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My Hero Academia Season 5 Episode 90 Review – Best In Show

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My Hero Academia Season 5 Episode 90 Review – Quick Summary

In My Hero Academia Season 5 episode 90, “Vestiges,” Enji Todoroki/Endeavor struggled to recover from his near catastrophic wounds. Meanwhile, Keigo Takami/Hawks quietly slipped away for a clandestine meeting with the villain Dabi. In that meeting, Hawks said, “I wish you’d tell me stuff like that in advance.” Wait, what? Did Hawks make some kind of deal with the villain? What’s that about? After being discharged, Endeavor went home. He wanted to begin patching things up with his family. His daughter Fuyumi Todoroki tried to keep the mood light. However, his son Natsuo Todoroki lost his temper and had to go out for some air. How did his son Shouto Todoroki, who had suffered the most of the children, react? Will Shouto forgive Endeavor for what he’d done to Shouto’s mother — and to himself?

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

Favorite Quote from My Hero Academia Season 5 Episode 90

My Hero Academia Season 5 Episode 90: Shouto's four words placed Endeavor in context.

Shouto’s four word sentence compressed four seasons of suffering into a single quote. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

I have a lot of fun trying to pick my favorite quotes. Sometimes I can find a funny quote. Sometimes a serious, thoughtful quote. Other times, I find a quote the perfectly sums up a character. My favorite quote of this episode was like that last one. It carried four seasons of meaning compressed into four words. And that’s if you count the indefinite article!

Endeavor wanted to patch things up with his family. Working with his daughter Fuyumi, he arranged to stop by around dinner time. The battle at the end of episode 88 and referenced in episode 89 left him with a scar over his left eye. It stretched from forehead to his cheek. It reminded me of the Shouto’s scar. Thematically, I suspect that’s intentional.

Which is my clumsy way of stating the obvious.

My favorite quote is Shouto’s reaction. Looking at Endeavor’s scar, Shouto said (10:10), “That’s a bad scar.”

The silence in the room spoke volumes.

Best in Show Moment for My Hero Academia Season 5 Episode 90

My Hero Academia Season 5 Episode 90: Fuyumi has been through a lot -- and so have her brothers.

Shouto could have gone on a rant of his own. Instead, he chose to comfort his sister. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

Setup: Feeling a Strong Desire to Binge the Previous Seasons…

Each new season of My Hero Academia does a great job of building on what came before. So much so that I feel like I should binge the previous seasons before I write new reviews! It’s not that I don’t remember what happened, it’s that the clarity of some details faded. I’m afraid that robs moments of some of their impact.

Over the last seasons, Shouto tried to get beyond the drag his past exerted on him. Endeavor’s attempt to raise Shouto to surpass Toshinori Yagi/All Might put the young man through some hellish training. It also estranged him from his brother, sister, and mother (Rei Todoroki). Endeavor’s single-minded pursuit of power also drove Rei insane. As far as I know, she remains hospitalized. Shouto successfully reestablished a relationship with his siblings and mom. The emotional effects, though, don’t just disappear.

It’s clear the damage Endeavor inflicted on his family left serious emotional trauma. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

It’s against this background that Endeavor and Fuyumi arranged for the family (minus Rei) to get together to celebrate Endeavor’s victory and his release from the hospital. Shortly after Endeavor entered, Shouto uttered my favorite quote of the episode. It chilled the room. Or maybe just exposed the emotional chill that already existed. But what struck me was that Shouto wasn’t angry. He didn’t fly into a rage. He stated a fact.

Delivery: Shouto Has Matured

Shouto’s statement pierced his brother Natsuo’s control. He got up to leave. Endeavor, though, placed his huge hand on his son’s shoulder. The gesture wasn’t threatening. At least, it wasn’t overtly threatening. He told his son, “Natsuo, if you have something to say, then say it” (10:36).

So Natsuo did just that. He flew off the handle. With increasing heat, he accused Endeavor of trying to patch things over for selfish reasons. Finally unable to stay close to the man he blamed for so much agony, Natsuo stormed outside.

I felt so sorry for Fuyumi. She had tried hard to pull everyone together. Now, Natsuo had left, and Endeavor stood uncertainly in the door. Saying she had hoped they could finally be a family, she literally cried on Shouto’s shoulder. And now we come to my favorite moment in the episode.

Fuyumi tried hard to bring her family back together.

Fuyumi had suffered no less than Natsuo. Now, she had the added distress of seeing her hopes for reunion crushed. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

Shouto had sat there calmly eating his soba. Still holding his bowl, he said (12:05), “It’s the first time I’ve ever seen Natsuo show so much emotion.”

Shouto could have gone on a rant of his own accusations against Endeavor. He could have quietly sat there uninvolved. Instead, he tried to comfort his sister before saying anything else. I thought that was a beautiful thing. Easily worth a Best in Show mention!

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2 thoughts on “My Hero Academia Season 5 Episode 90 Review – Best In Show

  1. Yeah; seeing this kind of family drama is hard. But it’s also necessary for the story as a whole, and shows that Shoto isn’t going to let his conflicted personal feelings get in the way important matters.
    As a manga reader; I’m excited to see all of this stuff play out again. And you’re right; Shoto’s quote WAS pretty perfect, wasn’t it? “That’s a bad scar-” Boy, I’LL say!

    1. I’ve enjoyed watching Shoto grow through the first four seasons. He’s like an island of sanity among the heroes in training!

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