Warning: Full spoilers for the episode below.

Don’t let the episode title fool you, “Midoriya and Shigaraki” is about far more than just Deku and the maniacal League of Villains leader, as it does an excellent job at weaving together multiple plot threads as Season 2 barrels into its next major conflict.

Chief among them is what culminates at the very end of the briskly paced episode, when Iida comes face to face with Hero Killer Stain. I did not expect the two to cross paths so early into this narrative arc, and was pleasantly surprised to see Iida’s story move forward with such momentum. The conscientious class president who’s always been a stickler for the rules is acting in direct defiance against the laws of being a hero. After being cautioned by Manual not to seek vengeance by going after Stain, the internal conflict within him is beautifully conveyed by his refusal to not act on his emotions, as Iida says to himself, “But then… what am I supposed to do… about these feelings?!”

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Source: My Hero Academia Episode 28 Review

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