MHA’s Hanta Sero, the hero of the film, hasn’t had much of a chance to shine so far. But it’s the perfect counterattack for Class 1-B Setsuna Tokage.

WARNING: The following contains spoilers for My Hero Academia Season 5, Episode 9, “Early Bird!”, Which is now airing on Crunchyroll, Funimation, and Hulu.

Classes 1-A and 1-B are more even than expected in the UA joint training exercise. In fact, Itsuka Kendo’s team completely defeated Momo’s, and the Class 1-B Mudman fought tremendously against Shoto and Iida with their softening powers. But Class 1-A proves that it is ready to turn the tables in Match 4.

While Katsuki Bakugo is without a doubt the star of Episode 9 with his sharp wit and devastating Explosion Quirk, his teammates aren’t cannon fodder. Hanta Sero, the hero of the film, contributes greatly to Team Bakugo’s perfect victory, largely through Class 1-B accidentally presenting him with the ideal enemy to defeat.

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Sero finds a way to pay Bakugo back

Not all Class 1-A elite students are fierce and competitive stars like Katsuki Bakugo and Shoto Todoroki. Many students are perfectly comfortable playing a supporting role in both storytelling and as fighters, and that includes the easy-going Hanta Sero. He may not be particularly powerful, but his ribbon ability is quite flexible in many ways, and his personality makes it easy to get along with him. While Bakugo is clearly the centerpiece of the team in the episode, Hanta is also determined to show how far he’s come, and he’s more resourceful and insightful than he sounds.

At first, the battle is difficult as Bakugo’s team throws itself into the fray. Until now, during the ‘Vs’ arc, Class 1-B has had the upper hand, as the Quirks of Class 1-A are well known; the same is not true for Class 1-B. With that in mind, Setsuna’s team sets traps just like Class 1-B teams before. Setsuna uses her lizard-like Quirk to split her body and trick the sonic hero Kyoka Jiro with multiple sets of “steps”, luring the team into the position of a glue-based trap. Hanta Sero needs Bakugo to get him out of that bind, but soon, Sero finds a chance to fight back.

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Hanta Sero disarms Setsuna Tokage piece by piece

Bakugo’s sheer firepower forces Setsuna’s team to interrupt the attack and resume defensive positions. Once Kyoka points out where Setsuna’s pieces are, Hanta Sero is on the scene, spinning her tape to catch up. She realizes that if Setsuna’s body parts are separated for too long, Setsuna gets tired and cannot fight 100% if she cannot fully reunite her fractured body. So, Sero corners Setsuna’s wayward pieces and sticks them to pipes and walls, making sure Setsuna can’t be whole again. Not only that, but Hanta also uses a flying piece from Setsuna’s body to track where Setsuna herself is, and sticks a grenade on that piece for additional firepower. He’s really in luck – the scattered pieces that need to be glued together couldn’t be a better match for him.

As expected, that piece guides Hanta to Setsuna’s true body, and the explosion forces her to retreat once more, keeping her on the defensive. In turn, that blast alerts Katsuki Bakugo, who quickly zeroes in on Setsuna’s location and finishes her off with a devastating blast up close. Bakugo may have received the death blow, but all thanks to Hanta Sero, the hero of the anonymous tape.

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