Like I said before back in the One Punch Man review, the superhero genre is not going away any time soon despite the bitchiness of some people complaining about it. There was a lot of hype surrounding this show coming in the spring 2016 season among other titles and it was practically the season people were actually looking forward to and in the end, the season was actually good. Now the question is…..will this one be good?
Like OPM, My Hero Academia is an ongoing Weekly Shonen Jump series as well and includes a cavalcade of superheroes, both veterans, rookies and newcomers…..oh, and there’s an academy to train young heroes, too.
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.
Now being that it is still ongoing in the manga, this anime is only 13 episodes and there was some worry that the show was going to cram a lot of chapters into some episodes or skip some chapters or make up an anime-only end that’ll piss off the manga purists….yeah, there was some elements that was going against it.
But if you know me by now…..I generally don’t give a damn about if something is following the source material. I just care if the show is good or not.
And it is…..this show is damn good.
Now story-wise, it’s straight forward with the main character Izuku or Deku as most people refer him wanting to be a hero. He dreams of being as brave and strong and courageous as his favorite hero All Might and considering having these quirks or superhero powers is the norm, it seemed easy, right?
Turns out he doesn’t have any of those Quirks and it’s like a reverse version of superheroes where in a society where you don’t have any of those quirks, you’re looked at as the freak, the outcast, the one that always gets bullied a lot (and that part is worse considering those bullies might have quirks to help mess with him) and that is distressing, knowing your dreams of becoming a hero are dead to shit……well, until All Might decides to help train the young boy.
It has the basics of any superhero starter media like training, meeting a bunch of characters the main character will consider friends…..and rivals, do some obstacles in order to pass and possibly there is a big challenge that all of the trainees must bond and save the day and themselves. I would say there is some character development and there is….among the two being Izuku and Katsuki Bakugo, the bully who messes with Izuku. I do like how the two play off each other with Izuku being the modest and earnest hero who just wants to do what’s right and Bakugo is the arrogant, close to being evil but isn’t and powerful prick hero.
I would say like Iron Man but I think Tony Stark would stomp that kid’s ass.
I will also admit that I really wanted Izuku to kick Bakugo’s ass so much. I mean, we do get something from Bakugo’s point of view about him being the most powerful and strongest because that’s how he grew up and the pressure on that can be challenging but most of the time….I just want Izuku to succeed in something. He’s the type of character who you want to see get something good in the end because life kicked him down so much, he needs something good in his life and that you really believe in him achieving his dream of being a hero.
As for the rest of the heroes (or young heroes in training)……yeah, they were pretty cool. I really like the majority of these guys although while we kow a few of these guys, they aren’t exactly fully developed, which was expected given there’s a LOT OF MOTHERFUCKERS IN HERE!! Again, like OPM, there is a lot of them on here so I’ll give some small thoughts to some of them.
All Might is the Japanese Superman that’s a better representation of Superman than the recent DCEU version and you wouldn’t believe the quirk on him…well, the effects of that. Ochako Uraraka is Izuku’s friend he met at the Academy and her quirk is Zero Gravity as she touches an object, it floats although she’ll become nauseous if used too much…..oh, and Deku has a little crush on her.
There’s the president of Class 1-A Tenya Ilda, whose quirk is Engine aka super speed in his legs like jet engines and presents himself as a studious and strict guy.
Who else is there? Tsuyu Asui, the girl with the quirk of Frog considering her frog-like appearance and has better swimming abilities, climbing and sticking to walls, tongue that can stretch, superhuman leaping and numbing venom. Tōru Hagakure, whose quirk is invisibility although she has to be fully nude to utilize it although she wears some gloves and boots to know she’s there. Talk about one NSFW that’s actually SFW. Minoru Mineta has a quirk where he grows adhesive hairballs from his head….also makes a lot of lewd jokes and stuff. Mina Ashido is the student that looks fluffy and pink but her quirk is “Acid” as she releases it from her body. Like I said, there’s a lot of them and I’m gonna stop here before I go too much.
The animation here is courtesy of the famous animation studio, Studio BONES, and if you’re looking for something that’s colorful, vivid and has that Japanese meets American style feel to it, then this is the show for you as BONES dauntlessly proven again why they are regarded as one of the best anime studio from the battle animation to the colorful backgrounds and the character designs are very unique and so fitting to the character.
Musically, the score is all the heroic and epic sounds many were expecting to a show like this and even to some of the lighter moments, it is a bit low-key and some changes I didn’t notice much in the background. Speaking of heroic and epic-sounding, the opening theme fits that to a tee with “The Day” by Porno Graffitti and the ending theme “Heroes” by Brian the Sun is still on that level, only slightly down focusing on Izuku in the ending animation.
Last and not least….yup, you know I gotta talk about the English dub and yes, this is a Broadcast dub and quite the big deal with FUNimation as they got some of their regulars on here with a slight twist. Izuku is voiced by Justin Briner and I got to say while Briner has been getting some spotlight since last year, this is the first anime role of his I was genuinely impressed with. No, I never sensed him as a bad VA, just the roles he got were either not that significant or they’re attached to shows I just hated that year (Seraph of the End, for one.) but here, he’s good. Christopher Sabat plays All Might and….he’s Chris Sabat. OK, his performance is fine but I got nothing new to say about it. I liked Luci Christian as Ochako as it felt like another role of hers I like being Koyuki from Sgt. Frog. I really dig Clifford Chapin as Bakugo as he nailed down the arrogance within him, slightly more murderous here but it’s good and yes, my favorite performance in here is Monica Rial as Tsuyu as her usual voice is mixed with the froggy sound she came up with. It’s definitely one to notice.
FINAL VERDICT: SPOILER ALERT! This is definitely going to be in my top 5 favorite anime of 2016 as this show is AMAZING!!! While we only get 13 episodes of this and development for some characters is sparse, it is still an energetic, entertaining series with those same characters still being fun and enduring to watch and it gives us an overall positive and hopeful vibe that so many people need in their lives….and considering 2016 so far, we need something like this in our lives.
So, how much does this quirk impress me?
As of this date, MY HERO ACADEMIA has not been solicited for a home video release but is available for streaming on FUNIMATION EVS for sub and dub and also on Hulu Plus and Yahoo View. Oh, and let’s not forget…..a Second Season has been announced.
I’m MAK2.0 aka The Blue Hybrid and I’d probably abuse my quirk if I had Ochako’s power. I’d be sick than a motherfucker.
MY HERO ACADEMIA – animated by BONES / licensed by FUNIMATION ENTERTAINMENT