Dorohedoro Episode 12 Recap and Review

In episode 12 of Dorohedoro, Nikaido and Kaiman clash on the bridge.
Nikaido and Kaiman clash on the bridge

The origins of the cross-eye have been a mystery for this entire season. Episode 12 of Dorohedoro, answers some of our questions early. The cross-eye can’t use magic. Risu claims that they have a “headquarters” in Berith. He heads there to find out who killed him. Meanwhile, Kaiman and Nikaido begin to fight on the bridge. Kaiman is reluctant to fight her. She knocks him through a wall. A statue crushes Kaiman’s legs. Barely able to walk, Kaiman’s head starts to hurt. Nikaido is surprised by what appears to be Kaiman. He stabs her in the back. Asu, her devil friend, finds her and removes the contract from her wound. 

The contract is still on

Despite Asu removing the contract, it’s still in effect. Nikaido has escaped its control temporarily. According to Asu, if she lays eyes on En again the “contract will regrow inside her body.” Asu tells her that she must escape and get far from him. Kaiman has flashbacks of meeting Nikaido. It turns out that Kaiman isn’t his real name. Its the name of the reptile he resembles. When he comes to Kaiman swallows Nikaido’s head. She sees Risu and he tells her that she’s “not the one.” Nikaido tells him that the man in his mouth is Risu.

Nikaido meets the Risu in Kaiman’s mouth

Meanwhile, Shin and the others share a meal. He plans to return them to Hole tomorrow and implores them to forget Nikaido. As En follows Nikaido into the church. Asu forces Kaiman and Nikaido into a door and turns Chota into Nikaido. 

A heart to heart

Kaiman and Nikaido are sent to a ruined city. They hid in an abandoned train station to escape the devils. Nikaido explains that her magic caused her to “lose a friend.” It’s dangerous and she has highly sought after. She wanted to become human. She hoped that she could become human by fighting against sorcerers. Kaiman points out that he has no idea what kind of human he was. Why would she want to be friends with him? 

Nikaido asks Kaiman if being a sorcerer is a “dealbreaker?” He rationalizes that if she doesn’t use magic she really can’t be a sorcerer. They pinky swear. Promising no matter what Kaiman is really like they will be friends forever. 

Friends forever

The mysteries in Dorohedoro continue

Dorohedoro episode 12 ends on a touching moment. However, I can’t help but assume both promises will be broken. At some point, Nikaido will be forced to use her magic and we will find out that Kaiman was a terrible man. This episode was very well-paced. It felt quick but satisfying. Dorohedoro has set up new problems, Nikaido can’t escape En’s contract so easily. While implementing a temporary solution, Chota taking her place. Eventually, Chota (as Nikiado) will be asked to use her magic. 

When he fails En will surely kill him. Shin and Noi helping Vaux and the others could prove problematic for them. Finally, Asu is going to pay for his interference. One thing is clear, if Risu can’t use magic then he didn’t use magic on Kaiman. I can’t wait to find out who’s responsible. 

So did you enjoy this season? How did you like the season finale?

Dorohedoro Episode 11 Recap and Review

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My Top 10 Favorite Anime OP’s

I generally skip anime OP’s, but every once in awhile I’ll watch one. The song is often what catches my attention. However, the animation quality is important as well. I prefer if the OP uses new content, rather than reanimating an old scene. However, if the scenes are from episodes or movies not yet released this isn’t a problem, spoilers are. That said here’s my top 10:

10. Boruto OP4

Artist: Brian the Sun/Song: Lonely Go!


9. Bleach OP12

Artist: Miwa/Song: Change


8. Shingeki no Kyojin OP1

Artist: Linked Horizon/Song: Guren no Yumiya


7. Naruto Shippuden OP16

Artist: KANA-BOON/Song: Silhouette


6. Samurai Champloo OP

Artist: Nujabes feat. Shing02/Song: Battlecry


5. Bleach OP13

Artist: SID/Song: Ranbu no Melody


4. Neon Genesis Evangelion OP

Artist: Yoko Takahashi/Song: ZANKOKUNA TENSHINO TEEZE


3. Sailor Moon OP

Artist: Brynne Price and Nicole Price/Song: Sailor Moon Theme Song


2. Dragon Ball Z OP

Artist: Ocean Studios/Song: Rock the Dragon


1. Pokemon OP

Artist: Jason Paige/Song: Pokemon Theme Song

What are some of your favorite anime OP?


Some of my other Top 10 lists:

Haikyuu!! Season 4 Episode 12: Recap and Review

Image of Hoshiumi from Haikyuu!! To The Top
Hoshiumi aka The Little Giant

With Karasuno through to the next round, Haikyuu!! To The Top, focuses on the other team’s progress. Fukurodani is playing their first game against Eiwa High School. While Fukurodani falls behind two points, Bokuto is in one of his moods. The reason behind his bad mood? He wanted to play in the big stadium. Elsewhere, Daichi introduces the first years to Tashiro and Kurokawa. Both are former captains of the team. Later, Karasuno eats bento while watching Nekoma play Kiyokawa. The team ace, Ryoji Yamazaki, is exhausted by Nekoma’s defense. After a brief rally, Nekoma wins, advancing to round 2. 

Hinata meets Hoshiumi

The moment I have been waiting for arrived. After watching Fukurodani win their match, Hinata sees Hoshiumi for the first time. The two quickly stare each other down. Kageyama interrupts them and introduces Hoshiumi. He asks Hinata his position, height, and running vertical. Hoshiumi is happy to know that he’s taller and has a higher jump. Karasuno watch as Hoshiumi dominates the game. Hinata even feels the need to get a closer look. Hinata has always had to accept challenges from players taller than him. How will he respond to a player around his height but with greater skill? Kamomedai win.

With Karasuno, Nekoma, Fukurodani, and Kamomedai moving to the next round, matches will only get harder. I’m excited about the possible match between Karasuno and Kamomedai. It seems like Karasuno is the better team but Kamomedai has the best player, Hoshiumi

So are any of you excited to see Hinata verses Hoshiumi?

Haikyuu!! Season 4 Episode 11: Recap and Review

My Hero Academia: war between the heroes and villains begin

Mirko the 5th ranked hero on the cover of My Hero Academia Chapter 261.
Mirko the 5th ranked hero

The Paranormal Liberation War Arc

After Hawks intel, the heroes raid on Gunga Mountain Villa

The heroes are finally prepared to take on the Paranormal Liberation Front. The organization was formed from the union of the League of Villains and the Meta Liberation. After Re-Destro is defeated, he gives power to Tomura Shigaraki. The name of the organization is meant to deliberately remove the “villain” title. Re-Destro believed that villains were the result of Quirk users being “cast out.” If he can liberate Quirk users, then villains wouldn’t exist. Hawks, who infiltrated the Liberation Front, fear the power of the new organization could rival that of Hero Society.

Invasion and the tenacious Mirko

The heroes appear at a hospital to find the mad doctor, Kyudai. He tries to flee but is stopped by Eraser Head. After activating his Erasure Quirk, Shota notices that the Doctor begins to age. Originally assumed to be Quirkless it turns out that he has an unnamed “longevity Quirk.” It’s speculated that this is the secret to All For One’s long life. Doctor Kyudai turns out to be a clone created by Twice. His real body is overseeing Tomura’s transformation. Before he can escape, Mirko arrives crushing Johnny under a massive door.

Mirko using her Lunar Ring
Mirko using her Lunar Ring

She is left to deal with Doctor Kyudai alone, as Endeavor and the others are surrounded by Nomu. Mirko has always been a fan favorite (mostly because of the way she looks), however, she is a flashy hero. She charges headfirst with confidence and power. Her Quirk, Rabbit, gifts her with the “attributes and abilities of a rabbit.” She makes good use of her leg strength and super hearing. A tiny Nomu named Mocha saves Dr. Kyudai. The later uses the opportunity to escape while releasing several high-end Nomus. They attack Mirko, slamming her into a large tanker. Faced with several High ends Nomu, Mirko is excited claiming she’s “just getting warmed up.”

Mirko decapitating a High-End Nomu with Lunar Tijera
Mirko decapitating a High-End Nomu with Lunar Tijera

Mirko vs High End Nomu

What makes high-end Nomu so special is not just their strength, but their ability to think for themselves and maintain their personalities. Dr. Kyudai selected villains with ” a disposition for combat.” Dr. Kyudai and Shigaraki are trapped without the warping Nomu and Shigaraki is at 70% stabilization. Watching Mirko fight is amazing. Her powerful legs allow her to move with explosive speed. She battles 5 High-End Nomu. She uses her super move, Luna Ring, blowing away the Nomu while she rotates violently. One of the Nomu uses a Quirk to warp her arm, tearing it off. She is unbothered. Crushing one Nomu with Lunar Fall, then decapitating the other with Lunar Tijera.

With three Nomu remaining, Mirko states that she “lives with the reminder of the possibility if her death everyday.” As a result she won’t be “taken down by some zombies.”

The Liberation Front and the Heroes battle
The Liberation Front and the Heroes battle

Heroes attack Gunga Mountain Villa

Heroes gather outside the Villa preparing to capture any villains that escape. Cementoss uses his Quirk to rip open the Liberation fronts mansion. The villains begin to panic. An unnamed villain steps forward. Using his Amplivolt Quirk which allows “the user to conduct and amplify electricity within their body, being able to release it afterward.” He uses Supreme Discharge Thundernet. Suddenly, Denki absorbs his lighting attack with his Quirk.

The heroes attacks the underground sanctuary. Outside Edgeshot, Midnight, and Kamui dominate many villains. Meanwhile, Hawks confront a heart broken Twice. He remembers how his trusting nature has cost him and his friends in the past. When he brought Overhaul to the League of Villains hideout, it cost Magne her life. He starts crying releasing once again he has cost his friends. Hawks hopes that after Twice pays for his crimes he can start over because “he’s a good person.” Enraged, Twice lashes out. He tells Hawks that “he doesn’t care about the whole system anymore.”

Hawks shrouded in darkness

Dabi vs Hawks, Twice death

Twice releases his Super Move: Infinite Doubles “Sad Man’s Parade.” Hawks easily destroys the clones with his feathers. Twice becomes frantic, charging at Hawks. He pins Twice to the floor with a bladed feather. He tells Twice “when neither side will give up . . . somebody has to die.” Twice responds that “you people aren’t heroes.” They don’t “know or care.” He says that even if his friends won’t forgive him he will still “protect their happiness.” Before Hawks could kill him, Dabi arrives. Most of Hawks feathers are burned. At a disadvantage, Hawks knows he must prioritize the mission.

Twice has sliced up bones and muscles, preventing him from using his full power. Dabi tells him that he can handle the heroes outside alone. He should “go nuts.” Before he can escape, Hawks flies throw the door having flown outside and circled back. Dabi calls Hawks by his real name, Keigo Takami. Leading Hawks to ask “who are you.” Outside the room, Twice hopes to protect everyone. He sees Himiko and Mr. Compress begin attacked by a hero. He sends a clone of himself to rescue them. The clone stabs the hero in the back of the head. Excited, Mr. Compress tells Twice to make more copies as they escape. Twice can’t. Hawks killed the real Twice. He returns the handkerchief to Toga. He apologizes. Toga gives the dissolving clone a hug thanking Jin for “saving her.”

Image of Twice Death
Twice Death

Kohei blurs the line between hero and villain

There are a lot of characters in this arc. Most of the heroes and villains are unknown, making it difficult to be concerned with either side. What is the cost? I think the sense of urgency can only happen with the heroes we are most familiar with. While I enjoyed the fight with Mirko, I wasn’t emotionally attached to her, so I didn’t feel any fear for her safety. However, I did feel this for Twice. Twice death made me feel sadder for the demise of a villain than ever before. He seemed generally hurt that Hawks betrayed him. Faced with this reality meant that his friends were in danger. I’ve said this before, but it should be repeated, Kohei is doing something great with villains.

He draws Hawks in a dark shadow. if you didn’t know ant better you might mistake him for the villain. He also turned the typical shonen villain, hero dynamic on its head. Normally, we root for the hero without nuance. At points in this fight, I was rooting for Twice, against Hawks, then for Hawks. I was glad when Twice escaped and devastated when he was killed. Did Hawks need to kill him? I guess so. However, it felt unnecessary. That said Hawks did seriously try to arrest Twice, instead of killing him. I was surprised that I cared so much about Twice. In the end, he regretted being the cause of the hero’s invasion. He tried to redeem himself, I think he succeeded.

My Hero Academia Vol. 26 Recap & Review

Samurai 8’s failure, Burn the Witch, and an argument for a Bleach sequel

Emperor Carnage discusses why he thinks Samurai 8 failed. Personally, I liked what I saw from the series. However, I must admit that I hadn’t read a chapter since I reviewed the Volume One last year. I guess with “fans” like me the series was doomed. I have every intention of completing and reviewing the series. I just have to decide if I will review each remaining volume or the entire series.

the main selling point of the series was “A new series from the creator of Naruto!” Naruto was a MASSIVE series for Shonen Jump; they were probably expected a similar reception. Especially sense their biggest series, One Piece, is setting up its endgame. For all the joke, I think the flashback is enough proof: One Piece only has a few more years left in it. Shonen Jump needs something to be just as popular to fill the void. “Samurai 8” just couldn’t do it.

Emperor Carnage
A Battle scene from Samurai 8
A Battle scene from Samurai 8

Dreager1 finally gets around to reviewing Burn the Witch. Tite Kubo’s One-Shot has gotten a manga series and anime. Dreager1 doesn’t respond well to one of the characters, Balgo. Who I agree is really annoying.

Balgo is really my main problem with the series. Every scene with him is pretty brutal. He’s only got Noel on his mind and only in a very superficial way. While this is supposed to be comedic it definitely falls short of that and becomes irritating almost instantly. There is just no way you can root for the guy or even feel bad for him. The dynamic that the series is going for completely falls flat and it will heavily limit Burn The Witch’s potential. I’m hoping that he will ultimately get written out and was just made up for the opening pilot. They’ve gotta get rid of him.

Dreager1

Finally, JCR Comics Art discusses whether Bleach should get a direct sequel on top of a spin-off (Burn the Witch) and the anime of the final arc. While it seems that Boruto is doing well, I’m personally don’t think sequels (especially future generations) work well. I have my problems with the way Bleach ended, so I agree that the characters didn’t get satisfying endings.

One of the biggest complaints for the finale of Bleach was that a lot of characters not only didn’t get a proper ending, and there were QUITE A FEW characters in the roster of Soul Society, but also, several characters weren’t revealed to have lived or died in the final battle! While the sequel doesn’t necessarily need to be a full blown series, perhaps it could be an installment that simply ties a bow on the characters that we all grew to know during Beach’s time as one of the most popular Shonen series around!

JCR