Two words: Holy. Shit.
Wow. Anyone who knows me knows I am a die-hard My Hero Academia fan, but this volume just cranked that up more than I knew was possible.
We continue reading the Overhaul arc here, with the heroes infiltrating Overhaul’s lair and attempts to take on him, members of the yakuza and Toga and Twice of the League of Villains, all to save the young child Eri. So many things happen, my heart is torn. I honestly think this is one of the best volumes of MHA and I was flipping pages as fast as I could because I was so gripped by the story. Mirio is my new favorite, I love him and his tenacity and dedication so so much. He really is the star of this volume which is equally exciting and heartbreaking. Same with Sir Nighteye. Toga and Twice getting more time to express their personalities and stories to the reader was also a great touch. I really love the volumes with minimal Midoriya. Don’t get me wrong, I adore Midoriya, but I think a lot of the strength of this series is learning about the other characters so we can see how Midoriya learns and grows through watching them or working with them. We need these backstories of other characters in order to show the immense change Midoriya goes through and how he is inspired by the other heroes or inspired by those he needs to save.
The reveal of Eri’s power is badass, it’s incredibly cool and I felt so much hatred toward Overhaul for what she had to endure, which is great world building. I actively hate him, which I haven’t really said before in regards to characters. Stain is incredible but as a reader you can see where he’s coming from. Overhaul is a brilliant villain but a despicable human being, and that makes the good vs evil battle that’s taking place much more emotionally investing.
This whole volume has destroyed me. All I want to do is read it 100 times and equally never read it again. This series is my lifeblood.
Title: My Hero Academia (Volume 17)
Author: Kohei Horikoshi