It’s finally time to talk about one of the most heart breaking battles in the whole series!
This fight tells us a lot about both Bakugo and Uraraka’s characters. For one, this is the first time we see Bakugo treating an opponent with true respect. Whereas everyone else in the crowd is essentially coddling Uraraka because she seems small and frail on the surfrace, Bakugo treats her like a genuine foe, going at her with his full strength and never letting his guard down. This shows us both an admirable side of Bakugo’s character, as well as growth on his part. Before his battle with Deku in season one, he likely wouldn’t have taken Uraraka seriously.
Which may have led to his defeat. A fact that Bakugo is acutely aware of.
On the other side, we also see a tough and durable side of Uraraka. From their battle in season one, we already know that she’s resourceful and creative in the use of her powers. But here, we see how Deku’s influence has changed her, as she manages to completely out think Bakugo for the majority of the fight. If she were facing anyone else, someone without his extreme power and quick reflexes, she very well could have won this fight.
The choreography of this battle is also super creative, interesting and fun. From her throwing her jacket as a distraction to dropping the debree on top of him, every one of Uraraka’s moves are well thought out, easy to follow, and a simple blast. You may think that Bakugo simply blowing all of it away with raw power may seem like a detriment, but it actually helps out a lot in raising the tension and stakes. We as the audience know how powerful Bakugo is, so we know that he could blow away most of Uraraka’s moves with little issue. As such, it puts us on the edge of our seats as we wonder if she can outsmart that extreme power.
Making it all the more heart shattering when she fails and drains her stamina to the point where she can’t even crawl.
In an arc filled with powerful, creative and fun moments, this one stands above almost all of them. This is easily one of the greatest fights in the entire series. It’s a highlight that I’ll be coming back to for years to come.
And that’s only the first half of the episode! Because it’s after this that the show decides to stab you in the fucking heart!
After (unsuccessfully) hiding her feelings from Deku (and Kirishima wins the arm wrestling tie breaker), Uraraka gets a phone call from her pops. We see how hard the loss is truly affecting her, as she breaks down into tears. The visual of that alone is enough to hurt my soul, but then the music decides to just tear the whole thing out.
The show gives us just enough time to take this in and digest it before moving on to the next big plot point: Deku’s meeting with Endeavor. After a brief chat with the #2 hero, Deku is more determined than ever to defeat his new rival. Not just to become #1 himself, but to prove Todoroki’s independence.
The remainder of the episode is spent setting the stage for the grand climax of the arc. All eyes are on both fighters as they step into the stage, from Deku’s mother all the way to Shigurake and All-For-One. The tension ramps up higher than ever before, and the episode ends right as Present Mic yells start.
We’re going straight from one big dramatic character defining moment to another. Now that we’re going, this show just won’t let up.
This episode, and the fight within it, are some of the best in the whole series. From the choreography to the character drama, this whole episode is utterly fantastic. Re-watching this one is a must, especially if you want some fun.
Followed by tears.