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The UA Students vs. League of Villains!

My Hero Academia S6, Ep 8 Review

One of my favorite tropes in Shonen anime is getting to see the supporting cast stand up to one of the big bad’s at that moment. More often than not, the main villain can only be taken down by the main protagonist. Still, it’s great to see that the other heroes can kick ass if needed. In this case, the Hero Course of UA High proves that, while still students, they’re more than capable of holding their own when it calls for it

Too bad it’s not enough for the likes of Gigantomachia.

MHA S6, Ep 8 Title
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Gigantomachia No Sells Damage

MHA S6, Ep 8-Gigantomachia Trapped
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Having learned about Gigantomachia heading towards Jaku City and that the heroes can’t stop him in time, the students of UA have two options: run or fight. The rational choice would be to run. However, they’re heroes, and it’s their job to save people. Thus, Momo Yaoyorozu leads the others in creating an elaborate trap to stop the monster before its too late. The trap actually works…to an extent. The League of Villains manages to stop them long enough for the giant to shrug off the worst parts of it. And while Kirishima manages to toss a sedative down the monster’s mouth, it’s not enough to slow him down.

For all their efforts, Gigantomachia is still a monster that All for One created just to protect him. It would take an army of heroes just to subdue him, and this is made apparent by how he just shrugs off everything. Only time will tell if they can stop him.

MHA S6, Ep 8-Red Riot Comes in Clutch
Source-Viz Media, Shonen Jump, Watchcartoononline

Shigaraki On the Warpath

MHA S6, Ep 8-Shigaraki's Madness
Source-Viz Media, Shonen Jump, Watchcartoononline

Meanwhile, the fight with Shigaraki’s going no better. Despite the heroes managing to shut off his Quirks, Shigaraki manages to move despite being hurt beyond what any normal person could endure. It’s impressive how tenacious the man is. At least, it would be if it weren’t for the fact that he’s fueled by his hatred of heroes and the society they’ve created.

MHA S6, Ep 8-Shigaraki's Madness 2
Source-Viz Media, Shonen Jump, Watchcartoononline

As we know, though, Shigaraki’s not wrong when it comes to his beef with heroes. Thanks to his grandmother giving his Dad up for adoption for his own safety, that boy grew up never understanding the sacrifice Nana Shimura made for him. As a result, he projected his trauma onto all heroes, and that trauma led to the birth of Shigaraki. That, and no one else wanted to help him when he clearly needed it as a boy.

As hard as it is to stomach, Shigaraki might be onto something. The society of heroes has made people grow too complacent and not address the root cause of the problems that are now threatening to overwhelm them. In the more immediate future, though, Shigaraki manages to take Aizawa out with a Quirk-Destroying bullet. Thus, Deku and Bakugo will have to step up to the plate if they want to stop the villain from destroying everything. It’s time for them to GO BEYOND, PLUS ULTRA!!

MHA S6, Ep 9 Preview
Source-Viz Media, Shonen Jump, Watchcartoononline

I Give “League of Villains Vs. UA Students” a 3/5

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