Paisley's Anime Review: My Hero Academia
Before I Watch: So I know literally nothing about this series other than seeing a few gif sets on Tumblr! I'm hesitant about it already considering the "hero" genre that's been getting popular! But the animation looks AMAZING.
Episodes Reviewed: Episode 1
Subbed or Dubbed: Subbed
Streaming Service: Hulu Plus
Ongoing or Complete: Ongoing
Plot: The story follows Izuku Midoriya, a boy born without a "quirk" or superpower, in a world where 80% of people are born with these "quirks", but still dreams of becoming a superhero one day!
STORY: 3/5 - My one hesitation before beginning this was its coming right off the heels of the already insanely popular One Punch Man. One Punch Man already stomped any competition coming for this newfound genre and let's be real, set the bar pretty high on all counts. However, with a different way to become heroes really different than any hero origin story I've seen, and the main characters plight to become a hero despite his shortcomings, gives you a reason to watch to see if he can overcome his crutch. I'm interested to see if this will hold up in this new genre with a lot of heavy competition.
ANIMATION: 5/5 - The animation is amazing and crisp. It's wonderfully bright and colorful and keeps this very gentle sketchiness to it as well as heavy blacks, almost as if we were watching a manga coming to life. The facial expressions and character design aren't classically anime, more in the cartoon vein but I think it's refreshing and necessary for the lighthearted aura this series gives off. It's just enough comic book style and just enough anime to really set it apart. It's literally perfect for the series.
CHARACTERS: 4/5 - At this point, not many characters have been introduced beyond the 30+ people I saw in the opening theme, the 6 heroes I met during the first battle, the main hero, All Might, and the main character Izuku Midoriya. HA. Well safe to say, Izuku pretty much carried this 4 out of 5 all on his own. I adore this tiny precious baby. He's an adorable coward, who's actually likable, which is hard to pull off in this shonen genre. Have a weak character, but you're rooting for him. You see his passion for becoming a hero, for making his dreams come true, and it doesn't seem unmerited or rushed. He REALLY wants this and you WANT him to get it. In 24 minutes, this kid got me on his side, I'm totally with him!
OVERALL: 4/5 - I'm impressed. I wasn't expecting to like it at all really, and I thought it would be pretty cookie cutter but it definitely hooked me. I'm excited to see what happens next. I want Izuku to succeed!