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Back to Pros and Cons. Since I find it easier to do in this limited format. Since this manga is ongoing my opinions my drastically change.
Sigh, here it comes.
I will still continue to read this manga despite my dislike of it...since it can be a fun read sometimes. I won't disregard its flaws though.
Bakugou has got to be one of the most poorly written Shonen characters I have ever seen in my entire run of reading Shonen. He changes from "full of rage" to "calm" without any proper development. His backstory is also laughably bad (I'm better than everyone else so Izuku my friend is garbage to me) without any logical reason for being that way whether good or bad. The rest of the characters aren't much to talk about either (cause its pretty young and besides they seem cliche anyways) except for Izuku who's easily the most fleshed out (isn't saying much).
The World seems wasted on this manga since the Writer doesn't properly build up on it. And when he does, it feels lazy ("The powers just came to us". Really?!) . I hope he improves on this in later chapters instead of trying too hard to be like the next Naruto
And we've had ENOUGH of the typical Tournament Arc. Please at least try to put a spin on it or make it interesting.
Sigh, I'll keep reading but I'm not expecting much out of this.
When I watch anime, there's stuff I know is typical, and then there's this series. It has a superb grasp of characterization because the author knows how to make his cast rich with energy and emotion, and every battle they fight feels intelligent and realistic. It's rare to find someone who can strike a balance between crazy superpowers and real life, because a lot of the time, you get these overly one-sided or cheap battles that are lazily written. With Horikoshi, there is detail and control over these situations, and that is why I am so drawn to the work. The man puts his all into the material with every page.
As I've gotten older I've started to grow out of shounen, the plots are often overly simplistic, and the characters are too arch for me to appreciate compared to other shows. That said, My Hero Academia is without a doubt among my top 3 shounen.
Izuku is one of the best and most well-rounded shounen protagonists. He's kind-hearted and idealistic, but he's not a simpleton by any stretch, a refreshing break from the idiot hero archetype. He's also reasonably insecure as most teenagers are, but he copes with it and grows out of it as the manga continues. Most most importantly unlike some other popular protagonists (Kirito, and the Kirito clones) Izuku has a decernable and consistent personality.
Its no secret that the author is taking a few notes from Naruto, but the twists he adds are very welcome. If Izuku parallels Naruto, than Todoroki and Bakugou parallel Sasuke. I'll start with Bakugou, Bakugou inherits the dickish, elitist, and naturally gifted aspects of Sasuke. However instead of his behavior being justified by trauma, its rather because he was born lucky. Since he was born naturally intellegent, confidant, athletic, and with a powerful ability he cowed everyone around him. He has heard almost nothing but praise and almost never been told 'no'. This clearly screwed with his psyche and makes him think he's superior to everyone else. Its a surprisingly accurate depiction of how narcissism can develop. But what I like most about Bakugou is that no one really likes him. The thing that I never bought about Sasuke was that he was popular, even with girls. He was so personally unpleasant that it was hard to believe that anyone liked him. Bakugou doesn't have this problem, once he's no longer the world's most special snowflake, people don't actually want to be associated with him, and he has very few real friends.
Todoroki is also gifted, but he mostly inherits the abusive backstory and broken nature of Sasuke. The refreshing thing about Todoroki is that the narrative doesn't treat his past as an excuse to hurt people. Todoroki's behavior is more self-destructive, he refuses to use fire half of his ability even though its what protects him from the ice half. This is treated as foolish and dangerous in the narrative, and him ceasing to do it and not letting his trauma define him are major parts of his character arc.
Where the manga suffers though, unfortunately is firstly, with female characters who are rarely given the depth of development of their male counterparts. Secondly, the manga tends to jump straight from one major event to the next with almost no time to slow down. IE there aren't any training arcs. You get to see that some training is happening, but it always feels too fast, and progress is always an immediate epiphany. While this lets the manga go from major moment to major moment, it warps the feeling that Izuku is working for his abilities, which is a major detriment.
Note: As of this review, this manga has 29 chapters.
Plot: Deku is a person who was born without any quirk, but that is quickly solved when All Might decides he has the potential to become a great hero, so he gives him the power. However Deku has a lot of problems controlling the power. Most of the manga is focused on school activities, thus it may sometimes feel boring. An actual villain attack happened in one of the arcs, but it was quickly solved. Overall, the whole series reminds me of the Naruto Chunin Exams. Will the plot pick up later? I don't know. 7/10
Characters: In a truly Onepiecesque fashion, all characters have quirks and interesting personalities. Deku is one of the better shonen protagonists, and his determination would make Naruro jealous. Other stundents are interesting, such as Tsuyu who's incredibly straight-foward. Kacchan is by far the worst character, his personality is basically what it needs to be in the current plot. It can range from psychopath to calm. 9/10
Art: Not bad at all. It's no art masterpiece but the panels are pretty clean. It's basically what you should expect from a shonen jump manga. One thing i've noticed when he drew all shonen jump protagonists is that his characters sometimes tend to look the same. 8/10
Enjoyement: I don't regret reading this manga. Right now it is pretty short and funny. You see Deku's adventure as he enters Yuuei Academy. After he enters the academy, the plot kind of starts stalling. Don't get me wrong, it's not a bad read, but at a certain point you kind of get bored of school activities. Even if those school activities are very cool looking. I can't really see where the plot is supposed to go, through. Deku is getting better at controlling his power, Kacchan does whatever the fuck the author wants, and the other characters are just messing around. Even when the villain alliance attacked, the plot still didn't pick up. 7/10
Overall: Technically, the manga is pretty good. There are no huge plot holes, no stupid moments, power creep didn't start yet (wouldn't be surprised if it eventually did). However, there is a lack of big plot twists, or moments so cool you feel like this is the best read ever. Still, this manga is still in its early stages. I'd argue the first 29 chapters of Naruro are better, but it does beat Hunter x Hunter and One Piece for beginnings. 8/10
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