Before I get into this, I want to explain that I’ve never played the game, so this is going based solely on how it does as a standalone anime.
In beginning to watch this, the very first thing I thought of was how beautiful the main character is. Weird place to start, I know, but that was my very first impression. He has plain features: messy black hair, gray eyes, glasses, but somehow in the way he shows expression he comes off as adorable to me.
That’s over with, so I’ll move onto more reasonable topics. It was a weirdly big reason to get me to watch this, haha.
Which Character Would You Choose to have on Your Team?
Oh man, I have no idea. I’m going to assume this means characters, not character, since one character can’t make up a whole team. And I’m going to just choose the six + libero to make it easy on myself.
Captain: Oikawa Tooru
Setter: Kozume Kenma
Middle Blocker: Tsukishima Kei
Wing Spiker: Iwaizumi Hajime
Ace: Bokuto Koutarou
Server: Yamaguchi Tadashi
Libero: Nishinoya Yuu
And, I would be the manager, because it would be horrible if I tried playing, as I explained in the previous post.
I really never thought about this before, so I just kind of stuck with characters I like watching. I didn’t really take into consideration if they’d work together well. If I had more time, I’d think harder and take personality and stats into account as well. But, I have more I need to write for next week. And tomorrow’s post will likely be long for this challenge! It is the last post for this challenge.
Yet another anime by Studio Bones I couldn’t help but fall in love with almost immediately. This studio is by far my favorite, every anime I’ve watched of theirs has been a masterpiece. This one is no exception.
This had been on my radar for a while, so when I finished an anime, I decided to give this a go. And it was one of the few I fell for within the first five minutes.
It was especially easy for me to get into this, when the concept involves both super powers and detectives. I don’t watch as many crime/mystery shows as I would like to, so this was a way for me to watch a show of that genre. I finished Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens not too long ago, another show in the crime/mystery genre, and I absolutely loved it, so I was really excited to start this one. They have completely different atmospheres, but I like them about the same amount. I’ve seen people compare them, but I’ll be looking at this as it is alone.
Why? Why does this have to be a prompt? I knew exactly what scene I’d need to talk about for this, but I had to go back and find exactly what the context was to really write about it. It hurt so bad to watch it again.
Season 2: Episode 5 (Greed), near the end of the episode, around the 17-minute mark.
Hinata asks Kageyama to toss to him, so they can strengthen their freak quick again. After losing to Seijoh during the tournament, their quick had never gone back to normal. They each blamed themselves for the losing point, and in turn, it ruined the partnership they’d built up until this point. Hinata screwed up during a practice match and nearly hurt himself and Asahi in the process. He becomes determined to hit that quick again. But when Kageyama tries to toss to him, he’s not even close to hitting the ball every time.
Kageyama tells him to stop, and to start practicing something smaller and easier to handle. It’d be easier to practice a basic quick and get that down first before going onto something harder again. Hinata isn’t hearing any of it, and is sure if he just keeps going he’ll eventually get it.
This leads to a fight. The worst fight I’ve ever seen them have. Worse than anything they’d experienced even when they were sworn rivals. Yachi witnesses it and tried to break it up, but they just keep going. Kageyama throws Hinata twice, Hinata grabs at Kageyama’s face and screams at him. It’s awful.
Tanaka has to interfere to really break it up, and the aftermath of this lasts for quite a while after.
This scene was the one that nearly brought me to tears. I had become so fond of the trust and friendship Kageyama and Hinata had built up in season one, but that loss shattered everything. It takes a while for it to heal, I think it’s until about midway through season two. This one fight doesn’t even just affect them, but also the team’s performance throughout the whole training arc. The team isn’t as strong without their freak duo, and it really shows.
Even before I knew all of this, this scene was something that really hit me. To get that physical because of a disagreement is awful. Yeah, these two are known to argue, but it’s generally just teasing. Nothing worse than a few prodding words. This could have ended in injury if it went on longer. Their friendship is something I really love seeing evolve throughout the series. To have it derailed so quickly was heartbreaking.
My Haikyu challenge may be a little screwy this week, with 2 standardized tests and orientation for a new job. I’ll try to get them out every day, but I can’t make promises. I apologize in advance if it does end up that way.
Chances are you’ve heard all about this show and that the next season is coming out tomorrow. And it’s also possible you’re sick of hearing about it, which is completely understandable. It’s become a huge deal in the time since season two was announced to air in April of last year.
But before that, I didn’t really hear all that much about it. And maybe that’s because I wasn’t active in the anime community as much as I am now, but I was utterly shocked when I realized how huge it had become.
How I Found This Show
My friend pitched it to me as “X-men: Evolution, but it’s an anime.” Which, isn’t too far off, but I think it’s a lot more than just that now.
She bugged me for months to watch it, and then I finally broke. Reluctantly. I really was sick of hearing about it from her, and I only watched it to shut her up. I didn’t think I’d fall in love with it as I have.
The very first day I watched it was December 21st, 2016. I watched the first two episodes in the car on the way to Niagara Falls for a family trip. I could hardly hear what was going on over the music my dad was playing (I was watching the dub), but even from the visuals, I was intrigued. Though, I forgot about it for a month after that. I picked it back up mid-January, around the time I also decided to watch Yuri!!! on Ice.
I finished the 13-episode season on February 3rd, under the impression that it was just over. I thought at that point that it was just over and I’d forget about it in a couple of months anyway. I wasn’t very aware of the manga or the rising popularity of it. The day I saw season two’s air date was a dream come true. I watched the first episode of season two in excitement, unaware that from here on, I’d be a part of a huge fanbase.
Is this a good thing, though? I think it is.
But it’s “Mainstream…”
It’s common to see negativity toward fans of “mainstream anime.” I try to vary my watching between this “mainstream” genre, and everything else. Not so much because what’s “mainstream” is bad, more so that many of those shows don’t appeal to me. Shows like Sailor Moon, Naruto, Dragon Ball Z, etc. I’ve stated in previous posts that I’m not fond of long series. It’s too much of a commitment for me. If My Hero Academia were to have come out 5+ years ago, it’s a pretty good chance I wouldn’t have bat an eye at it and just went on with everything else. But because I watched it from it’s beginning, it doesn’t come across to me as fitting with those other shows. The weight of large episode count hasn’t hit. As of today, there are only 38 episodes. By the end of this season, there will be 63 episodes, and a movie, I believe.
Just the Right Amount of Action
Ignoring the episode count, I’m also generally not a fan of shows with high action scenes. I have a hard time following them. Heck, even watching something like an Avengers movie is sometimes a struggle. Everything blurs together and I just end up zoning out.
Why doesn’t this happen in My Hero Academia? There’s something about the way the fight scenes are handled that make them easy to follow for me. Maybe they’re slowed down more than in other shows? There’s also a hefty amount of dialogue outside of fighting, which definitely helps as well. And man, the sequences are just…pretty? Which is bizarre to say of a fighting scene. But, well, they just are.
The characters also have much to do with the show’s success, I believe. I like almost all of them. If I don’t have them in my favorites, I still probably like them. Besides maybe three or four. That’s not that bad with such a large cast. And most characters do get spotlight at some point, another impressive feat. It must be hard to include such depth to each and every character, but it’s been done here.
I always enjoy shows with large casts, as long as they’re done well. There’s no point in making so many characters if you don’t use them. But, if every character gets a chance to prove or disprove themselves (depending on if they’re on the good or bad side), then it’s good in my book.
An example of a show that has a large cast done poorly would be Durarara! Season 2 (or whatever it’s called). With an already big cast in season one, there was no need to more than double it for season two. It became confusing and I couldn’t keep anyone’s name straight. And some characters were created for a minor plot and were shown once and never again, or there was a plot they were a part of, but it never connected to the main plot. I regret giving this season a positive review back when I first finished it. Season one was great though!
Why I bring this up is to point out that MHA doesn’t do that. The way it gets to show off all of the characters is through the individual testing of the students. It dedicates at least half an episode to a few students to fully give a profile of their traits and power. This was important, especially for what’s to come in season three. I’ve read a bit of the manga past season two, and all I have to say is that there’s a reason why there was so much time focused on everyone. And that’s what I really love about this cast and the way it’s dealt with.
An Unusual Protagonist
Surprisingly, it didn’t really come to my full attention how strange it is that Midoriya Izuku is our main protagonist in this. He may have the typical underdog story, but it’s in his actual character that we get to see something different for once.
Instead of your usual outgoing, charismatic, and adaptable character, we get a nervous, over-analyzing, and socially awkward one. He’s much more “relatable” than what I’ve seen of popular shounen protagonists. (I’ve watched a teeny bit of Naruto, like half an episode of Black Clover, 90ish episodes of Fairy Tail, and about 65 episodes of Bleach)
We’re so used to the character that finds they want something, gets the power do it, and then does it. They’re completely fine with themselves, and can talk normally to others, and often times are a little bit too confident in their newfound skills.
Well, that didn’t really happen with Deku.
He gets power, yes, but he pays for it big time. He has to go through that vigorous, non-stop training for months, and then even when he gets the power, he’s a literal danger to himself when he uses it.
He was labelled “useless” in elementary and middle school by pretty much everyone. And that hurts. He was told he was stupid for even considering being a hero, despite the drive he had to do it. Being told that time and time again had to wear on him. His entire life, he’d been told the one thing he wanted more than anything was impossible. Even if he was more willing to put himself in danger for others. The one mark of a true hero. Because he wasn’t as powerful physically he was written off as weak and helpless, never to achieve anything.
When he does make it to the school of his dreams, communication is a huge problem for him. He’s not the suave talker you generally see in a hero. He stutters and says stupid things when his brain isn’t working. He’s also not tall and elegant, or really anything special to look at at all. He has uncontrollable hair, freckles, a baby face, and a less than average height. He can’t even tie his tie correctly, and he obsessively takes notes, muttering to himself all the while.
He’s a character of faults, but that’s what makes him stand out among all of the other shounen protagonists.
With those faults, though, he has his strengths. The ever-present need to step in a situation to save a stranger or fellow student from danger. To the point he’ll destroy himself in order to do so. He constantly lifts those around him up, when he can. He’s just and all-around kindhearted kid who wants to do the best he can, and will work hard if that’s what he has to do.
He’s too adorable
Can you tell I love him a lot? I think I included him in my Top 10 Male Anime Characters, way back in June, I believe? Since then, he’s fallen a little on my favorites list in terms of My Hero Academia characters, but I still think he’s one of the best protagonists I’ve ever seen. And, as always, it’s a total plus that’s he’s utterly adorable. The true definition of a “cinnamon roll.”
Well, the fandom is pretty fun, if you’re cool with a lot of shipping. I really mean a LOT, as in I find new pairings on an almost weekly basis now. Some I would never even consider.
And as long as you stay away from toxic shippers, which I’ve seen plenty of in my time of being a part of the community.
There’s also a ton of talented writers and artists creating fanworks on a daily basis. I am a part of that as well, as I shared in my Fanfiction Recs (And Shameless Self-Plugs): Part One. I’ve written five fanfictions based on the series, and it’s some of the best fun I’ve had in creative writing for a long time.
I get a lot of spoilers from the manga, but I don’t really mind since it’s generally only a few panels that cycle my dashboard on tumblr for a while, and then they disappear. I know only a vague timeline of what’s to come, though I have read up to Chapter 93 as of writing this. In context, season two ended around Chapter 70.
I’m incredibly excited to see what I’ve read animated, those of you who haven’t read any of the manga are in for quite a ride.
This turned into a character analysis on accident…what can I say, I love me some My Hero Academia characters.
Also, if I made any incorrect generalizations on shounen characters, please let me know! As I said earlier, I really don’t watch a lot, and the last thing I want to do is give incorrect information. It’s best to let me know so I change it.
This one is really hard, I think. I want to be friends with all of them, because, well, that would make them real!
I already have a friend who kind of acts like Hinata; she’s going to be cosplaying as him with me in the summer even. I could say Kenma, since he’s my favorite, but I really doubt there’d be much talking since we’re both really awkward in conversations, haha.
I had to think a little bit about this, but I’ll just go with the character I felt the most proud of as the anime went on.
And the character that would be is Yamaguchi Tadashi.
It made me so happy every time he would be brought onto the court to do his pinch serves. Through the few times he’s shown on the court, he grows a lot. At first, he wasn’t confident in his serves, and would get incredibly nervous every time he was put in the game. After some practice and encouragement from the others on the sidelines, he becomes much more confident in himself.
I would hold my breath nearly every time Yamaguchi would start serving. I would clench my fists and stare at the screen in anticipation, hoping that his serves would turn the game around. I became so proud of him when he would stay in the game for longer than the last time, and even when he could only do one or two serves.
The timid self-conscious boy at the beginning of the series is nearly gone by the time season three comes around. It’s so amazing to see him change that much. And he’s just all-around adorable, which is definitely a plus.
This question is a bit difficult, since I relate to multiple characters for different reasons. The obvious ones would be the characters I’ve cosplayed as: Kenma and Kageyama. When I choose to cosplay, I generally take into account the character’s personality. I’d rather cosplay as someone who has a similar personality to me so it seems almost like I’m already in character. I’m not good at acting, so this is the best way to go for me.