My Hero Academia's creator celebrated Tenya Iida's big Season 5 moment with a new sketch for the newest episode of the anime! My Hero Academia's fifth season is now making its way through the Joint Training arc of Kohei Horikoshi's original manga series, and this means the fights between Class 1-A and 1-B's hero students are only getting more intense with each new episode. The previous episode of the series officially kicked off the third bout between the classes as it featured Shoto Todoroki, Tenya Iida, and more taking on another 1-B group.
With the third bout having a huge amount of pressure on it now that the score between the two classes have been tied at one victory and one loss each, Iida and Todoroki felt even more pressure stacked on themselves given each of their complicated legacies. Iida seemed to break through towards the end of the previous episode as he unleashed a new power, and with Episode 96 of the series showing this in action, series creator Kohei Horikoshi decided to honor Iida with a slick sketch. Check it out below:
アニメ夕方5時半からやってました。飯田かっこよかった、すごかったです pic.twitter.com/0n3U5kSmow— 堀越耕平 (@horikoshiko) May 15, 2021
Episode 95 of the series revealed that in the time since we had last seen Iida in action, he's upgraded his quirk to a new level. Following a painful process where he needed to remove the mufflers from this leg so they grew back stronger, Iida unleashed Recipro Turbo -- a speed boost upgrade that allowed him to go faster than he ever could before for a solid ten minutes time frame. As we see in the newest episode, it really works well enough but Iida does not have enough control over it.
The fifth season of the series is still making its way through the Joint Training arc, but as teased through promotional materials for the series, it won't nearly be the only arc tackled for the fifth season before it's all said and done. But what do you think? What did you think of Iida's big upgrade in the newest episode? How are you liking My Hero Academia's fifth season so far? Let us know your thoughts in the comments or you can even reach out to me directly about all things animated and other cool stuff @Valdezology on Twitter!