The clash between Overhaul (Tsuda Kenjirou) and his crew versus the League of Villains was super cool! Sometimes the battles between superheroes (in other franchies especially) can get drawn out because everyone is too powerful to kill. Not so with HeroAca, or at least not always. This battle was brutal, with two deaths inside of two minutes, including of a named character in Magne (Inoue Satoru). Honestly I should have expected it once she started flashing back, but jeez. I’m not a fan of offing the trans character, but with all the visibility Horikoshi-sensei has given to multiple trans characters, it’s hard to get mad. More it’s an effective demonstration of how dangerous Overhaul is, and another example of Shigaraki’s failure. Diving deeper into that theme we go…
Speaking of, what I really enjoy about HeroAca is the duality of theme present in many episodes. While some series would have the heroes and villains pursuing goals with no thematic link to one another aside from their goals being mutually exclusive, there’s thematic cohesion between what Shigaraki (& Overhaul) are trying to do, versus what Izuku is attempting. In fact, their goals are the same—just inverted. They all want to make their crazy dreams a reality, and are trying to level up to do so. Shigaraki wants more troops. Overhaul wants money. Izuku wants to train under the best. They’re all trying to level up their game at the same time—a training arc, but on both sides. This time, the villains aren’t just lurking and waiting. They’re trying to become stronger as well.
Lest we think that’s the only duality, there’s also the matter of Izuku and Togata Mirio (Shingaki Tarusuke). There’s a sadness, seeing the sucessor and the would-have-been sitting next to each other, and working together. It’s also heartening, because Togata—though he has no clue that he was passed over—is wholeheartedly trying to help Izuku. It’s also kind of funny, because it puts them both as underdogs—Izuku as the Quirkless who got the greatest gift but must learn to manage it, Togata as the inherently gifted (but not by much) who could have had everything and now must continue to struggle with his meager gift. Togata is also just such a great guy! It could have been a great story, to have him be the successor … but too easy. Izuku will struggle more, and in that, we’ll find our story.
As for Sir Nighteye (Miki Shinichiro), can’t wait to see more of him next week. Dude looks like he’ll be an interesting contrast to All Might, which should help Izuku grow. Especially after his worst first impression. Poor Izuku! I laughed.
- I loved all the visualizations of words, from Bakugou and Present Mic and others. Very comic booky, very fun!
- Best Izuku moment of many good Izuku moments? It might have to be when he realizes that he doesn’t just want to ape All Might’s old goal anymore. Now he wants to be strong, always win, always save everyone, be the greatest hero, and most of all, not worry his mom. D’aawww! Midoriya family is the sweetest anime family, still and always.