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My Hero Academia Season 4

My Hero Academia Season 4

My Hero Academia season 4 anime series cover art
My Hero Academia season 4

Season Overview

My Hero Academia season 4 (僕のヒーローアカデミア 4thシーズン) is probably my favorite season of the series so far. Just to get this out of the way from the start, I think it was basically on par with the seasons which came before it overall, but it still included a fair amount of improvements.

There were two main arcs covered in this season, with the first being the Shie Hassaikai arc and the second being the school festival arc. And you probably don’t need me to tell you that the Shie Hassaikai arc was the superior of the two.

In fact, it’s that first arc that makes me rank this season of My Hero Academia above its predecessors. The school festival arc wasn’t really bad — because thankfully we didn’t spend much time watching the school festival itself — but it was definitely the cool-down arc after the big fight in the previous arc.

The Shie Hassaikai arc involves a raid on the headquarters of the yakuza group known as Shie Hassaikai. This group is currently being led by Overhaul — a man who believes it’s time for the yakuza to come out of the shadows and take over the role of the “villains.”

I do want to make a distinction here that there are villains and there are yakuza. The villains are those who oppose the pro heroes, like Shigaraki and All-for-One. Yakuza are simply organized crime families that don’t necessarily oppose the pro heroes in the same way true villains do.

The school festival arc is exactly what it sounds like. U.A. puts on a school festival, which is surprisingly normal when compared to the sports festival. This festival is meant for the non-hero class students to be able to shine since they don’t really participate in the sports festival.

New Characters

I don’t actually remember if Overhaul and Eri were introduced in season 4 or season 3. I know that Overhaul was at least shown in season 3, but I think he wasn’t properly introduced until season 4. And now that I think about it Eri was definitely introduced this season because the first OP of this season is the first time we saw her.

These are the two major new characters of the first arc. As previously mentioned, Overhaul is the new antagonist, and honestly, he’s the best antagonist the series has had so far. I know a lot of people probably like All-for-One and Shigaraki, but Overhaul is just such a better villain and overall character than either of them.

Overhaul from the anime series My Hero Academia season 4
Overhaul

Looking at the previous villains in the series, the only one who really had any sort of half-decent background was Stain. Overhaul is actually a developed character with his own personal reasons for doing things and acting the way he does. His quirk is also just a better version of Shigaraki’s quirk.

Eri is a child whom Overhaul is exploiting to create drugs that both enhance quirks and remove quirks. I won’t get into exactly what her quirk is (yet) because that’s spoiler territory, but just know it’s pretty powerful. She’s also the reason Deku & co. get involved with Shie Hassaikai.

The second half of the season introduces a few new characters, but it’s unclear exactly how important some of them are. On the villain side, we have Gentle Criminal and La Brava. They basically seemed like filler villains though and had no impact on the overall story, so I doubt we’ll see them again.

The new hero who’s introduced is Hawks — a highly popular pro hero whose goal is to help Endeavor become the true #1 hero. Hawks has large wings on his back which he can use to fly, and he can also freely control each individual feather which makes up those wings.

Effects on the Future

This is the section that will be including major spoilers for the series. Skip down to the conclusion if you haven’t watched season 4 yet and don’t want it to be spoiled.

There are probably four major developments in this season which will have lasting effects on the series. In the first arc, we have Eri’s rescue, Mirio’s lost quirk, and Sir Nighteye’s death. Then in (or after) the second arc, we have Endeavor’s teaming up with Hawks and rise to the level of All Might.

Endeavor from the anime series My Hero Academia season 4
Endeavor

Eri’s rescue from Shie Hassaikai is important because of the nature of her quirk. Her quirk allows her to revert anything (organic only, I think) back to a previous state. So if someone breaks an arm, Eri can touch them and revert their body back to a state before their arm was broken.

This is extra important when we also consider the fact that Mirio lost his quirk. I think in the future we’ll see Eri able to restore Mirio’s quirk, and possibly restore the quirk of the Wild, Wild Pussycats member whose quirk was stolen by All-for-One. Really, Eri is a game-changer, and Mirio is going to be the guinea pig.

Then, of course, we have Sir Nighteye’s death. I’m not sure exactly what effect this is going to have going forward, but he was a pretty important character. Not only was he All Might’s former sidekick, but he was also the pro hero who Mirio and Deku were interning with. It seems obvious this is going to have an effect of some sort going forward, though.

And lastly we have Endeavor teaming up with Hawks and rising to All Might’s level. Endeavor isn’t quite at the level of All Might yet. But his fight against the Nomu at the end of the season definitely went a long way in showing the civilians that he’s serious about taking over as the symbol of peace.

Conclusion

Overall I gave My Hero Academia season 4 a 7/10. I think it was a good season, and I do believe that’s a fair score. All the fanboys (and girls) will probably say I’m rating it too low, but I’m also taking into consideration things like the fact that the biggest fight of the season was a slideshow, not animation.

And there are a lot of haters who will say I’ve rated this series too highly. But to them I say, I understand that this series is overrated, but it is still a good series regardless. It has its problems, yes, but it’s generally good and enjoyable even if I think most of the characters are extremely boring.

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My Hero Academia Episode 88

My Hero Academia Episode 88

His Start

My Hero Academia episode 88 was the final episode of season 4 (with season 5 confirmed), and I think it may have been the best episode of the series so far. I know a lot of people are still going to point back to the episode with All Might vs. All for One, but I actually think Endeavor vs. Nomu was better.

All Might is definitely cool, but the problem is that his fighting style is basically the same as Saitama’s — just punch your enemy. Sure, they can still hype up a fight like that, but in the end a fight with more going on is always going to be better in my opinion if it’s hyped up to the same extent.

Pro hero Endeavor from the anime series My Hero Academia season 4
Pro hero Endeavor

It’s kind of crazy how this one episode can completely turn around opinions of Endeavor. Before this I didn’t really like him all that much, but now I think he really is on par with All Might. And I’m sure there are others who feel the same way I do.

Of course, this transformation was coming for a long time; ever since All Might retired we’ve been seeing hints that Endeavor is trying to become the new symbol of peace. It’s just that all of his effort culminated in this one episode.

And I know I’ve said this before, but I don’t really care about the hero students in this series. Or at least those from Class 1-A. So it’s kind of surprising to me how the same author can write characters I don’t care about, yet as the same time write pro hero characters I’m fully invested in.

Endeavor and Hawks

It’s only been one week and I can’t remember whether Hawks is the number two or number three ranked pro hero. But either way, the point is that he’s a high ranking pro hero, and Endeavor still makes him look like nothing more than a sidekick.

Of course, as we know, this is sort of what Hawks wants anyway. He doesn’t actually want to be a sidekick, but he does want to be second to Endeavor so that Endeavor will do all the heavy lifting for him. You could call Hawks lazy or sleazy for using Endeavor like this, but I think he’s just realistic.

In this episode the difference in power and ability between these two heroes was put on display. Yes, Hawks is a strong hero with a pretty good quirk — he can freely control the feathers which make up his wings. But he knows the limits of his quirk, which is why he needs to rely on stronger heroes.

Endeavor fighting the Nomu from the anime series My Hero Academia season 4
Endeavor fighting the Nomu

When Endeavor was blasted through that building and Hawks needed to save everyone inside, he realized that it simply wasn’t possible for him. So instead he prioritized saving those who were in the most danger. For a lot of people, this decision makes sense.

But, what that decision really shows, as I’ve mentioned, is the gap in ability between Hawks and a true top level hero. Do you think All Might would have settled for saving those most in danger? No. All Might would have saved everyone even if it was impossible.

So for this reason, I wouldn’t say that Hawks is trying to take advantage of other pro heroes to do all the dirty work. He definitely tried to make it come off that way last week when he was attempting to recruit Endeavor to his cause, but that’ doesn’t seem to be who he really is.

The Symbol of Peace

Did anyone else notice that the kid who’s an Endeavor super fan looked just like Natsu from Fairy Tail? I’m assuming that was on purpose considering Natsu is a fire-based character in that series, so it makes sense for him to be a fan of a fire-based hero like Endeavor.

Anyway, that kid gets mad at the news reporter for saying that “this” (the attack on the city by the Nobu) is what happens when there’s no symbol of peace. As the kid says, there is a symbol of peace, and he’s risking currently risking his life fighting against the villain.

Endeavor is the new symbol of peace. He’s not the same symbol of peace that All Might was, but that doesn’t matter. As Hawks said, Endeavor was the only pro hero not content with following All Might — he wanted to surpass him. So it’s only natural for such a hero to take up All Might’s mantle.

Endeavor using his ultimate move: Prominence Burn from the anime series My Hero Academia season 4
Endeavor using his ultimate move: Prominence Burn

One problem I think Endeavor had in this battle was the fact that his opponent was the same size as he is. Obviously the Nomu is dangerous. It has multiple quirks, intelligence, and higher strength and speed than Endeavor has. But to people on the ground, it probably didn’t look that impressive.

Yes, it was causing a decent amount of damage, but the fact that Endeavor was shown to be struggling in a fight against something relatively small probably didn’t help his image as the new symbol of peace during the actual fight. If he was fighting against Gigantomachia like I thought he was going to, this would have been different.

It would have been obvious to everyone watching the battle just how strong Endeavor is and how much he was doing to save the people of the city.

A New Hope

At the end of the fight, after using his ultimate move, Prominence Burn, Endeavor is the standing alone with his fist up in victory. This was the big moment for him, because by copying the gesture All Might made upon defeating All for One, Endeavor is telling the world that he’s going to pick up where All Might left off.

It sends a message to the civilians that they don’t have to worry anymore, and it sends a message to the villains that they once again have something to worry about. This is the start of a new age for people everywhere, including Endeavor himself.

When he defeated the Nomu, he mentioned that the Nomu was like a version of himself from the past, or possibly even an alternate future. What he meant by this is that he’s no longer simply going to seek power — his path has been altered and he now has a new purpose.

Endeavor putting his fist up in victory from the anime series My Hero Academia season 4
Endeavor putting his fist up in victory

Also, while I’ve been discussing Endeavor a lot today, I need to also mention the other hero of this new age, Deku. He didn’t do anything important in this episode, and I still don’t really care about him all that much, but he’s the protagonist, so I guess I should mention the important scene involving him.

After the credits we’re shown a dream Deku has in which he meets the previous holders of One for All who have since died. Apparently he’s the ninth holder of this quirk, which means there are seven of them who have died. And in this dream he sees someone who looks like All for One defeating the first user of One for All.

We already knew that All for One defeated All Might’s predecessor, but does this dream imply he was actually the one who defeated all of his predecessors? Is All for One immortal? Or can this quirk be passed down just like One for All? It’s hard to say right now, but I think it’s clear we haven’t seen the last of that villain.

Conclusion

What did you think of the final episode of My Hero Academia season 4? Do you agree that this was the best episode of the series so far? And what are your thoughts about Hawks now that we’ve had a chance to see him fight alongside Endeavor? Let me know in the comments.

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My Hero Academia Episode 87

My Hero Academia Episode 87

Japanese Hero Billboard Chart

Did anyone else think the Japanese Hero Billboard Chart was rigged? I don’t mean the fact that there was a literal washing machine in the top 10. I mean the fact that Mt. Lady wasn’t in the top 10. Based on the previous 86 episodes of this series, I was sure Mt. Lady was up there.

I think she ended up being number 23, which isn’t bad considering how many pro heroes there are in Japan. But when you take into account how many male fans she’s been shown to have around the country, and the fact that she’s a strong hero, you’d expect her to be higher up.

Also, although we didn’t get to see how high up Rock Lock ranked, it was good to see him make an appearance.

Wild, Wild Pussycats Return

I mentioned in a previous episode review that I had thought one of the Wild, Wild Pussycats died during the attack on the summer training camp. That was later stated to not be the case, and in episode 87 we finally get to see this team back together.

The member who I thought died actually just had her quirk stolen by All for One. But, this is important because it gives us an idea of what life will be like for Mirio now that he doesn’t have a quirk.

Although she was an active pro hero, without her quirk Ragdoll is demoted to the position of team secretary. While the other three members of the Pussycats are out fighting crime, she’ll be sitting in an office doing paperwork. So if that’s what happens to a pro hero who loses their quirk, it’s safe to say Mirio can’t be a pro hero without his.

The Wild, Wild Pussycats from the anime series My Hero Academia season 4
The Wild, Wild Pussycats

I would have liked to think that Mirio could still be a low level hero even without his quirk. After all, he’s trained extensively in hand to hand combat, and can still effectively fight like that against villains with quirks. But if even a former pro hero can’t continue working without a quirk, he probably can’t either.

And speaking of Ragdoll’s stolen quirk, it’s stated that the only way for it to be returned to her is if All for One chooses to give it back. And even if he were to be so kind, he has to use his own quirk to do so. Obviously allowing All for One to use his quirk is a massive risk, so it’s not going to happen.

But what if there was another way for Ragdoll to reclaim her quirk which didn’t involve All for One? I think it’s reasonable to assume Eri’s quirk would work on Ragdoll just like it may work on Mirio. It would simply revert her body back to before her quirk was stolen.

Number One Hero Endeavor

Obviously Endeavor was going to be named as the new number one hero on the Japanese Hero Billboard Chart. But what I didn’t expect was that he was going to attempt to be a friendly hero so soon after talking with All Might.

Even when he’s provoked by Hawks at the ranking ceremony, he doesn’t retaliate in a manner you would expect from him. He recognized that Hawks was attempting to get a reaction out of him, and he didn’t fall for the bait.

Later on in the episode we even saw him attempt to be friendly, or at least his version of friendly, with one of his fans. This is something we’ve seen him do before, but it really seems like he’s trying harder now to fill the void which was left by All Might’s retirement.

We have to remember that Endeavor didn’t really see All Might as a rival. Even though he wanted to one day surpass him, he looked up to him first and foremost.

Number one hero Endeavor from the anime series My Hero Academia season 4
Number one hero Endeavor

Unfortunately, I was incorrect about Endeavor going up against Gigantomachia as his first battle to prove that he’s the new number one hero. Of course, he’s been the number one hero ever since All Might retired, but this would have been the battle in which he won the hearts of the civilians.

It looks like he’ll still get to have a battle like that, which will hopefully finish next episode since it’s the final episode of the season, but it won’t be against Gigantomachia. Instead, Endeavor will be fighting against a new kind of Nobu.

Rising Star Hero Hawks

Hawks is a somewhat interesting character because he’s kind of all over the place. He’s currently the second ranked pro hero, but he’s also only 22 years old. And I think it was stated that he started his own hero agency at the age of 18 and broke into the top 10 pro heroes by the time he was 20.

So obviously this guy is a strong hero — and we see that this is at least partially the case. At first it might seem that the fact he has wings and can fly is all his quirk is, but there’s more to it than that. He can also shoot out his feathers and control them freely, which is decently powerful.

However, we don’t know exactly how strong he is in comparison to actual villains, because all we’ve seen him do so far are low level heroic acts. But due to the fact that he’s the number two hero, I think it’s safe to say he’s taken down at least a few powerful opponents.

Number two hero Hawks from the anime series My Hero Academia season 4
Number two hero Hawks

But the strange part about Hawks is that although he’s ranked so high among the pro heroes, he has no ambition to become number one. He’s perfectly fine letting Endeavor be the number one hero and doing all the work which comes along with that role.

As long as the number one hero does all the heavy lifting, Hawks is perfectly content to sit back, relax, and promote that hero so he has less villains to fight. It’s a pretty odd dynamic for a pro hero to have, especially at his level.

If he just wants to take it easy and let other people fight the powerful villains, you’d think becoming a pro hero wouldn’t be the best career choice. And the fact that he started his own agency at the age of 18 is even stranger because that implies he was working towards becoming a top ranked hero — it didn’t happen by accident.

Conclusion

What did you think of My Hero Academia episode 87? Which pro heroes do you think deserve a spot within the top 10 rankings? Do you think Eri can recover Ragdoll’s quirk? And, what are your thoughts on Hawks? Let me know in the comments.

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My Hero Academia Episode 86

My Hero Academia Episode 86

Let It Flow! School Festival!

The school festival episode is here, which automatically means it can’t be a very good episode. My Hero Academia is one of those series I really don’t care about unless there’s action happening on screen.

And of the major battle shounen series I’ve watched, this is the only one for which that’s the case. I can be interested in Naruto or One Piece basically no matter what’s happening because I’m invested in the characters. I don’t care about the characters of MHA, so seeing them put on a concert does nothing for me.

Though, to be fair, I wouldn’t care if the characters of Naruto or One Piece put on a concert at a school festival either.

Really, episodes such as this just make it harder for me to write about them. There are few, if any, new abilities to discuss. There’s generally little to no character development. And it’s exactly why you don’t see me doing weekly episode reviews for slice of life anime.

Slice of life anime can be really good, but they aren’t the best for discussing on an episode by episode basis.

The good news, however, is that the school festival proper began and ended within this episode. Next week our focus will shift to something much more interesting: The new pro hero rankings.

I think it’s pretty clear that Endeavor will have moved up from his #2 position to #1, but whether or not he’ll be able to hold onto that spot for long is another matter entirely. The next episode preview teased a brand new pro hero who’s likely going to give Endeavor a run for his money.

Hound Dog

Hound Dog, Ryo Inui, isn’t a new character, but he’s a pro hero I’ve never discussed before. He’s actually been around since episode 13.

His quirk is a pretty simple one to understand. It’s called “Dog,” and it gives him the appearance and abilities of a dog. Just like how Tsu’s quirk gives her the appearance (not really) and abilities of a frog. It’s your standard animal-style quirk.

But what exactly are the “abilities of a dog?”

We can assume that he can run fairly quickly — probably on all fours when going at his top speed. He also likely has increased hearing sensitivity. And we know for a fact that his sense of smell is extremely heightened. Basically, he’s a tracker-class hero who specializes in hunting down villains on the run.

Pro hero Hound Dog from the anime series My Hero Academia season 4
Pro hero Hound Dog

Interestingly, Hound Dog’s official position at U.A. is that of the lifestyle guidance counselor. You’d expect him to be the school’s head of security or something, especially after seeing his role during the school festival, but that’s not the case.

What makes his official position even stranger is that he appears to have anger issues. He’s not on the same level as someone like Bakugo, but when he does get angry, which seems to be pretty often, his words become incomprehensible. He regresses into using howls and growls rather than human speech.

Not exactly a quality you’d probably want a guidance counselor to have.

Hopefully we’ll get to see more of Hound Dog in the future. The fact that he’s already been around for so long is a good sign. But many of the pro hero side characters are just that, side characters who don’t get much screen time.

Class 1-A’s Performance

And now we’ve made it to the part of the review where I no longer know what to discuss. Class 1-A’s performance happened. It was a success. And that’s pretty much all there is to say about that.

I’m still not a fan of the current trend of shounen series including English singing. If the character is Japanese and has only ever spoken Japanese, then why do they suddenly sing in English? It’s not like all Japanese musicians sing in English.

Sure, some do, but the vast majority do not — they sing in Japanese. So I don’t really understand where this trend came from.

Mirio and Eri watching Class 1-A's performance from the anime series My Hero Academia season 4
Mirio and Eri watching Class 1-A’s performance

I will say that the only bit of character development in the episode actually came from the part of the episode focused on the concert. We see that the shadow of Overhaul, which was still surrounding Eri, has been washed away by the light of the hero students.

From this point, Eri will be able to move on with her life and not be bound by the fear Overhaul had instilled in her. However, since I don’t know what kind of role Eri’s going to have in the future of this series, I’m not sure how major that development is.

I get the feeling that she’s never going to become one of the main characters of the series, especially considering how potentially broken her quirk is. But at the very least this was a conclusion to her story arc.

End of the Festival

After Class 1-A’s performance, we also get to see two other performances happening around the festival. Class 1-B (I think) put on a play which was a combination of Star Wars, The Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Romeo and Juliet, and more.

I’m sure there were other stories tied in, but those are the ones I could remember off the top of my head.

The other performance we saw was the beauty pageant, which Nejire obviously won. She didn’t really have much competition outside of Kendou and the Luvia Edelfelt wannabe, so it was pretty clear she was going to win despite losing the previous year.

Nejire Hadou winning the beauty pageant from the anime series My Hero Academia season 4
Nejire Hadou winning the beauty pageant

Unfortunately, like the pro hero side characters who don’t get enough screen time, the same is true for the hero student side characters. Something tells me that the “Big Three” aren’t going to be all that important going forward.

They each had their time to shine (although Nejire’s was much shorter than the other two, probably because she’s a woman) during the Shie Hassaikai arc. And I don’t really see them being all that important going forward. Mirio is the most important of the three, and he doesn’t even have his quirk anymore.

Conclusion

Did you like My Hero Academia episode 86? If so, what was your favorite part? And even if you didn’t enjoy it, which pro hero would you like to see more of in the future? I’ve already stated in the past that I’d really like to see Rock Lock make a comeback — he had a pretty cool quirk.

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My Hero Academia Episode 85

My Hero Academia Episode 85

School Festival Start!!

My Hero Academia episode 85 really made me like Gentle Criminal and La Brava more. I already liked La Brava, obviously, but seeing Gentle Criminal’s background as well as him actually fighting was pretty cool. It’s just unfortunate that these two antagonists had to be part of this arc.

If they had been real antagonists in an arc that wasn’t about a school festival, they could have been so much better. As I mentioned last week, once I was reminded that the school festival would be canceled if anything happened, it was clear that Gentle Criminal and La Brava weren’t going to be very important.

Sure, we could have seen them sneak into the festival and do random things throughout it without actually getting caught, but that would have had even less of an impact than this episode did. That really would have sealed their fate as “filler villains.”

Did they have any real impact on the story? No. Are we ever going to see them again? I doubt it. Are they even going to be referenced again after this arc? Probably not. In the end they don’t matter, and that’s too bad.

Gentle Origins

From the start we’ve known that Gentle Criminal isn’t a real villain. He doesn’t like violence, his crimes were pretty minor, and he’s basically just an adult who’s committing child-like crimes for his YouTube channel. Regardless of how strong he is, he’s not actually a threat because he doesn’t want to be.

Originally, Gentle Criminal wanted to be a pro hero — and I’d imagine this is the case for many of those who end up becoming villains. He wasn’t good enough to become a hero, and the one time he attempted to save someone he just ended up getting in the way of the real heroes.

Was anyone else surprised when it was revealed the guy Gentle tried to save actually survived? He fell off a building and then was crushed by a giant metal box. I was pretty sure Gentle killed that man.

Gentle Criminal from the anime series My Hero Academia season 4
Gentle Criminal

The thing about Gentle, though, is that he didn’t seem to want to become a hero for the right reasons. This is why he ended up becoming a villain, not because of his many failures along the way. Failing to become a hero on it’s own doesn’t drive someone to then become a villain.

Gentle’s motivation the entire time was to become famous, and he thought that becoming a hero was a good way to accomplish that. So once he could no longer become a famous hero, he decided that he could become famous as a villain.

However, because he’s not actually a bad guy, he’s not very good at doing villainous deeds — which is why he’s considered a nobody. Really, becoming a villain was probably his worst choice. He could have become more famous doing literally anything else simply because he’s so bad at being a villain.

La Brava

For a few weeks leading up to this episode I had been speculating about La Brava’s quirk. It was obvious that her quirk had something to do with love based on her character design, but how exactly it was going to work I wasn’t quite sure.

It’s safe to say that I wasn’t expecting her quirk to work in the way which it does.

La Brava has a powerful support quirk which boosts the physical abilities of one of her allies. She can only use it once per day, but when she expresses her love to someone, it can drastically increase their strength — up to 10x depending on the strength of her own feelings for that person.

So when she tells Gentle Criminal that she loves him, we can assume he received the full 10x multiplier.

La Brava from the anime series My Hero Academia season 4
La Brava

But, Gentle Criminal isn’t exactly the most powerful person we’ve met so far. What if La Brava was paired up with someone else who was already extremely strong? What if she was allied with Overhaul? Or the League of Villains? Her support could make them nearly unstoppable.

And if she was paired up with All Might during his prime, he could probably destroy the entire planet in one punch.

However, there are drawbacks to this quirk. As I mentioned, she can only use it once per day. Also, it scales up based on her feelings for the person she’s using her quirk on, so there’s no guarantee the multiplier will be maxed out. And, the power buff only lasts for a short amount of time.

Deku’s Strongest Opponent

During his fight against Gentle Criminal, Deku states that he’s fought opponents much stronger in the past (and won). And while I think that was a pretty mean thing of Deku to say, he’s not wrong. Gentle Criminal simply isn’t that strong.

Sure, he knows how to use his quirk exceptionally well, and his quirk is pretty versatile. But part of the problem lies with his quirk. You simply can’t compare Gentle Criminal’s elastic quirk to the quirk of someone like Overhaul. Overhaul’s quirk is in another league entirely.

But what if we include Gentle Criminal’s Lover Mode — when he’s powered up by La Brava’s quirk. Is he Deku’s strongest opponent in under those circumstances? No.

Gentle Criminal in Lover Mode from the anime series My Hero Academia season 4
Gentle Criminal in Lover Mode

I kind of felt bad for Gentle Criminal at the end of the fight. Not because he has to distance himself from La Brava so that she can have a second chance at life, but because Deku lied to him about his strength. Deku “admits” that Gentle Criminal was his strongest opponent, but that’s simply not true.

Overhaul was stronger. Tomura might be stronger. I know Deku hasn’t fought him, but Dabi of the League of Villains is probably stronger. Stain could be stronger. I think it’s fair to say Gentle Criminal is stronger than Toga, Twice, and Muscular, but I also don’t think that’s saying all that much.

So, sure, Gentle Criminal isn’t the weakest opponent Deku has faced, but he’s also nowhere near the strongest. He’s somewhere in the middle. And I get that Deku has trained a lot since fighting someone like Stain, but I think Stain is probably the closest in strength to Gentle Criminal.

Conclusion

What did you think of My Hero Academia season 4 episode 22? Do you think we’ll see more of Gentle Criminal and La Brava in the future? Do you think Gentle Criminal actually was Deku’s strongest opponent? And, what do you think of La Brava’s quirk as far as support quirks go? Let me know in the comments.

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