Fairy Tail 100 Years Quest Chapter 16 Review – Ash and Dark Clouds

Natsu torches Madmorl’s and burns through his armor. Wendy now nude, is given some clothing from the spirit world. Lucy, Carla, Gray, and Happy get back together, and prepare to fight Skullion and Madmorl. Shocking everyone, Madmorl gets up after Natsu’s match. Natsu’s flames begin emitting heat, resulting in Kyria’s clothing melting. Ezra’s is unaffected because she’s wearing the “armor of the flame empress.” Kyria attacks claiming that “we’re going to eat these flames.”

Ezra isn’t phased by this and she attacks using Flame Empress’s Rising Fire Cutter. Kyria is teleported by Skullion. Natsu and the rest of Fairy Tail impress Skullion. He reveals that they are no longer interested in the Water God. They now want the White Witch, he reveals that there are more of them. Skullion then leaves, promising that they will return. Their ship dissipates into ash. The Water God Dragon awakens and tells Caramille’s to run.

The villains of the series so far are too generic. Skullion in particular has thin characterization. While it’s likely that they will get more depth, but so far their behavior is predictable. That said a guild of Dragon Eaters seem interesting. I haven’t been able to really get into this series yet. It’s only the 16th chapter, but I feel something is missing. I like reading it but not as excited for the chapter like I am for other series.

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My Top 5 anime water users

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.


Primal Kyogre

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.

Source: Bulbapedia


Harribel vs Hitsugaya (Full Fight)

4. Tier Harribel (Bleach)

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.

Source: Bleach Wikia


Juvia vs Meredy

3. Juvia Lockser (Fairy Tail)

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.

Source: Fairy-tail wiki


Only a small sample of his power

2. Tobirama Senju (Naruto)

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.

Source: Naruto Wikia


Jinbe vs Big Mom

1. Jinbe (One Piece)

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.

Source: One Piece Wiki


So do you agree? Is someone too high or too low? Think I should do more lists? What kind. Let me know what you think.

Fairy Tail 100 Chapter 8 Review: The God Dragon’s Melancholy

In this chapter Team Natsu finally encounters Mercuphobia. Kyria prepares to attack him but is teleported by someone called Skarion. Their bodies disappeared in ash. The team figures that it was likely some sort of Ash magic that is used to “move from one place to the other.” Regardless, Mercuphobia asks Natsu if he “came to slay him.” Natsu surprisingly doesn’t appear to be eager for a fight. He responds, “not exactly.” Natsu admits that they are here to seal him but isn’t sure that they’re going to if he’s a “good guy.”

Team Natsu feels a sense of relief. They are under the impression that they won’rt have to “seal,” him now. However, Mercuphobia tells them that they “must seal him.” He decides that team Natsu are now his guest. He brings them to his palace, where he shows them his “underwater farm,” “medical facility,” and “watch tower.” Everyone feels that the water god is “good.” He tells them that he actually has “killed many humans in the past.” He had a change of heart over the years. 

Mercuphobia informs them that he can “no longer control his powers.” He believes he must be killed to prevent his powers from effecting other cities. Before he dies he must do something. It’s not elaborated on before we see Kyria and her group. We are introduced to Mage Guild Diabolos Corpse Dragon Skarion Raider who suggests that Mercuphobia is a “false” water god. The water god’s interaction with team Natsu was surprising. Now that he’s change it became more difficult to see him evil. 

The I was evil until this special person changed me has been done many time before. I don’t particular hate the trope but it’s a common one. That said he wouldn’t be as complicated without this change. If Mercuphobia isn’t evil anymore then some else must become the conflict. That remains to be seen as we find out what the water god must do. However, all this change seems to be fake or according to Skarion, the water god is. That appears to be a waste of a character but we shall see what he meant. 

Fairy Tail 100 Years Quest Chapter 004: Amazing Elmina Review

Team Natsu arrives at a hotel in Elmina, they’re greeted by a fish that’s wearing a top of a tux. Natsu and Happy plan on eating it, only for it to transform into a human. The fish turn man greets them, when questioned whether he’s a fish or human, he confirms that he’s a fish. However, he quickly remembers that he has a date, and runs off to meet with someone named Sameko. He warns team Natsu that they must “drink the complimentary beverage left in your rooms.”

According to him, “humans will not be able to live here.” Gray awakens the following morning to find that he’s underwater, but he can breathe and talk. The entire town becomes submerged in the ocean. The receptionist finally introduces himself as, Kashima, the manager of hotel journey. When Gray asks about the water God, Kashima and the other fish turn on them and attack. Meanwhile, Touka reveals that she uses “water-type magic,” She also reveals that she has a tail.

There wasn’t much in this chapter regarding the dragons, but the world building was great. Fairy Tail’s biggest drawback was never it’s world-building, but it bad use of power scaling that is typical for shonen manga series. This chapter only briefly switches to the other members of Fairy Tail, hopefully they will continue to matter in this new series.

Fairy Tail 100 years quest: Chapter 3: My Last Hope

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I’m really enjoying the chapter’s so far. Without having to introduce characters, the series can just start. Fairy Tail 100 years quest feels familiar but fresh. Team Natsu arrives at Southern Giltena in the Valeria Region. They encounter weird “walking jellyfish,” Natsu’s first instinct is to eat them, the jellyfish attempt to jump into Lucy’s and Natsu’s mouth. Wendy blows the rest away, but Natsu eats his. Lucy says that her mouth is “numbed.”

Regardless, Giltena is presented as a completely new continent. This certainly allows for Atsuo Ueda to tell a relatively new story with an established series and known characters. I think that this should happen more than it does, Boruto is another series that has a new illustrated and writer, while the original creator maintain influence. The quest is similar, seal all five of the dragons. For some reason I assumed they would fight them all at the same time.

That was obviously a dumb assumption. Anyway, they will face one at a time. The first dragon is the water God dragon, Mercfovia. Once worshiped as a God in Elmina, team Natsu will head there to find clue of it’s location. In a flashback it is revealed that the reward for finishing the quest is “anything they desire.” It’s unlikely that he really mean “anything,” but it will be interesting to see what they as for. Meanwhile, Gajeel and Juvia begin to investigate (with Gajeel in a detective outfit) Touka. Finally, as team Natsu arrive in Elmina they are watched by two people.

Fairy Tail 100 years quest: Chapter 2 review

Chapter 2, Pedigree of Dragon Slayers, begins with Ezra questioning Elefseria “who he is.” Considering that Magia Dragon is suppose to be a guild, the fact that there’s no wizards surprises her. Elefseria explains that all the wizards had died. With new wizards joining the newer guilds, the old guild were left without members. Natsu and Wendy “smell” something weird, Natsu asks him if he’s human. He reveals that he is human.

Elefseria has survived this long due to his turning into a dragon after overusing his dragon-slaying magic. In typical manga fashion, Elefseria begins to perv out on Lucy, transforming himself into a tiny version of himself and ends up in Lucy’s cleavage. Anyway, he reveals that he taught himself dragon-slaying magic. The only wizard to survive the quest is Gildarts.

They all sign oaths saying “they won’t talk about the 100 year quest, and that he or the Magic Council won’t be responsible if they die.” Lucy intimidated, questions whether she should go but she remembers that Virgo told her that ” she would have a fateful reunion on Giltena.” The quest is to “seal away the five dragons of Giltena known as “The Five God Dragons“. Each dragon is stated to rival the power of Acnologia. Dragons in Fairy Tail never really seem all that powerful or threatening compared to other wizards. It also seems that most wizards have dragon-slaying magic undermining how special the magic is.

Fairy Tail 100 years quest: chapter 1 review, the first guild and best guild

As I’ve written before I’m rather lukewarm on the Fairy Tail series. It was confirm a while ago that a sequel to Fairy Tail will be illustrated by Atsuo Ueda with storyboards by Hiro Mashima. The sequel takes place directly after the events of the original. After defeating, Acnologia and Zeref the Fairy Tail guild is better than ever. The chapter begins in the year X633, an elderly man stand among corpses of a village as he states that “magic is not evil and that wizards must come together as one.” This day marked the day that first wizarding guild was established.

In the present, Max introduces 3 new members to Fairy Tail. Only one manages to remain as Laxus scares two of them off. The remaining member is Touka, she claims that she wants to “be in the same guild as Natsu.” She claims that he’s her “darling sweetheart,” stunning everyone. Natsu apparently rescued her from bandit’s a year prior. Makarov explains that Natsu wasn’t presence because he was attempting to fulfill the “Hundred Year Quest.”

The Fairy Tail universe is expanded as we see Team Natsu on the continent of Giltena. They arrive at the “world oldest guild,” Magia Dragon. While in the building Natsu and Wendy start to feel the presence of a dragon. This dragon introduces himself as “the Law Dragon Elefseria,” he asks them to fulfill there wishes. Fairy Tail has always been a rather ordinary manga, likable and well drawn the series didn’t really move the shonen genre forward. Fairy Tail doesn’t need to do this to be good, however, being so predictable can be disappointing.

The art-style of Atsuo Ueda is pretty good. It is very similar to that of Hiro Mashima, although the characters do feel more mature, detailed and taller. I don’t know what to expect from this series considering that Ueda is different from Mashima. Like Eden Zero, I don’t expect Fairy Tail 100 Year’s Quest to be much different. Furthermore, Fairy Tail has seen multiple spin-off’s that varied in length, I wonder how long this manga series will be. A series centered around one quest no matter how difficult probably won’t be 500 chapters long.

Eden’s Zero Review, Chapter 01: In The Cherry Blossom Filled Sky

Eden’s Zero first chapter, In the Cherry Blossom Filled Sky is an interesting 78 page introduction to a new series by the creator of Fairy Tail, Hiro Mashima. Let’s get to it. First I enjoyed this chapter, but it is really similar to Fairy Tail. Shiki and Rebecca are title characters of this series, they’re very similar to Natsu and Lucy. This is of course largely due to the art style of Mashima. Eden also follows the common shonen series formula.

I was lukewarm on Fairy Tail, a series that has sold over 60 million copies. I afraid that I will probably feel the same about this series. However, that is certainly a premature prediction, so I will have to read more chapters to be certain. I’m not yet willing to dismiss Eden by calling it, Fairy Tail with Sci Fi, instead of magic. The story of Eden Zero follow’s a “young boy named Shiki who is being told by his robot grandfather about making friends and leaving this place one day.”

We fast forward a few years to find, Rebecca arriving at the abandoned themed park at Granbell Kingdom. She is partnered with a talking cat named Happy. Yes, Happy is also the name of a talking cat in the Fairy Tail series. I assume either Mashima has or had a cat named Happy or he’s trying to create a link between his series.

Regardless, Rebecca’s goal is to get 1 million subscribers to he “Blue Cat Channel.” I won’t spoil the twists that occur in this chapter, but I hope that Mashima will invert our expectations with this series. I haven’t decided whether I like this series or not, but I did find this chapter to be funny and sad, which is a good start. The biggest issue is that the resemblance between Fairy Tail and Eden Zero is so obvious that it may suffer for it. However, I’ll stick with Eden’s Zero for now.

Ezra fights off her mother, as Eileen takes over Wendy

The 516 chapter of Fairy Tail showed us the battle between mother and daughter, Eileen and Ezra. With her adopted family the members of Fairy Tail in danger, Ezra is determined to defeat her mother. Eileen, the strongest member of the Spriggan 12, begins to attack Ezra. She isn’t fearful of her mother as she has her “real” family by her side. As she say’s this, Wendy attacks with Sky Dragon’s Wing Attack.

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Taking advantage of Eileen’s shock, Ezra uses Black Scarlet Double-Edge. Eileen is surprised that she has been wounded. Wendy tells her that she has some sympathy for Eileen, but would “never forgive someone who cannot love their own child.” Eileen is surprised to learn that Wendy won’t “Dragonify,” due to her dragon mother’s suppression of the dragon seed.

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Eileen becomes enraged and attacks Wendy and Ezra. She believes that her life was taken from her and hates her body. Ezra offers to “put her out of her misery.” Ezra uses “Knight of God,” and Eileen responds by using Deus Zero. Wendy nullifies Deus Zero with her own version of the spell. Eileen seems pleased, as Ezra attacks her with her final strike. Eileen appears defeated, but it turns out that she plans on switching bodies with Wendy.

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This was an interesting chapter, mostly due to the ending. It’s unclear whether Wendy is under complete control of Eileen or that they have switch bodies. It appears to be the later. However, if Wendy is still in her body she could still interfere with the battle. I predict that either Wendy will harm herself or Ezra will somehow break the spell.

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Sting to the rescue and Natsu’s childhood

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Fairy Tail Chapter 510

Fairy Tail

Chapter 510 – Natsu Heart

Porlyusica tells the others that Juvia and Gray will be fine due to Brandish and Wendy’s aid. The mass inside Natsu’s body cannot be alter with Brandish’s magic. Porlyusica admits that even her abilities a insufficient to help Natsu. They assume that the mass is E.N.D, meanwhile, Natsu’s body begins to emit smoke. Lucy feels a cold breeze coming from Natsu. We see Natsu’s, inside of his heart according to Zeref.

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The Dragon attack

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What’s in Natsu’s heart

Zeref tells Natsu that he will die soon. He says that he came into the heart of Natsu to fill in the gaps in his memories. Natsu is shown his parents from years ago, and the village was attacked by a dragon, Natsu, his mother and father were killed. Zeref claims that he resurrected Natsu as his final demon E.N.D. He said that he was entrusted to Igneel, where he meet the other dragon slayers like Gajeel. Zeref disappears and is replaced with Sting, who offers to show what is living inside of Natsu.

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The White Dragon Slayer, Sting arrives to save his friends

Sting verses Larcade

While, Sting searches for Rogue and Lector, he smells the others and heads in their direction. He arrives to save the his friends from Larcade. He’s quickly dismissive of Sting’s abilities. Larcade uses his tentacle attack on Sting, who proceeds to consume it, claiming that “nothing white” can hurt him. He says that he doesn’t see them getting along and Larcade smells like Natsu. This chapter was a slow one, but a good change in pace. The being in Natsu’s “heart,” was confusing. I found it sad that Natsu actually was killed during the dragon attack. I don’t have a great deal of faith that Sting will defeat Larcade, mostly because he’s already injured.

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Rahkeid Dragneel dominates Kagura on the battlefield

Chapter 509

Jellal defeated by August

Jellal lies beaten on the ground of battlefield. He finds it difficult to comprehend that he was defeated along with the rest of Crime Sorciere, by August. After stepping on Jellal, August asks why he would put himself in opposition to Zeref. Jellal states that he did learn his lesson and saw the light, meaning Ezra. August informs Jellal that Zeref has a child, a son name Rahkeid. As August leaves, Jellal attempts to stand so he can protect Erza.

Kagura defends herself from attack
Kagura defends herself from attack

Rahkeid Dragneel faces off against Kagura

Meanwhile, Rahkeid Dragneel introduces himself to Kagura. He’s the child of Zeref and Mavis, and nephew of Natsu. Rahkeid attacks Kagura with Blades of light, she easily deflects them, demanding that he get of the hilltop and face her. Kagura single handily cuts the hill in half, Rahkeid responds by using his magic to create tentacles made of light.
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He believes that Kagura will succumb to the pleasure the tentacles induce. Kagura bites her own tongue, countering the effects of Rahkeid spell. Kagura quickly steps in to attack Rahkeid. However, Rahkeid blocks her attack with his bare hands. He tells Kagura that he, along with August, Eileen are exceptional. Rahkeid strikes her with his fingers. She collapses, leaving the rest of Fairy Tail shocked. August implies that only Rahkeid’s mother Mavis can defeat him.

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Kagura shows off her power

Rahkeid, Zeref, Natsu and Mavis

I was impressed with Kagura’s fighting in this chapter. However, I think it would have been better if they had a more convincing battle. The family relation in Fairy Tail is starting to get convoluted. Regardless, I have a hard time to imaging Zeref and Mavis together. It’s likely that Mavis and Rahkeid will face off against each other. It think that this will be an interesting battle, however, I would imagine that Mavis will be apprehensive about fighting her son.

Rahkeid defeats Kagura
Rahkeid defeats Kagura

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My Hero Academia

Chapter 110 – Rescue Maneuvers Continued

Yoarashi Inasa, aka Gale, uses his wind powers to move rubble with surgical precision. However, he is penalized for being too reckless. He response favorably and ends his technique. The students continue to discuss what they should or shouldn’t do in regard to the situation. The exam is clearly designed to teach the students to work together and hone their quirks. If he students learn the scope and limitation of their quirks, so that they can be more effective heroes.

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However, according to one civilian the students “waste too much resources” and aren’t likely to pass as a result. Katsuki runs into two civilians with arm injuries, he rudely tells them to keep moving. He concludes that “refuses to help them since they can still move their legs.” He is actually not penalized for not helping them, but for his rude language. Izuku brings another injured child to the healing shelter, meanwhile, Gang Orca arrives, adding another problem onto the current situation. The testing has gotten more interesting and it seems that the students aren’t doing too well.

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It’s important that the students learn to work together, and even some of the student’s have decided to work with other classes. With, Gang Orca now an additional problem has increased the difficultly. I wonder how the students can balance the injured civilians with Gang Orca. I can assume that some of the more fight oriented students like, Katsuki will fight and students like Izuku will save the civilians. It will be interesting to see which behavior is ranked higher.

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Fairy Tail

Chapter 505 – Trump Card

Eileen, the scarlet despair, uses her “enchant,” spell to change the soldiers into “berserker’s.” The soldiers abilities are enhanced, but they lose their ability to reason. Ezra attacks the berserker, to no avail as they are impervious to injury. With the large number of soldiers the Fairy Tail guild, is in trouble. Makarov accessing the situation aims to end the fight with the use of Fairy Law. The members of Fairy Tail are excited at the use of this spell and they feel that the battle will be won as a result.

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Mavis arrives and informs Makarov that she has a plan that can save everyone. Makarov tells her that he will sacrifice himself for his “family.” He enacts his final spell, “Fairy Law.” His sacrifice has all the fairy tail members in tears. I think that Makarov’s sacrifice was hasty, as Mavis may have had a plan. He also seemed to think that Mavis didn’t love or care for the members of Fairy Tail. Anyway, his death will likely turn the tide of battle in their favor.

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One Piece

Chapter 842 – the Power of Fullness

Luffy continues his consumption of the biscuit soldiers as Cracker creates more. Nami comes to Luffy’s aid by using rain to soften the soldiers. Luffy seems full and Nami tells Cracker that Luffy has “unlimited hunger.” Luffy continues to eat the soldiers, meanwhile, at Sweet City, the civilians are shocked when they see Chopper and Carrot running through the mirrors. In Germa Kingdom, the preparations for the wedding is ready and Sanji is healed by his sister.

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Sanji and his family begin their trip to Whole Cake Chateau. We return to the Seducing Woods, where we see that Luffy has reached his limit. Cracker believes that this is his opportunity to attack Luffy. Luffy uses his current size to reveal a new form of Gear Fourth, Tankman. Cracker is unimpressed and attacks Luffy with Pretzel. His attacks are absorbed by Luffy, a long with Crackers entire body. Luffy shoots out Cracker like a cannon ball.

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The story feels like it’s reaching toward a climax. Sanji is finally coming to Whole Cake Chateau, while Chopper and Carrot seem to be heading there as well. I think Cracker has finally been defeated and with Nami’s new found power over the homies, they would be heading there as well. I like that Nami got to be more effective in this fight. I wonder how far the homies will follow her.

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Fairy Tail

Chapter 479

Who you should show the

greatest respect to is.

 

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”.

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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.

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One Piece

Chapter 821

Understood

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.

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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.

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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.

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Bleach

Chapter 668

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Fairy Tail

Chapter 477

Transport

Natsu, Happy and Lucy step in to save Mavis

We are introduced to another of the “twelve spriggan members,Jacob Lessio. Mavis notes 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.

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He explains the best practice of assassins. He uses his ability to “move” the Fairy Tail guild 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.

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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.

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One Piece

Chapter 820

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 


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Bleach

Chapter 666

Empty Hall of the Puppet Temple

Kenpachi returns

You would think that after have one’s heart ripped out Askin 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.

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Nelliel Tu Odelschwanck appears 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.

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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 Gilga in this way. I would doubt that Kenpachi would need help from several Captain level Shinigami’s (he certainly with refuse them anyway).

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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.

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Fairy Tail

Chapter 476

Bid fairwell to the mage girls

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.

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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.”

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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. 

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One Piece

Chapter 819

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.

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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.

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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.

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Bleach 

Chapter 665

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. 

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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. 

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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.

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Fairy Tail

Chapter 475

Dimaria Chronos Yesta

The witch Ultear arrives to aid Charlie, Wendy and Sherria. Ultear explains that she only exists within the “Frozen Valley.” She only exists because Dimaria stopped time. Dimaria becomes upset that Ultear has entered “her” world. Ultear says that she is a “concept,” and cannot fight Dimaria. Wendy and Sherria attack using, Sky Dragon Wing Attack and Sky God Boreas. Dimaria counters and tells them that she will show her true powers.

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Dimaria allows a God Soul to take over. She embodies the Goddess of time, Chronos. Ultear is surprise that Dimaria had this power. Chronos takes aim at Wendy and Sherria pushes her out of the way, taking the hit. Ultear freezes her in time, preventing her from dying temporarily. Sherria and Wendy face off against Chronos. Ultear sensing their determination, asks them if they are “prepared to use the power of the future.” She says that the consequence of rendering them incapable of using magic. I liked this chapter, Ultear not really being there wasn’t surprising. Chronos looks cool and her power is incredible. I hoping that the “future,” powers of Wendy and Sherria will be amazing as well. However, I don’t think that they will remain unable to use magic forever.

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One Piece

Chapter 818

Within the Whale

Sometimes One Piece has a chapter devoid of action, but full of background information regarding the story of One Piece. The history in One Piece is profound and very interesting. It’s one of this series most attractive aspects and one of the reasons One Piece is a masterful series. So much has been reveal in this chapter that I don’t think I could do the chapter justice. I would highly recommend reading this chapter to understand all the new developments that where established.

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It is possible to lose site of the fact that Luffy’s ultimate goal is finding the “One Piece,” and become pirate king. He also has an asset that no one in the series seems to have, Nico Robin. She has the ability to read the Poneglyph’s. Due to the fact that the Government has systematically, killed all those who can read them. Luffy may not “yet,” be the strongest among the remaining powers in One Piece, but Nico Robin gives him a clear advantage. To obtain the “One Piece,” Luffy will have to take one the Yonko, evade the government and protect Robin. Overall, this chapter has been the perfect display as to why One Piece is the most engaging manga. The combination of comedy, great art, engaging story, full characters and great action, always makes One Piece worth reading.

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Fairy Tail

Chapter 474

In the moment of complete silence

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.

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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.”

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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.

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One Piece

Chapter 817

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. 

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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. 

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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.”

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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?

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Bleach

Chapter 664

The Gift

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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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Fire Brigade of Flames

Chapters 17

Shinra vs Hibana

The “3 fifth angels three” are defeated by Maki Oze and Hinawa. Shinra storm’s into Hibana’s house. He is quickly attacked by 3 Angels of the fifth. He defeats them quickly. Hibana recalls her life with Iris. Shinra interrupts them and challenges Hibana. Iris warns that Hibana is a Battalion Commander and he can’t defeat her. She uses her “Heat Syncope,” and Shinra collapses. Hibana explains her power and Shinra suggests that it’s all in his imagination. He also says that he will use his imagination to become a hero as well. Hibana uses her iron fan and her Clematis ability. Shinra and Hibana prepare to fight.

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Chapters 18

Clash

Hibana attacks Shinra with her ability. He becomes dizzy and falls backwards. Hibana’s Cherry Blossoms begin to exploded on contact with Shinra’s skin. Iris begs her to stop, Hibana response that if she wanted that she needs to pray to her “phony God.” Hibana tells her that her “ideal of true salvation, using other people for personal gain, looking down at the flock while you thrive, referring to her personal experience of all the Sisters of The Holy Sol Temple burned, falling to the phenomenon, while Iris and Hibana were salvaged.”

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Shinra gets up and Hibana attacks him with Sakura Blizzard. Shinra doesn’t fall to the ground, shocking Hibana. She reminds that Shinra that “she doesn’t believes heroes exists”. He says that he will become a hero today and strikes her across the face. Shinra and Hibana’s battle wasn’t that interesting, though we do get some background of both Iris and Hibana. However, i think that Shinra isn’t ready to defeat her yet and will likely be save by someone. 

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Fairy Tail

Chapter 473

Red Lightning

As Laxus clutches his chest, Wahl takes advantage of this and attacks. He uses a series of attacks, Missile Bombardment, Anti-matter laser, then Rail-gun Bombardment. Wahl accidentally uses an electric type attack that energizes Laxus. Laxus speed increases and he counters Wahl’s attacks. Wahl’s system receives and error and Laxus collapses. He begins to cough up blood, Wahl prepares to kill him with a Etherion blast.

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Laxus activates a Jutsu Shiki barrier. Wahl tells Laxus that “Jutsu Shiki are ineffective as well,” and he uses Magical Barrier Particle Nullifier. He unknowingly cures Laxus in the process. Laxus uses a red lightning that Wahl can’t analyze. He has a flashback to a conversation he had with Mavis regarding his great-grandfather, Yuri, and “how they look similar and act similar.” he finishes Wahl with his Mercury Fulminate: Red Lightning. This chapter ended the fight between Laxus and Wahl rather quickly, and I was a little disappointed. However, Laxus was clever and is now completely healed so that’s good.

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Fairy Tail

Chapter 472

Laxus vs Wahl

Laxus strikes Wahl sending him flying. Wahl counters by fusing copper and zinc into nine bullets. He fires them at Laxus, who destroys them with lightning. Gray and the others notice, Wahl analyzes Laxus and notices something regarding his organs. He asks him, “how is he still alive”. He claims that lightning will do nothing to effect him. Ezra and Kagura head to the “port”, to defeat one of the 12 Spriggan.

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The Sky Sisters faced off against Dimaria, she claims she could kill them both with a “snap of her fingers.” Wahl and Laxus continue to battle and he completes his analyzes of Laxus. He concludes that he is “afflicted by large quantities of magic barrier particles”, however, Laxus is still top tier in Fairy Tail. He transforms into his assault mode and estimates that it would take only 90 seconds to defeat Laxus.  As Assault Wahl begins his attack while Laxus clutches his chest in pain.

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It seems apparent that Laxus is destined to die during this war. I don’t know why but I have a good feeling about this. He of course is going to defeat Wahl. I think that this fight could be epic. As for the other fights have been set up and look to be interesting. Anyway, I can’t wait and wonder how cool Red Lightning is going to be.


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One Piece

Chapter 816

Dog vs Cat

Franky, Robin, and Brooke rush to stop the Samurai. Meanwhile, Duke Inuarashi is alerted to Samurai from the Bariete’s bells. He heads to the Capital, as the Samurai assume the bell is to welcome them. Kinemon and Kanjuro meet up with Momonosuke. In the Whale forest, Luffy and the others are running to stop the big trouble that results from when Master Nekomamushi and his army clash with the samurai. Nekomamushi arrives in Claw city looking for the samurai.

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However, Nekomamushi and Inuarashi spot each other. They become distracted, allowing the Straw Hats to reach the samurai. Inuarashi and Nekomamushi exchange barbs, then blows. Kinemon shouts for them to stop, revealing himself in the process. He asks them “where Raizou is,” Nekomamushi and Inuarashi stop fighting and bow in front of Kinemon. They state that “Raizou is safe,” shocking the Strawhat’s. The minks apologies to the Strawhat’s for lying, but they were willing to allow their kingdom to be destroyed to protect their friend.

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This chapter was very surprising. We  assumed that Raizou was an enemy and so were the samurai. This chapter played with that fact and I was anticipating a battle between the samurai, Inuarashi, Nekomamushi, and the Strawhats. However, if you consider the work that the Strawhat’s did gaining the trust of the minks, I would be strange to destroy that so quickly. Anyway, the fact that Raizou was there the whole time was surprising. Finally, who is Raizou.


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Bleach

Chapter 662

God of Thunder 3

Askin decries the fact that he can’t die. He asks Yoruichi her opinion as she is clearly in disarray. He reveals that she was caught in a “giftball”, of Reishi, oxygen, and nitrogen. She appears to be unable to breathe and can barely move. Askin is surprise that she is still living at all. Yoruichi believes that Askin was going easy on her. He denies this, implying that she is just that powerful. She looks toward her brother who clearly isn’t in good shape. Askin gets close to her, proving her inability to move.

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Urahara arrives just in time and comments on her ass. She responds by kicking him in the jaw. She chastises him for objectifying her, he concedes that he was vulgar. Askin and Urahara exchange pleasantries, as Askin reveals that Urahara is one of the “exceptional ones.” Yoruichi, springs into action, Askin is unsure what Urahara did. He remembers that Yhwach told him that “there are 5 battle powers belonging to exceptional individuals.” Ichigo has a “latent ability,” Kenpachi has “fighting strength,” Ichibee has “wisdom,” Aizen has “reiatsu,” and Urahara has “means.”

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Askin calls Urahara the “variable strategist of perpetual adaptation.” Yoruichi asks Urahara what he did, he response sheepishly “it’s a secret.” He gives her “5 mins”, she uses her Raijin Senkei Shunkou. Urahara quickly appears behind her, telling her she should “it.” She refuses to use the “form,” calling it indignant. Urahara calls her decision unfortunate. However, Yoruichi isn’t able to do much of anything towards Askin. Urahara comically presents a sign that reads, “as soon as I peel this off, you’ll transform.” He does and she transforms into Flash God Super Transformation.

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Urahara returns finally. It seems that Yoruichi should have been able to defeat Askin on her own, especially considering that she has the Flash God Super Transformation. Although she has been know to be stubborn. The comedy of this chapter was great. I love the dynamic of Urahara and Yoruichi. Askin will likely transform. Whether this results in Urahara being needed to fight or not remain to be seen. However, I really want to see both Yoruichi and Urahara’s Bankai’s. 

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Chapter 016

The Knight’s Folly

Arthur faces off against a demonic Flame Person. The cone head shaped member of the 5th Special Fire Brigade, calls the 8th Brigade “cowards.” He claims that his research has enhanced Setsuo. Setsuo attacks with a powerful attack. Arthur manages to successfully counter his attacks. Hibana asks “What’s the situation.” Princess Hibana states “that she wants to find the secrets of the Human Body Ignition Phenomenon and that worms like the 8th don’t deserve to know.

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Setsuo gets the advantage over Arthur. Arthur fails to land any hits on Setsuo, who attacks him for being “weak.” He feels that something is “off.” Setsuo just says that Arthur is simply weak. Arthur releases that he has been wielding Excalibur in his left hand instead of his right. He attacks Setsuo with Violent Lightning Sword Flash, killing Setsuo. Arthur is a weird character to begin with, but I don’t know how to feel about the fact that he was so absentminded that he forgot that he was right handed. Anyway, a lot wasn’t revealed in this chapter but the fight was entertaining none the less. Hopefully, we will have more fights in the next chapter. 

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Fairy Tail

Chapter 471

Until the battle ends

Acnologia arrives on the battlefield. August and Jacob conclude that it wasn’t in their best interest to fight him. They decided to head to Fairy tail to obtain the Fairy Heart. Meanwhile, at Fairy Tail Natsu is still unconscious. Ezra and the other rest up, Laxus disappears. Gray finds Laxus clutching his chest. He reveals that due to absorbing too much Magical Barrier Particles. He says there’s no need to worry, and they need to keep it a secret.

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Gajeel is unable to sleep and is joined by Levy, who is nervous about the upcoming fight. He manages to comfort her. During the morning, Kagura’s forces attempt to take over Hargeon. Dimaria targeted Sherria because she is a “healer,” but Wendy protects her. The members of Fairy Tail shows up to help their allies. Gray and Juvia to help Lyon, and Ezra teams up with Kagura. Wahl watches from a distance, as Laxus attacks him from behind. The fights are being set up and I’m excited to see how they will proceed. The “Sky Sister’s” should be entertaining, but the fight between Laxus and Wahl should be the most fun. Can’t wait to see his rampage. 

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