#273 Kicking Butt in a Dress

Posted in Manga, Soul Eater with tags , , , , , on June 22, 2013 by Lee T

Soul Eater chapter 111 : Dark Side of the Moon VIII [read here]

I don’t usually review monthlies. It’s hard to have the plot fresh in mind after each release they’re a whole month apart. I like to review Kuroshitsuji/Black Butler more since I’m much more drawn to their story.

Soul Eater on the other hand, is just… how should I describe it? It’s harder to think about and explain Soul Eater since their logic breaks the barriers of pretty much everything. I love reading the story, but in a suspension of disbelief. It makes it more enjoyable. How else do you describe their madness warps and stuff?

Last time I talked about this series (chapter 108), Kishin had an upper hand, Kid had second thoughts, and there are a ton of useful people watching from the sidelines.

Three chapters later, Kishin still has the upper hand and a lot of people standing from the sidelines are finally putting their hand in battle. I hate it when Spirit stands on the side. He’s so OP in this story but yet he does nothing unless Shinigami or Stein is next to him. But before we go into this more, let’s talk about what happened in between 108 and 111.

Chapter 109. High action, protagonists get their asses kicked.

Chapter 110. Shinigami… disintegrates. It shows that there can’t be 2 gods in the world. Death the Kid had succeeded his father and is no longer needed. I particularly love this scene. Shinigami has always been watching you, Kid!

SE 110

And the crack in his mask is like a little tear… So beautiful…

But even with Kid becoming full powered, Kishin still has the upper hand up to chapter 111.

I thought Kid here was going to be the main stager this time around, but it looks like main character Maka will be bringing this home once again like in the end of the Anime. Speaking of which, here is where the manga and anime finale start to look similar.

SE 111 2

Yeesh. They had to remind me about the anime finale here? The concept is the same but luckily, the approach is completely different.

Manga: Everybody, I mean everybody is joined in this Kishin battle.
Azusa can shoot Kishin from the surface of the Earth; Eruka calculates all points; Kilik assists Azusa; Free defends Earth; Stein throws Marie at Kishin; Spirit, Sidd, Clay, and Akane defend Marie; Black Star, Tsubaki, Kid, Liz, and Patty assist Maka; Soul controls the black blood for Maka and gives significant moral support; and Gopher makes Kishin….

SE 111 1Wait, what the f***?

Uhh… Moving on.

Anime: Kid, Liz, Patty, Tsubaki, Black Star, and Soul Eater are laying on the ground too weak to get up but strong enough to give her moral support.

SE 51 0mmhrrmfrmhhmm

Meanwhile, all other significant characters are standing outside the barrier, powerless.

SE 51 1I wonder what’s going on in there…

And then Maka takes all her courage and she…!

SE 51 2You… you go do that.

Things are looking up for the end of this series. But don’t get me wrong, I love the anime. The last episode was just horrible. I still go back and rewatch the series every now and then excluding the last episode.

At least Kishin goes down like a badass this time around.

SE 111 3Way better than courage punching in the face. When Maka said everybody is behind her in this fight, THEY REALLY FREAKING ARE. Not face down on the ground.

To wrap up this review, I’d like to talk about some characters.SE 111 4

Kid seems to only talk to Liz. Almost like Patty is just sitting quietly this whole time… Why would the author do that?

Kishin’s character design is very fascinating. When his face is covered, he is loud and insane. His mouth is also wide open and his appearance is very intimidating. When the mask is uncovered, he seems to have some proper reasoning behind his words. It’s just like a switch between crazy and sane. He surely is more respectable in the manga than the anime. I still have to applaud the level of animation that was done on Kishin’s revival in episode 24. Gives me chills every time. He’s like Slenderman. Naked.

Wrapping up of this series is doing quite nicely. I wonder how Kid’s life will be like from now on. I guess we shall see.

#272 Heaven on Earth

Posted in Anime, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on June 21, 2013 by Lee T

Hataraku Maou-sama! episode 12 : The Overlord Does His Job [watch here]

Maou is more concerned about Chiho when Emilia’s life is on the line. I don’t like it. Even if I don’t, it is important to the story since Maou’s job is the thing he cares about the most. Eh, it’s what we get for comedy.

This episode has a lot of punching people. Olba punching Ashiya, Lucifer punching Olba, and lots of punches at Mini-James.

Speaking of Mini-James, still a creep-o.

Hataraku Maou-Sama 12 0Maou on the other hand, is now Gray Fullbuster. Just underwear, socks, and shoes.

Hataraku Maou-Sama 12 1

Especially the underwear part.

Hataraku Maou-Sama 12 2

So Mini-James gets his power from the moon? Olba somehow made the moon closer to the Earth… Interesting that he can do that without the Earth’s gravitational pull going completely out of whack. We can let it pass, though. It isn’t that major of a logic breaker.

Then, there’s Lucifer.

Hataraku Maou-Sama 12 3Tricking Olba, returning Emilia’s bag, and saying this. That’s so sweet of him. He’s not so bad after all. :)

Oh yeah, the broom!

Hataraku Maou-Sama 12 4I knew it was important. I wish it played a better role in the battle, though. It didn’t get a lot of attention even after Maou went out of his way to bring it last episode…

So if he can teleport the broom into his hand, can’t he do that with his work uniform as well? That panic at the end about it is kinda lame.

Ashiya is also lame, appearing at the end of the battle like Luna at the after party.

Next episode will be the season finale, and I’m not sure how they’re supposed end it now. Mini-James was a really bad final boss and I would much prefer Olba be more of a threat. Oh well.

I wish I picked up on this anime sooner. I jumped on board about episode 8 and didn’t really feel like blogging about it even though it is so amazing. I’ve been really bad at keeping up with anime this year. Hopefully I’ll be more diligent next season? See you next episode!

#271 Two Zangetsus

Posted in Bleach, Manga with tags , , , , on June 20, 2013 by Lee T

Bleach chapter 542 : The Blade is Me [read here]

Not a lot happens in this chapter, but it sure is emotional.

The only thing that I’m questionable about is…

Bleach 542

…that tiny blade on the left. Makes me think he’s a chef now… With a meat cleaver.

Funny thing is that the “Old Man” is the small blade and the “Hollow” is the long one.

I’m also wondering why they mentioned before about the Asauchi turning white. I was assuming the blade would be white, too, but that isn’t the case at all.

Another thing to analyze: his sleeves are gone. Maybe they burned off since the blade was too hot. Maybe it’s a new form? It’s probably the first one.

Oh well, see you next chapter.

#270 Things Are Not as Great as We Hoped

Posted in Manga, Naruto with tags , , , , , on June 19, 2013 by Lee T

Naruto chapter 635 : A New Wind [read here]

Last week’s chapter I didn’t review was pretty good. Teamwork was at an all time high, Naruto’s wind and Sasuke’s fire merged, and Sakura shed a tear. Wait, Sakura shed a tear? Oh well. The point was that things were working perfectly.

This chapter, things have completely flipped. Why such a drastic change right after things were so epicly perfect? Sasuke just decided to be selfish again? I can talk about this all day, but I’m going to accept it and roll with it.

Sasuke is showing his true colors again. He obviously is using his former friends as a vehicle to put his plans into action. What I can guess is that he wants to destroy the world to create a new one, where he is the primary player in everything. He thinks he can fix everything! Sounds like someone after they’ve taken Intro to Econ class. I’ve forgotten how egotistical and self-centered he is. Thanks Kishimoto, for pulling this guy back into character. It’s about time.

Naruto 635 2Dat pouty face.

And Sai is Sakura’s voice of reason again. Last time was when he told her Naruto loved her. Maybe he should just live inside her head and help her make rational choices about her emotions.

Orochimaru says something about wind? I guess he also tried to make change in the world and hopes that Sasuke, I mean, he knows that Sasuke will make the change. Orochimaru doesn’t exactly know what the change is, but I guess gambling with the future is one of his mentioned “hobbies”.

Naruto 635 1

In other news, the Kages are alive. If you read my previous posts, I have complained about their absence multiple times.

In less important news, Orochimaru has a new babysitting job, to take care of Karin ans Suigetsu. I hate Karin so much.

Naruto 635 0OMG. BOTH OF YOU, JUST SHUTUP.

I almost forgot the last page!

Naruto 635 3Took me a while to understand what exactly is happening here, but I managed see: Kakashi and Obito stabbing each other in the chest. Obito sure has a lot of giant shurikens or is this the same one he stabbed Kakashi in the knee with many chapters ago?

Naruto 608From Naruto chapter 508
Shuriken to the knee… I love this scene

We will get an epic death fight with Obito and Kakashi next chapter. Well, unless Obito really is immortal. He already stabbed himself in the heart previously. But then he has those powers from a wood element which is part earth element. If Naruto world logic is still in play, lightning defeats earth, therefore Kakashi has also dealt a lot of damage to Obito as well. Maybe when Naruto said he and Sasuke were both going to die next time they meet was for Kakashi and Obito? Ooooh. Crafty. Obito and Kakashi were also present during that battle between Sasuke and Naruto. Well they met again and they are fighting to the death! Exciting! See you next chapter!

#269 Mini-James

Posted in Anime with tags , , , , , , on June 13, 2013 by Lee T

Hataraku Maou-Sama! episode 11 : The Hero Keeps Her Faith [watch here]

I know I haven’t been talking about this anime at all this season, but today’s episode really just… A character made me go ‘wtf’.

I’m not really sure what his name is but we’re going to call him Mini-James. I mean, look at him!

Hataraku Maou-Sama 10From Hataraku Maou-sama! episode 10

First he’s got this aviator glasses, ponytail thing. Pretty weird, huh? Then,

Hataraku Maou-Sama 11 2

Ski mask, huh? Okay… looks good for a villain. But then,

Hataraku Maou-Sama 11 3

Wishboneª Logo

What. Is that. On. Your. Face?

Suddenly, you’re Wishbone. The similarity is remarkable.

But wait! That’s not all!

Hataraku Maou-Sama 11 4

You just had to shoot laser beams out of your eyes. Is that it?

Maybe other than he’s also an angel like Emilia, swings around a giant death scythe, and set up a fast food restaurant to watch over his enemy? Oh this guy. Maybe I should find out what his name is… Nah. I’ll just continue to facepalm of his character design.

Hataraku Maou-Sama 11 7

Also in this episode,

Hataraku Maou-Sama 11 1

Why do you we need 5 minutes straight of Chiho and Suzuno screaming at each other about Chiho’s love for Maou? Why does this argument continue exactly 2 minutes later in the middle of a battle? If you hated Chiho’s character before, get ready to an earful.

Lastly,

Hataraku Maou-Sama 11 5

This broom is bothering me! He takes a scene to open the closet and grab this broom and then hurries away on his bike to save Chiho? What purpose does this broom have?!? And why does it have green bristles?!

Things are heating up for the last 2 episodes for this season. Who knows what will happen. That broom is particularly suspicious. You should pick up this anime if you haven’t yet. It’s really funny in a very odd way.

#268 Seishi vs Masashi

Posted in Manga with tags , , , on June 8, 2013 by Lee T

Blaze Drive chapter 32 : 32nd Blaze [read here]

Masashi Kishimoto’s brother is at it again.  Their plots are mixing! Again! Check this out.

BD 32Controlling everything under one soul? Sound similar to controlling everything under one illusion? This giant monster thing is reminding me of Juubi as well. Collecting 5 superpowers to summon it, definitely Juubi related. Madara Uchiha and Makiura are starting to look very similar. The only problem is that I have far less sympathy towards Makiura.

Possibly because Madara has a whole back story with Hashirama and his dream of a warless world. Actually, it is because even when he had fallen to his lowest, he continued to stay respectable to his followers and friend.

Makiura on the other hand lost all faith in humanity after his weather machine destroyed part of the world. Now since the world is against him, he wants the world to understand the pain he went through after losing everything. Wait, did he just turn into Nagato? Hahaha, wow.

With all the similarities, there is one thing that Blazer Drive holds that is better than Naruto. The main character stays an idiot until the bitter end. Naruto kinda dwindles between a master strategist to a thick-headed tank. Daichi is a narcissist and still is even when the series is ending.


From Blazer Drive chapter 14 : Returnable Place

That’s right, the series’ final chapter is 34, just 2 more left! Hopefully, it doesn’t end so haphazardly as Seishi Kishimoto’s last manga, 666 Satan/O-parts Hunter. Sending off all the main characters to a another planet was really lame. We’ll see how things turn out.

ps. it’s the last day of the Naruto Shippuden contest. This is the last time to vote for my submission!

#267 Your Brains A-sploded

Posted in Fairy Tail, Manga with tags , , , , , , , on June 7, 2013 by Lee T

Fairy Tail chapter 334 : Sin and Sacrifice [read here]

So what exactly  was Ultear doing walking through the battlefield?  Is it just plot convenience since Jellal needed his ass saved before the two girls were going to tear him apart? I was pretty sure she was staring at Rogue thinking about to kill him!  Even after walking away from Jellal’s situation, she was still thinking about it. Well now we understand she’s all torn apart by her thoughts and is now a non-player in this battle. How many chapters will it take for her to get better? Hopefully it will only take a couple chapters.

Anyway!

FT 334 0Sting is such a troll. A heartwarming, funloving troll. :) Great Sting and Rogue bromance this chapter.

So let’s get to the important part. So it starts out with,

FT 334 1

And ends up,

FT 334 2

No words.

I was angry before, but now it’s just no words.

I don’t know why

or how

just…

Why… He didn’t even get to struggle for his life.

Fairy Tail series’ first death? Nobody usually dies in the story. Especially not the members of the guild itself. Pretty sure the Guild Master has been almost dead 3 times already. *sigh* He didn’t even get to struggle. Only 3 pages.

Just.

I’m done now.

FT 334 twit