FEATURE: Why It Works: Building Uraraka’s Battle


Hey all, and welcome back to Why It Works! My Hero Academia burned through the Uraraka-Bakugo fight last week, with Uraraka’s clever tactics ultimately running aground on Bakugo’s clear, inarguable power. This wasn’t a particularly surprising ending. In fact, Uraraka’s fight seemed like a foregone conclusion – the audience knew it, the characters knew it, the announcers knew it. The fight ended in the way pretty much every character assumed it would, which raises a natural question. If Uraraka was going to lose this fight, and we all knew she was going to lose, how come it was still exciting?

 

Well, for at least a couple reasons. Today, let’s dig into exactly what this particular battle did right – and how it demonstrates that sculpting a thrilling conflict encompasses a whole lot more than just making the audience wonder what’ll happen next.

 

First off, this arc and even the arcs before it have worked hard to garnish this fight with an emotional narrative we’re actually invested in. Uraraka is one of My Hero Academia’s principle and most likable characters, and so even if she’s facing tough odds, the audience still wants her to win. Hard-fought victories are compelling for their own sake, but to make a hopeless battle compelling, you really need to care about either one or both of the sides involved. All of the characterization surrounding this fight was working hard to present Uraraka as someone worthy of our sympathy, someone who clearly deserves this win. That by itself is a fine platform to start from.

 

Secondly, the fight itself was defined by consistent, tactically sound twists and back-and-forth. Even if we’re invested in Uraraka’s story, if her strategy amounts to “keep trying to run directly at Bakugo, keep getting knocked back,” the fight wouldn’t be particularly exciting. But even though Uraraka’s tools here were limited, the show still presented her battle as a series of skillful tactical plays and strong counter-plays.

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Uraraka starts off by trying to take advantage of Bakugo’s own powers, then moves on using her jacket as a decoy, and finally reveals she’s been building a meteor shower finale all the while. All throughout this sequence, there’s also a clear, understandable “win condition” for Uraraka – touching Bakugo with her power, and thus mitigating his own. The interplay of Uraraka’s gimmicks and Bakugo’s responses meant this fight’s odds and twists were parseable in a far more grounded and compelling way than “he has X strength, she has Y strength” ever could be. The imbalanced powers of My Hero Academia actually facilitate the appeal of its fight scenes, and this fight was no exception.

 

Third up, My Hero Academia also worked to craft a small narrative solely within the limits of this one fight. While Uraraka’s role in this fight was playing out a series of premeditated strategies, Bakugo mostly just spent the fight reacting – but even within his reactions, there was a clear story being told. Bakugo opens the fight by referring to Uraraka as “round face gravity girl,” a reflection of the established fact that he only remembers the names of people he deems important. But by the midway point, Eraserhead has to point out that Bakugo’s playing defensively purely because he’s cautious of making a mistake against a dangerous opponent. And by the end, Uraraka has earned her own name in Bakugo’s eyes. Even if Bakugo was cast as the “villain” in this battle, his growth is both smart characterization and a great way to underline Uraraka’s own growth.

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Fourth, and perhaps most obviously, Uraraka’s battle is livened by the most obvious of strengths: great, fluid animation. While the storyboards lean heavily on the (already excellent) manga panels, the anime’s pacing and visual beauty greatly enhance the impact of the battle. Concepts like the effectiveness of Uraraka’s smokescreens and the absurd impact of Bakugo’s quirk are made viscerally real through terrific effects animation, conveying the concept of Uraraka being physically overwhelmed in the most clear possible way. Few shows can really get away with pure animation candy to sell their fight scenes, but My Hero Academia marshals its limited resources to great effect, and it certainly helps here.

 

Finally, after all the fighting is done, Uraraka’s call to her father tied the whole affair together. Grounded dialogue focused on the practical consequences of this match lent a sense of weight to Uraraka’s defeat, right before her father consoled her with just the words she needed to hear. This entire arc has focused heavily on the relationships between parents and children, and how we build our dreams and identities in their shadows, for better or for worse. Uraraka’s tearful talk with her dad was a key moment in both an individual character sense and in this arc’s larger argument, making her defeat feel meaningful in an emotional way even if we really wanted her to win.

 

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We could easily get even more nitty-gritty in breaking down this latest episode, but I’d say that’s a fine start. All of these individual focuses came together wonderfully for Uraraka’s battle, resulting in an unwinnable fight that managed to be thrilling in spite of itself. I’m excited for whatever the next battles bring!

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Nick Creamer has been writing about cartoons for too many years now, and is always ready to cry about Madoka. You can find more of his work at his blog Wrong Every Time, or follow him on Twitter.



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“Haikyu!!” Warms Up For Anime Compilation Movies With Visual And Scheule


First “Genius and Sense,” covering the Aobajosai match-up, then “Battle of Concepts,” with the recent Shiratorizawa head-to-head

Sports series Haikyu!! returns to anime this fall as adaptation of Haruichi Furudate’s Shonen Jump manga will be compiled into a pair of anime movies. First “Genius and Sense,” covering the Aobajosai match-up, then “Battle of Concepts,” with the recent Shiratorizawa head-to-head. Next week’s Jump reveals that they’re scheduled to open on September 15th and 29th respectively, and hypes them with a new visual. 

 

 

via pKjd 

 

 

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Scott Green is editor and reporter for anime and manga at geek entertainment site Ain’t It Cool News. Follow him on Twitter at @aicnanime.

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Indie Games Just Got Freakier with SmileBoom’s New Monster Pack


Software creator SmileBoom is making a name for itself by simplifying game creation. Thanks to programs like SMILE GAME BUILDER, enthusiasts can create their own RPGs without knowledge of programming. Recently, the company celebrated the first commercial release created with their software.

 

If you’re enthused about game creation but need some dungeon trash for your heroes to fight, their latest DLC has you covered. Check out the content of Jacob’s Monster Pack Volume 1.

The pack, created by Texas designer Jacob Mann, contains 10 types of 3D models, each with 8-10 motions embedded. Select models also have extra color and size variants.

 

You’ll also get a bonus “Talking Tree” model:

 

 

The pack is $29.99, and can be bought now on Steam. Resources in the pack are free to use in your own creations, regardless of whether it is a commercial or non-commercial release.

 

Source: SmileBoom

 

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Kara Dennison is responsible for multiple webcomics, blogs and runs interviews for (Re)Generation Who and PotterVerse, and is half the creative team behind the OEL light novel series Owl’s Flower. She blogs at karadennison.com and tweets @RubyCosmos.



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“The Irregular at Magic High School” Movie Gets a Fourth Longform Trailer


Ahead of the June 17th release of The Irregular at Magic High School: The Movie ~The Girl Who Calls the Stars~, Aniplex has updated its YouTube page with another longform trailer featuring GARNIDELiA’stheme for the film, “Speed Star”. embedded below The film’s cast is listed below the trailer.

 

Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei Movie PV4 from Louie XII on Vimeo.

 

Tatsuya Shiba – Yūichi Nakamura

 

Miyuki Shiba – Saori Hayami

 

Erika Chiba – Marina Inoue

 

Leonhart Saijo – Takuma Terashima 

 

Mizuki Shibata – Satomi Satou

 

Mikihiko Yoshida – Atsushi Tamaru

 

Honoka Mitsui – Sora Amamiya

 

Shizuku Kitayama – Yuiko Tatsumi

 

Mayumi Saegusa – Kana Hanazawa

 

Mari Watanabe – Marina Inoue

 

Katsuto Jumonji – Junichi Suwabe

Angelina Kudo Shields – Yoko Hikasa

 

Kokoa – Konomi Kohara 

 

 

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Check Out Preview for “PriPara Ultra Mega Mix Collection” Album


Avex today posted an eight-minute preview video for “PriPara Ultra Mega Mix Collection,” the upcoming album including clubsound remix versions (EDM, trance, eurobeat) of the songs from the popular idol-themed anime series PriPara. the 13-song album is set to be released on June 30. Check out how the anime series’ hit songs are re-created in the video below!

 

As one of the most successful recent idol-themed TV anime series, PriPara was aired for 140 episodes from July 2014 to March 2017. The second series based on Takara Tommy Arts and Syn Sophia’s trading cad arcade game series of the same name, Idol Time PriPara, has been aired on TV Tokyo and its affiliates since April 2017. Some of the main characters from the first series, including the protagonist Laala Manaka, also appear in the story.

 

 

“PriPara Ultra Mega Mix Collection” preview

 

Song List:

1. “Make it!” -90’S Pop Techno Remix-

2. “Pretty Prism Paradise!!!” -Y&Co. d’n’b Remix-

3. “Kono Uta Tomareihi” -New Electro Remix-

4. “No D&D code” -Y&Co. Hard Dance Remix-

5. “Marble Make up a-ha-ha!” -Hyper Techno Remix-

6. “Taiyo no flare sherbet” -Super Euro Remix-

7. “CHANGE! MY WORLD” -Blacklolita Future Bass Remix-

8. “0-week-old” -Y&Co. R&B Remix-

9. “Papipupe☆POLICE!” -80’S Style Remix-

10. “Tondemo SUMMER ADVENTURE” -Extra Drop Mix-

11. “Devi & En ☆Reversible-Ring” -Happy Trance Remix-

12. “Jun. Amoré. Ai” -Y&Co. Eurobeat Remix-

13. “Love friend style” -DJ Shimamura’s Hardcore Rave Remix-

 

 

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Meanwhile, the first volume of “PriPara Live Collection” that includes the live stage performances

introduced in the first TV anime is set for release on the same day, June 30. The second volume

will follow on August 25.

 

 

 

Source: Avex’s “PriPara” official website

 

(c) T-ARTS / syn Sophia / TV Tokyo/ IPP Production Committee

 



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TV Anime “Cleanliness Boy! Aoyama-kun” 1st PV Reveals Character Voices, Image Song by Bentham


On May 30, “Gomi Zero no Hi” (No Garbage Day) in Japan, the official website for the upcoming TV anime adaptation of Taku Sakamoto’s comedy manga series Keppeki Danshi! Aoyama-kun/Cleanliness Boy! Aoyama-kun posted a one -minute first PV introducing its character voices and an image song “Boku kara Kimi he” (From Me To You) performed by four-member Japanese rock band Bentham, who also provides the OP theme song for the anime, “White.” The CD single including both the OP and image songs will be released as their 2nd major single from Pony Canyon on July 12.

 

The names of the main voice cast have not yet been officially revealed, but you may be able to guess who they are with their voices in the clip. The TV anime Keppeki Danshi! Aoyama-kun/Cleanliness Boy! Aoyama-kun is set to premiere in July 2017.

 

  

TV anime Key visual

 

Bentham artist visual

 

 

Source: TV anime “Keppeki Danshi! Aoyama-kun” official website

 

© Taku Sakamoto/Shueisha, Team Aoyama

 



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Unlikely Romance Blossoms in “Haikara-san ga Tooru the Movie” Key Visual


A new key visual and the theme song information have been revealed for Haikara-san ga Tooru (“Here Comes Miss Modern”), an upcoming 2-part anime theatrical film based on the classic shōjo manga by Waki Yamato about an unlikely romance that blooms during the Taishō era.

 

 

The theme song for the 1st part is entitled “Yume no Hate made” (“Until the End of the Dream”), is performed by Saori Hayami, who also provides the voice of protagonist Benio Hanamura. The song features lyrics and composition by Mariya Takeuchi and arrangement by Takeshi Masuda.

 

 

Set in Japan during the 1920’s, Haikara-san ga Tooru tells the story of Benio Hanamura, a strong-willed and tomboyish young lady, finds herself in a pickle when she discovers that her family has arranged her to be married to Shinobu Ijuin, a handsome young soldier. Benio initially despires her new suitor, but the two eventually fall in love.

The 1st part of Haikara-san ga Tooru the Movie – subtitled Benio, Hana no Jyunanasai (“Benio, Radiant 17 Years Old”) – will be released in theaters in Japan on November 11, 2017. The 2nd part – subtitled Tokyo Dai Roman (“Big Romance in Tokyo”) – will be released in 2018. The 1st part is directed by Kazuhiro Furuhashi, the 2nd part is directed by Mitsuko Kase, and both parts feature animation by Nippon Animation.

 

Source: Movie Natalie

 

Paul Chapman is the host of The Greatest Movie EVER! Podcast and GME! Anime Fun Time.



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Meet the Four Sword-Wielding Leading Ladies of “Toji no Miko”


The upcoming original anime Toji no Miko pits sword-wielding high school girls against otherworldly threats — and pits one girl in particular against her fellow toji in competitions across Japan. Check out what we know so far about the leads of this upcoming series:

 

Kanami Etou: In her second year at middle school, Kanami is her school’s toji representative. She’s bright, cheerful, and has a large circle of friends. She’d sooner practice her swordsmanship than sleep, and appreciates witnessing the skills of her opponents.

 

Hiyori Juujou: A serious, stoic 14-year-old in her third year of middle school. Hiyori’s sense of responsibility as a toji is second to none, and her will never bends. But because she is uncompromising in her expectations of both herself and others, she is often misunderstood.

 

Mai Yanase: Thirteen years old, one of the two daughters of the owners of the prestigious Yanase Group. Even when she’s training, she is kind and thoughtful. Her hobby is making sweets, and she especially enjoys baking cookies.

 

Sayaka Itomi: Twelve years old, in her first year at middle school. Sayaka is a young prodigy with some of the fastest sword work around. While she will do her missions unquestioningly, she often has trouble communicating with others.

 

Toji no Miko takes place in an alternate universe where sword-wielding shrine maidens known as toji protect the world from otherworldly monsters. In modern times, toji are trained at five different schools across Japan. One, Kanami, aspires to prove herself at the annual tournament, where students from all five schools meet to test their skills.

 

The series will be produced by GENCO, with character design by Yoshinori Shizuma (Grimoire of Zero) and series composition by Tatsuya Takahashi (THE [email protected] CINDERELLA GIRLS). It is directed by Koudai Kakimoto (Cyborg 009: Call of Justice).

Source: MoCa-News, @tojinomiko

 

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Kara Dennison is responsible for multiple webcomics, blogs and runs interviews for (Re)Generation Who and PotterVerse, and is half the creative team behind the OEL light novel series Owl’s Flower. She blogs at karadennison.com and tweets @RubyCosmos.



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Manga Author Michiro Ueyama Draws “Kemono Friends” Raccoon And Fennec’s Trip Through Favorite Movies


Last summer, Michiro Ueyama wrapped up his 20-volume harem action manga Tsumanuda Fight Town, which was offered in English on JManga and now Book Walker Global. You might also know him from ZOIDS Chaotic Century, which was released in English by Viz. Recently, he’s been playing around with Kemono Friends, extending the odyssey of Raccoon And Fennec through scenes from western movies that you might recognize.

 

 

 

And, some earlier cross-over tributes

 

 

 

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Scott Green is editor and reporter for anime and manga at geek entertainment site Ain’t It Cool News. Follow him on Twitter at @aicnanime.



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Chu-chu! All Aboard the “Parents & Children with Pikachu” Train


 

JR East has announced the renewal of the “Pokémon with You Train”, a novelty train car that services the Ofunato line in the Tōhoku region of Honshu, with an all-new theme that encourages parents and their children to enjoy a train ride with Pikachu.

 

 

Originally commissioned in 2012, the “Pokémon with You Train” is a modified KiHa 100 train whose interior and exterior have been decorated with artwork that immerses passengers in the world of Pokémon. The original train concluded service on May 07, 2017, having transported some 40,000 people during its 4 year and 5 month tour as a special express train.

 

 

The newly remodeled “Pokémon with You Train” features a Pikachu theme on both the interior and exterior of the cars. It will begin service on July 15, 2017, and will run mostly on weekends and during summer break between Ichinoseki Station and Kesennuma Station.

 

Sources:

Anime! Anime!

Tetsudo Channel

 

Paul Chapman is the host of The Greatest Movie EVER! Podcast and GME! Anime Fun Time.



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