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.

 

 

 

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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.

Made in Abyss Episode 13 Review, The Challengers

Bondrewd dark plan

Nanachi remembers her childhood when she meets the white whistle Bondrewd and he offers the orphans an opportunity to explore the Abyss. He sends the orphans to the fifth layer of the Abyss, the Sea of Corpses as it’s referred to. While being transported down below, Nanachi meets Mitty and they become partners. Both were outcast due to Nanachi being a smelly and dirty child and Mitty being “an idiot,” or simply excitable.

Bondrewd experiments

It was always implied that Bondrewd was an evil character considering what Ozen had previously stated regarding the other explorers. It is revealed that Bondrewd wasn’t interested into becoming a surrogate father to the orphans and instead intended to use them as experiments. Specifically, he wanted to test the effects of the Curse of the Abyss. Bondrewd sends the orphans down an elevator to the sixth layer. At this point viewers already know what’s going to happen, however, it’s still terrible to watch the inevitable.

Mitty and Nanachi

The transformation was horrible to witness as Mitty was being painfully ripped apart begging for death. This of course explains why Nanachi requested Reg kill Mitty for her. Mitty existence is a miserable one, an nearly immortal mass of flesh capable of experiencing pain. Reg unsurprisingly is hesitant ending Mitty suffering. However, he’s convinced by Nanachi that Mitty’s life isn’t worth living. He finally gives in, killing Mitty with his incinerator while teary eyed.

Riko awakens

Riko awakens without movement in her left hand. Riko quickly bonds with Nanachi and teaches her how to cook delicious food. Despite the traumatic first half of, Made in Abyss, the second was more comical. Riko, Reg and Nanachi have all overcome so much trauma. The three manage to work well together playing of each other. The second part of this episode is a stark departure from early, representing what makes this series so enjoyable. Made in Abyss does take great effort in examining the effects of harsh environments and now terrible explorers but does counter with happier moments.

Riko and Reg invite Nanachi to join them, they send a message to the surface. Finally, we see that Bondrewd is able to track the victims of his experiment through their energy signature. He states that he is eager to meet Nanachi again. Overall, this season and series has impressed me. I haven’t seen a series that manages to blend the innocence of children with the horrors of the environments so well, everything from the tone of the series to the art style creates a contrasting world and a endearing series.

 

One Piece Chapter 880 Review: Chance of Escape: 0%

The Substitute Wedding Cake

Sanji, Pudding, and Chiffon arrive at Chocolat Town on Cacao Island and begin the preparation for the wedding cake. The top 31 chef’s of Whole Cake Island are present and Pudding extracts a roll of memory from head chef Buche, erasing the memories, ” of the wedding incident and led them to believe that the two of them got married smoothly; the reason that the cake was destroyed was because of bad weather.”

Meanwhile, Sanji sketched the new wedding cake, to the surprise of the head chef’s. They are impressed by Sanji’s ability to craft the “perfect” cake. I think that considering the likely inability of Strawhat’s defeating the Big Mom pirates, the new cake will be the peace maker. Big Mom is so irrational regarding cake that this substitute cake will not only stop her, but will probably love Sanji and by extension the Strawhats, letting them go.

The Strawhat’s are in deep trouble

In the Mirro-World, Katakuri is surprised that Perospero is still alive. Perospero then mocks Pedro’s sacrifice calling it “pointless.” Luffy is floored after being damaged by Katakuri, Brulee awakens as he tells her to send more troops to the Sunny to burn it down. Their sisters Mascarpone and Joscarpone have mirrors that lead to the Sunny, Luffy attempts to destroy those mirrors, but fails.

 

Katakuri continues to dominate Luffy with mochi leg, Luffy manages to dodge. He grabs some shards of a broken mirror calling out to Nami on the Sunny. He tells them to break the two mirrors that remain on the Sunny. However, Carrot points out to Nami that Big Mom has created a massive homie out of a wave. Seeing the wave Nami tells Luffy the they “might be done after all.” The Strawhat’s are in an impossible position, they’re outmatched and outsmarted. I don’t think that Luffy is capable of beating Katakuri. However, I’m certain that either, Jimbe will fight Big Mom buying them time or Brooke will use the Coup de Burst escaping immediate danger.

 

Pokemon Sun and Moon Episode 43 Review: Gym Battle! Z-Move VS Mega Evolution

Misty vs Lana & Mallow

Ash and the rest of the group arrive at the Cerulean City Gym, that is newly remodeled with large rocks. Ash’s Pikachu and Brock’s Geodude reunite, as Professor Kukui explains that Brock and Misty will be battling them as part of an extracurricular lesson. Excited to battle, Lana, Mallow and Ash pick Misty to battle, while, Sophocles, Lillie and Kiawe choose Brock. Misty faces off against Lana and Mallow together with her Psyduck. Lana uses her Popplio and Mallow uses her Steenee. Psyduck uses water-gun at Popplio, who catches the water in a bubble, hitting Psyduck with it. Steenee uses Magical Leaf which pops the bubble surrounding Psyduck, causing it to fall head first on the ground. Anyone that remembers Psyduck from the early series knows that it’s mostly useless until it’s headache becomes sever. Psyduck uses a powerful Psychic on Steenee and Popplio, however, Misty calms it down and the battle ends.

Brock vs Lillie and Sophocles

Brock uses his Geodude to take on Lille Alolan Vulpix and Sophocles Togedemaru. He uses Zip Zap on Geodude that has no effect due to it’s ground typing. Vulpix attacks with Powder Snow, but Geodude counters with Gyro Ball. The battle isn’t comprehensive but does show what the Gym leaders are capable of. Professor Kukui informs them that the real battles will be against Kiawe and Brock and Misty against Ash.

Brock vs Kiawe

Kiawe uses his Turtonator while Brock uses his Steelix, Turtonator uses Flamethrower which surprisingly not as effective as it should be. Steelix counters with Bind but Turtonator uses Shell Trap to break free. Steelix then uses Dig, landing a direct hit followed by hitting Turtonator with its tail. Brock removes his vet and shirt activating his Key Stone causing Steelix to Mega evolve. To counter Kiawe and Turtonator use their Z-move, Inferno Overdrive. The Z-move directly hits Steelix causing massive damage, however, Steelix withstands it. Brock counters with Stone Edge causing Turtonator to faint from impact.

Misty vs Ash

Finally, Misty and Ash battle using Gyarados and Pikachu respectively. Despite the type disadvantage, Misty’s Gyarados holds its own. Pikachu lands an early attack with Quick Attack, Misty uses Rain Dance in combination with Hurricane nullifying Pikachu’s electricity. Misty uses her Mega Stone and Gyarados mega evolves gaining the upper hand against Ash and Pikachu. Misty traps Pikachu within Hurricane claiming that no trainer has ever escaped it. Pikachu manages to escape and together with Ash the use the Z-move Gigavolt Havoc defeating Mega Gyarados and Misty.

 

As always the animation in this series top notch and is most impressive when there are battles. See Brock and Misty again was fun and I hope that they bring back other characters from the past. Anyway, the one down side of this series is the fact that they devalue Pokemon battles to much for my enjoyment. However, if your familiar with the video game version of Sun and Moon battles aren’t as important either. Regardless, the Alolan regions Pokemon League does exists in the game and hopefully at the end of this series Ash will get to compete and dare I say win the Alolan region Pokemon league.

 

Made in Abyss: Episode 11 Review, Nanachi

Getting to know Nanachi

As the title suggests we primarily focus on Nanachi in this episode. The episode strikes a lighter tone, relative to the previous one, however, the gruesome elements still remains. We see some remnants of Nanachi’s past, Nanachi appears to have work for, Bondrewd the Novel. We are also introduced to Mitty, a human the was transformed by the curse of the Sixth Layer. Mitty, unlike Nanachi wasn’t transformed into a cute rabbit creature, but into a tragic grotesque, hairy, one eyed flesh creature. Mitty has lost all her intelligence and is largely limited to making various moans and sounds. It’s hard not to feel sympathy for what Mitty has become, while at the same time feel repulsed by her appearance.

Nanachi saves Riko

Nanachi gives Reg a list of ingredient to help save Riko. Made in Abyss continues with it’s weirdly invasive interest into the bodies of the prepubescent characters, while largely non-sexually it’s seems to be a consistent theme in this series. In this episode, this focus is on Riko, instead of Reg, as Nanachi inserts a suppository into Riko’s rectum and constantly mentioning the fact that Riko urinated blood through her clothing and having Reg wash them. I don’t think this is necessarily a bad thing, but necessary to add to this series harrowing environment.

Reg’ memories

While washing Riko’s clothing, Reg has a flashback to a past memory. He hears a voice and remembers that he was once in present at a grave-site, marked by Lyza’s Blaze Reap. This scene adds to the future intrigue of the series, who created Reg and what’s his connection to Lyza? Clearly, Reg will get more of his memories as the series continues, creating anticipation for what they will reveal. Overall, the series continues to expand the it’s world, while reminding the audience that more dangers await.

Boruto Chapter 16 Review: Vessel

New villains are introduced

We are introduced to a new threat in the form of a group called Kara. They mention contingency plans regarding the lost of their “vessel.” They bicker back and forth over what to do next and conclude that they need to “retrieve the vessel at all costs.” After they disperse, the eldest member of Kara is killed, by another, with the “true flames of samadhi.”

Compared to Naruto’s Akatsuki, the revealing of Kara was quick. Boruto seems to be avoiding the slower burn of that series. However, none of the genin in Boruto seem strong enough to defeat any of them. I predict that this is just an introduction of Kara and they will disappear for a while as the genin gain enough strength to face them.

Naruto vs Boruto

Naruto faces-off against Boruto in front of a crowd, Boruto starts of with several shadow clones, aimed to distract Naruto and get behind him. Boruto throws a rasengan at Naruto, it appears that he absorbs the rasengan. Boruto then uses, Water Style: Billowing Wave in combination with Thunderclap Arrow, Naruto responds by using Earth Style: Flowing earth wall, blocking his attack.

Naruto then punches his fist through the wall and absorbs Boruto’s attack. He then appears behind Boruto without the hand, attacking Boruto, knocking him to the ground ending the duel. At the offices of the Hokage, Boruto berates Naruto for using ninja tech. The tech is designed to emulate the ability of Ootsutsuki, absorbing attack, however, without the ability to release the jutsu. Sasuke states that it’s not cheating, and what matters is how you use the tech. Finally, Konohamaru investigates a wreckage and is in danger from an unknown assailant.

One Piece Manga Review: Chapter 876, Pudding Appears

Big Mom’s near invisible

The massive lighting attack created by Nami and Zeus fails, as Big Mom is seeming unaffected. In her wedding cake obsessed trance she continues to walk in a straight line while in the hole, created by the lighting, by eating through the earth. Big Mom resurfaces, forcing the Strawhat’s to flee.

Pudding arrives

Chiffon and Pudding finally reach the Strawhat’s, Pudding goes through erratic mood swings falling in love with Sanji and then threatening to kill them. Luffy becomes annoyed by her behavior, a wonders if she can be trusted. Chiffon takes the lead, informing Sanji that they need to make a cake to stop Big Mom from rampaging. She says “they will make it in Chocolatown on Cacao Island,” the other Strawhat’s are expected to dodge Big Mom while this cake is being made.

Chopper and Brook verses Big Mom Pirates

Chopper and Brook face off against many Chess soldiers easily defeating them, however, they keep coming through the mirror in Nami’s room. They decide that the mirror needs to be broken. The Big Mom pirates still believe that the lighting bolt destroyed the Strawhat crew. Brooke refuses to listen to them, as Luffy and the others arrive at the Sunny.

Another good chapter, as the Strawhat’s don’t initially escape danger but have a plan that will likely save them. On thing I’m noticing in this arc is the abundance of “disorders,” or uncontrollable behavior. Big Mom, Pudding and Zeus, are susceptible to uncontrollable urges. All these behaviors get in the way of their goals. I predict that Sanji will make a cake so good that either Big Mom will want to capture him permanently or she will let the Strawhat’s go free as thanks.

Made in Abyss Episode 07 Review: Unmovable Sovereign

The truth of Riko’s birth

Ozen reveals a shocking truth, that the “Curse Warding Box” has the ability to “temporarily” revive the dead. The monster that Riko saw the previous episode was revived by the box, but was a lump of meat a few hours prior. She then reveals that Riko was born stillborn and revived using this relic. This obviously is surprising and ominous for Riko considering that anyone or thing brought back from the dead dies again. Ozen is overtly cruel towards Riko, suggesting that she was the equivalent to the meat she reanimated.

Reg verses Ozen

After Ozen torments Riko a little bit, Reg comes to her rescue. However, Ozen proves to have odd strength. She attacks him hoping that she will “dispose” of him before his memory returns. Reg is completely ineffective against her, and she slams him into the ground. When, Riko tries to stop her, she knocks her into a wall, causing her to bleed. Reg decides to use his cannon, but Ozen uses it against him. During the altercation Ozen arm is exposed and she tells Reg that she embedded something called “Thousand-Men Wedges,” and that she “inserted them at 120 points around her body,” resulting in her living for so long.

Just a test

Despite her assault on Reg and Riko, Ozen claims that she only was serious to test them. She was concern that they couldn’t survive in the Abyss, she decides that she will train them like she did Lyza. Ozen also tells them that the grave she found was empty, implying that Riko’s mother may still be alive. Ozen’s first test will be a survival test, challenging Reg and Riko to survive alone in the forest for 10 days. Ozen is an interesting character, she’s appears to be amoral. Her willingness to attack Riko and Reg does not bold well for her claim that she didn’t really mean it. I think you can assume from her treatment of assistant that it wasn’t all an act. However, her behavior is likely to have help her survive this long. This series keeps getting more interesting and darker, while I don’t like Ozen, her personality adds to the series.

Next Episode: Survival Training