「救助演習」 (Kyuujo Enshuu)
This week, rescue operations are the name of the game, and the HeroAca crew does a good job of showcasing the parts of a hero’s job that couldn’t be smoothly swapped out with every other shounen action series. Luffy might save people, Ichiko rushes to the rescue on occasion, and I’m sure Naruto helped a person or two in his day, but rescuing people is more central to Izuku & co’s job description, so it’s fitting that they practice those skills. What I appreciated the most is the H.U.C. member talking about how tricky rescue operations are within the context of a test, because the urge is to stand out and sell yourself, when that’s exactly the wrong thing to do in a rescue operation. That’s when even the flashiest of heroes needs to operate as a role player, doing what they can do best in conjunction with everyone else and not trying to fix the problem all on their own. It’s when you’re playing a team FPS, and some guy keeps going off and getting killed alone. He might be good! We don’t know! But that selfish player is useless in a team situation, where a competent role player is far more useful than a more talented solo operator. Same thing. Ochako could have crushed someone, had Yao-momo not stopped her. That’s team work right there.
Speaking of Ochako, I make no secret of my Ochako x Izuku shipping, so it’s no surprise that her decision loomed large in my mind after this episode. To quote:
“I’ll put this feeling away. Because I thought Deku-kun looked cool giving his all to reach his goal, with no room for anything else. I’ll put this feeling away… Because I think I have to work hard like that, too. I’ll put it away!”
This is a false dichotomy, of course. You can have a relationship and pursue your dream at the same time. You can have it all… But, also, maybe not. Were they adults, I would find this sillier, because adult relationships are more mature, and less of a whirlwind, which means it’s easier to develop a new relationship without the emotions roiling you. But they’re kids, and first relationships are not the most sedate of affairs. Generally not. It’s entirely likely that both of them would be derailed from their ambitions were they to enter into a relationship now…or not! Who’s to say. I understand and don’t hate this decision on Ocahko’s part, though, and it’s very much in line with her character both crushing on and admiring Izuku, both wanting to be with and wanting to be like him. It all fits, even if I wish it were otherwise.
Also, there’s that old thing about wanting a social life, with friends. A social life, a passionate love life, and to work hard each day. Pick two of the three. At this time in life, in their situation, perhaps the first and third are the right choice…
The test goes on like this, with the students doing relatively well (and learning quickly), until Gang Orca enters the stage. Having a villain (played by the Number 10 hero) attack while the rescue operations are going on is a high hurdle indeed. Looks like the hero association really does want to raise the level of heroes out there. It’ll be fun seeing how they get over this hero … after an anime original episode next week.
Unsure how to feel about that one, but we’ll see how it goes. Edit: Turns out the anime original episode is for a Japan-wide charity event, and we’re getting an anime original episode instead of there being no episode at all. In which case, yay, I’m all on board!
- Izuku sure does have bad luck with bad women, doesn’t he? And good luck with good ones. That’s where your jealousy should lie, you two!
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