My Hero Academia Season 5 Episode 11 begins with the hectic frenzy we saw at the end of the last episode. Neito copies Deku’s One For All, however, Deku warns him that his body won’t be able to handle it. Neito doesn’t get the opportunity to use One For All because Ochaco uses her Gunhead Martial Arts on him. Hitoshi and Deku face off. In a flashback, we see Eraser Head training Hitoshi. It didn’t occur to me until this moment that Hitoshi is similar to Eraser Head. It makes sense considering that most of the students are similar to previous heroes.
While Ochaco takes Neito to jail, Mineta and Mina step up the close combat. Dominating Reiko, Yui, and Shoda with a combination of Mineta’s, Mineta Bounce, and Mina’s Acid Layback. As much as Deku is supposed to be the focus of this fight I think Ochaco is the MVP here. She not only captures Neito, but she also saves Deku and returns to knock out Reiko and pin Yui to a pipe covered in Mineta’s Pop Off balls. The 4-0 victory is largely due to her. She is complemented by Eraser Head and Midnight. Class 1-A’s overall victory was never in doubt, but I thought Class 1-B showed how far they’ve come.
I get the feeling that Hitoshi will end up in Class 1-B. However, his connection to Eraser Head might be a factor in which class he’s in. That said, I don’t think it’s necessary for him to be in Class 1-A. We rarely see Class 1-B and it feels like they aren’t in the same school. However, I believe they’re literally next door. Anyway, Eraser Head can directly train Hitoshi after class. There was too much to this episode, but the potential of Hitoshi and Ochaco stood out to me.
In the last chapter, Lady Nagant recalls the cost she endured for the greater good of superhero society. In Chapter 315, “Platitudes,” My Hero Academia challenges Deku’s dream of “reaching out” to villains. The cynical Nagant uses the instincts of a hero against Deku. She targets Chisaki with her sniper rifle. Deku activates the Quirk, Fa Jin. He combines the Quirks energy storage ability, with One For One at 45 %, and “centrifugal force.” This specific kind of force results in something fleeing from the center. What results in the move, Faux 100 Percent. Basically, Deku moves faster “than a speeding bullet.” It’s remarkable how much Deku has to keep in mind to effectively use multiple Quirks.
All For One’s failure clause
I would imagine that over time he will find it easier but it’s still impressive. I’ve commented in the past how Deku is a different kind of Shonen hero. He’s more intellectual, but it’s clear his power is going to come from difficult training and not the typical fighting genius we’re used to. Still having energy stored in his other leg, Deku hit Lady Nagant’s sniper arm with Faux 100 Percent: ManchesterSmash. Nagant is amazed that not only did Deku save Chisaki, but he also didn’t hesitate despite Chisaki being an enemy. Deku catches Lady Nagant before she falls. He notes that if she was “really allied with All For One’s brand of evil . . . she would have shot at his lower body and stopped him cold.”
He asks her to fight on the side of the heroes. Before she can agree, she starts to glow. Suddenly, she explodes. All For One had added a “failure clause” to their contract. I question whether Deku would be able to talk his way into Tomura’s heart but My Hero Academia Chapter 315 may have complicated the issue. Deku was successful in convincing Lady Nagant to join him but All For One is never going to allow it. We could probably assume he has a similar clause with Tomura. Hawks arrives to catch his former master, it remains to be seen if Lady Nagant can be saved.
My Hero Academia Chapter 313, “High-Speed Long Range Mobile Cannon,” opens with All Might struggling to fight off his attackers. He quickly deduces his assailant’s intend to kill him and separate him from Deku. Despite his weakened body, All Might maintains his presence. When the villains dismiss him, they’re shocked when he tells them to “stand aside.” All Might made promises to himself, Deku, and his mother. He’s conscious of the fact that Deku has suffered under the burden of being the next All Might. Elsewhere, Deku and Lady Nagant square off. In typical Deku fashion, he analyzes Nagant’s position. However, he doesn’t consider the possibility All For One gave her another Quirk.
Armed with her new Air Walk ability, Lady Nagant is able to change her position to get a better vantage point. I’ve said this before, but it remarkable how strategic Deku is. Compared to other Shonen heroes, Deku is significantly more deliberate in his fights. Many heroes like Naruto, Luffy, and Goku are fighting geniuses, but they are using their guts more than they use their minds. Deku uses the new information and readjusts his tactics. He activates the Sixth’s Quirk, Full Blast. He’s reminded by En, not to use too much smoke. What separates All For One and Deku is not just the number of Quirks, but the relationship they have to them. All For One stole the Quirks he has and he uses them as means to an end.
Deku is the first user of One For All that has access to the previous user’s Quirks. Unlike All For One, the Quirks aren’t chosen, the users are. Furthermore, they’re not the most powerful Quirks, but useful, especially with Deku’s strategic mentality. One For All also has the “unconscious realm.” Here, Deku and the past users can communicate instantly. This brings me to my prediction. I believe All Might must die at some point. Whether All For One or Shigaraki kills him won’t matter. As much as this would be a devastating moment for the My Hero Academia series and Deku, All Might would live on in the unconscious realm. Until then, Deku will continue to master his Quirks with the help of past users.
In the previous episode of My Hero Academia, Tenya shocked Juzo with his Super Move: Recipro Turbo. Passed down through the Ida family, the technique requires the user to remove their mufflers (🤢), which are then regrown, allowing the user to gain new mufflers that are more durable and faster. Tenya specifically states that the move increases his burst period from 10 seconds to 10 minutes. In My Hero Academia Season episode 8, Tenya explodes with speed, breaks free from the ice. He lacks control but is still able to overwhelm Juzo enough for the latter to flee. It may seem small but I like that instead of fighting regardless of his chance of victory, Juzo decided to leave. This should happen more in anime.
Meanwhile, Mashirao is having a difficult time handling Sen Kaibara’s Spiral Quirk. Hand-to-hand combat in My Hero Academia tends to take a back seat to the more flashy Quirks. While brief, Kaibara and Mashirao fight was refreshing. Kaibara’s Quirk, in addition to his fighting skills, makes it difficult for Mashirao to counter. Sen’s drills are capable of piercing his opponent, and at one point in the fight appears willing to “kill” Mashirao. It’s a moment that can be missed, but what would have happened if Tenya didn’t show up. Regardless, Tenya drags Sen and he’s the first to get imprisoned.
Class 1-B continue to impress
Elsewhere, Shoto is having a harder time than usual. Most of us would assume that Tetsutetsu wouldn’t stand a chance against Shoto, but his Steel Quirk makes Shoto’s Ice and Fire ineffective. The value of this arc for the audience is to show off not Class 1-A but Class 1-B. Juzo, Kaibara, and Tetsutetsu’s Quirks and strategic skills are put on display in this fight. Tenya and Shoto have their moments, only to fail. The lesser classmates, Pony, Mezo, and Mashirao have smaller moments but show their potential. Mezo’s Quirk is better for scouting. Pony’s Quirk first appears to be nearly useless. It’s so linear it’s hard to imagine that she would do much in a fight.
Mashirao is able to stop her from using them simply by holding her horns in place. Despite her limits, she’s the reason her team doesn’t lose. The intense battle ends with most of them out of commission. With no time left, Class 1-B and Class 1-A will have to settle for a draw. After the battle, Jurota makes a point that I think is the primary theme of this round, “in a real-life situation fleeing and waiting for backup is a valid and logical strategy.” The next round features Katsuki Bakugo, can he be a team player?
Redgeek reviewed chapter 311 of My Hero Academia. The shocking ending of the last chapter revealed that Deku is being hunted by a woman with a sniper Quirk. She also has Overhaul with her. The villain isn’t conscience and doesn’t seem dangerous, not to mention that Shigaraki and Mr. Compress destroyed his arms. Redgeek speculates why he might be present:
we know he wants to heal his mafia boss so… What if he wants to make some sort of deal with Deku? Maybe Overhaul tells him everything he knows about the main baddies’ current location and/or what they’re up to and he convinces Endeavor to let him heal Eri’s grandpa.
Battle Shonen’s male-centrism
Alise Miller explores women in shonen. She points out women are often ” the damsel in distress, the “strong” female who gets mocked for being too “manly,” the faux action girl who’s talked up as badass but never seems to do anything important . . .” Miller points out something that I’ve noticed, even when female characters are considered good fighters when it comes to the Big Bad they’re sidelined. While she credits Black Clover for “making some strides,” with female characters, they still fall into typical shonen tropes. She writes:
The start of Black Clover gave me some reason to be excited for the women onscreen. Women fight competently alongside the men instead of being cast aside. . . However, the kind of screen time girls and guys get is clearly different. Many men, including the secondary characters, show significant character growth throughout the series.
Anime and the media
Scott over at mechanical anime reviews writes about the relationship between the media and anime. I avoid discussing the often childish gatekeeping and oversensitive fanboys that can’t tolerate even mild criticism of their favorite anime, not to mention the troll that deliberately triggers fanboys for clicks. Scott notes:
The nitpicking can come too far though. Especially with articles recently focused on the growth of the industry or articles about certain concepts. I think when talking about anime fandom in general, there is something wild about how people get defensive about their positions. I remember seeing some buzz recently where an older anime fan attacked the article for explaining how the anime fandom has exploded recently when that line was not even the point of the article the person wrote in the first place? Audience matters when writing an article because it is hard to write an article about everyone