Despite episode 17’s efforts to push the B class and some new faces to a small position of prominence, it was fairly clear that class A wasn’t going to take that lying down. This episode the tide if effectively turned and the students we know come out on top, though they really did take things to the final few minutes for Midoriya’s team.
There isn’t a lot of tension, even after team Midoriya lose their headband, because you kind of know that Midoriya isn’t going to fail here. Still, it isn’t easy clawing their way back and the standout moment of the episode comes when Midoriya actually uses his unreliable quirk and doesn’t injure anybody or himself. Small steps toward a control that is great needed. If the tournament can deliver more moments of self-growth for our heroes, I’ll be pretty happy with that.
Kind of looking forward to learning more about Todoroki and his father though and maybe we’ll get some of that next week.
My Hero Academia is available on Crunchyroll.
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