Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Boku no Hero Academia Season 1 Introduces a New World of Superheroes to Fall in Love With

When I first heard about 'Boku no Hero Academia' (or 'My Hero Academia' in English), I never in a million years thought that I would fall in love with it the way I have.

For starters, the plot sounded like 'Sky High': a kid growing up in a world of superheroes learns that he doesn't have any. Yup. That sounded very much like 'Sky High', alright. Right after I watched the first episode on Netflix, though, I realized it was going to be different.

And when I found myself laughing out loud at a basketball court while a bunch of guys were playing basketball around me (that was during episode 2), I knew it was something I would end up binge-watching when I got home. And I did. And it was awesome. So awesome, in fact, that I ended up teaching myself Japanese through an app during the same week that I started watching it.

What makes it so awesome? Despite what it might sound like or look like at first glance, Boku no Hero Academia is not just another superhero release. With so many superhero movies coming out left and right, the superhero genre is a difficult one to get into, no doubt; but Boku no Hero does it with flair. Here, superheroes don't just pop out whenever something bad happens. Here, superheroes (and super villains) are the norm... and Deku, the protagonist, just happens to not be part of the norm. (Basically, in our world, he would probably be the guy who hasn't watched a single Marvel movie 
in his life.)

Still, the protagonist is likable, not just because he is relatable; but because he is the definition of a true hero. One of the morals of Boku no Hero Academia  is one that I have believed in all my life: that everyone can be a "hero". All it really comes down to is dedication, passion, and a whole lotta heart - and Deku just happens to be have all of that. He's this anime's Luke Skywalker (pre-The Last Jedi Luke Skywalker, anyway).

However, beyond the morals of the story, Boku no Hero rocks because it is just downright bad-ass. Here, you'll get to meet brand new superheroes outside of the traditional DC and Marvel worlds we have become so accustomed to nowadays. Here, we get to marvel at awesome superhero powers (which they call Quirks in the show) that are outside of the norm. While they may seem familiar in some way, you will never consider them as a rip-off.

This girl, for example, is quite similar to X-Men's Toad, but she can also eject her stomach and secrete toxic sticky liquid out of it. :p

And while this guy may seem like Ice Man or Pyro, but he actually combines both pyrokinesis and cryokinesis into one: double the awesome!

This guy has engines on his legs.

This girl makes things levitate.

And this guy can make... sticky balls... appear out of his head? Hahaha.

The interesting Quirks aside, though, it's the personalities that really shine through in Boku no Hero. It's hard not to find Mineta funny what with his insecurities, strange superhero powers, and manyak tendencies. And while Deku, if you think about it, is pretty much like a male Sailor Moon, he's likable because of his beliefs and pure heart.

By the time I reached Episode 11 ("Game Over"), I was already so invested in the characters, I couldn't bring myself to stop without finishing the entire season. The Eraser Head issue made me gasp more than once, while my heart couldn't stop beating after the No. 13 issue... and to think, I only "met" the No. 13 during that same episode.

My favorite superhero, however, is definitely Iida. I fell in love with him at first sight and I rooted for him so hard when he was given that task to do in Episode 11. Of course, it's hard for me not to like Bakugou, either, since I am so much like him, after all. :p

And All Might? My God, do I love All Might!!!

And the costumes? I found myself wishing I could at least resemble at least one of the characters so I can cosplay them this upcoming comic con.

The action scenes are a ton of fun to watch, too! I found myself gasping externally and screaming internally quite a lot out of excitement. I may have let out a few "Bam"s and "Yehboi"s while I was at it, too.

But Boku no Hero isn't just about action, either. It isn't afraid to tackle issues like bullying and how to rise above it or even family issues and, I guess, in a way, "health" issues. There's a moment where Deku goes in for a doctor's exam and it brought out all the feels, I swear!

Suffice to say, Boku no Hero Academia is an anime worth watching. The storyline is cool, the soundtrack is amazing, the action scenes and animation will blow you away, the character development is 100% on point, and the characters themselves all bring something amazing to the table.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

This was not in the cards for you.

Dear Syrena,

Another Father's Day has come and gone, and as I watched you playing with your toys in the living room earlier today; I thought about how we got here and about all of the decisions I've made in life that led us to this point - this point where, well, you don't have a father to celebrate this day with.

Before anything else, I need you to know that this was not in the cards for you, this not-having-a-father thing. No, Henry (the sperm donor) and I were very much in love once upon a time. Or at least I was once in love with him. We both dreamt of a beautiful future for you; but because of cheating and physical abuse (reasons you will understand when you're older), things didn't work out. And now we're here.

I used to feel horrible on Father's Day the first few years after I left Henry. I used to avoid this day at all costs and hate it when people pointed out that single moms should be celebrated on this day, too. Celebrated for what? For being a failure? But after you started going to school, I realized that I had absolutely nothing to worry about.

I still remember the day I walked into your classroom and saw the family tree you made... with Darth Vader's face pasted under the word "Father". I still giggle inside when someone asks you who your father is and you proudly tell them it's Vader, like you really believe it, like Henry doesn't even exist. But then there are times when we talk about when you were younger and you very clearly and obviously know who the hell Henry is. Did we build this Darth Vader defense mechanism together or are you simply aware that Vader is more of a father to you than your actual father ever will be?

If there's anything I learned through these past few father-less Father's Days is that you, my child, are so much more stronger than I am. I always worried that you'd feel a void in your heart and in your soul for not having a father, but all you've done is embrace all of the love that you do have and filled your heart and soul with it.

You never get angry like I did as a child. Sad, yes. Tampo, sure. But never angry. Your heart is full of love and kindness, the kind that I can only wish to have in my own heart and soul. And I have so many people to thank for this, all these people who have contributed to your beautiful growth: my parents and family, my best friends, and all of my exes... hahaha. All of which, like an expert, you never treated like a father. :p

I love you, little one, and I am so proud of you. This day shouldn't be for me or for Darth Vader or for anyone who helped raise you. It should be for you - you, who have proven that kids don't need a father to be strong and independent and downright awesome. I love you so much.


Saturday, June 16, 2018

5 Classic Panic! at the Disco Songs I Still Can't Get Over After All These Years

 I've been a fan of Panic! at the Disco since I was in high school. That was a whiiiiiiile back... more than half my life ago. Wow.

Ahem. Anyway, I remember falling in love with their style. They sounded so different to me back then. I remember people telling me that they were just like Fall Out Boy; but I was never a fan of Fall Out Boy, so that couldn't be it.

It isn't until I delved more into their lyrics that I realized and felt like somehow, Panic! and I were meant to be. See, Panic! references a lot of other favorite things in my life, such as the play and movie 'Closer', and various Chuck Palahniuk's books.

And while I have come to love all of Panic!'s albums to date (though admittedly, it took me a while to get used to their sudden shift of sound in Pretty. Odd.), nothing really beats A Fever You Can't Sweat Out! Am I right or am I right?

So let's go down memory lane and enjoy some of their classic songs, shall we?

5 Classic Panic! at the Disco Songs I Still Can't Get Over

I Write Sins Not Tragedies

Lying is the Most Fun a Girl Can Have Without Taking Her Clothes Off

But It's Better If You Do


Build God Then We'll Talk


Nine in the Afternoon

Are you a Panic! at the Disco fan, too? If so, then you'll be delighted to hear that MMI Live is bringing Panic! back to perform here in Manila on October 20 at the Mall of Asia Arena!

Tickets for the Pray for the Wicked tour will be available starting on July 8 at SM Tickets. Prices range from Php1200 for general admission to Php7800 for VIP standing.

Trust me: it'll definitely be worth it. I mean, come on: it's Brendon Urie.