With his hero work studies on the line, Deku goes toe-to-toe with Sir Nighteye
What They Say:
Upon entering Sir Nighteye’s office, Midoriya is faced with his toughest foe yet…an All Might fan that rivals his obsession with the greatest hero.
Before accepting him as an intern, Nighteye puts Midoriya’s skill and morale to the test – will Midoriya prove his worth as One-For-All’s successor?
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Episode three begins where we left off, with Midoriya’s All Might impression falling flat on its face. As he looks around the room to see countless amounts of rare All Might merch, Midoriya realizes he’s up against a fellow All Might super fan. Nighteye proceeds to explain that the wrinkles of Midoriya’s impression doesn’t accurately portray the precise structure of All Might’s face. Midoriya counterattacks, explaining that the specific All Might moment he’s imitating is accurate to the impression. A battle of wits and fandom, Midoriya takes his first stance against the imposing pressure of All Might’s former sidekick.
But the real test is about to begin. Nighteye gives Midoriya three minutes to take the stamp of approval from him and sign the work-study document by his hand. Despite Deku’s speed, taking the stamp won’t be an easy task. Nighteye’s Quirk, Foresight, allows him to see into the future of those he’s come into contact with. The clock ticking away, Midoriya bounces around the room at high speeds, attempting to find a blind spot in Nighteye’s impenetrable defense.
Nighteye pulls no punches here – he’s fully aware of One-For-All’s inheritance and makes it clear that he has not accepted All Might’s choice of successor. He believes Mirio Togata should have been the one to succeed All Might. Under a barrage of criticism and self-doubt, Midoriya remembers all of the hard work he went through, with All Might’s words still ringing clearly in his mind… “You can become a hero. And next, it is your turn.”
In a last-ditch effort to prove himself, Midoriya makes one final attempt, but to no avail. It seems his chances at the hero work-study were slipping away. It’s not until Nighteye realized that Midoriya is more tactful than he let on to be. Midoriya’s speedy movements were calculated, making sure not to step on the numerous All Might posters littered around the office walls. With a slight chuckle, Nighteye announces that he’ll take on Midoriya as a work studies intern. He claimed to have accepted Midoriya from the very beginning; this was simply a test to measure Midoriya’s dedication to All Might’s succession.
Midoriya returns to the U.A. dorms with a volley of praise from his classmates. While the other students wrack their brains over the limited work-study opportunities, Aizawa sensei arrives with internship offers from a handful of pro heroes. Aware of their falling behind, Todoroki pushes Bakugo’s buttons, repeating the line “We need to catch up as soon as possible,” until Bakugo blows a gasket. At this point, there’s no slowing down for our heroes-to-be.
We end the episode with Midoriya’s first excursion under Nighteye’s wing. Nighteye’s Agency has been looking into the activity of Overhaul and his gang, attempting to dig up what evil plans the masked villain plans to unfold. In a short post-credits sequence, we see a young girl running away from someone and bumping into Midoriya as she exits an alleyway. As Deku extends a hand to the scared girl known as Eri, her pursuer Overhaul, steps out from the shadows. From the get-go, it seems our young hero has already been thrown into the heat of it all.
For now, Midoriya has proven his worth to Nighteye and begins his work under the tutelage of a pro hero. But just as things were starting to look bright for Deku, his first showdown with Overhaul is about to begin.
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