Saturday, February 29, 2020

My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising Review: The Entire Class 1-A Shines!

The Hit:

Most of you don't know this series but in summary, it's a setting where the majority of the world has a Quirk (Super Power, think mutants from X-men but worldwide and if you don't have one, then that's rare). Anyways, if you want to become a hero you need to apply for a school and make that as a career. We follow class 1-A to an island for temporary hero duties. Again these are high school kids and if a villain shows up they are on their own and that's when this story begins. 

Voice Cast: Johnny Yong Bosch, Justin Briner, Dani Chambers, Maxey Whitehead, Clifford Chapin, David Matranga, Luci Christian, Colleen Clinkenbeard, Justin Cook, Caitlin Glass, Josh Grelle, Kyle Phillips, Brina Palencia, Lydia Mackay, J. Michael Tatum, Monica Rial, Trina Nishimura, Christopher R. Sabat, Christopher Wehkamp, 
Christopher Bevins, Mike McFarland, Greg Ayres, Cris George, Joel Mcdonald, Ian Sinclair, Felecia Angelle, Zeno Robinson

Pros: The concept of them being alone on this island with no official hero around is pretty cool because when the threat eventually comes, it focused a lot on the students and how mature they have gotten throughout the series. Some did get more of the spotlight but the majority of the 20 classmates did get a good chunk of screen time. The animation was glorious in the fight scenes and I could tell the difference from the episodic anime and in this movie format. I'm not really a Bakugo fan but this made me enjoy him a lot more. He is pretty much a "don't need help from anybody" kind of person but when he teamed up with Deku, it made this very enjoyable to watch them kick some serious villain butt. The main villain "Nine" and his 3 followers were a real threat and put our heroes in the ringer more than a couple of times, so making him not a pushover was a great idea and his "quirk" was pretty O.P. That ending fight and that ending team up with Deku and Bakugo solidified the greatness that this anime has become. It was so intense, I know the packed theatre and I felt goosebumps. This second movie was by far better than the first and I do plan on watching this again. 

Cons: Deku, Bakugo, and Todoroki are to be considered the strongest in the class but this flick really Nerfed (to reduce power, weaken, or effectiveness) the character of Todoroki. He has the power of half hot and half cold, basically fire and ice. I've seen how powerful he is in the anime and the manga, but they did him dirty in this movie, I was not amused.

I'm sure most of you readers don't watch anime but this one would be worth your time if you like the superhero genre of Marvel and DC. It has its serious tones and also instances of some slice of life. This movie was very entertaining and I hope you give it a shot because it will not let you down. You don't really need to have seen the anime but I'm sure you will have questions after, so there's always that option to do so if you end up loving it.

Key Info: Rated PG-13. Genres: Animation, Action, Adventure

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