「がなる風雲急」 (Ganaru Fuuunkyuu)
I had no idea that Dark Shadow was this powerful. It’s always been a impressive quirk, with both offense and defense in one versatile package, but what it showed here is on a whole other level. He went from a fledgling hero to a raid boss all in one go, and took out the murderer that was bedeviling Katsuki and Shouto. Damn! Most impressive, though, is Izuku’s plan to drag the raging Dark Shadow over to Katsuki and Shouto in order to kill two birds with one stone. Ice = they’re fighting, and they both can create light? That’s some thinking! (Though it was Katsuki who made sure no one calmed Tokoyami down until after Dark Shadow had taken out the baddie.) Goes to show that you can be a great hero just by using your brain—and if you’ve got a powerful quirk too, then you can become very powerful indeed.
Tsuyu-chan and Ochako were both impressive as well, for different reasons. Tsuyu’s poise cannot be denied, she’s cool under pressure, and that above all else is why she’s so formidable. (Though she did seem perturbed when the villain decided to call her Tsuyu-chan.) It was Ochako who got the drop on Toga, though. Goes to show the value of diversifying your skills, and that you can get pretty good at a skill with relatively modest practice (on a lifetime scale). What she still needs to work on, though, is her mental fortitude. She allowed Toga’s words to get to her, which in turn allowed her to take some of her blood. Not good. I don’t know what Toga’s quirk is, but I know that’s not good. Nor is how she’s now looking at Deku.
Loved Izuku’s plan to catch up to Mr. Compress (Mogami Tsuguo). I had assumed that the villains would try to recruit Katsuki in the field, where I was sure they would fail (but potentially leave a seed in his mind that could be problematic). Capturing him (along with Tokoyami) in gumdrops and trying to flip them at their leisure is a better plan. (It also risks them making a mess of the villains’ lair, but still. A better plan.) Izuku is wise to try to stop that at whatever cost, even if it means letting himself be hurled through the air into a gaggle of villains. The only problem: neither he nor Shouji are in good shape, and Shoto probably can’t take all these people by himself. It’s not yet impossible for everyone to get out of this alive and safe—or everyone that we’ve seen, at least—but it’s going to be hard. Very hard. The pressure just doesn’t let up with this one, damn!
Personally, I’m hoping/anticipating that Yuuga will be the X factor that helps the heroes take the night—though he’s got to protect the unconscious Hagakure and Jiro as well. Rough. Still, an Aoyama hero moment plus some spotlight time for Shouji would be great. Let’s do this thing!
- Special props to Yao-momo, who is getting better at operating under pressure, as seen by her (I assume) tracking device. Also to Awase Yousetsu (Matsuoka Yoshitsugu) for not completely losing his shit when being chase by a Nomu. Jeez.
- Of course Spinner keeps Mandalay a harlot. Of course the villain denigrates women based on their sexuality. Of course.
- Looks like, as long as the Cult of Stain exists, Iida-kun will have a target on his back. One mistake, and these terrorists won’t let it go. Bastards.
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