Episode 6 – “Roaring Upheaval”
Class 1-A continues their lesson on “how to get destroyed by villains,” this time adding in some “how to destroy yourself so the villains don’t have to.” Indeed, Shadow Hands McBird tortures himself while Beef Jerky Arm and his sidekicks take viewers on a tour of Semi-Interesting Villain Boulevard.
“Roaring Upheaval” maintains last week’s sterility–over-explained tactics with lackluster pay-offs, sermons on heroicness, and lack of narrative focus. Oftentimes the franchise’s third iteration talks the talk without walking the walk. The predicaments our heroes find themselves in spring up from a zone of arbitrariness and the strategies devised to overcome the villains seem overly complicated and pointless.
Bloody Nympho (or Bane Needle) steals the show, slowing things down with some bleedy cringe-shots and a thick cloud of creepiness. Apparently, the eternally blushing pixie enjoys needles, their ability to extract vital fluids, and said fluid’s dubious connection to romance. Alas, her stunning olfactory prowess confirms the Uraraka/Deku ship once and for all.
Overall, the villains arouse little AniMessenger interest, instead evoking memories of Team Rocket or other campy episodic goons from bygone Saturday mornings. This reviewer won’t lose sleep pondering the awesomeness of Deadpool 2 or The Washed Up Magician and his blue balls. The show’s novelty wears thin as it relaxes its world-building to focus on half-baked minor characters.
In all fairness, “Roaring Upheaval” sets up a number of interesting subplots: Bakugo’s potential struggle between herodom and villaindom, some spicy (albeit predictable) romantic tension, and the inevitable “final battle” between Dabi and the rest. Yet, so far, our pseudo-academic fight-show hasn’t found that magic formula to make its build-ups rise above the shounen status quo.
Still, the power-characters, rightly given center stage, steady the show’s teetering narrative with their undeniable appeal. When MHA limits itself to a primary “core” of actors rather than the shotgun approach, it excels both in terms of character development and exposition. C’est la vie! Keep Plussing Ultra, heroes! Maybe The AniMessenger just misses the familiarity of All Might’s beefcake bod and perfect teeth.
And, please remember:
~ Don’t Shoot the Messenger