My Hero Academia is moving towards some epicness as Shigaraki has made his rather flashy move and Iida has found Stain.
Midoriya is starting to get the hang of his power as he gets close to hitting Gran Torino in the three minutes time he was given. We get some more sakuga here as we see Gran Torino coming from every direction and smacking Midoriya without giving him any time to recover. The part with Midoriya stumbling about as he gets attacked from all sides has some neat animation. There are some crazy camera movements too as we follow Gran Torino flying around the room, moving in every possible direction.
Then we have Stain, the hero killer. He is a very interesting character. He isn’t like your typical villain who kills for the sake of it or out of hatred. He has this belief that heroes nowadays aren’t what they should be. A hero is someone who is rare and works solely for the people. But in this world, you have “heroes” walking down the street like it’s nothing, who work only for their paycheck. The true meaning of “hero” has been lost in this society as every other person calls themselves a hero just because they have a quirk and a costume. The term “hero” now means “celebrity who’s a policeman, fireman, etc.” which we’ve seen throughout this episode, with the problem being the “celebrity” part as that’s what they mainly are. Despite all that, we’re not sure if killing all those so-called heroes will solve this issue about society. If anything, it’ll only make people hate Stain alone.
The problem is that his voice isn’t being spread across the lands in a way which could bring about a change. He’s only attacking heroes and rendering them immobile. The crime rate falling in cities where he has shown up is because more heroes come to those cities to catch him. He isn’t making any significant changes in society regarding heroes.
This whole thing regarding Stain is rather interesting as he wants to bring back the original meaning to the title of “hero.” It’ll be very interesting if he manages to tell all this to the young heroes who will possibly be facing him next episode.
There is also some information on Nomu, the monster All Might fought in the first season’s finale. To get someone else’s quirk, one would need that person’s DNA. But that’s not all; that DNA, or at least the relevant genes, would have to be taken up by the body’s cells in order for them to be expressed. This is the mechanism in which the One for All quirk is passed on to the next generation. Something similar had been done to Nomu to create him and his friends. And All Might seems to know who is behind this.
All Might’s predecessor is most likely the one behind this, since transferring quirks via DNA is how One for All is transferred. This predecessor most likely wasn’t like All Might, as in, quirkless before getting One for All. We’ll need some confirmation though, since it really isn’t clear how the DNA of four different people can be transferred to someone and then taken up by their cells, since One for All only transfers the DNA of one person.
Iida Tenya of all people is doing something not hero-like over here; he’s using his quirk to settle a personal grudge. And he has come across Stain during all the mayhem Shigaraki starts. Iida is in big trouble as he has gotten Stain’s attention with the name “Ingenium.” Midoriya is also going to jump from the train to take on all those Nomus with Gran Torino, so he might be there to help Iida.
This episode has shown quite some interesting stuff. Stain is the most intriguing villain here as his reasons are way better than face-palm dude who only has hatred running him. He should make things very interesting in later episodes. We should expect some cool fighting or at least some interesting dialogue through Stain meeting with the young heroes.
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