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Somali and the Forest Spirit Episode 3

Somali and the Forest Spirit Episode 3

The Sea at the Bottom of the Cave

In case I haven’t mentioned it in one of the previous two episode reviews (I definitely have), the thing I look forward to the most from this series is world building. Yes, Somali’s smile is another thing to look forward to, but the world building of this series is really what intrigues me.

And guess what major world building item we got in today’s episode? That’s right, a map!

The unfortunate part about this, however, is that although we get to see a map of the continent, we have no idea where anything is. And by that I mean we don’t exactly know where Golem and Somali are currently, and we don’t know where their journey began.

Golem holding a map of the continent from the anime series Somali and the Forest Spirit
Golem holding a map of the continent

So what do we know, and what can it tell us about the journey they have ahead of them? Well, we know their journey began in a forested region, presumably marked on the map in green. My guess is that the medium-sized forest we see depicted in the northeastern quadrant of the map is where this series started.

We know that most of what they’ve traveled through thus far has been forest and grasslands, so the green area should be large enough to be depicted on this map.

There’s also the fact that they’ve now entered a more arid region of the continent, and are heading in the direction of a large desert. And, off to the west of that forest we can see a dry region with what appears to be a desert on the other side.

It’s also important to keep in mind that it was stated that they will need to cross the desert to get to the west end, meaning they’ve come from the east — where the forest is.

Anthole City

For anyone who’s played Breath of the Wild, the entrance to Anthole City looks like it could fit right into that version of Hyrule. I can almost picture it being located somewhere between the Gerudo Desert and the canyon which takes you there from central Hyrule.

As with the other city we saw in the first episode of the series, Anthole City is home to monsters of all sorts. However, I didn’t spot any Oni within the city. Maybe I just didn’t notice them, but I’m still convinced that the Oni have their own village set up somewhere away from everyone else.

Anthole City is also a bustling center of trade, probably because it lies right on the edge of a vast desert. This is the trading post for all goods coming and going from across the shifting sands. It’s also a fairly large city, built in layers with a large hole down the middle — much like the city from Made in Abyss.

There’s even a cavernous world below ground where dangerous creatures lurk.

Anthole City from the anime series Somali and the Forest Spirit
Anthole City

But, one of the more interesting aspects of Anthole City is what you get when you combine its position as a major trade hub, the labyrinth-like layout of the city, and some of the people we meet within it. It seems pretty clear that Anthole City is probably one of the major stops in the human trafficking business at the core of this series.

Now, I’m not going to say the wolf guy with an eye patch who’s been following Somali around is a human trafficker, but he could be. However, I actually think he’s on Somali’s side. My guess is that he’s someone who fights against human trafficking in the region, and recognizes that Somali is a human due to her scent.

Journey Across the Desert

While Golem is working at Kokilila’s restaurant, there are two important pieces of information we receive. One comes from Kikila in the form of a song about the first meeting between humans and monsters, and the other is the possible location of humans according to some patrons.

Kikila’s song doesn’t really give us any new information on the surface, but it does show us another view of the relationship between humans and monsters. It’s not a good relationship, but it’s one that’s important enough to have been passed down as part of an oral history.

The fact that there may be humans on the west end of the Osuna Desert is a much more tangible piece of information. Golem and Somali are searching for humans, and now they’ve been presented with an account of a human sighting — albeit not a firsthand account.

But, even if there are humans on the west end of the desert, will Golem and Somali find what they’re looking for? I doubt it.

All the information we received was that there was a sighting of humans there. There’s no reason to believe that these were free humans. Considering the relationship between humans and monsters on this continent, I find it hard to believe that there’s a group of humans living freely anywhere.

What’s more likely is that the traveler who spotted the humans actually saw a human trafficking caravan which was about to start the trek across the desert towards Anthole City. After all, I’m pretty sure that large island off to the west of the map is where the humans are currently located, so geographically this all checks out.

These are likely humans being transported from the shores of the continent into the interior — and from there they’ll be sold all over.

Life Underground

After Somali reveals that she believes she and Golem are on a journey so that Golem can dump her off somewhere, Kikila suggests the pair go in search of a particular flower in the cavern under the city. This flower is said to grant whoever finds it one wish — which should have been the first red flag.

The second red flag should have come when they entered the cavern and Kikila mentioned that children aren’t supposed to be down there unsupervised. And the third, major red flag should have come when Kikila and Somali had to hide from that giant bug which was roaming around.

Somali and Kikila watching walking mushrooms from the anime series Somali and the Forest Spirit
Somali and Kikila watching walking mushrooms

Down here, life is a bit different than on the surface. There doesn’t necessarily appear to be intelligent life, but it’s adapted in ways which might make you think otherwise. For example, there are mushrooms which are able to walk around on two legs in formation and attract insects to eat with their bioluminescence

There are also more dangerous creatures, such as the large plant(?) which almost ate Somali towards the end of the episode. It’s capable of traveling via floating through the air, so it seems that it’s positioning right next to the largest yozame flower was no coincidence.

This creature is clearly smart enough to set up an ambush — which is something you never want to say about a plant that’s larger than you are.

The only thing that was really missing from this foray into the underground is the “sea” mentioned in the title. There was a lake down there which Somali and Kikila sat next to for a bit, but I wouldn’t call it a sea, and I definitely wouldn’t say it was title-worthy. Perhaps it’s referring to the “sea of life” found underground.

Conclusion

Did you like episode 3 of Somali and the Forest Spirit? I’ll admit that Golem working at the restaurant wasn’t the most exciting part of the episode considering I want to explore the world more. But aside from that I thought it was good.

Also, where do you think Somali and Golem began their journey on the map? And what do you think is the deal with the eye patch wolf? Let me know in the comments.

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Ascendance of a Bookworm

Ascendance of a Bookworm

Ascendance of a Bookworm anime series cover art
Ascendance of a Bookworm

Overview

Ascendance of a Bookworm (Honzuki no Gekokujou: Shisho ni Naru Tame ni wa Shudan wo Erandeiraremasen / 本好きの下剋上 ~司書になるためには手段を選んでいられません~) is an isekai anime based on a light novel, if you couldn’t tell by the insane length of the Japanese title. It’s also rated extremely high on MAL for whatever reason.

My best guess is the same people who liked TenSura and Dr. Stone are the ones who also like this series. But even that doesn’t make much sense. Sure, they’re all isekai about someone creating things, but Ascendance of a Bookworm doesn’t have any of the action the other two series have.

This time around we have a female main character who has been reincarnated into a world without books. And, since she loves books more than anything else in the world, she decides to make her life’s goal finding (or creating) books to read.

That’s basically the entire premise of the anime. It introduces some other potentially interesting concepts, such as mana which manifests as dōjutsu like in Naruto, but so far that hasn’t really been explored. But even if it is eventually explored, I don’t see why it really matters.

Mana was basically introduced into the series as a way to push Myne, the protagonist, along her journey to find books. However, she was already on that path, so mana doesn’t really have anything to do with it. It felt more like there was mana just because the series would have been too plain without it — but it still doesn’t add anything.

Oh, and despite this being a fantasy world, there are surprisingly few fantasy elements. There’s mana (barely) and some sort of fantasy plant, but that’s it.

Characters

Looking at the character list, this series actually had a lot more characters than I was thinking. However, most of them simply play support roles, like Myne’s entire family.

Myne is the main character of the series who was reincarnated in this bookless world. However, to say that she was reincarnated isn’t entirely accurate. Yes, she died, but she wasn’t reborn, or even really transported into this other world. Instead, she awoke within the body of a young girl who had recently died in her sleep.

This also means that Myne isn’t really the main character’s name. For all practical purposes it is, because Myne is the name of the girl whose identity she’s taken over, but her original name was Urano Motosu.

And, this body which now belongs to Myne (Urano), is very sickly. The previous host of this body died due to her illness, and it appears that Myne could share the same fate.

Myne and Turi being carried by their dad from the anime series Ascendance of a Bookworm
Myne and Turi being carried by their dad

The other major character is Lutz, Myne’s best friend. I don’t think their ages were ever stated, but Lutz is either the same age as Myne or just slightly older. However, what’s interesting about that is they’re about the same size, despite it being stated that Myne is small for her age due to her illness.

Lutz comes from a family of craftsmen, but his dream is to become a merchant. This dream isn’t something his family supports, because as they explain it, merchants don’t have a set home. The goal of most merchants is to make enough money to open their own shop and become a craftsman.

Are There Books or Not?

Ascendance of a Bookworm is a bit strange in how it handles the existence of books, and writing in general. When Myne first enters this world, there’s actually no writing at all, let alone books.

Well, that’s not entirely accurate; there are books and writing, the series just makes it seem like there aren’t. Within her family’s home there’s no writing to be found, and her family doesn’t even know what a book is. Further, even when Myne goes to the market, there’s no writing in sight.

However, it’s also in the market where Myne gets her first glimpse of a book. And this is when she learns that books are extremely rare and valuable in this world — only the nobles can afford them.

Chibi Myne from the anime series Ascendance of a Bookworm
Chibi Myne

Now, I’m not saying that the fact that books are relegated to the noble class (and the church) is strange. That actually was the case back when books were made of vellum and not paper. No, the issue is the fact that at the beginning of the series nobody seems to understand what writing and books are.

As I mentioned, Myne’s family doesn’t know what books are at the beginning of the series, and I’m pretty sure they were oblivious about writing as well. However, we later learn that Myne’s dad is an officer with the town guard, and all soldiers are taught how to read and write so they can make reports.

In fact, despite reading not being a requirement for the majority of people in this society, it turns out there are actually a lot of people who can. So why was writing such a mysterious thing at the beginning of the series? Was it just to set up the idea that Myne is going to have to work for her books?

Conclusion

Despite what the aggregate score on MAL will tell you, Ascendance of a Bookworm is actually a 5/10. The beginning of the series is extremely slow and doesn’t have much going on, so I originally had it down at a 3. But as the series progresses and we meet more characters and learn more about the world, it becomes bearable.

As for the OP and ED, they’re not the best. The OP song did grow on me over the course of the season, but the visuals aren’t really anything special. And the ED song and visuals are both just alright.

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Magia Record Episode 3

Magia Record Episode 3

Sorry For Making You My Friend

Madoka Magica: Magia Record episode 3 doesn’t quite pick up where episode 2 left off, and I was a bit disappointed by that. The ending of the previous episode with the chain monsters surrounding Kaede made for some great suspense, and then this episode failed to follow through on it.

I mean, we didn’t even get to see how Kaede was taken away. What did that look like? Only Rena was able to see the chain monsters, so we can assume she witnessed them grabbing and dragging Kaede away. But what about for everyone else who couldn’t see them? What about for Kaede herself?

Rena Minami from the anime series Madoka Magica: Magia Record
Rena Minami

Also, while the girls did defeat the monster which kidnapped Kaede, it didn’t really feel like a big deal. Now, this is partly because, as is hinted later on in the episode, that monster wasn’t their real enemy. But the other reason it felt this way is because there didn’t actually appear to be anything at stake.

Yes, Kaede’s life was supposedly on the line, but think about what the girls found once they made their way into the labyrinth. Kaede was perfectly fine and had simply been waiting for them. Further, with five magical girls teaming up, defeating the monster was no big deal.

I just hope that going forward this side story follows through with the suspense it builds in meaningful ways.

The Coordinator

Near the beginning of the episode, right before we’re formally introduced to Yachiyo Nanami, the unnamed magical girl from episode 1, we meet the “Coordinator.” I’d assume that the Coordinator is a magical girl in her own right, but we don’t actually know that for certain yet.

What we do know is that she plays the role of doctor and arbitrator for the various magical girls throughout Kamihama City. And when we first see her, she’s working with another magical girl, who isn’t named just yet, but will probably show up again later on in the series (or maybe just in the mobile game).

But while facilitating meetings between magical girls is one of her jobs, her more important job it seems is to “upgrade” them. I haven’t played the Magia Record mobile game, but her character seems to be kind of like Da Vinci from Fate/Grand Order — the shop keeper who helps you upgrade your servants.

I think if this anime wasn’t based on a mobile game, we wouldn’t be seeing a character like the Coordinator. Characters like that make sense in the context of games, but they don’t exactly translate well into anime format.

And evidence of this can be seen by the fact that we don’t really stick around with her for long. We’re introduced to her by her title, she gives a little explanation of what her role is, and then she upgrades Iroha’s soul gem.

But we don’t actually know if upgrading her soul gem did anything meaningful for the plot. It just happened because it’s what happens in the game when you want to upgrade a character, I guess.

Magical Girl Transformations

After the girls stop at the Coordinator’s hideout and Yachiyo joins their party, we get to witness their magical girl transformations for the first time. I don’t believe we had even seen Iroha’s full transformation before now. So, let’s go through them in order.

First up we have Yachiyo who is actually the water-based magical girl. I previously thought Rena was the water-based one because she uses a trident and her other similarities to Sayaka Miki. Additionally, the rest of Yachiyo’s outfit gives off a more celestial vibe with the stars — so water was unexpected.

Yachiyo Nanami from the anime series Madoka Magica: Magia Record
Yachiyo Nanami

Momoko is the fire-based magical girl, which I think last week I said might make sense for Kaede. We also see that she’s a fighter based on her movements during her transformation, and this is interesting given the giant sword she uses. You’d think she’d be more of a brawler with that animation.

Rena, as I mentioned, isn’t the water-based magical girl of the group. Instead, she’s the lightning-based one, which is just further evidence for her being the best girl. Sailor Jupiter was always my favorite of the original five Sailor Scouts, and she too is the lightning one.

Additionally, we see that Rena’s transformation (and magic she uses during the fight) is based on mirrors. This likely ties into her ability to transform into other people because either she hates what she sees when she looks in the mirror, or she’s trying to be a reflection of other people.

And, finally we have Iroha’s transformation which has a lot of strange things going on. I don’t even know how to comment on most of it yet, but something tells me the part where she’s chasing after her cloak is going to be very important.

The Chain Monster

While we don’t get to see Kaede’s magical girl transformation yet, we do get to see her use some magic (sort of) while fighting against what I’m going to assume was the chain monster. And, as I sort of predicted last week, it has to do with plants.

We don’t actually see Kaede use magic by herself, but we do see her use some tag team magic with Rena — something which seems to be common among Kamihama city magical girls. Their combined attack involves both mirrors and plants, so we can assume the plant part is Kaede’s.

But, moving on to the chain monster itself, while it does take the form of staircases leading up to a giant bell, it uses chains to fight. And that’s what I’m basing my assumption that this was the chain monster on.

However, we also know that there’s a witch known as the chain witch — and up until now it was unclear whether or not she and the chain monster were one and the same. At this point in time, I’m going to say that they are not the same, and that the chain witch controls the chain monster.

I said that same thing last week as well, but now we have a little bit more evidence pointing to that being the case. For starters, no witch name was displayed when the chain monster was revealed. All witches have their names displayed when they’re first encountered, and that didn’t happen this time — implying this wasn’t a witch.

Further, after its defeat, it’s revealed that it did not drop a grief seed — another sign that it wasn’t truly a witch. Could it be a wraith?

Mami Tomoe is on the Case!

If you’re someone who bails out of an episode as soon as the end credits begin, then you’ll have missed out on a lot of important information in a whole bunch of anime. That’s just one reason I watch through the EDs of anime every time.

The post-credits scene for this episode showcased Mami and Kyubey having a discussion about what’s going on in Kamihama city.

Although I’ve since updated my review of episode 1, I originally falsely claimed that Kamihama was where the main Madoka Magica anime took place. CNTH corrected me in a comment to say that Mitakihara was the name of the original city where Madoka, Sayaka, Homura, Kyouko, and Mami are located.

Mami Tomoe from the anime series Madoka Magica: Magia Record
Mami Tomoe

So, what’s Mami doing in Kamihama? Well, technically she’s not in Kamihama yet, but she’s been summoned there by Kyubey to figure out just what’s going on in the city. We were previously told that there’s no Kyubey in the city, and now we know why — when he tries to enter the city, it’s as if his own soul is pulled out.

Kyubey also informs us (and Mami) that there have been rumors of someone collecting all the soul gems in the city. It’s unclear if this is the work of a rogue magical girl, a witch, or even a wraith at this point, but the chain witch is probably involved somehow.

And, lastly, Mami seems to imply that whatever’s causing the soul gems to dry up in Kamihama is also reducing the number of witches elsewhere.

Could this lower number of witches outside Kamihama, combined with the dreams about magical girls being “saved” in Kamihama, be a trap? Is someone, or something, intentionally luring magical girls into the city?

Conclusion

That’s all I have for Magia Record episode 3. Have you played the mobile game? If so, what’s the Coordinator’s role in it? And regardless of whether you’ve played the game or not, what do you think is going on in Kamihama city based on the information we have so far? Let me know in the comments.

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Boruto Episode 140

Boruto Episode 140

The Mind Transfer Jutsu that Lost to Potato Chips

If you haven’t already watched this episode of Boruto: Naruto Next Generations, I’d highly recommend that you skip it. In fact, I won’t even fault you for skipping out on this review because literally nothing happened in this episode. I’m not even sure why I’m writing about it.

But, maybe at some point in the future Inojin will use his Mind Transfer jutsu at a key moment, and we’ll have this episode to thank for it.

Basically, we know that Inojin mainly uses the jutsu passed down to him by his father: the Super Beast Scroll jutsu. However, the jutsu passed down to him by his mother is almost just as important. They’re both used in different scenarios, but as I’ll discuss later on, the Super Beast Scroll is probably the better pick.

Chouchou and Inojin talking to a Tanuki from the anime series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations
Chouchou and Inojin talking to a Tanuki

So, since Inojin isn’t very adept at using the Mind Transfer jutsu, he asks his mom to train him. First, he starts off transferring his mind into a tanuki — because apparently animals have weaker wills than humans and so it’s easier to take control of their minds.

He then graduates to transferring his mind into Chouchou, which normally wouldn’t be much of an issue. I doubt there’s a real difference between Chouchou and a tanuki in most situations. But, to make things harder, he has to take over Chouchou’s mind while she’s trying to get at her favorite flavor of potato chips.

And this is one of the more interesting parts of the Mind Transfer jutsu. You’d expect it to be more effective on those who are susceptible to genjutsu, not those who have weaker wills.

Mind Transfer vs. Shadow Possession

But as I mentioned, I think the Super Beast Scroll jutsu is best for Inojin, and the reason for that is Shikadai already knows the Shadow Possession jutsu. While they do have their differences, the basic concept behind Mind Transfer and Shadow Possession is the same.

Both jutsu effectively immobilize their users, but also immobilize their opponents.

The benefit of Shadow Possession — and the lesser Shadow Paralysis — is that multiple people can be stopped in their tracks at once. However, the drawback is that it doesn’t work unless there’s a light source strong enough to make sizable shadows.

Mind Transfer is basically the opposite. It can work in any lighting conditions, including the dark. But, it’s limited to controlling only one opponent at a time.

So while in most cases the Shadow Possession jutsu is superior, there are a few instances in which Mind Transfer could be necessary. Also, let’s not forget that the Ino-Shika-Cho trio really relies on the Mind Transfer jutsu to an extent.

The Shadow Possession jutsu is supposed to be used to stop an enemy in their tracks. Then either the enemy can be wiped out with the Partial Expansion jutsu, or they can have their body taken over by the Mind Transfer jutsu. It all depends on the particular goal the team has in mind.

Also, I don’t remember if either the Mind Transfer of Shadow Possession jutsu can force a person to use jutsu of their own. I’m sure we’ve seen Shikamaru use the Shadow Possession jutsu like that in the past if it’s possible, but I can’t think of any time it’s happened off the top of my head.

Ino and Sai Yamanaka

And because there’s not really anything else to talk about regarding this episode, let’s take a look at the relationship between Ino and Sai.

I’ve never really understood the Ino x Sai pairing. Sai was basically Ino’s second choice after it was clear that Sakura was going to end up with Sasuke — so that’s already not the best start. But even more than that, Ino and Sai have nothing in common, and we never really saw them interact much.

Think of it this way, Ino is an overly-aggressive flower shop worker while Sai is an emotionless assassin. Why would you ever think that these two would end up together? But, end up together they did. And they managed to have a kid which is strange since Ino was surprised that Sai even hugged her (which was technically Inojin controlling Sai).

Sai apologizing to Ino from the anime series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations
Sai apologizing to Ino

I’m also pretty sure that having both Ino and Sai as parents is why Inojin turned out the way he did — submissive and self-doubting. Ino is clearly the head of their household and rules with an iron fist. On the other hand we have Sai, who appears to go along with anything his wife says in most situations.

And growing up as a boy in this household, Inojin would have witnessed this dynamic between his parents. Just as his father doesn’t typically stand up for himself, neither does Inojin in most cases. He’s also very doubtful of his own abilities — after all there was another filler episode where he didn’t believe in himself enough to use the Super Beast Scroll.

I’d also like to think that if Inojin had been born a girl, he would have taken after his mother more than his father. There’s no way Ino would raise a daughter submissive to male authority.

Conclusion

Did you watch Boruto: Naruto Next Generations episode 140? If so, what are your thoughts? Do you think the Mind Transfer or Shadow Possession jutsu is better? And, what do you think of the relationship between Ino and Sai? Let me know in the comments.

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My Hero Academia Episode 77

My Hero Academia Episode 77

Bright Future

The first half of My Hero Academia Episode 77 wasn’t the best. It’s not quite the conclusion episode of the arc, that seems like it’s going to be next week, but it might as well have been. Arc conclusions are generally bad episodes because there’s little action, no new information, and they recap things.

But as I said, this wasn’t really the arc conclusion episode. And that’s made clear by the second half of the episode which focuses on Sir Nighteye. That half of the episode was actually really good — well, except for the part where Deku becomes Madoka Kaname, but I’ll get to that later on.

There are three big takeaways from this episode. The first is that Deku defeated Overhaul, though that was basically finalized in the previous episode. The second is that Overhaul is truly defeated by the League of Villains. And the third is that Sir Nighteye has died.

So with all that in mind, my main question coming out of this episode was, who’s going to be the next major antagonist? Overhaul had been defeated, and Sir Nighteye — the main pro hero for this arc — is dead. Additionally, nobody new was introduced, so where does that leave us?

It looks like we’re finally going back to the League of Villains as the main antagonists for the series. Sure, someone else could be introduced in the next episode or two, but that seems unlikely. We’ve taken a break from the League for a while, and they’re finally becoming relevant in the story again.

The League’s Revenge

Deku’s defeat of Overhaul isn’t actually that interesting because we knew it was coming. The fact that the League deals the final blow wasn’t something I was expecting, so that’s what we really need to talk about.

But before we get to that, I have to mention the Sand Hero, Snatch.

When you think of characters with sand-based abilities in shounen battle series there are two names that really stand out: Gaara from Naruto and Crocodile from One Piece. Snatch is like a bootleg combination of the two. He can turn into sand like Crocodile, and control sand like Gaara, but only with the upper half of his body.

Dabi (Villain) and Snatch (Pro Hero) from the anime series My Hero Academia season 4
Dabi (Villain) and Snatch (Pro Hero)

So after Dabi kills Snatch (or at least claims that Snatch likely won’t survive), the League can move on to their main objective: capturing Overhaul. Snatch was the hero in charge of escorting Overhaul to the villain hospital, co they had to take him out first.

But what’s interesting is that they don’t simply capture or kill Overhaul. They figure out the one thing that would hurt him the most — having everything stolen from him and then being left out like trash.

The drugs he manufactured are stolen, and then so are his arms. Mr. Compress removes his left arm in retaliation for Overhaul destroying his own, and Shigaraki disintegrates his right. With this done, Overhaul can never use his quirk again because it requires him to touch things with his fingers.

That also means that Overhaul can’t simply heal his missing arms.

For the first time, I now think that maybe Shigaraki could turn out to be a good antagonist after all. I still think he’s basically a lesser version of Overhaul due to his quirk, but he’s certainly capable of doing villainous deeds.

Mahou Shoujo Midoriya Magica

If I had to pick one point of the episode to call the worst part, it would probably have to be when Sir Nighteye explains why he thinks Deku was able to alter the future. I figured it had something to do with Eri’s time reversal ability messing with possible futures, but Sir Nighteye has a different theory.

And it’s unfortunate to say, but Sir Nighteye’s theory is probably the canon version.

He claims that Deku was able to break free from his own future thanks to the hopes and dreams of all his comrades. If you think that sounds familiar, that’s probably because a very similar thing happened towards the end of Naruto: Shippūden, and was even prominently featured in the 13th opening.

Deku carrying everyone's hopes and dreams (and Eri) from the anime series My Hero Academia season 4
Deku carrying everyone’s hopes and dreams (and Eri)

However, the fact that Naruto carried the hopes and dreams of all his comrades didn’t actually make him stronger, give him a special ability, or help him alter the future. But, there is an anime in which this is the case, and you may have heard of it: Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica.

Now, this is spoilers for Madoka Magica (sorry), but I do need to spoil the series for the sake of this explanation.

At the end of the original series, Madoka Kaname is able to alter the past, present, and future of the entire universe with her wish. This is all thanks to her massive magical potential, which was built up due to Homura creating thousands of timelines with Madoka at the center of them.

So basically, Deku’s ability to break free from his own future thanks to his friends is the same as Madoka’s ability to alter the course of the universe thanks to Homura.

Sir Nighteye

Finally, we get to the death of Sir Nighteye, and I actually think this was good for the series. I know a lot of people are going to be disappointed by Sir Nighteye’s death, but it was for the best. His death will help both Deku and Mirio grow as characters, and his ability was useless anyway.

I’m also pretty sure this is the first time we’ve had a major character in the series die. Mag of the League of Villains died, but I can’t exactly call her a major character. Aside from her though, I don’t think any pro heroes or villains who were actually named ever died until now.

All Might hasn’t died yet somehow, All-for-One didn’t die, I don’t think anyone from Shie Hassaikai died, none of the pro heroes or students from U.A. have died. Really up until now it’s just been background characters and Mag.

I actually thought one of the Wild, Wild Pussycats died, but I just looked it up and apparently that’s not the case. In one of those mid-episode cards, it actually says that the member of the Pussycats who I thought died was merely seriously injured and now retired.

And the last thing I want to mention about Sir Nighteye is that right before he dies, he uses his quirk one last time on Mirio. We don’t get to see what Sir Nighteye sees, but he claims that Mirio is going to go on to become one of the greatest heroes.

This is important because we know that Mirio’s quirk was “permanently” disabled. Is Sir Nighteye implying that Mirio will regain his quirk at some point? Or will he go on to become one of the greatest heroes without a quirk?

Conclusion

What did you think of My Hero Academia season 4 episode 14? Will Shigaraki become an even better villain than Overhaul was? Can Deku save all the magical girls in the universe? And will Mirio ever get his quirk back? Let me know your thoughts in the comments.

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