「ガッツだレッツラレッドライオット」 (Gattsuda Rettsura Reddo Raiotto)
“Let’s Go, Gutsy Red Riot”
The ultimate tank.
This episode, like so many in HeroAca, is two sides of the same coin with what the villains are doing and what the heroes are doing representing two facets of the same crisis. For the villains, we learn about their goals, and more specifically, their methods: not just power up quirks, a previously known (in universe … this is news to us) drug, but the new sauce in one that can nullify quirks. Given how much heroes depend on their quirks—no surprise there—this is a powerful tool. And a joint partnership … really, that’s the only way for these two organizations to move forward. Which is unfortunate for the citizens in HeroAca’s Japan, who would have been much happier if these villains didn’t join forces. Alas, Shigaraki is too smart for that, and he’s even getting too … mature, really. In a villain kind of way.
As for our friend Red Riot, what an awesome hero debut! I really liked how he leaned into being the ultimate tank, an unbreakable wall who poured everything into his strengths. He could have tried to develop more tricks, or he could try to develop some kind of mid-range ability technology, but instead he put it all into his strengths. Get tough, get SUPER TOUGH. It works, and will work especially well when working with other heroes, where he can be the specialist that facilitates their strengths. Plus it was just a reall cool fight!
As for that fleeting glimpse of someone in Kirishima’s past that looks awfully like Mina… Well. Let’s just say that’s intriguing. I look forward to learning more as the season continues.