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My Hero Academia Season 5 Episode 113 Review – Quick Summary

In My Hero Academia Season 5 episode 113, “The High, Deep Blue Sky,” events within the organization previously known as the Meta Liberation Army alarmed Keigo Takami/Hawks. He watched in horror as Tomura Shigaraki assumed command. Unfortunately, as alarmed as he was, he didn’t know the full truth — or what Tomura planned to do in four months time. Meanwhile, Izuku Midoriya/Deku and his classmates held a celebration to mark the end of the season. As Deku reflected on how much he had learned and how peaceful it felt to be among friends, he had no idea what was brewing. He only knew that he had to learn as much as he could about One for All. He just didn’t know how little time he had left. Will he be able to learn enough before conflict erupts?

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

Favorite Quote from My Hero Academia Season 5 Episode 113

My Hero Academia Season 5 Episode 113: Bakugou was outranged on Fuyumi's behalf.

Bakugou seemed outraged on Fuyumi’s behalf. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

Katsuki Bakugou/Great Explosion Murder God Dynamight can show remarkable thoughtfulness when he wants to. It’s just usually not for the people who are nearby!

In this episode, for example, he arrived in time for the class’s celebration. The other students demanded that he help prepare, or they wouldn’t let him eat any meat. That, of course, would not be acceptable, so he went into the kitchen to help.

He looked in a bowl and lifted out the contents. The chives hadn’t really been cut. It was more like they’d been annoyed. He demanded to know who had done this. Shouto Todoroki/Shouto confessed that he had.

Furious (like always!), Bakugou said (16:15), “Your sister would cry if she saw this!” 

Bakugou was referring to Fuyumi Todoroki. Apparently, her cooking had made quite the impression on him when he, Izuku, and Shouto had visited during their work studies program.

Best in Show Moment for My Hero Academia Season 5 Episode 113

My Hero Academia Season 5 Episode 113: Hawks could interact with villains and heroes alike.

Hawks seems equally at east among the villains and heroes. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

Setup: MHA Has Established Moral Ambiguity

In this world, what’s the difference between heroes and villains? I’d like to say that Heroes help people, whereas villains hurt them. But as we saw with My Villain Academia, Jin Bubaigawara/Twice did as much to protect Himiko Toga as any hero would have done to protect their comrades. So that’s not it.

Is it a focus on law and order, as defined by whatever legislation the government in this world passed? That’s a distinct possibility. But I’m not sure that’s a good distinction. We saw in the past how, during the Stain incident, Deku and his friends almost got into big trouble for protecting people without a license. So good people can clearly break rules here and there.

In other words, if the only definition of a hero is someone who follows laws, even if following those laws results in the deaths of innocents, then I’m not sure I’m on the side of heroes. Of course, that’s overly simplistic. Heroes will bend the rules when they need to, to achieve their goals. Still, that rule doesn’t seem to help me understand the distinction.

My Hero Academia Season 5 Episode 113: The doctor pursued a calling higher than himself. Is that heroic?

Is it adherence to a higher “good” a defining trait of a hero? Well, the doctor here wants to liberate anyone with a Quirk. That sounds “good,” doesn’t it? Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

So is it their goals that matter? Again, Twice’s goals seemed laudable to me. In that regard, the only difference between Twice and, say, Enji Todoroki/Endeavor, was the scope of who they fought for. Twice fought for a single young woman who had been kind to him, simply because she was his friend. Endeavor fights for the more abstract public good. In episode 106, when he considered fighting simply on behalf of his son, it almost came at the expense of his primary mission or focus. It’s almost as if fighting for someone personally important to you is frowned on, at least under some circumstances.

So, what is the difference, in this world, between the two? I think that season 6 will answer that, or at least cast more narrative light on the topic. But for now, I just wanted to point out the ambiguity, and how it affected one of my favorite characters in the series.

Delivery: Hawks Walks a Fine Line

One of Hawks’ trademarks is how well he interacts with his fans. Back in season 4, episode 87, there was a quick scene where Hawks stopped and chatted with fans. He even posed for a picture with several of them. His laid back charm worked on male and female fans alike. During that episode, there was a huge contrast between how Hawks interacted with fans and with how Endeavor interacted with his.

It looks like that ability to just chill and be with people is one of Hawks’ strengths, because he used it in this episode. Despite being completely freaked out over what Tomura had turned the League of Villains into, he remained outwardly calm. 

My Hero Academia Season 5 Episode 113: Hawks' mission just got a lot harder.

Hawks remained calm on the outside. The inside was a different matter! Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

It looks like he has fans even among the villains who had signed on with Rikiya Yotsubashi/Re-Destro. A young woman came up to him and gushed how she couldn’t believe that she was talking to Hawks, the number two hero.

“Let’s do our best at Liberation!” he said (01:18), as easily as he had encouraged fans back in episode 87.

That small moment of character continuity really drove home the idea that Hawks is walking a knife’s edge right now. And among all of the heroes that I know, he’s probably the one in the best position to succeed. If anyone can!

What did you think of Eri’s plight? What were your favorite moments from this episode? Please feel free to let me know in the comments!

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