Gentle Criminal sets his sights on U.A.
What They Say:
While Class 1-A sort out their roles for the big show, Gentle Criminal plans to crash the party at U.A. With the school festival fast approaching, how will 1-A’s performance be judged in the eyes of their classmates?
Content (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
This week starts with a closer look at Gentle Criminal’s motivations. While his introduction framed him as some kind of petty criminal Youtuber, Gentle seems more akin to a vigilante than a villain. He gives us a bit of a history lesson – back before quirks became legally regulated, the line between hero and villain was blurred. Things were chaotic, but in that chaos there was freedom.
Now, in the advent of hero society, the distinct lines between hero and villain are set, but criminal activity outside of quirk related cases remains problematic. The convenience store from last week’s episode is the largest chain in Japan and has come under fire for some shady business tactics. In a world where business ethics go unchecked by the Hero justice system, this is where Gentle makes his mark. Similar to the world-renowned Lupin the Third, Gentle labels himself as a modern-day “gentleman thief”. Despite his actions, the online community hasn’t been moved by Gentle (with people like Stain hogging the spotlight). I feel like I can really sympathize with Gentle’s struggles as an online content creator. In order to place himself in the limelight, Gentle needs to hit a bigger score….and that score is the U.A. School Festival.
Back at U.A., Class 1-A is deciding their roles for the dance hall concert. Almost immediately, Bakugou shows his prowess for playing drums, but he isn’t convinced that his classmates are going into this with the right mindset. With all the trouble they’ve been caught up in with the League of Villains, the other classes at U.A. have become very critical of the Hero Course. 1-A chose the song and dance routine as a way to relieve the other classes of some stress, but Bakugou takes issue with that.
If those people want to be condescending toward the Hero Course, why should 1-A be performing for their sake? Bakugou’s wording can come off as crude, but his logic is always on point. If they’re going to do this show, they shouldn’t do it for anyone else but themselves – to blow everyone away and shut down all the haters. With that bit of encouragement, the class gets fired up and delegates three separate roles – the band, the effects team, and the dance team. We get some great comedy bits here, especially from everyone’s favorite horn-dog Mineta.
At the tail-end of the episode, we get a little one-on-one time between Midoriya and All Might. Deku is still hung up about his performance in the fight with Overhaul. Without Eri’s assistance, Deku felt like his current level wasn’t up to par. He and All Might step outside to do a quick training lesson. Rather than teaching him a new ability, All Might teaches Deku to ration out his power more precisely. By taking into account his current control of One-For-All, Deku needs to learn how to shift seamlessly between full-body power and concentrated points of attack. Something I’ve always appreciate about Deku’s growth is that it’s usually a logical step forward rather than some ass-pull power spike. One-For-All’s full power has always been within him, it’s just a matter of learning how to harness it. As a side note, the art direction was a bit weird in the latter-half. I’m not sure why, but All Might’s design just seemed off.
Gentle and La Brave add a new perspective to the hero society debate, and I’m all here for it. Things are gonna feel more and more amped up the closer we get to the school festival performance. And next week we get to see Eri at U.A. too! My Hero Academia feels like it’s coasting right now, but the change of pace and tone is pretty refreshing.
Streamed By: Crunchyroll, Funimation, Hulu