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Weekly Shonen – One Piece Chapter 1042, JJK Chapter 177, and MHA Chapter 346

One Piece Chapter 1042

The Victor Needs no Epithet

Chapter 1042 of One Piece begins with X Drake stabbing the CP0 agent. The agent is surprise Drake’s interfering who responds that “he follows his own justice.” The agent uses Shigan to break free and puncture a hole in Drake’s throat. On the rooftop of Onigashima, Luffy and Kiado continue to fight. Kaido is having difficulty tracking Luffy’s punches as his punches alter there trajectory. On top of that Luffy’s attacks hurt.

Kaido, still drunk, transforms several times to try to avoid more damage. He enters his full dragon form and even “eats” Luffy. Kaido takes Luffy into the air, opens his mouth, and fires a Bolo Breath at Luffy. Strawhat avoids the attack and prepares to use the last of his Gear Fourth. He lands a devastating blow against Kaido with his Gomu Gomu no: Over Kong Gun. Luffy rushes to get another strike against Kaido before he runs out of strength but Kaido recovers first and hits him with another Thunder Bagua. Suddenly, the Cipher Pol Aigis Zero (CP0) from before interferes in the fight. Previously the agent was told that Gorousei gave them the order to “eliminate Straw Hat Luffy to prevent him from defeating Kaido.” Using Iron Body he distract Luffy, leaving him open to being hit by Kiado.

Yuta prepares to call Rita.

Jujutsu Kaisen Chapter 177

Sendai Colony, Part 4

Ryu Ishigori and Yuta Okkotsu begin their fight, with Ryu displaying his mastery of curse energy. Ryu claims that he’s been left “unsatisfied” and he hopes Yuta can solve this problem. Yuta and Ryu’s fight is explosive. The sorcerers clash with a barrage of punches. Yuta is repelled by Ryu’s attack sending him flying through the air and through the top of a nearby roof. Ryu then attacks with Granite Blast which Yuta deflects barehanded. With Ryu caught off guard, Yuta manages to strike him with a punch. However, Ryu deflects this with ease.

Vulnerable in the air once again, Yuta is attacked from behind by Takako Uro. She explains that she doesn’t “hit the person, but the surface of the sky.” She can hit her opponent when she “breaks” that surface. Uro uses Thin Ice Breaker, once again sending Yuta flying into a building. Pissed she’s interfering in his fight, Ryu attacks her with Granite Blast but Uro rotates the sky around her and reflects the blast at Ryu. Yuta returns. Ryu deduces that he’s used Reverse cursed Technique “each time he, Uro, and Kurourushi use their big moves,” causing him to be “bottoming out.” With little option Yuta calls Rika.

My Hero Academia Chapter 346

Super Hyper Unfair Broken Stage

Dynamight, Suneater, Nejire Chan, Edgeshot, Best Jeanist, and Mirko prepare to battle Tomura Shigaraki on the newly constructed floating U.A. fortress. The original intent was to have Deku there as well, but without him they’ll have to make due. Shigaraki realizes that he’s the only villain in the floating sky. He tries to use his Decay quirk to attack the heroes but he’s blasted into the air and knocked into an electromagnetic barrier. Best Jeanist grabs “carbon fibers” and returns Tomura back to the battlefield. Jeanist explains that “no matter how superhuman he may be, a strong enough current will cause his body to stiffen up momentarily, giving them just enough time to react.”

The heroes don’t have the power that Shigaraki possess so they need to be smarter. The fortress is designed to be Tomura’s “coffin in the sky,” with the Development Class repairing the battlefield as Tomura destroys it, Creati making new parts, and the combination of Phantom Thief, Eraser Head, and Manual “erasing” Tomura’s Quirks, U. A. has created a detailed counter to Tomura’s many abilities. However, Tomura’s left hand begins to transform into a bunch of fingers. With his body nearly complete Tomura might still be too much to deal with.

Neito Monoma (Phantom Thief) is really having a moment. He’s the most irritating character but his Quirk is useful. The heroes wouldn’t have much of a change without him. However, it also makes him a target and I don’t think it will end well for him. With this being the final arc of the series I’m expecting a number of deaths, Neito might be sacrificed. I hope they let other characters shine instead of leaving everything to Bakugo, Deku, and Todoroki. It already appears like the top ranked heroes, Endeavor, Mirio, and Best Jeanist are going to have important roles in this battle. U. A. has step up a powerful team against Tomura, so far this arc is starting off well.

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Weekly Shonen – Jujutsu Kaisen Chapter 175

Sendai Colony, Part 2

Jujutsu Kaisen Chapter 175 concludes the battle between Yuta Okkotsu and special grade cockroach: Kurourushi with an unusual ending. Yuta cuts the arm off of the special grade, then pins it to a rock with his sword. Yuta overwhelms Kurourushi at first forcing the curse to be on the defensive. Yuta is able to deduce that he’s being watched by Ryu Ishigori and Takako Uro. He realizes that they’re likely players with “high scores,” but he doesn’t want to reveal that he can use the “reverse cursed technique.” Kurourushi asks him why he’s “interfering.” Yuta responds by questioning “why he’s eating people,” to which the curse says it’s because he likes “the taste of iron.” Kurourushi then uses Blinding Earthen Insect Trance which surrounds Yuta with a tornado of insects.

Yuta exterminates the insects, but when he and the curse clash he’s hit by a projectile from the sword. Suddenly, two cockroaches emerge from Yuta’s shoulder. As he kills the insects, the special grade hits Yuta directly in the chest with his sword. Yuta is damage greatly and coughs up blood. Ryu and Takako assume that it’s “over.” With no choice remaining, Yuta uses reverse cursed technique and converts it into “output,” delivered via his mouth. As Ryu notes, it’s a gross way to kill Kurourushi but it was necessary. Takako says to Yuta that it “seems like you can use reverse curse technique” shocking Yuta as the environment distorts.

Yuta Okkotsu is more powerful and skilled now than he was in Jujutsu Kaisen Volume 0. His abilities have improved enough to largely dominate a special grade curse. In the end however, even Yuta had to use reverse cursed technique. Keeping his abilities a secret from future opponents is a sound strategy but it does have it’s dangers. It’s not made clear why Yuta wishes to hide his abilities but I can only assume he wishes to surprise his enemies. It’s too late now. With Rika still hidden, Yuta may only have one wild card left. Takako seems to have reality distorting or altering abilities. Yuta will probably need to use Rika leaving the civilians in danger.

Top 10

Top 10 Strongest Elderly Anime Characters

For the Top 10 Strongest Elderly Anime Characters lists, I’m limiting the number of characters from each series to one, for the sake of series diversity. Also my definition of elderly is age and appearance. Old characters like Alucard from Hellsing don’t qualify.

10 – Gran Torino

Series: My Hero Academia

Age: Unknown

Gran Torino also known as Sorahiko Torino is an elderly retired Pro hero and a mentor to Toshinori Yagi (All Might) and Izuku Midoriya (Deku). Despite his retirement he continues to aid the Police Force in fighting the League of Villains. When Torino was younger he was handsome and tall, however he got shorter as he aged.

Despite his age, Gran Torino remains a powerful hero. He was born with the Quirk, Jet. This Quirk allows him to increase his speed with the jet’s that shoot air from his feet. Along with speed he gains immense kicking power. However, Torino’s speed has limits. He cannot propel himself to far in the air without running out of air. Gran Torino has shown super strength, having once struck All Might so hard he vomited. Even with his advanced age he could handle a low-tier Nomu alone.

Best Battle Moment:

Hospital Raid Team & Trainees vs. Tomura Shigaraki

9 – Naobito Zenin

Series: Jujutsu Kaisen

Age: 71

Naobito Zenin is the 26th head of the Zenin Family, father of Naoya Zenin. He’s a supporting character and special grade 1 jujutsu sorcerer. He refuses to recognize Maki and Mai because they weren’t born with cursed energy. Naobito is arrogant alcoholic with sexist views. He decided to take a nap during the Shibuya Incident, rather than fight transfigured humans with Maki.

Like all special grade 1 sorcerers, Naobito has amazing abilities. Between Nanami, Maki, and himself, Naobito was the only one who could damage Dagon. He’s a master of hand to hand combat, able to engage in close quarters combat with opponents. Naobito can attack with quick and powerful kicks and punches. He also has a keen tactical intellect. AS the head of the Zenin family, Naobito has a massive amount of cursed energy. His inherited technique, Projection sorcery allows him to “divide one second into twenty-four frames and trace a predetermined set of movements to execute in that second.”

Best Battle Moment:

Jujutsu Sorcerers vs. Dagon

8 – Bang

Series: One Punch Man

Age: 81

Bang or Silver Fang is a profession hero and martial artists. He is the 3rd highest ranked S-Class hero and is one of the strongest overall heroes. Besides his brother, Bomb, Bang is one of the two “greatest masters of the martial arts.” Bang is normally calm and believes heroes should practice good ethics. Bang is always searching for new disciples to succeed him. He has set his sights on recruiting Saitama and Genos.

Bang is considered to be an exceptional fighter even among S-Class heroes. Garou has stated that “Demon-level beings like Bug God and Royal Ripper are nothing compared to his former master.” Despite being past his prime he’s still considered to be the greatest martial artists and the one of the physically strongest heroes. Bang has immense strength, speed, reflexes, durability, stamina, and endurance.

Best Battle Moment:

Garou vs. Bang and Bomb

7 – Yoshimura

Series: Tokyo Ghoul

Age: Unknown

Yoshimura is an SSS-rated ghoul and manager of the Anteiku café. He aids ghoul that can’t or won’t hunt and kill humans. He takes in Ken Kaneki and teaches him to live as a ghoul. His ghoul masks covers half his face. Despite his reputation, Yoshimura is kind and generous. He views humans and ghouls as equals.

As a ghoul, Yoshimura has an ukaku kagune and a kakuja obtained from cannibalization. His Ukaku Kakuja specialize in avoiding the limits of traditional Kakuja, sharpening into large scimitar blades. Yoshimura is able to “parry incoming attacks, and strike back synchronously,” and it’s almost “impossible” to escape his reach. He also has superhuman speed, regeneration, durability, and a high pain tolerance.

Best Battle Moment:

Owl Suppression Operation

6 – Genkai

Series: Yu Yu Hakusho

Age: Over 70

The only woman on the lists, Genkai is the master of Yusuke Urameshi and Kazuma Kuwabara. Genkai put her mind and body through training, learning to create and control her spirit wave orb. She’s pragmatic, which often comes across as being cold. Genkai’s personality is what helped her achieve her power. She isn’t without compassion however. During the Dark Tournament, she used her spiritual powers to free enslaved humans under mind control.

Genkai is one of the most powerful characters of Yu Yu Hakusho. Her age cost her some of her power but her experience remains. She substitutes her loss of strength with her tactical skills. Her eventual killer, Toguro, praised her claiming “all tactics are useless against her.” Her spirit wave uses the “body as a center for spirit energy.” This makes the human body a weapon and one could return to the time when they were the strongest. According to Genkai, the Spirit Wave grants users the ability to “healing wounds, purification, and even unleashing a massive blast of Spirit Energy powerful enough to blast apart mountains.”

Best Battle Moment:

Genkai vs Shishiwakamaru

5 – Kaiou Kaku

Series: Baki

Age: 146

Kaiou Kaku is the greatest Supreme Grandmaster of Chinese Kenpo and the captain of the Chinese Team representing China in the Raitai Tournament. Kaku is considered “ruthless” and prideful in Chinese Martial Arts. When the Chinese fighters in the Raitai underperform, he slices off the hands of three Chinese Association elders. To gain his strength he “abandoned all joys of life.”

Kaku is the strongest of all Kaiou, except Yuujiro. After training for over a century there’s very little he doesn’t know about martial arts. He’s capable of slicing off limbs with a chop of his hands. Despite his age, Kaku has profound durability and stamina. His primary technique is called Shaorii. This technique produces hypoesthesia: “which allows Kaku Kaiou to absorb the whole body weight of his attacker.”

Best Battle Moment:

Kaiou Kaku vs Yuujiro Hanma

4 – Hiruzen Sarutobi

Series: Naruto

Age: 69

The Third Hokage, Sarutobi was called the “God of Shinobi.” The student of the previous Hokage, Sarutobi would go on to train the Three Sannin. Hiruzen was among the first generation of ninja produced in Konoha. Early in his training, Sarutobi was clearly a genius. He viewed all the people of Konoha as members of a family. Sarutobi was a pacifist and while some saw him as weak, he did permit Danzo to create a black-op Anbu force.

Sarutobi became Hokage at a young age and was the most powerful ninja from his generation. Like many on this list, his skills deteriorated with old age. However, he was still able to handle Oorochimaru and reincarnated version of the First and Second Hokage before dying. Oorochimaru suggested that ” had Hiruzen been ten years younger, he would’ve won.”

Best Battle Moment:

Third Hokage verses Oorochimaru

3 – Genryusai Yamamoto

Series: Bleach

Age: 2100 +

Captain-Commander Yamamoto was the captain of the 1st Division and the commander of the Gotei 13. Yamamoto values the rules and laws of Soul Society and expect that others need to do the same. He is intolerant of insubordination and is quickly angered by betrayal. His loyalty to Soul Society is such that he’s willing to die and risk the lives of others to protect it. Despite his sternness, he can have compassion for others even enemies. He was saddened to have to kill Wonderweiss Margela due to his childish demeaner.

A 1000 years ago Yamamoto considered himself a “monster” having caused Soul Society’s instability. He was willing to use any means to defeat his enemies. Yamamoto is the considered the most powerful swordsman in Soul Society. He was able to fight two other captains, Shunsui Kyoraku and Jushiro Ukitake, at the same time without injury. Yamamoto is a Master Swordsman, Hakuda Master, Master Strategist, and Tactician. His Zanpakuto, Ryujin Jakka, is the “greatest offensive power than all other Zanpakutō in Soul Society.”

Best Battle Moment:

Yamamoto vs Yhwach

2 – Isaac Netero

Series: Hunter X Hunter

Age: 110

Isaac Netero is the 12th Chairman of the Hunter Association and the Head of the Exam Commission. Netero was playful and occasionally absentminded. Biscuit Krueger called Netero a “twisted individual”, sometimes giving hunters “impossible” tasks. He dedicated his life to martial arts and prayer. His goal in life was to “find a worthy adversary against whom he could fight with his all.”

Morel claims “if Netero cannot defeat an opponent, then no one in the entire Hunter Association can.” Netero is capable of unleashes punches as fast as the speed of sound. His speed is considered to be greater than any other character in Hunter X Hunter. By “clasping his hands,” Netero can strike his opponents with one of his Guanyin’s hands. The whole movement takes 0.1 seconds. Netero’s 100-Type Guanyin Bodhisattva is his most powerful Nen ability. A single strike from bodhisattva is capable of sending Neferpitou a great distance without her being able to react. His 100-Type Guanyin also has a great deal of variety. Netero was considered to be “the world’s most powerful Nen user.”

Best Battle Moment:

Isaac vs. Meruem

1 – Whitebeard

Series: One Piece

Age: 72

Edward Newgate also known as Whitebeard. He was the captain of the Whitebeard Pirates and until his death was considered the “Strongest Man in the World.” He was an orphan and later a member of the infamous Rocks Pirates. Whitebeard would become known as one of the Four Emperors that ruled the seas. Whitebeard was so strong that he had the highest bounty of a living pirate and the second highest bounty of any pirate.

Whitebeards strength was greater than a giants. During the Summit War of Marineford, Whitebeard was able to “block a two-handed downward swing from the giant Vice Admiral John Giant with only one hand on his naginata.” He could move at incredible speeds, jump high enough to reach giants, and had tremendous pain tolerance. During the war he sustained a number of life threating injuries and continued to fight.

This doesn’t include what he could do with his devil fruit ability, Gura Gura no Mi. With it, Whitebeard could generate quakes and shockwaves. His devil fruit was considered to be the strongest in the Paramecia class. Sengoku suggested Whitebeard had the power to “destroy the world.” Whitebeard could use his power to “to shake, rupture, and tilt the landscape itself,” causing massive earthquakes and even tsunamis.

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Jujutsu Kaisen Chapter 163: Yuji Itadori and Megumi Fushiguro prepare to fight

Tokyo No.1 Colony, Part 3

Have you ever killed someone who ticks you off . . . it feels better than I expected

Hiromi Higuruma

Summary of Jujutsu Kaisen Chapter 163:

After the last chapter set up Yuji and Megumi, we wondered which one would get betrayed. I over thought it, assuming the obvious choice Remi wouldn’t be the traitor. I was wrong, she does set Megumi up to face Reggie. They don’t waste much time and Megumi quickly summons his divine dogs. Yuji is the one that meets Hiromi Higuruma. The former prosecutor, is taking a “bath” in his clothes on, while centered on a stage.

Yuji asks him to use his 100 points to “end the culling game.” Higuruma bluntly says no. He sees the culling games as a substitute for the “powerless” law. Ever if rules are imperfect, he could use the games mechanics to enforce “natural law.” Yuji warns him that “everyone in the country would die.” Higuruma isn’t so sure. He claims the culling game “celebrates permanence.” Feed up, Yuji threatens Higuruma and prepares to fight. Higuruma get out of the tub and releases his cursed spirit.


Hiromi Higuruma’s plan

Analysis

In the beginning of the chapter we get a flashback from Rin Amai. He assesses his classmates, as they pick on someone, as being neither “smart or athletic.” He decides it’s best to avoid “pissing them off” and chooses to “just smile and go with the flow.” Rin is presented as the type avoid being seen as a target. Inside the culling game he did become a target and is being forced to do things against his will.

He’s contrasted with Yuji who appears, an instead tells them to “knock it off.” Yuji’s unwilling to just stand by and allow others to be picked. We already knew this about him but it’s necessary to set up the rest of this chapter. Yuji manhandles all three of the bullies. Rin remains a coward, whereas, Yuji is eager to see Higuruma despite the danger. Megumi is also willing to risk his life for others but in this arc he seems more willing than Yuji to harm his opposition. This doesn’t mean Yuji won’t do it but he resists more.

Megumi is far less trusting than Yuji and in this case he’s right for doing so. After Megumi is betrayed he gives Remi a death stare. She’s not scared but I think she should be. I’m don’t think Higuruma’s plan makes much sense. The culling game doesn’t apply to all of society and Kenjaku wants to eliminate all non-curse users. Basically Kenjaku wants to commit genocide. Will Higuruma consent to that? I suspect Yuji will be able to convince him to choose to save lives. But first, we’ll get to witness what abilities Higuruma has.

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Jujutsu Kaisen Chapter 161 and 162: Megumi or Itadori are set up

In Jujutsu Kaisen Chapter 161 we were introduced to several new enemies. Megumi assumed he and Yuji could travel together once inside the barriers. When they entered the barrier, players are randomly transferred to one of nine locations. If you think about it this makes since. If teams can form then the game would be in their favor. Imagine if a team of ten got together. Who would stop them? Also if the goal of the game is to have players fight each other then population would matter. If you have a small number of fighters then they might run out of opponents. Anyway, Itadori encounters several sorcerers who target new fighters. Yuji is quickly attacked by a mysterious woman with a jet plane. He quickly defeats her and pisses off her boyfriend.

Elsewhere, Megumi encounters a well dressed woman, Remi. He asks her if she knows Higuruma. She claims to know but won’t tell unless Megumi becomes her “Knight.” We know that all the people present in the culling game wish to be there, so I doubt she’s that helpless. In Chapter 162, Yuri attacks Haba. The latter’s Jujutsu technique is a propeller. Yuji’s superior atheisms is on full display here. He rushes and grabs Haba by the ankle. He drags Haba through the side of an apartment building. Yuji’s even able to dodge the propeller as it spins at close range. Yuji hides inside a building hoping to prevent Haba from using his technique.

One of them is lying in Jujutsu Kaisen Chapter 162.

Megumi or Yuji is betrayed

He fails. Haba is able to adjust the length, angle, speed of rotation and durability of his propeller. He begins slicing the hallway with his propeller. However, Haba has to angle himself such that he exposes the top of his head. Yuji deduces that the “airplane woman,” must have created a binding vow. The farther their body is from the source (their hair) the less durable it is. Yuji strikes Haba in the center of the head. The jujutsu sorcerer assumes Yuji has “shattered” his hand. Yuji knocks him out with a kick.

Yuji can’t ask him about Higuruma now that Haba’s unconscious. Amai Rin introduces himself to Yuji, who he remembers from High School. We return to Megumi and Remi. She claims, she only fighting to avoid being killed. Yuji and Megumi both asks for the whereabouts of Higuruma. They’re given two different answers. Ikebukuro and Shinjuku District. It’s implied that either Amai or Remi are working with Higuruma. We just don’t know which one. I think it’s probably Amai, because Remi is the obvious choice. Amai claims to be a victim of Haba and Hanyu. He’s more sympathetic. however, I don’t think Yuji is going to hold it against him. If he’s not willingly helping then he’ll be someone else for Yuji to save.