Noob Reviews: My Hero Academia (Season 02)
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?
If you have not done so already, check out our review of season one here for a little back story.
What is the second season about?
Season two of My Hero Academia picks up directly after the events of season one and begins with a review of Deku’s journey so far - what brought him to the U. A. and why he is on the path to becoming a hero. To be fair, this entire episode (episode one) is one large twenty-four-minute highlights reel and can be skipped if you are binge-watching episodes.
Episode one aside though, episode two picks up with the students recovering from the attack on the USJ (which occurred at the end of season one) and sees them thrust into the limelight yet again as the U.A. sports festival is announced. A worldwide renowned sports festival more popular than the Olympics that sees students from different U.A. classes thrust into a series of gruelling games and events to see which of them is worthy of the top spot. Extra pressure is added onto all the participants as both sponsors, and pro heroes will be watching, meaning they can be scouted for both sponsorships and potential training off of some huge names, helping their fledgeling hero careers.
Episodes three through to thirteen are all focused around the U.A. sports festival and has our heroes performing in both solo and group challenges. Leading to an epic clash of the two most powerful students in episode thirteen, where they fight for that esteemed first place. Without doing too many spoilers, I will just say that it turns out many of our students have some extremely famous hero relatives. And a somewhat unstable and highly competitive Bakugo may or may not end up displaying some extraordinary feats of power to win several of his matches.
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 March 2017 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. Depending on the country, you may also have five seasons. Due to the number of episodes in season three, some countries and streaming platforms split three into two parts, but the content of the episodes are the same.
What did you think of My Hero Academia (Season 02)?
Although there was not the League of Villains aspect to season two that we had pop up in season one (but they are mentioned as a kind of ever-looming threat), I thoroughly enjoyed season two all the way through. What sounded like a rather daft and convoluted idea - a twelve-episode sports day. Was executed really well. Whether it be the actual events themselves and how the individual heroes in training conquer the challenges. The introduction of the various new U.A. classes. Or the revelations about people’s motivations and families that we are treated to, everything comes together nicely and just continues to build on the success of the first season. Dare I even say, ramps the story up to a new level that I personally thought was better in some aspects than the first season.
My only sort of gripe as season two is the only one that does it, is that episode one is a bit of an unneeded episode as it is one extensive recap on season one with no actual new content. Still, on the flip side, admittedly, as there were a good few months between the finish of season one and launch of season two, it may have been put in as a recap for those that were unclear on the events of the first season due to the few months gap.
All in all, there is still an excellent plot and subplot structure. The art style remains as captivating as ever. And I am still a firm lover of the soundtrack, so much so, it is now a regular play on my Spotify playlist.
What rating would you give My Hero Academia (Season 02)?
I would give the second season of My Hero Academia 5 out of 5 bananas.
The second season of My Hero Academia picks up the torch of the first without hesitation and continues to run with it. Engaging stories, unique quirks and intriguing characters all come together in another thoroughly enjoyable watch. Season two I will also admit is the season where I really started to like Froppy (aka Tsuyu Asui) as one of the best-supporting characters.
Thank you very much for checking out the review, and if you are interested in My Hero Academia (Season 02) and would like to check it out for yourself, to form your own opinion, you can check it out here.