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ONE PIECE REVIEW: A Warlord in Prison! Jimbei, the Honorable Pirate

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What’s up guys, I’ve been away for a while, exams and whatnot, but I’m back for another One Piece review. We left off with Luffy, Buggy, and Mr. 3 trying to escape Wild Beast hell, and I have to say I just love the continuing references to Greek Mythology in this episode. The manticores chasing them are hilarious. True to myth, they copy the voices they hear, which in this case would be the Impel Down inmates who were saying things like “loincloth” and “strawberry panties” which baffles Buggy. Clearly, the inmates were screwing with them for their own amusement. Hey, got do something to pass a lifetime sentence, right? Then there is the Sphinx, some sort of big lion thing, who instead of asking riddles for passage (which if I’m being honest, would’ve added episode value) started spouting off various noodles as it attacks. Luffy beats the tar out of it, something about Buggy and Mr. 3 teaming up to leave Luffy and escape, and they all fall down to level three also known as Starvation hell.

Meanwhile, in level six, we see Ace conversing with the now revealed Warlord. His name is Jimbei, and he’s a fishman. Something about Fisher Tiger is coming to mind. Could it be the sun symbol on his chest? What’s interesting about him is that he’s a pirate who hates pirates, while that’s not unusual (I can’t image every pirate in the world getting together and having a nice cup of tea), it becomes interesting when he says he rather die than participate in this war. He then provides this crucial information. If it wasn’t for Whitebeard, Fishman Island would’ve been doomed. When pirates, world nobles, and God knows who else were passing by their land on their way to the New World, they often kept destroying pieces of land, kidnapping merfolk and selling them to slavery, and even killing them off. Then one day, Whitebeard showed up and declared that the island was now his turf. This reveals a lot more about Whitebeard. He’s not just a monstrous pirate. He’s much like Luffy. Fishman Island was saved and Jimbei respected him and his crew ever since. What’s even more interesting is that Ace and him had history. Jimbei almost killed him. Now why would Jimbei try to kill one of Whitbeard’s own? While Jimbei is worried about the old generation of pirates being run by the likes of Whitebeard (possibly some foreshadowing there), a familiar voice revels in the chance to kill him off. And this riles up the other inmates. They supply some interesting information. Apparently, the likes of Whitebeard and Gol D. Roger are responsible for their imprisonment, and they want to kill him because they are tired of playing second fiddle to him and Roger. They look like scum, so it makes you think. Is Roger the monster everyone is claiming him to be, or an unseen paragon? Could he and Whitebeard who dominated the previous era be putting the rest of the pirates in their place not just because of status? How will the new era take shape if everyone from that era was gone?

ONE PIECE REVIEW: The Strongest Man in the Prison! Poison Man Magellan Appears

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Hello, everyone, I’m back for another One Piece review. In this episode, Luffy and Buggy land in Wild Beast hell, and promptly gets chased by a tiny hippo with a big mouth. It eats Buggy’s body, but lucky for him, getting chewed up does not kill him. You know, I’m just realizing this, but Luffy’s and Buggy’s powers are like opposites. Luffy can stretch, not get affected by physical blows, but vulnerable to sword slashes. Buggy, on the other hand, can separate into many pieces which means he can’t be hurt by sword slashes, but can get bruised up by physical blows. Is Oda trying tell us these two pirates would become legends one day and have an epic battle for the ages? To make a long story short, Luffy evades the hippo, the praying mantis, and busts up a basilisk with his giant, Third Gear fist which knocks out the security monitors, leaving them undetected. Buggy, showing some brilliance, unlocks the cages of prisoners to get some extra hands, including another old enemy, Mr. 3.

But oddly enough Luffy’s role in this episode is not the center point. Today we meet another character, prison warden Magellan.  The strongest man in Impel Down and the main antagonist of Luffy in this arc. Magellan is a poison man, and basically getting near him could spell death. What I like about him is that he’s not really terrible but quirky. He loves eating poison, spends ten hours in the bathroom because of it, sleeps eight hours, and really only works four hours (which is about all he needs to anyway). Makes you think what he does for the other two hours. He’s actually a polite and nice guy who prefers darker places to sunlight. He’s not needlessly cruel, falls head over heels for Hancock, and is probably quite kinky (He likes it when Hancock steps on him). But. Don’t. Be. Fooled. He is not by any means  a pushover, and he’s unafraid of throwing his weight around. He demonstrates this by poisoning probably his closest friend, Hannyabal, for answering the phone at his desk without remorse. He’s not to be played with. Such a complex and lovable character Oda made here.

I find the ending pretty interesting as well. Impel Down claims to have never been penetrated before, but Sengoku reveals that one person has escaped. The Golden Lion, Shiki, a man who once went toe to toe with the Pirate King. That’s right Luffy is becoming a legend. Oh, and uh this leads to the movie where the two meet. It was pretty good I guess.

THE LEGEND OF KORRA REVIEW: The Revelation

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Hello, there. Here’s another Korra episode review. So the Fire Ferrets need money, Bolin hangs out with the wrong crowd, gets kidnapped, Amon leads what seems to be some World War II propaganda against benders, displays the only the thing that could possibly convince the audience that he’s a threat to an almost fully realized Avatar in removing the bender’s power, Korra saves the day with Mako, and the legend of Amon grows. There was a lot to talk about in this episode so I just placed the summary here.

What I like about this episode is that we see more of Mako and Bolin’s past. We can already infer that their parents had died with Mako’s seriousness and looking after his brother. He has to be mature way earlier than he was supposed to. We can probably see this in Bolin too. His childlike nature is probably a way to cope with the reality and there was a lack of a mature influence in his life. Anyway, this gets explored further when it’s revealed that the two had run with a gang called the Triple Threat Triads (which could explain Mako and Bolin’s talent in bending as inferred by the tournament and Mako’s shooting lightning at work). It makes sense and it unfortunately happens in real life. Kids get orphaned and they have no ways of income so they turn to crime to make ends meet, and no matter how far they may try to put this behind them if they make it somewhere else, they are always linked with the gang such as what happens to Bolin.

What I find striking is that it was a firebender who mugged and killed the two’s parents. Mako is one himself and surely at least one of his parents was Fire Nation. This must’ve been impactful to him. He too has the power of the killer, but maybe his family pride and necessity is what makes him keep using it. It seems that like Germany the Fire Nation would never live down the war they caused.

Finally, I like how the pacing is winding up to a brilliant season. Amon has the power that up until now we’ve expected only the Avatar to have. He could take bending away. We’ve never expected a seemingly normal person to be such a threat but if energybending is like everything else, it’s only a matter of time for someone to figure it out. We also get a good reason why he hides behind a mask, and his story is very similar to Mako and Zuko. Could he be not so different from them? It is as Tenzin said “No bender is safe.” Stakes raised. Nine out of ten.

THE LEGEND OF KORRA REVIEW: Welcome to Republic City; A Leaf in the Wind Part 2

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Here’s another Korra review. In today’s episode, Korra learns about air bending philosophy. Tenzin teaches her in ways that would prove to be no problem if it was Aang doing them, but Korra is not Aang and she’s very forceful which is the exact opposite of how the philosophy is supposed to work.

See, this is why Korra’s character is hard for me to like. She’s way too pushy, and it’s pretty clear that what she’s doing isn’t working. I know that’s the point, but really it doesn’t take much from even a stubborn person to realize what’s working and what’s not. To be fair Tenzin wasn’t helping much. You know the saying “Do as you preach”. Well, he doesn’t do that, and it’s hard for a person to take the advice of someone who doesn’t follow it. What Tenzin did was get impatient with Korra and maybe his kids as well if his attitude toward Milo is any indication; he forbids Korra from viewing a sporting event which he regards as mocking the art of bending, showing his closed mindedness; and is insistent in using his training method even though it’s shown not to work very well for Korra. I guess it’s true that the student takes after their master. Thankfully, this was actually addressed in the episode.

We now have the introduction of two new characters: Mako and Bolin, who are in the sport Korra wants to see. I really like Bolin. He’s a likeable guy who has a little crush on Korra. He’s has this lovable childish air about him that I like. His brother on the other hand…Where do I begin? Mako is basically a Zuko knockoff without the justifiable background, many redeemable qualities and humor, adorkable quirks, and the scar. So basically he’s all attitude and mysterious. Hello, love interest! Seriously, this show is about as subtle about romance as the engine in my car. Unfortunately, the two’s team, the Fire Ferrets (Hmm…I wonder which element Mako has?) is short a player and Korra fills in. I love that there’s this call back to the fact that having the Avatar play in the game is cheating. Aang couldn’t play his air bending friends’ new game because of being one, and that made him sad. Korra tries not to let it show, but it gets revealed that she is because of guess what frustration, but luckily, she gets to play as long as she sticks to water. She gets in trouble with Tenzin, but still helps out the team get to the finals using lessons that she learned from Tenzin. She doesn’t air bend but it’s a start. She became the leaf. I like how the episode builds up to this lesson. Korra could do it, but all she needs is an environment that brings it out. Some people like Aang needs a calm and steady environment. Competitive people like Korra needs a competitive environment to thrive. This leads to Korra and Tenzin resolving their differences and becoming a better mentor and student. Oh, and Korra still gets to play. Seven out of ten.

THE LEGEND OF KORRA REVIEW:Welcome to Republic City; A Leaf in the Wind Part 1

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Well, I finally found time away from work to do another one of these. It’s no One Piece and I will be returning to that soon, but here’s a review of the first episode of Korra.

So I put off watching this, because of the character and let’s just say my opinion of her hasn’t changed much. She’s too brash, boastful, and hot-headed for my liking, but I guess that’s the point, right? Make a character that’s completely the opposite of the predecessor. So instead of being patient and mature like Aang, Korra is rash and competitive. Definitely, not a  person who you want as this world’s equivalent of the Messiah. In a way, I find this cheap but just because it’s cheap doesn’t mean it doesn’t work. With Korra having these traits, there’s room for character development. So there’s that.

So I like the prologue for this show. It does the whole water, earth, fire, and air thing, but since the cycle is at water first it’s earth, fire, air, then water. And in each sequence, if you had been paying attention, represents the avatars before Korra, namely Kyoshi, Roku, Aang as an adult, and then Korra herself. That’s very crafty and gives a subtle hint of what this show’s about. This is the avatar’s show.

So this episode goes out of its way of showing how much of a prodigy Korra is (ugh, I’m having flashbacks about Azula, except we have a smug super instead a devious schemer). She was controlling three elements at I think age three. Aang and Roku didn’t even know that they could even do that at that age, and she had already mastered three at seventeen. Okay, granted Aang did all the elements at twelve, but you think someone with no need for rush, would master the elements much later as it’s not regarded as superpowers in this world. Plus, it takes a lot of discipline and whatnot. It’s good to see Katara again as she plays the role of Gran-Gran. Yes, she looks like her grandmother now. She also gives us the implications that the others had died and she’s the only one left. This makes the story all the more sombering. You’d never pictured the original team as growing old and dying. It’s hard not miss Sokka’s sense of humor, Zuko’s moodiness, and Toph’s big personality. The mood lightens again when we see Aang and Katara’s youngest child’s family. From them, we see Aang’s legacy live on. Oh, and maybe Sokka’s humor lives with them.

This shows leans very heavily on the trope reality ensues. For some reason that will probably be relevant later, Aang has ordered that Korra be kept under watch in the Water Tribe and that has seriously (oh, I see how her character was formed) stunted her sense and maturity. She heads for the city to get Tenzin to teach her air bending, and doesn’t understand the concept of money, so no food and when she tries to fish from the lake, she gets busted because it’s the city’s lake which means no fishing, and then finally she tries be a superhero only to cause a ridiculous amount of damage and gets chased by police and finally arrested. Woomp-woomp. Turns out Toph’s daughter runs the police. Hooray, but she’s still a cop, has very little of Toph’s personality except for maybe strictness, and does not give two figs about the relationship Aang had with her mother. The interaction she had with Tenzin also shows that there is some bad blood in their relationship. These reality ensues are well done. They’re all relatable scenarios that could actually happen without the need for idiocy. If you’re a country mouse in a city where the rules are a little loose, going to the city could prove to be a huge wake up call.

This episode also introduces a thick story theme that could prove to be important. Non-benders seemed to be treated as second class citizens, and are growing sick of it. Do I hear X-men? Imagine living in a world where you’re just human and surrounded by people would could fling the earth at you with just their fingertips. What’s not to fear? Plus, if Tenzin’s position at the council is any indication, it seems that benders control the whole country. Also, bonus points for this awesome looking villain:

eight points five out of ten.

ONE PIECE REVIEW: Break Through the Crimson Hell! Buggy’s Chaos-Inducing Plan

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Alright people, here comes another One Piece review. In this episode, Luffy runs into Buggy in his attempt to break Ace out of Impel Down. This episode doesn’t contain much except something about Buggy’s character so this will cover that.

At first, Buggy wanted nothing to do with Luffy, except when he noticed the bicep band Luffy was wearing. Apparently, it’s a map of some treasure he was looking for, which led to him being caught. This interesting, because most pirates in this world is looking for the One Piece so it’s rare to see a pirate interested in something else. Then I’m reminded that Buggy was on Gol D. Roger’s ship. Is it possible that he knows something about the One Piece?

Anyway he makes a deal with Luffy to show him the way down if he gives him the trinket, which Luffy agrees. They are led to a place called Crimson Hell, which a terrain of sharp blades used to cut up the criminals, lucky for Buggy it doesn’t affect him. Of course he leads Luffy to the second floor, and Buggy was about to turn around but the Bluegori, probably just to be a smart alack, cuts him and made his body fall in with Luffy and since his head can’t leave his body, it goes with him. Ha ha. Goodnight. Six out of ten.

One Punch Man Episode One Review

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So, I had just watched a new anime before class this morning called One Punch Man, which quite honestly I had secretly wanted to watch for some time, but I never had the initiative to. I could tell it was pretty good from the bits and pieces that I had gleamed online, and let’s just say I have a fetish for overpowered characters (Don’t get creepy about that).

Anyway, the first episode was as I had expected pretty good. Our protagonist as pictured above was a simple man at one time having failed in obtaining a job (been there, done that) and was approached by an evil crab man (It’s anime people just roll with it) who is confused why he wasn’t scared of him. Here it seems that our character is suffering from some form of mild depression. He’s uninterested in dying or anything and just doesn’t care what happens, because of this, the crab man leaves him be and goes searching for the boy who drew…nipples on him.

First of all, I would like to say that I like Saitama as a character. He has that simplicity that we could just put ourselves in his position, and living in an anime world, we would have the same dream he had while protecting that kid, to be so strong that we could take out anybody with one punch. From years of watching Dragon Ball Z, Kill la Kill, and One Piece, I was drawn to this attribute of his. Everyone wanted to be the Gokus, the Whitebeards, and the Beerus of the world, but we never stop to consider the ramifications of such a wish. What good is power when you steamroll through literally everything. As a result of all that training, Saitama got his wish but is now bored because nobody could challenge him and put up a good fight. Saitama is now more depressed than before. This is not the first time this has been demonstrated in the episode. The main antagonist of the episode, who unlike his brother, was not an insane, unredeemable psychopath wanted to be the strongest man. His brother gave him his wish with what would be super steroids. It was fun at first, being a striking resemblance to a freaking Titan, but he soon regretted it when he accidentally squished his brother like a gnat. Funny as Styx, but tragic for him. What’s worse he still gets one shotted by Saitama. So the moral of that story and the deconstruction of that trope is that no matter what you do and how hard you try, someone will always be better than you, and as a result you’ll end up swatting away the ones you love.

One Punch Man has certainly left an impression on me and I would be tuning in. You know if I myself would consent to get around to it.

ONE PIECE REVIEW: A Reunion in Hell! The Man Who Ate the Chop-Chop Fruit!

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Buggy! Buggy! Buggy! Hello, people. I’m coming at ya with another One Piece review. In this episode, Luffy enters Impel Down and runs into Buggy, who slips out of his chains using his powers. You know up to this point, the validity of Buggy’s “genius” has only been from his crew. This time he actually proven it. When he was captured, he had to be considered a weakling, especially since he was one of the first villains Luffy has fought, and unlike Crocodile, Lucci, and Arlong, wasn’t taken very seriously. So when I heard that he hid his abilities knowing that he could use it to slip out of his normal cuffs when the time was right, I had to admire that his intelligence was not just for appearances. Since he has connections to Shanks, an Emperor of the sea as well as the person who gave Luffy his hat, and is revealed to have been on Gol D. Roger’s ship according to Vice Captain Silvers “Dark Knight” Rayleigh, I expect Buggy to play a major role in the series and now he’s in Impel down trying to escape so maybe now is the time.

I like how Oda demonstrated the strength of the jailers, the Bluegori, by having them chop up a sea king, a giant sea monster. Kind of shows what kind of class is in this prison that Luffy has to fight. He doesn’t have any trouble dealing with them, and neither does Buggy, but this is the first floor.

On a funny note, I like how perverted the security and Vice Warden Hannybal were in wanting to Domino search Hancock only to be denied, and Hancock really needs to learn how to read lips. “Thank you” is not the same as “I love you”.

ONE PIECE REVIEW: A Deadly Infiltration! The Underwater Prison Impel Down

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Welcome to another one of my One Piece reviews. In this latest installment, we enter the arc of Impel Down, basically a prison break arc. This is a world building episode, giving us a view of what Luffy is getting himself into. This prison is best described as hell. We see prisoners being tortured to the point of begging for death, and that’s for only minor offenses. What is great about this is that it increases the senses of dread. We really think there’s little hope for Luffy to escape this place alive even with his plot armor.

What I also like is main antagonists in this piece. Even though, we’re given their first impressions through their supposed ally, Boa Hancock, we see that they are actually nice. They are just doing their job. I mean just because you like to hear the pain and screams of criminals doesn’t make you a bad person, does it? If it was, then I must be hanging with the wrong crowd all my life (JK). Their quirks makes them attractive characters instead of hate your guts evil, which is brilliant to me. We all know the World Government is corrupt, evil we might even argue, but nobody who signs up to work for them is set up to be evil. Here we see upstanding people doing their jobs and keeping criminals in their place. Remember Luffy and his crew are the exceptions of being a pirate not the rule. Some of these fellows deserve to be there. So I have a feeling that if Luffy has to fight with anyone there, I think we could well expect that to the jailers it isn’t anything personal just a job and reputation. Another great showing of this is that they have to search Hancock and place her in sea stone cuffs, which cuts off her powers, just in case she might break Ace out. They tell her it’s not personal, but they have a reputation and they are going to uphold it and that means no chances.

On a personal note, Buggy’s back. At least in this scary, heart racing arc, there is some comical relief. You can’t have your heart racing all the time. It’s bad for you y’know. Oh, and I also like the time being shown to Ace’s execution. Kind of places the importance of time and building up of something even bigger. If you’re wondering, it’s at thirty-three hours.

ONE PIECE REVIEW: Love is a Hurricane! Love-Love Hancock!

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Hello all, here comes another One Piece review before the fillers on the whereabouts of the Straw Hat Pirates come into play. This one is pretty short as it involves Luffy asking Hancock to ride him to Impel Down, a very dangerous prison where Ace is held, on a World Government ship. But here comes the silly part. Hancock gets sick when she hears Luffy leaving by morning. Wait for it. Hancock is sick because she is in love. Ooookay, dismissing the fact that Luffy is barely of age and Hancock is in her twenties…that happened. According to the old woman, Nyon, (and yes she is buying into this) love sickness is what killed the other Snake Empresses and almost herself if she hadn’t left the island which explains that, and Hancock is next…until Luffy came with his request. This earns the ire of her sisters, but Hancock doesn’t mind. In fact, she’ll take him anywhere he pleases which shocks her sisters. Going to the place that had basically scarred her for life, huh? Man, she’s got it bad. I don’t know how she made it through the night.

Anyway, this is a silly episode with no real meaning to it, except you know Ace in jail talking to Garp.

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And you know…he’s coming.

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