The Family: The Brotherhood
By Donte M McNeal

Based in Michigan, Donte's Playground is a blog by Donte M McNeal. His posts range from nonsensical ramblings about anime, in-depth reviews of books and television/film, to random spurts of philosophical babble.

Anime Challenge Day 10

Anime Challenge Day 10

Day 10 of the Anime Challenge is upon us! What’s on the docket for today? Favorite fighter anime. I wasn’t sure how to approach this one, because a lot of the shounen anime I watchhas fighting in it, but I wouldn’t necessarily call them fighting anime… I mean, there’s Hunter x Hunter, Gintama, Naruto, the Dragonball franchise, the list goes on and on. So, you can imagine how difficult this choice is for me, considering I’m an unashamed action-junkie. Still, I went with a more recent pick for today, one that’s taking the world by storm! *Minor spoilers follow.

My Hero Academia

My Hero Academia is a 2016 anime that is currently in its second season. It centers around the journey of the young Midoriya Izuku (commonly known as Deku), who is born without powers called Quirks that the majority of the world are born with. After trying to save his childhood friend from a villain, when even other professional heroes do nothing, he is taken under the wing of the world’s greatest hero, All Might. He’s then entrusted with All Might’s Quirk, “All For One,” and has to learn to control the power.

Midoriya

Midoriya

That journey is central to the plot, but the way MHA focuses on the ensemble cast of characters the anime boasts is nothing to snuff at. With a vbrant cast of supporting characters, the interactions between the different characters and their various Quirks make for some interesting situations. One of the more prominent is the turbulent relationship between Midoriya and his childhood friend Bakugo. This relationship is one of the most interesting of the show, and its not because I have a soft spot for jerks (which Bakugo unapologetically is. He’s downright unpleasant a lot of the time). With Bakugo’s bullying personality and Midoriya’s opposite disposition, you can imagine how this results in some clashing between the two.

Bakugo and Midoriya

Bakugo and Midoriya

Apart from those two and their constant back and forth, we’re gifted with the Quirks of the rest of the cast, since they all attend a school that trains up future heroes. It’s interesting to see how the kids utilize their distinct Quirks, and how they come up with plans to counter the Quirks of others. Opting to forego the cliché “I can get OP because friendship,” MHA allows their characters to fail, and learn from those failures in a way that grounds the series, despite its fantastical setting. And the fact that you learn a little how they view themselves by the designs of their costumes (which they come up with themselves) is pretty cool.

Anime Challenge Day 11

Anime Challenge Day 11

Anime Challenge Day 9

Anime Challenge Day 9