「未知との遭遇」 (Michi to no Souguu)
“Encounter with the Unknown”
These villains aren’t smart. These kids aren’t scared—or they are, but they’re fighting anyway.
Simple Villains Acting Intelligently
If a complaint can be levied against the villains of this arc so early in said arc (though c’mon now, give ’em some time), it’s that the villains are shallow. I would not levy this complaint; it’s hard enough to get a story off the ground, and creating dynamic villains, especially when so much time has been sunk into creating an antagonist-ally, is a tall order. But if someone were make that argument, at least they couldn’t say the villains are stupid. From creating the media disturbance the episode prior (thanks for the cover Takkun) to cutting off the heroes from the school and separating them, they did their homework. That’s good, because it makes them a more legitimate threat, and certainly a more interesting one than if they has rushed in with dumb power.
The only things they failed to plan for is that All Might wouldn’t be there, which is understandable, and the students’ Quirks, which is also understandable. That second one is biting them in the ass.
Izuku, Tsu-chan, & Mineta Team Up
I like this way of introducing other character’s Quirks—don’t bluntly give us exposition, show us by mixing and matching them with the action at hand! There are little things, like giving us a glimpse of Yaoyorozu’s power, but mostly this episode was about introducing us to the Quirks of Asui Tsuyu (Yuuki Aoi) and Mineta Minoru (Hirohashi Ryou), AKA Tsu-chan and Grape-kun. Tsu-chan seems the most clearly powerful of the trio, at least as long as Izuku keeps injuring himself with every attack, which is why it’s so nice that she was relatively unrepresented in the meat of the second half. Absolutely vital, and she enabled the whole thing by saving the others when they were first warped away, but it was Izuku and Grape-kun who delivered the knock out blows.
Certainly it’s silly that the villains let the kids sit on the boat so long, and waited so long to sink it, though since they did sink it before long, I have not problem letting that slide. And certainly, the kids were lucky that Izuku’s plan worked, especially since I don’t feel like Grape-kun sticking them all up was explicitly discussed? It would have been off-screen if so, but I get the feeling that didn’t happen.
Those are both fine, and the crucial moment was great—seeing Grape-kun derive some measure of courage, even if it was out of disbelief and self-loathing as much as anything, from Izuku’s actions. All Might may be the Symbol of Peace, but Izuku is already becoming a symbol to his class. I felt tremendous pride on Izuku and Grape-kun’s parts when Tsu-chan praised them in the last frame. Here’s to the little guys!
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – The villain’s have a smart plan, but the kids aren’t going down without a fight. The little guys are winning #heroaca 10
- Eraser Head ain’t one to be fucked with. His apparent weaknesses are just an opportunity to kick ass, old school-style.
- Grape-kun gotta oppai at all times. Never stop oppaiing.
- I’m guessing Yaoyorozu is like Amaburi’s Sento Isuzu (only more so), and can pull items from her skin. Hence the skimpy outfit. Don’t confirm that unless you use spoiler tags, manga readers, we’ll find out eventually.
- Tsu-chan said her last two powers are practically useless, which tells me they’ll be used eventually. Though with this show, I don’t give that a 100%. It’s more wily than that.
- “When the enemy becomes certain of their victory, that will be our chance.” Good advice from a superhero anime. Stranger things have happened, kero kero. (P.S. Tsu-chan best frog.)
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