In a world where 80 percent of the population has super powers, "Heroes" are chosen ones, celebrated and authorized to use their innate powers to serve society. But not everyone can earn or be given the title of Hero, and those who use their powers without society's approval to fight evil are known by another name—Vigilantes!
Compared to its parent manga, Illegals has a much tighter focus.
The core cast is composed of a mere three members, as opposed to BnHA's massive cast herd. This is great for character development, with the main character and his teammates each getting significant character moments nearly every single chapter.
And even non-main-characters have it good-- The author doesn't treat them like setpieces to be moved around at his bidding, but respects their agency as individuals in a universe he's merely narrating.
Just like in BnHA, every superpower is unique and interesting, as are character designs.
Illegals' characters are perhaps the best part of the manga, and I rate
The monthly release schedule of Illegals lends itself to more episode chapters, with individually more compelling stories than any single BnHA chapter. Every month I'm excited to read the chapters because I know I'll get a self-contained experience that weekly manga can't quite match.
On the other hand, the monthly schedule detracts from Illegal's ability to significantly progress its story-wide arc, but luckily that's partially mitigated by how Illegals ties into BnHA, allowing information to be released in parallel.
I would rate Illegal's story as slightly worse than BnHA's story, but still very good on an objective level. 8/10.
I'll admit straight out that I'm not a good art critic-- I can say that the art looks good and that I personally enjoy it, but beyond that, not much.
If you liked the art in BnHA, the art here is basically identical. As a result of the smaller scale of Illegals (and presumably the smaller scale of its finances), it does lack a little of BnHA's "wow" factor. 7/10
Overall, I'm really enjoying Illegals, both as a sidestory to BnHA and on its own merits. In fact, I'd go so far as so say I enjoy it more than BnHA.
If you're a fan of street-level superhero stories, read it. If you're a fan of BnHA, read it. If you're willing to accept Pop*Step as your lord and savior, READ IT.
If you’re looking for something to read while waiting on MHA chapters, defiantly start this. It’s pretty freaking amazing, dare I say better or at least almost as good as the original? The MC is sooo adorable and I like his story a lot, so I get just excited when new chapters are released for this as I do when MHA chapters are released.
First of all, I love how the story doesn’t feel like it’s even a spinoff. I often find myself saying that I can’t wait until he has a run in with Deku and gets added to the main cast. It’s aligned
with the current arc MHA is on as of now, so they’re pretty much dealing with the same problem. It’s great to see how non-heroes are handling the situation.
I think the characters are the most lovable part of this manga. At first, I figured the MC would be annoying and repetitive because Deku already has the role of “underdog with a glow up”, but it somehow manages to make this MC kinda sorta the same without it being the same kind of situation if that makes sense.
My scores (2=max *story= 3 point max*/ 0=min )
As a spin-off to one of the most popular shounen of the post-Big 3 Generation, Illegals needs to fill some big shoes. The world of BNHA is large, large enough to accommodate a variety of stories. The author, however, decided to tell the story that could have been the most poignant: the story of illegal heroes. And yet, Illegals' story is not without its share of faults. Despite its adequate illustrations and character designs, Illegals fails where its parent story succeeds, hosting a cast of lifeless characters and a bipolar story.
The story of Illegals is the story of the forgotten. Behind the glamour
of the pro-Hero life lies an underbelly of unlicensed heroes taking justice into their own hands. Some, such as protagonist Haimawari Kouichi (“Crawler”), use their low-power quirks to tackle crimes Pro-Heroes miss, while others, such as Haneyama Kazuho (“Pop-Step”), use their powers for personal gain.
It’s a story of potential, one that could have been taken in multiple directions, yet the story fails to pick a path and stick to it. The episodic story oscillates between sub-par comedy relying on tired running-gags and grim showdowns marred by shoddy writing and weird pacing. Through the story, readers are left wondering about the purpose of it all. Where is the work supposed to fit in the BNHA universe? Does it say anything new about the world of Deku, All Might and Best Girl <INSERT NAME HERE>?
The series does try to give some answers to these questions, especially when characters from the main series pop in. One thing that people may not know about this series is that it is a PREQUEL to BNHA in addition to being a spin-off. With that in mind, the story succeeds in providing some nice background to the Chisaki arc of the main series while also providing some nice moments in this story as well.
Because of the plot’s inability to focus on the core message of the story, the characters suffer, turning them into puppets rather than people.
To understand this point, let’s look at the protagonist, Kouichi.
Kouchi is a college student who adores top hero All Might and wants to follow in his idol’s footsteps, but lacks the power to do so as a licensed hero. Thus, he decides to don his favorite All Might jacket and take to the streets as The Crawler. Beyond his drive for heroism, love for All Might and slight bitterness about his weak quirk, however, these isn’t much to Kouichi. There’s no reason to care about him. The stakes aren’t high enough for his actions to mean anything significant, his personality isn’t big enough elicit any laughs, and he isn’t even angsty enough for people to relate with him about his weaknesses. There’s no depth to his character, nor is he entertaining to see in action.
Such is the case for most of the cast of Illegals, with the except of (maybe) Knuckleduster. I will also mention that a certain popular villain’s origin story also takes place in Illegals, but the justification for his development feels so sudden and forced that I would recommend that fans skip those chapters all together. Thank me later.
The art design of Illegals is passable. The style itself is a tad reminiscent of Horikoshi’s western style for All Might, especially when the illustrator draws the muscle-bound Knuckleduster. Some of outfits seem more improvised than others, adding to a much-needed informality to the Vigilantes’ attire. A simple yet effective example is Knuckledusters use of a bandana, jacket and cargo pants. The bandana especially evokes images of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, adding a nice retro touch to the design.
If this series was clearer about what it wanted to accomplish, then I may have enjoyed it more. I did enjoy seeing the occasional parallels between this work and the main series, but they felt like Easter eggs rather than key parts of the story.
All in all, it was an inefficient use of my time.
With a scatter-brained story and shallow characters, Illegals is a forgettable disappointment.
If you’re expecting for the perfect balance of comedy, drama and action that BNHA provides, you should look elsewhere. If you’re looking for a deep-dive into a particular part of the BNHA world that the main series doesn’t highlight, you should also look elsewhere. If you are desperate for BNHA content, no matter how bad, then maybe you can give this a chance.
But then again, maybe a story this bad is better off behind bars.
The story is pretty interesting since the beginning of the series have already foreshadow the current BNHA arc,noting more to say about the story right other then it being really decent and unexpected spin off since it foreshadows the current arc and some characters as well,so it will be really cool to the the cast of BNHA meet up with VBNHAI cast.
For a spin off based on a current on going series,the art style resembles the BNHA art style but also have it's own distinctive art style
The characters to be honest,are just as much if not not more
interesting and enjoyable then the BNHA cast,koichi,the main character is an underdog who have a almost useless quirk,but despite that he still become a vigilante known as gentle man(the crawler after he meet knuckleduster) and help people by doing basic stuff like giving directions and picking things up. after he meet pop star,a street idol who got into an accident with some punk,koichi try to save her but failed.Which then,knuckleduster appear and help them.After that he made Koichi his student and partner along side pop star who tag along to fight villains who uses a certain kind of drug which power up their quirk.AS you can see,i accidentally made a summary of the story,but the characters like knuckleduster,how does he know about the drug,is still a mystery but koichi and pop star did not ask him about it,this can be a shown of trust towards him.Plus,you can see cameo of original characters from BNHA in the manga,they even show stain before he became the herokiller as a vigilante