Inuyashiki episode 10 review: The people of Tokyo

Hiro’s terrorism

The penultimate episode of Inuyashiki, The People of Tokyo saw the most action packed episode yet. The last episode saw Hiro cause a airplane to crash, it turned out that it was more severe than that as several planes were targeted. The first wave of planes crashed causing the deaths of the passengers and civilians on land. Inuyashiki and Ando were understandably horrified at this terrible act of terror. However, Inuyashiki would be quickly tasked with saving potential victims with a second wave of planes. Inuyashiki was successful in his attempt to rescue these citizens.

 

Hiro vs Inuyashiki

It’s rare that two main protagonists so infrequently in each others company, however, this episode finally saw them face-off. Hiro apparently didn’t think murdering innocent people “made him the villian,” but clearly he’s that naive. Inuyashiki notes that he feels “human” when saving lives and Hiro feels “human” only when he’s murdering people. Hiro begins an assault on Inuyashiki, we shockingly see Inuyashiki use his “air gun.” While, we know that said “air gun’s” are real, they do seem somewhat silly, considering the fact that both Hiro and Inuyashiki need to use verbal sound effects. During the aerial battle, Inuyashiki gains the advantage ripping the back of Hiro’s head off and tearing both his arms off. He leaves Hiro seemingly unconscious.

Inuyashiki’s recognition

Inuyashiki’s relationship with his daughter has been testy, but his rescuing of her has seemingly restored there relationship in a touching moment. After rescuing his daughter and her friend he continues to save citizens exposing himself to media, doctors and firefighters.  The social media that was criticized in previous episodes for aiding negativity is seen spreading the good and positive story of Inuyashiki’s efforts to save lives. This was another emotion episode that saw the defeat of Hiro, however, he’s not dead yet and will likely return finally accept his place as the villian.

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Inuyashiki Episode 9 Review: Shihjuku People

Hiro verses Japan

Hiro Shishigami plans to basically commit a genocide against the Japanese. Hiro goes on T.V. to broadcast the fact that he is willing to kill all 120 million citizens. He threatens to murder 1000 people daily. Hiro has followed the same path that Light from Death Note did. Once Light gained the power of the death note he was actual sympathetic even though he was killing criminals without making a distinction between their crimes. However, while Hiro originally claimed he was killing on the basis of establishing a new form of Justice, he has quickly devolved into a mass murder, killing indiscriminately.

Hiro begins his murder spree

To prove that he is serious he beings to kill 100 people during the day. He unsurprisingly creates a panic, he then telephones a TV presenter and murders him live while broadcasting. Ando realizes how Hiro is killing his victims, by using his smartphone. Inuyashiki issues a public warning, but due to the public’s obsession with smartphones many citizens risk their lives regardless. This series has criticized our societies dependence on social media and the internet. While, I think the ONE reason people would put their phones down would be if they believed that they would be shot and killed. Regardless, the behavior of seems reasonable, even if you have to stretch your imagination a bit.

Hiro vs Ando

Ando has been helping Inuyashiki, filling the gap in his lack of techno knowledge likely due to his age. Hiro now knows that Ando is aiding Inuyashiki and he now views Ando as his enemy. It’s larger predictable that they will become adversaries. I predict that Ando may end up being a major death in the series or an surprising hero. Together with Inuyashiki i think that they will ultimately be able to defeat Hiro. His popularity, however, continues to grow as many people begin to admire his horrific actions. Inuyashiki largely remained in the background this episode, I don’t think he can do that any longer, as Hiro escalated his terrorism by crashing a plane into the city.

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The Artifice : The Mythological and Folk Tale Origins of Classic Anime

I have been writing for the website The Artifice, occasionally for 2 years now. They just published my fourth article, The Mythological and Folk Tale Origins of Classic Anime. The article focuses on how Japanese mythology and folklore have been used as inspiration for many anime and manga. I focus on Inuyasha, Naruto, Shinigami and what myths inspired their creators. Some of the other articles that I’ve written are:

 

Pokémon and the Animals in Captivity Debate

People in the Pokémon world have used Pokémon for various reasons. Most people are Pokémon trainers. Many people find reasons to exploit and abuse Pokémon mainly for profit and power. Pokémon are shown to have feelings, personalities and are capable of understanding human language. Throughout the Pokémon series various conflicts have arisen regarding the treatment of Pokémon. To this end several governing bodies have been established to protect Pokémon and punish their abusers.

The 5 Saddest Moments in One Piece

Nico Robin was born on the island of Ohara, to a family of archaeologist’s. Her mother abandoned her when she was two, leaving her in the care of her abusive aunt. Her devil fruit ability scared the townspeople leaving her isolated. She sought solace with the scholars at the “Tree of Knowledge”, and particularly with Professor Clover. She became a scholar herself at the age of eight. Robin was open about her wish to learn the truth of the “history of the world”. Dr. Clover informed her that she could get banned if she pursued that knowledge. Upset, Robin ran to a nearby beach where she met a giant, Jaguar D. Saul. They developed a friendship.

Mechas: Disassociation from Science Fiction

The four type’s of mecha are sentient, remote-controlled, wearable, and piloted. Sentient mechas are self-aware, capable of thought and emotion, such as in Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet (2013). Remote-controlled mecha is controlled from a distance. Gigantor is a good example of a remote-controlled mecha. Wearable mecha, like the ones found in Bubblegum Crisis (1987), is worn like armor and controlled by the human’s mind or body. Piloted is the last type. The pilots control the mecha internally like a vehicle, the mecha in Armored Trooper VOTOMS (1983) are controlled in this way.

Dragon Ball Super Episode 117 Review: Showdown of Love.

Goku targeted

Goku is developing a terrible pattern. He is constantly see-sawing in his energy levels as he goes from normal to Ultra Instinct and back again. His power in and of it’s self makes him a target. This has the undesirable effect of putting his Universe 7 on constant alert. While this episode centered on Goku original, it shifted focus to Android 17 & 18. Ribrianne and Rozie from Universe 2 have been surprisingly annoying and yet the episodes featuring them are the most humorous. This episode is no different.

Android 17 & 18 verses Ribrianne and Rozie

The androids rescue Goku from Universe 2, and face off against Ribrianne and Rozie. 18 annoys Ribrianne with her dodging, 18 tells her that “she didn’t come to fight, but she came to win.” Ribrianne looks at Krillin and tells 18 that she doesn’t believe that he’s all that attractive, because he doesn’t have a nose. I though this was funny, especially considering that Dragon Ball sometimes ignores the fact the Krillin doesn’t have a nose.

Ribrianne and Rozie are defeated

17 & 18 use their team work to pit Ribrianne and Rozie against each other accidentally. Ribrianne shoots “Max Love Cannon” at 18 while she’s in midair, 18 uses her ki to propel herself out of harms way leaving Rozie to be hit by it. 17 uses this opportunity to knock her out off the stage. After being hit by 18, Ribrianne reverts to her original form. However, she does manage to trap 18 in her “Big Armor’s” technique, then using the power of the “love” from her teammates she becomes “Giant Super Ribrianne.” Feeling the love of Krillin 18 powers past her, with the aid of 17 and defeats Ribrianne. Ending the most annoying and funny characters in this arc.

Inuyashiki Episode 6 Review: People of 2 Chan

Hiro attempted arrest

The last episode ended with Hiro being seized upon by the secret serviced. Shockingly, he doesn’t result to mass murder to free himself, but flees instead. This may be due primarily to his mothers present. Hiro seems to only care about people a handful of people and his most is clearly the most important. Hiro appears to reckon with his actions and becomes remorseful. However, his belief that some lives are less important than others remain.

Anti-media assault

One of the themes of this episode is the effects of the media. Unsurprisingly, Hiro creates a media sensation, Hiro witnesses his mother’s tearful apology for his actions. Later a news reports that his mother had committed suicide. Hiro becomes enraged at the media and massacres them while they ask his father questions. He then turns his hatred towards the members of a popular message board 2chan, who have attacked his mother and applauded her death. With his mothers death Hiro is likely to continue to become worst and now that he’s exposed as a mass murder he will feel more alone.

New abilities

While Hiro systematically killed each of the haters of 2chan, he revealed a new ability to kill people to through technology. This is frighteningly new ability that renders anyone an easy target. Meanwhile, Inuyashiki learns that he has a USB port under his fingernail, and can fly into space. Hiro’s youth seems to have given him an advantage over Inuyashiki, he appears to have a greater understanding of technology. However, Ando maybe able to bridge this gap as Inuyashiki will likely be unable to master tech.

 

Inuyashiki Last Hero: Episode 04 Review – Samejima

Inuyashiki gets darker

This series continues to get more dreary as it goes. This episode introduces the Yakuza, we open with the apparently dead body of a young woman. She seems to have been drugged and sexually assaulted by the Yakuza boss, Samejima. He clearly uses sexually assault as a way of displaying his power as he sexually assaults his underling by forcing him to perform oral sex on him in a sauna. This of course makes him an irredeemable character, that the audience can’t wait to see punished.

Fumino Inoue escapes

Fumino is the next victim for Samejima sexual assault, he targets her at the cafe where she works. She’s engaged to Satoru and the sweetness of their relationship contrasts with the horrible reality that will befall Fumino. The Yakuza successfully kidnaps and drugs Fumino. She awakes noticing the track marks, Samejima climbs on top of her but she headbutts him and grabs a samurai sword. She successfully manages to slit the wrist of Samejima, as he is tended to she escapes returning to her fiance.

Samejima’s revenge

All is not okay as Samejima finds them and proceeds to choke Satoru, Inuyashiki arrives and fights off the Yakuza. Samejima is no match for Inuyashiki in a hand to hand fight, but he’s shot in the head several times and he collapses. He awakens to find that the Yakuza have gone and Satoru is dead. However, Inuyashiki manages to revived him. He arrives at the home of the Yakuza boss and proceeds to beat Samejima to a pulp. He’s saved by his Yakuza as they riddle Inuyashiki with bullets. Inuyashiki’s defense mechanism activate and he kills and blinds them. He rescues Fumino and returns her to Satoru.

Despite the darkness of this episode it managed to balance the happiness of Satoru and Fumino. What’s interesting is that Fumino is a victim but not a weak one. She fights for her freedom and while short lived she gains it. This series is always an emotional roller-coaster and often features a character that is in tears. It’s telling that Inuyashiki doesn’t kill the boss of the Yakuza. It’s possible that Samejima will return later to cause more havoc.

 

One Piece Chapter 882 Review: Outside of a Yonko’s Expectations

Brulee reveals the Strawhat’s plans

Brulee taunts Luffy from her mirror, telling him that of all Big Mom’s children, Katakuri is the most exception. She elaborates on his fighting ability, stating that Katakuri’s “reputation for never having laid down once in his life.” Annoyed, Luffy attempts to attack her but is blocked by Katakuri. He tosses Luffy into a wall of mirrors and tries to attack him with Mogura. He threatens to “tear Luffy apart piece by piece.” Brulee informs Perospero that the Strawhat’s survived the attack from Big Mom and that the Strawhat’s are meeting at Cacao Island, however, Big Mom is distracted and heads toward Nuts Island.

Luffy vs Katakuri

Luffy realizes that the fight with Katakuri is more tiring than normal, this is due to the fact that dodging Katakuri’s attacks are taxing. Katakuri notices that Luffy dodges his attacks more successfully than anyone else. He then activates his “awakened Devil Fruit powers,” turning the ground into mochi. Luffy begins to activate his fourth Gear, intriguing Katakuri.

The Fire Tank Pirates and Germa 66 survive

The Big Mom pirates have lost sight of the Strawhat’s and Fire Tank pirates. Mont-d’Or is informed that the Germa 66 “have been crushed,” however, it’s Niji pretending to be Charlotte Nusstorte. She asks about the Strawhat’s location and is informed that they’re “are still not captured and heading west.” Ichiji orders Germa 66 to “set sail.” I think Luffy will be overwhelmed by Katakuri regardless of the use of Fourth Gear. Despite their power, the Big Mom pirates are slowly losing ground and their apparent arrogance is only going to make them more likely to fail. Once again Big Mom’s irrational love of food has derailed her, providing the Strawhat’s with some relief. The Fire Tank pirates, Germa 66 and Strawhat’s together should put up a good fight against Big Mom.

 

My Hero Academia Chapter 157: Infinite 100% Review

Izuku grabs Eri

Izuku uses Mirio cape to bring Eri into his arms. He promises that “that he will not let go of her this time.” Kai Chisaki becomes enraged and demands that Izuku “hand Eri back to him.” Izuku wants to be the type of hero that “wipes everyone’s worries always, always wins and saves everyone.” He activates One For All 100% and attacks with a kick, while Chisaki attacks with stone pillars. Surprising himself and everyone else Izuku was able to launch into the air.

Chisaki pursues Eri and Izuku

Chisaki is injured by Izuku’s attack. He fuses with Rikiya Katsukame, going after Eri and Izuku. Sir Nighteye is badly injured, he warns Ryukyu that “Chisaki is going to pursue Izuku and is intend on not only getting Eri back but murdering Izuku as well.”  Uraraka considers aiding him, but she collapses due to loss of stamina. Sir Nighteye convinces the others that he will stop Chisaki.

Eri’s powers

Izuku manages to safely land. His legs that were once broken are healed by Eri’s ability. However, Izuku quickly begins to feel tremendous pain from One For All 100%. Chisaki tells him that Eri has released her powers, but doesn’t have the ability to control them. He clarifies that Eri can rewind humans and she can even turn humans back as far as monkey’s or even “nothingness.”

He refers to he quirk as a curse and demands that Izuku return Eri. Izuku refuses to do, claiming that he believe’s Eri’s quirk is a “kind, gentle Quirk.” In combination with Eri’s quirk, Izuku plans on going all out, activating One For All: Full Cowl: 100%. It’s a fairly predictable chapter now that Eri is “safe.” However, I don’t think that Izuku will be the one that defeats Chisaki. It appears that Sir Nighteye is going to sacrifice himself to save Izuku.

 

 

 

Inuyashiki Last Hero Episode 1 Review: Ichiro Inuyashiki

The bad-ass old man is a common trope in anime. In general the old man has massive experience in combat which makes them superior in battle. They often use their acquired knowledge to help the future generation learn. However, the title character of Inuyashiki, Inuyashiki Ichiro is anything but. He’s 58 but looks 80, something that is mentioned in the first episode. He’s just moved into a new house with his nagging wife and unappreciative kids, they hate their new home and aren’t too embarrassed to tell him. They leave to go have dinner without him while he unpacks the moving boxes himself.

Inuyashiki heads to work where he seems to be the oldest person at work and is irritated by the young commuters on the train. He finds a dog and brings it home. His wife and kids seem annoyed that he did. He promises to keep it in his room and names it Hanako. The next day he receives news that he has cancer and will die within three months. Inuyashiki calls his family to inform them of the terrible news and none of them answer his calls.

While walking Hanako, he and a young man are hit by what appears to be a alien space ship. They “restore” the young man and Inuyashiki using their weapons systems. Inuyashiki awakes still in the park, he returns home and notices that he’s thirsty all the time, his back no longer hurts and he can see without his glasses. Unsurprisingly, his cancer “mysteriously” disappears, baffling the doctors. Inuyashiki begins to feel weird and triggers some sort of reaction and begins to give off steam. Hanako licks his palm resulting in his arm transforming into a gun like weapon, but it shoots his dinner from the day before on the wall.

Apparently, none of the teenagers in the series are good people, as a group of them torture an old homeless man. They shot him with firecrackers setting him on fire as he begs for his life. Inuyashiki arrives and begins to walk towards the teens, they surround him and beat him with bats. While on the ground apparently unconsciousness, a camera in the back of his head activates and scans the park, targeting the teens. He shoots white beams at them knocking them to the ground, saving the homeless man. The same camera downloads all the social media information and their identities posting them on t.v. for everyone to see. Inuyashiki is tearful as he realizes that despite his transformation into a robot he remains “a person.”

Most anime/manga don’t focus on older protagonists and that’s a little refreshing. The series is both nihilistic and hopeful, but at different times. Inuyashiki is miserable all the time, no one in his life seems to like him or want him to be around. As a result he was the only character that was sympathetic, however, the dog Hanako and the homeless man become sympathetic at the end of the episode.

All three characters share a sense of helplessness as they are abandoned and find themselves to be lonely. Inuyashiki saves all of them. Hiroya Oku clearly has some commentary regarding young people’s obsession with phones and social media and how both can make them dehumanize humanity. The opposite message seems to be represented by Inuyashiki, who is ostracized by the self involve society and he literally stops being human. However, he manages to remain a emotional being unlike the teens, despite no longer being a human. Oku’s message might be too ham handed for some, and his story might be too deary, but I’m invested.

 

One Piece Chapter 881 Review: Room of Waves

Master helmsmen Jinbe

It wasn’t always clear to me what Jinbe’s official role would be on the Strawhat’s crew was, but he will be the helmsmen. The Strawhat’s never had an official helmsmen, with Nami, Usopp and Chopper all taking the role. A helmsmen is the person that steers the ship. Jinbe is unsurprisingly capable in this regard being a fishman with experience on the seas. Jinbe has been shown in the anime as being able to steer a ship out of the way of cannon fire. In this chapter, Jinbe manages to use these skills to save the Strawhat’s from death. He use the “green room,” which is described as “a short lived pocket made inside the crest of a wave.”

Luffy in the Mirror-World

Luffy’s is notified by Nami that they have survived and smashed all the mirrors. Communicating through a mirror shard, Nami informs him that they will be meeting Sanji at Cacao Island in about ten hours. Katakuri attacks Luffy, who swallows the shard of glass. He informs Nami that they need to hurry, Katakuri reveals a trident made of mochi. He mocks Luffy suggesting that he knows what his last words are going to be. Luffy responds with those words, saying “he will not die here.” The real question regarding this part of the arc is what is Luffy going to do that can defeat Katakuri. It is the tendency of many shonen manga that the main character will ALWAYS find the strength to win. However, One piece at least occasionally allows Luffy and others to be defeated. It seems implausible that Luffy will “win” this fight, but he will likely escape somehow.