My Hero Academia Season Two Part Two Review (Anime)on June 13, 2018 by Mitch Jay
The rollercoaster of emotion that is the U.A. Sports Festival arc, which is one of the series’ strongest arcs, is all wrapped up and now each aspiring hero has to pick their life-long hero name as they attend internships to learn from pro heroes.
Many students received various options as to who to study under but Deku, despite going far in the competition, only received one – an invite from Gran Torino, All-Might’s own teacher. Not wanting to pass up the opportunity to learn from the man who taught the symbol of peace himself, Deku embarks on a journey to learn how to control his own power without breaking his body. And, as teased at the end of the sports festival, Iida has a personal grudge to settle with hero killer Stain who attacked his brother, Ingenium.
Much of the series’ overarching plot is set up with the encounter with Stain as his ideology is a motivator to villains from across the world. The students may have faced against villains before but they’re still only children, fuelled by emotion and not fully realising the danger they can put themselves – and others – in. Exciting developments happen in each episode and despite knowing what’s going to happen next, I couldn’t help but binge through one of my favourite series’ once more.
I’m constantly awed by author Kohei Horikoshi’s ability to bring together Japanese and Western themes, and to use both in creating his world of superheroes. My Hero Academia has a lot of themes familiar to comic book readers such as a hero’s failure, loved ones getting hurt and personal growth, and it’s combined with anime and manga’s flair for outstanding battles and growth from these battles. My Hero Academia is an emotional, brilliant watch and one that I’d recommend to anyone and everyone.
Bones consistently put out outstanding work with My Hero Academia and there are a number of fights which left me in awe. Amazing choreography, crisp, detailed artwork and fantastic directorial work leave My Hero Academia with some of the best battles in anime, and it’s easy to pick up on the emotions that drive these battles. I’m more than happy to watch this show time and time again. As always, the English and Japanese voice-overs are both excellent, as is the soundtrack.
My Hero Academia Season Two Part Two rounds up the second season but fear not, because season three is currently airing! There’s a movie on the way too and, to tide you over, you can check out commentary from people who’ve worked on the show for each episode. Thankfully, Sony has kept their packaging similar to Universal’s release of season one, so they’ll match nicely on your shelf. Definitely grab this one!