「ぼくらの大乱戦」 (Bokura no Dai Ransen)
“Our Brawl”

I do feel bad for Class 1-B. They could have totally capitalised on Deku losing control to try and vie for some kind of win. But I guess this is why these people are all on the hero course. While there’s that competitive spirit and desire to win, at their heart, these students all aspire to be heroes and seem to want to win the proper way. Monoma fought till the bitter end and came up with an ingenuous way to strike Deku and create an opening for Class 1-B to exploit. Unfortunately for them. it wasn’t enough as Deku continued chugging along like a champ to comprehensively bring the win back for Class 1-A.

We also discover that Monoma cannot copy OFA – so I guess you could say outside of Deku inducing collateral damage with Black Whip, Class 1-B pretty much had no chance of winning, since their strategy entirely hinged around Monoma copying Deku’s powers. Despite his quirk’s limitations, I think conceptually it’s a very fascinating and versatile one, considering he can utilise any 3 quirks he wouldn’t be restricted from using. So he could potentially come up with smart usages to amplify existing strengths or nullify glaring weaknesses. With some creativity, he can definitely go extremely far as a hero.

Shinso fought till the bitter end. It sucked to see him getting pounded in by Deku despite the way in which he wanted to at least put up a decent fight. But he can take consolation in the fact that he helped save the day by bringing Deku back under control. He will never reach Deku’s tier. Bandage wrappings that are not quirk amplified can only go so far. However, that doesn’t mean he can’t play a very excellent supporting role. As long as his heart remains steadfast with heroic conviction, Shinso can also go the distance.

Finally, it seems like Black Whip is one of many powers Deku can acquire. I look forwards to seeing where the series goes with multiple powers, and how they’ll dynamically shake up Deku’s style of punching and kicking while hoping for the best.

「受け継ぐモノ」 (Uketsugu Mono)
“That Which Is Inherited”

I’d say Shinso should go to Class 1-B. Although his quirk is really powerful for disrupting coordination in enemy groups, I do not believe his proficiency with binding cloth offsets his combative shortcoming enough to justify placing him into Class 1-A. However, he’s shown amazing potential for the limited training and experience he has compared to the rest of Class 1-A/Class 1-B. So there’s definitely potential to be had. I’m just not convinced. Also he’d probably be useful against something like the Nomu – who have not exhibited speech capabilities. They look like a critical part of the League of Villain’s future plans, meaning Shinso would be pretty obsolete for any fight which they’re involved in. Which I suspect will be a good majority of them.

We receive an elaborate explanation specifying that Monoma cannot copy stockpiling quirks – with quirs like Deku and Eri falling under this definition. It’s definitely a shame he can’t replicate Eri’s quirks, because although there are some very villainous and improper applications that can be derived from Rewind, contrary to his villainous theatrics, I definitely trust Monoma would do the right thing and use Rewind for nothing but good acts. That said, Monoma’s quirk is this interesting precisely because it has limitations and he still needs to work hard to extract its mileage – as opposed to copying powerful abilities with no effort to wield them at maximum potential.

Finally, Todoroki and Bakugo finally obtain their provisional licenses. Those were some unlucky villains – having to go up against the two most frightening students on this year’s Hero Course. But some cheese eating, criminal smuck had to be on the short end of the stick. And it just so happened they ended up being in the wrong place at the wrong time – helping Todoroki and Bakugo score an easy pass for their Hero License exam. I’m impressed that Bakugo took out some mooks, saved All Might and the lady from getting crushed by rubble, while still having the foresight to retrieve all the stolen bags before Todoroki damaged or destroyed them. Despite seeming impatient when it comes to ‘getting things done’, Bakugo’s attention to detail is remarkable and you can be assured he will get the job done brutally efficiently to an extremely high standard.

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

4 Comments

  1. > I’d say Shinso should go to Class 1-B. Although his quirk is really powerful for disrupting coordination in enemy groups, I do not believe his proficiency with binding cloth offsets his combative shortcoming enough to justify placing him into Class 1-A.

    The way I understand it classes 1-A and 1-B are not supposed to be better than one another (at least by design), and any actual differences in class strength are just a byproduct of storytelling and the protagonist being in one of the classes.

    bioproto
    1. I do think 1-A ends up being better by design. They dumped the most OP quirks into Class 1-A and while Class 1-B has good quirks, when they got wins over Class 1-A, that came down to ingenuity rather than their quirks being more formidable pound for pound.

  2. > Also he’d probably be useful against something like the Nomu – who have not exhibited speech capabilities.

    Did you mean not be useful? And at least one of the Nomu has exhibited speech capabilities, the one that Endeavour fought definitely spoke to him.

    LAsuka
    1. It’s at least one. But I would argue that was a special Nomu. Seems like more of an exception than the rule. Say they mass produced lower tier Nomu to cause strife in the world, how would Shinso contribute to the war effort? Not that I want to downplay Shinso. I do like him. Just wanted to carry out a thought experiment of sorts.

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