Anime of the Week: Boku no Hero Academia

Hey everyone! I know it’s been a while, but sadly I’ve been extremely busy over the past few months. Don’t worry though, AOTW’s should be back on schedule. Now let’s get into it!

Boku no Hero Academia, or My Hero Academia, is quickly entering my top all-time favorite anime. It is not only one of the best shows of its season, but I’d argue it’s one of the best of 2017. Even though it hasn’t been out long, I’m almost positive you’ve seen parts of the show. Both Crunchyroll and Funimation are spewing clips from it on all their various social medias. So much so that I had to be warry of them to avoid spoilers (I’m behind on season 2. I know, I should be ashamed). Anyways, this anime is particularly delightful and has a little bit of everything so most people tend to enjoy it. It’s even a little gritty even though it’s not on the dark side. Hopefully this article will do it justice.

Art. The art style of Boku no Hero Academia is very appealing to the eye and unique. I haven’t really seen another show with a similar style. It’s so unique that I’ve spent most of my time writing this article trying to find the right words to describe it and it was difficult. As someone who studied language and linguistics in college, that doesn’t happen to me very often. The best I could come up with was that the art is both youthful and mature. I know it sort of sounds contradicting, but I’m sure you’ll understand what I mean when you see it for yourself. Another way I can describe it is by making a comparison, but since it’s nothing like I’ve ever seen, I’ll make a sort of art style Frankenstein. The most accurate resemblance I can make is if you combined Guren Lagann and Noragami. Very different art styles if you know them, but again, I think it’s a correct statement.

Animation. I could talk about this anime’s animation for a long time. It is absolutely phenomenal. It’s so fluid that I began to notice frame jumps in other shows I was also watching. I’ve tried to think of something that isn’t perfect about it, but I couldn’t come up with anything and that’s easy to see why when the key animator for the show is Yoshihiko Umakoshi. Now I don’t expect you to know his name, after all he’s an animator and not a voice actor or director, but you should file his name somewhere in your brain because I’m about to bring up his repertoire. Umakoshi is famous for his action scenes he animated for Dragon Ball Z, Cowboy Bebop, Fullmetal Alchemist, Berserk, and Mushi-shi. Even if you haven’t see any of these anime, you’ve heard about their spectacular animation. So, if you’re a fan of fantastic animation and action look no further than My Hero Academia (and the others I mentioned as well).

Characters. The characters are brilliant in this show, even if some of them follow some of the cliché anime types, but I think they were done right. But I’m also a firm believer in that clichés aren’t inherently bad, it’s how they’re used that makes them terrible. Boku no Hero Academia is one of the few series where none of the characters annoy me. Many shows (even the ones I love) have at least one character that annoys the heck out of me and I can’t wait for their screen time to be over. I’m sure a lot of you have that problem, too. Luckily, this series doesn’t have that. They’re all great in their own quirky way (that’s joke you’ll get once you’ve watched the show). What’s even better is that there is some great character development in the show. There wasn’t much of it at first, but it starts to take off and, boy, does it fly. I’m sure you’ll find a character that you’ll absolutely treasure.

Plot. Now if you couldn’t tell from the title, the anime is about superheroes, but the show takes it in a direction that I haven’t seen done before (not that it hasn’t been done before, I just haven’t seen it). I absolutely love the spin the series takes on superheroes. And being that the main characters are high schoolers, it gives it a sort of Spiderman feel to it that I thoroughly enjoy. But now for the description. In this world, most the population has superpowers. Most people don’t have anything spectacular and so live ordinary lives, but for those who have strong powers they attend a superhero high school. Sadly, for our main protagonist, Izuku “Deku” Midoriya, he was one of the few born without powers. But his life completely changes when he accidently bumps into his role model, the legendary hero, All Might.

I didn’t describe much of the plot on purpose. Not just because of spoilers, but this show has a charm to it that is accentuated even more the less you know from the get-go. But overall, My Hero Academia is amazing. I mean, there’s a reason I said it’s making its way to my top anime list. Between the art and animation, and the plot and characters, it’s an all-around fantastic show that’s worth a shot. At least watch the first three episodes. I’m sure you’ll have a great time.

 

Biased rating: 11/10 ConfiKeys

Unbiased rating: 9/10 Confikeys

 

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