「抗う運命」 (Aragau Unmei)
The philosophical argument of Deku vs Nighteye/Lemillion in regards to Eri (Kobayashi Seiran) is the heroic equivalent of undergrads debating kantianism vs utilitarianism, the former of which is an ethical theory I just learned about two minutes ago. To put it simply: Is it better to do what is right without regards to its efficacy in bringing about the most favorable result, or is it better to endeavor toward the most ethical consequence regardless of the methods? To put it even more simply: Should Deku have saved the girl even if it may have prevented the heroes from putting away the larger threat, or should he have played it cool like Lemillion?
I suspect many would side with Nighteye/Lemillion. In truth, I can’t reject one or the other. It’s in vogue to set aside one’s feelings and to slog through the mud if it means bringing about the greater good. I don’t hate that, especially if we’re talking about politics or war. Those are dirty endeavors. It’s harder to look into a scared girl’s face and act the idiot, to let her go back into a den of villains with the hope that you can extricate her later. I feel for Deku. No wonder he was in a slump. That’s deeply dissatisfying, even if it may have been the correct answer.
I think of what Nighteye said. “You’re not so special that you can save anyone you want whenever you want.” Sounds like a goal to work towards to me.
As for the second half of the episode, ever noticed that, anytime the sun is setting and Deku is having a conversation with All Might, it’s the best scene? Every. single. time. The epic scene in the second episode—you know the one—was that, and here we are again. That the relationship between Izuku and All Might urged him to rise, to fight, in the face of his fated demise is the stuff of storytelling gold, as warm and enriching as the light which wreathed the scene. And Izuku’s mother once again comes in as the stealth hero of the franchise, as it was her plea to All Might to live and protect and raise Izuku who likewise helped him to persevere in the face of All For One’s power. It’s a cliché to fight against fate, but I love it dearly. Even Nighteye understands. Just because it’s been seen doesn’t mean it will be so. Only death and taxes are inevitable, and even then we have some control over the dirty details. It’s a fight worth having.
And of course, we leave on a chilling note. The villains may be banding together. No good. Izuku is gonna need to tell the world, “I am here!” soon. Maybe not for All Might so much as all the victims who will suffer if he’s not ready in time.