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My Hero Academia Chapter 267 Recap and Review

My Hero Academia Chapter 267, with Mirko on the cover.
My Hero Academia Chapter 267, with Mirko on the cover.

Whenever a character dies, it creates an unease. You can’t help but think, who’s next? My Hero Academia chapter 267 presents two likely candidates, Mirko, and Hawks. The chapter opens with Hawks talking to Tokoyami, he reveals that “fire” is his greatest weakness. I think these two have developed a good relationship. Pro hero number 58, Fat Gum, is carrying several of the younger heroes from U.A. He tells them that it’s time for them to go and allow the “grown-ups” to “settle the score.” However, Tokoyami is distracted by the flames of Dabi. Hawks is overwhelmed by the flames. Hawks asks if he’s sad about Twice’s death? He says that he hasn’t cried since his tear duct got burned. Dabi saw Twice as a means to a end. Although, he does admit that he’s “sad,” Twice is dead.

Does My Hero Academia Chapter 267 reveal Dabi’s secret?

If you read this blog and have seen my theories on Dabi’s true identity then you know that I believe he’s Toya Todoroki. Unfortunately, Dabi doesn’t confirm his identity. He does reveal that he “doesn’t care about the league or Shigaraki.” He does plan to make the dream of Stain a reality. Elsewhere, Mirko notices that “her hits aren’t landing anymore.” While she doesn’t think her strength is waning, she must complete the mission. So she flees. Rushing towards the backroom to stop the Dr and Shigaraki, she wounded by a Nomu. Undeterred, Mirko notes that heroes “never give up.”

Hawk’s is rescued by Tokoyami and Endeavor saves Mirko. This arc continues to be intense. While Hawks and Mirko are saved I’m not sure they’re safe. Particularly Hawks. Tokoyami has an unfortunate weakness to light. Neither he nor Hawks are a good match-up for Dabi. That said, the conversation between the two could be revealing. Hawks notes that the only way to counter his weakness is to “attack quickly.” It’s plausible that Tokoyami, under the training of Hawks, has learned to deal with his weakness. Will Mirko die? I don’t think so. However, I have this nagging feeling that Shigaraki will wake. Killing a top 5 hero would be an excellent way for him to return.

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My Hero Academia Episode 88: Recap and Review

In episode 88 of My Hero Academia, Endeavor refused to give up.
Endeavor refusing to give up

Endeavor is one of the most complicated heroes in My Hero Academia. A prideful man, Endeavor was constantly striving to dethrone All Might. This goal consumed him, resulting in a cold callous personality. His Quirks downside, overheating, caused him to seek to father a child without his limitation. To this end, he married an ice Quirk user. Unfortunately, Endeavor was a cruel and abusive father and husband. When Shoto’s mother attacked him after a mental breakdown, Endeavor sent her to a psychiatric ward. With his “masterpiece”, Shoto, hating him Endeavor has become determined to seek his families forgiveness.

A new symbol of peace

This coupled with his conflicted feelings regarding his unearned position as the number one hero Endeavor is intriguing. The question is, can he redeem himself, accept his place as the no. 1 hero, and become the new “Symbol of Peace.” My Hero Academia’s season finale hopes to begin to answer this question. Tasked with fighting the first High-end Nomu, Endeavor is tested. Despite Hawks aid, he doesn’t have an easy time. Endeavor is able to finally defeat the Nomu with Prominence Burn. Endeavor wasn’t unscathed receiving a massive scar over his eye. Exhausted but triumphant, Endeavor strikes a pose similar to All Might. Endeavor’s not like All Might, but that doesn’t mean he can’t become the next Symbol of Peace.

The animation in this episode is exquisite. It’s better to watch than have me describe in detail what happens. Overhaul, My Hero Academia episode 88 ends the fourth season with a bang. I originally didn’t like the first half of this season as I found it underwhelming. The festival arc, in particular, wasn’t that excited. However, I did enjoy how it ended. Season 4 was uneven but ended well. Regardless, the next season is going to be amazing.

My Hero Academia Episode 87: Recap and Review

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My Hero Academia Episode 87: Recap and Review

In episode 87 of My Hero Academia the pussycats return.
The Pussycats return

In the penultimate episode of Season 4 of My Hero Academia, the last arc comes to a close. Eri is gets transferred to U.A. Abandoned by her family, Eri has nowhere to go. To keep her powers in check, Aizawa will need to be close. Mirio will take time off from school to help with Eri. Considering the relationship Mirio formed with Eri, this makes sense. He also doesn’t have a Quirk anymore, so he probably doesn’t need school right now. 

The Return of the Pussycats

The Wild Wild Pussycats arrive at the U.A. dorms. Everyone’s excited. They announce that they are returning from hiatus. Ragdoll, still without her Quirk, plans on becoming an office lady. They received a message from Tartarus. All For One apologizes for stealing her Quirk. He claims that “he has a little bad habit of taking up any good quirk and hoarding it for himself.” He mockingly offers to return it. I can’t help but feel that All For One will get free at some point. He’s too smart not to escape. Although All For One is being kept alive with an oxygen mask. 

Anyway, Momo says that “due to their period of inactivity, they have dropped a lot of positions in the ranking but still have fans who are waiting for their return.” The Pussycats ranking plummeted from 32 to 411. The remained that high because of public perception, inspiring them.

Hawks giving a speech

JP Hero Billboard Chart

With All Might retiring, there are new hero rankings. Considering the importance of the announcement, its held at Kamino. The Hero Billboard Chart is an official ranking of Japan’s heroes. The Hero Public Safety Commission uses a formula that reviews several factors to determine the rank. They emphasize the “number of cases solved, general popularity, and level of social contribution.” The approval ratings of heroes also factor in but aren’t as important as other factors. 

The new JP Hero Billboard Chart Rankings are:

  1. Endeavor
  2. Hawks
  3. Best Jeanist
  4. Ninja Hero Edgeshot
  5. Miruko
  6. Shield Hero: Crust
  7. Kamui Woods
  8. Laundry Hero: Wash
  9. Equipped Hero: Yoroi Musha
  10. Ryukyu
The High End Nomu arrives, Endeavor engages

Hawks Stands Out

Being a manga reader I know more about Hawks than this episode reveals. He’s arrogant and rude. He questions why ” Heroes with less accomplished that he is playing safe with his words instead of saying something more heroic-like.” His personality makes him more interesting. His motives seem questionable. Hawks want to team up with Endeavor. They’re an odd hero couple. While working with the police, Hawks was searching for information on Nomu. He wants Endeavor to verify the rumors regarding Nomu’s and ease the publics’ concerns. Suddenly, a “High End” Nomu arrives. It asks “who’s the strongest.” Endeavor orders Hawks to evacuate everyone and attacks with Flashfire Fist – Jet Burn

With only one episode left this season, My Hero Academia is going to go out with a bang. I can’t wait to see this fight animated. Endeavor is a hero that very little is known. We know more about him than most, but his motivation is unclear. Watching him fight a new threat will give us a glimpse into now strong his fighting style is. My Hero Academia is presenting him like All Might when he fought a Nomu. I don’t think it a coincidence. Kohei wants the viewers to compare the two heroes. 

My Hero Academia Episode 86: Recap and Review

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My Hero Academia Episode 86: Recap and Review

In episode 86 of My Hero Academia, Eri finally smiles as she enjoys the U.A School Festival.
Eri Smiling

In episode 86 of My Hero Academia, the U.A. School Festival Arc concludes. Izuku covers for Gentle, telling a suspicious Hound Dog that he and Gentle had a “small disagreement.” Gentle seems to have taken his defeat well. He hopes that “Izuku’s feelings can reach others.” Seeing Gentle as a potential path he could have gone down, Izuku considers Gentle to be his “toughest opponent.” Deku arrives at the performance at 9:50 a.m. Yuga Aoyama gives him his outfit. Many gather to watch the Class 1-A perform, including Eri and Mirio. However, Tsutsutaka and Chikuchi aren’t sure that the show will be any good. They are mistaken.

Eri smiles

The lights go out, and Bakugo yells “let’s go, dammit.” They begin with a flashy entrance, Class 1-A stun the crowd. With synchronized dancing, explosions, and Kyoka singing even the haters in the crowd join in. Kyoka flashes back to the moment she told her parents that she wanted to be a hero, and fight for other people. Her parents are accepting. As she enjoys the performance, Eri finally smiles. Mirio witnessing this begins to cry. This has to be the highlight of this episode. Eri starts to overcome the abuse that emotionally damaged her. After Class 1-A’s performance, Class 1-B performs what seems like Romeo and Juliet mixed with Star Wars. Or maybe I forgot the “I’m your father reveal” in the play.

Mirio and Eri meet Midoriya after the festival. Eri is still glowing. Deku and the rest of the class begin cleanup. As the do Tsutsutaka and Chikuchi apologize for their behavior. The rest of the classes congratulate them on a good performance. Mineta is overeager to clean up. If they hurry they can catch the beauty pageant. Nejire wins with her flashy sky dance. I’ll admit I wasn’t really into this arc, but the festival turned out to be more fun than I thought.

My Hero Academia Episode 85: Recap and Review

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My Hero Academia Episode 85: Recap and Review

La Brava and Gentle surrender to U.V. security in episode 85 of My Hero Academia.
La Brava and Gentle surrender

In My Hero Academia episode 85, the school festival begins. However, the real show is outside of U.A. Deku, La Brava and Gentle battle outside. What My Hero Academia does well is make its villains feel human. While All For One is rather irredeemable, many of the villains are more sophisticated at least at first. I should note that I’m a manga reader so I have seen the villain arc. Deku quickly realizes that traces of Gentle’s Quirk remain. He uses them to follow La Brava and Gentle. Deku cleverly uses Gentles’s powers to ricochet his Air Cannon, hitting Gentle in the stomach. He then takes this opportunity to pin both La Brava and Gentle down. Telling the not to resist.

La Brava’s Heartbreak

Seeing the likely end of Gentle’s dream, La Brava remembers her past. In middle school, she wrote a love letter to a boy she admired. He ridiculed her calling her a stalker. Humiliated she “couldn’t believe in anyone or anything.” Without any aspirations, she became a recluse. At her lowest point, she considers committing suicide. However, she is saved by the words she hears from Gentle in one of his videos. They became friends and Gentle gave her the name, La Brava.

In the present, La Brava whispers “I Love You.” Her Quirk is Love. By confessing her love for someone she can power up that individual. It can only be used for a short period of time and once a day. Powered up, Gentle tosses Deku off them. He attacks Izuku by chopping at the back of his neck. However, Deku isn’t defeated. He tells Gentle that he’s “fought stronger and faster people,” and he “hasn’t lost yet.” While Deku and Gentle clash, La Brava tries to find better WiFi.

Gentle is mentally and physically defeated

Gentle’s crushed dreams

Gentle recalls his past. He was a young man that dreamed of becoming a hero. However, he failed to pass the provisional license exam. His principal urged him to drop out. One day he stumbled across a man falling off a window and attempted to help. Unfortunately, he only managed to get in the way of the pro hero. The victim hits the ground. Gentle is given an obstruction of justice charge. His parents were put in debt, having been financially responsible for the reparations. They disowned him and throw him out of their home. Kohei Horikoshi is masterful at crafting sympathetic villains in this series. I wanted Gentle and La Brava to escape.

Four years later, Gentle has given up on his dream of becoming a hero. Humiliated when an old classmate didn’t even remember his name, Gentle develops a new dream. Becoming a villain. Gentle and Deku continue their fight. Deku refuses to mock Gentles’s dreams. Strangely, they both share a similar dream. When Gentle asks Deku “why do you want to be a hero?” Deku notes that he’s the “same” as Gentle. They both have dreams that “aren’t just their own.” End then end, Gentle and La Brava give up. Allowing U.A. security to apprehend them.

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