Original Release: June 19th, 2018
I’m on a bit of a My Hero Academia kick right now (which is excruciatingly painful considering it’s only Tuesday) so let’s talk about the best character in the show, and one of the best characters in all of anime: All Might.
As a viewer, it is impossible not to like All Might. He’s a lovable, kind and unstoppable force of justice that brings a smile to your face every time he’s on screen. Plus, he’s a big ball of cheese. I mean for god’s sake, he shouts “Everything is fine! Why you ask? Because I am here!” every time he shows up for a battle!
If you don’t fall in love with him for that alone, I don’t know what’s wrong with you.
Now, in order to fully talk about All Might, we will be spoiling the latest episode of My Hero Academia. If you haven’t caught up yet, I highly encourage you do before reading on. Seriously, don’t ruin it for yourself.
Okay. Now that that’s out of the way…
Can we talk about how sad it is that All Might is done?
Much to my surprise, All Might isn’t dead. Usually in shows like this, the mentor ends up dead to get them out of the story. But here, All Might doesn’t die. In fact, he’s still technically a major player in the story.
But here’s the thing: All Might is now a teacher and nothing more. All Might the superhero is gone. His time as the Symbol of Peace is done.
Honestly, I think it hurts far worse than it would if he were just dead. Because now we get a whole development for All Might’s character. Frustration.
Think about it. All Might lived to help people. He pushed himself beyond his limits and often acted recklessly and without thought to keep people safe. Nothing brought All Might greater joy than to be a hero and help others.
And now he can’t.
All Might is essentially Quirkless again. Completely incapable of helping people. Remember, he said it himself in the second episode of season one: “It’s good that you want to help people, but without a Quirk, you cannot be a hero.” That’s not the exact quote, but you get the point.
While he is still alive and active in the story as a teacher, All Might is no more. The person lives, but the Symbol has died.
Can you imagine a more heartbreaking end for a character like him?