Due to the nature of the second season, the third season was bound to have a weaker start. Even so, with 2-cour duration it had all the time it ever needed to pick up the pace and improve, or at the very least build a solid foundation for this fourth season.... But it didn't do any of that and now we're more or less back to square one.
The classic shonen series have never exactly been the most flawless type in the arsenal, but few of them have struggled with their arc and tone shifts to the same extent with Boku no Hero Academia. While it's
not uncommon that old story arcs become history and the new current arc gets the unconditional focus, it's rare to see a series which transition is this awkward.
Once again we start our newest season with a recap filler, followed by a build up phase which I'd like to metaphorically compare to the act of someone trying to restart a fusion core after it's been poisoned. It's slow, boring and drags on, and it would be faster to just shut it down entirely and try again. I find myself asking why exactly am I once again stuck at watching this series like it's a new slice of life IP when it's supposed to be a BTS on full roll and come with some type of smoothness already at this point. Instead it repeatedly falls into its own trap, repeating this cycle each new arc to a point where it has become tiresome and feels like a task. The sad part being that this level really seems to be what the series is now aiming to achieve, not even trying to be better, just settling with utter mediocrity and being okay with that. Will it ever maintain some type of stability instead of sawing up and down like Tesla's stock? At this point I very much doubt it will and, based to the lack of hype, it's safe to conclude that I am not the only one. You could literally start watching this series directly from season 4 and only miss the parts where the series was still entertaining to follow.
For years now, manga readers have been echoing that this fourth season will be the best one because it supposedly covers the best arc. While this is entirely possible in term of writing and characters, after all, there is still very little development thus far and the story board has now infinite different possible routes to take, I can't help but to be very skeptical about its delivery due to Bones' vision with the series. For some reason, our director's idea for the action sequences is to make them drag on, pause them, make them overly dramatic, play spoon-fed flashbacks from events that occured just few seconds earlier, and.. simply make them feel like a tease without any reward to be had. Why not make them like, you know, thrilling instead? Remove;tension Add;idle time! This series currently would really need some more classic shonen tropes and less of this nonsense that ruins the flow of these scenes entirely. The writing itself is still far from impressive and quite dull. "We, the selected few, are looking for this specific guy." And 2 minutes later "Oh, look, it's that guy. Sup?" The story board is just weak. If the plot was a line, what it does is put one dot next to the ongoing line and immediately connects it. There aren't many people on this planet who cannot do that. Not much room to be impressed.
To continue with the lack of development: It's really making this series problematic. When I am looking the characters now versus what they were in the beginning of season 3, I do not see much growth. In the beginning of last season, the characters were acting highly comedic and the feelings related ponder was also used as a running gag. It was lame and just a waste. During end season, the focus was in drama, and what this did was show us fractions of different sides of the cast, sides we had not seen before - like proving that these sides also exist. And now we are once again looking at characters who could be removed from their current timeline, get the "relife treatment" (current self send in the past shell) and there wouldn't be much differences to spot. Send Naruto from the beginning of The 4th Great Ninja War into Pain Saga and see how history is rewritten. Do this with Deku and be prepared to listen to Initial D's OST, more specifically 'deja vu' on repeat. ♩ ♪ ♫ ♬ It's not even a mystery~yy~!
The characters really don't seem to carry anything special with them from previous arc to next. This is a huge difference compared to other shonen titles and perhaps the reason why - at least I personally - as a viewer, am feeling very distanced from the series. It's not resonating with me on any level anymore. Be it Deku doing a smash the 9th milliont time, Bakugo yelling at 135dB or Uragravigirl being too close! with her body, none of it just has its charm anymore at this point. Rather it feels like some outcast, once-upon-a-time-famous celebrity is trying to be relevant with gimmicks that got old a decade ago. If I was the editor, I'd have adviced this guy write an arc where Deku stops being useless, Bakugo is forced to go on an anger management meeting, Uragravity actually does something to move the relationship onward -- like there's a filler I'd watch, and also give the frog girl all the screen time because she is the best girl. The series is at a point where I don't prefer the canon, even at times when it tries to distant itself from these same goofs it has already overusen.
As it is, I do believe that this season is going to improve since it's unlikely that it would dwell in its slower parts for 2 cours, but I also find it as unlikely that the series as a whole is going to improve for the better, or that I'd personally start caring again. New high peaks may occur but the same errs are bound to exist forever since the characters' lack of improvement seems to be something like a reflection of the author not learning from his own mistakes either. I'd say it's now a good time to lose hope with this and start looking for new titles to fill the shonen quota with something that has a bit more -- or preferedly; a lot more heart to it.
My Hero Academia's biggest weakness is how painfully slow the plot moves forward. We're 6 episodes into the season, and nothing has happened that couldn't have been condensed into 1 episode.
That's not to say there aren't other glaring issues like a dialogue that could be written by a 12 year old. To the point you could skip an entire scene and know what happened. But we aren't here to be blown away by dialogue, it's a shounen. We're here to see good animation, fun characters, and an intriguing plot. So do we get any of that?
The animation quality is the same as it's been
in season 1 with no progression. It seems they're content with "mediocre" to "bad". Fight scenes are very rare, and when they do occur there's a whole lot of stills with camera panning. It feels like a cop-out and the rest of the show are stills with moving mouths... where's the budget for an insanely popular show?
So are the characters fun at least? Not really. They've been the same person re-learning "I need to be the best" in varying ways. They're all identical to who they were in Season 1. There is nothing interesting about Midoriya since he's a parrot that can only say "I need to get stronger" for 70 episodes. His arc for every season is the same because it's solely that. Everyone else is just as bad or simply forgotten about unless they want to spend 10 minutes naming them all. The humor in this show is so repetitive and childish. All of the characters suck is all I really have to say.
But the plot must be good! Alas, it isn't. The villains screen time is so limited it's basically them doing "villain" things and what that means is... they show up on screen as stills for 5 seconds and some announcer tells you what they did and then we get to hear the heroes talk about it for 10 minutes. That or they get an actual scene and it's some of the best the show has to offer, but it ends on a "mysterious" note never to be touched up on again. Each episode ends on a "wow, this is about to get real" but it's just a cliffhanger that ends anti-climactically every time. There's no pay off, it's just forced tension. Now it's just another plot line where they get to talk about what they're going to do for 2-3 episodes to save on budget and get you "hyped" for a fight incoming. Which will most likely be underwhelming as well.
So is it worth watching? Not really, you could skip past all the dialogue and know what they talked about(and even if you didn't) they'll bring it up in flashbacks every episode anyway. Painfully boring dialogues and humor that's mixed in serious scenes to make it so you aren't "as bored" always miss and just make it worse... I guess you could skim through episodes and wait for the pay-off episode at the end where they actually fight and the animation is either mediocre or good in places. That's about where all the budget for this show goes considering it sure as hell isn't in writing or talking mouth stills.
Im going to be straight forward and preface this by saying, I read the manga and am all caught up so I don't remember all the details from the Overhaul arc, and my review for the most part is overall.
I believe this is probably one of the best seasons of bnha so far. The overhaul arc is a lot darker than the rest of the show however the execution of the story-to me atleast- is amazing.
In this arc, they only focus on I think 7 UA students total, of course Midoriya and Mirio being the top 2. Personally I love the way they showed
the 1-A Students with their upperclassmen + pro hero, I think it was an amazing insight to see how the select few would be as pro hero's and overall really helps deepen that watcher-character connection.
Overall alongside the story, characters and the AMAZING MUSIC of course! bnha s4 is one of my favorite seasons of the show and omg Overhauls theme is so sick 😂
Today My Hero Academia still holds insane popularity among not only the anime community but at a continental scale. As not only is it skyrocketing in Japan but across the west. In the early 2000s US manga sales weren’t making a large impact on the market but now sales with graphic novels are dominating. On many prolific anime magazines and articles the series holds itself and characters among top tens and twenties lists. On Tumblr the anime is at the highest among posts. In other words, My Hero Academia is a very popular series. However, why is this type of series so popular? Well
when we look at the demographics of who is watching we can figure it out.
The reason why shounen anime, & hero stories, are so popular especially among the west is because adults have decided to permanently live in adolescence. The west is overrun by man babies regressing back to childhood. The tremendous impact and popularity of shounen and superheroes on Western & Asian culture is embarrassing and worrying. While it’s audience should be aimed at thirteen year olds instead its massive audience is adult men and women. My hero academia is a show mass marketed for adults who do not want to outgrow their childhood. My hero’s popularity only reflects the arrested development state of the west. If you are an adult and still enjoy shounen or super hero stories to a large degree it’s time to seek counseling. Now there are considerations if a movie or show is well thought out, engaging, more than its genre, & If it's closer to a Seinen. However, shows that are vapid, stick to childish ideals, and have weak plots are brainwashing/pitiful. My Hero Academia is a dishonorable show that brings shame amongst anime and reflects how adulthood is truly lost amongst its fans.
Anyways, I will continue my review of this series because it’s important to have critics point the flaws in what’s popular because it directly reflects the culture. Why is current culture into pathetic sappy crybabies. Why are side characters fanboys. Why any deeper retrospect is left at the doorstep. It’s important for critics to be honest and not lie for viewership, money, and kinship. Unfortunately, many fans have been lied to, and manipulated by prolific reviewers off this site and especially youtube. Many of them live in a constant state of Alice and wonderland la la land. Thus, creating this series to be bigger than what it is. Proclaiming it’s a masterpiece of all things and that the writer is “brilliant” when in reality the show is atrocious, boring, generic, and worthless.
The new season opens up with the lead, Izuku Midoriya, looking for a new hero internship. Midoriya finds curiosity in season three character Mirio Togata who later is revealed to be the first and only consideration as All Mights successor. However, before the plot we get filler featuring a reporter trying to investigate who All Might’s successor is and easily deciphers its Midoriya without any detective skills utilized. Perhaps this is a hint at what’s to come as during this ENTIRE season characters easily figure out the right things at the right times with no skills nor planning required. Then again its not like this is foreign from the other seasons. As prized pony bitch Deku always gets what he wants with no effort nor struggle required.
After filler Midoriya interns with Mirio’s mentor Sir Nighteye who was All Might’s previous side-kick. Sir Nighteye allows Midoriya to join even though he didn’t pass expectations he just simply tried "hard enough". Further putting out bad messages to children and the many adults who watch, that life will always work in their favor. Deku being rewarded through minimal/no effort? Let's all pretend to be shocked.
The following episodes set up the "conflict" this arc will feature through a “new” villain Chisaki. Chisaki is the same as that other freak; Obsessed with kids, kidnaps, wants to destroy heroes, same destruction quirk, etc. However, this time the show allows a character to kill someone as he demolishes a random transvestite character. Heartbreaking? Why should an audience be moved, or threatened, by a character killed who was never properly introduced nor had any personality whatsoever?! Also now the villains are threatening after sixty episodes? How? I don't see any of the leads in danger per usual and nobody cared about the tranny so its pointless! Its fake tension for the naive fans!
Speaking of tension the "stakes" are as illusionary as ever as yet again the plot constantly rewards the leads without effort. For example: Midoriya and Mirio find the main villain of the arc randomly and discover his hideout by chance. What are the odds? I would assume a show about investigating a "major" villain would have planning and detective skills. That the writer would carefully demonstrate this. All this does to a show is make it loose credibility and respect, which is what My Hero Academia lost since episode 1 season 1. As this show continually has deus ex machinas, ridiculous coincidences, and gives special privileges to characters who don’t deserve them by any conceivable measure.
Mirio is the only character in this show who worked hard through difficult circumstances. Mirio had to struggle to get his quirk to be threatening, had no favors from higher ups, remained positive while being bullied, and encouraged others. Yet this season, such a promising character like Mirio has everything taken away! Only to have the bitch Deku K.O. the villain with no plan no charisma no intelligence whatsoever its all through a damn loli helped punch! Mirio, the only deserving hero of the story loses his quirk, master, etc. whilst little bitch Izuku gets all the fame and glory yet again. Imagine working hard your entire life with no help to lose to a crybaby bitch who got everything in his life by doing jack shit. Fuck this series!!! Deku truly is one of the worst characters.
This season has the most horrendous writing I’ve ever witnessed. The writing has no depth only vapid dialogue, 'I'm going to save you!' and other generic trash! There is an episode where all the characters sit around at a table talking and thinking about the same thing. I mean you cannot make this shit up if you tried! There are no disagreements or discussions of strategy from the adult characters only agreement in allowing CHILDREN to fight proven serial killers. I mean what a disgrace! he surrounding characters are around to continually serve the circumstantial plot, be used for ridiculous melodrama, & remain stalemated. Compared to other shounen anime, this show is a shameless mess!
THE FLASHBACKS ARE OVER 9000!!! Seriously the series has flashbacks within flashbacks to solidify the runtime slot. Its sickening how boring and worthless this show is and this season proves to be the worst yet! How is that possible!?! Kirishima has an over five minute flashback during a fight to only lose easily. WTF?! In fact all the characters have flashbacks during fights about their childhoods. Do we really need to see a characters childhood during a dangerous fight? Why should this make us hyped it SUCKS!!
I see characters who were never fleshed out suddenly utilized this season for manipulative melodrama. Example: Kirishima is all of a sudden amazing when last season he was a horrible student who failed exams. It’s astounding how we’re supposed to invest in these characters who are presented as vapid, boring, contrived, and have no goals outside ones similar to the leads. Kirishima has a random backstory with Mina when they never even interacted!? I don’t see how an audience could believe in a past bond when it came out of nowhere! All this leads me to believe is the author doesn’t care about side characters as he only uses them for opportune moments to bait audience sympathy. Cry Monkeys, Cry!
So, forget inspiring story, unique characters, clever creativity, or passionate dreams, this is all about screaming and crying over cheap melodrama. This is a bad children’s series who grown men and women vehemently defend. It has no profound messages or helpful advice to the viewers watchin. It only pushes harmful fantasies that will negatively affect viewers mindsets.
The animation from this season is one of the worst published. Animated scenes are either shown behind grayish walls or ugly dark colors. The lip movements are sloppy and weird. There are countless moments where 3D animation looks deranged and nightmare inducing. Its so lazy as the backdrops looks like copy and pasted CGI its terrible.
The melodrama was forced more than ever. Giving us these insane horrible flashbacks. There is one character, Tamaki, who gets a flashback about being shy in grade-school. That somehow we should feel fired up because he was shy when he was a kid?!?! WHAT?! How pathetic is this series!? Where are the anime characters who are confident and not pussies like these ones! What a shame, modern shounen anime is completely dead.
The messages in my hero academia are harmful promoting laziness and entitlement. When really life owes us nothing! You can't just, “try hard enough! Wahhh” you need a brain and skills which this series lacks completely!!!! Especially Deku. Deku is the absolute worst protagonist in anime history!
See my season three review for the defined misgivings I have with this absolute scum of a character.
Speaking of Shounen most people watch it specifically for the fights, but the fights in my hero academia are executed horrible in every way! The fights have no strategy, no execution, no art, it's simply punching or kicking an opponent to victory. In HxH, Dragon Ball, Naruto, and YYH characters are given time to think of strategies and present the audiences with ways to win by using intelligence. Those anime gave us fights that were well thought out, respectfully crafted, memorable, and engaging. However, My hero academia is the lowest of low when giving unique or even decent fights. They're boring, pathetic, contrived and tiresome. Never once have I been hyped for a fight in this terrible series. I literally have no clue why fans would proclaim otherwise.
Overall, this show is trash. A complete and utter waste of time. Its only worth is for those who have insomnia as it will make you pass out ASAP. This show is for adults who are in a constant state of arrested development. It’s for those who want to be pampered and complain about first world problems. In other words, pussies who could never watch greatness to any degree. They could never idolize nor compare to great characters like Yusuke, Char, Reinhard, Yang, Guts, Kenshiro, Cobra, Lupin. If anyone likes My Hero Academia stop it. Especially adults...any adults watching this should be ashamed. Grow up and watch quality non-escapism series. Stop supporting this garbage!