「無限100%」 (Mugen Hyaku-paasento)
“Infinite 100%”

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.

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18 Comments

  1. Aaron Paul was once asked which episode of Breaking Bad he’d like to see on the big screen (he answered Ozymandias), and ever since then, that idea stuck with me with TV shows. Which makes it hard for this show in particular, because, well, there are MANY of its episodes that I think are worthy of being seen on a big screen. But if I had to narrow it down to just 3, because 1 or 2 wouldn’t do it justice, I’d say it’s this one, the battle between Deku and Muscular, and the climax of the battle between All Might and All For One. That it’s that hard to decide with My Hero Academia the anime just speaks to how great it is.

    1. That’s a fun thing to think of. Hm. I may add the season 1 climax battle to that, and ditto for the climax of the Stain fight. Though I mean, there are soooo many good ones, it’s hard to decide >< And Mirio's fight just a couple episodes too! AHHH too many!!

  2. IMO Eris quirk is too powerful. It just seems like a deus ex machina. Everytime someone is heavly wounded you will think about that Eri could easily heal them.
    Next question is, will she heal Nighteye and Allmight?
    If they dodge healing Allmight with “I don’t want to be healed, I already quit being Allmight” (saying while on his deathbed), I will be furious.

    m4duk6
    1. kind of underwhelming, i expected the fight to be a little more,,, intense? . maybe i read it other way in the manga, or maybe its the art, not really digging that scary dramatic Deku shadows lol, or those giant cartoon yellow punches but still pretty cool i guess, its really weird because so far the rest of the fights on this and past season had a really cool adaptation

      D,
  3. After the episode, I just sat there saying “Wow!” Literally had to change my shirt from the perspiration, and I knew what to expect because I keep up with the manga. Such a powerful show.

    anifani
  4. I have mided feelings about this episode. Great action wise but too many things didnt work for me. Chisaki plan to create poison and antidote was a bit dumb. I would rather he wanted to remove quirks from everyone. Chisaki being able to take a 100% hit from all for one to the face and live or remain conscious was a but over the top. Not once but twice. He is still human. Mirio was able to almost knock him out and he isn’t even on the super drugs meaning if he did deku had no chance. This episode made me question too much. All I was thinking on deku power was super saiyan blue as well.

    Kurik
  5. How? How can every episode be better than the last?? This is how you do escalation! What makes this ep so great to me is Eri and her whole perspective on what’s going on. You can see her opinion of heroes and of herself changing at breakneck speed, putting her dependence on someone who loves her for the first time in years. I highly doubt Nighteye’s gonna survive though, even if he can still weakly speak for a few minutes.

    starss
  6. kind of underwhelming, i expected the fight to be a little more,,, intense? . maybe i read it other way in the manga, or maybe its the art, not really digging that scary dramatic Deku shadows lol, or those giant cartoon yellow fist but still pretty cool i guess, its really weird because so far the rest of the fights on this and past season had a really cool adaptation

    D,

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