Deku goes 100% against Overhaul
What They Say:
It feels like everything’s been leading up to this, ever since Midoriya and Mirio first let go of Eri. The crux of this whole operation, Eri holds the power to flip hero society on its head. Between her – a man who will stop at nothing to bring the yakuza back to their former glory, and a kid risking it all for one little girl’s chance at happiness.
We’ve reached the final showdown of the Shie Hassaikai arc, and Studio BONES have pulled out all the stops. This sakuga-fest of an episode reminds us of what My Hero Academia feels like at its show-stopping peaks.
Content (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
It felt like there was a lot to unpack this week. It’s been a deliberate crawl leading up to the climax, but everything is moving at a landslide pace now. Ryukyu squad and the Hassai’s Rikiya came barreling through the ceiling at the end of last week’s episode. It seems the League of Villains planned to throw more heroes into the ring as a diversion to capture Eri. But amidst the chaos, Overhaul recaptures Eri, flinging shards of rubble into the air alongside them. Lemillion’s cape is hurled skyward as well, catching both Overhaul and Eri’s eye. As she sees the red fabric flickering through the air, she remembers all the hardship Mirio, Midoriya, Nighteye, and all the heroes have endured in order to rescue her. Lemillion’s words echo in her mind, “I will become your hero!” As she reaches for the cape, her horn begins to glow and activates her quirk. Eri has the power to rewind time. She slips out of Chisaki’s grasp, removing Nemoto from his body in the process.
After the episode’s very early break-cut, the audio cuts away to a beautiful insert song. Deku races toward Eri with his hand extended. Eri never wanted so many people to get hurt for her sake, and she realizes these heroes won’t quit until she’s safe. As the music crescendos, Eri takes a leap of faith, landing in Deku’s arms after all this time. Overhaul hurls a barrage of spikes at Deku, but he disappears. With an enormous gust of wind pressure, Deku launches himself and Eri into the air high above the battlefield. Overhaul fuses with Rikiya and emerges from the underground in a newly mutated form.
The ideals of our hero and villain clash as Overhaul info dumps about Eri’s power. Overhaul believes Eri has the power to completely change quirk-based society. With a quirk powerful enough to rewind things out of existence, Overhaul calls her ability a curse. Initially confused, Deku starts to piece together the truth behind Eri’s rewind quirk and realizes the cause of his power surge earlier. Eri’s quirk was rewinding the damage Deku had done to his body with One For All. In his eyes, Eri’s quirk is a blessing rather than a curse. Eri was always taught that her power would only bring about destruction. But in the hands of Deku, Eri was about to learn that her powers could be used for good. With their unique synergy, Deku prepares to take One For All to 100%.
Not even Overhaul’s massive mutation could stand against Deku in his boosted state. Deku blasts Chisaki into the sky with a powerful kick. The attack is so powerful, it feels like time is suspended as Overhaul sails through the air. In that time we learn more about his intentions with the Shie Hassaikai. Having been taken in by the yakuza at a young age, Chisaki grew up watching the Hassai boss dwindle in relevance as Hero society continued to grow. In his own twisted way of repaying the man that took him in, Chisaki did everything he could to make the yakuza relevant again. But each time, the Hassai’s boss disapproved of his methods. Chisaki’s search for power left no room for morality or ethics. He thought that his monopoly over quirk-canceling and boosting drugs was the answer, but using the boss’s granddaughter to make the drug led him even further away from the boss. With that, Chisaki died and from the ashes came Overhaul. He puts the boss in a coma-like state and continues down his own path to resurrecting the yakuza. Overhaul steels his resolve and lunges toward Deku.
And now the moment we’ve all been waiting for. Deku and Overhaul face off in a spectacular cut of animation from BONES veteran Yutaka Nakamura. Deku’s power at 100% completely overwhelms Chisaki, obliterating each of his mutated limbs with a flurry of punches. And just before the final blow, we get a close-up of Chisaki and Deku, their expressions make it clear that Deku’s strength was on another level with the help of Eri. In that moment, Chisaki may have realized the true extent of Eri’s power as One For All comes crashing down on him.
We pan over to Uraraka, who’s watching over the gravely-injured Nighteye. The dust settles as we see Deku standing victorious over Chisaki. Nighteye sits there in disbelief, as the immutable future he foresaw had changed right before his very eyes. For the first time ever, Nighteye believes his predictions can be changed. A moment of hopeful lucidity, he looks onward at Deku, the kid who inherited One For All and twisted his destiny.
Despite all the collateral damage, the Nighteye Operation ended successfully. The anime’s pacing created a lot of hype for the Overhaul fight, and BONES definitely ended the Shie Hassaikai arc with a bang. It feels like we’ve been through hell and back for this mission, so it’s crazy to think we’re only halfway through the season!
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