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Anime Review: My Hero Academia Season 1 (Spoiler-Free)

Rating: 7.0 out of 10 stars

Intro

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 clichรฉ 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.

Background

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 Kลhei Horikoshi.

The series can be watched on Funimation and CrunchyRoll.

Summary

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.

Pros

  • 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

Cons

  • Predictable at first
  • Some childhood scenes are poorly drawn

Review

Worldbuilding

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.

Characters

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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.

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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.

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See what I mean? Just watching him the whole show added to the comedy. And guess what? He’s the explosive sweat guy.

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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.

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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 20+ Best My Hero Academia Villains
My Hero Academia: All Villains Ranked From Weakest To Strongest

Plot

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.

Art Style

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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.

Music

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.

Childhood Scenes

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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.

Childhood Moments of Izuku Midoriya and Bakugo | My Hero Academia - YouTube

Conclusion

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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Anime Review: RWBY Volume 1 Trailers (Spoiler-Free)

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Rating: 6.5 out of 10 stars

Intro

Let me start by saying that RWBY is one of my favorite anime. However, even I have to admit that the quality of the trailers and the first couple of volumes is lower than the quality of later volumes.

Basically,

Low Budget + Slow Start = Lackluster Beginning

That being said, if you delve into RWBY, you shouldn’t skip the trailers or any of the episodes.

Why? Because unlike most trailers, the RWBY Volume 1 trailers are actually part of the story and provide character development and backstory. Sure, they offer a window into what Volume 1 will be like, but they are so much more than that.

Background

RWBY is an American anime. Some people say anime has to come from Japan to be legit–I disagree. I share the opinion of many others that say anime is a style and not limited to the products of any one country.

The creator is Monty Oum, who developed the plot for the company Rooster Teeth.

The trailers were released in 2013 can be found on Crunchyroll and Youtube.

Summary

RWBY is about four young women who seek to become huntresses and defend the world of Remnant from shadowy creatures called Grimm.

The Red Trailer features the main character Ruby, who is visiting her mother’s grave. On her way back home, she is attacked by Grimm.

The White Trailer features Weiss, who is performing for a large crowd by singing the song “Mirror, Mirror.” The scene fades and is replaced by a fight scene between her and a mysterious knight.

The Black Trailer features Blake alongside Adam. They conduct a two-person raid on a train and fight through numerous robotic enemies.

The Yellow Trailer features Yang, who enters a club to interrogate a man named Junior. The situation escalates quickly and ends in a fight.

Pros

  • Functions as part of the storyline instead of just a sneak peak
  • Insight into characters
  • Creative weapons
  • Elaborate fight scenes
  • Original music

Cons

  • Poor animation
  • Off-putting, inappropriate attack (Yellow Trailer)
  • Awkward dialogue (Yellow Trailer)

Review

Function

These trailers are unique because they function as actual story components. Most of the time, trailers just show glimpses of what is to come, while these trailers provide backstory and context.

I have never seen a trailer that functioned in this way before–it is really quite creative.

Character Development

The trailers begin the character development that will continue into future volumes.

Ruby Rose is established as a character with a deep care for family, revealed in the way that she visiting her mother’s grave despite the great danger. The area is infested with Grimm.

She is also shown to be a highly skilled fighter, and even seems to enjoy the battle at times.

Weiss Schnee, from the song of her trailer, is shown to be an extremely lonely, potentially famous person.

She is a talented singer, and the only one who is shown to actually sing one of the songs of the series.

The way that she battles is calm and collected.

Blake Belladonna is introduced as a rebel engaging in an attack on a train in perhaps the most revealing trailer.

This is because the trailer associates her with Adam Taurus, shows her empathy compared to his idealism, and establishes her as a skilled fighter.

Yang Xiao Long is established as a prideful, powerful young woman who has no qualms about using violence to solve her problems.

She’s the sort who gets things done and works hard to get what she wants.

Fight Scenes and Weapons

Beowolf | RWBY Wiki | Fandom
Beowolf

The fight scenes in the RWBY trailers are phenomenal. Even though movements seem awkward during other parts of the trailers, the fight scenes are graceful, true works of art.

In the Red Trailer, Ruby uses her weapon Crescent Rose to eliminate dozens of Beowolves, which are a type of Grimm. Crescent Rose is a scythe that doubles as a gun.

Crescent Rose | Heroism Wiki | Fandom
Crescent Rose

In the White Trailer, Weiss uses Myrtenaster, a Multi Action Dust Rapier, to fight a mysterious knight. Dust allows one to add elemental power to an attack.

Myrtenaster
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Knight from White Trailer

In the Black Trailer, Blake fights through various droids using her weapon, Gambol Shroud, which has two different sword forms and a gun form. Even the sheath is used as a weapon.

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In the Yellow Trailer, Yang uses Ember Celica, her Dual Ranged Shot Gauntlets. She is a powerful melee and long range fighter. One of her attacks on Junior is likely to make people uncomfortable, but it does fit her character, so it’s not exactly out of place.

Ember Celica

Animation

The 3D animation used in RWBY certainly improves over time, but in the trailers it is very rough and looks amateurish. The colors are bold to the point of looking completely unrealistic, and the simplistic animation on top of that makes it look badly made.

Movements outside of battle are awkward as well.

Music

Unlike with many anime, the music in RWBY was created exclusively for RWBY, with foreshadowing built into the songs and songs that seem linked to specific characters.

The music was composed by Jeff Williams, and his daughter Casey Lee Williams does a lot of the vocals. According to Fandom, Jeff Williams does not regard the songs as canon and asserts that they should not be taken literally.

To me, that just seems like he is covering for himself and Rooster Teeth in case the story ends up veering too far from the lyrics, but I know that so far the songs fit the theme and story very well.

Dialogue

There is no dialogue in the Red Trailer or the White Trailer (unless you include singing).

The Black Trailer includes sparse dialogue that nonetheless provides some character development.

The Yellow Trailer has pretty natural dialogue at the start, which is very fitting for Yang’s character. Yang’s interaction with Ruby is awkward and unrealistic, however. The voice acting comes off as fake and the words themselves seem unnatural.

Conclusion

If you decide to watch the trailers and they don’t peak your interest in RWBY, still give the first few seasons a chance. Most of the people I’ve talked to are more distracted by the animation than anything else. Once you get used to that, you can appreciate the rich storytelling and worldbuilding of RWBY.

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My Top Ten Favorite Anime Songs

Anime didn’t interest me at all until my sisters insisted on introducing it to me with The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. (Ironically I hate all the music from that anime, but I loved watching the show anyway!)

Since then, I have been an anime fan, regularly trying out new anime and rewatching old ones with family and friends.

The idea for this article came from the feeling of nostalgia I would get when playing anime-themed radio on Pandora. That familiar music made me feel happy, sad, or whatever emotion I associate with the anime.

And I was wondering, what is it that makes some anime music so good? The nostalgia? Or does seeing the anime paired with the music make me appreciate the nuances and skill in the way the song was made?

Either way, anime music is now a regular part of my playlist. Below I have listed my favorite anime counting down from #10 to #1.

At the end of the post, I have included links to the lyrics and the songs. Be sure to follow the links to listen for yourself!

#10 Odd Future by UVERworld

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“Deku” from My Hero Academia

Part of the reason I like anime songs is because of how different they are from the other modern songs I hear everywhere I go, such as on the radio at the store where I work.

That’s because a lot of modern songs have the same rhythm. My dad told me that almost all new songs have a rhythm that matches saying “boots and pants” over and over. Try it sometime.

Odd Future is a song that doesn’t sound like any other song I’ve heard. The song is actually about keeping your ideals in a crazy, unpredictable world, and simultaneously expresses optimism and pessimism at the thought of the future.

I will say that I like the shortened, revised version of Odd Future used for the My Hero Academia intro better than the full version.

#9 Ft. by Funkist

Ft. | Fairy Tail Wiki | Fandom
The Wizards from Fairy Tail

Ft. is a spirited song by the band Funkist about not giving up on your dreams and persevering no matter what.

The first time I heard this song it got me excited for the next segment of Fairy Tail, because it had so much energy put into it. It fit the show so well that it had to make my top ten!

#8 Snow Fairy by Funkist

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Wizards from Fairy Tail

Snow Fairy is another one of my favorites for the anime Fairy Tail. It was fitting that they used a song that references fairies because the guild was named after the mystery surrounding whether or not fairies have tails.

The song is upbeat, optimistic and uses a lot of bright positive imagery. Often, Fairy Tail is light-hearted – despite the frequent drama and tragic moments.

#7 Tsuioku Merry-Go-Round by onelifecrew

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Natsu from Fairy Tail

Fairy Tail has so many good songs I just had to include another. This one is one of the first outros of Fairy Tail and was paired with a lot of chibi imagery.

The song is about someone who tried hard to be strong but failed, and is about separation from a loved one.

#6 Red Like Roses Part II by Jeff Williams

Ruby Rose | RWBY Wiki | Fandom
Ruby Rose from RWBY

Okay, a quick disclaimer. Some people consider RWBY to be an anime, some do not. The people who do not consider RWBY an anime generally hold the position that all anime must be from Japan.

However, there is so much overlap in styles now, with western countries exploring traditionally Japanese styles, and Japanese companies exploring traditionally western themes. As a result, the line between what is anime and what is not has been blurred.

Furthermore, RWBY appears on the anime streaming service CrunchyRoll.

Personally, I will refer to RWBY as an American anime. If you disagree, feel free to share your thoughts in the comments.

Red Like Roses Part II is about the tragic loss of a loved one and dealing with grief. It is a fast-paced rock song, and unlike the others in the list, this one is completely in English.

I love the imagery used in this song, such as describing blood as “red like roses.”

While glancing through the comments on Youtube, I found that many people could relate to the songs theme of loss, especially the line: “All the joy that I had known for all my life, was stripped away from me the minute that you died.”

The wonderful thing about the songs from RWBY is that they reveal more about the characters and create depth. They also are just good stand-alone songs even without the anime – the lyrics are relateable for many people even without the context of the show.

#5 Fairy Tail Sad Theme

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Ur from Fairy Tail

This song wins the prize for least creative title. It is, however, probably the most iconic Fairy Tail Song. It comes on at all the saddest moments in the anime.

As a result, whenever it comes on, I automatically feel sad. A mark of good music, as well as a mark of good literature, is that it evokes emotions.

This song is the only one on this list that is entirely instrumental.

When I think Fairy Tail, this is the first song that comes to mind.

#4 Brave Song by Aoi Tada

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Characters from Angel Beats

This song is the outro to the anime Angel Beats. It is about a lonely girl who is struggling to be strong in the face of adversity. It ends with the realization that she will someday be left only with memories of her friends.

The song fits the anime well, which is definitely one of the saddest anime I have ever watched. The song seems to refer to Yuri, who has a tragic backstory that explains the brooding nature of this song.

I find myself randomly humming this song often.

#3 The Day by Porno Graffitti

THE DAY | My Hero Academia Wiki | Fandom
Characters from My Hero Academia

I love the song, and hate the immature band name. The timing of all the parts of the intro with the rhythm of the song is perfect. Every time I listen to the song I can picture the intro easily.

In the song, the day has come that will bring about change. The lyrics suggest the singer is nervous about what decisions to make. The song is intense and energetic, which fits the show well.

When I think of My Hero Academia, this is the first song that comes to mind.

#2 My Soul, Your Beats (Original Version) by Lia

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“Angel” from Angel Beats

This song is a more upbeat song about going to ordinary days of school and feeling grateful for those days that were treasured even though they were simple.

I love that it includes the piano and enjoy the increasing pace as the song progresses.

The title is creative and only makes sense if you watch the anime. I won’t spoil anything.

#1 Ichiban no Takaramono (Yui final ver.) by Girls Dead Monster

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Yui and Hinata from Angel Beats

This song is so incredibly sad and happy at the same time. I can’t say much more without spoilers, so I’ll leave it at that without explaining what the song is about. The English translation of the title is “My Most Precious Treasure.”

I fully recommend checking the song out because it is my absolute favorite. I can barely listen to it without tearing up.

Links to Lyrics

Links to Songs

If listening to any of these songs has inspired you to watch the anime they are associated with, here is where they can be found:

My Hero Academia: This show is available on CrunchyRoll (with English subtitles) and Funimation (dubbed).

Fairy Tail: All the episodes are available on CrunchyRoll (with English subtitles and Funimation (dubbed). 48 episodes are available on Netflix (dubbed).

RWBY: All the episodes are available on CrunchyRoll and Amazon Prime.

Angel Beats: All of the episodes are available on CrunchyRoll (with English subtitles) and Netflix (dubbed).