In my review of the last chapter of My Hero Academia Chapter 321 , I noted that I was surprised that Bakugo wasn’t the “final” character to talk to Deku. In My Hero Academia Chapter 322, “Great Explosion Murder God Dynamight,” Bakugo does something I never thought her would. He apologizes. Bakugo has always envied Deku. Despite being gifted with a powerful Quirk from birth, Bakugo admits to always being jealous of Deku. He says to Deku, “you were always far away behind me, yet I felt that you were somehow miles ahead of me.” Deku has changed but Bakugo appears to have been altered the most. During his fight against Shigaraki, Bakugo warned Deku not to think of “winning this alone.” Deku’s desire to save everyone leads him to devalue his classmates.
He doesn’t think they’re worthless, but incapable of meeting the challenge to defeat One For All. In the last few chapters he has repeated the phrase, “you guy’s can’t keep up.” As I mentioned in my last review, Deku’s hero complex prevents him from considering his friends feelings, as well as their abilities. Deku collapses in Bakugo’s arms. He awakens to witness the outside of U.A. which has been surrounded by massive barrier and made into a evacuation center. According to Thirteen, most civilians are heading towards these centers. Anti-hero vigilantes and violent prison escapees populate the outside. The barrier itself is daunting. U.A. has been transformed into a sort of prison. It purpose is to keep the unwanted out, but many of the civilians inside aren’t there because they want to be.
They’re under threat of the villains and have been convinced by the Principal that their “safety was guaranteed.” Deku specifically is considered a threat. If Shigaraki wants him, then he going to go where he’s located, one civilians notes. With all the anti-hero sentiment growing in society, the heroes are fighting on many fronts. Deku needs to understand this if he’s truly wants to be successful against One For All.
My Hero Academia Season 5, Episode 15 opens with Hawks debriefing the board of the Meta Liberation Army on his progress in spreading their propaganda. The League of VillainsDabi, Toga, Twice, and Spinner are present. Hawks is praised for his understanding of the “words of Destro.” Anyway, after Hawks leaves the room he uses one of his feathers to eavesdrop on the conversation. Himiko is heard saying that in four months “everything will be destroyed by Tomura.” This is what Hawks coded in the book he gave Endeavor. Furthermore, we learn the work studies were reinstituted to prepare the students for facing the war. Despite his apprehension, Endeavor decides to train Deku, Shoto, and Bakugo specifically for this reason.
Endeavor begins to assess the Quirks of the trio. Deku tells him an in-depth analysis of his Quirk. He comically rambles, irritating everyone. However, Endeavor seems to understand every word. Basically, Deku wants to learn to master his now two Quirks. Bakugo only wants to learn “what he can’t do.” He explains he learned “that just being strong isn’t enough to make someone truly strong.” If Endeavor can become a role model for Bakugo I think he would be better for it. Endeavor is a hothead who’s capable of compartmentalizing when to go off and when to think and focus. Bakugo needs to become like him. Shoto still hates his father but has come “to use you him.” Considering how terrible Endeavor treated his wife and children, I don’t blame him. However, he does seem bitter and that can’t be good long term.
Endeavor explains the keys to being heroes
Endeavor explains the three basic types of hero tasks, rescue, evacuation, and fighting. Endeavor’s agency focuses on all three, whereas, other agencies focus specifically on one of the three. Endeavor tells the trio that he makes sure to know every inch of the jurisdiction and rushes to the scene of any incident or accident faster than anyone. It’s important to be quick to keep casualties down. According to him, you need experience. He challenges them to “capture a villain faster than him once.” One of the main themes of My Hero Academia is learning. To become a hero you first learn (informally) from watching your idol on t.v., then if your lucky you can learn from a specialized high school, then you can learn on the job.
Endeavor makes it clear that “this isn’t class.” They won’t lose points on their grade if they fail, however, they could lose “a person’s life.” He gives Shoto and Bakugo homework learns to “condense their power.” For Deku, he must learn to use “Air force without thinking.” The concept of “parallel processing” is introduced by Endeavor. He explains that “everyone uses it . . . subconsciously.” The example he gives is a man driving a car. He had to learn how to “turn the wheel, press on the accelerator, and brake pedals” and then do them all at the same time without thinking. If Deku, Shoto, and Bakugo can do this with their Quirks then they will become more effective heroes. Endeavor may not be teaching in a class but he’s still a teacher.
In My Hero Academia Chapter 318, “Dark Cloud,” Deku continues his search for All For One. He ignores Endeavors and the former holders of One For All’s plea to let his body rest. For Deku, every minute is another minute the villains have to prepare. In the last chapter, we learn Death Arms retired. He grew tired of the constant criticism and negative attention heroes received. Best Jeanist notes that “heroes are quitting one-by-one and the last threads holding them together are starting to tear.” With the general public’s pressure on heroes, mass retirements, the release of the villains from Tartarus, and assassins targeting Deku, All For One has created an unsettling environment.
It always seems odd that Deku felt he needed to leave school and his classmates to pursue All For One. Deku was one of the best students but he wasn’t the best student. One For All may become the most powerful Quirk but it’s not there yet. Wouldn’t he be more successful if he worked with his class? I might be overthinking things. Besides as I always remark My Hero Academia has too many characters. It wouldn’t have been easy for Kohei Horikoshi to have more than a handful of Deku’s classmates with him. Deku’s current manic nature is shown not only in his ragged appearance but in the manner he defeats his pursuers. He jumps from conflict to conflict, dispatching villains quickly.
Deku needs some help
I assume this is deliberate on Horikoshi’s part. The audience develops anxieties like Deku. What will happen next? Who will attack him next? Can he defeat them as he clearly becomes fatigued? The answer to the last one is no. When Deku encounters the villain, Dictator. His quirk is to control the bodies of others. The victims are aware that they’re being controlled. They apologize as they grab at Deku’s mask. Suddenly, Bakugo arrives and hits the Dictator with AP Shot, knocking the villain out. Dictator reveals that All For One “predicted” Deku would exhaust himself. If Deku doesn’t realize that doing what traditional heroes do is what All For One expects he’s going to be overwhelmed and outsmarted. Going at it alone isn’t working for him, hopefully, Bakuga and the others can convince him.
When I first saw the smoke surrounding Deku, I thought it was because of Muscular destroying the buildings. Turns out it was the Quirk of the sixth user of One For All, En. His Quirk was Smokescreen. It allowed him to generate clouds of smoke to blind his opposition. However, En tells Deku that it can backfire. The user can make it difficult for them to see and allow their opponent to “get the drop” on them. Finally, this Quirk has no “offensive potential” and cannot become an “ultimate move.” While some might consider One For All to be broken, I think being stocked with a lot of “weak” Quirks like Float and Smokescreen makes it more balance.
Considering Deku’s tendency to use strategy with his strength, it’s a more suitable Quirk. If you compare this with how All For One collects his Quirk’s (focuses on Power), this contrast can prove to be the difference when they meet. Deku also has Danger Sense and Blackwhip Quirks. These two quirks used together reminded me of Spiderman. Hikage Shinomori used Danger Sense and Daigoro Banjo used Blackwhip. We have yet to see the second and third users, Quirks, but when Deku masters them he will be a force. En’s advice to Deku is to use the Quirks as “tools” to put together in a plan.
2. Trying to understand villains
Nana Shimura asked Deku if he could kill Tomura. Deku’s answer was basically no. He hoped to reach the tortured Tomura. In this chapter, he asks Muscular “why do you rage like this?” Muscular responds that he doesn’t want any regrets. He wants to “indulge in fun” whenever he can. Deku accepts he can’t get through to Muscular and defeats him. The question is, what answer would Tomura give? Assuming he’s in control of his own body at that point. I don’t Deku would kill him but that might not be necessary. Especially if the remaining abilities One For All has stored up could allow him to capture Tomura.
1. The return of formerly incarcerated villains
When Deku and Muscular meet for a second time, I instantly thought of when Gohan encountered Freiza and destroyed him with one punch. It’s useful to bring back past enemies to show how strong the hero has gotten. We don’t know if Muscular has been KO’d, but he’s definitely been used to allow Deku to show off his growth. However, I’m disappointed that we didn’t get to see Grand and Turtle Neck fight. I know that My Hero Academia has a massive roster of heroes, but it would be fun to see other heroes battle. I think the release of all those prisoners could allow the heroes more opportunities to fight. While Dabi may have caused a setback for the hero community, he has also created an opportunity for the upcoming heroes to prove themselves.
The theory regarding Dabi’s true identity has been confirmed in My Hero Academia manga chapter 290, Dabi is Toya Todoroki. I explained why I thought he might be the lost son of Endeavor in my post Is Dabi Toya Todoroki? In the post, I go through the clues, the mystery surrounding his name, his age, and how Quirks are inherited. Chapter 290, Dabi’s Dance, centers primarily on this reveal but also ends the fight between Shigaraki and the heroes. Gigantomachia arrives just in time. Tomura’s body is in bad shape after fighting Deku and Endeavor. Shoto and Nejire Chan attack him, hoping to finish the villain. They simultaneously use their Super Moves, Nejire Flood, and Flashfire Fist – Jet Kindling but Gigantomachia interferes.
Dabi is Toya Todoroki
While an exhausted Endeavor considers his options against Machia, Dabi gets excited when he sees Shoto and Endeavor. He pours a liquid on his head washing away the black dye. He tells them to call him “Toya.” Elsewhere, Skeptic broadcasts a pre-recorded video where Toya reveals the abusive past of Endeavor. The video is broadcasted to his mother as well, even though the doctors think it will cause her harm. In the video, he reveals his real name and that he murdered “30 innocent people.” He blames the abuse he suffered for behavior. Toya explains to Endeavor that he aimed to “ruin his life and make him hurt.” When he learned that Endeavor became the number 1 hero, he knew how to destroy him.
The past never dies
After confessing to sending the Hood, Starservant, and Ending after Endeavor, Toya challenges his father. He asks Endeavor to “dance with him in Hell.” My Hero Academia chapter 290 was unexpected. Most fans were sure of Dabi’s true identity but I don’t think we thought it would be revealed so soon. I have so many questions regarding what changes in this series. Kohei Horikoshi loves introducing more sophisticated characters who have complex morals. Endeavor was made a more complicated figure, a hero and former abuser that was attempting to redeem himself. However, now that it’s revealed to the public will he be forgiven? How will Rei Todoroki respond? If Natsuo knew Toya was alive why didn’t he say anything?
I don’t think Toya and Endeavor will fight here. The latter is in terrible shape and we are just ending the fight between Shigaraki and the other heroes. The damage that Toya will do has already been done. He has tarnished the image of the number one hero, Endeavor. My Hero Academia chapter 290 has shaken up this series.