With the training exercise now completely over, My Hero Academia episode 101 gives us our first look at what the story will be for the rest of season 5. Thankfully this wasn’t an episode devoted entirely to Christmas like I thought it was going to be! Not that there’s anything wrong with Christmas, I just don’t like anime filler episodes.
What do you think about the story here in episode 101?
I felt like I just watched three separate, mini anime episodes rolled into one. My Hero Academia episode 101 starts off with a lighthearted section on Class 1-A learning how to be interviewed. It then takes a turn toward a more serious note with a discussion surrounding student work studies. Finally, the episode ends with some holiday fun.
Looking at each section by itself, they all feel like they belong in My Hero Academia. I just wish they felt like a more cohesive unit. You might argue that we were getting three different perspectives on the goings on of U.A. High School, and that’s a fair point, but I wish everything was held together better.
That said, I did appreciate each section for what it was. Watching the students excel or struggle at mock interview was entertaining. Izuku Midoriya’s was especially funny. You can’t be perfect at every aspect of hero life. Otherwise what would be the point of a hero training course?
How were the more serious parts of My Hero Academia episode 101?
From the story’s perspective, My Hero Academia episode 101 did a good job of getting us interesting in what’s coming next. Tomura Shigaraki destroyed a large part of a city by himself. The Hero Public Safety Commission’s request to bring back the work study program is interesting in its own right. To top it all off, Midoriya’s narration at the end of the episode suggests that a lot more is to come.
All I can hope right now is that the My Hero Academia anime can do the manga justice. I believe that it can, it’s just that we’re getting to an exciting part of the manga. Hopefully there are enough anime episodes left to cover most of the material.
What did My Hero Academia episode 101 get right?
One thing that I noticed in episode 101 that helped make the episode for me was the little things going on in the background. For example, during the Christmas party Ashido and Kaminari kept trying to put Bakugo in a Santa outfit. Everyone else was wearing them after all. Watching Bakugo avoid their sneak attacks was a little detail that added depth to the party.
The Christmas outfits were also uniquely designed for each student. At the end of each hat was an item that matched the student’s quirk or personality. To me, it showed that the anime took some extra time to put in some extra effort. I appreciate that.
For me personally, the moment that really stood out in My Hero Academia episode 101 was the narration by Izuku Midoriya. It’s easy to forget, but way back in My Hero Academia season 1 the anime started with Midoriya’s narration. The whole anime is the story of how he became the world’s number one hero.
I think that sometimes My Hero Academia forgets this. We get so wrapped up in what’s going on within the story that we forget it’s a formality that Midoriya will succeed. At least he better succeed, otherwise it’ll look silly that season 1 started the way it did.
Those seem like small things to be excited about, is there anything bigger that stood out?
I think the most important element of My Hero Academia episode 101 that was done correctly was how the discussion around work studies went. At the end of the episode, Midoriya and Bakugo are left to wonder where they’ll do their work studies. Sir Nighteye is dead and Best Jeanist is missing.
Shoto Todoroki is there for the save and invites his two friends to join him at his father’s agency. The three boys will be under the number one hero, Endeavor. If you couldn’t tell from that one sentence, that’s a big deal. I can’t help but wonder how all four of those big personalities will mesh.
Todoroki and his father have a complex relationship. Midoriya is Todoroki’s rival in the eyes of Endeavor. Finally, Bakugo is rough around the edges. They do all have a desire to be outstanding heroes, so there’s that. Can they all make it work? We’ll have to wait and see.
What did My Hero Academia episode 101 get wrong?
Putting Eri in this episode was a mistake…Just Kidding! Putting her in during the Christmas party was perfect. I don’t have any big complaints about My Hero Academia episode 101. The main thing was the multiple different sections of the episode.
It’s not a big complaint though. All of the different sections do add to the story and have their place. They just don’t appear to fit perfectly together. It’s not something that’s makes My Hero Academia episode 101 unwatchable.
Is My Hero Academia episode 101 worth watching?
Yes. My Hero Academia episode 101 is worth watching. If you miss this episode then you’ll miss some important plot information. That’s never a good thing. I’m not going to say that this is the best My Hero Academia episode out there, but it’s a pretty good one. It accomplishes it’s mission and gets us from point A to point B.
My Hero Academia episode 102 preview
Todoroki, Midoriya and Bakugo are off to work under Endeavor. Before they leave, All Might has another talk with Midoriya and Bakugo. I assume it’s about what he’s learned from his research. Considering All Might looked more like a skeleton than normal, he should’ve learned something about his predecessors. I just hope he learned something useful.
Probably the most interesting part of the preview is Hawks’s work as a double agent. Just from the brief moments that were shown you could get a sense that he’s playing a dangerous game. Will he get found out? Will he learn some important information? Does My Hero Academia know how to present an interesting spy story? There’s only one way to find out!
Now go watch some anime!