「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.

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11 Comments

  1. https://randomc.net/image/Boku%20no%20Hero%20Academia/Boku%20no%20Hero%20Academia%20-%2068%20-%20Large%2027.jpg
    Leave it to Bones to make me feel that skin crack, audio-visually.

    https://randomc.net/image/Boku%20no%20Hero%20Academia/Boku%20no%20Hero%20Academia%20-%2068%20-%20Large%2031.jpg
    I think I’ve settled on which quirk I’d want to have if I were a character in this story.

    And special mention needs to go to Katsuki. The part of his growth where he serves as a quirk consultant (which already started with Deku, now with Kirishima) makes him more endearing as a character. A far cry from what he was in the beginning.

  2. Shout out to the incredibly good animation cuts in the beginning of the episode. Really slick, even between two disposable villains.
    So that drug…. this someone extract Kamijou Touma essence? XD

    ruicarlov
    1. Drawn by legendary sakuga action animator Yutaka Nakamura ^_^ He’s the one who did Deku vs. Todoroki (the infamous epic “high-five” that ends their battle), Deku and the gang saving Katsuki from the villains/All for One (where Katsuki used his explosions to jump high and grab Kirishima’s hand),
      and Deku vs. Katsuki part 2 (the “Flash” part up to the Bruce Lee-style footwork and heel kick to Kachan’s face), aside from some the epic fights in One Punch Man and Mob Psycho 100 🙂

      Kaz
  3. So much awesomeness this week, and with barely any appearance of the stars of the arc! We finally get a Red Riot episode and it makes me love Kirishima even more! Uravity and Froppy get some action at the beginning along with flashy splash screens, and we’re introduced to a few new heroes too!

    starss
    1. This technically isn’t a spoiler for what happens after this episode, but I’ll cover it just in case.
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