April 25, 2021

"This Episode is Downgraded to Merely 'Good' "

On this, the 5th episode of the 5th season of My Hero Academia, we are presented with the first episode that is entertaining, but not superb. 

The rest have been stellar. 

The season opens in the middle of last season's finale and has brought together a whole bunch of plot points that had appeared to just be background flavor text, but are actually quite important.  

In a way it reminds me a lot about Chris Claremont's run on the X-Men back in the '80s (but that is a reference that both dates me and is opaque to the audience. Suffice it to say that the story is moving briskly and is internally consistent )

This is an emotionally moving series and this is looking to be the best season yet. The current episode is taking place in a brief tournament arc, a Japanese Shounen comic trope that seems to be demanded by the Shonen Jump style guide.  These are generally dead-spots in a series and can often kill an otherwise promising show. However, My Hero Academia uses this conciet to expertly establish background info and develop characters quite entertainingly. 

This season has previously reminded us that Best Girl has additional powers that we had all forgotten about. 

Toxic Mucus For the WIN! 

This show continues to be excellent and I highly recommend it. 

Posted by: The Brickmuppet at 07:44 PM | Comments (7) | Add Comment
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1 Not really relevant to Boku no Hero Academia, but maybe you or your audience will have an answer.
There's lots of food porn manga, and some anime, currently (Shokugeki no Souma, various Restaurants/chefs in another World, etc), but is there any equivalent for other crafts?
Overgeared is nominally about a blacksmith, but we don't actually learn any blacksmithing. There are various farm-specific fictions (Silver Spoon). But not much about smithing, or carpentry. Does it exist and I just haven't found it?
Sorry for the irrelevancy, but this seemed like a good place to ask.

Posted by: jabrwok at Mon Apr 26 15:54:01 2021 (iyhH7)

2 I don't know of any blacksmith series that really get into the craft... but forges are Shinto holy places, and I think the few Buddhist smiths are doing Zen holy things. So it might be a little iffy to do anything other than show examples of "this is how we make swords."
There are a fair number of documentaries, of course.
The other side of this is that most smith families became machinists or mechanics.

Posted by: Suburbanbanshee at Mon Apr 26 23:36:34 2021 (sF8WE)

3 @suburbanbanshee: I wasn't aware of the religious overtones. Thanks for the info. Pity though, the foodie stuff is very inspiring and often informative. Something comparable for other craft areas could be useful.

Posted by: jabrwok at Tue Apr 27 05:16:29 2021 (T4WaI)

4 Some years ago I had a fellow who's hobby is blacksmithing and LARPs at Ren-Faires go on a quee-spree over a show called "Sacred Blacksmith" because it was all about mainstreaming blacksmithery. I never saw the show and so don't know how into the weeds it actually got. 

Posted by: The Brickmuppet at Tue Apr 27 07:02:18 2021 (5iiQK)

5 Sacred Blacksmith is available on Funimation.  It's primarily a romance between a world-weary young blacksmith and a beginner lady knight.  I watched several episodes back in the day, and dropped it after a few.  Don't remember why.   The smithing is magical and doesn't involve hammers/anvils/tempering, etc.  However, he does chant all of the steps.  I don't recall dipping it in water, but he probably used the proper term and I just missed it.

Posted by: Ubu at Tue Apr 27 10:01:40 2021 (UlsdO)

6 Having nothing better to do, I watched the first four episodes this morning.  It's not what you're looking for.  As a bonus, I now remember why I dropped it.  Obvious villain is obvious.  Ridiculous armor is ridiculous. 

Paint by numbers characters, cheap animation (barely above Deen level)...there was nothing special about this anime, and Cecily shouldn't have survived her first fight unscathed.  Why this incompetent girl was the head of her house, which seems to consist of only her... oh wait, I think I just explained it.

Posted by: Ubu at Tue Apr 27 11:18:39 2021 (UlsdO)

7 I remember Sacred Blacksmith, and yeah, it's not what I had in mind.

Thanks though:-)

Posted by: jabrwok at Tue Apr 27 11:30:17 2021 (iyhH7)

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