I will be the first to admit that I don’t ingest as much anime as I used to. If it were 2005 again, you wouldn’t be able to find any part of my DVD rack that didn’t have some kind of anime boxset on each shelf. There has been a bit a lull for me personally as Attack on Titan is the only series I have watched in any kind of capacity over the last several years. I am starting to get back into the habit of, at the very least, trying a couple episodes to see how I like a series. Then I came across the first episode of My Hero Academia and I was very pleased overall.
I think much of my moving away from anime is that, at a particular time, I found that many were just like others in the genre. Anime fans have all seen the spice of life anime that have a male protagonist getting entangled, for some reason or another, with a group of girls that all have unique personalities. Perhaps I just got spoiled with anime like Cowboy Bebop, Trigun, Evangelion, Hellsing, and Death Note.
Don’t misinterpret me, please. I know there are great shows out there, but it was just hard for me to get into shows after a while.
I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I clicked the play button on my Hulu via my PS4. Initially, I went into the show thinking it was some kind of X-men type show. In a sense, it is due to “people with powers” aspect, but then I realized a lot of what makes My Hero Academia great is the reversing of a common setting.
In My Hero Academia, the majority of the population have gained superpowers, for some reason or another, that usually manifest sometime right before puberty. All Izuku Midoriya, wants is to find out what his power is going to be as a child so he can be a superhero like the men and women heroes that he catalogues in his notebooks. Unfortunately, Izuku’s dreams are not going to happen because he is one of the rare few that did not gain any abilities. Ostracized by his peers on a daily basis, Izuku doesn’t give up hope to become a hero in some way.
Izuku Midoriya is not a staple anime protagonist. He doesn’t whine about his inabilities like other characters probably would in the genre. He keeps going onwards in spite of his setbacks and that in itself is very refreshing. Like other superhero movies and shows, we see characters want to be like everyone else so desperately, and while Izuku is in that same boat he doesn’t seem to dwell on it too hard. If this series goes the way I think it might, the story can ultimately be a great message to other kids.
Maybe the part of the first episode that got me the most as a parent is when the mother cries for Izuku knowing that he will never fully fit into society as they know it. Parents tend to tell their children that they can be anything they want to be, but the sad reality is that is not the case sometimes. There is nothing worse than knowing that your child may not have a foot in the door when it comes to their future.
Here I am talking about life and morals values when I should really talk about how fun the show is so far. The show has its goofy moments and usual anime tropes; the flirty lady, the embarrassing situations, and the “over the top” hero. There is a part towards the end I found pretty hysterical, and I haven’t laughed out loud during an anime in a long time.
I have no clue how this show is going to pan out. I have never read the manga, Boku no Hero Academia, that it is based on. All I do know is that the show is off to an excellent start and I am anxious for the second episode to air. It’s hard to find originality anymore in the “super hero” genre, but My Hero Academia takes certain aspects from comic books and gives it a nice turn in a refreshing direction.