Today the heroes were victorious, but at what cost?
What They Say:
With the Shie Hassaikai arc coming to a close, the dust has settled and the heroes must count their losses. Eri is safe, but the key to her quirk remains a mystery. The heroes may have completed their mission, but the repercussions will weigh heavily on them. This week’s episode of My Hero Academia ends on a very somber note.
Content (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
The raid on the Shie Hassaikai is complete and Eri has been saved from the clutches of Overhaul. But when we step back and look at the big picture, can the heroes really call this a ‘win’? After last week’s spectacle of a fight between Deku and Overhaul, this should be the victory lap. Unfortunately, there isn’t much for them to celebrate. Despite their minimal involvement, it seems like the League of Villains came out on top this time around.
So let’s reflect a bit on the outcome of this arc. First things first, Eri is safe! If anything, the main goal of Operation Nighteye was to save the little girl, and that was accomplished. But as we saw from the final fight, her power is still wildly uncontrollable and remains a huge liability to those around her. Even with Eri successfully rescued, controlling her power will be a dilemma of its own. Of anything, this was the only positive outcome from the raid.
But Overhaul and the Shie Hassaikai were defeated! While this is true, we have to remember the Hassai Group’s place in all this and the importance of the quirk-altering drugs. Successfully detaining the Shie Hassaikai clan doesn’t mean much in the grand scheme of things. Most of the underlings were simply pawns in this whole operation, forced to follow Overhaul while the Boss was bedridden. The yakuza were simply a vessel for Overhaul’s plan. And now, everything he worked for has fallen into the hands of Shigaraki. Honestly, despite Chisaki being portrayed as an irredeemable villain, his punishment in this episode was still rather pitiable. The League of Villains coordinated an attack on the car transporting Chisaki to the villain hospital. The League and the Shie Hassaikai built their relationship on pins and needles, and now Shigaraki was here to rub salt in the wound. Not only do they take the quirk-canceling serum from Overhaul (arguably the most important asset of this entire operation besides Eri), they also remove both his hands – effectively disabling him from using his quirk. It’s a fitting penance for Chisaki to bear, but seeing his flashback with his old Boss was still hard to take. It seems Chisaki won’t be restoring the yakuza to their former glory anytime soon. The League of Villains come out with a major victory on this one.
At least everyone made it out okay…right? Mmm. Yeah. The heroes felt some irreparable losses during the raid. Deku came out unscathed thanks to Eri’s ability, and thankfully it seems Kirishima, Fat Gum, and Tamaki only sustained minor injuries. But with Mirio’s quirk gone and Nighteye in critical condition, the losses outweigh the gains. Aizawa-sensei leads Deku to a room where All Might, Recovery Girl, Bubble Girl, and Centipeder all loom over Nighteye’s hospital bed. Mirio also comes barreling into the room, begging Nighteye to continue living. At the very least, Sir Nighteye was able to get some closure with All Might; the actions of Midoriya, Mirio and the other heroes gave him hope of a future that could bend his Foresight. He goes out with a smile on his face, promising our heroes that the future is bright. And with that, this emotional train wreck of an episode comes to a screeching halt.
What a gut-punch of an episode. After last week’s adrenaline-pumping high, we’re immediately thrown into the grim aftermath. Rescuing Eri was the top priority, but I can’t help but feel like the heroes lost today. However, thanks to their efforts, that little girl gets a chance at a bright future. No matter the outcome, these heroes will continue to stand, fight and shape destiny with a smile on their faces.
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