Hello, I’m yukipapapa, the writer.
I found this episode chock-a-block with tons of new elements, feeding a lot of content to move Deku’s story along. To begin with, don’t miss those great, quote-worthy, tear-jerking dialogues and phrases. Next, behold those speedy and powerful animations, a perfect set up to play up Deku’s dawning of becoming one great hero one day.
Are you ready? Let’s begin the review.
Synopsis: Episode 2
The person who rescued Izuku Midoriya (nickname Deku) from the monster, SludgeVillan, was the top-rated, legendary hero, All Might. He is the embodiment of peace and safety of the world where Deku lives in.
“Can even someone without a special ability be like you, the hero of all time?”
Deku askes All Might, in a shaky voice. At that moment, Deku accidentally learns All Might’s secret – his frail, thin-flamed body, deteriorated health due to the heavy damages he had inflicted over the years of battling against bad guys.
“A perfect hero must be always ready to put his life on the line for someone else,” says All Might.
Deku realizes the real cost of being a hero. He also learns that All Might doesn’t see much possibility in him to grow up to make a qualified hero. Deku feels like his dream crushed in front of his eyes. Meanwhile, at the other corner of their town, Sludgevillain has escaped from All Might’s captivity and attacks Bakugo, Deku’s classmate, who’s on the way home from school.
Highlight 1: The First Chapter Begins
Deku has always been dreaming about becoming a hero, however, his parents, his family doctor and classmates just about everyone he encounters in his life blatantly deny him of the possibility.
And then, at the beginning of this episode, Deku’s ultimate inspiration of all time, the real hero All Might, also supports that common theory like everybody else. Those who are not gifted with a special ability won’t make a hero. Period. Sorry, kid.
The story moves on and reveals that All Might has a serious wound in his abdomen, which he sustained in the previous battle. All Might is the symbol of peace; he is the top hero who is praised by the mass. But someone – some powerful villain hiding in some dark corner in this world is perfectly capable of inflicting a fatal blow to this authoritative protector of justice. It’s a bone chilling fact.
Later in the show, you will see how Deku steps up and confronts the dark side of the world. He wasn’t that neither heroic nor cool, but, All Might ultimately discovers a potential in him.
“A Top Hero often leaves legacy as early as school days.”
“You can be a hero!”
Deku cries his eyes out at these words, and I, couldn’t resist sobbing loud.
The show illustrates stark contrast between the darkness of the world he lives in, and the scale of his dream, which lays a symbolic picture of Deku the burgeoning hero, who faces his upcoming challenges.
Highlights 2: Glimpse of Potential
Deku’s parents and his real-world hero All Might didn’t think that Deku has potential of becoming a hero one day. Deku accepts their views and at one point, he talks himself out of it.
One of the enemies that All Might had captured earlier escaped unbeknownst to him. The monster starts wreaking havoc at a corner of the town. Deku reacts to the commotion despite his own consciousness, and quickly finds himself rushing to the accident site. He notices that professional real-world heroes are agitated in frustration, as none of them seems to have a solution to capture the enemy without harming the victim. That victim is none other than Deku’s childhood friend, Bakugou. Deku wastes no time and recklessly charges at the violent enemy.
A flash back – memories of Bakugou rush through Deku’s mind; some bitter, some spiteful, and, all those nasty things he said or did. But, none of those seem to hinge Deku’s resolution. His primary is simple and clear: Help friends in needs.
Once the monster is contained and peace is restored to the city, All Might turns to Deku and praises his courage. He says, “Top-rated heroes often achieve something extraordinary in their youth. In my observation, excellent heroes tend to act before they think.”
All Might finds a possibility in Deku, who is not gifted with a special ability, and has been denied all through his life, yet he chooses to act for someone else. Deku’s selflessness is the true grit of a hero! In the next episode, we will see how Deku learns the skills necessary to make his dreams come true. Don’t miss it!