My Hero Academia (seasons 1-3)
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 Heroes was released on August 3, 2018, a second animated film titled My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising was released on December 20, 2019, and the third animated film titled My Hero Academia: World Heroes Mission was released on August 6, 2021.
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, however, being Quirkless makes him an easy target for bullying. 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 These Seasons Go Beyond; Plus Ultra
- 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.
- Top-notch sound design. The music by Yuki Hayashi (Blood Lad, Death Parade, Haikyuu!!) 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, Shu Iura from HoriMiya, 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 (Kei Tsukishima from Haikyuu!! and Meruem from Hunter X Hunter) sounds downright frightening as Tomura Shigaraki. The intro and outro songs are masterpieces to listen to.
- Amazing storytelling, pathos, and an interesting premise mixed very well to create a captivating story.
- 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.
- All the superpowers, known as Quirks in the series, are very fun. From explosions to super speed, from gravikinesis to both pyrokinesis AND cryokinesis in one, the list goes on.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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. Does not excuse their scummy actions though
- 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.
- The soundtrack You Say Run, is awesome, catchy and good to listen to.
- It has many awesome villains, like Tomura Shigaraki, All for One, Dabi, Stain, Himiko Toga, Overhaul, Gentle Criminal and La Brava, and High End.
- The movies, Two Heroes and Heroes: Rising, are very well-received and enjoyable to watch.
- 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.
- Very minimum filler episodes.
- “Go beyond! PLUS ULTRA!”
- Some characters like Minoru Mineta, Neito Monoma, and Endeavor can be unlikable characters at times. However, Katsuki Bakugo and Endeavor are now tolerable as the series goes on, and both characters try to learn from their mistakes. While Overhaul is a very awesome villain who has a completely different motive that is cleaning the world of the quirks, he sometimes comes across as unlikable as well since he used Eri for his anti-quirk needles inhumanely.
- Tsuyu's English voice, while still amazing, can be a bit off-putting at times. It's best described as "Peridot with a cold".
- Depending on your view, some of the story arcs range from being mediocre to going completely bad, such as the Joint Training Battle arc, the Provisional Hero Licensing Exam arc, U.A. School Festival arc, and the Shie Hassaikai arc, mostly because they were either too short or too long, poorly written, didn't contribute to have any impact on the anime (meaning they are useless), wasted several characters and plots that had great potential, or are simply boring and dull to watch.
- While not necessarily terrible seasons, the seasons 4 and 5 are considered the weakest of the anime, mostly because of the visuals and animation that dropped the quality a little bit compared to the previous seasons, which led some fans to argue that the studio was giving much more focus on the films, than the anime itself.
- The studio also adapt the Endeavor Agency Arc before the Meta Liberation Army Arc in the season 5, which was a questionable decision, since the latter was one of the most hyped arcs by the fans of the manga, making the season 5 even more boring to watch. Not to mention, that some manga fans criticized the anime version of the Meta Liberation Army Arc for several scenes that were censored or adapted out.
- Several interesting characters were poorly underutilized in the anime, like Sir Nighteye, Nejire Hado, the Wild Wild Pussycats, the Class 1-B students, and even some of the Class 1-A students didn't get a lot of screentime and development, focusing more on the main characters like Izuku Midoriya, Katsuki Bakugo and Shoto Todoroki.
- Some characters that had some development and screentime were reduced to secondary or background characters that barely contributes to the anime, like Mirio Togata, Kota Izumi, and Eri.
- Izuku/Deku can be a crybaby in some moments, specially in the first seasons, which is annoying, thankfully he improves in the series. He also counts as a Gary Stu due to how he went too overpowered and has no limits.
- The Latin Spanish dub wasn’t well received by some fans, although other fans actually liked it, probably due to the first two movies being dubbed on Mexico rather than in Miami.
- One of their original soundtracks, You Say Run, has become an internet meme.