by Makayla Hughes
My Hero Academia: Two Heroes is perfect for any fan of the anime series, while also still being welcome to newcomers. It delves more into All Might and the quirk, One for All, and talks more about his back story. It follows All Might and Izuku going to I-Island for an expo showcasing new support items for pro heroes. By chance, almost everyone from Class 1-A happens to be attending the expo on the same day, with the others being present on the island.
A history for the Symbol of Peace
At the beginning of the film, All Might is shown making his hero debut in America with his friend, Dave. There’s not much time shown for these American heroes and villains, but it shows briefly what some of the interesting quirks are from America. It also showed a young All Might, still powerful but not yet a master of his power. It’s cool to see a young, fresh-faced All Might talking about his goals of being a symbol of peace, and as an audience member, it warms your heart to know he accomplishes his dream.
Dave and his daughter, Melissa, help showcase some of the top scientists in the world. This showed a different view of the world we have seen in the anime already. Melissa ended up being one of my favorite characters because she was such a strong female character. Although she was quirk-less, she wasn’t helpless. That made her memorable. She was able to help when the attack happened, and she also helped Izuku help control his power. This movie takes place in a point before the training camp arc in season three, so Izuku could use his full power when fighting with his arms but he hadn’t learned shoot style yet. Melissa was able to help him use his arms more during fights, which ended up being incredibly useful for the duration of the film.
Since the anime isn’t focused on All Might, it was awesome seeing more about him. Although we get to see more of All Might, the movie still revolves around the students of Class 1-A. My biggest complaint about anime is that episodes are so short, some episodes don’t get to cover everything and go on a for a long period of episodes. What was great about seeing MHA on the big screen is that it didn’t have that problem. Fight scenes were beautiful because they lasted longer than they might have in a typical episode. The animators could focus more on the choreography of the fights and take more time making it look appealing.
Being in a packed theatre with people who love this show made the experience so much better. People familiar with the series loved to cheer when each character just happened to be in the same place. The characters were the ones you fell in love with originally and didn’t stray from the source material. Bakugo was his usual angry self. Kaminari and Mineta were their usual perverted selves. Personally, I loved how Tenya Iida still held onto his class president role even when they were across the world from UA. He was the leader and still made sure the classmates held up appearances to the rest of the world. The female characters present, Momo, Ochaco, and Kyoka, did seem a little flat at first, but that changed when the action started happening. These characters were the ones the audience loved, and it was amazing seeing how they acted in a different environment and just being themselves. It also added to the film that not too many new characters were added, so it revolved around the people we love.
The animation style of MHA is beautiful, but what the movie does differently is focusing more on the beautiful animation of the quirks. This movie allows you to get your fill of everyone’s quirks and focuses at least a little bit of time on each individual cast member’s quirks. My favorite part was a villain fight with only Shoto and Bakugo. They are incredibly powerful people, and I loved seeing how their quirks stacked up against villains who didn’t know them. They did not hold back, and I loved how long the animators allowed that fight sequence to be.
A beloved show, super-sized
The foreshadowing throughout the movie is consistent and helps advance the plot. When All Might and Izuku made it to the island, the audience knew something was askew because of the foreshadowing sequences. Of course, something had to go wrong to create a plot for the movie, but it was interesting and helped with character development. When the villains took over the island, All Might was compromised, so it was just up to the students of Class 1-A and Melissa to save everyone.
I loved that not everyone was together, so you got to see different quirks be in the spotlight at different times. Everyone contributed at points and got to show off how strong they are. One of my favorite quirk spotlights was Mineta using his quirk to go up a wall because his motivation was girls, of course. The classmates got the chance to use their quirks to their advantage and think logically in a real-world situation. This attack was real-life, and no one was coming to save them. It was up to the students to accomplish the mission. Because of this, we are able to see how truly powerful these developing quirks are.
This series is always humorous, and that is true for the movie. Humor mixes with the seriousness and creates a beautiful movie to watch. It shows more of the characters we love in a different environment, and has a plot full of meaningful plot twists. You don’t know what’s going to happen until the very end, so you’re on the edge of your seat throughout the entire end of the film. People aren’t exactly who you think they are, but friendship is the main theme of the movie.
Overall, this movie is perfect for any fans of MHA. It’s long enough to get your fill, and it wraps up nicely at the end. It is filled with action, which I loved. It’s not an easy mission for Class 1-A and the stakes are high, but you are cheering for them throughout the film. The final fight scene was absolutely gorgeous, and the connection they throw in will make your jaw drop when you find out the true reason why this is happening. It’s so cool seeing All Might and Izuku fight side by side using all of their power. This movie is one to be remembered.
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My Hero Academia: Two Heroes
For both newcomers and veterans of ‘My Hero Academia,’ ‘My Hero Academia: Two Heroes’ captures your attention from the start. Class 1-A are their usual loveable selves, especially Bakugo, and the few new characters were memorable. Some background was given for All Might, so it was neat to see the No. 1 hero when he was younger. The fighting sequences were action-packed and just beautiful to watch. The animation looked amazing, and ‘My Hero Academia: Two Heroes’ proved just how much better MHA would be if it were always on the big screen.
Makayla is a Journalism Graphics major who works as a designer at McKinley Avenue Agency. She enjoys reading, watching anime, and playing video games in her free time. Her favorite video game series is Kingdom Hearts. She also loves playing Dungeons and Dragons with her friends.