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My Hero Academia Season 6 Episode 130, “The Wrong Way to Put Out a Fire,” we learn just how bad Rei Todoroki’s life had been. We didn’t know even half of it. Now she stood before her broken husband, Enji Todoroki/Endeavor, the number 1 hero. Surrounded by her family, she seemed determined to change the situation. But what could she do? What role had Dabi really played in his own fall into villainy? And what impact can Keigo Takami/Hawks and Tsunagu Hakamada/Best Jeanist have on the degrading situation outside?

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

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Favorite Quote from My Hero Academia Season 6 Episode 130

My Hero Academia Season 6 Episode 130: Toyo never had a chance.

By this time, Toyo was mostly lost. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

Wow. This episode was all kinds of pain. I’m not going to say that it’s a realistic depiction of domestic abuse, but I’ll say this. The comments in Reddit (see below) featured a large number of people who had suffered and survived such conditions – and saw something of their experience in this episode.

I hope the episode brought them some peace.

Have you raised children? Did you experience that terrifying moment when you realized that the little ones picked up on your unspoken expectations for them? You realize the impact you had on them, maybe without even realizing it. If you’re fortunate (or blessed or however you want to put it), you helped them onto a healthy mental track.

Endeavor didn’t put Toyo on a healthy track. Toyo knew that Endeavor wanted him to challenge All Might. Realizing that his body couldn’t live up to Endeavor’s expectations only made him redouble his efforts. But by then, Endeavor had turned his attention to Shouto Todoroki. That didn’t deter Toyo, though. He continued to practice – in the hopes of reclaiming his father’s affection.

Alone in the woods, stumps burning all around him, tears streaming from his face, he said (07:26), “I can surpass All Might… so… Look at me…”

That made my blood run cold.

Favorite Moment from My Hero Academia Season 6 Episode 130

My Hero Academia Season 6 Episode 130: Af first, I could not understand what Rei was doing.

At first, I wondered why she knelt. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

Setup: Rei Had Been Held Captive in Hell

I wanted to pick a moment that revolves around Hawks or Best Jeanist. They brought hope to a profoundly bleak scene. But I’d be lying if I said their acts, however brave, noble, and down-right heroic, had anywhere near as powerful an emotional impact of my favorite scene.

Saying Rei is a tragic character is understating what she’s been through. Endeavor treated her as nothing more than an Axlotl Tank for breeding a specialized blend of Quirks. Toyo dismissed her in reflection of Endeavor’s attitude. Fuyumi was in way over her head; she couldn’t help. Natsuo lost himself in self-pity and fury. And Shouto… Shouto might have unintentionally hurt her the most deeply. After all, the little dude tried to stand up to the towering hulk of Endeavor as he beat his wife.

My Hero Academia Season 6 Episode 130: Shouto tried to defend Rei against Endeavor

Shouto did what he could. He should never have been placed in that situation. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

There is no way she would have felt good about that.

Her home life broke her. She had spent years in a mental health facility. Now, she has emerged, determined to lead her family to fix the problem she felt they had created through Dabi.

Delivery: Rei Held Onto Her Core Self

That’s noble; that’s bravery beyond what I could expect from a human. I cannot even guess at the pain and misery and heartbreak that tried to pull her back into despair. But there she stood, delivering lines like (15:09) “The responsibility is not yours to bear alone. Even if your spirit’s broken to pieces, we will help you stand. You have no choice but to fight Dabi.”

I could not have felt more proud if she were my own daughter.

Then Hawks and Best Jeanist entered. And Rei did something that shattered me.

She went down on her knees, bowed her forehead on the floor, and said (16:30), “I deeply apologize for my son’s actions.”

My Hero Academia Season 6 Episode 130: Hawks wanted Rei to stop apologizing.

Hawks frantically typed for her to stop doing that. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

That scene hurt. It almost hurt too much to watch. Hawks asked her to stop that; Best Jeanist bent down to help her back to her feet. But seeing Rei still cared so deeply about what Hawks had gone through, knowing what she’s endured, humbled me through such an amazing strength and resiliency. I hope she comes out of this in a better place – because she sure as hell deserves it.

What do you think of Hawks’s plan to get things moving again? What were your favorite moments in this episode? Feel free to let me know in the comments!

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5 thoughts on “My Hero Academia Season 6 Episode 130: Favorites

  1. The Todoroki Family may not be the Best Handled Part of the series, but to say it’s the “Worst Handled” is a stretch. Personally, I feel like the Villains didn’t get enough screentime, even though a lot of what they were doing was more interesting. But that’s just me; my brother, however, would say Tomura’s backstory, due to what people were saying about it when it came out.
    But I say all of this to say that I like how Horikoshi has handled it. I can’t imagine how horrible this life was for the kids- for Shoto, Fuyumi, and Natsuo- but the fact that they’re able to function in the world as they are is Astounding.
    I didn’t take it to Heart the same way Touya did, but I do sometimes get the sense that my family had higher expectations for me than just………. what I’m doing now. And sometimes I feel like I let them down. But I’m comforted knowing that they love me no matter what. Touya……. Did NOT Have That Same Guarantee. At least; not from his father.
    He didn’t have my same mentality- nor do I think that’s unjustified. “I couldn’t take my own heat, so he found more people who could” is how it looked. And that probably hurt a lot.
    Honestly, the fact that Endeavor’s mindset after having a Child with a disability being “Have Another Kid” probably didn’t help endear him to his siblings; it’s probably why he only sees Shoto as “Endeavor’s Favorite Toy.” It sucks. but that’s how he’s thinking…… I think.
    I kind of enjoy moments like the ones with Rei. Rather than someone stepping up and saying “If You Can’t Do It, Then I Will;” it’s nice that someone told him “”No- You’re Not Getting Out Of This. YOU Made This monster- YOU Have To End This.” It shows the disparity of the situation that they don’t have time to take someone’s feelings into account- even someone as kind as Rei.

    1. The feeling of not living up to parental expectations is tough, isn’t it? Glad you also had the experience of unconditional love. Otherwise, man, that would be even more tough.

      Endeavor using his own kids to fulfill his aspirations was just wrong. Like you said, it’s amazing they can function at all. I remember Shoto in earlier seasons, before his match with Midoriya. Their friendship had benefited both of them.

      And Rei… she’s such a sympathetic character that I just want to see her in a better place. I think she’s got the resolve she needs. I think her kids will support her. I think Endeavor might, though maybe the best he can do is leave her alone. I’m really looking forward to seeing where the series goes from here.

      1. I hope this storyline gets a proper resolution when all is said and done. Rei’s a kind person, so she may forgive him some day. For now; they’ll probably try a little “Co-Parenting” with Shoto- Rei being a little more present than Endeavor.
        I think that Enji’s going to try to take himself out of his family’s lives, but……. that’s not the right answer to this situation. He’s trying. And he’s still their dad. And he still loves them. So they won’t let him just “run” from this reality by “leaving” like that.
        This series can get so real and emotional and I love it!

  2. This started out such a happy-go-lucky shounen piece. This isn’t shounen any more. It has strayed well into some very adult themes.

    My kids paid no attention whatsoever to either my spoken or unspoken expectations. But that’s okay. As long as they didn’t become axe murderers, my expectations were never demands, just suggestions.

    1. That’s something I love about this series. It’s gone places I didn’t expect. And it’s powerful stuff!

      Not becoming axe murderers might seem like a low bar, but as a parent, I endorse it! Seriously, I think that’s probably the best you can do and still raise a healthy, well-adjusted child!

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