This week’s episode was just what I needed. Episode 856 was pretty much all Luffy versus Katakuri. We got to see a few funny moments, but more importantly, we got to learn more about Katakuri.

 

This episode starts out with Luffy buried under a few tons of Mochi. Luffy escapes by eating his way out and then he delivered this hilarious line: “What’s with the pirate battles in this place?! I have to eat something every time to win?!” I couldn’t stop laughing.  Luffy then proceeded to run away and then he came back having lost lots of weight.

Meanwhile, Katakuri made his own little shrine to eat in. Some chefs brought him his donuts and tea. The fight with Luffy caused him to be 40 minutes late for his snack time though, so his tea got cold. The chefs were so sure they were going to be punished, but Katakuri was nice and calm and said he’d just have iced tea.

When Luffy bust into Katakuri’s shrine to continue the battle, we get our first look at Katakuri’s crazy looking mouth. Apparently, the scarf he wears over his mouth isn’t just for decoration — it’s to hide his mouth. He’s pretty self-conscious about it, that’s why he never lets anyone see him eat. Those poor chefs died for what they saw. It was pretty much all Luffy’s fault though; they weren’t trying to look.

After Katakuri had taken care of the Chefs, he turned his anger towards Luffy and the battle started again. This time Luffy actually managed to get in a solid hit on Katakuri. Then, all of a sudden, something clicks for Luffy and he says he figured out how Katakuri’s ability works. He goes Fourth Gear and proceeds to get to work.

I love that Luffy didn’t get beat up all that time for nothing and actually managed to learn something. I also like that he didn’t waste his Fourth Gear by fighting an opponent he hadn’t figured out how to defeat yet. I’m really looking forward to next week.

IRA 014 | Grancrest War


This is the 14th episode of the I’d Rather Anime Podcast! We talk about what anime we’ve seen in the last week like Black Clover, My Hero Academia, One Piece, Grancrest War and many more. Click on the play button above to start the podcast! Or if you prefer, you can find us wherever you listen to podcasts, just click here to add us to your favorite app! You could do other things, but we know you’d rather anime with us!

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Below, you’ll find links to all the anime we mentioned in the podcast.

  1. One Piece (855)
  2. My Hero Academia (63)
  3. Black Clover (51)
  4. Divine Gate
  5. Laughing Under the Clouds
  6. Record of Grancrest War
  7. Spiritpact
  8. Free! – Iwatobi Swim Club
  9. Junjo Romantica

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Another week and another One Piece Episode. This weeks episode was mostly just Luffy VS Katakuri. Katakuri said he wasn’t going to underestimate Luffy. Which was pretty cool because we got to see Katakuri use his devil fruit awakening. Much like how Doflamingo was able to turn the things around him into strings, Katakuri was able to turn the things around him and Luffy into Mochi. This ability allowed him to seemingly defeat Luffy by burying him underneath a mountain of mochi. We all know that Luffy will escape though.

We also got to see some of the other Big Mom pirates talk about Luffy and some of the other Straw Hats. They decided that they will no longer keep underestimating the Straw Hats. I felt like this was refreshing because the antagonist is always underestimating the main characters in anime. Now that the Big Mom Pirates have decided to go all out when the Straw Hats beat them everyone will know its just because they were better. I look forward to that.

Lastly, we got to see a brief scene with Grema 66. They beat all ten thousand of the soldiers that the Big Mom Pirates sent after them. They are truly superhuman. Which is something we already knew but to defeat ten thousand soldiers with four people is pretty crazy. The icing on the cake though is that they were able to use this unique ability to sound like one of their defeated enemies while on the transponder snail with the other Big Mom Pirates. They used this ability to make the Big Mom Pirates think they had beat Germa 66, and they also got an update on what’s going on with the Straw Hats. Who knows what they’ll do next but I’m looking forward to it.

IRA 013 | Legend in the Franxx


This is the 13th episode of the I’d Rather Anime Podcast! We talk about what anime we’ve seen in the last week like Black Clover, My Hero Academia, One Piece and many more. Click on the play button above to start the podcast! Or if you prefer, you can find us wherever you listen to podcasts, just click here to add us to your favorite app! You could do other things, but we know you’d rather anime with us!

Don’t forget to leave us a comment, telling us what you think about this episode of our podcast! If you have suggestions on anime that you’d like to hear us talk about next, let us know that too!

Below, you’ll find links to all the anime we mentioned in the podcast.

  1. One Piece (854)
  2. My Hero Academia (62)
  3. Black Clover (50)
  4. A Certain Magical Index
  5. A Certain Scientific Railgun
  6. A Certain Magical Index: The Miracle of Endymion
  7. The Royal Tutor
  8. Banana Fish
  9. Heroic Legend of Arslan
  10. Hellsing
  11. Shonen Maid
  12. Darling in the Franxx
  13. D. Gray-man
  14. Sakura Trick
  15. Yuri On Ice
  16. Love is Like a Cocktail (Recommended by Nathaniel the Otaku)

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Yuri!!! On Ice | 12 Episodes | DUB | VRV

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Final Verdict: I want more!

Yuri on Ice literally gave me all the feels I could possibly want. It had action. It had romance. It had a person who is over the age of 17 trying to find his place in the skating world and where he fits in. It had a lot of great characters. It had characters growing. It had awesome music and skating routines. It had so much goodness!

Defeat

First, there was the overall story. Yuri Katsuki is a professional ice skater who is in a bad slump after a pretty much epic fail in the Grand Prix Finals. He is on the verge of retiring when he returns home after graduating from college. Unsure of what to do, he goes to the skating rink to show an old friend a routine they’d watched together as kids of Viktor — the most popular men’s single ice skater. Her daughters record him doing the routine, the video goes viral, and soon Yuri has the Viktor he’s idolized since childhood as his skating coach. This shakes up the skating world and turns Yuri’s career and life on its head.

Yuri and Viktor 1

 

The show follows Yuri as he works hard to make a comeback in his ice skating career. We see him train to get back in shape, struggle to find his confidence, and improve by leaps and bounds — literally with his leaps and bounds on the ice. He has 3 routines that change ever so slightly from competition to competition. I thought at first that this would get boring, but I was absolutely wrong. By seeing the same routine, we see him improve so much! The mistakes he makes during the first performance change him, and his expressions and confidence in the routines change as well. The animation shows this, but with the added addition of hearing his inner thoughts while he skates and the crowd’s thoughts as they watch him, we really get a full picture. I also love that I could connect the routine to his outfits and I got excited to see what was going to happen. Was he going to nail all his jumps or was he going to flub it up?

Yuri Skate 1

My heart was honestly racing as I watched him on the ice, and I’ve never watched an anime that had me so into the story that way.

Yuri Skate 2

Aside from the action on the ice, we have the relationship between Yuri and Viktor off the ice. I really loved the love story between them as well. It wasn’t overnight or sudden really, it was always there and grew bigger throughout the episodes. It wasn’t something that overtook the anime though. This is a sports anime hands down, but you’d be hard-pressed to watch this and ignore their relationship. I’d go so far as to say it’s impossible. So if you’re not into boys kissing boys… this might not be the anime for you. There is only one actual kiss that we see, but there are a lot of other signals that hint that it wasn’t the only one.

Hug
I’m literally the kid over there freaking out.

There were also the other skaters. Normally in an anime like this, we wouldn’t know much about anyone else except for Yuri and Viktor, but we know the story of everyone in the anime. From his skating buddies, to his rival, to the friends he grew up with, to his ballet teacher. Everyone has a story, and knowing it, even if it’s just a little bit, helps to build the world that Yuri lives in and helps to feel connected to him. I think that connection is probably why my heart was racing for him on the ice.

Watch Me
“Watch me Viktor. Don’t take your eyes off me.” – Yuri Katsuki

If you’ve read any of my previous posts, you also know that I really appreciate an anime with older characters because there’s more to life than high school. This anime shows that really well. School doesn’t even factor in here and I think it’s accurate in a lot of ways. As a young person, Yuri felt absolutely deflated and at rock bottom after his epic defeat in the Grand Prix Finals. He questioned whether he was good enough to skate anymore at all or if he should just retire. He questioned how long he’d be able to skate since it’s so hard on his body, and at 23, he didn’t have much time left to skate competitively. He refers to himself as “a dime a dozen” skater certified by the association. He’s a real guy who acknowledges where he stands in the world and questions if he can realistically compete with the other great skaters he has to face. I like this because with him being older, he’s more mature in a lot of ways. So, we don’t get so many of the pointless emotional breakouts we sometimes get with younger characters.

Tie Grab

This anime was so good. It had a great story and was filled with interesting characters, just the right amount of romance, and a good amount of healthy competition. The skating routines are fun to watch and it’s easy to get caught up in this one. 100% worth the watch.


The Otaku Couple

Another week another episode down. Not a lot really happened during this week’s episode so this will probably be my shortest One Piece post over.

The episode starts out with Nami and the others finally destroying all of the mirrors on the ship like Luffy told them to at the beginning of the last episode. They break the other mirrors just in time because Brulee was about to send more flaming arrows their way.

They contact Luffy through a broken piece of mirror and tell him they broke all of the mirrors so the enemy can’t come and attack them, but that also means he doesn’t have a way to get back on the ship. Luffy says he’ll come up with a plan but Nami doesn’t believe him and comes up with a plan for him. She tells him to find a mirror to Cacao island since that’s where they will be meeting Sanji around 1 AM. Unfortunately, Brulee overhears this and tell her brother on the outside so now he is headed there with Big Mom.

Luffy starts getting beat up in the middle of talking to the crew about the plan. He doesn’t want his crew to worry so he covers his mouth so they can’t hear him crying out in pain. Even though it looks like Luffy is going to die here. When he finally manages to get a second to catch his breath he assures his crew that he’ll be on the island waiting for him. It was nice of Luffy not to want them to worry it shows that Luffy cares about his crew emotional well being. This shows an extra layer to Luffy’s character. Still, don’t know how he’s going to manage to win this fight though. I guess we’ll have to see next week.