My Hero Academia Season 4 – Episode 5: Recap and Review

In My Hero Academia Season 4 - Episode 5, Mimic and Chronostasis attacking Tomura.
Mimic and Chronostasis attacking Tomura

My Hero Academia has been slowly heading towards confrontation between the heroes and the Yakuza. Personally, I’m happy to get some action after several episodes of narrative building. My Hero Academia Episode 5, Let’s Go, Gutsy Red Riot, begins with a brief but enjoyable battle scene. Two villains with Gigantification Quirks are causing damage to the city while they fight. One of the “Big 3,” Nejire Hado arrives and uses her super move Wring Wave. Uravity and Froppy follow up with their join super move, Meteor Fafroskies. My Hero Academia hasn’t made a big deal out of joint super moves, but the introduction of them opens some possibilities. They’re congratulated by the No. 9 Hero, Ryukyu.

Tomura and Overhaul negotiate

The two leaders finally have their conversation. mimic asks Tomura if he “is serious about joining them.” Tomura states that their are several conditions. The League of Villains will never be under anyone and Tomura wants to know their plan. When he reaches in his pocket, Chronostasis and Mimic attack him. However, Tomura isn’t intimidated and states that the “Yakuza meat shields” aren’t of equal to the lost of Big Sis Magne or Compress’s arm. He asks about the mysterious bullets that suppresses Compress Quirk. These bullets will likely play a role in the rest of this arc, but I’m not sure it will really take away any Quirks permanently. Overhaul tells Tomura that he hopes to ” use these weapons to change the status quo.”

In My Hero Academia Season 4 - Episode 5. Red Riot (Eijiro) using his Red Riot Unbreakable super move.
Red Riot (Eijiro) using his Red Riot Unbreakable super move

Red Riot comes into his own

My Hero Academia has a large cast of characters. This of course has limiting aspects as you cannot focus on every character equally. This episode puts the main characters Bakugo, Todoroki and Midoriya on the back burner. Focusing instead on secondary characters like Urahara, Froppy and Eijiro. Mostly known for being the only real friend of Bakugo, Eijiro is seemingly going to get more attention. In Esuha City, Fat Gum, Suneater (Tamaki) and Red Riot (Eijiro) patrol. They encounter a group of thieves. Tamaki’s Quirk is revealed to be Manifest. He can manifest the characteristics of the foods he eats. He defeats on of the thieves with his octopus tentacles, a clam husk and a chicken foot.

During the confrontation, Eijiro and Tamaki, are shoot by the mysterious bullet. However, Eijiro’s Quirk protects him. He chases one of thieves into an alley. Eijiro falls for the false tears of the villain. The villain uses a drug to increase his powers, cutting through Eijiro’s rough skin. Eijiro uses his new move, Red Riot Unbreakable. He then defeats the villain with his Super Move: Red Gauntlet. Eijiro’s debut is a massive success. The civilians he saved marvel over his victory. Ochaco and Tsuyu debuts are also noted in the news. While the series will eventually return to focus on Midoriya, but I’m happy to see that other characters gets some shine.

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Blade of the Immortal – Episode 6: Recap and Review

Season 1, Episode 6: Act Six – Wing Roots. Araya dead, Rin on the floor, Manji and Renzo standing
Araya dead, Rin on the floor, Manji and Renzo standing

Season 1, Episode 6: Act Six – Wing Roots

Rin keeps struggle to decide if she wants revenge

While shopping at a food stand, Rin is annoyed by a boy named Renzo Kawakami. Meanwhile, Manji meets a former member of the Itto-ryu, Araya Kawakami. He uses Manji’s sword to create a mask for a crying boy. Later, Rin encounters Renzo again. This time however, he’s being attacked for breaking a samurai’s sandal. She offers to repair his sandal. While she does so, he takes the opportunity to molest her with his foot. He thanks her, as he leaves while laughing. Rin learns that Renzo has no idea who the Itto-ryu is . He invites her to have tea with his father.

Araya thanks Rin for her help. He asks Rin if her parents “are doing well.” She tells him that they were killed. She offers the story of her parents death. Araya sends Renzo away to get more tea. Rin states that because Araya is “Renzo’s only relative” and killing Araya will result in Renzo becoming like her, she won’t kill him. It’s a little arrogant of Rin to think she would be able to kill him considering her lack of skills. What Rin wants is an apology. Araya seems appalled. He calls her request “cheap.” He basically calls her a coward. He believes that a human life is worth a human life. Rin simply doesn’t want to get her “hands dirty.”

Rin smiling after saving Renzo from a cycle of revenge

Does Rin really want revenge?

He feints an apology, attacking Rin. He doesn’t want his son to learn that he was a member of Itto-ryu. Therefore, he must kill Rin. However, before he can kill her, Manji arrives. Manji manages to stab Araya. However, before he can die of these injuries, he tells Rin to “finish it.” Unsurprisingly, she refuses. Manji kills Araya as Renzo returns. Manji pretends that he was killed by Renzo. To prevent Renzo from pursuing revenge, Rin and Manji pretend that he was buried. By cutting off his arm and burying it, they’re able to convince Renzo that he already got his vengeance. If Rin isn’t willing to kill someone that raped and murder her parents, then this whole revenge thing isn’t going to work. She didn’t even want Manji to kill Araya.

Struggling with vengeance is fine, but it feels like she’s backsliding. It doesn’t make much sense to me. However, fooling Renzo into believing Manji was dead and thus freeing him from the revenge cycle, was both good for everyone. I also thought it was cleverly done.

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Dr. Stone Episode 19: Recap and Review

Season 1, Episode 19: To Modernity. Picture of Tsukasa reviving Hyoga.
Tsukasa reviving Hyoga

Season 1, Episode 19: To Modernity

Senku plans to defeat Tsukasa’s army with smartphones

This episode begins with Tsukasa freeing Hyoga. According to some of his men, Tsukasa was looking for Hyoga. Tsukasa welcomes Hyoga to the new world. However, some of the men aren’t impressed. Tsukasa tell them to fight him. With his “preferred” weapon, Hyoga defeats them single handily. Tsukasa shows Hyoga around the new world. Tsukasa comments on hoe the privileged abused the weak in the old world. By obtaining the “weapons of science that make killing so easy.” Tsukasa and Hyoga are in complete agreement. Tsukasa states that to get the world he wants, he’s will “stain” his hands. Meanwhile, in the present, Hyoga is impressed with Senku and the others for their “teamwork.” However, this was all a distraction.

Hyoga’s Homura Sets fire to the village

They set the village on fire. Homura then sets fire to the bridge. Smarter than the typical meat heads that Tsukasa revived, she swam to the village. Homura then uses acrobatic skills to evade the former Chief and Kohaku. The fire spreads, aided by the wind. Hyoga set the fire to get the villagers out into the open. Meanwhile, several of the men plan on kidnapping a child as a hostage. Suika plans to save the “Kingdom of Science.” She draws the attention of some of Tsukasa’s men and they give chase. Both Homura and Hyoga assume that Suika will be an easy catch. However, the wind spreads the sulfuric acid down the mountain. The poison gas forces Hyoga, Homura and others to climb trees. Meanwhile, Senku, Suika and Kohaku have gas masks.

Season 1, Episode 19: To Modernity. Suika pretending to be scared to lure Hyoga and his group
Suika pretending to be scared to lure Hyoga and his group

Cellular phones are the greatest invention

Despite it being an act of mother nature, Senku takes credit for it. Hyoga knocks the “meat heads” off the tree. They’re are killed by the gas, proving to Hyoga that the gas masks were real. Hyoga plans on coming back with Tsukasa’s army.Anyway, without the nitric acid, Senku can’t make gunpowder or revive anyone. Basically, the more time pasts the more soldiers Tsukasa has, but the same isn’t true for gunpowder. Tsukasa would be aware of this as well. Senku’s plan. Attack them first. How. With the “strongest weapon in two million years.” Cellular phones and double agents. Taiju and Yuzuriha.

Obviously I’m curious how cell phones will help them. It has to be more than helping Taiju and Yuzuriha spy. Speaking of Taiju and Yuzuriha, we haven’t had any confirmation that they have been let into Tsukasa’s Kingdom. Personally, I don’t think that it’s plausible that Tsukasa would fall for their trick anyway. I did enjoy the playing with our expectations. I did think that Hyoga was defeated (for now). However, to be able to out smart even Senku was refreshing. I’m looking forward to the next episodes.

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Vinland Saga Episode 17: Recap & Review

Season 1, Episode 17 of Vinland Saga. Thorfinn enraged at the though of someone else killing Askeladd
Thorfinn enraged at the though of someone else killing Askeladd

Season 1, Episode 17: Servant

Thorkell finally gets his duel with Thorfinn

When we last left Vinland Saga, the traitors surrounded Askeladd, Thorfinn, Bjorn and Canute, while Thorkell and his men approach. Askeladd tells the traitors that “all they need to do is line up in the river to join Thorkell.” However, Torgrim counters that they need the Prince. He tells Askeladd that he doesn’t want to kill him. Considering that Askeladd has survive battle with both Thors and Thorfinn, Torgrim is in over his head. Meanwhile, Thorkell and his men continue to scale down the mountain. Askeladd tells his men that despite spending so much time together, he “hated them.” He calls them “worthless Danes,” that are “worse than pigs.”

Askeladd decapitates several men with one swing. Torgrim panics, telling the men to get the Prince. Thorfinn attacks them with daggers, while, Askeladd cuts down the others. Bjorn rides off with Thorfinn, the priest and Prince Canute. Torgrim orders his men to follow. Thorkell watching, notices that they’re fighting. Thorkell is outrage. He doesn’t understand why they would start fighting without him. He begins to run down the mountain. Elsewhere, the men on horses gain on Bjorn and the others. Thorfinn is out of daggers. Atli tries to reason with Bjorn. However, the only way to stop Bjorn is to kill him. One of the men hits a horse in the head with an ax, causing Bjorn to crash.

Thorkell preparing to face off against Thorfinn

Askeladd verses 50 traitors

Thorfinn grabs a horse and runs in the opposite direction. Meanwhile, Bjorn and Prince Canute survive the crash. He eats a mushroom, telling the remaining men to prepare to die. Thorfinn rushes to “save” Askeladd. Meanwhile, Askeladd is struggling to defeat all the traitors. He frantically tries to find an opening to escape as Thorkell is coming. When he’s struck in the back by an ax he becomes enraged a cuts the man in half. Seeing how Askeladd cut through the helmet of that man reminds the men of what there up against. Weirdly, Askeladd apologizes for getting mad and losing his temper. The men begin to use their arrows. Seeing the unlikely hood that he would survive, Askeladd tell Torgrim that he “needs him” if he wants to get the Prince from Thorfinn and Bjorn. Torgrim orders his men to “aim for his legs.”

Askeladd is hit with several arrows in his legs. The traitors surround him. Thorfinn arrives and charges to save Askeladd. At the same time Thorkell and his men arrive, killing several of the traitors. Torgrim tries to gravel to Thorkell, but he quickly deduces that Askeladd was the leader. When he learns that Thorfinn is alive and not involved in the rebellion, he orders his men to kill them. One of Thorkell’s men tell them to pick up their weapons and fight like warriors. As the traitors are being slaughtered, Torgrim faces off against Thorkell. We’ll kinda. In the face of such a powerful foe, Torgrim loses conscience. Meanwhile, Thorfinn pushes through the fighting to reach Thorkell and Askeladd. Excited, Thorkell kills Thorfinn’s horse with one punch. Of course, Thorfinn only cares about saving Askeladd so that he can kill him. Thorkell and Thorfinn will duel for him.

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My Hero Academia Season 4 – Episode 4: Recap and Review

Season 4, Episode 4 of My Hero Academia, Eri clutches to Izuku
Eri clutches to Izuku

Season 4, Episode 4: Fighting Fate

Can All Might escape fate?

Episode 4 of the fourth season of My Hero Academia, Fighting Fate, opens with Mirio and Izuku on patrol. Bubble Girl and Sir Nighteye are watching the target, so patrol is suppose to be easy. Mirio asks for Izuku’s hero’s name, Deku. Mirio’s hero name is “Lemillion.” As they’re walking a small girl, “Eri” runs into Izuku. She’s terrified and clings to Izuku. Overhaul appears out of the alley behind her. Deku recognizes Overhaul. Mirio covers for Izuku. He confirms that Overhaul is a member of Hassaikai. The conversation is oddly familiar, as Mirio pretends that he’s unaware. Without revealing the truth, Mirio tries to steer Izuku to leave the girl. However, Eri is still holding on to Izuku. Unsurprising, Izuku refuses to leave her.

He thinks that it’s suspicious for a hero to abandon a trembling girl. He ignores Mirio, demanding to know what Overhaul is doing to her. Overhaul tells them he will answer if the follow him to the alley. He intends to kill the two of them, but Eri, noticing this intent returns to him. Sir Nighteye and Bubble girl regroup with Mirio and Izuku. Desperate to save Eri, Izuku is eager to rush to her aid. Nighteye tells him “not to be arrogant.” It’s necessary to do things correctly. Otherwise, the villains will know there intentions. At the Shie Hassaikai’s hideout, Eri is taken to the experimentation room. Mimic interrupts Overhaul to inform him that Shigaraki called.

Season 4, Episode 4 of My Hero Academia, All Might preparing to fight against his fate
All Might preparing to fight against his fate

Why did Sir Nighteye and All Might fall out?

The pressing question since the introduction of Sir Nighteye is why did he and All Might fall out? Izuku wants to know the truth. Nighteye was a fanboy of All Might, convincing him to take him on as a sidekick. After the battle with One For All, All Might is asked to retire by Nighteye. All Might believes that he can remain the “symbol of piece.” However, Nezu and Sir Nighteye believe he should find a successor. Nighteye uses his Quirk, Foresight on All Might. He tells All Might that he will “perish to a gruesome villain.” However, All Might remains stubborn. Nezu suggests that Mirio to be his successor. In reality, All Might meet Izuku before Mirio.

After informing Sir Nighteye that he will give Izuku his power their relationship deteriorates further. All Might tells Izuku that Sir Nighteye predicted his death in six years. Izuku realizes that means in the next year or so he will die. All Might hopes he can “battle against fate.” I get the feeling that at some point in this series All Might die. He will likely be killed by Shigaraki. I hope I’m wrong but I don’t think Izuku takes the dangers of the world seriously yet. Seeing his idol killed would be devastating but necessary to make him a better hero.

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