Movie: “My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising” aka “Boku no Hīrō Akademia THE MOVIE: Hīrōzu: Raijingu”
This was one of the most anticipated anime movies to be released since it was announced in 2019. North America did not get it until 2020. I personally wanted to watch this new release since I’m a huge fan of the series.
Class 1-A of UA is sent to Nabu Island as a class assignment to be common everyday heroes and to assist those that live on the small island. One day, a villain named Nine breaks away from custody and reunites with his crew to go on a quest to Nabu Island to achieve ultimate power. Deku and his classmates must band together as heroes to fight off the villains to protect everyone on the island, especially a young boy named Katsuma.
This movie was able to capture a lot of the same magic that made the anime series so successful. It captured the hearts of the fandom. It brought joy, happiness, and the feels. It really brings you on a roller coaster ride of emotions.
What I liked the most was that there was more action than the predecessor, “Two Heroes”. While many of the students were pretty much left out in the previous movie with no action, this time many of them get to make up for lost timing which made some of the fight sequences so astonishing to watch. Some of the lesser-known students that didn’t see much combat in the series nor the previous movie finally got to lick their chops. It finally gave justice for the lesser-known heroes and gave them a chance to shine. The combinations between some of the heroes made use of fantastic quirks.
It may have been a side story, but it dug deeper between the relationship and rivalry of Midoriya and Bakugo. It came to a realization that they both kind of need each other in order to succeed and when the climax occurred, the feels hit real deep.
I feel that this story is easier to get into than “Two Heroes” because the story is even simpler and the fight scenes somehow topped the last movie. It is definitely important especially for those that have not been following the anime and manga.
It does have the symptoms of the typical Shonen Jump anime movie where the protagonist fights a villain specified for the movie and ends up winning after a long hard battle. It may have been part of the overall story, but it wasn’t canon as it was a side story.
Even though a lot of the students ended up in some awesome fight scenes, it doesn’t mean all of them were included. Very few ended up as side characters relegated to the sidelines as the final line of defense.
This movie enacted many kinds of emotions from happy to sad, anger to joy, laughter to sadness, hate to love, and much more especially when you’ve invested so much time into all of these characters. I’d say that the “My Hero Academia” series is one of the best in the modern era especially of its ability to take you on a journey with these kids and grow with them. By the end of it all, you have your heartwarming moment and feel good about the experience.
Overall rating: 4.5/5
Reviewed by: Timtastic