One Piece Manga Chapter 923 Review: Kiado

This chapter went by quickly, but boy did it reveal something profound. First I was wrong about the effect of Luffy’s hit. While he managed to knock Kiado to the ground, Luffy was largely ineffective against Kiado. After he hits the ground, Lady Speed falls out of Kiado’s cape. Luffy goes to her and is told that Kiado fought Lady Speed. It is implied that he also hurt Tama. 

In the One Piece series, Luffy’s most important personality traits are his simple-mindlessness and recklessness. The combination of these to aspects tend to result in Luffy getting into trouble, usually resulting in him getting a lot of attention and a higher bounty. However, Luffy is more complex than that. His sense of righteousness leads him to defend the weak, even when it will be easier for him not to. 

I say all this because the moment that he finds out that Tama was hurt by Kiado, he becomes enraged. Kiado can come across as a funny character, that can lead the audience to like him, forgetting that he’s evil. I think Oda was reminding us of this fact, noting that even children aren’t safe from him. Luffy being Luffy he goes into a rage and attacks Kiado. 

He calls Kiado’s attention, then attacks with Gomu Gomu no Elephant Gatling. He manages to knock Kiado out of his dragon form. He then quickly shifts into Gear Fourth: Boundman, using Gomu Gomu no Kong Organ. The barrage doesn’t do much as Kiado simply get’s up and uses Eight Trigrams Thunder-Clap, KOing Luffy while mocking his claim of becoming “Pirate King.”

I think Oda is trying to impart to the audience that the feeling that Luffy is so powerful that he’s the “fifth Yonko,” is completely false. While, we know that Luffy didn’t really fight Big Mom, let alone defeat her, some people (like myself) felt that the gap between him and the Yonko was close. While, I think Luffy did earn his bounty, it is somewhat inflated. Luffy has been defeated easily before and he will recover. The result of this encounter was unexpected.

If Luffy can’t touch Kiado (right now) then who can? Oh, What happened to the other Strawhat’s? So far the Strawhat’s have been on a bit of a winning streak, especially Luffy having successively defeated Doflamingo and Big Mom (though not head to head). He needed to run into a conflict that he couldn’t defeat simply by being head strong and barreling without fear. Kiado will provide a major challenge, that Luffy can’t easily overcome. 

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One Piece Chapter 922 Review: Beasts Pirates General: Kaido

Luffy takes off to confront Kaido. Having seen that Okobore Town is under direct threat Luffy heads there. Law reveals that he, Luffy and Zoro have been exposed. However, he claims that “this shouldn’t effect the plan.” He plans to join Luffy against Kaido. Meanwhile, at Bakura Town the civilians flee as Kiado begins his assault. 

Kiado is revealed to be drunk, resulting in Jack fearing his rampage. Hawkins informs Kiado that “Luffy and Law are at the ruins of Oden Castle.” Even though this is true, Hawkins tells Jack that he lied to ” Kaido in order to stop his rampage and also to try eliminating a suspicious light there that has led to rumors about the Kozuki Family’s return.” 

Kiado immediately attacks Oden Castle, as the Strawhat and allies flee. He uses a massive attack that destroy’s Oden Castle. It’s not clear that the Strawhat’s got away in time. Regardless, the people of Kuri watch as Luffy jumps above Kiado and uses Gomu Gomu no Elephant Gun on the unsuspecting Kiado. Too much didn’t happen in this chapter, but the initial attack from Luffy on Kiado was shocking. 

Most of us probably thought that it would take longer for Luffy to encounter him. Considering, Kiado’s drunken state and the fact that he didn’t seem to notice Luffy, I think he will be knocked unconsciousness, but remain won’t be harmed. This will save the village by ending Kiado’s rampage. Finally, I think there’s zero chance that the Strawhat’s and their allies are harmed. I think the Kunoichi would have help them disappear before the attack.

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My Hero Academia Chapter 200 – Resourceful General

Chapter 200 of My Hero Academia

This chapter 200 was a short one (11 pages) regardless it was still interesting. Mainly, the introduction of Manga Fukidashi. One thing that has always been strange about My Hero Academia is the races of their characters. Fumikage is a bird person, Mina Ashido is pink skinned and Koji Koda, well I don’t know what “race” he is.

Kinoko Komori Quirk

Manga is the oddest of the characters so far. His body is normal for a human but his head is a speech bubble. It even changes shape and displays his thoughts in writing. His Quirk is Comic, it allows him to manifest onomatopoeia into reality, along with the effects “the sound suggests.” For example when he says the word “humidity,” he manifests the word in the world then the surrounding area becomes more humid. 

Kendo’s plan

During this chapter Kendo is revealed to have masterminded a plan to defeat Class 1-A. She manages to corner Momo, separating the “brain” from Class 1-A. Kendo’s plan seems sound, however, she may have underestimated Momo and in the process left herself open to be defeated. 

Momo’s resolve

My Hero Academia Chapter 199 Review: Improvisation Operation

Fumikage Tokoyami takes center stage in this chapter. In My Hero Academia many characters have taken a back seat to the main ones. With so many interesting characters in this series that has been disappointing. However, the Joint Training Arc, Academia promises to focus on other secondary characters. Tokoyami has been on of the most appealing characters so far. He recounts his internship with Hawks.  

Hawks invites Fumikage to his home. He tells him that ” he wanted to talk to someone from Class 1-A about the League of Villains.” Hawks invites him a second time, he takes Fumikage on a flight. Hawks claims that Fumikage is wasting his potential. He tells him that ” he should be able to move much more freely as a bird with wings, and that he need not be confined to the ground.” 

Shihai mocks the name of Tokoyami’s new ultimate move name and uses the shadows hide from Class 1-A. Shihai gets behind Yuga and grabs him. He believes that his Quirk is superior to Fumikage as it’s more versatile. Fumikage uses his Dark Shadow: Black Fallen Angel on Shihai. This move allows Fumikage to fly ” by having Dark Shadow hold onto him while covered by Fumikage’s cloak to provide better darkness.”

He rescues Yuga from Shihai. Momo instructs Yuga to use his Navel Buffet, a move that blast several laser beams creating light. This prevents Shihai from hiding in the shadows, Momo instructs Toru to grab Shihai. However, a mushroom appears on Momo’s nose. Itsuka Kendo has apparently come up with a “plan B.” Momo and Kendo are clearly the leaders of their teams. So far in the series they have shown that they’re highly capable and highly intelligent. I’m curious to see what Momo and Kendo come up with to counter each other and what Kinoko’s mushroom quirk does.

Fairy Tail 100 Chapter 8 Review: The God Dragon’s Melancholy

In this chapter Team Natsu finally encounters Mercuphobia. Kyria prepares to attack him but is teleported by someone called Skarion. Their bodies disappeared in ash. The team figures that it was likely some sort of Ash magic that is used to “move from one place to the other.” Regardless, Mercuphobia asks Natsu if he “came to slay him.” Natsu surprisingly doesn’t appear to be eager for a fight. He responds, “not exactly.” Natsu admits that they are here to seal him but isn’t sure that they’re going to if he’s a “good guy.”

Team Natsu feels a sense of relief. They are under the impression that they won’rt have to “seal,” him now. However, Mercuphobia tells them that they “must seal him.” He decides that team Natsu are now his guest. He brings them to his palace, where he shows them his “underwater farm,” “medical facility,” and “watch tower.” Everyone feels that the water god is “good.” He tells them that he actually has “killed many humans in the past.” He had a change of heart over the years. 

Mercuphobia informs them that he can “no longer control his powers.” He believes he must be killed to prevent his powers from effecting other cities. Before he dies he must do something. It’s not elaborated on before we see Kyria and her group. We are introduced to Mage Guild Diabolos Corpse Dragon Skarion Raider who suggests that Mercuphobia is a “false” water god. The water god’s interaction with team Natsu was surprising. Now that he’s change it became more difficult to see him evil. 

The I was evil until this special person changed me has been done many time before. I don’t particular hate the trope but it’s a common one. That said he wouldn’t be as complicated without this change. If Mercuphobia isn’t evil anymore then some else must become the conflict. That remains to be seen as we find out what the water god must do. However, all this change seems to be fake or according to Skarion, the water god is. That appears to be a waste of a character but we shall see what he meant. 

One Piece Chapter 917 Review: Food Treasure

This chapter seemed to go by quickly. We see more of the corruption, starvation and cruelty inflicted upon the citizens of Bakura Town. Another, Hundred Beast Pirate member is introduced, Speed. Oda must be running out of names because that is a generic one. Anyway, she’s a “horse” SMILE devil fruit user. While bringing the good food in town she stumbles upon the fight between Luffy and Holdem.

Holdem threats to have his lion stomach, Kamijiro “bite Tama in half.” He assumes that they are apart of Shutenmaru’s bandit crew the Atamayama Thieves. He’s a master thief that has been stealing from Orochi’s farm. Kiku warns Luffy that if he angers Holdem, it could invite the wrath of Jack. One of the “Disasters” of the Beast Pirates. He has a Billion Beli bounty and ate the Zou Zou no Mi, allowing him to transform into a mammoth. 

It was believe that Jack was killed at sea, but he clearly survived. Of course Kiku’s warning means that Luffy is going to anger Jack. I’m hoping that he does encounter Jack that fight would be epic. Lady Speed arrives with the food, Luffy gets angry at the injustice regarding food distribution. He asks Zoro to “handle” the food situation. 

Meanwhile, Basil Hawkins is intercepted by Law in disguise. Hawkins one of the few people in Wano that knows his identity and Law plans to “finish him off.” Elsewhere, Luffy and Zoro, rescue Tama and steal the food good respectively. After Tama tells Luffy that Holdem used pliers to try to make her “dangos,” he gets pissed and uses his Red Hawk on Holdem. 

Luffy’s epic crushing hits never gets old. Of course Luffy had to punish Holdem for his terrible behavior. A lot of big players are involved in this arc already. Jack, Kiado, Law and Hawkins. I’m excited at the prospect of seeing the other two “Disasters” of the Beast Pirates. If Jack has that high of a beli bounty the others should be just as strong. 

My Hero Academia Chapter 195 Review: Class A vs Class B

Hitoshi Shinso is a character in My Hero Academia that has faced fear and discrimination from his classmates. His power is what earns him this distinction. His quirk is “Brainwashing,” it allows him to “mind control people who verbally respond to him and, as a result, they will be forced to do whatever he wants.” His power is limited by his will. If he doesn’t want his quirk to activate it won’t. Regardless, his quirk has be unofficially classified as “evil.”

Sure he could use it for evil if he wanted to, but couldn’t anyone use their quirks for evil? Can some quirks “feel,” more evil than others? Yes. However, looking at behavior seems to be a way more important gauge of evil. Furthermore, Hitoshi’s appearance and his personality can be off putting. His hair is messy, his eyes look like he never sleeps. Granted, the manipulation he institutes to use his quirk may not make him trustworthy. All that said I think if his classmates don’t come around he could become a villain.

In this chapter Hitoshi reintroduces himself. He claims that he’s “not some good natured person.” I don’t by his attitude but he is probably putting on a front to avoid being hurt. He proclaims that he will “become a great hero,” using his quirk to “help others.” Class A and Class B will face off against each other, in groups of four. They will be fighting each other one group verses another. The number of students are odd (41) so the teachers come up with a necessary but convoluted way to remedy the difference.

The students will have to imprison the other team in cages. The number of characters in this series can make them difficult to remember, particularly Class B that hasn’t been seen much. The first two teams face off and Hitoshi is on the Class A team. They come up with a plan that, they reject the instinct to “split up,” before they can begin moving they are ambushed by Jurota Shishida. He has the quirk “beast.” This allows him to transform into a beast, increasing his sense and strength, at the cost of becoming “overwhelmingly high.”

They took into account that Kouda would use his ability for searching for their “strongest” member, Shiozaki. Class B used this bias against Class A, having her be a decoy. They assume that Denki Kaminari won’t use his electricity with his teammates present. Kosei Tsuburaba has learned new move Air Prison that he uses to trap Kouda in a soundproof box. However, Shinso uses a new technique called Artificial Vocal Cords: Persona Code, where he uses new equipment to “modify his vocal tone in order to mimic other people’s voices, tricking enemies into answering him and setting them up to the effects of his Brainwashing.”

He mimics the voice of Kosei saying “Alright! Kick their asses, Shishida,” he responds “you got it! Just leave it to me!,” thus brainwashing Jurota. I’m excited for this arc. Setting Class B and Class A against each other will certainly show more of the ability of Class B. I’m also expecting to see more of Hitoshi abilities in this arc as well. Good start so far.

 

 

 

One Piece Chapter 914 Review: Leftover Town

O’Tama’s recovery

O’Tama quickly recovers as Zoro notes. Apparently, Bugleweed is a “wonder” drug. The weed doesn’t eliminate all the poison however. O’Tama is sweet and adorable, but I found her humility to be so what annoying. She refuses to accept the food Miss Tsuru offers her. Maybe I’m being too unforgiving. Year of starvation probably make her value food even more that most. Regardless, she does seem to evetually accept the food. It strange that she has issues with starvation, considering her devil fruit ability that allows her to create food like dumplings. She claims that it doesn’t help.

Leftover Town

Zoro ask why the town is called “Leftover.” Basically, when the Shogun Orochi took control of all the food and land they began hording it for themselves. The powerful officials send their rotten food, refuse and other things that they don’t want to be purchased and sold. That is why Leftover Town received it’s name. 20 years ago the Kozuki Clan ruled Wano, the Lord planted a field to feed the people. Oda is clearly setting up to restore the Oden’s to power.

The Gifters

We are quickly being introduced to new villains in this arc. The Gifters are a division of the Beast Pirates, they have been giving “Artificial Devil Fruit,” and each possesses a pair of black horns. They were created by SMILEs, which ” gives them the ability to transform some parts of their body, such as their arms or ears, into different parts of an animal’s body even some animals that live in the ocean.” Batman shoots an arrow at Tsuru for “bad mouthing the shogun,” he claims to have super hearing.

Meanwhile, the Gifter Gazelleman kidnaps O’Tama. Kiku, Luffy and Zoro give chase. It is revealed that Kiku is a samurai herself. I assumed that Zoro would get the legendary sword, but maybe Kiku will keep it. As they enter Bakura Town and prepare for battle, Law is alerted to their presence. He states that they must be stopped otherwise they’ll make a scene. I for one am looking forward to see how Law and his pirate crew fits into this arc.

Fairy Tail 100 Years Quest Chapter 004: Amazing Elmina Review

Team Natsu arrives at a hotel in Elmina, they’re greeted by a fish that’s wearing a top of a tux. Natsu and Happy plan on eating it, only for it to transform into a human. The fish turn man greets them, when questioned whether he’s a fish or human, he confirms that he’s a fish. However, he quickly remembers that he has a date, and runs off to meet with someone named Sameko. He warns team Natsu that they must “drink the complimentary beverage left in your rooms.”

According to him, “humans will not be able to live here.” Gray awakens the following morning to find that he’s underwater, but he can breathe and talk. The entire town becomes submerged in the ocean. The receptionist finally introduces himself as, Kashima, the manager of hotel journey. When Gray asks about the water God, Kashima and the other fish turn on them and attack. Meanwhile, Touka reveals that she uses “water-type magic,” She also reveals that she has a tail.

There wasn’t much in this chapter regarding the dragons, but the world building was great. Fairy Tail’s biggest drawback was never it’s world-building, but it bad use of power scaling that is typical for shonen manga series. This chapter only briefly switches to the other members of Fairy Tail, hopefully they will continue to matter in this new series.

One Piece Chapter 913 Review: Tsuru repays a favor

Luffy and Zoro face-off against Basil Hawkins. Hawkins says that there’s a 19% chance that “one month from now you all will be alive.” It’s unclear who “all” includes, is it just Luffy and Zoro, or all the Strawhat’s. Regardless, his prediction does not mean much because there’s really no way any of the Strawhat’s will died. Right? It clear that Zoro will receive the legendary sword from Luffy, who clearly has no use for it.

Hawkins has always had a strange power, that feels too powerful but has clear drawbacks. The Wara Wara no Mi devil fruit is a paramecia type, that allows for “the ability to create, manipulate, and transform into straw with damage-redirecting properties at will.” To be more clear you could use straw in a variety of ways, limited only by the imagination of the user. It’s unclear however why the user can use nails as weapons.

Furthermore, Hawkins uses his devil fruit with cartomancy ( fortune-telling or divination using a deck of cards) and voodoo magic. Hawkins uses these abilities together, creating “straw men,” that represents other people lives. This allows him to “redirect a single instance of damage,” to another person. His uses his Life Minus ability while fighting Zoro and Luffy. As long as he has multiple “straw man effigies,” he will not receive damage. He states that he had 10 lives at the start of battle, but now he’s left with 9.

One of the reasons I love One Piece is that the devil fruit abilities are so varied. Luffy often displays that varied himself, but Hawkins is another good example. Basil having other abilities makes his devil fruit more valuable. It creates a contrast when Luffy doesn’t use the sword in good conjunction with his devil fruit ability. The fight between Luffy, Zoro and Hawkins ends abruptly as Komachiyo takes them away.

Hawkins uses his Card of Retribution, sending a straw man armed with a sword after them. Zoro faces off against it and while he’s hit with nails he quickly defeats it with Nigiri Toro Samon. He lets Luffy and Zoro escape. The woman Zoro rescued turns out to be tea-house mistress, O-Tsuru. She offers to save O-Tama and heal Zoro. Finally, we see some of the Heart Pirates, Shachi, Bepo and Penguin watching the Luffy and Zoro. This of course signals that Law is also in Wano. I’m really excited for the possibility that Law and the Strawhat’s may join forces against Kiado. This arc continues to get more fun as it gets more intriguing.