「嫌な話」 (Iyana Hanashi)
“An Unpleasant Talk”
Leave it to HeroAca to make a meeting compelling. I’m not being snide there—it illustrates how excellent storytelling comes not from action, but from tension, and tension doesn’t require someone to be hanging off of a cliff to evoke. Though the tension in this episode very much had to do with a threat to someone’s life: to Eri-chan’s, and to all those who could be hurt if villains can permanently destroy a hero’s quirk on a whim.
Can we acknowledge just how terrifying this episode really was? This is the second time we’ve heard of a child being bio-engineered to maximize quirks—first Endeavor/Shouto, and now Overhaul/Eri. This is reducing children to tools in their parent’s machinations, and I’m not going to claim that real life doesn’t contain examples of that (children of royalty in antiquity being a great example … you had to have successors so your generals and bankers didn’t jump ship to a challenger), but this is pretty stark. Then there’s the fact that Overhaul is abusing a child, his own child, and distributing her blood in bullets to gather power. It’s horrifying no matter how you look at it.
But I was most focused on a couple of young boys with regret thick on their shoulders, Izuku and Mirio. It’s really humanizing to see Mirio bow under the same emotions as Izuku, though I’m not surprised; he never came across as actually believing his bluster to the degree he puts it out. He’s way too cheery for that. I just feel for them, and the regret they feel for letting Eri-chan get away, even if they thought they were doing the right thing … well, Mirio did, but Izuku trusted him and let her go, and Izuku is too good to blame Mirio for that. They’re both culpable, so they both regret. And Nighteye… I feel for him. He doesn’t want to be the soothsayer who predicts his colleagues’ demises.
Next time the heroes will close in on Shie Hassaikai. Let’s hope their one big shot works.
- Excellent references this week, from the Beetles album cover shot to the Reservoir Dogs gang.
- Also, loved that Kirishima got so much kudos. The girls were all praising him, awww!