I love a tournament arc, especially a team tournament arc. As I’ve stated many times, My Hero Academia has a large cast of characters. It makes perfect sense that as a result; they leave many of the heroes out. In MHA the entire Class 1-B is relegated to an afterthought. My Hero Academia Season 5, Episode 3 spends most of its time setting up the arc. We get the obligatory rosters run down of Class 1-B’s 20 students. The always annoying Neito takes center stage trumpeting that Class 1-B had “prevailed” over their Class 1-A rivals in a survey of the most popular School Festival performance by a massive 2 votes. Neito is a fun character and I’m always happy to see him even if Class 1-A isn’t.
Shinso makes his decision
Hitoshi Shinso makes his return. I confuse the classes and courses in this series. I thought Hitoshi was in Class 1-B but he’s actually was in the General Department from Class 1-C. Regardless, Shinso has decided that he wants to be a hero. Which class he joins remains to be seen, but I hope it’s Class 1-A. Unlike Kacchan, Hitoshi has always felt his Quirk was a better fit for a villain, and many of his classmates agreed. Struggling with this reality, he questioned whether he could become a hero at all. He has finally become a hero and is will to dedicate himself to helping others. Armed with a Binding Cloth like Aizawa, Hitoshi appears ready for all challenges.
Vlad explains the rules. Each class will form several teams of 4, with Hitoshi fighting twice with each class. It will require the teams to capture each other, winning once they caught four people. The first matchup is Team Asui vs Team Shiozaki. Asui’s team comprises herself, Denki, Eijiro, and Koji, while Shiozaki team comprises Jurota, Ibara, Kosei, and Shiozaki. I’m most interested in seeing what Class 1-B can do and excited to see how they stack up against Class 1-A. The first battle begins with Jurota attacking Asui and Eijiro overwhelming the two with his Beast Quirk. With Asui, Mirko, and now Jurota, it’s becoming clear that animal inspired Quirks are among the strongest and most versatile.
My Hero AcademiaSeason 5 opens with a mostly anime original episode. Or a filler episode. Is that fair? Maybe. All filler episodes aren’t bad, but they usually lack something. It’s often the animation that suffers and the story rarely makes sense or matters. All Hands on Deck! Class 1-A adapts some pages from manga chapters 190 and 191. However, that’s mostly what happens at the end of this episode. This is common for this series, but it never harms the overall seasons. Regardless, how you feel about filler, the first episode of a season usually aims to reintroduce the audience. The students in Class 1-A head to Ground Beta after the emergency alarm blares.
They designed the exercise to both tests the students’ readiness and to remind us of the large cast of characters. Anima, Earphone Jack, and Tentacole take the role of surveillance. Ingenium, Shoto, Tsukoyomi, Sugarman, and Can’t Stop Twinkling focus on extinguishing the fire. Froppy, and Grape Juice target rescuing a civilian “drowning” in the river. That civilian is Mirio Togata, whose carefree personality adds some levity to this episode. Elsewhere, Deku, Pinky, Creati, Invisible Girl, Tailman, Cellophane, and Uravity take on two of the Big Three, Nejire Hado and Suneater. The conflict between them isn’t very intense for obvious reasons. Suneater doesn’t even want to fight. However, after remembering that Mirio wanted to help the students, he prepares for battle.
Who’s side is Hawks on?
Deku still is hesitant. He activates his Quirk but refused to hit Suneater. However, when the always intense Katsuki arrives the dynamic shifts. Katsuki drives up in a speeding car that is powered by Chargebolt. Red Riot blasts forward, clashing with Suneater directly. Suddenly, Katsuki blasts himself forward, instantly scaring Suneater into submission. In a typical Katsuki manner, he’s unsatisfied, and shoots off a massive blast, frying the hair of nearby classmates. The last portion of the episode is the reveal that Dabi started the attack by hood and Hawks is working with him. I’m a manga reader so I know how this arc unfolds, but I can’t wait to see My Hero Academia Season 5 animated.