Anime

My Hero Academia Season 5 Episode 17: Dinner with the Todoroki’s

After the last weeks filler episode, My Hero Academia Season 5, Episode 17, “The Hellish Todoroki Family,” returns to the main narrative. Bakugo, Shoto, and Deku continue to chase after Endeavor. The number 1 hero challenged them to surpass him just once during patrol. The top three students from U.A High School are still league behind Endeavor. However, they refuse to give up. Back at the agency, Endeavor receives a phone call from his daughter, Fuyumi. She excited to hear that Todoroki and Endeavor are working together. Endeavor was an abusive father and husband. His abuse caused his wife’s breakdown and his children’s hatred. While they may resent their father, it’s clear from the reactions to Endeavor’s near fatal fight with Nomu that they still care. Endeavor is desperate to make amends. Will his sons lets him? Should they?

An Awkward dinner at the Todoroki’s

The next day, Shoto, Deku, and Bakugo are determined to “surpass” Endeavor. He tells them the more “experience you get, the more accurate you’ll be.” It’s important to observer you’re surroundings, look for evil. He argues that a hero is always looking forward. At sundown the three are exhausted. They haven’t surpassed the number 1 hero, but they are getting closer. Next, dinner at the Todoroki’s. Deku is his usual polite self and Bakugo is not. Shoto’s brother, Natsu, is in attendance. He has the most hostility toward his father. They make the meal awkward and Natsu leaves early. Despite sometimes feeling like her brother, Fuyumi thinks this is the best chance to reconcile. Shoto reveals that his mother has been writing him and has made enough progress that she can be released.

He still doesn’t know what to. Deku and Bakugo overheard the conversation. Deku is sure Todoroki is going to forgive his father because he’s “so kind.” I don’t think kindness is the issue here. The damage Endeavor has created is still being felt and until that subsides I don’t envision a change. However, spending more time with each other will likely help heal the relationship between Shoto and Endeavor. Natsu would be last as he’s the most hurt, however, he might feel pressure to forgive if his sibling both do so. Endeavor’s going to have to work harder and consistently to prove himself to his family. It still might not be enough and it will all be his fault.

Anime

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. 

Essay/Opinion

Is Dabi Toya Todoroki?

One of the most pressing questions among My Hero Academia fandom is the identity of Dabi, the mysterious villain, and Lieutenant of the Paranormal Liberation Front. Many fans wonder if Dabi is actually Toya Todoroki. I think the question of Dabi’s identity has its merits. So what are the clues?

Image of Dabi

1. Mysteries surrounding Toya and Dabi

There are many unanswered questions surrounding the two characters that imply that there one and the same. Kinda. First, Dabi’s real name isn’t known. Considering the fact that lesser-known characters in My Hero Academia have their real names revealed it seems odd that Dabi’s remains a secret. For example, Trumpet is a minor villain in the series. However, we know that his real name is Koku Hanabata. Obviously, there are other characters who’s real names aren’t mentioned, but the ones of Dabi’s stature tend to. In addition to this, Toya is currently considered missing. This could explain why his origins are unknown.

How old are they?

Like Dabi’s real name, his age isn’t mentioned. Neither is Toya’s. We do know that Toya is the eldest of the Todoroki children. Fuyumi is 23, Natsuo 19, and Shoto is 16. Meaning Toya is a least 24. Without knowing the age of Dabi it’s impossible to determine if he could be a Todoroki. However, we still can’t rule that out.

2. Quirks are inherited

In My Hero Academia, Quirks are inherited genetically. This is the biggest argument for Toya and Dabi being the same person. Dabi’s Quirk is known as “cremation.” However, it hasn’t been given an official name yet and neither has Toya’s fire Quirk. Anyone that watches the anime, knows that the series often restates the Quirks of the villains and heroes. So why don’t we know the official name of Dabi’s fire Quirk?

The blue flame

Dabi’s fire Quirk is the ability to use a blue flame. This color of fire is proof that Dabi’s fire is higher in temperature that Endeavor’s. This is important because in chapter 202, page 8, Endeavor notes (in a flashback) that Toya’s fire was more “even greater firepower than mine.” In addition to this, during the Hosu incident (Episode 30), Endeavor burns the head of a Nomus off using a blue flame. This shows that blue flames are possible among his bloodline. Finally, Quirks get stronger each successive generation. If Dabi is Toya it makes sense that his Quirk would be stronger than Endeavors.

3. So why don’t they recognize him?

One of the best arguments against this theory is the fact that neither Shoto or Enji recognize Dabi. However, there are several good reasons for this. First, both Shoto and Enji (Endeavor) were isolated from the other members of his family. Named “failures” by Endeavor, he deliberately segregated himself and Shoto from them. In chapter 192, page 12, Natsu reveals that his father never let them into Shoto’s life. Would either of them recognize him? Furthermore, Dabi has charred skin covering half his face. Coincidentally, when Endeavor and Dabi meet for the “first” time, the former has a “blurry” vision.

Using their full name

During the moments when Shoto and Enji meet Dabi, he does something odd. He calls them by the full names. In chapter 82, page 18, Dabi calls Shoto by his full name when the later fails to rescue Bakugo. After Endeavor defeats the “High-End Nomu, Hood,” Dabi arrives. Before he escapes he tells “Enji Todoroki,” not to “die until they meet again one day.” This is to deliberate to be a coincidence.

Overall, I think the evidence that Dabi and Toya are the same is too great. With the gaps in both their profiles (age and name of quirk). Dabi’s over-familiar tone with Shoto and Enji. His flame being stronger that Endeavors. The best evidence against this theory can be explained away. So what do you think? Convinced? Did I miss something? Do you have something else to add?

Other possible evidence:

  1. Dabi/Toya’s “weakness” could be the reason his skin burns
  2. Dabi/Toya’s burn marks resemble the portions of Endeavors costume where flames erupt
  3. Dabi, Shoto, and Enji have the same eye (that one’s a little thin)

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