My Hero Academia Episode 80

My Hero Academia Episode 80

Relief for License Trainees

It might come as a surprise to some of you that I wasn’t joking when I said this second cour of My Hero Academia season 4 was going to be mostly filler. Sure, things are still happening, like Todoroki and Bakugo working to receive their provisional hero licenses, but for the most part nothing of substance is going to happen.

Even after this week’s episode, there are eight episodes left, with probably at least two of them covering U.A.’s culture festival. In fact, I wouldn’t really be surprised if that took around four episodes considering it’s prominently featured in the new opening sequence.

Towards the end of the season is when things will likely start to pick up. That’s when we’ll probably see Endeavor fight against Gigantomachia, and the U.A. culture will probably be interrupted by villains. I don’t necessarily think the culture festival itself will be attacked, but it will probably have to be cut short.

And then, when the season is about to end, we’ll be left on a cliffhanger for season 5. This was the formula for both seasons 2 and 3, so I don’t really see season 4 deviating from that path. There’s always an important arc in the first cour, then the second cour is the “cool down” which turns into the build up for the next season’s important arc.

Also, as much as I don’t want it to be the case, this episode probably had the most “action” we’ll see for a little bit. We got to see Todoroki, Camie, and Inasa use their quirks to make the elementary schooler’s happy, and that’s probably more unique quirk usage than we’ll see during the culture festival setup.

Camie Utsushimi

Last week I predicted that Camie Utsushimi’s quirk was going to be something to do with pheromones. I figured she would be able to control the minds of male adversaries and make them do her bidding. Well, I was wrong about that, but we actually still got to see a very similar quirk.

Camie may not have had a quirk which affects males, but one of the elementary school girls did. This girl didn’t use pheromones though, and instead used a beam much like Boa Hancock does in One Piece.

However, unlike Boa’s Love-Love fruit, this girl’s quirk only seems to work on men, and is actually pretty weak. This quirk will likely become stronger as the girl trains with it, but for now she can’t control men, and instead can only make them say romantic things. Yeah, not very useful.

Camie Utushimi from the anime series My Hero Academia season 4
Camie Utushimi

But back to Camie, her quirk is even better than I expected. The gas which she exhales can be used to create temporary illusions. We see her first use this to make herself look like Todoroki, and then later on she creates an aurora and night sky to replace the ceiling of the stadium.

An illusion quirk like this might not have physical strength, but it would be extremely useful in a support role. The one thing we don’t really know yet about Camie is whether or not she has much combat training to make up for the physical weakness of her quirk.

And, I think Camie’s quirk is pretty interesting when you consider what happened to her during the provisional hero license exam arc. Camie is able to use her illusions to disguise herself as other people, but instead, Toga used her own quirk to disguise herself as Camie.

Yuuga Aoyama

The later half of the episode focuses on a member of U.A.’s Class 1-A who we haven’t really ever focused on before: Yuuga Aoyama. He’s the sparkly guy with the navel laser quirk in case you didn’t recognize his name.

Aoyama has never been a good character, and if I’m being honest, he will likely never be a good character. His entire character is built around the “unfortunate prince” trope which I think has to be one of the worst tropes out there. It’s supposed to be making fun of the “prince” trope from shoujo series, but I really don’t know who likes this character type.

Now, I don’t blame you if you’ve forgotten that there’s allegedly a traitor among the students of Class 1-A. I don’t think that’s really been mentioned since it was stated back in either season 1 or 2. And I’m not sure if the author even remembers that was supposed to be a thing.

Yuuga Aoyama from the anime series My Hero Academia season 4
Yuuga Aoyama

But in this episode it appeared that Aoyama was finally going to be revealed as the traitor. Or, as I was thinking, Aoyama was finally going to reveal that he’s gay, and none of his classmates were going to bat an eye because of how obvious it already was.

However, that wasn’t the big reveal. Instead, Aoyama revealed to Deku that his quirk isn’t compatible with his body, and that he feels Deku may be in the same situation. We already knew Aoyama got stomach aches from using his quirk, but now we also know his laser leaks out of his navel if he doesn’t wear his special belt.

So in the end, there really wasn’t a big reveal. Instead, the second half of this episode was just an attempt to make Aoyama more relevant.

Conclusion

What did you think of My Hero Academia season 4 episode 17? Is Camie’s quirk one of the best support quirks we’ve seen so far, or is it just alright? Do you like Aoyama as a character and hope to see more of him? And, how many episodes do you think it will be until we get back to relevant plot points? Let me know in the comments.

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My review of the next episode is available here.

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