Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Episode 23: Recap & Review

Season 1, Episode 23: Hashira Meeting

Tanjiro begins using his breathing technique to free himself. Giyu stops Obanai from interfering. Nezuko remembers her childhood. She begins to control her instincts, she looks away from Sanemi. Surprising to Sanemi, The Master takes it as evidence that she can be trusted. The Master then tells Tanjiro and Nezuko that they must go out in the world and defeat demons. Tanjiro states that he will “defeat Kibutsuji.” The Master kindly points that Tanjiro is nowhere near as powerful as he needs to be. He tells Tanjiro that he should focus on the Twelve Moon. Tanjiro and Nezuko are taken to Kocho mansion, Butterfly Manor.

They’re escorted into the infirmary. We see Zenitsu whining (as usual) about the pour tasting medicine. He needs the medication to regrow his shortened limbs due to being deformed by the venom. Zenitsu and Tanjiro happily greet each other. Inosuke lays silently in the bed besides Zenitsu. His voice has been damaged by the attack Father inflicted on him. Hoarse, he’s depressed by his lack of strength. Clearly this is going to be an opportunity for Tanjiro, Zenitsu, Inosuke and maybe Nezuko to gt some training. Meanwhile, the Hashira have their meeting. Demons are more active now and they need to increase their recruitment number.

Natagumo states that the quality of the non-Hashira’s members is terrible. However, it’s difficult for the Corps to recruit because humanity is largely ignorant of demons. Only those that have lost love ones to demons and are descendants of former demon slayers. The Corps have a good grasp on their problems. However, the ignorance of humanity can be solved by educating them. If the Corps taught them how to protect themselves from demon (wisteria) it would be harder for demons to kill them and get stronger. Right now the Corps are hidden from the public.

You could imagine that the Corps could become a military force, though that has other problems. Another thing that seems to cause them problems is the informal nature of how they choose demon slayers. Tanjiro was trained by a former Hashira, but his survival wasn’t really certain. The Corps seem unwilling to “hand hold,” at least not until after the final selection. Tanjiro is left to his own devices after he survives, given orders to fight but not how to fight. Basically, the leave them to fend for themselves which isn’t working at all. If they had a mentor continue to train with rookie demon slayers they would be better prepared than they tend to be.


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Dr. Stone Episode 8 & 9, Recap and Review

The weird Suika

Season 1, Episode 8: Stone Road

The villagers learn that there’s an outsider in the village. They assume that he’s a criminal that was kicked out of the village. Senku and the others prepare to save Ruri from her disease. He plans for the Kingdom of Science to create an antibiotic. Because they can’t tell what her disease is, antibiotics is the best chance to save her. He goes on to explain the two routes to making antibiotics, the biological route and the stone route. The stone route seems to be the more effective one, so they take it. Senku, Kohaku and Chrome begin searching for the elements they need to create the antibiotics.

Ramen

While collecting elements in the river, they meet Suika. She’s a weird girl with a watermelon rind on her head. She offers to help and Senku’s accepts. Once they collect the ingredients for iron the run into a problem they need to reach 1,500 degrees to make iron. By burning wood they can only reach 700 degrees. As much as they try they don’t have the manpower needed to create iron. Suika goes to find what the villagers would need to join them. Senku concludes that food would be the best way to get some of the villagers on board. Using foxtail millet, he creates ramen. Senku plans to “colonize” the village with ramen.


The “mentalist” Asagiri Gen

Season 1, Episode 9: Let There Be the Light of Science

The Ramen is a hit with the villagers. While feeding the villages, Senku notices a man with half black and half white hair. Kohaku, Kinro and Ginro spring into action. According to Senku the man is Asagiri Gen a “magician who used to write trashy psychology books.” Gen calls himself a “mentalist.” Despite Gen claim that he’s afraid, Kohaku isn’t buying it. Asagiri Gen admits that he’s working for Tsukasa. Gen was sent to confirm that Senku is in fact dead. They acquired iron, Gen claims that whether Senku dies or Tsukasa does is irrelevant. He wins regardless. He dreams of having his own harem. Kohaku doesn’t trust him and thinks that it would be better if he was imprisoned or dead. Senku knows that if he doesn’t return to Tsukasa, then Tsukasa would show up himself.

Let there be light

Senku tells Gen that he’s planning on making a generator. Using the lightning and some iron sand, copper and other items, Senku creates a tower. Using the golden spear of Kinro, they finally get lighting to strike creating a magnet. Senku and the others create a “dual-wield hand-crank generator.” They need two people that are able to work together and have a lot of energy. They turn to Ginro and Kinro. Gen manipulates them into helping. With the electricity they created an “Edison light bulb of Japanese bamboo.” Obviously, Asagiri can’t bet trusted. He may not have any allegiance to Tsukasa but he won’t have any toward Senku.

It think that he’ll try to steal the light bulb that Senku makes. Also with the tension brewing with the Chief and some of the villagers the Kingdom of Science may be in danger. Finally, it seems that Tsukasa has accepted Taiju and Yuzuriha into his empire or at least that’s what Gen says. Tsukasa is no fool and the fact that he sent Gen to confirm the death of Senku suggests that he’s skeptical. I’m enjoying the Senku and the villagers, but I wonder what Tsukasa is up to.


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Cop Craft Episode 7: Recap and Review

Cole Mozeleemay

Girls On Ice

Tilarna is undercover as a prostitute. She is sent to see a client and he is arrested by Kei and the other police. Tilarna is pissed that Kei was “late,” and her hair was “touched.” The man that was arrested is Cole Mozeleemay, a mayor candidate. Cole is asked many questions from the press, he claims that allegations are unfounded. Apparently, his wife (Marla) believes that he’s innocent. She says that “some evil person that didn’t want him to be mayor must have set him up.” When he tries to hold her hand, she slaps it and tells him not to touch her. Tilarna is angry at Cole’s lies, while Kei tells her that ” all powerful people are like that.” While outside the restaurant, Tilarna meets Zoey, a prostitute. She doesn’t know that Tilarna was undercover. She asks Tilarna to help her move.

Tilarna and Zoey fishing

Zoey is a photographer, its more of a hobby. She tells Tilarna that she will take a photo for her. Meanwhile, the Chief, Kei and Assistant Prosecutor Gardner discuss the case. They have video of Mozeleemay but it’s probably not enough. They plan on bluffing, hoping that he will give up some of his connections. Kei tells Tilarna that she shouldn’t meet with Zoey anymore. If Zoey (a potential witness) finds out that Tilarna is actually a cop she would feel betrayed. Kei thinks that Zoey will get mad and refuse to testify. Kei tells her not to “get involved with people you’re investigating.” Tilarna is naive. She doesn’t believe that Kei is right. Tilarna continues to be friends with Zoey.

Zoey getting shot

Meanwhile, a list with fake and some real names is “leaked.” Making it less likely that Cole Mozeleemay will get prosecuted. At night, Cole and Zoey meet. They exchange money and Cole gropes Zoey and she reveals that she recording the conversation. The following morning, Tilarna starts to suspect that Zoey is the leak. She confronts her the next day. While their talking, Zoey is killed by a gunshot. Kei goes after the assassin. He kills the assassin before he can reveal who hired him. Meanwhile, Zoey is in critical condition. It appears that Cole wasn’t involved but his wife may have been. Tilarna vows not to let him(Cole) get away with this. Zoey dies, leaving Tilarna a beautiful photo.

The photo Zoey left behind

This is hands down the best episode of this series. The political conspiracy isn’t particular original, but it was well done. Tilarna’s lack of experience in the human world make her the perfect avatar to critique the human concept of justice. While her feeling that it would be unfair for Cole to get away with it makes sense, the episode makes it clear that Cole isn’t making the decisions. The due process or gathering of the evidence is necessary to be sure that someone is guilty. Tilarna doesn’t get this yet. I think she may take the laws into her own hands, but Kei may help her learn the value of the human concept of justice. I look forward to seeing how this arc concludes.


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Enen no Shouboutai Episode 6: Recap and Review

Season 1, Episode 6: The Spark of Promise

This fight was underwhelming. Compared to the previous episode, I expected this one to surpass the action presented. While I understand that this series is trying to focus on the characters (which I’ll get into later), I think you can do this while having great action. In this episode, Hibana reminds Iris what caused her to lose her faith. When they were children at the orphanage, they witnessed the nun engulfed in flames. While this occurred, Hibana’s third-generation powers manifested. Shinra attacks her but she uses her “heat syncope,” on him again. Heat syncope is a type of “heat illness.” Hibana uses it to overheat her opponents, causing them to become lightheaded.

Despite this, Shinra is able to stand. She then creates a flaming Sakura tree. The pedals from this tree burn with they come in contact with skin. Shinra still manages to stand his ground however. He attacks her, punching her and knocking her out. Hibana recalls her past. Her time at the orphanage and how she manage to become a Captain so she could study fire. When she awakens she’s had a change of heart, no longer willing to be the opposition. This episode is effective in making Hibana a far more sympathetic character than she first appeared. Witnessing the death of her sisters in the orphanage, she suffers from survivors guilt.

This results in her rage, abandoning her faith for science. Her sudden change seems a bit premature to me. While I don’t expect her personality to change, it seems like a over simplistic reason for her to change. The villain becoming an ally or anti-hero happens often in anime, but I feel that Fire Force should be more realistic about it. Hibana seems to have also fallen in love with Shinra, which also seem premature. I know it will be played for laughs and I’m not offend by it, but why does she like him? Finally, it seems like her and Company 5’s behavior will be ignored and they will get away with their bed behavior. Would Obi with his high morals tolerate this? What would it say about him if he did? Questions aside, I’m still interested in the larger conspiracy.


Dr. Stone Episode 5, Recap and Review

Senku “death”

Season 1, Episode 5: Stone World The Beginning

Dr. Stone is a series that plays with our expectation. Initially, characters are placed in archetypal positions. Senku, the cold hearted genius, Taiju the dumb brute, Yuzuriha the damsel and Tsukasa the villain. However, all four types have been challenged. While they behave as their typing suggest, there are moments when the deviate from expectation. When Senku “sacrifices” himself for Yuzuriha, he proves that he isn’t so cold hearted. Taiju uses his intellect to devise a plan that requires him to assume a bias that Tsukasa has, regarding the dynamic between, Yuzuriha and Taiju. Tsukasa is very much the villain, however, he’s not nearly as simple as that role suggests.

Senku breaks free

His intellect rivals Senku (even if the later is still smarter) and he’s not without compassion. Finally, there’s Yuzuriha, who I was afraid would be relegated as simple the “damsel in distress.” In this episode she takes a small step towards being more relevant. She figures out that Senku wanted to provoke Tsukasa into hitting him in the neck. Together she and Taiju are able to deduce that Senku isn’t dead, but used some petrification on his neck. They heal him with revival fluid. This proves that not only are they not useless without Senku’s intellect, but as a trio they are formidable. Each with have their strengths. The trio is strongest when they work together.

Senku building a home

The later half of the episode shows how Senku was freed from the stone and how he survived. Senku spends a great deal of time trying to acquire fire. While under the watchful eye of three condescending monkeys that think he’s stupid. The montage is informative and funny. Time will tell how long it takes for Tsukasa to learn that Senku survived, but it would be in the best interests for the trio to lay low for now. They have to find the other survivors and determine if they’re friends or foe. I’m still not certain that Tsukasa will remain the main villain though. I think they might have to join forces against some other threat.


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Dr. Stone Episode 3, Recap and Review

Season 1, 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.


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Dr. Stone Episode 2, Recap and Review

Taiju and Senku running from the lions

Season 1, Episode 2: King of the Stone World

In the last episodes review I predicted that Taiju would release Shishio Tsukasa and that it was a bad idea. Turns out I was right. While Shishio is clearly helpful, his world view is dangerous. At the start of this episode, Senku finally frees on of the stone sparrows. He leaves the decision on who will be freed to Taiju, who of course chooses Yuzuriha. Before they can free her, they’re chased by a pride of hungry lions. Desperate, they decided to free Shishio. In a spectacular show of force, Shishio kills the male lion forcing the other to flee. I was wrong about the dynamic between the brains and the brawn.

Shishio Tsukasa

When running from the lions, Taiju offers to sacrifice himself for Senku. Assuming that humanity can survive with “just” a smart human like Senku. Senku explains that they need each other and that Taiju’s is valued for his “fitness” not his fighting ability. This is were Shishio comes in. They dynamic between brain and brawn is complicated by as Taiju puts it “brains, brawn and brute force.” Senku notes that in a “world without guns” Shishio would be unstoppable. His strength comes with upsides of course, He’s able to hunt boar, birds and fish for them.

Shishio fights boars

Senku suggest that the first step towards rebuilding civilization lies in “calcium carbonate.” It’s the stuff they use for chalk in sports. However they have several uses. Once you create the powder they can be used for agriculture, construction and soap. Senku initially states that their are “four” uses for calcium carbonate but after talking to Shishio he lies and says that he only stated that their was three. The trust between Senku and Shishio isn’t there. I think they both see the other as a threat. Shishio kills a man by decapitating his stone body because the man abused him.

Senku and Shishio in conflict

He presents a question to Senku. Should we try to return to the “old world.” He sees the young as “pure,” and thinks that the older people are “tainted” and would only ruin the “paradise.” Senku disagrees, suggesting that he intends to free everyone. I disagree with Senku here. If you bring back the adults they won’t want to listen to a “child,” no matter how smart they are. They need to be more selective. The problem is how do any of them know what someone’s like? Shishio seems to assume that all young people are pure is that really true? He’s young, yet he had no trouble killing a man. How’s that pure? Regardless, the conflict has been set up. Brain verses brute force.


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Dr. Stone Episode 1, Recap and Review

Yuzuriha

Season 1, Episode 1: Stone World

As I’ve stated before the premier episode of series is largely about laying the groundwork. You have too establish the world and introduce the characters. They can be a little dull sometimes but are always necessary. Taiju Oki decides that he’s going to tell the girl he’s been in love with for 5 years how he feels. At this moment a bright green light appears in the sky turning everyone into stone. As a result the world is plunged into chaos. As people turn to stone the planes, cars and buses crash. The human population appears to be the only one that is turned into stone. We see dogs, wolves and monkeys that are still “alive.”

Taiju professing his love

What is terrifying is that it appears that the people are able to think while encased in stone. One woman asks for “help.” Taiju keeps talking to himself to maintain his sanity. As years go by nature takes over the world destroying what was once human civilization. Taiju eventually breaks free. Having not aged, he searches for Yuzuriha and finds her by a tree. He finally tells her that he loves her. She’s still stone of course, but we know that people are still aware while stoned. What is interesting or even romantic is that Taiju literally has loved her for over a hundred years.

Senku welcoming Taiju

He sees above her head a message to “follow the river downstream, big oaf.” He meets with his old friend Senku Ishigami. It’s October 5th, 5738 and Senku has been free for six months. Turns out that Senku used his time in stone to count the seconds. Obviously, we have to suspend disbelief with this series. It’s hard to believe that neither, Senku or Taiju wouldn’t go insane from the isolation. Regardless, Taiju was waiting for a “meathead.” Senku will handle the “brainy stuff” and Taiju the “heavy lifting.” Senku plans to “take the world back,” and “figure out the science behind the petrification.”

Shishio Tsukasa is gonna be a problem

Taiju is the typical dumb jock type with Senku appearing to be an egotistic genius. Time will tell if these archetypes hold. While foolishly eating berries, Taiju stumbles on what he calls the “strongest primate high-schooler,” Shishio Tsukasa. Afterward, Taiju sees the cave that he was freed in. Senku is collecting a liquid from bat guano, “nitric acid.” Senku has been experimenting on a way to free people from stone. He’s been using the stoned birds. Senku tells Taiju that he needs “liquor.” Despite Taiju lack of intelligence he does give Senku a good idea, make wine out of the aforementioned berries.

Senku proclaiming his mission to save humanity

I loved this episode it was a perfect introduction to this series. Senku doesn’t seem like a traditional main character for a Shonen series. The main protagonist of the shonen series is usually the air headed, dark haired brute. Although, you could make a case that they’re both the main characters. The most pressing question at the moment is who will get freed next? I think it’s clearly going to be Yuzuriha and Shishio. It makes sense that Taiju would want to free Yuzuriha but Shishio is clearly a bad idea. However, Yuzuriha did seem to like Taiju all that much to me. Would it work out the way he thinks?


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Attack On Titan Episode 59: Recap & Review

Queen Historia

Episode 59, Beyond the Walls

The tone of this season finale left me with a somber feeling. It wasn’t that there weren’t any happy moments, but they were always tempered by a realization that left the characters sadden. This is typical for Attack on Titan. I didn’t expect for any more revelation in this episode and we didn’t really get it. This isn’t a complaint, just an observation. Regardless, I think it was a perfect ending to the season. During the Paradis government meeting. Historia decides that the people are to be informed the truth regarding the Titans and what’s beyond the walls. Unsurprisingly, some believe the story others not so much.

Floch telling Armin why he choose Erwin

Regardless of whether they believe the story, at least the people know. Hitch arrives at the ceremony to honor the fallen solders, Floch tells her that Marlo was a hero. Most importantly he raises the question that Erwin should have been chosen over Armin. It’s an odd that Floch feels it’s necessary to make sure Armin knows that he basically wanted him to die. It’s going to be awkward regardless but Floch went too far in my opinion. When Historia touches Eren hand he has a flashback of Fritz memory. After the attack on Trost District and the refugees are returned Wall Maria.

Eren seeing Grisha’s memories

The Scout’s finally get to see the wall where Grisha was transformed into a Titan. They finally get to see the ocean. This was a happy moment, as the Scouts played in the ocean. Everyone was having a good time until Eren became a buzzkill, reminding them that they won’t have any freedom until they kill all their enemies overseas. As I stated, I think this was a perfect ending. While, the joy was brief, they did get a moment of it. With Eren reminding the Scouts and us that trouble still remains. Overall, this season departed from what the previous one did. This was for the better I think. We got to see other characters (mainly Levi) become more 3 dimensional.

The Scouts frolicking in the ocean

Eren and his friends to a backseat. At the same the world of Attack on Titan got a major expansion. The amount of new details could be overwhelming but I think was necessary. While, I’m sure Titan fights won’t end, I think we now will see them as victims more than perpetrators. As forced weapons, resulting from the bigotry of “humans.” This doesn’t make them less dangerous, but it does make killing sadder. It seemed like when Eren accepted that he wasn’t alone and part of a larger group he was going to happier. However, realizing that “freedom” isn’t close has resulted in him becoming more dreary than before. As always, I look forward to the next season in 2020.

One Punch Man S2 – Episode 11: Recap & Review

Episode 11, Everyone’s Dignity

Death Gatling explains why they want to defeat Garou. Respect. The Hero Association only really pays attention to the S Class Heroes and ignores the rest. This dynamic seems to permeate throughout the series. How do lower heroes gain respect when they aren’t effective against the most dangers monster? The biggest dangers get the most attention and the heroes that defeat them are the strongest and therefore will get the most attention in return. Does that mean lower heroes don’t matter? Does that mean they never contribute to the betterment of society? The answer is clearly no.

However, lower ranked heroes fighting higher level villains can help them gain attention but if they fail it can be held against them. In addition to that if they defeat higher level monsters like Garou, wouldn’t they become S Class heroes? Seems like they will only ever continue the be trapped in this cycle, only becoming higher ranked leaving lower ranked to be ignored. Regardless, Garou defeats Chain Toad, Shooter, Gun Gun, Glasses, Stinger and Wildhorn. This leaves Death Gatling alone. Gatling uses his final move despite the Garou telling him about Tareo.

Of course Garou doesn’t have any trouble blocking all the bullets and defeats Death Gatling. Genos arrives and begins to fight with Garou. Genos nearly manages to kill Garou, who escapes proclaiming that he “as the monster that no one can defeat.” Genos responds that Saitama will defeat any monster because he “strong.” Garou basically responds “who’s that.” A group of monsters arrive to attack Genos. They’re easily defeated. Before Genos can attack Garou again, Bang arrives. They prepare to fight as Bang remembers the first time he meet Garou.

Dororo Episode 24: Recap & Review

Hyakkimaru and Tahomaru accept each other

Episode 24, Dororo and Hyakkimaru

The final episode of Dororo begins with Tahomaru and Hyakkimaru continuing their battle among the blaze of Daigo castle. Both lay claims to the castle and their mother. As Oku head into the hidden passage to the castle, she asks Dororo to stay by her son side like she always had. Oku and Jukai meet as the brothers continues their brutal battle. Hyakkimaru finally gets the upper hand and decides not to kill Tahomaru because “they are both human.” Tahomaru concedes that he “lost.”

Oku apologizes

However, the demon takes control over Tahomaru. He removes the eyes which then return to Hyakkimaru when he defeats the demon beneath the floor. Oku apologizes to both her sons, she decides to stay with Tahomaru as he dies in her arms. Daigo hears the news from the castle and continues his war effort. The final demon statue crumbles as well. Dororo decides that she’s going to use the money to help the people build up their own country. Hyakkimaru finally meets his father in the Hall of Hell. Daigo has learn nothing, suggesting that if he must he will simply feed “another human” to the demons. This includes Hyakkimaru as well.

Tahomaru dies in his mother’s arm

His only regret is that he left Hyakkimaru to a midwife, instead of strangling him. Hyakkimaru refrains from killing his father, instead telling him that he “better not become a demon.” Daigo wonders if he hadn’t struck a deal with a demon, Hyakkimaru may have had the strength to save the land. Hyakkimaru leaves Dororo behind looking to find himself. The ending wasn’t to clear to me, but it does show that Dororo grows up and appears to meet Hyakkimaru in the golden rice fields. Regardless, the series ending was bitter sweet.

Dororo all grown up

Overall, this series was well worth it. While some of the animation was poorly rendered the story of tragedy and triumph was the most important part of this series. The theme of the importance of a individual or larger society is never clearly concluded. However, Dororo deciding to help the people build their own society suggest that a compromise is possible, each individual can contribute to the success of their society. The anime series does change some things from the manga. Instead of 48 demons, Hyakkimaru has to fight 12. Jukai’s story is expanded upon, and many of the events, detail and tone are change. Dororo is a good , albeit a darker adaptation.

Hyakkimaru in the golden rice field

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.

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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