Welcome to the learning portion of our work-study experience. In this module, we will have each individual voice the elements they wish to work on…then a man whose face is on fire will issue the best course of action. Okay, so it might not be the most traditional manner of training, but I’d certainly listen to a man whose face was on fire…by choice, I mean, I’d help a guy whose face was unintentionally on fire. Regardless, this episode sees Endeavour flex his kindness muscles a little, listening to the three students under his supervision and providing well-constructed responses to their self-assessed shortcomings. Does it make Endeavour a “good guy”? Not by a long shot. It does make him an interesting one, though. Endeavour may be one of the most complex figures in this whole damn series. He has done some truly abominable stuff, but he’s also saved countless people. He’s a terrible father and an equally bad husband, but he is trying to be better. Does that excuse his actions? No, of course not. Does he deserve a chance at redemption? Probably; it’s a really tough issue. That being said, this is also an anime, a place where fans unconditionally love Villains who have literally murdered dozens. So, if people can pine for Dabi or think that Toga is cute, then why can’t a repentant man find some manner of peace?
Moral quandaries aside, this episode focuses on three training of MHA‘s real Big Three and the realisation that the group who manages Pro-Heroes actively wish for work-study students to be trained as the world’s next line of defence. But not, like, when they grow into the role; like, in case the Pro-Heroes fail in fighting the threat Hawks is investigating. That’s…that’s rough. Putting aside the responsibility of forcing students to fight—because 1-A has already done that a lot—the fact that the threat of the Pro-Heroes falling is apparently more real than we had imagined…unless your imagination is particularly negative. It certainly puts some motivation behind this training arc, doesn’t it? It’s not just about polishing up skills for their eventual goal, these students may very soon be drawn into a war. And though that would certainly look cool from an anime-viewing perspective, it would probably be very bad for the characters. Because of the death and such.
P.S. It’s nice to see that Hawks recognises Tokoyami’s skill and drive, and it’s even more interesting to learn that Tokoyami is the reason Hawks developed respect for the next generation of Heroes.