Boku no Hero Academia
My Hero Academia
SynopsisOne day, a four-year-old boy came to a sudden realization: the world is not fair. Eighty percent of the world's population wield special abilities, known as "quirks," which have given many the power to make their childhood dreams of becoming a superhero a reality. Unfortunately, Izuku Midoriya was one of the few born without a quirk, suffering from discrimination because of it. Yet, he refuses to give up on his dream of becoming a hero; determined to do the impossible, Izuku sets his sights on the elite hero training academy, UA High.
However, everything changes after a chance meeting with the number one hero and Izuku's idol, All Might. Discovering that his dream is not a dead end, the powerless boy undergoes special training, working harder than ever before. Eventually, this leads to him inheriting All Might's power, and with his newfound abilities, gets into his school of choice, beginning his grueling journey to become the successor of the best hero on the planet.
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BackgroundBoku no Hero Academia ranked eighth in the 8th Manga Taisho Awards and fifth in the 2016 Kono Manga ga Sugoi! for the male readers division.
The series has been published in English as My Hero Academia by VIZ Media under the Shonen Jump imprint since August 4, 2015; in Italian by Star Comics since February 3, 2016; in French by Ki-oon since April 14, 2016; in German by Carlsen since July 26, 2016; in Spanish by Planeta Comic since October 2016, in Brazilian Portuguese by Editora JBC; in Turkish by Gerekli Şeyler since March 2017; in Indonesia by m&c! since October 4, 2017. It has been licensed in Polish by Waneko.
A video game titled Boku no Hero Academia: Battle for All has been released for the Nintendo 3DS in Japan on May 19, 2016. Another video game, titled Boku no Hero Academia: One's Justice, has been slated for a 2018 release for Playstation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and PC.
***THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS***
It's not everyday you make an account on a site you lurk just to post a review, but here I am.
Over-the-top entertainment, really easy to get into, great artwork, fun and likable characters. It’s no surprise this manga series is as popular as it is. Reading the author’s note on the first volume, it’s clear the author, Kohei Horikoshi, just wanted to create something fun and enjoyable, and he succeeded in doing so, at least in my opinion.
So why the 4? Well, you see, this review focuses on the writing in this manga series, and I'm going to be as brutally honest as I can be about it. It seems weird to do so, since this manga isn’t trying to be anything more than it is. But you often hear so much about how great the writing in this manga is compared to other shounen manga series. God knows how many times I was told this before I decided to give it a read. But the reality is quite different.
If I could compare the story to in this manga to something similar, it would be the Pokemon series. In every Pokemon saga prior to Sun & Moon, Ash will travel to a new region, run into some girl that decides to travel with him, meet a new rival that kicks his ass in almost if not all their encounters, gather all the badges in the region and assemble a Pokemon team, enter the Pokemon League where he finally bests his rival once and for all, ultimately lose the Pokemon League, and then it's back to square one with him traveling to another new region, where he runs into some girl, and you know the rest...
In My Hero Academia's case, once Deku is accepted into U.A. High School, in order to become the greatest superhero, each arc starts to follow a pattern of Deku going to school, learning a new technique or gaining a new equipment, taking part in a test/exam with little to no consequences, a villain appears, a villain’s arrested, Deku goes back to school, learns a new technique, and well, you know the rest...
The reason why I specifically chose the Pokemon series even though a lot of stories tend to have a set structure, is because no matter what events occurs, things always returns to the “status quo” with little to no impact on the world or the characters.
Speaking on the world first, 80% of the population has superpowers (They call them 'quirks') and yet, such a phenomenon doesn't seem to have effected the world of MHA much. Only significant change is that being a superhero is now an occupation, other than that, the world is still so “normal”. Even then, we simply just don't know much about its world as a whole at all, and as such, this manga has one of the most vapid and shallow settings I have ever come across within the medium.
I can only think of two locals, that being U.A. High School and Shiketsu High, the latter is by name only as it hasn't been touched on at all. I can't even be optimistic about it ever being explored in the future because U.A., which has been the only setting of importance in this manga so far, is barely expanded on as well.
The author doesn't need to dive deep on every region in Japan or every country in the world but he can't even expand on the school that's the story's main environment and is also apparently a big deal within it's world?
And because not much is known or seen about the world, it doesn't seem like anything that happens actually matters. Spoilers: later in the story, Japan's greatest hero loses his powers. They make a huge deal about it, saying there's panic among civilians, villains have started to emerge from the underground, and that other countries are in shock about the situation. But none of that is every felt. There's panic among civilians? Then why is every panel filled people just going on about their lives like nothing happened? Villains are coming back to the scene? Well, where are they? There’s only been one, and he got dealt with the same arc he’s introduced. "America’s in uproar"? Why would anyone reading this care when we don’t know the relationship between the US and Japan? The only place we ever see this news have any effect is U.A. High School, with the students having to move to the dorms, but this doesn't shake the "status quo" as the students are still just going about their days as if nothing happened.
Also, at times, some of these effects and rules within its society don’t make any sense. There's a character known as the Hero Killer who is attacking and killing heroes, and due to this, the cities he has visited in Japan have experienced a drop in the crime rate....I'm sorry but, what? He is actively preventing people from stopping crime and that somehow leads to a decrease in crime? But at the same time, his actions also lead to an uprising of villains? It's contradictory and doesn't make a lick of sense. And then when the students put him down, they are scolded for using their powers to defend themselves and to save a life, all because they don’t have a license? ....Again, what? Another issue with this is, where was this rule when the students were freely using their powers to defend themselves against a horde of goons earlier in the story?
World building seems like a lost cause in this manga. There’s barely any, and when it does try, it ends up being nonsensical or contradicted later on within the story.
Regarding the characters, a lot of them have two things going for them, that being their characters designs and their likable personalities. Outside of that, we still don't know much about most of them. Not only that but majority of them don't seem to serve any purpose to the story.
There are a lot of characters in this manga but the story seems to mainly revolve around Deku, Bakugo and Todoroki. And out of those three, I only find Bakugo interesting. Deku is already a model hero, in fact, I would argue he was already one from the beginning, only lacking confidence, which he's gained now. All he has to do now is gain full control of his god tier quirk, "One for All", and he'd be unstoppable, literally. Todoroki's whole character is about his daddy issues, which I've simply grown tired off because each time he's the main focus, it's the same story being retold each time about him having problems with his father and accepting his fire ability.
There are a few side characters that are really fleshed out like Endeavor & Mirio, for example. But looking at majority of the characters there’s not much that can be said about them. I'll be focusing mainly on the students in Class 1-A. Many people will tell you that, in this class of 20, majority if not all of them are well fleshed out. If I asked someone to list just 5 things about Tokoyami, Jiro, Mineta, Kaminari, Ashido, Ojiro, Sato, Koda, Shoji, Sero, or Hagakure's character? Could they actually? Because I really doubt they could. Even then, for the characters that do get anything, those moments are very few. Momo's only had one, that being the time where she lost her confidence. Same with Iida's during the Hero Killer incident, and Ochako's during the Sports Festival.
The argument to this is "we'll learn more about them in the future". And I mean, yeah, we might very well learn more about them later on, but I'm writing this in the present, based on what I've been told about them in the present. I'm not saying every character needs to have equal development and characterization, that’s impossible. But we just don't know much about majority of the characters in this manga, and the author keeps adding more and more characters each arc, who we learn little to nothing about, and ultimately don't do anything.
Regarding the villains, the main ones are known as the "League of Villains". It's a similar case with Class 1-A where I doubt anyone can list 5 things about each of their characters. Add that in with how incompetent and weak they are and I feel like I'm just reading about an edgier Team Rocket.
Two other villains I want to write on are the Hero Killer and Overhaul. The Hero Killer, called Stain, believes that heroes nowadays have a corrupt view and wants to change that, how? By going out and killing heroes. First of all, where are these corrupt heroes? They flat out don’t exist within the setting. Oh but well, Stain's definition of a corrupt hero includes people who get paid for it. Going by his logic, military soldiers, who risk their lives to protect their country, are corrupt because they get paid. How one could form such a ridiculous ideology, I don't know.
Also, he has such an "awe-inspiring" ideology but doesn't bother voicing it to the public and instead believes serial killing is the best way to get across his message, as if anyone would ever see the difference between him and a normal serial killer. Another issue with this is, how was this ever going to change his society? What results did he expect to get from just going around and murdering heroes? I mean, the heroes aren’t just going to stop being heroes because of one guy. Soon or later, he was going to be put down, and he was, by students in training even.
And on Overhaul, the easier way to describe him would be to call him a combination of the League of Villains and the Hero Killer. By that I mean, he's incompetent, stupidly putting so much trust in a group that he not only just met but also killed one of their members a few moments ago, and he also has a contradictory and nonsensical motivation where he creates quirk erasing bullets because he see them as a disease that must be cured, but also makes a serum that restores quirks, going against his ideology.
Not to mention that unlike the Hero Killer, Overhaul is treated like a punching bag at almost every point, and after the manga just went on about how strong he was 4 chapters prior. Imagine if after all that hype, the Z-Fighters dealt with Vegeta and Nappa long before Goku arrived at the scene, or if Orochimaru was defeated by Team 7 when they first meet in the Forest of Death, or if Luffy beat Crocodile on his first try. That’s Overhaul.
When it comes to the fights in this manga, they tell you more about the characters, it’s a way to learn more about them and also where their development takes place. That’s about the only positive thing I can say about them. Other than that, the fights are underwhelming for two of reasons: One, they don’t follow any logic and just have the characters constantly breaking rules previous set by the story itself or receiving a deus ex machina to resolve the battle. And two, the superpowers suck.
A lot of the superpowers in this manga are bizarre which is actually a plus in my book. I mean, Sero is able to shoot tapes from his body, that's wacky and is something that I haven't seen elsewhere. But a lot of quirks are way too restricted rendered them useless. As I said, Sero can shoot tapes from his body, but actually he can only shoot tapes from his elbows, and as such, there's not much he can do with it. His quirk isn’t practical for battle and as such, he was one shotted so casually by Todoroki who just used him as a means to vent his frustration. And now that I think about it, why would anyone choose to have someone who shoots tape from his elbows protect them, when a pistol would easily outdo him?
Another thing about the powers is that while they’re bizarre, it doesn’t mean anything if they aren’t or can't be used in a creative or bizarre way, which is the case with nearly every ability in this manga. Sero is one example of a character who's very limited in what he can do. Aoyama’s quirk is that he can shoot a laser from his stomach, it’s no surprise that he doesn’t get much action, and that the one fight he was in, he lost. Koda’s quirk is too situational, unless there just happens to be a lion running around the city nearby, he’s not going to be of any use at all. On the other hand, Todoroki’s quirk allows him to create ice from half his body, and fire from the other half, but watching him fight is always mundane because his moveset consists of just blasting ice from one side and/or fire from the other side. Iida has like two kicking techniques, the other just a faster version than the first. Kirishima can harden his body, and can, well, harden himself even more. Almost everyone uses their powers so one dimensionally because majority of the superpowers are heavily restricted despite being super basic, and thus fights are generally dull to read.
In conclusion, while this manga is fun to read, I would be lying if I told you the writing is anything more than just barely competent, I mean it was already contradicting itself as early as the second chapter and that's a sign for what to expect from the writing in this manga. You could call it an average shounen but I've read Bleach and that one bothered to flesh out its setting and characters a little. Almost nothing in this manga is fleshed out, it’s all surface level and incredibly bland, so contrary to what people tell you, if you’re looking for a well fleshed out story, this isn't it.
It's the rising star of Jump, the so called "next Naruto/One Piece." Yes, it's of the mold of the two. Yes, you can see the similarities in holistic structure, but what is it that makes Boku no Hero Academia a compelling read for shounen fans looking for something to pass the time?
The premise is simple: Many people have superpowers, the boy has none, he gains powers through strange means much later than others, and he enters THE school of superpower training. Right.
It is only a 7 because the premise has been set and there are simply developments going on at the moment-- this manga will likely be written for a while and being 39 chapters in is kind of early for the story to develop. That being said, story isn't a strong suit CURRENTLY, but the quality of writing has been gaining steam in recent weeks (for a shounen weekly) and Horikoshi Sensei showing flashes of brilliance from time to time, I think this will be higher soon enough.
The style is typically cartoony, but this is only because of the whole superpower premise. Sure, it isn't realistic, but if you look at the art in context, it is exceptionally well done. Horikoshi has certainly developed his own style that we could distinguish after reading Boku no Hero Academia for a few chapters. The art is detailed all around: the backgrounds, character designs, facial expressions; you name it. To top it all off, it's consistent, and really, that's all we could ask for isn't it?
(Note to fellow readers: I think Midoriya freak out faces and Bakugou psycho faces are insanely good)
There are only so many characters: Izuku (main character), Bakugou (MC main rival), Todoroki (MC rival 2/upcoming close friend), Uraraka (heroine), All Might (the hero Izuku looks up to), and plenty more who are nameable, but the list would be too long.
The fact of the matter is that they are nameable. Readers can distinguish between these characters not only because of their different physical designs but their personalities as well. The characters who seem as though they'll be relevant in the future are being developed with their own pasts. And these character layouts are just so different from most shounen manga we've seen in the past 30 years or so.
For example: Izuku and Bakugou. (Minor spoilers ahead) Midoriya isn't your typical main shounen in the sense that he's an idiot who loves to eat and such, but he thinks for himself. He writes notes on people he think might be rivals with as material he could possibly get on them. He analyzes everything down to a science, fanboys about them, and anticipates how anyone could fight each other due to their specific circumstances. He overthinks, sure, but he does it beautifully and relatably that I think most of us would understand.
Then we have Bakugou, the rival. He is so mean: bullies people around him, taunts them, and destroys their souls. Yet, at the same time, we can see another layer under him that wants to be a hero the same way Midoriya does, just coming to conclusions in a different manner than Izuku. He also analyzes, albeit to a much lesser degree; he lets the powers he's used to do the other half of the work for him.
The characters really express Horikoshi's respect for Togashi: thinkers who manage to be realistic but at the same time captures our attention by being over the top at the right times, motivating us to be the best we can be. Really, characters are a strong suit here.
I love reading this each week. I look forward to the art, the character development (there's always some), and hope for the day that the story takes a turn and just skyrockets and makes this manga THE big thing. It's just a good part of my day when I read it.
Some shounen veterans might say this number is too high, but I'm giving this manga a 9 due to ALL factors, especially my investment in it. Although at the moment it's an 8, I think it will become a 9 because of the direction Horikoshi is taking it each week. It has strong development, consistent art, and good writing overall. If you like shounen, you will definitely enjoy reading this: it has all of the normal stuff in blood, tears, and determination, but readers of all will definitely enjoy reading this for the character development if nothing else.
This review is for those who saw All Might on the cover and thought this manga might resemble a decent read, but this is cut from the same cloth as Naruto or Hunter x Hunter. The main character, Deku, is the absolute star and if you don't care about a high schooler's boring, emotional, cliché-ridden rise to prominence, there is little else at offer in this story.
To get right into it, the manga opens on the premise of a world where superpowers have become commonplace. One superhero, All Might, stands above all and is idolized by many. Unfortunately, All Might's time is running short and he must pass on his power. All Might in his infinite wisdom chooses a loser named Midoriya who is shown to be a complete pushover who nevertheless, won't stop trying! (If you've read any shonen manga before you'll know where this is going.)
Midoriya and his edgy rival join the superhero high school along with a plucky teenage girl who randomly befriends Midoriya because that's what happens at high school. A bunch of events happen. Not very interesting events, basically your average shonen stuff, the kids race and throws balls really far, they vote for class president. There are some fight scenes that I'll get to later. This whole section is where you're assumed to care about the high school characters' personalities, but they're all tired stereotypes. You have the prefect, the dumb blond, a teacher who'll really put the class through their paces but has a heart of gold. God help you if you are like me and hate a high school setting, it's pure torture.
This manga has many, many similarities to Naruto. You have the fake out "I will expel you if you fail, oh you failed, that was the point!" cliché from the teacher at the start of the school year. Melodrama between Deku and his rival because his rival is a massive unlikable douche. Many, many flashbacks even in the first volume because that's not lazy. The author has stated his main inspiration was the masterpiece Naruto and it's obvious if you suffered through that garbage for any length of time. The art style loves to focus on EXTREME CLOSE-UPS of characters supposed to evoke emotion, but it's so predictable. The writing takes absolutely no chances and is as cookie cutter as it gets.
Fights in this manga center around the idea that you are tired of good fights, so lets throw in tons of "strategy" of people talking and nothing happening. Then the protagonists win in a handful of panels. That's what happens in the first real "fight" of the manga around 20 chapters in. This was also done in Hunter x Hunter to great fanfare from the MAL crowd. I can see why it would have its appeal by subverting rules set by series like DragonBall, Kinnikuman or JoJo where fights have any impact or long-standing effects, because apparently this approach isn't a thousand times more overdone at this point. The main character broke his limb for the tenth time! I wonder if he'll go to generically have it healed up for the tenth time too...? Really keeps my interest.
The art and pacing of this manga has its ups and downs, some designs like All Might are good, unfortunately he immediately is shown to have a weakling form that looks like a starving The World Ends With You protagonist. That's not not necessarily a bad thing, but he is by far the best designed character. Being on the cover is basically a statement that he is an extreme compared to the boring, lame high schoolers. They dress in ridiculous outfits you'd see at a high school fair, though elementary school might be more accurate, and of course there's a sexy student whose cleavage is always exposed. She apparently designed it this way herself, I wouldn't mind if she wasn't 14! I also liked Noumu's design, but he is a Goomba for all intents and purposes, not a character.
One of two main villains of this manga is an absurdly edgy and shallow character called Shigaraki. The author will dangle the keys in front of the reader that he might do anything impactful, but after almost 30 chapters nothing happens after the big confrontation, everyone is fine and Shigaraki just returns to his boss. The boss character's design, looking it up, is fun but he blatantly does nothing and is replaced by Shigaraki because Shigaraki is a beloved character, apparently. Shigaraki talks in his own EVIL EDGY WOBBLY TEXT but what he's saying is obviously meaningless and for effect. I might have read further if this first encounter wasn't such a letdown and red flag.
I will give some credit to the art and humour, as it's the one enjoyable part of the manga. The art style is cartoony and befitting of a comic book, superhero setting, only let down by constant flashbacks a la Naruto. The humour especially with All Might at the start is good, but once you get introduced to the other high school characters it goes into the cringe Naruto territory. Many side characters exist purely because their quirk, or superpower in Hero Academia terms, is a gag, most have essentially a gag personality.
I am personally in the mindset that shonen comes in two forms, there's DragonBall, Kinnikuman and One Piece, and there's Naruto, Hunter x Hunter and Fairy Tail. This definitely comes in the form of the latter, where every character is trying to be either cute, edgy or comic relief, the story is insanely predictable and obviously cashing in on the latest craze without any real plan for the future. After being strung along once or twice by these kinds of series I don't get how manga readers continue to be fooled, but if this is your first manga I can't blame you. If you like those three series I mentioned, or even one of them, you may like this, and there's nothing wrong with that. Just be warned too if you hate any of them that this manga will be as much of a letdown.
MHA is undeniably the most popular newcomer in Jump right now. Having read 183 chapters of the manga and also caught up on the anime, I’m still at a loss as to what it is about this series that's generating so much hype. Unless this is your first shonen, I advice that you dismiss any claim that it “deconstructs” or “subverts” anything. It’s a shonen to a T, which I don't have a problem with at all if the execution is good. But it's not.
First chapter opens with our protagonist, Izuku Midoriya (As called Deku), who's born into a world where majority have super powers, dubbed "quirks". In this world one can become a super hero, which has been his dream since he was little. But sadly, he wasn’t part of that majority and is picked on for being "quirkless". One day, he runs into his idol, All Might (The greatest hero in all Japan), who initially tells Deku to give up on his dream of becoming a hero. But upon witnessing a selfless act by Deku not long afterwards, he acknowledges him and tells him the one thing he's always wanted to hear his whole life, that he too, can become a hero. And thus Deku's journey to become the greatest hero begins, end chapter. You are given the impression that this is an underdog story about Deku's struggle to achieve his dream despite being at a disadvantage (Think Rock Lee from Naruto). But this is completely thrown out in the second chapter as Deku is conveniently handed down the strongest quirk (One for All) in the whole series, and then it's not long before his classmates acknowledge him and he's also able to compete with a kid who's been sparring with the second strongest hero his whole life.
Anyway, the story then becomes about Deku trying to master his newly gained powers and become the greatest hero. How does he do this? By going to hero school, where it seems like the students are being trained to become athletes rather than heroes. For example, the entrance exam consist of them just destroying robots to earn points like a video-game. What does this have to do with heroism? It doesn't, and one of the teachers even calls out the exam for being irrational. This was also the case later on when they must take an exam in order to obtain a "hero license" (This is needed in order to take on villains legally). I want you to take into account that the villains they may come across may be seriously dangerous individuals (As shown in the next arc right after), but what does the exam consist of? Playing glorified dodgeball. And at the end of the day, failing doesn't really seem to matter in the long run. Like with the entrance exam, Deku fails to destroy any robots, earning him zero points and ultimately fails the exam. But it doesn't matter, because there was apparently a way to earn extra points that no one knew about and he gets into U.A anyway. Same with the hero license, if anyone failed the exam, they could just take it again in three months, and if that doesn't work out, they still have 2nd & 3rd year to try again. Throw in some villain attacks here, there, in-between and you have the story of MHA.
Deku, is an odd case for me. He want to be a hero, but aside from being quirkless he already has the qualities of one from the get go; he's brave, self-sacrificing & inspires others. So his "journey" pretty much amounts to leveling up One for All. I've also heard how 'different' Deku is from the "typical shonen protagonist" but he is just a wimpy high schooler like Kenichi, Ippo & Tsuna, how original.
As for the rest of the cast, their designs are great and most have likeable personalities, but that's all there is to them. Few characters like All Might, Bakugo, & Todoroki for example, get fleshed out along with any screentime. The majority are stale, underused and only get 1 minute of fame. Plus, when they do get their moment of screentime, it more often involves them derailing rather than progressing. Momo for example, is presented as a confident individual. She apparently loses her self-confidence at some point in the series, which is not only brought up but also resolved that same chapter. Same with Iida, who is presented as a stickler for rules and morals, his brother is attacked and so, he sets out to take down the villain that did it. Once the arc is over, he reverts back to how he always was, and hasn't had much of a presence in the series ever since. Granted, this is a long running series and is subject to change. But as of now, I don't understand where the praise for how the characters are handled comes from. Naruto introduced 9 characters during the Chunin Exam each with their own distinct personality, and along with the main 3 (That's 12 characters), expanded on their goals, hopes, abilities & heritage (Ok, 11, cause Tenten is no more relevant than that one dude in 1-A who talks to animals). One Piece dedicates an arc to each member of the Straw Hats. Even Black Clover, another really average shonen, does more with the members of the Black Bull than MHA does with class 1-A, and so, I can't help but feel like all the praise the series gets for its characters is misplaced.
The main villains are known as the "League of Villains" led by Shigaraki. Every last one of them is shallow (Except maybe Jin). We know next to nothing about their motives, ideals, and their achievements feel very unearned. Then there are the other villains like Stain & Overhaul,
*This bit is going to contain spoilers*
Stain is introduced with his goal being to "purge" the world of "fake" heroes. He believes that a hero should be self sacrificing and prioritizes saving people who can't save themselves, like All Might. This would have made more sense if the setting of the story actually supported it. A lot of heroes may be shown having the dream of fame & money, but none of them put that ahead of saving lives. When Dabi attacks the students in a classroom during the Training Camp Vlad wasted no time jumping in the way of the students protecting them and then detaining Dabi in seconds. Eraserhead ended up brutally beaten up by the villains but still didn't stop trying to protect the kids at every point of the way during the USJ arc. Mount Lady & every hero involved in the raid prioritized rescuing the students and other citizens. Gran Torino doesn't even consider himself a 'hero' but still takes part in villain raids and protecting citizens. Heck, Iida's brother is shown saving lives in the story and when Iida confronts Stain and asks him why he attacked his brother, Stain answers with "because he was weak", which just makes him appear as a mad man itching to kill rather than creating a better society like he says. What's even more laughable is the fact that the series tries to justify him by saying the crime rate have decreased thanks to him, even though his actions should lead to the opposite. I previously said that the League of Villains achievements feel unearned and this is one of the reasons why, as Stain's actions somehow lead to a upraise of villains, who seek out Shigaraki, basically handing him a bunch of allies he never did anything to merit.
Overhaul is introduced talking to Shigaraki and telling him his goal to eliminate all quirks as he sees them as a disease. To do so he creates bullets that can erase quirks, yet also creates a serum that restore them back. We later get a flashback explaining how he was saved by the Yakuza and wants to raise them to the top of the market, as thanks for saving him. To do this he plans to sell the bullets to the villains and serum to heroes. Makes sense so far right? You'd think maybe he was just trying to persuade Shigaraki to buy his bullets but nope, instead we get another flashback on how he's seen quirks as an abnormality that must be eradicated since he was little and he will rid the world of them, which is only contradicted by his creation of serum and doesn't fall in line with his plan to "reinstate" the Yakuza. Also, Overhaul is also suppose to be a capable fighter according to Rappa, yet he, along with three of his underlings, get utterly destroyed for 10 minutes by Lemillion. I initially chose to give Overhaul the benefit of the doubt here as Lemillion's quirk could be seen as a counter to his, but even after Lemillion lost his quirk Overhaul, along with Chrono, were still struggling for 5 minutes straight, Overhaul even gets his right arm broken (Makes you wonder how he lasted 10 minutes in the first place if Lemillion's punches can shatter bones). It isn't until after he fuses with one of his subordinates and powers up that he's able to pose somewhat of a threat. And once again after the arc is over, the League of Villains swoop in and take everything Overhaul's worked for as their own.
*Spoilers end here*
Long story short, Stain & Overhaul feel like they are nothing more than plot devices who only exist to make Shigaraki better.
Not much to say, it's basically our world but with superpowers thrown in. Sadly, a concept this simple is still greatly underutilized as U.A and the other hero schools are never explored, classes and training sessions are either skipped entirely or immediately interrupted by villains, school events are clumsy brought up right before they begin with no build up or foreshadowing, and besides U.A, it doesn't really seem like Japan is affected much by the huge villain attacks.
This is of course, a battle shonen, so one can expect a lot of fights. The first, being between Deku and his rival, Bakugo. It had a lot of dramatic weight to it as their relationship had been built up as a rocky one due to Bakugo seeing Deku as inferior in every way possible, and has done so since they were little. Deku's intelligence comes to play here as you see him constantly analyzing and making use of the knowledge he's acquired in his notebook. In terms of choreography, you have dynamic panels consisting with Deku using martial art grapples and Bakugo's fighting style being flexible with his quirk. There are a few fights like this, emphasis on "few". Majority of them aren't that action packed: they consist of characters mostly talking than actually fighting, they also lack build-up and don't have much going in terms of choreography as scenes mostly consist of characters spamming the same again over and over again. Deku vs Todoroki comes to mind as an example of this. This also brings me to my next issue, being that most characters don't use their powers or skills in creative or interesting ways. Overhaul for example is able to disassemble and then reassemble anything he makes physical contact with either back to it's original form or to something new entirely, yet 90% of the fight consists of his spamming the same spikes attack over and over again. This applies to Deku too as later on, he kinda just stops using martial art techniques and his fighting style becomes quite plain and straightforward. One of the villains even calls him out on this, and when none of his attacks were working he didn't think up a plan or come up with a way he could be flexible with his skillset (Like Naruto or Luffy would, and they're suppose to be the dumb ones unlike Deku), he instead received a deus ex machina to resolve the fight.
If there's one thing I'm mostly positive on, it's the artstyle. As previously mentioned I think the character designs are great, even for the grunts like Nomu. The scenes pack a lot of expressions and raw emotions that simple scene feel impactful. Only down side would be that later on, actions scene get really messy sometimes, making it a little difficult to understand what is going on.
All in all:
I actually do enjoy the series, for what it is. Be it the anime or the manga, it's entertaining. I do however, find the praises extremely overblown, the show doesn't do anything that older shonen series haven't done before. Granted, generic isn't bad if the execution is good, but I don't believe MHA does that well either. Out of all the newer Jump series, I would recommend reading Promised Neverland & Kimetsu no Yaiba over Black Clover & My Hero Academia, as those are actually good and try to be much more than just a downgraded Naruto.
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My Hero Academia
Japanese manga series by Kohei Horikoshi
For other uses, see My Hero Academia (disambiguation).
My Hero Academia (Japanese: 僕のヒーローアカデミア, Hepburn: Boku no Hīrō Akademia) is a Japanese superheromanga series written and illustrated by Kōhei Horikoshi. The story follows Izuku Midoriya, a boy born without superpowers (called Quirks) in a world where they have become commonplace, but who still dreams of becoming a superhero himself. He is scouted by All Might, Japan's greatest hero, who chooses Midoriya as his successor and shares his Quirk with him after recognizing his potential, and later helps to enroll him in a prestigious high school for heroes in training.
The series has been serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump since July 2014, with its chapters additionally collected into 32 tankōbon volumes as of October 2021. The series has also inspired numerous spin-off manga, such as My Hero Academia: Smash!!, My Hero Academia: Vigilantes and My Hero Academia: Team-Up Missions, as well as an anime television series by Bones. Its first season aired in Japan from April to June 2016, followed by a second season from April to September 2017, then a third season from April to September 2018, a fourth season from October 2019 to April 2020, a fifth season from March to September 2021, and an upcoming sixth season. It has also received three animated films, titled My Hero Academia: Two Heroes, My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising, and My Hero Academia: World Heroes' Mission respectively. There are plans for a live-action film by Legendary Entertainment.
Both the manga and anime adaptation have received an overwhelming positive response from both critics and audiences, and are considered one of the best of the 2010s, with winning several awards including the 2019 Harvey Award for Best Manga. As of April 2021, the manga had over 50 million copies in circulation worldwide.
See also: List of My Hero Academia characters
The story of My Hero Academia is set in a world where currently most of the human population has gained the ability to develop superpowers called "Quirks" (個性, Kosei), which occur in children within the age of four: it is estimated that around 80% of the world population has a Quirk. There are an endless number of Quirks, and it is extremely unlikely to find two people who have the exact same power, unless they are closely related. Among the Quirk-enhanced individuals, a few of them earn the title of Heroes, who cooperate with the authorities in rescue operations and apprehending criminals who abuse their powers, commonly known as Villains. In addition, Heroes who excel on their duties gain celebrity status and are recognized as "Pro Heroes".
The series focuses on Izuku Midoriya, a young man who dreams of becoming a Hero despite being bullied by his violent childhood friend Katsuki Bakugo for lacking a Quirk. Both youths idolize one of the world's greatest heroes All Might, who they both met with Izuku being one of few to know of a critical injury All Might has been concealing from the public eye to maintain morale. All Might also reveals the nature of his Quirk "One For All" and passes it down to Izuku to succeed him after seeing the youth's determination in the face of danger. As Izuku begins his path to becoming a hero in attending U.A. High School (雄英高校, Yūei Kōkō) alongside Bakugo and the friends they make in Class 1-A, a nemesis to the "One For All" users named All For One conditions his apprentice Tomura Shigaraki to destroy the current society and its heroes.
Horikoshi stated that after his previous series Barrage was cancelled after just two volumes, he was sad and out of ideas. In order to get more ideas, he revisited a one-shot he previously published in Akamaru Jump, titled My Hero (僕のヒーロー, Boku no Hīrō). This would end up being the basis for the series. Horikoshi was also a big fan of American films and comics, like Spider-Man directed by Sam Raimi, Star Wars, and X-Men, which he used for inspiration. Horikoshi cites Masashi Kishimoto's Naruto as being the main influence for his art, specifically stating it gave him a love for drawing hands. Horikoshi has also cited Dragon Ball, Ultraman, and Kamen Rider as sources of inspiration.
Themes and analysis
Horikoshi has stated that the main theme he focuses on is "what makes a hero." Horikoshi has also stated that he likes stories with bad endings, as well as horror stories. However, he finds these difficult to draw since his mood when he draws is the same in the story. In order to combat this, he puts in more silly-looking characters like Fat Gum, in order to keep the mood up.
Main article: List of My Hero Academia chapters
The series is written and illustrated by Kōhei Horikoshi. It began its serialization in Shueisha's manga magazine Weekly Shōnen Jump on July 7, 2014. Shueisha has collected its chapters into individual tankōbon volumes. The first volume was released on November 4, 2014. As of October 4, 2021, thirty-two volumes have been released. The manga entered its final act in chapter 306, which was released on March 21, 2021.
The series is licensed for English-language release in North America by Viz Media, who published the first volume on August 4, 2015. As the series is published in Japan, it is also released simultaneously in English digitally by Viz Media's Weekly Shonen Jump. Shueisha began to publish chapters of the series at the same time as Japan in English on the website and app Manga Plus in January 2019.
Main articles: My Hero Academia: Smash!!, My Hero Academia: Vigilantes, and My Hero Academia: Team-Up Missions
A spin-off series entitled My Hero Academia: Smash!! by Hirofumi Neda started in the Shōnen Jump+ digital app on November 9, 2015, and finished on November 6, 2017. Five tankōbon volumes were released as of November 2017. The series has been licensed by Viz Media. Another spin-off series, My Hero Academia: Vigilantes, began being published on Shōnen Jump+ on August 20, 2016. The series is licensed for the English-language release in North America by Viz Media. The first volume was released in English on July 3, 2018. A third spin-off series, My Hero Academia: Team-Up Missions by Yōkō Akiyama, began serialization in Saikyō Jump on August 2, 2019, with a prologue chapter debuting in Jump GIGA on July 25, 2019. The series is also licensed for the English-language release in North America by Viz Media.
The first two of the series' films have been adapted into one-volume manga series. Both were published by Homesha. A prequel manga to the first film by Kōhei Horikoshi was given to the first million people to see it. Viz Media published it in English.
Main article: List of My Hero Academia episodes
On October 29, 2015, the series' official Twitter announced that the series would receive an anime adaptation produced by Studio Bones. The anime is directed by Kenji Nagasaki, written by Yōsuke Kuroda, and featured character designs by Yoshihiko Umakoshi and music composed by Yuki Hayashi. The anime stars Marina Inoue as Momo Yaoyorozu, Yoshimasa Hosoya as Fumikage Tokoyami, Daiki Yamashita as Izuku Midoriya, Kenta Miyake as All Might, Nobuhiko Okamoto as Katsuki Bakugō, Ayane Sakura as Ochako Uraraka, Kaito Ishikawa as Tenya Iida, Aoi Yūki as Tsuyu Asui, Ryō Hirohashi as Minoru Mineta. The anime premiered on MBS and other Japan News Network stations in the Nichigo time slot at 5 P.M. on Sundays in Japan. The opening theme is "The Day", performed by Porno Graffitti, while the ending theme is "Heroes", performed by Brian the Sun.
A second season was announced in the Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine's 30th issue of 2016. It premiered on April 1, 2017, on Nippon TV and Yomiuri TV. The staff and cast from the first season returned to reprise their roles. The first opening theme is "Peace Sign" (ピースサイン) performed by Kenshi Yonezu and the first ending theme is "Dakara, Hitori ja nai" (だから、ひとりじゃない, lit. "Therefore, I Am Not Alone"), performed by Little Glee Monster. The second opening theme is "Sora ni Utaeba" (空に歌えば, lit. "If I Sing to the Sky") performed by amazarashi and the ending theme is "Datte Atashi no Hīrō" (だってアタシのヒーロー, lit. "Still My Hero") by LiSA.
A third season was announced in the 44th issue of Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine of 2017. The series premiered on April 7, 2018. The first opening theme is "Odd Future" by Uverworld, while the first ending theme is "Update" (アップデート) by Miwa. The second opening theme is "Make My Story" by Lenny Code Fiction and the second ending theme is "Long Hope Philia" (ロングホープ・フィリア) by Masaki Suda.
A fourth season was announced in the final episode of season three, which released on September 29, 2018. On December 19, 2018, the series' official website confirmed a release date of October 12, 2019, along with a key visual.Funimation premiered the first episode of the fourth season at Anime Expo on July 6, 2019, with the English dub. Kenji Nagasaki served as chief director of the fourth season, with Masahiro Mukai as director. The first opening theme is "Polaris" by Blue Encount, while the first ending theme is "Kōkai no Uta" by Sayuri. The second opening theme is "Star Marker" by Kana-Boon, and the second ending theme is "Shout Baby" by Ryokuōshoku Shakai.
A fifth season was announced at the end of the final episode of season four. The fifth season aired from March 27 to September 25, 2021. The first opening theme is "No.1" by DISH, while the first ending theme is "Ashiato" by the peggies. The second opening theme is "Merry-Go-Round" by Man with a Mission, while the second ending theme is "Uso ja nai" by Soushi Sakiyama.
A sixth season was announced at the end of the fifth season's final episode.
OVAs and ONAs
At Jump Festa 2016, it was announced that the series would get an original video animation (OVA) bundled with the limited edition of the thirteenth volume of the manga. Another OVA was bundled with a limited edition of the fourteenth volume of the manga. Another OVA was bundled with the first film's blu-ray set, and adapted its prequel manga. It was two minutes long.
An original net animation (ONA) was announced to be released on August 16, 2020, with the returning staff and cast from the previous season.
In March 2016, Funimation announced they had licensed the international rights for streaming services, the home and broadcast release, and the merchandise rights.Universal Pictures UK distributed the first season in the United Kingdom and Ireland on behalf of Funimation, with Sony Pictures UK distributing the second season for Funimation, and Manga Entertainment distributing subsequent seasons for Funimation. In Australia and New Zealand, UniversalSony Pictures Home Entertainment distributed the first two seasons, on behalf of Funimation, with Madman Entertainment distributing season 3 onwards, in partnership with Funimation. On April 19, 2018, Funimation announced that the series would air on Adult Swim's Toonami block starting on May 5, 2018.Medialink licensed the series in Southeast Asia. They aired it on Animax Asia.
A light novel series titled My Hero Academia: School Briefs (僕のヒーローアカデミア 雄英白書, Boku no Hīrō Akademia Yūei Hakusho), written by Anri Yoshi, has been released by Shueisha under its JUMP j-BOOKS imprint. The first volume was released on April 4, 2016. As of September 4, 2020, five volumes have been published. In North America, it has been licensed in English by Viz Media. The first volume was published on April 2, 2019. As of March 3, 2020, four volumes have been published.
A light novel adaptation of the series' second film, written by Anri Yoshi, was published by Shueisha under their JUMP j-BOOKS imprint in December 2019.
Main articles: My Hero Academia: Two Heroes, My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising, and My Hero Academia: World Heroes' Mission
An anime film was announced in December 2017 and features an original story set after the manga's "Final Exam" arc. Titled My Hero Academia: Two Heroes, the film had its world premiere at Anime Expo on July 5, 2018, and the Japanese theatrical release began screening on August 3, 2018, with the staff and cast from the anime series returning to reprise their roles. On March 23, 2019, it was announced that a second animated film for the series was in production. On July 7, 2019, the official Twitter account for My Hero Academia revealed the title as My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising, and scheduled the film for release on December 20, 2019. On November 29, 2020, it was announced that a third animated film for the series was in production, and is scheduled for release in third quarter of 2021. The staff and cast from the previous two films are returning to reprise their roles. In the first episode of the fifth season of the series, the film was revealed to be titled My Hero Academia: World Heroes' Mission. The film was released in Japan on August 6, 2021.
In October 2018, Legendary Entertainment acquired the rights to produce a live-action adaptation of the series. In August 2021, it was revealed to be directed by Shinsuke Sato, with Alex Garcia and Jay Ashenfelter overseeing the adaptation, and Ryosuke Yoritomi representing the manga publisher Shueisha. Toho will distribute the film in Japan.
A video game based on the anime, My Hero Academia: Battle for All (僕のヒーローアカデミア バトル・フォー・オール, Boku no Hīrō Akademia Batoru fō Ōru), was announced in November 2015. The game was developed by Dimps and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment for the Nintendo 3DS handheld game console, where it released in Japan on May 19, 2016. A second video game, titled My Hero: One's Justice (僕のヒーローアカデミア One's Justice, Boku no Hīrō Akademia Wanzu Jasutisu), was released for PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One and Microsoft Windows on October 26, 2018. The game has sold over 500,000 units worldwide, as of January 2019. A third installment of the video game series, My Hero: One's Justice 2 (僕のヒーローアカデミア One's Justice 2, Boku no Hīrō Akademia Wanzu Jasutisu 2), was announced for release on Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. It was released in Japan on March 12, 2020, for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch. Izuku Midoriya, All Might, and Katsuki Bakugo also appear as playable characters in the crossover game Jump Force. In late May 2021, a mobile game My Hero Academia: The Strongest Hero was released globally in North America and several other mostly English-speaking countries for Android and iPhone platforms.
My Hero Academia: The "Ultra" Stage, a stage musical adaptation, was first announced in 2018 and ran in Tokyo and Osaka from April 12 to April 29, 2019. The play was directed by Tsuneyasu Motoyoshi, written by Hideyuki Nishimori, and choreographed by Umebō. Shunsuke Wada composed the music.
A second stage play titled My Hero Academia: The "Ultra" Stage: A True Hero, was scheduled to run from March 6 to April 25, 2020, with the cast and staff returning. A concert event titled My Hero Academia: The "Ultra" Live will be held in July 2020. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, My Hero Academia: The "Ultra" Stage: A True Hero's original run was cancelled and postponed to July 2020, where a complete version titled My Hero Academia: The "Ultra" Stage: A True Hero Plus Stage Ver. will run instead while My Hero Academia: The "Ultra" Live is postponed to a later date. After one staff member contracted COVID-19, the production committee announced that My Hero Academia: The "Ultra" Stage: A True Hero would instead be live-streamed; however, the play was delayed again after another staff member contracted COVID-19.
The story has been noted to take inspiration from elements in superhero comics, such as the aesthetics of its characters, and due to the popularity of the series, characters of My Hero Academia were used to promote the Marvel Studios film Avengers: Infinity War. Before the anime adaptation's premiere, manga author Masashi Kishimoto praised Kōhei Horikoshi's work, believing it would be a success overseas. Eiichiro Oda also praised the series. In 2019, My Hero Academia ranked 37th on the 19th "Book of the Year" list by Da Vinci magazine.My Hero Academia ranked 6th on Alu's manga community "My Manga Best5" 2020 ranking, in which 46,641 users (via Twitter) participated. On TV Asahi's Manga Sōsenkyo 2021 poll, in which 150.000 people voted for their top 100 manga series, My Hero Academia ranked #16.
Volume 1 reached 7th place on the weekly Oricon manga chart with 71,575 copies sold. It sold out almost immediately on its first printing. Volume 2 reached 6th place, with 167,531 copies and, by January 18, 2015, had sold 205,179 copies. In April 2015, volume 3 reached 8th place with 254,111 copies, while volume 4 reached 6th with 259,137 in June, and volume 5 peaked at 9th place with 279,414 copies in August. As of March 2017, there were over 10 million copies of My Hero Academia in circulation. As of August 2018, the manga had over 16 million copies in print. As of December 2018, the manga had over 20 million copies in print. As of December 2019, the manga had over 26 million copies in print. As of January 2021, the manga has over 30 million copies in circulation.My Hero Academia was the 6th best selling manga in 2019, with over 5.04 million copies sold. It was the 8th best selling manga in 2020, with over 6 million copies sold. In April 2021, it was reported the manga had 50 million copies in circulation, with 37 million being sold in Japan and the remaining 13 million in the rest of the world.
The art was generally praised. Nick Creamer from Anime News Network praised the art, describing it as "absolutely professional." Isaac Akers from The Fandom Post also praised the art, rating it an A-. Sean Gaffney from A Case Suitable for Treatment referred to the art as "smooth" and complemented how it flows with the action. Manga Bookshelf praised the art as well, saying that it demonstrated Horikoshi's skill very well, though criticizing it for having too much narration at some points.
The plot and characters of the series have also been praised. Michelle Smith from Soliloquy in Blue called the plot "very good", but also stated that the main reason he liked the series was the characters, specifically praising most of the main cast. However, they did criticize the series for not giving some of the female characters enough spotlight. Creamer praised the plot, saying that despite the fact it felt like a typical Shōnen plot, it did it well enough to still feel fresh and entertaining. Leroy Douresseaux from Comic Book Bin also praised the story, specifically the way it tells comedy and drama. Gaffney also praised the story and characters, stating that the story flows nicely with each of their individual personalities. Marina Garrow from Anime Feminist praised the way the plot handles damsel-in-distress elements, especially when compared to other shōnen series, stating that the female characters are not the only characters that need saving, and when they do need saving, the situations are realistic and not over-exaggerated.
Alex Osborn of IGN gave the anime series positive marks, praising it for its action, story, and characters. Though Osborn went on to state that the villains were underdeveloped. In a review for the second season, Osborn praised it as "truly something special", complimenting the animation, character developments, and the emotional weight of the season. Chris Beveridge from The Fandom Post praised the anime. He said that despite the fact its long running series, it manages to not feel directionless and has several great moments. Nick Creamer from Anime News Network also praised the adaptation. He gave praise to the music, animation in the action scenes, while criticizing the sometimes-sluggish pacing and stating the animation can be average at times. In his review of the second season, he gave it praise for the improvements made to both the pacing and animation.
Both the original Japanese cast and the English dub received praise from critics. Creamer rated both equally, stating that the dub cast all the major characters very well, though criticizing some of the background characters. Andy Hanley from UK Anime Network concured, stating both casts had strong performances, however, they gave special praise to the dub cast, saying that each actor fits their roles very well.
The manga won the first Next Manga Award in 2015. The manga was also nominated for the 8th Manga Taishō in 2015. It was nominated for the 40th Kodansha Manga Award for the shōnen category in 2016. The manga won the Sugoi Japan Award and the "Japan Expo Awards" in 2017. It was also nominated for the 44th Angoulême International Comics Festival for Best Youth Comic in the same year, and the 30th Harvey Awards for Best Manga. In 2019, the manga won the Harvey Award for Best Manga.Barnes & Noble listed My Hero Academia on their list of "Our Favorite Manga of 2018".Paste ranked My Hero Academia among the top 40 anime of all time. In November 2019, Polygon named it as one of the best anime of the 2010s, and Crunchyroll listed it in their "Top 25 best anime of the 2010s".IGN also listed My Hero Academia among the best anime series of the 2010s. The series was also nominated for anime of the year at the first Crunchyroll Anime Awards.
In early 2020, the series caused a controversy in South Korea and China for a character's name allegedly referencing Unit 731, an infamous Imperial Japanese army unit known for vivisecting captured Chinese, Korean, and Russian individuals. In response, it has been removed from digital platforms in China, and the characters' name was changed to no longer reference Unit 731.
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A superhero-loving boy without any powers is determined to enroll in a prestigious hero academy and learn what it really means to be a hero.
In a world populated with superhumans, the superhero-loving Izuku Midoriya is without power. However, after the Quirkless dreamer Izuku inherits the powers of the world's best superhero, All Might, his hopes of becoming the top hero are now possible. Once enrolled in the high school for heroes, U.A., Izuku soon discovers being a hero is much more complicated than it appears.
Mankind has developed superpowers known as "Quirks"; this is the power the vast majority possesses, those who do not, are being discriminated against and looked down on. Indeed, villains have the superpower, too and want to rebuild the world for it to look the way they see it. However, a prestigious school known as the The Hero Academy trains its students for them to become heroes and to help those who have less powerful Quirks, or those who do not have them at all, as well as to stand against the plans of the villains. The series focuses on a middle school student Izuku Midoriya, who has no superpowers. Will he be able to become a hero and somehow to contribute to the peace and stability in the world, where the weak is the minority that needs to be defended.
The appearance of "quirks," newly discovered super powers, has been steadily increasing over the years, with 80 percent of humanity possessing various abilities from manipulation of elements to shape-shifting etc. The 20 percent of mankind who do not possess a power are called "quirkless", and are usually looked down on upon the supernatural community. Academies across the globe train their students to learn to fight crime with their powers. Izuku Midoriya, a boy born without any powers, dreams of being able to become a super hero too, but gets bullied for his unrealistic dreams. One day, his fate changes in an unexpected meeting with the no.1 hero all might, and he is given the chance to become his successor and inherent one for all, a quirk with a dark history, which is passed down from successor to successor, who cultivates it with their own power and passes it on, to defeat it's brother, all for one.
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My Hero Academia: 5 Reasons Why The Manga Is Reaching Its Climax (& 5 Great Ideas For A Sequel)
My Hero Academia’s manga is currently focused on the series’ first major battle — and the action is on a scale unlike anything fans have seen before. Yes, the series has given big fight sequences, usually between Deku and whatever villain happens to be the Big Bad of the current arc, but an all-out war between the League of Villains (now the Paranormal Liberation Front) and the heroes is on a different level.
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For that reason, it's very possible the manga is reaching its climax. There are still plenty of storylines to wrap up, but this arc could signal the beginning of the end -- or at the very least a time jump that could segue into the next chapter of the story. Here are five reasons the My Heromanga might just be reaching its climax (& five sequels we'd like to see if the series is nearing its end).
10 At Its Climax: All Might Is Retired
When the protagonist’s mentor character is taken off the board, it’s a promising sign a series is heading into its climax. And although All Might isn’t dead, he’s played a significantly less active role in Deku's story since using the last of his power to defeat All for One.
The manga hasn't dealt with All Might's looming death, so that could be a sign that it's still got a ways to go before wrapping things up. But given how irrelevant All Might's become to the plot, it could also just mean that Deku's ready to take things on himself.
9 Sequel Idea: Heroes Do College
Do Pro Heroes go to college, or do they transition straight from high school to hero work? This would be an interesting question to answer, particularly if there is a college-style education involved.
It's been a blast following Deku and his classmates through the beginning of their high school careers, but putting some of these characters into a college setting would no doubt be entertaining. It would also enable the manga to
8 At Its Climax: Shigaraki's Stronger Than Ever
When the main villain reaches the peak of his or her power, that usually means a story is nearing its end. Shigaraki is now more powerful than readers have ever seen him, meaning his time as My Hero’s primary antagonist could be coming to a close.
Of course, for the series to truly reach its climax, the heroes will need to defeat him afterward — and that’s looking less and less likely right now. But even if the good guys lose the battle currently happening, Shigaraki's newfound power could mark a turning point for them -- one that brings them much closer to the story's conclusion.
7 Sequel Idea: Class 1-A Becoming Pros
Of course, My Hero Academia could skip the college years altogether and focus on another part of young adulthood. It'd be fascinating to see what becomes of Class 1-A once they go on to become sidekicks and actual Pro Heroes, fighting villains without worrying about breaking the rules or getting permission from their teachers.
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This sequel idea would allow fans to continue following the characters they’ve grown attached to and learn what it takes to be a hero from an all-new angle — one that the manga’s young adult fans will likely find even more relatable. Despite the fact that Deku and his classmates have seen more than your average first-year student at U.A., they haven't truly experienced what it's like to be full-time Pros. It would be interesting to see them come to terms with it.
6 At Its Climax: The Truth Might Come Out
Deku has been forced to keep more the secret about One for All from just about everyone he knows, but with Shigaraki targeting him, it seems very possible the secret about his Quirk could finally come out.
Endeavor and Eraserhead have both already questioned why the League of Villain's leader would seek out Deku in the middle of a war, and that's not to mention that Deku's Quirk has exhibited new qualities over the past few arcs -- qualities that just don't make sense for someone with a regular Quirk. It's likely someone other than Bakugo or Gran Torino will discover Deku's relationship to All Might in the coming chapters -- and that in itself would mark a major turning point for the manga.
5 Sequel Idea: The Next Generation
My Hero Academia has introduced fans to younger characters, like Eri and Kota, both of whom have fairly powerful Quirks of their own. If a sequel series wanted to shift the attention off Class 1-A, it could look at the next generation of students -- with these two in the spotlight.
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Putting the focus on an all-new generation of heroes would enable the series to jump ahead in time, presenting new problems within hero society -- and a new slate of villains. Eri and Kota aren't that much younger than the current cast of characters, so it would also make it easy for our favorites from the first series to cameo. (At least one person from Class 1-A will wind up teaching at U.A., just watch.)
4 At Its Climax: The Stakes Are Higher
There have been a few losses over the course of My Hero Academia, but the manga has really upped the stakes recently, with the current battle killing off major characters on both sides — and leaving the fates of several others in serious jeopardy.
A story typically takes a dark turn and forces its hero to confront hardships once it reaches its climax, so it's easy to see why many readers believe My Hero has reached this point. Of course, the manga may also just be getting darker. It was bound to happen eventually.
3 Sequel Idea: Deku's Successor
It's strange to imagine Deku as an actual adult, especially one who's slowly losing his grip on One for All. But it stands to reason that, one day, he'll be forced to pass on this power, just like All Might did -- so why not turn that into a sequel series?
Turning Deku into the mentor character and following a new soon-to-be Symbol of Peace would certainly put a spin on things -- and maybe even give readers perspective they didn't have while looking at the story through Deku's eyes.
2 At Its Climax: Deku's Grown
There's no denying how much Deku's grown since the beginning of the manga, and he doesn't necessarily need to master his power at 100 percent in order to face off with the main villain. Yes, most fans would love to see Deku's complete story play out -- but he's undoubtedly come far enough to justify the journey.
The only reason Deku's growth suggests the story may not be nearing its climax is because he hasn't mastered all of his predecessors' Quirks yet. There are still a lot of questions to answer surrounding that particular storyline, but perhaps Horikoshi will leave things open-ended.
1 Sequel Idea: A Huge Time Skip
Another concept that would make for an interesting sequel to My Hero Academia is if the manga jumped way ahead in time -- long after Deku's story takes place. The next installment could explore the downfall of hero society, a world where Quirks have faded into near nonexistence or even a world without the Symbol of Peace.
There are plenty of dystopian directions this world could go in, and all of them would make for a fascinating -- and incredibly different -- sequel to the current manga.
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My Hero Academia
Midoriya inherits the superpower of the world’s greatest hero, but greatness won’t come easy.
Created by Kohei Horikoshi
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My Hero Academia also known as Boku no Hero Academia is a Japanese anime. Written and illustrated by “Kohei Horikoshi”. Its Manga had circulated in weekly shonen jump’s manga in 2014. The first season of My Hero Academia aired in 2015. It got license to publish and telecast in English as well.
My Hero Academia Series Cast
- Midoriya Izuku (Main Character)
- All Might (Main Character)
- Bokugo katsuki (Main Character)
- Shoto Todoroki (Main Character)
- Ochako Uraraka ( Supporting Character)
- Shota Aizwa (Supporting Character)
- Fumikage Tokoyami (Supporting Character)
- Eijiro Kirishima (Supporting Character)
- Tenya Lida (Supporting Character)
- Dabi (Supporting Character)
My Hero Academia Series Plot
In a world of Super Powers (called Quirks), it was a dream to become a Hero and save people from Villains. Izuku Midoriya a child who was born without Quirks dreams to become a Hero. He admires his idol Hero “All Might” Super Hero in Japan.
When he finds out that he can no longer become a hero, he loses hope. One day his friend Bokugo was caught up by a villain. When everyone hesitates to save him, Midoriya bravely takes the step to save his friend from the villain. By watching Midoriya’s selflessness towards saving people, All Might gave his Quirk to Midoriya. All Might even helped Midoriya to get into a Super Hero’s School where they make future Super Heroes. From there the Journey towards becoming a Hero and Saving the world starts.
Bokugo, another main character doesn’t like Midoriya because he was so weak to fight but now Midoriya gained this Super Power. He clearly has ego issues and a massive god complex which forms a big part of My Hero Academia.
My Hero Academia Series Review
This is an ongoing anime with 5 seasons. My Hero Academia is about a World with Heroes and their Quirks. They plotted everything so nicely. How the fate changes if you get support from the right person! Each Character had a quirk in the series so it is obvious to the illustrator to design the character’s personality and appearance according to their quirks.
The anime follows a high school theme. Examples involve Conducting Quirk tests. Conducting fake rescue tests. Conducting Matches between classes. Conducting exams. Etc.,
The character developments in the anime must be appreciated. We can pinpoint the growth among the characters. Each Character takes no less competition when compared to the Main character.
If we talk about Villains in the anime, they have more power when compared to the heroes (Not all the villains, just the Main villain). They try to take the world under their rule. Our heroes take down few villains. Later our students will play a huge role in capturing a Super villain.
The direction of the anime includes elements of Sheer Determination, Inspiration and Learning from previous mistakes. With all these positive elements the anime won hearts of the viewers.
My Hero Academia Series Highlights
- Midoriya’s nick name and hero name is Deku. First it was used by Bokugo to tease Midoriya.
- Bokugo is an angry character in the anime yet the funniest one also when he gets angry and shouting on everyone.
- All Might’s Quirk is known as One for all. It is a transferred from his predecessors.
My Hero Academia Series Critical Reception
With a good Super Hero story the anime attracted many viewers since it is released. The anime got 8.5/10 IMDb. 100% Rotten tomatoes in TV series. The story line and characters are the main reasons to watch the anime.
The Movie Culture Synopsis
If you want High School Drama action and Sci-Fi series, My Hero Academia is the good one to choose. Happy watching.
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List of My Hero Academia chapters
Midoriya Izuku: Orijin (緑谷出久：オリジン)
Takere Kusonādo (猛れクソナード)
Subete wo Motte Umareta Otoko no Ko (すべてを持って生まれた男の子)
Todoroki Shōto: Origin (轟焦凍：オリジン)
Bakugō Katsuki: Origin (爆豪勝己：オリジン)
Yaoyorozu: Raijingu (八百万：ライジング)
Boku no Hīrō (僕のヒーロー)
Ōru Fō Wan (オール・フォー・ワン)
Hajimari no Owari Owari no Hajimari (始まりの終わり 終わりの始まり)
Za Shiken (THE 試験)
Temee no "Kosei" no Hanashida (てめェの"個性"の話だ)
Aragau Unmei (抗う運命)
Reddo Raiotto ()
Akarui Mirai (明るい将来)
Kaisai Bunkasai!! (開催文化祭!!)
Kare wa Naze Tachi Tsuzuketa ka (彼は何故立ち続けたか)
Uketsugu Mono (受け継ぐモノ)
Bokura no Dairansen (ぼくらの大乱戦)
Ōru Itto Teikusu Izu Wan Baddo Dei ()
Shigaraki Tomura: Orijin (死柄木弔：オリジン)
Sora, Takaku Gunjō (空、高く群青)
Wanzu Jasutisu (ワンズ ジャスティス)
Hametsu no Borutēji (破滅のボルテージ)
Bakugō Katsuki Raijingu ( ライジング)
Dabi Dansu (ダビダンス)
Midoriya Izuku to Yagi Toshinori (緑みどり谷や出いず久くと八や木ぎ俊とし典のり)
Za Nekusuto (ザネクスト)