My Hero Academia Episode 105

My Hero Academia Episode 105

Endeavor Recap

Another week, another extremely boring episode of My Hero Academia Season 5. I wasn’t planning on reviewing Episode 105 since I was busy yesterday. But since there’s, unfortunately, no Boruto episode today, I guess this is what I’m doing.

This episode included everything I hate about My Hero Academia. I’d argue that the majority of the episode was nothing more than a recap of Todoroki’s family situation. And on top of that, it featured slice of life content.

Of course, I don’t have an issue with slice of life in general. There are plenty of great slice of life anime. I just don’t care about any of the My Hero Academia characters enough to want to see them in slice of life settings. It does nothing for me.

Endeavor, but he's not on fire from the anime series My Hero Academia Season 5
Endeavor, but he’s not on fire

I believe I heard that most people enjoyed this Endeavor arc in the manga more than the tournament arc that came before it. For me, it’s the opposite. Endeavor has the potential to be an interesting character. But the pacing of this arc is so slow that I find myself losing interest.

We already know that Endeavor is estranged from his family. We know why his wife is gone, his children hate him, etc. There’s no reason to bring all of that up again in such detail. Just have it mentioned as a passing comment to serve as a quick reminder and then move on.

Because the series is focusing so heavily on Endeavor’s relationship with his family right now, it feels like it’s just cheapening Endeavor’s character development. For example, he’s going to have some development next week, but I don’t think it’s going to land because it’s so overdone that it looks like filler.

Flaming Sidekickers

I’m not sure if we got the name of Endeavor’s sidekick group before, but it’s now been revealed that they’re called the Flaming Sidekickers. From what I can tell, not all of them have flame-based quirks. But, if you’re an aspiring hero with a flame-based quirk, Endeavor is probably who you want to work for.

Since I can’t remember if any of the Flaming Sidekickers aside from Burnin were actually named and had their quirks explained, I’m just going to assume she was the only one. And it feels like a bit of a waste to not have her playing a bigger role in this arc.

If she’s going to be named and have her quirk explained to us, I’d like to see her in action as well. I get that Deku, Bakugo, and Todoroki are training directly under Endeavor. But it would still be neat to maybe see them have some additional training under Burnin.

Burnin from the anime series My Hero Academia Season 5
Burnin

In case you don’t remember, Burnin’s quirk allows her to freely control the fire that makes up her hair. I’m pretty sure her hair fire can even physically interact with things. So her quirk is kind of like a fire version of Shiozaki’s vine hair quirk from Class 1-B.

What makes Burnin’s quirk fairly relevant to the story is that it’s also similar to Deku’s new Blackwhip quirk. If Deku wants to get better at controlling and manipulating Blackwhip, Burnin would probably be the perfect teacher for him.

Something tells me that isn’t going to happen, though. While this arc is definitely about the development of Deku, Bakugo, and Todoroki as heroes, it’s just as much about the development of Endeavor as a character. I don’t really see Endeavor being sidelined for even a short period so that Burnin can have time to shine.

The Todoroki Family

Have we actually been given Endeavor’s real name yet? I’m sure we have, but I can’t think of what it is, and looking it up will probably just spoil me on something else. Anyway, his wife is Rei, his daughter is Fuyumi, and his sons are Toya, Natsuo, and Shouto.

Of everyone in the Todoroki family, I think my favorite is actually Fuyumi. Rei and Natsuo are barely even characters, so I’m not choosing either of them. Toya is dead (more on that in a bit), so we really don’t know anything about him. And while Endeavor and Shouto are pretty good, I don’t have strong opinions on them.

What makes Fuyumi interesting is that she’s a minor character, so we don’t see her all that much, and yet she’s one of the more developed characters. I love side characters who have real personalities rather than simply representing some basic emotion or character archetype.

Fuyumi Todoroki from the anime series My Hero Academia Season 5
Fuyumi Todoroki

So, let’s talk about Toya for a moment. It’s always been implied that he was dead, but Episode 105 has now confirmed that fact. Up until this point, Natsuo had mentioned him quite a few times, but we’d never actually seen him even when “the whole family” was together.

I’m also not entirely sure if Toya was the oldest child or just the oldest of the boys. Natsuo refers to him as his older brother. But I don’t believe we’ve ever heard Fuyumi mention Toya as being older or younger than her. Still, I’d guess that Toya was the oldest of them all.

Why I’m guessing this is that even when we see Natsuo and Fuyumi playing together as children, Toya is nowhere to be seen. This seems to imply that he had already died by that point, which would make him older than them based on his apparent age in his photo at the family shrine.

Conclusion

What do you think of My Hero Academia Season 5 Episode 105? Did you like the episode? Or did you feel like it was mostly recap as I did? And which member of the Todoroki family is your favorite so far? I’d be surprised if Natsuo is anyone’s favorite.

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My review of Episode 106 is available now.

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