The first episode of My Hero Academia Season 5 starts out in a pretty typical manner, reintroducing us to U.A. High School Hero Class 1-A.
I was really excited when My Hero Academia episode 89 was announced. It was set to start off the latest season of the highly popular anime on my birthday, March 27th. I thought it would be a great way to spend part of my day. I’d watch the episode, write a review and post it to this blog and to twitter. Kind of a “Happy Birthday” to myself.
Instead, life decided to get in the way. One of the immutable laws of parenthood is that when a sickness goes through one of your kid’s classes, it will ultimately come home and get you too. The Wednesday before My Hero Academia episode 89 was set to debut, my daughter was sent home from daycare after coming down with a stomach bug. It went through her class and ultimately got me late on March 26th.
I spent all of the 27th laying in bed trying not to move so I wouldn’t have to stare at the bottom of the toilet. Needless to say, I did not even attempt to watch the latest episode of My Hero Academia let alone try to write a review. Now that I’ve recovered, I finally get to see if my expectations match reality.
What My Hero Academia episode 89 gives us is a pretty standard start to a new anime season. It’s been about a year since season 4 debuted so in typical fashion, the anime gives us a self-contained story that reintroduces all of the members of Hero Class 1-A. For what it is, this anime episode gets it’s job done.
Episode 89 takes place right after the events of episode 88. If you don’t remember that episode, I suggest you go back and watch it. I went through all four seasons of My Hero Academia prior to season 5 coming out and episode 88 was one of my surprise favorites. I’d forgotten how emotionally charged it was to watch Endeavor take down the high-end Nomu.
With everything back to normal, Class 1-A begins by reacting to a drill where villains have infiltrated the U.A. school grounds. They’re tasked with bringing the situation under control. It’s a good way for us to see just how much these high school kids have progressed in their training.
Anyone who’s watched this anime for any length of time will notice how much more collected the group is at handling the situation. Even Mineta didn’t freak out when he was paired with Froppy to go rescue the person who was washed away in the river. Normally he would’ve been freaking out.
Class 1-A then goes on to stop the “villains” with each member getting the chance to demonstrate their quirk. In doing so, My Hero Academia cuts in and gives us the name, hero name, quirk and special move of each student. Once this started I knew exactly what we were in for. I understand the purpose of episode like this, but having just gone through all four seasons of My Hero Academia it wasn’t necessary for me.
The part that actually excited me was the events after the credits. It focused on Endeavor in the hospital recovering from his injuries. Apparently Dabi from the League of Villains showed up after his fight with the Nomu and confronted him and Hawks. We also get to see that Hawks had a clandestine meeting with Dabi as well. We’ll have to wait and see what all this means.
It’s enough to make My Hero Academia episode 89 more interesting than just a reintroduction episode. Seeds of a future story are being planted. The only way to find out what is going to happen is to come back next week and watch the new episode. If the story follows along with the manga I can only say that this season will be worth it.
Is My Hero Academia Episode 89 Worth Watching?
If you’re familiar with the My Hero Academia anime already then you’d probably be fine with skipping over a good portion of this episode. It is important to see what happens with Endeavor. Watching the whole episode won’t be a bad way to get up to speed with everyone and their quirks so you could sit and watch the whole thing. Overall it’s worth watching, just don’t expect anything earth shattering.
My Hero Academia Episode 90 Preview
The most interesting part of My Hero Academia episode 89 was the preview for episode 90. We know that Hawks had a 1-on-1 meeting with Dabi, but from the preview of episode 90 it looks like he might be working behind the scenes as a double agent. Or at least that’s what he’s trying to do. That’s a new wrinkle to the anime that we haven’t seen before.
There’s also teaser that we’ll get to learn a lot more about One For All. Izuku Midoriya says that something strange is going on with his quirk and we’re shown images of both him and his predecessors watching All For One do something to his brother. We saw something strange like this at the end of My Hero Academia season 4 as well. It looks like we’ll get more of the story this time around. To me that’s worth coming back for by itself.
Now go watch some anime!