Warning: Spoilers Ahead.
My Hero Academia gets the band all together, while displaying the overall task of tearing down the barriers of doubt bestowed upon them. The episode is definitely entertaining with all the witty comments, and comical struggling antihero. We also get a better understanding for the motives of the new villain, and witness the demonstration of the intricate step-by-step process Midoriya has painstakingly been going through to control One For All. Overall, this episode is filled with many elements to fill in certain gaps to generate a build up for the inevitable confrontation of Gentle Criminal and Class 1-A.
The episode opens up with La Brava uploading videos from past crimes committed by Gentle Criminal. Gentle is taken serious enough to have his videos continuously taken down by law enforcement, but the lack of views really agitates the fan girl spirit of La Brava. We learn that Gentle is actually committing crimes to get back at corporations that apparently receive a slap on the wrist for minor issues. His intentions seem just, but it’s no more than an excuse to get recognition, and build his own following to etch his name in history. His internal discussion about being a villain visionary like past villainous bosses really makes him seem like a petty criminal compared to the greats that were furiously pursued by legendary heroes. In the world of crime, the League of Villains is the talk of the show, and any other criminals not associated with them are nothing but scraps for lower heroes to pick up.
Speaking of heroes, the next scene catches up with the school life of the students from Class 1-A. Bakugo happens to over hear the gossip going around about how Class 1-A keeps causing more trouble for the school, and doesn’t get penalized for their actions. No one is buying into the idea that Class 1-A is doing anyone a favor, especially since it was almost their fault the festival could have gotten cancelled. As the students meet up in the dorms to discuss their roles, Bakugo reminds everyone that the performance must be to satisfy themselves, not the other students. They are still competing with the other courses to put on the best attraction, and they aren’t doing anyone any favors if they cannot put out a performance that pleases themselves. Bakugo’s fighting spirit radiates amongst the students, and delivers a second wind to their overall project.
Determining the roles for the performance is the most entertaining part of the episode, and certain characters come out of their comfort zones to display their overwhelming talents. Jiro comes in clutch with some angelic vocals, while Mineta’s character development proves how useless he can truly be. After all the kinks are straightened out, the students are split into three groups: The band (Bakugo, Jiro, Kaminari, Yaoyorozu, Tokoyami), the dancers (Ashido, Midoriya, Iida, Asui, Aoyama, Uraraka, Sato, Ojiro, Hagakure, Shoji, Mineta), and the special effects team (Todoroki, Sero, Aoyama, Kirishima, Koda). The overall joyous tone of the episode dies down a bit after cutting to the scenes with Gentle telling La Brava that their next target will be the UA Festival. This may not seem like a major issue considering the impact Gentle has in the villain community, but the fact that the school is on a tight lockdown will definitely play into effect.
We finally get to witness the first reunion between All Might and Midoriya post Sir Nighteye’s death. Midoriya explains his concern for not being strong enough to fight off foes on his own. He still is having issues with One For All, and seeks guidance form All Might. Luckily for him, the veteran number one hero has a few tips and tricks up his sleeve. All might breaks down Midoriya’s training up to this point in six steps:
- Use One For All at 100% on one part of the body
- Control the percentage you use on one part of the body
- Control the percentage you use on your whole body continuously
- Use shoot style, which uses your legs rather than weaker arms
- Raise your control from 5% to 8%
- If you control yourself, you can draw up to 20% for a short time.
Since Midoriya is looking for long-distance fighting techniques, All Might suggest he combine steps 2 and 6. By controlling his current maximal output in one part of his body, he can shoot out a strong pressurized air blast; back to using his fingers! After running a few test trails, Midoriya learns the technique, but doesn’t have full control over it quite yet. Finally, the episode ends with our first look at Eri in normal clothes as she approaches UA High with Mirio. The kawaii scales are through the roof, and our long-awaited encounter of Eri with the rest of the class is surely worth the wait!
“Prepping for the School Festival is the Funnest Part” lives up to its name, and revitalizes the missing school spirit form the students of UA High. The constructive criticism expressed by Bakugo really sets the mood for how the whole festival should be treated, and his words resonate rightfully with everyone; all things considered. Midoriya’s continuing efforts to become stronger gets overshined by the performance of the overall class, but that doesn’t take away from the glee of the episode. With the reveal of Gentle’s new target, the episode feels fun and exciting without having to rely on any major moment or event.
The interaction between all the students is what makes the episode shine, and doesn’t miss the beat on delivering comedy the only way My Hero Academia can.