The beginning of a new week can only mean one thing: time for new Weekly Shonen Jump! This is where Jacob investigates the latest and greatest in the magazine, telling you what’s worth your time and what’s not. You can find coverage of other series under the tag Jump Time. Here’s My Hero Academia chapter 306.
Even before reading My Hero Academia chapter 306, you probably knew that it was going to be quite important. If the words ‘Deku’ and ‘HeroAca’ trending on Twitter on Sunday night weren’t enough to tip you off, then the announcement that the series would be entering its ‘final chapter’ that came straight after might have been. Truly, this is the beginning of a new era for My Hero Academia, with plenty of shocking revelations to match.
First of all, Best Jeanist and Hawks are still doing their rounds talking to all the top heroes to figure out where to go from here. Having heard from Endeavor that Shigaraki was going after Midoriya especially for some reason, they’re asking his teacher if he knows anything: he does, of course, which leads him to spill the beans about One for All, its transferable nature, and All for One’s true aims. Given that the former Number One Hero once considered all of that a ‘secret… that prevents society from falling into chaos,’ this shows that he truly feels like his back is up against the wall.
Most likely, All Might figured that since society had already fallen into chaos, there wasn’t much point in keeping secrets any longer. Speaking of society as a whole, Endeavor, Hawks, and Best Jeanist hold a press conference in My Hero Academia chapter 306 to try and smooth over some of the public’s jangled nerves; it doesn’t go very well. Quite naturally, the reporters point out that an apology doesn’t make up for the amount of destruction caused, and the lives lost. Endeavor agrees: he isn’t interested in apologies, but making up for it with action.
One of the actions taken to mitigate the chaos caused by the escaped villains is to transform U.A. and other hero schools into ‘designated evacuation shelters,’ which will hopefully reduce the number of areas requiring hero protection. Another reason for this that isn’t said publicly is that there are far fewer heroes than before: chapter 300 already showed how many were quitting due to the intense pressure, and My Hero Academia chapter 306 describes how the industry as a whole has been ‘put through a sieve.’ That means that while there are less of them, the ones that have remained are the most dedicated. That alone should give us hope for the future.
Moving on to one of the most surprising parts of My Hero Academia chapter 306: Deku has left U.A. Academy. This revelation comes right at the end of the chapter, hitting us like a ton of bricks while showing off a new, slightly more gritty hero outfit for the young hero.
What’s funny about this change in setting is that it effectively jettisons one part of the title (‘Academia’) and the one part of the series’ premise that never seemed to work very well for me: the school stuff. Maybe it’s because I don’t relate to high schoolers anymore, but it always felt for me like an unnecessary addition: I’m of the opinion that it could have been just as good if Midoriya had been attached to All Might’s hero agency, instead of a school.
In any case, it remains to be seen just how permanent the move away from school is in My Hero Academia chapter 306, but one thing’s for sure: this final chapter will be one to watch.
You can read My Hero Academia chapter 306 for free via VIZ Media.