My Hero Academia Season 4 – Episode 88 capped off the season on a pretty good note, but there’s no lying that this season has been nothing short of an inconsistent snooze fest. I really hope that Season 5 holds more promise that this last season.
As some of you know, I have stopped doing weekly reviews for all the anime I used to review. I felt that it was cluttering up this website and the vision that I have for it. I have instead opted for seasonal reviews, a collection of thoughts that I have for any certain anime. My Hero Academia started off strong, had a mid middle with the Shoto/Bakugo license part and the Festival arc and ended off pretty great in my opinion.
I wasn’t much of a fan with the whole festival arc and Deku’s fight with Gentle Criminal but prior to that stuff, with the Overhaul arc, that’s when I felt this season peaked at its most. Now even though I didn’t like how they handled the animation fight for Mirio, overall it wasn’t all too bad, especially when Deku 100% vs Overhaul came into the scene. The tension and weight behind that fight made it all worth it in the end.
One of the gripes I have with My Hero Academia, however, is the sharp split between epic moments like Overhaul’s arc and the slice of life action of the Festival arc. There’s no flow with it at all. One minute we’re flooring it at break-neck speed, when the stakes are so high that you forget that these kids are actually still in school then we’re suddenly halted and forced to undergo this at a slow-pace grind that reminds us “oh yeah this is My Hero Academia.”
I think this season 4 really showed me the problems that My Hero Academia currently has and whether or not that weird pacing will be circumvented in Season 5 and going onwards remains to be seen. I like My Hero Academia, but I will admit that I haven’t been eager to watch each and every episode it drops. Literally, after the Overhaul arc, I fell off and only binge-watched it once I saw the new heroes like Mirko and Hawks were been introduced.
And of course, the redemption arc for Endeavour which looks to be promising. Truth be told, I lost interest in Deku progression, in fact every other character seems overall more interesting to follow than him right now. Maybe that will change in season 5 but right now, even Bakugo is more of a compelling character and that’s wild for me to say.