My Hero Academia Season 5 Episode 1 Recap: All Hands on Deck!
The fifth season of My Hero Academia kicked off with its first anime-original episode. While it is considered a filler, it served the purpose of catching us up with our class of protagonists. The episode begins with Class 1A talking about the events of the last episode of the previous season. They were discussing the fight between a Nomu named High-End and Pro Heroes Endeavor and Hawks. They highlighted the most important moments of the match in the episode.
As class starts, an emergency alarm blares throughout the classroom, alerting the class of an emergency drill and that Class 1A should report and assess the situation. When they appear at the scene of the incident, the episode showcases each student demonstrating their quirks. The class separates into teams based on their abilities. Koda, Jiro, and Shoji serve as reconnaissance and use their Quirks to assess the situation. They help the rest of their classmates work together and tackle the circumstances of the emergency. Ida, Shoto, Tokoyami, Sato, and Aoyama form a firefighting crew to extinguish the burning building. In the meantime, Asui and Mineta team up to rescue a civilian that had washed up in a nearby river. Katsuki, Kirishima, and Kaminari head off in search of villains. As for the rest of the class, they head towards the blaze.
They realize that the “villains” in this match-up are none other than two of the Big 3 members, NejireHado and Tamaki Amajiki. Mirio Togata, the other member of the Big 3, is the civilian that needs “rescuing”. Izuku, Ashido, Momo, Hagakure, Ojiro, Sero, and Ochaco engage in combat with Nejire and Tamaki. They manage to take down Nejire, but Tamaki proves to be far more formidable against the first years. It isn’t until the trio of Bakugo, Kirishima, and Kaminari arrive on the scene that they can take down Tamaki. As the rest of the teams extinguish the fires using Shoto’s ice and rescue Mirio from the river, Class 1A is successful in their Emergency Drill (Well, almost).
After the drill was over, Bakugo let his temper get the best of him, and he went overboard with Tamaki, unleashing a large explosion in the process and blowing everyone away. Yet, the episode did a brilliant job of showcasing Class 1A’s quirks and their ability to work together as teams. The episode ends with Endeavor lying in a hospital bed, dreaming about the events that occurred after his fight with the Nomu in Fukuoka and the aftermath, where the mysterious Dabi encounters the two Pro Heroes before cutting to another scene at night where the villain “discusses business” with Hawks in a warehouse.
Now, of course, while this episode mainly serves as a filler, it’s a great way for the season to start. But its events certainly raise questions as to how the season will move forward. If you haven’t read the manga yet, there are some interesting flags raised with these events. Hopefully, we’ll get to see them work as a team even more as the show continues throughout this season.