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Chainsaw Man Season 1 Episode 4

Chainsaw Man Season 1 Episode 4 begins with Power awakens surrounded by the Bat Devils intestines. She can’t  understand why Denji rescued her considering her betrayal. He points to her chest which Power thinks is a “foolish reason,” for saving her and Meowy. Regardless, she’s grateful and will allow Denji to fondle her. Excited, Denji jumps for joy, raising his arm in triumph only for it to be blown off by the Leech Devil. With Power unable to move, Denji has no choice but to fight. However, without enough blood Denji is only able to amass a small chainsaw in his head.

Leech Devil is out for revenge over her “man,” the Bat Devil. It’s a nice characterization of the Devils who not only have personalities but intimate relationships too. We already saw with Pochita fondness of Denji, and Power’s love of Meowy that Devils are capable of affection. Still dating each other is surprising. Denji and The Leech Devil fight in another spectacular Chainsaw Man battle, but Denji never gains the upper hand. When things look most dire he’s rescued by Aki and his Fox Devil.

A not so quite slice of life

At the hospital, Aki explains how contracts with Devils work. In exchange for a part of the body of the human a devil will serve Devil Hunters. While Aki still questions Denji’s fondness for Devils or at least some of them, he offers Denji a deal. Denji agrees and Aki lies to Makima. However, she notes that Aki is more “flexible” than usual and wonders if it’s Denji’s influence. He denies he’s changed but it’s clear he has. 

The second half of the episode is a glorious animated slice of life. Aki wakes in the morning, makes coffee, smokes on the balcony, makes breakfast, does chores, then prepares to make lunch. MAPPA really showed off in these scenes, making the food look real. It also characters Aki as a man with particular habits. He likes order. This order is disrupted when Power moves in and begins wreaking havoc in her new home. She has terrible eating habits, bathroom etiquette, and is generally rude. Denji hates having her there until she tells him he can cop a feel three times. Once for saving Meowy, once for killing the Bat Devil, and once for protecting her from Aki. Denji can’t contain his excitement. Hopefully it will end better than the last time.

I’m not sure how much this series can milk the fact that Denji wants to squeeze boobs. At some point he’s got to succeed right? Will he keep wanting to do it again or will he succumb to the pressure to “get serious?” Right now we’re just getting started. I wonder what the main conflict in this series will be. Devils seem too clever to just be getting slaughtered at some point they have to target Denji right? 

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Bleach: Thousand Year Blood War Episode 04

Bleach: Thousand Year Blood War Episode 04 opens with thousands of Shinigami being slaughtered in seven minutes, Akon of the 12th Division, believes that the “Gotei 13 cannot possibly win.” The initial moments of this war is just to show the power of the Wandenreich. Most of the Shinigami that are killed aren’t important and we largely don’t know or care about them. I’ve always found the gap in power between Captains and their Lieutenants to be comically large. The exceptions of course being Lieutenants like Renji or Rukia who had Captain level abilities. 

I was reminded that some of the names of the Wandenreich are uninspired, like NaNaNa Najahkoop and Bazz-B. Anyway after the weak Shinigami are killed the Wandenreich pair off with Captains. The previous mentioned NaNaNa faces off against Captain Rojuro Otoribashi, As Nodt and Mask De Masculine fights Renji and Byakuya Kuchiki, Bambietta Basterbine encounters Captain Sajin Komamura, Sui-Feng confronts BG9, and Captain Toshiro Hitsugaya meets Cang Du. 

Bankai’s lost

Byakuya, who’s always serious and ready to fight at the highest level, tells Renji that “there is no reason for Renji to hold back because the Wandenreich wishes to destroy the Seireitei, which means that Renji should cut them down with everything he has got.” Renji is having difficulty penetrating Quincy’s Blut Vene but Byakuya is able to cut As Nodt’s hand. However, it’s the most damage he does as As Nodt Blut Vene becomes too strong to break through. 

At this point in the arc, the Shinigami are still under the impression that the Wandenreich’s “seals” Bankai. Unfortunately, they learn that the Bankai are stolen in the worst possible way, by having their Bankai stolen. Byakuya, Komamura, Sui-Feng, and Hitsugaya all lose their Bankai to the Wandenreich’s. Rangiku Matsumoto uses Bakudo #77 to inform the remaining Shinigami that the Quincy can steal Bankai. Desperate, Akon contacts Ichigo who’s still fighting Quilge Opie. The Quincy has failed to steal Ichigo’s Bankai and has become frustrated, 

Ichigo continues to dominate Opie until Urahara deals a death blow. Ichigo heads into the Garganta where Urahara explains that the Quincy have three major abilities: Vollstandig, Blut, and the Bankai stealing Medallions. Before he can explain further Opie attacks him from behind and traps Ichigo in Hueco Mundo. Prevent any rescue. 

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Mob Psycho 100 Season 3 – Episode 004

Mob greets Mezato and asks why she didn’t meet him yesterday. She says “she forgot.” Apparently, she had a meeting with “the brass,” and after meeting the “true founder,” it was no longer necessary for Mob to be leader of the Divine Tree religion. Mob has no idea what she’s talking about. At the body improvement club meeting Tome Kurata mentions that she also had a meeting with the same group and has now decided to change the Telepathy Club to the “Salt MS branch of the Psycho Helmet Religion.” Tome tells them that they must pray 5 minutes a day and they’ll be blessed. 

After school Mob and Reigen discuss the events of the Psycho Helmet Religion gathering. The video of the event has amassed 2 Million views. Mob seems disinterested and doesn’t seem to notice how much he looks like the Psycho Helmet leader. Regardless, Reigen wants to discuss the cracks in property around town. He did some research and discovered that its cause was “plant roots.” The roots come from the Divine Tree and he enlists Mob in destroying it. 

Divine Tree offers goodies

In the city, the Divine Tree is used to create candy, cookies, croquettes, powder, and parfait. Unsurprisingly, consuming the food results in brainwashing. Teruki Hanazawa realizes this almost instantly and rushes to destroy the tree. However, it’s protected by a barrier. Teruki is then besieged by a flurry of vines. He manages to cut them off and encounters the fake Mob, who calls himself “God.” Once he states this, he seems to instantly take over Teruki’s mind. However, he fails. Angry, Teruki attacks the fake Mob. The brainwashing doesn’t appear to work on those with strong emotions. 

Toshiki Minegishi returns in this episode. A former member of the Ultimate 5, Toshiki is a powerful Esper who had an affinity for plants. So it makes sense that he’s concerned with the consequences of the Divine Trees roots. Minegishi is knocked out by root. Inside the Tree Teruki reveals that it’s Dimple who’s the imposter Mob. Dimple has been the comic relief in Mob Psycho after his defeat in season 1. I’ve forgotten how dangerous and selfish he was. Teruki decides to kill Dimple once and for all. Outside, Mob and Ritsu begin to notice the weirdness in the city. 

Ritsu and Reigen get brainwashed

They prepare for the people of the city to get in their way. Ritsu consumes a Divine Tree candy and he offers Reigen and Mob one. After he’s under control of the Tree and leads Mob and Reigen to the Civic center where they’re confronted by believers. Panicked, Mob and Reigen flee from the center and Reigen tells Mob that Ritsu was “brainwashed,” by the candy. Suddenly, an old man on a park bench tells them “resistance is futile,” and “Psycho Helmet sees all.”

Wherever they go they’re harassed and followed by believers. At some point, Reigen gets brainwashed. He argues in favor of leaving the believers under the control of the Psycho Helmet. Mob is left alone and he plans on talking to the Psycho Helmet himself. He approaches the Divine Tree as the believers chant that the “original Psycho Helmet,” has returned. 

Mob generally hates conflict and avoids it to the last minute. Basically his hesitation allows things to get worse. Luckily Mob is powerful enough to quickly handle the threat. I don’t expect this dynamic to change. However, Dimple may have control over Ritsu, and all of Mob’s friends creating a different kind of conflict for Mob. What do you think is Mob’s inaction part of the problem? Will Dimple finally get destroyed for good? How will Mob handle facing his friends?

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My Hero Academia Season 6 Episode 4

My Hero Academia Season 6 Episode 4 opens at the Villa. Fat Gum carries several students in his stomach. Despite the fight not being over, Fat Gum tells them that “ they got what they needed out of them with their wide-range attacks to divide the Paranormal Liberation Front soldiers, and with the Pros now focusing on enclosing the space, said wide-range attacks could have potential casualties.” Suddenly, Blueflames burst out of the Villa, and Tsukuyomi recognizes Hawks. With fire being his weakness, Hawks is being overwhelmed. His wings are mostly burned away. 

Mirko continues her battle with the High-End Nomu’s. However, the High-Ends are becoming stronger as they “awaken.” Mirko is running out of time and flees to capture Dr. Garaki and Tomura. The Nomu’s grab her, one biting her leg and the other grabbing her hair. She rips free. Mirko assumes she’ll die but is determined to complete her mission. Mirko reaches Tomura’s tank and launches a smash with her legs. Suddenly, the elongated Nomu stabs her with its antennae, grabbing the hero.

Tomura awakens

Endeavor manages to overpower his Nomu opponent at the right moment and allows Mirko to break free. With another powerful kick, Mirko manages to crack Tomura’s tank causing liquid to come gushing out. Elsewhere, Woman deduces the limits of Eraserheads Erasure Quirk. High-End Nomu have not only high intelects but physically superior bodies. They’re still dangerous even without their Quirks. 

Despite the tanks being cracked it still has enough data to activate Tomura. While being incomplete Tomura will still be dangerous. He clicks the remote, however, Present Mic uses his Voice Quirk to destroy the rest of the laboratory. He grabs Dr. Garaki while X-Less checks Tomura’s pulse. It has stopped. In a surreal dreamworld, Tomura encounters his family and the visages of All For One. Tomura decay’s them all, symbolically freeing himself. In the real world Tomura is awakened by a spark of electricity. 

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Chainsaw Man Season 1 Episode 3 Review

Chainsaw Man Season 1 Episode 3 begins with the aftermath of Power’s bloody slaughter of the Sea Cucumber’s Makima tells Power that when Public Safety kills a civilian hunter’s devil they commit a crime and are usually arrested. Power’s revealed to be the Blood Devil. She can use blood as a weapon and has a tendency towards aggression. When Makima questions whether Power might not be cut out for Devil Hunting duty, she lies and tells Makima that Denji ordered her to attack. It’s not a convincing lie. Makima tells them to be quiet and work together in such a manner that it suggests she has a weird control over Power. 

Rescue Meowy

While Denji gets himself a drink from the vending machine, Power encounters a cat. She tells Denji she hates humans but “enjoys only a cat’s company.” She then reveals that her pet cat Meowy was taken by a devil. Unfortunately, she was captured by Makima and hasn’t been able to rescue her cat. Using Denji’s lust for breasts, Power convinces him to help. Elsewhere, Makima meets with the higher ups. They mention that other countries have started using devils in the military. They hope that one day Japan’s only enemies will be devils. I wonder if they intend to kill off all the other humans or if they assume the other countries will leave Japan alone. 

At the outskirts of the city, Power points out an isolated house where the devil is keeping Meowy. As they walk towards the house, Denji wonders if she should be so close, especially if the devil is going to use the cat against her. Power claims to have “misspoke” when she mentioned this possibility earlier. Tension arises, as the two stop. Suddenly, Power creates a blood hammer and strikes Denji as he attempts to counter with his ax. She wins. Dragging the unconscious Denji inside.

Power’s betrayal and the Bat Devil

Inside is the Bat Devil. Missing his arm, Power and him agreed she’ll bring him a human in exchange for Meowy. The Bat Devil squeezes Denji hard enough to force him to spit up blood. While Denji’s blood tastes disgusting to the Bat Devil, it’s enough to restore its arm. The Bat Devil seeks other humans to “cleanse” itself of the vile taste, specifically children. Having fulfilled her end of the bargain, Power asks for Meowy back. The Bat Devil punishes her for bringing such a bad tasting human by swallowing Meowy and its cage. He grants Power the same fate. Obviously, by swallowing both of them they’ll still be alive. It’s up to Denji to save them. 

As the Bat Devil takes off towards the city, Denji latches on to its leg. Appalled, the Bat Devil tries to fling Denji off, but the latter transforms into the Chainsaw Devil and cuts off the Bat Devil’s arm. The two crash into a building and begin to fight. I’ve mentioned before the similarities between Chainsaw Man and Jujutsu Kaisen, but one of the differences is how the civilians are directly affected by the conflict. In JJK, the Cursed Spirits cannot be seen by regular people and so are indirectly affected, 

Bat Devil vs Chainsaw Man

During the fight between The Bat Devil and Chainsaw Man, it’s not made clear if Denji actually cares about all humans or just women. When the Bat Devil tosses a car with a man inside. Denji tosses it back claiming he doesn’t “care about dudes.” The man survives by jumping out before the car explodes in the Bat Devils’ face. 

The battle between the two is unsurprisingly impressive; the animation specifically when the Bat Devil shoots a sonic shockwave, was beautifully rendered. The power system hasn’t been fully flushed out yet we got some small information. First, Chainsaw Man can retract his chainsaws at will. Secondly, Makima notes that Devils get their power from how much their names are feared. The Devil’s power scale is based on the amount of fear their name induces. Makima finds the Chainsaw Devil to be interesting for this reason and I happen to agree. 

Do you think Makima has some sort of strange control over Power? Will Power learn to like humans? Just Denji? Or will she hate humans forever? Does Denji seem too forgiven? What do you think about the possibility of military based Devils. Is there a Nuclear Bomb Devil? 

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Bleach: Thousand Year Blood War Episode 03

In Bleach: Thousand Year Blood War – Episode 03, Ichigo and the others are shocked how easily Quilge Opie defeated the Tres Bestias. Opie comments on the oddness of seeing a Shinigami and Arrancar together. Quilge reveals that Yhwach considers Ichigo to be a “Special War Power.” According to Yhwach, there were 5 war powers. Ichigo Kurosaki has the “Latent Ability,” Kenpachi Zaraki has “Fighting Strength,” Ichibe Hyosube has “Wisdom,” Sosuke Aizen has “Reiatsu,” and Kisuke Urahara has “means.”  These qualities are considered to be “exceptional.” 

As such Ichigo must be defeated. Quilge orders his Jagdarmee to attack Ichigo. Quilge uses his Heilig Pfeil, as he confirms that they’re indeed Quincy. At the Seireitei, the Gotei 13 grapple with their old enemy the Quincy. Captain Mayuri Kurotsuchi admits that he’s yet to find out where the Wandenreich are located. Back in Hueco Mundo, Ichigo prepares to battle Quilge more seriously. He gives Nel to Orihime. Ichigo assures Quilge that his Heilig Pfeil is “much stronger than Uryū’s.” Quilge doesn’t believe this is possible but he doesn’t elaborate why. 

The power of Volistandig

After receiving a message from Yhwach, Quilge activates his Quincy: Volistandig. When Yhwach hears that Ichigo is in Hueco Mundo, he gets excited and orders an invasion of Soul Society. Back to the fight between Ichigo and Quilge, he shows off his powers including the ability to use Sklaverei, a basic ability to absorb Reishi. He begins absorbing the surrounding area including Orihime’s Soten Kisshun. Before he can go further he’s punched by Ayon. The Tres Bestia survived. Ayon dominates Quilge, bashing him repeatedly, causing Quincy to cough up blood. 

In Karakura Town, Ishida discovers that his father is keeping secrets regarding Quincy, specifically Yhwach and his mother. At the same time, we learn from Hidetomo Kajoumaru why the conflict between Quincy and Shinigami began. When Quincy kills hollows they destroy the soul leaving nothing. This creates an imbalance of souls between Soul Society and Earth. When asked to refrain from such activities, the Quincy refused, causing the Shinigami to choose genocide. 

Bazz-B blows a hole in Izuru

Quilge manages to endure the onslaught from Ayon using Blut Vene. He then uses Sklaverei to strip Ayon to the bone. He then absorbs Ayon into his body, causing two large eyes similar to Ayon’s appear on his wings. Quilge uses Sklaverei to absorb Mila Rose, Sung-Sun, Nel, Loly, Menoly, and even Sabo’s Fullbring. However, Ichigo stops him with his Bankai, Tensa Zangetsu. Meanwhile, the Wandenreich invades Soul Society through the eruptions of giant blue pillars. Bazz-B blows off Izuru Kira’s right arm and leaves a massive hole in his torso, making him Wandenreich’s first victim. 

I’m indifferent to Ichigo’s battle with Quilge. As a manga reader I know the outcome of this arc, but I’ve never cared for this fight. It only serves the purpose of keeping Ishigo out of Soul Society. Regardless, I’m interested in the invasion largely because I’m assuming that it will be elaborated on (especially the fights) and I want to see this conflict animated. So what do you think? Is Ichigo’s fight pointless? Are you a manga reader? Do you think the Shingami were correct to commit genocide against the Quincy? If not, what could they have done? 

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Mob Psycho 100 – Season 3 Episode 003

In Mob Psycho 100 – Season 3 Episode 003, Mob saves Tsubomi from a potentially embarrassing situation and is over the moon that she thanks him and says “see you later.” One his way home, Mezato asks him if he wants to go to a gathering for the Psycho Helmet Religion. He’s not interested. A moment later, Tome appears reminding Mob of his to help her look for a telepath. Suddenly, Mob has become a ladies man according to Emi. Mob clearly loves the idea of becoming more popular with the ladies, but quickly becomes deluded. 

The Divine Tree becomes an attraction. Tourists come to stay in hotels with views of the Tree, merchants begin selling merchandise named after the Tree, and finally several religious organizations begin to gather underneath the broccoli Tree. The Tree has become a “symbol of some god,” and the believers prepare for the arrival of a Deity. Their belief becomes energy that feeds the Divine Tree increasing its size. 

Mob the New God?

Mezato calls Mob. She thinks it would be great if Mob became the Deity the religious seem to desire. Despite the fact, Mob inspired the religion in the first place he doesn’t have it in him to lead, and would find worship uncomfortable. Mezato tries to manipulate him by suggesting he’ll become more popular with the ladies. Dimple appears to manipulate Mob. He dispels Mob’s delusion regarding Tsubomi and wants to join forces to take advantage of the Religious. Dimple warns him if he doesn’t take it, someone else will and they’ll take all the Divine energy for themselves. Mob tells Dimple he’s “no different,” from those men and probably should get over his schemes. 

Mob is slowly becoming full of himself. When he shares his intention to go to the meeting with Reigen, the latter sees an opportunity to make some money. He gives Mob some money to go and buy himself something nice to wear. On his way to the store he runs into Hanazawa. He helps Mob find some stylish clothes. Hanazawa tries to point out to Mob that roots have been spouting around town. Mob isn’t paying attention. In a previous post I’ve noted that Mob Psycho 100 focuses on everyday life and treats psychic powers as if they’re nothing special. However, I think this episode complicates this argument.

Fake Mob appears

Mob wants to be normal, he doesn’t notice supernatural events happening around him. Eventually, the supernatural will become a threat to the innocent. Mob is one of the few who can stop these threats but he rather go on dates. Hanazawa acts as a foil for Mob. He loves being psychic and is aware of the supernatural threats surrounding them.

The next day, the auditions begin. The Testimony of the Earth, The Dragon’s Sign, Teachings of Green, and the Rising Sun Spiritual Union all seek control. While Mob waits patiently for Tome to return his calls, an imposture claims to be the “creator of the Divine Tree.” The fake Mob tells the crowd to continue to pray to the Divine Tree causing an uproar. He then shows them a “miracle” making a small broccoli tree appear. 

Mob seems to be going through some changes this episode. Do you agree? Is he becoming more cocky? Coming out of his shell? The fake Mob looked like he was made out of roots or something. Do you think Dimple is responsible? Something else? Will Mob eventually learn to balance the supernatural aspects of the world with the ordinary?

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My Hero Academia Season 6 Episode 3: Hawks kills Twice

My Hero Academia Season 6 Episode 3, “One’s Justice,” does something that’s rare for a Shonen anime, make the hero seem villainous and grant the villain sympathy. Twice has always been a fan favorite villain. With his comedic demeanor, dramatic flare, and genuine love of his friends, Twice undermined what we expect from villains.

His mental instability brought on by his Quirk and the sense that he’s not certain he’s the real one. Twice revealed that he was a lonely man who used his clones to substitute for friends. The League of Villains was a refuge for him. Finally being accepted he was able to develop friendships with Himiko. However, his desperation for friends leads him to trust too easily. As a consequence, he can be conned by others that wish to manipulate him.

Overhaul was the first one to use him. This resulted in the death of his friend Kenji Hikiishi (Magne). He blamed himself for it and never wanted to put his friends in danger again. In this episode, he’s devastated when he learns Hawks is a double agent. Having failed again he becomes infuriated. Hawk for his part is guilty of using Twice’s trusting nature against him. While his larger goal of stopping Tomura and the PLF from harming the innocent is admirable using Twice to do it was cruel.

Twice heroic end

At the same time it was the smartest plan. Twice may not like it but he is the weakest link and Hawks should have used him. Regardless, the episode does result in Hawks looking like the heartless one. Twice becomes emotional, lashing out at Hawks. He’s kinda pathetic, outclassed by Hawks, and desperate to save his friends. With Dabi distracting Hawks, Twice spots Himiko and Mr. Compress being chased by Eel Boy. He corners them with his Eel Quirk, which allows him to “sprout giant eel-like appendages out the back of his hands.”

He can use them to attack and restrain his opponents. Eel Boy captures Mr. Compress and Himiko, telling them he won’t allow them “to wrong society.” Suddenly, Twice appears. He stabs Eel Boy in the back of head then several more times. As Himiko and Mr. Compress escape, Twice begins to crumble. Turns out Twice was already killed by Hawks on the balcony, his clone was all he could do to save them. As he crumbles in Himiko’s arms, he apologizes, while Himiko hugs and thanks him for saving her.

Did you feel sorry for Twice? Did you think Hawks killing him was too far? Unnecessary? Has you r opinion of the heroes shifted? Or is Dabi full of it?

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Chainsaw Man Season 1 Episode 2

It’s nuts or nothing

Chainsaw Man Season 1 Episode 2 gives us a general sense of Makima. She’s manipulative and domineering. She tells Denji that he should “only” answer her using “yes,” and “woof”. For Makima Denji is a “dog” that should be obedient otherwise he’s useless and should be “put down.” In fact Makima threatens to kill or have Denji killed a number of times in this episode. Denji’s relationship with Pochita contrasts greatly with his relationship with Makima. 

Despite this, Makima is able to use Denji’s hunger and his lust to her advantage. When Denji asks “what type of guys she likes” Makima responds (in unconvincing fashion) “Denji” type guys. However, in the first episode we learned that despite Denji’s appearance and behavior he’s actually capable of making his own decisions. At least when he wants to. Right now he’s obsessed with food, boobs, and Makima. 

At Devil Hunter headquarters in Tokyo, Makima introduces Denji to Aki Hayakawa, a hunter that started working three years ago. They get off to a poor start. Denji wants to work with Makima and Aki assaults Denji in an alleyway. Aki claims he’s trying to “be nice” and spare Denji from dying. He doesn’t believe Denji actually wants to fight devils and would likely get himself killed. I think he’s right. 

However, Denji has different ideas. Aki gets kicked in the nuts for his violent attempt to convince Denji to quit. Personally, I found the moment to be a bit juvenile and a little funny. Plus Aki had it coming. 

I don’t have any friends

The first mission Aki and Denji attempt together is one regarding a fiend. A Fiend is a devil that has possessed a human corpse. Aki wants to see Denji transform into the Chainsaw Devil but Denji just decapitates the fiend. It would have been overkill to transform and likely to frighten the cops outside. Furthermore, Denji states that he doesn’t want to make the Fiend suffer, so he gave him a painless death.

Aki finds this offensive. His entire family was killed by a devil and the police are protecting their families. To Aki, Denji isn’t taking the threat of Devils and Fiends seriously. Denji’s motivation reminds me of Tanjiro’s from Demon Slayer. He’s willing to kill them but has a soft spot for some. Tanjiro has met “good” demons like Tamayo and Denji had Pochita. 

When Aki leaves, Denji admits that he “ just wanted to keep the blood away from the porn magazines on the ground.” Denji had nothing. So to him, getting to bathe daily, eat good food, and hang out with a “hot chick (Makima),” makes his life perfect. He’s a simple man. But something’s missing. A goal. Denji decides his goal is to try to touch a woman’s boobs. 

My name is Power

Denji is given a partner. Her name is Power and she’s a Fiend. Makima explains that Public Safety Devil Extermination Special Division 4 is an “experimental” unit. Without results the “higher ups,” will dissolve the team resulting in Denji and Power being killed. Power is blood crazed and she’s eager to kill devils. She finally smells blood and takes off. The Sea Cucumber Devil is attacking Nerima Station. Power leaps off a building and mashes it with a hammer made from her blood and laughs while covered in its blood. 

I definitely think Power is the most interesting character introduced so far. I’m intrigued by the fact she’s a Fiend. I really want to know how that happened. The power system seems to be more fluid so far. I wonder how specific and limited it becomes if it does at all. So far the Devils haven’t been too difficult to defeat. I don’t expect that to remain the standard but other than the Zombie Devil the rest don’t really stand out except for their design. 

So what did you think of episode 2? Do you think Makima is as manipulative as I do? Is the humor of this series too juvenile? Are the Devil too weak? How did you like Power? 

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Bleach: Thousand Year Blood War – Episode 02

In Bleach: Thousand Year Blood War – Episode 02, “Foundation Stones,” we get a brief glimpse into Yhwach’s personality. At the end of the last episode, Yhwach severed Luders Friegen’s right arm for bickering in his presence. Luders is understandably in pain. He’s lying down on the floor when Yhwach tells him that he “does not need to strain himself by attempting to sit up.” At first Luders is pleased but Yhwach claims that if he doesn’t need to stand he doesn’t need legs. Yhwach doesn’t have much sympathy for his subjects and are largely just tools for him. They seem to tolerate his brutality but they don’t have a choice.

In Karakura Town, Yuki allows Shino, Orihime, Sado, and Ishida listen to the urgent message from 12th Division 3rd Seat Akon. He explains the events from the previous episode, specifically the deaths of 116 people, one Shinigami, and Lieutenant Chojiro Sasakibe. Yuki and Shino are horrified that anyone could bypass Soul Societies defenses and kill Sasakibe. The next day, Ichigo is patrolling when he encounters Nel Tu. She tells him that “something terrible has happened in Hueco Mundo.” It turns out Yhwach and his Wandenreich invaded Hueco Mundo. It’s revealed that Tier Harribel ruled Hueco Mundo and was defeat by the Wandenreich and is now a prisoner of Yhwach.

Battle in Hueco Mundo

Of course Nel doesn’t need to ask Ichigo for aid he’s eager to help. However, Uryu isn’t allowed to help Arrancar and Hollows. Ichigo head to Hueco Mundo with Kisuke Urahara, Orhime, Sado, Pesche, and Nel Tu. They arrive and witness burning sands filled with bodies of Arrancar. The head of the hunting party the Jagdarmee, Quilge Opie, announces a selection competition for the captured Arrancar. The competition will determine which of them live or die. Opie will stab each Arrancar and for them to beg for their lives. By having the Wandenreich attack and oppress the Arrancar (former villains) Tite Kubo shows how evil and deprave they are.

Arrancar villains from the past appear and attack Opie. Loly Aivirrne, Menoly Mallia, and Harribel’s three Fraccion, Emilou Apacci, Franceska Mila Rose, and Cyan Sung-Sun. Loy and Menoly are quickly dispatched but the three Fraccion put up a greater fight. After defeating some Jagdarmee, the turn their efforts one Opie himself. He tells them to surrender and join Yhwach if they want “happiness.” They predictably refuse. Opie dominates the three Fraccion off scene shocking Ichigo.

As the combatants prepare for war, the Wandenreich show themselves to be a brutal occupying force. Do you think they are worst than Aizen and the Arrancar? Are they too cartoonishly evil? How do you feel about Yhwach?

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