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Boku no Hero Academia – 54

「這い寄る士傑高校」 (Haiyoru Shiketsu Koukou)
“Shiketsu High Lurking”

This is one episode of Boku no Hero Academia that I really wish I could watch with the following ones. I mean, I always want more HeroAca, but this episode was such a middle book. It’s all introducing characters, showing off what they can do, and dialing up the pressure on our heroes, but so many things are happening, in so many areas, that it doesn’t have any structure. It feels like a mess, which I strongly suspect it’s not, we’re just only seeing some of the middle acts of various different mini-arcs, so it’s dissatisfying on its own. Not a knock on the episode, just an occasional downside of weekly releases. We just gotta deal with it.

I do like seeing a lot of the new characters that are being introduced, even if some are less heroic and more obsessive. Girl’s got an information fetish, and really wants to know what makes people tick. Does it come from her quirk, which allows her to imitate others? Likely, but I’m pissed. I thought we were getting some serious Izuku x Ochako moments, but it was all a faker! Though I’m also glad, because if Ochako was going to blush like a goober mid-test, she wouldn’t be the hero I think she is. She made that mistake once, I wouldn’t expect her to repeat it again so quickly. Good on her for waiting for downtime to mega blush.

I was struck by how much Izuku’s failures are driving him, as epitomized by this line:

“I will train focusing on my legs. Because I should’be gotten there sooner.”

Izuku is filled with regret. For failing to save others, to get there faster, or having to resort to hurting himself to get there at all. He feels so much duty to everyone, and his failures haunt him. But it drives him as well. He’ll have to work on this, but at least it’s a useful fear, the type that drives us to get better. Sometimes, our failures define us, and that’s definitely true of Izuku. But:

“In order to save others, you have to be able to take care of yourself first!”

Good to see he does learn eventually, and has truly internalized that lesson. He’s growing up so fast *sniff*

Now Shouto, on the other hand. Overconfident indeed. It’s foolhardy to go off on his own like he did, especially when he can’t brute force his way through with his quirk, not when he needs to follow up any freezing or whatever with a precision strike with the balls. I hope he gets his ass whooped a bit, because he needs to learn a lesson. No one gets by alone. We all lean on others, and help others. He’s gonna need to realize that, if he’s ever going to be the hero he has the potential to be.

Random thoughts:

  • Gotta say, part of me is on the side of the Ketsubutsu Gakuen crew. The scrappy underdogs against the elites? That’s my jam. But their tactics are a bit lame, so hopefully they grow another level so they’re not taking the low road next time they fight.
  • Deku’s new shoes are super cool. What a good idea! Love it.

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July 29, 2018 at 12:35 am
  • July 29, 2018 at 1:32 amKurisu Vi Britannia

    So much passion!

  • July 29, 2018 at 3:20 amChad Irby

    It’s also great that Jiro’s turning into a serious heavy hitter. A spy/information gatherer who can also wreck a large area at once? Oh, yeah.

    • August 18, 2018 at 3:02 pmAshen-phoenix

      Agreed! I’m more than ready to see the girls’ ultimate moves

  • July 29, 2018 at 4:17 amOne Pinch Man

    I’m actually impressed Deku is not distracted by heavy things on his back.

    • July 29, 2018 at 5:57 amWanderer

      Never say that Deku can’t recognize that there’s a time and a place to let himself react to boobs pressing against him, and a time and a place not to.

    • July 29, 2018 at 10:24 amStilts

      Wot Wanderer said. Though I noticed it at the time and was impressed he didn’t react too, haha

  • July 29, 2018 at 7:22 amAnaxim

    Something to note, anime-onlies, kind of a spoiler about Shouto:
    Show Spoiler ▼

  • July 29, 2018 at 7:31 amMagewolf

    I think you are misjudging Shouto. He really meant it when he said that his powers worked best when he was alone because he still has fine control problems especially when he has to go all out.

    • July 29, 2018 at 10:25 amStilts

      That makes sense. I still can’t help thinking it’s foolhardy. He’s used his ice (at least) around others before and done fine, and he’d be MUCH more formidable with people to watch his back.

  • July 29, 2018 at 8:44 amstarss

    Camie in particular should not be researched online if you value you epic spoilers.

    • August 2, 2018 at 2:08 pmLia

      Now, that was already a spoiler T_T (I already have a good idea which would make sense)

  • July 29, 2018 at 9:00 amPassa

    Anime only fan here. I haven’t researched Canoe but I’m here wondering if she’s that girl from bad guys crew that drew blood.
    Crush on Deku and her hair colour made think that.
    But nobody tell me!

    • July 29, 2018 at 9:01 amPassa

      Meant Camie T__T

      • August 2, 2018 at 2:14 pmLia

        That! Thats what I meant when I said it would be too big of a hint already to say it’s a spoiler to research her identity. What you said would really make the most sensse – for her to look like Uraraka, the only person she drew blood from (besides unknown characters like “Camie”). And what you said.

  • July 29, 2018 at 9:18 ambruce1991

    I see they censored the nudity.

  • July 29, 2018 at 11:56 amjhpace1

    Control of wind = instant-win in this situation. Practically telekinesis.

    The only problem with genetic heroes relying upon technology to cover gaps or buff up weak areas is that every comic book series I’ve ever read tries its’ best to take away the “crutch” as soon as possible. Which is ridiculous. Momo-chan’s Create ability making those “crutches” in an extreme emergency with Sniper-eyes Tech Girl could be very powerful in any scenario.

    Now Shouto’s got a problem, if enemies are already using high-temp titanium against his freeze and fire. Add in that Expansion quirk and nails become spears, nuts become boulders. Why didn’t Shouto’s father already fill in the boy on titanium?

    • July 29, 2018 at 12:43 pmWanderer

      They’re using tungsten, not titanium. Tungsten is much harder than titanium. Also has the best temperature resistance out of any element known to man.

      • July 29, 2018 at 9:19 pmKurisu Vi Britannia

        Doesn’t Tungsten just kind of break apart under pressure though?

  • July 29, 2018 at 12:36 pmyoloalchemist

    Yeah, this episode kinda went by fast while also having a lot of details, that I ended up having to rewatch it immediately to understand it better. That said, everything concerning Deku has been awesome!

    Camie, with her agility, reminded me of Camie from Street Fighter. Appropriate that they have the same name.

    So Inasa is… an air bender??

    Tungsten is very resistant against very high temperatures. What about very low temperatures? Shouto is gonna have to test that possibility next time (my lack of knowledge of Tungsten notwithstanding).

    And it’s official at this point. If I could have any quirk I want from MHA, I’d want Jiro’s quirk. It’s proven to be that cool for me!

    • July 29, 2018 at 12:45 pmWanderer

      Tungsten has excellent cryogenic resistance as well as heat resistance. Basically, Shouto lacks the means to damage the projectiles, so he should stop playing defense and just take out the enemies quickly.

      • July 29, 2018 at 1:11 pmyoloalchemist

        Interesting. That would mean Shouto would most likely be aware of that as well. Unlike his fight with Stain, though, since he’s alone, he’ll have to get a lot closer to his opponents if he hopes to take them out quickly what with their projectiles getting in the way of his fire and ice, and that means a lot more mobility. That should be exciting!

  • July 29, 2018 at 1:23 pmGuile

    Damn it, girl, one psychotic obsessive per main character, that’s the rule! And Toga got there first, so either wait your turn or go obsess over someone else. I suggest Bakugou, that would be hilarious.

    • July 30, 2018 at 10:43 amBigFire

      Don’t worry, spoilers ahead.
      Show Spoiler ▼

  • July 29, 2018 at 4:31 pmAtsu

    Wow that shiketsu girl’s moves reminded me of Kuroko

  • July 30, 2018 at 7:21 amShaq

    when camie was ochako, she put me in the mind of mystique from X men where she can Shape Shift and be anyone she sees. Except she’s not blue all over lol.

  • July 30, 2018 at 5:54 pmsealouse

    Removing the targets isn’t against the rules?

    • July 30, 2018 at 6:48 pmStilts

      I have a feeling that wasn’t her proper body. The targets were still on her real body, wherever it was, so it’s fair game.