All Might, Izuku and Katsuki try to determine how to activate the Blackwhip quirk. He can’t seem to figure out what activated it before. Katsuki seems to believed that it requires Izuku to be in danger. Finally, in on the secrets, Katsuki asks what All Might knew about the Blackwhip quirk. He admits that both he and his master were ignorant of the fact that “One For All is capable of letting Izuku use previous wielders Quirk.”
Throughout this series it felt like Izuku was going to become exactly like All Might. Following in his footsteps as All Might is his idol. Slowly, Izuku is separating himself from his idol. Now with this new situation Izuku is coming into his own. Now traveling a path that even All Might didn’t, Izuku’s story becomes more interesting. In order to get Izuku to release his Blackwhip ability he may need to find himself in danger once again.
Eri, Izuku, Mirio and Neito gather outside the dormitories. Neito attempts to copy Eri’s Rewind Quirk. All he does is grow a horn. The horn itself is necessary to use the Quirk, but he can’t. He explains that ” as Rewind is an accumulation-type Quirk like One For All, it isn’t possible for him to use it.”
He also states “that his Quirk allows him to copy the fundamental abilities of a Quirk, not something requiring stored-up energy as he cannot copy what has already been stored. Izuku is relieved that he has this mechanism as it prevented him from being damaged by One For All when he copied during the Joint Training Battle.” Shota explains that he wanted to see if by Neito copying Eri’s quirk, she could learn to master it herself. Considering her age I think Eri will learn how to use her ability as she gets older. It’s clear that “accumulation-type” emitter quirks are the superior type of quirks.
In December of last year, at Shonen Jump’s Jump Festa the follow up to Naruto was announced. Samurai 8: The Tale of Hachimaru, will be written by Masashi Kishimoto and illustrated by Akira Okubo, a former assistant on Naruto and the brother of Atsushi Okubo (Soul Eater, Fire Force). Kishimoto stated that he ” I like Japanese-styled things: I’m thrilled about the culture and decor. I like sci-fi things too. I’m excited for this gimmick and it’s creation. Since I like both things, I’ve decided to mix them together to depict this work.” He hopes to make it “even more interesting than the Naruto series!”
Unlike Naruto, Samurai 8 will obviously focus on samurai instead of ninja. Similar to the Naruto series it will be more than a samurai series like Rurouni Kenshin. Infused with sci-fi, the series will feature cyborgs, futuristic weapons and outer space. While I didn’t like Boruto, I have high hopes for this series. The problem, so will millions of Naruto fans. The high expectations could be a curse for the series or help it have an instant audience. Another problem is appetite for another shonen series. With series like Black Clover and My Hero Academia doing well, not to mention One Piece is still king, will there be room for one more?
From what little that’s been seen so far, I like the direction the series is expected to take. More importantly to me I like the art style. What do you think. Will Samurai 8 live up to the hype? Will it be successful as the current shonen series? Can it surpass Naruto?
Samurai 8 will run in Shonen Jump later this year.
Class A wins in a 4-0 victory. With all five sets completed, Class A has won 3 of the 4 sets, with the 3rd being a draw. The outcome of the training wasn’t surprising, Class A still remains ahead of Class B. However, we got to see more of Class B for the first time. Clearly, Hitoshi Shinso was the standout student having battled in 2 of the 5 sets. Shinso concludes that he remains “too weak.” He reveals that the battle was a “transfer exam.”
Midoriya is asked about his new Quirk. He acknowledges that “he doesn’t fully understand it yet.” He praises Uraraka and Shinso for aiding him when his power erupted. As I pointed out in the previous chapter review, Ochaco Uraraka was praised for her “quick decision making,” putting her “body on the line,” Eraserhead tells her that “she had grown.” Shota chastises the other students telling them that “they can’t help others if they don’t have the will to act on their own.”
It’s officially announced that Shinso will transfer to “the Hero course,” it’s unclear that which class he will be in. I can’t imagine that he will be in Class A. From a narrative standpoint he would easily fit into Class B, however, he is working with Shota, so? Neito continues to be annoying talking about how if he new that Midoriya’s Quirk was going to be a “dud,” his class would have a better results. Shota requests that Neito come to visit Eri. It’s interesting to see what Neito and Eri meeting is going to result in, but it clearly is going to be about them using their Quirks.
Izuku Midoriya uses his Black Whip Quirk to grab the piping nearby. He remembers what All Might said to him at the beach, “you can become a hero.” He believes that now he can do anything. This marks a turn in Midoriya’s personality. He was always insecure regarding his abilities. Now he’s displaying tremendous confidence. Vlad King is clearly alarmed at the sight of the Black Whip tendril’s.
All Might notes a difference in the Black Whip. He wonders “what happened to Midoriya in the last few minutes.” Hitoshi jumps backwards, he questions whether Izuku was bluffing when he struggled with his Quirk. At this moment the Black Whip Quirk disappears. Izuku concludes that he’s not yet strong enough to control the Quirk.
Ochaco captures Monoma
Neito attacks Uraraka, when he hurls a metal pipe at her. However, Ochaco blocks it. She has him tied up and is pulling him through the air. She tells him that because of the five minute time limit he has likely lost access to his teammates Quirks. Neito says that he could have extended his time limit to ten minutes. He challenges her to one on one combat.
She doesn’t bite, Neito notes that Class 1-A has been “cautious” due to Hitoshi’s Quirk. He continues to try to get her to answer his questions but she simply puts him into the cell and locks it. Ochaco is one of the characters in this series that’s often overlooked. She is slowly gaining in ability and is making the use of her combat skills.
Class 1-A takes control
With Neito caged, Ochaco rushes to see if he used a Quirk on Izuku. It turns out that he can still use the Twin Impact Quirk from the cage. Shoda lands a punch on Mineta, claiming that “he can easily take him now he’s used to his moves.” Reiko Yanagi uses her Poltergeist Quirk to send pieces of metal at Mina. It all appears that Class 1-A is about to lose when Izuku grabs Hitoshi’s capture weapon pulling him forward. Ochaco then hits Reiko with a karate chop, knocking her out. She then pushes Yui Kodai onto Mineta’s Pop Off balls. Mina lands a devastating punch on Shoda and Izuku pins Hitoshi down.
An unnamed former One For All wielder tells Izuku “not to give up.” He tells him that the black tendrils were a “manifestation of the previous One For All wielder’s Quirk,” Black Whip. The reason that it manifested was because ” Izuku was thinking about how he wanted to capture Neito Monoma, fitting the nature of the Quirk perfectly and so causing it to appear.” The Quirk factors ” of all the previous wielders have been inside One For All for a long time, just sitting inside the small core of the Quirk.” This Quirk is expanding, as the strength of One For All increases.
Izuku gets back to reality
Deku regains his composure. Ochaco explains that “Shinso used his Brainwashing to calm the power down, so there would be nothing to worry about anymore.” As they talk they’re attacked by Neito. Ochaco attacks him with Gunhead Martial Arts, Reiko uses her Poltergeist to throw screws and pieces of metal at Ochaco. She has to doge, giving Neito the chance to escape. Class 1-B regroups, but before they can refocus they’re attacked by Mina and Mineta. A melee breaks out between the five.
One for All’s true power
This chapter only moved the story a little, but the biggest revelation was the true nature of One For All. The assumption so far was that all it did was give Izuku a great amount of strength. Especially, considering that All Might only seemed to use his strength. However, All Might stated that he believed that “the ability to actually interact with previous users of One For All is exclusive to Midoriya.” If what the previous wielder said was true that “the quirk factors of previous holders have merged with the core of One For All and there are six other quirks that Izuku will manifest,” then One for All will change drastically. Through the development of One For All I think we’ll get a greater understanding of the previous holders and their Quirks.
Ultra Instinct Goku faces off against Jiren once again in the final episodes of Dragon Ball Super. In the conclusion of the Tournament of Power, Goku masters Ultra Instinct and is finally able to dominate Jiren. This forces Jiren to increase his own power. Goku is almost defeat twice, but manages to survive. Jiren attacks Goku’s friends and family sitting on the bleachers. Goku becomes enraged, finally defeating Jiren. However, Goku collapses from the strain of using Ultra Instinct.
Victorious by default, Jiren refuses to knock Goku off at first. He is reminded by the God Belmond of what’s at stake. He resigns himself to defeating Goku, but tells him that ” he will always live on in his memories even as he ceases to exist.” Frieza saves Goku, with the previous thought dead Android 17 revealing he survived. Jiren becomes exhausted as he fights Frieza and 17. Then Goku recovers and joins the fray. Goku, Frieza and 17 team up to fight Jiren together. Goku and Frieza overpower Jiren, knocking him off.
Luffy vs Katakuri (One Piece)
Monkey D. Luffy and Charlotte Katakuri face off during the Whole Cake Island Arc in the Mirror World. This fight was a long one and largely saw Katakuri dominate Luffy. This is why the result of the match, Luffy’s win feels strange and unnecessary. One of One Piece’s most distinguish qualities is that the “main character” in this case Luffy doesn’t have to always win. Even in a later “fight” against Kiado, Luffy is easily defeated. So why did he win this fight?
Some fans wrongly suggested that this was typical plot armor, it wasn’t. However, I agree Luffy should have taken the lost on this. Regardless, we see Luffy reach another level as he introduces us to another form, Gear Fourth: Snakeman. The fight might be too repetitive and the victory was the wrong one. Regardless, it’s worth your time.
Meliodas vs Ten Commandments (7 Deadly Sins)
Meliodas is the “Sin of Wrath” of the Seven Deadly Sins, faces off against the Ten Commandments. I’ve hear about the manga Seven Deadly Sins and seen it promoted on Netflix, but I haven’t really decided to pick it up. This fight changed that. The title character Meliodas fights all ten of the commandments. Derieri, Drole, Estarossa, Fraudrin, Gloxinia, Grayroad, Melascula, Monspeet, Zeldris.
Meliodas first fights Drole and Gloxinia. They put up a good fight, but Meliodas takes the upper hand. However, the other Commandments arrive and dynamics of the fight change. Meliodas is ganged up on and is ultimately he is killed by Estarossa.
Naruto and Sasuke vs Momoshiki (Boruto)
This is a bit of a remake from the Boruto movie. Naruto and Sasuke join forces to fight Momoshiki. After disrupting the Chunin Exams to kill Naruto when they try remove to the Nine-tails chakra. The fight is one of the best of the Boruto/Naruto series. The animation is spectacular, as Naruto and Sasuke combine their abilities to maximum effect. The two prove to be too much for the Otsutsuki clan member.
This being the Boruto series, it’s up to him to defeat Momoshiki. Using his own rasengan aided by his father chakra, Sasuke and his mysterious eye, Boruto ends Momoshiki, but it’s just the being of the new spin off series. It’s easily one of the best battles of the 2018 season.
All Might vs All for One (My Hero Academia)
The finally fight of this list is the epic battle between old enemies, All Might and All for One. My Hero Academia featured many battles that could have ended up on this list but this one had no equal. When the League of Villains kidnap, Katsuki Bakugo, All Might is tasked with finding the taken student. During his rescue attempt he encounters his former nemesis. Backing the future of villainy, All for One aims to help them escape capture. He easily defeats the other top ten heroes, forcing All Might to engage.
All Might is still weaken from their previous battle that left him with permanent damage. Still their fight is able to create massive shock-waves, destroying the surrounding area. All Might even reverts to his skinny form, revealing to the world that he’s not as he once was. Encouraged to fight for the future heroes, All Might gathers what remains of his dwindling strength and hits All for One with a devastatingly powerful move, United States of Smash.
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.
This chapter 200 was a short one (11 pages) regardless it was still interesting. Mainly, the introduction of Manga Fukidashi. One thing that has always been strange about My Hero Academia is the races of their characters. Fumikage is a bird person, Mina Ashido is pink skinned and Koji Koda, well I don’t know what “race” he is.
Manga is the oddest of the characters so far. His body is normal for a human but his head is a speech bubble. It even changes shape and displays his thoughts in writing. His Quirk is Comic, it allows him to manifest onomatopoeia into reality, along with the effects “the sound suggests.” For example when he says the word “humidity,” he manifests the word in the world then the surrounding area becomes more humid.
During this chapter Kendo is revealed to have masterminded a plan to defeat Class 1-A. She manages to corner Momo, separating the “brain” from Class 1-A. Kendo’s plan seems sound, however, she may have underestimated Momo and in the process left herself open to be defeated.
Fumikage Tokoyami takes center stage in this chapter. In My Hero Academia many characters have taken a back seat to the main ones. With so many interesting characters in this series that has been disappointing. However, the Joint Training Arc, Academia promises to focus on other secondary characters. Tokoyami has been on of the most appealing characters so far. He recounts his internship with Hawks.
Hawks invites Fumikage to his home. He tells him that ” he wanted to talk to someone from Class 1-A about the League of Villains.” Hawks invites him a second time, he takes Fumikage on a flight. Hawks claims that Fumikage is wasting his potential. He tells him that ” he should be able to move much more freely as a bird with wings, and that he need not be confined to the ground.”
Shihai mocks the name of Tokoyami’s new ultimate move name and uses the shadows hide from Class 1-A. Shihai gets behind Yuga and grabs him. He believes that his Quirk is superior to Fumikage as it’s more versatile. Fumikage uses his Dark Shadow: Black Fallen Angel on Shihai. This move allows Fumikage to fly ” by having Dark Shadow hold onto him while covered by Fumikage’s cloak to provide better darkness.”
He rescues Yuga from Shihai. Momo instructs Yuga to use his Navel Buffet, a move that blast several laser beams creating light. This prevents Shihai from hiding in the shadows, Momo instructs Toru to grab Shihai. However, a mushroom appears on Momo’s nose. Itsuka Kendo has apparently come up with a “plan B.” Momo and Kendo are clearly the leaders of their teams. So far in the series they have shown that they’re highly capable and highly intelligent. I’m curious to see what Momo and Kendo come up with to counter each other and what Kinoko’s mushroom quirk does.
Class 1-B watches as Hitoshi, Tsuyu and Denki disguised themselves as Tsuyu by using her mucus on Hitoshi and Denki to hide them from Jurota’s sense of smell. I find this to be gross but still cleaver and effective. Jurota is their main target as he’s considered the largest threat. Ibara uses her vines to capture Denki and encases him in them to protect her teammates from his power. Using his “pointer” he uses his discharge in a straight line to attack. Denki isn’t considered to be the most intelligent but his ability to use electric has potential. So far his use of his quirk is severally limited by it’s side effect.
Denki’s attack is deflected by Hiryu, who uses his scales to knock of the pointer. His quirk “allows Hiryu to form hard scales through his entire body, which he either use as protective armor or fire off as projectiles.” Ibara hears Hiryu say that she should “send out some more vines,” and responds. It turns out that it was Hitoshi, resulting in her being brainwashed. Remembering his plan he and Denki planned for him to get caught. Ibara is limited to the amount of vines she can use, meaning by stopping Denki she has limited herself.
Hiryu quickly tries to wake up Ibara, but Tsuyu grabs her with her tongue. Hiryu tells Jurota to find Tsuyu because she is the biggest threat. Tsuyu quickly lands a devastating flying kick on Hiryu. Jurota locates Hitoshi and attacks him. Hitoshi using Eraser head Style: Binding Cloth manipulation to pull a pipe onto the head of Jurota. Hiryu flies at Hitoshi, telling Jurota to duck. He however, refuses to do so believing that it’s Hitoshi trying to trick him again. He and Jurota collide, knocking each other out. The team of Hitoshi, Tsuyu and Denki win. I found the quirks of Tsuyu and Jurota to be the most interesting of the ones displayed. The quirks that emulated “animals,” seem to have the most variety and therefore the most versatile. I’m excited to see other members of Class B.