My Hero Academia Season 6 episode 16 was broadcast on Saturday, giving us another slower episode for this second cour of the season. For the time being, character development gets put at the forefront. The latest episode is nothing to write home about, but they are the kinds of episodes that a series needs.
The Hawks' New Resolve
The only thing that made Hawks' deep voice a success was his reflection on Endeavor, his journey to becoming a hero, and Twice. And when Hawks admitted that, at his core, Twice just wanted to help people, that feeling came back. And here's why.
Hawks was put in a situation where he was practically forced to be a hero while Twice was the same with becoming a villain. However, Hawks finally realized Twice was more of a hero at heart than he was. Both are incredible in writing from Horikoshi's side, and especially from the production team, who has perfectly conveyed this dynamic this season.
Hawks' character development is something to be appreciated. From his beginning as a kid through his present situation, Hawks was giving reason after reason to become a person drowning in his own selfishness. Now, Endeavor, the one character who kept him on the hero path as a kid, is the first person he's going to assist in becoming what he envisioned a hero as a kid.
I like the way Hawks saw Endeavor as Deku and Bakugo saw All Might. Endeavor was the hero Hawks believed he should strive for. It's wonderful dramatic irony in knowing that Endeavor at the time was a horrible human being behind his hero name.
And seeing Endeavor find himself in the pit of guilt and regret still can't convince me in the slightest that he should be forgiven, but maybe that's why I'm not a hero in an anime series. Sure, the scene with Shoto slamming the door shut after seeing Endeavor cry was funny, but it also made me ready for next week's episode.
Wrap-Up of Episode 16
This week's episode was a bit slower and uneventful, much like the first two episodes of this second cour. However, this week's episode is a good example of why such a series of episodes are necessary. If everyone emerged from this war arc the same person, we'd all be wondering how that's even possible. People change, for better or worse.
Episode 16's rating is 8/10.
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