My Hero Academia 124-126 – 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 became targets by the league of villains, culminating in a battle against All Might’s nemesis, All for One. All Might managed to defeat this great evil, but at the cost of his powers, now no longer able to act as the symbol of peace. With a shift in the status quo, Midoriya and Co. manage to get their provisional licenses so they can prepare for the great rise of villains just on the horizon. The world is in for a turbulent time.
Buff Tintin, Mirio, continues to slaughter Midoriya and the rest of the cast. Midoriya does at least manage to predict Mirio’s next line of attack, but he’s basically powerless to stop it. The students are then asked how strong they think Mirio and his quirk are, but it’s sort of a trick question. In fact as we learn that Buff Tintin, Mirio’s, power is Permeation, we discover is actually kind of sucks. It has a ton of draw backs. I really love the reveal here that Mirio’s quirk, at first glance, seems like a plenty and utter negative. There’s so much about it that seems useless or impractical. The author has done a solid job here of showcasing how Mirio takes what looks like a disadvantage and through hard work turns it into an overwhelming ability.
As it turns out Mirio’s strength comes from a ton of training and effort put into actually making his power worthwhile and effective. As the class mostly marvels at, and 4th wall breaks, at Mirio’s demonstration and speech, we learn in the aftermath that Mirio was really impressed with Midoriya and believes a certain someone, only referred to as “Sir” would really like him. I’m noticing more and more that the manga has a real penchant for teasing characters in the most vague of manners.
As everyone’s trying to figure out who they might be able to do a work study with, Midoriya tries to call up Gran Torino and ask him to take him under his wing. But Gran Torino is too busy. But he does instead suggest that All Might could set Midoriya up with a work study alongside non other than All Might’s own, former, sidekick. It’s a really cool idea, and I am excited to see where this plot line will go, but I have to call to attention how I don’t think Night Eye, All Might’s Sidekick, existed when this series first launched. Sidekicks weren’t something the series initially addressed, and indeed looking back at early chapters, it doesn’t seem like Night Eye’s existence, or really sidekicks in general was ever hinted at or on the table. To me it seems like this idea came along sometime after the series began and at some point it might be interesting to go back and try to locate where in the manga this idea had first been set up.
In fact, we snap All Might’s former Sidekick and learn he’s currently investigating a certain villain, who has just made contact with the League of Villains, with Shigaraki himself!
This chapter mostly focuses on Shigaraki’s meeting with this new adversary, a young Yakuza leader, Overhaul. We get a little world building explaining the fall of the Yakuza, which basically was due to the rise of heroes, in particular, All Might. Big surprise, this world kinda revolves around him.
The Yakuza pushes the point home, that now that both sides of the light and dark spectrum are leaderless, All Might powerless and All For One locked away, he wants to know who’ll step up to take command. Shigaraki ventures himself as the leader, but when pressed for a plan Overhaul is even less convinced. He points out how Shigaraki has mismanaged ever major player they’ve made use of, Stain, Carnal Murderer Muscular, and Death Row Inmate Moonfish. Which is an absolutely fair point and one I’m of two minds of. On the one hand this makes Overhaul look like a strong, smart villain. On the other, calling attention to how already three individuals who could be classified as super villains have basically been taken down by children, kinda throws Shigaraki under a bus in terms of credibility. It’s something I’ve talked about before, but I feel like Academia has a tendency to defang Shigaraki a lot, to the point where I wonder if the manga can really rebuild him as a credible threat again.
As it turns out Overhaul sees himself as the better option for leader and reveals he never came here to join up, but to make them his own minions. This revelation erupts in a battle between Overhaul and Shigaraki’s minions. Unfortunately for one of Shigaraki’s own, Magne, things get bloody as Overhaul merely touches Magne withh is finger and Magne’s body explodes in a bloody mess. It’s a pretty sick moment and visually drives home how intense Overhaul could be as the series next major menace.
The magician Mr. Compress tries to get revenge, but loses his arm in the process, which also explodes violently. Shigarai attempts to touch Overhaul and break apart his body, but his minions arrive and one shields him from Shigaraki’s own deadly touch. The battle ends quickly, in a stalemate, with Overhaul asserting that Shigaraki to give him a call when he comes to his senses. This chapter does an incredible job of selling Overhaul. This guy seems dangerous, viscious, smart and entirely worthy as the series next major obstacle for Midoriya and Co. On the other hand Shigaraki, who’s mostly had a string of failures, looks even weaker than before. In a way it almost seems comical how bad things are going for him. I’m really curious to see how we’ll try and rebuild Shigaraki as a credible threat and I’m becoming increasingly unsure that this damage to his image isn’t permanent.
Meanwhile Midoriya and
Buff Tintin, Mirio, arrive to speak with All Might.
We learn through a brief flashback that Midoriya’s class can only do Work Studies with agencies that have proven track records, and make the offer to the students themselves. This lead Midoriya to All Might, asking his mentor to introduce him to his former sidekick. But All Might refused, however, instead he gets Midoriya and
Buff Tintin, Mirio, together. This is where we learn Mirio actually works under All Might’s former Sidekick, Night Eye.
Mirio agrees to introduce Midoriya, but first asks him what sort of hero Midoriya hopes to be. We see that Midoriya’s journey has begun to take a tole on him, and his version of a hero is sort of scattered, save that he wants to become the greatest hero, who never loses.
Meanwhile, watching Miro and Midoriya converse, All Might dwells on the notion that if he’d never stumbled upon Midoriya, Mirio would’ve been his successor. There’s a lot of call backs to this, making me wonder what avenue all this pontificating is going to send us down. On the one hand I could see Mirio becoming a tragic character. That his life is going to get cut short, or his career at the least and that’s going to create a sense of regret/doubt for All Might. I could also see Midoriya catching win of this and losing faith in myself. Either is going to be a powerful moment, I just hope that the manga does in fact plan to do something big with this concept, otherwise that’s a whole lot of teasing for nothing.
The weekend arrives. Midoriya rushes off to meet Night eye while Todoroki and Bakugo head off to their remedial classes.
Reaching Night Eye’s office, Mirio warns Midoriya that Night Eye will only take him on as a pupil if Midoriya can make him smile. Who is he? King Kai? In fact, as the two make their way up, we discover that Night Eye is dissatisfied with his subordinate’s, Bubble Girl’s, latest report. She forgot to include the humor. And when our heroes arrive at Night Eye’s office they find Bubble Girl suffering a tickle hell punishment.
Midoriya, feeling he has no comedy chops, attempts tp impress Night Eye but introducing himself with his best All Might impression/face. Unfortunately it seems to only have pissed Night Eye right off.
Outside of my concerns for undermining Shigaraki’s character, I feel like these are all incredible solid chapters. Mirio is an excellent new character, Night Eye is a fun concept, and Overhaul seems like a stunning villain. There’s a lot of teasing for Mirio’s would’ve been role as All Might’s successor and I’m anxiously waiting to see how that idea comes into full play.
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, released on February 7th, 2017. Chapters discussed today (124-126) will be collected and released sometime next year (or maybe even next next year?)