Samurai Champloo 1-4

1 Tempestuous Temperaments

The wild, irreverent Mugen (Kazuya Nakai) and the reserved, principled Jin (Ginpei Sato) are slated to be executed by the corrupt town prefect. The episode rewinds to show the events leading up to their arrest. Mugen extorts a waitress named Fuu (Ayako Kawasumi) into paying him in food to fight thugs that bother her and one of the thug’s ends up being the prefect’s son. Meanwhile, Jin fights the prefect’s bodyguards when they attempt to bully a local peasant. Jin and Mugen end up fighting each other in the burning restaurant that Fuu works at before both end up being arrested. Fuu launches a plan to rescue them on the grounds that neither of them kill the other until they help her find a samurai that smells of sunflowers. Continue reading Samurai Champloo 1-4

Astonishing X-Men (Whedon/Cassaday Run)

Note: This is a review of the first four volumes of Astonishing X-Men (2004): Gifted, Dangerous, Torn, and Unstoppable.

Picking up after the events of The Dark Phoenix Saga, Astonishing X-Men attempts to bring the group back together into something that resembles a team. Cyclops and Emma Frost run the school supported by Beast while Wolverine and Kitty Pride return to the school with some amount of skepticism. Tensions rise between the group, but when an alien known as Ord shows up, the group is forced to work together. Continue reading Astonishing X-Men (Whedon/Cassaday Run)

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