Bones’ My Hero Academia returns with a flashier two-cour season. The original series excelled in animation, engaging characters and stylised action, and season two - so far - is delivering that and more.
My Hero Academia follows a class of superheroes-in-training in a world populated by people with strange abilities known as quirks. The story follows Deku, a once quirk-less superhero fanboy and his journey to become the number one hero after inheriting the previous number one hero All Might’s power, All for One.
What follows is an entertaining story with a good mix of quirky, intense and dramatic moments. The pacing in My Hero Academia is reminiscent of Togashi’s Hunter x Hunter 2011. Character design is unique and varied and fights scenes are intricately paced. Deku’s analytical approach to scenarios makes battles more strategic and second-by-second tense, too.
Season two picks up after the villain assault at the end of season one. The first arc of the two-cour series is an insane school sports festival. The carnival is used to showcase their students to the hero community as potential sidekicks. Classes from the hero, support and general subjects are involved, and they’re all jealous of Class-A’s success, vying to outshine them. The first four episodes establish a number of interesting rivalries between Class-A’s and Class-B’s strongest fighters, several of which build on the series’ world.
Bones has also improved the series’ visuals. Characters are animated with more expressive reactions and stylised close-ups. Even in the first episode, Todoroki waving his hand to freeze the moisture in the air, stopping a colossal robot in its place before a cloud of mist and dust particles fill the air, is absolutely beautiful to watch.
My Hero Academia has returned for a second season with blockbuster action set pieces, fun moments and incredible animation. As someone who’s read the manga, I’m excited to see how Bones adapts upcoming scenes because so far, they’ve absolutely delivered.
If you aren’t up to date, you can watch both seasons on Crunchyroll.
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