Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Boku no Hero Academia Season 1 Introduces a New World of Superheroes to Fall in Love With

When I first heard about 'Boku no Hero Academia' (or 'My Hero Academia' in English), I never in a million years thought that I would fall in love with it the way I have.

For starters, the plot sounded like 'Sky High': a kid growing up in a world of superheroes learns that he doesn't have any. Yup. That sounded very much like 'Sky High', alright. Right after I watched the first episode on Netflix, though, I realized it was going to be different.

And when I found myself laughing out loud at a basketball court while a bunch of guys were playing basketball around me (that was during episode 2), I knew it was something I would end up binge-watching when I got home. And I did. And it was awesome. So awesome, in fact, that I ended up teaching myself Japanese through an app during the same week that I started watching it.



What makes it so awesome? Despite what it might sound like or look like at first glance, Boku no Hero Academia is not just another superhero release. With so many superhero movies coming out left and right, the superhero genre is a difficult one to get into, no doubt; but Boku no Hero does it with flair. Here, superheroes don't just pop out whenever something bad happens. Here, superheroes (and super villains) are the norm... and Deku, the protagonist, just happens to not be part of the norm. (Basically, in our world, he would probably be the guy who hasn't watched a single Marvel movie 
in his life.)

Still, the protagonist is likable, not just because he is relatable; but because he is the definition of a true hero. One of the morals of Boku no Hero Academia  is one that I have believed in all my life: that everyone can be a "hero". All it really comes down to is dedication, passion, and a whole lotta heart - and Deku just happens to be have all of that. He's this anime's Luke Skywalker (pre-The Last Jedi Luke Skywalker, anyway).

However, beyond the morals of the story, Boku no Hero rocks because it is just downright bad-ass. Here, you'll get to meet brand new superheroes outside of the traditional DC and Marvel worlds we have become so accustomed to nowadays. Here, we get to marvel at awesome superhero powers (which they call Quirks in the show) that are outside of the norm. While they may seem familiar in some way, you will never consider them as a rip-off.

This girl, for example, is quite similar to X-Men's Toad, but she can also eject her stomach and secrete toxic sticky liquid out of it. :p

And while this guy may seem like Ice Man or Pyro, but he actually combines both pyrokinesis and cryokinesis into one: double the awesome!

This guy has engines on his legs.

This girl makes things levitate.

And this guy can make... sticky balls... appear out of his head? Hahaha.

The interesting Quirks aside, though, it's the personalities that really shine through in Boku no Hero. It's hard not to find Mineta funny what with his insecurities, strange superhero powers, and manyak tendencies. And while Deku, if you think about it, is pretty much like a male Sailor Moon, he's likable because of his beliefs and pure heart.

By the time I reached Episode 11 ("Game Over"), I was already so invested in the characters, I couldn't bring myself to stop without finishing the entire season. The Eraser Head issue made me gasp more than once, while my heart couldn't stop beating after the No. 13 issue... and to think, I only "met" the No. 13 during that same episode.

My favorite superhero, however, is definitely Iida. I fell in love with him at first sight and I rooted for him so hard when he was given that task to do in Episode 11. Of course, it's hard for me not to like Bakugou, either, since I am so much like him, after all. :p

And All Might? My God, do I love All Might!!!



And the costumes? I found myself wishing I could at least resemble at least one of the characters so I can cosplay them this upcoming comic con.

The action scenes are a ton of fun to watch, too! I found myself gasping externally and screaming internally quite a lot out of excitement. I may have let out a few "Bam"s and "Yehboi"s while I was at it, too.

But Boku no Hero isn't just about action, either. It isn't afraid to tackle issues like bullying and how to rise above it or even family issues and, I guess, in a way, "health" issues. There's a moment where Deku goes in for a doctor's exam and it brought out all the feels, I swear!

Suffice to say, Boku no Hero Academia is an anime worth watching. The storyline is cool, the soundtrack is amazing, the action scenes and animation will blow you away, the character development is 100% on point, and the characters themselves all bring something amazing to the table.


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