One Piece Chapter 884 Review: Who

Gear Four Luffy vs Katakuri

Luffy strikes Katakuri with several attacks, sending him flying. He questions the assumption that Katakuri was “invisible.” He states that because “since Busoshoku Haki makes Logia types take form and it simply passed through Katakuri,” he was able to deduce that Katakuri wasn’t a Logia user. Luffy realizes that “that Katakuri’s most notable trait is not his control over his Mochi Mochi no Mi abilities, but his Kenbunshoku Haki.” Katakuri is impressed that Luffy was able to determine this and that he was able to hit him.

Katakuri responds by trapping Luffy in Mochi with his “Peerless Donuts,” technique. He then strikes Luffy with a devastating blow from his “Strength Mochi” attack, knocking him through several walls. Meanwhile, at Cacao Island, Pound arrives to see his daughter Chiffon. Brulee informs Pudding when the Strawhat’s will be arriving at 1 am and Luffy will not be there because he won’t defeat Katakuri. Oven arrives and notices Pound making a ruckus outside. Pudding warns Sanji that Katakuri probably won’t lose because he’s never lost to anyone. Sanji says he will “will suffer his first loss.”

The thousand Sunny continues to head towards Cacao Island, Nami is curious that no ones following them. Jinbei agrees and wonders what happened to the Sun Pirates. Mont-d’Or is informed that Big Mom is currently destroying Nut Island and the territorial sea slugs have disappeared. It is revealed that Praline is responsible for the disappearance, she’s been singing to them preventing them from doing what their suppose to do. It seems that Luffy is still in at an disadvantage when it comes to Katakuri. With Gear Four being his current highest level it seems that he will have to figure out something new. Sanji unbridled confidence in Luffy is unsurprising but refreshing to see. Overall, this chapter doesn’t advance the story that much.

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Dragon Ball Super Episode 113: Goku vs Caulifla and Kale

Goku vs Caulifla

Caulifla transforms into Super Saiyan 2 and begins to fight against Goku. She asks that Goku teaches her to reach level Super Saiyan 3. Goku agrees to do it, but tells her she needs to “beat him first.” Due to his fatigue Goku will not begin fighting at level 2. Goku easily dominates the fight, his better martial arts skill on full display. Caulifla lands a hit on Goku and he responds by using his after image technique. Caulifla is annoyed by the technique, accusing him of “cheating.” Goku tells her that if “she can’t figure out his Afterimage technique, she will never achieve Super Saiyan 3.”

Super Saiyan 2 Goku vs Super Saiyan 2 Caulifla

Caulifla begins to adapt well to Goku’s fighting ability and he finally transforms. Caulifla and Goku trade blows as they shock the other fighters. Goku is impressed with her improvement and suggests that she could end up surpassing SS3. Goku points points to Kale and she joins in on the fight as Caulifla invites her. She is ecstatic to join her “sister.” Unsurprisingly, Beerus is shock at Goku’s suggestion.

SS2 Goku vs SS2 Caulifla and Kale

Together Caulifla and Kale manage to land hits on Goku. Shin is worried about Goku’s chances against two super saiyans, however, Krillin states that “that pushing himself to the edge to further himself is who Goku is.” Goku is able to handle himself against the both of them, but Goku is eventually knocked backward. Kale and Caulifla shoot 2 ki blasts at Goku, but he counters them with his aura as he transforms briefly into Super Saiyan 3.

Kale becomes the Berserker Super Saiyan, exciting Goku as he prepares to fight. I like the fact that the series has managed to make older Super Saiyan levels relevant. Super Saiyan 3 was always an unappreciated form, with SS2 even taking greater prominence in the series. Goku’s tendency to help his opponents get stronger has always been annoying, but it never seems to actually backfire on him. It will be interesting to see how a fatigue Goku will handle Kale in her current form.

 

Inuyashiki: Last Hero Episode 3 Review: Naoyuki Ando

Hiro Shishigami is stunned that Inuyashiki wasn’t killed instead of engaging in a fight with him he flees. Inuyashiki is horrified at the massacre and that there’s “another him,” and what it means. He’s saddened by his inability to save the family. The following day Hiro is at his friend Ando’s house. Ando gets a paper cut and Hiro reveals that he has the ability to heal. Traveling home from work Inuyashiki encounters a group of criminals that skip the line at the cab stand. On person foolishly asks them to “wait their turn,” they forcibly walk him to a secluded spot to assault him. The man cries, pleading for his life but Inuyashiki interferes.

Inuyashiki “fights” in a manner appropriate to that of an old-man, he windmills and throws erratic punches. The scene is both an effective show of heroism and the series since of humor. The man thanks Inuyashiki, who uses his sensor to hear a little girl calling out to her father as their house burns down. Inuyashiki attempts to fly like Hiro did. He looks to Astro boy for inspiration. He manages to fall upward only to fall back to the ground. The second time he’s almost hit by air plane, but he does manage to get to the burning house in time. He successfully saves the father and the grandmother.

Hiro convinces Ando to return to school. After class a bully named Tetchan beings to pick on him. Hiro steps in to help nearly breaking Tetchan’s arm. Ando and Hiro head to a roof, where Hiro shows Ando that he can kill people without gunpowder, he explains that he can hack into government weapon systems, use the internet mentally and steal money from bank accounts. Inuyashiki is walking when a cat is killed by a car. He becomes distraught and discovers that he can heal with his new powers. His first instinct is to head to a nearby hospital and begins to heal patients. Meanwhile, Hiro returns home and decides that he will commit more murder. He kills a dog, the dog’s owner and he baby.

Another great episode from this series. The most noticeable aspect was the humor. The introduction of Hiro to this series added to the dreary tone. Hiro’s behavior toward Ando is dramatically different from his views on the rest of humanity. He appears to at least be mildly concerned with exposure despite his claim that no one could stop him anyway. Ando is unsurprisingly appalled by Hiro’s murderous behavior, but is surprisingly brave when he ends their friendship. Like most people probably did, I assumed that Hiro would kill him and was surprised that he didn’t. The last to moments of this episode exemplifies the differences between Hiro and Inuyashiki, as they commit murder and heal the sick respectively. Finally, I think people need to start locking their doors.

One Piece Chapter 882 Review: Outside of a Yonko’s Expectations

Brulee reveals the Strawhat’s plans

Brulee taunts Luffy from her mirror, telling him that of all Big Mom’s children, Katakuri is the most exception. She elaborates on his fighting ability, stating that Katakuri’s “reputation for never having laid down once in his life.” Annoyed, Luffy attempts to attack her but is blocked by Katakuri. He tosses Luffy into a wall of mirrors and tries to attack him with Mogura. He threatens to “tear Luffy apart piece by piece.” Brulee informs Perospero that the Strawhat’s survived the attack from Big Mom and that the Strawhat’s are meeting at Cacao Island, however, Big Mom is distracted and heads toward Nuts Island.

Luffy vs Katakuri

Luffy realizes that the fight with Katakuri is more tiring than normal, this is due to the fact that dodging Katakuri’s attacks are taxing. Katakuri notices that Luffy dodges his attacks more successfully than anyone else. He then activates his “awakened Devil Fruit powers,” turning the ground into mochi. Luffy begins to activate his fourth Gear, intriguing Katakuri.

The Fire Tank Pirates and Germa 66 survive

The Big Mom pirates have lost sight of the Strawhat’s and Fire Tank pirates. Mont-d’Or is informed that the Germa 66 “have been crushed,” however, it’s Niji pretending to be Charlotte Nusstorte. She asks about the Strawhat’s location and is informed that they’re “are still not captured and heading west.” Ichiji orders Germa 66 to “set sail.” I think Luffy will be overwhelmed by Katakuri regardless of the use of Fourth Gear. Despite their power, the Big Mom pirates are slowly losing ground and their apparent arrogance is only going to make them more likely to fail. Once again Big Mom’s irrational love of food has derailed her, providing the Strawhat’s with some relief. The Fire Tank pirates, Germa 66 and Strawhat’s together should put up a good fight against Big Mom.

 

My Hero Academia Chapter 157: Infinite 100% Review

Izuku grabs Eri

Izuku uses Mirio cape to bring Eri into his arms. He promises that “that he will not let go of her this time.” Kai Chisaki becomes enraged and demands that Izuku “hand Eri back to him.” Izuku wants to be the type of hero that “wipes everyone’s worries always, always wins and saves everyone.” He activates One For All 100% and attacks with a kick, while Chisaki attacks with stone pillars. Surprising himself and everyone else Izuku was able to launch into the air.

Chisaki pursues Eri and Izuku

Chisaki is injured by Izuku’s attack. He fuses with Rikiya Katsukame, going after Eri and Izuku. Sir Nighteye is badly injured, he warns Ryukyu that “Chisaki is going to pursue Izuku and is intend on not only getting Eri back but murdering Izuku as well.”  Uraraka considers aiding him, but she collapses due to loss of stamina. Sir Nighteye convinces the others that he will stop Chisaki.

Eri’s powers

Izuku manages to safely land. His legs that were once broken are healed by Eri’s ability. However, Izuku quickly begins to feel tremendous pain from One For All 100%. Chisaki tells him that Eri has released her powers, but doesn’t have the ability to control them. He clarifies that Eri can rewind humans and she can even turn humans back as far as monkey’s or even “nothingness.”

He refers to he quirk as a curse and demands that Izuku return Eri. Izuku refuses to do, claiming that he believe’s Eri’s quirk is a “kind, gentle Quirk.” In combination with Eri’s quirk, Izuku plans on going all out, activating One For All: Full Cowl: 100%. It’s a fairly predictable chapter now that Eri is “safe.” However, I don’t think that Izuku will be the one that defeats Chisaki. It appears that Sir Nighteye is going to sacrifice himself to save Izuku.

 

 

 

Inuyashiki Last Hero Episode 1 Review: Ichiro Inuyashiki

The bad-ass old man is a common trope in anime. In general the old man has massive experience in combat which makes them superior in battle. They often use their acquired knowledge to help the future generation learn. However, the title character of Inuyashiki, Inuyashiki Ichiro is anything but. He’s 58 but looks 80, something that is mentioned in the first episode. He’s just moved into a new house with his nagging wife and unappreciative kids, they hate their new home and aren’t too embarrassed to tell him. They leave to go have dinner without him while he unpacks the moving boxes himself.

Inuyashiki heads to work where he seems to be the oldest person at work and is irritated by the young commuters on the train. He finds a dog and brings it home. His wife and kids seem annoyed that he did. He promises to keep it in his room and names it Hanako. The next day he receives news that he has cancer and will die within three months. Inuyashiki calls his family to inform them of the terrible news and none of them answer his calls.

While walking Hanako, he and a young man are hit by what appears to be a alien space ship. They “restore” the young man and Inuyashiki using their weapons systems. Inuyashiki awakes still in the park, he returns home and notices that he’s thirsty all the time, his back no longer hurts and he can see without his glasses. Unsurprisingly, his cancer “mysteriously” disappears, baffling the doctors. Inuyashiki begins to feel weird and triggers some sort of reaction and begins to give off steam. Hanako licks his palm resulting in his arm transforming into a gun like weapon, but it shoots his dinner from the day before on the wall.

Apparently, none of the teenagers in the series are good people, as a group of them torture an old homeless man. They shot him with firecrackers setting him on fire as he begs for his life. Inuyashiki arrives and begins to walk towards the teens, they surround him and beat him with bats. While on the ground apparently unconsciousness, a camera in the back of his head activates and scans the park, targeting the teens. He shoots white beams at them knocking them to the ground, saving the homeless man. The same camera downloads all the social media information and their identities posting them on t.v. for everyone to see. Inuyashiki is tearful as he realizes that despite his transformation into a robot he remains “a person.”

Most anime/manga don’t focus on older protagonists and that’s a little refreshing. The series is both nihilistic and hopeful, but at different times. Inuyashiki is miserable all the time, no one in his life seems to like him or want him to be around. As a result he was the only character that was sympathetic, however, the dog Hanako and the homeless man become sympathetic at the end of the episode.

All three characters share a sense of helplessness as they are abandoned and find themselves to be lonely. Inuyashiki saves all of them. Hiroya Oku clearly has some commentary regarding young people’s obsession with phones and social media and how both can make them dehumanize humanity. The opposite message seems to be represented by Inuyashiki, who is ostracized by the self involve society and he literally stops being human. However, he manages to remain a emotional being unlike the teens, despite no longer being a human. Oku’s message might be too ham handed for some, and his story might be too deary, but I’m invested.

 

One Piece Chapter 881 Review: Room of Waves

Master helmsmen Jinbe

It wasn’t always clear to me what Jinbe’s official role would be on the Strawhat’s crew was, but he will be the helmsmen. The Strawhat’s never had an official helmsmen, with Nami, Usopp and Chopper all taking the role. A helmsmen is the person that steers the ship. Jinbe is unsurprisingly capable in this regard being a fishman with experience on the seas. Jinbe has been shown in the anime as being able to steer a ship out of the way of cannon fire. In this chapter, Jinbe manages to use these skills to save the Strawhat’s from death. He use the “green room,” which is described as “a short lived pocket made inside the crest of a wave.”

Luffy in the Mirror-World

Luffy’s is notified by Nami that they have survived and smashed all the mirrors. Communicating through a mirror shard, Nami informs him that they will be meeting Sanji at Cacao Island in about ten hours. Katakuri attacks Luffy, who swallows the shard of glass. He informs Nami that they need to hurry, Katakuri reveals a trident made of mochi. He mocks Luffy suggesting that he knows what his last words are going to be. Luffy responds with those words, saying “he will not die here.” The real question regarding this part of the arc is what is Luffy going to do that can defeat Katakuri. It is the tendency of many shonen manga that the main character will ALWAYS find the strength to win. However, One piece at least occasionally allows Luffy and others to be defeated. It seems implausible that Luffy will “win” this fight, but he will likely escape somehow.

Made in Abyss Episode 13 Review, The Challengers

Bondrewd dark plan

Nanachi remembers her childhood when she meets the white whistle Bondrewd and he offers the orphans an opportunity to explore the Abyss. He sends the orphans to the fifth layer of the Abyss, the Sea of Corpses as it’s referred to. While being transported down below, Nanachi meets Mitty and they become partners. Both were outcast due to Nanachi being a smelly and dirty child and Mitty being “an idiot,” or simply excitable.

Bondrewd experiments

It was always implied that Bondrewd was an evil character considering what Ozen had previously stated regarding the other explorers. It is revealed that Bondrewd wasn’t interested into becoming a surrogate father to the orphans and instead intended to use them as experiments. Specifically, he wanted to test the effects of the Curse of the Abyss. Bondrewd sends the orphans down an elevator to the sixth layer. At this point viewers already know what’s going to happen, however, it’s still terrible to watch the inevitable.

Mitty and Nanachi

The transformation was horrible to witness as Mitty was being painfully ripped apart begging for death. This of course explains why Nanachi requested Reg kill Mitty for her. Mitty existence is a miserable one, an nearly immortal mass of flesh capable of experiencing pain. Reg unsurprisingly is hesitant ending Mitty suffering. However, he’s convinced by Nanachi that Mitty’s life isn’t worth living. He finally gives in, killing Mitty with his incinerator while teary eyed.

Riko awakens

Riko awakens without movement in her left hand. Riko quickly bonds with Nanachi and teaches her how to cook delicious food. Despite the traumatic first half of, Made in Abyss, the second was more comical. Riko, Reg and Nanachi have all overcome so much trauma. The three manage to work well together playing of each other. The second part of this episode is a stark departure from early, representing what makes this series so enjoyable. Made in Abyss does take great effort in examining the effects of harsh environments and now terrible explorers but does counter with happier moments.

Riko and Reg invite Nanachi to join them, they send a message to the surface. Finally, we see that Bondrewd is able to track the victims of his experiment through their energy signature. He states that he is eager to meet Nanachi again. Overall, this season and series has impressed me. I haven’t seen a series that manages to blend the innocence of children with the horrors of the environments so well, everything from the tone of the series to the art style creates a contrasting world and a endearing series.

 

Dragon Ball Super Episode 103: Gohan shows no Mercy

Magical Girl Ribrianne vs Android 17

Ribrianne is furious at Android 17 for defeating her friends, Kakunsa and Vikal. She calls him an “evil, cruel, heartless man who harms fragile maidens.” Android 17 accepts his role as villian considering Universe 7 is also in danger of being erased. She matches 17 in hand to hand combat, meanwhile, Magical Girl Rozie faces off against Goku. Her Yacchaina Fist managed to confused Goku for a while, however, he eventually realizes how her fighting style works. Android 17 and Goku gain the upper hand, Ribrianne and Rozie, flee with Yardart.

Gohan vs Botamo

Gohan and Piccolo run into Botamo, Gohan asks Piccolo to “let him handle it.” Gohan continues to punch Botamo in the stomach, despite the fact that he takes no damage and has infinite stamina. However, Gohan manages to lift him up with his constant hitting, moving him towards the edge. Botamo attempts to shoot Gohan with ki, but misses, Gohan then finishes him with a blast of Ki, knocking him off the edge.

Universe 10 meets it’s end

Piccolo battles Rubalt, while, Gohan faces Obuni. Obuni honors Gohan as a warrior, meanwhile, Piccolo uses his Hellzone Grenade on Rubalt knocking him unconscious and then off the edge. After Rubalt’s defeat Obuni is the only warrior of universe 10 remaining. Gohan takes his hits and counters as he uses his internal shifting ability. Obuni uses too much energy and runs out, Gohan takes advantage and uses Kamehameha knocking him off. This off course means that universe 10 is defeated and therefore will be erased. The episode attempts to create some since of saddeness as universe 10 vanishes but none of the characters are important enough or familiar to really care.

 

Made in Abyss: Episode 04 Review

The fourth episode of Made in Abyss, entitled the Edge of the Abyss, sees Reg and Riko begin there travel down into the depths of the abyss. Reg uses his arms to great effect in this episode showing his versatility and usefulness in traversing the abyss. Riko has her usefulness as well, she has general known of the surrounding flora and fauna, as well as cooking. Reg gives Riko an envelope featuring a replica of her mother’s sealed letter.

Reg speculates that the letter was placed in his pocket by Leader, Riko reads a note stating that leader will pursue them at dawn. Reg and Riko conclude that this is a test to see if they are worthy of begin explorers. They encounter a strange spider like creature called Silkfangs, that is limited in movement by webs. The episode fails to explain what the creature is and why it’s limited by web. I think this was a missed opportunity to further reveal the world.

Reg notices a green light in the distance and conclude that it must be a search party. It turns out that their pursuer is Black Whistle Hablog and he wants to see the “supreme treasure of the netherworld,” he like Riko in a previous check the “balls,” of Reg. Regardless, he explains that Nat and Shiggy hired him to help them get to the second layer. Riko tells him while she appreciates his help the mission is their “last test.” Hablog accepts this and gives Riko a vaccine for the second layer, mustard steamed and a warning regarding “Ozen the Immovable.” However, Riko doesn’t appear to consider the warning that serious, she and Reg finally arrive in the second layer, the Forest of Temptation.