One Piece Chapter 930 Review – Ebisu Town

Zoro in Ebisu Town

Zoro arrives to Ebisu Town, where he’s greeted pleasantly by the starving residents. Each of them mentions how hungry and malnourished they are while smiling. Yasu tells him that “since humans have been blessed with the gift of laughter, it would be wasteful not to use it.” They citizens mention that Ushimitsu Kozo arrived last night. Kozo is a thief that steals from the rich to give to the poor. His motives are unclear.

Big Mom arrive for Luffy

Big Mom arrives

In a surprising turn, Big Mom and her pirates arrive at Onigashima searching for Luffy. Having tied carp to her ship, they’re being pull up the waterfall. Kiado, demands that his subordinates stop them. Fearing an “All out war,” Kiado grows more fearful of Big Mom causing trouble. King arrive in the form of pteranodon using his Ryu Ryu no Mi, Model: Pteranodon. He causes the ship of Big Mom to flip over, sending her into the sea. Obviously, Big Mom won’t meet her end her. However, being a devil fruit user she can’t swim, I wonder if her children can save her.

Big Mom falls into the sea

Sanji and his Raid Suit

In the Flower Capital, Law, Sanji, Usopp and Franky are fleeing the Beast Pirates as they try to find Sanji. Law discourages Franky from fighting sighting it’s risks. However, when a woman is under attack from Page One in his spinosaurus form. He demands that they call out to Sangoro and they do so. The civilians flee before Hawkins and Drake arrive, however, Sanji prepares to use his Raid Suit as it protects him from injury and will conceal his identity.

Oda has found a convenient way to get Sanji to use the suit that he refused to use before. It seems like Kiado’s subordinates are going to have dinosaur devil fruit abilities. Considering the vast variety of dinosaur species Kiado may have many Ancient Zoan-type devil fruit users. So far we have only seen three, X Drake, Allosaurus, Page One, Spinosaurus and King, Pteranodon. They’re all aligned with the Beast Pirates. This chapter is the rare one that didn’t feature Luffy at all. This arc does feel that it’s rushed , there’s so many characters both new and old that it can be difficult to focus. Regardless, another great chapter.

Advertisements

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

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

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

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

The Seven Deadly Sins the Movie: Prisoners of the Sky Review

  • Streamed on: Netflix
  • Directed by: Noriyuki Abe (Chief)/Yasuto Nishikata
  • Distributed by: Toei Animation
  • Story by: Nakaba Suzuki

The film opens with the Seven Deadly Sins seeking rare ingredients for the celebration of the King’s birthday. Only, Meliodas fails to collect his ingredient the sky fish. He and the pig Hawk end up in the land in the sky. He’s mistaken for Sorada, the winged son of a warrior leader Zoria. The real Sorada, a celestial is mistaken for Meliodas by the Seven Deadly Sins. That doesn’t remain true for long as his wings give him away.

It is revealed that the seal that has trapped the Demon Clan for 3000 years is about to disappear. The great “Oshiro-sama” which is a pig-like deity that Hawk is mistaken for is the key to stopping them. Sorada declines the offer from the Seven Deadly Sins to help him find Oshiro-sama. He flies away and is attacked by a puppet of Gara of the Six Black Knights. She evaporates the spring preventing the Seven Deadly Sins and Sorada from returning to the Sky Temple through it.

The second black Knight revealed, Dahaka attacks the Sky Kingdom consuming the souls of many celestial soldiers. Meliodas faces off against him and effortless defeats him. However, Hawk is given all the credit for the victory. Somehow Master Zoria is still under the impression that Meliodas is his son, after being told he’s not several times. As the celestial’s begin their ceremony the demon clan is released. Personally, I think the character designs of the black knights are terrible.

Regardless, Meliodas faces off against the leader Bellion. While Hawk kinda fights Derocchio in a rather funny encounter. The rest of the Seven Deadly Sins arrive and split off to fight the Six Black Knights. Ban battles Pump, Merlin faces off against Derocchio, King and Gowther fight Atollah. The battles are where the movies is at it’s best. The animation during these action scenes are impressive. All the battles are well done and the main strength of this movie. The plot isn’t really complicated and largely just a set up for the battle between the Seven Deadly Sins and Six Black Knights. Basically if you seen any shonen anime movie, you would be able to predict this one.

Overall, The Seven Deadly Sins: Prisoners of the Sky is a generic shonen anime movie. It won’t reinvent the wheel, but it doesn’t need to. A predictable story doesn’t undercut the phenomenal action sequences or humor. The film is fun and any fan of shonen anime or manga would enjoy it. The villains are forgettable, being reduced largely to cannon fodder. However, you could skip to the action portion and not miss too much.

The Promised Neverland to get an anime in Winter 2019 season

The Promised Neverland Trailer

The Promised Neverland

The Promised Neverland is a manga series written by Kaiu Shirai and illustrated by Posuka Demizu. It’s set in 2045, the story focuses on Emma a 11 year old orphan. She lives in a small orphanage, Grace Field House, with her 37 “siblings.” The orphans are permitted to do as they pleased as long as they don’t leave the compound. When Conny is adopted, Emma and Norman follow her because she had left her stuff rabbit behind. They find Conny dead and realize that the orphanage is basically a farm for human children to be raised as food for demonic creatures.

The anime series will debut on January 11. The series will be animated by CloverWorks, which is the re-branded studio that was once Koenji Studio. Streamed on Amazon Video but only in Japan. However, it will be streamed on Crunchyroll and Hulu in America. Promised Neverland is a highly regarded manga series that has sold 6 million copies as of September 14, 2018. I have heard many good thing about it but never got around to reading the manga. Since it’s now an anime series I’ll be focusing on the anime instead.

Top Ten Selling Manga of 2018

The top ten selling manga in Japan, from November 2017 to November 2018 are listed below (number of copies sold):

  1. One Piece (8,113,317)
  2. My Hero Academia (6,718,185)
  3. Attack on Titan (5,235,963)
  4. Slam Dunk (5,214,085)
  5. Haikyu! (5,030,624)
  6. Kingdom (4,970,171)
  7. The Seven Deadly Sins (4,867,680)
  8. The Promised Neverland (4,246,955)
  9. That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime (3,460,066)
  10. Tokyo Ghoul:re (3,267, 843)

First the fact that One Piece is still #1 shouldn’t shock anyone, nor should My Hero Academia or Attack on Titan. I’ve haven’t really been able to get into the sports manga Slam Dunk or Haikyu!, but I’m familiar with both series. I haven’t heard of Kingdom before, but maybe I should check it out. I haven’t started reading Seven Deadly Sins yet, but I will next year. I haven’t really given the Promised Neverland or “Slime” are fair read. After the first anime season of Tokyo Ghoul, I haven’t really enjoyed other seasons. I tried reading the manga. but I didn’t like the art style.

One Piece Chapter 925 Review – Blank

The chapter with Perona learning that Moriah is alive. She leaves Shikkearu Kingdom to go find him. We get to see, Gekko Moriah, Catarina Devon, Pizarro and Blackbeard (with his new beard) for the first time after the time-skip. Gekko confronts the Blackbeard Pirates, looking for Blackbeard. Shiliew of the Rain reveals that he has taken the Suke Suke no Mi from a deceased Absalom. 

Catarina consumed the Inu Inu no Mi, Model: Kyubi. She’s now Captain of the 6th ship in Blackbeard’s crew, with Pizarro heading the 4th. Teach is reveal to have a new look and is the first Yonko to have his bounty shown: 2,247,600,000 Belli. Teach now has the highest bounty so far in the series. He asks Moriah to join his crew, as he reveals that not only has the Revolutionary Army clashed with Fujitora and Ryokugyu over Kuma.

Meanwhile, we switch to the second act of the Wano Country Arc. Tama is fine, but Luffy has been imprisoned. Shutenmaru and Inuarashi fight briefly. Finally, we are introduced to the last two members of Kiado’s three disasters, King the Wildfire and Queen the Plague. After a week off, Oda gets right back into it. He largely skips the details, instead opting for reintroducing other characters while they explain what happened. It’s a good way to remind us of other characters and quickly get’s us back to speed on what happen in the last chapter.

Moriah has been down on his luck since Luffy beat him. I think he better join Blackbeard otherwise they’ll likely kill him and take his devil fruit. One criticism I have of Oda is his tendency to “of screen” the battles between the Revolutionary Army and their adversaries. He did it when they fought the Blackbeard Pirates and now when they fight against the Marines. I assume this is because he wants to prevent us from seeing their abilities yet. 

Goblin Slayer Episode 07 Review – Onward Unto Death

After the events of the previous episode, Goblin Slayer (GS) and the rest of the party prepare to return to the sewers. GS makes note of the lack of “rat slaying quests.” He purchases a canary, as a precaution against poison. Canaries are good detectors of poison and with act as a warning if any poison is detected. He explains that the goblins have been educated, most likely by learned from miners. The plan is to avoid the goblins and focus on their leaders, then kill the rest. 

The party enter a room and are quickly trapped inside by the goblins. The canary begins to panic as they pump poison into the room. The Goblin Slayer quickly orders the party to wrap cloth an d charcoal around their mouths. Using concert and a spell they seal the vents, preventing more poison from entering. Finally, they move a stone coffin in from of the door to prevent Goblins from entering. The Lizard summons his dragontooth warrior, while the Priestess uses her protection spell. 

As the goblin horde break through the door, it is revealed that they’re accompanied by a “goblin champion.” As the goblins advance they slam into the protection force field, breaking their noses as they do. The party are able to take advantage as they shoot arrows and throw rocks at them. The GS steps out of the protection field killing goblins as he keeps count. He reaches seventeen before attacking the goblin champion. However, the goblin champion uses another goblin as a shield and delivers a massive blow to GS. Sending him flying and leaving him spitting up blood.  

The Priestess losses her concentration and the protection spell dissipates. The goblins begin to overwhelm the party. The goblin champion sets his sights on the Priestess and grabs her before taking a bit of her shoulder. As she screams, GS has a flashback of his childhood. He gets up and begins straggling the goblin champion with human hair. The Lizard heals the Priestess, as the goblin slayer crushes the eye of the goblin champion. The rest of the goblins flee in fear, the GS collapses beside an apologetic Priestess. 

I feel it’s completely unnecessary to pretend that the Goblin Slayer is in danger of dying. The Priestess’s sensitivity keeps the series from becoming too dark, but it also is can cost the party as it did in this battle. The shield she created with her protection spell was very effective during this battle. However, she quickly let’s it drop when GS get’s hurt. She leaves herself and the others in more danger because of it. The Goblin Slayer also shows that his personality has it’s faults and benefits. His single tracked mind allows him to use his logic before battle keeping the party alive and gaining an advantage against the enemies. However, the cost is needlessly risking his life.

Reviews from Goblin Slayer series

One Piece Manga Chapter 923 Review: Kiado

This chapter went by quickly, but boy did it reveal something profound. First I was wrong about the effect of Luffy’s hit. While he managed to knock Kiado to the ground, Luffy was largely ineffective against Kiado. After he hits the ground, Lady Speed falls out of Kiado’s cape. Luffy goes to her and is told that Kiado fought Lady Speed. It is implied that he also hurt Tama. 

In the One Piece series, Luffy’s most important personality traits are his simple-mindlessness and recklessness. The combination of these to aspects tend to result in Luffy getting into trouble, usually resulting in him getting a lot of attention and a higher bounty. However, Luffy is more complex than that. His sense of righteousness leads him to defend the weak, even when it will be easier for him not to. 

I say all this because the moment that he finds out that Tama was hurt by Kiado, he becomes enraged. Kiado can come across as a funny character, that can lead the audience to like him, forgetting that he’s evil. I think Oda was reminding us of this fact, noting that even children aren’t safe from him. Luffy being Luffy he goes into a rage and attacks Kiado. 

He calls Kiado’s attention, then attacks with Gomu Gomu no Elephant Gatling. He manages to knock Kiado out of his dragon form. He then quickly shifts into Gear Fourth: Boundman, using Gomu Gomu no Kong Organ. The barrage doesn’t do much as Kiado simply get’s up and uses Eight Trigrams Thunder-Clap, KOing Luffy while mocking his claim of becoming “Pirate King.”

I think Oda is trying to impart to the audience that the feeling that Luffy is so powerful that he’s the “fifth Yonko,” is completely false. While, we know that Luffy didn’t really fight Big Mom, let alone defeat her, some people (like myself) felt that the gap between him and the Yonko was close. While, I think Luffy did earn his bounty, it is somewhat inflated. Luffy has been defeated easily before and he will recover. The result of this encounter was unexpected.

If Luffy can’t touch Kiado (right now) then who can? Oh, What happened to the other Strawhat’s? So far the Strawhat’s have been on a bit of a winning streak, especially Luffy having successively defeated Doflamingo and Big Mom (though not head to head). He needed to run into a conflict that he couldn’t defeat simply by being head strong and barreling without fear. Kiado will provide a major challenge, that Luffy can’t easily overcome. 

My Hero Academia Chapter 203 – Flexible! Juzo Honenuki

Endeavor attempts to contact Shoto to inform him of a new attack he wants to teach him, however, Shoto ignores his calls though. Endeavor is trying to make amends for his abusive behavior. Despite his deserving of the ire his kids have for him, I can’t help but feel sorry for him. Hopefully, Shoto will give him some chance to prove that he is better. 

Meanwhile, Class A and B square off in another match. Once again Class B tries to predict the behavior of Class A. The over familiarity with Class A has really put them at a disadvantage. Juzo Honenuki takes the lead as another highly intelligent student, that was recommended to U.A. He’s able to analyze his opponents and create plans accordingly. 

He deduces that Class A will ” send Shoji to scout out the current situation, and then attack with Todoroki at the center.” Class A does just what he said, assuming that they can quickly defeat Class B. Juzo’s Quirk is revealed to be “softening” he’s able to “soften anything he touches.” His quirk has no effect on living things and a second touch will revert the surface back. 

Class A is taken aback regarding Juzo’s “flexibility.” Sen Kaibara Quirk’s is revealed to be “Gyrate.” He can “rotate any part of his body like a drill.” Pony Tsunotori Quirk is Horn Cannon, Horikoshi must be running out of quirk ideas. Basically, She can shoot and control up to four horns. The horns are apparently very strong. Anyway, Tetsutetsu attacks Todoroki in hand to hand combat. Tenya is trapped in the ice, when he reveals a new technique, Recipro Turbo

Images from Mangastream

Goblin Slayer Episode 2 and 3 Review

Goblin Slayer’s childhood friend

This episode slows down compared to the previously shocking episode, we get some more background on the Goblin Slayer. The episode opens with a young girl excited to go to the city. However, her childhood friend becomes upset at this thought. She awakens, and we see that she is grown. She opens the window and she sees the Goblin Slayer “scouting for tracks.”

The Goblin Slayer (GS) is obsessive in his behavior, always looking for evidence of a goblin attack. GS is looked down on by other adventurers for his “dirty armor,” as well as focusing on killing only “weak” monsters like the goblins. The Goblin Slayer along with the Priestess take another goblin quest. The Priestess asks why GS feels the need to kill goblins with so much cruelty. He reveals that he was a witness to “his older sister getting tortured, raped and killed by goblins.” After this he became bent on creating a genocide of goblins. 

If this series is able to manage some of it’s most shocking elements with more in depth world building, the impact of the shock would be amenable. I was predictable that the Goblin Slayer’s hatred of goblins was due to a personal tragedy. So far the goblins haven’t been showed to be a more complicated species, seemingly only caring about rape and murder. I could due without the fan service in the form of the female large breast.

In episode 3 we are introduced to new characters, an elf, a dwarf, and a lizard-man. They’re in search of a man named, “Orcbolg.” It turns out that “Orcbolg,” is actually the Goblin Slayer. They ask for a meeting with him and he agrees. While waiting for the Goblin Slayer to return, the Priestess is approached by a voluptuous sorceress. She warns the Priestess of the GS and believes that the Priestess could do more good for the World doing something else. 

During the meeting, the Goblin Slayer is informed that the “Demon King 
has been resurrected, and hordes of demons are preparing to attack civilization at any time.” GS is disinterested until he hears that they intent to take out a large goblin nest. The majority of the rest of the episode takes around a campfire.

The group explain their reasons for becoming adventurers, the GS shares his theory regarding where goblins come from. He believes that “they originate from the green moon that they see in the sky.” I wonder what the Goblins Slayer feels toward the Priestess, she’s still a novice and seems to care too much about other people. Will she “heal” his emotional scars? Or will she become more hardened like him? At this point we haven’t seen nearly the level of mature content as the first episode, which makes me wonder what the next one will entail.