Manalo Stadium Opens its Doors!
The latest Pokémon episode is the one officially introducing us to the Pokémon League, and so we can start wondering who will be the one fighting the Masked Royal in the finals. With Manalo Stadium as the majestic venue where the battles take place, will Ash finally beat the Pokémon League in this pseudo-reboot for the series?
I know, I know, high expectations lead to great disappointments, but Ash already beat most of the participants before. However, and unlike previous Pokémon Leagues, the Alolan version of the event has a new set of rules, with all participants going all out in a battle royale. Yes, Pokémon jumped on the bandwagon too! It's not that hard to guess who are the 16 trainers that will advance to the next round, but I wouldn't be that shocked if one or two protagonists are left behind.
Rather than mentioning this episode for a particular scene, I think the whole Pokémon League celebration is something that all fans were looking forward to, and the gathering before the competition definitely brings back some memories. Team Skull and Team Rocket are participating, Prof. Samson Oak is participating, Gladion, Hau and Ilima are participating... and yet there's so much to expect from Ash and Lillie! Maybe it's time to go back to Pokémon Sun & Moon?
Rise Shield Hero, Rise!
Wow...Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari season (or possibly series) finale ended on such a powerful episode. The battle between Naofumi and Glass commenced and it was back and forth for some time! Our shield hero was lucky enough to find a weakness using his Soul Eater shield but even that wasn’t enough to bring down Glass who was willing to use every last ounce of strength she had in ending our hero. Luckily, the wave ended and Naofumi was spared having to continue the long back and forth battle but it left him with a realization that Glass isn’t bad but is trying to save her world just as much as he’s saving his current world. With the wave done, the queen offers Naofumi a reward and he makes a powerful move. Using his reward, Naofumi commences the rebuilding of Raphtalia’s home and decides to use it as a means of training new party members and to keep his comrades safe. As overjoyed Raphtalia is to see her home being rebuilt her sadness overflows at losing Naofumi once the waves are over but we get a powerful image of the old non-hero Naofumi being passed by the current shield hero. This shows Naofumi won’t be leaving Raphtalia or anyone’s side for sometime and plans on defending his new home! We hope this isn’t the end of Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari but for now we loved how the final episode played out and until the next season...we will continue loving this series.
On the Other Side of the Sea
Do you remember what Eren was like at the very beginning of Attack on Titan? He was a loudmouthed, vengeance-crazed kid with an undying fire in his heart to take back what he’d lost. But after everything he’s been through – the countless deaths of his comrades, shouldering the burden of being humanity’s last hope, and the shocking truth about the outside world – he’s changed. While everyone else is marveling at the ocean that they’ve yearned to see for their entire lives, Eren is dazed by the memories of hundreds of Eldians being transformed into titans at that very spot. He points across the water towards the unseen mainland and mutters, “On the other side of the sea... are enemies. If we kill all of our enemies over there... will we finally be free?”
WIT’s gorgeous animation and Yuki Kaji’s spot-on vocal performance perfectly sell the finality of this moment. The façade of a good-versus-evil shounen action series has crumbled down (after sustaining major damage in the Uprising arc and even showing a few cracks as early as the Female Titan battle) to reveal the morally complex political and character drama that was being concealed this whole time. What will the Survey Corps find on the other side of the sea? Can they ever hope to be free of the cycle of violence that they inherited from their ancestors? In fall of 2020, we’ll finally find out.
The Risque Slumber Party
After a day of running into every girl he knows, Nariyuki ends up at a hotel with Fumino. While attending the festival with his mother and siblings, Nariyuki runs into Fumino and Uruka. His family forces him to go hang out with the girls which set off a chain of events leading him to spend some time with Uruka, Rizu, Kirisu-sensei, and Asumi. When things eventually settle down, Nariyuki and Fumino start to head home, but they both end up missing the last train because they stopped to help some lost twins. With no way home, the pair ends up at a hotel where they pretend to be siblings in order to not raise suspicion. While lying in their shared bed, Fumino discusses her love for the stars while Nariyuki talks about his lack of ambition compared to everyone around him. In the morning, the pair returns home with new resolve, understanding, and emotions.
With every character in the series popping up in this episode, it is hard to pick one great moment from this episode, but the events with Fumino are too great to pass up. This great episode for Fumino, from her setting it up for Nariyuki and Uruka to have some alone time, to her revealing her past to Nariyuki, there was just so many great Fumino moments. The hotel scene was great and gave us a little bit of everything that has made this anime so great.
That's all for this week, please check back next week and tell us what you're watching!