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Manga Monday: My Hero Academia

My Hero Academia has been picked up by Funimation as an anime, and is being simulcast right now, averaging approximately one chapter per episode.

But why WOULD someone pick up yet ANOTHER series about super heroes in high school?

Try this on for size: We’re already watching them.  In My Hero Academia, you will find references to everything from Silver Age to hero dynamics.  Ready for the voiceover? **clears throat**

IN A WORLD…

WHERE 80% OF ALL PEOPLE ARE BORN WITH A UNIQUE QUIRK

VILLAINS HAVE RISEN.  HEROES HAVE AWAKENED.  

And Midoriya, born without a quirk, stands with his friends, destined to be one of the next generation of heroes…

This is actually a really, really timely series.   Disney holds the rights to Marvel, and DC has been trying for MONTHS to get their heroes back into the visual mainstream of the culture.  While the characters in My Hero Academia had the potential to be “so close” to  other heroes that already exist in the mainstream – they all tend to be fairly unique to the casual observer.

When Bakuguo eventually describes his power, you’ll see what I mean.  Once you get into the series, it doesn’t matter as much if someone has the same power as, say, Cyclops (out of his navel).  How they manage it is a little different.  It’s a part of their physical body – so using any power too long can lead to exertion.  If they keep the pacing the same as the manga, you’ll see how these characters not only embrace their individual skills, they are sincerely interested in doing the best they can.

There is mild swearing to be had in the subtitles, which carries over in the dub.  The FCC would probably require a mild redub to show it on TV.

Compare with:

  • A Certain Scientific Railgun
  • One Piece

Contrast with:

  • Cardcaptor Sakura
    • Midoriya is anxious to take on the mantle of Hero, whereas Sakura is pretty much bullied into it by Kero
  • Deadman Wonderland
    • While they both share a bit of the “Unlucky Gullible Everydude”, Midoriya is prepared with years of fanboy experience on his side.
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