Manga-Mania May: My Hero Academia


I failed two years in a row. But that ain’t gonna stop me from trying to make 31 reviews in a month… or at least 31 manga related blogs.

Let’s kick off MMM with one of the newer mangas: My Hero Academia.

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In a near future, 80 percent of the world’s population have some some sort of superpower, meaning that powers aren’t seen as something extraordinary anymore and people just refer to them as “quirks.” Some people have better quirks than others though, and they become superheroes who fights to keep the order in this amazing and chaotic world where anything is possible.

But 20 percent of the worlds population are so unlucky that they don’t have any abilities at all and are what would once have been considered “normal.” Izuku Midoriya is one of those unfortunate ones, which hurts extra much since all he really wants is to be a brave hero who saves lives.

But that all changes when he meets his idol, the hero rightfully known as All Might.

The story has a ton of cliché and trope elements in it, but it’s on purpose and the manga uses them well. Because of that, the surprises we get are that more powerful.

I really like the setting. We’ve seen settings where there are only a handful of powerful people in a normal world over and over again. But here we have a world where the percentages are flipped. Super is the new normal, and being “normal” is like being a cripple. This is a world where there are so many powerful people that being a superhero becomes an actual job.

I especially enjoyed the art style that is a bit more cartoony than what I’m used to in mangas. It’s more… round, with a lack of better word. It’s nice for a change. I especially like the eyes of the characters.

My Hero Academia is most likely the best manga anyone has seen the last twenty years. If you haven’t read it yet, go to your local comic shop ASAP and get your hands on this glorious tale about what makes a boy a hero.

That’s one down, 30 to go.

I’m Waezi2, and thanks for wasting time with me.