04/04/16 | by Chris Green
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If you’re a fan of anime/manga and superhero comics, My Hero Academia is probably right up your alley. Set in a world where 80% of humans have access to superhuman abilities dubbed “Quirks”, being a superhero is now a legitimate career option and regular people who don’t develop Quirks are treated as outcasts. Izuku Midoriya is a middle schooler who never developed powers, but he hasn’t let that stop him from aspiring to be a hero just like his idol and number-one superhero in the world All Might.
The episode opens with a flashback of Midoriya at the age of four standing up to a group of bullies. The bullies quickly display their Quirks and effortlessly pulverize him, leaving him lying on the ground as his voice-over is heard saying, “All men are not created equal.”
This introduction scene sets up what is the majority of Midoriya’s life: being bullied and shunned for wanting to be a hero despite his status as an average human. It’s shown that even Midoriya’s parents have Quirks, emphasizing further his ostracization.
Through a series of events, Midoriya eventually is saved from a villainous Quirk user by none other than All Might, and after receiving his autograph follows him as he leaves to take the criminal into custody. I’m unfamiliar with the manga series for the most part, but from what I do know (and from what is hinted at the end of the episode) Midoriya’s chance encounter with All Might is about to change his life in ways he never thought possible.
The animation is really fun with bright colors and wacky, sometimes over-the-top styles for the heroes and villains. The series also takes a good deal of inspiration from western superhero comics, which is very apparent in the aesthetic and design of many of the heroes shown thus far. All Might himself seems to be a parody of the typical American superman, even having an attack dubbed the “Texas Smash”.
Although it’s only the first episode, it’s clear that the show will have (in typical shonen fashion) themes of overcoming obstacles in life and never giving up on one’s beliefs. The anime series is slated for 13 episodes, which will probably only cover the first arc of the manga. It’s unknown if the series will get a second season yet, but for now we can enjoy the anime for what it’s shaping up to be: an enjoyable experience for all.
Story - 8
Characters - 7.5
Animation - 8.5
My Hero Academia looks to be an entertaining new shonen anime