AURA FACTION: Story 7 / SWITCHBLADE: The HIRANO Sisters

Aura Faction Story 7

WARNING: The following written material that you’re about to read may contain acts of violence, graphic language, and sexual content (and the latter is especially present in this entry). This is meant only for MATURE AUDIENCES. Reader Discretion is advised.

PREVIOUSLY (or here’s the tl;dr version) ON: AFaction

OK, technically this story doesn’t recall the events of the last story but they do have a mention in here. It just has something to do with the very last few minutes of it…. Well, that one part in the last paragraph before it ended.

Anyway, and now into the story.

Out in the dark streets of the Hybrid Society, we see two Hybrid girls walking their way to catch a cab on their way home. “Dammit, I knew we should’ve taken an earlier ride.” Then we see two threatening-looking guys making their way towards them. “Hmmm…what are you girls doing at this place at this time of night? Shouldn’t your boyfriends be around to protect you?”

“I don’t have a boyfriend.” One of them exclaimed, “And even if I did, he wouldn’t order me around like a dog and unless you’re waiting for a cab, you should get lost.” The other one didn’t say much but she really wanted them to move on and not cause harm to her. “Well, enough about you. Who’s your friend right here?” She didn’t really want to say anything due to her shyness. “Come on, baby, it’s rude to not speak to a man when he’s speaking to you.”

“You know it’s rude to pester somebody to speaking like that.” As she told them. “And it’s definitely rude for you to act like she’s your pet or anything.”

“Whatever.” As he pushed the girl aside and him and his friend went to corner the other girl as it looks like they’re going to do something to her.

While that’s happening, there’s two people on top of a building behind the neon ‘Maribell’ sign; one with a sniper rifle and one with an arrow a bow. “So….baby sis….you think we should execute them now?”

“Risa, we need to be patient.” The other sister said. “We can’t just start shooting people like it’s nothing. It has to be the perfect timing.”

“The guy looks like he’s about to manhandle her. I say shoot the shit out of him!” Risa said. Then it really escalated when one of the guys pulled out a switchblade and the girl tried to jump on him but she was easily thrown in the corner with her friend as both guys are going to have their way with them. “Well, I tried being nice and now…” One of them unzipped his pants and just whipped it out.

“Nyoko, we need to shoot!! NOW!!!!” Risa screamed at her. “I need a clear shot!” Nyoko said, “One of the girls is in the way! I don’t want to shoot them!”

“I TAKE CARE OF IT!!” Risa shouted as she makes the first shot at one of the guys and just like that, she made the shot at one of the guys and then Nyoko went and shot the other guy in the torso and in his junk. So much blood came from them, the girls’ screamed bloody horror as it happen and ran away from the sight and then the police arrived at the scene. “Oh shit, we got to go! RISA!!” Nyoko shouted as she and Risa made their way out, without leaving anything behind.

“Attention, all officers. Attention, we reported a shooting and killing at the intersection of Depina Road and Walker Alley. I repeat, murder on intersection of Depina Road and Walker Alley. Assistance is needed. Might want to call the Faction on this.”AuraFaction7

Minutes later, The Faction made their way into the crime scene to examine the murder with Rail Guard leading the investigation. “Damn, this is a mess right here.” And then he checked where they were shot at. “Oh GOD!!! Really? Right there in his balls? I swear, man.” Then arriving on the scene with him are Leon and Cyan.

“OK, rookies.” Rail said to the both of them, “This is clearly a case of murder as you can tell. A fucked up case but still.”

“Anything we need to inspect?” Cyan said.

“Hopefully something that doesn’t involve their balls.” Leon said. While investigating the bodies, Loyuka went to talk to the witnesses as they explain what happened. “All we was doing was just waiting for a cab then those guys showed up and acted like assholes to us and then we…..I mean, they were annoying but no one deserve that shit.” Loyuka then tried to calm them down by offering them some water and said, “OK. Everything is going to be fine, miss. I’m sure the killers are not after you or your friend. But I will give you my card in case you need any future help.”

“Thank you, Miss…um…”

“Oh, it’s Zaki. Loyuka Zaki.”

“Thank you, Miss Zaki.” The girl said as she went with the other officers for something.

Soon, Cyan went to look at the arrow into one of the guy’s chest and see if that can be a clue to who might be the assassin’s. “Hey, Rail…..we need to examine the DNA in the arrow. See on who it might belong to once we get it to forensics.”

“But won’t it being covered in blood and gore messes up the DNA?” Rail said, “We can see where these arrows come from. Get the manuf—“

“Manufacturer on the phone and see who they sold it too.” As Cyan concluded his sentence, “But what makes you think they might reveal it?” But then Leon took a look at the bullet shells from the shot and puts them in a bag for evidence. “Well, no doubt these are sniper bullets. But they can be any type of bullet from a rifle.”

“HEY!!!” one guy said on the radio wave. “We found something!!”

 


“FUCK!!!!” As Risa said back at their hideout when she suddenly realize one fatal mistake she made. “Oh, fuck!! Oh, shit!!”

“What? What happened?” Nyoko questioned.

“My arrow set!! My damn arrow set!!” Risa screamed. “What about it?”

“I LEFT THEM AT THE MARIBELL BUILDING!! GODDAMMIT!! I thought I got everything out of there! Not one fucking thing out of place.”

“Well, you’re the one that had to get all of them when I told you to get what we needed.” Nyoko said. “You can’t take every piece of ammo into a mission. That’s called overkill!!”

“Said the girl with a rifle bigger than her tits.” Risa said under her breath.

“Excuse me!?” Nyoko angrily said pointing a gun towards Risa. “Look, we got no time to argue or for you to point guns at me!” Risa said, “Right now, the cops are probably looking for us and we need to jet out of here fast.”

“You don’t think I know that!?” Nyoko said, as she checks for any signs of police at the window. “This is practically the third time this week you screwed up on a mission and look where it gotten us now. You know, ever since those riots—“

“WHOA!! For one thing, that hasn’t changed me and second of all, I’m more of an efficient assassin than your ass could be.” While Risa is still arguing with Nyoko, a bunch of special Faction forces with the local police are entered the building looking for the duo and they were making sure not to attract any attention from anyone. Nyoko went to check on any whereabouts and as she was about to head back, she spotted an officer about three doors down and that’s when they had to move.

“Move your ass, RISA!!!” Nyoko screamed, “THEY FOUND US!!!”

“Shit!!” As soon a cavalcade of law enforcement came busting in the door but Risa threw some smoke screen grenades and escape through the window and made their way out of there on the rooftop. “Oh fuck!! They found us!! Oh, SHIT!!! I told you that this was bound to happen!!!”

“My god, will you shut the fuck up about that!!” Risa screamed at her.

They kept running and avoiding shots from them but the sisters get their backup pistols to shoot back at them.

“In case you forgot, we got better things to worry about!!!” The sisters kept evading from the cops as they kept shooting back and trying to grab the girls by jumping on them but most of the time Nyoko pokes them in the eye and Risa just kneed them in the groin as they keep running into them in various corners. “Dammit, they’re everywhere!!” Risa said, “Where are we going to hide with every cop in sight of the city?”

It was a few blocks of running and dodging hits that they found somewhere to lose the cops. “OK, we should be good here until the heat dies down.” Risa said.

“Yeah, hopefully.” Nyoko said, “I’m pretty sure no one’s going to find us here.” But see that the place is starting to come apart and may not need to stay there too long. “Well, hopefully, it isn’t for long. I’m gonna freshen up for a bit.”

Nyoko then went to the bathroom but before she can do whatever she’s doing, she spots a red light at the mirror and is puzzled at what she’s saying and then she turns around and sees a Faction member trying to grab her and she ends up screaming her ass out. “AAHHH!! RISA!!! HELP, WE NEED TO—“ But both were too late as the Faction shown here, guns and all, aimed at them. “Yeah, they got you, too?” Risa sarcastically said as they were slammed against the ground, “Don’t move, bitches!! You’re under arrest!!”

“YEAH!! I get it after y’all showing up with the guns!!” Risa shouted loudly. “You didn’t have to beat us for that!!”


 

As the morning rises at the Faction, all the girls and Leon were meeting with Jin & Jiro to confirm their assignments for today. “We got ourselves a double dose of shit for us to do today. One of them involves us investigating more into Ramsey harder than before and we got this other case with these two Hybrid assassins we arrested and are in for questioning about a murder that happened yesterday.” She preceded to hand them their case file numbers and Jiro continued from her and said, “OK, here’s the gist. Since Barrett, Garret & Zaki were investigating the case of the Hybrid assassins, they would get this one while Argento, Miayama & Lyles work on Ramsey. Got any questions?”

No one said anything about that and soon they were dismissed. However, Loyuka went to Seiki and said, “Hey, Seiki, you got a minute?”

“Yeah, sure.” Seiki said to her, “What’s up?”

“Well, it’s been only a day since that whole thing with Tomoki and Cassie and I was wondering—“

“You were wondering if I would keep my eye on them and out of trouble.” Seiki guessed. “And I guess with you doing the same thing with Cyan, too, huh?”

“It looks like it. She’s really pissed at them for that stunt they pulled with Kai and MAK. Hell, Kai and Cyan aren’t even on speaking terms with each other and they’re usually inseparable.” Loyuka said. “Tell me about it.” Seiki said, “There’s no telling where this shit could keep going at this point.”

“Yeah, good thing MAK gets out of his coma today. Hopefully, that might help with something today.”

 

Later on, members of the Royal Hybrid League are interrogating Risa about the shooting.

“If it isn’t world’s greatest super-save-A-Hybrid service known as The Faction.” And that was the first thing to come out of Risa’s mouth in her snarky yet cold voice. ”Too busy trying to maintain your so-called peace with us and the humans? Because it worked out SO WELL as of recently.”

“Well, aren’t you a bitch in the morning, Risa?” Chrome Hybrid said.

“I got smack down by Faction motherfuckers in the face and I think one of them played grabby ass on me. I think I have a reason to be a bitch, especially to you.” She said without a flinch while drinking a glass of water. Then Rail Guard came into the room with a big file on Risa and Nyoko. “Here they are. Two of the fastest guns in this side of the Hybrid Society.”

“You must be the infamous Rail Guard of the famous Royal Hybrid League, I presume?”

“And I see, you are Risa Hirano of the Hybrid Assassins duo The Hirano Sisters, you being the oldest sister and your best weapon being a bow and arrow with poison darts whereas your little sister Nyoko is an expert shooter.”

“Wow, that’s a lot of exposition you just dumped out of there. You wanna make sure the audience can keep up?”

“Ha ha ha ha! Go fuck yourself.” Chrome said. “I believe that’s you all night every night.” As Risa snapped back at him. “And to believe you actually wanted both of us to be in this damn group when you damn sure know that I will never join the ranks among you amateurs.”

“Like the Faction would even take your ass in.” Rail said. “I doubt if they’ll need someone like you.”

 

Meanwhile, Loyuka, Leon & Cyan were interrogating Nyoko for some answers. “Look, I’m just going to tell you the truth. Yeah, we killed those guys but yet they were going to do something to those girls. We couldn’t risk anything happening to them. It would’ve been the fourth time this week if we didn’t came to the rescue.”

Cyan said, “If you were trying to do the civil thing, why didn’t you report it to—“

“WHAT? The cops?”

“No. Us. We know the local police is mostly a joke.” Cyan said. “We would but……we really don’t have much trust in the justice system as of late.” Nyoko said. “Even if we try to be civil citizens, they will still be those who attack people like us, every day and every night and no amount of calling you guys is gonna make any process. Whether they are human or even Hybrid, my sister and I got no chance but to do this.”

Loyuka then had to say her part about this, “I……do get your point. You want to protect your own since none of the regular law enforcement will. I get that with lots of people turning into that lifestyle. But I assure you, The Faction will always be there for Hybrid beings everywhere.”

“Look……um….”

“Ms. Zaki.”

“Ms. Zaki, I appreciate you trying to understand how I feel and people like you got good intentions….but that’s the way it is.” Nyoko said. “Besides, I tried talking that to Risa once and that didn’t go so well. If you think I don’t trust the law, Risa definitely hates it with a passion.”

“By hate it, you mean—“As Leon said.

“I mean, hate with a fire in her belly.” Nyoko said. “Also violent. Which reminds me, you should check on her in the other room.”

“Why?” Cyan said.


 

In the other room, Risa is throwing stuff at Chrome and Rail following that Faction crack. “Oh please, the Faction would actually be considered more of a threat than some joke!! Same goes to the Royal Hybrid League!!”

“Oh please, at least we’re professionals!!” Rail Guard said, “Unlike you leaving your arrow at the scene of the crime and you call us a joke?”

“A FUCKING SIMPLE MISTAKE!! I did that one time—“

“More like three from what we heard from your sister!!” Chrome said, “You know, the smarter one of you two!!” And that’s when Risa just went off and attacked them in the room, beating Chrome’s head to the desk and grabbing and choking Rail to the window. “OW……HELP!!…..US!!!…..SHIT!!” And mainly that’s what Rail was shouting the whole time while getting his ass kicked.

Leon then barged in the room, “Whoa- Whoa- Whoa-WHOA!! The hell is going on?”

“YOU WANT SOME, TOO?” Risa said and as he proceed to hit Leon, he quickly turn into metal and the punch hurt her more than it did him. “OW!!!! Ow, shit!! What the—Hell are you made out of? Adamantium?”

“Well, you know, I’m a hybrid…like you.” Leon said as he change back into his normal form.

“A hybrid….like me?” Risa said. “Yeah right. Why is a hybrid like you doing here? You’re one of those that believe you can change everything about this city? The way people feel about hybrids and there’ll be a peace?”

“Um…..what do you take me for? A Lifetime Original Movie?” Leon said. “And what the hell’s your problem with the Faction?”

“The hell is my problem with the Fac—MY PROBLEM WITH THE FACTION IS THIS!! You’re nothing but a bunch of glorified cops that does worse work than the already shitty police!! You think you’re not them but in the end, you’re exactly alike….VERY ALIKE!!!” However, Leon took a pause to think about that and he said, “Last time I checked, we don’t harass or just blindly shoot motherfuckers out of nowhere and another thing, what we do isn’t just for glory. You think you had a rough life? You think you’re the only fucking hybrid being to feel like this? Listen, bitch, you don’t have–” Then Cyan just shown up to find them in this predicament. “OK, what the hell happened here?”

“Nothing happened.” Risa said, “Just a disagreement between me, him and those guys.” Then she took a good look at Cyan while she is seeing if Leon is alright and Risa is starting to get the gist between them. “Oh……now I see why you join the Faction.”

Both of them looked confused at that remark and then Risa had to say this crass remark at them. “You want to fuck your human partner, don’t you?”

“What?” Both of them shouted. “What you’re getting at?” Cyan said.

“I’m getting that the both of you want to fuck each other’s brains out but you’re both too chicken shit to reveal it.” Risa said, “That’s all.” Once again, both Leon and Cyan paused for a minute, and felt a bit uncomfortable after that. “What? Something got your tongue?”

As that happened, Loyuka was busy in the other room chatting with Nyoko about random things but then Nyoko brought out an interesting question to her attention, “So…..Miss Zaki, about the Faction and all…. don’t tell Risa this but I might be interested in joining you.”

“Really?” Loyuka seems oddly surprised yet she wasn’t exactly buying it whole-sell. “Why you want to join us if you didn’t believe we can do our jobs?”

“Well, that’s more Risa than me. I don’t trust the system but with you….I’m hoping it’ll change around and your team does sound legit and believable.” Nyoko said, “And I don’t mean to sound like I’m sucking up or coming on to you……but you seem cute. Hell, you’re more than cute. You’re gorgeous.”

Loyuka began to blush at that remark. “OK…Well, thanks, Nyoko. That’s very sweet of you.”

“And I mean it.” Nyoko said. “You are very attractive and anybody in this state, let alone the world would be lucky to have you.”

“Yeah…..too bad I don’t have anybody.” As Loyuka said in that lament. “But who knows? I might get someone like that someday, I might not. Although I kinda don’t care at this point.”

“You sure?” Nyoko said, “I think they might be someone for you somewhere. Hell, it could be somewhere in here. Someone that’s actually cl—“, But Nyoko was interrupted by a sudden shout.

“OH, COME ON!!” A loud Risa shouted from the other room. “Anybody with a pulse can guess you two wanted to screw each other’s brains out.” And mainly, Leon and Cyan are really trying hard to ignore her but she won’t shut up about it. Leon tried to drown it out with music and Cyan pretended that someone was calling her on her phone. “I can be even louder!!! And I know you played your ringtone on your phone!!”

“Oh, God.” Nyoko said as she felt embarrassed for what Risa did. “And who’s this girl?” Risa said, meaning Loyuka. “Let me guess? You’re one of those girls that’s married to the job because you basically got nothing else going for you.”

“RISA!!” Nyoko angrily shouted.

“I’m guessing that your sister isn’t really that fond of my friends nor me.” Loyuka said.

“Wait, Ms. Zaki, my sister is just stupid, that’s all.” As Nyoko tries to explain themselves. “WHOA!! I don’t need to explain myself to the Faction of all places.” But then Nyoko grabbed Risa by the collar and said with her teeth clenched. “LOOK! I’m trying to get us to walk out of here and you are blowing it for us!! LET ME TALK THIS TIME, DAMMIT!!”

“Um, Nyoko?” Loyuka said, “You know I can hear you right?” And at the moment, Nyoko is mostly white ghost embarrassed. “And also if you’re worried about going to prison, you’re not. Both of you are free to go whenever you want. I thought with Nyoko wanting to join the Faction, she wanted to talk more about it.” Again, Nyoko freaked out because Risa didn’t exactly know that yet.

“I’m sorry but who wanted to join the Faction again?” Risa asked, “Nyoko? YOU!?!? You can’t be serious about this shit!” Nyoko remained silent and it just gotten into uncomfortable silence from her.

“MEEP!” Nyoko squeaked out as she awkwardly left the room.


 

In the distant Isles of the Hybrid Society, Ramsey is keeping himself out of the public view by hiding in one of his large apartment buildings. There, we see some goons along with Ensign Lye training with the punching bag (and her using them as punching bags sometimes) and Hiroyuki getting himself some coffee. “So, Ramsey, we got any news about who are you tagging?”

“No.” Ramsey said in a gravelly voice. “I haven’t found shit on them and yet I can’t concentrate on this. It’s like something just clouded my mood as of now.” Then Ramsey thought about it more and it just came to them that it was the day that completely changed his life. “Oh, fuck……oh, god…it’s the day I have always dreaded. That goddamn day….the day that made me…….made me…..hate……” He kept hesitating on saying it. “Them. The Hybrids. These creatures….those animals…..all of them will eventually die at my hands.”

Hiroyuki get what he was talking about. “Oh……you mean that day?”

“What day?” Ensign said, “What the boss talking about?” And as that moment, we see a little fly on the wall was watching the conversation at hand. “I guess you don’t know much about Ramsey’s past, especially involving… his family.”

“Wait, he has a family?” Ensign said.

“HE HAS A FAMILY!?!” And that repeated line came from Cassie, who are operating the digital fly on the wall while Tomoki and Seiki was researching more on him. “He had a family.” As Hiroyuki continued his talk, “Yeah, the Ramsey you see before isn’t always this angry and dissatisfied with the world. He had a great job with good benefits along with his loving and beautiful wife Misaki and his 12-year-old son Shiro. But……”

“But what?” both Ensign and Cassie said.

“It all happened two years ago……”

(FLASHBACK- Italic text means Hiroyuki is narrating)

“Coren, honey, we’re going to be late!” Misaki said, “The show starts in 15 minutes!!”

“I’m coming, I’m coming!!” Coren as he was coming out of the room and Shiro was running towards her. “Mom, I’m ready!”

“Alright, Shiro! I’m right outside.” As Misaki was about to get in the car, there was someone stalking them at the bushes and as soon as she turned around, he grabbed Misaki and held her at gunpoint. “Don’t move, bitch!!” Her blood-curdled scream was enough for Coren to quickly come to her rescue but now the prowler had two guns, one on her and Shiro as well.

“DAD!!!” He screamed as he was frozen with fear.

“Shut up, you little shit!! Or I’ll blast your mother first!!” As he screamed at him with malice.

Coren tried to keep him calm and under pressure so he wouldn’t do anything rash but unfortunately, the end result was for the worse as Shiro got a little freaked out and the prowler shot him, causing Misaki to run at him but then as he tried to shoot at her, Coren threw a big rock at him but he went and shot Coren in the leg and it was all too late for Misaki as she ended up running but then he transported in front of her and she ended up getting shot in the neck as she bled from her jugular. The prowler escaped throughout the night and left Coren in a pool of his wife and kid’s blood.

3 months have passed since the murder and the prowler….his name was Lenny Carlson, a Hybrid being who was a petty thief and he was put up on trial for the murder of Misaki and Shiro Ramsey and he only gotten 6 months in prison. Ramsey was not pleased at that as after the 6 months were up, Carlson went back to robbing local stores.

He was only majorly pissed at Mayor Letchin for letting him out in that amount of time that he even went to trash his office with a brick. “You fucking asshole!! You stupid fuck!!!” He screamed at him while bodyguards were trying to subdue him. “I KNEW I SHOULD’VE VOTED FOR CORDERMAN!!! AT LEAST HE WOULD’VE FRIED THE BASTARD!!”

Letchin then replied with, “Mr. Ramsey, I see why you’re upset about this and we tried to bring him to justice and we did it in a way—“

“IN A WAY WHERE HE’S BACK ON THE STREETS DOING THE SAME SHIT?!? My wife and kid has been dead for almost a year now. I cried myself to sleep every night replaying the incident in my head!! I thought I could’ve saved them but I FAILED!!”

“Mr. Ramsey, I said it before that I am very sorry about what happened to you and I would’ve got more justice upon him but sadly, we didn’t prevail.” As Letchin said to him but then Ramsey retorted with, “I have any things to describe my anger and one of them is that it wasn’t just a mere human that killed them. It was a Hybrid being. He…….just zapped in front of her and then…..” He grew angrier and angrier by the minute as he stormed off the offices and said to himself, “He’s gonna fucking pay!!”

He wanted Carlson to suffer for what he did to his family and in his mind, he was coming up with something diabolical.

It was one night as Carlson was in the streets escaping from the convenience store as Koreans was chasing him with the shotgun but he managed to make a clean getaway……or that’s what he thought as the next minute, a hooded man stabbed Carlson in the neck. (And yes, Ensign, the place where Misaki was shot at.)

“Remember me? Remember me, you piece of shit!!! Remember the face of the man who you’re your life like you took everything for me, you goatfucker bitch!! Soon, Hybrids like you will know that using your powers for such devious bullshit will get you in a world of pain….a world of suffering. Just like you put me in when you shot my wife and kid!!” He even stabbed him so deep in his torso, the blood was just pouring out of him. “FUCK YOU AND FUCK THE HYBRIDS!! Because of people like you, they will pay the price for abusing their powers!” Carlson’s body was dragged into the street and it was hung in the middle of the intersection with a sign that says, “This could be you, HYBRIDS!”

(END FLASHBACK)

“And there you have it.” Hiroyuki said. “There’s your backstory on Ramsey.” Yet Ensign and even Cassie seemed puzzled about how he ended the story right there. “My god, no wonder why he’s pissed at them.”

“Oh shit….” Cassie said in a shocked state. “We are seriously in some deep trouble with him. I mean…..I feel sick and so distraught.”

“Um, Cass…..” Seiki cumbersomely said. “Why the hell are you acting like that?”

“Did you find some new info on Ramsey?” Tomoki said. “Yeah, I’ve found some things about him.” Cassie said, “And now that I think about it, I got access to further info about Ramsey if we hack into his systems.”

“Nice.” Both of them said. “But we’re going to need more than a simple fly on the wall.”


(Crosstalk – Bold – Nyoko and Risa; Normal –  Loyuka, Leon & Cyan )

“WHAT!?!?!” Leon and Cyan said to Loyuka.

“You want to join the Faction?” Risa said to Nyoko, “Why in the flying hell you would want to join that group of brain-dead morons?”

“I don’t think she’s a brain-dead morons.” Loyuka said, “I see Nyoko and her skills being put to use on our side. I can tell in her heart that she wants to protect Hybrid beings like we do.”

“The Faction are a bit like us in their own little restrained way? Nyoko said. “They do want to protect everyone – humans and hybrids—why can’t you see it that way?”

“Nyoko……” Risa said in a condescending way, “So young yet you’re fucking naïve.”

“Naïve?” Loyuka said to Leon, “I know what I’m doing here with these girls. PLEASE!!! We need someone like her for this!! Especially with Grand ‘H’ still happening.”

“Loyuka, I do sorta get you.” Cyan said, “At least with Nyoko, we know she can be a good sniper for us but as for RISA? I mean, have you not notice how annoying that bitch is?”

“I’M ANNOYING?!?” Risa said, “Me? For what? What did I do that makes them irritable of me?”

“Well, you went and beat off the RHL and you went thinking that those two agents were fucking.” Nyoko said. “And if they were and it’s a big IF, I think that’s none of your business.” Risa then got into her about something, “Speaking of business, why in the hell are you so chummy with that blonde-haired girl?”

“Yeah….I wonder why Nyoko was so calm with you.” Cyan said. “She was calm with everyone in there.” Loyuka said. “Yeah, but she seems awfully pleasing with you around.” Leon said. “OK then…..maybe I have a good way of dealing with people.” Loyuka said.

Then Leon said to her, “Or she might like you…..and I don’t mean in a ‘we’re good friends’ sort of way but in an ‘I want to kiss your breasts and make love to you’ type of way.”

“Oh, come on, Leon!!” Loyuka said, “It’s not like that!! I mean, yeah, she is attractive in a way but I don’t think that’s the only reason she wants in.”

“I want to believe you, Loyuka, but it could be a possibility.” Cyan said. “Maybe you talk this to other people that aren’t just us.”

“You got a crush on her, don’t you?” Risa said and at that moment, Nyoko was starting to blush of embarrassment and wanted to change the subject that badly. “You want to fuck her, don’t you? DON’T YOU!?” Again, Nyoko remained silent on that and proceeded to walk from the conversation. “Oh god, I fucking knew it.”

(Crosstalk End)

Nyoko was walking out of the room and then she bumped into Loyuka. “Oh, I’m so sorry, Miss Zaki. I hope I didn’t mess anything up for you.”

“Don’t worry, you’re fine.” Loyuka said, “And you know what? You can call me Loyuka if you want.”

“Sure….um…Loyuka.” Nyoko said. “That is a pretty name, though.”

“Hey, thanks!” she said, “Most people didn’t think so at first, but they’ve gotten used to it. So have you thought about the offer?”

“Yeah….” Nyoko said, “I’m leaning towards going with it but I’m still mulling over it. I would like to discuss it some more somewhere outside of work.” Loyuka then thought of doing that, “It could be arranged but where would you want to go at?”

“Oh, I know of a place.” Nyoko said as she gave Loyuka the address and time. “Is this all good for you?”

“Sure.” Loyuka said, “We met and talk things there.”

“Alright.” Nyoko said, “I’ll see you there.” As they finished and walked off, which left Nyoko a bit nervous of how the outcome will be. “You really want to sleep with the girl, don’t you?” As Risa kept bringing that up on here and Nyoko just said, “Shut up.”

 

Later on, Loyuka stopped at the Turner Express before talking with Nyoko and that was to seek some advice about this from someone. “So…..I haven’t talked to you in a while and I know you’ve been busy with your drama especially with what happened recently and all….”

“OK, Loyuka.” And it was Kai and a very tired MAK she was talking to, “We can talk about it if you want. Right, MAK?”

“Ow….yeah, yeah, yeah, we’re gonna listen to you and—OW. OK, I’m sorry but my head is killing me.” MAK said, “That mini-coma really fucked me up and I think I’m missing a tooth or parts of it.”

“You feeling better though, MAK?” Loyuka said. “Yeah, I’ll live.” He said, “So what’s going on?”

Loyuka sighed and said, “I think this girl that I want to hire in the Faction has a little crush on me.”

“Oh, that’s all?” MAK said. “Well, not all of it. Do you know the name of Nyoko Hirano?” Loyuka said and that’s when MAK and Kai simultaneously did a spit take at that, “One of the HIRANO SISTERS!?”

“HEY!! She’s the friendly one out of the two.” Loyuka said. “No one seems to mention that about her.”

“She has a crush on you?” Kai said, “Like she’s in love with you?”

“I heard stories about them and they are some crazy-ass girls!” MAK said, “Especially Risa and that girl is dangerous as hell. Sure, Nyoko may be friendly but then I remember she’s the one with the big-ass gun and you want them to be in the Faction? I know the others aren’t taking it well.”

“MAK, I talked to the girl myself.” She said, “She seems to really care about protecting the city and I do admire that about her. I think she’d be a good addition.”

“Wait, who did you tell about this, Loyuka?” Kai said. “Mainly Leon and Cyan.” Loyuka said, “I was going to tell Jin and Jiro, but they’ve been so busy, they weren’t in the office that much.”

“Oh….” Kai said, “Well, you two are meeting up later on, right? You can talk about that before getting deeper into this. If she doesn’t feel that way about you, you’re in the clear. If she does, well, that’s something up to you two and if you do want to pursue a relationship, just don’t make it apparent at the Faction.”

“So, basically, don’t pull a Tomoki/Cassie.” MAK said, “Even though they are our good friends, that whole Hybrid X/Miki thing didn’t help…along with that sabotage we did.”

“Speaking of that, is Cyan still pissed at us for that?” Kai asked. “Well, she has cooled down from that recently.” Loyuka said. “But your punishment is still active for another 5 days.”

“OK, OK, I get it.” Kai said, “I wish things could have differently than what happened.”

“You mean, the whole getting caught by Hybrid X and beaten the shit out of thing?” As Yuan said as he was sweeping the floor. “That and what happened with you guys getting drunken off your asses sorta effected on that.”

“There’s also after they found out, Cyan cursed me out, called me a stupid little brat, we argued……and the more I think about it, the more annoyed I get at her since I know about this shit more and I’m the one that brought her into the Faction.” Kai said, “Great, now I’m pissed off. I might need a drink for that.”

“TELL HER TO GET THE ZOMBIE!!” Cati screamed from the back.

“FUCK NO!!!” Both Yuan and MAK said to her. “You crazy-ass girl!” But then Cati threw a bottle at the both of them, but it hits Yuan and misses MAK. “I’m safe!!” but the second one hits him anyway.

Then Kai close it out by saying, “Anyway…..Loyuka. Just make sure you don’t lead her on to anything or you might regret it.”


 

Later on, Loyuka went on to meet Nyoko and it’s at this high-end expensive hotel called Holden-Berkenstein Suites. “Hello, I’m looking for a—“ Before she can finish that, Nyoko called Loyuka and said to her, “Um, if you’re looking for my room, tell them the name is under Ackerman.”

“OOOKKK……..” she said awkwardly.

“I’m looking for a room under the name of Ackerman.” Loyuka said.

“HEY, YOU MADE IT!!” Nyoko said. “Yeah, you think I wasn’t going to show up?” Loyuka said. “Oh no, I never thought that for a min—OK, maybe one time. But I’m glad you came.” Soon the two girls went into this lavish hotel room with all the trimmings from the beds, the snack bar, the free TV and basically whatever stuff you find in a hotel room.

So, they spend their time ordering room service while discussing terms about Nyoko joining the Faction. “So, how many years you spent learning how to shoot with a sniper rifle?” Loyuka asked.

“Hmmm. About 4 or 5 years since I was 14. I had an aunt that taught me a lot about it. She was one of them along a few cousins I had upstate Acer.” Nyoko said, “They also taught Risa on how to work a bow and arrow. I guess you can say we are pretty experienced with what we got.”

“Well, you got all the credentials and the right material for us.” Loyuka said, “Nyoko, I think you might actually be able to join the Faction—“, Nyoko’s eyes widened at that moment, “—But we don’t know how will that affect your sister since she really don’t like us.”

Nyoko then told her, “Let me worry about her on that. I can talk her into it.”

“But…”

“WAIT, WAIT, WAIT, But what!?” Nyoko said, “What more reason is there? I thought you were interested in me.”

“I AM INTERESTED IN YOU!!” Loyuka said, “But are you interested in wanting to work with me or just you working me? Hint hint.” That look on her face meant that she knows about Nyoko’s crush on her. “Look, I’d be happy to put you in but I wanted it to be based on if you wanted it to protect everyone in the Hybrid Society, not just to please me!!”

Nyoko really felt insulted by Loyuka’s words, “WHOA! You think this is about you? Really? Fucking really? Fine, yes, I admit. I do have a damn crush on you and I did mean what I said about you being attractive and anyone would be lucky to have you as their significant other but I DAMN SURE stood by on what I said about protecting the Hybrid Society and I would still join you. But don’t ever….DON’T EVER ACCUSE ME OF NOT BEING GENUINE OF MY PROMISE!!”

That confrontation did set both of them a bit straight on themselves. “Well, damn, I guess I fouled up on that, huh?” Loyuka said, “You are legit on that.”

“Well….” Nyoko said, “Yeah, I am but I did see why you would be like that. I let my sister’s words get in my head too much.”

“Yeah, same happened from my co-workers/friends.” Loyuka said, “I hope I didn’t sway you from joining us.”

“Loyuka, you didn’t do anything rash for that to happen.” Nyoko said, “I will join the Faction, whether anyone likes it or not.” Then Loyuka went to hug Nyoko and said to her, “And I’m glad to have you aboard….”

“And believe me, I really want to do this and not much in return.” Nyoko said,

“Well, I don’t mind if you want something in return, Nyoko.” As Loyuka offered her.

“Loyuka Zaki, what I want in return is….” And soon both of them got really close to each other, they began to let their guard down, look into their eyes and soon the girls began to share a kiss between each other. They then shared another one but this time, Loyuka ended up carrying Nyoko to the bedroom as she took off Nyoko’s pants and her shirt as well; they soon ended up kissing each other everywhere while taking off the rest of their clothes until they were in their bra and panties and are in the shower. Their lovemaking echoes throughout the floor with Nyoko screaming and moaning Loyuka’s name out while she’s kissing and licking her breasts as she took off Nyoko’s bra; then Loyuka got completely naked as did Nyoko later on, then they fucked in every inch of the room and soon both were reaching the climax of their lovemaking and let’s say it ended with a bang.

 

 

As they were resting, Nyoko got on top of Loyuka and said, “Did you enjoy that, Miss Zaki?”

“Yeah, I did.” She said, “But why are you still calling me Miss Zaki? I said you can call me Loyuka.”

“Oh, I know.” Nyoko said, “But I like calling you that, especially when you were trying off my panties with your teeth.” As she said with a grin on her face and kissed her square on the lips. “But what we did back there….that was practically the best 2 hours of my life and if my sister finds out, she’ll beat my ass and kill you, too.”

“So in other words, no one needs to find out about this?” Loyuka said.

“We’ll just say we met up, spoke to any agreement and that’s it.” Nyoko said. “And this has nothing to do with being ashamed. I just don’t want my sister or your people to talk about us.”

“Oh, I get it.” Loyuka said, “Hell, two people I know were in that for a while before they eventually told us….although for them, they decided that on their own.”

“Well…..things might be different for us.” Nyoko said, “And I got to go.” She then deeply kissed Loyuka again as she left. “I see you at my first day tomorrow, Captain Zaki.”

“Hmmm, now Captain Zaki, you can call me that in bed.” Loyuka said.

“Will do, Captain Zaki.” Nyoko said with a playful and sly grin as they kissed and went on their separate ways.


 

Meanwhile at the Ramsey hideaway, Coren was finally printing out some info on this mysterious person they had their eyes on.

“Ramsey!!” Ensign said walking in the room, “It’s almost 1 AM and you still on the computer.”

“Actually, Ensign, I’m just finishing some work.” He said, “I just send something to this one group about information on one of the Faction guys. They should get that info in the early morning.”

“Sir?” Ensign asked him.

“Yes, Ensign?”

“I know of the story of what happened to you and your family…….and I’m really sorry about what happened back there.” Ensign said. “If it’s too hard for you to talk about, I clearly understand.”

“No, no, no. It’s fine.” He said, “I know you think me talking about them were make me depressed but while I had my vengeance, there is still cleansing in need to be done. I feel like I can make history. Send a message that while Hybrids may be all powerful, that humans can be just as powerful as them but we won’t abuse it like most of them do.”

“Yeah, I get that.” Ensign said. “But what will this mysterious person got to do with us?”

“You see, Ensign, they’re all part of the next phase of the Grand ‘H’ War and I just sent it.” He said, “Hopefully things should fall into plan and I intend to make sure it succeeds.”


 

Next morning at the Faction, we see Loyuka going into the office in a good mood with some news for everyone to know.

“ATTENTION!!! Can I have your attention?” Loyuka announced in the office. “I talked it with Jin and Jiro not too long ago and we have gained two more people into our Faction as of today.”

“Wait, don’t tell me she actually…” Leon said.

“I think she did.” Cyan said.

“Actually did what?” Seiki said. “What does Loyuka mean by new recruits? And if so, wouldn’t that be good news?”

“Yeah.” Leon said, “But it’s more about who she picked.”

Seiki then had to ask, “And that would be….” And then Loyuka introduced Nyoko and Risa as they were walking into the room with some puzzled and confused faces. “Hi!” Nyoko said in a friendly mood. “Yeah, we’re your new members of the Faction and yes, I’m just as surprised as you, too.” Risa snarkily said. “We are the sniper/arrow and bow team The Hirano sisters!”

“The Hirano Sisters? She hired them?” Seiki said. “Well, I’d be damned.”

“I know some of you have met us before and it wasn’t our best moments.” As explained by Nyoko, “But we do hope to do our best at our time here. Won’t we, Risa?” And at that moment, Risa was browsing through her phone for whatever reason and that did irked Nyoko a little that she had to slap Risa a little. “OW!!! The hell?” As Nyoko points to the audience….again.

“Oh….yeah. The whole teamwork spiel and of course, protecting the city for the safety of Hybrids everywhere.”

“Um…..humans, too, Risa.” Nyoko whispered to her ear. “Oh yeah, them too.” Risa repeated.

“You think Loyuka made the right decision with those two?” Seiki said, “I heard they’re good at what they do but—“

“Can be a pain in the ass to deal with?” Leon said, “We knew that from the first minute they were here.” Risa then heard the conversation about her and smoothly walked into it. “Well, well, well…it’s nice to see you again……um……who are you again?”

He sighed and said, “I’m Leon Garret. I’m the last new guy before you and your sister came here.”

“Oh yeah, the Metal Man and that girl that you want to—“

“STOP!!” Cyan abruptly screamed. “I’m Cyan Barrett. Human Liaison officer and my co-partner here is Seiki Argento.”

“Yo. I heard you and your little sis are quite the pair when it comes to your weapon techniques? Mind giving me some tips?” Seiki asked. “Hmmm, we’ll see. We should do some practice sometimes. You seem like a good shooter.” Risa said, “Hopefully if Nyoko isn’t too busy flirting with your blonde friend there.” And at the distance, Nyoko and Loyuka were talking and getting friendlier as they did the first time. “Hey, thanks for talking them into hiring us…” And then whispered to her, “And especially last night, too.”

“Thanks but remember we do not let them know about us at work.” Loyuka said.

“Yes, I know, I know.” Nyoko said, “But still….I really appreciate it.”


 

Somewhere in the distant Woodlands, there appears to be a group of wolves traveling in a pack making their route onto the Hybrid Society. “Master, are you sure that this is the place that Ramsey guy told us on that e-mail? This is where she is hiding?”

“From what I heard, she’s been living there for the past 16 years and join this Faction that’s also in the time of war. A war that none of us should be in and we will make sure that she’ll comply with us and go back with us.”

“You think we can persuade her to come back after all these years?”

He took a good look at the city and said, “One way or another, she is coming back home.” Then holds a picture of the girl and discover that person they’re searching for is actually……

“We’re coming, Cassandra.”


NEXT TIME

 

“We are the Wolf Clan Genesis. We’re here for Cassandra Lyles.”

“You are forbidden to be part of the Grand ‘H’ War.”

“I’M NOT GOING TO LEAVE MY FRIENDS TO DIE!!!”

“Why are you involved with this panda creature? YOU ARE A WOLF HYBRID!!”

“We’re not gonna leave you like this!!”

“Tomoki. Cassie. Is what I heard about you two is true?”

“You can’t hide from your destiny forever.”

“They’ve been more like a family than you ever have to me.”

“What’s your name?”

“We will be friends for now to eternity.”

 

GENESIS.

 

© 2014 Studio Katana / K2 & The Faction Project

(Hy)Lights #30: Legend of KORRA (Book 2-4)

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Man, it’s been quite a while since I talked about Legend of Korra about a year ago, mostly recapping Season 1 and going into Season 2……and 2 more seasons aired later then followed by ratings going down lower and lower, schedule changes, and eventually moving them from Nickelodeon to Nick.com (and later Nicktoons) and believe that many were pissed at Nickelodeon for this (and they didn’t promote the show that well).

But since Season 1, how well did the show progress from the last time I reviewed it? Season 1 had a mixed to positive reaction to audiences and critics alike. It may not have been quite up to level with the original series but it is still a good season.

Anyway, let’s recap what happens in Book 2, 3, and 4.

Book 2: Spirits take place 6 months after Book 1 where dark spirits have been terrorizing the seas. Then Korra went to her uncle Unalaq, chief of the Northern Water Tribe, for tutelage on Spirit Bending and opens the portals to the spirit world; also starting a civil war between the Northern and Southern Water Tribes.

Book 3: Change begins two weeks later with the world discovering Harmonic Convergence. Korra, Tenzin and others recruit them to re-establish the extinct Air Nomads but as that’s happening, criminal Zaheer escapes from prison along with allies Ghazan, Ming-Hua & P-Li as they attempt to kidnap the Avatar.

Book 4: Balance is set three years later dealing with Korra’s self-discovery journey as she recovers from her encounter with Zaheer. Meanwhile, Kuvira, a former officer of Suyin Beifong’s service who is now ruler of the Earth Kingdom, refuses to step down and taking the power of all Earth Nations with Military force.

 

My thoughts:

BOOK TWO – Honestly, Book two may be the weakest of the series when it comes to most characters and the story as a whole, at least in the first half of the series. The first being the Korra/Mako relationship, which I find to be dull and lackluster to the point where I start to not care about it and hoping it would be tossed aside. Second, the whole Bolin becoming a movie star subplot may have irked me a little but fortunately it didn’t annoy me at much as Bolin did improve near the end. Oh, what else I forget to mention? Oh yeah, Unalaq sucks as an antagonist and he’s basically the misunderstood villain who thinks he’s doing the world a favor by unleashing the spirits in the human world. Now with that said, there are some strong positives of the show such as The Avatar Wan 2-parter episodes as we know all about the first Avatar and how much in-depth and enthralling this tale turned out to be.

Another positive is some of the newer characters introduced in the main story and most of them have their moments, the biggest being Varrick, who may be honestly one of the funniest and charismatic characters on the show along with his assistant Zhu Li. Both are basically the eccentric guy/straight man duo that manages to deliver every scene. Eska & Desna easily have their moments on the show that are funny but then you start to remind yourself that Eska is basically if April Ludgate was a water bender (and yes I know Aubrey Plaza voiced her) and Desna….is mostly forgettable some times. Tenzin’s brother and sister, Bumi and Kya, also got some good moments out of them when it comes to knowing their past as kids. Speaking of kids, Jinora actually got some moments to shine during the later parts as well, especially involving the spirit world.

BOOK THREE – Change is more than just the title of the book, it is fundamentally the keyword of this whole season and a big improvement over Book Two and possibly made have warrant some parts of the previous Book. The biggest improvement is by bar none Zaheer as the villain as it shows that the character and his allies are nothing to be fooled with. Don’t believe me? Watch Episode 10 and tell me otherwise. I do find the new generation of air benders element of the story very emotional on some levels, especially when Tenzin thinks about Aang and his dealing with being the last air bender. It does make you process that in your mind as it goes along. I’ll say this…..at first, I didn’t think I would like Kai in the beginning as he was annoying a few times and sometimes he just serves as being Jinora’s love interest but in the end, he turned out to be a decent character. Other new characters introduced are Suyin, Lin’s estranged half-sister and Opal, her daughter and we also have the courtesy of knowing the past between Su and Lin, which also involves Toph as well.

BOOK FOUR – Well, if Book 3 was an improvement then this is even more of a continuation of that improvement. Yes, it takes place 3 years after the events of the previous season but never felt like it was rushed or forgotten some important storylines. Like what Korra has been doing for the last 3 years as that fight with Zaheer really did some damage to her psyche as the Avatar, much like PTSD to a soldier after a war as something like that will mess with your head. As this is the final season, almost everyone makes it back for one last ride from Hiroshi Sato, Asami’s father who was jailed in Book 1; Toph, who is indeed still alive, made some kick-ass moments for her in this book and still one of the best characters of the Avatar Last Air bender universe and even Varrick and Zhu Li, whom both had a satisfying arc within the season. But……there is the point of that clip show but we are very aware of why the clip show was made and thankfully that manages to take cues from the Samurai Champloo episode ‘The Disorder Diaries’ although you can easily skip the first part and go to the middle and especially the third part with Varrick and Bolin.

Kuvira as an antagonist may not be as strong as Zaheer or Amon (at least until his reveal) by mostly being this dictator to her people but is more serviceable and effective than Unalaq by a large margin.

The animation is still proven fantastically well-made from the scenery to the action animation that the animators carried on. The weirdest thing about it is on Book 2, most of it was animated by Studio Pierrot (The team that made Bleach, Naruto, Tokyo Ghoul, etc.) while the rest of it was animated by Studio Mir. Both studios did display their best moments with little noticeable problems in there.

Voice acting, wise. I have said enough about the original cast in the last review I did with this and yes, Janet Varney still gives a great performance as Korra as does the starring cast as well.

There are plenty of voice actors in here to highlight on their performances, examples from John Michael Higgins (Varrick), Stephanie Sheh (Zhu Li); Zelda Williams (Kuvira), Todd Haberkorn (Baatar Jr.), Henry Rollins (Zaheer), Steven Yuen (Avatar Wan); Anne Heche (Suyin), Alyson Stoner (Opal), Grey Delisle and many others that are too many to name but still brought out the best in them.

FINAL VERDICT (THE OVERALL SERIES): While the show has a few bumps along the way (mainly through a little of Book 1 and most of 2) but the farther the show got, the more improved it turned out to be. Yes, this may not be Avatar: The Last Airbender and that’s actually a good thing since it doesn’t need to be a rehash of that. Korra proved to have a great story arc with interesting characters that does get a chance to develop as the show goes along.

 

And now to rate the rest of the Books (Gave Book 1 an 8.5 in case you miss it.)

Book 2 – 6/10 – VANILLA

Book 3 – 8.5/10 – High Solid B

Book 4 – 9/10 – FIRST CLASS

 

OVERALL – 8/10 – SOLID B.

 

And that is it of the Avatar Universe.

And this has been MAK2.0 aka The Blue Hybrid, bringing all the four elements in one Avatar.

 

LEGEND OF KORRA – courtesy of NICKELODEON STUDIOS

Anime Discovery PLUS+: Silver Spoon

Greetings everybody. I hope for the holidays you all are spending time in the luxury of your own home with the warmness of your family. And sometimes when you’re in the house all day from the snow or have nowhere to go to on break, so marathoning an anime is the best thing to do! So let’s talk about what’s considered the coziest and most comfort food genre, Slice of Life.

I adore Slice of Life shows. In a way, there’s nothing more inspiring than seeing a program that is able to reflect on what makes reality great and interesting. Truth is stranger than fiction after all. But I like to expand the Slice of Life genre outside of mundane conversations or the normal setting of school or a café. Movies like Clerks, Everything Must Go, Superbad, Office Space, and The Spectacular Now are all grounded, entertaining films that don’t do anything too out of the ordinary. Many people who make slice of life programs that are deliberately slow-paced or minimalistic tend to forget that real life is filled with coincidences, drama, and witty conversations.

When it comes to anime, Slice of Life is viewed as just cute/pretty teenagers doing cute, normal things. And most of the genre is that. But it’s always fun when a show is able to have that right amount of funny jokes with charming moments like Azumanga Daioh and Lucky Star. I prefer it when the genre breaks outside of that mold though, as there’s way more to explore than school, which is covered well in series like Mushishi, Ichigo Mashimaru, a dramatic anthology that I will covering next time, and today’s show for blogging, Silver Spoon.

 


 

Series Director: Tomohiko Ito/Kotomi Deai

Series Composition: Taku Kishimoto

Screenwriter: Taku Kishimoto

Original Author: Hiromu Arakawa

Character Design: Jun Nakai

Art Director: Sawako Takagi

Animation Production: A-1 Pictures

Licensed by: Aniplex of America/Madman Entertainment

Streaming: Hulu/Crunchyroll

 

Synopsis: Yugo Hachiken is a mild mannered academic who chooses to move away from his cram-heavy, suburban life in Sapporo and enroll at the Yezo Agricultural High School in the country because of strained relations with his family. He soon finds himself slowly getting used to his new environment with a short learning curve and grows into an empathetic and compassionate individual as he struggles to understand the world of agriculture and how it affects the lives of his new friends.

 

Silver Spoon or Gin no Saji is from Hiromu Arakawa, the same author/writer of Full Metal Alchemist, which we all know as a pillar in the anime community. Many of Full Metal Alchemist’s flourishes like the diverse character design, sharp look, and smooth pacing are what make Silver Spoon stand out against the crop of other realistic anime comedies out at the moment. Arakawa based much of this story from her own childhood working at her family’s dairy farm. Although she claims it isn’t based on real people or troubles she had to go through, there’s something brutally honest in Silver Spoon that is able to praise the art of agriculture but acknowledges that the rough, grinding lifestyle of the farm comes with a heavy burden.

 

I’m generally not a fan of animes whose protagonists are identified for being normal, but Hachiken has enough drive in himself to overcome that hurdle. The show starts rough as his weeks working at the school are filled with him griping about every chore of farm labor: waking up early, the hard work, handling poop. To the show’s intelligence, he is able to adapt to this new life thanks to the reward of fresh, incredible produce and a group of friendly, relaxed students who become his inner circle.

 

There is no other anime that’ll make you want to support your local farmer’s market as much as this show.

 

 

What keeps Hachiken from being annoying or too bland, is that he has this really generous spirit. From being raised in a very rocky household, he feels the need to help everyone with their problems, even at the cost of his own time and health. The main advantage he has over the rest of his friends at the agricultural school is that he can ace all of the general school courses of Math, Science, and English compared to everyone else. What comes off as the strongest aspect of the show is that he gains clarity through his perseverance and forms an incredible connection with his supportive, sweet, and so-close-to-kissable best friend Mikage.

 

Mikage works as a good balance for the show with her kind demeanor and her passion to help other people while caring for horses and her family at the same time. You get the feeling that Arakawa was likely Mikage or both of these characters as their struggle to either adapt to their expected respects or find a new goals in life is very relatable. The only thing that’s sad about their dynamic is that they are very clearly going to be a couple, but the show doesn’t allow them to gain real romantic growth, sometimes at frustratingly close measures.

 

As with Full Metal Alchemist’s cavalcade of memorable characters, Silver Spoon does not shy on the list of lovable students and teachers at the school. I really appreciated Jun Nakai’s close adaptation from the source material, as every character has an identifiable physical and personality trait to stand out. From the gruff Komaba, the dimwitted Tokiwa, the shrewd Inada, and the unique work ethics of the teachers; everyone has a layered personality and goes through clever little changes throughout the show. Even as the brought in the haughty foreign girl into the mix, she isn’t as one-dimension as she might seem.

 

 

Like most Slice-of-Life’s, there isn’t really much of the plot, as it’s mostly centered around Hachiken’s overall growth. There are generally powerful scenes where he questions if he’s able to skin and butcher a deer, but the show feels held down at times as his conflicts feel repetitious. You can feel for him not understanding the brutal nature of handling livestock, but many of Hachiken’s neuroses are easily pointed to his lack of confidence and understanding. His monologues about if he feels he made the right decision or if he separate himself for his past feel tired after you’ve heard them for the fifth time.

 

This is where I would argue that the second season is better than the first. Both are similar in humor, growth, and tone, but the second season has very well-done, raw moments of drama. What Mikage and Komaba have to go through when their family farms run into financial difficulties is really engaging, because it emphasizes on the sacrifice of their work. And when you finally get an idea why Hachiken left for an Agriculture school in Hokkaido aside from his doofy, obnoxious brother? Needless to say, the bitterness is palatable.

 

The Farm Struggle is Real

 

One thing that you should know going into the series is that it isn’t so much of a comedy. The show should really have been sold more as a realistic drama, as those are the standout moments. Most of the humor is done from the “fish out of water” scenarios with our main character, which works to a mild extent. There’s some genuinely clever moments of dialogue with the side-characters who are certainly more animated, but it’s sometimes too relaxed or plain for its own good. Yet, even when the show feels banal, it is able to make everyone feel like a real person.

 

The only things to flat out frustrate me was how the series ended. I feel like there’s so much rich character interaction or stories to uncover, but the second season stops at a very strange moment. The first season ended with a good transition into the next semester, but there’s so much more I want to learn about where everything is going. It’s hard to want to transition to the manga to finish the story when the voice acting, animation, and sound design is so pleasant. I would have loved something a bit more definite or even if we had more progression between Hachiken and Mikage, but it wasn’t there.

 

I believe there’s one word that perfectly defines Silver Spoon: admirable. After I finished the show, I felt that I admired what Silver Spoon represents more than how enjoyable the story is. As a Slice-of-Life, it’s a great addition to the genre covering the real trials and tribulations of following tradition and family. Despite it not being very funny or too cookie cutter at times, it has a genuine charm that would require a very deft hand to replicate. If you want to see a show that accurately portrays the life of farmers in a refreshing educational atmosphere, give it a watch!

 

Rating: 7.5 out of 10.

 

 

Silver Spoon is currently available on Crunchyroll/Hulu and is licensed by Aniplex of America/Madman Entertainment. The original manga is ongoing, written by Hiromu Arakawa and published by Shogakukan/Weekly Shonen Saturday

Anime Discovery CHRISTMAS SPECIAL 2014! TOKYO Godfathers

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We see a very tired Blue Hybrid asleep in his apartment, after he’s done some work with his website and writing for another website as well. Then out of nowhere, a DVD came crashing into his window and hitting him on the head.

“OW!!” he said, “The hell?” He picked up the DVD and it’s from his ‘ol friend Sentai Claus.

“Oh great, he must want me to review another bad Christmas anime.” But then he opened the package and see it says ‘Tokyo Godfathers’ on it.

“Wait, you mean this isn’t another crappy Ken Akamatsu anime that’s set in Christmas?”

“It’s something I heard that’s actually good. Oh, I’m gonna enjoy this….” And then he saw something else on that note that didn’t please him. The movie is a sub-only release. “Oh……well, shit. Meh, I’ve been watching some subtitled stuff for a while. This isn’t going to hurt me.”

On a Christmas Eve, three Tokyo homeless — mid-aged alcoholic man Gin, high school runaway girl Miyuki, and former drag queen Hana — were searching dumpsters and trash bags for possible Christmas gifts for themselves, when cries from a baby drew their attention. Believing this was a gift from God, Hana, who couldn’t have a baby of “her” own, vowed to take care of the abandoned baby girl and together they began searching for baby’s mother.

So……..this is a Satoshi Kon movie and I’m not joking at that at all since usually, he makes these visual mind fucks of a movie and this was before Paprika came into the scene in 2007. At first glance, you never got the thought of it being directed by Kon at first (at least until you see the opening credits) but then again, this was co-written by him and Keiko Nobumoto, creator of Wolf’s Rain and writer for shows like Cowboy Bebop, Samurai Champloo, Space Dandy & Macross Plus.

The story as a whole is very straightforward with these characters trying to search this baby’s mother and it being more of a character piece film as we more about the main three and their past lives. For the most part, they are engaging and some times, can be humorous with a bit parts that may be considered to be slight exaggerations but it’s genuinely heartfelt and relatable than being artificially made like a Lifetime Original movie. In some few parts of the movie, I did notice a few religious characteristics, mostly within Gin, Miyuki and Hana being like the three wise men that bears gifts for a child although you could say the gift being somewhat a home…….I think. (Yeah, I’m not much a religious guy so there.)

All three main characters are like a family in their own way. Gin does have more of the emotional moments from him while Hana does that twice the amount along with stealing the spotlight of being more noteworthy as being my favorite character of the movie. Miyuki has some spotlight as a character in there but not as much as the former two, but I will say there is a big surprise at the end of the movie that has something to do with her but I will not say to you because spoilers.

Animation for the movie is quite kinetic and amazingly animated but that’s something you should expect from Madhouse and Kon together as while this isn’t exactly a visual masterpiece, it does fulfill its job.

The music is very festive and appropriate with its Christmas setting and in the end, it has a jazzy rendition of “Auld Lang Syne” that gels well with the movie, plus the Keiichi Suzuki score fared well for the most part in the movie. And yes, the movie does not have an English dub and no, it does not affect with how I feel about this movie and also I really can’t judge the Japanese language acting because I really don’t know much of the language. Other than that, the sub was fine.

FINAL VERDICT: This is quite a different change of style for Kon and it worked out for the best. He was another great movie on his belt with its not-so-complex story and compelling characters and actions. It’s also definitely something I would easily recommend in the time of the Holidays.

And with that said, Tokyo Godfathers got fresh start at life with an

9/10 – First Class.

 

TOKYO GODFATHERS is available on DVD via Sony Pictures Home Entertainment but from the looks of things, it could be out of print and only a few are either on Amazon or eBay at the moment.

 

“OK, Claus, not a bad thing you pick for me to review.” And soon after that, The Hybrid went on to sleep and be thankful that he’s not a homeless bum on the streets.

 

And with that said, once again, thank you for enjoying yet another year of ANIME DISCOVERY.

I’m MAK2.0 aka The Blue Hybrid, and we wish you a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa and mostly a very safe Happy Holidays to all of you.

 

TOKYO GODFATHERS – animation by MADHOUSE; distributed by SONY PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT

Best of 2014 Review Wrap-up: Mark

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Mark King:

Here is my latest editorial from me at Another Castle as I count down my 5 favorite reviews on the site.

Originally posted on Another Castle:

Being a part of the Another Castle family has been an interesting ride over the past few months. Upon becoming part of the team and reading the other writer’s work, Another Castle has further influenced my writing. Summarizing a year’s work is no easy feat, but that’s exactly what we were asked to do as a way to celebrate the site’s accomplishments in 2014. So without further ado, here are my top 5 favorite articles posted on Another Castle in 2014.

SWORD ART ONLINE Review: Missteps in a Virtual World

Source: FanPop

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Everything about this review from Ktulu007 hits the nail on the head why this show is awful from the get-go. Thankfully, it doesn’t just trash the show as it delivers some solid points about the artwork and music. It showcases the apparent problems of the show well by discussing the show’s one-dimensional characters, weak plot, and often cringe worthy, forced dramatic moments that package SAO’s clumsy delivery.

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ATTACK THE SCHLOCK: The Hybrid One’s look at TOONAMI and NEON ALLEY in 2014

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NOTE: The following you’re about to read is merely my own opinion. I am in no way an expert on this subject but is willing to learn about it. You’ve been warned.

Good morning, afternoon, evening, whatever time you’re reading this.  Welcome to ATTACK THE SCHLOCK!!!

My own editorial series about what’s going on in the world of animation, film or entertainment. Today, we are here to talk about two programming blocks (well, one programming block and one programming service) pertaining the medium of anime in the United States.

One is the famous action-oriented animated block that many people grew up on during the 1990s and was unfortunately terminated in 2008 and had a successful revival in 2012 and still continues its success in 2014 as well as 2015 coming up.

The other is a programming service run by Viz Media that only run English dubbed anime as a linear channel that also debuted in 2012 (Go figure.) but then changes its own game earlier in April 2014 when they also run English-subtitled anime and ditch the linear-channel angle and go for the whole on-demand service.

Ladies and gentlemen, we are here to talk about TOONAMI and NEON ALLEY in 2014 as I believe these two programming blocks/services have been quite supportive to anime for the past few years and I feel like this year, they have brought a lot of change in their programming this year, maybe one more than the other but the point is, things are starting to look good on them but on the contrary, some may have their struggles like any other block/company/etc does. But let’s begin with a look back at Toonami in 2014.

MAESTRO, MUSIC!!

 

At the beginning of January, TOONAMI delivered with the year with a bang with the anticipated premiere of SPACE DANDY on January 4th, 2014, the new show from Cowboy Bebop/Samurai Champloo director Shinichiro Watanabe and yes, I put anticipated as this was a world premiere English dub anime that aired before Japan. Not to mention, the block started 30 minutes early from now on until something happens with it later. This was pretty much a big deal for anime fans as that was a rare thing for them to do and with the success of Space Dandy, FUNimation is now starting to do their own Broadcast English dubs with their first two shows of the Fall 2014 Season, Laughing Under the Clouds and Psycho-Pass 2.

Another big show premiered on the block and believe me, you know what show I’m talking about…

That’s right. Attack on Titan made its English dub broadcast premiere on the block in May 3rd, 2014 and the popularity of the series still continues further forward along with the release of it on DVD & Blu-ray as after the show aired its entire run, it reran at the same timeslot at 11:30p, which most people did protest about although the given reason for that is because of the show’s massive popularity and the ratings it gotten for them.

Also, Bleach, the long-running shonen anime on Adult Swim/Toonami, has aired its final English-dubbed episode run after being on the network for 8 long years. As of this date, both Space Dandy and Bleach about are now being re-runned in the later Toonami hours.

As for network premieres for the block, let’s go by distributor with FUNimation being the obvious front-runner for that. Along with Dandy and Titan, the block show premieres of Black Lagoon & Hellsing Ultimate although the first 8 aired while the last 2 volumes was shown later in December as a part of their month of movies. Viz Media replaces Naruto with their successor series Shippuden and also the rights to the original Inuyasha series has expired so that was removed from the block but later on in the year, Inuyasha: The Final Act was shown on Toonami and many fans rejoice at its return. Aniplex of America shown Blue Exorcist after Sword Art Online ended its run (and thank goodness!!! And yes, I know most of you didn’t like BE but I still stand it faster than SAO) and after that, Gurren Lagann made its debut on the block as well.

Am I forgetting something?

Oh yeah, that’s right. The show every fanboy has been bugging Toonami for them to get back on the block. Dragon Ball Z!!…….Kai!!! And guess what? Most of them still complain about it not being the filler-filled original they wanted and loved so much. Nostalgia’s a hell of a drug…..and it’s more potent than cocaine. Then again, most of the Toonami fan base complains about the lineup (Just the petty-filled ones, not the fans that actually appreciate the effort from them and got some reasonable complaints being the shows themselves) every chance they get with whatever gets announced. Some just troll them but others are really serious about that and those are the vitriolic ones.

Of course, western animation for Toonami hasn’t been as strong as people thought they were. While they have shown Symbionic Titan (again), Star Wars: Clone Wars, Beware The Batman and Samurai Jack this year, later on it’s just lone Jack while the former two are off and BTB had to air all its episodes in one night as the rights for that has expired.

Also, the Toonami staff have always give the fans to ask them what show they want to be on block. Most of the year have said they wanted Kill La Kill, Sailor Moon, and Sword Art Online II. Well, 2 out of 3 isn’t bad.

Please, air this, Toonami!

We don’t know what’s in store for Toonami in 2015 with the exception of Deadman Wonderland coming back on the block since the revival and Cowboy Bebop for the first time in HD but time could tell what the network could air in 2015. As long as we keep watching and/or supporting it, good things will come to the block and I have faith that it does.

 

And now, let’s turn the table onto Neon Alley.

MUSIC AGAIN

Now with Neon Alley, this is an entire different beast from Toonami with its format and content as that aired more than just action-oriented shows. Basically, what anime fans (that isn’t just Toonami-only) wanted out of a channel like this.

At the start of the year, they did their usual January premieres with them being Kids on the Slope from Sentai and the fact that Viz Media rescued Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit and this is the first time they actually rescued a show from obscurity but that wasn’t the big news as February came, it was announced that Neon Alley will be free. I actually wrote something about this earlier this year.

But the catch is…..it’s all going to be on Hulu. Hulu is free with to watch it on your TV, you got to get Hulu Plus and that costs $7.99/month and also, Canada doesn’t get Hulu and they aren’t too happy about that. Then again, Toonami isn’t in Canada either but yeah, some people in the upper North aren’t too happy with that.

Now with content for Neon Alley, it is now all subtitled and dubbed anime and it is only going to be just in-house stuff from Viz Media and while we think that Viz doesn’t have much anime content to begin with, they have but it’s not all dubbed or that noticeable to begin with. Sure, stuff like Neuro, Reborn, Ultra Maniac¸etc. could have dubbed but I think Viz didn’t want to risk losing money over those titles. Prior to the change, the only notable things of Neon Alley have been either Bleach, Naruto and Ranma ½ dub-wise along with airing Viz’s catalog stuff from Accel World, LaGrange, K, Inuyasha, etc. They still do have dub premieres of their newest stuff being Blood Lad, Gargantia, Coppelion and the Naruto spin-off Rock Lee and his Ninja Pals although those are more English dub previews that lasts a month before their initial Blu-ray/DVD release and yet I’m fine with that. It makes sense for that since they want people to buy the Blu-ray although putting a dub episode or two on their Hulu page might helped.

But……the thing is, I do miss Neon Alley airing shows from other distributors since Aniplex of America was one of their (former?) partners and I like that they aired stuff like Blue Exorcist, Fate/Zero & Magi on there as I didn’t think those shows would get dubbed in the first place and with that gone, I wonder what shows could’ve aired if it was still in the linear channel stage.

We should be thankful no one dubbed this.

OK, not that one.

 

And that’s not to devalue Viz’s shows. I like their shows as well as I do with Aniplex but I do see the reasons why for that. Mostly financial issues but those are reasonable and logical issues of why they don’t air other content from other companies anymore.

However, one thing kept Neon Alley from being totally irrelevant…..and let’s just say this one fights evil by moonlight……

The announcement that Viz Media has licensed Sailor Moon and the then-upcoming Sailor Moon Crystal has garnered the service some attention as Moon fans or Moonies (yes, Moonies, I didn’t name them) are gathered every Monday to watch 2 episodes of Classic Sailor Moon and of course Sailor Moon Crystal airing every 1st and 3rd Saturday, although Crunchyroll has that on their site, too, so most people without Hulu have the option of that.

But now with 2014 ending and Neon Alley having a change that has some good in it but some things they’ve gotten backlash from, what can they do to improve in 2015?

 

Well, they have to find a way to get Neon Alley to Canada although I keep hearing that may not happen anytime soon. I’m not saying they refuse to do so but hope for it isn’t looking too bright. I hope to be proven wrong about that.

The other thing is content. I really hope for them to license some new anime coming up and hopefully surprise us like they did with Sailor Moon this year.

 

In short, I do wish the best for both Toonami and Neon Alley in 2015 in regards of content and presentation as both programming block(s)/service(s) have been a big help to showcasing anime in the West.

Until then, I’m MAK2.0 aka The Blue Hybrid, bringing all the elements in one format.

 

MUSIC HAS BEEN PROVIDED BY TCVB91 –for more of his music, here’s his SoundCloud page and his Facebook page and tell him MAK2.0 sent ya.

Anime Discovery II: ATTACK on TITAN – #125 (AD II Finale)

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It’s that time again. Once in a blue moon in the anime world, there is that one hit that manage to become one of the biggest hits of the year and still continue to be throughout the years ahead for them. Many anime in the past has been from Akira to Sailor Moon to Cowboy Bebop to Fullmetal Alchemist and now we have the latest anime to achieve this and that is Attack on Titan. Who would’ve known that this anime title from the spring season of 2013 that didn’t have much recognition at first and ended up where it is now?

Several hundred years ago, humans were nearly exterminated by giants. Giants are typically several stories tall, seem to have no intelligence, devour human beings and, worst of all, seem to do it for the pleasure rather than as a food source. A small percentage of humanity survived by enclosing themselves in a city protected by extremely high walls, even taller than the biggest of giants. Flash forward to the present and the city has not seen a giant in over 100 years. Teenage boy Eren and his foster sister Mikasa witness something horrific as the city walls are destroyed by a super-giant that appears out of thin air. As the smaller giants flood the city, the two kids watch in horror as their mother is eaten alive. Eren vows that he will murder every single giant and take revenge for all of mankind.

We know of the director of the show being Tetsuro Araki, known for directing Death Note, HighSchool of the Dead, and Guilty Crown but unfortunately only 1/3 of the shows he directed gotten positive reaction although that might have something to do with the material given to him so it’s difficult to see if he can pull it off and luckily, this show did.

From beginning to end, the show has an action-packed, intense and terrifying ride with a simplistic story of people just trying to survive and fight for their lives and to not be eaten by these giant human-like creatures that almost look like naked humans with no genitals. The show gets the viewer engaged either it be from the action sequences, the human conflict, or the much-needed humor throughout the series but when it comes to the political aspects, the show does have a slow pace for a while but yet that’s because many events are happening simultaneously instead of one event that drags on for too long (as in many shonen series do that) and the way series concluded, it leaves you wanting more of the show and that’s something a show like that should do.

There is a wide assortment of characters in this story and there are 2 reasons why I won’t delve into every one of them. First being that most of them are going to end up being titan chow and I tried to not get too attached to the ones I like although they are characters I really didn’t like or just found to be annoying (*cough cough* Jean! *cough cough*) and second…..yeah, that are too many to be named. It’ll be all day I mention every one of them. But let’s get some main and little reoccurring characters out of the way. Eren, our main lead, is the hot-headed one in the group who makes it his sworn vengeance to kill every titan out there and he does get emotional with that but then again, can you blame him? He saw his mother get eaten alive. You would be like that, too, and the more I think about it and with some re-watches, I’m glad what happened at the end of episode 5 that led to the next one as it never felt like some cop-out or easily disposable moment. Mikasa is one of the best female characters in the show, next to two other ones I’ll mention later, as while she kicks a lot of ass in here, she never comes off as being some generic tough girl lead and you can sense she really cares for her friends. Armin is our other protagonist and he is more of the strategist/thinking type of the trio and he does have an inferiority complex on how he’s cowardly and has to rely on his friends although he can stand up for them various times in the show and proven himself he can be courageous in other ways. For additional characters, Levi is known for being the badass Superman-esque titan killer on the show and he’s fine… I just never had that much concern for him but the scene-stealers of the show in my opinion happens to be two other ladies and they are Sasha Brause aka Potato Girl and Hange Zoe, the mad (crazy-ass!) scientist as they happen to the most funniest characters on the show and like I said in the beginning, delivers the humor that is very needed to contrast the darker moments that happen.

While people have said that Production I.G. is responsible for the animation, they’re right but it is the debut of a branch of them called Studio WIT and yes, this is their first production and the animation they brought us good. Maybe not the best as most people tend to describe it but this is decent animation with some still shots in there. The designs of the Titans, especially their faces, are terrifying from either the smiling titan or the Moe Titan as they’re going to be looking at you as they try to kill you. Hell, the Armored Titan is what you really should be afraid of as they charge at you like a quarterback going for a touchdown pass.

And now one of the moments you’ve been waiting for……the music.

The overall score for the show is handled remarkably by Hiroyuki Sawano and it has some great score pieces especially during the action scenes and set-ups. Of course, you know the main theme “Feuerroter Pfeil und Bogen” (紅蓮の弓矢, Guren no Yumiya?, “Crimson Bow and Arrow”) by Linked Horizon is the theme that instantly become mega-popular once it dropped and many people were loving the hell of it. Me on the other hand? Yeah, I liked it. The song does its purpose of getting the audience pumped up at they begin to watch an episode and for the other theme for later episodes, “Die Flügel der Freiheit” (自由の翼, Jiyū no Tsubasa?, lit. “Wings of Freedom”) by Linked Horizon, it does the same thing, too, although everyone is not on board on it as much as the first one but it still fares as well. The ending songs are a nice touch, too. The first one, “Utsukushiki Zankoku na Sekai” (美しき残酷な世界?, lit. “A Beautiful Cruel World”) by Yōko Hikasa, is a big contrast of the opening theme with a more soft and solemn tone that does fit after an episode and the second ending “great escape” by Cinema Staff is more of what people wanted the second opening to be but this one is also alright, too.

And now the English dub brought to you by FUNimation and this is…..one of the top dubs in 2014. Maybe not the best but it’s a good one and actually made the viewing experience better in the dub. Also, to be honest, I don’t have any awkward problems with the adapted script. Yeah, there were a few weird lines here and there but nothing that threw me off. Now for the cast. Mikasa and Armin, played by Trina Nishimura and Josh Grelle, respectively as those two were acceptably well into their roles, especially Grelle in his emotional moments and how well-delivered they are. Nishimura’s performance as a whole for Mikasa does have her in a light that really hasn’t been noticed before. Of course with a big anime title like Attack on Titan, there are bound to be some L.A. voice talent in there, but the biggest surprise being the lead Eren is played by Bryce Papenbrook, who has had the hot streak of anime lately with shows like Blue Exorcist and Sword Art Online and in here, this might be one of his best performance since voicing Rin in Blue Exorcist and also one that requires a lot of yelling. Matthew Mercer delivers his usual grandiose voice acting as Levi and it made me care a bit about Levi and there’s another unexpected role with Lauren Landa (Kyoko from Madoka Magica) as Annie and she’s not really as notable in the dub but she does well in here. Now, the two highlights for me does go to both Ashly Burch for her role as Sasha and of course, much love goes to Jessica Calvello as Hange Zoe as both ladies easily made their best performances in voice acting to date with Burch being silly and lovable and Calvello nearly embodying the character of Hange.

FINAL VERDICT: There is no doubt that this is the case where a popular anime is a good show and Attack on Titan shows that it is a good show with thrilling and intense action that has characters that you can easily be invested in and be concerned with something were to happen to them. Granted, pacing can be an issue but nevertheless a small one at that. I could say that this is an example of a getaway anime to get people into the medium.

And with that said, ATTACK ON TITAN crushes the competition with an

8.5/10 – Low FIRST CLASS

 

ATTACK ON TITAN is available on DVD & Blu-ray from FUNimation Entertainment. Streaming options are available on Hulu, Crunchyroll & FUNimation EVS. At the time of this review, the show has been aired or still airing on Adult Swim’s Toonami program block.  A Second season has been planned for an initial 2016 release.

 

Well, people, this has been another year of Anime Discovery and the first year on this site as well. But don’t fret!! I will bring the Anime Discovery Christmas Special later on in December.

More news will come to Anime Discovery for 2015 at that time!

And until then, this is MAK2.0 aka The Blue Hybrid and don’t act like a Colossal Titan on the Thanksgiving TABLE!!!

ATTACK ON TITAN – animation by PRODUCTION I.G. / STUDIO WIT, distributed by FUNimation Entertainment

AURA FACTION: Story 6 / Confidante CONFIDENTAL

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WARNING: The following written material that you’re about to read may contain acts of violence, graphic language, and sexual content. This is meant only for MATURE AUDIENCES. Reader Discretion is advised.

PREVIOUSLY (or here’s the tl;dr version) ON: AFaction

Tomoki and Cassie revealed their relationship to most of the Faction crew (by that, I mean Cyan, Seiki, Leon, Loyuka, MAK and Kai) and of course, they are being blackmailed by Miki and Hybrid X. Both girls already told MAK about them and they want him to keep that quiet about in front of them.

And now……

AuraFaction 6 Draft

It’s been two weeks after the Hybrid Society incidents and things were back to the normal at the Faction and by normal, I mean with some exceptions, of course. We see Sayuri sleeping her ass off at Jin’s break room again and in comes Seiki getting something out of the fridge.

“I guess ol’ girl is sleeping in again.” She said. “Damn, does she ever be awake when she’s at work?” But then Seiki thought of a sneaky prank at her when she notices her tongue was sticking out while she was napping and she brought out a bottle of ScoJo’s Southern–style HOT SAUCE and as she dash some in her tongue, she then made a run for it and Sayuri woke up and screamed, “AAAAAAAHHHHH!!!!!” She kept running and screaming for water as she run for the fountain and quickly dose some of the water on her.

“IF YOU WANTED TO WAKE ME UP, WHY HOT SAUCE OF ALL THINGS!?!?! And that brand, too!!” Sayuri screamed at her. “You know that shit is fuckin’ spicy and that was the mild flavor!!”

“Well, I couldn’t physically harm you and this is actually funnier!!” Seiki said, “Now come on, Jin is expecting you in the next room and not sleeping on the couch…..again.” Then we see the others in the conference room waiting for them to show up. “So, what do we need to discuss that we haven’t already talked about previously?” Leon asked.

“Aside from the fact that we really need to buff up protection for the citizens since ‘Grand H’, figure out and capture Ramsey and we need more info on that front?” Cyan said, “And you still need training on controlling your powers with me on board?”

“Oh…” Leon said.

“And speaking of that, how’s that going?” Loyuka asked them. “Well…..” as both Cyan and Leon said with hesitation.

“Not that good, huh? Hey, I bet it can’t be all that bad.” Loyuka said to them. They still remained silent as those lessons have been mostly awful for the time being. “OW!!! Can you please not feel my shoulder? I still can’t get the feeling after what your metal ass did to it!” Cyan said to him.

He said to himself silently, “Not my fault you’re about as flimsy as a plywood board.”

“WHAT WAS THAT!!?” She screamed at him. Basically these two have been mostly tense and at each other’s throats for occasionally messing up.

“Will you two get a hold of it?” Jin said to them, “I know all of us have been stressed out since that day but we can’t be sloppy the next time this happens. We NEED TO BE PREPARED!!” And as Sayuri and Seiki walked into the room, “Sayuri, I really hope you didn’t just get through sleeping….again. You know how important this—“

“THIS IS due to what happened with you last time.” Sayuri interrupted and said to Jin. “Jin, I know and believe me I don’t want that shit to happen to me again.” She said to her. “I overslept and I know, I know, this seems like me but I didn’t really slept that well the past 2 days.” Actually, it was more of 2 weeks.

 

Meanwhile, Tomoki has busy filing with material about Ramsey as requested by Hybrid X and Miki was keeping under her supervision. “OK, I looked at every file on Ramsey and so far, nothing new seems to come up on him and it’s….15 minutes PAST ME GETTING OFF!!!” She was about to make her way out of there but then Miki stopped her on her tracks and said, “Miayama, we still got some more files to inspect.”

“Oh, come on!!! I looked over a lot of files today and nothing showed up!! I think that’s enough for today!!” “Um…..you can’t just call it quits just because you’re tired!” Miki said. “This isn’t 9 to 5 over here!!”

“LOOK HERE, DAMMIT!!!” As Tomoki said to her as she is getting very tired and pissed off at her, “You’re not going to ride my ass all day long with this shit!!!”
“OH, and what?” Miki said, “As opposed to you wanting to ride Miss Lyles later on?”
“WHAT YOU SAY?” She said as she grabbed Miki by the collar.

“I watch my tone if I were you.” Miki said as she notices both Hybrid X and Jiro walking out of the jail cells and she quickly let go of her. “Is there something the matter, ladies?” Jiro said. Miki looked like she was about to squeal to them but then she said to them, “Oh, everything’s fine. Ms. Miayama was just showing me how to defend myself from any human/Hybrid attackers and I’m gonna show her my finishing move on them.”

“Wait, what?” Then Miki grabbed Tomoki by the leg and flipped her backwards to the wall, then punched her in the gut. “OOOHHHH……” As Tomoki was really beginning to faint, the rest applauded her for showing that she had some fighting skills, although she knew she can kick Tomoki’s ass up and down here, either by brains or brawn.

“Nice moves you made there, Maeda.” Jiro said, “I’m very impressed.”

“Isn’t that the truth?” X said to him. “I did teach her some moves myself. Hopefully she didn’t hurt Miayama too much.”

“I’m still in pain over here.” Tomoki said.

“Wow, I guess I don’t know much of my strength.” As Miki said to them, easily fooling Jiro with that as X did knew to a certain extent of what she was really doing to Tomoki.

“Well, let’s hope not too much pain.” Jiro said, “You got about another 45 minutes until you can go.”

“What….” She weakly said, “But I thought I was supposed to—“

“Go home now?” Jiro said, “I wish I could let you go now but we could really use your help for this.” Tomoki knew that she had to work later than usual and just had to suck it up for now and also kept her mouth shut about her, Cassie & Miki. “OK, fine.”


Time has passed by as Tomoki met Cassie after work for their planned date. “Well, that took a long time for you to get here.” Then notices the limp in Tomoki’s walk, “Um, what happened back at the Faction?”

“Here’s a hint: It has white hair, two-faced, and blackmail our asses for a living.” Tomoki said.

“Her again?” Cassie said with a stressed sigh, “God, how long do we have to endure this? It’s bad enough that she got most of the Faction sweet on her but…..well, you and me are the only ones that see how wicked she really is.”

“Exactly, it’s you, me and MAK.” Tomoki said. “Assuming he didn’t tell anybody else.”

[20 MINUTES LATER]

“YOU GUYS ARE BEING BLACKMAILED BY THAT WHITE-HAIRED GIRL!??!” And those are the words that came out of Kai as Tomoki and Cassie are on a double date with her and MAK.

Tomoki then looked at MAK with an annoyed grin on her face, “You and your big fucking mouth.”

“OK, I had to tell Kai sooner or later since I really can’t keep secrets from her. But that’s it. No one else knows about you two, Miki and Hybrid X.” MAK said. “I told you already that I can get you help on tracking those two as they watch your every move.”

“And now you know, Kai.” Cassie said, “Look, we don’t want to bombard you with our drama and all since the Grand ‘H’ riots. Plus, Cyan would have our necks if we drag you two into another situation like this.”

(FLASHBACK)

Cyan said to them, “Guys, I know you two hang out with my sister and MAK a lot since the riots and look, I got nothing against that. I’m glad that the 4 of you can double date and hang out with each other but after that stunt you pulled during there……DO NOT GET THEM INVOLVE IN SHIT LIKE THAT!!! EVER!!!!”

(END FLASHBACK)

“But doesn’t Cyan know we can handle ourselves?” Kai said, “I mean, I’ve been dealing with what’s in the Hybrid world longer than her. OK, not by that much but still more than her. I can handle myself.”

“I think she knows, Kai.” MAK said, “But I think that’s the reason why she might be scared for you. To be honest, I am, too, but you know that I’m not gonna hold you back.”

“OK, let me worry about my sister. You guys are being blackmailed by those two and under the Faction’s nose at that.” Kai said, “I don’t like that happening to you guys, especially when you let us know about your relationship being public…at least to us. We love you too much for you to be bullied like this and frankly, I don’t care if X or Miki knew that MAK and I know about it. We could take them on.”

“You….would do that for us?” Tomoki said. “You too, MAK?”

“Yeah. I didn’t have to think about that. You guys are our friends and you would’ve done the same for us…although you did way back.” MAK said. “And like I said, I do have some additional help from me if you need it. We got your back.” Cassie then got a little teary at the fact they both care so much about her and Tomoki, then she went to hug both of them. “Kai-Kai and MAKky – You two are some real friends and believe that I will cherish this moment as long as I live. Thanks, you guys!”

Then Tomoki went in and got on into the hug. “For real, that really meant something for what we’ve been through.”

“Excuse me, people?” The hostess was standing around waiting for them to order. “Are you ready to order?” All of them got out of the hug and resume their normal double date they got.

 

Later on, Tomoki and Cassie was about to call it a night and they went on to Tomoki’s place to crash as they got out from MAK’s ride. “Alright, you two, y’all take care now.” As Kai said to them as they said their goodbyes. “Talk to you both later.” As MAK said to them as they drove off.

“Well, Cassie…..after that crappy day at work, I think I had myself a good night at the end.” Tomoki said. “Yeah.” Cassie agreed. “Especially since we know we really got some good friends looking out for us. I was really moved by that.”

As they entered the apartment, Cassie was beginning to feel a bit amorous towards Tomoki. “Hey…..um….you know we don’t have to show up at work early tomorrow.” As she slowly unbuttoned her shirt, taking off her skirt and throwing both on the floor and was really coming up to Tomoki. “And you know what that means, don’t you?” Either way, Tomoki immediately jumped on her and began to make out with Cassie and now the two are in their state of aggressive yet passionate love-making. “WOW!!! I didn’t think you would go that fast!!” Cassie said, mostly muffled as Tomoki kept kissing her over her body and mouth.

“Should I stop then?” Tomoki asked. “I didn’t say all that now. You’re doing great!” As Cassie insisted that she liked what Tomoki was giving her and she even started to undress herself as well.

An hour has passed by as Tomoki was giving oral sex to Cassie, she wanted to ask Tomoki something. “Tomoki?”

“Yeah?” she said. “There is something that I wanted to ask you for some time now.” Cassie said while experiencing oral pleasure from her. “It’s….well…….I WANT US TO MOVE IN TOGETHER!!” Tomoki then stopped and said, “What?”

“I want us to live together.” Cassie said, “We have been dating for some time now, actually more than that and I think we should live together and see how it’ll goes. We got nothing to hide anymore and if Jin or Jiro asked, we can just say I’m moving to help you out on bills and stuff.” Tomoki then got up from below her and said to her, “Cassie, I….I don’t know about this. I mean, I love you and I love to live with you for the rest of my life but right now we got too much to deal with….and no, I’m not stalling on this like I did with telling everybody about us. Whether it’s work or Grand H or Hybrid X and Miki or that beeping on the wall right next to us and—wait what?”

That red beeping they wall was actually small micro cameras and they were in the living room, bedrooms, and kitchens…..just about everywhere. “The fuck? What in the flying fuck?” Then the phone happened to ring at that time. “Hello?”

“Did I interrupt your fucking session again?” And it was Miki on the phone.

“MIKI!! YOU BITCH!! How did you—“

“—I get this number?” As Miki interrupted Tomoki on that question. “Well, Hybrid X do have access to everyone in the Faction from their addresses, email addresses and their phone numbers, including you. But enough about that……I see you made another worthwhile show for me tonight!!” That really got Tomoki even angrier that she smashed one of those cameras. “Hey, some of the fellas enjoy you fucking the daylights out of your girl. I think one of them blew his load after you took off her panties. Also, I hope y’all plan on ending this soon. You got work early in the morning.”

“WHAT!! Work, my ass! We don’t have to show up early!! Jin told us so!!” Tomoki said.

“Yeah, well…..now you got to get up in the morning now. Enjoy what little sleep you got.” Then Miki hanged up the phone on Tomoki. “Hello? HELLO!!! YOU CAN’T DO THIS TO US ANYMORE!!” This was no response and she angrily shouted out, “FUCKING BITCH!!!” As she hung up the phone.

“What happened?” Cassie asked.

“We got to get up early tomorrow and Miki just had to remind them.” Tomoki said in an aggravated way. Cassie really groaned at that. “Welp, there goes that good mood we had for a few hours.”

“That’s it. That’s fucking it!! I’m gonna do something that I should’ve done a long time ago.” She went to her cellphone and dialed the number, “Hello, MAK!! You said you got help for us? We could use them right about now!!”

MAK told them that he’ll set up a meeting for this week despite her calling him at a bad time (A really bad time), “Also, why I hear Kai giggling in the background and some mus—oh, never mind.”


LATER IN THE WEEK

So, Tomoki and Cassie, along with MAK and Kai were heading their way to the Darksiders hangout….actually their new hangout. They relocate to another HQ near the Hybrid Society after what happened in Parish Heights. “I see they got a new hangout.” Cassie said.

“All right, we made it.” MAK knocked on the door and one guy was at the front, “Password?”
“What password?” MAK said, “Lex didn’t tell me anything about a password.”

“Then fuck you!!” As the guy slammed the door. “HA!!! I’m just fucking with you!! Lex told me you were coming up, MAKalicious!! Come on in.” Puzzled and confused, they went on into the building. “Oh yeah, I’m a new member of the crew. Name’s Cameron, I’m Devo’s cousin and assistant to Magnum. They told me a lot about you guys….well, MAK and Kai but who are the other two? Friends? Relatives? Side-chicks?”

“Um…..no.” Kai said, “The two women with us are friends of ours. You know where’s Lex and Aka at?”
“Yeah”, Cameron said, “They’re in the master room, down to your right.”

As they enter the room……. “So, Blue Hybrid,” Lex said doing a bad Don Corleone impersonation, “You come to my HQ on the day of……well…..Wednesday and you asked for us to…..actually, no, you were never clear on that. What do you need from us?”

“Yeah,” Aka said, “And also, please respond so Lex can stop with that awful impression.”

“AWFUL!!?” Lex shouted, “You told me you loved it the first time.”

“Yeah. The first time, but not the other 12 times you did it!!” Aka said. “Anyway, we’re getting off topic! So, what do you two need us to do?”

“Well, it’s not exactly from us.” MAK said, “Our friends Tomoki and Cassie are being harassed at work by this top-blowhard asshole and his bitch assistant.”

“Wait….those two from the Faction?” Lex said, “Somebody from there wants our help?”

“Yes, we two do.” Tomoki said, “But they can’t know anything about this. They wouldn’t believe us anyway….aside from some few people like Seiki and maybe Cyan.” Lex then spit out his drink at the mention of Seiki’s name ever since she cracked his hand before. “And now the pain comes back.”

“Look,” Cassie said to them, “All we want for you to do is that keep track on them, get some Intel of them, what they could be planning next and somewhat stop them in the process. Those guys badgering us all the time is really getting on my last nerve, especially since…..” She took a sigh at what’s she going to reveal to them (sans MAK and Kai) next. “…..since the two have been blackmailing me and Tomoki whenever we get close.”

“Huh?” Lex said. “Come again?” Aka said.

Tomoki then spoke and said, “Me and Cassie are a couple. Girlfriends in the sense that we date, kiss, and mostly fuck on the regular basis much like you do, except—-“

“OK, OK, WE GET IT!” Lex said, “This is personal to you guys and I get that.”
“Same here.” Aka said, “I got a sister who was once in the same situation as you and her and believe me, I would do anything to help her out.”

“Wait…..So you’ll do it?” Cassie said.

“Well, yeah. We’ll do it.” Aka said and as that happened, Cassie jumped for joy and then hugged Aka and Lex for that. “Sorry. I’m mostly a hugger sometime but THANK YOU FOR THIS!!!”
“And notice me not touching her, Aka!!” Lex jokingly said. “I KNOW!!” Aka said.

“For real, guys,” MAK said, “We really appreciate you helping us with this and I will pay you for it top dollar.”
“And that is much appreciated, MAKky.” Aka said.
“Very appreciated, man.” Lex said. “I’ll get the gang to rally up for this ASAP. But we’re going to have to pre-plan this if we can pull this off.”

“But with what?” Tomoki said. “She got surveillance on me and Cassie at both of your apartments. At work, we’re mostly powerless there.”

“We’ll plan right here.” Kai said. “I think I might have something up my sleeve and those two will be off your back in no time.”

“Kai, you thought of a plan?” Aka said. “You think it’ll work?”
“I’m sure. But all we really needed to do is play it cool, be sound and mind of ourselves and….” Most of it just turned into whispers.


OPERATION S.A.B.O.T.A.G.E

We see an approaching van at a building, there is one of Miki’s goons carrying a package and making his way to Miki’s surveillance HQ. Then we see one big guy in a trench coat and two girls walk on by and they bump into the goon. “Hey, watch were you going, bitch!” As he said to them but the big guy grabs him and said, “Uh, what did you say, motherfucker?” And it was revealed to be Magnum under the coat. “You wanna start something right here, right now?”

“OWW!!” one of the girls said. “Baby, my heels broke.” And of course, those girls happened to be Murasaki and Nola. “YOU SON OF A BITCH!!” Nola said to the guy, “You made her lose her balance.”

“What? Just get the bitch some new shoes. She’ll be fine.” The guy said to Nola but that got under her skin a bit. “BITCH? You limp-dick mothe—“ But Magnum had to hold her down from getting hurt by the guy. However, while that was happening, we see a blue-haired braided girl and another guy watching the whole thing and they are Nanashi and Devo focusing on their target.

“OK, we see the target fighting with Mag.” Nanashi said. “You said we need to switch packages?”

“Exactly as we planned.” Kai said to her via Bluetooth from the hideout. “But Devo has to get the box without him noticing. Aron, Rolo, you got control on street cameras?”

“We got visual on the fight.” Rolo said. “But I think you got a minute window to switch before he notices.”
“Well, Nanashi can just blind his ass and steal it, plain and simple.” Aron said.
“That’s not gonna work.” Kai said, “We need to be stealth on this. Any harm on him and next time you’ll know, they’ll come after us.”
“Yeah, Kai’s right.” Nanashi said, “Besides, I might plan that blind thing soon. You wanna be a contestant for that?”

So, Devo went for the minute window and quickly swap the boxes without the guy noticing but the guy slapped Nola for trying to jump on him as he drove his way out with the other package. “HEY!!!” Saki screamed at him as she was holding Nola, “Come back here and fight me if you want to hit a girl!!! Asshole!!” But the hit really didn’t affect her that much as Nola said to her, “Good thing I can take a hit unlike him. But don’t worry, Saki baby, I’m fine.”

“He’s on the move now.” Magnum said. “Who’s gonna track him by foot?”
“Don’t worry. I got it under control.” Kai said, “MAK, you on it?” and now we head on to MAK in the streets, mostly shivering because it is very cold where he’s at. “Yes….did I forget to mention I’m freezing my ass off? Is the target approaching near me?”

“He’s heading your way, MAKky.” Kai said, “Keep a close eye but don’t let him see you. We know where he’s headed and you are much needed there. We already got Lex and Aka on location, just get there in time.” MAK then sees the car but remained as slyness as he could until he got to the HQ. Inside the offices, we see Lex and Aka enter the building disguised as custodians to examine the room. “OK, we’re in.” Lex said to Kai. “You got some good visuals?”

“Yeah.” Kai said. “Aka, you got our mini-cameras ready?”

“Got ‘em.” Aka said. “We just need to place them on some specific areas and not leave any blind spots. We need to see all of their reactions of what we about to pull.” They soon place the cameras on every spot they can find available before anyone could notice.

The car finally arrive there with MAK casually walking the whole way there. “OK, I’m at the place now. Lex, Aka, I repeat, I have arrived. You two need to vanish. Fast.” They got out of the place as soon as the guy came in and open the package. Inside it was a new security camera system drone to be placed in Tomoki’s apartment and the guy brought it over to Miki and see if it works. “OK. Thing seems to be function well. All right, it checks itself out. Send it to Miayama’s place. There’s no way she can’t break this.”

However, as they were about to send the drone to her place, MAK sees it heading its way out and he has a smartphone on him and as he enters the number 266 and then…… “Adios, space drone boy!”
As MAK silently shouted. *KA-BLAM!!* The drone explodes before entering the place. “The fuck?” Miki said, “Why the fuck did they blew up!! We got the right drone, didn’t we?” One of the tech officers went to see what was wrong with it but while the drone was destroyed, all of their technical equipment is going haywire, causing all systems to overload with them saying “ERROR!! ERROR!!” and completely got most of their stuff just reset. “Well….” MAK said to Lex and Aka, “We did our part here.”

“Then why are you walking slowly like you’re in a cheap action movie?” Aka said. Yet she sees Lex doing it, too. “Oh, come on!! It didn’t explode near us!!”

“I know.” Lex said, “It doesn’t mean it’s not awesome as fuck.”

“Don’t worry. I’m far away from their cameras and besides their shit doesn’t even work now. I’m good here.” Then he went to call Kai to confirm the mission success. “Kai….we did it.” As he said with a smug smile on his face.

“Yeah, I see from here.” She said to him, “I think we all did great on this. We really did Tomoki and Cassie good…..and now I’m about to go see them to tell them about it.”

Meanwhile, at the Faction Gym, Tomoki and Cassie were busy working out there, mostly to establish an alibi in case something where to went wrong but most of the time, they along with Loyuka and Seiki were watching Leon learning how to control his powers with Cyan but hilarity and hijinks ensue. “OWW!!! OOH!! DAMN! EEK! FUCK!” Which is what Leon kept repeating as Cyan was throwing a lot of objects to help him stop it before it can get him. “How is you throwing shit at me going to help me control my powers?”

“It’s mostly controlling your anger!” Cyan said. “As in even under the duress of the situation, you can’t spontaneously lose control of yourself.”

“Won’t this make it worse?” Leon said. “Well, duh.” Cyan said to him, “You think these guys are going to take it easy with you when they kick your ass? Hell, no!! You need to take whatever shot they bring to you and retaliate!!! GIMME YOUR BEST SHOT!!” So Leon did a counterattack practice move on Cyan by evading her and making her unable to move. “See? Now you’re getting it.”

“So how you two been doing? I hardly see or talk to you that much anymore.” Loyuka said to Tomoki and Cassie. “Well, it’s been good and Tomoki and I have been a lot closer than ever.” Cassie said, “Although I am trying to convince Tomoki that we should move in together at her place.”

“But who’s going to move in your old place?” Loyuka said. “And how do you feel about that, Tomoki?”

“I think we’re going about this too fast. Isn’t that what I said to you yesterday, Cass?” Tomoki said. “Yes, you did.” Cassie said, “But I think there might be something to change your mind eventually…..you know, it can any ‘ol thing.” Tomoki almost didn’t get what Cassie meant but she then gave the eye expression of Don’t Tell the whole Fucking Building. Then Sayuri came in the room with a giddy attitude, “Ladies and gentlemen….or just Leon….here…..guess who came back from the hospital!!” And here comes Sei, fresh out of there with a cast on her shoulder. “Hey guys, it’s really been a while.” Then Sayuri just give her a fresh hug to her, probably still relieved and happy that she is alive. “Damn, Sayuri, you haven’t stop hugging me since I got out. I’m doing fine now.”

“I know.” Sayuri said, “But I’m still relieved that you’re alive and here as well.”

Then Kai came in there as well with news to bring to Tomoki and Cassie, “Um…Hi. I’m looking for Tomoki and Cassie?” “And who are you?” Sayuri said. “Oh, I’m Kai Barrett. Nice to meet you.” She said shaking Sayuri and Sei’s hands.

“Wait, you’re Barrett’s little kid sister?” Sei asked as she looked back and forth to see the semblance. “OK, I believe you.”
“Wait, Kai?” Cyan said, “What are you doing here? We’re kinda in the middle of something.”
“I’m here for Tomoki and Cassie.” She said. “For what?” Cyan said. “My guess is for them to do some girl talk or something like that?” Leon said. “Basically what Metal Man said? Besides, I like talking to the girls, gives me more of a chance to bond with them.” Kai said to her, “Which reminds me….Hey Loyuka? You know you can spend time with us if you want.”

“I wish I could,” Loyuka said, “But unfortunately my ass is swamped with all this work I got from the RHL. Hopefully another time.”

“Well, damn, maybe another time then.” She said. But then as Tomoki, Cassie and Kai were walking out of the room, Hybrid X abruptly stop them and said, “Excuse me, but where are you ladies going? Miayama and Lyles, it’s not time for you to leave yet and….oh, I see the other Barrett sister is here.”
“Oh yeah, the guy MAK calls a dickhead.” Kai said. “How’s fucking over my friends going for you?”
“Great. How’s being the spouse of an immature Hybrid human being going for you?” Hybrid X said. “Well, I don’t know about that. Don’t you have an assistant like that?” Kai sassed him back.

“OK, anyway, you two aren’t going anywhere right now.” X said. “You still got work to do here.” However, Jin came in the other room with a staggering announcement, especially for Hybrid X. “Guys, I got news from Miki that the assignments she got prepared have been corrupted on her system. And since all of them are destroyed, most of you are free to go for the day.”
“Wait, what?” X said. “Yeah, Miki called me a few minutes ago and said all of her systems are offline. We can’t transfer any work in and out, so….we’re done for that for the day.”

“Well……damn, X. I know Miki tried and all.” Cassie said, “But those are the breaks. We’ll see you tomorrow!! Oh, wait, actually, we’re off tomorrow so…..the day after!!! See-ya!!” As Cassie chuckled behind his back at that.

AuraFaction6

EYE CATCH


 

At the Turner Express, Tomoki, Cassie, Kai and MAK along with the DarkSiders raise their glasses and cheers for a successful mission today. “Oh, today was a good day!!!” MAK said, “And I wish I could see X’s face after you had to leave early!!! I bet it was priceless.”
“It is!!” Kai said, “I even took a picture of it afterwards!!” She then showed him the photo which MAK laughed outrageously on. “HAHAHAHA!!! Sorry motherfucker!!” He is a bit sloshed at the moment at everybody is getting drunk off their asses in many spirits.

“Yo! Kati! Yuan!” MAK shouted across the room. “Yeah, MAKky?” Kati said. “Got anything you want, man?” Yuan said. “Well………I’m gonna be treating to myself and some friends tonight. So…..” He then pulled out $300 out of his pocket, “….I want the best shit you got.”
“Oh, and MAK, since you buying,” As Kai said to him, “Can I get that one drink I’ve been hearing about? The Zombie?”
“Oh shit, really?” Yuan said, “You want that? Do you have a death wish, girl?”
“All I heard is this girl is brave enough to try it!!” Kati said. “Either she’s brave or crazy as hell!! One zombie coming up!!” Then Yuan gave MAK a 911 number and a remedy in case of Zombie OD. “You might need it, man.”

“OK, I know people who drink this shit gets fucked up but why doesn’t Kati?” MAK said.
“Since she’s a Hybrid/Human, her immunity is never having hangover symptoms. It’s like her liver is made out of steel. I know few Hybrids can outlast this like your friend Cass a few weeks ago but……um…..your girl….” Then Kai really took one gulp of it and continues to drink it down. “Just keep that number in case.”
“All right, I guess.” MAK said with a shrug.

Minutes later, MAK then went to make a toast. “Ladies and Gentlemen, I want to dedicate this night for 3 different reasons here. First is for Tomoki and Cassie, may your love continue to shine bright from the day to the night and let no one break that up from you. To the DarkSiders, the best crew and friends I enjoy working on this operation. Really couldn’t done it without you. And last and definitely not least, my lovely and crafty girlfriend Kai—“ Then he was interrupted by her as the Zombie is really getting to her as she kept laughing and drinking it. “Hey MAKky-wakky!!! This is actually great!! I don’t know why people are freaking out about the Zombie. It’s really hits the spot!!!” Then she really kisses him with the smell of Zombie in her breath.

“—My girlfriend Kai, who is really enjoying herself and she should!! A toast to all of us today!!” All of them raise their glasses and partied the night away with drinking, conversation, flirting, and some bar games.

Come morning, all of them are back at the Darksiders’ hideout, mostly getting over a hangover as Tomoki woke up from her drunken stupor with a passed-out Cassie in her arms. Everybody else was fucked up from the alcohol and we mean everyone. “Damn, we must’ve got—“

“Wasted?” Aron said.
“No one says that anymore.” Rolo said.
“Turnt up?” Magnum said.
“Yeah, that.” Rolo said.
“I think I need to go to the bathroom.” Cassie then woke up, “Hey Moki……oh…..Damn, we must’ve had a good time last night. My breath doesn’t smell like vomit again, does it?” And at that moment, they see Kai on the floor, having the worst stomach pains mostly due to the Zombie and she needed to go to the bathroom this instant. “Oh god…..I feel like death.” She said to them, “I think I drank too much.”
“You drank the zombie, huh?” Cassie said. “How did you know?” Kai said.
“Experience it myself.” Cassie said,
“Come on, if you need to puke, I’ll help keeping your hair vomit-free.”
“Thank you, Cass.” Kai said before she proceeded to puke.


 

A few hours later, we see that one guy from yesterday (the package deliverer) was driving somewhere and yet he spots Magnum coming out of a fast-food joint, eating a burger and listening to music on his mp3. The guy got out of the car and went to punch him, “You motherfucker!!”

“Um, fool…..who the fuck are you and what are you doing here? Just beating a dude trying to eat?” Magnum said with a pistol tucked in his pants. “Oh, and give me a reason to not kill you?”

“You and your crew are under arrest.” He said to them.

“Wait, what?” Magnum said laughing his ass off, “Who are you supposed to be? A cop or something?”

“Actually….” Then it turns out that wasn’t really that guy from yesterday, it was actually Hybrid X out of transformation mode. “You can say that.” Magnum then try to run from him, getting as far as he can but he was surrounded by Faction officers, ones that he wrangled. Magnum tried to reach his phone to call Lex but X told a hold of his phone, “Oh, we’re on to you Darksiders. We know it was you that sabotage Ms. Maeda’s base with that fake drone.” Soon, all of the Darksiders are being hunted down one by one with the hideout where they got the majority of them. Aron, Rolo, & Cameron were the first to be caught, even resulting to them being tasered by stun guns. Nanashi and Devo were probably the toughest to get as they were the first to run out of there before they got to Nanashi by the ladder while they got Devo earlier. However, Saki did sent Lex and Aka, who were out at the time a text before they got to her and Nola. It said, “DON’T GO TO HIDEOUT! COPS GOT US! HELP!”

Aka read the text in time before they got home, “What? Lex, I got something from Saki and she’s telling us not to go to the house.”

“Huh? Why would she say that?” Lex said. Then a police car and sirens came behind them, “Lex Jaga and Aka Taiga, you are under arrest for obstruction of property and destruction as well.” Both of them ran fast from the police, checking every vacant space from any street they see. “Oh fuck!! They might’ve found out about us and the drone.” Aka said. “Damn it!! I knew we wasn’t as stealth on that. Where’s MAK on this?”

Meanwhile, MAK was busy typing on another review he has to do for one of the sites he works for. “OK, Got to think of something else about the animation…..it was vibrant…no, no, I need to say more than that.” But then Lex and Aka came busting in the door, hoping no one followed them. “Um….Lex, Aka, how nice of you to drop-kick in here.” He said in an aggravated mood. “MAK, we got no time for that!!” Aka said, “They know!!”

“Know what?” he said. “They know about that review you made for money and all. WHAT THE HELL DO YOU THINK THEY KNOW!!?” Lex angrily shouted at him. “They know we sabotaged that drone. They got every Darksider except us.”

“Where’s Kai?” Aka said, “Faction people are involved in this as well!”
“She’s at the mall, trying on swimsuits and other shit with Tomoki, Cassie, and Kati as well.” MAK said.

“And you didn’t do with?” Lex said. “No, really, you didn’t go with your girlfriend and three other girls who—“
“NOW NOT’S THE TIME!!” Both Aka and MAK said to him.

“Wait….did you manage to lose them on the way here?” MAK said. “You didn’t pull any stupid shit that can lead them he—“ Before he can finish that sentence, a swarm of police and Faction agents barged into the room, grabbing Lex and Aka, pinning them down on the ground and using a tranquilizer on them and severely use excessive force against MAK. “The fuck? This is my apartment!! I didn’t do shit here, you fuckin’ cops!!”

“Oh, really?” Then out comes Hybrid X. “Because some people say otherwise….and you should come with me anyway.”


“So, guys…..how does this one look on me?” A black-and-white bikini-clad Kai said to the girls as she is trying them out in the dressing room. “Well, like MAK, I fuck ya.” Kati said as Kai did blushed a little bit while laughing a bit. “But no, really, you looking great in it. It’s actually kinda appealing and it does make your tits look good as well.”

“Yeah. What she said.” Tomoki said awkwardly. “And……” That’s when Cassie showed up, trying out her swimsuit and its bustier than Kai’s. “How’s mine?” That resulted with Kati shouting out, “Well, goddamn.” And Tomoki and Kai nearly fainting. “I don’t know who’s luckier. You or MAK.” Kati said to Tomoki.

Cassie then went to get Tomoki off the floor, “Honey, you can stop drooling now. This is just a sneak preview of what’s coming, especially with…” Then she whispered at her ear about that and the fainting continues…

“OK, I think Moki here needs a breather or something.” Kati said. “You 2 try to get dressed or something.” As both of them were getting dressed, Kai wanted to ask some things with Cassie, “So, with X and Miki off your back now, you still thinking of asking Tomoki to move in with her?”

“I think things are looking up on that.” Cassie said, “Why you ask?”

“Oh, I was just wondering about that. I think you guys moving together is sweet and all but I hope you’re not rushing things altogether with this.” Kai said. “You don’t want things to go sour at the first day.”

“Oh, I’m not.” Cassie said, “Tomoki and I practically know each other from our likes, dislikes, and vices.”

“Living together is a mighty big step, Cass.” Kai said. “But I do trust your and Tomoki’s judgment on it. The more I spend time with your both, the more I really think you two are meant for each other.”

“I do appreciate that, Kai.” Cassie said, “It seems that whenever Moki and I go out dating in public or even when we were kids, I always have this ominous feeling that people think ‘Why is a wolf hybrid like you doing fooling around with a panda hybrid like her?’ or ‘This wolf bitch is your friend? She’s such a punk-ass’. You ever had that happened to you before, Kai?”

“Yep.” Kai said, “Some real assholes at my school used to tease MAK all the time and wonder why I like spending time with him. It really got on mine and his nerves. But yet, in the end, what matters is the relationship between us grew and yours is going to, too…..Hopefully, not into those dumbass Nicholas Sparks romances. We’re actually smarter than that….and also not white.”

Cassie laughed at that last remark but did get what Kai was saying in the end. “Yeah….I think me and Moki might be good from here on out.”

Then we cut to Tomoki and Kati. “So…..you two are still thinking about moving in?” Kati said to her.

“If this is your attempt to make me faint again, then you failed.” Tomoki said. “But…..I’m thinking about it.”
“Well, let’s get your positives out of the way. No one is spying on you any longer, both of you can help each other out with rent and all that, all the love and fucking you get without having to drive anywhere…..yeah, it’s looking pretty positive from here.” Kati said. “Plus, I see the girl’s look in her eyes around you. She looks happy and blissful and not throwing up because of the Zombie. Moving in is a big step for the both of you and it’s not going to be an easy ride but I do hope you two the best.”

“I hope so, too, Kati.” Tomoki said. “I just hope all of this works—“ Then all of a sudden, her phone rings and it was Loyuka on the phone. “Hello. Loyuka.”
“Hey, Tomoki, you and Cass really need to come down the Faction immediately.”

“Wait, for what?” Tomoki said. “We have the day off. Why do we need to come down there anyway?”
“Hybrid X and Miki arrested those guys…..you know, The DarkSiders and they kept this other one hidden from us.”

“The Darksiders!? ARRESTED?!” Tomoki questioned her.

“Yeah, Someone caught them swapping a defective package from them that cause that HQ to shut down. They hunted them down and anyone else associated with them today. We have to get the answers out of them today.”

“OK, I get there ASAP.” She then hung up the phone, “FUCK!!”

“What happened?” Kati said along with Cassie and Kai noticing it. “The Faction got the Darksiders!! In jail!” She said to them, “And I think they got MAK with them, too.”

“Wait, MAK’s arrested!?” Kai said. “MAKky’s in jail?!” Cassie and Kati said in unison.

“They didn’t say but I know he’s the only non-Darksider there.” Tomoki said, “We got to see what happens there.”


In the meantime, back at the Faction, we see Jin and Jiro heading to the interrogation room to take a look who they are bringing in to arrest. Hybrid X was very giddy to bring in you-know-who into the building. “Matsuda siblings….” Hybrid X proudly said to them, “I figured out who was responsible for that sabotage and you definitely need to see this.”

“X, what’s going on?” Jin said. “I thought it was just a simple error in—“

“That’s just what I wanted you to think.” X said. Then he went to show them who they caught and behind the 2-way mirror are all the Darksiders. “Behold….the Darksiders!! Remember those guys?”

“Yeah, we know of them.” Jiro said, “They pull shit like this all the time.”
“However, they have someone working with them….take a look to your left.” As X directly pointed to the one in the shadows and notice that was a roughed-up MAK over there. “And lookie here….we got ourselves a little Blue Hybrid here.” Both of them looked very shocked to see him like this. “Wait…him? MAK?” Jin said. “He’s the one….you’re the one that did this!!?” She said directly to him but he can’t heard her through the two-way mirror.

Soon, X then made an announcement to everyone in the Faction that MAK2.0 is in the custody of the Faction and he will interrogate him about why he destroyed Faction property along with the Darksiders. Knowing Cyan and Seiki and the rest hearing about this, they are really not too pleased with him about this.

Hybrid X and Miki are now interrogating all the Darksiders about what were their motives behind it all but some of them weren’t talking. They were keeping their mouths shut about or either spouting out ‘Fuck You’ to the both of them. However, when Cyan came and interrogate him, Lex just straight told her (or mostly white lied her), “OK, fine, you got us. We were just fucking around with this girl in that apartment complex. We didn’t even know she was a part of the Faction.”

“Didn’t know? Really?” Cyan said, “I don’t know whether to believe you or not, Lex. I know you would lie about something like this and with MAK involved in this, you’re gonna tell me why.”

“Look, I got nothing to hide.” Lex said, “And that’s the truth.” But then he sees Seiki coming into the room, ready to ask questions for him. “Hey, C. I’ll take over from here. I might get some answers out of him.”
“Oh fuck!! Those memories!! That pain!! My hand!!” Those were the words Lex shouted as soon as he saw Seiki. “Hello to you, too, Lexington!”

“Oh, come on. I said I didn’t know much. Please don’t fuck up my hands again!!”


Hybrid X and MAK are now in a small room and the animosity between them is brimming with anger for one another. “So……..MAK, you finally slip up, didn’t you?”

“I don’t know what the fuck you are talking about.” MAK said, “If anyone is slipping up, it’s you, nigga.”

“Me? I’m not the one going around destroying other people’s property and being some wannabe rebel warrior.” Hybrid X said. “You got a lot of balls saying some shit to me like that.”
“Said the guy that does nothing but belittle his allies, especially verbally abusing close friends of mine. If anybody’s a fucking wannabe, it’s your dumb ass and of course, your partner-in-crime.”

“Why whatever do you mean by that?” X said convincingly to him.

“Oh, don’t go with that ‘I know nothing’ bullshit. You basically giving shit to almost everyone in the Faction from berating Cassie and Tomoki to disrespecting Cyan and Seiki because they’re humans. You’re just as scum as the people who attack Hybrid beings every day.“

“You mean, people that you happened to be fond of?” He said to MAK. “You’re judging me like I’m the bad guy here. You’re the one with the unauthorized grudge against me along with those girls. What makes you any right to fuck up my place?”

“Because I know everything.” MAK said to him with a darker tone than before. “I know all about you spying on Tomoki and Cassie while in their private moments. I know all about you blackmailing them and having them obey your every move. And you know what? I don’t regret myself and the rest for fucking that up for you. Cause if you even think about touching me, your ass will live to regret it.”

“Oh, really?” Hybrid X said as the lights go dark and the next thing he disappeared from the room. MAK wondered where the hell he went then out of the blue Miki sucker-punched him and knocked out one of his teeth. “Not so dumb now, am I, you prick?” She said with much snarkiness. “You little bitch.” He said as MAK went to knock her out but she dodged it completely and counter-acted by stunning his leg and picking up/slamming his body to the ground. “You know, I thought you was going to put up more of a fight with you being the Blue Hybrid and all. I guess what I heard about isn’t completely true.” However, MAK wasn’t hearing all that and he tries to get one hit but she then punches his jaw and hits him with a pencil sharpener. “Damn, this is really disappointing. I guess like the women you hang out with including the one you fuck, you’re useless and bitch-made.” That comment really got MAK pissed off. MAK then got into his Hybrid stage as his eyes glow blue and all his anger is channeled at her. It looks like Miki was about to finish him off but then he grabbed her neck and started to slam her against the wall and starts beating the ever life of her. “If you ever threaten my friends and call my girlfriend a bitch again, I SWEAR I WILL FUCK YOU UP PERSONALLY!!! AND THAT ISN’T A THREAT!! IT’S A PROMISE, YOU BITCH!!!”

Before MAK can do any more damage, Jin, Jiro and Leon got into the room and see him like this and both guys had to restrain him from harming Miki anymore and had to get a tranquilizer to calm him down. One didn’t do enough so they had to inject over 3 into his system and he then began to settle down and then went to sleep. “What in the hell was that?” Jiro said.

“I don’t know.” Miki said. “I think he went into his Hybrid mode and just straight attacked me out of blind rage.”

“And to think, this guy was supposed to be a savior to Hybrids.” Jiro said. “He can’t even control his powers at the moment of distress.” That last comment does have Leon thinking moreso of him trying to control his powers or he might end up like MAK. “Oh damn.” Leon said, “What am I gonna tell Cyan or her sister about him?”
“I’ll take care of it.” Jin said.


 

Later on in the Faction, Kai, Tomoki and Cassie are in the break room. They were waiting anxiously to see what happened with the Darksiders and MAK. “You think they might question us about what happened with them?” Kai asked.
“I don’t know but this is starting to worry me.” Cassie said. “I know they won’t drop the ball on us but—“
“Cass, at this point, I don’t blame them if they said it was our idea.” Tomoki sadly said to her. “I don’t want those guys to take the blame for us just because we continue to hide a secret from everyone.”
“Moki, I know.” Cassie said, “But what can we do from here?” However, Kai did thought of something. “Well, I actually have an idea but you won’t like it as much.”

“We’re listening….” Tomoki and Cassie said.

5 MINUTES LATER

“You did WHAT!!!!!???” and that was the collective screams from Cyan and Seiki after Kai, Tomoki and Cassie told them everything that happened with Hybrid X & Miki and the Darksiders. “Fucking hell!! I can’t believe you two!” Seiki said, “I know you couldn’t tell us straight up that you were blackmailed but destroying property of theirs doesn’t make it any better!!”

“Tomoki, Cassie, what the flying fuck were you thinking?” Cyan said angrily. “This shit could end up suspending your asses for a week. What you did was fucking foolish of you.” And then she turned her attention to Kai. “And you…..knowing my own little sister was a part of this Sabotage and being the mastermind of this? I TOLD YOU I DIDN’T WANT YOU A PART OF THIS SHIT!!!” Then Cyan and Kai are now arguing in Tagalog about how Kai is saying that she doesn’t need to be treated like some dainty little girl all the time and that she can handle herself but it gotten more heated than before as Kai ended up throwing an orange at Cyan.

“OK…I don’t speak Tagalog but I think Kai called her a bitch.” Seiki said. “A fucking orange. Really?” Cyan said. Then she threw an apple at Kai. “OW!! That hurt, dammit!!”

“So should we tell someone else about this?” Cassie said. “Why not?” Tomoki said, “It couldn’t hurt any worse, right?”

Actually, no, it did.

They went to tell Loyuka about this and her response was her slapping the shit out of the both of them. “Stupid!! DUMBASS!! Stupid!! DUMBASS!! I can’t believe you two!! You could’ve told me about X and Miki harassing you!”

“They wouldn’t believe us anyway.” Cassie said, “Or even you at first. And did you have to hit so hard?”

Then Loyuka said, “First off, yes, I have to hit you hard for how stupid this is and I would’ve believe you anyway but now you got all those Darksider guys arrested and MAK, too!! And you, Kai? I’m surprised that you cooked up a plan like this!!”

“You’re not going to throw apples at me, aren’t you?” she said to Loyuka.

“No, not really.” Loyuka said, “Plus, Cyan did that part already but still…..you know eventually you going to have to confess to Jin and Jiro about this. You can’t keep yourself hidden for long. Hell, they might gave you away anyway.”

Then after they really had to break the news to the only two people that’s not Jin and Jiro that they haven’t told. “So……what you’re telling me is that Miayama and Lyles are dating now but Hybrid X and that girl Miki has been blackmailing them and recording them having sex. And now you got those guys they arrested and that Blue Hybrid guy that Barrett’s little sister is dating are now involved?” And that’s Sei and Sayuri getting caught up to speed about this whole ordeal. “Are we missing any details or are we square?”

“No, you’re good.” Seiki said.

“I always did suspect Miayama and Lyles to eventually fuck and hey, I was right.” Sei said. “So……” Sayuri slyly said, “One thing I got to ask you two.”

“Sayuri, if the question is how the sex is between us, you’re shit outta luck.” Tomoki said, “Because I’m not sharing that shit with you.” But then see Sayuri and Cassie whispering about it behind her back. “What the f—CASS! Really?”

“Hey, it wasn’t about that!!” Cassie said, “You think I was going to tell what we do in private to others?” Then Sayuri got back to whisper to her, “So, Tomoki likes getting spanked on a regular basis?” That and also Kai heard it, too. “Dammit, not you, too, Kai.”

And last but not least, Leon was informed with what’s really going on and his reaction was as expected from him. “You crazy-ass women!!” However, that line didn’t help much when he’s in the room with a bunch of women. “OK, wrong choice of words but all this shit going on with you, the riots, not to mention we had to put MAK in intensive care because of—“
“WHAT!!!!” All the girls said in unison.

“What happened with MAK?” Kai said, “What did you do to him?”
“HE just went and attack Miki and me, Jin and Jiro had to tranquilize him to get him under control. He’s now comatose and resting inside one of the hospital wards. He got too crazy in there. He even got into his Hybrid stage and he was brutal with her. We’re lucky she’s still alive but it looks like now things may turn for the worse not only for him, but for y’all as well.”

“Like what? Suspension? Firing? Outright banned?” Cyan asked him. “Suspension is a maybe for him.” Leon said, “But since he isn’t a fully-fledged Faction member, he gets a restraining order more or less but after that beating, he isn’t going to get off scot-free.” Then an announcement from the intercom addressed that Leon, Cyan and Loyuka are needed in assistance in pursuit of local vigilantes/snipers between on Depina Road and Walker Alley.

“Well, it looks like we’re needed for work.” Cyan said. “But as for you, Tomoki and Cassie, consider this a strike against you. I let that time at the riots go but not here. This is Strike 1 for you and as for you, Kai, you’re suspended from coming here for a week.”

“WHAT? I GOT SUSPENDED FOR A WEEK!? A week?!” Kai shouted.

“I got no more to say to you. Other than you three really disappointed me today.” Cyan said, “Don’t make any attention from yourselves from here on out in the Faction. By tomorrow, the Darksiders will be let out and MAK depending on his status will be, too, but you have a lot to think about.”

TO BE CONTINUED


 

NEXT TIME….

“If it isn’t world’s greatest super-save-A-Hybrid service known as The Faction.”

“Here they are. Two of the fastest guns in this side of the Hybrid Society.”

“You seem cute.”

“Your sister isn’t really that fond of my friends nor me.”

“I will never join the ranks among you amateurs.”

“These creatures….those animals…..all of them will eventually die at my hands.”

“I have any things to describe my anger.”

“PLEASE!!! We need someone like her for this!!”

“Loyuka Zaki, what I want in return is….”

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