「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.
- 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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