Greetings! Welcome to today’s review, in which we review the very popular anime My Hero Academia. We will only look at Season 1, however, as Season 2 is still airing (but we will cover it later, in like July). As always, there may be minor spoilers ahead, so you have been warned.
Summary: Izuku Midoriya is a regular middle school student in a world where people with superpowers known as “Quirks” are the norm. However, he dreams of one day becoming a Hero, despite being bullied by his classmates for not having a Quirk. After being the only one to try and save his childhood bully, Katsuki, from a Villain, All Might, the world’s greatest Hero, bestows upon him his own quirk, “One For All”. The story follows Izuku’s entrance into U.A. High School, a school that cultivates the next generation of Heroes.
My Hero Academia is pretty standard for a shounen anime. You have your protagonist who is the strongest in whatever aspect the show is focusing on with some kind of goal he is definitely working towards with the archetype rivals and challenges. The setting makes it feel even more generic, being set in a high school. The plot does have a few things that make it a bit more interesting. It clearly takes a lot of inspiration from American comics, and many of the stories play out like your typical DC or Marvel comic, which unfortunately includes a lot of plot armor. Additionally, it is told with the mentality of being an origin story, which makes it a little more intriguing. Other than being fairly predictable, the plot has not much to fault it for beyond being pretty generic, but it works.
The characters is where My Hero Academia makes up for the dull plot. If there was one word to summarize the characters, it would be creative. Each character is very much their own person, having decently developed personalities for such a large cast, and most interesting, having a broad array of powers. The writer was clearly not limited in choosing superpowers to bestow, as there is everything from ears that act as electrical jacks to someone who shoots lasers from their navel. Apparently, when it came to creating the main character, the writer decided to make him generic. While Izuku is fairly decent as an actual character, his ability of super strength is not especially interesting (though he does use it in some creative ways combined with the limits he has put on him when using it). He is also the only character who has any true character growth.
Like the plot, the animation style is a call back to American comics. As such, it may be off putting to some viewers, being different from the standard animation. However, it is still very colorful and easy on the eyes.
Much of My Hero Academia’s popularity stems from its full execution, and soundtrack is basically the keystone in all this. It runs the risk of being cookie cutter at some points, but dodges it by having a particular depth to the instrument. This helps to enunciate all the action scenes. The opening and closing are also strong fits for the mood of the series.
The anime does not really pursue any deep themes beyond those generally found in shounen anime, such as friendship and strength. The show does combine these general themes with the themes common place in comics, such as what it truly means to be a superhero. My Hero Academia does a fairly solid job of combining themes from both an American perspective, where it pulls much inspiration, and the Japanese themes that audience would be familiar with.
Final Score: 8.2/10
Final Grade: B
My Hero Academia was a great anime. The plot was definitely something that is not knew, but it has a few differences in it that really makes it standout from other anime with similar plots. It also is interesting because right off the bat the anime tells you how it will end, because it is the Deku looking back on his past. As for the characters Deku is the only character that gets any kind of development, which makes the large cast not seem so flooded right away. There is another season and there will probably be more that expand on the side characters better. This season is definitely just to set up Deku and give him good development and set up for the series as a whole, which it does a great job with. The animation is not the normal animation that you see in today’s anime and may take some time to get used to, but it is in no ways bad. Over all it is a very fun anime to watch and there is never a slow moment in it. I would give this anime an 8 out of 10. I recommend this anime to anyone who likes superheroes or an underdog story. It is really worth a watch. – B-Ro
To be honest, I can’t say I was all that excited to watch this show. It’s not that it looked bad, I just wasn’t that into the idea of yet another superhero based property. Well, I’m glad that this was put on the review schedule, because Boku no Hero Academia was insanely fun to watch. The plot itself is serviceable at best, but man is its execution full of heart. The underdog type Izuku is really easy to root for, and I found some of his character moments surprisingly touching. And of course, there’s also some really funny moments and really inventive action scenes to go with that. I must also say that the other characters are all really cool and creative. They really tapped into that childhood fantasy of being superheroes while not taking the idea too seriously. It really made things fun and engaging for me. The art style is very lively and perfect for this show, and the music is surprisingly amazing. Does anyone else hear remnants of the classic Superman theme in All Might’s theme? It’s little things like that that really make this show go the extra mile for me. All in all, I was pleasantly surprised to see just how creative this show can be within the at times tired Super Hero genre.Final Comments: While generic in plot and themes, My Hero Academia is a fun watch infused with creativity and color in every scene that helps balance out its flaws.
Thank you for reading our review of the first season of My Hero Academia! What did you think of this anime? Be sure to comment below! Our next review will be Bounen no Xamdou, so look forward to that!