My Hero Academia Episode 73

My Hero Academia Episode 73

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This wasn’t the best episode of My Hero Academia season 4, but it did give us a lot of information. And information is what I like, because it means I have plenty to discuss in these reviews. Today, the two main points of discussion are going to be the plans of both Shie Hassaikai and the League of Villains.

But before we get into those topics, there was a bit more Rock Lock content this week, so I want to talk about him. I like Rock Lock’s quirk, but after the events of this episode I don’t think he’ll be playing much of a role for the rest of the arc. And since he didn’t seem to be a local hero, this is probably it for his involvement in the series.

However, we learned a bit more about his quirk. Apparently he can only use it on inanimate objects, and it has a limited area of effect. These are two pretty important pieces of information. For one, we know he can’t lock other people into place. We also know he can’t do something like lock a collapsing building into place.

So with that in mind, it really does seem like Rock Lock has to use his quirk in more unique ways, which is something I wish we were able to see. I really want to see how he would think to use his quirk if he were in an actual fight. Getting surprise attacked by Himiko doesn’t really count.

It was also interesting to see that his Lock Down quirk has a higher priority than Mimic. They both work on inanimate objects, but even while boosted, Mimic couldn’t unlock the frozen walls.

Rappa

Kendo Rappa is one of the two villains Fat Gum and Red Riot went up against. He’s the one who can punch things really hard. But, after he’s defeated by Fat Gum, he’s still alive and therefore claims that their fight ended in a draw. To him, the fight isn’t over until one of the combatants is dead.

However, that doesn’t mean he’s going to attack Fat Gum and Red Riot before they can recover from their injuries. In yesterday’s Blade of the Immortal review I mentioned that Rin used not wanting to kill a weakened opponent as an excuse, but in Rappa’s case he seems to truly live by this sentiment.

He doesn’t care about Overhaul’s plans for Shie Hassaikai — he just wants to have a fair fight to the death against a powerful opponent.

Red Riot (Eijirou Kirishima) from the anime series My Hero Academia season 4
Red Riot (Eijirou Kirishima)

And it’s Rappa who reveals part of what Overhaul’s plan is to Fat Gum. Rappa doesn’t see himself has a real member of Shie Hassaikai, so he has no problem with giving up information on the inner workings of the organization.

We don’t yet know exactly what the end goal is, but Rappa claims that the group is manufacturing drugs and selling them to other villain organizations to amass a large amount of money. They don’t really care how the drugs are used, which implies that they may actually have nothing to do with their end goal.

Also, Rappa reveals the extent of Overhaul’s power. Overhaul was the only person to ever defeat him — and by defeat, he means kill. He has killed Rappa like five times so far, and every time he brings him back to life with his quirk. Overhaul really does seem to work like Crazy Diamond from JoJo’s Part 4.

Himiko and Jin

So now that we have a bit more information on Shie Hassaikai and Overhaul, it’s time to shift over to the League of Villains. And for the record, every time I hear “the League of Villains” I think of the E.V.I.L. organization from SpongeBob.

In exchange for telling Shigaraki his plans, Overhaul requests the temporary assistance of some of his underlings. Shigaraki eventually agrees to give up Himiko and Jin — though this doesn’t seem like a very fair trade for the League.

However, we later learn that Shigaraki and the League of Villains have no plans to submit to the likes of Overhaul and Shie Hassaikai. While Himiko and Jin do go to help Shie Hassaikai fight against the heroes, they’re also tearing the yakuza organization apart from the inside.

Himiko Toga and Twice (Jin Bubaigawara) from the anime series My Hero Academia season 4
Himiko Toga and Twice (Jin Bubaigawara)

And we do have to remember that they main reason they’re destroying Shie Hassaikai from the inside is because Overhaul killed one of their own, Mag. Otherwise, Himiko especially probably wouldn’t have agreed to temporarily join Shie Hassaikai — though maybe she would have if she knew Deku would show up.

Also, to touch on Mag’s death briefly, now that we know Overhaul can bring people back from the dead, will we see Mag make a return? Perhaps she’s been dead for too long by now, but we also don’t yet know the extent of Overhaul’s power. It seems pretty safe to assume that since Mag was exploded like Rappa, she can be put back together as well.

However, I’m not entirely sure if Overhaul would do that. He could have done that as a sign of good faith towards the League, but he didn’t. So now I see no reason for him to help them out in that way.

Conclusion

What are your thoughts on My Hero Academia episode 73? Do you want to see more of Rock Lock, or do you think he has a boring quirk? What do you think Shie Hassaikai’s end goal is? And, do you think big sis Mag is going to return from the dead? Let me know in the comments.

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My review of the next episode is available here.

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