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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 15: Endeavor step up to teach

Endeavor teaches Deku, Shoto, and Bakugo how to be heroes in My Hero Academia Season 5, Episode 15
Endeavor teaches Deku, Shoto, and Bakugo how to be heroes

My Hero Academia Season 5, Episode 15 opens with Hawks debriefing the board of the Meta Liberation Army on his progress in spreading their propaganda. The League of Villains Dabi, Toga, Twice, and Spinner are present. Hawks is praised for his understanding of the “words of Destro.” Anyway, after Hawks leaves the room he uses one of his feathers to eavesdrop on the conversation. Himiko is heard saying that in four months “everything will be destroyed by Tomura.” This is what Hawks coded in the book he gave Endeavor. Furthermore, we learn the work studies were reinstituted to prepare the students for facing the war. Despite his apprehension, Endeavor decides to train Deku, Shoto, and Bakugo specifically for this reason.

Endeavor begins to assess the Quirks of the trio. Deku tells him an in-depth analysis of his Quirk. He comically rambles, irritating everyone. However, Endeavor seems to understand every word. Basically, Deku wants to learn to master his now two Quirks. Bakugo only wants to learn “what he can’t do.” He explains he learned “that just being strong isn’t enough to make someone truly strong.” If Endeavor can become a role model for Bakugo I think he would be better for it. Endeavor is a hothead who’s capable of compartmentalizing when to go off and when to think and focus. Bakugo needs to become like him. Shoto still hates his father but has come “to use you him.” Considering how terrible Endeavor treated his wife and children, I don’t blame him. However, he does seem bitter and that can’t be good long term.

Hawks continue to trick the League of Villains

Endeavor explains the keys to being heroes

Endeavor explains the three basic types of hero tasks, rescue, evacuation, and fighting. Endeavor’s agency focuses on all three, whereas, other agencies focus specifically on one of the three. Endeavor tells the trio that he makes sure to know every inch of the jurisdiction and rushes to the scene of any incident or accident faster than anyone. It’s important to be quick to keep casualties down. According to him, you need experience. He challenges them to “capture a villain faster than him once.” One of the main themes of My Hero Academia is learning. To become a hero you first learn (informally) from watching your idol on t.v., then if your lucky you can learn from a specialized high school, then you can learn on the job.

Endeavor makes it clear that “this isn’t class.” They won’t lose points on their grade if they fail, however, they could lose “a person’s life.” He gives Shoto and Bakugo homework learns to “condense their power.” For Deku, he must learn to use “Air force without thinking.” The concept of “parallel processing” is introduced by Endeavor. He explains that “everyone uses it . . . subconsciously.” The example he gives is a man driving a car. He had to learn how to “turn the wheel, press on the accelerator, and brake pedals” and then do them all at the same time without thinking. If Deku, Shoto, and Bakugo can do this with their Quirks then they will become more effective heroes. Endeavor may not be teaching in a class but he’s still a teacher.



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My Hero Academia Season 5 Episode 12 and 13: Katsuki and Shoto finally get their license.

My Hero Academia Season 5, episodes 12 and 13, ends the Joint Training Arc and begins the Endeavor Agency arc. However, in between these two arcs is the Meta Liberation Army Arc. Episode 12 is adapted from chapters 216 to 219, and episode 13 is adapted from chapters 241 to 242. I can only assume the series will return to the Rise of Villains Saga later in the season. These two episodes weren’t intriguing. The main focus in these episodes was Shoto and Katsuki receiving their Provisional License. The two heroes get to show off when a couple of cannon fodder villains go on a stealing spree. Only having their licenses for 30 minutes, Katsuki and Shoto dominate Cider House. Shoto uses his new attack, Flashfreeze Heatwave super move.

My Hero Academia Season 5 Episode 13 opens with Tomura Shigaraki destroying Delka City. This city was the scene of the conflict in the Meta Liberation Army Arc. I was disappointed when the episode pivoted to interviews. Unsurprisingly, Katsuki is terrible at it. His bad attitude, rudeness, and big mouth make him a terrible candidate to represent the heroes. We finally get to see how the public views the heroes. Many civilians are sympathetic towards the heroes, something that the hero critic, Aorio Kuraishisu, notes didn’t use to happen. In the world of My Hero Academia, heroes are treated like athletes or politicians. As public figures, heroes should be expected to deal with the public.

To this end, Midnight and Mt. Lady arrive to train the students in public speaking. They set up a press release podium. Shoto comes across as “aloof and clueless,” the rest of the class go, but it’s when Katsuki takes the stage that Mt. Lady notices he’s “does interviews much better alone.” The Hero Public Safety Commission discusses reintroducing work studies. After a Christmas celebration, Shoto asks Izuku and Katsuki to join him and his father for work-study. I wonder when this season will return to the Villians Arc. I can imagine the series putting the Endeavor Agency arc first, then concluding the season with Meta Liberation Army Arc. That arc is one of the best and most important in the series. It would be a shame if they skipped it.

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My Hero Academia: Season 5, Episode 8: Tenya and Shoto fall short

In the previous episode of My Hero Academia, Tenya shocked Juzo with his Super Move: Recipro Turbo. Passed down through the Ida family, the technique requires the user to remove their mufflers (🤢), which are then regrown, allowing the user to gain new mufflers that are more durable and faster. Tenya specifically states that the move increases his burst period from 10 seconds to 10 minutes. In My Hero Academia Season episode 8, Tenya explodes with speed, breaks free from the ice. He lacks control but is still able to overwhelm Juzo enough for the latter to flee. It may seem small but I like that instead of fighting regardless of his chance of victory, Juzo decided to leave. This should happen more in anime.

Meanwhile, Mashirao is having a difficult time handling Sen Kaibara’s Spiral Quirk. Hand-to-hand combat in My Hero Academia tends to take a back seat to the more flashy Quirks. While brief, Kaibara and Mashirao fight was refreshing. Kaibara’s Quirk, in addition to his fighting skills, makes it difficult for Mashirao to counter. Sen’s drills are capable of piercing his opponent, and at one point in the fight appears willing to “kill” Mashirao. It’s a moment that can be missed, but what would have happened if Tenya didn’t show up. Regardless, Tenya drags Sen and he’s the first to get imprisoned.

Class 1-B continue to impress

Elsewhere, Shoto is having a harder time than usual. Most of us would assume that Tetsutetsu wouldn’t stand a chance against Shoto, but his Steel Quirk makes Shoto’s Ice and Fire ineffective. The value of this arc for the audience is to show off not Class 1-A but Class 1-B. Juzo, Kaibara, and Tetsutetsu’s Quirks and strategic skills are put on display in this fight. Tenya and Shoto have their moments, only to fail. The lesser classmates, Pony, Mezo, and Mashirao have smaller moments but show their potential. Mezo’s Quirk is better for scouting. Pony’s Quirk first appears to be nearly useless. It’s so linear it’s hard to imagine that she would do much in a fight.

Mashirao is able to stop her from using them simply by holding her horns in place. Despite her limits, she’s the reason her team doesn’t lose. The intense battle ends with most of them out of commission. With no time left, Class 1-B and Class 1-A will have to settle for a draw. After the battle, Jurota makes a point that I think is the primary theme of this round, “in a real-life situation fleeing and waiting for backup is a valid and logical strategy.” The next round features Katsuki Bakugo, can he be a team player?


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My Hero Academia: Season 5, Episode 7: Shoto stumbles, Tenya rises

My Hero Academia Season 5, Episode 7 begins with a break in the action. Kinoko Komori’s mushrooms take about two hours to disappear. I was instantly concern for Fumikage, with his lungs full of split gill mushrooms. For her part, Kinoko offers him a cough drop, which Fumikage refuses. He turns out to be fine, but if he didn’t have quick medical assistance I’m not sure he’d survive. The third match between Class 1-B, Pony Tsunotori, Sen Kaibara, Juzo Honenuki, Tetsutetsu Tetsutetsu, and Class 1-A, Shoto Todoroki, Mashirao Ojiro, Tenya Ida, and Mezo Shoji begins.

My Hero Academia Season 5, Episode 7 plays with us a little. We assume it will be an episode focused on Shoto, but it turns out (at least in this episode) that it’s about Tenya. With such a large cast of characters, My Hero Academia often leaves many students out. It’s understandable but comes at a cost. Tenya has always been an intense character. His sense of justice is comparable to none, and he takes everything seriously. As a result, Tenya was always going to put his best foot forward in the joint training. Regardless, Tenya is in a good mood entering the training, his brother, Tensei is recovering.

Tenya rises from the mud

Class 1-B has less to prove after it’s winning the last round. However, they barely got the victory. Most viewers would assume that Shoto will dominate the fight, he doesn’t. I think My Hero Academia is deliberately trying to make the case that Class 1-B shouldn’t be overlooked. Juzo Honenuki (Mudman) turns out to have a good Quirk, and he’s brilliant. Juzo was a recommended student, meaning he has a high skill level. He’s able to quickly analyze the situation and develop a plan. He uses his Quirk to soft the ice and surrounding area. He successfully traps Tenya in the now soften ice and ground breathe.

However, Tenya activates his Recipro Turbo. In a flashback, Tenya is told that he can “tune his engine,” if he “pulls his mufflers out and train.” Watching Tenya pulls his mufflers out was uncomfortable. It’s clearly painful, and I could almost feel it. My Hero Academia has a lot of strange characters. Their race or species aren’t really explained. Tenya and his family appear mostly human, so it rarely occurs to us to think of them as not human-like stranger characters like Manga. However, Tenya and his family literally have mufflers growing out of their bodies. We’ll probably never get an answer to the species question (I don’t think there is one), but it’s clear that Tenya’s mufflers are larger. Would they get bigger if he did it again? Is there a limit? Let’s hope this is it.

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My Hero Academia: Season 5, Episode 6: Class 1-B steps up

Kinoko Komori spraying to make her mushrooms grow more.

In My Hero Academia, Season 5, Episode 6, the second round of the Joint Training Arc concludes. In the last episode, Class 1-B took advantage after Kinoko Komori began using her Quirk, Mushroom. Momo orders her teammates to “regroup.” However, before they can Manga uses his Comic Quirk to create walls of onomatopoeia. His strange abilities are confusing at first but apparently when he manifests these “onomatopoeia” they have different effects:

  • KABOOM! BANG! BLAM! BONK!; Creates huge, sturdy letters that crash through an area and function as a wall.
  • DAMP; Creates letters that act as a humidifier.
  • BOING; Creates bouncy letters that can rebound projectiles.

The effects of these words are always applied. For example, when Manga shouts “humidity” the mushrooms grow faster and bigger. Manga uses his Quirk to isolate Momo from the others, assuming that if they separate the leader, team Class 1-A would fail. Itsuka hopes to defeat Momo and increase her team’s advantage. Using her Big Fists Quirk, she overwhelms Momo with her fists. Momo refuses to give in. She creates a cannon and fires off her “lucky bag.”

Fumikage and Yuga are flying around trying to locate the teammates. Suddenly, Shihai grabs Yuga and Fumikage is overwhelmed by Kinoko’s mushroom and Manga’s solid onomatopoeia. Class 1-B has Class 1-A on the ropes having successfully separated Momo and hidden. Feeling backed up against the wall, Fumikage needs to find Class 1-B. He is released when he and Toru open Yaoyorozu’s Lucky Bag. This is her Super Move and within it are three spray cans of ethanol (fungal pesticide) and infrared goggles for Fumikage.

Elsewhere, Yuga gets imprisoned. Armed with the goggles, Fumikage zeros in on Shihai and Kinoko, while Toru attacks Manga. Fumikage uses his Black Abyss: Sabbath, he captures Shihai and Dark Shadow grabs Kinoko. When it looks like Class 1-A has once again bested Class 1-B, Fumikage begins to choke. In a surprising brutal move, Kinoko has used her Quirk to cause a split gill mushroom to sprout in his lungs. I’m starting to like Kinoko, she has a twisted personality.

Class 1-B steps up

This arc exposes us to more of the heroes Quirks but also their personalities. Shihai clearly has a crush on Kinoko. The problem is Class 1-B is likely going to go back into obscurity after this arc. Class 1-B win 4-0, but it wasn’t easy. In any anime or manga, the audience is trained to expect the main character to win. In this arc, we expect Class 1-A to win and feel the need to root for them. This is understandable. We know these characters and want them to be successful. However, we should want Class 1-B to succeed as well especially if they’re all going to have to fight against Tomura and All For One.

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My Hero Academia Season 5, Episode 5: Fumikage meets his rival

Shihai Kuroiro merges with the shadows, as he fights Class 1-A.

Dark Shadow and the Bad Powers, Good People trope

My Hero Academia Season 5, Episode 5 continues the joint training arc, between Class 1-A and Class 1-B. I was particularly interested in the clash between Shihai Kuroiro and Fumikage Tokoyami because they reminded me of the trope “Bad Powers, Good People.” Generally, darkness is associated with evil. While this has been deconstructed in series like Black Clover (the Black Bulls) and Bleach (Arrancar and Quinces wear white), the association still lingers. Fumikage’s Quirk, Dark Shadow, can go on a rampage when in darkness. Shihai’s Quirk and how he appears can lean into this trope as well. Shihai can “merge his body into anything that is dark-colored, whether naturally dark, or dark via external circumstances, such as shadows.” His black skin and the flatting of his facial features make him appear evil. It doesn’t help that his mannerisms give off villain vibes. Unlike, Hitoshi, Shihai doesn’t seem to have any hang-ups regarding his Quirk.

The analytical skills of Momo and Kendo

My Hero Academia seems to deliberately pit certain characters against each other. In this arc, we’ve already seen Jurota versus Tsyuy, and now Shihai vs Fumikage and Kendo vs Momo. Usually, their Quirks must be similar but in the case of Kendo and Momo, it’s their high intellect and strategies that are compared. This episode reminds us of Kendo’s analytical skills. During the fight against the League of Villains, she was able to deduce the limits of Mustard’s Quirk and counter it. Momo is considered an S-Class intellect. She was ranked 1st in Class 1-A, she’s quick on her feet, and can develop plans on the fly. The other Class 1-B members are the little-known students, Manga Fukidashi and Kinoko Komori. Manga is the weirdest designed character in this series. His head is a literal “pale-white speech bubble,” that can change shape and display his thoughts. My Hero Academia never explains what “race” its characters are if they have raced at all. It’s probably for the best.

Kinoko Komori

Class 1-B’s Plan B

Shihai attacks Class 1-A alone. Using his Quirk to control Dark Shadow, he punches Fumikage. Momo tells Toru to use Warp Refraction, a Super Move that redirects sunlight in all directions. Doing so weakens Dark Shadow enough for Fumikage to regain control. It turns out that Shihai’s intended target was actually Yuga. He grabs him by his cape and drags him through the pipes at high speeds. Suddenly, Fumikage appears with Dark Shadow under his cloak and grabs Yuga. Using his Navel Buffet Laser, Yuga lights up the area, forcing Shihai out. When it appears that he’s outnumbered, mushrooms appear on Momo and Toru. Kendo has predicted Shihai’s failure and has developed a plan B.

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Tsuyu Asui for MVP. The Top 3 moments from My Hero Academia Season 5, Episode 4

Tsuyu step into the leadership role in My Hero Academia Season 5, Episode 4
Tsuyu step into the leadership role

Make It Happen, Shinso!!


Hitoshi’s power has limits

My Hero Academia Season 5, Episode 4 focuses on the round 1 battle between Class 1-A and Class 1-B. In the last episode, Jurota overwhelmed Tsuyu and Eijiro. Before we get to the fight, however, we’re treated to a flashback. Hitoshi explains the limits of his Quirk. First, he can’t brainwash multiple targets at once. Second, they can free a brainwashed target by “given enough physical shock.” Hitoshi also can’t make people talk or do anything that requires cognitive functions. To compensate for its limitations, he uses Artificial Vocal Cords, so he can imitate the voice of others. His first opportunity to make use of his new equipment is against Jurota. After imprisoning Koji with his Solid Air Quirk, Kosei comments Jurota. When he responds, he freezes. Hitoshi uses Artificial Vocal Cords: Persona Chords to stop Jurota in his tracks.

Before he can capitalize, Kosei traps him in an Air Prison. Kosei wakes Jurota from his brainwashing. Denki attacks Kosei and Jurota, but the latter grabs him. In doing so, Jurota gets electrified by Denki. He’s still able to move and toss Denki into some piping. To escape electrification, Kosei jumps off Jurota’s back, leaving him vulnerable to being captured by Tsuyu. She drags him to jail, while Koji and Eijiro try to stop Jurota. They fail. As Tsuyu takes Kosei to “jail,” Jurota does the same with Koji.

The power of the “Beast” Quirks

There are several Quirks and a variety of categories in My Hero Academia. As I’ve mentioned in the previous review, the Quirks inspired by various animals are appearing to be superior. So far we have seen Quirks from Kugo Sakamata (Gang Orca), Selkie (Spotted Seal), Ryuko Tatsuma (Dragon), Rumi Usagiyama (Mirko), Tsuyu Asui (Frog), and now Jurota Shishida (Beast). Each of these Quirks has several abilities that make them powerful. They often come with enhanced strength, speed, defense, and senses. Tsuyu Quirk is best used in aquatic environments but she also able to battle on land as well. The series hasn’t specifically stated that these Quirks are powerful (as much as I remember) but it’s clear that they are.

The opposite is true of Denki. His Quirk rarely does much damage, and he has too many limitations. He needs to learn some kind of martial arts or develop better equipment. He makes up for with his strategy but if he uses his ability his IQ drops. To a lesser extend, I would say that Koda’s ability is missed. His limitation is because of his passive personality. Fighting is not his thing, and he’s useless in combat. This isn’t a problem, unless he’s put in battle scenarios. Koda is best used as a scout.

The cost when communication breaks down

This episode shows that communication is key for teams to win and function properly. At the beginning, Jurota’s team had better strategy, and they gained a quick 2-1 lead. Tsuyu’s team had one more limitation than Jurota’s team, Hitoshi. Specifically, they weren’t familiar with the limits of his Quirk. Regardless, once they developed a plan, they gained the advantage. Hitoshi’s Quirk created a breakdown in the communication of the other team. This makes them insecure and their trust declines. Without that trust, they were going to lose.

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My Hero Academia Season 5, Episode 3: The Joint Training Arc begins

I love a tournament arc, especially a team tournament arc. As I’ve stated many times, My Hero Academia has a large cast of characters. It makes perfect sense that as a result; they leave many of the heroes out. In MHA the entire Class 1-B is relegated to an afterthought. My Hero Academia Season 5, Episode 3 spends most of its time setting up the arc. We get the obligatory rosters run down of Class 1-B’s 20 students. The always annoying Neito takes center stage trumpeting that Class 1-B had “prevailed” over their Class 1-A rivals in a survey of the most popular School Festival performance by a massive 2 votes. Neito is a fun character and I’m always happy to see him even if Class 1-A isn’t.

Shinso makes his decision

Hitoshi Shinso makes his return. I confuse the classes and courses in this series. I thought Hitoshi was in Class 1-B but he’s actually was in the General Department from Class 1-C. Regardless, Shinso has decided that he wants to be a hero. Which class he joins remains to be seen, but I hope it’s Class 1-A. Unlike Kacchan, Hitoshi has always felt his Quirk was a better fit for a villain, and many of his classmates agreed. Struggling with this reality, he questioned whether he could become a hero at all. He has finally become a hero and is will to dedicate himself to helping others. Armed with a Binding Cloth like Aizawa, Hitoshi appears ready for all challenges.

Vlad explains the rules. Each class will form several teams of 4, with Hitoshi fighting twice with each class. It will require the teams to capture each other, winning once they caught four people. The first matchup is Team Asui vs Team Shiozaki. Asui’s team comprises herself, Denki, Eijiro, and Koji, while Shiozaki team comprises Jurota, Ibara, Kosei, and Shiozaki. I’m most interested in seeing what Class 1-B can do and excited to see how they stack up against Class 1-A. The first battle begins with Jurota attacking Asui and Eijiro overwhelming the two with his Beast Quirk. With Asui, Mirko, and now Jurota, it’s becoming clear that animal inspired Quirks are among the strongest and most versatile.

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The Top 3 Revelations from My Hero Academia Season 5, Episode 2

Hawks is the number 2 hero

3. Hawks is a double agent

My Hero Academia Season 5, Episode 2 doesn’t leave us in suspense long regarding whether hawks is a traitor. He isn’t. He’s a double agent for the Hero Public Safety Commission. After a failure to assess the actual strength of the enemy during the Kamino Incident, the commission hopes to gain more information. They send Hawks to ally with League of Villains to keep the Kamino Incident from recurring. Hawks Quirk makes him the most effective in espionage.

His Fierce Wings allows him to “distinguish sounds from the minute it changes in the air, allowing him to decode conversations and vocal information from sensing the vibrations.” If you include this with his intellect, he is the best choice. The question is, will the League of Villain by his deception? Dabi will most likely never trust him because he doesn’t trust heroes at all and a hero that will betray his own isn’t trustworthy at all.

2. The Todoroki Family is fractured

The abuse Enji Todoroki (Endeavor) inflicted on his family is well known by now. At this point in the series, we haven’t seen the effects on other members of the family. Fuyumi, Natsuo, and Shoto are having dinner. Fuyumi is excited to see her father, whereas Natsuo and Shoto are less excited to see him. However, Natsuo was angry at his father’s presence. He thanks his sister Fuyumi for the dinner and leaves. Enji stops him and asks him what his son is thinking?

Natsuo is upset that his father “suddenly” cares about his family. Enji deserves the ire of his son hurls towards at him. His treatment of his family was cruel and he will have to do more than just be present. Shoto for his part says that “while the hero part of Endeavor is being looked upon favorably, the father part of him needs work.” Shoto shares his brother’s skepticism but is more open-minded to reconciling.

1. Inside One For All

Deku wakes to find himself a passive witness to the birth of One For All. I have found the void within One For All to be confusing. Is Deku dreaming, is this a flashback, or does One For All induce this effect? My Hero Academia hasn’t explained how this works and I find it confusing. Regardless, Deku watches as All For One confronts his brother, the first user of One For All.

They argue over All For One’s abuse of his power, as he uses his Quirk to gain favor. He defends himself by claiming that “his actions are necessary for the growing Quirk society.” He transfers the fang Quirk of a man that was disowned by his family because it made him “ugly.” All For One gives it to a man that was attacked by a group of Quirk users. While All For One motive are terrible, he does “help” people (at least in this example) and it’s understandable he might generate loyalty in others.