My Hero Academia 133-135 – Manga Review
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.
Chapter 133 continues Kirishima’s street brawl battle against seemingly incapable thugs. However, the special bullet one fired at Tamaki has robbed him of his jerk! Kirishima gives chase when the thug runs and easily beats him. The thug whines about how weak he is and how he just wanted to get stronger. This part felt forced to me. The thug is awfully forthcoming with his feelings of inadequacy and I think this is primarily so when he injects himself he can have a major personality shift. That said, I think the idea of his persona could’ve been gotten across without nearly so much harping.
As I mentioned, the thug injects himself with what we learn is a quirk booster and suddenly his pathetic blades shoot out all across his body as much larger and more menacing versions.
The chapter then primarily focuses on Kirishima’s internal struggle to figure out how to beat this quirk boosted thug. We even flashback to a conversation back at the dorm where Kirishima pondered his own inadequacy. It’s some solid character development and added depth to Kirishima. This is My Hero Academia flexing one of its greatest assets and abilities: Diving into its expanded cast. Kirishima has generally been a fairly underused character and it’s great to see him get a little spotlight and character growth here, while also furthering the greater narrative.
This internal reflection is exactly what Kirishima needs and he hardens his outer skin to an unbelievable degree, looking truly ferocious.
Kirishima has a time limit, however, for how long he can hold in this new form. With just a few quick movements he defeats the thug, who returns to his whiny self. Or so it seems. It’s all a ploy and he attempts to make a get away: only to be stopped by actual hero Fat Gum, who defeats this bad guy in less than half the time it took Kirishima, even after his enhanced form activated.
In the aftermath we get a little world building/informative narration from Fat Gum explaining that Quirk Boosters have been a thing, but a quirk destroying drug is an entirely new development.
At school everyone is marveling at how their interning classmates are making the news. We snap to some narration from Midoriya that catapults us forward a few days as he and the other interning fledgling heroes head off to their internships. But as it turns it out they’re all going to the same place, as all the heroes they’re working for are about to partner up for a big case.
The back half of this chapter is pretty much all set up. It flows well enough and thus I hardly feel one way or the other about it. It does its job.
The meeting begins and we continue our lengthy set up for the upcoming battle. We’re filled in on various past events, many of which we’ve witnessed to at least some degree, so this is more for the characters than the readers. Fat Gum goes over the quirk destroying drug and we learn that Tamaki is okay, as the affects weren’t strong enough to last more than a day, but the fear is what if they eventually create something far stronger?
There’s a little explanation for how the drug works before diving into the speculation for how Chisaki is developing it. It’s pretty creepy, but the manga spells out for the reader that Chisaki’s ability, Overhaul, is being used to break down his ‘daughter’s’ body and restore her over and over again, using her own blood and tissue to create this dangerous substance. Whole new meaning to child labor.
In between the lengthy explanations and details there’s some great art and internal dialogue really selling the frustration this revelation builds up in both Mirio and Midoriya, who feel absolutely helpless and incapable for having been unable to save that little girl. The chapter ends with Night Eye assuring them both that their goal is to save her.
Overall I think these are pretty good chapters, although set up heavy. I’m curious to see how things will progress and how successful our heroes will be in stopping Chisaki, although personally I’d like to see Chisaki stick around awhile longer as a big bad, as he’s really the only active, credible threat presented here.
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 9, Chapters 72-80, releases on August 1st, 2017. Chapters discussed today (133-135) will be collected and released sometime next year (or maybe even next next year?)