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Infinite Dendrogram after one episode

This is a cute anime. Initially, I saw the summary and thought…


Sword Art Online light?

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Majutsushi Orphen Hagure Tabi (2020) after one episode

When I looked at the summary for Majutsushi Orphen Hagure Tabi (Formerly Sorcerous Stabber Orphen (1999), I was interested because it seemed to be based around a sly protagonist with a mind for fraud, but a heart of gold.

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Darwin’s Game: First Game | 1 x01 – recap

The first anime of the winter season that we are focusing on is Darwin’s Game. When I first saw the trailer for this anime, it gave me “King’s Game” vibes. However, the first episode of Darwin’s Game starts at lightning speed and the action is hard-hitting, non-stop, and unbelievable at times. This one is going to be good.

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Should Levius emphasize more than metal boxing? | Netflix

The best part about the 12-episode anime was the metal boxing concept. Levius is about a character who has dealt with loss. His mother is critically injured during an attack on their village by an evil corporation and he watches two children get kidnapped by a machine. He finds solace in metal boxing after he is sent to live with his grandmother and uncle.

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Opinion: Boruto is not bad, it’s just not Naruto

I recently started watching a few episodes of Boruto again. To be honest, I haven’t watched many episodes since Chocho, Choji’s daughter, used her jutsu to make her skinny. That will tell you how long it has been.

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‘Cautious Hero…’ after one episode (review)

The full title of this anime is Cautious Hero: The Hero Is Overpowered but Overly Cautious. I watched the first episode and found myself struggling to keep focused on what I was watching. 

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‘No Guns Life’ after one episode

Episode 1 | Renegade Extended

This anime follows Juzo Inui, an overextended war weapon left without purpose since the war ended. He has a huge hand cannon for his head as a result of his augmentation. Other beings have had extensions too. We encounter Karen. She has an eye extension that makes her a great sharpshooter, but she works for the Berühren organization that poses as an orphanage to experiment on children.

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My Hero Academia: The Scoop on U.A. Class 1-A (4×1) – recap

Finally My Hero Academia has returned for season 4 of the anime! I’ve been waiting for this moment for quite a while and now, we get to watch the next phase of Izuku Midoriya’s journey to becoming the symbol of peace!

If you missed any of my season recaps for My Hero Academia seasons 1 through 3, feel free to click this link and get a quick refresher.

Now, let’s jump into season 4 episode 1 of My Hero Academia, The Scoop on U.A. Class 1-A.

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Let’s catch up on My Hero Academia (season 3 recap)

Season 1 recap – click here!

Season 2 recap – click here!

My Hero Academia season 3

Eraser informs the Class 1-A students that they will be training for the summer break. Class 1-B is also training as well. They go to a camp in the woods. They have a good time with the Wild, Wild Pussycats, Eraser and Vlad King helping them hone their skills and push themselves to the limit to be more effective heroes.

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Why should you watch Carol and Tuesday? (Netflix)

Carol and Tuesday is a cute story about two girls living on Mars. They are heading on their paths when they meet on a whim. But once they experience music together, they form an unbreakable bond and decide to pursue a career in music. A video of them singing goes viral due to a music producer being present in a music hall that they played in. From there they meet a music manager and begin the hard road to stardom.

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Let’s catch up on My Hero Academia (season 2 recap)

Season 1 recap – click here!

My Hero Academia season 2

At the start of the season, Deku struggles with trying to live up to All Might expectations after the fight with Tomura Shigaraki, Nomu and his villains left them outmatched. Luckily the All Might was able to hold off the group until the other pro-heroes showed up.

Class 1-A is informed by Eraser Head that they will be taking part in the Sports Festival. As the students prepare, All Might informs Young Midorya that his power is dwindling and he can only stay in hero form for 50 minutes.

He places the responsibility on Midoriya’s shoulders to take on the mantle of the next Symbol of Peace by showing out during the Sports Festival.

As the festival start gets closer, other students that Bakugou calls “Extra’s” are planning to use the festival as an opportunity to jump into the hero track. They have chips on their shoulders because Class 1-A had a real villain encounter and are in the spotlight as a result. Class A-1 starts training to standout at the tournament. Midoriya, Bokugou, and Todoroki want to stand at the top of the festival by the end.

After a series of obstacle courses to separate the cream from the crop, students are paired up to face one another in combat. Class 1-A rises to the top. Eraser Head theorizes that its because they’ve faced real danger before and know what it takes to move beyond fear and keep trying to succeed.

After experiencing Midoriya’s powers, Todoroki thinks he is All Mights love child. Todoroki states that his father, Endeavor. He’s the number two hero after All Might. Since Todoroki has discovered a connection between Midorya and All Might, he vows to surpass Midoriya the way his father could never surpass All Might.

There is still plenty of tournament left and Hitoshi Shinso (a student that wants to win the tournament and join the hero track). He has a brainwashing ability that renders Midoriya stunned after he replies to his insulting advances. Shinso plans to have Midoriya walk out of the ring while under his control.

But, the One For All users of the past jolt Midoriya’s body, breaking his fingers and breaking Shinso’s hold allowing him to win his battle and move to the next round against Todoroki.

Uraraka and Bokugou have a great battle despite the crowd feeling like Bakugou is a bully. Uraraka doesn’t win because her quirk ends up making her pass out.

By the time the final battles start, Midoriya and Todoroki go head to head in a battle that shows vulnerabilities with both of them. Deku still hasn’t figured out how to focus his power without drastically injuring himself. And because Todoroki does not want to use his fire quirk, he almost goes into hypothermia because he is excessively using his cold quirk. Todoroki ends up winning after engaging in his fire quirk causing Midoriya to end up out of bounds.

The fight with Midoriya gives Todoroki an epiphany. In his fight against Bokugou, Todoroki hesitates. But, with Midoriya cheering from the stands he engages but relents at the last moment allowing Bokugou to win the match and the tournament. He goes to visit his mom later in the season for closure.

Tenya Lida’s brother gets hurt by a villain causing him to leave the tournament early. The students pick their hero names. Originally, Bakugo nicknamed him Deku as an insult to mean that he can’t do anything. Midoriya thought long and hard about his name and decided to use Deku after his crush, Uraraka felt it was inspiring.

In the second half of the season, Class 1-A accepts internships to train and hone their skills. Midoriya goes to train with one of All Might’s previous teachers, Gran Torino. During his training, he begins to understand his One For All quirk.

There is a new villain causing havoc in the city. His name is Stain. Shigaraki from season one’s attack on U.A. is trying to recruit him into the League of Villains. However, Hero Killer: Stain is a purist and won’t join because he just wants to kill heroes that are in the business for the glory.

New Nomu’s start to attack the city and Gran Torino and Midoriya go to help. Midoriya figures out that the attacks are happening in the same city that Tenya’s brother was hurt. He goes to find him Tenya to stop him from giving in to his vengeance and attacking Stain. But Tenya is already in combat with Stain and gets paralyzed after stain tastes his blood. When Midoriya arrives he is able to stall Stain until Todoroki arrives (who is now using both of his quirks). Together, Midoriya, Todoroki, and Lida take on Stain and capture him. The pro-heroes arrive after the fact.

A Nomu grabs Midoriya and tries to escape, but Stain kills it and obtains Miydoria. Every hero nearby stood by without a gameplan. Stain noticed Endeavor and became filled with rage calling him a fake hero and proclaimed that All Might could only kill him. Stain stood tall until a broken rib pierced his lung and killed him.

All Might tells Midoriya about All For One and the quirk’s ability to take and transfer quirks at will. All For One the hero reigned over the world and created the League of Villains and began transferring his powers to people and when they could not handle it, they became mindless Nomu. Other quirks evolved when merged with All For One.

That is how One For All was created. One For All gave his younger (thought to be quirkless) brother an ability to bend him to his will. However, the younger brother had a passive quirk that allowed him to transfer powers. The U.A studies do not cover this part in history because of how dark a time it was.

Eventually, All Might inherited All For One and defeated One For All. But now, it is Midoriya’s turn to take down All For One as he grows stronger as the leader of the League of Villains. Midoriya accepts this responsibility. All Might neglects to tell Midoriya that he is dying.

Class 1-A start final exams of the school year. They face off against their teacher-heroes. A lot of the students use Midoriya as inspiration to keep pushing and pass their exams.

When Midoriya and Bakugou get paired together for the final exam, things start very rough. They manage to come up with a game plan to try and pass the exam. But, All Might notes that the envy, competition, and jealousy between one another will keep them from working effectively. Bakugou takes point on fighting All Might when Midoriya gets a back injury. Bakugou gets put down by All Might. Midoriya punches All Might with a smash, saves Bakugou and sprints to the gate to pass the exam.

Meanwhile, the villains continue to prepare for world domination with the League of Villains.

Let’s catch up on My Hero Academia (season 1 recap)

I am excited about the upcoming season 4 of My Hero Academia starting on October 12th of this year! I’ve been waiting for the next part of young Midorya’s adventure with his fellow U.A. High School classmates and his favorite hero, All Might.

In preparation for the upcoming season, I am recapping season one, two, and three. They’ll be separate posts and will come up a few weeks apart from each other leading up to October 12th!

Of course, you can go back and watch the seasons for yourself if this series piques your interest. But for now, here is your My Hero Academia recap for season 1.

My Hero Academia – Season 1

Izuku "Deku" Midoriya, My hero academia

A young boy named Midoriya grows up in a world where having powers is normal. These powers are known as quirks. Unfortunately, Midoriya does not develop a quirk like others his age for unknown reasons. As devastating as this is, he does not give up hope and continues his plans to get accepted to U.A High (the most prestigious school to train and become a hero).

This angers an already hot-headed, Bakugo, a childhood friend of his (if you can call him that at this stage). Midoriya’s relationship with his Bakugo was always a strange one. Midorya looked up to him and was ecstatic when he developed his explosion quirk.

One thing that Midoriya had that Bakugo didn’t was the ability to examine his opponent and determine ways to overcome them. A pretty awesome trait, if you ask me.

Deku and Bakugo

Bakugo was always a bit of a jerk to Midoriya, but his treatment gets worse when he finds out that Midoriya is invited to U.A Highs tryout despite being quirkless. As a result, their heated rivalry develops.

On a happier note, Midorya runs into his favorite superhero, All Might one day in the city. the two have a conversation and Midorya looks for his support in pursuing his dream to be a superhero without a quirk.

At the time of this conversation, All Might was struggling with a long term injury that causes him to transform into a gaunt state as a result of using too much power.

All Might was in a fight before speaking with Midoriya and his power was running low. This caused him to power down in front of Midoriya and reveal his secret.

All Might, My Hero Academia

During their conversation, All Might told Midoriya that he would not be able to be the type of hero he aspired to be without a quirk. He was later proven wrong when Bakugo was captured by the villain All Might fought earlier that day.

In his gaunt state, All Might looked on has heroes failed to rescue Bakugo due to the condition of the area. However, Midoriya sprang into action! He ran into the flames and goop that surrounded his friend in an effort to save him. He knew it was hopeless, but he had to do something.

This is inspired All Might to power up and help save the day!

From there, All Might catches up with Midoriya and gives him a strand of his hair to eat to pass the ‘One For All’ quirk to him. He also offers to train him for his U.A High tryout and help him master his powers for the physical exam.

Midoriya gets accepted after showing his bravery and concern for others on the battlefield during the physical exam despite being in danger of failing. Sure he almost permanently injured himself, but he showed he had heart! He struggles to gain control of his powers for the entirety of season 1 and gains control eventually in the seasons to come.

There’s a point in the season that Midoriya and Bakugo go head to head during a group training exercise at U.A High. While Bakugo focused on destroying Midoriya, Midoriya is strategizing on how to complete the exercise. Midoriya’s team wins and though Bakugo gets pissed off, even more, he realizes that he’ll need to work hard to be the best.

Among other exciting happenings at U.A. High, All Might joined the teaching staff and that attracted villains. The villain’s leader is named Tomura. He brings his multi-quirk monster, Nomu, to attack U.A High students to draw out All Might for a fight.

Tomaru and Nomu, My Hero Academia

All might comes to the rescue even though he is weak and at risk of exposing his gaunt form. At this point, Deku and a few higher up members at the school know about this form and what caused it. All Might manages to defeat Nomu.

GO BEYOND PLUS ULTRA!!!

All Might, My Hero Academia

However, All Might is declining rapidly to the point where his skin is starting to sizzle. All Might want to keep the Symbol of Peace intact and holds on just long enough for Deku and a handful of other class members arrive. They distract the villains and give enough time to the other teachers/heroes (Eraser Head, Present Mic, Cementoss, midnight, Vlad King and a few others) to arrive and push back the villains.

Sure they save the day, but the breach of U.A high sparks the beginning of panic surrounding the school, the heroes and their ability to keep the city and its citizens safe.

Why should you watch Cannon Busters? (Netflix)

I never read the comic book series, but after seeing the pilot episode I thought Cannon Busters looked like a good animated series. I have to admit from the preview that I saw, I had Vash the Stampede vibes from Trigun, but after watching a hand full of episodes I realized that Cannon Busters is its own entity that is not as similar as it seemed at first glance.

Minor Spoilers

Philly the kid, casey, sam

Story:

It’s a seemingly post-apocalyptic cowboy world where magic once flourished, but after the King of Botica put some sort of deal in place, it ended the sorcerers era and technology followed. The main male protagonist, Philly the Kid is a cursed renegade with a bounty on his head. He links up with two droid bots (Sam and Casey) on Sam’s mission to reach the Prince Kelby (heir to the Botica throne) after they were separated during an attack on the kingdom.

Cursed to be immortal, Philly the Kid seems to have an aimless path. He’s just dodging bounty hunters. Sam recruits him to help her find the prince based on his reputation alone. After a magical Fetter brings back repressed memories of Prince Kelby’s father killing his family, his motivations change, and he uses his relationship with Sam and Casey to find Kelby and eliminate him.

Philly the kid, cannon busters, netflix

Why should you watch Cannon Busters?

They encounter bounty hunters, augmented subjects of Emperor Locke (the assumed dead child of the current king) and other zany characters. But out of all of the characters in the show, Sam is the most genuine and she’s a droid. More specifically she’s a War Golem created by Prince Kelby’s father to guard him as well as be a companion.

This is a fun series to watch. Philly the Kid has a cool character arc. You almost don’t know what to think about him. You hope he’s not capable of treachery, but you can tell he has a wild past and you don’t fully know what he is capable of even in last episode of the season.

The intricacies of Sam and her inner workings are interesting as well. Especially when you realize she is a war bot, but she has naive feelings as well. Plus, they set up the second season very well and the continuation of the story is hopefully going to produce more content for Philly the Kid and his group of allies.

Cannon Busters theme, netflix

Cannon Busters is available on Netflix now.

Dororo (2019) is a re-imagining done right (review)

When I found Dororo I was instantly hooked into the story. I didn’t realize it was a re-imagining of the 1969 version until I googled, but this is a remake done right. This new iteration is honestly tragic. As uncomfortable as the first few episodes made me, I wanted to find out how the story ended. Season one of Dororo is 24 episodes and it has one of the best opening themes I’ve ever heard. And contrary to other named anime, the title of the show has nothing to do with the main character. This anime evoke a lot of emotions with the story telling and really makes you invest in Hyakkimaru as a protagonist.

What is the story about?

In a world where war has ravaged every village in the area and famine, sickness and natural disaster have become the norm, a domain lord named Daigo makes a deal with demons to gain prosperity and rule over his land.

His deal was sealed at the expense of his firstborn son. As his wife was giving birth, demons fed on each body part leaving him without skin, ears, nose, eyes, or limbs. However, the child still lived because the God of Mercy saved his head.

16 yrs passed and that child, now named Hyakkimaru, is a skilled samurai even without his limbs and senses. He can sense auras and when he meets Dororo, a witty little girl with a gigantic heart and will, she begins to travel from village to village ridding them of monsters. Soon Dororo, Hyakkimaru, and a traveling monk realize that every time he kills a demon he gains a part of his body back.

By the end of episode 12, Hyakkimaru meets his family that sacrificed him for their “greater good”. This encounter alters his motivations. He no longer just wants to survive. He vows to kill every demon and regain all of his body parts, break the deal between his dastardly father, and the demons.

The second half of the season surrounds Hyakkimaru fighting for his body no matter the cost. He risks his humanity in the process and almost loses it. However, Dororo, Biwamaru (the traveling monk), the guardian who raised him, and his mother assure that he gains his salvation.

He even resolves his issues with his brother before becoming whole and going off on a journey without Dororo. He leaves Dororo to make sure he appreciates humanity since he came so close to losing it trying to get his body back.

Why should you watch Dororo?

As I mentioned at the beginning of this post, Dororo is unlike anything that I usually find enjoyment in. It has a very deep and involved story and watching Hyakkimaru’s transformation from mute assassin to a man fighting for a life that was stolen from his is very cool.

If a season 2 is planned, it’ll be interesting to see his rekindled relationship with Dororo especially since she is of age now. Hyakkimaru’s journey surrounded him getting his body back. Now that arc is complete, what will the next adventure bring them?

Why should you watch BEM (2019)?

Have you ever had a moment where you stumble upon something and you have a moment of total satisfaction?

That’s what happened to me when I happened to find BEM on Hulu a few days ago. Right away I thought it reminded me of Juni Taisen: Zodiac War.

The artistic decisions, the dark scenery, and the misdirection are all there. Plus, the soundtrack is amazing! It’s smooth jazz during most times. Then when the action picks up, the jazz is energetic and fast-paced. It’s so attractive.

Of course, I decided to google BEM to find out more about it. By doing so I realized there have been a few iterations of BEM and this 2019 version is just the latest with the original work being titled ‘Humanoid Monster Bem”.

Please forgive me for not knowing in advance.

“You thought you could trust her?” – Bela

Bem

Beginning of the story:

You are introduced to a female police officer (Sonia Summers) that arrives in a new town just in time to witness a purse snatching. She begins to chase the thief down and in the process almost gets run over by a car. Luckily a mysterious man in the night, we find out his name is Bem, saves her life.

They both catch up with the thief, but he is dead by way of drowning. With no water to be found in the area, the police begin an actual investigation.

What’s scarier than being haunted by something that you can’t see coming?

Within moments of meeting her new co-workers, it’s clear that Sonia has a code and her partners are a bit more lackadaisical.

The water monster used to be a human, but after drowning he decided to become a “serial drowner of humans”.

In her efforts to find out how the purse snatcher was drowned, she runs into Bem again as he fights the monster in water form.

When back-up arrives, the water monster massacres most of them causing Bem to take action and transform into a monster as well.

After defeating the water monster, Bem runs from Sonia who is chasing him down. He ends up phasing into the wall to escape.

She sits stunned in terror and disbelief.

Why should you watch Bem?

Sonia gives me Akane Tsunemori (Psycho-Pass) vibes. She’s a rookie cop with a clear code, respect for the law, and she’s getting caught up in a situation where the lines are being blurred.

Bem and his two comrades Belo and Bela just want to be humans and think that by doing good deeds and believing in their humanity, they can become humans.

I’ve never watched any of the older renditions, so I enjoyed going through this anime with brand new eyes. I’m expecting this story to be a struggle for Bem, Belo, and Bela to completely turn away from their nature. Plus, Sonia will probably form an alliance with them at some point.

But it looks good in this modern format, so I’m very interested.

Dr. Stone: S01 E01 | Stone World (recap)

I’ve never heard of Dr. Stone before it’s release this month, but if every human turned to stone and centuries passed before my stone cast broke away and I was intact, I’d want a friend like Senku awake too.

There was not a lot of character development in this first episode, but we at least know that if you stayed conscious during your petrified stone state, eventually you would crack open fully aware of what happened.

Season 1, Episode 1 – Stone World

Yuzuriha Ogawa, Dr. Stone, crunchy roll

We meet two important characters right away, including Senku (a scientific genius well above his high school years) and Taiju (a standard high school boy with a mega crush on Yuzuriha – a girl he plans to express his feelings to outside of school).

Unfortunately, before Taiju can express his feelings a bright green light spreads through the land and petrifies every human alive. Doesn’t matter if they are inside a building or outside, they turn to stone.

“The date is October 5, 5738” – Senku

We follow Taiju through the seasons and years that pass after the green light flooded the earth. The animals take back territory and nature reclaims the structures that were built during the human-dominated era.

Taiju managed to stay conscious during the centuries that he was petrified due to his obsession with confessing his love for Yuzuriha. Eventually, his stone cracks away and he is miraculously okay.

He has drifted quite a ways away from the schoolyard where he planned to confess his love, but he manages to make his way back to the school’s previous location. Luckily he finds Yuzuriha still there in her petrified state. He also sees a messaged etched into the tree behind her.

“Follow the river idiot” – Senku

Senku Ishigami and Taiju Ōki, Dr Stone, Crunchyroll

Senku leaves a message scratched into the tree behind Yuzuriha’s head. The message prompts Taiju to meet up with Senku who has been awake for 6 months and managed to stay awake by counting the days to prevent himself from going unconscious.

First of all, can we just take a moment to appreciate the trust that Senku had in his friend Taiju?

He expected his friend to be alive. We see that he has those high expectations at the beginning of the episode as well. Senku offers Taiju a love potion to win Yuzuriha’s heart, but Taiju says no.

Turns out the potion was actually gasoline, but Senku had no doubts that Taiju was going to say no. We’ll probably see that same expectation through out the entire series until something drastic happens and trust is broken.

Maybe.

Turns out Senku, being the scientific genius we know him as, has figured out a way to de-petrify humans from their stone state. Senku and Taiju create the formula and test it out on birds until they get the combination correct!

Finally, the bird is freed of the stone!

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