Watching these aspiring heroes fight their teachers this week in My Hero Academia made me realize once more just how adept they are in using their quirks in different situations. However, like in the last test with Kirishima and Sato, they still need more experience to hone their judgement! Did the teams in this episode do better than them?
Japanese Original Episode Title: 八百万: ライジング
One team already failed their exam, so the pressure’s definitely high for the next groups! Hopefully, they all realized that they’re up against teachers who were deliberately paired against them due to their weaknesses! I’m amazed, though, that in an exam where you should be tested for what you already know, their sensei were still trying to teach them new things that only they can learn hands-on.
Asui/Tokoyami vs. Ectoplasm: These two were super cool during their test! They were both calm and collected for the most part, and their coordination was superb! They did a great job watching each other’s backs, especially Tsuyu! Her support played an incredibly huge role in their victory! She covered for Tokoyami’s close-ranged weakness really well! Plus, if it weren’t for her quick-thinking, securing the handcuffs when she saw that they were about to get captured, they would’ve been in a real pinch! But of course, it’s also thanks to Tokoyami and Dark Shadow’s offense that they were safely able to get that far! Dark Shadow anticipated when Ectoplasm would attack and knew exactly where to put the handcuffs! Discussing a strategy beforehand truly worked wonders for both of them, but I can also safely say that they just really had amazing teamwork! After all, predicting what would happen and preparing afterwards is one thing; being in the actual situation is another!
Iida/Ojiro vs. Power Loader: Another duo that I’m surprised with that worked well together! I never imagined how a speedy person and someone with a strong tail would coordinate on a course of action, especially if the ground is almost nonexistent! However, most likely because he already learned from his previous mistake, Iida was quite was quick and humble enough to discern that they were incompatible and no match for Power Loader. It was also astounding how fast he was in thinking of a way to get Ojiro to the escape gate, and acting on it immediately. Ojiro, on the other hand, was very alert! He managed to follow on what Iida wanted to do, and was quick to defend himself when Power Loader attacked him! It was a really short battle, but it just showed all the more how wonderful these two did!
Todoroki/Yaoyorozu vs. Eraserhead: More than the test itself, I loved this part of the episode because both Todoroki and Yaoyorozu developed their character in that small amount of time! The previous episode showed how fluffy and cute Yaoyorozu can be when it comes to friends; this episode showed how fearsome she can be because she’s able to use her book smarts and her quirk advantages! She just really needed the push and the encouragement to be more confident in her tactics and skills! I never really wondered before who else voted for her during the class elections, but now, knowing that it was Todoroki who voted for her because he thought she’d do great, wow! I guess it’s like they say, ‘Believe in the me that believes in you!’ Since Torodoki has confidence in her, and she has confidence in him, she can believe in herself, too (Yes, I know what you’re thinking: I do ship them)! Meanwhile, Todoroki needed to get better at cooperating with people; while he did beat the Hero-Killer through fighting alongside Deku and Iida, he still had the tendency of being a lone wolf. You could clearly see it by the way he formed their initial plan: Yaoyorozu would only have to check if Aizawa was there; afterwards he’d do all the fighting. He also didn’t even ask her for suggestions, though it might also be due to the time constraint. Aizawa’s truly a good teacher, no? He knew exactly what his students were struggling with, and helped them get through those, even if it was a bit obvious what a softie he truly is.