Anime

Is My Hero Academia Worth Watching?

With thousands of ongoing anime series all over the world and the classics like Naruto and Dragonball, deciding which one to start watching could be mind-numbing, especially if you are not that familiar with the genre. Fortunately, the question is whether or not to watch this particular anime only. Here is a few useful information to help you decide if My Hero Academia or Boku no Hero Academia is worth your time or not.

The Premise  

The setting of the story is a reality where people are born with superhuman abilities called “Kosei,” which loosely translates to individuality. The use of the term “quirk” in its English version hits the mark somewhat and has the benefit of sounding much cooler. Those who use their quirks to help people are considered heroes, and at the other end of the spectrum are the villains.

In the first episode, they go into a quick explanation of how these quirks were initially rare but gradually became commonplace after many generations. It got to a point where schools were put up to help people manage their abilities at a young age. In the present time of the story, being quirkless was the exception to the rule and enough cause for ridicule.

The Protagonists

The story Boku no Hero Academia revolves around a boy named Izuku Midoriya who was born quirkless. He is constantly bullied at pre-Academia school for being weak, but this does not stop him from constantly dreaming about becoming a hero. He contents himself by taking notes on heroes’ abilities in painstaking detail, studying how each one works. 

One day, Izuku comes to the rescue of Katsuki Bakugo, his childhood friend and worst tormentor at school. In a stroke of luck, he catches the eye of All Might, who recognizes Izuku’s heroism despite having no abilities to help him. All Might, as his hero name implies, is widely considered the most powerful of all the heroes and, unknown to others, has the ability to pass his quirk on to a worthy successor. 

All Might chooses Izuku as the next vessel for his ability called “One for All,” finally giving him the ticket he desperately longs for to become a hero. With his new ability, Izuku manages to get into UA High School, where kids with the most promising abilities in the nation go for training. In this new school, he explores his new abilities and finds friends in class 1-A due to his kindness, bravery, and quick thinking.  

To Watch Or Not To Watch

Boku no Hero Academia is one of the more popular animes to come out in recent years, earning it a rating of 8.5 out of 10 from IMDb. It taps on people’s fascination with the story of an unassuming underdog with big dreams who manages to achieve it without compromising his integrity. 

The story itself is not entirely original or groundbreaking. In fact, it bears similarities to other animes like Assassination Classroom and Hamatora. Many of its elements are also similar to Naruto’s, where an unlikely hero learns life lessons in a school setting and eventually rises to power with the help of mentors and friends. However, as with books or movies, it is not just the story but how the story is told. My Hero Academia succeeds in making a timeless plotline relevant and accessible to current viewers, which is just as difficult as coming up with a completely original story, if not more.