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The Observation Deck: My Hero Academia Season Five

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You thought it was someone who posts consistently? It was actually me, DIO!

Anyway, outdated references aside, hope you all have been well while I’m away. At least, as well as anyone can be doing right now. Regardless, I finally got the chance to catch up on some anime over the weekend and it was, first and foremost, at very much needed relaxer for myself. College is hard, especially when the productivity sirens are constantly blaring in your head despite having zero energy to actually accomplish anything. What I have managed to accomplish is finishing season five of “My Hero Academia,” and I want to talk about it.

What is Peace?

One of my favorite video essays on YouTube is actually about “My Hero Academia,” and given how the last season has played out, with its refocus on the League of Villains and Meta Liberation Army, it feels worthwhile to talk about. Pause and Select’s “Boku no Hero Academia and Peace” discusses how All Might, serving as the symbol of peace, not only upholds society on a day to day level, but himself serves as a goal, or what he describes as a metanarrative, around which people build there worldviews. This metanarrative of peace, rather than any particular ideology, serves as the object of Shigaraki’s, as well as many other villain’s, hatred.

It becomes that much more obvious then, as he explains, that peace could be a stand in for a number of things: justice, preservation, etc. The important thing is that their is a metanarrative to stand for or against, rather than what that metanarrative is exactly. What struck me as most interesting while re-watching it is that contrast, that villains are defined not by an ideology per se, but by their opposition to peace. This has become even more true after the last arc, where Shigaraki has not only powered up his quirk, but has undergone a sort of transformation.

This transformation, which occurred during his fight with Re-Destro, had him realize that his vision for society was non-existent, and that he does not need a future because the present is all that matters. What really matters for Shigaraki, symbolized by his evolving quirk, is destruction. This arc not only had some deep ideological implications for the villains, but also characterized them in a way that was both incredibly dramatic and deeply humanizing. Twice’s backstory, in particular, was a testament to the idea that the villains in this series are often a product of environment rather than a representative of some inherent evil.

Meta Liberation

Speaking of not being inherently evil, the meta liberation army was another important part of the season’s narrative. A group that is initially presented as “just another villain group” turns out to be a rather unique allegory for the real world.

The series spends a fair amount of time discussing the era in which having a “quirk,” was not only not normal, but actively despised by the majority. This lead to many people with quirks being attacked by those without. A man named Destro eventually rose up to help those with quirks be allowed to freely use them. The movement ultimately became violent, and was squashed by the government at the time, but many still held onto their beliefs.

It is interesting how this group is cast in the villain role and, again, I think they are treated to some dynamic characterization. Still, despite being fairly sympathetic in their quest to give equality to those with quirks, they are still ultimately thwarted by the League of Villains, who forces them to come together under one umbrella. The final fight between Shigaraki and Re-Destro was somehow fairly slow paced but also incredibly exciting, as the devolution of Shigaraki’s character lent the fight to a build-up of anticipation and stakes.

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Oh Wait, This is About High School Kids

It would not be “My Hero” without the band of dorks that 15-year-old cosplayers love to dress up as (no disrespect though, just really funny that there are so many).

Seeing as how most of the cast was not the major focus of the season, it makes sense they would not get as much screen time. Even so, the initial team matches are a great way to show off the character’s skill development between the previous season and now. Shinsou was a a great highlight in this regard, as his appearance in season two left a lot to be desired. But, his participation in the hero matches and evolution as a hero under Aizawa’s teaching was a great addition to the season.

There is also a lot to be said of Deku, Bakugou, and especially Shouto’s development during the season as well. Finding out that Deku had access to the quirks of all his successors, the first one being “Black Whip” was hype., to say the least. The explosion of that power during the initial team battles felt like a serious awakening in him, with Deku realizing that beating Shigaraki and One for All would mean unlocking all of these powers and controlling them successfully.

The story of Shouto’ s relationship with his father has always been a rather complex one. This has become even more evident over the last season, as Endeavor now feels regret for his actions, but is also unable to connect with Shouto, or the rest of his family, in a serious way. While Shouto seems to be approaching a place of forgiveness, Natsu is not. On top of that, it is hard to imagine that his wife will want anything to do with Endeavor given how he treated her in the past. The initial comparisons of Shouto’s character to Zuko of “Avatar,” while done jokingly, seem fairly apt given his development.

Solid Animation, as Usual

The problem with talking about the animation of “My Hero Academia” is that there is not that much I can say that has not already been said by me or others. While it is not bad, it is also not particularly exciting in any way. The main exception of this is, of course, the beautiful moments of Sakuga that the series is well known for. Though there were not as many in this season as in previous ones, some shout outs do have to have to go out to Iida and Shouto during their match, and to the already discussed Shigaraki and Re-Destro fight.

Conclusion

Though I do not know if it reaches the same heights that season two did for me, season five was certainly a welcome change of pace that introduced a number of new storylines while also developing some previously established ones in a big way. With “My Hero” being the big series that it is, it would be easy for a studio like Bones to cut corners, but luckily they have continued to put their effort into this series and it shows. Those who are at all a fan of the series should continue on to season five.


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My Hero Academia Season 3 Episode 1 Reaction

The long-awaited return of My Hero Academia has now been brought to fans, and with it, a metric ton of hype. So, how does the first episode shape up?

Well, I think I can understand what they were going for and why they did the first episode the way they did. First, general plot. All of the heroes of class 1-A meet at the pool at the suggestion of Mineta and Kaminari. While at the pool, the members train both individually and against each other.

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Overall, it seems more like an episode designed to get fans hyped up about the action to come, as it is likely the story of the episode won’t have any story relevance moving forward. A lot of the episode is also filled with flashbacks and scenes from the first and second season that took up a lot of time. This was probably so they could save on animation for the first week.

But as for the actual episode, It was ok. The real reason Kaminari and Mineta wanted to go to the pool in the first place was to check out their female classroom, a plan that failed basically as soon as they got there. A pretty generic anime reason for the basis of an episode.

As cheesy as the flashbacks were, they did at least get me a little hype. For as much as the story has progressed so far, it was cool to see Midoriya still watching the video of All-Might saving a bunch of people from episode one. Not to mention that the way he reacts to it really shows how much he has grown as a character, as the look on his face is no longer eager anticipation but rather calm preparedness.

Overall, definitely not the best episode, but certainly not the worst. If you really wanted to, you could probably skip it.


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Opening of the Week: The Day by PornoGraffitti(My Hero Academia OP 1)

Other than it’s impressive action scenes and title as one of Shonen’s rising stars, My Hero Academia has become fairly notable through its OPs, albeit mostly through memes. Many of these memes have featured fights between the second opening “Peace Sign,” which I have covered in this series, and “Sora no Utaeba,” the shows third opening. However, the one were covering today is the show’s first opening “The Day” by PornoGraffitti.

If you’ve read this series before, you know that I am a big fan of Rock in Openings. The fast pace and impactful sound of Rock makes a great backing to the usual action-packed visuals of Shonen openings. The Day is no exception, bringing an awesome rock ballad to sit behind a visually sufficient opening.

The great music can be attributed to PornoGraffitti, a band which has been active since 1994. They have contributed a fair amount of music to the anime world, including an opening for Bleach and one for Magi: Magic of the Labyrinth. While not necessarily unique in their J-Rock sound, Their lead singer Akihito Okano does have a kind of attention-grabbing presence behind the mike.

Overall, while not having the best visuals, the music more than makes up for it. This is definitely some of PornoGraffitti’s best work, and it feels like an opening that many will end up coming back to.


What do you guys think of The Day? Love it? Hate it? Let me know the comments below. Thanks for reading and bye for now, Friendos!