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

One Piece Chapter 1042

The Victor Needs no Epithet

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

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

Yuta prepares to call Rita.

Jujutsu Kaisen Chapter 177

Sendai Colony, Part 4

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

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

My Hero Academia Chapter 346

Super Hyper Unfair Broken Stage

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

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

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

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100 Day Anime Challenge–Day 21

Favorite Goofy Character (Monkey D. Luffy)

Luffy is the ultimate goof. He’s typical like many shonen anime characters, for example, he loves food. Luffy is simple-minded, some might say dumb. This simpleness leaves Luffy with an innocent heart. When he finds something too complicated to understand, he will call it a “mystery thing.” This leads him to ask silly questions. A running gag in One Piece is when Luffy encounters non-human species, he asks them “if they poop.” His naïve comments can cause misunderstandings. During the battle, his opponents often mistake his questions for insults and become enraged. In battle, he can unwittingly poke fun at his enemies. For example, he calls Buggy “big nose,” Alvida “the fat lady,” and Kureha “old hag”. Luffy’s goofy side only subsides when someone is in danger.

Luffy will forget people he’s encountered, or he only remembers them from the humiliating situations they were in. Another running gag is his ability to notice things with little resemblance (like Sanji and his wanted poster image). However, he can’t see similarities when they’re more obvious (like the fact that Sogeking is Usopp). Overall, Monkey D. Luffy’s goofiness is only part of his personality. He possesses confidence, a righteous heart, compassion, and other excellent qualities.

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100 Day Anime Challenge–Day 12

Ace dies

Saddest Anime Scene (Portgas D. Ace – One Piece)

Ace is the foster brother of Monkey D. Luffy and son of the legendary Gol. D. Roger. Raised by Monkey D. Garp, Ace became the 2nd division commander of Whitebeard Pirates. Captured by the World Government, Ace was sentenced to death. His imprisonment lead to the Battle of Marineford. The war between the Whitebeard Pirates, Whitebeard, the Seven Warlords of the Sea, and the Marines was an epic clash. Their primary goal was to rescue Ace. After Luffy rescues Ace, the pirates retreat. Akainu insults Whitebeard, calling him a “loser.” He triggers an angry response from Ace. However, Akainu’s magma is superior to Ace’s fire.

Akainu tries to kill Luffy, but Ace intercepts it. Akainu’s pierces Ace’s abdomen, burning his vital organs. Ace bleeds out, as Luffy begs the medics to save him. Before he dies, Ace tells Luffy that his only regret was “that he could not see Luffy’s dream come to pass.” Devastated, Luffy cries and screams. He eventually goes silent, falling into a catatonic state. Ace’s death always brings me to tears. He’s not a tremendous character in the series, but we know through Luffy that he’s a great big brother. They clearly love each other. As a result, we develop affection for Ace. From a story standpoint, I think Ace’s death could have been easily avoided, and it largely served the purpose of motivating Luffy. That said, Ace’s death was one of the saddest anime scenes.

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100 Day Anime Challenge – Day 3

Favorite Male Anime Character Ever

In 2013 I choose Monkey D. Luffy for my favorite male anime character. At the time he had a bounty of 400 million now it’s 1.5 billion. Since then, a new type of shonen protagonists has emerged. Gon from Hunter X Hunter is considered a “deconstruction” of the typical shonen hero. During the Chimera Ant arc, he almost kills himself due to the typical shonen heroes need to risk everything to save someone they care about. Izuku Midoriya is a highly determined shonen hero that was gifted with motivation and desire to be a hero. Unlike the typical shonen hero he has literally no powers at the start. In addition to that, Deku is analytical. Most shonen heroes are dumb. However, when they do show some kind of intellect it’s only in battle. Deku’s fighting prowess comes from hard work and studying. Finally, despite Deku recieving one of the most powerful Quirks, he’s never been the strongest in My Hero Academia, at least not yet.

Finally, there’s Tanjiro Kamado from Demon Slayer. Like Deku he’s smart but he also has sword fighting skills. Tanjiro has an emotional intellence that the others don’t. He’s more complicated. He’s motivated to stop demons, but once he kills them he has remorse for them. (Demon Slayer makes a deliberate effort to “humanize” the demons by giving them a back story.) This isn’t to say that Luffy doesn’t care about anyone or doesn’t have sympathy for his enemies but that he represents a different era of shonen hero that are less sophisticated. Regardless, I still pick Luffy as my favorite male a character. If I have more time with Deku or Tanjiro that might change but so far they haven’t surpassed the future Pirate King.


Manga

One Piece Chapter 989: Recap and Review

The Strawhat's prepare for battle in Chapter 989 of One Piece
The Strawhat’s prepare for battle

Chapter 989 – I Don’t Feel Like We’re Losing

As we barrel towards this war between the two alliances, the action starts to intensify. Brooke runs Big Mom over with a bike pissing her off. At this point, the animosity between Big Mom and the Strawhats couldn’t get worse. Yamato meets Shinobu and Monomosuke. Franky introduces himself to Big Mom, showing no fear of the Yonko. He charges his Radical Beam, aiming for Big Mom. Franky is one of the most powerful Strawhat members, however, he isn’t used that often. Nami, who possesses far less power, seems more present. This is likely due to a bias on Oda’s part, which is unfortunate. 

Anyway, the Numbers make an appearance. One of them is holding the robot that Chopper and Usopp are in. Franky quickly changes his target hitting one of the Numbers with his Radical Beam. Sensing an opportunity, Big Mom attacks Franky. However, Jinbei uses Fishman Karate: Whirling Tides Throw, and Robin use Mille Fleurs: Delphinium to roll her away. Meanwhile, Queen witnesses Luffy and Zoro heading towards Kiado. Transforming into his Brachiosaurus form he stops the duo from progressing. Luffy and Zoro notice that the skies are filled with flying Beast Pirates. Regardless, the Strawhat’s join together once again, as Luffy prepares to “kick Kaido’s ass,” as his crew “handles the rest.” 

I’m getting more and more excited for this arc. A lot is going on, so Oda must set everything up. The previous chapter showed the Minks transforming into their Sulong moonlight. It’s going to take some effort on Oda’s part to balance the numerous fights that occur at once. Based on the pass I fully expect him to succeed. 

My Hero Academia Manga Chapter: Recap and Review