Series Review: My Hero Academia S3 – Episode 8

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Episode 8 – “From Iida to Midoriya”

Finally, a kindly doctor explains the happenings of the past arc, invoking the full force of his bedside manner on Midoriya–explaining, with the medical community behind him, that our protagonist bypassed his body’s “limiters,” allowing him to go from “80%” to “100%” of his strength–a hilarious phenomenon aptly known as “hysterical strength.”

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Deku learns of Kota’s behind-the-scenes care through a thank you note. The note begins as all notes do: “sorry for punching you in the balls.” The AniMessenger realizes that, unlike Newton’s Third Law, every action in MHA has an unequal, overblown reaction. Conversations between friends and enemies alike typically end in castration, slaps, and/or beatdowns.

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The A Team huddles up and agrees to adopt the “acting without thinking” strategy for rescuing their flaming friend–a mantra every Hero must abide by (even though our cast have spent two episodes pondering their next course of action).

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The plan: follow the coordinates emanating from the tracking device stuck to the Nomu’s butt (that Cap’n Handface definitely doesn’t know about), approach the Super Secret Lair of Villainry (simply walk through the door), and engage in “rescue without combat” by escorting Bakugo out of said Lair with a chorus of “Swiper, no swiping!”s echoing out behind them.

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The entirety of the episode revolves around our Super Friends’ attempts to re-frame their actions in a non-stupid, “heroic” light. Alas, they cannot. Thus, the audience must watch, eyes rolling, as the lines between idiocy and heroism blur. Nevertheless, the narrative progresses. As Bakugo breaks loose from his shackles, will he burn the villains to a crisp? Or will he return to a pure energy state, stuck in Poké Ball stasis?

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Rating: C+

And, please remember:

~ Don’t Shoot the Messenger

 

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8 comments

  1. Honestly, I’m a little tired of how MHA does things: Deku being repeatedly told that he can’t use his arms (again) is kind of overplayed.
    Wouldn’t “O.f.A.” allow Deku to use his limbs nonetheless? We’ve seen Deku move around with bones that were devastated several times in one battle, which would be impossible for others.

    I love the additional touch about society though. Instead of trying to council the children that KNOW they are being targeted, the “adults” instead try to point fingers on who is to blame for the attack, in an attempt to feel superior towards those that had to protect them/others (alongside many other reasons). I’ll stop at this point because I just noticed that we haven’t seen the full reaction of MHA’s society yet (though it’s similar to ours, considering the reaction to the MHA announcement) and also, I might as well write something on my own on this one. 😀

    It was a good episode but in my opinion not a great one. We’ve been waiting for this big incident to happen ever since the finale of Season 1. Whether someone likes this episode or not is determined by what part of MHA that person enjoys the most. Those that love the battles, training, ability strategy etc. won’t enjoy this as much as the people, who love to see the “regular human” side of things, the state of politics, teenager friends being teenagers, the mindset of society and how a more sinister plot unfolds in front of our eyes (just like the heroes, we wouldn’t know what we should do against it).

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    1. Very good points. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but S3 so far lacks the “spunk” that the previous seasons had. And now that the students are taking matters into their own hands, the plot is getting less and less coherent. I lean more towards the battle-loving side, but I’d enjoy the “regular” side too if it were less contrived 😐 It’s still MHA though, and I’m still a fan.

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      1. I think the missing “spunk” is that each episode seems to desperately try to end on a cliffhanger (even if it needs to force itself to do it) and creates all sorts of pacing issues that way, in addition to the narrative progression being slower than in previous seasons.
        So far, season 3 has been filler, a training camp with one good battle and… yeah, that’s pretty much it right now.

        Meanwhile during 8 Episodes of Season 1 and 2:

        Season 1:
        By the end of episode 8 we’re already dealing with the aftermath of the mock battle (Deku vs Bakugo). The rest (5 episodes) contain the PLUS ULTRA TRAINING.

        Season 2:
        The sports festival has dealt with the preparations, and every non-MC battle along the way. Episode 9 has Bakugo vs Uraraka so from this point on, it’s MC territory. Episode 11 ends the sports festival and starts dealing with Stain. This doesn’t sound like much but keep in mind that the Hero training stuff also begins in Episode 13. Not saying that Season 2 is flawless but progression is much quicker. I think it’s partially due to Season 2 not having as much trouble at dealing with multiple characters at once.

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  2. I liked this episode. It was about making choices and the eventual fallout from making said choice. Trying to save Bakugou is a bad idea, but how that plays out is the interesting part.

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