As soon as the first season of My Hero Academia (or Boku no Hero Academia) ended in June 2016 last year, a lot of people already started looking forward to the next season! After one long year of waiting, the continuation of Izuku Midoriya’s journey to become the greatest hero is finally here with Episode 14! Let the hype begin!
Japanese Original Episode Title: そういうことね お茶子さん
Thankfully, the first few minutes of the premiere episode briefly explained what MHA is about. Probably not everyone re-watched the first season before diving in. I’m actually one of them, so I can definitely say that the pretty cool and concise recap managed to jog my memory of what has happened so far. Episode 14 continued almost directly after the events at USJ (Unforeseen Simulation Joint) at U.A., where villains attempted to harm the students and defeat All Might. What will the faculty of the school and the police do to prevent that from happening again, especially since the leader of the villain group escaped?
In the meantime, since Deku and the gang are still students, it’s back to doing normal student stuff, like participating in a sports festival! And not just any sports festival, but a chance to show off their abilities to the whole country. Scouting agencies will also be there, so heroes could hire them in the future! This is an even bigger event for Deku, though, as All Might wants him to show the whole country he’s the next Symbol of Peace!
All Might and his teacher: We got a preview of All Might’s teacher! You’ve got to wonder what kind of person he is to have taught the unbeatable Top One Hero, right? And with him rambling on about Deku and why he chose him to be the successor of One for All, what does his old teacher think? Aside from that, because of the letter, we finally know what All Might’s real name is: Toshinori Yagi!
U.A. Faculty Meeting: What a sneaky bunch the League of Villains is! Not only did they come out of the blue and managed to escape afterward, but there’s barely any info on the leaders, Shigaraki and Kurogiri! It’s definitely going to be hard to investigate on them. What’s more, Principal Nedzu’s words about Shigaraki were quite scary because they are true: the man-child still has room to grow. If someone so immature and erratic was able to gather a lot of small-time criminals with his twisted ideals, how many more people will he gather when he’s taught better? Could there even be someone actually guiding him?
Sports Festival Announcement: Seeing the precious Class 1-A kids again made me super happy! With what they went through during the USJ incident, it was good that they were reminded that they are still students studying at a normal school, albeit for heroes. No wonder they were super excited about the sports festival, especially since they’ll be given a chance to get connections through the publicity, paving the way for their hero careers! It really did sound like a big event, since U.A. didn’t even cancel it despite the villain attack. As expected of the best school for heroes; they’ll really make you believe everything’s fine!
Uraraka’s Motivation: Dearest Uraraka is such a good daughter! It’s true that most of the other students want to be heroes because they want to act noble and save people, but helping out your family’s finances is noble in itself as well! Heck, there are definitely others who just want the glory and the fame! Discovering Uraraka’s motives makes you think what reasons the rest of Class 1-A have to become full-fledged heroes!
Deku and All Might: All Might wants to remind to the world that the Symbol of Peace is still here; the pressure is absolutely intense! You could totally feel it with the visuals and with All Might’s words! Surely, Deku was expecting that; he said he wanted to be the greatest hero like All Might! But now the facts are here: his idol can no longer use his powers for long periods of time, and villains might realize something’s wrong sooner or later. What will Deku do then? How will he handle this kind of responsibility? He can barely even handle his own quirk! Well, at least he discovered that he can somehow limit the power he uses and not break his bones. That’s one step closer to his goal!
Themes & Trivia
Superheroes:A ton of superhero movies and series have become famous over the years. MHA is just one of many that have joined the genre. However, what makes it stand out is that it’s about a hero school! Usually, the characters in popular media are already heroes, newbies and veterans alike. Other than that, our protagonist, Deku, didn’t start off with his own power, nor did he get it from some science accident, but it was passed down to him willingly because of his character: he was selfless, brave, and stupid enough to run into danger and be a hero! We’ve seen a lot more in MHA during the previous season, and I’m pretty sure it’s just going to get even more interesting from now on!
Goals: A character would be too boring and one-dimensional without believable goals, let alone without one at all. Uraraka wants to be a licensed hero so she can finally work for her family’s construction company. Deku wants to be the greatest hero of all time like his idol, All Might. Even the villains attacked the school because they wanted to bring down the Symbol of Peace! I am looking forward to learning the motives of the rest of the characters.
Some people might’ve found the first episode a bit lacking in action, especially since you usually start a series off with a bang! However, we must not forget that Episode 14 takes place directly after a major plot event, so this is actually the calm after the storm. Everything we need to know is still being set up. We need a few episodes before the story skyrockets into action once again! I think they did quite a good job giving us a summary of what happened before, compared to the usual boring five-minute flashback explanations. Putting the important facts side-by-side with a preview of a future character, All Might’s teacher, was quite a good touch that helped get us back into the world of MHA! Even showing that Deku was deeply thinking of his situation as the successor of One for All while remembering what happened in USJ was a nice touch! You get more insights on the story, and at the same time, you are reminded of what happened.
The scene directions are still cleverly planned! It was also a treat to see small details in the characters’ movements (Iida’s hand gestures!). Other than that, I think it’s common for first episodes to be beautiful and eye-catching, so I have nothing else to say. We’ll probably notice more as the show goes on, but since this is studio Bones we’re talking about, we might not see many problems. Let’s hope for the best, as always!
Once More! Plus Ultra!
The thrilling sports festival starts next week! From the looks of the preview, we’ll see loads of new faces and even a fight? What’s going to happen?
Until then, let me know below what you think of the beginning of this much-awaited anime! Did you enjoy it, or was it a tad bit bland? Don’t forget to keep an eye out for our other Spring 2017 reviews here on MANGA.TOKYO!