My Hero Academia Chapter 148
So I’ve been asked by several of my followers if I could review MHA after Fairy Tail. Well here’s my first ever MHA review. Chapter 148 “The sorrows of young Togaice”
Our Chapter opens up on Deku tending to Aizawa, but Aizawa is more focused on getting Lockrock some help. Also we see that Lockrock’s Deadbolt may be wearing off, as the walls start moving again.
We cut to Nighteye vs Twice
Twice send his clone of Rappa at Nighteye, but Nighteye is able to take him down with only getting grazed.
We see that Nighteye uses “Hypermass seals” along with his fighting style. Nighteye basically explains with his prediction he was able to handle Rappa’s speed. This is something I really like. It really shows that even with a non offensive quirk there are ways heroes can help their combat style
Okay, I know Nighteye was All Might’s sidekick, so I expected him to be in good shape, but it doesn’t detract from how badass this scene is. Oh it’s pretty standard shounen, with the shirt busted open and everything, but It’s still so cool seeing Nighteye in a ruined suit and showing off his washboard abs.
Nighteye hits Twice damaging his mask. Which causes him to start breaking apart.
Oh my god… That is so sweet. I mean , yes these are villains, but as you’ll soon see this chapter’s strength really is in humanizing the league of villains.
We see Toga start trying to comfort Twice not only over this Yakuza situation, but also how he feels responsible for taking Overhaul to meet Shigaraki. We then get a flash back.
We see Shigaraki telling Twice and Toga that are now Yakuza. Twice of course is naturally a little peeved.
I’ve got nothing to add… This is just a great scene. We see how much Twice still bears resentment for the Yakuza and how he can’t believe that after what they did Shigaraki is working with them and give him and Toga to Overhaul like pawns. The art of the panel, with all the black and shadows really highlights the emotion felt by Twice.
Again another great scene. We get to see more human aspects of Toga and see what this league means to her. This is just an amazing humanization of villains who are still clearly doing wrong, but we’re able to sympathize with them a lot more.
We then get a scene from Shigaraki. (Wow that smile sure is a lot more pleasant than the one he gave Deku) And he knows that Overhaul really only views them as pawns, but he also knows they are going to be in the way of the League’s goals.
We get a small flash forward
“I believe in you” words you wouldn’t expect from a villain
Well this revitalizes Toga and Twice and they begin to voice their opinions on the Yakuza and their boss, with Irinaka listening. And like all individuals who are subjected to listening to opinins they don’t like, Irinaka acts accordingly
Our chapter ends with Irinaka just saying, ‘fuck it’ and wants them to all kill each other.
Post Chapter followup: My god, this was amazing.
The biggest strength as I said was the humanization of villains this chapter. All these characters like Toga, Twice, and Shigaraki, who’ve all been presented in this villainous light, we now start seeing there is this loyality and love between them all. The stuff with Shigaraki makes a great juxtaposition with Overhaul and how he quite literally sees his men as expendable.
It’s not just the villains, this chapter is able to balance out giving Nighteye a cool spotlight moment. In fact, this whole chapter is just brilliantly paced.
The twist at the end with Irinaka having enough of this and wants them all to kill each other, is again great.
There really isn’t anything negative I can say.
Final Verdict: 10/10
- Great character on display
- Good pacing
- Good action
- Closest thing I’ve seen to a perfect chapter