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My Hero Academia Season 5 Episode 105 Review – Best In Show

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My Hero Academia Season 5 Episode 105 Review – Quick Summary

In My Hero Academia Season 5 episode 105, “The Hellish Todoroki Family,” Izuku Midoriya/Deku, Katsuki Bakugou/Great Explosion Murder God Dynamight, and Shouto Todoroki/Shouto continued their training. Enji Todoroki/Endeavor worked them hard — hard enough that at the end of each day, they felt exhausted. They did think they were making progress… weren’t they? Meanwhile, Fuyumi Todoroki still wanted to get her family back together, so she asked Endeavor if he would bring Shouto and his friends to dinner. Will Endeavor agree? Will Shouto? Even if they do, will Natsuo Todoroki agree to be in the same room with his estranged father?

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

Favorite Quote from My Hero Academia Season 5 Episode 105

My Hero Academia Season 5 Episode 105: I'd never thought about heroes having to deal with victims who made it easy for criminals

I never really thought of how annoying it’d be for a hero to run into a victim who’s habits helped the criminals! Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

Episode 103 gave me a great idea of how hard the professional heroes work. Endeavor is constantly on the move! A day’s work reduced Midoriya, Bakugou, and Shouto to exhausted hulks gasping for air. Endeavor, meanwhile, just stood and surveyed his surroundings, looking for more work.

As hard as they worked, it looks like sometimes, the victims themselves make the job harder. Take, for example, the poor sap who emptied his business’ till into a briefcase. He locked up behind him and headed, presumably, for the bank. A villain saw him and tried to steal the briefcase full of cash. Endeavor put an end to that plan almost before Midoriya, Bakugou, and Shouto were even aware something was going on.

As the man thanked him profusely, Endeavor said (03:31), “Still using cash these days? Make sure you’re being careful.” 

I never really thought of it before, but being a professional hero is hard in more ways than one!

Best in Show Moment for My Hero Academia Season 5 Episode 105

My Hero Academia Season 5 Episode 105: Bakugou had had enough

Bakugou had to give a lesson in etiquette? That’s a surprise… Loved Midoriya’s expression! Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

Setup: Manga vs Anime, Messy like the Todoroki Family

I’m an anime-only viewer, so that’s the only way I can react to this episode. I will say this: I’m glad I’m not reading the manga. Based on what I’m seeing on Reddit (see the Other Anime Sites, below) and on Twitter, the people who have read the manga are having a lot of heartburn in season 5. The reason most often stated is that it seems the anime has shuffled some of the arcs, and the timing points to the reason being preparation for the upcoming movie.

I sympathize with the manga readers. I look for reasons to enjoy an anime, and MHA has built up so much goodwill with me that I’m willing to overlook what looks like this season’s pacing issues. But I also know that if I had read the manga, my perspective would be different. I would have fallen in love with certain scenes in the manga. It’s likely I would have looked forward to seeing them animated. I’ve tried to avoid spoilers, and for the most part, I’ve been successful. However, if what some of the hints I’m seeing come true, then again, I’m glad I’m an anime only viewer. Because I would probably feel really pissed off about now.

My Hero Academia Season 5 Episode 105: Fuyumi's heart was certainly in the right place!

I mean, just look at her! How could anyone not want her to see her dreams come true? Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

The situation feels chaotic and emotional. Sounds a lot like the Todoroki family, doesn’t it? It’s a situation that Fuyumi is trying to deal with. I have to say, I have rarely wanted to see someone succeed as much as Fuyumi. She’s seen her mother driven insane, she’s seen one of her brothers physically and the other emotionally scarred. The Reddit thread had multiple posts saying how much the posters wanted to protect her. I imagined building a fortress around her and detailing a couple of armored divisions to be at her beck and call.

But then Bakugou, of all people, made me reconsider. Is Fuyumi doing the right thing? Please note: I’m not questioning her motives! But I am questioning her means. It took Bakugou to realize she might be on the wrong track.

Delivery: Bakugou’s Emotional Sensitivity! 

Bakugou, Emotional Healer

I know. It seems odd to use Bakugou as an emotional bellwether, doesn’t it? But here’s the situation. Natsuo can’t bear to be in the same room as his father. It’s not like he’s making a conscious decision to be a prick. He’s in emotional agony just seeing the man who harmed his mother. 

Shouto is still coming to terms with the idea of letting Endeavor back into his life. He has bravely taken the first step in acknowledging that the hero Endeavor has something to teach him and his friends. But that’s not the same thing as acknowledging Enji as his dad. 

My Hero Academia Season 5 Episode 105: Midoriya and Bakugou had to feel uncomfortable

You know the situation is dire if both Midoriya both feel socially uncomfortable! Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

Even Fuyumi herself admitted that she wasn’t sure how she felt. Yet, she drove forward with the idea that having family meals would put them back on the right track. I wonder about that, though. Wouldn’t it be better to encourage Enji to continue trying to make things right? To give Natsuo the counseling and support he needed to heal? Then, try to put everyone in the same room?

And can you even imagine Rei Todoroki in this environment? The woman’s healing journey has only taken her to the point where she can walk outside, for a little while, unaided. There’s no way she could withstand the emotional pressure of a family dinner with the man who had driven her to harm her son.

Sometimes, Blunt is Best

Bakugou, in his usual gentle, unobtrusive way, clarified the situation. He and Midoriya had heard Shouto and Fuyumi talking about the subject. Finally losing his patience, Bakugou threw open the door and said (19:56), “You people… If you’re gonna invite people over, don’t talk about sensitive subjects!”

He’s right about the issue the surface that represents the deeper issue. Fuyumi’s on the wrong track, even though her heart’s in the fight place. I hope she can realize that before she drives Natsuo away, and deepens her own confusion and guilt.

What did you think of Burnin’s observations that our three main characters are doing a good job? Did you have the same realization that I had? Namely, that it’s time we have a spin off where Burnin leads stretching exercises? For an entire episode? That aside, what were your favorite moments in this episode? Let me know in the comments!

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8 thoughts on “My Hero Academia Season 5 Episode 105 Review – Best In Show

  1. Kacchan IS right; you shouldn’t “air your dirty laundry” when you’re entertaining guests. Maybe Natsuo shouldn’t have come- maybe the whole dinner was just a bad idea; there were several problems that went on here.
    Next episode should be INTERESTING. Pay attention to HIS dialogue- I don’t exactly know what to make him using THAT name while going against Endeavor in the chapter version of next episode. I’m doing my best to spoil as little as possibly- while making you aware of what I’m talking about so you catch it when you hear it. It’ll all make sense next week.
    I liked this post; it’s very well made! Keep up the good work!

    1. I appreciate you not spoiling it! I’ll pay close attention. I’ll say one thing for this show: The writers generally reward viewers paying attention.

      Thanks for the feedback! Much appreciated!

    1. You can say that again.

      In the Reddit discussion, I saw several variations of the theme “Bless Fuyumi’s turtle-neck sweater.”

      Plus, she has the wholesome vibe going on!

  2. I’m holding off on watching this season until I can binge the whole thing, but I’m getting increasingly nervous. I do read the manga and I was really looking forward to seeing the arc that they’ve shuffled out of the way. I just hope it hasn’t wrecked the pacing and story structure too much.

      1. I’ll probably end up reviewing it, I can’t think that I’ll have nothing to say on the season and I’ll no doubt need to vent my feelings, whatever they end up being.

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