Am I the only one that doesn’t like Miro?!?! I don’t know why, his character is so sweet but, like everytime I see him he’s like a carbon copy wanna be of All Might. ( I know Deku was trying to be like All Might too but now he’s finding his own flavor. I don’t know maybe I’ll like him once I’m done with season 4 🤨
Triple feature today with the oboro/kurogiri edit/poster I did. Not only did I do two posters this time but I also made my first gif and even though it took some time to do, I really like how this one came out. Hope you guys like it too
My Hero Academia Season 4 began it’s run on October 12th, 2019. Alright, guys you’ve heard me talk about my love for My Hero Academia on several occasions by now so I’m not going to repeat myself here. However, there is some important stuff to talk about in regards to where I stand with the series going into Season 4. After Season 3, I was so high on My Hero Academia that I decided to read ahead in the manga….and honestly hated it. Though the story was really good, particularly the very next arc in the series, the art work and overall composition of the pages was pretty lackluster. If anything it showed me how good the anime adaptation was because it’s source material was s*** from a visual perspective. So I was really excited to see how Studio Bones would handle this part of manga and they did not disappoint….most of the time. Season 4 is honestly a weird case where it features both the best the series has to offer…..and the worst series has to offer.
So the season picks up right where Season 3 left off with the students of Class 1A heading out for their Work Studies Internships. Unlike their previous internships where they were guests at whatever agency they were at, the Work Studies will have them working as equals alongside the proheroes. With a little help from Mirio, one of U.A’s top students, Izuku lands an internship with Sir Nighteye, All-Might’s former sidekick. He chose Nighteye in hopes that he could teach him more about One for All but Nighteye has a different perspective on things. It turns out that after having a falling out with All-Might, he had been searching for a proper heir to One for All on his own, which he found in Mirio. However, All-Might meant Izuku before Miro and gave One for All to him instead. A fact that Nighteye resents Izuku for as he feels Mirio would have been the better choice. If anything he only agreed to take Izuku on as an intern in the hopes of convincing him to give One for All to Mirio. As Izuku works with the agency though, he finds himself faced with a powerful villain known as Overhaul who has discovered a way to create a drug capable of destroying a person’s quirk. He does this by using his power to break down the cells of a young girl named Eri and reshape them as bullets. A process that is painful and sadistic. Izuku and Miro come across Eri attempting to escape during one of their patrols and upon learning of her true relationship with Overhaul, the two vow to save Eri and join a massive operation to bring down Overhaul.
I’m going to be straight with you guys: The Overhaul Arc is my favorite in all My Hero Academia and this is due in large part to the major question it asks: Did All-Might make a mistake when he chose Izuku to be his successor. In a lesser show, the answer would be no. Nighteye would be a d*** and Mirio would be some kind of undercover villain or something along those lines…..but that’s not the case here. If anything the answer to that question is yes. All-Might should have given One for All to Mirio. Now that’s not to say that Izuku is not worthy of the power. He certainly is but the thing is, so is Mirio. The difference between the two is that whereas Izuku was starting from square one when he got the power, Mirio was already at a high level. Not only does he share Izuku’s heroic nature but he’s insanely strong, a skilled fighter and has mastered what would be an otherwise useless quirk. You see this during his fight with Overhaul whom he completely outclassed and only loses as the villians take advantage of the fact that he’s fixated on protecting Eri. Even then, they still have to cheat to beat him. I have a feeling if All-Might would have given the power to him instead of Izuku, it would have an instant All-Might 2.0 but instead, we are stuck with what is currently a lesser version of All-Might. I look at it as a deconstruction of the whole chosen hero cliche, one I’ve always detested because there always seems to be a superior choice when it comes to potential heroes. MHA asks the question of why that superior choice wasn’t picked.
Now despite what I have said, the arc does not delegitimize Izuku. Aftarall, Izuku does bravely stand up to Overhaul just as Mirio does and though he is hopelessly outmatched, he still puts up one hell of a fight. We are also given a glimpse of how strong he will be if he masters the full extent of One for All’s power. Showing us that even though Mirio would have been the better choice given the circumstances, Izuku is still more than worthy of the power he has been granted. A few other characters get time to shine too. Kirishima gets some backstory alongside Miro’s buddy Suneater and Pro Hero Fatgum and it’s interesting to see where he comes from. Also leads to some more ship bait as he has a closer connection to the character Mina than we initially thought. Mirio and Nighteye are great characters too. As a matter of fact, Mirio may be my favorite character in the whole series. Dude is just such a great guy and such a bada** too. I look forward to seeing more of him again in the future. The only characters who don’t get enough screen time are Ochako and Tsui who work alongside Miro and Suneater’s female counterpart. These are two of my favorite secondary characters in the series and I was hoping the anime would have at least given them a filler episode showing them fighting during the operation but we never got anything like that.
The villain is also insanely badass. Overhaul is a completely different beast compared to the League of Villains in that he actually comes from a criminal background. At a young age he was taken in by the yakuza and had to watch as the organization fell out of power once quirks started to become more prominent. As such, his goal is to remove quirks from the equation, at least in regards to the heroes. What makes him such a great villain though is how ruthlessly he pursues these goals and we see this mostly through his primary victim: Eri. A young girl who was abandoned by her family at a young age, Eri has a powerful quirk that can be used to neutralize other quirks. Something that Overhaul exploits by using his own quirk, the power to take apart and put back together things on a molecular level, to make his quirk destroying drug. As I said, the process is painful and even worse, he has brainwashed Eri into not escaping. Not through fear of pain as she knows he’ll inflect that on her regardless but through the threat of harming others. She’s a character who needs a hero to save her and Overhaul is a villain who needs a serious beating. Something Mirio and Izuku are more than happy to provide for both of them. All these elements combine to create what is easily the best arc in the series thus far.
Sadly, the Overhaul arc may have been a little too good as the rest of the season is kind of….lame. The next arc sees the Class 1A take a break from their work studies to put together a performance for the upcoming U.A Cultural Festival. This is something that Izuku is especially invested in as he and Mirio have gotten permission to bring Eri to the festival in hopes of showing her a good time for what is likely the first time in her life. As they make preparations though, a wanna be villain known as the Gentle Criminal has set his sights on invading the Cultural Festival just to prove that he can get around U.A’s security. Something Izuku isn’t going to allow as U.A. has been ordered to shut down the festival at the first sign of trouble.
So what’s wrong with this arc? Well for starters, it feels kind of lame coming off of the Overhaul arc. Whereas that arc was dark and serious, this one is far more lighthearted and comical. Gentle Criminal is also a pretty lackluster villain. Though he has a somewhat interesting backstory, he comes off as more of a loser than a serious threat. I mean, he is the first villain Izuku has had to fight without any kind of ally and he’s able to defeat him pretty easily. Yeah he’s pretty weak. His relationship with his sidekick La Brava is also…uncomfortable. I really hope she isn’t underage. The fight between him and Izuku is also pretty lame despite the fact that he has a pretty cool quirk. Also is just me or is his power likely the awakened ability of Luffy’s Gum Gum Fruit?
So yeah, the arc has some big problems but it does have it’s strengths. For one, it has a lot of fun with its character bits. I especially love how Bakago turns out to be a natural drummer. There are some funny moments with the other students at U.A and the scenes with Eri are down right adorable. Something I’m happy to see because she is such a cute character when she isn’t getting tortured by evil doers. The best part of the arc though is Class 1A’s musical performance. This was glossed over in the manga and was hindered by some underwhelming artwork but the scene in the anime is just incredible. The music is good, the way the characters use their quirks to create special effects is creative and it does all this without having to resort to excessive amounts of fan service. It’s actually one of the best moments in the anime. The whole production side of things in general is great this season. The artwork during these sections of the manga were pretty wretched and the anime improves on it in every way. The impacts are crunchy, the movement is great and the visual effects are just gorgeous. The dub is also still on point though I feel there are some questionable choices in regards to Nighteye and Fatgum’s voices.
Outside of the Overhaul and Gentle Criminal arcs, we have two smaller arcs. The first one is the Remedial Hero Course that Bakago and Shoto are forced to take for failing the Provisional Licence Exam…..and it’s pretty lousy. I recall this part of the manga but I remember nothing about it. In fact, I think they may have expanded it into a filler arc…..a really bad filler arc. Honestly this should have just been something that took up maybe 15 or 20 mins, not two or three episodes. The other arc is a little more important though. It focuses on Endeavor who has taken the top spot on the Hero Charts only to find that he does not serve as the same deterrent to crime that All-Might was. Something he is trying his best to figure out the reason for, even going as far as to ask his rival for help. This is where Endeavor started to show a more redeemable side to him which fans rightfully have mixed feelings about. Some feel it’s good character writing while others were extremely pissed off with the revelation. Personally, I’m somewhere in between. While I think the writing here is on point, especially when Endeavor reaches the conclusion later in the manga that his relationship with his family can never be repaired, I do feel Endeavor represents a wasted opportunity. I feel like he could have acted as the villain for an arc which I would have liked to have seen as we haven’t had Izuku go up against any corrupt heroes yet. Sadly it appears as though that is never going to be the case. As a matter of fact, the next season of MHA is probably going to be the worst thus far as not a whole lot has happened in the series since the Overhaul arc…..well…..at least nothing I found particularly interesting aside from some new revelations regarding the nature of One for All…..which the series doesn’t seem to wanna focus on…..man the manga sucks.
So how does Season 4 stake up to the rest of the show? Well……it’s mixed. The Overhaul Arc is the best arc we have seen so far and if the season was just that, it would get a perfect 10. But you also have to take into account the averageness of the Provisional Course and Endeavor Arc and generally poor quality of the Gentle Criminal Arc. The latter of which is easily the worst in the series so far. As a result, I feel the need to rate it lower than Season 3. I give My Hero Academia Season 4 a 8 out of 10.