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Boku no Hero Academia – 51

「入れ寮」 (Haire Ryou)
“Moving into Dorms”

There are two things I love about this episode. First: everything about it. It was so fun! Getting to see everybody’s rooms was just super fun. It’s said that to see someone’s room is to understand them, and we got that over and over again. Obvious winner was, indeed, Sato, but Sero kinda got robbed (I hope he was second), and Todoroki’s was also a shocker. Top floor boy’s rooms were stronk. It was fun getting to see everyone’s characters explored through their rooms. It was just fun!

Second, I love how it actually meant something. Other stories would have this episode he light and fun and fluffy for its own sake. That’s fine! Sometimes fun can just be fun. But the Room King competition was imbued with extra meaning when Tsuyu-chan spoke. I don’t agree with her initial statement, that to break the rules is to do what villains do—ideally that would be the case, but sometimes the rules have not caught up with morality, and we all have to navigate that world—but she’s not wrong to at least consider this. In this case it was good that they did what they did, and that Iida and Yao-momo went along (and are now getting tarred for their actions) even though they were only there to stop the others from doing something rash. Yet they still betrayed their teacher’s trust, and that of their fellow students, which is why Aizawa-sensei was right to dress them down, and Tsuyu-chan was right to feel betrayed. But she also spoke to them about it, and that’s good. She didn’t let it fester! Tsuyu-chan is a good hero, but also just a good person who’s wise beyond her years. You can’t help but love her.

Other thoughts in no particular order:

  • Kirishima is an example of good manliness, as opposed to toxic manliness. He’s all gung-ho for manly stuff, and the girls poke fun at that, but when he makes a mistake he apologizes for it and promises to make it right/learn his lesson, and he’s generally open about his feeling. That’s good manliness.
  • As opposed to Grape-kun, who is all sorts of toxic. Which isn’t to say he isn’t a good character. He is! He’s just not a great person. Dude needs to learn some self-control. But the things that make him a trashy boy are what make him a hilarious character. It’s okay as long as it isn’t endorsed, and since the show frequently punishes him for his antics, it’s not, so it’s funny to watch.
  • Funniest rooms were definitely Izuku’s and Tokoyami’s, but I was cracking up throughout. And Sato deserved to win. Cakii!
  • It’s kind of astounding that the story didn’t start out in dorms, but it’s great that it didn’t, because now we get to see both the before and the after. Shows again how wise Horikoshi-sensei is.

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July 2, 2018 at 2:00 am
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  • July 2, 2018 at 5:54 amLittleForest

    I don’t know if you saw it, but after some girls’ rooms, they were carrying a bundle of Sero’s tape who was floating with Uraraka’s quirk.
    That was Mineta, punished for his actions in the girls’ rooms.

    • July 2, 2018 at 8:33 amNinjaSyao

      I was wondering what that was! xd

      • July 2, 2018 at 10:53 amUrizithar

        There is a clue later. When they are voting he’s sitting covered in tapes.

  • July 2, 2018 at 8:09 amOne Pinch Man

  • July 2, 2018 at 8:23 amsosbrigade1991

    What a great episode of hanging out with the whole gang after such an intense arc. This truly IS the show of dreams right now.

  • July 2, 2018 at 10:02 amstarss

    I am ALL for character interaction, and this delivered in spades! I could watch a whole episode of this instead of the 10 minutes or so they spent on the “Room King” competition and be satisfied! That said, we did not see Bakugo’s, Tsuyu’s and Mineta’s rooms for various reasons, and it’s fun to imagine what their rooms are like.

    Now the students are in even more danger in my opinion. The school’s security may have ramped up, but now they’re all sitting ducks in one easy non-moving target, and it’s only a matter of time for any villain to ambush them at any time. The tension is more thick than it’s ever been, and it’s definitely a new era of heroes that these young, unprepared students have to face.

    • July 2, 2018 at 12:19 pmStilts

      It’s true that they’re easier to find, but the security will be on a whole other level than when they were living at home (when it was only them to protect them, and what happens when they’re asleep?), and it’ll be even harder to assault this point when they all have their provisional licenses. This is an improvement.

    • July 2, 2018 at 6:58 pmFlappy

      The dorm system was put in place to serve 2 purposes:

      1.To keep the students in one place so as to provide constant supervision and having all the teachers around to respond when needed

      2.To determine the possibility that the mole in the student body exist which results in the League obtaining crucial information with regards to the school’s activities which were suppose to be closely guarded secrets.

      There has been much speculation on who might be the mole but the discussions mainly fall to 2 culprits(gonna leave spoiler tags just in case): Show Spoiler ▼

  • July 2, 2018 at 2:00 pmblargnobia

    I don’t know what “goo manliness” is, Stilts, but it sounds kinda nasty.

    • July 2, 2018 at 6:57 pmStilts

      I apologize for nothing!! Also: let the doujins begin.

  • July 2, 2018 at 3:57 pmMatthew

    Mineta is not a good character.

    The problem with Mineta is that he does something awful, gets an instantaneous punish for it, and then it’s over. Why is that a problem? It’s a problem because the effects of the sort of awful behavior he engages in don’t vanish the moment you bop him over the head, and it’s kind of an awful message to say that they do. Getting harassed like Mineta harasses women can leave them feeling terrible and troubled for a long time. It’s not funny.

    • July 2, 2018 at 5:48 pmVoyager

      Here, have :)

    • July 2, 2018 at 7:04 pmStilts

      Hmm, good point. I do think a terrible person can still be a good character (not a moral judgment, just a marker of how effective, memorable, or non-bland they are), but it does depend on how he’s used. So, his attempted peeping during the bathing scene way back was less objectionable, because he got punished for it and also the girls weren’t actually peeped on (though the threat of being peeped upon is still debilitating, though it’s a big cultural trope deserving of its own discussion), whereas him latching onto Yao-momo’s bum during the obstacle course is far, faaaaar less so.

      In this episode, him being creepy and so the girls skipping his room was funny, whereas him going for Hagakure’s underwear drawer was less so. And him fomenting unrest among the boys could have been very dark, but didn’t turn out that way.

      Anywho, my point is that Mineta is a bad person, but he’s a memorable character, which is all I meant by “good”. He’s also a problematic one, so I wouldn’t have included him myself (or woulda made his punishments stick better, as you rightly point out they do not). He’s not my fav by a long shot, but he still can be funny from time to time.

      I much prefer my perverts to be like Issei now, as opposed to Issei early on when he was being a creeper. Mineta is still in that mode.

    • July 2, 2018 at 7:21 pmcvb

      Probably will have some small developement towards maturity in a random filler episode and then will return to his shenanigans. There are a lot of characters like that out there, him being a creep and a pervert for the laughs is his signature, if you strip him from that there isn’t anything about him. Characters like him don’t exist to advance the plot or watch them evolve, they are just comedic reliefs. Aoyama is pretty much like him, but in flashy weirdo flavour.

    • July 3, 2018 at 1:00 pmRedRocket

      There is a solution to Mineta’s problem. Return Japan to its traditional values of mixed-sex bathing and free love. Then naked women would be no big deal to him or them and he’d get sex with a large amount of woman so problem solved.
      The reason many woman and men find Mineta’s behavior no big deal and funny is because they come from more sexually healthy cultures and families that don’t teach young girls prudish views on their body being exposed and prudish views on sex. Mineta’s behavior rises to no more than misdemeanors by a minor and should be viewed as such not preeminently damaging because these behaviors should not be premaritally damaging in a healthy culture. I strongly object to the current trend to try to enforce the most conservative moral code on everyone because people raised by that unhealthy culture can be emotionally damaged.
      Finally, no female character on this show seems to be greatly offended by Mineta’s behavior so the punishment should not exceed the crime.

  • July 2, 2018 at 5:21 pmVoyager

    It’s not the focus of this episodes, but let’s point out that even All Might noticed how Inko (Izuku’s mother) and his mentor Shimura Nana are similar, especially their hair style. In his words:

    “You have a good mother.”
    “Yes.”
    “She is like my master… my predecessor…”
    “What? My mom is?”
    “Yeah. Like their hairstyles and stuff.”
    “Hair, huh?”
    “I’m saying that she’s someone strong.”

    https://randomc.net/image/Boku%20no%20Hero%20Academia/Boku%20no%20Hero%20Academia%20-%2051%20-%20Large%2002.jpg

    https://randomc.net/image/Boku%20no%20Hero%20Academia/Boku%20no%20Hero%20Academia%20-%2050%20-%20Large%2003.jpg

    Someone here (or it was somewhere else, can’t remember) also noticed that they kind of look similar, more so if comparing Nana with younger Inko. I’m starting to think they may be related somehow … with all the deriving consequences.

    Maybe I’m reading too much in it, but as I said, that was hinted even within the show itself.

    Let’s keep this a conjecture. If you know something that will be revealed later, PLEASE do not spoil us, k? tnx.

    • July 2, 2018 at 6:56 pmStilts

      Once again: I doubt they’re related, and it’d be a disappointment if they were. It’s not like it’s that uncommon of a hairstyle, and two people can be alike and not connected by blood. Of course, when it comes to stories it’s often wise to assume links where you wouldn’t in real life, but I also pay attention to what would make for a better story, and this would not do that. Part of Izuku’s charm is that he was a nobody. Why destroy that?

      It’s more likely that Toshinori was seriously impressed by Inko, which instantly made him think of the other older woman/mentor figure who so thoroughly impressed him before, and that was Nana.

      • July 2, 2018 at 10:37 pmYukie

        I agree. Just like how Naruto would’ve been an even more compelling figure had he not been the Hokage’s son.

      • July 3, 2018 at 11:56 amVoyager

        Well, I agree that the story is actually much better the way you say, but couldn’t help and notice some curious coincidence. Sorry if that was already discussed before, I couldn’t follow all the past posts.

      • July 3, 2018 at 5:23 pmchaos

        @Yukie

        You’re so right. Naruto suddenly being very special (heritage and innate skills) really changed the show for me. Consequently, I never made it through Shippuden.

      • July 16, 2018 at 3:39 amTsuzurao

        @chaos
        In my experience, people complaining about Naruto ‘suddenly disregarding its themes’ or anything of the sort because Naruto turned out to be the Fourth Hokage’s son tend to be jumping the gun on making that call.

        Honestly, the only thing Naruto inherited from his father was his hair and eye colour. Naruto is specifically noted to have not inherited any particular talents from his parents (at most, he gets some of his excessive vitality from his mother, and honestly being the Kyuubi’s vessel does more for that than his heritage).

        For all that people say that Naruto ended up contradicting its themes, upon review of the series, said claims are more often than not very superficial takes.

  • July 2, 2018 at 5:23 pmWinnie

    awh, was hoping you’d cover Bakugo’s character development x) How he now remembers his classmates names and quirks (and their weakness ie the electric guy) and is perceptive enough to lighten the serious mood.

    • July 3, 2018 at 5:24 pmchaos

      That was pretty clear in the episode. He’s clearly very perceptive and intelligent (as has been shown throughout the show).

  • July 2, 2018 at 8:21 pmGuile

    I think that the reason all this ‘if you break the arbitrary rules you are no better than the villains’ stuff doesn’t jive with western audience is that it’s not like it’s espoused as Aizawa or Tsuyu giving their opinion. It feels more like they’re stating an immutable fact of the setting: Defending Yourself From Evil Is Using Evil’s Methods. Which to us just rings absurdly idealistic. If we had an alternate viewpoint, someone who was a little more defiant about saving Bakugo’s life, even if he’s probably wrong, I think it would feel better.

    • July 3, 2018 at 12:51 amStilts

      Also, you make a good point: to a western viewpoint, it grates. Probably not so much to a Japanese one. Even though it clearly grates to them as well to some degree, since the heroes defied the rules in the first place.

    • July 3, 2018 at 2:44 amAvocado

      These kids are young, untrained and their quirks aren’t fully developed or controlled yet.

      Rather than seeing them as valiant young superheroes out to save the day, see them as the equivalent of you and your high school buddies arming yourselves with BB guns and slingshots, then dropping in un-announced on a SWAT raid against a terrorist hideout… however heroic your intentions, it’s not likely to be received well by the authorities!

      • July 3, 2018 at 12:42 pmStilts

        It would be more like a bunch of ROTC students arming themselves and doing the same. Or maybe a bunch of police academy students would be more apropos. Either way, you’re right that we would look unkindly on a bunch of people who aren’t supposed to be wielding lethal force doing so, even if we would look far more kindly on them because they’re in training to do that very thing, they just haven’t finished yet.

        I was more arguing against Tsuyu’s logic of “To ignore the rules makes us the same as the villains” than against this particular application. Consider me siding solidly with Aizawa-sensei—he would have been right to expel the lot of them, and is certainly right to instill the fear of god in them. They shouldn’t have gone, even if it was fortunate that they did and I maintain that you sometimes have to break the rules to do the right thing (which is an argument for changing the rules, but that’s a thornier issue).

      • July 3, 2018 at 6:12 pmGuile

        I think there’s an argument to be made that we don’t have anything equivalent to this in our world, because these hypothetical ‘ROTC’ kids have been foiling serial killers and Todoroki in particular could probably go be a hero right now and get into the top 20 if not the top 10. Just… stupidly powerful. Like if one of the ROTC kids brought a tank on the mission.

        That aside, what sticks in my craw is more the Tsuyu logic, as Stilts says, which on the face of it has a lot in common with the thing from last time where the police (chief) dog was like, ‘If it is known that you defended yourself from villains trying to dust you with your quirks, we would have to punish you for it.’

      • July 4, 2018 at 4:23 amjhpace1

        Teachers/People like Aizawa-sensei, dismissing entire classes because “they didn’t give it their all like I told them to” or “they didn’t control themselves and stay strictly within the rules” leads to more vigilantism in society than expected, as well as rebellion against totalitarian control. We’ve had one anime last year about “magic lawyers” where a citizen using magic in self-defense during a bank robbery was arrested and treated like one of the bank robbers just because they used their magic to save lives! The prosecution went for the _automatic_ death penalty anyway. That type of law enforcement/judicial system leads to suicidal actions very quickly, when even the slightest infractions have capital punishment.

        “Let the police handle it” is a poor excuse when fear of non-ordinary humans is the real culprit. It really means the legislative making the laws don’t have powers, so they can’t deal with people with powers. The X-men movie Last Stand is an excellent example of this, even with an advocate like Beast sitting in on some of the legislative and executive committees.

      • July 4, 2018 at 8:02 amSMinstrel

        I do thinks Tsuyu was intentionally exaggerating as a warning. She does not really mean what she said.

        Vigilantism is apparently tolerated to some extend in the HeroAca-verse (still law breaking, but many heroes are willing to look the other way if the act is not causing too much collateral damage), if the spin-off manga is any indication.

    • July 3, 2018 at 5:29 pmchaos

      I think it’s less about them per se and more about the rules of society in general. There are strict rules in place to allow Heroes to do their jobs. So by definition breaking those rules is a villainous choice.

      No one blames Bakugo for trying to protect himself against the league. It’s the vigilantism in the Stain and Bakugo (by Kirishima and co) incidents that are being frowned upon. I don’t know where you’re from but vigilantism is frowned on in most places in our world too.

  • July 4, 2018 at 4:09 amjhpace1

    https://randomc.net/image/Boku%20no%20Hero%20Academia/Boku%20no%20Hero%20Academia%20-%2051%20-%2015.jpg
    Too strong, Grape-kun. Subtlety wins when you’re found out. Don’t be desperate.

    What wasn’t shown was all the students having to unpack all their stuff and get it like they wanted to in the dorms? We should have heard some hammers and power drills, at least. And seen a lot of cardboard being thrown away.

    The “dorm life” works at some schools (and colleges), but most students get bored of the cafeteria food and lack of entertainment quick. Notice who had books in their room. Where’s the Wifi connection and laptops and smartphones?

  • July 4, 2018 at 7:35 pmyoloalchemist

  • July 7, 2018 at 6:16 pmyoloalchemist

    Is MHA taking a break this week? I didn’t see a new episode uploaded.

  • July 22, 2018 at 7:35 amAshen-phoenix

    I loved learning more about each classmate through their room! And I couldn’t agree with you more about Kirishima’s positive masculinity. Tsu as well tugged hard at my heartstrings. I was floored by Bakugo, in his own hyper-standoffish way, trying to show gratitude and lighten the mood.

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