30 Day Marvel Challenge – Day #30: Your Favorite Event

Civil War

Civil War was an Marvel event that began after a battle between Nitro and the New Warriors results in the death of 60 school children. In response the U.S. government tries to institute the “Superhuman Registration Act.” With this tragedy and the events that saw the Hulk go on another rampage (killing 26 adults and 2 children) the Act became necessary. Sympathy for mutants fell in public after M-Day, when 90% of the mutant population became depowered. The public support for the bill was 50%.

Tony Stark was against the act until the events between Nitro and the New Warriors. The public began to hate the superhero community. The New Warriors were called “baby killers,” and Hindsight (Carlton LaFroyge (Earth-616)) began leaking their secret identities, resulting in many of them being lynched. Human Torch was beaten into a coma outside a Manhattan nightclub. Many of the superheroes are apprehensive that they should become “civil servants,” or “Super cops.”

Captain America disagreed with the act claiming that ” heroes needed to be above direct government control, because when politicians could control the heroes, they could decide who the villains were.” What follows is a very interesting conflict that splits the superhero community. Ultimately we get what the event promised, a fight between the worlds greatest heroes. While it’s never in question whether any major would die, there was still concern about who would get harmed. The most important aspect of this event was whether you agreed with one side or the other. I was more on the Captain America’s side but I could see the other side as well.

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To the Abandoned Sacred Beasts: Episode 1, Recap and Review

The Incarnates beast forms

Episode 1, To the Abandoned Sacred Beasts

You never know what to expect from a new series. This of course leads to anticipation but can leave you disappointed. The first episode of To Abandoned Sacred Beasts, entitled . . . To the Abandoned Sacred Beasts, left me desiring more. I wasn’t a bad debut episode, just not a particularly great one. Of course the first episode is tasked with setting the series up, resulting in a sometimes unsatisfying introduction. Hank and his unit of Incarnates (super soldiers) were created to turn the tide of war. The episode begins with a frontal assault by the North, they’re slaughtered. The first question I had was why get your army killed if you have the Incarnates?

Elaine and Hank

Predictably, the Incarnates lay waste to the southern forces. The designs of the beast weren’t that creative. On guy just gains horse legs becoming a boring centaur. Most of the beast forms are likely to be inspired either directly or indirectly by mythological creatures. Why one person turns into on thing over the other isn’t explained. My best guess is that it’s random. In the future I’m certain that we will see why these soldiers were chosen. The Incarnates are lead by Hank Henriette, his second in command Cain Madhouse and the creator of the Incarnates, Elaine. If you couldn’t guess from the name Cain predictable becomes a traitor.

Some fan-service

Before this moment one of the Incarnates, Ari goes berserk. He kills soldiers from both sides during his rampage. The soldiers from the north open fire and while incapacitated he commits suicide rather than lose himself. This leads Hank to swear an oath, which will become his motivation for the series. It will be the responsibility of the Incarnates to hunt down and kill each other when they lose their minds. As I mentioned Cain betrays Elaine and Hank, but after Elaine attempts to kill Hank. She has decided that killing all the beast then herself is the only answer she can think of. Cain is the typical villain, his name and his long hair were a dead give away.

Hank fighting a Incarnate

Hank hunts down one of the Incarnates during the ending credits (I guess that’s going to be a thing in anime now). While it’s short, I did enjoy it as Hank appears to turn into a werewolf. Overall, this series is mediocre. The animation is so so and the story needs to be fleshed out more. I don’t care much for anime music so I won’t pass any judgement on that aspect, but the story did have some comedic moments that didn’t quiet last. I didn’t care about the romance between Hank and Elaine. Nor did I care that she died. Lastly the fan-service in the form Liza while not gratuitous feels unnecessary (maybe that’s true of all fan-service). If she suppose to be a serious soldier, why have her spilling out of her top. It’s not the end of the world though. I give this series a few more episodes before deciding if it’s worth my time.

30 Day Marvel Challenge – Day #29: Your Favorite Series

Thor: God of Thunder

I don’t really have too many series that I’ve followed to completion, but one that I did was Thor: God of Thunder. Written by Jason Aaron and Penciled by Esad Ribic, the series focuses on Thor and his encounter with Gorr the God Butcher. The series is part of the larger “Marvel NOW! (2012) event,” and part of the “The God Butcher” story arc. What initially drew me to this comic was the magnificent art style of Esad Ribic. The story tries to flesh out who the God Butcher is.

I found the story to be great from start to finish. It combined mystery and action with an interesting villain. The God Butcher is the opposite of what Thor is. He’s rather heartless and aims to destroy the world of Gods. The God Butcher feels like he’s a threat. Most of the time in comics you can predict the ending. Obviously, Thor will win, but reading the series allowed you to think that it wasn’t going to happen. The biggest problem with this series is the multiple timelines. Jason Aaron bounces occasionally back between them and it can be confusing (also the older Thor looks exactly like Odin).

The art of Esad Ribic is a really impressive. I lack the words to describe what makes his art so great but you have to decided for yourself. The color in this series is profound. Ive Svorcina appears to use pencils or watercolor (although it’s probably all computers) that give the pages a soft look. The contrast between the blues and reds are really impactful.

One Punch Man S2 – Episode 12: Recap & Review

Garou taking a beating

Episode 12, Cleaning up the Disciple’s Mess

Bang dominates an injured Garou, as Genos notes that Bang is better than Garou. It seems unlikely that he would be able to win considering Genos, Bang and Bomb are so strong. Phoenix Man is flying around, tasked by Orochi to get Garou. He of course is hesitate as he would need to get past all the heroes. Garou concludes that in order to survive he would need to kill, Bomb, Bang and Genos. What is interesting is that despite Garou being hurt, Bomb AND Bang fight him together. Garou remembers his childhood which predictably saw him being bullied by his Tatsu. While playing hero, Garou is always casts as the “monster.” He associates his childhood with the belief that heroes fighting monsters is always unfair. This is important to know as Bang and Bomb prove his point by attacking him together. However, Phoenix Man arrives and takes Garou.

Bang and Bomb double team Garou

Genos decides that he’s going to kill them both with his Spiral Incineration Cannon. Elder Centipede interferes. Bomb, Genos and Bang rescue the fallen heroes. Phoenix Man explains to Garou that he should kill the heroes instead of leaving them alive.I think so far what has kept Garou from truly being a monster is this fact. Phoenix Man goes on to say that Elder Centipede is going to destroy “everything.” According to the monster strategist, Gyoro-Gyoro, there are ONLY four heroes that can defeat the Elder Centipede. Terrible Tornado, because of her psychic powers, Metal Knight, that “hoards military might on an unknown scale.” King, the “strongest human alive,” and the top hero Blast. Of course we know that King is weak and it’s Saitama that’s the strongest human. Regardless, Elder Centipede joined the Monster Association to get revenge.

Elder Centipede

Neither Genos or Bang aren’t well suited to combat Elder Centipede. When Bang and Bomb land a devastating attack it molts, and heals as if nothing happened. Genos decides that he will fight the Elder Centipede alone. Genos ends up cut in half but is able to reconnect himself. He gets swallowed and uses his Ultra Spiral Incineration Cannon. It still does nothing. Bang, Genos and Bomb flee with the other heroes. As Bang prepares to die fighting, King arrives claiming that he brought Blast. As the Elder Centipede comes to attack King, Saitama arrives and defeats it with One Punch.

Saitama destroys Elder Centipede

This is ended rather abruptly if you asked me. Maybe they didn’t have enough time or money to animated the entire arc? Regardless, I’m hoping they find a better animator for the next season. While I could tolerate this season it wasn’t the beautiful animation form the first season. Anyway, Saitama really took a step back this season. Instead we focused on a human villain. It was a bit refreshing. I’m predicting that Garou becomes a actually monster, as he’s not strong enough as he is. Genos seems to have figured out his limits. Genos has everything but “power.” This isn’t completely true as he is a S Class hero, but he’s also not as strong as many monsters or other S Class heroes. I wonder how strong he and Garou will become.

30 Day Marvel Challenge – Day #28: Your Favorite Comic Time

The Modern Age

The Modern Age of Comics is generally considered to have begun from the mid-80’s to today. The age followed the Bronze Age and is noted for having more dark and complex stories and characters, like Batman: The Dark Knight Returns and Watchmen. Horror, Fantasy, Mystery and Science Fiction became more mainstream at this point. Alan Moore’s Swap Thing and Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman featured some elements from these genre’s. Many characters like Spider-Man, Iron Man, The Hulk and Wolverine got costume changes.

Antiheroes rose in popularity and characters became more sophisticated, focusing less on being good or evil but more nuance. In Marvel, Galactus became a force of nature that didn’t have any person malice towards the worlds he consumed. In 1996 Marvel declared bankruptcy resulting in “X-books” being cancel. However, with the X-Men movies being released in the early 2000’s and a new animated series, X-Men: Evolution the X-Men series increased in popularity. I believe that the Modern Age will end up being know for an increase of diversity. Heroes like Miles Morales and Kamala Khan will be one of the legacies of the Modern Age.

The Summer Anime Series I’m Looking Forward To

As the summer arrives, new anime series debut. Many of these series will appear on many streaming services Amazon, Crunchyroll, Funimation, and Netflix. Several series like Carole & Tuesday, Fruits Basket and Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba will continue from the spring.

Vinland Saga

Studio: Wit Studio

Genre: Action, Drama, Historical

Premiere Date: July 6

Where to Watch: Amazon Prime

What’s it About: Following the story of a band of Vikings, Vinland Saga is based on the manga of the same name. Thorfinn aims to get revenge on Askeladd for murdering his father. Askeladd’s Vikings gets involved in a battle over succession between two princes.


Dr. Stone

Studio: Toho Animation

Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

Premiere Date: July 5

Where to Watch: CrunchyrollFunimation

What It’s About : Thousand years after humanity is turned into stone, a student named Taiju breaks free. He finds his old friend, Senku that was freed before Taiju. Senku aims to use his scientific knowledge to free the others and rebuild human civilization.


Fire Force

Studio: David Production

Genre: Action, Psychological, Supernatural

Premiere Date: July 5

Where to Watch: CrunchyrollFunimation

What It’s About: From the creator of Soul Eater, Fire Force takes place in an alternate Tokyo where fire fighters battle against fire monsters called Infernals. The main protagonist, Shinra is a “third generation infernal.” He can control and create fire. He joins the Special Fire Force Company 8 that aim to stop Infernals.


To The Abandoned Sacred Beasts

Studio: Mappa

Genre: Action, Drama, Military

Premiere Date: July 1

Where to Watch: Crunchyroll

What It’s About: A young woman Nancy, looks for a Beast Hunter to avenge the death of her father who was turned into a monstrous beast to help win a civil war. I’ve never heard of this series and it looks interesting.


30 Day Marvel Challenge – Day #27: Your Favorite non-human race

Inhumans (Inhomo supremis)

My favorite non-human race is the Inhumans. Mostly because I’m the most familiar with them and they have a lot of variation among their race. This variation exists both in their powers and how they look. Created by the Kree, the Inhumans are ruled by their King Black Bolt and Queen Medusa. They have a caste system, which is determined by the genetic development, physical and mental ability after exposure to the Terrigen Mist. Once an Inhuman is assigned to a place in society they cannot move in society.

Inhumans aren’t permitted to engage in racial combining. Crystal broke this rule when she married Quicksilver, a mutant. The Inhumans tend to isolate themselves from other races, but they have come into conflict with other races before. Black Bolt once declared war on the United States during the events of Son of M. The average lifespan of an Inhuman is 150 years, they’re greater than the average human in speed, strength and other physical abilities. However, most Inhumans being raised in a pollution and germ free environment they have a hard time dealing with Earth’s pollution.

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Episode 12 & 13: Recap & Review

Episode 12, The Boar Bares its Fangs

Inosuke Hashibira, is the boar headed warrior attacks Kyogai. When he steps on Teruko he comes into conflict with Tanjiro. He said that he chipped his sword deliberately so his sword would shred flesh instead of slice neatly like Tanjiro’s. The demon separates Tanjiro, Teruko, and Inosuke. Tanjiro and Teruko find her brother. Meanwhile, Zenitsu and Shoichi draw the attention of another demon after Zenitsu screams in terror. The demon gives chase leading Zenitsu to pass out and go to sleep. In this state he manages to defeat the demon with Thunder Form.

This part was epic. It was a little predictable that Zenitsu would have great fighting ability despite his cowardice. Of course he doesn’t remember he killed the demon and assumes Shoichi did. I still hold out that Zenitsu is going to surprise us with his character. Anyway, we get a glimpse of Inosuke’s fighting style. He uses a self-made style Beast Form and quickly defeats the demon. Kyogai is in search of “marechi” the rare blood of a human that’s worth 100 people. It is revealed that Kyogai is a former member of the Twelve Moons. So far we have been teased by the power of this group.

We’ve seen two false ones and a former. This helps set up of expectation of what the future encounter with one of the Twelve will be like. Tanjiro faces off against Kyogai who begins to flip the room over and uses his claw attack. Tanjiro begins to learn how the ability of Kyogai works. However, with his leg still broken, Tanjiro has trouble getting close to Kyogai. Tanjiro claims that he ready to fight.


Episode 13, Something more Important

The house shifts once again, but finally frees Zenitsu and Shoichi as they’re thrown outside. When the room flips papers are thrown around, Tanjiro takes careful effort not to step on them. As a result Kyogai has a flashback. In the flashback, he is seen as being belittled by someone. This series does well when giving the demons more of a humanizing story. It’s really effective. Tanjiro releases that in order to fight well he needs to “take shallow breathe,” and “reinforce the muscle around his leg.”

Tanjiro also begins to smell the claw attack. Using this new tactic, Tanjiro is able to avoid the claw attack. Tanjiro is able to finally get close to Kyogai and decapitate him. Before he does, Tanjiro compliments Kyogai on his Blood Art. As he dies, Kyogai cries as he finally has had his blood art and writing recognized. Tanjiro uses a knife that Yushiro gave him to collect blood from Kyogai. So far in this series they have convenient elements in the universe. The ravens that give the missions and now the cat that collect the blood. I’m not complaining, but I like they way the manage these elements.

Tanjiro finds Kiyoshi and Teruko, bringing them outside. Here he finds Zenitsu being assaulted by Inosuke. I’ve always predicted that Zenitsu was more than his initial impression. He has shown that he does have courage. Tanjiro finds that Zenitsu was protecting Nezuko from Inosuke. Zenitsu always knew that there was a demon in the but trusted Tanjiro had a good reason for it. Nezuko is going to become a big problem for Tanjiro. Zenitsu may accept her, but I’m not sure anyone else will. I predict that Inosuke and Tanjiro won’t fight for long before someone interrupts them, most likely the raven giving them their next mission.

Attack On Titan Episode 59: Recap & Review

Queen Historia

Episode 59, Beyond the Walls

The tone of this season finale left me with a somber feeling. It wasn’t that there weren’t any happy moments, but they were always tempered by a realization that left the characters sadden. This is typical for Attack on Titan. I didn’t expect for any more revelation in this episode and we didn’t really get it. This isn’t a complaint, just an observation. Regardless, I think it was a perfect ending to the season. During the Paradis government meeting. Historia decides that the people are to be informed the truth regarding the Titans and what’s beyond the walls. Unsurprisingly, some believe the story others not so much.

Floch telling Armin why he choose Erwin

Regardless of whether they believe the story, at least the people know. Hitch arrives at the ceremony to honor the fallen solders, Floch tells her that Marlo was a hero. Most importantly he raises the question that Erwin should have been chosen over Armin. It’s an odd that Floch feels it’s necessary to make sure Armin knows that he basically wanted him to die. It’s going to be awkward regardless but Floch went too far in my opinion. When Historia touches Eren hand he has a flashback of Fritz memory. After the attack on Trost District and the refugees are returned Wall Maria.

Eren seeing Grisha’s memories

The Scout’s finally get to see the wall where Grisha was transformed into a Titan. They finally get to see the ocean. This was a happy moment, as the Scouts played in the ocean. Everyone was having a good time until Eren became a buzzkill, reminding them that they won’t have any freedom until they kill all their enemies overseas. As I stated, I think this was a perfect ending. While, the joy was brief, they did get a moment of it. With Eren reminding the Scouts and us that trouble still remains. Overall, this season departed from what the previous one did. This was for the better I think. We got to see other characters (mainly Levi) become more 3 dimensional.

The Scouts frolicking in the ocean

Eren and his friends to a backseat. At the same the world of Attack on Titan got a major expansion. The amount of new details could be overwhelming but I think was necessary. While, I’m sure Titan fights won’t end, I think we now will see them as victims more than perpetrators. As forced weapons, resulting from the bigotry of “humans.” This doesn’t make them less dangerous, but it does make killing sadder. It seemed like when Eren accepted that he wasn’t alone and part of a larger group he was going to happier. However, realizing that “freedom” isn’t close has resulted in him becoming more dreary than before. As always, I look forward to the next season in 2020.

One Piece Chapter 947: Recap & Review

Chapter 947, Queen’s Gamble

Luffy remembers that what he did was the same technique that Silvers Rayleigh uses on Sabaody to save Camie. However, Luffy can’t figure out how he managed to do it. Hyogoro states that “what Luffy just did was superior to what he had been trying to teach him.” Luffy tries to use Haki to try to block Big Mom’s attack, but she overpowers him and Hyogoro. After Luffy pulls him out the wall, he tells Luffy that “there is another step in concentrating and projecting Haki, which is the ability to destroy nearby objects from the inside.” Luffy managed to accomplish this but failed to learn how to reproduce it. Big Mom rampages separating Hyo and Luffy.

Queen awakens and plans to defeat Big Mom. He assumes (correctly) that Big Mom will eventually circle back to them. When she does, Queen (in his brachiosaurus) dives into her head first. The effect of the blow causes Big Mom to regain her memories. However, she suddenly falls asleep. Queen takes the opportunity to wrap Big Mom in Seastone chains and inject her with anesthesia. Queen and his men quickly leave with Big Mom heading toward Onigashima. With communications still cut off, Luffy decides he will take down Babanuki and take over Udon. This chapter was quick. However, Luffy continue to learn more about Haki.

It wasn’t surprising that Luffy didn’t have much effect on Big Mom. So far it seems clear that the gap in power between the Yonko (Kiado and Big Mom) and Luffy is still rather large. It’s impossible to know how long this arc is going to be, but I don’t think it will end without Luffy fighting at least one of the Yonko. So far I’m surprise that Luffy has taken so long to master the new Haki. He will learn it eventually, it’s a question of when.