Naruto, is that you?
Yes, Pokémon Sun & Moon is still on air, and now with a new adventure ahead. Many people dropped the show because of the new art-style, and some others didn't like the idea of not having a Pokémon League to look forward too. Well, a lot of things have changed since then, and now the Alola League is about to be implemented... rival trainer included.
In the last episode, however, Ash and friends visit a Kanto-themed gym in Alola... well, take that "Kanto-themed" definition with a grain of salt because according to these people, everyone in Kanto are ninjas. In-world, this is fun because Ash can easily tell the gym crew knows nothing about his beloved original region, but for us viewers, there's something else to pay attention to: this is a blatant Naruto tribute!
Maybe you don't know Japanese so you can't notice the similarity between Naruto's catch phrase "dattebayo" and this guy's "nan datte yo", but the reference is evident when you look at this boy's bandana. The best part is that, once you get to the end of the episode, you notice there's no real reason for the Naruto references, to the point that the music-loving gym leader looks extremely out of place when compared to his partners. If you ask me, this Naruto lookalike should've been the gym leader, facing Pikachu with a Ninetales. Missed opportunity!
Hold that Smile
Naofumi in this week’s episode of Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari took a backseat in favor for everyone’s favorite raccoon girl Raphtalia. After a back and forth with either killing Idol or not, Raphtalia ends up nearly getting killed herself by the slimy leader but luckily she fights him off and he ironically seems to kill himself by falling out of a window. With the threat gone and everyone seemingly saved, Raphtalia reminds Naofumi of the basement and the team heads into its depths...which contain truly something horrid. Idol being the--curse word I can’t use--had tortured Demi-Humans like Raphtalia in this dungeon after having kidnapped them after one of the wave’s first appearances. Keeping her smile up during adversity--as taught by her parents before their deaths--Raphtalia continued to stay strong despite her friends being tortured around her. Rifana--Raphtalia’s friend--was with her allowing the two to gain strength off one another but eventually Raphtalia was once more taken this time by the slaver we know from the beginning of the series. Naofumi and Raphtalia are able to save a few of the remaining Demi-Humans but finds the skeleton of Rifana which causes Raphtalia to break down/ Luckily, Naofumi was there to help her out just like she did for him in the past and Raphtalia remembers her reasons for wanting to become stronger. The episode ends with a worrisome enemy appearing when Idol--still alive--summons a giant dragon sealed within a pillar. Idol is finally killed--squashed like the bug he is--leaving the party to face off against a new threat. Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari was amazing this week and honestly shows this series can do drama and action so perfectly well for an isekai.
Mr. Urokodaki has finally agreed to train Tanjirou, and though his methods of teaching are rough, Tanjirou begins to get stronger. Urokodaki completes his training, leaving Tanjirou with one final task: slice through a large boulder to prove he is ready for the Final Selection!
The struggle of Tanjirou’s training is evident through his narration of the events, despite the fact that this episode takes place over the course of two years. We enjoyed this sped-up version didn’t leave out the gritty details, but also managed to convey the difficulties in a shorter time span, told through the journal Tanjirou is writing for his sister. It looks as though it will be impossible for him to cut through the boulder, but his unusual training with Sabito and Makomo helps him reach his goal in the end.
We are particularly enjoying the fight scenes in Kimetsu no Yaiba, as the animation is done so fluidly even in these moments. All of the characters are vivid and colorful, even though we may not know too much about their personalities yet. For example, we have only just met the mysterious duo Sabito and Makomo, yet their clothing colors and movements seem to match who they are, giving us clues as to what they are like. We are not sure if we will see more of them in the future, as Tanjirou moves on to his next task of the Final Selection, but we definitely enjoyed their introduction in this episode! Of course, we’ll all be eagerly waiting for next week to see what the Final Selection trial is like!
King Crimson and Epitaph vs Metallica!
Doppio, so far shown to be the cowardly alternate personality of the Boss, shows off a tougher side of himself this week. After being attacked by Risotto Nero, the leader of the assassination team, Doppio uses his precognitive stand Epitaph to predict Risotto’s attacks and turn them against him. Considering that even underage smoking was censored in earlier JoJo parts, it’s astounding to see how much of this particularly brutal battle was shown in all of its gory detail. Risotto’s stand Metallica pulls razor blades, needles, and a full size pair of scissors from underneath Doppio’s skin and turns his blood a sickening shade of yellow from all the iron he’s lost. It looks like David Productions has devoted itself to portraying every macabre moment of this hardcore gangster show as accurately as possible.
I especially love what this episode did with Risotto’s death. In the manga, it was clear that Narancia was constantly surveying the cliff for enemies and had to tune his carbon dioxide sensor to search for faint breathing. But in this episode, Aerosmith’s machine gun shots come as a surprise because the focus is kept entirely on Risotto and Doppio. Since Bucciarati’s team had very little screen time, it’s easy to forget that they’re even there and you’re just as shocked as Risotto when he gets riddled with bullets. It’s these little upgrades to important manga scenes that make this long-awaited adaptation so great!
Amusement Park Date
After writing senryu about amusement park memories, the club decides to spend their next day off at the amusement park. Amane bails on Nanako and Eiji in order to give them some alone time. From there Nanako and Eiji enjoy their day at the amusement park together. As the day draws to a close Nanako tries to get Eiji to kiss her, but with Eiji being as dense as he is unable to pick up on any of Nanako's hints.
This was a great episode filled to the brim with comedy and failed romance. I don't know what it is, but something about the way Nanako communicates makes her so cute and expressive. The end of the episode was great and although I knew we weren't going to get any romantic development, I couldn't help but be a little disappointed when Eiji failed to pick up on social cues. There were a lot of great moments in this episode from getting to see how cute Nanako is in bunny ears and watching as a man in a rabbit costume lick Eijis feet. This is quickly becoming one of my favorite anime of the season, I can't wait to see what kind of fun they have next week.
That's all for this week! Tune in next week!