After the riot that has been the sports festival, our young heroes-in-training get back to their normal school days once more! But, the fun and suspense never stops in My Hero Academia, so how did the interlude go?
Japanese Original Episode Title:名前をつけてみようの会
Good job, Class 1-A! A bunch of them got offers from different hero companies due to their performance in the sports fest, especially the two that came out on top! Plus, even the ones who didn’t win were getting quite the attention from the civilians; they seemed like instant stars from the publicity they garnered! They even decided on hero names already! I’m just so proud of them! Looks like our young heroes are another one or two steps closer from becoming actual pros! And being pros comes with both the glory and the troubles, the latter possibly creeping up on Deku and an important friend of his who is closer than they know!
Code Names: Wasn’t it amazing how the kiddies’ picked names for themselves that matched well, not only with their looks, but also with their personalities? I was grinning the whole time because of how precious and funny they were! The one that stood out to me the most in the funny category was Aoyama’s ‘Can’t stop twinkling’ name! It’s so weird how it suited him very well, with the name and how it was originally a sentence and all! Many others had really impressive names, as if they had them ready since they were young, like Kirishima, whose name was based off his favorite hero! Meanwhile, some had simple code names, like Todoroki who only used his given name. I like to think that it was birthed with the idea of being his own identity, his own person, just like what his mom told him before! We had meaningful names too, like Deku’s; although it sounded negative at first, he wanted to change its meaning, like how Uraraka changed it for him! Then, there was the utterly…unique one that came from Bakugo! I laughed at how he tried to think of something cool, only for it to sound a bit villainous and childish at the same time! (Though, to be honest, Bakusatsu Ō and Bakusatsu Kyō sound cool when you don’t know the exact meaning). I hope these aspiring heroes get to use their code names soon!
Iida Tenya’s situation: It’s great how we first saw Iida looking okay as he said, without first knowing what else happened with his brother. Makes you think that, since his brother was still alive, everything’s already fine and dandy! But we, as an audience, eventually discovered the rest, with his brother being paralyzed, halting his glory days as a hero, so we now know that there’s no way he was okay! What could’ve been running through his mind after all that, especially since he applied to a hero company that’s in the same place as where his brother was attacked! Also, what was with that super eerie narration at the end?
Deku’s Internship: With Midoriya’s crash and burn performance in the battle with Todoroki, I already kind of expected that he wouldn’t be getting that many offers. His power was risky after all! No one would want a sidekick that would immediately become useless as soon as he uses his quirk! However, I guess everyone was thinking the same thing, since he didn’t even get one! That is, at least at first! Who knew All Might’s former teacher and a close friend of his predecessor would offer to take him in though he was already old and retired! Most of all, who knew that All Might was scared of him! Makes you wonder what kind of old timer he is, huh, especially since Toshinori wrote him a letter reporting about his new successor! His introduction at the end was quite…surprising too.
Themes & Trivia
Hero names: Superheroes in most media have really cool names! Aside from sounding awesome when the villains and the civilians address them, none of them really want anyone to know their real identities! That’s also why most of them make an effort to disguise themselves with their costumes. Maybe except for Superman, but you get the idea.
Reaching out: You really can’t blame people for being occupied with their lives. That’s normal because we need to take care of ourselves! But, we must remember to stop and take the time to look after our friends, too, especially the ones closest to us. While the successes in our lives are important, our friends are even more important! Midoriya narrated that he wished he was more empathetic of Iida’s circumstance, wishing he was more sensitive to what his friend went through. We certainly don’t want that kind of guilt, do we? Meanwhile, Iida took the burden of his despair all by himself, not even relying on his friends for comfort. So it’s also important for us to trust that our friends will listen to our problems!
This was one of the chapters in the manga that stood out to me, despite only being a breather from the action. Seeing it animated, with all the faithfulness to the manga and the added content, made me incredibly amused and happy! It’s always a treat to see your favorite series get faithfully adapted into a show! Not only do you get to see the same amazing story again, but you get to see it much better than before!
A new mentor, and a new problem?
Gran Torino has appeared, and he’s really old! But, I’m pretty sure we shouldn’t let his age and his looks fool us, as he was once the mentor of the great All Might, after all! We should instead look forward to what this seasoned veteran teach our inexperienced Deku, right?
As always, let me know what did you think about this episode in the comments section below! I’d love to hear which hero names stood out to you, or made you laugh! We also have our Spring 2017 reviews! Most of these shows are ending this week, so stay tuned for everyone’s articles!