Something I think is very interesting about Lance, Voltron Legendary Defender, and the archetypal “five hero ensemble” that the show plays into…
Roughly, there’s usually the hero, the hero’s rival/right hand man, the brains, the brawn, and the fifth ranger- sometimes a healer, other times generally identified by compassion, and virtually always in older continuities, the Designated Girl of the team.
In prior continuities of Voltron, the breakdown is such:
Keith is the Hero, with Lance as his Rival Right Hand, Pidge is Brains, Hunk is Brawn, and Allura, stepping up to the plate rapidly in the fifth episode of DotU, is the Token Girl.
This is true for GoLion, it’s true for DotU, and it’s true for Force, though Force “matures” Allura from the ‘soft sensitive one’ to more of a mediator figure- a more motherly take on the Token Girl role to reflect Force having an older take on all of the old school heroes.
Sven tends to take a back seat, as whether he lives (DotU, Force) or dies (GoLion), he’s pretty much shuffled off the team from the start, but his early role as a counselor and wiser, more patient head to Keith paints him with a bit of a similar brush to Force’s take on Allura.
The bus ride to their training location was frustrating to say the least.
Iida had previously instructed them to line up according to their assigned seats, but thankfully with the bus’s layout, it didn’t allow for that to come to fruition. Bakugou had sighed and thanked whatever higher power would listen that he didn’t have to spend a bus ride seated next to Midoriya.
You: I want to protect Deku from all the harm in the world!! / Also you: *ships him with the very person who caused him suffering for 10 years*... huh, okay
I actually kind of want to thank you for being cordial about this instead of just… insulting me anonymously like others.
Granted, I just ignore them/delete them, but still. It’s appreciated.
Since you honestly seem a little bit curious and confused, I want to answer this with a more specific response! So thank you for being reasonable about it.
There are some things I want to clear up first.
You’re completely entitled to your opinion on a ship, my anonymous friend, and I also respect and understand why people hate the ship and even Bakugou as a character.
Do I share the same feelings? No, not at all, but I definitely understand it.
It would be dreadfully boring if every human who experienced the same artistic medium had the same exact opinions and points of views on a character/ship, no?
At least, I would think so. I love the variety in opinion and watching different people fall in love with anime/books/movies, whatever, in totally different ways and coming out of them with multiple conclusions is wonderful to witness.
It… almost feels similar to getting angry with someone for picking green as their favorite color, and because it’s not your favorite color you argue about how the different shades don’t make sense and shouldn’t be acknowledged as a favorite.
(Not you, specifically, Anon, but more of a general “you,” if that makes sense.)
What draws me to the the Bakugou Katsuki / Izuku Midoriya ship, and the two characters individually (as well as their canon dynamic) is based on the concept of healing, forgiveness, growth, redemption, understanding, mutual respect, and genuine deep-rooted pain and realistic acknowledgement of the gratuitous and toxic elements of their relationship.
And this only scratches the surface, believe it or not.
Yes, Bakugou Katsuki treated Izuku horribly while growing up (hell, he’s still an egotistical asshole). The infamous line in the manga/anime with Katsuki suggesting Izuku “find a Quirk in the next life” is inexcusable, and he should be held accountable for this.
We’ve been allowed glimpses of their dismantled friendship at Katsuki’s doing, and Izuku’s equally flawed and dangerous perspective in placing Katsuki on a pedestal for his admiration.
Before I go further with this, I want to touch on things about how I view Izuku as a character, since something in your anonymous message struck me, with the quote you had written:
“You: I want to protect Deku from all the harm in the world!!”
The thing is, when it comes to characters, and Izuku in particular… I don’t think I’ve ever adopted the mindset of “must protect the precious baby,” because I personally view Izuku as a very relatable and human character.
I know that this doesn’t cancel one idea out from the other, since many wonderful authors/readers/viewers/consumers, whatever, who like BNHA have this same viewpoint. Clearing this up so that nothing is miscommunicated.
This may seem strange, and a bit… actually yeah this is a little weird, but as a viewer, I see him as someone who strives for an incredible goal, is very determined, much stronger than he appears (and believes) both emotionally and physically, and it’s slowly becoming a surprise to both himself and everyone around him.
But I see him as not just a character, per say, but a definite reflection of the other side to his dynamic to Bakugou Katsuki.
(Will touch more on this later.)
He’s been acknowledged as a beloved presence, and I actually don’t like viewing Izuku as a “precious cinnamon roll,” because he’s so much more than that.
QUICK NOTE HERE: I do not think it’s wrong to think of him this way. This is how I personally think, and how I want to hopefully portray the character in fics I write, or just in a general acknowledgement of him.
He’s a character that thrives on a complex personality and series of motivations that make sense for a character his age, with his history, and with his flaws and strengths as a protagonist.
Izuku being “adorable” falls to the very bottom of my list of reasons why I love and relate to him as a character, and when he engages in horrible situations that challenge him, I live for those moments.
(I know I’m not alone in this. Bear with me.)
I love seeing characters like this suffer and get thrashed and struggle in the face of their darkest times. It shows depth, and a sense of darkness that defies the overly comfortable image that comes across in an anime that is, quite objectively, a bit less of a risk-taker in the earlier arcs in comparison to others.
So, with that in mind… it makes sense why people can’t stand Bakugou Katsuki as a character for treating Izuku like he does, and it also makes sense why Izuku is shipped with just about anyone who can grant him that feeling of “must protect.”
Again, there is nothing wrong with this.
In fact, I want to point out, for the sake of people who can’t stand BakuDeku and enjoy other ships, that I see, respect, and completely understand why you feel the way you feel.
There’s even a strong sense of admiration for it, because you wonderful people are coming from a place that wants Izuku Midoriya to have a stable dynamic.
This is an incredible, awesome, respectful thing, and shows so much love for Izuku as a character.
So at this point, it may seem that I’m arguing against myself. That I’m shoving my own argument into the ground for why BakuDeku is my Number Two OTP, and how I’m arguing for its validity.
But, this is where I want to put some light onto the perspective that I have for this ship, and I don’t think I’ve ever gone this deep before on Tumblr.
I mentioned a little bit earlier that part of what makes Izuku shine as a character is how he affects other people. He brings out elements of characters that they won’t even realize themselves. (Todoroki Shouto, Shinsou Hitoshi, and All Might are both huge, and popular, examples of this, even though they’re not the only ones).
His drive and his motivations are directed towards an incredible goal that is founded in the roots of his passion. And this aspect of Izuku? This passion, this drive, this embodiment of equal strengths and flaws balancing and cancelling each other out as he grows and learns?
They are reflected in none other than Bakugou Katsuki.
I’m in love with the depth to this dynamic, with the potential that’s built on what they could accomplish together.
Izuku cares deeply for Katsuki, and admires him and respects him, but even with that in mind he knows that Katsuki is an asshole. It’s important to acknowledge this, that Izuku will not let Katsuki take advantage of him in any way.
And Katsuki, quite evidently, hasn’t attempted to take advantage of Izuku at all; in fact, he’s been only focused on what he wants to accomplish, and is overly obsessed with Izuku potentially surpassing him and “looking down on him” (as confirmed in the story.)
Katsuki is dreadfully immature in a lot of ways, but the fact that they contain so many similar ambitions, balanced on top of a quite impressive tower of flaws that parallel each other perfectly… this, is what draws me to them.
Izuku and Katsuki are both incredibly ambitious and determined. They both work exceptionally hard.
I wrote a list awhile back that needs to be updated again anyway, so…
Here are some general contrasts/parallels to them:
Izuku is humble, while Katsuki is egotistical.
Katsuki is prodigiously talented, while Izuku had to go the extra mile, despite them both being hard workers.
Izuku lacks self-preservation, and Katsuki looks out for himself, first and foremost, and how he will accomplish his goal.
Katsuki exhibits elements of both an intense superiority/inferiority complex, while Izuku… doesn’t.
Katsuki is more instinctive with his actions, while Izuku is analytical and a definite planner.
Izuku’s Quirk is more focused on the all-embodying element, like a supercharged mechanism that can both protect and damage in spurts. Katsuki’s Quirk is designed as more of a shield for himself only, and can release constant bursts of power. The more they develop, the more similar their Quirks can become in terms of balance.
Katsuki is exaggeratedly egotistical and lacking humility, pushing others away and immediately accepting himself as the greatest priority. Izuku is the exact opposite, but with a quality just as exaggerated and vast: his anxious hesitation and lack of confidence in himself and only believing that he can succeed with others.
Izuku’s struggles in confidence is mostly internal and how he thinks of himself. Katsuki’s confidence is both too bloated for him to handle and in the exact same plane as Izuku’s.
Izuku admires All-Might for being the ultimate protector and savior of lives with a smile on his face. Katsuki is focused on the idea of winning, and how heroes always prevail in the end.
I could go on and on with this… but yeah.
Something I noticed, as well, while writing this, is that Katsuki and Izuku’s contrasts, while very prevalent, are often rooted in similar, if not the same, bedrock of emotions that affect them differently because of their personalities.
Sometimes their points of views and emotions are so balanced and imbalanced at the same time that it takes awhile to look back and think through all of those individual moments.
And so, before this gets too unbearably wrong, I’m going to bring this home with emphasizing the main point of why I love writing this ship: it’s a challenge.
A huge. Fucking. Challenge.
It begs the question: how can you make this ship work? How can you make their potential dynamic come together and brush through those layers of misunderstandings and reckless emotions?
How can Bakugou Katsuki pull his head out of his ass and realistically come into his own while learning to appreciate the person who’s respected and admired him for so long?
How can Izuku Midoriya learn to stick up for himself when it comes to Katsuki and allow them both to be on equal ground, rather than Izuku always chasing the other?
How can they get over their differences, and develop something beautiful and, dare I say it, healthy, after a possible length of years and years of mending?
For me, this ship demonstrates the gray areas of relationships, and the possibility of redemption for even the vilest people.
For me, this ship revels in the depths of Izuku’s character as well as Katsuki’s, and how their dynamic can develop into something founded on equal respect, grounding, and healing.
For me, this ship focuses on the damaged elements to both characters and embraces the toxicity to their current circumstance, as well as the awful and wonderful elements of their relationship down the line.
For me, BakuDeku | KatsuDeku focuses on drama, realism, emotion, and the ultimate idea behind rebuilding, protecting, forgiving, and learning to pick up the pieces from one person to another.
There are no excuses for the damage done between these two.
But there is something really beautiful, and tragic, about the potential in the horizon.
character design assignment! prompt was hero and sidekick with detailed research and breakdown of clothing/items. mine are heavily 16th century spain inspired adventurous noblewoman and her nervous knight escort.
if bakugou had horrible anxiety he'd be unstoppable. his palms would always be sweaty because he'd be nervous 24/7 lmao. not that i'd wish that on that poor boy, he's already enough of a hot mess as it is.
he’s a teenage boy
i think that’s reason enough for him to be sweating constantly
hormones, growing up, bodily changes, emotional breakdowns every other month….
S4 Meta: A Different Kind of Monty Appreciation Post
So a lot of fans have been talking about Monty being the MVP of the
season and wishing Monty was more appreciated. I may be the only one who
wishes Monty’s flaws in S4 were being recognized too. And not because
I’m a Monty hater by any means, but because Monty’s flaws make him a more complex character. In my Cold Child Thawing essay, I
discussed that - despite fandom’s perception of Monty as this precious cupcake - Monty is actually one of the most ruthless
of the delinquents. I’m seeing a lot of anger directed towards Jasper and
Harper for upsetting Monty in 4x9, but not much criticism of Monty’s
lack of empathy and his disdainful judgements towards his suicidal loved
ones. I can’t criticize Monty too harshly either. I don’t think it’s
entirely his fault. Monty strikes me as one of those High IQ Low EQ
types who can solve all manner of technical problems but is useless when
it comes to dealing with emotional problems. It has to be said that despite Monty’s many heroic accomplishments in S4, he has
neglected his personal relationships. And now it’s come home to roost.
“Clarke thinks you’re expendable”
Like Clarke, Monty has always been a diehard Team Survive member and can in no way comprehend anyone not sharing his ‘survival at any cost’ mentality. So with this aspect of Monty in mind, let me put this on the table - I think Monty was pissed off about being excluded from Clarke’s list. To be fair, Monty should be pissed. I’M pissed at Monty not being on the list. Everyone
is. While Monty later says that he might’ve agreed with Clarke’s
decision, I don’t believe him. If you
re-watch the scene where Jasper discovers the list, Monty is defending
Clarke and insisting that she “has her reasons!”, etc, right up until the
moment he’s told he’s not on it. This isn’t the only thing that gets
Monty appalled enough to make the list public. Harper being
left off and Jasper being shock-lashed and locked up
also contributed to his decision. But I don’t believe that Monty
was opposed to Clarke playing God and deceiving the Arkadian population
like Jasper was. I think Monty understood Clarke’s secrecy and control
over her list as necessary survival protocol. Monty defying
Clarke over that list was personal. I’d also say that Monty’s
actions through the rest of S4 go to show how much Monty took being left
off Clarke’s list personally. Yes, Monty is the MVP of the season but
that is largely because Monty’s been hankering after the role of MVP ever
since Clarke deemed him expendable. Monty thought he’d already done
enough to be worthy of the A Team (IMO, he had). So Monty finding out
that he has not been ranked as one of the top 100 most valuable members
of the Arkadian camp has made him even determined to prove his worth.
“Someone’s moving up in the world…”
Monty proving his usefulness in S4 has ranged from tirelessly
contributing to field missions (if he’s not in an episode he’s off in
the rover somewhere), to individual feats of heroism (surrendering
himself to Ice Nation to warn them about the Riley situation)
and exhibiting his intelligence (solving the bunker key). None of this is out of character for Monty. He has been a
useful team player in past seasons too. But in S4 I feel he’s more proactive and assertive where he used to be subservient. Take Monty’s involvement in stopping the
Ark mob killing Illian. Monty compares the situation to the delinquent
mob hanging Murphy but in that situation Monty had been a
passive bystander. More recently Monty set a mob
of Grounder slaves on the Ice Nation guard who’d killed his
dad. Why does Monty, who has previously been passive or even
supportive of mob justice, now object to the mob executing Illian? In my
view, it’s because mob rule
in Arkadia would mean that Kane and Jaha have lost control. If there is
no hierarchy then what is budding MVP Monty
supposed to aspire to?
Monty has been working to make himself
invaluable to the camp leaders and Harper teasingly notes that Monty is “moving
up” when he’s asked to join the leaders on the Polis
mission. Monty’s striving for status not only puts him in a stronger
position to be chosen for survival if options become available
again. I think Monty also wants to be in a position to save Harper and
Jasper who were also deemed expendable as per Clarke’s list. Monty
spends S4 largely ignoring Harper and Jasper’s symptoms
of serious depression because he’s mistakenly convinced that finding a sanctuary will be one simple cure all to their emotional breakdowns. When
Monty succeeds in being the hero and the two people he cares for most
don’t instantly recover, he doesn’t get it. He is angry at them for
being suicidal even though the red flags were there all along and Monty
had disregarded them. Jasper and Harper instinctively recognize each other’s despair while Monty is blind to it. Blind to them.
“Are you judging me, Monty?”
When Jasper addresses his DNR party crowd he tells them they’re free
to leave and there will be no negative judgements on those who change
their mind. As much as Jasper may be nihilistic, the delinquents
are not getting this kind of choice or respect from Team Survive. Monty
is a prime example of this. Monty judges Bellamy for abandoning the
survival cause for just one night of fun. The DNR party is
being called a suicide cult, but Team Survive are just as religious
about their ideology, frowning on those who lose the faith.
Monty’s judgement of Harper is even worse, calling a suicidal person a coward being one of the most emotionally tone deaf things you can do. Harper and Jasper have both
braved enough dangers during their time on earth. They are both broken Gryffindors who have fought for their own lives and their friends. What they’re questioning now is
whether this fight is worth it when life comes in endless cycles of pain. If Monty had got them both
to come to Polis they’d have been greeted by another bloody war. However, the decision over
whether to leave the DNR group to their choice is still a very difficult issue. In
the real world, you would certainly not let drunk
traumatized children lock themselves in a room to die. Monty wants Jaha to take them by force. He argues that they are “wasted”, not mentally competent enough to make a sane decision.
It is Bellamy, not Monty, who defends the DNR group’s free will.
Monty’s not entirely wrong, but he fails to show empathy for Jasper and Harper the way Bellamy empathizes with them.
Ultimately I think Monty has made the best decision he could have under the circumstances. It would’ve been wrong to force those kids to go to Polis but it also felt wrong to abandon them. Jasper and Harper are Monty’s people and what were all his survival efforts for if he’s left alone? This is the problem that Monty has to solve now and emotional problems are not his strength. But at least he has the right approach now. Like Jasper said “If you think you have the best idea then you have to convince people” not take away their free will. So if Monty wants to convince those kids that it’s worth trying to survive then the first thing he needs to do is try to understand them. Not look at them as cowards or crazies. If Monty can do that he really will be the MVP.
It’s messed up that all the adult heroes know Wanda had a mental breakdown that caused destruction and death, but they are determined to believe she’s guilty and evil. Cassie also believes Wanda’s evil, due to Wanda killing her dad, but she’s also willing to allow Billy to search for her. Also the way they are treating Billy because his powers are similar to Wanda’s is terrible. Well meaning adults can be some of the worst.
probably an tough question to answer (but hey where's the fun anyway right? :'D) what are your top 5 moments in bnha?
gah, that sure is a tough question to answer! Let’s see…
(this should go without saying, but beware of the manga spoilers ahead)
1.The vent-fight between Bakugou and Midoriya after Kamino arc. Not gonna lie, one major reason why I got so into this manga was the incredibly complex dynamic between those two. The build-up for them to address all those pent-up, complicated feelings they have about each other has been plaguing me since chapter three, so when I reached that part I could barely blink I was so engrossed in it. The close ups, the raw emotions on both their faces, the unnerving fact that their inability to communicate was so bad that the only way to understand each other was through violence… BOOOOOOIIIIII. Plus, the whole fight is charged with nearly palpable tension, it’s written so well, and the moment when Katsuki starts crying is still haunting me a whole month and a half later :’D Just. I love Katsuki’s characterization and that fight, despite not adding much new, really helped me understand him better.
2. When Midoriya encouraged Shouto to use his flames because they’re his power, not Endeavor’s. Again, the emotion poured in this fight was so real that it was impossible for me not to respond to it. Midoriya, sweet sweet angel Midoriya, who’s so serious about his ambition of becoming a hero, gave up a win he basically had in the bag just because he couldn’t bear Shouto being so sad anymore. I swear, that’s the most altruistic and… truly heroic thing he’s done. And all because he recognized that Todoroki needed to hear those words. Remember Midoriya’s breakdown after All Might told him that he could be a hero? I think that these words:
had the same overwhelming emotional impact on Shouto. They made him forget his grudge against his father, something he’s held on to for 10+ years as his main motivation to keep going. Just. How powerful is that???
3. When Bakugou reached out to take Kirishima’s hand during Kamino arc. It was such a symbolic moment for his character growth… Still, he has a long way to go, I know, but that moment means a lot to me and I hope they won’t fuck it up in the anime.
4.Kirishima’s arc. I love this boy so much and I’m so happy that Horikoshi didn’t just write him as that monodimensional cheerful guy who’s friends with everyone. Finding out his backstory put a lot of things into perspective, starting from why he was so adamant that he had to save Bakugou even though he fully recognized that engaging in a fight against the villain alliance was far out of his league. I also loved how his pov deepened his connection with Bakugou by showing us that the support doesn’t just go one way. When his confidence sank low, he thought of Bakugou’s words and picked himself back up. The healthy, positive dynamic they share speaks a lot to me.
5. This is just my bias speaking because I love the #bakusquad, but I loved the entire Kaminari vs Shishikura Seiji (the meat packer) fight. I love how it was implied that Kirishima let himself be turned into a meat bun to shield either Bakugou or Kaminari (probably Bakugou, if you take into account that Kami was just tagging along and staying behind at first). And I love even more how Kaminari jumps in to defend them from this asshole who treats them like they’re worthless without even knowing them. Kaminari is a secondary character, I know that, so it’s not like I expect all that much screentime for him. But I was SO excited when I reached that part of the manga because dang, finally he kicks some ass too, and he’s not just relegated to comedic relief. It seemed fair that he’d take action to save his friends, because friendship is the main theme around which his character is built. But that scene implied that Bakugou does care about him and Kirishima in turn:
Also, the teamwork at the end…
not gonna lie, when I saw that last panel, Bob Marley’s Bad Boys started playing in my head…
Bad boys, bad boys whatcha gonna do whatcha gonna do? When they come for you?