‘My Hero Academia’ Season 3, Episode 3: “Kota”
Warning: This review may contain spoilers for this episode and previous episodes of My Hero Academia
This episode continues on with the training camp arc, and shows the class pushing to their limits of their quirks. This episode progresses the plot and leads into some suspenseful action by the end of the episode. Throughout the episode, characters connected with one another and shared some personal goals that will be exciting to see on the screen.
Both class 1-A and 1-B of UA are put into intense training at the start of the episode to push their quirks to their limits. They are trying to max out their quirks in order for them to grow strong, making for an interesting experience for the viewer. It gives the viewer a chance to see beautiful animations of each person’s’ ability without them actually being in battle. It also shows how much stronger each classmate has become with his/her own quirk. Bakugo’s especially looks powerful with him boiling his hands in water before creating giant blasts up in the air. This adds some humor to the episode as well because of him getting mad at himself for not thinking he is doing well.
More spotlight is put on the Wild, Wild Pussycats, a group of four professional heroes meant to help out with training. They are a tad bit excessive, but do appear to be helping the heroes with their training. The male pussycat, Tiger, intimidates the kids right off the bat with one commenting how he’s not what they expected.
After a long day of training, the heroes have to cook for themselves, allowing for some more friendly bonding. It also allows the viewer to see Deku’s caring towards the hero-hating child, Kota. His kindness is shown by bringing Kota some curry after he missed supper. The entire interaction between the two makes the viewer feel for the kid and how much he must be hurting, even though he comes off as spiteful.
This episode helped with connecting the viewer with the characters and seeing where they may be coming from. It focuses on others outside of the Class 1-A, and gives the viewer a chance to see other quirks in action. It was interesting to find out more about the Wild, Wild Pussycats and Kota. I also really liked seeing the children interact while cooking and see Bakugo’s hidden talent of chopping up food rather quickly.
It was interesting to see Deku caring for a child and helps give insight on how he will be once he is a professional hero: one who will truly care. It is refreshing to see him interact with a civilian without expecting anyone to notice his good deeds and helps showcase his selflessness. Deku will truly make a good-hearted hero.
That’s when the action of the episode starts. A small group of villains from the League of Villains are about to attack the students at camp. All of the villains look creepy, with the weirdest being a creature covered in black with just his mouth free and oddly swaying as he walks. There is also a lizard guy that appears to be a Stain-wannabe, the hero killer from last season. Since we do not know what their quirks are, it creates excitement to see new attack moves but also fear for the heroes.
The viewer is put on edge because the villains don’t attack immediately, leaving the viewer to question when they actually will. This suspense in the episode makes it so much more entertaining to watch. Every moment, you are just waiting for it to start and wondering when it will happen. I found myself holding my breath because of not knowing what was about to happen and who these people are.
In this episode, the flashbacks have more of a purpose and makes the viewer feel reminiscent and sad, especially when it shows Deku as a kid wishing and trying for a quirk that didn’t happen. It also has beautiful scenes, like flashing between Deku, Bakugo and Shoto after Erasure said to never forget why there were here and to remember how far they had come. When Deku looks at the scars on his hands, it packs a powerful punch. He has more control of his quirk now and has a handle on it.
Although Deku is one of the most powerful members of class 1-A, he still worries about offending some of the others. His conversation with Shoto shows this, but it gives a more caring look into how Shoto sees things.
The attack by the villains starts and almost immediately, the viewer is on the edge of their seat worried about their favorite characters. No one knows where they are to make it less likely the villains would find them, which is bad. The hero he is, Deku, tries to go help Pixie-Bob, but is stopped by the teachers in a face off with two villains.
The episode ends in a suspenseful place with the viewer wanting more as soon as the end credits start. It ends in the worst possible place with everything about to go south. Overall, this episode makes the viewer feel a lot of emotions, with the greatest being fear of what is coming next.
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