Anime

Attack on Titan Season 4, Episode 27: Retrospective

As Armin Arlelt and Conny Springer come to grips about killing Daz and Samuel Linke-Jackson, Annie and Reiner continue to battle the Jaegerists. In Attack on Titan Season 4 Episode 27 the new alliance hits another snag as the Azumabito reveal that it normally takes a full day to prepare the flying boat. They could manage this in half the time if they had the right equipment. However, that’s still too long for the alliance. Hange calculates that it will likely take “half a day the Wall Titans could cover 600 kilometers from the coast”, meaning Liberio is doomed. Kiyomi Azumabito suggests the head to the city of Odina, towing the flying boat while fixing it. It’s possible to get ahead of the rumbling. Hange informs Mikasa and Jean of the plan and they get the others ready.

Floch Forster witnesses the Azumabito’s rushing towards the ship and deduces their plan. He sends the Jaegerists to kill them. Annie’s Titan body loses an arm and Reiner’s takes several Thunder Spears to the face. Witnessing the fight turning against the alliance, Falco Grice offers to join the fight in his Jaw Titan form. Pieck Finger warns him that the “the first transformation never goes well.” She’ll join the fray when she gets the other to safety. Refusing to listen, Falco jumps off and heads towards the battlefield. When Jean eventually finds him, Falco his desperately trying to transform by cutting his hand with a nail.

Falco transforms into the new Jaw Titan in Attack on Titan Season 4 Episode 27
Falco transforms into the new Jaw Titan in Attack on Titan Season 4 Episode 27

Magath’s Noble Sacrifice

Falco transforms, while Jean, Conny, and Mikasa defend Annie and Reiner. Eventually Floch gets past the Titans and heads toward the ship armed with a Thunder Spear. Gabi shoots him sending the spear and Floch into the sea. Meanwhile, Falco goes on a rampage despite the Jaegerists dispersing. Aware of the situation, Magath asks Pieck to hold him down while he uses a blade to cut Falco out of the Jaw Titan. With that issue over, Magath prepares to defend the rear while allowing the alliance to flee. He’s joined by Keith Sadies and together they plan to destroy the remaining Marleyan cruiser. The two die, after blowing the ship up with Jaegerists onboard.

Personally I’m disconnected from the stakes in this arc. Eren is off committing genocide and I don’t really care. Sure genocide is wrong and Eren should be stopped, but the civilians he’s likely killing do feel real to me. When Hange acknowledges that Liberio needs to be sacrificed it should be a sad moment. It’s not. I believe that the characters, like Annie, do care what happens in Liberio (her father is going to die) but the series hasn’t successfully made me feel that sense of dread.

This problem extends to the sacrifice of Magath and Keith. While their sacrifice is noble, I don’t care about them and so their deaths had little impact on me. Finally, there’s no way the series can end with the next episode. According to comicbook.com the final episode will “take the story up until about Chapter 130 of the manga.” However, the series ends during chapter 139. What happens to the last nine? My best guess would be a movie. So are you feeling emotionally disconnected from the series? Do you think Attack on Titan will get a movie?

Anime

Attack on Titan Season 4, Episode 26: Traitor

In Attack on Titan Season 4 Episode 26: Traitor, the Alliance is handed their first test as the Jaegerist take over the port and kidnap the Azumabito family. The situation is delicate as they need the flying boat to get to Eren. Hange is afraid that the Jaegerists will destroy the boat upon learning that the alliance is present. Annie Leonhart argues they need to “take out all their enemies simultaneously in order to avoid the destruction of the flying boat.” However, Mikasa Ackermann points out they need to avoid endangering the Azumabito family. The Scouts want to hold off the Jaegerists, while rescuing the Azumabito family without killing any of the Jaegerists. Annie and Pieck don’t think a plan like that is possible.

Annie concludes that it’s “too much” to ask of the Scouts. Reiner suggests they remain behind, however, Hange returns to tell them must fight. The Wall Titans have likely reached Marley already, they need to move fast. Armin and Conny arrive outside of the port building on horseback. They claim to be chasing the Cart and Armored Titan’s. They need the Azumabito family to ready the flying boats so they can give chase. When the move closer they’re stopped by Daz and the interestingly named Samuel Linke-Jackson. They confront Armin with rumors of the alliance. The flying boat is armed with explosives and before they can be removed, Floch becomes suspicious.

Conny hard lessons

If they were in a hurry, why use horses instead of a faster means of travel? He prepares to shoot the engineers. In the commotion, Mikasa crashes through the window. Floch flees from the room ordering the killing of Mikasa, Armin, and Conny. Mikasa rushes the Hizuru engineers and Kiyomi into the basement. At the dock, Armin and Conny come into violent conflict with Daz and Samuel. Daz tries to reconnect the detonator and blow up the flying boat. Samuel shoots Armin. As Reiner and Annie transform into their Titan forms, Conny is forced to kill Samuel and Daz.

If anything can bring the alliance together it’s fighting together. Sharing a common foe can reinforce a sense of shared purpose and strengthen the weak bonds between the two sides. I wasn’t really buying the “friendship” between the Scouts and the Jaegerists. It’s convincing regarding a potential conflict with Eren but I didn’t even remember Samuel or Daz. Regardless, killing them especially after his reluctance will endear Conny to the Marleyans. Conny specifically seems to be learning hard lessons in these recent episodes. I wonder how he’ll deal with killing his friends and leaving his mother to be a Titan.

Manga

One Piece Chapter 1043: The return of Joy Boy

Joy Boy was apparently a historic figure the lived back during the Void Century. He was first introduced in One Piece after Nico Robin read the Ryugu Poneglyph at the Sea Forest. Kozuki Oden believed Joy Boy would reappear 900 years after his initial appearance. Joy Boy is also responsible for the treasure known as One Piece. Not much is known about Joy Boy, however, the message he left on the Poneglyph suggests he had regretted failing to maintain his promise to Fish-Man Island. He attempted and failed to raise Noah, the massive arc known as the “ship of promise”. It’s not clear why Joy Boy wanted to raise the ship, but the civilians Fish-Man Island promised to keep the ship safe until it can be raised.

During the Fish-Man Island Arc, Vander Decken “threw” the entire ship at Shirahoshi using his Mato Mato no Mi abilities. I should note that Decken didn’t actually lift the ship but only needed to touch it to send it flying. The danger the ship presented forced Luffy to attempt to destroy it using his Elephant Gatling. Eventually Noah was stopped by a group of Sea Kings. Still Luffy damaged the ship. The Sea Kings took the ship to Sea Forest for repairs, stating that “the time for Noah’s mission was almost here”. At some point in his journey, Joy Boy became acquainted with Zunesha, a Naitamie-Norida Elephant, that walks continually with the island of Zou on it’s back.

Kaido defeats Luffy, again

Zunesha apparently is being punished for a past crime, sentenced to walk around without stopping. Miyagi speculates that “Zunesha is not walking aimlessly and may, in fact, be looking for a certain location”. Like Joy Boy there’s not much known about Zunesha. During the Wano Arc, Zunesha reached the waters of Wano Country. Through the “voice of all things“, Zunesha spoke to Momonosuke, telling him that it’s prepared “to fight under his command”. One Piece Chapter 1043 concludes the second fight between Kaido and Luffy, with the later losing again. Kaido is upset that his victory over Luffy came after the interference of the CP0 agent. After knocking Luffy unconscious, he asks the agent if he’s “prepared to face the consequences for his actions”. Kaido then strike him with his Hassaikai, as the CP0 agent does nothing.

Momonosuke can’t hear Luffy’s voice anymore and Kiado confirms that “Luffy is dead”. He wants Momonosuke to surrender, which the young warrior considers after Luffy’s defeat. While the Beasts Pirates cheer, the samurai and the rest of the allies despair. Of course Luffy isn’t dead but it’s concerning how he fails to defeat Kaido. The Yonko reveals how little he cares for the people of Wano, declaring them “slaves”, he only sees as sources of “cheap, free, and replaceable labor”. As Momonosuke considers giving up, Yamato challenges him. It might stop the war now but everyone would die as Kaido’s slaves. She reminds him of the decades of fighting that lead to this moment. Yamato would rather die than become a slave. Momonosuke is inspired by her words and decide to continue to fight. Suddenly, Zunesha speaks to Momonosuke, telling him it can hear the “Drums of Liberation”. Zunesha claims that this means “Joy Boy has returned,” as Luffy starts to smile with a weird substance covering him.

Anime

Attack on Titan Season 4, Episode 25: Night of the End

In Attack on Titan Season 4, Episode 25, “Night of the End,” the new alliance between the Scout Regiment and the Marleyans Warriors gets off to a rocky start. The very recent violence and the animosity it created hasn’t disappeared and Yelena attempts to use that to her advantage. Hange’s plan to stop Eren requires more allies. Jean Kirsentein is concerned that even if they are successfully stop Eren his action will cause the world to continue to “hate Eldians“, and Eren will “retain the Founding Titan for another four years”. Hange agrees but believes genocide isn’t the answer.

The Marleyan military and the Scouts gather around a campfire and Theo Magath doesn’t seem convinced that the Eldians will stop Eren. He’s still prejudice and doesn’t think they’re capable of “justice.” Jean is insulted. He asks Magath why they should be considered “devils,” for simply protecting themselves from Titans. Magath notes that people feared the “rumbling” and Eren has now proved that they were justified. Magath makes a good point, however, he ignores the role Marley has played in Eldian oppression and Eren’s appropriate hatred of them. Annie Leonhart asks the most pressing question, can the Scouts kill Eren?

The new alliance shares a meal Attack on Titan Season 4 Episode 25
The new alliance shares a meal Attack on Titan Season 4 Episode 25

Mikasa and Armin argue that they will attempt to use diplomacy. Annie’s doesn’t trust Mikasa and Armin to do what may need to be necessary. She fears the alliance will devolve into a fight if the Marleyans attempt to kill Eren. Mikasa’s feels attacked and assumes a combative stance proving Annie correct. If Mikasa and Armin cannot resign themselves to having to kill Eren then it’s likely they will fail. Despite this, Annie expresses a similar desire to save her father, and will be accepting of a peaceful resolution. It’s implausible that Attack on Titan will end with diplomacy willing out. I think there’s too much bad blood between the Marleyans and Eldians for this alliance to last.

The episode pivots to the backstory of Yelena. Turns out she’s a Marleyan. Yelena quickly seeks to sow more discord by reminding everyone of the crimes both sides have committed. She reminds Reiner Braun of his Wall Maria assault and Armin’s destruction of Liberio when he turned into the Colossal Titan. This doesn’t seem to work until she brings up Marco Bodt’s death. Reiner is remorseful but Jean doesn’t care and attacks him. In the chaos, Jean hits Gabi when she tries to defend her cousin. Regardless, everything calms down the following morning. Jean apologizes (only to Gabi) and tells her he will help. The path of the alliance is blocked by the Jaegerists armed with anti-Titan gear. Floch Forster has taken Kiyomi Azumabito hostage. If the alliance wants to get to Eren they’ll have to fight together.

Manga

Weekly Shonen – One Piece Chapter 1042, JJK Chapter 177, and MHA Chapter 346

One Piece Chapter 1042

The Victor Needs no Epithet

Chapter 1042 of One Piece begins with X Drake stabbing the CP0 agent. The agent is surprise Drake’s interfering who responds that “he follows his own justice.” The agent uses Shigan to break free and puncture a hole in Drake’s throat. On the rooftop of Onigashima, Luffy and Kiado continue to fight. Kaido is having difficulty tracking Luffy’s punches as his punches alter there trajectory. On top of that Luffy’s attacks hurt.

Kaido, still drunk, transforms several times to try to avoid more damage. He enters his full dragon form and even “eats” Luffy. Kaido takes Luffy into the air, opens his mouth, and fires a Bolo Breath at Luffy. Strawhat avoids the attack and prepares to use the last of his Gear Fourth. He lands a devastating blow against Kaido with his Gomu Gomu no: Over Kong Gun. Luffy rushes to get another strike against Kaido before he runs out of strength but Kaido recovers first and hits him with another Thunder Bagua. Suddenly, the Cipher Pol Aigis Zero (CP0) from before interferes in the fight. Previously the agent was told that Gorousei gave them the order to “eliminate Straw Hat Luffy to prevent him from defeating Kaido.” Using Iron Body he distract Luffy, leaving him open to being hit by Kiado.

Yuta prepares to call Rita.

Jujutsu Kaisen Chapter 177

Sendai Colony, Part 4

Ryu Ishigori and Yuta Okkotsu begin their fight, with Ryu displaying his mastery of curse energy. Ryu claims that he’s been left “unsatisfied” and he hopes Yuta can solve this problem. Yuta and Ryu’s fight is explosive. The sorcerers clash with a barrage of punches. Yuta is repelled by Ryu’s attack sending him flying through the air and through the top of a nearby roof. Ryu then attacks with Granite Blast which Yuta deflects barehanded. With Ryu caught off guard, Yuta manages to strike him with a punch. However, Ryu deflects this with ease.

Vulnerable in the air once again, Yuta is attacked from behind by Takako Uro. She explains that she doesn’t “hit the person, but the surface of the sky.” She can hit her opponent when she “breaks” that surface. Uro uses Thin Ice Breaker, once again sending Yuta flying into a building. Pissed she’s interfering in his fight, Ryu attacks her with Granite Blast but Uro rotates the sky around her and reflects the blast at Ryu. Yuta returns. Ryu deduces that he’s used Reverse cursed Technique “each time he, Uro, and Kurourushi use their big moves,” causing him to be “bottoming out.” With little option Yuta calls Rika.

My Hero Academia Chapter 346

Super Hyper Unfair Broken Stage

Dynamight, Suneater, Nejire Chan, Edgeshot, Best Jeanist, and Mirko prepare to battle Tomura Shigaraki on the newly constructed floating U.A. fortress. The original intent was to have Deku there as well, but without him they’ll have to make due. Shigaraki realizes that he’s the only villain in the floating sky. He tries to use his Decay quirk to attack the heroes but he’s blasted into the air and knocked into an electromagnetic barrier. Best Jeanist grabs “carbon fibers” and returns Tomura back to the battlefield. Jeanist explains that “no matter how superhuman he may be, a strong enough current will cause his body to stiffen up momentarily, giving them just enough time to react.”

The heroes don’t have the power that Shigaraki possess so they need to be smarter. The fortress is designed to be Tomura’s “coffin in the sky,” with the Development Class repairing the battlefield as Tomura destroys it, Creati making new parts, and the combination of Phantom Thief, Eraser Head, and Manual “erasing” Tomura’s Quirks, U. A. has created a detailed counter to Tomura’s many abilities. However, Tomura’s left hand begins to transform into a bunch of fingers. With his body nearly complete Tomura might still be too much to deal with.

Neito Monoma (Phantom Thief) is really having a moment. He’s the most irritating character but his Quirk is useful. The heroes wouldn’t have much of a change without him. However, it also makes him a target and I don’t think it will end well for him. With this being the final arc of the series I’m expecting a number of deaths, Neito might be sacrificed. I hope they let other characters shine instead of leaving everything to Bakugo, Deku, and Todoroki. It already appears like the top ranked heroes, Endeavor, Mirio, and Best Jeanist are going to have important roles in this battle. U. A. has step up a powerful team against Tomura, so far this arc is starting off well.