Looking at My Hero Academia’s Second Opening, The Light that Shines forth

After a long bout of sickness I am back and feeling…well still slightly sick but well enough to start making posts again. This one in particular has been on the backburner since my other post on My Hero Academia, since I didn’t finish it in time before I got sick unfortunately. So after two weeks of hiatus (which is too long mind you) I am back and ready to start up again with some more Hero gazing!

There is something I found when looking through the openings of this season trying to look for some to make a best of the season list with. I was not feeling Boku no Hero Academia’s second opening at all. It felt kind of bland and slow moving until it hit that burst of speed in the latter half with all the money shots. In a way it felt superficial and uneventful to me. Then I looked at it again and it is probably one of my favourite openings of the season. Much like the show, this opening should not be glanced over by its apparent lack of adrenaline or interesting visuals. This opening surprised me with a narrative through line that makes it far more interesting than it initially appeared. The one aspect I want to call attention to in this opening is the use of lighting.

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The Battle of Hopes and Dreams, Uraraka vs Bakugo

There are strange points in Boku no Hero Academia that allow one to take a step back from our pre-conceived notions and ponder something. The 9th episode of Boku no Hero Academia’s Second Season truly set a standard for battles moving forward in the series and our perception of characters. There is a big stigma towards tournament arcs, especially when it feels like tedious battle after tedious battle for some shounen battle series. Now that we have finally have reached the fighting point of Boku no Hero Academia and for all extents and purposes it is surprisingly solid. From the small character fights to the more magnanimous moments where main characters face off against deserving foes or each other. The first round of this fighting section of the UA sports Festival has truly spectacular moments building towards a second round that is hopefully just as effective.

Spoiler Warning! As this is the second season and a spoiler in its own right since this is talking up to episode 9, you have been warned!

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Koe no Katachi – Emotions vs “Objectivity”

There is something absolutely rewarding when you come out of a movie feeling like you had a release. The release of anxiety, sadness, dealing with the world, or better known as the factor of escapism. Escapism is a perfect reason to watch something, to escape into fiction for about two hours in order to feel something. Some people escape into grand adventure epics like Lord of the Rings, or maybe one prefers an emotional romp on the senses like The Notebook. Before we get into the question I want to ask, let’s not think of escapism as a bad thing. In fact it is probably one of the best out of body moments one can have, to escape for just a moment into the world of a Miyazaki film is just magical and entrancing. Yet whenever we discuss escapism and emotions there is something some people always try to bring up when you talk about how much you loved the experience of a movie. What did you think of it objectively though?

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Ace Attorney (2012) – The Best Example of a Costumed Ball in the Courtroom

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney is one of the more predominant visual novel adventure game series in gaming. The iconic poses, the objections, the distinct character designs and the over the top reactions, there is no way one who has come across such a series can really forget it especially when it has entered the pop culture space with memes and gathered quite the following outside of Japan. I have to be honest, I came into this knowing the first game in and out. I feel like for one to sometimes understand the adaptation, one must know the series well enough to see where the director or producer is coming from. Especially when that director is best known for his outrageous ideas and spectacle like Takashi Miike. The vision of Miike is clear throughout the film, but does this film have enough passion to make it a worthwhile movie worth viewing outside of the fanbase?

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Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva – The Gentleman Indiana Jones

The Great Detective is an archetype often found in classical mystery literature. Edgar Allen Poe’s Dupin, Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes, G.K. Chesterton’s Father Brown are the few that pop into one’s mind when the topic comes up. Our fascination with those who feel like superior intellects has yet to wane over time as we still create stories or versions of these same detectives or adhere to the tropes they create. One of the best known Great Detectives of the modern era is surprisingly the video game hero, Professor Layton. An archaeologist with a penchant for solving puzzles and getting oneself into mysteries, Professor Layton has become a bestselling franchise that has appealed to all ages and so why not dedicate a film to the character? This would call for an adventure with an eye for the science fiction, mythological elements and the grandiose nature of something like The Phantom of the Opera known only as Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva. Will the great Professor Layton land the first good video game adaptation in my search, or will all these aspirations fall short and succumb to being a subpar adventure film that dabbles in a bit of mystery?

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The Hunt for the Great Antagonist – Zabuza Momochi “The Demon of the Hidden Mist”

Next up on the Hunt for the Great Antagonist is one of the antagonists from the cornucopia of characters that is Naruto. Zabuza Momochi is bar none one of the most impactful antagonists of my childhood. I remember still starting out watching anime when I came across Naruto and started on this arc. I was used to two dimensional antagonists or monsters of the week, but I was surprised to see one with nuance. One that could make me cry. Zabuza Momochi is a one off antagonist in Naruto only being used at the very beginning of the series for one full arc. A menacing first opponent for Team 7 and considered to be one of the most dangerous rogue shinobi in the Ninja World. That huge sword isn’t meant for show. Is Zabuza one of the greats however? Is he able to stand the test of time or is he best forgotten as a footnote in the spanning generational story of Naruto?

The Hunt for the Great Antagonist is a series that will spoil elements from the series surrounding the antagonist and most likely key points within the series itself. You have been warned.

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My Favourite Naruto Shippuden Openings, The End of a Generation

This is my final openings post on the Big Three and taking this journey back through my childhood as an anime. Naruto is something that gave me one of if not the most touching moments I have seen on television in my youth. It is one of the moments that helped propel me to where I am today attempting to be a screenwriter because I want to be able to do just that. Maybe touch the heart of someone watching, even if its just one. So to have Shippuden, the latter half of Naruto, end…it just feels like the generation is just about over since Bleach already ended and One Piece is past its halfway point. It is about time to say goodbye to a generation, and welcome the new one. The Big Three was a part of my start, but new fans may find their start with something new like Boku no Hero Academia. It was great to take this little trip back to my childhood, but sadly all good things come to an end and I couldn’t think of a better ending than with my favourite Naruto Shippuden’s openings.

Just a reminder that I will be spoiling a lot of Naruto Shippuden, or key moments in Naruto Shippuden so be warned.

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