Dr Stone: Stone Wars SPOILER REVIEW

The Ultimate Battle Of Minds And Muscles!! Who Will Comes Out Victorious In The “Stone Wars?!!!”

Hey there, party people! Yeah; this is just like Jujutsu Kaisen. I must have explained this a few times in the more recent posts I’ve done. So I won’t dwell on this part much. But I feel like you guys are still owed and explanation: My brother’s and I kind of just stopped watching these shows one day. Stuff just kept popping up we just didn’t pick it back up. So I watched the dub episodes to fill in the gaps, and I can now talk about the whole season comfortably. So now; let’s talk about season 2 of Riichiro Inagaki and Boichi’s “Dr Stone: STONE WARS!!!

Season 2 of “Dr Stone” focuses all 11 or its episodes on the “Stone Wars” arc of the manga- which sees Senku and the forces of Ishigami Village fight against Tsukasa and his empire built with the strongest physical might. This is where we meet characters such as Nikki, Yo, and Ukyo. And I pretty much like all 3 of them. There’s just something about “Dr Stone-” I haven’t really found a character that I can truthfully say I “hate.” I think in my season 1 review of the series I talked about my experience while reading the manga, and how I’ve been captivated by 3 specific characters that would be my favorite- with the 3rd being the current still. Just ain’t found one that’s better than him- particularly when it comes to the content of………..Is this season in Cours, too? Cause I think the next part is gonna be 11 or 12 episodes as well; it’s coming out in July. But in any case; the teaser image for next part shows his stone statue, letting you know he’s on his way…….

The Best Character In “Dr Stone-” Coming Soon!!

But back to this season; the “Stone Wars” arc is all about trying to reclaim the the cave where they were able to get the main ingredient for revival fluid- in such a way that “no blood is spilled.” Not just to ensure that they get Ukyo and his impeccable hearing on their side, but also because Senku didn’t want a lot of bloodshed either. It’s like………..Senku both is and isn’t a “Traditional Shonen Protagonist.” He’s certainly smarter than the standard Asta or Goku or Luffy of his genre. But he’s also like them in the sense that he doesn’t want a lot of unnecessary bloodshed when possible- or bloodshed at all when he can help it. Heck; even when it looks like it’s inevitable he won’t. I suppose that would put him closer towards Emma from The Promised Neverland, though, wouldn’t it? In any case; I think that the concept of a “bloodless war” is an interesting way to take a “War Arc.” And it’s even more interesting to see how they fight against the Tsukasa Empire without blood when they roll up in a F*ckin’ Tank. Made of paper mind you, but a tank all the same.

The tank bit gets into how “Dr Stone” handles itself- the idea that inventions and science builds upon itself to make a full society. In that way; “Dr Stone” manages to both show us how everything is made and how versatile everything is. Like the tank- it’s made of paper they ironed out to make carbon fiber reinforced polymer shielding that they made to put around their steam engine to mimic a tank- it was more of a scare tactic than anything else. It only had 1 thing of ammunitions- which is all they needed to get the Tsukasa Empire to lose morale and subconsciously give up. Psychological Warfare was kind of critical to the plan.

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The Steam Gorilla- Armored And Fully Loaded

The other part of the War effort was Senku and Gen’s plan to pretend to be idol Lillian Weinberg to make people think that the United States was back up and running- tech and all. This is actually a scene I really liked: Them discussing how f*cked up it is to use a dead person’s name and voice to entice people to come over to their side; the idea of telling them that society is getting back up and running like that……….they both agreed that pulling a stunt like that would end up getting them a one-way ticket to H#ll. And the way that Chrome reacted to it was just “Guess All 3 of Us Are Going To H#ll!” Funny. Kind of f*cked up cause they might be going to H#ll for that one(Not Even Gonna Tease The Huge Spoiler On That One), but I’m glad that Chrome is willing to follow them- even into the worst of places.

Though the moment they try this plan; they of course have to end up talking to the Ultimate Super Fan Nikki. She’s so……….so dedicated to Lillian’s music; she can hear the slight difference in Gen’s impression of her, and even knows her exact proportions!! She immediately breaks down the ruse, and is only convinced to join them when Senku plays the record. She knows it’s just a record– but the idea that her music can persist and come back after 3700 years meant that she could live on; that Nikki could hear all of her music again. So she ends up switching sides, and helps them put on a more convincing Lillian impression.

Would You Call Her a “Modern Day Kohaku?” Or Is She Perhaps Stronger?

Actually; I was looking forward to these 3 characters showing up this season: Nikki, Yo, and Ukyo. As I said before; I haven’t met a single character in “Dr Stone” that I’ve hated. And Yo and Ukyo are examples of characters that I really like. Yeah, Nikki’s a good character. But I just find Ukyo and Yo to be really interesting, given their backgrounds and motivations for joining Senku’s side. Yo is similar to Gen in that he’s loyal to the guy on top- whoever allows him to be the “Top Dog” and do whatever; he probably couldn’t care less whether it was an empire of brain or brawns. He talks down to the people of the stone world, but is actually not all that smart himself.

When the Stone Wars end; he comes out of his hiding hole and joins the winning side. They needed the man power, so they put him to work. He comes in handy later, which the next part might adapt, so he’ll be important for later. But going back a bit; he has a hand in what happens in the end- as he is the one that let Homura go to help Hyoga with his master plan. In the same way that the inventions build upon each other; these characters come into play at various points- every new guy introduced becomes important either now or later. Yo is a case in which he’s introduced, and you don’t think too much about him. But he ends up being the first “link” in a chain of events that lead into the climax. Which hit HARD. In fact; I think I’ll talk about that next.

I’ll get to Ukyo’s importance in a sec, but I think I’ll talk about the end with Hyoga first. So; Senku revives Tsukasa’s sister, Mirai. Because of the nature of the petrification; it was like giving her the surgery she needed to awaken from her comma. But there in lied Hyoga’s chance- the chance to take out Tsukasa through his weak spot. Thus far; Tsukasa proved too strong even for Hyoga. So he avoided direct combat until he knew he could win. Enter: Mirai. He has Homura distract them, and is about to stab at Mirai. But he knew Tsukasa would jump in the way. This results in Tsukasa taking a spear through the chest, and falling into the river- with Senku trying to save him the same way he tried to save Magma in that cave.

Senku and Tsukasa vs Hyoga

However; Senku’s a twig, and Tsukasa one punched a LionNo way in h#ll is he gonna be able to hold up that anomaly in nature. So he ends up falling into the river with him. And Hyoga follows suit- as per his plan. He knew that this river would wash them up somewhere where he can “do the deed” without interruption or interference- and he knew that Senku would follow after him. So he takes this chance to try and coerce Senku over to his side, and explains his personal philosophy on the petrification: He- like Tsukasa- believes that this is a chance to “purify” the world. However; he takes it a step further, calling Tsukasa’s plan to “only revive the young” to be “childish.” No; he only plans to revive the Strong- the one’s capable of fending for themselves so that “The Strongest” don’t end up having to sacrifice for the weak.

He seems to believe that if the strong “exist to defend the weak;” they’re giving up more than anyone else- The Weak have stomachs full of food while the Strong go hungry. Which may play into his backstory- I’m curious how he came to this philosophy in life. Perhaps he defended the wrong person, or maybe he was forced to work his whole life to support his family. But one day; he decided he couldn’t take it and……..not killed his family, but simply left them to forge his own path in life and put himself first. And maybe that happened not too long before the Petrification happened, so this ideology stuck so prevalently in his mind.

He explains this philosophy to Senku, who already made it clear when he saved Magma in Season 1 that the strong and the weak co-exist- they’re a mutualistic relationship. So if only the strong exists; they won’t be able to decipher the danger well enough and………well; Die. And Senku’s the kind of guy that doesn’t want that to happen. As such; Hyoga decides to MAKE Senku see things his way, and gives him a choice: Join Him- Or Lose A Digit Until He Does. Obviously, that can’t happen. So Shishio Tsukasa- The “Strongest Primate High Schooler-” gets up and Fights his former ally- chest wound and all. And he does this because……..it’s starting to ring his his mind how wrong this way of thinking is- how flawed his mindset was and how far things could have gone if he wasn’t stopped……..by Senku. The very same guy he made the promise to “protect” once upon a time. And plans to Reignite That Promise Here And Now.

The Ultimate Tag Team!! Science And Muscles Vs The Spear- Who’s Gonna Win?!

I really liked this battle because it showed that Senku is not……… useless in a fight. In fact, given a little bit of time; he can be very resourceful. He used that make-shift splint around the finger Hyoga cut to hide the Taser he made with the cell phone Hyoga smashed up. More of that “invention stacking” thing I keep talking about. But the thing that should have foreshadowed the taser bit was when Tsukasa managed to force Hyoga into a single spot- that Senku had dumped sulfuric acid on, and he used the taser to make it EXPLODE(in very Fullmetal Alchemist type fashion). That’s actually the core of this battle: Tsukasa being a threat and forcing Hyoga in specific situations for Senku’s scientific inventions to deal out damage. Because as it stood; Tsukasa would not have been able to defeat Hyoga on his own with that injury- and Hyoga knew that. But the threat of Tsukasa was enough for him to fall into all of their traps.

There was also what Senku told Hyoga about science- how he could use it to “kill Hyoga with a single finger.” Hyoga probably knew it was a bluff- but he also knew the kind of scientific power Senku had at his disposal. Even if it wasn’t enough to “kill” him; it was still gonna hurt like a motherf*cker. So he also had to keep an eye out for Senku as well. All that made it harder than Hyoga may have let on. But in all; this was just a really good moment in the series- I can’t wait to see more of what Hyoga has to offer to the story. ESPECIALLY WHEN IT COMES TO THAT GUY!!!!!!!!!!!! But I won’t talk about that until then………

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Now This Guy………

Back to what I was talking about in regards to UkyoHe’s A Military Man; A Soldier. More specifically; he was a Sonarmen- in charge of watching the sonar tracker for disturbances. And with his keene sense of hearing; he can spot lot’s of things. Like the sound made by Magma when they were planting the cell phone at Senku’s false grave, or his ability to find them in a field by the rustling of the grass. Despite his peace-loving nature; He’s Actually FAIRLY Dangerous. But he’s also an “idealistic softy-” he wanted the Stone Wars to end “without a single drop of blood being shed.” 1)Let’s you know some of what he’s done in his line of work– that this would be his condition let’s you know that he’s “Seen some sh!t” he doesn’t ever want to see again. He could have killed Chrome and Gen and Magma- he chose not to because the opposing side wouldn’t break apart the stone statues. So he chose them because their path would lead to the least bloodshed. I also like the Robin Hood/ DND Archer esthetic to him- hat and all.

As for Yo; he was a “Crooked Cop” in the old world- his motto was “Shoot First And Ask Questions If There’s Time!………” or something to that effect. And as you can imagine; he uses his status to repeatedly break laws- in fact; he was peeing in the street at the time of his petrification. So why did Tsukasa chose to revive him? Well he needed Guards and Manpower. Yo might not be much on the brains, but he certainly makes up for in his…………..they needed the man power. And someone dumb enough to not question the new status quo- and weak enough to suppress if he tries anything. Honestly, the more I think about; the more I think he was just around to be the warden for their prison than anything else. And- all things considered- he might have actually been good at that one. And he’s at least able to take charge when it’s time to mobilize the other guards to find an escaped prisoner. And I suppose his unpredictability makes him kind of a problem. So……Yo is fine.

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He also looks down on the primitive people- despite knowing comparatively less than even someone like Kinrou.

………………….I actually think that I talked about the main stuff. It was only 11 episodes, and I got to all the stuff that I wanted to discuss. The only thing left to talk about…………actually; I want to talk about the music a little bit- the ED specifically. The OP “Paradise” by Fujifabric is good and all, but it’s no “Good Morning World” or “Sangenshoku”. But the ED here- “Voice?” by Hatena- is easily my favorite Ending theme for the series. The song itself is really good- but the visuals really give it that extra “Oomph!” The evolution of Humanity to seeing a young Senku- encapsulating all that information within himself and growing with it. But then he’s petrified, and the world gorws and changes around him. When he emerges- he just walks on with every intention of starting from the ground up.

And then the way he takes off running at some point represents what he told Taiju at the end of episode 1: “Building Society Back Up In A Sprint-” a line that always kind of stuck with me for some reason. But the way he started walking on his own represented his flashback to before Taiju awakened. And when his friends came to him; he was able to start running. And then the shifting seasons around him……….Amazing Ending. Check out the full song and the ED when you get the chance.

Dr. Stone ☆ ED 3 Koe? (Voice?) by Hatena - Tumbex
Can’t Walk Everywhere. Somtimes- Ya Gotta Run Like H#ll!!!

But in any case; the very last thing that I want to discuss with you all is the ending of the season- teasing the Kingdom of Science’s voyage across the world to find the source of Petrification. Now this was more than likely always Senku’s plan. After all; what good would building society back up do if everyone just gets petrified all over again? So Senku likely always planned for this to happen. But the thing that sparked this sudden decision: Tsukasa’s Injury. Senku did not bullsh!t around the topic: If Tsukasa were to carry on with this wound- he would not make it. But seeing as the Petrification can aid in rejuvenation of the human body; all he’d have to do is turn to stone again and get a dose of revival fluid. Problem: The origin point of the Petrification light was in South America. It was gonna take a minute to get their hands on the device. And again- not much time left, what with with things like infection and illness and all. So how will they prevent him from dying before they got back? Well…………………Senku said it best: He Would Have To Die This Time.

See; they can’t perform surgery- they don’t have the medical expertise for that. Nor could they stop the bleeding much or even cauterize the wound. So Senku comes up with the idea of freezing him– slowing down his blood flow and freezing off the bacteria so that he could continue to leave until they got back. Thus; “He Had To Die This Time-” bringing their relationship full circle. An “Eye For An Eye” situation; Tsukasa “killed” Senku- and Senku has “killed” Tsukasa. But the both of them are going to be saved by the very same thing that brought the world to ruin, and lead to their meeting. It makes perfect thematic sense when you think about it. Man; I hope I’m using that word right- “Thematic.” I always enjoy hearing discussions talking about different narratives and themes conveyed in manga. It’s partially why my posts are so long- I just want to talk about this kind of symbolism in stories. I hope to convey them well in any story I’m writing……….

Mind And Muscle- Side By Side

But going beyond that; it’s just a very emotional moments when it happens. Kaseki even makes Kohaku and Chrome leave so Senku can “do the deed.” Because it’s like; he’s putting a friend to death. You guys saw it in Season 1: Tsukasa didn’t want to kill Senku– he did it because he thought at the time that it was the only way for the “World to be saved.” He admitted that if they met before all of this; they could have been the best of friends. But because Senku wanted to revive the world he saw as “corrupt-” he thought he had to do it. “1 life vs A Million,” and he picked the million. Whereas Senku did it to “spare” him. It’s kind of f*cked up to say, and this was SO DEFINITELY not Senku’s intention, but……………it was like putting down a sick dog– “ending the pain” before they die a slow, painful death. He “spared” Tsukasa from dying painfully- instead choosing to “put him into a deep sleep.”

And it’s like; he also didn’t want to do this- he didn’t want to have to “take a life” like this. Especially not someone he fought with- who he was friends with. And that’s one thing. Kaseki put those 2 out because……..because……….they didn’t need to see that– to see their trusted friend and Leader put his close friend to “sleep.” Only some kind of sick freak would want a witness when they do something like that. But the most impactful thing about this sequence is how Senku tries to………he’s not trying to “delay the inevitable,” but……….it’s like; he’s trying to make sure the process is as peaceful as possible- to “cushion the blow” on himself and Tsukasa. He starts trying to make small talk with him as he’s about to freeze- about a bunch of random stuff like Super Mario. Nothing really- at least; it would seem. But as Tsukasa goes quiet while Senku’s talking about some in-game secret, you just………..you just kind of know what’s up. And you can hear it in the boys voice that he……….he did it. And he took no “pleasure” or “revenge” in it- he “doesn’t give a millimeter” about something like that.

When I first read this scene in the manga; I actually almost shed a tear because………it’s like……….this scene was……..This scene carried a lot or weight- for Senku and for Tsukasa. You’ll probably see what I mean for Senku in the near future, and Tsukasa’s sooner or later. But for the moment; all I’ll say about this scene is that it’s brilliant, and I’m glad that “Dr Stone” added it in.

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Rest In Peace, O Strong One……………..

And with all of that said; I think I’ve talked about everything I need to say about “Dr Stone: Stone Wars!!” Man; the last 2 posts have been so close together. It’s not like I’m coming back as soon as I would like to; this season was just shorter than Jujutsu Kaisen. There was much less to say because of its length, so I was able to get through this in just a few days. And……this post is the end result of all my efforts. But in any case; I give Riichiro Inarigaki and Boichi’s “Dr Stone: Stone Wars” a great big Thumbs Up!! Now I just need to watch a few more series and work on a few more posts and I’ll be all caught up again!!! Sh!t; I hope time is that kind to me. All my paperwork’s been cleared, so the time in between this and the next post is gonna be significantly longer. But on the bright side: I might actually be able to come back at some point this summer!! Let’s hope!!

That’ll be all from me for now, boys and girls in internet land. Until the next post; I’ll catch you all laters! Bye!!

Jujutsu Kaisen Season 1 Cour 2 SPOILER REVIEW

Hey there, my lovely readers!…………….I gots me sum ‘splainin to do, huh? Well………my brother’s and I ended up stopping watching episodes at some point for………..whatever f*cking reason. Be it everything from scheduling conflicts to stuff just continuously popping to some other dumb sh!t. So it took……..a while to get to this. Heck; I didn’t even see the last 4 episodes subbed- I secretly watched the dub to fill in the rest for this series and Dr Stone: Stone Wars. So now I have FULL knowledge of what goes on in the second cour of Gege Akutami’s Hit Series- “Jujutsu Kaisen!!” And I might have actually picked the perfect time to talk about it- in the worst way possible.

Thank You To “Uriko Nabil” On Facebook For This image.

As I’m sure all of you who follow this series have heard; Gege Akutami- creator of the series- has been having health issues as of late. In the statement they made to reassure us that they’re fine; they clarify that the manga is not going on hiatus because of that- it’s more of a “hectic schedule” thing. Like; the health issues they had in the past few months has thrown their schedule all out of wack. So much so that one of the latest chapters saw incomplete sketches– signs of overworking and rushing to meet deadlines. Which is so very not good. Especially with the recent tragedy that befell the creator of Berserk– Kentaro Miura.

I never read Berserk myself, but I know that it meant a lot to a lot of people. So on their behalf; I’ll say Rest In Peace, Kentaro Miura- You Will Be Missed. This ties into the whole “Overworking Mangaka” problem, which plagued Miura and Yoshirio Togashi of YuYu Hakushou and Hunter X Hunter– of which Akutami has admitted they took inspiration from. This struck people as worrying, considering Togashi’s track record with working and completing chapters. And ever since the anime started; the manga has been seeing a LOT more breaks. Which is a GOOD thing in the long run, but is overall a worrying sign. But with the passing of Mirua; these publishing companies are starting to re-evaluate their methods and work. As such; Shueisha and the Shonen Jump Editorial Department ordered Akutami to take a “leave of absence” for their health(also to make the series last as long as possible). Now; Akutami can focus on recovery.

If you think that this hiatus is going to be like that of Hunter X Hunter; I’m here to say that you’re incorrect, as Akutami assures us that it’ll be no more than a month or 2. To you, Akutami; take all the time that you need. The manga can wait. And that’s all the news on the manga. So let’s get into my SO FRE@KING INCREDIBLY LATE review of Cour 2 of the 1st season of “Jujutsu Kaisen!!”

Battle Of The Sorcerer’s

This half of the season covers the “Kyoto Goodwill Event” arc and the “Death Painting” arc- but mostly the Goodwill arc, considering it occupies more episodes. When I first started reading the manga so I could catch up to the series before the anime came out; I decided to check out a random chapter following Yuji’s death. Just to see if this was the kind of series that “bait and switches” protagonists- like Talentless Nana. I ended up jumping to the end of this arc, with Gojo showing up to help everyone like the deity that he honestly is. But that’s a topic for later. Right now; i wanted to focus on the Kyoto schools students- such as Aoi Todo, Mai Zenin, and the……………TRAGIC Kokichi “Mechamaru” Muta. And trust me when I saw that was AWESOME!!!

The “Kyoto Sister-School Goodwill Event” is an annual competition between the students of both Tokyo and Kyoto Jujutsu High campuses. It’s held annually as a competition between the two schools. It is held in the middle of the school year after the busy season for Jujutsu Sorcerer’s in the Summer. The event itself lasts two days with each Principal from their respective school choosing an event for the day. However, in the past years, both Principals have agreed on the same pattern; a team battle on the first day and individual battles on the second. However……….this tradition was broken by 1 Satoru Gojo in 2018, who made it so the competition ended with two team competitions.

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Kyoto vs Tokyo

This arc also serves as Yuji’s re-introduction to the main cast- which was hilarious. Yuji was expecting a tearful reunion with his friends and introduction to new ones. Gojo also expected that. I was more expecting them to be mad that he hid the fact that he was alive, but accept it. But not from Nobara- her reaction was perfect in-character. Megumi- I was expecting him to……..not “react,” but also acknowledge that this is kind of a good thing. While Nobara makes him sit in a frame you would use at a Funeral. She wasn’t happy- and no one else really seemed to pay it any mind. Anti-Emotional Revelation- “Jujutsu Kaisen” is really funny.

Meanwhile; the principal of the Kyoto School- Yoshibobu Gakuganji- orders the Kyoto students murder Sukuna’s vessel(1 Yuji Itadori)- as was intended when they sent Yuji and Megumi to deal with that one Curse at that Detention center. So it becomes a good ol’ fashion “1v1” battles. Yuji ends up fighting against the rouge Aoi Todo- who’s more or less just wants to fight someone strong……..and find a friend to talk about his idol Taka-chan with. Which he seems to have found in Yuji. The scenes hilarious, too: The Kyoto Students single out Yuji, and he ends up fighting against Todo. Todo stomps in his head to a tree ’til the boy bleeds- but Yuji’s more or less okay(though he makes a crack about this possibly having made him “dumber”). Seeing as Yuji was able to take that kind of punishment; Todo asks him the same question he asked Megumi: “What type of girl do you like?

Moved To Tears By The Answer

Seeing as Nobara and Maki weren’t around to slit his belly; Yuji answered the question honestly: “Tall Girl With A Fat @$$!!!” You guys know what I’m about- I’ve made that VERY clear to all of you. But to each his own.

The answer to the question…………………..makes Todo cry. And it sends him to a……. “False Memory World” where he and Yuji were in High School together, and they were friends since like childhood? Todo went to confess to Taka-chan, but she said she wasn’t into the “brutish type” like Todo. Yuji had a feeling this would be the case I guess, so he treats Todo to some Ramen in a shop in town. I watched that whole sequence play out- read those same pages like 6 or 7 times to make sure I didn’t miss ANYTHING– and all I’m left with after that is the same thing I felt the first time I read it: What In The Actual Flying F*ck Just Happened? Like; I’m still a little bit confused.

This scene happens again, but that’s a spoiler for either next season or season 3. And all I can make of this is that something about Yuji is able to “resonate” with people on such a level that he’s able to implant false memories in people or something. Like; people seem to have these memories of him that make them closer to each other than they actually are. I mean; Todo even ends up labelling Yuji his “BEST FRIEND” over this!! And later on; he even calls him his “brother.” Actually; that scene was pretty funny. The guy just shows up in his room at Tokyo Jujutsu High and starts calling Yuji “brother,” and treats Nobara and Megumi like friends as if he didn’t dog da b!tch out of ’em a few days ago. Useful for battle- inconvenient social life afterwards.

The Dynamic Duo!! Yuji And Aoi vs Hanami!!

The inconvenient social life aside; this apparent ability does come in handy for making new allies. Allies that know a thing or 2 about combat. In this case; Todo taught Yuji one of my FAVORITE aspects of this series: The Chaotic “Black Flash” technique. It’s a special jujutsu attack that distorts space, greatly amplifying the users physical hits when the sorcerer applies their cursed energy within 0.000001 seconds of a physical hit. When a sorcerer is able to achieve this; their cursed energy flashes black, and the force of their strikes is equal to a normal hit to 2.5.

The technique requires incredible concentration; no Jujutsu Sorcerer is capable of using it at wil- not even the Almighty SATORU GOJO. Holy Sh!t, man- if even HE can’t use it at will; what hope do the other characters have at gaining control of it? I mean; they WILL. Mastering a chaos factor like this would likely be the end goal in terms of strength and key to the “origin” of cursed energy. As it is also said that a Sorcerer who manages to pull off a Black Flash have an “Immeasurably Higher Understanding of the Essence Of Cursed Energy.” For these sorcerer’s; the mental process of manipulating cursed energy becomes as simple as breathing. Yuji at the very least seems like he’ll be able to master the Black Flash at some point in the future, as I believe he manage to pull of 6 consecutive one’s during his fight against the Cursed Spirit Hanami.

But going beyond them; I enjoyed seeing the relationship between Maki and her sister, Mai. Not gonna spoil the recent stuff with the manga(Man; I picked the PERFECT TIME to put this one out there), but I’ll say that this relationship is one of the good ones. A lot of “Jujutsu Kaisen” relationships are really good. But this one stands out in terms of familial bonds, as we learn the circumstances of their upbringing. MORE Manga Spoilers here that I won’t talk about, but due to the nature of Maki’s “Heavenly Restrictions” and Mai’s personal weaknesses(low self-esteem and whatnot); they were very looked upon and mistreated by the rest of the Zenin clan. But, whereas Maki was trying to fight against the clan and take over; Mai was more than content “at the bottom” as long as she had her sister with her. But Maki left, so she was all on her own.

“Misery Demands Company.”

Their relationship is very complex- one wants more out of life than what was available to her at the time, and one just wanted to be with her sister, regardless of where they were. And I think that in a way; they both let each other down. Maki failed to try and take Mai with her- leaving all on her own and Mai to fend for herself against an abusive family. While Mai failed to realize that they didn’t have to “rot in a hole together-” they could RISE together on some Shonen Protagonist type deal. Because another way in which they’re connected is their cursed abilities- Maki’s “Heavenly Restriction” makes her physically strong and able to endure a lot of what comes her way, and Mai’s low cursed energy allows her to conjure a single object a day for Maki to use. They complete each other. Fitting since they’re twins.

As for the other Kyoto students; I think I actually ended up like the 3rd Year Kyoto student “Momo Nishimiya ” the most in terms of design and cursed technique. It allows her to control her broom telepathically to levitate like a Witch girl(of which she seems to be inspired by), and also control the broom independent of herself for attacks and information gathering. 1)I find pig tails attractive, so that’s a plus in my books. 2)I like the simplicity of her ability and far she could theoretically take it. Like; she’s already able to do the tried-and-true “Wind Slashes” anime fans have become accustomed to. But it is also entirely for her to be able to move at blinding speeds for damaging attacks, and maybe even fight a hand-to-hand combatant like Maki without having to fight herself………..I made it sound like she could do some serious damage, when I just generally like her ability.

I also like her facial expressions- Look How Apathetic she looks right here.

I also liked her fight against Nobara during the Event. The theme of their fight brought up the topic of “Discrimination Against Female Sorcerer’s-” an apparent problem in the Jujutsu Sorcery World. This problem will be touched upon with the Zenin clan in the future, but we hear about it from Momo in regards to Mai. They’re expected to be “perfect” in a world based on skill- Mai and Maki were looked down upon their whole lives for their individual problems(leading to their divergent personalities). And that because she’s protecting a Cursed Spirit; Nobara could never really understand their struggles. Which Nobara doesn’t take so kindly.

The theme of the battle and conversation seems to have been “The Unfortunate Who Grow up To Resent The World vs The Lucky One’s Who Are Resented.” Mai’s behavior- mistreatment of Maki and her fight against Nobara days ago- is not justified by her upbringing. And just because Yuji is now harboring the most powerful Curse in history does not mean he deserves to die. And I think what Nobara was trying to say as a counter point(it may not come out right, but I’m gonna try) was that Momo should not condemn Yuji for choosing to save someone over leading a normal life, while talking about how Mai had a horrible life to justify their current actions. Not that I think she cared much about the philosophy lesson in all of this– I think she was just reacting to what Momo said and sticking up for her friend.

The Most Tragic Character Of All…………

Another aspect of the arc that I liked was the battle between Panda and Mechamaru. PANDA. He’s a Panda. And is one of Principal Yaga’s “Cursed Corpses.” Basically; he’s a sentient Doll Yaga made using 3 cores to make up his being- becoming Panda, his older brother “Gorilla,” and his “shy sister” we haven’t met yet. While his opponent- “Mechamaru-” is someone who’s life is……………..H#ll. Purely And Simply Awful. Like; he has the same “Heavenly Restriction” as Maki, which allows him access to RIDICULOUS amounts of Cursed energy- so much that people even say he could envelop the entire Nation of Japan(which allows him to control the “Mechamaru” puppet.). However; the trade off for Him was even worse than Maki’s. Maki just can’t use Cursed techniques or see curses without the aid of her glasses; Kokichi Muta’s restriction was that he was born without a right arm; USELESS legs; he’d get burns from Moonlight; and “it felt like needles pierced every pore of his skin.” Yeah; his life SUCKS.

I can actually understand his goal- to want to be with his friends in person, and be called by his name, rather than a nickname for a puppet he made. That’s all he wants. And considering his life right now- That might be all he needs right now. And I also like the Mechamaru puppet- it reminds me a lot of Kankuro and the Puppet Master Ninja’s in Naruto. I’ve always liked Sakura’s fight against Sasori in Shippuden, so seeing something like that here is welcomed. Particularly when it came to his fight against Panda. “A Puppet That Gains Sentience vs A Puppet With Strings-” Panda being free to think for himself, and Kokichi tied to life support and restricted to a bath that I suspect is a mixture of blood and water. This tied into their battle, and helped them to actually understand each other. Heck; Panda even gives him words of encouragement to help him afterwards. So look forward to that coming back into play later.

There are a few other fights during the event, but the “Meat And Poptatoes” comes when the Cursed Spirits and that whole faction make their move- trying to steal everything they need to seal away Satoru Gojo, while also trying to capture Sukuna’s vessel for their own means. And the fight that takes up the main slot becomes Yuji and Todo’s battle against Earth Spirit Hanami.

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This is Good- But The Anime is BETTER!!!!!

This is the fight in which Yuji learned to use the Black Flash- and where Todo chooses to take a back seat in favor of letting his brother fend off this Cursed Spirit. It was supposed to be training, and I’m fairly certain that Todo would have stepped in if it looked like Yuji was about to die. But I think he knew that these Cursed Spirits wouldn’t kill Yuji- be it because he’s Sukuna’s vessel or because he wouldn’t let it happen if it came down to it(Though He Postulates That He Wouldn’t Step In…………I believe). In either case; this was good training for Yuji- especially in how to “hold” a Black Flash combo move for a long time- breaking Nanami’s record of 4.

We also learn what Todo’s Cursed technique actually is, and……….The name is pretty funny. But it’s effective during a fight when you consider what it can do. Using the “Boogie Woogie;” he is able to swap positions of anything that possesses Cursed Energy- Human, Spirit, or tool. He can choose whether to change his own position, or the position of his targets. The swap happens when he claps hands- be it clapping his hands together, or when he uses someone else’s hands to make up for the other. It goes back to what Nanami told us in Cour 1: Telling the opponent about your technique can force them into a corner and make them make mistakes. Todo tells you the gist of the technique, but not all that it can do. As displayed when Hanami thought he could predict the swap’s position, only to end up being swapped with Yuji and end up taking the hit. THAT is how you work with a basic ability!! The more I talk about it; the more I start to realize how easy it really is to understand Cursed Techniques and how this power system’s worked.

God Farted, And It Blew Away A Barrier Made To Keep Him Out……….

I’ve made it clear that power systems like Stands and Nen make my head hurt. And I kind of got the impression from “Jujutsu Kaisen” that it would be closer to Nen, with Stand references here and there. Probably still Stand references that I haven’t found yet, but I’m glad to see these abilities aren’t trying so hard to make me think understand……….EVERY-F*CKING-THING like Nen. The more I talk about it; the more I find that I like something. And “Jujutsu Kaisen” seems to be one of those things that I’m starting to really enjoy and love. Though I’m gonna be missing reading it weekly for a while.

But back to the series; Gojo’s display of power is a STUNNING piece of animation- and the description of the attack makes it so that even a simpleton like me can understand it!! It works when he combines “Lapse: Blue” and “Reversal: Red” to make what I feel is his Ultimate technique: “Hollow Purple.” By combining Blue’s attraction and Red’s repulsion; he’s created a technique that utterly DESTROYS everything in it’s path. The matter doesn’t know which direction to go, so it just………..it just completely dematerializes. That sh!t is Co~ol…………. And was one of the best pieces of animation this series has to offer. And that is saying A LOT. Like A Lot a lot. But weirdly enough; I actually found that the best animation thus far came from a………comparatively less amazing fight. That being a battle at the end of the season.

The last arc at the end was a short one- kind of just an arc that didn’t fit at the beginning of next season, and worked in a short 3 episode format at the end so they wouldn’t have to do a bunch of filler episodes. It works for what it is, and it’s clear that the animators put a lot of love and care into the battle. But I can’t help but feel like it didn’t have to go quite as hard as it did. Not that I’m complaining, mind you. Actually; I was hoping that Yuji and Nobara’s “Joint Black Flash” would have the best possible animation. And it DID!!!!

Friendship Flash!!!

Of course; Megumi also got further characterization and development in this arc. I particularly like his battle against the same Cursed Spirit from the beginning of the season- it brings things around to where the story began, and allowed us to see Megumi’s development from where he started to where he is now. Particularly when he used his Partial Domain and…………..went kind of “Off The F*cking Deep End. I liked seeing him go a little bit crazier and talk a little bit of sh!t. He has a lot of anger, and a lot of bad times associated with the bridge this arc takes place on- it’s good that he found something to take out all of that frustration out on.

And I also liked seeing the Death Painting Wombs in action- and learning about their origins. THOSE ARE HEAVY MANGA SPOILERS, so I won’t talk about their connection to a certain character. But as you saw: They are hybrids between a Human and a Cursed spirit, created by the legendary Jujutsu Sorcerer “Kenjaku-” one who’s goal is to “evolve humanity” by using Cursed Energy. The Death Painting Wombs were the first instance of his attempts. And during the Goodwill Event Interruption; Mahito snuck into the Tokyo Metropolitan school and stole the fingers they had already collected- along with these Death Painting Wombs to help them in their endeavors. Also to stir up some chaos, as we see Yuji contemplate things about these particular enemies.

These wombs do act like brothers when it comes down to it- they defend each other, are happy to see each other, can get mad on each other’s behalfs. The way they act is so close to Human, that it begins to make Yuji think about whether it was right to exorcise Eso and Kechizu like that. Nobara is a somewhat-unconventional help for Yuji in this moment, further reinforcing the fact that she really does care for Yuji AS A FRIEND. This series doesn’t seem to want shippings between the main cast…….at the very least. Things may or may not change in the future, but with Akutami telling us that the series is only going to be around for 2 more years; I don’t think we’re going to be seeing the characters get much “downtime” to set up romantic relationships.

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The Origins of The Death Painting Wombs

……………………..Is there anything else I neglected to talk about? I could talk about Inumaki’s cursed technique, which allows his words to carry out commands- limiting him to ingredients to Rice balls and such. Like; he could simply say something along the lines of “Lick My Balls” and you would……………Not gonna change it; not gonna finish it, either. Just know that he can make people do some sh!t. I like it, and I want to know what the upper limits are. ‘Cause I doubt that he could say something like “Bring Me 1 Billion Yen” and they’d just bring it to him. It might operate by the same principles as the Death Note: It can’t be too unrealistic, or else it won’t work. Or something like that.

Oh! I can also talk about the new Op and ED. The New Ending PAILS in comparison to “Lost In Paradise-“ I’m not even gonna front with you on that. Like; maybe it’s just one of those songs that I don’t like, or maybe I just didn’t give it much of a chance(I skipped every time it came on), but it’s just not the same as “Lost In Paradise-” it never hit the same. And for them to give up the Ending that had so much schwag in it that it spawned parodies for Chainsaw Man, Naruto, Kaguya Sama, Bleach, and more. The music hit after every episode, and there was so much “drip” in it that it may as well have been a d@mn Waterfall. But if you liked it, then- more power to ya. I understand that tastes in music is incredibly objective(I don’t really have a specific type I like over any other), but speaking from a visual stand point- I have to say that “Lost In Paradise” was just in general a lot more fun.

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The Teaser

As for the OP……….it wasn’t “Kai Kitan,” but I still found myself humming it after a while. I still like “Kai Kitan” more as a song, but OP 2 has a visual appeal to it. Between seeing Megumi summoning “Maharaja” and Inumaki flying through the air screaming something(Actually; my brothers and I joked about him looking like he’s about to eat something, and it being a little misleading). But there’s also the tease of Hanami’s attention drawing vines and his fight against Yuji and Todo- as well as seeing Yuji beginning to get the grasp of the Black Flash. I really like how they chose to portray that; having Yuji using it at the end to show that that would be the end of this arc. As well as how visually stunning it was and how well it lined up with the song. And the foreshadowing of Todo’s Boogie Woogie was pretty clever; it happened so fast that I feel like a lot of people ended up missing it.

I think that the last thing I will talk about with this is the Kyoto School Students, as well as Megumi’s backstory and I think they touched upon Megumi’s connection to the Zenin clan? I believe they did. Because it’s like; I don’t want to spoil any of you on manga stuff, but I’m unclear on whether they got into that because it’s been about a week or so since I finished Cour 2. Hm……..! How about this: I’ll simply say that Megumi is the “B@stard Child” of someone high up enough in the clan that it becomes a major plot point later on. He took his mother’s last named, and lived with her and his sister for a while. Then we get into his High School Life. He was kind of a Thug- but he beat up on bullies and jerks like the one’s who made Junpei eat that cockroach. Megumi was the one that would have stopped that, but no one came to save Junpei. And we all know how THAT played out………….

Not An Image Of What Happened To Junpei, but it shows Megumi lookin’ Bad @$$!!!!

After some time of keeping the punks in school in check; his sister ended up going to check out a bridge where people commit suicide with her friends. She and her friends weren’t going to commit suicide; they were just checking out the bridge. But the Cursed Spirit inhabiting this place came up and she ended up getting cursed- she fell into a comma. And apparently; the people who were cursed by this spirit have started to die left and right- one year later. It’s been a year since she was cursed. So the Death Painting Womb arc is about him trying to exorcise the curse before it can claim his sister’s life.

And as far as the Kyoto students go; the only other 2 of any note in my mind are Gojo Fan Girl Kasumi Miwa and Noritoshi Kamo, who actually has a connection to Kenjaku and the Death Paintings. First: Kasumi. Now……… I have thus far loved all the female characters in “Jujutsu Kaisen.” Nobara’s a bad @$$ and hot; Maki is super cool and hot; even Mai has redeeming qualities to her personality……..and hot. I probably shouldn’t be labelling these women as “Hot” cause Feminists will be all over my @$$, but I just can’t say “beautiful” or “sexy-” They’re More Than That. “Jujutsu Kaisen” doesn’t do fan service, but that doesn’t mean that girls aren’t attractive. In fact; the low key nature actually makes them even MORE attractive. And Again: They Kick @$$. Kasumi, though- she’s physically attractive also, but I also feel like we’re sort of “kindred spirits” in a way:

  1. We both come from a poor family and have 2 younger brothers.
  2. We both played sports in High School.
  3. We both ended up taking jobs that would allow us to support our family- even if they are a little bit trying in their own ways.

And I like how she kind of has her “own thing going on-” she doesn’t have her own innate cursed technique, so- much like Maki- she has to use weaponry(despite never having held a weapon a day in her life) to fight Cursed Spirits. Unlike Maki, however; she doesn’t have the “Heavenly Restriction” placed on her, so she can actually use her Cursed Energy in combat- allowing her to utilize the “Simple Domain” technique and even put together a technique of her own. Basically; she has to take a stance to create a circle with a 2.21 meter radius. In this circle; he blade will be able to counter anything that comes her way……….unless her feet leave that position. In which case the attack is broken.

I’d Call This a “Catfight,” but it’s beneath me. So I’ll simply say: “Jujutsu Kaisen” Women Are AWESOME!!!

………………….I think I’m done here. I’ve talked about everything about this cour that I wanted to. Either I forgot more than I thought, or I already talked about everything that I wanted to and I was just stretching because this post felt a bit “short” to me. Huh……..I guess this is fine, though. I got across all my thoughts correctly, and I even discovered a new love and adoration for this series power system and battle mechanics. So with all of that said; I’ll leave off by saying that Season 1 of Gege Akutami’s hit “Jujutsu Kaisen” left us on a high note! Be sure to get all your friends into this show, and be sure to catch the Movie when it comes out!! Yeah; 1 season out and we’re already gettin’ a d@mn movie!! Ah, but then Demon Slayer’s a thing. So I suppose a movie after just 1 season is kind of inevitable at this point.

But in any case; “Jujutsu Kaisen” is great- animation, story, characters, battle system and all. Check it out if you haven’t, and until the next post, people- catch y’all on the flipside! Later!!

Asta’s New Weapon- Black Clover DISCUSSION

Hello, all! This post was originally going to be a “catch up” discussion to Nakaba Suzuki’s Seven Deadly Sins sequel series- Four Knights Of The Apocalypse. But the long the I took went on; the more chapters piled up on me. So I just decided to drop the idea an sprinkle in information as we talk about the series. That sound good to everyone else? Good!

But that still left me with a whole blank post that I wasn’t using, so I decided to talk about a concept that I was thinking about as I was walking home from my 3rd job at Dollar General; I had thought about the recent battle between Asta and Liebe and the Supreme Ranked Devil Fusion of Lilith and Naamah(I believe we called it “Laamith”). I got to thinking about when Laamith finally experienced fear at the hands Black Guardian Asta, and they ended up running away from him. I thought “Yo; Asta may have been stronger, but Laamith was too fast and almost got away from him.” So then I thought: “Asta needs more long ranged attacks.” Thus leading to this post, and my idea for what Asta’s NEXT Anti Magic weapon will be. My thought: A Wand- much like Noelle. Here’s why.

A Matter of “When.”

My first thought was of course the fight I was referring to earlier: Black Guardian Asta vs Laamith. Laamith proved faster and- if not for Nacht’s intervention- would have exhausted Asta and Liebe’s Devil Union and “calmly, slowly” tortured them until they died. And sure; he has “Black Slash.” And now he can toss his swords at people and call them back, but as we saw during the chase- Laamith was more than capable of dodging all of Asta’s long ranged attacks. So my thought was that he could use the wand for a sort of “Anti Magic Blast” that would chase after the opponent- much like “Black Meteorite.” Which I guess leads into the 2nd point: The use of more spells. But more on that in a minute.

More than just a spell that chases people; he can just do a generic Anti Magic attack in the same way Noelle just has regular water blasts. Huh; guess there weren’t that many points to the “long range” thing. Well; let’s get to the Spell aspect. So; are you guys aware of the way Tabata writes spells? He always begins with the type of magic, like “Water Creation Magic” or “Wind Spirit Magic.” But whenever he draws Asta’s attacks; he doesn’t have the same writing. It’s not “Anti Magic: Black Slash” or “Anti Magic- Demon Slayer Sword: Black Asta” or anything like that. The only time we got that is when he initially used “Black Divider-” technically making it his first spell.

Note The Way He Wrote It.

“Devil Union” is not in itself a spell either, considering how it’s attained. It requires one to make a contract with a Devil, and learn to “unify” with them to increase your power. It’s basically the Demonic version of “Spirit Dive.” And with the way he wrote “Black Slash,” “Black Meteorite,” and “Black Hurricane;” it seems more like a “Rush attack(to use as many video game references as possible)” he invented in the heat of battle. As such; they don’t count as spells. So maybe he’s like Noelle in that he needs a little “help” to harness his Anti Magic- he may need something to help him concentrate the Anti Magic so he can fight at long distance.

But another thing to think about are the kinds of spells that Asta will be able to unleash- maybe a Curse spell that suppresses someone’s magic, or a trap spell like Zora. He could potentially even gain control over the “Anti Mana Zone” attack that he displayed as “Berserk” Black Asta in his fight with Dante. The point is that he’ll be able to do a lot more damage with more spells under his belt. And if he manages to learn an “Anti Mana Method” or “Ultimate Anti Magic” spell, then he’ll be able to do some considerable damage. And before you say that he “couldn’t do this;” I want you to think about the fact that Asta can access spells at all.

Anti Mana Zone- Be Pretty Handy In Situations Like This.

Over the course of the series; Asta’s reach with his Anti magic has extended itself- from being limited to just his swords, to “coating” himself in it for Black Asta, to gaining more control over the swords and the Anti Magic to the point where he can project it. And now, because of the deal he made with Liebe; he can now make a number of Anti Magic weapons just by touching them and infusing them with Anti Magic, like he did with Yami’s sword.

I think that the act of using that right arm of his will allow him to turn a wand into an Anti Magic weapon that- as I said- will allow him to use more complex and diverse spells of varying range. He’s extremely good at close range combat, but to be a well balanced character skill wise- his long range attacking needs to level up a little more. Particularly if he wants to fight against Yuno and the other’s for the seat of Wizard King. Which leads into the next point: How the Anti Magic spells will affect other attacks.

Do you recall chapter 255– how Noelle tried to attack Vanica with a Point: Blank range “Sea Dragon’s Roar,” but Vanica repelled it simply by summoning her “Crimson Beast?” Well; I think that an “Anti Magic Blast” as it were would end up “destroying” a spell coming at him. Say Yuno sent a “Spirit Storm” at Asta, and he had this Anti Magic wand with him. He could fire of his own Anti Magic attack that not only dispells Yuno’s wind, but also attacks Yuno. And if he sends one that is supposed to “chase” mana; it’ll be as drawn to Yuno as a moth to a flame. Generic simile, but effective in illustrating my point. The same way go for his other rivals like Leopold and Fuegoleon.

I think I’ve illustrated why Asta should get an Anti Magic Wand; I think I should talk about where and how gets it. There are 2 places he can get this wand from, and 2 ways he can. And that would either come from Noelle, or from Dominante Code. It has been a while since we last saw these characters. Maybe a quick little “power up” arc could be just the thing that brings them back.

Perfect Re-Introduction

The first possibility is that Noelle will give over her wand to Asta in the same way that Yami gave over his katana. During a crazy battle; Noelle sees that Asta is going to be key in winning, and will needs something to attack with because the enemy is keeping his swords away from him. So Noelle gives over her wand for a long ranged attack that hits the target. Or- as not to just copy that scene- they could do it off screen and just flashback to it. It could even be a scene in which Noelle decides that she no longer needs her wand to help her control her magic, and gives it to Asta to make him stronger- as I laid out above.

The other way for this to happen is through Dominante Code- the wife of Fanzell Kruger. For those who may have forgotten her: She’s a Magic Tool Craftsman from the Diamond Kingdom. They were first introduced in the light novel “Stubborn Bull Book.” Fanzell and Domina left the Diamond Kingdom because of its corruption, and now live happily in the woods with one of Fanzell’s student- Mariella. Domina made Noelle’s wand. She could definitely do the same for Asta- though she might have to something a little different for a wand made to withstand Anti Magic. Not to mention Bruce. In the very same light novel; we learn that a Magical lifeform named “Bruce” lived in her wand until he had helped Noelle protect the Market place and expended all the mana keeping him alive. What does this mean for Liebe?

Is He Gonna Be Able To Go Back In The Grimoire Without Licita?

Bruce was a magical life form- Liebe is a Devil. Not the same thing, but operate the same way in that they inhabit a magic item. And if we’re now going by the idea that Liebe is going to go full “plushy” mode whenever Asta uses Anti Magic like “Black Asta” and what not; Liebe could use another place to stay while Asta is kicking @$$. He could pop out every now and then to give Asta advice or offer him deals, but….other than that; the little guy might want stay out of the “line of fire.” But there’s also Why he would go to Domina for a wand- or even why he would think he would need it in the first place. That could be the answer: Travelling.

Other than the reasons I’ve listed; the thing that even makes this idea pop into his head could end up being “Where He’s Going” and “Who he’ll be up against.” If he’s going to be fighting against Devil’s from now on, then he’ll need something to hit them with at long distance. And the “Where” could be going to the Underworld– a place where the mana seems to be “nasty and vile.” The only thing could withstand a sh!thole like that would have to be Anti magic- the Absence of mana itself. And using it to cast a defensive barrier spell or to keep the Underworld mana from “infecting” everyone that goes in with him.

Another idea for the “Travel” option is going to new lands- not necessarily the Underworld or any other realms. Like………a trip to the “Land Of The Sun?” And the why might just be because Yami………Yami might die this arc. Considering how the Tree of Qliphoth works(draining Yami and William’s magic and life force), and the fact that Morris accelerated the growth of the tree with the information he extracted from Lolopechika; I don’t know if those 2 are going to survive this. If anything; I expect William to live with regret and for Yami to die. Which will lead them to go to the Land Of The Sun so that they can tell Yami’s family what had happened and give him a proper “Farewell.”

This May Not Be The Last Time He Says “See Ya………”

They might encounter new enemies and have to prove their strength against someone in order to gain access to that country. Or they could run into some mighty powerful threats along the way and have trouble getting passed them. But if Asta can cast a long range spell; he might be able to hide them long enough to get there, or even potentially make someone’s magic weaker. Or perhaps it could even help them deal with other Devils that they meet along the way.

Lucifero seemed to have been under the impression that Liebe wasn’t the only Devil that manifested in the human world– that there might have been other Devils out there. These Devil’s are more than likely under a contract, but it still means that Asta and the Zogratis siblings aren’t the only Devil possessed in this world. And I can almost guarantee you that they aren’t “Good Guys.” Lucifero might have ended up making deals with these people as “back up plans” in case the Dark Triad failed…….which they will. And now that he knows that there’s someone out there that can challenge him in Asta and Liebe; I get the feeling he’s going to task these other Devil Possessed with taking him out before he gets out of there. And if that’s the case, then Asta’s going to need a power up- whether it’s a wand, another sword, or some other weapon(like an Axe or a Hammer).

He could also use it like this– A Sword Made Of Anti Magic rather than just a “conduit” for it.

And………YEAH!! Those are all of my reasons why Asta sholud get an Anti Magic Wand!! And I say “should” because the more I read this post; the more I start to realize that I may have been repeating the same point over and over. I really thought I had more points to discuss. But ultimately; I feel that he needs a more “diverse” arsenal. Swords are fine and all, but I think that if he’s going to level up; he’ll need to adapt to some new fighting styles, and mix them together to throw off the enemy. I think that and Anti Magic wan would be the start of that. But what do I know? I’m just sitting here waiting for my paperwork to get fixed so I can work.

But I would live to know all of your thoughts down in the comments. That’s all I got for ya today. Until the next post, everyone- Stay Safe and Prosper! Later!!

New Series Recommendation: Candy Flurry

Hello, everyone!! I’m here again with a new series that I REALLY hope all of you read today. It’s only 6 or 7 chapters in at the time of me writing this(Sunday, June 6th, 2021, 11:13 AM). It’s a new series in Weekly Shonen Jump magazine(the very same responsible for publishing manga such as One Piece, Naruto, Bleach, My Hero Academia, Black Clover, Jujutsu Kaisen, Chainsaw Man(If you can believe it), and more), written by Ippon Takegushi and drawn by Santa Mitarashi. I don’t know who they are, but I’ve been REALLY loving this manga recently, and I’m hoping that you guys will read along with me and spread the word of it with everyone. Who knows; if it manages to make it far- I might just talk about it regularly when it comes back! No; I MEAN it!! I’m willing to do that because I’m loving this manga, and I want to see it thrive. So; here I am to talk about Ippon Takegushi and Santa Mitarashi’s “Candy Flurry: Ame No Furu!!”

Back Story: This corporation called “Cyndy ToyToy” put out a line of sweets and confectionaries- only 100 of each type, be they things such as Ice cream, gum, or even Lollipops. However; these candies had a unique side effect for anyone who ate them: They found that they had the ability to summon the sweets they ate. Which is the FIRST thing abut the series that I adore: The Power System. I love how simplistic it is in execution- but how much potential it has for strategy and combat. I here about all of these complex @$$ Nen abilities and these……….ridiculous overpowered Stands, and I end up thinking “Whatever happened to the days where I can just hit someone REALLY hard and they go down?” Seriously; what the h#ll is up with Knuckle’s “Chapter 7 Bankruptcy” and that stupid “Golden Spin” bullcr@p? That……may have just turned everyone who loves the complex mechanics in a power system away, but I can assure you that this is a really cool way of fighting.

All someone has to do is summon a big @$$ lollipop or a really tough piece of taffy and then hit people with it until they go down, or use gum and caramel to set up a trap. I think people like the complicated @$$ nen system because it provides for a lot of strategy and provide for a different usage of power currency. But I think this simple system provides for some interesting match ups- especially when you consider how something like pop rocks or mentos would interact with soda. Yeah; it seems like it even extends to beverages and soft serve like Ice Cream. It makes me wonder what other kinds of sweets we’ll be seeing in the future.

But back to the story; we learn that one of the individuals who ate the Lollipop product used their powers to decimate Tokyo. Someone just made giant lollipop’s that crushed everything- to the point where the entire city was just abandoned. The Sweets user was never found, but one would be able to find them easily. You see; only 1 person can ever summon a certain sweet- 1 Donut User; 1 Ice Cream User; 1 Lollipop user. Thing is, though: Minase Tsumugi- our main character for this story- is a Lollipop user. But she is not the one who destroyed Tokyo. But she saw a glimpse of the guy who did it. So the initial premise of the series is her trying to stay off the radar and use her powers as little as possible- while in part looking for the guy who actually did it and earned Lollipop’s the epithet “Devil’s Candy.”

However; we pick up with her going to get her “8 AM” snack- a pack of cream puffs. But she finds out the shop is sold out, so she uses her “cuteness” to sucker someone out of theirs by making them think it’s her lunch. But before she can enjoy the snack; she is attacked by the Donut user who had just been robbing a bank. He’s now on the run from the “Recette-” the new law enforcement created to combat Sweets users. But for the moment; Tsumugi is left to defend herself on her own- as the donut user captures her to prevent her from telling the Recette where he went. However………his entrapment of her leads to the cream puffs she conned being smashed. SO………Tsumugi summons a giant lollipop and lays the SMACK DOWN on his b!tch @$$.

After she whoops some @$$; she shrinks the lollipop down, and cries over the remains of her cream puff. But her mourning is rather short lived, as the Donut user’s lackey’s come to see what happened. Which is when our secondary main character and new Recette recruit- Midori Misaki. He- with his Recette approved Giant Fork(No, I mean it)- comes in and apprehends the rest of the perps. He retracts his fork, and introduces himself to Tsumugi. He asks if she has any connection with these people, but she denies it. Misaki apologizes, and offers to pay her dry cleaning because she got powdered sugar on her from the donut user. As she goes on her way; Misaki notes that the Donut user was knocked out somehow, and begins to suspects “foul play…….”

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We see that Tsumugi isn’t as cold hearted as she tries to be. She seems to be afflicted with the same problem as Peter Parker: “With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility.” She tries to just walk away from a……..weird Pig Dog Thing that’s about to get caught in the rain, but she can’t bring herself to commit to walking away from it; she ended up giving it her umbrella. She understands what’ll happen if they figure out she’s a lollipop user, but…………..she has a serious case of “Hero Syndrome” as Overhaul would so aptly put it.

When she arrives at school; she finds that she has a new classmate to contend with: Midori Misaki- the Recette Agent from earlier. She tries to keep under the radar, but………..Misaki sits next to her in class. And his suspicions of her become VERY clear very quick. And comment about a “Gorilla” doesn’t sit well with her, either. As she’s walking through the hallway; she’s met with Kishizaki- her constant admirer. She’s apparently rejected him a few times, but he can’t seem to get the memo. As such; he constantly pines after her, much to her annoyance. Though this time is different, as she has a Strait laced Recette agent watching her. And seeing her clearly uncomfortable- Sweets User or not- Misaki comes to her aid……….not “rushing” because it’s against the rules to run in the hallway. And it’s also against the rules for Recette agents to use force against civilians. To make a long story short: Kishizaki beats the sh!t out o him for getting in his way.

On top of that; Misaki failed the recent quiz because he didn’t have time to study. So……..Tsumugi tries to help him. But he’s kind of stupid, so they spend a lot of time reviewing after class.

During the tutoring; he reveals that he hates sweets. It’s like the idea of a traumatizing event connected to a certain food. In One Piece; the giant Hajrudin doesn’t like the sweet Semla- which he connects to Big Mom’s hunger pangs. Or my brother choking on a skittle once- souring him on skittles altogether. And with what all these sweets users causing all these problems; it’s no wonder why he doesn’t like candy and the likes. Tsumugi is surprised that people like him can exist, but Misaki is even more surprised that there are still people that can “still stomach sweets” considering what they’ve done to society. Particularly the Lollipops.

Looking over at the ruins of Tokyo- Giant Lollipop’s spread all across it; Misaki points out the various problems with eating it(which is actually addressed in the opening monologue of the series), and labels it “The Devil’s Candy.” Little does he realize; these words cut Tsumugi- deep. Because her Favorite Sweet is Lollipops. She breaks down the way the way she enjoys lollipop’s at the beginning of the series:

Lollipops are a special kind of candy to me. If I get one as a reward; I don’t eat it all up in one day.

First; I enjoy how it looks. Then I undo the wrapper with anticipation. Then I break it into pieces and eat it. And when I’m done; I look at the stick and feel a little sad……….

That’s……..What you do with a lollipop, right?

Minase Tsumugi

Lollipop’s seem to be important to her, so seeing them used for such destruction, and the fact that they could lead to the “end of her way of life;” it hurts. Especially when she saw the guy who did it. She can’t prove it; she didn’t even see the guy’s face, but………she knows what she saw.

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As she’s walking back; she stops by the place where she left the pig dog and her umbrella. It looks like someone took both the dog and her umbrella. So she’s just left there to think that she’s “lower than a pig.” But then; the Donut user from earlier shows up- and he. Is. INSANE. Like; he’s covered in so many donuts that he’s become something of a monster. Actually, looking at it- I think he did. His head is bigger, and the color of his hair and face changed to shades of purple. Indicating that somethings going wrong with his powers. And maybe hinting at a power up Tsumugi might be able to get later on. In any case; he starts attacking wildly everything. Tsumugi avoids the attacks- contemplating using her powers But she decides against it out of fear for what will happen to her if she does.

It’s not like you can blame her; on top of knowing how sought after the lollipop user is- she probably suspects that the Recette’s will be on the scene and see her in action. Which they are, in a sense. Misaki arrives to help the situation, but he’s injured in the process. But he can’t let innocent people get hurt, so he tells Tsumugi to try and get to a safe place. Tsumugi asks him why he helped her even if he suspects she’s a sweets user. Misaki simply tells her that “It’s his job” and that he “doesn’t want anyone else to get hurt by sweets” the same way he did when the Lollipop’s rained down.

She’s about to run away when she thinks to herself how selfish she’s been, and decides to do something to stop this monster. She runs up the outside stairs of a building, making it all the way to the roof before she creates a MASSIVE lollipop to bring down on the Donut user’s grotesque head!! It is here that she laments in her resolve to use her lollipops to find the one responsible for Tokyo- and prove to everyone that her favorite candy isn’t “The Devil’s Candy.”

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The Donut user is defeated, and Tsumugi ended up outing herself to Misaki. Confused as to why she would risk her own life to save him; Misaki asked why she used her powers to save him. Tsumugi- in this moment- admits to Misaki that she “wanted to show him that it’s easier to eat a lollipop when you break it into pieces.” I think what she’s trying to say with this is that she wanted reach out to and trust someone with her secret- the same way someone would break down their own method with someone they trusted. She extended her hand- and Misaki…………knocks it away………Initially. But more on that in a minute.

As you can suspect; chapter 2 sees them fighting. Tsumugi wins in part due to her own strength, but also due to Misaki’s injuries from the last fight. She tries to talk him down, but he’s not willing to listen. So she goes with her default option: Run Away For Good. But as she runs; she starts to think about it- about how her life has now been upended; how she’ll have to constantly be looking over her shoulder; constantly running; hiding her true self and keeping everyone at arm’s length……..It makes her really sad. And we see her face go dead panned- almost lifeless really- as she asks herself “Why don’t they get that I had nothing to do with it?” Which is another thing that I’ve come to really like about this series: Tsumugi’s internal monologue. It shows the internal struggle between the “self preservation instincts” we all possess, and her own secret desire to help people and prove that not all sweets users are bad. She doesn’t want to run away forever- she wants to live a happy life eating as many sweets as she can. At least; I think that’ll be her goal.

Meanwhile; Misaki begins to confront the escaped Macaron user, who’s attacking for some unknown reason. But with all of his accumulated injuries; he can’t make a dent in this guy. Tsumugi tries to take this as a chance to run, but she sees a little boy- one who hates sweets because of what the Macaron’s are doing. As such; Tsumugi reluctantly runs in to help, and takes down the Macaron user with the help of Misaki.

Because of what she did(save a child at the risk of being caught); Misaki starts to believe that she wasn’t the one who destroyed Tokyo. So he tries to trust her more. That said; he’s still going to be keeping an eye on her. It’s a small step, but she says that it’s rater important for her. Because now that she has someone that believes her; she feels like there’s a chance that she could actually join the Recette, and find the real culprit who destroyed Tokyo. Easier said than done- as she has a few “obstacles” to deal with in her path- namely Toka Irie.

So you know how Sweets users are often wanted criminals, such as Donut, Macaron, and the other Lollipop? Well; there are a few Recette agents- called the “Aces-” who are all Sweets users. Irie’s sweet: Vanilla Ice Cream. Wonder what their definition of “sweets” is? And do candy factories really make Ice Cream? One things for sure: She is not to be f*cked withunless you want to end up as sherbert. She is able to create giant scoops of ice cream and create sleets of it to skate on, which she does to great effect. Though she does have a bit of a glaring weakness: She’s Extremely Forgetful. She wore mismatched socks to work today because she was in a hurry to get out of the house. When she was younger; she did the same thing, but went back to change them. Her parents were……………elated? They praised her like “Man……..What an amazing kid we have here!!!!” It was……..odd positive reinforcement, but I guess as long as they were understanding and not d!cks about it; ’tis all good.

But then one day; Irie ended up eating a Toytoy candy, and gained Vanilla Ice Cream powers. Given all that she can do with the ice cream; it’s quickly become my favorite sweet power in the series. But I definitely say that Tsumugi is my favorite character thus far. I just really like how her internal and external struggles interact with one another, and just what her ability is. The lollipop’s don’t have some specific use per summon; she just HITS THE F*CK out of people. Though again; it’ll probably get a little more refined as the series goes on. We even get this early on when we see her powers in comparison to the Macaron user, as she’s not able to make her lollipop’s float like her can. It could always be the type of sweet, but I think it’s indicative of what she’ll be able to do in the future. Much like Asta learned to do with his Anti magic swords in Black Clover. But enough on that for now.

We see that Irie’s parents reacting like normal parents for a change, and send her off to make sure she’s safe. But before she leaves; Irie reminds them that they haven’t patted her head like usual. She went to live with her Grandparents house, with the promise that her parents would arrive not soon after her………but they never showed up. It wasn’t soon after she left that Tokyo was crushed under giant lollipop’s. So…….also baggage from that. I hope they don’t fall into the “Everyone was directly affected by Bad Event” thing- not everyone lived in Tokyo, right? And not everyone had family in Tokyo, yeah? So let’s not have every central character in the story have some sort of vendetta against the Lollipop user. But I also feel like a lot of these characters are going to play a role in finding out who the Lollipop User really is. Like; this might be a Detective Conan situation where we’re trying to figure out his name and motive. But also; the other Sweets user’s connection to him. There’s a reason 2 Sweets Users attacked the same place on the same day………….

There’s also the way in which the Recette’s fight against Sweets Users: Using their giant bow staff utensils, but also these small supplement pills called “Confeitto.” They look like breath mints(even down to the container they’re held in), and give them a physical boost to match a Sweet User. As shown with Tsumugi; their abilities aren’t the only things to worry about when facing them- it also seems to give them a physical boost, as Tsumugi is able to fight against a trained Agent like Misaki without too much of a problem and her strength when wielding a Lollipop nearly 3x her size. And part of the test to join the Recette’s is to see how well and how effective individual tester’s use a limited number of Confeitto. However; not all Recette agents use them– as shown when Misaki was fighting against Irie; Irie pointed out of that he doesn’t use the Confeitto in battle. The reason being really obvious: He Hates Sweets. So using a sweets-based boost would be against everything he stands for.

Though as you can more than likely imagine; his character arc in the beginning is going to be accepting that he needs that help to fight against the Evil Sweets users. As he’s seeing through Irie and Tsumugi; not all sweets users are bad. But as long as they’re seen that way- lollipop’s in particular; Tsumugi- a completely innocent girl who just absent mindedly bought her favorite treat one day- won’t be able to live her life normally. So he could see accepting the Confeitto as the first step in changing the perception of Sweets Users- by first changing himself. Thematic Importance And First Character Arc of The Series Discovered. Ba-Ba-BOOM.

It’s only 7 chapters in; it should be easy enough to catch up to. I really like this manga, and I want it to be popular enough to stick. Even though the longer I write this post; the more I start to feel like it’s going to be cancelled. Which is………Fine, I guess. At least I get to enjoy it while it’s around. But please: Give It A Read. Recommend it to others. Talk it up. Do whatever you have to to make sure this manga lasts as long as possible. ‘Cause I get the feeling that it’s gonna become something Phenomenal. That’s all I got for the lot of ya today, my lovely readers. Until next we meet; Have A Wonderfully Fantastical Day!!!

Amphibia Season 2B SPOILER REVIEW: This Show Deserves A Day Time Emmy Or Whatever!!!!

1 of These 3 Will never be the same again……………….

No; I’m DEADLY serious about that sh!t. That season finale- “True Colors-” was just one of The BEST Season Finales I have ever SEEN. Like; just unfathomably beautiful to watch. But we got a whole 9 episodes before we get to that. But right now; we’re gonna talk about the 2nd half of season 2 of Gravity Falls Alumni- Matt Braly’s ingenious “Amphibia!!”

I talk about it being “ingenious,” and- IT IS. But I think all my hype over the season finale and the season 3 teaser we got is clouding all my judgement. So I’m going to try to separate my own thoughts and adoration for the finale from the critical side of things, and say that I think that this second half of season 2 was a lot better than the opening part. Not that the “Road To Newtopia” arc or what went on in Newtopia was bad, but………a lot of what went on back in Wartwood served a much bigger purpose to the overall story, whereas some of the only stuff that played any purpose in it was everything that went on with Frobo following the Plantars and Marcy and Andrias doing research on the Calamity Box, while Season 2B seemed to do a lot that built up the story and tied the episodic parts together to make something special.

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Season 2A was all about the episodic stuff that had smaller tie ins and relevance to the overall story, whereas 2B focused on the main story and building that up throughout all of the episodes. I guess you can think of this whole season as “the turning point,” with part A still having the episodic adventure elements of Season 1, and part B is going to tie into the heavily plot driven 3rd(and unfortunately FINAL) season of the show. As such; we see each episode connect to the others in interesting ways- things established earlier don’t take quite so long to pay off in comparison to the episodes prior. And we see a lot more concepts come back in comparison to before. That’s not to say that season 1 “lacked” continuity or anything; just that the pay off isn’t quite the weight in the back half of season 2.

Something I like is that we don’t open season 2A with them just “returning to Wartwood,” but skip the trip in favor of them being a little ways away from home. Not to mention that it makes the fact that Anne read Bessie’s manual important when talking about who would drive the F’wagon. I often find myself questioning why they didn’t try driving in shifts, but I suppose Bessie also needs a break when they do. Though I also doubt that they would stop in the middle of the road in the middle of the night- especially sense Hop Pop specifically told Sprig and Polly in the very same episode that “Amphibia ‘changes’ at night.” So; the first episode was a little confusing looking back at it. Although it worked to get them back to Wartwood in a timely manner- and tease a certain robot’s meeting with the Plantars.

“Collision Course………”

The NEXT episode with their arrival sees a grandiose reunion with the citizens of Wartwood- Mayor Toadstool; Mrs Croaker; The Sundews; Toadie; Wally and more. It was genuinely like returning home after a long trip. And it was a lot of fun to watch this episode because of that.

The overall plot was that the Plantar’s had forgotten to get the townspeople souvenir’s from the trip. So they had to scramble to find a way out of it. Anne points out how they’ve already learned that telling the truth is always best; she gets on board with their ideas when the idea of forgetting souvenirs threatens her OTS of Ivy and Sprig. So they summon a……….. “Chicka-lisk” monster that eats Gold. They painted empty boxes gold and passed it off as gifts to Wartwood, and then had the Chicka-lisk attack and destroy it so that they have a convenient excuse. But they’re caught in the end, and their ruse is revealed. But they’re not mad; rather- they’re HAPPY that things have gotten back to their “usual plantar chaos” that they’ve come to know and love. Truly a “Homecoming” for the history books. But the stand out thing in this episode- at least for me– was the Chicka-lisk’s subtitles. I didn’t think an ancient bird monster demon talks like that.

It seemed like it was genuinely happy that someone got him presents. But then they end up getting provoked like that……..you just gotta watch the scene to enjoy the comedy. He’s just like “another character” in the show. I kind of want him to come back again– even though I’m 96% sure that

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Another episode of note was of course when Hop Pop revealed that he berried the Calamity Box instead of looking into it any further than the name. That episode tied into the adventure to the first temple. It was……..hard to watch. But in a GOOD way. Cause it’s like: Anne trusted Hopediah with the sole thing that could get her home- the only way back as far as she knew. And instead of looking for a way to recharge it to send her back; Hop Pop berried it– with seemingly no intent of digging it back up. And Anne FELT that- she felt betrayed by someone she had grown to consider her own Grandfather. She trusted him with the only thing she thought could get her home, and he just hid it away from her. F*cked Up, Man- very F*cked up.

This carries over into the next episode, which sees Marcy and the Plantars venturing to the first temple to recharge the Calamity Box. And I really like that detail. Because it’s like; no one would forgive someone who betrayed them in such a way and over such an important thing like a way home- at least; no one who’s sane. Anne did not forgive Hopediah so quickly- or not as quickly as she would have thought, considering who it is and why he did it. Like; Anne didn’t fully forgive Hopediah, even though he was jumping through hoops and hurdles to get back on Anne’s good side. But that just made it that much more difficult. Every time Hopediah would make her favorite breakfast, or throw himself in harms way for her; it just reminded her of what he did. Understanding reason or not; it was a betrayal of her trust. And although she’s willing to let things go; doing so is actually going to take a minute on her part. And that’s Fine.

I think that the message of this plot point was that some times- people mess up; they make a decision, and that decision might hurt you. And it’s fine not to forgive them right away; you don’t have to. If it hurt you really bad, then it’s natural for things to be a little awkward going forward. And yes; this only lasted into the first temple episode, but that’s fine. The circle of life must continue- fish gotta swim and birds gotta fly. It happens.

The Morning After The Fallout

Something that I enjoyed seeing and watched tie into the season finale: Marcy’s Emotional Ineptitude. Or; that might sound a bit rude. So I’ll instead say that Marcy’s struggle with understanding people and emotions is #relatable. There are times when I’m talking with my brother and I just want to…..to stop. Like I said back in my Hiatus post: I REALLY HATE TALKING. If I had another means of communication that didn’t require it; I’d never speak again. It’s just kind of a hassle for me to try to verbalize my thoughts, and then lose them altogether when they cut me off. But I can kind of relate to Marcy’s struggle because when I let my loathe of talking show; it ends up hurting my brother’s feelings because he loves to talk. I’m an introvert by nature; he’s a self described “ambivert-” he can kind of do both the intro and extrovert thing. As such; he’s able to pick up on people’s emotions. Whereas I……… I don’t entirely understand why what I say hurts people a lot of the times. Sometimes it’s because I don’t get why a specific word is so bad(The dreaded “C” word isn’t as bad in some European countries), and sometimes I don’t understand what I said that set people off.

Like this one time when we were talking; I was trying to feign interest because it’s rude not to, and he finished. I didn’t have any questions about……..whatever he was talking about. He got upset because I went back to doing what I was doing so easily, and I didn’t get why. H#ll; I still don’t. Whenever I tell him stuff; he goes back to doing what he was doing. I just thought that was normal. But I guess not. In any case; I can get how Marcy can be a little “unaware” of other peoples feelings- the feeling of being to absorbed in your own activities to notice the people around you. And that struggle is made very clear in this back half of season 2 with her arrival in Wartwood.

e Of Her Actions

Following the adventure in Temple #1; Marcy decided to stay in Wartwood until she’s ascertained the location of the next temple. So, while she was there; she decided to try to make friends with the residence. But, much like when Anne first came to town; they didn’t take to kindly to a new comer. So she tried to “win over” their affection “in the most efficient and quickest way possible.” She was treating it more like a “Class Project” than a chance to meet people. I’m not all that smart and too timid for something like that, but I kind of see what she was doing: If you have a problem you don’t know how to solve- tackle it the best way you know how.

However; the plan backfired on her and she ended up destroying the town. Fortunately; the residence aren’t mad. In fact; they feel rather nostalgic because of all the shenanigans the Plantar’s have caused since Anne came to Wartwood. Marcy’s destruction of the town ends up accidentally bringing them closer to her- which is fine in the end. Especially since it ties into a……….rather odd episode. You know, I’ve been gushing about the season 2 finale since I saw it, but I actually think my favorite episode from this back half of the season was the episode “Maddie And Marcy.” It was one of those episodes that didn’t have the main cast in it aside from a cameo appearance from Anne and Sprig, but…………that was fine. Because this episode saw hungry-for-acceptance Marcy meet with Wartwood’s resident Curse User- Maddie Flour.

The episode was really more about Maddie and her relationship with her sisters- Lavender, Rosemary, and Ginger. It had a similar message to the second Lego Movie with the idea that younger siblings just want to spend time with you. Rosemary and the others wanted to play with Maddie like they used to. But Maddie got more into the use of Curses and just kind of “moved on” from playing with them. But they wanted to play with their sister, and were very persistent in trying- even following her to her little lair and messing up her reanimation of a pet for someone. Mental…….F*ckery aside; she yelled at them and told them to go away, which hurt their feelings. And then Marcy showed up- curious about how Curses are made in Amphibia. Maddie, happy to have someone her age interested in Curses, took Marcy in as her apprentice and taught her how to make a variety of Curses(something that was alluded to on their way to Temple 3, but not very paid off in the end)- to the envy of her sisters.

So they suggest that they use her magic book to make a potion that’ll make the bigger so Maddie will want to play with them again. I want you to sit and think about how that ends. Did it end up with them as full grown women, or did they grow larger and larger until they were supposed to explode? Give up yet? It was the latter!! So while Marcy made antidote; Marcy grew to their size and gave them what they want: Played with them like she used to. And in the end; Marcy managed to put them all back to normal. Lesson learned; Wartwood destroyed; Marcy gains a new skill; story continues. And, like I said; Marcy learning how to use Curses doesn’t play into much the rest of the season. In fact; the second time we see her use her new knowledge- it ended up getting spilled by that little snail Polly got back in Newtopia. Nothing much. What ISa big deal about this season: Sasha.

Yo; I’mma keep it “Real 100” wit’ch y’all: “Barrel’s WarhammerWas F*cking Awesome. I know I said that “Maddie And Marcy” was probably my favorite episode, but this has one of my ABSOLUTE FAVORITE MOMENTS in recent western animation. I’m just gonna get to the “meat and potatoes” of the episode: Sasha and Grime(along with Percy and Braddock) try to win over the other Toad Lords in order to amass an army and overthrow King Andrias(an action that might have proven better off than what we got now). But to prove themselves worthy of their respect; Aldo sends them on a quest to retrieve the legendary Warhammer of the Toad Warrior “Barrel The Brave.”

As they go after it; the defacto Guardian- The “Narwhal Worm-” tries to shake them off in any way it could. But you know what Sasha does to get it? You wanna know the moment I’m so eager to get to talk about is the moment when Sasha Waybright- Master Of Manipulation and Self-Proclaimed “Heart Stomper(which we’ll get to in a minute)-” planted her feet firmly on the Worm; grabs the neck of the hammer; and- with every fiber of her being multiplied by a factor of 81PULLS. She pulls on the Warhammer until she her eyes get the Pink Glow we’ve all been waiting for; veins pulsing in her face and in her arms and legs; sweat just drippin’ from her until- It Comes Out. She can’t hold it very well(1 part exhaustion; 1 part weight; 1 part the place where she’s holding it).

What I really like about this scene is how it turns the old Arthurian trope on its head. You know what I’m talking about: The old “Sword in The Stone” gimmick whereby no one- no matter how strong or powerful they are- are unable to pull the sword out. And then along comes a “wimpy little nerd boy” that wants to use it to be a hero and protect everyone and be “a kind King.” While all these burly drunkards and battle hardened Warriors couldn’t move it even with all of them together, then in comes this “malnourished commoner” who pulls it out like a knife in butter. This scene is the “antithesis” of that.

Sasha- who has been shown in multiple episodes beforehand to be insanely strong(debatably the physically strongest of the Earth Trio)- said “F*CK ALL OF THAT” and simply pulled the weapon out with everything she had and then some. She was not “destined” to pull it out; she was not going to use it for a “noble reason;” and she was NOT going to leave without that Warhammer. She WANTED to get it, so she took it. In fact, considering how the hammer seems to be technological in nature; perhaps the Barrel’s hammer was keyed in to respond to one of his descendants. Which would make this even MORE of a “F*ck You” to that trope. And then there’s just the scene itself– the power in her stomps when she planted her feet gave me CHILLS. And the music in the background.- the way she pulled it out and the raw physical strength she displays is honestly something to see. Go watch this scene; words just cannot do it justice.

But there’s also what this scene means for Sasha- it’s her refusing to be “left behind” by Anne and Marcy. I guess this could also tie into the “Chosen One” trope; Anne and Marcy being chosen to go on quest for the King of this new land while she runs from the law and has to survive on scraps. I guess this is a “Declaration Of War” to them(fitting since it is a Warhammer). But other than all of that; we have her character arc, which involves her not changing who she is per say, but rather accepting the change in the dynamics between herself, Anne, and essentially Marcy.

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This is shown in the 3rd to last episode “Dinner Party,” in which Sasha starts with her controlling ways, and Anne- rather than “bend” to her as she did on Earth- stood up to her the same way she did at Toad Tower. It’s a scene made to show how much Anne has come, and how far Sasha has to go. But I also think it’s the message of “acceptance” that can easily tie into the concept of “friendship.” “If they’re your real friends, then they’ll accept you no matter what.” Anne is willing to accept how controlling Sasha is, but Sasha has to accept exactly what grim told her in episode 8 of the season: That things are going to be different for them going forward. And the fact that Sasha doesn’t want to go home immediately is a sign on this- that she isn’t willing to accept that shift in their dynamic.

More over; her song “Heart Stomper” makes it all the more evident that she isn’t willing to change her behavior. It’s very clear, especially when you consider the lyrics:

I’m A Heart stomper- Stompin’ on Hearts. If you wanna get away; you’re gonna need a head start.

I can keep this up forever. If you’re trying to feel better; take it up with someone else.

You can call it too cutthroat; stomp your heart like a roach- I’m Just Lookin’ Out For Myself.

I’m A heartbreaker- breakin’ those Hearts. You can tell me that’s not me, but I’m perfect for the part.

I can keep this up forever. If you’re trying to feel better; take it up with someone else.

You can call it too cutthroat; stomp your heart like a roach- I’m Just Lookin’ Out For Myself.

I can keep this up forever. If you’re trying to feel better; take it up with someone else.

I’m A Heart Stomper.

Sasha Waybright(Anna Akana

She knows who she is, and she’s not gonna change for sh!t. And if you’ve got a problem with that, then you can go f*ck yourself. Although; you can also say that the heart represents Anne since the book that explained the Calamity Box showed us that the blue is representative of the Heart. Sasha is going to stomp on Anne’s heart the same way she has all the time they knew each other. I actually realized that while looking at this pic here.

There is another song in this episode- Anne’s(Brenda Song’s) “No Big Deal” song, talking about how her time in Amphibia has changed her. When she first got here; she couldn’t stand the food or the Giant Flesh Eating Insect monsters. Now; she’s eating ice cream with bugs in it and fighting off these bug monster’s like it’s second nature to her. It’s now become her “second home,” and she’s sad that she’s about to leave it. The lyrics for her song are as follows:

Took a leap through a box super weird to a swamp where frogs talk. Now I’m stuck, got no plans just my luck I’ll do the best that I can.

Making friends and enemies, it’s weird but hey it’s grown on me!

(Anne And Marcy)Bugs, Frogs, Newts, and Toads! Gonna’ be a bumpy road! Flies for snacks, worms for lunch(Anne: I think I actually love this swamp!)

It’s no big deal- yeah, no big deal! Find a way to start again, brush off the dirt and make some friends!

It’s no big deal- yeah, no big deal! I feel at home in a place that shouldn’t be real.

Crazy Strange But It’s No Big Deal.

It’s no big deal- yeah, no big deal! I feel at home in a place that shouldn’t be real.

(Anne)Killer birds but it’s no big deal.

(Sasha)Riding snails but it’s no big deal.

(Marcy)Eating flies but it’s no big deal.

(Anne)Finally me and it’s no big deal.

The Earth Trio

I think one of the things that I……..I don’t think it hurts this part of season 2 for me, but I will say that I was a bit disappointed at the lack of General Yunnan- Scourge Of The Sand Wars; Defeater Of Ragnard The Retched; And The Youngest Newt To Ever Achieve The Rank of General In The Great Newtopian Army. But for the sake of brevity; we’ll just call her “General Yunnan.” In any case; there wasn’t a lot of her. And I get that we had to move the plot along, and having her find out about the Toad Rebellion before it all went down. But I mean; she didn’t have many lines in the finale. Her intro line was interrupted by Lady Olivia as part of a gag, and she only told Sasha to “Be Silent” once. We didn’t even get to see her fight much. I know they had a lot of stuff to pay off in the finale, but……..dang, man.

You have a lot of good left to give to this World — rarasdomain: Sasha  Waybright in 'Toadcatcher' ...

………………Should I talk about the finale here? I feel like there’s a lot more that I want to talk about. Oh, Wait!!! The 3rd Temple. The Temples in general, I guess. Naturally; all 3 of them played to the girl’s strengths and exposed some of their weaknesses. At least; the first 2 did- Sasha ain’t seem to struggle with that last one. For the first temple; the Green gem corresponded to Marcy- and represented “the mind.” It further reinforced her greatest strength and her greatest weakness: While she’s super smart and has excellent puzzle solving skills; she can be somewhat oblivious to the world around her when she’s “doing her thing-” to the point of it being a detriment to everyone around her. She got so caught up in trying to solve the temple puzzle that she didn’t see Anne and Hop Pop going through that whole “Buried Calamity Box” matter. And because of that; they had a difficult time getting through the last trial in the temple.

Anne’s temple tested her “heart-” seeing how pure and kind she was. She went out of her way to help total strangers, and even gave up her coat despite the freezing cold. And when it came time for her final test; she chose to save the enemy- rather than let the person judging her drop. Her weakness seemed to have been rooted in her past- Sasha’s influence kind of warped her mind and moral compass. But her time in Wartwood- in Amphibia- changed her “heart,” and now she’s going to make up for those mistakes in any way she can. And because of that; she’s able to recharge the blue gem……….partially. Yeah; it was played kind for kind of a gag on charging a phone when you have place to be, but it’s actually EXTREMELY Imperative to the finale. Everything this part seems to just be building up to that, and I LOVE it. I usually end up loving the build up a little more than the pay off, but in this case- The Pay Off Was Unimaginably Phenomenal. But we’ll get to that soon, so just hold out a little bit longer……….

And then we get to the 3rd Temple, which immediately made it very clear to them that they would need to tackle the problem head on and with brute force- the exact antithesis of what they’ve been doing so far. There was no trick; no misleading wording or riddles; no alternate way around the problem- Be Strong; it’s as simple as that. But you see- none of them had that mindset going into this, so it started off rather difficult for them. Be it lifting the weapons or fighting the monsters; it was made very clear that they might not make it out of there had Sasha and Grime not came when they did. However; THAT is where the issue in the temple comes from- not a clever challenge from the temple itself, but from the people that have chosen to enter it.

While Marcy was happy to finally have her 2 best friends back with her; Anne still remembers what Sasha was prepared to do to Hop Pop and how she controlled Anne their whole friendship- she wasn’t ready to forgive her for all of that right away(in much the same way she couldn’t go back to the way things were with Hop Pop). But Sasha seemed to have wanted to make a mends with her and the Plantars. So she helped them through the temple using her immense strength- while they were busy trying to figure out the Temple’s little tricks; Sasha just did her muscles to get through the whole thing. Even when they got into the room that increased the Gravity on them(You’re gonna get the reference in a minute); she simply walked on, and it started to get to her- she removed her WEIGHTED CLOTHING and fought the Temple Guardian with all her might. The motion of her drawing her sword and getting ready to leap over the monster caused the ground itself to break under her…………..

Are ya Gettin’ It Yet? It’s A Dragon Ball Reference. Between the increased gravity and the weighted clothing- coupled with the ground breaking underneath her when she moves- it’s very clear that Braly is a fan of the Dragon Ball franchise(something we have in common). But this ain’t the LAST reference we’ll see in this season.

…………………I think that that is all. Meaning that it’s now time for the Main event- the episode that got me to want to make new posts again. It’s finally time to talk about the Amphibia Season 2 Finale: “True Colors.” Boy oh Boy; was that ending part sick as H#ll. Like, yeah; the beginning portion was also really good, and it paid off Sasha plot line this season. Not to mention it also allowed us to see some impactful moments, such as Sasha’s biggest betrayal of Anne yet; Yunnan and Frobo doing some damage; Sasha’s biggest fight with Anne. It’s like; the first part was really cool to see. Particularly seeing how Anne reacts to this betrayal of her trust and how that ties into how Andrias gets the Calamity Box. I’m actually curious how this is going to tie into the next season. Sure; Andrias was the one who tricked them all, but Sasha still betrayed her. Not only that, but I feel like this wouldn’t have happened if they weren’t fighting. That just seems like something Anne will say. To which Sasha will respond with something along the lines of “We wouldn’t have been fighting if you had just listened to me.” Leading into more infighting, leading into Andrias striking while they’re distracted and tired. Not to mention that Anne is going to have some incredible trust issues going forward. Considering how much she was betrayed; that seems to be the central theme of season 2B: “Be Careful Who You Trust.

Amphibia Season 2A SPOILER REVIEW – Demon God Tadd

I also think that the new portion during the season 2 intro takes on a new meaning when you consider everything that’s happened. This is a SPOILER review; if you’ve read this far- you’re fine with spoilers. So; Marcy never wanted to go back to Earth. Her family was going to move away, and that would mean leaving Anne and Marcy- something she doesn’t want. So she………so; she was doing some research in the library on Anne’s birthday, and she came across a little trinket called the “Calamity Box-” something that could transport someone to other worlds as she read. Leading into the flashback in Season 1 Ep1B, and the opening part of the intro. Almost got the whole picture now. But how this ties into the Season 2 scene is that Marcy doesn’t just want the Calamity Box for Andrias- but to make sure she can continue to go on adventures in other fantastical worlds like this forever. And while it does represent how Andrias is using her; it also means that she is kind of the reason that they are here.

While Anne and Sasha’s portion represents the Siege On Newtopia by the Toads and their final battle. Anne’s glowing sword in comparison Sasha’s represents that she’s still the only one of the girls who has her Calamity Box powers. It’s a neat little way of foreshadowing the end there.

There’s also Marcy’s big betrayal moment- how the girls turn away from her. I mean; they still have to deal with Andrias and his new robot army, but I imagine they’re going to address that at some point in the future. Oh wait, I should talk about that part, shouldn’t I? So; Andrias tells us that Newtopia used to be this super technologically advanced- something similar to what Atlantis is described as in many tales. But in any case; they had robot guards- the first models of which being the same as Frobo. We don’t see much of Frobo, admittedly; he doesn’t say or do much(not being in a lot of episodes despite making contact with the main cast), considering how much build up there seemed to have been to him and how hyped we were to know more about him. But he certainly contributed in the end- helping to save Poly from Andrias’ wrath. He is, however, destroyed by Andrias in the process. We see that the Plantar’s took his head with him to Earth, possibly meaning that he may be able to be repaired somehow.

Actually; that might tie into the “Monster Of The Week” format season 3 seems to be going with. From the teaser opening we got at the end of the episode; it looks like Andrias is going to be sending one Robot after another to destroy the Plantar’s. But that may just help Anne and whatever help she may be getting from the Government agents and those 2 tech girls rebuild Frobo- using parts from newer models to bring back Frobo better than ever. They may also be able to ascertain Andrias’ plans from the CPU’s.

Season 3 features the Glitch Techs, for some reason... | Amphibia | Know  Your Meme

But back to the Marcy thing; seeing the girls react to the knowledge that Marcy knew that they would be sent to another world was really impactful. Between Sasha just turning away, and Anne’s justifiable anger that she’s been missing her parents, home, and life. But it’s also interesting to see how Marcy tries to justify herself- to make it seem like this was better than the alternative(Marcy moving away). But as she realizes that this was the wrong choice to make; she tries to make up for it by saving Sprig and sending the Plantar’s to Earth. But more than that; I think the most perplexing part at the end of the series will be the relationship between the 3 girls- What’s Gonna Happen With Them? Cause I can guarantee that they will no longer associate with each other when this is over.

I also liked seeing how Andrias manipulated and tricked Marcy into bringing him the box- and especially messing her up mentally by exposing her little secret to the 2 people that she valued more than anything in this world or any other. It was a real “Villain” move that makes him a great Bad Guy- the way he used Marcy’s trust to completely dismantle everything she’s worked so hard to build up. It’s almost even more fitting with what Andrias does at the end of the episode: Stabs Marcy In The Back Once Again- which explains why there was such a delay in the episodes premiere. Yeah; I been keeping up. Just cause I’m on hiatus from regular posting doesn’t mean I’m not enjoying the stuff I love and adore. And yeah; That was pretty d@mn dirty, Disney- you wrong for that one.

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This moments is partially why the episode was delayed- they had to figure out a good rating for this episode that complied with Disney. But it’s also a testament to how far western animation has come- that a scene like this is allowed on Disney Channel of all places; we’re really heading into a great era of animation with shows like “Amphibia,” The Owl House, and(hopefully) more Infinity Train. But getting back to the main topic; it’s thematically interesting- it’s like the writers saying “You thought he stabbed her in the back before?”

This injury and his overwhelming victory will end up tying into her plotline next season. We don’t see what happens immediately after the Plantar’s land on Earth, but the opening implies to us that Andrias’ robot army managed to fight off Sasha, Grime, and Yunnan. And as for Marcy; he’s taken her to some kind of “Rejuvenation Tank” for her to recover. And the way it’s looking; her recovery will somehow be connected to the Mysterious Entity in the palace’s catacombs. Maybe they plan to transplant it’s mind into Marcy’s body or something? Or perhaps they plan to turn her into the first ever Androidhuman or otherwise. But this is all just speculation; I don’t rightfully know WHAT they plan to do to that girl.

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The last thing that I want to talk about should be obvious, considering my taste in series: Super Saiyan Blue Anne. Considering the reference with Sprig in the episode “The Plantar’s Check In;” Anne and Hop Pop’s acid trip depicted Anne with Blue Hair; the blue hallucination of Sprig Anne had in the episode “Anne Hunter(I think it was called);” and her glowing blue eyes at the very beginning of season 2 giving her some kind of boost; we honestly should have seen something like this coming. Maybe not this exactly, but something like it.

But beyond just that; I liked the the animation in that scene- the build up to her transformation and how she fights against Andrias’ robot army just gave me so many vibes of when Gohan first went Super Saiyan 2(although her pose in the initial transformation called back more to when Goku first went Super Saiyan). The sakuga during the scene helped elevate it to a whole other level, and seeing what she could do from the flying to the incredible strength and the energy she emitted- it was just a really great scene. And the music they chose to go with this scene…………I mean it was fine, but……..I thought they were gonna pull a Season 1 finale and chose an actual song and not make a new one. Like; that one song “True Colors” by Cindi Lauper because of the name of the episode. I guess the budget didn’t allow for them to get access to that song- Oh Well; the music they used was fine.

I Like This Anne Just Like The Other Anne And She Looks Like Super Saiyan  Blue By the creator of the show : amphibia
Out of all the Dragon Ball Super Saiyan transformations, which is the most  popular out of Canon and non-Canon? - Quora

As far as speculation for season 3 goes; it looks like we’re going to be going between Earth and the Plantars, and Amphibia where Sasha and Grime look to be putting together a rebellion for the better this time. I’m not sure how the Toad Lord’s are going to react to Andrias’ true colors, but I can’t imagine that they’d be eager to follow those 2 into battle again- especially now that Newtopia has help from machines. So, as we saw in the new intro; they’ll be getting some unorthodox allies in the form of Wartwood residence, and possibly some Toads. One things for sure: We’re going to be seeing a LOT more of Sasha. Particularly because of the apparent similarities between herself and Andrias. Do you see what I mean?

Andrias thinks that he knows what’s best for everyone, despite the people’s reluctance to comply. So he represses and controls them through sheer force. His controlling behavior alienated his friends, making him into a bitter old man obsessed with conquering whatever he can. Sasha thinks that she knows what’s best for her friends and controls them through manipulation- whether they wanted to comply or not(such as when she pressured Anne into stealing the Calamity Box). And when Anne rebelled against her; she immediately followed in Grime’s plans to take over Amphibia. They go about it differently, but they’re essentially the same. And seeing what Andrias is doing to Marcy; I think it’ll lead her to realize the problem in “Heart Stomper” and try to make up for what she’s done in the same way that Anne has. It’ll honestly be interesting to see her come to this realization, and how she’ll interact with Anne following all of this.

I learned that from the pizza man — HECK YEAH SASHA AND GRIME GONNA START  ANOTHER...

………………………That might legitimately be EVERYTHING I wanted to address. Like; I tried to end the post a few times, but the more that I thought about certain things; the more stuff I had to talk about. I miss regular blogging activities. But I’m not at a place where I can come back just yet. But I will; I promise you that.

In any case; those were all my thoughts on Season 2B of Matt Braly’s “Amphibia!!” It was consistently amazing great and helped to move the story along; it had new character interactions and showed us more of how the Earth Trio got to Amphibia. The more we see of it; the more we start to understand the dynamics of their relationship. Now the only thing we need to know is How The H#ll Did The Calamity Box Get To Earth? Also; Who wrote that book? Why? And………There are a whole bunch of questions to be answered, and I’m sure we’ll get them all, in this climactic final season!!! That’s all I gots for the lot’a ya today. Until the next post, everyone; catch ya later, guys!!

Mortal Kombat SPOILER REVIEW: Better Than I Could Have Expected.

……….Hey there, everyone. So, um……..I actually saw this movie about 2 or 3 weeks ago, yeah? But because of all the other posts I have to do; I thought I wasn’t going to add anymore to the pile. But after seeing a certain season finale to a certain show’s 2nd season; I decided “F*ck It” and decided that I would only talk about this and that season finale- which elevated that series to……..Just a Whole Other F*cking Level in terms of quality and story telling in Western Animation. But that’s a topic for THAT post- we’re here to talk about the recently released “Mortal Kombat” movie. Which, as you can see from the heading of the post- is a lot better than I would have expected, considering the circumstances that lead to my viewing it.

Mortal Kombat (2021) - IMDb
The Poster For The “Main Event” Fight In The Movie

Now, to keep this post quick and manageable; I think I’ll handle it in the same way I’m handling manga chapter reviews now- the initial “play-by-play” review, and then my full dissection and review of the movie later on. How’s that sound to you all?

Overview

The movie begins in 17th Century Japan- Hanzo Hasashi, head of the Shirai Ryu ninja clan, is happy with the birth of his daughter. He goes out to get water to help his wife recover from having given birth, when he and his clan are attacked by the rival Lin Kuei clan’s assassins, led by Bi Han. A battle ensues and- in true “Mortal Kombat” fashion(says the guy who’se only played like 1 or 2 of the games)- is very, very Graphic. Like; just one of the goreist things I have ever seen in my life. It was an impressive action set piece- very well choreographed from what I saw. However; the fight ultimately ends in Bi Han killing Hanzo with his ice dagger, and Hanzo’s soul is condemned to the Netherrealm.

How to watch Mortal Kombat in UK: What we know about where to see movie  after it's released in US on HBO Max
Like I said: It’s Been A While Since I Saw The Movie.

However; 1 Shirai Ryu clan member survives the onslaught: The Baby Girl Who Was Just Born. Down from the Upper realms comes the one and only Raiden– God Of Thunder. He takes the girl to the realm of the Gods to hide her away from Bi Han and the forces of Outworld. We then do a leap forward to the present; the girl went on to grow up and lead an average life- even having children who went on to have kids of their own. Leading all the way to the present with the Movie Original Character: Cole Young. He’s a former MMA fighter when we see him- with a wife and daughter of his own. But now he’s just reduced to an underground MMA fighter- beating guys bloody and getting bloody for a quick buck.

He looks kind of young to have a 10-12 year old daughter, doesn’t he?

We then cut over to Outworld, where the leader of the Outworlder’s- The Soul Devouring Sorcerer Shang Tsung- is talking about the ancient tournament “Mortal Kombat.” It is an event built by the Gods to decide the fate of the Realms. So far; Outworld has won 9 tournaments(through cheating and underhanded tactics such as attacking before the Tournament even began). And if they can manage to win this 10th one, then they get Earthrealm to themselves. But as they plan to attack; a certain prophecy is revealed: “The Blood Of Hanzo Hasashi Will Unite A New Generation Of Earthrealm’s Champions To Prevent Outworld’s Victory.” As such; Shang Tsung sends out Assassin’s to put down the Champions. And of cousre; Bi Han- now going by “Sub-Zero-” decides to take the last of the Hasashi bloodline personally.

Cole is fighting in the cage, and walks away the winner. He goes to the locker room to grab his stuff and go home when he is met by Special Forces Major Jackson “Jaxx” Briggs. He asks Cole about the mark he has on his chest. He and his daughter explain that it’s some kind of unique birthmark he was born with, but Jaxx knows better than that- for He has the same mark himself. It is the mark of the Dragon, and marks one as one of the champions of Earthrealm to fight in Mortal Kombat. Unfortunately for him; it seems to make him an easy mark for Sub-Zero.

“It Was Then That He Knew: He Done F*cked Up.

Sub-Zero attacks the Youngs over and over again with unrelenting force. But Jaxx is able to save them from Sub-Zero’s initial attack, and drives long enough to tell him about the tournament, but not enough about it and what it is. So he tells him to go find his partner “Sonya Blades” and ask her everything. As Cole runs off; Jaxx grabs Sub-Zero’s attention by revealing himself as a champion. And he manages to put up a h#ll of a fight………….in his own way. In reality; he’s unable to scratch our dear Ice Ninja. In the end; he loses his arms and is left for dead by Sub-Zero.

Meanwhile; Cole manages to track down Sonya to her home in a junkyard- but Sonya thinks him an intruder sent by Outworld and attacks him. But Cole reveals that Jaxx sent him here, and she explains everything to him: The “Dragon Mark” is the mark that shows you are a champion of Earthrealm- it is transferrable via defeating a previous champion, as shown by her captive(and my personal favorite character in the movei): The Australian Mercenary “Kano.” She found him while tracking down a fellow champion…………that was killed by Kano. So Kano was marked as a champion, bu~~~~~t………..No. They need someone they can trust to combat Outworld, and Kano isn’t it. But it ain’t like they have a choice right now, as Shang Tsung sent Syzoth to kill the lot of em.

What the #$^& Is That Thing Kano Fatalities in the New Mortal Kombat  Trailer?
KANO WINS!!!!!!!!

This fight goes on for a while(not that I was complaining), and Sonya’s house ends up catching fire. But the fight ends when Kano reaches into Syzoth’s chest and RIPS HIS F*CKING HEART OUT!!!! Because of his capabilities and underhanded tactics; Sonya and Cole think it might actually be a good idea to keep Kano around, as they make plans to find Raiden’s Temple to make contact. But Kano obviously doesn’t give a rat’s @$$ who’s ruling Earth- as long as he can get paid; he doesn’t really care. So Sonya lies about giving him $5 million in exchange for his services. Funny scene.

They make their journey to Raiden’s temple, and Sonya and Kano argue over directions. Both being “Type A” personalities; they fight for the direction they go. My memory of this scene is a little bit fuzzy(as I said; I saw the movie like 2 or 3 weeks ago), but I BELIEVE Sonya won this one- which gets under Kano’s skin immeasurably. So they continue on their path until they find Raiden’s Temple, where they are met by their fellow champions: Liu Kang and Kung Lao- warriors trained personally by Raiden for Mortal Kombat. As they walk to meet with Raiden; they are shown the training grounds, and have the stakes of Mortal Kombat explained to them. Along the way; Kano steals some jewelry to sell when this is over. But as they meet with Raiden, he is forced to give it right the f*ck back.

Brothers In Arms Against The Forces Of Evil!!!

This, amongst other things, builds upon why Raiden doesn’t think they’re “worthy.” And in the case of Kano- He’d Be Correct, as we’ll soon see. But they’re short on time because of the cheating ways of Outworld, so they make haste to their training. But first; Sonya is reunited with Jaxx, who now has………kinda sh!tty robot arms now. But they’re arms none the less, and he’ll need SOMETHING to fight with. Especially when you consider the fact that Shang Tsung Is Attacking The Temple.

Shang makes it incredibly, Ridiculously, ABUNDANTLY clear that he’s here to devour the souls of Earthrealm’s champions. And while Raiden technically can’t interfere due to his position with the Elder Gods; he can prevent Shang’s cheating ways, as he puts up a barrier that keeps out Outworld and all who are affiliated with it. While this will keep out Outworld momentarily; 1)The spell won’t last forever, 2)Shang is a sneaky, conniving little @$$ f*cker, and determined to take Earthrealm for himself. So it’s only a matter of time before he weasels his way in. And 3)It’s Almost Time For The Tournament. So they kind of gotta learn to use their “Arcana” QUICK. For those who are unaware; “Arcana” are abilities that all Champions- those who bear the Dragon Mark- are able to use.

Each Arcana is unique to each individual user. In the case of dear old Kano; he unlocks a laser in his right eye through anger at being belittled by Liu Kang and Kung Lao. 1 funny Kano outburst later, and his eye laser is cutting up the temple. But while Kano managed to manifest his out of pure rage; Cole and Jaxx struggle to access theirs.

Who is Cole Young in the Mortal Kombat movie? - Polygon

Raiden is extremely disappointed with Cole in particular– his doubt is holding him back from living up to his ancestor, Hasashi. So he decides to send Cole home to be with his family, rather than fight to protect them from Outworld. Speaking of; we cut over to Outworld to see Shang gathering up mercenaries to help him defy Raiden: Kano’s former ally “Kabal;” Mileena the Demon Ninja Woman, Sub-Zero, and the dreaded descendant of Shao Khan- “Goro.” With these forces; Outworld make their move on the Champions- starting with Kano.

Kabal- being a former partner of his- knows how to get Kano’s “loyalty.” He bribes the H#ll out of him- telling him that Outworld will give him anything and everything he wants 6 times over. So by nature; Kano betrays the other’s and sabotages Raiden’s barrier with his Arcana. Caught offguard; Earthrealm and Outworld have a miniature “Mortal Kombat” of their own, as Sonya takes on Mileena with nothing but her own combat skills; Jaxx awakens his Arcana and his dinky little rusted @$$ robot arms become Bulldozer‘s for arms- but he’s still no match for his opponent. Conversely; Kang puts up a fight against the lighting fast Kabal, as his brother Lao uses his Arcana to Utterly Eviscerate Nitara- whom Shang seemed to have genuine affection for. As such; he takes it upon himself to personally kill Lao.

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I hope that armor extends to your F*cking HEAD!!!!!

Meanwhile; Cole licks his wounds from training and enjoys dinner with his family. He talks with his wife about his fate and his lineage, and she tells him to simply “follow his heart.” But the time to decide is cut short when Goro attacks. A nice scene in which Cole tries to outsmart and outmaneuver Goro in the shed ensues……..but Goro is A 4 Armed GIANT. So any tactile plan that Cole comes up with will be overwhelmed by Goro’s raw physical prowess. So he is left with only 1 option: Fight.

Over the course of the battle; he’s able to awaken his Arcana- which manifests in the form of Golden armor and tonfa’s to match. Using his new powers; he kills Goro and goes with Raiden to defend the temple. Back there; Cole helps Kang fight against Kabal, while Jaxx and Sonya face off against Kano and Mileena. They end up getting pushed off the cliffside, Kano uses his Arcana to knock some debris onto them.

Meanwhile; Raiden faces off with Shang and Cole ends up fighting against Sub-Zero again. As it looks like they are about to be defeated; Raiden transports the lot of them to “the space between realms-” Jaxx, Sonya, and Kang all disappear. Cole and Lao however are kept by Shang and Sub-Zero. Sub-Zero is eager to snuff out Hasashi’s bloodline, but Lao doesn’t make it easy on him. However; he is ultimately killed in the end by a joint effort from the both of them. Cole is taken to meet with the others, where he informs Kang of Lao’s death. The time to mourn will come later, however, as they now must think of a plan to deal with Outworld.

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FLAWLESS Victory.

Cole ends up suggesting that they “force” the Mortal Kombat tournament to happen prematurely- to take on Outworld 1 at a time the way it was intended to happen. And once they’ve taken out Outworld’s Champions; they team up to take on Sub-Zero together. Mortal Kombat happens; Outworld can’t cheat; it sounds like a good plan. So Raiden gives him something that may just turn the tide against Sub-Zero: Hanzo’s Kunai- still stained in his blood. He tells him that using it will “allow Hanzo’s spirit to fight alongside him.” The Fights:

  • Sonya vs Kano
  • Liu Kang vs Kabal
  • Jaxx vs Reiko
  • Cole vs Mileena

Over the course of their battles; Sonya fights against Kano in her junkyard home. Kano taunts her for not being a Champion or having an Arcana, so Sonya shows him that she doesn’t need that shot to fight- and KILLS HIM WITH A GARDEN GNOME!!! Seriously; she jammed its pointy hat into his eye. And- as per the rules of Mortal Kombat- Sonya takes Kano’s place as a Champion Of Earthrealm. We are shown that she awakened her Arcana off screen when she comes to help Cole against Mileena- displaying the ability to shoot Supersonic blasts from her fists. Would have liked to see how she awakened it, but it’s like my brother said: “If she didn’t awaken it offscreen; she wouldn’t have used it the whole rest of the movie.” So I can live with it; it’s not like it breaks the whole movie for me.

Sonya’s Arcana

Meanwhile; Jaxx crushes Reiko’s skull, killing him off. And as for Kang; he takes out his frustration at the loss of his brother on Kabal- using his Super Flashy Arcana to INCINERATE Kabal. Like; he melts the ground and turns it into magma, and then creates a GIANT FLAMING(Chinese) DRAGON that devours the lighting fast Kabal.

With all 4 of them defeated; the Earthrealm Champions stand poised to defeat Sub-Zero in combat. However; the Frozen Assassin took their battles as an opportunity to draw out Cole- as he goes to the Young’s unprotected house and kidnaps his wife and daughter. The condition to release them: Cole must face Sub-Zero alone. Which takes us to a very familiar set: The underground ring where Cole had been earning his money. Sub-Zero froze the place over to give himself a “homefield advantage,” and ambushes Cole from behind a frozen punching bag.

The fight goes pretty much how everyone expected: Sub-Zero’s DOMINATING Cole in combat, and torturing him by making him watch his family freeze to death in ice, and likewise torture the Young’s by making them watch their patriarch die. So, in an attempt to save himself and his family; Cole uses the Kunai Raiden gave him, and begins to absorb the Hasashi blood left on it- summoning the one and only Scorpion!!! Together; Cole and Scorpion take the fight to Sub-Zero, and manage to free the Young’s while they beat the dog sh!t out of Mr Zero. Scorpion does his trademark fatality and melts Sub-Zero with Hellfire. Sub-Zero has been Defeated. And with that; Scorpion and the Hasahi bloodline is free of the Age old feud.

Scorpion departs back to the netherworld(I believe) as Raiden and the Champions arrive and with blankets to help the Young’s warm up. But this downtime is short lived, when Shang arrives. He sends his Warrior’s corpses back to Outworld, and vows revenge on Earthrealm before being banished by Raiden.

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The Man, The Myth, The LEGEND: SCORPION!!!!

With the tournament now over; Earthrealm has to prepare for the next sneaky invasions from Outworld. So Jaxx books he and the other a flight out to Los Angeles, where they hope to find a new Champion. Cole walks away from the Underground MMA circuit because he’s now part of something “bigger,” and walks off with Jaxx- walking by a poster promoting an upcoming fight: “Johnny Cage.” I wonder who they’ll find when they get there…….?

REVIEW

Before we start, I feel that I should clarify that I was reminded of the sequence of events in the movie by looking it up on Wikipedia. As such; I might have messed up somewhere. I’m sure those of you who remember the movie perfectly or just saw it and looked for other people’s thoughts are gonna let me know what I messed up, or if I messed up some piece of lore. In which case; I apologize. But I REALLY wanted to talk about how cool this movie actually was. Starting with something I think should ALWAYS be important when it comes to an adaptation: Faithfulness To The Source Material.

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YES.

Now, don’t get it twisted; I’m not one of those people who hated season 1 of Invincible(Amazon Prime Superhero Animated Series- Give it a watch) because it was “too faithful to the source material” or a “Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure’s Purest.” I just prefer when an adaptation can find a way to “be its own thing,” but doesn’t trample on the source material. No, I’m not kidding; People were ACTUALLY complaining about Invincible being “too close to the original comics.” Like; WTF? Were these just haters who needed something to poke a hole in? In any case; look at going from Manga, to Anime, to a Live Action adaptation. Specifically; take the Dragon Ball franchise.

Look at the original 42 volume manga(from Goku meeting Bulma to him flying off with Uub) in comparison to the 2 anime series Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z(which in and of itself is the first difference; the whole manga was one continuous thing and NOT 2 different series). Like; look at all the filler material they added- how much they extended the fight scenes and changed up the dialogue. When you’re adapting a pre-existing product; you’re allowed to take some liberties- so long as it doesn’t stray too far away from what the series is about. In the case of “Mortal Kombat;” the movie creates a storyline of it’s own, but manages to capture the characters and their personalities almost 1-to-1. Even down to using lines from the games- which really popped me when I heard them. Like when Kano ripped out Syzoth’s heart; he exclaims afterwards “KANO WINS!!” like the announcer does.

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How Could You NOT Like Kano in this movie?!

Or when Lao eviscerates Nitara- he uses his hat like a buzz saw to slice eviscerate her, and then he summoned the bloodied hat back to him, and he said “FLAWLESS VICTORY” as he looked down at the 2 halves of her body, and slicking the blood off the blade of his hat. My Mother LOVED that scene, I’ll tell you what. And of course; there’s Scorpion’s ever iconic GET OVER HERE!!!!!Legendary stuff you got right here. He even put an end to Sub-Zero with his fatality from the game. Though I really like Jaxx’s against Reiko.

Then there’s also the fatalities presented, which were pretty darn accurate from everything I’ve heard. Between Jaxx and Kano’s fatalities; I think I like Kano’s more. It’s definitely my favorite from the movie, especially that delivery of Kano’s line- that scene was just done AMAZINGLY. So Kano’s is my favorite from just personal enjoyment. That said; the Fatality that was the most appealing visually was DEFINITELY Kang’s against Kabal. I don’t care if this movie is rated the WORST MOVIE of All Time: That was the Coolest Fatality in the whole movie. I mean; the man MELTED THE GROUND and trapped Kabal, and then brings down a FIRE DRAGON on him!! That was such a cool way to finish a battle- and it wasn’t even all that gory or visceral- he just burned a man alive and that was the end of it. Super Flashy- not super bloody.

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Which brings me to another really good thing about the movie are the special effects- such as Kang’s fatality, Raiden’s powers, Shang stealing souls, or even Kano’s arcana. I had heard prior to the release of the movie that some people were upset with the use of CG, but it all looked fine from what I could tell. It’s like; did you expect them to use practical effects to simulate the fatalities? Would that have even worked? I feel like people were just looking for an excuse to hate on this movie.

Other affects I like was Kabal’s warp speed and use of his sword- it made all his fights cooler. And don’t even get me started on his suit. It was the perfect blend of menacing and cool. His voice was also kind of horrific, especially when he was persuading Kano. He was like “They’ll give you every f*cking thing your heart desires. All you have to do is listen to their offer and double that. Then double that, and triple it.” He was kind of talking down to Kano like “Come over to our side, you f*cking moron,” but it was also him genuinely trying to bring Kano over to Outworld’s side.

Speaking of the “Big Man;” Let’s talk about Kano. You know; I recently watched The Boys on Amazon Prime. I have………..several thoughts about that series, but I have a lot of Good things to say about the character “Butcher.” I like his voice; his vernacular; his character arc and somewhat hypocrisy when it comes to Supers in that series. And everything that I like about him is reflected in Kano. They both strike me as the type to hate looking at the other for the obvious similarities, but also for their alignments and beliefs. Whereas Butcher seems to begrudgingly betray his allies, and bounce back and forth on the idea, or would betray someone he had already planned to kill; Kano would do so without a second thought and not even worry about the consequences. In this way; they would and would not get along.

But I also liked the scene when they were eating dinner were Lao and Kang were belittling Kano and his lack of commitment to this cause. They told him all kinds of sh!t like “you won’t be sh!t even if you had 100 days to train,” calling him a “Fat, lazy Pig” and whatnot. They were just disrespecting him on every level to try to awaken his arcana. Meanwhile; Kano just wanted them to pass him a f*ckin’ eggroll. Not only did Lao STEAL it, but then he started talkin’ all that sh!t. The F*ck, man. I’m surprised Kano didn’t try to kill you when he changed sides. That actually wouldn’t be that bad of a fight, would it now?

Much like Season 2 of Close Enough; Cole was “FINE.”

Cole- as some fans may know- is a character created specifically for the movie. An “Original Character” created for newb’s like me as a introductory point to this franchise. He serves his purpose well; he’s the one the character explain the world to and is very easy to like and imprint on. But as a character himself; there’s not much going on. I mean; his life as a former MMA fighter isn’t that big of a focus, and his family is good for an emotional connection. But as a “Person;” he’s actually pretty bland. And I mean; it works for the first movie he’s in- it’s easy to get into when your main character is easily relatable and easy to understand. But I hope that the next movie develops him as a character- give him some depth; explore his past more and how the Hasashi blood line thrived like it did; the circumstances around his leaving MMA; I just want to know more about him, and see more of what his Arcana can do.

I like how Scorpion looks in the movie- specifically the outfit they chose. It’s not accurate, but as I said: It doesn’t have to be. Plus; I think it would have clashed against Sub-Zero’s suit, sense they’re pretty much the same anyway. So the outfit decisions- A+. At least; Scorpions was. The rest were kind of average. Though in their defense; that’s more than likely “by design.”

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I REALLY want Mileena to come back in the sequel

I really like the characters from Outworld- I don’t even have one in specific that I like more than the others. Well- that’s not entirely TRUE; while Shang Tsung was a fine antagonist- I honestly didn’t care about him. He didn’t “hit” me with either as the “sympathetic villain,” or even as the “Pure Evil Monster.” I wasn’t “compelled” to do anything but just watch him boss around his subordinates or suck up souls. I can’t even REMEMBER a lot of the dialogue he had. So if Cole is just “fine;” Shang was just boring. Not like “The Movie Could Have Done Without Him;” more like “He could have used more scenes.” And Nitara was only memorable because of Lao’s fatality.

But the 3 that I’m talking about most prominently are of course Mileena(played by the beautiful Sisi Stringer), Kabal(Daniel Nelson), and Goro(Voiced By Angus Sampson). I think I mentioned it once before, but I really liked Kabal’s dialogue and design- he was just a really cool character to see in action. I know I already talked about how much I loved his exchange with Kano, but there was also when Shang summoned the Outworld champions to plan a sneak attack. He told Shang about Kano. calling him “A Real Snake.” Goro’s dialogue during his fight with Cole was cool enough- he didn’t talk much, but the lines he delivered REALLY hit……..even if I can’t recall any of them. This movie was really short- clocking in at 110 minutes(1 hr 50 mins). But it did well in establishing this movie franchise.

I think one of his lines was about how Cole didn’t have his “heart” in the fight, but I’m not entirely sure. However; I remember a lot of Mileena’s scenes- particularly during her fight against Sonya. I just think the actress is really pretty, but I liked seeing her fight. And how when they were deciding who would fight who; Sonya wanted to fight “the b!tch with the teeth” again. And of course; her accuracy. Neat characters from Outworld- I’m curious if they’ll come back and how they would go about doing that.

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Conclusion

……………I THINK those are all my thoughts on the movie, ladies and gents. I really liked it- more than I thought I ever would. It’s actually pretty crummy how I wound up seeing the movie. So; I and my brother’s are lving with my paternal grandmother for a little over a year now. My mom wanted to do something with me and my brothers because she really misses us, so she left it to us to decide on an activity to do together. She suggested stuff like bowling or mini-golf, and I was genuinely interested in doing that stuff.

But because it had to be a group decision(one of several reasons why I hated group activities in school); we had to choose something we ALL wanted to do. And they didn’t want to do any of that other stuff. So we went with our usual “default” option: Go See A Movie. But while I wanted to go see Demon Slayer: Mugen Train in theaters; the younger brother pointed out that it was on a website where we watch shows like Jujutsu Kaisen, Dr Stone and all. So going to see it in theaters would have just been a “waste of time and money.” And considering my mother; I don’t think she would have enjoyed that, looking back at it.

We couldn’t think of a movie after that, so we just gave up and went to see “Mortal Kombat.” I had NO interest in this movie WHATSOEVER. In fact, when we got to the theater; we found out that GODZILLA VS F*CKING KONG was still out! Needless to say: I was a little more than p!ssed the h#ll off. But then I sat down to watch the movie and…………well; YOU read this far. You tell me how it went?

I had so much fun with this movie

I think that sh!tty circumstance and lack of interest lead to me enjoying the movie so much. They say that having low expectations makes it harder to get disappointed- and makes the actual product seem better. All things considered; you would think that this would be my favorite movie in existence. But no; it couldn’t dethrown Chronicle. The only movie that might have been able to do that was Captain America: Civil War, and that was only because of the circumstances surrounding THAT movie. Which may as well have been the opposite of this one. It goes to show how the moments surrounding an event can influence said event.

But what do I ultimately have to say about this movie. In conclusion; I think that the 2021 “Mortal Kombat” is a really fun movie to watch in theaters. Like; you grab a bucket of popcorn and just watch people fight each other til their SKULLS get crushed. It’s also a fun family movie to watch at home if you have it available on HBOMax or get the physical DVD like I plan to. If I had to give it a rating: I would have to say that it’s a 7.6/10- the movie’s cool; the effects are cool; the characters are game accurate; and it did well to set up a new franchise. But Cole was kind of just “there” for the audience, while Shang was just kind of dull and boring. But if you’re looking for a good time; this movie is what you’re looking for!

And yeah, folks; that’s all I got for the lotta ya today! I hope you enjoyed my first non-pre-typed post in a while. Until next we meet, my lovely’s; stay safe out there. Later!

Close Enough Season 2 SPOILER REVIEW

……………I might have some ‘splainin’ to do, huh? Let me explain: I was just finishing up some posts that I’ve been working on for a while(the Chainsaw man post; the Edens Zero theories that I hope have come out by the time you read this; several series reviews; etc), when I saw that my friend RJ Writing Ink posted about season 2 of JG Quintel’s HBOMax original series “Close Enough.” And then it hit me: I COMPLETELY blanked on the fact that “Close Enough” season 2 came out. And I had watched the release date trailer, Godd@mmit. I don’t want to just “copy” him and talk about it because he reminded me of it- I just genuinely want to talk about season 2. It may be a month late, but I’m here to talk about the spiritual successor to Regular Show– “Close Enough!”

There certainly is, but I haven’t found it yet

In terms of the season itself……….not much different from season 1, if I’m to be honest. It’s feels like the show’s just episodic and we just continue the same trend: “Small problem blown up to epic proportions.” It’s like; I think that this show is funny, but it’s very much still doing its own thing and doesn’t have much going on in the background. In RJ Writing Ink’s post; he detailed the various references to movies that he saw when he watched the season. And he’s honestly correct in all of what he said.

It’s kind of 1 movie reference after another- though that’s not a complaint. It actually lead to some pretty funny moments over the course of the season. Such as the “Sauce Face” episode, or that one episode with Alex getting a new phone and ending up getting sucked in to it. Actually; a similar thing happened to Bridgette this season with social media. Which will tie into an element that was present last season that isn’t all that touched on as frequently this time around. We’ll cross that bridge when it comes to that.

I think out of the 2 episodes I referenced; I think I like the Bridgette episode more. Simply because I don’t like what Alex said in the phone episode. It was a reference that I got, but I didn’t like what it was a reference to. He said that “Superhero movies are a plague that’s hurting cinema.” James Cameron; Martin Scorsese; Jennifer F*cking Aniston. All of these people have gonna on record to say that Superhero movies- particularly the MCU movies(cause they’re the “Top Dogs” in Hollywood)- are “not cinema” and “stupid” or “silly” and the like. That’s a rant for someone more sophisticated and mature than me to do, so I’ll leave this part by saying that I strongly disagree with this claim.

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A Theme Going On That I Noticed

I noticed while watching the show that this season had a little bit of a “theme” going on- one that talked about “Being A Parent.” I think the best episode that displays this theme is the episode in which we see a problem that parents often deal with: Kid’s Birthday Parties. All week long; Candace had to go to friends birthday parties one after another, and Josh and Emily had to keep going along with her- only to realize that they still have to plan Candace’s birthday. It’s a B!tch And A Half to do all these little kid things. So they plan a side party for the adults. As with anything in this show; that gets blown out of proportion by the Party Magician they hired. Candace felt neglected by her parents, and the Magician didn’t want the child to feel so sad, so he wisped her away to “Birthday land” and tried to hold her captive until Josh and Emily could learn the “True Meaning Of Birthday Parties.”

I think this episode was actually pretty good, although it’s kind of a regurgitated theme in the season. I’m not sure how much continuity is gonna matter in this show, but it’s good to see this season have a through line(Hope I’m Using That Right). In any case; I liked this episode cause it showed something that I can kind of get: having to go to a kids party every once in a while is already kind of……….”not so fun for adults” I’ll say. It’s very exhausting having to deal with……what the GIF above is supposed to be showing you- especially when it seems like it’s every day or every week. They just needed a fre@kin’ break, man. So they tried to have a side party where they can do “adult” stuff. The problem I feel arose from HOW they tried to have the party. There’s a very simple way to have an “Adults Only Party” away from the kids: Kid’s Movies.

A Few Examples

When it’s time for Cake and Ice Cream; you put on a kids movie for them to watch while they eat. Then; all the adults(save one of the older ones that more than likely came along) sneak off to have some “Adult Fun.”………………In case you didn’t know; I’m Joking. I don’t actually know how kids parties are anymore; I haven’t been to one since my little cousins birthday in 20……….17? 18? It’s been a long time is the point. I’m kind of just padding this post out because there isn’t all that much to talk about outside of little moments in each episode that I like. I don’t even remember every episode, it’s been so long since I actually watched this season. I think it was a little over Month since I saw the season. And ultimately; I can tell you guys that this was a really good, really funny season to a show that’s been great so far- but it is no more and no less enjoyable than season 1. They are- in every since of the word- Even.

I like the plots of the episodes on the same level- the comedy was on the same level- the characters got no better or worse than before(though again; Did not like what Alex said)- and just…….it was just kind of “an addition-” the other half of season 1, I guess. I think the episode that stood out the most, though, was the Scarface parody episode. I see Oh So Many Movie parodies, but I’ve never ONCE seen any movies that they’re based on. Like Footloose. In any case; seeing Candice act like a mob boss and selling sauce packets to make money for a drone- it was fun seeing an episode that was a little more “grounded,” but still zaney and fun. Particularly when she “offed” that kid with some of her product. That was just plain hilarious.

Now that I think about it; there were a few other funny plots in this season. Such as when Brigette went out with that Couch Ghost guy. It was an episode where Brigette was wondering why she can’t find the right guy, when in actuality- SHE “ghosts” them when she feels that the relationship is heading to a serious place. The Breaking Point: Having a spare toothbrush at her house. I guess it might just come down to her failed relationship with Alex, but I feel like it was a problem present before even that– thus explaining her part in the failure of the marriage. Though Alex’s part is touched upon towards the end of the season.

And then there’s the episode dealing with her attachment to her phone.

Huh………I guess I can talk a little more about the funny little moments throughout the season. Like that one episode where Josh overreacted to not being able to play with Candace like he used to. More them taking the simplist of problems and blowing them out of proportion. He hurt his back picking up Candace, and decided to start exercising. But he went too far with the exercise and ended up neglecting playing with Candace in favor of building his body further. A task that Emily took enjoyment in. Seeing her husband get so built just…………..”got her motor going” for lack of a better term. And when Josh gave up his muscles to play with Candace; Emily caught the female version of “blue balls.”

There was also this episode that dealt with a problem that we all have in this modern day society: Our Godd@mned Cell Phones. You heard the joke before; ya heard a million billion times: “We can’t exist without our technology- without our phones.” I’m pretty sure everyone reading this is guilty of taking their phone to the bathroom(myself included). And when we don’t have our phones on us at all times or at least in proximity of our hands; it can leave everyone feeling kind of “naked” or “empty.” And in the case of Bridgette; it’s more like the addiction a drug addict has to any given drug. She goes through all of the symptoms of withdrawal- from hallucinating to “the shakes” to bargaining and such- she goes through it all. And by the end of the episode; she realizes that she doesn’t need her phone as much as she though, and tries to tell her followers that they don’t either. But they don’t listen because they don’t think it’s the “real” Bridgette, and go out in search of her.

We still haven’t seen this yet(I don’t think), but I’m a waitin’!!!!

Alex also had an episode centered around his phone(I actually think these 2 go together in terms of how they’re aired), but his was more about getting an upgrade from his old “dial up” phone. That episode contained the quote that made me lose a little respect for him, but it was a fine, fun little episode- that ended in a Matrix reference, as per the law’s of making a any kind of story about an AI. You either make a reference to the Matrix, or Terminator– which was also referenced at the end of the season when Josh and Alex travelled through time.

They were going back in time to find and undo what messed up Alex and Bridgette’s marriage because Bridgette found out that he technically finalized their divorce. It was actually a really cool, really fun episode that got into how they met, and the various problems that they had in their relationship. It ultimately ended up going to where they first met, and Alex having to make the decision to either prevent the relationship from ever happening and losing everything- or signing the d@mn papers and closing the book on that chapter of his life. Guess which one he chose in the end?

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Whatever They’re Looking At Must be Horrifying.

There was also this episode dealing with toxic friendships- involving Emily and a friend she made in High school I believe. She was kind of the “whipping girl” of that relationship. But that girl ended up getting into a relationship with The Devil himself, and ended up getting into a relationship-ending fight. So she went to live with Emily, this girl we’ll call “Sonya(I don’t remember her actual name.” But Sonya ends up becoming THE WORST HOUSEGUEST IN EXISTENCE. Taking over the bathroom; using up all the electricity; making Candace her butler– just an awful person to live with. Though, considering she’s carrying the literal Anti Christ– I suppose that isn’t that much of a “surprise.” But the end of the episode had Sonya label Emily the “toxic friend” and decides to boot her out of her life. Hate that kind of ending, but I suppose as long she’s out of Emily’s life- it should be alright.

………………I actually think that that’s the end. Me just talking about episode plots kind of defeats the purpose of a seasonal review. Aside from my lack of time and the fact that I watch a lot of stuff with my brothers; I just don’t feel like talking about episodes weekly. People like RJ Writing Ink, Otaku Orbit, and Crow’s World Of Anime are able to pull it off in their own ways, but I don’t think I could do that. At least; not day in and day out the same way I do manga. I don’t know; I just don’t feel like it’s “my thing.” So instead; I’ll just end it with This: Season 2 of J.G. Quintel’s “Close Enough-” the Spiritual Successor to Regular Show– is not a “poor follow up” to the first, but it also isn’t necessarily any better than season 1. It is- in every sense of the word- Fine. But that’s just me– let me know all your own thoughts in the comments. And until the next post; I’ll catch ya later, gators!!

Superman And Lois Mid Season SPOILER REVIEW

Hello, everyone! I know I rarely talk about live action stuff(I don’t even remember the last post we did on a live action show), but I’m a big fan of DC Comics. So I wanted to talk about some of the CW “Arrowverse” shows like The Flash, Arrow itself, and more. Problem: I didn’t watch any of the shows last year; the place where I was living didn’t have the CW. But now I’m living in a place that does get the CW. So we’re going to be talking about a show that won’t be back until May: the new “Superman And Lois.” Yes; I’m serious. It’s a new show they’re doing following the “Crisis On Infinite Earths” crossover event(that I was unable to watch at all).

Meet The Kent’s

The series follows Kal El/ Clark Kent/ Superman(played by Tyler Hoechlin) and his wife Lois(Bitsie Tulloch) as they navigate through their greatest challenge of all: Parenthood. One of the changes brought on by Crisis: How many kids Clark and Lois have. As many of you may already know; Clark and Lois have only ever had the 1 son: Johnathan Kent. But not only did Crisis cause Jonathan to age up to 14- but it even went as far as to give him a brother, named “Jordan.” However……..Jordan and Jonathan could not be anymore different. Whereas this version of Jonathan is a Football player and popular kid in his school in Metropolis; Jordan has an anxiety disorder- he gets freaked out in social situations, so he spends a lot of his time playing video games rather than being like his brother. That ain’t all, though.

We soon learn in episode 1 that Jordan is the one who inherited their father’s powers- at least a little bit. He fires an initial burst of Heat Vision that flares up again episodes later when those bully’s were messing with him and Johnathan, but so far it only comes out at the height of his emotional stress. Which one would think would be a little more frequent, as it is also shown in episode 1 that Jordan suffers from a “Social Anxiety Disorder.” He gets freaked out in social situations and is prone to panic or studder. As such; he requires a lot of attention and care- from his parents, and from his brother. Actually; I think I would like to talk about John for a minute. Because he’s RADICALLY different from his comic book counterpart.

New Jon Kent Poster Image for “Superman & Lois” – Superman Homepage
Johnathan Kent- Teenager

This version of Johnathan is 14 years old- unlike his younger comic book self. He’s a Football player in High School; very popular with the ladies; and has a lot of his father’s behavior, such as the optimism and the outbursts of anger being few and far between- but are BAD when they happen. These angry moments crop up a lot more these days, as his family made the move from his “stomping ground” of Metropolis to the Farming Community of Smallville. Yeah; he’s gonna be THAT guy- the guy who will do his d@mnedest to hold himself together, but will lash out and blame others for his misfortune. Though I kind of feel that that’s realistic. By which I mean that’s how a child– heck; even some adults– react to moving to a new place.

It doesn’t matter how old you are; moving to new places and adjusting to a new life with new people around- far away from where you felt comfortable in your own skin and knew people(he even had a girlfriend back there, dude)- is scary. And uncomfortable. And when you have little control over the decision in addition to knowing why your moving(a more comfortable life for his mentally ill brother); you tend to blame those around, such as the aforementioned brother, the father who’s off being the “Man Of Tomorrow” halfway on the other side of the planet, and the mom who’s trying to jungle those other 2 things, as well as her own career. Point is: John’s not irrationally upset. I can see where he’s coming from- although the fact that he seemed to “have it made” in Metropolis makes it seem like he’s whining and blaming other for his misfortune.

As for Jordan– like I said: “Social Anxiety Disorder.” However; he inherited his father’s powers- if only slightly. He’s used heat vision once, and he admits to not having “Super Strength,” but is in fact stronger. Strong enough to protect himself and John from steel beams falling on them, and strong enough to be good at Football, but not Godly at it. As far as his potential growth over the course of the season(or potentially the series); his biological paternal grandhologram Jor El speculates that he may never properly develop powers like Clark. Though Clark and Lois thought that John would be the one to manifest powers, so surprises are bound to come. My personal theory is that at some point in the series future- Jordan will become the Arrowverse interpretation of Super Boy Prime. He just kind of LOOKS like him to me.

Superman & Lois Spotlights Alexander Garfin's Jordan Kent
Superboy Prime screenshots, images and pictures - Comic Vine

As for Johnathan; I think they might be going for the original “Super Boy Kon El” interpretation. Originally; Super Boy Kon El/ Connor Kent only had the power of “Tactile Telekinesis-” the ability to surround his body in a psychic force field to augment his physical strength and make himself more durable and even fly. “Psychic Supermanis what I call him. While Jordan becomes Superboy Prime; Johnathan might be going in that direction. But does that mean that Jordan will become a Villain at some point in the series run? “Yes And No” is my answer.

I think that this is the direction of Jordan’s character, but whether it’ll be this Jordan or another Multiverse version of him has yet to be seen. In fact, the way the Arrowverse shows are going post-Crisis On Infinite Earth’s; they’re going to kind of “hold off” on doing any Big “Multiverse-isms,” which is what introducing a Super Boy Prime from another Earth would do. But to make you certain that this is going to be Superboy Prime; I’d like to point out the Earth that this show, The Flash, Supergirl, and Black Lightning take place on is Earth 1The PRIME Earth. And both Johnathan and Jordan have called each other “Super Boy” before(both times in somewhat insulting manors).

But I think the Hardest piece of evidence is the original synopsis for the series that said that Jordan would be the one developing telekinetic abilities while John would end up getting his dad’s regular set of powers. Low and behold- That is not the case.

Jordan is pushed to the edge in Superman & Lois episode 3 clip | EW.com
Doesn’t That Look Like Some Bright Burn Type Sh!t?

I think that Jordan’s story arc will play out somewhat like Arthur Fleck in Joker. The “Punchline” of that movie being “You get what you f*cking deserve-” Arthur was kicked around by society, so he became the one person who could destroy that very society: The Joker. Jordan- in the beginning- was kicked around by kids at school and needed his brother to “fight his battles.” Not only that; but his dad was rarely there because- unbeknownst to him- he was Superman. The move to Smallville; the bullies; absent father who kept secrets from them; all of these things and more might result in him just being “over all of it,” and becoming a version of Superboy Prime. Though this is all speculations, and this probably like 3 or 4 season build up to when a Superboy Prime level event would take place on the show. At least; I would hope.

Another part of the show that I’m liking and hoping they play into more is the “Captain Luthor” character. He’s a version of Superman’s old enemy Lex from another Earth. Crisis may have moved some stuff around. Like in the final season of Supergirl; something changed in Kara’s past. I won’t say what because I don’t want to spoil you, but there are several difference in character histories from the old continuity. In fact; Johnathan and Jordan themselves are one such difference. In the old world; Clark and Lois only had 1 kid- a baby named “Johnathan.” But when the Multiverse got reset; 2 boys were born to Clark and Lois- and we pick up with them as 14 year olds. Which I kind of feel lends to the notion that Jordan will become Superboy Prime. The actor just looks like he could pull off the suit!! But back to Captain Luthor.

Captain Lex Luthor

He’s from the “Injustice Earth;” an Earth where Superman tried to take over the world. This version of Lex was one of the leading officers of the Resistance against him, but they were very much fighting a losing battle. The End Result: Nothing Because Crisis Happened. But Lex blames that version of Superman for the destruction of his homeworld- and the loss of his wife: Lois Lane. Yeah; he and Lois were a Thing. So see the man he holds responsible for destroying his home marrying and having 2 kids with the love of his life must be KILLER. So he’s done a few things attacks on him out of sheer anger. But he’s also extremely intelligent; he’s knows he can’t wage war against Superman all on his own. So he’s trying to bring the military over to his side.

Which actually brings us to the other point of the series that I really liked: General Sam Lane- Lois’ father. In this version; he’s fully aware that his daughter is married to the “Man of Tomorrow.” As such; he’s trying to work with him as best he can not just for Lois, but for the sake of the world. Yeah; he realizes how much of a necessity Superman is to the World’s security. So he works(begrudgingly) with him. However; he has a problem with…………”over reliance?” I guess that’s not the right word; it’s more like he can be a little insensitive to Clark and his daughter- taking Superman away from his family to do some kind of mission. As such; it leads to a lot of “Clark Being Absent-” which not only affects the boys who need all the help they can get right now(between the powers and the move), but it also once caused him to break a promise that he made to Lois. Which lead to a very………..“Unique” scene that I actually liked more looking back at it.

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Not the scene I’m talking about, but it indicates some kind of conflict

Lois was going to call out a business man for his shady practices, and she wanted Clark to be their for support and to ask a few questions of him. But General Sam Lane called him in to deal with a superpowered individual(which we’ll get to in a little bit), and he bailed before the press conference even started- leaving Lois high and dry. And when he gets home; he’s met with an upset Jonathan, and angry Lois. She admits that this anger is irrational- she knows that being Superman is a very demanding job, and has made her peace with him having to up and leave sometimes to save the world. But she is still upset that he couldn’t keep this promise to her. She GETS it- but that doesn’t mean she’s not upset. It’s actually very similar to a storyline in season 1 of Amazon’s Invincible(which just had it’s season finale and has been renewed for 2 more seasons- A MUST WATCH for Comic Book Fans).

Later on; we see General Lane talk to the boys about calling their father for their problems. THIS is where he messed up. So…….he pulls the boys outside, and talks to them about their father. He was against the boy’s ever finding out his secret, but respects the decision(to and extent, as this will show). He “suggests” to them that they not rely on their father unless it’s an absolute emergency- that they shouldn’t call him away from an important mission such as dealing with these new Super individuals and that they should try and handle the problem on their own. And if it gets to a point that they genuinely, earnestly cannot handle- then call in the Big Blue Boy scout. I can’t BEGIN to tell you everything wrong with what he asked of them.

New Sam Lane Poster Image for “Superman & Lois” – Superman Homepage
Grandpa Sam Says “Don’t Tell Dad(PAUSE)”

First off; he is telling them that they can’t bring their problems to their father- to just deal with them on their own while dad is away working. What the f*ck, man? Parents are supposed to be the sole people in the UNIVERSE that they can go to for anything– no matter how small, insignificant, stupid, pointless, moronic, or selfish. Because a Parent will NEVER see it that way. They’ll help you no matter what. So to tell them that they can’t bring these problems to the one man in the world that they should- is just p!ss poor Grandparenting. And it can and will lead them to further resent their father after enough time.

2)It shows you the kind of environment Lois grew up in in her formative years. She could not go to her father because he was always busy with work. And while General Lane probably saw it as “Neglecting his daughter to make the world safer for his daughter.” But a young- and even Adult Lois- took this as neglect and isolation, which is the exact opposite she gets from her husband. And to see him try and alienate her children from their father in the same way that he alienated her; Lois just lost it. He tried to justify himself by elaborating how important Superman is to the world, but while Clark was trying to keep his composure and not fly off the handle and knock this guy out for trying to alienate him from his kids- LOIS f*ckin’ LOST IT, and told her dad off for his awful parenting techniques. He is effectively banished from their house and their lives- for the moment.

But see; that was unknowingly their biggest mistake YET. As in the episode before; we see Captain Luthor make contact with General Lane, and give him a means of contacting him in case he needs him to deal with Superman. Sam wasn’t too sure about it, but if Superman is willing to ignore dozens of American citizens in favor of leading a happy life with his family; I think Lane might be seeing Superman as a problem. One that isn’t going to just blindly follow his orders like the rest of his soldiers- he might be thinking it better to either terminate him, or make him “irrelevant.” I don’t think he’s going to kill his son-in-law- despite trying to alienate the boys; he is the father to his grandchildren, and the one who his daughter has chosen to spend the rest of her life with. So he might try to like undermine him, you know? Make multiple soldiers who are almost as strong, rather than have 1 man doing it all. But that ain’t what Luthor is planning on doing. Keep in mind: This is STILL Lex Luthor we’re talking about.

He looks like Tom from the Toonami block

This version of Lex seems to be trying to dismantle Clark’s life in pieces; first his relationship with the Government, and then his family. Now that Sam thinks he can’t rely on Superman as much as he used to(which wasn’t much to begin with); he’s turning to Lex for assistance when it comes to these new Super individuals popping up. Which brings us to the other part of the series I wanted to talk about: X Kryptonite.

This is one of those somewhat obscure elements from the comics. “X Kryptonite” is a type of Kryptonite that has no effect on Kryptonians themselves, but gives non-Kryptonians all the same powers that they do under the effects of the yellow sun. I wasn’t entirely aware of this type of Kryptonite until I heard about it in a video, and I didn’t know that’s what was going on here. So this was a welcomed surprise. But something my brother noticed that I completely missed is the fact that each individual we’ve seen empowered by X Kryptonite hasn’t used ALL the Kryptonian abilities. We’ve seen one with heat vision and super strength; one with heat vision; one with super speed and super strength- but never one who has all of them. Now this could always be the show limiting these individuals to make the story more interesting while also keeping Superman as the most powerful. OR……….. it could be the quantity of the X Kryptonite that’s limiting them. So I think these individuals have the goal of procuring more X Kryptonite and using it for………whatever they have planned. Which I MAY I discovered.

Not the “Motherload” they were hoping for, but they’ll take it

I have 2 idea’s as to what these individuals are using X Kryptonite for: it is either a drug that’s being passed around, or Captain Luthor is procuring it for something. For idea #1; I think that the X Kryptonite is very much like a drug- an addictive high that you keep coming back for. But the more you use it; the more you’ll have to get to experience that “high.” As such; they’re looking for it to not only make an army of Super Soldiers, but also to experience a “wicked high.” They aren’t necessarily working together, and the only reason they do is to get snoops such as Lois off the trail. A bit farfetched, I’ll admit. But I think that it is either going to be this, or this will be what it is in the future of the series.

The other idea is that Captain Luthor is enlisting the aid of the X Kryptonite traders to make himself as powerful as Superman- to fight him on common ground and maybe stand a chance at winning this time. Perhaps it’s a similar case to the Kryptonian Supplement pills in the Injustice universe- it makes you tougher and more durable, to the point where you could actually fight against a Kryptonian. Perhaps X Kryptonite was the primary ingredient in the supplement pills, but the Government who made them suppressed the effects so no one would be on the level of Superman and become a problem. Luthor, however, wanted the full effect to fight against Kal. They didn’t listen, and as a result- Superman won. Then Crisis On Infinite Earth’s happened, and he got a “second chance.” So he might have enlisted these people to get him some X Kryptonite, and told them what it does.

How “Streaky The Super Cat” Was Born………I think

He might also be using this as a chance to conduct experiments on X Kryptonite’s effects on the Human body before using it himself. No matter the Universe; Lex Luthor IS a genius. So he’s not going to do anything harmful to himself without a contingency plan or knowing what he’s getting in for. As such; he might be using these guys to gague how long these powers last, the after effects, side effects, and such.

It could also be that he’s raising an army of his own- one equal to Superman so that when they take him out; they’ll have an army under his command to take on any threat that comes the Earth’s way. Although I think the twist is going to end up being that those Super Individuals won’t be obedient little soldiers to him forever. The moment that one of them is too powerful; they’ll betray him, and try to do whatever it is criminals who get Super powers do: Either go crazy and start destroying sh!t, or try to take over the world.

The very last thing that I would like to address with the series is Jordan’s budding relationship with Sarah Lang-Cushing- Lana Lang’s daughter. For those of you that are unaware; Lana Lang is one of Superman’s “old flames-” a girl he used to go out with in High School up until he left for Metropolis. At some point in time; she got married and had kids- the oldest being Sarah, whom she has a………very Not Good relationship with. By that; I mean I get the feeling she’s done beauty pageants since before she was even potty trained, is forced into activities such as cheerleading and chorus, and likely several other things that she doesn’t want to do- all so her Socialite mother can “save face” with the public after and event that all of that more than likely caused: Drug OVERDOSE.

Superman And Lois' Easter Egg — Watch Season 1 Episode 3 [VIDEO] | TVLine
Jordan’s Closest(And Only) Friend

A while ago- before the series started; Sarah took a LOT of pain killers. She overdosed- and now she’s high key being watched by everyone. Her parents to make sure she’s okay and doesn’t do that again; by Smallville as the daughter of the Social Icon Lana Lang and local fire fighter chief; and just as a teenage girl who overdosed on drugs some time ago. So now she’s under this “lens,” and she’s doing her d@mnedest not to let history repeat itself. Enter ONE Jordan Kent– someone that in just their first meeting Identified with. It was Martha Kent’s funeral. And- as the town’s resident “Nun(sorry if that’s offensive to anyone)-” everyone showed up to pay their last respects. Including the Langs, although my brother says that the X showing up to your mom’s funeral might be a little bit “inappropriate” in some regard.

Jordan took medication for his social anxiety disorder at the funeral because he had to interact with people. Sarah caught him, and just kind of gravitated towards him. But while he and particularly Johnathan were misreading the situation; she was just looking for a “kindred spirit-” someone that she could talk to about this stuff without getting pitied or anything like that. Thus culminated in the 2 hour premiere in which Jordan- egged on by John and misreading the social cues- kisses her in front of her Star Quarter back BOYFRIEND. Which, of course, lead to Jordan getting beat up. Then John came in to save him but ended up getting jumped too, then things just kept getting worse for the brother’s until Jordan- under ridiculously IMMENCE stress- unleashed his Heat Vision, making the bonfire larger than they could handle. But unfortunately; Superman was contending with Captain Luthor at the time, so he couldn’t just “zip right over-” no matter how much he wanted to.

Always catching sh!t from that Kryptonite, huh?

During the fight; Luthor jams a Kryptonite shard in his chest and sends Superman crashing to the ground. But hearing his wife’s buzzer and his son’s calling for help; Superman does what Superman does best: Push past his limit– he caught himself mid fall, YANKS the kryptonite out, and zips over to Smallville in seconds. Fortunately; Mr Cushing and the Fire Fighters managed to put out the fire and save the kids- though socializing between all of the kids is going to be…………awkward going forward. Like when Sarah had that talk with Jordan about the nature of their relationship. Though, as she and her family are driving away- she smirks a little bit, thinking about the kiss. Heh heh heh………. Though that’ll make his time on the football team weird, won’t it?

And…………..THAT’S THE LAST OF IT ALL!!!! It may have taken a little over a month, and being 2 weeks out from the release of the second part of the season. And I may have had to do it on a hiatus- but I DID IT!!!!! I think this first half of the season started off strong and stayed that way consistently- though seeing John and Jordan get mad at papa kind of wore on my nerves. Although it’s a CW show, so there has to be some contrived melo-drama here and there, right? But that’s just me. I would like to know your thoughts down in the comments, and let me know if you’re watching any of the other DC TV shows on the CW. I hope you’re all at least keeping up with The Flash and Supergirl; they’ve BOTH been really good recently!

In any case; let me know your thoughts on “Superman And Lois” in the comments. And until next we meet, everyone- I’ll catch ya later!!

All For One’s Grand Ambition: The Birth Of The Ultimate Evil Is Upon Us All- My Hero Academia THEORY

Hello again, wonderful people in internet land! I’m back at it again with another “My Hero Academia” THEORY discussion! Yeah; you guys seem to respond really well when I do stuff like this, so I’ve been racking my brain over another theory post to do. Then I though of one- a sort of “sister post” to my ever-popular “All For One’s Master Plan” theory. People have been questioning what All For One’s “End Goal” is- what he plans to do after he steals One For All. What does he want? And what does he want with One For All? I may have the answer………….

“The Ultimate Evil Will Soon Be Born……….”

I believe that All For One’s plan might just be to “put things back to the way they were before-” to turn things back to the way they were when he was in charge. I site chapter 258, when Hawks described the Paranormal Liberation Front’s operations as “bringing about the second coming of All For One.” The world that All For One plans to create is a “lawless world without foolish idealism,” where he himself sits atop the throne as the “Demon King.” It seems like what he’s going for is breaking down society so that Quirks can be used freely. But there in lies his plan.

The more lawless the world gets; the more his ideology from Vigilantes come through. In chapter 92 of the spin off prequel series; All For One breaks down for us his philosophy on “What makes you a Villain(as well as being one of my favorite pieces of dialogue in the whole franchise)-” one of the core themes of the series. He describes it to Kurogiri:

You and I may be what the “Good Little Citizens” and Politicians call “Villains,” but what is a “Villain” exactly? The term is certainly too emotionally charge to describe a certain class of criminals, wouldn’t you say? If that were all; why not just say “Quirk Criminal” and be done with it?

I believe that the concept should be defined by a particular relationship between a person’s will and their quirk. When that will and that quirk support each other to create a “firm bedrock of resolve-” Well, we call those people “Heroes.”

But when an extreme and violent will stimulates a quirk into running, or on the flip side when an unruly quirk twists a person’s will to its own ends- That disparity creates a Dangerous imbalance. Unstable characters like that deviate from their “Pigeonholes” in society and threaten to destroy the entire frame work.

As such; that sort of “Logical Evil” or “Enemy of Society” is shunned and scorned- as a “Villain.” Meaning that at the core of Villainy is that essential “imbalance.” Going by that definition; what is the next logical conclusion?

Basically- forcing a person’s quirk to rage out of control or otherwise flipping their quirk around destroys that balance- Letting Me Turn ANYONE into a Villain.

All For One- The Symbol of Evil
Horikoshi is such an AMAZING Artist.

Feel those chills you’re getting? That’s what happens when a Villain describes himself! And in his mind; his quirk is the one to blame for his behavior- or; perhaps he’s admitting that his behavior is unjustified. Maybe it’s like the quirk “All For One” could have been a force for good, but his will twisted the quirk until it became……exactly what we see in the current story. I think this quote is also something to look at when it comes to what he’s done to Tomura.

I’m not going to address the theory that All For One is the one who gave Tomura the Decay quirk- I don’t know how I feel about that one. But even just considering what he’s done to the boy; he’s clearer used his philosophy on what a “Villain” is to twist Tomura to fit his desires.

In chapter 297; All For One made it very clear that he needs Tomura as part of his plan. At the time; I had thought that he was going to use Tomura’s anger to take further control over his body- that Tomura fighting All For One made his control that much stronger. But after thinking on it more; I realized what Tomura’s anger is: A Powerful Magnet. Let’s say One For All represents All For One’s house key that somehow ended up in one of those crane machines(A TV trope reference. It’ll all make sense in a minute). Up until now; All For One had just been trying to go about stealing the quirk with the crane hook the “ol’ fashioned way.”

But then Tomura came along with a super powerful magnet- one that attracts the key right up to the glass and he moves it to the exit slot. Up until now; All For One’s attempts to steal the quirk hadn’t worked. So he realized that he needs something stronger than than each users will: RAGE. If he can cultivate an “anger” stronger than a One For All User’s “Will,” then he’ll be able to steal the quirk by force this time. Case and point: Chapter 304 showed us Izuku conversating better with the past user’s, and they implied that All For One’s recent attempt made it possible. As Shigaraki(First User) described it: “He ‘drew’ them out.” Something that is implied to be a NEW Thing. I wonder what’s different this time compared to when he tried taking it from Banjo or En?……………..

“Like A Good Little Battery!!!”

What I’m getting at with this point that- even if he hadn’t given Tomura the “Decay” quirk; he has been cultivating Tomura’s rage at the world- forcing him to get angrier and angrier so he could use Tomura as something like a “Battery” to power that Super Magnet. And it almost worked this time. But as for what the End Goal is- his Ultimate Plan- I think One For All has multiple things to do with it. It might serve several reasons, such as:

  1. Serving to connect him to his brother like he seems to have wanted all along.
  2. A Physical boost to his body to prevent it from succumbing to Quirk Singularity.
  3. Increasing his life span with “Life Force.”
  4. “The One That Got Away.”

1. Connecting To His Brother

Focusing on the first reason for a minute is the idea that it serves as “A Reminder of His Brother.” In chapter 193; All For One admitted that he did indeed love his brother. During their whole “sibling dispute;” All For One spouted a similar line that you would here from Muscular: “Without power; one cannot assert their ideals.” He tries to sway his brother over to his side properly, and then ends up leaving him left in a room where he refused to eat. All For One came in and talked to his brother about a comic book they used to read. And after vowing to “rewrite reality;” he forces the stockpiling power unto his brother.

The Geneses Of One For All

He even admits that he handpicked this one for Yoichi- a quirk that even someone in his state can use. Because he “matters to him.” So if Yoichi refused to submit to him, then he just “rewrote the story” to make himor at least he TRIED. But the first user didn’t want to submit- leading into the flashback in chapter 310. It’s all coming full circle. And to take it a little bit further; it contains a portion of Yoichi’s consciousness. He can show his brother the world that he wants to create- to prove to the brother that “spurred his love” that he was RIGHT in the end. Now Yoichi has no choice but to watch; to live in this world of All For One’s design- just like the man wanted all along.

2. A “Physical Boost”

This is an idea I got from Mammoth Base Opera Castle. I think I’ve mentioned his idea a few times, but in case I haven’t: He postulates that All For One’s intention was to give Yoichi a wicked powerful quirk so he could pass it on and make it strong enough to reinforce his own body- that he somehow knew about Yoichi’s quirk and gave him something to supplement that so that he could steal it back later and gain a body wouldn’t succumb to “Quirk Singularity.”

Now……….I’d believe this idea, if there was a little more evidence to back it up. Like; All For One knowing that Yoichi had the quirk to pass on quirks? How? Can he like………SENSE these things? Like; he can “sense” the quirk factor in others?………….Actually; that’d be a cool little ability his quirk affords him. Maybe not knowing what each individuals specific quirk is, but has the ability to sense who has a quirk or not. But that still doesn’t explain how he knew about the “Baton Pass” quirk(we’ll call it)(Imagine if I just guessed the name of the original user’s quirk?). It’s like; it’s weird. But I will believe that that became his goal after learning about the Singularity………..which is probably what Mammoth Base Opera Castle meant, huh? Oh well; I guess the clarification is good to have, huh?

More evidence for this theory comes from chapter 281, and is explained in chapter 304: The “Cracks” that form in their skin. By this; I am referring to the cracks that formed in Tomura and Hikage’s skin. Hikage said that these cracks formed in his skin formed in the last year of his life- when One For All’s strength and the multiple quirks locked inside it began to eat away at his life. The cracks were a result of his body decaying. I use this wording because we see this effect EARLIER in 281- on Tomura, who had undergone treatment to have the All For One Quirk and its various quirks within transplanted into him. That’s right, folks: Tomura might be succumbing to Quirk Singularity!!

The thing that lead me to this was the cracks, but I also would like to take you back to chapter 283– in which, after turning off Aizawa’s erasure; he regained his quirks- only for the Hyper Regenerations quirk to fail on him and he d@mn near falls apart. Granted; he was only 75% complete- but I think that lends to this idea. He’s incomplete his body can’t take all of those quirks right now. And considering the context clues we keep getting about the end goal; this body will NEVER be able to. So what my brother postulates is the idea that these cracks are not in fact the result of his body succumbing to the weight of all those quirks, but rather Tomura’s “metamorphosis” taking place and whatever Tomura is becoming is going to “come out” of him. Like; the thing that we’re seeing is just the “cocoon,” and beneath the cracks is something…………Vile. Something that everyone in the series unanimously agrees that whatever it is- “Can’t Be Allowed To Exist.”

Proto-Hood
Hood(Final Form)

That said; I think that that both interpretations are correct. I believe my brother’s idea that the “shell” is cracking, but also that his body can’t handle it. And because his body can’t take it; Ujiko modified his body in such a way that it would sort of “create” a new one that could take whatever the monster could dish out. Ujiko reworked his body to adapt to these quirks and “make” a new body that could handle it. And before you tell me how crazy I am; I’d like to point out that he took Hood from a street fighters to a Winged Beast between the events of Vigilantes(which you should all be reading) and the main series.

It’s not as if it’s impossible for Ujiko to rewrite someone’s genetics to do so- he copies quirks and implants them in corpses for a living.

3. Increasing His Life Span

In chapter 270; Ujiko revealed his quirk: “Life Force-” it doubles his life span in exchange for his physical capabilities. One For All is a quirk that allows you to access Stockpiled power. But it is not in itself a “physical augmentation-” rather, it’s a “reinforcement.” A “boost” of sorts. But you guys saw all those augmentation quirks he used against All Might during the Kamino Ward Battle– and that was the counterfeit. Imagine- in ALL of his 200+ years of life– how many physical augmentation quirks the REAL DEAL accumulated?

I count about 8 augments

Now; think about the “Life Force” quirk- ” doubles his life span in exchange for his physical capabilities.” Think about how One For All and how it interacts with other quirks. 1)It speeds up the aging process- which could be theoretically “cancelled out” by the Super Regeneration Quirk. Which leads into 2)It “boosts” one’s natural quirk– as it did to Bakugo in Heroes Rising. And 3)It takes the quirks with it when it is passed on. Taking all of this into account and considering how obsessed All For One was with One For All; he more than likely knows all of this. So his plan is to boost the physical augmentation quirks to feed into “Life Force.” And when One For All begins to erode his new body; the boost it’ll give to the Super Generation quirk will make it so that he doesn’t begin to wear down- and allows him to regrow organs he loses in seconds. For all intents and purposes: He’d Become IMMORTAL. Which is more than likely what he’s aiming for on that front.

Think about how long he’s lived and all the quirks that he has accumulated. Someone like him- someone whose “quirk is dictating their actions-” more than likely wants to collect as many as he can, as long as he can. So he’s trying to extend his life span even further so that he could collect more quirks potentially forever. Collecting more and stronger quirks- quirks that are becoming stronger and stronger and thus have a lot more “kickback” to them. So a stronger body would also help to deal with those- not to mention the “Shoto Effect,” whereby the other quirks he collects compensate for the weaknesses of the others………..This is feeling more like just in general what he wants from this quirk than “extending his life span.” But we’ve come THIS far, so let’s keep going a little more. Cause I just though of something else that might be a problem.

“Quirks Are Physical Abilities”

Something that I only just thought of while writing this is the idea that All For One’s own quirk is beginning to show his limits. Remember what Deku told Shoto during the Sports Festival: “Quirks Are Physical Abilities.” They’re not just “superpowers that can be used infinitely;” there’s a limit. The All For One quirk itself has a limit, and I think- over the course of his long life span- has probably ran into it once or twice. But this time; he’s prepared for the worst. But before we discuss his plan to deal with it; What is it? Simple: He can’t hold that many.

Sure; the copies he and Nine used are far more limited, but the REAL “All For One” quirk probably has a limited number, too. And when he hits that limit; those cracks begin to form on him, too. So the Super Regeneration quirk was a “MUST HAVE” in his mind. But that CERTAINLY has a limit. And whatever quirk he has to compensate for it- has a limit. It’s a never ending chain of limits on his quirks. And like Hikage Shinomori- He’ll die when he hits it. What I’m postulating here is that he’s trying to pull a Kars from part 2 of Jojo’s Bizarre Adventures: “Becoming The Ultimate Life Form With No Weaknesses.” P.S.: Battle Tendencies Is The Best Part Of Jojo’s Bizarre Adventures F*ck you; Fight me.

But his downfall will come from the very thing that would make him this “Ultimate Lifeform:” One For All. The stronger the quirk is- The Bigger “Kickback.” One For All wouldn’t just boost the quirks themselves- it would make the side effects of the quirks worse, too. We saw it in Heroes Rising when Bakugo momentarily received the quirk: His arms being strained by his own explosions was amplified to the point where his arms actually broke. So whatever the side effects of “All For One” and its various quirks are going to be amplified- resulting in a very similar situation to the other ultimate life form defeated by a teenage boy: Cell. I can see Horikoshi making it so that all these quirks mixing as violently as they are results in Final Form All For One expanding like Semi-Perfect Cell. And- much like Goku, whom he is partially inspired by- Izuku uses the first 2 quirks he ever unlocked(“Black Whips” and “Float”) to take this Explosion-Waiting-To-Happen to the sky so he can safely burst(PAUSE). Izuku saves the world and dies the Greatest HeroPerfect Ending. No pun intended.

More Grotesque Than This, Though. And that’s saying something.

…………………How did we go from talking about what All For One wants to predicting the end of “My Hero” almost perfectly? Meh; I won’t erase it. I’m curious how correct I am about the ending, and curious what you guys think about my super-correct prediction. Sorry I’m actually posting content; it seems like I didn’t get the job I was hoping for. So I’m just throwing myself into something I love doing. I’m just feeling like sh!t is all. So if I go off on small tangents; do forgive me.

4. “The One That Got Away”

The last point as to what All For One wants with One For All is actually one of the more basic: It’s “The One That Got Away.” Or more accurately; the 6 that got away. One For All(and its assortment of quirks, which I’m just gonna group together as one collective thing) is the sole quirk in EXISTENCE that he could not get- the one thing that never bent to his will. And with an ego like his– the idea that he can’t steal this quirk must drive him crazy. If we go by the “symbol” example set up by All Might and All For One; One For All would represent “The Symbol Of Defiance.” As long as this quirk is out of his hands- people who seek peace have a fighting chance against him. So he’ll take that symbol and TWIST IT to his own ends.

10 tips to master the art of reverse psychology
Reverse Psychology Example

It’s also just basic “Reverse Psychology-” which I- like many of you, I’m willing to bet- learned about from Ed Edd N Eddy. The more it fights against him and defies him; the more and more he wants it. If that’s sounds r@pey- that’s because it IS. He wants it because he can’t have it.

The “Endgame”

Now that I have detailed why he wants One For All and what it may potentially do to him; I want to talk about what his big “End Goal” is- what he wants when all is “said and done.” I’ve probably thrown it out in a post or 2, but for a refresher: I believe that All For One is trying to “reset the world.” It’s all in the dialogue:

  • Chapter 258– Hawks describes the Paranormal Liberation Front’s plan as “The Second Coming Of All For One-” how they’ll destroy cities, take over during construction, and spread their twisted ideologies to everyone so that they follow Tomura and All For One.
  • Chapter 297– All For One describes this new point in history as a “Void Era,” in which the are progressively less and less Heroes working, and more and more Vigilantes coming about- just like back in his time. He’ll take advantage of these frightened people to twist them to his will and amass the same power he did centuries ago.
  • Chapter 310– Daigoro Banjo describes this era as being “just like the ‘Advent of The Exceptional-‘” the era where quirks first started to pop up.

What All For One wants is for everything to go back to the way it was when he was in power- with his brother forcibly at his side this time. And with One For All in his hands; there’s no one around to stop him again.

Any “Resistance” That Pops up this time- Shut THAT Sh!t Down Real Quick.

But the core part of his rule was how people reacted to quirks in the beginning- some people wanted to get rid of their quirks and live a “normal life,” and the others were jealous of those with power. Nowadays; Quirks make up 80% of the world- they’re no longer feared as a “concept” by anyone. So how will All For One take advantage of people without his “Go-To-Gimmick?” Perhap’s that’s the OTHER THING All For One need’s Tomura to do– to make people afraid of Quirks again! But how……….?

Well…………..Tomura wants to Destroy the world, and All For One seems to want to rule it. But he’s also made it very clear that he has no intention to stop Tomura’s wish. Thinking about that; I thought of what Horikoshi might be going for: “A New World Born From The Ashes.” Horikoshi says he hasn’t seen Avatar: The Last Airbender- but I think the more we watch the series unfold, the more we start to call “Bullsh!t.” For those who don’t remember or have never seen it(Bullsh!t, but I guess it’s believable. Unacceptable, though- Go watch it on Netflix or Paramount+ RIGHT THIS SECOND!!); the main villain’s goal at the end was destroy the entire rest of the world and build a new one on top of the ashes and wreckage of the old. Maybe All For One is going for a similar idea?

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Something Akin To This

I can forsee him giving Tomura’s body back to him, and letting him enact his will upon the world- a wave of “Decay” sweeping all over the place, turning anything and everything in it’s path to dust. It starts with Japan- everything starts there. And once Tomura’s made everything decay; All For One will take over and preach his false ideology to the survivors. Something along the lines of: “Do you SEE what happens when quirks are left unchecked? It was the quirk of Tomura Shigaraki that lead him down this path- down the road of Destruction!! I am the solution to this problem- I can take away the problematic quirks of the world and make THEM bend to MY Will!! These quirks may control the weak- But They’ll NEVER Control ME!!!!

Do you SEE the hypocrisy I put in his claim? I made the quote taking into account All For One’s ideology towards Quirks and People, and I think he’s smart enough to construe to the masses at large that Tomura’s “Decay” made him want to destroy everything the way he does. And he’ll try to paint every criminal in that light- trying to make it so that the punishment for a crime committed by a quirk user results in him taking it away. The more people try to enact their will(or the will of their quirk); the more quirks he’ll amass. And using the resources he’ll accumulate from being this “Messiah” figure will allow him to go all around the world– letting Tomura destroy as much as he wants, then taking control back and spreading this false belief to the survivors. Tomura gets to destroy; All For One gets one quirk after another and World Domination- It’s A “Win-Win” in his twisted mind. At least; I think this is what Horikoshi is going for. But maybe you feel differently. If so; let me know!

Conclusion

And there you have it. my lovely readers! My theory on what All For One wants at the end of the day. I think he wants One For All for multiple reasons, and he wants Tomura to destroy the world so he can rebuild it from the ground up- with himself at the top of the pecking order. I’d love to to your thoughts in the comment section. That’s all I got for you guys today. Until next we meet, everyone- Later!!

WHO IS Rebecca Bluegarden?- Edens Zero THEORY

He~llo, my peeps. Is it that time already? Time again for another theory on Hiro Mashima’s 3rd work- “Edens Zero?” Well; there are 2 prominent theories I have cooking in my mind right now. THIS ONE pertains to the main heroine this time around: 1 Rebecca Bluegarden. The other is about dear little Shiki, but that’s a story for another day(one that may well come pretty soon should this post get the reactions I hope it gets). This theory discusses her origins, her impact on the current story, and most likely the future of the story. This is gonna get trippy- I Hope You’re Ready!

She’s A Fan Service Character And I’m A Pervert, So Expect A Lot Of These

I think the way in which I do theory posts might seem a little bit strange to everyone: I tell you about what the theory is, then talk about all my pieces of evidence and describe them in greater detail. I do this because I wouldn’t know how to word it or even start to without you knowing what you’re getting in for. So the basic theory goes is that Rebecca is a girl from the future- brought to this era by a Gravity Ether Gear User. Cat Leaper activated at some point because her life was in danger, and she ended up in this time. Let me explain a little bit.

For starters; we actually have evidence of her potentially being from another time because of Xenolith. You know what I’m referring to– his famous line from chapter 125: “Gravity has the power to make other’s hearts fall into you, or even sometimes attract a young woman from the future.” If that ain’t indicative of an important reveal for the future of the story, then this line would be the Dumbest thing I’ve ever heard. Xenolith is implying that the power of Shiki’s gravity had brought a girl from the future to this time. And to make sure you know that it’s Rebecca he’s talking about; Mashima even went as far as to have him call Rebecca “Girl Captivated by gravity.” He’s spoon feeding us this information. But beyond just that; other evidence as to why she may be from the future may come in the form of her childhood and the nature of Cat leaper.

Not Exactly………

In chapter 2 of the series; some of her backstory is revealed: She was an orphaned girl on Blue Garden. At some point in her life; she found Happy and the 2 were never separated again. But one day; a truck hit Happy(in a different timeline that Rebecca ended up unconsciously jumping to to avoid her own death), nearly killing the kitty. However; Pr Weisz Steiner took them in and turned Happy into a machine. My question has always been “Who are her parents?” and “Why was she left here?”

If she is in fact from the future; it could be that her parents aren’t even born yet, and the young Rebecca accidentally jumped back to this time period to avoid danger. But what danger would require Cat Leaper to get away from? Well…….What about the destruction of a planet? What I’m getting at is the idea that the planet that Rebecca comes from is the one seen at the end of Chapter 4 is her true home planet- one that was in danger of being destroyed. And before it was; her Cat Leaper activated and sent her back in time. And this was the era she ended up in. “Why This Era?” The answer may come in the from both the mini flashback involving Shura in chapter 131 and Ziggy’s dialogue in chapter 133.

In chapter 131; we see a young Shura floating through the air after having learned the initial basics of Gravity Ether Gear. This implies to me that certain kinds of Ether Gear affinities can display themselves before actually learning what they can do. It might be a similar case to Rebecca in chapter 15 of the series- when she accidentally blasted a hole in the ship in the Spa of Edens. Perhaps young Shura showed an affinity for Gravity Ether Gear, which inspired Ziggy to train him. This could mean that the same was possible for Shiki, who Ziggy stated in 133 had something that “drew him to Shiki.” Xenolith descibes Rebecca as being “captivated by Gravity.” He even went as far as to say that “Gravity can make other’s ‘hearts’ fall into you.” Shiki is attracting people with the force of his gravity.

Taking this point a step further; I take you all back to Drakken’s dialogue in chapter 82: He says to Shiki “You’re The Key To Unlocking That Cat’s Power.” This means that Cat Leaper works by using a point with a lot of “Gravity” to it as an “anchor” to go to. They’re connected.

No Patterns Whatsoever

Further evidence that Shiki is the one who drew Rebecca to this time period comes from Ziggy’s dialogue in 133, in which he told us that he sensed something in Shiki- something that drew him to the boy. And while he claims that whatever it is will “destroy the Universe;” it doesn’t change the fact that Shiki’s potential power in conjunction with the potential he shows could mean that he attracted the young Rebecca from the future as she activated Cat Leaper. To summarize my point: Baby Shiki’s affinity for Gravity + Rebecca being in danger(Cat Leaper responding to Gravity)= Rebecca ended up in this era. Ka-Blamo.

Now that I’ve addressed all the evidence to support how I think Rebecca got to this time period; I think I should address why she’s here- beyond just her world being destroyed. Because throughout his past 2 works- Rave Master and Fairy Tail– the main Heroine has always played an important role to the story:

  • Elie- She discovers that she is “Resha Valentine-” the one who created the Rave stones to defeat the Endless- a force made by time to destroy this parallel world. She was also the love interest of the first Rave Master Shiba and second Rave master Haru Glory.
  • Lucy- A member of the Heartfilia family, a very prestigious family in the world of Fairy Tail. She was also responsible for rewriting the Book of E.N.D. and was the key to opening the Eclipse Gate(I’m not that far in Fairy Tail to know the specifics and the wiki isn’t giving me any help).
I Love You, Hiro Mashima.

Much like the theme of Friendship, the Oracion Seis faction, the concept of Etherion, several character designs and character roles, and even some places, names, and concepts- The point is that Mashima has a pattern. He has ideas that are consistent throughout his works, and Rebecca’s fate is no different from Elie and Lucy than Shiki’s design is from Natsu. I ADMIT that they look the same, but “Edens Zero” is not a “Fairy Tail Clone” by ANY stretch of the imagination!!!

I feel like chapter 132 presented the concept of a “Chrono Witch” for a specific reason- be it just give Rebecca a cool epithet to match Shiki’s “Demon King,” or for an actual story purpose. Considering this is manga we’re talking about; most likely both. What I’m getting at is that Rebecca will be able to use her time travel abilities for a lot more than just rewinding time. Perhaps she’ll be able to move through time as well. And with that ability; she might be able to find out her origin. But that’s just what she can do with her powers. What will she do?

Well………Elie helped to power up Haru by merging the Rave stones together. And she became “his strenght” that helped him to defeat the Endless. While Lucy rewrote the book of E.N.D. so that Natsu wouldn’t die or destroy the world as he was destined to(I believe that second part is correct). While in “Edens Zero;” Mashima seems to be going with the idea of giving Shiki a choice– one that was set up in chapter 2 of the story: “Become a Hero Who Will One Day Save The Universe, Or Wreak Insurmountable Havoc As A Demon King.” Shiki’s fate is to Change the universe- for better or for worse is his decision. And it might have something to do with Rebecca.

And what- pray tell- is YOUR story?

We saw his reactions to Rebecca being in danger in chapters 23 and 132- her being in danger can make him irrational and destructive, as he displayed when he beat down on Illeega(rightfully so) to the point where it seemed like he’d Kill him if Pino hadn’t intervened. But it can also be a source of motivation for him to grow stronger- as seen when he thought she was in danger and broke free of ropes to save her. So clearer Rebecca has some kind of “sway” with him- which is also a common theme in his works: The relationship between the main character and the Heroines being integral to how the story turns out. Which brings us to chapter 69: “Rebecca’s Nightmare.”

Based on Rebecca’s dream of an alternate timeline; we know that there is indeed a Rebecca in that timeline. However; it’s Shiki seems to be drastically different from the one we know from Worlds 29 and 30. And if this is the case, then that means that this Rebecca is kind of twisted. It seems like Rebecca got a glimpse of an alternate future- be it of one of the World before the 29th or after that is something questionable. But I think- based on where the current storyline is going(The “Aoi War” arc)- that this was an image of the Aoi War. Or at the very least a possible outcome for the war. For whatever reason; Happy is dead in this timeline, and they were in the middle of an important battle.

It would kind of explain how Xiao Mei knows so much.

Shiki lacked the bandage on his face, and his demeanor was much more of the “serious warrior” that lost something to make him somewhat cold and unfeeling………….Where the H#ll am I taking all of these points? At this juncture; I’m just naming off pieces of the story to try and patch together some kind of theory. The thing that I’m getting at is that Rebecca is going to be key in Shiki’s future- and that Shiki is the thing that’s bringing Rebecca to this time period for a reason. This series might be on an Endless Loop. One in which Shiki’s “gravity” attracts Rebecca to this time, they go on a grand adventure, and fall in love. They realize their fate, and end up falling into “Darkness,” only for something to happen that ends up with Rebecca being born and the loop happens all over again. Very vague, that description was.

It seems like this might be the case because Xiao Mei and Noah exist. Noah is able to see all across the time streams- seeing all these events play out and trying to move “the pieces” where they may to get the most favorable outcome, as he did when it came to Drakken. He might be seeing the end result, and is trying to find a way to “break the cycle.” Case and point: In World 30; he sent Amira to take Labila’s place as Drakken’s prisoner- whereas it was the real b!tch-of-a-woman we’ve come to loathe and despise(or is that just me?) in the 29th World. And he may have sent her to Digitalis so that she could collect the intel she needed for the crew to trust her when the time came. This man is playing 3D Chess with himself.

As Xiao Mei- she knows Everything. I don’t know if it’s the same ability as Noah(it might be that her powers are better than his, as he didn’t seem to know about Drakken’s immortality device), but she can certainly see everything that’s going on currently. The only way that anyone would seem to know that is to know that the series is on an endless loop. And Xiao Mei- being “3rd Person Omniscient” to a literal sense- probably knows it and is telling us what’s going to happen in little hints along the way. So pay attention to what she says……..

Fine, I’ll Say it: #Relationshipgoals.

But ultimately guys; that is my theory one Rebecca’s origins. After weeks upon months of working on this; I can finally put this out there. Yeah; I’ve been working on this one since early March(I Believe). I know that I’m currently on hiatus, but I’ll never truly stop blogging. I just need some time to work some sh!t out in my personal life, and just enjoy these series. But I also have a bunch of other posts to do, so I’ll be working on those and putting them out there whenever I can. I feel like this is gonna really help til everything calms down. I love what I do- and it helps me calm my nerves. So I’m glad I get to do this.

As for the theory; I think it’s………..mostly solid. I could have probably done a little more research into Lucy to figure out what Mashima’s doing this time, but oh well. I would like to know your own thoughts down in the comments. That’s all for now, folks- til next time!