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.
But both turned to be an obstacle in each other’s road,
One is a hero that’s always praised,
And the other is a hero that’s unrecognized,
Aggressive, prideful and a bully boy,
Who sees the other as a nothing, but an annoy,
Cheerful, shy and a dreamer youth,
Who can pay anything just to rescue someone, even if the price is a tooth,
Both are like water & fire,
The only common thing was the person whom they admire,
And becoming his
successor, was their desire,
Hence, they had to fight,
Deku vs Kacchan ….…. With all of their might!”
Boku no Hero academia is one of the most popular shounen animes in the recent years, it acquired it’s fame mostly cause of season 2 which was in 2017, and today, the 3rd season is officially finished.
The story in this season continues the track of the pervious prequels, no much new things to say, however, the story was progressing throughout this season, The U.A students were honing their quirks, fought against villains and had the hero’s license exam too.
Now, that’s will be long a lil bit. In my opinion, one of the strongest points in BnHA is the characters. Throughout this season, we got many new MVP characters and well-development scenes too. Deku surpassed himself and changed his fight style, Kirishma was the most caring one for Bakugo, All might showed us that heroes can be badass and cool and finally, the best character in this season was .. Bakugo!
Hate or love Bakugo, it doesn’t matter. But we all must agree that Bakugo is one of the most unique characters in BnHA. Bakugo didn’t turn into “Sasuke v2.0” who accepts to be a villain just to beat deku. No, Bakugo may seems like a villain but in reality he’s just an angry boy who wants to be a cool hero no matter what. Moreover, Bakugo’s breaking down scene was stellar. He showed us that despite the “rough” ,”Aggressive” and “bully” side of him. He still has the humane side or the soft side deep inside of him, he has feelings too and can feel pain. In addition, Bakugo & Deku could understand each other a bit and they finally became true rivals, which can be highlighted as a significant development in their characters and in the story.
On the other hand, we’ve got a large cast of villains, some are blend and others are interesting. We have an edgy dabi, a transgender dude, a ninja turtle fighter, a horny toga and deadpool v2.0. However, there’re 3 villains that are interesting in this season, which are : deadpo-.. I mean, Twice. Who had an epic monologue in episode 24, stating that Heroes save the good people only, despite that sometimes there’re “insane” people who just want someone to understand them, but sadly this doesn’t happen, hence these kind of people turn into villains as they can find some people who can understand them, which gives a depth in the realism of the story. Overhaul, who looked like a real badass villain. And finally, All for one !
All for one, basically resembles the idea of “A Villain is another one’s hero”. All for one was the dad-figure for shigaraki. This man’s ambitions are so vague and unclear, he is intelligent, has an unlimited power, lived for many & many years, but his goals are not 100% clear to the audiences. This villain caught my attention at once actually. And it seems that … Shigaraki is going to have a major development to be a real villain with an ideology in the near future.
We got also some new characters like the big 3 who will take a big role in season 4. And there’re new characters from other schools like Inasa and Camie etc ..
ALSO DON’T FORGET BAKUGO’S THICC MUM !!!
To be honest, this is the weakest point in BnHA s3. Don’t get me wrong, there’re many good and emotional OSTs, but the real problem is, the choice of the OSTs ! During the most of the fights in BnHA, the used OSTs in the background somehow don’t suit with the fight.
The first OP of season 3 (ODD Futre) was lit, honestly I think it’s the best among all BnHA’s OPs. The 2nd OP (Make my Story) wasn’t that good. The EDs are lame anyway.
The animation in BnHA is medium, not perfect nor bad, although, during the fights it is something else, Bones tend to use their budget in the worthy fights only. I think it is a clever way to not waste their budget and make the fans addicted to the epic fight scenes in this anime.
The first cour of this season was astonishing, I was tense while watching each episode, and I re-watched most of these episodes even. Some episodes were pure masterpiece like Episode 4, 9, 10, 11. We had many emotional scenes, action scenes, tension scenes and even some sad scenes. However, every anime has its ups and downs, the 2nd cour was seriously a big down. The License exam arc was long and predictable in most of times. Bones even added a stupid filler in the middle of the arc. I felt that I was watching another anime actually, but after this arc, we returned back to the awesome episodes of BnHA, starting from Deku Vs Bakugo, Twice’s monologue, the revealing of new badass characters, smoothing down the road for the dark “internship arc” in season 4.
Some people compare the previous seasons to this one, In my opinion, every season has its ups and downs, this season started like a bombshell but dropped down slowly. But it returned back to it’s prime in the last couple of episodes. This season was manly about fighting villains. Showing how the young lads are now grown enough to be in danger and that they have to improve their skills tho. This season was boring in some episodes and very splendid in other episodes. Some people say that BnHA is an overrated series. however, in the last couple of years, the number of good action animes are decreasing gradually cause of the low quality and bad adaption, so an anime like BnHA is like a diamond that brings good sells to the studio. I hope that season 4 surpass the flaws in season 1, 2 and 3 and deliver to us the perfect quality of an action anime.
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.