「轟VS爆豪」 (Todoroki VS Bakugo)
“Todoroki vs. Bakugo”
If we could harness the power of Bakugo’s rage, we could power our civilization for millennia to come.
The Todoroki vs Bakugo fight was disappointing, in a highly compelling way. Disappointing because, after Bakugo vs Uraraka and Todoroki vs Izuku, it was over too quickly and without a ton of flash, bang, or sizzle. Compelling, though, because what happened speaks volumes about Shouto, Katsuki, and even Izuku, in ways that will directly propel their stories going forward.
Katsuki is the one that most interests me. It’s impressive how Horikoshi-sensei built up to Katsuki’s explosion over Shouto not using his flames, and not even wanting to win the damn medal if he couldn’t beat the best opponent fighting at their best. From Shouto’s declaration to Izuku through every event up until now, he was always striving in that berserker way that so typifies Katsuki—though what I most like is the moment he barged into the wrong waiting room, and admitted his mistake. That, along with how Katsuki was saying nearly the same thing to Shouto as Izuku did before, though for different reasons, show why he isn’t a lost cause. Dude has some anger problems, natch, but he isn’t a villain, and as long as all that rage is channeled to good ends, he can remain a force for good in the world. If his pride doesn’t crush him first.
Going into this episode, I never expected the second half to all be about family, though I’m happy it was. Tenya and his older brother—oof. That one hit hard. To see one’s personal hero, and older brother to boot, laid up like that is bound to shake him to the core. Then there was Shouto and his mother, his starting line—the person he must save to truly start on his hero journey, just as his father is the villain he must defeat. We couldn’t have had the great Bakugo vs Todoroki fight we all wanted to see without sacrificing this scene. That fight can wait; this was needed now.
All of which was juxtaposed by Ochako’s parents coming to visit, and aren’t they just the greatest! Them + Izuku’s mom talking about how she kept losing consciousness (occasionally from dehydration, hah!) after finding out that he has a quirk now were just PRECIOUS! It’s like the old quote: “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” They might not be as compellingly fractured as Shouto’s families, but sometimes it’s nice to see some kids in fiction have a healthy home-life.
Then there’s Katsuki, getting after those damn germs. Hah! That kid is an idiot. An angry, angry idiot.
Going forward, Izuku’s quest will be to obtain the part of the All Might package he’s been missing: the smile. He’s got the strength, now he just needs to use it in a way that doesn’t make others worry. That’s good, because he can only keep breaking his body in school functions so many times before it feels like the administrators are being negligent. New challenge accepted!
- What’s wrong with your eeeeeye.
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