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Taboo Tattoo Season 1 Episode Guide

Episode 1: Tattoo

Taboo Tattoo: A Chance Encounter Leads To Mayhem And Thirsty Ink

In Taboo Tattoo’s first episode, titled “Tattoo,” we meet Justice Akatsuka, who receives a strange tattoo as a “thank you” gift from a man he saved from a robber. Not long afterward, Bluesy Fluesy begins stalking him. Akatsuka’s day goes downhill rapidly from there.

Bluesy and Tom were impressed that Akatsuka was doing well — until he wasn’t. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

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Episode 2: Surprise Attack

Taboo Tattoo Episode 2: Fighting On Two Fronts

In Taboo Tattoo episode 2, Surprise Attack, the Selinistan Kingdom falls to a murderous hard-liner; Bluesy Fluesy makes a harsh proposal to Justice AkatsukaTōko Ichinose almost becomes a stalker and immediately lives to regret it; and speaking of regrets, Tom Shredfield has plenty when he answers the door.

Bluesy seems to have a soothing effect on Akatsuka. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

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Episode 3: Misery Loves Company

Taboo Tattoo Episode 3: Peel Off Tattoos And A Bad Liar

In Taboo Tattoo episode 3, Misery Loves CompanyBluesy Fluesy decides on a tactical retreat; Justice Akatsuka has to defend himself against a possessed friend; Lisa Lovelock grills Bluesy over her house guests; Iltutmish takes delivery of a really, really big sword!

Ichinose doesn’t care for the danger she’s in, but she can’t deny a romantic dimension to sharing a secret with Akatsuka. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

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Episode 4: Distance

Taboo Tattoo Episode 4: The Meaning Of Friendship In The World Of Tattoos

In Taboo Tattoo’s fourth episode, DistanceJustice Akatsuka injects some much-needed realism by undergoing actual training; Bluesy Fluesy struggles against her helplessness to stop the abduction of her friend Lisa Lovelock; Akatsuka and Tōko Ichinose run roughshod over Tom Shredfield’s reasonable and helpful advice; and Bluesy confronts the kidnappers, R. R. Lurker and Iltutmish.

Lisa’s world just got a lot less comfortable. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

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Episode 5: Rescue

Taboo Tattoo Episode 5: The Struggle Of Hopes Versus Dreams

In Rescue, the fifth episode of Taboo Tattoo, Princess Aryabahta arrives in Japan to check on Iltutmish (among other things); Bluesy Fluesy tries to rescue her friend Lisa Lovelock and causes quite a stir; Aryabahta pits Tōko Ichinose’s dreams against Iltutmish’s hopes; and ping pong. Yes, ping pong.

Ichinose can be quite forceful when she wants to be. And here, she wants to be. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

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Episode 6: Reunion

Taboo Tattoo Episode 6: Secrets Of The Tattoos — And Bluesy

In Taboo Tattoo episode 6, ReunionBrad Blackstone (a.k.a. BB) hurls Akatsuka at a building; Princess Aryabahta takes a long walk underground with her friends; and BB reveals the true, terrifying extent of the power behind the tattoos.

Why does Bluesy look so scared that BB is going to “borrow” Akatsuka? Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

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Episode 7: Storm

Taboo Tattoo Episode 7: A Trap And Blood Flows

In Storm, the seventh episode of Taboo TattooBluesy Fluesy has her perspective on her role forcibly adjusted; Princess Aryabahta tightens her grip on the fourth ancient site; Iltutmish gets an upgraded frame; Justice Akatsuka finds his back against the wall — and if it’s not in the worst possible way, it’s pretty close.

The Princess has a good grasp of philosophy — almost as good as her sense of cruelty. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

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Episode 8: Creator

Taboo Tattoo Episode 8: Death-O-Plenty And Some Actual Plot!

In episode 8 of Taboo TattooCreatorBrad Blackstone (a.k.a. BB) faces off against Cal Shekhar in a battle of singularities against boundaries; Justice Akatsuka has to reach deep down beneath his despair in his fight against the Princess; Bluesy Fluesy again has her relative impotence ground into her psyche; Princess Aryabahta widens the power gap; Tōko Ichinose learns a permanent lesson about love and longing. I think this episode shows positive signs of plot — what do you think?

The Princess takes callousness to a whole new level as she “entices” Akatsuka to come after her for revenge. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

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Episode 9: The Past

Taboo Tattoo Episode 9: A Blast From The Past – Hello Context!

In Taboo Tattoo episode 9 (called The Past), Justice Akatsuka accepts Wiseman’s offer to dive into the memories of Brad Blackstone (a.k.a. BB). Once there, we get to see BB meet Cal ShekharIltutmish, and even Princess Aryabahta for the first time; we get to see the lengths to which BB is willing to go to learn how to destroy tattoos; and most chilling of all, we get to learn the horrifying secret behind Aryabahta and her powers.

The princess agrees to let BB join the Brahman — but she doesn’t fully trust him. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

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Episode 10: Letter of Challenge

Taboo Tattoo Episode 10: A Year Passes But No One Learns…

Letter of Challenge, the tenth episode of Taboo Tattoo, shows how much Justice Akatsuka‘s capabilities can improve with intensive practice and guidance from the memories of Brad Blackstone (a.k.a. BB); shows the furor that Princess Aryabahta’s overly-sexualized and condescending challenge video has on Akatsuka, Bluesy Fluesy, and the team; and, finally, shows that the American military has a singular ability to not learn from its past mistakes. At all. Not even a little.

Bluesy demonstrated her resolve to bring her friend Lisa back alive. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

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Episode 11: In the Palm of the Hand

Taboo Tattoo Episode 11: Our Heroes Finally Gain Traction, But To What End?

In Taboo Tattoo’s eleventh episode, called “In the Palm of the Hand,” we learn that Cal Shekar is still alive, and even without her most dreadful power, she’s still formidable; Justice Akatsuka is much stronger but still struggles when it comes to situational awareness; Bluesy Fluesy demonstrates how well she can fight with an artificial arm (hint: very well!); and Princess Aryabahta shows that planning ahead has major benefits.

Though she’s fighting two foes at once, Bluesy’s not about to back down. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

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Episode 12: The Deciding Battle

Taboo Tattoo Episode 12: The Kinda Final Battle – I Think

In Taboo Tattoo’s final episode, The Deciding BattlePrincess Aryabahta’s sisters get a terrible headache; Justice Akatsuka learns a valuable life lesson about revenge; Bluesy Fluesy has terrible luck with prosthetics; and Tom Shredfield steps forward as the show’s pivotal character.

Look. I’ll be up-front and honest with you. This is going to be a negative review. I admit I was foolish to hope the ending would somehow turn things around. So it you don’t care of negative reviews, no hard feelings if you want to skip this one.

Never let it be said that Akatsuka carefully considers the perspectives of others. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

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