First I would like to thank Merlin Musings for tagging me. I’ve seen this tag around for a while and was wonder if someone would tag me. Lynn Sheridan is credited with creating this tag. The tag is inspired of course by One Piece. Regardless, Let’s get to my crew:
Display the My Pirate Crew logo and add ‘My Pirate Crew’ as a tag.
Thank the blogger who nominated you and post a link to their blog.
Link back to the original post here (so I can compare your crews to mine).
Select seven anime characters and give them a position on the crew. These are the positions you can to fill. Warrior, sniper, chef, doctor, scientist, navigator, strategist, mechanic, entertainer.
Nominate 5-10 bloggers.
Set sail and rule the seas!
The Navigator – Hyuga Neji
Neji is a member of the Hyuga clan. As a prodigy, Neji is highly intelligent. The reason I have chose him for my navigator is simple, the Byakugan. The Byakugan grants the user a ” near 360º diameter field of vision” and the ability to see over 20 kilometers away, along with vision that can “can penetrate through any solid objects or obstructions.” I think this ability makes him a perfect navigator.
The Chef – Brock
Brock from Pokemon is the former Pewter City Gym Leader. The eldest of nine children, which his absentee father left him in the care of, Brock is known for his domestic abilities. He’s a caretaker at heart, good at sewing, cleaning and of course cooking. He’s also capable of creating food for animals, which could be helpful.
The Entertainer – Mako Mankanshoku
Mako is hyperactive, fearless, silly and funny. She also manages to be lazy with all that energy that result in a clash of personality traits. Mako was the primary source of humor in the Kill la Kill. She can also be quite dramatic and interrupt moments of seriousness.
The Mechanic – Duo Maxwell
Duo is the pilot of the XXXG-01 Gundam Deathscythe. Duo is an expert at communication and computer based work. As a member of the Sweeper Group, Duo loved “tinker with scrap metal and junk computer bits.” His talent is undeniable.
The Sniper – Yoko Littner
Yoko is a member of Team Dai-Gurren in the anime Gurren Lagann. She’s often armed with a range of firearms including a “long range sniper rifle.” She’s a skilled marksman with her rifle, able to hit weak spots from large distances. She has also shown the ability to hit moving targets during high conflict battles.
The Strategists – Shikamaru Nara
Shikamaru has an IQ of over 200. He’s able to quickly calculate the limits of his opponents and his allies to create or determine complicated strategies. He’s able to keep track of the location of everyone relative to everything else. He studies behavior of enemies, Shikamaru is able to think ten moves ahead of his opponents.
The Doctor – Sakura Haruno
Sakura has been blessed with Chakra control that has seen her acquire massive strength and Medical Ninjutsu. Sakura is able to heal almost any injury. Sakura’s proficiency in medical ninjutsu is extremely rare. She can extract poisons, as well perform surgeries without a instruments. She’s also able to create poison antidotes effortlessly. Her medical skills ” extends to more standard medicine as well, enabling her to perform autopsies and examine cells with a knowledge of genetics.” She’s even created her own Military Rations Pills.
The Scientists – Kisuke Urahara
Kisuke is a former Captain of the 12th Division. He’s also the founder and first President of the Shinigami Research and Development Institute (S.R.D.I). Kisuke has developed many inventions, is able to equipment such as his “holographic computer interface.” He responsible for creating the most “amazing” thing in Soul Society. He has managed to create new inventions quickly. He’s a highly capable chemist and medic.
The Warrior – Broly
I’m choosing the new Broly, as the original one was a bit insane. Regardless, Broly is a saiyan with near limitless power. As a member of the saiyan race he’s a born warrior. They aim to become the strongest in the universe, they’re built for fighting. Most notable when a saiyan survives a near death experience they grow even stronger. Broly is the ultimate warrior.
One of my goals for 2019 is to add more varied content to my blog. List have been popular for a while and of course they’re simple and easy posts to create. First I decided to make some rules:
I’m only going to include anime characters from anime/manga I’ve read or watched. Mainly because I would be familiar with their powers.
I’m only going to include ONE character per series. This is difficult to do, because there are many strong characters in any given series, but I want some variety.
I think it will be difficult to determine how each character on the list would fare against each other, so I going to focus how strong they are within their series. However, I will be thinking how they compare relative to each other.
[Note] This list and any others will focus on characters that MOSTLY or significantly use the element. In this case water. What that would result in is having a list of characters that will have more that just the element in their abilities and I will be factoring these other abilities in as well.
5. Kyogre (Pokemon)
Kyogre is a Water-type legendary Pokemon that was introduced during the third Generation of the Pokemon series. A massive Pokemon modeled after a whale. Kyogre possessed the ability to “expand the oceans” and has control over water and rain. Kyogre is a part of the “weather trio” along with Groudon and Rayquaza.
Kyogre was given a power up during the Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire games. Called “Primal Reversion,” a Pokemon undergoes a transformation “restore a Pokemon’s true powers as the Pokémon absorbs the energy of nature to greatly increase its power.” Like most legendary Pokemon, Kyogre is capable of using many different types of TM’s. It has a powerful signature move called Origin Pulse. The move shoots multiple orbs and fire energy beams.
Why is Kyogre on this 5th on this list?
Despite his worldwide weather effects, Kyogre is largely limited in it’s ability. Very passive in nature Kyogre isn’t much of a fighter to begin with and it only really has one significant move, Origin Pulse.
Harribel is the former 3rd Espada in Aizen’s army. She eventually becomes the ruler of Hueco Mundo. Like most Espada, Harribel has tremendous skill with a sword. She’s capable of holding her own against a captain-level Shinigami like Hitsugaya. She was even able to hold off a captain and two lieutenant-level Visored together.
She possessed incredible spiritual power and was highly perceptive during combat. Tier was considered to be a master tactician. Her hierro “harden skin” was strong enough to survive Hitsugaya’s attacks without much damage. She also has abilities typical to most Espada like Cero, Sonido and Descorrer.
When Harribel uses her Resurreccion, she releases her special ability. With her new abilities she is able to manipulate water. Her best water techniques are:
Hirviendo – Pointing her blade out, Harribel boils any form of water which comes close to it, including ice, and deflects it around her.
La Gota – Harribel can condense large amounts of water around her blade before firing it as a blast which resembles a shark tooth. She can fire multiple blasts in rapid succession with relative ease. The blasts strike with enough force to demolish houses.
Cascada – Harribel launches a rushing surge of water at her enemy. The torrent of water is large enough to cover several town blocks.
Why is Tier Harribel 4th on this list?
I my opinion Harribel is a far superior fighting tactician than the passive Kyogre. She has a larger variety of techniques as well. However, most of her abilities are shared with other Espada and she only has a handful of unique techniques.
Juvia is a S-Class Mage from the Fairy Tail Guild. She can produce, control and manipulate water. She has a variety of different ways she can produce water, for example she can produce water blades that are strong enough to slice through rock or metal. She can also turn herself into water, allowing physical and magical attack pass through her without damaging her. Some of her best techniques are:
Water Lock – Juvia has the ability to materialize a large circular mass of water, and unlike the Water Dome, it contains no oxygen inside. This spell is used to capture enemies and incapacitate them by suffocation.
Sierra – A full body transformation resembling Water Body, used by Juvia in a state of strong agitation or other influencing emotion (e.g. jealousy or rage). Her strong emotions cause her full body transformation to heat up/boil. This is a short ranged attack which displays enormous, unpredictable speed.
Water-Make – a form of Molding Magic that lets Juvia create, or at the very least manipulate existing water. The scope of usage is not limited to just pure water, but also to things that contain it in large quantities, such as blood.
Why is Juvia 3rd on this list?
I didn’t list all the techniques she possess, her variety is far superior to Kyogre and Tier. While Kyogre can influence the seas, Juvia has more direct control over it. Unlike, Tier, Juvia can even turn herself into water and has defensive water abilities as well.
Tobirama was considered one of the most powerful shinobi ever. He was considered the “fastest shinobi,” at least during his time. His chakra control was such that he could use difficult techniques with just one hand seal. Like most ninja, Tobirama had a large number of sill sets, from summoning techniques, barrier ninjutsu to the Shadow Clone Technique.
Tobirama was an “adept sensor.” He could “accurately detect the presence and location of targets in the surrounding area. He could even sense persons countries away, identify a target’s ancestry from their chakra signature, and even pinpoint a target’s exact location while blinded,” simply by touching his finger to the ground.
While, he could use all nature transformations he mastered Water Release. He could create large amounts of water without a water source. He could use high level water jutsu at any time. He could shoot high pressure water beams that could slice through his targets, create walls of water and cover an entire battlefield with water. Some of his best techniques were:
Flying Thunder God Technique – he could instantly teleport himself and/or other targets to any location marked with his seal.
Summoning: Impure World Reincarnation – which revives the dead into immortal, regenerating bodies.
Mutually Multiplying Explosive Tags – to take advantage of the revived bodies’ natural advantages, using them in kamikaze-like attacks to create near-infinite chains of explosions on a target. He was said to use it whenever he needed to clear a map.
Why is Tobirama 2nd on this list?
To be honest Juvia has superior water abilities than Tobirama. What puts him ahead of her is his other abilities, Space-Time ninjutsu Flying Thunder God Technique is a powerful S-Rank technique. He has a number of techniques that surpass Juvia’s.
Jinbe was the second captain of the Sun Pirates. A former Shichibukai he possessed massive strength. He is so far the strongest fishman seen in the One Piece series. Despite his large size he move quite fast as well. Jinbe also has impressive endurance, able to take a “baptizing” in boiling water.
He was able to hold his own against Big Mom, he even took a direct sword attack from her. While in water he becomes even more powerful, he an excellent swimmer and he’s able to “suppress” any fear he may have. He has mastered Fish-Man Karate, he’s a great strategists, he can communicate with fish life and has become skilled in Haki. His most powerful abilities are:
Fish-Man Karate – According to Jinbe, the secret of Fish-Man Karate is mastery of the water in the user’s direct vicinity, using its power to send powerful waves impacting the water within the opponent’s body. Because every creature has a high percentage of water in their body, the users of Fish-Man Karate are able to battle opponents that are usually highly resistant (if not immune) against blows and punches.
Busoshoku Haki – is a form of Haki that allows the user to use their spirit to create, in essence, an invisible armor around themselves.
Buraikan – A secret technique of the Fish-Man Karate. Jinbe concentrates in one hand a large amount of water that he shoots at close range against his opponent. The impact is so strong that the water penetrates the opponent’s body and gets out from the other end.
Gyojin Jiujitsu: Water Heart – Jinbe plunges into the sea. Using a jujitsu technique (unarmed martial art that originates in the bushi battle methods), Jinbe centralizes in both hands an enormous amount of water, to then transfer it to the surface.
Why is Jinbe on the top of the list?
Simply put he possess all the qualities of the previous four. He has great water techniques, intelligence, physical strength, speed, varied types of techniques and he is able to do battle in water, under water and on land.
Seemly following on the heels of Hiro Mashima, creator of Fairy Tail and now Eden’s Zero, Tite Kubo, creator of Bleach, has now released a one shot called Burn the Witch. While, not a full manga series yet, one shots are often 15-60 pages. They tell a complete story, hoping to garner enough support to be turned into a full series. The process is similar to a television pilot.
The 62 page manga, Burn the Witch as the title suggests is about witches in London. Dragons are the main adversaries in this manga. Dragon were once reasonable for “72 % of all deaths,” the residents of “front London” were unable to see the dragons, but citizens from “reverse London” could. The story focuses on to witches, Wing Bind 1st order conservation ranger, Niihashi Noel and 2nd order, Ninii Spangle.
The “dragons,” are varied in design and uses in reverse London. The Conductor is used for “electric generation,” the Hammerback for “minerals,” the Wooly Wally “textiles,” the Matchbox for “fuel,” the Blue Appetite for “medicines,” and the Meatball for well food. The design of the dragons a weird and original, I liked them. Ordinary citizens from reverse London are banned from coming into contact with the dragons.
This is were the witches and wizards, whom passes the exam to become a member of “the wing bind agency.” I instantly thought of Harry Potter, but that’s not a bad thing. Meanwhile, in London a dragon sprouts out of a puppy and Niihashi and Ninii are ordered to exterminate it. The dragon is called a “Dark Dragon,” when “dragons come into contact with negative human emotions,” they become a threat to humanity.
They’re intelligent and can speak “the human language.” The dragon they’re facing is a “disguiser,” a dragon that “takes over a corpse.” Balgo the obligatory perv, taking care of the “corpse,” of the puppy he named Osushi-chan, but he’s in denial about his death. Just as Ninii attempt to capture Balgo’s friend, another disguiser attacks her. The new dragon “Selvie,” believes that by eating both witches he can gain “immortality.”
Ninii claims that it’s a myth, but Selvie believes that he won’t know for sure unless eat’s them. Selvie use to be the friend of Balgo that was killed saving his life when the were 7. He was hit by a train while protecting Balgo. Selvie attacks Ninii, but Balgo blocks it and is bitten. Balgo begins the typical, “we are friends and I’m going to save you,” speech. Niihashi steps in and destroys Selvie with “Absolute Dragon Shutter.” After being bitten by a dragon, Balgo becomes a “haunted one.” Haunted ones are classified as dragons and must be protected.
I really enjoyed this one shot, it didn’t reinvent the wheel but I found it charming. While I was gravely disappointed with how Bleach ended, I hoped Kubo may learned from how poorly that series ended. The most interesting part was the last two pages of the one shot that featured a reference to “soul society,” and a not so subtle reference to “Bleach” on the last page, seen in black letters in the title “Burn the Witch.” Is the Burn the Witch universe part of the Bleach universe? Is Kubo going to create a spin-off? Time will tell, but I hope Burn the Witch becomes a series.
Least Favorite Male: Marechiyo Yoshiayamenosuke Nikkōtarōemon Ōmaeda (Bleach)
If you don’t know who Omaeda is then count yourself lucky, he’s pathetic. I loved the most of the Bleach manga but could never understand why he is even a lieutenant. He’s suppose to be a high ranking member of the Gotei 13. Throughout the series I’ve never seen him complete a battle. He doesn’t appear to be that strong and even his character design is terrible. Finally, his personality is the most of putting. He’s described as being ” an arrogant and dull man. He is cowardly, loud, vain, elitist, snobbish, greedy and sluggish.” However, he makes nice jewelry though.
Least Favorite Female: Misa Amane (Death Note)
Misa is a model and supporter of Kira. She later becomes the “Second Kira,” she dedicates her life to aiding him. She becomes infatuated with Light and is willing to do anything he asks without question. Although she doesn’t seem to have enough intelligence to do so anyway. Misa is basically a puppet and Light controls her completely. A lot of this of course is how she’s written but I still hate her. Her personality is equally terrible or lack of personality, she’s surprisingly thin for a anime with very complex characters. She’s an airhead basically, becoming annoying.
Least Favorite Sidekick: Kon (Bleach)
Kon is a modified soul in the Bleach series. A result of a “Soul Society experiment in giving ‘vacant’ human bodies Hollow-killing powers.” He occupies a stuff toy for most of the series. Kon’s biggest problem is his personality. He’s a perverted and he prioritized women based on their breast size. He often uses his stuff animal body to get girls to hug him so he can feel their breast. Kon has been caught by Ichigo on several occasions masturbating in his (Ichigo’s) body. He’s also a coward, but won’t kill anything so I guess that’s good.
The final chapter officially ends a 15 year series that I have mostly enjoyed and I’m sad to see it end. With the ending of Bleach, it now joins Naruto as the second of the “Big Three.” This leaves One Piece as the final member left. Bleach has sold more than 84 million copies and is know for its art style. I initially had a hard time getting into the series. The first few chapters were slow. However, the art style drew me in and I began to like the series.
There wasn’t much to this chapter. Orihime and Ichigo get married and have child Kazui Kurosaki and so do Renji and Rukia. Their daughter, Ichika Abarai arrives and introduces herself to Kazui. He surprises her, when he shows her that he is also a shinigami. I wonder what abilities, Kazui has considering his mother unique abilities. Overall, I greatly enjoyed the series and while the ending disappointed me I’m glad to have read the series. Thank you, Kubo.
My Hero Academia
Hanta expresses his confusion regarding Inasa reasoning behind not enrolling in U.A. A female teacher arrives and makes jokes with “Erasing Hero.” Her name is “Smile Hero,” and her Quirk was is Roaring Laughter. Her Quirk forces her opponents to laugh against their will, messing with them from a cognitive and motor skills. Ms. Joke asks Shouta “if he told his class about something that happens every year at the Provisional Hero License Exam; Shouta replies he hasn’t.”
Meanwhile, “Mera of the Hero Public Safety Commission,” introduces himself and explains what the Provisional Hero License Exam entails. He tells the students that “only 100 of them will participate in the Provisional Hero License Exam.” He tells them “that they will first compete in a preliminary round to determine the 100 then compete in the Provisional Hero License Exam.” The preliminary round is designed to test the speed of the students.”
In the preliminary round, every student “will take three targets and paste them somewhere on their bodies where others can see, except their feet and armpits.” Each student is given six balls and is expected to use them to hit targets. These targets will light up when it is hit, once three are lit, the student is considered as lost and disqualified. Only the third target will matter, meaning that whom ever lights up the final of three targets gets the credit. Each student will need to get two people each to pass. So far the start to the exam has been interesting and I’m excited.
The Vivre Card Lola Gave
Nami remembers Lola and is surprised who her father is. The giant tells Charlotte Cracker to let him go and that he wants to see his daughters, Lola and Chiffon. Nami realizes that while at Thriller Bark, she was given a vivre card for Big Mom, from Lola. Randolph interrupts riding on a crane.
Cracker states that Big Mom sent him to take care of Luffy. Brulee arrives on a enormous tree named King Baum. Baum states that “no one they have targeted has emerged from the Seducing Woods alive.” Brulee shows Luffy that Chopper and Carrot are trapped in her mirror. She drops the mirror, shattering it with Chopper and Carrot appearing unharmed.
Cracker begins to attack the giant, he responds by saying “he could be his father, but Cracker says that he, like Big Mom, considered her 43 husbands as outsiders to the family.” Cracker attempts to decapitate him with a sword. Luffy, blocks the sword and forces him to let go of the giant. The giant reveals that his name is Pound and he and Nami flee. Nami pulls out the vivre card. it begins to glow, scaring the homies. The homies can’t “oppose Nami due to feeling Big Mom’s powerful soul around her.” Luffy is knocked into a tree homie by Cracker. Cracker uses his devil fruit ability to increase his number of limbs. Nami tells Luffy that they don’t have the time to “go all out, but Luffy replies that he knows no other way of fighting.“
Another good chapter. We learned that Cracker was sent to defeat Luffy by Big Mom. Cracker’s bounty is revealed to be 860,000,000 Beli and his Devil Fruit ability allows him to multiply his limbs. I think the battle between, Luffy and Cracker should be good. I think the biggest concern is the broken mirror. I can only assume that Brulee can create more and somehow they will escape.
Bleach will official end in the next chapter (686) and apparently it’s will be accompanied by an announcement. Hopefully, the announcement will be good, because the end of this series was a MAJOR disappointment. The fight between Yhwach and Ichigo was just poorly executed. The use of an convenient arrow to “stop” the unstoppable Yhwach was clearly a way to defeat a character that Kubo made too powerful to begin with.
Ichigo’s “new” Bankai was completely useless, Aizen didn’t get to even use his. It is painfully obvious to me that Kubo was just phoning in his finally chapters. It felt rushed and there was a lot of loose ends that should have been answered. Overall, this chapter and the ending arc was disappointing. Although, I’m glad that Rukia became captain, guess that’s something.
My Hero Academia
Izuku explains his Full Cowl technique to Mei. He said that the technique was conceived “from Gran Torino and Kacchan.” He says it uses “fine nimble movements,” that allows for better movement. His costume will add spikes to support his arms and iron armor soles. Izuku elaborates further and explains that it’s “more of a stop gap,” than a special move. All Might disagrees and suggests that it’s more effective than a stop gap.”
Eijirou, Denki’s, Shouto, Kyouka, and Kouda upgrade their hero costumes as well. Class B arrives and one of the students Neito Monoma suggests that no one from Class A will pass the “provisional license exam.” Blood King states that “the Provisional Hero Provisional Exam is conducted every year in June and September at three different locations across the country.”
Neito is disappointed that “he won’t be able to bring down Class 1-A himself,” causing Eijirou and Denki to wonder if something is wrong with him. The female students gather together and discuss their special moves. Tsuyu and Momo have ‘special moves in mind and need a bit more training to pull it off.” We fast forward to the day of the exams. Class A is introduced to some more students as they prepare to enter.
I think Izuku’s Full Cowl has a lot of potential. I don’t know if he’ll even have any use for his arms. All Might having to accept that he is now in need of protection was humbling. I interested in seeing what this exam is like and what abilities the other students have developed. Overall, another good chapter.
The Nation of Souls
We start in Chocolate Town were the citizens of Totto Land are asked a question, Leave or Life? When they choose life they, a strange black creature removes a round piece from their bodies. In the Seducing Woods, Luffy is confused by all the Nami, Choppers, Carrots, Sanji, and Purins clones. The real Nami appears and tells Luffy about their encounter with Charlotte Brulee.
Brulee uses the devil fruit ability, Mira Mira no Mi. The Devil fruit gives Brulee, that “gives her the ability to reflect back anything she wants.” Carrot attacks and is “reflected,” then she attacks again and is absorbed. Brulee tells her “not to worry, as she doesn’t plan on killing them, and asks if they realize the situation they are in.” She tells them that “Big Mom is well aware of their presence in her territory.”
In fact, “Big Mom ordered them to follow them.” They were ordered to keep them away from meeting with Sanji, and to “make them aware of what happens when they defy Big Mom.” Chopper tells Nami to find Luffy, he uses his abilities much to Brulee pleasure. Luffy calls it “absolutely crazy and asks where Chopper and Carrot are.” Nami says “it all happened right where they were standing, but there is no trace of them now.” She accuses the giant of being a henchmen for Big Mom.
The giant offers to explain why they don’t attack. The giant explains “that every six months, each citizen is required to give a month’s worth of their lifespan, in the form of their soul, to the country in exchange for protection.” He explains “that Big Mom ate the Soru Soru no Mi, giving her the ability to control souls.” She takes the pieces of soul are then spread throughout the islands. They then inhabit nearby objects, giving them some sentience. These objects are called “homies”.
The giant explains that he was the former husband of Big Mom. After giving her two daughters, she dumped him. Charlotte Cracker, the 10th son in the family, the giant begs to see his daughter again and “congratulate her on her marriage.” He mentions that “Lola ran away,” surprising Nami. This chapter was great. The cruelty of Big Mom becomes more and more apparent. Her abilities are very interesting. I think the “homies” are actually creepy. I effect the friendship between, Nami and Lola will have during this arc. Things don’t look good for the Strawhat’s or the giant.
Yhwach destroys part of Sokyoku Hill, he questions why Ichigo didn’t have Orihime heal him. Renji attacks him and activates his Bankai, Sou Zabimaru. Yhwach quickly severs his arm and destroys his Bankai. Aizen appears, attacking with Kyoka Suigetsu intervening. Yhwach teases him for fighting for the “losers.” Aizen uses Hado #99, Goryutenmetsu. A large dragon destroys the ground surrounding them, he them rushes forward.
Yhwach points out that Aizen sword is cracked, then sends him flying backward with an energy blast. Ichigo appears behind him and Yhwach blows his arm off and single handily stops his Zanpakuto. He notes that even Aizen was ineffective. He shatters Tensa Zangetsu and blows a hole into Ichigo’s chest. However, it appear that this was an illusion and Aizen made it appear that he was Ichigo.
Aizen is interested in this development, considering the fact that Yhwach was so certain that he wasn’t susceptible to the effects of Suigetsu. Ichigo impales Yhwach from behind and uses a powerful, Getsuga Tensho. This chapter was all about Aizen, fans have been anticipating an Aizen, Yhwach clash. Unlike most of the Shinigami, I believed that Aizen would be a challenge for Yhwach. This fight is already more interesting than Ichigo initial fight with Yhwach.
My Hero Academia
Class 1-A are excited about getting to create their own special moves. Cementoss explains that the Gamma Gym was created by him and he can use his Quirk to alter the gym to fit the needs of the students. Shouta explains the need for special moves. He explains that the “Hero License Exam,” is designed to test the “aptitudes” in “intel gathering, judgement, mobility, leadership and communication.” However, fighting ability is the most important.
Midnight gives an example of a special move, like Kamui Woods, Lacquered Chains Prison. Shouta decides that during the summer break the students will spent developing there Quirks and special moves. He suggests that they update their costumes to accommodate their new abilities. Cementoss prepares the gym and Ectoplasm clones himself to spar against the students. Izuku is confused, he’s unsure what his special ability should be.
He decides that he will focus on his costume, instead of his special move. He thinks that he could upgrade his costume to protect his arms. Tenya and Ochako head to the development studio. Ochako wants to improve her ability to help her with her floating ability so that she could be more effective in hand to hand combat. Meanwhile, decided that she wants to minimize the effect of his, Recipro Burst. An explosion from the development studio sends Izuku flying. Mei Hatsume is responsible. She lands on top of him, surprising Izuku.
I’ll be interested to see what special moves the students come up with. It appears that Izuku will always have difficulty with his Quirk. I still believe that Katsuki will become a bad guy or anti-hero eventually. I also happy to see new costumes because the old ones weren’t that good.
In the Germa Kingdom, several Germa 66 agents are excited to see Sanji and Jajji fight. Yonji tells an engineer that he “told Sanji off and he attacked him leaving a dent in his head.”The engineer uses his “press machine,” to fix Yonji’s face. The Germa 66 agents are surprised by Sanji’s strength. Sanji kicks at Jajji, who blocks the attack. Jajji uses his lightning spear to attack Sanji. He states that the only reason he return was to protect his crew.
Jajji tells him that reneging on their pact with Big Mom, will cause her to seek vengeance. Sanji recalls his troubled childhood. He remembers the abuse he received at the hands of his brothers and his father indifference to it. In the present Jajji attacks Sanji with his spear. Sanji blocks it with his, Busoshoku Haki. This surprises Jajji and the Germa 66. Jajji leaps up and Sanji counters with Diable Jambe.
Jajji blocks and grabs Sanji. He slams him to the ground and kicks Sanji with his electrified foot. He uses his shoe blaster against Sanji. Sanji uses Diable Jambe again, as Jajji commands his men to create a wall to block it. Sanji hesitates and Jajji takes advantage of the situation, piercing his agents body sending Sanji flying backward. Reiju aids Sanji, healing his wounds. Jajji tells him that the Germa 66 would give up their lives for him.
Jajji explains that the alliance with Big Mom, is a guarantee of their conquest of the North Blue. He reveals that he doesn’t want to lose his most “precious sons,” and he rather sacrifice Sanji. While distracted, Sanji is trapped by Reiju. She places a “World Noble,” collar on his wrists to prevent him from escaping. This chapter of One Piece was well done. I was shocked to see that Sanji has learned Haki. His relationship with his family seemed obviously due to childhood abuse. I wonder if Sanji will sacrifice his hands for his freedom. I don’t think Luffy will allow it.
“I will walk a different path from my Papa and become the Hokage.” – Sarada
As mentioned in previous post the Boruto series is starting with a retelling of the Boruto movie. The art style either got better or I have become accustom to it. Regardless, I didn’t dislike the art as much. I really liked the son of Gaara, Shiki. He seemed to be the perfect combination of his uncle, Kankuro and his father. He can use the Puppet Technique and Iron sand. However, his siblings are stylistically afterthoughts. While they are considered to be great talents, especially Yodo, they seem to be simplistically designed compared to Shiki.
Shiki is confident in his teams abilities
We see Metal Lee train and he’s a lot like his father
Sasuke teaches Boruto, “Shurikenjutsu.”
Sai and Shikamaru are Chuunin exam administers
Boruto “cheats” with Kote during the exam
Chapter 681 – The End two world
“We’d come to repay our debt to him” – Ginjo
Yhwach enters the portal leaving, Ichigo in “despair.” The fight was a major disappointment. I don’t know what the point of restoring Ichigo’s Bankai. Yhwach will simply destroy it again right? Of course this is Bleach and we know that Ichigo will become strong enough, simply because he can. I did find Haschwalth reaction to Yhwach “betraying” him. I think he has accepted his fate but may still want Yhwach to lose. I was surprised that Tsukishima and Ginjo returned. I hope Ichigo’s next encounter with Yhwach goes better.
Yhwach shatters Renji’s Shikai
Haschwalth offer’s to transfer Uryu’s wounds to himself
Together with Orihime, Tsukishima restore Ichigo’s Bankai
Yhwach states that “The Almighty,” “allows him to transform the future.” He states that “it is no different from Ichigo and Orihime’s powers because he can also influence only what he can see, which is the entirety of fate.” Yhwach says that “Ichigo has only been able to overcome his despair and change his fate up until now because he was there.” He dares Ichigo to change his fate and he will “chop it down.”
Meanwhile, we shift to Haschwalth verses Uryu. He reveals his Schrift is “The Balance.” This ability “allows him to distribute misfortune to the fortunate and redirect all misfortune that would occur to him into his Freund Schild, a shield on his arm.” Uryu asks Haschwalth “if he wants to see his Schrift.” Haschwalth assumes that Uryu would have used his Schrift by now, if it would have won him the battle. Uryu reveals it’s name as “The Antithesis.” His wounds disappear and reappear on Haschwalth.
He explains his ability, “to reverse something that has already happened between two targets, such as damage inflicted.” Haschwalth surprisingly says that his ability “may be the only power capable of stopping Yhwach.” Uryu is shocked, he wants to know “if this has something to do with the true power of The Almighty.“ Uryu attempts to leave the area. Haschwalth uses “The Balance” to reverse the damage Uryu sent back to him earlier. He notes that his ability is a poor match up for Uryu.
Yhwach dominates Ichigo, grabbing him by the head. He’s surprised by Ichigo’s lack of fight. Yhwach drops him, then claims “that all Ichigo accomplished was providing him with some entertainment before preparing to take back the power he had given to Ichigo.” So far this fight is underwhelming. It’s clear that Ichigo is going to be “saved.” I am going to assume his father saves him and Uryu’s father does the same for his son. The fact that Ichigo’s new Bankai was so easily defeated, but I wonder what Kubo will do to save Ichigo from Yhwach’s broken powers.
He Who Gets Bet On
Jinbe informs the Sun Pirates that he wants to “join the Straw Hat Pirates because he believed Luffy would become Pirate King and bring peace to Fishman Island.” Much to his surprise and pleasure he receives an unanimous, yes. The Fishmen, however are concerned with Big Mom’s reaction. Fellow fishman Aladine, is slated to be married to Charlotte Praline, the 29th daughter of the Charlotte Family.
She yells at him assuming he would abandon her. Jinbe asked Praline “if they would incur Big Mom’s wrath by leaving, and she replied that nobody who has tried to leave has survived.” Presently,Big Mom talks to Jinbe about his cutting ties with her, she says “that she will lose a valuable and powerful resource, so it is only right that Jinbe loses something as well.” A roulette wheel is spun, featuring images of “arms, legs, heads, and crowns on the slots.”
Luffy and the others wait for daylight on “a solid sea of sweet syrup.” Pedro says “that the sea will start flowing again at daybreak but has frozen for the night, and the team tries to unfreeze it.” Carrot reveals that Pedro “was once a pirate with Pekoms,” although Pedro says “he only accompanied Pekoms halfway.” Pedro said that they were on a mission to find poneglyphs for Nekomamushi. Pedro states that “he had heard Nekomamushi and Inuarashi showed the Straw Hats the Road Poneglyph on Zou, which surprised him, as they had not shown it to strangers since 26 years ago when they showed it to the Roger Pirates.”
Pedro fells that this shows that Nekomamushi and Inuarashi have faith in the Straw Hats. He tells them “that Big Mom’s Road Poneglyph will be useful to them after they defeat Kaido, thus they should steal it while they are here.” He asks Luffy to “buy him time to sneak in and steal it while they rescue Sanji,” Luffy agrees. The following morning the crew arrive at Whole Cake Island. Nami intends to go past the security, and Luffy sees someone standing on the coast. This chapter was exciting mainly because the prospect of Jinbe joining the Straw Hat crew. This feels right and I hope it actual happens. Clearly, Jinbe might lose a limb to do it. I think that he will be willing to do so.
My Hero Academia
The Hero Billboard Chart JP, (a chart that tabulates the rankings of Pro Heroes in Japan twice per year).They announce that “All Might’s true form has had Japan and even the Hero Headquarters in America are in an uproar.” They also announce that All Might will be retiring. Best Jeanist, the Number Four Hero, is taking a sabbatical from Hero duties. The Number 32 Hero, Ragdoll Quirk was stolen, altered and is now considered to be “unfit for duty and thus her Pro Hero career has been put on hold indefinitely.”
At U.A, Mr Principal thanks All Might for defeating All For One. He points out “that since All Might is no longer able to fight, the parents’ of the U.A students as well as society are anxious and worried about the safety of the children.” Mr Principal and Blood King will visit “the parents of Class 1-B while Shouta and All Might will visit the parents of Class 1-A as part of the plan.” He plans on changing U.A to a boarding school.
Shouta and All Might visit Kyouka Jirou’s house, Mr Jirou is concerned about “his daughter being put in harm’s way under U.A’s supervision and isn’t too fond of sending her daughter to U.A’s dormitories. Shouta admits that U.A has been negligent in their duties and vows to correct them as well as raise Kyouka into a fine Hero.” Kyouka, reveals that tells her father has “already agreed to the relocation of the students after seeing All Might’s fight with All For One, happy that her daughter will grow into a powerful Hero like All Might.”
Shouta and All Might then visit the home of Katsuki Bakugou. His mother agrees to the U.A’ students’ relocation, they begin arguing with each other while his father tries to calm them down. Katsuki’s mother notes that “Katsuki’s rashness along with his gifted abilities, has resulted in him being pampered and getting shallow praise for what he has which has resulted in his arrogant nature.”However, his mother is happy that “Shouta sees her son for who he is instead of his gifted abilities.” As they leave the Bakugou household, Katsuki asks All Might “what Izuku is to him.” All Might lies, telling Katsuki that “Izuku is a student to him who has great potential just like Katsuki.” Katsuki doesn’t seems satisfied but goes inside and thanks All Might.
All Might visit’s Izuku’s home alone. This leaves Shouta to visits the rest of Class. All Might talks to Izuku and his mother. He asks Izuku’s mother for her permission to send Izuku to the U.A dorms. However, she is against it. She explains that “she is worried about her son since his Quirk damages him rather than helps him and is deeply concerned about her son’s future as a Pro Hero after witnessing All Might’s brutal battle, unable to bear the fact that Izuku will also have to face such bloody battles with no hope possibility of full recovery. Inko states that she has no confidence in U.A and is unable to entrust her son to them.”
I think that Katsuki is jealous of Izuku relationship with All Might, and this might become a larger problem. He may even become a villain or anti-hero as a result. It was surprising that Izuku mother refused to allow him to attend. Although, lets be honest All Might will end up training him anyway. However, his mother has a point. If his Quirk damages him, how can he have more taxing battles and be alright. It’s a question that I will be interested in hearing the answer to.
Ichigo’s attack lands against’s Yhwach. He calls Ichigo a “mutt,” for his combination of Gran Ray Cero (Hollow) and Getsuga Tenshou (Shinigami). He’s says this power “suits” Ichigo well. However, he seems to be unimpressed by this power. Ichigo realizes that he’s being underestimated. He concludes that this is his chance to strike.
Yhwach decides that he cannot afford to waste time playing with Ichigo. He beings using his ability, The Almighty. While they clash, Ichigo stumbles onto a series of traps set by Yhwach. Ichigo searches for a opening in his “Almighty” ability. Yhwach tells Ichigo that he made a “miscalculation.”
He explains in his ability further. He says that “the future diverges in countless directions from a given point in time like grains of sand in the wind and that there are as many possibilities as there are grains of sand before stating that changing the future is as simple as moving from one grain of sand to the next. Declaring that he can see all the grains of sand from where he stands, Yhwach tells Ichigo to keep pushing forward and moving between grains of sand without despairing.” Ichigo with his back against the wall, uses Bankai.
I feel like this fight has been accelerated. Not much has happened in the last few chapters. For Ichigo to use Bankai so quickly is daunting. Kubo probably will shift to the other fights currently going on, before concluding this one. As I mentioned before there are still several characters still alive to help Ichigo. He clearly needs aid. That said I’m excited to see what his Bankai looks like. I always found that his previous Bankai wasn’t interesting, hopefully this one will be better.
Boku no Hero Academia
All Might successfully lands a punch on All for One. The punch he delivered was designed to lower All for One’s guard. All Might use “United States of Smash,” on All for One. All for One is defeated, unconscious in a crater. Might raises his arm in triumph. His victory is announced, transforming into his “Hero” form to symbolize peace.
While All Might was fighting, the other Heroes were saving as many civilians as possible from under the rubble. All for One is imprisoned and All Might points to the camera. He says “You’re Next,” causing the civilians to celebrate. Izuku knows the true meaning of that message. That his time to replace All Might will be coming. He begins to cry.
All for One is incarcerated in a prison where “the death penalty is not enough.” All for One is unsure of his location. He reveals to the guard that he can “see” using an infrared quirk. The prison guard is impressed that he was able to fight in his condition. All for One is actually happy that he was defeated. He believe’s that his defeat will inspire Tomura’s hatred and he will become stronger.
Sasuke contemplates taking on Boruto as a disciple. He challenges Boruto to perform the Rasengan. Confident, Boruto see’s no challenge in this. Sasuke flashes back to a conflict he has with 2 Otsutsuki clan members. The following morning Boruto awakens Konohamaru, he ask’s him to teach him the Rasengan.
He agree’s to teach him. Boruto instantly takes a dislike to the training, but he does learn the Rasengan. The size of his Rasengan is disproportionately small compared to normal. This infuriates him and he throws the Rasengan and leaves. Sarada tells her father that he’s being too strict. He tells her he intends on training Boruto.
Boruto runs into Katasuke, and tells him the situation he’s having. Katasuke offers him the Kote as a solution. Boruto uses the Kote to generate a normal Rasengan. Sasuke isn’t fooled, but doesn’t let Boruto know it. Over a bond fire Boruto asks Sasuke what Naruto’s “weakness” was. Sasuke tells him that Naruto is “full of weaknesses,” but he managed to overcome them.
Sarada, Mitsuki and Boruto meet and discuss their intention to participate in the chuunin exam. Meanwhile, Kinshiki and Momoshiki defeat Killer B and absorb his chakra. They detect Kurama within Naruto and decided to attack him next. This series so far is just a retelling of the Boruto movie. If you saw the movies this series so far is probably a disappointment.
At this rate we won’t get new content until 5 or 6 chapters. That means months, considering the fact that this series is released on a monthly basis. In addition to that the art is still not good enough for me. I will continue with the series however, I have high hopes for the series.
Chapter 676 – Horn of Salvation
Orhime notices Ichigo’s new form. She remembers his form from his fight with Ulquiorra. She calls to him and he responds with a smile. He reassures her that he’s still the same. Yhwach notices that Ichigo has combined the power’s of a Quincy and Hollow. However, he must maintain balance or lose control.
Ichigo destroys the top of the palace. Yhwach call’s his power “magnificent.” He successfully block’s Ichigo’s attacks. Ichigo responds by using Gran Rey Cero, cutting Yhwach. This chapter read quickly. Visually, I don’t like Ichigo’s new form. I feel’s lazy and the one horn seems strange. His abilities however are cool and I will be interested in seeing more of them. This fight is far from over, but I like the way it started.
Chapter 828 – 1 and 2
Luffy and the others learn that Purin is one of Big Mom’s daughters and that she’s engaged to marry Sanji. Purin is surprised to learn that Luffy and the others are Sanji’s crew-mates. She warns them that “they will be killed if Big Mom discovers their presence.” Purin reveals some details of the Charlotte Family. She says “the Charlotte Family is compromised of 129 people (Big Mom, her 43 husbands, 39 daughters and 46 sons), and that Big Mom’s children have all been raised to understand that she will arrange their marriages to grow the strength of her crew.“
Chopper ask Purin “if she had met Sanji yet. Purin is flustered by the question and blushes, responding that she had met him once.” Pedro suggests “binding and gagging” Purin so she won’t reveal that they are in Totland. Purin shows a map to Sanji, she tells the Strawhat’s that she doesn’t wish to get in Sanji’s way. They are stunned to hear that “Sanji turned down a woman.” Luffy even beings to cry. She arranges to bring Sanji to the Strawhats. However, she warns them that “Big Mom will never willingly let Sanji go.”
The Strawhat’s return to Thousand Sunny. Pekoms disappears and leaves a warning telling them to “turn back.” Luffy doesn’t care and he tells everyone that they “will continue ahead.” OnBroccoli Island, Germa 66, ends a war in a manner of a few hours. They retrieve their payment for defeating they enemies of the victorious side. The Vinsmokes learn that “Sanji has already arrived on Whole Cake Island.” The elder Vinsmoke says that “he can’t wait to see Sanji again, but is called out as a liar by the other. They promise to arrive on Whole Cake Island on the day before the wedding.“
The Germa 66 are clearly ruthless. I think this will infuriate Luffy at some point. Big Mom family is interesting, and I hope we get to see some of her powers more in-depth. I think Purin may join the Strawhat’s as Sanji’s wife or she will die saving him. Regardless, Sanji will likely have to face-off against his siblings.
Monster Gun “Vito” explains how he admires Germa 66. He reveals that there is a comic, Sora, Warrior of the sea. It is published by the government in the “World Economic Times.” He implies that the comic is likely a source of government propaganda, design to manipulate young children into idolizing the Marines.
The Strawhat’s need Sanji
It can be easy to forget that the Strawhat’s travel by sea. Mainly, due to the fact that they spend most of their time on land. However, Sanji’s value is reveal in how Luffy massively, failed to make a satisfying meal and used too much food to do so. Furthermore, when Luffy catches a large fish, his ignorance of cuisine leaves the crew in danger as they consume the poison skin of the fish.
The story has been progressing slowly in this chapter, however we get some more information regarding the Germa 66, the Firetank Pirates and Big Mom’s ship. Luffy becoming poisoned is clearly going to become a hindrance to the Strawhat’s success. Sanji’s seems to have moved past his “love” of his soon to be bride, and declares that he will not be marring anyone. Overall, another good chapter.
Son of Darkness
Gerard has taken a beating from three captains and still lives. This latest form appears to be his last. Hitsugaya and Kenpachi seem at their limits, however, there are other Shinigami left to fight mainly Byakuya.
Ishida is down
While I’m confident in Ishida’s ability, I never though he would fail to lay a scratch on Haschwalth. Anyway, there’s no way he dies so it will be interesting who comes to his rescue.
The final battle begins
Ichigo and Yhwach are going to start their inevitable battle. What surprised me was Ichigo apparent belief that Orhime is going to be important to his victory. I highly doubt that she will factor in that much. However, he powers were always unique and may help in blocking Yhwach’s ability to “see” the future.
I already predicted that Gerard would die yet. I was right. While Kenpachi and Hitsugaya may be exhausted, I think Byakuya has more than enough strength to continue. I’m excited to see his “new” Bankai. Shinji, Rukia and Renji are also still able to fight. I think that they may not be necessary but could help if needed. While, I usually dislike switching from fights, I think in this case it was refreshing. The main question I have remaining is, What’s Orihime suppose to do?
The Strawhat are stunned at the news that the Revolution army had been defeated by the Blackbeard Pirates. Luffy is concerned for his brother Sabo. Though he seems to have forgotten that his father is Dragon, the Commander-in-Chief of the revolutionary army. Luffy’s absent mindedness is well established, so this isn’t surprising. News regarding whom has been wounded or killed was scarce.
Pedro deduces that if Luffy’s brother and father we killed or harmed, it would be big news. Luffy seems relieved, however, the conversation is interrupted by the kitchen setting on fire. During this moment a storm erupts, putting out the fire in the process. Meanwhile, at Zou, Bariete admits that he was aware that Carrot left to join Luffy. Meanwhile, it is revealed that Captain Jack survived and is waiting at the bottom of the sea for someone to save him.
Kiado is drunk and become enraged at Jack’s failure. He begins crying due to his failure to create a “crew of devil fruit users.” He yells that Luffy and Law don’t know who they have picked a fight with. Eustass Kid is shown to have been beaten and imprison. The storm has passed and Luffy tells his crew to dig into the meal he made. Luffy wastes much of the food, creating a apparently disgusting meal he dubbed “random curry.” Meanwhile, we see Sanji on Big Mom‘s ship. He discusses with Tamago his situation. Tamago tells Sanji that he should join the “Big Mom pirates.“
Sanji makes it clear that he won’t join, and that he definitely won’t be cooking anything for them. Vito shows up and shows Sanji what his future wife looks like. She’s gorgeous and predictably Sanji is floored. I’ve already expressed my disappointment that we didn’t get to see the fight between the revolutionary army and Blackbeard pirates. However, the deduction of Pedro seems sound, so I’m okay with it. Furthermore, I highly doubt that Sabo or Dragon would die anyway.
Captain Jack survival was surprising, he seems capable of breathing underwater unlike most devil fruit users. We finally get to see Kaido face and get to see his personality. He is how I would have predicted. Sanji reaction to his potential bribe is predictable, but I don’t see him truly betraying the Strawhat’s for her. Overall, another good chapter.
Naruto side story
The Path shone by the full moon light
Mitsuki awakens to Orochimaru handing him, “medicine.” He takes it and drops the cup due to it’s foul taste. Orochimaru leaves ordering Suigetsu to “bring him to his room,” once he completely awakens. Orochimaru is seen taking to a shadowy hooded figure. Suigetsu informs Mitsuki on how he came to end up in the medical bed. He then attacks Mitsuki, who successfully defends himself.
Orochimaru tells Mitsuki that he’s his “parent.” Mitsuki is unsure that Orochimaru is his mother or father. Orochimaru tells Mitsuki that they are going to get his memories back. He explains that the ninja named “Log,” has memory stealing jutsu. They dubbed this technique, Keibiki no jutsu. Together, Orochimaru and Mitsuki arrive at the lair of Log.
Mitsuki uses his “special” ability, to break through the barrier surrounding his hideout. They face Log head on, he uses Kana Shibari no jutsu (paralysis no jutsu). This effected Mitsuki, but not Orochimaru. Log and Orochimaru clash and uses his snake to attempt to pierce Log’s armor. He appears to fail and Log uses Ninja Art: Yoroi Gui.
His armor begins to cover Orochimaru, who tells Mitsuki to uses his sage power. Log attempts to attack Mitsuki, but is bitten by a small snake. Orochimaru leaves Mitsuki with the now paralyzed Log. Log asks Mitsuki to remove his mask and tells him that “Orochimaru is lying to him.” Upon removal of his mask it is revealed that he is a clone of Orochimaru, like Mitsuki.
He explains that they are “synthetic humans,” Orochimaru returns and he and Log begin to bicker over Mitsuki. Mitsuki activates his “Sage Mode,” and decides that he’ll make his own discussions. It is revealed that this entire mission was a ruse. Both, Orochimaru and Log were working together. The medicine first consumed by Mitsuki was a catalyst for his memory loss. They are happy that Mitsuki has become assertive and decided for himself what he’s going to do.
I can’t wait for Boruto to arrive next month, and this chapter wet my appetite for it. Mitsuki has long been rumored to Orochimaru’s child. I have always assumed that it was through science. Mitsuki seems to be and interesting character and his abilities haven’t been fully explained. One criticism is regarding the “Sage mode,” appearance. I just don’t like the design.
The Perfect Crimson 2
Hitsugaya activates his complete, Daiguren Hyourinmaru. He claims that his power is still incomplete. He tells Byakuya that he ages when he does use it. He acknowledges that he’s “not really a fan,” of his mature form. Gerard ask Hitsugaya, “who he is?” He confirms that he is still just Hitsugaya. Gerard clams that “it doesn’t matter,” and attacks.
He does acknowledge that the mature Hitsugaya, is a better than the “Child.” Gerard hurls his shield at Hitsugaya, he freezes it in mid-air. Gerard attacks Hitsugaya with his sword and it is frozen and split in half. He says that “anything that is frozen, all its functions cease.” Gerard’s finally results to using a “Quincy bow.” Hitsugaya uses the technique, Shikai Hyouketsu.
Hitsugaya explains that when he uses, Daiguren Hyourinmaru he can freeze anything within four seconds. Gerard breaks out of the ice and grabs Hitsugaya. Kenpachi grabs Gerard’s foot causing him to trip. He also begins to freeze due to touching Hitsugaya. He still claims is that it doesn’t matter. However, Byakuya uses his technique Senkei Senbonzakura Kageyoshi. He then use Ikka Senjinka, hurling hundreds of swords at Gerard.
This battle is getting more interesting, and I’m starting to think that Gerard isn’t dead yet. Facing off against, Hitsugaya, Kenpachi and Byakuya should be enough. However, if you consider the number of characters that haven’t used or revealed their Bankai’s yet. Mainly, characters like Shinji. In addition to this Renji and Rukia are still alive and can contribute if necessary. This fight started out as boring, but is becoming more enjoyable.
The world of One Piece is “abuzz,” due to the meeting of royalties from over 50 different countries. The plan is to discuss global affairs and the future of the world. They will all be meeting at Reverie, a council that the world government created. We see the Nefertari Family, along with Toto,Vivi, Kohza, Hina and Chaka.
Meanwhile, Luffy tries to give sailing orders to the crew and they are recovering from the drop off of Zou. Carrot sneaks onto the the Strawhat’s ship. She embraces the Straw Hats, and Pedrosuggests that they should return back. Carrot says “Wanda will be angry at her and begs them to let her come along.” They seem to accept that Carrot is coming with them. Pedro reads a newspaper headline stating that “the headquarters of the Revolutionary Army was discovered in a state of ruin.“
The One Piece universe keeps expanding and getting more interesting. We never get to see the World Government at work. It will be interesting to see what they talk about. Also, how will the World Government deal with the pro Luffy royals. Finally, I figured they would have the Blackbeard pirates and Revolutionary Army fight out of site. However, we’ll probably get some sense of what happened and who survived.
The Perfect Crimson
In this chapter Kenpachi’s is too powerful for his own good, and basically defeats himself. Kenpachi succeeds in splitting Gerard in two, but that is useless, as Gerard finally use his Quincy: Vollstandig, Aschetonig. He restores himself and his appearance changes slightly.
Gerard’s power increases dramatically, and so does his ego. He crushes Kenpachi and focuses on Hitsugaya. Byakuya tells Hitsugaya to release his Bankai, assuming the once his final flower is melted his Bankai will end. However, surprisingly Hitsugaya’s Bankai “mature’s” after the final flower melts.
At this point the, “i found a new Bankai technique,” is getting predictable and old. I’m not really surprised that this happens and I think it is necessary, but still. I use to love Hitsugaya, but he became one note and keep getting thrashed, after instantly going into Bankai. However, he was always considered a “genius,” and his Bankai wasn’t consider complete. Anyway, he does look cool as a new “mature” Hitsugaya, hopefully his techniques match his new look.
Zunisha’s wound is bandaged by Chopper. Miyagi wonders where Zunisha’s is going, and wants to ask it. Meanwhile, in Kurau City Momonosuke tells Kin’emon that “he wants to stay behind on Zou, to communicate with Zunisha and learn more about the Kozuki family. Kin’emon is understanding, but say’s that there are some people are waiting for him in Wano country. Inurashi offers to protect Momonosuke from Kaido. Kin’emon states that there will be four separate teams.
Luffy’s team will rescue Sanji, Kin’emon’s team will return to Wano country, Nekomamushi’s team will find Marco, and Momonosuke and Inurashi will remain on Zou. The team’s will communicate via Den Den Mushi’s that Franky will make. At the Whale forest, Pekom’s home is destroyed and he call’s to Luffy from underneath some rubble. He tell’s Luffy, that he ate the, “Kame Kame no Mi,” devil fruit. He was given the a shell made out of diamond as a result.
Pedro offers his services to Luffy and joins his team. Usopp gives Nami an upgraded clima-tact, which includes all of Nami’s weathering devices. When it’s time to go Luffy, shocks everyone by jumping off of the Zou with Sanji’s rescue squad in his arms. Finally, we see Nefertart Vivi as she and her father head to sea. This chapter moves the story along nicely. It’s revealed to us which devil fruit Pekom’s consumed. We are also told that Franky will be building new weapons to fight Kaido, Zoro will find some Samurai for Luffy and Nami receiving her Clima-tact. I think it’s clear that all of these factors will play into the future battles. it will be interesting to see how Luffy’s team will successfully infiltrate Big Mom’s ship.
Kenpachi, uses Bankai causing a massive explosion of energy. Kenpachi is revealed to now have, red skin, an altered sword and horns. Gerard is unimpressed, and punches toward Kenpachi. He responds by biting Gerard’s knuckle and tearing off his arm. Gerard remind’s Kenpachi that his arm will regenerate. Kenpachi doesn’t respond, and cuts Gerard’s shield in half, taking his forearm as well., Kenpachi overpower’s Gerard, cutting him in half vertically.
Kenpachi’s Bankai was surprising. No one could have predicted his new “demonic” form. However, most Bankai’s add something more that increasing the power and speed of the shinigami. I think a lot of fan’s will be disappointed. Ichigo’s Bankai change his Zanpakuto’s from a larger sword to a smaller one. As for the change in appearance, Ichigo, Rukia and Renji all change there appearance when they use their Bankai. Granted it’s not as dramatic as Kenpachi’s change. Overall, Kenpachi’s Bankai looks cool. With Kenpachi finally revealing his Bankai, that leaves Shinji, Yumichika, The Zero squad (never confirmed dead), Aizen and Ichigo’s new Bankai.
I criticized the previous chapter for neglecting Lucy and not allowing her to fight on her own. However, she does shine in this chapter. Natsu and Lucy take on Jacob and he dominates them in hand to hand. Jacob decides to destroy the guild with his ability. Lucy tells Jacob that his comrade’s, “Brandish and Lackey”.
He release them and Lucy quickly took advantage and used Gemini spirit. She clones Lackey, receiving some criticism from the other because Lackey isn’t strong. However, she has a different plan in mind. She uses “Marin’s “Rules of the Area” to cancels out Jacob’s “Transport.” This results in the entire guild returning. Natsu defeats Jacob with Blaze Dragon King’s Demolition Fist. I really like this chapter it was a quick fight, but I like the cleverness of Lucy.
It seem completely logical to me that Zunisha, could “speak.” I mean this is One Piece after all. Jack’s plan of attack made sense, but his assumption that a giant elephant didn’t. Luffy’s connection to previous great warrior’s in One Piece (Gol D. Roger, Kozuki Oden) wasn’t too surprising. However, Momonosuke’s connection was, although he is the son of Oden.
Regardless, Zunisha’s story was interesting, but we didn’t get details. Momonosuke finally gives Zunisha’s the order to attack. Zunisha uses it’s massive trunk to demolish, Captain Jack and his crew. After everything calms down, Luffy announces that the Strawhats will be departing. Finally, we see Scratchmen Apoo as he informs Kaido that they lost contact with Jack.
Another solid One Piece chapter. The climax of this arc ended surprisingly quickly. However, I doubt Captain Jack is dead. While, I enjoyed this arc I’m glad we are moving on. I’m excited to see what happens with Luffy, the Strawhat’s and the Yonko Big Mom and Kiado. Luffy intent’s to avoid them, but I doubt he will especially if you consider his personality.
Bigger, Faster, Stronger
Personally, I find Gerard’s power silly. Many of the abilities of the Sternritter’s where like his (in term’s of plausibility). According to him, Gerard’s power The Miracle “gives form to the desires and emotions of the masses, which is what increased his size and made Hoffnung unbreakable.” Hitsugaya wastes his time trying to “help,” but does take notice of Kenpachi’s removal of his eye patch.
The “plan,” Byakuya and Hitsugaya formed was obviously doomed from the start. Nobody is going to get in Kenpachi’s way. Gerard, finally gets the upper hand an knocks Kenpachi to the ground. Yachiru Kusajishi appears, she tells Kenpachi that “that the fun has only just started,” and “that Kenpachi would be able to cut down anyone if he used her properly.” Kenpachi finally uses his Bankai.
Some might criticize Kubo for ignoring the standards the he created for obtaining a Bankai. Considering the fact that:
To achieve Bankai, one must be able to materialize and subjugate their Zanpakuto spirit. Materialization means the opposite of getting dragged into the Zanpakutō’s inner world: the wielder needs to summon the Zanpakutō’s spirit into the physical world. It usually takes 10 years or more to achieve, plus the experience needed to master it. Despite the Zanpakutō spirit being subjugated for their Shinigami to learn Bankai, the Zanpakutō also becomes stronger and learns Bankai at precisely the moment their Shinigami learns it.Even though Bankai is the final stage of a Zanpakutō, it does not mean the Shinigami’s growth ends there. A Bankai, especially one recently obtained, can evolve even further as its Shinigami gets stronger.
However, two characters have been able to achieve Bankai in an alternate manner.
Ichigo Kurosaki and Kisuke Urahara are the only known individuals who have attained Bankai through a far shorter, yet much more dangerous method. Using a special device created by Urahara, which forcibly materializes a Zanpakutō spirit (thus bypassing a large portion of the training), they attained their Bankai within three days instead of the normal hundreds of years. After successfully testing the device and achieving Bankai, Urahara stated training by using this method for more than three consecutive days could prove to be fatal, which is why Ichigo was forced to achieve his own Bankai within three days.
Considering, that both Urahara and Ichigo are war potentials like Kenpachi, it makes sense that he could achieve bankai differently. He has already been established as a Shinigami of extraordinary ability, often defying logic. It will be interesting to see how his Bankai and relationship to Yachiru are explained. Most importantly I can’t wait to see Kenpachi’s Bankai.
We are introduced to another of the “twelve spriggan members,” Jacob Lessio. Mavisnotes that she is concerned that there isn’t any movement among in he east. Jacob quickly confirms Mavis’s initial thoughts. He touts his ability as an assassin, claiming that he has “never” failed.
He explains the best practice of assassins. He uses his ability to “move” the Fairy Tailguild into another dimension. Mavis is shocked when Jacob can see her. He quickly starts to attack her. He asks for the location of her body. He offers an exchange. The Fairy Heart for the return of the Fairy Tail members.
“How about instead, I turn your sorry ass into ash…”
Mavis questions his sincerity, when Lucy interrupts Jacob but kicking him in the back off the head. Jacob is surprised to see that Lucy and Happy avoided his “space magic.” Lucy explains that, Horologium save both her, Natsu and Happy. Jacob decides that he going to “slice” Lucy into pieces. He throws a dagger at her head and Natsu blocks it.
I’m glad to see the original team of Natsu, Lucy and Happy back together. Nothing really profound occurred in this chapter as it was primarily just set up of the upcoming battle. Part of me thought Lucy would defeat Jacob by herself. However, the history of Fairy Tail, Lucy almost never defeats anyone. Anyway, love to see what Natsu brings to this fight.
Dog and Cat Have a History
Neko and Inu share their history
Inuarashi and Nekomamushi recount their past. They reveal that they were the “vassals” for Lord Oden. The were aboard the ships of both Roger and Whitebeard. The Strawhat’s are understandably shocked by these revelations. The samurai also have meet with Whitebeard.
Nami interrupts them, asking about “the connection between the path set by the Log Pose and the four Road Poneglyphs,” but is interrupted when she mentions Crocus. Inuarashi says that “the journey she currently has made the destination redundant.” He confirms that “one already needs to know the language of the poneglyphs before they reach the end.”
“Well, Neko and I both, for a time, rode aboard Roger’s ship”
The Straw Hat’s celebrate Nami’s ability as a navigator. Neko say’s that he was gathering samurai for their war against Kaidou. He says that they need to fine the former first commander of the Whitebeard pirates, Marco the Phoenix. Luffy remembers that Marco protected him during the war.
Neko reveals that Whitebeard’s crew have basically disappeared. Blackbeard’s crew clashed with Whitebeard’s former, leaving the Whitebeard crew demolished. This encounter gave the rise to Blackbeard becoming a Yonko. They decided to split up, but meet in the Wano country. The minks, reunite with Raizou as Luffy and the others prepare to go get Sanji. Zou start shacking (crying) as Luffy hears a voice.
One Piece continues to expand it story history. The demise of the Whitebeard pirates was heartbreaking. We were told that the Blackbeard pirates have terrorized the pirate community. Stealing the devil fruit powers from various pirates. Blackbeard being brought back up reminded me that when we last saw his crew, they were going to be in conflict with the Revolutionary Army. One Piece has so much going on right now, I’m really excited.
Empty Hall of the Puppet Temple
You would think that after have one’s heart ripped outAskin would be dead right. Well you would be wrong. Kisuke explains what we already know, that he think far ahead to prepare for most predictable outcomes. According, to him “1000 what-if scenarios.” Grimmjow, unceremoniously attacks Askin again, stabbing him with his claws.
Unsurprisingly, this fails to kill Askin. He announces that he has basically a “dead man’s trigger,” upon his death “the power of his Gift Ball Deluxe,” increases. He mocking claims that he is sure Kisuke will figure a way out of it. A sign that Kubo listens to his fans, Askin says he won’t bother to explain his powers again.
Nelliel Tu Odelschwanckappears outside the Gift Ball. She seem to have suggested that Kisuke assumed that this situation was always a possibility. She also implies that she is prepared to save Kisuke and the other. Meanwhile, we head to the battle between Hitsugaya and Gerard.
“I just threw up a little in my mouth”
Hitsugaya is completely ineffective against Gerard. However, Byakuya interfere’s using his Shikai. Hitsugaya makes a height joke with Byakuya. It didn’t really land, but was interesting attempt on Kubo’s part. Anyway, Byakuya isn’t known for his sense of humor. As Gerard attack’s, his hand is severed by Kenpachi.
This chapter was epic for one reason only, Kenpachi. It seems to make perfect sense that he would be the one to handle Gerard. Many characters in Bleach have had a my powers are “unstoppable.” Gerard is similar to Gremmy Thoumeaux or Nnoitra Gilgain this way. I would doubt that Kenpachi would need help from several Captain level Shinigami’s (he certainly with refuse them anyway).
However, due to this I think that there may actually too many Shinigami and Arrancar for the small number of Quincy. If my count is correct there is only three Quincy left (Gerard, Haschwalth, and Yhwach). If we assume the Askin is dead, of course. Now we have Kenpachi verses Gerard, Uryu verses Haschwalth and Ichigo verses Yhwach what will the others do, who would they fight? According to Yhwach, Uryu is powerful enough to surpass him at some-point. So he might not need help against Haschwalth, once Ichigo awakens Yhwach. I going to assume that they work together against either Yhwach or Gerard. We’ll see.
Ultear explains the effect of the “Third Origin,” to Wendy and Sherria. The ability to “tap into the power of the future.” She tells them that they must sacrifice their ability to use magic if they want the power. Wendy and Sherria bicker on who will make the sacrifice. Meanwhile, Chronos attacks causing Ultear and Wendy to decide that she will make the sacrifice. Ultear uses the “Third Origin,” on Wendy. She attacks Chronos with Sky Dragon’s Claw.
Chronos counters with Age Scratch, and Chronos appears to be unaffected by Wendy’s attacks. She then begins to dominate the fight against Wendy. Sherria protects her just in time, revealing that she was the one that actually used the “Third Origin.” Sherria dominates Chronos, as she remembers what magic meant to her. She uses her final attack, Heavenly Gathering of Clouds. She defeats Chronos, and time returns to normal. Wendy begins healing Carla, as Sherria says that “magic doesn’t compare to love.”
The fights that are appearing in this arc seem to simple. Actually, too simple. I don’t think they all need to be long, but they all shouldn’t be this short. Anyway, I don’t feel too bad about Sherria losing her magic, she is clearly sad about it. However, i doubt she will lose her friendships because of it.
Momonosuke, Heir of the Kouzuki Clan
The Straw Hats realize that Kaido and Captain Jack were after Momonosuke, Kinemon, Kanjuro, and Raido, for information regarding the island of Raftel. They say that Oden didn’t tell them the where about’s of the island, to keep them safe. They express their desire to kill Kaido, they enlist the Minks and Straw Hats to help them. However, Luffy refuses to help, shocking everyone.
He demands that Momonosuke stand up for himself. He “remembers how Kaido killed his father and mother, Momonosuke states his desire to take down Kaido and asks the Straw Hats for help.” Finally, Luffy accepts Momonosuke and forms an alliance with the minks and Wano country. Luffy decides that he needs to get Sanji first from Big Mom. Luffy tells the minks that they shouldn’t worry about him fighting against a Yonko.
The minks prepare to throw a celebration in honor of Inuarashi and Nekomamushi becoming friends again. Meanwhile, Jack and his subordinates return to Zou. However, Jack has decided that instead of killing the minks, he will kill Zou instead. I’m hoping that Luffy and the others face off against Captain Jack. Even if he attacks Zou it will likely not die instantly. There’s a lot on the plate of Straw Hat crew, first they have to save Sanji, then find the location of Raftel, by stealing it from the two Yonko. First things first they need to defeat Jack.
The Princess Dissection
Kisuke acknowledges that Askin has forced his hand, revealing his Bankai. Askin is shocked at what he’s seeing. He acknowledge’s that there wasn’t any Intel on his Bankai. Kisuke responds that he has never revealed his Bankai before. Askin asks “what power his Bankai has.” Kisuke Bankai splits the arm of Askin in half. Askin immediately moves backwards, impressing Kisuke for his foresight.
He says that his Bankai’s ability is “restructure anything it has touched.” Kisuke attacks Askin, and they clash. Kisuke regains his eyesight and seems to separate his own hands and fingers. Askin is overwhelmed with Kisuke power, and responds by using the Gift Ball Deluxe. Kisuke say’s that Askin has “missed something,” and a fist pierces threw his chest. Kisuke explains that Askin’s “Gift Ball,” was described as being “inescapable,” not “impenetrable.” He was able to create a path with his Bankai, showing Grimmjow their location.
I’m still confused by what Kisuke’s Bankai actually does. Clearly, it repairs through stitching, but why did Kisuke cut up his own arm? Did he get stronger because of it? Anyway, Askin appears to finally have been defeated. He was a extremely powerful opponent considering the fact that it took at least four (captain level) Shinigami and Arrancar to kill him. Hopefully, I’ll get more clarity regarding his Bankai next chapter.
Natsu rests, as Warren updates the Fairy Tail members of the events of the battle field. He says that “Zeref’s main forces in the west,” haven’t moved. In the north they are deadlocked and the arrival of Gajeel and his squad would tip the scale in Fairy Tail’s favor. Meanwhile, the East wizards have been defeated and two of the three remaining Spriggan are heading towards Fairy Tail. Erza’s squad in the south, has manage to defeat one of the 12 Spriggan.
The Fairy Tail members begin to think that they have a chance. Makarov warns the guild that they are still in dire danger. Mavis takes time to reflect and ponders what can be done to defeat Zeref. Meanwhile, we return to the battle field. Gray, Lyon and Juvia are meet with Meredy, who announces that Crime Sorciere has arrived. Kagura and Erza are joined by Jellal, as they defeat the “Four Heraldry Knights of the Neinhart Squad.”
The Sky Sisters battle Dimaria Yesta. She claims that she can “cut them down in what would be an instant from their perspective and clicks her teeth, causing all movement in her environs to cease.” She reveals the name of her magic, “Time-Sealing Magic: Age Seal.” This magic “allows her to stop time, rendering all caught defenseless.” She chooses Wendy as her first victim. However, Wendy and Sherria manage to move successfully and land a combined attack on Dimaria. They reveal that they “received a telepathic message.” Ultear appears, joining the battle and “vows to punish the Valkyrie in the name of Crime Sorciere.“
Raizou of the Mist
We are giving confirmation that Captain Jack is still alive. We quickly head to the Zou, Claw City. Kinemon apologizes and reveals his tattoo that represents the crest of the Kouzuki family. The Strawhat crew are shocked at the reaction of the Minks. However, Nekomamsuhi and Inuarashi begin to bicker. They anger Momonosuke tells them to stop and that his father would be very disappointed in them.
They apologize and it is revealed that Momonosuke is the son of the “Oden, the Daimyo of Kuri in Wano Country.” They also decided to have a truce, much to the surprise of everyone. Everyone and the Strawhat’s head to meet Raizou, as Luffy and Chopper are clearly excited to meet a ninja. Raizou is larger than anticipated and is chained to a poneglyph. Nico Robin asks to read the poneglyph, as Luffy, Chopper, and Usopp ask Raizou if he was a ninja.
They beg him to show them some jutsu or throw some shuriken’s. Raizou tells them to tone down their excitement. Franky, comically explains that “all men are obsessed with ninja’s”. Even Law and Zoro get in on the fun. Raizou finally shows off his ninja abilities, using Ninja Art: Smoke Release jutsu. He then uses Ninja Art Clone jutsu and then Flower Shuriken’s. He impresses the Strawhat so much that they call him their “GOD.”
I got the impression that Oda was trolling Naruto, but that might just be me. Anyway, I loved the reaction to Raizou. The Strawhat’s were their usual silly selves. However, this chapter did have several important moments. First we get confirmation that Captain Jack is still alive. I wonder if he will return to Zou to get Raizou? Furthermore, Nico Robin has finally found another poneglyph. Who know’s what it will reveal?
Askin goes into another long winded explanation into his new Vollstandig abilities. Basically, his Vollstandig, Hasshain, “can adapt to changes in an element’s properties.” Therefore, “no matter now many changes an element goes through, he would be immune to it as long as it has the same base.” Askin also sets up a “Bereich Border,” preventing Kisuke from escaping. Kisuke questions Askin’s loyalty.
Askin response that “he had a lot of loyalty, but Yhwach also interests him.” He claims that he is just curious to see what Yhwach will create. Askin asks Kisuke “if he too would not be curious to see Yhwach’s creation.” Kisuke responds by attacking Askin, but he dodges and compliments Kisuke’s “ability to move that fast in the Gift Bereich.”
Kisuke tells Askin that “he had no interest in seeing this new world, although Mayuri Kurotsuchi may share Askin’s vision. However, Kisuke notes that Mayuri would still have no interest in seeing this world, because as true scientists they would want to create new worlds themselves.” Askin likes his answer and uses Gift Ring, he throws it and it disappears. It pierces Kisuke’s eye and his eye explodes. Askin says that “Gift Ring is used for opponents too strong for The Deathdealing to work on, and it puts the ability into one focal point and instantly destroys it.” Kisuke sense he’s in danger activates his Bankai: Kannon Biraki Benihime Aratame.
We finally are going to get to see Kisuke’s Bankai. Hopefully, It will live up to the hype. Despite my hating on Askin it is clear from this chapter that he is clearly a powerful foe. Kisuke is one of everyone’s favorite Bleach characters. I’m just hoping we won’t be disappointed.
Askin is stunned by Yoruichi’s appearance, and asks for an answer regarding the transformation. It’s called Shunkou Raijuu Senkei (Thunder Beast Battle Form), she then engages Shunryuu Kokubyou Senki (Flash God Black Cat Warrior Princess). Urahara answers on her behalf, due to her inability to comprehend language. Yoruichi strikes Askin with devastating attacks. His immunity is no longer effective.
Urahara explains that her “mood,” that determines her reiatsu. He also notes that Askin immunity ability is too slow to adapt to her reiatsu’s change, since it changes at the rate of “48 times per seconds.” Urahara calms Yoruichi with a cat toy, while the effects of the poison finally kicks in again. Urahara goes to confirm Askin’s demise, only for Askin to activate his Quincy: Vollstandig.
Yoruichi’s was just epic in this chapter. However, the predictability of this chapter was disappointing. Obviously, Askin wasn’t going to be defeated without transforming. I assumed Yoruichi would use Bankai, but it seems that she is in no condition to do so. I will say that it seems to be waste that Askin needed Yoruichi and Urahara to defeat him. However, if Urahara uses Bankai I’ll be fine with it.