My Hero Academia Vol. 5 by Kohei Horikoshi (a J!-ENT Manga Review)
October 22, 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 become victorious in this year’s U.A. Sports Festival? Find out in vol. 5 of “My Hero Academia”!
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MANGA TITLE: My Hero Academia vol. 5
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: August 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?
The final stages of the U.A. High sports festival promise to be explosive as Uraraka takes on Bakugo in a head to head match! Bakugo never gives anyone a break, and the crowd holds its breath as the battle begins. The finals will push the students of Class 1-A to their limits and beyond!
The U.A. High Sports Festival comes down to the wire as Ochaco Urarka takes on Katsuki Bakugo, while Izuku Midoriya takes on Shoto Todoroki. Who will advance to the finals?
Find out in Kohei Horikoshi’s “My Hero Academia” vol. 5!
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!
In vol. 5, the U.A. Sports Festival semi-finals features Ochaco Uraraka taking on Katsuki Bakugo and Izuku Midoriya (All Might’s protege) taking on Shoto Todoroki (son of Flame Hero Endeavor). The winner of both matches will make it to the finals!
Who will be the winner of this year’s U.A. Sports Festival?
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 fifth volume is an all-action volume as the semi-finals (and final) of the U.A. Sports Festival are featured as Ochaco must take on the hot-headed Katsuki Bakugo. While Midoriya must take on Todoroki. As Todoroki never wants to use his left side, what happens when Midoriya provokes him to use his full power?
Who will become the victor of this year’s U.A. Sports Festival?
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 become victorious in this year’s U.A. Sports Festival? Find out in vol. 5 of “My Hero Academia”!
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