Review – My Hero Academia: Two Heroes Movie

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The anime smash hit that’s swept the world now makes its debut on the big screen! Our favorite young hero-in-training is in for a wild ride when villains threaten the artificial moving city, I-Island.

Deku and All Might receive an invitation to I-Expo, the world’s leading exhibition of Quirk abilities and hero item innovations!Amid the excitement, sponsors, and pros from all over, Deku meets Melissa, a girl who is Quirkless just like he once was. Suddenly, I-Expo’s top-of-the-line security system gets hacked by villains, and a sinister plan is set in motion. It’s a serious threat to hero society, and one man holds the key to it all—the symbol of peace, All Might.

Review

If you haven’t been watching My Hero Academia, then you have been missing out on the best comic book style hero manga/anime of the year. That is just my opinion and I am sure some would disagree. My Hero Academia Two Heroes is a one-shot movie that fits into the story line just after the Stain arc and right before the forest training camp. The question of whether its canon or not is simple. According to the creator the story is canon.

Deku is invited to I-Expo along with All Might, an expo that previews the best inventions coming out from scientists and support teams from around the world. Deku is a little more than excited to be there, not just cause he is a nerd but because he is with All Might. Even more to Deku’s excitement we get to meet All Mights friend and partner while he was in America, Dr. David Shield and his daughter Melissa.

Not long after a short tour and meeting, Melissa shows Deku around and the rest of his classmates arrive through various invitations, contests and work visas. There is an attack course that several members of class 1-A go through trying to beat each others times. Leave it to Bakugo to have the best time. Well at least until Shoto shows up. But what makes Bakugo the most angry is when Deku comes within 1 second of his time. Their fighting just never seems to end.

Things quickly go bad when Villains take control of the island the night of the preview Gala and take the heroes hostage. Deku and his classmates are separated from the heroes and decide to take action. The question of whether our young heroes win or not is academic. The final fight between the villain leader and the All Might/Deku duo was the first, and only time we have seen both of them fighting together. Yes we saw them fight against each other in class for their tests, but not side by side for real.

What we learn in the process does help setup some of the upcoming story. It also gives us some great background on All Might while he was in America. Overall I loved the film. There is very little I could nit pick about the story, the setup or how it fits in the main story. There was even a moment where Bakugo was cheering Deku on! Well, probably not. To be fair in that moment, I think he was cheering on All Might more than Deku.

The one thing I can nit pick is the arm band that Melissa gave Deku. This protective armor allowed him to use 100% of his power without injuring him. However we never see it in the main story or even mention of it. So of course in the film he ‘breaks it’ so that it cannot be used later. However, why couldn’t Melissa make another one? We never really find out.

There is always a little something you gain about each character that helps them grow a bit. For me Deku, Bakugo, Shoto and Kirishima all grew from this film. Bakugo was the one who seemed to have the most to gain. If you remember the timing in the story, the kidnapping that happens shortly after that clearly would piss off Bakugo even more given the context after watching Deku fight like this.

Where to see it

My Hero Academia Two Heroes hits theaters today and goes through October 2nd. Whether you enjoy the original Japanese with english sub or the Funimation dubs, Funimation has you covered on both. Visit FunimationFilms.com and find a theatre near you and get tickets. You won’t be disappointed.

US – Presented in Japanese with English subtitles Sept 26 & Oct 2.
US – Presented in English dub Sept 25, 27 & 29.
Canada—please check your local theater for dates and language.

Robert Prentice