Dr. Stone Episode 4, Recap and Review

Gunpowder exploding

Episode 4, Fire the Smoke Signal

After 3700 years of being in love with Yuzuriha, he decides that he wait even longer to tell her. Senku manages to collect the ingredients for gunpowder rather quickly, first is sulfur, second charcoal and finally potassium nitrate. Dr. Stone breaks the fourth wall several times in this episode. Particularly to inform the audience that the ingredients were accurate and should not be repeated. This is find and all, but I think Dr. Stone should have just left an ingredient out. Regardless, Taiju accidentally blows up the first batch of gunpowder. Senku believes that the gunpowder would be useful to negotiate with Tsukasa. However, Senku is willing to kill him if needed and Tsukasa is will to kill him if needed. While putting out the fire, Yuzuriha notices a smoke signal.

Smoke signal

Senku is excited. The possibility that there’s more people in the world is in a game changer. Senku fires a smoke signal in return to get the people attention. The problem is that said smoke signal will also give away their position to Tsukasa. It does. He captures Yuzuriha and holds her hostage. Tsukasa make a very good case against gunpowder. The weapons of science that Senku hopes to create, have been used to destructive ends in the “old world.” Tsukasa argues that he doesn’t want that world again and is willing to kill to avoid it. Tsukasa threatens Yuzuriha, in exchange for the recipe for freeing people from pertification. Senku claims that he doesn’t care about Yuzuriha. Tsukasa calls his bluff, cutting Yuzuriha hair. He believes that Senku does care about both Taiju and Yuzuriha.

More people are alive

Yuzuriha decides that she will sacrifice herself for the “greater good.” Senku gives the revival fluid formula to Tsukasa. This means that Senku no longer has any value to Tsukasa and he can kill him. While, gathering wood, Taiju sees three smoke signals. we get a glimpse of another female character. Meanwhile, Tsukasa get closer to Senku, asking him to “allow civilization to grow.” Tsukasa asks Senku to “abandon science.” Senku flashes back to his childhood learning science, with Taiju and Yuzuriha helping him. Obviously, his answer was always going to be no. The episode ends trying to suggest that Senku was killed, but we all know that didn’t happen.

Senku’s “death”

Tsukasa continues to be an interesting villain. He makes a lot of good points regarding the world. He wants to make a new one that’s better than the previous one. He willing to be violent to do so, but if you think about is science really better. As mentioned in this episode, science has been used to help people but also for tool of war. Far more people have been killed by bombs than weapons made of stone. Who actually serves more of a threat, Senku or Tsukasa. The introduction of new people to this series is really going to get interesting. As I mentioned before, the trio don’t have a way to determine whose “good” or not without taking risks. It’s possible that a new threat could emerge from the other people that could make Tsukasa and the trio have to work together.

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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Episode 17: Recap & Review

Episode 17, You Must Master a Single Thing

Zenitsu was always going to be a character that required getting use to. I always figured that with this series he would be more than a coward. While he remains one, he has shown some willingness to change. This episode gives him more complexity. Zenitsu flees from the creepy spiders demons with human heads. Turns out that when the original human head spider demon injects venom into humans they become spider demons. Of course, Zenitsu is bitten on the hand. Zenitsu panics in a tree. We get a flashback, of him crying in a tree (with brown hair). His master (Gramps) begs him to get out of the tree. Zenitsu realizes that while he wants to live up to the expectations of his master, he lacks the ability to do so.

Zenitsu’s ability to use lighting causes him to be struck by it, turning his hair yellow and knocking out the tree. When his hair falls out he faints and goes into his trance. We learn that Zenitsu has only mastered one attack, Thunder Breath: First Form. However, he’s managed to perfect the form. In another flashback, his Master gives him permission to cry and run away, but not to give up. However, another student, Kaigaku, bullies him. He considers him a “waste of time.” Zenitsu, being an orphan, only had his Master to support him, having been abandoned by everyone else. As he starts to cough up blood, Zenitsu still in his trance, turns up the power.

He begins to move at lightning fast speeds, and decapitates the Spider Demon. He falls, being crippled by the poison. He uses the breathing techniques to slow the effects of the poison. Meanwhile, Tanjiro hears his attack and plans to investigate. However, the “Daughter” of the Spider demon family shows up. Inosuke follows her. She flees, calling for her “Father” that arrives from above. He begins to attack Inosuke and Tanjiro. I suspect that the Father isn’t actually the member of the Twelve, but his Daughter is. This series likes to play with our expectations. The seeming fearful Daughter being the member of the Twelve would do just that.

Enen no Shouboutai Episode 3: Recap and Review

New Villain

Normally the ‘tournament arc” is done far later in an anime series than the third episode. Of course this wasn’t a full tournament so maybe I shouldn’t count it. Regardless, we are introduced to another villain, although we don’t get his name. We learn that Company 8 Captain, Akitaru Obi had twice earned awards for heroism and twice had them removed for disobeying orders by being a hero when he saved lives. I initially got the impression that the 8 Fire Force Companies worked closely together but it seems that they operate independently of each other.

The mascots

Shinra and Arthur get a look at the mascots of the Fire Defense Agency. Called the Wone Wone Nyine, two of them are cute, but one is a “dog faced human.” Shinra recognizes the fire fighter that saved him as a child. Leonard Burns doesn’t recognize Shinra because, it was a fire over a dozen years ago. Shinra suspects that Burns is hiding something. Maybe it’s because the series is new, but I though the new character Tamaki Kotatsu was Maki (their names are similar too). This may be intentional but so far it feels a bit lazy. Tamaki is a third generation of the first company.

Leonard Burns

She seems to be this series main fanservice source, as Shinra had manage to somehow “accidentally” groped her. Anyway, the competition is for the participants run into a large burning building, while rescuing those in need and defeating a fake infernal. As the competition starts, Shinra uses his ability to fly to the top of the building. He quickly runs into the man named the Joker. He offers Shinra information on what happened 12 years ago. Shinra attacks Joker, with Joker using ashes that explode. He makes the surprising revelation that Shinra’s brother Sho is still alive.

Shinra fighting Joker

The Joker asks Shinra to join him. Shinra attacks Joker again this time he uses more power impressing Joker with his ability. Arthur and Tamaki arrive. Shinra attempts to inform Arthur of the situation. Arthur thinks he’s lying and tries to capture Joker. Tamaki and Arthur fail to defeat Joker, who releases all the ashe he has setting up the building to explode. Shinra, Arthur and Tamaki work together to escape. This encounter leaves Shinra more suspicious of the Fire Force, only for Obi to confirm that he too is suspicious.

Obi congratulating Shinra

Each, Fire Force Company operates independently and are supported by different factions like the Holy Sol Temple and Hajima Company. The 8th Company acts as a investigation force of companies 1-7. This larger conspiracy is very intriguing. We haven’t seen many of the other companies. It’s unlikely that all of them are bad, but in investigating the 8th Company could make enemies of all of them.

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Episode 16: Recap & Review

Episode 16, Letting Someone Else Go First

Murata offers to hold off the controlled Demon Slayers, allowing Inosuke and Tanjiro to progress. They run into a living member of the Demon Slayers. Controlled, she is force to fight beyond her psychical limits. Rui, the male child demon, arrives to tell his “mother” to hurry up. In this moment we get the impression that they’re not really that close, as the demon doesn’t want Rui to tell his father. As a result she becomes inpatient. She increases her intensity with regard to how she uses the female Demon Slayer, breaking her bones as she swings violently.

Tanjiro, not looking to kill anyone, decides to toss the girl into the tree tangling the webs. Inosuke eager to prove he can do what Tanjiro can dose the same to the remaining two. Mother, now angry, breaks all of their necks. This was a shocking turn of evens for me. I mean all the work Tanjiro did, lead us into believing that he would be rewarded for his efforts. This isn’t the first time Tanjiro will be let down, but it was surprising that they weren’t saved. Regardless, they have no choice but to move on. Mother releases her “trump card,” a headless demon doll with bladed arms.

Meanwhile, Zenitsu is wandering the forest whining and loudly calling for Nezuko. He is followed by the smaller spider demon. Considering his advanced hearing it’s likely the case that he knows he’s being followed or will realize it at some point. When that happens he’s likely to run than fight. Anyway, Inosuke is becoming an interesting character. He seems like a complete moron that doesn’t think thing through, however, it seems like he does think on some level. He’s also appears to have developed an admiration for Tanjiro. Together they defeat the demon doll by working together, with Tanjiro taking the lead.

Tanjiro is tossed in the air by Inosuke, this sends him towards Mother. It’s unclear whether Inosuke intended to that or was mindlessly throwing Tanjiro in the air. Regardless, Tanjiro heads for Mother preparing to decapitate her. She initially is preparing to defend herself but decides that she rather die. When Tanjiro notices that her body language changed, he shifted to a more gentle form killing her without pain. We see her interaction with Father. The dynamic is clearly modeled what is typical for a domestic abuse situation. As usual, the demon is a former victim with a sad backstory. As a reward for his kindness, she tells Tanjiro that a member of the Twelve is around.

Dr. Stone Episode 3, Recap and Review

Episode 3, Weapons of Science

Senku realizing the threat that Tsukasa presents, believes that it necessary to keep the recipe for the revival fluid a secret. Almost instantly, Taiju runs up and announces that he’s got enough of the revival fluid for Yuzuriha. However, Taiju didn’t collect enough. Senku sends him to get more. Tsukasa stops him and suggest that since he’s faster he should collect it. Tsukasa is proving that he’s not just strong but smart as well. However, he is still ignorant enough that Senku is able to deceive him. Taiju actually had enough revival fluid and while Tsukasa is at the cave they revive Yuzuriha.

Senku offers them two options, either Taiju and Yuzuriha leave together and live somewhere else or they band together to stop the murderous Tsukasa. When he returns he suggests that “killing” is a matter of perspective and he’s “just culling,” people. Taiju attacks him foolishly, but Senku saves him by shooting an arrow. Tsukasa catches said arrow, then hits Taiju’s hand with a kick. According to Tsukasa, Taiju’s is the first person to remain standing after receiving such a blow. Despite his endurance, Taiju remains an idiot. He tells Tsukasa that he will never “hit” anyone, but will accept being hit. Tsukasa is confused. He then asks if he tried to “kill” Yuzuriha what would Taiju do.

Taiju faints. Tsukasa leaves. Senku concludes that the only way to defeat Tsukasa is with “advance civilization and weapons of science.” Senku makes it look like they fled in a hurry and they head to Hakone to find materials for weapons. When they get lost Yuzuriha helps them find their way using a great Buddha statue. Senku takes the chance to make a mirror out of the bronze that the statue is made out of. Tsukasa arrives at the camp site. However, he’s not fooled at all. Not only that he deduces Senku plan completely. It’s a little too convenient even for this series. Regardless, Senku, Yuzuriha and Taiju arrive at the hot spring, where they will make gunpowder.

So far, Tsukasa is proving to be stronger than everyone and as smart as Senku. If he’s to dumb (like Taiju) he won’t be a challenge for Senku. However, if he’s too smart the trio won’t stand a chance against him. Yuzuriha hasn’t shown what she brings to the group yet. She clearly smarter that Taiju which isn’t saying much and she appears to be in better shape that Senku, as he was tired from traveling. I hoping she adds more to the series than simply being the reason for Taiju to fight. Finally, I’m excited to see when Tsukasa chooses to free someone who he picks.

Cop Craft Episode 2: Recap and Review

Dragnet Mirage

This episode picks up right where the last one left off. The attacker seems to be a “zombie.” Kei shoots him several times and it doesn’t do much. The attacker jumps out the window and heads down the fire escape. Kei tells Tilarna to stay behind, but she refuses to listen. On the ground Kei shoots the attacker to little effect. Tilarna arrives from around the corner an slices the enemy killing it. Kei isn’t happy. She killed a witness before questioning him. She responds that he “was being controlled via mildey.” Mildey is magic that controls the dead. Therefore, the suspect was never going to talk in the first place. Kei accuses her of lying, suggest that she’s “interfering with the investigation.” Tilarna draws her sword, threatening to kill Kei if he ever insulted her like that again. They both seem to get over the altercation pretty fast though.

During the autopsy the medical examiner confirms with science what Tilarna said happened through magic. Both assailants where dead before they were “killed.” What I find odd is the level of magical ignorance of the humans in this world. Kei knows for a fact that fairies exists so it doesn’t really make sense to me that he’s so skeptical that magic is real. Furthermore, you would think that a medical examiner would have some curiosity regarding magic and learn something about it. This is made even weirder when they seem to then know what “fairy dust,” does. Although, the medical examiner does note that they don’t know much about it. Maybe, I miss read it but it does seem strange.

Anyway, Tilarna stay with Kei. Meanwhile a terrorist, Kareem, meets with an elf named Elbaji to tests a “fairy bomb” that can change people into “puppet corpses” for the sage Zerada. Elbaji tests the bomb on two cops and has Zerada control them. The future bombs will be the size of a nuke and will be able to control thousands of “puppets.” The following day, Tilarna and Kei head to the funeral of Rick. Afterward, they head to the scene of the murder of two cops. Tilarna quickly deduces that “fairy dust” is involved, but it would require “a high concentration of gold to act as a catalyst, but it has to be sculpted in a precise manner that is difficult for most craftsmen.”

Kei believes that special equipment would do the job. Kei finds or villain, Elbaji has purchased such equipment a little too quickly if you ask me. If you could just look up who bought the equipment, what’s the point of the dummy corporation? Anyway, Tilarna goes to get Elbaji, leaving her sword behind. It may seem like I didn’t like this episode with all the nitpicking, but a series that combines fantasy elements and realistic ones asks you to take it more seriously than other anime. While I’m at it two things stood out to me. First, did the terrorist and the chief of police look too similar or was it just me. It’s a cop anime so he could be undercover or they look too similar. Second, I’m not buying the idea that the wizard Zerada is the employee of Elbaji. Either he’s really in control or he loves money too much. Regardless, I’m still hooked on this series.

Vinland Saga Episode 2&3: Recap & Review

Floki and the Jomsviking

Hanging over these two episodes is the impeding death of Thors. Vinland Saga isn’t nearly as violent as I anticipated. Of course it is a bloody series. However, I’m surprise how much this series “doesn’t” have violence. That can all change as war has been declared. This is especially true considering that Thors has gone to great lengths to avoid the violence he was once stepped in. In episode 2, Sword, the war between England and Denmark begins. The Jomsviking, a band of powerful Viking warriors, arrive at Thorfinn’s village. They hope to get Thors to return to war. Floki the commander of the Jomsviking, threatens to destroy the village if he doesn’t join. He provides Thors with a boat for the other villagers.

Thorfinn getting spanked for sneaking on board

The first thing that’s questionable is why Thors would take the clearly inexperienced “soldiers,” from the village. Obviously, they need to fight to gain experience but they haven’t been training very hard for war. Thors heads off to war and surprisingly Thorfinn sneaks on board. A common theme of this series so far is how little the villagers take war and violence seriously. The only way to change that is to see it. However, it seems clear that most of Thors fellow villagers are likely going to get killed. Askeladd, the leader of a Viking army is given orders to murder Thors. Floki claims that he was given orders to do so by the king for Thors desertion 15 years ago. Askeladd is able to deduce that he was lying.

Thors defeating several viking enemies

He concludes that Floki was unwilling to risk his men against Thors. Once again the series manages to balance the serious tone with moments of humor. Ari (and the rest of the group) try to proposes to Ylva. She doesn’t seem to care as she’s sleepy. It’s a subtle moment of humor that makes their potential deaths seem sadder. Thors and the others are ambushed by Askeladd and his men. Forced into a corner, Thors begins to fight the men alone. So far he’s unwilling to shed any blood, at least not yet. It might be possible that Thors kills off enough of the men that the others survive, but I doubt it. I’m dreading the next episode but I also can’t wait.

Lupin the Third Part 5 – Episode 2-5: Recap & Review

Episode 2: The Lupin Game

Lupin, Daisuke, Goemon and Ami arrive at the airport. They steal an electric car. However, they are trapped by Zenigata and the police. Ami hacks an AW609 airplane and they use the plane escape. They manage to board a cruise ship to the non ICPO member Bwanda. Zenigata cannot follow as he doesn’t possess jurisdiction in Bwanda. Lupin encourages Ami to join them, as she still need protection from Marco Polo. The group become targets of bounty hunters, as a new online game allows people to bet on the day Lupin will die.

Episode 3: The Killers Gather in the Wasteland

Lupin and Ami are trapped by 3 bounty hunters. He manages to shot their way out, but they’re followed by a quad-copter that’s feeding images to Happy Deathday, the new online game. A group called the “Rat Clan,” corners them in a car manufacturing plant. Ami is able to access the German CPS (Cyber Physical System), using the building’s protection to their advantage. Ami gets shot as they try to escape. Zenigata plan on going on a “vacation” to Bwanda.

Ami informs the team of her past. Lupin decides that he will fight, announcing that he’s in the ruins of an old town. Lupin figures that he can play the bounty hunters against each other. They turn on each diminishing their numbers. Daisuke and Goemon take care of the rest. Lupin and the leader of the Rat Clan face each other in a shoot out. Lupin manages to win with his hidden gun shoe. Lastly, Fujiko parachutes down aiming to be the one to kill Lupin.

Episode 4: Zenigata’s Pride and the Desert Dust

Zenigata rescues Lupin and Ami from Fujiko. He intends to bring them to justice by getting them across the border. The Bwandan military attacks them by helicopter. They work together to escape and head to the border. However, they come under fire from a sniper. Lupin acts as the decoy drawing the fire of the sniper, he appears to have been shot in the head despite Zenigata camouflage.

Episode 5: A Crook’s Resolve

Lupin is declared dead. Meanwhile, Ami is taken in by Zenigata. Ami contracts Marco Polo and decides to work out a deal. She meets with Marco Polo’s CEO, Chuck Glay. He traps her and threatens to kill her if she doesn’t tell him about Lupin. Of course he wants the location of the money that Lupin stole. However, it turns out that this was all apart of Lupin plans, together with Ami, Fujiko, Goemon and Jigen. Zenigata isn’t surprised that Lupin survived. He arrest Glay. Ami enrolls in a boarding school, hoping to have the real life she missed.

This seems to be the end of Ami’s time with Lupin and the team. I’m disappointed by that. While, the Lupin team has a number of members they don’t have a computer expert. Maybe, Ami will become a recurring character. I wonder if the series will shift away from the tech focus to more traditional bank robbery type heists. It appears that what makes this Lupin series different is that it’s more modern.

Enen no Shouboutai Episode 2: Recap and Review

Arthur and Excalibur

Episode 2, The Heart of a Fire Soldier

This episode introduces us to the “Rookie Fire Soldier Games,” and a new character, Arthur Boyle. The rival of Shinra, Arthur is instantly antagonistic towards him. The self appointed “Knight King,” Arthur uses his third generation fire abilities to create a plasma sword. He leans heavily on the “King Arthur”mythology calling his sword, Excalibur. Arthur doesn’t seem terrible bright and largely typical for a rival to the main character. Maki shows off some of her powers. She’s a former soldier with dangerous hand to hand combat skills. She’s single handily defeats Shinra and Arthur. Maki also can create “living” flame or at least that’s how the look.

Maki fighting Arthur

Lieutenant Hinawa continues to be a hard ass, but I found it to be more reasonable for him to be that way than in the first episode. If everyone took this job too lightly they probably wouldn’t succeed. I think Hinawa will be the voice of reason in this series. He will be useful in keeping everyone in line. The team receives an emergency call. Captain Obi tells them that they shouldn’t show their weapons in public. Both, Shinra and Arthur disregard this rule. Obi sternly criticizes them for doing so. He informs them that it’s inappropriate for to do that in front of family members.

The Infernal

We are shown a new villain that seems to be responsible for the fires. Team 8 head into the building to find the Infernal sitting at a table. Arthur quietly “ends” his suffering. It’s a somber moment and shows the saddest involved with becoming an Infernal. The first episode would have given many the impression that all Infernals become violent and need to be “killed” in an epic show down. This episode reminded us that the Infernal are victims that deserve sympathy.

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Episode 15: Recap & Review

Episode 15, Mount Natagumo

Tanjiro, Zenitsu and Inosuke are told that their fully healed. Zenitsu has now been informed that Nezuko is Tanjiro’s sister. A Kungai crow arrives and informs them that they’re to report to Mt. Natagumo. While on the path to Mt. Natagumo they encounter a fellow Demon Slayer that appears to be under control of a demon. Inosuke and Tanjiro head into the forest to find out. We see four demons in the shadows. Tanjiro and Inosuke run into a demon slayer and he informs them that there were ten initially.

Suddenly the slayers started attacking each other. We get a glimpse of the Demon Slayer commander, that takes note that his “children” have been slaughtered. He decides to send two Hashiras, Tomioka Giyu and Shinobu, as he believes that they maybe dealing with the Twelve Kizuki. Zenitsu finally heads towards the mountain when he realizes that Tanjiro took Nezuko with him. Meanwhile, Tanjiro and Inosuke are attacked by the remaining Demon Slayers under the control of the demons. However, they learn that the small spiders are attaching the threads to the Demon Slayers.

Without Tanjiro’s ability to smell the demon, it’s up to Inosuke to find her. A white haired and skinned demon appears telling them not to interfere with his family or his “mother” will kill them. He walks away on one of the spider webs. Inosuke attempts to attack the demon but can’t reach. He uses the seventh form of the Beast breathing technique and is able to locate her using his “spiritual awareness.” We know that each demon has a backstory, I wonder if the spider demons are actually related biologically. Regardless, it seems that Tanjiro, Zenitsu, Inosuke, Nezuko and Murata may be over their heads. I’m excited to see how strong Hashiras really are.