Hello, this is yukipapapa, the writer.
Yes, it’s here! The anime-adopted version of “Boku no Hero Academia (My Hero Academia)” has started airing on TV! Yay!
The character designer and graphic director is Yoshihiko Umakoshi, who is well known for his amazing works like “Ojamajo Do Re Mi (Magical DoReMe)” and “HeartCatch PreCure!”
Under the Umakoshi’s direction, BONES staff will handle the anime development, it’s the anime studio with a great track record of such as “Eureka Seven” and “Hagane No Renkinjutsushi (Fullmetal Alchemist)” … aww man! To be honest, I’m a huge fan of the original My Hero Academia; I own the entire collection in the comic format, and I believe that this gorgeous production team can deliver; they can max out the magic of the original, they can go above beyond and make it even better.
The first round of this highly anticipated anime is looking pretty good; I have a hunch that it’s going to make one of the masterpieces of our time!
Now, let’s move onto the review.
Highlight 1: Birth of a New Type Main Character
The best part of this anime is the main character’s transformation. As a young kid, he starts his life with a super low self-esteem, due to the sneering and scorns he had to deal with. Pretty miserable. And then gradually, he wins support from his friends and he overcomes huge obstacles.
The main character’s name is Izuku Midoriya, his friends call him “Deku.” He’s got a strong desire to join the ranks of professional super heroes when he graduates, but, he is filled with self-doubt that he is not cut to become one, as he is lacking one crucial requirement. He doesn’t have a superhuman ability.
At school, his classmates look down upon him, ridicule him, and even throw away his notebook that he uses to log his hero dream.
When he was a small kid, Deku was traumatized by an assessment made by his home doctor and his own mother, pretty much branding him that Deku was born without any superhuman ability despite that it should be in the family’s blood line. At a scene where he cries in big rolling tears, his emotions and his pain are so palpable, so heartbreaking.
Toward the end of the episode, Deku gets a chance to talk to the number-one super-hero “All Might” someone Deku regards as the best and strongest in the whole world. Deku condenses his life-long frustration and self-doubts in just one question to his super hero. “Can someone become a super hero, without any special ability?” His desperation makes you want to just cheer for him, I bet!
Highlight 2 Encounter with the Key Person
If you take Deku’s super hero dream and shape it in a human form, that would exactly be All Might. In fact, only this character among others is illustrated in a completely different artwork style. He’s the best and finest, an iconic super hero – just about everything that embodies Deku’s dream.
On contrast, there is an antihero that reminds Deku how pathetic he really is to dream about becoming a hero without the special ability. This guy’s name is Katsuki Bakugou, a childhood friend. Katsuki behaves and says nasty things; he torches Deku’s notebook, and verbally abuses him. Katsuki drives Deku’s inferiority complex quite deep.
You will see Deku’s encounter with these two completely opposite people, who respectively left huge impact to Deku’s identity. This first episode lays a firm, promising ground for the forthcoming story to develop.
Speedy and Powerful Action Scenes
The action scenes in the original manga format are super high impact, smashing, and undeniably eye catching. In this anime adopted version, the visual effects are even better. Notice “Shinrinkamui” the woody guy’s dynamic mid-air battle. It may make Spider-Man jealous. Watch the number one hero All Might’s mind-blowing punch. You just can’t take your eyes off!
Watch Deku’s struggle with his own demon, the inferior complex. Every single line he speaks comes at you with real weight.
Deku’s journey has just began. Enjoy the hero’s chronicle presented by top-grade animation house and production team. What a treat you are in!
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