My Hero Academia has been slowly heading towards confrontation between the heroes and the Yakuza. Personally, I’m happy to get some action after several episodes of narrative building. My Hero Academia Episode 5, Let’s Go, Gutsy Red Riot, begins with a brief but enjoyable battle scene. Two villains with Gigantification Quirks are causing damage to the city while they fight. One of the “Big 3,” Nejire Hado arrives and uses her super move Wring Wave. Uravity and Froppy follow up with their join super move, Meteor Fafroskies. My Hero Academia hasn’t made a big deal out of joint super moves, but the introduction of them opens some possibilities. They’re congratulated by the No. 9 Hero, Ryukyu.
Tomura and Overhaul negotiate
The two leaders finally have their conversation. mimic asks Tomura if he “is serious about joining them.” Tomura states that their are several conditions. The League of Villains will never be under anyone and Tomura wants to know their plan. When he reaches in his pocket, Chronostasis and Mimic attack him. However, Tomura isn’t intimidated and states that the “Yakuza meat shields” aren’t of equal to the lost of Big Sis Magne or Compress’s arm. He asks about the mysterious bullets that suppresses Compress Quirk. These bullets will likely play a role in the rest of this arc, but I’m not sure it will really take away any Quirks permanently. Overhaul tells Tomura that he hopes to ” use these weapons to change the status quo.”
Red Riot comes into his own
My Hero Academia has a large cast of characters. This of course has limiting aspects as you cannot focus on every character equally. This episode puts the main characters Bakugo, Todoroki and Midoriya on the back burner. Focusing instead on secondary characters like Urahara, Froppy and Eijiro. Mostly known for being the only real friend of Bakugo, Eijiro is seemingly going to get more attention. In Esuha City, Fat Gum, Suneater (Tamaki) and Red Riot (Eijiro) patrol. They encounter a group of thieves. Tamaki’s Quirk is revealed to be Manifest. He can manifest the characteristics of the foods he eats. He defeats on of the thieves with his octopus tentacles, a clam husk and a chicken foot.
During the confrontation, Eijiro and Tamaki, are shoot by the mysterious bullet. However, Eijiro’s Quirk protects him. He chases one of thieves into an alley. Eijiro falls for the false tears of the villain. The villain uses a drug to increase his powers, cutting through Eijiro’s rough skin. Eijiro uses his new move, Red Riot Unbreakable. He then defeats the villain with his Super Move: Red Gauntlet. Eijiro’s debut is a massive success. The civilians he saved marvel over his victory. Ochaco and Tsuyu debuts are also noted in the news. While the series will eventually return to focus on Midoriya, but I’m happy to see that other characters gets some shine.
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.
Izuku fails to make an impression with his unimpressive comedy. Sir Nighteye asks if Izuku means to “make fun of All Might.” Despite the apparent “failing out” between All Might and Nighteye, it’s clear that he remains a fanboy of sorts. This is how Izuku manages to win over the stoic Nighteye. However, everything isn’t fine. Sir Nighteye refuses to stamp Izuku’s paper, claiming that “Izuku brings no benefit to his agency.” Sir Nighteye challenges Izuku to take the stamp from him. He’s gives him three minutes to do so. Izuku quickly activates his Full Cowl, trying to grab the stamp. However, Izuku is not match for Sir Nighteye’s Quirk.
Sir Nighteye verses Izuku Midoriya
Sir Nighteye’s Quirk is Foresight. It’s activated by touching the target and making eye contact. This information is secret. Regardless, he’s able to “accurately predict all of the target’s future moves and actions for an entire hour.” Nighteye feels that Izuku is a disappointing successor to All Might. Now nervous, Izuku begins to panic. However, by remembering that All Might chose him, he regains his confidence. Nighteye continues to berate Izuku. He constantly reminds him that he doesn’t think Midoriya is good enough. Izuku fails to get the stamp. Sir Nighteye calls him clumsy. However, Izuku notes that he was trying to get the stamp, while avoiding all the All Might merchandise.
Sir Nighteye accepts Izuku
When Mirio and Bubble girl return, Nighteye tells them he will take in Izuku. He never intend to reject Izuku in the first place. However, he still doesn’t believe that Midoriya is worthy of One For All. He actually wants Midoriya to give up One For All. Sir Nighteye is harsh. I wonder if he’s always been that way or some tragic event made him like this. Regardless, Izuku stamps the contract. Midoriya returns to the Heights Alliance. He informs his classmates that he was accepted. They’re all impressed, but have failed to get there own work studies. However, they may get work studies from Tamaki and Nejire. While patrolling the streets, Midoriya encounters a young girl, Eri. She clearly frightened, as she runs from the villain Overhaul.
My Hero Academia is still building up. It’s unlikely that Midoriya and Overhaul will battle this soon. However, it’s important to present the stakes. In this arc it’s seems that it will be rescuing Eri. I generally find Nighteye to be rude and mean spirited. However, his stern personality will be helpful to Midoriya, who is often pampered by All Might.
Being the eager person that he is, Midoriya calls Gran Torino. He asks if Torino will be willing to “take him in,” for Hero Work-Studies. Torino calls him a “useless successor.” It’s a little harsh, but Izuku doesn’t seem to upset over it. Torino tells him to contact All Might and ask him to introduce his former sidekick, Sir Nighteye. Meanwhile, Twice brings Overhaul to the abandoned factory for a meeting with the rest of the League of Villains. Overhaul is the young boss of the Shie Hassaikai, a yakuza organization. The yakuza had all but been eradicated during the All Might era. With his retirement and All For One’s imprisonment, Overhaul sees a opportunity to return.
Overhaul criticizes Tomura’s lack of planning. He argues that a “goal with no plan is a delusion.” Overhaul states that Tomura has “wasted” the potential of Stain, Muscular and Moonfish. He asks the League of Villains to join him. However, he lacks the funds to build his own organization. He believes he should be the next leader. Magne attacks him with her magnet pole. Overhaul kills her, after touching her arm with her finger. Magne upper body explodes into a pool of blood. Compress attempts to use his Quirk on Overhaul, but is shot with a bullet that cuts off his Quirk. Overhaul destroys his arm in response. Tomura then attacks. He’s avoids being shot. He uses his Quirk on one of Overhaul’s minions, turning him into dust.
The rest of the Shie Hassaikai burst through the wall. Since both sides have lost a man, Overhaul decides that both sides should stop. Despite Twice and Toga wanting to get revenge, Tomura agrees. Tomura plans to make Overhaul “pay” next time. One thing that makes My Hero Academia special is that the villains are learning to become villains, just like the heroes. Tomura leans on All For One for support the way Izuku leans on All Might. The villains also have a genuine love for one another. This isn’t typical for anime villains, who usually are already grown and barely care for one another. Furthermore, the leader of the villains (All For One) tends to see the lesser villains as being fonder or a means to a end. He’s interested in teaching Tomura how to be an effective villain.
Shota Aizawa informs Class 1-A that they will be allowed to participate in Hero Work Studies. Izuku asks All Might after class to introduce him to Sir Nighteye. All Might refuses, not wanting to talk to him as they didn’t end on good terms. He instead asks Mirio to do it. Mirio tells Midoriya that ” Sir is very strict and he must do his best to try and make him laugh before the end of the day. Sir Nighteye holds humor in high regard and Izuku must impress him on his own without too much of Mirio’s help.” Mirio is an odd guy, he’s more like All Might than Midoriya seems to be. Sir Nighteye on the other hand is a little scary. I have no doubt that he will accept Midoriya, I just wonder how much he tortures him before he accepts.
Season premieres of established series can be dull. They’re often used to reintroduce the series. This is probably more important for introducing new fans than reminding old ones. We start at Juko News, as several reporters attempt to write a special issue in honor of All Might’s retirement. Freelance journalists, Taneo Tokuda, offers the angle their looking for. He believes that All Might has a successor (which is true), he plans on investigating Class 1-A to discover who that is. If you been following this series you know that it’s Midoriya. Taneo initially feels like his a threat. Trying to expose the secret that All Might and Midoriya have, gives off this impression. Shota Aizawa informs the class that they will take part in a newspaper feature. Shota suspects that Taneo is “up to something,” but concludes that he’s not a threat to the students. Taneo takes a series of pictures of the students, while he reminds the audience who they are and what their quirks are. He limits the potential successors down the top six students, then easily narrows it down to Midoriya.
Taneo reveals that his father was rescued by All Might. He claims that the moment “created a spark in his life.” He reveals that he knows Midoriya is All Might’s successor and he has a quirk. Called, whole body lens, he can produce cameras from all over his body and print the photos from his chest. He admits that he never intended to write about dorm life. Taneo and his investigation acts as both a means to remind the audience of the characters, but also to remind us of the main theme of the series. Hope. Taneo was afraid that with All Might’s retirement there was no hope left. Being a manga reader this episode doesn’t happen. Taneo is actually an anime exclusive character. This kinda makes this episode a filler of sorts. It’s not nearly as bad as typical filler episodes, but it doesn’t add anything to the series. To that point, the first episode is unnecessary and you could skip it.