First Impressions (Anime): My Hero Academia

I’ve already watched this up to the 4th episode, which is currently the latest episode that has aired.

Anime: My Hero Academia 「僕のヒーローアカデミア」 Boku no Hero Academia ⇒ Spring 2016

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This is one anime I would try recommending to almost anyone, whether you’re a regular anime-viewer or not, whether you’re a Shounen-kind of person or not.

As I mentioned in my post on the manga quite awhile back, its basic plotline is honestly a pretty generic Shounen-start, where a weakling without a power dreams big and gets a chance to work for that dream in a school of Heroes. That was a shitty one-liner, but hey, I think you get where I’m coming from.

Hero Acad however, definitely has its ‘quirks’ (for lack of a better word XD) and uniquely enjoyable things that make it such a compelling story. I even managed to get my sis, who isn’t an anime-viewer, to watch it! Last Sunday morning she turned to me, “We can watch that Hero Anime later right?” SCORE!! \o/

WARNING: Shounen action and violence. That’s pretty much it.

Hero Acad is probably the kind of series that you either get really absorbed into or you don’t. I don’t feel like there’s much of an in-between. It’s the 4th episode and I’ve already teared up from the intense feelings I’ve had while watching them. Every. Single. Episode. No kidding. Granted, I’m a huge crybaby, very emotional, and I get moved extremely easily. Whether it be excitement, sadness, pity, admiration, tension, suspense or any other emotion, Hero Acad’s anime (so far) has done a great job of drawing out a viewer’s feelings for its characters and the situation they’re in. I’m probably more than a little biased in my opinion though, hahaha. (But I wasn’t the only one in my circle of friends who teared up, teehee.)

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The main reason I was looking forward to this anime was pretty much the same as what caught my eye for the manga: It’s ART. It’s so much better being able to see the dramatic, eye-catching style on screen in colour and in motion. It’s crisp, vibrant, bright, full of contrast and most of all, impactful which contributes to every single moment of the story. Hero Acad is the kind of story that I feel is translated even better through moving images; Even little side panels and actions of characters are portrayed with more impact due to the way that the anime is planned.

It’s been really hard for me to keep my excitement in while watching Hero Acad and I’m probably annoying my sis making a few squealing noises during every episode. It’s really cute and I feel like there’s no way you can absolutely hate any character. (If you start hating someone, you probably need to continue reading or watching the story, your opinion might waver, HAHA.)

I haven’t been keeping up with the Hero Acad manga lately (for the past year actually OTL) but watching this just kind of motivates me to catch up to it again. If there was one series in the Spring 2016 lineup I would recommend to just about anyone, this would be it.

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