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My Hero Academia Season 5 Episode 89 Review – Best In Show

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My Hero Academia Season 5 Episode 89 Review – Quick Summary

In My Hero Academia Season 5 episode 89, “All Hands on Deck! Class 1-A,” Izuku Midoriya, Katsuki Bakugou, Tsuyu Asui, and the rest of class 1-A faced a live-fire drill of sorts. Shouta Aizawa came up with a fake villain scenario to make the class to work together in one of the school’s fake cities. Class 1-A only knew that a building had collapsed as smoke rose into the sky. As the Reconnaissance Squad, including Kyouka Jirou, tried to figure out what was going on, another team focused on putting out the fire. They made progress when the fake villains showed up. They were the most powerful upper class men in the school! Can Class 1-A live up to its reputation? Or will the three most powerful students be too much for them? Especially since one keeps jumping into the river…

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

Favorite Quote from My Hero Academia Season 5 Episode 89

My Hero Academia Season 5 Episode 89 Review: Nice to see Mirio back in action -- sort of!

Good to see Mirio staying active. I hope that speeds his recovery! Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

It was nice to see Mirio Togata again, even if he’s still on the injured list. In this episode, he pretended to be one of the civlians. As if it were real emergency, Class 1-A had to dedicate resources to keeping the civilians safe. Mirio, however, had other ideas.

Rikidou Satou, Tsuyu, and Minoru Mineta had no sooner “rescued” Mirio from smashing into a shattered bridge when he saw his chance to troll them. The heroes had turned to look at an explosion when Mirio pretended to fall back into the river. As soon as he came to the surface, he said (14:47), “I was washed away again, right?”

He sounded so happy about it that I just had to choose this as my favorite quote of the episode.

Best in Show Moment for My Hero Academia Season 5 Episode 89

Sometimes, you just can't trust your instincts.

Sometimes, holding your position and doing your job is the best possible contribution. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

Setup: Another Season Intro

This episode reminded me a lot of the introduction to season 4, “The Scoop on UA Class 1-A,” which Irina from I Drink and Watch Anime and I reviewed back in October of 2019. Both of these episodes reintroduced the characters, and I think it was necessary because the show’s cast is enormous. The cast is a lot of fun, sure, and each character feels unique while on screen. I don’t know about you, but if it’s been a year or more since I watched a show, my memory gets less than crystal clear. So, I appreciated the chance to get to know these characters again.

There was one significant new development, at least as far as I can remember. It might not be a huge deal within the My Hero Academia universe at large, but for some of us, it came across as pretty important. It was this: Nejire Hadou has a fantastic pout! Practically worth the price of admission.

My Hero Academia Season 5 Episode 89 Review: Nejire Hadou has a beautiful pout!

Nejire has a really appealing pout. Not quite Quirk-level, but impressive nonetheless. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

The episode had a major development at the end, but that’s not my favorite part. My favorite part shows just how disciplined and effective these kids have become. To illustrate what I mean, let me talk about my high school football experience.

I can see your shocked expression from here. Yes, I played football for a year. Give me a little credit! I wasn’t always this old. Serious, I, too, was young once. I think. It’s been awhile…

Delivery: Training and Experience Begins to Show

I played offensive tackle and defensive tight end. For reasons, I preferred defense. There’s this whole scheme for play calling on offense, and the coaches didn’t explain it to us. I figure they thought our dads would talk us through it, but living on a family farm, we didn’t have a lot of time for that. So, I hated offense.

On defense, I had to tackle the guy with the ball. Sounds simple, right? I see the guy with the ball, evade his blockers, and tackle him. Sounded straight forward to me! Until the coach started yelling at me after the guy with the ball got outside of me for the fifth time. In essence, he asked me what part of “contain the runner” wasn’t clear to me.

Well, it was the “contain” part! Duh! I would have thought that was obvious to him. But a high school football player in should absolutely not say something like that to the coach. There are repercussions. So, I learned a valuable lesson. Each member of a team has a role. My role was first to contain the runner, which would have one of two desirable results. First, the runner might turn inside, where a ton of guys (literally — the defensive line was pretty big) would tackle him. Second, I might tackle him myself, but only if I’d done the containment thing first.

My Hero Academia Season 5 Episode 89 Review: Kyouka's heart was in the right place!

Kyouka want to help Pinkie. Mezou just reminded her of the best way to do that. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

In this episode, Kyouka Jirou and Mezou Shouji had recon duty. They were the team’s ears and eyes (respectively). At one point in the battle, Kyouka panicked and said they had to go help the front-line fighting team made up of Izuku, Momo Yaoyorozu, and others because Mina Ashido had been captured. Mezou, though, had paid attention in class.

“No,” he said (15:19), “we need to stay here and keep scouting.”

I liked how far he’d come in particular, but the whole class showed some fine teamwork in this episode. I have a feeling they’re going to need it.

What did you think of Katsuki Bakugou decision to ignore the stand down order? What was your Best in Show moment? Let me know in the comments!

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6 thoughts on “My Hero Academia Season 5 Episode 89 Review – Best In Show

  1. This season has been my most anticipated to date- though I started reading the manga at some point before season 3, so that’s to be expected.
    I hear some people don’t really care about the arc we’re about to start the season on, but I’m eager to see it. I won’t spoil it for you, but there are some cool moments coming up.
    Ah; it’s great to have the anime back!

    1. “I won’t spoil it for you, but there are some cool moments coming up.”

      Thanks for not spoiling, and thanks for further piquing my interest in this show!

      I know it gets some bad press, but I really like these characters. Plus, I love where the social commentary is going.

      “Ah; it’s great to have the anime back!”

      It really is!

  2. For me, kind of a meh episode overall. It was pretty much the now standard and traditional (for MHA) recap-and-setup OVA.

    As far as training and experience goes… Yeah, I have easy a half-a-dozen stories from my time in the Submarine Service. When real casualties hit the ship (never a serious one, but you never really know that until after), the reflexes that endless drills and training had pounded into me took over automatically. My worst system casualty absolutely ended up as well as it did because of my system knowledge. (Particularly deeply grokking the interfaces and interrelationships between systems.)

    1. Every time I try to imagine, I realize that the cliche “I cannot imagine” is true. First, it’s hard to imagine serving on a submarine. i visited the WWII-era USS Cod in Cleveland one day, and it was claustrophobic — sitting on the surface.

      But reacting to an emergency? That seems like a whole level of OMG.

      I’m guessing that’s not stuff you can share? Cause that’d make a great blog post!

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