My Hero Academia S2 – First Impression

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The second anime everyone was talking about before the beginning of the season was, of course, My Hero Academia season 2, especially with how popular the first season was just last year. As I have stated before this was the anime that has brought me back into the shounen genre mainly because I love superhero stories. The fact that one of my favorite animes is Tiger and Bunny should be proof enough of that.

If the last season was the beginning of Midori’s journey to become the hero he wants to be then I would definitely say this season has brought us to the moment of when he has to prove not only to himself that he can and will be that hero but also to prove to the world he is ready to take that mantle of the hero! Then I see how that is going to happen and I must admit there was a part of me that inwardly cringed but at the same time I should not be surprised as this is shounen series. We are getting a tournament arc.


Don’t get me wrong this, of course, makes sense for the story, it is just I myself am not a fan of the tournament arc and it is part of the reason I stopped watching the genre. I find these kinds of arcs predictable and a lot of this has to do with the dreaded plot armor of the main character. It takes away the suspense of each battle for me and in the back of my mind I have the constant thought, this is cool and all but the main character is going to win right? Of course, this is not always the case with all series of this kind and a tournament arc can be fun in fact I think the most enjoyable tournament arc I have seen is the second season of Food Wars.

Still, My Hero Academia is still as entertaining for me so far as it was for me in the first season, so I will definitely be watching this one each week. With all the negativity in the news lately watching something like this will always brighten my mood and perhaps even help me forget for a moment, the world is pretty fucked up at the moment.

Afterthought: Note to self, do not watch this series while other people in the house are sleeping, I got so excited watching the latest ep I kind of woke someone up.


The Art of the First Impression and My Hero Academia


A lot can hang on the power of a first impression. From getting a job, to dating to finding a new anime to sit down and watch we judge many things on our first impression. It is because of this that I see many anime fans going by what they call ‘The Three Episode Rule’; if an anime has caught their interest within the first three episodes they will more than likely continue and finish the series. On this subject I highly recommend reading Do Stories Really Get Better?  which got me thinking about anime first impressions before I started watching the first episode of My Hero Academia.

The first episode without giving away any spoilers for those who have not watched it yet, takes place in a world were a large percentage of the population has super powers. This has given birth to the rise of both Heroes and Villains. So does our story focus on one of these young heroes in the making? Well sort of, you see Deku wants nothing more than to be a hero like his hero All Might there is only one issue  Deku was born in the small part of the population without any powers, he is completely ‘normal‘. (I put normal in quotation marks here because normal is described as what is normal by the mass populace and it seems as though it is more normal in this world to actually have powers)


This set up alone already peaks my interest because I am as stated previously am a fan of not only character driven stories but also under dog stories which I can see this being. The only thing that might stop me from completely getting into this show in all honesty is it’s genre. Don’t get me wrong I like and even love a many shounen animes, but if this turns into a long running series like Naruto or Bleach with an on going seemingly never ending narrative I can see myself growing bored and dropping the show.