「それ行け心操くん!」 (Soreike Shinsou-kun!)
“Make It Happen, Shinso!”

The Fight Continues

Too bad for Koda. The exam setting really doesn’t suit his skill set. Kirishima gets sidelined a bit too easily for my liking. But it gives room for the spotlight to shine on three people: Kaminari, Tsuyu and Shinso. For once, Kaminari doesn’t act like an idiot. He distracts all three remaining 1-B students, opening the floor for the rest of the team to mop up.

Tsuyu hard carried the team. Although Kaminari and Shinso had interventions which made rounding people up easier, Tsuyu was the one who kicked everyone’s ass. She also came up with the ingenious idea of using her stomach acid to confuse Shishida’s keen sense of smell. So she gets my vote for MVP.

Shinso Proves His Worth

Naturally Shinso’s abilities seem more suited to villainous ends. However, he turns that conception upside down. For what he lacks in terms of being born with a fitting and heroic quirk, he more than makes up for it with his heroic guts and determination. Most importantly, he’s just unafraid. Throw another utility quirk in a straight up 1v1 against one of the most formidable physical quirks and they would most probably be shitting their pants.

Shinso? He maintains composure by standing his ground and reveals he’s not quite so helpless by pulling out some aces from his sleeve, using bindings to pull a pipe down onto Shishida’s head – helping create the situation where Tsuyu can take him out. His skills also completely change up the dynamic of any fights against groups he’s a part of. With his brainwashing ability and vocal synthesizer, in addition to the necessity of comms between organised groups of heroes, teams will completely have to reinvent the wheel if they want to prevail over his team.

Concluding Thoughts

If I was one of the teachers, Jurota would be in Class 1-A. His strength is absolutely inhumane and his combat instincts are equally as impressive. He’s got brains to match those brawns. I’m not too sure about him getting decked out so easily by Shinso’s pipe and Tsuyu, especially since he already demonstrated some superhuman endurance. But he definitely had a showing to be proud of and should rest easy knowing he pulled his weight.

No doubt the events of this episode lend further credence into the idea that Kaminari might be the traitor. That’s certainly plausible, since it indicates he’s actually very smart and feigns idiocy most of the time. There are other popular candidates out there like Invisible Girl, whose quirk is just too perfect for espionage and subterfuge operations. I’m still pretty excited to find out who the traitor might be, although I’m worried the reveal will end up being a let down. But for now, I guess I should stay calm and carry on believing in Horikoshi. After all, he’s a really smart writer with a proven ability when it comes to writing himself out of tricky positions in a way that ends up being satisfactory.

Anyway, that’s about everything I wanted to discuss. As always, thanks for reading this post and see you all next week!

2 Comments

  1. When it came down to it, 1-B was initially more prepared than 1-A, probably mostly thanks to Apocabeast’s strategizing. However, their ultimate downfall IMO came in the form of not adapting as they went along, which 1-A certainly did, resulting in a fight where both sides can learn from each other. I could only feel sorry for Hiryu for all the suffering he went through from being utterly confused and panicked LOL.

    This is only the first battle, but it reminded me why this arc is so good. It had some Hunter X Hunter level strats, which served to make the resulting action even better.

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