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One-Punch Man Season 2's controversial changes divide fans following premiere

Published: 11/Apr/2019 0:12

by Alan Bernal

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Early fan verdicts are in after popular anime One-Punch Man’s sophomore season debuted across the world, and some onlookers had a bag of mixed feelings about the next chapter in the series.

Madhouse’s mark on the show

Anime enthusiasts were apprehensive to say the least when news spread that Japanese production studio Madhouse would not be returning for the second season.

The first season of the show routinely featured incredibly detailed as well as imaginative sequences that came together with an intricate blend of colors, shadows and lighting effects.

MadhouseEven though J.C.Staff is filled with talented artists, some fans haven’t quite taken to the new season.

Changing studios

After it was confirmed that J.C.Staff would pick up the reigns for the show’s second series, fans were taken aback because of the stark difference in style from the studios.

Though J.C.Staff is no slouch when it comes to producing quality anime, having previously worked on Food Wars! and Toradora!, it still left a lot of questions in the air for the show’s famous action sequences.

Now that the second season has started, people have been combing over every minute of the first episode and giving their thoughts on the show’s new look.

Mixed reactions for Season 2

The reactions range from overly impressed to incredibly disappointed, with many fans pointing to similar themes that approve of the show’s art but not so much with the animation.

Some fans even went so far to call the show’s animation a “disgrace,” pointing to noticeable differences between some of the main character’s design from Season 1 as opposed to Season 2.

Others had a hopeful eye toward the future and applauded J.C.Staff’s take on the show while pointing to the fact that the studio still has a whole season to work with. Changes and improvements from whatever the first episode may contain can definitely still be made.

Fans of One-Punch Man have been actively voicing their opinions on the second season for the show, and it will be interesting to see what J.C.Staff will look to improve on going forward.

One-Punch Man will air new episodes on Tuesday in the US exclusively on Hulu for its second season, while fans can catch the show internationally on Crunchyroll.

Cosplay

My Hero Academia cosplayer goes viral as fiery real life Katsuki Bakugou

Published: 4/Dec/2020 18:55

by Brent Koepp

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A My Hero Academia cosplayer made waves on Instagram after creating the perfect depiction of hot-headed character Katsuki Bakugou. The artist’s explosive take on the protagonist will have fans feeling the heat.

Few animes transcend the level of popularity that My Hero Academia has. Its story about a high school that trains teenagers with superpowers called quirks has become an absolute worldwide phenomenon.

A cosplayer celebrated the franchise by sharing their true-to-life take on popular character Katsuki Bakugou. The artist looks so much like him, it’s almost as if the fiery student has burned his way out of the screen.

Screenshot of Bakugou in My Hero Academia anime season 1.
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The short-tempered student is beloved by fans.

My Hero Academia cosplayer’s perfect Bakugou

While most of the anime centers on main protagonist Izuku Midoriya, the series quickly introduces a diverse cast once the character enrolls at U.A High. One of those is his childhood friend and rival Bakugou. 

Cosplayer Soph ‘sophieriiis’ went viral on Instagram after sharing their mind-blowing transformation into the hot-headed Katsuki. The artist brought the student’s explosive quirk to life with the help of photographer ‘jacob.cr2‘, who captured them posing with flames shooting from their hands.

In the series, Bakugou is able to store up sweat into his grenade shaped wrist guards, which Sophie has faithfully portrayed with life-size props. The artist also perfectly mirrored the hero’s large metal knee pads and neck brace which he uses to protect himself from explosions.

 

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In another stunning shot posted to their social media, the cosplayer re-created an iconic scene from season one of the anime. With both fists extended out, the artist captured the character’s rage which has become his trademark throughout the popular series.

 

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My Hero Academia originally made its debut as a manga back in 2014, however its anime adaptation a fews years later by Studio Bones made it a cultural worldwide phenomena.

The series’ animated fourth arc wrapped up in April, with rumors of season five returning sometime in 2021. Those wanting to catch up in time can watch all episodes on Crunchyroll and Funimation.