Noob Reviews: My Hero Academia (Season 04)
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?
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Unfortunately due to the COVID situation - there has been a delay in bringing the fourth full season to the UK (for some providers), and Funimation (via Amazon's Prime Video) is still missing 11 episodes. However, Crunchyroll (crunchyroll.com) and Funimation’s direct website (funimation.com) both have the full 88 episodes. Plus two additional OVAs. OVAs are typically unique additions or adventures included in paid-for subscriptions that have not aired previously.
What is the fourth season about?
Continuing straight on from the end of season three, season four holds no punches as the very first episode sees All Might officially retire from the hero business. Needless to say, when this news goes out for public consumption, the League of Villains begin to mobilise instantly. And that brings us on nicely to the plots for season four.
Season four in addition to the above, where All Might is preparing to retire, sees the training of young Midoriya ramp-up as Midoriya not only continues his preparations to take over All Might’s One For All. But also begins his work experience alongside All Might’s old partner (Nighteye). Unfortunately, it is not long before Midoriya, and several other of his U.A. classmates are caught up in an undercover investigation against the League of Villains (and associates) after they begin releasing experimental drugs. One drug can enhance the users existing powers greatly. Whilst the other, can strip the powers from whoever it is injected into - temporarily.
Now you may be saying to yourself, wow, that is a lot to pack in. But that is only up to episode seventy-seven. The second half of season four continues off into another story in which the students prepare for an upcoming school festival and the reveal of Endeavors real character as he strives to become the new number one hero and fill All Might’s shoes as the ‘superior’ hero.
As you can tell, there is a really delicate balance of action, adventure and student life as we have seen in the previous seasons. And yet even when it comes to something as mundane as a school festival, not everything is as it seems.
Do you have a trailer to show us?
- Both of the official trailers linked from Funimation’s YouTube channel -
You can also find the (partial) listing on Amazon’s Prime Video service here.
What did you think of My Hero Academia (Season 04)?
As I came to expect from the first few seasons, the fourth season, sees the My Hero Academia universe expanded with many characters (both new and old) making appearances. And new undesirable elements been introduced too. Whether it be snooping reporter Taneo Tokuda, the League of Villains’ latest recruits or even the powerful and cunning Overhaul, who will stop at nothing to achieve power and control. There is many a plot twist and character arc to keep fans and newcomers alike engaged throughout. And as you would expect, the writing takes and folds all of these arcs, plots and subplots, into a fascinating web. That has to be seen to be believed. So much happening at once. And yet laid out so perfectly, you never find yourself lost.
With regards to the art style and soundtrack, there have been no significant changes, and both continue to help build the world and bring the story to life, with new songs added to the soundtrack and the art style as on point as ever.
One of the things I would just like to mention is just how season four excels at bringing the students from teens into been young adults. As their life choices about career and how best to use their powers increase, and they begin feeling the weight of real responsibility start to grow as they are given more freedom to act on their own, they do so brilliantly. And the way this is portrayed in the story is really noteworthy. I also love the burning hatred Endeavour has for All Might and the one-sided competition he seems to be running (with himself the only entrant) - to best All Might. Even after All Might’s announcement, he was retiring. It is almost as if Endeavour is furious at been denied the chance to outshine All Might whilst he was still an active hero. And you can pick up on his emotions. Again an exceptional level of voice acting and storytelling.
What rating would you give My Hero Academia (Season 04)?
I would rate the fourth season a solid 5 out of 5 bananas.
Season four just continues to go from strength to strength. Although some suppliers, such as Amazon, have a partial series out - make sure to shop around and try different platforms, if you can’t wait to see the full season. You will not regret it. And I am already impatiently waiting for season five!
Thank you very much for checking out the review. If you are interested in My Hero Academia (Season 04) and would like to check it out for yourself, to form your own opinion. You can check it out here if you have a Funimation subscription via Amazon. Or catch the full season directly from Funimation’s online service here.
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