My Hero Academia Season 4 – Episode 4: Recap and Review

Season 4, Episode 4 of My Hero Academia, Eri clutches to Izuku
Eri clutches to Izuku

Season 4, Episode 4: Fighting Fate

Can All Might escape fate?

Episode 4 of the fourth season of My Hero Academia, Fighting Fate, opens with Mirio and Izuku on patrol. Bubble Girl and Sir Nighteye are watching the target, so patrol is suppose to be easy. Mirio asks for Izuku’s hero’s name, Deku. Mirio’s hero name is “Lemillion.” As they’re walking a small girl, “Eri” runs into Izuku. She’s terrified and clings to Izuku. Overhaul appears out of the alley behind her. Deku recognizes Overhaul. Mirio covers for Izuku. He confirms that Overhaul is a member of Hassaikai. The conversation is oddly familiar, as Mirio pretends that he’s unaware. Without revealing the truth, Mirio tries to steer Izuku to leave the girl. However, Eri is still holding on to Izuku. Unsurprising, Izuku refuses to leave her.

He thinks that it’s suspicious for a hero to abandon a trembling girl. He ignores Mirio, demanding to know what Overhaul is doing to her. Overhaul tells them he will answer if the follow him to the alley. He intends to kill the two of them, but Eri, noticing this intent returns to him. Sir Nighteye and Bubble girl regroup with Mirio and Izuku. Desperate to save Eri, Izuku is eager to rush to her aid. Nighteye tells him “not to be arrogant.” It’s necessary to do things correctly. Otherwise, the villains will know there intentions. At the Shie Hassaikai’s hideout, Eri is taken to the experimentation room. Mimic interrupts Overhaul to inform him that Shigaraki called.

Season 4, Episode 4 of My Hero Academia, All Might preparing to fight against his fate
All Might preparing to fight against his fate

Why did Sir Nighteye and All Might fall out?

The pressing question since the introduction of Sir Nighteye is why did he and All Might fall out? Izuku wants to know the truth. Nighteye was a fanboy of All Might, convincing him to take him on as a sidekick. After the battle with One For All, All Might is asked to retire by Nighteye. All Might believes that he can remain the “symbol of piece.” However, Nezu and Sir Nighteye believe he should find a successor. Nighteye uses his Quirk, Foresight on All Might. He tells All Might that he will “perish to a gruesome villain.” However, All Might remains stubborn. Nezu suggests that Mirio to be his successor. In reality, All Might meet Izuku before Mirio.

After informing Sir Nighteye that he will give Izuku his power their relationship deteriorates further. All Might tells Izuku that Sir Nighteye predicted his death in six years. Izuku realizes that means in the next year or so he will die. All Might hopes he can “battle against fate.” I get the feeling that at some point in this series All Might die. He will likely be killed by Shigaraki. I hope I’m wrong but I don’t think Izuku takes the dangers of the world seriously yet. Seeing his idol killed would be devastating but necessary to make him a better hero.

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The Seven Deadly Sins Episode 5 : Recap and Review

The Seven Deadly Sins Season 4 Episode 5. The Ten Commandments, Derieri and Monspeet are unconscious after Elisabeth uses her powers on them.
The Ten Commandments, Derieri and Monspeet unconscious

Season 1, Episode 5: Emotional Maelstrom

Elisabeth uses her powers to save Derieri and Monspeet

In episode 5 of Seven Deadly Sins, we continue the trail given to Diane and King by the Ten Commandments, Gloxinia and Drole. Sent back 3,000 years in a past Britannia, they joined the battle between the Goddess Clan and Demon Clan. In the previous episode, Derieri and Monspeet became Indura. Meanwhile, Gowther and Melascula worked behind the scenes of the Holy war. Elisabeth interfered in the conflict between Derieri, Monspeet and Ludociel. Elisabeth’s mysterious power erupts. Instead of killing them, she wants to “save,” them. However, their darkness resists her light. Ludociel doesn’t accept Elisabeth’s plan to save the demons.

He orders Sariel and Tarmiel to join him in killing Meliodas and the other Ten Commandments. However, they help Elisabeth instead. Bolstered by their aid, she is successful in reversing the effect of Indura. Ludociel tries to kill the now motionless Derieri and Monspeet. However, Diane and King stop him. Despite the end of the battle with the Indura, Ludociel contacts Nerobasta to call Mae. However, when she snaps out of it, she realizes that Growth and Melascula are in front of the gate of Heaven. They plan on making the Gate of Heaven into a Gate of the Demon Realm.

The Seven Deadly Sins Season 4 Episode 5. The real Gowther, the Ten Commandment, Selflessness
The real Gowther, the Ten Commandment, Selflessness

The real Ten Commandment, Gowther appears

Nerobasta calls to her fairy, giant and human allies. However, the humans have a different plan. They have joined forces with the demons and plan to help them kill the fairies and giants off. While, Diane and King are rushing to the Gate of Heaven, they encounter Gowther. What frustrates me about this arc is that, Diane and King know that their in the past and inside the bodies of Gloxinia and Drole. Yet, their constantly talking as if they’re themselves. It’s not that anyone will find out who they are but it is annoying that they seem to forget that this is a trail. Telling Gowther seems even dumber. Gowther turns out to be a Ten Commandment in this time but a member of the Seven Deadly Sins in theirs.

While the fairies are begin massacred, Gowther attacks Diane and King. He needs to prevent them from reaching the gate, until the Demon gate can be formed. Melascula is shocked at what she created. He tricked her into creating the gate to the Demon Realm’s prison. The real Gowther is inside and used the opportunity to escape. This episode ends with the real Gowther stating that he plans to say “goodbye” to this world.

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The Seven Deadly Sins Episode 4 : Recap and Review

Ludociel arrive to the battlefield to fight Lady Derieri and Monspeet
Ludociel arrive to the battlefield to fight Lady Derieri and Monspeet

Season 4, Episode 4: the Ten Commandments vs the Four archangels

Ludociel meets his match in the Indura

The demon clan faces two of the four archangels, Ark Tarmiel and Tornado Sariel. They bet that it would only take a few seconds to defeat the Ten Commandments. As the Commandments retreat, they attack with Omega Ark. However, despite assuming all the demon would be killed, all but five of the demons are wiped out. Monspeet, Melascula, Derieri, Galand and Fraudrin remain. Monspeet uses Hellfire Bird. Meanwhile, Derieri punches Tarmiel in the face. Sariel was hit directly by Hellfire Bird, however, he isn’t harmed. Derieri continues to beat Tarmiel’s face in. He completely recovers. However, Galand cuts him in half with Critical Strike. So far the demons are no match for them.

 Lady Derieri and Monspeet in Indura form
Lady Derieri and Monspeet in Indura form

Ludociel and the Indura, Monspeet and Lady Derieri

Things get worst as Ludociel enters the battle. However, before he arrives Sariel losses an eye to Derieri. Ludociel arrives and quickly dominates the demon clan. Reaching the end of the line, both Lady Derieri and Monspeet plunge their arms into the chests. The rip out their own hearts. They release their “true nature” becoming terrible demons called Indura. Ludociel doesn’t care about the transformation. However, Lady Derieri hits him, knocking through several trees. Ludociel recovers and uses a powerful energy blasts. It has no effect. Frustrated, he calls for Tarmiel and Sariel’s aid. Monspeet grabs the two of them and burns them. Meanwhile, Meliodas, King and Diane rush to the area.

Ludociel is shocked that demons can hurt angels. Meliodas, Diane and King stumble upon Elizabeth in a barrier that Sariel placed over her. However, Diane can’t break through it. Meliodas despite being a demon breaks through and grabs Elizabeth. She’s in tears as she failed to do anything. She flies in front of Lady Derieri, promising to stop them. It seems that this arc has shifted focus from Diane and King’s trail to the battle between the Goddess Clan and Demon Clan. I’m sure that the series will return to the trail at some point, but it’s odd that it feels like an afterthought.

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Blade of the Immortal – Episode 4: Recap and Review

Kagehisa realizing who Rin is
Kagehisa realizing who Rin is

Season 1, Episode 4: Act Four – Rin at Odds

Kagehisa and Rin have a good conversation

As a child, Makie rescued Kagehisa Anotsu from a pack of dogs. His grandfather, Saburo Anotsu attempted to kill her. However, he decides that would instead tie her to a tree. If she falls off, she’ll become food for the stray dogs. Kagehisa thinks his grandfather is being “sick.” His grandfather calls him a coward. The following morning, Saburo asks Kagehisa if there was a “corpse.” Assuming that it’s Makie, Saburo isn’t surprise when he says yes. However, it turns out that Makie survived, leaving behind 52 corpses of the dog pack. Meanwhile, in the present Kagehisa laments Makie leaving. Despite increasing the size of itto-ryu, they having increased in skill.

Manji trains with Rin

Speaking of training, Rin finally gets some. In my last episodes review, I noted that both Manji and Rin needed to get better at fighting. Manji hasn’t managed to win without sneaking behind his opponent. Furthermore, Rin is completely useless. After a terrible training session, Manji tells her that she’s better off “running.” What surprises me is that Manji points out how he barely manages to “beat” the itto-ryu. I didn’t think the series would highlight that. However, it seems that this series is trying to say something with Manji’s failure.

Kagehisa and Rin have a conversation
Kagehisa and Rin have a conversation

Kagehisa and Rin meet

While, Kagehisa is washing at the river, she hears Kagehisa training. She fails to spy on him quietly and he calls her out. Rin prepares to fight him. She throws several daggers at him, but only one lands. Kagehisa is unsurprisingly unimpressed. Rin rushes to his side to get the sword he dropped earlier. However, Rin can barely lift it. She comically falls when she drops it. Fleeing from Kagehisa, he picks up the sword at hits her in the back with it. He realizes that she’s the girl from Asano. She’s so upset that she’s too weak to kill him. Kagehisa Anotsu questions why Rin yearns for death. Wouldn’t it make more since if she escaped with her life and looked for another chance to kill him?

Kagehisa tells Rin that “he believes that only those who’ve destroyed their own heart becoming stronger should be called excellent warriors or swordsmen.” Kagehisa and Rin’s conversation is oddly calm and familiar. She’s no threat to him, as a result, they can have this kind of conversation. He shows off his skills with the ax. Rin’s grandfather and Kagehisa’s, competed for full mastery of Muten Ichi-ryu. The full mastery was granted to Rin’s grandfather despite Kagehisa grandfather being superior. He killed Rin’s father so his grandfather “could be at peace.” When Rin asks why he’s letting her live, Kagehisa complements her “determination.” As he leaves he tells her to “devote” herself. In a flashback, we see that a 10 year old Kagehisa wanted to kill his grandfather.

The cycle of betrayal

Old and rusted, Saburo asks his friend Abayama to help him kill Kagehisa by stopping Kagehisa’s followers. Saburo having been betrayed by first master, disciple and son. A son that wanted them to “bend the knee to Asano,” to revive the dojo. Unwilling to be betrayed again, Saburo wants Kagehisa dead. Unfortunately, Saburo is destined to be betrayed one last time. Abayama kills him to save itto-ryu. In this episode of Blade of the Immortal, makes it clear that the fighting styles are very important in this world. Rin seems to have had a break through in this episode, hopefully finding the courage to learn to fight, and maybe develop her own fighting style.

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The Seven Deadly Sins Episode 3 : Recap and Review

In Episode 3 of The Seven Deadly Sins, Ludociel prepares to exterminate all the demons.
Ludociel the archangel

Season 4, Episode 3: Let There Be Light

Who’s really evil, the angels or demons

Episode 3 of The Seven Deadly Sins, we continue to explore the development of King and Diane. In Britannia, they’re faced with the powerful Ten Commandment, Piety, Calmadios, Diane believes they should flee. Meliodas tells them that “they will break his commandment if they flee.” However, Calmadios attacks Diane before they can decide. Both Diane and King are stronger in the bodies of Gloxinia and Drole. Emboldened by their new power, they’re ready for battle. King uses Spirit Spear Basquias, Form Two, Guardian, piercing Calmadios’s six arms with it’s stinger. Diane uses Giga Lock, grabbing the legs of Calmadios. He counters with Evil Breathe, but Meliodas deflects it with his Full Counter. Meanwhile, Elisabeth let’s the demons go home.

One of the four Archangel’s, Ludociel

The Goddess Clan’s Divine Lance Corporal, Nerobasta criticizes Meliodas, Diane and King for only managing to “drive one demon back.” Ludociel appears to welcome them and announce the end of the Holy War. Despite the hope for peace, Ludociel has no interest in peace. He wants to “wipe out the demons.” Elizabeth questions Ludociel. Despite, Meliodas being a demon that fights along side them, Ludociel thinks he’s less than they’re. This episode possess the question, who is really evil? The demons are more complicated than we believe. However, the angels are actually showing themselves to be more sinister. Elizabeth and Meliodas are the exceptions.

In Episode 3 of The Seven Deadly Sins, the Demon Clan arrives to get revenge.
the Demon Clan arrives to get revenge.

The sinister plan of Ludociel

King meets Gerharde, the younger sister of Gloxinia. King senses a barrier at the back of the fairy forest. He’s asks Gerharde what it is. She informs him that it was Mr. Ludociel that created it. She says that it’s a trap for demons. The Ten Commandments arrive with their army. However, this is all part of the plan of Ludociel. Meliodas plans on speaking to the Commandments. However, Elisabeth beats him to it. She asks them to trust her and leave. When one of the Ten Commandments asks for Meliodas’s head, Elisabeth refuses. However, Ludociel begins his plan. A giant arc rises from the forest, with demons trapped inside. The demons exists that in-between life and death. Ludociel destroys all the demons. Ludociel and demons prepare for war.

My familiarity with the Seven Deadly Sins is limited, but I do know that in the current timeline demon are the villains. It’s interesting that 3,000 years ago apparently it was the opposite. Of course in general demons are considered to be evil and angels are good. The Seven Deadly Sins inverts this. It has happened before in other shows, but will have possible consequences (in this series) when they return to the present. As a shonen series, this season hasn’t meet my expectations. I know fights are coming but I’ve been underwhelmed so far. Regardless, I can’t wait for the war to begin.

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