So with episode 1 giving us a reminder of all the past events of the show, we are now officially at the start of season 3 with brand new everything! We were promised by Funimation that this is where the action starts and boy it delivered. Buckle in, because we have A LOT to look at.
Before the title sequence, we get a look at Shigaraki and Kurogiri plotting to attack the U.A. students. The League of Villains seemed to have found out where they will be for their summer vacation and have a team on standby, ready for the signal to move out. While discussing, a familiar voice is heard through the door. Saying how the union has “goods” on the way and that the quality is guaranteed. It happens to be the mysterious arms dealer, Giran. Giran is inclined to help the League of Villains rise to power because this will create others villains and criminals to come out of the shadows and feel less threatened by the likes of heroes. Creating more business and money opportunities for him. He leaves on that note, and Shigaraki seems to be ready for his assault on the U.A. students. “…it’s time to start the game!”.
We get to U.A. and everyone is loading up the busses to head out. Aizawa reminds them that this summer camp will be difficult and that there will be no days of rest, that they will be training them to go beyond Plus Ultra. This got everyone very excited, but here comes Monoma to dampen the parade as always. Wondering how since there were people in Class A who failed classes, how they could have anything over Class B when they can’t even pass an exam. The big sister of Class B, Kendo, gives Monoma a swift chop to the head and that stops his rant right there. But it seems along side Class A, Class B will also be going on the trip!
The busses are packed and about an hour or so into the drive, they stop at a roadside rest area momentarily. But there is an unmarked car nearby that everyone is curious about. Aizawa asks if they really think that they stopped here just to rest? Out of the car comes out two pro heroes, calling themselves the Wild Wild Pussycats. They are also accompanied by a small boy who is definitely not as perky and spontaneous as them. These two will be in charge of the summer training at their own private property and Midoriya explains that the Wild Wild Pussycats are a four member group that specialize in mountain rescue missions. One of the heroes tells them where the camp is located at the foot of a hill, quite a ways away from where they are at. The students are starting to sense something is going on here. They try to get back on the bus but are stopped by one of the heroes quirks! She creates a gigantic landslide that sends all the students off the cliff! They are expected to make it to the camp by noon or there will be no lunch.
To make it to the camp, the all first must make it through the woods being dubbed “The Beast’s Forest”. As Mineta finally gets a chance to go pee in the woods, out of no where comes a gigantic beast and it is about to crush Mineta! Koda tries to use his Anivoice quirk to make it stop but it’s not effecting it! As the creature tries to swing at Mineta, Midoriya comes and grabs Mineta out of harms way! Midoriya realizing that Koda’s quirk was no use and a dirt clod fell from the beasts face, it must be one of the Wild Pussycat’s quirk to create these terrifying creatures. Back at the rest area, Aizawa explains that they will be pushing the students hard so that after they get done, they will be able to obtain hero permits and be able to use their quirks in case of an emergency. Having provisional licenses to work as heroes.
The collaboration of Midoriya, Todoroki, Bakugo, and Iida are able to take down the dirt monster, many more begin to come out of the shadows. The students agree they to need to fight their way to the training facility. So the students begin working together to defeat these monsters in groups. Sero was able to detain a flying one with his tape while Sato and Kirishima begin going to town on it while it’s grounded. Tokoyami and Ojiro distract a giant cyclops so Aoyama can charge one powerful bust of his navel beam. Mineta is able to trap one in his sticky balls while Kaminari is able to climb on top and electrocute them. Koda and Hagakure are also able to distract the beast while Mina takes out their Achilles. And Momo is able to create a giant cannon to deliver the final blow. Uraraka used her zero gravity quirk to make the beasts light as a feather while Tsu could wrap her whole tongue around them and send them way up high to eventually become destroyed by the fall. While Midoriya, Bakugo, Todoroki, and Iida are making their way through the beasts with pure strength.
It gets to be 5:20 in the afternoon and the students have finally made it to the facility. They are all worn out and aching in pain, over exhausting their quirks. Pixie- Bob commends their great strength and exceeding her expectations of them, especially the four. Midoriya takes advantage of Pixie- Bob’s attention and asks about the kid that is with them. Mandalay explains that is just her cousin’s child and that they are taking care of him for the week. Midoriya tries to introduce himself to Kota but Kota replies with a swift punch to the balls! Iida is there to comfort Midoriya and asks why Kota would do that to him. He exclaims that he does not intend to hang out with a bunch of wannabe heroes for the week. The rest of the class grabs their things from the bus and begin to settle into their quarters, separated by the boys and the girls.
Both groups are relaxing in their own spas being divided by a huge wall. Mineta knew the girls will be in the nude on the other side and starts to rapidly climb the wall using his sticky balls. Before he got over the wall, Kota was there to stop Mineta from seeing the girls and sends him back down. The girls from the otherside of the wall thank Kota and he gets a look at them in the nude and gets sent falling over as well! Before he hits the ground though, Midoriya is able to catch him. Back in the manager office, Kota has fainted from the fall, so Midoriya questions Mandalay on why at such a young age has such a negative view on heroes. Mandalay says that if he was raised normally his views on heroes would be more positive, but both his parents were heroes. Only two years ago, both were killed in a tragic villain attack. But as Kota grieved for his parents, society told him that it was okay for them to die because it was for a noble cause, and Kota hated that. Midoriya is reminded of Shigiraki in that moment. He still can’t understand why these people have such terrible opinions on heroes when he was raised on them being in such high regard.
The next day, the students are all brought together with Mr. Aizawa. He begins by telling Bakugo to throw a softball, the same softball from the fitness exam. His record was 705.2m, but he’s thinking he can crush that now. He winds up and sends it flying, only to get 709.6m. Aizawa chosE Bakugo to show everyone that they may have improved themselves the past three months on a mental and technical level, but when it comes to their quirks, not much has changed. Starting in the next episode, they will be pushing the limits of their quirks to their absolute breaking point.
This was our first episode of actual new content and story progression and it really had a bit of everything. We got some great action scenes, some funny moments, and we met some new characters. I can’t wait to see how everyone does improving their own quirks and how close the League of Villains actually are on their assault. We’ll see you guys next time though!