My Hero Academia Season 5 Episode 5 Review
Okay, I admit that I thought that this season of My Hero Academia started out slow. However, now that the joint training arc has begun, things have started to pick up. We’re seeing just what the students of the Hero Course are capable of, and they’re all quite formidable. Case in point, Fumikage Tokoyami, who has one of the coolest Quirks in the series, gets the spotlight this episode as he unveils a new move: Black Fallen Angel.
Did I mention that ‘Black Fallen Angel’ sounds like an awesome name for a heavy metal band?
Tokoyami’s Struggles And Successes
While most of the Joint Training Arc was forgettable to me in the manga, there were a few moments that stood out for me. And one of those moments involved Tokoyami unveiling a new power in his fight against Class 1-B. In addition, I also remember how it’s revealed that that he spent both his work study and internship working under Hawks, now the number two hero. The anime expands on what the manga told us by revealing just how frustrated Tokoyami was under Hawks, who did little to help him as a hero. However, that laid-back attitude was meant to encourage him to push for greater heights in the end. Which makes sense, as Hawks is the kind of person who prefers to get things done with the least effort needed.
As a result of Hawks’ training, Tokoyami came up with a new move with his new move that looks so amazing: Black Fallen Angel!
Tokoyami’s Stand-o Power!
There are plenty of heroes in My Hero Academia with powers that stand out, but I’ve always felt like Tokoyami’s Dark Shadow was different from others. It reminds me a lot of the Stands from the legendary manga, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure. It manifests from Tokoyami’s body, he can use it in creative ways, and he can control it remotely. That sounds just like a Stand to me. As a result, Tokoyami has been one of the standouts in the series core cast. Unfortuntately, the coolness factor of this new super move gets hampered by the skills shown by Class 1-B.
Regardless of how I think about this arc, I’m well aware of its importance. It’s to show us just how much the heroes in training have improved. And if the last two episodes are any indication, I’d say they’ve made leaps and bounds since the start of the series. And given how the episode ends on a cliffhanger, I have a feeling this fight will be more interesting than the last one. GO BEYOND, PLUS ULTRA!
I Give “Operation New Improv Moves” a 4/5
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