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My Hero Academia Season 5 Episode 102 Review – Best In Show

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My Hero Academia Season 5 Episode 102 Review – Quick Summary

In My Hero Academia Season 5 episode 102, “Off to Endeavor’s Agency!,” Keigo Takami/Hawks continued his attempts to earn the villain Dabi’s trust. Hawks seemed to be doing a good job. Maybe too good a job? Meanwhile, Izuku Midoriya/Deku, Katsuki Bakugou/Great Explosion Murder God Dynamite, and Shouto Todoroki/Shouto packed up and headed for their work study assignment. Shouto had worked hard to convince his father, Enji Todoroki/Endeavor, to allow them to study at his agency. He reluctantly agreed — but even then, it was clear he would have just preferred his son. How will they fit in at the agency — an agency with over 30 sidekicks? And why was Hawks so insistent on giving Endeavor a book with highlighted passages?

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

Favorite Quote from My Hero Academia Season 5 Episode 102

My Hero Academia Season 5 Episode 102: Endeavor doesn't impress Bakugou.

Endeavor didn’t seem to appreciate Bakugou’s candor! Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

From the moment Shouto, Bakugou, and Midoriya showed up in front of Endeavor, the number 1 hero made one thing utterly clear: He would have preferred to take on only his son as a work study student. Oh, he tried to put on a happy face. He even said, “Welcome to working for Endeavor!” But he wasn’t feeling it.

After only a couple of seconds, Shouto told him that since he had already given permission, so he should basically suck it up and deal with it. Even as Endeavor tried to object, Bakugou decided to share his perspective on the situation.

“I’ve thought so since the supplementary lessons, but you’re kind of cringey,” Bakugou said with absolutely no hesitation or remorse (08:50).

I’ll give Bakugou credit: The dude has no fear of anyone. I gotta respect that!

Best in Show Moment for My Hero Academia Season 5 Episode 102

My Hero Academia Season 5 Episode 102: On the other hand, Burnin _does_ seem to impress Bakugou!

Well, this is a different side of Bakugou! Check out his smile! Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

Setup: Bakugou’s Reputation Precedes Him!

Remember what happened in episode 101 when the interviewer tried to talk to Bakugou? Bakugou’s temper seemed to be on a particularly short fuse, because the blew up on the first question. He didn’t let up, either. If anything, he seemed to get progressively more angry as the questions went on. The news show rewarded him in the only realistic way available to them: They edited him almost entirely out of the interview.

This isn’t new for Bakugou, of course. Back in episode 100, Bakugou had yelled angrily at Toshinori Yagi/All Might. It was during Bakugou and Shouto’s first action after having earned their provisional licenses. All Might, in his weakened state, could not fight, but he did try to keep the onlookers out of harm’s way. Unfortunately, a stay shot caused structural damage that almost crushed All Might. Bakugou yelled at him for it. I suspect that’s just how Bakugou expresses his concern. Come to think of it, it seems like the way Bakugou voices all of his emotions — loudly and with great fury!

My Hero Academia Season 5 Episode 102: Bakugou can put his temper to good use.

Bakugou’s learned to use his temper to help him fight — so his attitude does have an upside! Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

Even in this episode, when Shouto, Midoriya, and Bakugou greeted Endeavor, Bakugou’s actions came across as brusque. As we saw in my favorite quote, he even criticized Endeavor, the number 1 hero, for his actions during Bakugou’s supplementary lessons. I mean, think about that: A student, even one as talented as Bakugou, obviously disrespecting the number 1 hero? In front of his son? Just wow.

In this episode, we saw an exception to the Rule of Bakugou’s Hyper Active Temper (ROBHAT). It was so much of an exception, in fact, that it’s my favorite moment of the episode.

Delivery: Has Bakugou Met His Match?

Bakugou, Shouto, and Midoriya, after trying to help Endeavor arrest a villain and getting to talk to Hawks, finally arrived at the Endeavor Agency. The thing was huge! Housed in a tall, modern skyscraper, the three students learned that the Endeavor Agency employed 30 sidekicks. That’s a lot of firepower!

Speaking of firepower, some of thsee sidekicks welcomed the students. Midoriya, of course, geeked out at meeting one of the more famous sidekicks. Moe Kamiji/Burnin seemed like a perfect sidekick for Endeavor. For one thing, she had flaming green/yellow hair. I don’t mean the color was that of flame. I mean her hair seemed to be a flame! She also had the brash, confident attitude I’d expect from an Endeavor sidekick.

My Hero Academia Season 5 Episode 102: The Endeavor Agency has over 30 sidekicks.

MHA continues its tradition of presenting tons of interesting characters. Even then, Burnin stands out! Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

Telling the three about the large number of sidekicks, she got up into Bakugou’s face and said (18:04), “In other words, there won’t be much chance for you to shine!”

Did you see Bakugou’s expression? Did he fly into a rage? Or did he talk back to her? Nope! He had this almost pleasant grin on his face, and he replied, “Interesting! So we need to beat the pros at their own game?”

He was polite! He was practically pleasant! And that grin? I don’t want to spread rumors, but I think Bakugou might just be attracted to Burnin! He certainly has my support!

What did you think of Hawks’ actions in this episode? What was your Best in Show moment? Let me know in the comments!

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5 thoughts on “My Hero Academia Season 5 Episode 102 Review – Best In Show

    1. I’m seeing a lot of disappointment about that. From the perspective of just the anime, it was almost startling to see Slidin’ Go in that context without any explanation. I got the context clues, but it felt really abrupt.

      Slidin’ Go is such an unusual Quirk, too…

  1. I actually didn’t get that impression from Bakugo from reading this in the manga. I more got the impression that he was excited at the challenge of taking work from the Pro that’s looking down on him right now(those being Hawks, Endeavor, and Burnin). And attraction to Burnin……..I don’t think I’ve ever heard that one before. Good guess, but I kind of doubt it.
    But you are correct: He’s restraining himself from blowing up in her face. But I feel like she’ll be able to fight back against him. It genuinely does make me wonder about more of their interactions in the upcoming movie.
    I know that this is all in service of making sure this season ends on a high note so they can segway into the REALLY GOOD SH!T next season. But I’m still a little upset about it…………

    1. “I actually didn’t get that impression from Bakugo from reading this in the manga.”

      I’m an anime only viewer, so I can only go on what I see. And sure, I might be reading too much into it. But his reaction sure was different than what we got in the interview just a few days before!

      And she really seems like she’s his type. Should be completely able to handle his outbursts, too!

      “But I’m still a little upset about it…………”

      I’m hearing a lot of rumblings along that line. Honestly, it makes me glad I’m only experiencing the anime. I know I’m likely missing out on the manga’s experience, but I don’t miss out on the heart-burn of seeing my favorite scenes cut or changed!

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