I'm usually not the kind of person that rants and cries about everything, but after 4 episodes, I just couldn't keep myself together anymore. This is a shameless copy of One-Punch man, trying to cash in on its succes. Unfortunately, it's doing a bad job at it. The characters are even more ridiculous, the art style is worse - but still on a decent level though - and the story is absolute bullsh*t. There, I said the S-word in one of my reviews. Glad that's out of the way. I'm not going to waste any more words on this.
And stay out of the way of this anime. Whether you liked OPM or not, you'll probably dislike it anyway.
Edit: I decided to add something to my review which apparently makes it more 'helpful':
My Hero Academia is amazing! after watching 4 episodes i am in love with the series. It has everything you want in a good anime! It's funny, emotional, epic quality in both sound and animation, awesome fights and a very interesting story...AND IT'S ABOUT HEROES!!
I will tell you right now that if you like one punch man you will love this. Wait scratch that last bit, people don't like it to be compared with OPM.
This is probably going to be one of the best animes this season.
10/10 overall would watch again.
And to end on a more serious note, I'd like to add that mister Roriconfan, the best reviewer on Anime Planet, mentions in his One Punch Man Review that the show is exactly the same as Hero Academia --> http://www.anime-planet.com/users/roriconfan/reviews/21306
Warning this Review May Contain Spoilers-
*Sigh* This series doesn't deserve the amount of hate it gets for being a superhero anime, I just want to say that yeah this is another superhero anime but it is still good, please don't get put off because of the theme as it is really good. And I've also had enough of people saying it's a rip-off of this series or that series, I enjoyed it and I think it is worth it. So this is about a world where everyone has superpowers (known as quirks) but our main character is part of the small percentage that doesn't but still wants to become a hero. He's constantly bullied about it but even so he still powers through everyday in his own way, when he meets his idol and he is given the chance to change is fate (but I won't spoil too much as that is the whole point of the anime).
The story was good, it had a nice build up and good pacing. I was told that they were going quite slowly (I mean like 1 chapter per episode) but I think for this type of anime it developed well. Another thing about the story is that it is interesting and intriguiding, the idea of superpowers is just something people dream about but here it is put into a story which is well done.
The animation was good, but obviously it wasn't perfect there were a few scenes where you couldn't see the face of the person speaking at a certain distance or the faces were slightly off, and angles could be seen as weirdly portrayed but all these things were more towards the minor side and honestly not too noticeable.
Next is the sound, the opening was great and really catchy and the ending was perfect and I don't think I'll be able to pick one of them as my overall favourtie. The voice acting was also done to a high standard and I haven't got much to complain about here...yep that's it.
The characters were all unique and fun but I wish there was more development of the characters (yeah I know there will be a second series but still), this was probably were this show was lacking. Like they got everything else out the way, plot, character introduction and so on but pretty much zero character development for those other than Midoriya (who had a bit of development).
Anyway boom, review for the anime lottery club all done and hope you enjoy it xx
PS: This review is quite heavily out of date to how I view the series now, was written by 16 year old me.
So I read reviews about this anime before posting one and I saw lots of other people's comparsion's to One Punch Man and I honestly don't get that vibe at all. There are super heroes and the main character does have an op punch but I mean this series isn't like a gag that I feel like One Punch Man is. One Punch Man is like a comedy while this is something that's supposed to be emotional and heartfelt. Are we going to compare every anime that has heroes and super strength to One Punch Man now? Is that a thing? Hero based stories are gaining popularity and I feel like we should take them at a different face value.
Now for the actual review. I went into this anime really negative, I didn't like the way the art looked and the story appeared to be stupid but I felt like it was overall actually really good. The art grows on you for the most part, its not awful I just feel like its an older style we're not really use to. It honestly reminds me a lot of Kill la Kill sometimes.
The story is good, overused in some parts but I feel like the main character's drive really gives this anime something worth watching. The characters don't really experience a lot of growth (beside's the main one) but there is subtle growth with certain characters and I'm sure with the continuing seasons there will be a lot more to see.
Overall really enjoyed it and am excited to see the rest.
this is something which is filling the void of Naruto. A good story, art style and better background music. No more eechi or fan service which is good, so that a bigger audience can enjoy it.
My Hero Academia isn't good, but thinks wishing hard enough to be good is close enough. Dear god, that's so wrong. Super hero school, yeah, been there, done that. The bullied loner wants to be the best ever, I mean, that's aiming right at being like everyone else. There is nothing special about this show. There is no redeeming quality. There's just a slow pace and mediocre copy-pasted characters in a generic sandbox that is executed worse than other shows.
At times I may have been slightly critical of shounen. And by that, slightly critical could be replaced as "with few exceptions, complete garbage". My Hero Academia is why. It goes through the motions without adding anything cool. Shounen can be good, even great. But as opposed to shows like that, here we don't have a sense of humor that's worth anything, there are no interesting characters, there's no real plot, there's no real development other than "hero trains, gets stronger", and the backstory makes me want to vomit.
All this could be forgiven if there was some style to it. After all, shows like Tengen Toppa Guren Lagan have proven that if you do things with style, then a silly plot and standard characters don't matter. But no, despite superpowers being the easiest thing in the world to add some razzle and dazzle to anything, we are treated to rather basic design with unconvincing fights. Oh yeah, characters explaining what is happening, flashbacks during fights, talking mid-fight, ridiculous names for "special moves" shouted out, screaming over a freeze frame with a cheap psychedelic background, and occasionally cheap narrations - every single one of the "make fights longer by force but without effort" tricks is used.
My Hero Academia is so stretched out it that it is painful. It could have easily been condensed to eight episodes without losing any plot, character development, bit of action, or idea. And even then, some proper editing would have done wonders for the pace. This is a generic action show, why the hell are they wasting my time during my waste of time?
Writing (story and characters):
As you may have noticed, I believe there are some issues with the writing of My Hero Academia. What annoys me greatly about it is that the flaws aren't really in the plot or the characters, but rather in how they combine. On a whole, all that was expected from a show like this is being a fun ride and some wow factor. Instead, it tries to make things dramatic when other shows already did exactly that and better.
That being said, the story isn't good. We have a slew of standard tropes in a superhero school, there is a school rivalry, a cute girl that likes the protagonist for some reason, some villains, bla bla bla. It's been done. The problem is that it was already done with better pacing and with a more interesting backdrop. There is absolutely nothing unique or well executed here.
This would have been fine had the characters had charisma. Instead, we have a cast of crappy cookie cutter characters. At least the whinging loser of a protaginst develops into a slightly less whinging slightly less of a loser... which is about the only positive thing I can say about it. Other than that, the cast is, and behaves, exactly like you'd expect. But without any surprises. Not even one.
So, when the sum of all the parts is actually worse than every factor that went into creating it, we get the trainwreck that is My Hero Academia. There isn't a single saving grace for this generic piece of garbage. The writing is just that bad.
Art (animation and sound):
The bread and butter of any series with fighting and/or superheroes is the art. People like to pretend that the writing is more important, but the writing just takes things up a notch - the artwork is what has to deliver. A show with spectacular art and crappy writing will absolutely work in this genre. There's no question about it. So, is My Hero Academia a show where the art savesno it doesn't. You don't have to wait for the conclusion for that point.
Some good character designs and moments where the animation has some wow factor are pretty important, and those do exist in some amount. That being said, the color palette is not particularly exciting, and while some of the backgrounds are gorgeous, most are absolutely forgetable. I mentioned a lot of the cheap tricks used to elongate fight scenes, and it's really painful that the reliance on still frames for that is so extreme. I really wish it could have been more awesome, but instead it's just somewhat above average.
My Hero Academia desperately needed some good art, and it got passable art. Had this show had better writing, that would be fine. Considering the horrible writing, it just isn't enough to make this show what it should be. It isn't bad or anything, but this isn't exactly another harem comedy which could get away with that.
I don't like this show. I don't like it at all. My Hero Academia is more or less free money for the creators after Raildex and One Punch Man became such big hits... but it doesn't try to be more than that. Cannot recommend anything other than a hearty skip for this show.