To follow up on the events of the previous episode was going to be tough. My Hero Academia Season 5 Episode 24 carried on telling us all about the origin of the great Shiggy himself, Tomura Shigaraki. Did the show do a good job in carrying on the momentum from the previous episode? Let’s find out in this review.
My Hero Academia Season 5 Episode 24 Overview
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 23 here. This episode is also known as Boku No Hero Academia Season 5 Episode 24 in original Japanese.
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My Hero Academia Season 5 Episode 24 Review- Plot and Characters
Tomura Shigaraki, or Tenko Shimura, is a fascinating character. When we were first introduced to him, he was a weaselly little good-for-nothing that couldn’t get anything right to save his life. He spoke in video game metaphors, as the show wanted to give an impression that he didn’t have much experience with what he was doing. His League of Villains group was also more of a goofy distraction than a true threat to anyone.
Somewhere along the way, we found out that he was actually Nana Shimura’s grandson, the same Nana Shimura who carried One for All before All Might. That’s when we started to take Tomura seriously, as a pawn of All for One. We were meant to believe that he turned Shigaraki into this monster who wants nothing more than to kill Izuku and All Might. Oh, how wrong we were.
My Hero Academia Season 5 Episode 24 showed us that All for One didn’t do much to Shigaraki except point him towards his enemies. He was always supposed to be this maniac with psychopathic tendencies, who could have been saved if he was nurtured, but realistically was always going to be a villain. He turned out this way as a result of how he was treated by his family, the society (har har har), and his awful power.
My Hero Academia Season 5 Episode 24 got deeper into his psyche to explore what he truly was and how he turned out to be like that. He is a formidable villain who has, through some luck and well laid out plans becomes more of a threat than anyone else in this show. The My Villain Academia arc of My Hero Academia Season 5 was one of the best arcs of the entire show so far and has succeeded in saving the entire season from dreadful reception.
The Meta Liberation Army and the LoV issue also received a satisfying conclusion in My Hero Academia Season 5 Episode 24. The direction of the arc wasn’t entirely unexpected based on what we had seen at the start, but it was satisfying nonetheless. It is freaky how swiftly the power levels of the League of Villains has increased, but I wager it is due to them fighting Gigantamachia so much. Everyone except Tomura, anyways. He was always strong as all hell.
We have now reached the end of this season and this arc, and all the cards are open and in front of us. The stakes are high, and the sides are set. We are headed towards the ultimate Hero vs Villain battle, and it’s a shame that we will have to wait 2 more years to witness that in action. Yes, in case you forgot, as I did, this was the penultimate episode of the season.
Next week is the last episode of My Hero Academia Season 5, and by the preview, it doesn’t look like we’ll be starting the battle in that episode. Oh well, maybe 1A vs 1B was necessary to the plot and not just a giant waste of time. Who knows? My Hero Academia should really be a weekly show. It’s not like Bones do anything particularly special in the animation department anyways. Speaking of the animation department-
My Hero Academia Season 5 Episode 24 Review- Art and Music
This entire section is a tale of two halves with My Hero Academia Season 5 Episode 24. The animation and music lie on different ends of the effort spectrum. Studio Bones have taken every shortcut they possibly could with the animation in Season 5. While that doesn’t mean the episodes look bad, but the effort that the studio displayed in Seasons 2 and 3 is now a distant memory. It’s all very formulaic and reliant on still frames for my liking.
The music, however, is mindblowing. My Hero Academia does music better than every anime running right now. The way Yuuki Hayashi is able to blend in older tracks to give more weight to newer tracks is beyond comprehension, and one has to really get the show and its themes to accomplish a feat like that. My Hero Academia Season 5 Episode 24 was filled to the brim with astounding music quality that enhanced the show a lot.
The My Villain Academia arc ended with a satisfying conclusion in My Hero Academia Season 5 Episode 24. Most of the questions we had before this arc have now been answered. Just one more episode lies between now and another two-year wait for a new season, and I hope it is a good one. There is a bittersweet feeling that at least the show got back on track before ending again.
If you liked this review of My Hero Academia Season 5 Episode 24, you will also enjoy our review of the final episode of Season 5, available right here!