As Sanji, Zoro, and Brook struggle to find the torso of their samurai friend, Kinemon; Luffy faces Caesar Clown in a battle of Paramecia vs. Logia. Caesar can't depend on his poisons, and Haki gives Luffy a powerful advantage. Inside the labs, Trafalgar Law lures Monet away so Chopper can investigate, but someone is hidden in the labs that Law is very much not happy to see.
It's nice to get a bit more battling that shows off Luffy's growth. We didn't get to really see the Luffy's armament haki in action. You really see how useful it is against a less corporeal logia devil fruit user. Even the poison Caesar depends on isn't nearly as useful after Luffy's clash with Magellan. I'm just not so sure that Luffy collapsed from the poison gas. It's far more likely he's fallen over from hunger.
I think having Smoker there could make for a good combo against Caesar in the end. Luffy has the haki, and Smoker has his jutte could weaken Caesar. That would just require the two working together. Not as unbelievable as one may believe.
The whole part that I find intriguing is the identity of this dark shadow that seems to know Law pretty well. The name Joker has been thrown around rather recently in this arc. I think good money would be put on him. The real question, why does Law collapse in pain with him near? We can't seem to have a story arc of ONE PIECE without at lease some level of flashback. Perhaps we'll be getting a glimpse of Law's past.
You know, I had actually forgotten that Sanji was after Kinemon's torso that had fallen into that lake. It was confusing at first to wonder why Sanji suddenly jumped into the lake. Why did he care about the fish? It didn't click with me until Sanji mentioned a torso. The only thing that saved this scene was the Nami bikini shot.
Color me curious about the identity of this shadowy figure, It's a plot that manga loves to use, and I don't think plays as well in anime. It's melodrama. Yeah, we want to know who this is and for Law to say his name, but when do people ever really say the name of the person they're screaming at. It's a really fun set up for the next chapter. Though, this ended on a very entertaining cliffhanger that we wont get answered for two weeks. Yep, ONE PIECE is on break. I almost went with a 3 out of 5 on this, but that seemed harsh to hold it back on that short lake scene. It's a good chapter that raises more questions than answers, but that's not a bad thing.
On the very day the movie PERSONA 4 THE ANIMATION -THE FACTOR OF HOPE- was released in Japan, rumors were spreading like fog across Inaba that after the credits there was a teaser trailer hinting at a PERSONA 3 Movie. The rumors were little more than word of mouth in forums or Twitter feed, but the green light on this project was confirmed to be true by ANN.
The clip shown after the movie was of the unnamed male protagonist of PERSONA 3 putting a gun to his own head and before making the announcement of the movie. Word is also that a calendar is shown flipping back in time to two years, the timeline for the P3 game. And that's about the long and short of it. The movie is either just starting production, or will be.You're going to find a lot of speculation over the net. For reasons beyond me, some even think this movie will be live-action. Given that the teaser was of an animated character, that seems like wild speculation and little else. This is a Japanese production. Not Hollywood.
It's more likely that this movie will be an abbreviated summary of the game's events, much in the same way the PERSONA 4 movie was an edited version of the P4 anime events.
The PEROSNA 3 game was originally a PS2 exclusive game, but it was re-released for the Sony PSP as PERSONA 3 PORTABLE. The updated PERSONA 3 FES RPG is currently available for download on PSN. Some the the P3 characters will also be appearing in the PERSONA 4 ARENA fighter for the PS3 and XBox 360.
I wanted to write my review of the latest ONE PIECE chapters much sooner, but the original translation that was available was god awful. It looked as if it was written by people who only had a rough idea of how to speak English. Then the rest of the week got busy.
Luffy has made his not so grand appearance right in the middle of the battle field of Smoker's G-5 and all the pseudo-minotaurs and he's out to kidnap Caesar Clown to help out Law's plot to take down the yet unnamed member of the Four Emperors. in the chaos of Luffy clashing with Tashigi/Smoker and Smoker/Tashigi, Caesar's pet monster Slime appears.
Oda really flexes his ability to entertain and explain exposition in this chapter. Explaining plot detailed to the audience can be a heavy task for any writer. You have to both entertain and inform. I have to image that's even more important in manga when you have a chapter once a week. As the fodder characters are running down what are obviously not the weaknesses of Slime, you can't touch it, can't cut it, and certainly don't set it on fire. Luffy brings the laughs as he fights with Tashigi in Smoker's body. He's easily the savior of this chapter. He's such a loveable dope who has no ability to read the situation. Just as Caesar is trying to play the role of the grand villain lording his superiority over the masses, Luffy puts him in a bear hug to catch him. It's the manga equivalent of playing AZURA'S WRATH and hitting the "Shut Him Up Button".
What wasn't talked about what that we can see that Luffy's Haki has developed to the point where he can now grab Smoker, even while in his less corporeal form. That's always been Smoker's biggest advantage against Luffy in a fight. A rematch between these two would be far less one sided than it's ever been.
For being such a grand master, Caesar is also kind of an idiot. You make this creature who can't be touched or set on fire, you go to such elaborate lengths and risks to not let your enemies know how to stop it, then he stands there and tells a an entire crowd how Slime doesn't like water. At lease when Luffy drops his weakness to enemies he's got the excuse of being a dope.
Oda, for some reason, is always so cruel to Tashigi. One of her biggest insecurities is that she feels weak, and over and again he has characters pointing that out to her face. We know she's become stronger since she was in Alabasta, but we've yet to really see any evidence of that. I just hope this is all a build up to something down the line for her.
This is not a stellar chapter by any means, but I got enough laughs out of this from Luffy goofing around. His sudden realization that Tashigi is actually Smoker is great. Law's mind switching ability has been a never ending source of entertainment for Luffy and the rest of us as readers. More character interaction and less Slime would have been welcome. This is a 3 out of 5 chapter, and I do look forward to next week.
How can you turn down free anime?!
The English anime distribution compant FUNimation has been offering the subtitled PANTY & STOCKING anime series for their paid Elite members for a few months now, and on July 10th they'll be releasing the dubbed version on DVD. Still, if you've been itching to know how this American inspired anime out of GAINAX sounds in English. FUNimation now has something nice for you.
Last week, FUNimation began hosting the first two English dubbed episodes of PANTY & STOCKING on their website for free and completely uncensored. You can watch these episodes on their website FUNimation Video HERE. Since this content is rates as mature, you may have to register an account with FUNimation first, but a standard account is free. I've watched these two full episodes, and it really seems as if they had some fun dubbing this anime.
The entire series is available for pre-order on both Rightstuf,com and Amazon.com. Rightstuf is offering a limited time gift for pre-orders of a replica Heaven Coin for pre-orders. It's a while supplies last kind of deal, so, get in on that while they're available.
Source: FUNiamtion HERE
It's started on June 9th of this year that a very limited release of a PERSONA 4 movie opened in Japan. The title is PERSONA 4 THE ANIMATION -THE FACTOR OF HOPE-. Now, understand that the term movie is a rather loose definition here. What is actually airing in only ten theaters across all of Japan is a 90 minute re-edit of the PERSONA 4 THE ANIMATION anime series, but will also include some new cuts of footage. It will also be including the as of yet un-aired 26th True End episode "No One is Alone".
The film's official website includes a list of the time of swag moviegoers will receive depending on the cost of their admission through advanced ticket sales. All attendees will be given a special PERSONA 4 sticker sheet that has art from the movie. The purchase of the ¥2,000 ($25 USD) advance ticket gets a movie poster adorned with a printed signature of Daisuke Namikawa, the voice actor for Yu Narukami. The ¥1,500 ($19 USD) advance ticket purchases receivea a set of two postcards adored with Persona 4 art work.
At the Tokyo's Shinjuku Wald 9 midnight showing, Daisuke Namikawa, Showtaro Morikubo, and Kappei Yamaguchi appeared for an onstage greeting. This screening priced at ¥3,000 ($37 USD) included a select airing of Persona 4 The Animation episodes after the movie.
PERSONA 4 THE ANIMATION is currently being hosted online by The Anime Network - HERE or HULU - HERE. Sentai Filmworks will also be distributing the series later this year on DVD and Blu-ray with a full English dub. Cast announcements still pending.
Since this movie has already started airing in Japan, there has been a lot of word of mouth that a trailer shown after the PERSONA 4 movie teased about a PERSONA 3 movie. It's hard to find much confirmation outside of random Twitter feed of movie goers, but everyone knows that audiences love to chat about what they just saw. Viewers of this teaser describe it as showing a calendar that slides backward a total two years to the very beginning of the PERSONA 3 game timeline, and an image of the P3 protagonist (nicknamed Kitaro in Japan) appears.
If these rumors turn out to hold some weight, we may finally be getting a real anime adaptation of the PERSONA 3 story. Not counting the PERSONA -TRINITY SOUL- that tried to act as a sequel to the game's events.