As the heroes rush to save Eri, Overhaul does everything he can to slow them down, including setting his Eight Bullets on them. With no time to waste, Tamaki Amajiki tells the others to go on and leave him to face three Bullets!
What did you watch?
The raid has begun and there is no time for messing around, so the heroes charge in leaving behind whoever they can spare to hold off the various members of the Shie Hassaikai. Episode 71 of My Hero Academia should be all action and then some more action on top of that. I’m excited to get into it, so let’s not waste any more time. As usual, there will be spoilers and one random image of Bubble Girl… I’m not sure how it keeps sneaking in, but it does!
Nighteye led the heroes to a secret passage that led to Eri’s room. When the door opened, several more Shie Hissaikai thugs charged through and attempted to stop them. Bubble Girl and Centipeder took them out and let the others continue. However, as they continued down the underground passageway, they came face to face with a wall that wasn’t supposed to be there. Nighteye was sure this was the way and Mirio confirmed it by poking his head through. Kirishima and Midoriya leapt to the task and smashed the wall to pieces.
Then, the walls and floors started to sway and move, controlled by Mimic who was using quirk enhancers to control something so large. Mirio ran on ahead… Was it just me or was there a lot of moments where Mirio was running off into the distance? Anyhow, Mimic then dumped the remaining heroes through the floor where they found themselves face to face with three of the Eight Bullets, Overhaul’s personal attack squad. Rather than let them slow them all down, Suneater said he’d take them.
What did you think?
My first thought was that the pacing for this episode was a mess. It jumped back and forth between Tamaki Amajiki’s past and his fight with the three Bullets far too much and as a result, the fight lost a lot of its intensity and became quite frustrating. Otherwise, I enjoyed the fight and the quirks of the three Bullets, even if only in little bursts. I feel like I shouldn’t be that surprised that they managed to slow down the action segments give they spent an entire episode on Midoriya meeting Nighteye, but I really had hoped we’d got all of the build-up out of the way and could focus on the action.
What was your favourite moment?
I did enjoy it when Suneater put all of his current range of abilities into one move, combining their properties and strengths to become the Kraken. That was awesome and seeing how powerful it was. If only he’d taken care of them all when they didn’t have their powers thanks to Eraser Head. Sure, we wouldn’t have gotten the fight, but it seems like there were a few missed steps in the logic department in this episode.
What was your least favourite moment?
Mimic’s moving corridors were trippy and it left my head spinning. That’s some effective animation and I loved the way the characters all struggled to maintain any sort of footing. It was awesome, but I feel like my eyes are still wobbling just from looking at this image.
Otherwise, it was all of the interruptions in the fight to see more of Tamaki’s past. I feel like this is something that should have been done a while back, rather than breaking up a perfectly good fight with slow and fairly dull exposition and character development. We should be all guns blazing and that’s the vibe I think we should be getting from this section. Not Tamaki thinking about how Mirio made him a stronger hero.
Who was your favourite character?
I think it’s got to be Toya Setsuno. He was the member of the Eight Bullets that looked like Sanji from One Piece with an Overhaul mask on. His quirk was Larceny which meant that if he could see it, he could steal it, instantly. That’s a handy power for a criminal, no doubt about it. I do wonder if Setsuno is really living up to his potential though. At one point, he managed to steal Suneater’s tentacles, but only once they were small enough after Tabe bit them down to size. Now, I’m wondering why Setsuno couldn’t have stolen Suneater’s head? That would have changed the fight somewhat in their favour! If only there was a Villain Academia…
Who was your least favourite character?
Soramitsu Tabe, another of the Eight Bullets. He is the one that wears the scarecrow mask and can bite through pretty much anything and because his body metabolizes so quickly he never gets full. It’s a pretty gross quirk to have and I’d hate to think of some of the villain applications for a skill like that. That said, he’s still just a normal guy who can eat a lot. So, how is it he’s able to move so fast as to be able to keep up with Suneater’s tentacles? They talked a lot about their teamwork, but they didn’t really do much together. It was just that their quirks kind of complimented one another… kind of, but not really.
Would you like some more?
I feel like this review is fairly negative, but I’m still incredibly excited for the action to come and I hope that we don’t continue to have the pace and tone interfering with the action. The heroes are running against the clock and I’d like to feel some of that pressure. It needs to be frantic and they need to be running out of time and getting more and more desperate, not reminiscing of times past. At this speed, the Overhaul arc is going to take up the whole of season four!
Other reviews in the series
- Season Four
- Episode 64 – The Scoop on U.A. Class 1-A
- Episode 65 – Overhaul
- Episode 66 – Boy Meets…
- Episode 67 – Fighting Fate
- Episode 68 – Let’s Go, Gutsy Red Riot
- Episode 69 – An Unpleasant Talk
- Episode 70 – GO!!
- Episode 71 – Suneater of the Big Three
- Episode 72 – Red Riot
- Episode 73 – Temp Squad
- Episode 74 – Lemillion
- Episode 75 – Unforeseen Hope