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Anime Review: My Hero Academia Season 1 Review


My Hero Academia the first season, is the animated adaptation of the manga My Hero Academia anime, by the author Kōhei Horikoshi.

The season was produced by Bones and MBS, and was directed by Kenji Nagasaki. The season adapts the first three volumes of the manga, in 13 episodes. It ran from April to June 2016.


Izuku “Deku” Midoriya, is a boy who doesn’t have any Quirk, which grants special powers to those who have it. 80 percent of the world’s population have it, but Izuku is among the unlucky 20 percent.

However, when All Might, the symbol of peace, gives him his Quirk, which can be inherited, it changes his life, and lets him become a hero.

My watching experiences:

I was recommended this anime from the internet, from my cousin, and pretty much everywhere where anime fans are heavily involved. I avoided it, because of one traumatic experience of following the popular recommendation, so needless to say, I was very curious to see whether it can live up to the hype given to this series by everyone.

Personally, I found the issues of Izuku very relatable, as having no Quirk is very much considered a disability. The condescending sympathy of the society, the bullying by the children, it kind of hit too close to comfort for me.

Consider this: Izuku, by any other standard, is a normal teenager. He has no sensory disability like I do, his limbs are also fine. And just because he doesn’t have a Quirk, (Which does not guarantee of a useful ability,) he is shunned by the society.

Given that the world is filled with the super powered humans, I was expecting it to be dark, like really, really dark. But at least this season doesn’t give me that vibe.

That, or my sense of dark and violent is twisted after years of following Dragon Ball, and Naruto.

My opinion overall:

Although I was afraid of this being a dud, (Read the traumatic experience above,) it came as a pleasant surprise to me that I was happy to watch this show. The main character is certainly relatable, not just to me, but to many other people as well, which is an important ingredient for the success of any story, no matter the medium.

I would like to thank all those people, who recommended this series to me, (Including my cousin,) and I apologize for doubting you.

Overall, if you have been on the fence like me up to this point regarding this anime, go ahead, watch it. If nothing else, it’ll promise to give you few chuckling moments.

Also, I will review the future seasons as well, and I wish to see how the story goes after this point.

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Published by Tanish Shrivastava

I'm a guy who likes programming, chess, and writing.

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