Oh man, that was one heck of an explosive episode! I was totally on the edge of my seat! Take note that, as a fan of the manga, I already knew what was going to happen, but it still kept me in suspense! My Hero Academia really knows how to excite their audience and pull out something surprising at the end!
Japanese Original Episode Title: 騎馬戦決着
As the kibasen drew to a close, its climax and conclusion were super-duper intense! Todoroki’s team, who had been silent during the first half, had finally made their move, directly challenging Izuku’s team! Everyone wanted to go for the top spot, after all, so a clash between them was inevitable! Meanwhile, Monoma from Class B picked the wrong person to mess with, as Bakugo was one huge bundle of explosive, angry energy! Anyone who gets on his bad side is in for a world of pain! At the end of it all, no one really knew who’d come out on top and make it to the next round! It was that intense!
Team Midoriya vs. Team Todoroki: With Hatsume’s ‘babies’ already malfunctioning, it was definitely quite hard for Izuku’s team to avoid a confrontation with Todoroki’s team or any other team for that matter! It was just a good thing that Todoroki already took out the competition from the get-go, albeit for his team’s advantage. Even with everyone out of the way, though, Izuku’s team still had the disadvantage. It didn’t help that Iida had a hidden trump card up his sleeve which he used against his friends! It just goes to show that his resolve to compete against Deku was no joke! But what Deku’s team lacked in coordination and planning, unlike Todoroki’s group, they certainly made up for with their quick-wittedness and independence! Wait, scratch that, both teams actually had all those qualities; they both always caught their opponent by surprise! They were all so competent and all so skilled! No wonder you really couldn’t predict how everything would turn out!
Revenge: On the other side, Monoma’s taunting certainly came back to bite him in the behind; he provoked the wrong person! Sure, he has a pretty neat quirk. However, not only does Bakugo have the tendency to be blind to everything else except his goal, but he also does everything in his power to attain it! He’s a bit simple in that way, but, man, is he determined, and surprisingly smart! You’d think he just picked out Kirishima, Sero, and Ashido because of how useful he thought they were compared to everyone else, but he actually put their skills into consideration, quickly thinking of the best course of action to steal back some bandanas. Guess he was the representative of the freshmen for a reason! Plus, he didn’t stop with just taking his revenge against Monoma, but also wanted to be on the top of the ranks! Unfortunately, the time was up before he was able to steal the ten million point headband from Todoroki. At least he tried and got his team to second place! Seeing him flop down on the ground when the time was up, then throwing a tantrum afterward, was so precious and funny! Even that part where he pounded on Kirishima’s head repeatedly was too comical; he was like a spoiled kid being carried by his dad!
Trying to catch up: I totally lost it when Deku’s team came fourth! Tokoyami and Dark Shadow were amazing! They really saved the day! They even comforted Deku, because it really did seem that he blew their chances of winning by underestimating his opponents, thinking that they’d be so careless, taking something that valuable without considering how to safeguard it. That was still a good try, though. That was another lesson learned and earned!
The results: It was all surprising, really. Team Todoroki managed to snag the ten million points and Team Bakugo ended up in second place despite getting their headband stolen at first. Team Midoriya almost didn’t make it to the top four but did because of a buzzer beater steal, and the dark horse, Team Shinso finished in third place! Not one team from Class B even made it to the next round either, despite their grand and surprising plan. This was really a wild event!
Themes & Trivia
Tenacity: The teachers were right; no matter how skilled you are, if your motivation to do something is kind of half-assed, then you’re just setting yourself up for failure, most especially if your competition will do whatever it takes to beat you and meet their goals. This is actually one of Kacchan’s good points: once he puts his mind to it, he will do it no matter what! Even Deku’s and Todoroki’s tenacities went head to head, resulting in an amazing clash between the two teams! A person’s determination really sets the fine line between success and mediocracy!
I just can’t get enough of the suspense and action this anime brings! The way each scenario played out smoothly, how each character’s decision was shaped by their personality and experiences, everything was just wonderful! Of course, there were still some instances that made you question things, like why Deku only grabbed one headband instead of going for many of them at once like Kacchan did. I personally think it was because of his instinct getting the best of him, as he was only determined to safeguard his ten million points, thereby only aiming for that when the situation called to think quickly. I’ve seen a lot of shows that make you question a lot of things too, but My Hero Academia sets up its story, events and characters well that it’s quite easy to think of reasons why these events happened.
A showdown between next-gen heroes?
Before the episode ended, Todoroki took Deku aside and wanted to have a serious conversation with him! Plus, All Might greeted Endeavor and invited him for tea! What’s with the sudden confrontation between these mentors and mentees? It’s just one huge thing after another!
So, how did you like the end of the second sports festival event? Did it fit your expectations, or were you as blown away as I was? Don’t hesitate to pour out your thoughts in the comments section below! Check out our Spring 2017 reviews too! They’re a huge help if you still want to try out a few other anime!