This episode starts out with a veritable laundry list of quirk training methods, and I enjoyed it mightily. What these scenes most reminds me of—aside from all the other training scenes/arcs I’ve watched in my years of consuming anime, of which there have been many—are those writers who think that readers/viewers will get bored without an action scene every ten minutes. I think scenes like this give the lie to that idea, because, while there were explosions, this wasn’t all that dissimilar from Present Mic reading a grocery list. What separates the two is that the different ways all of these characters are training is interesting. Lists can be fun! Provided they’re listing off something cool. It really showed the depth of this setting, and got in plenty of funny moments along the way. I’ll take that any day of the week.
Much of the episode was spent with Izuku fretting over Kouta, and I appreciated how Izuku was stumbling over his words and unable to clearly enunciate his feelings on heroes. He’s never questioned the rightness of the system until now, so he’s fumbling to explain why he thinks it’s a good one—and perhaps, to decide whether he truly thinks that himself. I somewhat lament that things are probably going to proceed such that Kouta opens up to Izuku after he saves the [younger] boy, because it feels too easy … though I probably shouldn’t count my ducks before they’re hatched. HeroAca has a habit of surprising, or at least, even when it goes for the cliche route, doing it dang well.
Speaking of: major bonus points to Shouto for smacking some sense into Izuku by making him realize that, where he at least knew Shouto before he started meddling, he doesn’t know this kid hardly at all. They’re strangers. Words have got to be pretty powerful to move someone all on their own, and the people who can do that consistently usually end up as great leaders (or murderous despots). Maybe Izuku will get there, but he’s no All Might as of yet.
Of course, the happy times couldn’t keep rolling. The League of Villains are on them again, and—I mean, damn, right? These kids can’t catch a break. And UA’s plan to protect them backfired completely. They should have brought all the teachers they could muster … though then the League of Villains would have probably changed their plan. It was a good idea, but they got unlucky—or outclassed by All For One. Now we’ve got some kickass battles forming, and everyone’s split up to boot. Not ideal. Next week we’ll begin to see how our heroes will extricate themselves from this mess—and hopefully how Izuku will make sure Kouta makes it through as well. If he doesn’t get a little help from the scamp himself.
- I loved the background action in some of the training scenes. Great way to keep showing their training without making it the focus.
- So you’re telling me these two can eat as much as they want (or as much sugar as he wants, in Satou’s case), and they’ll just burn it off (or Create it out) without getting fat? Quirks are unfair.
- Tsuyu-chan most chivalrous hero for sure.
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