Warning: Full spoilers for the episode below.
My Hero Academia’s “Origin” episodes have proven to be some of its best. “Izuku Midoriya: Origin” was the title of the solid series premiere, and “Shoto Todoroki: Origin” stands head and shoulders above the rest as MHA’s greatest episode yet. As such, I went into “Katsuki Bakugo: Origin” with insurmountably high expectations. While it doesn’t quite reach the emotional heights of Season 2’s aforementioned Todoroki-focused episode, “Katsuki Bakugo: Origin” comes impressively close, delivering a beautifully animated and thrilling conclusion to the practical exams that propels Deku and Bakugo’s rivalry in an exciting new direction.