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 shapeshifting. This leaves the remainder of the world completely powerless, and Izuku Midoriya is one such individual.
Since he was a child, the ambitious middle schooler has wanted nothing more than to be a hero. Izuku's unfair fate leaves him admiring heroes and taking notes on them whenever he can. But it seems that his persistence has borne some fruit: Izuku meets the number one hero and his personal idol, All Might. All Might's quirk is a unique ability that can be inherited, and he has chosen Izuku to be his successor!
Enduring many months of grueling training, Izuku enrolls in UA High, a prestigious high school famous for its excellent hero training program, and this year's freshmen look especially promising. With his bizarre but talented classmates and the looming threat of a villainous organization, Izuku will soon learn what it really means to be a hero.
My hero academia is an underdog story shounen. The bullied MC has to grow balls, adapt, etc to become what he wants to become. It's all fine and dandy except every other shounen and their dog already did this, better. The show ends up being just fanservice to people whom can identify with the main character.
What my hero academia caught attention with are its different perspective on the subject and the good production values. MHA takes the zero to hero plot half jockingly and half seriously, and this is reflected in its different western superhero-like art style and “in your face” attitude. However it doesn’t deviate from it and at its core it doesn’t execute it on par with other shounens or non-japanese YA literature.
What my hero academia lacks are credible interesting characters. Most of the side characters are blatantly stereotypical. Coupled with the “in your face” perspective you’re left with them being not just underwhelming but also put into highlight.
Main characters also have significant issues:
Midoriya Izuku, the MC wants to become a superhero, practically for the sake of getting famous and respected. While that’s okay for some of the shounen fans, it’s hardly a goal to get behind of because it’s extremely selfish. Most of the shounen protagonists support idealistic goals in order to promote a positive attitude and be likeable but Izuku is a mixture of antisocial, mentally weak, greedy, compulsive and obsessive which are not really that great traits although they are presented as such. The perspective towards him is that “he’s selfless and that’s what really makes a hero” although in reality he’s just reckless due to his neediness.
All Might which is Midoriya Izuku’s superhero idol decides to give him his all-mighty strength by the choice of plot armor because he sees in his greediness and recklessness the traits of a real hero. Further on this character and the show in general will continously defend Midoriya and try to come up with arguments for why the MC deserves the power he was given.
Katsuki Bakugou, he’s the MC’s rival and bully. He’s just there to spice things up and make the MC more relatable to people who got bullied.
Uraraka Ochako, she’s the mandatory OTP, nice and considerate by nature, she gives the protagonist the attention he never had in his life but always craved. Of course he has no idea how to react.
The anime still lacks a villain. This wouldn’t be a problem if the anime had a purpose you could get behind, but being the strongest is hardly a hook. As such the show aimlessly follows characters which lack any interesting interactions or depth.
This anime can still work, mostly for people that consider becoming the strongest a good hook or which value style over substance. It’s not a “bad” anime, it’s watchable thanks to its visuals, but I don’t expect this to be mentioned again 2 years from now.read more
My 1st review in MAL :) Hope it will be useful for y'all ^^
Boku no Hero Academia is a great upcoming shounen anime. Its rare now to see the main character starting from zero to a hero. And this is all what the anime is about. Young boy, Izuku Midoriya having a great interest to become a 'Hero' goes through various hardships and training to join U.A.~ The Hero Academia. This hero of ours lacking the uniqueness called as 'Quirks' has a dream to walk over the footsteps of the 'No. 1 Hero' All Might.
From Zero to a Hero. This anime is about Midoriya narrating his journey as he become the greatest of all Heroes. Most of the things is covered above. The pace would seem to be slow at first. Yet is well suited for the anime. I'm on episode 4 currently. So hoping the anime keeps the hype as it has kept the previous weeks :')
BONES !!! Isn't that enough to praise the art quality of the anime? It isn't? Ok.
The animators have put in their best to bring out a 'Comic Book' like effect in the anime. Bright colours, Flawless expressions (especially of All Might xD), Background detailings and everything!! Bones just nails everything about the art to the point.
Sound ~ 10/10
Another great thing about the anime. OSTs are great!! Openings and Ending is well suited for the anime. Even the background music is well played at the scenes it is needed in.
Just waiting for upcoming episodes to give it a 10/10. Yet, from what I've seen till now, characters are great. Each one is unique. Izuku- the cry baby typish main who can jump off to rescue anyone in danger and turns to be his plus point . Kacchan- the air headed rival. Ochako- the simple and helping type of heroine. And many yet to come :')
Boku no Hero Academia is truely enjoyable anime. Each episode ends with a satisfying feeling. Makes you laugh, feel sad, happy in a span of an episode. This anime here is a bright future of the Shounen World.
The anime is great for people starting to watch anime and even for those who have watched 100s of it. It would be ending at episode 13. Yet, looking at previous works of Bones, Season 2 will come soon xD
''My Deku means, You can do it!''- Midoriya, Izuku (Deku)
Boku no hero Academia is one of the most popular ongoing animes of the spring season 2016. The series is a typical zero to hero story (which isn't bad in anyway) about a boy that has a huge interest in becoming a superhero.
Story ~ 9/10
The story of the series is set in an alternate world where humans are born with superpowers, with some humans the powers starts to manifest from the age 4. Because of that superhumans has become a normal daily life thing. With this fact humanity has been divided by 3 groups.
- People who want to live normally despite having powers. (civilians)
- People who want to control the world or commit all the crimes using that power (Super villains).
- People who want to help others using their powers and maintain world peace (Super heroes).
The plot of the series is consistent and deep.
The Series emphasise on comedy but it equally emphasises on the story too.
Its just the fourth episode but I think the plot is lot darker then it seems.
We have a protagonist who will grow stronger with training and we will be able to see his growth
Series has Well thought and solid story.
Art ~ 10/10
Bones always delivers superb animation. This time they've made the series feel more like a ''comic book''. Facial expressions are outstanding and background is fine.
Sound ~ 9/10
The sound is great! The OST and ED are both well made and fits good with this anime. But what i like is the background music. They always seem to put the music right where it's needed. (atleast right now)
Character ~ 8/10
The main character Deku is a boy who belongs to none of the above 3 categories. but he belongs to the category that's about to die out, yes the category of “Normal People” without superpowers. Because of this no one believed that he was capable of becoming a superhero. But still with all that Deku still gives it his all to make it to the ''Superhero Academia'' which I think makes him interesting to watch. I'm excited to see how they develop him from now on.
Enjoyment ~ 10/10
I'm really enjoying this anime right now. Every episode makes me crave for more. I think this anime has potential to become one of the classical ''shounen'' animes.
Overall ~ 9/10
Watch it if you're a fan of shounen animes, hell even if you aren't because it's really good.
Note: Tl;dr at the end for the lazy ones.
*MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS*
Inspired by American superhero comics, Horikoshi Kouhei's Boku no Hero Academia (or 'My Hero Academia' in English) manga started publishing two years ago, but got gained a lot of popularity only after the release of One Punch Man anime. But being honest here, I must say that I was somewhat disappointed by it.
The story is rather childish. In the world of My Hero Academia, on one fine day, out of nowhere, new born babies started having some random super powers which are called 'quirks'. With that, evil villains emerged, and with that heroes emerged too, which soon became usual and was accepted by the society. Our main protagonist of the show, Izuku Midoriya, who is always bullied by his childhood friend Bakugou Katsuki who has a great quirk, wanted to join the prestigious 'Hero School', UA, and become the best hero in the world like 'All Might'. But he discovered in his childhood that he is 'quirkless', but finding the potential in him due to various situations, All Might passes on his quirk to him which is somewhat like ultimate strength, speed and endurance. But due to his weak body and lack of practice, he always hurts his body due to the recoil. Anyway, he manages to clear the UA entrance exam and now he must struggle in the school to pass out as a pro hero.
Okay, so far so good. But from this point, the excitement goes downhill. Bad jokes, predictable events, childish plot, and what not, makes it seem more like an American Cartoon than a Japanese Anime.
Bones Studio, very popular for it's work in Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, delivers some of the best artworks out there. But this time, it gambled with My Hero Academia. The graphics are very sketchy and it feels like we are reading a comic book. It may be a hit for some people. But honestly speaking, it was a miss for me.
There is no doubt that Porno Graffitti, the most misunderstood band name, did an amazing job for the OP with the song 'The Day'. The fast and catchy song and the visuals along with it are very good and fits the mood. 'Heroes' by Brian the Sun is another great ED. And guess what? Kaji Yuki performed the role of Todoroki Shouto! Also other talented voice actors like Okamoto Nobuhiko, Suwabe Junichi, Kitamura Eri, Yuuki Aoi, Inoue Marina did a great job. The OSTs during the action scenes are really good too.
This is the biggest negative point for the show. The characters, are well, lame. Everyone is either silly or one dimensional or simply annoying. They all have unique quirks which make them different from each other. But still, they are lame.
Bakugou Katsuki is the lamest and the most annoying of all the characters. He exists just to bully Midoriya Izuku to make the anime more shounenish.
Midoriya Izuku is no good either. A lame-ass who usually cries over stupid things instead of fighting like a man. He is a fan boy who cries tears of happiness like a girl when he is able to see some pro hero. That's seriously lame.
All Might, the strongest hero in the world is the silliest childhood-hero like character. He has got some weird hairstyle and dialogues without any punch. He has one alternate form in which he shrinks to a thinner size with a gunny un-proportional face and body, which may have been shown for comedy, but I found it silly.
Eraser Head is the only character whom I found interesting and mature. Reminded me of Kakashi Hatake from Naruto. :P
I enjoyed the show only in some parts of it (mostly the action part). The rest of the show was silly, childish, predictable and it felt like it was targeted for pre-teens. But anyway, if you have already watched a lot of good anime, then this anime is suited for casual watching.
If you are a pre-teen or younger, you will like or maybe love this show. It has all the scenes and factors which today's generation kids love (I guess). If you are a matured adult who is not into silly comedy, bullied-kid-turned-into-superhero or someone who finds funny villains evil, you should probably avoid this anime.
+A few action scenes
+Good for audience below the age of 16 years
-Poor plot, many loopholes
-Silly and annoying comedy
-Silly and annoying characters
-Comic book sketch-like art
-Not good for mature audience
It's like a rip off of Marvel, DC and One Punch Man. But a bad one. Good for casual watching, if you have already watched a lot of good anime and have nothing new to watch. If you like shounen super power anime, then you will like this anime. I have a feeling that the sequel is going to be better. Let's wait and see.read more
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