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My Hero Academia Season 5, Episode 22: The split personalities of Twice

My Hero Academia Season 5, Episode 22, “Sad Man’s Parade,” centers on the most interesting villain in the series, Twice. What makes him so intriguing is his search for friendship. Normally heroes benefit from comradery but villains only seek selfish goals and view each other as means to a end. Jin Bubaigawara (Twice) resembles Marvel’s Deadpool. He doesn’t break the fourth wall, but has a similar personally. He’s often the comic relief. Twice has been suffering from mental instability since he developed a crisis of identity when he tell who was the original. During this 9-day conflict his clones killed each other leaving only one. Twice was left uncertain whether he was real.

His mask aided him with this issue, at least temporarily. Twice was always lonely. He used his clones to compensate for his lack of friendship. He joined the League of Villains to find some comradery. His desperation causes Twice to trust too easily, causing him to be betrayed often. Skeptic tries to use his awareness of Twice’s mental illness to drive him over the edge. However, it has the opposite effect. Twice realizes that he’s the real Jin and risks his life to protect Himiko Toga. Despite this, Twice’s clones still have conflict over which is the original and remain confused. The one thing that they all have is loyalty to Jin’s friends. These friends are mainly Giran and Toga. With both in danger of dying, Twice has a singular purpose for the first time.

Infinite Doubles: Sad Man’s Parade

Twice uses his Super Move, Infinite Doubles: Sad Man’s Parade, which Jin makes clones then those clones make more clones. Twice and his clones storm the battlefield rescuing his friends along the way. When he finally reaches the tower, he’s defeated by Re-Destro. During this encounter Re-Destro recalls the story of the “Mother of Quirks.” Suddenly, Tomura touches the tower, forcing it to decay. Angry, Re-Destro survives and prepares to fight Tomura.

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My Hero Academia Season 5, Episode 21: The deranged smile of Himiko Toga

My Hero Academia Season 5, Episode 21 opens with by exploring the ideology that was popular among metahumans, “the freedom to use their meta abilities rather than suppress them.” A man known as Destro formed the Meta Liberation Army from this ideology. However, the government defeated them resulting in the arrest and ultimately the dissolution of the MLA. From prison Destro wrote the book Meta Liberation War. The book is an autobiography that details his political views. He hates the government’s control over Quirks. Destro believes “the free use of Quirks is a basic human right.” The government and the public turned on Quirk users after the early emergence resulted in a “breakdown of society.” The police are a secondary force in the My Hero Academia universe. They generally act as clean up. They arrest villains after heroes defeat them.

There’s almost certainly crime from non-Quirk users however currently 80% of the population possess Quirks. The Pro Hero community fills the void, becoming vigilantes. The government decided to legitimize the hero community and permit the licensing of heroes. If the majority of citizens are Quirk users, then why are non-Quirk users in control at all? I expect that eventually the entire society will be run by Quirk users. Regardless, the MLA has targeted the League of Villains. In Deika City, the League is finally faces the massive MLA army. In the conflict, the League of Villains get separated. Himiko Toga is confronted by Curious (Chitose Kizuki), a reporter.

Ochaco just wants someone to love

Toga attacks Curious who uses her Landmine ability to blow her away. Her Quirk allows her to create mines out of anything she touches. She can detonate those “bombs” at any moment. Importantly these explosions aren’t deadly. Curious is intrigued by Toga’s story. She interviews Toga while they fight. Curious recounts Toga’s story, “oldest daughter of the Toga family, and missing since her middle school graduation.” Toga’s Quirk makes her an outcast. The Transform Quirk requires her to ingest the blood of others. It’s nearly impossible to imagine how she would use her Quirk in a way that’s not creepy. The society at large was always going to reject her. It has been theorized that her “twisted” personality is due to her Quirk. As a result, she finds the current world to be terrible. This is her primary motivation for joining the League of Villains.

Curious wants to understand Toga. She continues to prod her for information on her mindset. We see a news broadcast explaining the tragedy that resulted in Toga fleeing. She injured her classmate and began drinking his blood with a straw. Her parents called her a “demon child.” Overwhelmed, Toga flees while ingesting Ochaco’s blood. She envies, Ochaco’s relationship with Deku and wants to “get close to someone she loves too.” She then uses Ochaco’s Quirk, Zero Gravity, lifting Curious and her crew into the air. Toga receives the “ability upgrade,” that’s often reserved for the heroes. Unlike Ochaco, Toga is sadistic and let’s Curious crash to the ground, killing them.

Tomura gets a power upgrade

Most of this episode focuses on Toga, but we see Tomura Shigaraki kill a group of MLA members without his hands touching most of them. Tomura’s Decay Quirk is becoming more effective and dangerous. Its previous limitation was requiring Tomura to touch a solid object with all five of his fingers. If it can spread them the decay becomes nearly impossible to avoid. Tomura hasn’t slept much in the last few days and is becoming delirious. He barely seem to notice that his power has increase. Meanwhile, Dabi faces off against Geten. An ice user, Geten’s Quirk is unnamed but it allows him to “freely manipulate any and all nearby ice.” He can only manipulate ice, he cannot create it out of thin air, and if water or ice isn’t present in the surrounding environment he’s disadvantaged.

Dabi with his fire Quirk, isn’t afraid. Geten seems to dismiss the idea that Dabi will win simply because he can use fire. Geten claims that he’s been training his Quirk for far longer than your typical hero. I would be curious to see what is different about his training and what is taught outside the U.V system. As the episode closes, Skeptic targets Twice. Skeptics Quirk, Anthropomorph, allows him to create “human-sized objects and turn it into an exact lookalike of any given person.” He sends several puppets that look like Twice to trigger Twice’s mental health issues. They surround him as he tries to save Toga.

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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.

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My Hero Academia Season 5 Episode 16: Let’s go to the beach

After My Hero Academia Season 5 Episode 16, I think I’m becoming disappointed in the fifth season of My Hero Academia. This season already displaced the Villain Arc and now we get a filler beach episode. In the anime community filler episodes aren’t well received. Most filler wastes time and space, providing episodes that add nothing to the series. Generally, they’re meant to help producers meet their contractual obligations. The most common reason for filler is when the anime threatens to overtake the manga it’s based on. This isn’t the issue for My Hero Academia. I’m perplexed why they bothered. To this point, if filler was necessary why not focus on something that matters? Now I understand you don’t want to interfere with Kohei Horikoshi’s writing and write the story for him. However, you could explore Class 1-B more. What hero work-studies did they all attend?

My Hero Academia Season 5 Episode 16, “Long Time No See, Selkie,” is a filler episode that blurs elements of the classic “beach episode.” This episode is also a prologue for the upcoming movie My Hero Academia: World Heroes Mission. This episode focuses on Ochaco and her study at Ryukyu’s agency. She’s joined by Tsuyu Asui and Nejire Hado. Captain Selkie and his Oki Mariner Crew returns to investigate the use of the illegal drug Trigger. They pursue a ship carrying stolen Trigger, only for a member of enemy crew to use Trigger and create a smokescreen to hide the ship. They escape but the ship is believed to be hiding in the Verize Islands.

Ochaco takes the lead

Selkie, Froppy, Ryukyu, Nejire Chan, and Uravity search for the ship. When the targets see Ryukyu they once again inject Trigger and create a smokescreen. However, the smokescreen helps conceal the approach of Selkie whos able to take the criminals by surprise. Meanwhile, a plane takes off carrying the cargo. Ryukyu tries to catch the plane but is too slow. However, Uravity with the help of Sirius reaches the plane by riding on a harpoon. Using her Quirk to make herself weightless, she successfully boards the plane. Uravity quickly uses her Gunhead Martial Arts: Gravity Plus to knock out the smuggler.

Uravity still has one problem. She can’t fly a plane. She can’t abandoned the plane to explode in the sea, fearing the possibility that Trigger leaks. Ryukyu tells her to “make the plane weightless.” Despite being unsure if she can do it, Uravity manages to do so. Meanwhile, Ryukyu uses wind tornados to propel Nejire towards the plane, she then uses her Gring Wave to slow the plane down. The plane stops in midair, allowing Ryukyu to land the plane safely. After the credits we see a preview of the main villain from the movie, Flect Turn. The next episode of My Hero Academia will return to the main storyline, which is a relief. As fillers go, Episode 16 wasn’t that bad.

Check out my review of My Hero Academia Season 5, Episode 15.

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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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