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Huh, didn't take me 6 months to review. Still, does this season finally improve on what the first was lacking?
Rules as always:
1.Spoilers are abounding here folks. If you want to watch it blindly... go watch it. Spoilers are here.
2. Depending on the Anime, this can get NSFW.
3. I am watching the subbed version.
So, how does Deku become a hero? This is my review of My Hero Academia Season 2.
So from the first episode, we go into the sport festival, which I will be honest about and in terms of the main plot, nothing really happens. Iida's older brother was paralysed by Stain but besides that... I'm sorry nothing really happens. Not to say that it's bad, it's focuses on characters, and has some of my favourite episodes, like Bakugo Vs Uraraka, Todoroki's origin episode, and In their Own Quirky Ways, where Deku gets his first Major Win.
Anyways, things pick up after Episode 27, where they go off to do their internships, and during this time, Deku goes into the care of Gran Torino who was the friend of All Might's predecessor. However, Gran Torino says that he has not told him about All Might's predecessor. Iida on the other hand, is consumed with thoughts of revenge over his brother after Hero Killer Stain attempts to kill another Pro Hero, Native. He almost kills Iida, scolding him for not living up to be a true hero. Deku manages to save Iida, but texts his location to his classmates, so that Todoroki, who is rocking a new Hero Costume, comes to help them and the three of them take down the Hero Killer. Though the reason they cover it up is BS to me. They were on INTERNSHIPS, let them be HEROES! Still, it's nice to see Iida get some development, and finally see one of the things that pushed MHA into the anime spotlight.
Anyways, when they get back the, the Final Exams happen, and again, nothing really happens plot wise. Characters are the main focus in MHA, and I think it really shines. Though the last episode really sets things into motion. Over the second part of season 2, the League of Villains has been building up to the point, where All Might explains the history of One for All, and that Deku will have to fight the deadly All for One, who can take power and distribute it as he likes. All for One hints that Shigaraki Tomura will surpass All for One, leading to a meeting between the two. Shigaraki hints the next time they meet, they will fight.
Overall, this story is MUCH better than Season 1. The pacing is improved a lot, and this is thanks to not only the doubled episode count, but also the fact that they have reduced the arcs adapted from 4 to 3, which really helps the season shine. On the other hand, there is A LOT of setup towards future arcs, to the point where I found it really distracting. However, a lot of characters get some growth here. There's a lot small moments for characters, so I'll be as quick as I can with it.
Mineta, for as much as I don't like him, and doubt his academic ability(see above caption). does has a very relatable motivation, in the fact that he wants to get the girls, but he realises he gone around it the wrong way. Again, for as much as I don't like him, they at least give a good explanation for why he acts the way he does. Koji Koda, a very minor character, gets some small development, he wants to push himself now he's in his dream school. Minor, but it shows he wants to do well.
The 3 characters that I think develop the most(besides Deku) are Momo Yaoyorozu, Uraraka Ochako and Shoto Todoroki.
Momo has her confidence knocked during the sports festival, where Fumikage Tokyoyami beat her ass HARD. She also ends up with a crappy internship, alongside Itsuka Kendo of Class 1-B, and Class 1-B don't have much bearing on many things, though I do like Kendo a lot personally wise. However she regains her confidence in the final exam. It's small, but it works.
Ochako is best girl, and I really feel that she gets a lot of development. In Bakugo VS Uraraka, she fights very well, and uses some nice tactics against Bakugo, and even then she lost. I really felt sorry for her, as she gave everything. I honesty really like her development, and she also seems to have a crush on Deku, but that's for season 3.
Todoroki story is more involved with the arcs. His story involves him dealing with his past and the fact that Endeavor is an asshole. Raping his mother, wanting to Shoto to fully fill his desire, just he sucks as a father. His mother was caring, but the thing stuck in his mind was the fact that his mother poured boiling water on him, while at the same time saying she was unsure if she could take care of him. Todo(as I call him) is shown to hesitant to use his fire side at first, but becomes more and more comfortable using it as the story goes along. This shows Todo as a really complex character, and makes him really relatable.
Deku's arc this season revolves around making All Might's power his own, Gran Torino even saying that his admiration for All Might is a shackle. I really loved seeing Deku come into his own against Todoroki, Stain and All Might in his final exam. He also gains a new power up: All For One Full Cowl, which allows him to use his 5% of his power without breaking anything.
Moving on to production values, the animation is incredible. Studio Bones really know what they doing, this is some amazing stuff(see first screencap). Speaking of, the 2nd intro, Sora ni Uteaba(If I sing to the Sky) is REALLY, REALLY good. The visuals are also really good, and I would say even better than the 1st intro. I LOVE THE NEW ENDING. The visuals are AMAZING, and Datte Atashino Hero(Because You're My Hero) is a really good song. I think the music video has made me attracted to LiSA.
Overall, this was a masterpiece of an anime. Is it my favourite? No, but that's because New Game! hit a special place in my heart(Aoba is basically an older and more successful me), but I do think that this is one of the best anime of all time.
MAN THIS WAS LONG. I try to keep my reviews a short as possible, but MHA Season 2 has a LOT of content to cover. Besides that, this blog is turning 1 next month! Yay!
Anyways, that's it for now! Thanks for reading, have a great day/night, share if you enjoyed it and take care.
Written By Nana Marfo
My Hero Academia(C)Funimation/Shonen Jump