Since the original release of My Hero Academia, also officially known as Boku no Hero Academia, in the summer of 2016 – it’s remained a hit. Though despite how popular it’s gotten, I have to admit I was a bit hesitant on watching the series for myself. I’m usually against jumping on bandwagons, and this seems to be shown like Free!!! Where the show itself wasn’t that good, but the hype around it created a fake image. After a few weeks of seeing a countless amount of trailers from the show, I decided to try episode one – just to say that I at least gave it a try. Though, that was one of the best choices ever as I quickly become invested in the show for a plethora of reasons.
If you’re one of the people who has been avoiding the show like the plague; here’s a quick little introduction. My Hero Academia is an ongoing manga series that focuses on people who have superpowers, it was created by Kohei Horikoshi. The series follows a young, green,-haired boy named Izuki Midoriya, who was born without any superpowers – which is rare in his time. While his dream of being a hero is slowly crushed, he encounters his idol, Might, who takes young Midoriya in and decided to train him with his quirk (they call the powers quirks). Since then – Midoriya enrols in the superhero U.A Academy, alongside with his friends, starts a journey of becoming the best hero.
While the premise of the show is as cliché as it gets in terms of a manga turned anime series – despite how it seems like every Shonen anime series plays out. My Hero Academia has an art style and a storyline that can make you feel a personal attachment to the characters! Although, I don’t mind giving you more reason to watch the show if you need them.
Deku (Midoriya) isn’t an annoying protagonist
While Deku is like any other protagonist in a Shonen anime, he always has his own personality that makes him stand out in comparison to the rest of the characters. You always are just rooting from him to grow as a character and seeing him become stronger is just so rewarding. Plus, he isn’t a typical, predictable protagonist! He’s one that is always doing the one thing you never expect, and he has such a comedic relief at the perfect times.
The main message that anyone gets from watching this is that no matter who you are, you have the potential to do great things with yourself. No matter the abilities, the heroes are more so ranked on their determination and motivation to better themselves and improve on their own skills. It shows that you don’t have to be flashy, but instead, as long as you have the motivation, you can accomplish anything.
The quirks are the individual superpower that the characters have. Though it’s not like a group of people have fore power, it’s more like each character is so differently unique, and their quirks show that. It’s actually like watching an anime that isn’t based on character tropes and instead wants each character to feel real.