My Hero Academia Vol. 4 by Kohei Horikoshi (a J!-ENT Manga Review)
September 3, 2016 by Dennis Amith
Korei Horikoshi’s “My Hero Academia” is fast-paced and enjoyable! The characters and their powers can be a bit way over-the-top but its unpredictability and enjoyable storyline, makes “My Hero Academia”, a manga series worth checking out! Who will succeed in this year’s U.A. Sports Festival? Find out in vol. 4 of “My Hero Academia”!
© 2014 by Kohei Horikoshi. All Rights Reserved.
MANGA TITLE: My Hero Academia vol. 4
STORY AND ART BY: Kohei Horikoshi
FIRST PUBLISHED IN JAPAN: SHUEISHA, Inc.
PUBLISHED IN USA BY: VIZ Media, LLC/Shonen Jump Manga
RATED: T for Older Teen
RELEASE DATE: May 3, 2016
The U.A. High sports festival is a chance for the budding heroes to show their stuff and find a superhero mentor. The students have already struggled through a grueling preliminary round, but now they have to team up to prove they’re capable of moving on to the next stage. The whole country is watching, and so are the shadowy forces that attacked the academy…
it’s time for the U.A. High Sports Festival and students with Quirks must partner with students with different abilities. And whichever team has the most points get to the move on the next state in order to have a superhero mentor.
Which four teams will make it to the next round?
Find out in Kohei Horikoshi’s “My Hero Academia” vol. 4!
What is “My Hero Academia” all about?
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. 4, it’s time for the yearly U.A. Sports Festival in which heroes compete in a ruthless Grand Battle.
As people partner with other students with wonderful quirks, not many people want to team up with Izuku Midoriya, because not many people are sure what his quirk is.
So, Izuku teams up with Ochaco Urakara, tech girl Mei Hatsume from the Support Course and Tokoyami to form Team Midoriya. How far will they go?
Also, a friend of Midoriya approaches him to declare himself his major rival!
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.
The fourth volume is a fun and action-packed volume as it showcases many students who are Quirks and showcasing their special abilities. Team Midoriya are the underdogs, so it’s interesting to see how far the team will get in the first major competition.
We also get to see a second competition featuring one-on-one battles as Izuku Midoriya of the Hero Course takes on Hitoshi Shinso from General Studies. And also, Hanta Sero of the Hero Course vs. Shoto Todoroki of the Hero Course.
And much more!
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 and the action sequences are very well-detailed.
For the most part, Korei Horikoshi’s “My Hero Academia” is fast-paced and enjoyable! The characters and their powers can be a bit way over-the-top but its unpredictability and enjoyable storyline, makes “My Hero Academia”, a manga series worth checking out! Who will succeed in this year’s U.A. Sports Festival? Find out in vol. 4 of “My Hero Academia”!
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