My Hero Academia (97-99) – Review Discussion
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 retreat to a summer training workshop where Aizawa-sensei hopes to speed up the groups development. After an attack by the league of villains ends with Bakugo captured, Midoriya and the others plan a secret rescue mission while All Might and the other big heroes start their own official operation.
However, it turns out Tomura is backed by a far greater threat! All Might’s nemesis, All for One, is there and things take a turn for the worse at the battle progresses. All Might manages 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 decides to institute Dormitories, but Midoriya’s mother is against it.
Chapter 97 Review:
Picking up right from last time, Midoriya’s mother has put her foot down: She doesn’t want Midoriya going to U.A. anymore. Midoriya tries to fight it, and even All Might tries to argue back a little, but she’s fir in her beliefs after how often Midoriya has gotten injured not to mention all the frequent attacks from villains.
We learn she’s not opposed to him becoming a hero, she’s fine with Midoriya’s goals, but doesn’t trust U.A. anymore. Midoriya runs off, surprising both his mother and All Might, but returns quite suddenly, with a letter from Kouta (And this is why we had a panel of him in the last chapter, to remind us of his character) thanking Midoriya for saving him, showing that Midoriya changed one person’s mind already on heroes. In fact, he’s willing to give up on U.A. if it means pursuing his goals in another school.
This moment convinces All Might that Midoriya has finally found his own path, no longer walking in All Might’s shadow. This revelation feels less real to me though. We’ve spent very little time discussing Midoriya’s hero worship of All Might, or perhaps even criticizing it. Rather it’s been a untouched background element and for it to lead to any kind of catharsis to the situation feels a tad forced.
Either way, All Might bows before Midoriya’s Mother, Inko, and begs to be allowed to mentor Midoriya and make him his successor, even if it costs him his life. Inko doesn’t immediately agree, instead making All Might promise to not sacrifice himself, but agrees to All Might’s request in the end. This is another aspect of this chapter that I don’t feel rings all that true. Nothing All Might or Midoriya has said to her assuages her fears. There’s a lot of talk, very little action, and Midoriya even caved into potentially going to another school. His mother’s about face is supposed to come from All Might’s bowing to her and revealing how he sees Midoriya, but I think her coming around is mostly for the plot and Horikoshi might’ve written himself a little too far into a corner here to make backing out practical.
All Might agrees and Inko tells Midoriya to be careful, thus ending this little roadblock that threatened to derail everything. To finish out the chapter All Might compares Inko to his late mentor, before getting noticed by some passerby and is forced to flee.
Chapter 98 Review:
When we come back to the story Midoriya is already leaving to go to the new dorms and Inko mother’s him a bit, while also reminding him she’s ultimately against this, which at least keeps in line with her character, even if I feel her agreeing to the situation felt too easy.
While the students are checking out their new digs, the Principal monologues and reminds the audience of the whole potential mole/spy angle, meaning this little issue will either be dealt with in the next couple chapters, or become a major element for the next arc. My guess is, if the league of villains will be taking a break for the next arc or two, the mole will be our subplot while Midoriya and the rest train.
Aizawa greets the students at the front of the dorms and we’re reminded that, before the whole league of villains attack, their goal was to get provisional licenses. But before that, there’s still the matter of Midoriya, Todoroki, Kirishima, Yaoyorozu and Ida’s rescue of Bakugo. Aizawa says the issue has been swept under the rug (Probably because we wouldn’t really have a manga here if it wasn’t.) but if not for All Might he would’ve expelled all five of them. In fact, he would’ve even expelled the others who knew about the plan, but did nothing to stop it.
Bakugo reads how bad Kirishima feels over the whole thing and then– it gets a little confusing, but as I understand it Bakugo forces Kaminari to use his quirk, get stupid, and make everyone laugh at what an idiot the guy is. It’s all to try and loosen the group up. he then pays back Kirishima for the camera that was damaged, because he’d hate to be indebted.
After that we’re introduced to the dorm life and having gone to boarding school during my own high school years I can say these conditions are super crazy good comparatively to the real thing. Everything looks amazing, fancy, and way better accommodations than I ever saw (I’m jealous.) We even get a brief floor layout for who’s assigned to what room, and it looks like we’ve got a few extra rooms in the event our author, Hirokoshi, decides we could use a couple extra transfer characters. I’m calling it now that at some point we’ll see a few new characters crop up and fill in a few of these vacant rooms.
That night the students goof off by checking out each other’s rooms and everyone discovers Midoriya is a raging All Might fan boy with posters, figures, and everything lining the walls and floor. (It’s a little surprising he didn’t take the plain stripped curtains down and put up All Might ones.)
They then force themselves into Tokoyami’s room (Which is as you’d imagine) Aoyama’s room (Truly horrifying) and Mineta beckons the girls to check out his room, but they (perhaps wisely) decide against it. God knows what pervy stuff little Mineta’s got going on in there. For all we know it could be an outright, full scale, no expenses spared, sex dungeon.
We visit a few more of the boys’ rooms and it starts to get competitive when Koda manages to interest the girls with his pet bunny. However, Mineta and the other guys realize they haven’t seen a single room from the girls yet! In fact, the chapter ends here as the girls, mostly agree, to having a contest to see who has the better laid out room. The chapter concludes with a dramatic shot of Midoriya asking if this is really okay. As a comic relief chapter it’s pretty good, and probably exactly what the series needs after the dramatic conclusion of its last arc, especially with all the potentially tear jerking moments that formed the conclusion.
Chapter 99 Review:
The manga gets a bit meta, asking if it’s really okay if we spend a whole extra chapter on this comedic subplot. I say sure. Despite the talk of seeing the girl’s rooms we’re still finishing off the boy’s apparently. We take a look at a couple more rooms, including Shoji’s which is near bare. Mineta accuses him of actually being a raging perv, but, you know, kettle and pot, black and all that.
We check out a few more rooms before we take a break from the room search when getting to Sato’s room and discover the guy has a secret love for baking and had a cake in the works to share with everyone.
Finally we move onto the girl’s rooms and first up is Jiro’s which is about as you’d expect. We then move onto Hagakure’s room which is indeed stereotypical girly. Mineta gets into her unmentionables drawers and Hagakure is surprisingly lax about the little guy’s outright pervyness.
We skip Tsuyu’s room, with the excuse she wasn’t feeling well. But it’s clear from Uraraka’s glance back that she knows exactly what is up with Tsuyu. We discover that Yaoyoruzu is a bit of a princess, and has brought her stuff from her much larger room back home and now this dorm room is super cramped.
Finally the group votes, Sato wins, because of the cake, and we move onto why Tsuyu was absent from the group’s little comic relief subplot. She reveals it’s eating her up about how harsh she was when she tried to convince them all not to go save Bakugo. She feels awful and asks for forgiveness. The group forgives her and everything returns back to normal between them.
Flash forwarding to the next day at school, Aizawa reveals that in order to get back on track for the provisional licenses each student must come up with at least two ultimate moves. Just as he says this three heroes bust in, Cementoss, Ectoplasm and Midnight.
Going forward I’m glad to see we’re back to the training and school aspects. The comedic relief chapters we just had were fun, but after a bit they were starting to drag as we got one room after another, with little to break up what quickly become borderline monotonous. I’m personally hoping we give the league of villains a rest for this next arc, let us focus on the school stuff and return to that plot line after a few more chapters away from them.
That’s it for today. Please let me know what you’re thinking of My Hero Academia’s current arc in the comments below!
My Hero Academia is published weekly in Shonen Jump. Volume 5, Chapters 36-44, will release on August 2nd, 2016. Chapters discussed today (97-99) will be collected in Volume 12, to be released sometime next year.