Aizawa strangles Shinso with his own scarves in Episode 99 of "My Hero Academia"

Shinso’s Big Moment Somehow Becomes Aizawa’s in “My Hero Academia”

For this being all about Shinso, the story actually says more about his teacher.

My Hero Academia Episode 99 (Season 5, Episode 11)

An adaptation of Issues 214, 215, and 216 of the manga, available from Viz

My Hero Academia is available to stream on Crunchyroll and Funimation

Spoilers up to My Hero Academia No. 317, the spinoff Vigilantes No. 103, and the film Heroes Rising

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Moonlight in the Household: Hawthorne and Twain

I’ve been writing about struggles I’m having returning to my dissertation to try to address questions I keep having, especially about the final chapter on Mark Twain’s Huck Finn. To continue that discussion, I want to talk about how I was trying to position Twain’s postbellum against the antebellum writing of Nathaniel Hawthorne–as I thought that Twain’s stark realism against Hawthorne’s romanticism can best be understood how Twain tries to show a gritty murder scene in a barely lit house, while Hawthorne thinks he can romanticize by talking about how moonlight in an abandoned room lends something mystical to the setting.

(And, yes, at some point, I need to address how Hawthorne, along with his contemporaries, was building his idea of the romance out of some mysticism he was associating with indigenous people–chiefly in the form of arrowheads Hawthorne talks about stimulating the imagination and conversations he had with Thoreau about indigenous “relics” at Walden.)

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Promotional artwork for "Spy x Family" features Loid armed with a gun, Anya in the middle, and Yor armed with a dagger. Loid and Yor are back to back, looking over their shoulders at each other. Anya is looking to the side.

You Should Be Reading “Spy x Family”

Recently nominated for an Eisner Comics Award, this manga by Tatsuya Endo is not only well written, funny, heartwarming, tense, and beautifully illustrated. It also succeeds from a marketing perspective, by knowing how to cater to various markets: if you like gag comics, if you like adorable children doing adorable things, if you like spy thrillers and political intrigue, or if you want to stare at the pretty spy and the pretty assassin being awkward around each other.

Spy x Family (2019-present, 47 chapters and bonus chapters), available from Viz

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In Episode 98 of "My Hero Academia," Izuku struggles as his newest Quirk, Blackwhip, manifests as translucent jagged lines of dark energy.

Izuku’s New Quirk Breaks More Than His Body in “My Hero Academia”

I wonder if Horikoshi hit the reset button, because the implications of his story were stretching beyond the limits of the plot–like how Izuku’s multiple Quirks are breaking the constraints of his body.

“That Which Is Inherited” My Hero Academia Episode 98 (Season 5, Episode 10)

An adaptation of Issues 209, 210, 211, 212, and 213 of the manga, available from Viz

My Hero Academia is available to stream on Crunchyroll and Funimation

Spoilers up to My Hero Academia No. 316, the spinoff Vigilantes No. 103, and the film Heroes Rising

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