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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.

Anime

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.

Essay/Opinion

Is Dabi Toya Todoroki?

One of the most pressing questions among My Hero Academia fandom is the identity of Dabi, the mysterious villain, and Lieutenant of the Paranormal Liberation Front. Many fans wonder if Dabi is actually Toya Todoroki. I think the question of Dabi’s identity has its merits. So what are the clues?

Image of Dabi

1. Mysteries surrounding Toya and Dabi

There are many unanswered questions surrounding the two characters that imply that there one and the same. Kinda. First, Dabi’s real name isn’t known. Considering the fact that lesser-known characters in My Hero Academia have their real names revealed it seems odd that Dabi’s remains a secret. For example, Trumpet is a minor villain in the series. However, we know that his real name is Koku Hanabata. Obviously, there are other characters who’s real names aren’t mentioned, but the ones of Dabi’s stature tend to. In addition to this, Toya is currently considered missing. This could explain why his origins are unknown.

How old are they?

Like Dabi’s real name, his age isn’t mentioned. Neither is Toya’s. We do know that Toya is the eldest of the Todoroki children. Fuyumi is 23, Natsuo 19, and Shoto is 16. Meaning Toya is a least 24. Without knowing the age of Dabi it’s impossible to determine if he could be a Todoroki. However, we still can’t rule that out.

2. Quirks are inherited

In My Hero Academia, Quirks are inherited genetically. This is the biggest argument for Toya and Dabi being the same person. Dabi’s Quirk is known as “cremation.” However, it hasn’t been given an official name yet and neither has Toya’s fire Quirk. Anyone that watches the anime, knows that the series often restates the Quirks of the villains and heroes. So why don’t we know the official name of Dabi’s fire Quirk?

The blue flame

Dabi’s fire Quirk is the ability to use a blue flame. This color of fire is proof that Dabi’s fire is higher in temperature that Endeavor’s. This is important because in chapter 202, page 8, Endeavor notes (in a flashback) that Toya’s fire was more “even greater firepower than mine.” In addition to this, during the Hosu incident (Episode 30), Endeavor burns the head of a Nomus off using a blue flame. This shows that blue flames are possible among his bloodline. Finally, Quirks get stronger each successive generation. If Dabi is Toya it makes sense that his Quirk would be stronger than Endeavors.

3. So why don’t they recognize him?

One of the best arguments against this theory is the fact that neither Shoto or Enji recognize Dabi. However, there are several good reasons for this. First, both Shoto and Enji (Endeavor) were isolated from the other members of his family. Named “failures” by Endeavor, he deliberately segregated himself and Shoto from them. In chapter 192, page 12, Natsu reveals that his father never let them into Shoto’s life. Would either of them recognize him? Furthermore, Dabi has charred skin covering half his face. Coincidentally, when Endeavor and Dabi meet for the “first” time, the former has a “blurry” vision.

Using their full name

During the moments when Shoto and Enji meet Dabi, he does something odd. He calls them by the full names. In chapter 82, page 18, Dabi calls Shoto by his full name when the later fails to rescue Bakugo. After Endeavor defeats the “High-End Nomu, Hood,” Dabi arrives. Before he escapes he tells “Enji Todoroki,” not to “die until they meet again one day.” This is to deliberate to be a coincidence.

Overall, I think the evidence that Dabi and Toya are the same is too great. With the gaps in both their profiles (age and name of quirk). Dabi’s over-familiar tone with Shoto and Enji. His flame being stronger that Endeavors. The best evidence against this theory can be explained away. So what do you think? Convinced? Did I miss something? Do you have something else to add?

Other possible evidence:

  1. Dabi/Toya’s “weakness” could be the reason his skin burns
  2. Dabi/Toya’s burn marks resemble the portions of Endeavors costume where flames erupt
  3. Dabi, Shoto, and Enji have the same eye (that one’s a little thin)

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