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?
Themes & Trivia
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 森 in kanji or もり (katakana). Mori–mori (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!
Lab rats: 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!
Good work everyone!
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!
We’re also near the end of September (time flies by so fast!), and that means this season is close to over! If you haven’t caught up to our Summer 2017 reviews yet, it’s time to do it now!