Review: Boku no Hero Academia Season 4 Episode 8

Every time an anime becomes a bit too mainstream, many anime lovers start nitpicking on every last detail of it and try to bring it down. Previously, viewers have done this with shows like ‘Demon Slayer‘ and ‘Jojo‘ and now they’re doing the same with Season 4 of ‘My Hero Academia.’ Despite being an almost perfect adaptation of the Overhaul arc from the manga, lately, there has been a lot backlash in context with its pace and how slowly it is delving into the darkness of the season.

All I would like to say to this is that though it does have quite a deliberately sedated pace compared to the previous season, it perfectly fits with its 25-episode format. In eight episodes, ‘My Hero Academia’ may not have covered too much ground, but it still has a long way to go. For everything that it is offering in this season, it still is one gem of a shounen, and in some ways, this season also has a lot more to heart to it compared to its predecessors.

My Hero Academia Season 4 Episode 8 Recap

The heroes finally break their silence against the secretive evil acts of the league of villains, and after discovering the location of their underground activities, they plot an attack against them. Along with the heroes, some of our beloved students of U.A also get to be a part of this mission to save humanity. But not everything goes as planned. As soon as the heroes break into the villain territory, they are attacked by mimic, who possesses the ability to manipulate his surroundings. He entraps all the heroes in a cave by turning their surroundings into a shape-shifting maze and the only one who is able to get past this is Mirio.

The other heroes are then attacked by three other villains who have seemingly enhanced their quirks using the drugs. Tamaki, aka Suneater, realizes that in order to stop Overhaul, Mirio will be needing the help of other heroes as well. So he decides to face the three villains all by himself and asks the others to go with Mirio. An insane battle ensues between Suneater and the three bad guys who work very well together as a team. For a while, Suneater is able to completely destroy them using his tentacles, but as soon as they join their abilities and work together as a team, Tamaki finds himself in dire straits.

He then drifts back to a memory of his past where he is reminded of how Mirio used to help him deal with his anxiety. While he would often look up to him and call him the sun because of his positive aura, Mirio would always try to uplift him by calling him the Suneater. This memory makes him realize that he is no less than anyone out there, and with this, he lashes out on the bad guys. Meanwhile, for the other heroes, the hunt to track down Overhaul continues.

My Hero Academia Season 4 Episode 8 Review

Since the past few episodes, instead of focusing solely on developing Deku as a character, the anime has been individually focusing on each of its side characters as well. Tamaki is an extraordinary hero and his quirk of driving live tentacles out of his hand is, by far, one of the most unusual abilities amongst all the myriad of powers that all the others possess. But for some reason, he has always suffered from self-doubt and his anxiety often disables him from doing well in critical situations. Episode 8 highlights how he finally manages to overcome all of his shortcomings for once and makes him shine for once. All of this individual development of these characters will also later reflect in the series when all the heroes will work as a team against the villains.

Aside from all the character development, Episode 8 also has some memorable action scenes which are surprisingly more imaginative and intricate than their portrayal in the manga. From a plot standpoint, Episode 8 does not really cover much ground and it’ll probably remain that for the next few episodes. Alongside the characters and the great animation quality, even the music during the battle scenes is perfect. All in all, Episode 8 is not the strongest episode of the season, but it still does well with what it intends to be.

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