Tuesday’s Top 5: My Hero Academia Tournament Matches

So as I said last week, this post topic was suggested to me by Kendra Ressler as one of my patrons and I’m going to thank her for the very awesome topic to write about. If you’ve been following season 2 of My Hero Academia, you already know it has been running a tournament between its year 1 students as part of their sports festival and this has led to some incredible character match ups and intense fights. I’m going to say this is my absolute favourite tournament arc ever given I usually find them pretty dull. There is no possible way to describe the events in this tournament as dull.

Anyway, I’d love to know which were your favourite matches on the tournament so please leave your comments below.

Please Note – There will be My Hero Academia season 2 spoilers below so if you haven’t started watching it you may want to pass.

Honourable mentions this week:

  • Shiozaki vs Kaminari
  • Mina vs Aoyama
  • Yaoyorozu vs Tokoyami
  • Tetsutetsu vs Kirishima
  • Iida vs Shiozaki
  • Ashido vs Tokoyami
  • Kirishima vs Bakugo
  • Iida vs Todoroki
  • Bakugo vs Tokoyami
  • Any of the fights I may have forgotten.

Number 5: Mei vs Iida

 

If you read my episode review featuring this match, you will know I found this whole sequence pretty hysterical. Essentially Mei tricks Iida into helping her sell her support devices. Runs him around in circles while pointing out the various features and once she’s finished her sales pitch she calmly steps out of bounds. While I’m not a major fan of comedy, this was really well handled and is one of the more unique fights in this tournament.

Number 4: Midoriya vs Shino

 

This first fight of the tournament between Midoriya and the seemingly weaker general course student was intense, or at least as in tense as a fight can be where one character simply asks the other to step out of bounds and then waits for it to happen. Shino probably should have specified speed on that one. Despite that, this fight was excellent at making the point clear that just because you aren’t in the hero course does not mean that your quirk is useless or that you can’t be a hero. If Midoriya’s quirk had been anything else and he hadn’t been the protagonist, Shino would have won this particular fight.

Number 3: Izuku vs Todoroki

 

For a fight as amazing as this one to be number 3 just kind of goes to show what it was up against. Seriously, my post of this episode was incredibly hard to write because I was just kind of blown away by how intense things got. Keep in mind though, we’ve got broken bones a plenty in this episode, not to mention a near double wipe out explosion. Todoroki seriously let loose at the end there. Absolutely amazing to watch.

Number 2: Uraraka vs Bakugo

 

When Kendra first suggested this list I thought for sure this fight would be number 1. However, like my top females in shonen list, it appears that Uraraka is always destined to be number 2. That shouldn’t deceive you though. This is a fight you need to watch and rewatch and then watch it again. Going in to this match up I felt for sure Uraraka would make a brave showing and then be swept under the rug but instead she really brought the fight to Bakugo. What was even better is that by the end of the fight he respected her for her strength. Also, this episode brings up a lot of the issues with the world and format of the school so you can deconstruct that as well, or you can just enjoy a seriously amazing fight.

Number 1: Bakugo vs Todoroki

 

It might be a bit obvious to pick the final as my number 1 choice, but really, this was an absolutely amazing match up and one that deserves respect. Without stretching out the time, inserting random flashbacks to rapidly build a reason for the audience to care about the characters, unnecessary lengthy dialogue about motive or tactics, Bones delivered one fantastic fight sequence and they did it in less than ten minutes of screen time. This was a truly awesome clash between two characters that in season one were well and truly overshadowed by Midoriya but have now been given a bit of free reign to shine.

Alright, over to you. Which was your favourite match and why? Once again, thanks to Kendra for suggesting the list.


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11 thoughts on “Tuesday’s Top 5: My Hero Academia Tournament Matches

  1. The top three for me for the most part are interchangeable, there was such quality in those matches in particular and for them to practically follow one after another was just fantastic. There are a surprising amount of good matches in this tournament arc, even small ones like Aoyama vs Ashido is great at just showcasing fun character moments. Great list!

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  2. I’d have to go with Uraraka vs Bakugo. Uraraka was incredibly in nearly pulling out a win in a fight she should have lost by all rights. Against an opponent just a hair less powerful or as powerful but lacking Bakugo’s natural battle skills, she’d have mopped up despite the seeming weakness of her Quirk.

    But also because of the way it ultimately reflects back on Midoriya and his quest to become a top hero like All Might. Mostly the show focuses on Midoriya trying to control All For One’s raw power. But All Might isn’t the number one hero just because of that raw power – but because he’s an inspiration. All Might inspired Midoriya, and he in turn inspires Uraraka.

    Which sounds a little like I’m taking away from Uraraka, and I guess I am in a way, but I can only play the cards the show deals me.

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    1. I think that is going to be Midoriya’s real strength, in that everyone around him works and tries harder because he exists. It may not make him the hero he thinks he needs to be, but it is still pretty cool.

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    1. I know, it was so silly and yet it was so much fun. I think that’s part of what made the tournament enjoyable. Each fight had a different feel to it from deadly serious to outright silly.

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  3. Glad to see this list posted. It is fun to see what your top choices and your reasons behind them. Thanks for using my idea and it was perfect way to wrap up the first half of the My Hero Academia Season 2 reviews. I know you will not be reviewing currently streaming episodes until the end of next month, so I will wait to see your thoughts on the second half of the season when your break is over.

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