Weekly Shonen (12/26/14)

One Piece

Chapter 772

Cabbage & Romeo

“Now that I’ve returned to believe human! I will never again … let my daughter wield the likes of a sword”

 Diamante asks Kyros ” How do you like that ground? “, questioning whether he can stand on just one leg as the ground around him moves. He finally realizes that Kyros was the little toy he saw crying over Scarlet’s dead body. He’s says that their “fates are bound”. Kyros strikes Diamante even on one leg, but is stopped by Daimante’s iron cape. He uses “Viper Glaive”, but aims it at Rebecca. Kyros quickly counters his attack with Rebecca asking her father to let her fight.

003Diamante continues to mock Kyros, stating that he would rather kill Rebecca properly. Kyros tells his daughter he wanted her to allow him to protect her for her mothers sake. He says that “now that I’ve returned to believe human! I will never again … let my daughter wield the likes of a sword”. Meanwhile, Zoro marvels at the power of the “Happo Navy”noting that he should remember them. Baby 5 tells Sai that they need two ceremony halls, one for the wedding and one for the funeral of his grandfather.

scCavendish realizes that Gladius has been “messing with the ground”, resulting in the ground exploding. He asks Bartolomeo to “let him in the barrier”, Bartolomeo says no. He suggests that it’s too dangerous for him and Robin. Gladius uses “Punk Rock Fest”, the attack destroys everything even Doflamingo’s soldiers. Cavendish is saved by Bartolomeo’s barrier. Robin uses her powers to attempt to reach Rebecca.

008-wGladius uses his “Catapult Punk”, to try and stop her but Bartolomeo uses his barrier to save her.Gladius and Cavendish clash, as Bartolomeo uses “Barrier Bulls” trapping both Gladius and Cavendish within it. Gladius asks Dellinger if he was “finish with the second floor”. Dellinger arrives on the third floor only to be defeated by Hakaba, Cavendishe’s alter ego.

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Bleach

Chapter 611

The Death of the Soul King

“I’ll have you dead in three paces or less”

As Ichibei’s severed head hits the ground, Yhwach states that Ichibei’s death is exactly how he predicted. Yhwach destroys the barrier protecting the soul, and comments that the Zero squad has been defeated. He says that the soul king is next. Ichigo and the others finally land and find Ichibei in pieces. Ichibei tells Ichigo to call his name and when he does Ichibei is restored (Mostly). Ichigo asks him if he was just dead and he responds yes. He states that “all ones power resides in their name”.

05gjhgIchibei says that by calling his name Ichibei was able to receive a “tiny bit of his power and restore his body”. Ichigo comments that what Ichibei said “sounded like a load of crap”. He asks Ichigo to “stop Yhwach”, that he needs to save the soul king. He explains that the soul king is the “linchpin of the world”, and everything would collapse without him. Meanwhile, we see Yhwach stabbing the soul king stating that he has seen the future and calls him “my father”.

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Opinion:

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This chapter was at least action packed. I really enjoyed the bickering between Cavendish and Bartolomeo. Bartolomeo’s abilities seem interesting although they aren’t explained completely. The same thing can be said for Cavendishes powers, but I’m hoping the next chapter will do so. Whether Dillinger and Gladius  were defeated by Hakaba, is currently unknown.

Bleach

This chapter was . . . disappointing. I knew that Ichibei was going to get killed and I’m glad he alive but the explanation of why he’s still alive is as Ichigo said it “a load of crap”. Although I’ve read from forums that many believe that “When Ichigo died from Ulquiorra he may have resurrected himself when he heard Orihime call out his name? “. I guess that theory might make sense. Anyway, the fact that Yhwach quickly got to the soul king and the zero squad was defeat off page bothers me. All this doesn’t matter because Ichigo is here right? I’m assuming that the elite Sternritter’s will face of against the rest of Ichigo’s squad. That might be interesting, but I doubt they got that much stronger.

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Weekly Shonen (10/04/14)

One Piece

Chapter 762

The White City

ngbnbnbnbnWe flashback to the past with the Donquixote Pirates dining together. They discuss  Law’s beaten by the hands of Corazon. Machvise and Jora then point out Law’s illness, “the Amber Lead Syndrome“. Doflamingo slams his hand down stating that  Amber Lead Syndrome is a “poisoning” and not a disease that could be spread. Doflamingo asks Law “what he hates so much“, and Law replies “that he does not believe anything“, swearing to take “revenge” on Corazon for throwing him out the window.

Baby 5 asks Gladius about the “White City“. He tells her about Flevance, “all the citizens were wealthy and the city was so beautiful it seemed like out of a fairy tale“. The source of all this wealth was “Amber Lead“, it was highly valued resulting in a “bottomless money source“. Gladius and Lao G state that for “100 years, the World Government and the king of Flevance knew the truth about amber lead nearly a century before it was even mined: it was poisonous to handle“. They kept this a secret to maintain their source of wealth fortune from the amber lead. The poison was “slow acting”, with “each generation that was born with Amber Lead Poisoning had shorter lifespans than the previous generation”.

02-031As a result of a “generation gap” in poisoning symptoms, everyone came down with illness simultaneously. People began dying very quickly, and were quarantined by neighboring countries. The World Government saved the royal family, abandoning the civilians. Many of the civilians were shot out of fear if they attempted to seek help from neighboring countries. Flevance eventually ended up going to war with the neighboring countries. The children were evacuated, but Law refused to leave his sister Lamy.

Law’s father failed to convince the World Government to “tell the truth” about the illness being “non-contagious nature of Amber Lead Poisoning“. Law while visiting his sister hears gunfire outside. Law heads outside only to find “his parents, the nun, and all the children shot down” by an invading army . Law began cry as the army burns down the hospital with his sister inside. Senor Pink says “that after going through such an ordeal at the age of ten, it’s no wonder that Law’s personality is messed up“.

tfMeanwhile, Law locates Corazon and reveals a sword and says he has “no right to live since his parents and sister died“. Law stabs him in the back, Buffalo races to tell Doflamingo, who is currently sleeping. The back story of Law was touching and sad. It was surprising that Law now seems so well adjusted considering hi childhood. Considering the fact that Doflamingo said he killed his brother Corazon he can’t die now. I’m interested in seeing why Doflamingo kills his brother and how the “family” reacts.

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Naruto

Chapter 694

Naruto and Sasuke

5656565The chapter begins with Sasuke and Naruto atop the Valley of the End. Sasuke explains his version of “what the Hokage is and should be doing“. He alludes to Itachi and how he was cast out of Konoha for killing his clan. The village created a “framework” in ordered to keep peace and structure in the world. Itachi was used to maintain this framework. Itachi slipped into the darkness and become a traitor and a criminal to the rest of the world. He took all the hate and pain to keep the Fire Country and the leaf village safe. Due to this Sasuke considers Itachi to be, “the True Hokage“.

mihhSasuke states that the title is “more fitting for someone who is willing to accept grudges and hatred of everyone and bear them all“. He says he also “realized how strongly Itachi felt towards his country and village that he would go far to protect them“. He said “Itachi made a mistake by letting him live” because he “became decentralized and dispersed away from him“. He would instead “shoulder the burden of hatred all by himself“. He will rule the ninja world “by making all the decisions and judgments without care of what the people feel“. He will “focus the hatred of the people on himself and unify the villages by doing so“.

The “Sage of the Six Paths” remembers what Sasuke told him what his “idea of Hokage is“. Naruto tells Sasuke that “his plan wouldn’t work since the people wouldn’t allow that to happen“. Sasuke says it “doesn’t matter” as he’s the “only one with the power to take control“. Naruto flashes back to his conversation with Itachi, as he tells Naruto that “taking the burden of hate on your own is the reason why people like Madara turned out the way they did“. He also says “that you need friends, family, comrades to help shoulder everything because if you don’t you will surely fail“.

nbnbbnItachi tried to do everything by himself and that is why he failed in protecting the village. Naruto then tells Sasuke that “if he believes that’s what Itachi would have wanted he didn’t understand what his brother wanted“. Sasuke recalls Itachi’s words during their fight with Kabuto and that he said a similar thing to him. Naruto says that “Sasuke is just going to kill the Kages and the Tailed Beasts“, with Sasuke saying that he’s going to “sever the past“. Naruto says that he can’t get rid of Itachi’s memory like that but Sasuke says he can and that he has. Itachi is nothing but the past now. And that the only thing left to sever from the past is Naruto.

Naruto argues that “everything he learned is from his past and that when you mess up you move on and figure out what to do next, not wipe the past clean but learn from it“. The Sage informs Kakashi that “he will be leaving soon and that the only thing he can do is leave it up to Naruto and Sasuke and believe everything will turn out ok“. The Sage recalls the conversation he had with both of them, Sasuke says that to complete “his idea of Hokage he must kill Naruto because his is the closest thing to a friend he has ever had“. The chapter closes with Naruto and Sasuke charging at each other.

16The philosophy of Sasuke was somewhat confusing. I think I got most of what he was saying but I’m still confused. Naruto philosophy hasn’t changed. Unlike Sasuke Naruto has always been consistent with his views what being Hokage meant. Personally, I think Kishimoto put some theory together just so Sasuke has something to contrast himself with Naruto. Whatever, I guess that battle is the only thing that matters. I hoping that this is the fight that the battle between Kaguya and Naruto and Sasuke wasn’t.

Bleach

Chapter 599

Too Early to Win too Late to know

b9Senjumaru states that “now that she think about it”, “we were on the topic of”. She says she “forgets to remove the needles after tailoring would be an incurable vice of mine” and she apologizes. She turns to Yhwach stating “that their blades should be able to reach him now”. He responds “is that what you truly believe” then he summons several Soldat from his shadow. Yhwach says that “if the likes of the soul king warrior’s are the adversaries, my Soldat are more than enough”.

He then summoning four elite Sternritter to take on Senjumaru, Sternritter Letter M – The Miracle Gerard Valkyrie, Sternritter Letter X /X-Alias Lille Barro, Sternritter Letter C – Compulsory Pernida Parnkgjas and Sternritter Letter D The Death Dealer Askin Nakk Le Vaar. Askin acknowledges that he was the “only one to be the only one who was promoted from below”. Gerard promising “to cut Askin down”if he gets in the way before attacking Senjumaru, who blocks with her needle. He easily destroys her needle an claims that her “delicate, feminine arms can’t halt my blade”.

06-07She calls for her “minions” in particular the “shield of the soul king”. Pernida attempts to “say” something and “crushes” the giant. Lille makes a comment about Senjumaru “entertaining the possibility that the royal palace would, perhaps fall”. He says that if “comprehension come slowly, reaction will also follow suit”, and that “the royal palace had already fallen, the moment his highness set foot in it”. He then takes out hi rifle and shoots Senjumaru in the head.

There’s no way that Senjumaru is dead, but thing aren’t looking good. While, I predicted that Yhwach would release more sternritters. I’m hoping that this is it for the sternritter reveal. Pernida seems like an interesting character and I wonder what his power really is and of course the others. I’m hoping that Senjumaru puts up a better fight and I can’t wait to see what her Bankai is like.

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Weekly Shonen (03/05/14)

Please

Luffy and Violet are scene running from Peeka, seemingly leaving Zoro to fight him. Thunder runs into another member of the executives, Gladius. Lanpo and Kabo attack him, they are quickly defeated. Gladius ate the “Pamu Pamu fruit”, resulting in his having the ability to blow himself and inorganic objects up.

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Thunder detaches his head and uses “Jet Stamp”, Luffy and Violet arrive just in time. Gladius becomes enraged at the sight of the traitor and gives chase. He uses “Helmet Punk” hurting Violet in the process. Luffy uses his leg to reach the second floor, as Gladius wonders where they have gone Kinemon appears dressed as Doflamingo.

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Gladius is fooled and quickly disappears. Meanwhile, Luffy, Thunder and Violet reach Doflamingo but are waiting out of sight. Doflamingo tries to get the truth about the StrawHat’s plans from Law and King Riku. Meanwhile, we switch to Franky attacking Marines and Robin has been turned into a toy. Usopp and the other are defeated and Usopp runs from the fray.

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Opinion: 

This chapter has heightened the since of urgency in the series. Now that Robin is a toy, Usopp has abandoned the factory and the dwarves have been defeated how is Thunder going to return to his former self.

Personally, I think Franky will engage with Trevor and Usopp will take advantage of an opportunity to save the others by attacking Sugar. Usopp cowardice isn’t surprising but he seems to fight it at times and surprise everyone, hope he does.

 

The end of youthful days

I have been reading and watching a lot of theories from fans of the Naruto series, many guessed correctly that it was Kabuto. I find Kabuto’s “resurrection” was surprising only due to the fact it happened so quickly. Anyway, Kabuto like Obito have realized that they now know “who they are”.

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I think that the parallel between Obito and Kabuto made sense and the fact that they both will play an important role in saving Naruto and Sasuke respectively. They have both been redeemed by those actions and may have saved the war in the process. We quickly switch to Madara confident as always, claiming that reinforcements were just like “pebbles”.

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Minato states that only “Senjutsu” and “Taijutsu” are effective against Madara. Minato claims that his Senjutsu isn’t very good, he’s never it in a battle. Also without his arms he can’t “fight properly”. At this point Gai steps up and opens the “seventh Gate”, with amazing speed Gai engages Madara.

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He uses the “Midday Tiger”, he appear to have been blown back by its power. Madara uses his “black spheres”, Minato responds by having Kakashi throw on of his kunai’s. Rock Lee saves Gai from harm, even though his ribs and left arm are broken. However, Gai realizes he hasn’t done enough and states that it’s time to “it’s the end of the blue beast of the leaf” and ” become a red beast”.

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Opinion:

I predicted that Gai sensei might die in upcoming chapters, and it appears he just might. I think Naruto could use another emotional shake up (like Neji), though I wouldn’t like to see Gai die. Although, I wondering why team Gai is the only one seemingly losing it’s members. That said I’m think that TenTen may end up doing something in this fight, but I could be wrong.

Another thing stood out to me during Madara and Gai’s clash was Madara stating that “your underestimating me if your not using Red Steam“. It seems to appear that Madara has seen the eighth gate (Death Gate) before. This could be bad if he did, he may not be surprised and may be able to handle the eighth gate. Regardless I’m still excited to see the “Death Gate”, in action.

Devilish Perspective 

Inane and Kusajishi are confused, how did nose start bleeding? Sternritter V “Guenael Lee of the Vanishing Point” appears. He’s stocky, cross eyed and rather old. Kusajishi attacks again, only to have V “vanish” again. He states that his powers has “3 versions”. In the first version his “shape” vanishes, the second his “existence” vanishes.

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He can switch between them effortlessly landing hits while remain invisible. In the third version he vanishes from “conscience”, leaving his opponent without memory of him. Kusajishi appears to be unfazed by V’s third version as she just attacks, from instinct. She lands a small hit on V surprising him, she claims that she attacks “when I feels like a rustle”.

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She explains what she means by “Rustle”, its a feeling that she and Kenpachi feel and they just attack in response. She retrieves her Zanpakuto and when V attacks she lands a hit, claiming that her sword hits “whether you dodge or not”. She say’s that her Zanpakuto is a “copycat” and there’s a child “imitating” her sword slices. Kusajishi reveals her odd looking Zanpakuto, “Sanpo Kenjuu”. The chapter ends with Kusajishi attacking, resulting in a triple attack.

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Opinion:

This chapter was great, finding out about Kusajishi’s Zanpakuto was satisfying. I thought V’s powers were impressive but they were quickly render useless. This fight also reminds me of “Kenpachi vs Tosen”, V has a more elaborate ability but Kusajishi’s more direct fighting style still “seems” to have prevailed. I’m excited to see how this fight ends and whether Kusajishi even needs to use her Bankai.