Deku and Co. take some time to reflect in this transitional episode
What They Say:
With the Shie Hassaikai arc officially in the books, Midoriya, Kirishima, Ochako and Tsuyu return to the dorms for some much-needed recuperation and reflection. As they wind down and transition back to school life, the focus once again falls on the students and the League of Villains. Todoroki and Bakugou prepare for the provisional license exam as we also learn of All For One’s trump card lurking in the wild.
Content (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
My Hero Academia used this week to stretch its legs and return to its high school anime roots. The moody atmosphere of the Overhaul arc melts away as the new opening from Kana Boon hits the stage. This light and bubbly banger is one of the catchiest openers MHA has had in a while and helps shift our focus back to Class 1-A and the incoming school festival arc. The new ending song is similarly lighthearted, giving us a glimpse into past U.A. festivals. Here we see younger versions of favorites like All Might and Aizawa, as well as some characters yet to be revealed. The League of Villains’ presence still looms overhead, but the atmosphere this time around will be much lighter than the season’s first half.
Speaking of the League of Villains, episode #78 gives us a new piece to the puzzle of All For One’s master plan. Gran Torino and the police force track down the League of Villains’ Kurogiri to a remote location in the mountains. At first, it seems strange for the teleporting baddie to be wandering this area, but once Gran Torino captures him, it’s revealed that he was carrying out the next phase of All For One’s scheme. Apparently, Shigaraki wasn’t the only quirk user that AFO had been training in secrecy. As a contingency plan to protect Shigaraki if AFO were ever out of the picture, he hid the hulking beast Gigantomachia deep within the mountains. Gran Torino barely escapes with both Kurogiri and Detective Tsukauchi.
Meanwhile, the heroes of the Nighteye Operation are just being released from the hospital. Midoriya goes to check on Mirio one last time before leaving. To his surprise, Mirio is back to his usual self, full of energy and positivity. With all that had transpired, Mirio hangs onto Nighteye’s final words and continues moving forward with a smile on his face. Seeing his senpai still smile in the face of adversity, Deku once again doubts his own worth. If Mirio had One For All, maybe he would have been able to save Nighteye? He even sinks so low as to offer up the quirk to Mirio, but he promptly refuses. Mirio acknowledges Deku’s feats as a hero and couldn’t possibly take that away from him. Instead, he’ll continue fighting in his own way, and maybe someday his power will return (it’s hinted that Eri could revert him back to normal if she gets control of her power).
With that, Midoriya, Kirishima, Ochako and Tsuyu return to the U.A. dorms. As soon as they enter, they’re bombarded by their fellow classmates. It feels refreshing to have the whole class back in the picture again, and seeing them all worried about their classmates is especially heartwarming. With everything seemingly back to normal, our heroes have this fleeting instant to catch their breath and reflect on all that’s happened. Midoriya and Ochako, in particular, have a lot on their minds after the Shie Hassaikai raid. For the moment they can rest, but right now its crunch time for Bakugou and Todoroki.
The next morning, those two set out with All Might and Present Mic to their provisional license exam. Some more familiar faces make an appearance as the students from Shiketsu who failed have also returned for the test. Much to Todoroki’s displeasure, Endeavor shows up to witness his son in action. This also gives him time to have a serious conversation with All Might. With Endeavor at the top of the hero ranks and Shoto making progress toward his professional career, expect to see some development of the Todoroki family this season.
Not an especially compelling episode, but it was a much-needed breather after the heavy impact of the season’s first half. I’m excited to see U.A.’s colorful cast make a full return. This new cour comes with a surprisingly light atmosphere, but that’s not to say there won’t be any exciting moments. Looking forward to the next chapter!
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