Against everyone’s best efforts, Shigaraki is awake. Not only is he awake, but he’s now in peak physical condition, and though the process to craft him into the perfect weapon hasn’t been completed, that still doesn’t do the monster that Shigaraki has become any justice. I also love that the costume we saw him have in all of the advertising for season 6 is a result of his first victim, rather than a conscious choice. I love the metaphor of him being physically cold while also coldly killing his adversaries.
One For All’s Warning.
Izuku’s reaction (resonance?) to him is also a high point of this episode for me. He’s such a far cry from the cowardly crybaby that threw himself at the slime villain attempting to possess Bakugo in Season 1. Jaku’s destruction is also expertly animated. I can always appreciate when a studio goes for a crumble rather than just a sweeping wave of explosion.
Animation on point.
I know I’ve praised studio Bones in my reviews before, but they have been really on point this season. Even the last episode, when they animated Shigaraki falling out of the chamber and slumping onto the ground. I saw that, I even noticed how they lingered about two seconds longer on that shot than usual. And it wasn’t in boisterous slow-mo either it was a genuine, in-real-life slump.
Tokoyami Versus Dabi.
Tokoyami’s strength, or rather his increase in strength should not be ignored in this episode. The fact that Fatgum comments that he couldn’t even hold him back from running away and that he could hold his own long enough to run away from Dabi is truly an accomplishment for our little dark bird. Mind you Fatgum wasn’t exactly near the top in terms of this series’ power scaling, or even in the top ten, but he is a pro hero who’s struggling to hold a student back, which should be an ample measuring stick for the glory of Tokoyami.