Written by Shiggins
I must say, it has been a while since Hero Academia filled me with such a wave of emotion. It hasn't been bad by any means, but I definitely was starting to feel boredom and fatigue with these villains and their one-note attitudes. Thankfully, we finally got some great intrigue, followed by a hugely tragic and inspirational goodbye...
|Your hat is exceptional but you need to step up your mask game, son.|
|Oh come on, Snatch. Fictional characters have proven time and time again that sand is one of the best powers to use creatively. You are very disappointing, I must say.|
Both Shigaraki and Compress comment how they hate Overhaul for his arrogance, and Compress literally turns part of Overhaul's arm into a marble, as punishment for causing his own arm to be destroyed a while ago. Having now got the finished Quirk-erasing bullets, Shigaraki begins using his Quirk to dissolve Overhaul, but then cuts that hand off so he doesn't die.
|Would you consider this pandering?|
In the next chapter, we learn that Midoriya's strategy of fighting Overhaul in the sky caused no deaths of any civilians and we take a trip to the hospital. Midoriya is giving us a shirtless scene as he is told his arms were damaged, because of One for All of course, but the rest of his body is fine. Aizawa enters to tell Midoriya the situation with the others.
|Not even letting out an "ow"? Dude, you're hardcore!|
|My three amigos!|
That is, until he met Midoriya and saw him change the future with the hopes and strength of everyone behind him. They all worked together to create a better fate. This is when Mirio bursts in, begging for his superior to stay alive because he has been such a great mentor to him. Nighteye comforts him, saying that he was Nighteye's most treasured student and, using his Quirk for the final time, he knows Mirio will become a great hero. And as he asks Mirio to keep smiling, he gently passes away.
|Coming soon: Midoriya's Island for the Nintendo Switch.|
Nighteye wasn't the greatest character of the series, but he was always quite interesting and had a lot of great moments during this arc. Fighting Overhaul, his devotion to All Might, his mentor relationship with Mirio... It was truly a shame to see him go, but very effective.
The death itself is also worth noting. While he did die from wounds brought on by a villain in a harsh battle, he didn't pass away during the fight. He closed his eyes in a hospital, saying goodbye to his loved ones. That is much more powerful and much more tragic, due to the situation being so relatable to many readers out there. It wasn't the type of death I expected from a series like this.
|This has been a rough week for Mirio... If only he never met Midoriya! (Nah, I'm just kidding. I wonder if they'll bring that up though.)|
Lastly, let's talk about the villains. And you know, I think I finally figured out my problem with them; They aren't big enough.
Many manga villains, like some of the ones on this very article, are huge. They destroy and smash and have such great style that helps them standout, from Frieza's torture to Brando's speeches to Kumagawa's perversion... Shigaraki doesn't have that. He feels like a small-time villain that would be used to build-up someone far more interesting.
That's not to say a smaller villain can't be great. If Shigaraki was emotional, conflicted or motivated by something we could relate to, like Vulture from the recent Spider-Man Homecoming or the Phantom Troupe from Hunter x Hunter, that would also work. He isn't though. He is just small. And dull. He isn't awful, but he just isn't good enough for My Hero Academia. And at this stage, I don't know what would help him be worthy.
|I have no doubt Midoriya could easily smash this guy. That is not a good thing.|
Still though, that scene with Overhaul... that was mean! In a good way!
Chapter 160: 3/5
Chapter 165: 4.5/5
Character of the Week: Sir Nighteye for a truly emotional exit.
Best Part: Sir Nighteye's last smile.
Worst Part: The League of Villains are no Akatsuki/Espada/Phantom Troupe.
|It is clear that Bubble Girl will have to become a full Bubble Hero from now on. And I am okay with that.|
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