My Hero Academia Episode 28 Review

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Iida’s quest for vengeance continues.

Warning: Full spoilers for the episode below.

Don’t let the episode title fool you, “Midoriya and Shigaraki” is about far more than just Deku and the maniacal League of Villains leader, as it does an excellent job at weaving together multiple plot threads as Season 2 barrels into its next major conflict.

Chief among them is what culminates at the very end of the briskly paced episode, when Iida comes face to face with Hero Killer Stain. I did not expect the two to cross paths so early into this narrative arc, and was pleasantly surprised to see Iida’s story move forward with such momentum. The conscientious class president who’s always been a stickler for the rules is acting in direct defiance against the laws of being a hero. After being cautioned by Manual not to seek vengeance by going after Stain, the internal conflict within him is beautifully conveyed by his refusal to not act on his emotions, as Iida says to himself, “But then… what am I supposed to do… about these feelings?!”

While we’re left with a nail-biting cliffhanger as Stain says “Die” just before the credits role, what transpires immediately prior is so satisfying that I’m okay with the fact that we’re left hanging at such a critical story point. The moment when Iida takes up his brother’s name and declares that Ingenium is the name of the hero who will defeat Stain is so rewarding. It’s here that we get the character development I feared we’d have to wait much longer to see, especially after Iida settled for his own name when picking his hero alias earlier this season, unsure if he was worthy to take up his brother’s mantle.

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Iida confronts Hero Killer Stain

Likewise, Deku continues to grow at a rather rapid pace as he trains with Gran Torino and learns to use One For All without destroying himself in the process. The hilarious dynamic between the two is just as charming as it was in “Bizarre! Gran Torino,” and the fluid animation, coupled with the dynamic camera and evocative facial expressions, made their latest showdown in Gran Torino’s kitchen a fun and thrilling way to start the episode.

I also thought it was a brilliant narrative decision to have Gran Torino suggest it’s time Deku get some practical experience by taking on some low level villains for the next phase of his internship. Not only does it result in some humorous hesitation from Deku, it puts him on a path that will almost certainly cross with Iida, setting the stage for what could potentially be an epic battle against Stain in Hosu City.

While the focus in “Midoriya and Shigaraki” is on Deku, Iida and Season 2’s villainous threat, I was pleased to get a brief glimpse at how some of the other students’ internships are going. It’s always a joy to see the ever-strengthening bond between Kirishima and Tetsutetsu, and the brief look we get at how Bakugo’s internship is going with Best Jeanist is a shining example of My Hero Academia’s brilliant comedic timing.

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Best Jeanist gives Bakugo a new hairdo

The episode also does a stellar job at fleshing out the villains who’ve been established thus far, as well as hinting at a potentially greater threat to come. The horror on All Might’s face after hearing about someone with ability to give others Quirks was harrowing, especially when that horror turns to anger as All Might shifts into his hero form and suggests this isn’t the first time he’s dealt with the mysterious villain.

Equally captivating was the scene between Stain and Shigaraki. While I was expecting there to be some tension between the two, I was shocked to see the Hero Killer’s blade plunged into Shigaraki as they continued their heated conversation from last week. The tension between these two, with Kurogiri attempting be a sort of mediator, creates an interesting dynamic that I’m eager to see more of, especially given their contrasting philosophies and Stain’s impact on reducing the crime rate in the cities he visits.

The Verdict

My Hero Academia isn’t wasting any time moving the plot forward, as “Midoriya and Shigaraki” picks up the momentum to deliver a fast-paced episode that brings Iida face to face with Stain. While we’ll have to wait until next week to see how Iida’s quest for vengeance plays out, the episode sets up what looks to be an epic showdown as Deku’s training with Gran Torino—which continues to be as charming as ever—puts him on a path that will almost certainly cross with Iida and Stain in Hosu City. Additionally, the brief look at several of the other students’ internships adds a bit of comedic insight into how Deku’s classmates are doing, and the reckless nature of Shigaraki has me fascinated to see how his villainous ways may complement or conflict with Stain’s quest to take down those he deems unworthy of being heroes.

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SOURCE: IGN.com

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