My Hero Academia Episode 19 Review

Warning: Full spoilers for the episode below.

Following the climactic end of the cavalry battle, My Hero Academia takes a welcome break from all the action in “The Boy Born with Everything,” delivering an episode rich with character development and clever humor that provides a nice reprieve before the intense final round of the U.A. Sports Festival.

“If this were a comic, he’d be the main character. That was the kind of backstory he had.” These words echo in Deku’s mind after learning of Todoroki’s troubled past, and perfectly encapsulate just how enthralling and compelling a character Todoroki has become. The conversation between the two is unquestionably my favorite moment of the entire episode, as it not only makes Todoroki more relatable—the story of his mother pouring boiling water on him as a child was particularly heart-wrenching—but also further fleshes out My Hero Academia’s fictional world.

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