Episode three had me torn between two feelings 1. oh hell yeah, that’s cool and 2. oh hell no, not this shit again. The first half of the episode is hilarious. We pick up right where we left off at the end of episode two. Ikuzu gets an explanation of All Might’s mysterious quirk, albeit from a bloody mouthed All Might. That guy would be a nightmare if he had AIDS. The entire Hero Academy would have to shut down. Only those with Anti-AIDS quirks could survive…
All Might gives us insight into his powers and how they’re not natural at all, in fact, they’re passed down from hero to another. Only those who are worthy may receive the ultimate quirk, ALL FOR ONE. Due to Ikuzu‘s brave actions earlier, All Might has dubbed him the worthy successor of his powers. But before the power can be passed on, the receiver’s body must be ready and in optimal shape. It’s kind of like preparing to finally enter a woman’s batcave, thinking to yourself “My body is ready…” but before you even see her lips of love – something escapes you. That something is your man juice. Then the bridge collapses and you’re no longer able to enter as a hero but instead you’re left with the shame of being the scum of the earth.
That is precisely why Ikuzu must train for ten months. To avoid such an embarassing situation. So that he can penetrate. Not hesitate. Not deflate.
The ten-month montage is aided by an adrenaline pumping song, even if you dislike the show, you cannot discredit its soundtrack. As a kid who was addicted to action movies and training montages – I loved seeing Ikuzu clean up that garbage ass beach (literally). He even adjusted his entire lifestyle to get as much out of his training routine as possible. That shows you how badly Ikuzu wants to be a hero and I can respect his hustle.
My favorite part of the episode is when All Might discovers Ikuzu screaming atop a pile of rubble near the beach. Not only has Ikuzu accomplished his ten month task but he managed to exceed All Might‘s expectations.
In response, the world’s top hero exclaims “Oh my… oh my… (transforms into All Might) GOODNESS!”
What a moment!
It gets even better when All Might decides to officially grace Ikuzu with his quirk. He pulls down his pants and plucks a curly hair from his sweaty ballsack. Then he sniffs it really good and winks at Ikuzu…. errrr or not. But that was close enough. Either way, All Might needs to transfer his DNA into Ikuzu one way or another and my version of the events may or may not be true.
Then the episode fizzes out by introducing an entrance exam/tournament. I understand this is a Shonen, but it has been done to death. Off the top of my head Naruto, Hunter X Hunter, and most recently, One Punch Man have all utilized that same plot progression to move their stories forward. It’s a staple of Shonen but it felt really tacked on.
To make matters worse, they introduced the token “I’m the all-knowing but ultimately a jackass” character. These kinds of characters are the worst, because they’re aware of their annoying fuckery but they continue to do it any ways. I don’t even remember his name (nor do I care to give him the respect to look it up) but he looks like the fairy guy (Ishida) from Bleach. Basically, imagine if Ishida had surgery on his calf muscles and decided to go to college just so he could call out people who hadn’t completed their homework. Classic jackass. Fuck you Ishida‘s cousin guy.
Luckily, episode four gives us a full effort and is probably the best episode of the show so far. So maybe I should take back my comments about exams and tournaments? Nahhhh.
The exam begins and we’re off!
Well, everyone except Ikuzu is off because he’s unable to destroy a single enemy. The exam is being watched by the top heroes in order to get an idea of who are the most promising prospects.
Our hero has no idea when his power will kick in and even worse, All Might told him that once he uses it… he’s fucked. You can’t jump into a NASCAR race after taking your written permit exam, can you? That’s basically what Ikuzu is doing, he’s no better than a premature ejaculator at this point but when there’s a supermodel laying on your bed – even if you’re going early… you better go hard.
I like the way Ikuzu‘s character is handled in this scenario. Throughout the entire exam he feels lost and is way too gun shy to pull off any cool moves to destroy the baddies. Instead, he’s triggered once again by someone being in danger. The sign of a true hero, it’s what All Might saw first hand at the incident with the slime monster.
The exam team sends out one final obstacle before wrapping it up and the last robot is a doozy. Each participant is hesitant to fight it, they all just run away (including Ishida‘s bitch ass cousin). Ikuzu has the urge to join the cowardly herd as well, but he notices Gravity Girl trapped underneath some rubble. She’s about to get eliminated but Ikuzu remembers how she helped him earlier. As he’s running to save her, his quirk kicks in and he squeezes his butt cheeks while taking flight towards the enemy.
His fist burns brighter than Domon Kashu‘s in G Gundam. In one hard swing, he annihilates the enemy bot and rescues Gravity Girl from teh butt sex. It’s a ridiculously well animated scene, top notch work by the artists!
But all is not well for our hero, in a comical moment, his right hand and both legs have been broken. His body was not ready…
Fortunately for him, Gravity Girl saves him from falling… twice. The first time she saved his reputation but this time she saved his life. This entire sequence was really well done and it set up the feels moment at the latter half of the episode perfectly. The destruction of the final robot signaled the end of the exam and afterwards everyone was told to go home (after being healed) to await their entrance exam results.
I can relate to Ikuzu‘s anxiety of awaiting the results. It’s as bad as waiting for your test score on an important college exam or even getting your STD test results from the doctor. Who knows what they could say? You have confidence in your skills, but you’re not quite sure if you executed in that exact moment and under those particular circumstances. Or if that Filipino girl with the robotic arm and hairy toes had any venereal diseases.
In his mind, he’s failed the exam due to the scoring system. Little did he know that All Might had a different message for him. We discover that Gravity Girl went to vouch for our lonely hero and even offered up some of her hard-fought points to help him pass the exam. DAYUM! That’s some major respect right there. I wasn’t on “who cut these onions and shoved them up my ass” level but my heart definitely felt a bit warmer in that moment.
It’s then revealed that Ikuzu passed the exam through a secret criteria known as rescue points. He was the only one who dared to fight the final boss and on top of that, he saved a fellow hero. It doesn’t get much more clutch or hero than that!
WHAT AN EPISODE! OH HEALL YEAH!
But wait… let’s not forget the hidden message and true heartfelt moment of episode four.
This episode finally brought to light the injustices caused by Best Jeanist. He may have had the best jeans in the world, but no one dared to asked – how were those jeans made? The answer may or may not surprise you. They were made in Indian and Chinese sweat shops.
Best Jeanist is actually the grandson of Jean-Paul Levis aka the founder of Levis jeans. Their entire family has been running corrupt sweat shops for hundreds of years. To make matters worse, the working conditions in those sweat shops was less than humane and more than cruel. Often times the laborers were forced to live in shelters completely made out of jeans. If they talked too much or tried to complain, their mouths were zipped… literally. When they could no longer work or died from exhaustion, buttons were placed on their eyes and they were tossed into a jean coffin.
It was utterly despicable and dastardly. The episode may not have brought those exact facts to our attention, but it has caused a conscious shift in the public’s perception of Best Jeanist. What can you do to fight back against that tyranny?
Rip up your jeans… the Blue Jeanist hates ripped jeans.