「垂れ流せ!文化祭!」 (Tare Nagase! Bunkasai!)
“Let It Flow! School Festival!”

When it comes to a choice between order and justice, most people in a position of authority will choose order. Order makes their life easier. If the white collar criminals are allowed to continue their antics, or are curtailed but allowed to walk free, then all their ill-gotten resources are not bent against those same officials. Or at least not nearly so much. So what if justice is not served? That would be preferable, of course, but order is the better of the two. A police officer, investigator, or politician—or a hero—can sleep soundly at night if things are orderly. Injustice can be tolerated.

What does this have to do with our most gentle of criminals?

Early on was good. He tried to take full responsibility, and tried to shield La Brava. Izuku did the same by downplaying the altercation. Gentle Criminal and La Brava were still taken in, which serves both order and justice. They have committed crimes, and that needs to stop. But the very end, when La Brava’s love is so clear and the detective opens the door to a do-over for the pair … sometimes, justice is at odds with the law. They could throw Gentle and La Brava in jail, but considering their crimes and their ability to do good, should they be bent instead towards that goal… Why not a do-over?

In an episode full of smiles, that was an unexpected smile on my face.

As for the meat of the episode, it was a reward. The whole performance was great, from Bakugou’s explosion to the special effects getting kicked up several notches. And Kyouka’s parents?? Ohmigawd I’m not crying you’re crying. But then they part the shadows and show Eri-chan smiling with all her heart—you’d have to be cold indeed to feel nothing there. That was our reward, and Mirio’s and Izuku’s too.

Everything else was just a victory lap. I loved 1-B’s silly play, and Nejire truly deserved to win. It was all so much fun, and I loved every minute of it. Truly, an exemplary way to end an arc.

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6 Comments

  1. This is The Episode. This is what I been looking forward to seeing animated all this time, and it was so satisfying!! I kinda wish Jirou’s inner struggle was fleshed out a tad more, but this is how was paced in the manga, and I suppose the opening sequence is enough. Eri finally smiled, so it was all worth it!!!

    starss
  2. You know those episodes where, beforehand, a character goes through so much blight that you feel sympathy for them, especially if they struggle with all their might against the adversities that are forced on them, after which, during said episode, they are rewarded with respite, a new outlook on things, and a smile (like Nico Robin finding a new home with the straw hats)?

    I call those episodes feel-good episodes, and this was one of them, not just for Eri, but for Gentle as well. So good on all fronts. And Jiro got so much deserved time in the spotlight, hell yeah!

  3. The song was performed by Chrissy Costanza from Against The Current. Loved their cover of the The Beginning by ONEOKROCK.

    Hope we could be able to see Gentle and La Brava in the future as Heroes in some capacity or form.

    Flappy
  4. I’m sad they cut out a few entertaining dialogues from the manga or the scene where Deku gets thrown by Dog hero. However, awesome episode overall as I’ve been waiting patiently for this episode.
    Let’s see what happened to me during and after this episode:
    1. The Eri smile still brought a tear to my eye.
    2. Got a nice chuckle from Class 1-B’s play.
    3. Nejire mid-air dance was jaw dropping.
    4. Eri biting into the candy apple was HNNNNNNG-inducing
    5. I subscribed to the r/ChurchofJirou

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