My Hero Academia Season 6 – Episode 119

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To say that the tide has turned against our heroes would be to say that the Pacific Ocean is wet. They weren’t just pushed back or hit a mishap: They were hit in the skull with a steel chair and are in the process of falling down a 50-foot flight of steps with a nail hole waiting at the bottom. With Shigaraki waking up and calling Gigantomachia into action, there are now two walking apocalypses marching toward total annihilation, and neither side has much hope of stopping one of them.

That’s where we come in at the beginning of this episode, and even though the laws of narrative flow require the good guys to take some sort of stand, by the end of this episode it still feels like the fate of the world is tiptoeing on a razor’s edge. . . Gathering everything they have left, combining powers, and capitalizing on Shigaraki’s goal of stealing One For All to distract him, it all adds up to enough to keep him busy and make this a fight instead of a slaughter. That tension continues to build throughout the entire episode, knowing that any slip, surprise, or even the slightest outside interference could topple this wobbly house of cards. Combined with some great animation showing the intensity of Shigaraki’s new and improved powers against Endeavour, it makes for some of the most exciting action this season, in an episode that flew by.

It also helps that our main characters are finally entering the fray in earnest. With most of the assault force either turned to dust or scattered by the winds in Shigaraki’s wake, there is no longer a buffer between Deku and the impending death of his fellow successor. That makes for a welcome return to the green, edgy heart of the story. Always self-sacrificing, Deku books him in an abandoned area the moment he realizes the enemy is after him, but this time he’s not alone as Bakugo comes gunning alongside him in probably my favorite scene of the episode. You can phrase the whole thing in practical terms, and then rationalize internally by insisting that this is just to show that you’re still capable of fighting at Deku’s level, but it’s clear that Bakugo is here to protect Deku from his own self-destructive instincts, and that’s incredibly encouraging. These two kids have come a long way in the series, and it’s nice to have that highlighted before they join the fray and start risking their lives alongside their mentors.

Speaking of which, I’m interested in the inclusion of Eraserhead and Gran Torino here. Torino is the last real connection to the Shimura family, so I’m curious how he’ll feel about taking on the grandson of his old friend as the new incarnation of destruction. Meanwhile, Aizawa has come full circle, facing Shigaraki once more as he acts as the only real barrier between his students and the Horrific Endings. His determination to pay for all the times others have saved him is, to quote Shigaraki himself, really cool, and through just one short scene he manages to focus this entire battle on the characters.

That’s probably what I’m most excited about for next week. It’s been fun watching this large-scale battle unfold, and the show has made time for more intimate storylines like the Twice episode, but with the scope firmly established and the active cast reduced, it’s time for the real fight to begin. I’m especially interested in seeing Deku and Shigaraki interact now that we have a lot more context on who our skilled villain is and where he came from. (Side note: It’s kind of crazy that this is only the third time they’ve interacted directly, isn’t it?) While MHA’s action is always fun, it’s most impactful when it’s in service of character drama, and that’s it. time of that. to take center stage.

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