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“Tokyo Ghoul” Season 2 Unveils New Cast Members and Character Designs

It was announced not too long ago that a second season for the anime adaptation of Sui Ishida’s “Tokyo Ghoul” manga will premiere on January 8 next year. Its first anime series concluded in Japan last September with a total of 12 episodes. The second season, Tokyo Ghoul √A (Root A), is scheduled to be aired on Tokyo MX which will also run for 12 episodes.

The official website of the anime recently revealed the additional cast members who will join Koji Yusa (Tatara), Maaya Sakamoto (Eto), Kazuhiko Inoue (Donato Porpora), Asami Seto (Akira Mado) and Takayuki Kondou (Take Hirano) who will reprise their roles together with the main cast and staff. Aoi Yūki  and Haruka Tomatsu will play the characters of the Yasuhisa twins, Kurona and Nashiro, respectively. Hiro Shimono, on the other hand, will dub Naki.

The website also updated its character designs for the protagonist in the story, Ken Kaneki.

©Sui Ishida/www.marv.jp/special/tokyoghoul

 

©Sui Ishida/www.marv.jp/special/tokyoghoul

The manga also concluded in September after its three-year run on Weekly Young Jump magazine. Sui Ishida, the creator of Tokyo Ghoul series, published a sequel just a month after the original story ended. Tokyo Ghoul: re began its serialization in October 2014. Another spin-off prequel story entitled Tokyo Ghoul: Jack is currently ongoing. It centers around the story of Kishou Arima, a Special Class Ghoul Investigator known as the CCG’s Reaper. The manga is published digitally by Shueisha in Jump Live magazine.

(via ANN)

20 Most Shocking Anime Deaths According to Fans (SPOILERS)

There is nothing more depressing than seeing your favorite anime character die in the series. So Charapedia asked 10,000 fans which among those anime deaths left the biggest impact, and the poll was completed last week. The results are as follows:

NOTE: SPOILERS AHEAD! 

Ranking VOTES CHARACTER ANIME
01 1325
Portgas D. Ace
ONE PIECE
02 932
Lelouch Lamperouge
Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion
03 831
Tomoe Mami
Magical Girl Madoka ☆ Magica
04 687
Raoh
Fist of the North Star
05 347
Edward Newgate/Whitebeard
ONE PIECE
06 331
Caesar A. Zeppeli
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure
07 329
Light Yagami
DEATH NOTE
08 303
Ito Makoto
School Days
09 297
Vegeta
Dragon Ball Z
10 281
Kamina
Gurren Lagann
11 275
Itachi Uchiha
NARUTO
12 267 Neji Hyuga NARUTO
13 217
Lockon Stratos
Mobile Suit Gundam 00
14 209
Jiraiya
NARUTO
15 208
Goku
Dragon Ball Z
16 206
Maes Hughes
FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST
17 195
Ito Kamotaro
Gintama
18 181
Okita Soji
Hakuouki series
19 171
Nagisa Kaworu
Neon Genesis Evangelion
20 169
Furukawa Nagisa
CLANNAD

A Journey to the Village Hidden in the Leaves

Contains SPOILERS: 

©Masashi Kishimoto

The moment Masashi Kishimoto announced that he was going to end the manga this month, I was utterly in shock. I thought I was already mentally and emotionally prepared for it. When rumors circulated online about the impending conclusion of Naruto, I decided to ready myself just in case the gossips become true. But even after it was officially announced by Kishimoto himself, I was still doubtful. My inner otaku refused to believe it. I just couldn’t accept the fact that the story that I had been tailing for the past couple of years would finally end. No. I just simply couldn’t acknowledge it.

But no matter how much I repudiated, the truth haunted me. And the moment I dreaded finally came. Chapters 699 and 700 were released simultaneously, signaling the inevitable end of my favorite manga. Upon reading 699, the emotions that I had been trying to repress from the past couple of weeks suddenly poured out. The previous chapters, which mainly depicted the struggle between Naruto and Sasuke, were just too much for me. The feelings I had when Sasuke finally acknowledged his defeat were beyond description. To be honest, I was actually upset with him when he declared a revolution against the Kage and the shinobi world. But putting into consideration all the miseries he had suffered, I couldn’t totally blame him for his actions. He was annoying, that is true. But I couldn’t just simply disregard the reasons why he chose to stay in darkness. And I was thankful to Naruto for saving his friend. For chasing him and knocking him unconscious until Sasuke finally realized the path he was trying to take. So when I saw Sasuke flashing a genuine smile to Naruto, my heart just leapt for joy. The tears he spilled were so precious. He had never shown such emotions to anyone other than Naruto. 

Chapter 699, I believe, was a far more suitable ending to this manga than 700. In 699, Team 7 finally reunited, and when Sakura and Kakashi arrived at the Valley of the End. I felt like I was with them, too. That was one of the things I had been waiting for all these years—to see the four of them together again.

©Masashi Kishimoto

©Masashi Kishimoto

The Infinite Tsukuyomi had been undone, and everyone was saved. It was just too unfortunate that Naruto and Sasuke lost one of their arms, but I think it was also very symbolic. The blood that gushed out of their severed arms was linked together, as if representing the strong bond that held them through their ventures. Kakashi became the sixth Hokage, and everything turned back to normal. Sasuke was pardoned for his previous sins, but he chose to continue traveling the world as he took his road to redemption. He flicked Sakura on her forehead, and that action was enough to melt my heart. I am not a big fan of any pairings, but I must admit that that scene was touching. But what’s even more touching was the last part where Naruto met Sasuke before the latter began his journey. He already returned Sasuke’s forehead protector that was left after their first big fight at the Valley of the End. That panel could have been the best ending for this series, as it provided a sense of closure between the rivalry and friendship of Naruto and Sasuke. The only missing part would be the inauguration of Naruto as the Hokage, which I thought would never happen since the trailers of the upcoming movie only showed Kakashi as the Hokage. I would totally flip out if Kishimoto didn’t let Naruto achieve his other dream that he also chased for the last 15 years.

That information was actually included in the final chapter. But that was the only thing I liked about 700. Personally, I would love it even more if the characters were only portrayed as adults, but WITHOUT ANY KIDS. I wished to see all of them supporting Naruto with his duties as the seventh Hokage, and Sasuke serving as his right-hand man and staying in the village for good. Now that they had finally acknowledged each other, it would be such a waste if Sasuke would just continue to wander somewhere. Besides, the other pairings seemed to be forcibly made up. How did Chouji and Karui end up together if (correct me if I’m wrong) they were not even shown conversing with each other in the previous episodes? There were a couple of plot holes here and there, and I also didn’t like the fact that Naruto and Sasuke didn’t seem to take care of their children as you would expect them to do considering the solitude lives they had when they were kids. (And LOL, Sarada actually resembles Karin more than Sakura.)

And speaking of Karin, a lot of other characters were not shown in the finale. Team Taka and Yamato (oh my poor Yamato!), for instance, did not exist in any panels. I pity Yamato since he had been gone throughout the most parts of the Fourth Shinobi War, and he was only briefly shown again after Infinite Tsukuyomi was dissolved. How great it would be if he was shown chatting together with Kakashi and Gai!

©Masashi Kishimoto

Yamato’s final appearance in 699 ©Masashi Kishimoto

Chapter 700 was probably just fine for most fans, and it was actually okay for me, too. I was only expecting it to be far better than that. After all, I didn’t wait every week for a new chapter for so many years to get a plain ending like that.

The only things I actually liked about this chapter are the following:

  • Naruto finally fulfilling his dream of becoming a Hokage.
  • Temari and Shikamaru with their son, Shikadai. I ship these two more than the other OTPs in the series. So their pairing is fine with me.
  • Sasuke with his Madara hairstyle. Nuff said.
  • Kakashi and Gai casually talking with each other. Just like the old times.
  • Everyone matured really well in terms of their physical appearance.

Aside from those, the whole chapter itself was nothing special, much to my disappointment. It didn’t reach my expectations. Chapter 699 would have been a better ending for the manga’s 15-year run. But I am not a critic or something. I am just a mere fan. And as a fan who grew up together with the characters in this series, I cannot convey my feelings now that it already concluded. I laughed at their antics and stupidity. I cried at their deaths and pain. I got annoyed and fell in love with each of them. I imagined myself living with them. I waited anxiously every week for what was going to happen next. I endured watching all the fillers in the anime. But now, I don’t have anything else to look forward to every week. And that thought makes me sad. It has been a long and rough journey, but it was worth reaching the end. After 15 years, Naruto, Sakura and Sasuke, together with their friends and other shinobi, have finally grown up. And I am proud to say that I grew up with them.

So I would like to extend my heartfelt gratitude to Masashi Kishimoto-sensei and to everyone who was behind the creation and production of Naruto. It has been a wonderful roller coaster ride, and I wouldn’t mind riding it again in the future. I am looking forward to the upcoming spin-off series next year. But for now, let me just reread the manga from the very start, だってばよ!

Uzumaki Naruto, as the seventh Hokage ©Masashi Kishimoto

Uzumaki Naruto, the seventh Hokage of Konoha ©Masashi Kishimoto

Naruto Chapter 700: Uzumaki Naruto!!! (ENDING)

=SPOILERS AHEAD!=

The last chapter is set a few years after the Fourth Shinobi War. Naruto and Sasuke successfully dissolved Infinite Tsukuyomi and saved everyone who was put under the genjutsu. The first page of chapter 700 takes us back to where everything started: Konoha.

The class of Aburame Shino has finished earlier than usual since a Gokage meeting will take place in the village later. Bolt (Boruto) plans to do a prank and he invites his classmates with him. However, Inojin and Shikadai refuse to come while Chouchou goes with Anko-sensei to eat some dango and anmitsu. He walks out of the academy and complains how no one came with him. He is unaware of his other classmate, Sarada who pursues him secretly.

© Masashi Kishimoto

L-R: Shikadai, Himawari, Inojin, Chouchou, Lee’s son, Kurenai’s daughter, Bolt, Sarada © Masashi Kishimoto

Hinata and her daughter Himawari visit the grave of Neji, while Rock Lee continues to train arduously and passes his belief in youth onto his (presumably) son. Tenten, on the other hand, establishes her own weapon’s shop, but her business doesn’t seem to be going well since the world has already become too peaceful. Gaara and Kankuro drop by Temari‘s house before the meeting and there, they see their nephew Shikadai who has just gone back home after the class. Kiba is shown chatting with Tamaki, who used to work with her grandmother Nekobaa. 

© Masashi Kishimoto

L-R: Hinata, Tenten, Shino, Chouji, Karui, Ino, Sai, Rock Lee, Shikamaru and Kiba © Masashi Kishimoto

Meanwhile, Sai, Ino, Chouji and Karui are waiting for the children to begin their training but upon seeing his mom’s fury for them being late, Inojin gets scared to come out especially without Shikadai and Chouchou. Kurenai‘s daughter informs her mother about her trip with Kakashi and Gai after she offers some prayers in Asuma’s altar. Kakashi visits Gai who is now on a wheelchair and tells him about the nostalgic tour that he plans to take after quitting his job as the sixth hokage.

Kakashi and Gai © Masashi Kishimoto

Kakashi and Gai © Masashi Kishimoto

The Fourth Raikage points out how Onoki, the Third Tsuchikage, has become weak over the years that they can’t even conduct their ex-kage meeting properly. The meeting, however, seems to be just a mere get-together of the former Kage where they simply drink and complain together. Tsunade tells Mei that it is already too late for her as the latter complains about the scarcity of nice men. Gyuki (Eight-tails) tells Killer B how busy Naruto is nowadays compared to him who is just playing around. He is thinking of visiting Naruto since he is bored.

The former Kage © Masashi Kishimoto

The former Kage conducting their own meeting © Masashi Kishimoto

Back to Konoha, Shikamaru informs the seventh Hokage about the meeting. However, before they can even leave, Udon and Moegi rush to the room and tell them about an emergency. The Hokage instantly understands the situation and he immediately goes to stop Bolt from ruining the Hokage Monument. He talks with his son and orders him to clean the mess. He explains his situation to his first child and tells him that he needs to endure it because he is also a ninja. They both climb down and Bolt is scolded by his teacher, Konohamaru.

Sarada returns home after stalking Bolt and she complains to her mother Sakura about how stupid guys are. Sakura instantly knows that she is referring to Bolt, but her daughter added that she feels like she resembles Bolt a little when it comes to their relationship with their fathers. It is shown that Sasuke continues to travel around the world.

Sasuke with his wife, Sakura and daughter, Sarada © Masashi Kishimoto

Sasuke with his wife, Sakura and daughter, Sarada © Masashi Kishimoto

The Gokage meeting has finally commenced, and the four leaders of each village are waiting for the arrival of the Hokage. The last Kage enters, and apologizes for being late. Kurotsuchi, the Fourth Tsuchikage and the Sixth Mizukage Chōjūrō both complain but Darui, who is now the Fifth Raikage tells the other two to just forgive him. Gaara signals everyone to stop with the personal chat and begin the summit. Uzumaki Naruto, who has finally achieved his dream of becoming the village’s Hokage, starts the  Gokage meeting, as Kurama is shown lazily napping somewhere in the village, and the page zooms to the statue of Naruto engraved in the Hokage Mountain.

© Masashi Kishimoto

© Masashi Kishimoto

© Masashi Kishimoto

=END=

Ten Most Heartbreaking Deaths in Naruto

The end of Naruto is drawing near, so before that happens, I decided to make my second list about Masashi Kishimoto‘s most popular manga. So here goes my top 10 saddest deaths in Naruto, just in time for All Soul’s Day.~

10. Chiyo and Sasori

Since they are related to each other, I decided to tie them together in the last spot. The background story about the two of them provided enough reason for me to be saddened by their deaths. Poor Sasori was killed by the puppets he created a long time ago that resembled his parents. He could have dodged the attack, but it seemed like he intentionally let himself be killed for some reason. Grandma Chiyo, on the other hand, sacrificed her life to revive Gaara who died after Shukaku was extracted from him. I would like to comfort myself by believing that Chiyo and her grandchild Sasori were reunited after their deaths.

“I’m the one who should have been killed.” -Chiyo

“Everyone, pray for Elder Chiyo.”

9. Neji Hyuga

Neji had been part of the story for a very long time, and when I heard that he would die, I expected it to be really heartbreaking. Well, it was…a little. I was quite disappointed because I thought there would be some flashbacks like with the other characters before. I feel like that episode didn’t pay enough tribute to Neji. Nonetheless, the fact that Neji is gone is sad enough, and no one else can fill that void in his team.

“Why would you go so far for me?” -Naruto to Neji

8. Hiruzen Sarutobi

This was taken from the first Naruto series. I really have a soft spot for old people, so when the Third Hokage died protecting Konoha from the hands of Orochimaru, you can just imagine how doleful I was. The funeral scene made it even worse.

“The Third didn’t die for nothing.”

7. Haru and Zabuza

You might wonder why they are only in number 7 when their death was one of the most sorrowful ones in the entire series. But you see, I was initially thinking to narrow down the list to those deaths in Shippuden only. However, I couldn’t just ignore these two especially when it cost me a few sheets of tissue back then when I watched that scene. Even the Demon of the Hidden Mist couldn’t hold back his tears as he lay beside Haru to be with him in the afterlife. I am starting to wonder. Perhaps Naruto’s emotions reach me close enough that I end up crying just like him in the anime.

“If possible, I want to go to the same place you’re going to.” -Zabuza to Haku

6. Asuma Sarutobi

Even though Asuma didn’t have a lot of screen time in the series, his death was woeful enough to affect me. The fact that he died right in front of his students was even worse. And do I even need to elaborate how his students, especially Shikamaru, mourned after his death? It was painful to watch, not to mention that he couldn’t even see Kurenai and their child.

“The smoke always makes…my eyes water.” – Shikamaru

5. Nagato, Yahiko and Konan (253)

These three died in separate instances but I decided to just count them all as one. After all, Yahiko, Nagato and Konan were good friends who grew up together to establish Akatsuki. Among them, I would say that Nagato “pained” me the most (no pun intended lol) perhaps because he played a much bigger role in the series compared to the other two. The last scene where Konan’s blood-soaked sheet of paper flew back to their old hideout pinched my heart.

4. Uchiha Obito

This guy had to die a couple of times in the series! The first one was when half of his body was crushed by a boulder. Well, he didn’t actually die there, though his speech back then was enough to bring his teammates to tears. A lot of things had happened to him since then, and he ended up being an ally to Uchiha Madara.

“I wish I had more time with everyone.”

*SPOILERS*

During the Fourth Shinobi War, he had to die again only to be revived later on to assist in the sealing of Kaguya Otsutsuki. Well, I’m just grateful that he at least managed to settle things with his friend Kakashi before he left the world to reunite with Rin. The poor guy finally got to rest peacefully.

3. Minato and Kushina

The love story between these two was only briefly shown in the series, but it left a good impression on me. The joyous expressions on their faces when they learned about Kushina’s pregnancy were short-lived when Uchiha Obito took out the kyuubi from her after she gave birth to Naruto. Namikaze Minato fulfilled his role as the Hokage by saving the village, but he had to give up his life for his family. And Kushina didn’t want him to shoulder the burden alone, as she also protected her newborn child from the nine-tailed fox. Both of them died at the same time, and I would be lying if I said that I didn’t shed some tears especially at the part where Kushina delivered her last words to Naruto. At least for some consolation, Naruto managed to reunite with his parents in the latter part of the story.

“I wish I could stay with you longer. I love you.” -Kushina to Naruto

2. Uchiha Itachi

Uchiha Itachi was, and will always be, my favorite Uchiha member. The guy was undeniably good in almost everything, not to mention his fine looks. He was a villain who perfectly portrayed his role as a ruthless murderer and traitor. Even then, I already liked his character. Then when the truth about Itachi was revealed, darn it. I just loved him even more. His death brought a lot of things to light and the reality behind his actions moved the audience to tears. The guy took all the blame and reproach by himself for the sake of the village and his younger brother. He died a heroic death, and if there is one thing I regret, that would be the fact that his heroism was never exposed to the public. And yes, he was reanimated later in the series only to make the fans cry once again as he bid farewell to his beloved brother, Sasuke.

“And no matter what you do from here on out, know this…I WILL LOVE YOU ALWAYS.”

1. Jiraiya

The previously mentioned deaths caused me sorrow or made me shed a tear or two, but with Jiraiya’s demise, I was extremely grief-stricken. He is one of my favorite characters in the series, and I felt affiliated with the bond he created with Naruto. All the flashbacks that were shown before he drew his last breath only aggravated my distress. I knew that his death was inevitable, with all the foreshadowing that was shown in the earlier episodes. (That part alone already constricted my heart.) My misery reached its peak when Naruto learned about the somber news. I was just thankful that I was watching that episode alone, because my family would surely get puzzled when they saw me crying in front of my  computer. And I blame Naruto and Tsunade for that.

“You fool…”

“I wanted him to keep watching over me.”

And I’m finally done with this list! This is the second list that I have made as a sort of tribute for Naruto before it ends on November 10. A lot of characters have died in the story, so it was really difficult for me to narrow them down to ten. If I were to include some runners-up in this list, that would be the deaths of Deidara, Inoichi, Shikaku and Rin. (Did I forget someone?)  However, I’m pretty certain that the loss of our favorite characters have somehow stirred our emotions. After all, even in the world of anime, death is an inevitable thing.

So, whose death pained you the most?

Tokyo Ghoul (Review)

You see, I only began reading the manga last week after I finished watching the anime. The last episode was a total cliffhanger so I decided to read the series especially when I found out that it already concluded. Be warned, though. This post contains some spoilers (if you haven’t read the manga yet) and some possible long rants lol.  Yosh! Let’s start!

The first few chapters of the manga reminded me of the scenes in the anime although I instantly recognized the parts that were a little bit altered. Since the first season of the anime was too short, I couldn’t completely connect with the characters that much. But with the manga, I was able to establish a more in-depth understanding of them, especially of the protagonist, Ken Kaneki. The story is definitely tragic and more than half of the scenes are vicious and gory. (Therefore, this manga is not for the fainthearted!) As you may probably know, the story revolves around ghouls devouring humans and the protagonist here unfortunately ended up being a hybrid after a ghoul’s organs were transplanted into his body after a certain incident. He tried to suppress it at first, but he eventually learned to embrace his new self after getting help from other ghouls at Anteiku. However, after he was kidnapped and tortured by Jason, Ken began to drastically change. From being a timid and frail teenager, he suddenly turned into an atrocious ghoul who sought more power to protect those around him. He faced a lot of enemies, including the CCGs and Aogiri members. And that was where the climax of the story began.

This is probably a given due to the nature of the story, but still, I must definitely give all the action scenes an A+! Browsing through the pages of each chapter kept me at the edge of my seat since almost all chapters contain grisly images of ghouls and human being severed into pieces. These parts would definitely look more awesome in the anime adaptation, so I’m extremely hoping for a second season!

While reading each volume, I also developed a sense of connection with the characters, especially with Kaneki and Amon. There were also quite a handful of surprises that left me astounded, confused and depressed. Most of the characters were given some brief background details that explained their stance in the latter part of the story. Take, for example, the case of Suzuya. When he first appeared in the story, I ultimately despised him. But toward the last chapter, I suddenly found myself sympathizing with him. The character development of most characters were distinctly written that they’d make you change your impression toward a certain individual. You could never be certain whether the character was a heroine or a villain.

I had no particular problems with the story so far. Well, not until I reached the climax. The battle between the CCG and Anteiku ghouls was probably the best fight in the series. It also clarified some questions about Yoshimura and the One-Eyed Owl but other than that, the last chapter was a disappointment for me. Disappointing in a way that the ending didn’t particularly clear a lot of issues. In fact, several questions remained unanswered. Ishida-sensei did give some hints about some issues but they were too implicit for me to comprehend since I could only make assumptions about the ending. The way Kaneki died looked plain to me. I was expecting a more intense fight between him and Arima. Kaneki’s death was definitely tragic, but also upsetting at the same time since he didn’t even manage to deliver a fatal blow to the investigator. Kishou Arima also didn’t have a lot of scenes in the manga. No background story was given and the only thing I know about him is that he’s exceptionally good and apathetic. ( I also read the spin-off manga about him but so far, nothing really significant has been revealed about Arima.) Questions about Uta and his group Pierrot still haunt me as well. The body of Amon wasn’t also shown though he was presumed to be dead. Same with Kaneki’s friend, Hide. And what happened to Hinami and Rize? You see, I have a lot of questions and I’m not sure if I just missed some important details while reading but I would only be satisfied if the announcement regarding Ishida-san’s “surprise” would be about a sequel.

So if I have to rate it, I’d probably give it 7 out of 10 points. The peak of the story was truly gripping but the end of the series left me discontented.

tsukiyama

This was like me after I finished reading the manga LOL

Naruto Chapter 695: Naruto and Sasuke Part 2

This chapter is basically about the battle between Naruto and Sasuke. There aren’t a lot of words spoken but you can still feel the bond between them. As they continue to fight each other, their memories of their childhood and their friendship as well as their struggles return. They share the same fate and the same pain, as they both grew up without their families. But Sasuke decides to lurk in darkness, while Naruto tries to bring him back to light. With his Susano’o, Sasuke fights Naruto in his tailed-beast mode.  They both seem to completely understand the reason why they have to battle each other. But Naruto has already vowed that he will not let Sasuke kill him, because he doesn’t want his best friend to be alone again. Dying is not an option for him, and there is no way he’d leave Sasuke in solitude just like before.

 

Naruto Chapter 695

 

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Argh. The countdown has definitely started. This is the first chapter that was released after the announcement regarding the end of the manga’s serialization was made. Somehow, I felt quite disappointed with all the panels that were wasted in the recent chapter. Kishimoto-sensei could have curtailed the part where the memories were shown to save more panels and used them instead for much more significant scenes. I mean, there are only a few more chapters left so we can’t afford to see the panels being used for some petty matters. But don’t get me wrong; I also drowned in their bromance here, so I wasn’t totally dismayed with last night’s chapter.

 I hope the next one would give us a more conclusive scenario not just about these two but also to the other characters as well. 

“Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends” – A Summary

***********SPOILERS************

The movie starts with a short backstory from Kenshin’s childhood. Hiko Seijuro found the little boy digging up graves for the corpses lying around him. (Those were the bodies of the slaves that were ambushed by bandits. The bandits were killed as well by Seijuro who saved Kenshin.) Seijuro renamed the boy from Shinta to Kenshin, which, according to him, was more fitting for a swordsman. He took him in and trained him for several years under his guidance and teachings.

The scene is cut and Himura Kenshin abruptly rises from his sleep after dreaming about his past. He goes outside and is surprised to see his former master, and there, the two of them updated each other about their lives after their separation. He pleads his master to teach him the ultimate technique of Hiten Mitsurugi-ryū to be able to defeat Shishio Makoto. After exchanging blows several times, Hiko Seijuro finally teaches Kenshin the succession technique after the latter realizes the significance of his life and his will to live. Right after that, Makimachi Misao arrives and assures Himura that Kaoru is alive while warning him about the government’s scheme. Ito Hirobumi, one of the prominent figures of the Meiji government, is coerced by Shishio to find Battousai and execute him in public. Hence, Himura Kenshin becomes the scapegoat of the government and declares him as a wanted criminal in Japan.

Kenshin goes back to Aoiya Inn with Misao and they find out that Okina is gone. The old member of Oniwaban group tries to stop Aoshi Shinomori for the last time despite the grave wounds on his frail body. Just as he clings on to Aoshi desperately, Kenshin arrives there together with Misao and the other Oniwabanshū member.  Aoshi finally meets him and they immediately start to duel. After the breathtaking fight, Kenshin emerges as the winner while Aoshi is left severely injured. Kenshin doesn’t kill him even though Okina instructed him to do so. Misao takes Aoshi to the inn and tends to his wound after mourning the death of the elder Okina.

Himura Kenshin’s duel with the leader of Oniwabanshu, Aoshi Shinomori.

Kenshin stops by the Kamiya dojo and chances upon Takani Megumi who is currently looking after the residence. However, the police officers arrive and arrest Kenshin who eventually surrenders himself to avoid further dispute. He is then brought before Ito and after he assures him that he can defeat Shishio, they both frame a plan to enable Kenshin to get closer to his enemy. Their idea is to pretend as if he will really be decapitated in public just like what Shishio wants. Kaoru, Yahiko and Sanosuke, who have no idea about the plan, all show up at the execution site. They immediately go there after Kaoru was confined to the hospital where she was brought by the fishermen who saved her. To everyone’s surprise, instead of getting beheaded, the executioner, who turns out to be Saito Hajime, severs the ropes that tie Kenshin. That instance, a battle ensues between the police officers and Shishio’s henchmen, including some members of Juppongatana. (Unfortunately though, the duel between Saito and Usui that we have all been looking forward to is reduced to a brief encounter where Saito easily cuts through Usui.) Sanosuke accompanies Kenshin on his way aboard the Rengoku (Shishio’s ironclad battleship) while Kaoru and Yahiko are left at the site.

(Taken from the official trailer of The Legend Ends)

Several police officers also get on the ship to provide aid and assistance to the other two. Sanosuke, on the other hand, comes across a fallen Buddhist monk named Anji and gets critically injured despite his victory against his enemy. Meanwhile, Seta Sojiro greets Kenshin and the two immediately begin fighting. Sojiro manages to be on par with him at first but is later put at a disadvantage when he gradually starts showing his emotions, enabling Kenshin to defeat him. Sojiro has lived by the rule of Shishio Makoto, where he believed that “the strong live and the weak die”, and after being beaten by the Battousai, he starts to question himself and the decisions he has made. Kenshin tells him to spend his life seeking for the truth to enlighten himself, and the parting words that he gives him cause Sojiro to become deranged and unstable.

Sojiro wails and clutches his hair after getting defeated by Kenshin and being told to seek the truth by himself.

As Kenshin wanders inside the ship, he is welcomed by Hoji and his Gatling gun. However, Hoji is stopped by Shishio Makoto, and the Juppongatana leader finally confronts his predecessor. And at long last, the battle between the two hitokiri commences.

From Warner Bros. PH FB Page

From Warner Bros. PH FB Page

At first, it is clearly apparent that Shishio is stronger than the Battousai, especially after that epic scene where he bites Kenshin on the shoulder and hurls him to the ground. That instance, Saito Hajime appears and Shishio fights him as well. His Gatotsu technique doesn’t seem to affect Makoto at all. In the middle of their duel, Sanosuke Sagara arrives and meddles in their fight but is also easily overpowered by the enemy. When both Saito and Sanosuke are cast aside, Shishio tries to attack Kenshin once again but is abruptly stopped by Aoshi Shinomori, who claims that he will be the one to defeat Kenshin. The four of them attack Shishio simultaneously while the latter flares his Mugenjin (Infinity Blade) which literally enables him to execute fire-oriented techniques. As the battle comes to its peak, only he and Kenshin remain on their feet, both exhausted from the gruelling combat. At one point, Shishio falls on his knees, and as Kenshin readies himself to deliver the final blow, Komagata Yumi, Shishio’s lover, stops Kenshin in his track. She pleads him to cease the fight since Shishio’s body can no longer withstand the abnormal rise of his body temperature. The doctor informed him earlier that he can only fight for a maximum of 15 minutes, since his sweat glands were burned and his body heat is higher than the normal level. And to Kenshin’s surprise, Shishio mercilessly pierces Yumi with his sword, impaling Kenshin in the process. He is utterly startled at how Shishio desires to kill him at any costs, even at the expense of Yumi’s life. However, Shishio refutes that she died happily knowing that she became of great use to his most important battle. He also asks the lifeless body of Yumi to wait for him in hell as he continues to fight Kenshin even if he already spits blood. Kenshin delivers his ultimate technique—the Amakakeru Ryū no Hirameki that his master Seijuro taught him. The technique proves to be extremely powerful as it slashes across Shishio’s body, which signals the end of their battle. After carrying Yumi’s body next to him, Shishio Makoto sends his farewell to his predecessor as his whole body combusts. His sinister laughter is heard while his body is surrounded by raging flames. Sanosuke supports Kenshin on their way to escape the collapsing battleship together with Aoshi and Saito.

As their boat reaches the shore, they are welcomed by Kaoru, Yahiko, Misao and Ito’s soldiers. Just as when they thought that Ito will still execute Kenshin even after knowing that he already defeated Shishio, Ito Hirobumi commands his soldiers to salute Himura Kenshin. Kamiya Kaoru then helps him walk and welcomes him home.

From https://www.facebook.com/warnerbrosphils?fref=photo

Photo Credit: Warner Bros. Philippines FB Page

Back at the Kamiya dojo, Kenshin is seen viewing the serene surroundings while sipping his tea. Sanosuke is cooking and Yahiko is practicing kenjutsu with the new students. Kaoru sees Kenshin and sits next to him as they chat. Kenshin then stands up and picks a maple leaf and hands it to her. The movie concludes with Kenshin’s roundabout-like-proposal to Kaoru, asking her to continue watching over the new age with him, as he successfully puts an end to Shishio but most importantly, to the legend of Hitokiri Battousai that existed within him. 

Hunter X Hunter Episode 148: Past x And x Future

Summary:

Gon reaches the top of the World Tree where his father is waiting for him. The two of them finally have a heart-to-heart conversation with each other after all the things they have been through. Ging reveals his intentions to Gon about his plan to explore the outside world and there, they discuss all the journeys they have taken as they reminisce their past. All the main characters in the series are shown pursuing their goals as each of them proceeds with their own lives. They are all walking a different path but the friendship that has blossomed among them will remain the same even in the future.

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I still can’t believe that this anime is already finished. Until now, I’m still fervently hoping that the producers and everyone behind the anime adaptation of this manga will continue to animate the next arc. (Now I’m not really sure but I heard that Yoshihiro Togashi put the manga in “hiatus” which explains the reason behind the finale of HxH. I haven’t read the manga yet but I will definitely check it one of these days.)

I have been watching this series since it was first shown in 1999. I was glad when I learned that a reboot was made so I have always kept my eye on the second anime adaptation since then. But when I found out that they are going to end the series with this arc, I was crestfallen. I was looking forward to seeing more episodes and I was kinda expecting to get to know the new characters in this season a bit more. Pariston and the other members of Zodiac seem to play important roles in the next story, though I have only a slight gist about the next arc. I feel sort of disappointed that Kurapika didn’t even get to reunite with the others for the last time. And what happened to Chrollo and the rest of Phantom Troupe? What about Hisoka? I’m so sorry. I have so many questions since I don’t read the manga but now that the anime is over, I guess I have no choice but to read it to find the answers to my own questions.

To sum it up, Hunter x Hunter is one of those anime that will forever be engraved in my memories. I have come to love and appreciate all the characters in the story, both the antagonists and the villains as well. I am especially more inclined toward Gon and Killua since they have been together from the first arc until the very last episode which showed how their friendship has grown much stronger throughout each scene. Seeing each of them go their separate ways at the end of the series somehow makes me sad. But I do know that the bonds and memories they have made together will always remain in my heart, as if I were really a part of their world.

Thank you Hunters. ‘Til our next meeting…

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(This was the only HxH artwork I’ve made so far.)

Naruto Chapter 692: Revolution!

SPOILERS

After Naruto bids farewell to his father Minato, all of the Kage vanish as each of them relays their final words to Naruto and his friends. The Hokage, in particular, entrust everything to them, especially to Naruto and Sasuke. As for the tailed beasts, they decide to go back to their homes since they are already free. Kurama, on the other hand, asks the Eight-tails about his plans. Gyuki responds that he will probably return to Bee as he has already gotten attached with him and his terrible rap. He then poses the same question to the Kyubi who remains silent. Hagoromo speaks up and informs the bijuu that they can communicate and set up a meeting place inside Naruto since he has bits of their chakra. He also appoints Kurama with the task of managing it, so he must remain inside his jinchuuriki. Kurama accepts the task without any second thoughts. (He just wants to stay inside Naruto, that’s why.) Hagoromo also asks Naruto and Sasuke if they changed their minds after the fight. Naruto states that his answer remains the same, although he realized even more how kindhearted his mom really was. And since Naruto and Sasuke successfully placed the seal, it should also dispel the Infinite Tsukuyomi without any problems. All that’s left is for Sasuke’s answer.

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Damn it, Sasuke.

And his first plan is to execute the five Kage that are still under the genjutsu. He decides that extracting his revenge by destruction would have been useless, so he has now changed his plans. He wants to become the Hokage and reform the entire Shinobi world through a revolution. Immediately after that, he casts all the tailed beasts under his control using his sharingan. With chibaku tensei, he seals the bijuu back, and before he gets totally contained in the sphere, Kurama pleads Naruto to help them. Naruto promises him that he will get them out of there soon no matter what.

Sasuke, on the other hand, implies that everyone who was in his way is now gone…everyone, except Naruto. Hagoromo laments and compares the turn out of events with the past situation of his sons. Naruto quickly objects with this and ascertains him that they will never end up like his sons Ashura and Indra, because…

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And that’s the story of how the fandom started its own revolution as well LOL. And let’s face it. Majority of us fans (yep, including me!) got really mad at Sasuke for declaring a revolution especially when the fight with Kaguya has just ended. Well, let’s just wait and see what is going to happen in the next chapter, and if Naruto will really be able to stop Sasuke. (I wonder what’s going to happen to Kakashi, though. I hope he will not die. The fact that there is no draft of him for the upcoming movie makes me really anxious.)

Well, what do you guys think of this chapter? Comment your reactions below!