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My Hero Academia Season 6 Episode 122 – Quick Summary

In My Hero Academia Season 6 episode 122, “Katsuki Bakugo: Rising,” Tomura Shigaraki fired a deleter round into Shouta Aizawa/Eraserhead’s leg. Once the poison gets into his system, Eraserhead will lose his quirk, and Tomura can once again wield Decay. And if that happens, none of the heroes in the world, present or otherwise, will have the ability to contain him. Can Izuku Midoriya/Deku do anything in the remaining seconds they have? Can Enji Todoroki/Endeavor? Or is the end for our heroes?

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

Favorite Quote from My Hero Academia Season 6 Episode 122

My Hero Academia Season 6 Episode 122: It had to crush's Momo's confidence to realize Gigantomachia didn't even see her or her team as a threat

They had given their all. And Gigantomachia didn’t even acknowledge them as a threat. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

Momo Yaoyorozu/Creati is a serious, strong, intelligent, and dedicated young woman. That said, she’s still just a kid. She’s a student in high school. Yet, Nemuri Kayama/Midnight gave her command of their defense against Gigantomachia. We haven’t heard from Nemuri since.

That’s a heavy responsibility. But she stepped up to it. She put together a good plan. The other students trusted her enough to follow her – and they slowed down Gigantomachia. They couldn’t stop him, but they slowed him down. Her plan was good. Professional hero Enma Kannagi/Majestic even said so – right before Gigantomachia struck him down.

Yet, as she watched the cloud representing Gigantomachia’s ongoing damage recede in the distance, she also showed another trait. One as necessary to a true hero as anything else. She showed her honesty.

“The reason we’re unhurt,” she said to herself in a state of despondency (05:39), “ is that we were not even recognized as an enemy.”

In my book, she gets points not only for admitting that, but for not collapsing into a catatonic state afterward. Man, that realization had to hurt.

Favorite Moment from My Hero Academia Season 6 Episode 122

My Hero Academia Season 6 Episode 122: Katsuki threw himself into the line of fire to protect Midoriya

When it mattered the most, Katsuki came through. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

Setup: Even Though Though It’s Obvious, My Favorite Moment Had Competition

Is there any question what moment I’ll choose as my favorite? True, moments like Eraserhead cutting off his own freaking leg were amazing. Talk about raw, unadulterated courage! But no, there’s only one moment that I can call my favorite.

Like many of the moments that hit home in the last several episodes, it has its roots in the earliest episodes of My Hero Academia. I love moments like that. It’s why I write novels. Giving a character time to develop and breath makes their decisions and their fate all the more powerful. It’s one thing to be sympathetic about a new character. Or even a character I’ve gotten to know over a season, like Elaina from The Wandering Witch: The Journey of Elaina.

My Hero Academia Season 6 Episode 122: Momo and her classmates watched Gigantomachia's rampage

I’ve had six seasons to get to know these kids. They’re good kids. I felt their crushing despondency with them. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

But it’s quite another to remember Katsuki Bakugou as a complete bully, then see him develop over the course of six seasons to become not only less of a bully, but a seriously perceptive and powerful young man in his own right. The way he questioned All Might in this episodes flashbacks proved that. It also proved something else: that he is trying to atone for what he sees as his unacceptable behavior, especially towards Midoriya.

Delivery: Katsuki Rose to the Occasion

Which brings us to my favorite moment. Katsuki, alone among  the students and heroes watching Deku’s fight against Tomura, realized Deku was on his last legs. Against an opponent who could regenerate, Katsuki knew Deku would lose. And if he fell, so would they all.

Katsuki came up with the plan to launch himself, Endeavor, and Shouto Todoroki towards Tomura. The goal was to let Endeavor use one of his most powerful attacks, Prominence Burn, to finally take out Tomura.

My Hero Academia Season 6 Episode 122: Endeavor's Prominence Burn should have worked

Prominence Burn should have taken Tomura out. It would have, if it weren’t for that meddling All for One! Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

Remembering all of the times Deku had reached out to him, remembering all the times he slapped away Deku’s hand, it was Katsuki who said (21:41), “My body just moved on its own.”

As he threw himself into All for One’s attack using Tomura’s burned out body. As he took the full force of the attack and hung motionless in the sky.

That moment hit me with the kind of emotional impact only possible when it involves characters I not only care about deeply, but who I’ve known for years. Seeing Katsuki take that strike was like seeing a friend injured. That’s exactly the kind of thing I watch anime hoping to see. And in all honesty, even if this was the only affecting moment, it would have been worth watching six seasons to get to.

What did you think of Katsuki’s conversion with All Might? What were your favorite moments in this episode? Feel free to let me know in the comments!

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2 thoughts on “My Hero Academia Season 6 Episode 122: Favorites

    1. It was one of the most emotionally powerful episodes so far — right up there with One for All handing the baton to Midoriya!

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