Score: A-

I still love how this show just doesn’t waste time. We could have even more time just having Deku get used to his new technique or focused an entire episode on the other characters during their internships. In some ways I wouldn’t have minded that, but keeping the focus tight to the Hero Killer is a good idea. We’re keeping the episode tight on the most emotionally charged character while still allowing Deku to keep growing. It’s also an important time for Iida. He is walking a very fine line right now. If he can’t keep his head (which isn’t going great so far) then while he may manage to avenge his brother he’ll lose his future at the same time. This isn’t a profession which allows for straight up revenge.

The world building aspect was pretty interesting in its own right. A fair point made by Manual that they have a specific role in society. They don’t have the authority to arrest people and quirk usage has a specific purpose. They aren’t the exact same as superheroes we know from various other stories. And in that sense I guess this may be the point of Stain? Maybe? By making it an official occupation some of those heroic qualities are compromised. At least I think you can take that away from what he said later in the episode; that they aren’t doing this for classic reasons but rather for money. I’m guessing he doesn’t think revenge is much of a good reason either since Stain seems prepared to kill Iida at the end of the episode.

But at the same time Iida poses a fair point to himself. What is he supposed to do with these feelings? The anger he feels about what happened to his brother is a legitimate reaction. But that’s the question any relative to a victim can feel. It’s hard to just live with it and do nothing. In general you have to peacefully work through them. Especially when you feel like you have the power to do something about it. Also shouldn’t Stain acknowledge that revenge is a kind of classic hero motivation? I guess it depends on this world’s background, but there are a fair number of heroes or anti-heroes that got started for that reason. I guess he might have a narrow idea of what makes a hero. Regardless Iida is overwhelmed by his feelings and clearly doesn’t know what else to do with them.

I like that Manual tried to talk to Iida. Sadly didn’t have the self-confidence to push the issue. He’s a good person, but not that confident. He probably acknowledges that individuals like Iida have a brighter future and are capable of being far more impactful heroes than he is. Still, he did figure out why Iida was there and had a good point. It would be throwing Iida’s future away to just go after Stain for revenge. I just wish he was willing to really scold him on that front. Iida didn’t need a soft approach when he’s like this. But, no one is perfect. I don’t blame him for losing track of Iida during that emergency. Even once he notices it isn’t as if he has time to hunt him down, lives are at stake here.

And those lives are at stake thanks to Tomura being…a lunatic. He got lucky in that Stain decided to wait and see how his bud of villainy grows before killing him. I did like how he called Stain’s efforts a grassroots movement. He goes from city to city killing or injuring heroes and then moves onto the next. All the while he seems to be trying to send a message about what he doesn’t like about the current generation of heroes. Maybe the only hero he truly acknowledges is All Might, since he did say he only wanted or would only allow that person to stop him. Now he’s just unleashing terror in part to try and kill Stain and in part to get in the way of his goals. Talk about being petty…Calling Tomura a child is pretty on point; his maturity level is incredibly low.

There are a lot of minor points made in this episode that are interesting. All Might’s discussion with his police friend has some curious implications. We’re getting a peak at that mysterious voice behind Tomura (ok well last season there were two mysterious voices). And frankly the revelation that Nomu was actually a regular person at one point is scary. I was just presuming he was a monster created from scratch in a lab. Instead…he was a thug who was mutilated, experimented on and turned into this mindless monster. There’s nothing left of the person he was outside of DNA. He’s utterly mindless and thoughtless. And now we can say that’s true for the other Nomu monsters we saw released at the end here. It’s scary both that a person could do that to another and that they would be willing to do it.

The fun part of the episode was seeing Deku work on mastering Full Cowling which kind of became a secondary part of this post XD. He’s going to need time to master it, but it’s got great potential. The problem right now is that he can’t easily hold it when someone hits him. It’s kind of a problem, but one I’d guess he can overcome with time. I also liked seeing the various internships. You can tell that Ochaco made the right choice for hers. She is getting exactly what she wants in learning new skills and growing. Momo…didn’t really make a good call. She’s turned into the entourage for someone else. Sure she’s learning about that side of being a hero, but it doesn’t help her grow right now. Bakugo is…not having a fun time. Though it may be good for him long term.

In the end this was a pretty darn good episode. It was fun seeing Deku using his new technique. It’s true that when he has this down he’ll be a completely different person than when he fought Todoroki. Instead of busting up his fingers he could dodge and go on the offensive much more effectively. The future really is bright for him. Well so long as he lasts the night…with Tomura unleashing those creatures’ things are going to get dangerous. Things are already dangerous where Iida is. We still don’t really know what Stain’s quirk even is. But we can presume it paralyzes people. Something pretty darn horrifying when you are fighting a serial killer…I’m sure we’ll get the full picture pretty soon as Iida takes him on. Can’t wait for the next one.

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  • Clinton

    On Manual. He is a bit interesting. His official title is the Normal Hero with his overall gimmick being normal all around and represent a standard for upcoming heroes to follow, which is why he gave his Hero Name as being a “Manual” for them.

    Also he put out a request for Iida due to feeling they were similar.

    • FlareKnight

      No doubt that the average Iida would be a pretty similar in that respect. Just too bad for them both that things unfolded as they did. In some ways curious what Iida would have done had his brother not been injured. Though I guess in that case he might have just gone to the same agency his brother was with.

      • Clinton

        Yeah he probably would have gone to his Brothers Agency.

  • Eli

    It occurred to me watching this episode that with Stain, the lack of nose, the colored eye mask, the swords, and how sometimes his pupils aren’t even drawn and his eyes appear all white, his design kind of takes inspiration from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Specifically the early, darker Mirage versions (who all wore only red eye masks).

    • FlareKnight

      Hmm that’s an interesting angle. I can kind of see it in that sense. Certainly not the fun and friendly versions that most are familiar with. But taking into account the darker versions that existed in specific mediums, that makes sense.

  • Omar Salman

    Truly a very good episode! The whole situation has become highly exciting with Stain, Tomura, Iida, Mirdoriya and Gran Torino all being in the middle of things.

    The whole development of the world that they have presented in these latest two episodes has been simply outstanding. About how the Hero business is a proper profession and requires dealing with people kindly and caring for them while also ensuring that the hero himself has a good appearance, style, character and how he appeals to the people and other companies. Also the point you mention about the heroes not having the authority to arrest and using their quirks for specific purposes is quite important since it takes away certain aspects which heroes might be expected to possess. Also being an occupation definitely makes is so that money is a highly significant factor for all the people becoming heroes. And while that is interesting in it of itself, the attitude of the Hero Killer Stain where he is trying to reform various cities by attacking heroes and bringing about a general awareness so much so that it seems even crime is being reduced in these places, seems to make sense and develops an interesting perspective. Even though what he is doing is definitely quite brutal.

    The interaction between Tomura and Stain was also interesting to follow. Although we dont really know Stain’s quirk there are suggestions that it might have something to do with paralyzing people as you discuss as well. And Stain and Tomura do not agree on his basic ideas and beliefs which is why even though they reach some form of understanding, Tomura comes and creates a havoc by summoning 3 Nomus into Hosu city and endangering the lives of the citizens while trying to destroy Stain. Also interesting is the fact that Deku and Grand Torino’s train is passing by the city and the conflict makes its way to the train. At that point it was nice to see Gran Torino’s epic moves come into action.

    The situation is really exciting since we have Iida facing off againt Stain, while having such strong emotions of vengeance and respect for his brother. And although the point about Heroes not using their quirks for selfish reason seems good and logical, in this situation it is really difficult for Iida to let go of his feelings. Though the concern is that personal feelings and emotions might cause him problems.

    The opening of the episode in which we see Midoriya training with Gran Torino to make use of the one for all by spreading it throughout this body was quite interesting as well. I particularly enjoyed watching that one part in which he moves opposite to what Gran Torino suspects and outsmarts him a bit. It was also nice to see the other heroes working through their internships.

  • Omar Salman

    Truly a very good episode! The whole situation has become highly exciting with Stain, Tomura, Iida, Mirdoriya and Gran Torino all being in the middle of things.

    The whole development of the world that they have presented in these latest two episodes has been simply outstanding. About how the Hero business is a proper profession and requires dealing with people kindly and caring for them while also ensuring that the hero himself has a good appearance, style, character and how he appeals to the people and other companies. Also the point you mention about the heroes not having the authority to arrest and using their quirks for specific purposes is quite important since it takes away certain aspects which heroes might be expected to possess. Also being an occupation definitely makes is so that money is a highly significant factor for all the people becoming heroes. And while that is interesting in it of itself, the attitude of the Hero Killer Stain where he is trying to reform various cities by attacking heroes and bringing about a general awareness so much so that it seems even crime is being reduced in these places, seems to make sense and develops an interesting perspective. Even though what he is doing is definitely quite brutal.

    The interaction between Tomura and Stain was also interesting to follow. Although we dont really know Stain’s quirk there are suggestions that it might have something to do with paralyzing people as you discuss as well. And Stain and Tomura do not agree on his basic ideas and beliefs which is why even though they reach some form of understanding, Tomura comes and creates a havoc by summoning 3 Nomus into Hosu city and endangering the lives of the citizens while trying to destroy Stain. Also interesting is the fact that Deku and Grand Torino’s train is passing by the city and the conflict makes its way to the train. At that point it was nice to see Gran Torino’s epic moves come into action.

    The situation is really exciting since we have Iida facing off againt Stain, while having such strong emotions of vengeance and respect for his brother. And although the point about Heroes not using their quirks for selfish reason seems good and logical, in this situation it is really difficult for Iida to let go of his feelings. Though the concern is that personal feelings and emotions might cause him problems.

    The opening of the episode in which we see Midoriya training with Gran Torino to make use of the one for all by spreading it throughout this body was quite interesting as well. I particularly enjoyed watching that one part in which he moves opposite to what Gran Torino suspects and outsmarts him a bit. It was also nice to see the other heroes working through their internships.

    • FlareKnight

      We’ve definitely reached an interesting situation with so many major characters right in the thick of it. And yet the one character that could probably resolve it the fastest (All Might) isn’t in the area. So it creates some more intense stakes with everyone having to take care of themselves.

      They’ve done a nice job with the world building the past few episodes. We’ve reached an interesting point where the hero business is better understood than it was at the beginning. You have so many types of heroes and so many different kinds of motivations. Heroes have a very specific role and place in society. To use their quirks as designated by the law and also leaving certain jobs to different branches. The police still have an important role in arresting criminals and the justice system in general handles punishment. And of course with so many people having quirks you aren’t always going to have people trying to become heroes that just care about helping people. There is going to be monetary motivations. But that isn’t always a bad thing as we’ve seen with Ochaco. Just because you want to make money doesn’t make you a bad person or have bad motivations. It just doesn’t fit within Stain’s definition.

      Just shows Tomura’s lack of maturity. Yes, Stain is dangerous and openly plans to take him down later. But for now they could actually work on the same page. But he’d rather just vent his anger and just take down Stain while causing utter chaos in the process. I would be interested in seeing Stain take on the Nomu, though who knows if there will be time for that. Can imagine those monsters will be intercepted by enough pro heroes that can handle them first. If nothing else though this is a great chance for Gran Torino to be awesome. What a badass old guy.

      I can understand Iida’s position. In his shoes it’d be tough for anyone to just sit on their frustrations and anger. And yet that would probably be the best choice. It’s a reckless thing to think he can take down a villain that defeated his brother. Not only does he know little about Stain’s abilities, but Stain has literally just fought a similar type of hero to Iida just days ago. Plus if Iida goes too far it won’t be the Hero Ingenium that brings down Stain, but the criminal Iida who joins him there. You just hope this doesn’t turn out badly.

      • Omar Salman

        Yeah this is quite a unique idea about heroes having a specific role and place in society and using their quirks as designated by the law, with the police and justice system holding the final say and handling arrests and punishments. This makes being a Hero a profession much like any other with rules and regulations and motivations to excel in various manners in addition to just helping people. And I also agree that having monetary ambitions isnt always a bad thing as we have Ochaco who is trying to make money to support her parents.

        The other exciting point that arose in this episode is All Might’s discussion in which we get an idea that the actual evil person who seems to be the mastermind is someone who All Might knows. And his reaction in the episode clearly shows that this is someone big.

        • FlareKnight

          It is interesting to see how the heroes are a very logical part of society. They are called heroes, but in reality they are more of a unique profession. In terms of those who love the idea of classic superheroes that work outside the law I could see this status quo as being frustrating. But at the same time it does remove many issues other superheroes have. They have a career which means they have income and can focus their attentions to doing their job.

          Though definitely the exciting part of this is a clue towards a bigger threat. Someone who pisses off All Might that much. This isn’t a minor villain or one with ‘potential’ kind Tomura. But rather someone pretty big who can turn a regular thug into an OP monster like Nomu.