「先手必勝!」 (Sente Hisshou!)
“Early Bird!”

I like to think I wasn’t the only person who had inappropriate thoughts when Kojiro was shooting glue everywhere. Or perhaps my mind naturally resides in the gutters. But it was cool to see this new and evolved side to Bakugo – who’s shown tremendous growth and progression as a character.

We all know his raw, explosive powers for what it is and never doubted his win would be a matter of when, rather than if. But considering how we all know he’s extremely difficult to work with, I don’t think anyone could have predicted his team would be the only one to exhibit ‘perfect teamwork’. Demanding nothing but a 4-0 perfection, Bakugo and his team set a speed run record in the joint training exercises by finessing Class 1-B in a matter of minutes – suffering no casualties in return.

This also beautifully demonstrated the downside to Class 1-B’s strategy of immaculate preparation. Bakugo firing forwards with reckless aplomb and assisting his teammates was something 1-B completely left out of their planning and calculation – and they were completely unprepared for him to work with his teammates. Failing to adapt their plan and sticking by their assumptions until the very end completely cost 1-B.

Honestly, I was kind of disappointed. I think we all expected Tokage to put up more a fight after Neito hyped her up as someone who could match Bakugo. But we never got to see any of that. If she put up some semblance of a fight, I would have been quite satisfied. But she purely existed as a sandbag for Bakugo to prove how awesome he is – and I kind of wished there would have been more to her appearance.

Despite his achievements, Bakugo’s still a raging asshole. When All Might praised him for being a good childhood friend, I had to do a double take as I was experiencing flash backs to all those times Bakugo bullied Deku and told him to kill himself. However, some sign of progress is better than none ever. And from a strictly rival sense it’s an undeniable truth. I reckon Bakugo only acquiesced to teamwork because he hates the idea of losing to Deku. They both push each other to be the best heroes possible – giving me echoes to how All Might pushed Endeavour to be the strongest he could be. So I can see why All Might is so happy to see this repeat in the next generation of aspiring heroes.

Speaking of Deku, with the final matchup coming, this will finally be our chance to watch him shine after all the funny stuff going on with One For All. With Shinso’s previous attempt to brainwash Deku invoking the past vestiges of One For All, I’m curious to see if how things are going to pan out this time – especially how this matchup shakes out if Neito can indeed copy One For All. But I would be very surprised if 1-A didn’t win here – because even if Neito could copy One For All, I’m very doubtful his body could handle the strain. Anyway, that was everything I wanted to discuss. As always, thanks for reading this post and see you all next week!

2 Comments

  1. Right after watching this episode, I captured a frame just like that #18 above, of Jiro with that smug look.

    It’s funny how someone with what seems to be a third-tier power is turning into one of the MVPs of her generation.

    cirby
  2. I was beyond satisfied by Katsuki of all people in 1-A finally shutting down both Vlad and Monoma (read: going like “Eat s**t and die, you two!). That was such big catharsis after all their lame and tired bias. I didn’t even feel sorry for 1-B for getting their asses handed to them by him LOL. This is Bakugo Katsuki rising, and he’s directing this at Deku. Deku better answer the call in kind, and I know he’ll attempt to do so. Wonderful development.

    I got Jiro’s quirk when I took a Crunchyroll quiz that determined which of the quirks in MHA I would have based on my choices, and it’s such a cool quirk. Very happy she got to be real good here thanks to Katsuki. Her character has been on the rise since the U.A. School Festival arc.

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