We’ve got some serious developments in My Hero Academia this week, and I couldn’t be any happier with them! To think that the issues between Midoriya and Bakugo, which have existed since the beginning of this series, finally blew up enough to warrant a fist fight discussion! That’s pretty intense! It also meant becoming an emotional scenario, so by the end of it all, I was wallowing in a puddle of my feelings and loving the two rivals even more.
Japanese Original Episode Title: デクvsかっちゃん2
After taking Deku to the practice field and confirming his suspicions, Kacchan suddenly declared his intent to fight, taking Deku by surprise. Despite his protests, however, Bakugo still went on with it. Midoriya eventually understood that this fight was not just because his childhood friend was angry, but something else that he desperately needed to release. So he decided to fight him head-on as well, allowing the both of them to convey the thoughts they’ve been bottling up all these years. That’s why this fight is a pretty huge deal because it allowed us to see many things for the first time.
Deep-seated feelings: Who knew that behind Bakugo’s constant anger and pride was an inferiority complex towards Deku that went back to their childhood? I also didn’t even notice that he strongly felt responsible for All Might’s retirement! That led him to resent Deku’s improvement all the more. I was so emotional while he was saying all these things, because when a person you’ve never seen cry starts to do so, you know it’s serious! Meanwhile, we finally know the reason why Midoriya continued to stick with Bakugo all these years even though he was treated like garbage. It seems weird to think of your bully as the incarnation of victory, doesn’t it? Let alone think they’re much closer than your idol! But when he reasoned that this perspective was due to him having nothing, it made more sense to me. Guess he was amazed by heroes so much that his admiration became stronger than his dislike. Whew! The feelings of these two are complicated, huh? That’s why I’m relieved everything seems sorted out now that they let it all out.
Up to 8%: Midoriya was so into fighting Bakugo that he unconsciously used more power and speed than usual! Even if it’s only an added 3%, that’s still a step to improvement! Which is kinda ironic given that Midoriya’s improvement is partly the reason why Bakugo’s fighting him. At least now he knows that his body can take a bit more One for All’s power.
A secret between three: If the situation were different, you’d think someone much closer to Deku would be better to know about his and All Might’s secret, huh? Maybe either Iida or Uraraka since they’re his best friends. But now that Bakugo officially knows, I thought it felt right. Aside from being another huge fan of All Might, he felt responsible for his retirement. So, knowing about this secret could help ease his burden somehow. Speaking of, the part where All Might was comforting Bakugo also made me all sorts of emotional! I especially liked how, when All Might mentioned how Bakugo was still young while holding him, it really did make me remember that he’s still just a kid. It’s reasonable for him to act and think the way he did!
A small improvement: Another reason why Bakugo knowing about the big secret sat well with me is because it made me hopeful that these two childhood friends, with such a huge rift between them, will be able to get along and work together properly one day. Now thanks to All Might’s words of wisdom, I think they got the message that they need to help each other improve so they can save people to win, and win to save people. And because of their all-out fight-slash-honesty hour, that became a bit easier to do, starting with becoming proper rivals who interact better, and with Bakugo giving Deku advice! The latter one made me super-duper happy! Yes, I’m a sap like that.
Themes & Trivia
House arrest: Technically, you’d only be put under house arrest by order of a court. It’s an alternative to being sent to prison. So if you’re wondering why Aizawa subjected Bakugo and Deku to one, remember that they’re living in dorms. Normally you’d punish a student by suspending them, but as they’re living inside the school and under the guidance of the teachers, it’s much more appropriate to put them under house arrest, right?
Horikoshi–sensei’s beautiful writing strikes again! Being able to write complex characters and relationships is no easy feat, but he did it so well! Now there’s more depth to Bakugo’s character instead of being just the angry bully, and it seemed so naturally established. Even with his and Deku’s relationship, the improvement didn’t seem forced at all! Matched with the incredibly well-voiced acting of their seiyuu, I’m just incredibly delighted and satisfied with how things panned out.
You know what else took the cake this time around? It’s the animation! You’ve probably noticed that I don’t rave about the visuals often with this show. That’s because it’s already normal for every episode to have such good quality. But Deku and Bakugo’s fight was just so epic!! Especially that spin-kick that Deku did! MHA’s animation staff are powerful people indeed.
All for One’s in prison, the freshmen of U.A. have received their provisional licenses, and the childhood friends got a breakthrough in their relationship. Now that the second-term has started, what’s next for our fledgling heroes? To be honest, I’m totally excited about the upcoming events, especially the introduction of U.A.’s Big 3!
Alas, there are only two episodes left for season three, which means our Summer 2018 reviews are also going to start wrapping up! Get to reading then, but after you’ve shared your thoughts on this episode in the comments!
NEXT: A Season for Encounters (出会いの季節)
My Hero Academia Season 3
Spring 2018 | Anime Info | Simulcast