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#279 Obito The Sage

Posted in Manga, Naruto with tags , , , , , , , , , on July 24, 2013 by Lee T

Naruto chapter 640 : Finally [read here]

4 chapter review skip. I really got bored of the recent chapters since things slowed down so much to focus on the details of the battle. Only like ONE thing happens per chapter now. This one is a shocker, though.

Also going to edit these scrnshts on MS Paint now ’cause I’m lazy. Is the quality lower? I have no idea.

Naruto 640 0Oh what the f–?!
We’re going into the Soul Eater realm now. Ripping logic at the seems.

That’s not the shocker. Here it is.

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Bam! Plot twist! Kurama’s talk of Naruto being similar to the Six Path Sage and foreshadowing Naruto gaining Six Path Sage powers meant nothing! All hail our new sage, Obito! Better plot twist than Sasuke’s return.

You should read my previous post, #278, where I ending up talking about what Sasuke should have done in my penultimate Soul Eater chapter review.

I believe it is safe to say that in the realm of Naruto, ultimate powers make your grow pseudo-clothing. Naruto has that energy cloak when he goes into kyuubi mode and a physical cloak materialized in the Blood Prison movie when Naruto went into Sage mode. Now Obito has now materialized the Six Path Sage cloak out of his own skin. It all makes sense now. No Super Saiyan hair here. Just super clothes!

No Bleach for the next 5 weeks and no One Piece this week. Enjoy your short break One Piece-ers! Bleach-ers over here will just have to sit anxiously and suffer.

Still waiting to see Kenpachi’s sword spirit.

#278 Crona the Savior

Posted in Manga, Soul Eater with tags , , , , , , on July 19, 2013 by Lee T

Soul Eater chapter 112 : The Dark Side of the Moon IX [read here]

Second to last chapter already?

I was about to go on about how cheesy and confusing this last chapter was, but if you think about the rest of the series, there has never been a stable logic to anything.

So Maka’s goal was one: destroy Kishin, and two: save Crona.

Poor Crona. Her speech to Maka sure hit an emotional chord in me. Especially this scene:

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Dangit. Why can’t Sasuke be like this? He too, needs to understand the weight of his sins and realize he can’t just jump in and be the hero!

And from what I understand, Kishin absorbed the Book of Eibon for plot convenience. Crona also being able to use the Brew stored in the Book of Eigon also due to plot convenience. Ehh…?

And Kishin exploded and consumed the moon. I’m sad. I always loved the moon. I even have a key chain of the Soul Eater moon.

Now the people currently standing on the moon:

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Group hug for the end. D’aaawwwww. T_TSE 112 1

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What a sport… Good sacrifices were made in this battle.

Next chapter is the end! I’ve enjoyed this series very much mostly due to their constant breaking of logic and reality. I loved the anime of this series much more due to the animation, but I feel like the manga is gives such high standards that the anime would never be able to stay at that level of quality of animation forever.

See you next chapter for the end!

#275 Saving Old Obito

Posted in Bleach, Manga, Naruto with tags , , , on June 26, 2013 by Lee T

Put both Naruto and Bleach in one post this week. Not much happens in both, so enjoy!

Naruto chapter 636 : The Current Obito [read here]

Here we go again with a freshly created backstory for someone’s last battle. Last time this happened, it was for Itachi and the backstory was for hunting. Honestly, this doesn’t do the ticket for me since this stuff is new and I really don’t have the emotional connection with it. The author throws in too many of these things like he meant to put them in before and decides to put them in where it’s sort of too late.

The good story with this flash back + end battle is Kakashi’s monologue. Ending with:

Naruto 636I’ve been playing with this phrase in my head to figure out exactly what it means… My conclusion is that Kakashi is protecting an idea rather than a person. The old Obito’s personality and will is what he wants to protect. Those two things he has adopted into his own personality and will and passed them onto his student, Naruto. The current Obito is against all that so to protect his will and Naruto’s will, he must defeat the current Obito. All of this you probably figured out, but it took me a while. Let me express my own thoughts.

Okay, so Kakashi and Obito severely wounded each other and Obito fled the scene. Can Kakashi get back on his own? Who knows.

FB Naruto 0Person who can recognize the other anime reference wins some internetz

Then half his body starts turning black. It’s the good part too! Remember his right side of the body was rebuilt by that Hashirama tree?

Naruto 636 1And there’s a circle around his eye like his old mask…. Wait. Doesn’t this kind of look like Black Zetsu?

zetsu-brit-n-bianca-32310267-400-300Image taken from Google Images

Does this explain how Black Zetsus are made? Is this why there’s only 1 Black while there’s an army of White?

Actually, this doesn’t explain sh*t. Let’s just wait until next chapter.

Bleach chapter 453 : Letters [read here]

Well, that took a good 6 chapters for Ishida to reveal himself as our enemy and then get on stage.

So he’s a successor. I’m not completely surprised. It makes for good story is what I’m agreeing to. Little confused since he’s actually not a pureblood and his father is. His father doesn’t have any pride of being a Quincy, though so Ishida is our candidate.

I don’t think he likes it there. Probably came against his will. We’re talking King of the Quincies here. It was probably to go or die.

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And now the King is giving Ishida new powers. Ooooh. Exciting. This story has potential.

Introducing and reintroducing characters of the bad guys. Looks like it’s by letter instead of numbers in the Espada. The author likes to put different races of people in the story.

Bleach 543 1That’s a definite Chinese guy.

And nothing happens on the protagonist’s side! I don’t really care about these new characters. I want to know what Kenpachi’s sword spirit looks like.

#274 Zombies Again?

Posted in Kuroshitsuji, Manga with tags , , , , on June 23, 2013 by Lee T

Kuroshitsuji chapter 82 : That Butler, Laughing Out Loud [read here]

KS 82Pbbbbbbttt

I literally spit on my monitor. Zombies again?? Wasn’t that last arc? Apparently it isn’t over yet. I’m sick and tired of these zombies everywhere. Lately it’s been zombie movies everywhere, zombie games, The Walking Dead. Just another day in the Land of the Free. Geez.

But still, I’m nicely surprised by the turn of events.

Prefects killed him for some reason unknown. Does that mean that the other students are dead and zombiefied, too? We have to remember how the Prefects described Derrick back in chapter 73. Each of them said he excelled at different things.

KS 73From Kuroshitsuji chapter 73 : That Butler, Consultaion

What they said about cutting off from the source, I do not understand one bit. Maybe since Derrick had connection to power through the Queen? I’m not sure. The way things are right now makes it very blurry.

Well I know now why Redmond is Viscount’s nephew. It’s for this situation to “revive” Derrick from the dead. What a big mistake they made. Derrick was revived before the zombie cruise line since Doctor Ryan Stoker is currently dead. There hasn’t been a large time gap between that and this arc.

So why does Sebastian get the epicest entrance in the world?

KS 82 0Materializing in the air like that.

Actually, forget Sebastian. Why does Ciel get so many epic poses this chapter?

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KS 82 3My only guess is to counterbalance all the innocent smiling he’s been doing this entire arc.

Back to more important things:

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What is this? Edward defending Ciel? He has been against Ciel this entire time and decides now to defend him. Nice change of pace, Edward, even though you’ve said otherwise in the previous arc.

KS 58From Kuroshitsuji chapter 58 : That Butler, Chop

Lastly, we find the Undertaker has been posing as the principal of the school. He obviously hasn’t been the whole time, though, since he comes in the carriage with Ryan Stoker. He probably replaced him after coming back from the cruise ship.  What shocks me the most about this is the Undertaker’s physique. He is a very skinny and fit man. We’ve always seen him in drapery so his body shape was a mystery. All I can remember are his super sexy mid-thigh boots.

KS 59From Kuroshitsuji chapter 59 : That Butler, Compromise

Looks like there’s a battle coming up and it’s going to be extremely bloody taking into account of Undertaker’s great skill in combat. With that, see  you next chapter.

#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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

#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…

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…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”.

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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!