Story/Art: Kohei Horikoshi
Translation: Caleb D. Cook
What They Say
Midoriya inherits the superpower of the world’s greatest hero, but greatness won’t come easy.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
Jumping into My Hero Academia this far into it is something I probably wouldn’t recommend. I did something similar with Bleach a couple of years ago before it ended but I had the background of the anime to help me with. I’ve seen through the third season of this show and the films, and I’ve liked the property but it’s not something I’m hardcore about – unlike my youngest kid who can’t get enough. But I figured I’d see how things were going just to get a taste of it since it’s been so long. I had liked what little I had seen of Horikoshi’s previous work in Shonen Jump and it’s clearly been a few years since Barrage, so I was looking forward to revisiting his artwork.
With the last chapter focusing so heavily on a very guilty feeling Yagi, this one shifts gears to something more lighthearted as we see the kids coming back after recent events and essentially crashing. Some of them are flat out asleep while others are getting some bathing done before retiring to the common room for a bit to unwind and connect with each other a bit. There is some silliness when it comes to the bath side of things as you’d expect and it’s a good change after what we had the last time around with it being so serious. Deku is definitely getting some attention with what happened and all and people aren’t, well, it’s not a matter of forgiving him or anything but just realizing what he’s been through with the whole going from quirkless to not, and the toll it must have taken on his body.
There’s a lot of good stuff about the smaller interactions that we get here and Deku just enjoying being with everyone, though he does eventually crash on the couch and it has a big kind of “aww” aspect to it because you see how everyone is essentially rallying around him. But before he crashes, we get the part from Deku where he talks about how he can’t relax until he talks with Yagi as he wants to apologize for things and clear the air. Thankfully, he’s just watching from the window and that has him coming in and really doing a good job with the things he says to Deku and everyone else along with his internal conversation where he basically wants to make amends and start taking things to the next level. His mindset is that he has to reach the level these kids are at as he just admires them so much. It speaks well of Yagi in a big way.
As we get more of the epilogue material from the big event that just wrapped up, this one focuses on a lot of the kids and how they’re handling coming down from it. It covers a good bit of ground and through a couple of different scenes while also bringing Yagi back to try and come full circle on how he handled things himself in the last chapter. It’s well-presented with a lot of characters getting some cute and silly moments but enough seriousness as well. The backgrounds looked good throughout and the characters definitely all look good, especially when we get the big group shot just toward the end with a passed out Deku that just made me smile.
Content Grade: B
Art Grade: B+
Text/Translation Grade: B
Age Rating: 13+
Released By: Shonen Jump
Release Date: September 26th, 2021