My Hero Academia Season 5 Episode 109 Review – Quick Summary
In My Hero Academia Season 5 episode 109, “Revival Party,” Tomura Shigaraki led the League of Villains into a Meta Liberation Army stronghold. Tomura had a plan to defeat his enemies, but it needs time. Unfortunately, Rikiya Yotsubashi/Re-Destro didn’t intend to give them any. Re-Destro’s attack was as overwhelming as it was swift. Against such odds, how can Himiko Toga, Jin Bubaigawara/Twice, Shuuichi Iguchi/Spinner, and a handful of others survive — much less prevail? And if it’s villain on villain action, which side should we root for?
Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious.
Favorite Quote from My Hero Academia Season 5 Episode 109
Himiko was not in the mood to be interviewed! Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
Chitose Kizuki/Curious seemed like an interesting character! Too bad it seems she’s dead now… Though to be fair, she kind of asked for it!
She cornered Himiko Toga. Her tactics were sound. Ingenious, even. Curious used her skill, which let her convert anything she touched into a low-yield bomb, to turn a handful of heroes into bombs and send them against Himiko. Curious knew what Himiko would do — try to ingest the heroes’ blood to take on one of their forms and escape. Instead, the blood (and the heroes) exploded.
Curious saw herself as a journalist/interviewer. Curious made a big deal of using her fingers to frame Himiko in a fake camera shot and asking her if Himiko would give an exclusive of just how terrible her life had been.
“Will you do that interview with me?” Curious asked.
“Huh?” a battered Himiko said (05:21). With a professional level of disdain, she said, “No.”
Misato Fukuen, Himiko’s voice actor, put an astonishing amount of personality and disdain into those two words!
Best in Show Moment for My Hero Academia Season 5 Episode 109
At her core, Himiko wanted to be herself. It’s only partly her fault that she learned to express herself and her Quick in a damaging way. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
This episode hit on a topic that is so near and dear to my heart that I turned off the filters and said what I really think about it. You might want to skip this. I’m not kidding — I talk about how our society treats people deemed not “normal,” and I’m blunt about it.
If you don’t want to think about topics that most people in polite society shun, then there’re no hard feelings. I won’t mind if you skip this week.
On the other hand, what I’m saying means I really liked the episode. Not just any fiction can produce this kind of response!
Setup: Himiko’s Flashback
Himiko’s Parents Failed Her
Well, now the show has gone and done it. It presented a topic in just the right way to provoke a “dad” response. And not just the usual provocation that results in a “back away from my child or I will remove you from this world” kind of response. I’m talking about something that is almost as bad — and that can have implications that can affect someone for a lifetime.
It dealt with Himiko’s flashback. She had a meta ability. She drew power from blood. Apparently, the first time her parents became aware was when she brought the dead bird to them. I don’t think she caught and killed it. Have you ever tried to sneak up on a sparrow? So I think it is likely the bird had been injured. I also think it’s likely that her drinking its blood contributed to its death, if it wasn’t already dead.
Himiko was a child. She had no idea that using her Quick marked her as a social outcast. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
When her parents acted with revulsion, I wanted to wring their necks (figuratively, of course). What, you might (reasonably, I’ll grant) ask? Shouldn’t a parent react with shock and horror if they learn their child drinks blood? Well, sure, in our society. But in a society of meta abilities? In a society that gave us Shuuichi Iguchi/Spinner, who looks reptilian? Or Keigo Takami/Hawks, who has avian characteristics?
No. Her parents failed her. They should have reached out to the Hero Association and gotten advice. Himiko should have received training to control and develop her abilities. Instead, she learned that her ability, something innate to who she was, was something socially reprehensible.
Himiko’s Society Failed Her, Too
I’m beginning to think that MHA is trying to communicate more than I gave it credit for, and I had already given it a lot of credit. I’m beginning to think that it’s addressing something that has thoroughly pissed me off for decades. In both the world of Heroes and Villains, as well as in our own world, the entire concept of “normal” is used to punish and even kill people.
If you’re a parent and your children fell into the “normal” range, you might not even be aware this problem exists. If you’re a parent of children whose personality exhibited traits outside of that “normal,” or if you yourself have such a personality, then you probably know what I mean.
Take a look at crime. Don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time, right? I used to think that way. Then I noticed something. I’ve seen individuals sentenced to prison for stealing bread or diapers for their family. I’ve seen CEOs make decisions that resulted in loss of trillions of dollars of economic value receive accolades and called be “captains of industry.” Instead of handcuffs, they earned golden parachutes.
Not only that, but I’ve seen children born with a sexual preference some think isn’t “normal” beaten to death. Until only recently, people with living with severe autism might end up institutionalized for life, where they might spend their time tied down to a bed and screaming. If you have a strong heart, research mental illness and criminality, even in the present. See what kind of treatment those with severe mental illness receive in prison. But be prepared to wonder just how the hell we call ourselves civilized.
Because in moments like this, I certainly wonder.
Delivery: Himiko is Who Himiko Is
Have you ever raised someone with a mental illness, or some condition or behavior that others label as not “normal” — or worse? Seeing how Himiko’s parents treated her just set me off. But seeing what she became in spite of how she’d been treated? It’s both inspirational and horrible.
Curious tried to break her, but Himiko didn’t stop fighting. From my favorite quote above to the moment the fight got so bad her only options were level up or die, she fought. Her tenacity and inner strength were a real tribute to her character.
Curious did her best to break Himiko. Curious came up short. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
At the same time… Why did she have to be on the side of the Villains? Why did any of the Villains have to be social outcasts? Look at Twice. He’s suffering from a severe mental disorder. He should have received counseling, then training in the use of his power to help others — and not just others with cash or social standing.
Yet, even as a Villain who behaved as a Villain (wow, Himiko killed a lot people in this episode!), as she lost consciousness, when pain and exhaustion and blood loss had reduced her mind to its most primitive level, her thoughts weren’t spiteful or angry or hateful.
“I’m a mess…” she thought (16:23). “Just like Izuku…”
She should never have been forced onto the path of Villainy. Her parents and society should have embraced her differentness and thrown themselves into helping her become who she really was. Despite all that, her last thoughts, at least as of now, were of Izuku Midoriya.
I’m going to go check to see if my kids need anything…
What did you think of Tomura’s power up? What were your favorite moments in this episode? Feel feel to let me know in the comments!
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