Shonen Manga Round Up – August 6, 2019

Samurai 8 #13 – Seeing Courage

Ata states that Hachimaru has “potential,” but lacks “strength and ability.” Hachimaru calls Hayatarou to help. They create a second arm to strike Ata, who is impressed by the communication between Hachimaru and Hayatarou. Ata says that Hachimaru “wasn’t suppose to exists.” Regardless, Ata tries to finish Hachimaru off. Master Daruma finally returns. Daruma acknowledges that Hachimaru “has courage.” Daruma attacks Ata with Vajrayaksa Style Dog Paddle, then Vajrayaksa Atmospheric Blade.

This results in a devastating attack that appears to defeat Ata. While Hachimaru’s father is stable, he’s likely to die. It turns out that Ata wasn’t actually present, he sent a replica of himself. I don’t know how I feel about that. It feels like a cop out. As my usual complaints about this series, is the fighting system. The final attack by Daruma was impressive, but how did he do it. He was wet afterward, is it a water based attack, does it matter? The final surprise is that Hachimaru has “brothers.” That has really pique my interest regarding the series.


My Hero Academia #238 – Liberation

Tomura Shigaraki decides that he no longer needs the hands of his family. This symbolizes his growth as a character. He has accepted that he killed his family and the fact that he wanted their death. Re-Destro tries to end his conflict with Tomura by using 100 % of his “Stress” ability. However, Tomura easily disintegrates Re-Destro’s ability. In doing so he almost destroys Deika City. Desperate, Re-Destro summons his “support item” to increase his quirk ability. Now his power is increase to 150%, but Tomura doesn’t seem to care. Compress and Daruma get into a conflict over how the organization functions.

Gigantomachia destroys the city, as Geten heads towards Re-Destro. When Gigantomachia finally reaches Tomura, he stops as he witnesses Tomura embracing evil. Tomura releases a his power creating a devastating attack. The Meta Liberation Army is likely to lose to the League of Villains at this point. They have served their purpose, by having other villains to fight and kill is different from killing heroes. The MLA are new characters that we don’t have any attachment to. If anything we are attached to the League. Tomura is becoming a truly powerful villain, I wonder how Midoriya will respond.


One Piece #951 – Rampage

One Piece is transitioning or I should say building up to the fight between the Strawhat, allies and Kiado’s crew. The Flower capital is on lockdown, as the alliance become wanted criminals. Shinobu and Sanji discuss the situation on a nearby rooftop. Nami comes into contact with Law’s crewmates, Bepo, Shachi and Penguin. It’s revealed that they were freed in exchanged for Law. He makes it clear to them that they’re not to tell Luffy that he’s been captured. Kanjuro intents to give Yasuie a proper burial, while, Ashura Doji show Kin’emon and Inuarashi the ships that they can use. Finally, on Onigashima, the Beast Pirates rush to make sweets for Big Mom. King is criticized for failing to kill Big Mom at the waterfall.

She asks King to join her crew, as he’s one of three races she doesn’t yet have. He quickly refuses. Big Mom demands that her cuff be removed. Kiado arrives and tells them to unchain her. She uses Napoleon, as she and Kiado clash. Like the previous conflict between Yonko, they spite the sky. I won’t be getting my hopes for Big Mom vs Kiado, as it will most likely happen off screen. However, the effects of the battle could handicap Kiado for any battle with Luffy. There seems to be too much going on for the battle that’s suppose to take place in a few days. This leads me to assume that many characters probably won’t participate, like Usopp or Nami. Instead they will do smaller things like freeing Law from prison.

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One Piece Chapter 946: Recap & Review

I have been predicting and anticipation the conflict between Big Mom and Queen for several chapters now. However, I had envisioned their fight to well be more competitive than it ended up being. Basically, Big Mom lays waste to Queen. She swings him around and then slams him to the ground. Defeated but not dead Queen returns to his original form. I also predicted that the resulting damage would help Luffy and the prisoner in some way. This prediction turned out to be accurate.

When Big Mom slams Queen she accidentally free Kid and Killer from their torture. She also manages to break the cell door that was holding Kawamatsu. It is assumed that Kawamatsu was long dead so they won’t bother to find him. The Beast Pirates are unable to contact Kiado or anyone outside of Udon prison. Caribou explains how the Tanishi snail system works. Caribou is being helpful right now but he can’t be trusted. It’s in his best interest to be useful for the moment.

Big Mom finally gets the oshiruko. The pot turns out to be empty however. Luffy foolishly admits to eating the oshiruko. Predictably, Big Mom is not pleased. She attacks Luffy, destroying the ground surrounding them. Of course, Luffy and Hyogoro aren’t suppose to leave the ring without triggering their collars. In his desperation to save them Luffy uses Advanced Busoshoku Haki to rip the collars off. Big Mom decries that she wasn’t able to share the oshiruko with the villagers.

I believe that Oda is going to use this arc to give Big Mom a more of a character arc. With her memory loss she was vulnerable but is able to develop new and different relationships with people like the villagers. She almost certainly will get her missing memories back, but they won’t override the new memories of kindness she has received. Finally, in order to get Luffy to master the new Haki, Hyogoro tells Luffy he needs to train by fighting with Big Mom.

One Piece Chapter 933 Review – A Samurai’s Mercy

As Lord Orochi demands that Komurasaki beg for her life, we learn that his devil fruit is called the Hebi Hebi no Mi, Model: Yamata no Orochi. She refuses to beg, resulting in Orochi becoming further enraged and rampaging. His eight head beg to attack people almost at random. Eventually, he captures Komurasaki in one of his mouths. Robin tries to flee with Toko, as the still laughing girl asks her to ave Komurasaki. Meanwhile, the ninja’s continue to pursue her.

Brook rescues her, by using his soul to appear as a ghost. It’s at this point you realize that most of the citizen or certainly the ninja are ignorant of the devil fruit abilities. It was made clear at the beginning of the Wano arc, that Wano Country is isolated from the rest of the world and have no affiliation with World Government. The consequence of this is a lack of knowledge of the rest of the world. When Brook uses his soul ability the ninja’s assume that he’s a mythological ghost called Gashadokuro. When Robin uses her Gigantesco Mano ability the ninja wonders if she’s a ghost as well.

In the ceiling, Shinobu tells Nami that they need to back up Robin and Brook. They are confronted by a ninja named Hanzo. He seems to remember her as a more beautiful, kunoichi dubbed the “man killer.” He thinks he made a mistake as she has gained a lot of weight. Insulted, she uses Ninja Art: Ball Crusher, then Ninja Art: Paralysis. She then knocks the ceiling down knocking out some of Lord Orochi’s heads. Meanwhile, during all the chaos, Kyoshiro “kills” Komurasaki. I don’t believe that she dead. It seems more likely that her “death” was staged.

Lord Orochi is upset that Kyoshiro would kill her. He claims that it “was a samurai’s mercy.” He then notices the hidden message from the Kozuki Family. Orochi takes his attention from Komurasaki to Toko. However, Nami uses Zeus to unleash a devastating thunder attack. We don’t see the result of this, as we head to the beach to find Tsuru feeding Big Mom. Still without her memory, Big Mom is grateful for their kindness. Chopper is concerned that Big Mom will regain her memory at any point. He tells her that there’s a lot of shiruko in Udon.


Chopper is clever here. Sending Big Mom to go to Udon prison could at least be the distraction needed to free Luffy and if she regains her memory all the better. If Udon is so hard to escape from someone with Big Mom’s power could can help. How much manipulation Chopper needs to engage with to get Big Mom to help remains to be seen, but she still seems to be obsessed with food. The chapter ends with us being told that the ” decisive battle against the Beasts Pirates will occur in nine days.” Now what does this mean in terms of time. Is it nine days in real time or in the One Piece universe? It seems like it makes more since that it’s in the One Piece universe. Regardless, I’m excited to see this battle. I’m hoping it could rival the war with the Whitebeard Pirates.

One Piece Chapter 931 Review – O-Soba Mask, Big Mom gets amnesia

Sanji, Stealth Black

Sanji puts on the raid suit. He doesn’t believe that wearing the suit makes him apart of the Germa. In the suit he wears a black outfit with a mask concealing his face. Law recognizes the suit as a character known as Stealth Black. The character is from the comic strip, Sora, Warrior of the Sea. The suit allows Sanji to turn invisible, though he hopes Franky and Usopp will redesign it later. Anyway, Sanji attacks Page One while cloaked. Page One gets up and transforms into his hybrid form. He attacks and Sanji is knocked through several buildings, however, he has received little damage due to the Germa suit. Page One think Sanji is dead, but, Sanji floats above him hitting him with a surprise attack. Law, Usopp and Franky flee, per Sanji’s orders.

Robin and the Orochi Oniwabanshu

In the Orochi Castle, Orochi continues to party while Robin sneaks around. She finds a room and searches through the old file cabinets. Robin thinks that she could find the location of the Poneglyph. She searches for a secret entrance but is interrupted by a group of ninja’s called the Orochi Oniwabanshu. The leader of the group, Fukurokuju enters and tell her that she has “one chance” to explain herself. I’m not concern that Robin is in any real danger here. She is smart and I trust that she will come up with a convincing lie.

Big Mom forgets who she is

On Kuri, Kuri beach, Tama, Chopper, Momonosuke, and Kiku stumble upon an unconscious Big Mom. Chopper realizing who she is tries to get the group to flee. He figures that she can to get the Straw Hat pirates, he decides that he will kill her. Big Mom awakens to Choppers horror. Chopper is stunned when Big Mom asks “who am I?” It goes without saying that this is a massive chance for Chopper to get a Yonko on the Strawhat’s side. How he does it is important. Chopper being a Doctor will likely treat her amnesia, resulting in her gratitude. Despite her hatred of Luffy, she has a fondness for Brook, Sanji’s cooking and thinks Chopper is cute. If Chopper decides to manipulate her it will likely backfire on him.

One Piece Chapter 930 Review – Ebisu Town

Zoro in Ebisu Town

Zoro arrives to Ebisu Town, where he’s greeted pleasantly by the starving residents. Each of them mentions how hungry and malnourished they are while smiling. Yasu tells him that “since humans have been blessed with the gift of laughter, it would be wasteful not to use it.” They citizens mention that Ushimitsu Kozo arrived last night. Kozo is a thief that steals from the rich to give to the poor. His motives are unclear.

Big Mom arrive for Luffy

Big Mom arrives

In a surprising turn, Big Mom and her pirates arrive at Onigashima searching for Luffy. Having tied carp to her ship, they’re being pull up the waterfall. Kiado, demands that his subordinates stop them. Fearing an “All out war,” Kiado grows more fearful of Big Mom causing trouble. King arrive in the form of pteranodon using his Ryu Ryu no Mi, Model: Pteranodon. He causes the ship of Big Mom to flip over, sending her into the sea. Obviously, Big Mom won’t meet her end her. However, being a devil fruit user she can’t swim, I wonder if her children can save her.

Big Mom falls into the sea

Sanji and his Raid Suit

In the Flower Capital, Law, Sanji, Usopp and Franky are fleeing the Beast Pirates as they try to find Sanji. Law discourages Franky from fighting sighting it’s risks. However, when a woman is under attack from Page One in his spinosaurus form. He demands that they call out to Sangoro and they do so. The civilians flee before Hawkins and Drake arrive, however, Sanji prepares to use his Raid Suit as it protects him from injury and will conceal his identity.

Oda has found a convenient way to get Sanji to use the suit that he refused to use before. It seems like Kiado’s subordinates are going to have dinosaur devil fruit abilities. Considering the vast variety of dinosaur species Kiado may have many Ancient Zoan-type devil fruit users. So far we have only seen three, X Drake, Allosaurus, Page One, Spinosaurus and King, Pteranodon. They’re all aligned with the Beast Pirates. This chapter is the rare one that didn’t feature Luffy at all. This arc does feel that it’s rushed , there’s so many characters both new and old that it can be difficult to focus. Regardless, another great chapter.

One Piece Chapter 907 Review: The Empty Throne

Oda continues to up the stakes and add to the lore of this magnificent series. It was already stated that Kiado and Big Mom had some connection, in this chapter they both want the head of Luffy. Kiado threatens to “kill” her if she interferes. Big Mom refers to a “debt,” that he owes her from a long time ago. Garp later confirms that both Big Mom and Kiado were on the same pirate crew at some point. It’s not made clear why but Garp became “the Hero of the Navy,” because of his dealing with the Yonko. I assume he either defeated or killed their former leader. Hina references a “Rocks,” which is referring to a era before Gol Rogers.

We are shown the “Empty Throne” an aide tells Sterry that he cannot sit on it because “its vacancy symbolizes that the world is not ruled by a single figure, sending a message of peace by making all royals equal before it.” Even the Five Elders and the World Nobles are forbidden to sit on the throne. Something tells me that Sterry is stupid enough to violate this long held rule. Considering, stupid royals, Charlos proves that I was right in my last review. He has his giant slave attempt to kidnap Shirahoshi in full view of everyone. Rebecca and Vivi unsurprisingly are horrified and Sai and Leo only to defeated by Rob Lucci and CP-0.

Lucci says that whatever a “god” wants they get. Neptune plans on attacking CP-0 and Charlos, he states that he cannot bring his his people to the surface. Surprisingly, someone attacks Charlos with a club apologizing for Charlos actions. He reveals himself to be a World Noble named Mjosgard from the Donquixote Family. He’s says he owe’s Ryugu Kingdom a great debt. Apparently, Otohime “showed him the error of his ways and made him into a human.” Up until now we were lead to believe that all World Nobles were terrible, elites that abuse their power. Mjosgard seems to be different, even though he still benefits from slave labor. Finally, Shanks appears at Mary Geoise to speak with the Five Elders.

One Piece Chapter 899 Review: The Last Stand

My prediction from my previous review was incorrect. Luffy and Sanji are safely on board the Thousand Sunny. Ironically this was the more unpredictable result. Anyway, Mont-d’Or calls Perospero, flipping out as he worries about Big Mom and the cake. He is told that the cake has already been dropped of on Funwari Island. Pero tells him to warn the citizen’s of Totto Land of the consequences of “one of three outcomes.”

First if the cake is poisoned and Big Mom dies, the Big Mom pirates will end. If Big Mom manages to survive being poisoned, she will continue to rampage and destroy Totto Land. Finally, if the cake is delicious then the only problem they will have is the damage already sustained. Of course we (the reader) already know that the cake will be delicious so we could assume the outcome. The citizens of Nuts Island, Poripori Island, Cutlery Island and Ice Island all decry their current predicament, assuming the worsts.

Meanwhile, Chiffon believes in Sanji’s cooking skills, Bege has no interest what’s so ever waiting for Big Mom’s reactions. He transforms into a tank, grabbing his wife and speeding off. He warns that if “the Strawhat’s died he will not forgive them.” Big Mom lands in front of the cake, preparing to eat. Meanwhile, the Strawhat’s are still under assault from Smoothie. However, Judge orders his Germa 66 to attack her fleet. Judge asks Luffy “what Sanji’s worth to him,” he finds it difficult to fathom how he could save someone as “weak minded and a good-for-nothing.”

Luffy comically wave goodbye to Judge, as he questions why “Judge would list all of Sanji’s positive traits,” resulting in Jinbe laughter. Big Mom’s fleet appears in front of them, as they become surrounded. Jinbe begin’s to lose hope, but Wadatsumi rises up from underneath the sea. Wadatsumi is a member of Hody Jone’s crew, Jinbe dives into the sea to reunite with the Sun Pirates, as they plan to serve their former Captain until he leaves Totto land.

At this point it seems that this arc is set to end. The conflict between the Germa 66 and the Big Mom pirates would probably end off screen. At this point I find it hard to believe that they won’t escape. The question I do have is what happens to Pudding, she’s so untrustworthy but she did aid the Strawhat’s. Will she be able to convince her siblings that she wasn’t helping the Strawhat’s? I’ve been predicting that after Big Mom taste that cake she will be grateful to Sanji, but now I’m starting to think that she would want him to be capture so she could have more of that cake. We’ll see next week.

 

One Piece Chapter 890 Review: Big Mom on the ship

Big Mom’s Barrage

Bavarois and Perospero remark how Big Mom never “was never this hungry.”  The newly slimmed Big Mom begins her search for the wedding cake, she rips off the upper deck of the Sunny. Jinbe tells her that she has the wrong place, Big Mom, however doesn’t believe her son would lie to her. She says otherwise “she’ll have to kill her eldest son.” Perospero is shocked that she remembers what he told her.

Jinbe vs Big Mom

Can Jinbe handle Big Mom, short answer, kinda. Big Mom swings her now inflamed sword Napoleon at him, but Jinbe blocks with Kairagi, shielding himself with Busoshoku Haki-imbued arms. He manages to temporarily stop he strike, but ends up being knocked into the sea.

Big Mom continues her rampage, Nami attempts to stop her. Big Mom’s flame hair lights the sails of sunny on fire, Chopper blocks Big Mom’s attack with Guard Point. Jinbe uses Shoulder Throw: Sea Current to put out the fire on the sails and fire in Big Mom’s hair. Jinbe uses Fishman Karate: Secret Technique, Vagabond drill, knocking Big Mom off the Sunny.

Big Mom gives chase

The Strawhat’s cheer the “defeat” of Big Mom, but she is quickly rescued by Zeus. Big Mom decides that she’ll split the ship in half revealing the cake. Nami attempts to temped Zeus with her thunderclouds, but Zeus claims that he will not be tempted again. Zeus attacks what we assume to be Nami, however, it turns out to be Brooke that is completely unaffected due to being bone.

Brooke takes aim at Big Mom, whom reminds him that he couldn’t “scratch her,” the last time they fought. He uses Three Verse humming: Soul, splitting Zeus in half, Nami then uses her thunderclouds to trigger an electric charge from Zeus. This results in Zeus shocking Big Mom, giving the Strawhat’s and chance to escape.

The official final One Piece chapter of the 2017 was an epic one. Wall to wall battle, seeing the Strawhat’s face off against a Yonko. While, Big Mom is far from defeated she has been challenged by them. I still hold out hope that Nami gains some more power from this arc, maybe the new little Zeus she plans on “enslaving,” will help. Jinbe continues to shine as the newest member of the Strawhat’s and holds Big Mom back. Big Mom continues to give chase, but something tells me that she won catch them before Sanji and the others meet them.

 

One Piece Chapter 889 Review: An Unknown Mama

Carrots Rampage

Carrot continues her rampage, as Daifuku uses his genie to attack her. However, his genie seems to only manage to help her out as it destory’s many of the ships attempting to hit Carrot. The Strawhat’s are impressed with her new found abilities. Jinbe informs them that the Sulong form: “Initially, it caused the minks to lose their minds and attack indiscriminately, and they would die within one night from exhaustion.” Brooke helps Carrot, using his speed to run across the ocean’s surface.

Big Mom’s illness?

Bavarois notices that Big Mom is acting strangely, she loses weight and he breath becomes heavy. She calls for Prometheus and Zeus, whom are fighting over why they are late, ” Zeus blames the long journey ahead on Prometheus wanting to eat fire. Enraging Prometheus, who points out how Zeus went against Big Mom when he let Nami use him. ” Perospero notes that Big Mom hasn’t eaten in eight hours, which is the longest she’s gone without food. He’s told that Pudding is bring the wedding cake to Big Mom, to which Perospero states that “it’s probably sabotaged.”

A cook’s pride on the line

Bege smartly suggests that they should poison the cake, confirming Perospero’s suspicions. However, Sanji is adamantly opposed to doing so. He claims that ” that the taste alone will defeat Big Mom,” Bege doesn’t buy this. Sanji gives him some of the whipped cream from cake, Bege is overwhelmed by the taste and agrees that the cake is to died for. Sanji states that Bege can kill Big Mom after. Diafuku’s ships are destroyed and Carrot continues to attack even though she falling unconscious. Brooke puts the other ships to sleep and rescues Carrot. She reverts her eyes from the moon so she will return to normal.

Big Mom on the Sunny

Big Mom prepares to attack the strawhat’s, she calls on Napoleon to turn into it’s sword form. She leaps onto Zeus, with Prometheus in her hair. She lands on the Sunny demanding her wedding cake, Jinbe warns the Strawhat’s that they may need to abandon ship. This was a good exciting chapter, that increased the danger that Strawhat’s are in. Big Mom getting skinnier as she becomes more powerful and agile. Big Mom is a beast, I don’t think they can hold out much longer. Oda ends the year with another cliffhanger.

 

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.