There's a Meaning to Evil
If you thought the revelation at the end of episode 6 was shocking enough, then what about Magase's part on episode 7!? Even if her luring powers feel unreal and straight out of a supernatural story, we can't deny she's by far the best villain of the season... and most certainly one of the evilest characters of the decade. In fact, the worst thing about her is that she's not a powerful sorcerer, a vampire, or any kind of monster; she's as human as any of us, and her reasoning defies all the beliefs of our current society.
According to Kuijiin's own words, Magase's whisper is just like having sex, so irresistible and enjoyable at the same time. But even though we've seen how she can make people kill themselves in a variety of ways, watching this woman enjoy the dismemberment of the helpless Sekuro is another level of depravity! She sure as hell is a cold bitch, right? But... is she? I mean, other than being evil for the sake of evilness, both Magase and Itsuki have their revolutionary reasons to back them up, and the clash of paradigms is what keeps us coming every week. All I know is that this gets more interesting and challenging episode after episode, and this philosophical debate between Good and Evil is something we haven't seen in a few years now.
From Cotton Candy to Phones
Dr. Stone is probably one of the few shows where even the oddest idea ends up coming out as plausible. Senku and his friends have determined that cellphones are the most important goal to save the village and launch a pre-emptive attack on Tsukasa.However, before one component--in this case copper wiring--can be made, Senku decides to make cotton candy as a means of testing the machine’s ability to make thin wires. While the cotton candy produced is edible and sweet Senku notices that the wiry cotton candy has lumps due to the process of making it. Our genius gets to thinking on how to fix that issue but isn’t unaware that he’s being watched by Homura who happens to be an underling of Hyoga. Despite this knowledge, Senku leaves a cotton candy offering to Homura showing his kindness even when dealing with an enemy. Chrome surprises Senku and the rest as he gets an idea for a new device--well new for this stone world--thought to him when he witnesses a gear being made from Kohaku’s shield! With a waterwheel being crafted--despite no knowledge of them--Chrome has allowed Senku to advance his electricity system into a hydro powered one and you can be sure this means his future assignments will get done that much easier! Senku is running out of time but with his team in the science kingdom he’s going to make it happen and that will be where the future of his village and possibly the world will come to fruition!
The Prince Becomes a King
Thorfinn’s battle with Thorkell continues, with the kid surprisingly holding his own against his dual-axe-wielding monster of an opponent. Thorfinn has the skills and agility to defeat Thorkell, but he’s not quite the “true warrior” that his father once was. Could it have something to do with his father’s peaceful philosophy?
Meanwhile, with the death of Ragnar, Prince Canute no longer has anyone to protect him from the horrors of the world. The drunken priest muses that true love only exists in death, just like how the Viking warriors strive for glory in Valhalla. During one’s life on earth, unconditional love and sacrifice can’t exist because humans are imperfect and can only care for a few people. Upon hearing this, Canute realizes that he’s been holding onto an idea of salvation that forces him to endure countless hardships throughout his life and just accept them without question so he can one day achieve happiness in the afterlife. But he knows in his heart that Ragnar’s fatherly love for him was real, and that he needs to take charge of his future according to his own ideals.
So finally, Prince Canute lives up to his title and starts giving orders to the surrounding Vikings so he can begin treating the wounded. Now that he’s living for what he truly believes in, Canute is much more confident and exudes a kingly aura that motivates everyone around him to action. What will happen when this new Canute crosses paths with Thorfinn and Thorkell’s ongoing battle? Can he stop Thorfinn from throwing his life away for petty revenge?
A New Ally Appears
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The basketball club becomes an official team and finds themselves a skilled but temperamental ally. Coming right off their match with Shinmaruko, Momoharu makes a deal with the principal for the basketball team to be recognized as an official school club in which the members of the team agree to no longer get into any trouble. While heading home from practice, Yasuhara, Nabe, and Chukie run into a boy practicing on the outdoor basketball hoop. Impressed by his ball-handling skills, Yasuhaara asks him to show off more of his moves only to be attacked by the boy. Momoharu shows up to break up the fight and informs the team of his deal with the principal. When the team goes to practice the next day they find Tobi, the boy from before, practicing on the court and hurting another student.
With the team's blowout loss to Shunmaruko, this episode provided us with a much slower pace with a lot of exposition thrown at us. It was nice seeing Yasuhara, Nabe, and Chukie willing to practice on Sunday after their somewhat pitiful performances in the practice match. The most exciting moment in this episode though was the introduction of Tobi. Everything about his character fits in so well with the other members of the basketball club and he brings some much needed skill to the team. I can't wait to see him officially join the team and how he fits in.
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