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My Hero Academia Episode 112

My Hero Academia Episode 112

Shigaraki vs. Re-Destro

My Hero Academia Season 5 Episode 112 is the last good episode of the season. For the season finale, we’re going back to UA, which means I’m suddenly going to care a lot less.

Anyway, this week we got the final part of the battle between Shigaraki and Re-Destro, with Shigaraki coming out on top. This was pretty expected based on how the Meta Liberation Army was introduced and how the League of Villains members were getting powerups within the arc.

The League of Villains (now known as the Paranormal Liberation Front) is the primary antagonist group of the series. So any time another antagonist group is introduced, you can be pretty certain that they’re only going to last for one arc. They’re arc antagonists, not the series antagonists.

Shigaraki vs. Re-Destro from the anime series My Hero Academia Season 5
Shigaraki vs. Re-Destro

During this fight, we see Shigaraki destroy the entire city — or at least a very large portion of it. This was the scene we got early on in the season. I believe it was shown at the very beginning, before the exhibition match arc with Class 1-B. But, maybe it was just shown before the Endeavor arc.

Either way, we now know that this destruction wasn’t caused by some new quirk that was implanted into Shigaraki by the doctor after his fight with Gigantomachia. This destruction was caused by the evolution of Shigaraki’s own quirk.

And, that brings into question what sort of power the doctor is going to give to Shigaraki. In my mind, this quirk evolution is enough for now; he’s much stronger than he was. Implanting a new quirk, perhaps even All-for-One, into Shigaraki seems like overkill at this point.

But, since he’s officially the successor to All-for-One, I think that’s where we’re heading.

Shigaraki’s Liberation

Much to my surprise, Shigaraki didn’t kill Re-Destro at the end of their fight. Considering Shigaraki’s flashback made it clear that he has an urge to kill anyone who slights him in any way, I figured that causing this whole war between their two groups would have been more than enough for Re-Destro to be killed.

But, as we’ve seen multiple times before, Shigaraki actually cares a lot about the wants and needs of his allies. After Shigaraki denied Overhaul’s invitation to join the Yakuza, Mr. Compress lamented that they could have been living well rather than struggling to survive.

So, rather than killing Re-Destro and making enemies out of the rest of the Liberation Army, Shigaraki opts to take him up on his offer. This doesn’t really benefit Shigaraki in any way since he has no real goals at this point. But, it does allow him to treat his allies.

Tomura Shigaraki from the anime series My Hero Academia Season 5
Tomura Shigaraki

As for why Re-Destro offers to have the Liberation Army follow Shigaraki, it all comes down to how Shigaraki used his quirk during their battle. Shigaraki was able to use the full extent of his quirk because he was liberated from everything holding him back.

In that moment, he no longer cared about winning the fight against Re-Destro, proving himself as All-for-One’s successor, or anything else. Instead, he was purely acting on his desire to use his quirk to cause as much destruction as possible.

And, although it’s a bit extreme and the original Destro probably wouldn’t have agreed with it, this is the ultimate form of liberation that the Meta Liberation Army is striving for. Shigaraki simply used his quirk to do whatever he wanted without considering anyone else.

At the end of the day, that’s what the Meta Liberation Army is all about.

The Paranormal Liberation Front

Once the League of Villains and the Meta Liberation Army are merged, they decide to go by a new name: The Paranormal Liberation Front. Honestly, I see this as a downgrade. It’s worse than either of the previous names — primarily due to its use of “paranormal.”

I know that paranormal technically makes sense within this context since quirks are just paranormal abilities. But when I hear paranormal, I just think of things like ghosts, and in the context of anime, Reigen from Mob Psycho 100.

Don’t get me wrong, Reigen is great. He’s one of the best characters in that show, if not the best character. However, I can’t say that Reigen is all that intimidating. So if the name of your villain organization makes me think of Reigen, I don’t think it’s a very effective name.

Shigaraki as the leader of the Paranormal Liberation Front from the anime series My Hero Academia Season 5
Shigaraki as the leader of the Paranormal Liberation Front

The other issue I have with the Paranormal Liberation Front is that I’m not sure if it’s really going to be any different from the League of Villains. The thousands of members probably aren’t going to ever actually matter. And the important Liberation Army members probably aren’t going to be all that involved going forward.

Aside from Re-Destro, who now worships Shigaraki, none of the other Liberation Army leaders seem to like the League of Villains members. I don’t really see them assimilating into a cohesive group. And that means we’re probably just going to focus on the former League members.

I’d like for Trumpet to become one of the core members since I think his quirk can be used to make future battles more interesting. But I fear that we’re just going to have the same core group as we’ve always had, just with a worse name from here on out.

Conclusion

What do you think of My Hero Academia Season 5 Episode 112? Do you like that the League of Villains and Meta Liberation Army have fused? And which League of Villains member who didn’t get a quirk upgrade would you have liked to see get one? Let me know in the comments.

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Osamake: Romcom Where The Childhood Friend Won’t Lose

Osamake: Romcom Where The Childhood Friend Won’t Lose

Osamake: Romcom Where The Childhood Friend Won't Lose anime series cover art
Osamake: Romcom Where The Childhood Friend Won’t Lose

Series Overview

Osamake: Romcom Where The Childhood Friend Won’t Lose (Osananajimi ga Zettai ni Makenai Love Comedy / 幼なじみが絶対に負けないラブコメ) is the worst rom-com anime I’ve ever seen. In fact, it’s the only rom-com I’ve rated 1/10.

Based on the name, you might be thinking “Finally, a rom-com where the childhood friend wins! It’s just what I’ve been wanting!” But, the reality is that the title of the series is much more literal than you might think. It’s not a rom-com in which the childhood friend wins.

It’s a rom-com (harem) in which every character is a childhood friend. So, technically speaking, the childhood friend won’t lose in the end. But it’s not as if there’s a specific childhood friend character who wins out against other character archetypes.

If I had to choose one thing about this anime I hate, it would be everything. Seriously, the OP and ED are bad, the characters are garbage, the plot is terrible and full of holes, the art is bland, and the animation is barely there.

The only thing that makes Osamake worth watching in any capacity is how stupid the plot developments are. For example, it’s revealed that the protagonist’s mother was an actress who died because she acted like she died too well for a TV show and it really happened.

And, in case you’re wondering, yes, this event is portrayed as completely serious and a tragic part of the protagonist’s past. I honestly thought it was supposed to be a gag at first. But once I realized it wasn’t, that just made it even funnier.

Unfortunately, even with that scene existing, I can’t recommend Osamake even to fans of bad anime. The truth is, most of the series is just extremely boring, not funny because it’s so bad.

Childhood Friends

Maru Sueharu is the protagonist and a former child actor (as are all the main characters, apparently). He’s an extremely bland character, but he’s not as dense as most harem protagonists, so he has that going for him.

Kuroha “Kuro” Shida is one of Maru’s childhood friends. And, to me, she’s the one who really embodies the childhood friend archetype. Yes, they’re all his childhood friends. But that’s basically all there is to Kuro’s character.

Kuro also has three younger sisters, Midori, Aoi, and Akane. I believe they’re referred to as the “color sisters” because midori, aoi, and aka are the Japanese words for green, blue, and red respectively. Kuro is Japanese for black.

Kuro, Shiro, and Momo from the anime series Osamake: Romcom Where The Childhood Friend Won't Lose
Kuro, Shiro, and Momo

Shirokusa “Shiro” Kachi is the next childhood friend of Maru. While Kuro’s nickname means black, Shiro’s nickname means white. And just like their names, these two characters are opposites.

Shiro is the girl Maru initially has a crush on. She’s popular among the boys, works as a model, and also acts and writes screenplays because that’s what everyone in this anime does. But, she’s still a childhood friend at the end of the day.

The third childhood friend is Maria “Momo” Momosaka. Momo is Japanese for peach, though that doesn’t really matter as much as Kuro and Shiro’s name meanings. Anyway, besides being a childhood friend of Maru, Momo also fills the role of the little sister who isn’t blood-related.

Kuro and Shiro do view Momo as another romantic rival, but she’s not their main concern. Most of their energy is focused on battling it out with each other, which allows Momo to sneak past and get close to Maru.

Romcom Where The Viewers All Lose

Earlier I mentioned that this anime isn’t really even suitable for fans of bad anime because it’s primarily just boring. It’s actually a very difficult anime to watch and I’m fairly surprised that I actually finished it despite the fact that I don’t drop anime anymore.

If you’re wondering why I don’t drop anime, it’s because every anime I watch is something I can review. And I generally don’t like reviewing things unless I’ve finished them. So, if I start an anime, there’s a very high probability that I’ll finish it.

With that said, this might have been the hardest anime to watch of the year so far. I know I said that about something earlier this year, but I can’t remember what. Ex-Arm is the other 1/10 I’ve given so far this year, but I don’t feel like I said that about Ex-Arm (maybe I did).

Momo, Kuro, and Shiro from the anime series Osamake: Romcom Where The Childhood Friend Won't Lose
Momo, Kuro, and Shiro

Perhaps I’m just not interested in all this random high school drama. I’m pretty far removed from high school, after all. But I think it’s more than that. The characters are genuinely poorly written and that makes it hard to get invested in any way.

They’re written like cheesy, cringey characters from a bad 80s movie. Maru literally has a dance-off against a romantic rival in front of the whole school. Imagine if the school election dance scene from Napoleon Dynamite was supposed to be serious. That’s the vibe of Osamake; it’s not funny, just uncomfortable.

Oh, and it’s not as if this is just a bad adaptation of a good light novel or anything. Even the light novel is rated low on MyAnimeList, so I’m not entirely sure why this was chosen to get an anime adaptation. I get that a lot of bad series get anime, but the harem genre is so saturated, why this one?

Conclusion

As I stated from the start, Osamake: Romcom Where The Childhood Friend Won’t Lose is a 1/10. There are definitely anime worse than this one on a technical level — animation, voice acting, etc. But this one is just rough to watch for so many other reasons.

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Nomad: Megalo Box 2

Nomad: Megalo Box 2

Nomad: Megalo Box 2 anime series cover art
Nomad: Megalo Box 2

Tale of the Nomad

Nomad: Megalo Box 2 (NOMAD メガロボクス2) is the sequel to 2018’s Megalo Box anime. I liked the original season, but I think Megalo Box 2 is actually better. And I’m not the only one who thinks that — this season has a higher average rating on MyAnimeList than the first.

Something you should know about Megalo Box 2 is that it’s very different from the original season. The story it tells is different, as is the structure of the season as a whole. But, that’s actually what made me like it more.

Megalo Box 2 takes place multiple years after the end of the first season. We also get to see how Joe and Yuuri’s final match ended. You may recall it was left kind of ambiguous at the end of the previous season.

I believe it was implied that Joe won, but we never actually saw it happen. This time around, we see that he did win. Yuuri then went on to become a trainer for a new up-and-coming Megalo Boxer named Liu, who eventually fought against and defeated Joe.

As for Team Nowhere, Nanbu (Pops) died and Joe left to travel on his own after basically being kicked out by Sachio who felt Joe wasn’t there for Nanbu in his final moments. That’s a whole thing I won’t get into here.

But, what this season is really about is how Joe comes back from the lowest point in his life. He learns about the importance of family, how your home is wherever your family is, and that megalo boxing isn’t all there is to life.

If you want to see Joe really develop as a character, Nomad: Megalo Box 2 is definitely worth a watch.

Life After Team Nowhere

After leaving Team Nowhere, Joe wanders around on his motorcycle and enters low-level megalo boxing matches under the name Nomad. However, he doesn’t do this because he wants to keep boxing. Rather, it’s all he knows how to do and he needs money.

What does Joe need money for? Well, aside from gas for his motorcycle (probably), the main thing he spends his money on is painkillers. Joe’s become dependent on painkillers, as do many megalo boxers, apparently.

However, when he meets another megalo boxer who goes by the name Chief, Joe’s life begins to turn around. Chief teaches Joe the importance of his own life by telling him the story of the Nomad and the Hummingbird.

Chief from the anime series Nomad: Megalo Box 2
Chief

The gist of the story is that there’s a nomad on a journey to end his life, and he keeps getting bothered by a hummingbird. The nomad tells the hummingbird that he has nothing, to which the hummingbird responds that he has eyes to see, ears to hear, legs to carry him, etc.

Then the hummingbird dies and the nomad realizes how special the fact that he’s still alive really is. After burying the hummingbird, the nomad then travels back home.

Throughout the season, we’re told the story of the nomad and the hummingbird multiple times. In fact, I’d say we’re told it almost too many times. But, this story is important because it represents the journey Joe is currently on.

Joe, who goes by the name Nomad in the ring, has effectively been on a journey to either die in the ring or from a drug overdose because he feels his life is worthless. But Chief, who has a hummingbird on his gear, teaches Joe how important life is.

The dynamic between Joe and Chief in this season is pretty refreshing after the first season.

Return of Gearless Joe

There have been some spoilers in this review so far, but now is when I’m going to get to some of the more major spoilers. Specifically, this section of the review is going to be looking at the end of Joe’s journey and what led him there.

So, as you may have guessed, Chief dies just like the hummingbird in the story. The gear Chief used in the ring was built by both him and his dead son, and he leaves the gear to Joe upon his passing.

Moving away from Joe for a moment, remember how I mentioned that Yuuri has a student, Liu, who previously defeated Joe? Well, he was defeated and hospitalized by another boxer named Mac who has a chip implanted in his brain that increases his capabilities.

Joe from the anime series Nomad: Megalo Box 2
Joe

While this chip has given Mac his life back, previously having been paralyzed, it also causes issues with his brain and makes him go on rampages. Because of this, he was in danger of losing his family, and his character arc runs parallel with Joe’s.

Now, at the end of the season, Joe gets in the ring with Mac. And this is where Chief’s gear becomes relevant again. Joe is no longer “gearless” Joe. He fights using Chief’s gear in honor of Chief and his son and everything Chief taught Joe.

Before the fight, Joe also makes up with Sachio, who only agrees to let Joe enter the ring if he can throw in the towel whenever it looks like the fight isn’t going to go Joe’s way. Sachio doesn’t want to lose Joe again.

In the end, after a few rounds of fighting, Sachio throws in the towel. Even though Joe doesn’t win the fight, I think this was a great ending. Boxing isn’t everything. Joe understands that now.

Conclusion

I give Nomad: Megalo Box 2 a 7/10, which is the same score I gave the first season. But, I do think this season was the better of the two. So you can think of it as a higher 7/10 than the original Megalo Box got. I’m not going into decimals or a 100 point scale, though.

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That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Season 2 Episode 47

That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Season 2 Episode 47

Clayman the Weakling

That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Season 2 Part 2 Episode 47 was a pretty good episode of TenSura. But I wouldn’t call it a pretty good episode of anime overall. It was alright. When you compare it to the good anime this season, it doesn’t stand up.

Anyway, I still don’t really understand what a majin is within the context of this series. My best guess is still that they’re a person who has a large magicule count. But that seems to include a lot of characters.

It would be nice if we got a real definition. But, I suppose that’s asking for a bit much when you consider that we don’t even have a definition for what a demon lord is. Despite what Clayman claimed, he was definitely not a demon lord (until he awoke at the end of this episode).

Shion from the anime series That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Season 2 Part 2
Shion

Also, I find it funny that Clayman talks down to Rimuru and Shion by calling them mere majin while referring to himself as a demon lord. And yet, Clayman is recognized as the weakest of the Moderate Harlequinn Alliance — of which the other members are majin.

That also doesn’t even take into consideration the fact that Rimuru has the actual demon lord title, unlike Clayman. Clayman’s such a loser. And I remember people were trying to convince me that he’s actually a threat back in Season 1 or the first part of Season 2.

Even back then I called out Clayman as a weakling. How did this guy manage to convince the other (real) demon lords that he was one of them? There’s no way Guy actually believed that Clayman was a true demon lord.

Also, speaking of Guy, it now makes sense why he said Milim entered the arena on Clayman’s side of her own free will.

The Chad Shion vs. The Virgin Clayman

Despite Clayman always putting on an act and talking himself up, it’s pretty clear that he recognized how weak he was deep down. Even before he was defeated by Shion and we got the flashback that told us he was weak, there were plenty of signs.

For example, didn’t it seem strange to you that Clayman decided to fight Shion while leaving Rimuru to Milim? I’d imagine that a true demon lord wouldn’t lower themself to fighting the subordinate of another demon lord.

Just by doing that, Clayman is acknowledging that he’s no match for Rimuru and that Shion’s power level is more appropriate for him to fight against. But, as we saw, even the “lowly majin” Shion was way too powerful for Clayman. He didn’t stand a chance.

Clayman, Shion, and Rimuru from the anime series That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Season 2 Part 2
Clayman, Shion, and Rimuru

Oh, and let’s not forget that Shion isn’t even the strongest of Rimuru’s subordinates. There’s Veldora, Benimaru, and Diablo who are above her. You could probably make arguments for Souei or Hakurou to be above her as well.

And, although I’m not a Shion fan in any way, I’ll admit that it was satisfying to see her slap Clayman around the way she did. When she had him on the ground and asked if she could finish him off, I almost expected Rimuru to tell her to leave him out of pity.

We know Rimuru has no problem with killing people who make him angry — something Clayman has definitely done. And of course, Rimuru is going to kill Clayman next week. But Clayman just looked so pathetic that it seemed like Rimuru might spare him in exchange for information on his master.

I guess even Clayman isn’t going to rat out his comrades, though.

The Final Battle

The final episode of TenSura Season 2 is also going to include the final battle between Rimuru and Clayman. Something tells me that, even with Clayman now awoken as a true demon lord, there isn’t going to be much of a fight.

Even if he now has a lot more magic power, this is still Clayman we’re talking about. He’s a loser and a coward. He still won’t stand a chance against someone like Rimuru. In fact, even Shion might still be able to take him in that form.

But, honestly, the real reason why I think Rimuru is going to wipe the floor with Clayman is actually that it’s the final episode of the season. That means most of the episode is going to be what I call “cool down” content after the fight.

Rimuru, Beretta, Shion, Frey, and Carrion from the anime series That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Season 2 Part 2
Rimuru, Beretta, Shion, Frey, and Carrion

We’re going to need a scene of the other demon lords acknowledging Rimuru as one of them. And then there’s probably going to be a little discussion of who Clayman’s master could be — Guy and Milim might have an idea.

The other demon lords might acknowledge Veldora as well. And, let’s not forget, Rimuru is going to have to go home to Tempest and they’re probably going to have a celebration there.

At the very end of the episode, I’m sure there will also be a scene catching up with some villains of the series. We might see Laplace, Tear, and Footman, or demon lord Kazaream, or the Kirito-looking guy who’s actually the one pulling the strings from behind the scenes.

Basically, because this is the final episode of the season, there’s going to be a lot of content that isn’t the fight between Rimuru and Clayman. So based on that, I’m expecting that maybe Rimuru will just absorb Clayman and all the souls within him.

Conclusion

What do you think of That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Season 2 Episode 47? Was this your favorite episode of the season? Am I still giving Clayman too little credit? And is there anyone else who works under Rimuru who you would say is stronger than Shion? Let me know in the comments.

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Magia Record 2nd Season Episode 7

Magia Record 2nd Season Episode 7

Versus Mami and Tsuruno

My predictions from last week regarding how the battles in Magia Record 2nd Season Episode 7 were going to go weren’t all that correct. I was right about Sana and Felicia showing up, and even about Mifuyu helping out. But other than those details, most of it was wrong.

Alina and Kuroe haven’t shown up to help, and the composite group of magical girls hasn’t split up into multiple groups as I expected. I’m not really sure how I feel about this lack of splitting up at this point.

On one hand, I love seeing the girls from the old and new groups working together. But on the other, it would be really interesting to see more of the differences between how these two groups work.

Sayaka, Homura, Madoka, and Kyouko running away from Mami's attack from the anime series Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story 2nd Season
Sayaka, Homura, Madoka, and Kyouko running away from Mami’s attack

We do get a bit of an understanding of these differences even without the groups not splitting up, though. Mostly, it’s just clear that Madoka’s group is more used to working together than Iroha’s group, which makes sense.

We know Madoka’s group has been together longer. And for most of Magia Record, Iroha’s group hasn’t really all been fighting together. But, I will say that the Kamihama City magical girls use some more advanced techniques, such as connecting.

And, the cities these groups are from also have an effect on how they fight. In Mitakihara, Witches are generally weaker and magical girls tend to fight solo. So connecting isn’t really a thing. But in Kamihama, since witches are stronger, the magical girls tend to be too and have to rely on more advanced techniques.

I think this was best illustrated when Madoka, the more experienced magical girl, has to ask Iroha what connecting is.

Different Magical Girl Groups

There are more differences between these two magical girl groups than just their fighting styles. The ways in which the groups act within various situations are also very different and show the gap in their experience.

Let’s look specifically at the scene in which the girls all retreat from battle to come up with a plan to take down Mami and Tsuruno. Yachiyo turns this into an emotional moment because she doesn’t know if she’s going to get another chance to tell Sana and Felicia how she feels.

And in the other corner, we have the Mitakihara gang just chilling like this is just another day on the job. Kyouko’s even sitting there eating churros, which Yachiyo feels is too relaxed for the situation they’re currently in.

But, although Yachiyo is the oldest magical girl present, Kyouko is the one with the most combat experience. Technically, Homura has the most experience, by far, but that’s cheating. And, with all of Kyouko’s experience, comes the knowledge that you need to relax whenever you get the chance.

Sayaka, Kyouko, Homura, and Madoka just chilling from the anime series Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story 2nd Season
Sayaka, Kyouko, Homura, and Madoka just chilling

Moving on, when it comes time to connect with Mami and Tsuruno, I was a bit surprised by the volunteers — or at least one of them. It makes sense for Yachiyo to be the one to connect with Tsuruno. As she says, she’s the one who knows Tsuruno better than anyone else.

But Sayaka connecting with Mami seemed a little odd. It’s not like those two ever had any particularly special relationship. Sayaka is closer to Madoka and Kyouko. And speaking of Kyouko, she makes the most sense to connect with Mami. Kyouko was Mami’s apprentice at one point.

If Yachiyo is the one who knows Tsuruno the best, Kyouko is the one who knows Mami the best.

RIP Tsuruno

Just to be clear, the title of this section doesn’t mean Tsuruno is dead. I have no idea if Tsuruno is dead or not. But, it’s pretty clear that even if Tsuruno isn’t dead, she’s not in good shape. When the episode ends, her body is broken and being moved like a puppet.

Now, I know a lot of Magia Record (the game) fans really like Tsuruno. I don’t see what makes her so good, but whatever, you can like who you want. However, at the risk of angering those fans, I think it would be preferable for Tsuruno not to survive this fight.

One of the defining characteristics that made the original Madoka Magica series so good was how it captured the despair of magical girls through their sacrifices and deaths. Magia Record hasn’t had any of that yet.

Tsuruno isn't looking so good from the anime series Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story 2nd Season
Tsuruno isn’t looking so good

I get that Magia Record doesn’t have to be a copy of the original series to be good. But I also feel that deaths are very good ways to boost characterization for both those who die and those who are left behind.

For example, in Madoka Magica, it was Mami’s death that pushed Madoka and Sayaka down their contrasting paths. And Sayaka’s death was not only the ultimate way to close out her character arc, but also turned Kyouko into a much more personable character.

Kyouko wouldn’t be my favorite Madoka Magica character if not for Sayaka’s death and the effect it had on her.

Tsuruno dying here could work in a very similar way. I don’t particularly think it would do anything for Tsuruno’s character, but it would definitely impact Yachiyo. And I don’t think the other Kamihama magical girls have experienced the death of a comrade yet. They’re still pretty innocent.

Conclusion

What do you think of Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story 2nd Season Episode 7? Do you think my breakdown of the differences between the Mitakihara and Kamihama magical girls is fair? And do you think Tsuruno’s injuries are survivable? Let me know in the comments.

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