My Hero Academia Season 6 Episode 118

My Hero Academia Season 6 Episode 118

RIP X-Less and Crust

My Hero Academia Season 6 Episode 118 has the potential to be the worst episode of the entire series. Why? Because we don’t know the fate of Rock Lock. If Rock Lock died in Shigaraki’s attack, then this is the worst episode.

We saw a lot of other pro heroes die when Shigaraki woke up and used his enhanced quirk. Most of those heroes were nameless and their deaths don’t matter to us. But, there were two named heroes who we saw die on screen. These are X-Less and Crust.

As far as I know, we only found out X-Less’s hero name in this episode moments before he died. Maybe someone mentioned it earlier in the series. If they did, I forgot. But, X-Less is the pro hero who can shoot a laser out of his eye. He’s Shigaraki’s first victim after waking up.

Crust giving Eraser Head a thumbs up while disintegrating from the anime series My Hero Academia Season 6 Episode 118
Crust giving Eraser Head a thumbs up while disintegrating

Crust’s death is a bit more impactful for the world of pro heroes than X-Less’s. As we (re)learned in Episode 115, Crust was the #6 ranked pro hero. He’s not some random hero. He’s a strong and popular hero whose death is going to shake up the rankings.

We should also consider how Crust died compared to how X-Less died. X-Less was simply killed by Shigaraki. Crust sacrificed himself to save Eraser Head. Sacrificing oneself is a pretty noble way to go. But, there’s actually more to it than that. Crust knew he had to save Eraser Head.

Remember how vital Eraser Head’s quirk is for the heroes. By looking at an enemy, he can negate their quirk. It was thanks to him that the pro heroes stood a chance against the high-end Nomu in the lab. And he could even negate Shigaraki’s quirk(s).

Heroes and Villains

It’s a bit surprising that we’re 6 seasons into MHA and only now are we getting into the moral grey zone of heroes. Was Hawks killing Twice the first time a pro hero killed a villain in the series? I can’t think of another time.

What’s interesting about this situation, for me, is that I don’t view it as morally grey at all. It’s framed as being morally grey. But, is it actually? Of course, pro heroes are protectors. They’re supposed to protect civilians. But, they’re also supposed to capture villains alive.

They’re not supposed to be the judge, jury, and executioner. And I’m not going to argue that should be the case. But, when you consider how dangerous villains can be, you’d expect more heroes to kill villains. It’s amazing how many times heroes are able to bring in villains without killing them.

Dabi telling Tokoyami Hawks killed Twice from the anime series My Hero Academia Season 6 Episode 118
Dabi telling Tokoyami Hawks killed Twice

Of course, Dabi frames the killing of Twice as Hawks stabbing him in the back as he was trying to save his friends. But, we should consider the other side. Hawks killed a known terrorist before he had a chance to cause countless deaths.

Has Twice done anything in the past to warrant being killed? Not that I can think of. I don’t believe he’s ever killed anyone himself. But, he’s a known member of a terrorist group that has caused deaths in the past. And his quirk is one known to be able to facilitate more deaths in the future.

He had many chances to surrender throughout his time as a villain. But, he never did. Now, what about someone like Shigaraki? What if a hero kills him? In my mind, that’s completely okay. It’s hard to imagine the heroes being able to take him into custody alive.

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Is Shigaraki Too Strong?

Let’s discuss Shigaraki a bit more in this section. Specifically, have we gotten to a point where Shigaraki is too strong? I’d argue that the current Shigaraki is stronger than All-for-One in his final battle. He might not yet be stronger than All-for-One at his peak.

So, yes, Shigaraki might not be the strongest hero/villain of all time yet. But, we have to keep in mind that he’s only going to get stronger as time goes on. All the death and destruction he’s caused to date was using only his original Decay quirk.

Now that Shigaraki also has All-for-One’s quirk, he can add even more quirks to his repertoire. And let’s not forget that Decay seems to be a stronger quirk than anything All-for-One had. During his fight against All Might, he didn’t show off a quirk as powerful as that one.

Shigaraki wearing X-Less's cape while standing amid rubble from the anime series My Hero Academia Season 6 Episode 118
Shigaraki wearing X-Less’s cape while standing amid rubble

We don’t yet know if Shigaraki has any other quirks at his disposal. He has All-for-One’s quirk. But, we don’t know if other quirks are already built into that. They might not be, in which case Shigaraki will need to gather additional quirks on his own.

From the next episode preview, we also know that Shigaraki is going to fight Endeavor next week. Endeavor is the #1 pro hero. The fact that Shigaraki is going to be able to fight him and stand a chance of winning is insane. But, that just goes to show how strong he is.

Unless Deku awakens some extra broken quirks in the future, I don’t see how he’ll be able to catch up to Shigaraki. My prediction is that Shigaraki will be the definitive strongest. And that it will take the combined effort of Deku, Todoroki, and Bakugo to defeat him.

Conclusion

What do you think of My Hero Academia Season 6 Episode 118? Are there any background pro heroes you hope made it out of Shigaraki’s attack alive? Can you think of another time a pro hero killed a villain in the story? And, do you think Shigaraki is becoming too powerful? Let me know in the comments.

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