Anime Lounge #20: My Hero Academia Season 1

Series: My Hero Academia

Episodes: 1 to 13

Premise: A young boy, Izuku Midoriya, from Japan lives in a world where at least 80 per­cent of soci­ety is born with some type of extra spe­cial abil­ity, called quirks. Quirks are used by a seg­ment of the pop­u­la­tion to fight crime, and Midoriya idol­izes the world-famous All Might, the No. 1-ranked hero. After a chance encounter with his idol, quirk­less Midoriya begins to train with All Might to gain his passed-down quirk One for All. Midoriya’s jour­ney to becom­ing the No. 1 hero is chron­i­cled as he joins U.A. High School and learns the true mean­ing of becom­ing a hero.

Is it worth watch­ing?: YES. We love the X-Men, and My Hero Acad­e­mia is basi­cally an anime ver­sion of the Mar­vel sta­ple. If you love super-powered antics, com­pelling heroes and vil­lains and tight, deep writ­ing, My Hero Acad­e­mia is a phe­nom­e­nal choice. It starts a lit­tle slow, but once it gets going, it gets GOOD.

Break­out char­ac­ter: Todor­oki Shoto. In the first sea­son, it’s all about the dual-natured boy who wields fire and ice as one quirk. He seems frosty at first but his intro­duc­tion is noth­ing short of daz­zling, and he quickly becomes a favorite because of his power and stoic expres­sion. Iida Tenya and Midoriya are close in terms of engag­ing. You want to root for both char­ac­ters as they grow. All the teach­ers are top-notch char­ac­ters as well, but Shota Aizawa aka Eraser­head is our favorite. He stands out from the pack in terms of his cool but basic cos­tume and the sheer strength of his quirk Era­sure, which nul­li­fies quirks within his vision range until he blinks.

Best episode: Episode 5: What I Can Do For Now. Midoriya has already entered Class 1A by pass­ing the entrance exam, but now he’s in the big leagues and has to demon­strate what he knows about One For All. The cool thing about this episode is, while Midoriya knows he doesn’t have con­trol over the quirk just yet, he doesn’t give up. In fact, he tries hard enough that Aizawa-san real­izes that he’s try­ing to get the quirk together. Aizawa has enough fore­sight to real­ize that Midoriya doesn’t have con­trol because he likely wasn’t born with it like the oth­ers in his class. Thus, he starts becom­ing sus­pi­cious but curi­ous enough to allow Midoriya to con­tinue in the class. This shows growth for all involved in just five episodes.

Where it’s going?: As Midoriya gets more com­fort­able with hav­ing the ultra-powerful One for All, look for the stakes to ramp up for Class 1A as they train to become heroes.

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