One Piece Chapter 912 Review: Amigasa Village

This chapter reminds us of Ace’s and the Whitebeard pirates influence. Ace was one character in One Piece that didn’t have much characterization. One of the small problems of One Piece is the shear volume of characters. This often leaves a lot of characters unknown. Regardless, Oda does seem to be adding to these characters during this arc. Ace apparently was once stranded on the Island where Amigasa Village is located.

As a result of X Drake destroying the village and killing the samurai protecting them, the village became a “lawless wasteland.” When Ace arrived, Amigasa Village was going through a famine, they stole the food from Ace’s ship. Ace got free, but decided to stay with the villagers, growing close to Tama. Luffy takes Tama and goes in search of a doctor, food and water. Luffy is given a kimono and takes a “cursed” O Wazamono-grade sword.

Tama awakens, she continues to accuse Luffy of lying about Ace’s death. As Luffy heads for the weapons factory, he hears someone chasing a woman in the distance. At first he thinks it’s Sanji, then it’s revealed to be Zoro. He’s been hunting animals (that are poisonous) and eating them. This all gives him a stomachache, but it doesn’t stop Luffy from eating. Finally, Basil Hawkins arrives stating that “to survive in Wano Country, they can only either follow the strong or live in hiding.” Luffy and Zoro prepare to fight.

It’s interesting to see how some of the pirates that were billed as Luffy’s equals, Hawkins and X Drake have been bullied into submission by Kaido. They were all apart of the “Worst Generation” the top rookie pirates that had bounties over 100 million beli. I think this speaks to their character or lack thereof as I couldn’t image Luffy working for Kaido. Zoro and Luffy getting together again is exciting, I can’t wait to see how they compare to Hawkins.

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One Piece Chapter 903: Is Luffy now the fifth emperor?

The 903rd chapter of One Piece, “The Fifth Emperor” focuses on the aftermath of the Strawhat’s battle with the Big Mom pirates. One Piece is one of if not the best action anime/manga out there and it’s often a pleasure to read those chapters. However, Oda does excel at telling a story that effective builds the One Piece universe, reminding the readers what’s at stake and how large the world actually is.

After a major arc many pirates receive different amounts in what’s called a bounty. For those who may not know, a “bounty is issued by a government official or by the Marines.” It’s amount is determined by the strength or the danger level the pirate presents.

Most pirates actually like bounties as it’s potentially high amount is a symbol of their strength to the world. The bounty is a tangible symbol of the stories progression. For example in the beginning of the series Luffy was excited to receive his first bounty, which after defeating several top pirates in East Blue was 30 million berry.

Watching his bounty and his crew-mates bounties increase represented their grow both in strength and experience. In this chapter Sanji’s bounty increases to 330 million berry, he’s joyful because it has surpassed Zoro’s 320 million berry bounty. However, he’s not so happy that his bounty seemed to increase due to his familial connections.

Another tool that Oda uses to expand the world and basically recap the recently ended arc is the newspapers. This chapter shows several major characters reading about the exploits of the Strawhat pirates, one of the first news items the paper reveals to the masses is that Luffy now “commands” a fleet of 5000 subordinates, called the “Straw Hat Grand Fleet.” This fleet is formed by seven organizations that have pledge to serve under Luffy.

The fleet’s membership includes, seven divisions, the Beautiful Pirates are First Division and are commanded by Cavendish. The Second Division is led by Bartolomeo and features his Barto Club, the Third Division features the pirate crew, the Happo Navy, the Fourth Division, the Ideo Pirates lead by Ideo, the Fifth Division is headed by the Tontatta Tribe, and their armed forces the Tonta Corps.

The New Giant Warrior Pirates are a five member pirate crew that make up the Sixth Division, lead by Hajrudin. Finally, the Yonta Maria Grand Fleet that features 56 ships, they’re the Seventh Division. We see that Dalton, Dr. Kureha, Crocodile, Cavendish, Bartolomeo, the Firetank Pirates, Blackbeard, Van Augur, Doc Q, Avalo Pizarro and Princess Vivi.

We get to see Koby and Helmeppo as they save the Riku family. I’ve been excited to see the progression of these two, the series obviously focuses on pirates not marines and only in conflict do we get a since of their strength. Helmeppo now possesses Kenbunshoku Haki, and Koby is strong enough to deflect torpedo’s underwater, he’s now a Captain.

The series now heads into the “Reverie Arc,” the 13th story arc of the series and will focus on the royalty gathering for Reverie. This chapter revealed so much and I would recommend reading it, some highlights included Sanji receiving a Raid Suit, Zeus abandoned Big Mom for Nami, Kaido is angered at Luffy for ruining his operations, Big Mom is angry that Morgan (the newspaper writer) suggested that Luffy had defeated her.

The World Economic Journal calls Luffy the fifth Emperor, placing him in the league with the Yonko, Shanks, Big Mom, Kaido and Blackbeard. Brook reveals that he made an error in reporting Luffy’s bounty earlier, and that it’s actual 1.5 Billion berry bounty, the largest known so far in the series.

One Piece Chapter 880 Review: Chance of Escape: 0%

The Substitute Wedding Cake

Sanji, Pudding, and Chiffon arrive at Chocolat Town on Cacao Island and begin the preparation for the wedding cake. The top 31 chef’s of Whole Cake Island are present and Pudding extracts a roll of memory from head chef Buche, erasing the memories, ” of the wedding incident and led them to believe that the two of them got married smoothly; the reason that the cake was destroyed was because of bad weather.”

Meanwhile, Sanji sketched the new wedding cake, to the surprise of the head chef’s. They are impressed by Sanji’s ability to craft the “perfect” cake. I think that considering the likely inability of Strawhat’s defeating the Big Mom pirates, the new cake will be the peace maker. Big Mom is so irrational regarding cake that this substitute cake will not only stop her, but will probably love Sanji and by extension the Strawhats, letting them go.

The Strawhat’s are in deep trouble

In the Mirro-World, Katakuri is surprised that Perospero is still alive. Perospero then mocks Pedro’s sacrifice calling it “pointless.” Luffy is floored after being damaged by Katakuri, Brulee awakens as he tells her to send more troops to the Sunny to burn it down. Their sisters Mascarpone and Joscarpone have mirrors that lead to the Sunny, Luffy attempts to destroy those mirrors, but fails.

 

Katakuri continues to dominate Luffy with mochi leg, Luffy manages to dodge. He grabs some shards of a broken mirror calling out to Nami on the Sunny. He tells them to break the two mirrors that remain on the Sunny. However, Carrot points out to Nami that Big Mom has created a massive homie out of a wave. Seeing the wave Nami tells Luffy the they “might be done after all.” The Strawhat’s are in an impossible position, they’re outmatched and outsmarted. I don’t think that Luffy is capable of beating Katakuri. However, I’m certain that either, Jimbe will fight Big Mom buying them time or Brooke will use the Coup de Burst escaping immediate danger.

 

Sanji and Luffy reunite

This chapter mostly centered on Sanji, finally finding Luffy. Sanji tells a emaciated Luffy that “he never told Luffy to wait there.” He gives Luffy the bento box and Luffy eats the food. He claims that the food is “delicious,” noting that Sanji put all the favorite foods of the crew in the bento box. Luffy regains his strength and Sanji tells him that he should leave.

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Luffy tells Sanji that he should return with him, but Sanji says that there are three reasons he cannot return. First, “he attacked and disrespected Luffy, his captain, despite the latter coming to save him.” Second, “Zeff is still being held as a hostage,” and finally, “he still does not have the conscience to let his family be murdered tomorrow.” Luffy becomes upset and slaps Sanji into King Baum’s remains. He asks Sanji to “tell the truth,” and Sanji finally relents, stating “that he wants to return to the crew.” Luffy tells Sanji that they can work together to wreck this wedding.

Chapter notes:

  1. Pekom is still alive
  2. Bobbin is ambushed by unknown assailants
  3. Jinbei informs the Strawhat’s that the wedding will not go a planned

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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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Weekly Shonen (09/03/16)

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My Hero Academia

Chapter 105

Shiketsu High Creeps Up

Ochaku is isolated after the earthquake. She aims to find her classmates, to stand a chance. Izuku faces off against a female student. He uses his ability and dodges the ball she throws at him. He is surprised when she disappears. He realizes that it must be her Quirk. She reveals that all she is doing is actually is “simply hiding.” Izuku escapes her grasp, but takes the opportunity to throw a ball at her.

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However, someone with a web that comes from the ground. Izuku is surrounded by other classes and uses his ability to evade them. Ochaku and Izuku reunite. Izuku uses his iron shoes to escape the other students with Ochaku. While hiding with Ochaku is distracted, when she attempts to attach a ball to him. Izuku reveal to her that he never fell for the deception.

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He tells her that the real Ochaku would be able to float and that she would also have a plan. The impostor begins to dissolve the “Ochaku,” disguise. The impostor reveals that she was the female student Izuku fought earlier. She finds him interesting and wants him to tell her about himself. This chapter was really good. I find the female student that Izuku is facing to be strange, even before the shape-shifting. I’m also concerned that Ochaku was defeated. Regardless, I think this chapter introduced a potentially good fight.

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One Piece

Chapter 838

Choniki

I appears that the name Cracker is in reference to the fact that his ability is the Bisc Bisc no Mi. This allows him to generate and manipulate biscuits at will. It is a Paramecia-type Devil Fruit. Cracker can shape the biscuits into realistic humanoid and use them to make them into shields. Luffy is further taunted by Cracker whom states that he won’t see Sanji again.

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Meanwhile, Nami and Pound travel through the Seducing Woods. Nami flashes the vivre card, Lola gave her. Chopper and Carrot explore the mirror’s interior. Chopper decides that they could use the mirror to their advantage. Brooke and Pedro hid themselves within a biscuit solider and plan on waiting till it returns to to Whole Cake Chateau. The following day, Big Mom is receiving an update on wedding cake and Strawhat’s.

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She is concerned with the Vinsmoke siblings and wedding cake. She is told that they have just arrived. Vinsmoke Ichiji and Vinsmoke Niji  arrive and Sanji watches in displeasure. The story is moving along nicely and the wedding seems close. The Strawhat’s are currently separated and I think Big Mom is underestimating them. Chopper and Carrot may be able to use the mirrors to get closer to Sanji. I have lost track of the number Vinsmoke siblings at this point and they look exactly alike.

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I imagine that some of them will end up being cannon fodder for the Strawhat’s. Cracker’s abilities are kinda silly on it’s face, but Oda can make the weirdest and simplest abilities seem cool. Anyway, the biggest issue seems to be the battle between Luffy and Cracker. Luffy has already used Gear 4 and didn’t even manage to defeat Cracker. Luffy has a lot of stamina and heart but he doesn’t look like he can beat Cracker. However, Cracker mentioned that he “hates pain,” I imagine that if Luffy got a moderate hit on the no armored Cracker he’d lose easily.

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Weekly Shonen (07/24/16)

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Bleach

Chapter 683

The Dark side of two worlds ends

Yhwach destroys part of Sokyoku Hill, he questions why Ichigo didn’t have Orihime heal him. Renji attacks him and activates his Bankai, Sou Zabimaru. Yhwach quickly severs his arm and destroys his Bankai. Aizen appears, attacking with Kyoka Suigetsu intervening. Yhwach teases him for fighting for the “losers.” Aizen uses Hado #99, Goryutenmetsu. A large dragon destroys the ground surrounding them, he them rushes forward. 

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Yhwach points out that Aizen sword is cracked, then sends him flying backward with an energy blast. Ichigo appears behind him and Yhwach blows his arm off and single handily stops his Zanpakuto. He notes that even Aizen was ineffective. He shatters Tensa Zangetsu and blows a hole into Ichigo’s chest. However, it appear that this was an illusion and Aizen made it appear that he was Ichigo. 

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Aizen is interested in this development, considering the fact that Yhwach was so certain that he wasn’t susceptible to the effects of Suigetsu. Ichigo impales Yhwach from behind and uses a powerful, Getsuga Tensho. This chapter was all about Aizen, fans have been anticipating an Aizen, Yhwach clash. Unlike most of the Shinigami, I believed that Aizen would be a challenge for Yhwach. This fight is already more interesting than Ichigo initial fight with Yhwach.

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My Hero Academia

Chapter 100

Special Moves

Class 1-A are excited about getting to create their own special moves. Cementoss explains that the Gamma Gym was created by him and he can use his Quirk to alter the gym to fit the needs of the students. Shouta explains the need for special moves. He explains that the “Hero License Exam,” is designed to test the “aptitudes” in “intel gathering, judgement, mobility, leadership and communication.” However, fighting ability is the most important. 

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Midnight gives an example of a special move, like Kamui Woods, Lacquered Chains Prison. Shouta decides that during the summer break the students will spent developing there Quirks and special moves. He suggests that they update their costumes to accommodate their new abilities. Cementoss prepares the gym and Ectoplasm clones himself to spar against the students. Izuku is confused, he’s unsure what his special ability should be. 

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He decides that he will focus on his costume, instead of his special move. He thinks that he could upgrade his costume to protect his arms. Tenya and Ochako head to the development studio. Ochako wants to improve her ability to help her with her floating ability so that she could be more effective in hand to hand combat. Meanwhile, decided that she wants to minimize the effect of his, Recipro Burst. An explosion from the development studio sends Izuku flying. Mei Hatsume is responsible. She lands on top of him, surprising Izuku.

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I’ll be interested to see what special moves the students come up with. It appears that Izuku will always have difficulty with his Quirk. I still believe that Katsuki will become a bad guy or anti-hero eventually. I also happy to see new costumes because the old ones weren’t that good. 

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One Piece

Chapter 833

Vinsmoke Judge

In the Germa Kingdom, several Germa 66 agents are excited to see Sanji and Jajji fight. Yonji tells an engineer that he “told Sanji off and he attacked him leaving a dent in his head.”The engineer uses his “press machine,” to fix Yonji’s face. The Germa 66 agents are surprised by Sanji’s strength. Sanji kicks at Jajji, who blocks the attack. Jajji uses his lightning spear to attack Sanji. He states that the only reason he return was to protect his crew.

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Jajji tells him that reneging on their pact with Big Mom, will cause her to seek vengeance. Sanji recalls his troubled childhood. He remembers the abuse he received at the hands of his brothers and his father indifference to it. In the present Jajji attacks Sanji with his spear. Sanji blocks it with his, Busoshoku Haki. This surprises Jajji and the Germa 66. Jajji leaps up and Sanji counters with Diable Jambe. 

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Jajji blocks and grabs Sanji. He slams him to the ground and kicks Sanji with his electrified foot. He uses his shoe blaster against Sanji. Sanji uses Diable Jambe again, as Jajji commands his men to create a wall to block it. Sanji hesitates and Jajji takes advantage of the situation, piercing his agents body sending Sanji flying backward. Reiju aids Sanji, healing his wounds. Jajji tells him that the Germa 66 would give up their lives for him. 

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Jajji explains that the alliance with Big Mom, is a guarantee of  their conquest of the North Blue. He reveals that he doesn’t want to lose his most “precious sons,” and he rather sacrifice Sanji. While distracted, Sanji is trapped by Reiju. She places a “World Noble,” collar on his wrists to prevent him from escaping. This chapter of One Piece was well done. I was shocked to see that Sanji has learned Haki. His relationship with his family seemed obviously due to childhood abuse. I wonder if Sanji will sacrifice his hands for his freedom. I don’t think Luffy will allow it. 

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Weekly Shonen (5/2/16) Recap & Review

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One Piece

Chapter 825

The WE times comic strip

 

Vito explains Germa 66 

Monster Gun “Vito” explains how he admires Germa 66. He reveals that there is a comic, Sora, Warrior of the sea. It is published by the government in the “World Economic Times.” He implies that the comic is likely a source of government propaganda, design to manipulate young children into idolizing the Marines.

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The Strawhat’s need Sanji

It can be easy to forget that the Strawhat’s travel by sea. Mainly, due to the fact that they spend most of their time on land. However, Sanji’s value is reveal in how Luffy massively, failed to make a satisfying meal and used too much food to do so. Furthermore, when Luffy catches a large fish, his ignorance of cuisine leaves the crew in danger as they consume the poison skin of the fish.

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The story has been progressing slowly in this chapter, however we get some more information regarding the Germa 66, the Firetank Pirates and Big Mom’s ship. Luffy becoming poisoned is clearly going to become a hindrance to the Strawhat’s success. Sanji’s seems to have moved past his “love” of his soon to be bride, and declares that he will not be marring anyone. Overall, another good chapter.

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Bleach

Chapter 672

Son of Darkness

Gerard lives

Gerard has taken a beating from three captains and still lives. This latest form appears to be his last. Hitsugaya and Kenpachi seem at their limits, however, there are other Shinigami left to fight mainly Byakuya.

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While I’m confident in Ishida’s ability, I never though he would fail to lay a scratch on Haschwalth. Anyway, there’s no way he dies so it will be interesting who comes to his rescue.

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The final battle begins

Ichigo and Yhwach are going to start their inevitable battle. What surprised me was Ichigo apparent belief that Orhime is going to be important to his victory. I highly doubt that she will factor in that much. However, he powers were always unique and may help in blocking Yhwach’s ability to “see” the future.

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I already predicted that Gerard would die yet. I was right. While Kenpachi and Hitsugaya may be exhausted, I think Byakuya has more than enough strength to continue. I’m excited to see his “new” Bankai. Shinji, Rukia and Renji are also still able to fight. I think that they may not be necessary but could help if needed. While, I usually dislike switching from fights, I think in this case it was refreshing. The main question I have remaining is, What’s Orihime suppose to do?

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Weekly Shonen (03/10/2016)

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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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Weekly Shonen (02/11/16)

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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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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. 

One Piece (Weekly Shonen)

01

Chapter 800

An Underling’s Vow

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

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

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

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

 

 

Weekly Shonen (09/03/15)

One Piece

Chapter 799

Parent and Child

 

Is Luffy the next Whitebeard? Many fans of One Piece have speculated who will be the next to join the Strawhat Crew. Some speculated that Rebecca would be the one, I thought Bartolomeo would be the one. Apparently, some 5,000 pirates from the Colosseum are hoping to join under the “Strawhat banner”. I couldn’t hold in my excitement at the potential of this occurrence.06-07

However, I don’t think Luffy will accept their offer to be his subordinates. It feels against his nature to be the leader of such a large group. While Luffy is the clear leader of the Strawhat Crew and is treated as such, he doesn’t lead quite the same way others seem to. Furthermore, I don’t think Oda could write all of those characters into the series simultaneously. I’m going to guess that if Luffy does allow them to join, they will go their separate ways and arrive when needed.

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A similar thing happened with Whitebeards crew. They would disperse and travel separately, returning when calling for them like when Ace was going to be executed. That said if Luffy does what I’m predicting, they will all probably still follow him. If anyone deserves a fleet it’s Luffy. During this arc, Luffy has transcended his reputation as just a notorious pirate. He has become more influential, from Fujitora, the civilians of Dressrosa, to the colosseum gladiators. Next week, One piece will be on hiatus, I just can’t wait to see what chapter 800 will bring.

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Bleach

Chapter 641

Baby, Hold your hand 4 – When I am sleeping

 

Something happened in this chapter that has changed my view of this fight. I’m starting to feel concern for Mayuri. As ridiculous as Pernida appearance is, he’s turning out to be a worthy opponent of Mayuri. All the preparation that Mayuri has become known for has failed him. His newly structured Bankai wasn’t as effective as he predicted.

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I’m predicting that Nemu finally steps up to save Mayuri. Mayuri usually relegates her to assistant status during his fights. However, this time I don’t think he can afford to do so. If this is the seventh model of Nemu, I would imagine that she is stronger than the previous versions. While her dedication to Mayuri appears to be unquestionable, she is showing some signs of independence.

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Pernida evolving as he absorbs through his nerves is making him into a formidable opponent. How will Mayuri and Nemu solve this? Mayuri forms of attack haven’t worked. Could Nemu finally use her own Zanpakuto? She doesn’t seem to carry it with her at all, but I would love to see her Zanpakuto. At this point, I don’t see Mayuri surviving without help. The question is will he accept it, or will his ego result in his demise.

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Weekly Shonen (8/20/2015)

One Piece

Chapter 797

Rebecca

Zoro tells Luffy that “they were short on time”, he says that Luffy should hurry up. Meanwhile, at the Military tent, Bastille is discussing with his troops about the pirates and contacts the east unit. However, this unit was defeated by the Colosseum gladiators. Bastille sends Marines to eastern port. Cavendish, Sai, Baby 5, Hajrudin, Blue Gilly and Suleiman back up the Straw Hats, Bartolomeo and Bellamy attempt to stop the Marines.

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Meanwhile, Luffy screams in search for Rebecca, he alerts the Marines to his presence and they chase him. Rebecca thanks Luffy, but he asks her “if she is okay with Kyros leaving her forever“. Rebecca remembers the letter she was given by her father. She asks Luffy if he “believes that Kyros thinks of her as a burden, but he replies that he doesn’t know and only wanted to ask Rebecca if she was okay with it“. Rebecca reveals that “she was never okay with it” and she leaves with Luffy.

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The civilians see Luffy as now “just another Pirate”. The civilians panic as they believe that Luffy is “an evil pirate who kidnapped the princess for a ransom“. Gatz is surprised but does hate Luffy. Vice Admiral Maynard says “that was what happens when you shelter pirates“. The snipers try to shoot him, but they fall due to Haoshoku Haki being used. Luffy tells Rebecca  that “he will leave her on the back side of the hill while leading the troops away, noting that she will be on her own after that and reminding her that if she is caught, she will be taken back to the palace“.

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The citizens of Dressrosa feel betrayed by Luffy and swearing to “never trust pirates again“. Meanwhile, Rebecca arrives at Kyros home and she tells him to “stop lying, and Kyros reminds her that he is a murderer“. She claims that “she does not care for her royal status as her family and happiness are much more important“. She proudly claims “she is the child of Kyros and nobody else, wanting to fulfill her promise“. Rebecca hugs Kyros, who begins to cry tears. Rebecca has decided that they should “live together”. Viola tells her father that “Rebecca is leaving“. Riku responds by laughing saying that Rebecca “is a lot like Scarlett“. The Straw Hats reach the east port, as Luffy heads toward them, Bartolomeo sees Fujitora coming towards them.

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Bleach

Chapter 639

Baby, Hold your hand 2

Mayuri admits that “it has been a while since he operated on his arm“, Pernida asks him “if he is nervous“. Pernida’s severed finger becomes another hand, it leaps toward Mayuri, who blasts it away. Mayuri notes that “it will be hard to take pieces of Pernida back if it keeps reproducing itself“, Pernida rips of its middle finger, which becomes another hand. Mayuri remembers reading “that the right arm of the Soul King is responsible for “stopping” and the left arm is responsible for “advancing. Mayuri states that “he never thought he would be able to prove this knowledge“.

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Mayuri activates his Bankai, Yumichika rushes to remove Kenpachi from the way of Mayuri’s Bankai to avoid the poisoned. Mayuri basically states that he will not be using poison. He claims that “he now has enough information to give birth” to “it“. He reveals a new Bankai, Konjiki Ashisogi Jizo: Makai Fukuin Shotai. He then explains that this is a “modified version of his Bankai that can give birth to other Konjiki Ashisogi Jizo“.

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Mayuri has his Bankai “give birth” to Konjiki Ashisogi Jizo with visible veins across its body. Mayuri says that this is a version “with nerves on the surface of its body“. Pernida uses it nerves on Konjiki Ashisogi Jizo, but Mayuri explains that “the nerves are divided into 70000 layers, which will peel off if taken control of“. The new Konjiki Ashisogi Jizo devours Pernida and the other two hands. Meanwhile, Nemu watches from a distance.

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Opinion:

The current arc in One Piece is coming to a nice close. I don’t know what the consequences of Luffy helping Rebecca will be, but it’s unfortunate that Luffy good will that he established with the citizens was lost. However, I guess it was a decision that Luffy made for a good reason. I don’t think that Luffy will be fighting against Fujitora. I do think that some of the Colosseum Gladiators, maybe even Bartolomeo will be killed or captured.

Mayuri fight with Pernida takes it to another level. Mayuri has always had a weird, if not grotesque Bankai. The original Bankai Ashisogi Jizo , a baby head on a Caterpillar body, was kinda gross. His new Bankai is both grotesque and cool. Mayuri has always been a weird, Mad scientist type his Bankai has always been an extension of this. I though the design of the Bankai was cool though. However, I don’t think that Pernida is dead yet. I wonder what will happen next?

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Weekly Shonen (8/7/15)

One Piece

Chapter 796

Solider-san’s Decision

We return to Dressrosa after three days, as Sengoku, the marine HQ inspector and Tsuru the great Staff Vice-Admiral of Marine HQ arrive. Sengoku tells Issho that he “heard about his prostrate apology and his spat with Sakazuki“. He says that he’s glad “he’s not a Fleet Admiral anymore“. Tsuru asks why “Issho isn’t pursuing Law and  the Strawhat Crew“. Issho asks if he should “make an enemy out of the pirate that save this country” or “Should I let him remain to this country, a hero“?. He reveals his die, causing Sengoku to start laughing, claiming that “this isn’t a game“. Issho says Luffy has been save twice by the die. Then he gives the die to Tsuru, saying that if “she rolled anything but a one, they would go after Luffy and Law“.

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Mansherry comes to the Marines, asking for a donation. Tsuru and most of the Marines think that she is “adorable“, resulting in Maujii’s anger. Mansherry says that dwarves are “only supposed to show themselves to the Royal Family, she wanted to come and heal everyone’s wounds“. Gatz announces to the citizens of Dressrosa that “Riku would return to the throne after a decade”. Elizabello II sits with Riku in the Palace and reflects “how the citizens wanted wealth and power but now they just want peace“. Inside the palace, Rebecca puts on a pretty dress, an attendant says that “she heard that Scarlett married the prince of a faraway country and so it was necessary for her to fake her death“.

Meanwhile, Kin’emon and Kanjuro ride Kanjuro’s birds, talking about King Riku. They see one of the Marines selling one of Mansherry’s flower medicine. Sengoku watches Mansherry create the flowers in a tent, by sucking people’s blood. He asks if Mansherry “could take some from him next”. Meanwhile, Zoro tells Luffy about the rumors, but Luffy reacts with a “mix of anger, sadness, rushing, hunger, and sleepiness while eating meat, annoying Zoro“. Luffy attempts to shout the truth about Rebecca’s dad, but Usopp tells him “to go back to sleep“. Kyros reveals that “he was the one who started the rumor, due to few knowing who Rebecca’s father was“. He says that “he was not the kind of person to be in the Royal Family and that the citizens knew that“.

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Luffy yells at Kyros, but he says that “he sent Rebecca a letter explaining everything and that he dealt with Riku about it too“. Luffy doesn’t buy it, Kyros gets a call from Leo and Bartolomeo. Bartolomeo fanboys over the Straw Hats, he reveals that “Sengoku and Tsuru have arrived“. The Straw Hats are shocked, the die gets rolled, and a six side comes up. Issho orders his men to “capture the Straw Hats, Law, and all the criminals being housed at the Royal Palace“. The Straw Hats, the samurai, and Law prepare to flee, but they do not have a ship. Bartolomeo tells everyone “to follow him to the harbor, as allies from the Colosseum are waiting at points along the route, and there would be a ship there“.

The Straw Hats get ready to leave, as the Marines rush toward Kyros’ house. Bellamy reveals that “he can stand due to Mansherry’s healing and asks Law why he didn’t kill him, and Law replies that Luffy said he was a friend“. The Straw Hats, Kin’emon, Kanjuro, Law, Bellamy, and Bartolomeo then run out. However, Luffy tells everyone to go a head, because “he had something to do and promising to catch up with everyone later“. Rebecca hears that Luffy and the others are escaping, and says that she wishes she could “thank Lucy”.  Issho says that Luffy’s “luck may have run out, and that he will use all his might”.

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Bleach

Chapter 638

Seething Malice is the height of Comedy

Mayuri asks Pernida, “what it just said” and it needs to “stop mumbling and speak up“. Pernida says “Left… Arm…, Name… Wrong… Name… Pernidas…“, then restates its name Parnkgjas Pernida once more. Mayuri claims that he “will name it because naming rights belong to him“, sense he was the one who found it. Pernida claims it “does not understand“, before saying that “enemies are saying bad words, about Quincy“. Pernida says that this is “unforgivable“, then it sends its nerves into the ground.

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Mayuri is excited, as he notes that Pernida “can control inanimate objects as well“. Mayuri dodges Pernida’s attack, Mayuri then grabs onto a building with Jabarakaina, but Pernida uses his nerves to take over parts of the building pushing Mayuri off. Mayuri is crushed him between “two giant hands made of stone”. Mayuri escapes by having his “luminescent armor explode“, he falls to the ground as Pernida’s nerves attempt to capture Mayuri through the ground, Mayuri presses something on button on the back of his shoes, causing him to levitate on Reishi.

Mayuri reveals this is “the Quincy movement technique, Hirenkyaku, before admitting that this is only the name that Uryu Ishida and Soken Ishida use for it“. Mayuri blows off Pernida’s pinky finger with an explosive, causing Pernida to scream. Mayuri uses preservation fluid on the finger. However, Mayuri is successfully attacked by the nerves, from the pinky of Pernida., Mayuri’s arms explodes, he quickly stitches it back together while “rearranging its anatomical structure before claiming that Pernida cannot take control of him so easily“.

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Opinion

After the Kaido reveal, this chapter was always going to pale in comparison. However, this chapter was interesting. I don’t think Luffy and the others are going to get captured. That said it’s the arrival of Tsuru and Sengoku has upped the stakes. While Luffy seems to be recovering he clearly isn’t ready for a fight. I would like to see Fujitora fighting against Zoro, but I think someone will sacrifice themselves to save the the rest.

Mayuri facing of against Pernida has continued to get more interesting. Mayuri’s confidence and intelligence makes his battles very interesting. He never seems to be at a lost for what he’s suppose to do, and he always seems to figure out how to win. Unlike most Captains he is constantly modifying himself and his bankai. I still think Pernida is ridiculous in its appearance, but I’ll get over it. However, now that Mayuri is pissed, things are probably over for Pernidas.

Weekly Shonen (07/15/15)

01

One Piece

Chapter 794

Sabo’s Adventure

At Kyros house, Sabo plans on leaving as CP zero is heading towards Dressrosa. He tell’s the Strawhats that they should leave as Dressrosa will become hectic in a few days. They are surprised that Luffy has another brother. He tells them that Luffy was surprised, due to the fact that “he was dead the entire time”. Sabo reveals the events from his childhood with Luffy and Ace. While he was drowning at sea he was saved by Dragon. After being treated for his injuries, he awakens without any memories. When they decided to call his parents, he panics and asks them to “take him anywhere”. He tell’s Zoro that he eventually remembered who Ace was, he collapses for three days.

13 Two years later, Sabo enters the Colosseum and when Luffy recognized him. Luffy embraced Sabo as he expressed “his relief that Luffy was still alive as well”. Luffy said that “he failed to save Ace and watched him die before him”, but Sabo said “that he is thankful Luffy did not die in Marineford as well”. Sabo then asked Luffy if “it would be okay for him to eat the Mera Mera no Mi, which Luffy gladly says yes”. Sabo prepares to leave, and gives a Vivre Card he made of Luffy to Zoro. Sabo leaves, saying “he is leaving Luffy in their hands”. Zoro remembers how “Ace said almost the exact same thing”. Sabo then rides away on a flock of birds towards the harbor.

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Bleach

Chapter 635

Hooded Enigma

Liltotto realizes Bazz-B has been easily defeated as she stands defeated next to Giselle. She states that the two of them “could not even put a scratch on Yhwach”. Yhwach returns to his throne, returning to his slumber. Gerard searches for someone to fight, but reaches a dead end. Ichigo’s group can’t find Grimmjow and Askin and split up to search for them. Askin watches as he hides, but when Grimmjow confronts him Askin throws a ball of poison him at him. Grimmjow comes into contact with the ball and collapses. Several Shinigami race down a street, Lille then shoots Hisagi, claiming that he was the weak link. Meanwhile, Kenpachi, Mayuri, and Nemu come across Pernida. Kenpachi decides to kill it and attacks without listening to Mayuri’s warnings. Kenpachi then slashes Pernida its head, while his arm is mangled in return. Pernida’s head begins to change shape. Kenpachi asks “what Pernida could be”, and Mayuri responds “whom Kenpachi is asking”.

16 As One Piece winds down from the Doflamingo fight in to building the World more, Bleach is finally increasing up the action. Sabo leaving wasn’t surprising at all, but I’m a little disappointed that he had to leave. However, I have no doubt that we’ll see him again. There wasn’t really more than that to the chapter. Bleach is setting up the match ups for future battles. Yhwach slaughtering Giselle and Liltotto was completely unsurprising, but I don’t know why they would have bother even trying to kill him. Askin fighting Grimmjow is starting to get annoying, but he doesn’t seem to be a fighting type. He is constantly avoiding confrontation, and I wonder if he will take the fight serious. I predicting that Hisagi finally, shows his abilities because he has been under performing in this entire series. Finally, Pernida verses Mayuri and Kenpachi will be epic. I way too hype for that fight.

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Weekly Shonen (06/25/15)

One Piece

Chapter 791

Rubble

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

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Bleach

Chapter 632

Friend 2

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

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

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Naruto

Chapter 700+9

I will protect you

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

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

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Weekly Shonen (6/18/15)

Naruto

Chapter 700+8

The Real Thing

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

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

 

One Piece

Chapter 790

Heaven and Earth

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

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

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Bleach

Chapter 631

Friend

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

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

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

Weekly Shonen (6/4/15)

Bleach

Chapter 629

Gate of the Sun

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

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

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One Piece

Chapter 789

Lucy!

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

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

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

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Naruto

Chapter 700+6

Unevolving Species

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

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

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Weekly Shonen (5/28/15)

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One Piece

Chapter 788

How I fight

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

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

 

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Naruto

Chapter 700+5

The World to Come

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

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

 

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Bleach

Chapter 628

New World Orders

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

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

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Opinion:

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

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

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

Weekly Shonen (5/22/15)

Bleach

Chapter 627

The Creation

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

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

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Naruto

Chapter 700+4

Chance Encounter 2

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

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

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One Piece

Chapter 787

Four Minutes Away

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

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

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