One Piece (Weekly Shonen)

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Chapter 800

An Underling’s Vow

Luffy is offered alcohol as a symbol of his new leadership. Luffy tells them that he doesn’t like alcohol. He asks whether this will make him Captain Commander of the Grand Fleet. Bartolomeo confirms his question. While Luffy’s dismissal of becoming a “Big shot” pirate isn’t surprising, the fact that he wants to become “Pirate King” seems silly considering that would make him the leader of ALL pirates.

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The response from the fleet when her reveals this is comical. More in line with his personality Luffy tells the fleet that whenever they need each other they simply need to call.  Bartolomeo realizes that Luffy’s “idea of a Pirate King isn’t an important person, but rather someone who is free“, and cries. They are surprisingly attacked by allies of Doflamingo seeking to capture Luffy for his bounty.

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Fujitora drops the debris he was holding in the sky on them, giving Luffy a parting “gift”. The “Straw Hat Grand Fleet” is formed, as the seven captains pledge their allegiance to Luffy and drink sake. Luffy is angry that he didn’t get a slip of sake. Sai tells him “that that is how it should be since they selfishly pledged allegiance to him while Luffy would have no obligations toward them“. Luffy and the other celebrate as they flee Dressrosa.

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My prediction for this chapter was accurate. I knew that Luffy wasn’t going to be open to being a leader of a large fleet Whitebeard style. However, I did predict that he would still become the defacto leader due to the fleet insistence on following him regardless of his apprehension. I’m excited for how this arc ended and what is to come in the future.

 

 

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Weekly Shonen (7/30/15)

Naruto

Special Chapter

Road to B

A new character Mikki begins to introduce his team. He introduces his team as “Team Konohamaru”. Konohamaru is of course the grandson of the third Hokage, he was the nephew of Asuma formerly a member of twelve guarding ninja’s. He introduces his teammates Sarada, Boruto he manages to comically evade introducing himself. Then we are shown the beginning a mission. The mission is actually a training exercise, in the tradition genin of previous generations requiring teamwork to get two bells from their sensei.

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Mikki uses his stretching abilities to quickly grab the bells. Boruto comically says to Mikki that he technique is his father’s “Monkey D”, before Mikki interrupts him. Konohamaru uses replacement jutsu, and attacks with Rasengan. Boruto counters with “lemon juice”, then he uses Kagebushin no jutsu. He then uses transformation jutsu, Sexy Adult Foursome Jutsu. In the end Sarada has enough and uses her strength, taking both bells for herself.

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Bleach

Chapter 637

Baby, Hold your hand

Mayuri notes that Kenpachi can still “move his eyes despite being paralyzed“, Mayuri admits that he “is impressed by this and resolves to improve the paralyzing power of Ashisogi Jizo“. Ikkaku angrily states that “Mayuri sent Kenpachi in against Pernida on purpose to get him out of the way“, and Yumichika claims that “Mayuri is always the same, Nemu states that she hopes so, to his confusion“. Mayuri tells Pernida that “Kenpachi’s sacrifice allowed him to deduce the nature of his powers” and “claims that noble victories are always preceded by noble sacrifices before telling Pernida that it should donate its body to his experiments to honor this sacrifice“.

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However, Pernida rips through his cloak, revealing itself to be a “giant left hand with a dual-pupiled eye on the palm“. Mayuri identifies Pernida as “the left arm of the Soul King“. Pernida shatters the chains connecting its fingers tips and grows the rest of its arm. As Mayuri notes “that its Reiatsu is similar to that of Mimihagi“. Pernida releases more black nerves from its fingertips, Mayuri defends himself with a umbrella like shield with a face on it. He wonders why “the left arm of the Soul King would work for Yhwach“. Mayuri extremely happy to have found such a unique organism to study and research. Pernida begins to speak that it’s not the left arm of the soul king, but Pernida.

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One Piece

Chapter 795

Suicide

On Dressrosa, Issho rolls a one die, he states that “this means that he and the Marines will not go after Luffy or Law despite telling Sakazuki earlier that he would“. Maynard argues that “they had just found the two’s location and that if he would keep his word to Sakazuki then now would be the perfect time“. However, Issho tells Maynard that “it is shameful to argue after the dice has fallen“. At the Royal Palace, the Colosseum gladiators and other citizens rest. They wonder where “Lucy” is, wishing that they could thank him. Riku tells Rebecca that “the Straw Hat Pirates and Kyros were no longer in the palace, but Riku says that they were together and would most likely come back to the palace tomorrow“. Riku asks Rebecca if “she would be ready to become the princess if he returned to the throne, shocking her“.

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The Sunny crew docks after escaping the Big Mom Pirates. Caesar Clown is upset that the Straw Hat crew for exploring the island and wants to stay on the ship, but Sanji threatens to uses his heart to get him off to leave the ship. Chopper tells Caesar to “hurry onto the island, as they could still save a little girl on the island“. Nami, Brook, and Momonosuke are confronted on the island by two pirates riding an animal. One of them named Sheepshead, asks “how they got on the island, when he is suddenly warned about the Eruption Rain coming“.

A mountain on the island erupts with water, causing a flood. Due to the fact that Brook and Momonosuke are devil fruit user, Nami is forced to save them. They are attacked by Sheepshead, who uses Sheep’s Horn: Soul Parado, turning his hands into sheep’s horns. Brook counters his attack, wondering “what sort of power Sheepshead has“. Sanji arrives using Diable Mouton Shot, kicks Sheepshead, quickly defeating him. The girl with Sheepshead tells her other crew mates that “Sheepshead has been defeated“. One of them says that they haven’t found the samurai yet, but the girl tells them “to report that the samurai is not here“.

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At The Kid Pirates’ base, a massive collision occurs, the three pirate crews are unsure what happened. The pirates see a massive hole in the ground in the shape of a person with horns. Urouge greets the visitor, this person was searching for “a place to die after being defeated, captured, and tortured many times“. Urouge stated that “he would not stop him if that was what he truly wanted as the man jumped off the island onto the Kid Pirates’ base“. This man had “turned criminal, and despite many torturing and attempted executions, none of them were successful, and no one was capable of killing him, not even himself“. This man gets up, upset that he was still alive. This man is revealed to be Kaido, and he shouts out to Doflamingo in anger, saying that “he would start the greatest war the world would ever see“.

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Opinion

The Naruto special was surprising, but somewhat disappointing. I think that the ten part mini series that preceded this was enough to promote the final movie, this as completely unnecessary. The “introduction” of Mikki was interesting, overtly mentioning Monkey D. Luffy was probably the most interesting aspect of this chapter. Konohamaru becoming the leader of Boruto’s team made perfect sense. However, I would have liked to really see what his abilities were. I’m not sure if this special chapter was a one-shot or mini series, but it doesn’t appear to have any value to the actual story other than to be a reminder of the up coming movie.

The Left hand of the Soul King was a weird reveal. It is interesting why the left arm was working for Yhwach, but I assume we’ll discover why eventually. Mayuri maintains his usually disrespectful and logical behavior. Mayuri rarely get into danger when fighting an opponent, I wonder how he will handle  the full power of Pernida. One Piece handles its world building better than most manga. The world is so large that many of the major players in the series are still shrouded mystery. One of those characters was one of the Yonko, Kaido of the Beasts. He’s known as the “strongest creature in the world”. He is said to “constantly attempt suicide, even seeing it as a hobby”, because he cannot die. I can’t wait to see how powerful, he actually is.

 

Weekly Shonen (07/09/15)

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One Piece

Chapter 793

The Tiger and the Dog

The citizens of Dressrosa are surprise to see a Marine Admiral bowing to King Riku. King Riku asks Fujitora to “raise his head“, he asks if this is what Fujitora wanted. Fujitora says that he wanted to leave the fight to the Strawhats.  Kyros salutes the Tontatta warriors, saying that “their mission is completed“. He disbands the army, before telling them “to go to the palace to help the king out“. Meanwhile, at the Red Line in the Holy Land of Mariejos, Fleet Admiral Sakazuki Akainu learns that the Gorousei distributed the false news about Doflamingo “leaving the Shichibukai“. The Gorousei are insulted by Sakazuki , who calls the Gorousei “the World Noble’s puppets“. They blame Sakazuki for Kuzan joining Blackbeard, but Sakazuki replies that Kuzan left the Marines and his behavior is “not his concern“. A Marine bursts into the room to report that “Straw Hat Luffy and Law have defeated Doflamingo“.

The news of Doflamingo’s defeat begins to spread, many are upset that their deals with Doflamingo will no longer be full filled. Meanwhile, Jewelry Bonney reads a newspaper while eating stolen pizza, while being in praised of Luffy and Law. On a sky island, Urouge is visited by Capone Bege comments on the news, saying “his friends are doing well”, and orders his men to “retrieve Caesar Clown“, as “Big Mom’s flag is seen behind him“. Kid says that since “Doflamingo is tied to Kaido, the Luffy and Law alliance must be after him“. Killer states that their target is Red Hair Shanks. On another island, X Drake tells his “crew that his father was killed by Doflamingo“, but he no longer holds a grudge. However, his comrades are more concerned about the news, and they tell Kaido that “Doflamingo has been defeated“.

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Meanwhile back on Dressrosa, Sakazuki and Fujitora argue. Sakazuki angrily tells Fujitora that “he should know what it means for him to admit fault, and that he should have reported it before taking action“. Fujitora says “if he had done so, it might have been covered up“. Smoker tells Admiral Fujitora “what happened to him in Alabasta, and that if it hadn’t been for the Straw Hat Pirates, Alabasta would have become like Dressrosa, a country ruled by pirates“. The Marines stole the credit for what happened, Smoker wishes “he had been able to take action against them“.  Sakazuki bans Fujitora from any of the Marine’s bases unless Fujitora manages to “bring back the heads of Luffy and Law“. He responds that he is “fine by that punishment”, surprising Sakazuki.

One of the underrated aspects of the One Piece series is the political aspect. Fujitora’s conflict with Sakazuki was interesting, and I wonder if he’ll remain with the marines. I love seeing the powerful effect Luffy and his crew have on the larger world. The World of One Piece is so vast. There are a lot of questions that haven’t been answered. For example why Killer ants to kill Shanks. Whether, Kaido is a giant and why Big Mom is retrieving Caesar Clown. The BIGGEST reveal is that Kuzan has joined Blackbeard. I’m excited for the next arc and more of the story being explained.

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Bleach

Chapter 634

Friend 4

Haschwalth’s sends Bazz-B flying backwards with an attack. He coughs up blood as Haschwalth states “Yhwach gains nothing from them fighting“. However, Bazz-B says “he came here to kill Yhwach“, and activates Burner Finger 4. Haschwalth calls Bazz-B by his full name, Bazzard Black, then Bazz-B cuts through a pillar before “telling him to get back here“. Haschwalth informs Bazz-B in a flashback that “he will not fight him because clashes between Sternritter are punished with the death penalty“. As Haschwalth walks away, Hubert notes that “it must be annoying to be pestered by a new recruit before offering to teach Bazz-B a lesson“.

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When Hubert claims Yhwach will not know, Haschwalth points out that he is watching. Bazz-B says that Haschwalth had “already become captain of the Sternritter by the time he entered and that he would never accept his challenge to battle“. Haschwalth severs Bazz-B’s right arm, and Bazz-B uses his Burning Full Fingers. However, Haschwalth dodges and slashes him. Dying, Bazz-B grabs Haschwalth and notes “that he lost before admitting he thought this would be more shameful“. Haschwalth walks away, Bazz-B falls to the ground, recalling their previous meeting. Too be honest I’m not that interested in this “fight” any longer, and I glad it appears to be over. I predicted that Bazz-B would get destroyed easily, but I kinda feel bad for him. We did get some back story on Haschwalth and I guess that was valuable information. Hopefully, we’ll get back to Grimmjow in the net chapter.

 

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Weekly Shonen (7/2/15)

Bleach

Chapter 633

Friend 3

Yhwach tells Jugram Haschwalth that he’s his “other half”. Haschwalth says that he doesn’t understand, “what he is?” Yhwach says that he “doesn’t need to understand” and that he will “stay at his side and become an integral member of the sternritter. Haschwalth looks for Bazz-B, however Bazz is clearly jealous. He begins staring into with intense hatred, he doesn’t understand why he was chosen. Haschwalth explains “how he has no skill with his Quincy abilities before stating that Bazz-B would be a better choice“, shocking Bazz-B. However, Yhwach claims that “this is as he has foreseen before revealing that Haschwalth shares his power-granting abilities“.

Yhwach states “that a Quincy who shares his powers is born every 200 years“. Yhwach states that “unlike the other Quincy, he cannot absorb the reishi around you and make it your own power“. Yhwach asks Bazz-B if “he really believed this was by his own power”. Yhwach reveals that “Haschwalth is the one who turned Bazz-B from a worthless Quincy to a prodigy before telling Haschwalth that he needs him with him“. Jealous and humiliated Bazz-B becomes enraged, stands up and fires a Heilig Pfeil at Yhwach, Haschwalth catches it. We return to the present, where Haschwalth catches Bazz-B’s Heilig Pfeil before slashing him with his sword. I’m little surprised that apparently Bazz-B is only this good due to being exposed to Haschwalth. That said it makes sense that he would be insulted and enraged, when he was told. Personally, I think Haschwalth protecting Yhwach was a little premature. However, Bazz-B made it easier with his jealousy. There’s still more to this story, since the clear animosity between Yhwach, Haschwalth and Bazz-B should have made it difficult for trust to be established between them.

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One Piece

Chapter 792

Kneeling Down

One piece is clearly in the “clean up phase”, of this arc and I don’t expect a whole lot to occur for the next few chapter. Sabo defeats Jesus Burgess, but finally kills him after Burgess mockingly disrespects Ace. The Marines arrest Doflamingo and the Donquixote Pirates, Maynard tells the world what happened in Dressrosa. The citizens of Dressrosa beg former King Riku, to return to his former position. Issho and the Marines bow down to “repent” for their alliance with Doflamingo, which is revealed to the entire world.

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Naruto

Chapter 700+10

Projected into these eyes

Sarada’s punch sends many enemies flying, shocking her mother. Naruto and his clones look the Shin’s in the eye’s scaring them, by showing them Kurama within his body. Chocho compliments Sarada’s strength, she asks “her father about his feelings for her mother”. Sasuke response that because they have Sarada, they are connected. The Shin’s clones are brought to “the Konoha Orphanage”, where Kabuto tells them to consider him their new father. Chocho realizes her father Choji can lose a lot of weight, and she asks him to start training her the day after. Sasuke, Sakura and Sarada have a nice family dinner, however Sasuke leaves the next day.

He pokes Sarada on the forehead as a goodbye, but doesn’t show Sakura any affection. Boruto thanks Sarada “for giving the lunchbox to his father“, she responds that “she should be the one to say that and tells him her wish to become Hokage“. Meanwhile, Karin tells Suigetsu she “wasn’t the one who gave birth to Sarada, but the one who delivered her“. She scolds him for being a moron and tells him that he tested the DNA of “the umbilical cord that connected Sarada and Sakura“. Finally, we see the photo that Sarada wanted of herself with her father and mother. Apparently, this will be IT for Naruto, along with the movie to follow. I wish it wasn’t. I don’t know what happens in the movie, but I’m interested in this generation and want to see more of them. This chapter made me realize that. The chapter also quickly and neatly ended the arc. I like how they explained Sarada’s parentage, and how they handled the Shin’s. Interestingly they (the Shin’s) are basically, the replacements for the Uchiha clan. I wonder how they will be treated in Konoha.

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Weekly Shonen (06/25/15)

One Piece

Chapter 791

Rubble

Doflamingo hits the ground like a comet, battered and broken. Law quickly switches Luffy with a rock as he descends toward the ground. The citizens of Dressrosa notice that “no one’s in the sky”. Uncertain of what happened, they ask Gatz to confirm. The bird cage begins to disappear, much to everyone’s excitement. The citizens remember their pain and trauma at the hands of Doflamingo and his family. They rejoice as Gatz finally announces the “winner”, Lucy. This chapter was the closing of a long arc, it’s not surprising that featured no action or revelations. Regardless it was a satisfying arc and I can’t wait to see the aftermath.

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Bleach

Chapter 632

Friend 2

Bazz-B remembers that “while he and Haschwalth were training in the forest for 5 years, he was fine, but Haschwalth did not seem to have the abilities of a Quincy, unable to even collect Reishi“. He Recalls a “myth”, regarding how he heard of a “Quincy being born every 10 years that was “incomplete”. However, Haschwalth mastered his “swordsmanship and bowmanship to compensate for his lack of Quincy skills”, Bazz-B claimed that “he could not abandon him”. Eventually, a soldier named Hubert comes into a nearby village to announce “the formation and recruitment of the Sternritter for the purpose of invading Soul Society”.

Bazz-B and Haschwalth attempted to sign up. Hubert to tell him “the examination is in a few days and that he has work to do”. However, Bazz-B challenges him to battle, Hubert accepts his challenge. Yhwach arrives and “pins everyone to the ground with his Reiatsu”. Yhwach notes that “he needs a right-hand man”, Bazz-B attempts to get his attention, Yhwach selects Haschwalth, whom “he calls his other half”. We know that both Haschwalth and Bazz-B eventually join Yhwach’s army, what we don’t know is why they decided to follow him instead of kill him. I’m predicting that Haschwalth “abandons” Bazz-B, betraying him or by becoming Yhwach’s right hand Bazz-B becomes jealous and grows to hate him.

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Naruto

Chapter 700+9

I will protect you

Shin uses several dozen blades to create an arm, as he prepares to fight against Sakura. Susanoo takes flight in search for Sakura, Naruto uses his Sage technique to find her location. Sarada tries to focus on more important things than her parentage. Meanwhile, Sakura and Shin face off, Sasuke interrupts as he cuts off Shins arm. Sasuke uses Susanoo to crush Shin, then he removes several blades from Sakura. They have a lovely moment, Naruto comments that Sasuke at full power is “beast”. Sasuke tells Shin that he has broken his bones and he can no longer move. Shin attempts to “sacrifice”, all remaining Shins to escape. However, the remaining Shin’s betray him. It is revealed that there are many more Shin clones that vary in appearance. Naruto use a mass of shadow clones to face the numerous clones.

Sasuke uses his Susanoo to punch the largest clone, Shin attempts to use the confusion to his advantage. He uses the mini ten tails to try and teleport himself along with Sakura, Sarada and Chocho. Sasuke calls to Sarada, as she kills the ten tails with one punch. As the remaining clones attack from behind them, Naruto suggests a retreat. Sarada aims to protect her mother, activates her Sharingan then uses her massive strength to send the Shin clones flying. Who’s Sarada mother, Karin or Sakura? This chapter poked holes in the reveal from the last chapter. How’s is it possible for her to have that strength and not be Sakura’s daughter. Anyway, Shins “death” was a little surprising but then not really. He was, as another Shin told him, old and useless. Sarada really impressed me, she first appeared to be weak compared to her father, but now she possesses both the Sharingan and Sakura type strength. That makes her the most interesting character introduced from the new generation.

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Weekly Shonen (6/18/15)

Naruto

Chapter 700+8

The Real Thing

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Naruto seems surprised that Sarada awakened the Sharingan. He is reminded of Sasuke, but Sarada says that she “doesn’t care to resemble that kind of man at all“. Naruto asks her “what she was planning“, she tearfully tells Naruto that she plans on “going to continue this journey on her own“, and that she doesn’t “plan on returning to Konoha“. Naruto grabs her, telling her that “he’s not sure that it has nothing to do with him“. Sarada says that she disagrees, Naruto say’s that as Hokage he treats all the “entire village as his family“. Sarada doesn’t seem to accept his view on family. She questions her “family”, with her father being absent and not sharing “blood” with “her mother”. Naruto reflects on his childhood and tells Sarada that “bonds aren’t merely made up of just time and blood”. He says that there’s a more powerful bond, Love.

Sarada remembers her childhood, in her memory we see Sakura taking care of her, while she asks her mother where her father is. She decides that she wants to “save her mother”, we she returns to her father outside he yells at her and Naruto for taking too long. Naruto, says that “they need to save Sakura”, Oorochimaru says that she “may already be dead”. Sasuke states that “his wife isn’t that soft”, and “she may have already taken care of everything”. Sasuke activates his Rinnegan and Sharingan, stating that he’ll take them to her location. Meanwhile, Shin tells Sakura that “his main objective is to bring extinction to the gene’s of those who stand in his way. He asks her “which category does she fall into“, Sakura responds the “because Sasuke was investigating who Shin was and what he was after”, and “that was the only reason that he’s still able to talk. She indicates with her fists that she is ready to fight.

 

One Piece

Chapter 790

Heaven and Earth

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The civilians of Dressrosa, along with Zoro, Usopp, and Violet cheer at Luffy (Lucy’s) return. Doflamingo says that Luffy’s return was “rather flamboyant“, and that he “bet that his haki barely returned“. He questions whether Luffy can even stand. Doflamingo attacks Luffy, then Rebecca, only to have Law switch her with a rock. Doflamingo uses EVER WHITE, turning the entire section of the city into threads. He traps Luffy in the threads, and uses THOUSAND ARROWS then FLAP THREAD. Luffy fails to use ARMAMENT HAKI, Doflamingo mocks Luffy who claimed that his Haki would return. This causes confusion and concern from the civilians, Luffy calls Doflamingo a “Jerk”. Doflamingo beings to control Luffy’s body, Luffy remembers his training with Rayleigh. Luffy yells that “he’s sick and tired of Doflamingo’s shit”, Doflamingo calls Luffy predictable when he uses, GEAR FOURTH.

Luffy tears through the threads and ascends midair, Doflamingo chastises Luffy’s fighting tactic. He says that he will show him a “true one hit K.O.”. He says that he “can’t stand the sight of anyone above him“. Luffy shouts that he’s “sick of Doflamingo’s behavior“. Doflamingo responds that “everyone was born beneath him and they are destined to be ruled by another“. He uses his technique SPIDERS WEB, Luffy counters with GOMU GOMU NO KING KONG GUN. His attack is devastating seeming defeating Doflamingo once and for all.

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Bleach

Chapter 631

Friend

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Bazz-B remembers meeting with a young Haschwalth. Haschwalth notes that he cannot even form a Heilig Bogen like Bazz-B can yet, prompting Bazz-B to claim “no one else can do it because he is a genius, which is why Haschwalth should not feel bad”. Haschwalth asks Bazz-B to “stop calling him Jugo before revealing that he lives with his uncle”. Haschwalth explains that “he needs to catch at least one rabbit”, but Bazz-B throws the rabbit he killed at Haschwalth. Bazz-B tells Haschwalth that “he will teach him whatever he wants to know and that they will be the strongest Quincies around”. Bazz-B creates a hole in a wall of Wahrwelt, Haschwalth attempts to move the battle to another location so not to damage the castle. Bazz-B uses Burner Finger 3 to turn much of the surrounding area into lava.

We see further into the past as Bazz-B watches the village he lived in get burned down by Yhwach. Bazz-B tells Haschwalth that “they will kill Yhwach“. Haschwalth questions whether “he has to come with him“, Bazz-B notes that Yhwach also “burned down his forest before telling him to live with his uncle if he is okay with this“. Haschwalth tells Bazz-B that “his uncle died in the fire as well“. Bazz-B and Haschwalth train for five years in order to kill Yhwach. Yhwach tells Zeidritz that he plans to “create a new army and points out that they have already conquered all the surrounding countries”. Yhwach states that “they have not yet conquered Soul Society, for which they will need a new army: the Sternritter”.

I find it interesting that Bazz-B and Haschwalth wanted to kill Yhwach after he conquered their lands. I wonder how they both came to support him by joining the Sternritters. I appears at first glance that Haschwalth was the more weak willed of the two and probably was the first recruited. However, it’s entirely possible that they joined to get closer to Yhwach only to find that he was too powerful to defeat. In the Naruto chapter we see Naruto unsurprisingly, and correctly in my opinion talk Sarada out of abandoning Konoha and her family. I think Sarada response to her biology was appropriate, especially considering her age. Not much else happened in this chapter, save the set up of the potential fight between Sakura and Shin. I did find the confidence between Sakura and Sasuke toward each other to be touching. Finally, we have the conclusion of Luffy vs Doflamingo. There’s not a whole lot that surprised me about it’s conclusion just more Luffy epicness and one final devastating blow.

Weekly Shonen (6/4/15)

Bleach

Chapter 629

Gate of the Sun

Yhwach explains why he will be calling his new castle Wahrwelt (New world Castle), Haschwalth states that “he will ensure all the intruders are killed so Yhwach does not have to see them“. Meanwhile, Shunsui and Urahara comment on the appearance of Wahrwelt, they say that its “gaudy” and designed to be intimidatingAs they begin to head towards the castle Urahara notices Mayuri is missing. Mayuri leaves a doorway, noting “that it will be easier for him to move on his own with Nemu“. He is surprised when Kenpachi appears behind him, he explains that he had “missed the first entrance” and “is glad that Mayuri opened the door again“. Kenpachi notes that “he might cut Mayuri by accident“. Mayuri responds that going their separate ways “means that he doesn’t have to concern himself with inept, incorrigible simpletons as they dig their own graves”.

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Kenpachi response was “just who these simpletons“, Mayuri says (with his usual thinly veil insult), “if you use that brain of your you’ll figure it out“. Ichigo’s group moves toward the castle, Ichigo comments on “how odd it is that they cannot form footholds with Reishi“. Sado suggest that “they move in groups after having lost the element of surprise”, Grimmjow says that “more people will only make their movements easier to spot“. As Ichigo notes that someone has arrived, Askin decries his luck “for getting Ichigo’s group”, he is attacked by Grimmjow. Meanwhile, Bazz-B ,Liltotto and Giselle notes that “the Gate of the Sun is still standing” before saying that “they will put an end to both Yhwach and Haschwalth“.

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One Piece

Chapter 789

Lucy!

The civilians of Dressrosa continue pushing the Birdcage, the Royal Plateau begins getting “carved up”. King Riku and Tank Lepanto assist in the pushing and Riku “commends everyone for helping save Dressrosa“. Rebecca tells Viola “to stop attacking Doflamingo“. Viola uses a “roundhouse kick” on Doflamingo, but he blocks it and states “that he would not hesitate to kill Viola despite her once being a Donquixote Pirate“. Doflamingo takes over Viola and Rebecca, using her to attempt to kill Viola. They implore Doflamingo to stop, he mocks them in return. The Birdcage, has continued to shrink limiting were they can move. The Colosseum gladiators continue pushing on Bartolomeo’s barrier, and Kyros wonders “where Rebecca is“.

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Gatz uses a Den Den Mushi and broadcasts his voice across all of “Dressrosa”. Gatz reminds everyone of “the star of that day’s Corrida Colosseum tournament“. Cavendish finally realizes that Law is gone. Gatz reminds Dressrosa of the accomplishments of “Lucy”. Rebecca begs for Lucy help, Gatz also reveals that Lucy is Monkey D. Luffy. He recalls the takeover of Dressrosa ten years ago by the Donquixote Pirates. He tells everyone that, “Luffy has promised to knock out Doflamingo in one blow“. The citizens cheer in response and Gatz taunts Doflamingo, he calls him “a false king and telling him that Dressrosa would be his execution ground“. Gatz then says that “it will only be ten seconds before Luffy comes back“.

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Meanwhile, as the effects of the Teardelions wear off, Hajrudin, Dagama and Ideo begin to pass out. Mansherry begins to cry regretting “giving them false hope“, but Kabure tells her that “she has saved many lives with her powers“. Doflamingo stabs Gatz using a “sheet of string“. Gatz falls as a result of his attack, Rebecca reaches Viola, who tells “her crying niece that she would not hate her for this and that she did nothing wrong“. Law uses his powers to “switch” Luffy with Viola, he breaks her sword with his forehead. Doflamingo screams out Luffy’s name.

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Naruto

Chapter 700+6

Unevolving Species

Uchiha Shin uses his Sharigan to guide the weapons towards Sasuke. Sasuke deflects them with his sword, he stabs at Shin. Shin grabs the sword letting his son gain an advantage to get a attack that was successful. Sasuke uses his Rinnegan to switches places with Shin, he uses Katon Goukakyuu no jutsu. The elder shin uses his son to take the majority of the damage from the attack. Shin comments on the ability of Sasuke’s eyes, he finally names himself as Uchiha Shin. Sarada comments that “he had the same name as his son“. Sasuke tells Naruto to “take care of the children“, Sasuke attempts to attack, but Shin “manipulates his sword to attack Naruto“.

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Naruto claims that he will be fine, he’s shocked that Shin’s ability worked against Sasuke’s sword. He deactivates his cloak releasing the weapons. Shin uses them to attack Sarada, Sasuke shield’s his daughter with his body, he ends up being paralyzed by them. Shin claims that a “species which doesn’t evolve will inevitably be destroyed“, before attacking Sasuke. Sakura arrives striking him with her strength and saving them. Sakura apologizes to Sarada, but Sasuke says “he’s the one who should be apologizing“. The Jubii like creature uses the space time jutsu to teleports the two Shins along with Sakura to their base. The elder Shin asks Sakura to transplant his injured son’s liver to repair the damage she caused.

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Weekly Shonen (5/28/15)

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One Piece

Chapter 788

How I fight

We start this chapter, 3 minutes before the bird cage reaches the central district. The citizens begin to panic as the speed of the contraction of the cage increases. The Colosseum gladiators aim to that out Doflamingo, along with the cage. Doflamingo tells them to “bring him Straw-hat“. Gatz concludes that it is likely that there will be many casualties, but he will not “hand Luffy over”, until he recovers. Gatz looks surprised as Law arrives, telling Gatz that he will take care of Luffy. Meanwhile, at the southeast part of town (Sebio), Bartolomeo uses his barrier to help the gladiators push against the cage. Robin and Leo join in to aid, Mansherry releases “Teardelions” (fruits created from her tears). They are able to heal instantly, as they float through the air landing on the citizens. However, the healing effect is limited and the healed will return to their original injured state. Mansherry flies through the sky on the back of Kabu, spreading her tears further.

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Hack and Usopp appear in front of the citizens. He tells all the citizens “who still have strength left to go to the eastern and western streets to help push the Birdcage“. He tells them to “believe in his friends“. Rebecca is searching for Doflamingo, she see Viola standing in front of him. She warns Rebecca to “not get any ideas“, Doflamingo asks her what is she here for. Viola decides that she will face off against Doflamingo, stating that “one of them are going to die today“. Franky and the dwarves continue to push against the cage, Zoro, Kin’emon, and Kanjuro use their haki embedded swords. Zoro states that “the Birdcage is probably slowing down“, he hears someone walking behind them. Issho arrives to help, stating that “he will help them“. Marines aid in the efforts and so do the citizens. Suddenly, the Birdcage stops, it quickly begins moving again. However, everyone has gained hope as Rebecca calls for Viola, with Luffy still needing one minute.

 

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Naruto

Chapter 700+5

The World to Come

Sasuke attacks Sarada, teary eyed and frightened she yells “Dad”. Stunned Sasuke realizes that it was his daughter. Naruto arrives chastising Sarada for leaving on her own. Sasuke yells at Naruto for “bring children with him“. Chocho thinks that Sasuke must be her father, due to his looks and attitude. Sarada tells Sasuke that she has something to ask him. She asks him if Sakura is her “real mom”. Shizune fills Sakura in on the situation, telling her that she needs to head to the  mountain pass. Sasuke asks her “what happened”, she appears angered at this question. She says that Sasuke is “never around”, and it would “kill him to spent time with her and her mother“.  She asks “what he has been doing this entire time”, he tells her it “doesn’t concern her”. Sarada runs out, Naruto, flashes back to a meeting between the Kages.

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Sasuke reveals his concern regarding Kaguya and the White Zetsu. He says that he investigated any traces or remnants of Kaguya. He says that he found that a “ninja gave birth to the white zetsu”. He says that this could mean a potential threat greater than Kaguya. The Kages decides that they shouldn’t alert the general public yet, because its just conjecture. Sasuke decides to go at it alone and conduct a secret mission. Naruto asks Sarada to listen to him, he tells her that Sasuke is a “ninja, greater than any other”. Meanwhile, Shin’s father reveals his face as they head to the revival of the Akatsuki. Shin appears behind Naruto and Sarada, attacking. Naruto counters the attack, Shin’s father rushes forward, but Sasuke blocks his way.

 

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Bleach

Chapter 628

New World Orders

Shiji is shocked that they are in Wandenreich City, not the royal palace. Urahara confirms that the location is indeed the royal palace based on the coordinates. Shunsui, clarifies stating that “the royal palace as we know it got destroyed“. Shunsui then confirms that Yhwach has reached a new level of power. Sui-Feng points out how “the streets seem to go around something and how there is nothing above them“. Sui-Feng states “the palace has fallen and Yhwach has everything in his hands“. Yoruichi explains that because they were in the Garganta, they were spared the effects of Yhwach’s power. Yoruichi sense’s her brother, to the surprise of Ichigo and his friends.

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Yushiro attempts to leave to go meet Yoruichi, only he fails to create footholds and falls. Renji catches him and Byakuya notes that “they will likely find it hard to create footholds out of Reishi here because the Reishi concentration is much higher than it was before“. He suggests that it was “likely altered to favor the Quincies“. When Byakuya states “that the Soul King is likely dead“, Shunsui acknowledges the reishi of Ichigo and the others. He also notes that “they merely need to defeat Yhwach and find another Soul King“. He tells the Gotei 13 to “move out”, before they move a new tower emerges. Yhwach is informed of the arrival of Ichigo, the others and the Gotei 13. Yhwach seems to ignore this information, as he calls his new castle Wahrwelt.

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Opinion:

I think this weeks chapters were light on serious action, but a three stories progressed nicely. Mansherry’s teardelions could have been broken, at least they added a flaw in this ability. One problem with this power is that it appears to be indiscriminate. What would happen if Doflamingo gets touched by one of these “delions”. He would be heal of course (if only temporarily), but so could Law and Luffy. That situation is possible, but unlikely. Fujitora aiding everyone and the marines was surprising, however they wouldn’t survive without helping so everyone wins. Viola stepping up to fight Doflamingo was surprising, but she only needs to hold him off for a minute so her strength doesn’t need to be high.

In Naruto it is revealed that there may be a greater villain than Kaguya. I hated her, so I’m hoping that the next villain isn’t like her. Sasuke’s treatment of his daughter was better than I thought. He was still a little dismissive of her and her feelings, but I was okay with that. Shin and his father did become more interesting. How did he get so many sharingan’s? Does he use the same technique as Danzo? I don’t see Naruto and Sasuke being troubled by Shin and his father, but I don’t think they are going to try to win. Hopefully, we get some fighting that’s a little drawn out. That said I highly doubt it. Finally, Sakura I personally like her, but is she going to help or just get owned? I hope not, but we’ll see.

So, Yushiro is Yoruichi’s brother not her sister. Let’s be honest he looks like a girl, but that’s manga right? The exchange between Yoruichi was comical and generally enjoyable. This chapter was mostly explanation of what Yhwach did to the former Royal Palace. I found the explanation to be acceptable. I wonder what the consequences of the new world, will be in battle. The Shinigami Ichigo and his friends are at a disadvantage due to Yhwach’s alteration of the Royal Palace. This seems fair considering that the Sternritter are out numbered. Finally, where’s Aizen?

Weekly Shonen (5/22/15)

Bleach

Chapter 627

The Creation

Ichigo and his friends prepare to face off against Yhwach. Yukio surprises everyone when he tells them “that he does not intend to leave the box when they arrive“. Ganju is outraged, he points out “that everything will disappear if they lose, but Ichigo merely tells him to stop before agreeing that Yukio should stay here“. Ichigo tells Riruka to “stay here as well because her powers will only make the battle more dangerous”. Ichigo thanks her for “keeping the Valley of Screams“, she stays even though she is reluctantly to do so. Ganju notes the Ichigo “has matured“.

Meanwhile, in the Seireitei, the buildings in Wandenreich city begin to crumble. The Shinigami are surprised whats happening, Shinji Hirako expresses anger that the Quincies always seem to change the situation before they can act. Urahara notes that the gate is completed to the . Yoruichi informs the rest of her group that they have arrived. Urahara announces the completion of the doorway, as Ichigo looks through the Garganta to see the Wandenreich city. The landscape of Wandenreich has changed, but Yoruichi sees the stake marking the palace remained. She realizes that, Yhwach has changed the palace.

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Naruto

Chapter 700+4

Chance Encounter 2

Chocho is happy to see that Naruto, the Seventh Hokage, has arrived to rescue them from Shin Uchiha. Shin activates his Mangekyo Sharingan and attacks Naruto with a kusarigama, Naruto blocks this attack with chakra arms. Kurama tells Naruto that its, “about damn time, he let loose“. Naruto attacks Shin, but he dodges to Naruto’s praise. Shin retreats, using dimensional transportation. Naruto tell’s the girls to continue traveling with him as it’s safer. Sarada denies Chocho’s assumption “she was the target”. Sarada gives Naruto the lunch box that Boruto gave her.

During lunch, Naruto tells Sarada about her father in stories that are “skewed” in his favor. Naruto tells her that Sasuke was his rival, she feels comfortable with Naruto. They approach a temple to meet Sasuke, Chocho collapses due to exhaustion and decides to get some rest. Sarada lies to Naruto, telling him she needs to use the restroom. She awakens her Sharingan and enters the temple excited to meet her father. However, Sasuke  doesn’t remember her ad draws his sword at her, asking if “she’s affiliated with Shin“.

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One Piece

Chapter 787

Four Minutes Away

Sabo kicks Jesus Burgess in the back who declares that “he will be the one watching Luffy’s back“. Burgess realizes that Sabo and Lucy are one and the same. Burgess begins to attack Sabo, claiming that he will take the “Mera Mera no Mi” from him. Gatz carries Luffy to safety. The gladiators facing Doflamingo are easily defeated, he calls for Luffy to “show himself“.

The citizens continue fleeing as the cage shrinks, Zoro and Franky attempt to destroy the birdcage. The gladiators who fought against  Donquixote family are healed by Mansherry. Doflamingo, speeds up the Birdcage resulting in “only three minutes” being left even though  Luffy still needs four minutes to recover.

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Weekly Shonen (5/16/15)

Naruto

Chapter 700+3

Chance meeting 1

Naruto asks Shikamaru to apologize to Boruto on his behalf. As Naruto leaves, Boruto arrives with Mitsuki, bring Naruto his lunch. Sarada offers to “help” bring the food to Naruto. After some hesitation, Boruto finally relents handing the lunch to Sarada. She leaves with Chocho, they were being watched by a tiny figure with a single Sharingan eye (that looks a lot like the ten tails).

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Shin Uchiha is ordered to capture Sarada, Sarada and Chocho pursue Naruto to deliver his lunch. Naruto notices he’s being followed. Sarada and Chocho are attacked by Shin. Sarada remarks on his Sharingan, stating that “her mother had told her that aside from Sasuke, they were the last of the Uchiha”. Shin gains the upper hand overwhelming the girls. However, Naruto arrives saving the both of them.

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Bleach

Chapter 626

The Holy Newborn

Yoruichi explains “how they can move into the palace because she put a nail down while the barrier around the Soul King was collapsing“. Sado asks about the powers of Pernida Parnkgjas. Yoruichi states “she only knows it managed to break her arm and cautions them to not go near it“. Orihime notes “they probably should have asked Ichibe Hyosube about the abilities of the Quincy he and the other Royal Guard faced“. Riruka tells her “to shut up because there is no point in getting depressed over something that happened so long ago“.

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Ichigo asks Grimmjow why he joined, he says that he’s not on their side. He goes on to say “there will be no place left to fight Ichigo if Yhwach destroys Hueco Mundo”. In the palace, Haschwalth notes that “Yhwach has absorbed every part of the Soul King and that a new world awaits them from now on“. Yhwach turns around to reveal that he now has several eyes, scaring the sternritter. When Askin retreats, Haschwalth stops him, Yhwach admits that “he never expected to have this much power“. He destroys the upper half of the palace. Haschwalth states that “the world will likely no longer exist without him“. Yhwach calls Haschwalth as “his firstborn“, Yhwach says “they will build a country of their own“, as he destroys the city below.

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One Piece

Chapter 786

Gatz

The citizens of Dressrosa begin to cheer for Luffy, they assume that he has defeated Doflamingo. Viola, Hack, and Usopp reach the streets, Viola then sees what is going on, she’s unsure that Doflamingo has been defeated. However, Law wonders why the Birdcage is still in effect. Luffy attempts to deliver the final blow to Doflamingo, but his Gear Fourth ends and Luffy deflates.Jesus Burgess announces his plan to “kill Luffy and steal the Gomu Gomu no Mi“.

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Cavendish and Koala notices Burgess, Koala contacts Sabo via Den Den Mushi. The citizens realize that Doflamingo is still conscious, they try to escape but the Birdcage has shrunken too much. Doflamingo grins witnessing Luffy, tired on the ground. Gatz (from the Corrida Colosseum) appears and he asks Luffy “if there was any way he could help“. Luffy tells Gatz that “he needs ten minutes, since he loses the use of his Haki for ten minutes after using Gear Fourth“.Luffy says that if “he can avoid Doflamingo for ten minutes, he will be able to recover his Haki and deal a final attack“.

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Doflamingo lands on the street, Luffy say’s tells Gatz that “Doflamingo’s reign will come to an end if he is given ten minutes“. The Colosseum gladiators (who originally went after Luffy’s bounty instead of helping him fight the Donquixote Pirates), they tell Luffy that “they will put their faith in Luffy as long as he does not think less of them if they die“. Gatz, commands half of the fighters to protect Luffy, while the others battle against Doflamingo. Burgess arrives, and attacks Luffy and Gatz, but Sabo arrives saving them.

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I’m excited to see if Naruto has learned any new techniques. However, I wouldn’t be surprise to see Naruto uses the rasengan on Shin. The Who are the secret Uchiha theme is getting a little stale. I really can’t bring myself to care. I’m glad to see that Sarada isn’t completely useless in a fight, but I’m disappointed in her skill level as it appears to be. The fact that she hasn’t learned the Sharingan yet, seems to confirm this. Yhwach’s grotesque’s appearance is a bit unsettling.

This is clearly a set up chapter, as nothing but questions where brought to our attention. I’m going to assume that with his new found power, Yhwach will foresee that Ichigo and the others were coming. As for One Piece, this chapter was the best this week. The waiting for ten minutes seems a little like a cheat, but I’m interested in seeing if it works. Doflamingo isn’t unharmed so the Gladiators should have some chance to delay him. I would like to see the depth of Sabo’s powers, against Burgess but I doubt we’ll get to see that.