My Hero Academia Vol. 3 by Kohei Horikoshi (a J!-ENT Manga Review)

March 25, 2016 by  


For the most part, Korei Horikoshi’s “My Hero Academia” is enjoyable! The characters and their powers can be a bit way over-the-top but its unpredictability and fun, makes “My Hero Academia”, a manga series worth checking out!

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MANGA TITLE: My Hero Academia vol. 3

STORY AND ART BY: Kohei Horikoshi


PUBLISHED IN USA BY: VIZ Media, LLC/Shonen Jump Manga

RATED: T for Older Teen

RELEASE DATE: February 2, 2016

What would the world be like if 80 percent of the population manifested superpowers called “Quirks”? Heroes and villains would be battling it out everywhere! Being a hero would mean learning to use your power, but where would you go to study? The Hero Academy of course! But what would you do if you were one of the 20 percent who were born Quirkless?

A sinister group of villains has attacked the first-year U.A. students, but their real target is All Might. It’s all that Midoriya and his classmates can do to hold them off until reinforcements arrive. All Might joins the battle to protect the kids, but as his power runs out he may be forced into an extremely dangerous bluff!

From Kohei Horikoshi, the creator of “Omagadoki Dobutsuen” and “Barrage”, comes his manga series “My Hero Academia” (Boku no Hero Academia).

The story revolves around Quirks (people who begin to manifest special abilities) and all of a sudden people in the world began to have many people who became superpowered individuals.  Some who use their powers for good, some who use their powers for evil intentions.

Because the government is not equipped to deal with these superpowered thugs, a special group of heroic superpowered individuals came together to protect the people and keep the peace.

The series revolves around a boy named Izuku Midoriya, a boy born Quirkless and looked up to the world’s top hero, All Might.

One day, All Might received a near-fatal wound and now, he is losing his powers.  But somehow Izuku began to inherit All Might’s Quirk.

In vol. 3, the learning Quirks have been attacked by superpowered villains, but can All Might and his dwindling powers, defend the young Quirks until help arrives?

Meanwhile, it’s time for the yearly U.A. Sports Festival in which heroes compete in a ruthless Grand Battle.  Will Class A do well in the first stage of the battle?

At first, I was wondering if “My Hero Academy” will be like another “X-Men” style storyline of humans vs. mutants and the world fearing mutantkind.  In this case, humankind fearing Quirks.

What I enjoy about this series is the fact that our heroes are not exactly what you expect in terms of heroic characters.  Whereas superpowered individuals in American comic books often showcase a character that is ripped, muscular, charismatic or gorgeous, “My Hero Academia” features regular characters and its main protagonist, Izuku Midoriya, is wide-eyed and looks far too innocent and unlikely to be a hero.

And while the third volume features a battle between good vs. evil, when you get to the second half of vol. 3, it’s heroes vs. heroes as the focused on a yearly sports festival in which the heroes must succeed and move up in the ranks and prepare themselves for whichever challenge comes their way.

Artwork is well-done and some panels looking more cartoony in nature, but for the overall character designs are appealing and fun to look at.

For the most part, Korei Horikoshi’s “My Hero Academia” is enjoyable! The characters and their powers can be a bit way over-the-top but its unpredictability and fun, makes “My Hero Academia”, a manga series worth checking out!

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