The Salty Anime Challenge Day 10: What is something that you dislike about a show you love?

The Naruto series abandoning more sophisticated fighting style.

Naruto is one of my favorite series of all time. While the fillers in this series got annoying that’s actually not my biggest issue. At the beginning of the series Naruto and Sasuke were the main characters but other characters like Rock Lee, Gaara and Neji were prominent both in importance and in skill. Sure Sasuke with the Sharingan and Naruto with the Kyuubi Chakra had significant advantages over the competition, the skill level of many of the other fighters were actually superior.

I’m not suggesting that Naruto and Sasuke shouldn’t eventually have surpassed their peers but that by the end of the series they were the only ones that were really relevant. Most importantly, the series abandoned the more strategic and complex battle style that made me love it in the beginning. For example, the Chuunin exam showcased the analytical ability of the genin. The emphasis on logic in addition to strength made the series the most superior in terms of fighting.

There was also a sense of limits. With clans certain skills we limited to those clans and couldn’t be learned by anyone else or at least not easily. The Kekkei Genkai literally limited abilities to genetics, but at the end of the series the only clan that really mattered was the Uchiha. Eventually, the fighting went from strategy, analyzing and being cunning to pull meteorites from the skies or perform interstellar travel, control dimensions. I’m not opposed to large scale abilities but it no longer became about logic and reason when your opponent can travel through space and time.

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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 (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 (5/22/15)

Bleach

Chapter 627

The Creation

Ichigo and his friends prepare to face off against Yhwach. Yukio surprises everyone when he tells them “that he does not intend to leave the box when they arrive“. Ganju is outraged, he points out “that everything will disappear if they lose, but Ichigo merely tells him to stop before agreeing that Yukio should stay here“. Ichigo tells Riruka to “stay here as well because her powers will only make the battle more dangerous”. Ichigo thanks her for “keeping the Valley of Screams“, she stays even though she is reluctantly to do so. Ganju notes the Ichigo “has matured“.

Meanwhile, in the Seireitei, the buildings in Wandenreich city begin to crumble. The Shinigami are surprised whats happening, Shinji Hirako expresses anger that the Quincies always seem to change the situation before they can act. Urahara notes that the gate is completed to the . Yoruichi informs the rest of her group that they have arrived. Urahara announces the completion of the doorway, as Ichigo looks through the Garganta to see the Wandenreich city. The landscape of Wandenreich has changed, but Yoruichi sees the stake marking the palace remained. She realizes that, Yhwach has changed the palace.

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Naruto

Chapter 700+4

Chance Encounter 2

Chocho is happy to see that Naruto, the Seventh Hokage, has arrived to rescue them from Shin Uchiha. Shin activates his Mangekyo Sharingan and attacks Naruto with a kusarigama, Naruto blocks this attack with chakra arms. Kurama tells Naruto that its, “about damn time, he let loose“. Naruto attacks Shin, but he dodges to Naruto’s praise. Shin retreats, using dimensional transportation. Naruto tell’s the girls to continue traveling with him as it’s safer. Sarada denies Chocho’s assumption “she was the target”. Sarada gives Naruto the lunch box that Boruto gave her.

During lunch, Naruto tells Sarada about her father in stories that are “skewed” in his favor. Naruto tells her that Sasuke was his rival, she feels comfortable with Naruto. They approach a temple to meet Sasuke, Chocho collapses due to exhaustion and decides to get some rest. Sarada lies to Naruto, telling him she needs to use the restroom. She awakens her Sharingan and enters the temple excited to meet her father. However, Sasuke  doesn’t remember her ad draws his sword at her, asking if “she’s affiliated with Shin“.

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One Piece

Chapter 787

Four Minutes Away

Sabo kicks Jesus Burgess in the back who declares that “he will be the one watching Luffy’s back“. Burgess realizes that Sabo and Lucy are one and the same. Burgess begins to attack Sabo, claiming that he will take the “Mera Mera no Mi” from him. Gatz carries Luffy to safety. The gladiators facing Doflamingo are easily defeated, he calls for Luffy to “show himself“.

The citizens continue fleeing as the cage shrinks, Zoro and Franky attempt to destroy the birdcage. The gladiators who fought against  Donquixote family are healed by Mansherry. Doflamingo, speeds up the Birdcage resulting in “only three minutes” being left even though  Luffy still needs four minutes to recover.

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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.

Weekly Shonen (04/23/15)

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Chapter 784

Gear Fourth

The citizens of Dressrosa, begin to flee as the cage begins to close in on them. The buildings begin to be dragged by the strings of the cage. Baby 5 and the Colosseum gladiators take notice of the shrinking “Birdcage”. Sai tells the gladiators “to get the fallen gladiators back on their feet“. While Viola, Hack, and Usopp climb down from the King’s Plateau, she notices how the birdcage shifts towards Doflamingo. Viola then releases that the King’s Plateau, will also get caught in the birdcage.

Zoro runs off to “stop the Birdcage“, shocking Kin’emon and Kanjuro. The dwarves managed to stitch Law’s arm back on, hoping that it will heal correctly. Cavendish then tells Law that “when he was in the Underground Trading Port, he had realized that if Luffy and Law managed to defeat Doflamingo, the effects would be felt all over the world and the two of them would become the center of the storm“, and Law replies that “that’s what they are after“.

010-011Meanwhile, on the rooftop of the palace, Luffy activates Four Gear. He then uses “Muscle Balloon”, then covers his arm in Busoshoku Haki and blows into it. His muscle begins to inflated and causing his arm to grow. Luffy body increases in size, Doflamingo notes that Luffy has “put on a little weight“. Luffy activates Gear Fourth Bound Man, Doflamingo mocks Luffy’s new look. He comments that Luffy “is getting desperate“. Luffy replies that “for two years he was fighting wild beast while  training on Rusukaina, this form was necessary to subdue the beasts on it into submission“.

Doflamingo states “that he is still confused“, as Luffy’s fist sinks into his body. Luffy strikes Doflamingo, with a massive force that sends Doflamingo flying through the streets of Dressrosa. Doflamingo sees Luffy flying down towards him, Luffy quickly reappears next to Doflamingo as he “dropkicks”, him with Gomu Gomu no Rhino. The citizens are shocked at Luffy’s power. Doflamingo flies through several buildings. Luffy quickly arrives and attacks with Gomu Gomu no Culverin Cannon.

012-013However, Doflamingo manages to dodge this attack, and counters with Athlete Thread. This kick is completely useless as he can’t damage Luffy’s rubber body. Luffy deflects Doflamingo, managing to land a punch in the face of Doflamingo. This is what I’ve been waiting for. This EPIC chapter got me so excited. Doflamingo is finally getting what he deserved, a beat-down at the hands of Monkey D. Luffy.  Gear Fourth is on a whole new level, I just can’t wait till the next chapter (in two weeks). ODA. KEEP. IT. UP. JUST EPIC.

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Naruto

Chapter 700+1

Uchiha Sarada

This chapter begins with Shino Aburame explaining to his class that “the time has finally come, the week of the academy’s graduation exam”. The majority of the class voice their views on the tests, Shikadai Nara feels the test is”annoying“. Cho Cho Akimichi comments that “she’ll be all for the test if she could shed a few pounds“. Inojin Yamanaka, doesn’t like the “cavalier” attitudes of his teammates. Sarada Uchiha is apprehensive about the test and the concept of becoming a ninja at all.

Sarada Uchiha walks home with Chocho Akimichi, she is revealed to be jealous over all her classmates training with their fathers. Inojin Yamanaka gets drawing lessons from his father Sai. Meanwhile, Boruto Uzumaki plays “hide-and-seek” with a clone of his father the “Seventh Hokage Naruto Uzumaki”. Shikadai Nara and his father Shikamaru Nara arrive, and Shikamaru lectures Boruto about his father job . Sarada regrets “never having seen her own father Sasuke Uchiha her whole life“.

011212At home, Sarada questions her mother Sakura Haruno on if her father “needed glasses like her“. Sakura can’t seem to remember, Sarada questions her parents’ marriage, stating that their relationship. She says that their marriage is “not just a little weird, but abso-fucking-lutely, crazy weird“, causing Sakura to violently lash out. Sakura relaxes and apologies, but destroys their house and faints. Sarada drops her mother off with Shizune.

However, Sarada picks up the picture from the rubble of her home before, Sarada discovers that the picture is fake. She notices that Karin (who looks like her), causing Sarada to question her parents marriage and her own parentage. Meanwhile, Sasuke seems to be returning to Konoha. I’m not surprised that Kishimoto is using manga to publicize the final naruto movie. It’s unclear how many chapter’s there will be but I’ve enjoyed this chapter.

0813456789The two aspects of this chapter that stuck out for me is ChoCho and Sarada. Chocho’s humor and personality I find to be the most appealing. It might become grading over time, but so far she’s my favorite in the manga. Sasuke being an absentee father is completely understandable, he doesn’t seem to be the type to be doting. However, NEVER meeting your own daughter is a bit extreme. I though he turned a corner, but I guess he hasn’t. Sarada is an interesting character, her ignorance of the Uchiha clan and her “daddy issues” intrigued me.

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Bleach

Chapter 624

The Fang

Aizen recovers from the attack from NaNaNa, Shunsui asks “has the feeling already returned to your body“. Aizen responds that “if you are going to kill me, now is the time“. After noting that “NaNaNa’s attack only managed to keep Aizen down for five minutes“, Shunsui tells Aizen to “stay here until they have the doors prepared”,  prompting Aizen to note that “the ones who stopped him will be entering the palace before he can before stating Ichigo is a man who is very hard to forgive“.

06456789Meanwhile, Ichigo is awakened by Yoruichi. He wonders “why he is the only one who passed out“. He flashes back to when he manages to stop and crush Uryu’s Heilig Pfeil as Orihime catches him, when Kon emerges from Ichigo’s pocket causing Ichigo to fall unconscious.Yoruichi’s, arm is restored by Orihime, asks the group if they are “ready for their counter attack“. Ichigo wonders “how they will get up there“, Yoruichi tells someone to “come out”, prompting a Garganta to open revealing Grimmjow Jaegerjaquez inside.

Let’s face it only ONE thing really interesting occurred in this chapter, the return of Grimmjow. Many fans of Bleach, have anticipated the return of of Grimmjow. His reveal is satisfying, but unsurprising. I’m excited about his appearance and hope that his obvious power increase is enough. With Aizen and now Grimmjow both returning to the series, Bleach continues to get more interesting.

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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 (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 (09/04/14)

Naruto

Chapter 691

Congratulations

02-03Hagoromo congratulates Team 7 and the first Kage. Kakashi is commended for leading the team. Kakashi bids farewell to Obito as he returns to the “Pure World”  He takes the Sharingan with him as he goes. Madara, dies as he and Hashirama talk about their dreams. Madara states that “his died out” while Hashirama’s lives on and dies.

Hagoromo releases all of the Kage, as they return to the “Pure Land”, Naruto talks to his father on last time. Minato wishes Naruto a happy 17th birthday, he asks his father to deliver a message to his mother and Minato disappears. This episode was a little sad mostly because it reminds me of the fact that Naruto is ending.

I’ve been a fan for more than a decades at this point and that is a long time to spend doing anything. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this series. I did feel for Naruto because while he still has friends his parents will remain deceased.While its not over yet I don’t anticipated any more action in this series. I’m curious to see how they determine who becomes Hokage, and whether they will show us what the future will be like.

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One Piece

Chapter 759

Secret Plan

786866As Sugar falls unconsciousness once again her “toys” begin to return to their original states. There were eight people per toy, meanwhile Luffy notices Bellamy laying down at the feet of Doflamingo. Luffy demands that Doflamingo let’s him go, but he state’s that the “victor” will decided that.

Doflamingo taunts Bellamy and he enrages Luffy as a result. He launches a kick at Doflamingo who uses Bellamy as a shield. Luffy apologizes, Law tells him to calm down and focus on the fight. He tells Luffy to keep his cool. After Doflamingo and Law have an verbal exchange he attacks with “Black Knight”.

14-15Luffy attacks Doflamingo but he uses Bellamy controlled by Doflamingo’s devil fruit ability. Luffy refuses to fight against Bellamy as he considers him “his friend”. Luffy becomes angered again due to Doflamingo’s refusal to fight himself and attacks Law with his “Red Hawk” technique. However, Law uses his “Room: Shambles” technique to switch places with Doflamingo. Luffy finally lands a hit on the elusive Doflamingo.

The beginning to this fight is all ready interesting. Doflamingo’s cowardice is clear by is inability to fight face to face with Luffy. I don’t know what Luffy and Laws plan are but if they’re going to use their powers together like this the fight will be amazing. However, Trevor’s presence might make it harder to accomplish than they realize.

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Bleach

Chapter 595

Rubb- Dolls 2

088787878As Hisagi attacks Byakuya, Pepe talks poetic about how “love” is at the center of all conflict. Byakuya is having none of it, and isn’t impressed by his speech. He concludes that Pepe’s ability is simply to control people. He immobilizes Hisagi so that “he’s not a problem”.

He sets his sights on defeating Pepe, he uses his ability on Byakuya who dodges. Byakuya concludes that Pepe “cannot manipulate those who are heartless”. Pepe asks him “why he would block it with his Zanpakuto”. Pepe gains control of Byakuya’s sword who quickly tosses it aside.

loHisagi picks up his Byakuya’s Zanpakuto and uses it against Byakuya. Byakuya is hit with Pepe’s “Love Kiss”, but still is able to  defend himself. Pepe uses Vollstandig transforming into a mildly inappropriate cupid form, he uses his love rope. Pepe decides that he wants Byakuya to “die by his love”. He then regurgitates a bow in arrow, but before he can use his “ultimate technique” Rose and Kensei interfere.

The ending of the chapter was the most surprising aspect of this chapter obviously. Are Kensei and Rose dead? Are they just puppets/zombies that are still “technically” still alive? Are they helping or just getting in Pepe’s way? All these questions will most likely be answered in the next few chapters. The fact that Pepe’s “love” can control Zanpakuto’s. I’m probably not going to be the only to say this but, Pepe’s “cupid” look I’ll just say there’s too much in that diaper.

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Weekly Shonen (08/06/14)

One Piece

Chapter 756

Level 4

017As they search for the captured princess Violet wonders why she has never heard of a princess. She uses her devil fruit powers to search for her. Kinemon arrives to meet Usopp, he notes that he finds it surprising the they have made it this far. He warns that “a truly fearsome contingent of characters are making their” way to their current location.

Kanjuro tells Usopp to worry as he has placed a net for them to climb. Usopp unsurprisingly shouts “WHY THE HELL WOULD YOU DO THAT FOR, IDIOT”. Violet locates Princess Mansherry. She tells Leo that Mansherry is located “behind the chapel in a small room”. As Robin, Rebecca and Bartolomeo fly over level 3 they are attacked by “Puncture Parlor”.

018Robin begins to fall, she uses her ” Deux Fleur” on Gladius. She tells Rebecca to “get to the flower fields” and that “she’ll be find”. Meanwhile, Violet notices that Sugar is awake. Sugar is enraged and vows to turn everything into toys starting with Usopp and the rest of the Straw-hat Crew.

We switch to Luffy and the others, their horse Farul head is crushed by the giant toy. Luffy uses his “Gomu Gomu no Jet Pistol” and puts a hole in the toy. Cavendish angrily attacks the nutcrackers with “Beautiful Blade: Round Table”. However, the nutcrackers restores themselves. Robin, Bartolomeo and Gladius crash down onto a nutcracker. Law asks Robin for the key to the sandstone cuffs, but she says that they are with Rebecca.

CaptureGladius says that he will find Rebecca and kill her. Robin tells Luffy and the others to head to the fourth level and she will take care of Gladius. Rebecca arrives at the fourth level just below the palace. At first Rebecca is pleased to have arrived, but she is quickly horrified to find that her mothers killer is there, Diamante.

Opinion:

This was a standard chapter, nothing major occurred but the story progressed nicely. Violets powers prove to be very handy, searching the Kingdom without risking injury due to encountering enemies. The set ups in the chapter were Robin and Bartolomeo fighting Gladius and the Nutcrackers and Rebecca fighting Diamante. I think it’s safe to say that Rebecca doesn’t stand much of a chance against Diamante. I think she’ll hold her own until her father comes to her rescue.

 

 

Naruto

Chapter 688

… Of the Sharingan

Nsruto1While in “limbo” Obito appears as he did when he was a child. In tears he asks Rin “to wait a little longer for him” as he goes to the other world. He says that Kakashi has become useless in this battle. Obito uses his Kamui to return to the “core” dimension. Obito enters then mind of Kakashi, where he tells Kakashi not to join him in death.

He tells Kakashi that he told Naruto to “become Hokage”, but the seventh one. He says that he thinks Kakashi should be the sixth. Obito reminds him that his name is feared and respected. The name is “Kakashi of the Sharingan“. Meanwhile, the arm of Kaguya featuring Black Zetsu is severed and pinned down. Kaguya pushes back Sasuke, Naruto shouts out “Let’s do it guys”.

034-035All nine Bijuu confirm there readiness as they lend their chakra to Naruto’s Rasengan Shuriken. He along with his eight other Shadow clones hurl the Rasengan’s at Kaguya. Kaguya attempt to transform and seems to be failing to do so. She attacks with fast moving chakra arms, one attacks Sakura who isn’t quick enough to dodge it.Sasuke attempt to use his Sharingan to save her but its Kakashi who uses his Susanoo to save her. He proclaims as everyone is shocked that he will protect them and the world.

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Opinion:

Personally, I didn’t expect much from this chapter. That was shortsighted of me. Anyone who reads this blog knows that I’ve been begging Kishimoto to give Kakashi’s both of Obito’s eyes and he did. The manner in which he did this was a little questionable. They haven’t really explained in the Naruto series whether the “limbo” is real or symbolic.

Though if Obito can “leave” then I guessing its, both real (in a spiritual sense) and symbol of the relationship that existed between the newly departed and already deceased. Although Rin notes that chakra is the link between to worlds. Another part of this epic chapter was Naruto (all nine of them) using “Senpou Chou Bijuu Rasen Shuriken“. Finally, Kakashi’s Susanoo is simply epic looking.

 

 

Bleach

Chapter 592

Marching out the Zombies 3

086-087Yumichika and Ikkaku are unsurprisingly shocked that Hitsugaya now being zombified. Yumichika attempts to use “Bakudou”, Ikkaku stops him. He is then hit with a wave of ice, trapping his leg in ice. Hitsugaya mindlessly attacks, stabbing Ikkaku through the chest. Yumichika blocks his sword but it does help, he is slashed across the chest.

Mayuri takes note that he is fighting just like when he was “alive”. Hitsugaya attacks him but Mayuri easily dodges. He deduces that Hitsugaya was transformed while he was still alive. Giselle confirms this, apparently a living fighter without their personality is better than someone brought back from the dead.

089Charlotte appears to face Hitsugaya and is slashed across the chest much like Yumichika. Mayuri blocks Hitsugaya’s next attack with a barrier, and punishes Charlotte by leaving him at “the verge of death”. Mayuri claims that he has several new drugs that he would like to try out on Hitsugaya, “for the good of the seireitei”.

Opinion:

Kubo wastes no time confirming that Hitsugaya is technically still “alive”. The quickness and brutality that he inflicts on his former comrades is a bit surprising. However, considering he is a mindless fighter maybe it shouldn’t be. The best person to face Hitsugaya is Mayuri. Not only is he the only one who can he reverse Giselle’s powers, he’s a bit of a sociopath and won’t care about fighting a comrade. I’m curious what Mayuri has in store for Hitsugaya it should be fun.

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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.

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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 (06/04/14)

One Piece is on hiatus for this week and the next.

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The Headless Star 2

Ichigo is attacked by all four of the Sternritter’s simultaneously. The four are easily tossed aside as their attacks result in a large explosion and nothing else. Candice activates her Quincy: Vollstandig, the others don’t seem too eager to join her. Assuming she’d gain some standing with Yhwach by defeating Ichigo by herself, she attacks. Using two reishi swords, she clashes with Ichigo. Ichigo comments on Candice being a “dual wielder”, like himself and she respond’s “I am sextuplet wielder”. She then uses “Galvano Javelin”, Ichigo counters with “Getsuga Tensho”. She is surprised that he was able to quickly deflect her attack. She respond with “Electrocution”, Ichigo crosses his swords and uses “Getsuga Jujisho”.

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Opinion:

This chapter was a simple straight forward fight between Ichigo and (mainly) Candice. I’ve already recapped the chapter so I wont do it here. It’s in the early stages of the fight though I don’t think Candice will survive very long. I’m going to anticipate that each of the four will fight Ichigo in their Vollstandig forms, and lose. A pretty straight forward, with the reveal of how Ichigo fights with his new swords and his newest technique.

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She of the Beginning

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Madara screams out in pain, as his shadows disappear. Madara begins releasing massive amounts of chakra absorbed from those who are trapped in the infinite tsukuyomi. Sasuke decides that Madara must be stopped before he “goes anywhere”. However, Naruto and Sasuke are captured by Black Zetsu. He intends to absorb their chakra, Sakura attempts to intervene but Kakashi stops her. Naruto fears the death of the other shinobi and Black Zetsu claims that Kaguya will keep them alive as soldiers.

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Black Zetsu plans on turning them into “White Zetsu’s”. Madara begins to transform, he becomes “Ootsutsuki Kaguya”. She quickly notices Sasuke’s moon crest and Naruto’s sun crest. She becomes enraged a hurls them away. She activated her “Byakgan”, Sasuke notices her chakra levels are greater than Madara. When Kakashi asks “her objective”, she responds to end this battle and not do any more harm to earth. Kaguya begins her attack by releasing what appears to be a sea of lava.

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Opinion:

Not much happened in this chapter EXCEPT the transformation of Madara into Kaguya. I expect that the next few chapter’s might explain how she came to communicate with Black Zetsu. I’m also curious as to how they will fight her or whether she will be defeated with “Talk no Jutsu”. However, it seems like she’s out for blood. Sasuke and Naruto appear to be out of their league, but when can’t forget that all four of the former Hokage are still “alive”. I’m think with their help maybe they might be able to do something, maybe.

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Weekly Shonen (05/28/14)

March Forward ! Arm of Rascals.

Pika’s arm is destroyed by Chinjao and Elizabello, much to the surprise of the citizens. Soldier’s attempt to stop the new formed army as they head toward the palace. Ideo uses “Destruction Cannon”, Orlumbus uses his “Admiral’s Hug” and Cavendish uses Swan Lake.

one-piece-4977805Pika uses his arm again causing panic. However, Luffy rides up his body he uses his “Grizzly Magnum” destroying Pika’s head. It’s revealed that Pika is actually controlling the “Colossus” from afar. He shows up and pulls out a massive sword, but Zoro intercepts it himself.

one-piece-4977807As Zoro decides to take on Pika, while Luffy goes after Doflamingo. As they travel toward Doflamingo Law finally opens up to Luffy. He tells him that “Doflamingo took away the most important person to him 13 years ago”. His name was “Corazon”, Doflamingo’s real brother.

one-piece-4977811Opinion:

This chapter only two major things really occurred. First was the destruction of Pika’s Colossus (and the set up Zoro vs Pika). Then Law finally reveals why he hates Doflamingo so much. The translation says that Doflamingo “took away” Corazon, I’m assuming he means killed. Overall, a interesting reveal and set up chapter.

 

The Headless Star

Kenpachi and Ichigo have a brief conversation about Ichigo coming to the aid of Kenpachi. As Kenpachi tells him to “worry about himself” as Candice attacks. He grabs her by the arm and throws her into a building. He does the same thing to the other Sternritters.

bleach-4977753They acknowledge Ichigo as the “first in the special war potential lists”. Candice becomes enraged decrying that Ichigo has ruin her appearance. She uses “Galvano Blast”, it manages to do nothing. He unsheathes his sword as the four sternritter use their bows.Yhwach notices Ichigo’s arrival and tells Haschwalt and Uryuu that “we’re going to start”.

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Opinion:

It’s not surprising that Ichigo was handling the sternritter with ease. That said they fight should at least been shown, but I don’t think it would be anything but one sided. The real question was whats Yhwach’s plan? And what’s with sternritter “D”? Is he going to be a surprising twist? Anyway, this was mostly a set up for Ichigo showing off against the sternritter and Yhwach’s plan.

 

We Will

Sasuke shuts down Kakashi and Sakura as the try to help (to be honest I can’t blame him). Sasuke explains that Madara’s Genjutsu has started and that team 7 maybe the only one’s safe. We get glimpses into the dreams of many of the leaf shinobi.  Their dreams are lovely but predictable. Sasuke concludes that they can’t go out until the moonlight fades.

naruto-4977719He also explains that the genjutsu can be canceled by another Rinnegan. Madara arrives before they could get into fight with black zetsu. He declares himself the “savior of the world”. Black Zetsu betrays Madara by piercing him through the chest. He clams that his will is “Kaguya”, as Madara begins to change.

naruto-4977721Opinion:

Zetsu, the betrayer, I’ll admit I didn’t see that coming. I have no idea what will become of Madara or Zetsu but we’ll see right. I glossed over the dreams of the shinobi but I though Gaara’s to be the most touching and Tsunade including Oorochimaru in her dream. It’s not that surprising but Sasuke is still an ASS, even if I agreed with what he said.

 

Weekly Shonen (05/15/14)

Highest Executive Peeka

Many of the former toys return to normal and begin to escape the Colosseum. The Marines attempt to claim down the crowds, Vice Admiral Maynard determines that Doflamingo should be arrested. He tries to make a case to Admiral Fujitora who declines to arrest him.

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The “Donquixote Family” determines their future course of action. Doflamingo reassures them that the Marines won’t attack them, however he must get rid of Admiral Fujitora. Pica step up claiming that he alone would be enough to win. Doflamingo decides to wait a see who the civilians choose, The Riku family or The Donquixote Family.

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As Doflamingo is talking one of his subordinates begins to laugh. Peeka becomes enraged, Baby 5 shoots him off the Palace roof preventing Peeka from losing control. Doflamingo reveals that he lost his mother when he was 8 and killed his father when he was 10. He states that the “Executives” are his family and he won’t tolerate anyone laughing at them.

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Meanwhile, Franky continues his assault on the smile factory. Luffy, Zoro and Law land on the streets, they are quickly surrounded by civilians and the rest of Doflamingo’s family. Senor Pink, Dillinger, and Machvise attack Luffy, Zoro and Law. The Marines and the civilians open fire on them, but their guns are useless. Admiral Fujitora arrives to confront Zoro and Luffy.

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At the Colosseum Robin and Usopp group attempts to evade the former toys. Bartolomeo and Hack serve as guards, they notice that Sabo and Koala have disappear. The island shifts as Peeka beings to assault of Luffy and the others. Luffy begins to laugh at his high voice “stating that it doesn’t suit him”, angering Peeka.

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Opinion:

This chapter was a little disappointing, but I think a good fight is due. I’m ready for a full fight now, we had a lot of starts but no finishes. I wonder how powerful Peeka actually is, maybe we’ll find out. Where’s Sabo, and how will Luffy and Zoro handle Fujitora. Other than that not much happened.

 

 

The Light

Candice Catnipp uses her “The Thunderbolt” on the 11th division, she attempts to do it again. Kenpachi attacks her from behind, she appears behind him striking him with Thunder. Sternritter G Liltotto uses her “Gluttony” ability to eat many of the Shinigami.

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Kenpachi stands again telling Liltotto to stop, Candice uses her thunder once more and Meninas drops a building on the rest of the 11th division. Giselle tells the Shinigami that there’s no use in killing her. One slashes her, but she seems unfazed. No that they are all covered “in her blood”, using the powers “The Zombie”.

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She can now force them to do what every she wants. Her first (and last) command is for each Shinigami to commit suicide. Kenpachi can’t move and he wonders “if this is the end”. The four ladies wonder which one got to kill Kenpachi, before a blast in the sky appears.

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Opinion:

I found the abilities of the four female sternritters where impressive. Liltotto ability was a little grotesque but interesting. On the onset Giselle’s ability seems overpowered but there probably a limitation that will be clarified. Despite the fact that Kenpachi is often unstoppable I’m not surprised that he was incapacitated.

I think its safe to say that the 11th division was used a fodder to show off the sternritters powers. I can’t think who could come to the aid of Kenpachi but I’m thinking its between Yachiru or Ikkaku, Shuhei and Yumichika considering the fact that they were unable to put up a fight against Mask.

 

The Infinite Dream

Madara returns from the other dimension with his rinnegan, Naruto calls to Obito who has been taken over by Black Zetsu. Sakura attempts to create a diversion by attacking Madara head on. She activates her “Strength of a Hundred Technique“, her attack is stopped by an invisible force.

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Sasuke and Naruto save her, revealing that Madara now has four shadows this time. Madara leaps into the air using multiple “Chibaku Tensei”, he creates massive rocks and drops them. Naruto uses “Kage bunshin” and fights Madara’s four shadows. Naruto uses “Bijuudama Rasenshuriken” and Sasuke uses Susanoo to destroy the rocks. Madara’s plan begins as he reveals his third eye, and activating Infinite Tsukuyomi“.

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Opinion:

I’m not sure what to think of this chapter, I enjoyed it but something seems off. First I don’t understand why Kishimoto seems to constantly want to show Sakura in a bad light. I mean the fact that she and Tsunade are the only besides Hashirama to be able to heal themselves using “Strength of a Hundred” is impressive, but she literally accomplishes nothing. Why bother having her do anything, leave her behind to witness Sasuke and Naruto’s strength like Kakashi. What purpose does it serve to have her constantly fall short.

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She supposedly had better chakra control than Naruto and Sasuke, not to mention she’s suppose to be the third in the next generation of the “legendary three”. Maybe she’ll do something worthwhile before the series ends but I doubt it.The fight between Naruto, Sasuke and Madara appears to be over too soon. Madara’s use of “Chibaku Tensei”, while effective in his plan was the only attack he needed. For some reason I’m starting to fear a “Talk no Jutsu” moment, how else is he going to save everyone.

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Weekly Shonen (05/07/14)

Stars

Unable to escape, no ability to communicate outside the inhabitants of Dressrosa are trapped. They citizens are randomly attacking one another. Doflamingo challenges the citizens to “stop the game”, or die trying. King Riku begs Doflamingo to stop.

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Doflamingo challenges the citizens to either kill him or join him. He offers the citizens “100,000,000 Belly for each star”. He ascribes stars to his opposition one star to Franky, Viola, Kinemon, Robin, and Rebecca. Two stars to Curos, Zoro and three to Luffy, Law, Riku and Sabo.

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As Usopp lays please that he wasn’t mentioned, we are surprised to learn that he saves the highest star count (5) for him. Many of the citizens quickly turn on Usopp and the others. Curos goes on a tear, attacking the convicts. Meanwhile, the marines states that they “can’t capture Doflamingo” and their goal is Luffy and Law.

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Pros:

  1. Usopp being made the top bounty

Opinion:

This chapter was more of a set up chapter. Doflamingo is very clever with his “game”, turning the convicts against his top opposition. Appealing to their greed by adding numerical value to each star he ascribes to his enemies. The largest surprise clearly must be the fact that Usopp was made the primary target by Doflamingo. However, he is responsible for destroying Doflamingo’s plan so it makes sense.

 

The Undead 6

Gremmy wonders why he failed to gain the power, resulting in him killing himself was it his imagination. He concludes that his death was due to the fact that “Kenpachi’s body is the only one that could with stand his power”. Gremmy disappears revealing himself to be a brain only and stating that his body was also apart of his imagination.

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Kenpachi appears to be mildly injured. He wonders were Yachiru is as he notices her empty clothing on the ground, and orders his subordinates to find her. They are quickly destroyed by lightning from four of the female sternritters arrive.

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Pros:

  1. Official end to Gremmy vs Kakashi

Opinion:

Very little happened in this chapter, it was mostly the conclusion of Kenpachi’s fight and the set up of what might be another fight with Kenpachi against the female Sternritter. I’m hoping that he does fight them as his fight with Gremmy was disappointing. The “disappearance” of Yachiru is surprising, but I doubt she’s dead.

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Sasuke’s Rinnegan

Madara attacks and Obito responds with “Kamui” saving Sakura. She informs Sasuke and Kakashi explains that Obito wanted her to crush his rinnegan. She tends to Kakashi who lost his sharingan.

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Madara wonders how Obito removed his seal, and Obito explains that he had Kakashi remove it. Madara reveals that he used the same seal on Rin and she also used Kakashi to remove it. He claims that it was “part of his plan” so that Obito was driven “to the dark side” and join him.

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Naruto seal Madara’s shadow and joins Kakashi, Sasuke and Sakura. Naruto replaces Kakashi’s eye with a normal one, Kakashi remembers Sasuke, Naruto and Sakura’s goals from childhood. Kakashi asks Sasuke what his new dream is but Sasuke hesitates. Kakashi senses that Madara is returning and reminds “Team 7” of their old lessons of team work.

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Pros:

  1. Kakashi’s remembering team 7
  2. Potential team 7 “teamwork”
  3. Naruto restores Kakashi’s “Normal” eye

Cons:

  1. Madara’s flawless planning (really)

 

Opinion:

This chapter featured no fighting but was interesting. I found the fact that Madara “plan” was a bit ridiculous and highly improbable. While, I think that the manner in which both Rin and Obito freed themselves from the “puppet” seal using Kakashi’s Chidori was kind of clever.

The idea of team 7 (Kakashi, Naruto , Sakura and Sasuke) fighting together against Madara feels right. However, I doubt Kakashi (sans Sharingan) and Sakura will be of much help. Maybe Sakura will heal them but other than that I don’t expect much. Kakashi probably will be more useful, but this is still going to be about Naruto and Sasuke.

Weekly Shonen (11/27/13)

Naruto – Chapter 656

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Shift

 

Well I expected the break to be longer, but I’m pleasantly surprised that Naruto returned. Obito continues to be annoying (whining about Rin), but he “dead” now. The true villain has Madara has taken over, I’m hoping he’s much better than Obito. Using the “Gedou Rinne Tensei no Jutsu” Obito attempted to pull a Nagato, and revive everyone. However, Madara wasn’t having it and seized the opportunity (with the help of black Zetsu). Madara “switched” with Obito returning to the land of the living.

While I happy to see that Madara is stepping up as the main villain, I don’t get why he would want to become a living being again. What reason would he have to forfeit immortality and infinite chakra? If he’s trying to become the 10 tails host, he would have to recapture ALL the newly released Bijuu’s. That seems like a tall task even for Madara. Furthermore, he would have to fight Naruto, Sasuke, Bee, Oorochimaru, the entire Shinobi Alliance (those that survived), the previous Hokage, and the current Hokage. He manage to handle the current Hokage, but was helped by the fact that he could regenerate. I don’t see how he has much of a chance, I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

Highlights:

  • Obito’s death
  • Madara’s return to the living

 

Bleach – Chapter 559

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The Night Right

 

Rukia and Renji arrive, at the END! That was a tease if I saw one. This chapter wasn’t action packed, but I’m not opposed to some exposition chapters. Captain Commander Shunsui and Jugram Haschwalth have a discussion about the “balance” of the war so far. Nanao Ise gets to show off again using a stronger barrier technique than “Hakūdan Keppeki“. Just as they’re about to fight, Yhwach call’s for Jugram to return. Yhwach called Jugram to punish Cang Du and BG9 for failing to win. BG9 begs for his life, but Cang Du remains silent. As Jugram attempts to decapitate Cang Du his sword is stopped.

Cang states ” he will not be cut down by anyone but Yhwach”. Jugram response by asking him if “he can see the tilted scales” then he kills Cang. Meanwhile, Mask De Masculine smashes Hisagi into the ground. Supposedly he single handily “finished off almost all of the captain-level Shinigami whom they found”. Personally, I doubt that Hisagi, Ikkaku and Yumichika would be defeated so easily. Spotting two light’s in the sky, Mask wonders “what that light”.