The appearance of “quirks,” newly discovered super powers, has been steadily increasing over the years, with 80 percent of humanity possessing various abilities from manipulation of elements to shapeshifting. This leaves the remainder of the world completely powerless, and Izuku Midoriya is one such individual.
Since he was a child, the ambitious middle schooler has wanted nothing more than to be a hero. Izuku’s unfair fate leaves him admiring heroes and taking notes on them whenever he can. But it seems that his persistence has borne some fruit: Izuku meets the number one hero and his personal idol, All Might. All Might’s quirk is a unique ability that can be inherited, and he has chosen Izuku to be his successor!
Enduring many months of grueling training, Izuku enrolls in UA High, a prestigious high school famous for its excellent hero training program, and this year’s freshmen look especially promising. With his bizarre but talented classmates and the looming threat of a villainous organization, Izuku will soon learn what it really means to be a hero.
I’ve been a fan of My Hero Academia since it first aired. I’m just a super hero fan in general which ever way you out it. The concept of superheroes and villains has so much potential and different avenues to take and explore with it. I watched every season of this show as it aired up until season 4, I believe. And I heard the new season was getting really good, so here I am rewatching this show and man did I forget how great it was from the beginning.
The world of My Hero is an interesting one. One where people with powers or quirks are the predominant ones. 80% of the world has quirks which is interesting cause that inherently means that having powers isn’t special but how you use them or your ambition to become great with them is what will set you apart from a normal person and a hero/villain. Cause most, pretty much all, normal people have quirks. Which I think is really cool and sets this world apart from other superhero stories, but that also introduces a very sad reality. If even normal people have powers, what are if you are quirkless? Also, some of the quirks are just funny in the way they manifest visually.
This is why I love Midoriya. He’s always been a favorite of mine, but this rewatch really reaffirmed that and opened my eyes to why I love him. In a world full of powers, not everyone is a hero. Midoriya is heroic to his core, quirk or no quirk: he has that hero factor to him. He has the ambition mixed with the will and heart to be a hero. He was just missing a quirk. Which makes his journey to becoming not just a hero, but the number one hero and controlling his new power even more admirable and captivating to me. Also I love his fanboy-ism over all heroes. He’s always analyzing everything, taking notes, and just being a student of the greats before him.
His mentor, All Might is a great character. The prototypical hero’s hero. The #1, the strongest, the symbol of peace. His mere presence deters crime in any area he’s in. I love both sides of him that we see during this season. You have this wounded symbol who’s trying to hide it from the world while also looking for a successor for his mighty power. It’s a fun dynamic and his English voice actor (the goat himself Christopher Sabat) is just absolutely amazing. When he’s the big buff, all powerful symbol of peace, his voice exudes power and leadership while commanding respect and attention and calms anyone who believes in the symbol while striking fear into his enemies. On the flip side, in his other form, his voice is that of an everyday normal man. I love it.
The other characters here are great. I love the character designs and personality for the most part. I won’t dwell on it, but it might come up in future reviews as he gets more screen time. But Mineta is the worst character to me. Other than that, class 1-A and beyond are great. Eraser Head is cool as hell. Uraraka and Iida are great compliments to Midoriya. Todoroki will always be cool. Then there’s Bakugo. I wanna keep this spoiler free so I won’t go too deep into his character in this review, but I have a strong love and a small disdain for his character. It’s interesting to see the duality and commonalities between him and Midoriya and his animosity grow as his ego is constantly stomped on throughout the season.
I don’t even have to talk too long about the music and animation. It’s amazing. Banger opening and ending with great visuals. Ive always loved MHA wider art style for the characters and the animation is so damn good, especially when the fights are going down. Also, shout out to the sound effects. All the powers sound so good.
So Yeah, I’m excited for how much I enjoyed this season again upon rewatch. Catching up with the show is going to be a blast. The first chapter in Midoriya’s story of becoming the #1 hero was amazing.
My Hero Academia – 10/10