Episode 4 of the fourth season of My Hero Academia, Fighting Fate, opens with Mirio and Izuku on patrol. Bubble Girl and Sir Nighteye are watching the target, so patrol is suppose to be easy. Mirio asks for Izuku’s hero’s name, Deku. Mirio’s hero name is “Lemillion.” As they’re walking a small girl, “Eri” runs into Izuku. She’s terrified and clings to Izuku. Overhaul appears out of the alley behind her. Deku recognizes Overhaul. Mirio covers for Izuku. He confirms that Overhaul is a member of Hassaikai. The conversation is oddly familiar, as Mirio pretends that he’s unaware. Without revealing the truth, Mirio tries to steer Izuku to leave the girl. However, Eri is still holding on to Izuku. Unsurprising, Izuku refuses to leave her.
He thinks that it’s suspicious for a hero to abandon a trembling girl. He ignores Mirio, demanding to know what Overhaul is doing to her. Overhaul tells them he will answer if the follow him to the alley. He intends to kill the two of them, but Eri, noticing this intent returns to him. Sir Nighteye and Bubble girl regroup with Mirio and Izuku. Desperate to save Eri, Izuku is eager to rush to her aid. Nighteye tells him “not to be arrogant.” It’s necessary to do things correctly. Otherwise, the villains will know there intentions. At the Shie Hassaikai’s hideout, Eri is taken to the experimentation room. Mimic interrupts Overhaul to inform him that Shigaraki called.
Why did Sir Nighteye and All Might fall out?
The pressing question since the introduction of Sir Nighteye is why did he and All Might fall out? Izuku wants to know the truth. Nighteye was a fanboy of All Might, convincing him to take him on as a sidekick. After the battle with One For All, All Might is asked to retire by Nighteye. All Might believes that he can remain the “symbol of piece.” However, Nezu and Sir Nighteye believe he should find a successor. Nighteye uses his Quirk, Foresight on All Might. He tells All Might that he will “perish to a gruesome villain.” However, All Might remains stubborn. Nezu suggests that Mirio to be his successor. In reality, All Might meet Izuku before Mirio.
After informing Sir Nighteye that he will give Izuku his power their relationship deteriorates further. All Might tells Izuku that Sir Nighteye predicted his death in six years. Izuku realizes that means in the next year or so he will die. All Might hopes he can “battle against fate.” I get the feeling that at some point in this series All Might die. He will likely be killed by Shigaraki. I hope I’m wrong but I don’t think Izuku takes the dangers of the world seriously yet. Seeing his idol killed would be devastating but necessary to make him a better hero.
Tetsuro in the poisoned body of Juzo isn’t much of a challenge for Cunningham’s bodyguards. When his face is exposed he becomes excited at the prospect of harming Juzo. He orders Anne and Ende to “prove their worth.” Cunningham believes that “value is everything for a gear.” Ende transforms into her spider form. During the conflict, Cunningham realizes that it’s Tetsuro inside the body of Juzo. He’s overjoyed as Tetsuro isn’t able to fully use the body of Juzo. He orders Anne to capture Tetsuro. Anne struggles with what she feels she has to do. Frustrated with Anne’s hesitation, Cunningham shoots Ende with drugged bullets.
I just don’t want to be a tool
The drugs cause Ende to go berserk. She seriously wounds Anne and forces Tetsuro from Juzo’s body. Dying, Anne pleads with Tetsuro to “save” Ende. He tries to use Harmony on her, but it fails due to overuse. Juzo regains control of his body, he explains that he was conscience the entire time Tetsuro was in control. Juzo orders Tetsuro to use his “gun” head to stop Ende. He shoots, destroying Ende’s extensions in a beam of light. After, this confrontation, Juzo and Tetsuro must leave the Kyusei Pit as their no longer safe. Meanwhile, Mary Repairs Ende’s extensions. She’s also aims to find a remedy to the comatose children.
Like I predicted, Juzo wasn’t pleased with Tetsuro’s little stunt. He tells him that he’s forbidden from ever using Harmony on him again. By robbing Juzo of his free will he is no different from Beruhren Corp. Forcing others into becoming a tools. However, not only does Juzo acknowledge the difference in degree, between what Beruhren does and what Tetsuro did, he understands that it was also unintentional. It’s a subtle, but meaningful distinction he makes. I think it’s the only reason that he didn’t abandon Tetsuro completely. However, the trust between them is not good.
King Gilgamesh shows up to give Ritsuka, Merlin, Mash and Ana their assignment personally. The mission, “survey the water quality of the Persian Gulf.” Their basically expected to retrieve seawater. Merlin and Ana remain behind, but Gilgamesh tags along. As he walks through a village her greets the villagers. He seems very pleasant. The reason he seems to tagging along is largely due to boredom. He demands that Ritsuka and Mash “entertain him” with tales of their past adventures. Gilgamesh is amused by the stories. They arrive at the observatory. Ritsuka introduces himself and they retrieve the jars of water. When Mash and Ritsuka take a break, the King remains behind.
While waiting on a beach, something heads towards them at high speeds. Mash activates her shield. It’s Enkidu. However, Mash doesn’t believe that it Enkidu. Mash charges toward Enkidu, while blocking and dodging chains. Dr. Romani tells them that the fighting style is a “specialty” of Gilgamesh. Enkidu says that it is the most “optimal” way to fight. Mash is overwhelmed and drops her shield. Before Enkidu can manage to land a devastating blow, Gilgamesh blocks his attack. Enkidu seems to have an adverse reaction to seeing Gilgamesh. Enkidu attacks, but King Gilgamesh blocks it with ease.
King Gilgamesh verses the impostor Enkidu
Mash tells King Gilgamesh that this Enkidu is a fake. The battle between Gilgamesh and Enkidu is epic as is typical for this series. However, the fighting seems to always be secondary to the conversation that accompanies it. Usually there’s no sense of urgency when watching these conflicts. From a cool standpoint there worth watching, the just never seem to match to the story. Regardless, Gilgamesh parts the sky, attacking Enkidu with thunder. Simultaneously, Enkidu attacks with chains, grabbing Gilgamesh’s leg. While going in for the “kill,” Enkidu appears to glitch. The attack misses it’s mark, leaving a crater. Enkidu flees. Unexpectedly, King Gilgamesh admits that “if he [Enkidu] had intended to do so, all of them would have died.”
Elisabeth uses her powers to save Derieri and Monspeet
In episode 5 of Seven Deadly Sins, we continue the trail given to Diane and King by the Ten Commandments, Gloxinia and Drole. Sent back 3,000 years in a past Britannia, they joined the battle between the Goddess Clan and Demon Clan. In the previous episode, Derieri and Monspeet became Indura. Meanwhile, Gowther and Melascula worked behind the scenes of the Holy war. Elisabeth interfered in the conflict between Derieri, Monspeet and Ludociel. Elisabeth’s mysterious power erupts. Instead of killing them, she wants to “save,” them. However, their darkness resists her light. Ludociel doesn’t accept Elisabeth’s plan to save the demons.
He orders Sariel and Tarmiel to join him in killing Meliodas and the other Ten Commandments. However, they help Elisabeth instead. Bolstered by their aid, she is successful in reversing the effect of Indura. Ludociel tries to kill the now motionless Derieri and Monspeet. However, Diane and King stop him. Despite the end of the battle with the Indura, Ludociel contacts Nerobasta to call Mae. However, when she snaps out of it, she realizes that Growth and Melascula are in front of the gate of Heaven. They plan on making the Gate of Heaven into a Gate of the Demon Realm.
The real Ten Commandment, Gowther appears
Nerobasta calls to her fairy, giant and human allies. However, the humans have a different plan. They have joined forces with the demons and plan to help them kill the fairies and giants off. While, Diane and King are rushing to the Gate of Heaven, they encounter Gowther. What frustrates me about this arc is that, Diane and King know that their in the past and inside the bodies of Gloxinia and Drole. Yet, their constantly talking as if they’re themselves. It’s not that anyone will find out who they are but it is annoying that they seem to forget that this is a trail. Telling Gowther seems even dumber. Gowther turns out to be a Ten Commandment in this time but a member of the Seven Deadly Sins in theirs.
While the fairies are begin massacred, Gowther attacks Diane and King. He needs to prevent them from reaching the gate, until the Demon gate can be formed. Melascula is shocked at what she created. He tricked her into creating the gate to the Demon Realm’s prison. The real Gowther is inside and used the opportunity to escape. This episode ends with the real Gowther stating that he plans to say “goodbye” to this world.
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