Hold your horses for a second. Yes, I believe that the latest season of My Hero Academia is getting some undue hate that it doesn’t deserve. Yes, I will elaborate. Just keep on reading my My Hero Academia Season 5 Review, and I hope that I’ll be able to show you where I’m coming from. Let’s get on with it!
My Hero Academia Season 5 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, was one of the most popular anime of the Summer 2021 season and is one of the most popular anime franchises that are currently running.
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 very highly regarded among all anime studios. Studio Bones is also known for working on anime like Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood and Mob Psycho, so you know that the show is in outstanding company. Season 5 was primarily directed by Kenji Nagasaki and Masahiro Mukai. We covered My Hero Academia extensively and episodically, so you can either click here to start from the beginning or click here to check out our entire coverage in one place.
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My Hero Academia Season 5 Review- The Plot
In this My Hero Academia Season 5 Review, I’d like to address the obvious faults in this season, so I don’t come off as delusional for not seeing what was wrong here. The pacing of Season 5 was horrendous, which resulted in the less engaging and important arc 1A vs 1B getting more time and exposure against something like My Villain Academia. 1A vs 1B was noticeably sluggish and dragging around by its end, whereas the entirety of My Villain Academia felt rushed a bit.
The pacing was also hampered by not one but two filler episodes in My Hero Academia Season 5. There was the traditional first episode filler, but it was joined across that garbage pile by Episode 16, Long Time No See Selkie. There was absolutely no need to cut off this season’s already limited time with another filler episode, and Studio Bones is wrong for this. Apart from that, however, I didn’t notice any other major issues with the plot of Season 5.
Lay down the pitchforks, please. I know of the supposed “faults” of this season according to manga readers, but consider this for a moment- The majority of casual fans never have and won’t ever learn that Bones switched the order of the arcs around or that they cut out that one manga panel where Re-Destro mercilessly kills someone. In the large scheme of things, if the story remains coherent and easy to follow, what does it matter if Spinner didn’t get his moment to shine?
I get that some of it would have been solved by better pacing, but was Spinner really worth the 1/10 review you gave to the season on MyAnimeList? Was this season really the worst thing you’ve ever seen, so bad that it didn’t have a redeeming quality that lifts it from a 1 to a 2? As a fan of the series, it was disheartening to see so many fans abandoning the show in droves just because it didn’t follow the manga the way they wanted it to. In my opinion, switching the arcs around was a good thing.
My reason for saying so is quite simple- The tone of My Hero Academia shifts drastically from the My Villain Academia arc. The show has become a lot more dark and gritty from what it was, and this shift in tone wouldn’t have fit very well if 1A vs 1B came after My Villain Academia. My Hero Academia Season 5 stumbles into either a happy coincidence or a clever restructuring to make the story flow better, and I fail to understand how that’s a bad thing.
My Hero Academia Season 5 was the show’s weakest season by far, but not for the reasons people are bashing it. The pacing issues and overreliance on fillers are what’s bothering the show right now, not leaving one half a chapter from the manga out. I will, however, admit that this season gave me Game of Thrones Season 7 vibes. Not exactly the worst thing in the world, quite enjoyable at a few places, but possibly a hint to something being wrong within the development team and the core foundations of the show.
My Hero Academia Season 5 Review- The Characters
I am conflicted about how I felt about the character developments in this season. On the one hand, there were some absolutely monumental and terrific character-driven moments in this season, including the stories of Tomura Shigaraki, Twice, and Shinso. All of League of Villain shines this season, but they were missing for more than a season before doing so. The Meta Liberation Army didn’t come across as much of a threat in the earlier parts, but they are insidious and horrifying in how far their roots stretch inside the Hero Universe.
My Hero Academia Season 5 also did a lot for Endeavour and Hawks, with both of them receiving a lot of development and turning into fuller characters. Episode 19 also did a lot for Eraserhead and Present Mic. The series also had its best episode since season 3 in Tenko Shimura Origin and its worst in the much-maligned Long Time No See, Selkie. In that manner, the series had its share of ups and downs this season and was the most inconsistent season, bar none.
I am, however, concerned for our original protagonists, Class 1-A and Deku, after watching My Hero Academia Season 5. A major problem everyone seems to have with Deku is that he doesn’t progress very far in each season. Granted, it has only been 9 months since he enrolled at UA High, but considering the heights he has to reach to defeat the devil in front of him, he still has a long way to go. He isn’t getting anywhere anytime soon.
My Hero Academia Season 5 confirmed my feelings for the show that I’ve had for a while now. Considering the amount of filler it does and the recaps and previews it fills every episode in the starting arc, it feels like a series like One Piece or Boruto, who run every week, despite only airing for half a year every two years. The series treads water a hell of a lot for a show that has only reached this far along in 110+ episodes.
My Hero Academia Season 5 Review- Art and Music
Let’s focus on the good stuff first. Yuki Hayashi is a miracle worker who nails every piece of music he touches out of the park. The music in the show is phenomenal and the only part of Boku No Hero Academia Season 5 that works as well as it always has. Every new track he composed for all the arcs was a genuine delight to feel and experience every time they played in our ears. My Villain Academia was scored exquisitely and made that part of the story even greater than it already was.
The art, on the other hand, was the most inconsistent part of the show. It was fantastic for the 1A-1B arc. Then the animation department seemingly took a vacation (Or went to animate a movie), and the rest of the episodes looked the worst My Hero Academia has ever looked. From the absolute top of the line to tolerable half-ass in the span of a few episodes is a dire sign for the show’s future, at least until they stop RELEASING MOVIES IN THE MIDDLE OF EVERY ANIMATION CYCLE!
The opening and ending themes were fine, although I much preferred the first opening to the second. Despite being a good song and an earworm, the second opening didn’t quite fit the tone of that particular part of the story. The endings were fine but didn’t hold a candle to the exquisite endings of Season 4.
My Hero Academia Season 5 was undoubtedly the show’s worst season yet, but it still was a good season overall. It retained the charm and feel of the show that most people loved while showcasing some fantastic moments and terrific character progression. I will still relish a My Hero Academia Season 6, and I was hopefully able to convince some of you to do it with me.