I almost thought something was wrong with the release of My Hero Academia episode 102. Maybe it’s because of the new website, but Crunchyroll was not its normal punctual self in releasing the new My Hero Academia episode. I’m used to it releasing at 5:30 AM on the dot here on the east coast of the US. Having it come out at 5:37 AM? It had me scouring the internet for news of a delay.
Where can I watch My Hero Academia episode 102?
As I just mentioned, I watch MHA at Crunchyroll. In order to watch add free and the most up to date episodes, you have to subscribe to their premium service. You can also watch episode 102 at Funimation but the same restriction applies. In order to see the most current episode you have to subscribe to their service. If you’re reading this and you haven’t done so for at least one of them, what’s wrong with you?
What do you think of the story here in episode 102?
I can’t think of a better way to transition to the fight against the Meta Liberation Army. As a quick side note, it’ll be interesting to see if the “Meta” part will be dropped in the anime. It was only the “Liberation Army” here in My Hero Academia episode 102. Now back to the main point.
Hawks’s work as a double agent comes across as highly dangerous and rewarding. Because of his work, we get to learn both the time frame of the upcoming attack as well as how large the Liberation Army is. It’s a great culmination to an episode that builds an atmosphere of danger not yet seen in this anime.
I went through all of the previous seasons of My Hero Academia in preparation for the release of Season 5, and I can’t say that I ever felt like I do now. Every other conflict within the story has been localized. The fight with the Liberation Army is going to engulf all of Japan. Are the heroes equipped for this?
From a story perspective, I’m as excited as I’ve ever been to see what comes next. I just hope Crunchyroll doesn’t fake me out again and post the episode seven minutes later than normal.
What did My Hero Academia episode 102 get right?
I don’t think that Hawks’s predicament could’ve been presented to us in any other way. What I mean here is that I can’t think of a better way to show that the number two hero is playing a dangerous game. The League of Villains and Liberation Army are feeling out the trustworthiness of their new “mole.” Hawks is carefully trying to show himself dependable to his new “allies” while also relaying information to the Hero Commission.
The risk that Hawks is taking here comes through. I can feel that he’s walking on the edge, always one moment away from getting found out. It’s an element that hasn’t been used in My Hero Academia in the prior four and a half seasons so it’s a nice new wrinkle here.
What’s going on with Best Jeanist? Is he dead?
One thing that caught my attention but wasn’t expounded upon that much was Hawks’s interaction with Best Jeanist. Best Jeanist had been recovering from his run in with All For One. He lost a lung as a result of the fight and had been out of action since.
It appears that Dabi wants Hawks to prove his loyalty to the League of Villains by bringing him a hero. That was the whole premise to the fight that ended season 4. In the closing episode to the prior season, Endeavor was able to take down the high-end Nomu that attacked.
From the sounds of their conversation, the prior arrangement didn’t go as expected for either Dabi or Hawks. Now Hawks has another chance to convince the League of Villains that he’s truly on their side. I can only guess at this point that the bag that Hawks is carrying has something to do with Best Jeanist. I don’t want to think that it’s Best Jeanist in the bag.
Considering that Hawks is playing the undercover game, he might’ve gone to Best Jeanist in order to have the hero use his skills to give him a suitable decoy. I could see Hawks possibly taking out a low level, unknown hero to satisfy the League, but not one of the top 10. I guess we’ll have to wait and see.
Was there anything else that caught your attention?
Another part of My Hero Academia episode 12 that I think is done well is the start of Midoriya, Bakugo and Todoroki’s work study. It’s a chance for the top three members of Class 1-A to learn from Endeavor, the new number one hero. As expected, the three students are going to have a hard time keeping up.
Endeavor has almost a sixth sense in sniffing out villain activity. It’s an ability that Midoriya, Bakugo and Todoroki have yet to develop for themselves. Because of this, they’ll be constantly running after Endeavor, if they’re even allowed to tag along with him. We assume that they will, but that might not be the case.
What did episode 12 get wrong?
You know what, I can’t really think of anything that I can put in this section. My Hero Academia episode 102 was the anime episode that I wish aired last week. I appreciate the whole Christmas side story, but I’m more interested in the bigger story. That’s why we’re all here after all.
Is My Hero Academia episode 102 worth watching?
Yes. My Hero Academia episode 102 is worth watching. If you miss this episode, you miss the introduction to the main story for the second half of season 5. I don’t know about you, but for me that would be a huge mistake. I just hope that the anime lives up to the manga. If it does, we’re in for another exciting season.
My Hero Academia episode 103 preview
We don’t get a whole lot of information on what’s coming up next in the preview at the end of episode 102. Basically, it looks like Midoriya, Bakugo and Todoroki are going to be training and chasing after Endeavor. The three boys will have to understand their shortcomings and work on improving.
We do see a brief glimpse of Hawks standing in front of a shadowy table that sits about 6 or so people. My assumption is that it’s the Hero Commission but I could be wrong. Not to spill the beans or anything, but the Liberation Army is a well funded organization. I’m ready for next Saturday already!
Now go watch some anime!