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My Hero Academia Episode 91

My Hero Academia Episode 91

The Quirk Singularity Doomsday Theory

My Hero Academia Season 5 Episode 91 was a decent enough episode. Most of it was setup, and the little action we got at the end of the episode was full of exposition. But, I think it was important setup for the next few episodes — assuming these exhibition matches last that long.

The topic I want to discuss from the first portion of the episode is the idea of the Quirk Singularity Doomsday Theory. I’m sure this idea has come up before in the series, but I don’t remember when it would have been. It sounds familiar, at the very least.

As Deku explains, this theory is that over time, through reproduction, quirks mutate, combine, and become stronger. Eventually, this will lead to a point at which quirks become so strong that their users are unable to control them, thus the doomsday part.

Previous One-for-All wielders from the anime series My Hero Academia Season 5
Previous One-for-All wielders

The original wielder of One-for-All tells Deku that the singularity is already upon them. And to his credit, we do see evidence that this theory is at least somewhat correct. Shouto Todoroki’s quirk is an example. It’s a combination of his parents’ quirks that’s theoretically stronger than they are individually.

If you think about it, it’s kind of like how One-for-All works, but it applies to all quirks. The main difference between the two that I can see is that it’s not necessarily guaranteed. Shouto has older siblings who didn’t manifest a combined quirk as he did.

But, Shouto’s limitations may actually be evidence against this theory. While we see that his father can effectively use his flames indefinitely, Shouto can only use his fire or ice powers for a limited time. And he can’t use them at the same time. So even if quirks become extremely complex and powerful, there’s a human limitation.

A New Hero Student

Until this episode, I actually forgot that Shinso wasn’t a student in Hero Class 1-B. He’s a student in the regular Class 1-C. But, just because he’s in the regular class doesn’t mean that he doesn’t have a powerful quirk. In fact, you could argue his quirk is more powerful than some of the hero class students’.

Shinso’s quirk allows him to control anyone he speaks to. If he tells someone to give him their lunch money, they’ll give him their lunch money — that sort of thing. But, it can also be used in much more powerful ways, such as Shinso telling a villain to stop or turn himself in.

In a lot of ways, this is a great quirk for a hero to have because they can diffuse situations without a large fight. He can stop a villain without damaging the surrounding area. That’s something not every hero can do because they actually need to fight.

Hitoshi Shinso from the anime series My Hero Academia Season 5
Hitoshi Shinso

But, what are the limitations of Shinso’s quirk? We don’t actually know that yet. We know that Deku was able to break out of it, but that seemed to have to do with One-for-All. I don’t think most people would be able to do that.

We also don’t know if Shinso’s quirk is always active or not. Think of Toge, the cursed speech user, from Jujutsu Kaisen. He has a very similar quirk, but it can’t be disabled so he always needs to watch what he says. And, his quirk can even backfire if his opponent is too strong.

Overall, I do like Shinso more than most of the hero students, though. I think his quirk is more interesting than most of theirs. And I like how he has to deal with people always thinking he’d use his quirk for evil when in reality, that’s not the kind of person he is.

Clash! Class A vs. Class B!

The exhibition matches that began toward the end of this episode have potential if they’re done right. I think team-based combat in shounen battle series like this is pretty interesting most of the time. I like seeing how characters work together with their abilities.

It’s like how my favorite parts of things like Pokémon (both the video games and trading card game) or Fate/Grand Order is the team-building aspect. I have more fun building teams that work together in unique ways than I do with the actual gameplay.

So with that in mind, I think these 4v4 matches between the hero students could be pretty cool to watch. What roles will each character play within their team? How can their quirks be used in conjunction with each other to achieve things they couldn’t on their own?

Jurota Shishida - Quirk: Beast from the anime series My Hero Academia Season 5
Jurota Shishida – Quirk: Beast

Unfortunately, we haven’t really gotten to see much of that just yet. There’s been a bit of it, such as both teams identifying the quirk they view as the biggest threat. And we saw how they each developed basic strategies around that information.

But basic strategies aren’t interesting. The Class 1-A team simply decided to stick together to protect Denki. And the Class 1-B team just opted to use Shiozaki as a decoy while they charged in. I guess you can’t expect too much from randomly selected teams, though.

However, the worst offense of this episode, by far, was how Jurota decided to dump some exposition on us during his surprise attack. He did the classic “explain to the enemy how your strategy works while you’re performing said strategy” tactic.

That really made me lose interest in the fight.

Conclusion

What do you think of My Hero Academia Season 5 Episode 91? Do you think the Quirk Singularity Doomsday Theory stands up to scrutiny? Does Shinso have what it takes to become a hero? And which exhibition match are you most looking forward to? Let me know in the comments.

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SSSS.Dynazenon Episode 2

SSSS.Dynazenon Episode 2

Dynazenon Training Arc

I believe that episode 2 is the first time we’ve actually seen the SSSS.Dynazenon opening. At least, I don’t remember seeing it in episode 1. I think in episode 1 we just got the opening song but not the visuals to go with it.

As far as openings go, I thought this was a pretty good one. I wouldn’t say that the song is really anything special, but it’s the same band that did the SSSS.Gridman opening, so that’s neat. The visuals were pretty nice though. Pretty colors make my brain think things are cool.

Aside from the opening, I wasn’t too big of a fan of the start of this episode. I didn’t really feel like we needed that mini recap of the kaiju fight from the previous episode. But, I guess the scene directly after it with Gauma giving everyone else a piece of Dynazenon was important.

Chise showing Gauma that a new kaiju has appeared from the anime series SSSS.Dynazenon
Chise telling Gauma to follow @DoubleSama on Twitter

One thing I’m a bit unsure about still is Chise’s role in all of this. Didn’t Gauma give Chise the “legs” of Dynazenon? I guess those are the submarine when separate from the main body. But Chise’s still not one of the four pilots. So what was the point of giving her a piece?

Anyway, the first half of this episode is primarily focused on the characters, except Yomogi, training with their various parts of Dynazenon. I’m a bit disappointed that they don’t all look like dinosaurs. But vehicles are cool too, I guess.

Oh, and of course, the most important part of the first half of the episode is the scene of Yume in the bath. If they just extended that scene for a few more minutes, it would have been perfect.

A New Kaiju Appears

The kaiju from this episode was a lot more interesting than that from the previous episode. For starters, I really liked the colors of this one — as did the Kaiju Eugenicists, apparently. Pink, purple, and teal are just a good combination, what can I say?

Beyond its appearance, I also liked this kaiju‘s warping ability. I thought it made the battle a lot more interesting because it was more than just two giant mechs slamming into each other. Once warping is introduced into a fight, strategy becomes much more important.

Building on that, it was nice to see that there were actually some rules at play during this fight. I mean, super robot series fights don’t really follow many rules in general. Usually, anything goes, which often results in random beams being fired.

The warping kaiju from the anime series SSSS.Dynazenon
The warping kaiju

However, it was noticed that the kaiju spread its wings before it warped each time. And once our heroes had this information, they could form a plan to take advantage of that weakness. If they can restrict the kaiju‘s wings, they can stop it from warping around.

The Kaiju Eugenicists are an interesting inclusion in the series even if we don’t know anything about them. I think the fact that they control the kaiju is a good dynamic for the series to have because it allows for the kaiju to be more than mindless monsters.

And, while we don’t actually know what their goals and purpose are, we can make some assumptions. Based on their group name and the fact that one of them said “kaiju shall steer the world,” we can assume they believe kaiju to be the life forms deserving of ruling over the planet.

Dyna Soldier Wing Combine!

Already, I’m trying to think about where this series is going to go in the future. Based on the events of SSSS.Gridman, I can’t believe that this is going to remain a standard super robot series throughout its entire run. There has to be some twist later on.

So far, I can think of three areas in which that twist could manifest. First, there are the kaiju users. Gauma claims to be a kaiju user himself, and yet he’s not with the other kaiju users. So there must be something more to their relationship.

Also, if Gauma is a kaiju user and also a good guy, doesn’t that imply that kaiju aren’t inherently bad? After all, the kaiju in this episode was minding its own business until the Kaiju Eugenicists showed up and began controlling it.

The Dyna Soldier and Dyna Wing combined from the anime series SSSS.Dynazenon
The Dyna Soldier and Dyna Wing combined

The second form the twist could take is in relation to Yume’s older sister. How did she die? Did it have anything to do with kaiju? And is there more behind the scenes of Yume’s situation at home that we’re not seeing? It seems like her parents don’t really care about her, but cared a lot about her sister.

Finally, there’s the combining nature of Dynazenon. I don’t really know how this could be worked into a twist later on. But maybe it has something to do with kaiju combining as well? And then it turns out Dynazenon is actually a kaiju itself? I don’t know.

I feel like there has to be something more to the combining nature of Dynazenon, though. The T-Rex form it took last week was kind of similar to a kaiju in appearance. And since even Gauma doesn’t know what Dynazenon really is, there’s always a possibility.

Conclusion

What do you think of SSSS.Dynazenon Episode 2? Was it any better than the first episode? I think it was. Which individual part of Dynazenon is your favorite? Personally, I like the car the most. And what’s your early prediction for the twist that’s sure to come later on?

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Fruits Basket The Final Season Episode 1

Fruits Basket The Final Season Episode 1

Akito and Ren

Way back when the first season of Fruits Basket was airing, I reviewed the first 10 episodes weekly before eventually dropping it from my review schedule. Obviously, I continued to watch it despite not reviewing it, though.

With that in mind, I’m not sure how long these weekly reviews of the Final Season are going to last. If the season is more than one cour (I don’t know how long it’s going to be), then I’d at least like to review every episode from the first cour.

Anyway, let’s start off this discussion of the first episode of the Final Season by going over this whole thing with Akito and Ren Soma. Akito being a woman wasn’t a surprise to me, but the introduction of Ren is a bit of a twist.

Ren Soma from the anime series Fruits Basket The Final Season
Ren Soma

While I believe the actual reveal about Akito’s sex came in the final episode of the second season, I’m pretty sure I’ve known about this since some time during the first season. You know, because people on Twitter love to spoil things.

I don’t remember who spoiled Akito’s sex for me. But I do remember one of the English dub voice actors tweeted out spoilers for which characters were which Zodiac members, and of course, Twitter promoted their tweet and showed it to a bunch of people who weren’t even following them.

At the end of the day, though, I don’t think Akito’s sex is a big deal. There are Zodiac members of both sexes, so I don’t see why Akito’s would matter. Ren, on the other hand, is a twist because I have no idea if I’m supposed to view her as a villain or not.

Akito has been built up as the villain of the series, and Ren opposes her. But at the same time, Ren also seems villainous.

Everything’s Frozen

I understand that the portion of the episode in which Tooru learns about Kureno’s situation and why he can’t be with Arisa was supposed to be the emotional part. But honestly, most of the emotion from that scene was lost on me for a few reasons.

First of all, I didn’t remember anyone’s names. I was getting Kureno and Hatori mixed up, I forgot that Uotani’s first name was Arisa, and on top of that, Isuzu and Ren look somewhat similar. All of that’s not really the anime’s fault. However, I’d argue that this was a terrible place to start a new season at.

Why would you split an important conversation across two seasons? While paying attention to the new information Kureno was giving us, I was also trying to remember all the information we got from the previous episode six months ago. At least he reminded us that his curse is broken.

Tooru crying from the anime series Fruits Basket The Final Season
Tooru crying

The second issue I have with this scene is the animation when Kureno is walking away from Tooru once he’s done talking to her. He awkwardly shuffles away and it was extremely distracting. It basically invalidated any emotions that his story may have brought up.

Finally, and this is an issue I have with a lot of the more “emotional” scenes in Fruits Basket, there’s the way the characters talk. Normally, the characters in this series speak, well, normally. However, when a scene is trying to be more emotional, their speech changes.

They slow their speech down, almost begin to whisper, and pause multiple times mid-sentence. Do you have any idea how annoying it would be if people actually spoke like that? I guess it’s their attempt to give the anime that “ethereal” mood that a lot of shoujo manga have during these scenes.

Nightgown Festival

My final complaint from the Kureno scene also applies to the “nightgown festival” scene as well. But, other than that, I thought this was a pretty good scene. Maybe that’s just because I like the Tooru/Saki/Arisa combo though. Oh, and I guess Megumi is pretty good too.

The main reason I like this season is that it gives Tooru some good character depth and development. We’ve known from the start of the series that she’s not someone who particularly enjoys asking for help from others — such as when she attempted to live out of a tent before moving in with Shigure.

But, Tooru also does recognize that even though she doesn’t ask for help, she receives a lot of support from her friends. And this fact causes her to feel as though she needs to support her friends in various ways as well.

Saki Hanajima from the anime series Fruits Basket The Final Season
Saki Hanajima

What she still doesn’t really seem to realize is that her very existence is all the support her friends need. Tooru is the one who brings everyone else together and brightens their days. She doesn’t need to go out of her way to support them in additional ways.

I don’t think that Tooru will ever truly accept that, though. She’s not just going to listen when other people tell her to stop trying to help them. However, that doesn’t mean she hasn’t developed as a character at all through this scene.

Rather, I think this scene shows us that Tooru is beginning to understand that there are some things that she can’t do no matter how much she wants to or how hard she tries. And, while she won’t see that as a good thing, it’s an important lesson to learn.

It may help her focus on the things she can do.

Conclusion

What do you think of Fruits Basket The Final Season Episode 1? Did you remember the events of the previous episode? Do you have the same issue I have with the way characters’ speech changes for certain scenes? And, would you participate in a nightgown festival with Saki? Let me know in the comments.

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Attack on Titan: The Final Season

Attack on Titan: The Final Season

Attack on Titan: The Final Season anime series cover art
Attack on Titan: The Final Season

Season Overview

Attack on Titan: The Final Season (Shingeki no Kyojin: The Final Season / 進撃の巨人 The Final Season) is, surprisingly, not the final season of the Attack on Titan anime series. I’ll explain that later on in this review, but just know this is the fourth season.

So, what does this season cover? Well, for starters, there’s a four-year time skip between the end of Season 3 Part 2 and the start of this season. It then begins with the Marley arc before moving into the War for Paradis arc.

Now, one of the best and worst things about this season of the series is that the majority of the main characters have new character designs. That’s great because they all look fantastic (except Mikasa, honestly). But, this also causes some issues.

The primary issue with these new designs is that the two arcs this season cover also introduce a lot of new characters. So for the first few episodes, it can be difficult to tell who’s who. Specifically, I know a lot of people got Armin and Yelena mixed up.

I should also point out that this isn’t just an issue in the anime. I read the manga before this season aired, and it was difficult to differentiate between characters in that at first too.

Another thing to keep in mind about this season is that it does have a significant tonal shift from what came before. That’s nothing new for this series though. Each season of the anime does this. But, I think this season is the most different from the earlier seasons because both the story and characters change drastically.

I’m not sure if this season is my favorite from a story perspective. However, I think the characters in this season are the best they’ve ever been.

Source Material vs. Anime Execution

I don’t really want to get into the debate surrounding whether the anime or manga is better. Normally, I prefer anime adaptations rather than manga. But with Attack on Titan, I think both mediums have their pros and cons.

I think that some of the use of CGI wasn’t the best at the start of the season, but it gets phased out later on. The real issue I had with the anime visuals actually came from a really strange use of rotoscoping for some scenes that didn’t need to be dynamic.

And so, this brings us into what I actually want to discuss in this section, which is how the anime makes use of the source material. I don’t think I’m alone when I say that it’s the source material that really carries this series, especially later on.

Gabi Braun from the anime series Attack on Titan: The Final Season
Gabi Braun

Questionable use of rotoscoping aside, I think the anime adapted the content it covered in this season quite well. I was a little disappointed in the adaptation of the War Hammer Titan. But at the same time, I’m not really sure what they could have done to improve it because it was just like the manga.

My biggest issue with the anime is actually a relatively minor detail. If you read my weekly episode reviews, you may recall that I complained about the color of Eren’s eyes being green — especially when they glow green due to his control over the Founding Titan.

Yes, I know that Eren’s eyes have normally been green. And yes, I know the manga is in black and white. However, the manga covers are in full color. And in the manga covers, we see Eren with silver eyes to represent the Founding Titan just as we’ve seen with all the other Founding Titan wielders.

I think the silver eyes look way better and more intimidating than the alien, glowing green ones. Check out the alternate cover for Volume 30 to see what I mean.

What Comes Next?

I touched on this a bit in my review of the final episode of this season, but there’s a lot of confusion surrounding the future of this series — mostly from the anime-only community. Luckily, it’s not really that difficult to understand once you have all the information.

First of all, these 16 episodes of this season covered chapters 91 – 115, so 25 chapters. The final chapter, 139, comes out in just a few days as of the posting of this review. So, there are another 24 chapters that still need to be adapted.

Because the next part of the season (this is why I said this isn’t really the final season) was only revealed as “episode 76,” people are assuming that we’re only getting one more episode. That makes absolutely no sense.

Eren Yeager from the anime series Attack on Titan: The Final Season
Eren Yeager

Now, while we don’t actually know how the rest of the series is going to be adapted, there are two ways that make sense. Either we’re going to have another roughly 16 episode season, or we’re going to have an 8 – 10 episode season followed by a movie.

As I said, we don’t know for sure what’s going to happen. However, I think the shorter season followed by a movie makes a lot of sense within the context of this “final” season.

So, what is that context? Well, you may recall that this season was actually delayed by two months and therefore didn’t begin airing until December 7th. Two months is the same as 8 episodes, so we can assume that this season was originally supposed to have an additional 8 episodes.

My guess is that this second part of the season will be those 8, 9, or 10 episodes that had to be delayed. And if we consider those, then a movie would be the perfect length to finish out the final few chapters of the manga. Also, the end of the manga is like 100% action, so it would work well as a movie.

Conclusion

Attack on Titan: The Final Season definitely isn’t my favorite season of the anime despite covering some of my favorite content. I’d have to give it an 8/10, which places it squarely in the middle of the series as far as I’m concerned.

If you enjoyed this review, or if I cleared up how the rest of the anime adaptation is likely to go, remember to click the like button ❤️ down below. Also, follow me over on Twitter @DoubleSama so you don’t miss out on any future content. And come join our Discord server if you’re interested in discussing anime with other members of the community.

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Boruto Episode 193

Boruto Episode 193

What to do with Kawaki

Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Episode 193 wasn’t exactly the most interesting episode. And I wouldn’t suggest getting your hopes up for any of the upcoming episodes to be any better. It seems like we’re going to have quite a few “filler” episodes coming.

Anyway, since Kawaki is kind of a big deal — being an important asset of the Kara terrorist organization — Naruto can’t just decide what to do with Kawaki on his own. In the past, that’s how things would have worked. But ever since the Fourth Great Shinobi War, things are more open between the great nations.

And so, Naruto calls for a Five Kage Summit to determine what should be done about Kawaki. Now, it may be easy to think that Five Kage Summits don’t really matter anymore because the other Kage will just agree with Naruto anyway. But, that’s not the case.

Naruto watching Kawaki in the hospital from the anime series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations
Naruto watching Kawaki in the hospital

What you have to keep in mind is that while all of the Kage want there to be peace between their nations, they do still have individual interests. Something that’s good for the Land of Fire isn’t necessarily going to be good for the Land of Earth, for example.

But, when it comes to Kawaki, the other Kage do differ to Naruto because of his experience.

As a Jinchūriki, Naruto knows what it’s like to be alone due to a power that was forced upon you. And so, he wants to ensure that Kawaki doesn’t have to experience what he did.

The argument could be made that Gaara would be a better caretaker for Kawaki, though. He already has an adopted son and he too was a Jinchūriki. But, Naruto is in a better position to watch over him and Boruto also has a Karma.

Mugino’s Belongings

I’m a bit conflicted in the middle portion of the episode that focused on Boruto and Konohamaru taking care of Mugino’s belongings. On one hand, it was kind of necessary to close out Mugino’s story. But on the other, I don’t really care.

There needed to be closure for both Boruto and Konohamaru after Mugino’s death. It would have been weird if he was just never mentioned again considering how influential he was to both of them. And, of course, we needed to know what became of his pet turtle.

However, Mugino’s character also didn’t matter all that much. I’m not even sure if he was in the manga. A manga reader can confirm or deny this in the comments, but he felt like an anime original character to me.

Konohamaru and Boruto reminiscing about Mugino from the anime series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations
Konohamaru and Boruto reminiscing about Mugino

I’m not saying that anime original content doesn’t matter, though. As I’ve mentioned many times before, the anime original content of Boruto is treated, for the most part, as canon material. It’s just that, at the end of the day, what did Mugino’s character add to the series?

Beyond this point, is Mugino ever going to be mentioned again? It’s possible, but I find it unlikely. This scene with Konohamaru and Boruto closes out his story. And without any lasting impact on the greater narrative, it’s now as if Mugino never existed.

What did you think of this conclusion to Mugino’s story? Did you want Boruto to tell Konohamaru about Mugino’s past? Is it better that he decided to keep that a secret as Mugino did? I don’t really have a strong opinion on it either way. But if I had to pick, I guess I would have preferred if it was implied that Boruto told Konohamaru about it later.

Slice of Life

Do you know what I like more than action in my action anime? Slice of life content. I can’t wait to see how Boruto and Kawaki get along while living under the same roof. It’s going to be wild. Hilarity is definitely going to ensue.

Okay, but actually, I really couldn’t care less about Kawaki and Boruto living together. This entire situation feels so out of place. I’m not really sure what Kodachi was thinking when he wrote this. I get that Boruto is supposed to appeal to a younger audience, but this seems to be appealing to an entirely different audience.

Yes, Boruto does still have some cool fights just as the Naruto series did. But it’s no wonder so many Naruto fans aren’t interested in Boruto at all when you consider how much of this series is really just random slice of life content.

Naruto and his two sons from the anime series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations
Naruto and his two sons

I’m fairly certain that Kishimoto is the one writing the Boruto manga now, so hopefully, that means the story will go back to how it was in Naruto. Unfortunately, I have no idea how far away the anime is from the point at which the author swap happens.

I think I heard that Episode 197 is the next “big” one from an animation perspective. I wasn’t really impressed with Episode 192, the previous “big” episode, content-wise. But here’s to hoping that 197 is better.

The downside to 197 being the next “big” episode is that it probably means the next two or three episodes aren’t going to be all that important. The next episode definitely looks like it’s just slice of life content. And I’d imagine Episode 195 will be the same. Episode 196 could have some content leading into 197, though.

Conclusion

What do you think of Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Episode 193? Do you think Naruto is the best of the five Kage for the job of watching over Kawaki? Did you like the scene of Boruto and Konohamaru in Mugino’s apartment? And how do you feel about Boruto’s slice of life content? Let me know in the comments.

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