My Hero Academia Season 6 Episode 124

My Hero Academia Season 6 Episode 124

Talking About Romance and Stuff

My Hero Academia Season 6 Episode 124 could have been all about romance and stuff. But, unfortunately for both Himiko and us, Ochaco didn’t seem to be in the mood to play along. We could have had 22 minutes of Himiko, Ochaco, and Tsuyu talking about their crushes.

Ever since we first met Himiko, whenever that was, I’ve felt like she could come over to the good side. I even said as much as recently as last week in my Episode 123 review. And her words and actions in Episode 124 still give me hope that will be the case.

Himiko knows she has a problem. She says that when she loves someone, she has the urge to collect their blood. And the way she feels closest to people is by ingesting their blood and becoming them with her quirk. She knows the way her brain works isn’t normal.

Nejire Hado - Quirk: Surge from the anime series My Hero Academia Season 6 Episode 124
Nejire Hado – Quirk: Surge

As the saying goes, the first step is admitting you have a problem. Himiko has admitted this. And, she even goes out of her way to mitigate her impulses. Why do you think she wanted to talk to Ochaco about her feelings?

She told us her reason. It was so she could release her pent-up feelings in a non-destructive way. Up until this point, her way of releasing her pent-up feelings was by hurting others. We’re now seeing a Himiko who doesn’t necessarily want to do that anymore. Though, that likely only applies to those she loves.

Now, the issue with Himiko coming over to the good side is that she’s a mass murderer. Later in the episode, Dabi claims to have killed 30 people in total. I’m pretty sure Himiko killed more. She killed at least 7 the one time she used Ochaco’s quirk.

Dabi’s Dance

The reveal that Dabi is actually Toya Todoroki shouldn’t have come as a surprise to anyone. And by anyone, I mean any viewers. I can understand other characters in-universe not picking up on who Dabi really was. And the reason for that is that we have a far narrower view of this world.

Something Dabi says during this reveal is that flame-based quirks are “a dime a dozen.” That just means that flame-based quirks are very common. There are far more flame-based quirk users out there than only the Todoroki family. So, someone having a flame-based quirk doesn’t automatically make them a Todoroki.

However, that’s not our reality. Can you think of a single character with a flame-based quirk who isn’t a Todoroki? I can’t. So, from our narrow view of the world, it only makes sense that Dabi is a Todoroki. But, that’s also not the only evidence we had.

Toya "Dabi" Todoroki from the anime series My Hero Academia Season 6 Episode 124
Toya “Dabi” Todoroki

Dabi’s appearance was also a major clue. For starters, he has the same eye color as Endeavor. Also, the scars all over his body line up with the story about Toya dying in a fire. And since Toya’s body was never found, there was always a chance he was still alive.

I have no problem with Dabi actually being Toya. It wasn’t much of a surprise. But, the fact that Dabi is Toya isn’t bad writing or anything. With that said, I’m not a fan of how this reveal changed Dabi’s character.

Dabi was always a cool, calculating person who didn’t show much emotion. He would get excited when facing a strong opponent; that’s about it. But now, he’s gone full psycho. His entire purpose for existing is to take down Endeavor. He even has a pre-recorded manifesto. He went from cool to incelesque.

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An Interesting Lineage

Mr. Compress doesn’t get much attention. He’s one of the more minor recurring villains of the series. The only member of the League of Villains who’s less important is Spinner. But, Mr. Compress said something in Episode 124 that stood out to me.

He said that Dabi has an interesting lineage, too. Obviously, this is in reference to Dabi being the son of Endeavor. But, when I first heard this, I thought he was saying “too” to mean in addition to himself. I thought Mr. Compress was saying both himself and Dabi have interesting lineages.

It didn’t take long for me to realize I was wrong in that assumption. The other one with an interesting lineage is Shigaraki. His grandmother, Nana Shimura, was the 7th user of All-for-One. However, we don’t know what that has to do with anything. Is that why All-for-One chose Shigaraki? Does his lineage matter beyond being used to hurt All Might?

Mr. Compress from the anime series My Hero Academia Season 6 Episode 124
Mr. Compress

Okay, so Mr. Compress doesn’t seem to have been implying that his own lineage is interesting. So, does this line matter at all then? Maybe. It could be hinting at Dabi becoming Shigaraki’s equal in some way. Not in terms of power, of course.

I don’t see Dabi taking over as the main villain of the series. That’s Shigaraki’s role. Shigaraki is the villain Deku needs to take down in the end. But, Dabi is now that villain for another one of our main characters, Shouto.

The three main characters of My Hero Academia are Deku, Bakugo, and Shouto. As followers of All Might, Deku and Bakugo have personal grudges against Shigaraki. But, Shouto didn’t have something like that until now.

It seems like we’ll see Dabi become more prominent, almost on par with Shigaraki. He may even take down Endeavor.

Conclusion

What do you think of My Hero Academia Season 6 Episode 124? Did Himiko’s conversation with Ochaco make you think she can change for the better? Were you somehow surprised by Dabi being Toya Todoroki? And do you think Dabi will rise to the level of Shigaraki? Let me know in the comments.

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