Part of fun with My Hero Academia are the sheer number of references the anime and manga make to so many other great franchises and works - whether its DC and Marvel superheroes, Star Wars, or other manga/anime franchises. The latest episode of My Hero Academia (no. 54) "Shiketsu High Lurking", contained one scene that fans can't help but to see as a total Dragon Ball moment:
Chill out Goku.. pic.twitter.com/atHr0Ol3L6— MJ 🐝 (@MJxTV) July 28, 2018
The scene takes place during the government's Provisional License Exam, when Izuku and his Class 1-A teammates are all separated on the battlefield by the seismic quirk of Yo Shindo from Ketsubutsu Academy. Izuku knows that separated, he is a prime target for U.A.'s rivals, but instead of freaking young Midoriya out, the threat of the fight ahead actually seems to give him a peculiar little thrill:
"Strong people from all over the country... I don't know why, but I'm getting a little excited!"
That quote is indeed something that would be considered a "total Goku moment" by longtime fans of both Dragon Ball and My Hero Academia, as the Saiyan hero is pretty much defined by getting his jollies from fighting against strong opponents; the more ridiculously powerful the foe, the better. Indeed Goku's fight fetish is weird enough that it often makes the other characters of Dragon Ball look at him strangely, as the same threats that make them want to tremble just put a big smile on Goku's face.
As you can see below, though, a lot of anime fans aren't too keen on the Goku/Midoriya comparison, seeing a major difference in the depiction of both characters:
"Pulling a Goku"
I was watching this episode with my brother and the moment I saw this I said “He’s pulling a Goku”— SirLemonDoesEverything (@SirLemonYT) July 29, 2018
Got to give anime/manga credit. Teach kids to seek out a challenge enthusiastically and understand that there are so many strong people out there to challenge to better yourself against.— #AndTheNewNXTCiampion (@dbroncos78087) July 28, 2018
Shonen Is As Shonen Does
You mean any action shonen protagonist? Gon, Luffy, Meliodas, etc— Community Gamer (@DonnyShad321) July 28, 2018
Seeing is Believing
We previously posted about this Dragon Ball crossover artwork from My Hero Academia creator Kōhei Horikoshi, which pretty much hammers home that there are some Goku influences on the show. Seeing is truly believing.
My Hero Academia streams new episodes Saturdays on Funimation and Hulu. Dragon BallHeroes is the new promotional anime series now streaming online in Japan. My Hero Academiawill release its first movie on August 3rd; Dragon Ball Super: The Movie will be released in December. Both series air their English Dubs Saturday nights on Cartoon Network's Toonami.
My Hero Academia streams new episodes on Crunchyroll, Funimation and Hulu every Saturday.