Following the Cavalry Battle, Mashirao Ojiro and Nirengeki Shoda decide to withdraw from the finals. They believe that they were used as pawns by Shinso during the second round and felt that they didn’t really earn their place in finals. During the intermission between the second and third events, Hitoshi attempts to talk to Izuku but Mashirao stops Izuku from responding.
Shortly after, Mashirao meets with Izuku and tells him about Hitoshi's Brainwashing Quirk. Mashirao explains that Hitoshi's Quirk activates after someone verbally responds to something he says, and it can only be broken if the victim takes a blow. Though in a one-on-one match, you can't count on an outside force to free you, and he does not know how strong the hit would have to be.
As the first match of the final event begins, Izuku and Hitoshi walk into the arena and arrive at the fighting stage to face each other. Present Mic explains that victory is only gained by knock out, ring out, or surrender. Hitoshi insults Mashirao's decision to drop out of the finals. This angers Izuku and he angrily tells Hitoshi not to insult his classmate. Izuku's short response is more than enough for Hitoshi to active his Quirk and gain control of his opponent's body, causing Izuku to stop in his tracks.
Hitoshi tells Izuku that he is lucky to have been blessed with a heroic Quirk and then orders him to turn around and walk out of bounds. Izuku obeys and slowly starts to walk towards the edge of the ring. Still conscious, Izuku tries to resist, but he is unable to stop himself; his head feels like it is full of fog and his body is moving on its own.
Just as Izuku is about to step out of bounds, he notices eight ghost-like people standing in the arena entrance. They uncloud his mind and allow Izuku to use One For All in his fingers. Somehow they manage to move his fingers and create a shockwave powerful enough to free Izuku from Hitoshi's Quirk just before he disqualifies himself.
Breaking his own fingers allows Izuku to resume control of his own body, much to Hitoshi's displeasure. Izuku silently surmises that the ghosts were the past users of One for All. Hitoshi interrupts him and tries to get Izuku to talk, but Izuku refuses to answer. Hitoshi berates Izuku for having a heroic Quirk. Izuku relates to Hitoshi's jealousy but does not verbalize his thoughts. Izuku rushes Hitoshi and tries to push him out of bounds.
Hitoshi punches Izuku in the face and draws blood from his nose. Izuku keeps pushing and Hitoshi is forced to punch his opponent's broken fingers and changes position to try and push Izuku out. Right near the edge of the arena, Izuku counters with a shoulder toss that slams Hitoshi out of bounds. Midnight announces that Hitoshi is out of bounds and declares Izuku the winner.
Hitoshi is dismayed by his defeat, remembering how his old peers used to comment on his villainous superpower. Shota notes that Izuku is using every trick he has picked up to improve his odds, including focusing One for All into his fingers from the fitness test and the shoulder toss from the Battle Trial.
Izuku approaches Hitoshi and asks why he wants to be a hero. Hitoshi responds that he cannot help what his heart yearns for. Izuku relates to this, but knows he cannot cheer up Hitoshi. As Hitoshi exits the arena, his classmates encourage him. He notices Pro-Heroes talking about his powerful Quirk. With his resolve restored, Hitoshi tells Izuku that he will become a better Pro-Hero than anyone in the Hero Course. Before he exits, Hitoshi says he is not giving up and he warns Izuku not to lose.
|U.A. Sports Festival Arc|
|Chapters||22 • 23 • 23.5 • 24 • 25 • 26 • 27 • 28 • 29 • 30 • 31 • 32 • 33 • 34 • 34.5 • 35 • 36 • 37 • 38 • 39 • 40 • 41 • 42 • 43 • 44|
|Volumes||3 • 4 • 5|
|Episodes||13.5 • 14 • 15 • 16 • 17 • 18 • 19 • 20 • 21 • 22 • 23 • 24 • 25|
|Battles and Events||U.A. Sports Festival |
U.A. Sports Festival (First Year) (Obstacle Race • Cavalry Battle • Izuku Midoriya vs. Hitoshi Shinso • Shoto Todoroki vs. Hanta Sero • Denki Kaminari vs. Ibara Shiozaki • Tenya Ida vs. Mei Hatsume • Yuga Aoyama vs. Mina Ashido • Fumikage Tokoyami vs. Momo Yaoyorozu • Eijiro Kirishima vs. Tetsutetsu Tetsutetsu • Katsuki Bakugo vs. Ochaco Uraraka • Izuku Midoriya vs. Shoto Todoroki • Tenya Ida vs. Ibara Shiozaki • Fumikage Tokoyami vs. Mina Ashido • Katsuki Bakugo vs. Eijiro Kirishima • Shoto Todoroki vs. Tenya Ida • Katsuki Bakugo vs. Fumikage Tokoyami • Katsuki Bakugo vs. Shoto Todoroki)