Boruto saves Tentou

First B-Rank mission

Boruto, Sarada, and Misuki are given a B Rank mission, Misuki reminds them that Gaara was doing B-Rank missions when he was a genin. Sarada and Boruto are excited that she could walk in the path of a Kazekage. Until this point there is no real evidence that they are this good, but I guess we will get to see what they’re capable of.

Boruto remembers Tentou

Boruto finds the rare card that Tentou hid in his pocket. He is surprise that Tentou gave him the card after he refused it. Boruto aims to return the card to him and goes to his hotel. He overhears that Tentou has been kidnapped. The mujina are responsible and they demand 500 million ryou for Tentou’s return. They also want all the prisoners from “Hoozuki Castle,” to be released.

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Sarada is practicing her aiming, meanwhile, Boruto arrives to inform her that he will be unable to make the mission. Sarada accepts that he can’t tell her what he’s up to and he goes to save Tentou. The leader of the mujina, Shojoji, reveals that Yamaoka was killed a long time ago. He explains how Shikabane Bunshin no jutsu, is a forbidden technique that devour and take in the form, memories abilities and their life. Tentou uses the shuriken to try to kill himself, it ends the way it is expected to with Tentou being defeated. Shojoji attempts to eat Tentou’s brain and Boruto kicks him in the face hard. Boruto aims to take Shojoji by himself.

There’s been a lot of criticism of Sarada appearance, basically she’s dressed like a 20 year old, but is only 12. I agree, I don’t understand why it’s necessary to dress her in skimpy clothing, it’s creepy. Another criticism is of the art style, I had some criticism in the begin but have come to actual like it. Manga artist often get better, as the series goes on (see Bleach) and I think it’s also relative unique style. As for the chapter there’s now way Boruto has the ability to defeat Shojoji. Unlike his father who was often saved by the nine-tails, Boruto lacks this ability. Most likely, he will be saved by Misuki and Sarada, we’ll get to see how good they are and most likely accomplish a mission higher rank mission.

 

 

Attack on Titan: nearing towards the climax

Confirmation of human to titan transformation

One of the previous mysteries introduced this season is what happened to Connie’s village. We got confirmation this episode that Connie’s family and the other villagers were turned into titans. The lack of blood, use of horses and normal titan behavior has convinced the scouts that the were transformed. The found photograph of Connie’s parents are telling and it is concluded that Connie’s mother is the remaining titan. Furthermore, during the Ymir flashback we see that her punishment, along with her followers was to be turned into a mindless titan.

Ymir and Reiner want Christa

Reiner uses Christa to manipulate Ymir into working with them. Christa is also important due to her connection to the a family of the church. Ymir uses Reiner’s attraction toward Christa as a litmus test for where he can be trusted. Reiner doesn’t think they should risk themselves for Christa at this points. Ymir makes a passionate case for kidnapping Christa and turns into her titan form.

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The scouts head into the forests to follow Reiner and the others. However, the are attacked by the titans, they begin to use their 3D gear. They run into Ymir thinking that she was still on their side. However, when she spots Christa, she swallows her and flees. The scouts give chase but she is too fast, as Reiner transforms, together with Ymir, Bertholdt and Erin they begin to escape. The Scouts get on their horses and give chase. With only 2 episodes left in the season the climax is coming and likely to be explosive. I predict danger for the scouts as the no longer will have the cover of the trees. Finally, it seems heavily implied the Hannes will meet his end.

 

 

Will Mass Effect: Andromeda a disappointment?

Mass Effect Andromeda will be officially released on March 21, 2017.  So far there has been some mixed reviews and fears that the game will be a disappointment. Mass Effect Andromeda is out now on EA Access, which gives fans access to the first ten hours on PC and Xbox One. Critics have been giving mixed reviews since. Many have made light of the stiffness of the character models, the facial animations in particular have been mocked. Bioware will likely patch the poor animations and the final game hasn’t been released yet.

Some critics feel that the character creation is a disappointment as well, according to Erik Kain of Forbes, character creation is “Not only is it far more limited and much more difficult to create appealing characters, it’s also trapped inside a truly bizarre user interface.” Kain concludes that while it’s difficult to created the character you want, it can be done. However, everyone doesn’t seem to think that character creation is a problem, IGN’s Alanah Pearce thinks that the customization is going to be fun.

 Apparently, the dialogue featured in the game is terrible. According to RockPaper Shotgun.com, “I can’t even imagine how anyone can feel okay with writing that into a script without experiencing enough shame to just get up, walk away, and keep walking until they fall off of or into something.” Some of the characters are specifically bad, like Zoe Telford’s Addison, who’s “E-NUNC-I-AT-ING makes it sound like she’s reading phonetic words in a language she’s never heard.”

It’s possible that none of this would probably be something you wouldn’t notice if it wasn’t brought to you’re attention. However, maybe it’s really is so bad you couldn’t ignore it. Apparently, this many different minor problems can be fixed, but there’s no way Bioware is going to rewrite the scrips so well just have to live with it. Let’s be clear that this isn’t the final build of the game and it will likely improve before being released.

Space Patrol Luluco

Space Patrol Luluco is an anime from the well regarded anime studio, Trigger. The television series was created by Hiroyuki Imaishi. The series aired in Japan between April and June 2016.

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Episode 1 – I’m a Normal Middle School Student

Our main protagonist is Luluco, she lives with her dad in the town of Ogikubo. The town is a “space immigration zone,” where human’s and aliens live together. She is a middle school student, that hates the town she resides in. Her father is apart of Space Patrol, that upholds the laws of Ogikubo. Luluco doesn’t seem too impressed by her father. She chastises him for working too much, living in a “run-down apartment,” and is divorced. Distracted by his daughters criticism, he eats an “instant cold-sleep capsules for aliens.

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He is frozen and even dropped by his daughter, breaking in three pieces. She quickly and frantically rushes her father to the Space Patrol headquarters. Luluco meets with the chief of the Space Patrol Ogikubo branch, he offers her a job, in exchange for defrosting her father. She doesn’t want to join the force, but is tasks with policing her middle school of “crime.”Her first case was an incident of cheating by a fellow student. Her patrol suit is automatically activates and she transforms into a Judgement Gun, garnering the laughter of her classmates. 

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The animation of Space Patrol Luluco is dynamic. The characters have a chibi feel to them. The color pallet of the series is vast, and the characters move through public environments that are stationary and less colorful. This is most notable when Luluco is talking to the chief. He wasn’t moving very much, save for his purple flame. The series is silly and comical in tone. The character design of the aliens are simple, and there’s nothing unique in their appearance, but I liked them. The episodes of this series are only 7 mins. long. I was initially disappointed by the length, but I found that it is probably a good thing. I’ll continue to watch this series and hope it continues to interest me. 

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Weekly Shonen (10/6/16)

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My Hero Academia

Chapter 110 – Rescue Maneuvers Continued

Yoarashi Inasa, aka Gale, uses his wind powers to move rubble with surgical precision. However, he is penalized for being too reckless. He response favorably and ends his technique. The students continue to discuss what they should or shouldn’t do in regard to the situation. The exam is clearly designed to teach the students to work together and hone their quirks. If he students learn the scope and limitation of their quirks, so that they can be more effective heroes.

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However, according to one civilian the students “waste too much resources” and aren’t likely to pass as a result. Katsuki runs into two civilians with arm injuries, he rudely tells them to keep moving. He concludes that “refuses to help them since they can still move their legs.” He is actually not penalized for not helping them, but for his rude language. Izuku brings another injured child to the healing shelter, meanwhile, Gang Orca arrives, adding another problem onto the current situation. The testing has gotten more interesting and it seems that the students aren’t doing too well.

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It’s important that the students learn to work together, and even some of the student’s have decided to work with other classes. With, Gang Orca now an additional problem has increased the difficultly. I wonder how the students can balance the injured civilians with Gang Orca. I can assume that some of the more fight oriented students like, Katsuki will fight and students like Izuku will save the civilians. It will be interesting to see which behavior is ranked higher.

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Fairy Tail

Chapter 505 – Trump Card

Eileen, the scarlet despair, uses her “enchant,” spell to change the soldiers into “berserker’s.” The soldiers abilities are enhanced, but they lose their ability to reason. Ezra attacks the berserker, to no avail as they are impervious to injury. With the large number of soldiers the Fairy Tail guild, is in trouble. Makarov accessing the situation aims to end the fight with the use of Fairy Law. The members of Fairy Tail are excited at the use of this spell and they feel that the battle will be won as a result.

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Mavis arrives and informs Makarov that she has a plan that can save everyone. Makarov tells her that he will sacrifice himself for his “family.” He enacts his final spell, “Fairy Law.” His sacrifice has all the fairy tail members in tears. I think that Makarov’s sacrifice was hasty, as Mavis may have had a plan. He also seemed to think that Mavis didn’t love or care for the members of Fairy Tail. Anyway, his death will likely turn the tide of battle in their favor.

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One Piece

Chapter 842 – the Power of Fullness

Luffy continues his consumption of the biscuit soldiers as Cracker creates more. Nami comes to Luffy’s aid by using rain to soften the soldiers. Luffy seems full and Nami tells Cracker that Luffy has “unlimited hunger.” Luffy continues to eat the soldiers, meanwhile, at Sweet City, the civilians are shocked when they see Chopper and Carrot running through the mirrors. In Germa Kingdom, the preparations for the wedding is ready and Sanji is healed by his sister.

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Sanji and his family begin their trip to Whole Cake Chateau. We return to the Seducing Woods, where we see that Luffy has reached his limit. Cracker believes that this is his opportunity to attack Luffy. Luffy uses his current size to reveal a new form of Gear Fourth, Tankman. Cracker is unimpressed and attacks Luffy with Pretzel. His attacks are absorbed by Luffy, a long with Crackers entire body. Luffy shoots out Cracker like a cannon ball.

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The story feels like it’s reaching toward a climax. Sanji is finally coming to Whole Cake Chateau, while Chopper and Carrot seem to be heading there as well. I think Cracker has finally been defeated and with Nami’s new found power over the homies, they would be heading there as well. I like that Nami got to be more effective in this fight. I wonder how far the homies will follow her.

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Weekly Shonen (09/30/16)

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My Hero Academia

Chapter 109 – Rescue Maneuvers

The examinee will be conducting rescue missions, for the next exam. They will be graded on their ability to be effective in rescuing the civilians. The civilians are trained in rescue maneuvers, the are part of a company called HUC (Help Us Company). Mera states that the civilians are disguised as ” injured victims and are scattered throughout the disaster site.”

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The examines are graded on a point system, if the students are graded above average, they will pass. Izuku and Tenya realized that this exam is modeled after the Kamino Incident. As the exam begins, they are told about the scenario for the exam, basically  a “large scale destruction of buildings have resulted in large numbers of victims. The damage to the roads are severe and the emergency unit will be considerably late. Until the emergency unit arrives, all rescue activities will be left to the Heroes and they must save every life they can.”

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The doors open and the examinees begin to rescue the civilians. Izuku, Ochako, Tenya, Minoru and Mina first encounter a crying baby, “who screams that his grandpa has been crushed.” The crying baby docks points from Izuku for his response to the situation. The baby tells Izuku that, he should “check if he can walk and his breathing and notes that he is bleeding. The child tells Izuku that is he wants a Provisional Hero License then he must be able to access the condition of a victim and take instant action.”

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Shouta believes that Class 1-A would fall behind in the exam. The child tells Izuku that:

“The child tells Izuku that in addition to rescuing and providing relief, all authority and responsibility is on his shoulders and must smoothly act as the intermediary in rescue operations. In order to save lives, Heroes must be good at all sorts of things. The child questions Izuku’s tolerance towards the fear, pain and anxiety of the victims since he found Izuku’s first response to be terrible. The child’s advise reminds Izuku of what All Might does; telling the victims that everything is all right since he has arrived. Izuku gets back into focus and realizes that this exam isn’t a check point; everything he is doing is a part of chasing his dream to be a Hero.”

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Izuku finally springs to action and check’s the child’s vital signs. He activates One For All Full Cowl, and takes the child to the first-aid station. Ochako realizes that her feels for Izuku is a distraction, and aims to focus more on being a hero. The chapter ends with a mysterious figure stepping on the disaster site. A very interesting chapter, I found the baby to be way to intelligent, considering his age. However, his advice was spot on and I think it has aided Izuku so far. I wonder if the Class 1-A will all pass this exam as well. It will be interesting to see how this turns out.

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One Piece

Chapter 841 – To the East Blue

It’s telling that I was surprised that Judge feed Sanji at all, certainly feeding him fancy food from person chef’s. Although, I would imagine that has more to due with the idea that no child of his would eat like a commoner. Sanji remembers cooking for his sick mother, he requested cooking tools and books. 

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Sanji horrible siblings discover he didn’t die, and beat him up in his cell. His sister doesn’t participate and help him heal afterwards. Reiji insists that she is not on his side, but continues to help him. She claims that her brothers are rendered incapable of sympathy due to their body modification, she is difference. 

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Reiji aids Sanji in his escape, while he is trying to leave his father catches him. Sanji pulls a knife out on him, and threatens to kill his father. Judge seems to like the fact that Sanji will flee and live elsewhere. Sanji escapes on a ship to the East Blue, in tears. Meanwhile, in the Seducing Woods, we find that a fat Luffy has been consuming the biscuit soldiers. 

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Luffy has taken to eating his soldiers and aims to exhausts Cracker. However, Cracker believes that Luffy will eventually suffer from all the eating. Considering the depressing story of Sanji’s childhood it is a relief to see some of the comedy this series is known for. I have found that the balance between the seriousness and humor is part of what makes this series so great. I’m happy that we seem to be returning to the present and Luffy. 

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One Lovely Blog Award

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It’s been a while since someone has nominated me for a blogger award. I would like to thank Dale from the blog, That Baka Blog.

Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you and link their blog
  • Add the One Lovely Blog Award to your post
  • Share 7 things about yourself
  • Pass this on to as many people as you like (max 15)
  • Include this set of rules
  • Inform your nominees

7 Things About Me

  1. I am a huge tennis fan, Rafael Nadal, Venus and Serena Williams are my favorite players.
  2. I’m incredibly excited for Final Fantasy 15 game coming in November.
  3. I hope to start drawing again, but I’m a world class procrastinator and I’m taking a long time to start.
  4. I am obsessed with the Harry Potter site, Pottermore.
  5. I love Japanese Sakuga animation.
  6. One Piece, is to me the greatest manga ever created.
  7. I am enjoying the new anime, Mob Psycho 100, the animation is unbelievable.

Nominees

Mob Psycho 100

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Episode 2 

Doubts About Youth

– The Telepathy Club Appears-

Reigen continues to successfully pull of his “scam.” He convinces a client that his apparent use of +18 teen porn sites has given the client a digital curse. At first the client isn’t buying it, but after Reigen gives an “exorcism” he feels healed. Reigen also continues to take advantage of Mob’s naivety and manipulate him into continuing to work for very little. Reigen’s behavior is troubling, but I can’t seem to view him as being evil or bad. 

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Meanwhile, at Mob’s school we see a student, Takenaka storm out of the Telepathy Club. This results in the the club falling under the 5 min. member rule. The president Tome-chan and her 3 fellow members are tasked with finding a fifth member. They fail to get anyone to join because the club is considered to be “creepy.” Obviously, Mob is considered the perfect candidate, mainly do to his lack of friends. However, it is clear that he really isn’t that interested in joining. 

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Reigen and Tome-chan have an funny conversation, where Tome calls him out on his scam. One of the members reveals that he basically only joined the club, “just to goof off.” Anyway, Reigen and Mob, dress in drag in order to infiltrate the all girls school. It’s a little refreshing that Reigen wasn’t convincing as a little girl. The two girls inform him that they believe that the school is haunted. Mob searches for it and find that it has been stacking the girls. Mob traps it within the gym as the girls play basketball. The ghost is a glowing green giant, wearing glasses, called Evil Spirit: Scent-Ghoul . 

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Mob destroy’s the arm of the spirit. Knowing that it’s too weak to defeat Mob, target’s a student as an hostage. It’s useless of course as Mob quickly destroy’s the ghost, as it disappears into the afterlife he tell’s Mob that he should “live life to the fullest.” The following day Mob is about to sign up for the telepathy club, when he is told he should only join if he truly wants to. Mob flashes back to when he was a child and shows the girl of his dreams his ESP powers. She quickly get over it and falls for a jock. In a surprising and funny twist he chooses to join the Body Improvement Club. 

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This was a very entertaining episode. I don’t know how long Reigen scams can work. Mob seems too naive to get that he’s being used, but it’s possible he erupts and loses control of his powers. The animation in this series is being used in a particularly clever manner. Ranging from being sketchy and pencil like, to simple but thick black outlines to completely detailed animation. This isn’t unique to Mob Psycho 100, but it is becoming an important part of the series. 

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Mob Psycho 100 is a visual marvel

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I’ve been hearing about “Mob Psycho 100,” for a while and some of my friends have suggested that it is the greatest anime ever created. That may be a bit premature, but the sentiment may prove accurate one day. There is a danger in over-hyping any series. Even if it’s good it will fall short of peoples expectations.

The story is centered around the main protagonists, Shigeo Kageyama aka Mob. Mob is an eight grader, who is an Esper. He has a distinctive bowl/helmet hairstyle and a muted emotional range. Mob suppresses his emotion due to his tremendous psychic powers. He fears that he can cause a great deal of harm if his emotions reach a high level. To this end, when his percentage of his emotions reach 100, he loses control and uses his full power. Mob apparently possesses “an unknown power,” this power “far surpasses even the height of his abilities, but is uncontrollable and only awakens when unconscious.

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Episode 001 – Self-Proclaimed Psychic:

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The First Episode introduces us to Mob’s “Master,” Reigen Arataka who presents himself as a real psychic but is a total fraud. Arataka is the comic relief of the series so far. He’s an emotional and dramatic presence. Mob in comparison doesn’t seem to impressed with any of the “missions.” During what appears to be his first mission, Arataka uses salt to defeat a ghost. He fails miserably and is shocked that it didn’t work. He casually calls Mob, whom instantly destroys the ghost.

Reigen seems to be manipulating Mob to help him make money by doing all the work. I got the impression that he cares for Mob, but it may be due only to his value as a financial asset. Anyway in the climax of the episode Mob and Reigen face-off against what was suppose to be a powerful spirit. Mob easily defeat it, freeing the spirits that were trapped.

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Verdict

Mob Psycho 100 is created by ONE (the pseudonym for the anonymous Japanese manga artists) the creator of One-Punch man. The similarities between the to series are clear in the style of the main characters, mainly the eyes. In addition to this ONE seems to be fond of characters with powers that surpasses most of their enemies. I haven’t seen any of the other episodes, but it seems like he never in danger. It’s unclear the reason ONE doesn’t have characters that are less powerful and build the strength up. However, I have enjoyed One-Punch man even though I was skeptical.

The animation in this series is spectacular. The character models are distinct from the background and other aspects of the series. They feature a bold outline and can feel 2D in a 3D environment. This can seems strange at first, but I think you’ll get use to it. The series features vibrant colors and imaginative ghost designs. The emotion depicted in the series is dramatic, but effective. It highlights the contrast between Reigen personality and Mob’s. This is a series I think is worthy of it’s hype.

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Weekly Shonen (08/26/16)

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My Hero Academia

Chapter 104

Climax! Each of our abilities

The preliminary round begins and the students begin to show their Quirks. A student from the Ketsubutsu Academy uses his abilities to harden the balls. He fellow classmate uses their ability to shoot the balls into the ground. Kyouka users her quirk called “Heartbeat,” shattering the ground. This results in the balls becoming more visible. Minoru is in danger of getting hit and he is saved by Mina.

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Fumikage uses his new uses Black Ankh technique, its barley dodged by the student. The other classes are impressed by Class 1-A’s improved abilities. Izuku uses this opportunity to study the other quirks of the students. So far most of the students are on the defensive, resigned to guard their targets. They seem to be apprehensive about attacking. You Shindou that uses his quirk, Shake to ruin Class 1-A defense.

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He follows it up with a special move called “Way of the Quaking Earth.” It shatter’s the ground, causing Class 1-A defense to fail. In other area’s of the arena the aftereffects of Shake is felt by the other students. A wind technique, swallows many of the students balls into a vortex. Inasa Yoarashi is the user and defeating 120 students instantly. Izuku is separated from the rest of his class, and is attacked by a female student. He prepares for battle.

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The preliminary battle so far is enjoyable. I find it hard to believe that the wind technique from Inasa was accurate enough to hit 120 students targets. Anyway, the strategy involved in the preliminary round is interesting. If you attack you increase the chances that you’ll get hit. However, if you are too defensive you can get overwhelmed by stronger attacks like the ones from Inasa and Shindou.

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One Piece

Chapter 837

Luffy vs Commander Cracker

Luffy and Commander Cracker face off. Cracker tells Luffy that his sword’s name is Pretzel. He claims that his sword knows no equal. Luffy being Luffy, charges head first into Cracker. He uses his Elephant Gun attack. It fails to do anything as Cracker blocks them with his shield. Cracker attacks Luffy with his several arms, overwhelming Luffy. 

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Using Busoshoku Haki embedded Pretzel, Cracker hits Luffy in the stomach send Luffy flying. Nami becomes concerned as Luffy isn’t looking too good. Brulee mocks Nami for her weakness, and she comments that the “Worst Generation,” has failed to even face Big Mom as her soldiers are more than enough. She acknowledges that Urouge, did manage to defeat one of the four commanders himself.

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Brulee attacks Nami, but Pound interfere’s on her behalf. Freed, Nami attacks with Thunderbolt Tempo. Brulee disappears, but Pound is sure she’ll return. The Homies begin to flee as they are overwhelmed by the Strawhat’s. Luffy attacks with Hawk Gatling. Cracker is up to the task and blocks his attack. Luffy considers Cracker’s Haki to be the “strongest,” that he has even seen. Cracker enrages Luffy by suggesting that Sanji will reject him. Luffy activates Gear Fourth and delivers a devastating blow to Cracker. 

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Another, great One Piece chapter. This was mostly a fight between Luffy and Cracker. While, I enjoyed it the fight feels rushed. Basically, it’s one chapter and Luffy has already used Gear Fourth. I wonder if this fight will be short, but I can’t imagine it’s over. Feel’s like Luffy will make his presents known with this likely defeat of Cracker. The result being that Sanji will be made aware that his friends are coming. 

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