Dororo Episode 22 and 23: Recap & Review

Midoro the demon horse

Episode 22, The Story of Nui

Tahomaru and his group return home with Dororo now captured. Daigo is preparing to fight against the Asakura Clan at Banmon. Finding out that Dororo has been kidnapped, Hyakkimaru becomes enraged. His anger attracts the demonic horse. Oku decides to free Dororo because she became the friend of Hyakkimaru. Oku leaves with Dororo. They are caught in a current and their ship is destroyed. They are rescued by Daigo refugees, Biwa-Hoshi is among them.

Mutsu with Hyakkimaru’s arm

Oku decides to remain with the group and help the sick and wounded. Meanwhile, Hyakkimaru riding on Midoro is slaughtering Daigo’s soldiers in search for Dororo. Mutsu, the sister of Hyogo offers herself to the demon’s in the temple in exchange for the protection of the land and people. Her offer is rejected. However, when Tahomaru, Mutsu and Hyogo encounter Hyakkimaru their wounds are healed. This is due to the demon, and the demon has given them the arms of Hyakkimaru and both his eyes.

Hyakkimaru and Tahomaru clash

Midoro bites Mutsu’s head

Episode 23, The Story of the Demons

As the villagers prepare for war, Hyakkimaru fights Tahomaru, Hyogo and Mutsu. Oku and Dororo arrive at the battle. They are stopped by Biwa-Hoshi. Midoro attacks Mutsu and Hyogo. However, Midoro is distracted when her foal arrives. Midoro decapitates Hyogo and crushes Mutsu. The demon still has control over their bodies and uses the arms it gave them to mortally wound Midoro. After Mutsu and Hyogo die, Hyakkimaru’s arms return to him. Leaving Tahomaru heartbroken, then enraged.

Tahomaru with Hyakkimaru’s eye’s

He grabs the two sword blades with his new arms and clashes with Tahomaru. Hyakkimaru flees when he’s senses Dororo and Oku’s sadness. As he runs away he asks himself “what is a human.” He and Tahomaru fight again, only this time Hyakkimaru’s reach is longer. Dororo, Biwa-Hoshi , Oku and the villagers discuss the value of one (Hyakkimaru) and the many (the villagers). Hyakkimaru and Tahomaru clash in the castle, knocking over a candle. As a fire starts, Hyakkimaru fights for his last two parts. Oku and Dororo rush towards the burning castle.

Hyakkimaru clashing for the last time?

Dororo is reaching it’s end and I’m not sure what will happen. The major theme of this series now seems to be the lives of the few verses the lives of the many. The series introduces some Buddhist concepts regarding human desires and the costs of such desires. The question I have is if Hyakkimaru dies does what would happen to the prosperity? Regardless, I think this season will end with some devastating death.

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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Episode 9 & 10: Recap & Review

Susamaru six arms

Episode 9, Temari Demon and Arrow Demon

Susamaru throws her two temari balls at the house. Tanjiro sends Nezuko to take the wounded woman to the basement for protection. Susamaru states that she and Yahaba are members of the “Twelve Demon Moons.” These demon are considered to be the most powerful generals that serve directly under Kibutsuji. Susamaru increases the number of her arms to six and the number of temari to six as well. Tanjiro has difficultly understanding how the temari are able to move.

Yushiro regenerating

It turns out that Yahaba and Susamaru had been working together. Yahaba had been using his telekinetic arrow controls to move the temari around. Yushiro uses a Blood Art spell to give Tanjiro his sight. This allows Tanjiro to finally see the arrows. When Nezuko attacks Yahaba he loses control of the arrows and Tanjiro is able to cut the arms off of Susamaru. Tanjiro faces off against Yahaba and Nezuko, Tamayo, and Yushiro fight Susamaru. Tamayo is recognized as a “fugitive,” leading Susamaru and Yahaba to target her. Nezuko loses her leg trying to kick on off Susamaru’s temari.

Tanjiro struggles to gain control over his fight with Yahaba. The arrows can’t be cut and if he does touch them his sword moves in the direction of the arrow. Tanjiro manages to combine several techniques with the arrows from Yahaba creating a force strong enough to decapitate Yahaba.

Tanjiro kills Yahaba

Yahaba’s final attack

Episode 10, Together Forever

As Yahaba starts to die, he attacks Tanjiro with his arrows. He attempts to kill Tanjiro by using his arrows to slam Tanjiro into a wall or anything that could hurt him. Tanjiro uses moves over and over again trying to prevent himself from falling. Yahaba dies, leaving Tanjiro exhausted as he falls to the ground. He breaks his leg and has to crawl to Nezuko. Tamayo medicine heals Nezuko’s leg and she rejoins the fight. Nezuko faces off against Susamaru. She’s shows once again that she has been able to fight with a high level demon without consuming human blood.

Tamayo using the Aroma of Daylight

She and Susamaru engage in a kicking battle, kicking the temari back and forth with increase power. Susamaru creates six temari, before she can do anything Tamayo interferes. She calls Kibutsuji a “coward,” stating that “he [Kibutsuji] programmed his demons with the instinct to kill each other so they won’t band together and kill them.” Susamaru becomes enraged and doesn’t notice that Tamayo begins to cast a spell – Magical Aroma of Daylight. This spell weakens the brain function’s causing Susamaru to say Kibutsuji name.

The Kibutsuji curse

This triggers the “Kibutsuji curse,” since demon aren’t suppose to mention his name, when they do the curse is triggered. Shockingly, three arms burst out of body and crushes her. It turns out that neither Susamaru and Yahaba were part of the “Twelve Kizuki” meaning that the demons were too weak. Once again we see the demons are “humanized.” Susamaru, is reduced to nothing but an arm. She asks Tanjiro to “play with her,” before she is killed by the sunlight, Tanjiro feels sympathy for her. Kibutsuji even lied to her by telling her she was an elite demon.

Tamayo crying

Kibutsuji is becoming a more “evil” character, while, the other demons seem to be getting a more nuance treatment. To this point when Nezuko considers Tamayo and Yushiro to be “human,” she starts to cry. So far she and Yushiro are the most human like in this series. However, Kibutsuji also seems to behave like a “human,” despite his cruel demon behavior. I wonder if we will see more demons like this.

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Episode 7 & 8: Recap & Review

Episode 7, Muzan Kibutsuji

Nezuko finally gets a chance to shine as she fights one of the demons. More importantly she proves that she can be trusted to defend humans without Tanjiro. Nezuko shows a lot of power but because she lacks experience is highly predictable in a fight. Tanjiro defeats the two demons in the swamp with his Water Style Whirlpool. Tanjiro then rescues Nezuko when the last remaining demon overwhelms her. When he asks the demon “what he knows about Muzan Kibutsuji,” the demon lunges at Tanjiro forcing Tanjiro to kill him.

Tanjiro leaves as he promises to defeat Kibutsuji for killing so many people. A Kaugai crow arrives and give Tanjiro his next mission at Asakusa, Tokyo. Tanjiro arrives in Tokyo and is quickly overwhelmed by the size of the city. He takes a break in a park. While there he catches the scent of Kibutsuji and gives chase. He tracks Kibutsuji down and grabs his shoulder. To his surprise, Kibutsuji is holding a little girl that calls him “daddy.” The mother of the child soon arrives later. While Kibutsuji pretends not to know anything about Tanjiro, he does turn a man walking by to a demon.

Episode 8, The Smell of Enchanting Blood

Episode 8 picks up right we episode 7 left off. The newly demonic bystander bites his wife in the shoulder. Tanjiro springs into action holding the man down. Kibutsuji leaves with his family. The police soon arrives and get in the way. A demon named Tamayo uses her Blood Art spell on the police. She takes notes of Tanjiro humanizing the new demon and his desire to “save” him. Tanjiro notices that they’re demons, which Tamayo admits to. She states that she a doctor and she would like to kill Kibutsuji.

Meanwhile, Kibutsuji sends his family home and head to find Tanjiro. He encounters a drunk in an alley way. The man suggests that Kibutsuji is sick because of his pale skin. This seems to trigger him as he kills the drunk by knocking him into a wall. He then kill the man’s large brother and the woman with them. He sticks his finger in her forehead, injecting her with his blood resulting in her exploding. As a first encounter with the main villain (I’m assuming) it’s quite an introduction. Kibutsuji seems to see himself as superior to humans. He instantly reminded me of Meruem from Hunter x Hunter.

He summons 2 demons to “bring him the head” of Tanjiro. Tanjiro arrives at the home of Tamayo. He and Yushiro quickly establish a relationship typical of the main protagonists and his rival, much like how Midoriya and Bakugo’s (My Hero Academia) relationship works. Anyway, Tamayo tells him that she has saved the wife but the husband needed to be locked in the basement. She lacks the blood lust typical of demons because she has “modified herself,” and removed the Kibutsuji curse.

After some talking she tells Tanjiro that she hopes to find a way to turn demons back into humans. In order to do so she needs two things. Permission to study Nezuko’s blood and bring blood from powerful demons to study. As Tanjiro agrees, the two demons that Kibutsuji sent attack. It was always going to be a way to return a demon back to a human. Tamayo doesn’t seem to have an answer yet, but I don’t think it’s going to be as simple as demon blood. Another potential problem is how the organization that Tanjiro belongs to will react to him working with a demon. I anticipate that he may have a falling out with the Corps as he tries to help his sister. As a villain I love Kibutsuji and he’s terrible. The next episode will hopefully show how strong Yushiro is.

Dororo Episode 18 and 19: Recap & Review

Hyakkimaru kills Shiranui

Episode 18, The Story of the Cape of No Mercy

Shiranui calls Jiromaru to “eat all their enemies.” It then consumes the corpse of Saburomaru becoming a grotesque white shark that can move on land. It quickly tries to eat Dororo, who’s saved by Hyakkimaru. He slays Jiromaru and tells Dororo that he “came for her.” Hyakkimaru leg grows back (which of course means that it wasn’t necessary to get an new artificial one in episode 17). Meanwhile, Itachi finds the cave. Two men enter and are blown up for their efforts. Tahomaru arrives with a fleet and he orders his men to “leave no one alive.”

Tahomaru arrives with his fleet

Itachi’s men are attacked and killed by Tahomaru and his men. Hyakkimaru faces off against Tahomaru, Mutsu and Hyogo. Dororo and Itachi are attacked by Tahomaru’s men. Itachi is riddled with arrows, while Hyakkimaru is overwhelmed fighting 3 against 1, he and Tahomaru clash. Shiranui decides he’s going to blow up the mountain top killing everyone and himself. He fails to accomplish this. Hyogo gets injured and Itachi dies in the cave with the treasure. Dororo decides to leave the treasure there. He and Hyakkimaru leave the island together.


The Amanojaku (demon)

Episode 19, The Story of the Amanojaku

This episode was largely just filler. Hyakkimaru and Dororo looks for a swordsmith to repair his prosthetics sword arms. For some reason the townspeople tell them that Munetsuna is a bad swordsmith and his daughter Okowa is ugly. A amanojaku (demon) uses it’s power to cast a spell on Hyakkimaru resulting in him saying the opposite of what he means. As a result he ends his journey, an decides to marry Okowa. Dororo releases that everyone in the village says the opposite of what they mean. If he wears one of the masks from Munetsuna wall they are able to tell the truth. Eventually the demon is resealed by Munetsuna and Hyakkimaru gets his new sword. This episode is largely a waste of time, but I guess Hyakkimaru needed his swords back.

One Punch Man S2 – Episode 5 Recap & Review

Metal Bat verses Garou

Episode 5, The Martial Arts Tournament

Metal Knight arrives and tries to defeat Elder Centipede, failing miserably. This episode is filled with a large list of new heroes and monsters. Most of them will be red shirted and exists to be fodder for the stronger characters. Anyway, Metal Bat and Garou square off, with Bat doing far better considering his injured state. Garou admits that Metal Bat would have defeated him if he could have landed a hit. Metal Bat is actually about to hit Garou with a major blow when his sister Zenko arrives.

Fubuki verses Do-S

She gets in the way of Garou as he tries to kill Metal Bat. Garou leaves seemingly having a soft spot for children and goes to find Watchdog Man. Metal Bat collapses. Pineapple and Mohican are attacked by Rhino Wrestler and easily defeated. Two other monsters Phoenix Man and Sludge Jellyfish attempt to recruit Garou into the Monster Association. I don’t know if I missed it, but this is the first that I heard of the MA. It seems that like the Hero Association, the monsters are trying to gain notoriety. It’s unclear whether they are ranked or not.

Lightning Max verses Ring Ring

Many monsters (Martial Gorilla, Do-S, Hundred Eyes Octopus, Pure-Blood, and Make Plasma) arrive simultaneously overwhelming the heroes. Fubuki makes an appearance saving a hero from Do-S. Meanwhile, the Fighting Tournament begins and we are introduced to a massive group of heroes. Lightning Max returns, while new fighters Bakuzan, Suriyu, Ring Ring, Hamukichi, Choze, Zakkos and Snek enter. Saitama is assumed to be “weak” and is paired with Zakkos.

Saitama defeats Zakkos

After the credits, Saitama defeats Zakkos with one slap. The outcome between Zakkos and Saitama was always going to be predictable, I do have an issue with putting part of the episode after the credits. It’s not the end of the world but I often turn the episode off before the credits (mostly to avoid seeing the trailer for the next episode). Anyway, it’s a weird thing to do, I wonder why they made that choice.

Dororo Episode 17 Recap & Review

Hyakkimaru kills the demon

Episode 17, The Story of Questions and Answers

Jukai returns. He’s continuing his mission to proved prosthetic limbs to the dead. He is attacked by a ghoul on the battlefield. Hyakkimaru intervenes. Jukai remembers his experience with Hyakkimaru. Of course Hyakkimaru has change significantly. He now has real human skin, ears and now can speak. At this point it seemed like Jukai wanted to say that he was Hyakkimaru’s father, but he doesn’t. Anyway, Hyakkimaru demands a new prosthetic that he can use for fighting.

Jukai destroys the prosthetic

Jukai is reluctant to do this out of fear of Hyakkimaru having to confront his family. In this series it’s been telegraphed that Hyakkimaru is on the path to becoming a “demon.” However, no one seems to really talk to him about it until now. Jukai even goes so far as to cut the prosthetic with his ax. Suddenly they are trapped in the cave by a landslide. He tells Jukai that he wants his body back because it’s “his.” Is Hyakkimaru better off without his body? Does he actually become less human the more real his body becomes?

Hyakkimaru slaughters demons

If you consider the behavior of the other humans in this series even if Hyakkimaru becomes a mass murder he won’t be much different from most. The main demon is a tree called Ayakashigi. It gives “birth” to demons through the fruit. It’s gross or creepy. Or both. Anyway, Hyakkimaru kills many of the demons and finally kills the tree. While watching him fight, Jukai begins to cry. He believes that Dororo will keep him human. Hyakkimaru asks his name. Jukai refuses to give saying he’s nobody. Hyakkimaru says that Jukai is “mama.” It was a funny and sweet moment.

Hyakkimaru calls Jukai “mama”

Tahomaru has resigned himself to defend Daigo at all costs. He and a small army are send to hunt down Hyakkimaru. Meanwhile, Hyakkimaru somehow finds the Cape Hakkotsu and is rowing a boat to rescue Dororo. A few weird things in this episode. First, Jukai doesn’t make a new prosthetic leg for Hyakkimaru. Second, Jukai is bitten by one of the demons and seems completely unfazed by it. Did it kill him? I don’t know it seemed like odd narrative choices. Anyway, this was largely a lovely episode.

Attack On Titan Episode 50 Recap & Review

AOT, The Town Where Everything Began

Regardless, the scouts are traveling by foot towards Wall Maria. They run into a sleeping Titan. Hange Zoe speculates that it could ” be inactive simply because they are traveling on a moonless night when the sun’s light cannot reflect off the surface of the moon.”

Eren trembles in the face off the expectation he feels. He denies this when Armin points it out. The trio recognize that they’re all back home. During the morning the scouts scale the wall and begin sealing the gates. Armin quickly notices remnants of fire and notifies Erwin that he believes that Reiner Braun and Bertholdt Hoover may be around. The scouts start to notice that there are no Titans around. Anyway, Eren transforms a plugs one of the holes. Erwin and Dirk discuss the lack of Titans, as Armin arrives.

He informs them of the signs that someone was camping. Erwin is surprised that the pot Armin mention was cold. He speculates that “the campers should not have had more than two minutes to react if they had spotted or heard the Scouts from atop the Wall, which is too soon for the pot to have already cooled.” Erwin then gives Armin command of the scouts, recognizing that he’s a major asset to the scouts.

Armin remembers the Titan in the Wall and concludes that the enemies could be hiding inside them. Erwin halts the mission. The scouts search for places in the wall that might be hiding enemies. One Scout finds a cavity in the wall, which reveals that Reiner in behind it. He seems to kill the scout, and is quickly attacked by Levi. Even though Levi manages to stab Reiner in the neck, he survives.

Reiner then transforms into the Armored Titan. Erwin calls for to look for Reiner’s allies. Several flashes of thunder appear behind him, revealing the Beast Titan and many Titans. The Beast Titan hurls a boulder blocking the entrance so the scouts can’t escape.
This episode largely designed to set up the conflict for the remaining season. I didn’t expect that this episode would feature heavy on action. It is clear that Armin will become a focal point of the series from this point.

One Punch Man Episode 03 Recap & Review

Silver Fang beats his student up

Episode 03, The Hunt Begins

Garou takes center stage in this episode. It turns out that he was a former student of Silver Fang. Saitama and Genos are informed by Silver Fang’s current top student that he was brutally beaten by Silver Fang and expelled. Genos suggests that this was due to the reappearance of Garou. Charanko while walking home contemplates defeating Garou himself. He overhears Garou as he approaches Mumen Rider. Before they fight Tank Top Vegetarian arrives with his crew.

S Class Tank Top Master

Garou defeats him quickly, but has difficulty with Tank Top master. When Tank Top Master manages to get the upper-hand and is about to deliver the finishing blow, Mumen Rider interferes. Meanwhile, Silver Fang’s brother arrives to help his brother defeat Garou. Tank Top master attacks Garou again, this time Garou counters with the techniques that Silver Fang taught him. He gains the advantage over Tank Top master and turns his attention to his gang.

The results of Garou’s hunt

Mumen Rider attempts to stop him with Justice Crash and has his head brutally smashed into the ground. He easily defeats the Tank Top crew as Charanko enters the fray. Like the others he’s defeated. All this would have more impact if Garou actually killed any of them or if I didn’t have confidence that Saitama would beat him. Garou’s next victims will be Class A Hero: Golden Ball and Class A Rank 28 Hero: Spring Mustachio. In a comical ending, Garou mistakenly assumes that Saitama wants to fight him. He chops Saitama, that has no effect. Annoyed, Saitama responds with a chop of his own, knocking Garou out. Saitama’s dominance is predictable but never gets old.

Saitama meets Garou

Funko Pop Anime One Punch Man-Saitama Toy

Fire Force Full Anime Trailer

A longer trailer for the upcoming anime of Fire Force (Enen no Shouboutai) was released. The series created by Atsushi Ookubo (Soul Eater) will debut July 6th this summer. While I liked the manga I haven’t been able to keep up with it. The animation for this series looks great so I’m excited for it.

The synopsis of the series is:


Year 198 of the Solar Era in Tokyo, special fire brigades are fighting against a phenomenon called spontaneous human combustion where humans beings are turned into living infernos called “Infernals”. While the Infernals are first generation cases of spontaneous human combustion, later generations possess the ability to manipulate flames while retaining human form. Shinra Kusakabe, a youth who gained the nickname Devil’s Footprints for his ability to ignite his feet at will, joins the Special Fire Force Company 8 which composes of other flames users as they work to extinguish any Infernals they encounter. As a faction that is creating Infernals appears, Shira begins to uncover the truth behind a mysterious fire that caused the death of his family twelve years ago.

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Dororo Episode 15 Recap & Review

Episode 15, The Story of the Scene from Hell

This episode seem to have marked a low for the series in terms of animation quality. There was weird distant camera angles, coupled with no faces on the characters. The episode is weirdly inconsistent animation wise and was disappointing. After some research it appears that the episode was done by Osamu Kobayashi. He’s known for having ruined episode 4 of Gurren Lagann. This style change is dramatic and really just overall unappealing.

Anyway, it turns out that the nun and the children were sacrificed to demons. Sabame’s prosperity is like that of Daigo’s. The village is able to produce rice due to their willingness to offer the children to the demons. The weird demon baby is a collection of the spirits of the dead children. Hyakkimaru is of course driven to kill the moth demon, regardless of whether it will have a negative effect on the village.

At the end of this episode both Hyakkimaru and Dororo end up responsible for parts of the village being set on fire. After he kills the original moth demon he gets his spinal cord back. You would think this scene would be bloody but it was rather uneventful. Also due to the animation style I didn’t realize what happened at first. Blood would have made it more clear. When Dororo and Hyakkimaru return to the village it’s burnt down and many of the villagers are dead including Sabame.

I was so distracted by the animation I didn’t really get into this episode. Hyakkimaru seems to begin his downward spiral where killing demons is all he cares about. I’m going to assume that he will be tasked with saving lives or killing demons and choose the later. Meanwhile, Dororo and Hyakkimaru walk their separate ways, leaving Dororo to be found by Itachi and his men looking for Dororo’s half of the map. Overall, this episode was a bit of a disappointment. Hopefully, the rest of the season will return to a higher quality animation.