My Hero Academia: Episode 3, The villains emerge

Class B wakes up early to find out that Class A has already been up training. Class B hopes to become the class that shine next semester. They will all be developing their quirks. Similar to muscles fibers, quirks become stronger after continuous use. Class B watches as Class A is in the process of their intense training. We see that Katsuki Bakugo, is ” plunging both hands into boiling water to expand his sweat glands and creating explosions repeatedly to increase the scale of his attacks.”

Shoto Todoroki is “alternating between ice and fire to make the temperature of the bathwater uniform.” The purpose of this training is to get his body “use to freezing,” and have him develop more control over his flames temperature. Hanta Sero by producing “tape continuously” his training will potentially increase his ability to “improve tape strength and shooting speed.” All the other members of Class A are effectively using their quirks over and over again to increase the qualities of their quirks. All of this may occur naturally, but due to villains they need to speed up the process.

We are finally introduced to the “full version,” of the Wild Wild Pussycats. The to new teammates we are introduced to, Ragdoll, whose search quirk “can know all the info about up to 100 people by just looking at them, and can find their location and weaknesses.” Tiger’s quirk is called Pliabody, he can “stretch and flatten his own body in an almost inhumane way.” He suggests that his job is to ” assault through punching and kicking” whatever that means. He trains the “power-up types,” like Izuku. He tell him to hit him with what he’s got and Izuku uses his “5% Detroit Smash only for Tiger to easily counter it.

Later, Dabi and the other villains finally arrive and begin the assault on the students. The numbers are stacked against them considering that there are only 10 villains, compared to the 40 plus heroes. Regardless, the willingness to kill might be the difference. This episode was largely setting up the next episode, which is likely to be epic.

 

 

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My Hero Academia: Season 3 Episode 2 Review

After the premiere episode of My Hero Academia, that featured mostly flashbacks, Wild Wild Pussycats is a spectacular episode. This episode moved the story forward seamlessly and blended comedy and action. The students of UA High begin their training camp, Shota informs the class that they will be tested. Neito taunts Class 1-A for apparently failing their finals exams. Itsuka knocks him out and drags him into the bus.

Class 1-A stops on a mountain top, they meet the pro-hero team: the Wild, Wild, Pussycats. Pixie-Bob and Mandalay reveal to the class that traveling through the “Beast Forrest,” is required to reach the lodge at their base. When Mandalay tells the students that they ” have to hurry and get there by noon if they are to receive lunch, ” they rush to get on the bus. Pixie-Bob uses her quirk to knock the student’s off the ledge.

She also uses her quirk to create monsters to attack the student’s. One tries to attack Mineta as he tries to pee, but Izuku saves him. Together with Shoto, Tenya and Katsuki, Izuku destroy the first monster. The entire class works together to defeat a host of earth monsters, they reach the lodge late. However, the Pussycats don’t seem to care and congratulate them anyway. Izuku introduces himself to a bratty boy named Kota. He’s the nephew of Mandalay and clear hate heroes. He punches Izuku in the scrotum as Tenya weirdly puts it.

After dinner, Class 1-A head to the hot springs were Mineta predictably pervs out and attempts to climb the wall to sneak a peek at the girls. Kota stops him as he gets to the top and knocks him off the wall. He falls ass first into Tenya’s face. As the girls cheer for Kota he sees them nude and falls off the wall, Izuku saves him. He asks Mandalay ” why Kota seems to disapprove of heroes despite being so young. ” She explains that ” Kota’s parents were pro-heroes who died in the line of duty. Kota dislikes heroes because he believes his parents left him, as they would not have perished had they not been heroes.”

The following morning Shota explains that their real training “begins now.” He has Katsuki throw a ball from the “quirk apprehension test” the distance that he throws the ball is the same as it was months ago. Shota states that ” while the student’s mental prowess and stamina have improved, their quirks have not.” Meanwhile, we see that the League of Villains are planning their next move. Dabi following Stain’s ideology says that ” the villains will send a warning shot that will tear down false heroes from their high horses and pave the way to a bright new future.”

This episode was much better than the first one, even though I completely understand why the recap episode was needed. Regardless, this season is off to a great start. The introduction of the Wild Wild Pussycat’s was great, they are particularly Pixie-Bob funny characters. This episode has many comedic moments, mentioning that the “beast forest” sounds like “something out of Dragon Quest.” I usually find Mineta to be annoying, but this episode I thought he was the center of much of this episodes humor. We don’t spend much time with Class B, and considering the size of the Class A-1 we have, it’s seems implausible to expect to get familiar with another class at all. Anyway, the heighten presence of villains have created a sense of urgency, I wonder when they will strike.

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My Hero Academia returns

My Hero Academia has returned for it’s much anticipated 3rd season. This episode, “Game Start” was largely playing catch-up, if your fan that has been watching the series from season 1 this episode was largely a waste of time. I still enjoyed it but almost nothing new was introduced and the story didn’t progress. At one point Eraser recalls all the powers of Class A1, this is played for laughs as a fellow teacher asks to be “reminded” of the students. However, this was probably necessary due to the large number of characters.

This episode does overdue the “in episode” recap, Kurogiri recount’s Deku’s actions, and Deku rematches old footage of All Might. We see flashbacks of the sports festival, practical exams, and student’s facing off against Stain. We find that the superheroes have been training during their summer vacation. If there was any progress it was with the characters and their friendships. Deku and Ira have a conversation about the fact that at the beginning of the series Ira didn’t think they would become friends.

More surprisingly, Kirishima and Bakugo “friendship” (Bakugo is always so difficult) was at least briefly focused on. When Kirishima arrives at the pool late he apologies because “it was difficult to get Bakugo to come along.” After they are kicked out of the pool he calms down or tries to calm down Bakugo. Kaminari and Mineta have also developed a friendship, seemingly built on their perversion. Regardless, their perverted plot was comically foiled. Overall, this episode was more of a primer for the unfamiliar, but at least My Hero Academia has returned.

 

My Hero Academia: Chapter 149 Review, Joi Irinaka defeat

Himiko and Twice join the Precepts

Twice and Himiko meet with Chisaki, he apologizes for murdering Magne. He asks them to explain their Quirks, they do and they’re welcomed to the Eight Precepts of Death. Chisaki doesn’t trust them yet and orders them to remain underground for now.

Mimic’s defeat

Joi Irinaka aka Mimic, becomes enraged altering the labyrinth. Himiko continues to insult Mimic, calling him a “wimp,” who “doesn’t want to admit that he is weak.” She continues to berate him calling him “lame” for hiding himself. Mimic yells loudly, given away his location to Izuku. Using his One For All Full Cowl, he jumps up to the ceiling, kicking it, revealing Mimic.

Shota activates his Quirk, disabling Mimic’s ability. He falls to the ground, with Himiko and Twice telling him that they “will do as they please.” Sir Nighteye throws his Hypermass Seal, hitting him in the face, knocking him out. Everyone is now free of the labyrinth. Finally, we see that Mirio has caught up to Chisaki and Chronostasis, asking to “talk with Chisaki.”

I find Mirio request to “talk” to Chisaki to be strange. Is he going to betray the heroes? Does he believe that he can reason with him? The betrayal of the eight precepts by Himiko and Twice is predictable, it was never convincing that they had any loyalty towards them. Regardless, Mirio is probably in danger, so far in the series none of the heroes have been murder by villains. I wonder if that will happen in this arc.

Boku no Hero Academia: Ch. 148 Review

Izuku and Shota realization

Izuku checks on Shota, however, he tells Izuku to focuses on Lock Rock, who’s in worst shape. Shota feels that he underestimated the deadliness of the mission, realizing his careless error. Meanwhile, Izuku also has a realization, that “Camie” from the Hero License Exam was Himiko Toga all along.

Sir Nighteye vs Twice

Twice orders the Rappa clone to attack Sir Nighteye. Nighteye easily dodges his assault and counters with a kick. He then throws a Hypermass Seal at him smashing him into a wall. He explains that “when it comes to close combat and prediction he is quite fast, but what he didn’t predict was the League of Villains teaming up with the Eight Precepts of Death.” Shota and Nighteye both seemed shocked that the League of Villains have sided with the Eight Precepts. The Rappa clone dissolves and Twice decries the “uselessness of the yakuza.” Twice ends up fleeing at the attack from Sir Nighteye.

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Tomura in a flashback reveals that he decided to ally the League of Villains, but vaguely explains why. Regardless, he sends Himiko and Twice to “seal the deal.” Twice berates Mimic for his weakness and Himiko insults the boss of the yakuza. Mimic becomes enraged and decides that he will allow the Heroes of to have an easier time in order to “crush them all to death.” This chapter was a bit confusing, mainly the motivation for the LOV. Shota and Sir Nighteye raised this question, but it felt like the was suppose to be an answer, but it wasn’t. Sir Nighteye fighting ability seem impressive but wasn’t explored in it entirety.

Epic Battle: Izuku vs Shoto

The much anticipated battle between Izuku and Shoto begins in episode 10 of Boku no Hero Academia. Titled, Shoto Todoroki: Origin, this episode was wall to wall action and the animation was spectacular. Shoto quickly attacks Izuku with his Half-Cold, Half-Hot quirk, creating pillars of ice, Izuku counters with One for All, using his middle finger. He creates a powerful gust of wind, destroying the ice and breaking his middle finger.

They repeat this pattern several times, then Shoto uses his ice to get closer to Izuku. Engaging in close combat, Shoto gains the upper hand, trapping the foot of Izuku. Left with no choice, Izuku uses his quirk with his entire fist, knocking Shoto backwards. Shoto attacks again, but Izuku destroys the ice once again. He then criticizes Izuku for using only half his powers. Enraged, Shoto runs toward Izuku, but the negative effects of his quirk has caused his body some frostbite. He’s slower and Izuku manages to hit him directly in the stomach.

Izuku continues to challenge Shoto’s resistance to using his fire ability. Shoto flashes back to his traumatic childhood. He recalls being abused and isolated from his siblings and how he came to hate his father. Izuku tells Shoto that, “his fire power belongs to him and only him.” Shoto finally activates his fire powers, his father Endeavor is delighted, both Shoto and Izuku gear up for their clash. Shoto uses a massive wave of ice, while Izuku use his quirk on his leg. Cementoss attempts to intervene to protect them from their attacks. Shoto shots his fire and Izuku causes a powerful shock-wave. As the smoke clears, Izuku has been knocked out of bound, giving Shoto the win.

It’s easy to see Izuku and Shoto as enemies (Shoto even states that they are), but they’re not. Considering that both are hoping to become heroes, they are one the same side. In this context, Izuku helping and then losing to Shoto will ultimately be to the benefit of the greater good. We also are explicitly told that all quirks come with downsides, we can clearly notice Izuku’s quirks downside, but sometimes we don’t see the other quirk consequences. Overall, this episode was amazing and worth watching.

The views of a villain in My Hero Academia

My Hero Academia

Chapter 115 – Unleashed

The view of a villain

A man stares out of the window watching the civilians going through their daily lives. He is disgusted, but a voice inside his head disagrees. The media continue to discuss the retirement of All Might. The man feels that the change that has effected the average civilian is most is the accession of Endeavor. Endeavor is the new number one hero, but the man suggests that he is a fraud, that’s undeserving of the number one spot. On television, Mr. Miyagi suggests that due to his personality he isn’t well liked. However, he believes that the public should focus only on his good qualities. The man turns of the television off and heads outside.

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Jin talking about the plight if heroes

The rise of the villain

The man states that the weak spirit of heroes is the real problem not their power. Meanwhile, the voice in his head disagrees, telling the man that “power is all that matters.” The man witnesses a robbery, the villain attempts to escape and is stop by a hero. The hero is hit over the head with a crowbar. The group of villains identify themselves as the “Reservoir Dogs.” The man believes that without All Might, villains are now multiplying and becoming more emboldening. The man’s phones suddenly begin to ring and it is Giran, a broker of the League of Villains. The men exchange the pleasantries and Giran tells the man that “Tomura Shigaraki wants the League of Villains to gather together.” Giran tells him that the League of Villains will meet and hang up.

 

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Dabi killing trash

Want to start reading this series from the begin start with My Hero Academia, Vol. 1.

Who is Jin Bubaigawara

Many of the members of the league have decided to recruit more members, Dabi is seen burning villains he sees as trash. The man begins to panic as he starts “splitting.” He explains that his quirk is “doubling,” he said he clone himself over and over. He ruled over his clones like a king. However, the clones began to believe that they were each the original, Jin BubaigawaraThey began killing each other, with the original Jin receiving a scar. Jin has witness the Reservoir Dogs have been defeated by another group of villains. Jin feels that heroes and villains have undergo change in their appearances, but what he thinks matters the most is “understanding who you are.” Meanwhile, we see that All Might and All For One having a conversation in the maximum security prison.

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All Might meeting All For One

This chapters focusing on the view of a villain is very interesting. First we aren’t told who the man, later revealed to be Jin Bubaigawara aka Twice. The views of Jin are more nuanced than expected and I was invested in his opinion. It makes sense that with All Might’s retirement, villains would take advantage. However, the resurgence of villains will likely result in the same in heroes. Jin reminded me of Rorschach from Watchmen, with his mask and his monologues. I hope this continues to be a trend in this series, I really enjoyed it.

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AT-AT Multi Stand 1/72 Scale 

Love Star Wars, maybe this is for you.

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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Weekly Shonen (09/24/16)

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My Hero Academia

Chapter 108: Rush

You Shindou assess the damage that he caused when he used his earthquake power. He says that they have weaken U.A., by separating them into two different groups. Other schools have joined in on attacking U.A. You’s female classmate suggests that this strategy has backfired on him. You, said that they can now take advantage of the chaos.

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Katsuki, Eijirou and Denki pass, bring the total number of students to 82. Denki spots Izuku and the others, and cheerfully greets them. Katsuki kinda congratulates Izuku for passing. Inside the waiting room, Shouto, tells Izuku that 11 of their classmates have pass. However, 9 are still remaining, with 18 open spots left. Meanwhile, on the battlefield, Tenya and Yuuga face several enemies at once.

Tenya rescues Yuuga from a bullet. I a flashback, Yuuga recalls meeting up with Tenya, and deciding that they will team up. In the present, 8 more attendees pass, leaving only 10 places remaining. Ms. Joke is certain that her class are the ones that pass, and she is correct. Shouto is concerned that his students may not all pass. During battle Tenya decides to sacrifice himself, using his Navel Laser as a distraction.

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He plans on attracting the other combatants to him, allowing Tenya to use his speed to get to their targets. Kouji uses his Quirk to call doves, to conceal the battlefield. Fumikage, Minoru, Mashirao, Tooru, and Mina all arrive and work together to take advantage of the situation. They all, including Tenya and Yuuga, manage to pass. This brings the number of students that passed to 100, ending the exam.

This exam was tied up a little too neatly. A perfect 100 students pass and all the U.A. students do as well. I guess it’s too much to ask for some of the U.A. students to fail, but we could have been given more to worry about. Regardless, I expected this to occur. What the next exam appears to be is a rescue mission. I wonder how Katsuki will handle that.

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One Piece

Chapter 840 – Iron Mask

Yonji tells Sanji about the Germa 66 soldiers. They are kept in bottle shape tanks, in a cultural fluid. Yonji says that “humans can be manufactured.” He claims that Germa has been known for it’s scientific research. He reveals that their father worked directly with Vegapunk. Yonji explains that together they discovered the “lineage factor.” They basically found the “blue print for life itself.” 

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These soldiers are called, clone pawns. The are obedient and considered replaceable. Sanji gets annoyed and takes a smoke break. Ichiji and Niji interrupt, quickly going into mocking Sanji. Sanji becomes enraged and kicks Niji in the face. He shocks his siblings, but Ichiji reminds him that Zell is endanger. Niji grabs Sanji from behind and uses Henry Needle, striking him in the back.

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Ichiji reminds Sanji that he is a “failure.” Sanji flashes back to his childhood. We learn that Sanji’s siblings are scientifically advanced. His siblings are simply better at every measure and Sanji is considered a normal human. His father is disappointed at this news, and after consideration, decides to hold a “funeral” for Sanji. His siblings are actually happy that Sanji is “dead.” However, Sanji is actually imprisoned in the dungeon, in an iron mask. He is devastated when he is informed that his father put him there. 

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At this point, it goes without saying that Sanji’s family is horrible, except his sister. His family continues to come across as being worst and worst. Their abuse and cruelty is stunning, with their disregard for the lives of others becoming clear. It’s hard to see how Sanji escapes this predicament. I will say that I think his sister will become a more active help at some point in the arc. Even though we know that Sanji escapes, I’m curious how it happens. 

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