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Boku no Hero Academia – 06

「猛れクソナード」 (Takere Kusonaudo)
“Rage, You Damn Nerd!”

Out of the pan and into the fire. Kacchan’s fire.

An [Un]necessary Subterfuge

There were two ways Aizawa-sensei’s test could have ended: either Izuku wasn’t last, or he was last and didn’t get expelled. (Not that I really expected someone else to get expelled in the former case, now that I’ve thought about it more.) Taking the latter path would have been—well, I don’t want to say it would have been a cop out, because it was a hilarious moment when Aizawa-sensei was all “lulz jk,” but if him lying was always the plan, it would have left me wanting.

Luckily, that wasn’t the full story. After All Might confronted Aizawa-sensei and revealed that he had expelled an entire class the year before, it made me reflect on what of the thematic elements that separates this series from more “realistic” (see: grimdark and/or cynical) fare: when Izuku works hard and proves himself, the world recognizes him. It’s natural that others doubt him to a degree—he’s small, wimpy, and starting from last place. But this is not a cynical world. If Izuku is smart and persistent and earnest, I have every faith that he will, if not always be rewarded for that effort, he will at least be recognized for it. Little moments like that are a nice reward, since we so badly want to see all of Deku’s effort rewarded as well.

Deku vs Kacchan: Part 1

I’m absolutely not surprised that Izuku ended up on a team with Uraraka, and was set to face off against Team Katsuki/Iida. Initially I got a Netoge vibe from this setup, where it’s coincidental but I don’t care because I want to see this, but it actually makes complete sense from a storytelling perspective. Who else has received enough character introduction to take part in this fight without pulling attention away from Deku vs Kacchan? Navel laser dude? Maybe, but not many choices after that. I’d like to learn more about the others, that’ll be fun, but that’s not the goal here. The goal is to delve into Deku vs Kacchan, and in particular, find out what’s crawled up Katsuki’s butt.

I did facepalm during one point—not at the show, but at myself. Of course Kacchan thinks Deku lied to him about not having a Quirk. Everyone knows Quirks are inherited and show up by age four, right? It’s easy for us to swallow a tranferred Quirk because this whole thing is new to us, we haven’t lived our whole lives thinking Quirks = inherited is an ironclad rule. Of course Kacchan thinks Deku lied to him, and has been laughing at him this whole time—even if that doesn’t make a damn bit of sense if Katsuki possessed the temperament to stop and think of it.

The more interesting thing is how much of Kacchan’s self-worth seems to be tied up in being better than others, and Deku in particular. That seems like a dangerous thing to have in a hero—it feels like he’ll only be useful as a tool as he is now, a mad dog to be released on the bad guys while other heroes go about the selfless work of actually saving people. This is definitely a time I’m as interested to see how the rival develops as I am the hero.

Looking Ahead—Deku vs Kacchan: Part 2

Deku is fighting like the badass normal he was until recently! Except he wasn’t badass, so I guess that’s no. Though no, that’s not true—anyone who fights even though he’s scared is a real hero, much more than an angry thug like Katsuki. That boy needs a whole series of ass whoopings. Here’s to hoping Deku gives one to him, as he proves that his nickname doesn’t mean that he’s useless anymore. You can do it, Izuku!

tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – Izuku earned the minimum of Aizawa-sensei’s respect, but he’s back into the fire as he faces off against none other than Kacchan #heroaca 06

Random thoughts:

  • Looks like someone’s always mugging for the camera.
  • So there is a limit to how often Recovery Girl’s Quirk can save Izuku. From a storytelling perspective, that’s good and I’m glad they mentioned that. For Izuku it’s less good.
  • “Deku desu!” Hah! She already has him wrapped around her little finger.
  • Also in the-world-rewards-Izuku-when-he-works-hard: d’aaaawwww, he has good friends. D’aaaawww friendship warm’n fuzzies D’AAAAWWWW!
  • “I am…coming through the door like a normal person!” Nothing you do is normal, All Might.
  • Izuku’s mom realizes that she made a mistake by not encouraging him, and she regrets it. She’s such a good character! Her development is happening in the margins, but it’s happening. I cannot say enough good things about this.
  • Lesson learned, Uraraka: if you don’t decide on your costume, the Patriarchy will decide for you. Skintight bodysuit it is!
  • “The hero course is the best.” That + him staring right at her breasts . . . I can’t decide if he’s an audience insert, or just a pervy high schooler. Or both?
  • Not sure how I feel about a nuclear crisis sounding American. Not that there isn’t precedent for it.
  • I can’t say I’m mad that Deku’s costume is already damaged. That mask is mad silly. Even All Might thinks so.
  • Confession: I was initially hesitant to pick this show up, because I get bad hype backlash (trope!) on occasion and I was afraid it wouldn’t live up. I’m glad I did, because it’s exceeding the hype for me. Plus, for once the high school setting even adds to the story instead of being obligatory! Mind blown.

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May 8, 2016 at 9:57 pm
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  • May 8, 2016 at 10:16 pmwhatever

    the whole nuclear crisis sounding american thing wasnt meant as “america has a ton of nuclear crisis” but more of a “american superhero storiline cliche” kinda thing

    • May 8, 2016 at 10:24 pmStilts

      I figured. I was just goofing around, ya goofus *bonks*

  • May 8, 2016 at 10:21 pmNex

    It’s easy for us to swallow a tranferred Quirk

    Hehehe.

    And I’m really glad to see you’re liking the series enough to consistently blog, Stilts. I started with the anime too and, uh, liked it enough to just read ahead and catch up with the manga recently. It’s really well worth some of the attention it gets.

    • May 9, 2016 at 8:01 amBigFire

      It’s easy for us to imagine power transfer, but not for the people in this universe.
      Show Spoiler ▼

      • May 9, 2016 at 6:37 pmNex

        I was mostly laughing at the unintentional(?) pun with transferring Quirks and swallowing. Like a certain somebody’s hair.

        But yeah, it’s an interesting situation how bizarre something like One For All really is in-universe, Izuku was pretty shocked at first too.

  • May 8, 2016 at 10:35 pmDevastator001

    Grape Juice will become your bro Stilts XD.

    • May 9, 2016 at 12:27 amGuile

      I love that Grape Juice kid. It’s also interesting that he’s #19 in Aizawa’s rankings, right above Deku. First rung on the ladder, so to speak.

  • May 8, 2016 at 10:40 pmzztop

    Initial designs for Uraraka and Bakugou’s costumes:
    http://m.imgur.com/a/sm5AC

    Do you agree with Kouhei’s assessment that Bakugou’s design is too underwhelming and boring here? The impression I get from his notes is that he always looks for something eyecatching that stands out.

    • May 8, 2016 at 10:55 pmStilts

      To be honest, I don’t much like his current design, though it does fit his personality. It’s too much. It does fit him though, even if he looks like an angry clown.

      • May 8, 2016 at 11:29 pmzztop

        I meant the initial draft design for Bakugou’s costume.

      • May 8, 2016 at 11:32 pmStilts

        I know. I meant that I don’t much like his current design *either. I don’t really like either of them.

    • May 9, 2016 at 12:25 amGuile

      The black bodysuit is a pretty good look for him, kid is ripped. And the metal bits and red crossover belts fit the menacing edge he brings to heroing. But the grenades on his hands are pretty goddamn silly.

      • May 9, 2016 at 4:08 amAika

        If I remember correctly from the manga, those grenades are designed to store his sweat which turns into an explosion + for his hand’s protection. I JUST LOVE THEM XD.

  • May 8, 2016 at 10:43 pmsaco3

    The more I watch this the more I become to really hate Kacchan, his personality really pisses me off.

    • May 9, 2016 at 7:27 amWorldwidedepp

      same here, but then when you have such nice “Heros” pals, then you do not need to see the Villains. If this goes on

    • May 9, 2016 at 10:10 pmstarss

      Agreed. He isn’t presented like a bully, he’s a downright despicable villain!

  • May 8, 2016 at 10:49 pmzztop

    An interview with Horikoshi Kouhei. Note the lengths he takes to keep his face secret.
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=-oNZkFvEcas

    Or, Why Manga Artists Prefer to Stay Anonymous.
    http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/answerman/2016-05-02/.101626

    • May 8, 2016 at 11:32 pmStilts

      Crazy. I find that strange, though not from a fame-seeking (or not) point of view. From a marketing point of view, that hamstrings them seriously. Half of what an author like me or them is selling is our own unique worldview and voice, and the more we can get ourselves out there in front of people, the more chances we have to show that we’re the kind of people you want to buy stories from. Wanting to do that through your work alone is understandable, but it’s also more difficult, and in a way is only giving your readers part of the value you could be offering.

      Wearing a mask does seem like fun though. Man with a Mission-style anonymity (though not really) is hella fun!

      • May 9, 2016 at 7:27 amzztop

        Well, some mangaka can be very shy and introverted, and so get very uncomfortable with showing themselves in public. Some others just want to keep their personal privacy so they don’t get hounded by fans/stalkers/paparazzi/etc. (Supposedly some famous one, like Eichiirou Oda, became more protective of their privacy as their fame increased).

        They still show up at local and foreign conventions, but some have the caveat of not letting themselves get photographed. For example, mangaka Tanemura Arina holds an annual birthday event with her fans, but no pictures of her face are available.
        http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2016-03-20/arina-tanemura-holds-annual-birthday-party-for-fans/.99940

    • May 9, 2016 at 7:29 amErimaki

      The short comment about “Japanese press being a lot less cavalier” in the second link is also unfortunately true (there’s a reason why anime/manga/LN/etc. depictions of reporters are often less than flattering) and feels like the major reason why people would want to do. Basically, the “claw out sensational news from whatever” mentality makes the dowside bigger than whatever good publicity you might get for most people.

      For example, I happened to see a news segment about Touno Mamare’s tax invasion charges, and it showed a video clip that was pretty obviously filmed against his will (showing him getting on a bicycle and leaving in a hurry, for the record), as well as mentioned his real name (the first time in public as far as I know).
      Now, obviously criminal charges would be a special case, but it is pretty telling that rather than get some material at court they would ambush him like that (I can’t find the clip anymore to check what kind of place it was shot at, but I vaguely remember it looking like a residential area. Might be wrong about that though)

      • May 9, 2016 at 9:55 amStilts

        Er, you misunderstood what that line meant. Cavalier = adj. “showing a lack of proper concern,” so a lot less cavalier = they’re LESS likely to show a lack of proper concern. That is, American media is more invasive. The rest of the paragraph backs that up by talking about how they’ll (generally) not publish photos without consent, whereas some Western paparazzi have no such compunction.

      • May 9, 2016 at 11:32 amErimaki

        Okay, that’s embarrassing because I really should have figured it out from rest of the paragraph. Whoops.
        In my defense though, the Japanese press is generally pretty poisonous about their topics from my experience.

        This in comparison to my experience with the (still) fairly uninvasive and neutral Finnish press though, so maybe I’m the weird one here lol

    • May 9, 2016 at 7:40 amWorldwidedepp

  • May 8, 2016 at 11:22 pmWarriorsHeart

  • May 9, 2016 at 12:17 amsonicsenryaku

    the signs of a good female companion:

    -brings out the best in you
    -understands your motivations and is willing to help out
    -brings positivity to your life
    -you have a hard time talking to them the first time you meet em
    -super cute (tho this one is not really a requirement)

    Ochako embodies all of this. That girl just puts a smile on my face

    • May 10, 2016 at 8:22 ambakumon11292

      I know right?! she’s not that incredibly cute or beautiful like other heroins but she’s still a very charming character non the less. Man this series has a lot of likable characters specially Tsuyu- the frog girl, which for some reason is strangely attractive (in a few more episode you’ll what i mean.

  • May 9, 2016 at 12:32 amGuile

    >Looks like someone’s always mugging for the camera.
    I can’t believe I missed that! I love that navel laser kid, too. Even if we never really get his backstory, he’s consistently background-funny enough that he always puts a smile on my face.

    http://randomc.net/image/Boku%20no%20Hero%20Academia/Boku%20no%20Hero%20Academia%20-%2006%20-%2014.jpg
    Iida looks so… confused? Bemused? Mentally checked out? I can’t even tell.

  • May 9, 2016 at 2:42 amCrunchie

    If Recovery Girl just speeds up healing abilities, does that mean she can’t heal a fatal wound?

    • May 9, 2016 at 6:25 amCrook

      Correct, it also means that it’s very taxing on a person’s energy and can’t prevent long-term consequences from ‘healing’ too often.

    • May 9, 2016 at 7:33 amWorldwidedepp

      No, they are not Claymores :)

    • May 9, 2016 at 11:11 amHanabira.Kage

      If the person isn’t too drained stamina-wise, she should be just barely able to bring the injury from “fatal” to “extremely severe” without killing him/her. Beyond that, all she can do is treat the person normally without use of her Quirk.

  • May 9, 2016 at 3:40 amtsukiyo

    Ochako, Deku and Iida can make a good comedy trio. While Ochako and Deku act at their own pace, Iida will be the one making jabs because he is too serious and lack sense of humour.

  • May 9, 2016 at 6:39 amBigFire

    Momo Yaoyorozu’s skin revealing suit actually makes sense once it’s revealed what her power is.

    • May 9, 2016 at 7:42 amzztop

      The kanji of her name also hints at her powers – 八百万 百, where 八百万 = 8 million, 百=hundred, indicating the number of objects she can produce is well near limitless.

  • May 9, 2016 at 7:04 amzztop

    http://randomc.net/image/Boku%20no%20Hero%20Academia/Boku%20no%20Hero%20Academia%20-%2006%20-%2018.jpg

    Explaining some punny names of Academia:
    Explaining the punny character names:

    •Aoyama Yuga (青山 優雅) (pictured above) – his first name kanji has 優 = elegant and 雅=classy, hence the reason he looks and acts like an overblown classy gentleman of a 1970s shoujo manga.

    •Mineta Minoru (峰田 実) – 実 = fruit, esp. the grape/berry-shaped kind. Hence the sticky “grape balls” on his head.

    •Tokoyami Fumikage (常闇 踏陰) (birdheaded guy)- 常 = eternal, 闇=darkness, 踏 = dominating (ie. rubbing a person’s face into the ground with your foot), 陰 = shadow. So “Eternal Darkness Dominating Shadow”.

  • May 9, 2016 at 7:33 amzztop

    Don’t forget the invisible girl wearing ONLY boots and gloves – winter superheroing’s gonna be a b*tch.

    • May 9, 2016 at 7:43 amWorldwidedepp

      then Fog, rain, dust or other materials that lay down on your skin, are her arc enemy :)

  • May 9, 2016 at 10:07 amDude

    Bakugo is more ready to be a villain than a hero.

  • May 9, 2016 at 11:40 amZJZJ

    I must be the only one who likes Kacchan. He reminds of of Judal from Magi (though I find Judal much more likeable). I also like the girl in team c (because of her outfit!).
    Uraraka is adorable as always. Let the ship sail!

    • May 9, 2016 at 1:20 pmrunner

      Surprisingly, as the story goes on in the manga, I find him much more likable in his own weird way.

  • May 9, 2016 at 12:03 pmyoloalchemist

    How very fitting that I was re-marathoning Prisma Illya yesterday after watching this episode, on mother’s day. Iri mama and Deku mama best moms <3 (and also Sachiko, no one can ever forget Sachiko).

  • May 9, 2016 at 4:45 pmDoctor Hochmeister

    Man, this was an awesome episode! Deku’s mom is really a great character, I even choked up a little during her uniform scene. I’m glad they’re dealing with Deku and Kacchan’s relationship now, it seems like something the characters would confront quickly, and it’s one of the big dramatic draws of this story. Kacchan’s actually one of the better matches against Deku at the moment as he’s not superhumanly strong or fast. Thanks to his training Deku could beat him without using One For All as long as he avoids the explosions. Really looking forward to the conclusion of the fight!

  • May 9, 2016 at 10:04 pmstarss

    Ugh this show is filled with so much hope and optimism! It’s just delightful.

  • May 9, 2016 at 10:05 pmstarss

    Ugh this show is filled with so much hope and optimism! It’s just delight

  • May 10, 2016 at 9:52 amscampjot

    Glad you picked it Stilts! I’ve been enjoying your weekly coverage. Keep the great work :)

  • May 29, 2016 at 3:43 amBamboo Blade Cat