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My Hero Academia has a lot of good songs.

OPs and EDs

  • Season 1's opening, "The Day" is a powerful rock song that perfectly encapsulates the struggles Izuku faces in his dream of becoming a Hero as the world around him seems to stand in his way at every turn.
  • Season 2's first opening theme, "Peace Sign", as the opening of the season that gave the anime widespread recognition and one of the manga's most celebrated arcs, the Sports Festival.
  • Season 2's second opening theme, "Sora ni Utaeba", is just as awesome and adrenaline-pumping as the first two OPs, yet has a slightly more dramatic and intense tone, reflecting the arrival of Hero Killer Stain.
  • Season 2's second ending theme, "Datte Atashi no Hero", is an incredible ending theme with a rock-inspired ballad, an ending sequence based on the Fantasy AU in the second popularity poll and if one is a fan of Sword Art Online's 1st OP Crossing Fields, the artist for that OP, LiSA does this theme as well!
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  • Season 3's first OP "Odd Future", by UVERworld, has received praise for its music and imagery, specifically the scene depicting the epic final showdown between All Might and All for One.
  • Season 3's second OP, fittingly named "Make My Story". The lyrics definitely go well with the theme of Izuku having to embrace his power he was bestowed with and forge his path as a hero.

Leitmotifs

  • Izuku's themes
    • What's the song that comes to mind every time you clench your buttocks and yell out the word "Smash!" from deep inside your heart? That would be "You Say Run", the resident Super Hero theme for modern anime of course. And then it got updated for Season 2. Meet "Jet Set Run".
    • "Worthy Rival, Written and Read as Friend", the theme that plays when Izuku figures out how to use One For All: Full Cowl. It's an uplifting theme that celebrates another huge step forward for him in his path to becoming the world's greatest Hero. It also underlines his resolve to protect Kota from Muscular despite having two grievously broken arms and being beaten into near unconsciousness as he unleashes his strongest Smash ever up to that point.
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  • All Might's Theme is everything one would expect the theme of the world's greatest hero to be: a sweeping, epic orchestral piece that is the musical equivalent of the phrase "It's all right now, because I am here!"
  • The song most people associate with Endeavor,note  "Just Another Hero", is a Dark Reprise of My Hero Academia with lyrics giving insight into Endeavor's character; despite the fact that he's the #2 (later #1) Ranked Hero, people only see him in shadow of All-Might, as 'just another hero', but he keeps fighting despite that.
  • Bakugo gets his own awesome theme in season 2, appropriately titled "Bombing King!!", as bombastic as the man himself.
  • "Your Power", Todoroki's theme. It's powerful and emotional and very much befitting to the character.
  • "Ingenium", Iida's melancholic and beautiful theme for his breakdown in late Season 2.
  • The collective theme of the League of Villains, "Enemy Strike", combines the hard-hitting beats of dubstep with an Ethereal Choir and a strong violin accompaniment to create a uniquely foreboding theme. Listen for the drop at 33 seconds.
  • "Vanguard Action Squad - All Out Attack", for when the League's elite villains debut in the training camp arc - or when Dabi shows up. Nothing's better than having this electro-dubstep and metal track (with a brief lull 40 seconds in) accompany you when you're attacking a training camp full of heroes in training - and scaring them shitless.
  • The two themes of All for One are just as absolutely terrifying as the character itself.
  • "Yuga Aoyama", the theme for Aoyama, is a much more chilled out remix of the previously mentioned "Just Another Hero", which really goes along with his Hidden Depths.
  • "Momo Yaoyorozu", is a soft, sweet and sophisticated piece with a violin in the forefront, befitting of the class' Spoiled Sweet Ojou.
  • "Inasa Yoarashi" is a Hot-Blooded rock heavy song that mixes in with Japanese sounds to showcase one of the most intense characters of the manga.
  • "Mirio" is a fun electro song that befits Mirio's quirky and upbeat personality perfectly.
  • "Overhaul" is a terrifying yet slow-paced piece using Japanese instruments and 808s for a Japanese trap-music fusion feel that really transmits that you are dealing with a dangerous Yakuza.

Others

  • "Katsuki and Izuku" is a very intense piece that mashes parts of "You Say Run" and "Bombing King!"
  • The painfully emotional "Anguish of the Quirkless" just underscores poor Izuku's anguish over not being able to achieve his dream of becoming a Hero.
  • "You Can Become a Hero", an emotional and majestic piece that plays over Midoriya hearing the words he always wanted to hear from his own lifelong idol, no less, adding to what was an already huge Heartwarming Moment.
  • "Trinity", a shared theme for Midoriya, Iida and Todoroki as a team when they face off against Stain. It later gets a reprise when Midoriya, Iida and Kirishima launch themselves together through the air to rescue Bakugo.
  • "I Will Break Myself", which plays during the climax of Midoriya and Bakugo's exam against All Might.
  • "All Might with U.A. Students", which plays during the climax of the battle between All Might and All For One, culminating in the music that plays during the UNITED STATES OF SMASH!

Fanworks

  • "You Say Run" got an orchestral remix from Rush Garcia. This version forgoes part of the original's energy to give it a more melancholic tone.
  • "The Day" by Cloudjumper. While the vocal part may not be the best, the orchestra is really awesome and powerful!
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