My Hero Academia Season 5, Episode 3, Recap and Spoilers

“Clash! Class A vs. Class B!” introduces what appears to be a new tournament arc for My Hero Academia and reintroduces an old rival for Deku.

WARNING: The following contains spoilers for My Hero Academia Season 5, Episode 3, “Clash! Class A vs. Class B!”, Which is now airing on Crunchyroll, Funimation, and Hulu.

Episode 3 of My hero academiaIn season five, Deku faces his strange dream centered on One For All. In it, the first One For All user offers a cryptic warning, saying, “Be careful. We are past the point of singularity.” Deku awakens from the dream with a strange explosion of his power ripping apart his room and is confused by what his predecessors hope to teach him.

Deku turns to All Might for potential wisdom, but unfortunately, it seems that the young hero’s experience is new even to his mentor. Still, Deku can’t stop at that, as he must quickly join his classmates for an upcoming training exercise with Class 1-B. The biggest surprise of the episode is the reintroduction of a character we’ve hardly seen since the Sports Festival: Shinso.

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The dream leaves Deku unable to sleep, hoping to solve his problems and think about what it could mean. Later when he meets All Might, the former No. 1 hero explains his understanding of One For All. Up to this point, All Might believed what his master told him when he was starting out: the visions of the predecessors are only “vestiges” of these individuals. The predecessors left their mark on the Quirk, so a One For All user will occasionally experience traces of their personalities.

All Might breaks the singularity theory, which details a perceived future in which the Quirks will become so powerful that they will be uncontrollable. They also discuss how All Might was somewhat more difficult to see (along with two other obscured figures). Deku’s theory is that it is because he was a recent carrier of the Quirk. As the two continue arguing, bonding over how pretty All Might’s teacher was, they run into Aizawa and Shinso Hitoshi.

Shinso, a general studies student who intends to join the hero course, made a prominent appearance during the Sports Festival, where he nearly defeated Deku with his brainwashing Quirk. The interaction is interrupted when Aizawa instructs Deku to prepare for practical training, warning him that it will be a challenge.

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Everyone debuts their new winter outfits in the training area before Class 1-B joins the fray, and some light and competitive banter is thrown among the students. Monoma talks the most, to the shame of the rest of his class. Still, Monoma is tapping into deeper tensions between the two classes, and considering this is their first joint combat training, everyone is excited to see how they fare.

Aizawa and Vlad King arrive (with Aizawa quickly choking Monoma to silence him) and introduce Shinso as a special participant in the exercise. Shinso wants to transfer to the hero course, and this training is an opportunity for him to prove himself. Shinso does the same with the other students and displays an improved costume, now sporting an interesting mask and bonding fabrics like the ones Aizawa wears. Although not explicitly stated, it appears that Aizawa is taking Shinso under his wing, training him personally. Considering the tactics behind his use (and appearance) of Quirk, it seems like an exciting prospect.

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As we see in a short flashback, Shinso is aware that his Quirk would be easy to abuse, but he wants to be a hero and help people, as he tells Class 1-A and 1-B. Even with his powerful Gift, Shinso knows that he is far behind his peers and tells everyone that he is not there to make friends. He will do his best to achieve his dream, which means crushing anyone who stands in his way. Classes respond quite cheerfully to this statement from Plus Ultra, with Deku especially excited for a new challenge.

The exercise will consist of groups of four facing each other, face to face, seeing their opponents as villains that they intend to capture. To keep things fair, Shinso will play one turn on each side, once on a Class 1-B team, once on a Class 1-A team. It turns out that he will fight in the first match alongside Class 1-A, specifically Asui, Kirishima, Koda, and Kaminari. His turn with Class 1-B will be in the final, against Uraraka, Mineta, Ashido and Deku.

The first round begins with the Class 1-A squad putting most of their concern on Shiozaki and his Vines Quirk, with which he easily defeated Kaminari at the Sports Festival. Shinso says that they should finish off Shiozaki first, since she is the most powerful enemy; however, they are ambushed while discussing a game plan.

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Asui and Kirishima are quickly defeated by Shishida, using the immense physical power of his Beast Quirk. Meanwhile, Koda is stalled by Tsuburaba, who uses his Solid Air Quirk to trap him in a bucket. Although things are not going well for Class 1-A, Shinso turns it around by revealing the power of this new mask, Persona Cords. With it, Shino can perfectly imitate Tsuburaba’s voice, ordering Shishida to attack. Since Shishida responds, it is now under Shinso’s control.

The episode ends with Shinso in control, debuting a devastating addition to the already powerful Quirk, and Deku and the rest watch in awe as the hopeful hero makes a Plus Ultra impression.

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