Mirio Togata, also known as Lemillion, from My Hero Academia, has made his triumphant return to battle after two seasons of inactivity. Mirio's eagerly anticipated comeback, though, disappointed many fans due to misinterpretations of manga panels and anime-original material in addition to its well-animated cuts and flashy action sequences.
In My Hero Academia's Season 6, Episode 12, Mirio Togata unexpectedly returned, emerging from the ground at the heroes' most trying moment and downing four Nomu. Mirio revealed that Eri had restored his lost Quirk, and as a result, he was once more able to participate in the battle. However, Studio Bones appears to have the wrong idea about Mirio's resurfaced Permeation Quirk. The anime includes original content that makes Mirio both stronger and weaker than he is in the manga and winds up confusing the audience on the nature of Mirio's power.
Permeation Isn't a Quirk That Improves Things
Depending on the direction he enters from, Mirio can shoot out of the ground after sinking into it thanks to a Quirk called permeation. To protect Best Jeanist from approaching Near High-End Nomu, Mirio appears out of the ground in the manga. Mirio shows his agility and combat smarts while still remaining consistent with how his Quirk works by having a direct path upward from the ground and being able to hit all four Nomu in one swift motion.
In the anime, Mirio makes his entrance under similar conditions. On the other hand, Mirio is seen taking off from the ground, changing course while in the air, striking all four Nomu, and then plummeting to the ground. Quick flashes show Mirio's movements as he teleports through the air to strike multiple enemies with quick strikes. This anime-based interpretation of Mirio's reentry is impressive, but it deviates from Permeation's logic because Mirio lacks a means of maintaining his speed and changing directions while in the air.
In a later scene, Mirio fights a larger Nomu by again flying through the air and delivering a massive punch that sends the Nomu dozens of feet backward, leaving rubble and destruction around him from the impact of his blow. This is another impossibility, as Mirio is a normal human aside from his Quirk and does not have the punching ability to create that level of damage output. This scene is an anime-original addition and again does not follow the pre-established rules of Permeation. Permeation does not enhance Mirio's physical capabilities by making him stronger or faster. Mirio is able to blitz opponents and deliver impactful blows entirely through his speed built from shooting out of the ground or wall. However, he is never fast enough to have an All Might level of striking ability as shown in this scene. The anime's creation of scenes that are not consistent with Permeation's logic has disappointed fans and created confusion about the nature of Mirio's abilities.
All For One Was Never Supposed to Win Against Mirio
After Mirio's return, he is taken out of battle while attempting to reach All For One, who has taken over Tomura Shigaraki's body. All For One is able to defeat Mirio by distracting him from the front while impaling him from behind with skewers. This is yet another anime-exclusive addition. Mirio is blown back from radio waves in the manga as soon as Shigaraki awakens, whereas in the anime, he makes one final charge before being beaten.
One of the sharpest and most talented fighters in My Hero Academia has proven to be Mirio. His strategy entails anticipating the move of the opposition and then providing the ideal retort. This is how Mirio managed to repel Overhaul, one of the strongest antagonists in the series, who was armed with a touch that could instantly kill, all the while guarding Eri and doing it without using his Quirk. Mirio would never be defeated by All For One's basic move so easily, despite the fact that All For One is a genius of Quirk knowledge and combat. The inclusion of this anime-original scene fails to both show Mirio's invulnerability while using Permeation and respect his wits as a combatant.
These well-animated, original anime scenes give Mirio a little bit more screen time than they do in the manga. They also reveal Mirio losing in a manner that is inconsistent with his prior victories and a lack of understanding of Permeation's advantages and disadvantages. While some fans may have been pleased to see Mirio's power increase in the anime, others may have been confused and disappointed by the way Lemillion's long-awaited return was adapted.