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Shonen Showdown 7-30-2013

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The little voice in your head

Welcome to the latest installment of Shonen Showdown, the battle recap that sprang, fully-formed and grown, straight from the heads of its creators, just like Athena of Greek myth. Turns out that the whole process of that birth wasn't exactly elegant, as you can see above.

But hey, isn't it the results that matter? We've got them in spades, with the latest recaps of One Piece and Naruto to bring the premier mythmakers of Glorious Nippon to you!

Anime

Pedro Cortes

One Piece Episode 606

The Straw Hats go further into Caesar's lab while the Marines try to fight one of Vegapunk's dragons. The Marines are get stuck in a worse situation when the dragon leaves (to harass the Straw Hats, no less) and is replaced by Vergo. The crooked vice admiral starts mowing down the G-5 Marines. Tashigi is on the verge of death, but Sanji Sky-Walks in and kicks Vergo in the face. The music played while landing that kick? Amazing.

 

Josh Tolentino

Naruto Shippuden episode 322


Now there's the Naruto we know and love. THAT is where all the money went. Studio Pierrot's been spending all this filler-time husbanding its resources to make the battlefield debut of Madara Uchiha - the real one, hit like a double meteor, down to the literal double-meteor that plasters the poor Tsuchikage.

This latest episode shows off the advantage of animation as Madara chops his way through the ninja army like a refugee from Dynasty Warriors. Hell, for all the mayhem he causes, he'd be a shoo-in for a cameo role in Sengoku Basara.

Wow. Now that would be something to consider. Sengoku Basara 5 - now featuring JUMP all-stars!

[Watch balls meteors touch on Crunchyroll!] 

 

Manga

Pedro Cortes

One Piece Chapter 715

The C-Block battle royal continues, intruducing another set of fighters that will ultimately get their butts kicked. The only guy of import is a bounty hunger named Jean the Robber, as he manages to steal "Lucy's" helmet, nearly exposing Luffy to the masses at the coliseum. Don Qinjiao dashes at Luffy to attack, ending the chapter. Oh, and we're on break next week, so it'll be a bit before we can polish off this fight.

Josh Tolentino

Naruto chapter 640


After the developments of the last few chapters I worried that Obito would end up being morphed by his Jinchuriki transformation into the kind of mindless boss-monster creature that only really exists for the sub-characters to kill off-panel while the protagonists do one-on-one duels with the main antagonist (see: Yammy Rialgo from Bleach), but thankfully, this chapter shows the man pretty much just snapping out of that funk, and integrating into a Jinchuriki proper and the spitting image of the Sage of Six Paths, complete with Magatama motif and Shinto-Buddhist imagery:

Yeah, look at that guy. Jerk even turned his weird shadow-stigmata into a priest-staff.

That said, I think I may have lost the plot at this point regarding Obito's goal. After all, the original plan was for Madara to become the Ten-Tails' Jinchuriki, then reflect his eye off the moon and trap the world into a Matrix-like illusionary utopia. What's Obito going to do now that he's bogarted the ultimate weapon?

Now that most everyone seems to be in final-form mode, let's hope we get some much-needed exposition to move it all along towards the final conclusion.

 

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