「無限100%」 (Mugen Hyaku-paasento)
One moment of kindness, rewarded.
Last episode I spoke of foreknowledge, and the trouble of bringing it into fiction. As soon as someone says the main protagonist is destined to die, we know that destiny is bullshit, because outside of, say, Dragon Ball Z—no reason I’m bringing that show up this week, no siree—i.e. outside of a series where resurrections are possible, it just ain’t gonna happen. So, as the old saying goes: How are the ‘ol
Duke brothers Horikoshi-sensei gonna get out of this corner he dun writ himself into?
The answer: rewinding time, which is something I’d be a lot more annoyed about if it didn’t make sense given what we’ve seen. It’s a possible vector for what Eri’s blood does to people, so why not? To be honest, that doesn’t make me feel either way, positive or negative. The only element that really does that is Chisaki. There were some compelling moments with him, and if he’s in truth now trying to get rid of ALL quirks and return society to how it was, that’s the most interesting Chisaki. His idea about making a poison and an antidote isn’t real interesting, though. That’s small-time shit. That’s as interesting as him entering his final form, which is to say it’s business as usual.
No, the outstanding elements of this episode all belonged to Deku, and to Eri.
Eri is a lovely character, and I don’t just mean that she’s a lovely girl. Her father accidentally disappeared at her hands, her mother left her saying she was cursed, and she was subjected to incomparable torture and abuse day in and day out. And yet, when she saw Mirio’s cape, and realized that Deku would not give up, she acted. She leapt out to Deku, let him save her, and did everything she could to make sure her rescue was a success. And then Deku said:
“Your Quirk is such a blessing!”
…and I just about died. I mean honestly, we could talk about how Super Saiyan Deku (I almost typed Goku there) until our tongues fall out, and yeah, that was mega cool. It helped that Bones was showing off—sakuga, anyone? (And that insert song with the lack of sound effects, damn!) But it’s never been Deku, Wielder of One For All who is the hero. As with Mirio, his quirk is important, but it’s not the major element. It’s Deku the person. It’s his kind arms, his kind words, and his determination to never let her go again. If it weren’t for those elements, Eri wouldn’t have fought back as she did; it took heroes like Deku and Mirio (together) to get her there. That’s why they’re heroes. That’s why Nighteye’s future stands unfulfilled at the end of the day, to his great pleasure. Hopefully it’s not his last thought.
And what do you know, Eri-chan leaves the door open for Mirio to regain her powers, once she learns how to use them well enough to re-rewind his Quirk. Huzzah! A little cheap, but I’ll take it. I’d miss Mirio if he weren’t around.