I refuse to play the favorites game! Its an official rule now, as I’ve been mulling over my decision for the last three hours. Seriously, it’s 3 A.M and I’ve got work in a couple hours. Irresponsible? Yes. Painful? Very.
Kinda like watching the Uraraka vs. Bakugo fight of My Hero Academia, huh.
This is my first journey through the “100 Days of Anime” Challenge, an ambitious project that I’ll be taking. For the full list of prompts, click here.
“Name your favorite character.”
This fight had me pumped. Almost even more so than Deku vs. Todoroki. Uraraka may be less flashy than the testosterone filled shounen fight preceding it, but the encounter was still filled with passion, emotion, and heart. It was a fight that had me cheering Uraraka on, and even giving Bakugo some respect. But I’ve got a confession to make.
I never really cared for Uraraka before this moment.
She was a supporting character at best, someone that the protagonist could bounce off of. And yet I found myself caring more the other characters; everyone’s favorite frog-girl and even the stiff, rules-loving Tenya. There were just too many interesting characters overshadowing her. Until this fight, Uraraka was just another cute, ditzy heroine that supported Deku. The climax of this fight gave me the one thing I needed to connect with her.
Among the feelings of frusteration, a relatable motive.
When Uraraka reveals her reason for becoming a pro hero; to make money and support her family, I was hooked. It was a perfect motive that I could relate to, but despite the early reveal, the show never really played off that. Her fight against Bakugo turns this around, however. Sure she’s the underdog (and you know how much we love underdogs), but now there’s a bigger that ties it all together. Impressing the scouts, and securing a job for her family’s future.
Something that even I am striving for.
This one was very rushed. There were several points I wanted to touch on but couldn’t get to while sleep-deprived. I’ll definitely come back to this post sometime in the future and do Uraraka justice. In the meantime, some much-needed sleep before rushing out Sunday’s post. (Weekends are still super tough on me it seems, heh).