What a great opening battle for the second round, as expected of a fight between the two front runners of the first years’ UA sports festival!! However, it also brought in something unexpected, something that doesn’t usually happen when two rivals fight! All these things reminded me once again why I love the anime of My Hero Academia so much!!
Japanese Original Episode Title: 轟焦凍：オリジン
All Might and Endeavor probably didn’t duke it out on a tournament to figure out who’ll be the Number One hero, but their protégés did, though it was only for a sports fest. Both Midoriya and Todoroki wanted to prove which of them was the best, for their own reasons. The result: a battle so intense that someone kept flying away! Plus, it wouldn’t be a battle of fledgling heroes if there wasn’t talking in between, cause you know how heroes and villains sometimes end up monologuing to each other. These monologues brought up some crazy results.
Battle of Endurance: If the people watching the previous fight thought that was painful to watch because of how Uraraka was getting beat up by Bakugo, then they were probably cringing again looking at Midoriya’s state. Cementoss was even close to stopping the fight himself! Plus, if people knew how Todoroki’s ice quirk took a toll on his body, they would’ve probably felt terrible for him. But, despite the pain and the cold the two were experiencing, that didn’t stop them! Such sheer amount of willpower they both had! It was truly a battle that on the surface looked like every other fight that uses brute force and skills, but in reality it was more of a battle of who succumbs first to the repercussions of his quirk. That is, if it did keep going like that, as Izuku got annoyed that Todoroki wasn’t giving the battle his 100% effort!
Todoroki’s resolution: No wonder Todoroki’s such a troubled boy! He spent his childhood being forced to train so hard by his dad when he was only five years old! He also witnessed his mother getting abused, or in his eyes, bullied, by his own father. Then his mother somewhat lost it and poured boiling water on him! Poor baby! That’s why I really can’t blame him for losing sight of his motivation to become a hero because of what he experienced, even more so because his father, a hero, was the source of his misery! I also probably wouldn’t want to use something I got from a person I hated with passion, so he ended up rejecting his fire quirk though he needed it to be more efficient and powerful. That’s why Izuku deserves a huge ‘Thank you!’ for reminding Todoroki of what inspired him to be a hero: his mother and All Might saying that his quirk is his own power, so he can be who he wants to be!
Giving 100%: Since Todoroki stopped holding back, it was time to get serious! So serious in fact, that everyone was literally blown away by their quirks! That was dangerous! If it wasn’t for Cementoss and Midnight’s quick judgment, Midoriya and Todoroki could’ve injured each other badly, or worse! Too bad Izuku ended up losing, though; he had no way of bracing himself to the stage, unlike Todoroki. Plus, like Cementoss noted, he wouldn’t be able to battle properly in the next round even if he did win due to his severe injuries. I hope our boy doesn’t get too frustrated by his loss, especially since he did something amazing for someone!
Themes & Trivia
Acceptance: I feel like many people have a lot of things they want to change about themselves, most especially physical traits. For some, it’s a source of insecurity, for others, it’s a source of anger. Todoroki’s definitely belongs to the latter, as he badly wanted to reject his father’s quirk that’s a part of him. But just as he became incredibly powerful once he accepted it, no longer holding himself back from achieving victory with all he’s got, I believe we can also do and achieve a lot of things once we can accept our flaws!
Being a hero: What does it mean to be a hero? For Endeavor, it apparently means being number one, an ideal which he forcefully imposed on his son. That’s why Todoroki ended up forgetting his original goal of being a true hero. Meanwhile, as All Might saved others, Deku saved Todoroki, albeit emotionally and mentally, even though he knew he’d have higher chances of losing.
As a fan of the manga, I have been looking forward to this episode ever since the season started, and boy, I was not disappointed! If the audience was blown away by the strength of Midoriya and Todoroki’s quirks, I was blown away by the AMAZING animation! From start to finish it was top-notch! Makes me wonder just how long the animators worked on each scene, more so with the part where Todoroki used both his quirks at the end! You can also just imagine the relief the staff must’ve felt seeing the results of all their efforts! I can really see that they gave it their all, just like how the characters they animated did! Bones has done it again!
I want to be a hero, too!
Sadly, our protagonist is out of the game. However, the fights aren’t over yet! The next episode seems to be focusing on Iida, the last one of the Deku-Uraraka-Iida trio to be participating in the tournament! How will he fare? Who else will pass through the second round?
So, were you as blown away as I was by this episode? I’m excited to hear your thoughts! Check out our other anime reviews for Spring 2017 as well!
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