At UA Academy, not even a violent attack can disrupt their most prestigious event: the school sports festival. Renowned across Japan, this festival is an opportunity for aspiring heroes to showcase their abilities, both to the public and potential recruiters.
However, the path to glory is never easy, especially for Izuku Midoriya—whose quirk possesses great raw power but is also cripplingly inefficient. Pitted against his talented classmates, such as the fire and ice wielding Shouto Todoroki, Izuku must utilize his sharp wits and master his surroundings to achieve victory and prove to the world his worth.
Remember those shows where the second season/part tries to go too big and then falls on its face and then goes down the memory drainage as unremarkable.
I am grateful that this didn't happen to My Hero Academia. Oh make no mistake - the season does start with a bang but the formula for it is simple and solid. With this approach you can be fairly sure of even better things to come as the season progresses.
The story starts in the aftermath of the previous season. Although things have not yet settled down and the villain of the last season is still on the loose but
it is business as usual at UA high. With the announcement of the world famous UA sports festival things start to heat up. Class rivalries flare up along with other classes targeting our main class 1-A.
So far the competition at the UA sports fest has has kept us all on the edges of our seats. Best part is Midoriya (the MC) showing more spine and learning to rely on his wits as much as on his super power.
Let’s hope that Bones studio treats us to another enjoyable season.
After the great first season a year prior, there's no question that this new season of Boku no Hero Academia would garner a lot of hype and attention surrounding it. But does it deserve the attention its previous season bought it or is it simply another cookie cutter shounen action show to scratch our generic action craving itches for the season?
Story: 8 (Great)
While the first season featured a quite standard "growth arc" for our main character which was never particularly spectacular, it did feature some interesting plot points and tackled a few questions such as what it is like to be an outcast and
what it means to learn to live with the differences between you and the world. The second season has yet to go into depth with any similar questions. Rather, it takes advantage of the currently fantastically phased Tournament Arc and the challenges that presents our characters and expands on the solutions they employ to surpass these challenges. Talking about characters...
Characters: 8 (Great)
Usually in action shounen shows the supporting cast takes a backseat to the main character(s) and their motivations, agendas and backstories are never properly explored. This was not the case in Boku no Hero Season 1 and fortunately for us isn't either in Season 2. With a greater emphasis on the supporting cast and their backstory and personality comes a greater depth to the plot and world itself as the people occupying the story feel as real as the main cast. This is not to say that the main characters of Boku no Hero Season 2 gets too little attention or time spent on what they want or feel or think. I believe that Boku no Hero has always had a good feeling of how much focus each character needs, supporting and main characters both, to make them feel relevant while keeping the show from seemingly having the world orbit around a certain character. In short, the show has found a good balance of time spent on each character. The characters aren't without flaws however. Most of the shows cast are based on quite a few shounen tropes which can be almost painfully obvious at times. What's more the second season has improved on the visual storytelling and characterization of the cast through more expressive character animation, but this belongs to the following segment.
Animation: 9 (Fantastic)
Let's just start off by saying that I thought that both the art style and animation looked great in the first Season of Boku no Hero, though it wasn't close to flawless. That said, I think that this season ups its predecessor in every single way. As I mentioned earlier, the animation and movements of the characters is now more expressive and more frequent than the first season and there are fewer moments of still frames for extended periods of time. Movement is also more fluid while retaining or in some cases even improving upon the detail found in the first season. The movement of the characters is now also weightier to increase the realism felt in the movements. All of this should come as no surprise though as we have studio Bones behind the helm of this show.
Sound: 8 (Great)
As I am no expert of sound design I don’t have much to say other than that the show sounds great which any high profile show should in 2017. The voice acting is as good as it was previously and all characters manage to express great emotion which is conveyed to me with ease despite the language barrier. Most of the shows music works well with its scenes and aids the scene to have a greater effect on the viewer. Also, the OP and ED are fantastic. Some of the best this year in my opinion.
Enjoyment: 9 (Fantastic)
I have to admit that shounen shows are a bit of a guilty pleasure of mine, especially the ones made by Bones, so I might be a slight bit biased when thinking about Boku no Hero but I swear to god if this show isn't entertaining as all hell. There hasn't been a single time that I haven't cussed at the ED as the credits started to roll because I was so convinced that it had only been 5 minutes since I started the episode. When a 22 minute episode feels like 5 you know that you enjoyed it almost a bit too much.
Overall: 8 (Great)
"But does it deserve the attention its previous season bought it or is it simply another cookie cutter shounen action show to scratch our generic action craving itches for the season?" Yes. Yes it deserves all the attention it can get 100 times over. Boku no Hero Academia season 2 is superior to its first season, and a large majority of other shounen action shows, in most ways I can think of and will surely entertain even the pickiest of viewers.
This review does not cover the whole series but rather only 6 episodes currently out
TL;DR: It's okay, nothing special(for now)
I was going to review the new Attack On Titan but then this popped out and I had to take a look at it. Last season of My Hero Academia left me mellow. The first two episodes got me as I saw our struggling protagonist facing adversities due to being one of rare people who do not have a super power but it all went down the crap covered drain when he suddenly obtains a superpower from the strongest hero, All-Might. His inability to completely control
the power he received isn't explored all that much until season two, which is why it fares better thus far than it's predecessor.
Let's make a quick rundown due to current lack of content
Art and sound.
They didn't improve much from the original and even there they were nothing worth noting. I do not wish to stick on this for long until some adrenaline pumping action scenes come up. Opening is a bit of a doozy, the first one seemed better at setting the mood.
People have superhero powers, there's a school for shit like that, our protag gets into the best superhero school.
In part two there's a sports festival, that is all.
Now this is something that actually changed . More focus has been set on characters that didn't get time to shine in the first season. Of course it's only been a few episodes so hey maybe they switch it back to the usual dullards but I regress. Good thing about this sports festival is that our protagonist has to hold back from using his insta win ability,cause he still can't control it, but rather his wit.
Some characters got their motivations laid out which is always nice and we were treated to a batch of new characters.
I am enjoying this part a lot more than the past one already so if it keeps up the pace it might get a higher rating from the past one.
One thing to keep in mind is that My Hero Academia is still a show with many flaws mostly tied to it being quite cliche at times.
Another qualm I have with it is that it sometimes stretches boring scenes way too much and shortens worthwhile ones. Pacing seems to be better than the first season which is always a plus, hopefully this season keeps it's momentum of positive changes for the remainder of it's episodes.
Here's a 7 for now.