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Mob Psycho 100 II

Mob Psycho 100 II

Mob Psycho 100 II anime series cover art
Mob Psycho 100 II

Season Overview

Mob Psycho 100 II (モブサイコ100 II) is the sequel to the popular Mob Psycho 100. It’s only been a little over a year since I reviewed the first season, so this review isn’t as late as some of the others I’ve done recently and plan to do in the future. However, since the series received some attention over on Twitter, I figured now was a good time to watch season two.

Overall, season two is structured in very much the same way as season one. That being, the first two thirds of the series focus more on slice of life-esque content while the major plot enters in the final third. But, that’s not to say there isn’t any action or meaningful content before the end. It just has a much more casual feel and is almost disjointed.

In the first season, I actually preferred the more casual parts of the series than the major plot that was introduced at the end. However, I wouldn’t say that was necessarily the case this time around. Maybe the transition was smoother this time around, or maybe it’s because I expected it to happen, but the swap from Mob’s everyday life to the action felt much more natural in season two.

It did a better job of tying in everything that led up to the action than the first season did. The first season’s major plot and action seemed to come out of nowhere.

And because of this better blend of the two parts of the series, I can’t really think of anything I disliked about Mob Psycho 100 II. Maybe there could have been more bits of action sprinkled throughout the first two thirds, but I wouldn’t say that the series suffered because it didn’t do that.

Powers and Battles

I didn’t really remember any esper abilities from the first season other than barriers ant telekinesis. But, considering some of the characters from season one were shown to use pyrokinetic abilities among others, they were probably used in the first season as well.

But, I really liked some of the esper abilities that were introduced in this season as well as how they were incorporated into the battles. There are two that really stood out to me, though, teleportation and plant control. And yes, I know that these aren’t exactly the most unique abilities around.

Shimazaki’s teleportation was probably my favorite esper ability showcased this season. Obviously, Shimazaki is just a cool character and he was the main antagonist in what I think most people would agree is the best fight of the season (taking place in episode 11). But, there’s more I like about him and his ability than that.

Shimazaki vs. Teruki from the anime series Mob Psycho 100 II
Shimazaki vs. Teruki

For starters, I think teleportation is a cool ability in general when actually used in combat. On the surface, it’s pretty standard, but it’s how its wielder uses it that makes it one of the coolest abilities. For example, Kuroko from A Certain Scientific Railgun uses hers to teleport weapons inside of people and objects.

But Shimazaki uses his teleportation in a more standard way, and yet it was still great because he was also using information to his advantage. Not only was he gathering information by sensing where other espers were around him, but he was also hiding information about his own powers. At first, Teruki thought he had extreme speed, not teleportation.

I like the plant control ability for an entirely different reason. One of the final enemies used plants to fight, which would have been pretty standard on its own. But throughout the first half of the season, we got to see glimpses of plant control from evil spirits and Mob himself.

So by the time we encountered a truly powerful plant controller, we understood how it worked and how to combat it without that needing to be explained during the big fight. This is a great example of setting up how a power works beforehand so we can focus on the action later on.

Character Development

For me, the best part of Mob Psycho 100 II is the character development. Characters are more important than action is as far as I’m concerned. And while this season delivered in both departments, I think the character development was the better of the two.

All three of the main characters, Shigeo, Reigen, and Dimple grew a lot over the course of these 13 episodes. Shigeo’s development was the most obvious. Even at the start of this season, he was still shy and didn’t quite believe in himself yet. But, with the help of the Body Improvement Club and his master, Reigen, he learned to stand up for himself and make his own decisions.

And what I think was most compelling about Shigeo’s growth is that it mainly due to him being forced to rely on Reigen less. There were more scenarios in this season where it became clear to Shigeo that Reigen wasn’t able to solve every problem the pair encountered.

Shigeo "Mob" Kageyama from the anime series Mob Psycho 100 II
Shigeo “Mob” Kageyama

Reigen’s and Dimple’s development were pretty similar. Previously, they had both been content with using Shigeo to achieve their own goals. And while that’s still somewhat the case, we’ve now seen them transition into viewing Shigeo as his own person, and more importantly, their friend.

For Dimple, the realization that Shigeo is his friend came when Shigeo trusted Dimple to control his body while he was having an out-of-body experience. Since Dimple’s goal was always to steal Shigeo’s body, this was a huge show of trust.

For Reigen, the same outcome was achieved, but by very different means. Once Shigeo decided that he needed to distance himself from Reigen for a time so that he could make his own decisions, Reigen realized just how important Shigeo was to him. He didn’t simply keep Shigeo around to use him, but because the two were friends.

Conclusion

Since Mob Psycho 100 II was a definite improvement over the first season, it gets a 9/10 from me. There was nothing it did poorly, and it did just about everything well, but I don’t feel like it was quite a 10. If there were more episodes like episode 11, I think it probably would have been a 10/10, though.

As for the OP and ED, I didn’t really feel anything special about the ED. But, the OP is extremely good, as I’m sure everyone who’s watched the series will agree. And I think this season’s OP improved on the first season’s OP in every way. I definitely prefer this song, and after rewatching the first OP, I definitely prefer the second OP’s visuals as well.

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Fire Force Season 2 Episode 11

Fire Force Season 2 Episode 11

Dark Hero

Fire Force season 2 episode 11 may have been my least favorite episode of the season so far. I mean, the first episode of the season wasn’t that great either, but I’ll forgive it since it was serving as a pseudo-reintroduction to the series. This episode really didn’t do anything or give us much information.

I think the only new piece of information we were given in this episode is that Joker views himself as a “dark hero.” So now it’s pretty much confirmed that Joker isn’t a villain of the series. He’s not a good guy, but he’s also not necessarily a bad guy either. He’s basically chaotic neutral.

The problem with this information is that I don’t really know what to do with it. Okay, we know he’s neutral, has some history with the church, and wants to uncover what they’re hiding. But so what? He’s not the only person who wants to do that.

Joker writing "Stray Dog" with flames from the anime series Fire Force season 2
Joker writing “Stray Dog” with flames

As far as his role in the series goes, I think he’s probably going to play the role of minor antagonist to the Eighth Company. He’s not an antagonist from the storytelling perspective, but I could see him antagonizing them into action. Basically, he’ll probably lead them to important discoveries by making them chase after him.

Of course, that’s not going to be the full extent of his involvement in the series. I just think that’s what his “dark hero” persona is going to lead him to do. There’s still the whole thing with his left eye being similar to Captain Burns’ eye as shown in the OP. So I’m sure there are still plenty more secrets about his character to uncover.

Destroyer God, Shinmon

As with Joker, I don’t have all that much to say about Shinmon from this episode either. I wouldn’t exactly call it discussion-worthy information, but we did learn that the leader of the Holy Sol Temple refers to Shinmon as “Destroyer God, Shinmon” — at least in the English translation.

This is an odd epithet. On one hand, I get it. Shinmon is known to destroy even his own town in the process of protecting it from Infernals. So I could see why he would be referred to as a Destroyer God. But, we have to consider who’s referring to him in that way.

It’s the head priest of the Holy Sol Temple who calls him Demon God, Shinmon. For the head priest to refer to Shinmon as a god, even a Demon God, is a bit strange. Shouldn’t he believe that Sol is the one, true God? You might not think this is a big deal, but words and phrasing are very important, especially in religion.

Benimaru Shinmon from the anime series Fire Force season 2
Benimaru Shinmon

Maybe the English translation was a bit off, or maybe that’s really what the head priest said — I don’t know. But I think it would make a lot more sense if he instead referred to him as “God Destroyer, Shinmon” since Shinmon doesn’t believe Sol is the one, true God, and actively works against the church.

Sure, then you get into trouble with the implication that Shinmon could destroy the Holy Sol Temple’s god, but I still think that’s a better descriptor of him from the church’s perspective. Of course, the high priest could have also just been parroting what the commoners refer to Shinmon as.

I don’t remember if Shinmon was referred to by this epithet earlier on, but I’m sure someone will let me know if that’s the case.

The Holy Sol Temple

The Holy Sol Temple doesn’t make a lot of sense to me as it’s been built up throughout the course of the series. We know they work alongside the Fire Soldiers to put Infernals to rest via supplying them with priests and priestesses. And they also provide various services to people in need around the nation.

But on the other side, it’s highly likely that they’ve been sacrificing people with Adolla Bursts to Amaterasu in order to keep it running and providing energy for the country. Now, all of that might generally make sense. Everything they do, good or bad, is to uphold the status quo of human civilization and prevent another Great Cataclysm.

But what I don’t understand are the people within the church. I get their supposed mission, but take a closer look at the people who make up the church.

Inside the Holy Sol Temple from the anime series Fire Force season 2
Inside the Holy Sol Temple

From what we’ve seen, the bottom rung of the church is made up of the orphans who are raised as priests and priestesses. Some of them go on to work with the Fire Soldiers, others probably go on to work at or run other orphanages, and some probably just do random priest/priestess things in the main church.

Then, there’s the head priest and all of his higher level priests who reside at the main church as we saw in this episode. One thing you’ll notice about them is that none were shown to have pyrokinetic abilities, even the main guards. Why is that? Shouldn’t the church want members who have special abilities granted by Sol?

Well, I think the Holy Sol Temple is basically just a group of people who are mad about the fact that they don’t have pyrokinetic abilities. They don’t have abilities. So through the church, they’ve manufactured status and power of their own over those with pyrokinetic abilities.

I really don’t see any other reason for there to be no pyrokinetics in the upper levels of the church. They work with the Fire Soldiers who employ pyrokinetics, so I don’t think the church views them as “demons” like the Infernals. They just view themselves as above the pyrokinetics because it’s the only way they can feel special.

Conclusion

What do you think about Fire Force season 2 episode 11? Did you think it was boring as I did? Or did you like it? What role do you think Joker is going to play going forward? And what do you think will become of Shinmon here? I think it’s pretty clear that he’s not dead, but will he be captured? Let me know your thoughts in the comments.

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Re:ZERO Episode 35

Re:ZERO Episode 35

I Know Hell

As usual, there’s a lot to discuss with this episode of Re:ZERO season 2. But I’m going to stick to three main topics today, the first of which is my theory that Emilia and Satella are actually the same person. Over the course of these 35 episodes, there has been a fair amount of circumstantial evidence pointing to this being the case.

Starting off with the most obvious, Emilia and Satella are both half-elves with white hair who look exactly the same. Next, we know that Emilia is a very proficient magic user, as were the witches. She’s obviously not as powerful as them, but I’ll get to that in just a bit.

There’s also the fact that Subaru was immediately drawn to Emilia upon first encountering her. Sure, this could be because she’s a cute girl who saved him, but now that we know more about Satella, I think there’s more to it. I think Subaru’s attraction to Emilia is partially due to her being Satella, the one who loves Subaru above all else.

Satella from the anime Re:ZERO season 2
Satella

Additionally, we now know that Roswaal has a connection to the witches. He lords over the domain within which the witches’ tomb is located, he refers to Echidna by name, and his goal is to slay the dragon that helped seal Satella away. That last part is very important and may be connected to why he took Emilia under his wing.

How Could Emilia be Satella?

But what does this all mean? And isn’t Satella sealed away? Well, to answer that second question first, we know that Satella’s powers were sealed, but that her body was too strong to destroy. So, my theory is that Satella’s powers and memory of being the Witch of Envy were sealed, leaving her as the girl we know as Emilia.

According to the Frozen Bond movie, Emilia was found by Puck wandering in the forest. She has no memory of anything before she was alone in the forest and we don’t know how long she was there. She also had extremely powerful magic leaking out of her body which caused her to further isolate herself.

So, when Roswaal encountered her, he likely knew who she truly was, Satella. Roswaal seems to have a copy of the Tome of Wisdom and knowledge of Subaru’s return by death, so I think it’s reasonable to assume he would recognize Satella. He also didn’t seem that surprised when Satella appeared in the Sanctuary.

Also, speaking of Satella appearing in the Sanctuary, how did she get there? She seemed to have originated from within it, not outside it. And this makes sense if her true form was released from Emilia’s body — perhaps by Emilia learning of her dark past during the trial. Remember, this was the one trial attempt Subaru woke up from with Emilia nowhere to be found.

And moving back to Roswaal, if he knows that Emilia is actually just Satella with her true power and memories sealed, then his wanting to slay the dragon makes more sense. He wants to unseal Satella’s memories for some reason. Again, we don’t know that reason yet, but we know he’s connected to the witches in some way.

I think it’s very possible that Roswaal is an Apostle of Envy just as Subaru is now an Apostle of Greed.

Ryuzu Meyer

The second topic I want to discuss from this episode is the creation of the artificial beings known as Ryuzu. I don’t really think all of the Ryuzu are going to be that important to the story directly, but I do think they give us insight into other things that will be — such as the Apostles of Sin and Echidna’s motives.

So to get the whole Ryuzu thing out of the way, basically, Echidna was attempting to gain immortality by manufacturing bodies for her soul to enter upon her death. This original Ryuzu was Ryuzu Meyer, who can be found sealed in a crystal within the Sanctuary. There were then four copies of Ryuzu Meyer made, one of which is Ryuzu Bilma. From there, hundreds of other Ryuzu were manufactured.

Ryuzu Meyer from the anime series Re:ZERO season 2
Ryuzu Meyer

So, what are the important takeaways from this? First, we now know that Subaru is considered an Apostle of Greed because he ingested a part of Echidna. This allows him to control the many Ryuzu clones. Additionally, it’s implied that Garfiel is an Apostle of Greed as well since he too underwent the trial and is referred to as Subaru’s sibling now that Subaru is an Apostle.

I think the difference between an Apostle and an Archbishop in this sense is that the Apostles have actually come into contact with and been chosen by their respective witches. The Archbishops seem to revere Satella more than the other witches and, if Betelgeuse is anything to go by, don’t have a personal connection to them.

Finally, it was heavily implied that what Echidna is after right now is Subaru’s immortal body. She created Ryuzu in an attempt to gain immortality, and now she’s met someone who seemingly has the ability she longed for.

But, I don’t think it’s that simple. Subaru isn’t really immortal as far as we know. He can reset time to a certain point upon death, but that doesn’t stop him from aging. So even if his resetting ability works if he dies from old age, he’ll be stuck in a limited time loop. I don’t think Echidna really wants that.

Betty’s Contract

Finally, we have Betty. This is the topic that we have the least amount of information regarding at this point. But, let’s go over what we know about Betty, what we can assume about Betty, and what that might mean for her future.

I’m not going to explain this again this week, but I think Echidna is Betty’s “mother.” That’s the assumption at which my line of reasoning for this begins. So if we assume that Betty’s mother is Echidna, then that means Subaru is now the Apostle of Betty’s mother. And what do we know Apostles of Greed can do? They can control Ryuzu due to some contract.

Further, we know that if Subaru tells Betty that he is “that person,” she will be contractually obligated to ally with him. Now, I’m not saying that Betty is a Ryuzu, that much is clear by her appearance. But if both of them are linked to Echidna and have a contract that forces them to ally with Subaru, there’s definitely something connecting it all together.

Betty from the anime series Re:ZERO season 2
Betty

Now, originally I was thinking that Betty’s contract might be entirely separate from the one involving Ryuzu. However, upon further inspection, Subaru isn’t given the instruction to tell Betty he’s “that person” until after he had become an Apostle of Greed. So, if we assume Roswaal knew of this development, that explains why he suddenly gave Subaru that information.

“That person” refers to an Apostle of Greed.

The End of Betty

The only thing I’m still confused about is how this all affects Betty. I thought she would simply help Subaru fight, but based on her own words, that doesn’t sound entirely correct.

Betty speaks of this being the end of a very long contract and that it’s ironic that Subaru is the one causing it to end. She also refers to “bringing an end to the end of the end” and how she will truly be set free. Those words could be taken in two ways. Either she’s going to be free from some constraints placed on her, or she’s going to die. My bet is on the latter.

First, what does it mean to bring an end to the end of the end? Well, the final “end” is death. Therefore, the end of the end refers to being immortal — Betty’s 400 years old, so the “end” for her was ended. So, to bring an end to the end of the end simply means that her immortality is going to come to an end.

And if we also assume that Betty knows about Subaru’s return by death, which I do, then that explains why Betty finds it Ironic that Subaru is going to end her immortality.

Also, the whole part about finally being set free aligns with this theory. When Subaru told her he killed Betelgeuse, she commented on how Betelgeuse went on without her or something. So, now Betty will be able to follow after him.

But how is Betty going to die? Look, I know I said she isn’t a Ryuzu, but if she has a contract with an Apostle of Greed like Ryuzu does, then there must be some similarity. And as we saw, Ryuzu fights by self-destructing. So I think Betty’s about to blow up the entire mansion when Elsa and Maylie attack.

That’s the only thing I can think of that makes sense. She has a contract just like Ryuzu (who explodes), she’s going to ally with Subaru and help him fight, and she’s going to die in the end. Her exploding checks all of those boxes.

Conclusion

I’m interested in hearing your thoughts on Re:ZERO episode 35 and my theories that arose from it. Do you think Satella and Emilia could be the same person? My Discord server doesn’t think so, but I think it makes sense and could lead to a lot of development for Emilia far into the future of the series.

Also, what do you think is the difference between Apostles and Archbishops? And, of course, what do you think this contract is that involves Betty? Do you think she’s going to die, or was the meaning behind her words less ominous than it sounded? Let me know in the comments.

Oh, and I should point out that I don’t think this is the end of Betty. I think it’s extremely possible that she dies here, but as we all know, Subaru won’t let that stand. So either he’s going to prevent Betty from killing herself, or he’s going to reset after she does and find a way to avoid it from happening next time around.

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To LOVE-Ru OVA

To LOVE-Ru OVA

To LOVE-Ru anime series OVA cover art
To LOVE-Ru OVA

OVA Overview

The To LOVE-Ru OVA (To LOVEる -とらぶる-) is a six-episode OVA series that comes between the full seasons of To LOVE-Ru and Motto To LOVE-Ru. Normally with an ecchi series like this, you would expect the OVA to be much better than the TV series because it can be less censored (as was the case with Kiss x Sis).

However, as you’ll see, the To LOVE-Ru OVA didn’t capitalize on this very well. I’d say it was either on-par with the first season of the series, if not actually worse than it overall.

1. Rito becomes a Woman

The best episode of the OVA was probably the very first one in which Rito is turned into a girl after he accidentally activates one of Lala’s inventions. Originally, the device was supposed to be used on a girl to alter her breast size so that it would perfectly match Rito’s preference. But when Rito crashes into it, it does more than just that to him.

Riko (Female Rito) as seen in the OP of the To LOVE-Ru anime series OVA
Riko (Female Rito) as seen in the OP

So, why is this the best episode? It can be summed up in two words: Uncensored yuri. This episode probably had the most uncensored content in it out of all of them, which if I’m being honest, is the main draw of the series. Additionally, because Rito was turned into “Riko,” we got more yuri scenes than average.

2. Rito and Mikan

The second episode was my least favorite of the six. I really like Mikan, but the episode that focused on her wasn’t a particularly ecchi one. It did have a really good ad break card of Mikan though, so it gets some bonus points for that.

This episode focused more on Rito and Mikan’s relationship as they grew up. When they were children, Rito used to do everything possible to make his little sister happy. But now, he spends most of his time with Lala, which makes Mikan feel tossed aside. As I said, it’s not a very good episode.

3. Welcome to the Southern Resort!!

Episode 3 had the potential to be the best episode of the series, but then it dropped the ball. This was the obligatory beach episode in which twelve of the girls in the series all go to a private island resort together. Also, adding to its potential is the fact that Rito was turned into a dog, so he wasn’t really there.

Lala jumping into a pool from the To LOVE-Ru anime series OVA
Lala jumping into a pool

Unfortunately, there were (I think) three times in the episode that were just literal slideshows. Before the ad break, after the ad break, and I’m pretty sure again later in the episode, a song played and we got a slideshow of the girls doing beach activities. And in case you were wondering, the slideshows were censored.

The one good part of the episode, though, came when the girls all went into the sauna together. That was uncensored.

4. Trouble Quest

Trouble Quest was an odd episode. In it, a few characters were transported into an RPG world and had to defeat the demon lord (Kyouko) in order to rescue princess Lala. I say it was odd because a fantasy world is clearly a setting you can do a lot with in an ecchi series, but they opted to reuse the same gag something like three or four times instead.

It really felt like they were throwing in a fantasy world episode so they could check a box rather than because they wanted to tell a unique story or do unique gags with it. But, it was the only episode to include Kyouko, so it gets a bonus point for that.

5. Nana and Momo

I don’t remember Nana and Momo being introduced in the first season of To LOVE-Ru, but I guess they were since they appear in the OVA without an explanation of who they are. Of course, I did know who they were even without remembering their introduction in season one.

And for anyone wondering, Nana > Momo > Lala.

This episode was pretty basic. It involves Nana and Momo trying to determine if Rito is right for their sister. Nana doesn’t believe Rito is a good match, while Momo does (and sort of wants him for herself). They start off by simply spying on Rito, but eventually transition into manipulating events around him to see how he reacts.

Overall, I would say this was the episode most similar to the main series. It didn’t really have any special gimmick or setting. It’s just a simple story about Rito being messed with by some of the female cast.

6. Draft, Metamorphose, Hand & Tail

The final episode was actually pretty good now that I’ve had time to think more about it and write about the preceding episodes. This one was split into three parts that each told a different story following different characters.

First, we start off with what could have been the best episode of the OVA if it was an entire episode long. The first story follows Yui Kotegawa around school after the loses her panties. It’s a thrilling tale of one girl’s adventure to find her lost panties without anyone realizing she isn’t wearing any.

Part two was probably the weakest of the three. This one follows Mikan and Peke as they track down a thief who stole Mikan’s bag while she was out shopping. And the third part is about Rito’s hand getting stuck to Lala’s tail, which, in case you didn’t know, is a very sensitive part of a Devilukian’s body.

Conclusion

Overall, I think the To LOVE-Ru OVA is a 6/10 just like the first season of the anime series. However, I would place it as a slightly lower 6/10 than the series. As I mentioned at the start, I just don’t feel like it took enough advantage of the fact that it’s an OVA.

While I don’t have much to say about the ED, I will say that I might like the OP of the OVA more than the first season. I do really like the first season OP song, but I think the entire package of the OVA OP may have been better.

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The God of High School Episode 10

The God of High School Episode 10

Oath/Meaning

Right before watching The God of High School Episode 10, I actually looked at the cover art for this anime for the very first time. And that was surprisingly good timing, considering the cover art fairly obviously reveals the charyeok used by two major characters: Daewi and Ilpyo.

The cover art hints at Mira’s charyeok as well by giving her the two feathers coming off her head, but that wouldn’t have been enough for me to guess that her pact would be with Lu Bu. Maybe it would have if I had seen it directly after seeing Lu Bu in Fate, but even then I don’t know if I would have connected the dots.

Technically, I guess the cover also hints at Mori’s charyeok, but I can’t really comment on that too much at this point. His looks like generic charyeok, and he’s already stated in the series that he doesn’t plan to rely on someone else’s power. So my assumption is that maybe he just sticks with generic charyeok and never forms a pact with a deity.

Daewi using his Charyeok from the anime series The God of High School
Daewi using his Charyeok

As for Daewi, I don’t actually know what deity or legendary being his charyeok pact is with. It’s a water-based charyeok, but aside from that, nothing has been officially revealed. However, if we look at the image above and assume that the background is a hint, we can make a guess.

It looks like a dragon to me. So does that mean his pact is with some kind of water dragon? It’s possible, but I think that would be a bit strange considering Mori already has an attack that looks like a blue dragon. So if that’s not it, I have no idea what his charyeok pact is with.

Good vs. Evil?

We’ve already known that the organizers of the God of High School tournament want to awaken a “key” who will then help them kill God. And we know that Nox wants to prevent God from being killed. But aside from that, we didn’t have too much information on either side until now.

So, what do we know after the events of this episode? Well, even though it was already implied, this episode seemed to reinforce the idea that the god Nox believes in is the Christian God or at least a monotheistic god. Why is that important? Because their goal is to eradicate all other gods, which is to say the deities that charyeok users form pacts with.

This is a pretty understandable development. Over the years, I know I’ve mentioned in multiple reviews how the Christian church, or an equivalent thereof, is always the antagonist in anime. I’m sure there are a few examples where this isn’t the case, but in the vast majority of series, the church is the evil group.

Nox summoning God from the anime series The God of High School
Nox summoning God

What I find interesting about how The God of High School is portraying this trope, though, is that it blurs the line between good and evil more than usual. For example, in many cases (not all), the church is revealed to be some kind of front for a shady organization that takes advantage of people. But apparently Nox actually has a pact with God.

This implies that Nox isn’t some random organized crime group. They actually have the backing of a major deity that’s generally viewed as “good.” On the other side, we have Mujin Park, the apparent leader of the anti-god rebellion. We still don’t know exactly what his charyeok is, but it seems to be tied to Christianity in some way as well due to his cross symbolism.

But what’s stranger than that is that Mujin himself has a character design reminiscent of a devil. So the bad group, Nox, has the literal God on their side, and the leader of the good group, Mujin, seems to be a reference to Satan and wants to kill God.

Like I said, organized religion being the antagonist is nothing new. But you don’t normally see series go so far as to say that Satan is the good guy. I’m interested to see how this all plays out.

The Kitsune Key

The final thing I want to discuss is Ilpyo’s pact with a kitsune (nine-tailed fox). This is something that’s obvious just from looking at the anime series cover art. There, you’ll see that Ilpyo very clearly has multiple fox tails made of fire. But what I didn’t expect was that he hadn’t previously made this pact, especially when we saw him using fire-based attacks.

Also, it was revealed that Ilpyo awakened as the “key” when he forged this pact with the kitsune. That doesn’t make any sense to me. Kitsune are important deities, but they’re not the most important. So it’s strange to see a kitsune being treated as the most powerful deity when we literally saw God get summoned earlier in the episode.

I could understand it if they used a polytheistic god to rival the power of God, but that’s not what’s happening here. A kitsune isn’t on the same level as a god. It’s more like a high-ranking spirit. If Ilpyo forged a pact with a fire-based god like the Egyptian Ra, it could make sense because at least that’s comparable to God.

They could have even gone with Amaterasu if they wanted an Asian fire god. Why did they choose a kitsune?

Ilpyo forging a pact with a kitsune from the anime series The God of High School
Ilpyo forging a pact with a kitsune

Putting the fact that I don’t understand why a kitsune is the key to taking down God aside, what powers will this grant Ilpyo? Will he gain all the powers of a kitsune? Or is he basically just a fire user? We already have one of the commissioners who has a pact with a fire dragon, so I assume Ilpyo will be able to use other kitsune abilities like shapeshifting.

Hopefully, the charyeok of this series works like Devil Fruits in One Piece where there are actually differences that make would-be similar abilities unique. Like how the flame fruit and phoenix fruit are both fire-based, but the phoenix’s fire heals wounds instead of causing burns.

It’ll be pretty lame if we end up with a bunch of people with similar, generic abilities. I don’t want multiple standard fire users.

Conclusion

What do you think of The God of High School episode 10? Do you have a prediction for what Daewi’s charyeok pact is with? Do you think Mori will actually forge a pact or stick with generic charyeok? And, how do you feel about the key being a kitsune? Let me know in the comments.

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