My Hero Academia Season 5, Episode 22, “Sad Man’s Parade,” centers on the most interesting villain in the series, Twice. What makes him so intriguing is his search for friendship. Normally heroes benefit from comradery but villains only seek selfish goals and view each other as means to a end. Jin Bubaigawara (Twice) resembles Marvel’s Deadpool. He doesn’t break the fourth wall, but has a similar personally. He’s often the comic relief. Twice has been suffering from mental instability since he developed a crisis of identity when he tell who was the original. During this 9-day conflict his clones killed each other leaving only one. Twice was left uncertain whether he was real.
His mask aided him with this issue, at least temporarily. Twice was always lonely. He used his clones to compensate for his lack of friendship. He joined the League of Villains to find some comradery. His desperation causes Twice to trust too easily, causing him to be betrayed often. Skeptic tries to use his awareness of Twice’s mental illness to drive him over the edge. However, it has the opposite effect. Twice realizes that he’s the real Jin and risks his life to protect Himiko Toga. Despite this, Twice’s clones still have conflict over which is the original and remain confused. The one thing that they all have is loyalty to Jin’s friends. These friends are mainly Giran and Toga. With both in danger of dying, Twice has a singular purpose for the first time.
Infinite Doubles: Sad Man’s Parade
Twice uses his Super Move, Infinite Doubles: Sad Man’s Parade, which Jin makes clones then those clones make more clones. Twice and his clones storm the battlefield rescuing his friends along the way. When he finally reaches the tower, he’s defeated by Re-Destro. During this encounter Re-Destro recalls the story of the “Mother of Quirks.” Suddenly, Tomura touches the tower, forcing it to decay. Angry, Re-Destro survives and prepares to fight Tomura.
My Hero Academia Season 5, Episode 21 opens with by exploring the ideology that was popular among metahumans, “the freedom to use their meta abilities rather than suppress them.” A man known as Destro formed the Meta Liberation Army from this ideology. However, the government defeated them resulting in the arrest and ultimately the dissolution of the MLA. From prison Destro wrote the book Meta Liberation War. The book is an autobiography that details his political views. He hates the government’s control over Quirks. Destro believes “the free use of Quirks is a basic human right.” The government and the public turned on Quirk users after the early emergence resulted in a “breakdown of society.” The police are a secondary force in the My Hero Academia universe. They generally act as clean up. They arrest villains after heroes defeat them.
There’s almost certainly crime from non-Quirk users however currently 80% of the population possess Quirks. The Pro Hero community fills the void, becoming vigilantes. The government decided to legitimize the hero community and permit the licensing of heroes. If the majority of citizens are Quirk users, then why are non-Quirk users in control at all? I expect that eventually the entire society will be run by Quirk users. Regardless, the MLA has targeted the League of Villains. In Deika City, the League is finally faces the massive MLA army. In the conflict, the League of Villains get separated. Himiko Toga is confronted by Curious (Chitose Kizuki), a reporter.
Ochaco just wants someone to love
Toga attacks Curious who uses her Landmine ability to blow her away. Her Quirk allows her to create mines out of anything she touches. She can detonate those “bombs” at any moment. Importantly these explosions aren’t deadly. Curious is intrigued by Toga’s story. She interviews Toga while they fight. Curious recounts Toga’s story, “oldest daughter of the Toga family, and missing since her middle school graduation.” Toga’s Quirk makes her an outcast. The Transform Quirk requires her to ingest the blood of others. It’s nearly impossible to imagine how she would use her Quirk in a way that’s not creepy. The society at large was always going to reject her. It has been theorized that her “twisted” personality is due to her Quirk. As a result, she finds the current world to be terrible. This is her primary motivation for joining the League of Villains.
Curious wants to understand Toga. She continues to prod her for information on her mindset. We see a news broadcast explaining the tragedy that resulted in Toga fleeing. She injured her classmate and began drinking his blood with a straw. Her parents called her a “demon child.” Overwhelmed, Toga flees while ingesting Ochaco’s blood. She envies, Ochaco’s relationship with Deku and wants to “get close to someone she loves too.” She then uses Ochaco’s Quirk, Zero Gravity, lifting Curious and her crew into the air. Toga receives the “ability upgrade,” that’s often reserved for the heroes. Unlike Ochaco, Toga is sadistic and let’s Curious crash to the ground, killing them.
Tomura gets a power upgrade
Most of this episode focuses on Toga, but we see Tomura Shigaraki kill a group of MLA members without his hands touching most of them. Tomura’s Decay Quirk is becoming more effective and dangerous. Its previous limitation was requiring Tomura to touch a solid object with all five of his fingers. If it can spread them the decay becomes nearly impossible to avoid. Tomura hasn’t slept much in the last few days and is becoming delirious. He barely seem to notice that his power has increase. Meanwhile, Dabi faces off against Geten. An ice user, Geten’s Quirk is unnamed but it allows him to “freely manipulate any and all nearby ice.” He can only manipulate ice, he cannot create it out of thin air, and if water or ice isn’t present in the surrounding environment he’s disadvantaged.
Dabi with his fire Quirk, isn’t afraid. Geten seems to dismiss the idea that Dabi will win simply because he can use fire. Geten claims that he’s been training his Quirk for far longer than your typical hero. I would be curious to see what is different about his training and what is taught outside the U.V system. As the episode closes, Skeptic targets Twice. Skeptics Quirk, Anthropomorph, allows him to create “human-sized objects and turn it into an exact lookalike of any given person.” He sends several puppets that look like Twice to trigger Twice’s mental health issues. They surround him as he tries to save Toga.
My Hero Academia Season 5 Episode 20 barrels head first into the Meta Liberation Army Arc. After the emotional episode last week, we finally see the League of Villains encounter Gigantomachia. All For One has amassed several supporters, Gigantomachia being the one of them, specifically as his bodyguard. At some point he’s modified with numerous Quirks. Gigantomachia is massive . His body is can tolerate a great deal of abuse and he shares a Gigantomachia Quirk with Mt. Lady (Yu Takeyama) and a low ranked villain, Giant Villain. However, Yu cannot assume a size in-between her normal height and her max (2062 centimeters), whereas, Gigantomachia can grow any size between his basic height and his peek, 2,500 centimeters. In addition to this difference, his bones stick out of his flesh as he grows.
Gigantomachia doesn’t seem to support All For One’s ideology, he appears more like a pet than a ally. When he overhears All For One’s voice, he stops in his tracks. It wouldn’t surprise me if he was brainwashed. Gigantomachia attacks the League of Villains, testing the “weak” Tomura. Doctor Kyudai Garaki believes his “loyalty” is so powerful that it would benefit Tomura to convince him to support him. Tomura isn’t interested. Using the Warping Quirk, Dr. Garaki transports the League to his underground laboratory. The Doctor is sitting at the end of a room filled with “High End Nomu” in large tanks.
Dr. Garaki tests Tomura Shigaraki
Dr. Garaki introduces himself as aide to All For One: Daruma Ujiko. He states everything he’s done is for All For One. He doesn’t believe Tomura is “worthy of his devotion.” If Tomura wants the same support as All For One he needs to prove himself. Tomura flashes back to when he first meet All For One. Alone in an alley, he’s “saved” by his new “Master.” We learn that the hands Tomura wears are actually real and the lasting remains of his murdered family. All For One plans on allowing Tomura’s hatred to “linger” and teach him to “direct” his hatred. His families hands have a very negative effect on him. As Tomura explains it, they “makes him feel both sick, but also calm in a way.”
He assumes that he will continue to hate “everything” regardless what happens to hero society. If he can’t control that anger, he will simply “destroy everything.” Dr. Daruma likes what he hears and agrees to help Tomura, only if the League can get Gigantomachia to submit. Dabi isn’t interested in helping. He says he’s found a “good ally (Hawks)” Dr. Daruma returns them to face. Gigantomachia. The League fights Gigantomachia for over a month. However, he’s slowing down. Suddenly, Twice gets a call from Giran. Re-Destro answers the phone. The leader of the Meta Liberation Army delcares war on the League. He tells them to come to Deika City and die by their hands. Tomura asks Daruma to send them to Deika, he will lure Gigantomachia there to deal with 110,000 Meta Liberation Army.
After the last weeks filler episode, My Hero Academia Season 5, Episode 17, “The Hellish Todoroki Family,” returns to the main narrative. Bakugo, Shoto, and Deku continue to chase after Endeavor. The number 1 hero challenged them to surpass him just once during patrol. The top three students from U.A High School are still league behind Endeavor. However, they refuse to give up. Back at the agency, Endeavor receives a phone call from his daughter, Fuyumi. She excited to hear that Todoroki and Endeavor are working together. Endeavor was an abusive father and husband. His abuse caused his wife’s breakdown and his children’s hatred. While they may resent their father, it’s clear from the reactions to Endeavor’s near fatal fight with Nomu that they still care. Endeavor is desperate to make amends. Will his sons lets him? Should they?
An Awkward dinner at the Todoroki’s
The next day, Shoto, Deku, and Bakugo are determined to “surpass” Endeavor. He tells them the more “experience you get, the more accurate you’ll be.” It’s important to observer you’re surroundings, look for evil. He argues that a hero is always looking forward. At sundown the three are exhausted. They haven’t surpassed the number 1 hero, but they are getting closer. Next, dinner at the Todoroki’s. Deku is his usual polite self and Bakugo is not. Shoto’s brother, Natsu, is in attendance. He has the most hostility toward his father. They make the meal awkward and Natsu leaves early. Despite sometimes feeling like her brother, Fuyumi thinks this is the best chance to reconcile. Shoto reveals that his mother has been writing him and has made enough progress that she can be released.
He still doesn’t know what to. Deku and Bakugo overheard the conversation. Deku is sure Todoroki is going to forgive his father because he’s “so kind.” I don’t think kindness is the issue here. The damage Endeavor has created is still being felt and until that subsides I don’t envision a change. However, spending more time with each other will likely help heal the relationship between Shoto and Endeavor. Natsu would be last as he’s the most hurt, however, he might feel pressure to forgive if his sibling both do so. Endeavor’s going to have to work harder and consistently to prove himself to his family. It still might not be enough and it will all be his fault.
My Hero Academia Season 5, Episode 7 begins with a break in the action. Kinoko Komori’s mushrooms take about two hours to disappear. I was instantly concern for Fumikage, with his lungs full of split gill mushrooms. For her part, Kinoko offers him a cough drop, which Fumikage refuses. He turns out to be fine, but if he didn’t have quick medical assistance I’m not sure he’d survive. The third match between Class 1-B, Pony Tsunotori, Sen Kaibara, Juzo Honenuki, Tetsutetsu Tetsutetsu, and Class 1-A, Shoto Todoroki, Mashirao Ojiro, Tenya Ida, and Mezo Shoji begins.
My Hero Academia Season 5, Episode 7 plays with us a little. We assume it will be an episode focused on Shoto, but it turns out (at least in this episode) that it’s about Tenya. With such a large cast of characters, My Hero Academia often leaves many students out. It’s understandable but comes at a cost. Tenya has always been an intense character. His sense of justice is comparable to none, and he takes everything seriously. As a result, Tenya was always going to put his best foot forward in the joint training. Regardless, Tenya is in a good mood entering the training, his brother, Tensei is recovering.
Tenya rises from the mud
Class 1-B has less to prove after it’s winning the last round. However, they barely got the victory. Most viewers would assume that Shoto will dominate the fight, he doesn’t. I think My Hero Academia is deliberately trying to make the case that Class 1-B shouldn’t be overlooked. Juzo Honenuki (Mudman) turns out to have a good Quirk, and he’s brilliant. Juzo was a recommended student, meaning he has a high skill level. He’s able to quickly analyze the situation and develop a plan. He uses his Quirk to soft the ice and surrounding area. He successfully traps Tenya in the now soften ice and ground breathe.
However, Tenya activates his Recipro Turbo. In a flashback, Tenya is told that he can “tune his engine,” if he “pulls his mufflers out and train.” Watching Tenya pulls his mufflers out was uncomfortable. It’s clearly painful, and I could almost feel it. My Hero Academia has a lot of strange characters. Their race or species aren’t really explained. Tenya and his family appear mostly human, so it rarely occurs to us to think of them as not human-like stranger characters like Manga. However, Tenya and his family literally have mufflers growing out of their bodies. We’ll probably never get an answer to the species question (I don’t think there is one), but it’s clear that Tenya’s mufflers are larger. Would they get bigger if he did it again? Is there a limit? Let’s hope this is it.