Okay, full disclosure, I’m a little biased towards Class 1-A. I mean, they’re our crew, our buddies, our chums; I don’t really care about Class 1-B. Whilst I don’t despise the characters, it is easier for me to note their flaws and question their actions. Why am I telling you this? Because I feel like I’ve been ranting a lot about 1-B, and I think it’s best to be honest…and because I’m probably not going to stop the ranting. Case in point: Mushroom Girl grew a mushroom in Tokoyami’s windpipe. Let that sink in. I know this series is about teenagers frequently engaging in perilous activities, but that’s just…wrong. Again, cards on the table, organic/biological combat has always squicked me out, but I can’t be the only one who was really thrown off by this. Kendo also punched Yaoyorozu with enough force to crush tungsten; so, these kids aren’t messing around. To be fair, Class 1-A also doesn’t hold back in combat—what with the last match’s lightning and mind control—but I stand by my convictions that that mushroom thing was gross…and that Mushroom Girl may need a talking to.
Fungi-based horror aside, this episode amounts to a mental tug-of-war between Kendo and Yaoyorozu: who is the better tactician? Victory teeters between both sides a few times, before falling on the side of “Class 1-A can’t win all of the matches because, like, that wouldn’t be fair”. Invisible Girl doesn’t really add much to either 1-A’s chance to win or lose, as her invisibility is initially nullified by the fungus sprouting on her body and then—once the fungus is cleared via Yaoyorozu’s ability creating disinfectant—she simply punches one of her opponents a few times. I mean, she’s not as useless as Aoyama, but her contribution isn’t great. Essentially, Kendo’s team beat Yaoyorozu and Tokoyami; the other two didn’t really add anything. So, fairy play 1-B, chalk up your victory and let’s all see who whiffs it next.
P.S. I enjoy that Sato has the forethought to question how Manga’s ability to make comic sound effects manifest will play out in countries that don’t speak Japanese. It’s a solid question.
P.P.S. I still don’t understand why anime creates characters who finish sentences with a word relating to their physicality and/or ability. Is it funny that the girl what makes mushrooms says the word mushroom a lot?