One day, a four-year-old boy came to a sudden realization: the world is not fair. Eighty percent of the world's population wield special abilities, known as "quirks," which have given many the power to make their childhood dreams of becoming a superhero a reality. Unfortunately, Izuku Midoriya was one of the few born without a quirk, suffering from discrimination because of it. Yet, he refuses to give up on his dream of becoming a hero; determined to do the impossible, Izuku sets his sights on the elite hero training academy, UA High.
However, everything changes after a chance meeting with the number one hero and Izuku's idol, All Might. Discovering that his dream is not a dead end, the powerless boy undergoes special training, working harder than ever before. Eventually, this leads to him inheriting All Might's power, and with his newfound abilities, gets into his school of choice, beginning his grueling journey to become the successor of the best hero on the planet.
Boku no Hero Academia ranked eighth in the 8th Manga Taisho Awards and fifth in the 2016 Kono Manga ga Sugoi! for the male readers division.
The series has been published in English as My Hero Academia by VIZ Media under the Shonen Jump imprint since August 4, 2015. It will also be published in Spanish by Planeta Comic in 2016 and has been published in Italian by Star Comics since February 3, 2016.
A video game titled Boku no Hero Academia Battle for All has been released for the Nintendo 3DS in Japan on May 19, 2016.
It's the rising star of Jump, the so called "next Naruto/One Piece." Yes, it's of the mold of the two. Yes, you can see the similarities in holistic structure, but what is it that makes Boku no Hero Academia a compelling read for shounen fans looking for something to pass the time?
The premise is simple: Many people have superpowers, the boy has none, he gains powers through strange means much later than others, and he enters THE school of superpower training. Right.
It is only a 7 because the premise has been set and there are simply developments going on at the moment-- this manga will likely be written for a while and being 39 chapters in is kind of early for the story to develop. That being said, story isn't a strong suit CURRENTLY, but the quality of writing has been gaining steam in recent weeks (for a shounen weekly) and Horikoshi Sensei showing flashes of brilliance from time to time, I think this will be higher soon enough.
The style is typically cartoony, but this is only because of the whole superpower premise. Sure, it isn't realistic, but if you look at the art in context, it is exceptionally well done. Horikoshi has certainly developed his own style that we could distinguish after reading Boku no Hero Academia for a few chapters. The art is detailed all around: the backgrounds, character designs, facial expressions; you name it. To top it all off, it's consistent, and really, that's all we could ask for isn't it?
(Note to fellow readers: I think Midoriya freak out faces and Bakugou psycho faces are insanely good)
There are only so many characters: Izuku (main character), Bakugou (MC main rival), Todoroki (MC rival 2/upcoming close friend), Uraraka (heroine), All Might (the hero Izuku looks up to), and plenty more who are nameable, but the list would be too long.
The fact of the matter is that they are nameable. Readers can distinguish between these characters not only because of their different physical designs but their personalities as well. The characters who seem as though they'll be relevant in the future are being developed with their own pasts. And these character layouts are just so different from most shounen manga we've seen in the past 30 years or so.
For example: Izuku and Bakugou. (Minor spoilers ahead) Midoriya isn't your typical main shounen in the sense that he's an idiot who loves to eat and such, but he thinks for himself. He writes notes on people he think might be rivals with as material he could possibly get on them. He analyzes everything down to a science, fanboys about them, and anticipates how anyone could fight each other due to their specific circumstances. He overthinks, sure, but he does it beautifully and relatably that I think most of us would understand.
Then we have Bakugou, the rival. He is so mean: bullies people around him, taunts them, and destroys their souls. Yet, at the same time, we can see another layer under him that wants to be a hero the same way Midoriya does, just coming to conclusions in a different manner than Izuku. He also analyzes, albeit to a much lesser degree; he lets the powers he's used to do the other half of the work for him.
The characters really express Horikoshi's respect for Togashi: thinkers who manage to be realistic but at the same time captures our attention by being over the top at the right times, motivating us to be the best we can be. Really, characters are a strong suit here.
I love reading this each week. I look forward to the art, the character development (there's always some), and hope for the day that the story takes a turn and just skyrockets and makes this manga THE big thing. It's just a good part of my day when I read it.
Some shounen veterans might say this number is too high, but I'm giving this manga a 9 due to ALL factors, especially my investment in it. Although at the moment it's an 8, I think it will become a 9 because of the direction Horikoshi is taking it each week. It has strong development, consistent art, and good writing overall. If you like shounen, you will definitely enjoy reading this: it has all of the normal stuff in blood, tears, and determination, but readers of all will definitely enjoy reading this for the character development if nothing else.read more
What seems to be the next big thing in Boku no Hero Academia certainly has the potential to do so, but has a long way to go before it gets there. So far, its every piece of copy and paste material and generic story out there. However one thing that intrigued me was how well it used its generic story and characters. The first chapter speaks to itself honestly. Izuku our main character has a problem that gets dealt with in a very very satisfying way that got hooked and invested in the story. The story is interesting and the world is simple, but can be built upon. The characters all reming me of the Konoha 11 from Naruto. Each one of them have their own special abilities and personalities. Its refreshing. One of the best things Boku no Hero Academia does in my very own personal opinion, is its detail. For instance, you just cant have super strength, without their being some sort of burden on your body, or you cant just shoot fire from your hand. Theres a scientific explanation to everything, which reminds me alot of Hunter x Hunter. What I also love, is Izukus personality. Sure hes the stereotypical bullied MC trying to become stronger, but really how he separates himself from other MC's is his intelligence and his battle strategies. He doesn't rely only on his quirk, but his brains allowing what seems impossible situations seem possible, thus hinting a common theme shown in the series. Everyone is not born equal
Overall, while objectively, yes, it is nowhere near special or the best thing I have ever read in my entire life, but it does what it does greatly, and it makes it worthwhile. Im excited for the future of the series, hope it keeps improving ^_^read more
So far from the looks of things this manga has alot of potential to be on par with the big 3, in fact it could be better, it might even be the next Hunter x Hunter.
The overall plot for the manga is rather interesting, besides following a few cliches (because shounen) the setting is generally based in a world at which humans have been somewhat evolved to a state in which at the age of 4 they develop powers in which then can became SuperHeros, which is pretty unique in my opinion having a society run by heroes. Yet also in this world their a villains which the heroes must fight an save the land. What I love from the story so far is just how generally simplistic it is, it's also cool seeing American Comic Book styles and influences incorporated in to the manga. It is a nice story that is as followed pretty cliche yet overall fun and entertaining.
I absolutely adore the art. I love simple. The art is fun and simple. It, like the manga, is just fun and entertaining which brings a nice smile along my face it makes me engage within in the world better and I love the kind of wacky character designs. The art overall has this nice charm to it and you can really tell that a lot of love has gone into the making of it.
The Characters are somewhat a nice mix between Blue Exorcist, Naruto and Hunter x Hunter yet feel very stand alone. The only 3 character worth mentioning, so far, as follows: Kacchan(the ass hole childhood friend who hate MC's guts and wants to be the best hero of all time), Deku (our wimpy, at first, MC who is always willing to help those in need, regardless if he doesn't have any powers) and All Might (the greatest hero of all time who has chosen Deku to be his prodigal). The character so far have been slowly developing and all have their own nice quirks and charms. Even if Kacchan is the biggest DICK of all time.
Enjoyment: I'm Loving it (also I should note that it takes place in a HighSchool setting, forgot about dis, people will hate it because of this) it's simply a nice shouen that uses Cliches correctly while maintaining it's own personality.
I'd recommend reading it or checking it out if your'e a fan of Naruto and need something to fill that hole. Or if you just want a fun shounen to read and something that doesn't require a nice amount of brain processing full of symbolism and dark disturbing imagery.
Before i started this many people were hyping this up to be the next naruto so i decided to see what all the hype was about.Right off the bat i could see this was somewhat different from the usual shounen manga as the main character was not the usual dumb knucklehead type.The main character is very smart and uses his intelligence alot in battle which is rare for shounen he doesn't just go into battle swinging he always has a plan.The mangaka of this series also takes the time to flesh out all his characters and explain their powers and it isnt just the usual group of people who team up he mixes it up as well.It isnt like the usual shounen but its shounen nonetheless so there are gonna be some cliches but it isnt that bad and there are some very hilarious moments(grapeboy =best boy lol)The art is this manga is pretty good for a weekly shounen manga as well you can see the author improved his drawings since the first chapters.So in conclusion if you like a superhero kind of manga you will probably like this.read more
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