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Demon Slayer: Entertainment District Arc Episode 7

Demon Slayer: Entertainment District Arc Episode 7

Is Nezuko Too Overpowered?

Demon Slayer: Entertainment District Arc Episode 7 responded to my main concerns from the previous episode. In my review of Episode 6, I said that the ease with which Tanjirou and Nezuko were able to overpower Daki was a problem for the series.

If he hadn’t forgotten to breathe, Tanjirou likely would have defeated Daki. And Nezuko did defeat Daki, even though she didn’t kill Daki. If a member of the Upper Six was that easy for them to defeat, then they’re clearly already strong enough to fight Muzan himself, right?

Well, that’s where Episode 7 comes in. It turns out that Daki isn’t actually all that strong after all. Tengen easily decapitated her and even claimed that she must not really be the member of the Upper Six he’s looking for because she’s so weak.

Daki with burns to her face from the anime series Demon Slayer: Entertainment District Arc Episode 7
Daki with burns to her face

Of course, as we learn later in the episode, there’s more to Daki than meets the eye. But, if we’re talking about just Daki’s strength, I’d say she’s probably on the same level as a Lower Six member.

So, with that in mind, is Nezuko overpowered? I have to say that she’s not — yet. I do believe that Nezuko could put up a pretty good fight against a true Upper Six member in her full demon form. After all, we saw just how insane her speed, power, and recovery capabilities were.

However, we also saw that in this form, Nezuko becomes more primal. She’s unable to stop herself from attacking humans and is therefore unpredictable. Tanjirou wouldn’t want to unleash her like that if anyone else was around.

Basically, while Nezuko is very strong, her power comes with drawbacks that limit her ability to make full use of that strength.

The Upper Six Difference

Despite Daki’s weakness, she’s still technically a member of the Upper Six. And this was made clear when she didn’t die after being decapitated by Tengen. This was probably my favorite part of the episode because it really showed us the difference between the Lower and Upper Six.

After decapitating Daki, Tengen pays her no attention. He even stands with his back to her at first, showing that he doesn’t view her as a threat. And he makes numerous comments on how she’s weak and should just disappear already.

However, we then see his demeanor change when he realizes that despite her head being in her lap, she’s not disappearing. That’s when he begins to take Daki seriously. Even before Gyuutarou appears, Tengen recognizes that something isn’t right.

Tengen Uzui attacking Gyuutarou and Daki from the anime series Demon Slayer: Entertainment District Arc Episode 7
Tengen Uzui attacking Gyuutarou and Daki

Based on our encounters with two Upper Six members so far, I think the decapitation isn’t going to be the only way to kill demons going forward. Daki survived being decapitated. And it seems really hard to decapitate Akaza, so maybe he’ll have to be killed another way.

Of course, we do know of other ways to kill demons already. Being exposed to direct sunlight is one of the earliest ways to kill them that we learn. And Shinobu uses a toxin derived from wisteria flowers to kill demons since she’s too weak to decapitate them.

Also, it should be pointed out that Nezuko was decapitated in this episode and survived. I think all of this is pointing to the Upper Six demons perhaps being strong enough that other methods of killing them are going to need to be employed.

Though, I’m predicting that decapitation is still going to be the mode of death for both Daki and Gyuutarou.

Twin Demons Gyuutarou and Daki

Despite the title of this section, we don’t actually know if Gyuutarou and Daki are twins. We know they’re siblings, with Gyuutarou being the elder. But, what I mean by twin demons here is that they’re two demons in one, as Gyuutarou says.

What does that mean, though? To me, it simply means that their demonic power is shared between the two of them. And as we saw, this also appears to mean that they can share a single body as Gyuutarou came out of Daki’s back.

Why is all of this important? Because I think it explains why Daki didn’t disappear upon being decapitated by Tengen. In order to truly kill Daki and Gyuutarou, you probably have to decapitate both of them at the same time — or at least before the other can reattach their head.

And, that’s also why I think these two will still die by decapitation despite how I think that method of killing demons is going to be less successful against the Upper Six.

Gyuutarou and Daki from the anime series Demon Slayer: Entertainment District Arc Episode 7
Gyuutarou and Daki

Considering their whole gimmick seems to be that they both need to be killed at the same time, it sets up a perfect tag-team takedown. We have 4 demon slayers on-site, and I’d love to see them work together to kill Daki and Gyuutarou at the same time.

Also, I should point out that the reason Daki is considered a member of the Upper Six is because of Gyuutarou. From what we saw, he seems worthy of that title. And since he and Daki are two demons in one, Daki gets the title as well.

I’m interested to see how the two of them fight together. My guess is that Gyuutarou is going to be the offensive one with his blood sickles while Daki is going to play defense with her obi.

Conclusion

What do you think of Demon Slayer: Entertainment District Arc Episode 7? Now that we know Daki’s strength relative to a true Upper Six member, do you still think Nezuko is overpowered? And what do you think of Gyuutarou’s character design? I’m not a fan of it.

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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Episode 232

Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Episode 232

Dotou Island

Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Episode 232 isn’t a very exciting episode. But, we knew that was going to be the case ever since the preview for the episode last week. I mean, it’s about Denki, Metal, and Iwabe. We can’t really expect it to be a good episode.

Still, there are some things I can discuss in regards to this episode. And the first of those things is the destination of Team 5’s mission, Dotou Island within the Land of Water. Coincidentally, Team 7’s mission next week is also in the Land of Water.

Unfortunately, I don’t believe we got the kanji reading for Dotou within the episode. And I can’t go back and check now because all streaming sites are currently down due to the release of the new Attack on Titan episode.

Dotou Island displayed on a screen from the anime series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Episode 232
Dotou Island displayed on a screen

But, there are a few readings of Dotou that could make sense. It could be a reference to the earthen spire of the island’s mountain, earthen waves, or even just an island made of earth (probably not this one).

The spire and waves references make the most sense to me when you consider how the geography of the island was likely formed. Looking at Dotou Island, it’s clearly the site of an ancient meteorite impact.

There’s a distinct crater with a raised ridge of earth around it. And within the very center stands a raised portion. This is what impact craters look like, though the central spire typically isn’t so pronounced.

So, I think the name Dotou Island is likely a reference to how the island’s most defining features were formed — the earth was molten and reformed by an impact. And, this may also be why there’s a large deposit of gold within the central spire.

Automated Puppets

The automated puppets featured in this episode are a bit odd. Are they puppets or are they robots? That’s not entirely clear. And, yes, there should be a few differences between puppets and robots within the Boruto series.

Puppets are controlled by chakra, while robots would be controlled by electricity. That might not sound like it matters all that much. But if these automated puppets really are controlled by chakra, where does this chakra come from?

Since the automated puppets aren’t necessarily going to be operated by a shinobi, we have to assume that they can function even if the operator can’t use chakra. That would mean the puppets have an alternate source of chakra powering them.

Denki controlling the automated puppets from the anime series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Episode 232
Denki controlling the automated puppets

Of course, we know there are scientific ninja tools that allow people who can’t normally use chakra to perform jutsu. So, theoretically, the same technology could be at work here. The automated puppets may have a core of stored chakra within them or something like that.

I believe this is also how the Thunder Train works, as well. It has what looks like a large lightning chakra storage tank on the front of the train, which presumably powers it. And since Dr. Katasuke is a scientific ninja tool specialist, it makes sense that this is how he would power the automated puppets.

However, from a practical standpoint, the automated puppets being electricity-powered robots makes a lot more sense. Electricity can be generated within the facility that surrounds the mine.

Oh, and speaking of the facility surrounding the mine, it’s pretty dumb that anyone can just lock everyone inside for 12 hours and shut off their air supply. That seems like a pretty terrible design to me. Shouldn’t there be guards outside to stop that from happening?

B-Rank Missions

I believe B-rank missions are typically the highest-ranked missions given to a chunin-lead team. Jonin are also given these missions, along with A-rank missions. And S-ranks are reserved for teams of Jonin or other powerful shinobi, such as the Hokage himself.

For example, Konohamaru could be sent on a B-rank mission solo. For an A-rank mission, he would likely be paired up with at least one other Jonin, as he was with Mugino in the past. And for an S-rank mission, he would be part of a team that was hand-selected for the specific job.

With that said, I don’t really agree with this mission being B-ranked. Even though there was the potential threat of combat, I still think it should have been a C-ranked mission. The mission doesn’t take place in a warzone and there was no prior knowledge of a definitive threat.

Metal Lee fighting a bandit from the anime series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Episode 232
Metal Lee fighting a bandit

And, the enemy shinobi Team 5 encountered during this mission really had nothing to do with their mission itself. These weren’t shinobi who were hired to prevent Team 5 from delivering the automated puppets. They just happened to be committing a crime in the same place and at the same time.

By that logic, any mission could be B-rank or higher. A team of genin could be on a mission to find a lost cat when they stumble upon a bank robbery in progress. Does that mean their mission should have been ranked higher than D, to begin with? No.

You could also always make the argument that it’s possible the cat isn’t lost but was actually stolen by a dangerous organization. I don’t think what-if scenarios should play a role in the rank a mission is assigned when there’s no evidence to back it up.

Conclusion

What do you think about Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Episode 232? Would you have liked more world-building surrounding Dotou Island? Do you think the automated puppets are powered by chakra or electricity? And what rank would you give this mission? Let me know in the comments.

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Attack on Titan: The Final Season Part 2 Episode 76

Attack on Titan: The Final Season Part 2 Episode 76

Introduction to the Final Season Part 2

Attack on Titan is back for the second part of the Final Season, and I have some disclaimers to mention before getting into the review of Episode 76. The first and most important thing is that I’ve read the manga.

Obviously, I’m not going to spoil anything from the manga. I read the manga after Season 3 Part 2 and was able to review the first part of the Final Season just fine. So, you don’t have to worry about that.

Also, I think the ending of Attack on Titan is garbage. If you don’t mind spoilers, you can read my thoughts on the final manga chapter. But, basically, I’m really hoping the anime follows the manga’s ending because I think it’ll be funny.

If you’re hoping for this series to have a good ending, I’m sorry, but I’m rooting against you for my own amusement.

Levi and Zeke

Despite having watched every episode of the anime and having read the manga, I still forgot what happened before the start of this episode. I get that the previous episode ended with Levi and Zeke blowing up. But it would have been nice to get a 1-2 minute recap.

Anyway, one thing I do remember is how Zeke survived the explosion. Now, I don’t believe this was illustrated very well in the anime, but the manga made it more clear. After taking an explosion at point-blank range, Zeke uses Beast Titan ability to save himself.

As you’re probably aware, the Beast Titan is able to create and control normal titans. So, Zeke simply called a normal titan to him and had it stuff what remained of Zeke’s body into its own. Then, Zeke was able to use that normal titan to help regenerate his body.

Zeke Yeager from the anime series Attack on Titan: The Final Season Part 2
Zeke Yeager

Hopefully, that clears things up for anyone who was confused about what we witnessed at the start of this episode. But, what about Levi? Is he alive? Is he dead? Well, we simply don’t know at this stage.

We did get a shot of Levi’s face at one point and he looked pretty dead. However, Hange’s actions imply otherwise. If Levi really was dead, why would she escape with his body as she did? At the very least, this tells us that Hange isn’t convinced it’s too late to save Levi.

Whether or not he can actually be saved is up for debate at this point. And something I love about Attack on Titan is that Isayama (the author) has never shied away from killing off major characters. In most other series, we’d be able to safely assume Levi is going to survive; but not necessarily in this series.

Attack on Paradis (Again)

Something a quick recap would have helped with is reminding me about everything surrounding the current attack on Paradis by Marleyan forces. Paradis gets attacked so many times in the series that I honestly don’t know which attack this is and where it falls within the overall scope of the series.

That makes it a little difficult for me to comment on a lot of aspects of this attack. I don’t want to say something that hasn’t been revealed in the anime yet. So, I’m just going to stick to things we physically saw or were told in this episode.

First off, Commander Magath is now General Magath, leader of the Marleyan armed forces. Good for him. I’ve always liked Magath ever since he was first introduced at the start of the Final Season. He’s like the Marleyan version of Commander Pixis.

Colt, General Magath, Gabi, and Pieck (titan form) from the anime series Attack on Titan: The Final Season Part 2
Colt, General Magath, Gabi, and Pieck (titan form)

We also know that while Pieck doesn’t necessarily trust the Marleyan government, she still trusts her comrades. This is important because it mirrors the character growth we saw for Gabi in the first part of the season.

Remember, Gabi started out as a staunch supporter of Marley despite being an Eldian herself. She believed all the propaganda and lies about the Paradis Eldians. But, as she spent more time on Paradis, she learned that there are good and bad people on both sides of the war.

Gabi still very much believes in fighting for the side of Marley, though, because she doesn’t want to abandon her friends and family. And Pieck reinforces this idea. She confirms to Gabi that it’s okay to fight for the sake of her comrades.

The Paradis Alliance

There are a lot of different alliances throughout Attack on Titan. Right now, there are the Marleyans, the Yeagerists, and what I’m going to call the Paradis Alliance. The Paradis Alliance includes the Paradis Eldians and their allies who want to fight for Paradis, but who aren’t allied with Eren and Yelena.

This includes most of the surviving main cast from the start of the series, Onyankopon now that he’s been accepted by the group, and some other supporting characters introduced in the Final Season. I only remember Onyankopon’s name. Sorry, other characters.

The Paradis Alliance’s goal is to create a nation where people of all different backgrounds and appearances can live in peace. As such, they naturally oppose Marley, which is a nation of subjugation. Remember, Onyankopon originally joined the resistance because of Marley’s occupation of his homeland.

Armin and Onyankopon from the anime series Attack on Titan: The Final Season Part 2
Armin and Onyankopon

However, the Paradis Alliance is also naturally opposed to the goals of the Yeagerists as well as the means by which they seek to achieve those goals. The Yeagerists are seeking revenge and want to use the power of the titans to fight back against Marley and the rest of the world.

The Yeagerists’ plan also involves euthanizing the Eldian bloodline by magically sterilizing them. Then, once all the currently living Eldians die out, the power of the Titans will die with them and the world will be at peace. Well, except that war still happens even without Titans.

Sterilization goes against the beliefs of the Paradis Alliance. They’re working toward making a better future in which all people are accepted as equals for who they are. They don’t want a manufactured future of equals in which those who are “more” or “less” equal are removed.

Conclusion

What do you think of Attack on Titan: The Final Season Episode 76? Did you think it was a good episode? I noticed the season is rated at 8.90 currently on MyAnimeList. I’m really curious as to what the rating is going to be after the season concludes if it follows the path of the manga.

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Demon Slayer: Entertainment District Arc Episode 6

Demon Slayer: Entertainment District Arc Episode 6

Full-Power Daki

Demon Slayer: Entertainment District Arc Episode 6 was definitely a good episode. There was good action, for sure. But my favorite part of the episode was actually when we got to see the aftermath of Daki destroying the block.

We’ve seen strong demons before. And we know that demons kill people. But I think this might have been the first time we’ve seen a demon create so much death and destruction at once. Daki’s basically a walking tornado.

I just feel like that was a great way to illustrate just how much of a threat the upper-ranking demons are. If Daki really wanted to, she could destroy the entire red-light district and there’s nothing most Demon Slayers would be able to do to stop her.

Daki at full power from the anime series Demon Slayer: Entertainment District Arc
Daki at full power

Of course, Daki is only this strong once she’s in her full-power form. She can absorb her autonomous ribbons back into her body to gain their strength as well as add them to her ribbon count. So, by doing this, she’s powering herself up in two ways.

Regarding Daki’s new appearance, I’d actually seen that she had white hair in the manga before this. However, I assumed that her hair color was simply a difference between her manga and anime designs. I didn’t realize that she actually had another form.

I’m not a huge fan of the white and green hair form, though. Daki’s hair colors are the opposites of Nezuko’s. So, I guess there might be some symbolism going on there. But as far as character design goes, I much prefer Daki with black hair.

Unfortunately, Daki hasn’t exactly lived up to her title, raw destructive power, or appearance when it comes to combat prowess.

Memories of the Sun

After swapping over to Sun Breathing and getting mad at Daki for killing the civilians of the red-light district, Tanjirou undergoes a bit of a transformation himself. As you’ll see, transformations are a bit of a theme in this episode.

What’s interesting about Tanjirou’s transformation, however, is that it’s far more ambiguous than the other two transformations of the episode. Clearly, there’s something different about him. Both his power and speed increase considerably to the point that he can outmatch Daki in her full-power form.

It’s then implied that this is a result of him having an affinity for Sun Breathing. But, Tanjirou himself attempts to dismiss that notion. It’s said that Sun Breathing users are born with a red mark on their foreheads. But as Tanjirou points out, his is the result of injuries; he wasn’t born with it.

Tanjirou's father (maybe) in Muzan's memories from the anime series Demon Slayer: Entertainment District Arc
Tanjirou’s father (maybe) in Muzan’s memories

Obviously, the fact that Tanjirou wasn’t born with this defining mark doesn’t really matter. It allegedly signifies that someone is a Sun Breathing user. But since Tanjirou can use Sun Breathing, whether or not he has the mark is irrelevant.

But, Tanjirou’s father did have that mark on his head. And through Muzan’s cells that are inside of her, Daki sees an image of a swordsman who looks a lot like Tanjirou’s father. It would seem that Tanjirou’s demeanor and fighting style right now are reminding Muzan’s cells of a threat they faced in the past.

Now, I’d like to say the man who once fought Muzan was Tanjirou’s father. Maybe he was injured in their fight and that’s why he was unwell before he died. But, considering that demons are immortal, I’m going to guess the swordsman we saw is an older ancestor of Tanjirou.

Perhaps that was even the first Demon Slayer.

Nezuko Evolved

The third transformation to take place within the episode is Nezuko’s transformation. She develops regenerative abilities on par with an upper-rank demon, gets bigger in more ways than one, and even grows a single demon horn out of the right side of her head.

I believe that this is the first time we’ve seen a demon with a horn like this in the series. Maybe I’m forgetting someone, but I can’t think of any others. And so, I’m going to assume this signifies that Nezuko is stronger, or has the potential to be stronger, than all the other demons we’ve met in the series so far besides Muzan himself.

Chances are, a lot of people were really excited when they saw this version of Nezuko and were even more excited when she effortlessly put Daki in her place. I’m not one of those people, though. I viewed Nezuko’s transformation as a negative for the series.

Nezuko Kamado transformed from the anime series Demon Slayer: Entertainment District Arc
Nezuko Kamado transformed

Daki may be the lowest of the Upper Six Demons, but that still means she’s extremely powerful. It means there are only five demons separating her from Muzan. And, in Episode 3, it was mentioned that she’s killed 6 Hashira before.

So the fact that Tanjirou came extremely close to killing her without having actually trained with his Sun Breathing is a bit concerning. And the fact that Nezuko was able to effortlessly defeat (not kill) Daki after her transformation is even more concerning.

If they’re already capable of taking down a member of the Upper Six, does that mean we’re nearing the end of the series? I know the manga is complete. But I didn’t think it was this short. I’m not really sure how any other Upper Six fights are going to be difficult now. They might as well go straight to Muzan.

Conclusion

What do you think of Demon Slayer: Entertainment District Arc Episode 6? What was your favorite scene of the episode? Who do you think the man in the memories of Muzan’s cells was? And have Tanjirou and Nezuko gotten too strong too quickly? Let me know in the comments.

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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Episode 231

Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Episode 231

Samurai of the Land of Iron

Boruto is back after its one-week break for New Year’s, and with its return, we got a brand new OP and ED. I think the OP is great. The song isn’t my favorite, but the visuals are very good and it’s definitely one of the better Boruto OPs. The ED isn’t anything too special, but it looks nice.

Aside from the new OP and ED, Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Episode 231 wasn’t all that good. It was a fine episode. But it was also filler that doesn’t matter. And the next episode looks like it’s going to be the same, which I’m not too thrilled about.

But, hey, at least this week’s episode was about Team 15. That’s way better than next week’s Team 5 episode already. As I’ve said before, I actually like Wasabi and Tsubaki. And while I don’t particularly like Namida, I do think she has pretty interesting jutsu.

Tsubaki investigating bamboo slices from the anime series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations
Tsubaki investigating bamboo slices

Of course, Tsubaki was the star of this episode. She’s a samurai from the Land of Iron, and the antagonist of the episode was also a samurai from the Land of Iron. And not only that, but this enemy samurai is someone with whom Tsubaki has a history.

I’m not entirely sure how I feel about this history between Tsubaki and Sazanka (the antagonist). It’s a pretty common trope, which makes it feel a bit too generic. But, the fact that they know each other does raise the stakes a bit compared to if Sazanka was just some random samurai from the same nation as Tsubaki.

Still, I think even if Sazanka and Tsubaki weren’t connected, a similar storyline could have taken place. Rather than Tsubaki defeating the monster “she created,” she would have been defeating a rogue Samurai to restore the honor of the Land of Iron.

Sazanka

Sazanka isn’t a very interesting character despite the backstory we got for him. He was a promising samurai who snapped after he was defeated by the weaker Tsubaki in the final match of a tournament at their dojo.

The alleged prize for winning the tournament was Mifune’s Kurosawa blade. I say alleged because this was simply a rumor and despite winning the tournament, Tsubaki isn’t in possession of the Kurosawa. But, for Sazanka, who dedicated his life to earning the right to wield that blade, this defeat was too much.

He attempted to steal the Kurosawa, cutting down multiple of his fellow students in the process before fleeing empty-handed. And ever since that day, he’s been training on his own and soaking his blade in the blood of his opponents in an attempt to get stronger.

Sazanka from the anime series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations
Sazanka

Before going any further, can I just say how dumb it was that Sazanka didn’t steal the Kurosawa? As we saw, the other students who were protecting the blade were using wooden swords. He could have easily killed them all and taken the blade. But instead, he ran away after killing only a few.

That could have made this episode’s story a bit more interesting. Sazanka could have been using the stolen blade and Tsubaki retrieves it from him after defeating him. And since she won the tournament, that would make her the rightful owner of the blade.

But, no. Rather than having Tsubaki get a slight power-up by getting the sword that was stolen from her, we got a lame story about a guy who learned the power of friendship by being defeated by someone who doesn’t train on her own.

Would you have preferred the Kurosawa play a bigger role in the story?

Tsubaki’s Strength

Sometimes we get filler episodes or arcs that still “matter” by adding some bonus character development. Having Tsubaki obtain the Kurosawa at the end of the episode, as I mentioned, would have been a good way to do this. It would have been just a little bonus for her character.

Oh, and I guess I should also just make clear why I don’t think Tsubaki is already in possession of the Kurosawa. If she was, Sazanka definitely would have recognized the blade and commented on it. Considering he didn’t, we can safely assume it’s not the sword Tsubaki uses.

Even with Tsubaki not getting the Kurosawa, she could have at least gotten some new sword technique or something. I’m just not a fan of Tsubaki defeating this person from her past and coming out with nothing to show for it.

Tsubaki fighting Sazanka from the anime series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations
Tsubaki fighting Sazanka

The “development” she got instead was simply the confirmation that she’s strong. We already knew Tsubaki was quite strong among her peers. That’s not really a new development. And it doesn’t change her character in any way. She acted like she was strong before, and she’ll continue to do so going forward.

And, yes, I know that this was just a filler episode so it’s not really supposed to impact the main story of the series. But Tsubaki’s already an anime-original character, as are Wasabi and Namida. So the anime can do whatever it wants with them without impacting the story.

If Tsubaki was killed off in this episode, that would change literally nothing as far as the main plot is concerned. So with that in mind, hopefully, you can see why I’m disappointed that nothing came out of this episode. Filler episodes featuring original characters are the perfect opportunities to build out those original characters.

Conclusion

What do you think of Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Episode 231? Do you think it was a good filler episode? What did you think of Sazanka as an antagonist? And should Tsubaki have gotten the Kurosawa at the end of the episode? Let me know in the comments.

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