Spoiler-Free Anime Review:
My Hero Academia Season 1
Rating: 7 out of 10 stars
I actually heard about this from one of those YouTube videos that show people’s reactions to stuff. I learned that one of the characters has explosive sweat, and I was intrigued. There is nothing cliché about explosive sweat.
Even if it was this weird little fact that got me start watching the show, it was the amazing characters that hooked me. And it was the story that convinced me to watch it again, with my dad this time.
Read on to discover more about the first season of my favorite anime.
Season 1 was created by Bones and MBS and the director is Kenji Nagasaki. The series is based on the manga series of the same name by Kōhei Horikoshi.
The series can be watched on Funimation and CrunchyRoll.
In a world where almost everyone has superpowers called quirks, Izuku Midoriya is one of the few quirkless. In this superhuman society, the profession of the hero has emerged. Despite being quirkless, Midoriya strives to be accepted into UA, the top high school for budding heroes.
- Superb worldbuilding
- Likeable characters with diverse personalities
- Intimidating villains
- Creative quirks
- Balanced plot with light-heartedness and darker aspects
- Original art style
- Intro and Outro well-constructed
- Music fits the anime
- Predictable at first
- Some childhood scenes are poorly drawn
Once, the world in My Hero Academia was one of regular human beings. Then, one day in Qing Qing City, a child was born who glowed. After that, quirks began to become more and more common.
At first, this led to fear and protests. Regular humans attempted to segregate and put restrictions on those with quirks. Eventually, the situation stabilized and society adapted.
Their world, like ours, is inherently unfair. Those with weaker quirks or no quirks are helpless against those with stronger quirks. This is a world in which heroes are common, but so are villains.
Being a hero is an actual profession in this world, and it is illegal to harm anyone with your quirk unless you are a certified hero. Because to be a hero is just a job, it is not always synonymous with being a good person.
Police still exist in this world and do the work of cleaning up and making arrests after the heroes are done.
Izuku Midoriya is an underdog character who is easy to empathize with. He’s definitely a fanboy, but his knowledge of pro heroes and villains come in handy. He is brave, kind, and selfless.
Katsuki Bakugo is pretty much a prideful jerk, but he makes a good rival for Midoriya. He actually wants to be a hero, but for all the wrong reasons. He has some depth to him, because even he is capable of doubting himself.
He also has the best expressions. Period.
See what I mean? Just watching him the whole show added to the comedy. And guess what? He’s the explosive sweat guy.
Tenya Iida is a rule-following, order-loving guy with real skills. He has a lot of growing to do as a hero, but he is loyal to his friends and he’s my favorite character. His quirk is that he has engines in his calves, and he uses them for speed and devastating kicks.
Ochaco Uraraka wants to be a hero for what most would see as a selfish reason, but she is a kind and caring person. She seems feeble, but has real guts and a tough side. Her quirk is Zero Gravity, the ability to make people and objects float.
There are many teenage characters with diverse powers and personalities, but there are also villains that are ridiculously strong.
The plot, while predicable at first, becomes less predicable near the end when tensions escalate beyond belief. The plot strikes a balance between light-hearted humor and a darker tone.
According to IMDb, the animation was done by Studio Bones, which also did the style of Fullmetal Alchemist, another of my favorite anime.
The style is different from Fullmetal Alchemist because it uses bold, bright colors and deep shadows for contrast. The pupils of characters are much smaller than in most anime.
Intro and Outro
The intro is the perfect sneak peak into the characters that will be introduced. It even gives a little insight into who Midoriya is as a character. The outro shows how Midoriya was as a kid. Both are well-made and I watched them the whole way through with each episode.
The theme and sound of the music is fits the anime so well. The songs became a permanent part of my Spotify playlist. My sister, who I permitted to become my “coach” makes me exercise during any part of the episode with music. Ugh…
But even high-speed exercise does not ruin the music for me.
The childhood scenes appear to be chunkier in animation and less detailed. This does not take away much from the story, but it certainly could have been better.
My Hero Academia is one of those shows that gets better in time. Even if you aren’t thrilled by the first season, hang in there. This anime is worth it.
I would recommend this show for teens and adults due to violence, serious injuries, and a perverted character.
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