My Hero Academia is a superhero anime adapted from the manga written by Kohei Horikoshi. The first season consists of thirteen episodes.
The anime was directed by Kenji Nagasaki, written by Yosuke Kuroda and produced by the Bones studio.
In My Hero Academia, the majority of Earth’s population possess superpowers known as Quirks. The main protagonist, Izuku Midoriya, is Quirkless. Though he possesses no powers at all, he dreams of becoming a Hero.
After an encounter with the world’s greatest Hero, All Might, Izuku is presented with the chance to become a Hero and attend the prestigious U.A. High School – a school that cultivates future generations of Heroes.
For around the first third of the series, the focus is solely on Izuku – though ‘Academia’ makes up part of the title, we don’t get to the classes and such until around the fifth episode.
However, the first part establishes the characters of Izuku, All Might and Katsuki Bakugo.
The main protagonist of the series is Izuku Midoriya. At the beginning of the series, he possesses no Quirk. Despite this, he keeps detailed records of all the famous Heroes.
During a Villain’s attack, Izuku becomes determined to save his friend from the Villain’s clutches – All Might acknowledges him for this selfless act, and even hands down his legacy to him.
Izuku idolises All Might. All Might is called the ‘Symbol of Peace’ and is pretty much what all those who become Heroes strive to be. All Might has a few secrets of his own, though Izuku discovers them pretty early on. All Might’s Quirk is called One For All, and is assumed to be an enhancement-type Quirk – there’s more to it than that, though.
Katsuki has a Quirk called Explosion – he can turn his palm sweat into nitroglycerin and make it explode. He actually used to be close friends with Izuku when they were younger, but as he grew older he became egotistical. As a result he bullies Izuku, particularly as he starts out Quirkless.
The bullying comes to a halt when Izuku tries to save him from a Villain, and he quickly comes to realise he isn’t the best when they start attending U.A. High School.
Of course, there’s a whole slew of other characters introduced later on when the students start at U.A. High School – naturally they’re all aspiring Heroes with unique Quirks of their own.
Whilst the first few episodes are pretty much about Izuku, the stuff that follows on afterwards has a wider focus and is where the ‘Academia’ part of the title finally comes into play.
We get to see a varied group of Quirks in action, whilst the students have to adapt to different situations a Hero may face. There’s some typical powers you’d expect here – electric, fire and ice, etc… but there’s also some rather unique ones as well.
It’s not just the students with the Quirks, either – the teachers at the U.A. are all pro Heroes.
The action scenes in My Hero Academia are a lot of fun to watch, whether its entrance exams, classes or actual battles against Villains there’s always some degree of excitement there.
It’s great seeing how the characters utilise their different Quirks, although the arguably best fight just involves good old fisticuffs – enhanced with super strength, though.
The soundtrack used throughout tends to match the mood of the scene, though there is at least one case of gratuitous rapping. The opening theme, “The Day” by Porno Graffiti and the ending theme, “Heroes” by Brian the Sun are both pretty great, too.
My Hero Academia is another example of an enjoyable superhero anime, following in the footsteps of One Punch Man. The two protagonists are at different ends of the scale when it comes to raw power (at least at first), and My Hero Academia is about Izuku becoming stronger whilst One Punch Man is about Saitama actually seeking a challenge.
Still, both have some similar concepts, though this is probably universal across the superhero genre – particularly those that focuses on organisations of heroes.
My Hero Academia is an enjoyable superhero anime about a young hero developing his strengths. He has many challenges before him, and watching him overcome them is one of the best parts.
Varied Quirks keep the fairly sizeable cast of characters interesting, with the spotlight shining more on a select few. Strongly recommended for fans of the superhero genre.