My Hero Academia 3rd Season Episode 4 – Anime QandA Review

What’s the show? My Hero Academia 3rd Season, Episode 4.

The villains were commencing their attack last episode. What happens?! Someone sounds strangely interested in this show…

I… err, well it’s not often you a review a show with actual conflicts and action and what not! Uh-huh, well yes, the villains do attack and it’s actually kind of devastating, at least for a couple of characters!

Oh, high stakes then? In a way, yes. I can’t be entirely sure because the show is a bit vague about it, but I think one of the heroes actually died. I really hope Ragdoll isn’t actually dead, she’s so cute!

Pls don’t be dead, Ragdoll!

Oh boy. That serious, huh? That’s not even the half of it, Deku battles against a muscle-bound foe who’s threatening little boy Kota, and this mother-fucker, this inside-out swoll villain piece of shit is actually the douche that killed Kota’s hero parents back in the day.

That seems… implausible. I, yeah… I agree, that was the only thing about the episode that kind of screamed ‘contrived’ to me but hey, I get why they did it, it forces Kota to realise what a villain really is and how different they are from heroes. And kudos to this show, they didn’t shy away from showing what makes a villain a villain!

I actually cared a bit for Kota in this episode, such is the power of My Hero Academia!

How so? Well, when ‘quizzed’ on why Muscular (yeah that’s apparently his villain name) does what he does, he simply replies with “I just wanted to kill”. It’s absolutely chilling. But totally reinforces why heroes are so important and so idolized in this society, they face absolute evil to save innocent lives and do so knowing they could possibly lose their lives in the process and yet they do so all the same.

Eek!

So the all important fight between Muscular and Deku, how is it?! It’s phenomenal, true not as intricate or flashy as some of the battles seen in Season 2 but it’s brutal and raw and intimate and kind of terrifying. Hearing Deku say “Mom, I’m sorry” as he’s on the edge of being defeated by an opponent of unrelenting strength and brutality brought so many tears to my eye. And even though I knew he’d somehow get out of the situation because he is the main protagonist I was still on the edge of my seat to see how he would get out of it!

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And he does get out of it, right? Well, yeah. As if there was any doubt (there was!) His first punch is at 10% of his total strength, it does nothing. His second punch is at 100% of his total strength, it does very little. His third and final punch, he puts in 1 million % of his strength and finally there is some reprieve from his brutal beatdown!

A million percent? That’s not a thing, like that’s just… dumb. Shh~ It’s fine, it’s fine.

Err, I… okay, whatever, sure let’s roll with it. Final verdict? I wish all the episodes were out already because I really love this show. It simultaneously meets, betrays and exceeds expectations, it’s stupid and it’s smart, it’s manipulative and it’s honest, it’s… it’s My Hero.

Risen from the ashes.

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6 comments

  1. “That’s not a thing, like that’s just… dumb.” – I had to agree with that. It was just really dumb. Particularly as Midoriya has barely been using 5% up until now. I get that he ended up a little broken, but realistically if he actually used that much power (as if that was a thing) he should have obliterated himself. And okay, applying too much logic to shounen always ends badly (I mean Ichigo bleeds like a thousand litres of blood every other fight and he’s still bouncing around) but My Hero Academia doesn’t have too many of these so dumb it hurts moments.
    That said, I still liked this episode more than the previous three because at least it feels like we’re finally getting somewhere with the plot.

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      1. Yeah I agree, it explains what was actually happening with regard to Midoriya’s powers in that moment but it doesn’t excuse what was probably just the author wanting to have an “over 9000” moment.

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