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My Hero Academia Season 6 Episode 1 Review: The War begins at Jaku Hospital

Episode: A Quiet Beginning

Adapted from: Chapter 258, 259, 260

Arc: Paranormal Liberation War Arc

The goal of the PLF

My Hero Academia Season 6 first episode titled A Quiet Beginning, continues the Paranormal Liberation War Arc. Hawks went undercover to reveal the secrets of the Paranormal Liberation Front (PLF) now headed by Tomura Shigaraki. The heroes gather to prepare to confront the PLF directly. We get a flashback to one month prior when Twice and Hawks discuss his “credo.” Twice wonders what he can do to get the “troops” to trust him. Hawks explains (to the audience) that the PLF is split into regiments. Each unit is led by a single League or Liberation member based on their skills. 

Within each regiment, the top three members serve as aides to the lieutenants. Twice leads “Black”, the Vanguard Action Tactics Regiment, which provides support to the other regiments, Dabi and Geten lead  “Violet” the raid regiment which is responsible for “supervises the positions of everyone around the country”, “Carmine”, the intelligence regiment is led by Himiko Toga and Skeptic, and finally “Brown”, that is led by Mr. Compress and Spinner. Hawks gives Twice some advice he’s more concerned with the goals of PLF. They want to “annihilate” the current system of heroes. 

By attacking the major cities  at the same time overwhelming them, preventing them from functioning, resulting in a “lawless district.” Then the “Hearts and Mind Party”, led by Re-Destro will influence Japan politically. By distributing weapons and preaching about the “freedoms of self defense”, Tomura plans on creating a world of chaos, replicating the era when All For One ruled.

The Raid on Jaku General Hospital

The heroes Endeavor, EraserHead, Present Mic, Mirko, Gran Torino, Ryukyu, Crust, Wash, the Wild, Wild Pussycats, Rock Lock, Manual, Thirteen, and Ectoplasm all gather to debrief with Naomasa Tsukauchi. He informs them of “Dr. Kyudai Garaki,” the creator of Nomu, is the founder of Jaku General Hospital. At the hospital, Dr. Garaki is blissfully unaware he’s been found out. Suddenly, Endeavor calls his name from behind, telling him he needed to “accept your fate”, and he was a “pawn of the devil”. 

Eraserhead uses his Quirk on him and he instantly ages. While Mirko heads for the morgue, the other heroes evacuate the hospital preparing for the inevitable conflict with the Nomu. Meanwhile, Edge Shot leads the rest of the heroes to Gunga Mountain Villa, waiting for the villain’s counterattack. At the hospital, Dr. Garaki turns out to be a clone and is impaled by a Nomu as they begin to attack the heroes. With a hallway full of Nomu, Mirko gets excited. She flexes her muscles and charges head first towards them. She quickly defeats them, then smashes through the massive doors of Garaki’s lab, crushing the small Nomu, and terrifying Dr. Garaki. 

I’m glad My Hero Academia didn’t start with filler like some of the previous seasons. Getting right into the war is the best decision. Personally, I’m excited to see Mirko in action. She’s become one of my favorite heroes from the series. I love her design, her personality, and her fighting style. The dynamic between Hawks and Twice is sad. I’ve stated elsewhere that the villains being granted complexity (at least some of them) is one of the things this series does well. Regardless, My Hero Academia Season 6 Episode 1 was a blast. 


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My Hero Academia Chapter 322: Will Deku accept the aid of his friends?

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.

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My Hero Academia Season 5 Episode 15: Endeavor step up to teach

Endeavor teaches Deku, Shoto, and Bakugo how to be heroes in My Hero Academia Season 5, Episode 15
Endeavor teaches Deku, Shoto, and Bakugo how to be heroes

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 Villains Dabi, 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.

Hawks continue to trick the League of Villains

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.



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My Hero Academia Chapter 318: Deku’s dark determination

Bakugo rescues Deku from a mob.
Bakugo rescues Deku from a mob.

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.

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The Top 3 moments from My Hero Academia manga chapter 308

Deku faces an old foe with new abilities

3. Deku’s learning his other abilities

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.

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My Hero Academia Manga Chapter 290: Dabi is Toya Todoroki

Dabi is reveal to be Toya Todoroki in chapter 290 of My Hero Academia.

Chapter 290 – “Dabi’s Dance”

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. 

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My Hero Academia Chapter 283: Recap and Review

Cover of My Hero Academia Chapter 283
Cover of My Hero Academia Chapter 283

Chapter 283 – ’75’

Gigantomachia rampages towards Tomura Shigaraki. The younger heroes are left alone. Majestic used his Quirk to rescue them. Most of the heroes are confused by the events that lead to this defeat. The sedative seems to have failed. Elsewhere, Kyudai Garaki tells the heroes that they have not “slipped up,” but Gigantomachia is a “calamity that lives and dies for the sake of his master.” Garaki reveals that all the Nomu’s are modeled after Gigantomachia. Like most of the “Nomu” in Tomura’s employ, Gigantomachia has several Quirks. According to Doctor Garaki, he has an energy Quirk, that allows him to convert morale into energy and stamina. He has two other unnamed Quirks, one that numbs pain and the other that allows the bones to grow. 

Back at the battle, Shoto uses his ice to cool down his father. Eraser Head is being tended to by Manual and Rock Lock that are trying to deal with his newly severed leg. Rock Lock tells Deku to flee. Deku is dealing with a lot of emotions all at once. He’s teary-eyed and enraged at the “death” of Gran Torino. Tomura announces that it’s time for the heroes “to die.” However, his body begins to tear and gush blood. Deku realizes that as his body, Tomura’s Quirks are too much for him. It’s also the case that his body was never completed (stopped at 75%) and he may always have this limit. I think this is important otherwise Tomura would be too powerful at least at the beginning.

The value of Deku’s experience

Regardless, Tomura heals and uses his decay Quirk. Suddenly, Deku uses his Blackwhip and Float Quirk to rescue save his friends. Shimura’s Float Quirk seemed to be useless to me, but maybe it does have some value if used with other Quirks. Gran Torino remains alive but is unlikely to survive. I think he will get an opportunity to say goodbye to Deku. I have commented that Deku will need to master his six Quirks to be a threat to Tomura. However, both are in the process of learning the many Quirks the currently possess. That said, Deku is still ahead of Tomura who has just mastered the Quirk he was born with. With that advantage, Deku may have a chance. Victory isn’t possible but escapes maybe. 

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My Hero Academia Manga Chapter 281: Recap and Review

Chapter 281 – Plus Ultra

At the end of Chapter 280, we saw that Tomura Shigaraki had been defeated by the Heroes. He opens this chapter by telling the heroes that he believes that “only been pretending to protect society.” He blames them for the destruction that results from the “recklessness of Hero Society.” Endeavor attacks him but Tomura is still able to move. Gran Torino quickly pounces on Tomura, smashing his head into the ground. Tomura swings at Torino but misses. However, he pushes himself off the ground, grabbing Gran Torino’s leg drawing blood. Sensing the danger, Deku, Endeavor, and Bakugo charge. 

However, they’re too late. As Gran Torino witnesses the warped face of Tomura he recalls that when Nana Shimura left her son at foster care she deliberately altered the family registry so All For One wouldn’t find him. This failed, and Gran Torino wonders if Nana abandoning her son was the right decision. Unfortunately, Tomura punches Gran Torino through the chest killing him instantly. Heartbroken, Deku charges at Tomura. However, Tomura increases his speed and speeds past them toward Eraser head. He is stopped by Ryukyu. Tomura begins to realize that he’s running out of stamina. 

Deku grabs Tomura with his Blackwhip, proclaiming that he will “never forgive him.” Tomura elbows Deku in the stomach, forcing him to spit up blood. Deku maintains his composure by “turn his rage into strength.” As Endeavor charges looking for one more shot, Tomura grabs the Quirk-Destroying Drug, aiming for Eraser Head. The chapter ends with an image of Eri from Christmas. This chapter proved me right. I predicted that someone close to Deku would get killed by Tomura and Gran Torino was one of the likely targets. As I argued in the past that to make Deku take the next step he needed to experience tragedy. 

Regardless, Gran Torino’s death was still shocking. This moment sets a different tone for a series that rarely gets dark. Tomura and All For One are spreading their negativity throughout the world. Another prediction I had was Tomura using the Quirk-Destroying Drug on someone, but Eraser Head seems like the obvious choice. The consequence of Tomura regaining his powers seems likely to be devastating. The heroes were barely able to stop Tomura without his powers, with them they have no chance. For this reason, I think that someone else will lose their Quirk. However, Eri may make an appearance. 

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My Hero Academia Chapter 276: Recap and Review

Shigaraki is too strong

Chapter 276 of My Hero Academia opens with a question. Where is our country headed? Endeavor battles Shigaraki directly. However, despite not being able to use his Quirks, Shigaraki is almost as strong as All Might. Meanwhile, Eraserhead is being helped by Manual because his ankle was twisted by a Nomu. Eraserhead’s eyes are being moisturized by Manual’s Quirk. As Endeavor reaches Tomura he unleashes a fire blast. It does not affect as Tomura is actively able to avoid it. He slams Endeavor into Ryukyu. Elsewhere, Deku and Katsuki are dropped off by Gran Torino. 

Deku and Bakugo are hidden

Gran Torino believes that due to Tomura’s speed they need to be a certain distance. The strategy is to create distance between Tomura and the civilians while putting him in Eraserheads sights. As the heroes descend on Tomura, several Nomu’s arrived. Tomura wasn’t able to save every Nomu but managed to free what Dr. Kyudai calls Near High Ends. They can’t think for themselves but they maintain get strength. Two of the Nomu’s begin to rush towards Eraserhead, but so does Tomura. Fearing death, Eraserhead thinks of his students and his desire to watch over them as they mature. Suddenly, Deku and Bakugo arrive, with Deku directly tackling Shigaraki. 

The heroes are still overwhelmed

I just noticed that both One Piece and My Hero Academia current arcs have the heroes outmatched and outnumbered. It’s probably a coincidence but it’s interesting none the less. Something has to give. I still think that this fight between the heroes is going to end prematurely. Shigaraki being comparable to All Might without his Quirks is simply too strong to be defeated right now. I believe most of the heroes present will probably die including Eraserhead and Gran Torino. Although I hope Eraserhead survives. Regardless, we finally get Deku/Bakugo vs Tomura. 

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My Hero Academia Chapter 275: Shigaraki verses Eraserhead

Eraserhead on the cover of My Hero Academia Chapter 275
Eraserhead on the cover of My Hero Academia Chapter 275

Searching for Deku

In Chapter 275 of My Hero Academia, as Tomura searches for Deku, he notes that Ragdoll’s Search Quirk came preloaded with Quirk uses that she recorded. This, of course, includes Deku as she obtained this information during the Training Camp Arc. Endeavor, while pursuing Tomura, is confused by Deku. When Tomura lands, Endeavor attacks him with a blast of fire. However, Tomura dodges and changes his direction. Overhearing the conversation, Tomura becomes frustrated with the fact that the heroes are communicating electronically. He uses an “Air Cannon” Quirk in conjunction with a “Radio Waves” Quirk, jamming all the communication. Before he does, Endeavor informs the other heroes that Tomura is heading southwest, and he has a Super Regeneration Quirk. 

Katsuki chases Deku

Deku questions why Katsuki is following. We know that Katsuki will never admit he’s trying to protect Deku. He responds that he’s the “only one who can make the people understand quickly enough is himself.” As someone privy to Deku and All Might’s secret, Katsuki feels responsible for helping Deku succeed. He also admits that he has a “score to settle with Tomura.” Bakugo has difficulty coming to terms with the reason for All Might’s retirement. Bakugo is unable or incapable to accept that getting caught wasn’t a sign of his weakness or the cause of All Might’s downfall. His guilt has followed him ever since. 

Shigaraki verses Eraserhead

Bakugo notices that Deku can use Full Cowl on average at about 30%, and he increases the output to 45% at the moment of impact. He releases that Deku always manages to surpass him, but he will not continue to allow that. I was initially concern whether Deku and Bakugo could handle Tomura. However, this conflict might not happen. Deku envisions both himself and Bakugo being disintegrated by Tomura. Suddenly, Gran Torino grabs the two of them. He notes that Tomura’s decay Quirk is so powerful that “merely touching the falling debris will ensure instant death.” Deku protests, but Gran Torino reminds him that other heroes can fight. 

Tomura gets ambushed

Ryukyu attacks Tomura with her claws. He grabs her claw, however, his Quirk doesn’t activate. Ryukyu knocks Tomura into the air. Eraserhead arrives, inspired by the death of Crust and his friend Oboro, he tells Tomura “not mess with his students.” So far in this arc, I’ve have obsessed over two things, who gets their Quirk erased and who dies. I going to guess that Eraserhead loses his Quirk and Gran Torino dies. 

Tomura doesn’t have many weaknesses at this point but Eraserhead’s Quirk is one of them. It would be strategically wise of him to “destroy” Eraserhead’s Quirk. However, I think Eri will rewind it at some point so it won’t be a major loss. Gran Torino, on the other hand, would be a perfect victim. He’s important enough to matter, he’s connected to All Might, and Deku, and he’s a member of the old guard. His death would be impactful, but also symbolize the end of an era. That said Tomura may get overwhelmed as he doesn’t seem very skillful without his Quirk. With multiple heroes attacking at once he might need to be rescued by Gigantomachia. 

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