Boku no Hero Academia – 06
「猛れクソナード」 (Takere Kusonaudo)
“Rage, You Damn Nerd!”
Out of the pan and into the fire. Kacchan’s fire.
An [Un]necessary Subterfuge
There were two ways Aizawa-sensei’s test could have ended: either Izuku wasn’t last, or he was last and didn’t get expelled. (Not that I really expected someone else to get expelled in the former case, now that I’ve thought about it more.) Taking the latter path would have been—well, I don’t want to say it would have been a cop out, because it was a hilarious moment when Aizawa-sensei was all “lulz jk,” but if him lying was always the plan, it would have left me wanting.
Luckily, that wasn’t the full story. After All Might confronted Aizawa-sensei and revealed that he had expelled an entire class the year before, it made me reflect on what of the thematic elements that separates this series from more “realistic” (see: grimdark and/or cynical) fare: when Izuku works hard and proves himself, the world recognizes him. It’s natural that others doubt him to a degree—he’s small, wimpy, and starting from last place. But this is not a cynical world. If Izuku is smart and persistent and earnest, I have every faith that he will, if not always be rewarded for that effort, he will at least be recognized for it. Little moments like that are a nice reward, since we so badly want to see all of Deku’s effort rewarded as well.
Deku vs Kacchan: Part 1
I’m absolutely not surprised that Izuku ended up on a team with Uraraka, and was set to face off against Team Katsuki/Iida. Initially I got a Netoge vibe from this setup, where it’s coincidental but I don’t care because I want to see this, but it actually makes complete sense from a storytelling perspective. Who else has received enough character introduction to take part in this fight without pulling attention away from Deku vs Kacchan? Navel laser dude? Maybe, but not many choices after that. I’d like to learn more about the others, that’ll be fun, but that’s not the goal here. The goal is to delve into Deku vs Kacchan, and in particular, find out what’s crawled up Katsuki’s butt.
I did facepalm during one point—not at the show, but at myself. Of course Kacchan thinks Deku lied to him about not having a Quirk. Everyone knows Quirks are inherited and show up by age four, right? It’s easy for us to swallow a tranferred Quirk because this whole thing is new to us, we haven’t lived our whole lives thinking Quirks = inherited is an ironclad rule. Of course Kacchan thinks Deku lied to him, and has been laughing at him this whole time—even if that doesn’t make a damn bit of sense if Katsuki possessed the temperament to stop and think of it.
The more interesting thing is how much of Kacchan’s self-worth seems to be tied up in being better than others, and Deku in particular. That seems like a dangerous thing to have in a hero—it feels like he’ll only be useful as a tool as he is now, a mad dog to be released on the bad guys while other heroes go about the selfless work of actually saving people. This is definitely a time I’m as interested to see how the rival develops as I am the hero.
Looking Ahead—Deku vs Kacchan: Part 2
Deku is fighting like the badass normal he was until recently! Except he wasn’t badass, so I guess that’s no. Though no, that’s not true—anyone who fights even though he’s scared is a real hero, much more than an angry thug like Katsuki. That boy needs a whole series of ass whoopings. Here’s to hoping Deku gives one to him, as he proves that his nickname doesn’t mean that he’s useless anymore. You can do it, Izuku!
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – Izuku earned the minimum of Aizawa-sensei’s respect, but he’s back into the fire as he faces off against none other than Kacchan #heroaca 06
- Looks like someone’s always mugging for the camera.
- So there is a limit to how often Recovery Girl’s Quirk can save Izuku. From a storytelling perspective, that’s good and I’m glad they mentioned that. For Izuku it’s less good.
- “Deku desu!” Hah! She already has him wrapped around her little finger.
- Also in the-world-rewards-Izuku-when-he-works-hard: d’aaaawwww, he has good friends. D’aaaawww friendship warm’n fuzzies D’AAAAWWWW!
- “I am…coming through the door like a normal person!” Nothing you do is normal, All Might.
- Izuku’s mom realizes that she made a mistake by not encouraging him, and she regrets it. She’s such a good character! Her development is happening in the margins, but it’s happening. I cannot say enough good things about this.
- Lesson learned, Uraraka: if you don’t decide on your costume, the Patriarchy will decide for you. Skintight bodysuit it is!
- “The hero course is the best.” That + him staring right at her breasts . . . I can’t decide if he’s an audience insert, or just a pervy high schooler. Or both?
- Not sure how I feel about a nuclear crisis sounding American. Not that there isn’t precedent for it.
- I can’t say I’m mad that Deku’s costume is already damaged. That mask is mad silly. Even All Might thinks so.
- Confession: I was initially hesitant to pick this show up, because I get bad hype backlash (trope!) on occasion and I was afraid it wouldn’t live up. I’m glad I did, because it’s exceeding the hype for me. Plus, for once the high school setting even adds to the story instead of being obligatory! Mind blown.
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