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Title: My Hero Academia
Post by: Spark Of Spirit on November 24, 2015, 06:57:11 PM
Instead of cluttering up other threads with the many updates of this series, I thought it would be better to put them all here.

(http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/thumbnails/max500x500/cms/news/94944/teaservisual.jpg)

First, the obvious information. Studio BONES is producing the anime as their first adaption of a Weekly Shonen Jump series ever. The director is Kenji Nagasaki (Gundam Build Fighters, Classroom Crisis, No. 6) and the lead writer is Yousuke Kuroda (Trigun, Gundam Build Fighters, Honey and Clover). Character designs are by Yoshihiko Umakoshi (Berserk, Air Master, Heartcatch Precure!) and are in the link below.

My Hero Academia is about a world where 80 percent of the world's population has an ability called a "quirk". Some have taken to using their abilities for evil, and others for good, creating both heroes and villains. In a world full of those with special abilities, what can someone without a quirk do? Can they become heroes, too? Izuku Midoriya is a total hero nerd, studying up on them all and wanting to be one, but he has no quirk. He is told he can never be a hero. Then one day he meets his personal hero, the greatest in the world, All Might. But is having a quirk all that's needed to be a hero, or do you need something more? The story begins as the two meet. Izuku might just get the chance he's always wanted.

Here is the first animated teaser (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o0L1YC9YgxM).

Just today, Bones has put out some Color Character Designs (http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/daily-briefs/2015-11-24/my-hero-academia-tv-anime-posts-color-character-designs/.95745) for the anime.

So this thread is reserved for any comments or general news about the upcoming adaption of the fan favorite shonen manga, Please try to keep them centered here, if you will.

(http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/thumbnails/max600x600/cms/news/99186/hero-academia-kv-2-big.jpg)
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Spark Of Spirit on November 26, 2015, 10:47:46 AM
I haven't said anything about the VAs, have I? Well, here are the parts currently cast:

Izuku Midoriya - Daiki Yamashita (Yowamushi Pedal's Sakamichi Onoda, Log Horizon's Toya, MHA V-Comic's Izuku Midoriya)
All Might - Kenta Miyake (Assassination Classroom's Akira Takaoka, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders' Mohammed Abdul, Berserk movies' Nosferatu Zodd)
Katsuki Bakugo - Nobuhiko Okamoto (Blue Exorcists' Rin Okumura, Haikyu's Yu Nishinoya, Bakuman's Eiji Niizuma)

So far the cast has been really well picked.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: LumRanmaYasha on November 27, 2015, 12:42:26 AM
Wow, the guy who voiced Takaoka is doing All Might? Interesting how he went from portraying one of the most villainous teachers in a Jump series to literally one of the most heroic. I also get a kick out of the fact that Bakugo is like a complete 180 in personality from all the other characters his seiyuu has played in the past.  :lol:
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Spark Of Spirit on November 27, 2015, 10:36:48 AM
I saw someone say he did Accelerator in A Certain Magical Index (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pREOMmhHyU8&ab_channel=CrUBlackNerd).

Listening to that, and contrasted with his cheery roles, I think he was very well chosen.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: gunswordfist on November 27, 2015, 01:22:11 PM
Jean-Paul Polnareff: MO-HAMMAD AVOL?!
All Might: YES...I...AM!
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Spark Of Spirit on December 14, 2015, 09:53:43 AM
Uraraka and Ida's character designs. (http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/daily-briefs/2015-12-13/my-hero-academia-anime-ochako-tenya-character-designs-revealed/.96432)

I'm guessing Todoroki is up next.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: VLordGTZ on December 17, 2015, 02:19:55 PM
MHA will premiere in April. (http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2015-12-17/my-hero-academia-anime-reveals-more-cast-april-premiere-date/.96620)
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Spark Of Spirit on December 18, 2015, 02:20:19 PM
Here are some of the characters in their hero gear:

(http://img1.ak.crunchyroll.com/i/spire4/78b0638e15a765dd06dfce0ce8f4102c1450390893_full.jpg)

New VAs:

Ochako Uraraka - Ayane Sakura (Psycho Pass's Mika Shimotsuki, Knights of Sidonia's Mozuku Kunato, Nisekoi's Haru Onodera)
Tenya IdaKaito Ishikawa (One-Punch Man's Genos, Haikyu!'s Tobio Kageyama, Terror in Resonance's Nine)

Good choices, I think.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Spark Of Spirit on February 05, 2016, 10:41:52 AM
Second PV focuses on the hero designs and the voice actors. (http://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-news/2015/12/19/video-my-hero-academia-tv-anime-2nd-pv-with-character-voices)

Also, a new image:

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CWjILt2UAAAXK08.jpg)

I gotta say, I really like the way this is shaping up.


Up next are the new cast members as they are announced. I will edit this post as they update.

(http://img1.ak.crunchyroll.com/i/spire3/4d13d06ba50b65c333cb3d0d0c11ebda1452774565_full.jpg)

Tsuyu Asui - Aoi Yuki (Puella Magi Madoka Magica's Madoka Kaname, One-Punch Man's Tornado of Terror. Gundam Build Fighters' Kirara)
Minoru Mineta - Ryo Hirohashi (Sonic the Hedgehog's Tails, Gundam Build Fighters' Suzuma Sasaki, Area 88's Kim Aba)


(http://img1.ak.crunchyroll.com/i/spire4/920548de442081682e914e6bf0af5c231453982922_full.jpg)

Momo Yaoyorozu - Marina Inoue (Attack on Titan's Armin Arlelt, Baccano!'s Eve Genoard, Gurren Lagann's Yoko)
Fumikage Tokoyami - Yoshimasa Hosoya (Baby Steps' Soji Ike, Digimon Tri's Yamato Ishida, Haikyuu!!'s Asahi Azumane)


(http://img1.ak.crunchyroll.com/i/spire4/7bf7cf4283599035465806eb781c51101454624682_full.jpg)

Denki Kaminari - Tasuku Hatanaka (Ushio & Tora's Ushio Aotsuki, World Trigger's Hisato Sasamori, Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal's Yuma Tsukumo)
Eijirou Kirishima - Toshiki Matsuda (Samurai Flamenco's Masayoshi Hazama, Haikyu!!'s as Chikara Ennoshita, Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal's Ryoga Kamishiro)

Pretty good cast so far. A lot of great choices. Still waiting on Todoroki, though.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Spark Of Spirit on February 10, 2016, 08:36:40 PM
So now we know why it took so long for them to reveal Todoroki.

Shoto Todoroki is being voiced by Yuki Kaji. (http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2016-02-10/my-hero-academia-anime-casts-yuuki-kaji-as-shoto-todoroki/.98527) I guess I don't need to post who he has voiced.

(http://img1.ak.crunchyroll.com/i/spire4/71c1957b33e6ef44388d85da9aef566c1455116804_full.jpg)
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Dr. Ensatsu-ken on February 10, 2016, 09:29:28 PM
I'll be legit disappointed if they don'the somehow work in a reference where Midoriya sings this song: https://youtu.be/yJ1z9oNZbJU
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Spark Of Spirit on February 10, 2016, 10:17:25 PM
I'll be legit disappointed if they don'the somehow work in a reference where Midoriya sings this song: https://youtu.be/yJ1z9oNZbJU
They just have to have the whole cast go at it (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MikpOfoU2GU) at some point.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Spark Of Spirit on February 25, 2016, 06:32:29 PM
Now we can hear the new voices in action. (http://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-news/2016/02/14-1/video-latest-my-hero-academia-anime-preview-and-character-designs-posted) They sound great.

Though it is odd that there hasn't been a fully animated PV aside from the very first one yet. Even Mob Psycho 100 which doen't even have a release date has shown off more footage than this has. I'm guessing it must be a difference in the directors.

We know who's doing the OP and ED now:

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The rock band Porno Graffitti is performing the opening, and the rock band Brian the Sun is performing the ending as their major label debut.
Personally was hoping for Spyair, but this will do!

(http://img1.ak.crunchyroll.com/i/spire4/0187b2283d76c84635183627ea4a4fab1456432102_full.jpg)

April 3rd!
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Spark Of Spirit on February 28, 2016, 11:12:18 PM
Animated PV! (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AhqVltWDqFA)

Wow, BONES is going all out with this. The art style and animation matched Horikoshi's Manga/Comic Book style excellently and the music evokes both classic superheroes and old hero anime. Really digging the VAs, too. Compared to other recent adaptions of Shonen Jump properties, this definitely looks higher caliber. Really hope this goes all the way up to Stain now.

Only a month to go!
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: VLordGTZ on March 08, 2016, 04:22:05 PM
Funimation has licensed MHA! (http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2016-03-08/funimation-licenses-my-hero-academia-anime/.99556)
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Spark Of Spirit on March 24, 2016, 08:05:14 PM
Possible lame news:

Only 13 episodes. (http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/daily-briefs/2016-03-24/my-hero-academia-listed-with-13-episodes-by-french-streaming-site/.100174)

Now I'm actually hoping there's an anime original storyline in there because 13 episodes won't even get through the sports festival, and that's not an ideal end point.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Dr. Ensatsu-ken on March 24, 2016, 08:14:27 PM
It might be a case of having 1 cour in the Spring, followed by a break, then another in the Fall. Still, 13-episodes is a bizarrely small number for an anime adaptations of an incredibly popular WSJ manga.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Spark Of Spirit on March 24, 2016, 09:24:12 PM
Looking it up, apparently Bones does this a lot. They do one cour then have a break and follow up with a second. If that's the case, and it's going to be 26 episodes total, then I'm fine with it.

Problem is the lack of defined endpoints for the season to end. Unless they rush through the early stuff (which I hope they don't, because it's really fun) they can't get the whole Sports Festival into 13 episodes. It will take at least 8 episodes on its own unless they gut it or push it to the second cour by having some filler or an original arc to end the first 13 instead.

Either way, it will be interesting to see how this ends up.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: VLordGTZ on March 24, 2016, 11:35:19 PM
Yeah, Bones releases pretty much all their shows now in 1-cour chunks.  If MHA is a split-cour series, Bones might not bother to find a definitive endpoint for the first cour and just end it in the middle of an arc.  If only one cour is currently planned, then they'll most likely do what they did with Noragami Season 1 by ending with a filler arc and releasing a new season next year.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Spark Of Spirit on April 03, 2016, 10:57:12 PM
Now, this was Bones at their best. Animation was top notch, voice acting was spot on, and the art style was translated so deftly that it surprised me. Those opening and ending (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1G5tqXDropQ) themes are so dead on. I really hope this is a split cour after all. This was so well done.

Now, this first episode is proof that Horikoshi has an insane idea of pacing because nothing about this episode felt slow at all and yet it only covered half the first chapter. Nothing is missing, everything is added on to, and translated to the screen seamlessly. They seriously nailed both the classic manga and comic book feel here. It's easily the best Jump adaption in a while.

Though I see complaints, they are mostly centered on things anime-only watchers wouldn't know about where the story goes after this, so I won't even bother to bring them up. Except Midoriya. If you're worried about him being a whiny crybaby, then I can simply tell you to keep watching. You will be surprised.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Lord Dalek on April 03, 2016, 11:34:46 PM
Well as an anime only viewer, I don't know what the hell I was supposed to complain about because I thought this was an absolute hoot.

...please don't tell me it turns into an average shonen. Pleeaaaaaaaaaase.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: VLordGTZ on April 03, 2016, 11:45:27 PM
As expected from Bones, this was a great premiere!  I was a bit surprised that they only adapted half of the first chapter but, like Spark said, it didn't feel all that slow.  I'm looking forward to next week's ep.  :)
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Spark Of Spirit on April 03, 2016, 11:53:11 PM
Well as an anime only viewer, I don't know what the hell I was supposed to complain about because I thought this was an absolute hoot.

...please don't tell me it turns into an average shonen. Pleeaaaaaaaaaase.
I can say it only gets better from this point on. The characters only improve, including the new ones, and the story builds with every arc.

There are no power levels or anything, so no power creep, it's mostly a story of heroes against villains and the heroes-in-training getting better at being heroes while facing tough odds. The best part of the series is how well Horikoshi executes everything and develops his characters.

I know that sounded vague but... Man, it's so hard to explain it without spoiling anything.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Dr. Ensatsu-ken on April 04, 2016, 12:34:22 AM
Well as an anime only viewer, I don't know what the hell I was supposed to complain about because I thought this was an absolute hoot.

...please don't tell me it turns into an average shonen. Pleeaaaaaaaaaase.

There is only one relatively short arc in this series that I would accuse of being an average shonen (and even that has its highlights). Putting that aside, it only gets better from here to where the manga is currently at. I'm actually impressed by how complex this series can get with its characterization for a battle shonen series, including some of its best villains.

I can't wait until they get to The Hero Killer "Stain" material (which unfortunately probably won't be until season 2 or 3, going by the 13-episodes/season structure) in particular. That's where it really sunk in for me that this series would be something special. What Horikoshi did with that character is very similar to what I wanted to see Tiger & Bunny do with Lunatic had they ever gotten a third season to conclude his story-line.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Spark Of Spirit on April 04, 2016, 12:51:01 AM
I'm expecting the second season to cover the Festival and Stain arcs. The way they seem to be tackling the anime, I think the first season will probably go right up the first appearance of Shigaraki and Nomu and the fallout of that since that's what the OP is hinting at quite heavily.

Which is fine with me, I always wanted the anime to cover at least to Stain. That's when Horikoshi stomps on the gas and doesn't let up.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Dr. Ensatsu-ken on April 04, 2016, 01:12:51 AM
That's another thing that I like about this series. It actually has villains with more than one-dimension to their characters (well, at least for two of them, at this point), and they aren't always on the same page. Noumu only works with Shigaraki out of circumstance, as do the other characters in his league. They have a common goal, but that doesn't mean that they all see eye-to-eye. Then you have a character like Stain, who is unquestionably a villain in his own right, but absolutely abhors Shigaraki and the League of Villains.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: LumRanmaYasha on April 04, 2016, 08:19:27 AM
Not quite as strong a premiere as past Bones shonen-action shows, but still a solid effort overall. I think the real test of the anime's quality will come in next week's episode when they adapt the first chapter's more action-packed and dramatic second half.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Dr. Ensatsu-ken on April 04, 2016, 08:45:07 AM
I actually really admire how they didn't rush through any story material in this premiere to get to the action right away, and it also gives me a newfound appreciation in realizing just how much story Horikoshi is able to pack into small chunks without it ever feeling rushed. Granted, I agree that the episode itself is nothing amazing, but to be fair, as an adaptation it counts for how well it manages to translate its source material into motion, and this was definitely an above average effort, IMO.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Spark Of Spirit on April 04, 2016, 09:34:18 AM
That's what's most impressive about the pacing. Horikoshi stuffs a lot into that first chapter to the point that if they put it all into here it would have made the episode much too quick. I didn't even notice the episode was near the end until the ED started.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: gunswordfist on April 04, 2016, 01:21:43 PM
Oh, so it's out?
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Spark Of Spirit on April 04, 2016, 03:17:13 PM
Oh, so it's out?
It is!

There's a bunch of anime hype here. (http://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-news/2016/04/04/my-hero-academia-sketches-countdown-to-anime) Jump's really putting some muscle behind its promotion, and I'm glad for it.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Dr. Ensatsu-ken on April 10, 2016, 12:03:39 PM
Great episode, and despite only adapting the second half of the first chapter, it still felt packed with content. This also really showed off some great direction that goes well beyond the efforts of most WSJ series' adaptations.

I like how we get to see in this episode that MHA is great at both making certain tropes work really well in the context of its story regardless of how cliche they are, while simultaneously averting certain other tropes where you may not expect it (something that will happen more often as the story progresses in later arcs). What I mean is that, on the one hand, you could look at this episode and call it cliche. An underdog kid without any talent proves that he has what counts inside and is set on the path toward achieving his dream. However, much like Yu Yu Hakusho's Dark Tournament arc, while the set-up may be cliche, it's how how the story gets from one point to the next, and how the characters develop between it all, which actually counts. It's in that aspect where MHA is much more interesting. All-Might seems like a golden-to-silver-age Superman style boy-scout hero on the surface. However, as we see that's the image he has to put on for the public and other heroes in order to be a symbol of inspiration for the greater good. In reality, he's been paying for the consequences of his lifestyle big time, with his health rapidly declining, and when we see the real him, he looks like he could barely swat a fly, yet he must overexert himself every time that he powers up, and the time in which he can do so is more limited than we initially would have realized. Yet he still pushes forward despite it all, and it's THAT quality which makes him a hero, rather than his Quirk, in and of itself. And that's basically the whole theme of this series: what it means to be a hero, and what it is that makes someone a hero.

I especially like the two major conversations between Midoriya and All-Might, which drive that point home. In their first encounter, All-Might gives him a brutally honest answer that he has no hope of becoming a hero without a Quirk. It's not said out of spite or lack of compassion, but in his mind he's turning Midoriya away from pursuing a dream that he has no hope of achieving, and in the long run is doing him a service by getting him to grow up faster and realize that he just needs to pursue a different path in life. However, we then get the climactic scene from the first chapter toward the end of this episode, where Midoriya rushes in to save Bakugou despite it almost meaning certain death. What was he thinking? Well, he wasn't thinking, he just reacted to the situation because that's who he is. It's that very action that gets All-Might to realize that in that regard, Midoriya is not so different from himself given his own situation, putting his life on the line to do what's right despite the consequences being drastic given his physical condition. This leads into their second conversation at the end of the episode, where All-Might reassess what he said earlier, and tells Midoriya that he does have what it takes to become a hero: not a quirk, but something more important, the drive to do what's right no matter what's at stake. Whereas this could easily come off as cheap and corny in most other shonen series, the reason that it works here is because it's earned through the events and character development which take place throughout these first two episodes. This is how you know that MHA is something far more engaging than your typical Jump series (and I say this as a huge WSJ fan).

Also, does anyone else realize that Midoriya Izuku/Deku is basically the Japanese equivalent of Steve Rogers/Captain America in terms of his origin story?

Spoiler
Both start out as scrawny, wimpy guys, but with lots of bravery and a heroic spirit from the very beginning, and both end up being rewarded for those qualities by getting buffed up via outside means. Being that I'm a huge fan of Captain America, that's a plus in my book. ;)
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Spark Of Spirit on April 10, 2016, 09:32:21 PM
It's funny that the first chapter took two episodes to adapt since it looks like the next episode adapts two chapters.

But that's mainly because the first chapter is surprisingly packed with content. They fleshed it out exceedingly well here, lingering on both Midoriya and All Might's interior conflicts and hitting the right moments absolutely perfectly. The way they zoomed in on Bakugo's realization of impending death and snapped directly to Midoriya rushing in (which was wonderfully acted and animated) and trying to save him as well as All Might regaining his nearly lost resolve was expertly handled and really nailed the manga's feel. I know some people hate that they took two episode to adapt one chapter, but I thought it was absolutely needed here as really solidifying Midoriya and All Might as two of the best characters in the series right out the gate and starting Bakugo down his own road.

Next week should be interesting to see how they handle what's next.

Oh, and I gotta say, the ED isn't flashy at all, but I really do think it's the best ED this season. The song is a perfect fit and the images are expertly chosen. Really hits home for the theme of the series.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Spark Of Spirit on April 11, 2016, 03:25:10 PM
I usually don't agree much at all with ANN reviews (even when I agree with them on a show's quality, it tends to be for different reasons), but I thought this quote from their review of the first two episodes mirrors much of the fanbase for this show.

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The winning moment of these debut episodes comes with the big rescue scene, when one of Midoriya's classmates (Bakugo, the clear antihero-to-be of the series) is trapped within the body of some kind of sewage villain and none of the local heroes are able to fight without hurting the kid inside. It's Midoriya who acts on instinct, panicking his way over to the monster and trying to pull his rival out against all odds. Despite the terrified childishness in his eyes, he's doing what none of the other heroes were able to do: risking his life. Even All Might is surprised by this, allowing himself to summon the courage and risk his health by fighting beyond the regular three hours he gets to use his strength each day.

The thing that makes this scene so important is that it puts it's best quality front and center. Kohei Horikoshi is still an undefined talent in many ways, especially considering that people have their hearts set on My Hero Academia being the next Naruto or One Piece, but right out of the gate he's always had one skill that he's miles above anybody else on; he has an almost supernatural ability to depict adrenaline. The energy and passion that goes into his big make-it-or-break it scenes is frankly from another planet. His stories have a talent of sucking you into the heightened drama in was that I honestly can't put my finger on.

Part of my fascination with this series lies in trying to figure out why it clicks so perfectly. I could praise the music, editing, voice acting etc., all of which is top notch, but I'm still not satisfied with that. There really is some kind of magic at play and I don't think I'm going to figure out the recipe any time soon, but that just makes me all the more excited to see what comes next.

The first two episodes of My Hero Academia (which serve as the complete introduction to the series) are as indicative of the genre as you can imagine when it comes to plot, but the execution makes it shine so much stronger. I'm already in love with All Might as a character, and even though Midoriya is still unproven as a protagonist (I would never hold his feeble-ness against him, but he's still a bit of a vanilla cracker) I'm aware that the conceit of the series is that he'll have plenty opportunities to impress us over time.
This is funny for two reasons.

The first is that his assumptions on the characters
Spoiler
is actually wrong, though there is no way he can know that now. Bakugo is NOT an anti-hero, though he may start out looking to be one, Midoriya is NOT a feeble weakling, though he may start out looking to be one. All Might is certainly a great hero and one of the best characters, but it's when you learn more about Toshinori that you begin to admire his heroics even more than before. MHA starts out being deceptively basic and builds on it.
MHA starts out using the foundation for shonen as it's starting point, just like every other great shonen, but quickly becomes its own thing as it goes.

The second point is that indescribable feeling he's talking about that MHA has. It's hard to put into words for fans to describe why they enjoy it so much, but that's because it's actually the total package. Yes, at its heart it's a superhero comic and shonen manga, fully embracing everything great about both those things. But at the same time it doesn't embody the things people hate about them either. Horikoshi is a great storyteller, a great writer, a great artist, a great character designer, and he clearly knows a lot about both superhero comics and shonen manga to the point that MHA ends up being its own thing at the end of the day while being the best of both those worlds as well.

Those who liked these first episodes have much fun to look forward to.  ;D

EDIT: Oh, and if anyone sees "OPM ripoff!" comments, be sure to let them know that My Hero Academia has its origins going back to 2008 (http://bokunoheroacademia.wikia.com/wiki/One-Shot) as a one-shot. OPM had nothing to do with its creation.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: gunswordfist on April 17, 2016, 05:25:24 PM
Within 2 minutes of the new episode, I already wanted to cry. Got teary eyed on a few other parts. It was also funny, like usual.

I had no clue whatsoever that Izuku would inherit All Might's powers. I pretty much thought he was going to be on some Boy Wonder shit. Moments like that is why I love going into series blind. I also love how the training was immediately acceptable, especially since it meant more All Might. Not only that, but it ended up being a cool, funny and inspiring montage. And this all reminded everyone that things won't get easy just because Izuku takes All Might's powers. I assumed All Might would lose all his powers once Izuku got them but that doesn't seem to be the case. I hope he sticks around for awhile. (Don't tell me.)

The voice acting and animation really shined in this one.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Spark Of Spirit on April 17, 2016, 09:15:43 PM
They already picked up the pace. Chapter 2 was the first half of the episode and it went straight into chapter 3. Can't wait to see the entrance exam next week animated.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: gunswordfist on April 17, 2016, 10:02:17 PM
Same. This wait is killing me lol
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: gunswordfist on April 24, 2016, 06:13:55 PM
Goddammit, I knew Izuku would past but still got teary eyed. It's just the way MHA does it.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Spark Of Spirit on April 24, 2016, 07:11:40 PM
I have to say, I didn't expect they wold animate One For All like that, but it was pretty cool. I'm really anticipating how they'll animate the Battle Trial, though.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: VLordGTZ on April 27, 2016, 10:16:21 PM
The My Hero Academia broadcast dub will be released on FunimationNow on May 5th. (http://www.funimation.com/blog/2016/04/27/my-hero-academia-cast-announcement/)

English Cast (so far):
Justin Briner as Izuku Midoriya
Chris Sabat as All Might
Luci Christian as Ochaco Uraraka
Clifford Chapin as Katsuki Bakugo

Personally, I'm a bit disappointing that the dub is not airing on Toonami, but now I at least have another broadcast dub to watch every Wednesday alongside Assassination Classroom. 
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Spark Of Spirit on April 27, 2016, 10:19:14 PM
Was so pulling for Justin Cook to be Bakugo. Oh well.

Good choices for All Might and Uraraka.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Daxdiv on April 27, 2016, 10:24:42 PM
I was expecting either Chris Sabat or Pattrick Seitz as All Might myself. Still good choices all around.
 
Well, I guess we knew a simuldub/broadcast dub was coming. I would have been surprised if MHA didn't get it.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Dr. Ensatsu-ken on April 27, 2016, 10:34:03 PM
Chris Sabat being cast as All Might in the English dub is the most obvious casting choice in the history of casting choices for anime dubs. And I'm totally cool with that.

Luci Christian as Uraraka is also a good choice. I've always enjoyed hearing her as Kaname from FMP and Nami from One Piece.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Spark Of Spirit on April 28, 2016, 09:47:10 AM
Only casting choice I really want to see now is Chuck Huber as Stain when we get there.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Dr. Ensatsu-ken on April 28, 2016, 10:13:34 AM
I was going to say that Chris Patton could probably do a good Todoroki, but then I remembered that he refuses to work with FUNimation anymore.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Spark Of Spirit on May 05, 2016, 10:07:42 PM
Preview of the English dub! (http://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-news/2016/05/05-1/funimation-previews-my-hero-academia-english-dub)

Pretty good! They clearly put a lot of effort into this. Chris Sabat as All Might was just the perfect choice.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: gunswordfist on May 09, 2016, 09:27:04 PM
Those costumes were ridiculous. Not necessarily bad but still.
Preview of the English dub! (http://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-news/2016/05/05-1/funimation-previews-my-hero-academia-english-dub)

Pretty good! They clearly put a lot of effort into this. Chris Sabat as All Might was just the perfect choice.
Whoa, that is perfect.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: VLordGTZ on May 09, 2016, 09:52:16 PM
I finally got around to watching the first episode of the english dub on FuniNow, and it sounded very good.  I'm definitely looking forward hearing the rest of the english cast as it goes on.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Spark Of Spirit on May 12, 2016, 05:20:50 PM
Meruem voices Shigaraki. (http://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-news/2016/05/12/my-hero-academia-anime-cast-villain)
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: gunswordfist on May 15, 2016, 07:04:16 PM
Ugh, this show needs to be longer than 30 minutes.

The animation and voice acting was really on point. And I got to see more about how Bakugo and Izuku felt about each other. Also Iida (sp? Hulu's captions make it hard to tell what's an i or an l for me) provided some decent comedy. I am glad he is not a dick anymore like he was up until the end of the first exam.
I love seeing Detroit Smash.

I peeked down...I don't know who Shifyfdgh is, and don't tell me but Meruem's voice actor is pretty much my favorite Japanese VA right now. Loved him in One Punch Man too.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Dr. Ensatsu-ken on May 15, 2016, 08:00:01 PM
The funny thing is that I actually forgot what a dick Iida (spelled with two "i's" by the way; there is no "L" in his name) was prior to the entrance exam. I'm so used to him being the rational and moral center of the team that it kind of slipped my mind how different he was back when he first entered the scene.

Anyways, I think that it's safe to say that the anime is superior to the manga in every way, and I love the manga, so that's pretty high praise coming from me. The directing for this series is on par with other top-notch contemprary shonen anime like Haikyuu!! and Ushio and Tora.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: gunswordfist on May 15, 2016, 08:57:23 PM
Then I spelled his name right. lol The last bad/dick move I've seen from him was when he dashed right past Izuku when the gigantic robot came out. Then it's like they replaced him with another character when he came to class. lol
I am surprised to hear the anime surpassed the manga Maybe that's just based off of skimming the manga thread
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Spark Of Spirit on May 15, 2016, 09:40:03 PM
They adapted the Battle Trial perfectly. It easily surpassed the manga version, and the manga version was the first part of the original that got me into it. The way they pushed Bakugo so hard really helped make it even better than the original.

Now, I don't want to specify spoilers, so don't highlight this unless you've read the manga:

Spoiler
I hope they flesh out the villain invasion arc. It was great in the manga, but it was over so fast. I want to see Bakugo and Kirishima's fight with the villains. I want to see Todoroki actually get some action in. The manga showed an (admittedly) cool fight with Kaminari, Yaoyarozu, and Jiro, with the villains, but we didn't really see anyone else aside from Midoriya's group.

I'm assuming that the arc will be episode 9 through 13. That's 5 episodes. I hope they take advantage of the time they have to really make it special.

On the other hand, at this pacing, the second season of 13 episodes will be entirely comprised of the Sports Festival. I really do hope the anime does not stop at 26 episodes. The end of the Sports Festival is when MHA takes off and never lets up.

It was a great episode.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Spark Of Spirit on May 16, 2016, 12:10:39 PM
Shigaraki preview. (http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2016-05-16/my-hero-academia-anime-introduces-villain-tomura-shigaraki-in-video-ad/.102154)

Perfect voice. Says here that he appears in the next episode, which means the next few episodes should be something else.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: gunswordfist on May 22, 2016, 09:57:26 PM
I love how All Might is learning how to teach and mentor along the way. Bakugo seems to be becoming a better person. Do they always have a stinger after credits? I always skipped credits until today due to being that scared of spoilers. I still skip the OP.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Spark Of Spirit on May 23, 2016, 09:32:12 PM
There are no spoilers in the ED. But, no, there haven't been any stingers after the credits yet other than a small scene after Midoriya got his acceptance letter with his mom.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: gunswordfist on May 23, 2016, 11:42:05 PM
Well now I know there's no spoilers lol
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: gunswordfist on May 29, 2016, 11:57:53 PM
What a cockteasing episode!!
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Spark Of Spirit on May 30, 2016, 10:13:55 AM
Yep, things are about to go down! I'm really anticipating how they'll animate what happens next.

Spoiler
At this point it's fairly obvious that the first 13 are going to end at the villain invasion and just before the Sports Festival. While I was disappointed that the Sports Festival will likely take the next 13 episodes to go down, after seeing how they improved the early material I'm actually eager to see how they improve that arc even more.

As an aside, at this point I expect the series to get four cours (each skipping a season like the upcoming one):

Episodes 1-13: Beginnings arc
Episodes 14-26: The Sports Festival arc
Episodes 27-39: Hero Killer arc
Episodes 40-52: All For One arc

At that point we might even get the usual Bones original ending depending on where the series popularity is at and where the manga story is.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Spark Of Spirit on June 03, 2016, 08:38:51 PM
Spoiler
(http://i1377.photobucket.com/albums/ah67/CR11105/AB%20411%20HA%201A_zpsq9gyma60.jpg)

I'm hoping the anime uses the last 4 episodes of this season to really flesh this part out. We only saw events extensively in the Flood Zone and the Mountain Zone, and about one scene from each the Ruins Zone and the Landslide Zone. We saw literally nothing from the Downpour Storm Zone or the Conflagration Zone. But the anime has the chance to show far more.

I hope they flesh this part out.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Dr. Ensatsu-ken on June 05, 2016, 12:39:32 PM
Goddamnit! If the anime is this good at covering the early material, I can't wait to see how they handle some of the best parts of the manga. I really can't wait that long. I just can't do it, guys....
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Spark Of Spirit on June 05, 2016, 09:36:40 PM
I really hope a season 2 is announced soon, hopefully for Fall. I really want to see the two arcs after the next one animated.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: gunswordfist on June 06, 2016, 06:46:20 PM
..I actually thought the kids would do nothing in this episode.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Dr. Insomniac on June 12, 2016, 12:51:37 AM
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CkKGizJUkAAZN4T.jpg)
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: gunswordfist on June 12, 2016, 05:35:22 PM
Another amazing cock tease of an episode ending. I was a little bit too happy to see him.

So that's Shigaraki? I'm getting an idea of what kind of character he is.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Spark Of Spirit on June 19, 2016, 10:46:20 PM
I wasn't expecting that action sequence near the end to look that good. Wow. Now, I really want to see the next few arcs animated.

Very nice stuff.

Spoiler
(https://67.media.tumblr.com/a24414a4d1d0fb527cc480a7320eaefc/tumblr_o90kwpRhOs1qehrvso1_540.gif)
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: gunswordfist on June 20, 2016, 11:36:16 PM
All Might is just far too likable. He's way past Omni-Man as my favorite Superman expy
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Spark Of Spirit on June 23, 2016, 09:41:17 AM
Season 2 confirmed! (http://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-news/2016/06/23-1/my-hero-academia-anime-season-2-listed)

And it will be covering
Spoiler
The Sports Festival arc
just like I figured it would. But do you notice that strange shadow in the background? Looks like they'll be picking up the pace for season 2 because the figure doesn't appear until the third story arc.

(http://img1.ak.crunchyroll.com/i/spire3/fb2233f7bd52ac949041d0c3f6f4aed71466679986_full.jpg)

This wasn't unexpected, but it's great to hear. Can't wait!
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: VLordGTZ on June 23, 2016, 11:47:22 AM
Not surprising, but it's good to hear that they're green-lighting the next season so soon.  I'm kind of hoping that they'll do the next season as a split cour.  At the current pacing, 13 episodes doesn't cover a lot.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Spark Of Spirit on June 23, 2016, 12:05:29 PM
There is a big difference here, though.

Spoiler
The Sports Festival arc is the longest arc in the manga so far. This means 13 episodes would be enough at current pacing to cover it and be satisfying.

However, the promotional art clearly shows Stain. This either means they're covering nearly 40 chapters in a 13 episode season, or they're covering two arcs in a 26 episode second season at the current pace.

Either way this is win/win.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Spark Of Spirit on June 23, 2016, 01:46:46 PM
Soundtrack preview. (http://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-news/2016/06/22/13-minute-preview-for-my-hero-academia-soundtrack-album-posted)

No wonder the soundtrack is so good, it has the same composer as Haikyu!!
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: gunswordfist on June 23, 2016, 04:12:12 PM
So how many episodes until this season is over? Assuming it is not already over? Ditto for Jojo.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Spark Of Spirit on June 23, 2016, 04:36:48 PM
13. The last episode is this week.

I'm guessing this was announced so early for a reason. It'll probably be back in time for the Fall season.

As far as I know, JoJo will be running until the end.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: gunswordfist on June 23, 2016, 04:44:43 PM
What really?! I assumed Jojo would have a break or two. :)
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: VLordGTZ on June 23, 2016, 08:40:51 PM
David Pro needs to work on the Monster Hunter Stories anime in the Fall season (which is apparently going to be 48 eps), so I think they want to get through JoJo as soon as possible so that they don't need to focus on two different series for longer than they need to.

I'm guessing this was announced so early for a reason. It'll probably be back in time for the Fall season.
I think the second season would have been announced around the same time as Bungo Stray Dogs' second season if it was coming in the fall.  It's more likely that it will premiere in the winter or spring of next year.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Spark Of Spirit on June 23, 2016, 08:55:38 PM
I'm guessing this was announced so early for a reason. It'll probably be back in time for the Fall season.
I think the second season would have been announced around the same time as Bungo Stray Dogs' second season if it was coming in the fall.  It's more likely that it will premiere in the winter or spring of next year.
Very possible. Though Food Wars season 2 was announced just before the Spring season and is coming out in the Summer season. Jump could be doing the same thing here.

Though, now that I think about it, the next 13 episodes covering two arcs makes sense.

Spoiler
The Sports Festival starts Todoroki's arc off, and plants the seeds for Ida's doubt in himself. It is also where Midoriya begins understanding how to control One For All. All this comes to a head in the Stain arc. For a season long arc, this would be a smart way to do it.

It's the same as a third season starting with the end of term test and ending where the manga currently is. It starts off with Midoriya, Bakugo, and All Might clashing in the test, where Midoriya and Bakugo finally begin to trust one another, and All Might shows how great he still is. By the end of the arc, Bakugo and Midoriya have been tested, and All Might passes the torch to the very students he started the season teaching. Ending at the opposite place the characters and season started off with.

I could see Kuroda structuring future seasons this way.

All this depends on how the pacing is handled. But I'm pretty confident in this team. I actually wouldn't mind some filler from them.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: gunswordfist on June 23, 2016, 10:25:03 PM
So David doesn't just work on Jojo? lol That's kind of a meme these days.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: gunswordfist on June 25, 2016, 09:36:06 PM
Meruem voices Shigaraki. (http://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-news/2016/05/12/my-hero-academia-anime-cast-villain)
He sounds different to me. I'll see if I can hear any similarities next episode.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Dr. Ensatsu-ken on June 25, 2016, 11:12:47 PM
Well, of course. Voice actors do often change their voices for different roles. Meruem and Shigaraki, despite both being villains, are two vastly different characters in both personality and motives, so it wouldn't make sense for someone as calm, cold, and collected as Meruem to sound the same as someone as mentally unstable and borderline psychotic as Shigraki.

If you can't recognize either voice as sounding similar, then doesn't that just reflect the talent of the person doing the voice for both of them? ;)
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: gunswordfist on June 26, 2016, 02:46:37 AM
True. I expected him to sound at least a bit the same due to hearing him in One Punch Man though.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Dr. Ensatsu-ken on June 26, 2016, 01:16:26 PM
Well, that was season one, and it's everything that I hoped for in an anime adaptation of my favorite currently running Shonen Jump series. It took good source material and made it even better.

This is definitely one of my favorite anime of the year so far, and the second best of this season right behind Ushio and Tora. And yes, it could very well become a contender for my top 10, but first I need to see how they handle the second season. If they can make it just as good or even better than this season, then this will definitely crack its way into my favorites list, and I have a lot of confidence that they can nail it.

Also, it looks like the director of this anime has been watching his share of Marvel after-credits scenes. I was expecting that scene to be a lead-in to the Sports Festival arc, but instead, we got....

Spoiler
....STAIN!!!!

:joy:
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: VLordGTZ on June 26, 2016, 04:29:10 PM
Yeah, based on the after credits scene, I'd say the likelihood of MHA Season 2 either being split-cour or having faster pacing is pretty high now.  Overall, the MHA anime was a pretty solid adaption, and I'm looking forward to seeing the next few arcs adapted since I enjoy them even more than the early story arcs.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Spark Of Spirit on June 26, 2016, 09:19:17 PM
I liked how they ended season one off. There was much more of a sense of finality, weight, and change here, than there was in the manga. It was one of the early arcs that suffered a bit due to the high speed pacing, but here it felt right.

Spoiler
Also, the tease at the end went right to Stain meaning the second cour really will be both the Sports Festival and the Stain arc. That's great with me, because we're about to get into high gear. I really hope season 2 isn't too far off. I can't wait to see that Midoriya/Ida/Todoroki Vs. Stain battle animated. Should be awesome!
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Dr. Ensatsu-ken on June 26, 2016, 09:41:21 PM
Honestly, now that I think about it, I could totally see them making it through both of those arcs in just one cour. The Sports Festival arc is 23 chapters in length, and while this season only covered the first 21 chapters of the manga in 13 episodes, it's important to remember how densely packed some of those earlier chapters were. The Sports Festival arc has a lot more action in it so I could really see the anime breezing through it in just 7 or 8 episodes. The Stain arc is actually rather short at only 16 chapters, so that could seamlessly be adapted into 5 or 6 episodes. If anything, like Desensitized said, the early material actually suffered a bit from being rather rushed in nature. It felt like Horikoshi was trying to get a lot of the early set-up out of the way so that he could get to the good stuff sooner, which as a result made those early chapters feel both dense and a bit too fast-paced for the story's own good. The direction of this anime made the wise decision of taking its time to flesh out that material and even out the pacing. With the next two story arcs there's really no need to slow down the pacing since by that point Horikoshi had fallen into his groove and was able to balance out his story-telling per chapter quota much better.

And yes, I know that what I call the Stain arc is technically called the Field Training arc, but fuck it, Stain sounds way cooler and he's who I ultimately remember the most from that arc, so that's what I'm calling it.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Spark Of Spirit on June 26, 2016, 10:23:44 PM
Yeah, really, it's the Stain arc. He's the final test for the main characters and the first real challenge to them philosophically and morally. I think they could probably do the arc in 4 or 5 episodes, but it'll really depend on the pacing for the Sports Festival.

Let's think about it this way:

Spoiler
Introduction to season and Sports Festival: 1 episode
Round One ~ The Race: 1 episode
Round Two ~ Cavalry battle: 1 episode (It takes 15 minutes, so I'm actually being generous here)
Round Three ~ Beginning of the tourney / Todoroki's past: 1 episode
Midoriya Vs. Shinsou / Todoroki Vs. Sero / other fights: 1 episode
Ida Vs. Mai / lead up to Uraraka Vs. Bakugo: 1 episode
Uraraka Vs. Bakugo conclusion / Todoroki Vs. Midoriya: 1 episode
Ida Vs. Todoroki / Tokoyami Vs. Bakugo: 1 episode
Stain introduction / Todoroki Vs. Bakugo / End of the Sports Festival: 1 episode

I get 9 episodes. That's me just packing it in. The pace is going to have to be as snappy as Horikoshi's is now to fit both arcs into one season. They could probably get it down to 8 if they pack it in, but still, it should be interesting to see how they deal with it.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: gunswordfist on June 27, 2016, 10:58:36 AM
My 2nd favorite anime of this year as well. I can't wait until Season 2 comes out!
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Spark Of Spirit on July 27, 2016, 03:09:38 PM
Interview with the staff of the anime! (http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/feature/2016-07-27/interview-the-cast-and-crew-of-my-hero-academia/.104588)

Some highlights:

Quote
I had previously worked with Studio Bones on Blood Blockade Battlefront. That show targets an older audience, but I saw the potential in Bones to create shonen anime with such quality that it can have a wider reach internationally and domestically as well. So that's one of the reasons why I chose Bones for this project, and also why I ordered that from the director as well.
Blood Blockade Battlefront is part of the reason BONES got MHA and probably why we got Nagasaki to direct and Kuroda to write it.

Quote
However, the story in My Hero Academia is not necessarily just a traditional hero story, which is to save the world. With including all these different characters, it's more of a journey for each character to become their own hero, so in that sense it's very Japanese shonen. The mashing together creates something special for this anime and manga. In a sense, it does have American comic book heroes, but with the Japanese flavor.
Glad to see that Nagasaki sees the appeal MHA has for a global audience. It contains the best of Western Comics with the best of Japanese Manga. That's why it has been so surprisingly successful so fast.

Quote
Everybody that works on this show is a big fan of the manga, especially the character designer, Umakoshi-san, is a huge fan of the original. He even asked for an autograph from the original author when he met him! The original author is a big fan of the anime version too. He usually watches before it airs, and he'll draw an original illustration just to promote the anime and tweet about it and things like that. So it's great working with him.
Horikoshi is a huge fan of the anime, and was very enthusiastic about it. No surprise there.

Chris Sabat on playing All Might:
Quote
A lot of thought was put into this, honestly. Colleen Clinkenbeard and I spent so much time debating as to how this voice should sound. First of all, we believe that the All Might voice is put on entirely. That's his production voice. That's the voice he puts on to make everyone happy, to make everyone feel like he's larger than life. His Izuku voice is probably closer to what his real voice would be. The hard part for me is, after playing characters like Zoro and Vegeta and Kurogane, all these other characters who are part of the group but have this sort of apathetic view of the world—“oh whatever, I guess I'm sort of with you,” the reluctant hero type—we have to work very hard to make sure that No Might's voice doesn't sound like he's bored or doesn't care. He needs to sound enthusiastic, just tired. That mix of enthusiasm—he is a hero still in every form, it's just that he's so tired in No Might form that he can't really play it out. I'd love to know more about his backstory, because at this point we really don't know any of it. Who gave him his power? I don't know these things.
All Might really is a different sort of character than Sabat's usual.

There are some very good questions and answers there. Hard to believe it came from ANN.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Dr. Ensatsu-ken on July 27, 2016, 04:47:02 PM
If Sabat kept up with the manga, he would know who gave All Might his power. :sly:

In all seriousness, though, I'm glad to see that he genuinely likes and understands the character. If it were a less caring voice director or VA, they would probably just play All Might and No Might the same way except with slightly different tones for each form. The people at FUNimation actually care about character nuances though, and understand how to portray that in their performances.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: gunswordfist on July 27, 2016, 05:06:42 PM
My word, that was the best anime interview snippet I've read in some time. Got to give veteran voice actors a lot of credit. I am impressive and surprised by the level of thought Sabat put into this.

Also, I thought No Might was a typo at first. :D The dub needs to get here fast!
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Spark Of Spirit on July 27, 2016, 05:41:43 PM
They're almost done with the broadcast dub, actually.

A lot of Funi VAs are in this one. For instance, Justin Cook is Kirishima, Sonny Strait is Present Mic, Eric Vale is Shigaraki, Chuck Huber is Kurogiri, and Monica Rial is Tsuyu. It's really well done.

The question is who do they have left to play Stain in season 2. Most of my picks for him have already been cast as other characters.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Spark Of Spirit on September 05, 2016, 08:36:15 AM
Preview of the anime-original episode that Horikoshi wrote. (http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2016-09-04/my-hero-academia-new-event-anime-special-previewed-in-video/.106095)
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: LumRanmaYasha on December 04, 2016, 09:14:56 AM
Season 2 promo! (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ZIgCYSn3e8)

Looks really good! It seems like they've polished the production to another level, which is impressive considering how good-looking the show already was. I can't wait to see the stuff with Stain animated more than anything now.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: gunswordfist on December 04, 2016, 12:18:20 PM
Me too! Does it have a release date yet?
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Spark Of Spirit on December 05, 2016, 10:59:04 AM
I'm just hoping this will be longer than 13 episodes. At least hoping for a split-cour. There's enough material for one.

But yeah, it looks great. I'm constantly impressed by how the anime colors the world of heroes.

Spoiler
The Stain fight needs to look as good as All Might Vs. Nomu or better.

EDIT: OVA preview! (http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2016-12-04/my-hero-academia-event-anime-promo-reveals-new-villain/.109498)
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: VLordGTZ on December 05, 2016, 05:44:17 PM
Bones doesn't do continuous 2 cour (or longer) anime anymore, so if they plan to cover the Stain arc, the season will either be split-cour or have faster pacing.  In any case, I'll definitely be looking forward to this season.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Spark Of Spirit on December 05, 2016, 06:38:39 PM
They could do the next two arcs (covering Stain) in 13 episodes, but if they want to raise awareness of the franchise, they can't have another year break after 13 episodes again.

It can easily be done this way:

Spoiler
First 13:

Sports Festival Arc: 7 episodes
Hero Internship: 5 episodes
Tales from the past: 1 episode

Second 13:

Final Exams: 2 episodes
Training Camp: 6 episodes
Rescue Bakugo: 4 episodes
Epilogue/Moving into Dorms: 1 episode

Ending with All Might begging forgiveness from Midoriya's mom and them gearing up for the next stage of their lives is the best place to end it.
It really should be at least a split cour this time.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Spark Of Spirit on February 01, 2017, 12:06:43 PM
Season 2 premieres on March 25th. (http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/daily-briefs/2017-02-01/my-hero-academia-anime-2nd-season-premieres-on-march-25/.111722)

I'm still wondering if they're either going to cram two arcs into one cour or this is going to be a split cour since the very first visual is post-Sports Festival.

Spoiler
(http://i0.wp.com/www.otakutale.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/Boku-no-Hero-Academia-Season-2-Visual.jpg?resize=868%2C1107)
Spoiler
>Midoriya first wears that costume when he meets Gran Torino
>Stain starts his attack on Hosu City from that water tower
>Shigaraki is not a main character in the Sports Festival and only appears briefly

Anyway, I'm excited.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: gunswordfist on February 01, 2017, 04:04:12 PM
Damn, that soon? I keep on thinking everything I want to see is super far away.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Spark Of Spirit on February 02, 2017, 10:32:55 PM
The first episode is going to be a recap episode. (http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/daily-briefs/2017-02-02/my-hero-academia-2nd-season-1st-episode-will-recap-1st-season/.111800)

That's probably why it starts a week earlier.

Season 2 is gonna be pretty great though. Particularly if they get to end it where I hope they will.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: gunswordfist on February 03, 2017, 12:23:54 AM
Sighs, recap episodes. I was hoping those would be dead by now. But of course that aren't for people who have seen all the episodes in the first place. lol
I'll probably be rewatching the show at www.view.yahoo.com (http://www.view.yahoo.com) anyway (it's free and legal)
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: VLordGTZ on March 01, 2017, 01:44:38 AM
It looks like Season 2 might be planned for two cours/split-cours. (https://twitter.com/WTK/status/836811501558239232)

If this is true, my guess is that the spring cour will cover the entire Sports Festival arc, and then a fall cour will cover the Field Training and (maybe) End of Term Test arcs.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Spark Of Spirit on March 01, 2017, 12:44:43 PM
It looks like Season 2 might be planned for two cours/split-cours. (https://twitter.com/WTK/status/836811501558239232)

If this is true, my guess is that the spring cour will cover the entire Sports Festival arc, and then a fall cour will cover the Field Training and (maybe) End of Term Test arcs.
YES! This is literally all I wanted out of this season.

But Field Training can be told in 5 episodes, it's not very long. Personally, I would prefer the second cour to cover End of Term and the bit that happens after it.

Spoiler
Hideout Raid arc is really the perfect place to end if it's going to be two cour.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: VLordGTZ on March 01, 2017, 04:36:00 PM
Funimation is planning to release the SimulDub for the first 6 episodes of MHA Season 2 the SAME DAY as the Japanese broadcast. (https://www.funimation.com/blog/2017/03/01/my-hero-academia-season-2-simuldub-stream/?utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=032017-fn-myheroacademia-s2&utm_source=facebook&utm_content=simuldub-announcement&utm_nooverride=1)

Damn, this is some great news.   ;D
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Spark Of Spirit on March 01, 2017, 04:58:02 PM
Funi's really going all out pushing it.

Shame they probably won't pick up the OVAs though.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: LumRanmaYasha on March 02, 2017, 10:34:49 PM
If it's going to be two cours I could definitely see them covering up to the end of the Hideout Raid arc. Especially if the first cour covers through the Internship/Stain arc provided the pacing is tight enough. Also extremely glad that there'll be same-day simuldubs because I preferred watching the show dubbed anyways.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Spark Of Spirit on March 02, 2017, 11:10:44 PM
Yeah, the reason the first season was slower paced was mainly because when the anime was first planned Horikoshi had only written up to the end of the first encounter with Nomu and Shigaraki. Personally I liked the slower pace, but I doubt it'll continue with this season due to having FAR more material available now.

If anything, I expect them to do split cours like this every year until the manga is done like Kuroko and Haikyu.

Spoiler
And honesty? The end of the Sports Festival wouldn't be a great place to end a cour. It ends anticlimactically on purpose and leads right into the next arc. 7 episodes of the Sports Festival and 5 episodes of Field Training are more than enough to cover both. Starting the next 12 with the End of Terms (which is like 3 episodes... at best) followed by the Training Camp, and ending with the Hideout Raid would be a far more satisfying way to end and leave people hungry for more.

There are only two really satisfying point to end the season, and that's either with Stain or All For One. Anything else will feel anticlimactic.

Either way, I'm excited. Season 1 was great, but season 2 should be at a whole other level. If the fight with a certain character is animated like the Nomu fight was then prepare to have your mind blown.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Spark Of Spirit on March 06, 2017, 06:36:06 PM
Looks like Blood Blockade Battlefront season 2 is Q3 (http://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-news/2017/03/05-1/blood-blockade-battlefront-leonard-watch-and-touken-ranbu-duo-nendoroids-arriving-in-time-for-new-anime) instead of this upcoming season.

If the split season rumor is true then it would line up. MHA for Q2, BBB for Q3, and the second part of MHA for Q4, makes the most sense. If that's what's going to happen then that will be pretty cool.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: LumRanmaYasha on March 06, 2017, 06:59:41 PM
That makes sense. It's not like Bones to do two shows in the same season. Probably for the best too, since it'll be great to have BBB to look forward to during the months MHA is off.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: gunswordfist on March 06, 2017, 07:13:08 PM
They did BBB too? Jeez, between that and Mob Psycho 100, Bones has been still killing it. I'm punching anyone who calls them overrated.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Dr. Ensatsu-ken on March 06, 2017, 07:40:51 PM
It's a pretty popular opinion that Bones is the best studio currently operating when it comes to TV anime, and one of the best overall.

They've had some duds here and there, but the amount of hits that they've produced over the years is too hard to ignore.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: VLordGTZ on March 06, 2017, 09:26:46 PM
That makes sense. It's not like Bones to do two shows in the same season. Probably for the best too, since it'll be great to have BBB to look forward to during the months MHA is off.

Actually, for the past few years, Bones HAS done multiple shows per season. Last year, they produced seven TV anime.  In contrast, the only shows that they seem to be doing this year are MHA Season 2 and BBB Season 2.  It's likely they want to solely focus on those this year since both of their first seasons were very successful, and the second seasons could garner even greater success if handled well. 
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Spark Of Spirit on March 06, 2017, 10:24:21 PM
That makes sense. It's not like Bones to do two shows in the same season. Probably for the best too, since it'll be great to have BBB to look forward to during the months MHA is off.

Actually, for the past few years, Bones HAS done multiple shows per season. Last year, they produced seven TV anime.  In contrast, the only shows that they seem to be doing this year are MHA Season 2 and BBB Season 2.  It's likely they want to solely focus on those this year since both of their first seasons were very successful, and the second seasons could garner even greater success if handled well.
Last year they did Concrete Revolutio season 2, Snow White with the Red Hair (second part), My Hero Academia, Bungo Stray Dogs, Show By Rock season 2 and shorts, and Mob Psycho 100. MHA was the most popular without question.

2015 they did Blood Blockade Battlefront, Show By Rock season 1, Snow White with the Red Hair (first part), Noragami Aragoto, and Concrete Revolutio season 1. BBB was the most popular without question.

Focusing 2017 on their two most popular shows of the last few years is an extremely smart move.

I would say they're a very smart studio. Other than possibly MAPPA, there are few studios that manage themselves as well as this and choose the right series to focus their attention on.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: gunswordfist on March 07, 2017, 12:14:52 AM
Still wish Mob Psycho 100 Season 2 was this year though.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Dr. Ensatsu-ken on March 07, 2017, 12:28:26 AM
Still wish Mob Psycho 100 Season 2 was this year though.

They are probably waiting for more manga material to be released. As it stands there is barely enough material past where the anime ended to make another full season, and even if they did, they don't currently have a very satisfying spot to end on like they did with the first season. It would either be anticlimactic with a side-story, or dead-on in the middle of an arc. I suspect that we'll get a new season by 2018, though.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: LumRanmaYasha on March 07, 2017, 11:12:00 PM

Actually, for the past few years, Bones HAS done multiple shows per season. Last year, they produced seven TV anime.  In contrast, the only shows that they seem to be doing this year are MHA Season 2 and BBB Season 2.  It's likely they want to solely focus on those this year since both of their first seasons were very successful, and the second seasons could garner even greater success if handled well.

Oh, yeah you're right. I should've remembered that Snow White season 2 and Mob Psycho 100 both came out last summer in particular.  :sweat:

Still, they don't average as high as other studios in terms of shows per season. Like Spark said, it makes sense they're putting all their resources this year into two of their most successful and popular shows of the last few years.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Spark Of Spirit on March 29, 2017, 08:12:35 AM
Crunchyroll and Hulu will both be streaming season 2 with subs. (http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2017-03-23/crunchyroll-hulu-to-stream-my-hero-academia-season-2-with-subtitles/.113832)

Some simuldub clips. (http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/daily-briefs/2017-03-23/my-hero-academia-season-2-promo-videos-streamed-with-english-dub-subtitles/.113833)

It looks like season 2 will be at least 25 episodes, possibly 26. (http://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-news/2017/03/28-1/site-evidence-suggests-25-episodes-of-my-hero-academia-on-the-way)

So yeah, MHA looks like the first Bones series in years to be a full half year long with no breaks.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: gunswordfist on March 29, 2017, 04:03:02 PM
YAH-TAH!! I started marathoning Season 1 yesterday and I love the show more than ever. I was  :'(+ :D during most of the episodes I saw.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Dr. Ensatsu-ken on April 01, 2017, 05:48:03 PM
That was a terrific premiere to the new season, as expected. Considering how much heavy foreshadowing to future events were in this episode (for those of us who are currently up to date with the manga), I'm wondering if that out of context scene from the cold opening is hinting at something that may eventually come up in the manga involving Midoriya going all out against a group of villains, or if it was just there for the symbolic effect of portraying the kind of hero that he will eventually become when he grows more bold and confident in both his stature and abilities.

While it's probably the latter, the former wouldn't surprise me either, since it's not too atypical for authors of currently running manga to give away future plot details to the anime studios that adapt their work which they can more intricately weave into the narrative of that particular version of the story.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: LumRanmaYasha on April 01, 2017, 08:29:52 PM
I wouldn't read too much into it, but I thought it was a nice way to depict what kind of hero he wants to and hopefully will end up being even against dangerous foes and challenges, which we know he'll definitely be facing a lot of in this season and even moreso in the future.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Spark Of Spirit on April 02, 2017, 08:18:05 PM
There was a clever little trick in that opening sequence.

Spoiler
Future Midoriya's gloves were conveniently destroyed and torn off. Way to hide a very important change he makes to his costume between then and now.  ;)

Anyway I quite enjoyed it. I especially liked the added scenes not in the original manga such as the early reveal of an important character in the next arc. There's not much else to say about this episode except the fact that it a set up for the Sports Festival starting next week. Really dug the OP (nice choice using one of the artists behind Tiger & Bunny) and the ED was very fitting for this arc. Pretty sure the Sports Festival will be the entire first half of the season judging on what was shown in the OP and ED though.

Also, with this pacing I'm pretty sure season 2 will end either on the end of term test or right before it. They appear to be saving the material after it for season 3.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: gunswordfist on April 09, 2017, 07:56:58 PM
The ice was so beautiful.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Spark Of Spirit on April 09, 2017, 08:41:10 PM
So glad they decided to end it where they did. The next episode should easily show why the race is my favorite part of this arc next to one specific part later. The animators really went all out on this one. There were a lot of impressive scenes.

They've upped the pace back to two chapters an episode which means I'm pretty sure how the episode count is gonna go for the season. It's really the only way to meet the 25 episode count.

Spoiler
12 episodes - The Sports Festival
7 episodes - Field Training
5 episodes - End of Term Exams
1 episode - Encounter/Interview with Midoriya

This way it will end with Shigaraki's talk with Midoriya followed by the ride to the camp. With this episode count, it's really the only way it could go. Also ending at that point is a good mirror of the end of season 1 and a reminder that there's still something out there lurking in the dark.

If they continued at two chapters an episode, give or take one or two, I could probably guess what season 3 will cover when we get there as well. Assuming it's also 25 episodes, it'll probably turn out like this:

7 episodes - Summer Camp
6 episodes - Hideout Raid
2 episodes - Home Visits / Moving Into Dorms
7 episodes - Provisional License Test
1 episode - Unleashed / Meeting in Tartarus
2 episodes - Midoriya Vs. Bakugo

I think that would even work out great from a season standpoint since the confrontation is the result of everything that happened from the Summer Camp to that point. After that fight the series has shifted mood quite a bit to where it is now which is the current arc we're in. To be honest, Work Studies at this rate might as well be a full season on its own. It looks like it might be pretty long at this rate.

They're doing a great job with adaption so far. But the best material is to come.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Spark Of Spirit on April 17, 2017, 11:01:21 PM
I really liked how Bones handled the race, especially the mine field. It was one of my favorite parts in the manga and they adapted it perfectly. I'm not sure if anyone out there expected the results for the first round to come out how they did, but I always found it surprising.

Now for round 2. I'm eager to see how the anime staff will handle this part. It wasn't as exciting as it could have been in the manga, but I'm sure it'll come out better here.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: gunswordfist on April 18, 2017, 06:54:12 PM
I had to rewatch that episode! So good that it helped me sleep better last night. :D
Spoiler
I love how Izuku has lost just enough (and the fact that there's more than one round) that his victory was not predictable at all. The whole scene was beautiful and reminding me how freaking much I love rooting for Deku. Can't remember the last superhero I wanted to win this much.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Spark Of Spirit on April 30, 2017, 07:31:32 PM
The Cavalry Battle was my least favorite part of this arc in the manga, but they really made it work here. Ratcheting up the intensity in addition to the music and voice acting really added to it. If you liked this part, the material coming up should really get you excited.

This is part also probably where Bakugo was at his funniest.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Spark Of Spirit on May 11, 2017, 04:10:33 PM
Episode titles for the next few episodes were revealed:

Spoiler
Episode 7: Victory or Defeat
Episode 8: Tremble, Challengers!
Episode 9: Bakugo vs. Uraraka
Episode 10: Todoroki Shouto: Origin

This implies that the anime will cover the 5 fights that were skimmed over in the manga in episode 8.

Denki Kaminari vs. Ibara Shiozaki
Mei Hatsume vs. Tenya Ida
Yuga Aoyama vs. Mina Ashido
Fumikage Tokoyami vs. Momo Yaoyorozu
Eijiro Kirishima vs. Tetsutetsu Tetsutetsu

Some might not like this, but I greatly prefer it. Next to the Cavalry Battle, this part of the tournament was the worst part of the arc because we barely got to see anything from these fights and they were all completely glossed over. Aside from Hatsume Vs. Ida, which is basically a joke fight, the other four aren't handled very well and it would be nice to allow those characters to have more time to shine.

At this rate the arc should still be done by episode 12 which is a good place to wrap it up.

At this point I'm just waiting to see what Stain will look like in the anime.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Dr. Ensatsu-ken on May 19, 2017, 12:37:32 PM
Mother's Basement just uploaded an interesting video comparing My Hero Academia to Naruto, and how it reflects a very different message for the core audience of its generation than Naruto did for its own.

It's refreshing to see a comparison of the two most popular WSJ series of their time (sans One Piece) that isn't a load of overall hateful jargon on one series or the other.

While I wouldn't quite agree that MHA is outright against the idea of people learning to rely on others (I mean, Deku's ability is something that he got from someone else after all), I do also see MHA as a series that promotes individualism more than Naruto and it's contemporaries. I do mostly like how he nailed the series' main theme, though, in how the society of heroes as it is has been problematic and is portrayed in a negative light, especially in the Stain arc.

I also give him bonus points for pointing out that MHA's world and society is basically what would happen if the villain's plan succeeded at the end of The Incredibles.

Here's the video for anyone who's interested, but be warned that there are manga spoilers here: https://youtu.be/8WDwBgjbRT4
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Spark Of Spirit on May 19, 2017, 07:16:07 PM
The reference to SEW's video at the beginning almost had me turning it off.  :D

MHA isn't about individuality vs reliance on others as much as that Midoriya constantly has help from everyone to get to where he is. It's about how in the end you do have to stand on your own two feet or else it's all for naught. Naruto kind of threw out a lot of individual growth for characters around the time the Chase Sasuke arc hit and more or less just had characters get power-ups off screen on their own anyways. That series isn't really the best argument for the whole "friendship" part of the Jump motto.

There's also the elephant in the room as to why the characters in MHA want to be heroes compared to why the characters in Naruto wanted to be ninjas. The heroes in MHA all have stated goals that are all quite selfless, for the most part, in simply wanting to help others (none of them have ever stated it is to get themselves rich and famous) while in Naruto most characters wanted to be ninjas because they just wanted to be ninjas. Naruto wants to be Hokage because he wants people to respect him; Midoriya wants to be the #1 hero because he wants to help and save others. Naruto's goal is actually more selfish and not for anyone else.

But I do give credit to Naruto for its overall message of family and friends being extremely important over selfish needs and desires. It is something that appears frequently in the series, and is one of the best parts of it. I just don't feel it is very consistent about it.

But as for the whole MHA emphasizes individuality over teamwork, I don't think that's entirely true. Shigaraki's whole quest is because he was left alone and forgotten and wants to destroy society, Stain decided to purge the hero world on his own despite what he was being told, and All For One exists only for himself and no one else to the point his name is literally all about himself. Ida's big lesson from the Field Training arc is to not go off on your own and keep to yourself when others can help you, or else you'll end up bitter and hateful like Stain. This even comes back again in the Hideout Raid arc when that lesson literally stops Midoriya and the others from getting killed because of what Ida learned. The current arc is all about working in a team and not hiding important things from others.

I understand what he's getting at in the video, but I think MHA is about both the importance of both individuality and teamwork while Naruto is primarily about the latter but is very inconsistent about it.

Funny he brings up Syndrome from the Incredibles, because Stain and Endeavor are actually the result of that villain's dream world. Endeavor proves that anyone can be a hero which means there's nothing special about it, while Stain shows that thirst for justice is not enough to make you one either. Midoriya gaining One For All after he had already proved to All Might that he had the heart of a hero was why he was chosen in the first place. Powers and drive are not enough to be a hero, the heart and soul is what makes one. This is also the point of Bakugo's (possibly the most selfish student in the series, mind) whole character arc.

Interesting video.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Dr. Ensatsu-ken on May 22, 2017, 05:58:29 PM
Another good video about the series: https://youtu.be/SSuLOT5IwnQ

In this case Mathwiz is an anime only watcher, and was clearly misinformed about a later spoiler from the manga, but the rest of the video is pretty spot on about how this series manages to stand out on its own two feet despite taking so much heavy influence from many shonen manga of the past.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Spark Of Spirit on May 22, 2017, 07:21:14 PM
Very nice video. MHA is all the best parts of shonen without the dry rot that has settled on it from over the decades. It achieves it with its outright bombastic and celebratory tone contrasted with taking itself seriously and continuing the legacy of older series instead of merely referencing and winking at them.

He got the spoiler wrong, but he isn't wrong about how when that happens it will change the whole dynamic of the series. Ever since a certain arc there has been a level of dread in the series that hasn't been shaken yet. And there's clearly a reason for it.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Spark Of Spirit on May 28, 2017, 09:04:58 PM
So thanks to all the comparison of Naruto I've been looking over some of the anime (specifically early Naruto when it wasn't quite so lame) and...

There is nothing MHA doesn't do better. There are simple fights that last a hour total, and they aren't even pivotal ones. The animation fluctuates between terrible and slideshow. The pacing is some of the worst I've seen: up there with Bleach and One Piece. Basically every complaint I've heard about the MHA anime, is at least twice as bad here. I'm thinking that some people don't quite remember how bad a lot of the old shonen series could really be.

And I'm only talking about this from a production standpoint. MHA might only adapt two chapters an episode, but those chapters contain a lot of material, and Bones does a great job pacing it out just right. As far as shonen adaptions go, I've seen very few better.

And next week is going to be the point where the series finally reaches its true potential. It's non-stop awesome from this point on.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: gunswordfist on May 30, 2017, 07:10:40 PM
 :o
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Spark Of Spirit on June 01, 2017, 12:02:34 PM
Go Inoue will be playing Stain. (http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2017-06-01/my-hero-academia-season-2-casts-go-inoue-as-stain/.116872)

The next arc should be a blast. It's one of my personal favorites.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: LumRanmaYasha on June 01, 2017, 10:34:18 PM
I'm most familiar with Go Inoue's performances as Kaiser in Rage of Bahamut and Madara Uchiha from Naruto, but Stain is a very different personality from both those characters so I'm curious to see how he'll fare. I'm very excited to see Stain animated.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Spark Of Spirit on June 02, 2017, 04:24:21 PM
Speaking of Stain, here's his anime design (it also includes spoilers at the bottom for the current arc, so be aware):

Spoiler
(http://img1.ak.crunchyroll.com/i/spire3/90cdaefd11652e41e226981ce93492861496315282_full.jpg)

I've been waiting to see this arc animated since the anime was first announced. Really eager for this.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Spark Of Spirit on June 04, 2017, 05:28:44 PM
Bones knocked it out of the park. That was one of the best fights in anime. No wonder Horikoshi was so impressed.

I mean, look at this:

(https://68.media.tumblr.com/d4f6825e30fa50628d86a4428eb05204/tumblr_oqyyaqaLQl1sxfvy5o1_500.gif)
(https://68.media.tumblr.com/92f1bbbb65b55fa555aaa654f3cd3867/tumblr_oqyyaqaLQl1sxfvy5o2_500.gif)
(https://68.media.tumblr.com/dc6ddf1150f498b3e3be0b44030e3251/tumblr_oqyyaqaLQl1sxfvy5o3_500.gif)

People are understandably freaking out, and they should be. This is the exact moment that MHA hits its groove, and Bones didn't hold back at all.

Midoriya's goal from moment one was to wake Todoroki up and save him. The match was secondary to his goal. And at the end, he finally achieved what he set out to do. This is why he's All Might's successor, and why he's one of my favorite shonen protagonists.

I also like that they kept the title card for the end like in the manga. It's a way of acknowledging that this is Todoroki's moment of becoming a hero and his proper origin. What came before was nothing compared to what he will become.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: gunswordfist on June 04, 2017, 06:04:34 PM
Thank you, Based Yutaka Nakamura. I recognized his work due to Boros Vs. Saitama having very similar animation at one part.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Spark Of Spirit on June 22, 2017, 11:09:43 AM
New OP theme named and Gran Torino officially cast. (http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2017-06-22/my-hero-academia-anime-reveals-new-opening-theme-artist-cast-for-gran-torino/.117830)

The OP is called "Sora ni Utaeba" (If I Sing in the Sky) by amazarashi. Don't know when it'll premiere, but I'm assuming this week since it's the start of a new arc. If not it won't be for two weeks since there is no episode airing after the next one.

Also, Gran Torino is being played by Kenichi Ogata who played Genma in Ranma 1/2.

I'm pretty hyped since the next arc is still one of my favorites in the series, and I'm really excited to see how Bones animates it.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Dr. Ensatsu-ken on June 24, 2017, 12:02:08 PM
Mother's Basement did another video involving MHA (and OPM) about the increasing popularity of Superhero anime: https://youtu.be/LmRfmJqE0kM

I do agree with him more on this one than in the last video he did about MHA, and I've generally noticed this for a long time now, in that MHA and OPM are clearly both paying tribute to and satirizing Western style super heroes, but through the perspective of Japanese society and story-telling conventions.

Both series present a uniquely Japanese outlook on superheroes in that in their respective worlds, like all other things, being a pro hero is a career choice rather than something one does for the sake of it. In MHA's case I feel as though the point us for people like All Might and Deku to show everyone what the true essence of being a hero is. Whereas with OPM, the Hero Association is no different from any other corporate BS in which you have to make your way up a hierarchy yet will ultimately be no happier for your achievements. And in Saitama's case he already is the best which actually makes climbing the hero association even less appealing to him since there is no challenge (and thus no real meaning) to any of it. Yet the few brief moments in his life in which he genually dies experience happiness is when he's doing things completely unrelated to the Hero Association with people who are his friends.

I'm either case, the characters are clearly inspired by American superheroes, but they are placed in the setting of societies with distinctly Japanese mentalities.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Spark Of Spirit on June 25, 2017, 08:28:07 PM
Nobody posted the preview for the second half of season 2 yet?

It starts in two weeks (this coming week there's no new ep) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HoIOW6no_Ew)

Spoiler
It's easy to forget that the attack on Hosu takes place at dusk and night since it's so difficult to see the skyline through most of it. But it does look pretty fantastic here.

There's a preview of the new OP there, too. Sounds really fitting for what's coming.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: LumRanmaYasha on June 25, 2017, 10:00:25 PM
The wait for Stain has been killing me. Can't wait to see that fight finally animated!
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Dr. Ensatsu-ken on June 25, 2017, 10:28:51 PM
I know that for most people, All For One is the arc where MHA really brought out it's A-game. And while that arc is superb, the Stain arc was where I personally feel that Horikoshi really managed to grab me in a way that he hadn't done before, and it was just a great ride ever since that point. More than anything, though, Stain as a villain really made me realize that, beyond just being a really fun shonen battle series, Horikoshi actually has something to say with this work, and that really hit me when Stain finally entered the picture.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Spark Of Spirit on July 11, 2017, 05:00:40 PM
So leaks are out now.

Spoiler
Stain arc will be 5 episodes long.

S2 EP 15- Midoriya and Shigaraki
S2 EP 16- Hero Killer Stain vs. the Students of UA
S2 EP 17- Conclusion
S2 EP 18- The Aftermath of "Hero Killer Stain"

Umikoshi will be directing an episode again, specifically episode 17 which should be off the chain.

I guess this means they'll be fleshing out the final exam more, and probably fully adapting up to chapter 71, ending with meeting the Pussycats.

So yeah, no worries about pacing here. The next few episodes are going to blow up online.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: LumRanmaYasha on July 15, 2017, 08:59:59 PM
Wow, that's faster than I expected, but seems appropriate given the material. I'm really looking forward to the next few weeks. The MHA manga has already shot up in sales significantly if Bookscan is any indication thanks to last month's episodes, and I can only imagine this arc will only fuel the fire.  ;D
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Spark Of Spirit on July 16, 2017, 05:40:47 PM
Volume 14 has been the first volume to pass half a million in sales while remaining in the top 30 the entire time. I suspect when volume 15 comes out in August it will do just as well.

So far the Field Training arc is being adapted perfectly. Really eager to see how the next few episodes turn out. This is gonna be great.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Spark Of Spirit on July 25, 2017, 11:35:47 PM
I'm hoping this is the cover art for season 2's BR/DVD:

(https://www.funimation.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/MHA_S2_New-Poster-6_17-724x1024.jpg)

Such a great arc.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Markness on July 27, 2017, 12:40:18 PM
I ordered the limited edition of Season One's first set from Right Stuf due to their birthday sale cutting the price in half. Can't wait to officially start watching it.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Spark Of Spirit on August 03, 2017, 11:48:23 PM
And the ratings for the anime hit an all time high with the recent episode by a full point. Well deserved. The anime staff went all out on this like they did with the Midoriya Vs. Todoroki fight.

Spoiler
For season 3, Umakoshi really needs to handle Midoriya Vs. Muscular, All Might Vs. All For One, and the second Midoriya Vs. Bakugo. Those are all story pivotal moments, and deserve the incredible animation on par with the big episodes.

It looks like after the next episode, episode 19 will be a filler episode that shows what happened to the other students during their Field Training, and episode 20 will be the big talk with All Might. That means the last 5 episodes will probably be adapting the last 10 chapters to end the season on chapter 70.

Good stuff. Bones really has knocked it out of the park with season 2.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Dr. Ensatsu-ken on August 09, 2017, 09:33:46 PM
REALLY great video on what makes Stain such a great character: https://youtu.be/yZbHVQw4B-M

It always irritated me whenever I'd see someone blindly label this show or manga as over-hyped generic fodder simply because it wasn't ever especially dark like Hunter X Hunter or all that out there or unique like certain other shonen that don't automatically get hated on for the genre which they are a part of. I have always advocated for how well-developed and nuanced it's characters are, and this video about Stain and his affect on the series goes a long way towards proving it, IMO.
Title: Re: My Hero Academia
Post by: Spark Of Spirit on August 09, 2017, 10:32:50 PM
It was hard biting my tongue before this arc when people watching the anime were going on about how the series doesn't have good villains. They only had to wait a bit longer. It was difficult pointing out a few things.

1. That's Shigaraki's whole arc. He starts out being bad at what he does like Midoriya and improves.
2. Stain.
3. Someone showing up very soon.
4. The League villains who have very well thought out reasons for doing what they do.
5. The traditional criminal underworld and how they adapt to the hero world.

The characters in MHA are really well developed throughout. Sometimes it takes longer to get around to others, but Horikoshi knows what he's doing. I'm glad this season has really skyrocketed the series in popularity.

Now here's hoping season 3 will do the same. There's some excellent material coming down the pipe.