The shounen genre makes up for a lot of anime, especially those popular in the West, and My Hero Academia is one of the fresher faces to have stormed its way into fan’s hearts. And it seems that I’m far from alone in realising what makes the series so loved across the world.
Picking up shortly after the events of season one, Deku is still learning how to control his quirk when he enters in the U.A. Sports Festival. No hero is without screentime as students clash together in hopes that they’ll be scouted by a pro, and each aspiring hero gives it their all out of fear that they’ll fade into obscurity otherwise. Battle after battle leads into satisfying character development, and you’ll find yourself struggling to root for only one character – they’re all just so entirely loveable!
I’m far from alone in realising what makes the series so loved.
Without delving too deep into each character’s experiences, there are a lot of emotional and difficult topics tackled here which are handled with great care. These topics, and author Kohei Horikoshi’s focus on character development, are among the reasons why the series has rapidly taken the world by storm. My Hero Academia replaced Naruto in Shonen Jump once it ended, and it has been steadily reaching the same mass appeal since – and deservedly so.
Studio Bones were once known to not pursue sequels of their works but with this, and Noragami, Bones has found the series’ that they’re happy to stick with. It’s an inevitability that studios will struggle with funds, especially during a long series, but if Bones faced those same troubles then it’s difficult to tell.
Each episode is gorgeous and brimming with detail, and each fight is bombastic and packed with flair. There’s never a dull moment, and Bones bring the characters brilliantly to life. There’s one fight towards the end of this season which will blow you away, and it never fails to give me chills despite having seen it so many times.
My Hero Academia‘s English dub and direction has been handled very well, and it’s kept true to the original and how the characters are supposed to be portrayed. Funimation have clearly had a lot of fun working on this one, and there’re plenty of laughs to be had — the script is genuinely fantastic.
My Hero Academia replaced Naruto in Shonen Jump once it ended, and it has been steadily reaching the same mass appeal since – and deservedly so.
The content and delivery got me a little emotional from time to time too, thanks to the hard work of Justin Briner, Luci Christian, Clifford Chapin, J. Michael Tatum, David Matranga and Christopher R. Sabat – a star-studded cast in the world of anime, and these voice-actors and actresses are only the tip of the list!
My Hero Academia is a must watch, and part two of season one has many memorable moments. Brilliant fight choreography, passionate voice-acting, sublime animation and a cast you positively want to root for are a few of the reasons as to why My Hero Academia is one of the world’s biggest shounen series’ right now, and it’s showing no signs of slowing down.
I’ll be continuing to avidly support the series, and Sony taking over from Universal in releasing this in the UK has been a flawless transition for us fans – there’s no decline in quality, and box artwork means that it’ll comfortably sit next to season one of the show without looking out of place.
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