Attack on Titan: Eren vs Reiner

Scout’s verses the Colossal Titan

Mikasa wonders why she was unable to decapitate Reiner and Bertholdt. She blames herself for the entire situation. Hange orders the other scouts into battle against the Colossal Titan as it begins its assault against them, while consuming Ymir and another scout. The scouts put on an impressive aerial assault, managing to outmaneuver the slow titan. However, the Colossal Titan’s ability to release steam as a defense mechanism stalls their attack. They prepare for it to leave an opening, while they aid Eren. Meanwhile, Conny has managed to miss the fact that Reiner and Bertholdt are the titans.

Colossal Titan attacks

Eren’s Rage

Eren is initially dominate by the stronger Armored Titan. Eren remembers his history with Reiner and becomes angry. Eren’s rash personality is he best and worst asset. He often attacks without reason, leaving him in dire situations. His rage was on full display during his fight against Reiner. However, unlike previous fights Eren channeled his anger into the fight, while using the fight strategies that he was taught. Along with Hange, Armin and of course Mikasa he was able to gain the upper hand. However, the Armored Titan manages to place itself and Eren in place to be eaten by the Colossal Titan.

Eren getting punched by Reiner

This episode was amazing, mostly action it went by quickly. The CG of the Colossal Titan takes getting use to, although it looks better up close. Mikasa may have revealed that she cares about more people than Eren or Armin, when she hesitated to kill Reiner and Bertholdt. She does make up for it during the fight with the Armored Titan, but it may not have been enough to save Eren. Mikasa will likely blame herself if he’s captured. Eren has matured and began using his head for once, resulting in turning the tide of the battle.

 

The plan stutters in One Piece

The Vinsmoke Family Massacre Plan

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Big Mom fails to land a hit on Jinbe and Luffy, meanwhile, Brook destroys the picture of Mother Carmel. He reveals himself to everyone much to the surprise of the Big Mom pirates. Many of the wedding guests think that he actually pulled his own skin off resulting a lot of comedic moments. Big Mom’s reaction is more muted than previously expected.

Pudding meanwhile attempts to shoot Sanji, but he effortlessly manages to dodge her shots. She is attacked by her older brother, Charlotte Daifuku. He ate the Hoya Hoya no Mi, that gave him the ability to summon a genie from his body. Diafuku’s genie attacks Sanji, meanwhile, Caesar begins his part in the plan. Bege attacks Luffy to keep his cover, Jinbe is concerned that Big Mom hasn’t reacted yet.

Pedro faces off against Charlotte Oven, who ate the Netsu Netsu no Mi. Oven remembers Pedro from the first invasion and promises that he will not show him any mercy. Nami, Chopper and Carrot remain in the cake waiting for their moment to strike. Brook is decapitated and his head rolls towards Luffy, Judge cries out for help as he and his family is held at gunpoint.

Judge says that “there should be honor among thieves,” his sons are critical of his behavior, due to the fact that his children are sociopaths. Meanwhile, Brook tells Luffy that they need to show Big Mom the broken picture. Bege notices that Katakuri has completely “turned white,” meaning that he’s seen a “horrible future.” Bege tells everyone to get ready for Big Mom’s scream, while he tells Katakuri that “Katakuri can see a bit into the future, anyone has the power to change it.”

Another great chapter. The plan isn’t going as planned considering Big Mom doesn’t instantly begin screaming. Brook is of course the comic relief of this chapter. The abilities of Charlotte’s Daifuku and Oven are interesting. Daifuku genie is the most interesting power of the two, not much is know about the genies abilities but it’s strong enough to combat Sanji. Judge being a coward wasn’t really surprising nor was the consequences of how he raised his sons. I think it’s unlikely that they are killed without a fight. I feel they will be rescued by the Strawhat’s but be ungrateful, and probably won’t help the Strawhat’s fight Big Mom. Finally, I’m hoping to see a full fight between Bege and Katakuri could be awesome.


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Boruto makes a new friend in Tento

In the 11th chapter of the Boruto manga series, Boruto is the bodyguard to the son of the diamyo, Tento. I was a ready to hate him, as he was initially introduced as a clique snobby rich kid. He does flex his financial power by first renting out the entire hotel. He quickly pivots to how he loves ninja’s and wants to see ninjutsu. Boruto shows him the Shadow Clone jutsu, Tento gives him a backhanded compliment, suggesting that Naruto is able to produce thousands. 

Tento shows Boruto his card collection amazing him with it’s quality. Boruto notices that Tento has a very rare card in his collection. Tento tells Boruto that he can have it, because he has duplicates. Boruto declines, stating that he will earn his own cards. Boruto and Tento bond during a shruikenjutsu training and Tento tells him that he hopes that his father will notice him if he became a ninja. Eventually, Tento is successful in hitting the target, Boruto and Tento become friends and plan to see each other again. Meanwhile, a member of the Mujina Bandits is watching and communicates with his boss Shojoji who’s disguised as Yamaoka

I’ll admit that I was surprised how Tento turned out. I was ready to hate him for being a rich brat. While he did originally behave that way, he turned out to be more complex character than that. Father issues is clearly going to be the main theme of this series, like being parent-less was in Naruto (Naruto, Sasuke and Gaara). Overall, I like this chapter and look forward to the next one. 


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The truth about Ymir and Historia

Episode 30 of Attack on Titan was mostly split in half. The first half was a flashback that gave us background on Ymir and Historia (Krista). I mostly focused on Ymir, we learned that Historia is the illegitimate child of some royal. As a result she was rejected and was given another name. Ymir takes to Historia due to their mutual life experiences.

The flashback didn’t quite peak my interests, it might have been better to weave the flashbacks in between action scenes to keep the intensity. Regardless, the most interesting thing was the suppose secret that Ymir was going to share with Historia. She was blatantly asked by Reiner, whether she knew that Ymir was a titan. Either she was lying, Ymir told her a false secret or a completely different secret.

We return to the present, as Reiner and Bertolt realize that Ymir was the titan that killed their friend. Ymir’s titan form is rather small, her arms are elongated with claws. It appears as if it shouldn’t be balanced, but moves with impressive agility. However, her lack of strength makes it difficult for her to defeat all the titans. Seeing Ymir struggle causes Historia to shout towards her to live. Ymir changes tactics and knocks the tower over on the titans, as she rescues the scouts.

The titans are unharmed and emerge from the rubble. The titans overwhelm Ymir and begin to cannibalize her. Historia foolishly tries to help her, but the great Mikasa rescues her. The result of the Corps arrive and defeat the remaining titans. Ymir survives, but at the cost of her leg. Despite the beginning I still thoroughly enjoyed this episode. I liked the way this series plays with our expectations of who will and can died. Twice I assumed that Ymir was done for. The question becomes is her loyalty ONLY to Historia or the larger corps as well.


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Ymir the hidden titan

In my previous review I questions Ymir’s motives and thought she was acting oddly. I had no idea what she was hiding but it was big. It turns out that like Eren, Ymir is a human-titan shifter. Early in the episode we are shown a unsettling scene between two small titans, the more energetic one pushes the other to the ground, rips its ear off while making weird panting sounds. I don’t know what the significance of that scene was but it stood out.

The episode then flashes back 2 hours as we witness what transpired before the titan emerged. Connie explains to Ymir what he believes happen to his village, she doesn’t buy his theory that his mother might have been the titan he saw. She rudely mocks him, later she and Reiner look for food and find herring in a can. The language seems to be foreign and Reiner can’t decipher it. He seems to conclude that she’s from a specific part of the country.

We return to the present, as the scouts face off against the titans. A small titan breaches the tower, Reiner encounters it in the narrow hallway. He flashes back to earlier times when he’s and Bertholdt saved by one of his friends, whom is then consumed by the titan. The unarmed scouts defeat the titan, but Connie almost gets eaten by another one. Reiner intervenes and is bitten on the forearm, he lifts the titan on his back intending to jump out the window with it.

Connie slices the jaw of the titan open releasing the grip it had against Reiner’s arm. Scouts seemed to be successfully dwindling the titans down, but the Beast titan throws a giant bolder and horses at the scouts, killing Lynne and Henning instantly. The beast titan calls for more titans, the scouts become overwhelmed. Gerger falls of the wall but Nanaba saves him using the last of her gas. Gerger appeared to be saved, however, he along with Nanaba are killed. Without anyone to battle the titans hope seems lost.

Christa begins to consider what she needs to do to “fight and die” with their comrades. Ymir chastises her for thinking about “throwing away her life.” She takes the knife from Connie and tells the other she’s going to fight with it. She tells Christa that she should remember her promise, then she jumps off the tower cutting herself and turning into a titan.

I’ll admit that the minute Ymir took the knife I figured she was a titan, it was the only thing that made sense. This season has manage to increase the intensity of each episode. The episode also played with or expectations, I assumed that Gerger was safe since Nanaba risked her life for him. Of course this is Attack on Titan, so that was naive of me. Regardless, the secrets of Ymir have been revealed and only more questions remain.


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Jinbei is boss, plans to join the Strawhat’s

Luffy’s plan revealed

Luffy uses a mirror inside the wedding cake and using the abilities of Brulee to reflect an image of someone onto another person. Luffy captures several animals and Luffy uses the copies as the distraction as they jump out of the giant cake. The cake topples over and Big Mom is outraged at the sight of the cake falling. She demands that a new cake be made and she threatens to kill the cooks. She uses her “Soul Pocus” abilities on them an kills them.

Luffy vs Big Mom

Big Mom wonders which of the Luffy clone’s are real. Bege is impressed with Luffy’s plan at first, but is shocked when Luffy reveals his real self. Luffy targets the photo of Mother Carmel, Big Mom uses Zeus and Prometheus and prepares to attack him. Katakuri attacks Luffy with a sticky substance trapping his arms and legs. It is revealed that Katakuri consumed the Mochi Mochi no Mi a logia-type devil fruit.

Jinbe is boss

Jinbe rescues Luffy from Katakuri’s attack. He admits to Big Mom that he was the one that told Luffy about Mother Carmel’s photo. Big Mom accuses him of trying to start a mutiny, he tells her that he’s merely quitting her crew and joining the Strawhat’s. Luffy is excited to hear this news and Big Mom claims that she is fine with this. However, she demands that Jinbe offer up his lifespan. Jinbe consents to his lifespan being taken, but Big Mom fails to take his life.

Jinbe explains that “he will not cower at a mere yonko,” especially if he plans on joining the crew of the “future pirate king.” Big Mom announces that they are now officially enemies, meanwhile, Brook appearing as a Luffy clone breaks the picture of Mother Carmel. This chapter was amazing. I knew the plan wasn’t going to go off perfectly, but the chaos that occur was fun to watch.

Jinbe as always is the standout of this chapter, having no fear of Big Mom is impressive considering her power. I couldn’t be more excited for Jinbe to join the Strawhat’s. Caesar is a red flag for me, I think he will betray them at some point. Sanji seems to have fallen in love with Pudding, but despite the fact she was abused, her bad choices may be too much to forgive. Is it possible that Sanji leaves as Jinbe joins the crew? Anyway another good chapter.

What is the mystery of the titans?

I am tempted to go on google and spoil the Attack on Titan series for myself, but I promised that I will stick to the anime only. Regardless, the third episode of Attack on Titan, titled “southwestward” begins were we left off in the previous episode. Connie mourns the destruction of his village, however, Gerger notices that the village lacks the general destruction associated with a titan attack. There’s no bodies, remains or blood left behind. The horses are still in the stables, meaning it is implausible that the villages left without them.

Before Connie leaves with the scouts, he hear what appears to be a strange and strained, “Welcome Home.” The trapped titan appears to have been speaking to him. I predicted that Connie might be related to this titan in my last review, I think that I might be correct. However, I does seem odd that Connie doesn’t seem to recognize her. That said we do know that titans can be created with injections, I think the reason there’s no bodies is because they were kidnapped and some were turned into titans. If the titan is Connie’s mother, she must be a failed experiment.

The scouts plan to follow the wall and locate the breach. Meanwhile, a group of scouts kill off another titan, with Captain Rico delivering the death blow. She notice the patterns of the titans are strange, elsewhere, Captain Hannes also releases the strange behavior. 11 hours later the team lead by Gerger, meets with another scout team. They confirm that neither group could locate the breach in the wall. Moonlight breaks through and a castle is revealed. The scouts take shelter in the castle, meanwhile, Hange reveals that the skin of the female titan is the same “pattern and composition,” as the wall.

A massive group of titans most likely under the control of the beast titan, attack the scouts at the castle. The beast titan as pointed out by Connie, heads for the wall. Hange, Levi tells Armin, Eren and Mikasa their mission. Gerger becomes enraged as the titans continue the assault on the castle. He and the other scouts with gear attack the titans, meanwhile the beast titan scales the wall. The rest of the scouts travel towards the castle, I wonder who will still be alive? This episode featured no action, but still manage to remain intense. A partially striking moment was when the scouts were using torches to illuminate the night.

The lack of visibility was frighting, I assumed that they would be attacked. That thought alone created the frighting moment. I was understandably relived when they meet with another scouting team. Armin and Hange together make a formidable team, their logic and reason are probably the best. Finally, I would say that, Ymir, stood out this episode, but not in a good way. She seems suspicious and the squinting eyes and close ups didn’t help. I don’t know what she’s up to but its not good.

 

Sasha and Conny return home

Attack on Titan, episode 2, “I’m home” reintroduces the main characters, but focuses primarily on one secondary character Sasha Blouse. She is known as “potato girl,”possessing an insatiable appetite and a pleasant manner of speech. Sasha returns to her village, Dauper, that is a sparely populated village in the forest, in the southern territory of Wall Rose. While returning to the village she remembers a argument she has with her father, Mr. Blouse. She sees a new village and is immediately confronted with a horrific sight.

Tramatized little girl

A more human sized titan is chewing on the leg of a handicapped woman as her daughter watches. Sasha attempts to use an axe to kill it, but the rate of the titans healing prevents her from succeeding. She loses he grip on the ax and out of desperation flees with the girl. The titan turns its attention toward Sasha and the girl, while the girl is stunned that Sasha would help her at all. Sasha has a flashback of her and Ymir, who tells her to be herself. She returns to the present and determines that she will fight off the titan and the girl should run.

Cold eyes of a titan

Sasha isn’t know for her titan slaying prowess, but puts up a valiant effort considering that she only had a bow and four arrows. She concludes that blinding the titan temporarily will be the key to freedom. She succeeds and is surprised to see her father and other villager returning to get her. Her father tells her that he’s proud of her. Meanwhile, Connie Springer also returns to his village, he frantically rushes through his village and toward his families home. The episode concludes with a odd titan, that has crushed the home of Connie. The titan is emaciated, with ribs protruding out of it’s body and small limbs.

Titan casually eats a helpless mother

This episode conclusion was the most interesting part. I can’t hope but wonder that the eyes of Connie and the titan are similar. It may be nothing but I though it was interesting. Regardless, the next episode may reveal what true. The beginning of the episode reintroduced us to our primary characters, Eren, Mikasa and Armin. They are tasked with traveling in a group that features Levi, Pastor Nick and Hanji. She suggests that the trip will test Pastor Nick resolve and expose him to the reality of the world. This wasn’t an action packed, but interesting as always.

Sasha faces down a titan

The next Naruto series Boruto begins

A few weeks ago Naruto the long running anime series finally ended with the 500th episode. Boruto Uzumaki the title of the first episode of the spin off series, Boruto: Naruto Next Generations, will focus on the son of Naruto as he goes on his adventure in the ninja world. The episode begins much like the manga, with Boruto facing off against a currently unknown villian, Kawaki, as he announces the death of shinobi. He also alludes to killing Naruto, although it’s not clear.

Boruto is similar to his father in a lot of ways, his delinquency and other bad behavior. However, unlike Naruto he does have a father and mother. Boruto is resentful of his father being busy all the time. Like his father Boruto has no interest in school and prefers to have fun. Despite the differences between Naruto and Boruto, there are key similarities. Obviously, they look alike, but they share the desire to save people. Boruto rescues Denki from a group of bullies in an alley. Denki is the child of the head of the “Kaminarimon Corporation, the Leaf’s foremost electronics company.”

His father is the overbearing, wanting Denki to become a ninja. Denki is possessed by a dark force that seems to compels him into punishing his bullies. He plots to murder them by leaving them to die in a train crash. Boruto interferes with his plan, convincing him to “make his own decisions.” Together, Boruto, Denki and the bullies survive and Boruto arrives at the ceremony in a dramatic fashion, crashing the rail car into the monument to the Hokage.

Not much of note occurred in this episode, but it will be interesting what the differences between this series and the original. The series seems to hint that we will get to see Boruto and his classmates go through the ninja curriculum. I hope that the series will focus not just on Boruto, but the other genin as well. I also hope that the complex battles that were the hallmark of the Naruto series, but it became only about Naruto ans Sasuke. This new series feels like its going to go on for a while and hope it will take the best of Naruto series and add more.

 

Attack on Titan returns

The season of Attack on Titan has premiered, the second season will be half the length of the first, 12 episode. It has been four years since the last season premiered to critical acclaim and the series hasn’t missed a beat. The episode continue right where it ended, with Anne being defeated and the wall Titan being revealed.

Wall Titan

The Church of the Walls has secrets

Hanji is told by father Nick that she “shouldn’t allow the wall titan into the sun.” She asks him the obvious question, “why are titans in the wall?” Pastor Nick isn’t forth coming and wants restitution for his congregation’s apparent devastation. Hanji isn’t having any of it, she grabs him by his shirt and threatens to drop him over the wall. Surprisingly, Pastor Nick is accepting of this threat. However, I would question his piety considering he could have just jump himself. AOT is a series full of conspiracies this episode just introduced another one.

Mike in action

12 hours ago

We flashback half a day to the corp members stationed at Wall Sina, Connie and Sasha looked bored. Thing get exciting quickly as multiple titans from the south arrive, without time to gear up, the recruits are left to warn the villages on horseback. The Corp plan on splitting into four groups, avoiding combat when possible and spreading the word.

Abnormal Titans start sprinting

Enter the Beast Titan

Once the titans reach the woods the corp separates. However, the titans are abnormal and begin sprinting, to prevent them from reaching the unharmed corp too quickly Mike uses himself as a decoy. He is considered second only to Captain Levi in skill and single handily takes down 5 of the 9 titans. He passively watches the Beast titan as it casually walks. He whistles for his horse, this is when the Beast titan begins it’s assault.

Beast Titan weird demeanor

It grabs the horse and throws it with massive force, knock Mike off the roof and into the jaws of another titan. The beast titan then speaks ordering the other titan to stop chewing, shocking Mike. The beast titan asks about the equipment that the Corps use against titans. Mike is rendered speech less, the beast titan removes the equipment for study. Helpless, Mike is left to be devoured by the remaining three titans.

Beast Titan grabbing the horse

This series is still outstanding. The animation feels more fluid and dramatic. The dark themes, dramatic moments and sense of unease remain. The new and odd behavior the titan’s display add another layer to the series. The most important revelation in this episode is the Beast titan. His strange body design, powerful strength, intelligence and control over the titans makes him into a frightening new titan type. It’s demeanor in response to a petrified Mike is so caviler and the face it made when asking him question was eerie. Finally, the sounds of the titans ripping and chewing poor Mike apart was gut wrenching, reminding me why I love this series. Attack on Titan is back in all it’s sadistic glory.

 

Mike gets eaten

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