My Hero Academia Season 4 – Episode 18: Recap and Review

Izuku and Yuga learning to dance in episode 18 of My Hero Academia
Izuku and Yuga learning to dance

Episode 18 of My Hero Academia starts with Mina Ashido showing off her dance moves. Izuku assuming that her dancing helps with her fighting tries to learn along with Yuga Aoyama. He’s not great. While I found this episode to be mildly funny, I’m not the least bit excited about the “school festival.” However, the explanation of why it’s important from Shota makes since. I get the impression that Kohei was predicting that narrow-minded fans like might not love this arc. Anyway, Shota points out that the festival is not really for the heroes but the other departments like general and business. Class 1-A decides that they will dance with live music.

Eri is a girl that has only known abuse. It’s reasonable that she wouldn’t have much to smile about. Izuku and Mirio see her at the hospital. With her energy level’s low her Quirk won’t function so she’s not a threat. She apologizes for the trouble she caused them. Eri remains ignorant of Sir Nighteye’s death. To cheer her up Izuku invites her to the School Festival.

It is I, Gentle

The police watch a surveillance video of a convenience store robbery. The new villain is Gentle. Dressed in fancy clothes, slicked-back hair, and a handlebar mustache. He seems polite and well manner for a villain. He has a subordinate, La Brava, but it was unclear where she was. Before he escapes with the money he’s stopped by five heroes. He defeats them off-camera. The goal of La Brava and Gentle is to become infamous through social media.

Robbing the store didn’t get many views. Gentle decides that attacking the School Festival will get him his fame. I like Gentle and La Brava. They’re weird in a good way. I doubt the two of them can take on all the heroes at U.A., even though he defeated five heroes single handly.

My Hero Academia Season 4 – Episode 17: Recap and Review

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My Hero Academia Season 4 – Episode 16: Recap and Review

Season 4, Episode 16

Win Those Kids’ Hearts

The kids annoy Bakugo

In episode 16 of My Hero Academia, Inasa Yoarashi tries to befriend Shoto, by asking his favorite food. Bakugo, witnessing this interaction finds it disgusting. Endeavor, Present Mic and Toshinori Yagi arrive and sit in the bleachers. All Might wants them to avoid standing out. Endeavor however, makes a scene when encouraging Shoto. When the students notice All Might’s presence they get excited. Mera tries to calm the students down, while, Camie Utsushimi introduces herself. Gang Orca arrives, dubbing the students “turds.” He chastises Katsuki, Shoto and Inasa. He acknowledges there strength, but points out that’s ALL they possess. He tells them to prepare for their test that will require “heart.”

Enter brats with Quirks

As the doors open, children poor out. From the Masegaki Primary School, the kids are poorly behaved. Gang Orca tasks Camie, Shoto, Katsuki and Inasa with winning over the children without using violence. Katsuki’s violent tendency is on display as the kids annoy him, Camie appeals to the boys because of her looks. However, she is of putting for the girls for the same reason. Shoto is considered boring and Inasa is a pushover the kids pick on. Shoto thinks that he can connect with the children through telling them about himself. Inasa wants to befriend all of them. Meanwhile, Katsuki challenges the strongest among them to a fight. Camie suggest that they show them their Quirks. I enjoy the bad kids. Most of them act like Katsuki, but they’re clever in their cruelty.

What’s the Symbol of Peace

The Symbol of Peace is a vaguely defined concept in My Hero Academia. It unclear what made All Might that symbol but apparently no other hero. In this episode he claims that he became a “beacon of hope,” by running “towards that goal.” While All Might is much nicer than Endeavor who’s abusive and rude, it’s still seems that All Might became the symbol simply due to his power. Maybe I missed something, and it’s possible that the series will clarify what it means later. Regardless, I’m interested in seeing how the heroes conquer the children.

My Hero Academia Season 4 – Episode 15: Recap and Review

Episode 15 of My Hero Academia opening with Gran Torino and Naomasa Tsukauchi searching for Kurogiri that has been sight numerous times. Kurogiri is captured by Torino. He alludes to a “ruffian” that has appeared in the mountains. Suddenly, they hear a loud noise. Kurogiri recalls All For One asking him to protect Tomura if anything happened to him. However, if he’s ever “uneasy” he should ask for help from one of All For One’s servants, Gigantomachia. He’s a massive man the size of a tree. He weirdly carries a portable radio with him. It’s not clear whether his size is due to his Quirk or not.

Izuku and the others will return to U.A. High School, however, Mirio will take leave. When Izuku goes to see him, he’s cheerful and doing exercises. Taking Sir Nighteye’s advise, Mirio aims to keep smiling. Feeling guilty, Izuku asks Mirio if he would accept One For All. Mirio replies that he would refuse such an offer. Mirio is certain that Eri will be able to return his Quirk.

Return to school

Izuku, Eijiro, Ochaco and Tsuyu return to school. Understandably, their classmates have a lot of questions. Iida tries to calm them down. While Ochaco feels guilty for failing to save Sir Nighteye’s life, Aizawa tells her that she “bears no responsibility and the fault lies with the Heroes.” Bakugo is typically anger and while clearly concerned, head decides to head to bed. Todoroki also decides to call it a night. They both have “provisional Hero License training,” the next day. The following morning, Shoto and Bakugo are heading to the training, guarded by All Might and Present Mic. While there they encounter, Camie Utsushimi, Seiji Shishikura and Inasa Yoarashi, who also have to take the “Provisional Hero License training.”

This episode was a good transition to the next arc, the Remedial Course Arc.

My Hero Academia Season 4 – Episode 14: Recap and Review

Izuku remembering what's at stake in episode 14 of season 4 of my hero academia
Izuku remembering what’s at stake

In episode 14 of season 4 of My Hero Academia, the heroes encounter serious losses. After the major battle between Eri, Deku and Chisaki we see the aftermath of a hard-fought fight. Hari Kurono contemplates the possibility that Chisaki has lost. He takes out a blade to kill Aizawa, but is stopped by Tamaki Amajiki. Mirio is unconscious and Asui arrives to help. Back on the surface, Eri Quirk goes out of control. When Kai tries to get her one last time, her Quirk cause his fusion with Rikiya to reverse. Ochaco captures Kai in midair, pinning him to the ground. She explains the situation to Ryuko Tatsuma and how Sir Nighteye needs an ambulance. As Eri powers continues to go out of control, Aizawa uses his Quirk to “erase” her Quirk. The police arrive, as the League of Villains slink off unnoticed.

Sir Nighteye sees a different future

Up until this point, Sir Nighteye believed that the outcome his Quirk predicted were guaranteed to occur. Midoriya undermined this reality. Nighteye tells him that ” he really did twist the future.” Izuku makes sure he tells Sir Nighteye what All Might told him. He tells him that All Might said that “he is alive and is ashamed to look at him in the eye.” Izuku encourages Nighteye to “keep fighting.” Meanwhile, on the highway, the vehicle transporting the members of the Eight Bullets are attacked by Tomura Shigaraki, Dabi and Atsuhiro. Dabi uses his Quirk to attack a police car. Inside is the Sand Hero Snatch, who blocks it with his sand. Tomura then attacks, however, he is also countered by Snatch’s sand. Atsuhiro takes the opportunity to release a boulder that crashes into the police car. This causes Snatch to release Tomura.

He then jumps on the window of the escort vehicle, disintegrates the window and flips the car over. When Dabi attacks Snatch, he is able to block is fire again. However, Atsuhiro uses his “compress” on Snatch and the flames. Dabi assumes that Snatch would die from the fire. Once Tomura encounters Kai, he tells him that he “despises,” him. Atsuhiro takes part of Kai’s arm and Tomura cuts the other on off. It a brutal end for Kai who keeps his life but loses his arms and Quirk. It think that’s just, as Kai took Mirio’s Quirk from him. As Kai screams in agony, Tomura and the others leave with Tomura saying that “they will be the next rulers of the underworld.”

The aftermath

Nejire begins to survey the damage. Half the police force was defeated by Rikiya’s Quirk, three houses were destroyed with only three injured. Deku careful use of his powers against Kai minimized the overall damage to the neighborhood. Elsewhere, at the hospital, Izuku has minor damage to his arms, Eijiro has “bruising and lacerations.” Tamaki has a broken bone in his face, Fat Gum has several bone fractures, Rock Lock will recover from his stab wound. However, Sir Nighteye will not survive. All Might finally meets with his former sidekick. Both he and Izuku hope that Nighteye can “fight against fate.” Nighteye hoped to be able to change All Might’s fate. He believes that “everyone’s wishes for a better future,” changed the outcome. Naturally, Mirio is devastated. Sir Nighteye uses his Quirk one last time to see Mirio’s future.

He sees a ” future where Mirio becomes an outstanding Hero,” and he dies smiling. If you didn’t cry at the end of this episode, I don’t know what would make you. Sir Nighteye was presented as a stoic hard ass. However, his relationship Mirio was more important anyway. It was particularly this relationship with Mirio that was most touching. Mirio who has now lost his teacher and his Quirk, will be the most impacted by his death. I have a feeling that he will gain inspiration from Nighteye’s last words and his vision. Eri’s Quirk is going to take time to master, but when she does I think she will restore Mirio’s Quirk. However, I still think that there will be a time limit on how far back she can go or what she can reverse. I wonder if she will master it in time.

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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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