My Hero Academia Episode 71 Review

My Hero Academia Episode 71 - Tamaki Amajiki telling everyone else to go ahead

It’s amazing what a little confidence can do!

Tamaki Amajiki is one of the Big Three of U.A. High School. That means that he’s recognized as one of the three strongest students at the school. In spite of this, he suffers from an extremely low level of self-confidence. My Hero Academia episode 71 is Amajiki’s time to shine and boy does he.

I’m going to start this by saying that I love Amajiki’s hero name, Suneater. At first glance it doesn’t seem like Amajiki’s hero name fits his quirk but once you learn the mechanics of it everything makes sense. Amajiki can manifest the abilities of anything he eats. If he eats some octopus, he can manifest all of the properties of an octopus. Same thing for beef, chicken, clam and as we find out in this episode, crystal.

Suneater can mix and match these characteristics to create a wholly unique fighting style that makes him a force to be reckoned with. The name for the technique that Suneater puts on display is “Vast Hybrid Chimera Kraken.” I can see why Fat Gum has such a high opinion of him now.

My Hero Academia episode 71 is the type of anime episode that really makes me love this anime. The reason I say that is I believe that it’s easy for an anime to focus on the main character so much that supporting characters get pushed to the side. Eventually new characters pop up, provide their usefulness and are marginalized like the ones before them.

The best example I can think of this is Dragon Ball. Don’t get me wrong, I love the Dragon Ball franchise. Personally I think it should’ve ended after the Cell Saga but that’s a discussion for a different post. When you look at all of the characters in Dragon Ball you can see how they’ve been marginalized as the series has progressed.

Tien Shinhan was a major antagonist, until he wasn’t. The same can be said of Piccolo. Vegeta has maintained somewhat of an important status but his day in the sun has long past. Even Frieza is not nearly the same either. Once their usefulness as villains expired they all seemed to fall into alignment with Goku for later adventures, losing some of their edge in the process.

On the good guy side, Yamcha is just a running joke by this point. Krillin is just around for comic relief. Let’s not even get started on Gohan. I’m still disappointed how he turned out after the Cell Saga.

While all of these characters have had their moment in the sun at some point in the Dragon Ball franchise, it feels like they pale in comparison to Goku. Goku is the shining star that will always come through in the end. Everyone else is just along for the ride.

My Hero Academia Episode 71 - Vast Hybrid Chimera Kraken

That can’t be said of My Hero Academia. Even though Deku has the most amazing quirk on the hero side, he’s among a group of other highly capable classmates. Bakugo and Todoroki are amazing. Tokoyami is as well. Ochaco Uraraka has shown us that she’s not one to count out. Iida’s in that same category.

Outside of Class 1-A there’s also the Big Three. Lemillion took out all of Class 1-A by himself, including Deku. The little we’ve seen from Nejire Hado has shown us that she’s capable of handling herself. Now, in My Hero Academia episode 71, Tamaki Amajiki gets to show us that he’s in the conversation as well.

I really feel like I’m watching a group of equals work towards a common goal. Some of the students are more competitive than the others, but everyone has their moment to shine. Deku may be the main character but he’s not the most powerful and he’s not constantly saving everyone. It’s refreshing.

Is My Hero Academia Episode 71 Worth Watching?

Yes. My Hero Academia episode 71 is worth watching. I loved watching Suneater do his thing. For all of the shortcomings of U.A. High School in dealing with the League of Villains, you can tell they’ve obviously done something right when one of their students can take down three villains at once. I’m happy for Amajiki that he’s finally been able to overcome some of his weakness of mind. Next we get to see Kirishima show off!

Now go watch some anime!

-Nathan

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