My Hero Academia 112-114 – Review
My Hero Academia:
Reviewed by: Tom
Synopsis: Izuku Midoriya has wanted to be a hero all his life. He lives in a world where people are born innately with quirks, and if so chose, can go down the path of becoming a hero, choosing to fight those who would use their birth given abilities for evil rather than good. It’s a difficult path for anyone, but near impossible for Izuku, who was born quirkless, without any innate powers of his own. He’s mocked by his classmates, who rudely nickname him Deku, but Izuku holds onto his dream no matter what.
Izuku’s life is forever changed however, when he has a fated encounter with All Might, the mightiest super hero of them all. Through this encounter, Izuku found his path towards becoming a super hero, a path not easy by any means.
Warning: Spoilers to Follow:
Now, having fought several villains seeking to defeat All Might, and learned to properly control his quirk, Midoriya and the rest of his class retreated to a summer training workshop where they were attacked by the league of villains ends. They captured Bakugo, causing Midoriya and the others to plan a secret rescue mission while All Might and the other big heroes started their own official operation.
However, it turned out Tomura was backed by a far greater threat! All Might’s nemesis, All for One. All Might managed to defeat All for One, but at the cost of his powers. Will All Might no longer able to act as the symbol of peace things are about to get a whole lot worse. In order to ensure student safety, the Academy decided to institute Dormitories and with the new term starting it’s time for Midoriya and Co. to take their License Exams, but acquiring them may not be as easy as they’ve been ‘lead’ to believe.
Jumping in with a flashback, we get a little more detail on Yoarashi, his love for heroes and the encounter with Todoroki that soured him so. It helps a bit to flesh him out, but I’m still left with an awful taste in my mouth: how absurdly petty this guy is. He redeems himself a bit by the end of this arc, but he’s gotta be one of my least favorite new characters introduced here. Seems a shame too because he’s been pretty bad ass otherwise.
Coming back into the present Midoriya’s saved Shindou from what could’ve been a truly unfortunate death/injury. As the battle goes badly, Todoroki and Yoarashi gradually come around to realize what big screw ups they are, thankfully. Gang Orca’s crew rush to disrupt the civilian evacuation, but Shindou recovers enough to destroy the ground and block their way. I hope we see more of Shindou. The guy is an up and up hero. Here he is badly shaken up by two moronic ‘teammates’ and he’s still more than pulling his weight.
As Midoriya rushes to aid in the evacuation Gang Orca prepares to involve himself, having seemingly defeated both Todoroki and Yoarashi. But the two, finally in sync, activate their wind and heat abilities in tandem, catching Gang Orca in a huge blast of super heated wind. I actually don’t fault Todoroki too much here. Todoroki, sure, has always had a huge issue with the legacy of his dad, and an outright nasty attitude to those around him, but he’s really cleaned up his act. Yoarashi’s the one who’s been carrying this torch and the one who really messed things up here. So, in some ways, I think it’s a bit unfair that Todoroki suffers for Yoarashi’s exceedingly petty nature.
Gang Orca, or Big Fish as his underlings refer to him, is trapped by Todoroki and Yoarashi. His underlings rush to help, but Midoriya leads a charge to stop them, along with the rest of the students not currently wrapped up in evacuating the last of the civilians. They manage to keep the underlings under control, but Orca himself seems about recovered from Todoroki and Yoarashi’s joint attack.
Todoroki and Yoarashi are out of energy, but Midoriya rushes in and holds Orca at bay just long enough for the exam to end, Bakugo and the others having carried the last of the civilians out of the combat zone. It’s great that Midoriya gets a bit of a hero moment here, even if its just to hold Orca back for a mere few seconds.
Everyone is shocked at how suddenly the battle ceases, and Orca has a moment to himself admitting that if things had gone on much longer even he might’ve been overwhelmed by the students. It’s one of those throw away “wow wait a minute, we just need the reader to now the kids are really, really strong!” I honestly think a lot of these are unnecessary, especially in My Hero Academia, as our author is already really good at displaying power balance during the action sequences. There’s no need to lay it out in the open like this.
Afterwards everyone gathers and the announcements are made. Midoriya passes, securing his license, but Yoarashi and Todoroki both seem not to have passed. This I liked. A lot. Seeing Yoarashi, Todoriki and as we’ll come to know in the next chapter, Bakugo, not pass has been hugely uplifting. The author pulls it back a bit, but to actually have characters fail here sends a stronger message about attitude, effort, and heroism than having them recover and pass in the last moment. If Academia continues not to shy away from such moments I think the series will be all that much stronger going forward.
Minoru, Ida, most everyone from U.A seems to have passed– except Bakugo and the afore mentioned Todoroki. Yoarashi approaches Todoroki and apologizes to him, placing the blame for their failure on his shoulders. Todoroki, however, acknowledges his own failings as well.
The exam head then has their score sheets handed out and explains the system was a punitive one, where points were deducted throughout the exam for each of their failings. Midoriya passed, although lost points for his hesitation. The focus is a bit weird here, as instead of reflecting on his own inadequacies, Midoriya is far more concerned with Todoroki, Bakugo and Co. eventually passing. This begins the author’s attempts to ‘soften the blow.’ It’s not bad, but I also feel like it coming so shortly after reeks of what’s plaguing Black Clover right now– An unwillingness to commit. To afraid the reader won’t stick around through the series tougher disappointments and trials.
However, despite the failure of Bakugo, Todoroki and the others, they have a chance to secure their license just three months down the line, in part because of societies great need for more heroes out in the field. They can secure their license if, in addition to their regular studies, they take part in a remedial course to improve on their failings from this exam. Of course, we all know they’ll pass, there’s really no question.
With license in hand Midoriya is crazy excited and can’t wait to show it to All Might and his mom. Yoarashi apologizes to Todoroki and stops by just to let him know he still doesn’t like him. Midoriya then runs over to one of the Shiketsu High students, asking about the training Camie had mentioned. However the student is confused, as they don’t do any kind of training to mask and hide presences. When Midoriya asks where Camie is it turns out she’s already headed home, claiming not to feel well.
Turning our attention to Camie, who we learn has been acting quite weird the past few days, we discover that she is not, in fact, the Camie of Shiketsu high, but rather Toga, the creepy girl from the attack on U.A.’s summer camp training! This was a solid reveal and actually completely pulled the wool over my eyes. Her ability? Transform, made do by ingesting a person’s blood. And per Tomura’s instructions she’s managed to get her hands on some of Izuku’s blood. This whole sequence is a great way to pull back in our minor league villains and showcase, perhaps, how far they’ve come since All for One’s fall. I’m really curious to see what Toga does with Izuku’s Blood and I assume her ability to now transform into him. Is Midoriya perhaps about to be framed? I don’t know that I want Academia going down such an obvious route, but if done right it could still be a fun and status quo changing upheaval.
That’s it for today. Please let me know what your thoughts are on these chapters in the comments below!
My Hero Academia is published weekly in Shonen Jump. Volume 7, Chapters 54-62, release on February 7th, 2017. Chapters discussed today (112-114) will be collected and released sometime next year (or maybe even next next year?)