‘My Hero Academia Season 6 Part 2: Dark Deku’ Anime Review

My Hero Academia ends its sixth season with a different path for the protagonist and his fellow UA students in Class 1-A. The show is produced by the Japanese animation studio Bones, directed by Masahiro Mukai, and based on the manga by Kōhei Horikoshi.

After an army of villains breaks out of prisons across Japan thanks to All For One (John Swasey), top heroes Endeavor (Patrick Seitz), Hawks (Zeno Robinson), Best Jeanist (Micah Solusod), and All Might (Christopher Sabat) decide that Deku (Justin Briner) should go solo so that the League of Villains cannot find him. Becoming a vigilante, he uses the vestiges of past carriers of his One-For-All quirk to rescue civilians from the escapees. However, the former hero Lady Nagant (Erica Lindbeck) sets her sights on capturing Deku, leading to a brutal showdown between a fledging hero and one who gave up. Meanwhile, a growing populace begins to doubt the heroes as disasters continue from all directions.

First of all, the animation in this part of the season is so impressive. When Deku communes with the past vestiges of One-For-All, the way their presence is shown is very impressive. Studio Bones also did a good job of making the situation feel dire with how they framed and drew the scenery. Before, it was bright and hopeful, but as Deku goes solo, we see the grim reality that the situation brings. It was excellent and one that the animators should be proud of.

With the story, not since Spider-Man: No Way Home have I seen an arc of a hero that enthralled me so much. They did such a good job of showing how Deku is feeling since the battle with the Paranormal Liberation Army. He feels like a failure and now thinks his presence would only endanger his friends. It shows him in the lowest of the low and many wonder if he, himself, needs to be saved. It was poignant and impactful, showing Deku on the hero’s journey.

Check out the trailer below:

This review is based on the English dub that is featured on Crunchyroll.

PARENTAL CONCERNS: Violence, Some mild foul language

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