My Hero Academia Season 6 Episode 15 review: Tartarus

My Hero Academia Season 6 Cour 2 Episode 15 screenshot
My Hero Academia Season 6 Cour 2 Episode 15 screenshot, featuring a gleeful All For One addressing the escaped villains. Pic credit:

My Hero Academia Season 6 Episode 14 reminded viewers that while watching an epic battle can be exciting, war often leaves devastation in its wake. Many heroes were lost, and even more were seriously injured, leaving the overall public opinion on heroes to be questionable at best. 

After causing irreparable devastation, All for One isn’t quite done yet as My Hero Academia Season 6 Episode 15 gives viewers a look at the chaos he is about to unleash from the depths of the world’s most secure prison, or at least they thought. 

My Hero Academia S6 Episode 15 synopsis and review 

The episode opens outside of Tartarus, explaining that it is more than just a prison but a place to hold the most dangerous offenders, with the worst criminals being held in the deepest underground. From inside his cell, All for One still seems to have control over Shigaraki’s body and declares it’s time to carry out the next part of his plan. 

We see “8:00 p.m.” superimposed on the dark backdrop of Tartarus prison. Outside several heroes talk about the damage sustained from the war when the security system suddenly activates. Just then, several Nomu appears, and just as they declare code red, Shigaraki appears, destroying the front line and command center. 

At 7:57 p.m., the guards on the lower floor of Tartarus discuss that Gigantomachia will be dropped off at the facility in the morning. The alarms for a code red sound, locking down the facility. The guards try to prepare for the incoming attack, but the Nomu can take out almost everything sent at them. Meanwhile, the real Shigaraki has awoken, demanding control of his body back from All for One, who refuses, saying Shigaraki will be his “next self”. 

As Shigaraki uses his quirk to destroy several buildings, All for One uses Search to locate his real body. Before the guards can counteract the attack, All for One uses an EMP attack to take out the security inside the prison, allowing multiple cell doors to open and free the criminals. More guards are deployed to take out the escaped criminals, but they prove to be too much, with the villain, Muscular, easily taking out several of them. 

The villains soon realize they can use their quirks freely, making their escape much easier. Amidst the commotion, see a woman with purple hair, who manga readers will recognize, open a locked door, freeing an armless Overhaul. They manage to make it outside, where Shigaraki awaits, telling the crowd to follow him if they wish to escape. Slowly, All for One ascends the staircase beside Shagaraki, finally uniting them again. 

Six hours after the Tartarus break-in began, we see break-ins at multiple other prisons. All for One manages to escape in an emergency aircraft by forcing a staff member to fly it. 

It is now 5:04 a.m. All for One hopes the released prisoners will distract from finding him as he asks the Dabi and the others to watch over his body while it fully heals. Knowing this isn’t the real Shigaraki, Spinner wonders just who he is following. From a faraway island, we see All for One still has control over Shigaraki’s body, but he assures them that he respects Shigaraki’s true feelings above all else. However, All for One’s ultimate goal is to rule the world. 

Two days later, Bakugou wakes up in the hospital. Although gravely injured, he immediately remembers the battle and thinks of Deku first. Before he can do anything, several classmates burst into his room upon seeing that he is awake. They are excited to see he’s okay, but Bakugou immediately begins asking about the status of his other classmates, wondering what happened in the end. Sero promises to explain as long as Bakugou keeps his cool. 

In another hospital room, Grand Torino is reminded of a conversation he had with Shimura years ago. She explains that she doctored the family registry to make it look like she had no son, hoping to keep One for All from finding him. 

Next, we see Aizawa missing the bottom portion of his leg. He and Present Mike discuss the recent jailbreaks and how the public is not pleased with heroes right now. Just then, Denki stares out of his hospital window, where crowds of people are gathered outside, but not to congratulate or cheer them on. They scream about Endeavor specifically as Todoroki listens from his room, looking back on moments with his father and Dabi. He slowly realizes that he and Dabi are not that different, having both been motivated by their hate of Endeavor, before deciding he must be the one to take down his brother. He’s pulled from his thoughts when his siblings surprise him with a visit from his mother. 

After hearing about everyone’s injuries, Bakugou learns Midoriya has a chance of being the only one not to wake up from his. The episode ends with Bakugou fighting his way to Midoriya’s hospital room. 

Considering last week’s episode was basically half filler, this was a much more entertaining showing from the series. My Hero Academia has proven more than once that it doesn’t always need the heroes to carry an episode, but it was nice to see the break-in at Tartarus and the recovery of the heroes all at once. It gives you a more realistic sense of the timeline and how all of these events coincide, instead of giving each moment its own episode. The series as a whole has been pretty consistent this season, producing quality episodes week after week, so it was no surprise to see how well this one was handled.

What is the My Hero Academia Season 6 Episode 16 release date?

My Hero Academia Season 6 Episode 16 is the next episode in the series. The episode will be titled “The Hellish Todoroki Family, Part 2”. It will be available on Crunchyroll starting Saturday, January 21st, 2023, at 5:30 a.m. ET.

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