Samurai 8: The Tale of Hachimaru, Chapter 7: Recap & Review

Chapter 7, The Meeting

Daruma tell Hachimaru that a “samurai and a princess are fated to create courage together.” Hachimaru asks what he means by “fated.” Daruma says that something that is “destined to happen whether you do anything or not.” Hachimaru claims that he doesn’t believe in fate. Meanwhile, Princess Woon has a meeting with Hagamichi. He asks the Princess to find Hachimaru. Princess Sa lets them know that Hachimaru is a novice that isn’t a threat to them.

Hachimaru actually became a samurai via Ann’s locker ball. Princess Ann is asked to find Hachimaru by Hagamichi. Meanwhile, Hachimaru continues to train with his blade. He manages to point the sword into his own head. Of course he’s not harmed. Hagamichi arrives and Ann meets Hachimaru for the first time. Finally, we get to see one major potential villain. There isn’t a whole lot in this chapter. Hachimaru continues to be impatient, but in typical manga fashion it seems likely that he would “master” abilities that he didn’t learn.

I still feel that the fighting mechanics in this series hasn’t really been explained in depth. Also, what the hell does a Princess really do? I know that this will get explained further but so far they only seem to do traditionally female roles. Making Ikebana, and generally being passive aids to samurai. Also they seem to largely sit around being protected all day. All that said, Hachimaru seems primed to violate the rules so maybe Ann will do so as well. The next chapter will be interesting once we get to see more of the villain.

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One Piece Chapter 946: Recap & Review

I have been predicting and anticipation the conflict between Big Mom and Queen for several chapters now. However, I had envisioned their fight to well be more competitive than it ended up being. Basically, Big Mom lays waste to Queen. She swings him around and then slams him to the ground. Defeated but not dead Queen returns to his original form. I also predicted that the resulting damage would help Luffy and the prisoner in some way. This prediction turned out to be accurate.

When Big Mom slams Queen she accidentally free Kid and Killer from their torture. She also manages to break the cell door that was holding Kawamatsu. It is assumed that Kawamatsu was long dead so they won’t bother to find him. The Beast Pirates are unable to contact Kiado or anyone outside of Udon prison. Caribou explains how the Tanishi snail system works. Caribou is being helpful right now but he can’t be trusted. It’s in his best interest to be useful for the moment.

Big Mom finally gets the oshiruko. The pot turns out to be empty however. Luffy foolishly admits to eating the oshiruko. Predictably, Big Mom is not pleased. She attacks Luffy, destroying the ground surrounding them. Of course, Luffy and Hyogoro aren’t suppose to leave the ring without triggering their collars. In his desperation to save them Luffy uses Advanced Busoshoku Haki to rip the collars off. Big Mom decries that she wasn’t able to share the oshiruko with the villagers.

I believe that Oda is going to use this arc to give Big Mom a more of a character arc. With her memory loss she was vulnerable but is able to develop new and different relationships with people like the villagers. She almost certainly will get her missing memories back, but they won’t override the new memories of kindness she has received. Finally, in order to get Luffy to master the new Haki, Hyogoro tells Luffy he needs to train by fighting with Big Mom.

Samurai 8: The Tale of Hachimaru, Chapter 4 – 6: Recap & Review

Chapter 4, Fighting with dad

Hachimaru and Hayatarou enjoying flying among the clouds. Daruma interrogates Hachimaru’s father. He officially introduces himself as a master of the vajrayaksa style of fighting. Hachimaru’s father is surprised that Daruma is the legendary samurai that made a wolf into his holder, killing a thousand people. Daruma tells Hachimaru’s father that “if he does nothing the planetary belt would be destroyed.” In order to stop this he needs a to open a box with a special samurai key.

He’s been search for the box and the seven keys for 50 years. Hachimaru is one of these keys. Hachimaru’s father refuses to allow Hachimaru to leave with Daruma. He continues to be over protective towards Hachimaru. Daruma asks Hachimaru “what his favorite number is?” He responds “8.” Daruma uses vajrayaksa style silent cut, that allows you to set time between when you “cut something and when that thing is cut.” Daruma states that if Hachimaru steps over the cut he created that would mean that he cannot live with his father any longer.


Chapter 5, Heading Out

Daruma arrives at a tree where he senses the “horse samurai’s aura.” Meanwhile, Hachimaru is excited to begin training. Daruma reveals a swords bone-hilt in the horse. He concludes that Hachimaru’s father knows a lot about “samurai.” The horse samurai is a “key holder.” Key holders holds everything a samurai owns. Daruma states that a holder is “a samurai,” a weapon, armor, shield, transport and a symbol. They arrive to a hideout with two massive statues in front. Both statues attack. Hachimaru attempts to fight them but fails to make a dent.

Daruma intervenes using the Vajrayaksa Sword Stroke. Daruma uses a samurai’s soul to create a sword. He slices the statue in half. The second one fires missiles at Hayatarou and Hachimaru. Daruma shows Hachimaru that samurai are able to use weapons other than swords. He manifests guns. When a missile fly’s towards Daruma he transforms into a shield. He finishes the remaining statue with Vajrayaksa Eye of the Sword. Daruma explains that Hayatarou is a “simple holder,” and Hayatarou gives Hachimaru a bone-hilt meaning that it becomes a key holder.


Chapter 6, O Fateful Samurai

Daruma aims to find the “fighting the samurai style” of Hachimaru. Daruma teaches Hachimaru the samurai code beginning with the trinity. He says that a samurai on it’s own isn’t very strong on his own. He says that a samurai can only “realize” their true strength if there’s a samurai, key holder and a princess. Giving away a bolt-hilt means that the key holder regards the wielder as it’s master. The true sword of a samurai will manifest from the combination of a bone-hilt and a samurai soul.

As Daruma lectures Hachimaru on the values a samurai needs, we get to see the Princess Sa. She senses that a new samurai (Hachimaru) has been born through the crystal of a lost samurai. Meanwhile, we see another princess that’s clearly going to become the “fated princess” for Hachimaru. Anyway, the princesses are the only ones that can sense “locker balls” in the ground. As a result princesses can “manufacture the forces needed to protect the planet.” Daruma states that “there will always be a single samurai meant for the princess.” Together, they will create “courage.”

I still feel that Samurai 8 is moving too fast, but the pacing in chapter 6 was slower. I feel that they’re explaining everything all at once. I guess I’ll just have too reread the chapter, but ideally you shouldn’t have to read a chapter multiple times to get everything. Regardless, I’m loving this series so far. As the lore continues to be expanded I become more interested. That can only be a good thing.

Samurai 8: The Tale of Hachimaru, Chapter 3: Recap & Review

Chapter 3, Tanking

In this chapter we learn that swords are locked by biometrics, preventing anyone from drawing out someone else’s sword. Hachimaru meets some students from the dojo. They admire him, while ignoring Nanashi. They’re attacked by the pig bandits in their cake like tank. They shoot their cannons at Hachimaru, who fails to pull out his sword. Lucky for him, Hayatarou saves him. Turns out that he took Nanashi’s sword by mistake and the biometrics prevent him from using it.

Nanashi afraid that Hachimaru will die, but terrified to intervene is frozen by fear. Nanashi’s hands, righty and lefty encourage them to save Hachimaru and be more in charge of their life. Nanashi grabs Hachimaru’s hand and uses the sword to cut the cannon in half. Lifted into the air on the back of Hayatarou, they jump down together slicing the tank in half. Nanashi and Hachimaru make plans to go into space one day.

Meanwhile, Daruma asks Hachimaru’s father about the samurai soul. He notes that due to it’s weight it mush have belonged to an “extraordinary” owner. He draw’s his sword and Hachimaru’s father doesn’t flinch. Daruma implies that there’s some secret to what Hachimaru is and who his father is. I would assume that Hachimaru’s father is some legendary samurai that abandoned the life of a warrior to try to save his son.

Whether, Hachimaru is something other than we expect remains to be seen. As for Nanashi it doesn’t seem logical that they would be part of Hachimaru’s team when he goes to space. I don’t know how long this series plans to focus on Hachimaru and his family before heading into space, but it feels like the series is moving too fast.

My Hero Academia Chapter 230 Recap & Review

Chapter 230, Sad Man’s Parade

Twice explains the limits of his Quirk. He can only “double” something by turning “one thing into two.” He can only do it to “two things at a time,” and the “doubles are more fragile than the original.” He also needs “data and a image” to reproduce something. Something must have been lost in translation because I don’t understand how he then was able to multiply more than twice, using his Infinite Multiplication. Anyway, Re-Destro claims that Mr. Skeptic (Tomoyasu Chikazoku) “failed.” He seems to take it personally and leaves to “take additional measures.”

Mr. Compress asks Dabi for help. He refuses due to the fact that Twice has duplicated himself and probably can help. Mr. Compress asks how he go past his trauma. Twice responds with “love and courage.” Mr. Compress notes that this seems like the “first chapter of a hero story,” not “a villain.” Twice rejects his argument asking “what’s wrong with wanting to save his comrades.” I wonder if more manga/anime series allowed their villains to act with more compassion (at least towards each other) would they have been harder to beat? Sometime the main villain will even kill his subordinate himself. Would he had increased his chances of victory had they survived?

Anyway, Apocrypha (who reminds me of the Ice Climbers) has a unnamed ice quirk launches an attack on Dabi, Mr. Compress and Twice. Apocrypha says that he also can control the temperature of his ice. He claims that the Liberation Army new society will connect your status to the strength of your quirk. When Dabi tells him to die, he reveals that Dabi’s quirk is backfiring on him. Dabi’s skin is starting to burn. Meanwhile, Machia is awakened, about to rampage.

My Hero Academia Chapter 299 Recap & Review

Chapter 229, All it takes is one bad day

This chapter focuses on Twice, a villain that has a quirk (Double) that ” grants him the ability to clone people including himself.” He has always been a complex character. He has an explosive personality and strangely tends to contradict himself making one statement followed by the opposite. He has a dissociate identity disorder and when his masks is removed he panics and threatens to “split.” Tomoyasu Chikazoku uses his puppets to rip the mask off of Twice.

The puppets grab Himiko Toga. Tomoyasu reveals that by using the psychological weaknesses that Giran had they decided to use puppet’s that resemble Jin. He tells him that their goal is to kill Toga and capture Twice. Giran expresses his concern for Twice’s well being. The puppets attempt to snap the neck of Toga. While begging for his mask, Twice starts to believe that he’s the one killing Toga. He has a flashback, Jin gets fired from his job and became homeless. He created a clone of himself to talk to, then he created more clones. They became criminals robbing banks together.

However, they so turned on each other, killing themselves resulting in Jin becoming mentally scarred as a result. In this flashback Jin reveals something important, that each clone has a pain limit that would result in it disappearing. A broken arm would be about the limit. Why is this important. Jin wasn’t certain that he was the original Jin. When we get to the present, Tomoyasu tells his puppets to breaks the both of Jin’s arms. They do. Having realized that he hasn’t disappeared as result he becomes elated. Having confirmed that he’s the original, he is inspired to save Toga. He creates several clones, stating that ” he won’t watch a friend die.”

Twice is a very interesting character. He was an apprehensive about fighting out of fear that he was a clone, so having been freed of that fear will have a positive effect on his mind. His friendship with Giran and Toga was what really struck me. It’s typical for heroes to have these types of relationships but villain usually just use each other. They all seem to care for each other and that feels new for a manga series. It seems that the Meta Liberation Army will have a positive impact on the League of Villains whether they like it or not. I loving the character development.

My Hero Academia Chapter 226 Recap & Review

Chapter 226, Bloody Love


As My Hero Academia focuses on the villains, Himiko Toga takes center stage. Chitose Kizuki and Himiko continue their conflict. The chapter begins with a report of a “middle school girl that attacked and heavily injured her classmate.” The girl of course is Toga. She is seen sucking the blood of her classmate through a straw. The act of sucking blood is always creepy but the use of a straw adds a level of casualness that makes it worst. The animated faces Toga has contributes to her sadistic image.

Apparently Toga had undergone “Quirk counseling” at some point. However, this education program is suppose to “re-integrate you with society by correcting your distorted understanding of yourself.” Chitose claims that this program isn’t “perfect” and can lead to ” a patient feeling different.” Toga’s quirk resulted in her “admiring” blood. Due to society’s standards, she had to develop a “mask” to suppress herself. In a flashback, Toga is seen drinking the blood of a bird. It isn’t made clear how her quirk works when she drinks the blood of an animal.

She tells Chitose to “shut up” and is attacked. Chitose tells her that she will become a sacrifice to demonstrate the “righteousness” of the Liberation army. She suggest that the “death” of Toga will be “immortalized in our new era’s sacred text.” The rhetoric from Chitose suggests that the Liberation Army has a religious element to it. Toga flees as she transforms into Ochaco, claiming that “she sucks blood from people she likes.” In a surprising moment, Toga is able to use Ochaco’s “Zero Gravity,” Quirk. The number of “copy” quirks in this series is starting to add up.

The means to acquire someone’s else’s ability and how long it can be used. All For One, is an emitter type quirk that “steals other people’s Quirks and wield these stolen powers as their own or to transfer them to someone else.” Neito’s “Copy” Quirk is also a emitter type that requires contact. Each quirk has it’s different limits, with All For One being the most powerful. I was just curious that there is more than one quirk with copy abilities. I wonder if there’s a more significant reason for it. Then again the series has two several fire users. Anyway, as I’ve said, I’m loving the fact the My Hero Academia is focusing on the villains in this arc. I wonder who’s next.

One Piece Chapter 941 Recap & Review

Chapter 941, The talk of Ebisu Town

Fukurokuju reveals that they have captured Ushimitsu Kozo. Held in the Rasetsu District’s prison, turns out that he’s also the, “Yasuie the Hedgehog,” the former daimyo of Hakumai and the father of Toko. This chapter largely jumps between the various locations in the arc showing the many reactions between the characters. Toko runs to save her father, without realizing that she is also a target. Orochi and his forces have so far done a number of terrible things, however, killing even a minor character will take there cruelty on step further.

Mt. Atama is set on fire surprisingly by Kin’emon and Inuarashi. Attempting to get Ashura Doji (Shutenmaru) to join the fray. The failure so far of the plans of Oden’s allies has resulted in Kin’emon becoming desperate. However, as terrible his arson is, it has the desired effect. Shutenmaru and his men conclude that Holdem is responsible, then they head to Bakura Town to get revenge.

Yasuie’s pending execution is shaping up to be a major catalyst in this arc. He may welcome it with a smile but it doesn’t appear that the people do. Having spent years doing good regardless of the person, he has earned a great deal of good will. If they did kill him it would almost certainly result in some sort of revolt. Orochi and his allies have consistently increased the animosity that the people have for them. With the Strawhat’s and allies interference the people have become more embolden when given some sense of kindness. Also, old allies of Oden are slowly being reactivated.

As I have stated before, I think keeping the traitors all together will make freeing them easier, largely because the Strawhat’s don’t have to go looking for them. In addition to that, at the prison we have even more Oden allies. My best prediction is that Tonoyasu is killed, resulting in the Oden allies starting the conflict. Finally, with Luffy and Hyo eating all the o-shiruko, Big Mom will probably destroy everything.

One Piece Chapter 940: Recap & Review

Chapter 940, The Spark of Rebellion

We learn some interesting facts. First, Law has left the Strawhat’s and Ebisu Town to save his crewmates. He was offended by the “doubt” that Shinobu had. Law now has a lack of trust now. The question is does this only apply to Shinobu or all the Strawhat’s. My best guess is that it doesn’t apply to the Strawhat’s or a least not Luffy. The reveal that Komurasaki swindled three men seem pointless other than showing how they scammed civilians. Regardless, this will probably matter later.

Meanwhile, Luffy and Hyo continue to fight in the ring. He’s largely unbothered by the opponents so he is focusing primarily on learn the new haki technique. So far he hasn’t made any progress. Hyo informs Luffy that it’s called “Ryuo” which means “flows.” Hyo tries to explain the subtly in learning the technique. There’s no way that Luffy will learn that way. Nuance is not Luffy’s thing. I like that Luffy announces that he plan’s on defeat all the Yonko’s. However, Shanks is one of them.

Does that mean that Luffy will fight him? Or is that an error on Oda’s part? Beating the Yonko doesn’t require killing them so it may not be a big deal. Of course that’s a long way away considering that Luffy is 0-2 against the two Yonko he’s faced so far, Big Mom and Kaido. In addition to that, Blackbeard has two devil fruits and his crew is going to be difficult to beat. This arc continues to build the number of former allies of Oden that are primed to aid his children and get revenge on Orochi. Finally, Big Mom and Chopper arrive. This arc’s going to get epic.

My Hero Academia Chapter 224 Review – Second Coming Festival

My Hero Academia focusing on the development of villains like they are heroes has been a notable difference from other shonen series. Most of the time all the villains are already mature adults. They certainly don’t get full arc to themselves. The “Meta Liberation Army Arc,” follows the “Joint training Arc,” where we saw the young heroes from Class A and B training together. Kohei’s also uses this opportunity to introduce and expand on the lesser know members of Class B.

The MLA Arc seems likely to do the same for the “League of Villains.” While, I feel that the introduction of the Liberation Army means more characters to remember, the conflict between villain groups is interesting. Their rivalry will likely mirror the one between Class A and B, but with far more casualties. We have already learned that the main antagonist, Tomura Shigaraki, accidentally killed his entire family. His “Decay” quirk appears to be involuntary. We also learn the creepy truth, that all the hands he wears are actually the remains of his family.

The Meta Liberation Army has it in for the League of Villains. According to their leader, ReDestro, the League of Villains are a threat to his fathers mission and must be destroyed. They have amassed a massive army of over 100,000 soldiers. The League of Villains is significantly smaller, with many of their strongest members being arrested. Regardless, the arc acts as a training one for them. Tomura in particular seems to need the training the most. All For One handed him the League he didn’t need to fight for his position. I will expect that he will emerge a far more fordable villain.

That said the villains have been shown to have more camaraderie than I would have expected. While, the villains attack each other, they actually care about their teammates. Giran, the underworld broker, had been kidnapped by the MLA and had his figures severed to get the League of Villains attention. Normally this wouldn’t matter to villains, but to see that they care like heroes would is refreshing. Chapter 224, is largely a setup for the Superpower Liberation Army’s Second Coming Festival. I expect it to be similar to the U.A. Sports Festival, but far more violent.