My Hero Academia S6 Ep 20 Review
The Dark Hero arc begins, and it is as amazing as I had hoped it would be! Outnumbered and with public support at its lowest, the heroes are at the breaking point fighting the villians. Deku and All Might are working with the top three heroes to hunt down All for One and Shigaraki, but there’s only so much they can do. Especially now that All for One’s sent a former hero turned assassin to bring Deku in. Lady Nagant arrives to the battlefield, and she’s cooler than I thought.
Everyone’s Turning on Each Other
As the public’s lost its faith in heroes, they’ve started turning on each other. The first moments of the episode start off with a group of vigilante’s attacking an innocent civilian because she looks different.
It happens every time. Whenever anarchy rises, people turn on each other other out of paranoia, especially those who look or act different. They’re not bad people; just scared out of their minds. Thankfully, Deku manages to arrive and bring everyone back to their senses.
I’m not surprised that, despite everything falling apart, Deku still tries to save everyone. What’s surprising is the fact that he can still smile.
Sadly, despite the heroes trying to do everything to help, the public still hates their guts. There’s angry mobs throwing things at them and blaming them for everything. It’s heartbreaking to see how people have turned on them so fast.
The Last Two Bearers of One For All Appear
On a more positive note, this episode marks the moment when Deku finally gets all the past bearers of One For All to help him. Most notably, the second and third bearers, the ones who rescued All for One’s brother. From the way they speak of themselves, it sounds like they went through hell just to get to him, losing many of their comrades to do so. As a result, they sound pretty jaded about the whole hero business. Despite that, Deku’s convinced them to get back into the swing of things.
One theme I’ve enjoyed when reading Shonen manga is how the younger generation can inspire their elders to be better. Deku’s selflessness brings out the best in people and makes them want to be the best heroes they can be. The ability to inspire others is a rare power in this world, and it’s nice to know that Deku has it. He’s earned his place alongside other inspiring protagonists like Naruto and Luffy.
That, and a cool rogue’s gallery of enemies, like Lady Nagant.
Lady Nagant, the Former Sniper Hero
When All for One and the League broke into the prison’s throughout Japan, they didn’t just free criminals and villains. One of the most dangerous prisoners was a former pro-hero, Lady Nagant, the deadliest sniper in Japan. Her Quirk, Rifle, let’s her convert her arm into a rifle, which she can then load with custom bullets made from her own hair. As a result, not only is she deadly, she’s also stealthy; the perfect combination for an assassin.
Lady Nagant spent her hero career doing morally questionable black-ops work for the Hero Public Safety Commission, the same people Hawks worked for until the War. At least until they threw her in prison. So she knows just how corrupt this hero society is, to the point that she’d prefer it if All for One burned it all to the ground. Thanks to that, All for One persuades her to hunt down Deku and bring him to him.
We don’t get to see much of the fight between the two yet, but it’s going to be an epic clash. The up-and-coming rookie hero vs. the jaded cynic. It won’t just be a clash of fists and bullets, but one of ideals. That’s the kind of fight I like most. Seeing both ideologies clash until one comes out on top is entertaining! I don’t remember what happens yet, but I know that if Deku wants to win, he’ll need to tap into all of his Quirks, and GO BEYOND, PLUS ULTRA!
The one thing that still doesn’t make sense is why Nagant brought Overhaul with her. He can’t use his Quirk without his arms, and he’s already broken.
I Give “Hired Gun” a 4/5
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