My Hero Academia 31: Heroes Between Business And Ideals

My Hero Academia 31: Heroes Between Business And Ideals

After the fight against the big Hero Killer, Stain, shook everyone, it’s time for the aftermath of that event in this week’s My Hero Academia.

Stain’s words had a big effect on Iida. He believes that he did something very wrong, something he now has to make up for. Iida has been left with damaged nerves in his arm, and he intends to keep it that way until he becomes a worthy hero. Whenever he will look at his arm, it will remind him of the consequences of doing something unheroic with his powers.

Then we hear about some of the rules heroes are supposed to follow (it is a profession, after all). Only licensed heroes are allowed to use their quirks to harm bad guys, and even then, there are limits. Since the three kids aren’t licensed, nor were they under the supervision of their guardians/instructors, they’ve broken a rule and must be punished.

All this is in stark contrast to Stain’s idea about heroes. Being a hero isn’t a profession; it’s not something you become after merely getting a license. You become a hero after making sacrifices and getting your achievements acknowledged by the people. A hero doesn’t work for a paycheck but for the greater good of the population. The three kids are real heroes for risking their lives fighting a far stronger enemy to protect people, even Stain might agree with that. But punishing them means that they’re penalized for being heroes. All these strict regulations have made being a hero no different from any other profession.

The kids aren’t punished as their misbehavior isn’t made public: Endeavor gets away with all the credit for capturing Stain thanks to the latter having severe burns (these being consistent with the hero’s fire quirk). This is the system’s way of letting talented kids with a bright future reach their potential and become heroes in every sense of the word.

Stain’s beliefs couldn’t spread far and wide before, but since he’s now in custody, the police can investigate him. And that happens as everything about him soon becomes public and he takes the headlines in every newspaper.

Stain wanted to become a hero but saw that the heroes here weren’t what they were supposed to be, so he dropped out of hero school and tried to improve society, first with words and then with force. Stain had the right idea about heroes, but his way of trying to change things is what was wrong. There were a number of other ways to bring transformation about, but he resorted to violence in the end. Instead of changing society, he ended up changing himself into a villain.

There’s one rather interesting development here. Shigaraki chose Stain’s target city for his own Nomu to run free was so that all attention was diverted from Stain towards himself. But to his dismay, the exact opposite happened, as Stain became the hottest topic. But since every cloud has a silver lining, Shigaraki got a big benefit here regardless.

Stain has charisma thanks to his strong belief in his ideology. Many people would want to follow him, the way many want to be like All Might. Since Shigaraki of the League of Villains was seen in the same area as Stain, the media started making a connection between the two, even though Stain didn’t like what Shigaraki was doing. Now villains attracted to Stain have a place to go since they obviously can’t reach Stain at the moment. Shigaraki will probably welcome them with open arms because this is most likely what the mysterious audio-only man has planned.

This episode gives us some interesting info. Watch the most engaging dialogue below:

And speaking of that man, we get a little information about his identity. What we learn is that he is both the killer of the previous One for All holder and the one who seriously damaged All Might, though he did pay a price for it which is probably why he can’t show his face. Either way, this explains why he knew that All Might had grown weaker at the end of the first season.

The quirk at work in the manufacturing of Nomu is called All for One, the opposite of One for All. Whereas One for All is a quirk which can be transferred from one person to possibly many others, All for One might be a quirk which allows other quirks to be transferred to one person. We haven’t gotten much information on this one, but going by its name alone, this is what we can guess.

The episode has shown quite a lot of interesting things with respect to Stain and the League of Villains. This short Stain arc has ended with the possible creation of a big force of evil which will target All Might. We also learned about the rules governing the heroes, and how they are disliked for being somewhat stupid at times (by Todoroki to be specific).

The next episode is an anime-original one which will focus on the other kids and their internships, with special focus on Tsuyu-chan. It’s going to be a lighthearted entry to take a break from all the mayhem which occurred in the last two episodes before this one. It’ll probably take at least this coming episode before we get back to the serious stuff, but these lighthearted adventures don’t do much damage anyway, so there’s no harm.

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21 year old anime fan and budding sakuga enthusiast. Been writing anime news and reviews for around three years now.
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