My Hero Academia delivers an intense episode before its climax as Todoroki and Midoriya fight off Stain in order to buy some time before the pros arrive, while also telling us what it means to be a hero.
With Nomus everywhere and Iida missing, Midoriya comes to the conclusion that Iida is out there like an idiot trying to take down the Hero Killer. And just as Stain is about to end Iida’s life with his sword, Midoriya flies in and smashes his fist into Stain’s face. Midoriya has gotten the hang of how to take advantage of One for All. He uses it to give himself speed and move in a way similar to Bakugo.
Midoriya copying moves from other places and using them here and there has been shown a number of times. He uses all the information he can get and implements it during fights while adding either his own skill or One for All to the equation. He has a big catalog of moves which he can use whenever, and with the now controlled One for All, he can easily use even more moves.
Though, even with his incredible One for All speed, Stain manages to get a scratch on him which is enough for some blood to immobilize him. Stain’s quirk is ingesting the blood of his victims to immobilize them, with its effectiveness depending on the person’s blood group.
But Todoroki arrives just in the nick of time as Midoriya had sent him his location. Todoroki’s flames and ice put the Hero Killer at bay, but even then he almost manages to get a taste of Todoroki’s blood.
The coolness this episode is all about Midoriya jumping from wall to wall and Todoroki’s flames, which look amazing. The camera movements during the Midoriya jumping parts could have been better, but overall the action sequences had the excitement they needed, which was increased by Midoriya fighting in a way which didn’t immobilize him.
The thing about Todoroki and Iida was great here. We learn what happened to result in Todoroki going to his father’s agency for his internship. He has put every rancor behind him for the sake of being a hero. Endeavor isn’t his dad, he’s the second ranked hero and one of the best in the business; how can he miss an opportunity to get experience under such an incredible professional? And with the bitterness behind him now, he enters the battlefield with his flames on. To be a hero he has to sacrifice some things, forget others, and move forward instead of being stubborn and staying in the past.
Iida here is doing something completely opposite to what a hero would do, and now we even have Stain telling him that. Iida is here to kill Stain which is a good thing if you look at it; murdering Stain will not only save that Red Indian hero over there, but it’ll also save many other heroes who could be his victims. But his intentions are wrong; he doesn’t have the aforementioned in mind, but is doing this out of pure hatred. He’s using his powers for his own satisfaction; heroes aren’t supposed to do that. In this situation, he should prioritize the safety of his immobilized comrade. A figure of peace and order doesn’t only save people by fighting; there are other ways too. But instead, Iida is fixated on trying to kill Stain without any regard for anything else.
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He even pushes Midoriya away, saying that this is something he should settle on his own. But that fails as Midoriya refuses to back down, because heroes are supposed to rescue those in trouble. Midoriya catches Stain’s attention with his words and skills, which prompt the killer to call Midoriya worth leaving alive.
There’s focus on what it really means to be a hero. Midoriya says that heroes meddle where they’re not supposed to, whereas Todoroki now believes that heroes must put every self-centred consideration behind them and pursue power so that they can get better at helping people. For him, a hero doesn’t selfishly uses his powers to settle a score or for some other personal reason. These are the values Stain wants every hero to have, and he’s getting to see some of them in the two kids currently fighting him. This should get some more focus in the next episode as Iida will get back up on his feet.
This has been an intense episode with loads of action. The most interesting parts were those with Todoroki and Iida. We got to see how Todoroki overcame his troubles to come out as someone worthy of being a hero. But Iida, despite being the most diligent person out there, is doing something heroes shouldn’t. He can’t think of anything other than avenging his brother. And what Todoroki and Midoriya have said to him seems to be having an effect on him. We look forward to seeing Iida get back up and change his mindset, otherwise he risks his chance at becoming a hero.
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