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Boruto: 5 Ways Konohamaru Failed As A Teacher (& 5 He Succeeded)

In Boruto, Konohamaru got slotted into the Kakashi role for the series as the mentor of the new Team 7. It’s a fitting role for him, considering how much the character slowly progressed in the original series. It’s nice to see him put his goofball tendencies behind him and get more serious, much like his idol Naruto did.

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While Konohamaru is no Kakashi in terms of power or character, he’s done an admirable job as the sensei to Boruto, Sarada, and Mitsuki. That doesn’t mean he hasn’t failed as a mentor on a few occasions. He’s a character who feels a little too weak power-wise to occupy the role of team leader, and it shows at times.

10 FAILED: He Was Eliminated During The Genin Exams By Denki Of All People

On one hand, the students managing to eliminate Konohamaru with teamwork showed what they’d need to defeat the proctors. Denki could have gotten a confidence boost from being the one who eliminated Konohamaru as well. On the other hand, the proctors don’t come off particularly strong when they lose, especially considering Konohamaru willingly walked into a trap to give the kids the upper hand. It felt like he was going too easy on them in comparison to Kakashi.

9 SUCCEEDED: The Bond He Formed With Boruto Was Brotherly Rather Than Formal

Many shinobi teachers will develop a deep bond with their students that goes beyond the classroom and training. Students must be willing to trust their teachers with their insecurities and issues, or they will only get the surface-level knowledge of what it means to be a ninja. Konohamaru managed to quickly form a brotherly relationship with Boruto, able to scold Boruto but also be there for the boy when the young Uzumaki needed it.

8 FAILED: He Was Irresponsible In Showing Off The Kote When He Accidentally Destroyed A Farm With It

Technology plays a large role in Boruto, from its use with the villainous Kara to how Konoha utilizes it through Kote. Kote helped augment a user’s power, giving them access to abilities they couldn’t otherwise pull off. It’s notably used by Boruto during the Chunin Exams when he tries to cheat to win.

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Boruto unfortunately learned of its capabilities thanks to Konohamaru, who used it to help subdue a bear of all things. When showing the Kote off fully, Konohamaru showed how irresponsible he could be by accidentally destroying a farm.

7 SUCCEEDED: He Let Sarada & Boruto Work Out Their Differences Rather Than Forcing Them To Work Together

When Sarada and Boruto were first assigned to a team together, they weren’t all that pleased. Sarada wanted nothing to do with Boruto, seeing him as a burden who would hold the team back. In this situation, Konohamaru easily could have told her that the team was final, forcing them to work it out with one another. Instead, he gave them the option to visit Naruto to make an appeal. As it turned out, this decision helped the two genin work their situation out on their own.

6 FAILED: His Failure To Let Go Of The Past Transferred To His Students

Considering everything Orochimaru had done to his family, it’s understandable that Konohamaru wouldn’t ever trust the man. After all, many of Orochimaru’s worst crimes were waved away too easily by Naruto. That said, that failure to let go of the past was something he shouldn’t have let his students see. It showed them that harboring grudges was okay, and it was part of why they all ended up taking their defeat at the hands of Deepa so hard.

5 SUCCEEDED: His Willingness To Trade Over The Bridge Deed To Save Kiri Showed Human Life Is More Important Than The Mission

During the Genin Mission Arc, Konohamaru taught the kids a valuable lesson. No matter what the mission is, nothing is more valuable than human life.

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In the old days, Konohamaru handing over the deed to the bridge to save Kiri would be seen as a weakness. However, in the new era, it’s a sign of compassion that Naruto’s entire reign is centered around. It was a perfect teaching moment that didn’t require him to lecture them.

4 FAILED: He Didn’t Instill The Best Work Ethic Into Boruto

Boruto’s work ethic has been awful for a large chunk of the series, and a lot of that falls on Konohamaru. While he is a great teacher, he fails at trying to get Boruto to use his time wisely. On one occasion, he’s even lecturing the boy about it but quickly gets sidetracked to rush off to save Remon from attackers. While that can be excused, his decision to prioritize showing Remon around the village showed the bad habits he was instilling into his student.

3 SUCCEEDED: He Knew How To Assess Risks & Kept His Team Out Of Unnecessary Danger

One of Konohamaru’s best traits as a teacher was keeping his students safe. On numerous occasions, he did everything he could to keep them from harm. Sometimes that’d be trying to fight off a powerful bad guy by himself or moving to investigate an area alone, so he didn’t have to worry about them. He did it in a way that still showed he trusted his team, such as when he sent them to protect Kiri while he dealt with one of the bandits or how they dealt with White Zetsu.

2 FAILED: He Praised His Students Too Much For Going Against His Orders & Undermined His Own Authority

The one thing Konohamaru was awful at was being a disciplinarian. He was willing to do it on occasion, but anytime he did, it felt hollow due to how often he let his students walk all over him. They ran off on their own numerous times in the anime, and each time, he’d mention that he was proud of them before giving them their punishment. While their decisions to save people showed that Konohamaru taught them the importance of compassion, their lack of desire to tell him anything showed the lack of control he had.

1 SUCCEEDED: His Selfless Nature Rubbed Off On Each Of His Students

The best facet of Konohamaru’s personality is how selfless he is. He doesn’t put himself above anyone else and would gladly trade his life if it means keeping someone close to him safe. He displays it on every mission he takes part in, showing his students firsthand how they are meant to act. His students took to it, something the Mitsuki Disappearance Arc went into great detail over. It showed how willing Sarada and Boruto were to risk their spots as ninja if it meant bringing Mitsuki back to the village.

NEXT: Boruto: 5 Characters Konohamaru Can’t Beat Yet (& 5 He Never Will)

Konohamaru takes the lead as Team 7's teacher in Boruto. So far, he's done a good job, but that doesn't mean he's always perfect.

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Beloved Assassin's Creed Odyssey Character May Return in Valhalla

An upcoming DLC for Assassin’s Creed Valhalla could see the return of a beloved Assassin’s Creed Odyssey character, according to new rumors.

A YouTube video by the user Jonathan, who has provided reliable leaks before, suggested that fans can expect the legendary misthios Kassandra to make an appearance in a future DLC. The rumor was not in reference to the upcoming Siege of Paris expansion; however, Ubisoft confirmed that major DLC releases would continue into 2022. While the exact nature of Kassandra’s appearance is unknown, the leak suggested that she will be encountering the Viking protagonist Eivor.

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Despite the immense time jump between the two games, the story ensured that the meeting between Kassandra and Eivor was possible. The conclusion to Assassin’s Creed Odyssey granted Kassandra access to the Staff of Hermes, an Isu artifact that made her immortal so long as she wielded it. Given that she lived long enough to encounter Layla Hassan in the modern-day story, she was most certainly alive during Eivor’s lifetime.

Jonathan’s theory stems from files they managed to uncover that imply dialogue between the two characters. The information suggests that a character would appear in Eivor’s settlement of Ravensthorpe, claiming to have spotted the character of Randvi on Skye Island. Randvi rarely left Ravensthorpe in the game, and her resemblance to Kassandra caused many fans to question whether they were the same character during early trailers. While the two are most certainly different characters, the mistaken identity is implied to be the catalyst that brings the characters together.

Further information about the related quest hints that Eivor would be seeking keys and the location of a new artifact. Some have speculated that the keys could be related to the teased image of the gate to Muspelheim. The character of Kassandra already entered settings from mythology during the events of The Fate of Atlantis DLC. Similarly, Eivor explored Asgard and Jötunheimr during dream sequences in the main story.

Despite Jonathan and his community’s previous reliability, nothing has been officially confirmed regarding Kassandra’s potential return. Similarly, the existence of files within the game do not always reflect the final product, and so the leaks should be taken with a grain of salt. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla: Siege of Paris is due to release Aug. 12.

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A recent rumor suggests that a beloved Assassin's Creed Odyssey character will be making an appearance in a future Assassin's Creed Valhalla DLC.

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Mass Effect 3 Grissom Academy: Emergency Evacuation Guide | CBR

Mass Effect 3 put Commander Shepard to the test. With the Reapers intent on wiping out sentient life in the galaxy, a lot of places were sent into a panic, which organizations like Cerberus took advantage of. Samantha Traynor picked up an evacuation request from Grissom Academy, and though a nearby Turian vessel responded to their request, Traynor thought something was off about the signal. Analyzing it with EDI, they identified a familiar signal the Illusive Man employed in Mass Effect 2, suggesting the students were in danger.

Traveling to Grissom Academy, Shepard had an opportunity to reunite with former squadmate Jack, who turned her life around after the suicide mission. Jack would do anything to protect her students from the shady organization that experimented on her as a child, and with Shepard’s help, they save those children and potentially gain a war asset. This task must be completed before “Priority: Citadel II,” otherwise it fails and the students are lost to Cerberus. If Jack did not survive Mass Effect 2, she is replaced by Ensign Jason Prangley.

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Arriving at the academy, EDI and Joker note there are an abundance of Cerberus ships surrounding the area for the Normandy to slip by unnoticed. They connect with Kahlee Sanders, who tells them Cerberus took over the docking bay, but she can open the cargo hold to let them in. Joker creates a diversion so Shepard and their squad can get into the cargo hold. Kahlee is trapped in the security office with Cerberus officers outside trying to get inside and she needs help.

Exit the cargo hold and prepare to fight. There are four Cerberus Assault Troopers in the corridor. Kahlee kills the two in front of the door, leaving the last two for Shepard. Examine the damaged door, then proceed into the security office to get information from Kahlee on the students and Cerberus’s infiltration.

There are less than 20 students remaining in the school, most of them producing military tech for the alliance while the rest are biotics training for service. There is an opportunity to ask Kahlee about her relationship with Admiral Anderson during this conversation, and the conversation proceeds until word comes over the comms that Cerberus has a group of students trapped in Orion Hall.

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Exiting the security office, Cerberus can be seen dragging a captured student through the hallway on the other side of the glass. There’s no way to interfere, so move on and grab the ammo off the couch. Then, head through the door on the right. Cerberus comes over the comm and tells students they will not be harmed if they don’t resist. Jump the wall and grab the Assault Rifle Stability Damper, then open the door to proceed.

Rounding the corner, there is a student with a biotic barrier around himself surrounded by two Cerberus operatives facing away from Shepard. Take them out to save the boy, then pick up the datapad for 1,250 credits. Speak to the boy, telling him to play dead until the coast is clear, then run back to Kahlee. He asks Shepard to find his sister, Seanne, who is still inside the school. Hop the barrier and continue toward the desk with the tactical analytics, then head to the desk in the center of the room to grab the SMG Heat Sink and a personal log on the last desk.

Proceed through the doors just in time to watch Cerberus shoot a fleeing student. There are multiple Centurions in this unit, so battle through them. Once they’re down, head left into the hallway and grab the M-22 Eviscerator. Then, go back toward the fallen student and through the next door to find Seanne. She is wounded and will die if not approached quickly enough, so hurry toward her. There is a Mnemonic Visor on the couch, a locker with 1,250 credits and an M-96 Mattock. Orion Hall is up ahead.

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Approaching the door to Orion Hall, Kahlee tells Shepard she received an emergency message from the kids inside. Take out the generator near the door so Kahlee can make an announcement over the comm to all students to resist Cerberus and that help has arrived. Enter the room to find a group of biotic students defending themselves with either Jack or Jason Prangley. An ATLAS Mech breaks through the far wall, so jump into action and take out all Cerberus troops in the area quickly to save the students. It is possible to hijack the ATLAS Mech, so consider taking out the pilot and control of the Mech.

Once Cerberus has been eliminated, Jack punches Shepard in the face, reminding them that she told them not to trust Cerberus. While the students rest and recharge, Cortez announced over the comm that it’s too dangerous for him to linger. Shepard orders him back to the Normandy before advising Kahlee to find an alternative escape. Take some time to explore Orion Hall and pick up loot, then talk to Jack about the students.

Jack will confess that she doesn’t believe the students are ready for front line military service against the Reapers, and would probably be better off in support roles. Shepard can either agree or disagree, which will later affect where the students are sent. The plan is to escape through the Atrium, which involves a heavy, dangerous fight with Cerberus. Shepard and squad go through on foot, while the biotic students battle from above.

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This is by far the most difficult fight in this quest, so be prepared for multiple waves of Centurions, Guardians and Combat Engineers, as well as an ATLAS Mech. Taking out the mech quickly will be essential to surviving the fight, so assign squad members to deal with Cerberus while focusing on the ATLAS. It is possible to take out the first wave entirely from the doorway and corridor. This is a good strategy, as allowing enemies to approach the party will eliminate a good amount from the field, clearing it for easier traversal to the opposite end of the Atrium.

Keep an eye out for turrets, destroying Engineers before they can be deployed, or taking out the turrets before they start firing. Once all enemies have been eliminated, proceed through the door on the left side of the Atrium where there are numerous Assault Troopers, as well as a few Engineers, Centurions and Guardians. Take them all out and wait for an update from Kahlee on Cerberus Activity.

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On the way to the next area, Shepard encounters a group of distrustful students. If David Archer was rescued and sent to Grissom Academy during ME2‘s Project Overlord DLC, he will be there to vouch for Shepard. If not, Shepard contacts Kahlee for confirmation and the students stand down. David opens an extra room where some weapons can be picked up, along with a Sniper Rifle Piercing Mod. Proceed through the doors and toward the objective, grabbing the Biotic Amp Schematics and the Serrice Council Chestplate.

There is an empty ATLAS Mech just beyond the door. Hijack it and use it to take out as many enemies as possible. Several waves will come from above and below, trying to reach the students. Another ATLAS joins once most of the enemies have been eliminated, coming head to head with Shepard in their own ATLAS. Take it out, and Kahlee announces that the shuttle is ready for evac. If Jack is not there, Prangley will be shot and killed on his way to the shuttle.

Aboard the shuttle, Shepard can determine whether or not the students are ready for a military role. Based on that decision, they will either join the fight against the Reapers or tend to support roles to stay safe.

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When Traynor discovers a distress call from Grissom Academy in Mass Effect 3, it's up to Commander Shepard to rescue the students from Cerberus.

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10 Pokémon That Change Categories When They Evolve | CBR

Categories identify Pokémon based on one of their defining characteristics. When a Pokémon evolves, it can acquire new physiological or behavioral traits that require a change in category. A Pokémon might develop a new habit, grow bigger arms, or have a complete change in attitude upon evolution, for example.

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Some evolution families have more than one category change to reflect the changes that the Pokémon go through when they evolve, with one family having as many as four different categories. Pokémon categories are not always unique, and there are several who share the same one despite belonging to different evolution families.

10 Magmar’s Category Gets Blasted By Magmortar’s Cannons

Magmar, introduced in Gen I, didn’t get an evolution until Gen IV, when Magmortar was introduced. The Pokémon’s category changed from Spitfire Pokémon to Blast Pokémon in the process, marking the addition of cannons on its arms that form when its claws disappear into its skin, out of which it can blast fireballs of over 3,600 °F. Magmar evolves into Magmortar when traded holding a Magmarizer, with the latter a foot taller and 50 lbs. heavier.

9 Gloom’s Weed Becomes A Flower When It Evolves

Bellossom is one of two Pokémon Gloom can evolve into, with the other one being Vileplume. When exposed to a Leaf Stone, Gloom will evolve into Vileplume, while exposure to a Sun Stone will evolve it into Bellossom. In either case, its category will change from Weed Pokémon to Flower Pokémon. Bellossom looks the most distinctive of the two evolutions, with two red flowers on its head, while Vileplume has a similar body to Gloom and one big flower on its head.

8 Meowth Gets Classy When It Evolves Into Persian

Meowth’s category of Scratch Cat Pokémon changes to Classy Cat Pokémon when it evolves into Persian, marking the change in appearance and demeanor between the first and final forms in the family.

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Meowth has a Steel-type Galarian form whose evolution, Perrserker, has the category of Viking Pokémon. In Japan, the Pokémon has the category of Bakeneko Pokémon, which refers to a Japanese yokai or supernatural entity and translates literally to “changed cat.”

7 Spheal Claps, Sealeo Rolls, & Walrein Breaks The Ice

The Gen III Ice/Water-type Pokémon Spheal has the category of Clap Pokémon. When it evolves into Sealeo, it becomes the Ball Roll Pokémon, which it gets from its habit of rolling Poké Balls on its nose. The final form of Spheal is Walrein, whose category is Ice Break Pokémon, which comes from its ability to crush up to 10 tons of ice in one blow with its long tusks.

6 Goomy & Sliggoo Are Made Of Soft Tissue While Goodra Is Pure Dragon

Both Goomy and Sliggoo have the category of Soft Tissue Pokémon. Goodra, meanwhile, is the Dragon Pokémon, sharing its category with the Horsea and Dratini evolutionary lines, as well as Salamence. All of the members of the Goomy family are pure Dragon-types, but the category of Dragon Pokémon is more suited to the pseudo-legendary Pokémon due to its increased stature. Goodra is also the only pseudo-legendary of a single type.

5 Slowpoke Is The Dope, Slowbro Resembles A Hermit Crab, & Slowking Is A Royal

Slowpoke, the Dopey Pokémon, has two forms it can evolve into. When it evolves into Slowbro, it becomes the Hermit Crab Pokémon with a Shellder attached to its tail, imitating a hermit crab. When it is traded while holding a King’s Rock, it evolves into Slowbro, becoming the Royal Pokémon, sharing its category with Pyroar. Galarian Slowking also has its own category of Hexpert Pokémon.

4 Popplio Goes From Circus Clown To Pop Star To Soloist

One of the many Pokémon to be based on music, the Popplio family’s categories reflect its progression from circus performer to mature musician. Popplio was introduced in Gen VII and shares its category of Sea Lion Pokémon with Seel and Dewgong.

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When it evolves and becomes Brionne, its category changes to Pop Star Pokémon, and it changes once again when Brionne evolves into Primarina, the Soloist Pokémon.

3 Stufful Flails Around & Bewear Gets Strong Arms

The Gen VII Normal/Fighting-type Pokémon Stufful has the category of Flailing Pokémon. It gets that title from its dislike of being touched and how it flails its arms when embraced, which happens more often than it would like because of its cuteness and fluffy fur. Its evolution, Bewear, has the category of Strong Arm Pokémon, which makes a lot of sense with its incredibly strong arm and potentially deadly hugs.

2 Azurill The Polka Dot Becomes An Aqua Mouse & Aqua Rabbit

Not only are there changes in category in the Azurill family, but there’s also a change in species. Azurill is the adorable Polka Dot Pokémon who becomes the Aqua Mouse Pokémon when it evolves into Marill with high enough friendship. Marill evolves into Azumarill to become the Aqua Rabbit Pokémon, trading its round mouse ears for long bunny ears in the process.

1 Tyrogue Scuffles, Hitmonchan Punches, Hitmonlee Kicks, & Hitmontop Does Headstands

Tyrogue was introduced along with Hitmontop in Gen II, a generation after its two other evolutions Hitmonchan and Hitmonlee. The Pokémon Tyrogue evolves into depends on its Attack and Defense stats at the time of leveling up. If it evolves into Hitmonchan, its category goes from Scuffle Pokémon to Punching Pokémon. If it becomes Hitmonlee, it changes to the Kicking Pokémon, and if it transforms into Hitmontop, it becomes the Handstand Pokémon.

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Pokémon are assigned specific categories based on a defining trait, and some will be given a different category when they evolve.

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Interview: Joseph Gordon-Levitt Discusses Mr. Corman | CBR

Created by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Apple TV+’s Mr. Corman follows a musician-turned-fifth-grade teacher. Feeling adrift in his late 30s, Josh Corman seeks to find deeper meaning in his life through unsuccessful hookups, advice from his roommate/best friend Victor and music. Exploring themes of mental illness and the power of creating art to overcome emotionally tough times, Mr. Corman is a meditative, 10-episode long series that blends experimental musical sequences with heartfelt dramedy.

Gordon-Levitt wrote and directed the majority of the episodes within the upcoming Apple TV+; he also stars as its lead and serves as the show’s executive producer. In an exclusive interview with CBR, Gordon-Levitt broke down the inspiration behind creating Mr. Corman, what he hopes audiences will take away from Josh’s complicated outlook and how he imagines that one day teachers will be seen with as much reverence as actors.

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CBR: Mr. Corman starts off by asking whether hard work or luck generates success. It seems as the journey goes on, it becomes more about Mr. Corman questioning if he is living up to his values and exactly what those values are. What drew you to explore those themes?

Joseph Gordon-Levitt: Wow, I like how you articulated that. I always love hearing what different people say when they see something I’ve been involved with and I’ll tell you what was on my mind. But, it’s worth noting, I think that watching a show is a creative process in itself. Whatever I put into it is no more right than whatever you take out of it.

But when I started writing it, it started as me writing down a bunch of stuff I was grateful for in my life. I wasn’t even necessarily trying to make something. I just like to write stuff like that sometimes. I’m so grateful for so many things. I have a wonderful partner that I love. We have our kids. I have two parents that are really healthy and supportive. I have work that I get to do that is meaningful to me. I’m healthy and safe. When I read back all these things that I’m grateful for a lot of where my mind went was, “Man, I got so lucky. How did I get this lucky?”

I worked for some of this stuff, but I also think I got a lot of lucky breaks. That led me to ask myself, “Well, what if some things had gone differently? Things that are totally out of my control?” You don’t pick your parents. What if my parents weren’t so supportive and healthy and nourishing? What if I had one great parent and one parent was more of a problem? Debra Winger in the show plays like this one great parent who was sort of an amalgamation of my mom and dad — in certain ways. And then there’s this other parent, the father character who you find out more and more about as the show goes on who struggled with addiction, and [that] led to a bit of a chaotic childhood for Josh. And is a bit of a demon in Josh’s mind and it cascades throughout his whole life and personality. And changing little things like that, and seeing what that would do? That’s kind of where the character came from. And those kinds of questions were the questions I was asking myself as I was coming up with the show.

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In Episode 4, there’s an amazing arc all about Victor (Arturo Castro). Without spoiling it — it made me cry. I loved it so much. In a way, it felt like a backdoor pilot. I was curious if that’d be something that you would ever explore in the future as its own kind of spin-off?

I’d love to do that. I definitely had the same thought in my fantasy. And Arturo [Castro] just deserves it as much as anybody that I know. He’s such a talent and such a sweetheart. I would. He should absolutely have a show –100%. Write to your congressman.

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Similar to your feature film debut with Don Jon, the series is also about a flawed character who is realizing that the things society valued changed the way he sees himself. Is there anything with Mr. Corman that you’d love for people to take away as a different way to think about themselves or their world?

Sure. Well, one thing, Josh is a teacher. And he’s an artist at heart. He is a musician and he pursued music professionally. And that didn’t work out as a way to make money. And now he’s a teacher. And there’s a line in the first episode where one character who’s sort of trying to make Josh feel bad, says, “The only people that teach are people who want to do something else and gave up.” I feel like that is a stigma with teachers. There are various sayings like that and I just wish that would go away.

I think teachers are heroes. Teachers should be celebrated and valorized way more than entertainers. If I could wave a magic wand, teachers would be what everyone is talking about, like the coolest teacher around, and be like, “Did you see their new curriculum?” So, I would hope that maybe, in some small way, Mr. Corman can alleviate some of that stigma.

By the way, he’s a musician, but he loves teaching and he says it several times throughout the season.  I hope you can see it, especially towards the end of the season. He really cares about his students. And he really wants to do a good job. I would hope… I just think, what’s a better thing for anybody to do than spend their time teaching young people? What’s better than that?

Mr. Corman premieres Friday, Aug. 6 on Apple TV+, with new episodes debuting each Friday.

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In an interview with CBR, Joseph Gordon-Levitt discusses the inspiration behind his upcoming Apple TV+ series and the importance of valuing teachers.

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Marvel: The Most Brutal X-Men Battles | CBR

The X-Men‘s fight for human and mutant coexistence has taken many forms over the years and gone through quite a few different battles, but the mutant team has continued to struggle against those who hate and fear them in an ongoing war for survival that has seen just as many losses as victories.

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The X-Men seem to be frequently brutalized in unforgettable battles that have cost the team greatly, whether it was through the loss of lives or the shattered faith in the dream that first united them— or simply through the pure ferocity of the fights themselves.

10 Multiple X-Men Were Traumatized & Injured During The Mutant Massacre

Chris Claremont and John Romita Jr. traumatized the X-Men in 1986 with the “Mutant Massacre” crossover storyline from Uncanny X-Men and X-Factor that also impacted a few other Marvel series. Mister Sinister sent his Marauders into the sewers to eradicate the underground society of mutants known as the Morlocks.

When the X-Men finally learned of the attack and intervened they were overwhelmed by the Marauders’ ferocity. Colossus was paralyzed, Kitty Pryde was trapped in her phased form, Nightcrawler was left comatose, and the majority of the Morlocks were eradicated. Angel’s wings were also severely injured, leading to their amputation and his eventual transformation into Archangel.

9 Survivors Of The X-Men Were Killed By Sentinels In Days Of Future Past

A dark future for the X-Men was explored by Claremont and John Byrne in thier 1981 storyline “Days of Future Past” from Uncanny X-Men, which saw mutants hunted and imprisoned in concentration camps by powerful Sentinels.

The post-apocalyptic future had already suffered the loss of quite a few members of the X-Men and quite a few more were imprisoned, though a last-ditch effort from surviving mutants like Wolverine and Storm against the Sentinels resulted in brutal but iconic deaths that helped stall the seemingly inevitable end for the X-Men.

8 The X-Men Were Seemingly Killed In A Mystical Battle With The Adversary

1988’s Fall of the Mutants event featured catastrophic moments in titles like Uncanny X-MenX-Factor, and New Mutants that changed the status quo on each title. And while each team faced equally brutal battles that changed them forever, it was Storm’s team of X-Men who were seemingly killed while in battle with The Adversary.

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Enemies from across the timestream converged on Forge’s base in Dallas as The Adversary attempted to collect on an ancient pact with Forge before he turned on the world. The X-Men were able to stop The Adversary by sacrificing their lives in a mystical spell, though they were reborn thanks to the goddess Roma and resumed undercover operations in Australia.

7 Age Of Apocalypse’s Final Battle Cost Many Lives To Reset The Timeline

After Professor X’s son, Legion, accidentally killed his dad during a trip in the past, a new reality was created known as the Age of Apocalypse that dramatically altered the course of events in the Marvel Universe. A number of X-Men were changed and new characters appeared as Apocalypse rose to power and created a mutant superiority built on the blood of humankind.

In the final brutal battle against Apocalypse’s forces, a number of lives were lost in their bid to reset the timeline. Colossus, overcome with madness for his sister, killed his own wife; Magneto tore Apocalypse in half with the last of his power; and Nate Grey/X-Man managed to accidentally survive AoA‘s destruction by stabbing his enemy Holocaust with a piece of the M’Kraan Crystal.

6 The Mutant Population Was Decimated After The Brutal Battle During House Of M

Brian Michael Bendis and Olivier Coipel’s House of M event saw a new reality created by Scarlet Witch that placed mutants in control— though the X-Men and the Avengers were awakened and launched an all-out war against the still-manipulated heroes and villains under Wanda’s control.

Close friends dealing with trauma from the loss of their new life fought against each other to return reality to normal. It was the ferocity of the final battle and the reveal of Quicksilver’s role in the altered reality that led to his death at Magneto’s hands, which caused Scarlet Witch to snap and decimate the mutant population of Earth with a powerful spell: “No more mutants.”

5 The X-Men Were Trapped & Nearly Exterminated During Second Coming

While the X-Men dealt with an equally bloody battle in the original Messiah Complex event that introduced the first new mutant birth since House of M, it was the follow-up event Second Coming that really showcased the brutality the X-Men are forced to deal with when they were targeted by Bastion and his anti-mutant Human Council.

Bastion used the stolen alien transmode virus and Nimrod technology from the future to enslave the Council and entrap the X-Men on Utopia where he planned their and Hope Summers’ extermination. It was only through the sacrifice of mutants like Cable and Nightcrawler that Hope was able to activate her powers and stop Bastion.

4 The X-Men Were Torn Apart By Cyclops & Wolverine During Schism

The ongoing rivalry between Cyclops and Wolverine came to a brutal end during Jason Aaron’s X-Men: Schism from artists like Carlos Pacheco, Daniel Acuña, Frank Cho, Adam Kubert and Alan Davis. Following a series of attacks from misguided mutants and malfunctioning Sentinels, Cyclops’ extreme methods and reckless use of child soldiers cause Wolverine to question their mission.

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The divide leads to a violent battle between the two mutant leaders while a Super Sentinel attacked and nearly destroyed their home base of Utopia before they came to came together to take out their enemy. The mutants were then split as Cyclops remained on Utopia to continue the fight while Wolverine set up the Jean Grey School to resume peacefully teaching mutants.

3 They Fought Against Friends & Phoenix Hosts In Avengers Vs. X-Men

Schism wasn’t the only event that saw Cyclops and Wolverine on opposing sides, though the Avengers vs. X-Men event included the entirety of their respective teams as they went to war against each other when they disagreed over how to react to the Phoenix’s return to Earth to possess young Hope Summers.

While there were a number of bitter battles between the warring teams, it was the ultimate battle against the untied heroes and Cyclops in his Dark Phoenix form that showcased the cosmic entities’ brutality when it made Cyclops kill his mentor, Professor X.

2 This Is Forever Killed Off Nearly The Entire Team Before House Of X

Matthew Rosenberg teamed up with Salvador Larocca for what was described as the last X-Men story and served as the precursor to the House of X rebranding that launched a new status quo for the mutant team. “X-Men Disassembled” tied up a number of ongoing loose ends in the running storylines before trapping most of the X-Men in the Age of X-Man event.

Cyclops and Wolverine then gathered together the remaining members of the X-Men to take the fight to the X-Men’s enemies one final time, which saw a number of surprising deaths bfore the missing team returned and they faced off against a new breed of transmode-infected Sentinels that continued to brutally clear house before the new direction.

1 X-Men Brutally Sacrificed Themselves To Stop Master Mold During House Of X

Jonathan Hickman, Pepe Larraz, and R.B. Silva relaunched the X-Men with House of X and Powers of X, which introduced a new dark future as well as a new beginning for the mutant race on the island of Krakoa.

To protect their new home from the future threat of Master Mold that would lead to the dark future, a team of powerful X-Men headed to space on a suicide mission. Each mutant violently sacrificed themselves in battle in order to stop Master Mold from coming online, though they were soon resurrected by the new Krakoan protocols.

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Tokyo Revengers: Why Kazutora Hates Mikey | CBR

WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Tokyo Revengers Episode 16, “Once Upon a Time,” now streaming on Crunchyroll.

Kazutora Hanemiya was a very different person in middle school. Before the events of Tokyo Revengers, he and his five best friends spent all day riding bikes. They occasionally got into fights, but that’s what happens when you’re a delinquent gang. He would do anything for them and especially admired Mikey, Commander of Toman. It’s hard to reconcile these images with the current Kazutora, who is now the Number Three of Valhalla, wants nothing to do with Toman anymore, and abhors Mikey to the point where he wants to kill him.

Where did it all go wrong? Following Episode 16, if we unravel a little bit of Kazutora’s backstory, his hatred of Mikey starts to become more understandable, if not justifiable.

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Kazutora grew up in an abusive household, with his father constantly hurting him and his mother. Sometime after his parents divorced and he lived solely with his mother, he met the members of Toman. He didn’t warm up to them initially, and couldn’t understand why the other founders were so loyal to Mikey since he seemed so bratty. Kazutora has never really had any friends before, and the two adults who were supposed to protect him didn’t. Trusting anyone is a difficult ask for him. It wasn’t until Mikey saved Kazutora from his father and his bullies — and what he said to his friend — that things started to change.

According to a fan translation of a bonus booklet in the Tokyo Revengers anime’s Blu-ray, Mikey told Kazutora he belonged to him. This might sound patronizing and demeaning without much context, but Mikey elaborates and says all of Kazutora’s pain and suffering belongs to him as well. Mikey is choosing to take responsibility for Kazutora’s past, present and future and is willing to shoulder his burdens.

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Toman had become Kazutora’s loving family, and for Mikey to offer him that as well as sharing his burden meant the world to him. The least he could do in return was get Mikey the bike of his dreams. He knew how badly Toman’s leader wanted the CB250T and if Kazutora has to steal it, then he’ll do it if it means making his friend happy. Sadly, Kazutora didn’t understand that Mikey has always valued his friends above all else — he even trashed his moped as a statement to Baji. He would never be happy with his new bike if he knew what Kazutora and Baji had to do to get it for him.

As we know, on the night Kazutora and Baji went to the bike shop to steal the CB250T, disaster strikes as the two get caught stealing by the shop owner — Mikey’s older brother Shinichiro. Kazutora immediately slams the chain cutter into Shinichiro’s head, killing him instantly. He’d had tunnel vision, only seeing Baji in danger and doing what he thought he had to do to protect him.

When he realized what he’d done, Kazutora’s guilt swallowed him up. Mikey had offered him a family and Kazutora singlehandedly took Mikey’s blood-related family away from him. Kazutora starts panicking, absolutely terrified. He immediately denies it, saying he would never kill Mikey’s brother.

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Kazutora’s logic is that if it hadn’t been for Mikey’s birthday, he would have never tried to steal the CB250T and Shinichiro wouldn’t be dead — therefore, Mikey was the bad guy. He is the one to blame for Shinichiro’s death and not Kazutora. And to right this wrong, Kazutora has to kill Mikey.

At first glance, this line of thought doesn’t make sense. But it’s the only way for Kazutora to cope with his guilt: he projects it onto Mikey and blames Shinichiro’s murder on him. This is also why he says he hates Mikey — he’s pushing his self-loathing onto his former friend.

The mental strain and trauma from his abusive father had already rendered Kazutora’s mental state quite frail. Although Toman saved him for a time, he still needed help — but before he could get it, he hurt the first person to ever offer him the hand of friendship. Ironically, Mikey remains Kazutora’s savior: his goal of killing Mikey is the only thing holding his mind together, and that’s what makes Tokyo Revengers Episode 16 so gut-wrenching.

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In Tokyo Revengers, Kazutora's hatred of Mikey comes entirely from a place of self-loathing because of something he did when he was younger.

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See Is Apple TV's Game of Thrones | CBR

Despite that tumultuous ending, Game of Thrones is still regarded as one of the best fantasy TV shows ever. It didn’t stick the landing in Season 8, but it’s remained a pop culture phenomenon as the HBO series detailed politics, betrayal and kingdoms in the story of Westeros. Interestingly, while it may have flown under the radar in 2019, Jason Momoa’s See could actually be Apple TV’s Game of Thrones.

With various rulers making moves and sinister figures — such as Varys and Littlefinger abound, Game of Thrones crafted a dynamic story, not just with the Lannisters, but with the likes of House Stark and the Targaryens, especially Daenerys. See has kingdoms like this set up in an America where a virus made everyone blind for centuries, with the evil queen, Kane, initially using her base at Kanzua as a stronghold — akin to King’s Landing.

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There are other tribes and kingdoms as well. For instance, Trivantes is a land of savage warriors akin to Khal Drogo’s Dothraki. Meanwhile, Valeya is where soldiers hide out in the jungles, and they love nature and peace more than war, akin to the Children of the Forest.

All these forces, and the ones teased in trailers for Season 2, will end up jostling as there’s been a power vacuum with Kane breaking bad like Dany’s dad, Aerys. This fate befell Dany herself, who became a Mad Queen and burned King’s Landing, which Kane also did in Season 1. She blew the dam and destroyed her kingdom, thinking they would turn on her.

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What makes it even more interesting is she and her sister, Maghra, are manipulating the lands, making them think they’re ruling together. Maghra, the younger sister, is actually the one the throne was given to by the king, so it has a Jon Snow feel to it, with a jealous Kane coming off more conniving, showing some similarities to Cersei. Keeping this secret, as well as how  Kane killed the war commander, Tamacti Jun, this does work in an angle of deceit. Jun even felt like Jaime Lannister a bit, not wanting Kane to break the people, so there’s a lot of morals, ethics and loyalty being bent.

As for the backstabbers, See has its own with Boots, the son of the visionary, Jerlamarel, betraying Momoa’s Baba Voss and splitting his and Maghra’s family up. It’s now led to them trying to reunite a la the Starks, with Baba’s adopted kids in grave danger. Hanifa has been taken by Trivantes, with Kofun, Baba and the show’s version of the Three-Eyed Raven, Paris, on that quest.

What’s interesting is Jerlamarel and his children all have the power of sight, so they’re precious chosen ones, like Jon and Bran. This creates conflicts as secrets decide the shifts in power, akin to what George R.R. Martin did. Some of Jerlamarel’s seers clamor a dark destiny by helping Trivantes, while others want a free world and to avoid their birthright as wannabe gods.

The sad thing is, once reunited, he and Hanifa will have to figure out how to help their mom, while not enabling Kane’s treachery. With greedy, vindictive warlords abound, politicians and rulers who are puppet masters and tribes that are still undecided in the war to come, See does everything Game of Thrones did. Plus, with tech being the deus ex machinas, guns and bombs are the dragon in this post-apocalyptic world. All that remains to be seen is how all these moving parts tie in as Maghra ultimately has to make the Sansa Stark-like decision regarding who really should sit on the throne.

See Season 2 premieres Aug. 27 on Apple TV+.

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Avatar: Suki Alone Makes Some Big Changes to the Last Airbender's World

WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Avatar: The Last Airbender – Suki Alone, available now.

One of the best parts of Avatar: The Last Airbender was the exploration of its fascinating world as Aang and his friends traveled the globe in a quest to restore balance. Throughout that journey, there were many corners of the world touched on ever so briefly, and in the time since the original series, the task of expanding on those details falls to comics, novels and other media.

For the most part, the lore from these sources all weaves together in a beautiful tapestry that makes up one of the most engaging fantasy settings in fiction. But the latest addition to that tapestry, Suki Alone, by Faith Erin Hicks, Peter Wartman, Adele Matera, Richard Starkings and Jimmy Betancourt, makes its own changes that stand out in stark contrast to everything else.

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Centering itself on the Kyoshi Warrior’s leader Suki and her time imprisoned between “Appa’s Lost Days” and “The Boiling Rock, Part 1,” Suki Alone hits the ground running with an immediate inconsistency. The comic opens with Azula taunting Suki by mentioning Sokka, with whom Suki is romantically entangled in the series. Except during the timeline the scene is set in, Azula had no reason to know there was even a connection between the two. It was not until the second season finale that Azula’s team even learned of Sokka’s connection to Suki during “The Crossroads of Destiny.”

From there, the comic repeatedly conflicts with bits of lore both from the original series itself and attached media. This is particularly puzzling because the entire creative team has worked on Avatar comics previously. Hicks in particular has been a major writer of Avatar comics since the show ended, yet one of Suki Alone‘s biggest changes to continuity conflict with Hicks’ own work on Shells.

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Kyoshi Island is typically portrayed as a fishing village that frequently does business with traders and merchants. The episode that first introduced the island, “The Warriors of Kyoshi,” made a prime plot point out of Zuko discovering Team Avatar’s whereabouts through the Island trading fish with the mainland. The Kyoshi novels similarly depict the territory’s expansive history dealing with fishermen and traders, and bonus content on the show’s original website claimed that elephant koi were the Island’s main export.

Shells similarly supported this robust trade dependent on the resources of the surrounding ocean, and yet in spite of all of that, Suki Alone makes the island’s isolationism and its devastation by agricultural famine major plot points. The comic’s story parallels Suki’s attempt to foster a nutritious plant within the walls of the Boiling Rock with her island’s past salvation by that same plant, yet Kyoshi Island was never depicted as relying so heavily on the growth of crops. Suki Alone similarly depicts the Island rejecting contact with the outside world, it’s political structure ruled by a governor, or indeed the presence of any village on the island besides Suki’s own.

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Typically, the media that extends the world of Avatar is meticulous about avoiding conflicts with the franchise’s canon, and yet Suki Alone does so pretty flagrantly. These changes could represent a retcon shifting the conception of Kyoshi Island within the canon, but with matters of continuity, only time will tell.

Though future Avatar media is hotly anticipated, very little is known about which aspects of the world will be explored next. If Kyoshi Island is a target then these changes could be a portent of further retcons yet to come, but this story stands out as a curious and puzzling shift in the world of the Four Nations.

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Suki Alone seemingly makes some major changes to previously established history and television lore in a new Avatar: The Last Airbender comic.

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5 Times Demon Slayer Made Us Cry (& 5 It Made Us Laugh) | CBR

Demon Slayer is a smash-hit shonen series that has all the makings of a great fantasy show. It has compelling and heartfelt characters, well-animated and exciting combat scenes, a well-defined combat system, and of course, an even mix of heartbreaking drama and laugh-out-loud comic relief.

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All this keeps Demon Slayer well-balanced, including the high-voltage Mugen Train movie, and fans can easily recall their favorite comedy scenes and their favorite dramatic sequences alike. Demon Slayer excels at both, and Tanjiro’s journey has thus been a real emotional rollercoaster. He has endured heartbreak and grief, but also amusing scenes of slapstick nonsense with his good friends Inosuke Hashibira and Zenitsu Agatsuma. Which scenes were funniest, or the saddest?

10 CRY: When Tanjiro Found His Family Dead

This was the inciting incident of Demon Slayer, when the wicked Muzan Kibutsuji attacked the Kamado family and wiped them out, aside from Nezuko, whom he turned into a demon. Tanjiro had been away selling charcoal, and he took his time coming back home.

Tanjiro’s heart was shattered when he found the bloody remains of his loving family, and Nezuko’s survival was probably the only reason he still had any hope after this. He rushed to get her to a doctor, but he was in for a surprise.

9 LAUGH: When Tanjiro Met Hotaru Haganezuka

Early in the series, Tanjiro completed his training to become a true demon slayer, and he chose the ore that could become his Nichirin sword. It was forged off-screen, and then an eccentric fellow named Hotaru arrived at Saionji’s and Tanjiro’s house to deliver it.

Hotaru has an important job to do, but his goofy behavior, silly mask, and short temper made quite a scene, and even Tanjiro himself called Hotaru out on his strange behavior. It was a little bizarre watching Hotaru seize Tanjiro in that grappling move.

8 CRY: When Tanjiro Slew The Hand Demon

This fight scene made it clear that Demon Slayer was capable of making even the most gruesome and thuggish demons sympathetic, based on their backstories. At first, the Hand Demon was nothing more than a horrifying giant, and it had personally slain many of Saonji’s disciples, including the boy with the fox mask.

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However, the Hand Demon had once been a perfectly ordinary human, and he had looked up to his big brother for guidance. As he crumbled to ashes, the weeping Hand Demon recalled his fond boyhood and longed to return to it. Even Tanjiro felt bad for him because, ultimately, he was simply yet another of Muzan’s victims.

7 LAUGH: When Inosuke Showed His True Face

The boar-headed Inosuke Hashibara was a wild card during the fight against Kyogai, and neither Tanjiro nor his new ally Zenitsu knew what to do about him. Inosuke was tough and confident, but once his boar helmet came off, his sole insecurity was shown.

Inosuke’s face was far less intimidating than his boar head, which wasn’t a bad thing in its own right, but Zenitsu was quick to tease him about it, and the scene was amusing rather than cruel. Inosuke had a lot of bluster to make up for it, at least, and soon had his boar helmet back on.

6 CRY: When Tanjiro Slew Kyogai, The Failed Author

Kyogai was once a member of the Twelve Demon Moons, but had since been demoted, and he was bitter about it. He was also bitter about his failed attempt at launching a career as an author. In fact, he kept the pages of his manuscript around, and that manuscript was precious to him.

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Of course, Tanjiro wasn’t about to forgive Kyogai for his many crimes against humanity, but Tanjiro did avoid stepping on Kyogai’s pages, and it was heartbreaking to see Kyogai’s memories of his failed literary career. He just wanted to write something beautiful, and he was moved to tears by Tanjiro’s compassion as he died.

5 LAUGH: When Tanjiro Defended Nezuko’s Beauty From Yushiro’s Mocking Words

At one point, Tanjiro and Nezuko made their way to Tokyo, a stunning place of lights, trolleys, and crowds wearing Western-style clothes. More importantly, a doctor demon named Tamayo was working here, and she had an adoring assistant named Yushiro. Yushiro did not like the Kamados.

Yushiro criticized Nezuko for being an eyesore of a demon, so Tanjiro leaped to his little sister’s defense at once. Tanjiro fiercely proclaimed that Nezuko had been the village’s beauty, and becoming a demon did nothing to ruin her good looks.

4 CRY: When Tanjiro Slew The Mother Spider Demon

Tanjiro and the others ended up in a scary forest filled with spiders, and Rui, the boss, had recruited other demons to form a false demon family. The “mother” demon was a powerful puppetmaster, but she also endured abuse from Rui, her “son.” She did not have a happy lot in life.

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Tanjiro was duty-bound to dispatch of the mother spider, but he took no pleasure in it, and the mother spider recalled fond memories of her humanity. Someone had looked kindly upon her, and she now wondered how that person was doing. She soon crumbled to dust, free at last.

3 LAUGH: When Hotaru Returned To Give Inosuke New Swords

Hotaru appeared again later in Demon Slayer‘s first season, and he was just as hyperactive as ever. Tanjiro, who was still recovering, was happy to see him, only for Hotaru to launch another tantrum. Hotaru swiped his knife at Tanjiro in an amusing fashion, annoyed that all the Nichirin swords kept getting broken.

Then Inosuke was given his new Nichirin swords but wasn’t yet satisfied with them. He pounded on them with a rock to create the desired jagged edges, and Hotaru went ballistic at the sight. Tanjiro had to restrain him.

2 CRY: When Rui Recalled His Humanity

Remarkably, most of Demon Slayer‘s saddest moments are based on not the heroes’ suffering, but that of the villains, even Rui. As a human boy, Rui had been incredibly frail and was cared for by both parents. Then, he accepted Muzan’s offer to become a demon and thus regain his health.

Rui was horrified when his parents tried to kill him, rejecting them as his real family. As Rui died at the hands of the demon slayers, he recalled his original family, and his desire to have a real mother and father to look after him. It was all he ever wanted.

1 LAUGH: When Shinobu Admonished Inosuke During Training

Shinobu Kocho, the insect Hashira, helped coach Tanjiro and his friends at the butterfly estate, but the training was rough. Tanjiro made some progress with advanced breathing techniques, and then it was Inosuke’s and Zenitsu’s turn.

Inosuke was struggling, and Shinobu cheerfully but viciously mocked him for it, complete with goofy visuals. Inosuke’s short temper exploded, and he huffed hot hog’s breath all over Shinobu to defy her and show his resolve. He must prove her mocking words wrong, or else.

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Demon Slayer has many dark and heartbreaking scenes, but it stays balanced with wonderful comic relief.