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Jujutsu Kaisen Season 1

Jujutsu Kaisen Episode 3 : Girl Of Steel – Nobara Kugisaki

Halloween is around the corner and, the anime that have recently released are all in the horror genre. Out of all of them, my favorite would have to be Jujutsu Kaisen.

The series is so catchy, feels modern, the animation is top-notch and, the story is one of a kind with a new perspective.

Welcome back to another anime review. Today we will be discussing Jujutsu Kaisen Episode 3.

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Nobara Kugisaki is the third first-year enrolled in Jujutsu Tech. Itadori, Fushigoru, and Gojou have arrived at the airport to escort her.

At first glance, she is a nit-picky girl, judges people before she gets to know them, but there is a certain ‘sweet’ relatable factor to it. Satoru Gojo is also one of my favorite characters. He is funny and insanely powerful at the same time.

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He promises Itadori and Nobara a trip around Tokyo but, they stumble upon an abandoned building in Roppongi and, it turns out to be a test.

According to the logic behind jujutsu sorcery, graveyards attract curses because of the emotion instilled in people regarding ghosts. The stronger those emotions are the, stronger the curses will be. The main difference between a big city like Tokyo and the countryside is that curses’ strength is directly proportional to the population density of the area.

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Gojo has gifted a blade to Yuji to cut curses down in an instant, and Nobara has weapons of her own. This anime sticks to its ‘basic’ genre, horror. It skillfully develops the eerie atmosphere that the story needs. Curses, voodoo, and such satanic practices are the name of the game.

Yuji comes into contact with a spirit and, he takes him down in quick succession. His physical attributes are a plus point to his skill. As he is inexperienced in dissipating cursed energy, he makes that up in an athletic and innate sense.

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Nobara is the central figure of this episode. It is the first time meeting her and, making us fall in love with her in the first episode is a feat in itself. She uses nails infused with cursed energy to destroy a demon who was masking itself inside a mannequin.

A boy emerges out of nowhere, scared, and not knowing what to do. A cursed spirit comes from behind and takes the boy in his custody. He threatens to kill him and, Nobara has no choice.

Nobara has had a hard life. Her friend was ostracised from society and made to leave home for not following the belief of some people. It had a horrifying effect on Nobara. She is almost about to give up her life when suddenly, Yuji smacks open a cavity in the wall.

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He grabs hold of the kid and rescues him. The cursed spirit is about to escape and in the knick of time, Nobara saves the day. She uses voodoo and pierces the cursed spirit’s hurt, in turn, subduing it.

Both of them have excelled at their tests, and it is time for the next step. The dynamic of the group is very happening. Even if the anime is horror and cultish, it brings to it a certain level of relatability.

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It is enjoyable for the fans, and it also sticks to the source material and never waivers away from it.

In the last scene, a disturbing event is showcased. A floating cursed fetus is seen by normal humans. The story shifts in a different direction and, it might not be something we fans can handle.

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Until next time. See ya!

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Blue Lock Manga

Blue Lock Manga Chapter 1 : Dreams – Ego Is The Catalyst To Victory

When you hear the word egoistic, what does it bring to mind?
Egoistic narcissistic people, who only care about themselves and move forward?

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The next manga I’m going to talk about here today is one such with the ‘main’ premise as ‘ ego.’

Welcome back to another anime review. I’ve been snug in my bed and reading manga all day long. It just so relaxing. No screeching voices, no disturbances, a cup of joe, and a good manga to read. Blue-Lock is the anime I want to introduce to you today.

Blue-Lock is a shounen sports manga written by Muneyuki Kanashiro and illustrated by Yusuke Nomura. Weekly Shonen Jump is the publisher.

Blue-lock is a manga that revolves around football. Over the years, there has been much anime revolving around the concept of football, but this one is unique. The ‘interesting’ factor is that it does not focus on the game as much on the person’s attitude towards it.

The story begins as the National Japanese Football team, is defeated during the 2018 World Cup. The management, for some reason, doesn’t care for the team and its players and is only greedy for Money.

Anri Teiri, a beautiful and bold woman who is also a member of the JFA (Japanese Football Association), suggests that if they don’t want the repeat of the previous year’s ridiculous antics, they should devise a plan to improve the players.

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As all the men in the room were skeptical of her, she formulates a plan that may save Japanese Football and make it the best in the world. She introduces a new coach to the team Jinpachi Ego. He is a visionary who will bring change to football as we know it.

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The main character Yoichi Isagi is a fantabulous football player who swishes across the defense line to score a goal. It is the final match for a spot in the nationals. He has got a firm target on the goal. His friend calls for a ball and, as a football player, passing was the right choice. There is no ‘i’ in the team, but this story focuses on the general aspect that man is an egoistic being. The fire to be independent rages inside them. He passes the ball and, his teammate screws up the shot. He thinks about his mode of play and if he had made the right decision. The striker from the other team launches a counter-attack and scores a goal. His dream to go to Nationals ends there.

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In a match, sometimes ego and a strong firm mindset are required to take the game forward. This manga fleshes out the monsters in the players and ‘truly’ reveals what their true potential is. That is the essence of Blue Lock. Football is a game where a team is the main element, but the individual who has possession of the ball must be, prepared for any obstacle in front of them.

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Isagi walks back home in regret thinking what would’ve happened if he had taken the shot himself. Would the outcome be different?
His dream of winning the World Cup as a member of the Japanese team kept fading away.

He reaches home and, waiting for him, was a letter inviting him to an under 19 training camp by Japan’s national team. Ecstatic and excited, he rushed to the location of the JFA. He runs into Ryousuke Kira, the player who scored a goal against his team. The player who he thought would become a pro player. They both create a great dynamic and move on towards the stage.

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300 candidates had reached there, and as they entered, all eyes were on Isagi and Kira. Intimidating eyes and potential rival candidates had arrived in that small hall.

One of the main aspects of this manga I would like to express is its truly unique art style. Take Haikyu for instance it can be considered a masterpiece. Its artwork is impressive in every way. This manga will give Haikyu a run for its money.

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The sketching is mind-blowing. It feels as though the football is leaving the pages and appearing as a real-life object right in front of your very eyes. Emotions, aura, and everything that goes well with the story is presented to its viewers. The Blue Lock Characters give out a realistic vibe that none can ignore. It is so relatable.

Jinpachi Ego appears and, addresses the whole crowd. His words are shrewd with a dignified aspect. He calls every one of them unpolished gems. He tells them that the blue-lock project will put them in their place.

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The Blue Lock is a stadium that looks more or like The Pentagon, and it is going to be host to 300 players. Amongst whom one striker is going to be chosen, to represent Japan.

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But, there is a catch. One player survives and, the other players, will be disqualified from playing any match professionally or in a league ever. If they lose, it will be the end of their careers. The players throw slanders at the coach. They are not ready to forfeit their careers for some kind of dream like this.

In one word Ego shuts them up. He explains that the concepts that people have about football are all wrong. It is not a team sport, but a sport where you play at the expense of your team. That’s what it means. The person who scores the most goals will be considered the best striker.

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He presents comparisons with Pele and shows them what they have that all the students were lacking. The ego to play for one’s self and to use that ego to become tenacious and set their target on the goal.

“Your greatest Joy is scoring points and nothing else. You live for the3 excitement of that very moment. Now that’s what you call a striker, right?” He asked.

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These words make them go into a frenzy. Every single player runs towards the doorway to their future. Their lives are going to be changed forever. The hunt for the best striker in all of Japan begins.

” This will become football’s critical moment” – Jinpachi Ego

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Until Next time see ya!

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Boruto Manga

Boruto Manga Chapter 51 : Sacrifice – Naruto’s New Form

I have got into manga reading so much that I prefer the manga over the anime. Just kidding, I love both of them equally.

Welcome back to anime reviews. Boruto Manga Chapter 51 is out and, it contained a lot of controversial information that we need to sink our teeth into to decipher. The level of information portrayed in this chapter is mind-blowing.

The main plot point of this series and the first of the events leading up to it might have been revealed. Let’s dive in.

In the last chapter, we saw Boruto jumping into the enemy’s line of sight to save his sensei Sasuke. He revealed some mind-blowing information relating to the inability that ishiki has to kill Boruto.
Boruto reveals information from when he faced off against Boro concerning the ‘divine’ tree, the ten tails.

The time limit that was in effect while Jigen was in existence had been erased due to the ‘existence’ of Boruto’s Karma seal. Boruto being a half Otsutsuki works into their equation of world domination.

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Back at Konoha, Shikamaru learns the truth about the ten tails from Amado. He tells him that for it to come to life, it must be fed an Otsutki sacrifice to attain life.

Judging by this construct, ten tails needed all the powers of all the nine-tailed beast to transform. Naruto currently possesses all the abilities of the nine-tailed beasts, so can he be considered as a product of the Otsutsuki clan?

Hinata is also directly an heir to the Otsutuki clan due to their lineage. Toneri, the Otsutki member on the moon, confirmed this. So by that definition, Boruto is already a full Otsustki but, with the imprinting of the Karma seal by Momoshiki, he has become a true vessel, and hence possesses ‘great’ powers. He might be the greatest asset to Kara and cannot, under no circumstance, kill. Comment your views about my theory down below.

Amado further iterates that the reason that Otsutki invades earth in pair is so that one can be a sacrifice to the ten tails and, the other can take on that plan. Kaguya came to earth but lost knowledge regarding what she was doing. She was sealed during the events of the great ninja war and, Jigen was lurking in the darkness then. Kawaki, getting imprinted with the Karma seal, was all part of his plan. With the addition of Boruto, he has additional help.

The concept of Karma was always a fail-safe so that if either one of the Otsutki members dies, they can be revived, in their respective vessels. That is the reason why Ishikki is adamant about obtaining Kawaki.

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Amado also reveals that the revelation of Boruto possessing a karma seal changed a lot of things. The relation between the power of the divine tree and the power that the sacrifice possesses is an important matter. The younger the sacrifice, the more sustenance ten tails will receive. Amado describes Boruto as a ‘very powerful’ entity, who is to become a complete Otsustki.

Kawaki is directing his pent up frustration on Amado. He is irritated because he is confined in a place. He has lost his composure and his karma seal was an inevitable weapon towards defeating Ishikki. As Boruto fights for his life against Ishikki, he is jealous and frustrated at the likeliness that he has become a useless pawn in Kara’s game.

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Boruto, as a character, was not impressive. He was a brat who was selfish and always put his opinions first. He has changed so much, to an extent that, he feels like an underdog that we can root for.

Boruto removes a Kunai from his pocket and places it on his neck, and threatens to kill himself if Ishhiki moved. Ishikki shrinks Boruto’s kunai knife into a different space. Sasuke and Boruto are faced with a difficult choice. Uncertain of the life span that Ishikki posses they thinking of outrunning him.

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Sasuke gets pummeled by Ishikki and Boruto as he uses a Rasengan to get shot down. Ishikki goes on a rampage and wants to break every bone in his body. He outrightly tells Boruto that he will destroy him, but he won’t kill him. He also tells him that the is to be sustenance for the ten tails.

Naruto, the Hokage of the leaf village, rushes to aid Sasuke and Boruto. Some people have said that Naruto has become a workaholic and a person who does not care for his family. I believe that he is ‘quite misunderstood’ in this aspect. His goal from the beginning was to save the whole village from danger, and he has done it time and time again. The portrayal of Naruto as a full-fledged adult is what makes this series amazing.

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Naruto rushes towards Sasuke and Boruto’s location but it seems that his sensory skills have been blocked by Ishikki. Naruto is out of ideas as to what to do and asks for advice from Kurama. It’s been a long time since we have seen Kurama in the flesh. After all those long battles, Kurama has had time to rest up.

Naruto just charges in like always. It shows however old you become that, the inner child in you does not fade. Even Kurama acknowledges that. He suggests that there is something Naruto can use on Ishikki if he feels it’s a situation of do or die. Naruto agrees.

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As Boruto is beneath Ishikki’s feet, strangling for his dear life, Naruto arrives and saves him. Ishikki taunts Naruto but, Naruto’s convictions are above him. He tells Kuruma that he has been ready to die ever since he thought about being the Hokage. Every Hokage in the Konoha village has sacrificed and put their lives on the line to safeguard the village and its people. It is Naruto’s turn now to do the same.

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The journey with Naruto is coming to an end, and the signs are everywhere. Naruto unveils a new form. It is not the form that we have seen during the ninja war.

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The only guess I have regarding this form is due to the fusion of Hashirama cells from his hand and Kyubi Chakra. It is a new form in which Naruto may be able to use Kurama’s powers and wood-style Jutsu. His powers might amplify far greater than his body may be able to handle.

Is this the end for Naruto, The Hokage of the leaf village as we know it or, will he persevere and defeat Ishikki in his quest for justice?

Until Next time. See ya!

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One Piece Manga

One Piece Manga Chapter 992 : Remnants – The Akazaya Nine v Kaido

As Oda Senpai was on a 2-week hiatus, so was I. Apologies for that. I had to sort out some stuff.

Welcome back to another anime review. We’ve got a lot of catching up to do. One Piece Manga Chapter 992 is out after a 2-week hiatus and, the wait was worth it. I loved colored panels so much and, most importantly One Piece colored panels. The one this week is just amazing and reminds me of the good old days.

The main highlight of this episode has to be the fantabulous artwork. The fight between the Akazaya Nine and Kaido was inevitable, and we were all anxious as to what they will do.

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Before diving into that, Big Mom has been explaining herself as to why she teamed up with Kaido in the first place. Marco appears and, our suspicions were confirmed. Perespero had been working undercover with Marco for fulfilling a specific role.

I assume that he and his brethren are in cahoots with the enemy to take down Big Mom. After the events of Whole cake island, I believe the kids resented Big Mom for her antics and want to take her down. I think that’s why Katukuri didn’t show up either. As per my observation, I feel this is the reason.

Marco, the Phoenix, confronts Big Mom. She insinuates that White Beard’s crew has lost their way, but Marco is here to put her in her place. She says that everyone is free to do whatever they want and is not bound by Whitebeard’s will.

I fear that an impending fight is on the way for Marco in the form of Big Mom. Ever since the Marineford war, we haven’t seen Marco in action and, the control of his powers has widened ever since. So pretty much, I guess he has transformed into a beast.

Carrot sees Perespero and wants to take revenge on him for Pedro’s death. This will be a penultimate fight that everyone has been desperately waiting for.

I don’t know how many people think this but, Oda is a chess player. He moves his pieces very carefully and initiates them in such a way that the audience attains redemption and relief in the end. He has a way of tugging our hearts where it hurts and makes us light up like a Christmas tree as well.

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Black Maria is also seen plotting something in the background and, what doom awaits us, we will have to wait and see. Why do all the sinister ones have to be so gorgeous huh? 😀
I couldn’t help but gaze at this beauty.

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The next page was just mesmerizing. The detailing was truly magnificent, and the fight we have been waiting for has finally begun. Akazaya Nine V Kaido. Ever since the death of Kozuki Oden, the Akazaya Nie have been waiting for this opportunity. Twenty years of pent up frustration, despair, and remorse, are transferred to their weapons, and a full out assault has been initiated, against Kaido.

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Kaido’s scales are strong and are impossible to pierce. Ryou is required to pierce him. The Akazya Nine rips him apart one by one.
Kawamatsu, with his Kappa attack cuts and slices, him up like you would an orange peel. Nekomamushi manages to injure him beneath his chin. Inuarashi saves Kawamatsu and injures Kaido as well. Okiku and Izo tag team and slice open Kaido’s hateful pride.

He wonders as to how he can be overpowered by Oden’s weak disciples. He doesn’t understand the passion and rage behind their actions. He gets taken apart one by one and, he is down for the count.

As a final move, he uses his fire breath against the whole group. Raizo appears from nowhere and uses a scroll to absorb his flame breath. He wraps Kaido in the scroll and gives Kaido a taste of his own medicine.

These series of attacks all represented the torture that Kozuki Oden had to endure during his final minutes. Being boiled alive, humiliated, and defeated. It was a perfect payback.

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Oden’s disciples looked up to him and wanted to be acknowledged by him. Oden teaches them the two sword style using Ryou. A touching scene indeed and representing and fermenting the relationship between Oden and his disciples.

They all stand in heroic fashion and attack!!!!! They hit the same spot that was cut by Oden and Kaido is in unbearable pain. Kaido has received what he deserves.

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The Akazya Nine is having an advantage but will it be enough to take them out?

Until next time. See ya!

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Jujutsu Kaisen Season 1

Jujutsu Kaisen Episode 2 : For Myself – Yuji Itadori’s Journey Begins!

Hello everyone!
Welcome back to another exciting anime review.

Jujutsu Kaisen is back with its 2nd episode and, it is all that we have ever wanted. The story unravels in an exciting turn of events.

Satoru Gojo arrives at the scene of the massacre. Fushigoru is down and suffering from injuries.

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Satoru Gojo is a goofy guy, fun-loving but, when he buckles down, he is a monster at martial arts. He is intrigued by Yuji, who has swallowed the cursed object.

He wants to go head first against him in his transformed state for 10 seconds. Satoru Gojo is so confident that if Yuji goes out of control, he can definitely stop him.

Being a manga reader, Satoru Gojo is a literal beast. He is powerful and one of the most entertaining characters that Jujutsu Kaisen has to offer.

For 10 seconds, Yuji, possessed by Sukuna, spars against Gojou and still couldn’t lay a finger on him. He was so fast that he whooped the living daylights out of Sukuna. It’s just the second episode, and the fight was truly impressive. The animation was clean and, Gojou Satoru is my favorite, hands down.

Yuji shockingly gains control of Sukuna as promised and, he is subdued by Gojou after. Fushigoru requests Gojou that Yuji not be executed as a curse and, his teacher gladly acknowledges his request.

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Back in the creepy room where Itadori is shackled, Gojo explains to him about the fingers and the demon that is Ryoumen Sukuna. Yuji is given two options. Either be executed directly or consume all 20 parts of the fingers and be executed. In the end, he has to die, but the notion behind the decision is what counts.

The great thing about this anime adaptation is that they are sticking as close as they can to the source material. The continuity is not being interrupted and, the world-building of Jujutsu Kaisen given importance.

Unlike God of Highschool, Jujutsu Kaisen focuses on fleshing out its characters and the world before entering into the fight sequences. The animators did a great job regarding this, and it is to be appreciated.

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Yuji Itadori is a highschool kid, and facing such circumstances in his life is traumatizing. He visits the hospital to meet his seniors who, were injured in the aftermath of the incident at school. He sees for himself that leaving curses to roam free around the aura of Sukuna’s cursed fingers is not something he can allow. He also cremates his grandfather, who passed away on the night of the incident. The author subtly compares death and unnatural death in such a way as to pave the way for Yuji to make a difficult decision.

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Gojo tells Itadori that it isn’t an easy task to become a Jujutsu sorcerer, and he may come across unnatural and gruesome deaths along the way. Yuji decided that for the greater good, he has to do it. He decides to follow his grandfather’s last words and eat all the parts of Sukuna. He doesn’t care what happens after that, but the choice of choosing how you die is what will drive him forward. It sounds like twisted logic, but the emotion and belief behind it are what matters. Freedom to choose is what is conveyed.

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When I first read the manga, Jujutsu technical school in Tokyo was a spectacle to behold. The architecture, the environment it was situated in was so engaging. The anime has brought that same feeling to me. The environments, the Japanese culture, and the artistic originality of the vicinity is mesmerizing and needs to be appreciated. They have done so much justice to this anime that it makes me teary-eyed thinking about it.

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Ryoumen Sukuna surfaces on Yuji’s skin and threatens Gojo. After possessing Yuji’s body, the first person he was going to kill was Gojo. Gojo being a confident guy is honored that Ryoumen Sukuna wants to kill him. He accepts the challenge.

Satoru Gojon describes Ryomen Sukana as a demon with four arms who revealed over the world 1000 years ago and was considered the King of curses.

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Let’s dig a bit deeper into Japanese Folklore. The Sukuna was a two-faced demon who, according to the “Chronicles of Japan” (compiled in 720), ruled the Hida region with an iron fist until it was conquered by Emperor Nintoku (313-399). It had one face in front and one in the back and had four arms and legs. In two arms it held bows and arrows.
Woodworking people of Hida, Enku depicted him with an ax instead.
He put the two faces in front, one friendly, one with a wild expression.
In Hida, this deity is seen, as the founder of the domain, Hida no Kuni. Hida folklore, however, claims that he defeated an evil dragon and is an incarnation of Kannon with the power to grant salvation. While “Nihonshoki” described Ryomen-sukuna as a villain and an enemy of the emperor, people in Hida and Mino Provinces treated Ryomen-sukuna as a hero and benefactor and worshipped him. I believe that this is the same character that the author has based his demon on. According to the lore, maybe Ryoumen Sukuna could turn out to be a savior, but a villainous one at that.

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Yuji is introduced to the principal Yaga Masamichi. He looks like a cool guy but is seen, making toys. It was very contradictory at first, but when we saw the use of his skills, the world was introduced to a really cute and fierce form of fighting.

The principal was quite straightforward at asking the reasons behind Yuji joining the school. He sets his green bear doll to attack Yuji and was ordered to not back down until he got a proper answer from Yuji.

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The conversation between the principal and Yuji was really interesting. It was a battle between the convictions and beliefs of 2 different people. Trying to find common ground and the hope of educating Yuji of what it means to be a Jujutsu sorcerer.

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Yuji Itadori, tells him straight forward that he doesn’t know how he will die or what will be the circumstances, but he doesn’t want to live a life in regret. He is the only one who can consume Sukuna and, he is going to achieve that. The story is well thought out and, the characteristics of each person are very well portrayed in this anime. It especially conveys to the audience.

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Yuji is accepted into Jujutsu technical Highschool. His journey begins. Satoru Gojo is a friendly and likable character. More than anything, I feel he cares for his students the most. He tells Yuji that he is now a vessel and a tracker to find the missing pieces of Sukuna. It’s a bumpy road ahead and, they are off to pick up the 3rd first-year student.

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The highlight of this episode is the ending song. It reminds of the ’70s with its hip-hop genre and, watching it you, just want to groove with your favorite characters. I have been watching it on repeat for two days now. It’s just unbelievable. This anime is looking better and better with each passing episode. For an anime that is surrounded by eerie mystery, curses, and demons, there is a little fun in it as well.

Until Next time. See ya!

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Noblesse

Noblesse Awakening – Kneel Before Noblesse!

Hello everyone!
Welcome back to another mysterious anime review.

I have tried to keep updated with all the latest anime as much as I can and, I try to give my reviews and opinion regarding the same.

I was perusing through the web and stumbled on a review that Irina, a friend of mine, had written. I got so interested in the concept and thought to give it a try.

Here I am with the review for Noblesse: Awakening. Noblesse is a Korean Manhwa written by Son Jeho and illustrated by Lee Kwangsu. Posted in 2007 on Webtoon, and the story was concluded in 2019.

Noblesse Awakening is an OVA that gives a proper introduction to the story. Before you watch the Crunchy roll produced ‘Noblesse’ you should give this a watch. Otherwise, you won’t get an idea regarding the ‘story.’

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The premise of the story talks about a Noble who existed many millennia ago, who protected the Nobles of the land who were targetted by humans. After years of slumber, he emerges from a Coffin and returns to the world that we know today. He is a vampire who existed almost 820 years ago and is known as the Noblesse.

What grabbed my eye about this anime is its gripping story and the tone it conveys. It is eerie as well as very classy. It feels like a slice of life anime but also enters and builds it’s world effectively.

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Noblesse is a powerful noble who goes by the name of Cadis Etrama Di Raizel. He awakens from his slumber in an abandoned building in South Korea and, is introduced to the new world. He wanders into a school that is run by his old servant Frankenstein.

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Frankenstein runs a high school and, he works as a director there. His master is amazed by the new world and wants to engulf himself into what it had to offer. He enrolls as a student in Ye Ran Highschool. He befriends three students Shinrwu, Ikhan, and Yuna (Shinrwu’s love interest).

Cadis Etrama Di Raizel preferred to be known as Rai get accustomed to many things in the new world. He is very open to new things and quite optimistic.

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Many suspicious people from the villain organization arrive at the scene in hopes of finding the remnants of the coffin. M-24 and M-21 are part of the organization and are acting with different intentions to find the Noblesse while their superiors are the real villains who want to go terrorizing Japan.

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An incident involving Rai’s newly acquainted friends leaves them as targets for the organization to hunt. They are ‘captured,’ and the Director of the school Frankenstein is informed about their whereabouts.

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The animation quality is really clear and refined. You won’t see one grey area that would catch your eye. It feels like a mix of slice of life mixed in with gruesome scenes. The portrayal of Rai is the best part, and it truly conveys the atmosphere of the anime to the viewers.

Frankenstein and Rai head towards the co-ordinates where they face the villains who are waiting for them. I cannot explain through words how this scene got me hooked on this anime. Frankenstein was damn strong but, Rai was savage.

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The scene where he doesn’t look Jake in the eye and uses his power to make him kneel while saying that scum like him deserve to be beneath him conveys the royalty and superiority underlying in his character.

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The dialogues, the soundtracks, and the animation are top-notch in this anime. The story is truly incredible and gripping. The characters are so relatable and vibrant and suit the environment that they are placed in. It was a treat watching this show and, I know that you would love it too.

Until next time. See ya!

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Haikyu!! To The Top Episode 15 : Found – Karasuno Gains Momentum

Hello everyone!
Welcome back to another anime review.

Haikyu to the top cour 2 epsiode 2 is back and, it’s going strong. The series has been going fast-paced as expected. In each episode, almost three chapters are adapted.

To recap: The Miya Twins left us stunned. They effectively copied Hinata and Kageyama’s freak shot and left the Karasuno team gasping for air. The trust between the two brothers is key to this move. The one hitting the ball knows that the ball will be there for them no matter what.

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Inarizaki continues its decisive and bold game to subdue Karasuno. Karasuno doesn’t back out even one bit. The thing about Karasuno is that they adapt to situations and always try to do new things.

When Hinata tried to jump as high as possible and awed both teams, alas to their dismay, he failed to hit a shot. Even amongst strong teams, they want to prove their metal and take out the opponent team.

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Coach Ukai devises a plan to stop the Miya Twins momentum. He places Hinata as a blocker on Osamu Miya. He is the receiver towards the unique freak quick and, that’s their best chance at defending.

As they go on to hit the ball, Osamu’s attempt is thwarted by Karasuno’s no. 10 Hinata Shoya. He leaps, blocks, and scores from that shot. The atmosphere in the stadium changes into an ecstatic one in an instant.

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Hinata has jumped leaps and bounds since we first saw him. From a kid who wanted ‘to just spike the ball’, he has learned to love the defensive aspects of the game. The way he sets an underhand set to Azumane makes us proud of him. He also blocks the ball in such a way that Nishinoya was given an opening to receive the ball. Instead of instinct, Hinata is using his intellect and experience to face strong opponents.

My only concern about the animation is that they aren’t getting Hinata’s eyes right. In the manga, it’s more filled with passion, determined and bold while, in the anime is has been downsized to show us a character who is determined but a little bit crazy. In some scenes, they do capture the beauty of Hinata, but in most, they fail to do so.

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Kinoshita is given a chance to shine in this battle and with the motivation given by his coach, he manages to serve the way he wants. His shot was commandeered, but no worries, he learns a lesson to get better as much as possible.

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Tanaka manages to get his shots through but he seems to struggle a lot while doing so. His motivation and energy are being slowly tarnished by the resilient Inarizaki court. It is a glimpse of what is to be seen in the next episode.

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Tsukishima has always been a salty diva amid the Karasuno team and, he hasn’t changed one bit. What has changed is that he tries to do things more and does not half-heartedly to stuff. He blocks the quick with immense pleasure because he has always wanted to stop ‘the quick’ that Kageyama and Hinata does. He also jumps up to the highest point on Kagayama serve to score a point.

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Yamaguchi is up on the line and ready to serve, but to his surprise, he does not have a point to reset his mind. The sign is blocked by a banner. The mentor saves his pupil by presenting himself with a new reset point and, our boy gets the service ace.

This episode was brilliant with new animation and everything. It is a surprise that an anime could be this good. The Haikyu anime is one of the best in the world and no one can get enough of it. Can’t wait for the next match. The score is tied. Who will catch hold of the momentum? Will Tanaka ‘be pushed’ to the limit or, will he persevere and take back his mojo?

Until next time. See ya!

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One Piece Anime

One Piece Episode 944 : A Storm Has Come! A Raging Big Mom! – A Review

Hello everyone!
Welcome back to another fun-filled anime review. One Piece is edging closer and closer to its main storyline, and it keeps getting better and better.

Episode 944 of One Piece is on the plate so let’s dive in.

In the last episode, we saw Zoro and Sanji’s epic stance to sage Toko from the grasp of Orochi. They succeeded and, it was a heck of an episode indeed.

Back at Udon prison Big Mom enters the scene and is about to wreak havoc in her attempt to get some red-bean soup.

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This episode was just a stepping stone to the major events about to take place. Kinemon confesses to Ashira Doji that he was the one who instigated Holdem to attack Atamaya. Atamaya was home to the Atamaya bandits and, destroyed in the feud between the animal pirates and Ashura Doji. Losing his home made him vengeful towards the Animal Kingdom pirates.

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Kinemon even, if his intentions were in the right place, it was wrongful of him to commit such an atrocious act. The hardships that Ashura Doji may have gone through for over 20 years to attain his place at Atamaya was vanquished by a local feud.

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Ashura Doji tells Kinemon that he doesn’t know the struggles that they went through for over 20 years and wants to show them something. The hope of him joining is feint but, it is partially there.

In Udon, an enraged Big mom attempts to ‘forcefully destroy the gates.’ With all her might, she managed to put a dent in it. It was refreshing to hear Chopper’s voice after so long. You miss the cute guy now and then. His scenes with Robin were just one of my favorite memories of One Piece.

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Big Mom destroys all three gates and enters the prison. Everyone is shocked at the sight of Big Mom. Their eyes pop out like moles coming out of holes. It was a hilarious sight indeed but, you have to agree that it was ‘normal’ to react that way. Big mom ventured into Wano against all odds to find Luffy and, now she has no memory of those things whatsoever.

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The chemistry between Okiku and Chopper is just hilarious. Okiku’s plan to conceal her face is to tie a towel over their faces and, it’s ridiculous. Chopper agrees with that connotation 100%. It’s the same principle when Superman switches from his specs to the suit.

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The red-bean soup dispute has arisen to a level that none can think to fathom. Queen wants the soup as much as Big Mom. He loses his mind and transforms into his Bronchyian Dinosaur form. It is grotesque to look at, but in an instant, but he pissed Big mom and, she pummels him like you would a damn rat. That was one hell of a scene.

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The next 4-5 episodes are going to be epic and, it will unveil some really surprising and noteworthy scenes. This is a good time to be a One Piece fan. The true spirit of One Piece, as envisioned in the early days by Eichiro Oda is back again.

Until next time. See ya!

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Jujutsu Kaisen Season 1

Jujutsu Kaisen Episode 1 : Ryoumen Sukuna – A Demon Rises From It’s Slumber

Hello everyone!
Its a new day and, its time for a new anime review.

I have been excited for this anime adaptation ever since I read the manga. The pacing, the story, the characters, and the scenery, everything was so appealing. I experienced it through reading and, I thought of how they can top that?

Well, I’ll tell you how. Let’s discuss Jujutsu Kaisen.

Jujutsu Kaisen is a manga series written and illustrated by Gege Akutami and published by Shueisha shonen jump magazine. It revolves around Yuji Itadori, a highschool teen who consumes a cursed object and becomes a vessel for a demon. He stumbles into a world of cursed spirits, sorcery, and the dangers that come with it.

The animation has been done by non-other than Mappa Studios. Mappa has been on a roll this year with their ‘hyped’ series God of Highschool which, ended last week and an upcoming final season of Attack on Titan releasing in December. The animation is fluid. The colors bring out the eerie atmosphere portrayed by the series.

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Yuji Itadori is shackled to a chair, in a locked room surrounded by lanterns and seals to drive away spirits. Sitting in front of him is a mysterious man, Satoru Gojo, who tells him that he is to going to be executed secretly. Shocking right?
What would happen if the main character got killed in the beginning?.

Well, we will have to wait and see what happens. Let’s talk about the opening. The animation is flawless that nothing else can happen but to embrace its brilliance. The level of detail is like a Makoto Shinkai movie. Of course, there are a lot of spoilers in the opening but, they don’t let go of many things. Each character shown in that opening is damn interesting.

This anime’s premise is different than all those conventional anime. ‘ I want to be this great figure that everyone looks up to and respects’ this is not what the anime is about. The central focus of this anime is death. Death is inevitable, and everyone will die one day. Yuji Itadori is a teen who faces a lot of hardships in his life.

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His grandfather is hospitalized and, no one looks after him. Yuji doesn’t know the identity of his parents and, his grandfather is all he has. Yuji attends Sugisawa Highschool and he is a part of the occult research club. He is accompanied by his seniors Sasaki and Iguchi. They research about paranormal activities and they came up with the theory that the football field might be haunted. The narration of this story is the funniest part.

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Another ‘important’ member of this story is Megumi Fushigoru is a sorcerer who is on a mission to find a ‘special grade’ cursed object. He fails to find it at the intended spot and widens his range. He reaches Yuji’s school and, there he sees Yuji challenged by his field coach. Megumi is astonished by the sheer strength of Yuji, who doesn’t even use curse energy like Megumi.

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He wins the Match and saves the occult research club from being disbanded. He runs towards the hospital where his grandfather is admitted in. As Megumi and Yuji cross paths, he senses cursed energy brewing inside Yuji and decides to follow him.

Yuji’s grandfather has many regrets in life and doesn’t want the same for Yuji. He tells him to help people unconditionally without expecting anything. He wants that people must be with him when he dies and so that he doesn’t end up like his grandfather. This scene is what builds a base for the premise of this show. Death is inevitable, and everyone will die one day. Yuji wants a death deserving of people. He doesn’t want anyone ending up dead in a gruesome or brutal way. That is what Yuji aims to accomplish.

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He passes away and, this hits Yuji bad. As he is filling the form, Megumi arrives and introduces him to Yuji. He asks about the cursed object and tells him that it’s dangerous for him to be even around it. He tells him about the club and their activities, and that they plan to peel off the object to uncover the secret of that object.

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They rush towards the school, but they are too late. The curses have risen from beyond and are latching itself to Sasaki and Iguchi. The fight scenes are just incredible. Megumi is a character that can be loved a lot, and he is a righteous man no matter what.

Yuji remembers the words said by his grandfather and decides to take matters into his own hands. As Sasaki and Iguchi are being swallowed by the curse Yuji flies in through the window and saves them. He believes that everyone should get a proper death and this isn’t one such like that.

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Megumi explains that the cursed object, the finger is a part of Ryoumen Sukuna, a cursed spirit who lived along time ago. He explains that if anyone swallows it then, Ryoumen Sukuna will take over their body and wreak vengeance on the world.

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The curse comes back to finish what it started. Megumi gets hurt and is in a sticky position. Yuji steps to save him and, he believes that he can go against this curse. He has been captured by the curse and is going to be killed. He swallows the cursed finger and attains the power of Ryoumen Sukuna. He wipes out the cursed spirit in one blow.

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As epic as it was, the curse has taken over Yuji’s body. Ryoumen Sukuna is reborn. Yuji, however, gains control of his body again but, he has to face Megumi now. He means to exorcise the curse Yuji Itadori.

The series is off to a good start. The pace is good and they aren’t rushing things. They are adapting one manga chapter per episode and I appreciate that. The next episode is one to look forward to. You are not ready for the beast known as Satoru Gojo.

Until next time. See ya!

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Haikyu!! To The Top S4

Haikyu!! To The Top Episode 14 : Rhythm – The Strongest Challengers

Hello everyone!

It’s is an exciting week for the animeverse and, I welcome you all to an exciting anime review. The wait is finally over. Haikyu To The Top Cour 2 has finally arrived, the anticipation is brewing.

Being an avid manga reader, I have to save ever since reading about this match, I’ve been ecstatic about the anime. How will they amaze us with the animation and Yuki Hayashi Senpai’s music in the background?

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Those answers have been delivered and, we’re off to a great start.

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A small recap. Inarizaki V Karasuno is the penultimate starting leg to this fantastic tournament. Atsumu Miya amazes everyone with his finesse and crazy serve. The double wielding abilities that help him in serving the ball have Karasuno up against the corner.

Worry not because our boy Hinata is up for the challenge. He gets ecstatic just like us and jumps as high as he can but forgets to hit the ball. It’s an embarrassing moment, but at the same time, we all felt what he felt. 😀

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Atsumu and Tanaka have the same reaction to it and, I love every single part of this coincidence.

The new opening is really good and it will grow on you after 2-3 listenings.

This episode was all about laying the groundwork for this match. The rhythm of the game keeps changing and on the problematic end is Karasuno. Whenever they serve, the crowd boos and hisses at them, and the beat they use is to put them off their rhythm and make them miss their shots. It’s quite an effective way of throwing off your opponent and, Inarizaki is cautious of that.

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After a long time, our freak duo gives us back the magic. Hinata runs up first into the middle and does a slide hit. The freak duo is back and, that’s what we’re here for. Hoshuimi’s expression is the funniest. He didn’t expect someone like him in this tournament. Bokuto is proud of his pupil and, the game is on!!!
The first hit is always a killer.

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The episode is rightly named rhythm. The whole premise of this episode relies on the rhythm. One-half step or beat missed can spell doom for either team when playing. Inarizaki does not just consist of the team on the court, but they also consist of their cheer squad exerting pressure on the opponent team. In a way, Inarizaki is broadening its reach to bring the game in their grasp.

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Inarazaki team’s servers have different rhythms. Rintaro Suna serves at the exact moment as they blow the whistle startling the opponent team while Osamu waits until the end of the 8 seconds after the whistle to throw Karasuno off their rhythm. This way, they create gaps in the defense and disrupt the balance. It doesn’t look like much in the beginning, but slowly and steadily, they are paving a path to deceit.

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Saeiko Tanaka, the savior of rhythm, has arrived. Ever since reading the manga, this is one scene I have been waiting to see animated. Her entrance, along with her group was a game-changer for Karasuno. Flutes and Teiko drums provided the team with a steady rhythm to match that of Inarizaki’s. She wouldn’t let the same mistake that happened during the Interhigh final.

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Daisho Suguru is the captain of the Nohebi Academy Volleyball team. For those of you who don’t know him, I suggest you watch him in the Haikyu Ova Riku vs. Kuu. His match with Nekoma was a deciding factor for their arrival in the nationals.

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Haruichi Furudate is a skilled author. He inculcates volleyball terms and rules into the story in a smooth narrative way. Suguru and his girlfriend are the ones who will narrate all that we need to know in the match and all the upcoming matches. This method of commentary is what makes Haikyu’s flow going and make it worthwhile to watch and read.

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As Hinata goes in for the service, to neutralize the effects of Inarizaki’s drumbeat, Karasuno’s cheer squad plays a soothing drum beat to help him out. It’s all just as I imagined. Perfection!!!

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Hinata uses his intuitive skills to position himself in the right place where the block has an opening. He goes to receive the ball, but it misses his hand and hits his leg and is still in play. He gets a bit embarrassed, but he tries to rectify his mistake and plays decoy, to pave a path for Captain Sawamura to spike the ball into Inarizaki’s court.

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It doesn’t waiver Inarizaki from their path not even a little. Inarizaki is a well-rounded team. They have players who play to perfection. Atsumu Miya was a setter who was called to the Japan Junior camp along with Kageyama. Every stance he takes before a set, and his double wielding of serves are something close to a miracle. Even Kagayama himself acknowledges this skill. The final blow to destroy Karasuno’s morale is being devised by Atsumu and Osamu Miya.

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Atsumu serves, Nishinoya lifts the ball, but it’s short and, Azumane can’t properly hit the ball. Inarizaki’s libero grabs the ball and, Atsumu Miya does something crazy. This scene sends literal chills down my spine. He sets the ball exactly the same way as Kageyama sets to Hinata. The weirdo-quick set is no more ‘special.’ Atsumu and Osamu Miya have synced and concocted something sinister to defeat Karasuno.

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How will Karasuno respond?
Will their morale be destroyed or, will they step up to the challenge and take away this advantage from Inarizaki?

Until next time. See ya!