My Hero Academia 3rd Season Episode 8 – Anime QandA Review

What’s the show? My Hero Academia 3rd Season, Episode 8.

So what’s happened this week? Well, last week hero students Kirishima and Todoroki were trying to convince Deku to go rescue the kidnapped Bakugo from the league of villains, despite the rest of the class being strongly against the idea—instead wanting the pro heroes to take care of it.

Why aren’t there more female heroes here? Hmm???

And so what does our protagonist decide to do? Unfortunately he decides to go against logic and better judgment and Tenya and Froppy (how dare he defy best girl Froppy!) and risk his own safety and potentially damage the name of UA further than it currently is just because he feels bad for not being able to save Bakugo from being kidnapped.

Big dilemmas.

That’s a long sentence. Also, I take it you don’t agree with his decision? See, I understand why the show has made Deku and co do this, it puts our protagonist amidst the central conflict, but I personally think it would be more interesting if Tenya’s (and Froppy’s!) wise words actually sunk in and they just, I don’t know sat back and were sensible about the situation! But I don’t disparage the characters for their decision, they’re young and hormonal and impulsive—everybody makes mistakes I guess…

Credit to this storyline this moment was pretty powerful, too bad Deku didn’t listen to Tenya’s fist.

So you’re not happy with the way this story is progressing? Don’t get me wrong there’s a lot of great things about this episode; seeing the real-time impact of the public’s degrading faith in UA High and heroes in general, the league of villains attempts at swaying Bakugo to their side. These are all juicy plots, rife with potential and potential that seems lived up to for the most part. And even in the Deku rescue crew storyline there’s a great comedic scene as, the five heroes who’ve come to rescue Bakugo, decide to disguise their identities to “fit in” with the Yokohama crowd, and it’s delightfully funny. I never knew how much I wanted to see a Yakuza-style Deku until it happened!

“Stick your chin out more!”

So you like this episode then? For a second there I thought you were complaining about it? If I complain and if I’m overtly critical it’s only because I know how much potential this show has and when it makes mediocre narrative decisions it’s just annoying! The only thing that’ll make the Deku and co rescue subplot worthwhile in the grand scheme of things is if there’s some ~serious~ consequences for those involved—and hopefully not for Yaoyorozu, as I feel like she was cajoled into it. But yeah, a great episode that promises a lot and hopefully delivers in the future!

These crazy mofos.

Previous My Hero Academia Reviews:

Season 1 (20 Question) Review
Season 3, Episode 1 & 2 Review
Season 3, Episode 3 Review
Season 3, Episode 4 Review
Season 3, Episode 5 Review
Season 3, Episode 6 Review
Season 3, Episode 7 Review


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One comment

  1. I kind of accepted they’d go after Bakugou and just went with it, and as a result, really loved the episode. Logically, I think they are nuts and should rest up in the hospital, eat some chocolate and wait for the professionals to do their thing, but that wouldn’t make for compelling viewing and it kind of moves the story away from our protagonist. I’m really hoping they end up doing something of significance and don’t just get caught up in the mess and end up being a burden. Mostly because that would be pretty predictable but also because I don’t really want to watch another round of mopey Midoriya.

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