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Here’s to another episode of My Hero Academia that makes you root for each and every single one of the characters, and inspires you to do your best at the same time! I’m just in awe at how Horikoshi Kohei enables his characters to grow!
Japanese Original Episode Title: むけろ一皮
The second batch of pairs went off to fight against their professors. We got to see each one’s personality when it comes to fighting, as they faced their fears and an opponent much stronger than them! It made me love them even more and become a super proud fan/mom! However, did everyone succeed in apprehending their teachers or escaping the grounds? Or did another pair fail to make it on time?
Uraraka/Aoyama vs. Thirteen: Wow! That distraction Aoyama said to Uraraka ended up being quite useful after all! It’s also a good thing that Uraraka was able to think fast and remember the things she learned from Gunhead, so she managed to apprehend Thirteen! However, I think the success of Aoyama’s ‘plan’ relied on whether or not Thirteen would stop their vacuum! Perhaps he knew that, since this is still just an exam for students, they won’t endanger their lives! It’s not at all impossible for him to be actually that perceptive, since he hit the bulls-eye when he guessed Uraraka’s feeling for Deku, something that even she wasn’t aware of! Glad to know there’s more to ‘I cannot stop twinkling’ than just being weird and funny!
Kaminari/Ashido vs. Nezu: Too bad for these two. They tried so hard on the written exams, only to be foiled by their super smart and sadistic principal! Every pair was at a disadvantage against the teachers matched up with them, but Kaminari and Ashido had the greatest disadvantage of them all! It makes me wonder how the others would’ve fared if they got Nezu as their opponent. Was it just because Kaminari and Ashido still had a long way to go in terms of thinking quickly and being level-headed? Or was it really an unfavorable battle from the start no matter who it was because Nezu was able to predict how his opponents moved? I can’t believe Nezu was already being a bit lenient at that rate since he said he deliberately left one escape route for them! Too bad!
Jiro/Koda vs. Present Mic: This was another battle that allowed someone to develop character! I couldn’t help but be proud of Jiro for thinking of a great plan and for being determined to win despite the situation, which in turn sparked courage in Koda! He did such a great job facing his fears, all because he saw Jiro’s ears injured. From that, I could also see how kind he is! Plus, what a neat quirk he has! I wonder if he doesn’t speak because he might unconsciously control animals in the process, or because of something else, like the frequency of his voice can’t be heard by humans. In any case, I hope he gets over his fear of bugs someday so he can be more powerful, since other people are also afraid of them, like Present Mic! Good thing that was all it took to bring him down! I feel kinda bad for him, though. Hope he didn’t get traumatized, because I probably would’ve been if I were in his shoes!
Shoji/Hagakure vs. Snipe: Even though this was a short battle compared to the others, it was still a great show of the two’s capabilities! Hagakure’s invisibility was made more effective when Shoji took Snipe’s attention! That really was rash of him, but maybe he also somehow knew that a teacher wouldn’t harm him on purpose. He proved to be a great support to Hagakure, who would’ve been an easier target despite her amazing stealth if she tried to go after Snipe by herself!
Mineta/Sero vs. Midnight: If Koda had to be brave, then Mineta became a coward on purpose! His plan seemed pathetic on the surface, but who cares about how it looks like as long as it gets the job done! Except, of course, if it’s illegal, but anyway. Just like Aoyama, there’s more to this pervert than meets the eye. He can do amazing things if he tries, after all! Guess it’s also no longer surprising that he came in eighth in the midterm exams, huh? Meanwhile, Sero only saved Mineta’s butt and unintentionally provided him with the tape he needed, but afterwards, he only slept through the whole test! Will he be fine, grades-wise?
Mori–mori: Present Mic played with words when he talked about wanting to finish the fight quickly. Mori means forest in Japanese and can be written as or . (もりもり), on the other hand can mean being energetic or fully motivated! So it’s like he said he didn’t want to be energetic (mori–mori) in a forest (mori). Special thanks to my senpai for helping me figure this out since I was overly curious!
: It took my brother’s comparison of Kaminari and Ashido’s situation to lab rats in a maze to get the idea why Nezu was sadistic to humans! Rats and mice are often used as test subjects in science, so it was even more appropriate that an animal resembling a rat got a quirk and was subjected to tests! No wonder Nezu seemed thrilled to torture, I mean, test humans! Revenge!
Once again, I had so much fun watching everyone give their best just to capture or escape their villain-professors! I’m incredibly happy that they gave proper screen time in this episode to the ones who haven’t gotten their chance to shine yet, like Koda! Actually, for those who haven’t read the manga yet, most of the battles there only got a few panels, and while I wouldn’t say it’s totally bad, it just makes me happy that, for once, an anime adaptation made a manga’s take on things better!
It’s the last pair’s turn to take their exam! However, it’s the worst duo to ever get paired up, and they even have to fight All Might! Will Bakugo and Midoriya be able to set aside their differences to beat the Number One hero? Or will they crash and burn? Let me know your predictions on it, as well as what you thought of this episode in the comments section!