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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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My Hero Academia Season 5 Episode 11: Team Deku’s perfect finish


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.

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My Hero Academia Chapter 315: Deku inspires Lady Nagant

Deku destroys Lady Nagant's sniper arm with his new Faux 100 Percent: Manchester Smash attack in My Hero Academia Chapter 315.
Deku destroys Lady Nagant’s sniper arm with his new Faux 100 Percent: Manchester Smash attack

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: Manchester Smash. 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.

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My Hero Academia Chapter 313: Deku unleashes a new Quirk on Lady Nagant.

Deku prepares to use Fa Jin for the first time.

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.

Deku’s advantage

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.


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My Hero Academia Chapter 277: Recap and Review

Deku and Tomura Shigaraki clash

My Hero Academia Chapter 277 opens with Deku and Tomura Shigaraki clashing. With the Near High Ends nomu’s keeping the other heroes distracted, Deku knows that this is a pivotal moment as Tomura’s Quirks are erased. His greatest fear is losing his teacher Eraserhead. Speechless, Eraserhead remembers telling Deku that “he could never be a Hero with his power.” It was difficult to recall that Deku was often hindered by his Quirk and discounted for it. He’s mostly overcome that limitation and is now perceived as a hero of the highest order. Bakugo attacks with A.P. Machine-Gun. Tomura is unaffected, dismissing the attack as “cute fireworks.” Endeavor attacks as Deku is overwhelmed by Tomura’s strength. Endeavor asks where Shoto is. 

Shigaraki frees himself from his master

The absence of Shoto is curious. I’m not sure what it does for the story. Tomura seems to be powerful enough to handle all the heroes without his Quirks. Shoto will likely arrive when he’s needed the most, probably when Tomura gets his Quirks back. Regardless, Endeavor believes that Tomura is as “sturdy as All might.” Shigaraki pursues Deku, but he’s distracted by the voice of his Master. Talking to himself, Tomura declares that he’s going to surpass his Master and control himself. Suddenly, Gran Torino attacks. He tells Tomura to “quit trampling all over Shimura’s memory.” Tomura responds, “who?” Despite the biological relationship between Tomura and his grandmother, he’s not familiar with her. With her dying before his birth, he has no real relationship with her. 

I would imagine that he will learn more about her later in the series. What effect that has is up in the air. Tomura makes a move towards Deku, however, Bakugo attacks with a huge blast. This leaves Tomura open for Endeavor to use his Super Move: Vanishing Fist. Tomura isn’t invincible in his current form. Without his healing Quirk, he can be harmed, but he’s durable. Elsewhere, at Gunga Mountain Villa, Mt. Lady battles Gigantomachia, who’s carrying Himiko, Dabi, Spinner, Mr. Compress, and Skeptic on his back. Mt. Lady struggles not to let him pass her. The heroes are up against it everywhere. If they can keep Gigantomachia and the others from leaving they might have a chance. As long as Deku is Tomura’s target I think he’s going to have a hard time winning. Ignoring the other heroes isn’t working and he needs to target Eraserhead more. He seems so arrogant that he probably doesn’t think he needs a strategy. 

Is Dabi Toya Todoroki?

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My Hero Academia Chapter 271 – 272: Shigaraki begins his rampage

Tsukuyomi on the cover of chapter 271 in My Hero Academia.
Tsukuyomi on the cover of chapter 271

Hawks lose his wings

In My Hero Academia Chapter 271, Dark Cloud, we deviate from the events occurring a the hospital. At the Gunga Mountain Villa, Tsukuyomi heads to aid Hawks. He covers Hawks with Dark Shadow, who notes that his wings are gone. Dabi says that it’s “pathetic” that U.A. High sent students to fight. I found this argument strange because the members of the Paranormal Liberation Front aren’t much older. Regardless, he points out that Hawks killed Twice. I think this might be important to create some kind of doubt in Tsukuyomi. However, I think it won’t be effective considering he had no personal relationship with Twice. Dabi’s larger point, that the “the Pro Hero he looks up to is far dirtier than the Villains“, is accurate.

However, the “victims” of the heroes and villains are what would color how they’re perceived. Anyway, Dabi still has the advantage as Tsukuyami’s Dark Shadow is weak to light. Hawks conclude that Dabi is “buying himself time” by talking, suggesting that his flames have weakened. They manage to briefly escape but before Tsukuyomi could escape they are attacked by Dabi. However, Geten interrupts them by creating a massive wall of ice. The villains begin to push back against the heroes, meanwhile, Gigantomachia begins to respond to Shigaraki’s scent.

Tomura Shigaraki awakens

As the heroes search for civilians in the likely battlefield, we get a glimpse of who is present. Most of the U.A. Class is there, Katsuki, Uravity, Froppy, Ingenium, Anima, Shota, and Deku. Furthermore, we now know that there are no civilians left in the area. Also, Anima uses his Quirk to evacuate all the animals present. Deku has a response to the first user of One For All. He warns Deku that “blowback will arrive soon and they don’t have much time.” Elsewhere, Tomura awakens, claiming that he’s “cold.” Most of the High-End Nomu is defeated and Present Mic still is escorting Kyudai Garaki. Suddenly, the lab begins to decay.

Gran Torino rescues Present Mic and Garaki, Ryukyu tells Eraser Head to grab on, as she is carrying multiple heroes on her back. As he’s about to grab on a disintegrating Nomu grabs his leg. Eraser Head is saved by Crust’s Shoot Shield, however, he can’t escape Tomura’s Quirk and dies. Endeavor escapes with Mirko and another hero in tow. Deku shows a new skill, Super Move: St. Louis Smash Air Force. I’ve been predicting the death of many heroes for several chapters, I’m not surprised that a high ranking but largely unknown hero, Crust died. I still wonder if one of the U.A. heroes, particularly, Bakugo or Shoto, will lose their Quirks to Tomura. If they can survive his decay Quirk.

My Hero Academia Chapter 270: Tomura awakens as the new All For One

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My Hero Academia Season 4 – Episode 13: Recap and Review

Deku and Eri preparing for battle in Episode 13 of My Hero Academia.
Deku and Eri preparing for battle

Ryukyu’s team and the police restrain Rikiya Katsukame. However, he has taken a Quirk boosting drug, allowing him to inhale the life force of Froppy and Uravity. He breaks free and attacks. Ryukyu is forced to transform into her dragon form. During the confrontation, Deku arrives to inform the group that “the enemy is beneath them.” Nejire blasts everyone into the ground, breaking into the underground tomb. In reality, Himiko transformed herself into Deku to lead the group to Overhaul. Twice uses his Quirk to create double of Compress to help dig them out. They also want him to capture Eri for them. However, the Compress double is destroyed by Ryukyu.

With Nighteye missing his arm and still in critical condition. Deku attacks Overhaul, hoping to save Eri. Noticing the cape of Mirio, Eri decides that she should let the heroes save her. She activates her Quirk, Rewind. A mutated Quirk that resulted in her “killing” her father. He mother abandoned her, leaving her with her grandfather. Overhaul was asked to learn about her powers. He decides the best way to do this is to torture her, by cutting her over and over. When she “rewinds” she reverts Overhaul back to his normal state. He heals himself and absorbs Rikiya. Paired with Eri, Deku is now invincible, as Eri’s Quirk rewinds his injuries.

She’s unable to control he powers yet, forcing Deku to calculate the rate of healing. With Eri’s Quirk, Deku can use One For All 100% infinitely. Overhaul appears in his new monstrous form. However, he’s now match for the new duo. Deku asks “how he can call himself a hero if can’t save one small girl right in front of him.” He unleashes a barrage of punches, followed by a smash at 100%. Victorious, Deku surprises Nighteye that realizes that Deku has “twisted fate.” With Eri’s ability to rewind, I think Mirio’s Quirk can be restored. It’s really a game changer. I wonder if there’s some limit on the power. There must be other wise she can bring everyone back from the dead. I guessing that she can only rewind so far in time. Anyway, Deku once again proved why he going to be a top hero. Furthermore, My Hero Academia provides us with another epic battle.

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My Hero Academia Season 4 – Episode 11: Recap and Review

Mirio Togata rescues Eri from Overhaul in episode 74 of My Hero Academia
Mirio Togata rescues Eri from Overhaul

My Hero Academia is a series that has mastered balancing the story of the main character (Midoriya) with it’s many other characters. Izuku wants to become a hero, but so does all of his other classmates. Mirio Togata is one character that embodies the type of heroism that Izuku and All Might represent. This makes perfect sense considering he was a primary candidate for inheriting All Might’s Quirk. A member of the Big 3, Mirio is a goofy character that always smiles. In addition to this, Mirio possess extraordinary technique, strength and great fighting ability. This episode, Lemillion, show why Mirio deserves to be a hero.

Toga and Twice’s betrayal

It’s not surprising that the League of Villains aren’t really that interested in being on the side of the Yakuza. Why join them when you can surpass them. Especially considering the fact that the Yakuza has fallen from the original position of power. Furthermore, Overhaul’s killing of Magne simply won’t be forgiven with a “I’m sorry.” Shin Nemoto uses his “Confession” Quirk to force Toga and Twice to explain their Quirks. Confession allows the user to learn the “true feelings” of others by asking a question. Mimic still doesn’t trust them and they very difficult to deal with. Toga taunts Mimic. This results in him screaming, enraged by Toga’s insults. He reveals his position allowing Midoriya to pinpoint his location. Deku, Sir Nighteye and Eraser manage to successfully subdue him.

Mirio doesn’t stop smiling

Overhaul faces Mirio

Mirio is finally able to catch up to Overhaul, Chronostasis and Eri. It’s risky to face them alone, but he’s determine to save Eri. He suddenly losses his equilibrium as a result of the Quirk that Deidoro Sakaki’s possess. Sakaki is joined by Shin Nemoto, who attempts to shoot Mirio with a gun. Shin hopes to use his Quirk to “break Mirio’s spirit.” However, Mirio uses his Ultimate Move: Phantom Menace. Striking both Shin and Deidoro in quick succession. Attacking Overhaul, Mirio is able to grab Eri from Chrono. Mirio promises Eri that he “will be her hero.” Angered by Mirio’s assault, Overhaul removes his glove. Activating his Quirk, he destroys the ground and reshapes them into stone spikes.

It’s quickly made clear that Overhaul isn’t concerned with Eri’s well-being. Mirio is stunned when he learns that Overhaul will “restore her” if needed. Enraged, Mirio manages to maintain his reasoning. Hiding Eri in his cape, while he slips underground, Mirio manages to get a surprise hit on Chronos. Mirio admits that Overhaul is strong but he’s stronger. Shin reappears battered but not defeated. He aims a gun with a Quirk-Killer Bullet inside at Eri, knowing that Mirio will not be able to use his Quirk and save her. Smiling, Mirio allows himself to be shot, losing his Quirk in the process. Overhaul, believing that he’s won, taunts Mirio. However, Mirio isn’t defeated. He throws Chronos at Overhaul and breaks his arm with a single punch. Even without his Quirk, Mirio is more than capable of protecting Eri.

Midoriya arrives after Mirio sacrifices his Quirk

Mirio’s sacrifice

Being a manga reader this episode wasn’t surprising to me. however, I forgot that Mirio not only lost his Quirk but still had tremendous strength afterward. While, Mirio may have the spot light now eventually he returns to the background. My Hero Academia has had heroes lose their Quirks before. Tomoko lost her “search” Quirk to All For One, not to mention all the other heroes that had their Quirks stolen by him. She’s still a hero, but she has been reduced to working in the office. Mirio seems like he can still fight without his Quirk and his strength seem abnormal. With his determination, intelligence, skills and attitude it think Mirio will continue with his hero duties. However, if not I think that Mirio will accept that his Quirk was a necessary sacrifice for Eri’s safety.