For an anime episode titled “Tenko Shimura: Origin,” we got exactly what we expected. My Hero Academia episode 111 gives us the story of how the grandson of Nana Shimura ended up as the successor of All For One. By the time its over we get a clear picture of how a decision, even made with the best intentions, can lead to catastrophic results. After watching episode 111, you can’t help but be a little sympathetic to Shigaraki.
Where can I watch My Hero Academia episode 111?
My first choice for watching MHA episode 111 is Crunchyroll. It’s my default anime streaming site so if they have it, that’s where I’ll watch it. Crunchyroll has had some technical difficulties in the past, but it appears that those are done now. We also don’t know how the recent purchase by Funimation is going to affect Crunchyroll’s operations. For now, episode 111 is available at Crunchyroll.
Seeing how I just mentioned Funimation, you can also find this episode there. I haven’t had the technical difficulties at Funimation’s site that I’ve had at Crunchyroll. They also carry the Demon Slayer Kimetsu no Yaiba movie if you’re interested. That’s what originally got me to subscribe to their site. Funimation makes new episodes of MHA available at the same time Crunchyroll does. It’s a perfectly good alternate if you prefer.
Any other sites?
If those two choices don’t work for you, feel free to give VRV a try. VRV is a site that gets it’s content from several other established streaming platforms. Crunchyroll is one of those, which means that VRV gets access to new My Hero Academia episodes when they come out. Personally, I don’t have a need to join VRV, but you might find their site useful. Give it a shot if you want.
Finally, MHA episode 111 can be found over at Hulu. Now, I’ve only got access to Hulu because it’s part of my Disney+ package. We’ll probably be cutting back to the standard option soon and lose access to Hulu’s content. The thing that Hulu has going against it is that even with the basic subscription package, they still force you to watch commercials. The other sites don’t. You might find Hulu’s content to your liking and decide to go all in. It’s up to you.
How was the story in My Hero Academia episode 111?
We got a fairly typical anime backstory episode here. I say that in the nicest way though. Backstory episodes in anime are fairly common and they all have a similar feel to them. You’ve got action going on in the present story while there are flashbacks to give us a better picture of why we’re at this point. In the story of My Hero Academia, we learn how All For One was able to get hold of the grandson of All Might’s predecessor.
It’s a pretty sad story and one that highlights just how painful decisions can be. Nana Shimura intended to protect her son from All For One by abandoning him, but it turned out her decision only led to pain and suffering. Nana Shimura’s son, Kotaro, held deep seated resentment towards his mother. This resentment manifested itself in the harsh way he dealt with his family. The environment that Kotaro created led to his son’s maladjustment.
While watching My Hero Academia episode 111’s story play out, you just want to dive in and fix things. That’s not something that can be done and we have to just sit back and watch this tragedy play out. I think the worst part of all of it was having to watch the family dog turn to dust. As a dog lover, that one really hurt.
Is Shigaraki a sympathetic character then?
With us learning how Shigaraki’s family died, it’s hard not to feel sorry for him. This is one of those cases where you wonder if things would’ve been different if circumstances were different. I can’t help but think that Shigaraki would’ve been a well adjusted, productive member of society had his father not been abusive. Even if his quirk was bound to cause some trouble, they could’ve found a way to harness it.
Instead, Kotaro’s abuse led to his son happily killing him. I’m sure there’s no shortage of people out there who understand exactly how Shigaraki felt in that moment. Not that I’m saying there are a lot of kids who killed their abusive fathers, just that they could emphasize with him. I sat there and watched things play out while thinking “Yeah, I understand why this is happening.” It’s sad, but understandable.
What did My Hero Academia episode 111 get right?
I think MHA episode 111 did a good job of creating a sense that Shigaraki is on the verge of becoming even stronger. His quirk has been changing to where he doesn’t even need to touch someone with all five fingers in order to decay them. Shigaraki is also becoming more adept at fighting. He’s becoming the perfect opponent for Izuku Midoriya.
That’s the whole point of this part of My Hero Academia right? On one side, you’ve got Izuku Midoriya working hard to harness the power of One For All. He’s on a path to confront All For One and Shigaraki. If Shigaraki doesn’t improve his abilities, the final fight will be anticlimactic. It’s only natural that All For One’s successor will also get stronger.
What else did you like?
I’m glad we got to see a little bit of Gigantomachia’s arrival. I mentioned it in my review of episode 110, but one of my favorite parts of anime are when incredibly strong characters make an entrance. It’s even better when the arrival is unexpected.
Gigantomachia’s brief appearance in My Hero Academia episode 111 made it feel like the tide had finally turned against the Meta Liberation Army. Re-Destro was fighting on even terms with Shigaraki. We know that Gigantomachia couldn’t be taken down by the League of Villains. His arrival here should be a trump card that the Meta Liberation Army can’t counter.
What did My Hero Academia episode 111 get wrong?
I do find it a little unbelievable how MHA has made Shigaraki out to be almost superhuman. His quirk allows him to decay anything he touches, not give him super speed or super strength. If I didn’t know better, I’d say that Shigaraki has found multiple other quirks.
I guess you could speculate that All For One might’ve given Shigaraki some quirks to boost his abilities, but we haven’t been shown that yet. We’re led to believe that Shigaraki still only has his original quirk. If that’s the case, he shouldn’t be flying around like he is.
That’s really the only gripe that I have about My Hero Academia episode 111. The majority of the episode I was able to sit back and enjoy without any issue. It’s always nice to learn a little more about what makes the main characters tick.
Is My Hero Academia episode 111 worth watching?
Yes, My Hero Academia episode 111 is worth watching. If you miss this episode then you’re going to be left in the dark on why All For One was able to get his hands on the son of All Might’s predecessor. Shigaraki’s story is sad and worth your time to watch. You almost want to give him a hug, if he wasn’t going to immediately turn you to dust. It may not do much good at this point, though, because it feels like Shigaraki is about to take the next step into his evil persona. Speaking of that…
My Hero Academia episode 112 preview
The title of episode 112 is “Tomura Shigaraki: Origin.” See what they did there? They’ve gone from Shigaraki’s life as Tenko, the grandson of Nana Shimura, to his current life as All For One’s successor. From what we’re shown of episode 112, Shigaraki is going to fully envelop his character development. I get the feeling that we’re about to see Re-Destro get overwhelmed by both Shigaraki and the rampaging Gigantomachia.
This should be the moment that Shigaraki emerges as the leader of a much more fearsome and organized force. He should be much more like his mentor by the time episode 112 is over. I wonder if it will be enough to convince Gigantomachia to accept him as a leader? We’ll just have to wait a week and see!
Now go watch some anime!