Most of My Hero Academia’s previous episodes have been constantly focusing on Izuku and Todoroki, so it’s great that the other students got their proper time to shine at last! They didn’t have screen times as long as the two, though, but I personally thought it was enough to show off more of their abilities when it comes to one-on-one combat!
Japanese Original Episode Title: 奮え!チャレンジャー
The tournament continued with the third match up to the seventh. They were a mix of short, funny battles and long, intense ones! Most of the audience was totally riled up, some rooting for their classmates and friends, while some already eyeing possible sidekicks. Meanwhile, Deku was totally busy predicting who would win, as well as taking down notes about everyone’s quirks! So, between each of the five pairs, who among them paved their way to victory?
The Funny Battles: I found quite interesting how the personalities and experiences of each competitor influenced their strategies and fighting styles. Like how Kaminari didn’t even think of how Shiozaki’s quirk worked and how she would counterattack him. He even got distracted by thinking to ask her out, so he ended up getting beaten in an instant. Hatsume just toyed with Iida, making him her marketing model to advertise her inventions. And to think someone fast and strong like Iida never managed to land a hit or grab Hatsume once within ten solid minutes? He got tricked into using her inventions for her, too! Girl’s got skills, both in advertising and in playing with her opponents! What a wacky, (and can I say cute?) duo they made! Then there was Ashido, who had the upper hand in her fight because of her nimbleness, compared to Aoyama who could only shoot lasers for a limited time. His pants even fell down! What a humiliating loss for him, the poor guy!
The Serious Battles: Yaoyorozu looked really heartbroken after losing to Tokoyami, more so because she lost so quickly! She wanted to do her best, thinking of a way to get through her opponent’s offense and defense, but all for naught. I think she was so focused on shielding herself from Tokoyami’s attacks and trying to get a hit that she must’ve forgotten about the out-of-bounds rule. The last and probably the longest fight so far (if you don’t count Hatsume’s advertising spiel) was the battle between Kirishima and Tetsutetsu, who were definitely more alike! Their strengths were similar, their attacks were similar, and even their level of endurance was similar! Unfortunately, we’re left waiting to know which of them will advance to the next round once they’ve woken up and have a tie-breaker.
Izuku’s Intel Gathering: Almost everyone in 1-A now seemed to know about Deku’s tendency to geek out about heroes and their quirks in general, making him mumble his thoughts and ideas to himself. However, as I think I’ve already mentioned before, his analysis and data gathering, while weird to some, are what I personally believe to be his true talents! For example: he managed to win against Bakugo during their Battle Trial, since he knew Kacchan’s attack pattern pretty well. Pretty sure his notes on quirks and knack for strategy will come even handier some day!
Nervous Uraraka: Everyone’s already come to think that Uraraka got the shortest end of the stick when it came to opponents, because she was going to face the destructive Bakugo! Anyone who knew him and would fight him would truly get nervous! They’d also surely try to look for ways to win and not get blown up! So, it wouldn’t have been surprising if she quickly took Deku’s offer to check his notes and give her a strategy. However, this girl, who’s just as determined to make an impression as Izuku and Iida, wanted to win against him on her own, with her own power and wits. You just can’t help but be proud of her and root for her to win!
Themes & Trivia
Comparing yourself:It’s a given that when you’re facing against someone, you have to check if you’re at an advantage or disadvantage. To do that, you need to compare your abilities with theirs. But, there’s also the tendency to be easily disheartened, which was the case with Yaoyorozu and Uraraka. They were both already nervous before their battles even started, since they knew well what their opponents were capable of, and which of them was stronger.
Clothes getting stripped: Just as tournaments are commonly seen in shonen series, characters getting their clothes torn, or even stripped altogether, are also as common, like in Dragon Ball or Flame of Recca. That’s why when perverted Mineta shouted to ‘beat Ashido like in those fighting games where their clothes get ripped off,’ it immediately reminded me of that trope. There also really are some games that have that…realistic…feature as well, like he mentioned.
Kudos to the scriptwriters for fitting in five matches without making them seem rushed! Plus, not only were they all enjoyable to watch, but each part told me a little something new about the characters. The animation was still top-notch in my eyes as well, so I was able to focus and enjoy the battle scenes without getting distracted by ugly art!
Show your resolve, Uraraka!
How will a battle between the aggressive Bakugo and the kind Uraraka go? Everyone was reacting like there’s going to be a bloodbath, but seeing the next episode’s preview, it looks like Uraraka’s gonna give it her all! It’s surely going to be one heck of a battle!
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