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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Hashira Training Arc Episode 2 Review

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Hashira Training Arc Episode 2 Review

The Fake Water Hashira

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Hashira Training Arc Episode 2 focused on Giyuu Tomioka — the Water Hashira. As we saw in Episode 1, Giyuu opted out of training the other demon slayers. But, at the time, we didn’t really know why he did this.

Apparently, Giyuu doesn’t believe that he’s worthy of being one of the Hashira. This hasn’t stopped him from serving as a Hashira until now, though. So, what changed? Now, there’s this whole business surrounding awakening special marks. That’s the thing that Giyuu is now taking issue with.

In my previous review, I suggested that perhaps Giyuu didn’t want to awaken the mark. Amane mentioned that there was some inevitable downside to doing so. We don’t know what that downside is for sure. But, I theorized that, whatever it was, Giyuu wasn’t interested in going through it.

Giyuu Tomioka from the anime series Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Hashira Training Arc Episode 2
Giyuu Tomioka

We now know that the issue isn’t with Giyuu not wanting to awaken the mark. The issue is that Giyuu doesn’t believe he can awaken the mark. And, he thinks this way because he’s under the impression that he’s not good enough to be a Hashira anyway.

When he went through the Final Selection to become a demon slayer, he passed on a technicality. Sure, he survived in the wisteria forest for seven days. But, he didn’t slay a single demon in that time. In fact, he got hurt early on and was unconscious for the rest of the test period.

The only person who died during this Final Selection was Giyuu’s friend, Sabito, who also trained under Sakonji Urokodaki. If Sabito had survived, he would have gone on to be the next Water Hashira, not Giyuu. So, that’s why Giyuu doesn’t think he can awaken the mark. He sees himself as a replacement.

Giyuu Has a Good Character Design

Let’s talk about Giyuu’s character design for a bit. It’s good. I’ve always liked Giyuu’s design, primarily due to the design of his haori. The right side is a solid maroon color. And, the left side is a cube pattern of various greens and yellows.

I’m sure someone smarter than me and with an art degree could say more about why this looks good. But, all I have to say about it is that I like the asymmetrical nature of it. Giyuu’s design just wouldn’t look as good if his haori was symmetrical.

The reason I wanted to discuss this now, though, is that we learned more about Giyuu’s haori. The maroon half actually comes from his sister, who was killed by a demon. And, the patterned half comes from Sabito, Giyuu’s childhood friend.

Sabito, Sakonji, and Giyuu from the anime series Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Hashira Training Arc Episode 2
Sabito, Sakonji, and Giyuu

This knowledge makes Giyuu’s design even better. It’s always cool to see a good design have a good story behind it. But, what’s the story here? Is it just that Giyuu’s wearing a haori that honors important people in his life who died? No. Something we have to keep in mind is how both his sister and Sabito died.

Both of them died protecting others (including Giyuu) from demons. Giyuu’s sister hid him from the demon that ended up killing her. Then, Sabito died while protecting Giyuu and the other demon slayer trainees during the Final Selection. That’s important. These aren’t only people Giyuu cared about — they’re people who saved him.

Based on that, we can infer some extra significance of Giyuu’s custom haori. When he wears it he’s carrying on their memory. He’s reminding himself to protect others in his role as a Hashira as they protected him. And, he might be wearing it as a “protective charm” of sorts.

Today Is Kanao’s Birthday

Did you know that today, May 19th is Kanao Tsuyuri’s birthday? Well, now you do. And it’s pretty neat that she actually made an appearance in the episode that aired on her birthday. But, that’s all I actually have to say about Kanao.

Let’s move on to talking about someone more important: Shinobu. Something I completely missed in the previous episode is that Shinobu isn’t participating in training. Instead, she has another job. She’s going to be working with Tamayo to figure out the science behind Nezuko’s ability to withstand the sun.

However, it appears that something isn’t quite right. Shinobu is mad about something. And, at the end of the episode, she begins telling Kanao something interesting. She’s going to tell Kanao about the demon who killed her (Shinobu’s) older sister. Why is she going to tell Kanao this now? So she can also tell Kanao how to kill this particular demon.

Kanao Tsuyuri from the anime series Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Hashira Training Arc Episode 2
Kanao Tsuyuri

Alright, so, right away, there’s some important information in there. The demon that killed Shinobu’s sister is still alive. Shinobu also knows how to kill this demon. But, she obviously hasn’t had the chance to do so for some reason.

I’m going to go out on a limb and say that Tamayo is that demon. Tamayo has been in hiding for a long time. Until now, not even the Ubuyashiki clan has been able to find her. That would explain why Shinobu hasn’t been able to kill her.

Also, the Demon Slayer Corps recruiting Tamayo to work with her would explain why Shinobu’s mad. Now, did Tamayo mean to kill Shinobu’s sister? I doubt it. That probably happened before she “regained her humanity.” And, I doubt Shinobu will try to kill her. But, she’s preparing Kanao to do so just in case.

Final Thoughts

What do you think of Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Hashira Training Arc Episode 2? Did you predict why Giyuu didn’t want to participate in the training? How do you feel about Giyuu’s character design? And, do you agree with my prediction that Tamayo is the demon who killed Shinobu’s sister?

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My Hero Academia Season 7 Episode 141 Review

My Hero Academia Season 7 Episode 141 Review

Villain: The U.A. Traitor Revealed

My Hero Academia Season 7 Episode 141 finally reveals who the traitor within U.A. is. And, I honestly don’t care. It’s been a very long time since the idea that there was a traitor first came up. I want to say that was back in Season 1 or 2.

Alright, so let’s get right into it. The traitor is none other than Yuuga Aoyama, whom I previously predicted would be the traitor. Way back in my review of Episode 80, I wrote about how it looked like Yuuga would be revealed as the traitor.

That didn’t end up happening back then. But, now it makes sense why I thought that. It was clearly foreshadowing the reveal we got in Episode 141. And, something I like about this reveal is that it makes Yuuga’s character make a bit more sense.

Yuuga Aoyama crying from the anime series My Hero Academia Season 7 Episode 141
Yuuga Aoyama crying

I might not care about the traitor reveal itself. But, I do care about how this reveal improved Yuuga’s character. I still don’t like him. However, the way he acts and some of the other details about him make more sense with the context we now have.

For example, there’s the fact that using his quirk gives Yuuga a stomach ache. I always thought this meant he was some sickly kid who wasn’t strong enough to manage his own quirk. But, we now know that’s not the case. His quirk gives him a stomach ache because his body is rejecting the quirk.

Yuuga was born quirkless, like Deku, but received a quirk from All-for-One. It turns out that this quirk wasn’t a good match for Yuuga’s body, which is why it makes him sick. That little detail adds so much. And, this also explains why Yuuga has always been eager to prove himself.

Some Heroes Aren’t Meant for Combat

Was Episode 141 the first time we’ve seen what Tooru Hagakure looks like? I’m pretty sure it’s not and that we saw her in a previous season. But, I’ve also seen a lot of fan art of her over the years.

So, it’s very possible that this is the first time we’ve seen her but I already knew what she looked like because of the fan art. Let me know if we’ve seen her before down in the comments. I really don’t remember.

Anyway, the reason we saw her in this episode was due to her reflecting Yuuga’s attack. It looked to me like she used her hands to reflect it. But, I guess the part of her body that she uses doesn’t matter. As long as she reflects something like a laser, she’s going to become visible — at least partially.

Tooru Hagakure becoming partially visible from the anime series My Hero Academia Season 7 Episode 141
Tooru Hagakure becoming partially visible

Of course, there’s something else I was thinking of when Tooru became visible. Isn’t she naked? Like, we can see her gloves and boots, but nothing else. That implies she’s naked other than those items, right? This is another thing I don’t quite remember. Did she get a suit in a previous season that turns invisible with her body?

Now, the last thing I was thinking of in regards to Tooru in this episode is that she shouldn’t be a combatant. All of the U.A. Class 1-A students are being trained for combat. However, not all of their quirks are suited for that.

In particular, Tooru, Kyouka, Kouji, and Mezou all have quirks optimal for spying and information gathering. We’ve even seen some of them use their quirks for this. So, why is there a focus on them also training for combat? They should be doing specialized training.

The Double Agent

Now, back to Yuuga. Despite being the traitor, it was pretty obvious that he was never going to be a true villain. Yuuga never wanted to work for All-for-One. So, Deku and the others were always going to try to save him, despite what he’s done.

And, that led to the suggestion that Yuuga become a double agent for the heroes. If he can keep All-for-One from figuring out that he’s been compromised, he could change the tide of the upcoming battle. He might be able to help the heroes track down All-for-One.

This is where we’re getting into the stuff I don’t really care about. The other students wanting to save Yuuga no matter what makes sense for their characters. But, I can’t say it’s a very interesting development. It’s just about the most predictable thing possible and I’m not invested in it, at all.

Yuuga Aoyama captured from the anime series My Hero Academia Season 7 Episode 141
Yuuga Aoyama captured

On top of that, there’s the whole double agent thing. That could be interesting if it involved a better character than Yuuga. At the start of the episode, the implication was that Tooru was the traitor. That would have made what’s going to happen next way more interesting.

As I mentioned, Tooru’s quirk is way better for infiltration and information gathering. What’s Yuuga going to do? Nothing that any other random person couldn’t do. The fact that he’s the double agent doesn’t add anything to the series. I’m sure it will result in him getting his “hero moment.” But, that’s it.

One thing I’m not sure about is how this whole ordeal will end. Will All-for-One see this betrayal coming? Will Yuuga make it out alive? I don’t know. But, I’d like to see him sacrifice himself to save the others. A good death can do a lot for a character.

Final Thoughts

What do you think of My Hero Academia Season 7 Episode 141? Did you accurately predict that Yuuga Aoyama would be the traitor? Do you remember if we’ve seen what Tooru Hagakure looks like before? And, do you think All-for-One will see Yuuga’s betrayal coming?

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Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Cosmos the Movie Part 1 Review

Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Cosmos the Movie Part 1 Review

The Shadow Galactica Arc

Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Cosmos the Movie (Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon Cosmos Movie / 劇場版 美少女戦士セーラームーンCosmos) covers the final arc of the series. As with Eternal, the Cosmos movie is split into two parts. So, this review will cover Part 1 and the review of Part 2 will likely come next week.

Alright, so now that we’re onto the fifth and final arc, let’s look at all the arcs. The five main story arcs of Sailor Moon are:

  1. The Dark Kingdom Arc
  2. The Black Moon Arc
  3. The Death Busters Arc
  4. The Dead Moon Arc
  5. The Shadow Galactica Arc

In the Shadow Galactica Arc, we meet a new villain, Sailor Galaxia. She’s more powerful than any other villain in the series up to this point. And, to illustrate that, I believe she’s the only villain with a kill count in the literal billions.

Sailor Galaxia from the anime movie Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Cosmos the Movie Part 1
Sailor Galaxia

So, who is Sailor Galaxia? Her name implies that she’s a sailor guardian, like our heroes. But, that’s not quite right. It’s more accurate to say that she’s an aspiring sailor guardian. However, she doesn’t want to be just any sailor guardian. She wants to be the most powerful of them all.

In her quest to be the most powerful, Sailor Galaxia went from star system to star system across the galaxy in search of a star (planet) worthy of her. Every time she found one that wasn’t worthy, she destroyed it. Like, she literally blows up planets inhabited by sentient beings.

Now, she appears to have some mysterious, new master in the center of the galaxy. And, this master told her to gather the Sailor Crystals to take their power for herself. To help in this mission, Sailor Galactica also recruited other aspiring sailor guardians from planets she’s destroyed. This group is Shadow Galactica.

Three Lights and Princess Kakyuu

For the first time in the series, the “universe” of Sailor Moon has extended beyond the Solar System. What does this mean, though? Didn’t previous villains come from beyond the Solar System? Not that I can remember.

Some of the villains used interdimensional travel. But, as far as I know, they all originated in the Solar System. And, the same is true for every sailor guardian we knew of. However, that’s no longer the case in the Shadow Galactica Arc. Now, the entire Milky Way Galaxy is fair game.

This arc introduces three new (real) sailor guardians alongside all the (fake) sailor guardians. These real ones are Sailor Star Fighter, Sailor Star Maker, and Sailor Star Healer — also called the Starlights. They’re three brothers who also form the idol group Three Lights. And, as you may have guessed from my leadup to this, they’re not from the Solar System.

Taiki, Seiya, and Yaten Kou of Three Lights from the anime movie Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Cosmos the Movie Part 1
Taiki, Seiya, and Yaten Kou of Three Lights

We actually don’t know what star system these three are from and probably never will. It’s not important. What is important is that they’re proof that there are more sailor guardians spread throughout the galaxy. But, does this make Sailor Moon and her friends less special?

Yes and no — or, rather, no and yes. Sailor Moon is still special. She’s considered the most important sailor guardian in the entire galaxy. And, we know this because every sailor guardian in the galaxy felt when her Silver Crystal and Mamoru’s Gold Crystal resonated.

Sailor Moon’s friends appear to be on par with the rest of the sailor guardians, though. Princess Kakyuu, the princess of the Starlights, didn’t mention anything about them. All she said was that Sailor Moon is the one who needs to fight against Sailor Galaxia to save the galaxy.

Even More Sailor Guardians

Okay, so, the Starlights and Sailor Galaxia aren’t the only new sailor guardians in Cosmos. In addition to those four, Part 1 also features four other villain sailor guardians and one good sailor guardian. And, we also get the names of a few other good sailor guardians.

Let’s start with the villains. These are the Sailor Animamates, who all have something to do with a metal and an animal. They’re “false” sailor guardians created by Sailor Galaxia. I believe she did this by giving them the Sailor Crystals of the sailor guardians she defeated.

These four are Sailor Iron Mouse, Sailor Aluminum Siren, Sailor Lead Crow, and Sailor Tin Nyanko. Interestingly, these sailor guardians reveal that other characters are aliens, too. Phobos and Deimos come from the same planet as Lead Crow. And, Luna, Artemis, and Diana come from the same planet as Tin Nyanko.

Chibi Chibi's sailor guardian transformation from the anime movie Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Cosmos the Movie Part 1
Chibi Chibi’s sailor guardian transformation

The new good sailor guardian is Sailor Chibi Chibi — I don’t know if that’s her official name. Chibiusa is called that because she’s a smaller “version” of Usagi. Chibi Chibi is a smaller “version” of Chibiusa.

At this point, we barely know anything about Chibi Chibi. The working theory for the characters is that she’s Chibiusa’s younger sister. That would make her the second child of Usagi and Mamoru. But, I’m not sure I agree with that. My prediction is that she’s actually Chibiusa’s and Helios’s daughter.

Finally, there are some other, former sailor guardians mentioned. These include Sailor Mau and Sailor Coronis. Sailor Mau was the guardian of the planet Mau before she was killed and the planet was destroyed. Mau is where Luna, Artemis, and Diana are from. The same is the case for Sailor Coronis. Coronis is where Phobos and Deimos are from.

Final Thoughts

The big issue with Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Cosmos the Movie Part 1 is that it’s really fast. A lot of stuff happens in this movie with little to no setup. Things are just happening without any real explanation. When you’re watching the movie, it feels like it’s skipping a lot of content.

With that in mind, I had to give the movie a 5/10. I like that it expands upon the sailor guardians. And, I think Sailor Galaxia seems like a good villain. But, this movie might have needed to be a trilogy instead of only being split into two parts.

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KonoSuba: God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World! 3 Episode 6 Review

KonoSuba: God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World! 3 Episode 6 Review

The Silver-Haired Thief Brigade

Even after KonoSuba: God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World! 3 Episode 6, we don’t know who Chris’s employer is. Though, as we learned in Episode 5, it’s likely the goddess Eris. I assumed that would have been confirmed in this episode. But, it wasn’t.

Still, we did get to see Kazuma team up with Chris to steal the divine treasure in the castle. Of course, this is the divine treasure in Iris’s possession that swaps bodies. And, as it turns out, this divine treasure is far more dangerous than I initially thought.

According to Chris, the body-swapping necklace can grant its user immortality. Well, a form of immortality. Technically, they’re still mortal and can die by various means. But, by swapping bodies with someone younger than they are, they can avoid dying of old age. Unless something kills them, they can live forever.

The Silver-Haired Thief Brigade from the anime series KonoSuba: God's Blessing on This Wonderful World! 3 Episode 6
The Silver-Haired Thief Brigade

That last part is kind of important. Considering this divine treasure was in Iris’s possession, you know what that means. The original owner of this item is dead — it didn’t save them. But, luckily, since the people of this world can’t read Japanese, nobody else figured out how to use it.

Alright, but how does this item make you immortal? The body-swapping effect only lasts for a limited amount of time. Well, if you kill the other person after swapping bodies with them, the swap is permanent. However, that also means that they could kill you and take the item for themself after seeing you use it.

Anyway, this item is far more powerful than I gave it credit for and I can now see why Eris wants to remove it from this world. But, did Kazuma and Chris need to steal it? I’m sure Iris would have given it to Kazuma.

Darkness Can Be Competent Sometimes

You know, I often forget that Darkness isn’t actually stupid. In fact, the only stupid one in the group is Aqua. Kazuma’s got common sense and street smarts. Megumin is a certified genius when her chuunibyou isn’t showing. And, Darkness is a well-adjusted person when BDSM isn’t involved.

Over the first half of this season, there have been plenty of examples of Darkness being a normal person. When she needs to, she can fit right into noble society. But, there was one point in this episode that really made me remember this.

When Kazuma and Chris make it to Iris’s room, Darkness immediately recognizes them. Claire, Rain, and Mitsurugi didn’t recognize Kazuma. Aqua and Megumin didn’t recognize either Kazuma or Chris. But, Darkness did. As soon as she saw them, she understood what was going on and tried to help them play it off.

Darkness protecting Princess Iris from the anime series KonoSuba: God's Blessing on This Wonderful World! 3 Episode 6
Darkness protecting Princess Iris

Of the main four characters, Darkness has always been my least favorite. She’s fine. But, I’ve never found her to be as funny as the other three. This, though, was good. Seeing her face when she realized what was going on was priceless.

Personally, I’d like to see more Darkness content like this. I get that a lot of people like her masochistic side. I like that side of her too. But, I often feel like it’s overused. Or, maybe it’s not overused, but it’s used in the same few ways too much. It’s not a very versatile gag.

I’m sure there are people who would argue that the other characters’ gags are too overused. And, in some ways, I agree. But, Darkness’s masochism gag is only ever used in a few ways. By contrast, Megumin’s chuunibyou comes into play in a far wider range of scenarios.

Kazuma’s Future Wife

The one other person who recognized Kazuma as one of the thieves was Iris. Though, it’s unclear if she recognized Kazuma in the moment. She definitely knew it was him after the fact, as she knows he’s the one who has her ring.

Now, according to Darkness, the ring is important for a very special reason. Whoever gives the ring to Iris is the person who’s going to marry her. Basically, it’s an engagement ring that Iris holds onto until the right person comes along. She then hands it over to them and they present it back to her.

This is why Darkness forbids Kazuma from returning the ring. I’m sure Kazuma considered returning the ring so he could marry Iris. But, even he understands that this would cause a huge commotion. It would damage Iris’s image as the princess if a random adventurer presented the ring to her.

Iris picking a fight with Megumin from the anime series KonoSuba: God's Blessing on This Wonderful World! 3 Episode 6
Iris picking a fight with Megumin

However, at the end of the episode, Iris mentions another reason why the ring is important. Apparently, the person who’s meant to present it to her is the person who defeats the Demon King. So, by defeating the Demon King, you earn the princess’s hand in marriage.

Does this confirm that Iris is Kazuma’s future wife? Kazuma’s “goal” is to defeat the Demon King. Well, it’s not his personal goal. But, it’s the goal he was tasked with when Aqua reincarnated him into this world. And, it’s a goal he’s made pretty good progress toward.

I’m going to say that Iris and Kazuma will not end up together. Why? Because that wouldn’t be funny. This makes me think that some random person is going to get the final blow against the Demon King, denying Kazuma. Or, some technicality might block Kazuma from marrying Iris.

Final Thoughts

What do you think of KonoSuba 3 Episode 6? Does the potential for immortality change your ranking of the body-swapping necklace among the divine treasures? Do you prefer competent Darkness or masochist Darkness? And, do you think Kazuma will eventually marry Iris after defeating the Demon King?

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One Piece Episode 1104 Review

One Piece Episode 1104 Review

Kuma’s Memories

One Piece Episode 1104 reminded me of old One Piece episodes. Is it just me, or did the pacing slow down significantly this week? There were a lot of repetitive scenes and shots that lingered for a bit too long. That’s what every episode of One Piece used to be like.

I won’t say that makes this a bad episode. But, it definitely could have been better. Though, considering what happened in this episode, I guess the pacing makes a bit more sense. This episode was all about setting things up, not finishing them.

Alright, so what’s the first thing Episode 1104 sets up? Whatever happened with Bartholomew Kuma. We still don’t really know. However, we’re getting closer to the truth and we may be able to infer a lot of the details. Still, we’ll have to wait for confirmation on everything.

Bartholomew Kuma before undergoing surgery from the anime series One Piece Episode 1104
Bartholomew Kuma before undergoing surgery

First of all, we don’t yet have proof that Kuma made the decision to become a cyborg on his own. Dr. Vegapunk said that’s the case, but nothing in the flashback we got confirms that. What it does confirm is what Vegapunk hoped to achieve with this experiment.

Vegapunk’s goal doesn’t appear to have been to turn Kuma into a cyborg. That looks like a secondary project, most likely funded by the World Government. Vegapunk’s main goal was to extract Kuma’s soul and memories from his body for research purposes. Is that still shady? Of course.

But, the reason Kuma is a cyborg now is because his soul is no longer in his body. Instead, his soul and memories are what Bonney finds within Vegapunk’s lab. I assume she’ll touch Kuma’s memories and that’s when we’ll find out why he chose to go down this route. What was in it for him?

Another Zoan Awakening

Rob Lucci awakening his Cat-Cat Fruit Model: Leopard was fine. Luffy’s gotten a lot stronger and awakened his Devil Fruit since their last fight. So, it was cool to see that Lucci has gotten stronger in a similar way since then. But, did we need Kaku to awaken his fruit, too?

What did Kaku’s awakening actually do? What was the point of it? It shows that Kaku has gotten stronger since his last fight with Zoro. But, I mean, didn’t Lucci’s awakening kind of already illustrate that?

Did anyone see Lucci’s awakening and think that he was the only member of Cipher Pol to get stronger since Enies Lobby? I doubt it. Lucci’s awakening didn’t only show that he got stronger. It implied that Kaku and the rest of them got stronger too without explicitly showing that. So, we didn’t need to see Kaku’s awakening to know he got stronger.

Awakened Kaku vs. Zoro from the anime series One Piece Episode 1104
Awakened Kaku vs. Zoro

On top of that, Kaku’s awakening isn’t very interesting. It looks pretty much the same as Lucci’s, with the black flames and everything. I guess this is the default awakening look for Zoan-type Devil Fruits. But, since it’s the same as Lucci’s awakening, why do I care?

Okay, sure, Kaku can extend his giraffe neck now. That’s it? That’s so boring compared to other awakenings we’ve already seen. Doflamingo, Katakuri, Sakazuki, Kuzan, and Luffy can all alter the terrain around them. Law can attach operating rooms to people. And Kid can make other people magnetic.

Compared to those, normal Zoan awakenings aren’t anything special. Lucci got faster and stronger and Kaku got a longer neck. So, again, why did Kaku have to awaken his fruit? It’s not like Zoro has a Devil Fruit and Kaku’s matching him. And, I highly doubt Kaku’s going to win here.

Stussy, the Vampire Queen of the Pleasure District

It’s time we talk about Stussy. Clearly, she was the one Dr. Vegapunk called for help. And, as it turns out, she’s a clone of Buckingham Stussy, former member of the Rocks Pirates. So, that was kind of a huge reveal.

This was an extra huge reveal for me, though. That’s because I forgot that Stussy and Kalifa were different people. This whole time I thought Stussy was the one with the Bubble-Bubble Fruit. That’s not Stussy. That’s Kalifa (also of CP0). But, now I understand.

The reason that’s an important distinction, though, is that Stussy might have a different Devil Fruit. When she betrays Lucci and Kaku, she grows large bat wings, her canines extend, and she drinks their blood, putting them to sleep. That’s definitely a different ability than the Bubble-Bubble Fruit. But, what is it? Is it even a Devil Fruit power?

Stussy the vampire from the anime series One Piece Episode 1104
Stussy the vampire

If this ability is a Devil Fruit power, I think there are only two possible fruits it could be. Either it’s the (mythical?) Human-Human Fruit Model: Vampire. Or, it’s a vampire bat fruit — maybe the Bat-Bat Fruit. But, there’s a problem with those theories.

There’s already a mythical Bat-Bat Fruit Model: Vampire that exists in one of the One Piece Games. I’m pretty sure that doesn’t count as canon. But, as far as I’m aware, Oda doesn’t reuse these non-canon fruits in the canon story.

Also, Stussy is a clone. If cloning also copied Devil Fruit powers, there would be no reason for Vegapunk to develop the Green Blood for the Seraphim.

So, what other option is there? Well, Stussy could actually be (a clone of) a vampire. That would explain this ability we see and explain how she has it without the Green Blood.

Final Thoughts

What do you think of One Piece Episode 1104? Did you think the pacing of this episode was extra slow compared to recent episodes? How do you feel about Kaku awakening his Devil Fruit? And, do you think Stussy has some kind of vampire Devil Fruit or is a vampire herself?

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