「新技即興オペレーション」 (Shin Waza Sokkyou Opereeshon)
“Operation New Improv Moves”
After last week’s bout came to an end, the remnants of Class 1-B must be raring to prove that they’d be worthy equals to Class 1-A. And this episode proved no exception – focusing on Shihai’s obsession to overcome Tokoyami as the Academy’s King of Darkness. Let’s jump right into it!
The Second Fixture
So what do we have here, Tokoyami vs Shihai? I just love how this is the battle of teenage edge lords. We all know how powerful Tokoyami is. Coming third at the Sports Festival. Yet in some ways, he’s a wild card too, since Dark Shadow is something of a mysterious variable that’s difficult to gauge. We all know it’s stronger in the dark, and weaker in the light. Fortunately, the Joint Training doesn’t take place in open space. There’s plenty of dark areas underneath pipe structures that Tokoyami can take advantage of. However, the same can be equally said of Shihai.
Initially it looked as if Shihai had the edge in this encounter. Not only can he nullify its scouting ability. He can actually hijack Dark Shadow and turn it against Tokoyami. Sure, it makes sense because I guess you can say he’s the strongest member on the team and Dark Shadow’s reconnaissance abilities are probably the best.
But be honest, I thought it was kind of dumb of the 1-A team to being their outright attack by using it when they either know that Shihai can wield the dark, or are aware that his ability has some correlation with the darkness. Nevertheless, it makes for an interesting situation where Tokoyami ends up pulling out his trump card – his newly developed flying ability, which he came up with during his internship under Hawks.
Tokoyami’s Internship with Hawks
This was a truly fantastic segment which encapsulated both the character development and powering up that Tokoyami went through. First off, Tokoyami was excited to intern with Hawks – one of the most respected heroes and right hand man of Endeavour. However, the internship does not turn out as he would have expected. His frustration only builds up as he realises he’s nothing more than a glorified errand boy, and he feels so much frustration. Who hasn’t been there before? I certainly know how that feels.
At the very least it didn’t seem that Hawks did this in bad faith. Was this all part of Hawks plan to make Tokoyami stronger? Who knows. The look in Hawks eye makes me believe this is honestly the case, where he intentionally made Tokoyami pent up frustration so he could push himself to become stronger. Once Tokoyami gains Hawks respect, this is when the true training begins – where Hawks tells Tokoyami that for a fellow avian derived quirk user, he has so much potential that’s wasted because he doesn’t know how to fly.
And that’s how power up narratives should go. A well-developed and justified backstory building into the moment. Ultimately, that trump card allows 1-A’s squad to maneuver out of a tricky situation – with Tokoyami flying around while Yuga fires off laser beams to dispel the shadows that Shihai was lurking in. However, that opens them up to the next step in 1-B’s plan. They seemed to anticipate Yuga would eventually resort to blasting light everywhere, and it causes mushrooms to sprout up everywhere, activating Kinoko’s trap cards.
Anyway, that’s about everything I wanted to discuss. As always, thanks for reading this post and see y’all next week!