「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.