In episode 80 of My Hero Academia, why is someone staring at Deku in his sleep?
WARNING: The following contains spoilers for My hero academia Episode 80, “Relief for License Trainees,” now airing on Crunchyroll, Funimation, VRV, and Hulu.
My hero academia is, for the most part, a pretty realistic series about teenagers with superpowers. Rarely does anime venture into something creepy or bizarre beyond the kind of expected adventures teenage heroes would embark on. Therefore, viewers do not expect to see an episode where one character looks at another in sleep, unaware of the watchful eyes outside the glass.
So when this occurs in Episode 80, one might reasonably wonder why Aoyama is staring at Deku in his sleep.
Aoyama watches Deku as he sleeps in My Hero Academia episode 80
In Episode 80, Aoyama offers Deku cheese before lunch, or rather, Aoyama. feeds cheese to Deku. That seems strange to Deku, but not strange enough to cause alarm.
However, when he finds a spread of the same cheese Aoyama fed him outside in his window, ready to spell the words “I know”, Deku has more than enough reasons to Really be alarmed. It turned out that Aoyama had been outside her window that night.
Naturally, that scares Deku, who is scared whenever he and Aoyama are in the same room. That’s despite the fact that, in public, Aoyama acts absolutely normal. Deku has fought villains time and time again, but this is too much even for him.
Aoyama’s explanation for seeing Deku is really wholesome
During a training lesson, Aoyama falls ill using her Quirk, prompting Deku to take advantage of the situation. He takes Aoyama aside and asks why he was outside his window the night before.
It turns out that Aoyama had no idea how disconcerting her action was; he simply wanted to leave a “surprise” for Deku. Aoyama identifies with Deku because, like Deku, his Quirk causes discomfort when he uses it. On top of that, you need to wear a device to contain your belly button powers, or else the energy will leak out of your belly button. He has always been associated with Deku in this regard, and he just wanted to get to know him better.
That, of course, begs the question why he thought leaving vague messages outside Deku’s window at night was a good idea. It’s possible that Aoyama would like someone to do that for him, which invites more questions about his perspective on human behavior, indicating that he doesn’t have a concept of ownership.
However, it also eliminates any chance that Aoyama did this out of malice. Once Deku thanks him for the surprise, his relationship with Aoyama improves. As the series and manga progress, Aoyama’s relationship with Deku becomes more normal. Aoyama expresses concern for Izuku without looking so creepy. He is the first to notice that Deku is having trouble in season 5 when he starts having strange dreams. While Aoyama looked at Deku while he slept, his creepy behavior was actually well-intentioned.
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