Ready for the next installment of the anime enjoyed even by those who don’t like anime? My Hero Academia is an absolute blast. An over-the-top, heartfelt blast with a fun cast of characters and a cool take on the superhero genre. It defies basically every reason I don’t like anime, and I’m still not sure how. Somehow it just makes all these tropes and cliches I usually find unappealing work. Just goes to show the magic of how different storytelling affects people differently, I guess.
All Might’s retirement after his all-but-sacrifice in the battle against All For One has created a new status quo for society, one where villains feel newly emboldened to emerge from the shadows. For those who have read the manga, you’ll recognize basically everything from this trailer. Midoriya’s internship with Nighteye and his increasing friendship with Togata, Overhaul’s coming machinations, and of course the appearance of Eri, who is key to said machinations. Shigaraki and his goons are never far behind, either. How will the world adjust to an existence without All Might to save their butts? Class 1-A is stepping out into the larger world to get their biggest taste yet of the superhero business, and it’s going to be a rough one.
Of course, you can expect the same blend of high action, humor, strong character work, and weirdly effective school hi-jinks that makes My Hero Academia such a fun show to watch. Maybe I should go ahead and stop reading the manga now. I much prefer watching the show, anyway, and I’m thinking I want to go into this one unspoiled. Well, spoiled less than I am right now anyway.
For any like me, you only need wait until October before the fourth season becomes available through Funimation. For those of you ahead of us, I’m sure you’ll be there watching, too.