And we’re back to our scheduled program! My Hero Academia continued on its main story with an exciting conclusion to the exam’s second round. There were some pretty chaotic events that happened because of some surprise developments, which made the whole thing pretty intense and interesting to watch!
Japanese Original Episode Title: 何をしてんだよ
Gang Orca and his henchmen came to wreck the rescue operations, making the second exam even more challenging! Most of the examinees prioritized relocating the rescued people, while a handful aimed to hold back the ‘villains’ from causing more mayhem. However, the two front liners, Todoroki and Inasa, suddenly started arguing while their enemies were in front of them! They certainly picked a great time and place to bring up their issues with each other.
Villains attack: The minions with Gang Orca were super entertaining to watch, to be honest! They certainly seemed to be enjoying their role as villains, while still looking out for their boss! Gang Orca was really into the whole thing, too! Though in his case, it seemed due to evaluating the fledgling heroes’ actions up close. That made him the perfect opponent for Todoroki and Inasa, who were both acting up! Overall, the villain group did a great job, don’t you think? Especially when you take into account that they had power limiters on. Whoo! Kind of makes me wonder how messed up the second exam would’ve been if they were at full power.
Bitter memories: We finally found out just what Inasa’s problem was with Todoroki, and I can’t believe Endeavor still had something to do with it! That guy seems to ruin everything he touches, huh? To have smacked away a child who just wanted to show his admiration (even if Inasa really was in the way), that’s still not how you treat a kid! No wonder they said Endeavor can’t match up to All Might’s charisma as the Top 1 hero. He’s also the reason why Todoroki was super edgy before, hence indirectly becoming the reason why Inasa started hating Shouto and seeing him only as the son of the hero he hates. I just wish Inasa could’ve first wondered why Todoroki acted that way, but maybe he thought being a jerk runs in the family, or maybe his bitterness really ran deep. We all know Todoroki’s now very far from how he used to act, so it’s too bad that Inasa didn’t get to realize that before things got out of hand.
Todoroki and Inasa: The blunder of these two just goes to show that no matter how powerful or skilled you are, you’ll be useless if you get blinded by bitterness or personal agendas. I couldn’t help but cringe every time their attacks clashed! And because they had beef with each other, they mistook it as sabotaging, even though it was just because they were in sync. The worst part was that they completely got lost in their conflict and almost injured a fellow examinee! A huge yikes! But, I’m glad they didn’t wallow in guilt after they got a beat down from Gang Orca. Instead, they made their quirks work together. Ironic how they cooperated better while paralyzed than when they were able to move about, though.
Counterattack: Seeing how most of the examinees became united in holding back the villains gave me such a thrill! It was really like an actual scenario! Like with Shindo, he was so cool when he continued to give his best even after being rattled badly by Gang Orca’s high-frequency attack! Guess he really worked up quite an endurance to the backlash of his own quirk. The one who kept standing out (for me) during this exam was Deku, though! What relief I felt when he suddenly swooped in to save Shindo from Todoroki and Inasa’s clash and even scolded them too! Plus, our boy impressed Gang Orca, both with his surprise attack and how strong it was! Too bad the number 10 hero didn’t continue what he was saying by the end. I wonder if he was thinking of how it could’ve ended up if it was an actual fight.
Themes & Trivia
Orcas: Also known as the killer whales, they are one of the world’s most powerful predators. Maybe that’s why Gang Orca is ranked the tenth top hero, and the third most villain-looking hero. Orcas hunt marine animals, even whales, using their teeth that can be up to four inches long! That’s amazingly scary.
Shikishi board: Remember the board the Inasa was holding when he wanted to get Endeavor’s autograph? You might’ve been seeing it a lot in other anime but have never known what it actually is. It’s called a shikishi board, and it’s often used for calligraphy and ink painting. Shikishi literally means ‘colored paper’.
Camouflage: If you’re wondering why Asui can camouflage herself, then you probably didn’t know that frogs are masters of blending in with the environment! It’s a very helpful skill so they can protect themselves from predators.
I’m incredibly glad that this part of the story was executed incredibly well! As usual, the animation was excellent, but one of my favorite parts was how intense they made the frustrated shots of Todoroki and Inasa! Of course, what would amazing visuals be if the story’s not well written, right? How Horikoshi wrote his characters amazes me a lot! He established that it’s not easy to forgive and forget, that it’s not advisable to bring personal feelings to work, and that these aspiring heroes are still high school students who have flaws. These are all deep topics, but he also allowed them to be things that would drive the plot forward, letting us wonder what will happen next.
Provisional heroes, here we come?
What a suspenseful cliffhanger we were left at! I’m sure we’re all hoping that the whole of Class 1-A passed, but I still want to know if you think anyone failed. Do you have any guesses? We’re probably thinking of the same set of people, though. Another reason to be excited about the next episode is its title! More suspense!
Since it’s already September (how time flies!), that means our Summer 2018 shows are starting to wrap up! Make sure you read the latest reviews we’ve got!
NEXT: A Talk about Your Quirk (てめェの”個性”の話だ)
My Hero Academia Season 3
Spring 2018 | Anime Info | Simulcast