「今 僕に出来ることを」 (Ima Boku ni Dekiru Koto wo)
“What I Can Do For Now”
When the chips are down, when he’s backed into a corner, when everything’s against him—that’s when a hero shines. Izuku is a hero.
Izuku, You’re Cool!
Excuse me for a bit of storytelling nerdery. Let’s talk about themes.
This is the kind of story that could subsist on only its larger themes. Hard work, the weakling becoming strong, triumphing over adversity—these are time-honored themes for a reason, and Boku no Hero Academia is working them to the hilt. But it also occasionally makes use of episode-specific themes, which further enhance the tale.
This time, it was other people remarking upon how cool Izuku is. First was his mom, and d’awwwww! (Also, embarrassing.) As motivation that was good enough, but the episode was bookended by these remarks, with the second one coming from All Might himself. How cool is that? His mentor was worried for him, even All Might wasn’t sure he would pass this hurdle, and he astounded even him! They’re right. Izuku is cool. And this sub-theme made the episode all the better.
Smarts and Strength
Once again, I’m enjoying this show so much because I’m not always able to anticipate how Izuku is going to surmount the challenges facing him. Contrast that to Kabaneri or Netoge, which I both really, really enjoy by the way, but which I can usually anticipate where they’re going next. (Netoge especially, as I remarked upon in my most recent post.) To me, Boku no Hero Academia is more like Ansatsu Kyoushitsu, in that it can throw enough curveballs to keep even savvy viewers guessing. Both of them are also good at piling on the tension without making it feel too unfair. The more I think of it, those two really are a lot alike.
All of which is to say, I was laboring under the assumption that he would either successfully harness his power, or burn out his arm trying for one exceptional result. It had to be the ball throw, after all—all the others were endurance or flexibility based, which aren’t suitable unless he had real control over his Quirk. Which is why All Might’s reaction that he was cool was so perfect. He didn’t depend on pure strength, but instead thought his way out of the conundrum. He used the least necessary strength to get the result he needed, and damn if that isn’t wisdom. Entire societies could learn a lesson from that. With Aizawa Shouta-sensei / Eraser Head (Suwabe Junichi) out to expel him, he threaded the needle and used his uncontrollable power without incapacitating himself. You really are cool, Izuku!
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – Faced with a seemingly impossible test for his unruly Quirk, Izuku takes a path even All Might didn’t expect. He’s so cool! #heroaca 05
- It turned out all right, it turned out all might. Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you All Might, starting in with the dad jokes. This is how a hero fades away.
- Izuku finally stood up to Kacchan. Damn son, you go!
- Best girl is so friendly. Though you’re still not really speaking to her, per say, Izukucchi.
- I feel like Izuku needs to get that nurse to help him control his power. With her around he could risk screwing up without incapacitating himself. Though he didn’t know the first day was going to be so crazy, so he probably didn’t consider doing anything like that until he got into the school. That’s lesson number one.
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