I don’t expect much from Aoyama. I don’t think anyone does. He’s in 1-A, but barely. He’s in UA, but it seems like he’s barely there too. He’s usually a joke character, and nobodies favorite. So it was, when the story hinted at his motivation, I was curious. He’s one of, if not the, least developed members of 1-A. But I didn’t expect to tear up. I didn’t expect the silly boy who hides to tug at the ol’ heartstrings this much.
Yet he did. The attempted sacrifice was stirring, but even better was that I knew exactly what would happen after that. 10 more spots for 9 more UA students—and Camie, saw that one coming too. Sometimes, anticipating what will happen next is the very best thing. Sometimes, it’s good to have our faith rewarded. When Aoyama stood out, I knew the rest of 1-A would see it and would flock to his defense, and so they did. Our faith is rewarded. 1-A sticks together no matter what, and their friendship and mutual respect is a rock you can believe in. It’s like with All Might: All Might will always win, and 1-A will always protect one another. You can take those to the bank.
Ditto to Kaminari’s hero moment, and what he said about Kirishima and Bakugou as he did it. Katsuki is always the trickiest character, in less deft storytelling hands he would be the reprehensible bully who poisons the well of the class’s camaraderie. But he doesn’t, because he’s razor sharp, cool headed beneath the anger, and because he doesn’t care about looking cool. That’s the thing about Katsuki: he always wants to win, but he does not necessarily care about being cool, or even being the one to strike the critical blow. As long as he’s standing at the end and the other person isn’t, he will have won—and if that means turning into a meatball while Kaminari gets the hero moment, so be it. That’s one of the many reasons why Katsuki fits into the class, even if he’s still got some major anger issues to work through.
And him maybe sorta complimenting Deku? Whoa. Though his words about the power Izuku borrowed is yet another reminder that Katsuki is smart, Katsuki listens, and Katsuki never forgets. He already knows what’s up, and Deku’s secret is safe with him.
Next week, it’s rescue time! Which seems like bad news for Katsuki, but we’ll see how it goes. Can’t wait!
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