Dororo Episode 7 Review – The Story of the Jorogumo Silk Spider

Dororo tickling Hyakkimaru

Dororo encounter a spider demon in the process of eating a man that seem infatuated with her. Hyakkimaru fights it off. However, she escapes when she webs Hyakkimaru to a tree. It turns out that the spider demon has been kidnapping the villagers. The demon wraps herself in a cocoon of web and turns herself into a normal appearing woman. She is found to by a man named Yajiro. He gives her the name Ohagi and feeds her rice. Dororo meets Yajiro, who tells him that a reward has been posted for the demon.

Yajiro finding Ohagi

Yajiro is forced to keep working in terrible conditions. A man died during his job, Ohagi asks if it’s “worth working to death.” Yajiro captures a cockroach and lets it go. Ohagi asks why Yajiro saved it. He says he believes that “life is life,” and human and bugs are the same. Ohagi struggles to cure her hunger. She clearly likes Yajiro and is unwilling to eat him. Ohagi appears emaciated and Yajiro hopes to help her later. Meanwhile, Dororo and Hyakkimaru are hungry and eat flowers.

Ohagi and Yajiro deciding to leave together

Hyakkimaru and Dororo encounter Ohagi and Yajiro at night. As Dororo tells him that she’s a monster, he reveals that he’s the kidnapper. He’s been helping villagers escape this miserable village. They are attacked by soldiers looking to capture Yajiro. Ohagi fights them, eating two of them. She and Yajiro escape, however, they are eventually caught by the soldiers. Yajiro is hit by several arrows, Ohagi attacks the soldiers. She transforms into her spider form, but unlike other episodes of Dororo she escapes with Yajiro, instead of being killed by Hyakkimaru.

Ohagi fighting the soldiers

This episode marks a departure from the others. We were use to evil demons being irredeemable monsters that needed to be killed however, in this episode we meet a demon with a heart. Or at least she liked one human. Ohagi’s aura marked this progression. As she changed so did the color of her aura, from red to orange. Of course because Dororo never remains in the same place characters are quickly developed, then discarded. The romance between Ohagi and Yajiro feels premature, but they were never going to get more than episode to explore their relationship. Regardless, Dororo continues to play with our expectations.

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Mob Psycho 100 Episode 05 – Discord Choices

Mob gives into his hate

Oh. This episode is a glorious display of animation brilliance. If you been reading my blog for a while you should know my love of Sakuga animation. Mob Psycho has always been a top notch animation tour de force. However, certain episodes display this the best. I figured this episode might have great animation. I wasn’t disappointed. The facial animations, with the 12 minute fight scene was spectacular. The cost must have been through the roof. And to think we aren’t even half way through the season.

Matsuo helps Dimple

Anyway, let’s start at the beginning. The first thing you may not notice is that it’s letter boxed. I actual though the entire season was that way and I just didn’t notice. Seems to have been a design choice to add a dramatic effect. Mogami claims that the world he created features “accurate representations of actual people,” and is a “parallel world.” Supposedly the only change is that Mob doesn’t have his powers. Mob’s world seemed too harsh. He’s slapped by a teacher, he’s bullied like in the normal world, it wasn’t clear that Mob’s brother Ritsu was no longer his brother or simply didn’t care his brother was getting beat up. My best guess, he didn’t care. Asagiri pours milk on his head. Mogami implores Mob to “get stronger.”

Dimple rescues Mob

Back in the real world. Dimple and Reigen observe Mob. Dimple assumes that Mob lost. Claiming he should have “been done in a minute,” instead of 30. Reigen has faith in Mob’s strength. Filled with negative emotion, Mob begins to succumb to his emotion. Dimple frees the captives while Mogami is distracted. He asks why Reigen continues to remain behind, since Mob is “done.” Reigen trusts Mob. Dimple decides that he will manipulate Mob “from the shadows.” Meanwhile, Mob finally gives into his hatred. In his despair he demands that Asagiri apologize.

An explosive battle

Dimple arrives to save Mob from the illusions. He reminds Mob, that he and Reigen are waiting for him. Mob remembers all his friends. Accepting the cruelty the world can deliver, he fights Mogami. As I mentioned the fight is epic. You’ll have to watch it for yourselves. Eventually, Mob returns to his body and Mogami is captured by Matsuo. The mean girl, Asagiri returns to normal. However, she sincerely apologizes for how she treated Mob. He says that he’s “glad they” meet. With her father in the hospital she tells him that Mob saved her. Her father donates 500,000,000 JPY to the Psycho Helmet Religion. Reigen tells Mob not to let his powers consume him like Mogami, while the eat MobDonald’s. This episode has set the bar real high, I don’t expect the next episode to top this, will the season finally?

Asagiri about to cry

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Attack on Titan Season 3 preview

The second part of the Attack on Titan Season 3 got it’s promotional trailer from Pony Canyon, the trailer confirms an April return. It’s epic, I can’t wait, watch:


Dororo Episode 04 Review – The Story of The Cursed Sword

Bloody Massacre

The thirst of the sword

The fourth episode of Dororo, The Story of the Curse Sword , starts with Hyakkimaru enjoying the rain. With his ability to feeling returning many mundane experiences must be profound. Dororo doesn’t seem to be too impressed though. He talks to a woman that was praying for her brother to return from war. As they are talking a man asks for help, collapsing with a large gash in his back. Hyakkimaru sprints off and Dororo follows. They find a terrify sight, a massacre.

Hiding behind a tree, a man wielding a odd sword attacks Hyakkimaru. He claims that the the sword was “thirsty for blood.” He says that the sword overtakes the body of the wielder and forces them to kill. Dororo notes that the mans facial expressions tell a different story. He attacks Hyakkimaru. During the altercation, Hyakkimaru feels his first injury during combat, a small cut on his cheek. He’s able to disarm the man when the sword gets caught in his artificial leg. Unfortunately, Dororo grabs the sword when he tries to retrieve Hyakkimaru’s leg.

Tanosuke’s crimes

Long lost brother

Osushi (the woman from earlier) finds the swordsmen when searching for Dororo and Hyakkimaru. It turns out to be her brother, Tanosuke. Meanwhile, Dororo is being dragged against his will by the sword. He resist but eventually the sword puts him into a trance. Dororo arrives at a village, but Hyakkimaru intercepts him. As Osushi tries to reconnect with her disinterested brother, he remembers being ordered to murder a man that built his master a castle, because he feared the man may spill its secrets. A first he refuses but then he’s given a sword to kill himself with. He then murders the man with it. The sword is called Nihiru, it reawakens after Tanosuke murders the builders.

Tanosuke reunites with Nihiru

Hyakkimaru verses Tanosuke

Tanosuke is drawn to Nihiru. He retrieves it after Hyakkimaru disarms Dororo. He fights Hyakkimaru, and as Osushi watches in horror, Tanosuke is defeated and the Nihiru sword is broken. Destroying the demon sword means that Hyakkimaru gets a body part back. This time its his ears. The first thing he hears is Osushi crying in the rain. This episodes ending was tragic. While, Tanosuke needed to be killed it was heart breaking that his sister never really got to reconnect with him. Hyakkimaru returning hearing was bittersweet.

Hyakkimaru vs Tanosuke

One question I have is, does Hyakkimaru have sympathy? He seems to save innocent people but maybe he just want to kill the demons and as a result he saves lives. Dororo believed that Hyakkimaru was trying to help him, what if he only wanted to destroy the sword? I love the direction of this series. The begin and ending of this episode paralleled each other, with Hyakkimaru looking up towards the sky as it rained.


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Mob Psycho 100 Season 2 – Episode 3 Review – One Danger After Another Degeneration

Reigen afraid of Mob’s answer

Wanna get cursed

Reigen entertains a client that wishes for him to curse someone. Reigen refuses to do so. However, the client is insistent and become agitated. To defuse the situation, Reigen creates a makeshift curse on paper for the man to carry around free of charge. Reigen claims that ” As long as you have that with you, I’m sure something will happen someday.” The man weirdly claims that if Reigen is lying (he is) the man will “curse” Reigen. If he could curse someone by himself then why go to Reigen at all? Regardless, Mob wonders that there’s harm allowing the client believe that he’s cursing someone.

Creepy Stalker

The Stalker next door

The next client is a woman that believes that she being stalked. The “spirit” was gazing through her window. Reigen sends Dimple to look for it. He finds nothing and Mob only sense something faint. The room beings to shake and a ghostly aberration appears in the window. Reigen suggest Mob “vaporize it,” but Mob states that it’s a “real person.” The man is actually next door. The creepy man used a “outer body experience,” to spy on the woman. He’s arrested. Mob is confused as to why the woman would feel differently after finding out that the “spirit” was just a man.

Ritsu chocking bully

Don’t mess with Mob

As Mob is walking home from school he’s harassed by two bullies. Mob is dumbfounded as they ask him for money. Dimple possess one of the boys, forcing him to strip naked. Mob tells Dimple to stop. The bullies continue to harass Mob, then Ritsu psychically chokes the bully with his tie. Finally, the members of Mob’s fitness club surround the bullies forcing them to flee. Mob is the strongest physic in this series. However, he’s always concerned about abusing his power and doesn’t think that they make him special. However, he has manage to collect a group of people that are willing to protect him. His friends think that he should use his powers next time.

Dimple eating Reigen’s curse

The peaceful ghost family

Mob and Reigen are brought to the wood’s to exorcise some ghost. The family hopes to remain there as they died in an accident and “lost their chance at a good life.” Mob’s clients don’t care that they are peaceful and simply want them gone. Dimple attempts to manipulate the father into killing the three client. The father refuses. This leads to the most profound part of the episode, Mob’s conflict. Reigen realizes that Mob can “see a far bigger world that” normal people. As previously mentioned, Mob is somewhat fearful of his own power, of losing control. If he did who would stop him? He could be like the bullies that harassed him if he wanted to. This season may focus on Mob’s fear.

Dororo Episode 02 Review – The Story of Bandai

The old man and the bell

The Fire of the soul

We see the blind old priest meet what I assume is a demon in the woods. For his vantage point the odd looking demon is nothing but a green aura. Dororo is desperately trying to communicate with Hyakkimaru. It’s clear to him that Hyakkimaru can “see” something as shown in the battle from the previous episode. Also, Hyakkimaru is able to grab berries to eat and fish. After, Dororo cooks the fish, the narrator explains the how the warrior sees the world. Hyakkimaru cannot see or hear.

Since birth he was able to “see” the “fire of the soul.” Using the fire of the soul one could differentiate being from one another. The color of the soul was used to determine if they were hostile. Hyakkimaru also possessed “superhuman senses and strength.” Dororo’s soul was white, therefore it didn’t indicate to Hyakkimaru that he was in danger.

The representation of the murdered traveler

Warrior for hire

Dororo plans on using Hyakkimaru’s fighting ability to make them rich. A small village is under attack by a monster. Villagers and travelers disappear. When they arrive at the village they are greeted by Denkichi who’s filling in for the chief, Bandai. He offers them a place to stay and supper. The “monster” from the beginning of the episode arrives with his bell, asking “You want.” Clearly, this “monster” isn’t a threat. However, his appearance certainly has given people that impression.

The tail end of the demon

Hyakkimaru’s true sight

Hyakkimaru’s ability to see the “fire of the soul,” gives him the advantage of being able to “see” someones true intent. As a result he’s able to see the danger Bandai represents and can determine that the “monster” is harmless. Regular humans can only see the surface of a person. This results in a bias, Bandai is a beautiful woman as Dororo quickly notes. Meaning everyone assumes shes “good,” while the deformed “man” is dubbed a “monster.”

Hyakkimaru quickly attacks Bandai. He and Dororo are placed in the storehouse. They meet the old priest there. He explains to Dororo how Hyakkimaru can see. As they speak, a monster comes from the well. Hyakkimaru attacks it and heads to fight Bandai. She reveals herself to be a demon. However, Denkichi help Bandai escape, revealing that he feed the travelers to the demon to save the villagers. The demon is surprised to see that Hyakkimaru is “still alive.” It suggests that the reason is the “it” failed to “take him.” He kills the demon.

The hidden gold

The pilgrim’s bell

The “demon” from the beginning once again ask “You want” then disappears into the ground. Underneath it is the traveler’s gold that were eaten by Bandai. Addicted to the money Denkichi couldn’t stop. He wanted the bell’s sound to stop so that he wasn’t reminded of what he did. The bell was from the first traveler. Hyakkimaru reveals his name to Dororo and begins to receive his next lost organ. Daigo notices something is wrong and orders an underling to investigate. This episode is the standard monster of the week on the surface but it’s actually more. By explaining to us the limitations of Hyakkimaru it simultaneously explains the limitations of those with “normal” sight. Basically, everyone has a handicap of sorts and we should investigate our biases.

One of Hyakkimaru organs return

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First Impressions – The Promised Neverland 001

Emma center during the happier times

The Promised Neverland (Yakusoku no Neverland) is a series that starts off happy and endearing, but quickly becomes heartbreaking and horrific. The fact that the anime involves children makes it even worst. Emma (a happy and energetic girl) awakens, she then wakes her “siblings,” and gets them ready for breakfast. We meet Norman and Ray as well. We are also introduced to the seemingly kind caretaker, “mom” (Isabella) as engages the children in prayer.

Numbered tattoo on the neck

The first thing you’ll notice is that the children have (what I’m assuming is tattoo’s or at least permanent ink) large numbers on there necks. It’s not made clear what the numbers are actually representing. The children are also subjected to testing, that requires the children to answer questions in 9 seconds. Regardless, Norman, Ray and Emma scored perfectly on them. Don seemingly jealous of Norman challenges him to a game of tag. The game seems to take on a significant importance in this series. The children even compare not getting caught to “surviving.” I might be reading too much into that though.

The clock motif was prominent in this episode

The game of tag is considered to be more complicated than just chasing after each other. Ray states that it’s “chess with your whole body.” Don challenges Norman again, this time he’s it. Everyone runs in search of Norman, Emma finds him at a short blue fence. Clearly curious as to why they were warned not to go “near” the fence, Emma considers touching it. She’s stopped by Ray. He’s skeptical of the “dangers” of the fence, calling it a “obvious lie.” Emma seems to believe anything Mom tells her, but Ray doesn’t.

The adorable Conny and her bunny

The siblings discuss why they haven’t received letters from the children that were adopted. The conversation is hopeful, with the children discussing what they wish to see when they “go outside.” Interestingly, Emma claims that she doesn’t want to leave at all. Conny says her farewell, but leaves her bunny behind. Emma and Norman run to return the bunny. The tension at this point in the episode increases dramatically. I spoiled myself on what happens hear, but wasn’t sure that they would show Conny’s body. They did, instead of being horrified though I was sad. She was so happy to be “adopted,” and adorable too.

Conny murdered

The animation at this point also becomes more dynamic. The camera zooms in on the faces of Emma and Norman as they discover the “monsters” and ease drop on them. The monster states that he wants the “top three” next. Emma and Norman leave Ray in the dark, they plan on rescuing all the children together. I really enjoyed this episode more that I anticipated. I would image that if I didn’t know the ending of this episode it would have more of an impact.

Are the aliens or monster?

The Promised Neverland series reminds me of Made in Abyss. Both feature orphan children yes, but it’s the contrast between the innocent children and the horrible environments they’re trapped in that connect the two the most. The adults aren’t doing what’s expected, which is protecting and tacking care of them. In fact they are neglectful at best. This results in the children having to grow up and take care of themselves. Would this series be similar to Made in Abyss I don’t know, but I loved what I’ve seen.

Mom looking menacing

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 – 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.

The Seven Deadly Sins the Movie: Prisoners of the Sky Review

  • Streamed on: Netflix
  • Directed by: Noriyuki Abe (Chief)/Yasuto Nishikata
  • Distributed by: Toei Animation
  • Story by: Nakaba Suzuki

The film opens with the Seven Deadly Sins seeking rare ingredients for the celebration of the King’s birthday. Only, Meliodas fails to collect his ingredient the sky fish. He and the pig Hawk end up in the land in the sky. He’s mistaken for Sorada, the winged son of a warrior leader Zoria. The real Sorada, a celestial is mistaken for Meliodas by the Seven Deadly Sins. That doesn’t remain true for long as his wings give him away.

It is revealed that the seal that has trapped the Demon Clan for 3000 years is about to disappear. The great “Oshiro-sama” which is a pig-like deity that Hawk is mistaken for is the key to stopping them. Sorada declines the offer from the Seven Deadly Sins to help him find Oshiro-sama. He flies away and is attacked by a puppet of Gara of the Six Black Knights. She evaporates the spring preventing the Seven Deadly Sins and Sorada from returning to the Sky Temple through it.

The second black Knight revealed, Dahaka attacks the Sky Kingdom consuming the souls of many celestial soldiers. Meliodas faces off against him and effortless defeats him. However, Hawk is given all the credit for the victory. Somehow Master Zoria is still under the impression that Meliodas is his son, after being told he’s not several times. As the celestial’s begin their ceremony the demon clan is released. Personally, I think the character designs of the black knights are terrible.

Regardless, Meliodas faces off against the leader Bellion. While Hawk kinda fights Derocchio in a rather funny encounter. The rest of the Seven Deadly Sins arrive and split off to fight the Six Black Knights. Ban battles Pump, Merlin faces off against Derocchio, King and Gowther fight Atollah. The battles are where the movies is at it’s best. The animation during these action scenes are impressive. All the battles are well done and the main strength of this movie. The plot isn’t really complicated and largely just a set up for the battle between the Seven Deadly Sins and Six Black Knights. Basically if you seen any shonen anime movie, you would be able to predict this one.

Overall, The Seven Deadly Sins: Prisoners of the Sky is a generic shonen anime movie. It won’t reinvent the wheel, but it doesn’t need to. A predictable story doesn’t undercut the phenomenal action sequences or humor. The film is fun and any fan of shonen anime or manga would enjoy it. The villains are forgettable, being reduced largely to cannon fodder. However, you could skip to the action portion and not miss too much.