Weekly Shonen (06/05/16)

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Boruto

Chapter 002 – Training Begins

Sasuke contemplates taking on Boruto as a disciple. He challenges Boruto to perform the Rasengan. Confident, Boruto see’s no challenge in this. Sasuke flashes back to a conflict he has with 2 Otsutsuki clan members. The following morning Boruto awakens Konohamaru, he ask’s him to teach him the Rasengan.

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He agree’s to teach him. Boruto instantly takes a dislike to the training, but he does learn the Rasengan. The size of his Rasengan is disproportionately small compared to normal. This infuriates him and he throws the Rasengan and leaves. Sarada tells her father that he’s being too strict. He tells her he intends on training Boruto.

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Boruto runs into Katasuke, and tells him the situation he’s having. Katasuke offers him the Kote as a solution. Boruto uses the Kote to generate a normal Rasengan. Sasuke isn’t fooled, but doesn’t let Boruto know it. Over a bond fire Boruto asks Sasuke what Naruto’s “weakness” was. Sasuke tells him that Naruto is “full of weaknesses,” but he managed to overcome them.

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Sarada, Mitsuki and Boruto meet and discuss their intention to participate in the chuunin exam. Meanwhile, Kinshiki and Momoshiki defeat Killer B and absorb his chakra. They detect Kurama within Naruto and decided to attack him next. This series so far is just a retelling of the Boruto movie. If you saw the movies this series so far is probably a disappointment.

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At this rate we won’t get new content until 5 or 6 chapters. That means months, considering the fact that this series is released on a monthly basis. In addition to that the art is still not good enough for me. I will continue with the series however, I have high hopes for the series.

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Bleach

Chapter  676 – Horn of Salvation

Orhime notices Ichigo’s new form. She remembers his form from his fight with Ulquiorra. She calls to him and he responds with a smile. He reassures her that he’s still the same. Yhwach notices that Ichigo has combined the power’s of a Quincy and Hollow. However, he must maintain balance or lose control.

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Ichigo destroys the top of the palace. Yhwach call’s his power “magnificent.” He successfully block’s Ichigo’s attacks. Ichigo responds by using Gran Rey Cero, cutting Yhwach. This chapter read quickly. Visually, I don’t like Ichigo’s new form. I feel’s lazy and the one horn seems strange. His abilities however are cool and I will be interested in seeing more of them. This fight is far from over, but I like the way it started.

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One Piece

Chapter 828 – 1 and 2

Luffy and the others learn that Purin is one of Big Mom’s daughters and that she’s engaged to marry Sanji. Purin is surprised to learn that Luffy and the others are Sanji’s crew-mates. She warns them that “they will be killed if Big Mom discovers their presence.” Purin reveals some details of the Charlotte Family. She says “the Charlotte Family is compromised of 129 people (Big Mom, her 43 husbands, 39 daughters and 46 sons), and that Big Mom’s children have all been raised to understand that she will arrange their marriages to grow the strength of her crew.

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Chopper ask Purin “if she had met Sanji yet. Purin is flustered by the question and blushes, responding that she had met him once.” Pedro suggests “binding and gagging” Purin so she won’t reveal that they are in Totland. Purin shows a map to Sanji, she tells the Strawhat’s that she doesn’t wish to get in Sanji’s way. They are stunned to hear that “Sanji turned down a woman.” Luffy even beings to cry. She arranges to bring Sanji to the Strawhats. However, she warns them that “Big Mom will never willingly let Sanji go.”

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The Strawhat’s return to Thousand Sunny. Pekoms disappears and leaves a warning telling them to “turn back.” Luffy doesn’t care and he tells everyone that they “will continue ahead.” On Broccoli Island, Germa 66, ends a war in a manner of a few hours. They retrieve their payment for defeating they enemies of the victorious side. The Vinsmokes learn that “Sanji has already arrived on Whole Cake Island.” The elder Vinsmoke says that “he can’t wait to see Sanji again, but is called out as a liar by the other. They promise to arrive on Whole Cake Island on the day before the wedding.

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The Germa 66 are clearly ruthless. I think this will infuriate Luffy at some point. Big Mom family is interesting, and I hope we get to see some of her powers more in-depth. I think Purin may join the Strawhat’s as Sanji’s wife or she will die saving him. Regardless, Sanji will likely have to face-off against his siblings.

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Boruto

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Chapter 001: Uzumaki Boruto

Creator & Editor: Masashi Kishimoto

Manga: Mikio Ikemoto

Script: Ukyou Kodachi

The first chapter of the new Boruto manga series has arrived. We appear to be presented with a flash-forward of Boruto facing off against someone named Kawaki. Kawaki implies that Naruto has died. He then proclaims that the “age of the ninja is over.” Boruto confirms his status as a ninja and activates his Byakugan. The rest of the 60 paged chapter is mostly the manga form of the movie.

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Highlights:

  • Naruto’s “confirmed” death
  • Boruto use of the Byakugan
  • Introduction of the “Ninja Apparatus”
  • The Chuunin exams are starting
  • Boruto resents his father
  • Boruto like’s Sasuke and wants to be his disciple

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I think it Boruto is going to be a monthly series so expect 60 pages each time. Boruto’s use of the Byakugan isn’t completely surprising, but I didn’t expect it. However, I believe he probably uses it differently from his mother or sister.

Naruto’s death is surprising and it may be necessary, to give the younger generation more of a stage to stand on. Also, It could be difficult to write a story when many of the most notable characters are still alive. You would have to address where they are and what they are doing. However, I don’t think all the other characters should be killed.

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The ninja apparatus is an interesting new tool introduced to the Boruto world. Basically, the apparatus has a jutsu seal within it. Using a jutsu on the tiny scroll seals it. Then you shoot the the scroll through the apparatus. I’m sure this will have a profound effect on the series. The number of characters that can now use jutsu, without training. If this apparatus can be scaled larger it could be devastating.

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Finally, the art of Mikio Ikemoto. I am on the fence regarding the art style. Objectionably, Kishimoto’s art is better. The weight of the line’s feel thin, but the characters are more detailed. The art overall can feel rushed, as if drawn too quickly. One eye on a character can appear disproportionate to the other. 

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Weekly Shonen (7/2/15)

Bleach

Chapter 633

Friend 3

Yhwach tells Jugram Haschwalth that he’s his “other half”. Haschwalth says that he doesn’t understand, “what he is?” Yhwach says that he “doesn’t need to understand” and that he will “stay at his side and become an integral member of the sternritter. Haschwalth looks for Bazz-B, however Bazz is clearly jealous. He begins staring into with intense hatred, he doesn’t understand why he was chosen. Haschwalth explains “how he has no skill with his Quincy abilities before stating that Bazz-B would be a better choice“, shocking Bazz-B. However, Yhwach claims that “this is as he has foreseen before revealing that Haschwalth shares his power-granting abilities“.

Yhwach states “that a Quincy who shares his powers is born every 200 years“. Yhwach states that “unlike the other Quincy, he cannot absorb the reishi around you and make it your own power“. Yhwach asks Bazz-B if “he really believed this was by his own power”. Yhwach reveals that “Haschwalth is the one who turned Bazz-B from a worthless Quincy to a prodigy before telling Haschwalth that he needs him with him“. Jealous and humiliated Bazz-B becomes enraged, stands up and fires a Heilig Pfeil at Yhwach, Haschwalth catches it. We return to the present, where Haschwalth catches Bazz-B’s Heilig Pfeil before slashing him with his sword. I’m little surprised that apparently Bazz-B is only this good due to being exposed to Haschwalth. That said it makes sense that he would be insulted and enraged, when he was told. Personally, I think Haschwalth protecting Yhwach was a little premature. However, Bazz-B made it easier with his jealousy. There’s still more to this story, since the clear animosity between Yhwach, Haschwalth and Bazz-B should have made it difficult for trust to be established between them.

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One Piece

Chapter 792

Kneeling Down

One piece is clearly in the “clean up phase”, of this arc and I don’t expect a whole lot to occur for the next few chapter. Sabo defeats Jesus Burgess, but finally kills him after Burgess mockingly disrespects Ace. The Marines arrest Doflamingo and the Donquixote Pirates, Maynard tells the world what happened in Dressrosa. The citizens of Dressrosa beg former King Riku, to return to his former position. Issho and the Marines bow down to “repent” for their alliance with Doflamingo, which is revealed to the entire world.

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Naruto

Chapter 700+10

Projected into these eyes

Sarada’s punch sends many enemies flying, shocking her mother. Naruto and his clones look the Shin’s in the eye’s scaring them, by showing them Kurama within his body. Chocho compliments Sarada’s strength, she asks “her father about his feelings for her mother”. Sasuke response that because they have Sarada, they are connected. The Shin’s clones are brought to “the Konoha Orphanage”, where Kabuto tells them to consider him their new father. Chocho realizes her father Choji can lose a lot of weight, and she asks him to start training her the day after. Sasuke, Sakura and Sarada have a nice family dinner, however Sasuke leaves the next day.

He pokes Sarada on the forehead as a goodbye, but doesn’t show Sakura any affection. Boruto thanks Sarada “for giving the lunchbox to his father“, she responds that “she should be the one to say that and tells him her wish to become Hokage“. Meanwhile, Karin tells Suigetsu she “wasn’t the one who gave birth to Sarada, but the one who delivered her“. She scolds him for being a moron and tells him that he tested the DNA of “the umbilical cord that connected Sarada and Sakura“. Finally, we see the photo that Sarada wanted of herself with her father and mother. Apparently, this will be IT for Naruto, along with the movie to follow. I wish it wasn’t. I don’t know what happens in the movie, but I’m interested in this generation and want to see more of them. This chapter made me realize that. The chapter also quickly and neatly ended the arc. I like how they explained Sarada’s parentage, and how they handled the Shin’s. Interestingly they (the Shin’s) are basically, the replacements for the Uchiha clan. I wonder how they will be treated in Konoha.

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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 (5/16/15)

Naruto

Chapter 700+3

Chance meeting 1

Naruto asks Shikamaru to apologize to Boruto on his behalf. As Naruto leaves, Boruto arrives with Mitsuki, bring Naruto his lunch. Sarada offers to “help” bring the food to Naruto. After some hesitation, Boruto finally relents handing the lunch to Sarada. She leaves with Chocho, they were being watched by a tiny figure with a single Sharingan eye (that looks a lot like the ten tails).

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Shin Uchiha is ordered to capture Sarada, Sarada and Chocho pursue Naruto to deliver his lunch. Naruto notices he’s being followed. Sarada and Chocho are attacked by Shin. Sarada remarks on his Sharingan, stating that “her mother had told her that aside from Sasuke, they were the last of the Uchiha”. Shin gains the upper hand overwhelming the girls. However, Naruto arrives saving the both of them.

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Bleach

Chapter 626

The Holy Newborn

Yoruichi explains “how they can move into the palace because she put a nail down while the barrier around the Soul King was collapsing“. Sado asks about the powers of Pernida Parnkgjas. Yoruichi states “she only knows it managed to break her arm and cautions them to not go near it“. Orihime notes “they probably should have asked Ichibe Hyosube about the abilities of the Quincy he and the other Royal Guard faced“. Riruka tells her “to shut up because there is no point in getting depressed over something that happened so long ago“.

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Ichigo asks Grimmjow why he joined, he says that he’s not on their side. He goes on to say “there will be no place left to fight Ichigo if Yhwach destroys Hueco Mundo”. In the palace, Haschwalth notes that “Yhwach has absorbed every part of the Soul King and that a new world awaits them from now on“. Yhwach turns around to reveal that he now has several eyes, scaring the sternritter. When Askin retreats, Haschwalth stops him, Yhwach admits that “he never expected to have this much power“. He destroys the upper half of the palace. Haschwalth states that “the world will likely no longer exist without him“. Yhwach calls Haschwalth as “his firstborn“, Yhwach says “they will build a country of their own“, as he destroys the city below.

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One Piece

Chapter 786

Gatz

The citizens of Dressrosa begin to cheer for Luffy, they assume that he has defeated Doflamingo. Viola, Hack, and Usopp reach the streets, Viola then sees what is going on, she’s unsure that Doflamingo has been defeated. However, Law wonders why the Birdcage is still in effect. Luffy attempts to deliver the final blow to Doflamingo, but his Gear Fourth ends and Luffy deflates.Jesus Burgess announces his plan to “kill Luffy and steal the Gomu Gomu no Mi“.

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Cavendish and Koala notices Burgess, Koala contacts Sabo via Den Den Mushi. The citizens realize that Doflamingo is still conscious, they try to escape but the Birdcage has shrunken too much. Doflamingo grins witnessing Luffy, tired on the ground. Gatz (from the Corrida Colosseum) appears and he asks Luffy “if there was any way he could help“. Luffy tells Gatz that “he needs ten minutes, since he loses the use of his Haki for ten minutes after using Gear Fourth“.Luffy says that if “he can avoid Doflamingo for ten minutes, he will be able to recover his Haki and deal a final attack“.

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Doflamingo lands on the street, Luffy say’s tells Gatz that “Doflamingo’s reign will come to an end if he is given ten minutes“. The Colosseum gladiators (who originally went after Luffy’s bounty instead of helping him fight the Donquixote Pirates), they tell Luffy that “they will put their faith in Luffy as long as he does not think less of them if they die“. Gatz, commands half of the fighters to protect Luffy, while the others battle against Doflamingo. Burgess arrives, and attacks Luffy and Gatz, but Sabo arrives saving them.

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I’m excited to see if Naruto has learned any new techniques. However, I wouldn’t be surprise to see Naruto uses the rasengan on Shin. The Who are the secret Uchiha theme is getting a little stale. I really can’t bring myself to care. I’m glad to see that Sarada isn’t completely useless in a fight, but I’m disappointed in her skill level as it appears to be. The fact that she hasn’t learned the Sharingan yet, seems to confirm this. Yhwach’s grotesque’s appearance is a bit unsettling.

This is clearly a set up chapter, as nothing but questions where brought to our attention. I’m going to assume that with his new found power, Yhwach will foresee that Ichigo and the others were coming. As for One Piece, this chapter was the best this week. The waiting for ten minutes seems a little like a cheat, but I’m interested in seeing if it works. Doflamingo isn’t unharmed so the Gladiators should have some chance to delay him. I would like to see the depth of Sabo’s powers, against Burgess but I doubt we’ll get to see that.

 

 

 

Weekly Shonen (05/08/15)

One Piece

Chapter 785

Even if your legs break

Monkey D. Luffy strikes Doflamingo with a punch, he shocks the citizens with his power. They cheer him on, Cavendish reacts saying “what a transformation”, and is impressed by Luffy’s strength. Law is relieved that Luffy had an “ace up his sleeve”, but he states that “Luffy is overusing his Haki”. Jesus Burgess watches from a far, while being followed by Koala, wondering whether he should “follow or wait”.

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Viola communicates with her father, updating him on the fight between witness Doflamingo and Luffy. At the SMILE Factory, Franky and the dwarves evacuate. The Birdcage having reached them, Franky realize that the Factory is made of sea stone. Zoro, Kin’emon, and Kanjuro arrive riding on one of “Kanjuro’s sparrows”. Zoro tells Franky that “they are going to try to stop the Birdcage and buy everyone some time”. The dwarves are impressed, and Franky considers Zoro’s plan and appears to suddenly gets an idea.

02gvhghMeanwhile, Luffy feels the need to hasten his attack, before “gear fourth just might hit its time limit”. He uses “Gomu Gomu no Double Culverin“, Doflamingo use his ability “Off-White Thread” to counter. Doflamingo goes on to reveal that there’s another “Devil Fruit” ability called “Awakening”. He explains that “in rare occasions, one’s abilities “awaken” and begin to affect not just their own body, but their surroundings”. The buildings around Luffy begin to turn into strings, shocking Luffy.

153434We go forward 20 minutes, the birdcage continues to shrink. An old woman trips and falls, telling her granddaughter “she has reached her limit and couldn’t run anymore”. She tells her “to leave without her, but her granddaughter refuses”. A man screams for “someone to give him a hand”. Everyone begins to panic, then the former King of Dressrosa, Riku speaks to them through a Den Den Mushi.

16-17fKing Riku states that “today’s shocking events have not been a dream, and that for ten years they have suffered under Doflamingo’s rule“. He tells the citizens that “all the Donquixote Pirates have been defeated save for Doflamingo himself, and Luffy is battling him right now“. He reminds the citizens that whether “Luffy wins or loses, the battle will be over in a matter of minutes, and begs his former subjects to keep running and survive, since they still have hope“. Riku’s words cause the old woman to get up and run as fast as she can, along with several other hopeful citizens. Luffy say’s that he has “run out of time”, and he uses “Gomu Gomu no Leo Bazooka“.

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Naruto

Chapter 700+2

The Boy with the Sharingan . . .

Sasuke is attacked by a mysterious boy, with the sharingan. The boy disappears in a storm of leaves, as Sasuke asks “who he was“. Meanwhile, Sarada is still looking at the photo of her father an his former team. She reveals to Shizune “that she knows that there is no record of her birth in Konoha“. Shizune becomes evasive, which further complicates the situation.

02ereWe join Chocho, as she eats with her parents. She criticizes her father for “showing a bad example for her“. She asks her mother if what she said was, “code for fat“. She tells her mother sarcastically, that “it must be nice showing all that compassion and understanding from her ivory tower“. Sarada interrupts their meal, she and Chocho move to another table. Chocho explains “that she doubts her parents are her real parents“.

03yuyThey are interrupted by Mitsuki, who interjects that they are suffering from “tragic heroine syndrome“. He explains that it’s a “condition that is said to afflict young girls of a certain age who lack a certain self-awareness as they try to establish their sense of self…“. Sarada runs off, she decides to simply “find her father herself or ask the Seventh Hokage”. Naruto receives a message from Sasuke, via his eagle. He reads Sasuke’s message and contacts Kakashi to inform him on what he has discovered.

12sKakashi believes that the mysterious boy must be an Oorochimaru experiment. Naruto goes to meets with Sasuke, leaving a shadow clone in his place. Sarada aims to follow Naruto, surprisingly Chocho arrives stating that she “bet’s my real dad is a total hottie”.

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Bleach

Chapter 625

Living Jaguar

Grimmjow returns, claiming that “it’s been fuckin forever…Kurosaki”. He leaps out of the Garganta, asking Ichigo “how many years has it been”. He takes note of the fact that Ichigo’s “scars have healed”. He draws his sword, Grimmjow claims he “can’t go and die . . . not until he guts him”. Ichigo picks up Zangetsu, but Nelliel Tu Odelschwanck (Nel) interrupts them.

02vbvbShe leaps over Grimmjow and rushes to Ichigo. She explains that “Urahara made her an armband that allows her to transform into her adult form at will”. Nelliel reminds Grimmjow that she was ranked higher than him in Aizen’s army. Grimmjow, however points out that the numbers “don’t mean dick”. However, a voice tells them to enter a black box.

jasRiruka Dokugamine, is the voice, and Yukio Hans Vorarlberna, who points out that “the box is one of his abilities“. Everyone enters, Yoruichi explains everything explaining “that the Soul Society and the Human World are connected by the Dangai“, before revealing “that there are pockets known as the Valley of Screams where escaped souls gather“. Yoruichi explains how these “have been used as storage spaces before revealing that Urahara sought out Riruka and Yukio for their unique abilities in order to create a space that could move between realms and space, which will allow them to sneak into the palace for a surprise attack“.

12gfgIn the palace, the elite Sternritters wait for Yhwach to absorb the Soul King and increase his power. Yhwach appears to have completed his transformation standing next to two empty halves of “the Soul King’s cocoon”. The week off was worth the wait. First, the conclusion of the fight between Luffy and Doflamingo appears to be coming in the next chapter. For some reason I don’t feel 100% confident that the fight is over. Luffy is running out of gas and I wonder how he would win if the fight with Doflamingo isn’t completed.

17kjgfI don’t know how long the promotion manga for the final Naruto movie will be, but I’m interested in the characters that have introduced. I’ve already mentioned Chocho, but Sarada is becoming more so. The storyline between Sarada and her “mother”, but I’m interested in the story around her. Shinzune’s reaction to her question was strange, and hinted at something more. Grimmjow is one of my favorite characters, his rude attitude is enjoyable.

Urahara seems to always have a plan, and to be honest maybe that’s problematic. Why, because none of the characters ever really struggle. Ichigo either reaches new powerful, heights or Urahara comes up with a perfectly tailored plan. Regardless, none of that is likely to change at this point in the series. I wonder what it means that the Soul King has been absorbed. Obviously, Yhwach is stronger, but does he become the new “linchpin”? Furthermore, it appears that the Ichigo’s side of the war outnumbers Yhwach’s,Yoruichi, Urahara, Ichigo’s friends, Aizen and the other sternritters. I’m not complaining, just wondering how the fights will match up.

Naruto

02-03Chapter 699 & 700

The Seal of Reconciliation & Uzumaki Naruto

It has been 15 years since Naruto was introduced to the world. Thinking about that I’ve been reading for more than HALF my life. That’s a really long time to invest in anything, let alone a form of entertainment. I am glad to have spent the time reading this series. Witnessing these characters grow both physically, mentally and emotionally has been a pleasure.

05jjLet me get the criticism out the way first. The final battle while expected and wanted left me feeling disappointed. As a fight it was too quick. It seems too obvious to me that Kishimoto wanted to end the series in chapter 700. The fight between Naruto and Sasuke felt rushed. The end result was always going to be Sasuke losing without Naruto killing him, so I’m fine with that. Sasuke’s quick change of behavior towards Naruto and Sakura seemed inauthentic.

fgfgThe symbolism that were displayed during this fight was well done. I particularly like the crossing of the hands and (literally) the connection of their blood. Kakashi becoming the sixth Hokage just makes sense. He was renowned  for his jutsu and Sharingan prowess but his intelligence was always his best asset. Having the final chapter in full color was a nice touch. The “looking to the future” has been done many times, and this chapter was pretty much what you’ll expect.

08gfWhile many of the relationship parings were obvious Sakura and Sasuke, Naruto and Hinata, and Shikamaru and Temari. Other pairings were surprising Ino and Sai and Choji and Karui. Choji and Karui’s daughter Chocho was interesting, mainly due to the fact that she’s both overweight and interracial. She’s a clear departure from most of the female characters in Naruto.

21cKurenai’s daughter seems to be very skilled as she seems to be in the Anbu. Naruto’s son is just like him (unsurprisingly) and there was a lot of symbolism in his son’s behavior. I loved this series and it has added so much too my life. I hope the final movie is good and the same for the next spinoff series. Part of me had this fantasy that Kishimoto would continue the series with the next generation, but I don’t think that will happen.

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Weekly Shonen (10/16/14)

One Piece

Chapter 764

White Monster

04jhjhLaw is surprised to find that Corazon didn’t tell his brother he could speak. Corazon has the ability to create a “wall of silence”with the “Nagi Nagi no Mi”, preventing sound from entering and exiting. He warns Law that Doflamingo “is a monster” and that it’s his responsibility to keep his “bother’s madness at bay”. He say’s that his brother is not human. He warns Law not to be like “his brother”.

11llkjHe tells Law about the “will of D”, and the fear that exists of it. He says that “D” is a name that has been “secretly been inheriting throughout the years”. He says that there’s a “land” where they refer to the “family of D” as “God’s Natural Enemy”. Law run to tell on Corazon, but has a change of heart a he feels he owes him for not telling on him. As the marines attack Doflamingo and the family he realizes that Corazon has “kidnapped” Law.

20lCorazon calls Admiral Sengoku to inform him of the situation, after the call a recruit name “Vergo” asks to be transferred to “G-5”. Corazon and Law “travel” to hospitals hoping they would help. They panic and refused to treat Law. Corazon to attack the staff for hurting Law.The next morning, they received a call and Corazon answers it, and its Doflamingo.

 

Naruto

Chapter 696

Naruto and Sasuke (3)

11hhjhjhNaruto is still confused over the fact that Sasuke wants to kill him. Sasuke states that the five villages only came together to battle a common enemy. He believes that once the realize that they no longer have a common enemy they will return to fighting one another. Sasuke plans on becoming the enemy they need to stay “together”, but he will operate everything from the shadows.

16-17hSasuke begins to steal chakra from the tailed beasts into his Susanoo. His Susanoo changes form, Naruto uses “Kage Buushin no jutsu” creating “three shadow clones of his Tailed Beast Mode”. Sasuke uses a “bow and arrow”, as Naruto fuses two of the clones. Naruto tells to himself that “he always wanted to beat Sasuke in the past, but not the Sasuke that exists now” as he and Sasuke attack each other.

08-09hI’m a little concerned how this fight’s going to end considering there’s only a few chapters remaining. However, this fight has too much talking and not enough fighting. I fear another “Talk no jutsu” is likely. Whatever the outcome I hope the end is satisfying.

 

 

Bleach

Chapter 601

Verge of Vermillion

01Nimaiya proclaims “the real battle begins here”. Gerard attacks him, and Nimaiya to lean back and avoid his slash. Gerard commends Nimaiya’s dodges and easily cuts him down “with a single attack”. This is obviously surprising to everyone.Lille claims that “could not be defeated by such an attack”. He aims his sniper and fires several “Heilig Pfeil” at Nimaiya, who easily cuts them in half deflecting them.

05kiNimaiya slashes Lille appearing to kill him and he cuts off Lille’s left hand in the process. He then stabs Pernida through the head, then cuts Askin “appearing” to kill him easily. Nimaiya explains his Zanpakuto to Askin. Askin survived his death  with his “The Deathdealing” ability and explains how “he always feels close to death”.

11hhhCan Nimaiya really kill the “elite” sternritters this easily? I will say while it will be a little bit disappointing it will be somewhat refreshing. Characters are rarely kill with “One” hit, would Kubo do that? I don’t know if the other are officially dead or not but I think at least Nimaiya will have his hands full with the “immortal” Askin.

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Weekly Shonen (10/9/14)

One Piece

Chapter 763

Declaration of humanity

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In this chapter we get more back story on Doflamingo and Law. Doflamingo awakens from a nightmare featuring himself and his family as they are hanging from a building by a vengeful mob. The mob is unsure of whether they should kill them or “make them suffer“. Individual people reveal the tragedies that the World Nobles inflicted on them and their families. World Nobles have demanded  a tax that has rendered them impoverished.

We then flashback 33 years in the past to Mariejois. Doflamingo’s father “Donquixote Homing” leaves the life of a World Noble taking his wife and two children with him. The other World Nobles were angered by Homing’s desire to leave. The Donquixotes head to a “World Government non-member nation“. They  are given “a mansion and a small fortune“.

15rtrDoflamingo, is slow to understand the that things are not the way they use to be. He immediately asks to “get some slaves“. When other citizens “won’t bow down to him” Doflamingo becomes enraged. Doflamingo’s behavior alerts the public to his families heritage, and they burn down the Donquixote mansion in response. Homing pleads with the World Nobles to give his family shelter. They flat out refuse to help unsurprisingly, claiming that he’s nothing but a “filthy human“.

Doflamingo for “the first time is hungry“, soon his mother dies and his father pleads for his children to be spared. Meanwhile, Law gets caught and is made a member of the Doflamingo family. Doflamingo tells Law about “a Devil Fruit that can cure his illness“. He offers to train Law to become his right hand man in “10 years”. Corazon lies to cover for Law saying  an “enemy” attacked him.

lawLaw spends the next few years joining the crew as they commit act of piracy. Law finally reveals his full name, “Trafalgar D. Water Law“. Corazon grabs Law and speaks for the first time, “telling him to get away from Doflamingo“. One of the interesting and confusing aspects about One Piece is the use of “D” in one’s name. I clearly need to research it a bit more but I do find it odd that it has such significance.

Especially considering the fact that theoretically anyone can name themselves or children with the “D” initial. I am aware of the fact that the mystery surrounding the “Will of D” is part of One Piece’s story but, it seems odd that no one appears to fake the “Will of D“. Anyway, the story continues to get interesting, thought I can’t wait to see why Doflamingo to kill his brother.

 

 

Bleach

Chapter 600

SNIPE

05ghkjhjgjSenjumaru “appears” dead as she falls to the ground resulting in a pool of blood. Lying there “with a hole in her head“, Gerard criticizes Lille ruining the path of Yhwach. Lille has Pernida remove her body, he crumple it into a ball. Gerard mentions that the “Zero squad” is failing to meet expectations. Lille uses his sniper rifle to “destroy” the cities that surrounded the Soul King Palace.

Lille turns to Yhwach and is stunned to find the surrounding area have turned into fabric. The real Senjumaru reveals “this was a fake palace created for their arrival and that the real palace is being protected by Ichibei Hyosube, who has drawn a barrier over it that keeps it hidden”.

01pppLille takes aim attempting to shoot the real palace, a he does “large trees shoot up around the group and form a cage” as Kirio Hikifune explains “how she can create trees that absorb Reishi and block Reishi attacks“. Oetsu Nimaiya appears and draws his Zanpakuto before proclaiming “the battle of zero squad officially starts now“.

I expected that Senjumaru wasn’t dead, but she wasn’t even touched. It appears that the zero squad is as powerful as advertised and they plan on fighting together with in the cage. I getting excited at their possible abilities. Though the back and forth of the battle is just getting started, I’m already intrigued.

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Naruto

Chapter 695

Naruto and Sasuke

002It so bitter sweet that this chapter is the beginning of the last five chapters of Naruto ending at chapter 700. So lets enjoy it while it lasts. This chapter was mostly a battle chapter (the way it should be). Sasuke launches a “Fire release – Great Fireball Technique” at Naruto. Naruto respond by activating his “Six Paths Sage Technique” then uses a “chakra arm to deflect it“. Sasuke appears behind him and attacks with a Chidori.

Sasuke activates his Susanoo and shoots three arrows, which Naruto counters with three “Truth-Seeking Balls“. Sasuke uses his “Perfect Susanoo” and attacks as Naruto counters with his “Kurama avatar“. As they clash, they flashback to their youth. Sasuke claims that “Naruto will die if he continues to fight at his current pace, but Naruto refuses to let Sasuke kill him and chides Sasuke for trying to do everything alone once again“.

010-11Sasuke uses “Chidori” with his Susanoo, and Naruto forms a “Tailed Beast Ball” fused with “Senjutsu” to counter. Naruto notes that “he will never abandoned Sasuke” as their attacks combine creating a massive explosion. Sasuke states that he “truly understands Naruto’s actions and has reciprocal respect for them“.

I’m a little sad Naruto is ending but have much hope for one final battle. I think its safe to say Sasuke won’t die, but four chapters seems inefficient for this important battle. Hopefully, we can avoid a bout of “Talk no Jutsu“. The battle so far isn’t anything new in terms of techniques. I don’t know what I’m expecting from this fight. However, it should at least be entertaining and I don’t think that’s too much to hope for.

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Weekly Shonen (10/04/14)

One Piece

Chapter 762

The White City

ngbnbnbnbnWe flashback to the past with the Donquixote Pirates dining together. They discuss  Law’s beaten by the hands of Corazon. Machvise and Jora then point out Law’s illness, “the Amber Lead Syndrome“. Doflamingo slams his hand down stating that  Amber Lead Syndrome is a “poisoning” and not a disease that could be spread. Doflamingo asks Law “what he hates so much“, and Law replies “that he does not believe anything“, swearing to take “revenge” on Corazon for throwing him out the window.

Baby 5 asks Gladius about the “White City“. He tells her about Flevance, “all the citizens were wealthy and the city was so beautiful it seemed like out of a fairy tale“. The source of all this wealth was “Amber Lead“, it was highly valued resulting in a “bottomless money source“. Gladius and Lao G state that for “100 years, the World Government and the king of Flevance knew the truth about amber lead nearly a century before it was even mined: it was poisonous to handle“. They kept this a secret to maintain their source of wealth fortune from the amber lead. The poison was “slow acting”, with “each generation that was born with Amber Lead Poisoning had shorter lifespans than the previous generation”.

02-031As a result of a “generation gap” in poisoning symptoms, everyone came down with illness simultaneously. People began dying very quickly, and were quarantined by neighboring countries. The World Government saved the royal family, abandoning the civilians. Many of the civilians were shot out of fear if they attempted to seek help from neighboring countries. Flevance eventually ended up going to war with the neighboring countries. The children were evacuated, but Law refused to leave his sister Lamy.

Law’s father failed to convince the World Government to “tell the truth” about the illness being “non-contagious nature of Amber Lead Poisoning“. Law while visiting his sister hears gunfire outside. Law heads outside only to find “his parents, the nun, and all the children shot down” by an invading army . Law began cry as the army burns down the hospital with his sister inside. Senor Pink says “that after going through such an ordeal at the age of ten, it’s no wonder that Law’s personality is messed up“.

tfMeanwhile, Law locates Corazon and reveals a sword and says he has “no right to live since his parents and sister died“. Law stabs him in the back, Buffalo races to tell Doflamingo, who is currently sleeping. The back story of Law was touching and sad. It was surprising that Law now seems so well adjusted considering hi childhood. Considering the fact that Doflamingo said he killed his brother Corazon he can’t die now. I’m interested in seeing why Doflamingo kills his brother and how the “family” reacts.

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Naruto

Chapter 694

Naruto and Sasuke

5656565The chapter begins with Sasuke and Naruto atop the Valley of the End. Sasuke explains his version of “what the Hokage is and should be doing“. He alludes to Itachi and how he was cast out of Konoha for killing his clan. The village created a “framework” in ordered to keep peace and structure in the world. Itachi was used to maintain this framework. Itachi slipped into the darkness and become a traitor and a criminal to the rest of the world. He took all the hate and pain to keep the Fire Country and the leaf village safe. Due to this Sasuke considers Itachi to be, “the True Hokage“.

mihhSasuke states that the title is “more fitting for someone who is willing to accept grudges and hatred of everyone and bear them all“. He says he also “realized how strongly Itachi felt towards his country and village that he would go far to protect them“. He said “Itachi made a mistake by letting him live” because he “became decentralized and dispersed away from him“. He would instead “shoulder the burden of hatred all by himself“. He will rule the ninja world “by making all the decisions and judgments without care of what the people feel“. He will “focus the hatred of the people on himself and unify the villages by doing so“.

The “Sage of the Six Paths” remembers what Sasuke told him what his “idea of Hokage is“. Naruto tells Sasuke that “his plan wouldn’t work since the people wouldn’t allow that to happen“. Sasuke says it “doesn’t matter” as he’s the “only one with the power to take control“. Naruto flashes back to his conversation with Itachi, as he tells Naruto that “taking the burden of hate on your own is the reason why people like Madara turned out the way they did“. He also says “that you need friends, family, comrades to help shoulder everything because if you don’t you will surely fail“.

nbnbbnItachi tried to do everything by himself and that is why he failed in protecting the village. Naruto then tells Sasuke that “if he believes that’s what Itachi would have wanted he didn’t understand what his brother wanted“. Sasuke recalls Itachi’s words during their fight with Kabuto and that he said a similar thing to him. Naruto says that “Sasuke is just going to kill the Kages and the Tailed Beasts“, with Sasuke saying that he’s going to “sever the past“. Naruto says that he can’t get rid of Itachi’s memory like that but Sasuke says he can and that he has. Itachi is nothing but the past now. And that the only thing left to sever from the past is Naruto.

Naruto argues that “everything he learned is from his past and that when you mess up you move on and figure out what to do next, not wipe the past clean but learn from it“. The Sage informs Kakashi that “he will be leaving soon and that the only thing he can do is leave it up to Naruto and Sasuke and believe everything will turn out ok“. The Sage recalls the conversation he had with both of them, Sasuke says that to complete “his idea of Hokage he must kill Naruto because his is the closest thing to a friend he has ever had“. The chapter closes with Naruto and Sasuke charging at each other.

16The philosophy of Sasuke was somewhat confusing. I think I got most of what he was saying but I’m still confused. Naruto philosophy hasn’t changed. Unlike Sasuke Naruto has always been consistent with his views what being Hokage meant. Personally, I think Kishimoto put some theory together just so Sasuke has something to contrast himself with Naruto. Whatever, I guess that battle is the only thing that matters. I hoping that this is the fight that the battle between Kaguya and Naruto and Sasuke wasn’t.

Bleach

Chapter 599

Too Early to Win too Late to know

b9Senjumaru states that “now that she think about it”, “we were on the topic of”. She says she “forgets to remove the needles after tailoring would be an incurable vice of mine” and she apologizes. She turns to Yhwach stating “that their blades should be able to reach him now”. He responds “is that what you truly believe” then he summons several Soldat from his shadow. Yhwach says that “if the likes of the soul king warrior’s are the adversaries, my Soldat are more than enough”.

He then summoning four elite Sternritter to take on Senjumaru, Sternritter Letter M – The Miracle Gerard Valkyrie, Sternritter Letter X /X-Alias Lille Barro, Sternritter Letter C – Compulsory Pernida Parnkgjas and Sternritter Letter D The Death Dealer Askin Nakk Le Vaar. Askin acknowledges that he was the “only one to be the only one who was promoted from below”. Gerard promising “to cut Askin down”if he gets in the way before attacking Senjumaru, who blocks with her needle. He easily destroys her needle an claims that her “delicate, feminine arms can’t halt my blade”.

06-07She calls for her “minions” in particular the “shield of the soul king”. Pernida attempts to “say” something and “crushes” the giant. Lille makes a comment about Senjumaru “entertaining the possibility that the royal palace would, perhaps fall”. He says that if “comprehension come slowly, reaction will also follow suit”, and that “the royal palace had already fallen, the moment his highness set foot in it”. He then takes out hi rifle and shoots Senjumaru in the head.

There’s no way that Senjumaru is dead, but thing aren’t looking good. While, I predicted that Yhwach would release more sternritters. I’m hoping that this is it for the sternritter reveal. Pernida seems like an interesting character and I wonder what his power really is and of course the others. I’m hoping that Senjumaru puts up a better fight and I can’t wait to see what her Bankai is like.

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Weekly Shonen (09/11/14)

Naruto

Chapter 692

Revolution

iiiiiiiiiiiiThe former Hokage say their farewells as they disappear, The tailed beast announce with glee their new found freedom. Hachbi however, will remain with Killer Bee. Hagoromo mentions that “chakra from everyone of them has seeped into Naruto, you could say Naruto is their meeting place. Wherever there is something they want to discuss, they can all meet up within Naruto and use him“. Kurama is told that he will be the one “who manages it all. And thus is told that he’ll have to stay with Naruto“.

Hagoromo mentions that “all that is left is to dispel the Infinite Tsukuyomi”, to which he mentions that Naruto who has all the Tailed Beasts chakra and Sasuke who has the Rinnegan can work together in order to release the jutsu“. Hagoromo mentions that “it’s not Sasuke’s time to answer the question“. Sasuke’s shockingly states “he’s going to execute the Five Kages “. He quickly manages to put all the tailed beasts under his control.

oiiuSasuke mentions that that his desire is no longer destruction, “his goal previously was revenge. Things are not different. Things that were destroyed can always be fixed and rebuilt, villages freed from the clutches and employ of darkness. He wants to reform the entire Shinobi world“. Sasuke wants from all of this is a Revolution. He uses “Chibaku Tensei” to trap all of the Tailed Beasts.

Sasuke he has “gotten used to his new abilities and Rinnegan.Naruto steps forwards to face Sasuke when he exhales”. He mentions that “this is false, the brothers’ feud will come to an end as he is willing to stop it now“! Well I was a naive sucker. While I always knew Sasuke and Naruto would fight, but I though it would be more of a Chuunin exam type setting with the winner becoming Hokage. One prediction I would make is that Sasuke is probably not going to die at the end. This was a very surprising end even though we always new that Sasuke was going to face off against Naruto. Let hope the fight is awesome.

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One Piece

Chapter 760

The Same Bet

rttytytytySabo is chastised for making a spectacle of himself while fighting Marine Admiral Fujitora. Koala fears fighting an Marine Admiral “will attract unwanted attention” to the Revolutionaries, forcing them into war.The citizens release Usopp and the others at the Plateau. They with former King Riku to tell them what to do. He tells them to trust “Luffy to overthrow Doflamingo“, Admiral Fujitora strangely agrees with King Riku.

98jkjhTrebol can’t seem to reform himself after Law separates his body parts. Law attempts to attack him again, but Doflamingo stops the attack and incapacitates Law. Luffy tries to help in the fight, but Doflamingo handles him easily and binds him with his strings, leaving him to be hit by a controlled Bellamy. Doflamingo tells them that “he hates people looking down at him” and reveals how his father “made the family leave the life of luxury and how his mother died of illness because of their fallen status“.

Doflamingo hater for his father resulted in him murdering his father. He was unable to return to the privileged life of a “World Noble” as they rejected him. He then swore to “destroy the entire world ruled by them“. Doflamingo is clearly owning Law and Luffy in this fight. I’m sure the will turn the tide of battle at some point but thing aren’t looking good. Trebol seems to just be in the way, and I have a feeling Doflamingo is going to turn on him eventually. It’s disappointing that we didn’t get to see Sabo verses Admiral Fujitora but I was intrigued by his faith in Luffy. The fight is just beginning but it’s becoming exciting to see how Luffy will win this one.

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Bleach

Chapter 596

Rubb Dolls 3

ghgggfgfByakuya asks Rose and Kensei “what happened to them“, Hisagi attacks but is quickly defeated by Kensei. Kensei returns Byakuya’s Zanpakuto to him, as Mayuri arrives and notes that “the enemies have arrived on time once more“. He gleefully states that he now has “wonderful contributions to the Kurotsuchi: Corpse Properties research squad“.

Byakuya asks “what has Kurotsuchi done to Rose and Kensei“, Mayuri responds that he has “saved” them.Both Kensei and Rose collapse to the ground, Mayuri reveals that he “laced the blood of the resurrected Arrancar“. Mayuri theorizes how Giselle’s blood works concluding that the blood she uses to “zombify her victims takes longer to activate depending on how powerful the Reiatsu of the victim is, which is why the captain-level combatants have reddish skin“.

2sdt6thhghgMayuri reveals that he has blood of every member of the Gotei 13. This enables him to “replace someone’s blood by developing a medicine with one of the samples as a base“. Giselle doesn’t understand so he simplifies his explanation, that “her zombies become his zombies“. He has Rose stab he as he tells her “farewell“, Byakuya tells Mayuri that he should have just “mercifully killed them“.

Mayuri says that “protecting the Soul Society till one’s last breath is the goal of the Gotei 13“, Byakuya responds “that’s absurd“. Pepe uses his “love” ability on Kensei thinking he couldn’t resists, Kensei attacks him as Mayuri states that “his zombies don’t know the meaning of love“. Kensei knocks Pepe into a building as he curses those without love as Liltotto Lamperd stands above him.

14rrrrMayuri worldview often clashes with others, his insistence that he saved Kensei and Rose as opposed to Byakuya stating that he show mercy by killing them. I guess you’ll fall on the side of Byakuya if you believe that a “life” of being a seemingly mindless puppet is preferable to death. Then again you could argue that they are “dead”, but far more useful as zombie instead of being maggot food. I will say I agree with Mayuri. It seems pretty clear that this fight is over and Liltotto is probably going to bite Pepe’s head off. Will she put up a better fight against Byakuya and Mayuri, short answer no.

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Weekly Shonen (08/29/14)

Naruto

Chapter 690

Ninja’s

naruto-5158757So here we are at the end of Kaguya, as she is defeated (sealed) by Naruto and Sasuke. She resigns herself to being sealed yet again. They activate “Chibaku Tensei” as she flashes back to the last time she was sealed. Hagoromo is relieved that they finally have sealed her. He says “now I only have to retrieve all of you”.

The ten tails loses it as Hagoromo finally extracts the other nine tailed beast from it. Chibaku Tensei begin lifting large pieces of the earth. Son Goku mentions to Kurama that Naruto “is nice”. Kaguya and the ten tails return to the Gedo Mazo statue. Madara’s corpse is rejected and The Gedo Mazo begins to become engulfed in rocks forming planets.

naruto-5158759Naruto throws the arm of Kaguya (Black Zetsu) into Chibaku Tensei. Sakura realizes that they may not be able to get out of the dimension now that Kaguya is defeated. Hagoromo summons everyone back (including Madara) with the help of the five kages as he thanks everyone for saving the world.

Kaguya “death” was anticlimactic and a little disappointing. I don’t know what I wanted but this entire fight was unsatisfying. Their were small bits of glory, Naruto and Sasuke fighting together with their new powers, Kakashi gaining the Sharingan from Obito and Sakura’s helpful final punch. I hoping that the ending of the series will be more satisfying even though I’m dreading the end.

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One Piece

Chapter 758

Ignore it and move on

one-piece-5158793Finally we have reached the end of the journey, as Law and Luffy have reached the Fourth Level. Diamante states that he wasn’t going to allow Luffy and Law to pass. Luffy tells Rebecca that he’s “happy she’s met her father”. She asks “Lucy”, “will you really . . . defeat Doflamingo”. He responds “my name’s not Lucy”, “I’m Luffy, the man who’ll become king of the pirates”.

Diamante try’s to stop them, Law uses his devil fruit ability “Room: Shambles”to counters and  transport himself and Luffy into the palace. Luffy and Law are detected by Sugar as she declares revenge. Usopp plans to stop Sugar again and that he will “stop her at all cost”. The citizens try to capture Usopp, Violet and the others. Violet uses her ability to help Usopp find Sugar.

one-piece-5158819He’s able to locate her and uses his “Secret move: Long Range Bugworm”. When it reaches Sugar it “brings back the enemies trauma”, resulting in an odd recreation of Usopp’s scary face. As a result Sugar fails to transform Luffy and Law. The final page is of Law and Luffy standing in from of Doflamingo and Trevor as they both declare “they are going to kick his ass”.

This chapter was exciting considering the wasn’t much action. I was dreading the fact that Sugar might turn both Luffy and Law into toys. However, that was clearly never going to happen. I hoping that now Luffy and Law have arrived to face Doflamingo, Oda will go to each previously set up battle and stay with the fight until the conclusion.

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Bleach

Chapter 594

Rubb-Doll

bleach-5158909Mayuri stabs Hitsugaya with his Zanpakuto, Ashisogi Jizou. Hitsugaya is completely paralyzed and Mayuri injects him with another drug. Hitsugaya screams in agony, as Captain Rose, Captain Kensei, Vice – Captain Rangiku arrive to stop Mayuri. Mayuri is slightly annoyed and sends the Arrancar to intervene. Meanwhile, Byakuya easily dispatches three sternritter.

Hisagi approaches Byakuya claiming he defeated one sternritter. Then he attacks Byakuya who seems surprise and asks him why he’s attacking. He says he’s doing it for Pepe. Weird Pepe begins to sing about love and launches an attack against his fellow sternritter’s. Menina’s is caught and fall’s “in love” with Pepe. She attacks Liltotto, Pepe tells them to stop fighting as “he will never tie himself to just one person“.

bleach-5158897Not much happened in this chapter, but set up. I wonder how in depth Kubo will get into Mayuri’s “experiment“, and is he trying to save Hitsugaya at all. I think the Arrancar verses the zombie shinigami isn’t going to end well for them. I doubt they have the power to defeat them but we’ll see. As for Byakuya I’m guessing they are saving his “new” Bankai for a more important moment. Pepe is just weird and his powers seem to relate that. I seems obvious to me that he probably has very little physical power.

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Weekly Shonen (08/20/14)

One Piece

Chapter 757

Trump Card

01We begin at the Royal Plateau on level 3, where Bartolomeo uses his barriers to block Gladius’s attacks. He also uses his barrier ability to create stairs to the forth level. Cavendish stay’s behind to fend off the giant Nutcrackers. Bartolomeo reveals the limits of his powers. He states that the surface area is limited, and he used it all on the stairs. Nico Robin also aids in the battle.

She announces that she will not let Gladius lay a hand on Luffy, She uses her “Gigantesco Mano“. Meanwhile, we shift to Sabo and Fujitora. Fujitora uses his “Gravitation: Fierce Tiger“, a horizontal gravitational attack. Fujitora states that he wants to make Sabo “get serious”. Finally, we head to the cliffhanger from the previous chapter. Diamante taunts Rebecca for running away, he attacks her and lands a hit.

10-11He continues to taunt her in regards to killing her mother. She screams for “Solider-San” to save her. Kyros arrives just in time to save, claiming that he wouldn’t allow Diamante to kill two of his family members. Kyros say’s that Rebecca will never have to fight again. Luffy and Law arrive and Lucy gives Law the key finally freeing him. Luffy and Law aim to take out Doflamingo.

This chapter progressed the story nicely and I’m glad that Law finally got free. I’m still disappointed by the fact that there has yet to be a full no holds barred battle. Maybe Oda is simple setting up a series of battles the he would routinely go through in depth. I’m looking forward to that possibility.

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Naruto

Chapter 689

I Love You

utuutySasuke, Naruto and Kakashi aim to combine their power to defeat Kaguya. Kakashi uses his “Kamui” with shuriken, they hit there mark. Kakashi notes that Obito eye’s were amplified due the power he received from the six paths of the sage. Naruto notes that he thinks that Kakashi’s attack is “cooler” then Sasuke’s. Kaguya emerges and uses “Gudoudama”.

Black Zetsu states that she combine’s all natures and it continues to grow indefinitely.Kakashi and the other conclude that they can’t out run it but must seal Kaguya. Kakashi give’s team seven a “final” mission. Kaguya proclaims that she is immortal and if Sasuke or Naruto dies they won’t be able to seal her. She quickly attacks, “piercing” Kakashi who allows the bone to slip through him. He uses “Kamui Raikiri” and pierces right through Kaguya, as Naruto and Sasuke attempt to seal her she pierces Naruto with her bone.

12Meanwhile, Black Zetsu (her other arm) opens a portal in front of “Sasuke”. Sasuke turns out to be the real Naruto and the other previously pierced Naruto is a clone. Kaguya is understandably confused and decides to move up only for Sakura to block her path and strikes her. The chapter ends with Sakura aiding , Sasuke and Naruto in establishing contact with Kaguya. The question will they finally seal her?

Sakura finally gets some shine and contributes to the “defeat” Kaguya. I loved this chapter it represented what was the best qualities of Naruto. This battle featured strategy, teamwork and cool attacks. Naruto as a series has gotten away from that instead opting for a “Naruto will save us (with a new rasengan)”. That said there’s no way Kaguya is defeated so easily considering that the Hokage haven’t even arrived.

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Bleach

Chapter 593

Marching Out the ZOMBIES 4

hThe chapter opens with Mayuri telling Hitsugaya that he has “a few drugs to test on him”. He asks him if he’s “willing to take some now”, and that it’s all “for the sake of the seireitei”. Hitsugaya mindlessly attacks Mayuri, he counters with a web shaped technique. Hitsugaya dodges and attacks again, Mayuri seems able to easily keep up with Hitsugaya’s barrage.

Mayuri notes the he altered “Ashisogi Jizou”, such that it forces incoming blades to to make contact at an angle of 60 degrees or higher. Basically, his sword forces his opponents into a position where they will be easy to parry. Hitsugaya’s knee explodes and he freezes it, then uses Bankai. He appears to clearly made contact with his Bankai, but Hitsugaya quickly returns to then beginning when Mayuri asks him if he could try “a few drugs ” on him.

08Hitsugaya notices this “deju vu”, and wonders “what’s going on”. However, each restart does seem to have slight variations this time Mayuri is frozen completely before crashing to the ground in pieces. The fight still resets, Hitsugaya becomes angered now that he notices the reset. Mayuri states that “his drugs are the kind that bestows the user with marvelous new experiences including more power, perceptions, better reflexes and even courage that exceeds human understanding”.

He’s giving Hitsugaya the ability “to see into the past”. He will be sent back into time every time a certain point is reached, this point is the moment when Hitsugaya kills Mayuri. He basically say’s that “if Hitsugaya doesn’t kill him, he will keep on living in the future”but, If he does kill him, his future stops.

10Mayuri mentions that the drug has a “small” side effect. Due to the fact that it effects short term memory the drug user can’t remember how many time they returned from the future. Hitsugaya can’t maintain his balance and collapses paralyzed. Mayuri asks “when” did he administer the drug, the answer “the past”.

I’m “fanboying” hard for Mayuri and this chapter shows why. While more intellectual like Urahara he is capable of using his mind to increase his success in battle. The paradoxical situation he created with his drug is brilliant, I can’t wait to see how this fight concludes. Interestingly, Hitsugaya seem to have some level of understanding, so he’s not completely mindless after all. I hope we get a clearer understanding of the level of mental ability he can actually accomplish.

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Weekly Shonen (07/30/14)

Bleach

Chapter 591

Marching Out the Zombies 2

bkIkkaku and Yumichika notice that the zombies Mayuri reveal were former foes. Charlotte sees Yumichika and states that “he cannot believe i went and forgot that ugly, little miss droopy over there’s name”. Yumichika threatened to kill him again. The former Arrancar begin to bicker and Mayuri uses a device to set them a blaze, stating “no standing around making small talk”.

Giselle enrages the Arrancar by suggesting that they couldn’t defeat her shinigami zombies. Mayuri quotes former Captain Commander Genryusai Shigekuni Yamamoto and concludes that all enemies of Soul Society must be destroyed. Meanwhile, the Arrancar quickly handle the shinigami and Luppi tells Dordoni that dodge the zombie blood was unnecessary.

jjkjkkkGiselle restores Bambietta to form, Charlotte appears behind her. He states that he feels the need to fight her because “she resembles him”. She sends Bambietta after him and he easily defeats her with a heart shaped Cero. Bambietta clearly being outmatched Giselle summons a zombified Toshiro Hitsugaya.

Opinion:

This chapter was straight forward, the silly, fun tone of the latest few chapters was consistent. I was predictable that the Arrancar would slaughter the zombie shinigami. What was surprising was the “Death” of Hitsugaya. Once upon a time Hitsugaya was my favorite shinigami, but that was years ago.

I’m surprise that Kubo did this bold move. That said I personally think its a way to open up a Captain slot for Rukia. I’m also not sure that the zombification of Hitsugaya is permanent. Another question is Matsumoto also “dead” as well?

One Piece

Chapter 755

Man’s World

opoKanjuro draws ladders to the ceiling of the scrapyard allowing the trapped citizens to escape. He draws the lines crooked making it difficult to climb but they are still grateful. Inside the SMILE factory the dwarves are defeating their oppressors. The open the to the queens sick room. The quickly find out that nothing is in the room but junk.

The other dwarves attempt to open the door to the SMILE factory from the inside. Franky is able to hear them with his super hearing. He tricks Senor Pink by saying that there’s a frail old lady in an alley nearby. Meanwhile, the dwarves attempt to turn the knob to open the door.

uiuiuiThey are stopped by factory boss Kyuiin, she uses a large vacuum to suck up the dwarves. Before she can finish Franky opens the doors rescuing them. Franky uses “Franky Southland Suplex” slamming Kyuiin into Senor Pink. Kyuiin appears hurt but she yell’s at Franky for hurting her, he respond by kissing her. She is confused and Franky and Senor Pink babble on about love.

After declaring that they are “heart breakers”, Franky and Pink use their “Nipple Light Special” and “Diaper Bomb” respectively. Elsewhere, Pica and Zoro continue their fight. Leo is informed of the princesses whereabouts and Rebecca and the other head over to where she is to save her.

Opinion:

To be honest I was underwhelmed by this chapter. I don’t really care about the dwarves or their princess. The fight between Franky and Senor Pink wasn’t that interesting. They didn’t show any of the Zoro, Pica fight. Hopefully, we’ll see more of Zoro’s fight and less of Franky’s (though I personally like Franky).

 

Naruto

Chapter 687

I know you will

nj,jKakashi asks Obito why he sacrifice himself but wouldn’t allow he to do so. Obito says that “his strength is still needed”. Meanwhile, Kaguya begins to “crumble” and needs to get more chakra. Naruto attempts to “save” Obito, but Black Zetsu mocks Obito as “worthless scum”. While Zetsu verbally attacks Obito, Sasuke’s Sharingan powers are restored.

He attacks Kaguya, but she sends them into another dimension. Sasuke decides to be the diversion this time and tells Naruto to leave Obito to his death. Obito thanks Naruto for “waking” him up, and that he sees himself in him. Obito has a flashback of Rin (for the millionth time) as he crumbles he tells Naruto that he believes he will be Hokage. Black Zetsu continues to attack Obito even after death, angering Naruto, who attacks Kaguya.

Opinion:

This chapter was slow and I’ve been feeling that the last few chapters haven’t progressed very much. What ever Kubo is doing with Bleach, Kishimoto needs to follow. Now that Obito has finally died and Sasuke’s Sharingan has returned we can get back to the battle. I hoping Kakashi becomes useful ( even though I’m disappointed that Kishimoto let Obito died with his Sharingan). That said Kakashi still has his experience to fall back on and Sakura well I think her usefulness is unfortunately over.

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Weekly Shonen (07/23/14)

One Piece

Chapter 754

Please to make your Acquaintance

 567Kinemon is ecstatic to finally have found Kanjuro, The Samurai of the Wano Kingdom. Kanjuro begins to draw an image of a bird on the wall, he utters the words “come forth” and the bird became real. It’s poorly drawn and doesn’t look like it can fly carrying both Kanjuro and Kinemon. The citizens beg Kanjuro to take them with him.

Meanwhile, the Colosseum army battles against Doflamingo’s family. Luffy, Cavendish, Kyros and Law manage to escape to the third level. Cavendish feels that “Doflamingo will stop at nothing to prevent that information from leaking”. He states that Doflamingo made an error by bringing “Every Single Super Human Weirdo on these seven seas”.

Luffy, Cavendish, Kyros and Law argue about who’s going to “take Doflamingo’s head”. They all claim that they have long grudges to settle with Luffy comically claiming he had a 30 year grudge (prior to his birth). The group runs into several large puppets. We switch to Pica verses Zoro, Pica uses “Pulpo Stone”. He dodges it while noticing Rebecca and the others. Pica also notices them an uses his statue to attack them. Zoro uses his “Santoryu 1080 pound cannon”, claiming that Pica “was never in his league to begin with”.

Opinion:

There not much to this chapter more of the same which isn’t bad. I’m still waiting for my big battle. Maybe next week.

 

Naruto

Chapter 686

Those that remain and those that pass on

06_07Hagoromo informs the Hokage’s of the previous events, and how he managed to manifest himself in spirit form. Minato asks him “how he plans on performing” the jutsu he mentioned. Hagoromo say’s that he doesn’t have enough chakra to perform it and he needed the Hokage to listen because he was running out of time.

Meanwhile, Naruto and Kaguya continue to battle each other. Kaguya launches two bones at clones as they defend the “real” Naruto confirming Black Zetsu’s suspicions. Kakashi wonders what his purpose is in this fight. He goes on to question himself, and seems to consider himself a massive failure.

As Kakashi says he must be able to do something, Obito, Sakura and Sasuke arrive. Naruto becomes distracted by Sasuke’s arrival and Kaguya takes advantage grabbing him with her hair and stabs him with bones. Unsurprisingly, this Naruto is a clone, he cleverly used the black sphere’s to trick Kaguya.

As Naruto chats with Sasuke like his not in a life and death situation. Kaguya concludes that it’s time to use her chakra and she transforms the environment to a gravity dimension. Interestingly enough Kaguya is also effected by the gravity. She quickly launches bones toward Naruto and Sasuke, they barely dodge.

As Kaguya launches another pair of bones Obito and Kakashi aim to become shields for Naruto and Sasuke. While running towards them they are “grabbed” by Rin. Preparing to be impaled they both remember Rin but at the last moment Obito use Kamui to save Kakashi.

778Opinion:

A lot more happened in this chapter than I expected. For some reason I’m not that interested in the jutsu Hagoromo is preparing, but I hope it’s cool. One thing that interests me was Kaguya’s use of bones. Now if anyone remembers Kimimaro was from the Kaguya clan, that used bones as weapons. Clearly, like the Byakugan she is the “mother” of many jutsu’s. I always though the her name might be related  I was right.

Another interesting aspect of this chapter was Kakashi’s doubting himself. I realize his lost of Sharingan hinders a lot of his power, but Kakashi was supposed to have been bad ass even as a child without the sharingan. All of a sudden he’s useless because he does have the sharingan, come on. He could use he intellect to come up with a good strategy, he apparently has over 1,000 jutsu that we almost never see. I don’t know what Kishimoto has planned for him, but I hope it’s better than this. P.S. it would be a waste if Obito dies and doesn’t give Kakashi BOTH of his eye’s.

 

Bleach

Chapter 590

Marching Out the ZOMBIES

mayuGiselle tells Mayuri that she can’t see him, and could he identify himself. Mayuri response that “ignorance truly is bliss”, he  proclaims “When your opponent is of such the caliber as yours truly one can’t help but gleam with an incandescent light”. Both Ikkaku and Yumichika note that they are also bothered by the light but are able to reconcile Mayuri’s voice.

“Zombietta” gets in front of Giselle to shield and asks her for something. Giselle doesn’t seem to care and she slaps Zombietta, who apologizes out of fear of punishment. Mayuri mocks the conversation as being “sweet”, figuratively suggesting that it “brought a tear to his eye”. He turns down the light of his outfit. He calls everyone “peons” which appears to annoy Giselle.

Mayuri and Nemu dodge Zombietta’s projectiles which Mayuri notes as being “constant”. He tells Nemu to calculate her technique using the parameters of “three seconds”, Mayuri release several spherical shaped objects. These bombs are launched at Giselle and Zombietta, but exploded after three seconds.

Giselle wonders why they didn’t exploded right away. Mayuri insultingly states that he’ll “spoon feed” Giselle the information. He explains that the devices manipulate reishi, that “any reishi that comes into contact with it will have it’s flow interrupted for a set amount of time”. Basically, Zombietta’s ability is negate by his devices.

Gisele reveals her “stockpile” of Zombie Shinigami, Mayuri decries that he can’t “spill the blood” of members of the gotei 13 so he uses “Arrancar” to fight instead. The Arrancar appear to be Zombie’s themselves, they are Charlotte Chuhlhourne, Luppi Antenor, Dordoni Alessandro Del Socaccio and Cirucci Sanderwicci.

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Opinion:

I’ve been waiting all week for this chapter and it didn’t disappoint. I don’t know what happen, but Kubo is on another level. Mayuri is by far my favorite Bleach character. He doesn’t fight very often but when he does he’s usually takes his time with his opponent.

Another aspect of Mayuri that I find interesting is his intellect. He is also rather self absorbed ( and rightfully so) and tends to mock his opponents lack of intelligence at least in comparison to his own. He was in rare form in this chapter quickly mocking Giselle and showing that he was more intelligent by quickly nullifying Zombietta’s ability.

The reveal of the Arrancar was surprising, I know that Mayuri experimented on Arrancar back in the Arrancar arc but didn’t think he’d keep them alive. I’m sure they’re techniques have change or at least improved. Regardless this fight just go started and it’s already interesting.

 

 

 

Weekly Shonen (07/16/14)

One Piece

Chapter 753

War

5555Bellamy the Hyena confronts Doflamingo about his betrayal. He asks Doflamingo if ” no longer wanted anything from him”. Doflamingo states that he and Bellamy “desire different things”. He said that Bellamy wanted to be a “pirate”, while he was fine with anything as long as he was “able to destroy this world”.

At palace plateau the Colosseum army battles against Don Quixote Family. The Colosseum army seems to be completely outmatched. Meanwhile, in Sebio the Marines stop the rampaging civilians under the control of Doflamingo’s devil fruit abilities.Inside the smile factory the dwarves are being abused by their captors when they are informed by “Pink Bees” that they have been tricked.

They respond by attacking their overseers. Kyros joins Luffy and tells him that he wants to kill one man. Upon seeing Luffy arrive the Colosseum fighters get into formation as they prepare for “War”. As the fighters come together Luffy and Cavendish attack the Doflamingo pirates as they move forward.

Opinion:

More build up, but not much progression. I think the One Piece story line is more of a marathon than a sprint, and I need to just be patient. That said there’s isn’t much to say. I hoping we get more in depth battles, but it’s too early to judge whether that will happen or not.

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Naruto

Chapter 685

Everything I’ve Got

yuyuSakura seems to take initiative and decides to “take the lead”. A flashback reveals what actually occurred in the dimension. Naruto is determined to distract Kaguya so she doesn’t return to the other dimension. Meanwhile, Sakura gives Obito “everything she’s got”, as Obito uses his Sharingan to search for Sasuke.

Kaguya seems to be easily handling Naruto’s shadow clones as Sasuke follows Naruto’s chakra. Obito opens another portal that leads to a “sea of acid”, but Sakura manages to move them both out of the way. Sakura is mildly burned by the acid and has to remove her vest. Sakura insist on continuing, and Obito uses his “Kamui” once again.

They finally locate Sasuke and call to him. However, before he can reach them the portal closes. Sasuke appears behind Sakura catching her as she falls, and reveals that he has a new ability. He can now “swap places in an instant from a distance”, appearing to have switch places with Sakura’s disregard vest.

Opinion:

Like One Piece not much has happened but at least there was progression. The “fight” between Naruto and Kaguya is becoming repetitive, it’s interesting that Black Zetsu notes that the real Naruto has the Black chakra ball behind him. Sakura’s resolve seems to be her only moment to shine, but I’ll take it. The manner in which Sasuke was saved was just okay, but the last image of Sasuke and Sakura say’s a lot.

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Bleach

Chapter 589

The shooting star project

456556In the basement of the 12th division Ichigo asks Urahara “when he created kuukaku’s family’s cannon”. He states that Captain Kurotsuchi created it after the arrival of the “Zero Squad”, as he predicted it would be needed and he simply “put on the finishing touches”. He admits that Kurotsuchi is a genius though not as smart as him, and that he didn’t manage to perfectly replicate the cannon.

He points out that the cannon will collapse after “one shot”, Akon informs Urahara that his guest has arrived. Meanwhile, Sado points out Orihime’s outfit to Ichigo who says he thinks it’s “a little revealing’. She states that Urahara lied to her an told her that Ichigo would like the outfit.

Yoruichi arrives interrupting Orihime and she berates Ichigo for suggesting that Orihime would ever wear an outfit like that without being manipulated. Urahara explains what Yoruichi has been up to. Meanwhile, Ikkaku and Yumichika dodge “Zombietta’s” explosive reiatsu. Yumichika notices her powers and informs Ikkaku of them. He concludes that he simply needs to “slice her up while dodging”.

Yumichika uses “Hadou 57: Daichi no Tenyou”, and Ikkaku manages to stab her. However, this has little effect and as she’s about to blast Ikkaku he is save by Yumichika whom cuts her arm off. Giselle explains that Bambietta can’t die because she’s already dead. She admits that she was the one that ” delivered the finishing blow”, as she’s about to turn them into zombies Captain Kurotsuchi arrives declaring that she has “piqued” his interest.

Opinion:

This was by far the manga chapter of the week. ALL my favorite Bleach characters Kurotsuchi, Yoruichi and Urahara in one chapter. Captain Kurotsuchi to face Giselle, I’m excited for the next chapter. Personally I don’t know why Urahara wasted his time sending Orihime and Chad to the Soul Palace, but I guess Ichigo needs someone to save. Giselle is creepy and completely unlikeable and I hope Kurotsuchi destroys her. I love his fighting style and his tendency to out think his opponents while being somewhat cruel. Giselle deserves to be treated like a lab rat. I can’t wait.

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Weekly Shonen (07/09/14)

One Piece is on hiatus this week.

Naruto

Chapter 684

Must be killed

 

naruto-5046235Sakura realizes that Obito is in no condition to survive his travel to another dimension. Obito tells Naruto and Sakura to touch his body so they can travel with him. Naruto wonders whether Kaguya has notice them, Kakashi determines that she could care less about them. Kaguya charges toward Naruto who concludes can only be effected by “taijutsu” and “diversions”. Naruto uses “Kairiki Musou”, he successfully manages to hit her. Kurama then gives Naruto some chakra and he uses “Tajuu Kagebunshin no jutsu”. Naruto manages to overwhelm her with ” Naruto ittai rendan”. She opens the “door” to another dimension, Naruto manages to join her much to black Zetsu’s surprise. Black Zetsu warns his mother of the fact that Naruto got into the “first” dimension. The first dimension links to the other 5, he fears that Naruto’s yin/yang connection might allow him to get to Sasuke. Zetsu tells her she must kill him off, she is determined to steal all his chakra. She finally relents a decides to kill him with “tomogoroshi no haikotsu”, he dodges. However, she manages to hit “Naruto” then he disappears. Kaguya leaves the dimension assuming that Naruto’s clones have disappeared. Obito and Sakura arrive in the dimension having hid thanks to Naruto. Obito tells Sakura that he needs to rely on her, Kaguya is stunned to see that Naruto’s clones are still around.

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Opinion:

For some reason Naruto seems to be stuck in place. I don’t feel like the story has progressed very far since they began fighting Kaguya but nothing feels major. Sasuke didn’t appear at all in this chapter which is fine but a little strange. Naruto plan seemed to work, but we are left to see its completion in the following chapter. I appears that Sakura will finally matter in this series. I’m thinking she will deliver both of Obito’s eye’s to Kakashi once he dies.

Bleach

Chapter 588

The Headless Star 7

 

bleach-5046319The Royal Guard notices Yhwach and the others arrival. Haschwalth says that he “understands” Yhwach’s feelings. He responds ” looking at a rotten gravestone doesn’t make me feel the slightest emotion”. Haschwalth summons many Soldat to charge the palace. Kirinji arrives and introduces himself. Yhwach shouts “do you think someone like you can stop me?”, Kirinji responds “I wouldn’t come out if I didn’t think so”. Kirinji’s special hot spring water submerges the intruders. He says that his water “can squeeze out blood and reiatsu out of people”. He releases his zanpakuto “Kinpika”, and attacks. Meanwhile, Ikkaku and Yumichika face off against Giselle who asks them to “not” to attack. Yumichika seems to deduce that “something’s in her blood”, and shockingly proclaims that Giselle is actually a man. He claims that she “smells like semen”. Giselle becomes enraged a calls out  to “Bamby-Chan” the now zombie Bambietta.

Opinion:

This chapter started off well and ended strangely. Yhwach and his comrades Uryu and Haschwalth arrive at the soul palace without much trouble. I didn’t expect a quick confrontation by Kirinji. I’m excited to see how powerful he is considering the fact that the zero squad is so much more powerful than the gotei 13.

Ikkaku and Yumichika verses Zombietta and Giselle seems interesting. However, the suggestion from Yumichika that she was a man because she “seemed like semen” was a lot. Yumichika has always been odd, I’m assuming that he was being vulgar intentionally.