My Hero, Academia’s first half of Season 6, has completed, and it was so amazing that it set an impossible standard for the series finale. This anime section adapted the manga’s Paranormal Liberation War, which many fans consider the best arc. However, it was so wonderful that it was difficult to follow up. Many fans consider the series finale (which is unfolding in the manga) already dismal.
The Paranormal Liberation War arc, commanded by Shigaraki Tomura, depicts the all-out conflict between the League of Villains and the Meta Liberation Army’s combined forces and the Pro Heroes of Japan recruited for the occasion, which is surprisingly simple. Hawks, the No. 2 Pro Hero, has infiltrated the Front as a friend and owing to his intelligence, the heroes are planning a surprise all-out attack.
However, the waking of Shigaraki, who was undergoing treatment to gain the All for One Quirk, completely changed the game. Despite the efforts of the number one Pro Hero, Endeavor, Shigaraki destroyed entire towns with the help of Gigantomachia. Deku’s assistance stopped Shigaraki, but the villain managed to escape with his army of Nomu warriors.
The Paranormal Liberation War arc in My Hero Academia is regarded as the best of the series since it symbolizes the confluence of practically every plot line and character arc up until that point.
All of this was against the backdrop of violent, non-stop warfare on a scale never seen in the series, and the effect was fantastic.
Season 6 of the anime did the plot justice owing to the superb work of Studio Bones, which highlighted the most crucial events without disrupting the flow of the action. Season 6 featured many anticipated moments, such as disclosing Dabi’s identity and a fight between Ochaco and Toga. Shigaraki’s awakening and Deku’s entrance into the subconscious realm of One For All were both startling surprises.
Season 6 of My Hero Academia is so good that it will ruin the rest of the series.
For all of the fantastic moments in My Hero Academia Season 6, the conclusion of the Paranormal Liberation War hints at even more intriguing things to come. Endeavor and Shoto must cope with Dabi, Bakugo’s setback causes him to doubt his status as a hero, and Deku must decide if Shigaraki is a victim of All For One or an unredeemable evil. However, as manga readers are already aware, the series’ final arc falls short of expectations. Without giving anything away for anime-only fans, suffice it to say that the last arc recycles several situations from the Paranormal Liberation War, replicating them but with far worse effects.
It begs the question of why Kohei Horikoshi, the creator of My Hero Academia, decided to end his series with another massive, all-out conflict not long after the Paranormal Liberation War. That novel section is excellent because it inserts very emotional and profound moments, like Hawks murdering Twice amid a chaotic conflict.
This feat is difficult to reproduce, and the series’ final fight appears to be (for the time being) a pale imitation of the Paranormal Liberation War. Fans of My Hero Academia Season 6 should be aware that it was among the best anime of 2022 and may have raised the bar too high for the series finale to reach.