Author: Tom Laurie

MY HERO ACADEMIA Recap: (S02E15) Midoriya and Shigaraki

Picking up right where last week’s My Hero Academia left off: Deku’s ongoing training, and Shigaraki’s villainous plotting. In his mentor’s home office, Izuku (Daiki Yamashita) lets the power of One For All surge through his entire body while Gran Torino (Kenichi Ogata) challenges him, once again, to land a punch. At first, Izuku struggles to keep his Quirk flowing while focusing on his opponent. The sprightly old man darts behind his student’s back, as he did on their first day together, and again dodges Izuku’s hand. Young Midoriya laments at the difficulty of it all. Though he’s made...

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Marvel Us Podcast Ep 3 – BLADE II (2002)

I, Tom Laurie, and my sister, Leona Laurie, are (re)watching every Marvel movie so we can cheerfully and critically discuss them. In what is indisputably our shortest episode yet, we’re talking about Blade II.  In episode 3 of Marvel Us, my sister and I rehash Blade II, the Guillermo del Toro vampire escapade. I enrich this exercise by sharing facts and trivia about the film. There is humor. You will enjoy this. Blade, the protagonist of Blade II, takes his blade and shampoo factory to Prague, where many a super vampire are blade adieu. With surprisingly dull fight scenes and...

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MY HERO ACADEMIA Recap: (S02E14) Bizarre! Gran Torino Appears

A new intro! A new arc! My Hero Academia returns, putting the Sports Festival in the rear view and speeding into a brief internships with Professional Heroes! Scattered to all corners of Japan, the students from UA High are all set up to learn new things about their strengths and limitations. This show keeps telling me it’s about Deku, Izuku Midoriya (Daiki Yamashita), becoming the world’s greatest Hero, so we may as well start with him. What further lessons can microwaved food impart on our young protagonist? Returning to the post-credits shocker from the last episode, Izuku enters a...

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Marvel Us Podcast Ep 2 – X-MEN (2000)

I, Tom Laurie, and my sister, Leona Laurie, are (re)watching every Marvel movie so we can cheerfully and critically discuss them. In what is indisputably our best episode yet, we’re talking about X-Men.  In episode 2 of Marvel Us, my sister and I rehash X-Men, the Bryan Singer mutant escapade. I enrich this exercise by sharing facts and trivia about the film. There is humor. You will enjoy this. Here are some facts about X-Men that we expand on in this episode: The screenplay was written by Metal Gear Solid‘s own Solid Snake, David Hayter.  Hugh Jackman wasn’t always the...

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MY HERO ACADEMIA Recap: (S02E13) Time to Pick Some Names

My Hero Academia‘s Sports Festival is over and the students are back from their brief recovery break. On the train, one after another, people start to recognize Izuku (Daiki Yamashita). They murmur about the the determination he showed in the tournament before cheering him on in unison. He sheepishly accepts their praise, then arrives at school to hear of similar experiences had by his classmates. Even if they’re still in high school, being on TV has given them a glimpse of what a professional Hero’s life is like. As their homeroom class starts, they’re shocked and delighted to see...

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Marvel Us Podcast Ep 1 – BLADE (1998)

I, Tom Laurie, and my sister, Leona Laurie, are (re)watching every Marvel movie so we can cheerfully and critically discuss them. Our journey begins with Blade. In episode 1 of Marvel Us, my sister and I recount as much of the plot of the Wesley Snipes vampire escapade Blade as we can remember and then share our colorful commentary. I enrich this exercise by sharing facts and trivia about the film. Leona calls Stephen Dorff “Vape Rig,” while I call him “Skeet Dorff.” There is humor. You will enjoy this. “Some motherf***ers are always trying to ice skate uphill.” – Blade...

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MY HERO ACADEMIA Recap: (S02E12) Todoroki vs. Bakugo

I want to know more about Katsuki Bakugo (Nobuhiko Okamoto). Throughout the series, we’ve been given glimpses at something deeper smoldering under his superficially raging surface, though his peers are comfortable taking him at face value. Back during the indoor bomb-extraction exam, when Bakugo and Iida (Kaito Ishikawa) were bested by Izuku (Daiki Yamashita) and Uraraka (Ayane Sakura), we got a brief glimpse through the cracks in Katsuki’s masculine facade. The cracks had shown earlier — in flashbacks to his childhood interactions with Izuku, and when he was almost subsumed by the sludge villain — but this was our...

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MY HERO ACADEMIA Recap: (S02E10) Shoto Todoroki: Origins

The cement battleground at the center of UA High’s stadium is freshly cured after necessary repairs. Two challengers step into the ring, both inheritors of the abilities of the world’s top two heroes. In this first fight of the tournament’s second round, Izuku Midoriya (Daiki Yamashita) faces off against Shoto Todoroki (Yuki Kaji). Can these boys fight with all their hearts without succumbing to the pressure of their elders’ ambitions? An interesting aspect of this fight is the perception — or really lack thereof — of the power imbalance at play. In the last fight, most of the audience...

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MY HERO ACADEMIA Recap: (S02E09) Uraraka vs. Bakugo

Uneven competitions are a staple of action anime. If you’ve ever seen a Rocky movie, you’ll get the gist of the typical shonen protagonist’s arc. What delights me more than anything else about the growth two of My Hero Academia‘s protagonists — Ochaco Uraraka (Ayane Sakura) and Izuku Midoriya (Daiki Yamashita) — is the echoes of fiction’s greatest character: Joseph Joestar. I once wrote a primer on Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure, but it hardly reveals the majesty of Joseph Joestar, the ultimate Jojo. Unlike the Jojos that came before and after, and even unlike Rocky, Joseph’s success didn’t hinge on...

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MY HERO ACADEMIA Recap: (S02E08) Battle on, Challengers!

  Fighting tournaments have the potential to lend some key elements to an action series; most obviously, they’re an easy excuse for battles between interesting match-ups. Beyond the fighting, they’re an opportunity for less prominent characters to reveal their motivations and capabilities. For the most part, the UA Sports Festival has delivered these morsels, and continues to deliver. This week — in between the Izuku (Daiki Yamashita) and Todoroki’s (Yuki Kaji) focal bouts, and Bakugo (Nobuhiko Okamoto) and Ochaco’s (Ayane Sakura) imminent clash — the kids who are bound to be less plot relevant get a chance to shine....

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