Boku no Hero Academia – 03
「うなれ筋肉」 (Unare Kinniku)
From zero to hero in ten months. That’s training the All Might way.
Training the All Might Way
I’ve learned a lot about strength training since I started working on being less of a skinny bitch a few years back. (I didn’t get the nickname Stilts just because of my height.) And, while I could point out some potential problems in the workout regimen that All Might and Izuku whipped up—putting such high physical demands on a growing body, for instance (maybe—I’ve heard conflicting info), or starting out by trying to push something so heavy, even though that was obviously intended as a visual gag—but honestly? It’s pretty good. Like Saitama’s regimen from One-Punch Man, Izuku’s workout actually makes some amount of sense, unlike what you see in series such as the Dragon Ball franchise, where their methods are more liable to shred their joints and snap their spine than result in increased strength, alien physiology notwithstanding.
I was especially pleased with the grippers Izuku was using in class, ’cause grip strength is a little considered impediment to strength after a certain point. The idea of rigidly scheduling out his entire life is smart as well, because it takes choice out of the equation and leaves it up to Izuku to just do. They even included rest days to account for muscle recovery, and made up a meal plan so Izuku would be sure to consume all the extra calories and nutrients he would need. Some actual thought and research went into this training montage, and it’s right more often than it’s not (though maybe consult a personal trainer before you start training by picking up garbage). That attention to detail continues to bode well for Boku no Hero Academia.
The only moderate qualm I have has to do with Izuku getting overworked. Not that they brought that up—rather, I’m ecstatic they did! Most people don’t adequately factor in the need for rest and recovery, or realize that overwork can be far worse to your strength goals than too little work. I just wish they would have emphasized that more, though to All Might’s credit he rightly pointed out that if Izuku is thinking in the long-term, he can’t run himself into the ground trying to catch up now.
Whatever minor complaints I have with the training scenes, they’re all nothing next to seeing the kid who has to work 100x harder than anyone else do that 100x work, get shredded, and inherit All Might’s power in time for the exam. (I also liked All Might’s volunteer spirit with the beach training.) It’s another one of those moments that tells us that hard work and earnest emotions do pay off sometimes. The world could do with more reminders of that.
Looking Ahead – Exam Time, Start-o!
The rest of the episode was buildup to the practical exam, and we’ll need to see how that all goes down before much more can be said. Obviously these two will be important characters—as if the OP didn’t tell us that already—but much past that it’s a wait-and-see game. I just wish we could have seen Izuku use his newly inherited One For All powers! Oh well. Gotta save something for next week.
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – From zero to hero in ten months of training from hell, that’s the All Might way. The torch is passed! #heroaca 03
- All Might having a Quirk that can be passed on to a Quirkless boy like Izuku is the right kind of coincidence/luck in a story. Sure, Izuku is undeniably blessed by the chance (as he himself notes), but he does the work too. We don’t mind our heroes getting lucky on occasion, as long as they work and suffer for it as well.
- Dagoba Municipal Beach Park. Now I’m sure they’re doing this on purpose. (That’s #2.)
- My biggest complaint: those wimpy half pushups Izuku was doing. Don’t start slacking now, Izuku/animators.
- Don’t mind, don’t mind. Work out hard enough and sometimes it happens.
- “Something that you receive because you’re lucky and something that you are given because you are recognized are different in essence.” Amen.
- Napoleon Bonaparte is a hero now? Then again, he’s also the one who said “History is a set of lies agreed upon.” I guess we can make him have said whatever we want, as long as we agree.
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