Boku no Hero Academia (Season 3) Episode 20 Review


She’s cute, but why have filler now of all times?

Here’s my (late) Recap and Review of Episode 20 of Season 3 (or Episode 58 as a whole) of Boku no Hero Academia (My Hero Academia) .


Recap


The episode opens with an in-universe special looking back at how All Might became the #1 Hero in Japan due to his study abroad in America. He even had a sidekick known as David Shield who has a Nobel Quirk Peace Prize nowadays. Likely tie-ins to the Movie before the actual episode content begins.

Long story short, they’re having a special course where the students need to assess a crime scene and capture the villain who is attacking a jewelry store with hostages. Bakugo immediately screws it up by rushing in and they find that the villain has been stabbed to death. So they need to find if one of the hostages were responsible for killing him.

The kids check out each of their stories and workout the potential motive, rather than leaving it to the police. Izuku manages to piece together that Midnight was in love with the villain and tried to stop him, so she set him up. That leads to them working out that it was suicide on the villain’s end to prevent his relationship with Midnight from coming to light.

Of course, they all fail since they presumed he was dead and didn’t tie him up, so the villain ran off because Tsuyu tickled him and he sneezed. Bakugo calls bullshit and the class ends with with the building collapsing from his sheer rage.

Cutting back to All Might post-class, he gets a message from Dave’s daughter who invites him to the island for the Movie. He grabs Midoriya and they head off as the episode ends.

 


Review


Let’s get it out of the way now: this is filler that shouldn’t have been placed in the middle of a major conflict in the story and that immediately makes me upset. It should have been placed before the Summer Trip, but they had to have the Movie promotion now of all times.

Now, on the plus side, we got to see that Cementoss has been a All Might fan since he was little, which is more character development from him than what we’ve had in the past. Also, I liked the initial plan of using Uraraka spy on the inside via using her quirk and transmitting the status of the hostages via hand signals. It was pretty resourceful and low-risk, so props to them there.

Of course, Bakugo’s impatience is a problem and so he screws up multiple times.  And Izuku’s deduction on Midnight felt like it was pulled out of thin air. Worse, as far as they knew All Might was playing real dead for all they knew, but apparently its police basics to handcuff corpses and with quirks there really might be someone who could pull that off.

It’s filler, folks. With a movie tie-in before and afterwards. I’m not recommending this if you’re not going to see it. It’s just to fill the space.

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