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  • I try to avoid talking about music, since it's not my thing,

  • but the new theme song for Hero Academia Season 3 - Odd Future by UVERworld is

  • interesting to say the least where previous heroAca openings were hard rock this one is a bit more hip-hop

  • Fusion and with that shift in styles comes a shift in pacing to some the OP feels a bit out of sync like the music

  • doesn't match the escalation of the visuals the drop where the beat gets faster

  • and the

  • instruments more intense comes in really late in the song only 10 seconds before the title card and a lot of the action isn't

  • accompanied by what you'd think of as action music this has led to

  • complaints and even a meme built around pairing the OP with other songs because they're better, but I'm gonna defend this one

  • I really like odd future

  • And I think it matches the action perfectly just in a different way from your typical

  • J-rock opener instead of getting faster with the action the beat gets heavier the key to this Op is the explosive

  • bass drop which you're not going to hear if you're listening to it on your phone or tablet

  • Or crappy TV speakers or in the background of a youtube video

  • But if you're like me and you have a subwoofer hooked up to

  • everything you watch anime on this song will grow on you fast because it

  • Flat-out rocks now with that little bit of opinion out of the way

  • How does the actual Op hold up is it as packed with sakuga?

  • references and foreshadowing as its predecessors or any Utaeba or dare to dream does it once again?

  • Go beyond plus ultra could this be the new best HeroAca opening. Yes, sorry

  • I'm way too excited to be a tease about this this OP is awesome

  • and I just want to talk about why

  • Why? Involves talking about a lot of manga spoilers up to around episode 12 of this season though

  • So if you're an anime only fan

  • Continue at your own risk now the Op starts with a zoom out of Deku's

  • Eye, as he crouches down getting ready to break into a sprint

  • We see a spotlight on him only natural considering that he's the center of our attention as our

  • protagonist and also the center of the world's attention as the future symbol of peace and in a flash that spotlight is replaced by

  • projected images of his past struggles from finding out that he was quirkless all the way up through his battle with Stain

  • Lastly we see him dashing out of the Academy training grounds with Bakugo a shot straight from the last season finale

  • Then we pull down and around behind him as he breaks into a run leaving a trail of dust and broken earth in his wake

  • The camera moving downwards shows his growth as a character going from being weak and insignificant to a powerful

  • dominant figure who we have to look up to if you've seen my previous videos about HeroAca

  • You know that the series has been gradually building up a narrative in the beginning and ending of its openings about Deku's

  • relationship with All Might. Across three Op's Deku goes from staring at All Might's back from afar to being

  • acknowledged by his hero as an equal and now in the fourth Op

  • We see him in the same barren desert setting as the last one only this time

  • he's all alone except for Toru. Deku has finally succeeded all might and now he needs to learn how to move forward without

  • his hero beside him which is where this story arc is ultimately going to leave him and this Op spends a lot of its runtime

  • reinforcing that idea the very next shot shows a young All Might accepting his quirk, one for all, from his mentor Nana

  • Shimura with a 3d rotation of the camera

  • representing this turning point for them this passing of the torch the rotating camera is a

  • consistent motif throughout this Op. There are four rotating shots in the opening and all of them focus on either All Might or

  • Deku, every time the camera moves in this way

  • It's showing the transition of one for all's power between them, and that's not the only visual motif in this Op

  • There's also an extreme focus on eyes

  • And not just what the obvious zooms in and out of Deku's eyes that begin and end this opening sequence

  • There are a lot of cuts to and away from close-ups on various characters eyes

  • which represent the will power of these heroes and villains to move forward, note

  • how when Deku is at his lowest here

  • We don't see his eyes

  • But we do when he regains his will to fight the same goes for shigaraki in these shots

  • And there are two characters whose eyes

  • We don't see at all, All for One who is blind and on his last legs, and Nana Shimura

  • who is dead, and then there's All Might whose powers are reaching limit

  • We only see the glint of his eyes

  • one time during the final confrontation with All-for-one, which is his last moment acting as a hero. To hammer that home

  • just a little bit harder

  • We jumped from All might with his mentor to All Might with his protege sitting on a bench under a blossoming cherry tree

  • It's a nice uplifting

  • happy image

  • which is weird because it's clearly based on a decidedly

  • somber manga cover.

  • Chapter 96 of the manga opens with a colour splash page featuring Deku and a deflated All Might

  • sitting sombrely on a park bench under a more green tree next to each other. The page marks a

  • farewell to the symbol of peace who loses his powers after well

  • We'll get to that

  • The pink Sakura blossoms are associated with spring in Japan while green leaves are more associated with summer so the shot in the op is

  • clearly a before picture to the manga covers after and I wouldn't be surprised in the slightest if in the last

  • episode of this core they changed the op to replace the shot with that cover

  • But that's enough about Deku and All Might for now. We jump from them to the rest of class 1-a

  • out for a run in their gym uniforms. For the most part the kids are just running but Aoyama true to his

  • narcissistic character stares directly into the camera the whole time and we see an exhausted, Minetta

  • turn and start drooling when the girls catch up with them. Also. Hey. There's To- oh wait Tohru's actually in this shot

  • I don't know how to

  • Let's just move on after we meet the kids we´re introduced to the adult pro heroes

  • Starting with Endeavour who makes a point of getting right up in front of the camera and standing apart from everyone else

  • This is the first of four times that a shot transition in this Op is marked by flames

  • A third motif which I believe is meant to hint that endeavour will take All Migth's place

  • after he loses one for all at any rate. We move on from him to the other pro heroes

  • This is a very dynamic shot with edge shot in the Wild Wild Pussy Cougars jumping in to strike a pose then gran torino

  • sliding into place as mount lady in big herself to fill out the top part of the frame

  • We don't learn a lot about the individual characters from this

  • But we can instantly tell who actually works at UA

  • Because they all stand in front of the school while everyone else has to move into position. The heroes do strongly

  • contrasts with the villains though

  • Who are introduced by Debbie's blue flame instead of endeavours red and who take up a more

  • intimidating position much closer to the screen and while the heroes were all looking in the same direction

  • motivated by a common purpose of protecting the peace. The league of villains

  • vanguard action squad is looking all over the place because they all have different

  • ideals and goals. Twice and Mr.

  • Compress are both looking left because they're both loyal to shigaraki and follow his ideals

  • Dobby and Spinner are looking to the right

  • Meanwhile because they're both followers of the hero killer Stain and want to create the better world that he envisioned in

  • direct opposition though they don't know it yet - to Shigaraki. Also as a neat little aside Mr.

  • Compress is holding the shrunken Bakugo in his hand. The guy in the cloak and mask

  • Muscular is looking directly at the screen because all he wants is chaos

  • Likewise Himiko Toga is another villain who just wants to watch the world burn

  • And she looks directly into the camera when she pops up as well

  • but she does a little bit more than that she smiles at us as she toys with her needle in an

  • unmistakably flirty manner then she throws it directly at the camera

  • which isn't just a clever and beautifully animated way of cutting to them shots. It

  • also tells us who she's looking at the camera in all three of these shots

  • represents Deku's perspective

  • That's why he's not running with his classmates, and why Aoyama is looking at him although that comes way later

  • Why the camera frames the pro heroes in such a reverential light, and why the villains look so intimidating by comparison

  • It's also why Toga flirts with the camera. During the summer training arc

  • She becomes obsessed with Deku and starts stalking him relentlessly and in light of that

  • It makes sense for muscular to be staring straight at Deku as well since they fight each other one-on-one

  • when the villains attack. From Toga we cut to a depressed looking Shigaraki

  • slumped against the screen and we see a hand reach out of the screen to pattern on

  • it's head that hand is All for One, All Mights nemesis

  • and Shigaraki's mentor. This image either

  • represents Shigaraki during the hideout raid arc when he thinks that all hope is lost before his mentor uses

  • teleportation to save the league of villains from the clutches of justice or it could represent the

  • aftermath of that part when Shigaraki is left alone

  • And his mentor is carted off to jail. Since All for One's influence is still with him now

  • He's strong enough to move forward on his own

  • Much like Deku at the beginning of this opening. Speaking of we return to our hero only to see him limping

  • sadly through the snow and shortly after we see what he's sad about, as Bakugo appears behind him and he turns

  • gray hanging his head to the feet (bowing in an apologetic manner) at first glance this seems to be a simple character

  • introduction since the characters hate each other

  • But Bakugo is notably not in front of the same canyon background as all of the other

  • action shots use and that's because at the end of the training camp arc Bakugo

  • gets kidnapped by the league of villains who hope to turn him to their side. Bakugo

  • goes angry explosive attack isn't just for show then it's a response to that proposal since he's not

  • exactly big on the whole villainy thing despite his abrasive personality. After Bakugo we see Iida and

  • Kirishima engaging in battle which is

  • significant because they along with Deku are the ones who charge in to actually save Bakugo from the villains while all might is busy

  • battling

  • All-for-One and with their help the

  • despondent Deku reclaims his resolve and gets ready to fight

  • Coming in with that base drop all might flies down to deliver a devastating punch to the center of the city

  • This is him charging in to fight All-for-one one last time then we cut back to shigaraki

  • walking forward purposefully in front of a creepy grasping horde of Nomus. He is now moving forward on his own

  • Truly leading the league of villains instead of just following orders and leaving his defeated mentor behind

  • which is exactly what All-for-One wants to let Shigaraki's hatred fuel him to achieve even greater

  • levels of villainy now that his mentor is gone. After that we jump back to the training camp arc to see all of Deku's

  • classmates jumping out of an explosion in the woods giving everyone a chance to let their powers shine, literally in Aoyama's case

  • There are a few points of interest here. Firstly,

  • it's worth noting that Tetsu Tetsu Tetsu Tetsu is mixed in with Class A in place of Kirishima

  • And he does play a key role in taking down one of the villains. Secondly,

  • it's significant that the explosion starts with an immense burst of power from Dark Shadow who goes out of control

  • when the villains attack during this arc and for the most part. That's what this shot is meant to convey

  • It's just a crazy burst of action meant to show the chaos created by the villains attacking

  • but even if it's just for a few frames every character gets a chance to show off their unique designs and

  • personalities we see Todoroki break away from the chaos and fly above it on his ice readying a blast of flames

  • And I guess he's too important to not get his own character shot at this point

  • But it's a bit out of place

  • considering that he doesn't really accomplish much during either the training camp or the hideout raid. Still his flames serve as a cool transition to

  • Deku as he powers up and gets ready to throw down with muscular

  • This is a beautifully animated sequence that really sells Deku's desperation and power as well as Muscular's insane

  • overwhelming strength which dominates every frame he's in you get an instant sense of the

  • David-and-Goliath nature of this fight from just looking at the two side-by-side

  • The rotation around Deku tells us that this is a key moment for him

  • This is his first time fighting as a real hero giving his all to