Fire Force anime to premiere in 2019

Fire Force (Fire Brigade of Flames) is becoming an anime later this year, according to Atsushi Okubo the creator. Yuki Yase at David Production (JoJo’s Bizarre, Cells at Work!) will be handling the direction for the series. Yamato Haishima will be handling the scripts, with Hideyuki Morioka doing the design for the characters.

Fire Force is a manga series that’s was created by Atsushi Okubo, published by Kodansha and serialized in the Weekly Shonen Magazine. Fire Force is set in a world where human ” spontaneously ignite and turn into flaming demon-like creatures, a disease most feared and known by the name “Human Body Ignition Phenomenon”. The series focuses on Shinra Kusakabe, who joins the Special Fire Force Company 8 to fight the Flame Humans.

I wrote an introduction to the series back in 2015, here. Despite likely Okubo’s art style I wasn’t able to maintain my interest in the manga, however, sometimes the anime is more enjoyable than the manga or vice versa. Regardless, I’m gonna give the anime a chance. It’s looks good:

Fire Force teaser
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Eiichiro Oda claims One Piece is near it’s end

One Piece vol. 90 cover

Eiichiro Oda the creator of One Piece, revealed that the manga series is “near” it’s ending, while on the Honma dekka!? program. He claims that One Piece is going to run “just over 100 volumes.” Most volumes are 10 chapters long and One Piece is currently at it’s 90th volume. What does “just over mean,” exactly, we can’t really know. However, if you do the math between volume 81-90 it seems that 10 volumes take about 2 years.

Oda also stated that he had “thought about the manga’s ending since he was still in college.” Furthermore, if a fan was able to predict the ending he would “change the ending.” The shows host, Sanma Akashiya, asked Oda if the One Piece “treasure” was “family bonds.” Oda replied “No, I hate that kind of thing.” Many fans wonder if the treasure isn’t really something of substance like gold or something that psychically real.

Oda seems to feel that not giving a “real” treasure is “really dissatisfying.” I glad that the One Piece treasure isn’t something like “hope,” or the adventure is the treasure. In a July 2016 interview, Oda claimed that he had finished 65% of the series. However, OnePiece.com columnist Greg Werner believe’s that fans should put in less stock into Oda’s claims as the series will “continue for some time” and he tends to tell stories that are “tongue-in-cheek and for the shock value.”

Source: ANN

Eden’s Zero Chapter 26 Review – Two Sisters

Sister Ivry, one of the four shining stars faces off against her impostor Sister. In a flashback we see that Weisz and Homura freed her from a machine that sealed her powers. With a chronophage heading towards them on planet Guilst, everyone begins to panic preparing to flee. Jinn asks Sister who Ivry is. According, to Ivry she arrived to this planet a decade ago, when she was captured by ” a bunch of freaks.”

Waking up connected to a machine, where she has been trapped every since. She realized that someone was impersonating her and using her powers without her consent. Sister seems to be sincerely ashamed of what she did. I truly believed her and how she simply “fell,” into becoming the leader of the Rogue Out mercenary group. That said I wasn’t buying the whole “I would give you the your powers back,” nonsense. She was clearly benefiting from steal Ivry powers and identity.

Sister Ivry is having none of it. She basically starts stomping on Sister’s head. Weisz informs them that they need to leave. Ivry notices Shiki, noting that he’s “seems weak for a Demon King.” Before leaving with Shiki, she finishes her unfinished mission using her Dispel Driver, restoring all the stoned people back to normal. Sister asks Jinn to “save her,” but he steps on her head calling her a “liar.” He believed that she could help his sister Kleene, but she betrayed him. As the chronophage heads for Guilst, Rebecca states that she won’t leave without Shiki.

The crew on Eden Zero expands with the addition of Sister Ivry. This chapter was really good, Sister Ivry is short tempered but is grateful for Shiki’s team aiding. The “sexy nun,” thing is a little juvenile but I can live with it. While, a lot of these characters still look like there from Fairy Tail, the art is great and this series is coming into it’s own.

Mob Psycho 100 Season 2 Episode 001 Review – Ripped Apart ~Someone Is Watching~

Reigen plots plan for cherry tomato

It’s been three years since Mob Psycho 100’s season 1 premiered, and the much anticipated 2nd season has arrive without disappointment. Episode 1, entitled Ripped Apart, Someone Is Watching quickly reintroduces the series. Shigeo Kageyama or “Mob” is a powerful esper that works for Reigen, a false psychic who owns the “Talk About Spirits Agency.” The cast of characters from season 1 remain, Dimple, a formerly powerful evil spirit that now hangs around Mob hoping to use his power someday.

Mob Training montage

There’s Ritsu Kageyama, Mob’s younger brother, also a psychic. Ritsu excels where Mob doesn’t with girls, school, athletics and Mob excels where he doesn’t, physic abilities. This episode begins with Reigen talking to a farmer that believe’s his farm is possessed. Of course he’s right. Reigen is a con artist, but manages to have a heart at the same time. Reigen agrees to take “30 % of his harvest.”

Mob wow’s the audience with his non speech

He and Mob (mostly Mob) face off against what the think a minor spirit, however, the spirit turns out to be more powerful. The battle is fine but what is most important is that Mob has seeming learned how to control living things “like a remote control car.” He uses this new ability to defeat the spirit and later is able to grow a cherry tomato plant from a seed almost instantly. We return to school where, Ichi-san is now part of the “Psycho Helmet Religion,” where she plans to exploit Mob for her own benefit.

Emi gives Mob a letter

Kamuro. the student President resigns as his unethical behavior from the previous season made him reconsider his position. Ichi sees this as an opportunity get Mob some attention. She uses his attraction for Tsubomi to convince him to run for President. Mob does the work but fails in epic fashion, becoming the first and only person to not speak during the five minutes allowed. Kamuro becomes President again, while Mob meets Emi who asks him out.

Everyone’s surprise by Mob’s “girlfriend”

We find out later that Mob declined her invitation, but still walked her home for a week so he would hurt her feelings. Mob’s kindness is both his most endearing and his biggest weakness. People take advantage of this kindness often and Emi does as well. She admits that she was “dared” to ask him out by her friends. However, her time spent with Mob has made her realized that maybe she a lot like Mob. She apologizes for the her deception, but Mob doesn’t hold it against her. Emi’s friends turn out to be mean girls and one girl tears up the book Emi was writing.

Ritsu

This is another moment of change for Mob. He criticizes the girls for destroying her work. Mob has decided that he’s going to “consider his feelings more,” and begins to tear up. He starts picking up the pieces of Emi’s book of the ground and she joins him. When the wind blows the pile of papers away, she thanks Mob for his help. He then uses his powers to collect the pieces and reform the book. Exposing his powers to Emi, as Tsubomi watches.

Mob using his esper powers to fix Emi’s book

Mob Psycho 100 picks up where season 1 left off. Maintaining the quality of the previous season. Bones continues to play with the animation of the series, keeping Mob Psycho’s visual originality. Seeing Mob’s emotion limitation expanded in this episode. What would a more mature Mob be able to do as a psychic? What effect does it have on the psychic explosion? Mob’s growth as a young man and an esper is going to be very important theme off this season, I can’t wait to see him mature.

First Impression – Dororo Episode 001 Review

Adult Hyakkimaru
  • Directed by: Kazuhiro Furuhashi
  • Produced by: Twin Engine
  • Studio: MAPPA
  • Licensed by: Amazon (streaming)

Dororo episode 001, The story of Daigo begins with a woman giving birth. Sir Daigo heads to the “Hall of Hell.” When he enters he’s meet by a old priest that warns him that “one who steps into Hall of Hell has made a choice.” He begs Sir Daigo to “hear him out,” if he abandons Buddha, he will no longer be human and only hell awaits. Daigo then murders the priest with his katanna.

Infant Hyakkimaru

He then prays to 12 demons. He wants more power and is willing to give then anything for it. It turns out this was a flashback and Daigo had already made this deal. As his son is born, lightning strikes leaving a horrifying sight. The newborn infant was left with no limbs, eyes, nose or skin. Daigo is initially shocked, but once her realizes that the demons granted his wish he no longer cares. The boys mother still wants her child regardless of what he looks like, however, Daigo leaves her crying as he demands that she bare him another child.

Jukai the doctor

The child is grotesque looking, as the old woman puts the child in a boat she is eaten by a demon. Who is then killed by an old blind man. Daigo land begins to prosper as he was promised. We flash forward 16 years, during a war. Jukai is doctor that give the dead his prosthetic prototypes. We are introduced to Dororo, a little theft. He steals from a gang of men that end up beating him up and attempting to drown him. While, being assaulted the now grown up child of Daigo, Hyakkimaru arrives. However, he’s not interested in saving Dororo, he’s focusing on a demon.

Dororo the thief

The demon looks like garbage to the men, then it attacks eating them. When it grabs the boy, Hyakkimaru attacks. He removes his prosthetic limbs revealing sword like arms underneath. He quickly defeats the demon, using quick abilities, cutting down the bridge around them. As the boy thanks him his skin on his face returns, forcing the boy to ask him are you human? Dororo isn’t a new series. It was original released in the late 60’s which explains why I had never heard of it. Dororo is considered to be one of the first Shonen series. I love thing episode.

Demon Hyakkimaru defeats on bridge

The animation is great, the story (while dark) is profoundly interesting. The action is subtle, but effective and enjoyable. Dororo seems like he or she (it’s not that clear) will be the main source of joy for this series. However, Hyakkimaru may have a sense of humor, you know when he gets his mouth back or maybe his throat or lungs, probably all three. Anyway, Dororo has everything, a evil villain (Daigo), sympathetic characters with (Hyakkimaru, his mother, Dororo), action, a badass old man, an a captivating story. I’m hooked.

Hyakkimaru face’s skin returns

My Top 5 anime water users

One of my goals for 2019 is to add more varied content to my blog. List have been popular for a while and of course they’re simple and easy posts to create. First I decided to make some rules:

  1. I’m only going to include anime characters from anime/manga I’ve read or watched. Mainly because I would be familiar with their powers.
  2. I’m only going to include ONE character per series. This is difficult to do, because there are many strong characters in any given series, but I want some variety.
  3. I think it will be difficult to determine how each character on the list would fare against each other, so I going to focus how strong they are within their series. However, I will be thinking how they compare relative to each other.

[Note] This list and any others will focus on characters that MOSTLY or significantly use the element. In this case water. What that would result in is having a list of characters that will have more that just the element in their abilities and I will be factoring these other abilities in as well.


Primal Kyogre

5. Kyogre (Pokemon)

Kyogre is a Water-type legendary Pokemon that was introduced during the third Generation of the Pokemon series. A massive Pokemon modeled after a whale. Kyogre possessed the ability to “expand the oceans” and has control over water and rain. Kyogre is a part of the “weather trio” along with Groudon and Rayquaza.

Kyogre was given a power up during the Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire games. Called “Primal Reversion,” a Pokemon undergoes a transformation “restore a Pokemon’s true powers as the Pokémon absorbs the energy of nature to greatly increase its power.” Like most legendary Pokemon, Kyogre is capable of using many different types of TM’s. It has a powerful signature move called Origin Pulse. The move shoots multiple orbs and fire energy beams.

Why is Kyogre on this 5th on this list?

Despite his worldwide weather effects, Kyogre is largely limited in it’s ability. Very passive in nature Kyogre isn’t much of a fighter to begin with and it only really has one significant move, Origin Pulse.

Source: Bulbapedia


Harribel vs Hitsugaya (Full Fight)

4. Tier Harribel (Bleach)

Harribel is the former 3rd Espada in Aizen’s army. She eventually becomes the ruler of Hueco Mundo. Like most Espada, Harribel has tremendous skill with a sword. She’s capable of holding her own against a captain-level Shinigami like Hitsugaya. She was even able to hold off a captain and two lieutenant-level Visored together.

She possessed incredible spiritual power and was highly perceptive during combat. Tier was considered to be a master tactician. Her hierro “harden skin” was strong enough to survive Hitsugaya’s attacks without much damage. She also has abilities typical to most Espada like Cero, Sonido and Descorrer.

When Harribel uses her Resurreccion, she releases her special ability. With her new abilities she is able to manipulate water. Her best water techniques are:

  • Hirviendo – Pointing her blade out, Harribel boils any form of water which comes close to it, including ice, and deflects it around her.
  • La Gota – Harribel can condense large amounts of water around her blade before firing it as a blast which resembles a shark tooth. She can fire multiple blasts in rapid succession with relative ease. The blasts strike with enough force to demolish houses.
  • Cascada – Harribel launches a rushing surge of water at her enemy. The torrent of water is large enough to cover several town blocks.

Why is Tier Harribel 4th on this list?

I my opinion Harribel is a far superior fighting tactician than the passive Kyogre. She has a larger variety of techniques as well. However, most of her abilities are shared with other Espada and she only has a handful of unique techniques.

Source: Bleach Wikia


Juvia vs Meredy

3. Juvia Lockser (Fairy Tail)

Juvia is a S-Class Mage from the Fairy Tail Guild. She can produce, control and manipulate water. She has a variety of different ways she can produce water, for example she can produce water blades that are strong enough to slice through rock or metal. She can also turn herself into water, allowing physical and magical attack pass through her without damaging her. Some of her best techniques are:

  • Water Lock – Juvia has the ability to materialize a large circular mass of water, and unlike the Water Dome, it contains no oxygen inside. This spell is used to capture enemies and incapacitate them by suffocation.
  • Sierra – A full body transformation resembling Water Body, used by Juvia in a state of strong agitation or other influencing emotion (e.g. jealousy or rage). Her strong emotions cause her full body transformation to heat up/boil. This is a short ranged attack which displays enormous, unpredictable speed.
  • Water-Make – a form of Molding Magic that lets Juvia create, or at the very least manipulate existing water. The scope of usage is not limited to just pure water, but also to things that contain it in large quantities, such as blood.

Why is Juvia 3rd on this list?

I didn’t list all the techniques she possess, her variety is far superior to Kyogre and Tier. While Kyogre can influence the seas, Juvia has more direct control over it. Unlike, Tier, Juvia can even turn herself into water and has defensive water abilities as well.

Source: Fairy-tail wiki


Only a small sample of his power

2. Tobirama Senju (Naruto)

Tobirama was considered one of the most powerful shinobi ever. He was considered the “fastest shinobi,” at least during his time. His chakra control was such that he could use difficult techniques with just one hand seal. Like most ninja, Tobirama had a large number of sill sets, from summoning techniques, barrier ninjutsu to the Shadow Clone Technique.

Tobirama was an “adept sensor.” He could “accurately detect the presence and location of targets in the surrounding area. He could even sense persons countries away, identify a target’s ancestry from their chakra signature, and even pinpoint a target’s exact location while blinded,” simply by touching his finger to the ground.

While, he could use all nature transformations he mastered Water Release. He could create large amounts of water without a water source. He could use high level water jutsu at any time. He could shoot high pressure water beams that could slice through his targets, create walls of water and cover an entire battlefield with water. Some of his best techniques were:

  • Flying Thunder God Technique – he could instantly teleport himself and/or other targets to any location marked with his seal. 
  • Summoning: Impure World Reincarnation – which revives the dead into immortal, regenerating bodies.
  • Mutually Multiplying Explosive Tags – to take advantage of the revived bodies’ natural advantages, using them in kamikaze-like attacks to create near-infinite chains of explosions on a target. He was said to use it whenever he needed to clear a map.

Why is Tobirama 2nd on this list?

To be honest Juvia has superior water abilities than Tobirama. What puts him ahead of her is his other abilities, Space-Time ninjutsu Flying Thunder God Technique is a powerful S-Rank technique. He has a number of techniques that surpass Juvia’s.

Source: Naruto Wikia


Jinbe vs Big Mom

1. Jinbe (One Piece)

Jinbe was the second captain of the Sun Pirates. A former Shichibukai he possessed massive strength. He is so far the strongest fishman seen in the One Piece series. Despite his large size he move quite fast as well. Jinbe also has impressive endurance, able to take a “baptizing” in boiling water.

He was able to hold his own against Big Mom, he even took a direct sword attack from her. While in water he becomes even more powerful, he an excellent swimmer and he’s able to “suppress” any fear he may have. He has mastered Fish-Man Karate, he’s a great strategists, he can communicate with fish life and has become skilled in Haki. His most powerful abilities are:

  • Fish-Man Karate – According to Jinbe, the secret of Fish-Man Karate is mastery of the water in the user’s direct vicinity, using its power to send powerful waves impacting the water within the opponent’s body. Because every creature has a high percentage of water in their body, the users of Fish-Man Karate are able to battle opponents that are usually highly resistant (if not immune) against blows and punches. 
  • Busoshoku Haki – is a form of Haki that allows the user to use their spirit to create, in essence, an invisible armor around themselves.
  • Buraikan – A secret technique of the Fish-Man Karate. Jinbe concentrates in one hand a large amount of water that he shoots at close range against his opponent. The impact is so strong that the water penetrates the opponent’s body and gets out from the other end. 
  • Gyojin Jiujitsu: Water Heart – Jinbe plunges into the sea. Using a jujitsu technique (unarmed martial art that originates in the bushi battle methods), Jinbe centralizes in both hands an enormous amount of water, to then transfer it to the surface. 

Why is Jinbe on the top of the list?

Simply put he possess all the qualities of the previous four. He has great water techniques, intelligence, physical strength, speed, varied types of techniques and he is able to do battle in water, under water and on land.

Source: One Piece Wiki


So do you agree? Is someone too high or too low? Think I should do more lists? What kind. Let me know what you think.

Boogiepop and Others Episode 002 Review

Nagi playing detective

If you read my previous review of episode 001 of Boogiepop and Others you know that my opinion of the series so far isn’t great. Boogiepop still continues to play with the timeline, it feels unnecessary to me. The second episode does make the story clearer. It’s still a bit convoluted to me. We are introduced to a sociopathic student that develops a relationship with flesh eating shapeshifter he calls a manticore.

Nagi tackling Kyouko

We are also introduced to a another student, Kirima Nagi. She appears to be the hero of the series. Kyouko tells another classmate, Suema about this drug that Akiko gave some of the girls. It turns out that it was an elaborate plan by Masami Saotome and the manticore to create slaves. Their plan is to “conquer the world.” They enslavement plan begins to fail, as Kamikishiro comes looking for Echoes she’s killed by the manticore.

Masami Saotome

The strange man from the previous episode is called Echoes. He suppose to be an alien that can only repeat what others say, hence the name. His goal is to test humanity, to determine if humans are kind or not. However, his clone had become the “man-eater” or manticore we saw earlier. How Kamikishiro gets this information is chalked up to being “just a feeling,” or a telepathic link. With Kamikishiro dead, it looks like it’s up to Nagi to team up with Echoes.

Manticore attacks Kamikishiro

I can say that episode 2 is superior to episode 1, but the sporadic narration is still annoying. I don’t get why they need to do it. The effect of this type of narration is that any questions created get answered during the same episode. It feels like a gimmick. The characters are still to thin to really have genuine concern for their safety, although I would admit that I felt badly for Kamikishiro. I don’t find Boogiepop to be scary at all. This episode did increase in quality, so I give it one more episode before deciding that if it’s worth my time. It’s a slow moving, confusing anime with a somewhat ridiculous story and 2 dimensional characters, I’m hoping there’s a payoff.

Kamikishiro meeting Echoes

Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans gets a Spin-Off

Sunrise announced with Bandai Namco Entertainment that a spin-off to Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans will be released. Entitled Iron-Blooded Orphans: Urs Hunt it will be available in a smartphone app which combines anime and game elements. According to the ANN report, Urs Hunt is set in P.D. 323:


Gjallarhorn’s political intervention in the Arbrau Central Parliament escalated into an armed conflict using mobile suits. The incident was brought to an end by Tekkadan, a group of youths who came from Mars.


Word of Tekkadan’s exploits even reached the ears of Wistario Afam, a boy born and raised in the Radonitsa Colony floating above Venus. Venus, which lost a terraforming rivalry with Mars, is a remote planet for which even the four major economic blocs has shown little interest. The inhabitants do not even carry IDs, and the planet is just used as a place to exile criminals.


Wistario wishes to change the status quo of his birthplace — and then, appearing before him, is a girl who claims to be the guide to the Urðr-Hunt.

ANN

The app will be a free download for iOS and Android devices. Also a official manga for called “Yurutetsu,” will be launched as well. Another announcement is expected in August. The anime first premiered in 2015, a second season debuted in 2016.

First Impression – Boogiepop and Others Episodes 001 Review

Boogiepop is a series of popular light novels. In 2000, the anime Boogiepop Phantom was released with an original story. Boogiepop wa Warawanai will be adapted from the beginning of the series. Basically, four female students have gone missing, they’re assumed to have run away. Our main protagonists Takeda Keiji is looking for his girlfriend, Miyashita Touka. While waiting for her, he see a man wandering aimlessly through a crowd in tears. They decide to ignore him and simply move out of his way. A mysterious figure in a cape and a top hat like thing. She chastises the crowd for their rudeness and according to Keiji looks just like Touka.

I never saw the original Boogiepop series and I don’t read light novels, so I don’t know how similar this series is to the source material. Basic I found the first episode to be rather boring. It’s almost exclusively conversation. I found this series to be confusing. The story is told sporadically as it quickly switches from scene to scene without much explanation. The most interesting aspect of the episode aren’t focused on. All the scenes appear to occur at sunset for some reason. The animation was that good considering that Madhouse (One Punch Man S1/Cardcaptor Sakura) is responsible.

However, if the purpose of the quick cuts is to confuse the audience then it successful. That said I find this non-linear story to be off putting. Boogiepop and Others is suppose to be a horror series but so far episode 1 doesn’t seem to have much to be scared of. It hard to become connected to the characters, we barely know them. There feels like there is some in depth knowledge that the narrators are trying to impart but fails to do so. The world is suppose to be in danger, but if the characters don’t feel real yet how can we care about the world they inhabit? Regardless, the second episode was released with the first I’ll review that one tomorrow and hopefully Boogiepop wa Warawanai will make sense.

Nintendo’s 2018 Mobile Revenue reaches $348 million

According to the blog, Sensor Tower, Nintendo’s ” four current mobile games (Fire Emblem Heroes, Dragalia Lost, Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, Super Mario Run) earned a combined total of US $348 million globally in 2018, an increase of 15% compared to 2017.” Fire Emblem Heroes earned the most of the four games, generating $230 million worldwide. Dragalia Lost pulled in $58.4 million, followed by Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp with $48.6 million and Super Mario Run earned $10 million a decline from $31 million the previous year.

In 2019, Nintendo will release Mario Kart Tour during March. Mario Kart Tour is ” expected to feature traditional in-app purchase micro-transactions to fuel its monetization, as opposed to a premium priced one-time IAP to unlock all content. ” Meanwhile, Niantic’s Pokemon GO has proved that it continues to be popular mobile game, increasing revenue 35% over 2017. Pokemon GO earned about $800 million in 2018, bring the lifetime revenue to $2.2 billion.

Sources: Sensor Tower, ANN


Ethan 1/8 ARTFX J Figure with Cyndaquil — Pokemon

For fans of the popular anime and video game by Nintendo, Pokemon, take a look at this kawaii figure of Ethan and his Cyndaquil. This figure captures every detail of Etan from his signature cap and shoulder bag plus his adorable sidekick Cyndaquil. An awesome figure to add to your Pokemon collection. By Kotobukiya.