「ボーイ・ミーツ…」 (Booi Miitsu)
Izuku is tested, and he’s found … wanting. Somewhat.
Sir Nighteye’s test was an odd moment. Traditionally a test need be passed in order for the hero to get what he seeks, but Izuku failed. Mostly. He certainly failed to get the stamp within the allotted time. He failed to overcome Sir Nighteye’s quirk, or his provocations. He failed to convince Sir Nighteye that he, rather than Mirio, was worthy of being the successor of One For All. Yet still he got the go ahead. He still got his work study.
What I like is that this frustration of a test failed, a reward undeserved, and a trap happily walked into is mirrored in Izuku. We feel it just as he does. For him to succeed would have been a victory, but he was denied that just as we were denied that feeling, because it would have clashed with Sir Nighteye’s feelings on Izuku as successor. It would have felt like Sir Nighteye was being petty, if Izuku succeeded but still Sir Nighteye talked down to him. So instead he failed, and Sir Nighteye was proven right … mostly. That small moment, where Izuku reveals that he avoided all the All Might merch, and Sir Nighteye realized that Izuku had fought him with a full grasp of his surroundings while trying to figure out how to fight against him, was a good moment. It’s that hope that Sir Nighteye can be convinced, that he sees something worthwhile in Izuku, even if he doesn’t think it’s enough. Yet. He’s convinceable, and Izuku isn’t hopeless. That gives us hope.
It was done so damn well, is what I’m sayin’ y’all.
It’s interesting who among 1-A were picked by major pro heroes. I’d already wondered at Ochaco and Asui being included in the final image of the OP—the only 1-A characters so afforded that honor, aside from Izukui—and this is part of the puzzle. What I like about them + Kirishima + Tokoyami being singled out is that it illustrates how the cast is being used beyond the central Izuku/Shouto/Bakugou trio. Others are relevant, and others will be allowed to shine. Add in the Big Three, and new/different faces are coming to the fore.
Speaking of new faces… All of one day into his work study, and Izuku is already in the thick of it. Go figure. No rest for the weary or the wicked, and that encompasses everyone in that final scene. No rest at all.