Why is the recap so long this episode? We don’t need a two minute recap of the entire arc. It’s not like they took a break or anything!
Plot wise, this episode doesn’t have much. The match between team Yaoyorozu and team Kendo wraps up. And… yeah, that’s it. There’s nothing else here.
This episode is less action-packed and more strategic than the previous match. Rather than watching the characters fight, it’s more of a superpowered chess match. All the action we get is basically just characters punching each other super fast and repetitively, like it’s a DBZ fight.
The strategies on display here are pretty interesting, though. Kendo goes for simple but effective tactics while Yaoyorozu goes for something more high risk and high reward. She straight-up busts out a cannon! Shit’s crazy, dude!
Most of the episode is definitely the Yaoyorozu and Kendo show. But that’s not to say that the others are lacking screen time (save poor Aoyama, who gets swept aside so quickly that it’s kind of pathetic). The two other class B kids get some time to shine; the comic kid has some fun powers, although he’s very underused in the episode. Meanwhile, mushroom-girl uses an incredibly simple power to genuinely terrifying effect.
Overall, this match was decently satisfying. It didn’t have anything especially incredible narratively or visually. But it’s still fun to watch.
That said, it’s far from perfect. There is an extensive flashback slipped in the middle of this episode to further pad the runtime, which is kind of frustrating. It doesn’t completely ruin the pacing, but it is frustrating. Especially since it’s basically just “Hey, remember that time Todoroki and Yaoyorozu worked together? That was cool, right?”
Also, the biased commentary gag is starting to get old. Adding the monotoned Todoroki to the protest crowd was funny. But if they use this joke anymore, it’s going to get very annoying.
All in all, a decent episode. Not absolutely incredible, but it’s still well worth a watch.