A lot happened in this season, a...lot. So I'm honeslty not sure how to review this properly.
Okay so there was a lot of growth in this series with a couple of the characters, for the most part Kaachan remains the same with a little bit of some more violent growth; remains very funny and enjoyable to watch and in one scene he was sleeping and it was very peaceful and nice XD.
Tenya, Shoto, and Deku see a lot of growth in this season and it was done wonderfully in my opinion. Deku finally gets some control over his power in this season so thats nice to see.
Really everybody relevant grows in character~
The series did an execellent job its fight scenes and gives everyone in class A a decent amount of exposure for the most part. The top dog villian is revealed and the League of Villians is still chilling.
The background music in this anime is just wonderful. At certain parts I get goosebumps and I just feel things man cause its done so perfectly.
The overall plot really expands and gains a lot of tension and it was very enjoyable to watch and I'm excited to see the rest.
Stan Lee should be taking notes on this instead of trying to compete with it.
I enjoyed the second season of My Hero Academia much more than I did the first season. In fact, I actually loved it. It might be because I was more familiar with the characters and so felt a closer connection to them, but in general I think it was put across better than the first season in so many ways.
For one, the plot was way more enticing all throughout. Damn... that whole student-versus-student arc was so compelling, it had me watching 10+ episodes in a row! I honestly enjoyed it so much, and I still don’t even know why! The action, the order of events, the exploration of each character’s abilities and everything that unfolded and was revealed to us in season 2 was so much better and had me watching and watching. There seemed to be more objective, more purpose, more tangibility. It was strung out in a far more entertaining manner, with a much better, quicker and more enticing plot.
My opinions and analysis of the visuals remain virtually the same. Okay in some ways and not so good in others. Good in the fact that the animation takes on a different style, is very clear and up-to-date, but the fact that it seems quite westernised and in a perhaps childish style is not something I enjoyed. I grew up with cartoons in a very similar art style when I was between 6 and 9 years old, and I watch anime because it’s a breath of fresh air and usually different from what you could find on Cartoon Network. This is why I’m not a huge fan of My Hero Academia’s art style. It is well-made, but I just dislike it a little on a personal level.
Alongside this, what I can heavily criticise is the amount of frames that are used over and over, obviously to lighten the budget. I remember seeing one certain frame roughly 5 times over the course of the series. It was a certain shot of the crowd during the arc around the beginning, with one guy who stood out indefinitely, sausage lips highlighting the entire frame. It might be because of him that I couldn’t forget the fact that they used some frames way too much. I can understand twice, or even three if the need arises, but this was used way too many times, and if I remember correctly, so were a few others too.
I like the general soundtrack, particularly the background music. It is, in one word, epic. It’s so superhero-ish, exciting, and iconic. Saying this, I wasn’t so keen on the opening and ending themes of this season, and felt that they paled in comparison to the ones used in season one, and seemed very boring alongside not standing out at all. It was one of those openings I always ended up skipping. But I still stand by the fact that My Hero Academia has a good soundtrack overall, and that applies to both the first and second season. While the first opening theme was incredibly iconic, the rest just weren’t.
The characters - and the development of them as such - were so much better in season 2. For one, Midoriya has changed in so many ways for the better now that he’s getting more confident, more powerful and overall just a lot more interesting than he used to be. Seeing the whole cast properly use their quirks for real purposes and fights rather than just for training exercises was amazing, and while I totally understand that season 1 did need a build-up, season 2 was just so much better and I’ve found myself becoming a fan now that I’ve watched it.
Speaking of characters, I have a love-hate relationship with the villains in My Hero Academia. They are interesting, and I love their design and the intriguing stories behind them, but they seem just a little too... typical bad guy-ish? They remind me of the kind of villains from a kid’s film or a cartoon aimed at a younger audience from the way they stand atop the buildings of the city trying to look badass and have their own small hideout. It’s really overdone and the kind of thing I’ve seen in media so many times that I can’t help cringing at it.
I do still kind of dislike the general idea of the story. Superheroes and initially weak protagonists who become strong are very common and overdone ideas after all, and as much as I loved season 2, I can’t ignore this. But saying that, it’s turning into a more innovative, more entertaining and exciting story now that it’s gotten into the real character development and doesn’t just revolve around the stereotypical training and shaping of the run of the mill shounen protagonist.
I’ve just reread this and I feel bad about how overly critical it sounds, so let me add this: I really did love season 2, and even though it had a good deal of flaws, I can’t deny the fact that it was very enjoyable and for me, an enjoyable and fun to watch anime is, realistically speaking, what counts above everything else. It’s gotten me so hyped about season 3 starting and now I’m actually thinking of reading the manga even though I usually avoid ones that are ongoing. The reasons for its popularity definitely came apparent to me during this season and that’s how I can best describe the fact that I loved it.
*Please excuse the italics inconsistency, I can’t edit well on my phone.*
Pretty good season 2 so far(14 eps) not really that different from the first season, and it follows the manga which I love and, which OPM is starting to deviate from its source material.
Pros: Great character relationships, class rivalries, various powers.(The same as before). Tournament.
Cons: Episodes are stretched a bit. Lower scores for same-ness as Season 1.
Now onto the actual review ~may contain spoilers~ MHA is a very good anime it is paced slower than the manga but there are reasons for this to split it into arcs which are easier to maintain and we don't run into the "One Piece" syndrome of the manga/anime reaching the same point.[also copied]
Deku now is ready for one-on-one battles vs other students. He still needs to restrain his power but he's slowly getting used to it. That's really it the competition was the entire arc as of this point 14 episodes in and they start hero apprenticeship. (I have finished the season) Again it is the mostly the sameness of Season 1/ following the manga which, also again, makes the series good. Some of the final tests weren't in the manga but i'm very glad with how the turned out and i do love seeing the manga come to life as anime. It seems(both manga and anime) that All Might lost control and tried to kill All for One reasons are unknown at this point. Worth the watch no matter what good story, good arcs, nice character interactions.
If you are searching a deep story this is not the right anime.
The first season was much better, in this second it seem that the author decided to make the story go on with the less possible effort, making everything proceed in little battles i where the story and developement of the characters involved are shrinked in the less time possible with the effect that most things are said and happen just because the watcher need to know or the story need that to go on.
The whole is still decent but if this will not change in the next season i don't think the final result will be good