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Wild, Wild Pussycats (ワイルド・ワイルド・プッシーキャッツ Wairudo Wairudo Pusshīkyattsu?) is the fortieth episode of the My Hero Academia anime and the second episode of the third season.

Summary

At the League of Villains' hideout, Tomura mentions to Kurogiri that their master has already figured out where the students are going for the summer.

Let the games begin

Tomura sets his evil plan into motion.

Their conversation is briefly interrupted when Giran arrives and announces the union has approved Tomura's request. Giran says they have high expectations for Tomura and the League because villains will soon follow their lead once they step into the spotlight. After Giran departs, Tomura says the games are about to begin.

As the first semester at U.A. High School officially concludes, Shota informs his class their limits will be tested at training camp over the summer. Ochaco tells Izuku that she's very excited for camp, but remembers what Yuga said about her liking him. She nervously backs away from Izuku and chants about camping. Neito appears and taunts Class 1-A about failing the final exams. Itsuka knocks him out and leads Class 1-B onto their bus. Minoru is excited to know that the girls of Class 1-B will be attending the camp as well. Tenya has Class 1-A board their bus and they head off to the training camp in the forest. While on the way, Shota tries to tell his students to stay focused, but they're too busy fooling around on the bus.

Class 1-A arrives on a mountain top around nine in the morning. They meet the pro-hero team that will train them: the Wild, Wild Pussycats. Izuku excitedly talks about them being great heroes for the last decade before Pixie-Bob grabs him by the head and says they are young at heart. Denki and Eijiro internally call her declaration sad. Mandalay shows the class that the forest lodge is at the base of the mountainside, and students will have to hurry and get there by noon if they are to receive lunch. The students try to rush back on to the bus to avoid this harsh training, but Pixie-Bob uses her quirk to spill them over the mountainside and into the Beast's Forest.

Pixie-Bob uses her quirk to create monsters made from the earth that the students mistake for real animals. One immediately tries to attack Minoru and Izuku jumps in to save him. Mandalay questions Shota's busy schedule that he's laid out for the students. He replies that they need to fit a second semester's worth of information into the training. The students will receive permits to use their quirks, provisional hero licenses and most importantly they will learn to defend themselves.

Class 1-A in Beast's Forest

Class 1-A bands together to face the challenge.

Izuku, Shoto, Tenya, and Katsuki work together to quickly destroy the beast. Despite more incoming, Class 1-A bands together to fight back and race towards the forest lodge. They work together and combine the power of their quirks to destroy dirt monsters one after another. They reach the lodge well after their initial allotted time limit, arriving at some point during the evening. 

Class 1-A is severely worn out, but the pro-heroes congratulate them anyway. Pixie-Bob especially takes a liking to Izuku, Shoto, Tenya, and Katsuki. Izuku asks who the little boy accompanying them is. Mandalay explains that his name is Kota and he is her nephew. Izuku tries to introduce himself, but Kota hits him with a low blow and walks away. Katsuki likes his spunk, and Shoto compares them to each other. Katsuki retaliates, but Shota interrupts and tells the students to get their things off the bus and that they will all receive dinner afterward.

At the aforementioned dinner service, Denki overzealously enjoys the wide variety of food. Denki says it's just as good as the food by Lunch-Rush. Pixie-Bob explains that this is the only time the students will be well fed during the training, so they need to enjoy it. Following dinner, the students go to the hot springs. Minoru tries to scale the wall between the girls and the boys but Kota stops him. The girls thank Kota, and he turns around and accidentally sees them all naked. Shocked, Kota faints and falls over the wall himself.

Kota's past

Kota's tragic past.

Izuku saves him and takes him to Mandalay. He asks her why Kota seems to disapprove of heroes despite being so young. Izuku has yet to encounter someone who dislikes heroes while living in a world filled to the brim with them. Mandalay explains that Kota's parents were pro-heroes who died in the line of duty. Kota dislikes heroes because he believes his parents left him, as they would not have perished had they not been heroes.

The next morning, Shota explains to his students that their real training will begin now. He has Katsuki throw the ball similar to the quirk apprehension test. To everyone's surprise, Katsuki only throws the ball four meters farther than he did at the beginning of the semester. Shota says that while the students' mental prowess and stamina have improved, their quirks have not. The training camp will push the students in order to greatly increase the strength of their superpowers.

Meanwhile, the League of Villains' new recruits plot their next move in the shadows. Himiko says there's a shipment of supplies from Tomura, and that there's enough for everyone. Dabi states Tomura is starting to take charge. In line with Hero Killer: Stain's ideology, Dabi goes on to say the villains will send a warning shot that will tear down false heroes from their high horses and pave the way to a bright new future.

Characters In Order of Appearance

Battles & Events

Anime & Manga Differences

  • Ochaco approaching Izuku about the camp before recalling Aoyama's words about her feelings for him and getting shy before having everyone cheer.
  • The fight between Class 1-A and the Earth Beasts is extended in this episode, showing each member of the class taking down each beast rather than just Izuku, Shoto, Katsuki, and Tenya.
  • Mandalay’s relationship to Kota is changed. Instead of her being his aunt, like in the manga, she is instead his first cousin once removed. One of the members of Water Hose is her cousin and not her sibling.
  • In the anime, there’s an added scene at the end showing Himiko, Muscular, Mustard, and Dabi. Mustard and Dabi’s dialogue is similar to the dialogue they had while standing on the cliff and watching over the Hero Camp. Also, though in the shadows, Mustard’s face is seen much faster than it was in the manga.

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