Why Sir Nighteye Is Wrong About Deku

Warning: Spoilers for the anime and manga.

When Sir Nighteye is testing Deku for an internship at his agency he plainly states that, “Miro should have been the one to inherit “One For All.” He is completely wrong about this.

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When he looks at Deku he can only see his quirk or rather a lack of one. Which is to be expected in the society of My Hero Academia. A persons worth is judged by what kind of quirk they have. So when he finds out that One For All is passed onto this quirkless creature he cannot figure out why or what All Might saw in him to give this amazing power to Deku. While there is a boy who would be suited perfectly for taking All Might’s power and that is true.

If you looked at Miro on paper he is the perfect candidate, especially on how you theorize One For All work on his body. He could use at least 20% of the power right off the bat as he has trained his body not just his quirk for years, the implications are that he would be like a mini All Might and that’s the problem.

Society has learned that they cannot rely on one person to be the pillar of peace and are looking for ways to reform their current structure by creating small hero teams to take on this burden instead of one person, if you only have a singular pillar holding up the world it will crash down once it’s removed but have many and although it will tilt it will never fall. In the book of “The 8 Laws Of Change by Stephan A. Schwartz he describes the best way to change society is by non violent means and small, individual choices.” The current society is changing and with knew foundations you must rip up the old ones.

If Miro took up All Might’s title this would continue the stagnation within society and nothing would change adding on to the fact that Miro is not that bright.

While Miro is not as dumb as a rock he his no strategist and the only reason he is in the top 3 students was because of his quirk not his mind. To be the symbol of peace you need brains in your head, All Might may not seem like it but he is actually quite bright. The time that Miro was training to use his quirk Deku was studying hero’s and their strategy’s for taking down villain’s and in return created his own.

While Deku’s progress with One For All is going extremely slow he is picking up the pieces and putting himself together to forge his own identity.

Miro and Deku share many characteristics, just Miro exhibiting them more strongly. He is everything that Deku is not, self confident, charismatic and has extremely creepy eyes that give me nightmares coupled with a straight face that makes me want to scream in terror.

Miro is what I call a classic hero, a person who was not the underdog for long, while he did struggle with his powers he overcame it and in turn became one of the most powerful students at U.A. But Miro was born with a quirk meaning he is significantly disadvantaged unlike with Deku who was born without one.

When Bakugou was attacked by the Slime villain all the hero’s were standing around waiting for someone with a better quirk to arrive to deal with the situation, if Miro with only his quirk had been there he would be fruitlessly trying to combat this slippery villain while Bakugou is slowly choked to death as he can’t break him free.

In this society people have a over dependency to rely on them using it as there only form of fighting except for the few who are cannot do this. With the people who don’t have a fighting quirk they have to get creative, making them better hero’s as this open their minds to develop new ways to handle the situation before them and don’t give up just because there quirk isn’t suited for the battle, they find their way around it. While Miro understands this concept he is very Naruto in his battle tactics, punch them till they’re on the ground as it were and that is not a good strategy when you’re faced with an enemy that negate your quirk and in this world where villains are smart with extremely dangerous quirks his chances when faced with a villain that is stronger and smarter than him when he’s all alone, well the odds are not in his favour. He will be essentially repeating the same cycle that All Might. Continuously sticking to the same foundation as his predecessor not knowing that the pillar of peace is a faulty one until it is to late.

For society to change so does it’s heroes otherwise there is nothing left but stagnation.Sir Nighteye can only see how Deku’s not like All Might and not the future of how society will be shaped by this boy and how he will handle this new world order that society demands from the hero’s. But that’s expected for a guy with foresight not future sight.

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A Silent Voice A War Of Different Mediums

Silent Voice has been out for a while now and it’s been widely received as a masterpiece with many saying it’s better than Your Name. Unlike with Your Name, Silent Voice was adapted from a manga and whenever any form of print is turned into a film there is that repetitive argument that always pops up over and over again. Which was better the book or the movie or in this case manga.

A general consensus from people was that the film was enjoyable and although they had to cut some character development and a few other moments it stayed mostly true to the source material and many of the fans could not find any major faults in that regard.

Until they discuss the ending of both story’s, where the storm of the argument lies with voices on each side either saying the manga version was better and the other side saying the films version was better. Well I’m here to tell you warring factions that both of you are correct.

Books and Movies are different mediums and what happens in books does not always translate well into film, The Killing Joke was proof of that. So for the sake of the film some parts need to be changed otherwise you end up with dissatisfied patrons who just want to forget what they saw and critics who could potentially ruin you and your mother going on and on how you could have made a masterpiece if you just changed the ending. But that is not to say that the manga ending does not have a satisfying conclusion.

For those who have only seen the film the manga version ends by both Ishida and Nishimiya opening a door to join their old classmates after the coming of age ceremony but not actually showing the reunion.

This ending leaves the reader to imagine what will happen once they open the door. Literary works can reach a satisfying conclusion while also giving us enough to chew on to imagine what has happened. The film structure of Silent Voice demanded a different ending to satisfy the minds of the patrons.

Ishida is walking through a crowd overhearing there conversations with even a few people talking about him he then puts his hands up to his ears blocking out the sound all around, then he looks up.

When the X’s over people’s faces flutter down on the ground. His tears that fall are filled with relief as he can now he can finally forgive himself.

In the book of Crying The Natural and Cultural History Of Tears. There is a sentence that relates perfectly back to his situation.

“Tears began to be granted a certain kind of power, both as a form of entreaty and as testimony to the crier’s honesty and integrity.”

With this powerful emotional climax it sticks in our minds and satisfies us by knowing that he has finally forgiven himself and as the movie had cut large portions of the character development out it makes more sense to end it like this and with the very last scene before we cut to the words we have the two of them standing in a circle of light side by side in a unknown future.

So let me just conclude this by saying each story reached a satisfying end in it’s own medium and that is always fulfilling.

My Hero Academia The Effect Of Bullying On Deku

Warning: Spoilers ahead.

The series My Hero Academia is a portrayal of hero’s in training at a high school. Our main hero Deku is an underdog who is constantly abused by his childhood friend Bakugou.

At first I believed that Deku came out relatively unharmed by this bullying and only got out with an inferiority complex, but as the series progressed it has become apparent the bullying has left deeper scars than I thought.

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In the manga there is a point where Azawia is discussing the relationship between Deku and Bakugou with how they interact when paired up in a team. “They’re on horrible terms.” He points out. This statement shares the blame equally between the two which is completely unfair to Deku. Bakugou’s personality is a flaming bucket of garbage making it impossible for other people to get along with him as he despise everyone. Especially his favorite victim.

It was at this point I came to realise that none of the teachers or students know about Bakugou bullying Deku, there all assuming that Deku has had his powers since he was a kid. The students are completely unaware that just before the entrance exam he was quirkless and bullied by Bakugou so mercilessly that he visibly flinches whenever he uses his powers around him and when he see’s Bakugou approaching he prepares for an attack from him.

He’s been constantly bullying Deku since preschool and soon after other kids began to join in. In the series the bullying is seen as both physical and mental which can greatly harm a person. In Deku’s case he develops a severe inferiority complex which he carry’s around as Bakugou is always right behind him reminding him off his place beneath him. His torment goes to the point where he advises Deku on committing suicide saying, “If you want a quirk so damn badly, just throw yourself off the fucking roof and hope you get one in the next life!” The scene plays out lightly but it is far darker than I imagined.

Bakugou was the first one in his preschool class to get a quirk, he was also quite lucky to get something flashy such as creating explosions. This solidified his place at the top of the hierarchy of the classroom making the other peons follow him out of awe as in this world whoever has the flashiest toy is the leader and whatever he says is immediately law. His reasoning for his torment of Deku was for a perceived slight when Deku tried to help him up when he fell down in the water, he saw this as Deku calling him weak and needing help from him a quirkiness loser an that is when the torment began. As the other children saw Bakugou beat down Deku him for not having a quirk and like the ever-present sheep they are the students join in on the torment that lasted till Junior High.

Previous flashbacks indicate that most of the kids that were in Deku and Bakugou’s preschool were also in their junior high school classes. As weird hands and shark haired guy hang out with Bakugou after school when they get attacked by the slime villain. These are the same individual’s who were around him when they were beating that kid up at the park. From the time they were in preschool till Junior High Deku has been constantly put down, beaten up and isolated from most kids his age as till up to High School Deku has not made any friends other than Bakugou.

Deku knows this isn’t how other kids are treated by there fellow peers and desires the same treatment that everyone else gets. Not knowing how to go about it he looks at heroes who are admired, loved and adored by the public specifically the top hero All Might. All Might is adored by everyone as the number one hero, who wouldn’t want to be like him but this has caused some issues. All Might over the years has put himself in extremely dangerous situations and portrayed as self sacrificing by the media. Putting everyone else above his own safety. Now I can practically hear you saying this is what hero’s do but there is a difference between being selfish and not caring about yourself and All Might is walking that line.

All Might has even damaged himself to the point where he can only use one for all for 3 hours a day.

It is a repetitively hammered in fact that in this world hero’s must sacrifice to protect and be willing to do anything to save the day.

The bullying followed by his hero worship of All Might has forced Deku into a mindset that we see very often, the sacrifice of self. He has damaged his body for the sake of everyone else. His arm is covered in scars, his bones have been broken repeatedly. While in his mind he breaks his body to protect people and win the love of his hero but in the end he views himself as worthless an extendible chess piece.

This self destructive way of thinking has caused irreversible damage to himself and it is only with the retirement of All Might and a reminder of his past failures that he has vowed to not damage himself anymore, I just hope the change is permeant and not just a fleeting thought and does not have a relapse back into his old ways.

Review: The High School Life Of A Fudanshi

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Summary

Ryo Sakaguchi is a regular high school boy, just like any other. He turns out to have a deep love for Boys’ Love. He could live on Boys’ Love alone! The High School Life of a Fudanshi is a hilarious slice-of-life comedy about Fudanshi Sakaguchi and his jolly gang.

My Thoughts

The High School Life of a fudanshi is the truest representation of what a fudanshi is. In another anime series called ‘Kiss Him Not Me’ they used the fudanshi as the protagonist and I was hoping to see the true nature of an avid boy’s love fan, but no it devolved into an otome game and did not portray the true nature of a fudanshi at all as it only showed only one aspect, the obsessed fangirl stereotype. The High School Life Of A Fundanshi shows all aspects of the fudanshi experience the good and the bad.

The Main Characters

Ryo is not gay or an effeminate man, he just prefers to ship guys together. With the plot just revolving around what he and his friends getting into some of the most hilarious conversations as well as situations.

Rumi the fangirl who grew around up around the Otaku culture, who befriends Ryo after a small mountain of awkwardness, these two explore the boundless world that is BL together.

Toshiaki the typical guy friend of Ryo’s who isn’t into BL at all. Often mistaken for a girl from behind and questions his friends sexuality more than once. He has a tendency to play the straight man in almost all situations.

I won’t go into the side characters as they are so two dimensional you would take about one second to figure them out, but I will say they are all BL fodder, they are there to put BL into situations and make the series funny that is what they are there for and they do this part well.

The Grand

The episodes are three minutes long so it does not overstay it’s welcome nor does it drag on; it’s quick, it’s direct and the jokes stick the landing even in English and you can marathon this sucker without having to tape your eyes open at the start of the next day. Through out the series we are taken into the wonderful world of a Fudanshi, reading about the insane fangirls who plague fan forums who constantly choke down BL fodder as if it were there last meal, having Ryo meet someone just like him in the real world and forging a connection made entirely out of there perversions. It truly is art-imitating life in this aspect and pure to what is down to earth boys love community.

The Bad

While the art style is very beautiful for such a small production it can be quite lazy in some scenes, with the close ups and the darkened background with no lip movements and only dialogue, I understand the character is talking in his head but they reuse it so much it becomes agitating especially when they use chibi characters with minimal movements or use deconstructed art, when you have such limited time you need to put your best foot forward.

The series is episodic in nature and can get tedious after a while giving you a sense of de ja vu because you thought you clicked on the next episode not replayed it. Also you would think this series would be blaring out a obvious BL play by play situations, but they simply aren’t there or are very watered down. Of course like any anime series there are hints at it much like with the yuri in a girls slice of life show, they tease you with the idea even setting up the scene but it never plays out it’s quite the cock tease, which generally makes me enraged as I hate these fake outs but in defense of the series these are more close bro relationships that barley tread into the homo, the flirting between the guys is shown that of a closeness.

The Setting and Music

As for most anime the setting takes place at a school, big shocker there right, but it is co-ed which I find rather fascinating, in a BL series it’s almost like girls don’t exist, they are used mainly as cannon fodder casting and generally either spewing exposition or being a fake out love interest though we know it isn’t ever going to happen. Here in this series they actually play around with this idea and it’s actually seen as possible more than a few times.

And as for the music Sekai wa Boy Meets Boy, it is the perfect ending song for this anime, it’s quick, it’s catchy and it is memorable and plays off Ryo’s fantasies. There’s not much left to say, the song did its job and did it well.

The Shipping

Rumi and Ryo make the perfect pair of friends because of their love for BL. You don’t hope that they will get together and whenever it’s hinted that it could happen it’s immediately disproven with comical scenes of hostility proving that these people cannot get together.

While many of the side characters are given possible romantic attachments to the guys their flirting with, it goes nowhere, it’s more of a visual fan service to all the BL lovers watching as their imagination can fill in the rest.

The Conclusion

The embarrassment from buying a BL novel while despairing over spending vast amounts of money they part with to get that elusive doujhinshi that they have waiting three years to find.

These are all the emotions real Fudashi have felt for their beloved fandom. This series is perfect for anyone who is a fundashi or is introducing them to BL culture but be warned this series can get a little tedious after a while. I give this series three and a half stars.

Penguin And His Wifu

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Tobu Zoo has been collaborating with Kemono Friends where host special events to hopefully bring in more visitor’s, specifically the otaku crowd but due to unforeseen circumstances the zoo has turned one of it’s penguins into a otaku.

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Grape-kun a 20-year old penguin, fell head over heals in love with Hululu, a humbodlt Penguin character as it was decided that each animal would be paired up with there counterpart. It has been noted buy the visitors that Grape-kun spends his long days looking at, kneeling next to or worshiping the card board cutout as if she was his mate. He even neglected to socialise with his flock just so he could have more time with his wifu.

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Due to this they have separated Hululu for his health so he won’t fall into the pool during closing hours. As of now this penguin so a full on otaku obsessed with his waifu and it looks like this is not going to stop anytime soon.

Sakura Quest: Thoughts and Impressions

Synopsis                                                                                                                                           Five young women have one thing in common—the careers they planned for themselves weren’t working out. Job dissatisfaction, trying to make ends meet, and personal insecurities lead each of them to start working at a local tourism bureau where their lives become intertwined. As the girls experience their first year on the job, they learn a lot about their town, their industry, and themselves.

Producer                                                                                                                                     Sakura Quest is produced by PA works which has created some incredibly moving works such as a ‘Lull In The Sea,’ ‘True Tears,’ ‘Angel Beats,’ and many more emotional works too vast to name, I cannot wait for the feels fest that will inevitability come in the next 10 episodes.

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 First Impressions                                                                                                                          The first episode revolves around the central protagonist Yoshino Koharu who is a young woman has recently graduated from university and can’t get a job. Then a modeling agency that she has previously done some work for calls up saying they have a job for her and after some hemming and haring for about a minute she albeit reluctantly accepts the job.

It is honestly refreshing to see anime like this coming out of the wood work as I’m tried of seeing anime using the same old setting of high school and there problems, now we get a gritty realism of entering the working world.

As someone who has recently graduated and is looking for a job I understand that constant exhaustion of repeatedly going for job interviews but never getting a job itself, it can be tough, really tough and we can feel the despair of the main character come through.

The Art                                                                                                                                                    I wouldn’t call the girls moe as there eyes just don’t shine enough and there faces are to narrow but I think that is rather good for the characters in this anime, I find them more down to earth and can latch on far more easily than if they had the standard moe design of shining moist deep colouring that just screams I’m special. The main colours of the background and the people are pastel with no extreme deep colours making the whole experience pleasant to watch without wanting to tear out your eyes.

The Ugly                                                                                                                                              My only complaint is that Yoshino is a bit of an idiot and a whiner, these two factors can really grate on your nerves and at times you just want to shake her and tell her to grow up and act like a damn adult because she’s acting like a 5 year old and her job pool is more like a thimble so she should take anything she can get.

Conclusion                                                                                                                                             I found this slice of life anime quite enjoyable and will be replacing Koyabshi Dragon Maid as my new weekly anime to watch. The first episode is rather promising and I hope it can keep up the momentum that it has generated from it, at this point it can either go up or go down but it is definitely worth a watch.

One Punch Man Season 2

Congratulations my fellow one punch fans it has officially been confirmed that there will be a second season of One Punch Man. When will it premier? for now that is unknown to me but I do have some tantalizing news that will give everyone goose bumps. The anime adaption will be following the web comic which I adore as the manga version meanders a little, while the web comic gets to the fleshy underside and tears into the heart of the story. As of now I cannot report anything more from my secret base but as soon as a whisper of a release date comes up or a new piece of information about this season I will tell you and remember my readers to stay weird.

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References:

http://www.animecorner.me/2017/03/2nd-season-of-one-punch-man-anime-is-in.html

http://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-news/2017/03/28-1/one-punch-man-anime-season-2-in-production

http://comicbook.com/anime/2017/03/28/one-punch-man-season-2-enters-production/