Anime

My Hero Academia Season 5 announcement could come sooner than you think

Published: 28/Jan/2020 1:36 Updated: 28/Jan/2020 1:37

by Brent Koepp

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As My Hero Academia barrels towards the last half of the season four, a panel for the show at Anime Japan in March fuels speculation that fans might get an announcement for the fifth season sooner than imagined.

My Hero Academia originally made its debut as a manga in the iconic Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine in 2014, but exploded in popularity with its 2016 anime adaptation by Studio Bones.

The series is currently in its fourth season arc, and has recently passed the halfway point of its 25 episode order, however an announcement that the show will be at the Anime Japan convention in March has stirred up season five speculation.

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The annual anime convention is being held in March 2020.

My Hero Academia Season 5

AnimeJapan is having its annual convention in Tokyo this year, and runs from March 21-23. The event is a major showcase for Japanese animation studios to promote their works to attendees.

According to ComicBook, My Hero Academia will be holding a panel on the final day of the festivities, and it will include the actors that portray Deku, Bakugo, and Todoroki among others.

Traditionally, announcements are tied to the finale of the current season, and while a date for it hasn’t been officially revealed, based off the current release schedule it should be around the end of March or at the beginning of April which puts it around the time of this panel.

Though it’s easy to speculate that something will get revealed at the panel due to the importance of the event and given how close it is to the finale, it should be noted it would be breaking tradition with past announcements.

Seasons two through four have all been announced in Weekly Shōnen Jump right before the finale, and confirmed as the final episode airs, which makes it more likely it will get its reveal in the magazine.

Despite the current arc not even being currently finished, fans are always eager to hear what is next for their favorite heroes, and who knows, maybe the popular series will try something different this year.

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The popular anime is currently in the middle of its fourth season.

Only time will tell what Studio Bones’ plans are for the fifth season, but one thing that’s clear is that they have grown the anime series into one of the most popular brands in the world, so more episodes are a given.

My Hero Academia is currently entering its final half of season four, and can be watched on Funimation and Crunchyroll.

Pokemon

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

Published: 2/Dec/2020 0:57

by Brent Koepp

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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.
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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.