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My Hero Academia Season 6 Episode 116 Review – Best In Show

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My Hero Academia Season 6 Episode 116 – Quick Summary

In My Hero Academia Season 6 episode 116, “One’s Justice,” action heated up at resort where the villains planned to meet. Denki Kaminari/Chargebolt’s defense had blunted the villain’s first attack, but they had many more that they began to bring to bear. Meanwhile, Keigo Takami/Hawks had used his feathers to immobilize Jin Bubaigawara/Twice. Hawks tried to keep Twice calm, but more and more memories of betrayals came to Twice’s mind. Then, Twice remembered that he had been the one to bring Kai Chisaki/Overhaul into his former team – resulting in the death of a dear friend. How will Twice react? Can Hawks restrain him? And how is the rest of the battle going?

Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious.

Favorite Quote from My Hero Academia Season 6 Episode 116

My Hero Academia Season 6 Episode 116: Dabi didn't see through Hawks' story. He didn't trust it from the start.

Dabi showed some shrewd reasoning right there. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

I have to give Dabi recognition for Amazing Entrance of the Week. Dude just about incinerated Hawks, who was focused on keeping Twice under control. It was a great moment on top of a series of great moments between Hawks and Twice.

Hawks knew he had had Twice completely fooled. But he seemed almost surprised at the idea that Dabi might have seen through his act. To buy time as he tried to gather his scorched feathers, he asked Dabi how he had seen through the carefully crafted ruse – even though Hawks had gone to such lengths as murdering Tsunagu Hakamada/Best Jeanist.

“I never trusted you from the start,” Dabi answered (16:35).

Gotta say – that explains a lot!

Best in Show Moment for My Hero Academia Season 6 Episode 116

My Hero Academia Season 6 Episode 116: Twice felt lucky to have been with his friends.

In the end, Twice decided he had been right where he had wanted to be. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

Setup: Motivation Matters

I mentioned in my previous review how My Villain Academia had presented the villains in such a sympathetic way, and the heroes in such a realistic way, that my loyalties sometimes blur. What I didn’t do was give you a little more accurate a sense of just how far my sympathies go.

Though it depends on the individual characters, on balance, I still think the heroes are worth rooting for and the villains worth rooting against. Except for one, really. There’s one of the villains who I think is only a villain because of circumstance. There’s only one villain who hasn’t really embraced villainy as a way to get back against society, or to gain riches, or anything else generally associated with villains.

Put another way, there’s one villain who’s there because his friends are there. That villain even came out in this episode and said he only wanted to protect his friends. He was on the verge of bleeding to death as he said it.

My Hero Academia Season 6 Episode 116: Even though he was in extreme danger, Twice wanted to protect his friends.

Even on the verge of death, nearly consumed by Dabi’s blue flames, Twice thought of his friends. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

I think by now you know I’m talking about Jin Bubaigawara/Twice.

In my favorite moment, he not only reaffirmed my opinion of him as a loyal friend. He also forced me to question just how much I had been sympathizing with Hawks. Hawks, by the way, turned in a fantastic performance in this episode!

After the first time Hawk had Twice immobilized, he tried to convince Twice to turn. He tried to say that he liked the guy; that he would even help him make a comeback. I thought that was an up-standing thing to do. Hawks had recognized the innate neutrality, if not goodness, in Twice. I thought Twice should take the offer.

But I hadn’t fully considered Twice’s perspective.

Delivery: Twice Remained True to His Friends

Put aside the enormous guilt Twice must feel about letting Overhaul into their midst. Or how he must feel, seeing his compatriots dying all around him, because he had chosen to trust Hawks. Put all of that aside. When Twice saw Himiko Toga and Atsuhiro Sako/Mr. Compress being captured (and I have to wonder if that hero’s monologuing got him into trouble), his entire life snapped into focus. He really, really just wanted to protect his friends.

After Twice repeatedly stabbed the hero in the back, Himiko and Mr. Compress hurried off to help defend the base. Until they realized that Twice stood rooted to the spot. It was only then the realized he was just barely holding this clone together.

Brokenly, the effort to maintain cohesion taking a lot of his waning strength and concentration, he apologized to them for what he’d done. He tried to apologize to Himiko and return the handkerchief she had given him. But it was a clone, and it melted away as he held it against her face.

I think he expected Himiko and Mr. Compress to berate him. But in that, I think he misjudged them. They actually were his friends. Himiko even gathered his disintegrating body against her and thanked him for saving her.

My Hero Academia Season 6 Episode 116: Himiko thanked Twice for saving her

Himiko thanked Twice for saving her. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

I think her feelings reached him, because as that body finally gave way, he thought, because he was unable to speak  (21:32), “I couldn’t have asked for a better life. Die, Hawks. Why do you get to decide that I was unlucky? I was happy to be here.”

We’ve seen Himiko happily harm others. We’ve seen most of the villains take delight in causing harm, in fact. But Twice? He only fully committed to a fight when his friends were in danger. And then, he went all in. I can’t help but respect and admire that. And wonder how his life might have been different if others had befriended him first.

What did you think of the battle between Hawks and Dabi? What were your favorite moments? Feel free to let me know in the comments!

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2 thoughts on “My Hero Academia Season 6 Episode 116 Review – Best In Show

    1. You’re right. To me, he represents the face of mental illness, and how society treats it. Even though Hawk’s actions make sense from his perspective, and the perspective of the hero world, Twice is the indicator of how well that system works.

      What a great character.

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