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My Hero Academia Season 6 Episode 137 – Quick Summary

In My Hero Academia Season 6 Episode 137, “A Young Woman’s Declaration,” Class A had succeeded in finding Izuku Midoriya/Deku and bringing him back to UA. But the crowd of civilians there wanted nothing to do with him. They were terrified Deku being present made them a target for All for One. Nothing Nezu or Tsunagu Hakamada/Best Jeanist said would convince them otherwise. Will the crowd become a mob and drive them out? Where would they go? And what will the rejection do to Midoriya?

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

Favorite Quote from My Hero Academia Season 6 Episode 137

My Hero Academia Season 6 Episode 137: Kota did what he could to comfort Deku

There was a lot of crying in this episode – and all of it well-earned. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

Can you imagine being Deku? Seeing the crowd turn into a mob demanding his ejection had to be an absolutely nightmare. It’s something he was utterly unequipped to deal with. It’s sometimes hard to remember, but he’s still a teenager. An amazingingly tough teenager. But he’s still too idealistic and too selfless to even know where to start dealing with an angry mob.

Ochako Uraraka/Uravity’s speech gave him something to hold onto. Without it, the situation might have spiraled out of control. But it alone wasn’t enough. Deku was willing to die to protect that mob. He needed to know, from them, that it was okay for him to be there. He needed to know, from them, that it was okay for him to even be alive. Because clearly, many of them wanted him exposed to constant danger – which meant certain death.

That’s why what Kota Izumi and Ordinary Woman so important. After Uravity forced the crowd to confront Deku as a human being, those two were the first to rush forward.

Deku had fallen to his knees, utterly overcome by what Uravity said. Kota and Ordinary Woman reached him, and the first thing Kota did was apologize for not coming sooner. Deku looked at him like he could not fathom why this child was saying sorry. Then Kota delivered my favorite quote of the episode.

Kota said (14:50), “That girl was trying to hard to talk, and I thought I had to go. I thought I had to be like you. That’s why I came! So you don’t have to cry anymore! It’s okay!”

Right there, Kota created the foundation for them to rebuild their world. I think he also restored Deku’s faith in humanity.

Favorite Moment from My Hero Academia Season 6 Episode 137

My Hero Academia Season 6 Episode 137: Uravity fought on her terms

She poured her heart, mind, and soul into every syllable. And it paid off. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

Setup: Voice Acting is an Art

If I were a voice actor, I would want to have a chance to deliver a performance like Ayane Sakura’s in this episode. I imagine a speech like Uravity’s could come across as stilted or melodramatic in the wrong hands. But Ayane Sakura brought authenticity and conviction to the part. I found it emotionally devastating in the best way.

Like last week, you can probably guess my favorite moment. It’s one of the most powerful moments in the series, at least for me. But it wasn’t only the vocal performance, or even the dramatic weight of 136 previous episodes that gave the moment such an emotional punch. It was a surprise reveal in the moments before.

We’ve known for a long time that Uravity wanted to be a professional hero to earn money. But not just for the sake of money. She hated seeing her parents being miserable because they were poor. She wanted to see them smile. In fact, I think we’ve known for a while that she wanted to see people happy and smiling in general. She’s a kind soul, after all.

My Hero Academia Season 6 Episode 137: Baby Ochako Uraraka loved to see people smile

As a child, Ochako Uraraka loved to see people smiling. Still does. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

We had a flashback in this episode. We saw a young Ochako Uraraka looking at people smiling because a hero had just saved them. I thought that was her inspiration to become a hero. But I was wrong. It wasn’t the survivors’ smiles. 

In the seconds before my favorite moment, Uravity remembered what happened after she looked at the smiling people. She remembered looking at the heroes. One of them had been injured. He looked to be in pain as he worked his shoulder. He was most decidedly not smiling.

Delivery: Uravity’s Passionate Eloquence

Then one of the onlookers called out to him in gratitude. The hero, Eel-Boy (who later fell in the battle at the villa), heard their cheers. Immediately, he lifted his arms in triumph and smiled.

That was the smile Uravity wanted to protect. She wanted to become a hero to protect other heroes. In that instant, I had a completely new understanding of what drove Uravity.

With that memory fresh in her mind, she begged the crowd to give Deku the space he needed to recover. She begged them to let him gather his strength so he could fight for them. Her voice breaking, she begged them to remember he was still a high schooler.

When one of the instigators tried to object, she delivered a plea of raw emotional power, devastating in its honesty. She said (13:07), “Please… let this place… continue to be his hero academia!”

My Hero Academia Season 6 Episode 137: Uravity's words overwhelmed Deku

Uravity’s words carried such power that they put Deku on his knees. But not in a cruel way. Very much the opposite. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

It’s no wonder Deku fell to his knees as she spoke. The mob’s fury had almost destroyed him. The passion Uravity poured into her words had to feel like a priceless, life-sustaining gift. The way all of his friends had to work together to make the moment possible just added an ornate frame to the work of art. If you include my favorite quote as this moment’s capstone, I can tell you that was an astonishingly satisfying viewing experience. It really did restore some of my faith in humanity – not as a fictional moment, but in knowing that the writer saw this as valuable and presented it as such. I think that’s something worth celebrating.

What did you think of Ordinary Woman picking Deku up and putting him on his feet? What were your favorite moments in this episode? Feel free to share in the comments!

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5 thoughts on “My Hero Academia Season 6 Episode 137: Favorites

    1. What’s particularly cool about it is that they fought hard to bring even that glimmer to life! It really felt well-earned.

  1. I actually just started My Hero Academia for the first time recently, and am currently half way through season two. Looks like I have a lot to catch up with!

    1. I enjoyed those earlier seasons! I’ve read some commentators didn’t like season 5, but as you can probably tell from my reviews, I enjoyed it. The show’s done a great job keeping me interested in the characters despite having such a large cast!

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