Month: May 2018

Aggressive Negotiations – My Hero Academia (Episode Forty-Six) – Season’s Writings

As far as I am led to believe, the kidnapping of one’s friend by a dastardly coalition of up-and-coming villains is a tumultuous time in any young adult’s life. Some reflect on what they could have done differently, others question what they will do come the next time and those plot chosen few pick up their shattered bones, forge an unsteady alliance with classmates who lack their ability to forgo logic for the sake of logic and head out into the hustle and bustle of night-time Japan. And yes, we will be focusing on the latter…because it’s way more interesting than the first two. Between Kirishima reminding us that he is Bakugo’s honest-to-goodness friend and Iida’s proclaimed worry for all classmates he represents, it would seem that our explosive dynamo is not quite as alone as the League of Villains believes him to be. With the intention of turning the obviously prideful and aggressive child to the side of villainy, Shigaraki is on the receiving end of a rather painful lesson. Yes friends, it would …

Pallid Days – Tanaka-kun is Always Listless (Complete Series) – Humble Opinions

Tanaka-kun is Always Listless. Man, it sure is easy to write about a series when it lays it all out in the title. Honestly, what more do you need to know? There’s a kid named Tanaka and he is always, not frequently, in the mindset of laziness. So notoriously tired is Tanaka, that nobody bats an eye when his best friend and enabler, Ohta, carries him between classes. It’s oddly impressive. Still, perpetual drowsiness does not for a robust series make, which is where the surprisingly jam-packed periphery of Tanaka’s life comes in…whether he wants it to or not. Immediately decrying the sheer effort it must take to be a protagonist, Tanaka pretty succinctly establishes the vibe of this series from the outset. Not bothered by the burning light of youth others tout, he simply wishes to coast through life in the most listless manner possible. For that very reason, Tanaka is willing to his unique manner of best. Though he may allow himself to succumb to the pangs of hunger one day, due to …

In Enemy Hands – My Hero Academia (Episode Forty-Five) – Season’s Writings

You know those people who always talk about what would happen if the heroes didn’t save the day? Well, I hope they’re happy, now that their dreams have come to fruition and made us all feel emotions and such. Like, I understand the objective concept of differing world views, but how do you slide so far down that scale that kidnapping a teenager seems like a good idea? First of all, they’re obnoxious and second-through-infinity, it’s just plain wrong. Now, I don’t mean to compare fictional kidnappers to the aforementioned people who want to see the villains win, but if the shoe fits…after a paragraph written in such a way that said shoe fitting seems likely. When we last left our heroes, they were attempting the most intense three-point landing in history. With the kleptomaniac villain who stole their friends quite literally underfoot, things were looking up for ol’ Class 1-A. Heck, they still were riding into this episode…then they weren’t. With a demonstration of why sleight of hand is simultaneously awesome and devious, the …

Fight for Flight – Haikyu!! (Complete Season One) – Humble Opinions

What do only the best anime consist of? Easy. High school, teenage boys and the wonderful world of sport. Now I can’t lie to you, I’m a sucker for these anime, because who isn’t? I cannot resist twenty minutes of straight pretty boys. I mean…I don’t mean they’re straight, as I myself fell victim to the world of ships and OTPs. Without getting off track (Tsuki and Kuroo is best ship), I’ve seen them all. Prince of Stride, Kuroko’s Basketball and the like. Nothing comes close though to Haikyu!! Haikyu!! is about none other than the popular Japanese sport: Volleyball. Much like other sports anime that follow the pretty boys, Haikyu!! is also quite devoted the the sport itself. The anime focuses more on the matches and the actual games than fan service. Haikyu!! depicts the volleyball games accurately and is just as intense as watching a match in real life. Haikyu!! follows Shoyo Hinata, a boy with a great amount of passion that doesn’t exactly match his height. Though volleyball is a height dominated sport, …

Afraid of Your Shadow – My Hero Academia (Episode Forty-Four) – Season’s Writings

They say that everybody has a dark side, some part of themselves that seldom sees the light of day and is often a source of fear or shame. Normally, this relates to a secret one would rather keep buried, of something they themselves wish to hold no sway over others’ perception of them. Of course, in the world of My Hero, this concept is equally likely to relate to a dangerous shadow entity that dwells within somebody, longing for an excuse to go buckwild and unleash its fury upon all who dare come close. We are, of course, dealing with the latter. With an archetype centring on his mature stoicism, Tokoyami has had a somewhat difficult time leaving his mark on the goings on of Class 1-A. Yes, he does have a bird-face, but his moments of notoriety are towards the lower end. Though fans of this figure who finds revelry in the dark may dislike this, Tokoyami’s quieter existence has the benefit of making his moments shine. Remember when Tokoyami was standing still and …

A Cat May Be A King – Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom – Humble Opinions

As a particularly musical lion cub once said: “I just can’t wait to be king.” Unfortunately, what tunes that have been lodged in your head since the 90s gloss over is, to be king means that the previous must die. It’s like Highlander rules, only with less Christopher Lambert. Such is the way of a monarchy and so shall it be forevermore…or until there’s a coup and some rat takes the throne, after having slowly poisoned the previous ruler over an unspecified amount of time due to a combination of their own insecurities and evil magic. Though the likelihood of that very specific chain of events occurring is, like, really low…probably. Welcome to the wonderfully named kingdom of Ding Dong Dell, a place where Grimalkin (cat people), Mousekin (mouse people) and Humanfolk (people people) all live together in peace and harmony under the kind rule of King Leonhard. Psych. As it turns out, Mousekin have felt perpetually repressed by their Grimalkin cousins and held a slow boiling hatred that finally bubbled over. Said scalding onslaught saw …

Verve of Steel – My Hero Academia (Episode Forty-Three) – Season’s Writings

Poison gas is rising, fire has a bright blue glow. According to some villains, UA has to go. ‘Cause tonight for, like, the second time, roughly around midnight, just when you thought you’d seen it all, it’s gonna hit the fan. Or, to put it less lyrically, the terror of the Vanguard Action Squad of the League of Villains is far from over, their plans seemingly unhindered by the man known as Muscular making very fast friends with a mountain. Which is bad news, in case you were wondering. With roughly ten thousand more bone pieces than he began the night, ol’ Midoriya is looking a little worse for wear, which, by now, should no longer surprise any of us. However, unlike his bout with Todoroki, he doesn’t have the time to rest off his grievous wounds and instead makes a beeline for his friends and allies, who are apparently fighting blue fire and purple gas, both of which are very dangerous colours for those particular forms of energy/matter. Necessitous as this may be, Midoriya’s …

In Love and War – Hakuoki: Edo Blossoms – Humble Opinions

Where have all the good men gone and where are all the gods? A question once posited to the world, left forever unanswered…until now. As luck would have it, the good men appear to have all congregated in Edo, pushed by destinies not of their own choosing. As for the gods, well, their existence can only be inferred from the presence of their opposites: Demons. Creatures who live amongst humanity, some with a desire to keep to themselves and others with a craving for human blood. Of course, situations become a touch more complex when some carry the burden of all three classifications, mixed with that oldest  and truest of emotions: Love. Also, politics… Having previously found herself tangled in the various webs woven by the Shinsengumi (via Hakuoki: Kyoto Winds), Chizuru Yukimura is still on the hunt for any clues pertaining to the whereabouts of her father…possibly. As with the previous game, and despite her best intentions, Chizuru is ever at the behest of those around her, as both enemies and friends draw her …

Breakthrough – My Hero Academia (Episode Forty-Two) – Season’s Writings

Fate, destiny, call it what you will, the proverbial, primordial force that drives coincidence and chance can be a real jerk sometimes. Sure, more often than not it drives fictional characters together through a series of meet cutes and charmingly playful happenstance, but it also has the potential to drop the murderer of your two superhero parents right in front of you. Is there a much slimmer chance of the latter? Yes, but that still isn’t a risk I’m willing to take. Which means a lot, because I’m pretty sure destiny is like Tinkerbell…only less mentally scarring to small children when it might fade away come Act Three. Since the self-proclaimed bad guys can’t get enough of our protagonists, for various reasons all similar and their own, we once again find ourselves witnessing a superpowered attack. Now, whilst I will go into how that is a cool concept that makes for some dope visuals, I do wish to take a handful of steps back and really drive home the horror of this fictional reality. This …