My Hero Academia, Season 4, Episode 8, Review/Recap
Even though he’s one of the Big Three of UA, Tamaki Amajiki’s not like his two friends. He lacks their self-confidence, nor does he have a bubbly personality. However, looks are often decieving: underneath his shy exterior shines the heart of a hero. As the raid on Overhaul’s base begins, we learn why his hero name’s Suneater.
While Ryukyu’s group and most of the police fighting the Shie Hassakai’s thugs, Fat Gum and Nighteye lead their teams inside the hideout. However, Overhaul’s Eight Bullets stand in their way to buy time for their boss to escape with Eri. Using their powers, the Eight Bullets are able to split the team up even further. In particular, the Bullet Mimic uses his doped-up quirk to turn the underground into a moving labyrinth. As a result, they’re split up even further.
When faced with three more members of the Eight Bullets, Suneater chooses to stay behind while everyone else moves on. Despite putting up a strong fight and showing the full extent of his Quirk’s power, the teamwork and trust of the trio of enforcers almost overwhelms him. Rather than give up, though, Amajiki remembers how he first met Togata in Third Grade and became his friend. He then remembers telling Togata how he shone like the sun, to which Togata said Amajiki would shine bright enough to eat the sun. That inspired his name, Suneater, and became his inspiration as a hero. Acknowledging how powerful friendship can be, Suneater bests the three Bullets.
Hot dang, man! On paper, Suneater’s Quirk may sound a little weird, but in terms of praticality, it’s one of the strongest Quirks I’ve seen in My Hero Academia. The ability to transform distinct parts of your body into various animals can be a powerful ability in fiction. However, seeing Suneater combine the different traits like he did was so incredibly cool! No wonder he’s part of the Big Three of UA!
More than his powers, though, I loved seeing the flashback of Amajiki and Togata. The friendship those two have is, in my opinion, inspiring, because they inspire each other. Having a friend who encourages you to be better is one of the best things a person can experience. In a way, friendship’s the main theme of this episode.
While we see a positive example of friendship in Amajiki and Togata, we see a negative one in the three Bullets. They trust in each other because they have no one else, and while I feel sad for them, they don’t try to improve their lives.
This arc’s shaping up to be one of my favorites in My Hero Academia, and I’m betting the action will get even better from hero. I can’t wait for next week! GO BEYOND, PLUS ULTRA!
I Give “Suneater of the Big Three” a 4.5/5. Great Action, Great Flashback, All Around Great Episode.
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