Boku no Hero Academia – 07
「デクvsかっちゃん」 (Deku vs Kacchan)
“Deku vs Kacchan”
Pride is one of the seven deadly sins for a reason.
What Drives Kacchan
It’s been clear for a while that Kacchan operates at the high level he does due to a host of personality traits which could be called . . . well, double-edged swords, to put it one way. The stuff villains are made of would be another. Anger, pride, extreme confidence, and a superiority complex the size of his ridiculous gauntlets are what propel him to excel, because he’s been told his entire life that he’s amazing—or course he would be the best. And let’s all admit that the kid if damn good. His reversal move showed that even before the other characters chimed in to say why it was so impressive. It’s not that he’s not as talented as they say. He’s just taking it down the wrong path.
Which is why Deku gets on his nerves so much. He’s supposed to be so amazing, everyone says it—and then this weak little nerd worries about him. He offers him a helping hand. He tries to save him from that monster back in episode two, even though Kacchan has all of this power and skill at his disposal. Deku is an assault on Kacchan’s worldview, which is why he can’t stand him. If someone as useless as Deku can stand on the same stage as him, maybe he’s not so awesome at all. Thus, he must prove that Deku is beneath him. Violently.
It’s good that they gave All Might a reason for letting the fight go on, because honestly, he probably should have stopped it. But he didn’t, because he realized something that I wholeheartedly agree with—this battle needed to happen. Not just for Deku, but for Katsuki too. Katsuki’s worldview is poisoning him, and he needs that beaten out of him. Fortunately, Deku is there to do it.
Isn’t it crazy how much Deku has grown in seven episodes? He’s still scared, and he’s still desperately scrabbling for a way to keep going, but he’s finally standing up for himself in front of his old bully, and willing to fight him head on to test his mettle against someone he respects. All Might was right—this is the first time Deku has shown passion for anything aside from becoming a hero, and he outsmarted his adversaries too. (He and Uraraka, I don’t want to minimize her contribution.) Katsuki might not be as thick-headed as he seems, but Izuku kept his eye on the prize. Way to go, Deku!
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – Kacchan’s destructive pride sends him on an explosive collision course with scared little Deku. Deku wins #heroaca 07
- Iida-kun fought Uraraka by cleaning. Brilliant!
- Props to Katsuki for not giving Deku a chance to think in battle. Of course he wouldn’t. That’s how real combat works.
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