Boku no Hero Academia – 08
「スタートライン、爆豪の。」 (Sutaato Rain, Bakugou no)
“Bakugo’s Start Line”
There’s more to Katsuki than meets the eye.
Seeing The Others Fight, Just A Little
I admit to being disappointed that we didn’t get to see more of the others fight, save for the one, because it would have been cool to see what everyone else can do. We got some hints, but not much on many of them. That’s what my monkey brain thinks, though. My writer’s brain realizes how wise this choice was. Exposition should only be offered when it’s necessary, and this first training session was still all about Deku and Kacchan. Showing off Todoroki Shouto’s (Kaji Yuki) had an effect on that plot—of demonstrating how far Katsuki has to go. We’ll get to the others in time.
More Than Meets The Eye
Katsuki’s greatest strength, and his greatest weakness, is his pride. His was a brittle pride, I thought, powerful but vulnerable in a way that a more flexible self-worth is not. Turns out it’s not as fragile as I thought. Which is fantastic storytelling. I appreciate it when another storyteller can lead me around by the nose, and make me think Katsuki’s pride would crack and shatter, when instead he’s just getting started. That’s what makes Katsuki more than the one-dimensional bully he appears to be—he realizes he can’t beat Todoroki, he finds himself agreeing with Yaoyorozu Momo (Inoue Marina), and he admits that the pebble that is Deku just kicked his ass. We get to learn a lot about many characters this episode, but the biggest lesson is that there’s more to Katsuki than meets the eye. This is one of the few HeroAca episodes that doesn’t leave me with chills, but it did leave me thinking. For a “cliché” shounen series, that’s a good trick.
Stilts Note: I’m moving halfway across the country this week, so it’s putting a crimp on my blogging time. Thank you to Passerby, who helped me with this post, and to Takkun, who has graciously agreed to cover episode nine for me. Y’all rock!
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – Deku, Momo, & Shouto prove to Katsuki that he isn’t all that after all. Turns out he’s not as fragile as I thought #heroaca 08
- Nothing like a demure nudist for gap moe. How is she not cold even without ice-fire guy mucking up the place?
- Oh Grape-kun, yoooou!
- I feel like Uraraka is a yaoi fangirl in the making. I feel like being involved in a fated battle between men is a huge turn-on for her, so well done Deku.
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