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

Episode 16, Letting Someone Else Go First

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

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

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

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

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Vinland Saga Episode 2&3: Recap & Review

Floki and the Jomsviking

Hanging over these two episodes is the impeding death of Thors. Vinland Saga isn’t nearly as violent as I anticipated. Of course it is a bloody series. However, I’m surprise how much this series “doesn’t” have violence. That can all change as war has been declared. This is especially true considering that Thors has gone to great lengths to avoid the violence he was once stepped in. In episode 2, Sword, the war between England and Denmark begins. The Jomsviking, a band of powerful Viking warriors, arrive at Thorfinn’s village. They hope to get Thors to return to war. Floki the commander of the Jomsviking, threatens to destroy the village if he doesn’t join. He provides Thors with a boat for the other villagers.

Thorfinn getting spanked for sneaking on board

The first thing that’s questionable is why Thors would take the clearly inexperienced “soldiers,” from the village. Obviously, they need to fight to gain experience but they haven’t been training very hard for war. Thors heads off to war and surprisingly Thorfinn sneaks on board. A common theme of this series so far is how little the villagers take war and violence seriously. The only way to change that is to see it. However, it seems clear that most of Thors fellow villagers are likely going to get killed. Askeladd, the leader of a Viking army is given orders to murder Thors. Floki claims that he was given orders to do so by the king for Thors desertion 15 years ago. Askeladd is able to deduce that he was lying.

Thors defeating several viking enemies

He concludes that Floki was unwilling to risk his men against Thors. Once again the series manages to balance the serious tone with moments of humor. Ari (and the rest of the group) try to proposes to Ylva. She doesn’t seem to care as she’s sleepy. It’s a subtle moment of humor that makes their potential deaths seem sadder. Thors and the others are ambushed by Askeladd and his men. Forced into a corner, Thors begins to fight the men alone. So far he’s unwilling to shed any blood, at least not yet. It might be possible that Thors kills off enough of the men that the others survive, but I doubt it. I’m dreading the next episode but I also can’t wait.

Lupin the Third Part 5 – Episode 2-5: Recap & Review

Episode 2: The Lupin Game

Lupin, Daisuke, Goemon and Ami arrive at the airport. They steal an electric car. However, they are trapped by Zenigata and the police. Ami hacks an AW609 airplane and they use the plane escape. They manage to board a cruise ship to the non ICPO member Bwanda. Zenigata cannot follow as he doesn’t possess jurisdiction in Bwanda. Lupin encourages Ami to join them, as she still need protection from Marco Polo. The group become targets of bounty hunters, as a new online game allows people to bet on the day Lupin will die.

Episode 3: The Killers Gather in the Wasteland

Lupin and Ami are trapped by 3 bounty hunters. He manages to shot their way out, but they’re followed by a quad-copter that’s feeding images to Happy Deathday, the new online game. A group called the “Rat Clan,” corners them in a car manufacturing plant. Ami is able to access the German CPS (Cyber Physical System), using the building’s protection to their advantage. Ami gets shot as they try to escape. Zenigata plan on going on a “vacation” to Bwanda.

Ami informs the team of her past. Lupin decides that he will fight, announcing that he’s in the ruins of an old town. Lupin figures that he can play the bounty hunters against each other. They turn on each diminishing their numbers. Daisuke and Goemon take care of the rest. Lupin and the leader of the Rat Clan face each other in a shoot out. Lupin manages to win with his hidden gun shoe. Lastly, Fujiko parachutes down aiming to be the one to kill Lupin.

Episode 4: Zenigata’s Pride and the Desert Dust

Zenigata rescues Lupin and Ami from Fujiko. He intends to bring them to justice by getting them across the border. The Bwandan military attacks them by helicopter. They work together to escape and head to the border. However, they come under fire from a sniper. Lupin acts as the decoy drawing the fire of the sniper, he appears to have been shot in the head despite Zenigata camouflage.

Episode 5: A Crook’s Resolve

Lupin is declared dead. Meanwhile, Ami is taken in by Zenigata. Ami contracts Marco Polo and decides to work out a deal. She meets with Marco Polo’s CEO, Chuck Glay. He traps her and threatens to kill her if she doesn’t tell him about Lupin. Of course he wants the location of the money that Lupin stole. However, it turns out that this was all apart of Lupin plans, together with Ami, Fujiko, Goemon and Jigen. Zenigata isn’t surprised that Lupin survived. He arrest Glay. Ami enrolls in a boarding school, hoping to have the real life she missed.

This seems to be the end of Ami’s time with Lupin and the team. I’m disappointed by that. While, the Lupin team has a number of members they don’t have a computer expert. Maybe, Ami will become a recurring character. I wonder if the series will shift away from the tech focus to more traditional bank robbery type heists. It appears that what makes this Lupin series different is that it’s more modern.

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Episode 15: Recap & Review

Episode 15, Mount Natagumo

Tanjiro, Zenitsu and Inosuke are told that their fully healed. Zenitsu has now been informed that Nezuko is Tanjiro’s sister. A Kungai crow arrives and informs them that they’re to report to Mt. Natagumo. While on the path to Mt. Natagumo they encounter a fellow Demon Slayer that appears to be under control of a demon. Inosuke and Tanjiro head into the forest to find out. We see four demons in the shadows. Tanjiro and Inosuke run into a demon slayer and he informs them that there were ten initially.

Suddenly the slayers started attacking each other. We get a glimpse of the Demon Slayer commander, that takes note that his “children” have been slaughtered. He decides to send two Hashiras, Tomioka Giyu and Shinobu, as he believes that they maybe dealing with the Twelve Kizuki. Zenitsu finally heads towards the mountain when he realizes that Tanjiro took Nezuko with him. Meanwhile, Tanjiro and Inosuke are attacked by the remaining Demon Slayers under the control of the demons. However, they learn that the small spiders are attaching the threads to the Demon Slayers.

Without Tanjiro’s ability to smell the demon, it’s up to Inosuke to find her. A white haired and skinned demon appears telling them not to interfere with his family or his “mother” will kill them. He walks away on one of the spider webs. Inosuke attempts to attack the demon but can’t reach. He uses the seventh form of the Beast breathing technique and is able to locate her using his “spiritual awareness.” We know that each demon has a backstory, I wonder if the spider demons are actually related biologically. Regardless, it seems that Tanjiro, Zenitsu, Inosuke, Nezuko and Murata may be over their heads. I’m excited to see how strong Hashiras really are.

Dr. Stone Episode 2, Recap and Review

Taiju and Senku running from the lions

Episode 2, King of the Stone World

In the last episodes review I predicted that Taiju would release Shishio Tsukasa and that it was a bad idea. Turns out I was right. While Shishio is clearly helpful, his world view is dangerous. At the start of this episode, Senku finally frees on of the stone sparrows. He leaves the decision on who will be freed to Taiju, who of course chooses Yuzuriha. Before they can free her, they’re chased by a pride of hungry lions. Desperate, they decided to free Shishio. In a spectacular show of force, Shishio kills the male lion forcing the other to flee. I was wrong about the dynamic between the brains and the brawn.

Shishio Tsukasa

When running from the lions, Taiju offers to sacrifice himself for Senku. Assuming that humanity can survive with “just” a smart human like Senku. Senku explains that they need each other and that Taiju’s is valued for his “fitness” not his fighting ability. This is were Shishio comes in. They dynamic between brain and brawn is complicated by as Taiju puts it “brains, brawn and brute force.” Senku notes that in a “world without guns” Shishio would be unstoppable. His strength comes with upsides of course, He’s able to hunt boar, birds and fish for them.

Shishio fights boars

Senku suggest that the first step towards rebuilding civilization lies in “calcium carbonate.” It’s the stuff they use for chalk in sports. However they have several uses. Once you create the powder they can be used for agriculture, construction and soap. Senku initially states that their are “four” uses for calcium carbonate but after talking to Shishio he lies and says that he only stated that their was three. The trust between Senku and Shishio isn’t there. I think they both see the other as a threat. Shishio kills a man by decapitating his stone body because the man abused him.

Senku and Shishio in conflict

He presents a question to Senku. Should we try to return to the “old world.” He sees the young as “pure,” and thinks that the older people are “tainted” and would only ruin the “paradise.” Senku disagrees, suggesting that he intends to free everyone. I disagree with Senku here. If you bring back the adults they won’t want to listen to a “child,” no matter how smart they are. They need to be more selective. The problem is how do any of them know what someone’s like? Shishio seems to assume that all young people are pure is that really true? He’s young, yet he had no trouble killing a man. How’s that pure? Regardless, the conflict has been set up. Brain verses brute force.

Vinland Saga Episode 1: Recap & Review

Thors in a dream state

Episode 1: Somewhere not here

If you watched Game of Thrones then you may have felt some instant similarities in this series. Generally, I don’t watch a lot of Historical Seinen anime. Actually, Vinland Saga is my first. This episode begins with Thors (everybody seems to be named after the god Thor) daydreaming in a wheat field. Turns out he’s on the battle field. We get a glimpse of the stunning animation and brutal violence. Thors dominates, killing enemies with ease as he travels from boat to boat. In a fury of slashes and blood, Thors appears to be unfazed and unafraid. At the end of this scene he washes up on shore, leaving the burning boats behind.

Thorfinn listening to Leif

We move forward to years later on Iceland. Thorfinn is doing chores. We hear a likely false or exaggerated story from his Grandfather, Leif Erickson. Thorfinn lives with his father Thors, his mother Helga and his sister Ylfa. The next morning Ylfa and Thors begin shoveling the snow off of their room. Ylfa falls off and lands on a slave that was under the snow. The man is malnourished, badly scared and seemingly has frostbite on his limbs. Thors tries to save him from death. Meanwhile, Grandpa Leif tells Thorfinn a probably true story of being marooned on ice and having 6 of his crewmates die. He also explains why they left the warm Norway for the freezing Iceland.

The slave

They fled from a strongman named Harald. Thorfinn calls him a “lair,” and runs home. The slave begins to speak and explains that he’s from Halfdan’s. Halfdan arrives to collect his slave. When one of his men steps out of line, Halfdan wraps his chain around his face and pulls. The man is severely disfigured as a result. The slave talks about his family as he becomes delirious. When Halfdan comes to get him, Thors offers ewes for the dying slave. He ends up trading eight for the slave. He quickly dies, leaving Ylfa distraught . . . over the sheep. It was a dark moment but a funny one. Finally, we see a boat with a blond man with a scar approaching what we can assume is Iceland.

King of Norway, Harald

Like many of the series I’ve review this summer, I really liked Vinland Saga. I’ll review the other two episode released in the coming days but this episode was well done. The animation was amazing, and so far I like the characters. It’s hard to know the tone of this series just yet, but it feels like there will be a combination of dark themes (slavery) but also humor. I already know that Thors isn’t going to live very long. That’s why I referenced Game of Thrones before. The warrior with a heart of gold dies early in the series. The characterization of Thors had such an powerful effect on me I’m already dreading his death.

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Episode 14: Recap & Review

Episode 14, The House with the Wisteria Family Crest

This episode picks up right were the last one left off. Tanjiro lands a devastating blow on Inosuke breaking some of his ribs. He tells them that members of the Demon Corps should fight each other. Inosuke takes it as an argument against using swords and decides he should use his hands. Inosuke shows that he’s quite flexible. He’s relentless until Tanjiro headbutts him. His mask fall off revealing that he’s a “pretty” guy. Inosuke passes out. After they bury the victims they head down the mountain.

The siblings go their own way after the Kaugai crow gives Kiyoshi a charm to ward off demons. The three, Tanjiro, Inosuke and Zenitsu head to a manor to rest. They receive food and clothes from the old lady of the manor. We learn that Inosuke is an orphan and that he became a Demon Slayer after hearing about it and the Final selection. Zenitsu finally asks “why does Tanjiro travel with a demon.” Nezuko finally emerges from the box, of course Zenitsu freaks out. He becomes smitten with her. He accuses Tanjiro of carrying around Nezuko to “make out with.” The episode was fine. Not much happened. I was right about Inosuke being a aggressive airhead. Like Zenitsu, I expect that Inosuke will turn out to be more complicated than that.

To the Abandoned Sacred Beasts: Episode 1, Recap and Review

The Incarnates beast forms

Episode 1, To the Abandoned Sacred Beasts

You never know what to expect from a new series. This of course leads to anticipation but can leave you disappointed. The first episode of To Abandoned Sacred Beasts, entitled . . . To the Abandoned Sacred Beasts, left me desiring more. I wasn’t a bad debut episode, just not a particularly great one. Of course the first episode is tasked with setting the series up, resulting in a sometimes unsatisfying introduction. Hank and his unit of Incarnates (super soldiers) were created to turn the tide of war. The episode begins with a frontal assault by the North, they’re slaughtered. The first question I had was why get your army killed if you have the Incarnates?

Elaine and Hank

Predictably, the Incarnates lay waste to the southern forces. The designs of the beast weren’t that creative. On guy just gains horse legs becoming a boring centaur. Most of the beast forms are likely to be inspired either directly or indirectly by mythological creatures. Why one person turns into on thing over the other isn’t explained. My best guess is that it’s random. In the future I’m certain that we will see why these soldiers were chosen. The Incarnates are lead by Hank Henriette, his second in command Cain Madhouse and the creator of the Incarnates, Elaine. If you couldn’t guess from the name Cain predictable becomes a traitor.

Some fan-service

Before this moment one of the Incarnates, Ari goes berserk. He kills soldiers from both sides during his rampage. The soldiers from the north open fire and while incapacitated he commits suicide rather than lose himself. This leads Hank to swear an oath, which will become his motivation for the series. It will be the responsibility of the Incarnates to hunt down and kill each other when they lose their minds. As I mentioned Cain betrays Elaine and Hank, but after Elaine attempts to kill Hank. She has decided that killing all the beast then herself is the only answer she can think of. Cain is the typical villain, his name and his long hair were a dead give away.

Hank fighting a Incarnate

Hank hunts down one of the Incarnates during the ending credits (I guess that’s going to be a thing in anime now). While it’s short, I did enjoy it as Hank appears to turn into a werewolf. Overall, this series is mediocre. The animation is so so and the story needs to be fleshed out more. I don’t care much for anime music so I won’t pass any judgement on that aspect, but the story did have some comedic moments that didn’t quiet last. I didn’t care about the romance between Hank and Elaine. Nor did I care that she died. Lastly the fan-service in the form Liza while not gratuitous feels unnecessary (maybe that’s true of all fan-service). If she suppose to be a serious soldier, why have her spilling out of her top. It’s not the end of the world though. I give this series a few more episodes before deciding if it’s worth my time.

One Punch Man S2 – Episode 12: Recap & Review

Garou taking a beating

Episode 12, Cleaning up the Disciple’s Mess

Bang dominates an injured Garou, as Genos notes that Bang is better than Garou. It seems unlikely that he would be able to win considering Genos, Bang and Bomb are so strong. Phoenix Man is flying around, tasked by Orochi to get Garou. He of course is hesitate as he would need to get past all the heroes. Garou concludes that in order to survive he would need to kill, Bomb, Bang and Genos. What is interesting is that despite Garou being hurt, Bomb AND Bang fight him together. Garou remembers his childhood which predictably saw him being bullied by his Tatsu. While playing hero, Garou is always casts as the “monster.” He associates his childhood with the belief that heroes fighting monsters is always unfair. This is important to know as Bang and Bomb prove his point by attacking him together. However, Phoenix Man arrives and takes Garou.

Bang and Bomb double team Garou

Genos decides that he’s going to kill them both with his Spiral Incineration Cannon. Elder Centipede interferes. Bomb, Genos and Bang rescue the fallen heroes. Phoenix Man explains to Garou that he should kill the heroes instead of leaving them alive.I think so far what has kept Garou from truly being a monster is this fact. Phoenix Man goes on to say that Elder Centipede is going to destroy “everything.” According to the monster strategist, Gyoro-Gyoro, there are ONLY four heroes that can defeat the Elder Centipede. Terrible Tornado, because of her psychic powers, Metal Knight, that “hoards military might on an unknown scale.” King, the “strongest human alive,” and the top hero Blast. Of course we know that King is weak and it’s Saitama that’s the strongest human. Regardless, Elder Centipede joined the Monster Association to get revenge.

Elder Centipede

Neither Genos or Bang aren’t well suited to combat Elder Centipede. When Bang and Bomb land a devastating attack it molts, and heals as if nothing happened. Genos decides that he will fight the Elder Centipede alone. Genos ends up cut in half but is able to reconnect himself. He gets swallowed and uses his Ultra Spiral Incineration Cannon. It still does nothing. Bang, Genos and Bomb flee with the other heroes. As Bang prepares to die fighting, King arrives claiming that he brought Blast. As the Elder Centipede comes to attack King, Saitama arrives and defeats it with One Punch.

Saitama destroys Elder Centipede

This is ended rather abruptly if you asked me. Maybe they didn’t have enough time or money to animated the entire arc? Regardless, I’m hoping they find a better animator for the next season. While I could tolerate this season it wasn’t the beautiful animation form the first season. Anyway, Saitama really took a step back this season. Instead we focused on a human villain. It was a bit refreshing. I’m predicting that Garou becomes a actually monster, as he’s not strong enough as he is. Genos seems to have figured out his limits. Genos has everything but “power.” This isn’t completely true as he is a S Class hero, but he’s also not as strong as many monsters or other S Class heroes. I wonder how strong he and Garou will become.

The Summer Anime Series I’m Looking Forward To

As the summer arrives, new anime series debut. Many of these series will appear on many streaming services Amazon, Crunchyroll, Funimation, and Netflix. Several series like Carole & Tuesday, Fruits Basket and Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba will continue from the spring.

Vinland Saga

Studio: Wit Studio

Genre: Action, Drama, Historical

Premiere Date: July 6

Where to Watch: Amazon Prime

What’s it About: Following the story of a band of Vikings, Vinland Saga is based on the manga of the same name. Thorfinn aims to get revenge on Askeladd for murdering his father. Askeladd’s Vikings gets involved in a battle over succession between two princes.


Dr. Stone

Studio: Toho Animation

Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

Premiere Date: July 5

Where to Watch: CrunchyrollFunimation

What It’s About : Thousand years after humanity is turned into stone, a student named Taiju breaks free. He finds his old friend, Senku that was freed before Taiju. Senku aims to use his scientific knowledge to free the others and rebuild human civilization.


Fire Force

Studio: David Production

Genre: Action, Psychological, Supernatural

Premiere Date: July 5

Where to Watch: CrunchyrollFunimation

What It’s About: From the creator of Soul Eater, Fire Force takes place in an alternate Tokyo where fire fighters battle against fire monsters called Infernals. The main protagonist, Shinra is a “third generation infernal.” He can control and create fire. He joins the Special Fire Force Company 8 that aim to stop Infernals.


To The Abandoned Sacred Beasts

Studio: Mappa

Genre: Action, Drama, Military

Premiere Date: July 1

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll

What It’s About: A young woman Nancy, looks for a Beast Hunter to avenge the death of her father who was turned into a monstrous beast to help win a civil war. I’ve never heard of this series and it looks interesting.