This review will contain spoilers for My Hero Academia My Hero Academia is a show that lots have said failed to live up to the hype. After the completion of season 5, most even went as far as to bash it. The arrival of season 6 gives My Hero Academia a chance to redeem itself. This current season starts strong. It gets right into the fighting. With the manga being as popular as it is, everyone already knew what to expect from this season. They knew this would start a brutal war, the Paranormal Liberation War Arc. So far, all the episodes that have aired have been great. Story The story is well done. Something that happens in episode 3 doesn't just happen before everybody moves on. It continues to linger through the next few episodes. People have consequences for their actions. I feel like every character showed lots of emotion over a single sentence. Everything everyone was saying had meaning. They got right into the task. This season made the viewer feel things as well. It has everything that makes someone watching sit on the edge of their seat. Every time one episode ends, it leaves the excitement for next week's episode. The cliffhangers are great. ;) Animation The quality of the animation gets better every season. The characters were very detailed. Even in moments where it was mostly someone's silhouette, you could tell who it was. Not only that, just a simple clip of a character's face could tell you an entire story. Sound The voice actors did well. You could tell how someone felt with their voice alone. The intro was great because you'd have a line like "Let's end the world" (as an example), and then an upbeat cartoony introduction would start. This intro was a lot better than season 5s. The actual singing was good, and the theme of it was fluid and consistent. Characters Nothing drastic changed about most characters (this does not include Toga, Twice and Hawks), which is a good thing. Lots of mini "reveal" happened with the single fight with Hawks Vs. Dabi and Twice. Once again, their faces expressed their emotions well, and so did their words. The characters were good. So if you were debating watching My Hero Academia Season 6, I say go for it :)
Welcome Back My past two reviews on this show have been largely negative. It may even seem, to people who just looked at the scores I was giving the seasons, that I hated My Hero Academia and all that it stood for. But that's not true. It's SO not true, because this season right here, THIS is My Hero Academia. This is what it stands for, and this is what I like. Ever since season two I have wanted this anime to stand tall and deliver on its high amount of promise and potential. But for a while I felt like it wasn't doing that. I felt like it just forgot about everything it set up and all its own themes, content to become the most bottom of the barrel shounen while raking in those big shounen bucks from fanboys who will literally watch anything if it has good animation and inspiring music. I think I was right about that at least partially. Even if the real reason was to prolong the plot so that shueisha could sell more magazines with Deku's face on it, My Hero lost its way. But I'm happy to say... it's back. It's REALLY back. Not only back, but better. It surpassed season two in its first episode alone. Bitch im back out my training arc Enough about the past, let's talk about the present. Everything set up has been paid off now, and is still being paid off. The my villain arc paid off tremendously, with Shigaraki of all characters becoming not only the best character in the show, but one of if not THE best shounen villain of all time. The show proves just how incredible a villain's journey can be, juxtaposed against a hero's, while delivering on an epic premise of generation-spanning wars between good and evil and the ideals therein. It makes a strong case for and against everyone's definitions of heroism and makes you question what it means to be a hero, continuing what the Stain arc started. Shigaraki's existence challenges the idea of heroes and the writer knows it, using him to full effect. He's terrifying and chaotic but also measured and purposeful. You both want and don't want him to break out of that giant purple test tube, and even though the writing's on the wall, the audience is still enraptured in the hero association's mission to commandeer him. The ensuing action and fight is more epic than anything in the Avengers movies. Hirokoshi has become his heroes and surpassed them in that regard. Each passing episode heightens the drama and offers even more explosive progress on what's been built up. The Todoroki family scandal, all for one and one for all and their successors, mental struggles and different ways of dealing with having a power and a will that's been passed on, the oversaturation of society with heroes, the liberation army, the villain league's varying motivations. It's all coming to a head at long last. Even the teamwork class A shenanigans have become a real story beat to get invested in. Not only is the story at its peak but the animation ain't so bad either. It might actually be the one time in history the show looks better than the trailer animation-wise. The music is well used to contrast s4's horrible use of it. The characters as well... they focus on the interesting parts of deku's character, not the uninteresting ones in this season. Bakugo's screen presense is mercifully minimal. And best of all we get to explore cool new characters like Miruko who had one of the coldest and most brutal action scenes in shounen in the first few episodes alone. There's no more to say, because it feels like this season is an answer to a question. The question of "does this even matter", "Is this going anywhere", and "when is this gonna get good again". Clearly, the answers are "trust me", "yes", and "now". Gentlemen, the four seperate nonsense training arcs and slow paced melodrama were worth it. This is the reason My Hero Academia exists and we're here to witness it.
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