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My Hero Academia Season 5 Episode 100 Review – Best In Show

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My Hero Academia Season 5 Episode 100 Review – Quick Summary

In My Hero Academia Season 5 episode 100, “The New Power and All For One,” Toshinori Yagi/All Might asked Katsuki Bakugou/Great Explosion Murder God Dynamight to help discuss the latest One for All developments with Izuku Midoriya/Deku. As it stood, Deku could not activate One for All. What did that mean? And would Bakugou help or hinder their investigation? Also, Bakugou and Shouto Todoroki/Shouto got another chance to retake their provisional hero exam. Can they pass this time? Or will Bakugou’s temper derail them again?

Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious.

Favorite Quote from My Hero Academia Season 5 Episode 100

My Hero Academia Season 5 Episode 100: Shouto and Bakugou took a time view of the life of crime

The villain’s whining impressed neither Shouto nor Bakugou! Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

Well, wonder of wonders! Bakugou and Shouto got their provisional licenses! It didn’t take long for them to put the new licenses to use, either. As they rode home from the exam, some mid-level villains using carbonated water (of all things!) went on a stealing spree. They literally rode a crime wave down the center of streets and gathered citizens’ wallets and purses as they flowed by.

Of course, neither Bakugou nor Shouto could let that go unanswered. As Yagi tried to keep the civilians at a distance, Shouto used his ice Quick to freeze the villains in place. Bakugou used surprisingly restrained explosions to stun them. They quickly had the situation in hand until the leader began monologuing. He talked about how he’d meticulously researched this time and location. No heroes should have been present! He almost sounded like Bakugou and Shouto’s actions had hurt his feelings.

Almost simultaneously, Bakugou and Shouto reacted. Bakugou said (17:49), “Work for a living!” Shouto said, “Too bad your plans were ruined.”

It was a lot of fun to see them not only in action, but on the same wave length. For Bakugou in particular, that showed a lot of growth!

Best in Show Moment for My Hero Academia Season 5 Episode 100

My Hero Academia Season 5 Episode 100: Midoriya knew what to say to put Eri at ease

It’s great to see Eri’s smile, especially after all she’s been through. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

Setup: Eri Still Hasn’t Recovered

I spend a lot of time thinking about mental health issues like Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). In particular, I’m interested to seeing how we as a society treat people with mental disorders. Far too often, people without such a disorder consider the disorder to be a moral failing. Addiction is a perfect example. How often you heard someone without an addiction to tell a sufferer to just stop doing the addictive behavior?

People living with PTSD often face similar attitudes. Only relatively recently, in terms of human civilization, has the medical profession begun to understand it. In WWI doctors called it Shell Shock, and it began to get the attention it deserved. Things are better nowadays. At least the condition is generally acknowledged to be real — in other words, a medical condition and not a moral failing.

When I think of PTSD and anime, I usually think of Magical Girl Spec-Ops Askuka. That series not only earned my praise for treating with PTSD with respect. It features several characters, especially Asuka herself and her friend Nozomi, working through the condition.

Asuka didn't want to fight; but circumstance forced her

Asuka’s struggle with PTSD featured prominently in the series. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

What I’m trying to say is that it’s special to me when a series treats these conditions with respect and understanding. With this episode, I can add My Hero Academia to the list.

Eri still hasn’t recovered from the trauma that Kai Chisakio/Overhaul forced her to endure. Mirio Togata/Lemillion, himself a survivor of Overhaul’s Quirk, has stuck by her side. He helped extract her from Overhaul’s grasp. He’s also just a hell of a nice guy. I think he feels like her adoptive father, because he treater her just like his own daughter.

Delivery: Eri Can Rely on Togata and Midoriya

Shouta Aizawa/Eraser Head asked Neito Monoma/Phantom Thief to try to copy Eri’s Quirk. The idea was to better understand it and help Eri use and control it. The attempt failed, though. Monoma acted contrite, and Eri picked up on that. Remember, Overhaul had experimented on the little girl for years. Just being near people has to be hard on her. I’m not sure she exhibits the symptoms of PTSD. But Overhaul had nearly destroyed her sense of self-worth. So when Monoma expressed regret he couldn’t help, she blamed herself.

This is where Midoriya stepped up. When Eri said that her Quirk only caused trouble for everyone, she remembered the battle the heroes had waged to free her — and the aftermath. She could only see the negatives. Midoriya crouched in front of her so they would be seeing each other eye to eyes. Then in an upbeat voice and a smile, he said (13:21), “It doesn’t only cause trouble. Don’t forget… You saved me.”

My Hero Academia Season 5 Episode 100: At first, Eri found it hard to believe Midoriya.

Eri wanted to believe Midoriya. But her past fought her. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

At first, she hesitated to believe him. But his obvious sincerity won her over. She’s not healed yet, but with the continued support of people like Togata and Midoriya, not to mention her own strength and tenacity, she’ll make it. I enjoy seeing hopeful moments like that.

What did you think of Yagi’s thoughts on One for All? What was your Best in Show moment? Let me know in the comments!

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2 thoughts on “My Hero Academia Season 5 Episode 100 Review – Best In Show

  1. I remember thinking about what Monoma said about the quirks he copies leaving “Lingering effects.” I thought- and many others- that he would carry the stockpiling aspect of One For All and gradually build up an assortment of copy quirks for himself. Looking at it now; maybe we were just looking into it a little too much.
    Learning more about Eri’s quirk is good- it’s starting to become less “rewind” and more like………..”Reversal?” Man; what if I just guessed her quirk’s actual name? That’d be hilarious to find out!
    Seeing Shoto and Bakugo finally fight some villains is great to see. Especially in their UA Uniforms(It’s somehow cooler when they fight in regular clothing with pieces of their costume).
    100 Episodes in- 100 or more to go!

    1. “Looking at it now; maybe we were just looking into it a little too much.”

      The discussion in the episode included the idea that Monoma couldn’t copy abilities if those abilities depended on experience accumulating (if I remember correctly). I thought that was interesting. Also, it was nice seeing Monoma drop the act and just try to be helpful.

      “”Reversal?” Man; what if I just guessed her quirk’s actual name? That’d be hilarious to find out!”

      That would be cool! I’m interested to see where the writer takes this. He’s subtle; I’m sure he didn’t set her up to just be over powered. He’s going somewhere with that Quirk.

      “Especially in their UA Uniforms(It’s somehow cooler when they fight in regular clothing with pieces of their costume).”

      That mix of outfits really added to the impromptu feel of the battle. The two of them were surprisingly in sync!

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