In terms of story, there really isn’t a whole lot to cover here. When you break it down, only two things of importance happened. They were pretty cool, don’t get me wrong, but they felt… underwhelming for a season finale.
Let’s start where the last episode left off: the Big Three. And you’ll have to forgive me, as I haven’t had enough time to memorize all of their names, so I’ll continue to call them Blonde, Bubble-Head and Not-Sasuke. If you’ve seen the episode, I’m pretty sure you can figure out who I’m talking about.
That aside, these characters are amazing and I love them. Not-Sasuke is a shy introvert who can’t bring himself to talk to his juniors, instead electing to simply stare at the wall and mutter. Bubble-Head is my favorite, as she’s got the personality of an excited kinder-gardener, asking all the students with unique physical attributes about said attributes.
And yes, Mineta does try to make it about his genitals. What did you expect?
Lastly, there’s Blonde. I love this character. He’s bright, energetic and fun, and his unique design suits him very well considering his Quirk. Speaking of which, his power is both really scary and really cool. Essentially, he removes all mass from his body, allowing him to phase through things. If he returns mass while within something, such as the ground, it propels him away, essentially launching him. But, should he do so to his sensory organs, then he deprives himself of them, as light and sound waves pass right through him. It’s an incredibly interesting Quirk, and his application of it is super cool.
Although I have to ask: is it not a problem that he slips out of his clothes? Like, public nudity is a crime, right? How’s he gonna get around that when he goes Pro? He’s good at hiding his john, yeah, but…
Y’know what, I’m not gonna talk about that anymore.
He’s also an incredibly intimidating character when it comes to power. He utterly dominates all of Class 1-A, knocking them out in a single blow each. Not even Deku, who manages to predict his moves, manages to land a single blow on him. It’s not an especially amazing fight, but it gives you a feeling for how powerful this guy is.
Aside from that fight, we only got one other scene of import: Twice taking the new villain to meet Shigurake (he’s got a bitching new coat now, it makes him look cooler) while they’re being tracked by a new hero.
And then the season ends.
I’m not even kidding, this is where they wrap things up. Right as they’ve got all the table-setting done, they cut to credits and tease that Season 4 is now in production.
Huh. Not a bad way to end the season, but that was kind of… underwhelming, wasn’t it? Granted, considering the highs this season reached with Deku VS Muscular, All Might VS All-For-One followed immediately by his retirement, Todoroki and Inasa VS Gang Orca, and culminating in the long awaited Deku VS Bakugo, anything else would feel like an underwhelming end.
Still, it’s My Hero Academia. I enjoyed this episode enough to say I liked it, and it would take a lot to make me not excited for Season 4. But when compared to the rest of the season (not counting filler) this is probably the weakest episode, at least for me.
All in all, though, this is probably my favorite season of the show. The story has propelled much farther than I had expected, the animation was stellar as always, the voice acting was phenomenal, and the music was spectacular (and they didn’t even need to use the ‘You Say Run’ track). Was it perfect? No. There was plenty of filler, ranging from forgettable to pretty solid and acceptable, and there was the occasional shot that was animated pretty weakly due to many of the core staff being busy with the movie.
Oh by the way, if you want to know my thought on that, you can find that here. Just a quick shill. Back on track.
I’m looking forward to Season 4, and I’m equally excited to re-watch this season to prepare myself for it. And I’m even more excited than that to review the previous two seasons.
For those who enjoy the My Review Academia posts, I have good news! I’m not done! Not only will I be reviewing Season 4 episode-by-episode once it debuts, but I’ll also be going back to review each episode of Seasons 1 and 2. By the time I’m done, every piece of animated My Hero Academia will be reviewed on this blog.
I’ll see you guys next week for the first My Review Academia for Season 1!