「特別編・愛で地球を救え!」 (Tokubetsu-hen・Ai de Chikyuu o Sukue!)
“Special Episode: Save the World with Love!”
This episode is a special anime-original episode, aired because there’s a big charity event going on in Japan at the moment, and it was either get a special one-off episode or nothing at all. I’m glad the HeroAca team decided to give us something, because this turned out to be a fun little episode! Not vital by any means, but it was fun, and it doesn’t break anything, which is appreciated.
The conceit is that 1-A is undergoing special training, this time in a small group featuring most of its main-est characters. I appreciate how they took the murder (eventually deemed suicide, then revealed to be a ploy) of the villain seriously, because if someone else had murdered him, that would be a crime worth investigating. It doesn’t matter that he was a criminal himself, if someone committed a bigger crime (murder), they need to be captured and questioned—even if it had been revealed that it was self-defense. Which it wasn’t, the scenario was quite tight and fun to watch. And the teachers were great actors too! I got a good chuckle out of that, especially when all the love stuff turned out to be a total lie, haha!
In the end though, this was mostly a promo for the movie, out in Japan and this week being released in some theaters in the US, I believe! This episode was a bit silly, but it was fun, and since it was in lieu of no episode, I didn’t feel like it wasted our time. There are worse uses of half an hour, certainly.
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