Our adventuring party continues deeper into the watery depths of Level Four. Marcille recalls a a story from her school days where she learned about building dungeons and befriended an odd but gifted magic user name Falin. Another group of adventurers catches up to the party, and they are aided by a fighter named Namari who used to be part of their group. They partially blame her for Falin’s predicament, but Chilchuck reminds them an adventurer’s ultimate loyalty is to coin, rather than friends. They all have a scary run-in with some tentacles that actually yields some delicious results even though some walk away with swollen body parts. In the end, our adventurers fight through some giant frogs to find themselves at last at the base of the Orc village they’ve been seeking.
In an epic flashback, we learn Sanji’s backstory and his debt to Chef Zeff, who saved his life but lost his leg in the process. Now, Sanji feels he owes a great debt and must save the Baratie Restaurant at all costs. Sanji goes up against the Indestructible Pearl, who has never shed blood in all his fights. After Luffy and Sanji make Pearl feel he is in danger, Pearl ignites the deck of the Baratie in self-defense. Then, Gin takes on Sanji himself and vows to take him down for Don Krieg, while Luffy has some difficulty getting to Krieg without landing in the ocean. Don Krieg then unleashes his mightiest weapon on the Baratie, punishing some of his own men and his enemies at the same time.
The fight against Muzan is here, and a new Lord Ubuyashiki must make tactical calls and lead the Demon Slayer Corps against their most powerful foe. The losses have been great, though, so the remaining Demon Slayers must come together to take on Muzan with the remaining Hashira who are alive. In the middle of the battle, Tanjiro is sidelined and takes a trip into an inherited memory from his ancestor. He relives much of Yoriichi’s young life after he left his family home, including the time he almost defeated Muzan.
The goodwill tournament is interrupted by several foes and one of them creates a shield over the students that is made specifically for keeping Satoru out. Inside the shield, special grade demons go after the students. Inumaki, Megumi, and Noritoshi face off against Hanami, who tells them humans are the blight of the planet. Todo and Itadori continue to fight together, and Todo help Itadori unlock the hidden potential of his powerful punch attacks. Todo reveals his true jujutsu powers, which include being able to change places with other jutsushiki forces.
Sakura has come to the neighborhood of Makochi to attend Furin High School. It’s an all-boys school known as being full of delinquents where students constantly get in fights. Sakura intends on fighting his way to the top because he has no time for anyone weaker than him. But when he finally gets into the neighborhood, he discovers an entirely different environment. Students from Furin are called Bofurin - protectors of the neighborhood, and they don’t fight each other - they protect the citizenry and fight other gangs to deter other delinquency in their area. Sakura's not so sure this is all he signed up for, especially since it means he has to work together with others and get along with his fellow first-year students.
In their continued efforts to find a cook, Luffy has indentured himself for a year at the floating restaurant for damaging the ship. But, on the horizon is the fierce pirate Don Krieg who, until recently, commanded 5,000 men on an armada of ships. Recently, they had gone onto the Grand Line and had been single-handedly decimated by a fierce swordsman Zolo had been hunting before joining Luffy’s crew: “Hawkeye” Mihawk. Sanji, the sous chef of the restaurant ship, agrees to feed Don Krieg’s starving crew because he believes a chef’s calling is to feed people, but then he calls for all the chefs, and enlists Luffy’s help, to defend the restaurant once the pirates have recuperated.
In a universe inspired by Osamu Tezuka's original work, Princess Sapphire must hide that she's a girl and make herself invaluable to the Robots in order to protect her people and her kingdom. But something breaks her and reveals her secret, and now she's sailing the universe as the fearsome captain of a pirate ship! When she stumbles upon a refuge for humans and robots and meets the mysterious Fire, she and her crew become tangled in the survival of these refugees and possibly a greater fate for the universe.
As the corps battles with Kokushibo, the Upper Rank Demon #1, we dive into his backstory of four hundred years ago. There, we see him and his his twin brother, Yoriichi, who was born with a special mark on his forehead, and who grew up to develop the several breathing techniques for the Demon Slayer Corps. Kokushibo was immensely jealous of his twin’s exceptional skill with the sword, and he spent most of his life trying to learn and catch up to Yoriichi’s skill. In the present battle, Kokushibo goes against Himejima, who must rely heavily on his use of seeing the Transparent World to fight this powerful demon, as well as Tokito, Genya, and Sanemi.
The Japan Defense Force is reeling from the loss of one of their high ranking leaders in the continuing fight with the dangerous Kaiju No. 9. Kafka also finds himself with a piece on the back of his hand that will not un-transform from his Kaiju self. In the bowels of the Defense Force labs, a remnant of Kaiju No. 10 awakens and makes a deal with Vice-Captain Hoshina that he hopes will turn the tide against No. 9. Within the Defense Force, the scientists think they have located a candidate who is compatible to use some of the Force's weapons they've created using remnants of Kaijus, but to train to use them either results in a powerful Defense Force soldier, or death.
The goodwill tournament continues between the Kyoto and Tokyo jujutsu schools but it becomes clear very quickly that the Kyoto students have been given orders to kill Itadori. Todo, a strong student from the Kyoto school, takes Itadori on and challenges him to rethink what he knows about how he harnesses cursed energy The students square off against each other instead of fight the demons that have been released around the arena. We learn of Panda’s true nature and what makes him so special as he battles a student from Kyoto who has a similar situation. Maki and Mai come face to face and they use the battle to settle a familial dispute that has been raging for years.
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