I had to wait an extra day before I could watch My Hero Academia episode 99. My family vacation ended yesterday. That meant my wife and I had to pack up and drive six hours home. As you can imagine, that left little time for anime. Waking up this morning to watch My Hero Academia episode 99 was filled with the same anticipation that I used to get for my birthday or a holiday. All I could hope was that the episode wouldn’t let me down.
How well did My Hero Academia episode 99 do telling its story?
My Hero Academia episode 99 was going to be the big finale of both the final battle in the training exercise and this entire section of season 5. With this episode in the books, My Hero Academia is going to move on to something else. For that reason alone, episode 99 did a pretty good job.
I know that the purpose of episode 99 was to make us feel like an epic moment was taking place, but I think that was dulled a little bit by all of the other moments of triumph. Shinso, Iida, Bakugo and several others all had their moments to shine so far in My Hero Academia season 5. All of those moments had a similar feel to it so they were going to be compared to each other.
Frankly, I was more moved by Iida’s big moment than Midoriya’s. I wouldn’t even consider this to be one of the top 3 moments that Midoriya has experienced in the anime. It was just…less impressive than what we’re used to.
Don’t get me wrong, My Hero Academia episode 99 got us from point A to point B. Now there’s plenty to think about going forward. Is Shinso going to replace someone in the hero course? What’s going to happen with Midoriya and One For All? Do we now get to see Endeavor’s story? Those are all questions I have after watching this episode.
What did episode 99 get right?
My Hero Academia episode 99 did a good job of showing that while Shinso has improved, he still has a long way to go. If you remember their first fight from season 2, round one of Shinso vs. Midoriya involved a lot of pushing. What was shown to us here in season 5 was a real fight.
Unfortunately for Shinso, he still hasn’t mastered the Binding Cloth. Considering it took Aizawa six years to do so, I wouldn’t expect Shinso to either. He still has a long way to go.
He’s also lacking in combat experience. That was pretty obvious in watching the finale to the fight. If it were Bakugo or Todoroki against Midoriya, the opening that Monoma gave would’ve been capitalized on immediately.
One other highlight to My Hero Academia episode 99 was Uraraka. Had it not been for her, the Class 1-A team would’ve been defeated. Uraraka stepped up in helping save Midoriya, captured Monoma and was instrumental in rounding up the other members of the Class 1-B team. If I was to give out an MVP award, she’d be the one who received it.
Aizawa summed it up well with his critique. Uraraka has matured a lot from when we first saw her in My Hero Academia season 1. She’s more than just someone who can make things float. Uraraka is now confident and capable. Good for her!
What did episode 99 get wrong?
I think the overall feel to My Hero Academia episode 99 was a little off. Like I mentioned before, the impact that this episode would’ve made was lessened by the highlights from other members of Class 1-A and 1-B. We’ve also seen better moments with Midoriya as the main focus. I’m not going to go through that again. It’s not a huge negative, but it does leave me a bit underwhelmed.
There was something else minor that caught my attention at the time, but I can’t think of it right now. I should’ve taken notes while watching the episode. If it’s that small that I can forget it almost right away then it definitely didn’t have a major impact and shouldn’t discourage you from watching episode 99.
Is My Hero Academia episode 99 worth watching?
My Hero Academia episode 99 is a perfectly acceptable anime episode that completes the story of the training exercise. Class 1-A and 1-B can now go their separate ways. We can now move on to bigger and better things as well. For any fan of My Hero Academia, you’ll need to watch this episode. If for some reason you haven’t watched this anime and you want to get a good taste of what it has to offer, I’d recommend watching some other episodes first.
Overall, My Hero Academia gets the job done but I wouldn’t consider it to be one of the top episodes of the series. I don’t even think it’s one of the top episodes of season 5. Thankfully we’ve been given our fill of top notch anime episodes already and I hope there’s more to come! Speaking of that…
My Hero Academia episode 100 preview
My Hero Academia episode 100 is going to be a lot of talking. Midoriya is going to have a lot of explaining to do since he just manifested a new power. It’ll be a challenge to keep One For All a secret from his classmates. All Might will also have to elaborate on the quirk to both Midoriya and Bakugo.
The title of episode 100 is “Control your Heart and All For One.” The preview contains several mentions to All For One so I expect to learn a little more about him. Why that’s coming up here I have no idea. I guess because One For All contains multiple quirks inside of it that means that it’s similar to its nemesis. To me that’s a bit of a stretch, but it’ll give us some more information at least.
My Hero Academia is looking like it’s going to be one big information dump, that’s for sure.
Now go watch some anime!