「いざ！エンデヴァー事務所」 (Iza! Endevaa Jimusho)
“Off to Endeavor’s Agency!”
Shigaraki running riot in Deika City set quite a tonal contrast from the rest of the episode. But I think the message is clear. Almight stepping down has created a vacuum of sorts that Endeavour has been unable to fully pad out – and that in turn has created an opportunity for the villains to rise up and leave their mark across the world. More than ever, the world needs heroes. Like how the governments of nations relied on young men during WWI and WW2, the young students in Hero Academies are being called up frequently to fight society’s problems – under the guise of ‘work experience’ to stem the tide of evil. Whether they’re ready or not doesn’t matter. But in most cases, I’m certain they will come through the trial by fire and come out battle-hardened and formidable compared to what they would have been.
With the growing discontent from the public forum at the current situation, it’s important for aspiring heroes to be able to manage the PR aspect of their future career – hence U.A. High School calls in Mt Lady to give her perspective on how best to handle the press. Contrary to her reputation, this makes a lot of sense considering how she can turn what should be PR disasters with collateral damage into a publicly loved part of her personality. I did find some of her thoughts about Todoroki to be kind of strange.
But she’s definitely right that he definitely won’t have any PR issues despite the fact he can be oblivious and completely miss some points. He just has that naturally effortless charm to him which makes him well-suited to the public limelight. Tokoyami’s an impressive one too – he puts up a powerful impression and for all his edginess, Tokoyami comes across as competent and reliable. If I was a civilian who was tasked with picking a hero to protect me based off impressions alone, he’d probably be my second pick after Todoroki.
Deku and Bakugo have some ways to go though, with the former being so stiff and nervous, while the latter does nothing but scowl and yell into the microphone. But I think that’s honestly okay. Past a certain point, if a hero really is in the upper echelons the way they are, their ability to handle the press doesn’t matter since their ability to fend off villains and save lives will probably speak for themselves. Much like how most of the top tier sportsmen are not particularly skilled at handling media, but continue being loved all the same for the moments of magic they can produce.
That was quite a pleasant Christmas party and it made my heart do tippy taps when Santa Eri appeared with out of season presents in tow – although the series doesn’t hesitate to remind us that a traitor is in their midst, a cloud that ominously looms. Who are your guesses for potential traitor? I definitely have my own opinions on this matter, but I would be curious to know provided you’d be happy to throw out your thoughts in the comment section below.
Anyway, that’s about everything I wanted to discuss. As always, thanks for reading this post and see you all next week!