Quest: Clear the Forest of Beasts.
Here’s my (late) Recap and Review of Episode 2 of Season 3 (or Episode 40 as a whole) of Boku no Hero Academia (My Hero Academia) .
The episode opens with the group heading to the training camp since Summer Vacation doesn’t mean taking a break for heroes. Izuku still has trouble with girls, but Uraraka recalls her discussion last season about liking him and so she now has trouble talking directly to him. Class 1-B are also coming along since they’re heroes as well, meaning that its going to be packed.
Once they arrive at an overlook that stops above a vast forest, Class 1-A are greeted by a hero group called the Wild, Wild Pussycats. Izuku geeks out until he nearly mentions one of their ages and learns women don’t like that before getting told they’ll have to go through the forest to the foot of the mountain. Then one of the Pussycats pull off an earth bender move and sends them down the side of the overpass with a landslide.
They have three hours to get to the mountain, which normally wouldn’t be a problem for them. However, they learn its called the Beast’s Forest for a reason when a giant monster makes Mineta piss his pants after Izuku saves him, while realizing it was made from one of the Wild Cat’s Quirks on Eraserhead’s orders. He explains that with the villains being more active and outright attacking them at the last training session we saw, they need the practice.
Izuku and Class 1-A then proceed to pull up their hero pants by killing everything in their way to the training camp. It takes them until the evening to get there, worn out after using their Quirks to the fullest extent possible. The one responsible for creating the beast does praise them for not taking longer than it did, especially to Izuku, Todoroki, Iida, and Bakugo, who all acted without hesitation.
They also introduce a little boy named Kouta, who nut-shots Izuku and berates them for wanting to be heroes. Then they get dinner after all that hard work and the chance to bathe in a hot spring, which prompts Mineta to get creative in trying to scale it to peek on the girls. Kouta knocks him off from the top, but nearly falls himself when he gets a peek and Izuku saves him.
We then get his backstory. His parents were heroes who got killed in the line of duty and people celebrated since they managed to still take down the villain responsible. So yeah, he’s got issues with heroes and that includes the Pussycats to an extent, but they’re the only people left to take him in.
Next morning, they begin the training camp to increase their strength and obtain their provisional licenses. They’ve already improved somewhat over the last three months, but that’s only physically and mentally. They have to train up their Quirks now and Eraserhead has no intention of showing them mercy.
Mmm… training arc. Lovely. More so considering that I know what’s coming up. But, onto the review.
Now, Izuku, Todoroki, and Iida acting without hesitation is brought up and made clear enough without referencing why. They fought Stain and thus gained the growth that others didn’t. Bakugo, on the other hand, doesn’t hesitate at all.
One thing they bring up in the episode that you don’t think of is that heroes die in this setting. Despite the quirky costumes and nifty powers, you have to remember that a good number of the villains will kill you. For a hero, dying in the line of duty is an honorable death, but for the kid who gets left behind, it leaves resentment and hatred.
That moment Izuku had where he recalls what Shiragaki said showcases to him there’s another viewpoint he just doesn’t get. He admires heroes, but these guys hate them, and how he has to reconcile that will likely be a determining factor in his growth into the greatest hero.
Another thing they bring up is that, being private land, the kids can use their Quirks freely. Remember, that in this society Quirks cannot be used publicly without a licenses or self-defense. That’s an important thing to keep in mind going forward.
So, the next episode we should see the training in earnest begin for our group. You may be asking yourself how one would train up a Quirk. We’ll find out then.