「先を見据えて」 (Saki o Misuete)
Yes, Class 1-A sure put up a good fight. They definitely demonstrated creative usage of their abilities. However, if we’re going to be honest they were expected to win this fixture. Class 1-B came in with a clear battle plan, and played around their utility way more effectively to materialise their well-earned victory.
First off, using Shihai to lock down Dark Shadow as a means to bait out Yuga’s laser – which in turn allowed them to spawn mushrooms all over the terrain to impede Class 1-A’s efforts. Then they used Fukidashi’s Comic ability to split Momo off from the rest of the team – and this isolates her into a 1v1 against Kendo, who sustains great damage but ultimately manages to shut Momo and Invisible Girl down. Tokoyami nearly takes out Kinoko and Shihai with the thermal goggles he obtains from Momo’s Creation. Emphasis on nearly. Because while he wraps up Shihai inside his cloak, he ends up being incapacitated by Kinoko’s trump card poison mushroom, resulting in a complete rout as the underdogs strike well above their weight to take out some heavy hitters – including the student who placed third overall at the Sports Festival.
Had Tokoyami been able to beat Kinoko and Shihai, it’s hard to say whether Kendo with Momo and Cannon in tow with Fukidashi’s help could have beaten him – which would have resulted in a Class 1-A victory. My gut says no. So you could say that was definitely one of the closest 4-0 wipes which doesn’t offer a fair indication of how the battle went overall. But it’s really a testimony to 1-B’s clinical resource management and excellent execution of battle plans, where they made the most out of their ‘lesser’ abilities to overcome ones that are clearly stronger on paper.
My only real gripe was that they framed this victory as being somewhat underhanded. I do suppose that the special mushrooms have less counterplay and can potentially cause collateral damage if uncareful. But in another scenario against other abilities, what’s to say that Tokoyami’s Black Fallen Angel wouldn’t have been similarly ‘underhanded’? My point being that trump cards are trump cards, and they should be appreciated as that special ability with creative mileage that can decide or turn the tides of battle. If we exclude perfidy, I’d say anything goes in love and war.
With the Joint Training Exercise currently being tied up at 1-1, the next bout will be extremely important for setting the tone of the series, since it will bring one class to match point. I especially look forwards to seeing how 1-B will attempt to mitigate a powerhouse like Todoroki from wiping them away. Anyway, that’s about everything I wanted to discuss. As always, thanks for reading this post and see you all next week!