OP8: 「No.1」 by DISH//
「全員出動！１年Ａ組」 (Zen’in Shutsudou! Ichi-Nen Ei-Gumi)
“All Hands on Deck! Class 1-A”
Wait a moment. That isn’t Stilts. Well, you’d be right. But have no fear! Because Zaiden is here.
Minor Recap of S4’s Ending
Corny introductions aside, it feels great to see Boku no Hero Academia return. Just in time to fill up the shounen sized hole Jujutsu Kaisen has left behind in our hearts. And we kick off with a very brief recap covering the end of S4’s fight between Endeavour and Nomu. For all his faults regarding issues in his personal life, we know Endeavour’s worked ridiculously hard for this moment and can be reliably counted to uphold the justice with a great sense of responsibility as well as razor sharp dedication.
There’s no two questions. Endeavour’s proven himself and for me, the World now has a new No.1 hero in town. It will be a heavy legacy for Endeavour to carry. But I’m confident he’s ready. And although Shouto carries a lot of emotional baggage regarding his father, it made me happy to see how he’s come along on the road of forgiving his father in some ways, by acknowledging his impressive feats in protecting the city as something to be proud about.
Filler: Class 1-A’s Emergency Drill
That aside, filler time. Class 1-A are put through an emergency training exercise. To begin with their coordination is pretty scattered. However, they quickly divide up into regimented teams to tackle the three issues. 1. Mirio playing the role of drowning citizen. 2. A bomb going off in the city. 3. Being held up by two supervillains in the form of Hadou (holy smokes, that pout game) and Amajiki (who
just wants to go home but feels a deep responsibility in helping raise the next crop of aspiring heroes). So obviously not the most accurate simulation. But nevertheless they must tackle all three issues at once, or they will fail the emergency drill. Todoroki runs overtime assisting two of these tasks by freezing over the city area to mitigate the explosion damage, before zipping along the river skating on ice to help rescue Mirio from the river after he fell in again.
This episode’s standout moment arose when Deku refused to land the finishing blow on Amajiki, despite being in prime position. Of course, we can naturally understand his perspective. It’s only a training exercise, so breaking an upperclassman’s ribs seems pretty steep. However, it’s meant to simulate the real thing. From Amajiki’s perspective, this little squirt pulling back punches would be an arrogant move that wounds his pride.
Also, it’s not like Deku has ever held back like this before. Even in other training exercises. So that’s probably my biggest gripe with the filler – that it seems to try and set up a character development arc for Deku. Only the plot device itself falls flat on its face, because well, it’s not consistent with what Deku’s demonstrated throughout this series. Good thing we can write off this moment as filler which doesn’t provide a definitive addition to Deku’s characterisation. At least Bakugo maintained some semblance of his personality – not holding back the punches and lighting up Amajiki, who’s probably going to be joining Endeavour at the hospital.
Back to the main story, in the epilogue (make sure to check that out after the post-credits!) it seems like suspicious stuff is going on between Dabi and Hawks. Seeing them meet up at a reclusive location while Endeavour is stuck in hospital definitely reeks of betrayal. That said, I don’t expect it to be because that’d be way too predictable. So we’ll see. Only actually, I do know and I’m trying to pretend I don’t know. Which is hard. But whatever. You’ll just have to trust I won’t mess up. To be honest, I’m just excited to see Boku no Hero Academia back. Although I had some Bones to pick as there were some worrying signs concerning animation quality, I’m hopeful this is just Bones chilling over filler material (especially since they don’t have manga panels to directly storyboard from) and they’ll commit more resources to animating the mainline story.
Anyway, that’s about everything I wanted to discuss. As always, thanks for reading this post and see you all next week!
ED9: 「足跡」 (Ashiato) by the peggies