「出向」 (Shukkou)
“Temp Squad”

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.

Random thoughts:

  • 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*

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4 Comments

  1. Yup, Shigaraki is Heath Ledger’s Joker to Overhaul’s mafia. Different reasons, but the same concept applies.

    Also, Deku should’ve seen the change in Rock Lock’s personality and taken it as a hint that Toga’s in the house, seeing as he did the same with Ochako. But chances are everything was going too fast for him to realize, as he did have the time to think about it when he was in hiding during the exam, but here, in a real life-or-death situation, with Rock Lock talking to him directly, combined with the intel that the Yakuza and the league of villains have had a falling out, meant that he was too slow to realize the ugly reality of things. I think he should learn to be more reactive like Katsuki, just like Eraser Head demonstrated here. At least his sensei has his back.

  2. Rock Lock probably got hit in the Kidney. Top of the line emergency surgery crew and class one trauma center he might live. Kidneys though are a great target to take someone out though as very few could remain functional after one of them hit for any amount of time.

    Shives in the Kidney favorite way to kill in Prison. Probably as first the commotion will require the guards to clear the area before emergency crew can reach. I have impression Prison emergency crews often not top of the line. The prison hospital can’t handle it for sure. And most Prisons in remote rural areas so no class one trauma center to take the prisoner too and even lessor trauma centers long time to reach if a helicopter even available.

    Milferd Jones
  3. Oh some maybe trolls on other boards were going it unbelievable a normal school girl like Toga to fight faster than top hero’s.
    Except all we know is Toga likes to dress like a school girl. We do not know if she ever went to a normal school. We do know Toga has a rap sheet and is considered extremely dangerous with several murders. So Toga could be like Black Widow from the Avengers picked out even before she could walk by a organization government or criminal for genetic potential and trained from the time she could walk rising higher and higher on their potential agent list and either she goes mad and escapes or her organization gets destroyed. And Prodigies while very rare do exist.

    No mater the back ground no way League of Villains taking someone as a member expecting them to carry their weight unless that person is skilled. League of Villains have used trash underlings and used people but they are not members.

    Milferd Jones

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