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 as the big arc plays out continues to be a good bit of fun but it’s not without its problems. While my initial jumping on landed me into some decent character material and then some solid fight material, the exploration of longer character issues I’m unfamiliar with has hit as well. With the series working some big moments and playing with an interesting cast of characters, it’s easy to get into it at this point. But there are areas of struggle at times because it does lean into over three hundred chapters of history, so I know I’m missing out at times or having a harder time connecting things. 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 Deku having not made it along with everyone else, those in the self-contained erasure enclosure are doing their best to deal with Shigaraki. Which isn’t as he’s definitely using his abilities so that once things slip even slightly he’ll be able to break out and decay everything. It’s fun seeing the confidence from him to do this and the way he’s acting while watching as others do their best with their Quirks to handle what’s being thrown at them. We do se them getting in touch with Deku along the way here and want to bring him back for the fight that they need him in, but they can’t open a gate without just ruining everything that they’ve accomplished. So that leaves it in Deku’s hands to get back in time and for everyone with Shigaraki to hold on as long as possible.
This shifts us to watching Deku for a bit as he deals with Himiko as she’s making things difficult having nabbed him and is basically wanting to make him all hers. This does give us some time initially with Gang Orca, which is fun as I love the design, as he and the sidekicks he’s with do their best to handle what’s going on. It’s a big mess of action with lots of Quirks and activity going on which does kind of become a rush of events that’s hard to track. But as long as you focus on Himiko and Deku you get the key pieces here as he’s trying to understand what she’s doing and why, realizing along the way just how unhinged she’s become and what kind of threat she is to him. Match that with his newfound intensity in trying to figure out how to get back to the UA gang and it’s all tightening up on our young lead.
There’s a lot going on in this chapter as it’s very busy and filled with a lot of great artwork and detail. It can get a bit overwhelming at times a well with just how much it does showcase, which is why fans are drawn to it at times. I really like seeing the two separate struggles that are going on and waiting to see how they do figure out how to resolve all of it and move forward before Shigaraki gets to figure out an exploit. I continue to imagine that this is connecting even better for longtime fans but I’m just enjoying the ride and figuring out some of the things that are happening along the way.
Content Grade: B
Art Grade: B+
Text/Translation Grade: B
Age Rating: 13+
Released By: Shonen Jump
Release Date: March 13th, 2022