‘My Hero Academia’ delights audiences


I hate people who do not follow movie theater etiquette. There is nothing worse than someone interrupting the middle of the movie because they have something to comment.

Presumably, I should have hated the crowds for “My Hero Academia: Two Heroes.” Between the raucous laughter, the clapping after different scenes and the comments made to the other viewers, I should have begrudged going to “My Hero Academia: Two Heroes.” I should have.

Regardless, the audience of “My Hero Academia: Two Heroes” made my movie experience. I have never seen an audience so enraptured in a film, or so unadultured in their joy. 

Their reactions to the film spoke more to its quality than I ever could. “My Hero Academia: Two Heroes” offers a fun, unabashed, feel good movie perfect of any “My Hero Academia  fan.”

“My Hero Academia: Two Heroes” is the first movie set in the “My Hero Academia” anime and manga series in Japan, also known as “Boku no Hero Academia”. The series is one of the most popular anime out at the moment, with three seasons currently and a large international following. The anime is set in a reimagination of Japan where superpowers are part of everyday life and being a hero has become a career option. The main plot follows Izuku Midoriya, a young student in Japan, who after gaining his ‘quirk,’ or his superpower, becomes a student at U.A. Academy, studying to one day become a pro-hero. The film takes place between the second and third season, where at I Island, Midoriya must team up with his classmates to stop a hostage situation.

“My Hero Academia: Two Heroes” is not without its flaws. The animation, while superb at times, does have its moments. It’s clear what moments the film wished to focus on it’s animation and which got the short end of the stick. There were times the animation was jaw-dropping, and the work for those scenes should not go unnoticed. However, there are other scenes where characters stay still too long, or their faces were clearly rushed.

More than the animation, “My Hero Academia: Two Heroes” faces the same flaw many anime films do when they are based off of a series. If one goes into the film expecting something that will impact the series as a whole, or character development from the lead characters, they will be sorely disappointed. There are certain devices in the film that cannot enter the series without having plot holes, and likewise there are moments that seem forced in.

Not to mention, the villain was extremely one-dimensional and cliched. While this is common-place for films, compared to the Rogue’s gallery the series as accumulated, it is almost jarring to watch the main antagonist.

But for what they had, the creators of “My Hero Academia: Two Heroes” did a fantastic job. Seeing them attempt to develop David, a newly introduced character, into a three-dimensional character with a fleshed-out arc was a nice surprise. While the creators could not do much development with the main protagonists, they went full out on their side characters and seeing his growth from the beginning to the end of the movie made up for it, in my opinion.

Despite the flaws, I loved this movie, and for everything wrong with “My Hero Academia: Two Heroes,” there are a thousand things it does right. It knows its audience, and it plays its audience with expertise.

The film itself has excellent music. Combined with the animation, in certain scenes, I could feel myself on the edge of my seat with adrenaline and anticipation kicked in as I prepared for the next fight scene.

Then there are the fight scenes. “My Hero Academia: Two Heroes” knows what its audience came for, and they deliver. The fight scenes are well animated and clever in their design. For what they lack in character development, they more than make up in just how entertaining the fight scenes are. As similar as they are to the series, “My Hero Academia: Two Heroes” was almost reminiscent to the “Mission Impossible” franchise in some of its action as the protagonists sneak around the building.

Lastly, I would be wrong to not mention the characters. “My Hero Academia: Two Heroes” understands it cannot give us character development without creating plot holes in the main cast, but what it does give us is pure, comedic gold. The films takes the personality quirks of each of the characters and dials them up, giving the audience exactly what they want. The way each character plays off one another had me grinning from ear to ear.

For those who have watched the series, I could not recommend “My Hero Academia: Two Heroes” more. If you know what to expect, the film is a blast to watch, especially with others around. However, “My Hero Academia: Two Heroes” focuses on its audience, and not the general public. While you may not be confused on what is going on during the movie too much, without the connection to the franchise that the anime-watchers or the manga-readers have, the movie will not live up to the hype.