Hey all, Dani here.
Welcome back to another Manga Monday review post. I’m making a pretty decent dent in my manga review backlog…at least until I sit down and spend a few hours reading them, because I think it takes me about a half-hour to read one volume. You see my dilemma with these, right? I read them so easily and quickly that it creates a massive list of reviews to be written.
Anyway, once again I’m back to gush about students studying to be superheroes, with the next installment of the wonderful series My Hero Academia.
Izuku Midoriya is the inheritor of the superpower of the world’s greatest hero, but the mantle of greatness won’t come easy, and even superheroes have to go to school!
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?
In the aftermath of the sports festival, the Class 1-A students begin their internships. Midoriya goes to study under Gran Torino, who was once All Might’s mentor. Gran Torino appears to be a washed-up nutjob, but the old hero still has more moves than a football team, and Midoriya has a lot to learn! Elsewhere, the League of Villains enacts another sinister plot and unleashes a terrifying new enemy!
Rating: 5 stars
I love Gran Torino! Is that enough of a review for you guys? Just kidding. I have plenty more to say about the internships. It is really cool for UA to have this internship program set up for the students, because I think it is a great way for everyone to learn more about using their Quirks to help people and also some of what the heroes do when they aren’t out saving the day.
What was interesting about this internship story arc to me was the different ways of approaching the choice of places to do the internship. For example, seeing Ochaco accept an internship not to learn more about her Quirk, but instead to learn more about the physical aspects of being a hero. So, in her internship, we see her learning basic hand-to-hand combat and self-defense techniques. I think that is a great way to become a more well-rounded hero, to use this training time to learn more in an area where you are weaker.
Then you have Midoriya, who is interning with Gran Torino–a man who had trained All Might, meaning he should be able to help Midoriya learn more about using One for All. What is so cool about this bit of training is that so far we’ve pretty much seen our darling main character pretty much trying to imitate his idol. But this is where I think we start to see the seeds being planted for his own style in the future. Obviously he’s going to try and hold on to being just like All Might for a while longer, but I think learning to use his legs more will actually make for a really cool hero’s journey.
And obviously Iida’s choice in internship is a personal one. He just wants to work in the area where his brother was severely injured, and it sucks that he is not being the smart and responsible class leader we know him to be. But, I think this starts him down an interesting story path as well, one that I know will impact his decisions later in the series.
Sometimes these reviews are a bit difficult for me to write, since I’ve read and watched everything that is out so far, which makes some of these volumes feel like they took place such a long time ago. But, overall, I still think this series is fantastic, and I am excited to pick up the newest volume, which recently came out, so I need to get myself to the bookstore sometime soon.