My Hero Academia‘s latest episode shows us the rest of the fights of the tournament before the big finale between Bakugo and Todoroki.
Iida-kun’s fight against Shiozaki ends with him pushing her out of bounds with his Recipro Burst. Tokoyami overpowers Ashido and pushes her out almost instantly. Kirishima gives Bakugo a tough time at first but explosion boy gets around it to win the match.
In the semifinals, Tokoyami ends up being unable to handle Bakugo’s explosions. After winning his previous fights instantly, he falls victim to the light from Bakugo’s explosions.
One thing we learn about Bakugo through these fights is that he doesn’t just randomly attack his opponent with explosions. During his seemingly random attacks, he observes his opponent to find out a weakness which could lead him to victory. Kirishima couldn’t maintain his hard form for too long and Tokoyami is weak against light; he figured these out while fighting and used them to win.
Todoroki’s semifinal with Iida ends with Iida getting frozen. Iida uses his Recipro Burst on Todoroki and manages to land a super fast and strong kick on the ice boy; but during that very kick Todoroki lands his finishing move by blocking Iida-kun’s muffler. Todoroki had kept Iida’s focus on avoiding long range attacks so he didn’t expect a little trick like that, which led to his defeat.
This episode, though lacking a major event to focus on, was filled with exciting battles. Watch some highlights below:
Apart from the fighting, we learn that All Might was also quirkless like Midoriya before getting One for All. Midoriya was thinking that he’d been reckless and didn’t achieve the results expected of him. This led to him thinking that maybe someone else would have made a better successor to All Might. Hearing that the great All Might was quirkless before getting One for All will be a big moral boost for Midoriya.
Todoroki isn’t sure whether using his left side is the correct decision or not. He doesn’t use his flames against Iida and only ices him. His father comes to congratulate him on moving on from his childish stubbornness, but Shoto doesn’t know if he should continue using his left side or not. It was a spur of the moment thing back then.
The episode also introduces the event which will probably lead to the second half’s climax. Iida’s brother gets badly hurt while hunting down the Hero Killer. This Hero Killer, Stain, wants to be killed by All Might only and won’t accept anyone else killing him. He is probably going be successfully recruited by the villains from the prequel. But even if he isn’t recruited he will still go up against All Might at some point.
Stain has some dark past related to heroes with how he calls them hypocrites and all. He is probably referring to how most heroes only care about public appearances and popularity when saving lives. We’ve already seen how heroes have to be selfish if they want to become successful in this business. To a hero, their popularity and reputation is everything. There are those selfless heroes out there too, but according to Stain, the vast majority of heroes are filled with vanity and tell the world that they’re working for the people when in fact they only care about their own reputations.
Stain can bring a rather interesting topic to light here in front of the student,s which will tell them what it really means to be a hero. You can already see how many of the kids don’t have “saving the people” as their top reason for wanting to become a hero. Bakugo just wants to be number one, Todoroki wants to prove something to his dad, Ochaco wants to earn money, and so on.
Stain should make things more interesting here, but first we have the final match to look forward to. It’s Bakugo up against Todoroki which is sure to literally be a blast. Both are the ace kids of their class and it should be an exciting fight to watch.
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