This episode was a bit of a slow burn. I liked that. While the scouts rest atop of the wall, the Beast Titan and the other titans wait outside the Shiganshina District. Reiner Braun begins to climb the wall behind the scouts. While he does so, Erwin deduces the motives of the Beast Titan. Erwin orders the scouts to avoid the Armor Titan. He concludes that the horses are a major target for the Beast Titan. If they can take away “the scouts only means of escape.” He orders the Dirk Squad and Marlene Squad join Klaus Squad to protect the horses.
He orders the Levi Squad and Hange Squad to defeat the Armored Titan, using the Thunder Spears. However, Erwin orders Levi to protect the horse and when possible take down the Beast Titan. When Reiner gets to the top of the wall, he contemplates his options. Eren transforms forcing Reiner to choose between killing the horses or capturing Eren, he goes with the later. Eren successfully baits Reiner into a fight. Once the fight begins Eren hardens his fingers and they fight in the town Eren grew up in.
As the scouts rush to kill the small Titans, Levi and Erwin notes that the scouts have gotten weaker. Meanwhile, Eren takes the lead in battle against Reiner. We get a detailed explanation from Hange of what the new weapon the, Thunder Spear. Reiner is thrown off by Eren leaving him exposed. Hange and Mikasa fly towards Reiner and use the new spears on his eyes. They exploded, blinding him. The rest of the Levi and Hange squads fire the spears into his back, destroying the armor around his nape. His neck now exposed the scout send multiple spears into his neck and it explodes.
If the scouts are able to create and use new weapons they could gain an advantage in the war against the titans. Most titans are not that intelligent so it would be necessary to waste these weapons on them. However, with special titans like the Armor or Colossus they could benefit from more sophisticated weapons. I’ve mentioned this before, but I think Erwin is going to die here. His backstory only confirmed this. Furthermore, Armin is perfect to replace his mind and Levi is a better fighter at this point.
The biggest question right now is, did Reiner die? It would be implausible if he didn’t. The weapon was designed to kill him and he was largely defenseless against it, plus Eren is still around. There’s now way he can survived right? He did manage to survive the attack from Levi by transferring his mind to his body. Will he get lucky again?
It is revealed that when Garou was younger he was always a fan of the “bad guys.” He hated the popularity of the heroes and rooted against them. To him ” monsters were always the ones trying their best to win, but will lose all the time because they were seen as freaks.” I feel like this is suppose to tells us something about hero worship, but it was clear to me what the message was. Garou awakens without much memory of what happen when he encountered Saitama the night before.
Garou targets Watchdog Man and Metal Bat. Meanwhile, Saitama enters into a fighting tournament. He meets “Sour Face,” a former disciple of Bang. He reveals to Saitama that last years victor was a contestant named Wolfman, whose clearly Garou. Regardless, the real Wolfman was found tied up. The result is that a new rule was made to prevent “imposters.” The consequences of pretending to be another fighter keeps getting mentioned over and over. I’m assuming that it will become important later, however, I doubt Saitama would get banned.
The Hero Association decides to assign S Class heroes to protect the officials. Metal Bat is charged with protecting Narinki, a sponsor of the Hero Association and his son. They are attacked by two monsters, Junior Centipede and Venus Mantrap. Metal Bat defeats them instantly. However, he’s attacked by Senior Centipede and Raffleseidon. Metal Bat takes on the two Demon level monsters by himself. When Metal Bat feels that he’s finished another monster, a Dragon Level named Elder Centipede.
Garou arrives and is surprise to see that Metal Bat was knocked out. He demands Metal Bat fight him, regardless of the fact that Metal Bat is injured and Elder Centipede is rampaging. It seems that Garou doesn’t have any honor, ask he attacks Metal Bat in his weaken and distracted state. With Saitama fighting in the martial art tournament I don’t think he will save Metal Bat or kill the monster. That said, Genos is likely going to help.
Tanjiro is finally ready for the final selection. Urokodaki expresses that he didn’t plan on sending Tanjiro to the final selection, having grown tired of sending children to their deaths. He tells Tanjiro that a demon gets stronger with each human they consume. This will be important later. He gives Tanjiro a fox mask that has a protection spell. It is revealed that Sabito and Makomo are actually dead, explaining the ending from last week. Tanjiro heads to Mt. Fujikasane where he sees a number of teenagers.
It’s made clear which of the teens are the strongest and apparently everyone a facial scar of some kind. It’s unclear if the scars this a design feature or if it has story implications. Regardless, the goal is simple, survive for seven days and you pass. Tanjiro runs into the woods and is quickly ambushed by two demons. We finally get to see the fruits of the training that Tanjiro underwent. He uses his Water Style to kill them. The animation of the water style was spectacular and is reminiscent of the waves found in “The Great Wave off Kanagawa” woodblock print.
He immediately smells another demon. Another applicant is being pursued by the massive demon. Unlike most of the other demon shown so far this one doesn’t look like a human with fangs. The demon has several arms that are wrapped around itself. Tanjiro rescues the applicant. The demon asks for the year and becomes enraged when he’s informed that it’s passed into another era. He reveals that it was Urokodaki that captured him 47 years ago and he has been seeking revenge ever since.
The demon is the one that killed Sabito and Makomo, along with eleven other students of Urokodaki. The mask that was suppose to protect them actually made them targets. The applicant abandons Tanjiro when he’s knocked down. Tanjiro uses his new training to reach the demons neck, managing to sever it unlike Sabito. This episode was basically perfect. I usually don’t notice the music but it was used to great effect. The effects of the water as I mentioned was a great stylistic addition. Were also given some important info regarding how to defeat demons, wisteria repels them and they use “Nichirin sword” to kill them. I’m excited to see what the other children bring to a fight.
After the terrible animation of the previous episode this one reverted back to the traditional level. Anyway, Dororo was kidnapped at the end of the last episode by Itachi. This episode doesn’t include Hyakkimaru at all, which is fine. As a result Dororo shines as we get to see how much she has grown. Itachi becomes a more complicated figure as he shows that while he can be cruel (digging up Dororo’s mother’s body) it’s largely out of desperation. They take Dororo to Cape Hakkotsu.
They can’t reach the island without a boat. They approach a village that has been abandoned or at least it seems to. They meet a suspicious man named Shiranui, who offers to take them across the water. The boats are weirdly pulled by to sharks named Jiromaru and Saburomaru. Shiranui was obviously going to be the main villain in this episode. Regardless, his story really didn’t make sense to me. There doesn’t seem to be any real magic responsible for how he controls the sharks. Or why haven’t the sharks tried to eat him, especially after he feed them his arm.
Shiranui feeds one boat of Itachi’s men to one of his sharks. While waiting for death, Itachi explains that he was betrayed by the samurai. Dororo berates them for given up and gives an inspired speech that reminds Itachi of her father. She comes up with a plan to kill the shark that requires great risk on her part. It succeeds and they get to shore. Shiranui returns and is beaten by the bandits. Itachi hasn’t decided to have a change of heart after Dororo saved them. He strips her naked. Unintentionally, while near the fire the map on Dororo’s back is revealed. Itachi and his men search for the treasure, while the angered Shiranui plots his revenge.
I liked the focus on Dororo in this episode. It was a welcome departure from the usual story. While I didn’t expect that Itachi would change, I do think that he won’t bother to harm Dororo any further. However, I think in the next episode he and his men will probably get killed by Shiranui. Hyakkimaru will return to the story and kill who ever remains. At that point Dororo will probably decide what to do with the treasure.
Regardless, the scouts are traveling by foot towards Wall Maria. They run into a sleeping Titan. Hange Zoe speculates that it could ” be inactive simply because they are traveling on a moonless night when the sun’s light cannot reflect off the surface of the moon.”
Eren trembles in the face off the expectation he feels. He denies this when Armin points it out. The trio recognize that they’re all back home. During the morning the scouts scale the wall and begin sealing the gates. Armin quickly notices remnants of fire and notifies Erwin that he believes that Reiner Braun and Bertholdt Hoover may be around. The scouts start to notice that there are no Titans around. Anyway, Eren transforms a plugs one of the holes. Erwin and Dirk discuss the lack of Titans, as Armin arrives.
He informs them of the signs that someone was camping. Erwin is surprised that the pot Armin mention was cold. He speculates that “the campers should not have had more than two minutes to react if they had spotted or heard the Scouts from atop the Wall, which is too soon for the pot to have already cooled.” Erwin then gives Armin command of the scouts, recognizing that he’s a major asset to the scouts.
Armin remembers the Titan in the Wall and concludes that the enemies could be hiding inside them. Erwin halts the mission. The scouts search for places in the wall that might be hiding enemies. One Scout finds a cavity in the wall, which reveals that Reiner in behind it. He seems to kill the scout, and is quickly attacked by Levi. Even though Levi manages to stab Reiner in the neck, he survives.
Reiner then transforms into the Armored Titan. Erwin calls for to look for Reiner’s allies. Several flashes of thunder appear behind him, revealing the Beast Titan and many Titans. The Beast Titan hurls a boulder blocking the entrance so the scouts can’t escape. This episode largely designed to set up the conflict for the remaining season. I didn’t expect that this episode would feature heavy on action. It is clear that Armin will become a focal point of the series from this point.
Garou takes center stage in this episode. It turns out that he was a former student of Silver Fang. Saitama and Genos are informed by Silver Fang’s current top student that he was brutally beaten by Silver Fang and expelled. Genos suggests that this was due to the reappearance of Garou. Charanko while walking home contemplates defeating Garou himself. He overhears Garou as he approaches Mumen Rider. Before they fight Tank Top Vegetarian arrives with his crew.
Garou defeats him quickly, but has difficulty with Tank Top master. When Tank Top Master manages to get the upper-hand and is about to deliver the finishing blow, Mumen Rider interferes. Meanwhile, Silver Fang’s brother arrives to help his brother defeat Garou. Tank Top master attacks Garou again, this time Garou counters with the techniques that Silver Fang taught him. He gains the advantage over Tank Top master and turns his attention to his gang.
Mumen Rider attempts to stop him with Justice Crash and has his head brutally smashed into the ground. He easily defeats the Tank Top crew as Charanko enters the fray. Like the others he’s defeated. All this would have more impact if Garou actually killed any of them or if I didn’t have confidence that Saitama would beat him. Garou’s next victims will be Class A Hero: Golden Ball and Class A Rank 28 Hero: Spring Mustachio. In a comical ending, Garou mistakenly assumes that Saitama wants to fight him. He chops Saitama, that has no effect. Annoyed, Saitama responds with a chop of his own, knocking Garou out. Saitama’s dominance is predictable but never gets old.
Adult Swims’s Toonami announced of Facebook that Lupin the Third: Part 5 will debut on June 15th. The latest anime from the storied anime franchise was originally released last year in April. The series will feature 24 episodes. Set in modern day France, we follow the title character Arsène Lupin III.
The first arc will follow Lupin as he ” infiltrates a data center to steal digital currency from “Marco Polo”, a site on the dark web, which sells illegal items such as drugs and weapons.” Favorite characters from previous series Diasuke Jigen(marksmen), Goemon Ishikawa(swordsman), Fujiko Mine (con artist) and Koichi Zenigata(Inspector) will return, as well as a new character Ami Enan (hacker).
The second arc will Lupin and his crew as they “gains possession of a black notebook containing extremely sensitive information about high-level political figures, which makes him a target for the ruthless director of the DGES as well as for Albert d’Andrésy, a fiendishly cunning criminal and ex-partner of Lupin hiding under the facade of an honest government official.” The series will have 2 more arcs as well.
As My Hero Academia focuses on the villains, Himiko Toga takes center stage. Chitose Kizuki and Himiko continue their conflict. The chapter begins with a report of a “middle school girl that attacked and heavily injured her classmate.” The girl of course is Toga. She is seen sucking the blood of her classmate through a straw. The act of sucking blood is always creepy but the use of a straw adds a level of casualness that makes it worst. The animated faces Toga has contributes to her sadistic image.
Apparently Toga had undergone “Quirk counseling” at some point. However, this education program is suppose to “re-integrate you with society by correcting your distorted understanding of yourself.” Chitose claims that this program isn’t “perfect” and can lead to ” a patient feeling different.” Toga’s quirk resulted in her “admiring” blood. Due to society’s standards, she had to develop a “mask” to suppress herself. In a flashback, Toga is seen drinking the blood of a bird. It isn’t made clear how her quirk works when she drinks the blood of an animal.
She tells Chitose to “shut up” and is attacked. Chitose tells her that she will become a sacrifice to demonstrate the “righteousness” of the Liberation army. She suggest that the “death” of Toga will be “immortalized in our new era’s sacred text.” The rhetoric from Chitose suggests that the Liberation Army has a religious element to it. Toga flees as she transforms into Ochaco, claiming that “she sucks blood from people she likes.” In a surprising moment, Toga is able to use Ochaco’s “Zero Gravity,” Quirk. The number of “copy” quirks in this series is starting to add up.
The means to acquire someone’s else’s ability and how long it can be used. All For One, is an emitter type quirk that “steals other people’s Quirks and wield these stolen powers as their own or to transfer them to someone else.” Neito’s “Copy” Quirk is also a emitter type that requires contact. Each quirk has it’s different limits, with All For One being the most powerful. I was just curious that there is more than one quirk with copy abilities. I wonder if there’s a more significant reason for it. Then again the series has two several fire users. Anyway, as I’ve said, I’m loving the fact the My Hero Academia is focusing on the villains in this arc. I wonder who’s next.
A preview chapter for the new series, Samurai 8: The Tale of Hachimaru (Samurai 8: Hachimaruden) will be released on Saturday, April 27th. Samurai 8 was written by manga Masashi Kishimoto, creator of Naruto. Akira Okubo a former assistant of Kishimoto will be illustrating this series.
The details on what this series is about was scarce. Kishimoto has stated that Samurai 8 is “a combination of his love for Japanese culture and science-fiction genre.” He believes that “the new manga series is more interesting than Naruto as it will also feature samurai using futuristic weapons.” The first chapter will be released in Shueisha’s Weekly Shōnen Jump on May 13th. It has been reported that it will be 72 pages long.
Since Naruto ended in 2014 after 15 years, Kishimoto worked on the script and character designs for the spin off movie Boruto. Mikie Ikemoto and Ukyo Kodachi launched the Boruto manga series, which is supervised by Kishimoto. I’m hoping that Samurai 8 will do for samurai what Naruto does for ninja.
A longer trailer for the upcoming anime of Fire Force (Enen no Shouboutai) was released. The series created by Atsushi Ookubo (Soul Eater) will debut July 6th this summer. While I liked the manga I haven’t been able to keep up with it. The animation for this series looks great so I’m excited for it.
The synopsis of the series is:
Year 198 of the Solar Era in Tokyo, special fire brigades are fighting against a phenomenon called spontaneous human combustion where humans beings are turned into living infernos called “Infernals”. While the Infernals are first generation cases of spontaneous human combustion, later generations possess the ability to manipulate flames while retaining human form. Shinra Kusakabe, a youth who gained the nickname Devil’s Footprints for his ability to ignite his feet at will, joins the Special Fire Force Company 8 which composes of other flames users as they work to extinguish any Infernals they encounter. As a faction that is creating Infernals appears, Shira begins to uncover the truth behind a mysterious fire that caused the death of his family twelve years ago.