OP2: 「ピースサイン」 (Peace Sign) by Yonezu Kenshi
「そういうことね お茶子さん」 (Sou iu Koto ne Ochako-san)
“That’s the Idea, Ochaco-san”
It’s back it’s back IT’S BACK!!
Boku no Hero Academia is back. It’s back, it’s the same as always, and even the intro was giving me chills.
Though that was pretty much the only scene that gave the signature HeroAca feeling. Which sounds like a complaint, but it’s not! The intro and the final scene did it, but one of the elements that makes this series work so well is that it builds, and for it to do that, it needs to build on something. That’s what this episode did, provide the foundation for the U.A. sports festival arc that’s going to keep us enthralled this season.
Much of it was recap, to remind us of how we got here. Which I appreciate more and more as I get older, and more importantly, busier—I forget stuff, so the reminder is appreciated. No extra points for how the exposition was done, it was just spoken aloud, but it’s not like HeroAca needs to find an elegant way of telling every aspect of its story, i.e. weaving exposition seamlessly into the plot. It’d be appreciated! But not necessary. They got the recap out of the way, and we got to be reintroduced to the cast, so we’re back up to speed. Good!
Undoubtedly the most substantive character moment had to do with Ochako’s reasons for becoming a hero, and ya know what? I’m totally with Iida-kun here. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to earn money, especially to give your parents a better life. Though I’m also with her parents, and that she ought to pursue her own dreams—it’s a complicated dance. Ideally she’ll be able to achieve her dreams AND help her parents, but the desire to do the latter can twist the former, and maybe becoming a hero—even if she just potentially wants to help with the construction—isn’t really her dream. Time will tell, but it’s a question that has my interest.
Other than that though, this episode was the foundation of what will hopefully be Izuku’s heroic coming out party—and that of his friends and classmates too. I can’t wait, I can’t wait, I can’t wait! Each week just got a little brighter, because Boku no Hero Academia is back.
- A villainous man-child with his childish sense of omnipotence still intact. That seems an appropriate villain for 2017.
- Reintroducing us to the cast is just an exercise in reminding me of all my ships. Though many are still developing. Outside of Ojiro and Tooru, obviously. OTP!
- The other part that interested me is why Deku was able to control One For All that one time against Nomu. Because it was the first time he used it on a person . . . well. I feel like that’s only half the story, but we’ll see soon enough.
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ED3: 「だから、ひとりじゃない」 (Dakara, Hitori ja nai) by Little Glee Monster