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Dragon Ball Super and the Tournament of Power: Combining Two Unlikely Story Narratives!

In spite of the long shadow cast by its predecessors, Dragon Ball Super manages to differentiate itself from past Dragon Ball anime. Not only does it play with the traditional idea of power levels and use it as a vehicle for character growths, but it also mixes and matches different narrative tropes common to Dragon Ball in a refreshing and enjoyable manner.  This can be seen in the latest storyline, the “Tournament of Power,” which takes the “tournament” narrative and the “fight to save the world” narrative—two things which normally do not overlap, and combines them together.

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The Legacy of All Might: Pieces of the Symbol of Peace

In the world of My Hero Academia, All Might is the hero among heroes, beloved by nearly everyone. One of the recurring themes of My Hero Academia is the unique burden that comes with being All Might: the premier symbol of hope and peace. Being in such a visible position means that people from all walks of life see the spotlight on All Might. As a result, characters like Bakugo, Todoroki, and Midoriya view All Might and the values he represents in different lights, which transforms the ways in which they imitate or emulate the #1 hero.

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Mama Got Back: “Ookumo-chan Flashback” Chapter 1 Review

I love the manga Mysterious Girlfriend X, but I’m never entirely sure what to expect from its author Riichi Ueshiba. His works are cute yet perverse, comforting yet disturbing. They can either warm the heart or make you want to scrub your body down with soap, or both. So, when the magazine Monthly Afternoon recently announced that a new series by Ueshiba was on the way, I felt both dread and anticipation. How would this one turn out? Ookumo-chan Flashback is definitely not for everyone. Heck, I’m not even sure it’s for me. I feel both attracted and repelled by its contents. That’s why I’m writing about this work—I want to prepare potential readers so that those who are potentially...

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A Harem Most Strange: How Delinquent Manga “Rokudou no Onna-tachi” Defies Expectations

Harem manga are a dime a dozen, an endless parade of attractive girls who encourage readers to imagine being with them. Rokudou no Onna-tachi (“Rokudou’s Wicked Women”) is unique in that, while it is very much based in the harem genre, the title’s girls are anything but typical. Instead of falling into various staple tropes, like the “sporty one” or “the childhood friend,” virtually every female character in Rokudo no Onna-tachi is an unruly delinquent, with main heroine Ranna Himawari the most violent of them all. In this harem, panty shots are virtually non-existent, while bare-knuckled brawls are an everyday occurrence. In my previous review of Rokudou no Onna-tachi, I came away from the early chapters encouraged by what I...

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Stepping Out of the Shadow: Reasons Why You Should Watch Boruto

Naruto likely needs little to no introduction. A manga and an anime series about an orange-clad ninja, Naruto is one of most popular series in history. Now, 20 years after its debut, Naruto has received a sequel anime starring Naruto’s son, Boruto Uzumaki. Being the successor to such a worldwide phenomenon, can Boruto: Naruto Next Generations live up to the original? After watching the first six episodes, I believe it can. Synopsis Boruto takes place many years after the Great War that ended the original Naruto series. Boruto, son of Naruto and Hinata, is starting school with the intention to become a great ninja. However, he also resents his dad for not spending enough time with the family. Naruto, as...

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The Canon of Kanan: Love Live! Sunshine!! Character Controversy

Two weeks ago, I wrote an article concerning Love Live! Sunshine!! character Kanan Matsuura’s rise from being last place in the very first Center Election (a vote which determines who will be the main performer for the next song) to actually winning the most recent third election for their newest song, “Happy Party Train.” I chalked up a sizable portion of this change to her appearance in the anime, a portrayal that personally turned me into a fan. Since then, however, thanks to some helpful reader comments, I’ve learned that there were many more gears helping to drive the Kanan engine to victory (locomotive pun very much intended). It paints a complex image of how Love Live! fandom works whereby it...

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How Love Live! Sunshine!!’s Least Popular Character Rocketed to #1

In the beginning, the waters were rough for the character Kanan Matsuura in Love Live! Sunshine!! One of the nine new girls introduced as part of the school idol group Aqours, the deep-sea diver turned idol was among the least popular, even placing dead last in the very first center election—the process by which fans vote for the lead performer for the next album. A year later, however, Kanan’s fortunes have reversed dramatically, to the extent that she’s the center for Aqours’ newest single, “Happy Party Train.” While there are likely a number of factors that go into changing people’s opinions of a character, the Love Live! Sunshine!! anime undoubtedly played a major role.

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