‘My Hero Academia: World Heroes’ Mission‘ is an anime film brought to us by Bones Studios and Toho Animation. Directed by Kenji Nagasaki, it is the third movie in the MHA universe.
Flect Turn (Robbie Daymond) is the leader of a terrorist organization called Humarise, which wants to kill humans with quirks. As such, the World Heroes Organization calls on UA and their work-study students to aid disarming bombs they have set that make quirks overload with All-Might (Christopher R. Sabat) coordinating. Deku (Justin Briner), Bakugo (Clifford Chapin), and Shoto (David Matranga) are working with Endeavor (Patrick Seitz) in Europe. While on patrol, Deku chases after petty thief Rody (Ryan Colt Levy) who accidentally ended up with a Humarise briefcase. They are pursued by an archer assassin called Belos (Michelle Rojas) who wants the briefcase back for Humarise. Deku and Rody find themselves framed and chased after corrupt police working with Flect. As they hide from Humarise, they soon find themselves in a dire situation as the other heroes work to find the bombs before they endanger countless lives.
To speak of the animation, it is pretty cool. Bones Studio truly delivers on the visuals. While the main protagonists keep their designs from the first and second films, the new characters are pretty sleek. I also liked how incredible the fight scenes looked. They were sleek and cool, particularly Shoto’s battle with a Humarise thug during the climax.
The entire cast does a fantastic job, especially Briner as Deku as well as Daymond as the villain Flect. The two were standout in their performances and did a good job of highlighting the difference between hero and bad guy.
As for the story, it was awesome. The filmmakers kept it tight and though there were some unnecessary appearances from characters from the TV show, I was not disappointed. The plot had real stakes and emotional resonance as the protagonists took on a threat they could not fully understand. The villains are hypocritical, but they are vicious and the heroes have to go beyond plus ultra to stop them. They told the tale in a way that you did not need to see the show to get into it.
It is amazing to see Japanese animators understand comic book heroics better than mainstream American companies. Western comics are pandering to woke pretenders on social media, causing these old school heroes to become nihilistic and silly with no sense of true heroism. Deku and his friends show courage, compassion, and dedication in their battle against their foes. It was refreshing to see superheroes being super and not credence or understanding to the villains or their motives.
Bottom line, My Hero Academia: World Heroes’ Mission shows why anime and manga are winning. The animation is solid, the story is excellent, and the heroes are heroic. It was refreshing.
PARENTAL CONCERNS: Violence, Minor Language
FAVORITE QUOTE: I never gave up.
Check out the trailer below:
This article is based on the English dub.
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