‘My Hero Academia’ Season 1 Review

My Hero Academia is a superhero anime based on the manga created by Kōhei Horikoshi for Jump Comics and Viz Media. The anime is made by the Japanese animation studio Bones and directed by Kenji Nagasaki for a first season of thirteen episodes.

Sometime in the future, eighty percent of humanity possess superpowers called “quirks” and some use them for villainy, but others use them for heroism as official law enforcement. The number one hero in Japan is All-Might (Christopher Sabat), the symbol of peace. Izuku Midoriya (Justin Briner) is a fan of All-Might and wants to be a hero… except, he has no quirk. After saving class bully Katsuki Bakugo (Clifford Chapin), All-Might witnesses this and chooses Midoriya as his heir. All-Might has catastrophic injuries and is losing his powers, so he passes his abilities onto Midoriya. He is able to enter the “hero academia” high school UA where he befriends the gravity-powered Ochaco Uraraka (Luci Christian) and the legacy hero Tenya Iida (J. Michael Tatum). As his rivalry with Bakugo increases, he also finds Shoto (David Matranga) in the way, but that may have to wait as he has to learn to control his powers as villains strike.

As the American comic book industry continues to produce subpar story arcs and now films, there is a whale among the fishes. My Hero Academia is everything that a nerd and geek could want in a tale of a young powerless hero who is chosen by the very man he looks up to. He faces rivals, control issues, and terrifying all within his first semester of school.

At first, Deku kind of frustrates you as he can be over-emotional and weak at times. This is what ingratiates you to him. Now, some of the characters did cross the uncanny valley at times, but most of the characters are cool looking.

It is an excellent start to this anime and I cannot wait to see how it progresses with Deku, All-Might, and the rest of the Class of 1A.

Check out the trailer below:

PARENTAL CONCERNS: Some action violence, Rude humor, Minor foul language

This review is based on the dub.

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This article has been updated from a previous version.


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