「開催文化祭!」 (Kaisai Bunkasai!)
“School Festival Start!!”

Gentle Criminal’s last stand.

As soon as flashbacks start playing in the middle of a battle, you know what’s going to happen. As far as how the actiony portions of the Izuku vs Gentle/La Brava battle went, it was great! I especially liked when Izuku showed just why he’s destined to be number one—he’s just so damn smart. Remembering where the invisible jump pads are midair is a pro move, allowing him to triumph where brute force likely wouldn’t have. Then he took a shot from Gentle in Lover Mode meant to knock him out, and didn’t go down. Izuku is hella cool!

As for the philosophical side of the battle, this I enjoyed too, even as I find Gentle’s philosophy roundly on the side of “ignorant and selfish.” He wants to be a man of note, and he had a rough adolescence (side note: Gentle is apparently 32 years old, and La Brava is 21, so while there is an age gap, it’s not as much as it seems), that’s fair. But to turn his back on his dream so thoroughly as to resort to its opposite? I can see giving up. Giving up and doing something else is fine. But betraying your morals our of hurt is not.

Which brings about something which I myself have long believed: Central to being a good adult is to take care of your shit while endeavoring to harm as few people as possible. (And to be there for the people in your life, but that’s besides this present point.) Despite being the oldest of the three, Gentle Criminal does not understand this. It’s messy math, but there is a sort of formula for an amount of harm to others’ dreams which is okay in the pursuit of one’s own goals; Izuku “taking” a spot at U.A. is an example, because it only “harms” the people who wanted his spot while furthering his goal to help others. Gentle Criminal trampling on other’s hopes and joy in the pursuit of self-aggrandizement? That doesn’t pass the smell test.

Another element I supremely enjoyed was how Gentle bounced Izuku away in time to make it look as if they had just snuck in unsuccessfully, rather than there being a fight. Lessening the crime while also not destroying the school festival? Win win in this case. I can’t wait to see our reward—the school festival in full bloom—next time.

Random thoughts:

  • Gentle Criminal is the opponent who illustrate just how damn much Izuku has leveled up. He’s the opponent who would have defeated Izuku at one time, and against which Izuku is now the unbeatable monster. Cool!

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10 Comments

  1. They both wanted to be heroes. But Izuku was successful (likely from the beginning) in seeing past himself. Gentle was not. And that was his downfall into his villainy.

    It’s true that La Brava was loyal to him because he took her in and accepted her when no one else would. But other than that, I wonder what she saw in him. Maybe the fact that they’re both rejects.

    With the next episode set to finish the festival, I think there will be 2 more episodes left in this season. What could they possibly show?

      1. It is so unlike Deku and Eri. Eri was inspired by Deku’s true heroism and his willingness to save her no matter what came his way. As I said in my original comment, Deku saw past himself while Gentle couldn’t. Gentle was always too distraught to think about how to properly use his powers to be a hero, as evidenced by his hero school’s performance, and that’s what turned him to villainy. Gentle and La Brava’s relationship is nice because, even though his actions are selfish at the end of the day, he still took her in at a very low point in her life, meaning she was the exception to him not seeing past himself. But since she’s clearly the brains of the operation, she knew what she signed up for, and she must’ve known their actions wouldn’t last long. Heck, she doubted his plan of “getting children with a bright future involved,” at least initially. But I guess it didn’t matter to her, because the words “Those of you lamenting the times” are what drew her to him, meaning they are both indeed rejects. It’s all understandable and sad, if very flawed. It is inspiration, but in a vastly different sort of way. They are nothing like Deku and Eri.

          1. No, they are nothing alike at all, because Deku would never have turned to villainy. All Might told him he could just become a police officer and it would be the same as serving the public, just in a different way from what Deku wished for. And yes, Deku was hurt by this, but he was learning to accept his new reality, and had All Might not come to him with the offer to give him his One For All, Deku would’ve settled for something else and would’ve come to find satisfaction with his alternate life route. From the beginning Deku was only concerned with saving lives in an efficient, safe, and successful way, regardless of what he’s capable of. Gentle always exhibited ineptitude in that area, partly because, from a psychological view point, he was concerned with making a name for himself above all else. That aspect of him made him into a villain, something Deku never shared. So again, they are fundamentally nothing alike.

  2. Unbeatable monster? While they both were not trying to injure the other, Deku had to work harder then ever to end the the fight. If this was a fight to the death Deku would be in serious trouble because of Gentle’s advantage of experience and versatility.

    DmonHiro
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