My Hero Academia Episode 88: Recap and Review

In episode 88 of My Hero Academia, Endeavor refused to give up.
Endeavor refusing to give up

Endeavor is one of the most complicated heroes in My Hero Academia. A prideful man, Endeavor was constantly striving to dethrone All Might. This goal consumed him, resulting in a cold callous personality. His Quirks downside, overheating, caused him to seek to father a child without his limitation. To this end, he married an ice Quirk user. Unfortunately, Endeavor was a cruel and abusive father and husband. When Shoto’s mother attacked him after a mental breakdown, Endeavor sent her to a psychiatric ward. With his “masterpiece”, Shoto, hating him Endeavor has become determined to seek his families forgiveness.

A new symbol of peace

This coupled with his conflicted feelings regarding his unearned position as the number one hero Endeavor is intriguing. The question is, can he redeem himself, accept his place as the no. 1 hero, and become the new “Symbol of Peace.” My Hero Academia’s season finale hopes to begin to answer this question. Tasked with fighting the first High-end Nomu, Endeavor is tested. Despite Hawks aid, he doesn’t have an easy time. Endeavor is able to finally defeat the Nomu with Prominence Burn. Endeavor wasn’t unscathed receiving a massive scar over his eye. Exhausted but triumphant, Endeavor strikes a pose similar to All Might. Endeavor’s not like All Might, but that doesn’t mean he can’t become the next Symbol of Peace.

The animation in this episode is exquisite. It’s better to watch than have me describe in detail what happens. Overhaul, My Hero Academia episode 88 ends the fourth season with a bang. I originally didn’t like the first half of this season as I found it underwhelming. The festival arc, in particular, wasn’t that excited. However, I did enjoy how it ended. Season 4 was uneven but ended well. Regardless, the next season is going to be amazing.

My Hero Academia Episode 87: Recap and Review

My Hero Academia Episode 87: Recap and Review

In episode 87 of My Hero Academia the pussycats return.
The Pussycats return

In the penultimate episode of Season 4 of My Hero Academia, the last arc comes to a close. Eri is gets transferred to U.A. Abandoned by her family, Eri has nowhere to go. To keep her powers in check, Aizawa will need to be close. Mirio will take time off from school to help with Eri. Considering the relationship Mirio formed with Eri, this makes sense. He also doesn’t have a Quirk anymore, so he probably doesn’t need school right now. 

The Return of the Pussycats

The Wild Wild Pussycats arrive at the U.A. dorms. Everyone’s excited. They announce that they are returning from hiatus. Ragdoll, still without her Quirk, plans on becoming an office lady. They received a message from Tartarus. All For One apologizes for stealing her Quirk. He claims that “he has a little bad habit of taking up any good quirk and hoarding it for himself.” He mockingly offers to return it. I can’t help but feel that All For One will get free at some point. He’s too smart not to escape. Although All For One is being kept alive with an oxygen mask. 

Anyway, Momo says that “due to their period of inactivity, they have dropped a lot of positions in the ranking but still have fans who are waiting for their return.” The Pussycats ranking plummeted from 32 to 411. The remained that high because of public perception, inspiring them.

Hawks giving a speech

JP Hero Billboard Chart

With All Might retiring, there are new hero rankings. Considering the importance of the announcement, its held at Kamino. The Hero Billboard Chart is an official ranking of Japan’s heroes. The Hero Public Safety Commission uses a formula that reviews several factors to determine the rank. They emphasize the “number of cases solved, general popularity, and level of social contribution.” The approval ratings of heroes also factor in but aren’t as important as other factors. 

The new JP Hero Billboard Chart Rankings are:

  1. Endeavor
  2. Hawks
  3. Best Jeanist
  4. Ninja Hero Edgeshot
  5. Miruko
  6. Shield Hero: Crust
  7. Kamui Woods
  8. Laundry Hero: Wash
  9. Equipped Hero: Yoroi Musha
  10. Ryukyu
The High End Nomu arrives, Endeavor engages

Hawks Stands Out

Being a manga reader I know more about Hawks than this episode reveals. He’s arrogant and rude. He questions why ” Heroes with less accomplished that he is playing safe with his words instead of saying something more heroic-like.” His personality makes him more interesting. His motives seem questionable. Hawks want to team up with Endeavor. They’re an odd hero couple. While working with the police, Hawks was searching for information on Nomu. He wants Endeavor to verify the rumors regarding Nomu’s and ease the publics’ concerns. Suddenly, a “High End” Nomu arrives. It asks “who’s the strongest.” Endeavor orders Hawks to evacuate everyone and attacks with Flashfire Fist – Jet Burn

With only one episode left this season, My Hero Academia is going to go out with a bang. I can’t wait to see this fight animated. Endeavor is a hero that very little is known. We know more about him than most, but his motivation is unclear. Watching him fight a new threat will give us a glimpse into now strong his fighting style is. My Hero Academia is presenting him like All Might when he fought a Nomu. I don’t think it a coincidence. Kohei wants the viewers to compare the two heroes. 

My Hero Academia Episode 86: Recap and Review

My Hero Academia Episode 86: Recap and Review

In episode 86 of My Hero Academia, Eri finally smiles as she enjoys the U.A School Festival.
Eri Smiling

In episode 86 of My Hero Academia, the U.A. School Festival Arc concludes. Izuku covers for Gentle, telling a suspicious Hound Dog that he and Gentle had a “small disagreement.” Gentle seems to have taken his defeat well. He hopes that “Izuku’s feelings can reach others.” Seeing Gentle as a potential path he could have gone down, Izuku considers Gentle to be his “toughest opponent.” Deku arrives at the performance at 9:50 a.m. Yuga Aoyama gives him his outfit. Many gather to watch the Class 1-A perform, including Eri and Mirio. However, Tsutsutaka and Chikuchi aren’t sure that the show will be any good. They are mistaken.

Eri smiles

The lights go out, and Bakugo yells “let’s go, dammit.” They begin with a flashy entrance, Class 1-A stun the crowd. With synchronized dancing, explosions, and Kyoka singing even the haters in the crowd join in. Kyoka flashes back to the moment she told her parents that she wanted to be a hero, and fight for other people. Her parents are accepting. As she enjoys the performance, Eri finally smiles. Mirio witnessing this begins to cry. This has to be the highlight of this episode. Eri starts to overcome the abuse that emotionally damaged her. After Class 1-A’s performance, Class 1-B performs what seems like Romeo and Juliet mixed with Star Wars. Or maybe I forgot the “I’m your father reveal” in the play.

Mirio and Eri meet Midoriya after the festival. Eri is still glowing. Deku and the rest of the class begin cleanup. As the do Tsutsutaka and Chikuchi apologize for their behavior. The rest of the classes congratulate them on a good performance. Mineta is overeager to clean up. If they hurry they can catch the beauty pageant. Nejire wins with her flashy sky dance. I’ll admit I wasn’t really into this arc, but the festival turned out to be more fun than I thought.

My Hero Academia Episode 85: Recap and Review

My Hero Academia Season 4 – Episode 21: Recap and Review

My Hero Academia, episode 21, “Deku vs Gentle Criminal,” begins the conflict between Izuku Midoriya, Gentle Criminal and La Brava. In the background of this episode is the School festival. Taking place mostly during the day of the Festival, the episode is framed with time stamps. At 6:30 p.m. Izuku is training with Toshinori Yagi (All Might) when he’s given new support equipment. Mei has created “Air Force Gloves” for Deku. They are support gloves that help Deku in “unlocking” 20% of One For All. Mei has created the gloves to work with Deku’s “Iron Soles.” In order to better make use of his “concussive wind blasts,” these gloves help Deku create more focus blasts.

Deku using his Air Force Gloves for the first time in episode 84 of My Hero Academia
Deku using his Air Force Gloves for the first time

Deku vs Gentle

At 7:50 AM, Izuku runs to the store. One his way back at 8:30 he runs into a poorly disguised Gentle Criminal and La Brava. Izuku apologizes and Gentle tells him to be “careful, because he has been about to ruin him the aftertaste of the Golden Tips Imperial.” This proves to be a mistake, as extends the conversation. Deku is able to deduce that Gentle is the criminal he’s seen on social media. Deku drops his groceries and prepares to stop Gentle for doing whatever he plans to do. With no backup likely, Deku determines that he’s on his own. He activates One For All: Full Cowl at 8%. Gentle orders La Brava to begin filming, as his plans have changed.

Gentle’s Quirk, Elasticity, gives him the ability to “give elastic properties to everything he touches, and that includes the air itself.” He uses his Gently Rebound to repel Deku backwards. Gentle and La Brava attempt to flee. However, Deku is able to hit Gentle with his Delaware Smash Air Force. Gentle however, is still determined to follow through on his plan. Deku tackles him and the crash into a construction site. There Gentle best Deku using his Quirk to cause a steel beam to collapse. Deku is forced to catch it preventing him from given chase. Gentle’s willingness to threaten the safety of a innocent bystander seems to undermine his claim that he’s different from typical villains.

The show must go on

It’s now 8:45 AM and Class 1-A is preparing to perform. With 15 minutes remain will Izuku or Gentle get to the festival first. Both are determined, but who will triumph? With Gentle and La Brava heading towards U.A., Deku uses his strength to lift the beam with one arm. He fires another Delaware Smash Air, but he misses. As Deku gives chase La Brava believes that they have no choice but to use her Quirk. While I still find the arc to be underwhelming Gentle interests me. My Hero Academia has always treated villains differently from other series. With the League of Villains having to grow and develop like the young heroes from U.A., the different ideologies from hero killer and now Gentle, I think that what the series might be known for is how diverse the villain are.

My Hero Academia Season 4 – Episode 19: Recap and Review

My Hero Academia Season 4 – Episode 19: Recap and Review

Deku attempting to learn to control his power in Season 4 Episode 19 of My Hero Academia.
Deku attempting to learn to control his power

Gentle presents his argument for why he’s a villain. He’s more like a modern-day robin-hood or as he puts it a “Gentleman Thief.” Despite working for six years to get his message out, Gentle has been surpassed by the likes of Hero Killer: Stain. As a result, the League of Villians has become the standard for what people assume villains are. Meanwhile, the other classes are resentful of Class 1-A performing for “them.” Regardless, Class 1-A needs to pick a song and find a drummer. Apparently Bakugo took music classes as a child. After some manipulation from Denki, he demonstrates that he can play the drums. However, he’s uninterested in playing. Having overheard the other classes talk about Class 1-A, he doesn’t think that the other classes would want to hear them play.

In a surprising twist. Or maybe not. Bakugo is upset that Class 1-A feels the need to care about the other class’s feelings. It wasn’t their fault that they were attacked by villains. He instead encourages his classmates to “kill everyone in U.A with their sound.” I completely agree with Bakugo here. The other classes seem to be jealous of Class 1-A and as a consequence blamed them for being victims of the villains. It’s really a selfish take considering the fact that the villain was willing to kill many of the students. Bakugo’s argument goes over well, as it should.

Gentle’s plan of attack

Gentle plans on sneaking into U.A during the festival. It’s going to be difficult for him because of all the added security. Meanwhile, Deku and All Might train his quirk. All Might has him using Full Cowling at 20 percent. He then has Deku send out one attack after another from a single spot. Deku jumps up and kicks the air causing a torrent of wind. All Might goes through the six stages that Deku has gone through so far. Without much prompting Deku realizes that if he uses number 2 and number 6 at the same time, he can draw out power at his limit instantly. As I mentioned previously I don’t really care about the performance from Class 1-A, even though I strongly agreed with Bakugo’s sentiments. The breakthrough for Deku is more interesting and I’m excited to see what comes of it.

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

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

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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