My Hero Academia

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My Hero Academia (Japanese: 僕のヒーローアカデミア, Hepburn: Boku no Hīrō Akademia) is a Superhero Comedy anime series by Bones. It is based on Kōhei Horikoshi's manga of the same name. Its first season aired in Japan from April 3 to June 26, 2016, followed by a second season from April 1 to September 30, 2017, then a third season from April 7 to September 29, 2018, then a fourth season from October 12, 2019 to April 4, 2020, and A fifth season has been announced. An animated film titled My Hero Academia: Two HeroesGMW was released on August 3, 2018 and a second animated film titled My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising was released on December 20, 2019.

Plot

On an Earth-like world where people with superpowers known as "Quirks" (個性, Kosei) are the norm, Izuku "Deku" Midoriya is a regular middle school student who has dreams of one day becoming a hero despite being bullied by his classmates for not having a Quirk. After being the only one to try and save his childhood bully Katsuki Bakugō from a Villain, the world's greatest Hero All Might bestows upon him his own quirk "One For All". The story follows Izuku's entrance into U.A. High School (雄英高校, Yūei Kōkō), a school that cultivates the next generation of superheroes.

Why It Rocks

  1. Beautiful art and animation. Every character looks like they originated from different works of visual media. The action scenes are a visual treat, with battles taking place in the air and on the ground.
  2. Top-notch sound design. The music by Yuki Hayashi (Blood Lad, Death Parade, Haikyu!!) is delightful and the voice acting is a pleasure in all languages: Japanese, English, French, and German. Choices of voice actors are excellent, including, but not limited to, Daiki Yamashita as Izuku Midoriya (Gurio Umino from Sailor Moon Crystal and Yuzuhira Kanade from Anonymous Noise), Nobuhiko Okamoto as Katsuki Bakugo (Rin Okumura from Blue Exorcist), Kaito Ishikawa as Tenya Iida (Genos from One-Punch Man), Yuki Kaji as Shoto Todoroki (Eren Jaeger from Attack on Titan and Ayato Kirishima from Tokyo Ghoul), and Toshiki Masuda as Eijiro Kirishima (Shark from Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL). Kenta Miyake (Zodd Nosferatu from Berserk) sounds absolutely righteous as All Might, and Koki Uchiyama (Meruem from Hunter X Hunter) sounds downright frightening as Tomura Shigaraki. The intro and outro songs are masterpieces to listen to.
  3. Amazing storytelling, pathos, and an interesting premise mixed very well to create a captivating story.
  4. Great, lovable characters (for the most part. Look at the first bad quality). The rest of the characters from Class 1-A finally get to shine in the second movie, Heroes: Rising rather than being overshadowed, like in Two Heroes.
  5. All the superpowers- sorry, Quirks, are very fun. From explosions to super speed, from gravikinesis to both pyrokinesis AND cryokinesis in one, the list goes on.
  6. Given its superhero genre, it should appeal to non-Japanese audiences who are not overly familiar with anime and manga, just like One-Punch Man does. Horikoshi has even stated that MHA was inspired by Marvel and DC heroes.
  7. English-dubbed episodes premiere almost immediately after original Japanese episodes. In fact, Season 3 episodes air in both Japanese AND English on the exact same day at the exact same time.
  8. Speaking of the English dub, it garnered universal praise, with the director of the show calling it "perfect." Especially Justin Briner (Midoriya), Christopher R. Sabat (All Might), Clifford Chapin (Bakugo), Colleen Clinkenbeard (Momo), Monica Rial (Tsuyu), and Luci Christian (Uraraka), among others, all the voice actors match the characters just as much as the Japanese, French, German, Italian, Filipino, and Tagalog voice actors do.
  9. Unusual for an action series, it's short, meaning people will watch the complete series without stopping midway. Season 1 only has 13 episodes, and Seasons 2, 3 and 4 have only 25 each, totaling 88. Include the Season 1 recap and both specials and you get 81 episodes (83 if two movies are counted as two long episodes). Whether this is good or bad is up to you to decide.
  10. The soundtrack You Say Run, is awesome, catchy and good to listen to.
  11. It has many awesome villains, like Tomura Shigaraki, All for One, Dabi, Stain, Overhaul, Gentle Criminal, La Brava, and High End.
  12. The movies, Two Heroes and Heroes: Rising, are very well-received and enjoyable to watch.
  13. It also has some very good role models like All Might, and very inspirational messages such as making sacrifices to save others you care about, staying true to yourself, and the fact that anyone can be a hero, even without a Quirk.

Bad Qualities

  1. Some characters like Katsuki Bakugo, Minoru Mineta and Endeavor can be unlikable at times. However, the former is now tolerable as the series goes on as he is less mean to Deku and tries to learn from his mistakes.
  2. Tsuyu's English voice, while still amazing, can be a bit off-putting. It's best described as "Peridot with a cold".

Trivia

  • One of their original soundtracks, You Say Run, has become an internet meme.


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Pacsonic9000

20 months ago
Score 7
Imagine if 4kids dubbed this. I think this show or at least a lot of episodes as of season 2 episode 6 (I just started watching it and am enjoying it) can be edited to be TV-Y7 and be aired on Disney XD or Nicktoons.
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Fomantisboy35

12 months ago
Score 1
Hopefully not like the Pokémon anime. (Just look at indigo league.) And also imagine if DHX Media (WildBrain) Did the English Dub (Since they distribute a lot of British and French Programming as well as some Anime Back in the 90's as DIC). It would probably be poorly received.
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Pacsonic9000

8 months ago
Score 1
Unless if it got the treatment Nicktoons gave DBZ Kai and my comment probably didn't age well.
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HalJordan008

15 months ago
Score 1
Shouto Todoroki and All Might are my favorite characters from this show.
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MeMeGuYWasLost

12 months ago
Score 2
Ok
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NoobamationsGD

2 months ago
Score 1
Shoto Todoroki And Bakugou Are My Favorites.
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HalJordan008

15 months ago
Score -15
Deku has Crybaby tendencies, but he is not the worst anime protagonist hero, he isn't the son of Jesus but he isn't the reincarnation of Joseph Stalin.
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ItMeansNothing

15 months ago
Score 10

Oh...MY...GOD!

We are not treating Deku like Jesus Christ, for god's sake! It's like you'll never shut up, won't you?
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Seanbuscus2600

14 months ago
Score 14
That's literally a minor issue compared to actual flaws of the anime.
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BlueSapphire200

8 months ago
Score 3
Why are comparing a fictional character to a real-life tyrant?
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NoobamationsGD

2 months ago
Score 0
You took Marenol Tablets didn't you?
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Fomantisboy35

13 months ago
Score 2
I have a fear of Mineta. WHY? Because he's a creepo. Stalking on Girls.
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AkihitoZero5454

13 months ago
Score 6
He should've been a character in an Ecchi anime.
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BlueSapphire200

8 months ago
Score 2
Yeah, I also kinda find Mineta annoying, but he's still an okay character in my opinion.
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Tony Li

13 months ago
Score 2
I like all characters except Mineta
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NoobamationsGD

2 months ago
Score 0
My cousin hates Deku. (I think.)
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EijiZeBoi

12 months ago
Score 2
Tenya Iida's my hyung.
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MeMeGuYWasLost

12 months ago
Score 0
Ok
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EijiZeBoi

11 months ago
Score 0
Iida's underrated af.
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Emoboy69

11 months ago
Score -7
i dont like anime
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ItMeansNothing

7 months ago
Score 7
NoAnime.jpg
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NoobamationsGD

2 months ago
Score 1
@ItMeansNothing Whaa?
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Pacsonic9000

10 months ago
Score 2
I found a My Hero Academia for babies. It's called Hero Elementary and it's on PBS Kids.
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NoobamationsGD

2 months ago
Score 0
I searched it up..
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TheSwagSceptile

9 months ago
Score 4
Not only did My Hero Academia spawn an internet meme, but it also spawned waifus
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BlueSapphire200

8 months ago
Score 2
My most favorite anime.
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Pacsonic9000

8 months ago
Score 4
Is it bad to say that I had no other choice but to pirate the show because my parents hate anime?
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BlueSapphire200

8 months ago
Score 1
@ Pacsonic9000, I understand you as I also have same issue.
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CaptainJ

8 months ago
Score 3
Man, I really want to give this anime a try but I just don't know where to start because I don't want to start from the beginning because I'll have a lot of catching up to do and it would be painstaking.
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D4nDyM$Games

3 days ago
Score 0
start from the beginning, it basically makes everything understandable in the first season.
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ItMeansNothing

7 months ago
Score 2
Aka: The anime in everyone's like list of TV Shows
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MonsterTCS

5 months ago
Score 1
This show is amazing, as it has my favorite characters, Tsuyu Asui, Overhaul, Chronostasis, La Brava, and Mister COmpress in it
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No bias

4 months ago
Score 2

the anime: ok

the fandom and the haters: uh oh
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Zeroa

4 months ago
Score 0
Unpopular Opinion: The Protagonists Are SHIPPED SO MUCHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH
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Championsgamer1Playz

4 months ago
Score 0
I would watch this but I don't wanna get sucked into the fandom
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SuperStreetKombat

2 months ago
Score 0
You don't have to slip into the fandom to start watching the show... at least the toxic side of the fandom. Just be yourself and enjoy watching it.
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SuperStreetKombat

2 months ago
Score 1
I'm planning on writing my own storyline with my own characters in it, and once that becomes a thing, a lot of people are gonna get My Hero Academia vibes from it due to the setting, characters, plot lines, etc. though don't think of it as a ripoff, 'cause it obviously won't be one.
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Gabeeli448

2 months ago
Score 1
nice
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SuperStreetKombat

2 months ago
Score 1
Oh, you think so? That's awesome to hear.
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Some random boi

2 months ago
Score 2
Honestly, the show is pretty overrated.
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Agent Joestar

2 months ago
Score 1
here before someone downvotes your comment for having an unpopular opinion
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Nitesh Surya Vanapalli

2 months ago
Score 0
I detected a Joel Armstrong wannabe in this show.
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SuperStreetKombat

2 months ago
Score 0
You're not talking about All Might, are you?
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TheSwagSceptile

2 months ago
Score 1

Everyone: my hero academia is for teens

Australia: I don’t think so
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D4nDyM$Games

3 days ago
Score 0
Rated M is kinda 13+ MA is for older teens (15+)
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The Dunkman

9 days ago
Score 0
Honestly, I find this a Sky High clone IMO.

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