It’s hard to describe how much I like certain anime. A lot of time and effort goes into most of the anime I watch, and I tend to usually only watch anime within a specific genre. This genre would be “Shonen” anime, Japanese animated series that are often targeted towards teenagers. One such series that I found myself getting hooked on from episode 1 was “My Hero Academia”.
I make it no secret that I love superheroes, so an anime about superheroes is right up my alley. However, this isn’t just any simple anime that has superheroes in it. The anime and manga series derive a lot of elements from American superheroes. It manages to meld the elements of a typical Japanese anime with the style and flare of a superhero film. It creates this mixture that’s not only delicious, but also had a lot of flare to it.
The show tells the story of a young man with no powers to speak of, in a world where almost everyone has some sort of super-power. The young man known as Izuku Midoriya is one day bestowed by in insanely strong power by his mentor All Might. In time, Izuku trains to get stronger, while at the same time dealing with fellow school rivals and the occasional supervillain attack.
The show sounds pretty basic, but there’s actually quite a lot to it. It has the structure of any other Shonen anime, but manages to boast some top-notch animation and some fun character designs. Couple this with a solid soundtrack and likable characters, and you have a series that’s both familiar and entertaining.
It’s not a perfect show by any stretch of the imagination. Some plots can feel formulaic, and there are times when the show drags its heels. The first episode of season 2 was a good example of this, where a lot of it felt like a pointless recap and not a whole lot happened in the episode. Regardless, the series has overall been very entertaining. Events feel well-paced enough, so the show doesn’t devolve into that classic of formula of “Let’s fight a new guy for 8 episodes, and then another new guy for the next few episodes!” Instead, it focuses on developing its world and characters more.
It doesn’t feel too rushed, and manages to provide enough entertainment with each episode to leave a lasting impact. That’s why I can wholeheartedly recommend this series. It has problems here or there, but if you’re a fan of Shonen anime and superhero comic books, I think you’ll dig this show. I haven’t gotten this addicted to a show in quite some time, it’s really quite a thrill!