Warning: This review may contain spoilers for this episode and previous episodes of My Hero Academia 

This episode of My Hero Academia ended the training camp arc  and the fight between the Vanguard Action Squad and the classes from UA.  It also helped the story progress a lot further. The suspense from the  last episode didn’t end, but that suspense was one element that helped  progress the story. A lot of this episode dealt with the aftermath and  included an interesting animation style.

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This episode begins with some of the other members of the class who  haven’t been shown in a fight yet. These are people who really have no  clue what is going on, but are safe with Vlad King. This makes these  people feel almost worthless because they cannot do anything to help  their friends, which plays a part later on in the episode. Dabi attacks  the classroom again as a distraction for the pro-hero teachers, but is  quickly dealt with by the teachers. He later dissolves to show that it  was another clone of him.

Although the end of this arc was unexpected, given the surprising end  to the last episode, it does wrap up the arc nicely while furthering  the plot. This episode gives you something different from what you’d  expect, showing that the writers still have some tricks up their  sleeves. Given the situation, I was fully prepared to watch an epic  fight pitting Shoto, Shoji, and Deku against the majority of the  villains, but what we got was so much better.

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After the squad leaves the area with a member of Class 1-A, the mood  of the episode looks dismal. This scene probably included one of my  favorites of MHA, with the animation style shifting to a freeze frame to  show how upset Deku is because he feels as if he failed. It looked  absolutely beautiful on the screen and conveyed so much emotion. The  viewer can’t help but feel for Deku. It also reminds the viewer that  these are just kids and not actual heroes yet, but they don’t feel that  way. In this business, one cannot make mistakes.

The episode then shifts to monologuing while showing some scenes of  the cleanup. This adds to the mood of loss, while easily moving forward  with some not-too-important items. The aftermath of this attack is not  good for the school UA, and a small group of faculty discuss the best  way to move forward. The villains were successful in their attack, but  they also managed to harm the reputation of the top hero school. The  pros also bring up the point that there’s a spy in their ranks.

Not much time is wasted before more information is brought to light  on the League of Villains. The detectives on the case tell All Might  that they might know where the League is hiding, which begins the next  arc. They want to get their missing student back while getting rid of  the villains who have continuously attacked their school.

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The middle of this episode is almost boring compared to the chaos of  the last few, but it has to be there to continue the episode. The ending  starts to bring hope as a plan is formed. The students who didn’t do  much in the fight in the woods feel the need to rescue their friend.  They begin to form a plan, which helps build excitement for what is next  in the season.

This episode was major to plot development, but also felt like a bore  at times. It mostly helped establish grounds for what is yet to come in  the season. It’s also exciting to see All Might gear up for a fight  against the villains, which really hasn’t been seen so far in MHA.





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