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My Hero Academia Season 5 Episode 110 Review – Best In Show

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My Hero Academia Season 5 Episode 110 Review – Quick Summary

In My Hero Academia Season 5 episode 110, “Sad Man’s Parade,” Jin Bubaigawara/Twice was in big trouble. Tomoyasu Chikazoku/Skeptic fashioned dozens of puppets to attack Jin. But they weren’t just any puppets. Tomoyasu had crafted these puppets to look like Jin himself, which triggered a psychological collapse. Jin’s danger, though, paled in comparison to the danger facing Himiko Toga. Or would have experienced, if she were conscious. Several of the Jin-lookalike puppets had grabbed her, and one was going to snap her neck! No other League of Villains members could see their predicament. Can Jin get himself under control? Or will he have to watch his best friend in the world die?

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

Favorite Quote from My Hero Academia Season 5 Episode 110

Twice seemed very enthusiastic! Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

It’s been awhile since an episode made me literally laugh out loud so many times in such a short period of time. One of those times turned out to be my favorite quote, and I really hope you enjoyed it as much as I did!

Tomoyasu had miscalculated by making his puppets break Jin’s arms. That made Jin realize that since the damage hadn’t made him disappear, he must be the real Jin. That realization, along with the threat of Himiko’s imminent death, helped Jin focus and harness his power. At first, the huge number of Jins he created simply saved Himiko. Then, emboldened by their success, they formed a gigantic mass of Jins, which he dubbed “Sad Man’s Parade.”

Having saved Himiko, Jin was now prepared to “protect my comrades” (08:51). The horde made their way to where the Meta Liberation Army soldiers had almost overcome Atsuhiro Sako/Mr. Compress. Mr. Compress welcomed the help, but he remembered why Twice didn’t use his power very often. The psychological illness had almost incapacitated him. So he asked, “Wait! What about your trauma?”

Twice answered (10:19), “Love and courage fixed everything!”

It might not be realistic as far as psychological cures go. But the quote fit that moment perfectly!

Best in Show Moment for My Hero Academia Season 5 Episode 110

Setup: The Worse the Pinch…

For the second week in a row, I had to remind myself: The League of Villains are villains! Yes, they put down Kai Chisaki/Overhaul, and that was undeniably a good deed. What Overhaul put Eri through hit levels of evil that even the League of Villains seemed to find distasteful, though they really punished him for a) murdering one of their own (Kenji Hikiishi/Magne) and b) trying to take over the League of Villains itself. But I had to remind myself: I was watching two sets of villains fight. Shouldn’t I be more or less ambivalent if villains lose?

But this is MHA. In the previous episode, we learned why Himiko walked the path of villainy, and I found it so effectively told that I was all up in arms about it. This week, Twice’s back story shared similar themes, but it in and of itself was not quite as effective. That’s okay, because it wasn’t the real point. The real point is that Twice, even today, tries to deal with the psychological trauma that time and circumstance had inflicted on him.

The intensity of this scene made it difficult for me to watch — and from a dramatic perspective, that’s a good thing. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

Tomoyasu knew that. What’s more, Tomoyasu used that trauma to attack Twice. Tomoyasu created the puppets in Jin’s image, knowing the psychological impact they would have on Twice. He did it with the full knowledge and support of Rikiya Yotsubashi/Re-Destro. That’s a level of villainy that’s extraordinary. 

That act even seemed beyond the pale to Tomura Shigaraki, who said that “Playing with people’s hearts… I can’t forgive you, Liberation Army.” 

Gotta say: I’m with Tomura on this one.

Delivery: …The More Powerful the Response

It’s against the backdrop of that appalling act that we watched Tomoyasu’s puppets began to twist Himiko’s neck. Tomoyasu wanted to kill Himiko in a way that would inflict maximum psychological damage on Jin.

Held down by several puppets, Twice tried to rally. He actually closed in on Himiko. But before he could reach her, four puppets intercepted him. While two help him down by the legs, Tomoyasu ordered the other two to snap Twice’s arms. Which they did.

Damn.

However, Tomoyasu made a tactical mistake breaking Jin’s arms. During Twice’s flashback, we learned that enough damage inflicted on the clone — for example, breaking a single bone in an adult human body — would destroy that clone. Guess what happened when the puppets broke Jin’s arms?

This is the result of Tomoyasu’s tactical error. Dude needs to do his homework! Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

They reminded Jin that he was, in fact, the original. And the original was seriously angry. 

“I will protect my comrades!” he vowed, holding Himiko’s unconscious body after a truly astonishing number of clones had cleared the area of Meta Liberation Army soldiers (08:51). Which was right before they stormed across the city to help the rest of the League of Villains!

That was a seriously satisfying victory.

What did you think of the confrontation with Re-Destro at the end? What were your favorite moments? Let me know in the comments!

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5 thoughts on “My Hero Academia Season 5 Episode 110 Review – Best In Show

    1. When I first saw this was the direction the plot was going, I wasn’t sure how much I’d like it.

      But wow! I’ve enjoyed more than most of the season! A lot of it is because of the work the writer put into these characters beforehand. The fact that I’m sympathizing so strongly with Himiko and Twice tells me how successful the technique has been!

      1. Exactly. They were just kinda goofy and set as interesting fight combatants to the heroes. But hearing their backstories has been as intriguing as the main plot imo. Love Twice’s story especially

    1. That’s a really good point! The Meta Liberation Army had over a hundred thousands soldiers, right? And the League of Villains might had put down what, a couple hundred? So that still leaves a ton of bad folks to harass the heroes. Still, without Re-Destro, they seemed pretty confused and disorderly…

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