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Boku no Hero Academia
My Hero Academia appears to be a more shounen-focused take on the superhero genre, as One Punch Man was for the seinen demographic, in its focus on powerless middle schooler Izuku inspiring to become a superhero like the famous hero, All Might. While One Punch Man worked since it was a parody of the superhero genre from how overpowered Saitama is, My Hero Academia resorts to going into more conventional territory for much of its premise as it milks many of the typical tropes found in shounen action titles like Izuku being your typical weak-willed and timid lead with confidence issues, Bakugo being his short-fused and aggressive rival/ best friend for the first half of the series, being black and white with its moral focus in the treatment of heroes and villains, subpar efforts of comedy that cater more to its young demographic with the eccentricities and bizarre abilities of a number of its heroes, and pulling the whole "barely overcoming the enemy threat due to a plot convenience" cliche being milked a fair amount during the second half of the series when a group of villains test the capabilities of the young heroes of the academy. Also unlike One Punch Man, this series is a bit on the inferior side in animation since it cuts corners quite a bit on action sequences with noticeable shortcuts like still shots and speed lines being a frequent occurrence. |
So overall, I suppose I don't get what got folks hyped up on My Hero Academia. While influenced from Western superhero comics like One Punch Man, OPM was at least a fun parody of the genre, while My Hero Academia peppers too many of the typical tropes of shounen action titles to make the series anything unique. While I am onboard for One Punch Man's second season when it comes out later this year, I can't say I will have similar sentiments for My Hero Academia when its second season starts up in the next few weeks for the upcoming Spring 2017 season.
Last updated Tuesday, March 21 2017. Created Tuesday, March 21 2017.
Boku no Hero Academia
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As I watched Academia, I couldn't help thinking that after the success of the clever and original One-Punch Man, a call must have gone out to all available mangaka that what was needed was more action comedies about the culture of Heroes, ASAP. And, on short order, Academia was perhaps the first knockoff to be delivered. The character designs and the way action is depicted had a sort of Gainax (in its better days) feel to them. The problem is, the jokes fell almost completely flat; I don't remember if I even smirked while watching. I was kind of offended by the way this show was clearly trying to imitate Wanpanman, but didn't come close to matching the overall quality. I couldn't feel sorry for Midoriya (even though I was clearly supposed to), since he hadn't been given any sort of original personality to set him apart from countless other anime characters and the show had had such a slapstick tone up until that point. An important part of the premise, namely how Midoriya attains a superpower (assuming he does), and what serious problem All Might has remains unexplained at the end of episode one, but I never felt much interest in this show and don't really care what the answers are. Imitation is supposed to be the most sincere form of flattery, and a halfway decent Wanpanman knockoff might be fun, but to me Academia felt more like a travesty of that show than something that would expand on it.
Last updated Tuesday, August 16 2016. Created Friday, April 08 2016.