Midoriya is Eri’s last hope and she knows it, but why can’t she let him save her? What is she really afraid of? Either way, Midoriya is not going to give up on her this time.
We find out that Eri has the ability to rewind people. It first manifested when she was a child and she accidentally rewound her father until he no longer existed. Her mother gave her up, leaving the head of the Yakuza, her grandfather to take her in. He asked Overhaul to work out how her quirk works, but he took things further and tried to weaponise it, producing quirk cancelling bullets for the villains and an antidote that rewinds the effects. It’s a great plan, but Midoriya isn’t about to let him take Eri. He finally managed to get hold of her again and this time, he’s not letting go. Eri accidentally uses her power on Midoriya, fixing his injuries faster than he can get them. That means he can use All for One at one hundred percent!
What was your favourite element?
There is no denying that the fight between Overhaul and Deku was something special. The animation was insane and I loved how it got so over the top that visuals seemed to fail, leaving Midoriya falling through empty space. It was just epic and ultimately, it’s something we’ve been wanting to see for some time. That said, they managed to do their best to break up the action with Overhaul flashbacks. Seriously, when will this end. Show us everything we need to see or know before the action gets going. I can’t say how frustrating it is to have the action constantly broken up like this. This fight should have been unbelievable.
What have you learnt?
I talked about intrusive flashbacks in the last episode and it’s the same thing again. So, let’s talk about flashbacks and how best to put them into the story. To start with here are some examples that don’t work. Fairy Gone would front-load every episode with a montage of flashbacks, but there was no context and it became very stale. Then, you have shows like My Hero Academia or One Piece where they start a piece of action and then decide to stop in the middle to explore some piece of history concerning the characters. It completely throws off the action and makes it all feel incredibly stop and start. I think it’s all about timing. You have to make it feel as natural as a conversation between two characters. Ironically, it’s actually harder to think of examples that do it well, because it’s so seamless that you barely notice it. That’s what you should be aiming for. If you can think of any good examples let me know in the comments.
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
- Episode 76 – Infinite 100%
- Episode 77 – Bright Future
- Episode 78 – Smoldering Flames
- Episode 79 – Win Those Kids’ Hearts
- Episode 80 – Relief for License Trainees
- Episode 81 – School Festival
- Episode 82 – Prepping for the School Festival Is the Funnest Part
- Episode 83 – Gold Tips Imperial
- Episode 84 – Deku vs. Gentle Criminal
- Episode 85 – School Festival Start!!
- Episode 86 – Let It Flow! School Festival!