Izuku is here!
I’ll be the first to admit that, much like Re-Life, I didn’t originally have any interest in the series because I judged it by the cover. I presumed it would be another formulaic shounen series based off the power of friendship, like Fairy Tail, or overstayed its welcome like Naruto and Bleach, which I had been moving away from as I got older.
Oh how wrong I was.
Long story short, once I got a glimpse of it I became smitten and ended up keeping up to date with the manga. That’s why I’ve been eagerly awaiting this season, since we get into one of the best encounters in the early series. So it is with great pleasure that I give my recap and review of Episode 1 of Season 2 (or Episode 14 as a whole) of Boku no Hero Academia (My Hero Academia).
So the episode basically picks up with a short recap of Izuku telling how he had been born without a Quirk but he’s been given a chance to pursue his dream thanks to All Might, Japan’s #1 hero. He does so in an amazing-looking dream sequence that leads into the opening sequence that showcases parts of the upcoming school festival.
Then we cut to the day after the villains attacked the training facility. The news gets around and it turns out that there were over 72 villains captured as All Might writes a letter to someone telling them that he had chosen to give Izuku his power of “One For All” for not hesitating and showing what it means to be a hero. While he has no regrets in passing it on, he feels that he is still an immature teacher and may ask for his old teacher’s help.
As for the League of Villains, Shigaraki didn’t have his Quirk registered so the police can’t pin him down exactly but the UA teachers point out that he was immature and naive, acting like a child who thinks they’re on top of the world. So while him being a man-child with a dangerous power is troubling enough, the fact that he managed to get a bunch of people following him sets the stage for future problems. Worse, if there was someone backing him who could teach him better, he could become a real threat.
Meanwhile, Izuku is at home looking at videos of All Might in his prime and feeling he can’t compare since all of the students bought time for the pros to arrive. He feels he needs to get better faster since its responsibility as All Might’s successor.
Once school starts up again and all the students get back to homeroom, they find Aizawa has returned despite the fact that he needs to be in the hospital resting after the beating he got. He tells them his own condition doesn’t matter and that they need to get ready for the school sports festival to show that they are unaffected by the attack. It also replaced the Olympics and is one of the most popular events in Japan, with Pro Heroes watching for potential stars among the students.
So it’s a once a year chance that no aspiring hero can miss and all of them are excited. Even Uraraka, who looks like she’s on fire. Though her reason for being a hero is slightly different than the others because she wants to use her career to earn a living, since her family’s construction business is suffering and she wants to make enough money for them to live well.
Izuku is supportive before being called away by All Might to talk. He reveals that the amount of time he can stay powered up has decreased to 50 minutes now because he pushed himself too hard again. He doesn’t have much time left as the Symbol of Peace and he wants Izuku to take his place, so he called him to reaffirm that he still has that same goal and to strive to do his best during the Sports Festival as the episode ends.
The episode as a whole was a good reintroduction into the series, picking up from where it left off and sowing the seeds for what will come. Izuku now finds himself in a position where he has the chance to show what he has, but whether or not he’ll be able to do so in such a short time is another question.
I also find it refreshing that Uraraka goal to be a hero and make money is treated with respect by her peers. In another series, she might be told that she’s in it for the wrong reasons and made to feel guilty over it, but not here. And that picture of tiny Uraraka was so adorable.
I can’t wait for the festival to start next episode.