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ARCHIVE My Review Academia S3 E4: did this motherfucker just say a million percent?!

Original Release: 4/28/18

Okay, so… this episode kind of kicked ass. Like, all the ass.

For the most part, it was just villains being introduced and doing bad things. We got a Stain wannabe with some creepy magnetic guy attacking the Wild Wild Pussycats, some creepy cannibal-looking guy looking over a severed arm in the forest (which is far more intense than I thought this season would get, to be honest) and the blue-fire guy attacking Aizawa.

We also got a really good scene of Tetsu Tetsu displaying his insecurity and wanting to fight real villains to be on the same level as Class A. It’s a good scene, as it finally gives something for Class B to do. It only took us three seasons, good job guys.

But the bulk of this episode is all about one fight: Midoriya VS Muscular.

The fight begins with Muscular attacking Kota at his secret hiding spot. Midoriya arrives just in time to save him, then the fight begins. Deku is pushed to Full Cowling’s limits as Muscular proves himself to be much faster and stronger then he had expected. Muscular then distracts Deku, asking where Bakugo is (for reasons still unknown) and claiming that he was just an after thought. In a moment of desperation, Deku hits him with 100% of One For All’s power, assumingly taking him down at the cost of his own arm.

Interesting side note here, it looked to me that the damage to Midoriya’s arm is not as severe as it was at the start of the show. In the first season, his arm would become a very dark red, nearly black after an attack. Here, it was a much brighter color. Hell, he was even still capable of using it again. Maybe it’s nothing, but I thought it was interesting.

Anyways, Midoriya takes a brief moment with Kota to rest before Muscular emerges from the rubble. The villain reveals that he was only playing around and begins to go at Midoriya with full power. Pushed to his limits, we get a desperate thought process with Deku; a sort of back and forth with himself. One side is focused on standing, fighting, and saving Kota (these shots focus on Midoriya’s eyes) while the other is desperate to escape and find Aizawa or one of the other teachers (these shots focus on his broken arm). Ultimately, Midoriya stands and fights, attempting to hit Muscular with another 100%. However, Muscular’s power is too much, and he begins to crush him. Midoriya keeps fighting, but in the end in his body gives in.

Then, right before he’s killed, Kota sprays Muscular with water, distracting him long enough for Deku to rise up and, as he shouts ‘As if I’d let you kill him!’, he musters up one million percent of One For All’s power and, with one powerful Delaware-Detroit Smash, Muscular is defeated. The episode ends with Deku letting out a battle cry and Kota admiring him, admitting that he’s become his hero.

The action in this episode was fantastic. Beautifully animated, intense, bloody, and engaging all the way through, it was everything I wanted it to be. Plus, while a million percent doesn’t make sense, I don’t care because it was just awesome to watch. This is my favorite episode of the season so far, beyond a doubt.

Though I will say this: Muscular as a villain is pretty boring. Sure, he’s the one who killed Kota’s parents, but in terms of personality, he’s non-existent. He likes to kill, and he really likes fighting. That’s it. Now, it’s okay for a one-time villain that’ll probably never appear again to be like that. But this is the first villain Midoriya has ever defeated 1. On his own and 2. To save someone he didn’t personally know.

Still, this episode was great, and I can’t wait to see where the show goes next.

Also, I want to know who lost their hand. Like, Jesus, what happened?! Don’t leave me hanging, My Hero!

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