My Hero Academia

From their shadowy command center, the faculty of UA review the results of the combat entrance exam. Based on their scores, two applicants stand out: Katsuki Bakugo, who earned the highest score without earning a single rescue point, and Izuku Midoriya, who came in seventh with only rescue points. It’s not unheard of for a student to take down the giant robot, but doing so in a single punch is exceptionally rare. Still, landing that punch left Midoriya completely incapacitated.

My Hero Academia

With three weeks left before school starts, Midoriya heads to the beach to celebrate with All Might, and hopefully receive some sage advice for using his new power. All Might concludes that his squire doesn’t have control over the full range of All For One, meaning he can only function at 0%, or 100%, and his body is not ready for 100%. Regardless, All Might is confident that Midoriya will adapt with time and practice, and eventually take his place entirely.

While Izuku scrambles out the door to his first day at UA, his mother sends him off with the parting words, “You’re really cool.” Though she may be right, he’s still wracked with nerves as he stands outside the door to his homeroom. Will his class be filled with scary students, like Bakugo and that aggressive bookish kid? Yes. Both of them. Bakugo has his foot up on his desk, ever the rule flaunting rebel, and the bookish student, Tenya Iida, cannot abide. He’s from a respected family, and went to a respected school, and feet do not belong on desks. If only respect meant anything to the headstrong Bakugo.

My Hero Academia

Their argument is cut short when the rest of the class notices Midoriya standing in the doorway. Iida purposefully rushes over to greet him, but the greeting is actually pretense for his admission that Midoriya has already bested him. Thinking way more of Izuku’s foresight in the exam, Iida believes this nervous unassuming boy saw through the deeper levels of the test, and acted accordingly. Ochako Uraraka, the gravity defying girl, shows up just in time to spare Izuku and Iida the embarrassment of the truth.

Uraraka is ecstatic that Midoriya managed to pass (and Bakugo is fuming), but the time for friendly banter is over. Like a giant catterpillar, homeroom teacher Shouta Aizawa emerges from a full body sleeping bag. His appearance and demeanor are anything but “heroic,” with his sleeping bag, disdain for the irrationality of children, scruffy facial hair, and bloodshot eyes. From the sleeping bag he pulls gym clothes, telling the students to get changed. Their first day is about to begin in earnest.

My Hero Academia

Though Uraraka may have hoped for a ceremony to welcome the new students, UA is not a normal school, and none of the teachers are bound to a specific curriculum. Taking full advantage of this, Aizawa takes his class out to the field. In middle school, their athletic aptitude had been measured without allowing use of their quirks. With these track and field trials, the limits of their quirks will be put to the test for the first time. To demonstrate, Aizawa has Bakugo throw a softball using the full power of his quirk. Exploding it out of his hand, Bakugo launches the ball over seven hundred meters.

To add pressure and simulate the unpredictable hardships of heroism, Aizawa adds on the stipulation that the lowest scoring student across all of the tests will be expelled. Everyone girds themselves, and sets to challenges ranging from grip strength to the fifty meter dash. Each test reveals the various aptitudes of each student, form Iida’s engine boosted legs to Yuga Aoyama’s laser-navel. While everyone is showing off their raw ability and creative applications of power, Midoriya is continually scoring like a quirkless person. He knows that, should he go all out, he’ll be incapacitated for the rest of the tests. As they loop back around to the softball throw– the final test– Uraraka shatters the top score, throwing her weightless ball to literal infinity.

My Hero Academia

As the last to go, and the only student not to set an impressive score in any event, Izuku focuses his resolve on the mental image he devised with All Might three weeks prior on the beach: an egg in the microwave, not exploding. Whether it’s cooking the egg at a lower temperature, or for less time, Izuku just has to do whatever he can from preventing the explosion. With three weeks and all of the prior tests behind him, the solution to the egg problem hasn’t manifested in his mind. Putting everything on the line, he winds up a throw, his arm sparking and glowing as it did when he punched the giant robot and… nothing. The ball flies a mortifying forty six meters.

Aizawa knew exactly what Midoriya was about to do, and with his quirk means to set things straight. Also known as Eraserhead, Aizawa is able to erase the quirk of anyone he looks at. He knew Izuku was about to put everything he had in to that throw, would shatter his arm again, and would settle in to a routine of being the hero who saves a single person before completely incapacitating himself. His harsh words hit home with Izuku. Going out in an arm breaking blaze of glory isn’t the solution, and giving up like he’s still quirkless isn’t, either. He has to find a way to keep the egg from exploding.

My Hero Academia

Eraserhead returns Izuku’s quirk and gives him another chance to throw, fully expecting one of the two outcomes Midoriya intends to avoid. All Might watches in the distance, knowing the unforgiving nature of Aizawa and the pressure on Midoriya. With all of his determination, the boy winds up, and as his arm arcs to release, at the last possible second, the tip of his finger– at the final point of contact with the ball before it leaves his hand– crackles and glows and… Smash! Like a missile, it launches skyward, finally touching ground over seven hundred meters away.

My Hero Academia

In pain but not incapacitated, Izuku Midoriya curls his broken index finger in to his fist and looks back at his teacher. “I can still move.”

Tom Laurie
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