New episodes of My Hero Academia are on Funimation.com: episodes premiere Sundays at 5:00 AM, English-language dubs on a one-month delay Wednesdays at 9:00 PM.
“Start Line” points out why being a self-sacrificing superhero may be admirable but not without significant flaws. My Hero Academia also starts to turn to its ensemble cast, as the episode makes an important emphasis that superheroism depends on collaboration, not only the sole actions of one person.
Episode 4 of My Hero Academia has an apt opening, as Izuku (Japanese: Daiki Yamashita; English: Justin Briner) thinks about taking his “first step” into the school for superheroes, U.A. “First step,” or “Hajime no Ippo” is a common phrase for anime, especially when you can easily make a pun on it: “ippo” can refer to “step” or be a person’s name, as with Ippo Makunouchi in the boxing manga and anime Hajime No Ippo (dubbed in English under the title Fighting Spirit). But Izuku’s flaw tends to be over-thinking and embarrassment by his seeming weaknesses. As someone who only recently gained a Quirk, he sees classmates like Iida (Japanese: Katio Ishikawa; English: J. MIchael Tatum) and others judging him as nervous, unprepared, and potentially slowing down their progress–or, in this competition, perhaps being someone who can be easily eliminated. Before Izuku can take his first step into the Battle City, he is distracted by peer pressure and late at starting the competition.
Then Izuku is too frightened to attack even a one-point robot. So he is too afraid to earn the points he needs to gain entrance in this competition–so what kind of a superhero is he if he is too afraid to face a threat?
Simple: because a superhero is not only about destroying a city in a superpower fistfight (unless you went to the Zack Snyder school of bad superhero writing). Being a superhero means doing the right thing, and that sometimes means saving someone else.