Shingeki no Kyojin: Episode 37

The Smiling titan

The final episode of the second season of Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan), entitled Scream, begins when the last episode ended. As Reiner throws titans at the scouts, they get up and begin to attack them. Ymir rescues commander Erwin from a titan, while cursing him for ruining her plan.The smiling titan attacks Eren and Mikasa, but Hannes intervenes. How he manages to physically take a hit from the titan and stand tall is beyond me, but he does.

He quickly engages the titan, hoping to get revenge for Eren’s mother. Hannes holds his own against the smiling titan, managing to cut the achilles of the titan, however, its at this moment that he’s captured . I’ve been predicting that Hannes was likely going to die, but the manner of his death was striking. His death is almost shot for shot the same as when Eren’s mother was eaten.

Eren’s Scream

Witnessing Hannes death, Eren becomes distraught, as he foolishly bites chunks of his own hand, attempting to transform into his titan form. Eren tearfully decries how nothing has “changed,” he yells at himself, calling himself “useless as ever.” Mikasa tells him that “it’s untrue,” she tells him that “he’s always been at her side.” She talks about how he wrapped the scarf around her and thanks him. Eren faces off against the smiling titan, letting out a scream. However, he doesn’t manage to transform but all the titans refocus their attention towards eating the smiling titan. Ymir and Reiner confirm that this is a power called the “Coordinate.”

Ymir’s decision

Since revealing her titan status, Ymir has been questioning where she belongs and what to do regarding Historia. She finally makes her decision that now that Eren is revealed to be the coordinate, there’s hope for Historia within the walls. Watching as Reiner and Bertholdt are besieged by titans, she chooses to save them. When Reiner and Bertholdt ask why she helped them, she admits that she owes them for killing their friend. At this point it seems that Ymir’s purpose in the series is over, and it’s unclear that Bertholdt and Reiner will return.

Overall, the series remains a one of the top anime of all time. The series manages to balances emotional intensity, action and good plot development. This season did focus on some of the characters, mainly Ymir, Reiner, Bertholdt and Erwin. However, Levi took a major backseat, I hope he’ll return to the forefront in the following season. The season ended with a mild cliffhanger, introducing a new character. Luckily, we would only have to wait a year to get the next season.

 

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Shingeki no Kyojin: Episode 36

Ymir’s confusion

After Ymir removes a saliva covered Christa from her mouth, they engage in a conversation about who’s side she’s on. Ymir attempt’s to convince Christa that life outside wouldn’t be unsatisfactory. Christa ensues Ymir that she is on her side no matter what. She believes that Ymir has been forced into following Reiner and Bertholdt. However, Ymir tells that she was using to save herself and to make her crimes go away. Regardless, it will be interesting to see where this friendship will lead, Christa’s blind devotion may get her killed.

Mikasa has no chill

Mikasa is probably the my favorite character in this series, she is incredible intense and has a unbridled devotion to Eren. As the scouts begin their assault on Mikasa is the most predominate. She quickly attacks Ymir, cut her eye and preparing to kill Bertholdt. Reiner is successful in protecting him from her and she turns her attention to Ymir. Christa interferes, hoping to convince her that Ymir isn’t an enemy. Mikasa is having none of it, stating that she only has “so much in heart to care,” and Christa is “mistaken to assume she has compassion.”

Erwin takes charge

Commander Erwin leads scouts towards Reiner, as a horde of titans follow behind. Reiner charges into the horde, but is tackled by some titans. Erwin continues the assault, telling the scouts that “there is no future where humanity can inhabit these lands without Eren,” the plan is simple, retrieve Eren then retreat. Reiner has no choice but to use his arms, leaving Bertholdt exposed. As Erwin leads the scouts he shockingly has his arm ensnared in the mouth of a titan. Regardless, Erwin continues to lead, telling the scouts to continue the plan. Many of the scouts are killed by titans, as Mikasa attacks Bertholdt and misses.

She quickly is grabbed by a titan, but is saved by Jean. Armin arrives and attempts to manipulate Bertholdt and Reiner. Armin’s best asset is his intelligence and he uses it for a negative reason compared to what he usually does. He asks them how they can abandon their comrade Annie. He tells them exactly where she’s being tortured, and what’s happening to her. Bertholdt becomes enraged, but before he can do anything, Erwin (missing his arm) attacks him, freeing Eren. Mikasa grabs Eren and the scouts begin their retreat. As the scouts flee, Reiner begins throwing titans in their way. Eren and Mikasa are knocked off their horse and see a stunning sight. The titan that killed their mother, walking towards them.

The penultimate episode of Shingeki no Kyojin, entitled Charge, was an episode that featured the essential elements that make this series great. High on emotion, anticipation, shocking twists and action, this episode set up what is likely going to be an even better finale. It’s safe to assume that, Eren snaps and goes full titan rage at the sight of the titan that killed his mother. Of course the fact that titans can only be killed by cutting the nape of their necks, the titans thrown will get up causing trouble for the scouts. I still can’t shake the feeling that someone major will die in the next episode, it will be interesting to see who.

Attack on Titan: nearing towards the climax

Confirmation of human to titan transformation

One of the previous mysteries introduced this season is what happened to Connie’s village. We got confirmation this episode that Connie’s family and the other villagers were turned into titans. The lack of blood, use of horses and normal titan behavior has convinced the scouts that the were transformed. The found photograph of Connie’s parents are telling and it is concluded that Connie’s mother is the remaining titan. Furthermore, during the Ymir flashback we see that her punishment, along with her followers was to be turned into a mindless titan.

Ymir and Reiner want Christa

Reiner uses Christa to manipulate Ymir into working with them. Christa is also important due to her connection to the a family of the church. Ymir uses Reiner’s attraction toward Christa as a litmus test for where he can be trusted. Reiner doesn’t think they should risk themselves for Christa at this points. Ymir makes a passionate case for kidnapping Christa and turns into her titan form.

The Scouts close in

The scouts head into the forests to follow Reiner and the others. However, the are attacked by the titans, they begin to use their 3D gear. They run into Ymir thinking that she was still on their side. However, when she spots Christa, she swallows her and flees. The scouts give chase but she is too fast, as Reiner transforms, together with Ymir, Bertholdt and Erin they begin to escape. The Scouts get on their horses and give chase. With only 2 episodes left in the season the climax is coming and likely to be explosive. I predict danger for the scouts as the no longer will have the cover of the trees. Finally, it seems heavily implied the Hannes will meet his end.

 

 

Attack on Titan: Eren vs Reiner

Scout’s verses the Colossal Titan

Mikasa wonders why she was unable to decapitate Reiner and Bertholdt. She blames herself for the entire situation. Hange orders the other scouts into battle against the Colossal Titan as it begins its assault against them, while consuming Ymir and another scout. The scouts put on an impressive aerial assault, managing to outmaneuver the slow titan. However, the Colossal Titan’s ability to release steam as a defense mechanism stalls their attack. They prepare for it to leave an opening, while they aid Eren. Meanwhile, Conny has managed to miss the fact that Reiner and Bertholdt are the titans.

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Eren’s Rage

Eren is initially dominate by the stronger Armored Titan. Eren remembers his history with Reiner and becomes angry. Eren’s rash personality is he best and worst asset. He often attacks without reason, leaving him in dire situations. His rage was on full display during his fight against Reiner. However, unlike previous fights Eren channeled his anger into the fight, while using the fight strategies that he was taught. Along with Hange, Armin and of course Mikasa he was able to gain the upper hand. However, the Armored Titan manages to place itself and Eren in place to be eaten by the Colossal Titan.

Eren getting punched by Reiner

This episode was amazing, mostly action it went by quickly. The CG of the Colossal Titan takes getting use to, although it looks better up close. Mikasa may have revealed that she cares about more people than Eren or Armin, when she hesitated to kill Reiner and Bertholdt. She does make up for it during the fight with the Armored Titan, but it may not have been enough to save Eren. Mikasa will likely blame herself if he’s captured. Eren has matured and began using his head for once, resulting in turning the tide of the battle.

 

The truth about Ymir and Historia

Episode 30 of Attack on Titan was mostly split in half. The first half was a flashback that gave us background on Ymir and Historia (Krista). I mostly focused on Ymir, we learned that Historia is the illegitimate child of some royal. As a result she was rejected and was given another name. Ymir takes to Historia due to their mutual life experiences.

The flashback didn’t quite peak my interests, it might have been better to weave the flashbacks in between action scenes to keep the intensity. Regardless, the most interesting thing was the suppose secret that Ymir was going to share with Historia. She was blatantly asked by Reiner, whether she knew that Ymir was a titan. Either she was lying, Ymir told her a false secret or a completely different secret.

We return to the present, as Reiner and Bertolt realize that Ymir was the titan that killed their friend. Ymir’s titan form is rather small, her arms are elongated with claws. It appears as if it shouldn’t be balanced, but moves with impressive agility. However, her lack of strength makes it difficult for her to defeat all the titans. Seeing Ymir struggle causes Historia to shout towards her to live. Ymir changes tactics and knocks the tower over on the titans, as she rescues the scouts.

The titans are unharmed and emerge from the rubble. The titans overwhelm Ymir and begin to cannibalize her. Historia foolishly tries to help her, but the great Mikasa rescues her. The result of the Corps arrive and defeat the remaining titans. Ymir survives, but at the cost of her leg. Despite the beginning I still thoroughly enjoyed this episode. I liked the way this series plays with our expectations of who will and can died. Twice I assumed that Ymir was done for. The question becomes is her loyalty ONLY to Historia or the larger corps as well.


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Ymir the hidden titan

In my previous review I questions Ymir’s motives and thought she was acting oddly. I had no idea what she was hiding but it was big. It turns out that like Eren, Ymir is a human-titan shifter. Early in the episode we are shown a unsettling scene between two small titans, the more energetic one pushes the other to the ground, rips its ear off while making weird panting sounds. I don’t know what the significance of that scene was but it stood out.

The episode then flashes back 2 hours as we witness what transpired before the titan emerged. Connie explains to Ymir what he believes happen to his village, she doesn’t buy his theory that his mother might have been the titan he saw. She rudely mocks him, later she and Reiner look for food and find herring in a can. The language seems to be foreign and Reiner can’t decipher it. He seems to conclude that she’s from a specific part of the country.

We return to the present, as the scouts face off against the titans. A small titan breaches the tower, Reiner encounters it in the narrow hallway. He flashes back to earlier times when he’s and Bertholdt saved by one of his friends, whom is then consumed by the titan. The unarmed scouts defeat the titan, but Connie almost gets eaten by another one. Reiner intervenes and is bitten on the forearm, he lifts the titan on his back intending to jump out the window with it.

Connie slices the jaw of the titan open releasing the grip it had against Reiner’s arm. Scouts seemed to be successfully dwindling the titans down, but the Beast titan throws a giant bolder and horses at the scouts, killing Lynne and Henning instantly. The beast titan calls for more titans, the scouts become overwhelmed. Gerger falls of the wall but Nanaba saves him using the last of her gas. Gerger appeared to be saved, however, he along with Nanaba are killed. Without anyone to battle the titans hope seems lost.

Christa begins to consider what she needs to do to “fight and die” with their comrades. Ymir chastises her for thinking about “throwing away her life.” She takes the knife from Connie and tells the other she’s going to fight with it. She tells Christa that she should remember her promise, then she jumps off the tower cutting herself and turning into a titan.

I’ll admit that the minute Ymir took the knife I figured she was a titan, it was the only thing that made sense. This season has manage to increase the intensity of each episode. The episode also played with or expectations, I assumed that Gerger was safe since Nanaba risked her life for him. Of course this is Attack on Titan, so that was naive of me. Regardless, the secrets of Ymir have been revealed and only more questions remain.


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What is the mystery of the titans?

I am tempted to go on google and spoil the Attack on Titan series for myself, but I promised that I will stick to the anime only. Regardless, the third episode of Attack on Titan, titled “southwestward” begins were we left off in the previous episode. Connie mourns the destruction of his village, however, Gerger notices that the village lacks the general destruction associated with a titan attack. There’s no bodies, remains or blood left behind. The horses are still in the stables, meaning it is implausible that the villages left without them.

Before Connie leaves with the scouts, he hear what appears to be a strange and strained, “Welcome Home.” The trapped titan appears to have been speaking to him. I predicted that Connie might be related to this titan in my last review, I think that I might be correct. However, I does seem odd that Connie doesn’t seem to recognize her. That said we do know that titans can be created with injections, I think the reason there’s no bodies is because they were kidnapped and some were turned into titans. If the titan is Connie’s mother, she must be a failed experiment.

The scouts plan to follow the wall and locate the breach. Meanwhile, a group of scouts kill off another titan, with Captain Rico delivering the death blow. She notice the patterns of the titans are strange, elsewhere, Captain Hannes also releases the strange behavior. 11 hours later the team lead by Gerger, meets with another scout team. They confirm that neither group could locate the breach in the wall. Moonlight breaks through and a castle is revealed. The scouts take shelter in the castle, meanwhile, Hange reveals that the skin of the female titan is the same “pattern and composition,” as the wall.

A massive group of titans most likely under the control of the beast titan, attack the scouts at the castle. The beast titan as pointed out by Connie, heads for the wall. Hange, Levi tells Armin, Eren and Mikasa their mission. Gerger becomes enraged as the titans continue the assault on the castle. He and the other scouts with gear attack the titans, meanwhile the beast titan scales the wall. The rest of the scouts travel towards the castle, I wonder who will still be alive? This episode featured no action, but still manage to remain intense. A partially striking moment was when the scouts were using torches to illuminate the night.

The lack of visibility was frighting, I assumed that they would be attacked. That thought alone created the frighting moment. I was understandably relived when they meet with another scouting team. Armin and Hange together make a formidable team, their logic and reason are probably the best. Finally, I would say that, Ymir, stood out this episode, but not in a good way. She seems suspicious and the squinting eyes and close ups didn’t help. I don’t know what she’s up to but its not good.

 

Sasha and Conny return home

Attack on Titan, episode 2, “I’m home” reintroduces the main characters, but focuses primarily on one secondary character Sasha Blouse. She is known as “potato girl,”possessing an insatiable appetite and a pleasant manner of speech. Sasha returns to her village, Dauper, that is a sparely populated village in the forest, in the southern territory of Wall Rose. While returning to the village she remembers a argument she has with her father, Mr. Blouse. She sees a new village and is immediately confronted with a horrific sight.

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A more human sized titan is chewing on the leg of a handicapped woman as her daughter watches. Sasha attempts to use an axe to kill it, but the rate of the titans healing prevents her from succeeding. She loses he grip on the ax and out of desperation flees with the girl. The titan turns its attention toward Sasha and the girl, while the girl is stunned that Sasha would help her at all. Sasha has a flashback of her and Ymir, who tells her to be herself. She returns to the present and determines that she will fight off the titan and the girl should run.

Cold eyes of a titan

Sasha isn’t know for her titan slaying prowess, but puts up a valiant effort considering that she only had a bow and four arrows. She concludes that blinding the titan temporarily will be the key to freedom. She succeeds and is surprised to see her father and other villager returning to get her. Her father tells her that he’s proud of her. Meanwhile, Connie Springer also returns to his village, he frantically rushes through his village and toward his families home. The episode concludes with a odd titan, that has crushed the home of Connie. The titan is emaciated, with ribs protruding out of it’s body and small limbs.

Titan casually eats a helpless mother

This episode conclusion was the most interesting part. I can’t hope but wonder that the eyes of Connie and the titan are similar. It may be nothing but I though it was interesting. Regardless, the next episode may reveal what true. The beginning of the episode reintroduced us to our primary characters, Eren, Mikasa and Armin. They are tasked with traveling in a group that features Levi, Pastor Nick and Hanji. She suggests that the trip will test Pastor Nick resolve and expose him to the reality of the world. This wasn’t an action packed, but interesting as always.

Sasha faces down a titan

Attack on Titan returns

The season of Attack on Titan has premiered, the second season will be half the length of the first, 12 episode. It has been four years since the last season premiered to critical acclaim and the series hasn’t missed a beat. The episode continue right where it ended, with Anne being defeated and the wall Titan being revealed.

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The Church of the Walls has secrets

Hanji is told by father Nick that she “shouldn’t allow the wall titan into the sun.” She asks him the obvious question, “why are titans in the wall?” Pastor Nick isn’t forth coming and wants restitution for his congregation’s apparent devastation. Hanji isn’t having any of it, she grabs him by his shirt and threatens to drop him over the wall. Surprisingly, Pastor Nick is accepting of this threat. However, I would question his piety considering he could have just jump himself. AOT is a series full of conspiracies this episode just introduced another one.

Mike in action

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We flashback half a day to the corp members stationed at Wall Sina, Connie and Sasha looked bored. Thing get exciting quickly as multiple titans from the south arrive, without time to gear up, the recruits are left to warn the villages on horseback. The Corp plan on splitting into four groups, avoiding combat when possible and spreading the word.

Abnormal Titans start sprinting

Enter the Beast Titan

Once the titans reach the woods the corp separates. However, the titans are abnormal and begin sprinting, to prevent them from reaching the unharmed corp too quickly Mike uses himself as a decoy. He is considered second only to Captain Levi in skill and single handily takes down 5 of the 9 titans. He passively watches the Beast titan as it casually walks. He whistles for his horse, this is when the Beast titan begins it’s assault.

Beast Titan weird demeanor

It grabs the horse and throws it with massive force, knock Mike off the roof and into the jaws of another titan. The beast titan then speaks ordering the other titan to stop chewing, shocking Mike. The beast titan asks about the equipment that the Corps use against titans. Mike is rendered speech less, the beast titan removes the equipment for study. Helpless, Mike is left to be devoured by the remaining three titans.

Beast Titan grabbing the horse

This series is still outstanding. The animation feels more fluid and dramatic. The dark themes, dramatic moments and sense of unease remain. The new and odd behavior the titan’s display add another layer to the series. The most important revelation in this episode is the Beast titan. His strange body design, powerful strength, intelligence and control over the titans makes him into a frightening new titan type. It’s demeanor in response to a petrified Mike is so caviler and the face it made when asking him question was eerie. Finally, the sounds of the titans ripping and chewing poor Mike apart was gut wrenching, reminding me why I love this series. Attack on Titan is back in all it’s sadistic glory.

 

Mike gets eaten

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What is the Philosophy of Attack on Titan?

Wisecrack is a YouTube channel I have been watching for weeks. I find their videos to be highly informative, entertaining and of great quality. The topics range widely, but on of the most recent video focuses on Attack on Titan. I think it might be worth watching, check it out and other videos on the channel.

Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan) – Sudden Visitors (OVA 2)

Sudden Visitors is the second OVA (Original Video Animation) of the Attack on Titan series, the first being “Ilse’s Notebook“. 

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It’s the year 847 and Jean is drawing a picture of a girl that looks like Mikasa He’s under the covers, while he cries. His mother opens the door with food in her hands but Jean snaps at her asking why “she didn’t knock”. He kicks her out, destroy’s the drawing and states that he will join the “Military Police”.

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Two years later he does, while in one of the cities within the wall, Conner says he’s never been to a walled city and Sasha hopes their will be a lot of good food. Armin and Marco ask Jean if he will return home, but he angrily reply’s with “shut up”. 

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A flashback shows Jean and the rest of the 104th trainee squad participating in a mock defense of the “Trost District”. Jean teams up with Armin and Annie, when their first target is found Mikasa strikes first. Jean compliments her stating that she is “the only one who is better than him in the squad”. 

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When Jean and his team face three other targets, they are “stolen” by Conner, Reiner and Sasha. Jean gets into an argument claiming that they’re cheaters. Conner asks if Jean’s anger has anything to do with his mother, which further angers him. Dot Pixis tells them that they will determine their dispute with a food contest.

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Jean is at first hesitant but decides to agree when Sasha challenges him. He goes with Armin and Annie to search the forest for a large boar. Jean states that the giant boar has the best meat, and they probably will win. Sasha, Conner and Reiner appear next to him, they find the boar first.

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Reiner determines that the wild boar is “impossible” to kill. However, Sasha hit’s him twice changing his mind. The boar awakens and Sasha and Conner attack. Jean and his team also follow the boar, Sasha kills the boar by shooting it in the head with an arrow.

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Eren and Mikasa are packing boxes into a truck. Eren seems to have difficulty with one box but Mikasa is able to handle three boxes. Jeans mom appears asking where Jean was. When Jeans mom finds him he is embarrassed and rudely tells her to leave. Eren tells him that he shouldn’t treat his mother that way.

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Jean later plots to steal beef from the officer pantry. Armin is afraid of this that he manages to break both of his legs running away. Annie also bails on his plan, but before he can accomplish his plan he is interrupted by another solider. The solider gives him the bag his mother left for him. He is reminded of what his mother has done for him.

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Sasha and Jean prepare their meals for Dot Pixis. Sasha’s dish is simply meat and he appears to become effected by its deliciousness. He imagines a ridiculous scenario when he is fighting titans, he is stopped by Krista, Eren, Armin, Conner and Mikasa in their “titan” modes. When he returns to reality he is rendered motionless by Sasha’s food.

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Jeans meal is next, he eats it but remains quiet. He finally announces his winner, Jean Kirstein. Everyone is surprised including Jean, but Dot Pixis explains that the reason Sasha lost was because she only offered meat, not a meal. At the end Jean make amends with Sasha and plans on visiting his mother.

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Pros:

  1. Effective comedy
  2. Greater insight into Jean

Cons:

  1. No Killing of titans
  2. None of the dark tone of the main series
  3. limited Mikasa & Eren

 

Opinion:

This Ova unlike the previous one didn’t add to the lore of the titans. Instead it took a more in-depth focus on a generally secondary character, Jean Kirstein. I find Jean generally likable character in the main series but he really wasn’t until the end of the OVA.

His main unattractive characteristic was his horrible treatment of his mother. Considering the fact that some of his fellow solider (like Eren), don’t even have mother anymore his behavior was even more jarring. Overall, I found this OVA to be very funny and even though I was expecting more titan action I wasn’t disappointed.

 

MY TOP 100 FAVORITE ANIME AND MANGA BATTLES (5 -1)

MY TOP 100 FAVORITE ANIME AND MANGA BATTLES (5 -1)

5 – Levi vs Female Titan ( Anne )

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The Combatants:

  1. Levi – considered to be the best solider of the Survey Corp.
  2. Female Titan –  Anne, Main antagonists of the first season of Attack on Titan

Location: Attack on Titan Episode 22

The Battle:

This battle was short and featured in the beginning of the episode.  The Female Titan attacks Levi, he quickly slices up her arm and stabs her in the eyes. He then continues to slice up the titan. Levi single handely subdues the female titan, and manages to save Eren. Leaving the female titan defeated and in tears.

4 – Gurren Lagann vs the Anti – Spirals

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The Combatants:

  1. Gurren Lagann – the main mecha of the series.
  2. Anti – Spirals –  the main antagonist of Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann.

Location: Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann Episode (24 -27)

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The Battle:

The Battle between the Gurren Lagann and Anti-Spiral is rather long. It features many transformations of Gurren Lagann as the mecha increases in size. The battle also has a great deal of symbolism, centered on human ascension. The Anti-Spirals hate the human race, and attempt to exterminate humans. The Anti- Spirals are beings that have abandoned spiral power, and stunted their own evolution. They are a collective unconscious that are attempting to avert a ” hypothetical event” called the ” Spiral Nemesis”. Gurren grows in its size at its final form, “Super Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann” reaches 52.8 billion light years in height. I feel it’s better to simply watch the battle than read my description of. Hope you enjoy watching it as I had.

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3 – Jiraiya vs Pain

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The Combatants:

  1. Jiraiya – Naruto’s sensei, one of the Legendary Sannin.
  2. Pain – one of the former members of the Akatsuki.

Location: Naruto Chapters ( 368 – 382 )

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The Battle:

Jiraiya attempts to invade the hidden village of rain without detection. However, he fails and finds that the intruder is Jiraiya. Pain is mysterious character, who he is and what his powers are unknown. Pain changes bodies to feature a longer haired body. Pain summons a crab like creature that uses a bubble, Jiraiya uses a ” Raging Lion’s Mane Technique” and tangles the crab in his hair. The summon disappears and Jiraiya then uses his hair on Pain, who uses substitution jutsu.

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Jiraiya summons a toad as Pain summons a chameleon. Jiraiya decides he’s “I’m going into sennin mode”, Pain hides in the mouth of the chameleon which turns invisible. Jiraiya counters with a barrier detection jutsu, Pain response by summoning a Cerberus like animal. Pain continues to use animal summons to conceal his location. Jiraiya wonders why he hasn’t use a technique other than summons. Jiraiya releases his summon and emerges transformed with two toads on his shoulders. The female toad uses her tongue to sniff out the chameleon, and uses acid to kill it.

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Pain summons two other humans to the battlefield, each with their own set of Rinnegan eyes. Confused Jiraiya aims to discover the secret to Pains power. One of the Pains attacks Jiraiya and he uses his Frog Karate to counter. He then uses his “Hermit Art: Deep Fryer”, but another Pain absorbs this jutsu. Jiraiya decides to try close combat, he attacks with a massive Rasengan. The Rasengan is also absorbed, a smoke bomb is used to give cover and Jiraiya attempts to attack Pain from behind.

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He fails to land a direct hit, he uses a frog summon as an distraction and uses his “Hermit Art: Hair Needle Barrage”. It’s his fast attack and Pain still manages to counter it, with a summon. Jiraiya realizes somethings up and retreats to come up with a plan. Jiraiya concludes that the eyes of the Pains are linked. He and the frogs determine they need to use genjutsu. The genjutsu has it’s effect and Jiraiya kills the three Pains. However, another Pain shows you, he attacks Jiraiya ripping of his arm.

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Confused again as all the previously dead Pain are alive. He now has six adversaries to contend with, “The six paths of Pain”. Jiraiya kills one of the Pains and manage to seek refuge inside another toad. Instead of escaping he decides to confront Pain one last time. He realizes that all the Pains are shinobi he’s fought before. At this point Pain crushes Jiraiya’s throat and all six Pains stabs him. Jiraiya uses his last moments leave a message on the back of one of the toads before he drowns.

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2 – Gohan vs Cell

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The Combatants:

  1. Gohan – Goku’s son, and one of the main protagonist of the DBZ series.
  2. Cell – is one of the major villains in the DBZ series.

Location: DBZ Episodes (181 – 192)

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The Battle:

Goku tells Cell that his son Gohan is a better match for him, at first everyone is skeptical. Gohan powers up stunning everyone with his power level. However, his inexperience and fear of his power leaves him at Cell’s mercy. Cell decides to push Gohan to the limit by hurting his friends with Cell Jr’s.The brutalizing of Gohan’s friends doesn’t push Gohan to his limit, but Android 16 gives Gohan a speech about the meaning of life. When Cell crushes Android 16’s head killing him Gohan finally snaps, unleashing his hidden powers. After this power boost Gohan strength and speed increases tremendously, he quickly destroy’s the Cell Jr’s.

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Cell and Gohan begin their fight and it appears that Gohan isn’t even trying, he becomes rather cocky. Cell powers up one more time but it doesn’t matter, Gohan is still stronger. He delivers two devastating punches on Cell, knock him to his knees. Cell becomes enraged at being dominated by a child, Cell uses a series of the Z fighters attacks. He concludes with a massive Kamehameha aim at destroying the earth, Gohan simply reflects it with his own. Cell is damaged by Gohan’s Kamehameha, but Cell heals himself.

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Cell increases his size and loses his speed in the process. Gohan continues to damage Cell, resulting in him regurgitating Android 18 and transform back. Cell having lost his power becomes afraid of Gohan and decides to self destruct, Goku uses his instant transition to transport Cell and save the earth. Cell explodes killing Goku, he returns however shooting Trunks through the chest.

Vegeta becomes enraged at what Cell did to Trunks, attacking him. Cell is unharmed and try’s to kill Vegeta, who is saved by Gohan. Cell aims to end this fight with a clash of Kamehameha with Gohan. Gohan struggles to get the lead in the conflict, the remaining Z fighters try to help but are useless. However, Vegeta proves to be powerful enough to at least distracting Cell. Gohan takes advantage with one final push, destroying Cell and saving the Earth.

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1 – White beard Pirates vs Marines

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The Combatants:

  1. White Beard Pirates – the large pirate crew the was ruled under Captain White Beard.
  2. Marines – the World Government military force.

Location: One Piece Chapters ( 550 – 580 )

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The Battle:

The White beard Pirates with “43 allied crews”, waged a war against over 100,000 Marines and five Shichibukai. Luffy and several criminals from Impel Down show up to save Ace. Many of White Beards crew and allies are killed and injured. Whitebeard is severely injured and later dies at the hands of Black beard’s crew. Luffy takes center stage as he makes his way thorough the Marines and manages to save Ace.

However, the joy is short lived as Akainu kills Ace and severely damages Luffy, who is devastated mentally. Black beard manages to steal White beard devil fruit ability. The war is ceased by Shanks and his crew. There’s more to this battle but this war represents a major change in the series, the death of White beard, Ace and the theft of the White beards devil fruit. Black beard ascends to level of Youkon, and his crew terrorizes the seas.

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MY TOP 100 FAVORITE ANIME AND MANGA BATTLES ( 10 – 6)

MY TOP 100 FAVORITE ANIME AND MANGA BATTLES ( 10 – 6)

10 – Itachi vs Sasuke

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The Combatants:

  1. Itachi – older brother of Sasuke and former member of Akatsuki.
  2. Sasuke – younger brother of Itachi and final Uchiha clansmen.

Location: Naruto Chapter ( 389 – 394)

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The Battle:

The battle between the brothers has been anticipated since the beginning of the Naruto series, and it didn’t disappoint. They begin they fight clashing with a sword (Sasuke) and kunai (Itachi), Itachi gets the better of this exchange. Sasuke responded with “Chidori Nagashi”, and manages to “stab” Itachi through the stomach. Itachi reveals that it was all an illusion, they engage a contest of genjutsu. Itachi and Sasuke begin the real fight using a fury of shuriken. Itachi still manages to create a shadow clone during this exchange.

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Itachi manages to gain the advantage and appears to puck out one of Sasuke’s eyes. It becomes clear to Sasuke that it’s all just an genjutsu ( Tsukuyomi ) and he falls to the floor a bit exhausted.  Itachi starts to activate his Amaterasu, Sasuke goes on the offensive hurling using his ” Shadow Shuriken Technique ” successfully hurting Itachi. He then uses his “Fire Style: Grand Fireball Technique” forcing Itachi to escape through the roof. They then both use the technique, when Sasuke appears to win Itachi’s Amaterasu activates.

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Amaterasu consumes the fire of Sasuke’s technique, he used the jutsu again this time hitting Sasuke with it. Sasuke escapes using a substitution jutsu. He uses ” Grand Dragon Fire Technique “, destroying the ceiling of the building. Sasuke’s true goal was to create an atmosphere for his final attack. He uses ” Kirin ” resulting in a devastating lightning attack. Itachi appears to have been defeated but surprises Sasuke, by using  his strongest attack Susanoo. Out of chakra Sasuke is taken over by Orochimaru, who uses ” Hydra Technique “. Itachi easily dispatches Orochimaru sealing him permanently with his ” Sword of Totsuka”. Itachi seems to be struggling psychically coughing up blood, Sasuke uses explosive kunai but fails to make a dent. Before Itachi can steal Sasuke’s eyes he collapses and dies.

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9 – Zeruel vs Unit 00, 02

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The Combatants:

  1. Zeruel – the 10th Angel of Evangelion series.
  2. Unit 00 –  Eva of pilot Rei.
  3. Unit 01 – Eva of pilot Shinji.
  4. Unit 02 – Eva of pilot Asuka, currently being piloted by Mari.

Location: Evangelion 2.0

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The Battle:

The tenth Angel lay waste to the city quickly, and Mari in Unit 02 confronts it. She first uses a rifle and then a Thunder Spear, but the defenses of the angel is too great. She uses Unit 02’s ” Beast Mode” becoming more powerful and more agile. However, its not enough and Unit 02 is severely damaged. Rei attacks the Angel with a massive missile, the explosion doesn’t have an effect. Unit 00 arms are severed and is devoured by the angel. The angel becomes more human-like in form, it is prevented from reaching Lilith by Shinji. Unit 01 initially dominates the 10 Angel but runs out of power. Shinji becomes enraged at the angels consumption of  Rei and Unit 01 becomes berserk. Unit 01 power increases tremendously, healing itself an increasing its AT field strength. Shinji and Unit 01 uses optical blast destroying the angel and saving Rei.

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8 – Naruto vs Sasuke

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The Combatants:

  1. Naruto – The main protagonist of the series.
  2. Sasuke – the last member of the Uchiha Clan.

Location: Naruto Chapter ( 226 – 234)

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The Battle:

Naruto catches up with Sasuke at the “Valley of the End”. Sasuke is serious about killing Naruto. Naruto aims to ” beat Sasuke back to his old self”, and uses Shadow clone and Rasengan. Sasuke uses his Chidori and they clash like they previously did at the hospital. Sasuke uses his Chidori a second time piercing Naruto’s shoulder. Naruto becomes anger and his nine tails chakra is released. Naruto heals his injuries, Sasuke use his ” Great Fireball Technique” and Naruto counters with a scream that extinguishes the flame.

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Sasuke’s Sharingan complete’s and he’s able to predict Naruto’s movements. Once it appears that Naruto has been defeated, his nine-tails Chakra envelopes him. Naruto’s chakra makes it difficult for Sasuke to predict his movements. He retreats and decides to use jutsu instead, but it fails. Sasuke finally activates his curse seal level 2. Naruto use his Rasengan and Sasuke use his Chidori and they clash in devastatingly dark energy. Naruto is knocked unconscious and Sasuke leaves.

7 – Eren vs Female Titan

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The Combatants:

  1. Eren – the main protagonist of the Attack on Titan series.
  2. Female Titan – Anne, the main antagonist of the first season of Attack on Titan.

Location: Attack on Titan Episode 25

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The Battle:

After Eren punches Annie into a church. She quickly begins to flee toward the wall. She is pursued by the survey corps. and Eren. When she finds a clearing with no buildings she stops and takes Eren head on.  Annie attempts to capturing Eren, she fails. She decides to escape instead, Eren tries to stop her. She uses her ability to harden her skin and knock Eren’s limbs off, and smash his head in. Eren gets up and hops toward Annie tackling her to the ground, he then tries to rip her face off.

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She knocks him off her and proceeds to climb the Wall. Eren bite’s her leg trying to prevent her from escaping. However, she manages to climb the wall despite his efforts. Mikasa reaches Anne and cuts off her fingers, knocking her to the ground. Eren tries to rip her out of Titan body with his teeth, she crystallizes herself for protection ending the confrontation.

6 – Madara vs Shinobi Alliance

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The Combatants:

  1. Madara – the main antagonist of the series.
  2. Shinobi Alliance – an alliance formed to prevent world domination from Obito and Madara.

Location: Naruto Shipudden Episode 322

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The Battle:

Madara  assaults the Shinobi Alliance impressively using his skills to destroy them. Madara uses his “Fire Release: Great Fire Annihilation technique”, which is countered by several shinobi. Naruto attacks Madara from above with a Rasengan while Onoki raises the ground. Madara activates his “Eternal Mangekyo Sharingan” and shields himself with Susanoo. Onoki lighten’s Gaara sand so it moves faster, he removes Madara from his Susanoo. He pulls him toward Naruto’s “Rasen Shuriken”, he activates the Rinnegan and absorb the attack. Madara use a jutsu draws a meteorite toward the battlefield. Onoki flies up to stop it, lightening the meteor so he could stop it. Impressed Madara uses a second meteor crushing the first, and kills most of the Fourth Division.

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MY TOP 100 FAVORITE ANIME AND MANGA BATTLES ( 20 – 11)

MY TOP 100 FAVORITE ANIME AND MANGA

BATTLES ( 20 – 11)

20 – Pikachu vs Raichu ( Electric Shock Showdown )/ ( Pika and Goliath)

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The Combatants:

  1. Pikachu – ash’s first Pokemon and the form before Raichu.
  2. Raichu – the evolved for of Pikachu via thunder stone.

Location: Electric Shock Showdown ( Episode 14) & Pika and Goliath (Episode 74 of DP season)

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The Battles:

In the Pokemon animated series Pikachu and Ash has faced Raichu twice, in both instances they were epic. The first was in Vermillion city were Ash attempted to get his, Thunder Badge. Pikachu begins with a Thunder Shock, it has no effect. Raichu counter with his Thunder Shock, knocking Pikachu out. Pikachu determined gets back up, but Lt. Surge and Raichu show no mercy and use Mega Punch. Then they use Mega Kick, finally ending the battle with another electric attack.

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While in the Poke Center Ash and Pikachu consider using a Thunder Stone to even out the next battle. Pikachu refuses aiming to win without evolving. Ash and Pikachu are ready for a rematch, they’re quickly i distress as Raichu pummels Pikachu with Body Slam. However, Pikachu has superior speed and literally runs circles around Raichu. Raichu uses a devastating Thunder Bolt that destroys the ground and the windows. Pikachu uses its tail as a electric conductor leaving itself unharmed. Raichu runs out of electricity and Pikachu ends the battle with a Quick Attack.

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The second battle between Pikachu and a Raichu occurs years later. Pikachu begins the battle with a Thunder Bolt, and a lot like the previous battle it has no effect on Raichu. Raichu response with Thunder, which Pikachu absorbs. Both Pikachu and Raichu use Volt Tackle, both a thrown backwards after impact. Raichu’s larger size is to its advantage and lands on its feet. Pikachu however smashes into a rock and falls to the ground. They both clash with their respective Iron Tails, then Ash counters with Quick Attack which fails. Raichu ends the battle with Hyper Beam, pinning Pikachu to a rock with its tail so it can’t dodge. Like the fight with Lt. Surge Pikachu is hospitalized at the Poke Center.

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The Thunder Stone that Ash was given along time ago, was still in his possession and he left it with Pikachu to decide if it wanted to evolve. Like before Pikachu decides against it, with Ash they train. The rematch is held the next day, Raichu starts with Iron Tail. Pikachu evades this attack and each Iron Tail after that by rolling in a circle. Raichu flings Pikachu into the air and uses Volt Tackle. Pikachu counters with Iron Tail and the two Pokemon clash.

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Raichu uses a second Volt Tackle but Pikachu dodges it. Raichu uses Iron Tail but becomes exhausted and Pikachu uses Quick Attack. Raichu uses Iron Tail again, Pikachu dodges and uses it’s Iron Tail getting a direct hit. Raichu uses Thunder, Pikachu dodges that and use Volt Tackle.

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Raichu uses Hyper Beam and pins Pikachu to a tree like before. Pikachu quickly uses Thunder Bolt cutting Hyper Beams power in half, after the smoke clears Pikachu uses Volt Tackle and Iron Tail in combination. Pikachu and Raichu both use Volt Tackle but they’re even. They Both use Iron Tail with Pikachu and Raichu’s tails locking together. Pikachu fling Raichu into a tree, but it responses with another Hyper Beam. This time however it fails to trap Pikachu with it’s tail. Pikachu rotates quickly in the air dodging the Hyper Beam and strikes Raichu with a Iron Tail, knocking it out and winning the battle.

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19 – B vs Sasuke

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The Combatants:

  1. B – The 8 tail host.
  2. Sasuke – one of the last members of the Uchiha clan.

Location: Naruto Chapter ( 410 – 414)

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The Battle:

The battle against B begins with Suigetsu attacking him with his sword. B is undisturbed and catches the sword. He handles both Suigetsu and Juugo easily. Sasuke takes be head on and during the exchange he manages to get the sword from B. B unsheathes his eight swords, and uses a odd stance. He then begins to attack Sasuke ferociously, his unorthodox movements make it near impossible for Sasuke to follow even with his Sharingan. Sasuke uses his Chidori Blade, but it doesn’t have any effect. B stabs Sasuke with several of his swords.

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Before he can finish him, Suigetsu interferes and saves him. Juugo gets a powerful hit on B, while Karin heals Sasuke. With Sasuke, Suigetsu and Juugo working together they manage to get a brief advantage over B. B escapes but Karin locates him, Sasuke follows him. B uses his ” Number 8 ” on Sasuke, who deflects it. B continues on to attack Karin, Suigetsu and Juugo. B attacks Sasuke but is caught in the Sharingan illusion, his eight tails beast wakes him. He surprisingly attacks with a devastating results, blowing ” his next and chest away”. Juugo use his ability to heal Sasuke, while B transforms into his beast form. B uses his Beast Bomb attack, Sasuke then uses Amaterasu. Sasuke manages to put the flames of Amaterasu, ” capturing ” B.

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18 – Bardeil vs Shinji

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The Combatants:

  1. Bardeil – the thirteenth Angel of Evangelion.
  2. Shinji – the main protagonist of the Evangelion series.

Location: Evangelion 2.0

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The Battle:

Shinji in Unit 01 is unwilling to fight Bardeil, so the 13th angel begins to strangle him. Nerv headquarters activates the ” Dummy System “, under the dummy system the Unit 01 goes berserk. It begins strangling Bardeil breaking its neck in the process. With the pilot no longer able to move, the 13th Angel is at the mercy of the Eva. It crushes the Angel’s head, resulting in a gush of blood ending the confrontation violently. What makes this battle so “great” isn’t necessary the battle itself, but the psychological  aspects of the fight.

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The Combatants:

  1. Eren – the main protagonist of Attack on Titan.
  2. Female Titan – the traitor Anne.

Location: Attack on Titan Episode

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The Battle:

Enraged at the death of his new comrades, Eren transforms into his Titan form. Eren devastated he rampages toward the Female Titan (Anne). Despite Eren’s determination his fighting was a bit rabid and uncoordinated. The female titan is clearly more skilled and it shows. Eren seems to have more power but the female titan has better at evasion. Eren’s rage is paramount, the fight is brutal and Eren (titan body) ends up decapitated due to The Female Titan’s kick.

16 – Itachi and Sasuke vs Kabuto

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The Combatants:

  1. Itachi – Sasuke’s older brother,
  2. Sasuke – Itachi’s younger brother and one of the last Uchiha clan.
  3. Kabuto – one of the main adversary in the Naruto series.

Location: Naruto Chapter ( 578 – 587)

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The Battle:

Kabuto uses his snakes to attack Sasuke and Itachi. Both Sasuke and Itachi activates their Susanoo. Kabuto reveals that he has become a sage. Kabuto uses ” Hermit Technique, Technique of the White Shock”, which causes a tremendous amount of pain. Even through the pain Itachi manages to predict Kabuto’s next movement.

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Sasuke and Itachi work together using a strategy they used during their childhoods. Itachi slices one of Kabuto’s horns, and activates a forbidden doujutsu ” Izanami”. Kabuto uses ” Hermit Technique – Muki Tensei “, which is countered by Sasuke’s Amaterasu. Kabuto uses the techniques from the former sound five, even Orochimaru. Kabuto cuts Itachi in half, he continues to fight with Itachi  in what appears to be deja vu. Kabuto seems to notice but its too late he has been trapped in a looping genjutsu.

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15 – Sahaquiel vs Unit 01, 02 and 03

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The Combatants:

  1. Sahaquiel – the 8th Angel of the series.
  2. Unit 01 – an Eva that’s piloted by Shinji.
  3. Unit 02 – an Eva that’s piloted by Asuka.
  4. Unit 03 – an Eva that piloted by Rei.

Location: Evangelion 0.1

The Battle:

The battle is short, but enjoyable none the less. Together the Eva’s intercept the Angel, and the work together to kill the Angel. They each play a role and they succeed as a team.

14 – Simon vs The Helix King

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The Combatants:

  1. Simon – the main protagonist of Gurren Lagann series.
  2. The Helix King – the main antagonist of the first season.

Location: Gurren Lagann Episode 14

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The Battle:

The Helix Kings “Gurren Lagann” is named Razengan, he quickly begins to fight launching himself into the air. He attempts to attack Gurren Lagann creating a crater in the ground. He kicks Gurren Lagann in the air and hits it with a spin kick. It’s clear that Razengan is faster an more agile, Simon attempts to use Giga Drill Breaker. Razengan bites the head of the drill and breaks it. He then pins Gurren Lagann to the wall, and Gurren Lagann collapses to the floor.

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The stand and go head to head with Razengan but Gurren Lagann is pierced by its drill. Simon ejects the head of Gurren Lagann and uses Lagann Impact. It fails however and both Razengan and Gurren Lagann clash with each of their own drills. Simon wins the exchange but The Helix King leaves Razengan, attacking Gurren with his bare hands. When The Helix King thinks he got  the advantage, Simon surprises him by stabbing him in the chest with the core drill. He blows a hole in the kings chest ending the battle.

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13 – Ramiel vs Unit 01 & Unit 02

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The Combatants:

  1. Ramiel – the sixth angel
  2. Unit 01 – is the Eva of Shinji.
  3. Unit 02 – is the Eva of Asuka.

Location: Evangelion 1.0

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The Battle:

Unit 01 is blindly send to combat Ramiel. Sensing the Eva, Ramiel fire off a powerful beam melting the Eva’s chest almost killing Shinji. Ramiel begins to drill towards Nerv, when they are able to determine that the particle beam is perfect in its accuracy. Ramiel has the most powerful AT field ever recorded. They decided to use a “positron rifle”, when Eva Unit 01 snipes Ramiel. Ramiel uses its particle beam and the same time Eva Unit 01 shoots causing both to miss. Ramiel fires a second shot but it is blocked by Unit 00’s shield. The second shot from Unit 01 is successful in killing it.

12 – Genyursi vs Juha Bach

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The Combatants:

  1. Genyursi – the former Captain Commander of the Gotei 13.
  2. Juha Bach – the leader of the Wandenreich.

Location: Bleach Chapter ( 505 – 510)

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The Battle:

Genyursi aims to obliterate Juha Bach, and he instantly goes and uses his Bankai, Zanka no tachi. The Bankai uses all the power in his flames into the edge of his sword. After showing his Bankai’s power, Genyursi uses his Zanka no East. Bach attacks Genyursi but his sword snaps in half. Bach is surprised and Genyursi explains that if there’s an East there must be a west. He reveals his Zanka no Tachi west, which covers himself in flames that rival the sun. Bach uses his Sankt Zwinger but Genyursi uses his sword as a stand to protect himself.

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He then uses his Zanka no South, resurrecting the past kills of his. Bach notices that these resurrected corpses were former allies, upset at this Bach rushes Genyursi. Genyursi uses his Zanka no North and cuts Bach nearly in half. Assuming that he’s won he powers down his Bankai, it turns out however that the Bach that was fighting Loyd Royd R. The real Bach emerges and kills off a dying Loyd, when Genyursi uses his Bankai Bach steals it. Bach uses his sword and quickly attacks a depleted Genyursi, cutting him in half. He then cuts off his hand and then destroys him completely.

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11 – Madara vs The 5 Kages

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The Combatants:

  1. Madara – the main antagonist of the Naruto series.
  2. The 5 Kages – the leaders of the respective villages.

Location: Naruto Chapter ( 560 – )

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The Battle:

The Kages begin with Tsunade healing Gaara and Onoki, while Mei and A go on the offense. Mei uses ” Lava Release: Melting Apparition Technique”, and A uses his ” Lightning Oppression Horizontal Chop”. Madara uses his Susanoo to attack, but Gaara and Onoki use their defenses to stop the attack. Mei uses “Water Mist Technique” to hide the advance of A and Onoki. Onoki and A uses ” Super Aggravated Rock Technique” cracking the ribs of Susanoo.

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Madara uses Wood Nature Technique to destroy Onoki golem. Onoki response with his “Dust Element: Atomic Detachment”. Tsunade sites her 4 rules for a medic ninja, releasing her ” Byakuguo”. She attacks with a punch fracturing the ribs of Susanoo, then Madara uses “Katon Wildfire Extermination”. Mei counters with ” Suiton Waterspout ” and “Suiton Dragon Flood”, Weighting Rocks: Lightning Horizontal Chiyo Storm is used by A ans Onoki and Tsunade delivers another kick.

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Tsunade damages Madara further knocking him to the ground, and Gaara attempts to seal him. Tsunade is then pierced through the stomach with Susanoo’s blade. Tsunade breaks the blade and hurls it at Madara, Onoki use his Duck Element to try to kill Madara, but it fails. Madara uses Wood Clones to “balance” the battle, 5 clones for each Kage. The Kages have a hard time fighting the now Susanoo activated clones. The Kages take one last stand, a use a collective attack.

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Madara isn’t harmed but his clones are destroyed, he activates his “Perfect Susanoo”. Madara uses Susanoo to cut the tops of several mountains showing his power. Edo Tensei is ended but Madara releases it. Madara thoroughly defeats the Kages, leaving them near death and Tsunade cut in half.

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Attack On Titan – OVA 1(Ilse’s Notebook)

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OVA 1(Ilse’s Notebook)

Ilse’s Notebook is the first OVA episode of the Attack on Titan anime.

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Its the year 850, and the Survey Corps are heading out for the 49th time. Hange wants to capture a Titan for research. She runs into a Titan that appears to be abnormal. Hange fails to capture this Titan and Oluo is almost killed. Levi, however rescues him by cutting off the Titan’s arm and then killing it. Petra discovers the corpse of a soldier, decapitated within a tree.They also find the soldier’s notebook detailing her travels. Hange learns that “Ilse Langnar” is the soldier’s name and that the Titan spoke to her.

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The Titan said “Ymir-sama, welcome back“, but after questioning it Ilse loses her composer after it fails to answer. The Titan then begins to tear its own skin off it’s face. Unsurprisingly, Ilse is disturbed and begins to flee. The Titan catches her and before she can finish writing bites off her head. Hange uses the Notebook as proof for her request to capture and study Titans. Hange gets the approval she wanted from Erwin. It’s would be a understatement to suggest that this is a game changer, talking Titans.

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Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan) – 25

Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan)

Wall: Raid on Stohess District, Part 3

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I can’t tell whether this episode is suppose to be the last of the series or season, but I am hoping its the latter. This episode start on a muted note, with a prayer. The parishioners lead by Pastor Nick pray to the three “goddesses” named after the three walls. Pastor Nick states that the only ” protection from the Titans” is an “innocent heart, believing in god,”. Before he can finish the worshipers are unceremoniously killed as Annie lands on them. As Annie heads for a more strategic fighting arena Pastor Nick shouts ” Not the walls!”.

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While Eren gives chase after Anne many innocent civilians are killed. Commander Nile Dawk is angered by what consequences Erwin’s plans have caused. However, Erwin is unapologetic and explains when asked “How could you do this?” that his plan was for the purpose of leading “humanity to victory”. Nile’s protest become quickly muted as he threaten to execute Erwin and is reminded that he would become Erwin’s replacement. The battle between Annie and Eren is brutal and their fighting style’s contrast. Overall, Annie is defeated but manages to encase herself in crystal. Many in the military concluded this mission a massive fail. But, Erwin and the 104th trainees squad seemed to gain greater resolve. The episode comes to a close with a titan being revealed inside the wall.

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Highlights:

  • The fight between Annie and Eren is epic.
  • Misaka cut off Annie’s fingers
  • The eerie titan in the wall
  • The animation ( as usual)

Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan) – 24

Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan)

Mercy: Raid on Stohess District, Part 2

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This episode goes into greater detail about behind the scene plan that we witnessed in the previous episode. The situation continues to escalate as Annie traps Mikasa, Armin and Eren in an underground tunnel. Eren finds himself to be incapable of transforming. This seems to be due to the fact that he has “reservations about fighting Annie” as Mikasa put it. I thought it was interesting that Misaka acknowledge the resemblance between Annie and the female titan.

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Armin comes up with a plan to force Annie into a choice that would allow Eren to escape. Commander Nile Dok accuses Erwin of treason and pulls a gun on him. The recon corps along with Mikasa attempt to distract and capture Annie. Armin and Jean attempt to free Eren from the rubble but instead decided to join in the distraction of Annie. I find it odd that both Jean and Armin (especially Armin) were so willing to abandon Eren who at this point was impaled. Armin succeeded in trapping Annie with the help of recon corps. Hanji continues to add comic relief to this series and manages to never feel out of place. The traps failed and Annie continued her rampage. The best part of this episode was Eren’s transformation. The detail of Eren’s face (and the blood) was impressive.

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Highlights

  • Mikasa’s apparent jealously of Annie
  • Eren bitting his hands was disconcering
  • Jean and Armin showing their mettle
  • Hanji
  • Mikasa still being BADASS
  • Eren’s transformation

Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan) – 23

Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan)

Smile: Raid on Stohess District, Part 1

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All about Annie. I was right the female titan is Annie (not that this matters), but I feel good about myself. This episode featured no action and somehow I felt like it did. The episode had slow pacing but, it was very effective in setting the tone. This episode seemed to be designed to explain Annie and her motivation.  The complexity of the characters were shown in this episode. Annie’s view on humanity, Marlow’s attempt to end corruption and Armin’s hope that he was wrong about Annie. Armin show’s of his intellect once again but it wasn’t enough to fool Annie.  Eren shows his naive mindset when he seems unwilling to believe that Annie is a titan. Mikasa being bad ass was having none of it. She was ready, willing and able to put Annie down. I had to watch this episode twice to get all the little details (like the ring). Overall, this episode showed why Attack on Titan is an unbelievably good anime. So did you think Annie was the Titan? Where you impressed by Armin’s intellect? What about Annie’s philosophy on humanity? Does she make any sense?

Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan) – 22

Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan)

The Defeated: 57th Expedition Beyond the Walls, Part 6

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Can this weeks episode top last weeks? What are Mikasa and Levi (two of the best soldiers so far) capable of doing and how would they do it? Those were some of the question I was waiting all week to be answered. We all knew Levi was skilled but to be able to singled handily take down an intelligent titan was amazing. I love Mikasa her love for Eren is admirable but she could have ruined Levi’s plan with her single mindedness. She needs to get a clearer head. The return home was rather daunting with the families of the dead soldiers being existed to see the family members again. Knowing that they were killed and being reminded that they had families was somber.

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This reality prompted many of the soldiers to ask “How long will I live” or “How will I died”. Levi further showed his realist view of death or lack of sentiment when two soldiers pleaded with Commander Erwin to retrieve their comrades body. He told them that ” whether you have the body, dead is dead”. Dieter, one of those soldiers question whether Levi or Erwin ” have any human feelings at all”. Dieter being sentimental decided to get his friends body resulting in a bad situation. After, Levi showed that he did remember his fallen comrades by keeping a piece of their uniforms which he gave to Dieter.

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Petra father talking so happily about his daughter was truly was the most heart breaking moment (I instantly thought of her brutal death). This episode didn’t feature a great deal of action but I think it was appropriate. This series is a great at creating engrossing narrative and building a supportive atmosphere. This episode manage to open with intense action then seamlessly shift into more depressing tone while maintain the series quality. Simply another great episode. So did you enjoy this episode like the last? Was it as sad for you as it was for me? What do you think of Levi’s  sympathy?

30 Day Anime Challenge – Day 7

30 Day Anime Challenge

Your Anime Crush

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Mikasa Ackerman

Mikasa Ackerman is my anime crush (I guess). If you don’t know  she is one of the title characters of Attack on Titan. What’s not to love about Mikasa. She’s loyal, pretty and strong. She’s a little dark due to the fact that her parents were murdered. She loves Eren and Armin fiercely and will do any thing for them. Mikasa has a strong sense of morality. I do think her dependence on Eren is a little unhealthy but nobody is perfect. She’s brave and was the top graduate of her class. Her ability to fight is impressive and I think she’s bad ass. Mikasa is a strong character with good morals, a good heart and great fighting skills.