After the short Hero Killer arc, we are now at the original filler episode of My Hero Academia.
The episode is a lighthearted one with some special focus on Tsuyu-chan and her internship. She’s pretty popular among fans so the creators thought: why not give her a dedicated episode and move away from Midoriya and Uraraka?
Before getting to Froppy, we get to see how some of the other kids are doing. Only Kyoka is doing some actual hero work by rescuing people; Uraraka is training, Bakugo is patrolling the streets like some policeman, Yaoyorozu is giving out autographs with Uwabami, and Kirishima is doing community service. They’re all doing stuff which strays from Stain’s definition of a hero. Before the kids thought that being a hero means saving people, with every day being an adventure, but now they’re shown that the hero they’re becoming does more than that, since it’s a profession after all and they’re public figures.
The focus is on Froppy’s internship with a coast guard hero who has the appearance of a spotted seal. Their job is to aid the coast guards when things get rough. This time around they’re catching possible smugglers who sneaked away from the coast guards during an inspection.
The enemies are some octopuses who are smuggling drugs. Things get a bit tough as the smugglers lock Selkie in their boat and make their escape. Froppy and Sirius are left to track down the smugglers and take them out. Tsuyu-chan gets into a tricky situation as she has to choose whether to compromise the mission and lie to Selkie to secure her and Sirius’ safety, or tell the truth and risk her and and Sirius’ safety for the sake of the mission. Tsuyu-chan chooses the latter and gets a beating for it by the octopus.
There’s also this point about what it means to be a hero. Tsuyu-chan risks her life to catch the criminals. She doesn’t care about her safety in the situation, she believes that her captain will come to save her. She believes that she’s making the right choice in prioritizing the capture of the criminals instead of running away; she showed quite some bravery there. And all this is going to aid her in reaching her answer of what a hero really is.
Even though the episode seemingly strayed from the main story at hand, they did stick to the concept of what a hero is through the focus on Tsuyu-chan. There were some comedic bits here, along with some exciting and intense moments. The episode wasn’t a waste at all, as the focus on Tsuyu-chan is much welcome.
Next week we’ll be getting a very important episode which shouldn’t be missed: All Might will be going into story mode and tell the tale of One for All to his successor. This will bring to light a lot of important things surrounding All for One and the League of Villains, especially.
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