Boku no Hero Academia : Start Line

Episode 4

“Sutaatorain” (スタートライン)

So the exam is going to start, Deku has All Mights Quirk but he doesn’t know what it is or how to use it. He’ll have to learn quickly though as he has to pass this once in a lifetime opportunity.

It went as badly and as well as you’d expect.

Deku wasn’t able to be taught how to use his ability because it takes time for the hair he swallowed to digest so All Might had no real help for him on how to activate the Quirk so he was going into this thing cold. Of course what he really was focused on the whole time was that he didn’t know what to do so he ran about the place looking real confused at the world until the giant 0 point machine came out.

It was very obvious from the beginning that this was the real test. Whilst racking up points was important at the end of the day what makes a hero?

Beating shit up is easy and the bad guys do that too so Deku’s ability to run towards danger to help those in need are real true hero abilities. Even that prick Tenya realises it trying to rationalise what happened. It was exactly what All Might told Deku too about real heroes bodies moving before they think in the direction of trouble. His Quirk did activate but it also was too strong for his body and did break him completely, he did all this to save a girl, Ochako Uraraka, whose Quirk lets her levitate anything she touches who also manages to save him when he’s falling back to earth by slapping him and making him levitate before he hit the ground.

It was a interesting look not only at the people that are obviously going to be around Deku in the series and their abilities but what they believe makes a hero. Absolutely none of them waited to see if anyone needed help when the big machine rolled out, they knew it was worth 0 points and ignored it, ran away to carry on picking up their own points. They all had to think about it after the event and after realising what Deku had done whilst he also sat there with 0 points.

Something I really like about it is that unlike for example One Punch Man it does explore what it really means to be a hero. I know they are different things but its the same kind of structure being shown, and its the only one I can think of at the moment, but whereas Saitama doesn’t really care he just wants to be the strongest and he’s surrounded by people who just want to be known as heroes you have a situation here where people are born with the power to be heroes but they don’t really know what that means. So many of them just use their Quirk and act like Saitama in that they just blast their way through their problems but the story seems to be about what a real hero is.

Deku is a real hero and people are going to have to come to terms with this guy who very obviously has no control over his Quirk and before he even had one was still fighting to be a hero actually overcoming all this shit to become the worlds greatest. Its going to tread on a lot of toes but make them re-evaluate what it means to be a hero.

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