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In its Season 2 climax, “My Hero Academia” is on fire

“Shoto Todoroki: Origin.” My Hero Academia Episode 23 (Season 2, Episode 10)

There is a lot to cover to cover in this episode, from how it deconstructs the “stuffed in the fridge” trope and the brooding superhero’s tragic backstory, as well as adding more to the analysis by others of animator Yutaka Nakamura, Studio BONES, and yutapon cubes.

While the animation is what will bring new viewers to this series, as with any story, its success depends first on plot, then characters, before its production–in this case, animation, acting, and music–can be appreciated. Without this plot, in which Izuku and Todoroki are both motivated to be heroes by All Might, there would be no episode.

And, unfortunately, as we have given Izuku and Todoroki their resolution, like after any climax, things are going to get a bit less interesting.

Tagging for spoilers, as well as trigger warnings about spousal abuse, rape, violence against children, scolding, and me cursing out Mark Millar.

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In Episode 19 of “My Hero Academia,” everyone’s a fool

“The Boy Born with Everything.” My Hero Academia Episode 19

Trigger warnings: There will be discussion of representations of domestic violence and rape.

Spoiler warnings: This review will cover content up to Episode 21 of the anime. Spoilers are not marked.

Is my title too mean? I don’t intend to beat up on the narrative structure, as I see where the story is going, and given the result I know as occurs in the manga, all of this makes sense. I’m just gobsmacked at how so many characters, all at once, can act so foolishly.

To summarize:

  • Why do the girls listen to Mineta, a known pervert, to put on the obviously fetishistic cheerleader uniforms?
  • Why did Izuku and Todoroki reveal so much about themselves and risk giving their opponent ammunition to use against them in their inevitable face-off?
  • Why did Shinso press his luck by trying to hypnotize Izuku earlier than necessary?
  • Why did Izuku talk when Ojiro told him not to?
  • Why did Ojiro decide honor was more important than accepting his advancement?
  • And why is Endeavor making it obvious he is a wife-beater–and why hasn’t anyone thrown his ass in prison?!

Let’s break down each problem separately before acknowledging what the episode does very well. And I think it will help lend some clarity about the characterization of, at least, Momo, Ochaco, and Izuku.

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