My Hero Academia Season 5 Episode 20 Review: My Villain Academia

The going has gotten rough, folks. My Hero Academia Season 5 Episode 20 has officially signalled the show’s switch of tone. The feel-good, fun-loving shonen has grown up in front of our eyes to become a dark, chilling, and gripping tale of Good vs Evil. How did this come to be? Let’s find out in this review.

My Hero Academia Season 5 Episode 20 Overview

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If you haven’t at least heard of My Hero Academia, I hope that the rock that you’re living under provides plenty of space and sunlight for a healthy living. My Hero Academia, or Boku No Hero Academia if you want to be all proper about it, is one of the most popular anime going on right now. If you were to believe Livechart, it is among this season’s most popular anime. All that is for a good reason, the show is fantastic.

My Hero Academia is based on the manga series of the same name by Kouhei Horikoshi, and the anime is produced by Studio Bones, a studio that is counted among the absolute top tier of all anime studios. Studio Bones is also known for working on anime like Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood and Mob Psycho, so you know that My Hero Academia is in outstanding company. Season 5 is directed by Kenji Nagasaki and Masahiro Mukai. If you want to catch up on our My Hero Academia reviews, you can read our review of Season 5 Episode 19 here. This episode is also known as Boku No Hero Academia Season 5 Episode 20 in original Japanese.

– My Hero Academia Season 5 Episode 20 review does not contain spoilers –

My Hero Academia Season 5 Episode 20 Review- The Plot and Characters

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This review is going to be a long one, so buckle up. My Hero Academia Season 5 has been very rocky so far, with the highs being among the highest of the series and the lows being the absolute lowest points of the show. Most of that could be attributed to the season not having a set goal in mind, as most of the major plot points of the last season were seemingly being ignored for no good reason.

The League of Villains were inactive, from what we know for quite a while. Instead, Season 5 shifted the focus of the show’s main cast to a secondary evil, the Meta-Liberation Army. The MLA came out from nowhere, without any prior setup, and became the main focus of the governing body of heroes. Hawks was suddenly investigating them, and they were revealed to have a grip over the entire society, think Skrulls in the MCU.

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The problems with all of this were manifold. We didn’t know anything about the MLA, so we couldn’t assess them as threats at all. The villains that the show focused on for such a long time, from season 1, were seemingly cast aside for an indiscernible reason. Above all that, Deku wasn’t progressing fast enough to make us feel confident in his abilities to make a difference in the grand scheme of things.

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What was on our screens was still great, but very bad for the overall health of the show. We needed answers, we needed development, and we needed them yesterday. Then came My Hero Academia Season 5 Episode 18. I expressed my doubts about ending the Endeavour Training arc that soon, but Horikoshi did it for a reason. It was done to bring the show to its roots again, and with aplomb.

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Then My Hero Academia Season 5 Episode 19 happened. The direction the show was progressing was obvious even if you didn’t get spoiled by youtube comments, who seemingly have no purpose in life other than spoiling the manga for anime-only fans. It was obvious that My Hero Academia was going to go in a dark direction. We still didn’t know exactly what would happen, but whatever it was wasn’t going to be a comfortable watch.

My Hero Academia Season 5 Episode 20 had one purpose, to tie everything with one single thread, which was the League of Villains. Suddenly, the events that had no answer since the end of Season 3 were finally getting resolved. We know now the deal between the League of Villains and the MLA, and we know why Gran Torino had to go to the island to find Gigantamachia. We also know the truth behind how All for One got to Tomura and how All for One can still do that much after being captured by the heroes.

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I truly believe My Hero Academia Season 5 Episode 20 was the episode that the show needed to restore my faith in the show’s plot. That is because getting rid of the main villain for no reason is a knucklehead move, the likes of which can destroy a show, even if it is as good as My Hero Academia. Just ask Game of Thrones fans.

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Making an entire episode based around the LoV was a bold move, and it paid out. My Hero Academia Season 5 Episode 20 was everything I wanted it to be. It was dark, emotional, horrifying, and it gave me the answers I was looking for. Now, this is a direction to be proud of. Well done, My Hero Academia.

My Hero Academia Season 5 Episode 20- The Art and Music

It was great! The LoV have their theme that is seldom heard due to them not being in the show for almost two seasons, but hearing it again was fantastic. I don’t think Horikoshi gets enough praise for his character designs, so I’ll do some of that here. My Hero Academia Season 5 Episode 20 was based around Tomura Shigaraki, who keeps himself covered by disembodied hands.

We get to know the reason behind why he does this in My Hero Academia Season 5 Episode 20, but we didn’t even question why he did that before this. We just assumed he did it because he was a weird guy and that his character looked like the kind of guy who would do such a thing. That is all because of Horikoshi’s great character writing, and it shows. The characters are the best part of the show, and My Hero Academia Season 5 Episode 20 was no different.

Verdict

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My Hero Academia Season 5 Episode 20 was absolutely fantastic. Thank the heavens that this episode exists because Season 5 was going off a cliff otherwise. This is just the change in tone and direction that the show needed, and I loved it.

If you liked this review of My Hero Academia Season 5 Episode 20, you’ll also enjoy our review of the next episode in the series, available right here.

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SUMMARY

Making an entire episode based around the LoV was a bold move, and it paid out. My Hero Academia Season 5 Episode 20 was everything I wanted it to be. It was dark, emotional, horrifying, and it gave me the answers I was looking for. Now, this is a direction to be proud of. Well done, My Hero Academia.

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