United States of Smash!! Just when all hope seemed lost, at the last moment, the Symbol of Peace delivered his ultimate finishing move! It was so awesome! He didn’t just punch out of sheer strength, nor did he win the punching game as if it was a wrestling match! No! He took Gran Torino’s advice and became tricky! He took Nana’s advice and pushed past his limits, letting the flame of One for All explode one last time, even if it meant going out forever afterwards... Now that I think about it, the lines All Might said as he delivered that final blow can be made more dramatic than implied if you remember that the One for All quirk was initially dedicated to defeating All for One. And now that All Might defeated him, his quirk’s purpose was now also done…
Passing the baton: I just really love All Might and Deku’s relationship, so much!! I love how his student became the reason why his resolve and will to live were strengthened, all because he wanted to continue mentoring him! And since All Might could no longer be the Symbol of Peace, he officially passed the responsibility of being the nation’s future pillar to his successor on live television, even if it was just something the both of them could understand. Don’t you guys also think that All Might made sure to defeat his archenemy so that Deku won’t need to inherit that battle from him either? Now, the One for All in Deku’s hands can be focused on defeating his own arch nemesis, Shigaraki, and the other villains he’ll meet in the future. It’s the dawn of a new era.
Themes & Trivia
Numbers in Names: Did you know that the seventh, eighth, and ninth holders of One for All all have their corresponding numbers in their names? Nana’s name is the Japanese word for seven (七), Yagi has the kanji for eight (八), and the ‘ku’ in Izuku sounds similar to kyū, (九) which is nine in Japanese. Horikoshi really loves the name game! (Special thanks to the MHA wiki for listing these trivias!)
Hello, have I screamed enough about how much I loved this episode? Actually, if I could, I would’ve typed out some parts in all caps just to express my excitement and awe better! This was really such an incredible ride. It brought me tears, suspense, heartache, joy – what a rollercoaster! And the writing, the way they put certain scenes together to help us understand better what’s going on through All Might’s mind, or the state of the society, or even to make us anticipate what’s coming next, it was done excellently! What a great service Studio Bones has done this crucial chapter of the story!
Thank you for everything, All Might!
The Symbol of Peace retires due to his secret going out in the open, and it wasn’t like he was still in any condition to resume hero work. How will the hero-villain society take this? How will Deku take this?
Well then, do feel free to scream your thoughts in the comments section so I can scream with you! Our Spring 2018 anime reviews are slowly starting to wrap up too, so get to reading!
NEXT: End of the Beginning, Beginning of the End
My Hero Academia Season 3
Spring 2018 | Anime Info | Simulcast