Gintama.(The Battle on Rakuyo) Episode 8

The battle between Utsuro and Umibozu isn’t something I was looking forward to. Like I mentioned in my last post, I don’t believe Umibozu has a chance. Even if he is the strongest man in the universe, he isn’t immortal. He will get tired. Take a look at this picture below.


Now we have two people who lost a hand

Utsuro’s hand will just regenerate while Umibozu is fated to live the rest of his life with only one hand. The fight is unfair from the beginning. The fight wasn’t the main focus of this episode. We learned the story of Umibozu and Kouka, Kagura’s mother. Also, Umibozu’s real name is Kanko. Kouka is a rather interesting character. Take a look at some of her dialogues.


This is what she said when Umibozu called Kouan a dead planet. It is not possible for people to live on Kouan but there are many types of monsters that can survive on Kouan. Kouka said that just because it is not possible for people to live there, it doesn’t mean the planet is dead. She had been living alone on that planet for a long time and she had no complaints. She wasn’t wallowing in self pity and she wasn’t sad or bitter. She was happy with her life. Until Umibozu showed up and reminded her what it felt like to have companionship that is.


Here is another interesting thing she said.


She had been living on a planet where there is not much food and she could do whatever it took to survive, including eating boots.

This episode was mostly about how Umibozu managed to make Kouka leave her planet and agree to be his wife. They managed to insert a lot of dirty jokes into an otherwise serious story.


This is what they once looked like

It is sad to think that this nice looking family members are now trying to kill each other. Kouka got sick after Kagura’s birth. She did say that ‘she can’t live anywhere but here’, when she was talking about Kouan. I am guessing that she had to live in a place with Altana or she could’t survive. She knew it and yet she left Kouan and went with Umibozu. It was her choice. Kamui calling Umibozu a murderer for that is absurd.


It is not hard to understand where Kamui is coming from. He loved his mother and yet he had to stand by and watch her die. So he came to resent his father since he brought her with him to the outside world and was partially responsible for her death. Kamui would have probably preferred his mother to stay alive for a long time over staying happy for a short time.  But here is the cruel truth. Kamui doesn’t get any say in this. Kouka made her choice and he should have accepted it, even if it made him sad and miserable. Blaming Umibozu for what had happened and trying to kill him wouldn’t make Kouka happy. We still don’t know the whole story yet. Maybe there is more to the story of Kouka’s death but for now Kamui only appears to be a brat who decided to break something just because he couldn’t protect it. It is meaningless and won’t do anyone any good.


This Gintama season only has 12 episodes. We will probably not get to see what happened to the Shinsengumi after Kondo’s escape. I wouldn’t mind watching an entire season about it. They used to be cops but now they are terrorists on the run. Watching how they learn to deal with their new reality is bound to be interesting.

See you next time ^^/

Other posts on Gintama:

Gintama.(The Battle on Rakuyo) Episode 7

Gintama.(The Battle on Rakuyo) Episode 6

Gintama.(The Battle on Rakuyo) Episode 5

Gintama.(The Battle on Rakuyo) Episode 4

Gintama.(The Battle on Rakuyo) Episode 3

Gintama.(The Battle on Rakuyo) Episode 2

Gintama.(The Battle on Rakuyo) Episode 1


Dirty Pair: Project Eden

I am a big fan of good art and animation. If a cartoon looks great I would be happy to watch it, regardless of its other qualities. I would also like to tell other people about how good it was, but that is when things become difficult. Talking about art is hard in general, even if you limit yourself to a particular genre or style. Talking about modern animation where every piece may consist of a wild mixture of dozens of different styles is harder still. Not to mention that animation isn’t only about art, it is also about movement, which makes everything even more complex.


That is why when I see an anime that showcases one particular aspect of animation I feel an urge to share it with others, which is the reason I am writing this post. Project Eden is a comedy, a movie about two girls with bad enough reputation to be called Dirty Pair. Same as in other Dirty Pair movies, they are solving a crime case, blowing up stuff in the process. But more importantly, Project Eden is about an art style. But, what is an art style? I’d say it is a combination of the color palette the anime uses, common details of the character designs, the drawing and animation techniques and the choices of what to show on the screen. It seems arbitrary, but hopefully it will make sense in a moment.

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Gintama.(The Battle on Rakuyo) Episode 7

Since the last episode had such a great ending, I expected this episode to start with some awesome fights. Here is the reality.


It started with Gintoki, Katsura and Takasugi abusing Sakamoto.

It has been a while since we saw the four of them fight together and it was awesome. Let us move along and talk more about the most interesting and much awaited fight in this episode. The fight between these two insane idiots.


Umibozu and Kamui

I was wrong about Umibozu. He didn’t really want to kill Kamui. He was trying to talk to Kamui but we know very well that Umibozu’s mental stability is very fragile during a battle and a little shove could push him over the edge. Kagura interfered with their fight and Kamui almost killed her. Umibozu wouldn’t have minded killing Kamui if Kagura ended up dying. I always assumed that Kamui wouldn’t kill Kagura. He might hurt her, break her bones and leave her in a sea of blood but I assumed that he wouldn’t want to smash her skull or break her neck and kill her. I was wrong. He tried to kill Kagura just to make Umibozu snap and fight him with full force. Kagura later said that Kamui hasn’t changed and is still a crybaby who puts on a brave face. We have seen Kamui fight. We have seen him rip enemies apart with a smile on his face. He has always been this insanely strong, crazy and cheerful dude and watching Kagura call him a crybaby was a bit funny.  I did like how Kagura didn’t even bat an eyelid when he tried to kill her and sent him flying.


I wasn’t talking about you Kamui. You can turn your attention back to slicing through your enemies and mountains.

Oboro wants to fight with Gintoki and the rest. He is sick and he might not make it out alive if he fought them in that condition. I have never really disliked Oboro. Even when he forced Gintoki to kill Shoyo and then let them live saying that their lives weren’t worth taking, it felt a little like he was trying not to kill them. Maybe it was his way of letting the three of them live. He even went as far as to say that Gintoki and Takasugi were just throwing away lives that Shoyo saved when they tried to fight him later. Despite being on the bad guys’ side, he seems like a sensible person and I have always liked his character.


I hope he doesn’t die.

In the next episode we might get to see Umibozu Vs Utsuro. This is a fight I don’t want to see. Even if Gintama is a pretty laid back anime, it wouldn’t let the antagonist be defeated by someone other than the protagonist. The chances of Umibozu winning are slim. How can you win against an immortal person anyway? He might end up being defeated or killed. I wouldn’t mind it if Umibozu killed Utsuro though. It is probably the kindest thing he could do for Utsuro, a guy who has lived for so long that he can no longer feel alive.

gintama-mp4_001342796 We will also learn about the mysterious lady that appears in the opening song in the next episode.


We already know she is Kagura’s mother.

See you next time ^^/

Other posts on Gintama:

Gintama.(The Battle on Rakuyo) Episode 6

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Gintama.(The Battle on Rakuyo) Episode 4

Gintama.(The Battle on Rakuyo) Episode 3

Gintama.(The Battle on Rakuyo) Episode 2

Gintama.(The Battle on Rakuyo) Episode 1

Gintama.(The Battle on Rakuyo) Episode 6

The most amusing thing about this episode is the fact that Pakuyasa actually exists. He wanted to become Gintoki’s student but Gintoki just turned him into an errand boy because he was too weak to fight in a real war.



This was awesome

Gintoki managed to defeat Bato. He overwhelmed him with his murderous intent and since Bato sew his eyes shut and only depends on the eye on his forehead, he couldn’t tell where Gintoki was because of the murderous intent hitting him from every side. It sounds a bit unrealistic. If it was easy to overwhelm him he wouldn’t have become a master swordsman and stay undefeated. I am willing to overlook that though. Gintoki was thinking about the next day’s breakfast during their fight and Bato said that to Gintoki death and breakfast aren’t all that different. They are a normal part of his life. His death isn’t anymore important to Gintoki than knowing the menu of the next day’s breakfast and it was sad.


Have you ever wondered about how far Gintoki has actually fallen?

Umibozu was running around and causing chaos as usual. I want to see Utsuro and Umibozu fighting. Utsuro even admitted that Umibozu might be the only guy who could kill him and seeing them fight is bound to be interesting.


We will get to see Umibozu and Kamui fighting in the next episode. I always assumed that Kagura will be the one to punch some sense into him and drag him back home but it looks like Umibozu will be the one doing it. I doubt Kagura will stand by and watch them fight but I also doubt she will be able to pick a side and stopping their fight is pretty much impossible.


He is finally back


These four are finally back together too

At the end of the episode the animators replaced some cool scenes of Gintoki with Pakuyasa and it was great even though it annoyed Gintoki a lot. We will probably see more of Pakuyasa in the future. It is a good joke and I am sure a show like Gintama will make good use of it.ep-6-2-mp4_001418516

See you next time ^^/

Other posts on Gintama:

Gintama.(The Battle on Rakuyo) Episode 5

Gintama.(The Battle on Rakuyo) Episode 4

Gintama.(The Battle on Rakuyo) Episode 3

Gintama.(The Battle on Rakuyo) Episode 2

Gintama.(The Battle on Rakuyo) Episode 1

Gintama.(The Battle on Rakuyo) Episode 5

I apologize for the late review of this episode. I was stranded in a place with an awful internet connection.

Let me start with what is wrong with this episode- Hackers. Anime, movies and novels usually portray a hacker as a person who sits in front of a computer for like 2 minutes and manages to create miracles. It doesn’t work that way. The hacker needs to pour several hours of hard work into breaking into a system. Sakamoto’s ship’s core is well secured and even has the latest firewalls installed. All Hankai had to do was pierce the core with his tentacles, send his nano machines inside in order to break into the system. The idea of a nano machine that can control humans and machines alike is ridiculous to begin with.


This episode has it’s fair share of comedy. Nobu Nobu spent a lot of time trying to figure out what kind of a guy Sakamoto is. He saw Sakamoto trying to save his crew members and he also saw him put his life on the line for everyone, including Nobu Nobu. This was enough to shake him up and question his methods. If Nobu Nobu is a person who can be changed easily how come Shige Shige couldn’t change him? Shige Shige is the kid of guy who would have seen that in Nobu Nobu and tried to talk to him and set everything right. Nobu Nobu should have known what kind of guy Shige Shige is and he still killed him anyway. A guy like that changing all of a sudden doesn’t seem real enough.



Mutsu answered the question for him XD

We also learned a little about Nobu Nobu’s past. He was made to become the shogun just so that he could be used. After being used by others all his life he thought he should just use the people around him for his benefit too. He ended up becoming the Shogun but it didn’t do him any good. He liked the power but he wasn’t really happy about it. If Nobu Nobu became a good guy and spent the rest of his life repenting for what he had done to Shige Shige, would you be able to forgive him for what he had done? Shige Shige was a good guy, he was probably the nicest guy in the entire Gintama series. A guy like that died hurt, sad and betrayed. It is hard to digest such a fact.


I wonder what Nobu Nobu plans to do from now on

Sakamoto and Mutsu defeated Hankai together. We also learned why Sakamoto only uses guns. I always assumed he liked guns better because they are more practical and useful in a real battle. He got injured while trying to  help a wounded enemy during a battle. He can no longer use a sword.


It was a pretty serious injury

The next fight is between Gintoki and Bato. This fight will be interesting since Bato can read minds and can know what Gintoki’s next move is.



Gintoki tried to wipe the eye on Bato’s forehead saying that someone scribbled on his face. I love how characters in Gintama make fun of characters that try to appear cool. Gintoki is no exception. Remember how Kagura made fun of him for taking his right hand out of the Kimono?


It would have been awesome if it was a drawing

Bato spent ten years searching for Gintoki because he was the only guy he couldn’t beat. Yet he can’t remember Gintoki’s name or his face. Gintoki also can’t remember Bato’s face or anything else about him. He remembers him as the guy who stole his 300 yen.


This is how he thought Bato looked like


Here is the guy Bato spent ten years searching- Pakuyasa

I am looking forward to the fight between Bato and Pakuyasa. Takasugi will finally wake up in the next episode.

See you next time ^^/

Other posts on Gintama:

Gintama.(The Battle on Rakuyo) Episode 4

Gintama.(The Battle on Rakuyo) Episode 3

Gintama.(The Battle on Rakuyo) Episode 2

Gintama.(The Battle on Rakuyo) Episode 1

Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence

Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence is good example of a show that I normally wouldn’t feel like writing about. It is like trying to make a review of Confucius’s works, you wouldn’t attempt something like that just for fun. Innocence is probably the only movie so far that made me feel like I’m not educated enough to be watching it. The characters are literally talking in quotations, referencing European philosophers, Buddha, Confucius and some Japanese writers. And in my limited experience, quotes from philosophical texts make sense only in context. The text may have a couple paragraphs that build up reader’s intuition before delivering a few sentences that contain the core meaning of the text. Without a context these sentences are just mysterious collections of words, almost indecipherable. So because I wasn’t familiar with most of the texts cited in the movie, I just had to accept that I have no idea what characters imply by their words, which is a weird experience.

Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence, Batou

Spoilers below

The movie is focused on questioning the boundaries of what a human being is. Not the word itself, but the classical interpretation of it. When you say ‘human’, you may think of one of the existing humans, or you may think of a being with the biological properties that we associate with being a human, or you may think of a being that looks and behaves as a human should, or maybe something else yet. The variety of the ideas that are covered by the umbrella word ‘human’ is interesting in itself. What’s even more interesting is how fragile these ideas are, and that is what the movie displays.

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Kuroshitsuji (Black Butler)

If you’ve been an anime fan for a while, chances are that you have already watched Kuroshitsuji or at least saw a couple of pictures of Ciel and Sebastian floating around the internet. I watched all the anime seasons and I am currently reading the manga. I will be covering both the anime and the manga in this post.

Kuroshitsuji is a story about Ciel, a guy who formed a contract with a demon for the sake of revenge. The demon is called Sebastian. The contract states that Sebastian will have to follow Ciel’s every order while making sure that Ciel isn’t killed until he extracts his revenge. Sebastian gets to feed on Ciel’s soul once he fulfills the contract.


Ciel- That mark on right eye is their contract seal



This little detail itself makes Kuroshitsuji different from other normal shounen. We have seen a lot of characters burning for revenge. We saw Sasuke wanting to kill Itachi first and then wanting to damage the Leaf Village once he learned the truth. We also saw Kurapika sitting in a basement filled with dead eyes and planning to kill the Phantom Troupe. Here comes the question, what do these people plan to do after getting their revenge? Killing people for the sake of revenge will damage them but at least they get to live. Even if they end up being a broken mess we can at least hope that time might heal these people and give them enough reason to live. With Ciel this is just not possible. Once he gets his revenge he will be dead and Sebastian will eat his soul. There will be nothing of him left. He has no future. This makes Ciel’s revenge scheme even more cruel and brutal.


It doesn’t mean Ciel is a good guy

Ciel isn’t the kind of guy who would happily play the tragic hero role. He is fixated on revenge but he isn’t seething mad like Sasuke and at the same time he isn’t laughing and having fun with friends occasionally like Kurapika. He is cold and calculating. Imagine Aizen or Izaya wanting revenge. They won’t take a gun and run around the town shooting their enemies. Instead they will sit calmly in their houses, lay traps everywhere, wait for the enemies to come attack them and then torture them to death with a mocking smile on their face. Ciel is the same, he just shows a little more emotions than Aizen or Izaya.

Ciel is the England Queen’s watchdog. He deals with underground crimes when he gets a request from the queen. It is a job that his family members have been doing for a long time. Ciel’s parents were murdered by a weird cult, leaving a ten year old Ciel behind. Those murderers then tortured Ciel as part of their weird rituals. We don’t know much about what had happened to Ciel during that time (Maybe it is revealed in the later chapters of the manga and I haven’t read them yet). We just know that Ciel was broken beyond repair at that point. He decided to become the head of the family and take the responsibility of being the Queen’s watchdog. He takes care of criminals and thugs that the queen can’t punish directly. People around him don’t treat him kindly for that. Some even say that he is just a dog with a collar around his neck.


I wish these people will remember that they are dealing with a 13 year old kid

There was a time Ciel had to decide between capturing a serial killer or saving the victim. He knew that he might not get another chance to capture the killer. He decided to capture the killer and let the victim die. He even said that he has no regrets regarding what he has done. There was also another time Ciel told Sebastain to kill a bunch of people since he believed that they could no longer be saved. He felt they were better off dead. So he went ahead and ordered Sebastain to kill them all. That is not something a typical Shounen protagonist would do. Actually Ciel might be the only one who would do something like that. He might even be more of an antagonist than a protagonist. You usually end up liking him though, despite all the things he does.


The relationship between Sebastian and Ciel also makes it even more interesting. Sebastian has to follow Ciel’s order and has to protect him but it doesn’t mean that he is Ciel’s knight in shining armour.  There was a time Ciel had to sneak into a room to find something. There were snakes guarding the room. He ordered Sebastian to capture them and put them in a cage. He told Sebastian to release the snakes before the room’s owner comes back. He then went in to investigate the room. It took longer than he expected and he didn’t manage to get out in time. Sebastian released the snakes anyway knowing full well that Ciel was still inside. He wouldn’t let Ciel die but he doesn’t mind letting Ciel get bitten by a snake. He thinks it is more amusing that way. Here is their conversation during that incident.



Sebastian is indeed a powerful demon but he is a double edged knife. If Ciel isn’t careful he will get end up hurting himself more than he hurts his enemies. Also Sebastian only cares about keeping Ciel safe from physical harm. He doesn’t care about his mental state. If someone important to Ciel was in harm’s way, he wouldn’t lift a finger to save that person unless Ciel orders him to do so. If Ciel was unable to give the order in time, he would just stand by and let that person get killed. He doesn’t care about how much damage it might do to Ciel. If they were trying to catch a criminal and Ciel makes a mistake, Sebastian won’t say anything and he won’t try to correct him. If the criminal ends up escaping because of that and Ciel has to face the consequences of it, Sebastain will just smile and say ‘Too bad.’


He says that he is just a pawn. He won’t move until the king orders him to move.

The fact that Ciel used to be a nice little kid before his parents’ murder makes this whole situation even more difficult to digest. He occasionally shows that he is just a child, especially when he wakes up screaming and trembling because of a nightmare. He quickly recovers from that and goes back to being the calm and calculating Queen’s watchdog. He is just a kid who should have been having fun playing with his friends and enjoying life and yet here he is, walking through blood covered streets, examining dead bodies for clues, catching criminals, getting kidnapped, getting hit and killing people.


Young Ciel

If you haven’t watched Kuroshitsuji yet I recommend reading the first 22 chapters of the manga and then watching the Book of Circus followed by the Book of Murder and Book of Atlantic. The original Kuroshitsuji season changed the story drastically and Kuroshitsuji II has nothing to do with the manga. They are not bad but the original story is much better and darker. You can watch the first two seasons of the anime after watching the Book of Atlantic. You will be able to appreciate the story more that way.

Kuroshitsuji has many interesting characters and good comedy.


Ciel’s Servants. They are an interesting bunch

Kuroshitsuji is a good anime and I highly recommend watching it. Let me warn you that it has a dark story and can leave a bitter aftertaste.

See you next time ^^/