As summer arrives for the students at UA Academy, each of these superheroes-in-training puts in their best efforts to become renowned heroes. They head off to a forest training camp run by UA's pro heroes, where the students face one another in battle and go through dangerous tests, improving their abilities and pushing past their limits. However, their school trip is suddenly turned upside down when the League of Villains arrives, invading the camp with a mission to capture one of the students.
Boku no Hero Academia 3rd Season follows Izuku "Deku" Midoriya, an ambitious student training to achieve his dream of becoming a hero similar to his role model—All Might. Being one of the students caught up amidst the chaos of the villain attack, Deku must take a stand with his classmates and fight for their survival.
I always considered mha for a mediocre enjoyable show. 60 episodes in and we had very little story progression and world building which is dissapoiting.
Season 3 started of with a typical generic school trip. Few attempts of comedy here and there that simply didn't land. Other than that some todoroki development and deku vs muscular build up were only things worth seeing first 3 episodes.
Characters training was much longer than it should have been. Wasted some time imo. Deku vs muscular fight was okay. The animation was great but again it was so generic and it lacked both creativity and choreography. No tactics used at
all. It was just a flashy fight with 2 dudes punching each other with fists. I know, i know you are gonna say "BuT MHa fIgHTs aRe ABouT StorY" so is almost every fight in anime, that doesn't mean it should be mindless. On the plus side deku got some development.
Am i the only one that noticed how repetitive mha is?
Season 1 is basically characters training, villains invading
season 2 is trounament arc, villains invading and finally season 3 is characters training and villains invading. There is nothing new. There is no bigger, deeper plot to get invested in to.
Like always bunch of dumb villains that lack motivation appeared and i simply didn't care for them. There was that tsundare girl, that discount dead pool guy, mindless musuclar who is just killing for the sake of killing, that discount stain guy that was like a lizard or something, dude with big lips and uhhh what was his name again? That dude that's obviously todorokis brother or something. It's so predictable. On the plus side one thing that mha does good is the character desgins. Despite them looking goofy at times. At least they are memorable even tho the characters themselves aren't.
Long story short students fight some villains and bakugo gets captured even tho bakugo clearly could have prevented it but he didn't because... he is a angry brat that wants to be acnkowladged.
Next up is AFO vs All might fight... Again some good animation even tho there were some errors. We still don't know anything about AFO's motivation like with almost every vilalin in this show. He was supposed to be badass and his OST was supposed to be scary but it just wasn't. Not to mention his generic quirk... All might vs AFO was the peak of the season tho. It told the great story and it was good for all mights character. But we all knew all might was gonna win and he wins the most generic way possible. With final punch... The fight was dull from the actaul fighting perspective.
This show is just too safe. There is no suspenese, we just know good guys are gonna win. Even when bakugo was kidnapped he got retrieaved at the end. Everyone was just injured and they recovered. Even tho all might is my favorite character, his death would have made this show so much better.
Second arc was sooooooooo boring even tho it was filled with action. There was literally almost nothing big happening. There was a whole episode dedicated to rooms lmao. And again we get to the generic tournament arc with too many boring side cahracters that i don't care for. Mha is introducing too many, too fast. Side characters are very forgetable and the development is unievene. Even tho the cast is better than the terrible plot of this show it's still highly overrated. Too many bland characters with generic motivations and view points. Bakugo vs Deku was actaully good. I like bakugo more now even tho i still think his peronality is forced. Like why do you scream so much? I get that people had high expectations for you since birth but why so much? Tone it down ffs lmao. He is literally yelling at everyone around himself. It makes his personality unbelievable. The fight itself had the best choreography out of the 3. The animation was great too. "The big 3" was pretty overhyped. In temrs of character designs they are basically naruto, sasuke and sakura. Mirio is only one with potential out of the 3.
The art style this season is basic like always. All in all mha is enjoyable show with terrible plot. This season has very little story progression. The show itself doesn't stand out in any way.
P.S people are giving mha too much credit for executing the generic tropes well. It doesn't do it THAT well. It's a overstatement.
Before this, I would recommend reading my reviews of the first two seasons of Boku no Hero Academia. Many details that explain my opinion on this series in a broader sense are already covered there.
This season picks up where the previous season left off, with the students preparing to go to an inevitably doomed summer training camp. The plot takes a much darker tone this season, with The League of Villains newly-emboldened by Stain's actions in season 2, and full of fresh faces. The first arc of this season gives the new villains a chance to show off what they're made of, and set up
the league as a more immediate, tangible threat.
Without spoiling too much, the following arc goes even further into developing The League of Villains, finally introducing their leader and revealing his true plan. It also sets up for a changing of the guard for both the heroes and the villains, building towards Deku and Shigaraki becoming arch-enemies in the vein of their mentors.
While these two arcs excel due to their establishing a greater cast of villains and creating a sense of genuine threat, the following arc doesn't fare quite as well. The Provisional License Exam arc doesn't serve much purpose in the overarching plot other than to get the story from point A to point B. While there is some exploration of Todoroki's grudge against his father, this isn't anything we haven't already covered elsewhere. Ultimately, without it being as firmly rooted in the emotional journey of its characters, it has a lot less substance than the other arcs, and feels awkward and transitionary.
This is exacerbated by some uncharacteristically bad pacing for this series, with two filler episodes sandwiched into it along with some added scenes and dialogue, presumably included to make sure that the season ended at a good point rather than smack in the middle of another arc.
While one of the two filler episodes (technically three, but the first was a start-of-season recap) follows a similar idea to season 2's surprisingly good filler episode, in covering events that happened offscreen to secondary 1-A characters, the other is a completely unnecessary waste of time that accomplishes little more than plugging the movie. And even the better of the two fails to repeat the same success of season 2's filler, partially because while the previous one came as a breather episode inbetween story arcs, this one directly interrupted the plot in progress. It also doesn't help that Tsuyu is a better character than Yaoyorozu (fight me, nerds).
The writing is also noticeably worse during filler, in particular for Uraraka and Bakugo. Uraraka gets a lot of screentime in additional scenes, but almost all of her dialogue in these scenes revolves around her uncertainty around her feelings for Deku, something we had already established and which didn't need repeating ad nauseam. Bakugo on the other hand plays up all his worst character traits in the movie-plugging filler episode, but where his recklessness in canon is usually due to his anger and frustration with Deku, here it's pure idiocy.
Once the exam is over, however, the quality immediately picks back up. And whatever disservice the filler may have done for Bakugo, it's easily forgotten after he gets some long overdue character development. While Bakugo was never a bad character, he wasn't a likeable one either. But Bakugo's character arc has been long in process - with his entire worldview being flipped on its head the moment Deku gained a quirk, Bakugo has been challenged with the thought that he's no longer superior to everyone around him - a belief that he had always taken for granted until then. This season finally takes this setup and brings it to a conclusion redeeming an oft-maligned character in the process.
Overall, while the quality of this season does take a noticeable dip during the provisional license exam, even then it isn't bad - just underwhelming in comparison. Outside of this arc, it matches (and in places exceeds) the benchmark the previous season set.
And for any mistakes the series may make, it still manages to retain investment in both the ever-evolving setting and its quirky (pun not intended) ensemble cast, the latter in particular benefiting not only from more character arcs, drama, and development, but from increased downtime letting us see more of these characters outside of their roles in the plot, fleshing out more of their personalities and character dynamics.
With the series ending on a foreboding note, Hero Academia promises great things to come - but for now, Hero Academia 3 is an impressive, if uneven, entry in the series.
Superhero stories feels like it’s been populating the entertainment industry from these recent years. Marvel and DC successfully adapted many of these superhero tales with huge fanbases. The CW Network have aired shows with a large following like The Flash, Arrow, Supergirl, and Legends of Tomorrow. My Hero Academia always reminds me that it has a place with its own set of superheroes and villains. With that in mind, I was pretty ecstatic about the return of My Hero Academia.
The third season does a bit of recapping at first to get viewers comfortable with its characters, story setting, and general concepts. As someone who has
been following both the anime and manga, I knew what was to expect as the series is structured with story arcs. From the first half of the show, we follow Class 1-A as the first semester at U.A has concluded. Known as the “Forest Training Camp Arc”, it details the events of our young heroes participating in a training camp. They are supervised by a hero group known as the Pussycats but incidents happen that leads the arc into quite a chaos. It’s no surprise either as My Hero Academia likes to build tension and make story with its characters. From the Training Camp arc, we are introduced to a character named Kota who has a distasteful view towards heroes. The show explores his reasons for this while also adapts how he begins to change after meeting certain people. Enter Deku. He is pretty much symbolic for what Kota detests because of his values and desire to become a hero. The arc details of what it really means of being a hero and opening his eyes to reality.
Moving on, it’s also clear that the series has dangerous adversaries for the heroes to face. The League of Villains has been teased from season 2 and in this season, they make themselves known with malicious intentions. Their core members exposes the dangers our heroes faces but they also have a hidden agenda. That brings into the question of a guy named Katsuki Bakugo. You’d remember him as the arrogant guy who always strives to be the best with a huge ego. From this season, you’ll also see what it means to be a hero from his point of view. Nonetheless, I think there may be an overemphasis on the idea of making heroes. Every episode and arc dedicates an immense amount of time to such concepts that sometimes, I wonder if there’s just too much. I say this because after a certain amount of episodes, the storytelling feels a bit redundant without much development. Heroism becomes too symbolic even in the case of All Might. On the contrary, one could also mention that All Might is a symbol of being a real hero. He represents courage, integrity, peace, and self-sacrifice. The apex of the show has him battle out against a powerful enemy from the past that draws out perhaps one of the most important episodes of the franchise. While still overemphasizing the idea of heroism, it’s significant enough to prove what being a hero is all about.
Meanwhile, the series still has its sense of humor. There exists many moments in the show that offers to delivery comedy ranging from Mineta’s ridiculous perverted antics to an episode about checking out everyone’s rooms. Bringing back to the main plot, the second half of the show features the hero license exams and internship arc together. It now transcends from young heroes to take their next step in following their dreams. New characters are introduced while familiar ones are bought back together to add to the drama. It also adds bits of tense rivalry between certain characters that may or may not be pleasing to remember. But I must say, preparing these heroes in such a way feels like the pacing could have been improved. I’m not a big fan for the latter half of the show as most of those episodes didn’t make much of an impact. Even in terms of personal enjoyment, I find myself losing interest when watching Deku, Bakugo, Momo, Todoroki, Enji, Tenya, Ochaco, or others compete to earn their spot. Some of the new characters like Mei did occasionally spark my interest but nonetheless felt underwhelming. What about the new characters like the ones from Shiketsu High School? To me, they’re unique individually but lacks development and isn’t well crafted enough for true appeal. I’m not going to lie, it felt like the show sometimes has too many characters in a story arc at once and doesn’t really bring out their true potentials.
Speaking of which, I guess you may be asking if character relationships develop further in this season. It definitely proves itself being able to capitalize on the complex relationship such as with Deku and Bakugo, Deku and All Might, or Deku and Koda. But for other characters like Ochaco, they really take a pitfall. There’s obvious romance that blooms from her towards Deku but the season acts more like a ship tease with no true hope of sailing sail. Never say never though, right? Just not this season.
Coming back to this franchise definitely reminded of the Shounen Jump action I was looking for. A superhero action series like this isn’t complete without its colorful character cast and their action roles. It offers all sort of characteristics where every hero or villain is unique. However, it may be noticable that some episodes dropped in quality compared to previous seasons. Yoshihiko Umakoshi worked on a variety of roles from previous seasons ranging from character designs, chief animation director, and key animation. In this season, he’s absent as a role of animation director. That doesn’t mean the third season fell apart though because in some of the more climatic episodes, there’s definitely high quality animation. The explosiveness and energy of the fighting scenes from some of the more important episodes really are worth praising. There’s also the dynamic character motions with emotional content that adds more value to many scenes this season. There’s even environmental physics and other background animation that are worth paying attention to. To me, I think My Hero Academia Season 3 started off a bit slow but was able to work itself up again to bring these storybook characters to stardom. The familiarity of the soundtrack also brings together moments that you won’t forget.
After three seasons of My Hero Academia, I think it’s safe to say that the momentum of this roller-coaster isn’t going to stop for a good while. Superhero shows often portray characters as exactly what they are – a symbol of justice and peace. While My Hero Academia does continue to follow that concept, it has moments that truly capitalizes on the meaning of this ideology. With more episodes on the way in the future, I still have bright hopes for this franchise.
[THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS for Hunter x Hunter, Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, Naruto, and Boku no Hero Academia Seasons 1, 2, and 3]
Whenever a show gets super popular here on my anime list dot com, a large group of anime viewers watch it and give it a rating. This rating is calculated with all the other user's ratings and creates an overall ranking system. The system MAL employs emphasizes an overall ranking that naturally lends itself to abuse by people who want their favorite show to be #1. This results in a lot of fluff being upvoted to near the top, and it
also gives shallow people a means to push shows they don't like down the rankings. It emphasizes all the bad things about criticism, leads people to attack each other based on whether or not they gave their favorite show a good enough arbitrary number, and unfortunately can also lead people to have a lot of false expectations based on a misleading number.
Which leads me to Boku no Hero Academia. a show that has drawn comparisons to Hunter x Hunter and taken the anime community by storm, while sporting 3 seasons with very high ratings in the MAL rankings. It is these comparisons to Hunter x Hunter and the bloated MAL ranking that gave me the impression that BNHA was going to push the shounen genre in a bold new direction, much like Hunter x Hunter did.
It doesn't. Boku no Hero Academia is an average superpower shounen that follows closely (extremely closely) in the steps of Naruto and Hunter x Hunter without really adding anything new to the genre. Normally I would watch something like this, shrug, and move on. But the MAL ranking raised my expectations, which led me to be disappointed. It's a rather odd predicament as I'm forced to find some middle ground between my expectations based off what I was told, and the reality of what Boku no Hero Academia actually is. It fails to live up to the gold standard Hunter x Hunter set, but should I really be comparing the two? Comparing anything to Hunter x Hunter is rather unfair, but if the community wants to make those comparisons I'll be happy to tear them down. let's begin!
We’ll start off with the best part of the show: the art and animation. Everything is certainly drawn and animated well, and all the backgrounds appear to be drawn well.
That isn’t to say that I don’t have serious gripes with the how the show chooses to present itself visually. You see, in most shows I would call good, a number of non-verbal techniques are used to tell the audience things about what they’re seeing without telling them. Usually the staff find ways to let the audience know that the fight or confrontation they’re witnessing is important, or they convey what feelings the combatants are experiencing via the camera, animation, body language, etc. This can be depicted with audio or visually but for something that’s animated, visual usually works best. Stuff like this is NECESSARY during big fights to sell the significance and scope of what’s happening.
The point of a big climactic fight is to create a duel of clashing ideologies of characters that come to a head in a dynamic battle that is SUPPOSED to be an emotional crescendo where everything is hashed out and everything they’ve wanted to say and express comes out. This does not happen in the fight between Deku and Bakugo. It should have. Their rivalry is key to the structure of the series and it is supposed to carry a lot of emotional weight behind it. It’s the BNHA equivalent of Naruto vs Sasuke. Yet watching what is supposed to be the climax to season 3, the dominant emotion I felt during it was boredom. It doesn’t successfully convey any of the emotions of their jagged, unstable relationship and the fight itself doesn’t really solve anything. In big fights like Gon vs Neferpitou and Naruto vs Sasuke, the characters actually talk to each other. They yell at each other, respond to the others’ comments, and are driven emotionally and strategically by the actions of their opponents. This does not happen during the Deku-Bakugo fight. Deku spends the entire fight thinking about their relationship, while Bakugo has a few lines that don’t connect emotionally due to how restrained the vocal delivery is. This is the most vulnerable we’ve ever seen Bakugo and this is really the best direction they could accomplish? His body language doesn’t change. His movements don’t change. Neither do Midoriya’s. This is a problem, as it implies that the emotions of the scene aren’t changing their behavior. This is just another angsty fight for them.
To elaborate with an example (spoilers for Return of the Jedi): during Return of the Jedi, there is an excellent fight scene between Luke and Darth Vader. A part of the reason this fight works so well is that Luke’s movements and body language change during the fight. At one point, Vader really gets under his skin by making some comments about Leia. While Luke does indicate this audibly (yelling), its his attacking style that changes the most. Suddenly, he’s hammering Vader with really violent, angry strikes that indicate his emotional state has been changed and he can longer control his anger. It expresses the emotions of the fight in a subtle way that’s engaging to the audience. This is also important because it indicates Vader is succeeding in trying to corrupt Luke by making him give in to his anger.
Now think about how a scene that’s also very important in BNHA season 3 handles it. Deku and Bakugo do not change their general fight movements and strategy during this fight at all. They also don’t talk to each other much, making this a very awkward-feeling fight that doesn’t convey much emotion and doesn’t accomplish anything. The animation style doesn’t change either. What Deku and Bakugo are feeling is established entirely through their inner thoughts or outright told to us. This is a big no-no when it comes to a visual medium.
For an example in the realm of anime, Naruto employed non-verbal storytelling extremely well during the fight between Rock Lee and Gaara. After Lee removes his weights, the animators employ a lot of speed blurs and very quick animation to indicate Lee’s blinding speed. Rather than throwing Lee into a speed-line tunnel like most shows would, you see Lee’s extremely blurred outline zip across the screen. They do tell us Lee’s fast, but they support this by having him zip around while Gaara is moving like normal. This does an excellent job of establishing how ridiculously fast Lee is flying around by showing his speed relative to Gaara’s normal movements. Having the camera pan around Gaara also helps sell this by conveying to the audience the same disorienting, overwhelmed feeling that Gaara is experiencing.
This is another thing the fight between Deku and Bakugo, and all the fights in BNHA, lack. The animators neglected to take advantage of the visual medium they were using to add a creative spin on the storytelling in fights. It’s the same restrained animation during the fights and outside of them, which leaves the fights feeling flavorless and dull. There’s no visual pop at all. No fun angles, no experimental animation styles, no interesting framing. Nothing.
There are ways to tell the audience things without using words, and BNHA has consistently displayed no capacity to employ aspects of non-verbal storytelling. It would rather tell you what characters are thinking and feeling rather than showing them. This is a sin in storytelling, and one of the first big no-no’s you’ll learn in any film school or lesson in storytelling.
Without a creative way to express its story and emotions visually, it would be difficult for me to say the animation department did a job here. Everything moves as it should, but that’s the absolute minimum compliment you can give something that’s animated . Animation/art 6/10
The score in this show is extremely bland. I can’t think of a single track that sticks out, and its placement is equally bland. Music 5/10
I have a mountain of criticisms regarding the story. (Here’s the key points if you wanna TLDR: villains are basically team rocket in that they always lose, no one ever dies so the plot never establishes a truly dangerous or threatening tone, the story is full of extremely safe and recycled storylines, and there are far too many characters focused on which bloat the run time and slows pacing to a crawl.)
For starters, one flaw that kept popping up in this season was how they attempted to keep developing ALL of Deku's classmates. This results in a plot that moves slow as molasses. The "testing/graduation" phase of Hunter x Hunter focused on 4 individuals mostly, allowing it to truck through the entire testing process within just 11 episodes. BNHA has trudged through this same process for going on for 3 seasons now. There is no need to keep track of how minor characters are training to develop their powers. It's excessive. Deku, Bakugou, Iida, Todoroki, Uraraka, Tsuyu, and maybe Tokoyami are the ONLY student characters who should be focused on at this point. That's it. AND THEY'RE TRYING TO KEEP US UP TO DATE ON 20. You can keep SOME of the minor characters involved, but not every last one of them! That bogs down the pace and makes small arcs take an eternity!
You do not need to let the audience know every single thing that's happening to every character. It's excessive and takes too much time. Some things just aren't going to be relevant to the story down the road. Do I really need to be shown exactly how the tape guy is getting stronger? Is it going to become important? I doubt it. A single line of dialogue later would serve the same purpose. It's unnecessary, it bloats the run time, and in most cases takes up screen time that could be used to help the audience get to know the main characters better. This issue comes up constantly, starting with the opening recap that takes forever to re-establish the quirks of the heroes because there are WAY too many of them.
Second, people die a lot in Hunter x Hunter. And they die in Naruto, too! It's a good way to keep the viewer on their toes and to keep the universe the creators established feeling dangerous and threatening. Whenever I see an expendable character like Pixie Bob not die in a situation she probably should have died in, it annoys me because it reinforces the notion that none of the characters in BNHA can or will die. As such, I find it hard to feel invested when there's no threat of actual significant harm to any of the main characters. They all have blatant plot armor. Other examples included Best Jeanist surviving in episode 9 in what would have been a great opportunity to establish the overwhelming power of All for One by having him wipe out the number 4 hero; and All Might surviving the fight with All for One when again…having AFO killing him would have been a great way to establish how powerful and threatening he is. Instead, All for One loses to a total asspull in which they wave off All Might’s crippling injury because “people give me strength” bullshit.
Speaking of villains, they certainly fail to leave an impact. They tend to go on long tirades to make up for their lack of interesting backstories or motives, but that isn’t their biggest problem. The biggest flaw here is that they never, ever win. How great would it have been for All Might to have died to establish All for One as an overwhelming villain? Killing the number one hero would've done it. Hell, killing Gran Torino or Best Jeanist would have done it. Just SOMEONE. That way I can believe at some point the villains in this show might actually succeed long-term. Turning Bakugo into a villain which might destabilize the wills of the heroes? They failed. Neutralizing anyone on the kill list during the forest raid? They failed. Accomplish anything during the raid in season one? They failed. Killing All Might when that is all All for One wished to do? He failed. The villains in this series are no better at their job than Team fucking Rocket. There’s nothing to them, they always lose, and they aren’t even entertaining. They exist purely to give the protagonists something to fight.
There’s also a lack of long-term consequences in this universe. What I mean by that is that any time a potential idea that could shake up the narrative is introduced, it’s immediately waved off at the convenience of the plot. For example: how lame is it to have his mom take a hard stance against UA's irresponsible bullshit only for All Might to go on some heroic spiel and neutralize her concerns. This would have really made things interesting, as not being allowed to go to UA would have: 1, surprised me for the first time in the entire series and 2, would have been a grounding moment in Deku’s development. He’s basically completely disregarded his mother’s feelings and anyone else’s who might have cared about him by being reckless and throwing himself into danger with no disregard to his own safety. But it’s immediately forgotten after All Might basically begs. Lazy.
Another good example of this is when Eraser said he thought about expelling the students but doesn’t. Mainly because they should be expelled. This is where the concept of BNHA taking place in a school kind of hurts it. Once a student is expelled, obviously they're done there for good. But in, say, Hunter x Hunter, the Hunter exam is just that: a test. Anyone can take it however many times they want. That means that if characters take some drastic action that disqualifies them, all they would have to do is just re-apply the next year. The writers took advantage of this by doing exactly that to Killua, in the process establishing his homicidal nature and unbalanced emotional state. Point being, Hunter x Hunter set itself up for success by thinking 2 steps ahead. Also, they were willing to take chances like separating Killua from Gon in a year to establish an important character trait. That's excellent writing. BNHA's half-assed one foot in-one foot out approach to grounding its characters looks shoddy by comparison. If you’re gonna expel them, do it. Don’t pretend like you were going to and then wave it off because it’s convenient. And don’t pretend like the outcome of the exams matter if you’re just going to let anyone who failed take a couple classes so they pass anyways. It’s lazy.
That about sums it up. Story 3/10
I previously mentioned my issues with focusing on too many characters. But even the ones that are supposed to be focused on really haven’t developed much at all. The best example of this I can think of is Deku and Uraraka.
The "romance" between Uraraka and Deku is one of the most pathetic and undercooked romances I've seen across all of film and TV. It's already hard enough to care considering how their relationship stays parked firmly in neutral and has been for 3 seasons now, but was it really impossible to give Uraraka a personality? She is easily the least fleshed out character of the main bunch and this half-assed romance crap is thrown in our face in almost every arc. They have done absolutely nothing to advance the relationship, so why does it keep coming back for no reason? At this point bringing it up again and again only reinforces the growing notion that Uraraka’s only personality trait is liking Deku.
As for the villains, I already mentioned their problem: they never win and they have no interesting backstories or motives.
I don’t really grade for enjoyment. How much you enjoy something is determined by the product of your experiences in life and what you consider to be a quality production, which are different for every single person. As such, attempting to grade something inherently subjective with an objective grading metric is a paradox. I will leave this score blank.
I’ll put it bluntly: The key weakness BNHA suffers from is that it has no balls. It takes no chances, has no creativity, makes no sacrifices, and displays no ability to do anything new with the shounen genre in its 3 seasons of existence. But this may not necessarily be entirely its fault. After all, the reason I came into BNHA expecting something great was because it was burdened with unfair comparisons that were unlikely to be met.
The reason I initially thought it was bad was because I was comparing it to Hunter x Hunter, and the reason I did that was because the high MAL ranking and constant comparisons to it in reviews raised my expectations beyond what was realistic to expect. Divorcing BNHA from those lofty comparisons and what I'm left is a totally average and acceptable shounen that has passable animation, average music, mediocre characters, and a bland story that lifts heavily from Naruto and Hunter x Hunter without adding anything of its own to what it borrows.