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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

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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

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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

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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

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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