「デクＶＳジェントル・クリミナル」 (Deku Baasasu Jentoru Kuriminaru)
“Deku vs. Gentle Criminal”
A tenacious hero vs a foolish, if still tenacious, villain.
If this episode crystalized anything, it’s that Hatsume Mei might be the most impressive character in this show. Or at least at U.A. Not only can she create custom devices that are better than anything All Might had access too once upon a time (though raw technological advances can explain part of that), she even works on it when she has other huge projects (the school festival) and pays attention to the visual design? She’s nuts! Nuts as in impressive, and also just regular nuts. Both parts are great.
As for Gentle Criminal, he reminds me of a pirate, but not a real pirate. He’s like a TV pirate, one that’s honorable and doesn’t kill people and is a little bitsexy—he’s not my flavor, but I don’t wanna yuck your yum, and we all know both he and La Brava think he’s got it goin’ on)—instead of what pirates are really like, i.e. smelly thieving murderers. He’s also just so petty and short-sighted that it’s hilarious! Good hilarious. Dude’s a riot, and surprisingly effective in combat.
Related hot take: I like that he came back to talk to Izuku because he wanted to rant about tea. Was it dumb? Yes, but so is he. Plus it infuses that ridiculosity further into his character, and shows that he has weaknesses and facets. Not many facets, but hey.
The fight was great though. Loved everything Izuku did, and lifting up that steel beam with one arm to make the shot? Chills. Ditto to flashing back to all his friendos preparring for the festival. For Jiro, for Katsuki, and most importantly, FOR ERI-CHAN!!!
Great episode, love the cliffhanger + the ticking time bomb, can’t wait to see how it ends.