It’s the final match of the sports festival in My Hero Academia, but it isn’t the kind of final we wanted.
The match has a rather anticlimactic end as Todoroki doesn’t give it his all due to being confused about his left side. Meanwhile, Bakugo goes all out like with every other match. What happened against Midoriya was a spur of the moment thing as he had forgotten about everything in the intensity of the fight. But since then, he has become confused as to whether he should really use his left side after everything that happened in his childhood.
To fix this problem, Todoroki has to talk it over with his mother–the reason behind him rejecting his father. He has been denying the paternal side of his quirk because of what his father did to his mother, but now he has to reconsider that thinking. Is this really the right thing to do? What is he rejecting? His father or his own power? Is this what his mother would want from him?
We get some focus on Bakugo here too. Bakugo wants to be number one, but he wants to earn that spot; there’s no point in fighting against someone who isn’t giving it his all. Everyone Bakugo fought against prior to this match didn’t hold back their punches, and he expected the same from Todoroki. Bakugo doesn’t take his victory very nicely; sure, he won, but he feels like he was insulted with such a fight. One thing Bakugo hates is being underestimated, and that’s what he feels Todoroki did. He doesn’t accept his medal either because he doesn’t want such a victory.
Although the episode’s fight was surprisingly not its most interesting aspect, it still gave us some exciting moments. Watch them below:
Bakugo may come off as a somewhat unlikable character but we’d call him a pretty cool guy. He wants his opponent to go all out. He never underestimates his opponent and he expects the same from them. He does have his pride, but he never looks down on anyone and constantly finds way to improve himself. We’ve seen it with Uraraka’s match and we see it here again–Bakugo is visibly upset seeing his opponent drop out when things should be exciting. He was concerned for Uraraka and he was angry at Todoroki because the latter was capable of so much more but didn’t do anything.
If Bakugo had some family issues like Todoroki, he wouldn’t have let it affect his game. His desire to be number one is way stronger than Todoroki’s, which makes us believe that he is more deserving than the ice boy. If Todoroki had a stronger desire then he wouldn’t have let his family problems get the better of him.
The fighting took up only half of the episode’s time and it was all well animated, which is no surprise given the quality this anime has shown so far.
Their depiction of how Todoroki’s ice approaches like some unstoppable force is always great. Todoroki creates a mountain of ice over Bakugo. The ice comes at him as if it were growing out of the ground. Bakugo’s howitzer impact has him spinning around using his explosions and then blowing his opponent up using that momentum . We get a gorgeous explosion as Bakugo blows up the confused Todoroki and sends him flying.
The second half is basically everyone on break and taking it easy before the heroes come to scout them. Everyone’s relaxing, except Iida as the elder brother he looked up to so much is in critical condition after being taken down by the hero slayer.
The episode didn’t give us the intense fight we (and Bakugo) expected, but in its place we got some focus on Bakugo and we also got to see Todoroki struggling with his power, which is all good. All Might’s little professional advice was also nice. The second half being laid back was expected given the intensity which preceded it, but overall this has been a good episode with the focus those two kids got.
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