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 320.
No man is an island. You could say the same thing about superheroes, as My Hero Academia chapter 320 sees Class 1-A intervene to stop Deku from turning into the silent protector of old.
It would be no exaggeration to say that last time, in chapter 318, we saw Midoriya Izuku at rock bottom. Tortured by the taunts of All for One and trying to shoulder the fate of the world alone on his shoulders, he even ended up pushing away his long-time mentor and idol, All Might. At the end of the day, all he wanted to do was prevent any more of his loved ones from getting hurt, but he was going about in an extremely destructive manner.
Faced with this, Endeavor had no choice but to acquiesce to Class 1-A’s demand to let them intervene. My Hero Academia chapter 320 takes the form almost of a retrospective of the entire series so far, showing how Deku has changed the lives of those around him for the better: Tokoyami learnt how to use Dark Shadow for defense from him during the tournament arc, for example, while his encouragement gave Jiro confidence in her musical hobby. One can only imagine how much more the list would balloon if you included Class 1-B and all of the side characters.
As a result, My Hero Academia chapter 320 hardly delivers its ideas in a subtle fashion. Nevertheless, there is real merit in Kohei Horikoshi putting across such a message: particularly young readers might learn from this that isolating yourself is never a good thing, and that who we are as individuals is inextricably linked to others. Even us adults might need to hear that, from time to time.
What’s more, several parts of My Hero Academia chapter 320 hint at a more meta critique. Right at the beginning, Bakugo remarks that ‘You’re even drawn differently than the rest of us these days,’ while Tsuyu chastites Deku at the very end for trying to be ‘some comic book superhero.’ Given that several parallels can be drawn between Deku’s current modus operandi and that of Batman, it’s not hard to figure out what Kohei Horikoshi is saying here.
No man is an island, but superheroes are often presented as such. The lone protector, the silent guardian: each one of these monikers suggests a solitary figure fighting against the forces of evil. Yet, this is hardly ever possible in reality, and even Batman has developed a team of cooperators over the years in the form of the Bat Family.
Could My Hero Academia chapter 320 represent yet another facet of Kohei Horikoshi’s new interpretation of what it means to be a hero? It certainly seems so, but Deku hasn’t been won around just yet. He’ll need a little more persuasion, possibly from a restored Mirio, before he’ll accept a helping hand in his quest to take down All for One and the League of Villains.
You can read My Hero Academia chapter 320 for free via VIZ Media.