Posted by: Redgeek | January 10, 2019

Uraraka Reboot? [My Hero Academia 212]

Me thinks this and last chapter were supposed to be one full chapter, ye fellow readers.

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Uraraka couldn’t find a mic, so she dropped the hat instead.

What’s there to say? Not much happened.

We get a Uraraka flashback that explains why she wants to become a hero. But, it was already established she did so to financially support her parents. Did Horikoshi screw up? Maybe. Giving him the benefit of the doubt, people can and do have more than one reason why they do things. But, that being said, the flashback would’ve been less rebooty if he mentioned her wanting the money too. Perhaps say she needed a high paying job and picked being a hero because it makes people happy. Bam! Less confusing. Then again, I think something’s up with Hori. The guy is either bone tired from working on a side project like the next MHA movie or something similar. Read More…

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Welcome. Redgeek, here. It’s time we learned the truth. Kohei Horikoshi has been turning out shorter chapters for months and I want answers! I had a chance to sit down with Horikoshi-sensei at his office for another exclusive interview.

 

RG: Been awhile, Horikoshi. *stares*

Horikoshi: W-what are you doing?

RG: Checking for signs of exhaustion. Have you been sleeping okay?

Horikoshi: Oh, yeah, yeah. Four hours every night. That’s plenty.

RG: Um, that’s not good at all.

Horikoshi: Relatively speaking. Black Clover’s creator (Yūki Tabata) only gets three hours.

RG: That explains why its so bad.

Horikoshi: Hey! Don’t be rude. *cough cough*

RG: Whoa. Are you sick?

Horikoshi: Well, just a little. Had a cold a few months back, then the flu last month. I caught something else recently.

RG: Allergies?

Horikoshi: No, stairs.

RG: Huh?

Horikoshi: Fell down them.

RG: That’s horrible. You fell from lack of sleep?

Horikoshi: Lack of speed. Togashi-sensei (Hunter X Hunter creator) was rushing out Shueisha to buy Smash Bros. Special and I didn’t dodge out his way in time.

RG: I see. But, why were you at Shueisha? I thought editors picked up your work at your office.

Horikoshi: I had a meeting. It’s embarrassing to admit but I got busted for drug possession.

RG: What?

Horikoshi: No, no! It’s not as bad as it sounds. A fan sent me some homemade cookies and apparently they had a little something extra.

RG: So, you got high?

Horikoshi: …Yeah. According to the police, I was picked up on a bike on my way to Tokyo Disney. It wasn’t my bike. But, it’s cool. Oda-sensei put in a good word for me at the station. Everything was smoothed out quick. The police there loves One Piece. A couple future spoilers and an ecchi Nami picture and I was a free man. 

RG: What a nice guy.

Horikoshi: You bet! He even offered to take the rest of those drug cookies off my hands. In fact, he insisted. Even demanded I mail him any more stuff like that straight to him.

RG: A saint. A true saint.

Horikoshi: Of course, now I have to fix my last couple chapters. See, I had this huge Uraraka and Mina fight planned out but I accidentally forgot it when I was high.

RG: Oh, no.

Horikoshi: Sorry about that. Don’t worry I’m getting back on track.

RG: Well, I certainly never expected all this happened. Now, I see why chapters have been so short. I hope everything’s good now.

Horikoshi: Sorry to make you worry. I’m ready to turn out full length chapters from now on. Right after I stop the upcoming demon apocalypse. 

RG: WHAT?

Horikoshi: It’s okay. I have a sword. Well, a sword replica but I’ll all work out. Speaking of work, better finish this chapter before I take on the armies of hell. If you’ll excuse me.

RG: …Sure. Thank you, Horikoshi. See ya.

Horikoshi: Not if the world gets eaten by Death incarnate. *laughs*

RG: I think I need some cookies.

Posted by: Redgeek | December 25, 2018

Venom? [My Hero Academia 211]

Can someone please put Hirokoshi on Oda’s auto-break schedule? The guy needs a nap.

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Monoma keeping it real. There’s a complicated human under all that insecurity. He just may be my most reliable character in the series. …I need a hug.

He’s been chucking out short chapters for a while now. Poor guy. I hope he’s enjoying a relaxing Christmas eating buckets of KFC in his underwear. You deserve it Hirokoshi-sensei.

On to the chapter. We get a brief moment between Monoma and Shinso about having to play the villain in order to use their quirks effectively. Not all heroes wear capes, and not all heroes lower the toilet seat after use either, I guess.

Deku.

All For One is going out of control, black tentacles are attacking everyone in sight. Interesting enough, we see the eyes of a previous All For One user. I think it’s Shimura’s teacher, the man with the goggles. Could that be a clue the tentacles were his original quirk? It’s not like the previous users were evil (at least going by what we know), so whatever’s happening isn’t meant to be malicious. This could all be growing pains. Read More…

Posted by: Redgeek | December 20, 2018

One For All Stockpiles Skills? [My Hero Academia 210]

I wanna talk about Deku’s quirk, so let’s get everything else out the way.

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He’s an asshole. But, he’s an asshole with style.

No. Uraraka and Mina won’t get standout moments this fight, and that sucks.

Yes. Monoma is a dick.

No. I don’t know if Shimura became a hero before or after she received OFA, but I’d like to know.

Yes. I completely understand Shoda’s Twin Impact quirk.

No. I wasn’t being serious. I’m confused as all hell about it. Does he punch something then can later Jedi force punch it again? I don’t get it.

Yes. I think Monoma has Shinsou’s quirk.

No. I don’t think Class A is blitzing Team Monoma like Bakugo’s group did.

Yes. Everyone has no excuse not reading the official English translation because its free now. But, I still get chapter pics from scanlations because I don’t know how to save Viz pics on my computer.

Now that that’s out the way, let’s talk about One for All! Read More…

Posted by: Redgeek | December 14, 2018

Match-o No. 5 (A Little Bit of…) [My Hero Academia 209]

Bakugo’s a good friend, Toshinori?

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Can someone please tell Bakugo this crap is getting old? Or, at least punch him in the face.

The asshole still has apologized for bullying Deku for years. Just sayin’.

Match 4 is over and everyone’s on Bakugo’s nuts, er, grenades. We get a more confident Deku, standing up to Bakugo and proclaiming their team will win. He’s being a true leader now, not just with brains, but he’s inspiring his group. My baby Deku has grown up. *cries*

Class B is trying to form a plan against Class A, namely, Deku. He’s their key to victory, after all. Good on Shinso for mentioning Deku once broke his brainwashing. They’ll have to do more than that to be him. Also interesting that Monoma cautioned Shinso not to rely on him. What does that mean? You’d think he’d want to attack with some double brainwash maneuver, but no. Hmm. Read More…

Posted by: Redgeek | December 14, 2018

Hancock 2.0 [One Piece 927]

Komurasaki’s gonna look like Nami in a komono. Calling it now.

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Crazy Old Man Terrorizes Jellystone Park. More at 11.

See? That’s why Oda didn’t have Nami wear one. I know how you think, Oda-san. Can’t fool me!

So, Sanji’s soba shop is a hit among women. Shocker, I know. Nice to see him interacting with Usopp, Franky, and Robin again. Well, the party’s over, we got to introduce the Kyoshiro Family, gangsters in league with Kaido. I don’t see Kyoshiro himself as a threat fighting wise. I wonder what his ultimate role in the story will be.

Anyway, the gangsters step up and Sanji and Franky knock ’em back down. We meet a new little girl in the process, Toko. Ugh! Another kid in this arc. That’s, like, three already! Well, the kid’s funny, so that’s a plus. Read More…

Posted by: Redgeek | December 6, 2018

Class B’eatdown [My Hero Academia 208]

Bakugo won both Japan and America’s popularity polls. Jerks must be in this season.

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The most adorable thing with horns not counting my old BMX bike.

Team Bakugo won.

And, all through the power of friendship. …Or, teamwork, if you wanna be accurate. Tokage didn’t know Bakugo is more of a team player now, so her plans to capitalize on McSplode’s lone wolf tactics failed, big time. Class A worked together and took down every Class B member for a total 4-0 steamroll. Good job, Class A. Read More…

Posted by: Redgeek | December 6, 2018

Kid ‘n Work [One Piece 926]

Oda gets points for quickly showing how powerful Kid is by having him keep up with Luffy. Short and sweet.

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No one muscles in on Gordon Ramsey’s territory and gets away with it.

Luffy and Kid are almost running the joint now. Time for the Warden, whoever he or she is, to make their debut. Vice Warden Dobon’s design is amazing. Oda’s having fun with the smile fruit designs. Also, I like Luffy and Kid’s rivalry. In a way, you can call Kid an Alternate Luffy, as in what would happen if Luffy was crueler and you’d get someone like Kid. A bit different than Blackbeard, the Anti-Luffy. If Kid is Luffy but meaner, Blackbeard is Luffy flipped. Still a pirate, but plays the long game and is already strong. Read More…

Posted by: Redgeek | November 28, 2018

I Have a Plan… Attack! [My Hero Academia 207]

Here we go again.

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Love the way Hirokoshi drew Bakugo’s eyes immediately reacting to Tokage. Nice touch.

Class B dominates the tactics, while Class A plays catch up. Been there, done that. But, hey, it’s Bakugo. The kid is fun to watch at least, win or lose. Aizawa acknowledges he’s been skipping Teamwork 101 in favor of Power Up 202. To be fair, Aizawa’s methods will wield higher results further down the line, but the ideal method is a little of both teachings.

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Win to Save. Save to Win. Step on to Protect. Protect to Step on.

Not much else to say. Tokage distracted Jiro so her teammates could hone in without notice and Bakugo saved their butts. I hope Jiro does something, but Bakugo will probably carry the team. Too bad. This is a great opportunity to showcase Sero, Saito, and Jiro. Won’t happen, but I can dream. I’ve given up on Hirokoshi giving the C and D cast important screen time this arc. They’re filling the usual background roles. *sigh*. Oh, well, at least I got Papa Vlad’s smack talk.

Posted by: Redgeek | November 28, 2018

Back in Blackbeard (One Piece 925)

Wow! What a chapter!

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Me reading this chapter

Who would’ve thought Oda would throw in One Piece world current events between Wano’s acts? And, what surprises we learn.

First, Absalom is dead. Like, really dead. The type of dead that isn’t ambiguous. For someone to lose their devil fruit they have to die. Absalom is 100% dead. Let’s pour one out for the sexual assaulter. Hm, maybe not. Gecko Moria is back, but is he truly joining Team Blackbeard, or will he scamper off into the sunset? Well, considering the Warlord system might be kaput, he’s gonna need some allies. Even, if he’s an ex-Warlord. Gecko isn’t getting anything done on his own, he needs a crew. And, no, only having Perona won’t do much.

Ladies and gentlemen, Blackbeard makes his time skip debut. And, it’s glorious! The man loves a good party and at the same time, we see he’s keeping tabs on everyone important in the One Piece world. You can tell he’s taking a quick R&R before heading out to Wano to grab Kaido’s fruit in the final inning. Big hug to the folks thinking Shiryu was getting the diamond devil fruit. I’m not one of them, but I’m sure Oda will have some fun in the fated Shiryu VS Zoro fight. Cool appearance by Catarina Devon and her nine tails fruit and Pizarro and his lunch. Read More…

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