Written by: Nicole Castro
Published on: December 4, 2021 at 17:17 PHT (GMT+8)
Disclaimer: MAJOR spoilers for seasons 1-5 of the anime. Proceed with caution.
My Hero Academia is undoubtedly one of the most popular anime in recent years, with a whopping five seasons, a total of 113 episodes, and a highly anticipated sixth season in production.
This Japanese superhero series by Kōhei Horikoshi combines the best of both worlds in terms of Western superhero lore and everything epic about anime, from the skillfully animated fight scenes to the detailed and emotional character development.
And because we MHA nerds just can't enough of this series, we're reliving seven (only seven?!) of our favorite, EMOTIONAL scenes that demonstrate just how amazing this anime is. Again, get ready for major spoilers so it would be better if you've already watched the anime.
If you haven't watched but dare to be spoiled, this is our way of telling you that you can't go wrong with this show.
1. Yaoyorozu regaining her confidence thanks to Aizawa-sensei
Season 2, Episode 35 (Yaoyorozu: Rising)
This was one of the subtler but equally heartwarming scenes from early in the series. Momo Yaoyorozu's confidence took a major hit after her crushing defeat against Fumikage Tokoyami at the Sports Festival. She began doubting her plans in the face of more powerful classmates like Shoto Todoroki. But when Todoroki's plan during the practical exam doesn't work against Aizawa-sensei, Momo takes over and proves that being a hero involves way more than just powerful Quirks.
And the best part? Aizawa-sensei knew all along just what Momo needed. Now that's plus- ultra-teacher's love.
2. All Might telling Deku it's his turn
Season 3, Episode 49 (One for All)
After the climactic battle against All for One, All Might stands tall and raises his left arm, his standard pose whenever he defeats a villain. He has done it countless times as the Symbol of Peace…except, this will be the last. Exhausted and reduced to his weaker form, he points towards the news reporters' cameras and says, "Next time, it's your turn."
This scene was so skillfully executed because of its double meaning. For the crowd who is unaware of All Might's secret, they think he is just acting cool again and warning any criminal who dares to cross his path. But the message is actually for Izuku Midoriya, who understands that All Might's hero days are over. It was truly painful to see Deku crying all heartbroken in the middle of the oblivious, cheering crowd.
3. Katsuki Bakugo blaming himself for what happened to All Might
Season 3, Episode 61 (Deku vs. Kacchan, Part 2)
After three, intense seasons of Deku and Kacchan tension in Class 1-A, the two childhood friends face off, in more ways than one. Not only does Kacchan finally get to fight against Deku, they also finally get to talk. Kacchan finally reveals how he has known about All Might's secret, expresses his inferiority complex as he wonders why All Might chose Deku instead of him, and confesses how guilty he feels for getting kidnapped and thus forcing All Might to use up the last of his power to defeat All for One. Look at all those finally's.
We give Kacchan's voice actor, Nobuhiko Okamoto, an A+ ultra for unleashing another side of Kacchan's personality. It's a whole 'nother level of satisfaction to see a normally tough character like Kacchan look so human.
4. Lemillion losing his Quirk to save Eri
Season 4, Episode 74 (Lemillion)
"I'll never make you feel sad again. I'll become your hero!"
Lemillion (Mirio Togata), who felt guilt for being unable to save Eri the first time, vows he'll be a hero for her this time, for sure. And you all bet he was. He made the ultimate sacrifice of saving Eri even if it meant losing his Quirk. Even though he hasn't graduated and become an official pro hero, we'd say this was one of the bravest scenes in the entire series.
5. Eri jumping into Deku's arms
Season 4, Episode 76 (Infinite 100%)
Seriously, the moment the Might+U OST started playing, we broke down in happy tears. Eri herself has proven that sometimes, bravery is less about overcoming an enemy and more about taking a leap of faith (literally and figuratively!). That one choice to walk away from Overhaul and to trust Deku felt like the beginning of Eri's own origin story as a hero. Okay, that's enough talking. You all go and relive that scene now.
6. Sir Nighteye's death
Season 4, Episode 77 (Bright Future)
The Shie Hassaikai Arc really wouldn't give us a break! Despite the successful rescue of Eri, the mission paid a costly price with Sir Nighteye's life. At this point in the series, we all know you know Sir Nighteye preferred Togata over Deku to be All Might's heir. As he bid his goodbye, Sir Nighteye made sure to let Togata know that it didn't matter what his Quirk was because he was already a hero more than anyone else.
We have no doubt that Sir Nighteye's Foresight Quirk was right about how Togata was going to be fine. But us fans? We're NOT fine. Bring us those tissues!
7. Shota Aizawa and Present Mic talking to Kurogiri
Season 5, Episode 107 (More of a Hero Than Anyone)
While the students of Class 1-A return from winter break all bright and happy, Aizawa-sensei and his colleague, Present Mic, face some dark secrets in the form of Kurogiri, the villain and Nomu captured by the police. We'll spare you the details about why this particular scene was an emotional punch to the gut, but with the story now gradually focusing more on the villains, we're telling you this is Fullmetal Alchemist levels of DARK. And it just goes to show that villains are often broken heroes.
That's it for our seven PLUS ULTRA emotional scenes! Consider yourself a hero for being brave enough to finish this article.
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Reference: MHA Fandom Wiki episode list