While I don’t share the share the feelings I’ve read people online having that My Hero Academia has been on a steady decline since the second season, I feel it really took a while for me to connect to what was happening during this 4th season, and for it to find its feet. By the time it was over though, I was fully back under the series’s spell and looking forward to whatever might come next for the kids of U.A.
It’s weird, before watching this episode, I was really curious as to how much time had passed exactly since Midoriya had acquired One for All. Luckily for me, episode 87 opens by answering exactly that question for me. It’s November, and so in these past four seasons of anime, only 7 months have passed since Deku inherited All Might’s power.
I’d kind of considered the kid a slow starter, especially since his mentor seemed to have mastered the power of one for all right from the get go. But considering how little time the kid has had to get used to this life changing power, he’s making some pretty impressive progress. He’s gone from blubbering mess to almost singlehandedly taking down a crime boss within the space of a year.
Shonen is a staple part of any anime fan’s diet, whether you’re super invested in the genre or not. It’s impossible to avoid the larger than life characters, their larger than life adventures and all the pure hype and insane action that comes with these stories of nobodies becoming THEbodies.
But no matter how great the protagonist and their story, no great shonen has been anything without a great supporting cast. And more often than not, these casts: they’re biiiiiig.