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My Hero Academia Season 6 Episode 2: Mirko verses the High-End Nomu

Mirko has become one of the most popular My Hero Academia heroes. She’s got a cool design, a fiery personality, and a powerful Quirk. As a manga reader, I couldn’t wait to see this fight animated. My Hero Academia Season 6 Episode 2, “Mirko, the No. 5 Hero,” centers on the top hero and it doesn’t disappoint. Before we get to the main event, Endeavor, Eraser Head, Rock Lock, Crust, and X-Less attempt to follow Mirko further into the lab. However, they’re stopped by a horde of Nomu. Outside, Bakugo becomes agitated, wanting to engage in fighting Villains instead of evacuating. 

Deku, Uravity, Ingenium, and Shoto head out to locate people to evacuate. Inside the hospital, Crush activates his Shield Quirk, trapping a Nomu in the passageway. At Gunga Mountain Villa, Team Edgeshot attacks. Cementoss uses his Cement Quirk to split the Villas entrance in half. It’s an impressive show of force. Skeptic panics as the heroes rush in.

An unnamed Vice Commander of the Paranormal Liberation Front stepped forward stating that “this happened because they were waiting for Tomura.” Using a taser he charges himself up using his Amplivolt Quirk. He releases his Supreme Discharge: Thundernet but Chargebolt absorbs the electricity with Electrification, acting as a lighting rod. 

Mirko vs the High Ends

Mirko pursues Dr. Garaki and Tomura but is stopped by Five High-Ends. Nomu has five tiers: Lower-tiers, Middle-Tier, Upper-Tier, Near High-End, and High-End. The High-End Nomu has up to six different Quirks. They rival the strength of Pro Heroes, they can think on their own and retain their original personalities. This allows them to deduce certain aspects of a fight. Despite this, Dr. Garaki has chosen the most “battle-crazed” Villains to create the Nomu. 

Dr. Garaki sends all Five High-Ends to stop Mirko and the other heroes. The High-Ends are excited to let loose and go “wild,” and kill the heroes. Mirko is excited as well for a fight, providing an interesting contrast. She shares the mindset of many of the Nomu, but they have different goals. The Nomu attack together. Ribby uses her tentacles but Mirko dodges them. Eleph swings at Mirko with his trunk. Mirko eventually gets trapped in Ribby’s tentacles but she tears through them with her Ultimate Move: Luna Ring

With great speed and athleticism, Mirko barrels towards Ribby, who inflates its back with spikes. At the same time, Robot uses a spatial distortion Quirk on her arm. Mirko ignores him and while her arm twists she uses another Ultimate Move: Luna Fall. Without hesitation, Mirko flips and gets Robot in a scissor hold. She avoids his eye beams and uses her Ultimate Move: Luna Tijeras. The powerful move decapitates Robot in epic fashion. She tells them that she won’t lose to mindless Nomu. 

So what do you think? Is Mirko one of the best My Hero Academia heroes? Do you think she’ll survive? Do you find yourself preferring the fight in the hospital than the Villa? Like and Comment

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My Hero Academia Season 6 Episode 1 Review: The War begins at Jaku Hospital

Episode: A Quiet Beginning

Adapted from: Chapter 258, 259, 260

Arc: Paranormal Liberation War Arc

The goal of the PLF

My Hero Academia Season 6 first episode titled A Quiet Beginning, continues the Paranormal Liberation War Arc. Hawks went undercover to reveal the secrets of the Paranormal Liberation Front (PLF) now headed by Tomura Shigaraki. The heroes gather to prepare to confront the PLF directly. We get a flashback to one month prior when Twice and Hawks discuss his “credo.” Twice wonders what he can do to get the “troops” to trust him. Hawks explains (to the audience) that the PLF is split into regiments. Each unit is led by a single League or Liberation member based on their skills. 

Within each regiment, the top three members serve as aides to the lieutenants. Twice leads “Black”, the Vanguard Action Tactics Regiment, which provides support to the other regiments, Dabi and Geten lead  “Violet” the raid regiment which is responsible for “supervises the positions of everyone around the country”, “Carmine”, the intelligence regiment is led by Himiko Toga and Skeptic, and finally “Brown”, that is led by Mr. Compress and Spinner. Hawks gives Twice some advice he’s more concerned with the goals of PLF. They want to “annihilate” the current system of heroes. 

By attacking the major cities  at the same time overwhelming them, preventing them from functioning, resulting in a “lawless district.” Then the “Hearts and Mind Party”, led by Re-Destro will influence Japan politically. By distributing weapons and preaching about the “freedoms of self defense”, Tomura plans on creating a world of chaos, replicating the era when All For One ruled.

The Raid on Jaku General Hospital

The heroes Endeavor, EraserHead, Present Mic, Mirko, Gran Torino, Ryukyu, Crust, Wash, the Wild, Wild Pussycats, Rock Lock, Manual, Thirteen, and Ectoplasm all gather to debrief with Naomasa Tsukauchi. He informs them of “Dr. Kyudai Garaki,” the creator of Nomu, is the founder of Jaku General Hospital. At the hospital, Dr. Garaki is blissfully unaware he’s been found out. Suddenly, Endeavor calls his name from behind, telling him he needed to “accept your fate”, and he was a “pawn of the devil”. 

Eraserhead uses his Quirk on him and he instantly ages. While Mirko heads for the morgue, the other heroes evacuate the hospital preparing for the inevitable conflict with the Nomu. Meanwhile, Edge Shot leads the rest of the heroes to Gunga Mountain Villa, waiting for the villain’s counterattack. At the hospital, Dr. Garaki turns out to be a clone and is impaled by a Nomu as they begin to attack the heroes. With a hallway full of Nomu, Mirko gets excited. She flexes her muscles and charges head first towards them. She quickly defeats them, then smashes through the massive doors of Garaki’s lab, crushing the small Nomu, and terrifying Dr. Garaki. 

I’m glad My Hero Academia didn’t start with filler like some of the previous seasons. Getting right into the war is the best decision. Personally, I’m excited to see Mirko in action. She’s become one of my favorite heroes from the series. I love her design, her personality, and her fighting style. The dynamic between Hawks and Twice is sad. I’ve stated elsewhere that the villains being granted complexity (at least some of them) is one of the things this series does well. Regardless, My Hero Academia Season 6 Episode 1 was a blast. 


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My Hero Academia Chapter 269: Did Present Mic Kill Tomura?

My Hero Academia Chapter 269, The Three of Us, begins with confirmation that Mirko will likely survive. Endeavor “sears” he wounds shut. He begs her not to die, since he owe’s her for Kyushu. Suddenly, a High End Nomu arrives, attacking the No. 1 Hero. It hopes that fighting Endeavor would be “more fun.” Elsewhere, Crust, Shota, and Present Mic are overwhelmed by the Nomu’s. Mirko tells them via earpieces that Shigaraki is inside a capsule. She deduces that the Nomu were triggered by some remote device. She warns them that Shigaraki is no longer an “average villain,” and must not be allowed to awaken.

Meanwhile, Shota continues to use his Quirk to erase the Nomu’s powers. Reinforcements will arrive in seconds. Shota is unable to chase the Nomu fighting Endeavor. He tells Vision Hero: Exress and Voice Hero: Present Mic to “go ahead.” Dr. Kyudai tries to salvage his experiment on Tomura. With the damage done to the equipment, Kyudai decides to wake Tomura in his “half-formed state.” However, before Dr. Kyudai can wake him, Present Mic uses his Loud Voice ability. It destroys what’s left of the capsule, sending Tomura flying to the ground.

In My Hero Academia Chapter 269, Present Mic destroys Tomura Shigaraki's capsule with his Loud Voice attack.
Present Mic destroys Tomura Shigaraki’s capsule with his Loud Voice attack

Present Mic strikes a devastating blow

Mic remembers his childhood with Shota and Oboro Shirakumo. He delivers a devastating punch to Dr. Kyudai’s face, telling him “that’s for making my friends cry.” Exress checks Tomura’s pulse. his heart stopped. Soon the reinforcements appear, overwhelming the Nomu’s. Does My Hero Academia Chapter 269 mark the end of Tomura? Obviously not. With the various Quirks Tomura surely has, he probably will be resurrected. Or he heart stopped working for some Quirk related reason. That said, I think he will be “incomplete.” I expect that will mean he doesn’t have all the Quirks Dr. Kyudai wanted him to possess. Present Mic becoming the one to stop Tomura was surprising.

Of all the heroes of this series, he’s mostly been used for humor or supervising non violent activity. However, considering the fact that Dr. Kyudai used his childhood friend’s corpse to create the Kurogiri Nomu, it’s fitting. It think Tomura Shigaraki will awaken and devastate the hero ranks.

My Hero Academia Chapter 267 Recap and Review