My Hero Academia Season 6 Episode 13 review: “Final Performance”

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Fans get their first look at Mr. Compress behind the mask in My Hero Academia Season 6 Episode 13. Pic credit: Studio MAPPA

Just when we thought My Hero couldn’t get any crazier, Season 6 Episode 12, “Threads of Hope,” shocked everyone by bringing back a fan-favorite hero! After several months of waiting, Lemillion returned just when Deku and his friends needed him. 

With the returns of both Lemillion and Best Jeanist, things have been looking up for our heroes, but they’re not entirely in the clear yet. The villains don’t seem down for the count just yet, especially not Mr. Compress, who has one final trick up his sleeve. With My Hero Academia Season 6 Episode 13 serving as the mid-season finale, it will be interesting to see just what he’s hiding and how the villains manage to get out of this one.

My Hero Academia S6 Episode 13 synopsis and review 

The episode begins with a flashback of Mr. Compress and the League of Villains meeting with the CRC, or Creature Rejection Clan. They’re a group that discriminates and commits violence against heteromorphs. The League intended to steal valuables from them but could not find anything worthwhile, forcing them to live in poverty in a rundown apartment. It’s clear the group was growing frustrated by the lack of funds, progress, and general direction, but in the last six months, they have turned things around, leading us back to the present.

Currently restrained by Best Jeanist, Mr. Compress tells Spinner he can buy them just enough time to wake up Shigaraki. He manages to escape by gouging out parts of his body with his quirk. Even when Best Jeanist retaliates, he continues hurting himself to nullify the effects of the hero’s quirks. 

Elsewhere, Dabi and Shoto are still in the heat of battle. With Endeavor unconscious, Dabi sees no point in this battle, attempting to quickly incapacitate his brother as well. He’s summoned by Mr. Compress, who immediately locks him away for safekeeping using his quirk. 

On the ground, Deku is coaxed awake by a voice in his head. He begins looking around for his friends but is quickly hit by a strange sensation in his head and realizes that it’s the quirk of the fourth One for All user: Danger Sense. Since he isn’t very familiar with the quirk yet, the feeling is overwhelming, and he begins to lose consciousness again. 

Mr. Compress reveals that his goal is to escape with the League of Villains, and just as quickly, Lemillion appears in an attempt to stop him. Luckily, he could compress Spinner and Shigaraki for a while, buying them time in hopes that their leader would regain consciousness. As they find themselves outside of Mr. Compress’s quirk, Spinner looks for ways to help wake up their leader. It’s then that he sees the bag of hands that Shigaraki would typically wear on his body. As Lemillion barrels towards them, he reveals that he has placed those hands on Shigaraki again, not only waking him but causing him to release an immense power. However, as Shigaraki begins to speak, the influence and voice of All for One seem to emit from him instead. 

As Shigaraki’s body fully comes to, the surrounding Nomu leave their battles and flock towards him. The heroes ready themselves to fight, despite their ailing bodies. So when Spinner asks what they should do now, Shigaraki says they should retreat. Spinner is clearly not on board, but then Shigaraki calls him by his first name, “Iguchi,” which shocks him enough to realize he is no longer speaking with the real Tomura Shigaraki, but One for All instead. 

As they attack, it’s clear the younger heroes are of no use against All for One and Shigaraki. He takes them out fairly easily, ready to retreat. On the ground, Deku tries his hardest to move before that can happen, using Black Whip to propel him forward. He manages to get close to Shigaraki but ends up being blasted back. In that moment, he remembers the face Shigaraki made when they were trapped in their quirks together just before All for One seemed to engulf him: the face of someone looking to be saved. 

Ultimately, All for One manages to escape with Shigaraki’s body. The viewers get a look at the aftermath of the war. It’s complete destruction, with cities destroyed and countless heroes injured. The episode ends with Deku slowly passing out on the battlefield. 

After 13 weeks of non-stop action and trauma, My Hero Academia has finally wrapped up one of the most intense arcs in the series. From the premiere episode to now, this has been one of the more exciting arcs in the anime, never slowing down or holding back. I always knew seeing these events animated would be even better than reading them, but I didn’t think they would be this good.

There are always minor complaints that can be made about things like animation or direction, but as a whole, this arc and episode were done well and closed out the first half of the season nicely. Seeing some other heroes and villains, like Mr. Compress, get shine was a pleasant change that rounded out their characters well. It’s crazy to think we’ve been familiar with characters like him or Spinner this long but haven’t learned much about them. It reminds you just how big the My Hero Universe really is.

The worst part of the finale is knowing that we have to take a short break after so many consistently good episodes. While it may not be as crazy as an entire war arc, if part two of this season is half as good as part one, it will be worth the watch.

What is the My Hero Academia Season 6 Episode 14 release date?

My Hero Academia Season 6 Episode 14 is the next episode in the series. The episode will be titled “Hellish Hell”.

In observation of the holidays, the series will take a one-week break between the first and second cour. Episode 14 will be available on Crunchyroll starting Saturday, January 7th, 2023, at 5:30 a.m. EST.

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