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– by Leon Mcintosh

Ladies and Gentlemen, allow me to introduce you to the first My Hero Academia anime review on LRM. Today we are going to discuss the epicness in episode 10 of season 3. Now let’s take a look and see how operation save Bakugo is turning out along with the big reveal of All for One. Be careful of spoilers.

Brief Summary:

So after the first rescue attempt becoming a colossal failure with an army of Nomus running rampant. All Might leaves Endeavor to do the grunt work while he runs off to save Bakugo and stop the rest of the villains. Meanwhile, we finally get to see the big boss of the League of Villains, All for One. After making quick work of the local heroes, All for One managed to recapture Bakugo along with saving his student and co.

However, that doesn’t last long when All Might enters the scene. With All for One forced to distract All Might, Bakugo is left helpless playing a deadly game of keep away with the rest of the villains. Meanwhile, while Izuku and friends are wetting themselves, Izuku comes up with a makeshift plan in order to rescue Bakugo without fighting. Surprisingly, against all odds the plan becomes a success now with Bakugo rescued and with the others out of harm’s way. It’s only the two titans of good and evil, left to face off.

Animation and Sound:

Hands down the best scene, animation wise has to be when Bakugo went to grab Kirishima’s hand. If you pay enough attention there is a clear distinction between the rest of the episode and the fluidity of that one scene. Plus the music the used in this scene really helped to hype up the intensity of the moment. The music here is called Trinity or Sanmiittai and was composed by Yuki Hayashi. The animation in this particular scene reminded me of Boku no Hero Academia Season 2 episode 10 when Todoroki finally used his flame side while fighting Izuku with the similar style and fluidity. However, I have to say that the best overall scene, as far as emotional impact, has to go to the last five minutes of the episode where All Might tells All for One to shut up and calls him out for exploiting people. This scene paired up with the song “Nevertheless, Go Beyond” or “Soredemo sarani mukō e” really shows off just how fed up All Might is with all of the senseless chaos All for One is causing. I really like this scene because it really shows why All Might has been trying so hard to be the symbol of peace.

Final Thoughts:

This episode was a really solid episode, we got to see the Big Boss of the league Villains along with seeing All Might in action. The animation, especially in that one particular scene, was fluid and didn’t disappoint. I especially enjoyed the hidden layers of this episode. On the surface, this episode shows the typical hero facing off against the villain. However, when you look beyond the amazing action and really listen to the dialogue it becomes obvious that this is not only a battle between good and evil, but a clash of ideals.

In the episode you really get a sense that All for One really is the antithesis of All Might. Even going so far to mock All Might by using his, “For I am here!” line while he stops All Might from saving Bakugo. You definitely get a sense that these two titans have been at each others for years. Having both sides taking tremendous losses on both sides. Sure we get the whole backstory in Season 2, but this episode really helped to capture exactly why All for One is such a big threat that even the number 1 hero may even lose his composure. I also loved how this episode further drives in the fact that Shigaraki and Izuku are destined to be bitter rivals to reign in the next generation of Villains and Heroes alike.

I did like the glimpses of Shigaraki’s flashback as we see that All for One was basically a hero to Shigaraki in his time on need. Although, I suspect there to be a lot more to that story. Lastly, the performance of John Swasey, the English voice actor for All for One, was performed very well to my liking. He managed to capture the air of the condescending villain, which is a nice contrast to All Might’s upstanding and heroic voice, performed by Christopher Sabat. Next episode promises to be absolutely epic and I can’t wait to see the conclusion to this awesome showdown. Until next, time.

Rating: B+

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