Grant me a ‘quirk!’
‘My Hero Academia’ – Synopsis
the appearance of “quirks,” newly discovered superpowers, has been steadily increasing over the years, with 80% 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 gruelling training, Izuku enrols 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.
Alternate titles: 僕のヒーローアカデミア, Boku no Hero Academia
Genre: Action, Comedy, Shounen
Producers: Dentsu, Mainichi Broadcasting System, Movic, TOHO animation, Shueisha
‘My Hero Academia’ – Review
My Hero Academia is a comedy adventure manga from Shonen Jump. It is also known by the Crunchyroll society as Yuri on Ice part 2. (Bad joke but those who proudly call themselves Otaku will surely get it!)
The story follows the protagonist Deku (Izuku Midoriya) a quirkless wannabe hero in a world of superpower individuals. After encountering his superhero idol All Might after which he gained superpowers and enrols in the prestigious and hard to get into the school which prepares students to become heroes called U.A. Academy. The manga was adapted into anime by a very well-known animation studio called Bones recognised by its work on Space Dandy, Ouran high school host, Noragami, Soul Eater etc.
When I chose to watch this anime I expected it to be good but it went way beyond my expectations. Let me tell you why.
The story is based in a world where about 80% of people have quirks, i.e. random superpowers like turning into a giant, bursting flames form their hand etc. etc. While Deku is a person who comes amongst the people who are ‘quirkless’ or Kosei.
Since Deku was a small boy his only wish was to be a hero like his idol All Might. But due to his miserable fate, he mostly takes notes by admiring other heroes. One day Deku actually meets ALL MIGHT!!! By this chance fate, Deku receives his quirk called ‘one for all’ through the unconventional method of Deku eating All Might’s hair (HAIR! ba_rf) and then even gets chosen to be his successor.
Going under All Might’s wings and undergoing gruesome training to get into the prestigious U.A. Academy known for its fineness in training students to become heroes who fight evil and protect the people, which has been Deku’s dream since forever. Once in the Academy, with his quirky and bizarre classmates, Deku learns how to be a hero with his newfound quirk which he cannot control.
What is ‘one for all’? Despite the manga or the anime not talking about it or giving any sort of explanation, it works somewhere along in the arena of increasing strength or power of the person who has this quirk.
Reasons to Watch?
First of all, the entire set-up of the story, the introduction to the fantasy world, the minute details have gone into the build-up of the backstory and character introductions is absolutely brilliant. The opening scenes themselves pump you up for the anime and if not, it really swoops you in by the first episode itself and by the second episode you are fixated if not obsessed with this anime. Considering the number of heroes which are there in this anime, the focus on the characters and the details have gone into their creation and development really takes the cake.
The character development of all the characters is done quite well which along with the relatability of the characters really makes you involved in the show and story. Especially the relationship between Deku and his mother is very touching and amazing to watch because one does not only see but also feels their relationship unfold and develop.
Another reason to love this anime is the excellent animation, courtesy The studio Bones, with a nice pop of colour and art style which sits very well with the ‘quirks’ of the anime! Even the English dub by Funimation really does a great job in keeping intact the Japanese essence of it to the max level. The anime does a really good job of creating a solid foundation for the future seasons of the anime as well.
Some of the points which got my goat was that there were too many characters which significantly reduced the screen time of many of the anime characters (which was slightly annoying and off-putting).
The second problem that I had was that the anime was typical shonen-related clichés all over it. So, there was nothing new or unique in this department. Also, the first season seemed more like a prologue for future seasons rather than a complete package in itself which was a problem because I could feel the lack of development in the story in comparison to the manga at least (Or maybe it just felt like it because I already knew the story beforehand)
To watch or not to watch?
The pros vastly overpower the cons for this anime which makes me declare this anime a must watch!! Definitely go for it! I would even recommend reading a little of the manga before diving in the anime series to get a better grasp of the characters and a lot more fun!
Have you seen ‘My Hero Academia’? What are your thoughts about it? Do you plan to watch it after reading this review?