After watching the first season of Boku Hero no Academia (My Hero Academia), I can’t help but feel wanting for more of this series. The first season consisted of only 13 episodes. It adapted the general premise of the story and had its character roster in set. However, it missed the opportunity to expand more and build on those elements. Have no fear. Season 2 is here and it’s set to fill the gaps for you diehard fans of this classic shounen adventure.
One major part of the sequel is that the length is almost twice the duration of the first season. It consists of 25
episodes (including an anime original) as part of its storytelling. Therefore, expect almost twice as much as details. As an avid fan of the manga, I’m also rather impressed by the faithfulness of its adaptation standards. Expecting this show to hit a lot of its marks is no easy task and I had some doubts at first. Still, the sequel does a splendid job at crafting the essence of its story. At its core, the show is about heroes in a fictional world. Protagonist Izuku Midoriya (nicknamed Deku) tries to make a difference in his world by trying to become a hero.
Something that I often found appealing about Boku Hero no Academia is how stylish it establishes itself. It’s a typical shounen series yet is able to spread its themes and knows how to do so. The second season asks a question: what really makes a hero? From the first half, we get a tournament (U.A. Sports Festival Arc) that pits the best of the best between classes. While this may seem like a generic battle tournament you can find in many shounen series, Boku Hero no Academia sets itself to establish characters within its tournament. Prominent characters such as Deku, Ochako, Bakugo, and Todoroki gives the audience their insight on their reasoning for fighting. While some of their principles can be disputed, they sent a clear message that becoming a hero is no easy path. At least for these characters, being a hero is more than just about saving others. The Sports Festival arc also examines the background story of Todoroki, a character that we knew little about from the previous season. It invites moments of sympathy as we see how tragic his past has influenced his character in the present.
Meanwhile, the show still maintains its presence of antagonists. Perhaps the most prominent of these is Hero Killer Stain, a new villain with his own objectives and morals. Again, his character ties with the question of “what makes a hero”. In his mind, there are certain rules that establishes what a “true hero” is from the “fake ones”. Season 2 has psychology that makes antagonists such as Stain feel meaningful as a character. It motivates other heroes to realize what they are and what to fight for. Don’t believe me? Just ask Tenya.
As I watched more and more of season 2, I can’t help but realize that the sequel serves as a way to prepare for the characters/heroes for what’s really ahead. What I mean is that while the second season is rich in content, it still leaves some gaps to fill. Mainly, prominent villains such as Tomura Shigaraki and his right-hand man Kurogiri play very minor roles despite establishing themselves as a dangerous threat from the first season. All Might also plays a lesser role in this season despite still being the main hero. Although his role is still important for Deku’s development, it feels that his character dynamics with the boy is less. As a show loaded with characters, don’t expect everyone to get the same development as the main cast. While most characters gets some time to shine, others are left with less memorable moments or comic relief. (yes, I’m looking at you, Mineta) Finally, season 2’s storytelling can occasionally feel stale at times with the academy setting and themes. Luckily, the comedy gives the fans its entertainment value that’s deceptively fun to watch.
Bones studio (known for their adaptation of other super power and hero theme shows) returns with their animation quality. I must admit, season 2 sets the bar for is stylish animation. Battle scenes from the Festival Arc particular stand out that is simply mesmerizing. The fight between Deku and Todoroki is especially noticeable that captures the stellar choreography as I’d expect from this studio. Camera angles feel smooth with vibrant colors and body movements. However, there are a few scenes that feel stagnant especially during the fight with Stain. Perhaps some of those can be fixed later in BD/DVDs but it’s nothing too distracting. Character designs in this sequel also remains memorable for characters ranging from the barbaric design of the Hero Killer, pro heroes, and our main cast.
When listening to the soundtrack, I can’t help but feel that everything is on point. From character voice mannerisms to the battle OST, it succeeds far more than it fails. I can honestly say that the voice mannerism of the characters really brings out the personalities of the cast. Characters such as Stain, All Might, Bakugo, and Todoroki especially stand out this season whenever they speak with dynamism and purpose. The theme songs offers a classic hero-like tune that’s hard to miss.
If you’re going to watch this second season, just know that it will be a thoughtful experience beyond the colorful battles. Everything has a reason ranging from the story, themes, morals, and even character names. I can’t say this enough but season 2 really bought out what I had expected as an adaptation. It’s faithful on most parts and leaves me hunger for more each episode. That being said, season 2 is still far from resolving the end story. It actually feels more like building up for more as certain characters are foreshadowed and more threats looms in the horizon for the main characters. However, I came into this show with high expectations and left with awe. With season 3 announced, this sequel is nothing short of been a classic.
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.
It's easy to point the finger at Boku No Hero Academia and label is as just one in the same with any other shounen that populates the medium. To make broad statements like the characters themselves are just repackaged personalities with only a fresh coat of paint and appearance to their name. Or something to the effect of its story being recycled. And if you were to choose that stance, defendants would be hard-pressed to argue against it. But if you did choose that stance, that then calls into question the very essence of critiquing a shounen in such restrictive terms, to begin with.
a shounen isn't allowed to be about the fundamental fight between good and evil with said fights being carried out through the proxy of colorfully decorated personalities, then at what point does it cease to make sense for it even to be made at all? Or better yet, why bother to scrutinize it for doing what that genre has been predicated on since its inception? At what point does valid criticism capsize towards the side of pointless nitpicking? You won't always discredit comedies for having situational humor nor will you shame an action movie for delivering on its promise of cool fights and chase scenes. So why then is that benefit not allotted to shounens for being just that; a shounen? What I’m trying to say in more words or less is if a shounen isn't allowed to be a shounen without being reprimanded, what purpose does it even serve to critique it?
With all that being said, couldn't a shounen that operates within the realm of its genre commonalities be allowed to revel in it, even if it may air on the side of self-indulgence at times? I say it should. Not every shounen could escape its role to become Fullmetal Alchemist nor should it be required to. In the same way, not every action movie is expected to be a seminal time marker in the way The Matrix did for bullet-time effects and stylized violence or Inception for its audiovisual craftmanship and technical proficiency. Sometimes, being the byproduct to ride the wave of other tentpole entries is just fine. And in that regard, Boku No Hero Academia has proven to be a steady entry in the ever-expanding superhero/shounen canon, and I see no reason to ostracize it because it isn't overly ambitious.
What can and will be critiqued, however, is the eternal mechanics of its universe and the functionality of all the moving parts — characters and their purpose notwithstanding. No matter the demographic or genre it services, poor writing isn't autonomous to critique, and in my opinion, that’s the space where a reviewer is needed to occupy. The utilization of literary devices is something all storytelling media shares, and it’s in this truth that we can properly gauge quality-control in a fair manner. We don’t need critics to tell us that “SPOILER ALERT, shounens have very simple themes.” Anyone with a modicum of common sense could do that on their own. But what’s usually beyond the general knowledge of the viewing audience is the inner-workings that drive the content they consume. Basically, how well does the title in question use the tools at its disposal? And with that in mind, Boku no Hero Academia has some kinks it needs to iron out before it occupies any shelf-space alongside the genre’s cherished entries. Thankfully, this 2nd season shows promise of that possibly coming to fruition if they handle the content right moving forward.
But before we open that can of worms, let’s get everyone up to speed.
Coming off season one's finale, our group of young heroes finds themselves becoming in-house celebrities on their school's campus, and for good reason. They fought against real-world villains, a situation that's already rare enough for students but made all the more alarming given that the face-off took place on school grounds. This places everyone on high alert as they move forward with the calendar year. And as new challenges emerge to face them, this period of their lives will serve as their first jumping off point into finding out what it truly means to be a hero.
These set of challenges first starts off with a genre staple, the tournament arc. And let's just be honest here, this 1st arc is only paying lip service to having a plot while the true intent is allowing physical alterations to happen, and that’s fine. Of course, the writers conjure up a reason to justify this event, and wisely, they made sure their pretext reflected in the show’s in-world rationalizing as well, taking the edge off for anyone that may have noticed it for what it was. Since being a superhero is its own profession, many agencies choose this event to scout new talent, which also doubles up as a national sporting competition for regular civilians to enjoy. Which I must add is far better of an excuse for this setup than most people would give it credit. And while this arc came with all the bells and whistles that make any shounen tournament fun, it was also the weakest portion of the 2nd season for the reason that’s pivotal to making the whole thing work.
The thing that plagues this portion of the show’s run was something I praised the 1st installment of getting right the first time around. And no, it has nothing to do with the self-evident cliché of the arc’s existence. As I mentioned earlier, a shounen doing “shounen shit” is not my concern here. You don’t need me telling you how overused tournament arcs are, that point will already be reiterated to death by every pseudo-critic that will see this as an opportunity to attack “low-hanging fruit.” Instead, what I plan to address is the functionality of the show’s premise in this arc. And to address that, what needs to be called into question is something that’s perhaps the easiest for everyday viewers to comprehend. And that something is proper buildup and payoff.
The idea is simple, throughout the course of the show, the creators will attempt to build up several things — whether it be story or character-centric — and then proceed to pay off their efforts through the natural metamorphosis of the narrative. That “payoff” can either be the main climax of the story or just the resolution of a subplot within it.
To get a sense of this idea in action, let’s take a look at the following scenario:
Let's say there's a superhero introduced who is explicitly stated to have the power to spawn water cannons from his arms. With that character introduction and explanation given to his power, it’s reasonable to expect that the buildup will probably revolve around that power or the resolve of the character being tested. Whether against someone in specific or an event that calls for his specific ability, as long as that hero accomplishes or fails whatever the writers pit him against, it will serve as the payoff for his prominent introduction and highlighted ability.
This doesn't always mean there needs to be a payoff right away, but if the story dedicates time away from its central focus to build up something or someone else, it's usually meant to foreshadow a future event later down the line where that knowledge the audience is given will be reincorporated. Pretty self-explanatory, right? Now, let's look at an example of that being done correctly in the 1st season of Boku no Hero, most notably with our protagonist Midoriya.
He's shown as an astute kid that studies the anatomy and abilities of other heroes. This has become so synonymous to what defines him as a character that it’s even caught the attention of those around him. The buildup established has continuously been paid off with every physical altercation Midoriya finds himself in as he’s constantly shown strategizing ways to use his opponent’s strengths to his advantage, while also working with the limitations of his own power.
The buildup: his excessive studying. The payoff: his tactical prowess on the battlefield.
Now this is where the problem rears its ugly head in this season, throughout the entirety of the tournament arc, almost every buildup that doesn’t revolve around Midoriya or Todoroki, major or otherwise, was poorly delivered upon, and in some cases, completely abandoned altogether.
To help you spot this on your own, I will highlight a minor event in season 2 episode 3. Obviously, if you haven’t seen up to this point, there will be light spoilers ahead. Skip these two merged paragraphs if you want to avoid them.
In episode 3 at around the 4-minute mark, characters Kirishima and Tetsutetsu are shown crushed under a gigantic robot, something that both characters walks away from unscathed thanks to their quirks. One could harden like a rock while the other hardens like steel, a quirk that makes them the ultimate armor against things that would usually cause harm, or in some cases kill any other student that found themselves in the same predicament. What’s important here is that the show took time to pause during the tournament arc to specifically highlight this, subconsciously signaling to the audience that it will come into play later.
Not even a full 7-minutes later into the same episode at around the 11-minute mark, the show introduces an obstacle for the students to get through. This obstacle is a minefield covered with non-lethal explosive charges, a fact the announcer reinforces. It can harm the students but not to the point of endangering their lives. Now, this is very important to note, because like we already establish 7-minutes prior, two students survived what would in any other case be life-threatening injuries to other students without a quirk designed specifically to counteract it. So it stands to reason, this obstacle would be perfect for two students who can literally become armor, right? Wrong, because as far as the show is concerned, the only characters that matter at this point is the three main ones. And even without zeroing in on those two characters, everyone else, from the likes of Uraraka who’ve been shown to defy gravity to Hatsume who had gadgets made specifically for courses like this are all left not using their advantages to overcome the obstacle.
And this kind of logic occurs throughout the entire runtime of the tournament arc. Where the 1st season paid extra attention to its characters quirks and how they can be utilized in combat, in this arc these secondary characters are now used as dick-measuring extras to place the main ones on a pedestal. What I just highlighted was just one of several times this occurred.
With that kind of logic, it would be like if the example I gave about the water cannon superhero ends up finding himself in front of a burning building but instead of using his water cannons to put out the fire, he just stands there looking at it instead. If framed in the mindset that Boku no Hero does with its supporting cast, he would literally be doing nothing while the building catches ablaze, not out of negligence but because the writers simply didn’t pay off what they built up from the beginning.
Thankfully, the 2nd half of this season balances the power mechanics again. Something that’s complimented further with the far more interesting scenario they’re placed in.
What gives intrigue to the 2nd arc of Academia is how it chooses to challenge the notion of justice in a world overpopulated by quirk users. If 80% of the world have quirks, how can there be any stability in the superhero job sector? Well as it turns out, the answer to that question has already been written into the show, but it’s only now that the idealism of the classroom environment has been traded out for the reality of the world they live in that we get the answer. Just because someone could run doesn’t automatically qualify them to be an Olympic athlete. In the same way, their quirks, the one thing they thought made them special, doesn’t matter all that much if its usefulness becomes pigeonholed to limited uses. So beyond the students being challenged to use their skills in inventive ways in season one during all their physical exams, what the school environment was prepping them for was adapting in a world that doesn’t always play to their strengths. And this kind of thing can lead to compromise, and sometimes that’s not for the best.
This realization for those with an advantage could breed vanity, while others may grow in resentment to those at the top. So in that sense, justice in a world full of superheroes like this one could just amount to a rat race to profit and self-benefit. The idea of standing for what’s right is lost in a world where the bottom dollar might be all that matters for some. A diluted cesspool of what it means to be a “hero” has effectively worked itself into the mix. And in a system where the good guys can become no more distinguishable from a business person thinking with a capitalist mindset, radical ideas of reform can begin to emerge. Ideas that may be voiced by a fanatic but may still contain some truth behind it. This is something that seems to be the interwoven into the subtext of this 2nd arc while all the hero shenanigans happen on the surface. And perhaps a glimpse of future storylines to come. Either way, what’s important is seeing all the students hone their skills while realizing there’s much more to becoming a hero than what presumptions they may have had prior.
And yeah, a lot of this is based on conjecture, but going off the clues that the show keeps hinting towards, I won’t be surprised if the future installment of this series finds itself tackling the same sociopolitical dilemma that other superhero stories like Concrete Revolutio and Samurai Flamenco attempted to highlight. Either way, the future is looking bright for Academia if it manages to pull this off.
Of course, I don’t have to tell you that the art and animation look good; it’s Bones, good art and animation are in their wheelhouse. If you liked the comic book apparel of the 1st season, this season just doubles down on that. I could go on and on about how much fun the fights were or how catchy the soundtrack is but honestly, you don’t need me to tell you that, the work speaks for itself. But what I do want to get across is that this season seems to show the efforts of its prior storylines finally starting to pay off. Where the 1st installment helped set up the world and characters that live in it, here, all that establishment is finally being used to craft something far more interesting than the sum of its parts.
So no, I don’t think Academia is quite at that level to be celebrated just yet, but the groundwork has certainly been laid for future installments to come in and shake things up. But until that time comes, let’s just enjoy a shounen that’s comfortable in just being itself.
*Minimum Spoiler Plus Ultra Review*
If you did not watch BNHA S1 then go watch that ASAP.
TL;DR: Hype Hype, Finally a Shounen Anime worth watching Plus Ultra Hype! BNHA S2 is basically Naruto and DBZ's illegitimate child, Hunter X Hunter's bastard child raised by the all mighty Bones STUDIO that has stayed true to the manga and doing the show justice it really deserves! Definitely Binge-Worthy!
[Story: 8/10 , Characters: 9/10, Art: 9/10, Sound: 8/10, Enjoyment: 10/10]
"So many to kill, so little time. None of you are worthy. None of you are All Might" - Stain
If there is one genre that can always hype people
up time after time, it's the classic shounen genre in anime. It's like scrambled eggs. The recipe is very simple yet the execution to get it consistently right day after day is difficult. Luckily, fans of one of the most acclaimed manga, BNHA, can rejoice that studio Bones have done yet another great job in beautifully adapting it their own way without deviating away from the manga to give the viewers total indulgence over a shounen anime people will remember for years to come. If you thought season 1 was good, well this season they just went PLUS ULTRA!
The story is great. The anime being 25 episodes long is able to cover 3 different arcs from the manga. In season 1 we mostly focused on the character development of Deku. However, most of the supporting characters this season underwent major character development, especially characters like Todoroki, Iida and even Bakugo. That being said, the overaching development of Deku is ever present feeding off from the development of others. Really embodying the "All for One" motif as the show goes on. Aside from the characters, the art and animation is bold and vibrant. Nothing short from studio Bones standard. Even the OST and the OP & ED songs are just outright catchy and worth listening to over and over again. It's really hard to find flaw in such a good anime when even the two filler episodes are done so well that it catered to the fans long-time needs & curiosity! With that being said, let's dive deeper into the anime to really get a good grasp of what all the hype surrounding the anime is. Keep in mind, some spoilers might be revealed!
*Minimum Spoilers Zone Begins*
"If you wanna stop this, then stand up! Because I've just got one thing to say to you! Never forget who you want to become!" - Todoroki
There is no point revisiting the premise of the show. It hasn't changed since season 1. We know the end goal is Deku learning how to fully use All for One. The real plot is the whole journey to get there. This season had three different arcs. First we have the ever cliche shounen tournament arc; where all of the UA students battle it out from team battles to finally 1v1 battles. Surprisingly, the tournament arc actually ends with someone actually being declared a winner. No major interruptions or surprise villain gank happens. Now that's a surprise. This arc also features one of the fan favourite episode: Todoroki: The Origin. Next, we have the Stain arc, where Stain, a new villain or anti-villain, that has taken it upon himself to purge the world of fake heroes. It's a really dark arc and one of fan favourite arcs to be adapted. Lastly, we have the much rushed UA Final Hero Examination Arc, where UA students must fight against their teachers (Heroes) to pass their final exam. It also features the second fan favourite episode: Bakugo the Origin. In between these three arcs we are revealed more about the power of All for One and it's origins as well as League of Villains intentions and who is really pulling the puppet strings. Needless to say, Bones, with the help of Yoshihiko Umakoshi (Tournament Arc) and Takahiro Komori (Stain Arc + Exam Arc), did a great job adapting them in anime format. The only major issue was how different each directors take on how they adapted the arcs. Viewers will notice significant difference in battle sequences and camera angles from one director to the other.
"Needless to say... I'll be a hero that even surpasses you (All Might)" - Bakugo
Aside from the plot, the major highlight of this season is the character development. Besides Deku, other characters like Todoroki, Bakugo, Iida, Uraraka and even All Might goes through great lengths of character developments. Just as the two major side characters, Todoroki and Bakugo acts as great foils for Deku, actually all three personify the different attributes of All Might that establishes him as the best superhero of all time that not only saves lives but inspired the next generation to be the hero the nation deserves. Deku wants to save people with a smile. Todoroki wants to be his own person and not a prisoner of his blood. Bakugo wants to be the strongest and win with overwhelming force. This just goes to show you why Endeavor could never be the number one hero. It's never been about how many villains you beat or how strong you are. To be the number one hero means you have to be the beacon of hope and inspiration for all of Japan. The show's main running theme of quirk strength vs physical & mental strength is again revisited through this. The reason pros are good is because of their skills and judgment not because of their quirks. Besides the heroes, the most interesting character of the season has to be the villain or anti-villain, Stain. His motives are good because he wants to restore the title of Hero to something more respectable and pure. However, the method he uses to achieve this is similar to of a villain. Because of this, he starts a chain reaction of inspiring villains similar to how All Might inspiring heroes. All the parallels and juxtaposed characters in this series really adds to the depth and complexity of the show.
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"Meddling when you don't need to is the essence of being a hero" - All Might
Beside the linear plot and dynamic characters, the technical aspects of this show really makes it stand out from other shounen animes. The animation quality from studio Bones is just Plus Ultra. The characters, the fight sequences, the background cinematography are all beautifully hand-drawn. The vibrant colour palette gives it a rich warm tone that resonates throughout the anime. If that wasn't enough, the background OST coupled with the epic OP/ED songs slowly grows on you the more you listen to it. Out of the two OP songs, I think Peace sign is still my favourite. Lastly, the seiyuus of this show does a phenomenal job. There isn't a single character who did not benefit from having a star-studded seiyuu cast in BNHA. Kudos to them. Everything as a whole, really sets the mood and the hype each episode brings to the table.
Overall, BNHA S2 is probably one of the best shounen animes we've been blessed with in the last decade. The shounen anime recipe have been replicated numerous times however it hasn't been executed to this degree in quite a while. The last great shounen anime of this calibre was FMAB. Oddly enough, it was actually studio Bones who also adapted it. They know that staying true to the manga is the ultimate rewarding experience for both new viewers and manga viewers. Nevertheless, I personally really enjoyed this anime and I can see myself easily binging this show again with my friends. It's just that type of show. Also Season 3 has been confirmed. Anyways, I recommend this show to all shounen anime fans and new fans wanting to venture into the shounen anime genre. Check it out let me know later how you like it as well as share with me your favourite quote from the anime! Plus Ultra!!!
P.S. Thank you for reading. I hope you found this short and supaishi review helpful!
This is a two-part review where I'll be weighing in the positives and negatives of this show.
Starting with what I thought it did right:
Despite Boku no Hero Academia’s rather familiar and simplistic premise, its thematic consistency and high production value made it possible for this title to gain recognition and significant following among the anime community. Season 1 managed to deliver in an impressive note and thankfully, that didn’t waiver at all in its continuing season. Much like its predecessor, Boku no Hero Academia 2 looks and sounds just as good—if not, even better. While it still didn’t take any risks, it did capitalize
on the tried and tested formula in battle shounen that never failed to appeal to this genre’s fans and took the liberty to put its own creative spin to it—which I daresay has been pretty successful: Solidly executed action-packed superhero show with a competitive school life and comedy on the side. The tone shifts felt natural and it didn’t fall into the trap of forcefully incorporating dark, tragic themes nor did it get too hung up on its more serious tone just to make it look deep or mature. This anime is fortunately devoid of any of that pretentiousness and instead, it embraced its simplicity, which resulted to a cohesive storytelling. It’s a show that knows what it wants to do and doesn’t go beyond its limitations. At least, not yet anyway.
Although Boku no Hero Academia also happens to lump in almost every character archetype in shounen, it was at least able to turn them into a colorful bunch with just the right amount of exposure. More importantly, there has been better characterization amongst its main cast, which I guess is to be expected since this season delved further into the actual plot where it opened more room for character growth. Our protagonist grew from a cry-heavy (it's not really a word, I know) underdog to an impressive hero in-training who now has more control over his power. His progress felt smooth and his worth as All Might’s successor was constantly tested and proven in all of the arcs covered. Todoroki also had a more significant role, wherein we also learned about his backstory, motivations, and we saw the shift in his dynamics. As did Ida, who was a key player in the second arc that involved the Hero-Killer, Stain. All Might is just as majestic and his power display against Deku and Bakugo in the exam arc was nothing short of spectacular. Their fight was awesome and arguably the best in this season.
Bakugo is still a mixed bag to be honest. He was still quite obnoxious with few redeemable moments, who also couldn’t seem rid himself off of the insecurity and hostility that he had always felt towards Deku. But on another note, he was absolutely hilarious and entertaining this season and I find it hard not to enjoy his chemistry with other characters, especially when he becomes the object of their mockery. His rage reactions are comedy gold and I wouldn’t be surprised if people actually consider him a walking meme at this point. There were also subtle hints of his development thrown here and there to keep us at the edge of our seats whenever he's on screen. The rest of the supporting cast, most especially the class A students, also had their fair share of the spotlight. Though some may complain about how little exposure the rest of the class A students had in the sports festival, I'd argue that it worked out for the story given that the focus of the arc were meant to be Deku and Todoroki in the first place.
I also want to commend how superb the sound, visuals, and animation were in this anime. This was mostly displayed in the Sports Festival arc, which in my opinion, is also this season’s highlight. Hats off to the voice actors as well, who did a phenomenal job conveying the characters' emotions in the most intense moments. They truly didn’t hold back in making this season a spectacle, contributing further to the anime’s general appeal.
My issues with this show:
First that comes to mind is the underwhelming antagonists, given that there seems to be a tad few legitimate threats whose characters also managed to be interesting – Stain (granted that we haven’t seen the last of him) and a couple of new villains introduced by the tail end of the season might draw some intrigue back. In contrast to them, Tomura Shigaraki and his other minions in the League of Villains, ever since their introduction up to the most part of this season, are honestly just really—for the lack of better word—bleh. Second, it’s still lacking in world-building. I was hoping to see even just a glimpse of how the rest of the world fairs in this storyline, but I guess it’s too early for that. Note that those I mentioned above are just very minor issues that I have with this season, hence, I'm not going to elaborate on it further. I’m aware that this is one of those overarching series that would take a little more time to explore its full potential; and that is fine, so I'll just leave it at that and that I’m not docking off points because of that. I will still keep these in mind as I tread further into the series, however.
Having all that said, my actual gripe with it is that it feels too comfortable. While Boku no Hero Academia is certainly one of the better battle shounen anime out there today, its generic or rather ordinary nature is also why I can’t consider it to be great. Besides its very impressive technical presentation and solid delivery, the story simply lacks the ingenuity or in other words, the “wow” factor that makes anime like Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood or Hunter x Hunter, in my honest opinion, the pinnacle of the genre. Don’t misunderstand though—I don’t intend to draw comparisons just to glorify those aforementioned titles nor to put BnHA down. I’m also not necessarily implying that it’s automatically mediocre just because it doesn't have complex themes or isn’t unique. I simply want to make a distinction that justifies my score for this given that I also use the rating scale differently. While I believe that storytelling and execution are what separates the good shows from the bad, I also believe that a compelling narrative with equally compelling characters are what separates good shows from the elite. BnHA is simply lacking in that department.
As mentioned beforehand and despite its stylish, cartoon-esque style and my initial praise for its well-delivered plot and colorful characters, it doesn’t have any trait that makes it truly stand out and incomparable to others. As such became more apparent this season as we continue to witness yet again some very familiar and overdone concepts in shounen: the underdog protagonist who continues to work hard and also tries to seek acknowledgment from the rival who hates his guts; the good ol’ tournament that actually serves as a stage for the protagonist to inspire and subsequently “soften” another rival who has parental issues; a chance encounter with the murderous villain with misunderstood intentions to help a friend who was in a quest for revenge; the mysterious big bad lurking in the shadows; etc. That's not a fault in itself considering that it's normal to have shared themes or tropes in this genre. It does what shounen anime do after all. That said, such idea unfortunately doesn't save it from being predictable, run-of-the mill story wherein we can only look forward to how the creators will put their own spin to these tropes. And since it took inspiration from other well-known titles, it also suffers from the inevitable comparison due to it having very similar concepts that have already been done and outdone (arguably) by some of its predecessors.
It is still a good show for those who appreciate simple, solid, and well-animated shows though. I generally like action anime, so I was consistently invested. But for those who are not a fan of this genre or have seen almost everything it has to offer, it takes more than what BnHA presented to keep them genuinely impressed—which I really couldn’t blame them for.
To wrap it up:
I still think that Boku no Hero Academia 2 is a fun-filled, easy to watch show with so much potential and it seems to tread in the right direction. Whatever it may lack in story, setting, or characters, it still kind of makes it up with its consistency and entertainment value. Not to mention, its excellent animation and sound. It’s an eye candy that’s still worth the watch.
* To anyone who's interested, this is the actual breakdown of my score:
While Season 1 lacks of characterization with its characters, Season 2 finally putting some major character developments for the supporting characters while its Main Character also having a good development and don't get left behind at all.
For once, Yuuki Hayashi's soundtrack is a massive one in episode 10, bringing that scene into one of the most intense, well directed scene this season and not 100% sure but that last scene's animation really feels like Yutaka Nakamura's work ( Black & White frame by frame animation + Yutapon Cubes Destruction ) AND PROVING THAT BONES IS THE BEST SHOUNEN STUDIO ON THE ANIME INDUSTRY.
Soundtrack + Yutaka Nakamura's godtier "masterpiece" flawless animation + Great direction of Studio Bones = Great Adaptation
Anime is almost done but hey 1 ep could change my whole outlook on this shitepaste(no it couldn't)
Alrighty after quite some time I watched through all these episode of season 2 and can confirm that this anime is letting me down more than a quadriplegic Parkinsons patient.
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 was definitely better at setting the mood for this type of anime but alas
all good things must come to an end which is something I won't be saying when this anime comes to a close.
People have superhero powers, there's a school for shit like that, our protag gets into the best superhero school.
Alrighty now let's plunge deeper into the rectal cavity of this story. Initially we are met with probably best thing to have in your anime, a tournament arc. Unfortunately as it continues the quality of it keeps dropping until the point where it feels like creators just want to get it out of the way as soon as possible. Fights get wrapped up in moments and those that stretch for longer are extremely dull with fighters using the same move over and over again until one of them says ,, sod it,, and blows up half the arena. I will concur that next arc is good. It regards this hero killer dude called Stain and,despite being finished in just a few episodes, shows one of the most hectic and dynamic fights in the anime. As a conclusion we have yet,deep sigh, another training. Which is understandable cause it'd be quite weird if an anime about a hero school had very little school in it. However this conclusive arc is hit and miss in it's execution. Long story short it comes down to students fighting teachers. Students are in pairs but teachers are single with their limbs being weighed down with some classic weight bands or whatever. I have to say some of the fights are quite fun to watch keyword being SOME. Others as is already fashion with this anime are dull with whole thing being decided after a constant back and forth between two parties.
Here's a 6 because this anime keeps leaving me with dry feeling in both my mouth and heart as there's not even some moments like in season 1 where you could actually feel a semblance of emotion in shriveled black amalgamations we call hearts.
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, this phenomenon becoming weaker as season flutters onward. As for our main character, the underdog crybitch of our story, he actually achieves some decent control over his power instead of having it break his own body whenever it's used.
Let me put another sentence in for MC. He is a whiny bitch and seems to spent most of his fights crying and yelling how he's going to give it his best and all that tripe.Not that he has to care much about harming himself when his plot armor can take a nuclear strike with no issue. Well to be fair I'm being a bit hyperbolic there but bollocks are there some moments where he keeps gushing the same crap we've heard dozens of shounens do and then have somebody or something pushing his arse out of a pinch.
Some characters got their motivations laid out ,which is always nice despite it being done in a really scrappy manner,and we are treated to a batch of new characters, that get all meaning and screen time kicked out of them by the second half of the arc.
Screw you here's a 5 there's about one good character to be made out of all the shallow, loud annoyances that are considered characters but could only pass as such in a deviantArt fanfic.
This part had me hooked but fucked it up so hard with it's goddamn annoying characters from whom some can have their whole dialogue written down on a one ply toilet paper.
Sure there's a few good moments and fights but if I wanted to scrape something positive out of a demented mess I'd work as a life coach.
What infuriates me is that this show somehow fucks up after every positive act it presents. I can't say that it's worse than part one, at least not in all departments, but I'll be fucked by the last of rhinoceros before giving this a higher rating for what it has put out. All my enthusiasm for this anime died after the Hero Killer arc and it's quite sad that a back alley mid tier hero killing enthusiast with a dumb ideology that makes no sense in light of what we've been shown is somehow a highlight of your show.
Here's a 6 and a trophy full of spunk for successful fuck up on every corner.
Boku no Hero Academia is often said to be the new Naruto or One Piece - the next smash-hit action series. Season 1 laid the groundwork for that, but at a mere 13 episodes, it couldn't truly demonstrate why Hero Academia deserves to be considered THE new great action series. But with season 2 comes a solid 25-episode run, giving it the chance to spread its wings and prove that not only is it a great successor to the old genre greats, but in many respects improves on them.
A big part of why this works better than the first season is that where the first
season could be slow at times, season 2 is perfectly-paced. It moves at breakneck speed with barely a wasted moment, even despite the presence of a single (surprisingly good) filler episode. This makes Hero Academia an excellent binge-watching experience.
Season 2 covers three key arcs from the manga, the first of which is a tournament arc (in true battle shonen spirit) based around a school sports festival. Throughout this arc, the fight choreography is utterly exceptional. Bones have always been a studio known for their impressive production, but even by their standards the animation is jaw-droppingly good, made all the better by mangaka Horikoshi Kouhei's unique sense of style. Even the directing is a notch above their standard, averting the usual use of lazy panel-to-panel adaptation that is excessively common in this genre in favour of more elaborate compositions that can only be achieved because of the change of medium.
But though the Sports Festival arc excels for its action, that's not the reason this arc stands out. Instead, it's because at its core is a strong character arc for Shoto Todoroki. The arc ultimately becomes less about who will win the tournament as whether Todoroki will overcome his inner demons. While there's nothing wrong with a standard tournament arc, this turns it into something greater, using our investment in not only Todoroki but in Izuku to create some of the series greatest emotional highs and compelling moments.
This represents one of the greatest tools that HeroAca has at its disposal - an ensemble cast of lovable characters. The characters we were briefly introduced to in season one are all given greater detail here, with their motivations, personalities, and friendships with one another all built upon (especially in the third and final arc of this season). With only these few simple details, the writing builds the characters laconically, giving even minor characters strong personalities while allowing the core cast the screentime for full character arcs.
Another such character arc comes in the story immediately following the tournament, revolving around Tenya Iida. After a traumatic event, his sense of morality is shaken, resulting in a story arc that sees him come to understand the meaning of him being a hero.
This is all brought about by the biggest masterstroke that Hero Academia has had so far - Hero Killer Stain, this arc's primary antagonist. Where the previous villains of Hero Academia are more outright evil, Hero Killer Stain acts in rebellion against society, against the nature of heroics in the universe of HeroAca, where people become heroes out of greed and pride rather than for truly noble reasons.
His presence in the story is brief, but the ramifications of it are huge. Stain's moral code turns the focus of the series onto the morality of heroics - what makes someone a true hero. Alongside some of the darker elements of hero society introduced into this series, this fleshes out the setting, sowing seeds of discontent with the world as it is and bringing an element of social commentary into the fray. The conflict from here on out isn't just one of heroes vs. villains, it's a conflict of change vs. the status quo.
But the most interesting change to the conflict in HeroAca isn't the external battle, it's the internal one. The question of what makes someone a true hero turns the development of the main cast - especially Izuku Midoriya - into more than just one of becoming stronger physically. It becomes a story about growing as people. With every step that Deku grows in power, he grows as a person, becoming one step closer to being a true hero.
It's the slow growth of Deku's character that forms the emotional core of the series, and the newfound focus on moral codes helps us become even more invested in him and the rest of the cast. This turns Hero Academia into something more than the standard shonen fare whilst keeping everything that made those series compelling to begin with.
With this, Hero Academia has become one of the greats of its genre.
Whenever I watch this show I begin to get flash backs of SAO.
That should sum up exactly how I feel about this anime.
The show has a great concept and interesting characters, but unfortunately they are for the most part are sorely underdeveloped and have very little depth to them (as this season has progressed this is slowly began to change with a few characters). The fight scenes are well animated and are a breath of fresh air into to dullness that is created through the tropes and rehearsed plot points that you could find in dozen of other animes.
The thing that truly
keeps this anime from going to mediocre to okay is the dreadful main. The MC carries out the rehashed "severely under powered high school boy with irrational hero complex somehow gains the power to take down super powered villains and classmates despite only having a few weeks training". Add on the super inspirational speeches on why he will never give up despite getting the shit kicked out of countless times and bang, that's all you need to know about the MC because he hasn't changed since the first season.
Ultimately this anime misses the mark on a lot of things. Exploring old plot points and character tropes is always a bad thing if they are carried out right, but ultimately this misses the mark on a lot of things.
Yo, I've pretty much exhausted my patience with the overly generous reviews for this show, so I'm going to resist the masses and give this show a real review.
This show is super basic. I don't have a problem with shows being basic, so long as they are good. Unfortunately, this show really isn't that good. Being basic AND not that good is a pretty deadly combo. The only thing positive I can really say about this show is that it's very professionally made and well polished.
As far as I can tell this show is attempting to be the new shonen super power of
animes. I'm therefore going to review it as such.
The big shonen anime generally have a slow and steady kinda plot. Bleach, Naruto, One Piece etc are pretty good examples of this. Often they follow an "arc" based format. The cast of characters remains mostly the same as they progress through these arcs and the characters and sometimes the overarching plot develops along the way. Boku no Hero Academia pacing seems to be set up in order to facilitate turning this into a very long anime. It very well may be setting up future plot points but as I watch it feels as if the shows going nowhere at all. It's almost as if the plot is getting side tracked. This is something that tends to happen in these types of anime but generally, these moments serve to develop the character or their powers/abilities. I can't see any noticeable signs of that in this show though and it simply feels like they are wasting time that could be spent on more relevant things.
I'm gonna keep the art/sound reviews short. This is a pretty big budget anime. As a result, the quality of the animation and sound is high quality. That Being said it's basic. There also doesn't seem to be any kind stylistic elements to the show. Twinstar Exorcists was a very similar show to this one, IMO, that at least had a very well-crafted style in its art and sound. Boku has a generic design for characters and settings while at the same time making them less interesting than other animes with a generic design. Hunter x Hunter had a pretty basic style, but the characters in that show had infinitely better design, not only in the way they were drawn but also in their personalities, ideology, motivations and even the little detail like the way they moved and carried themselves.
I kind of already started talking about the characters in the art/sound category. In the same way that the art and "style" of this show is lacking the characters are as well. They are all characters we've seen before but what's sad is that they simply aren't better than those other characters. I have no problem with an "I want to be a hero of justice" character but I do have a problem with one that is to entirely uninteresting. His entire motivation comes from when he saw a superhero as a kid and thought he looked cool. I'm nearly certain every person in this fictional universe had that same experience at some point. He's certainly determined but possessing determination is not enough to create a character with depth. Early on he had the potential interesting quirk of being quick-less and still aspiring to be a superhero. Instead of having him struggle with that fact as he fights to achieve his goal he is instead given an OP quirk and the only notable thing about his character is erased.
The main saving grace of this show is that despite its mediocrity, it manages to be fairly entertaining. Honestly, I think everyone's just been in the mood for a new high budget shonen super series to dive into. There is some fairly decent action as well as a bit of that classic shounen combination of hype and feels. It keeps you just barely entertained enough to come back next week for another episode.
Yes, this review was harsh, but someone needs to balance out this shows mad hype train. This show really isn't anything special and it's certainly not a masterpiece. The shonen mega series of the past easily beat it. If this site had been this popular during the golden days of bleach and naruto then those two shows would no doubt have a much higher rating. Would those reviews be accurate? Hell no. Wait for your hype to die down, watch the show objectively, compare it to other things you've seen and you will no doubt realize that this show does not deserve the level of praise it receives.
In our modern culture, where creative entities by and large are satisfied with mediocrity, it’s Boku no Hero Academia 2 that ceaselessly strives for more. This show’s scorching, all-consuming ambition forged a path for itself that stretches far beyond the insulated bubble of the shonen genre; naturally, a monstrous whirlwind of hype quickly trailed behind. For most seasonals, hype is dangerous. It not only generates an insurmountable amount of expectations for said seasonal to meet but it also influences casual viewers to approach what they watch with a harsher perspective than usual. However, BnHA2 is not the average seasonal. This is a show that ascents
to higher and higher mountaintops with confidence galore, that spirals further and further into untrodden territories, that manipulates and modifies its various elements without end. Boku no Hero Academia 2 never ceases; it never rests, relaxes, stalls, or tires. As a result, BnHA2 continuously exceeds expectations at every turn, its grandiose dreams soaring far beyond the standards it had established in the previous season.
On a surface level, the quality gap between Boku no Hero Academia 2 and its prequel is apparent; the visuals are more illuminating, the music more versatile and emotionally moving than before. There are cinematic tricks (for example, the camera circling around Bakugo as the audience’s boos erupt) and glimpses of shading brilliance that were not present in the first go-around. A deeper examination of differences leads to a more expansive storyline and a stronger supporting cast. BnHA accomplished quite a bit, from its embrace of the American comic book style to its insertion of a youthful exuberance into the shonen genre and especially its impact on the medium at large. However, BnHA2 amplified the virtues of the first while attaching a couple of inventive features to the series’ framework, albeit not without pitfalls and shortcomings along the way. Yes, BnHA2 is bigger and flashier than ever but it’s the societal impact of Quirks (for the uninitiated, this is known as “superpowers”), the intricate moral conflicts, and the hidden depths of its supporting cast that really sets it apart from the rest.
Among the additions and alterations that have transitioned from the first season to the second, none is greater than the increase in character involvement. It is no secret that BnHA largely excluded its supporting cast from the proceedings of the plot in favor of Bakugo, Midoriya, and especially All Might (voiced by the booming Christopher Sabat). There is not a single soul in season one that received as much attention, importance, and (arguably) screen time as All Might. While I do understand why BnHA’s brain trust decided to operate in this fashion (back then, it was a brand-new show with a small following so a charismatic force of personality like All Might was a godsend for Studio Bones and, much like Gurren Lagann’s earliest episodes did with Kamina, BnHA relied heavily on All Might’s neverending confidence to keep the show afloat), I simply cannot condone the disrespect shown to the rest of the cast. Sure, characters like Todoroki, Iida, and Asui were fairly interesting but their contributions in season one were absolutely pathetic. BnHA2, however, grants screen time, importance, and depth to a supporting cast (especially Todoroki) that is in desperate need of them. It is quite difficult to observe the changes made to the supporting cast and not relate them to All Might’s involvement. As Todoroki, Iida, and Asui claim grand moments in the spotlight and increase their interactions with other cast members, All Might recedes further and further into the background. Where Japanese Superman used to demolish every obstacle and devour plate after plate of ham, now he is relegated to refining his mentor/advisor role, stealing the show only in the most crucial moments. It required a full thirteen episodes for the Boku no Hero Academia franchise to find its footing and establish a balance in its character involvement but believe me when I say that the wait was worthwhile.
BnHA2 resolved its issues with characterization as early as possible but there are more significant problems that this show has to contend with. Most of the first season’s glaring imperfections were carried over to the second and unfortunately BnHA2 couldn’t rectify all of them. Some are relatively minor, like its mediocre sense of humor and its affinity for dimming the brightness when Quirks are displayed, while the others are downright detrimental. For one, the series could’ve benefitted from drastically reducing Midoriya’s overanalytical inclinations as they were wholly unnecessary. This is a grievance I hold with shonens in general; instead of having the fight scenes stand out on their own, shonens insist on bombarding the audience with excessive in-battle dialogue, pontificating on the intricacies of a powerful punch as if this will somehow enhance the viewing experience. Midoriya is hardly the only one in BnHA2 that’s milking this trope but he’s by far the biggest culprit. That this show tends to neglect a few of its supporting cast (Yuuga Aoyama, in particular) really doesn’t help matter much.
While this show’s faults are considerable, they don’t prevent BnHA2 from maintaining relevance. As a pop culture entity, it’s virtually invincible. The Spring 2017 lineup introduced an Attack on Titan sequel, a Naruto spinoff, and the controversial duo that is Re:Creators and Eromanga-sensei. Yet, Boku no Hero Academia 2 and its overwhelming ambition outclassed them all in the popularity department. Even as the Summer season rolled around, BnHA2 was still the talk of the town. That, more than anything else, is BnHA2’s most outstanding achievement. The anime community is, by and large, a divisive and argumentative bunch, each member loudly proclaiming their preferences as superior to everyone else’s, yet it collectively agreed that BnHA2 is worth discussing. This show’s mere presence managed to transcend the medium, with its promo trailers appearing in movie theaters and its pop culture relevance finding its way into casual conversations. The BnHA 2 hype inhabits its own space in the YouTube stratosphere, where vloggers endlessly debate over the best girl (Momo) \, the effect it has on the shonen genre as a whole, and even the best OP (Kenshi Yonezu’s “Peace Sign”). Through it all, you can’t help but beam with pride at what BnHA has accomplished.
Imagine a bald eagle patrolling the skies, its steely gaze lightly scanning the area as it glides from one location to the next. This is Boku no Hero Academia. Now imagine that same bald eagle on steroids, its steely gaze laser-focused on what’s in front of it, bulldozing everything in its path like a bull in a china shop. This bald eagle isn’t merely patrolling the skies; it’s visibly overpowering its surroundings and whatever is within said surroundings. This bald eagle is obliterating any bird, any delivery drone, any stray kite, any floating balloon, any aircraft that’s near it. This bald eagle is almost twenty times as nimble, as vigorous, as durable, and as resourceful as before. It is not only in possession of unnatural abilities but its confidence is easily noticeable by the other birds. This, my friends, is Boku no Hero Academia 2.
EDIT: I felt the need to raise my score of this anime by 1 point because the latest episode was so good. Obviously one episode isn't enough to change my opinion of the entire anime, but it did complete something that I really wanted out of this anime that you can read later on the review. So far we can assume both of Todoroki's parents are pieces of shit and the unexpected end to the match was pretty satisfying. I want to learn more about Todoroki.
Believe me when I say I HATE to be the guy who bashes on popular stuff, but sometimes I just
have to tell people what I think. I really, really dislike Boku no Hero Academia. I can completely understand why people like it, but I can't stand it, and I'll tell you why.
My #1 desire out of an anime is a good cast. I just want characters to like so that I can have a reason to watch the show; so that I can care. The main reason most anime considered "classics" are considered thus is because they have strong, interesting characters that carry an interesting narrative. I don't watch anime for themes or story, I watch them for people. Obviously those are reasons to watch anime, and without sufficiency in most aspects of the art form I would be inclined to dock some points, but ultimately, anime for me is human. It is entirely revolving around people who I would like to be, who I would like to meet, who I would like to be friends with. An anime with a good story and setting but without good characters will provide little merit in watching. Boku no Hero Academia has a cast comprised of mostly one-note trope-y characters that are extremely hard to care about. In the first season they flash the names and quirks of everyone in the class as if we're going to remember them. Some of the characters are obnoxious, annoying, and predictable, like Mineta and Sero, the former being a cowardly pervert and the latter being a conceited persona who constantly gets ignored. Riveting stuff. Other characters are just boring and forgettable, like Kyouka Jiro and Mina Ashido, the latter whose existence I would have completely forgotten about if it weren't for her appearance this season. It is worth noting that I actually had to google their names. There are some genuinely interesting quirks present, like Dark Shadow and Creation, but cool powers don't make up for severely lacking personality. Midoriya's quirk allows him to do some of the most retardedly dumb shit, like breaking free of hypnosis. At least it has a drawback though. Sucks that he's a boring character. The show spends so much time on Midoriya despite him being so boring and uninteresting. He's Like Maruo Eiichiro from Baby Steps except less smart and fun to watch. It's like the author wasn't even thinking about the number of people in the cast when he was making them. I actually hated Uraraki until the latest episode, where she actual gets some REAL DEVELOPMENT (emphasis on some) and we get to see some nice booty. Her sob story earlier about coming from a poor family and just wanting money was so cringey I could have died. It doesn't help that Iida is also very generous with his cringe-worthy exposition. He just comes out of fucking nowhere with a memorized script. Also he's boring. Also WHAT THE FUCK IS BAKUGOU’S QUIRK. IT’S LITERALLY JUST EXPLOSIONS. But for some reason he’s considered the strongest student. HOW? It’s not like he’s Killer Queen from Jojo, where anything he touches becomes a bomb and he can base a strategy around that. He just has explodey hands. If that’s the case then WHY THE FUCK ISN’T TODOROKI THE STRONGEST. SURELY FIRE COLUMNS COULD EASILY OVERPOWER SOME SHITTY EXPLOSIONS. Even if he doesn’t like using his fire powers, he can still freeze HALF A FUCKING ARENA WITHOUT EVEN TRYING. HOW IS HE NOT WORSHIPPED BY BAKUGOU. WHO LET THIS SHIT SLIDE. Not to mention that Bakugou is probably the most one-dimensional character here. It's like the author was running low on emotions to give to characters and only had two left when he came to Bakugou: Anger and conceitedness. He's so extra it makes me want to die.
Now, when it comes to story, my main qualm is with the execution. There isn't really much to the story of Boku no Hero Academia. There is no major overarching plot, but rather a bunch of arcs that are in few ways connected. This is by no means a bad thing, I don't require huge overarching plots, just take a look at my favourite anime. The main problem is that the story and character arcs are conveyed either through boring flashbacks or exposition. We needed a flashback for Deku's past. We did not need that boring shit that passed for Uraraki's past. We DID NEED ONE FOR TODOROKI'S PAST THOUGH. BUT GOD FORBID WE ANIMATE ONE OF THE MOST INTERESTING BACK STORIES IN THE WHOLE SHOW. HIS MOM POURED BOILING WATER ON HIS FACE FOR FUCK'S SAKE. HOW DID THAT HAPPEN. WHY DON'T WE GET TO SEE. Oh no it's fine all we need is exposition really. Very awkward and cringeworthy exposition does the trick. You know, the kind of exposition that takes place in completely unfitting situations with atrocious timing and no sense of mood? Yeah that kind of exposition. Also the fights are boring.
This shit was animated by Studio Bones. How did the animation get fucked up this bad. The only fights that are paid attention to are the ones with characters that are important to the story, which is like, 0.37% of the cast. I don't even know why they bothered animating most of the fights. They're boring. Even the main fights aren't exactly animated well. I wouldn't mind badly animated fights if some thought went into them. You know, like interesting strategies and having the characters improvise plans on the spot due to the well crafted intensity of the situation? This doesn't have that. It has mediocre animation at best, the fights are not well thought out in the least. Deku breaks free of mind control through some fucking magic. Uraraki kind of makes a strategy but it's not a jaw-dropping one and about 70% of the fight is boring. Iida doesn't even have a real fight. And the rest of the fights have non-important characters so there was never any point in animating them well or thinking them through. It's like the creators know we don't give a shit about these people.
The sound track is meh. Never really much to talk about here.
The primary complaint is against the extremely weak cast. My point here is almost every character is Mashirao Ojiro. Look him up. I bet you didn't even remember his name. His quirk? It's a tail. It's literally just a tail. What was the point of including him. Why do I know his name. And the worst part is that the main characters are all equally as interesting.
If there's one word I'd describe this season by it would be "BEAST".
Unfortunately the first season of Boku No Hero Academia didn't live up to my expectations. The fights were minimal let alone good and didn't give leave me with interest for future episodes.
Now this season went far beyond my expectations...This is a next level of BEAST anime.
The story is at the UA sports festival arc. I won't lie it's slow paced if your'e looking for a story line. But it starts to heat up as new characters such as Endeavour are introduced and inter-linking relationships appear. So far, I have liked everything about
it, the arc is 10/10 enjoyment for me because every episode hypes you for the next and it just keeps getting better.
The same as the first season, it was pretty good. Todoroki and his Ice abilities start to look a bit more fascinating which is a major PLUS. Otherwise, it is completely the same.
Amazing, I can't express how nice the OST's and ED are. Like you know those anime where once you've finished it and you listen to a soundtrack from it, it brings tears and reminiscence. I can't stop listening to the beast OST "You say Run".
Development starts with Deku, Todoroki, Bakugo and Uraraka. New characters are being introduced, I'm looking forward to this. No complaints.
Completely satisfied. Pumped for every week, if it keeps up I'm gonna rate this probably in my top 5 anime.
Outstanding. I really can't explain all the things which happens in this season because it would reveal major spoilers. All I can say if you're reading this and haven't watched this series, start the first season asap. And if you have done that go straight to this season, you won't be let down for a FACT.
HYPE HYPE HYPE HYPE HYPE HYPE FUCKING HYPE
Almost every ep ends with a feeling where your heart doesn't stop racing and leaves you breathless; thirsting for more. Spring 2017 welcomes us to a not so old friend by the name deku and brings us to another season of HYPE, Boku no Hero Academia.
As one who has read the manga, i can say that the second season sticks to source but makes it better. The first episode doesn't linger that much and brings us right to the next arc: the sports festival. all i could say without spoilers is that the anime really does
a great job of tweaking the manga to make the arc much better than it already is. the attention to every detail is what amazes me because even though its not that important to the story, the producers does a great job of making it contribute to whole story. in short in the words of gigguk: ITS A FUCKING TOURNAMENT ARC
I find it so appealing how the artstyle of Boku no hero is made. the way the teeth is incorporated to the character design is one of the reasons why i gave this a 10. well other reasons are the clean designs, spot on animations and the uniqueness of each character (well since this is a super hero anime) you can't find anything wrong with bones in this one.
Nothing over the top, well made sounds, detailed bg noises and AMAZING choice of voice actors. one that sticks out to me the craft of our boy bakugou (okamoto) on how this particular voice actor fits his peronsality 10/10, same could be said with deku, all might and most of all the e-head/present mic combo. i am fully confident that this show would have a different taste on me if present mic was not commentating this arc. shit when the guy turns to speaking english, you know itd hype. same could be said with the witty banter of e-head alongside his explanations of quirkcs. side note: at first i thought all might had the same actor as might guy lol with all the youth shit lmaooooo
Alright if there is one thing you credit this anime for besides its story, its the characters. 2nd season intoduces us to a more wide variety of characters and shifts its development on the "hero" side rather than the students-quirk-school aspect. here we get to see new students from class b and without spoiling, you'll see that there are some pretty interesting faces that'll come by. shifting to the old cast, we finally get to see some depth to the other characters and we also get to see that not all of them are flawless. its outstanding we can get to witness backstories, developments, sentiments out of a tournament arc. you'll get to see that under those out of this world quirks, these people are still that, people.
ITS A FUCKING TOURNAMENT ARC BLAZING ANIMATIONS AMAZING VOICE ACTING FUCKING MATCH UPS THAT WE WANT TO SEE AND ITS ONLY THE 7TH EPISODE AND IM ON MY FUCKING KNEES WAITING FOR THE NEXT YOU COULD VERY MUCH SAY THAT I ENJOY THIS AND YOU WILL TOO MY FRIEND TRUST ME
Now now, the shows not yet over, there are still many arcs that this season will tackle and my final rating will be according to how this anime will handle that. so far however, this anime is doing a great job with the present arc. mate you got everything. great animation, great voice acting, writing, hype, action, hype, and ofc the 18+ only Hero Midnight. yeah you'll see A LOT of her. now isn't that enough to get you to watch this show or do i have to go one for all on your ass?
cheers. oh and yeah ill be back mates when the seasons over
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. 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? After watching nearly everything this season of Hero Aca has to offer I can safely say that this season goes far and beyond what the first season and most shounen shows do and that makes for one hell of a shounen show.
Story: 8 (Great)
While the first
season featured a quite standard origin story 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 builds upon everything the show had set up and explores themes of morality, differing ideologies and perhaps most importantly social legacy. Hero Aca season 2 is directed in such a brilliant way that since the first season managed to set up and develop such a wonderful cast of characters season 2 can easily use these characters to convey the messages the show wants to by delving into these themes. This just happens to work nearly perfect and makes every new arc and subplot of season 2 a joy to get engulfed by. Yet, Hero Aca season 2, in the same fashion as season 1, doesn't do a lot that hasn't been done already.
Characters: 9 (Fantastic)
Usually, in action shounen shows the supporting cast takes a backseat to the main character(s). Because of this, 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 get 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 sense of balance 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 way the show devises up its runtime among 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 standard shounen tropes which can be almost painfully obvious at times. Hero Aca season 2 makes use of an incredibly simple technique of developing its characters, which is by showing rather than telling, a technique that has been unfortunately more and more ignored in the action shounen genre. By doing this, Hero Aca develops some of the deepest characters I've ever had the pleasure of getting to know.
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. The animation and movements of the characters is now more expressive and static shots are less frequent than the first season. Movement is also more fluid while retaining or in some cases even improving upon the detail found in the first season. The animation and movement of the characters all have a certain added weight to them compared to season 1 which, along with the fantastic voice acting and character writing, helps turn these characters into real, believable people. I can not talk about the animation of Hero Aca without mentioning the absolutely jaw dropping fight scenes. This show features animation to match even the best looking shows out there like One Punch Man and Mob Psycho 100, both of which, incidentally, were animated by studio Bones so the fact that this show also looks absolutely stunning shouldn't come as a surprise.
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, both the OPs and EDs 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. There is very little that I don't love about this show.
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.
So I don't really write reviews for MAL but after catching up on the 2nd season of Boku no Hero Academia I finally feel compelled to do so. My first impression of the first season of Hero Aca was somewhat of a disappointment. Although it was definitely a cut above other shonen manga adaptations, I expected much more from the same studio that produced FMAB and Mob Psycho 100. Although the artwork was flashy and the soundtrack was impressive, the pacing was staggered, non-action related artwork appeared flat and lifeless, and characters were introduced too quickly without being given time to fully develop. Season 2
of Hero Aca remedies nearly all of the problems, turning it into one of the best shounen anime's I have seen in a long time.
The story so far is a standard tournament arc with a simple premise: students have the opportunity to show of their quirks and abilities to potential recruits by competing in a sports tournament. This premise is nothing groundbreaking, but its simplicity allows the series to be the almost entirely character driven rather than event driven. Once flat characters like uraraka are given poignant motivations that make their actions much more engaging while side characters like Kaminari, Kirishima, and Tokoyami are finally given distinct personalities and traits, making them add to the production instead of merely fill space. The star of these side characters, however, is far and wide todoroki whose backstory and pain brought tears to my eyes
The artwork has also dramatically improved as well. While the action scenes look amazing, the general character gestures add a whole new level of enjoyment. The animator take Bakugo, who annoyed the crap out of me originally, and amp his anger and cold personalty up to 100 through various facial expressions are sharp linework, making bakugo an absolute delight to watch when he is engulfed in rage. Iida's rapid hand movements contrasted with his serious nature turns him from an annoying side character into a loveable giant nerd. Even Tokoyami's serious nature contrasted with his whimsical birdlike appearance is a spectacle. Deku's facial expressions have improved dramatically as well\.
The sound is just as amazing as always with the music reaching a crescendo during the most intense fights spine, always sending shivers down my spine. The opening and ending never fail to get me hyped as well
Overall, it is an understatement to say I have enjoyed the second season of hero aca. The only reason I am reluctant to give it a perfect score is that the current arc has ended and it is hard to see how the next arc will top the last, but with the way things are playing out with the intriguing new villain slain, things seem to be going on the right track. I have high hopes that Hero Aca will usher in a new era of shonen anime. PLUS ULTRA!
I'm writing this review mostly because of the insane fight Todoroki vs Midoriya in the 10th episode. As long as I've read the manga till the last chapter (for now) and I know what is next, I say one thing - I'M JUST DYING TO SEE THE ANIMATION OF THE NEXT EVENTS AS PERFECT AS IT WAS IN THE FIGHT TODOROKI/MIDORIYA!!~~~<3
Hell yeah this anime makes goosebumps with its story, animation, SOUND (!!!!) and characters development. I like the anime about school, but only two animes (Assassination Classroom) were able to develope ALL the characters equally, even the supporting ones. It is brilliant and
tend to see the story!! Overall score for this anime is definetly 10/10. This is the end of my small and complex review!! Enjoy the watching!
I'm sure that at some point in their lives, every adolescent has fantasized about being a superhero. They concoct their own unique super powers and envision themselves saving the world. While such abilities are practically an impossibility in our society, in the world of Boku no Hero Academia, possessing super human traits is the norm. Many heroes exist within this universe, and dreams about becoming a superhero can actually come true. In this second season of Hero Academia, we immediately pick up directly after the conclusion of the first season and continue to follow our protagonist Midoriya as he strives to become the greatest superhero
that the world has ever known.
Ever since I was a child, I've had a strong penchant for the superhero genre. There's just something awe inspiring about them that has always kept me engrossed while watching a tale of a hero unfold, regardless of how well their story is told. Over the years, I've seen a plethora of films revolving around heroes, though Hero Academia is unique in that, aside from One Punch Man, its the only superhero based ANIME that I've ever seen. And since I highly enjoy both anime and superheroes, Boku no Hero Academia seemed right up my alley.
Unfortunately, I found that the first season was too short and didn't have enough time to effectively develop the characters and story. When season two was announced, I was afraid that it would consist of the same imperfections. Thankfully, the second season of Boku no Hero Academia was able to surpass the first in relatively every way.
One of the major improvements for me was that the second season was able to more effectively invest me in it's story. The predominant reason for this was that the first arc of season two was a tournament. I have to admit it, I've always been a sucker for battle royals and the like. There's just something so satisfying to me about seeing a large group of people duke it out until only one is left standing. While this arc didn't have a particularly fascinating story, it fleshed out many of the characters and was just a joy to watch. The second half of the anime features a new threatening villain, Hero Killer Stain, and also shows Midoriya training to better understand the powerful quirk bestowed upon him by All Might; One for All.
Throughout the course of this season, I found myself beginning to connect with some of the characters, especially the protagonist. Midoriya demonstrated his quick wits during the UA Sports Festival to pull out some impressive victories while either hardly using his mighty quirk or by not even using it at all. And even when the odds were stacked against him, he showed his reckless side that absolutely refused to give in to his opponent until the bitter end. Throughout the course of the anime I learned to respect and even somewhat admire Midoriya for his growth as a hero and as a person, and the best part was that it was actually a kind of believable transformation. I've seen an abundance of shows where the protagonist starts off weak but then eventually rises to the top. While this can be executed fairly well, a lot of shows upgrade their leading character far too swiftly just to have them defeat the obstacles that stand before them. When this happens, I can't fully root for the character because there was really no reason for their sudden increase in skill. Yet this is not the case with Midoriya, who evolves at a timid but very believable pace. And even with all of his power, he still has to fight tooth and nail just to rise to the level of some of his peers. Though I predict that with time and the mastering of his quirk, he will become a truly great hero.
The other standout character for me this season was Todoroki. Like Midoriya states in the anime, Todoroki is a textbook hero in that he is powerful and has a heart wrenching backstory. The fight scene between the two is brilliant, and Todoroki has a frosty personality that amplifies his coolness as a character. There are a variety of characters present in the anime who each add their own special flair to the show. All Might seems like your classic super hero. He's big, powerful, and fights for justice. However instead of being generic, All Might is unique in that his true form is that of a frail and grossly underweight man, which makes him a more intricate character. The female lead Uraraka receives some decent development this season that caused me to really root for her whenever she fought. Bakugou unfortunately rubbed me the wrong way with his explosive and headstrong personality, but he serves his purpose in the anime well. There are also many stand out characters in the supporting cast that result in the anime having a really well rounded assortment of characters.
The character designs in the anime may look somewhat basic at first glance, but I believe this is because the animators were going for a comic book feel when animating them which perfectly fits the tone of the show. Well, maybe they weren't, but that was the vibe I got from the art, so it works for me. I personally found that the best aesthetics in the show came from some of the fight scenes. The major fights in the anime honestly look breathtakingly well designed, and some of the detail used in them is quite commendable. However many of the battles in the anime were short, so the impressive fight scene visuals were only used a select few times. One of the things that I preferred in season one were the theme songs. Now taste in music is subjective, so your own opinions on the compositions may differ from mine, but I wasn't too fond of the theme songs this time around. The voice acting was pretty on point though.
Boku no Hero Academia is a fine shounen anime that succeeds in many aspects. However does it truly deserve all of the immense praise that it has received? It's up to you to make that determination for yourself, but my humble opinion is that the anime is a little over hyped. There is no groundbreaking story present and there are some unnecessary/boring episodes in the show. It is nonetheless an all around entertaining anime that will most likely go down with many as one of the greatest of the era.
I'll be honest here and say that the first season of BNHA wasn't that great but I enjoyed 10/10 even getting into the fandom but the second season had pulled of the adaption of the manga so well. And this time the arcs we'll be getting are the sport festival, Stain villain and the end of term test.
(Just going to mention that I have read the manga)
When it comes to the story so far since I've seen 14 eps, the sport festival arc has concluded but this arc is actually regarded and the least enjoyed arc and is childish (but is to be
expected). But I am actually quite excited for the Stain villain arc which also has much more action involved and is more serious. The arc after that I like to view as a tool for character development which is going to be interesting to see how well it's pulled off.
Now the art is what actually made this season of BNHA appear much more better than the last one. (A good example is during the fight of Midoriya and Todoroki). The art for this season has improved by a milestone making it much more animated and nice to look at. Last season there were many times when scenes weren't animated enough which made the scenes much less engaging but this time my eyes weren't off the screen for a second. This is the result of different people animating this time from last season even though it's the same studio.
The first opening by Peace Sign I'll say isn't memorable for me but still decent and same for the ending. But the second op which I actually really like and enjoy and fits so perfectly for the arcs involved. For the second ending which is actually done by LiSA (one of my favs lol), has made a pretty good ending. (I wanna say that I actually love that they used the idea from the second popularity poll which I think is like a fantasy AU). Also the soundtracks included are pretty good.
Now in terms of character, the anime pulls it off so well. The main development you should look at this season is at Midoriya (obvs since MC), Todoroki, Iida and Momo. The devlopment and growth the anime gives is at such a great pace with good understanding of each problem a character faces. They especially did a great job at Todoroki (but hey, we never know so let's see).
This anime made me enjoy every second of it and I was not disappointed of every new ep also I would anxiously wait and those 20 min felt like 10 min instead. Saying that I decided to read the manga and oh boi am I glad I did.
The first arc was pulled off well and I'm expecting great things from the rest of this season. I applaud this anime especially for its art and character.
I admit it, on my first review i looked like a fanboy, but now lets do a more realistic review. (Spoiler alert)
Story: This is the weakest point of BnHA, with most of the stuff being cliche, the story just feels like sky high, but well executed, is nothing out of the world or the best story ever, but it will keep u catched.
Art: Art is simplistic, but the style of drawing is cute, and reminds me like a american cartoon mixed with anime, and god the animation was extremely good.
Sound: Strongest point of BnHA, the soundtrack is beautiful, u can remember songs from the soundtrack,
jet set run, just another hero, for not mention others.
Character: This anime, has a gorgeus cast of characters, but mostly focus on class 1B, still, every characters gets his moment and character development.
Enjoyment: I Enjoyed a lot this anime, even if is cliche or something, the good thing that is not commiting the same mistakes that other shounens have made.