A few episodes ago, I complained of episodes that felt like bridges between one act and the next. Then, there was too much buildup for playoff that was not yet in sight. Then, it felt like they were doing in most of two episodes what would be better done in closer to one.
We are not at there now. This was a bridge episode, and it was awesome.
Finishing up with Red Riot was great. It really emphasized how alike Kirishima is with Izuku. Both of them have power from their quirks, but it’s not that power which makes them heroes. It’s what’s inside which does that. Hearing Fat Gum and the enemy alike sing his praises drove that home, and felt so damn rewarding.
Also, building up just how damn strong Chisaki is couldn’t have been done better. Build up a tough baddie, and then show how effortlessly he was beaten by the Big Bad without cheapening either. Beautiful.
Then was the return of Toga-chan. Always a fan favorite, I’m most interested by how Shigaraki convinced them to work with the yakuza. I doubt Chisaki will be surprised to learn of their ulterior motives and low-grade betrayals, but that doesn’t mean they’re any less dangerous. I’m especially pleased with Twice. He can be such a silly character, so to have him standing up to Shigaraki, and then being so easily swayed to Shigaraki’s aim, by Shigaraki’s trust … Shigaraki is dangerous. I mean, obviously, right? But he really is growing, as a person and as a leader. He’s going to be big league dangerous if he isn’t taken out soon, and he won’t be. He’s going to deserve his Big Bad status by the time he’s the biggest bad in the series.
This is indeed a bridge episode, but it builds tension while delivering excellent moments along the way. I can’t wait to see the fight that’s to come.
- I wrote the following two notes within one minute of each other: “Gods, Rock Lock is annoying.” “Er. Well, he’s dead now. I feel bad.” Horikoshi-sensei did that on purpose, didn’t he?! *shakes fist*