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Manga Review: My Hero Academia Vol 13

Hey all, Dani here.

We’re almost completely caught up on reviews for My Hero Academia! But don’t worry, I still have plenty of other manga reviews to catch up on. Oh, and I do need to review the MHA spin-off series: Vigilantes, though that won’t take long as there are only two volumes out at the moment.

All right, let’s just jump into the review.

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Summary

Midoriya inherits the superpower of the world’s greatest hero, but greatness won’t come easy.

What would the world be like if 80 percent of the population manifested superpowers called “Quirks”? Heroes and villains would be battling it out everywhere! Being a hero would mean learning to use your power, but where would you go to study? The Hero Academy of course! But what would you do if you were one of the 20 percent who were born Quirkless?

The students of Class 1-A have reached another milestone—the Provisional Licensing Exam. After making it through the first part of the test, they ready themselves for the next phase, which takes place in a simulated disaster area. Midoriya and his friends have to rescue as many victims as they can, and although the students of rival Shiketsu High are technically supposed to be helping, competition between them is fierce and even dangerous! As the scenario unfolds and actual villains arrive to shake things up, the UA students will have to find new ways to work with each other and make use of their Quirks.

My Thoughts

Rating: 5 stars

We are in the middle of the Provisional Licensing Exam, which will determine whether or not the students of Class 1-A will be able to use their Quirks in public to help save lives and stop villains during a crisis. It is a pretty big deal for all of them. Of course, all of the characters we have been following throughout this series have targets on their backs from all of the other schools. This makes sense considering that the school produces great heroes, and even more so because our students are all still first years.

The rivalries actually lead to some interesting encounters between characters from UA and other schools, and these encounters are ones that could risk everything they have been working towards.

While I do really enjoy the characters and the storylines here, I can also admit that it is getting a little tired and overusing the plot device of being in the middle of an important training event or test and having real villains show up. Seriously, I think it has happened in every single story arc.

But seeing even more new to us Quirks, and watching as the UA students grow and develop even more, even in the face of seemingly overwhelming odds, is part of what makes this series so addictive.

Where to Buy

You can pick up this volume for yourself from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-million, Book Depository, or your local indie bookstore.

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