October 1 brought the first episode of My Hero Academia Season 6, and fans quickly took to the internet to share their thoughts on series opener and protagonist Deku.
Midoriya Izuki has gone from a scrappy underdog to one of the show’s most powerful characters over the years. However, he still shows flashes of being the same nerdy Deku. The “crybaby” part of Midoriya’s character may have led some to criticize the character as a hero, but others love the development Deku has had and the emotion he has shown over the years.
10/10 He’s like Tanjiro
Kamado Tanjiro, the beloved protagonist of Demon Slayer, seems to have a lot in common with Deku. One of the funniest qualities they share is the bizarre dichotomy between having baby faces and being ridiculously muscular.
Although the two are two of the strongest protagonists in Shonen Jump, Deku arguably has the potential to be even bigger in his universe than Tanjiro was in Demon Slayer. Both are protagonists who use their heads in battle, a welcome trait in newer generations of shonen anime. They also, of course, have a very green color palette.
9/10 He’s Goofy
While My Hero Academia doesn’t quite have the animation quality of a Mappa or Ufotable anime, it generally has enough usable animation that can shine in big fights. However, sometimes the freeze frames aren’t generous to the characters involved.
Even when Deku isn’t looking shoddy, he’s definitely one of the dumbest cast members of My Hero Academia. Deku’s high-quality animations can also include funny faces and goofy moments that suit the nerdy protagonist. Part of what makes My Hero so fun is that its protagonist isn’t always super serious.
8/10 He likes to be a hero
Regardless of the medium, watching the characters finally achieve a goal they’ve set for themselves for most of the series is always cathartic. For Deku, getting his hero license was a big step towards his ultimate goal.
So far, Midoriya’s actions as an amateur hero have already rivaled the works of many professional heroes. He stopped the monstrous overhaul, helped save Endeavor’s oldest son, and saved the UA Sports Festival. Very few characters have the resume that Deku has so far, and he looks set to do even more magic in Season 6.
7/10 He discovered how to use his legs
Midoriya was infamous for breaking his arms several times during the first season. To avoid this, he switched to his more stable legs as his main fighting style with One For All.
While One For All is one of My Hero Academia’s strongest quirks, it also has a serious downside. Midoriya finding a way around the inconvenience was treated as a big moment for him in the anime, but some fans on social media found the reveal amusing. The use of the legs, after all, seems to be a natural part of martial arts.
6/10 He is one of the three dysfunctional musketeers
From Tanjiro, Zenitsu, and Inosuke to Naruto, Sakura, and Sasuke, anime trios have always been a big part of the genre. The main trio of My Hero Academia is unfortunately more dysfunctional than most.
Bakugo seems to hate Deku and Todoroki, while Deku and Torodoki are friendly but equally awkward towards each other. While Todoroki feels like he and Bakugo are good friends, Midoriya at least has a more realistic understanding of his “friendship” with Bakugo. All three at least make great rivals.
5/10 His training gets intense
While Midoriya figured out how to mitigate One For All’s damage in later seasons, the show’s early seasons were brutal on the protagonist’s body.
Midoriya constantly suffered from the power of his own quirk. No character other than perhaps Denki has faced such brutal side effects from their quirk. However, Todoroki and Tenya also helped show that young heroes can wrestle with their whims. At least Deku didn’t have to suffer alone due to My Hero Academia’s ability to show the growing difficulties of mastering any quirk.
4/10 He always makes Bakugo angry
Despite being the “childhood friend” of Midoriya (AKA Bully), Bakugo still has a weird complex when it comes to his rivalry with Deku, previously without quirks. Some of them were explicitly stated by Bakugo to be related to Deku’s relationship with Bakugo’s hero: All Might.
Still, it seems that there is no hostility for Bakugo from Midoriya’s side. It makes it even more comical and ridiculous when Bakugo attacks Midoriya for the smallest things. Despite his anger issues and aggressive nature, Bakugo seems to be even more popular than Midoriya on many websites, including MyAnimeList and several fan polls.
3/10 All Might’s Secret Love Child
Todoroki’s infamous quote “are you All Might’s secret child or something?” made its way into the usual vernacular of the My Hero Academia fandom. However, Midoriya isn’t the only student who looks exactly like his mentor.
The similarities between Shinso and Aizawa were a key plot point near the start of Season 5 and made for one of the most enjoyable mini-arcs before the iconic “My Villain Academia” arc. Oddly enough, the student who looks the least like a mini-me to their primary teacher is Todoroki, who has recently been mostly taught by his father Endeavour.
2/10 He’s not Batman
The first episode of My Hero Academia had many fans believing that the message was going to be another “you don’t need powers to be a hero” story. However, history soon made it very clear that Midoriya would not have succeeded without One For All.
While it’s no affront to Midoriya that he failed to become a quirk-free hero, it does have fans wondering why he was quirk-free in the first place. Midoriya being Quirkless at the start is even funnier considering Season 5’s big reveal that he would receive the old Quirks of all former One For All Holders.
1/10 He is always nervous
Midoriya has certainly become one of the strongest characters in My Hero Academia. He also gained great confidence on the battlefield. However, Midoriya is still the same lovable anxious nerd off the battlefield.
While some fans dislike how socially awkward Midoriya can be, other fans find it to be one of his most endearing qualities. The UA student will panic just because they are asked a question by Mount Lady or being alone with Ochaco for more than five minutes. Regardless of his nervousness, Deku may be one of the coolest characters in My Hero.