Weekly Shonen (08/18/16)

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Bleach

Final Chapter (Death & Strawberry)

The final chapter officially ends a 15 year series that I have mostly enjoyed and I’m sad to see it end. With the ending of Bleach, it now joins Naruto as the second of the “Big Three.” This leaves One Piece as the final member left. Bleach has sold more than 84 million copies and is know for its art style. I initially had a hard time getting into the series. The first few chapters were slow. However, the art style drew me in and I began to like the series.

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There wasn’t much to this chapter. Orihime and Ichigo get married and have child Kazui Kurosaki and so do Renji and Rukia. Their daughter, Ichika Abarai arrives and introduces herself to Kazui. He surprises her, when he shows her that he is also a shinigami. I wonder what abilities, Kazui has considering his mother unique abilities. Overall, I greatly enjoyed the series and while the ending disappointed me I’m glad to have read the series. Thank you, Kubo.

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My Hero Academia

Chapter 103

The Exam

Hanta expresses his confusion regarding Inasa reasoning behind not enrolling in U.A. A female teacher arrives and makes jokes with “Erasing Hero.” Her name is “Smile Hero,” and her Quirk was is Roaring Laughter. Her Quirk forces her opponents to laugh against their will, messing with them from a cognitive and motor skills. Ms. Joke asks Shouta “if he told his class about something that happens every year at the Provisional Hero License Exam; Shouta replies he hasn’t.”

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Meanwhile, “Mera of the Hero Public Safety Commission,” introduces himself and explains what the Provisional Hero License Exam entails. He tells the students that “only 100 of them will participate in the Provisional Hero License Exam.” He tells them “that they will first compete in a preliminary round to determine the 100 then compete in the Provisional Hero License Exam.” The preliminary round is designed to test the speed of the students.”

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In the preliminary round, every student “will take three targets and paste them somewhere on their bodies where others can see, except their feet and armpits.” Each student is given six balls and is expected to use them to hit targets. These targets will light up when it is hit, once three are lit, the student is considered as lost and disqualified. Only the third target will matter, meaning that whom ever lights up the final of three targets gets the credit. Each student will need to get two people each to pass. So far the start to the exam has been interesting and I’m excited.

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One Piece

Chapter 836

The Vivre Card Lola Gave

Nami remembers Lola and is surprised who her father is. The giant tells Charlotte Cracker to let him go and that he wants to see his daughters, Lola and Chiffon. Nami realizes that while at Thriller Bark, she was given a vivre card for Big Mom, from Lola. Randolph interrupts riding on a crane.

Cracker states that Big Mom sent him to take care of Luffy. Brulee arrives on a enormous tree named King Baum. Baum states that “no one they have targeted has emerged from the Seducing Woods alive.” Brulee shows Luffy that Chopper and Carrot are trapped in her mirror. She drops the mirror, shattering it with Chopper and Carrot appearing unharmed.

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Cracker begins to attack the giant, he responds by saying “he could be his father, but Cracker says that he, like Big Mom, considered her 43 husbands as outsiders to the family.” Cracker attempts to decapitate him with a sword. Luffy, blocks the sword and forces him to let go of the giant. The giant reveals that his name is Pound and he and Nami flee. Nami pulls out the vivre card. it begins to glow, scaring the homies. The homies can’t “oppose Nami due to feeling Big Mom’s powerful soul around her.” Luffy is knocked into a tree homie by Cracker. Cracker uses his devil fruit ability to increase his number of limbs. Nami tells Luffy that they don’t have the time to “go all out, but Luffy replies that he knows no other way of fighting.

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Another good chapter. We learned that Cracker was sent to defeat Luffy by Big Mom. Cracker’s bounty is revealed to be 860,000,000 Beli and his Devil Fruit ability allows him to multiply his limbs. I think the battle between, Luffy and Cracker should be good. I think the biggest concern is the broken mirror. I can only assume that Brulee can create more and somehow they will escape. 

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Weekly Shonen (08/04/16)

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Bleach

Chapter 685

A Perfect End

Bleach will official end in the next chapter (686) and apparently it’s will be accompanied by an announcement. Hopefully, the announcement will be good, because the end of this series was a MAJOR disappointment. The fight between Yhwach and Ichigo was just poorly executed. The use of an convenient arrow to “stop” the unstoppable Yhwach was clearly a way to defeat a character that Kubo made too powerful to begin with.

Ichigo’s “new” Bankai was completely useless, Aizen didn’t get to even use his. It is painfully obvious to me that Kubo was just phoning in his finally chapters. It felt rushed and there was a lot of loose ends that should have been answered. Overall, this chapter and the ending arc was disappointing. Although, I’m glad that Rukia became captain, guess that’s something.

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Chapter 102

Hovering Thoughts

Izuku explains his Full Cowl technique to Mei. He said that the technique was conceived “from Gran Torino and Kacchan.” He says it uses “fine nimble movements,” that allows for better movement. His costume will add spikes to support his arms and iron armor soles. Izuku elaborates further and explains that it’s “more of a stop gap,” than a special move. All Might disagrees and suggests that it’s more effective than a stop gap.”

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Eijirou, Denki’s, Shouto, Kyouka, and Kouda upgrade their hero costumes as well. Class B arrives and one of the students Neito Monoma suggests that no one from Class A will pass the “provisional license exam.” Blood King states that “the Provisional Hero Provisional Exam is conducted every year in June and September at three different locations across the country.”

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Neito is disappointed that “he won’t be able to bring down Class 1-A himself,” causing Eijirou and Denki to wonder if something is wrong with him. The female students gather together and discuss their special moves. Tsuyu and Momo have ‘special moves in mind and need a bit more training to pull it off.” We fast forward to the day of the exams. Class A is introduced to some more students as they prepare to enter.

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I think Izuku’s Full Cowl has a lot of potential. I don’t know if he’ll even have any use for his arms. All Might having to accept that he is now in need of protection was humbling. I interested in seeing what this exam is like and what abilities the other students have developed. Overall, another good chapter.

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One Piece

Chapter 835

The Nation of Souls

We start in Chocolate Town were the citizens of Totto Land are asked a question, Leave or Life? When they choose life they, a strange black creature removes a round piece from their bodies. In the Seducing Woods, Luffy is confused by all the Nami, Choppers, Carrots, Sanji, and Purins clones. The real Nami appears and tells Luffy about their encounter with Charlotte Brulee.

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Brulee uses the devil fruit ability, Mira Mira no Mi. The Devil fruit gives Brulee, that “gives her the ability to reflect back anything she wants.” Carrot attacks and is “reflected,” then she attacks again and is absorbed. Brulee tells her “not to worry, as she doesn’t plan on killing them, and asks if they realize the situation they are in.” She tells them that “Big Mom is well aware of their presence in her territory.”

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In fact, “Big Mom ordered them to follow them.” They were ordered to keep them away from meeting with Sanji, and to “make them aware of what happens when they defy Big Mom.” Chopper tells Nami to find Luffy, he uses his abilities much to Brulee pleasure. Luffy calls it “absolutely crazy and asks where Chopper and Carrot are.” Nami says “it all happened right where they were standing, but there is no trace of them now.” She accuses the giant of being a henchmen for Big Mom.

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The giant offers to explain why they don’t attack. The giant explains “that every six months, each citizen is required to give a month’s worth of their lifespan, in the form of their soul, to the country in exchange for protection.” He explains “that Big Mom ate the Soru Soru no Mi, giving her the ability to control souls.” She takes the pieces of soul are then spread throughout the islands. They then inhabit nearby objects, giving them some sentience. These objects are called “homies”.

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The giant explains that he was the former husband of Big Mom. After giving her two daughters, she dumped him. Charlotte Cracker, the 10th son in the family, the giant begs to see his daughter again and “congratulate her on her marriage.” He mentions that “Lola ran away,” surprising Nami. This chapter was great. The cruelty of Big Mom becomes more and more apparent. Her abilities are very interesting. I think the “homies” are actually creepy. I effect the friendship between, Nami and Lola will have during this arc. Things don’t look good for the Strawhat’s or the giant.

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Weekly Shonen (07/24/16)

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Bleach

Chapter 683

The Dark side of two worlds ends

Yhwach destroys part of Sokyoku Hill, he questions why Ichigo didn’t have Orihime heal him. Renji attacks him and activates his Bankai, Sou Zabimaru. Yhwach quickly severs his arm and destroys his Bankai. Aizen appears, attacking with Kyoka Suigetsu intervening. Yhwach teases him for fighting for the “losers.” Aizen uses Hado #99, Goryutenmetsu. A large dragon destroys the ground surrounding them, he them rushes forward. 

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Yhwach points out that Aizen sword is cracked, then sends him flying backward with an energy blast. Ichigo appears behind him and Yhwach blows his arm off and single handily stops his Zanpakuto. He notes that even Aizen was ineffective. He shatters Tensa Zangetsu and blows a hole into Ichigo’s chest. However, it appear that this was an illusion and Aizen made it appear that he was Ichigo. 

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Aizen is interested in this development, considering the fact that Yhwach was so certain that he wasn’t susceptible to the effects of Suigetsu. Ichigo impales Yhwach from behind and uses a powerful, Getsuga Tensho. This chapter was all about Aizen, fans have been anticipating an Aizen, Yhwach clash. Unlike most of the Shinigami, I believed that Aizen would be a challenge for Yhwach. This fight is already more interesting than Ichigo initial fight with Yhwach.

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My Hero Academia

Chapter 100

Special Moves

Class 1-A are excited about getting to create their own special moves. Cementoss explains that the Gamma Gym was created by him and he can use his Quirk to alter the gym to fit the needs of the students. Shouta explains the need for special moves. He explains that the “Hero License Exam,” is designed to test the “aptitudes” in “intel gathering, judgement, mobility, leadership and communication.” However, fighting ability is the most important. 

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Midnight gives an example of a special move, like Kamui Woods, Lacquered Chains Prison. Shouta decides that during the summer break the students will spent developing there Quirks and special moves. He suggests that they update their costumes to accommodate their new abilities. Cementoss prepares the gym and Ectoplasm clones himself to spar against the students. Izuku is confused, he’s unsure what his special ability should be. 

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He decides that he will focus on his costume, instead of his special move. He thinks that he could upgrade his costume to protect his arms. Tenya and Ochako head to the development studio. Ochako wants to improve her ability to help her with her floating ability so that she could be more effective in hand to hand combat. Meanwhile, decided that she wants to minimize the effect of his, Recipro Burst. An explosion from the development studio sends Izuku flying. Mei Hatsume is responsible. She lands on top of him, surprising Izuku.

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I’ll be interested to see what special moves the students come up with. It appears that Izuku will always have difficulty with his Quirk. I still believe that Katsuki will become a bad guy or anti-hero eventually. I also happy to see new costumes because the old ones weren’t that good. 

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One Piece

Chapter 833

Vinsmoke Judge

In the Germa Kingdom, several Germa 66 agents are excited to see Sanji and Jajji fight. Yonji tells an engineer that he “told Sanji off and he attacked him leaving a dent in his head.”The engineer uses his “press machine,” to fix Yonji’s face. The Germa 66 agents are surprised by Sanji’s strength. Sanji kicks at Jajji, who blocks the attack. Jajji uses his lightning spear to attack Sanji. He states that the only reason he return was to protect his crew.

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Jajji tells him that reneging on their pact with Big Mom, will cause her to seek vengeance. Sanji recalls his troubled childhood. He remembers the abuse he received at the hands of his brothers and his father indifference to it. In the present Jajji attacks Sanji with his spear. Sanji blocks it with his, Busoshoku Haki. This surprises Jajji and the Germa 66. Jajji leaps up and Sanji counters with Diable Jambe. 

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Jajji blocks and grabs Sanji. He slams him to the ground and kicks Sanji with his electrified foot. He uses his shoe blaster against Sanji. Sanji uses Diable Jambe again, as Jajji commands his men to create a wall to block it. Sanji hesitates and Jajji takes advantage of the situation, piercing his agents body sending Sanji flying backward. Reiju aids Sanji, healing his wounds. Jajji tells him that the Germa 66 would give up their lives for him. 

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Jajji explains that the alliance with Big Mom, is a guarantee of  their conquest of the North Blue. He reveals that he doesn’t want to lose his most “precious sons,” and he rather sacrifice Sanji. While distracted, Sanji is trapped by Reiju. She places a “World Noble,” collar on his wrists to prevent him from escaping. This chapter of One Piece was well done. I was shocked to see that Sanji has learned Haki. His relationship with his family seemed obviously due to childhood abuse. I wonder if Sanji will sacrifice his hands for his freedom. I don’t think Luffy will allow it. 

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Weekly Shonen (07/11/16)

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Boruto 

Chapter 003 – The Chuunin exam begins

“I will walk a different path from my Papa and become the Hokage.” – Sarada

As mentioned in previous post the Boruto series is starting with a retelling of the Boruto movie. The art style either got better or I have become accustom to it. Regardless, I didn’t dislike the art as much. I really liked the son of Gaara, Shiki. He seemed to be the perfect combination of his uncle, Kankuro and his father. He can use the Puppet Technique and Iron sand. However, his siblings are stylistically afterthoughts. While they are considered to be great talents, especially Yodo, they seem to be simplistically designed compared to Shiki. 

Highlights:

  • Shiki is confident in his teams abilities
  • We see Metal Lee train and he’s a lot like his father
  • Sasuke teaches Boruto, “Shurikenjutsu.”
  • Sai and Shikamaru are Chuunin exam administers
  • Boruto “cheats” with Kote during the exam

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Bleach

Chapter 681 – The End two world

“We’d come to repay our debt to him” – Ginjo

Yhwach enters the portal leaving, Ichigo in “despair.” The fight was a major disappointment. I don’t know what the point of restoring Ichigo’s Bankai. Yhwach will simply destroy it again right? Of course this is Bleach and we know that Ichigo will become strong enough, simply because he can. I did find Haschwalth reaction to Yhwach “betraying” him. I think he has accepted his fate but may still want Yhwach to lose. I was surprised that Tsukishima and Ginjo returned. I hope Ichigo’s next encounter with Yhwach goes better.

Highlights:

  • Yhwach shatters Renji’s Shikai
  • Haschwalth offer’s to transfer Uryu’s wounds to himself
  • Together with Orihime, Tsukishima restore Ichigo’s Bankai

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Weekly Shonen (06/26/16)

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Bleach

Chapter 679

THE END

Yhwach states that “The Almighty,” “allows him to transform the future.” He states that “it is no different from Ichigo and Orihime’s powers because he can also influence only what he can see, which is the entirety of fate.” Yhwach says that “Ichigo has only been able to overcome his despair and change his fate up until now because he was there.” He dares Ichigo to change his fate and he will “chop it down.

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Meanwhile, we shift to Haschwalth verses Uryu. He reveals his Schrift is “The Balance.” This ability “allows him to distribute misfortune to the fortunate and redirect all misfortune that would occur to him into his Freund Schild, a shield on his arm.” Uryu asks Haschwalth “if he wants to see his Schrift.” Haschwalth assumes that Uryu would have used his Schrift by now, if it would have won him the battle. Uryu reveals it’s name as “The Antithesis.” His wounds disappear and reappear on Haschwalth.

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He explains his ability, “to reverse something that has already happened between two targets, such as damage inflicted.” Haschwalth surprisingly says that his ability “may be the only power capable of stopping Yhwach.” Uryu is shocked, he wants to know “if this has something to do with the true power of The Almighty. Uryu attempts to leave the area. Haschwalth uses “The Balance” to reverse the damage Uryu sent back to him earlier. He notes that his ability is a poor match up for Uryu.

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Yhwach dominates Ichigo, grabbing him by the head. He’s surprised by Ichigo’s lack of fight. Yhwach drops him, then claims “that all Ichigo accomplished was providing him with some entertainment before preparing to take back the power he had given to Ichigo.”  So far this fight is underwhelming. It’s clear that Ichigo is going to be “saved.” I am going to assume his father saves him and Uryu’s father does the same for his son. The fact that Ichigo’s new Bankai was so easily defeated, but I wonder what Kubo will do to save Ichigo from Yhwach’s broken powers.

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One Piece

Chapter 830

He Who Gets Bet On

Jinbe informs the Sun Pirates that he wants to “join the Straw Hat Pirates because he believed Luffy would become Pirate King and bring peace to Fishman Island.” Much to his surprise and pleasure he receives an unanimous, yes. The Fishmen, however are concerned with Big Mom’s reaction. Fellow fishman Aladine, is slated to be married to Charlotte Praline, the 29th daughter of the Charlotte Family.

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She yells at him assuming he would abandon her. Jinbe asked Praline “if they would incur Big Mom’s wrath by leaving, and she replied that nobody who has tried to leave has survived.” Presently, Big Mom talks to Jinbe about his cutting ties with her, she says “that she will lose a valuable and powerful resource, so it is only right that Jinbe loses something as well.” A roulette wheel is spun, featuring images of “arms, legs, heads, and crowns on the slots.”

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Luffy and the others wait for daylight on “a solid sea of sweet syrup.” Pedro says “that the sea will start flowing again at daybreak but has frozen for the night, and the team tries to unfreeze it.” Carrot reveals that Pedro “was once a pirate with Pekoms,” although Pedro says “he only accompanied Pekoms halfway.” Pedro said that they were on a mission to find poneglyphs for Nekomamushi. Pedro states that “he had heard Nekomamushi and Inuarashi showed the Straw Hats the Road Poneglyph on Zou, which surprised him, as they had not shown it to strangers since 26 years ago when they showed it to the Roger Pirates.”

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Pedro fells that this shows that Nekomamushi and Inuarashi have faith in the Straw Hats. He tells them “that Big Mom’s Road Poneglyph will be useful to them after they defeat Kaido, thus they should steal it while they are here.” He asks Luffy to “buy him time to sneak in and steal it while they rescue Sanji,” Luffy agrees. The following morning the crew arrive at Whole Cake Island. Nami intends to go past the security, and Luffy sees someone standing on the coast. This chapter was exciting mainly because the prospect of Jinbe joining the Straw Hat crew. This feels right and I hope it actual happens. Clearly, Jinbe might lose a limb to do it. I think that he will be willing to do so.

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Chapter 96

Home Visit

The Hero Billboard Chart JP, (a chart that tabulates the rankings of Pro Heroes in Japan twice per year).They announce that “All Might’s true form has had Japan and even the Hero Headquarters in America are in an uproar.” They also announce that All Might will be retiring. Best Jeanist, the Number Four Hero, is taking a sabbatical from Hero duties. The Number 32 Hero, Ragdoll Quirk was stolen, altered and is now considered to be “unfit for duty and thus her Pro Hero career has been put on hold indefinitely.”

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At U.A, Mr Principal thanks All Might for defeating All For One. He points out “that since All Might is no longer able to fight, the parents’ of the U.A students as well as society are anxious and worried about the safety of the children.” Mr Principal and Blood King will visit “the parents of Class 1-B while Shouta and All Might will visit the parents of Class 1-A as part of the plan.” He plans on changing U.A to a boarding school.

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Shouta and All Might visit Kyouka Jirou’s house, Mr Jirou is concerned about “his daughter being put in harm’s way under U.A’s supervision and isn’t too fond of sending her daughter to U.A’s dormitories. Shouta admits that U.A has been negligent in their duties and vows to correct them as well as raise Kyouka into a fine Hero.” Kyouka, reveals that tells her father has “already agreed to the relocation of the students after seeing All Might’s fight with All For One, happy that her daughter will grow into a powerful Hero like All Might.”

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Shouta and All Might then visit the home of Katsuki Bakugou. His mother agrees to the U.A’ students’ relocation, they begin arguing with each other while his father tries to calm them down. Katsuki’s mother notes that “Katsuki’s rashness along with his gifted abilities, has resulted in him being pampered and getting shallow praise for what he has which has resulted in his arrogant nature.”However, his mother is happy that “Shouta sees her son for who he is instead of his gifted abilities.” As they leave the Bakugou household, Katsuki asks All Might “what Izuku is to him.” All Might lies, telling Katsuki that “Izuku is a student to him who has great potential just like Katsuki.” Katsuki doesn’t seems satisfied but goes inside and thanks All Might.

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All Might visit’s Izuku’s home alone. This leaves Shouta to visits the rest of Class. All Might talks to Izuku and his mother. He asks Izuku’s mother for her permission to send Izuku to the U.A dorms. However, she is against it. She explains that “she is worried about her son since his Quirk damages him rather than helps him and is deeply concerned about her son’s future as a Pro Hero after witnessing All Might’s brutal battle, unable to bear the fact that Izuku will also have to face such bloody battles with no hope possibility of full recovery. Inko states that she has no confidence in U.A and is unable to entrust her son to them.”

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I think that Katsuki is jealous of Izuku relationship with All Might, and this might become a larger problem. He may even become a villain or anti-hero as a result. It was surprising that Izuku mother refused to allow him to attend. Although, lets be honest All Might will end up training him anyway. However, his mother has a point. If his Quirk damages him, how can he have more taxing battles and be alright. It’s a question that I will be interested in hearing the answer to.

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Weekly Shonen (06/13/16)

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Bleach

Chapter 677

Ichigo’s attack lands against’s Yhwach. He calls Ichigo a “mutt,” for his combination of Gran Ray Cero (Hollow) and Getsuga Tenshou (Shinigami). He’s says this power “suits” Ichigo well. However, he seems to be unimpressed by this power. Ichigo realizes that he’s being underestimated. He concludes that this is his chance to strike.

Yhwach decides that he cannot afford to waste time playing with Ichigo. He beings using his ability, The Almighty. While they clash, Ichigo stumbles onto a series of traps set by Yhwach. Ichigo searches for a opening in his “Almighty” ability. Yhwach tells Ichigo that he made a “miscalculation.”

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He explains in his ability further. He says that “the future diverges in countless directions from a given point in time like grains of sand in the wind and that there are as many possibilities as there are grains of sand before stating that changing the future is as simple as moving from one grain of sand to the next. Declaring that he can see all the grains of sand from where he stands, Yhwach tells Ichigo to keep pushing forward and moving between grains of sand without despairing.” Ichigo with his back against the wall, uses Bankai.

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I feel like this fight has been accelerated. Not much has happened in the last few chapters. For Ichigo to use Bankai so quickly is daunting. Kubo probably will shift to the other fights currently going on, before concluding this one. As I mentioned before there are still several characters still alive to help Ichigo. He clearly needs aid. That said I’m excited to see what his Bankai looks like. I always found that his previous Bankai wasn’t interesting, hopefully this one will be better.

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Boku no Hero Academia

Chapter 94

All Might successfully lands a punch on All for One. The punch he delivered was designed to lower All for One’s guard. All Might use “United States of Smash,” on All for One. All for One is defeated, unconscious in a crater. Might raises his arm in triumph. His victory is announced, transforming into his “Hero” form to symbolize peace. 

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While All Might was fighting, the other Heroes were saving as many civilians as possible from under the rubble. All for One is imprisoned and All Might points to the camera. He says “You’re Next,” causing the civilians to celebrate. Izuku knows the true meaning of that message. That his time to replace All Might will be coming. He begins to cry. 

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All for One is incarcerated in a prison where “the death penalty is not enough.” All for One is unsure of his location. He reveals to the guard that he can “see” using an infrared quirk. The prison guard is impressed that he was able to fight in his condition. All for One is actually happy that he was defeated. He believe’s that his defeat will inspire Tomura’s hatred and he will become stronger. 

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Weekly Shonen (06/05/16)

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Boruto

Chapter 002 – Training Begins

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

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

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

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

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

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Bleach

Chapter  676 – Horn of Salvation

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

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

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One Piece

Chapter 828 – 1 and 2

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

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

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

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

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Weekly Shonen (5/2/16) Recap & Review

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One Piece

Chapter 825

The WE times comic strip

 

Vito explains Germa 66 

Monster Gun “Vito” explains how he admires Germa 66. He reveals that there is a comic, Sora, Warrior of the sea. It is published by the government in the “World Economic Times.” He implies that the comic is likely a source of government propaganda, design to manipulate young children into idolizing the Marines.

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The Strawhat’s need Sanji

It can be easy to forget that the Strawhat’s travel by sea. Mainly, due to the fact that they spend most of their time on land. However, Sanji’s value is reveal in how Luffy massively, failed to make a satisfying meal and used too much food to do so. Furthermore, when Luffy catches a large fish, his ignorance of cuisine leaves the crew in danger as they consume the poison skin of the fish.

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The story has been progressing slowly in this chapter, however we get some more information regarding the Germa 66, the Firetank Pirates and Big Mom’s ship. Luffy becoming poisoned is clearly going to become a hindrance to the Strawhat’s success. Sanji’s seems to have moved past his “love” of his soon to be bride, and declares that he will not be marring anyone. Overall, another good chapter.

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Bleach

Chapter 672

Son of Darkness

Gerard lives

Gerard has taken a beating from three captains and still lives. This latest form appears to be his last. Hitsugaya and Kenpachi seem at their limits, however, there are other Shinigami left to fight mainly Byakuya.

Ishida is down

While I’m confident in Ishida’s ability, I never though he would fail to lay a scratch on Haschwalth. Anyway, there’s no way he dies so it will be interesting who comes to his rescue.

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The final battle begins

Ichigo and Yhwach are going to start their inevitable battle. What surprised me was Ichigo apparent belief that Orhime is going to be important to his victory. I highly doubt that she will factor in that much. However, he powers were always unique and may help in blocking Yhwach’s ability to “see” the future.

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I already predicted that Gerard would die yet. I was right. While Kenpachi and Hitsugaya may be exhausted, I think Byakuya has more than enough strength to continue. I’m excited to see his “new” Bankai. Shinji, Rukia and Renji are also still able to fight. I think that they may not be necessary but could help if needed. While, I usually dislike switching from fights, I think in this case it was refreshing. The main question I have remaining is, What’s Orihime suppose to do?

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Fairy Tail

Chapter 477

Transport

Natsu, Happy and Lucy step in to save Mavis

We are introduced to another of the “twelve spriggan members,Jacob Lessio. Mavis notes that she is concerned that there isn’t any movement among in he east. Jacob quickly confirms Mavis’s initial thoughts. He touts his ability as an assassin, claiming that he has “never” failed.

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He explains the best practice of assassins. He uses his ability to “move” the Fairy Tail guild into another dimension. Mavis is shocked when Jacob can see her. He quickly starts to attack her. He asks for the location of her body. He offers an exchange. The Fairy Heart for the return of the Fairy Tail members.

“How about instead, I turn your sorry ass into ash…”

Mavis questions his sincerity, when Lucy  interrupts Jacob but kicking him in the back off the head. Jacob is surprised to see that Lucy and Happy avoided his “space magic.” Lucy explains that, Horologium save both her, Natsu and Happy. Jacob decides that he going to “slice” Lucy into pieces. He throws a dagger at her head and Natsu blocks it.

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I’m glad to see the original team of Natsu, Lucy and Happy back together. Nothing really profound occurred in this chapter as it was primarily just set up of the upcoming battle. Part of me thought Lucy would defeat Jacob by herself. However, the history of Fairy Tail, Lucy almost never defeats anyone. Anyway, love to see what Natsu brings to this fight.

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One Piece

Chapter 820

Dog and Cat Have a History

Neko and Inu share their history

Inuarashi and Nekomamushi recount their past. They reveal that they were the “vassals” for Lord Oden. The were aboard the ships of both Roger and Whitebeard. The Strawhat’s are understandably shocked by these revelations. The samurai also have meet with Whitebeard.

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Nami interrupts them, asking about “the connection between the path set by the Log Pose and the four Road Poneglyphs,” but is interrupted when she mentions Crocus. Inuarashi says that “the journey she currently has made the destination redundant.” He confirms that “one already needs to know the language of the poneglyphs before they reach the end.” 

“Well, Neko and I both, for a time, rode aboard Roger’s ship”

The Straw Hat’s celebrate Nami’s ability as a navigator. Neko say’s that he was gathering samurai for their war against Kaidou. He says that they need to fine the former first commander of the Whitebeard pirates, Marco the Phoenix. Luffy remembers that Marco protected him during the war.

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Neko reveals that Whitebeard’s crew have basically disappeared. Blackbeard’s crew clashed with Whitebeard’s former, leaving the Whitebeard crew demolished. This encounter gave the rise to Blackbeard becoming a Yonko. They decided to split up, but meet in the Wano country. The minks, reunite with Raizou as Luffy and the others prepare to go get Sanji. Zou start shacking (crying) as Luffy hears a voice.

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One Piece continues to expand it story history. The demise of the Whitebeard pirates was heartbreaking. We were told that the Blackbeard pirates have terrorized the pirate community. Stealing the devil fruit powers from various pirates. Blackbeard being brought back up reminded me that when we last saw his crew, they were going to be in conflict with the Revolutionary Army. One Piece has so much going on right now, I’m really excited.

 


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Bleach

Chapter 666

Empty Hall of the Puppet Temple

Kenpachi returns

You would think that after have one’s heart ripped out Askin would be dead right. Well you would be wrong. Kisuke explains what we already know, that he think far ahead to prepare for most predictable outcomes. According, to him “1000 what-if scenarios.” Grimmjow, unceremoniously attacks Askin again, stabbing him with his claws.

Unsurprisingly, this fails to kill Askin. He announces that he has basically a “dead man’s trigger,” upon his death “the power of his Gift Ball Deluxe,” increases. He mocking claims that he is sure Kisuke will figure a way out of it. A sign that Kubo listens to his fans, Askin says he won’t bother to explain his powers again.

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Nelliel Tu Odelschwanck appears outside the Gift Ball. She seem to have suggested that Kisuke assumed that this situation was always a possibility. She also implies that she is prepared to save Kisuke and the other. Meanwhile, we head to the battle between Hitsugaya and Gerard.

“I just threw up a little in my mouth”

Hitsugaya is completely ineffective against Gerard. However, Byakuya interfere’s using his Shikai. Hitsugaya makes a height joke with Byakuya. It didn’t really land, but was interesting attempt on Kubo’s part. Anyway, Byakuya isn’t known for his sense of humor. As Gerard attack’s, his hand is severed by Kenpachi.

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This chapter was epic for one reason only, Kenpachi. It seems to make perfect sense that he would be the one to handle Gerard. Many characters in Bleach have had a my powers are “unstoppable.” Gerard is similar to Gremmy Thoumeaux or Nnoitra Gilga in this way. I would doubt that Kenpachi would need help from several Captain level Shinigami’s (he certainly with refuse them anyway).

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However, due to this I think that there may actually too many Shinigami  and Arrancar for the small number of Quincy. If my count is correct there is only three Quincy left (Gerard, Haschwalth, and Yhwach). If we assume the Askin is dead, of course. Now we have Kenpachi verses Gerard, Uryu verses Haschwalth and Ichigo verses Yhwach what will the others do, who would they fight? According to Yhwach, Uryu is powerful enough to surpass him at some-point. So he might not need help against Haschwalth, once Ichigo awakens Yhwach. I going to assume that they work together against either Yhwach or Gerard. We’ll see.

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Fairy Tail

Chapter 474

In the moment of complete silence

Natsu rests, as Warren updates the Fairy Tail members of the events of the battle field. He says that “Zeref’s main forces in the west,” haven’t moved. In the north they are deadlocked and the arrival of Gajeel and his squad would tip the scale in Fairy Tail’s favor. Meanwhile, the East wizards have been defeated and two of the three remaining Spriggan are heading towards Fairy Tail. Erza’s squad in the south, has manage to defeat one of the 12 Spriggan.

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The Fairy Tail members begin to think that they have a chance. Makarov warns the guild that they are still in dire danger. Mavis takes time to reflect and ponders what can be done to defeat Zeref. Meanwhile, we return to the battle field. Gray, Lyon and Juvia are meet with Meredy, who announces that Crime Sorciere has arrived. Kagura and Erza are joined by Jellal, as they defeat the “Four Heraldry Knights of the Neinhart Squad.”

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The Sky Sisters battle Dimaria Yesta. She claims that she can “cut them down in what would be an instant from their perspective and clicks her teeth, causing all movement in her environs to cease.” She reveals the name of her magic, “Time-Sealing Magic: Age Seal.” This magic “allows her to stop time, rendering all caught defenseless.” She chooses Wendy as her first victim. However, Wendy and Sherria manage to move successfully and land a combined attack on Dimaria. They reveal that they “received a telepathic message.” Ultear appears, joining the battle and “vows to punish the Valkyrie in the name of Crime Sorciere.

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One Piece

Chapter 817

Raizou of the Mist

We are giving confirmation that Captain Jack is still alive. We quickly head to the Zou, Claw City. Kinemon apologizes and reveals his tattoo that represents the crest of the Kouzuki family. The Strawhat crew are shocked at the reaction of the Minks. However, Nekomamsuhi and Inuarashi begin to bicker. They anger Momonosuke tells them to stop and that his father would be very disappointed in them. 

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They apologize and it is revealed that Momonosuke is the son of the “Oden, the Daimyo of Kuri in Wano Country.” They also decided to have a truce, much to the surprise of everyone. Everyone and the Strawhat’s head to meet Raizou, as Luffy and Chopper are clearly excited to meet a ninja. Raizou is larger than anticipated and is chained to a poneglyph. Nico Robin asks to read the poneglyph, as Luffy, Chopper, and Usopp ask Raizou if he was a ninja. 

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They beg him to show them some jutsu or throw some shuriken’s. Raizou tells them to tone down their excitement. Franky, comically explains that “all men are obsessed with ninja’s”. Even Law and Zoro get in on the fun. Raizou finally shows off his ninja abilities, using Ninja Art: Smoke Release jutsu. He then uses Ninja Art Clone jutsu and then Flower Shuriken’s. He impresses the Strawhat so much that they call him their “GOD.”

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I got the impression that Oda was trolling Naruto, but that might just be me. Anyway, I loved the reaction to Raizou. The Strawhat’s were their usual silly selves. However, this chapter did have several important moments. First we get confirmation that Captain Jack is still alive. I wonder if he will return to Zou to get Raizou? Furthermore, Nico Robin has finally found another poneglyph. Who know’s what it will reveal?

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Bleach

Chapter 664

The Gift

Askin goes into another long winded explanation into his new Vollstandig abilities. Basically, his Vollstandig, Hasshain, “can adapt to changes in an element’s properties.” Therefore, “no matter now many changes an element goes through, he would be immune to it as long as it has the same base.” Askin also sets up a “Bereich Border,” preventing Kisuke from escaping. Kisuke questions Askin’s loyalty.

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Askin response that “he had a lot of loyalty, but Yhwach also interests him.” He claims that he is just curious to see what Yhwach will create. Askin asks Kisuke “if he too would not be curious to see Yhwach’s creation.” Kisuke responds by attacking Askin, but he dodges and compliments Kisuke’s “ability to move that fast in the Gift Bereich.”

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Kisuke tells Askin that “he had no interest in seeing this new world, although Mayuri Kurotsuchi may share Askin’s vision. However, Kisuke notes that Mayuri would still have no interest in seeing this world, because as true scientists they would want to create new worlds themselves.”  Askin likes his answer and uses Gift Ring, he throws it and it disappears. It pierces Kisuke’s eye and his eye explodes. Askin says that “Gift Ring is used for opponents too strong for The Deathdealing to work on, and it puts the ability into one focal point and instantly destroys it.” Kisuke sense he’s in danger activates his Bankai: Kannon Biraki Benihime Aratame.

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We finally are going to get to see Kisuke’s Bankai. Hopefully, It will live up to the hype. Despite my hating on Askin it is clear from this chapter that he is clearly a powerful foe. Kisuke is one of everyone’s favorite Bleach characters. I’m just hoping we won’t be disappointed.

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