My Hero Academia delivers a rather underwhelming first round fight, though such was expected given the players involved.
Midoriya had been brainwashed by Shinso and was being forced to walk out of the ring to his defeat. But right at the last moment, Midoriya sees some silhouettes with bright yellow eyes and his All for One power activates in two of his fingers to create a shock wave big enough to bring him back to his senses.
Shinso’s character is rather interesting as it comes to light in this episode. We already talked about the drawbacks of his power last week, and this week we get some focus on the kind of person he is.
With a brainwashing hypnosis power, one of the things that would come to mind would be using it on a cute girl for some PG-13 stuff. If we get more serious, then using it to commit some relatively serious crimes is another wrong way to use this power. Shinso was subject to the prejudice that everyone with such powers is a bad guy. Once people would find out about the trigger for his power, they would hesitate before even replying to him.
Shinso wanted to prove that this kind of power can be used in the right way, and for that he wanted to become a hero. But his power wasn’t compatible with the format of the entrance exam which is why he couldn’t make it into the hero course. And this brings to light a problem in the examination system of U.A.: Shinso is just one example of a possible hero being unable to reach their potential.
But Shinso was at fault here too. Sure, he didn’t have a quirk compatible with the testing system; but he could have at least buffed up his own body a bit. In a fight without using quirks, Midoriya would have won against Shinso because he was stronger. Midoriya didn’t have a quirk so he physically trained to get stronger so that he can be at least slightly compatible with the All for One power. Even if Shinso had defeated Midoriya, then what? Todoroki would have pulverized him in the next round; he wouldn’t even have stood a chance with how he is. And even if his next opponent wasn’t Todoroki, he would have lost to anyone else quite easily. Midoriya manged to face off with Bakugo and survive so he has a chance against such opponents, but Shinso lost to this green haired kid in a battle of strength. He should work on building some muscle after this.
After Midoriya pushes Shinso out of the ring in a what was a boring fight, it’s time for Sero vs Todoroki. The question isn’t about who wins, it’s about how Todoroki wins. He meets his dad on the way to the ring and is told to use his hot half. This little encounter angers Todoroki and he lets loose on Sero and in a brilliantly animated little scene, he ices Sero and creates a big mountain of ice. This result was expected but the way it was achieved wasn’t that obvious.
This episode wasn’t the most exciting, but there were still a few noteworthy moments. Watch them below:
The fights in this episode were boring and short, but the focus on Shinso and how his situation is similar to what Midoriya went through was nice. Our protagonist continues to learn that when you have a dream of your own to chase, you can’t afford to feel sorry for someone else. First it was with Todoroki, and now with Shinso. We also learn something about the One For All power though it really doesn’t make much sense as even Midoriya is confused.
It looks like the next episode will show other fights, which should be interesting depending on how much of them they show. Sero vs Todoroki was a one-sided fight and Shinso vs Midoriya wasn’t exciting; the other fights should be better given how many of them are evenly matched in terms of strength. There’s also the Bakugo vs Uchako match which should be the girl’s last one.
This episode had more talking than fighting but the next one should be different and provide us with more of Bones’ visual flair.