I shouldn’t need to preface this, but spoilers incoming. No seriously, I’m talking about season 5 up to episode 9, so if you haven’t seen it or the previous seasons for that matter, DON’T READ AHEAD!
Still here? Sweet! Let’s get into it!
This season of My Hero Academia has certainly been different than the previous ones. From my personal perspective the animation style has changed ever so slightly, that it feels a bit different but not enough to the point where it detracts from my enjoyment. I attributed this to the fact that the studio is currently also working on the 3rd movie, soon to be released, therefore staff working on MHA is divided. But the fan base still expects an excellent product coming out of its bread and butter that being the anime episodes.
This season has left many with something to be desired. The storyline of Class A vs Class B has dropped the intensity of the show down after capping off the previous season where Overhaul vs Deku was at the pinnacle of the show, and where we really got to see the new Number 1 Hero Endeavor in what was certainly an amazing fight! As such there are complaints about the story being boring, or nothing significant happening. And the injection of Class B serving no purpose for the current plot lines.
Well this is where those people are wrong!
Don’t take it the wrong way, I’m not saying those people are dumb or ignorant, I’m just saying that this season is important for different reasons. I’ll preface this by saying I am an anime only watcher so that’s the perspective of where my take is coming from!
What many of us have forgotten from time to time is that our main cast are 1st year high school students. They’ve been thrust into some larger than life stuff because of the era they live in and the prestige of the school, but at the end of the day they’re still in high school! The Class A vs Class B training exercise, allows Class A to really grasp where their cohort are at, and how they stack up against people their own age. This was a good point to make sure their ego’s weren’t getting full of themselves, and to flesh out the world just a bit more!
By introducing Class B in its entirety, we really get a glimpse of the future of the Hero Industry, and most importantly get to see one of the earlier plot devices with Shinso and his goal of becoming a hero, hopefully come to fruition! I am really enjoying this season, contrary to popular belief, because its serves as a ground point for the story yet again. The UA School Festival was just a fun way to introduce Deku’s new long range attacks but also was a part of the calm before the storm. I took this first half of season 5 as a similar vice on life.
We see that One for All has started to act up, and that Deku’s initial encounter with Shinso was the key trigger for it. Therefore its a great time to really explore and expand on it while finding a way to integrate more background and growth into the story. We also get to highlight more of our beloved cast as last season’s growth was really quite limited to the students that were apart of the work study in the Overhaul incident, and Deku specifically. It gave us the opportunity to see Tokoyami bust out a new technique in full force, and also allowed others like Yao-momo and Iida to shine! And best of all, we got to see that glorious Bakugo episode just last week, which in my humble opinion was the best episode of this season so far!
So all in all there is a lot of good to consider for this season. The expanded character growth and world building by really highlighting everything that Class B can do! The stressed, under the surface, plot lines of there still potentially being a leak in the Hero industry (and Hawkes’ involvement with the League of Villains), and of course Midoriya trying to understand what’s really going on with his quirk, and potentially discovering something in his bout with Shinso!
All in all, I would say that so far this season is reminiscent of the Sports Festival arc but in a less flashy manner. It’s giving the cast a chance to hone their skills and develop their combat IQ all while subtly focusing on some of the more nuanced plotlines currently going on. I’d say this is time well spent, and can’t wait to see the upcoming episode this week!
Sushi here~ A big thanks to Arikarikita for writing this post and sharing his thoughts on My Hero Academia season 5!