11th June 2018 (UK Blu-Ray Release Date)
Episodes 13-25 of the second season of the Japanese anime based in a world where the majority of the population possess superpowers known as Quirks. Student Izuku Midoriya (voice of Daiki Yamashita) dreams of one day becoming a hero despite the fact he doesn't have a Quirk. Determined to achieve his goals, Izuku attends The Hero Academy and soon catches the eye of renowned hero All Might (Kenta Miyake), who agrees to train him.
312mins (13 Episodes)
After reviewing the first part of My Hero Academia Season 2 a couple of months ago, I soon realised just how much the season has stayed with me and lingered in my thoughts. The story had just reached its peak, the characters were all in the midst of personal developments and I just had an attachment to where this universe was heading.
Part 2 kicks off just after the heroes have returned back to UA following their internships. We discover that ‘Deku’ has now learnt to control the One for All quirk and no longer suffers from full-blown injuries when using his powers. The face that ‘Bakugo’ (his arch enemy) pulls after he realises just how far ‘Deku’ has come and is improving is priceless anime and will no doubt be the subject of many internet memes to come.
The rest of the episodes follow the students gearing up for final exams with them all in the knowledge that if they fail, summer school is around the corner.
Every time you think this show is coming to a slower pace and showing signs of stopping or concluding the Season, something else happens unexpectedly. For an anime, this is refreshing and breaks the usual tropes.
Although I mentioned this in my previous review, I have to say it again. I love how there is twenty or more main characters that regularly occur, but they each get their own part of the story, they are all remembered and you can follow the series from many different angles or characters perspective.
One comedy moment that I have enjoyed in Part 2 is when ‘Mineta/Grape Juice’ discovers that he can look into the girl’s locker room. Whilst the other boys warn him against this, he continues his plight anyway and gets caught out by ‘Earphone Jack’ who is quite upset that he made subjective comments about all the girls aside from her.
I know it has been confirmed for a manga spin-off just featuring the girls/ladies of My Hero Academia and I cannot wait for this. They are always competing at the same challenges/standards as the boys during this show and it is just great that a show puts all of the characters regardless of ability under the same level of jeopardy.
One of the messages I am definitely taking from this is that regardless of who you are, everyone has that one thing that makes them unique and uniqueness should be celebrated as much as possible. Even though the students do have quirks and have been exposed to the dark parts of the world, they still get excited about the usual teenage activities such as going shopping in the mall or summer camp.
If you aren’t shipping ‘Uravity’ and ‘Deku’ by now, are you even watching My Hero Academia?. The season continues with its ‘will they, won’t they’ approach and I haven’t been this excited about a television ship since Game of Thrones‘ Jon Snow and Ygritte. My only fear is that I should be prepared for heartbreak in the future if they do make it, considering the League of Villains is around the corner.
I think this Season has really put its focus into two main subjects; the continuing rivalry between ‘Deku’ and ‘Bakugo’ and the continued effort and support provided by the UA staff.
Within 15 minutes to Part 2, ‘All Might’ has a foreboding chat with ‘Deku’ about just how serious the One for All quirk is and we unfortunately realise that he is not always going to be beside ‘Deku’s’ side. The chemistry between the two of them has been made stronger still and the body language whenever ‘All Might’ compliments him is very sincere and warm. He wants to see him be the best, he has put his faith in him to succeed, yet he is not molly-coddling him, he is preparing him for the real world. Nothing says ‘All Might’ is bringing out the best of ‘Deku’s’ abilities like pairing him up with ‘Bakugo’ in one of the practical final exams.
The practical final exams are pairs of students going up against one of the teachers. The teachers have expressively told the students that on this occasion they will not hold back on their attacks and that they have two choices, to both flee and make it to the exit or to fight.
Interesting pairings between the characters have come from this storyline and it has really showcased some of the teachers and given them their own spotlights. One of my favourite pairings has to be ‘Froppy’ and ‘Tsukuyomi’ against ‘Ectoplasm’. It is beautifully orchestrated and really hits the spot.
I will not spoil the ending, nor will I spoil any more of the match ups, just I will warn you to prepare for a enjoyable but tense roller coaster ride of colours, music and personalities. Some of the fights and battles feature some of the best choreography I’ve seen in anime for a long time and I look forward to seeing this quality continue into Season 3.