Noob Reviews: My Hero Academia (Season 01)
Updated: May 28
Please be advised that during the review, I have tried to avoid a lot of spoilers. However, there may still be a few included helping explain specific points.
What is My Hero Academia (Season 01)?
My Hero Academia is a fun-filled series which sees potential heroes, coming of age and being accepted onto a hero training course at the prestigious U. A. high school. A school that has given rise to some of the most influential, popular and effective heroes of all time - including the symbol of peace himself All Might - the most powerful of all superheroes.
The first season introduces us not only to the latest class to join U.A.’s superhero program that will form the core going forward through the My Hero Academia franchise but also (and most importantly) Izuku Midoriya (aka Deku).
Before we get onto Deku and who exactly he is, I would just like to mention that during the events of My Hero Academia there has been an explosion of natural abilities emerging in people all over the world. Whether it be invisibility, control over the elements or even the ability to take on the characteristics of different animals - superpowers are everywhere and serve both heroes and villains. These superpowers are widely known as quirks. Although rare, there are still those who are born without these fantastical powers. These people are referred to as the quirkless.
Now, back to Deku, Deku is a quirkless young boy driven by his fascination with superheroes and a dream to become one of the first-ever quirkless heroes. We follow his every adventure from the heartbreaking moment he is told he will never have a quirk by their family doctor. To a series of events that sees him being gifted the quirk of another superhero that will set him on the path to becoming one of the most powerful superheroes of all time. Even more so than All Might himself.
Season one focuses as I mentioned on meeting Deku, his classmates and some other key characters such as All Might. Setting out the groundwork work for long-running grudges (especially one between Deku and his childhood friend Bakugo who is unable to settle for anything but being the best at what he does. No matter the price). And also introduces us to the more criminal aspects of the world. In the form of both street thugs and the League of Villains.
Some of the most notable episodes are one and two, which introduce us to Deku and All Might. Episode seven which shows the lengths Bakugo will go to - to win a competition with Deku. And episodes eleven and twelve which focus around a villain attack on the USJ, a training area for the U.A. students, that sees them attacked en masse. The League of Villains main aim, to kill All Might and wipe out the next generation of heroes.
Do you have a trailer to show us?
- Official teaser from Funimation -
You can also find the listing on Amazon here.
When did it come out?
Season one of My Hero Academia was released in April 2016 and consists of 13 episodes, each running around twenty-four minutes.
Currently, there are four full seasons released, however, seasons 201 and 202 on the UK’s Amazon Funimation channel can be ignored as they are episodes duplicated from the season 02 and season 03 listings.
What did you think of My Hero Academia (Season 01)?
My Hero Academia at first look was something that I thought would be a bit dull. But I was talked into watching by friends and Twitch chat members alike, one going as far as giving it a ten thousand per cent liking. So after a rating like that, it was hard to say no. And I am happy I gave it a watch!
Although not a native Japanese speaker myself, I will start by saying there is an English audio version of the anime and an English dubbed. The dubbed version has received quite heavy criticism from some for it’s inaccuracy and a lot of context to episodes being ‘lost in translation.’ However, I am watching both the English audio and the dubbed ones (as I wanted to see the differences) and am thoroughly enjoying both.
My Hero Academia has a fantastic sense of pacing, story-building and character development. With everything laid out in a very thoughtful way with just enough information given at times to leave you hanging on and wanting more. And currently, I am yet to see a season that has left me with any unanswered questions. Although it can take a few episodes at times, everything gets explained so that you can see the bigger picture coming into play. The art style is also one I love and heavily reminds me of the older style of animes. And the soundtrack is fantastic. It has a great mix between genres and always sets the right tempo and vibe for a scene. Whether it be an emotional one tugging on heartstrings or a fast-paced combat sequence.
Although there are so many enjoyable aspects to My Hero Academia I do have a few pet peeves which I wish to put out there as they start in the first season and continue into the others. The intro and outro sequence for the anime I find to be very long and overly drawn out. Once you’ve seen it once or twice, I found it to get a bit tiresome as not all streaming platforms allow you to skip them. Also, midway through each episode, there are stingers which for a few seconds bring up details about two random heroes or villains. Unfortunately, these get very repetitive with the same heroes been shown over and over again. Even when they have no relevance to when the break has been added in (for example they will not appear in the scene before or after the break occurs). Although not huge issues, they are pet peeves and I just wanted to mention them as a few other people I have spoken to have found the same.
In addition to my pet peeves, some people have advised that they found My Hero Academia to be very violent, gory and full of foul language (going off of conversations with people and reviews when googling to research). Admittedly while at times there can be some scenes of broken limbs etc., I thought these were handled really well. Language-wise too, from the versions I have watched there, is very minimal to no cursing so could not comment on the foul language aspect. I would suggest maybe watching an episode or two, before letting a younger person watch it, to see what you thought if you are yourself an older sibling or parent.
Overall though a fantastic anime series and one you will find yourself able to slip into and get your head around quickly. Highly recommended as worth a watch.
What rating would you give My Hero Academia (Season 01)?
I would give the first season of My Hero Academia 5 out of 5 bananas.
Thrilling. Exciting. Fast-paced. Just a few of the words I would use to describe the series and it only continues to go from strength to strength not just episode to episode but also season to season. I thoroughly enjoyed the first season, and even with my pet peeves, it gets a solid five out of five bananas.
Thank you very much for checking out the review, and if you are interested in My Hero Academia (Season 01) and would like to check it out for yourself, to form your own opinion, you can check it out here.