First off, major props to Season 4’s opening! The theme song is absolute gas and the graphics follow suite!
Current Arc Recap
Now so far, this season has been building up quite well as we reach the peak of the fight between the heroes and Chisakai, the leader of an underground criminal organization, yakuza. To add context, Chisakai is running brutal experiments on a young girl named Eri to extract the secrets of her Quirk. From his experiments Chisakai has derived a drug that can enhance, limit, and potentially extinguish Quirks.
Episode 76 Recap
Best girl team featuring Uraraka and Tsu, of class 1-A, aid Pro-Hero Ryukyu and side kick Nejire Hado. They face off against Rikiya Katsukame a villain who can absorb life force, which for the record is HIGHLY underplayed. Chisakai’s Quirk enhancing drug amplifies Rikiya’s energy suction to a point where he doesn’t have to be in contact with a target to drain them. This gives best girl squad a slight, hiccup, but they quickly overcome by going PLUS ULTRA!
Meanwhile, everyone else lies decimated by the hands of Chisakai, Deku remains standing. A pillar of strength withstanding a relentless typhoon all to protect Eri. Thanks to the efforts of Vermillion, Eri gains faith in the heroes and courage in herself. Instead of giving herself up to Chisakai, she leaps into the arms of Best Boy, Deku! We learn of Eri’s true Quirk, Rewind. Apparently, it’s the ability to rewind humans to a previous state. It can even rewind the evolution of a species……woah. Her Quirk is so strong that it could potentially revert humans to a point where they have no Quirks at all.
The fight between Deku and Chisakai is SLAMMIN’! Deku utilizes all his training to navigate and react to the ever-changing environment that Chisakai is creating. In the heat of battle, Deku does something he has yet to achieve, Full Cowling 100%! Insane! Deku rockets out of the underground battle pit, soaring into the clouds. But Chisakai does not give up like some “jabronie” chump. He dismantles Rikiya Katsukame and merges with him. He becomes a hulking monstrosity hellbent on retrieving Eri with only Izuku Midoryia in his way!
I personally loved this episode! It offered exposition on Chisakai and Eri while also emphasizing Deku’s growth and training. The music was compelling! The animation was eye catching and fluid! Seeing Deku vanish into thin air literally made me jump out of my seat! Chisakai’s shifting forms were interesting to see by giving life and movement to what may have otherwise been some stagnant shots! If you aren’t caught up on My Hero Academia, Episode 76 may just light an ember in your interest!