Weekly Shonen (09/30/16)


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.”


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.”


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.”


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.”


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.



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. 



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. 



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. 


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. 



Weekly Shonen (07/24/16)

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Chapter 683

The Dark side of two worlds ends

Yhwach destroys part of Sokyoku Hill, he questions why Ichigo didn’t have Orihime heal him. Renji attacks him and activates his Bankai, Sou Zabimaru. Yhwach quickly severs his arm and destroys his Bankai. Aizen appears, attacking with Kyoka Suigetsu intervening. Yhwach teases him for fighting for the “losers.” Aizen uses Hado #99, Goryutenmetsu. A large dragon destroys the ground surrounding them, he them rushes forward. 

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Yhwach points out that Aizen sword is cracked, then sends him flying backward with an energy blast. Ichigo appears behind him and Yhwach blows his arm off and single handily stops his Zanpakuto. He notes that even Aizen was ineffective. He shatters Tensa Zangetsu and blows a hole into Ichigo’s chest. However, it appear that this was an illusion and Aizen made it appear that he was Ichigo. 

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Aizen is interested in this development, considering the fact that Yhwach was so certain that he wasn’t susceptible to the effects of Suigetsu. Ichigo impales Yhwach from behind and uses a powerful, Getsuga Tensho. This chapter was all about Aizen, fans have been anticipating an Aizen, Yhwach clash. Unlike most of the Shinigami, I believed that Aizen would be a challenge for Yhwach. This fight is already more interesting than Ichigo initial fight with Yhwach.


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My Hero Academia

Chapter 100

Special Moves

Class 1-A are excited about getting to create their own special moves. Cementoss explains that the Gamma Gym was created by him and he can use his Quirk to alter the gym to fit the needs of the students. Shouta explains the need for special moves. He explains that the “Hero License Exam,” is designed to test the “aptitudes” in “intel gathering, judgement, mobility, leadership and communication.” However, fighting ability is the most important. 

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Midnight gives an example of a special move, like Kamui Woods, Lacquered Chains Prison. Shouta decides that during the summer break the students will spent developing there Quirks and special moves. He suggests that they update their costumes to accommodate their new abilities. Cementoss prepares the gym and Ectoplasm clones himself to spar against the students. Izuku is confused, he’s unsure what his special ability should be. 

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He decides that he will focus on his costume, instead of his special move. He thinks that he could upgrade his costume to protect his arms. Tenya and Ochako head to the development studio. Ochako wants to improve her ability to help her with her floating ability so that she could be more effective in hand to hand combat. Meanwhile, decided that she wants to minimize the effect of his, Recipro Burst. An explosion from the development studio sends Izuku flying. Mei Hatsume is responsible. She lands on top of him, surprising Izuku.


I’ll be interested to see what special moves the students come up with. It appears that Izuku will always have difficulty with his Quirk. I still believe that Katsuki will become a bad guy or anti-hero eventually. I also happy to see new costumes because the old ones weren’t that good. 

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One Piece

Chapter 833

Vinsmoke Judge

In the Germa Kingdom, several Germa 66 agents are excited to see Sanji and Jajji fight. Yonji tells an engineer that he “told Sanji off and he attacked him leaving a dent in his head.”The engineer uses his “press machine,” to fix Yonji’s face. The Germa 66 agents are surprised by Sanji’s strength. Sanji kicks at Jajji, who blocks the attack. Jajji uses his lightning spear to attack Sanji. He states that the only reason he return was to protect his crew.

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Jajji tells him that reneging on their pact with Big Mom, will cause her to seek vengeance. Sanji recalls his troubled childhood. He remembers the abuse he received at the hands of his brothers and his father indifference to it. In the present Jajji attacks Sanji with his spear. Sanji blocks it with his, Busoshoku Haki. This surprises Jajji and the Germa 66. Jajji leaps up and Sanji counters with Diable Jambe. 

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Jajji blocks and grabs Sanji. He slams him to the ground and kicks Sanji with his electrified foot. He uses his shoe blaster against Sanji. Sanji uses Diable Jambe again, as Jajji commands his men to create a wall to block it. Sanji hesitates and Jajji takes advantage of the situation, piercing his agents body sending Sanji flying backward. Reiju aids Sanji, healing his wounds. Jajji tells him that the Germa 66 would give up their lives for him. 

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Jajji explains that the alliance with Big Mom, is a guarantee of  their conquest of the North Blue. He reveals that he doesn’t want to lose his most “precious sons,” and he rather sacrifice Sanji. While distracted, Sanji is trapped by Reiju. She places a “World Noble,” collar on his wrists to prevent him from escaping. This chapter of One Piece was well done. I was shocked to see that Sanji has learned Haki. His relationship with his family seemed obviously due to childhood abuse. I wonder if Sanji will sacrifice his hands for his freedom. I don’t think Luffy will allow it. 


Weekly Shonen (11/27/2015) Part 1

Fire Brigade of Flames Chapter 009 Cover
Fire Brigade of Flames Chapter 009 Cover

Fire Brigade of Flames

Chapter 009

What the 8th Chases

The “Special Fire Brigades” commenced an investigation of the “intruder”, Joker. Meanwhile, at the 8th Special Fire Brigade, Akitaru watches a newscast. He comments that “no news of Joker”, was to be “expected.” Shinra responds that the brigade “is hiding something.” He questions whether the “Fire Brigade organization” is actually “fighting on behalf of the people.”


Akitaru tells Shinra the origins of the fire brigades. The Brigades were formed from three organizations the Fire Defense Agency, Tokyo Military, and the Holy Sol Temple. He reveals that each organization has its own “power dynamic”. The 1st squad, the power of the holy sol temple is centered around members of the temple. The 2nd squad reports directly to the military. The 5th squad is a company, Haijima Heavy Industries.


Haijima provides the Fire Brigades with all the weapons. The company has a monopoly on the manufacturing of these weapons and vast wealth, with substantial resources. Each and every squad is still responsible for the “souls of the Flame people“. The squads don’t share information with each other. Akitaru concludes that the organizations generally are “just.” However, he maintains that he has suspicious of them as well.


Shinra asks the purpose of the 8th squad. Akitaru says that the 8th squad was “forcibly created with members from the fire defense agency”, they’re purpose is to investigate squads 1 through 7. Shinra begs to “work on the investigation”, Akitaru says he’s glad that Shinra was assigned to the 8th squad. Takehisa Hinawa reveals the results of the powder that Joker used. He concludes that the powder is “ash” from the flame people.


Meanwhile, Joker discusses the events of the tournament. His associated say’s that the 8th squad is different from the other ones. The 8th squad receives a call of a “dog in the tree.” They discovered that the “dog” was Mamoru from 119. He flies down and tells Shinra that he “was passing out balloons at a local event” and, “some college students took him for a ride“. He discusses the serial killer who was a firefighter. The firefighter, Setsuo Miyamoto is released due to his insanity. The family of the victims are understandably angered.


Miyamoto thinks to himself that the “laws are such a farce”, and the “very foundation of this country would be in trouble if a firefighter like me were found guilty”. He instantly bursts into flames and screams for help. The families mocked him and he kills them with the flames. The 8th brigade is informed of the new flame person, who appears to have maintained his mind. This chapter has added a great deal of information to the story of the series. I’m curious about the other brigades that weren’t mentioned. This chapter managed to answer several question while bringing up some new ones. I’m excited to read the next chapter.





Fairy Tail

Chapter 463

Black Carpet

The members of Fairy Tail are shocked with the actions of Natsu. Laxus thinks he was being “hot-headed”, and Gray considers changing their plans. Ezra stops them, telling them to let “Natsu handle Zeref.” Gray questions her sanity, but she has confidence in Natsu ability. Gray say’s that she “puts too much trust in him.” She wonders why Gray “thinks so little of Natsu” after all they been through. 


Lucy stops them, and they decided to rely on Natsu. Meanwhile, Natsu and Happy arrive in front of the army. Natsu attacks the army head on. Natsu easily dominates the soldiers, and uses his “Roar of the Blaze Dragon King.” He defeats 973 soldiers according to Zeref, but 999,027 remained. Zeref and Natsu are prepared to face off. 


This chapter didn’t add much, but the quickness of the Natsu and Zeref encounter was surprising. I imagine that Natsu and Zeref fight will be saved till the last moment. It’s more likely that we’ll go through all the other fights before we conclude with Natsu versus Zeref.





Fairy Tail

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Makarov Dreyar tells the members of Fairy Tail that they have managed to fend off the enemies vanguard. However, he was still concerned about being attacked from “all sides”. Some of the members of Fairy Tail feel that the other guilds helping will allow them to achieve victory. Makarov decides that it will be “their duty to accept the assistance from other guilds”. Meanwhile, Brandish is harassed by some of the Fairy Tail members, and Lucy tells them to go.


Brandish is asked by Lucy, about referring to her as “Layla’s daughter”. She asks her about her mother, but she refuses to. She tells Lucy to kill her, as it “may be her only chance.” Outside, we see an ally of Brandish preparing to free her. Elsewhere, in the far west of Magnolia, Zeref is told of the defeat, Azir and Brandish suffered. Warren reveals information from the Eastern Front, the Bosco’s nation’s guilds have been defeated.


Everyone in the guild is shocked. However, the army from the north is being intercepted by Sabertooth and Blue Pegasus. Port Hargeon are being “liberated”, by the combined efforts of the Mermaid Heel and Lamia Scale guilds. This leaves the East and West, needing defending. Mirajane, Elfman, Lisanna, Gajeel, Levy, and Lily are sent North. Natsu, Gray, Juvia, Wendy and Laxus will head South.


However, Natsu seems to have disappeared. Erza decides that she will go to the South in his place. Lucy and Cana are left in charge of Brandish. They conclude that Zeref is traveling with the army in the West. However, the biggest concern is from the East. The send their “strongest forces”, they send the “Four Heavenly Kings of Ishgari.” Warren locates Natsu who is flying toward Zeref, yelling that “it’s time you and I finish this dance.”


So far this setup chapter has me excited. I love that the guilds are teaming up and fairy tail is joining them. However, I think Fairy Tail headquarters are being left vulnerable. I’ll assume that Lucy and Cana will fight against Brandish and her accomplice. The biggest revelation in this chapter is that Natsu will take on the entire West army by himself. I think he’ll defeat some of his opponent’s but will eventually be saved by the rest of the guilds.

Fairy Tail

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Chapter 461

For whose sake is that perfume?

Evergreen asks Ichiya, “were in magnolia the whole time”? He responds that he was in Magnolia for a week. He explains that he was “completing Christina’s maintenance and refueling”. They thank him, he then stands on the head of the defeated robot. Freed quickly springs into action, telling Ichiya to “watch out”. The head explodes but he is saved by the Thunder God Tribe, who use their bodies to shield him from the damage.



Gray and the others react to the explosion. Ichiya is grateful and begins to cry. Meanwhile, in the south of Fiore waters off Hargeon we see a fleet of ships. Dimaria asks the real Wahl to stop his insane laughter. Wahl concedes that “this battle has exceeded his calculations”. He reveals to Dimaria that Brandish has been captured. She finds this information to be comical. He doesn’t think that letting a “small-time guild make fools of us”.



He created a Hyper Long Range Anti-Matter Magic Cannon and aims directly for Fairy Tail headquarters. Warren senses the magic coming from Wahl, they begin to panic and evacuate. Ichiya arrives and uses Christina as a shield. He contacts other guilds and calls them to help protect their continent. All the Mages prepare to join Fairy Tail in battle. I’m excited to see this upcoming battle and who comes to face off against the Alvarez Empire. Wahl seems to be a very formidable opponent. However, I’m sure Fairy Tail will be victorious.




Weekly Shonen (11/05/15)

Fire Brigade of Flames

Chapter 006

Malice to know the truth

Shinra faces off against a mysterious man who claims to have knowledge of his mother and brothers death. At first Shinra believes he may be a trap in the tournament. However, he quickly dismisses the assumption. He demands that no harm comes to the brigade members. The man activates his power as he threatens to “kill” them. Shinra responds by attacking him.

02The man is unharmed by Shinra’s assault, he tells him that if he can “entertain” him he’ll tell him about the fire. Meanwhile, outside we see a new member of the second Brigade. This new member admits that he is actually “afraid” of fire, and that is why he joined the Brigade. His hands light on fire and in a panic he releases a barrage of missile like fire. He destroys the floor of the building, resulting in Mika falling on to of Arthur.


Elsewhere, Shinra and the mysterious man continues to fight. Shinra is surprised by the man’s use of “sand”. The sand explodes and the man dominated Shinra in combat. As he is about to “kill” Shinra, the eerie smile Shinra has appeared on his face. This causes the man to conclude that the “fight” was “better than expected”. He rewards Shinra by telling him, that his brother is still alive.


I not too familiar with these characters yet. Some I’m not really invested in the revelation that Shinra’s brother is still alive. This chapter did introduce some intrigue. How does the mystery man’s sand explode? Is it really gunpowder? Why is the new recruit afraid of his own fire powers? Is Shinra’s mother still alive? Why is his brother? I’m excited to see what the answer are.





One Piece

Chapter 806

At the Belly Fortress

Zou erupts with water, Robin warns Law and the Strawhat crew the they are in danger and they should gain higher ground. Kanjuro and Kinemon use a cat to climb the leg of Zou. They panic as the water comes rushing toward them and the cat begins to melt. Meanwhile, in the whale forest Wanda tells Luffy that the “eruption” is the elephant Zunisha bathes itself in water twice a day.



The “rain” is really just “seawater” and the cities have “filtration devices” that carries water into aqueducts. Carrot notes that fish usually gets sucked up in the water. This means they often don’t go without food. Bepo tells Luffy to inform Law of their whereabouts. Carrot tells Luffy while she bites his ear that Bepo is a native but also a pirate so he’s being watched and can’t leave.


Meanwhile, in the Claw city Usopp is panicked by the sharks found in the flood water. Franky and Robin deduce what Wanda already confirmed about the elephant and it’s behavior. Usopp searches for the others, he locates Luffy as Carrot bites him and panics. Wanda remembers what Jack did while in search of someone. She explains to Luffy that Jack was responsible for an attack on four ships escorting Doflamingo. He was presumed dead and has seemingly survived.


Law uses Shambles and teleports the rest of the Strawhat crew ahead of Luffy and Wanda. The head to the fortress and enter. Chopper wakes up Nami ecstatic that Luffy and the others have arrived. She appears to be sleeping on a large sheep like Mink. Luffy and the other Strawhats are meet with cheers, much to their surprise. Wanda explains that the Minks aren’t “human-hating”, they actually just see humans as “hairless monkey mink’s”. Nami runs towards Luffy and beings to reveal what happened to Sanji.


This chapter was well done. The story progressed nicely and I’m glad that we didn’t have twenty chapters to get the Straw hat crew back together. The character of Jack is an interesting character and it’s unclear when he was “killed”. Not to mention who he’s searching for. I think there’s no chance that Sanji is dead. While Nami was tearful, she wasn’t before she hugged Luffy and neither was Chopper who is very emotional. Overall, another great chapter can’t wait till the next chapter.

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Chapter 650

The Theatre Suicide Scene 4

Lille transforms into a more grotesque, but I think better-looking form. Shunsui notes that he didn’t image that Lille would have survived his throat being cut. He seems to resign himself to his defeat. Lille appears to enjoy the “despair” he sees Shunsui. He says that “weapons cannot kill” him, that “he’s immortal” and “he’s invincible”. He believes himself to be “God’s instrument of divine privilege”.

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He attacks with an arm he manifests and attacks with a devastating beam of light “Sabaki no Koumyou” toward Shunsui. Lille notices that Shunsui still managed to dodge his attack. Shunsui calls to Sakuranosuke and tells her they may need to escape. She responds that Lille is immune to the Karematsu Shinjuu and they are left without any options. Shunsui appears to fall asleep as someone call for him to “wake up”.

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Nanao appears telling Shunsui “not to speak”. She tells him to “bring out her Zanpakutou”, and that there is “no time to hesitate”. She tells him to “forget the promise he made to her mother”. Lille appears behind Nanao and attacks. Both Nanao and Shunsui escapes again, as Lille claims that his “eyes are drying out” and closes them. Shunsui is surprised to hear that Nanao knew about her mother. Shunsui agrees to “give back her Zanpakutou”, Kyoukotsu.

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This fight between Shunsui keeps getting more and more exciting. I knew that Shunsui wasn’t going to die, but I’m surprised to the degree that he can still move. Since the second Zanpakutou wasn’t his how could he use it. Does Nanao have a Bankai? Clearly we’ll get some answer next chapter. At least the transformation of Lille into a Dragon with an owl head was better than his previous form. However, that should tell you how bad that form looked.

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Fairy Tail

Chapter 459 and 460

Weakness & Pegasus Descends

Ezra falls from the wreckage of the airship. Natsu rushes to her rescue and catches her before she hits the ground. While laying on the ground, Ezra raises her fist in triumph causes Natsu to smile. Meanwhile, the pollen stirred up by Ajeel’s sandstorm causes Brandish to become overcome with hay fever. Cana takes advantage of this opening and knocks her out. Gray and the other’s encounter Wahl Icht and his robot’s. The robot’s begin to attack and it quickly becomes clear to Gray that the robot’s all are exploiting their weaknesses.

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Wahl Icht explains that his power is “weakness”. As its name indicates his magic allows for the creation of robot’s that can exploit his enemies weaknesses. Elsewhere, at the Kardia Grand Cathedral Freed, Evergreen and Bickslow encounter Icht. Icht creates some weakness robot’s and they counter their magic. When Evergreen uses her Stone Eye’s it fails. Icht reveals that he is also a Machina (machine race). Ichiya uses his Thunder Perfume to attack surprising everyone.


Icht analyzes Ichiya and determines all of his many weaknesses. He concludes that Ichiya has too many weaknesses to focus on. Ichiya uses his Thunder Parfum: Direct Inhalation technique, followed by Manly Thunderbolt of Justice. Icht tells Ichiya that he is immune to electric magic and has conquered his own weakness. He counters with Vortex Charge, then transforms into a new form. At Laxus’s request, Freed maintains his Jutsu Shiki  barrier. Laxus tells Freed that he was coming to aid him.


Elfman requests that they switch and battle against the opposite robots. Before Icht kills Freed, Natsu reveals that the army of the west was defeated. This allowed Freed to release his barrier and go on the fun offensive. At the same time, Ichiya uses his ability and together they defeat Icht. The Fairy Tail Guild rejoices as they survived the first assault. I’m just getting back into Fairy Tail and I enjoying this series again. I will be reviewing Fairy Tail for now on. 


Weekly Shonen (10/29/15)

One Piece

Chapter 805

The Mink Race

We pick up right where we left off in the last chapter. Usopp and Franky are still unclear on “what” the Mink are. In order to get a better view, Carrot leaps high into the air showing off impressive ability. She’s able to locate Luffy fighting in Whale Forest. Wanda  tells the Strawhats the rest of the crew is dead in Right Belly Forest. Zoro and the others (except Usopp) calm down as they don’t believe that their comrades would die easily.


Law uses his vivre card to locate his crewmate Bepo. Bepo is a Polar Bear and also a member of the Mink tribe. Meanwhile, Bepo begs Luffy and Bull Mink Roddy to stop fighting. A Gorilla named BB (Blackback) wonders why the “electro” isn’t affecting Luffy. Jean Bart attempts to stop the fight, but he is stopped by BB. Carrot and Wanda arrive and pacify BB and Roddy with a banana and cape respectively. Wanda gets the guardians to “fall back” and tells Luffy he’s lucky the moon wasn’t out.


Luffy tells Bepo and the rest of the Heart Pirates that Law is alive. The other Strawhats search Crow city searching for signs of life. They find evidence of foul play. They conclude that something happened in the last week or two to cause the city to fall into ruin. Wanda reveals to Luffy that Jack is responsible for the damage found in the country. An earthquake erupts as Wanda tells Luffy that she will take him to his friends.


The Mink tribe seems to be a very powerful race. It is unclear how they became human beast or if they are born that way. We get very little explained but are left with more questions. Who’s Jack and why did he rampage? What happened to Crow city? What became of the other Strawhats? One thing I know for sure none of the Strawhats had been killed.




Chapter 649

The Theater Suicide Scene 3

Lille fails to swim to the surface and he begins to panic. Shunsui tells him that he “literally threw them into the deep end to drown“. He states that he is in the “same boat” as Lille. He said that “one’s body temperature and resolve both go down upon hitting the cold water“. Shunsui asks his Zanpakuto spirit, Sakuranosuke, if “he is right about there being a man who could not keep his promise and a woman who could not forget her love for him“.


She accuses Shunsui of being an “ass kisser”, as he compliments her. Sakuranosuke notes that Shunsui is injured before claiming that “this is what he gets for wearing another woman’s clothing“. She states that “she has sworn to remain by Shunsui’s side until the end because she is his sword“. Lille asks Shunsui “who he is talking to” as he asks Shunsui “if he thought this was enough to defeat him“. He states that a Shinigami’s Bankai isn’t enough to defeat him.


Lille rushes toward Shunsui, who notes that “the light at the end of the tunnel is the thread of regret as he circles a white thread around Lille’s neck“. Shunsui uses his “Final Dan” as he decapitates Lille with “Thread cutting shears, bloodstained windpipe”. Lille’s body sinks further into the abyss, as Shunsui begins coffin up blood. He falls backward into the lap of Sakuranosuke. Sakuranosuke,  states that they “both look and act very similar before noting that they have won“. However, they conversation is interrupted when Lille delivers a blast piercing through Shunsui’s chest. A face of energy appears as Lille reminds Shunsui that “a Shinigami’s Bankai cannot kill him“.


Wow. I have to admit that I was surprised at the twist at the end of this chapter. Shunsui’s Bankai seemed to be so powerful that Lille didn’t stand a chance. Now the fight between them has gotten very interesting. Would Kubo kill off two Captain Commanders in the series? If you watch the filler anime you would be aware that his Bankai has two females. Where does she fit in? I’ll admit that I don’t care for Lille at all and there is no way Shunsui dies. Someone saves him either it’s his second katana or Nanao. However, a fight I thought was rushed now has much more going for it.



Fire Brigade of Flames



Fire Brigade of Flames is a new manga series (in week 6) serialized in Weekly Shonen Magazine. It’s written and illustrated by Atsushi Okubo, the creator of the Soul Eater series. In the series, humans are susceptible to the “human combustion phenomenon“. Humans appear to randomly bursts into flames. It’s currently unknown whom will become engulfed in flames or when it will occur. The 8th Special Fire Brigade are tasked with extinguishing the “Flame Humans” and the purifying of their souls.


  • Flame Human – is a first generation victim of the Human Combustion Phenomenon. The Flame Humans become mindless and aggressive. They’re capable of throwing fireballs and gain increases in strength and speed. Their appearance charred while engulfed in flames. The only way to kill a Flame Human is to “attack their core in the chest”, humans pray for the purification of the human victims.
  • The second generation – have an adaptation to the flames and can manipulate and control them. They can alter the flames of the first and third generation.
  • The third generation – are the most advanced fire users. Unlike the second generation, they can ignite flames at any time. The appears to currently be a limitation on this ability. Mainly the user must focus on a single object.



  • Shinra Kusakabe – Shira is a teenager that hopes to become a hero. He has an odd smile, he grins at inappropriate times. He is a “third generation“, he apply’s fire to his feet. This allows him to run at faster speeds and jump greater distances. He leaves ashes in the form of footprints, resulting in the nickname Demon’s Footprints. As a child, Shinra’s home burned down, killing his brother and mother. He was considered to be responsible and was perceived as being monstrous.
  • Arthur Boyle – is another third generation. He’s arrogant, disrespectful and is obsessed with knighthood. He and Shinra are rivals and tend to constantly bicker. He has mastered his abilities to the point that he can generate fire to the fourth state of matter, plasma.
  • Akitaru Obi – is the 8th Special Fire Brigade Battalion Commander. He is brave and exercise often. He trains daily so that he is successful helping people.
  • Maki Oze – is a second generation, first class fire officer in the 8th Special Fire Brigade. She is a hopeless romantic and an exceptional fighter.
  • Takehisa Hinawa – is another second generation. He’s the Company Commander of the 8th Special Fire Brigade. He’s tough on his comrades.
  • Iris – the Sister of the Holy Sol Temple. She’s very kind and has an almost sisterly relationship with Maki. Unlike her comrades she has no fighting capability.


Weapons & Abilities

  • Two-Style Fire Fighting Axe Revision (The Thrusting) – the user covers the axe with white steam and stabs a Flame Human in their core. (Debut Chapter#01)
  • Special Fire Extinguishing Bullet – a gun that shoots pressurised foam bullets. The foam dissolves the flames by surrounding the target. (Debut Chapter #00)
  • Pusupusu – utilizing a pre-existing source of fire, a second generation can create a sentient flame. In combination with Meramera a gigantic fireball can be created.
  • Meramera – similar to Pusupusu. (Debut Chapter #02)
  • Nekomata – a third generation can create flames around their body giving the appearance of a cat. Their speed and movement is increased. (Debut Chapter #05)



So far we only have 6 chapters. We are introduced to the characters and told about the dangers that the 8th Special Fire Brigade. The Brigade has completed three missions.

  1. Suppress a Flame Human in the Train Station. We are first introduced to the Brigade as they extinguished (kill) a man that attacks the train station.
  2. Rescue a factory employee. In the Torigoe District the Brigade (now with Shinra) attempt to stop a man’s wife named Saeko. Shinra shows off some of his ability when he single handily defeats her.
  3. Stop Mikako’s father. In the Iriya district, Mikako’s father becomes a Flame Human. Her mother became one the previous year. Her father behaved oddly, not moving at all. This allowed Arthur to easily kill him. However, a mysterious third party seems to have interfered in this mission attempting to injure the Brigade.



So far I’m enjoying this series. I loved Soul Eater and this series appears to feature some of the elements of Soul Eater. I’m already engrossed in the story and curious how the plot plays out. The current abilities are a little lackluster, however, I imagine that this will change over time. The art style of Atsushi Okubo remains unique. I love his use of shading which creates dynamic art. I will be reviewing this series on a weekly basis. Hopefully, you’ll check out this series and enjoy it like I do.



Weekly Shonen (10/22/15)


One Piece

Chapter 804

Adventure in the Country on the back of an Elephant

Raizou the ninja falls from the sky, knocking Kinemon and Kanjuro off of Ryuunosuke. They quickly announce that they are fine. Ryuunosuke seemed incapable of turning around to retrieve them so the Strawhat crew continue forward. Ryuunosuke struggles to climb the elephant but manages to succeed. It is praised for a valiant effort and appears pleased as it disappears.


Everyone mourn’s Ryuunosuke, except Zoro and Law. Luffy’s marvels at the site of the towns. Zoro and the others notice that the entry gates have been smashed open. The landscape appears to have been destroyed by a large beast. Zoro is quickly attacked by a “Bunny Girl” named Carrot. Carrot attacks Zoro and manage’s to dodge his attack while in mid-air. 


Her fellow “mink’s women”, comes crashing out of the forest. She tells Carrot that the are needed in the “Whale forest”. Usopp realizes that she is wearing Nami’s clothing. This chapter was a nice introduction to the land of Zou. I liked the comedy that appeared in this chapter that is typical of series. The minkmen’s animal like appearance is curious. Are they like the fishmen? Are the devil fruit users? What happened to Nami? I’m getting excited for the future of this arc.






Chapter 648

The Theater Suicided Scene 2

Shunsui finally reveals his Bankai. However, first we get some conflict between Askin and Ichigo. Askin confirms that while he didn’t “kill” Grimmjow, he did defeat him somehow. Clearly, Askin needs to be defeated by someone that fights differently than Grimmjow or Ichigo. I have no idea who that person would be, but Grimmjow’s fighting style does seem to match Askin’s. Anyway, while they were talking the notice a change in the environment. This causes Ichigo to wonder what’s going on with Shunsui.



Meanwhile, Lille appearance changes but notes that the “skies have darkened“. Shunsui asks him to “tell him what the world around him looks like to him“. Lille states that “it has gotten a little darker“. Lille appears unafraid as he flies into the air, he proclaims “that a messenger of God feels no fear“. He breaks off part of the city as he attacks Shunsui. Lille decides that if he kills Shunsui then the effect of the Bankai will end. He is stunned that he has sustained wounds identical to Shunsui’s. Shunsui reveals that this is the first stage (Dan) is called “Hesitating sharing of the wound”. This stage has the effect of causing any wounds that are inflicted on the opponent to be shared and the opponent will be unable to die.



Shunsui quickly activates his second Dan “Bed of Shame”. This stage causes his opponent to be “stricken with an incurable disease”. He then reveals his third Dan, “Dangyo’s Abyss”. Shunsui and Lille are engulfed in a cube of water waiting for their reiatsu to expire. This chapter felt rushed. I could have done without the Askin update. However, we do get to see Shunsui’s Bankai and it is powerful. It appears to counter said power by being a double edge sword. Is this the limit of his Bankai? Are there more Dan’s? Will he die to kill Lille? Hopefully we’ll get an answer in the next few chapters.