My Hero Academia Chapter 203 – Flexible! Juzo Honenuki

Endeavor attempts to contact Shoto to inform him of a new attack he wants to teach him, however, Shoto ignores his calls though. Endeavor is trying to make amends for his abusive behavior. Despite his deserving of the ire his kids have for him, I can’t help but feel sorry for him. Hopefully, Shoto will give him some chance to prove that he is better. 

Meanwhile, Class A and B square off in another match. Once again Class B tries to predict the behavior of Class A. The over familiarity with Class A has really put them at a disadvantage. Juzo Honenuki takes the lead as another highly intelligent student, that was recommended to U.A. He’s able to analyze his opponents and create plans accordingly. 

He deduces that Class A will ” send Shoji to scout out the current situation, and then attack with Todoroki at the center.” Class A does just what he said, assuming that they can quickly defeat Class B. Juzo’s Quirk is revealed to be “softening” he’s able to “soften anything he touches.” His quirk has no effect on living things and a second touch will revert the surface back. 

Class A is taken aback regarding Juzo’s “flexibility.” Sen Kaibara Quirk’s is revealed to be “Gyrate.” He can “rotate any part of his body like a drill.” Pony Tsunotori Quirk is Horn Cannon, Horikoshi must be running out of quirk ideas. Basically, She can shoot and control up to four horns. The horns are apparently very strong. Anyway, Tetsutetsu attacks Todoroki in hand to hand combat. Tenya is trapped in the ice, when he reveals a new technique, Recipro Turbo

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My Hero Academia Chapter 200 – Resourceful General

Chapter 200 of My Hero Academia

This chapter 200 was a short one (11 pages) regardless it was still interesting. Mainly, the introduction of Manga Fukidashi. One thing that has always been strange about My Hero Academia is the races of their characters. Fumikage is a bird person, Mina Ashido is pink skinned and Koji Koda, well I don’t know what “race” he is.

Kinoko Komori Quirk

Manga is the oddest of the characters so far. His body is normal for a human but his head is a speech bubble. It even changes shape and displays his thoughts in writing. His Quirk is Comic, it allows him to manifest onomatopoeia into reality, along with the effects “the sound suggests.” For example when he says the word “humidity,” he manifests the word in the world then the surrounding area becomes more humid. 

Kendo’s plan

During this chapter Kendo is revealed to have masterminded a plan to defeat Class 1-A. She manages to corner Momo, separating the “brain” from Class 1-A. Kendo’s plan seems sound, however, she may have underestimated Momo and in the process left herself open to be defeated. 

Momo’s resolve

My Hero Academy Chapter 197 Review: An Exploding, “Quirk” exchange

Class 1-B watches as Hitoshi, Tsuyu and Denki disguised themselves as Tsuyu by using her mucus on Hitoshi and Denki to hide them from Jurota’s sense of smell. I find this to be gross but still cleaver and effective. Jurota is their main target as he’s considered the largest threat. Ibara uses her vines to capture Denki and encases him in them to protect her teammates from his power. Using his “pointer” he uses his discharge in a straight line to attack. Denki isn’t considered to be the most intelligent but his ability to use electric has potential. So far his use of his quirk is severally limited by it’s side effect.

Denki’s attack is deflected by Hiryu, who uses his scales to knock of the pointer. His quirk “allows Hiryu to form hard scales through his entire body, which he either use as protective armor or fire off as projectiles.” Ibara hears Hiryu say that she should “send out some more vines,” and responds. It turns out that it was Hitoshi, resulting in her being brainwashed. Remembering his plan he  and Denki planned for him to get caught. Ibara is limited to the amount of vines she can use, meaning by stopping Denki she has limited herself.

Hiryu quickly tries to wake up Ibara, but Tsuyu grabs her with her tongue. Hiryu tells Jurota to find Tsuyu because she is the biggest threat. Tsuyu quickly lands a devastating flying kick on Hiryu. Jurota locates Hitoshi and attacks him. Hitoshi using Eraser head Style: Binding Cloth manipulation to pull a pipe onto the head of Jurota. Hiryu flies at Hitoshi, telling Jurota to duck. He however, refuses to do so believing that it’s Hitoshi trying to trick him again. He and Jurota collide, knocking each other out. The team of Hitoshi, Tsuyu and Denki win. I found the quirks of Tsuyu and Jurota to be the most interesting of the ones displayed. The quirks that emulated “animals,” seem to have the most variety and therefore the most versatile. I’m excited to see other members of Class B.

My Hero Academia: Episode 3, The villains emerge

Class B wakes up early to find out that Class A has already been up training. Class B hopes to become the class that shine next semester. They will all be developing their quirks. Similar to muscles fibers, quirks become stronger after continuous use. Class B watches as Class A is in the process of their intense training. We see that Katsuki Bakugo, is ” plunging both hands into boiling water to expand his sweat glands and creating explosions repeatedly to increase the scale of his attacks.”

Shoto Todoroki is “alternating between ice and fire to make the temperature of the bathwater uniform.” The purpose of this training is to get his body “use to freezing,” and have him develop more control over his flames temperature. Hanta Sero by producing “tape continuously” his training will potentially increase his ability to “improve tape strength and shooting speed.” All the other members of Class A are effectively using their quirks over and over again to increase the qualities of their quirks. All of this may occur naturally, but due to villains they need to speed up the process.

We are finally introduced to the “full version,” of the Wild Wild Pussycats. The to new teammates we are introduced to, Ragdoll, whose search quirk “can know all the info about up to 100 people by just looking at them, and can find their location and weaknesses.” Tiger’s quirk is called Pliabody, he can “stretch and flatten his own body in an almost inhumane way.” He suggests that his job is to ” assault through punching and kicking” whatever that means. He trains the “power-up types,” like Izuku. He tell him to hit him with what he’s got and Izuku uses his “5% Detroit Smash only for Tiger to easily counter it.

Later, Dabi and the other villains finally arrive and begin the assault on the students. The numbers are stacked against them considering that there are only 10 villains, compared to the 40 plus heroes. Regardless, the willingness to kill might be the difference. This episode was largely setting up the next episode, which is likely to be epic.

 

 

My Hero Academia: Season 3 Episode 2 Review

After the premiere episode of My Hero Academia, that featured mostly flashbacks, Wild Wild Pussycats is a spectacular episode. This episode moved the story forward seamlessly and blended comedy and action. The students of UA High begin their training camp, Shota informs the class that they will be tested. Neito taunts Class 1-A for apparently failing their finals exams. Itsuka knocks him out and drags him into the bus.

Class 1-A stops on a mountain top, they meet the pro-hero team: the Wild, Wild, Pussycats. Pixie-Bob and Mandalay reveal to the class that traveling through the “Beast Forrest,” is required to reach the lodge at their base. When Mandalay tells the students that they ” have to hurry and get there by noon if they are to receive lunch, ” they rush to get on the bus. Pixie-Bob uses her quirk to knock the student’s off the ledge.

She also uses her quirk to create monsters to attack the student’s. One tries to attack Mineta as he tries to pee, but Izuku saves him. Together with Shoto, Tenya and Katsuki, Izuku destroy the first monster. The entire class works together to defeat a host of earth monsters, they reach the lodge late. However, the Pussycats don’t seem to care and congratulate them anyway. Izuku introduces himself to a bratty boy named Kota. He’s the nephew of Mandalay and clear hate heroes. He punches Izuku in the scrotum as Tenya weirdly puts it.

After dinner, Class 1-A head to the hot springs were Mineta predictably pervs out and attempts to climb the wall to sneak a peek at the girls. Kota stops him as he gets to the top and knocks him off the wall. He falls ass first into Tenya’s face. As the girls cheer for Kota he sees them nude and falls off the wall, Izuku saves him. He asks Mandalay ” why Kota seems to disapprove of heroes despite being so young. ” She explains that ” Kota’s parents were pro-heroes who died in the line of duty. Kota dislikes heroes because he believes his parents left him, as they would not have perished had they not been heroes.”

The following morning Shota explains that their real training “begins now.” He has Katsuki throw a ball from the “quirk apprehension test” the distance that he throws the ball is the same as it was months ago. Shota states that ” while the student’s mental prowess and stamina have improved, their quirks have not.” Meanwhile, we see that the League of Villains are planning their next move. Dabi following Stain’s ideology says that ” the villains will send a warning shot that will tear down false heroes from their high horses and pave the way to a bright new future.”

This episode was much better than the first one, even though I completely understand why the recap episode was needed. Regardless, this season is off to a great start. The introduction of the Wild Wild Pussycat’s was great, they are particularly Pixie-Bob funny characters. This episode has many comedic moments, mentioning that the “beast forest” sounds like “something out of Dragon Quest.” I usually find Mineta to be annoying, but this episode I thought he was the center of much of this episodes humor. We don’t spend much time with Class B, and considering the size of the Class A-1 we have, it’s seems implausible to expect to get familiar with another class at all. Anyway, the heighten presence of villains have created a sense of urgency, I wonder when they will strike.

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My Hero Academia returns

My Hero Academia has returned for it’s much anticipated 3rd season. This episode, “Game Start” was largely playing catch-up, if your fan that has been watching the series from season 1 this episode was largely a waste of time. I still enjoyed it but almost nothing new was introduced and the story didn’t progress. At one point Eraser recalls all the powers of Class A1, this is played for laughs as a fellow teacher asks to be “reminded” of the students. However, this was probably necessary due to the large number of characters.

This episode does overdue the “in episode” recap, Kurogiri recount’s Deku’s actions, and Deku rematches old footage of All Might. We see flashbacks of the sports festival, practical exams, and student’s facing off against Stain. We find that the superheroes have been training during their summer vacation. If there was any progress it was with the characters and their friendships. Deku and Ira have a conversation about the fact that at the beginning of the series Ira didn’t think they would become friends.

More surprisingly, Kirishima and Bakugo “friendship” (Bakugo is always so difficult) was at least briefly focused on. When Kirishima arrives at the pool late he apologies because “it was difficult to get Bakugo to come along.” After they are kicked out of the pool he calms down or tries to calm down Bakugo. Kaminari and Mineta have also developed a friendship, seemingly built on their perversion. Regardless, their perverted plot was comically foiled. Overall, this episode was more of a primer for the unfamiliar, but at least My Hero Academia has returned.

 

My Hero Academia: Chapter 149 Review, Joi Irinaka defeat

Himiko and Twice join the Precepts

Twice and Himiko meet with Chisaki, he apologizes for murdering Magne. He asks them to explain their Quirks, they do and they’re welcomed to the Eight Precepts of Death. Chisaki doesn’t trust them yet and orders them to remain underground for now.

Mimic’s defeat

Joi Irinaka aka Mimic, becomes enraged altering the labyrinth. Himiko continues to insult Mimic, calling him a “wimp,” who “doesn’t want to admit that he is weak.” She continues to berate him calling him “lame” for hiding himself. Mimic yells loudly, given away his location to Izuku. Using his One For All Full Cowl, he jumps up to the ceiling, kicking it, revealing Mimic.

Shota activates his Quirk, disabling Mimic’s ability. He falls to the ground, with Himiko and Twice telling him that they “will do as they please.” Sir Nighteye throws his Hypermass Seal, hitting him in the face, knocking him out. Everyone is now free of the labyrinth. Finally, we see that Mirio has caught up to Chisaki and Chronostasis, asking to “talk with Chisaki.”

I find Mirio request to “talk” to Chisaki to be strange. Is he going to betray the heroes? Does he believe that he can reason with him? The betrayal of the eight precepts by Himiko and Twice is predictable, it was never convincing that they had any loyalty towards them. Regardless, Mirio is probably in danger, so far in the series none of the heroes have been murder by villains. I wonder if that will happen in this arc.

Boku no Hero Academia: Ch. 148 Review

Izuku and Shota realization

Izuku checks on Shota, however, he tells Izuku to focuses on Lock Rock, who’s in worst shape. Shota feels that he underestimated the deadliness of the mission, realizing his careless error. Meanwhile, Izuku also has a realization, that “Camie” from the Hero License Exam was Himiko Toga all along.

Sir Nighteye vs Twice

Twice orders the Rappa clone to attack Sir Nighteye. Nighteye easily dodges his assault and counters with a kick. He then throws a Hypermass Seal at him smashing him into a wall. He explains that “when it comes to close combat and prediction he is quite fast, but what he didn’t predict was the League of Villains teaming up with the Eight Precepts of Death.” Shota and Nighteye both seemed shocked that the League of Villains have sided with the Eight Precepts. The Rappa clone dissolves and Twice decries the “uselessness of the yakuza.” Twice ends up fleeing at the attack from Sir Nighteye.

League of Villains and the Eight Precepts

Tomura in a flashback reveals that he decided to ally the League of Villains, but vaguely explains why. Regardless, he sends Himiko and Twice to “seal the deal.” Twice berates Mimic for his weakness and Himiko insults the boss of the yakuza. Mimic becomes enraged and decides that he will allow the Heroes of to have an easier time in order to “crush them all to death.” This chapter was a bit confusing, mainly the motivation for the LOV. Shota and Sir Nighteye raised this question, but it felt like the was suppose to be an answer, but it wasn’t. Sir Nighteye fighting ability seem impressive but wasn’t explored in it entirety.

Epic Battle: Izuku vs Shoto

The much anticipated battle between Izuku and Shoto begins in episode 10 of Boku no Hero Academia. Titled, Shoto Todoroki: Origin, this episode was wall to wall action and the animation was spectacular. Shoto quickly attacks Izuku with his Half-Cold, Half-Hot quirk, creating pillars of ice, Izuku counters with One for All, using his middle finger. He creates a powerful gust of wind, destroying the ice and breaking his middle finger.

They repeat this pattern several times, then Shoto uses his ice to get closer to Izuku. Engaging in close combat, Shoto gains the upper hand, trapping the foot of Izuku. Left with no choice, Izuku uses his quirk with his entire fist, knocking Shoto backwards. Shoto attacks again, but Izuku destroys the ice once again. He then criticizes Izuku for using only half his powers. Enraged, Shoto runs toward Izuku, but the negative effects of his quirk has caused his body some frostbite. He’s slower and Izuku manages to hit him directly in the stomach.

Izuku continues to challenge Shoto’s resistance to using his fire ability. Shoto flashes back to his traumatic childhood. He recalls being abused and isolated from his siblings and how he came to hate his father. Izuku tells Shoto that, “his fire power belongs to him and only him.” Shoto finally activates his fire powers, his father Endeavor is delighted, both Shoto and Izuku gear up for their clash. Shoto uses a massive wave of ice, while Izuku use his quirk on his leg. Cementoss attempts to intervene to protect them from their attacks. Shoto shots his fire and Izuku causes a powerful shock-wave. As the smoke clears, Izuku has been knocked out of bound, giving Shoto the win.

It’s easy to see Izuku and Shoto as enemies (Shoto even states that they are), but they’re not. Considering that both are hoping to become heroes, they are one the same side. In this context, Izuku helping and then losing to Shoto will ultimately be to the benefit of the greater good. We also are explicitly told that all quirks come with downsides, we can clearly notice Izuku’s quirks downside, but sometimes we don’t see the other quirk consequences. Overall, this episode was amazing and worth watching.

The views of a villain in My Hero Academia

My Hero Academia

Chapter 115 – Unleashed

The view of a villain

A man stares out of the window watching the civilians going through their daily lives. He is disgusted, but a voice inside his head disagrees. The media continue to discuss the retirement of All Might. The man feels that the change that has effected the average civilian is most is the accession of Endeavor. Endeavor is the new number one hero, but the man suggests that he is a fraud, that’s undeserving of the number one spot. On television, Mr. Miyagi suggests that due to his personality he isn’t well liked. However, he believes that the public should focus only on his good qualities. The man turns of the television off and heads outside.

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Jin talking about the plight if heroes

The rise of the villain

The man states that the weak spirit of heroes is the real problem not their power. Meanwhile, the voice in his head disagrees, telling the man that “power is all that matters.” The man witnesses a robbery, the villain attempts to escape and is stop by a hero. The hero is hit over the head with a crowbar. The group of villains identify themselves as the “Reservoir Dogs.” The man believes that without All Might, villains are now multiplying and becoming more emboldening. The man’s phones suddenly begin to ring and it is Giran, a broker of the League of Villains. The men exchange the pleasantries and Giran tells the man that “Tomura Shigaraki wants the League of Villains to gather together.” Giran tells him that the League of Villains will meet and hang up.

 

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Dabi killing trash

Want to start reading this series from the begin start with My Hero Academia, Vol. 1.

Who is Jin Bubaigawara

Many of the members of the league have decided to recruit more members, Dabi is seen burning villains he sees as trash. The man begins to panic as he starts “splitting.” He explains that his quirk is “doubling,” he said he clone himself over and over. He ruled over his clones like a king. However, the clones began to believe that they were each the original, Jin BubaigawaraThey began killing each other, with the original Jin receiving a scar. Jin has witness the Reservoir Dogs have been defeated by another group of villains. Jin feels that heroes and villains have undergo change in their appearances, but what he thinks matters the most is “understanding who you are.” Meanwhile, we see that All Might and All For One having a conversation in the maximum security prison.

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All Might meeting All For One

This chapters focusing on the view of a villain is very interesting. First we aren’t told who the man, later revealed to be Jin Bubaigawara aka Twice. The views of Jin are more nuanced than expected and I was invested in his opinion. It makes sense that with All Might’s retirement, villains would take advantage. However, the resurgence of villains will likely result in the same in heroes. Jin reminded me of Rorschach from Watchmen, with his mask and his monologues. I hope this continues to be a trend in this series, I really enjoyed it.

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AT-AT Multi Stand 1/72 Scale 

Love Star Wars, maybe this is for you.