At the end of volume seven, the students were paired and pitted against a UA teacher as a type of final exam, and the first half of this volume concludes that storyline. Midoriya and Kacchan get paired and go against All Might. The objective is either to incapacitate the teacher, or to escape through an exit gate. Most teams plan to escape rather than fight such strong heroes. Bottom line, the team needs to work together and was paired together because this might not be the easiest thing to do. Not everyone in Class-A passes their exam. Thus, the Class A heroes-in-training go to a summer camp to receive extra training to catch up to where they should be.
This volume is a little bit of filler in between two story arcs, and those are always a bit frustrating to read. I did appreciate the spotlight on some of the other heroes and them building their confidence, especially Yaoyorozu (pictured prominently on this cover), who has been sort of a background character without a lot of confidence. In her trial, she has to stand up to Todoroki, and she ends up having some really great ideas about how to win against Eraser Head, who can wipe out your power by looking at you. I've been promised by colleagues and students that the next arc that I'm getting into is really rewarding, so on to the next volume.
Sara's Rating: 8/10
Suitability Level: Grades 7-12
Reviews of previous volumes in this series: vol 1, vol 2, vol 3, vol 4, vol 5, vol 6, vol 7
Tags: Rating: 8/10, Suitability: Middle School, Suitability: High School, Manga, Superheroes, School Age, Action Adventure
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