My Hero Academia is one of the most popular and celebrated anime in the modern generation of anime viewers. It is held as the herald for bringing diverse and new audiences to the anime industry.
Here’s the first trailer for My Hero Academia which took the internet by storm in 2017 and the internet hasn’t stopped praising it ever since.
If you know what My Hero Academia or you might have been living under a rock for the past 5 years, the anime is a by-product of what anime fans have always been dying for as well as just the right amount of pizzazz that Gen-Z needs in their media.
These days everything that is hyped up to be great and amazing on the internet fails to deliver on the promises that other people make it stand upon, so we made an extensive list of things that could make your decision of watching My Hero Academia a lot less easy.
Best in Modern Shonen
My Hero Academia has cemented itself in shonen history with its amazing storylines and action to get you to stand up and cheer for the dorkiest yet most relatable characters to cover the anime sphere.
My Hero Academia has given us some of the most killer fights in anime, ranging from a battle of ideas, wit and strength in Deku, Todoroki and Ido versus Stain or the culmination of two titans colliding in All for One vs All Might.
The fights in the anime aren’t just a show of who’s the stronger one or the smarter one but it is a fight of ideals and morals as well. A simple fight like Uraraka versus Bakugo is a testament to that very fact.
Here is a girl whose abilities have always been overlooked as being powerless and not fit for the real world and she is up against one of the most promising heroes in the class, Bakugo.
The fight is not about who will win or how will they win, but the fight only gets screen time in the anime to showcase the struggles and innovations that Uraraka has brought to the table, and the fight is amazingly depicted and choreographed to feel that way.
If the animation isn’t top class, can it be considered as a great anime in this modern wave of absolute masterclasses of what animation can do, in terms of depicting colours, art and, emotion only through the sheer microscopic lens of animation?
My Hero Academia provides plenty of WTF? moments in terms of its animation and what it provides to the story. Just take for example the fight between Deku and Muscle.
The fight was a simple give and take of the old shonen format, where Deku would punch Muscle and in return, Muscle would punch Deku. Nothing too extravagant, but it still is considered to be one of the most hyped-up fights in the whole of My Hero Academia.
The answer to that is the depth that the fight shows not through the dialogues or the expressions but only through the way of animation. The amazing attention to detail towards every muscle and strain that Deku experiences are made clear as day through the way animation glides across the camera.
Discussion About Celebrity Culture
Any good anime is not made up by the animation that it delivers or the amazing amount of fights that it garners, those are only there to suck viewers into the story that, in this situation, the mangaka has decided to showcase to the world.
The main crux of My Hero Academia lies in its ability to talk about celebrity culture and how celebrities have so much power over their fan base, as well as how much power the fan base has over not only the celebrity but the whole industry as a whole.
Being an anime show and not a live-action or American cartoon, My Hero Academia’s conversation can be heavily speculated to be about the pop idol industry, as pop idols are the ones who have a whole-hearted stake over the hearts of the general public of Japan.
In My Hero Academia, the ability to have powers or quirks as they call it in the show, is not a unique one. It is made very clear in the first episode itself, that most humans are born with this gift. SO it can be deciphered to implement that the quirk is nothing but the quality that we have that makes us different from other people.
The ability of Tsui to be like a frog could then be interpreted as saying that she has certain qualities which intermingle with that of a frog, using the tongue too much or hopping around instead of walking like a normal person.
This interpretation can then be expanded to the whole idea of heroes being the celebrities of this world, they are individuals who can govern a room just with the amount of charisma and valour they provide to the people around them, just like the great celebrities of the present day.
Amazing Characters to Root For
The roster of any great anime is made up not just with the main protagonists or antagonists but the whole cast itself, from side characters that burn their way into your conscious, like Kurapika from Hunter X Hunter or Itachi from Naruto. Any great anime needs a solid cast of colourful characters.
And lo and behold My Hero Academia has a wide range of main characters as well as a side character for whom the whole anime industry is frothing at their mouths. Just a glaring example is Kirishima.
Despite getting the least amount of time to explore his character in the first two seasons, fans went over the board when in Season 3 onwards he was the star of the show for about 2 episodes.
The motivations, opinions, discussions that he brings to the table are quite astounding, from the way his quirk reflects his behaviour and candour around his peers to the beliefs that strive him to do his best in any given situation makes him one of the most recognizable faces in My Hero Academia despite the stacked roster of characters vying for showtime.
Organic and In-Depth Character Developments
One good character development can drive a meek show to a must-see form of entertainment and any good anime excels at more than just the main story but the path that individuals go through in this world.
The real world is ever-changing, and we as human beings change along with it, sometimes making mistakes, and sometimes learning from these mistakes. In My Hero Academia, there are plenty of great characters that have changed in terms of their behaviour and motivations as the story moves along.
In a great show like My Hero Academia you can find plenty of characters like that, from the main characters to even the small side ones as well. Let’s take the example of Todooki. His character starts at a very high and mighty status and also contributes to the whole celebrity discussion.
He is the son of Endeavor, the 2nd best hero on the planet, as a result, Todoroki is the clear winner among all of Class 1-A, and he has a superior complex among all of his classmates, due to which he is often left alone in terms of friendship and companionship.
But our main hero, Deku is the one who shows him that Todoroki has a lot to learn and he can excel even better with the help of his classmates and teachers. After the show-stopping display of ideals in the tournament arc of the show. Deku and Todoroki face off and it is in this fight that Todoroki understands what Deku was saying earlier.
This sets off Todoroki’s path to redeeming his mistakes and getting better at communicating with his classmates, I don’t want to give spoilers to anyone who hasn’t watched the show but Todoroki blooms into one of the most integral characters in the whole anime after that shift.
Relaxing Transitions Between Arcs/Seasons
Anime is a form of media that can be quite daunting as seeing there is so much to dive into and even if you are intrigued by one you feel that it is way too long for you to ever complete watching the show.
Some shows, like Bleach, have shown that even if the promise at the beginning of the show there can be multiple flaws that struck the anime down and heavily disappoint the fan base leading to the show getting worse and worse.
But thankfully, that is not the case with My Hero Academia, the show is very aware of it being a show for entertainment, and consistently reminds the user to just relax as the characters themselves relax for a breather as they buckle up for the next big fight.
The unique thing about My Hero Academia is the fact that it provides considerable breaks between the enormous displays of action and animation. This gives us as viewers to understand characters and their motivations better and dive into the way characters take action later in the story.
This gives time for the creators to instil natural character breakthroughs and shifts in their behaviours. One of the best things about My Hero Academia is the ability to see the story from multiple points of view.
In a regular everyday anime, the focal point that the writer wants to depict in their story is often bloated to the point that the viewer is stuck with that kind of thinking for the rest of the run-through. But here, in My Hero Academia, as multiple perspectives come into view multiple psyches are going through the heads of the viewer, which breaks off the consciousness and makes them think about the show even more.
A Great High School Drama
All that we have talked about up until now is all the things that have made My Hero Academia one of the most popular shows in the entire world. But something that even the most die-hard fans of the series don’t appreciate is the fact that it is a good high school drama.
Regardless of the show being a shonen or a deep inward look into the celebrity culture, the show is also garnered as being one of the best depictions of what a high school teenage show should be.
In the plenty of breaks that the anime takes, as we discussed earlier, they are multiple scenes of students of Class 1-A being vulnerable in front of their classmates. Some scenes depict them having small parties in the dorm where they all live together.
Apart from that, for every student, we get a story of what made them come to this college, what is their view of the world. How they see their future turning out. What makes it so important for them to succeed in this ever competing world.
These concerns and many more that they discuss among themselves are the things that a normal teenager in real life watching can take inspiration from, they can also strive for their dreams and aspirations like the students of Class 1-A.
Realistic Take on Celebrities
The running theme of celebrity culture always brings along with it the cost of popularity and how it affects the celebrities and their ordinary as well as heroic lives. One such example is that of Endeavor, the father of Todoroki.
Endeavour is the world’s second-best hero, but that is not what drives him to live his life doing good for humanity, it is the jealousy that burns in him to be the top dog, which leads to him breaking his family in half.
The effect that popularity has had on Endeavour is not an alien concept, but it is straight from the real world. Some celebrities can’t be satisfied with the results of what they put out to the public, but they bring down their competitors in hopes of gaining traction.
But this kind of tactic only affects them in return, such as the case with Endeavour. Again, I don’t wanna spoil things for anyone here, but seeing the story of Endeavour is one that will go down as one of the best in anime.
Tomura Shigaraki – The Next Pain
What is a great anime without the best of villains? From Chrono to Madara Uchiha and Light Yagami to Scar. There have been multiple great villains in My Hero Academia, from Stain, a hero killer who believes in the heroism being a clear white line to All in One, which we discuss further when we go through the central ideologies that clash in My Hero Academia.
But there is one villain who I think will outgrow all others when it comes to My Hero Academia, Tomura Shigaraki. Shigaraki is one of the best because of the way he is built up to be the sole rival of Deku in the show.
Shigaraki and Deku begin at the same time, are also of similar ages and hone their skills side by side in front of the viewers. This way the hype for their eventual clash isn’t one that is forced through plot inconsistencies but come out naturally.
The growth of Shigaraki was the centre point of Season 5 of the show which came out last year and it is the story of how Shigaraki has cemented himself into the status of the main villain in the series.
It will be an absolute delight to watch the eventual demise of Shigaraki and how the conflicting ideals of Deku and Shigaraki make the fight have more depth and value.
Duality of Philosophies
The last thing I would like to say in regards to selling you on the idea of watching My Hero Academia is the focal point that governs all the fights and motivates every character and also how the plot comes so organically into view.
The main villain who starts the whole affair in the show is called ‘All for One’ and the force directly opposing it is called ‘One for All’. The duality, in this case, is as smooth as Yin and Yang.
One side wants to suck up everything into one, becoming the All for One, as in a totalitarian and monopolized form of rule, whereas the other is the one who wants to stand up as a representative of all, as in being the one chosen by the public, the people’s hero.
My Hero Academia then becomes a simple argument between dictatorship and democracy, the age-old discussion of whether it is better to have one ruler govern all, or everyone governing through one person. This is what makes me want to come back to this story time and again.
This was what we believe might help you make that decision of wanting to see the show for yourselves or just keep it on the shelf waiting to be in the dust forever.
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