「出会いの季節」 (Deai no Kisetsu)
“A Season for Encounters”
Everything’s changing, villains and heroes alike.
I really appreciate the first half of the episode, which doesn’t just say “The villains are organizing,” but let’s us see it as well. It’s classic show don’t tell—but here’s a funny thing. Notice how we were told this was happening before we were shown it? “Show, don’t tell” assumes the storyteller and his/her audience have a common lexicon, which isn’t true in many cases. It’s not true of author/audience pairings when they come from different cultures (especially historically ignored/dismissed cultures), but it also doesn’t work as well in SFF, because the rules of the world have to be explained. They have to be told. That’s true of both the base rules, and of any effect of changes, because we can’t be assumed to follow along with what happens when a pillar of hero society is lost, because we don’t have those. All of which is to say: Hirokoshi-sensei told us first, which is excellent, because now he can show us without us getting lost.
It was also cool getting to see the human face of the villain Twice, who has come across as a rather silly Deadpool expy prior to this, but is anything but. Well, he’s still that too, but showing why he joined the League of Villains is great, because it shows they aren’t all doing it for the same reasons. Some want to murder, some exalt Stain, others are merely searching for a place to belong—it mirrors hero society itself, where some people are heroes even though they’ve risen to the level of their incompetence. (Endeavor would be a fine rank 15 hero, but rank 2 or rank 1? Not so much.) It takes all sorts, it turns out, and even when the characters look anything but, they’re all still humans in the end. No surprise there.
In contrast, it was easy to show-don’t-tell with Izuku’s frustration, and I really feel for him. I don’t do well in situations like that myself, not knowing about a program with direct effects on my future would infuriate me, and falling behind on something I want to do more than anything else? Ugh! Totally feel for him.
My most exciting thing, though: more classes are going to be held jointly with Class A and Class B! Woot! I really want to learn more about all the Class B characters we haven’t seen as much, so I’m total hype.
Finally, there’s the Big Three. Togata Mirio (Shingaki Tarusuke) is already really funny, so I have high hopes. Even better: I really like how the season is ending not at the end of an arc (last episode), but in the lead in to the next one. If this weren’t a series we all but know is going to get another season (I’d be very surprised if it doesn’t, though it’s not impossible), I’d be annoyed, but since it is, it leaves off on a point that has us wanting more. One more episode until the season ends! I can’t wait to watch.
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