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Title: My Hero Academia
Post by: Stark700 on April 03, 2016, 02:14:25 AM
1:

Just saw and well, that was interesting. The music was good and OP song was nice too as expected by the talent that worked on Haikyu

Action is fairly well done and I think Deku's voice may take awhile to get used to. Pacing worries me slightly but I have hope that they will adapt it well. Good start so far though, definitely looking for more. Thoughts?
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Delphinox on April 03, 2016, 03:42:08 AM
1:

Note to self: this is not the kind of show one should watch at 5am when the rational thing to do would be to go to bed. Save it for trying to get up in the morning when dawn breaks.

That was a lot of fun. The first episode had a pretty standard "follow your dreams even as an underdog" mentality going with Izuku, but wore its heart on its sleeve so well that I really got the impression the series was committed to it, which if nothing else was the one thing the series has to absolutely nail if it wants to follow that route. Obviously the series still has plenty of time to break its commitment, but for now, Izuku comes across as very earnest and unpretentious - someone who dreams big, but isn't totally impervious to the reality of his situation. Hell, the series even went overboard with Bakugo's depiction as the self-absorbed bully as if to really hammer the "acting entitled is BAD" point home - if I were more awake when he was on screen, I probably would have been a lot more tempted to punch out the TV.

Inevitably, the elephant in the room is how Izuku can possibly make up for not having a Quirk. Some of my favorite shows in anime are very legitimate underdog stories in this vein, but unlike those series, I don't think Izuku's disadvantage is one that can be compensated for solely through hard work and guts, even though I really want for that to be the case somehow. In that line of thinking, I'm preemptively hosing myself down for the possibility that he's just a very late bloomer and that he never was really at a true disadvantage, but there's nothing that first episode did that didn't at least earn it the benefit of the doubt for now.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Kiniest on April 03, 2016, 08:56:46 AM
1: Reminds me of Disney's Sky High. Nothing particularly special, but it can stay for a couple weeks if it wants.

I will note that the antagonist reminds me of that one character from Adventure Time who kept following Finn and Jake around mocking any and all of their struggles, talking about how fantastic he was, just to hear "Why are you following a 13 year old boy around all day, dude? Get a life," and fall flat on his face. Seriously, why does it bother him so much that a "quirkless" classmate is trying in spite of his weakness? It's not like Izuku's really in his way or anything. Well, as most of these shows do, I suppose the world just really revolves around the protagonist.

1:

Just saw and well, that was interesting. The music was good and OP song was nice too as expected by the talent that worked on Haikyu.

Oh, hey dude, see you around all the time on other anime websites. Welcome aboard.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Stark700 on April 03, 2016, 09:28:45 AM

Oh, hey dude, see you around all the time on other anime websites. Welcome aboard.

Hey :)
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Gadget on April 03, 2016, 11:42:41 AM
Poking fun at American comic heroes. All Might looks like Captain America on steroids. What's with the 'Texas Smash'? I've read there's going to be 'Detroit Smash', 'Missouri Smash', 'Carolina Smash', and 'New Hampshire Smash'. Sounds like the current Primaries in US now. And the red, white blue with the star spangle banner in the background. It's all spell You Ass Aye (USA).

I know that it will be compared to Sky High. But I think it's more Tiger and Bunny. Lot's of powers. But some are almost useless.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Marid King on April 03, 2016, 12:42:45 PM
1:

If he gets some super amazing quirk that didn't show itself till now, I'm dropping this.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Zeitgeist on April 03, 2016, 01:18:01 PM
"Genetic deteriminsm" Didnt Rakdai do this opening narration already? Well the MC had better be openly bangain' a hot red-head by ep 7.

Yeah Sky High was a pretty cute narrative.

Ahegao? Tentacles

Bored. Dont care.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Shadowmage on April 03, 2016, 09:30:00 PM
Yeah, this is totally a product of Shounen Jump.  I'll probably ignore this show until it hits its stride which is when I'll marathon it.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: ckarasu on April 04, 2016, 05:18:45 PM
1: Reminds me of Disney's Sky High. Nothing particularly special, but it can stay for a couple weeks if it wants.

I will note that the antagonist reminds me of that one character from Adventure Time who kept following Finn and Jake around mocking any and all of their struggles, talking about how fantastic he was, just to hear "Why are you following a 13 year old boy around all day, dude? Get a life," and fall flat on his face. Seriously, why does it bother him so much that a "quirkless" classmate is trying in spite of his weakness? It's not like Izuku's really in his way or anything. Well, as most of these shows do, I suppose the world just really revolves around the protagonist.

1:

Just saw and well, that was interesting. The music was good and OP song was nice too as expected by the talent that worked on Haikyu.

Oh, hey dude, see you around all the time on other anime websites. Welcome aboard.

He's not the antagonist. He's still framed as a "friend", even in the manga.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: CNile on April 04, 2016, 10:34:26 PM
1:

Deku looks like he's gonna grow up to be a smooth-talking interplanetary bounty hunter.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: AC on April 05, 2016, 06:20:46 AM
1:

Very interesting.

It couldn't be any clearer how shounen this show is; it's as shounen as it get. But I kinda like it. It's blatantly kiddish with the outlandish designs and over-the-top characterisation but it has a lot of heart, which I think is the main appeal of the show. Plus, seeing characters with different powers always interests me. Just worried if it gets old quick.

I'll stick around and see what happens.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: AHideyo on April 07, 2016, 02:16:02 AM
1: All Might really looks like Donald Trump on steroids, every time I see this guy I can't help but make the comparison. If he has a technique called New York smash, the similarities would be uncanny.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: samui on April 09, 2016, 01:14:16 AM
1: I really love this episode given how grounded it is and Deku was given a chance to develop his character. Nothing new? yes but I enjoyed the heck out of  it even if it was a tad slow (and I am not even a manga reader of My Hero Academia).
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Stark700 on April 10, 2016, 02:33:59 AM
2:

Good episode, this one revealed All Might's true form. I was shocked when I saw it the first time as when seeing it from the manga awhile ago. Either way, the episode proved that Deku can become a hero. Exciting stuff. The OST still remains pretty good for the show as expected, pacing is fine too.

Proud of what Deku did. I also really liked the contrasting character voice mannerism between All Might's true form and base form.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Delphinox on April 10, 2016, 10:06:12 AM
2:

That was about an entire series' worth of ups and downs already, and we're only in the second episode of the series. Good gracious.

I wish the series had gone for a full-out "never meet your heroes" moment, but I do appreciate that All Might was pretty upfront about the reality of Izuku's prospects of being a hero. Sure, there's going to be a convenient way he'll get to a level where he can function as if he had a Quirk, but I'm not about to doubt the series' willingness to make Izuku have to earn it.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Marid King on April 10, 2016, 10:36:53 AM
2:

A step up for sure. Showing what happened to All Might really kept things grounded.

We're still waiting to see whether he just gets a quirk and everything becomes easy mode.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Gadget on April 10, 2016, 11:01:15 AM
2
Although the pacing is good, and All Might is an honest and likable hero, Deku is too typical of a Japanese shonan hero. Like will power is mightier than a laser blast. I wonder will anyone will start having their own version of quotes, like Ben Parker's power and responsibility.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Sidenote on April 10, 2016, 01:18:39 PM
Deku is too typical of a Japanese shonan hero. Like will power is mightier than a laser blast.

My HERO Academia.The whole point of this show is shonen. The draw is how unabashed it is about its tropes.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Kiniest on April 10, 2016, 01:50:48 PM
It seems more like the draw is in the logical story and character beats that cause the tropes. Usually, a trope is just there for the sake of being there; to fill in the story beats that would otherwise require effort and time to figure out. Not the case in this show, as it's being made abundantly clear that even if the story itself is unrealistic, the structure is not full of bullshit - the author still uses the basic constructs of writing to make us like what we'd otherwise consider trite.

Second episode was better, by the way. I'm starting to enjoy myself - unlike Ace Attorney, I don't feel like I need to hold the show's hand to keep it with me.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: AC on April 11, 2016, 06:20:08 AM
2:

It's clear-cut shounen and is not afraid to whip out all the tropes. Well, I can't fault the show since it definitely knows what it wants to be.

I'm a bit unsure if I want to stick around. I'll have a look at the next episode and see for myself.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: MCAL on April 11, 2016, 07:17:17 AM
1-2:
Pretty good idea to watch these episodes back to back. Definitely provided a great experience.

Next week, the training episode.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: samui on April 16, 2016, 10:37:17 PM
2: This episode is great for sure, I am afraid on how the training arc will unfold because it slows down most shonen shows.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Stark700 on April 17, 2016, 02:51:30 AM
3:

Good episode, got everything I had expected especially the training montage with great usage of the OST and Deku/All Might chemistry.

Seems like pacing will pick up a bit here with more characters introduced and an exam session next week. Should be fun. Deku's face was so priceless this episode as well in particular that part when All Might offered a part of his "DNA"
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Equilibrium on April 17, 2016, 08:51:29 AM
3.

It's a feel good show. Can't stop having these "you go boy i'm rooting for you" kind thoughts in my head. Classic and predictable structure done in a way that the cliche is a good kind of cliche. :3
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Gadget on April 17, 2016, 09:42:54 AM
3
Deku is getting too emo for me. Stop crying and man up!
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Delphinox on April 17, 2016, 07:16:16 PM
3:

Well, the playing field had to be leveled somehow in order for Izuku to cut it as a hero, so the hosing down of the premise was only a matter of time. But again, I'm able to enjoy the series for what it is because of how earnest it is about it all. All Might making Izuku work his ass off in order to make himself suitable to inherit One for All, Izuku actually going above and beyond to make it possible, All Might giving that little spiel about being blessed versus being chosen...the show covered its bases as well as it could have in justifying letting Izuku have access to a Quirk of sorts. If the series wants to continue to insist that nothing in this show isn't earned by its characters, I'm sure as hell not about to argue.

God bless Bones and the staff for that "oh my goodness" scene, though. I think I displaced something laughing as hard as I did in that moment.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: AC on April 18, 2016, 05:58:16 AM
3:

I... think I'll stick around. But it's the show that I can't comment each week because, well, there's nothing much to discuss.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Marid King on April 18, 2016, 05:56:15 PM
3:

Sigh. Not down for another shounen fighter, I had my fill back in the day.

Dropped.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: samui on April 23, 2016, 07:54:37 AM
3:

Thank God that training arc was sped up because it was really boring to be precise. Not a feelsy episode this week but still good, I mean, the kind of good where you don't regret wasting 20 minutes of your life with the show.

I wish for a faster pacing though.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Stark700 on April 24, 2016, 02:30:27 AM
4:

Nice episode. Wasn't impressed at first by Deku's performance but he managed to earn my respect with his courage later during the exams.

Grats to him on passing as well. I really like how much effort the studio (Bones) is pouring their budget into the animation for the episode too.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Equilibrium on April 24, 2016, 09:15:04 AM
4.

Damn that floppy hand Midoriya my boy. Kinda gave me shivers.

It's heartfelt and all but Mido is just starting get on my nerves with his antics. How many times he needs to cry until it's over. I know his wimpy and insecure but it's just starting to be a bit too much.

One punch man moment was good and the floppy limbs.... oh GOD those floppy limbs. More overcoming obstacles and less Midoriya can't do s**t tears until in the end he does it.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Gadget on April 24, 2016, 01:36:36 PM
How many times he needs to cry until it's over. I know his wimpy and insecure but it's just starting to be a bit too much.

That could be his real quirks.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Sidenote on April 24, 2016, 10:32:54 PM
4:

Those legs and arm were so cringe worthy. Even Araragi after taking a beating never looked so pathetic.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: samui on April 30, 2016, 03:59:24 AM
4: My Feelsy Academia has it again. Darn, Deku... I honestly felt goosebumps because I really want to root for you to succeed. And yes, there's nothing much to talk about in this show except that it is able to present raw and sincere emotions. As long as original shows are concerned, I rank it next to Kiznaiver.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Stark700 on May 01, 2016, 03:34:39 AM
5:

Good episode, they adapted the characters' personalities and powers well during the test course. I thought it was funny too with the way Shouta entered the story.
Bakugo's quirk is of course my favorite from the ones shown so far.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Zeitgeist on May 01, 2016, 04:42:51 PM
5:

It was brief, but I did get to see frog-girl animated.

And with this pacing, at only 13 episodes, this adaptation will service my delusions that frog-girl is main girl.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: AC on May 01, 2016, 07:21:13 PM
5:

Aizawa is your anti-hero... interesting. While All Might is your Superman, Aizawa is your Batman. It's only natural that they don't get along.

I'm also trying to see beyond Kaminari's rivalry towards Midoriya: why does he have so much sense of rivalry towards him (in an unrequited way too)? Rather than pure hatred, it's just pure annoyance for him just to see Midoriya but why? Usually, in this kind of one-sided rivalry, it's because he recognises that Midoriya's existence runs against what Kaminari's all about: one's a crybaby who didn't have a Quirk, while he's a hot-headed Quirk-ful individual. Yet, they've always been on the same setting: same classroom and now same academy. Under that whole rivalry, there's a strong sense of admiration, resulting in a cognitive dissonance for him.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Stark700 on May 08, 2016, 02:40:17 AM
Episode 6:

Damn, that was awesome, really liked the way they showed the hero outfits. Yes, Deku's costume seems to be inspired somewhat by All Might but still looks fitting for him to wear. It's also nice that Deku accepts the name that Bakugo calls him too seeing that it can be interpreted differently.

Really liked the action of the episode. The OST worked very well during the brief Deku vs. Bakugo scenes. I think this is just a small preview of what's to come next time too, can't wait!
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Delphinox on May 08, 2016, 03:58:59 PM
6:

As MHA chugs along, I'm increasingly appreciating how the series lives vicariously through Deku, though that doesn't come without its own reservations - just as Deku himself is a huge admirer of the heroes in his series, the show itself is a huge fan of the superhero comics and battle shounen series it seems to draw a ton of inspiration from. The series so far isn't just functioning as Deku's "started from the bottom a Quirkless, now we're here" journey, but also as a homage of sorts to the superhero genre and what about it appeals to its target audience. It's nailed its own mixture of enthusiasm, admiration, and humility and stuck with that through all of the ups and downs of the series, even if it's ducked out of a few less desirable consequences in key places.

Sooner or later Hero Academia will have to learn not to be carried on goodwill alone, and hopefully if/when that happens the series will be refining just what about the concept of the superhero is exactly special to it - I'd love for the show to be a great superhero show in its own right when it hits its stride and not just act the part. But for now, I'm holding over perfectly well with it acting the part while it presumably picks up momentum down the line.

On smaller episode notes, Deku's costume being a partial emulation of All Might's style choices is pretty much the least surprising thing ever, and Ochaco is the goddamned best.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: AC on May 09, 2016, 06:46:35 AM
6:

I dunno; Deku's costume looks more like a punk rabbit.

But it's fun to watch the intense rivalry between Deku and Bakugo. Deku's whininess does get to me, but it's a small price to pay compared to his earnestness to become a Hero. Gotta give it to the guy for standing up for himself.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Zeitgeist on May 09, 2016, 09:28:07 AM
6:

Total score is determined by adding the scores of the individual events
Gravity scores an "infinity" in one event
10th place overall.
makes sense.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Delphinox on May 09, 2016, 10:48:19 AM
It's probably safe to assume that he was scoring by placement in the events and not the raw performance. That way, first place doesn't discriminate based on how much you won by, and a lot of the events didn't have comparable bases of measurement.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Zeitgeist on May 09, 2016, 11:21:09 AM
It's probably safe to assume that he was scoring by placement in the events and not the raw performance. That way, first place doesn't discriminate based on how much you won by, and a lot of the events didn't have comparable bases of measurement.

was but a joke.

And how the **** did the girl that got first get first?  I know her power and I would LOVE to learn how it was in anyway serviceable for these events.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Sidenote on May 10, 2016, 04:51:46 PM
5-6:

So slow (in a good way). They're not glossing over anything here. As far as faithful adaptations go, this one is one of the best.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: samui on May 13, 2016, 11:11:30 PM
6:

Me: (Cue some Rin Tohsaka screaming "so slow" at a poor Shirou Emiya.)

Darn it, I get it. The show is good but why is this paced this slow? Are they gonna run out of material to adapt? Lastly, what else is Kacchan aside from that dude who is so angry at our lovable (and moe) Deku?
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Equilibrium on May 15, 2016, 01:35:22 PM
7.

I might be in the minority in here but i really enjoyed the reason of him being an ass to Deku. Cause the reason usually is truly pointless and egocentric. So no trauma or revenge plot for my dead family or the most cliche of them all i'm just jealous of his guts etc.

And the feels. 5/5

But it's sooo slooooooooow. Pick up the pace. 
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Zeitgeist on May 15, 2016, 03:37:52 PM
7:

Whats with the shortsighted perspective of villains?
I'd go out like a champ.
If i'm gonna lose I'm most definitely triggering that bomb and taking erryone with me.
Way to teach that a villain wouldn't abandon their own safety and enter zero sum territory.
Nonsense.
And how is simply touching the bomb a genuine win condition?
Training my ass.
Take this shit seriously.
This isnt ****ing high school P.E.
This will have lasting ramifications on how these future heroes perceive legitimate scenarios in the future.
And Deku just passes out and is granted the victory?
Im sure Gravity could handle the 1v2 from there. She's fine.
Does that not undermine the entirety of the narrative?
That his power is pretty shit for being anything more than someone whom can sacrifice themselves in service of defeating a "big bad" but is shit with dealing with the reality of fallout and collateral damage associated with such a fight?
But maybe they'll address it next episode.

And The Flash gets the shaft.
Typical.
Calculating characters just cant flourish within an earnest man's anime.
Poor Bastion.
It was more of a "they sacrificed this one character solely to make another work". ya' know. shit writing
m sure The Flash will be given his time to shine but for know he had to shit the bed.
Cause, ya know, aint no way he could factor Bakugo going full retard....that is unless the narrative truly demanded him to have such capabilities. But hey, I suppose a siimple "he ust didnt give as much a **** as Deku" works well enough. Also the whole he really had no feasible way of anticipating this scenario...unless he needed to for his own character advancemnt. But at that point I'm just shitposting.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Sidenote on May 15, 2016, 07:49:30 PM
7:

That epiphany moment for Kacchan was so great. The simplicity of this how is what drives it. Kacchan wants to be #1 'cuz he believes that he's the greatest thing since sliced bread, plain and simple. Animation for the Detroit Smash was high-quality. Episode is super slow, as usual. But still super fun.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: AC on May 16, 2016, 06:32:33 AM
7:

Great episode.

Apart from the excessive yelling shounen-style, the story behind how Bakugo came to be puts a lot of things in perspective. He's never been a bad guy; he's just a good guy walking down the wrong path (which All Might notices). What I really want to see now is how Bakugo responds after seeing the toll taken on Midoriya's body for clinching the victory. Will he still be going down the ego-ridden path, or realise something about Midoriya that slipped his mind a long time ago?

The fact that I really look forward to the next episode, is a testament of how good this shounen series is.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: AHideyo on May 19, 2016, 10:38:45 AM
7: This is definitely a Bakugo characterization episode, I agree with Zeitgeist. I also agree with Zeitgeist that gravity girl Ochaco can beat Flash Iida and Bakugo by herself, although not in a 2 v 1 scenario.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Zeitgeist on May 22, 2016, 07:22:54 PM
8:

"Muh right...he prediced it"
Yea but he did the first time, and you savvied it the second time and are now surprised the third time? how that werk?

I ****ing hate All Might. Just the worst excuse for a character. I eagerly await his inevitably, poorly realized and poorly timed, death.

Look at this bitch addressing my misgivings.
...
****.

based on recommendation? Who are these not All Mights.

On a fundamental level, is it more provocative to see only her gloves/boots whilst knowing she aint got no underwear OR actually seeing her floating bra and panties?

Oh such a shame. What a hassle. His big backlash is gonna take an entire night to heal. Call Gon. Togashi can wrap that shit up.

Wtf was that bullshit about how if All Might's asinine secret were to be leaked than society itself would fall to chaos?
Glad Blandman is keeping the entirety of civilization in check.
Good to ****ING know.
I aint even mad.

With female designs this great why even bother with dudes?
I mean, keep Falco, Static, muh boy Bakugo and ditch the rest,

One: Bakugo's pants are far too baggy.
Two: He is walking far too slowly.

Deku is literally the worst.
I genuinely loathe everything about him.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Sidenote on May 22, 2016, 08:36:04 PM
8:

Slow. Like really, really slow. All the material was necessary for if they're planning on making this anime 24-39 episodes long, but otherwise it was just plain unnecessary. I reserve my judgements for season 2 announcements.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: samui on May 23, 2016, 04:46:47 AM
7:

Aw... that's a sad back story.. wait, what?
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: AC on May 23, 2016, 08:33:45 AM
8:

A satisfying resolution to Bakugo getting over his ego (for now). And man, that villain at the end is very freaky.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: samui on May 28, 2016, 10:09:59 PM
8:

Wow. This episode is dull because of the overly slow pacing. I know the last parts are quite good but.. DARN IT. MAKE IT FASTER! I AM BORED!
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: AC on May 29, 2016, 07:03:59 AM
9:

I'm not sure what to think of the pacing, well, not just yet.

I heard that this is a one-cour show and that usually helps for a shounen genre, which has a rep for being awfully slow (yeah I'm looking at you One Piece). My Hero Academia looks like a show that's meant to be a two-cour instead, so if this one-cour approach is true, then I hope it doesn't make the pacing too quick for its own good.

It's exciting to see the baddies coming up out of the shadows, though. What are heroes without their villains, right?
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Stark700 on June 05, 2016, 03:20:24 AM
10:

Pretty good episode this week. We get to witness some of the villains' powers and to be quite honest, this is the first legitimate fight that the students participated in. They are fighting some of the weaker villains right now but there are also some of the stronger ones from the League of Villains there.

I like most of the characters' portrayals this episode in particular Tsui and Eraser Head.
Thirteen is also a nice sight to see. Deku showed his courage this episode and even Mineta did something! Well yeah, I think this episode just goes to show how intense the fights can get against the villains.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Kiniest on June 05, 2016, 11:35:51 AM
10: So, let me get this straight. Firstly, Mineta's only power is throwing things off his head and making them stick to hard surfaces, right? He didn't think about many creative uses for his power up to this point, and doesn't tend to have an easy time in combat. Secondly, he's cowardice incarnate; he's definitely not the kind to go around saving other people, and he's not going to go up against villains without really thinking about his options first - which he's shown is not one of his strong points. There are two ways to get into this school: via exam or recommendation. The exam measured two credentials: ability to defeat villains, and courage to rescue others when they needed it most. He's not particularly combat savvy, and, as I said before, he can't really afford to save other people with his measly power and tendency towards cowardice.

How the heck did he get into this school? Was he recommended? Is he rich? The other recommended students definitely have a large amount of skill and knowledge behind them to begin with, so I honestly doubt he was recommended, and the academy doesn't seem to be the type that lets students in on account of how much money they have. I'm just having a hard time picturing the dude making it into this school via any method, whatsoever.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Sidenote on June 05, 2016, 04:10:07 PM
10:

A little faster, thank goodness. Hope they keep it up.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: AC on June 06, 2016, 07:31:28 AM
10:

The only thing I didn't like was the scene where All Might is being held up for a frivolous talk. Less action, more talk, please.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Delphinox on June 06, 2016, 09:59:13 PM
10: So, let me get this straight. Firstly, Mineta's only power is throwing things off his head and making them stick to hard surfaces, right? He didn't think about many creative uses for his power up to this point, and doesn't tend to have an easy time in combat. Secondly, he's cowardice incarnate; he's definitely not the kind to go around saving other people, and he's not going to go up against villains without really thinking about his options first - which he's shown is not one of his strong points. There are two ways to get into this school: via exam or recommendation. The exam measured two credentials: ability to defeat villains, and courage to rescue others when they needed it most. He's not particularly combat savvy, and, as I said before, he can't really afford to save other people with his measly power and tendency towards cowardice.

How the heck did he get into this school? Was he recommended? Is he rich? The other recommended students definitely have a large amount of skill and knowledge behind them to begin with, so I honestly doubt he was recommended, and the academy doesn't seem to be the type that lets students in on account of how much money they have. I'm just having a hard time picturing the dude making it into this school via any method, whatsoever.

His Quirk's most likely very good for immobilizing objects if you can get the balls to wedge between two surfaces. He might not be that practical in a fight from what we've seen of him so far, but I could see his Quirk being enough of an annoyance for stuff like pinning down robots during the exam.

Though now that you bring up his uselessness in a fight, I'm more concerned about how he beat Deku during the fitness tests. Either Mineta's stronger than he lets on or Deku made a pretty awful trade-off if using One For All at that time was going to cripple him that much.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Gadget on June 07, 2016, 06:21:07 AM

Though now that you bring up his uselessness in a fight, I'm more concerned about how he beat Deku during the fitness tests. Either Mineta's stronger than he lets on or Deku made a pretty awful trade-off if using One For All at that time was going to cripple him that much.

Mineta ace the side step portion of the test. He was using his powers to bounce side ways. I think it was there was two purple thing on the side of the test area. And he was bouncing side ways.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Stark700 on June 12, 2016, 05:55:51 AM
Episode 11:

Eraser Head is quickly becoming one of my favorite heroes. A strange guy but he has a heart of gold.

Yeah, some of those other villains are on another level. Also, All Might looks pissed at the end there. I expect some incoming ass kicking soon which should be sweet.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Gadget on June 12, 2016, 11:58:10 AM
11

All Might is like Ultraman. He has a time limit. He have to to go for a quick strike battle. Any prolong battle will be disadvantage.

Midoriya's did not became rubber. He can control a bit of the power. I think the name of the All Might killer villain is call Game Over. Not that they are retreating. I watch the 'SMASHes' again. I think some of them like Delaware Smash are similer to Hulk's thunderclap.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Kiniest on June 12, 2016, 01:46:03 PM
11: I know things have just finally gotten tense and this is supposed to be the first real "villain" confrontation, but I'm not feeling the scale of the attack at all. They should have started smaller, I feel like. I'm mostly just waiting for this "arc" to end.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: TypicalIdiotFan on June 12, 2016, 05:20:34 PM
But they needed a lot of mooks so the audience can see the students do stuff.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: AC on June 13, 2016, 05:03:37 AM
11:

That was deliciously intense. Now for the main event.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Zeitgeist on June 15, 2016, 12:51:49 PM
Id have finished off those 3 while All Might did his obligatory "cool guy saunter" post door break. Just laugh and bask in his own trope-riddled self-righteousness. Could've been glorious.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Sidenote on June 15, 2016, 10:42:54 PM
I leave for a bit and AC transformed in to the Forum Bear. Wow/lol.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Gadget on June 19, 2016, 03:05:14 AM
12
Finally, some trash talk and over the top violence. Worthy of World War Hulk. It seems all the action is distill into this episode.

BTY, Bakugō is the anti-hero with temper issues. Kinda remind me of Wolverine.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Stark700 on June 19, 2016, 10:12:36 AM
12:

Great episode, I agree about Bakugo being more of an antihero since he also has a bit of a superiority complex.
All Might is awesome as expected, what a fight that was! I'm also really impressed by the villains' portrayal from these latest episodes, they make me legitimately fear them this week.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: TypicalIdiotFan on June 19, 2016, 08:24:42 PM
12:

Well, okay, so it looks like the typical "hero's journey" where the mentor figure has to die for the hero to take the center stage and grow isn't happening this episode.

Don't get me wrong, All Might is all kinds of fun to watch, just because it is ridiculous, but is it better to have him waste away slowly than go out with a bang?  Maybe they don't want to go that heavy, but there have been times here early where I feel like the writer WANTS to go heavy.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Delphinox on June 19, 2016, 09:26:35 PM
12:

Well, I guess watching this after Game 7 was a mistake. Now I need a tranquilizer and a few ice buckets.

Any other less starry-eyed show and I'd probably be a little harsher on its decision to have All Might brute force his way through Nomu in his condition, but MHA has been carried so hard by its more primal appeals like hero idolization and enthusiasm that it's easier to not get hung up by it here. I can't help but think of the series as the 2014 Forest Hills Drive of superhero/battle shounen because of that (for better or for worse), but the flip side is that the show's really easy to enjoy week in and week out for the thinly veiled fan-fueled homage that it is. It's a shame that it's stopping next episode just as it seems to be picking up more momentum, but what we've seen so far has done its piece quite well as an extended introduction to the series. It certainly wouldn't come as a surprise if more of this is coming sooner than later.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Gadget on June 20, 2016, 02:34:48 AM
12:

Well, okay, so it looks like the typical "hero's journey" here the mentor figure has to die for the hero to take the center stage and grow isn't happening this episode.

It's not Star Wars. When Obi-Wan and Han Solo died, the MCs are ready. Midoriya is still wimpy. Give him time to learn to control the One For All.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: AC on June 20, 2016, 05:27:44 AM
12:

Honestly, I really enjoyed this episode and the series as a whole. It's as shounen as it gets and nothing that happens in the show really surprises me. Even so, like I said right at the start of the series, it has a lot of heart and is doing a damn good job at what it is: a shounen series.

In a way, it's better than One Punch Man, a series that is aesthetically amazing but is more bland story-wise since we all know what happens eventually for every fight. Because of that, I view every fight in that show with cynicism: why would I want to root for Saitama when I know he can't lose?
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Zeitgeist on June 20, 2016, 10:24:22 AM
80 years and a different culture and Superman remains boring as sin.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Gadget on June 20, 2016, 07:51:43 PM
80 years and a different culture and Superman remains boring as sin.

At least Captain America is a deep cover Hydra agent.

HAIL HYDRA!! Cut one head off and two will grow!!
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Stark700 on June 26, 2016, 07:34:28 AM
Season 2 confirmed.

Meanwhile, I thought the first season was good at introducing all the main concepts, some of the major antagonists, and it also sets up nicely for more in the future. Can't wait to get the OST, it's just so damn good.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Gadget on June 26, 2016, 12:22:33 PM
What.??!!

That was just the intro?? Not the main plot. And I thought Dragonball was draggy.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Zeitgeist on June 26, 2016, 12:37:22 PM
That backhanded compliment payed by the Principal to the Detective was pretty interesante.   

All-in-all I'll stick around til All Might or Deku or the World as a whole inevitably cause me to rage quit.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: CNile on June 26, 2016, 12:40:52 PM
What happened to people having the patience to watch something longer than 13 episodes? Everybody here, on MAL, and among my friends is bitching about this show taking ten or so episodes to get going, but that's how plenty of great series went. Monster, Fullmetal Alchemist, Steins;Gate, Eureka Seven, Gankutsuou, Hunter x Hunter (2011), NGE, all of these shows took at least ten episodes to get into the main plot, and it was well worth it with all of them. I'm perfectly willing to give a 26+ episode show a couple months to get going, and it's been confirmed that Boku no Hero Academia be at least 26 episodes, possibly more.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: gedata on June 26, 2016, 03:46:02 PM
With those examples, the hooks were there early on. I didn't need a lot of episodes to be enthralled with Gankutsuou, FMA Hunter x Hunter or Monster because I saw enough potential in those titles early on to get by whatever momentary slogs they might have had (and 10 episodes for Gankutsuou? Wat. That just seems sort of arbitrary). I think Gintama might be a better example since I've never seen the rallying cry of "it gets better after XX amount of episodes" be as deafening surrounding anything else. Most of these examples are longer then the average anime, so it makes little sense to hold a 26 episode series to the same pacing standards of what's clearly going to be a long-runner.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Rei on June 27, 2016, 01:09:15 AM
This type of story (the ultra-classic shônen nekketsu) is always better in its early adventures than the later all-out fights for the Earth. I don't understand the complaints about lacking a plot, especially in this genre who is mainly a succession of little things.
It was clearly a series whose intent was to introduce the work it is based on. And it did it admirably good. Like I wrote on MAL, this would be the perfect anime to air on national TV channels in the West in order to present the manga and nekketsu in generall to a younger population, who would then be more than happy to foray it on its own.

Was Dragon Ball lack of a "plot" a problem in the beginning?
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: AC on June 27, 2016, 05:38:19 AM
Final:

Can't complain much about the ending. Things ended the way it's supposed to be. I know that it may not satisfy some viewers, but I like how it set ups for the next season even if the approach is banal.

Much respect for the Aizawa; he seems to be the one who got the most brutal beating.

--

My thoughts on My Hero Academia:

This is pure shounen at its best. I usually don't favour the genre because it's always up to old tricks with the character and plot development. But there's something that My Hero Academia that in spades that most other shounen series don't have or don't focus on: heart. There's a lot of earnestness in the overaching theme of what it means to be a hero, and protagonist Midoriya's sheer determination in becoming one.

Midoriya's character is nothing original: passionate and whiny, an emotional lead character like him is usually the centrepiece of every shounen series. But I have a lot of respect for him for a few reasons: 1) He worked his way up from below; 2) he knows his limitations; and 3) because of his limitations, he makes full use of his sheer observation skills to help himself. A lot of lead characters in shounen series simply wing it and he ends up winning in the end out of some deus ex machina. Midoriya doesn't; he works for it.

It's a strong 7/10 for me. I'm glad to hear that there's a second season for it. I am genuinely looking forward to it.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: samui on June 28, 2016, 01:12:21 AM
13: Deku is the star of this show. Thank God for an aberrant shounen lead.

6/10 though. The midparts are so dull for me I even graded this a 5 in those moments. The rest are spine chilling and earnest Deku scenes... and they're good.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Gadget on March 31, 2017, 07:36:51 AM
S2, episode 1

Not sure to start a new thread.

Nothing happen. Just recap with some bad subbing spelling. (Dexus Smash?) Hope the producers make Deku grow up a bit more.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: AC on April 02, 2017, 05:46:25 AM
S2 1:

YES YES YES! The first episode is hitting all the right notes.

I love seeing the opening in medias res scene reminiscent of TTGL. It gives me a preview of what's to come, and more importantly, CLOSURE. Many shounen shows commit the mistake of not having closure, but that's bad because there's no goal. I need to see where the show eventually ends; that's the beauty of any show. Oh, and don't get me started on which shounen show needed real closure.

Ochaco's scene is also unexpectedly great. Superheroes wanting to become superheroes because it's the "right" thing to do is simply trite and therefore lacking substance. Then Ochaco comes and simply reveals that she's doing it for her dad's company. That revelation smacks of reality that, albeit cute, is also poignant. It makes you think, what makes a superhero, anyway. Is she one simply because she wants to make her dad's life easier?

A minor to some audience, but I notice that the story didn't portray Shiragaki as this textbook psychopathic villain who is simply evil. The keyword is "man-child", and it caught me by surprise actually. The rhetoric that he is simply a Hero who lost his way because of lack of guidance is uncharacteristically deep for a shounen show... in an positively amazing way, I'll say.

Sorry but I am gushing a little too much about the first episode. I loved the first season although it's not particularly amazing, and have been looking forward for the second for a long time. This is going to be fun.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Gadget on April 08, 2017, 04:05:45 AM
2
Competitive spirit or just arrogance? Or they are just trying to push themselves. Maybe they need a bit of Danger Room training so that they can learn to work together.

But it's no X-Men, Avenger, Justice League or even Teen Titans. This is a Japanese School. The only highlight, weather it's a love story, or magical school, is the sports day or cultural event. So this is the 'hero' version.

Was my eyes playing tricks or did Deku is a bit taller?
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: TypicalIdiotFan on April 08, 2017, 04:10:20 AM
S2-E2:

Oh... it's the tournament arc.

We... we just can't ever avoid one of those in a shounen can we?
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: AC on April 08, 2017, 09:04:30 PM
2:

Good ol' fun. And Bakugo isn't deliberately riling people up just because. He just doesn't give a shit about 'should-haves' and whatnot; it's just about who wins in the end, pure and simple.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Gadget on April 15, 2017, 03:32:02 AM
S2 E3
Never win the first contest. Midoriya is so screwed. This is beyond a handicap.

Nice to see they put a few inches in Midoriya. And his 'determine' look is getting cool. Hope he cry less.  Bakugō is looking like a candidate to join the dark side.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: AC on April 15, 2017, 05:39:41 AM
3:

Life's tough. If you stick out, you attract too much attention. My Hero Academia's a school of hard knocks.

It's obvious that Midoriya is portrayed to be a hero who uses his head to compensate his shortcomings. But he's right: he's been lucky so far. He's clever to think of that mine stunt, but he clearly didn't think the trajectory and force would be so precise that it practically won him the first round. Midoriya's fully aware of this, and he gets my respect as the protagonist.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: AC on April 23, 2017, 05:36:45 AM
4:

I was suspecting that this episode was tackling a certain topic, and was glad it actually did. If this episode taught us something, it's the classic Nash Equilibrium. From the onset, it's perfectly clear that the winner of the previous round Midoriya is made the scapegoat and everyone's target. As expected, everyone is going for his team.

Also, it looks as though the game is set up that way. But blond guy has another idea: instead of going for what everyone else does, why not work together so that everyone has a fair share (everyone being Class B)? Especially when there's a divide between the two classes, it's a recipe for cooperation rather than competition.

Also, another takeaway lesson is the importance of knowing the strengths and weaknesses of people around you and of your own. Sun Tzu would be proud.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Gadget on April 29, 2017, 08:29:28 PM

Also, it looks as though the game is set up that way. But blond guy has another idea: instead of going for what everyone else does, why not work together so that everyone has a fair share (everyone being Class B)? Especially when there's a divide between the two classes, it's a recipe for cooperation rather than competition.

5.
Fired up motivation to be the top will beat them all. Typical anime doctrine that will power is the most powerful weapon.

 Midoriya got better control of his power. But I guess his real quirk are geyser like tears. And enhance with One For All.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: AC on April 30, 2017, 05:43:30 AM
5:

On the surface, it looks as though Midoriya and Bakugo's powers make them formidable. But in truth, as this episode has demonstrated, what makes them formidable are in fact intelligence and persistence respectively. In fact, that's what brought them all the way here.

How ironic that Blondie gave lip service on being cocky, until he got his own comeuppance.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: AC on May 10, 2017, 05:54:23 AM
6:

Todoroki's background story has a rather dark undertone, which surprised me a little. This show has been light-hearted for most parts, so I didn't expect to see a somber twist there.

It's also obvious enough how Shinso's power is basically mind control. I mean, of course it's mind control; every shounen anime is bound to have someone with this! Catch is, it's based on distance. If Midoriya were to beat him, it's out of sheer will. If everything goes exactly according to my prediction, then I'm not expecting anything outstanding in the next episode.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: AC on May 14, 2017, 05:50:35 AM
And the solo train continues to chug...

7:

Yup, all according to plan but I'm still delighted.

Shinso's power is basically mind control but with a nuanced difference where he 'replaces' the target's memory, hence 'brainwashing'. Same thing to me, plus with external stimulus as the antidote.

The social commentary here is how flawed the entry exams are, both in this show and in RL. From the onset, it's clear that the advantage has always been to the offensive. Indeed, in RL that's always the case: quarterbacks, power forwards, forwards/strikers... they're always the one in the limelight in sports. Hence, the ones supporting at the back and/or the defensive/play-makers are always less regarded, and exams like that don't do them any favors.

This episode is a shout-out to all those who allowed stars to shine.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: AC on May 23, 2017, 05:42:03 AM
8:

Hatsume talked like a saleswoman, but support companies thought she sounded more like a politician. Hence, salespeople are essentially politicians. You know how scary that sounds?

So, how come Tetsutetsu has a power very similar to Kirishima yet ends up in a non-Hero course? Where did he screw up?
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: TypicalIdiotFan on May 23, 2017, 05:43:31 PM
Standard shounen nonsense.  The reason is that the author didn't plan this out in advance and just made him up for this arc.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: AC on May 28, 2017, 05:56:06 AM
9:

Really? After the deadlock, Kirishima won just because of Tetsutetsu's anemia? Bleh.

I didn't expect the Midoriya-Todoroki match to come so soon; it feels like a match meant to be in the finals. But I suggest that's how tournaments work in RL.

Oh, much respect for Uraraka though. She put in a brave fight against Bakugo.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Gadget on June 03, 2017, 05:01:13 AM
10
Awwwww.  Midoriya.............
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: AC on June 04, 2017, 05:35:56 AM
10:

Easily the best Academia episode yet.

I didn't think Midoriya could win, even if he's been using a lot of his intelligence. Todoroki's powers are just too much for him. Plus, Midoriya still hasn't mastered his so it's always been a game of endurance or avoidance for him. But one thing this season is different from the previous is how serious the tones can be when learning about each character's past. This is where I really start to appreciate the sheer weight of their resolve to be a Hero.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Pebble on June 05, 2017, 11:33:34 PM
So, how come Tetsutetsu has a power very similar to Kirishima yet ends up in a non-Hero course? Where did he screw up?

Theres actually even more bullshit. If you go back to whatever episode it was that showed the entrance exam results, Tetsutetsu was right under Midoriya. I remember because his name is Tetsutetsu Tetsutetsu, which was really too hilarious to miss. That detail wasnt in the manga btw; Tetsutetsu Tetsutetsu only shows up way later there.

Also Tetsu4 is in some other hero course class.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Aelms on June 06, 2017, 12:03:00 AM
So, how come Tetsutetsu has a power very similar to Kirishima yet ends up in a non-Hero course? Where did he screw up?

Theres actually even more bullshit. If you go back to whatever episode it was that showed the entrance exam results, Tetsutetsu was right under Midoriya. I remember because his name is Tetsutetsu Tetsutetsu, which was really too hilarious to miss. That detail wasnt in the manga btw; Tetsutetsu Tetsutetsu only shows up way later there.

He's in the other first year Hero class, not the non-Hero course.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Pebble on June 06, 2017, 02:37:31 AM
10:

That last kamehameha was rather spectacular, wasnt it?
Gonna wait and see when it shows up on sakugabooru. Might find out who worked on that scene.

Edit:
Well it seems key animator Yutaka Nakamura was directly involved.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Pebble on June 10, 2017, 10:42:52 PM
11:

I...have two problems with this show so far. One is Bakugo. The other isnt so much a problem as it is an apprehension.

You know, they're been trying to make Bakugo a less pathetically one dimensional ragesack. They've tried real hard. Too bad he still sucks. The basic reason for that is that he has no emotional range; any emotion that isnt seething rage has to be exposited, with words, through Midoriya. The other reason is only slighty more complicated.

Unsympathetic characters work because we see in them a thread of logic or an abstraction of some impulse we see within ourselves. Bakugo wants to be the best - already this means he is hard to distinguish from all the others in the academy. Also, he's a dick about it because he believes he's the best. But now that he knows he isnt the best, he isnt any less of a dick about it. The conclusion is that being a dick has, over the years, made its way into the core of his being. Bakugo is at his core generic, and in his behavior unreasonable. Thats really not a good place to start with an unsympathetic character.

So far I've held to the understanding that its only a matter of time till Bakugo goes over to the dark side (i.e. become a villain or Endeavor). I dont want BnHA to do this because its a bit too predictable a move, but if it does plan on reforming Bakugo it has to be in a more creative way than to just trivialise the fact that Bakugo is violent and cruel. The way I suspect they will do it is, well the countervailing passion argument from free market thought. Hear me out here. The argument is basically that free markets utilize our sinful impulses towards the public good. I think so because this hero killer seems to be chewing out exactly this aspect of commercialized hero-society - he says society's attempt to put a heroic veneer on what is essentially vainglorious fame-seeking and profit-motive is hypocritical and shallow; the argument is that sin is sin - if the intention is histrionic then the act is not heroic; true heroism, as embodied by All Might, is independent of consequence or witness. As you can see, this is not a viewpoint that is easily swept away.
However, the fact that the person saying this is a clear villain suggests the author doesnt buy it.

What Im afraid of is that the "resolution" of this question plays out in the quintessentially shonen way that is Midoriya shouting the author's perspective while being all teary eyed and beat up. That would not be a resolution. Unless you respect the opposing viewpoint enough, that would be a statement of an opinion.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Gadget on June 10, 2017, 11:41:24 PM
he says society's attempt to put a heroic veneer on what is essentially vainglorious fame-seeking and profit-motive is hypocritical and shallow; the argument is that sin is sin - if the intention is histrionic then the act is not heroic; true heroism, as embodied by All Might, is independent of consequence or witness. As you can see, this is not a viewpoint that is easily swept away.


11
This has been explore in Marvel's New Warriors. The team has a reality type filming when they are trying to bust bad guys. It make the New Warriors 'the light weight hero team' compare to X-Men or Avengers. In fact, it was an incident that the New Warriors case, an explosion, that leads to the registration act which leads to the first Marvel's Civil War.

And don't forget DC's Booster Gold with all his cooperate sponsors. The funny thing that Stain was a Hero Academy drop out. Something move him to the evil side. He view himself as 'weeding out the fake heroes'. But his acts of violence does make him an evil person.

As for Bakugo, I don't think he'll go over to the dark side. He go too much 'resolve' to be number one. He could be like the anti-hero, more like Wolverine. Mean, dirty, and willing to kill, but a good person at heart. But unlike Wolverine, which is a multi faceted and tragic character, Bakugo is pretty one dimensional and serves as a foil for Midoriya.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: AC on June 11, 2017, 05:33:34 AM
11:

Bah, they had to speed through all the other matches. Inevitable, but I hate how this happened eventually.

Here comes the villain who is against all Heroes for an agenda we will know in due time. Is it surprising to see the nature of this Hero Killer Stain villain? Actually, no. This is a BONES show, and every past BONES production has featured a villain who is the antithesis of the protagonist body. FMA had Scar. Soul Eater had Asura. So now, MHA has Stain.

I'm not sure how this show is gonna wrap itself within 14 episodes. Remember, this season is supposed to be about how Midoriya becomes the greatest Hero of all time. How's that possible in 3 remaining episodes?
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Pebble on June 11, 2017, 06:21:53 AM
Remember, this season is supposed to be about how Midoriya becomes the greatest Hero of all time. How's that possible in 3 remaining episodes?

Well, I think thats what season 5 will be for.

The pace they've taken with this makes it clear they have no plan whatsoever to complete Midori's arc of controlling his power, let alone resolve this stuff with the league of villains and whatnot.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: AC on June 18, 2017, 06:00:27 AM
12:

Terribly underwhelming final.

Don't get wrong; the setup has been amazing. But let's put things in perspective: the semi-finals were deliberately stretched out to show just how much is at stake for the main characters. Heck, even the Midoriya-Todoroki quarter-final(?) had the same treatment. Seeing as the Endeavor-All Might side story and a dream final between Midoriya and Todoroki has been dashed to bits, it seems like Bakugo's victory is the safe route. No wonder Bakugo's pissed.

Everyone knows a sore loser, but a sore winner? Bakugo takes the crown, and worse, he has every right to be livid.

But I like the closure for the individual characters at the end. It's a good wrap before starting another chapter, possibly looking at Stain and his agenda with All Might.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: TypicalIdiotFan on June 18, 2017, 11:02:17 AM
Only thing I don't like is we probably will never see Todoroki's reuniting with his mom.  That should be tearjerker central, but nope.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: AC on June 25, 2017, 05:02:05 AM
S2 13:

Hmm. Seems like this season is 14 episodes long, yet the story is far from over. Plus, I don't sense any closure in the next episode. A sudden break in the series à la Fate/ZERO coming up?

I love the ominous tone at the end there. It's something uniquely BONES about it; even if the studio hasn't had a consistent record, it has a knack for shounen action with a dark twist.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Aelms on June 25, 2017, 05:29:35 AM
@AC

This show is two cour.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: AC on June 25, 2017, 07:06:27 PM
This show is two cour.

Really? Guess ANN hasn't updated that part.

Hell yes, it would be weird to just end there and that. At least now, Midoriya becoming the 'greatest hero' within this season is a possibility.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: gedata on June 26, 2017, 10:23:34 PM
12:
But let's put things in perspective: the semi-finals were deliberately stretched out to show just how much is at stake for the main characters.

I think that's a big area in which this arc fell flat. The semi-finals did a reasonable job of setting up the emotional stakes of the participants and weaving them into the battles, but the ones before it were pretty much all treated like joke exhibition matches when we all know that the Festival is a rare opportunity for them to get their names out. It feels odd for only a few characters to be taking the whole thing seriously. It was done for the sake of getting to the matches that really matter, and that's a real shame because I like me a good, weighty tournament arc.

It doesn't help that the matches that did receive more time were still really simple exchanges that was lacking in the way of back-and-forths in which both sides needed to adapt. It feels as if the author hadn't yet thought much in the way of how to use the abilities of these characters in more than 2 ways max. It sort of makes sense since their still rookies I guess so I can't be too annoyed. I still can't help but feel as if the tournament within the Chuunin Exams of Naruto were a much better example of how to write battles between superpowered rookies.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: AC on July 10, 2017, 05:44:03 AM
14:

New OP. Meh.

It's interesting to note the different in the teaching styles between Gran Torino and that mysterious villain voice (let's call him... Villain Voice). Both are about tough love essentially, but Torino is about nurture. Villain Voice however, seems to be more of nature; that is, survival of the fittest. Maybe a little too early to tell, but he seems to want Stain and Shigaraki to fight in order to teach other what it means to be a villain the hard way.

Interested to see how things will progress from now on.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: TypicalIdiotFan on July 10, 2017, 08:57:44 PM
If you haven't figured out that Villain Voice is the 7th All For One holder, you are overestimating the writing for a shounen battle manga.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: AC on July 12, 2017, 12:42:14 AM
Yeah, I kinda saw that bit while going through its wiki fan site.

I'll just call him Villain Voice and play dumb until it's "officially" revealed.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: TypicalIdiotFan on July 12, 2017, 03:38:59 AM
Huh.  I went and spoilered myself to see if I was right, and I wasn't.  Not sure the truth is any more interesting, actually.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: AC on July 17, 2017, 05:54:07 AM
15:

I'm very interested in Stain's thinking. He explains that the meaning of 'hero' has been lost since there's been too many of them. Excessive Heroes mean that many of them are redundant individuals who get paid (handsomely, I assume). To solve that, he kills Heroes and that reduces crime rate because Heroes now work harder and more earnestly. In other words, he's more anti-Hero than a villain because he has a (distorted) sense of justice... a somewhat right cause with terrible means. Basically, he's Scar from FMA. Shiragaki is well, he's just the destructive kind of Joker. Straightforward but boring, of course. He's your Kimblee.

Oh BONES, you're surely at it again. Can't complain; the action is in motion right on schedule.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: TypicalIdiotFan on July 18, 2017, 03:44:58 AM
15:

Only thing I want to know is what evil befall Stain's nose.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: AC on July 18, 2017, 05:53:26 AM
You know, had Stain been more green, I would've confused him for Raphael.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Major Tom on July 24, 2017, 06:56:47 AM
Stain is definitely the more interesting villain at the moment, Shiragaki...just wants the world to burn, cause reasons? Maybe if we get his explanation, then he might be more interesting, but I assume he's just a stomping stone on the road to Mr. Villain Voice.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: TypicalIdiotFan on July 25, 2017, 12:26:15 AM
I already got spoilered on Shiragaki and it isn't really that interesting.  Stain is sort of interesting, and I get what he's going for, but as always the extremist direction to mete your goals is always the incorrect one.  I wonder if he thought about the other possibilities on how to fix the professional hero situation before resulting to "nah, let's just cull the herd".
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Major Tom on August 02, 2017, 05:04:55 AM
I can see where Stain's beef with hero's could have begun (not having read the manga). All Might seems to be his ideal hero. He has a rather......peculiar quirk that no self respecting hero agency would take on. Since his hero ability relies on him stabbing people, the OH&S risk he  poses dashed any hopes he had of being a hero. From there I can see how he could become upset at guys less capable than him getting jobs, but I don't know how that goes to 'murder everyone that isn't All Might'.

Endeavour is a walking contradiction to me. He's a capable hero, but he's so obsessed with being number 2 that I'm surprised it doesn't affect him professionally, other than being a piece of shit human being. He at least appears to actually care about his job, unless that's just a facade as well.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: AC on August 04, 2017, 08:22:38 PM
16, 17:

Exhilarating two episodes.

Stain is the more interesting character than Shiragaki, simply because he has a very twisted sense of justice. Like what Major Tom thinks, he operates with a deep grudge against Heroes and that All Might is the only genuine Hero to him. Even Endeavor is a Hero he doesn't seem to acknowledge, so beyond his twisted logic, it could also be because All Might did something for Stain personally. What that would be is anyone's guess.

Shiragaki is just an agent of chaos. Nothing complex about him. It's tempting to compare him to say Heath Joker, but not really so. Joker's agenda, on top of wracking havoc, is also to test Batman's resolve. Shiragaki is just demented but without any specific plan.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: TypicalIdiotFan on August 05, 2017, 02:36:07 PM
31:

Cool down episode which features what might be one of the more intelligent plot devices where humans can be easily swayed by ideologies and charisma, no matter how heinous or idiotic they are.

Oh, and nice touch with McGruff the Crime Dog there.  I see you, BnHA, I see you.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: TypicalIdiotFan on August 12, 2017, 11:43:28 PM
18:

Kero kero.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: AC on August 13, 2017, 05:42:54 AM
18, 19:

Hmm, think I finally understand a bit about Stain's motivations. Heroes are glorified figures who are doing it for the money, and Stain wants to go back to the old pre-All Might days. In a way, he's a fundamentalist (and that's very scary in a contemporary way, seeing as how a lot of real-life extremist movements these days are about going back to the fundamentals).

Worse thing is, the sentiments are not exclusive to Stain. It's something many feel, but he's the one who brought it to light. This raises one question: why is this so-called Symbol of Justice, apparently conceived by All Might and which made Stain the disillusioned figure that he is, even initiated in the first place?
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: AC on August 19, 2017, 06:09:04 AM
20:

It's only natural that One For All's arch-nemesis is the opposite, All For One. Like Batman and Joker, but more obvious. In the premise of stories based on superpowers, the power to absorb powers is one that's done to death so it's boring as hell. But so far, My Hero Academia's strength has been more on execution and storytelling, so I'm willing forgive this cliché.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Herought on August 21, 2017, 12:05:08 PM
2: This episode is great for sure, I am afraid on how the training arc will unfold because it slows down most shonen shows.

They kinda skipped the training arc where Deku trained with All Might's mentor and went straight up fighting a beast of an enemy which is the hero killer.. But man, this anime sure is interesting!
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: gedata on August 24, 2017, 05:47:05 PM
2: This episode is great for sure, I am afraid on how the training arc will unfold because it slows down most shonen shows.

They kinda skipped the training arc where Deku trained with All Might's mentor and went straight up fighting a beast of an enemy which is the hero killer.. But man, this anime sure is interesting!

You mean Izukuès training with Gran Torino? It was definitely in the anime. Not sure if they skipped around but the point of their training got across just fine in the anime.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Major Tom on August 24, 2017, 06:20:07 PM
Dunno how long he spends with Gran Torino in the manga, but it's like, 2 days tops in the show before the 2nd Nomu incident and the Stain fight. Still, it does get the point across.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Gadget on August 24, 2017, 08:11:33 PM
Japanese school summer break is about 6 weeks. After spending 2 days with Grand Torino, he may spend up to 3 weeks in hospital. (Where is Recovery girl?) Deku may spent some time at home. Then he may go back to GT for more training. GT's training may be lighter due to Deku recovery from his injuries. GT's training could be a bit booooaaarrring. So skip.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Major Tom on August 25, 2017, 12:52:52 AM
I don't think the internship program happened over the summer break, or if it did only a part of it.  Cause the next episode is the start of the summer camp, which happens over summer break. Unless I'm remembering the end of the last episode wrong.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: AC on September 03, 2017, 05:06:35 AM
21:

You know, I don't like how this show keeps reminding us what powers each student has. I don't think the viewers have that bad of a memory.

And it's a shame just how rushed this plot is moving. Pairing up students and fighting with teachers is quite a big deal, almost on par with the students fighting out in the sports festival. Yet, it felt like the show spent ages covering that, but it's zooming through this one instead.

Obviously, the focus is going to be all on Midoriya/Bakugo/Todoroki as always.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Gadget on September 17, 2017, 01:18:14 AM
22,23
They din rush too much. I thought the pacing was ok.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: TypicalIdiotFan on September 25, 2017, 03:22:41 PM
37:

That didn't disappoint at all.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: AC on September 26, 2017, 01:45:53 AM
I'm just wondering: if the next episode is supposedly the final episode, then is there another season altogether?
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: gedata on September 28, 2017, 03:37:47 AM
I'm just wondering: if the next episode is supposedly the final episode.
Yes

then is there another season altogether?

It would be a kind of shitty thing for Bones to just adapt up until this arc and nothing else.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: gedata on September 29, 2017, 09:23:41 PM
Sweet, didn't even half to wait for the final episode for season 3 announcement.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: AC on October 01, 2017, 05:33:37 AM
Final:

Good to see this season having a proper closure.

It's nothing really new about what Shiragaki is meant to do: he's always been the nihilistic kind who just wants to see the world burn. Basically the Heath Joker of the show, he's just out to prove how all this happiness and hope are just a farce because of All Might, and getting rid of him becomes his main goal. But that's where his character differs from HJ: Shiragaki sees All Might as an obstacle, whereas HJ sees Batman as his antithesis.

This season's been better than the first part mostly because of the Sports Festival, which spends a lot of time developing the characters and their convictions. But at the same time, it suffered a lot in terms of pacing: it focused a lot of Midoriya for most parts, yet it conveniently zooms past others when it's not to the benefit of the focus of the plot.

It's a 7/10 for me. Very solid still, and I hope it maintains for the third (and maybe final) season.