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My Hero Academia Volume 1 Manga Review


The first volume of “My Hero Academia” isn’t quite super.

In volume 1 of writer/artist Kohei Horikoshi’s popular manga series “My Hero Academia,” readers are introduced to middle school student Izuku Midoriya. Midoriya lives in a world that has become heavily populated by people with Quirks (AKA super powers). Midoriya himself wants to be a hero despite having no powers himself. Despite his seemingly implausible dream, the smart, brave, but somewhat jumpy kid hopes to become a hero AND attend the prestigious U.A. hero high school. As luck would have it, Midoriya is well on his way to achieving both goals after meeting the muscular hero All Might (who harbors some secrets). Impressed by Midoriya’s bravery, All Might wishes to transfer his power to him but first he needs to train so his body can handle the awesome powers. On top of that, the young Izuku must prepare for an exam for the U.A. school. What happens next? That would be telling.

After hearing so much buzz about “My Hero Academia,” I felt compelled to check it out. After all, it was a superhero centric story which is something that generally always appeals to me. Unfortunately, I couldn’t share the enthusiasm for this particular manga. Now, don’t get me wrong, the debut volume is by no means poor. I just felt lukewarm about it. From an art perspective, it’s certainly a top of the line title. I really appreciated the detailed panels, lively layouts and creative character designs (especially for the costumed heroes and villains). The behind-the-scenes art descriptions are also a nice touch here.

In terms of the writing, I was a bit underwhelmed. The story starts off well enough as a uniquely paced character centric piece that does some world building, but it quickly morphs into a series of predictable tropes ala the training, the school environment, the bully character, the troubled central character who always seems to be whining, etc. Additionally, this volume is also strangely wordy. That may seem like an odd complaint, but Kohei Horikoshi overwrites everything here to a repetitive degree. It also bogs down the flow of the introductory story.

Overall Thoughts: I clearly seem to be in the minority here about “My Hero Academia” as it has developed a large fanbase over the years. My advice is to check it out to see if it’s something that appeals to you.

April 3, 2017 - Posted by | Book review |

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