Reviews

“My Hero Academia” slows down for horseplay

“Strategy Strategy Strategy.” My Hero Academia Episode 17 (Season 2 Episode 4)

After the excellence set by the previous episode, what came after, by comparison, would be less interesting in My Hero Academia. This is a reality, not a flaw: you can’t have that kind of an explosive climax with Izuku’s victory in the Obstacle Course and follow it with another over-the-top moment, lest you exhaust the audience. Moving to the more stable ground of the Cavalry Competition allows “Strategy Strategy Strategy” to focus on the abilities of the other characters, while forcing the show to draw upon its other strength: comedy.

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And hey, we learn Izuku had a Quirk all along: drowning his enemies with his tears!

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“My Hero Academia” Season 2 slows down to introduce Todoroki’s struggle

“Roaring Sports Festival.” My Hero Academia Episode 15 (Season 2 Episode 2).

Available to stream at Funimation.com, CrunchyRoll.com, and VRV.co

After an opener that was light on action but excelled at re-introducing its characters, Season 2’s second opening brings together what serve as the characters’ motivations that determine the action we’ll see in this narrative arc–as well as a cliffhanger for more action to come.

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And hey, someone kicks Mineta’s ass–that’s a five-star episode already!

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The new MST3K is excellent. Watch it.

I can’t give this a fair review. Mystery Science Theater was my childhood, something I’d watch on Comedy Central, especially during Thanksgiving or Christmas marathons. It was my college years before it went off of the Sci-Fi Network. It’s something I’ve watched and shared with friends all the time during and since graduate school. When the show was announced to return, with Dr. Horrible’s Felicia Day as the main villain, of course I gave money to the Kickstarter.

I’m so biased for MST3K that of course I’m recommending the first episode when it posts to Netflix this Friday. The reason I got to watch it early is because I chipped into the initial Kickstarter and got the advanced preview on Sunday.

So, rather than offer a review to persuade you to watch, I’m going to analyze what works, what doesn’t work, and what references are tossed into this episode just so I can brag about my knowledge in useless MST3K trivia. Yay!

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“My Hero Academia” returns–and it is awesome!

“Hero Notebook.” Episode 13.5

“That’s the Idea, Ochaco.” Episode 14 (Season 2, Episode 1)

God, I missed the series.

It’s not just because it is hopeful, it’s not just because it focuses on abilities and disabilities in a superhero context, and it’s not just because in terms of music, writing, acting (in both Japanese and English), and animation (give or take an episode), it is just fun. Despite being 10 months since the most recent episode, and with some OVAs not yet released in the United States, it has not felt like a long time since My Hero Academia had new episodes.

And still, I have so much to say.

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DC on TV for the Week of March 13, 2017: Don’t get into relationships, and let your parents die

“Into the Speed Force.” The Flash, Season 3, Episode 16. Directed by Gregory Smith. Written by Brooke Roberts and Judalina Neira.

“Moonshot.” Legends of Tomorrow, Season 2, Episode 14. Directed by Kevin Mock. Written by Grainne Godfree.

With Supergirl replaced with Howie Mandel so that the Music Meister two-parter can happen next week, this is a rare occurrence where, instead of having one key phrase per show, The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow share the same key phrases: “Aromantic,” and “Orphaned.”

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“Fire Force” Volume 1 starts strong, burns out at the end

Fire Force. Written and illustrated by Atsushi Ohkubo. Translated into English by Alethea Nibley and Athena Nibley. Kodansha, 2016.

Shinra Kusakabe wants to be a hero. Having lost his mother and infant brother in a fire, he has joined a fire department to save others from similar fates.

But this fire department doesn’t just put out fires. They also fight fire monsters that plague Tokyo.

And Shinra himself has fire abilities similar to these demons.

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Oh, and everything’s on fire.  

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DC on TV for the Week of March 6, 2017

“Exodus.” Supergirl, Season 2, Episode 15. Directed by Michael A. Allowitz. Written by Paula Yoo and Eric Carrasco.

“The Wrath of Savitar.” The Flash, Season 3, Episode 15. Directed by Alexandra La Roche. Written by Written by Andrew Kreisberg and Andrew Wilder.

“Land of the Lost.” Legends of Tomorrow, Season 2, Episode 13. Directed by Ralph Hemecker. Written by Keto Shimizu and Ray Utarnachitt.

Supergirl leaves everyone feeling betrayed, Barry and Wally are the Elric brothers, and I accept Rip back to Legends.

Oh, and here’s HR being giddy.

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DC on TV for February 27, 2017

“Homecoming.” Supergirl, Season 2, Episode 14. Directed by Larry Teng. Written by Caitlin Parrish and Derek Simon.

“Attack on Central City.” The Flash, Season 3, Episode 14. Directed by Dermott Daniel Downs. Teleplay by Benjamin Raab and Deric A. Hughes. Story by Todd Helbing.

What the heck was this crap? More gorillas, less Mon-El (Chris Wood), please.

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DC on TV for the Week of February 20, 2017

Mxy, Grodd, Camelot: It’s fanservice week, and with almost no annoying objectification problems. Thank goodness!

“Mr. & Mrs. Mxyzptlk.” Supergirl, Season 2, Episode 13. Directed by Stefan Pleszczynski. Written by Jessica Queller and Sterling Gates.

“Attack on Gorilla City.” The Flash, Season 3, Episode 13. Directed by Dermott Daniel Downs. Teleplay by Aaron Helbing and David Kob. Story by Andrew Kreisberg..

“Camelot/3000.” Legends of Tomorrow, Season 2, Episode 12. Directed by Antonio Negret. Written by Anderson Mackenzie.

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