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Class 1A Springs Back Into Action In My Hero Academia But Not In The Way Fans May Have Expected

Contains spoilers for "My Hero Academia" Season 6, Episode 22 — "Friend"

Season 6 of "My Hero Academia" has done away with the more laidback and subdued arcs of past seasons in favor of a blistering pace and all-or-nothing stakes. Like "Harry Potter," the superhero-themed series has often made the social lives and crushes of its characters major elements of the story, but as All For One (Akio Otsuka/John Swasey) and Tomura Shigaraki (Koki Uchiyama/Eric Vale) grow increasingly dangerous, these aspects have naturally fallen into the background. 

Though some fans no doubt miss the more light-hearted arcs in between the heaviness of the central story, the pacing of the series has never been better, and it feels like the show is growing up with its young heroes as Season 6 of "My Hero Academia" heads toward its conclusion.

With Deku (Daiki Yamashita/Justin Briner) on his own for the most part, while being occasionally aided by a few of the top heroes, the once cheerful and upbeat character has lost much of his spark. While he may have thought his friends would heed his advice that he be left alone for the greater good, however, it looks like Deku was mistaken on that point.

While Class 1A showed up to help they also had other intentions

As Deku was on the verge of being overwhelmed in Season 6, Episode 22 ("Friend"), he was saved by probably the last person he expected: his rival, Bakugo (Nobuhiko Okamoto/Clifford Chapin). Still, with Dictator subdued by Momo (Marina Inoue/Colleen Clinkenbeard), Iida (Kaito Ishikawa/J. Michael Tatum), and the others, it became clear that Deku's classmates had another reason for coming to his rescue. Apparently, they mean to take him back to UA High School whether he likes it or not.

Spurned on by three of his most trusted friends — Bakugo, Ochaku (Ayane Sakura/Luci Christian), and Todoroki (Yuki Kaji/David Matranga) — Class 1A assured Deku that they wouldn't let him run himself ragged like this any longer. Surprisingly, though, Deku challenged them to a fight rather than giving in to their concerns. This may be less shocking given the dark arc the character is going through, but it's still a surprising development for the once-plucky hero.

With Deku facing off with his classmates, can he hope to win?

Though we've seen Deku master several new quirks in Season 6 of "My Hero Academia," will they be enough for him to beat the rest of Class 1A combined? It would seem, based on previous competitions, that Bakugo and Todoroki alone could give him a run for his money. However, that was before Deku had even fully come to terms with One for All — let alone Black Whip, Danger Sense, and the many other quirks that he's since awakened and begun to master.

With only three episodes left, what we could be seeing here is an arc that extends throughout the remaining installments of "My Hero Academia" Season 6. If that is the case, then it's going to be one heck of an epic battle to go out on as fans wait for the inevitable Season 7 to arrive.