「激突！Ａ組ＶＳＢ組」 (Gekitotsu! Ee-gumi Bāsasu Bii-gumi)
“Clash! Class A vs. Class B!”
The Vestiges of One For All
Anyone else in agreement that Nana Shimura looks smoking hot? She’s truly testing my resolve towards Tsuyu’s assets. Now we’ve got that out of the way, Deku perceives the vestiges of One for All in his dreams. He perceives the recognizable silhouettes of multiple predecessors, with two of them blanked out. What does this suggest?
To me, it indicates that he has yet to unlock their legacy or recollections. At least something along those lines. I’m sure he’ll eventually unlock them. That seems to be the implication of his conversation with the originator of One For All, that he’ll get around to showing more.
This is presumably for Deku’s safety too seeing how his body becomes strained. So once Deku’s body gets accustomed to higher percentage values of OFA, he should gain access to these unlocked secrets. But neither Nana or All Might seemed to know what was going on here. And they had a collective lifetime possessing One For All.
Which begs the question – why does Deku specifically trigger this never seen before outcome? It’s definitely special, since it allowed Deku to overcome Shinso’s brainwashing. We know too little at this point to assess just how far the vestiges of One For All will buff Deku, beyond immunity to psychological attacks. But I look forwards to seeing whether it’s more than just that.
Class 1-B Challenges
The underdog class strive to undermine the established elite. This reminds me of secondary school Maths class. I got sorted into the top Maths set alongside other folks. But people in the top Maths set grew complacent, while people in the next highest Maths set worked hard and bridged the gap over a two year period. When there’s a target you can work towards, it becomes a lot easier to improve.
From what I understand the teachers reckon 1-B have got a lot of tenacity plus consistency going for them. Whereas 1-A have higher peaks and lower lows, but also those moments of sheer magic, because they haven’t had the time to stay in Class and properly train in the orthodox ways of approaching situations.
Shinso demonstrates a new trick, utilising a vocal synthesizer that can trick people into giving him responses. This completely changes the dynamic of the upcoming fight. Where the 1-B squad initially had an upper hand, completely predicting how 1-A’s squad would try to ambush Ibara, incapacitating Tsuyu and Koji while forcing Denki into a situation where he can’t use his ability, Shinso turns the tides by brainwashing Jurota through clever trickery.
If you ask me, 5v4 isn’t very fair. If this was a straight up 4v4, Class 1-B’s crew would have wiped the floor. I guess this was Horikoshi deciding he’d showcase how awesome Shinso is, saving all these helpless characters who we know are strong and have come to love. Well, yeah. He may seem like a villain. But I’ve always felt this way ever since he demonstrated unbreakable conviction in his fight against Deku: Shinso is pretty damn awesome.
Anyway, that’s about everything I wanted to discuss this week. As always, thanks for reading this post and see you all next week!