My Hero Academia Season 5 Episode 17: Dinner with the Todoroki’s

After the last weeks filler episode, My Hero Academia Season 5, Episode 17, “The Hellish Todoroki Family,” returns to the main narrative. Bakugo, Shoto, and Deku continue to chase after Endeavor. The number 1 hero challenged them to surpass him just once during patrol. The top three students from U.A High School are still league behind Endeavor. However, they refuse to give up. Back at the agency, Endeavor receives a phone call from his daughter, Fuyumi. She excited to hear that Todoroki and Endeavor are working together. Endeavor was an abusive father and husband. His abuse caused his wife’s breakdown and his children’s hatred. While they may resent their father, it’s clear from the reactions to Endeavor’s near fatal fight with Nomu that they still care. Endeavor is desperate to make amends. Will his sons lets him? Should they?

An Awkward dinner at the Todoroki’s

The next day, Shoto, Deku, and Bakugo are determined to “surpass” Endeavor. He tells them the more “experience you get, the more accurate you’ll be.” It’s important to observer you’re surroundings, look for evil. He argues that a hero is always looking forward. At sundown the three are exhausted. They haven’t surpassed the number 1 hero, but they are getting closer. Next, dinner at the Todoroki’s. Deku is his usual polite self and Bakugo is not. Shoto’s brother, Natsu, is in attendance. He has the most hostility toward his father. They make the meal awkward and Natsu leaves early. Despite sometimes feeling like her brother, Fuyumi thinks this is the best chance to reconcile. Shoto reveals that his mother has been writing him and has made enough progress that she can be released.

He still doesn’t know what to. Deku and Bakugo overheard the conversation. Deku is sure Todoroki is going to forgive his father because he’s “so kind.” I don’t think kindness is the issue here. The damage Endeavor has created is still being felt and until that subsides I don’t envision a change. However, spending more time with each other will likely help heal the relationship between Shoto and Endeavor. Natsu would be last as he’s the most hurt, however, he might feel pressure to forgive if his sibling both do so. Endeavor’s going to have to work harder and consistently to prove himself to his family. It still might not be enough and it will all be his fault.

Jujutsu Kaisen Volume 8: Satoru Gojo and Suguru Geto escort the Star Plasma Vessel

Jujutsu Kaisen Volume 8, begin with Gojo’s Past Arc takes us back a decade to follow Satoru Gojo during his years as a second-year student. He’s given a mission along with Suguru Geto to escort the next vessel for Master Tengen.

Jujutsu Sorcerers protect the weak

In Hamamatsu City, Mei Mei and Utahime Lori investigate a cursed mansion. However, they get caught in the curses barrier. They deduce that it “overlaps space,” causing them to walk along a never ending hallway. None of the marker they placed remain and the walls are “squishy,” making them unbreakable. They plan on “splitting up and move unpredictably,” to break the curse. However, the mansion is torn apart by Satoru Gojo’s Cursed Technique Lapse: Blue. Gojo teases Utahime, asking if she’s “crying.” Suddenly, a giant curse appears behind her. A second later a n even large curse begins to swallow that curse. Suguru Geto appears and orders his curse “not to swallow it.” He tells Gojo, it’s “not nice to pick on the weak.” Gojo asks “who the heck would pick on someone strong?”

Gojo and Geto are both arrogant, but Geto doesn’t believe he is, whereas Gojo doesn’t care. Among all the excitement, they forget to erect a curtain. Without it the events at the mansion make the news. Masamichi Yaga questions the three students, Gojo, Geto, and Shoko Leiri. The latter two point to Gojo as the one responsible. Gojo believes curtains are pointless, especially considering that “regular people,” can’t even see cursed spirits or jujutsu. Geto argues that curtains “are important for citizen’s peace of mind.” We continue to see the gap between the two’s view on the “weak.” Gojo thinks it’s too troublesome to “look out” for the weak and Geto believes “society should protect the weak and keep the strong in check.” He believes jujutsu sorcerers exist to protect non-jujutsu users.

The two organizations that are trying to kill Riko
The two organizations that are trying to kill Riko

Master Tengen’s significance

Master Tengen is a character that was vaguely mentioned previously. He possesses the cursed technique of immortality, which fails to keep him from aging. Once he reaches a certain age, he forced to evolve. If he does he “will no longer be human and will ascend to a higher state.” Master Tengen is responsible for strengthening the barriers that protect both Jujutsu Schools, the Pillars of the Jujutsu world, and the assistant managers barrier techniques. Without him Jujutsu sorcerers would have a harder time completing missions. Furthermore, he could “become an enemy to humanity,” if he doesn’t merge with the “star plasma vessel and rewrite the bodies genetic information.”

So becoming MetalGreymon is fine, but it’d be a problem if he became SkullGreymon . . . so we reset back to Koromon, right?

Satoru Gojo

According to Yaga, the location of the vessel has been leaked a two groups are now targeting her. The first group, Q is an organization of curse users who aim to overturn the modern jujutsu world. If they can kill the vessel then Master Tengen would “lose all reason.” The second group, the Time Vessel Association, worships Master Tengen as a God. They believe if Tengen merges with the vessel he’ll become impure. Gojo and Geto have to escort the girl, protecting her for two days. As Geto and Gojo head to her location, she’s thrown out a window by the Q soldier, Kokun. Geto rescues her with a flying curse, meanwhile, Gojo briefly battles Q soldier, Bayer. Elsewhere, the representative of the Time Vessel Association meets with a former member of the Zenin clan, Toji Fushiguro.

Toji Fushiguro accepts the offer to kill Riko
Toji Fushiguro accepts the offer to kill Riko

Fushiguro places a bounty on Riko

After easily defeating the Q soldiers, Geto and Gojo meet Riko Amanai and her caretaker Misato Kuroi. The tendency of Gojo and Geto to rudely insult someone in their presences is humorous. Riko is an orphan. While she claims to have no issue merging with Master Tengen, Geto seems unsure she’s sincerer. Toji Fushiguro puts a 30 million yen bounty on Riko. His intention is to use the bounty hunters to “wear Gojo down.” Two Curse Users, an old man and a man with a bag on his head look to claim the bounty. Suguru heads to confront the intruders, while, Satoru and Kuroi go to find Riko.

Geto encounters the old man first. The two size each other up. The old man correctly deduces that Geto uses curse manipulation. The old man is too confident and assumes Geto is afraid of close combat. When Suguru attacks a giant worm curse, the old man falls for his trap. He avoids the curse by exiting through a window and re-enters a window next to Geto. Suddenly, the old man receives a flashback of his dog Tasuke, as Geto beats the hell out of him. Elsewhere, Gojo finds Riko in her music class. With the target in custody, Gojo flees with her. However, the Bag head curse user surrounds them with clones.

Gojo takes on the Bag Head Curse user
Gojo takes on the Bag Head Curse user

The Limits of Limitless

The curse techniques of Jujutsu Kaisen can be difficult to comprehend. Gege Akutami seems to be inspired by complicated concepts. Gojo mentions that his curse technique, the infinity, is from “Achilles and the tortoise,” or the Zeno’s Achilles paradox. In the paradox, Greek philosopher, Zeno explains how it’s possible for a tortoise to defeat Achilles in a race:

First, the tortoise is given a slight head start. Anyone fancying a flutter would still rush to put their money on Achilles, but Zeno pointed out that to overtake him, Achilles would first have to cover the distance to the point where the tortoise began.

In that time, the tortoise would have moved, so Achilles would have to cover that distance giving the tortoise time to amble forwards a bit more.

Logically, this would carry on forever. However small the gap between them, the tortoise would still be able to move forward while Achilles was catching up. Meaning that Achilles could never overtake.” – britannica.com

I still can’t comprehend the paradox completely. Regardless, Satoru Gojo’s limitless technique allows him to slow things down, permitting “impossible situations” to manifest. Of course if they’re impossible then they can’t manifest at all right? Anyway, Gojo can create a magnetic effect. This process requires Gojo to use a lot of curse energy, which cause fatigue. At this point in Gojo’s life he’s still learning to master his curse techniques. He attempts to use his Cursed Technique Reversal of the Limitless: Red, but it fails. He ends up knocking the Bag Head Curse User out with a punch. Suddenly, Riko gets a text. The enemies have captured Kuroi.

Toji ambushes Gojo
Toji ambushes Gojo

Toji Fushiguro’s ambush

Satoru Gojo, Suguru Geto, and Riko Amanai pursue Kuroi. She’s rescued off page. First Year students, Yu Haibara and Kento Nanami provide backup at the airport. On the beach, Geto notices that Gojo has been using his technique since yesterday. The next day, they return to Tokyo Jujutsu High four hours after the bounty was lifted. Assuming the danger is gone and the mission is complete, Gojo finally releases his curse technique. Suddenly, Toji Fushiguro stabs Gojo through the back, shocking everyone.

Jujutsu Kaisen Volume 8 expands the Jujutsu World. We learn the significance of Master Tengen and how his curse technique functions. Suguru Geto and Satoru Gojo are two of the most important characters in the series. In the current timeline, Geto is a curse user, however, in this arc he’s still a Jujutsu Sorcerer. We know of his down fall, but we don’t know how it can to be. Gojo and Geto share similar qualities. Their both powerful sorcerer’s, that look down of those that are weaker. However, Geto has more sympathy for them than Gojo. Which adds to the intrigue. How did the more sympathetic sorcerer become the villain?

Check out my review of Black Clover Volume 3.

My Hero Academia Season 5 Episode 16: Let’s go to the beach

After My Hero Academia Season 5 Episode 16, I think I’m becoming disappointed in the fifth season of My Hero Academia. This season already displaced the Villain Arc and now we get a filler beach episode. In the anime community filler episodes aren’t well received. Most filler wastes time and space, providing episodes that add nothing to the series. Generally, they’re meant to help producers meet their contractual obligations. The most common reason for filler is when the anime threatens to overtake the manga it’s based on. This isn’t the issue for My Hero Academia. I’m perplexed why they bothered. To this point, if filler was necessary why not focus on something that matters? Now I understand you don’t want to interfere with Kohei Horikoshi’s writing and write the story for him. However, you could explore Class 1-B more. What hero work-studies did they all attend?

My Hero Academia Season 5 Episode 16, “Long Time No See, Selkie,” is a filler episode that blurs elements of the classic “beach episode.” This episode is also a prologue for the upcoming movie My Hero Academia: World Heroes Mission. This episode focuses on Ochaco and her study at Ryukyu’s agency. She’s joined by Tsuyu Asui and Nejire Hado. Captain Selkie and his Oki Mariner Crew returns to investigate the use of the illegal drug Trigger. They pursue a ship carrying stolen Trigger, only for a member of enemy crew to use Trigger and create a smokescreen to hide the ship. They escape but the ship is believed to be hiding in the Verize Islands.

Ochaco takes the lead

Selkie, Froppy, Ryukyu, Nejire Chan, and Uravity search for the ship. When the targets see Ryukyu they once again inject Trigger and create a smokescreen. However, the smokescreen helps conceal the approach of Selkie whos able to take the criminals by surprise. Meanwhile, a plane takes off carrying the cargo. Ryukyu tries to catch the plane but is too slow. However, Uravity with the help of Sirius reaches the plane by riding on a harpoon. Using her Quirk to make herself weightless, she successfully boards the plane. Uravity quickly uses her Gunhead Martial Arts: Gravity Plus to knock out the smuggler.

Uravity still has one problem. She can’t fly a plane. She can’t abandoned the plane to explode in the sea, fearing the possibility that Trigger leaks. Ryukyu tells her to “make the plane weightless.” Despite being unsure if she can do it, Uravity manages to do so. Meanwhile, Ryukyu uses wind tornados to propel Nejire towards the plane, she then uses her Gring Wave to slow the plane down. The plane stops in midair, allowing Ryukyu to land the plane safely. After the credits we see a preview of the main villain from the movie, Flect Turn. The next episode of My Hero Academia will return to the main storyline, which is a relief. As fillers go, Episode 16 wasn’t that bad.

Check out my review of My Hero Academia Season 5, Episode 15.

Jujutsu Kaisen Volume 0: Introducing the second strongest sorcerer Yuta Okkotsu

Jujutsu Kaisen 0: Jujutsu High is a prequel series focusing on Yuta Okkotsu. A special grade cursed human, Yuta is cursed by a special grade vengeful cursed spirit, Rika. Six years previously, Rika’s head is crushed in a horrific car accident. She attaches herself to Yuta, protecting him from harm and keep his loved ones away. She “protects” him in an aggressive and violent manner. When four bullies harass Yuta she stuffs all of them into a locker together. After this incident, he joins Jujutsu High as one of four first-years under Gojo Satoru, along with Maki Zen’in, Panda, and Toge Inumaki. Maki Zen’in is a cursed tool user, Toge is a cursed speech user that can only speak in rice ball ingredients, and Panda is an abrupt mutated cursed corpse (but this isn’t mentioned or explained in the volume).

Yuta is quickly sent, along with his classmates to investigate the disappearance of two children at a school. Gojo creates a curtain, a barrier technique that hides anyone inside from outsiders and leaves them to exorcise the curses alone. The three curses attack Yuta and Maki. However, as Maki explains, “curses team up if they are weak.” She exorcised them with one strike. Most of the curses in the school are afraid of Yuta. Suddenly, a massive curse appears. It flings them into the air and swallows Maki and Yuta whole. He reveals that he has no control over Rita and doesn’t know when she’ll appear.

Inside the curse with them are the two children. However, Maki notices that both of them are cursed and will likely die. Infected by the curse, Maki passes out. One of the boys begs Yuta to rescue them. She regains consciousness and asks Yuta “why he came to Jujutsu High?” Yuta hoped that joining the school would help him believe that “it’s okay to keep living.” Maki encourages him to “exorcise the curses,” and the rest will follow. He calls for Rika and asks for her help. Rika rips through the giant curse, freeing Yuta to carry the two boys and Maki. All three survive and Yuta questions whether he’s the one that cursed Rika.

Rika’s curse form

Is Rita Orimoto a manipulative monster?

Gege Akutami details several facts about Rita that make her look manipulative and evil. First, her parent died under separate but mysterious circumstances. Her mother dies “suddenly from unknown causes” when she was five. Her father disappeared while mountain climbing with her. Gege writes Rika stole the wedding ring she gave Yuta from the grandmother who thinks she killed both her parents. Is she guilty? Did she become a curse because she was already monstrous? Gojo questions how a girl “with no history of sorcery in her family became such an immensely strong curse?” Due to her strength, exorcising her is nearly impossible, so they focus on “unraveling” instead. Gojo explains to Yuta how to unravel. Since he’s the one that’s been cursed, he needs to “untie” the millions of knots of cursed energy, “one by one.”

To accomplish this, Yuta must learn to channel Rika through his Katana, learning to master it by repeating the process. Yuta trains with Maki to master this technique. He’s sent on his second mission with Toge Inumaki, the only Grade 2 sorcerer among the first years. Gojo believes it’s important for Yuta to learn the “different ways to exorcise curses.” Inside, Yuta and Toge encounter curses that resemble a school of fish. They combine, only for Toge to make them explode with his cursed speech. His cursed speech allows him to embed his words with cursed energy, forcing those he commands to obey him.

Yuta Okkotsu receives a Katana from Gojo Satoru.

Of course, this is Jujutsu Kaisen so the mission isn’t going to be that easy. A more powerful curse appears behind them. It says “Zomba” and creates a flash of light creating a hole in the ground. With his throat already hoarse, Toge says “get twisted,” causing the curses arm to twist violently. Toge and Yuta retreat, but the curse doesn’t move. Feeling brave, Yuta approaches the curse. After sensing Rika, the curse becomes enraged. Yuta attacks, combining channeling Rika while dodging the curses “Zora” attacks. He’s able to cut the curse but it’s too shallow. Realizing he’s out of his depth he manages to get Toge throat medicine. Toge kills the curse with the command, “get crushed.” Watching from the distance is Geto Suguru, who hoped to see Rika in action.

Non-sorcerers are just monkeys

In chapter 3 of Jujutsu Kaisen Volume 0, Geto Suguru takes center staged. He hates non-sorcerers and refers to them as “monkeys.” He’s willing to exorcise curses from them so he may collect more curses and he will help others for money. Geto calls them, “curse-collecting monkeys,” and “money-collecting monkeys,” respectively. He calls a meeting with his “commanders” and tells them to prepare for the age of Jujutsu Sorcerers and the end of Jujutsu High. Geto and his “family,” Larue, Mimiko, and Nanako show up at Jujutsu High inside a pelican-looking curse. He quickly approaches Yuta, praises his power, and asks for Yuta’s help “killing all non-sorcerers.” Yuta not buying what he’s selling, especially after he insults Maki. He declares war. At the Crucible for curses, Shinjuku in Tokyo on December 24th the “Night Parade of a Hundred Demons will commence.”

He plans on releasing one thousand curses in two locations, daring the jutsu sorcerers to risk their lives to protect the non-sorcerers. Despite Geto’s large number of curses, it’s deduced that he’s unlikely to have too many curses over grade 2. With the Jujutsu Society and Jujutsu High getting involved, Geto calculates his odds of victory at “less than 20 percent.” However, if they can kill Yuta and take Rika, then those odds increase to 99 percent. He correctly predicts that Jujutsu High would leave Yuta behind.

He attacks the school, where Maki and Yuta are alone. Gojo teleports Toge and Panda to protect them while he deals with the curses. They quickly break into the curtain and attack Geto. Toge appeared to land a direct hit with the command “crumble away.” Geto appears to have been crushed, leaving a massive crater. Suddenly, Geto emerges restored by one of his curses. Yuta appears at the scene. Maki, Panda, and Toge are severely injured, as Geto cries tears of joy after witnessing young sorcerers aid one another. Yuta snaps, releasing Rika for the second time, declaring that he will kill Geto.

Yuta Okkotsu vs Geto Suguru

Geto uses a lot of curses to attack Yuta hoping to weaken him with low-quality curses. Meanwhile, Yuta tries desperately to heal Toge, Maki, and Panda. Rika jealous of Yuta’s concern for Maki grabs her. Yuta tells her to handle Maki with care. Rika tearfully apologizes. They return to face Geto. Yuta and Rika use a blowhorn to copy the Inumaki family’s cursed speech. Yuta uses it to tell the curses to “die.” Witnessing this power excites Geto.

Elsewhere, Gojo and the others fight Geto’s commanders. Miguel manages to disrupt Gojo’s technique with a special cursed rope. Gojo gets pissed and blows a hole in a giant curse scaring the commanders. Back at Jujutsu High, Rika and Yuta fight Geto, who has finally taken them seriously. However, Yuta is still learning to use curse energy while fighting Geto. He breaks his katana when he embeds too much curse energy into it. He still manages to land a hard punch on Geto. In response, Geto releases one of the 16 special grade curses, Imaginary vengeful spirit Tamam-no-mae Incarnate and combines 4,461 curses into one technique – Maximum: Uzumaki. Yuta gives Rika a hug telling her that he loves her and they’ll be “together forever.” It’s creepy but works to strengthening Rika.

Yuta and Rika fight Geto Suguru

The rest of the fight is off-page, but Rika and Yuta severely damage Geto. As he stumbles out of an alley, he encounters Gojo. It’s implied that Gojo kills him. At the school, Yuta awakens to see Panda, Toge, and Maki are alright. His pact with Rika causes the curse to shatter. It turns out that he’s a distant relative of Gojo’s and someone named Michizane Sugawara‏‎. Gojo reveals that Yuta is actually the one who cursed RIka. He wanted her to survive her accident and unintentionally made her into a curse. Remorseful of his actions, he tearfully apologizes to Rika and everyone else. She forgives him, revealing “she was happier than she ever was alive,” and heads to the afterlife.

Love is the most powerful curse of all

Jujutsu Kaisen 0: Jujutsu High is an exciting addition to an already amazing series. We explore two of the most mysterious characters in the Jujutsu Kaisen series, Yuta Okkotsu and Geto Suguru. If you only watched the anime then you know that Yuta is only mentioned. To see his origin and the source of his massive power was satisfying. Volume 0 answers this question but leaves others. The biggest one is why love is considered such an issue. Gojo notes in the first chapter that he “always thought love manifests the most distorted curses.” The love between Rita and Yuta is the core of their power and devotion to each other. If curses are formed from humanity’s fear, then maybe it’s the fear of losing a loved one that manifests powerful curses?

Rika is freed from Yuta’s curse

Knowing what happens in the rest of the manga currently, at some point the evil ancient sorcerer Kenjaku transplanted his brain into Geto’s dead body. It would have been an excellent time to at least show how and when that happened. Geto Suguru reminds me of Bleach’s Aizen. He always steps ahead of his opposition, predicting his opponent’s every move. Unlike Aizen, Geto isn’t all-powerful as Yuta and Gojo are clearly stronger than him. Finally, I would have liked more clarity regarding who Michizane Sugawara is and why being related to him is such a big deal. Most of these questions will likely be answered in the manga at some point but they could have been explored here. Regardless, Jujutsu Kaisen 0: Jujutsu High is worth your time. Check it out.

My Hero Academia Season 5 Episode 15: Endeavor step up to teach

Endeavor teaches Deku, Shoto, and Bakugo how to be heroes in My Hero Academia Season 5, Episode 15
Endeavor teaches Deku, Shoto, and Bakugo how to be heroes

My Hero Academia Season 5, Episode 15 opens with Hawks debriefing the board of the Meta Liberation Army on his progress in spreading their propaganda. The League of Villains Dabi, Toga, Twice, and Spinner are present. Hawks is praised for his understanding of the “words of Destro.” Anyway, after Hawks leaves the room he uses one of his feathers to eavesdrop on the conversation. Himiko is heard saying that in four months “everything will be destroyed by Tomura.” This is what Hawks coded in the book he gave Endeavor. Furthermore, we learn the work studies were reinstituted to prepare the students for facing the war. Despite his apprehension, Endeavor decides to train Deku, Shoto, and Bakugo specifically for this reason.

Endeavor begins to assess the Quirks of the trio. Deku tells him an in-depth analysis of his Quirk. He comically rambles, irritating everyone. However, Endeavor seems to understand every word. Basically, Deku wants to learn to master his now two Quirks. Bakugo only wants to learn “what he can’t do.” He explains he learned “that just being strong isn’t enough to make someone truly strong.” If Endeavor can become a role model for Bakugo I think he would be better for it. Endeavor is a hothead who’s capable of compartmentalizing when to go off and when to think and focus. Bakugo needs to become like him. Shoto still hates his father but has come “to use you him.” Considering how terrible Endeavor treated his wife and children, I don’t blame him. However, he does seem bitter and that can’t be good long term.

Hawks continue to trick the League of Villains

Endeavor explains the keys to being heroes

Endeavor explains the three basic types of hero tasks, rescue, evacuation, and fighting. Endeavor’s agency focuses on all three, whereas, other agencies focus specifically on one of the three. Endeavor tells the trio that he makes sure to know every inch of the jurisdiction and rushes to the scene of any incident or accident faster than anyone. It’s important to be quick to keep casualties down. According to him, you need experience. He challenges them to “capture a villain faster than him once.” One of the main themes of My Hero Academia is learning. To become a hero you first learn (informally) from watching your idol on t.v., then if your lucky you can learn from a specialized high school, then you can learn on the job.

Endeavor makes it clear that “this isn’t class.” They won’t lose points on their grade if they fail, however, they could lose “a person’s life.” He gives Shoto and Bakugo homework learns to “condense their power.” For Deku, he must learn to use “Air force without thinking.” The concept of “parallel processing” is introduced by Endeavor. He explains that “everyone uses it . . . subconsciously.” The example he gives is a man driving a car. He had to learn how to “turn the wheel, press on the accelerator, and brake pedals” and then do them all at the same time without thinking. If Deku, Shoto, and Bakugo can do this with their Quirks then they will become more effective heroes. Endeavor may not be teaching in a class but he’s still a teacher.