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With the second My Hero Academia full length film, Horikoshi went a different direction than he took in Two Heroes, and went above and beyond to deliver to us an action packed sequel in which every member of class 1-A gets a shining moment. *Some Minor Spoilers Beloe* Story wise we find our class stationed on a small Island off the coast of Japan performing hero work for the month. What should have been exercises in keeping the city city safe and solving minor incidences turns more sinister when the island is descended upon by a small group of villains led by leader, Nine. Nine's quirk is akin to All for Ones in his ability to steal quirks from others, but the way he utilizes them and his fighting style is totally different from our old villain, teamed with his sidekicks we are awarded plenty of interesting fights and team combinations. The very end of the movie holds a key momemnt that I am sure has divided some fans. Mainly by the way it is done then almost immediately retconned, but it makes for a pretty epic finale. The animation is top notch, even higher grade than we expect from the climaxes of MHA's story arcs. Seeing each member of Class 1-A excel in his or her own way is really the greatest part of the film, and it gives me a feeling of nostalgia, as I've watched all of these characters slowly develop their powers and decision making skills up to this point. Altogetherm I thought it was a great film, even better than Two Heroes. It leaves out some of the quirky setup we get in most shonen anime films, and dives right into actions. We also get a lot of Bakugou, which is nice because if you are following the anime releases right now, we've only just began to see him about halfway through the 4th season. 8/10
Here’s the movie that murdered the hype for the series, because the studio allocated most of its resources, including the main director, towards making this one, and abandoned the fourth season. As a result, it turned into a badly animated pile of mediocrity that disappointed everybody and made many to lose interest and jump onto the next bandwagon that was Demon Slayer. Because for some reason disposable filler movies with no impact on the show, deserve far better treatment than the canon material, which is what people actually care about. Oh well…So the plot is very basic crap. The students are sent to a remote island… again. It’s a rehash of the premise of the first movie. And this time, with no supervision by teachers, since that is how high schools work in this dumb universe. You leave dozens of immature, hormone crazy superhumans, completely unchecked for weeks and assume nothing will go wrong. Then bad guys conveniently appear when the students are still on the island. Can you imagine what would happen if they had waited for the heroes to leave before doing their thing? And can you imagine their plan being to politely ask for where the boy they were looking for is and then politely ask the boy to heal their leader? They would have achieved their mission without having to throw a single punch. But that way we wouldn’t have a dumb actionfest, so yeah, let’s make everything stupid and shallow. Bad guys attack, good guys counterattack, stuff blow up, and nothing matters because everybody besides Deku and Bakugo are background decorations and the fights have no impact on the plot. Then we get to the meat of the movie, which is the two main characters going up against the big boss of the movie. They can’t beat him with the powers they have, so the writer decides to do some convoluted nonsense and gives Bakugo a power up, which he conveniently forgets about after the battle, so there won’t be any permanent repercussions in the main storyline. Gotta love filler movies. Anyways, just like the first film you are supposed to watch it just for the dumb battles, which unlike in the main series they don’t end with a couple of punches. Unfortunately, if you follow the series and know that they threw the series under the bus for animating a pretty looking filler, then you won’t even like it as much as the first one.
This movie made up for the end of season 4, whle season 4 got a bit lackluster in the end, the amount of effort shown in this movie is amazing. The movie was so smooth and fluid the one and a half hours seem to fly, with the story having a gripping start and an amazing climax. The story was well written in which the main villain is one of all for one and the Doc's experiments, and the target was just a normal kid, showing how the variety of different quirks in the world, showing how useful anyone can be, especially in the end when he is inspired to become a hero, which is the main story of mha. The story was also completely different to the trailer, which was an amazing feeling of making it an unpredictable and unique story. The villain is much better than the first movie, but the movie doesnt go in depth about his motives, but it was clear he wanted to steal the quirk of the boy. Of course Deku and Bakugou were the same as they usually are, but bakugou's character development really shined in the island, because he is different from the other heroes. It was heart wrenching seeing Deku transferring his quirk, even if seeing both of them with one for all was amazing. The story is well written, and progresses class 1-A rather than being stagnant and not very useful in the first movie. The ending did feel satisfying and beautiful when i saw nine in the flower field, because in the end, he was just an experiment, and shigaraki is the main villain: There is no room for 2. The Animation was absolutely spectacular. Every movement felt fluid in mundane scenes, and there was no laziness or carelessness. The animators clearly put a lot of effort in it, and the fight scenes were just as amazing, if not better than the ones we've seen in season 3 and 4. I love it when the music played in the background of the fight scenes and are silent, showing so much emotion without saying a word. The OST is amazing as ever, and made me well up and sent shivers down my spine, as my hero academia does. Overall, i loved this film, and while others may say it seemed a bit childish, i absolutely loved it despite not being super super invested into anime.
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