A truly faithful adaptation of chapter 193.5 from Volume 0, showcasing All Might's dark past that led him to becoming the Symbol of Peace.
"All Might - Rising The Animation" is a great tie-in with the Two Heroes movie- and I highly recommend watching it along with the film. In fact, this OVA ends with a direct connection to that movie.
Now, as for the OVA itself:
This animated special gives much asked-for and needed depth and history to All Might's character. Although the real reason All Might smiles was hinted at during season 3 with Nana Shimura's quote about how a real
hero saves people's hearts with a smile, this animated short brings that into fruition, and truly shows the impact she had on him. There are many parallels to be made here but I can't really go into it without treading spoiler territory.
The only real problem with this I can see people having is its very short length.. however.. I don't know what else one should've expected. It's an adaptation of a single bonus extra chapter, nothing more.
Any more length added to it and it would just be another "Training of the Dead" type of OVA. Instead, this was directly adapted from a chapter the author Kohei Horikoshi illustrated, which makes it canon and gives it much more credibility.
All Might is one of the most prominent and popular characters of My Hero Academia. That said, the main series rarely expands on his backstory and not much is known about his history besides him being a former UA student, being originally quirkless and receiving One for All from his predecessor and mentor Nana Shimura many years before the start of the story. After training with Gran Torino he would set out to become the world's greatest hero many years later.
Somehow I felt a bit underwhelmed after watching All Might Rising. I was hoping that this special would be at least a 15 minutes long
episode about All Mights history, things like: His time at UA, how he came to meet Nana, how she decided that All Might would be her successor and things like that. But at only 3 minutes, this short special gives almost no new insight on All Mights and Nanas relationship and I felt like this special was at best teasing.
All Might Rising starts in the middle of a fight of Nana, All Might and Gran Torino against All for One. It's shown how Nana died and how All Might fled with Gran Torino to pursue his training and how he eventually set off to America. There is no new development, no new characterization, no new ... anything. If anything, then we get a comment from All Might how he viewed Nana as his mother, but as I said: This more teasing than anything.
Animation and sound was as good as always. Nothing to complain here.
Honestly, this special felt more like a trailer. I don't think it's bad, but it's just not great either. I guess everyone who likes My Hero Academia will like it too.
Welcome to my next review and probably to my shortest one so far. This review is about the short OVA 'Boku no Hero Academia: All Might - Rising The Animation'. Despite its title this OVA is really fricking short with around 3 minutes of runtime. I'm going to skip the studio and go straight for the review. Here we go.
Important Note: You gotta watch this movie alongside the movie Ftmutari no Hero, it's connect it as a episode 0.
Plot/Story: Not present. The OVA is about All Might in his young 18 after losing his mentor and now training with Gran Torino to become the
hero he is now. Apart from that there really isn't any story here.
Art: For a 3 minute OVA it sure looked good. That's all I gotta say.
Sound: It was there. Nothing amazing here, scroll down.
Characters: It's All Might and Gran Torino doing stuff they do. No character development except All Mights origin for him always smiling and a few more sprinkles of the origins of his personality that we know of. So pretty good for just 3 minutes.
Overall: This OVA seems to be foreshadowing some sort of bigger OVA about All Might's past and rising to the hero and symbol of peace that is is at the start of MHA. For MHA fans this is a worth watch. Other than that, you can skip this if you want. But it's just 3 minutes, come on. Go watch it. It's just 3 minutes.
And I'm out. As fast I came im gone already. See you guys in the next review.