In the barrage, Porco scratches the Lara’s crystal. An airship carrying Hange Zoe arrives. Hange explains the plan is to pick up the scouts, but they only have one shot at it. Porco tries to attack the ship, but Mikasa surprises him. She cuts off both his legs, leaving him at the mercy of Eren. The Attack Titan tosses Porco before pulling off both arms. Eren then jams the crystal containing Lara into the Jaw Titan’s mouth. Taking advantage of the Jaw Titan’s teeth, Eren crushes Lara like a walnut, while Porco begs him not to. After he kills Lara, Eren allows the blood and spinal fluid to flow into the Attack Titan’s mouth, gaining the War Hammer Titan’s ability. As Eren prepares to consume Porco’s Titan ability as well, Gabi and Falco call for Reiner to aid them. Reiner finally awakes, transforming into the Armored Titan.

Attack on Titan episode 7 was brutal. This series has conditioned us not to expect any easy battles and to prepare to see our favorite characters die. I thought I would side with the Scout Regiment only, but I found myself switch sides. Falco and Gabi are both innocent (at least where the Scouts are concerned) but I felt sorry for them. They have always been victims, but Eren specifically has caused them pain. I wonder if they will become like him. Continuing the endless circle of violence. Eren’s brutality is becoming troubling. I’m thinking that he’s going to become the villain, or at least the anti-hero. Eren has no regard for human life. It disappointed me that Levi and Mikasa didn’t shine. However, it’s clear that they are going to be important to the Paradise military force. Overall, Attack on Titan “Assault” was another breathtaking episode.


Jujutsu Kaisen Episode 15: Recap and Review

Aoi Todo has found his best friend in episode 15 of Jujutsu Kaisen.
Aoi Todo has found his best friend

Episode 15: Kyoto Sister School Exchange Event – Group Battle 1

The team battle begins. Megumi uses his Divine Dogs to track curses. Panda deduces that the cursed spirit boss is probably “halfway between both schools,” but doesn’t think it will sit still. The Tokyo team splits into the Megumi squad and the Panda squad. Suddenly, Aoi Todo arrives. He intends on taking on the entire Tokyo Team. However, Yuji takes initiative, kneeing Todo in the face. The others split up afterward. In a flashback, Maki predicted Aoi would come “charging straight towards them.” Yuji task is to distract Todo, he doesn’t need to win. Todo comes at Yuji. He hits him with a powerful punch. Todo brutally stomps on Yuji’s head, drawing blood. When he goes for the finishing blow, he stops, assuming that Yuji died. As he walks away, Yuji gets up.

What if you made me even dumber?

It pisses Yuji off. Todo asks him his name, then the question, “What kind of woman is your type?” Perplexed, Yuji answers “a tall woman with a big ass.” Todo loves his answer, he fantasizes that he and Yuji are best friends. Todo cries after the memory. Aoi decides Yuji is his best friend. The other Kyoto students suddenly attack Yuji. Mai Zenin shoots at him, Kasumi Miwa uses New Shadow Style, Simple Domain: Quick Draw, but Yuji can dodge them. However, the students can surround him. Yuji realizes that they’re trying to kill him. Aoi claps his hands together, using a cursed technique to swap Yuji with Noritoshi Kamo. Having found his new best friend, Aoi isn’t pleased. He attacks Kamo but misses. The Kyoto leave Yuji in Todo’s hands, hoping he kills him.

He’s just Sukuna’s Vessel

Momo Nishimiya surveilling, the battle is attacked by Nue’s electric wings. Maki and Megumi ambush Kasumi and Noritoshi. Megumi asks Kamo directly if he’s trying to kill Yuji. In a flashback, the Tokyo Team assumes that the Kyoto Team is trying to murder Yuji. Panda explains they consider Yuji to be no different from a cursed spirit. They send Toge to hunt down the cursed spirits, while they stop the Kyoto Team. With Toge free to fight curses, the Tokyo Team has the advantage. Elsewhere, Yuji and Aoi continue to trade blows. Yuji impresses Todo with his toughness, strength, and speed. However, he hates the time lag in Yuji’s technique. He points out Yuji’s “nasty habit,” and that he will never lose to him as long as he does that. Accused of being okay with “staying weak,” Yuji charges his fist. Claiming that he’s not.

The Promised Neverland Season 2 Episode 2: Recap and Review

Ray learning that truth of the past in The Promised Neverland Season 2 Episode 2.
Ray learning that truth of the past

Mujika and Sonju are the demon rescuers of the orphans. They don’t eat humans for religious reasons. They eat everything else. Mujika and Sonju reject the demon’s society farming system. Sonju tells them an “old tale.” Demons used to hunt humans. Some humans surrendered, while others killed demons. Eventually the number of demons killed by humans surpassed the number of humans killed by demons. The death toll became too much. So they formed a compromise. They will split the world in half, demons on one side, humans on the other. The orphans were born on the demon’s side. They’re the offspring of “gifts” given to the demon world. The demons established a “breeding system” to farm humans. That was over 1000 years ago.

Emma and Ray are at first stunned. Then their faces shift to excitement. If there’s a separate world for humans, then there’s hope. However, Sonju tells them that “no one’s come and gone between the two worlds in 1000 years.” This doesn’t change their plan. Emma believes they will simply get to the human world. The Promised Neverland gives us what we’ve been waiting for information about the larger world. How the farming system came to be and what happened to the humans. They create a new obstacle. No human has passed through to the human world. So as they answer old questions, they create new ones. There is confirmation of other farms besides Grace Field. Emma and the others plan to rescue all the children there, but first they need to find Mr. Minerva and ask him “how to cross to the world without humans.”

How to kill a living being

The Promised Neverland recreates the dynamic that existed in the inside Grace Field. Emma, the optimist, wants to rescue everyone. However, Ray isn’t an obstacle this time. Emma also accepts the difficulty of her plan. She still has hope and will “not to let anyone die.” Sonju gives them directions out of the forest. He tells them they need to “detour” to avoid wild demons. Instead, they should head through the wasteland. Meanwhile, Mujika and Sonju teach them how to survive on the outside. They continue to travel. When Sonju goes to check the surface alone, Emma joins him. Emma has an ulterior motive. She wants to learn how to “kill a living being.” When Emma gets her first kill, she prays over her prey. She notes that “they don’t want to be eaten, but have been eating others.” It never occurred to me that The Promised Neverland was a commentary on human eating meat.

We could compare Mujika and Sonju to vegans or vegetarians. They evade consuming the most “natural” food of the demons, humans. They do so for a “higher purpose.” Emma knows that they (humans) are hypocrites. However, she and the other must each in order to survive. Emma is maturing, but she doesn’t lose her kindness. Emma collapses. It reminds her of Conny when the flower blooms. Sonju assures her they didn’t suffer. I think he’s lying, but it’s a good lie.

Attack on Titan Season 4, Episode 6: Recap and Review

Episode 6 – “The War Hammer Titan”

I’ve been saying this all season, but it bears repeating. Attack on Titan has been to humanize the Eldian’s. Consider Willy Tybur, in episode 6, we see that he’s a father of 5. This successfully humanizes him. We think of his children being fatherless. However, he goes on in his conversation with Captain Magath to show little concern for Eldian’s life. The sympathy he earns in the previous scene is relinquished and when Eren eats him in the following scene, we don’t care. Eren’s assault has a devastating impact. While he massacre’s the attendees, the warriors suffer losses. Zofia is crushed under rubble. Udo tries to save her and is trampled to death.

The tragedy has the likely effect of radicalising Gabi. She can’t understand “why Udo and Zofia” had to die. The answer is they didn’t. However, Gabi is pushed further when Sasha kills a soldier in front of Gabi. Shocked by the violence, Gabi grabs a gun. I think Gabi will end up killing one of the Scouts, probably Sasha in revenge. However, Gabi’s not the victim here. She has killed plenty of people. She may be too young to or to bias to release that she’s no better than anyone else. That is the theme that Attack on Titan is trying to make. There are no angels here. It’s tragic that it involves a child like Gabi at all, but this is the world of Attack on Titan.

Look at what you’ve done, Eren

Lara Tybur is actually the War Hammer Titan. She quickly dominates Eren, when she impales him on a spike. The Titan can create any weapon it chooses. This makes the War Hammer titan a versatile Titan. Overwhelmed, it exposes Eren. When the War Hammer Titan asks “his last words,” he calls for Mikasa to take action. Mikasa arrives in typical epic fashion. Soaring through the air with new armor, she fires eight Thunder Spears into the nape of the War Hammer. As she pulls the triggers, they explode, appearing to kill the host. Once reunited with Eren, she asks him to “come home.” Eren’s “mission” to invade Marley seems to have been another one of his reckless decisions.

The Marley’s army prepares for a full assault. Eren notices that the War Hammer function differently from other Titans. First, it doesn’t have the nape weakness. Eren notes that the titan appeared “from the feet,” instead of “from the head.” Lara isn’t inside the War Hammer Titan at all. She’s hiding underneath the stage attached to the Titan by an umbilical cord. Eren transforms a second time, pulling out Lara from her hiding place. He tears the umbilical cord and the War Hammer Titan collapse. As he prepares to eat the Titan, the Jaw Titan attacks him from behind. Before it can kill Eren, Levi arrives slashing the jaw of the Titan, preventing him from biting.

It shocks Galliard that the Survey Corps isn’t afraid of him. Titans had besieged Paradis Island for decades, resulting is the Survey Corps developing skills and means to deal with Titans. This has also happened to the nations that surround Marley. This episode tests us. As viewers, we are rooting for Eren as he slaughters the masses. The “masses” unfortunately include children. Soldiers are expected to die and have made victims of other. I won’t lie, I was enjoying this massacre, especially when Eren kills the soldiers. Attack on Titan has attempted to make us feel for the Eldians, but I think they needed more time. War creates victims of everyone. The Survey Core may win this fight, but they could lose the war or at least more of themselves. Of course this is Attack on Titan, so they could get slaughtered in the next episode.

Jujutsu Kaisen Episode 14: Recap and Review

Episode 14, “Kyoto Sister School Goodwill Event”

Jujutsu Kaisen returns after a brief break. Episode 14, “Kyoto Sister School Goodwill Event – Team Battle, Part 0” begins the Kyoto Goodwill Event arc. Jojo, Geto, and Mahito discuss their plans after failing. Mahito realizes that Sukuna is “valuable,” and believes that they should focus on winning him over. Jojo is willing to everything possible, even if they die. Geto already sets a plan in motion. Elsewhere, Gojo and Yuji decided on a plan to reintroduce Yuji to his friends. At the Tokyo school, Nobara arrives with luggage. She falsely believes that they were going to the Kyoto school. Jujutsu Kaisen once again mentions Yuta Okkotsu. The buildup for this character makes me want to see his skills. So it’s working.

The Kyoto jujutsu students arrive and we get formal introductions. The student group comprises Ultimate Mechamaru, Nishimiya Momo, Kamo Noritoshi, Zenin Mai, and Toudou Aoi. All are second or third years, giving them the advantage over the Tokyo team. Gojo arrives late and makes a big deal about Yuji’s return. Megumi and Nobara aren’t moved. The Kyoto students don’t care, but it pisses Principal Gakuganji Yoshinobu off. Gojo loves antagonising him. If my knowledge with anime is any sign, old people are usually badasses. Gojo may be stronger than him, but I still wouldn’t mess with him. Anyway, Yuji reunites with his friends.

Principal Masamichi Yaga explains the rules of the team battle: “The first team to exorcise the grade 2 curse lurking around the battlefield wins. Its also populated with many grade 3 and lower curses. If the grade 2 isn’t exorcised by sunset, the team with the most exorcisms win.” The students must reframe from killing or severally wounding each other. However, during the Kyoto team meeting, principal Gakuganji orders them to kill Yuji. He considers Yuji to be Sukuna’s vessel and nothing more. The Kyoto team plans on ganging up on him. Jujutsu Kaisen is making the case for Kyoto, being the source of mole. We have learned little about Geto’s past, but I think he was a student at Kyoto.

What is Megumi capable of

A common theme of this episode was: the hyping of characters whose abilities haven’t been seen. This was the case for Gojo and now Megumi, Okkotsu, and Toge. At this point in the series, I feel like we know little about most of the characters’ abilities. This isn’t a criticism, but more of an observation. Regardless, we get some information on Toge’s abilities. He uses cursed speech. This ability allows him to “infuse his words with Cursed Energy to improve the spirit of his commands, forcing all those who hear it to obey.”

This ability has downsides. If he uses it against a target with more cursed energy, it will take a toll on his body. While we have seen some of Megumi’s abilities, Sukuna has pointed out that he has a special ability. Kamo Noritoshi warns against Zenin underestimating him, pointing out that Megumi is “the most talented in the Zenin Family.” Hopefully, Jujutsu Kaisen will stop teasing us in the next episode.

The Promised Neverland Season 2 Episode 1: Recap and Review

Freedom is beautiful, yet so cruel

The Promised Neverland season 2 episode 1 opens with the orphans running frantically with a black background. Considering how the last season ended, most would assume that they are fleeing from the orphanage. However, when Emma claims that “it’s just like a game of tag,” the scene shifts to reveal that their being chased by an alien. The outside world has been a mystery for both the audience and the orphans. Where are the monsters? What are other dangers? Turns out that there are some more “primitive” monster to deal with. Emma notes the “beauty” of freedom, but also its cruelty. The children stay together as they traverse the new surroundings. Emma tells the children that “everyone to stay in a group.” Ray apologizes to Emma for not cooperating sooner. In typical Emma fashion, she forgiving.

Emma first wants to find drinkable water and hopefully food. Ray notes that the “enemy” will assume that’s what they’ll do. They decide to head southeast. Emma presents Ray with the pen Norman gave them. Ray rotates it, resulting in holographic map appearing. Ray realizes that there’s morse code that reads “T.O.U.C.H.M.E”. So he does. It reveals another screen that requires a password. After referencing the “mythology” found in the book from Minerva, they enter the correct password. A note from Minerva appears. It reads: “if you need help, come visit me.” “I’m located at B06-32.” This scene gives us some peace of mind and tells us that where they can go. The moment also reminds us of Norman. Despite being shipped out, he’s still helping the orphans.

The hunted and the hooded

Yvette, a young dark-haired girl, notices a plant on the base of a tree. She can’t remember exactly where she saw the plant before. Ray chimes in that it was “The Adventures of Ugo.” The plants are “sea anemones,” they can store fresh water. Ray cuts one, filling a jar with water. This solves the river problem and even better the book is a guide. We return to the moment in the opening when the orphans were being chased. Ray decides that he will trap the monster in the “snakes of Alvapinera.” According to Ray, if “you fall down, you’ll never get back out.”

He distracts the monster, and it targets him. Suddenly, the monster is decapitated. Ray carves a message in the tree, then tells the hunters that all the others have died. Elsewhere, the orphans worry that Ray is taking too long. Emma tells them to head “downwind” as she heads to find Ray. Unfortunately, she faints. Her ear bleeds and her fever rises. Suddenly, a mysterious girl appears. Meanwhile, Ray leads the hunters away from the others, but they corner him. When all seems lost, Ray is rescued by a cloaked figure.

The hunters give chase but lose the scent. Ray awakens in a cave bathe in green light. Emma and Ray discuss the hooded figures that saved them. One of the hooded figure arrives to bring them to dinner. Ray asks about the other hooded figure and is told that his name is Sonju. When Emma asks the hooded figure about Minerva, she doesn’t seem to know who that is. Ray asks what we all want to know. Why are demons saving humans? It shocks Emma to learn who she’s been talking to.

So many questions

Season 2 of the Promised Neverland already has me scratching why head. This is a good thing. They didn’t focus on the creatures found in the forests. One child called them “bugs” is that literally what they were or was that a guess? Are they demons? The question of why the demons helped them is the most pressing, but I’m sure it will get answered in the next episode. The Promised Neverland has lost some drama created by being tapped in one place.

I miss the dynamic between the trio. While I miss the trio, I hope that the other orphans take center stage, at least sometimes. It will be difficult to do with such a large cast, but I would like to see how they handle this situation. The new mysteries are intriguing. What are the demons exactly? How does their society function? Do they all eat humans? Are the demons that saved Emma and the others like vegans? I can’t wait to learn the answers.