Burn the Witch: Tite Kubo manga one shot review

Seemly following on the heels of Hiro Mashima, creator of Fairy Tail and now Eden’s Zero, Tite Kubo, creator of Bleach, has now released a one shot called Burn the Witch. While, not a full manga series yet, one shots are often 15-60 pages. They tell a complete story, hoping to garner enough support to be turned into a full series. The process is similar to a television pilot.

The 62 page manga, Burn the Witch as the title suggests is about witches in London. Dragons are the main adversaries in this manga. Dragon were once reasonable for “72 % of all deaths,” the residents of “front London” were unable to see the dragons, but citizens from “reverse London” could. The story focuses on to witches, Wing Bind 1st order conservation ranger, Niihashi Noel and 2nd order, Ninii Spangle.

The “dragons,” are varied in design and uses in reverse London. The Conductor is used for “electric generation,” the Hammerback for “minerals,” the Wooly Wally “textiles,” the Matchbox for “fuel,” the Blue Appetite for “medicines,” and the Meatball for well food. The design of the dragons a weird and original, I liked them. Ordinary citizens from reverse London are banned from coming into contact with the dragons.

This is were the witches and wizards, whom passes the exam to become a member of “the wing bind agency.” I instantly thought of Harry Potter, but that’s not a bad thing. Meanwhile, in London a dragon sprouts out of a puppy and Niihashi and Ninii are ordered to exterminate it. The dragon is called a “Dark Dragon,” when “dragons come into contact with negative human emotions,” they become a threat to humanity.

They’re intelligent and can speak “the human language.” The dragon they’re facing is a “disguiser,” a dragon that “takes over a corpse.” Balgo the obligatory perv, taking care of the “corpse,” of the puppy he named Osushi-chan, but he’s in denial about his death. Just as Ninii attempt to capture Balgo’s friend, another disguiser attacks her. The new dragon “Selvie,” believes that by eating both witches he can gain “immortality.”

Ninii claims that it’s a myth, but Selvie believes that he won’t know for sure unless eat’s them. Selvie use to be the friend of Balgo that was killed saving his life when the were 7. He was hit by a train while protecting Balgo. Selvie attacks Ninii, but Balgo blocks it and is bitten. Balgo begins the typical, “we are friends and I’m going to save you,” speech. Niihashi steps in and destroys Selvie with “Absolute Dragon Shutter.” After being bitten by a dragon, Balgo becomes a “haunted one.” Haunted ones are classified as dragons and must be protected.

I really enjoyed this one shot, it didn’t reinvent the wheel but I found it charming. While I was gravely disappointed with how Bleach ended, I hoped Kubo may learned from how poorly that series ended. The most interesting part was the last two pages of the one shot that featured a reference to “soul society,” and a not so subtle reference to “Bleach” on the last page, seen in black letters in the title “Burn the Witch.” Is the Burn the Witch universe part of the Bleach universe? Is Kubo going to create a spin-off? Time will tell, but I hope Burn the Witch becomes a series.

 

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Edens Zero chapter 002 Review – The Girl and the Blue Cat

A mysterious alien being asks what will become of Shiki, asking if he will become the universes “legendary hero or become the demon king.” Rebecca and Happy explain that they are “B-Cubers.” They make a living selling their content. They plan on registering Shiki as an “adventurer,” which permits you to travel from planet to planet. Rebecca asks Shiki to be her bodyguard and he agrees. They arrive at Blue Garden, the planet of adventures.

Shiki’s ignorance reveals himself as he thinks it’s appropriate to just touch the many humans he sees. As Rebecca explains that humans are ” good, bad and indifferent” a theft kidnaps Happy. Shiki gives chase, while, Rebecca remembers when she first meet Happy as a child. The kidnappers prove to be jackasses, Shiki begins to fight them as the leader pulls out a machine gun. During the commotion, the theft drops Happy and he’s freed.

As Rebecca has another flashback, when see that Happy was injured in a vehicle accident. He then transforms into a pair of robotic like guns, that Rebecca uses against the thieves. Every shoot is a head shot with aether bullets. Turns out that Happy was turned into an android after his accident. Finally, we see that Space Pirate Elise Crimson ( or space Ezra) has been alerted to Shiki’s presence on Blue Garden.

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This series still has too many similarities to Fairy Tail, but when I’m so certain that it’s going to be ordinary I’m surprised. Happy being a robot wasn’t expected, and while it’s not the most shocked I’ve been reading manga, I was surprised. That can only be a good thing for a series that clearly has the same visually styling as it’s authors previous series.

One Piece Chapter 909 Review: Seppuku

One Piece is just always exciting to read. The world is so big, with so many fun characters. This chapter entitled, “Seppuku” shifts focus from Reverie to Wano. We get more background on some of the characters that may have been forgotten. Nekomamushi and his Mink crew arrive to Whitebeard’s home island. We get reminded that Marco the is alive. Marco the former commander of Whitebeard Pirates, has basically been hiding out trying to do right by Whitebeard.

He fleeing from another character that I forgot about, the alleged son of Whitebeard, Edward Weevil. Also known as Whitebeard Jr, Weevil is alleged to be the biological son Whitebeard. His mother Miss Bakkin claims to have been Newgate’s former lover. She completely controls her son, who is strong enough to be a Shichibukai, with a former bounty of 480 million Beli. Together with his mother, has been hunting down former Whitebeard crew mates looking for Weevil’s “inheritance.”

Marco has been hiding out from them, acting as a doctor. We learn that Whitebeard was orphaned on the island that was too poor to join the World Government. Whitebeard send some of his ill gotten gains back to his home island. Regardless, he tells Nekomamushi that he can’t join Luffy but has a message for him. Meanwhile, we pivot to Wano Country, where we get to see the remaining members of the Strawhat crew.

Kin’emon tells Franky, Usopp, Robin and Zoro that they must assimilate into Wano society, to rally support to overthrow Kaido ally, Kurozumi Orochi. He says that it’s important that they keep a low profile. The first thing that struck me about Wano is it’s vibrant and beautiful. While being in black and white of course, I know that it would be a highly colorful. Wano is clearly based on Japan. Regardless, the Strawhat’s are not suppose to get unwanted attention, or they will alert Kiado.

Meanwhile, Zoro posing as a ronin, is under arrest for allegedly murdering 3 people. Due to Zoro having possession of the famed swordsman Ryuma’s, sword Shusui. The clearly corrupt magistrate orders Zoro to commit “Seppuku.” Zoro comments that ” the magistrate himself smells like blood and queries if he is the true culprit,” he then slashes him with the small sword he was given to commit seppuku, seemingly killing the magistrate while cutting the building and part of the ground.

With that epic moment the Wano arc officially begins. Oda has expanded the One piece universe greatly. I wonder how he will balance both Reverie and Wano. This arc seems perfect to witness Zoro’s new skills he hasn’t really fought since the time skip. This chapter creates so many questions. Will we get proof that Weevil is Whitebeard’s son? Will the rest of the Strawhat crew arrive in time? Will we see Kiado in action? Anyway, I’m excited to see what this arc brings.

Eden’s Zero Review, Chapter 01: In The Cherry Blossom Filled Sky

Eden’s Zero first chapter, In the Cherry Blossom Filled Sky is an interesting 78 page introduction to a new series by the creator of Fairy Tail, Hiro Mashima. Let’s get to it. First I enjoyed this chapter, but it is really similar to Fairy Tail. Shiki and Rebecca are title characters of this series, they’re very similar to Natsu and Lucy. This is of course largely due to the art style of Mashima. Eden also follows the common shonen series formula.

I was lukewarm on Fairy Tail, a series that has sold over 60 million copies. I afraid that I will probably feel the same about this series. However, that is certainly a premature prediction, so I will have to read more chapters to be certain. I’m not yet willing to dismiss Eden by calling it, Fairy Tail with Sci Fi, instead of magic. The story of Eden Zero follow’s a “young boy named Shiki who is being told by his robot grandfather about making friends and leaving this place one day.”

We fast forward a few years to find, Rebecca arriving at the abandoned themed park at Granbell Kingdom. She is partnered with a talking cat named Happy. Yes, Happy is also the name of a talking cat in the Fairy Tail series. I assume either Mashima has or had a cat named Happy or he’s trying to create a link between his series.

Regardless, Rebecca’s goal is to get 1 million subscribers to he “Blue Cat Channel.” I won’t spoil the twists that occur in this chapter, but I hope that Mashima will invert our expectations with this series. I haven’t decided whether I like this series or not, but I did find this chapter to be funny and sad, which is a good start. The biggest issue is that the resemblance between Fairy Tail and Eden Zero is so obvious that it may suffer for it. However, I’ll stick with Eden’s Zero for now.