Vault Boy got ripped.
Here’s my (late) Recap and Review of Episode 25 of Season 3 (or Episode 63 as a whole) of Boku no Hero Academia (My Hero Academia). That’s right, its the Season Finale.
The Big Three are formally introduced to Class 1-A as the top of all U.A. students: Mirio Togata, Nejire Hado, and Tamaki Amajiki. Their quirks, as in character flaws, are immediately apparent in Tamaki being as shy as a flea, Nejire being a natural airhead, and Mirio being an enthusiastic weirdo. Since the introductions are underwhelming, Mirio instead challenges all of them to take him on at once.
They take up the challenge and Izuku goes in first, only to have his kick phase through Mirio due to his Quirk. So does every other attack before he takes out every long-range fighter with a single punch to the gut each. So the rest are naturally wary, but Izuku gives them some advice before they try again and he gets knocked out next.
Once all of them are put down in less than two minutes, Mirio explains that his Quirk is Permeation. He can slip through solid materials, including the ground. When he’s falling through it and releases his Quirk, he naturally shoots back out and uses the propulsion to move quickly.
However, it’s not without drawbacks. When his Quirk is activated, he can’t take oxygen into his lungs, he can’t feel anything aside from the sensation of falling, light passes through his eyes, and sound can’t reach his ears. His Quirk requires constant control to use without failing, but he trained it up to the max and learned to predict his opponents thanks to his work-study program.
His explanation clarifies things a lot more, in that they’ll actually be treated as sidekicks and have an active role rather than being kept out of anything dangerous like their internship. That gets them all excited for it , with Mirio praising Izuku as someone his own mentor would like. Izuku himself calls Gran Torino in order to see if he’d take him on, but since he’s busy he decides to send him to All Might’s former sidekick instead.
We then cut to said former sidekick, who is shadowing Overhaul as he meets with the League of Villains as Season 3 comes to an end.
This episode was one that feels like the start of a new arc, which it is, and normally I’d chew it out if they did all this build up but with no pay off because another season isn’t guaranteed. However, My Hero Academia is so stupidly popular that there was no way they weren’t going to have a Season 4. So now my frustration comes from knowing I’ll have to wait.
Even so, this episode was great in its own way. It introduced three characters who are hyped as being the best in the school and then showed one of them living up to that by kicking the crap out of all of our First Years, who even boasted of going against actual villains and heroes. Hubris that immediately gets humbled is something I always appreciate.
And we see that Mirio’s Quirk, while useful now, had a ton of drawbacks that he had to work around. While I would have liked to have seen that in person, it’s Izuku’s story and not Mirio’s. Similar to how Toga learned how to hide her presence, Mirio learned how to predict his opponents actions in order to get around his own failings. They picked up personal skills that go well with them, and Izuku’s own analytical nature meshes well with that subcategory.
In the final part of the episode, we saw the League of Villains are meeting with Overhaul and Izuku hinting that there was something major coming. Well, he’s not wrong and Season 4 will be epic for it, but I can’t wait for what comes afterwards. That Gentle Criminal is where its at.
So, overall the episode was excellent in that it focused on how the students still have a long way to go and their work-study will lead up to that.
As for this Season, I found it to be amazing as it takes the content that I’ve read in the manga and amps it up tenfold. There were some episodes that were filler, which is rarely a good thing, but they did have a point and were only a slight detriment at times. So as far as the Season goes, I loved it as well and will look forward to the next one.