My Hero Academia Season 6 Episode 17 focuses on Enji Todoroki (Endeavor) has become one of the more interesting characters in anime. He’s a hero but was once a monstrous abuser. He was obsessed at with being the No. 1 hero failing to surpass All Might. Realizing he will never best All Might, decided he was going to engineer a hero to pass All Might and represent his families legacy. Enji obsession caused him to become a cold and calculating. He decided that producing a child that had a superior Quirk than his own, was the best way to achieve his goal.
If he could merge a ice user Quirk with his fire Quirk then raise this child to be just like him, he would have the “perfect successor.” Shoto Todoroki would become this successor but before Shoto came his mother was chosen for her Quirk. Rei Todoroki is a minor character in the series, so much so I don’t think she spoken more that a few words. Their marriage was what the series calls a Quirk Marriage, which were arranged for the primary purpose of creating “custom children.”
The cost of a Quirk Marriage
Rei and Enji have four children, Toya Todoroki (Dabi) – Quirk (Blueflame), Fuyumi Todoroki – Quirk (Frost), Natsuo Todoroki – Quirk (Frost), and Shoto Todoroki – Quirk (Half-Cold Half-Hot). Once Shoto was born, Endeavor abused and or ignored his other children. He often kept Shoto from spending time with his siblings. In the episode it is revealed that Toya possessed superior fire power to his father but had a inferior resistance to fire, but resistance to ice and cold. Enji is enraged at the news.
At home, Toya has accepted his fathers views completely. He’s inspired to surpass All Might even if his father tells him not to. It’s interesting that Endeavor abandons the dream of seeing Toya surpass All Might but encourages him to focus on making friends, telling him “there is more than hero’s life in this world.” However, his ideology has infected Toya’s mind too greatly. He refuses to stop and begins calling his father by his hero name, Endeavor. In a shocking moment he then tries to attack Shoto, who’s still an infant in his mothers arms.
The tragedy of the Todoroki family
It’s this moment that causes Endeavor to segregate his children. Again Endeavor behavior causes a problem but his response to it make some since. The issue is he treated all his kids like they were a threat to Shoto. Toya knows that his father doesn’t “want” them and blames him, as he should. As a result, Toya begins lashing out at his siblings and mother. It’s horrible to see Toya slowly lose his mind as he fails to gain his fathers approval.
Toya’s argument that his mother is as responsible for this situation as his father is understandable but not accurate. Endeavor is at the center of this tragedy. He wanted a child he could use as the embodiment of his ambition. As a result, he dehumanized his children and their mother. Toya suffered the most. Endeavor is entirely responsible for how Dabi became who he is. Dabi is still responsible for his actions but he wouldn’t have become a villain without his father.
My Hero Academia Season 6, Episode 16, The Hellish Todoroki Family Part 2 gives us some background on Hawks. Keigo Takami (Hawks) father was a villain who committed a murder for frivolous reasons. Hawks mother, Tomie Takami hid his father from the police. The pressure of being on the run caused her to suffer mentally. Tomie had a unknown Quirk that allowed her to create extra eyeballs that float around her body. She used her Quirk to help her husband commit more crimes. Hawks father was an alcoholic and was abusive towards him viewing him. He considered Hawks to be a problem, claiming that he wanted to “be a free man and not waste time around some punk child.”
Hawks later finds out that Endeavor arrested his father for trying to steal a car. This moment triggers something in Hawks that inspires him to become a hero. What I found interesting about Hawks childhood was the abuse. Specifically, I wonder how he feels about Endeavor’s abuse of his children. As a child he would have no idea but now he does. It’s likely that he no longer admires Endeavor the way he did as a child, but I’m still curious. Regardless, things get better for Hawks and his mother after his father’s arrest. Eventually, Hawks gets the attention of the Hero Public Safety Commission when he saves a group from a car wreck, they offer him and his mother safe haven.
In the present, Hawks is still injured, unable to communicate due to his injured vocal cords. Hawks learns later in the episode that his mother was the source of the leak. His mother flees after being interrogated by what I assumed was Dabi. It was probably an unpleasant experience. Hawks doesn’t seem sad at hearing of his mothers departure. I fact he’s relived. Hawks terrible childhood has made him sort of cold and I’m not surprised. Hawks acknowledges that even if the story of Endeavor and his abuse is true he believes that he’s changed. Endeavor keeping his abuse secret (which is understandable) means that when he had his change of heart that also was secret.
Note: My Hero Academia episode 14 was mostly recap so I skipped it.
Tartarus is the Special Prison for Villains, separated from civilians, the prison is located on an island and features the highest security. The prisoners are separated based on the danger of the Quirks and their crimes. Much like the prison from One Piece, Tartarus keeps the worst criminals deeper within the prison under sea level. All For One’s original body is located inside. Having gained control over Tomura’s body, All For One commands his Nomu to liberate his real body. Two brothers Briareos and Gyges are guarding the Bronze Gate, the Mainland Gate, they’re the first casualties from the break out.
All For One breaks into Tartarus
We get a brief glimpse of the views of some of the guards. One questions the humanity of Gigantomachia and calls the rest “scum.” Apparently, the prison has been accused of violating human rights. Kohei Horikoshi may be commenting on the inhumane treatment common in prisons. Outside, the prison drops the bridges into the sea, and the Nomu destroy the robots defending the prison. While flying over the ocean, Tomura and All For One come into conflict. Tomura tells All For One he “won’t become his pawn.” Tomura lands and uses his Decay Quirk, then he uses his Search Quirk to locate his original body.
A EMP attack cuts off the cameras. The riot control team appears to suppress the villains break out. Goto Imasuji using his Pump Up or Muscular, bursts through the wall. Other villains Hero Killer: Stain, Moonfish, and Kai Chisaki. All For One uses his High End Nomu’s to break out villains from several other prisons like Shian, Bagu, and Kuin. The number of prisoners that have escaped overwhelms the authorities preventing them from tracking the villains. The tides have turned in favor of villains. Dabi’s reveal has undermined the number one hero, Endeavor and the public is mad. It will be interesting to see how that changes once the villains start attacking.
My Hero Academia Season 6 Episode 12 and 13, “Threads of Hope,” and “Final Performance,” Mr. Compress makes a shocking sacrifice to give Tomura a chance to flee. Best Jeanist is struggling to maintain control of all the villains. He uses his Ultimate Move: Blackout Bind, chocking the members of the League knocking them unconscious. Mr. Compress tells Spinner that he’s going to “buy them some time.” Using his own compression Quirk, Mr. Compress gouges out flesh from his own butt. It works and frees his arm enough to escape and compress Tomura and Spinner.
Mr. Compress sacrifices himself
As Best Jeanist tries to recapture Mr. Compress, the villains continues to use his Quirk against his own body and eventually removes his own clothing. This prevents Best Jeanist from binding the fibers of his clothing. He recalls a famous criminal from the past, Oji Harima, a peerless thief. Harima was Mr. Compress’s great-great-grandfather. Oji’s main goal was to steal from heroes the profited from the hero system, a robin hood type character. Mr. Compress was told that their family “is all about exposing injustice.” Elsewhere, Dabi gives up on fighting Shoto as Endeavor passed out. Mr. Compress uses his Quirk to compress Dabi. Claiming that he’s now passed on Oji’s will to Tomura,
Mr. Compress removes his mask. Announcing that he’s going to perform, “first and final escape artist performance of Mr. Compress,” he releases Tomura and Spinner, with the later waking up Tomura. Awaken, it turns out All For One, has taken over Tomura’s body. The remaining heroes try fruitlessly to stop Tomura, but are too badly injured to stop All For One. As the villain escapes we see the carnage he left behind. Heroes unconscious and some suggested dead, the destruction from Tomura’s decay and Gigantomachia’s rampage. The heroes have managed to save many but failed to stop Tomura and All For One.
My Hero Academia Season 6, Episode 11,” Dabi Dance,” is the episode where Dabi officially revealed to be Toya Todoroki. A this point the manga has already revealed this truth, so people like me aren’t shocked. Early in the episode, Todoroki lands with a wounded Deku, Endeavor, and Bakugo. Tomura is badly damaged and is struggling to maintain control over his body. Nejire Hado and Shoto attack Tomura, while Ida saves the heroes from Gigantomachia.
Bakugo demands Ida put him down so he can fight. Meanwhile, Gigantomachia manages to grab Tomura. Endeavor is exhausted and one of his lungs are in bad shape. Suddenly, Dabi appears and reveals he’s Toya. Skeptic hacks into the broadcast systems of many television studios and explains in a doctored video that “he murdered 30 innocent people.” He tries to blame this on his father Endeavor and exposes his fathers abuse.
He tries to expose Hawks as a violent he claims that he actually killed Best Jeanist. He tells everyone that Hawks father “was a serial killer,” and “a villain.” Endeavor is understandably devastated, but Dabi leaps towards him igniting his own version of Prominence Burn. Before he can land the attack, Best Jeanist appears and captures all the villains. Toya’s media attack may have had an impact but he made a claim that Best Jeanist was dead. At some point the public will learn of Best Jeanist is alive and it will undermine Toya’s claims. Regardless, Endeavors abuse is true and the heroes will have to deal with that.
In My Hero Academia Season 6 Episode 10 Deku is shocked to see Katsuki get stabbed by Tomura’s attack. Tomura (under All For One’s control) dismisses Katsuki’s sacrifice as a waste of “blood,” thinking about Eraser Head, Gran Torino, and others sacrifices Deku snaps. He shatters the wires from Tomura with his teeth and charges at Tomura. All For One grabs Deku and prepares to take One For All. Deku is transported to the inner world of One For All.
Deku is still limited in this world, unable to move or speak. Nana Shimura appears behind him and tells Deku that they “will figure something out.” All For One directs Tomura’s attention to Nana, tell him that she was his “pathetic” grandmother. All For One explains his theory for how the inner world works: just like how organs and cells contain the memories of their owners, Quirks contain the consciousnesses of their users own ‘individuality’ essentially.
One For All begins to crumble due to Tomura’s rage, but All For One’s brother appears and declares that “he and the others will never go to him because they have chosen to remain with Deku.” Deku and Tomura clash in the inner world, i the real one Deku keeps One For All. Tomura body isn’t perfect yet and won’t be able to absorb One For All yet.
Elsewhere, Gigantomachia continues his rampaging towards his master. The heroes prepare to intercept Gigantomachia, Skeptic takes note of the heroes and their numbers. Toga gets excited by the prospect of meeting and getting answers from Uravity and Froppy. She takes some equipment and heads off. Meanwhile, civilians flee as the giant continues to destroy. Toga appears as an old lady and leads Uravity into an abandoned home. Toga attacks her, but Uravity is determined to help people and if Toga stands in her way she have no choice but to stop her.
Bakugo gets to shine in My Hero Academia Season 6 Episode 9. With little time to think, Eraser Head cuts off the bottom part of his leg, preventing the Quirk killing drug from taking effect. Unfortunately, Eraser Heads Quirk cut off for a “split second” allowing Tomura to unleash his Quirks and attack Eraser Head. With his master in danger, Deku uses his Blackwhips Quirk to capture Tomura and drag him away. Shoto impales Tomura on a pillar of ice and Deku follows up with a powerful punch. It doesn’t have much effect.
Deku, Endeavor, Shoto, and Bakugo prepare to face Tomura head on. However, when Tomura attempts to use his Quirk, his body begins to fall apart. Deku notes that this is a lot like what happens to his body. Fracturing his bones and forcing his limbs to go limp. Tomura seems to lose a since of himself, asking what “time is it?” He shrugs off this odd moment and proceeds to try to use his Decay Quirk again.
Before he can Deku uses a combination of his Black Whip Quirk and the Float Quirk, he lifts Tomura and the remaining heroes into the air. Deku let off a barrage of massive and exhausting smashes, preventing Tomura from reacting. Bakugo releases that Deku is still in danger and together with Endeavor and Shoto they interfere. Endeavor grabs Tomura letting out a powerful Prominence Burn. However, Tomura still survives leaving Endeavor shocked. Suddenly, All For One awakens and uses River Stab Quirk against Deku, forcing Bakugo to protect his friend.
In My Hero Academia Season 6 Episode 8 Creati encourages the other young heroes to work together to stop Gigantomachia. The plan to put him to sleep with a sedative she creates. Juzo Honenuki (Mudman) soften the land hoping to trap the giant, meanwhile, Mineta uses his sticky Pop Off’s to create a net. Suddenly, Gigantomachia comes rushing towards them with Mt. Lady holding on to dear life. Gigantomachia runs directly into the trap and falls.
Hanta Sero (Tape), Jurota Shishida (Beast), Rikido Sato (Sugar Rush), and Ibara Shiozaki (Vines) all try to pull Gigantomachia at once. It’s not enough. While the giant is distracted, Mezo Shoji (Dupli-Arms), Yuga Aoyama (Navel Laser), Reiko Yanagi (Poltergeist), Denki Kaminari (Electrification) climb on his back to attack on the villains. Denki tries to use his electricity but Mr. Compress uses the last of his debris to knock Denki out.
Gigantomachia vs the UA students
The heroes finally get Gigantomachia mouth open and they toss multiple canisters of the sedative towards his mouth. Gigantomachia blows them and the canisters away giving Dabi a opportunity to use his blue flame. The flames cover the forest, but the heroes aren’t afraid. Mt. Lady grabs Gigantomachia and forcible holds open his mouth. Pinky shielded by her acid armor, get close to Gigantomachia. The giant releases that he’s been “wasting time,” trying to bulldoze through the heroes. He needs to stop “wasting his time on insects.”
It’s not enough. While Pinky releases that Gigantomachia was the man that attacked her years ago, he tosses Mt. Lady once again. Before he can attack Pinky, Red Riot interferes saving her and grabbing her canister. He successfully climbs up the giants arm and tosses the canister into its mouth. The sedative will take time to take effect. Angry, Gigantomachia adds some armor and prepares to kill the heroes. Elsewhere, Tomura seems to be reaching his limit.
One of the things I love about Tomura is his unhinged faces. It unsettling but appealing at the same time. He withstands another Endeavor attack but before he can reach the number one hero, Gran Torino interferes. Running on fumes, Tomura’s seems to be like a wild animal. After a flashback, showing Shimura’s agony as she gives up custody of her son, Kotaro, Tomura impales Gran Torino. Deku becomes enraged and rushes to attack Tomura. The villain pushes past Deku to target Eraserhead with the Quirk-killing drug. He manages to get the shot off before the episode ends.
In My Hero Academia Season 6 Episode 7, “Disaster Walker,” Endeavor repeatedly strikes at Tomura, while the villain grins menacingly. Ignoring Endeavor, Tomura heads for Eraserhead. Before Tomura can reach Eraserhead, Deku intercepts him. Without Tomura’s having access to his Quirks, Deku and later Bakugo figure they can risk it. Bakugo attacks with AP Machine Gun but it has no effect. Using his Blackwhips, Deku tries and fails to restrain Tomura. However, Endeavor arrives to send the villain flying backwards.
Endeavor again fails to stop Tomura leaving Gran Torino to try to stop him. Tomura easily slips past them both and once again chases Deku. Endeavor strikes Tomura with a brutal attack called Vanishing Fist. Elsewhere, Gigantomachia finally awakes and rushes to his masters side. The remaining members of the PLF climb on his back. However, Mt. Lady desperately tries to stop him but he’s too strong and large.
After Mt. Lady is literally tosses aside by Gigantomachia, Midnight tries to put his asleep with her Somnambulist Quirk. Unfortunately, Mr. Compress hits her with debris, causing her significant damage. Humiliated and bleeding, she calls Creati. With Gigantomachia still raging and the pros occupied, it’s left up to the students to stop the giant. Can Creati lead them?
In My Hero Academia Season 6 Episode 6 Tomura Shigaraki goes on a tear to find One For All. He uses Ragdoll’s (Tomoko Shiretoko) stolen Quirk, Search. This Quirk allows the “user to monitor and observe up to a hundred people at a time. This includes knowing their locations and weak points”. Before he can take off he’s attacked by Endeavor. He bombards Tomura with flames but Tomura seems to have resistance to the temperature. He lunges at Endeavor, trying to use his decay on the number one hero. To make matters worse Tomura can heal quickly.
Endeavor contacts the other heroes and tells “anyone who can move without touching the ground,” should come quickly. Tomura tries to touch him again, but Endeavor stops him. He uses another Quirk that sends Endeavor flying. According to Tomura the Quirks that have been stockpiled in such a way that he knows how to use each of them. He compares it to “omnipotence.” Despite all his power Tomura isn’t satisfied. He wants One For All.
The Search for One For All
When Tomura finally gets free he seeks put Deku. Overhearing that Tomura is looking for One For All, Deku takes off to create a distance between himself and the civilians. Kacchan is one of the few people that know Deku received One For All from All Might. Endeavor seems to start to put two and two together before he rushes to help Deku. Tomura’s presence petrifies Deku and Kacchan. Before Tomura can touch them, Gran Torino grabs them.
With Eraserhead present, Shigaraki’s many Quirks are shutoff. Endeavor arrives and attacks Tomura but the villain dodges with just his strength. Endeavor compares his strength to All Might. Gran Torino drops Deku and Kacchan. He argues that if they go too far they’ll give Tomura too much “freedom.” Besides all the remaining heroes are heading to fight Tomura. However, Tomura awaken a massive number of Nomu who cut off the heroes.