My Hero Academia Season 6 Episode 117

My Hero Academia Season 6 Episode 117

Hawks and Dabi

My Hero Academia Season 6 Episode 117 was another good episode. I don’t want to call myself a My Hero Academia fan. But, I can’t deny that the series has been good recently. Hopefully, the season continues like this for all 25 episodes (unlikely).

At the start of this episode, we get to see a bit more of the “fight” between Hawks and Dabi. It’s not much of a fight, though. It’s just Dabi burning Hawks to a crisp. But, there’s some important information here that I want to go over.

First of all, there are more death flags for Hawks. We got another scene of Tokoyami thinking about Hawks. And, it was implied that Dabi told Hawks his identity. If he actually did that, then it would make the most sense for Hawks to die here so he can’t pass that information on.

Dabi looking down at Hawks from the anime series My Hero Academia Season 6 Episode 117
Dabi looking down at Hawks

I’m still not convinced that Hawks is going to die here. And that also means I don’t believe Dabi actually told Hawks who he is. Instead, it seems more likely that Dabi told Hawks something only he would understand. Remember, Dabi knows Hawks’ real name despite him not using it since he was a child.

So, it could be that Hawks and Dabi were part of the same program as children. Hawks may know who Dabi is from that without knowing who he actually is. To me, this is the most likely scenario. But, I do want to bring up that in my review of Episode 113, I did predict Dabi could be the one to kill Hawks.

Oh, and I’ve suspected that Dabi is actually Endeavor’s “dead” son Toya since Episode 106. That prediction hasn’t changed. I still think that’s who he is. But, I’m thinking Hawks doesn’t realize that.

Hidden Quirks

I’m pretty sure this has come up before. But, it’s pretty cool to see how keeping a quirk secret grants an advantage in battle. Obviously, if your opponent doesn’t know what your quirk is or how it works, you have the advantage.

The thing is, hiding their quirk isn’t all that possible for most pro heroes. Some heroes can’t hide their quirks because of how they manifest. Other heroes tie their quirk to their identity in the form of their outfits. And then there are heroes who are so famous that everyone knows their quirk anyway.

Think about Endeavor. As soon as he uses his quirk, it’s obvious what it is: Fire. Endeavor also uses his quirk as part of his identity with his flaming facial hair. And, as the number 1 pro hero, everyone knows who he is and what he’s capable of.

Pro heroes with Saber, Physical Enhancement, and Laser quirks from the anime series My Hero Academia Season 6 Episode 117
Pro heroes with Saber, Physical Enhancement, and Laser quirks

In a lot of ways, this is where villains have an advantage. Villains don’t necessarily need to brand themselves the way heroes do. From looking at Dabi, Himiko, and Twice, you can’t guess what their quirks are until they use them.

On top of that, villains tend to work in the shadows. They’re not constantly being filmed using their quirks by the news the way pro heroes are. So, while the villains know a lot about the heroes’ quirks, it doesn’t always work both ways. A new, never-before-seen villain can pop up out of nowhere. That’s not happening with heroes.

Anyway, all this is to say that I liked how there was a focus on how Eraser Head hides his quirk. He doesn’t make what his quirk is obvious. And even if the villain realizes he suppressed their quirk, can they figure out how he did it?

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All-for-Shigaraki

The end of Episode 117 had quite the twist. We knew that Shigaraki’s original quirk turned things to dust. From what I remember, we also saw this quirk evolve during his fight against Re-Destro. And in the present, Dr. Garaki was attempting to further enhance Shigaraki’s quirk.

The twist is that Shigaraki’s current quirk isn’t his ability to disintegrate things. That’s not the quirk Dr. Garaki is attempting to enhance within him. Instead, Shigaraki has All-for-One’s original quirk. And the version All-for-One has within himself is actually just a duplicate.

What does this all mean? Well, it means that Shigaraki potentially has a lot of quirks now. We’ve only ever seen him use the disintegration quirk. But, he has access to many more quirks, in theory. It’s also a bit unclear when he acquired All-for-One’s quirk. He may have had it this entire time and never made use of it.

Shigaraki remembering his family from the anime series My Hero Academia Season 6 Episode 117
Shigaraki remembering his family

As Dr. Garaki says, All-for-One foresaw his own defeat. So, he set up his successor, Shigaraki, with his own quirk. But, All-for-One is currently in prison after All Might defeated him. Since All-for-One has a duplicate of his quirk, he must have given Shigaraki the original in the past.

Shigaraki may have had All-for-One’s quirk even before All Might defeated All-for-One. Or, it could be that Dr. Garaki stored All-for-One’s quirk as data. If that’s the case, then I guess he could be transferring the quirk over to Shigaraki now. You could argue for that being the case.

For now, I’m going to guess that’s not what’s happening. Instead, I think Shigaraki already had All-for-One’s quirk. But, the reason we never saw him use other quirks was that his body couldn’t handle it. So, what Dr. Garaki was doing to Shigaraki here was strengthening his body.

Conclusion

What do you think about My hero Academia Season 6 Episode 117? Do you think Dabi told Hawks his true identity? Should pro heroes take more care to hide the true nature of their quirks? And how long do you think Shigaraki has had All-for-One’s quirk? Let me know in the comments.

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3 Replies to “My Hero Academia Season 6 Episode 117”

  1. I haven’t read this part of the manga but I listened to a podcast that talked about it when it was coming out so I know some things but I’m a bit fuzzy of where and when they take place.

    Animes occasionally cut or change lines of dialogue from the manga sometimes leading to confusion for anime onlies about certain story points. I’m not sure if that’s the case here or if this is something that gets clarified a bit later. I want to clarify something you are speculating about but I’m not sure if it counts as a spoiler or not (if it is it’s a minor one). I think dialogue in this and previous episodes has already established this point but it might be clarified further in later episodes. So I’ll provide a spoiler warning just in case.

    MILD SPOILER WARNING!

    Shigaraki did not possess All-For-One’s quirk until he was placed in the tank that we see him in this episode. The quirk was transplanted into him by the Doctor before placing him into the tank which he needed to be kept in for several months so that the quirk could be properly integrated into his body. The way the transferring of quirks work is a bit fuzzy and not described in detail but sounds more like an organ transplant than anything else. The Doctor can remove a quirk and somehow preserve it until he places it into a new host. He had All-For-One’s quirk on ice ready to transplant into Shigaraki when the time came.

    1. I kind of feel like that was mentioned before. Not sure if it was Season 4 or Season 5. We’ve also had some time skips/flashbacks in the past few arcs so I have no idea where we are in time right now. Was the surgery we saw Dr. Garaki performing on Shigaraki before his fight against Re-Destro this same surgery? If so, does that mean we’re back in the present and that whole arc was a flashback? I have no idea.

      1. The setup was basically All-For-One planned for Shigaraki to inherit his quirk but wanted to make Shigaraki go through a trial to earn it first.

        The trial was to defeat Gigantomachia. Defeating Gigantomachia would prove Shigaraki’s worthiness to inherit All-For-One’s quirk and also allow Shigaraki to gain the loyalty of Gigantomachia.

        Shigaraki and the League of Villains were in the middle of their fight with Gigantomachia when they got dragged into the fight with Re-Destro and the Meta Liberation Army.

        Shigaraki lured Gigantomachia to his fight with Re-Destro and the Meta Liberation Army and basically killed two birds with one stone by getting them to fight each other.

        Gigantomachia and the Meta Liberation Army were defeated. Re-Destro surrendered and pledged loyaly to Shigaraki and the League of Villains. The League of Villains and the Meta Liberation Army merged and became the Paranormal Liberation Front.

        Shigaraki proved his worthiness to inherit All-For-One and underwent the procedure which left him out of commission for several months immersed in a tank. The tank which he has just been broken out of.

        The timeline was a bit confused in season 5 because for the first part of the season we followed Deku and the other hero students. Then the story went back in time to show what the villains had been up to during that time. There has only been one major time skip and that was for the few months that Shigaraki was in the tank.

        From Deku’s point of view it’s been a few months since his internship with Endeavour and he’s been back at school studying in that time with nothing of signicance happening until now.

        The months that Shigaraki was in the tank have been the quiet before the storm.

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