“Me and Myself!”
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 continues to be a good bit of fun, especially since the property looks to be entering its final phase next year. 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 this installment, it’s all about Star and Shigaraki as they finally meet up with each other in the sky and get ready for battle. The reality is that Shigaraki has been hoping and planning for this all along, but there are some frustrations that come with it as well that he didn’t expect and only serve to anger him more. When Star talks about her past mid-battle, as one is wont to do, she talks about how All-Might had saved her when she was younger and that it exemplified to her what a hero is and why she aspired to become one and to do right by people. It’s a standard uplifting story but it works well to establish more of her core personality in the right way. Star doesn’t get a chance to really emote in a big way but the exposition mid-fight is solid.
What the bulk of the chapter is about is the fight between the two as we start to get a real handle on what it is that Star is capable of. Her quirk has two aspects to it whereupon touching something she’s able to change a rule about it. One that’s always in action is that she’s made herself super-strong, though that’s not All-Might strong. That lets her use her power on another object when she touches it – though once she changes to something else, the previous one returns to normal. So we see her doing things like making lasers something she can handle here or removing the existence of air for 100 meters ahead of her in an air battle that changes things. The problem comes when she finally gets her hands on Shigaraki and assigns a new rule to him, not realizing what he’s been going through and that Shigaraki isn’t really Shigaraki anymore, and has grown to become a combination of something else even while others still call him by the same name. That turns the tables, but it’ll be curious to see how a somewhat more crazed Shigaraki can use it to his advantage.
While there have been a few bumps along the way and a couple of character-oriented chapters that I liked, the shift to action with the addition of Star to the battle is definitely hitting an exciting moment. She’s got some interesting skills to work her Quirk and it’s definitely fun to learn about it and how it operates while going up against a really volatile opponent with his how secrets in play. Horikoshi has a lot of mid-range shots in this chapter and some good close-up bits but it lacks any sort of really strong defining panel where you rally behind it. But it captures a lot of things going on, especially Shigaraki’s descent into the crazy.
Content Grade: B+
Art Grade: B+
Text/Translation Grade: B
Age Rating: 13+
Released By: Shonen Jump
Release Date: October 17th, 2021