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Grave of the Fireflies Review

Grave of the Fireflies Review

Grave of the Fireflies anime movie cover art
Grave of the Fireflies

A Look at War’s Effect on Civilians

Grave of the Fireflies (Hotaru no Haka / 火垂るの墓) is a Studio Ghibli movie about World War II from 1988. It actually released as a double feature with My Neighbor Totoro, which is wild. These two movies couldn’t be more different from each other.

Considering Grave of the Fireflies is a World War II movie, it should be pretty obvious that it’s not exactly “fun.” But, it’s made by Studio Ghibli, so it can’t be that depressing, right? Wrong. Unlike the majority of Ghibli movies, Grave of the Fireflies isn’t a kids’ movie.

Sure, kids can watch it and may enjoy it. But, if they do, I don’t think they’ll understand what it’s about. And, I have a hard time believing most kids would like this movie over the majority of other Ghibli movies. Even other, more serious Ghibli movies like Princess Mononoke are more kid-friendly.

Seita and Setsuko from the anime movie Grave of the Fireflies
Seita and Setsuko

Alright, so what’s the movie actually about beyond World War II in general? It’s about two kids who become war orphans. Their mother dies in a firebomb attack on the city of Kobe. And, their father is a member of the Japanese Navy.

At first, their aunt takes them in. But, over time, it becomes harder for her to care for the children. This is in part due to ever-shrinking food rations. And, it’s also in part due to Seita’s personality. Seita is the older child (14) and doesn’t seem to fully grasp the situation.

By the end of the movie, both Seita and his sister, Setsuko, have died of starvation and disease. That’s not a spoiler, though. The movie opens with Seita dying and us seeing Setsuko’s spirit pop out from her cremated remains. So, right from the start, the movie makes it clear what you’re getting yourself into.

Seita and Setsuko

The two main characters of the movie are Seita and Setsuko. Seita is a 14-year-old boy and Setsuko is a 4-year-old girl. Let’s start by going over Setsuko since her character is a lot simpler. It’s sort of difficult to have a complex 4-year-old.

Setsuko obviously doesn’t have a firm grasp on the situation. Her biggest concern is that their house burned down. She doesn’t understand things like the fact that they don’t know where their next meal will come from. And, for the majority of the movie, Seita also hides the fact that their mother died from her.

But, as long as Setsuko can be with her brother, she’s happy. The one thing she doesn’t want is for the two of them to be separated. And, that affects how Seita acts, to an extent. Everything Seita does is for Setsuko.

Seita giving Setsuko a fruit drop from the anime movie Grave of the Fireflies
Seita giving Setsuko a fruit drop

Alright, so Seita may do everything for Setsuko. But, he’s a 14-year-old kid who often makes the wrong decisions. Sure, he’s responsible in that he’s somewhat able to care for his sister. However, he’s incapable of thinking things through long-term. And, that has fatal consequences for both of them.

For example, after their aunt takes them in, Seita refuses to find work to help support the family. At 14, and especially during the war, he could easily find a job. But, Seita doesn’t get a job for a few reasons — which leads to him and Setsuko leaving their aunt’s house.

One reason for Seita’s refusal to work is that it would mean he’s away from Setsuko during the day. He doesn’t want to leave her alone. And, another reason is that he has the naive belief that his father will come back from the war and take care of them.

Comparison to In This Corner of the World

The obvious comparison to make when talking about Grave of the Fireflies is to In This Corner of the World. It’s another movie about how World War II affected civilians. But, it’s still a very different movie.

Grave of the Fireflies focuses on the impact the war had on children. Specifically, on how many adults turned their gaze away from children in need. And, this resulted in the deaths of many children. In This Corner of the World is more about civilians in general rather than children.

While I think both movies are very good. In This Corner of the World is better. It goes into many more aspects of life before and during the war. This lets us get a better understanding of the impact the war had on the average person.

Setsuko on a swing from the anime movie Grave of the Fireflies
Setsuko on a swing

Something else to think about is that Seita isn’t a very likable protagonist. Suzu is your average woman who’s trying to do her best throughout the war. She’s likable and someone you want to root for. Meanwhile, Seita is an entitled kid who never recognizes how his poor decisions led to his sister’s death.

I don’t want you to think that you should watch one of these two movies over the other, though. They both have their merits. In This Corner of the World is better if you want an overall look at the war. But, Grave of the Fireflies shines a light on the forgotten victims.

Yes, many of those who die in war are killed by bombs and other weapons. However, even more people tend to die from “mundane” things like disease and famine. That’s what Grave of the Fireflies is really about. And, it does a great job of illustrating how prevalent that is — especially with the opening scene.

Final Thoughts

Grave of the Fireflies is an 8/10. I highly recommend everyone watch it — especially anyone who’s a fan of In This Corner of the World. And, fans of Grave of the Fireflies should likewise watch that movie, too. These kinds of movies are important.

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One Piece Episode 1094 Review

One Piece Episode 1094 Review

The Mystery Deepens!

The mystery surrounding Bonney’s father (Kuma) deepens in One Piece Episode 1094. Bonney still insists that Kuma is her father — she doesn’t say adoptive father. But, it also still seems like that isn’t quite accurate for a few reasons I’ll get into.

First, it’s said that the reason Vegapunk was interested in Kuma was his unique physique. Do we know if Kuma is something other than a “normal” human? To me, this implies that’s the case — like how the Long Arm Tribe is different. And, if that’s the case and Bonney is his child, why doesn’t she look like him?

Second, Bonney doesn’t seem to have all the information about Kuma that some others do — like Jinbe. Jinbe points out that Kuma was an evil king of the Sorbet Kingdom who got expelled by his citizens. Bonney’s reaction to that was simply that Kuma wasn’t evil.

Bonney (child) wielding a lightsaber from the anime series One Piece Episode 1094
Bonney (child) wielding a lightsaber

Why is this evidence? Bonney didn’t argue that Kuma wasn’t a king expelled from his kingdom. But, she also didn’t give any indication that she knows more about that backstory. Is it World Government propaganda? Was she born after it happened? Or, is it that she only met Kuma afterward and so doesn’t know?

Additionally, the end of the episode drops a huge bombshell. Apparently, Shaka Vegapunk is in contact with Dragon of the revolutionary army. That’s a big deal for a few reasons. Vegapunk works for the World Government and, therefore, the World Nobles.

But, more importantly, it means that what happened to Kuma isn’t so clear-cut anymore. If Vegapunk has a connection to Dragon, does that mean Kuma did, in fact, volunteer to become a cyborg? It’s hard to imagine Vegapunk forcing this on Kuma if he’s actually an ally of the Revolutionary Army.

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Everyone Else Gets New Outfits

Luffy, Jinbe, and Chopper got their new outfits for the Egghead arc in Episode 1093. Now, it’s time for the next batch of Straw Hat crew members to get theirs. That means Nami, Robin, Usopp, Sanji, and Franky.

Zoro and Brook haven’t gotten their new outfits yet because they opted to stay aboard the Sunny. If anything goes wrong on the island, they’re going to be the ones to swoop in and save everyone else. Oh, and Caribou is with them because he’s still stowing away on the ship.

Anyway, what are my thoughts on the new outfits? Well, my first thought is that this outfit somehow increased Nami’s bust size even more. I guess it’s padded. However, of the girls’ outfits, I like Robin’s more. I wish Robin’s had more going on below the waist. But, it’s still pretty good.

Robin wearing her new outfit for the Egghead arc from the anime series One Piece Episode 1094
Robin wearing her new outfit for the Egghead arc

Surprisingly, I actually like Bonney’s outfit more than both Nami’s and Robin’s. I like the purple of Bonney’s outfit more, and I like that hers comes with thigh-highs. If Robin’s outfit had those, it would be much better than it currently is.

As for the guys’ outfits, Usopp’s is pretty boring — as is Sanji’s. But, I kind of like Franky’s. I wasn’t too big of a fan of his when I saw it in the OP. However, now that I’ve actually seen it in an episode, I like it more. But, for now, I’m going to say that Jinbe’s is my favorite male outfit.

I’ll have to wait and see what I think of Zoro’s and Brook’s once we see them in an episode. It’s going to be hard to top Jinbe’s, though. And, I wonder if any other characters we already know will show up with new outfits.

Egghead Labophase

After changing into their new outfits, the second group of Straw Hats followed Lilith to the Labophase. This is the upper part of the island where the real secret experiments happen. It’s where Shaka seems to be located. And, it’s where the Seraphim are stored.

Before Episode 1094, we had seen two of the Seraphim. There was one that was clearly based on Boa Hancock. And, there was another that I suspect was based on Mihawk. Now, we’ve seen a third Seraphim that’s based on Jinbe. So, the fact that the Seraphim come from the Warlords is pretty much confirmed.

With that said, I have a feeling that there will not be a Buggy Seraphim. Mihawk makes sense since his Seraphim appears to have his sword skills. And, based on the stance Jinbe’s Seraphim took, I assume Jinbe’s Seraphim knows fish-man karate. But, what would Buggy bring to the table as a Seraphim?

The Jinbe Seraphim from the anime series One Piece Episode 1094
The Jinbe Seraphim

I suppose you could make the same argument about Boa’s Seraphim. Boa’s a strong pirate, for sure. However, the majority of her strength comes from her devil fruit ability. Unless the Seraphim can replicate that (this is unclear), a Boa Seraphim doesn’t make much sense.

I’d imagine that we’re going to see more of what the Seraphim are capable of in the next episode. Or, maybe we’ll just learn more about how Vegapunk made them. Though, that seems pretty clear already. He used their DNA and King’s DNA to make Lunarian hybrids.

Do you think Jinbe is stronger than the Jinbe Seraphim? This Seraphim can likely shoot lasers like the others. And it is part Lunarian, so should be sturdier than the real Jinbe. But, something tells me that Jinbe could still win. Of course, I have no evidence to back that claim up.

Final Thoughts

What do you think of One Piece Episode 1094? If Kuma’s a former king and Bonney is his daughter, is Bonney a former princess? That kind of sounds familiar, but I’m not sure. Which new Straw Hat outfit is your favorite, so far? And, do you think Jinbe could beat his Seraphim clone?

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Solo Leveling Episode 8 Review

Solo Leveling Episode 8 Review

Five Major Guilds

Solo Leveling Episode 5 explains the role the Hunter guilds play in society. And, this was kind of the most interesting part of the episode. This series is extremely slow. It feels like nothing much happens in the majority of the episodes.

Anyway, the top five guilds in Korea are the Hunters Guild, the Fame Guild, the White Tiger Guild, the Reaper Guild, and the Knights Guild. As far as I know, this is their ranking, with the Hunters Guild being the largest. But, regardless of ranking, they’re all large.

From my understanding, these five pretty much have a monopoly. There are smaller guilds around. But, if you want to be a successful Hunter, you should join one of these five. They have all the money and wield all the political power.

Emblems of the top five Hunter guilds in Korea from the anime series Solo Leveling Episode 8
Emblems of the top five Hunter guilds in Korea

The government manages access to the gates that appear throughout the country. So, the large guilds are able to use their money and influence to lobby for that access. And, once a guild gets the rights to a particular gate, they’re the ones who choose which Hunters can enter. This is why it’s beneficial to be part of a large guild.

Let’s also not forget how important the resources found within the gates are. This is the reason the guilds want access to the gates. They can extract the resources, sell them, and turn a profit. And, this is why a company like Yoojin Construction wants to launch a guild of its own.

Why let the current top guilds continue their monopoly? With its current resources, Yoojin Construction hopes to form a guild that can rival the best. And once they do, they’ll be able to make even more money – because the rich always want to get richer.

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Returning to Jeju Island

Way back in Episode 1, we saw a failed raid on Jeju Island, where a high-ranked gate opened up. The fact that this raid was a failure is pretty surprising considering who was involved. There were a lot of Hunters, including many high-ranking Hunters from the top guilds.

Jongin Choi, the guild master of the Hunters Guild, is one of the Hunters who was on the island that day. And, he plans to return with an even larger, better-prepared force. But, to do that, he needs the five major guilds to agree to work together.

This is where Yoojin Construction’s new guild comes in. It’s threatening this goal by trying to poach high-ranking Hunters from the top guilds. If these Hunters join Yoojin Construction, it’s less likely that they’ll take part in the raid. There’s no guarantee that this new guild will want to work with the old guard.

Jongin Choi from the anime series Solo Leveling Episode 8
Jongin Choi

The whole point of Yuujin Construction’s guild is to steal profit from the other guilds. Working with the other guilds kind of goes against that. And, since profit is most important, Jeju Island’s gate might not be worth it.

Why would Yoojin Construction bother with such a dangerous gate? If they fail to conquer it, it’s a waste of money and manpower. The other guilds, however, have an incentive to clear the Jeju Island gate — revenge. They have their pride as Hunters. They can’t leave that gate alone because it’s a reminder of their previous failure.

But, how dangerous do you think the Jeju Island gate is compared to the Demon Castle dungeon? Do you think it’s even more dangerous? If that’s the case, I guess the Demon Castle dungeon won’t be the final dungeon of the series. I wonder what the reward for clearing Jeju Island is.

Dungeon Raiding with Convicts

At the end of Episode 8, most of the survivors of the double dungeon reunite. They’ve answered an emergency summons to take on a D-Rank dungeon. But, there are only five of them. So, who will the other three Hunters in their squad be? Convicts.

I don’t know about you, but, to me, that seems like a pretty bad idea. I’m not saying that convicts shouldn’t be able to work with non-convicts. But, there are certain situations in which this feels like an unnecessary risk. For example, this exact situation.

We already know that “what happens in the gates stays in the gates.” So, why is the government sending convicts into a gate with law-abiding citizens? Well, the reason is that there’s currently a shortage of Hunters. And, the government believes that these convicts won’t pose a risk to the others for two reasons.

Taeshik Kang from the anime series Solo Leveling Episode 8
Taeshik Kang

First, these are C-Rank convicts with a B-Rank handler, Taeshik Kang. If anything goes wrong, the idea is that the handler should be able to take care of all three of them. But, the government doesn’t expect that the handler will have to intervene. Why? Because it’s in the best interest of the convicts to not cause problems.

These convicts are working as Hunters in order to earn early release. If they complete their jobs without incident, they’ll get out of prison earlier. So, why would they cause problems? Well, that’s nice thinking. But, these particular convicts don’t exactly seem like stand-up guys.

On top of that, I’m not sure why it’s even necessary to use the convicts in this situation. I get that you need a team of 8 to enter a dungeon. But, if the B-Rank handler is stronger than all three C-Rank convicts combined — why not just send the handler?

Final Thoughts

What do you think of Solo Leveling Episode 8? Do you agree that the pacing of this series is too slow — especially with a recap episode last week? Do you think the Jeju Island gate or the Demon Castle dungeon is more dangerous? And, would you want to raid a gate with convicts?

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Frieren: Beyond Journey’s End Episode 25 Review

Frieren: Beyond Journey’s End Episode 25 Review

Mythical Era Monster: Spiegel

We learn a bit more about the dungeon in Frieren: Beyond Journey’s End Episode 25. For example, it now appears to be confirmed that a mythical-era monster lies at the bottom. This monster is the Spiegel.

I believe we first heard about the Spiegel in Episode 24. It might have been slightly before then. But, regardless of when it was, it was said to be sort of like the Einsam Frieren and Fern fought in Episode 5. If you don’t remember, Einsam are monsters that create illusions of the dead.

But, how is the Spiegel, which creates replicas of those who enter the dungeon, similar to an Einsam? The similarity isn’t in what they create. It’s in how they extract information from the minds of their targets. This is how the Spiegel is able to create perfect replicas.

The Spiegel at the bottom of the Tomb of the Ruined King from the anime series Frieren: Beyond Journey's End Episode 25
The Spiegel at the bottom of the Tomb of the Ruined King

In this episode, we also learn that the Spiegel itself is pretty weak. If the mages can defeat the replicas and make their way into the treasure chamber, they should win. The replicas are the only way the Spiegel can attack them. And, they technically don’t even need to defeat the replicas.

But, in order to get into the treasure chamber, they’re going to need to at least defeat Frieren’s replica. Her replica cast a spell on the door barring entry unless she’s defeated. Unfortunately, the other replicas are going to show up soon, too. They’ll be converging on the mages in the lowest part of the dungeon.

How do we know this? Lawine has insider information. Her brother was a member of an advanced party sent to explore the dungeon. From that expedition, we know the Spiegel’s strategy is to surround the intruders in the dungeon’s depths.

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Conquering Dungeons with the Hero’s Party

As we already know, Frieren enjoys exploring dungeons. She likes finding magic items, and it reminds her of the time she spent with the Hero’s Party. But, exploring dungeons isn’t the only thing Frieren likes about them.

According to Frieren, the Hero’s Party is the party with the record for the most dungeon clears. It’s too bad she didn’t say how many dungeons they cleared or how many the party in second place has cleared. But, at the very least, we know that Frieren has a lot of experience in this.

From all that experience in conquering dungeons comes her love of planning for raids. Frieren enjoys planning out how to take down a dungeon boss just as much as she loves finding magic items.

That’s something I can relate to. I like planning out how to beat hard content in games more than the act of actually beating the hard content.

Himmel, Eisen, and Frieren fighting a dungeon boss from the anime series Frieren: Beyond Journey's End Episode 25
Himmel, Eisen, and Frieren fighting a dungeon boss

In the end, the mages come up with a pretty simple plan for conquering the Tomb of the Ruined King. Frieren and Fern are going to fight Frieren’s replica on their own. And, while they’re doing that, the rest of the mages in their group are going to hold off the other replicas.

Remember, according to Lawine’s intel, the other replicas are on their way. They’re heading into the depths of the dungeon to trap the mages there and finish them off.

How are Frieren and Fern going to defeat Frieren’s replica, though? Frieren’s going to fight it head-on and keep it distracted. Then, when Fern sees an opening, she’s going to hit it with a blast of Zoltraak. Frieren (and her replica) has a very specific vulnerability that this plan should be able to exploit.

The Mage to Kill Frieren

After the death of Flamme, Frieren returned to give a message to Serie. Flamme wanted to tell her that the kingdom was going to legalize the study of magic. And, she wanted Serie to be the one to teach the imperial court mages.

Serie, however, doesn’t have the same view of magic as Flamme did. Flamme wanted magic to be something that everyone could enjoy. But, Serie believes that magic should be special. She doesn’t want to teach magic to anyone she deems unworthy. So, she declines this request.

On the flip side, I guess Serie has no problem teaching magic to those she does deem worthy. If that wasn’t the case, why would she offer to teach a spell to anyone who becomes a first-class mage? And, this also explains why the first-class mages gatekeep this position — Serie wants it that way.

Frieren and Serie meeting after Flamme's death from the anime series Frieren: Beyond Journey's End Episode 25
Frieren and Serie meeting after Flamme’s death

Anyway, at this last meeting between Frieren and Serie, Serie makes a prediction. Since they’re now entering the age of human mages, there are only two ways for Frieren to die. Well, I guess other than living out her natural life.

Serie predicts that either the demon king or a human mage will kill Frieren. And, since the Hero’s Party defeated the demon king, that only leaves one option. But, is Serie’s prediction going to turn out to be right? Technically, yes — even though Frieren is going to survive.

I seriously doubt Frieren’s going to be killed at any point. However, Fern is going to kill Frieren’s replica, which has all the same spells and skill as the real Frieren. So, in that regard, Serie’s prediction turned out to be right. But, we should also keep in mind that Fern isn’t acting on her own here.

Final Thoughts

What do you think of Frieren: Beyond Journey’s End Episode 25? Do you think the Spiegel is literally the purple crystal we saw in this episode? How many dungeons do you think the Hero’s party conquered? And, will Frieren tell Serie that her prediction about a human killing her turned out to be correct?

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Chained Soldier Episode 9 Review

Chained Soldier Episode 9 Review

Wholesome Rewards

Over the past two episodes of Chained Soldier, Yuuki received some wholesome rewards. In Episode 9, he picked up Kyouka like a princess and got a kiss from her. That’s pretty cute if you ask me. And, in Episode 8, he got a kiss on the cheek from the adorable Nei-senpai.

These rewards are quite different from some of the other rewards we’ve seen Yuuki receive. You know, things like bathing with Kyouka and Himari or having Kyouka sit on his face. So, here’s my question to you. Do you prefer these wholesome rewards over the dirty ones?

I’m not sure which I prefer. I like the wholesome rewards. But, at the same time, the dirty rewards are a major part of the series. Like, I don’t think the series would be very popular without them. I know I certainly wouldn’t be as interested in it.

Yuuki kissing Kyouka while carrying her from the anime series Chained Soldier Episode 9
Yuuki kissing Kyouka while carrying her

But, something I was thinking about while watching Episode 9 is that there needs to be a balance. The wholesome content is what makes me get invested in the characters. I’ve liked Shushu from the start because she has a crush on Yuuki. And I liked Himari and Tenka a lot more once we saw their cuter sides.

However, if there’s no ecchi content, Chained Soldier isn’t all that exciting. I could watch plenty of other anime if I want good action and romance. The ecchi content is what makes this series more unique.

Now, there was some ecchi content in this episode. We got to see Coco licking Yuuki all over. But, that wasn’t quite the same as some of the previous ecchi content in the series. First of all, it wasn’t uncensored. And second of all, it didn’t tie into Yuuki’s fantasies, which is important.

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Humanoid Shuuki Are People Too

We got to see a pretty different side of the humanoid Shuuki in Episode 9. The fact that they’re sentient and have personalities is nothing new. Even Yuuki’s sister still being herself despite her current appearance isn’t new. But, we hadn’t yet gotten to see them acting like humans.

Things like Aoba and Coco wrestling and laughing together are what’s new. Or, the other, unnamed humanoid Shuuki going about their daily lives in the village. When we see things like that, it illustrates that the humanoid Shuuki are still people.

And, Aoba points out something very important. The Shuuki that Yuuki and the MDF usually fight are 100% monsters. However, the humanoid Shuuki were all humans at one point. They know what it means to be human. And, they probably still have human family members who are missing them.

Naon Yuno (and Coco Zenibako) from the anime series Chained Soldier Episode 9
Naon Yuno (and Coco Zenibako)

Considering all of this, it’s no wonder that Yuuki believes there’s a path to peace. The Commander in Chief of the MDF wants to set up a meeting between both sides. So, if the humanoid Shuuki are still human to an extent, they should be able to find common ground.

Unfortunately, that doesn’t seem possible right now. Aoba, Naon, and Coco reject meeting with the MDF and declare that they’re going to continue to fight. I’ll get into why I think this is their stance in the next section. But, I want to point out that I still believe that there will be peace in the end.

Yuuki’s the bridge between the two sides. The girls of the MDF like him, so he has a decent amount of sway there. All the humanoid Shuuki like Aoba, so she similarly has sway in her domain. And since they’re siblings, they should be able to work things out.

Peace Was Never an Option

Okay, so why isn’t peace an option (currently)? We don’t know for sure just yet. But, we can infer some things from what little the humanoid Shuuki said. In particular, what Aoba said. And, the first thing is that they view the MDF as their enemy.

There was nothing said about humanity being the enemy of the humanoid Shuuki. At least, not from these three. Some of the other humanoid Shuuki might not agree with that. But, it’s specifically the MDF that Aoba, Naon, and Coco have an issue with.

So, what did the MDF do to them? As far as we know, nothing. After all, the MDF only recently learned of the existence of humanoid Shuuki. At least, as far as we know. It’s possible that the higher-ups already knew. And, it’s possible that they did something to the humanoid Shuuki in the past.

Naon, Aoba, and Coco from the anime series Chained Soldier Episode 9
Naon, Aoba, and Coco

What could they have done? Did they commit humanoid Shuuki genocide? Again, it’s possible. But, something else Aoba says seems to imply something different. She says that the reason the humanoid Shuuki look the way they do is due to the Mato Peaches.

However, we also learn that Aoba never ate a Mato Peach — at least not when Yuuki knew her as a human. So, did she decide to start eating them once she arrived in Mato? Did she have to in order to survive after the Mato incident that took her away?

Or, was the MDF responsible for her disappearance and current situation? Did they kidnap and experiment on her? I’m going to predict that’s the case. I’m predicting that the humanoid Shuuki were created against their will by the MDF. And, I predict that only those at the very top know about this. It’s a conspiracy.

Final Thoughts

What do you think about Chained Soldier Episode 9? Do you prefer the wholesome or ecchi rewards Yuuki gets? How do you think one becomes a humanoid Shuuki? And, why do you think they view the MDF as their enemies despite a proposed peace agreement?

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