The sequel to the manga Aiki in which the genius martial artist, Kunitoshi Joukyuu, pursues ways in appeasing both his interest in having fun and restoring his body to its former peak condition before his father sealed his powers through weakening his physical capabilities. This time with Veronica and Akemi by his side, he gets an invitation by a former Karate Master and Japanese cuisine chef to head to America and deal with some mysterious organisation gathering martial artist.
Aiki tells the story of a certain martial artist, whom at the age of 16 was renowned as one of the worlds greatest martial artist, but his father, a legendary physician, feeling this talent was making his road too easy, sealed a large portion of his power away through weakening his physical capabilities in hopes that he would come to appreciate the power he once held. Now, with his father dead and martial artists seeking him out, Kunitoshi Joukyuu searches for a way to restore his body to its former optimum condition.
I finally came across this Legendary Pokémon as I worked to stopped Team Flare from accomplishing their questionable goals. I was tempted to use my only Master Ball I had, but I opted against that thought and instead drained Xerneas down into the red and proceeded to capture it with a Great Poké Ball. I am extremely excited I have finally come across the poster face of Pokémon X, been waiting for this encounter since I bought the game. Now that I have it, one of my other Pokémon which I am quite fond of has to be sidelined =( – ended up sidelining my Blaziken for now.
So his name is Kurokiba Ryou, what an exciting introduction to the type of cooking he stylizes in. I have to admit, Ryou is quite the badass character, he has an awesome character design and his personality shift when he wears his bandana around his head is a cool quirk he has. It was amusing seeing him talk back to Natsume in such a manner and ultimately prey on her concealed desires of lusting after his dish once she had the first few bites. Also establishing Ryou as having grown up on the battlefield of cooking really demonstrates what a dangerous man Ryou is within the current student year group of Tootsuki Academy.
Well that was an unusual start to a manhwa, but as ludicrously strange as it was, I found it quite humorous and enjoyable. Rather than push forward as a heavy action series, Dragon Recipe deviants from the norm and instead heavily utilises elements of humour and gags. While this start may not impress you with the action potential it may have in the future, it does instead charm you with its slapstick humour. The way it twists the “usual” way of handling the situation into something so absurd it is beyond hilarious – pulling a sword out of a rock, “undead” knights, “hunting” Dragons, battle scenes. Over the course of three chapters, Dragon Recipe has added a whole new dimension of ridiculousness to those common plot developments it utilised. I for one am quite intrigued about where this series will head, it has my attention.
Along with progressing through the story of Pokémon X through collecting my gym badges and thwarting Team Flare’s attempts to gather valuable resources in their possession, I have been playing the Pokémon Amie and Super Training features. Effectively Pokémon Amie lets players interact with their Pokémon using the 3DS’ touchscreen and camera, playing with them and giving them treats to strengthen their bonds, ultimately affecting the way the Pokémon acts during battle. I was curious how Pokémon would act during battles, so when I noticed one of my Pokémon with two Pokémon Amie hearts getting excited before a Pokémon battle began, I became even more curious about the Pokémon Amie feature.
Finally we get an official announcement for when the Fairy Tail anime is returning – April 2014. I for one cannot wait, I love the Fairy Tail anime and how it compliments the manga so enjoyably. The Fairy Tail anime achieves not only adapting the manga, but furthering and expanding on the enjoyment and love a Fairy Tail fan has for the series. Along with covering the story it takes the character interactions and gags so much further consequently making you love the characters and story more than you had before after reading the manga =D.
Well that was an epic chapter, fist-pumpingly, excitement-satisfyingly epic. Goodness, I can’t stop smiling. Just when I thought things were looking bad for Fairy Tail, Natsu, like a raging inferno, ignites the skies with his anger and rains molten fury down on Tartarus. An amazingly set-up entrance executed epically by Mashima-sensei, Natsu was such a badass this chapter. More relevantly though, we find out that the last surviving mage related to the seal on Face is Jellal.
The relationship between Soldier-san and Rebecca really is incredible, even if Rebecca doesn’t know that Soldier-san is her father yet, the love she holds for him feels like it extends way beyond the times they shared as if her subconscious is instinctively aware of their connection. Soldier-san ready to sacrifice his life for his daughter’s future and Rebecca ready to put her life on the life to protect Soldier-san. I cannot wait for the moment in which the two are able to reunite as father and daughter.
The hand that gives and the hand that receives, “heart” and “acceptance”, what an amazing chapter filled with symbolic meaning and themes. Excellent chapter for Naruto to end 2013 on.
I was not expecting the Shukaku and Gaara to be further fleshed out, so seeing them still develop in such a significant way, I was surprised and excited. That Suna Priest, who exactly is he and why do I get the feeling that he is connected to the Rikudou Sennin in a big way? His wisdom, those tears, and the inscriptions on his hand written by his master, the mystery surrounding his character makes me want to believe that he was Senju shinobi and knew Hagoromo Outsutsuki in some way. Having the story of the Suna Priest also link back to Gaara was amazing, I didn’t expect Gaara to continue being a relevant character this fight with Madara being so powerful, but a new door has opened in the story of the Jinchuuriki with the revelation of this Suna Priest.