My Hero Academia Review

Story

Izuku has dreamt of being a hero all his life—a lofty goal for anyone, but especially challenging for a kid with no superpowers. That’s right, in a world where eighty percent of the population has some kind of super-powered “quirk,” Izuku was unlucky enough to be born completely normal. But that’s not going to stop him from enrolling in one of the world’s most prestigious hero academies. Now, the only thing standing between him and his first class is the academy’s formidable entrance exam—nothing a little private tutoring from the world’s mightiest hero can’t solve.

My Hero Academia hits the ground running by showing you this new world where superpowers are the norm and not having one is being weird. Izuku is told he isn’t going to have a quirk and be completely normal which crushes him because he wants to be like his favorite hero All Might. It was almost like they wanted to get the sad stuff out of the way in the first episode because after that things start to look up for Izuku. He meets All Might and even gets told that All Might will train him to become a hero. This story, in a shell, is all about the ultimate underdog who gets taught by the greatest hero ever to achieve his dream. The show keeps to the tried and true shonen formula as far as I can tell but hey if it isn’t broke don’t fix it. The show is paced almost perfectly with each episode seemingly flying by you. Nothing is really dragged out or milked. Every scene serves a purpose to propel the story forward. This is the closest that I’ve ever seen to something in Anime that would be like a Marvel or DC comic book. In fact the show has a couple characters mention how the world is like a comic book on a couple of occasions. The fights are, as expected, high octane and intense. It was really cool seeing all the superheros fighting these villains using different superpowers that weren’t completely overpowered. Even the greatest hero All Might has a weakness that keeps him from being too overpowered. This check of power is something that I feel is needed for these types of shows to keep them interesting. Speaking of interesting the show actually has a lot of humor and comedy. It wasn’t something that I expected going into the show. Some of the humor comes out of nowhere and some of it is developed but it’s funny regardless. The comedy does a nice job of breaking up all the action and giving you short reprieves. The ending will leave you wanting for more but we’ll get to that in the overall section. My Hero Academia is a really nice paced action shonen that all superhero lovers should definitely check out.

Characters

My Hero Academia has the type of characters that you would expect from a show that revolves around superheros. I really liked a lot of the interactions between all the characters. There’s a lot of characters on the cast so at times it gets hard to remember them or why they’re relevant but it gets better towards the end of the show. It can feel like they’re competing for camera time sometimes but again it gets better towards the end of the show. The main 2 characters are Izuku and All Might. I felt bad for Izuku at first but honestly I felt like he could be a major crybaby at times. I get that he’s an underdog and is bullied by Bakugo a lot but still. About halfway through the show he shows a little bit more guts and starts acting like a hero and standing up for himself. All Might is a really interesting character for me. Without giving spoilers he isn’t what he seems to be and I find his character development the most surprising because he doesn’t seem like a character that would need development. Now for the character that I found the most annoying and couldn’t absolutely stand: Katsuki Bakugou/Kachan. He is one of the biggest jerks in anime in my opinion. He acts way more like a villain than a hero. He even talks back to All Might and does what he wants no matter if it puts his classmates in danger. I just found him so annoying and couldn’t stand him. The rest of the supporting cast is a mix of other students and superheros. As a generic overview they all do a good job at supporting Izuku/Deku and helping him along his path of attending the most prestigious hero academy in the country. One of the supporting characters actually has some really good chemistry with Deku named Uraraka. Deku has a crush on her immediately and she is one of the first people who are nice to him at the school. I see some potential for development between those two. My favorite character is All Might just because he provides unexpected character development, comedy, and some badass action.

Soundtrack

My Hero Academia’s soundtrack is one kickass soundtrack. The opening song is called “The Day” by Porno Graffiti. Before I had even seen anything else about this show I saw people all over this song. It was almost as big as the One Punch Man opening. Anyways I loved the song. In case you haven’t heard it yet it’s a rock song with very powerful vocals. Porno Graffiti has done some amazing anime openings/endings and this is another one to add to the list. I feel like it isn’t a song that has to “grow on you” and you’ll know right away if you love it or hate it. The ending song is called “Heroes” by Brian the Sun. It’s a soft rock song that is a nice contrast to the opening. This contrast works out very well and adds some nice diversity to the soundtrack. The music producer for My Hero Academia is Yuuki Hayashi. He’s done some amazing soundtracks that include the likes of Death Parade, Blood Lad, and Haikyuu. These shows are some of my favorite anime soundtracks so of course Yuuki Hayashi is one of my favorite producers and the soundtrack for My Hero Academia further cements that. I highly recommend checking out this soundtrack if you get the chance. I believe it’s well worth your time.

Voice Acting(DUB)

I thought that the voice acting for My Hero Academia was pretty well done. I thought that each person was perfectly cast into roles that fit them and that in turn provided great quality voice acting. The main cast went as follows: Justin Briner(Izuku) and Chris Sabat(All Might). Perfect casting in my opinion especially Chris Sabat as All Might. I honestly can’t see anyone doing as good of a job as he did as All Might. Justin Briner was also a perfect cast as Izuku and really nailed the whiny scenes that Izuku had. That isn’t meant as an insult but rather the exact opposite. It’s very hard to really nail those pitches in my opinion and I think Justin Briner did very well. The “main” supporting cast goes as follows: Clifford Chapin(Katsuko Bakugo), Luci Christain(Uraraka), J. Michael Tatum(Iida) Alex Organ(Aizawa), Eric Vale(Shigaraki), and Chuck Huber(Kurogiri). There are other great talents in the minor cast as well. As I said earlier I think that everyone was perfectly cast. J.Michael Tatum is exactly who I pictured playing Iida when I saw him for the first time and to my pleasant surprise I was right. Luci Christain was also a great pick for Uraraka. She’s such a sweetheart type of character and Luci Christian really brings that out of her. This was just such an amazing cast and it’s no surprise that the voice acting was so good. Usually when you have a good cast the voice acting is going to be good as well and My Hero Academia does a nice job of proving that.

Overall

My Hero Academia is an awesome shonen show that blends kickass action and amusing comedy. I love the pacing of the show and the fact that it doesn’t really waste your time. The characters are a nice blend of good and bad with plenty of diversity in character design. Speaking of character design, the character design for My Hero Academia is really cool and unique. The show has some very vibrant colors for easy eye candy. The soundtrack and voice acting is fantastic as well. Currently the show is only 1 season with 13 episodes but a 2nd season is coming out very soon so there’s more great action to come. I loved the whole ambiance of the show and I’m looking forward to great things from the next season. I’m hoping the next season can bump this show up to a perfect 10 but until then My Hero Academia gets a solid 9/10!

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