My Hero Academia Episode 100

My Hero Academia Episode 100

Unlocking One-for-All’s Power

Last week, in the review of My Hero Academia Season 5 Episode 99, I said that it was pretty stupid to introduce a new power for Deku and then lock it away until the end of the series. Well, the beginning of Episode 100 seems to be walking back on that.

Yes, Deku did say that he didn’t think he would be able to use Blackwhip until he mastered 100% of One-for-All. However, this week we saw that he’s going to attempt to use Blackwhip anyway. Whether he’s going to be successful or not has yet to be seen.

As I mentioned in the previous episode review, there’s not really a reason why Deku can’t use Blackwhip at his current power level. So, hopefully, this means that he’ll actually learn to use it. I think that could make him a bit more interesting.

All Might and Deku from the anime series My Hero Academia Season 5
All Might and Deku

After attempting to help Deku unlock the Blackwhip quirk again, Bakugo points out that One-for-All is very similar to All-for-One in a lot of ways. Not only does it originate from All-for-One, but it even has the same ability to have multiple quirks.

However, I think it’s still important to keep in mind that these two quirks are fundamentally different. Yes, they may have some similar qualities, but they’re not actually related. All-for-One is a quirk that allows for the taking and giving of other quirks.

One-for-All isn’t merely its opposite. It’s the combination of a power storage quirk and a quirk that’s basically an inherited will. So, while I think Bakugo was trying to imply that Deku’s quirk could turn into All-for-One or something, that simply isn’t possible.

There’s no risk that Deku’s quirk is going to become something that can steal quirks to add to itself. And if that does happen, it would be pretty stupid.

“Blank” Quirks

Moving on, Monoma introduced the idea of “blank” quirks — at least in relation to his own quirk — in this episode. And since Monoma can copy quirks, he’s actually in a unique position to know how a bunch of quirks work.

Besides Monoma, you could say that only All-for-One is in a similar position. Yes, Todoroki has two quirks and Deku has up to 9 or something, but they can’t try out quirks they don’t already have. Monoma can. This means he can try out a bunch of quirks, see what they have in common, and provide insight into them that others can’t.

According to Monoma, there are some quirks that while he can copy, he can’t use. He refers to these as “blank” quirks, but that doesn’t really mean they’re blank. As he explains, these are power storage quirks that he lacks the resource required to be stored for.

Eri from the anime series My Hero Academia Season 5
Eri

We were given three examples of such quirks, those wielded by Deku, Eri, and Fat Gum. Fat Gum’s is the easiest to understand and was the one explained in full within the episode. Monoma doesn’t have large reserves of fat, so he can’t activate Fat Gum’s quirk even if he copies it.

With Deku’s and Eri’s quirks, things are a bit more abstract. Starting with Deku’s, I’m assuming that Monoma can’t use One-for-All because he wasn’t chosen as the successor. He copied the quirk, but he can’t copy the fact that Deku inherited the wills of the previous One-for-All wielders, which is where the power of the quirk comes from.

Eri’s quirk is even more of an unknown. We know she has the ability to revert organic things back to previous states. But we don’t know anything beyond that. What does Eri have to store up in order to use her quirk?

Provisional Heroes

With Bakugo and Todoroki passing their provisional hero exams, every member of Class 1-A now has a provisional hero license. Only 30 minutes after receiving their licenses, they also got the opportunity to make use of them.

I think that the provisional hero licenses allow the students to work as heroes as long as they’re with a pro hero. From what I remember, they aren’t given the freedom to go out and act on their own. But, since All Might was with them, I guess Bakugo and Todoroki were allowed to get involved.

All Might isn’t really a hero anymore. So in that regard, it’s a bit iffy, but whatever. Once the bad guys are defeated a current pro hero does arrive on the scene, however — Slidin’ Go. If Rock Lock wasn’t already my favorite pro hero, Slidin’ Go would be.

Pro Hero Slidin' Go from the anime series My Hero Academia Season 5
Pro Hero Slidin’ Go

As much as I’d like to discuss Slidin’ Go here, we just don’t know much about his quirk. From what I can tell, it allows him to slide along anything. Not exactly the best quirk, but that’s what makes him funny as a pro hero.

Instead, let’s look at the quirk of the leader of the group of villains that Bakugo and Todoroki take down. His quirk allows him to manipulate carbonation, but also create vast amounts of water. It’s kind of odd that the carbonation part is what his quirk is considering that’s the far less impressive part.

He can summon a tsunami, but the part of his quirk that he’s proud of is that he can carbonate the water in the tsunami. It doesn’t really make sense. Also, why were none of the people washed away by the water? Everything about this guy’s quirk just seemed wrong.

Conclusion

What do you think of My Hero Academia Season 5 Episode 100? Do you think Deku will use Blackwhip again any time soon? What do you think Eri needs to store in order to use her power? And is Slidin’ Go the strongest hero? Let me know in the comments.

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My review of Episode 101 is available.

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