My Hero Academia – Ep. 31

Well, I’m all caught up on My Hero Academia Season 2 (writing wise I mean since I actually saw this latest episode a few days ago). I’ll just write on the remainder of the show episodically from here on out.

If there is one thing I really like about My Hero Academia is that even the episodes in between the action can be just as important a those showdowns. Our main characters are in the hospital but something big is still happening right now.

I love how Deku, Todoroki, and Iida all agree that it’s a miracle they even beat Stain. I pretty much felt the same way when I watched the three finally land hits on the Hero Killer. HeroAca has been very good and depicting its cast of youths as powerful but nevertheless caught in something bigger than they ever thought they would. It’s also kind of weird to see these three in the hospital, recovering, and in gowns as opposed to their fancy costumes. It really emphasizes how young and vulnerable these three really are. Still, I’ve grown to really like the trinity these three have developed together. I couldn’t help but laugh when Todoroki realized that his friends keep getting their hands and arms damaged (yeah, what is the deal with that?).

As they recover, Deku, Todoroki, and Iida meet the chief of police about their victory against Stain. You would expect the three to be instantly lauded for their actions but instead, they are told that they could face legal prosecution for using their Quirks unsupervised. Todoroki is the most vocal about this prospect and who can blame him? The fact that even Good Samaritans face legal troubles for doing the right thing is downright insane and unfair. But the sad truth is that in this world where almost everyone has a Quirk and wreak havoc, exceptions to the rule regarding supervised Quirk use should be hard to come by.

Of course, the chief isn’t as a stingy about the law as you would think. Deku, Todoroki, and Iida accept the the proposal to cover their actions up by giving Endeavor credit for defeating Stain. It’s a shame that they would remain anonymous to the public but again, the notion speaks to the society depicted in this anime. Our protagonists live in a world where heroes is a legitimate profession. Being publicly lauded could only go far if you are stripped of your actual right to become a Pro Hero. In the end, the cover-up and the decision to remain anonymous is beneficial in the long run. And as far as I’m aware, going vigilante doesn’t really sound like a great life choice in this universe.

The more you learn about the society that exists in HeroAca, the more you get why fellows like Stain think it’s corrupt and demands change. Sure, the system is stable but it’s becoming more apparent that there are some serious flaws to it. The fact that three Good Samaritans have to let someone else take the credit can flat out support Stain’s argument that the are exists “fake” Heroes in this society. And how fitting that in the same episode where Deku and his friends learn about their legal predicament, Stain’s ideology begins to go viral via videos posted by crazy people (topical much?). Chances are, more critics will emerge to challenge the current system in place.

The big caveat to all this is that the League of Villains benefits a ton of it. It’s kind of obvious that Stain frankly didn’t like the League. He went as far as pissing off Shigaraki and killing one of his Nomus for crying out loud. But because Stain briefly allied with the League, the media immediately jumps on this and thinks that the League shares the same sentiment as Stain (again, topical much?). This unfortunately empowers a lot of villains (regardless if they share Stain’s views) and I think All Might and Gran Torino are right to fear what may arise out of it.

It is interesting though that this is what’s giving the League of Villains some attention and not a bunch of Nomus. I do confess to being super amused at Shigaraki’s rage that the Nomus became a side story in the news than Stain’s arrest (which is the exact opposite of what Shigaraki want). I suppose fancy monsters mean little if you have a belief that can easily be shared by people around world.

Thanks for reading!

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