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My Hero Academia [WSJ]

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So, the first new episode was your typical start-of-the-season recap episode, but they managed to do it in a unique and really meaningful way that I really really liked. Even just seeing the little hints of things to come in the new opening and ending credits is absolutely wrecking my emotions, especially if you look at the opening's lyrics, and I. CANNOT. WAIT.

You anime-only folks are really in for one hell of a ride this season.



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Jeeze damn dude… every single episode of MHA has punched me directly in the feels, and I CANNOT GET ENOUGH OF IT. It's also worth noting that it seems like all the episodes have an aftercredit so far. I'm just SUPER full of emotions about what they've shown, and what's yet to come.

Also, for anyone reading the manga — that final panel hit like a ton of bricks that's been waiting to drop forever.




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Man, the episodes have been so, SO good. Apparently the song during episode 4x13 is from the new MHA movie that came out in Japan in December (coming to the US in February). I'm really hoping that I get a chance to see it some time soon, since I don't think that we'll get those cool limited showings around where I live.


The episode had SOOOO many good segments of animation, and even a little homage moment to OPM with the fists in the sky (both of those segments were also apparently done by the same animator, too).




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Kohei Hoshikori does a lot of Kanji wordplay with all of his character's names. From the apology that both he & Jump issued on the same day of the the release of that chapter, when people started mentioning that connection online, it doesn't seem like it was ever an intentional reference. They were absolutely committed to changing it in all future chapters, and also in the current chapter when it's printed into the published volume, and not just WSJ, so I think that for what appears to have been an honest mistake, they're definitely taking all of the correct steps to completely remove it everywhere they can, and aren't attempting to downplay the severity or justify its use at all.

“With regard to the character of Shiga Maruta, who was revealed in issue 10 of Shonen Jump (published 2/3), it has come to our attention that many find the name to reminiscent of ‘past historical events’,” Jump’s statement reads (translated for io9 by a Japanese-speaking coworker). “In naming the character, the author and editorial department had no such intention. However, so as not to associate the work with an unrelated history, having consulted the author, it has been decided to change the name in future publication.”
“With regard to the reveal of Shiga Maruta’s character in the latest Jump, it seems many had the impression it related to historical events,” Horikoshi’s statement reads. “That was not my intention when naming the character. We’re taking your comments and will replace the name in the future.”
Translation via: https://io9.gizmodo.com/my-hero-academia-author-apologizes-for-unintentionally-1841431257


However, if you're into slightly conspiracy theory type angles: The Japanese Government is notoriously bad when it comes to acknowledging their own past war crimes, or educating people about them. I've seen some folks thinking that with as smart as Kohei Hoshikori is and as often as he loves to slide references in all over the place in his work, that he did pick this name on purpose – knowing that it was likely spark a conversation and point a spotlight at some historical atrocities that, in general, the Japanese would like people to sort of forget ever happened, and that will make younger people interested in what it's all about and go actually learn about it. Additionally, by attaching it to the name of a horrible villain who was just revealed, and by immediately changing it, that also gives him a way to eschew anyone trying to pin accountability to him having any specific sort of motivations in doing that.

Either way – I think that he responded to the situation exactly the way that you should in either scenario.

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Formal apology that KH just retweeted.




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