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Last year, I raved about a particular anime called Boku no Hero Academia (My Hero Academia in English).

Before watching the show, I was weary of anime. I saw way too many series. I needed a break. Lots of series came and went throughout various seasons. But I passed on most of them because they felt too similar and uninspired. However, My Hero Academia pleasantly reminded me why I got into the anime genre so many years ago as a kid.

With a compelling narrative, great action, a rocking soundtrack and more, My Hero Academia put together something truly spectacular to stand out from other anime. From the first episode onward, I became an immediate fan.

Combining an underdog story with a superhero motif appealed to me on so many levels. I always love plots about someone who works their way from the bottom to better themselves.

Plus, as someone who enjoys superhero tales in general, it is no surprise how My Hero Academia instantly turned into a favorite of mine.

By the time the season ended, I have waited with bated breath for the continuation of the storyline. Luckily, the second season just came out!

Beyond the Superpowers

Of course, there is a unique charm about My Hero Academia. The anime is more than just another “superhero show.” Sure, any other generic show or movie – anime or otherwise – could just put together superhDekueroes, give them each some ability and have them fight evil.

But the thing is, My Hero Academia succeeds in providing depth to the characters who have said powers.

Especially in a world where most of the people have some “Quirk” to their name, having any ability is not enough. With the first season, My Hero Academia made the viewers care why anyone would opt to become a hero if blessed with such a gift.

For instance, the main character, Izuku “Deku” Midoriya, gave the viewer plenty of reasons to root for him as he chases after his dream of becoming a hero. Seeing Deku so determined fills you with a sense of hope.

Ultimately, you want to see how Deku pushes himself to uncover his own potential as a hero.

Never Too Late to Catch Up with the Heroic Feats

I do not gush about anime that often, but me saying that My Hero Academia is worth checking out is no understatement. If you have not seen the first season, catch up with the show now! The second season is just starting, but you are in for a real treat regardless.

Become filled with awe at the wonders of superheroes! Anime style!

Images and content are © K. Horikoshi / Shueisha, My Hero Academia Project.

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