My Hero Academia artwork captures Eri in the most heartbreaking way

Published: 13/Nov/2019 23:11 Updated: 13/Nov/2019 23:14

by Alan Bernal


A talented My Hero Academia fan perfectly captured the compendium of emotions felt by viewers when they met Eri, in a cute but heartbreaking rendition for the character.

With the premiere of My Hero Academia’s fourth episode in the new season, fans briefly met the tortured young girl and were instantly dismayed at her story so far.

While she was a prominent figure in the episode, it wasn’t her intricate backstory or the like which struck a chord with viewers. Instead, it was the apparent abundance of pain she is forced to live through without the hope of being rescued, as far as the latest chapter of the anime is concerned, which broke the hearts of many fans.

(Warning: Article contains minor spoilers only as far as Season 4 Episode 4)

Studio BonesMost MHA just want to see Eri happy again.

In their design for the character, artist ‘rockangelart’ gave Eri an even sadder depiction in the best way possible.

The artist slightly trimmed down Eri’s features shown in the anime to give her a near-chibi representation – while still retaining many saddened facial features that only destroy the already-shattered hearts of MHA fans.

“The most recent MHA episode made me sad and now I want all of you to feel sad,” the artist quipped in the message with their post.

I drew everyone’s new favorite sad girl from BokuNoHeroAcademia

Needless to say, rockangelart’s rendition of the character was incredibly effective as it brought all the feelings of that pivotal interaction back to the forefront of fans’ minds.

“Oh my god stahp my heart can’t handle her being so teary-eyed,” one user said. “But amazing work!”

Nothing drove a stake through viewers’ hearts more than seeing Eri in tears as she clung onto aspiring-hero Midoriya, not wanting him to leave her at Kai Chisaki’s custody.

Midoriya’s internal struggle to save Eri at the cost of risking the larger mission of thwarting Chisaki’s villainous plans was felt through the screen as the tension kept building with every stall tactic Deku attempted.

It was this struggle, along with Eri’s bravery moments later to save Deku and Lemillion as Chisaki was getting ready to use his Quirk, that cemented the tortured character’s place in MHA fandom.

Even though manga fans have known her for some time, Eri has captured the attention of the wider MHA fan base with the new season’s episode.

It remains to be seen if Eri’s arc will bookend the latest season, but audiences are already demanding the MHA cast to rescue and protect the embattled character.


Bizarre Pokemon Journeys episode goes viral for “cruel” Blaziken scene

Published: 2/Dec/2020 0:57

by Brent Koepp


A November episode of the Pokemon Journeys anime went viral after fans discovered it included a bizarre scene featuring Blaziken. The strange sequences force the Gen III ‘mon into a “cruel” situation that has left some viewers disturbed.

Pokemon Journeys made its debut in Japan in November 2019. The latest anime in the long-running series follows protagonist Ash Ketchum and new character Goh as they travel across the game’s eight regions.

An episode that aired in November 2020 has made waves online after a scene featuring a bizarre food contest went viral. Fans of the Nintendo property were left unsettled after a Blaziken is forced to eat his own species – well, sort of.

Screenshot from Pokemon Journeys anime.
Game Freak / The Pokemon Company
The Pokemon Journeys episode featured unusual food in it.

Bizarre Pokemon Journeys scene goes viral

In the November 27 episode of the Pokemon Journeys anime, Ash and Goh both participate in an eating contest. The competition has Trainers seeing whose ‘mon can consume the most food in the shortest time possible.

However, things took a cruel turn when the final dish served was a cuisine in the shape of Torchic. Blaziken’s appetite quickly turned sour at the thought of eating something shaped like his own species.

The Gen III character then stood up and quit the contest after shedding a tear. The incredibly strange cannibalism-like dilemma went viral after being uploaded to Reddit on November 30.

Blaziken was dominating the food eating contest but then.. from pokemon

While the Torchic are technically a dessert item, the scene left some fans feeling disturbed or sympathetic towards the Pokemon’s plight. “I feel you Blaziken, being forced to eat your kind is cruel,” one fan wrote. Another user exclaimed “Who’s the sick b****rd that decided to try to make a Blaziken eat Torchics?”

Pokemon fans react to the disturbing anime scene on Reddit.

Despite only having aired in Japan, the scene quickly spread online as the community found it both be hilarious and creepy. Popular artist ‘popemadara‘ made a comedic drawing that went viral on Twitter that depicts other Pokemon in the same dilemma as Blaziken.

While it’s true that people eat human-shaped edibles called gingerbread men, the Torchic food item was disturbingly detailed. If nothing else, the situation showed that the Fire-type monster has a softer side.

Pokemon Journeys is currently still airing in Japan, however North American viewers can catch the first half of the series now on Netflix which is broken up into Part 1 and 2.