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Demon Slayer Episode 21

Demon Slayer Episode 21

Against Corps Rules

This week’s episode of Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba wasn’t exactly the most exciting. There was no major battle, we weren’t introduced to any new demons, and because of these things there was no over-the-top animation. However, it was still one of the better episodes of the series.

I think last week I said that was the conclusion of the spider clan arc, but it turns out that this week’s episode was the real end. The Spider Silk Demon’s story was wrapped up, and the shift into the final arc of the season began. Or at least what I assume will be the final arc — there are only five episodes left.

But the fact that this episode included the transition between two arcs is partially why it was so good. We got some new information to wrap up the spider clan arc, and we got some new information to introduce the next arc.

World building hasn’t exactly been one of the strong suits for this series thus far. In multiple of my previous episode reviews I mentioned how the way the world works seemed to be retconned with each new episode. But it feels like we’re now at a point where this will no longer be an issue.

The benefit of longer series is that over time they can tie together the differing facts which were laid out near the beginning of the story. Think of it like story maintenance to fill in plot holes.

Now that Demon Slayer’s world has been around long enough to be established, it can turn its attention to fixing the inconsistencies in it. Look at any other, often shounen, series which is, or will be, longer than four cours and you’ll see this same thing happening.

Rui – Spider Silk Demon

For a few episodes now we’ve known that the Spider Silk Demon’s name is Rui. I just haven’t been referring to him as such because, to be honest, I kept forgetting it. Me being bad with side character names is nothing new.

But Rui’s name isn’t what I wanted to discuss here. Instead, we’re shown his origin story. Or rather, we’re shown the origin story of the Spider Silk Demon. Rui was originally a sickly child who had to remain indoors — that is, until Kibutsuji Muzan paid his home a visit.

It’s unclear exactly why Kibutsuji chose to “save” Rui, but we can assume he saw that Rui had the potential to be a powerful demon. In this case, Kibutsuji doesn’t turn Rui into a demon by force, but rather offers him a deal. If he gives up his humanity, he can have a new lease on life.

Much to his parents’ dismay, Rui takes Kibutsuji up on this offer and becomes a demon. But, at least at first, he tries to live a normal life with his parents. However, it didn’t take long for his parents to try to kill Rui due to his need to consume humans to survive.

And this is the important part: Rui kills his parents, develops his fixation on family bonds, and seemingly awakens his Blood Demon Art. Could the stress of losing, or potentially losing in Nezuko’s case, a strong bond be the trigger for Blood Demon Arts?

Even with the Taiko Demon it could be argued that this was the case. The bond with his father was severed due to his disapproval of the Taiko Demon’s writing. It all seems to be coming together, finally.

Shinobu vs. Giyuu

While Rui’s backstory took up roughly the first 10 minutes of the episode, after that is where the shift to the next arc begins. I’ll just call this the Hashira arc, and exactly what the Hashira are is something I’ll get into later on.

But what we need to know for right now is that both Giyuu Tomioka and Shinobu Kochou are Hashira. This is a title within the demon slayer corp, but it’s not one of the 10 levels of demon slayers. In fact, we the levels of demon slayers haven’t really mattered at all since they were first introduced.

Sure, some of the no-name demon slayers who were in the spider demon forest referenced various levels, but other than that we no nothing about them. Is there a formal test one needs to take in order to go up a level? Can demon slayers be demoted? We don’t know.

Shinobu Kochou vs. Giyuu Tomioka from the anime series Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba
Shinobu Kochou vs. Giyuu Tomioka

However, what we do know is that the demon slayer corps rules call for the annihilation of any and all demons — including Nezuko. While Shinobu is willing to uphold this rule, Giyuu takes a stance against her to defend both Tanjirou and Nezuko.

This leads to something I actually hope to see more of in the series, a demon slayer vs. demon slayer duel. Sure, this isn’t something which would probably happen often since the demon slayers are all members of the same group, but they do still have individual differences which could lead to conflict.

The demon slayers may not try to kill each other, but duels between them could still be used to decide the balance of power between factions within the organization.

Kanao Tsuyuri

It was either last week or the week before that I mentioned the girl with the butterfly hair clip from Final Selection was probably related to Shinobu in some way. I don’t think her name was actually revealed in the anime yet, but I’m telling you it’s Kanao Tsuyuri so I can refer to her by her name for this section.

Kanao does appear to be an apprentice of Shinobu, so perhaps we’ll see Tanjirou become Giyuu’s apprentice in the future. However, even if she use the Insect Breathing Technique like Shinobu, which I’m assuming she does, she’s not a carbon copy of Shinobu. She doesn’t have the same fighting style.

Shinobu makes up for her lack of strength with her specialized blade which delivers poison to those she cuts. Kanao doesn’t rely on such a roundabout tactic. She has the strength to decapitate demons, and is shown to be fairly physically strong otherwise as well.

Kanao also wields a pink Nichirin blade which has unknown properties. I’m not sure what color blades Shinobu and Giyuu are supposed to have, but I wouldn’t call either of theirs pink. And I’d just like to remind you that this is only the third colored blade we’ve seen. We still know very little about them.

However, like her mentor, Kanao is a member of a specialized group within the demon slayer corp. This group, led by Shinobu, serves as the clean-up crew after battles against demons have taken place. Most of the members aren’t swordsmen, and they instead serve as a medic corp.

Since she’s a member of the medic corp, and Shinobu is a pharmacist, I’m guessing Kanao’s pink blade has some sort of drug-like property.

Hashira

The Hashira are probably the top demon slayers in the demon slayer corp. I’m assuming they’re all members of the Kinoe rank — the top rank. However, I think they’re probably not the only ones who hold that rank. If they were, there would be no reason to have the separate title of Hashira.

As for what Hashira means, it simply translates to “pillar.” Essentially, these are the pillars of the demon slayers corp. They’re the strongest members who uphold everything the corps stands for. But all we really know about them for sure is that there are at least seven of them.

Giyuu and Shinobu have already been confirmed as members of the Hashira, and five other members are pictured with Shinobu in the image below. And I say there are “at least” seven members because since Giyuu wasn’t pictured with them perhaps there are others who also simply weren’t pictured.

The Hashira from the anime series Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba
The Hashira

It’s also possible that there are only seven and Giyuu isn’t with them because he’s been imprisoned for defending a demon. My guess is that the Hashira are going to be the ones who determine Nezuko’s fate, with Shinobu arguing for her death and Giyuu arguing for her life.

Also, since there are so few Hashira, and the two we know the most about use different breathing techniques, it makes sense to me that they all have different specialties. There’s probably a Hashira for the Thunder Breathing and Beast Breathing techniques, along with three other techniques we don’t know yet.

Taking a look at the picture of them lined up, I think the central man will be the Thunder Hashira and the one on the far right will be the Beast Hashira. So let’s just make some guesses for the other three Hashira pictured.

My guesses are as follows: the man on the left is the Earth Hashira, the woman on the left (not Shinobu) is the Sky Hashira, and the woman on the right is the Plant Hashira. Also, now that I look at this cape, perhaps the main in the middle is actually the Fire Hashira and the man on the left is the Thunder Hashira.

Conclusion

What did you think about this week’s episode of Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba? Did you like Rui’s origin story? Do you think Kanao is trying to steal Shinobu’s distinction as best girl? And what are your guesses for the techniques used by the Hashira pictured? Let me know in the comments.

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Dr. Stone Episode 8

Dr. Stone Episode 8

Stone Road

Alright, so I think this episode’s title is supposed to referenced the antibiotic roadmap Senku drew, because there was no other sort of road present in the episode. But even though I figured that out, it’s still a terrible episode title that doesn’t really make sense.

Also before I actually begin the episode review I want to point out that Senku said “10 billion” five times in this episode alone.

Although I’d say the previous episode was really the start of the new arc in Dr. Stone, this episode adds the first sub-goal into the mix. We already knew that Senku wants to take over the stone village so that he can fight against Tsukasa, but now he also wants to do it to learn more about the world in which he’s in.

It’s revealed that Ruri, the sickly priestess of the village, has knowledge from before the petrification event. She’s the one who told the other villagers about gorillas, though none of them have ever seen one, and she also knows about Momotaro, a Japanese children’s folktale character.

My assumption is that she knows about these things due to a tradition of passing down “history” orally. I’m guessing that’s why she’s the priestess. Each priestess probably passes down the story of humanity to the next, and over the generations the details have become lost.

But Senku doesn’t know this, so he needs to gain access to Ruri in order to ask her about how she came to hold this long lost information. And to do that, he needs to create an antibiotic in the hopes that it will cure her illness.

There are two ways to create antibiotics, one resulting in penicillin and one resulting in sulfa drugs.

Antibiotic Roadmap

Senku chooses the sulfa drugs route because although it will take a lot of work, it’s the guaranteed way to make an antibiotic. Making penicillin relies on chance — at least in the stone world which doesn’t have any modern technology.

So let’s break down the roadmap Senku devises to create sulfa drugs from scratch. There are five ingredients necessary to create the final product. These are:

  • Chlorosulfuric Acid
  • Ammonia
  • Aniline
  • Sodium Bicarbonate
  • Acetic Anhydride
Senku's antibiotic roadmap from the anime series Dr. Stone
Senku’s antibiotic roadmap

The easiest of these final ingredients to acquire is ammonia, which is found in urine. The next easiest is acetic anhydride. To get this, alcohol must be turned into vinegar, and then the vinegar can be turned into acetic anhydride. The third ingredient is aniline, which is derived from coal.

The other two end ingredients are a bit more complex to create and all require sodium hydroxide. The first step to creating that is to acquire iron, which we saw Senku & friends fail to do in this episode. With iron they can make powerful magnets, which when combined with copper and phosphorus can make electricity.

To get sodium hydroxide, electricity and salt are needed. Once they have sodium hydroxide, they can go back and create carbonic acid from alcohol and fuse it with the sodium hydroxide to get sodium bicarbonate.

Finally, by combining the sodium hydroxide and sulfuric acid, sodium hydrogen sulfate is created. Salt and sulfuric acid can also be combined to get hydrochloric acid. When sodium hydrogen sulfate and hydrochloric acid are combined, chlorosulfuric acid is made — the final ingredient.

Detective Watermelon

A new character is introduced in this episode who helps Senku, Kohaku, and Chrome as they work toward making the antibiotics. Her name is Suika, which means watermelon. And why is this her name? Because she wears a watermelon rind on her head.

It’s not explained why she does this, but it’s implied that it’s because she doesn’t like the way she looks. Suika also understands that the other villagers don’t like her because of her unique headgear, and yet she seems not to realize that it’s something she can take off.

She says, “I can never make myself useful to anyone because I have this thing on my head.” It’s too bad therapists don’t seem to exist in the stone world, because I think Suika needs to see one. She clearly has some sort of social development disorder which should be worked out.

But, Suika does still have her uses. For one, she’s an extra body to help with manual labor. Sure, she probably won’t be doing any heavy lifting, but there’s still a lot of other work to be done so every additional set of hands helps.

She’s also the perfect person to perform reconnaissance missions. Somehow — I don’t really understand it — she can disguise herself as a watermelon thanks to her headgear. Either she somehow fits her whole body inside it, or she buries her body so only her head is showing. This wasn’t exactly made clear.

Stone World Ramen

So how does Suika’s detective work come into play? Is she going to be sent to spy on Tsukasa’s village? Not quite. Instead, she’s tasked with infiltrating the stone village and learning what the villagers want. With this information, Senku can win them over to his side and start up his nation of science.

The first piece of information Suika relays to Senku is that there are three sisters, Garnet, Ruby, and Sapphire, who all want a boyfriend. Unfortunately, Senku is married to science and doesn’t have time for beautiful women, so he can’t help with this request.

However, she also has some good information. It turns out that multiple villagers want more food — specifically food that isn’t the grilled fish they normally eat. This is a problem that can be solved with science.

Senku's stone world ramen from the anime series Dr. Stone
Senku’s stone world ramen

By using foxtail millet as his grain, Senku makes ramen for the stone villagers. He admits that it doesn’t taste all that great because he was improvising with the recipe, but it’s still better than anything the villagers have had before.

With this “invention” he plans to win the stone villagers over so that he can use their manpower to continue making the antibiotic for Ruri. Then, once she’s all better, he’ll be considered the savior of the village and hailed as a hero, not an evil overlord who came to conquer them.

Conclusion

Overall I don’t actually think this episode was all that bad, which is strange considering the fact that Senku said his catchphrase five times. Also, I don’t really like Suika and I view her as barely a character, but what do you think? Is Suika a good addition to the group? Let me know in the comments.

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Cinderella Nine

Cinderella Nine

Cinderella Nine anime series cover art
Cinderella Nine

Overview

Cinderella Nine (Hachigatsu no Cinderella Nine / 八月のシンデレラナイン) is one of the few anime which was adapted from a game. And when I say game I don’t mean a visual novel, I mean a mobile game.

I didn’t actually know this anime was a mobile game adaptation until right before writing this review. So, of course, I went to check it out. While I did see one screenshot which made it look like an anime version of Backyard Baseball, the gameplay footage I watched was extremely disappointing.

But this isn’t a review of the game. This is a review of the anime, which I was surprised to find is animated by TMS Entertainment. I won’t say that their anime are always extremely well animated, including Megalo Box, but none of the other anime I can think of that are by them had animation that was noticeably bad.

Fortunately for Cinderella Nine, I don’t think animation quality is the most important thing when it comes to most anime. Unfortunately, however, it also doesn’t exactly deliver in any of the other major departments either.

The plot is one we’ve seen before, the characters are all just tropes, the soundtrack was alright, the art was fairly basic, and the OP/ED weren’t anything special. Honestly the best part about this series as a whole is the logo, which I actually love.

Clean design aside, the logo also sports (pun intended) a sunflower which is a reference to the main cast’s home baseball field being surrounded by them. Perhaps sunflowers were chosen to be a major symbol in this anime due to the connection between sunflower seeds and baseball.

The Love Live! of Baseball

As you may have been able to tell from the cover art, this is an anime about high school girls playing baseball. And yes, these girls play hard-ball baseball, not softball. I’m not sure if that fact is really all that important, but it’s brought up multiple times just to make sure we know.

I’ve never been the biggest fan of sports anime. Perhaps it’s because I don’t really care about sports, and perhaps it’s also because I’ve only watched bad sports anime. The best one I’ve seen is Megalo Box, but others I would classify as sports anime are Anima Yell!, Two Car, Hanebado!, and Harukana Receive.

I think most of the sports anime I’ve watched tend to lean more into the slice of life rather than sports genre. And that’s also one of my major issues with Cinderella Nine. The series doesn’t really feel like it’s about the sport being played, it’s about the relationships between all the characters.

Yuuki Nozaki on the pitcher's mound from the anime series Cinderella Nine
Yuuki Nozaki on the pitcher’s mound

This is one of those anime which I like to call a Love Live! clone, and they’re always worse than Love Live! Sure, Cinderella Nine is about baseball, not being in an idol group, but the basic plot is the same, and if the plot is the same then Love Live! will always be better because it actually has good characters.

That basic plot goes something like this: some girl wants to start a club that doesn’t exist at her school for some reason, everyone tells her it won’t work except her best friend(s), and the student council president specifically is against it because of her “dark” past.

But then they prove everyone wrong and achieve moderate success. Also the student council president joins in.

Characters

This character section is going to be pretty brief because there isn’t much to say about each character. Remember, they’re all basically just one-dimensional tropes, so don’t expect to be wowed by any character development or originality.

Tsubasa Arihara is the protagonist of the series. You can tell this because she has red/brown hair, a heart of gold, and dreams that can’t be stopped no matter what anyone says. You know, the standard female lead in anime.

Tsubasa Arihara holding a baseball from the anime series Cinderella Nine
Tsubasa Arihara holding a baseball

Then we have Ryou Shinonome, Tsubasa’s old baseball rival who’s originally mad Tsubasa thinks baseball is for fun. And also from Tsubasa’s past is her best friend, Tomoe Kawakita. There’s not really anything more to say about her.

Next up we have the main pitcher for the team, and my personal favorite of the girls, Maiko Kurashiki. The relief pitcher for the team is Yuuki Nozoki. And the catcher is Waka Suzuki, whose brother plays baseball at his university.

Rounding out the team we have Kana Tsukumo, a member of the student council; Aoi Asada, a rock-paper-scissors pro; Akane Ukita, a girl who wears a hoodie with cat ears; Ayaka Nakano the sole member of the school’s newspaper; and Yoshimi Iwaki, the team cheerleader.

There are probably other characters who are technically on the team, but I don’t remember them so they don’t count as far as this review is concerned.

Conclusion

In the end I have to give Cinderella Nine a 4/10. It was a bad anime, but I don’t really think anyone who watched it could realistically go into it expecting it to be good. If you’re a die hard Love Live! fan then maybe you’ll enjoy this, but I think more than anything you’ll be disappointed.

What I really want from a sports anime is just a season that’s one giant tournament arc. Set up a bracket and have each episode be a single match between two of the teams. There doesn’t need to be any one main team, instead each viewer can pick whichever team they want to root for.

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JoJo: On the Origin of Stands

JoJo: On the Origin of Stands

What Exactly are Stands in JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure?

Stands — if you’re a fan of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, or even if you aren’t, I’m betting that you know what they are. They’re the physical embodiment of a person’s life force. However, that doesn’t mean that everyone gets to have one — or does it?

I’ll get to that question later on in this article, but for now let’s just go with the original explanation for the existence of stands. While everyone has some amount of life force, there are also those with an overwhelming abundance of it. These are the people who have the capacity to manifest a stand under the right conditions.

And since each stand is linked to the life force of its user, they tend to personify something about that person in one of two ways. On one hand, Sticky Fingers’ appearance and ability reflect Buccellati’s sense of style. On the other, Hermit Purple’s ability is exactly what Joseph needed to track down DIO’s whereabouts.

Stands also come in a variety of shapes, styles, and functions. Some are humanoid like Josuke’s Crazy Diamond, while others are objects like Narancia’s Aerosmith. Sometimes users need to directly control their stands like Avdol’s Magician’s Red, and other times they function automatically like Yuya’s Highway Star.

The Evolution of Stand Abilities

While there’s a lot of variation among stands even within the same part, stands have also evolved as the series has progressed. The stands introduced back in Part 3: Stardust Crusaders are very different from the stands of Part 5: Golden Wind.

The original stands from Stardust Crusaders were fairly simple by today’s standards. To showcase the progression of stands across the parts, let’s take a look at the stands of the main JoJos for Stardust Crusaders, Diamond is Unbreakable, and Golden Wind.

Jotaro’s stand is extremely simplistic, though still extremely powerful. It’s a close-range, humanoid stand with extreme strength, speed, and precision. It’s from this stand, Star Platinum, that we get the term “punching ghost.” However, later on in the part it does develop a time-stopping ability.

Jotaro Kujo and Star Platinum from the anime series JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Part 3: Stardust Crusaders
Jotaro Kujo and Star Platinum

Josuke’s stand is another humanoid stand that punches things, but this time there’s a twist. Crazy Diamond traded in the power, speed, and precision of Star Platinum for the ability to repair anything it touches (except Josuke himself). This ability can be used to heal his allies, repair broken objects, or incorrectly do either of those actions to the detriment of his foes.

Giorno’s Gold Experience is even more complex than Crazy Diamond. Again, it’s a humanoid stand that punches things, but it comes with a whole host of extra abilities. It can heal friends, track enemies, reflect damage, cause disorientation, and more.

Ways to Acquire a Stand

So now that we’ve established what stands are and how they’ve changed over the parts of the series, how does someone actually acquire one? Originally it was implied that stands manifested in people with strong wills (or life forces) on their own, but this was retroactively removed from canon.

Currently — in the anime at least — there are two confirmed ways to acquire a stand. The first and hopefully most obvious is to be pierced by a stand arrow. This is how the vast majority of the stand users we see in the series acquired their stands.

The second way to get a stand is by being the descendant of someone who received a stand from the stand arrow. The only member of the Joestar bloodline to have awakened their stand via a stand arrow was Jonathan, and he was already dead by that point.

Every other member of the Joestar bloodline awakened their stands due to being Jonathan’s descendants. However, just being a descendant of someone who was pierced by a stand arrow doesn’t automatically mean your stand will awaken — it just means you have the potential.

Shizuka Joestar (Achtung Baby) from the anime series JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Part 4: Diamond is Unbreakable
Shizuka Joestar (Achtung Baby)

For the stand to awaken, there needs to be some sort of external pressure. For example, the Joestars in Stardust Crusaders who awakened stands did so in response to DIO awakening his stand with an arrow. In Diamond is Unbreakable, we can assume Shizuka’s Achtung Baby stand was awakened due to the pressure of being abandoned.

But, there’s actually a third possible way to get a stand — spontaneous stand acquisition. This hasn’t been confirmed, but I just want to put the possibility out there. We don’t know who Shizuka’s parents are, so it’s possible the extreme pressure of being abandoned was enough to awaken a stand for her on its own.

Where do Stands Originally come From?

Let’s talk about the stand arrows for a bit. I’ve been talking about them for a while now, but I haven’t actually explained what they are (though most of you already know). These are arrowheads which grant those who are pierced by them stands.

However, not everyone who gets pierced by a stand arrow survives and obtains a stand. If their life force, or will, is too weak, then they will be killed by the power of their own stand. And stands can also be pierced by stand arrows, causing them to evolve into Requiem stands.

I don’t really want to get into Requiem stands in this post, but essentially they’re just overpowered stands which have the perfect abilities to solve whatever predicament the user finds themself in. There are only two confirmed Requiem stands and they both appear in Golden Wind.

Anyway, the stand arrows are kind of a big deal, but where did they come from? It’s said that the arrowheads were crafted out of a meteorite which crash landed in Greenland 50,000 years ago. These arrows contain some sort of supernatural power, or virus, which comes from the meteorite and creates stands.

The stand arrows and their creator from the anime series JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Part 5: Golden Wind
The stand arrows and their creator

And this brings up another question, are stands the byproduct of an alien virus? There’s one (possibly) known alien in JoJo’s, Mikitaka Hazekura. He’s a self-proclaimed alien, who does look slightly different from everyone else, who appears to have a stand ability.

However, he doesn’t see his ability as something all that unique. Is it possible that he comes from the same planet as the stand virus? Is there an alien civilization out there completely infected by this stand virus and who view stands as a natural phenomenon?

I think so. Considering the extra terrestrial origins of both the stand arrows and Mikitaka, I think it’s safe to say that stands originate from some sort of alien virus.

The Next Step in Human Evolution

So if there’s a civilization of stand-wielding aliens, what happens when a sizable population of humans develop stands? What if a lot of people survive being pierced by stand arrows, and then go on to have multiple generations of children. All of those children will have the potential to awaken stands, and with each generation there will be more potential stand users.

If this continues, then eventually everyone on Earth would be a stand user. Since having the potential to awaken a stand seems to be a dominant trait, even if only one parent could have a stand, all of their children will be potential stand users.

But like I mentioned, just because you have the potential to awaken a stand doesn’t mean you will. There needs to be an external pressure. So let’s say a world war broke out. Would all of those potential stand users awaken their stands?

Imagine a war of that scale involving stand users. It would be complete chaos. A war like that could very well end humanity.

The good news, however, is that I don’t believe that stands are actually the next step in human evolution. I don’t think the JoJo’s universe would ever have a realistic chance of getting to that point for one, simple reason: stand users attract other stand users.

Because stand users are drawn to one another, and because they’re constantly fighting, their numbers will always be relatively low. Any time a large number of stand users awaken at the same time, they’ll end up killing each other, thus pruning the branches so to speak.

There’s also the fact that not everyone with the potential to develop a stand actually has the willpower to survive it. Holly from Stardust Crusaders is a prime example. She’s strong enough to manifest a stand, but not strong enough to stop it from draining her life force.

Even if stand users stopped fighting each other, it’s not guaranteed that they would be able to sustain a large population due to this effect.

Conclusion

What do you think of the origin of stands? Are there any other ways to acquire stands in parts 3 – 5 that I left out? I know there are other ways in parts 7 and 8, but those are in an alternate universe. Do you think stands originate from an alien virus? And do you think stand wielders are the next step in human evolution? Let me know in the comments.

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Cop Craft Episode 7

Cop Craft Episode 7

Girls on Ice

I’m pretty sure this new arc of Cop Craft is unrelated to the hentai smuggling operation from the previous episode, but it does touch on some similar topics. Specifically, I’ll be discussing how both adult content and photography play a role in this week’s episode as well.

Last week we learned that hentai is a highly sought after commodity beyond the Greater Gate, but why exactly is that? Is it solely due to the fact that Semanians don’t have photography in their world, or is there more to it? Could it also have something to do with Semanian culture?

In this episode we see Tilarna infiltrate a Semanian brothel and pose as a prostitute. She does this as part of a sting on the business, but she also ends up catching a high profile, Semanian politician as well.

However, my question is this, is there a reason we only see Semanians involved? Does this brothel solely employ Semanian girls and is its target audience solely Semanian men? Or was it a coincidence that we only saw Semanians involved?

Based on what we’ve learned from Tilarna — the fact that she doesn’t seem to know anything about sex — it’s easy to assume that it’s a fairly taboo subject in her home world. Perhaps the Semanians view Earth as a place where they can break the taboos of their home world and are therefore more willing to partake in things like hentai smuggling, brothels, and other crime.

Tilarna herself is a knight, so perhaps her world is a highly structured one with a more utilitarian outlook. Perhaps it’s ruled by a religious organization of some sort. Or maybe it’s just more conservative in it’s view of sexuality than our own.

Mr. Mozeleemay

The politician who got caught up in the sting operation is Mr. Mozeleemay, a Semanian man who’s currently running for the mayor’s office. He has a wife, but it doesn’t seem like they have any children of their own.

Mrs. Mozeleemay is an interesting woman. She clearly knows that her husband hasn’t been faithful to her, and she doesn’t attempt to hide her disdain. However, she’s not about to let her way of life be destroyed just because her husband got caught up in this situation.

As we learn later on, it’s Mrs. Mozeleemay who puts out a hit on the person blackmailing her husband with evidence about the crime he committed. She seems to be the true power holder in their relationship, but she exerts this power from the shadows and for her own gain.

But back to Mr. Mozeleemay, the fact that he’s running for mayor is a pretty big deal. I’d imagine that it would be difficult to run for an office of any kind on Earth as a Semanian, especially considering there seems to have been a war between the two worlds not that long ago.

Did he take part in that war? Or did he and his wife come to Earth after peace had already been achieved? And how large is the Semanian population in the city in which he’s running? I’d imagine there would be many humans who still don’t want a Semanian to hold an office of any kind purely due to their own racist ideologies.

Whether you love him or hate him, you have to give Mr. Mozeleemay credit for his achievements in what we can assume is a difficult field for any Semanian to break into.

Zoey, Daily Life Photographer

One of the women Tilarna meets while infiltrating the Semanian brothel is Zoey, a prostitute who happens to be a daily life photography hobbyist. Zoey represents the other side of how the technology of photography can influence Semanians.

She’s not interested in how photography can be used to make hentai for sexual gratification, but instead sees it as an art form in and of itself. Her photographs are exclusively daily life shots, meaning she takes pictures of real people doing real things in their natural environments — such as a man sweeping the street in front of his shop.

Zoey taking a picture of Tilarna from the anime series Cop Craft
Zoey taking a picture of Tilarna

After the sting operation, Zoey was arrested and later released on bail. In return for a reduced bail, she agreed to wear a tracking bracelet, though this fact never actually turns out to be important. I assume it was just to keep her from running, not to keep tabs on her every movement around the city.

During her time out on bail she befriends Tilarna, who she believes is a girl from a rich family who ran away from home, not a cop. As the two grow closer, she confides in her that her dream is to open an exhibition hall to showcase her photography to the world.

It’s too bad Zoey had to go and blackmail Mr. Mozeleemay, because otherwise her dream may have come true. I imagine her work would be widely popular if she opened her exhibition back in her home world.

Cops & Criminals

The police learn that Zoey had been accessing the client records while she worked at the brothel. She then sold these records to Mr. Mozeleemay so that he could leak them to the public in an attempt to have his case thrown out by mixing in false names.

If some of the names on the client list turned out to be fake, then who’s to say his name wasn’t also falsely put on the list? This would have been a major blow to the investigation. So, as her friend, Tilarna decides to be the one to confront Zoey about the information she was selling.

Unfortunately, Zoey doesn’t take kindly to being lied to about who Tilarna really was. But that doesn’t matter for long, because an assassin shoots her from a building across the street. Zoey dies from the injuries she sustained.

Zoey getting shot next to Tilarna from the anime series Cop Craft
Zoey getting shot next to Tilarna

So why does Zoey’s story matter? Because it’s clearly going to have an impact on how Tilarna views the world. At the start of the series Tilarna’s view on justice was fairly black and white. If you were a criminal, then your rights are void and you must be a terrible person.

However, she’s changed over the course of the series. Tilarna from episode 1 would never have viewed a prostitute like Zoey as someone she could befriend. She would have seen her as a criminal, not someone she has anything in common with.

What Tilarna learned from her brief friendship with Zoey is that good and evil isn’t as black and white as she once thought. There can be truly good people who do bad things. But at the same time there are still truly evil people out there, such as those responsible for Zoey’s death.

Conclusion

What are your thoughts on this episode of Cop Craft? I thought it was actually really good, though I didn’t expect Zoey to be gone so soon. I figured she would join the police force and put her photography skills to work as a crime scene photographer.

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