What’s up everyone! Welcome to Beyond The Panel. Coming at you today with talk about My Hero Academia episode 82, or in other words “Prepping for the School Festival Is the Funnest Part”. This is the week to look forward to when these students are moving into the next phase of their School Festival involvement, the planning. I know some of you are thinking that the finished product should be what we look forward to, but that is a given. With a series like this, you never want to overlook the build-up.
Things took an interesting turn this episode with nothing as straightforward as one would think. I know that I was expecting a lot more doing on the part of the students, but I could not argue with the time put into them assigning roles for the make-up of the band. Some might because overall this might feel like a distraction from what is going on in the outside world, but there is never a time to neglect what further makes some of these students special. It helped that those of them who could play instruments, dance, and even sing could do it very well. I would have assumed a lot of average teases of what some of them could do. So it was nice to get something a bit more impressive.
One thing that I have already appreciated more than anything else is the growth that we are getting from Bakugo. For a student like him, this is not something he is going to do without some resistance along the way. It made a difference to see that what held him back wasn’t just him being stubborn. There was an understanding he brought to their preparation which no one else was grasping because they were looking at this festival from the perspective of people who think others are owed. This goes a long way when it comes to Bakugo getting to a point where he can reach people without losing them to his attitude as he once would in the past.
That said, the best takeaway from this episode just happened to be the one scene not even involving the preparation for their concert performance. I was over the moon excited when all of a sudden we find ourselves with Midoriya and All-Might finally having a genuine discussion about the next step taken towards mastering One For All. This next step was pivotal when there needs to be something more for Midoriya to be able to do at this stage. When it isn’t simply forcing another percentage of the power to unlock, there has to be an application of the current power-level to ease into the next level. It mattered a lot to see All-Might finally doing something helpful for once. You get that he wants Midoriya to figure some things out on his own, but there is only so much any person can learn when given so little to work with.
With this second week we also see much more from Gentle Criminal and the direction this plot is headed through his introduction. We all know that this is building-up to him doing something big at UA, but these moments are worth the paying attention to since a sense of clarity is being cast upon his intentions and level of danger. Beyond this, there is something to acknowledge about the effort they have put into giving us villains like Gentle and Labrava who make use of the power of the internet. Taking place in a modern-day should mean updated methods.
My Hero Academia “Prepping for the School Festival Is the Funnest Part” overall was an episode which came and went surprisingly, but there was more than enough which happened within a short amount of time to maintain anticipation for what comes next. The students walk away with a new motivation for their performance, Midoriya at last makes progress with his quirk, and the villains allowed us to find out what makes them tick. Much more than what the title of this episode gave us the impression we would get out of it.