I Got the Real Neat Blog Award!

I am happy to announced that I have been nominated by ospreyshire, from Iridium Eye Reviews. I always appreciate awards (who doesn’t) and ospreyshire always takes the time to comment on my posts. Anyway, the rules are as follows:

  1. Display the logo.
  2. Thank the bloggers for the award.
  3. Answer the questions from the one who nominated you.
  4. Nominate 7 to 10 bloggers.
  5. Ask them 7 questions.

Questions

  1. What is one obscure movie or anime that you know of that you wish was more popular? This is a difficult question, as my taste seems to always align with the mainstream. That said, I think the Vampire Hunter D movie would be a good choice.
  2. As some people may know, I am very vocal about film plagiarism issues (Examples: Inception stealing major concepts from Paprika or The Lion King blatantly plagiarizing several characters, scenes, and plot points from Kimba the White Lion). If some movie did some cinematic thievery, what is one original film, TV series, or anime would you not want to see ripped off at all costs? Evangelion. However, it’s probably too complicated to rip off anyway.
  3. Who is the most underrated composer in your opinion? Too be honest I only really know about popular composers and barely at that.
  4. Which country would you like to see some cinema from that’s not your homeland? Japan.
  5. What are your biggest issues with the current Hollywood scene? I think the “fear” of Disney’s dominance is overblown. They make a lot of money, but the only put out 10-16 movies a year. Out of thousands of movies each year. People act like they make everything.
  6. Finish this idea: (Name of protagonist here) would be the most interesting hero ever if…? Link (from Zelda) would be a more interesting hero if he spoke and had a personality.
  7. Who is one non-actor that should try voice acting? What kind of role(s) would they have? There’s a tennis umpire named Kader Nouni aka the Barry White of tennis. I think he would make a good narrator.

My nominees are:

My Questions:

  1. What anime from before 2020 are planning on watching?
  2. Which video game, tv show or movie are you looking forward to in 2020?
  3. Which anime genre is your favorite and why?
  4. Is there an anime or manga series that you want to give a second look?
  5. What’s your favorite anime studio?
  6. Do you read manga? Why or Why not?
  7. What’s your favorite anime arc?
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My Hero Academia Season 4 – Episode 13: Recap and Review

Deku and Eri preparing for battle in Episode 13 of My Hero Academia.
Deku and Eri preparing for battle

Ryukyu’s team and the police restrain Rikiya Katsukame. However, he has taken a Quirk boosting drug, allowing him to inhale the life force of Froppy and Uravity. He breaks free and attacks. Ryukyu is forced to transform into her dragon form. During the confrontation, Deku arrives to inform the group that “the enemy is beneath them.” Nejire blasts everyone into the ground, breaking into the underground tomb. In reality, Himiko transformed herself into Deku to lead the group to Overhaul. Twice uses his Quirk to create double of Compress to help dig them out. They also want him to capture Eri for them. However, the Compress double is destroyed by Ryukyu.

With Nighteye missing his arm and still in critical condition. Deku attacks Overhaul, hoping to save Eri. Noticing the cape of Mirio, Eri decides that she should let the heroes save her. She activates her Quirk, Rewind. A mutated Quirk that resulted in her “killing” her father. He mother abandoned her, leaving her with her grandfather. Overhaul was asked to learn about her powers. He decides the best way to do this is to torture her, by cutting her over and over. When she “rewinds” she reverts Overhaul back to his normal state. He heals himself and absorbs Rikiya. Paired with Eri, Deku is now invincible, as Eri’s Quirk rewinds his injuries.

She’s unable to control he powers yet, forcing Deku to calculate the rate of healing. With Eri’s Quirk, Deku can use One For All 100% infinitely. Overhaul appears in his new monstrous form. However, he’s now match for the new duo. Deku asks “how he can call himself a hero if can’t save one small girl right in front of him.” He unleashes a barrage of punches, followed by a smash at 100%. Victorious, Deku surprises Nighteye that realizes that Deku has “twisted fate.” With Eri’s ability to rewind, I think Mirio’s Quirk can be restored. It’s really a game changer. I wonder if there’s some limit on the power. There must be other wise she can bring everyone back from the dead. I guessing that she can only rewind so far in time. Anyway, Deku once again proved why he going to be a top hero. Furthermore, My Hero Academia provides us with another epic battle.

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Haikyuu!! Fourth Season, Episode 1: Recap and Review

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Hinata and Acchan marvel at the banner congratulating the volleyball team
Hinata and Acchan marvel at the banner congratulating the volleyball team

As Hinata eats his “second breakfast,” he and his classmate Acchan marvel at the banner congratulating the volleyball for making it to the Spring Volleyball Tournament. Today is an important day. After school they are going to get measured. Hinata and Kageyama start a wager over who has the longest reach. The reward. Three curry buns. The dynamic between the two remaining intact. Episode 1 “Introductions,” acts as many tend. It’s more of a well re-introduction. Reminding us of the characters, what’s at stake and what the future will bring. At the nurses office the team gets measured. Hinata proudly announces that he’s grown a “whole 1.4 cm taller,” reaching 164.2 cm.

Yamaguchi has grown 5 millimeters and stands at 180.0 cm. Kageyama is slightly taller at 181.9 cm. Comparing the growth between the two, Hinata concludes that he’s “won.” Having grown a “whole millimeter taller.” He literally has remember everyone’s height. Finally, there’s Tsukishima. He’s surpassed 190 cm. Causing Hinata to roll around on the floor. In the gym, the team tests their reach. Kageyama reaches, 337 centimeters and Hinata reaches 333 centimeters. Therefore, he loses the bet, but manages to increase his reach by 5 or 6 cm. When spiking it’s generally it only necessary to reach the height of the ball. However, Hinata is certain that Kageyama will always get him the ball, no matter how high he jumps.

Ittetsu Takeda arrives. He has big news. Kageyama has been asked to attend the “All-Japan Youth Training Camp.” From these players Japan will choose the representatives for the under-19. Furthermore, a “special training camp” for the Miyagi Prefecture will occur in December as well. Only opened to the first years, the camp is intended to increase their skills. What is surprising is that it’s Tsukishima that get’s invited to this camp not Hinata. He takes it hard, unsurprisingly. To the point that he “sneaks” into the Prefecture camp. Trying to ignore the fact that Hinata is standing in line next to him, Tsukishima snaps.

He calls Hinata a moron for showing up. Takeda tells him that there’s a “difference from being a go-getter and absolutely thoughtless.” Hinata simply “wants to know” what makes the other players strong. The head coach, Washijo-sensei, takes the phone and says that “he wouldn’t mind another ball boy.” Coach Ukai claims that he has a bias in favor of “strong players.” Despite the fact that the assistant coach wanted Hinata all along, coach Washijo believes that Hinata is useless without Kageyama’s sets. If Hinata doesn’t want to be a ball boy, “he can go home,” Washijo said. Hinata accepts his new position as ball boy.

The Top 100 Anime and Manga Battles of All Time (10 – 1)

10. Mob vs Suzuki

Mob attempts to talk things out with Suzuki. He’s not interested. Threaten, he attacks Mob. Suzuki almost kills Dimple, and tries to incinerate Reigen. Finally, disgusted, Mob enters 100 % rage. Mob levitates the Culture Tower into the sky. To keep up with Mob’s power, Suzuki slowly increases his Power Output. Mob goes through multiple emotion at 100% from, Ecstasy, Shame and Compassion. He constantly tries to reason with Suzuki. He fails. Suzuki increases his Power Output to 80%. Mob reaches 100% Resignation, realizing that he can’t get through to Suzuki.

Mob starts to mangle Suzuki’s body, forcing the later to reach 100 % Power Output. His body increases in size and his head becomes inflamed. He overpowers Mob with his new strength. However, the amount of power Suzuki uses backfires on him. His body begins to self-destruct. Despite Mob trying to save him, Suzuki explodes.


9. Meliodas vs The Ten Commandments

Meliodas is the “Sin of Wrath” of the Seven Deadly Sins, faces off against the Ten Commandments. I’ve heard about the manga Seven Deadly Sins and seen it promoted on Netflix, but I haven’t really decided to pick it up. This fight changed that. The title character Meliodas fights all ten of the commandments. Derieri, Drole, Estarossa, Fraudrin, Gloxinia, Grayroad, Melascula, Monspeet, Zeldris.

Meliodas first fights Drole and Gloxinia. They put up a good fight, but Meliodas takes the upper hand. However, the other Commandments arrive and dynamics of the fight change. Meliodas is ganged up on and is ultimately he is killed by Estarossa.


8. Tanjiro & Nezuko vs Rui

Tanjiro manages to escape terrible damage from Rui’s thread, only getting a scarred on the face. Tanjiro is finally cornered by Rui’s web of threads, Nezuko jumps out of the box. She saves Tanjiro, but is severely wounded. Rui finally reveals that he’s the member of the Twelve Moons. He tethers Nezuko in his threads, cutting into her limbs as punishment. She falls to sleep in order to heal herself. Meanwhile, Tanjiro uses the Final Form of his Water Style. He’s able to cut the threads now and creates a water dragon. Realizing the threat that Tanjiro possess, Rui uses his Blood Art to strengthen his threads.

Tanjiro transforms his water dragon into a fire one. He now able to cut the more enhanced threads. Tanjiro moves closer to Rui, who finally moves into striking range. He accepts that he will likely die from their encounter. Nezuko is awakened by a vision of her mother asking her to save her brother. Nezuko uses her Blood Art: Blood Ignite, burning the blood on the threads. The fire travels along the threads, destroying the webs that Rui created. As Tanjiro says that “the bond between he and Nezuko can’t be severed,” his sword with Nezuko blood on it severs Rui’s head.


7. All Might vs All For One

The finally fight of this list is the epic battle between old enemies, All Might and All for One. My Hero Academia featured many battles that could have ended up on this list but this one had no equal. When the League of Villains kidnap, Katsuki Bakugo, All Might is tasked with finding the taken student. During his rescue attempt he encounters his former nemesis. Backing the future of villainy, All for One aims to help them escape capture. He easily defeats the other top ten heroes, forcing All Might to engage.

All Might is still weaken from their previous battle that left him with permanent damage. Still their fight is able to create massive shock-waves, destroying the surrounding area. All Might even reverts to his skinny form, revealing to the world that he’s not as he once was. Encouraged to fight for the future heroes, All Might gathers what remains of his dwindling strength and hits All for One with a devastatingly powerful move, United States of Smash.


6. Luffy vs Katakuri

Monkey D. Luffy and Charlotte Katakuri face off during the Whole Cake Island Arc in the Mirror World. This fight was a long one and largely saw Katakuri dominate Luffy. This is why the result of the match, Luffy’s win feels strange and unnecessary. One of One Piece’s most distinguish qualities is that the “main character” in this case Luffy doesn’t have to always win. Even in a later “fight” against Kiado, Luffy is easily defeated. So why did he win this fight?

Some fans wrongly suggested that this was typical plot armor, it wasn’t. However, I agree Luffy should have taken the lost on this. Regardless, we see Luffy reach another level as he introduces us to another form, Gear Fourth: Snakeman. The fight might be too repetitive and the victory was the wrong one. Regardless, it’s worth your time.


5. Netero vs Meruem

The Chimera Ant King (Meruem) and Hunter Chairman (Netero) battle underground. As Meruem counters the hands of 100-Type Guanyin Bodhisattva. As Netero hits Meruem with one of his hands, the Ant King simply gets up and attacks again. This “game” continues as Meruem looks for a slight opening. While, Meruem marvels at the abilities the Netero, he eventually finds that opening, tearing off Netero’s right leg.

Undeterred, Netero continues to attack. This time he loses his left arm. Netero simply prays with his one hand. The 100-type Guanyin Bodhisattva appears behind Meruem as he uses his “zero hand.” After the attack, the underground tomb is destroyed and Netero ages. Meruem is somewhat damaged, but not nearly enough to die. Netero, however, is near death. He sticks two fingers in his chest, activating a nuclear bomb.


4. Midoriya vs Todoroki

The much anticipated battle between Izuku and Shoto begins in episode 10 of Boku no Hero Academia. Titled, Shoto Todoroki: Origin, this episode was wall to wall action and the animation was spectacular. Shoto quickly attacks Izuku with his Half-Cold, Half-Hot quirk, creating pillars of ice, Izuku counters with One for All, using his middle finger. He creates a powerful gust of wind, destroying the ice and breaking his middle finger.

They repeat this pattern several times, then Shoto uses his ice to get closer to Izuku. Engaging in close combat, Shoto gains the upper hand, trapping the foot of Izuku. Left with no choice, Izuku uses his quirk with his entire fist, knocking Shoto backwards. Shoto attacks again, but Izuku destroys the ice once again. He then criticizes Izuku for using only half his powers. Enraged, Shoto runs toward Izuku, but the negative effects of his quirk has caused his body some frostbite. He’s slower and Izuku manages to hit him directly in the stomach.

Izuku continues to challenge Shoto’s resistance to using his fire ability. Shoto flashes back to his traumatic childhood. He recalls being abused and isolated from his siblings and how he came to hate his father. Izuku tells Shoto that, “his fire power belongs to him and only him.” Shoto finally activates his fire powers, his father Endeavor is delighted, both Shoto and Izuku gear up for their clash. Shoto uses a massive wave of ice, while Izuku use his quirk on his leg. Cementoss attempts to intervene to protect them from their attacks. Shoto shots his fire and Izuku causes a powerful shock-wave. As the smoke clears, Izuku has been knocked out of bound, giving Shoto the win.


3. Jiraiya vs Pain

The Six Paths of Pain arrives
The Six Paths of Pain arrives

Jiraiya attempts to invade the hidden village of rain without detection. However, he fails and finds that the intruder is Jiraiya. Pain is mysterious character, who he is and what his powers are unknown. Pain changes bodies to feature a longer haired body. Pain summons a crab like creature that uses a bubble, Jiraiya uses a ” Raging Lion’s Mane Technique” and tangles the crab in his hair. The summon disappears and Jiraiya then uses his hair on Pain, who uses substitution jutsu.

Jiraiya summons a toad as Pain summons a chameleon. Jiraiya decides he’s “I’m going into sennin mode”, Pain hides in the mouth of the chameleon which turns invisible. Jiraiya counters with a barrier detection jutsu, Pain response by summoning a Cerberus like animal. Pain continues to use animal summons to conceal his location. Jiraiya wonders why he hasn’t use a technique other than summons. Jiraiya releases his summon and emerges transformed with two toads on his shoulders. The female toad uses her tongue to sniff out the chameleon, and uses acid to kill it.

Pain summons two other humans to the battlefield, each with their own set of Rinnegan eyes. Confused Jiraiya aims to discover the secret to Pains power. One of the Pains attacks Jiraiya and he uses his Frog Karate to counter. He then uses his “Hermit Art: Deep Fryer”, but another Pain absorbs this jutsu. Jiraiya decides to try close combat, he attacks with a massive Rasengan. The Rasengan is also absorbed, a smoke bomb is used to give cover and Jiraiya attempts to attack Pain from behind.

He fails to land a direct hit, he uses a frog summon as an distraction and uses his “Hermit Art: Hair Needle Barrage”. It’s his fast attack and Pain still manages to counter it, with a summon. Jiraiya realizes somethings up and retreats to come up with a plan. Jiraiya concludes that the eyes of the Pains are linked. He and the frogs determine they need to use genjutsu. The genjutsu has it’s effect and Jiraiya kills the three Pains. However, another Pain shows you, he attacks Jiraiya ripping of his arm.

Confused again as all the previously dead Pain are alive. He now has six adversaries to contend with, “The six paths of Pain”. Jiraiya kills one of the Pains and manage to seek refuge inside another toad. Instead of escaping he decides to confront Pain one last time. He realizes that all the Pains are shinobi he’s fought before. At this point Pain crushes Jiraiya’s throat and all six Pains stabs him. Jiraiya uses his last moments leave a message on the back of one of the toads before he drowns.


2. Gohan vs Cell

Gohan damages Cell

Goku tells Cell that his son Gohan is a better match for him, at first everyone is skeptical. Gohan powers up stunning everyone with his power level. However, his inexperience and fear of his power leaves him at Cell’s mercy. Cell decides to push Gohan to the limit by hurting his friends with Cell Jr’s.The brutalizing of Gohan’s friends doesn’t push Gohan to his limit, but Android 16 gives Gohan a speech about the meaning of life. When Cell crushes Android 16’s head killing him Gohan finally snaps, unleashing his hidden powers.

After this power boost Gohan strength and speed increases tremendously, he quickly destroy’s the Cell Jr’s. Cell and Gohan begin their fight and it appears that Gohan isn’t even trying, he becomes rather cocky. Cell powers up one more time but it doesn’t matter, Gohan is still stronger. He delivers two devastating punches on Cell, knock him to his knees. Cell becomes enraged at being dominated by a child, Cell uses a series of the Z fighters attacks. He concludes with a massive Kamehameha aim at destroying the earth, Gohan simply reflects it with his own. Cell is damaged by Gohan’s Kamehameha, but Cell heals himself.

Cell increases his size and loses his speed in the process. Gohan continues to damage Cell, resulting in him regurgitating Android 18 and transform back. Cell having lost his power becomes afraid of Gohan and decides to self destruct, Goku uses his instant transition to transport Cell and save the earth. Cell explodes killing Goku, he returns however shooting Trunks through the chest. Vegeta becomes enraged at what Cell did to Trunks, attacking him. Cell is unharmed and try’s to kill Vegeta, who is saved by Gohan. Cell aims to end this fight with a clash of Kamehameha with Gohan. Gohan struggles to get the lead in the conflict, the remaining Z fighters try to help but are useless. However, Vegeta proves to be powerful enough to at least distracting Cell. Gohan takes advantage with one final push, destroying Cell and saving the Earth.


1. White beard Pirates vs Marines

Whitebeard dies

The White beard Pirates with “43 allied crews”, waged a war against over 100,000 Marines and five Shichibukai. Luffy and several criminals from Impel Down show up to save Ace. Many of White Beards crew and allies are killed and injured. Whitebeard is severely injured and later dies at the hands of Black beard’s crew. Luffy takes center stage as he makes his way thorough the Marines and manages to save Ace.

However, the joy is short lived as Akainu kills Ace and severely damages Luffy, who is devastated mentally. Black beard manages to steal White beard devil fruit ability. The war is ceased by Shanks and his crew. There’s more to this battle but this war represents a major change in the series, the death of White beard, Ace and the theft of the White beards devil fruit. Black beard ascends to level of Youkon, and his crew terrorizes the seas.

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The Top 100 Anime and Manga Battles of All Time (20 – 11)

20. Gon vs Pitou

When Gon learn that Kite is dead he snaps. Dark aura surrounds him and Gon transforms. His powers increase to such a level that he rivals the Chimera Ant King. Neferpitou uses her Terpsichora, trying to kill him. Gon vanishes. She gives chase. She attacks him while his back is turned. He dodges, kicks her in the stomach, and uses his Jajanken. He punches with it at point blank range, sending her into the side of a mountain. He then brutally beats her head in, shattering her skull. Lifeless, Pitou corpse is still able to attack. She rips off Gon’s right arm, he’s unharmed. He finally finishes Pitou with another Jajanken.


19. Shimazaki vs Everyone

Shimazaki appears before Sho and Ritsu. Allowing Sho to enter the building, Ritsu attacks Shimazaki with fire extinguishers. Shimazaki starts beating Ritsu. Teru and the scars arrive. They engage in a highly explosive, fast paced group battle. Shimazaki is able to counter most of the attacks, until he’s gets distracted. However, he regains his composure just in time, defeating the group.


18. Luffy vs Doflamingo

Luffy and Doflamingo battle begins with a contest of Haoshoku Haki. Luffy is able to land a few blows against the Shichibukai. They clash with Haki again this time Doflamingo wins out, sending Luffy crashing into the edge of the roof. Using his Second Gear and Haki, Luffy sends Doflamingo flying. However, Doflamingo doesn’t think Luffy’s punches were very powerful. Later, Luffy attacks him with Red Hawk, causing a large explosion. Ineffective, Luffy activates his Third Gear. Doflamingo is able to easily dodge Gear Third Luffy.

Luffy activates Gear Fourth for the first time. In Gear Fourth, Luffy balloons, causing him to constantly bounce. He punches Doflamingo, sending him flying into buildings at high speeds. Luffy, now able to fly, dropkick him into several buildings. Luffy manages to dominate Doflamingo head to head, knocking him out with his King Kong punch.


17. Naruto and Sasuke vs Momoshiki

This is a bit of a remake from the Boruto movie. Naruto and Sasuke join forces to fight Momoshiki. After disrupting the Chunin Exams to kill Naruto when they try remove to the Nine-tails chakra. The fight is one of the best of the Boruto/Naruto series. The animation is spectacular, as Naruto and Sasuke combine their abilities to maximum effect. The two prove to be too much for the Otsutsuki clan member.


16. Saitama vs Genos

Genos kicks towards Saitama, but he misses. He follows that up with a barrage of punches that Saitama dodges. Genos uses his “incineration cannon,” more punches, and a more powerful incineration cannon, all of which Saitama evades. Genos reminds Saitama that he’s suppose to take the fight seriously. Saitama “hits” Genos with his Death Punch, blowing a massive hole in the mountains behind him.


15. Goku & Vegeta (Gogeta) vs Broly

Basically the majority of the new Broly movie is Goku and Vegeta trading fights against Broly. Later in the movie the two fuse to become Gogeta. After this transformation their a greater match for Broly. The battle is a high octane and quick, that is typical for the series. Gogeta gets the better of Broly, but the bout ends when Broly is teleported to safety.


14. Guy vs Madara

Guy’s use of the seventh gate, Gate of Wonder, wasn’t successful. He realizes that he must use the dreaded, eighth gate, Gate of Death. He knows that doing so will cost him his life. Guy uses his Evening Elephant, hitting Madara directly. With his life close to ending he doesn’t have too much time. He hopes to finish this fight with Night Guy. He charges at Madara, altering time, then kicking Madara in the side. He nearly kill Madara, but destroying most of his torso. However, Madara survives.


13. Goku vs Jiren

Ultra Instinct Goku faces off against Jiren once again in the final episodes of Dragon Ball Super. In the conclusion of the Tournament of Power, Goku masters Ultra Instinct and is finally able to dominate Jiren. This forces Jiren to increase his own power. Goku is almost defeat twice, but manages to survive. Jiren attacks Goku’s friends and family sitting on the bleachers. Goku becomes enraged, finally defeating Jiren. However, Goku collapses from the strain of using Ultra Instinct.

Victorious by default, Jiren refuses to knock Goku off at first. He is reminded by the God Belmond of what’s at stake. He resigns himself to defeating Goku, but tells him that ” he
will always live on in his memories even as he ceases to exist.” Frieza saves Goku, with the previous thought dead Android 17 revealing he survived. Jiren becomes exhausted as he fights Frieza and 17. Then Goku recovers and joins the fray. Goku, Frieza and 17 team up to fight Jiren together. Goku and Frieza overpower Jiren, knocking him off.


12. Kakashi vs Obito

At this point in the Naruto series most of the fighting was focused primarily on jutsu that have massive power. This fight was focuses on hand to hand combat. Beautifully directed, the childhood sparring match between Obito and Kakashi is paralleled with current fight to the death. Symbolizing the change in their relationship, this fight also had an emotional tone to it. Kakashi and Obito’s friendship is over and one must die.


11. Saitama vs Boros

Saitama vs Boros

Saitama often defeats his opponents in One Punch, however, Boros is a exception. Saitama’s initial punch destroys the “restraining armor” that Boros wears. After transforming he attacks Saitama. He easily blocks Boros attacks. He finally takes of Boros arm. They end up fighting outside. Boros is impressed that Saitama has survived this long. He regenerates, regrowing his arm. Using Meteoric Burst, he unleashes a torrent of powerful hits on Saitama, eventually knocking him to the moon. None of this effects Saitama. He returns from the moon, finally ready to take Boros seriously. He hit him with “consecutive normal punches” splattering Boros. Using his abilities, Boros returns. Using his strongest move, Collapsing Star Roaring Cannon, he plans to destroy the planet. Finally, Saitama uses Serious Series: Serious Punch, destroying Boros.

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