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My Hero Academia Season 5, Episode 23: The death of Tenko Shimura

My Hero Academia Season 5, Episode 23, “Tenko Shimura: Origin,” focuses on the tragic story of the Shimura family. Tomura remembers his childhood. As a 5 year old, Tomura then Tenko, is abused by his father Kotaro. His father enforced the rule to “never talk about heroes.” He forces Tenko to sit outside alone without food. While his wife and her parents question his behavior they never stop Kotaro. Tenko is manifesting his Quirk, Decay. However, his constant itching is assumed to be allergies.

One day his sister Hana shows him a picture of their father with his mother, Nana. She claims to be cheering for him to become a hero, much to his joy. However, when his father finds out he’s furious. Hana lies. Telling her father that Tenko forced her to show him. Tenko is heart broken to be betrayed by his sister. While Hana’s deception is understandable, from Tenko’s perspective it’s traumatizing. His situation is made worst as his father grabs him he begs his family to he him. All they can do is watch. Kotaro tells Tenko that “heroes are people who save strangers only to hurt their families.” Then he slaps him.

Tomura begins to remember

He doesn’t have an itch anymore

Kotaro rereads the letter from his mother. She acknowledges that she can’t “do anything motherly,” and understands if he hates her. It’s unfair to argue the Kotaro was abused but I think he would argue he was. His abandonment by his mother caused him to become bitter and become consumed by hatred. A hate he takes out on the son who admires the hero. Tragically, Kotaro is successful in removing his sons admiration for heroes as he grow to despise them and hopes to rid the world of them.

Tenko is justified in his hatred of his father and his useless family. However, he’s cursed with a Quirk that can only be destructive. His Decay ability finally emerges when he’s petting his dog, Mon. By killing his only support (his dog), Tenko panics. He assumes a villain killed Mon. Watching the tragedy unfold was heartbreaking. As Tenko recounts this moment, he kills his entire family from the most innocent, Mon to the most guilty Kotaro. By the time he murders his father he’s no longer Tenko Shimura.

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My Hero Academia Season 5, Episode 22: The split personalities of Twice

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.

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My Hero Academia Season 5, Episode 20: The Meta Liberation Army declares war on The League of Villains

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.

Tomura Shigaraki battles Gigantomachia

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.

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My Hero Academia Season 5 Episode 19: The Three Dumbingos of Class A

My Hero Academia Season 5 episode 19 shifts focus from the students of Class 1-A to their homeroom teacher, Shota Aizawa. He and Hizashi Yamada invited to speak with Kurogiri at the high-security prison Tartarus. This episode focuses on the creation process necessary to produce Nomu. The Nomu are deceased individuals whos corpses have been modified by Kyudai Garaki. They come in numerous “grades” ranging from “Lower-Tier, Middle-Tier, Upper-Tier, Near High-End, and High-End.” So far in this series we have only seen one High-End Nomu, Hood. On the ride to Tartarus, Hizashi and Shota are agitated at the news that their dead friend, Oboro Shirakumo, is the corpse Kurogiri is based on.

Gran Torino hopes Shota and Hizashi can get Kurogiri to speak. In a flashback we briefly see Shota, Oboro, and Hizashi planning on starting an agency together. However, Oboro was soon killed in an accident during work study. Shota isn’t convinced that their connection will matter, but, Torino believes it’s possible to “reawaken Oboro Shirakumo’s attachments.” If Hizashi or Shota can’t manage that, they police will ask his family. Motivated to prevent his parents from witnessing what happened to their son, Shota activates his Quirk, Erasure.

The three of us can be heroes together

Kurogiri wakes. He asks “how Tomura Shigaraki is doing?” The question triggers a memory in Shota. Oboro was a caring guy and Kurogiri’s concern for Tomura reminds Shota of his friend. Shota talks too Kurogiri as if he’s Oboro, revealing he’s as teacher like he’s casually talking to an old friend. This situation is parallel to the relationship between Kakashi and Obito in Naruto. Like Kakashi, Shota is the stern teacher that takes teamwork seriously. They both seemed to develop this no nonsense approach due to the death of a childhood friend, only to see that friend return as a villain. Shota Aizawa has always been a character that expresses little emotion.

In this episode, he breaks down, crying at the sight of what’s happened to Oboro. Aizawa’s questioning manages to create some disturbance in Kurogiri, who claims to have “no idea what he’s talking about.” The Nomu’s are a disturbing abuse of science to manipulate life. Preventing the dead from resting in peace, Kyudai Garaki, erases what made them human in the first place. Turning them into mindless soldiers. Kurogiri appears to be different, specifically he’s smarter than the typical Nomu. When it appears Kurogiri has returned to being a Nomu, his shadow that covers his face, reveals Oboro’s underneath. Overwhelmed, Kurogiri passes out, ending the session. However, Kurogiri did reveal one important thing, the location of Garaki.

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My Hero Academia Season 5 Episode 18: Will Endeavor ever atone for his past?

After the awkward dinner in the last episode, Natsu storms out. This leave him vulnerable to being attacked by a vengeful villain from Endeavor’s past. In My Hero Academia Season 5, Episode 18, “The Unforgiven,” Natsu is used as a hostage and our trio progress. While taking Shoto, Deku, and Bakugo home, the villain, “Ending,” hurls Natsu wrapped in the white line found painted on the road. His Quirk, Whiteline, is weird and can be severally limited depending on where he is. His Quirk seems to be specific to road line, and doesn’t include any white line. For this reason, I think Ending felt the need to use Trigger to enhance his Quirk’s abilities. Endeavor remembers Ending much to the villains delight. Ecstatic, he asks Endeavor to “kill him.”

Precisely. Store up. Release.

He compares himself to Nomu, trying to argue that he’s “the same as that puppet.” Ending is hoping to convince Endeavor to kill him by dehumanizing himself and threating Natsu. Suddenly, Shoto, Deku, and Bakugo spring into action, driven to protect Natsu. They remember the words Endeavor told them regarding effectively using their Quirks. “Store it up and fire. Condense your power. . . Be able to release your maximum output . . . keep repeating this. They begin destroying the white lines, forcing Ending to retreat. Seeing an opportunity, Endeavor prepares to take advantage. However, when confronted with the possibility of hurting Natsu he freezes.

Ending uses his Quirk to toss several cars with passengers. and also puts Natsu in the direction of an oncoming train. Bakugo quickly grabs Natsu, while, Deku uses his Blackwhip Quirk to grab the cars midair. Meanwhile, Shoto defeats Ending. Endeavor is stunned how quickly Deku, Shoto, and Bakugo have progressed. He’s grateful for the quick action and more grateful for Natsu’s safety. He apologizes to Natsu for “leaving him with the responsibility.” Natsu claims that he will “never” forgive his father, because he’s not “kind like Shoto.” It’s hard to believe him considering he’s barely hold back tears. He wants to forgive but he’s scared to.

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My Hero Academia Season 5 Episode 17: Dinner with the Todoroki’s

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.

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My Hero Academia Season 5 Episode 15: Endeavor step up to teach

Endeavor teaches Deku, Shoto, and Bakugo how to be heroes in My Hero Academia Season 5, Episode 15
Endeavor teaches Deku, Shoto, and Bakugo how to be heroes

My Hero Academia Season 5, Episode 15 opens with Hawks debriefing the board of the Meta Liberation Army on his progress in spreading their propaganda. The League of Villains Dabi, Toga, Twice, and Spinner are present. Hawks is praised for his understanding of the “words of Destro.” Anyway, after Hawks leaves the room he uses one of his feathers to eavesdrop on the conversation. Himiko is heard saying that in four months “everything will be destroyed by Tomura.” This is what Hawks coded in the book he gave Endeavor. Furthermore, we learn the work studies were reinstituted to prepare the students for facing the war. Despite his apprehension, Endeavor decides to train Deku, Shoto, and Bakugo specifically for this reason.

Endeavor begins to assess the Quirks of the trio. Deku tells him an in-depth analysis of his Quirk. He comically rambles, irritating everyone. However, Endeavor seems to understand every word. Basically, Deku wants to learn to master his now two Quirks. Bakugo only wants to learn “what he can’t do.” He explains he learned “that just being strong isn’t enough to make someone truly strong.” If Endeavor can become a role model for Bakugo I think he would be better for it. Endeavor is a hothead who’s capable of compartmentalizing when to go off and when to think and focus. Bakugo needs to become like him. Shoto still hates his father but has come “to use you him.” Considering how terrible Endeavor treated his wife and children, I don’t blame him. However, he does seem bitter and that can’t be good long term.

Hawks continue to trick the League of Villains

Endeavor explains the keys to being heroes

Endeavor explains the three basic types of hero tasks, rescue, evacuation, and fighting. Endeavor’s agency focuses on all three, whereas, other agencies focus specifically on one of the three. Endeavor tells the trio that he makes sure to know every inch of the jurisdiction and rushes to the scene of any incident or accident faster than anyone. It’s important to be quick to keep casualties down. According to him, you need experience. He challenges them to “capture a villain faster than him once.” One of the main themes of My Hero Academia is learning. To become a hero you first learn (informally) from watching your idol on t.v., then if your lucky you can learn from a specialized high school, then you can learn on the job.

Endeavor makes it clear that “this isn’t class.” They won’t lose points on their grade if they fail, however, they could lose “a person’s life.” He gives Shoto and Bakugo homework learns to “condense their power.” For Deku, he must learn to use “Air force without thinking.” The concept of “parallel processing” is introduced by Endeavor. He explains that “everyone uses it . . . subconsciously.” The example he gives is a man driving a car. He had to learn how to “turn the wheel, press on the accelerator, and brake pedals” and then do them all at the same time without thinking. If Deku, Shoto, and Bakugo can do this with their Quirks then they will become more effective heroes. Endeavor may not be teaching in a class but he’s still a teacher.



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My Hero Academia Season 5 Episode 14: Hawks secret Endeavors

Deku, Bakugo, and Shoto spring into action in episode 14 of My Hero Academia
Deku, Bakugo, and Shoto spring into action

My Hero Academia Season 5, Episode 14, “Off to Endeavor’s Agency,” begins with Hawks talking to Dabi. Hawks is a double agent for the Heroes but can only succeed if villains like Dabi can trust him. He believes Dabi at least thinks his useful because the villain is willing to call him, but he must prove himself. He informs the Hero Public Safety Commission of the League of Villains‘ suspicions and tells them that they’ll need to communicate via code. As the New Year begins, Izuku, Shoto, and Katsuki begin their work-study with Endeavor. He’s not happy to work with Izuku and Katsuki. He only accepted them to work with Shoto. Katsuki as usual is rude, calling the number one hero “cringey” but since Endeavor was rude himself I think he was appropriate.

Hawks arrive with a message

Regardless, both Deku and Bakugo are eager to learn from the number one hero. Endeavor isn’t interested in training them at all. He springs into action, as Starservant begins to terrorize the public. His Quirk, Glass Manipulation, allows him “to control and reshape large amounts of glass.” He turns the glass into bubbles, while, ranting about the “divine message.” Endeavor, Deku, Shoto, and Katsuki chase the madman. Starservant uses his Quirk to create a massive glass ball and prepares his Super Move: Enlightened Fallen King. It’s quickly evaporated by Endeavor’s Flashfire Fist. He flees into an alleyway, and Endeavor gives chase. At the end of that alley, criminals attempt to ambush Endeavor. However, Shoto destroys their rope. Before Izuku and Katsuki can attack, Hawks arrives and defeats them.

Endeavor asks Hawks “what he wants.” He hands him a book, the “Meta Liberation War.” He recommends the book to Endeavor, who’s confused by this encounter. In his office, he goes over the encounter looking for clues. A hero like an Endeavor doesn’t come across as intellectual at all. He was seen in a different light. He’s more than just a powerful hero that uses his power to overwhelm villains. Endeavor is capable of sophisticated thought, he deduces that the second word of Hawk’s highlighted parts make a sentence: “The enemy is the liberation army. They number over a hundred thousand. In four months, to action.” My Hero Academia never explicitly states how many heroes exist but the ranking system suggests they aren’t as large as the liberation army. Of course, there’s quantity and quality. Maybe the heroes have the latter.

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My Hero Academia Season 5, Episode 10: Deku’s Blackwhip bursts free

In My Hero Academia Season 5, Episode 10 starts with Izuku taking the lead. His classmates note Izuku and his team’s strategy resembles Bakugo’s team. Deku first encounters Neito, who taunts Deku. With Shinso on the team, Deku has to remain silent otherwise he might get caught. Nieto does manage to provoke Deku by slandering Bakugo. Pissed, Deku prepares to fire off a Delaware Smash. Elsewhere, Ochaco, Mina, and Minoru set a trap for Class 1-B. At the same time, Class 1-B attempts to locate them. Nirengeki Shoda looks like a lost member of the Ginyu Force in his scouter and armor. Shoda Quirk, Twin Impact is a little unclear. It is described as the ability to “create a second impact remotely and at his discretion.” I keep thinking it must be like Yuji from Jujutsu Kaisens, Divergent Fist.

Anyway, he’s joined by Reiko Yanagi aka Poltergeist whose Quirk allows her to “telekinetically manipulate objects and people close to her.” Yui Kodai Quirk, Size allows her to alter the size of nonliving things. Together they send a barrage of objects at them. Suddenly, Izuku feels a surge of power and black tendrils emerge from his arm. The black tendrils are far more powerful than they appeared in the manga. Regardless, as Deku loses control, Ochaco rushes to help. The previous user of One For All appears and informs him that the Quirk is called Blackwhip. The Quirk grants the user “the ability to produce black energy tendrils from any part of their body and command them at will.” Deku is the first user of One For All that has been granted access to the other user’s Quirks.

I’m a manga reader so I know how far Deku has gotten with this Quirk and the others. However, in this episode, it’s clear that he can’t use the experience of All Might to help him. While he will be supported, Deku is largely on his own. After this distraction, Neito attacks him, hoping to take advantage. I’m starting to like Neito. He’s one of the anti-heroes in this series. It would be interesting to see if he seems like an anti-hero when in conflict with villains. Class 1-B and Class 1-A clash in a brawl, while, Vlad, All Might, and Shota watch from close by. They agree to let them continue despite Blackwhip’s emergence.


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My Hero Academia Season 5, Episode 9: Bakugo goes beast mode

Bakugo to the rescue in My Hero Academia Season 5 Episode 9.
Bakugo to the rescue

Season 5, Episode 9 – “Early Bird!”

Katsuki Bakugo has always seemed like he’d make a perfect villain. He rude, violent, short-tempered, and his Quirk is “explosion.” His treatment of others particularly Deku is dismissive and meanspirited. Initially, he wasn’t very complex but as My Hero Academia progresses he’s starting to show that he has more depth. At the beginning of the series, Bakugo was good at everything including grades. The positive response from others causes him to develop a massive ego. Despite his abilities when he gets to U.A. he realizes that he’s not the only talented would-be hero. It undermines his sense of self. Kohei Horikoshi has been playing with our expectations of heroes and villains in My Hero Academia. For example, both Shoto and Bakugo are considered the best students in U.A. and would be expected to win everything. However, they fail to get their hero licenses because of their poor attitudes.

Bakugo also hates any kind of affection (he equates it with pity) and he’s incapable of giving it. He even calls his mother a “hag” and his father a “clown.” Bakugo is capable of “caring” for others or at least he’s willing to protect them. However, he’s not likely to console or sympathize with people. In life and in media we are told that heroes behave in a certain way. As a result, Bakugo gave the impression that he would eventually become a villain. When he was kidnapped by the League of Villains, most of us thought he might turn. Of course, he treats the villains like anyone else and refuses to join them.

Jiro using her Quirk in My Hero Academia Season 5 Episode 9.
Jiro using her Quirk

Bakugo will lead, just follow

So how do you work with someone like Katsuki Bakugo? You let him lead and just provide support. My Hero Academia Season 5, Episode 9 offers a glimpse into how this would work. Bakugo is still abrasive but as his teammates and later Class 1-B he’s more cooperative. Both teams are heading directly into battle in order to get the advantage. Bakugo says “if they do not make the first move it is over for them . . . they do not have time to take caution, they have to act immediately.” Kyoka Jiro’s (Hearing Hero: Earphone Jack) Quirk, “Earphone Jack” has a variety of uses. Its primary use is to create violent vibrations by changing the sound of her heartbeat. However, she can also use her Quirk to “hear minuscule sounds and vibrations from her surroundings.”

This part of her Quirk is often used against her. Setsuna Tokage’s Quirk, “Lizard Tail Splitter” allows her to split her body into 50 pieces and she effectively uses it to distract Jiro. Class 1-B manages to get the early advantage on Class 1-A. However, Bakugo remains the wild card. Class 1-B’s strategy requires Bakugo to remain selfish enough, resulting in a poorly formed team. To everyone’s surprise, Bakugo and his team have a plan. What’s surprising is not that Bakugo takes the lead, but that he asks for support.

Jiro remembers Bakugo telling them “he will save them” and “they should save him.” Class 1-A forms a “perfect team.” As Shota Aizawa notes, ” Team 4-A for being able to cooperate well enough to reduce battlefield damage and efficiently capture the opposing opponents without any hassle,” and “Bakugo’s willingness to help out his teammates was the key to his team’s victory.” Katsuki Bakugo showing at least some growth has complicated how he’s understood. I think it’s no longer possible to think of him as a potential future villain. He’s a hero. Just not a particularly nice hero.