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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.
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