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My Hero Academia Season 5 Episode 95 Review – Best In Show

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My Hero Academia Season 5 Episode 95 Review – Quick Summary

In My Hero Academia Season 5 episode 95, “Match 3,” Tenya Iida/Ingenium’s took a turn leading a Class 1-A team against Class 1-B. This time, Juzo Honenuki/Mudman sort of led the 1-B team. He “sort of” led the because a key member of the team, Tetsutetsu Tetsutetsu/Real Steel, decided on his own to start smashing everything in sight. Honenuki decided to roll with that as their plan. Can Class 1-B’s impromptu plan actually stand up against Iida’s experienced leadership? Or has Iida missed something important?

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

Favorite Quote from My Hero Academia Season 5 Episode 95

Endeavor felt a major sense of accomplishment. One step at a time! Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

I’ll give Enji Todoroki/Endeavor credit. He seems like he honestly wants to reconnect with his family. I’m pretty sure he hasn’t adequately taken into account the massive pain and trauma he inflicted on them, but he’s gotta start somewhere.

It looks like Fuyumi Todoroki, Endeavor’s daughter and Shouto Todoroki/Shouto’s sister, is working hard behind the scenes to bring about a family reunion. I felt so sorry for her back in episode 90. She had tried hard, but Natsuo Todoroki, Shouto’s brother, point blank refused to reconcile — at least, at that time.

In this episode, Endeavor had just captured the bad guy. More importantly to him, he had apparently just achieved what he thought was a major milestone in his new-found desire to be a father.

“With Fuyumi’s help,” he said, holding his smart phone (14:26), “I finally… I finally friended Shoto’s account.”

Shouto’s still not responding to his dad’s text, but hey — baby steps!

Best in Show Moment for My Hero Academia Season 5 Episode 95

He’s loud and he has one of the world’s shortest fuses. But he pays attention to what’s going on. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

Setup: Deku Studies His Craft

My favorite of Izuku Midoriya/Deku’s traits is how diligently he studies his craft. He takes notes on everything about the heroes, villains, and their battles. Even during the mock battles between Class 1-A and 1-B, Midoriya sat scribbling notes. So much so that Ochako-Uraraka/Uravity commented on it. Based on her expression, I’m not sure Mina Ashido/Pinky really understood him. She didn’t disapprove, but like Uraraka, she thought it was unusual for Midoriya to show such interest.

Did you have a passion in high school or college? I used to try memorizing the Messier Catalog. I remember sitting in study hall trying to list as many as I could. It wasn’t to prove anything. I had a goal of seeing as many of the objects in the Messier Catalog as I could. I fancied myself an amateur astronomer. To this day, I get chills thinking of how beautiful M-13 looked through a 35x wide-field lens when the sky was clear.

Deku shows an amazing dedication to his craft. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

Unfortunately, my fellow class mates didn’t share my joy. They’d play cards, shoot the breeze, or in general do anything except study in study hall. Most didn’t say much, and I really didn’t realize why at the time. I’d seen other kids get bullied for their interests. But this illustrates why I like discussions: I often miss obvious details. It was only after I’d graduated from college that I realized few bullies picked on me because a) I was over six feet tall even then, b) I lived on a farm where I threw 80 to 100 pound bales of hay around all the time to feed the animals and c) I dropped one poor kid off a stage during basketball practice when he harassed me one too many times.

I thought I was joking around. He didn’t laugh. On the plus side, he wasn’t injured. It was only 3 or 4 feet to the ground. As I realized years later, those things warned off any would-be bullies.

Long story short: I get Deku when he’s in study mode.

Delivery: Bakugou Studies His Craft, Too

While Deku had been taking notes, Toshinori Yagi/All Might asked if he could have a word. He wanted to be low-key, but he’s All Might. Everyone notices when he moves around. And that setup my favorite moment.

One of the ongoing mysteries is just what the heck One for All is trying to do to Deku. In contradiction to All Might’s experience with One for All, it actually took action on its own to communicate with Deku through his dreams. After that, All Might kept even closer tabs on Deku.

As All Might told Deku to be careful, Katsuki-Bakugou/Not Great Explosion Murder God Dynamite saw All Might try to take Deku inconspicuously aside. But let’s face it: All Might wasn’t exactly subtle! As usual, Bakugou acted angry, but this time, he had a good reason. All Might had asked him to keep All Might helping Deku a secret, yet here they were in broad daylight acting like best buddies!

Bakugou’s right. All Might and Deku are being kind of obvious. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

After a brief and furious exchange, Bakugou calmed down and, frankly, shocked me. He asked (05:49), “Did something happen with One for All?”

This shocked me because it showed that Bakugou is paying attention. He knows what’s going on around him, and he is thinking about the important things. Well aware of the importance of One for All to heroes in general, he’s been wondering about Deku’s progress.

MHA does a great job with character. I shouldn’t have been surprised, and I’m glad to see some development for Bakugou. The good news is that we’re 95 episodes in, and the show can still surprise me!

What did you think of Lida’s muffler upgrade (ouch!)? What was your Best in Show moment? Let me know in the comments!

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