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多くの人間が“個性”という力を持つ。だが、それは必ずしも正義の為の力ではない。しかし、避けられぬ悪が存在する様に、そこには必ず我らヒーローがいる! ん? 私が誰かって? HA‐HA‐HA‐HA‐HA! さぁ、始まるぞ少年! 君だけの夢に突き進め! “Plus Ultra”!!


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多くの人間が“個性”という力を持つ。だが、それは必ずしも正義の為の力ではない。しかし、避けられぬ悪が存在する様に、そこには必ず我らヒーローがいる! ん? 私が誰かって? HA‐HA‐HA‐HA‐HA! さぁ、始まるぞ少年! 君だけの夢に突き進め! “Plus Ultra”!!

30 review for 僕のヒーローアカデミア 1 [Boku No Hero Academia 1]

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jesse (JesseTheReader)

    Finished my re-read for the Manga Monday Book Club! Can't wait to discuss it. :D

  2. 4 out of 5

    Nick

    a decent intro to a great series I hope. Deku is definitely a hero to be remembered.

  3. 5 out of 5

    jv poore

    I plucked this tiny tome off of several students' Want-to-Read shelves and it is first book I've read that actually included instructions on how to read it---insofar as you read from right to left, beginning in the upper right-hand corner. Actions, sound effects & word bubbles in proper Japanese order- are completely reversed from the English order. It was a bit trickier than I expected at first (and I realized that "my" high school students are much better at this than I am) but then it just cl I plucked this tiny tome off of several students' Want-to-Read shelves and it is first book I've read that actually included instructions on how to read it---insofar as you read from right to left, beginning in the upper right-hand corner. Actions, sound effects & word bubbles in proper Japanese order- are completely reversed from the English order. It was a bit trickier than I expected at first (and I realized that "my" high school students are much better at this than I am) but then it just clicked and I was rolling. I really enjoyed the unique idea that idiosyncrasies may actually be super-powers.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sam Quixote

    Kids with superpowers go to superhero school to be taught by existing superheroes how to be superheroes. So it’s the X-Men? Yup. Except way shittier! And that’s My Hero Academia! Boo! I give it an F! It really is that derivative, at least going by this first volume. Creator/writer/artist Kohei Horikoshi basically rips off the X-Men. He calls mutations/superpowers “quirks” in a feeble attempt to make it seem less blatant but that’s about the only thing different he brings to the table. This first Kids with superpowers go to superhero school to be taught by existing superheroes how to be superheroes. So it’s the X-Men? Yup. Except way shittier! And that’s My Hero Academia! Boo! I give it an F! It really is that derivative, at least going by this first volume. Creator/writer/artist Kohei Horikoshi basically rips off the X-Men. He calls mutations/superpowers “quirks” in a feeble attempt to make it seem less blatant but that’s about the only thing different he brings to the table. This first volume introduces us to our bland protagonist who doesn’t have superpowers but has a heroic heart - and that’s what matters youse guys, snore… - who, after a random act of bravery, gets picked by this world’s Superman, All Might (stupid name), to be his successor. Why? Reasons we’ll probably find out in later volumes. Very unsatisfying. After the generic superhero fights between equally generic and forgettably designed superhero/supervillain characters, come the still more generic training scenes as our protagonist undergoes months of physical exercise because All Might’s powers in his existing frame would kill him or something. Even though All Might in his true form is as skinny and weak as our protagonist is. So it doesn’t make any sense and that block of pages is pointless filler. Garbage. At Xavier’s Academy, I mean, “UA”, the dull cast is expanded with even more bland, unimaginative, archetypal characters like the contrived rival who hates the protagonist for no reason, the obvious love interest, and the tough but kindly instructors. Wrap up the terrible writing and awful storytelling with standard manga art and you’ve got a steaming pile of cliched, predictable nothing. My Hero Academia hasn’t got any clever observations on the superhero genre, nor any fresh takes, original ideas or even an entertaining story - it’s just an uninteresting, badly conceived/executed, tedious X-Men knockoff. My, what an overrated boring manga series!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jokoloyo

    Is it only in my imagination, or there is tendency of Japanese mangaka to create superhero genre manga? After One Piece that in borderline with pirates with super powers theme, then there are manga such as ワンパンマン 1 Wanpanman 1 , 斉木楠雄のΨ難 1 Saiki Kusuo no Ψ-nan 1 , and 文豪ストレイドッグス 1 Bungō Stray Dogs 1 . From the first volume, what I could say, it is a "from zero-to-hero" theme in a high school that specialized to educate future super heroes, a.k.a. Xavier school for Japanese kids. And to make the pl Is it only in my imagination, or there is tendency of Japanese mangaka to create superhero genre manga? After One Piece that in borderline with pirates with super powers theme, then there are manga such as ワンパンマン 1 Wanpanman 1 , 斉木楠雄のΨ難 1 Saiki Kusuo no Ψ-nan 1 , and 文豪ストレイドッグス 1 Bungō Stray Dogs 1 . From the first volume, what I could say, it is a "from zero-to-hero" theme in a high school that specialized to educate future super heroes, a.k.a. Xavier school for Japanese kids. And to make the plot interesting, the main character was originally has no super power. So as you can guess, a lot of potential for character growing: by mentally and by seeing his super power grows. So far no surprise yet. And as in other manga, I expect whole classmates of main characters will be explored.

  6. 4 out of 5

    The Artisan Geek

    8/9/20 Quite alright for a first volume. Deku makes me want to cry. You can find me on Youtube | Instagram | Twitter | Tumblr | Website | The Storygraph 8/9/20 Quite alright for a first volume. Deku makes me want to cry. You can find me on Youtube | Instagram | Twitter | Tumblr | Website | The Storygraph

  7. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

    I don't normally read shounen (mostly because omg some of them are the longest series ever) but this one is relatively new so it's like there's 167 volumes out. Yet. I personally love the character designs, but mostly just for the students. The pro heroes are typically over-the-top with crazy costumes and even crazier hair styles. The contrast between the students and the foes really helps with distinguishing who is who. The story is what you'd expect from a shounen manga: the main character is so I don't normally read shounen (mostly because omg some of them are the longest series ever) but this one is relatively new so it's like there's 167 volumes out. Yet. I personally love the character designs, but mostly just for the students. The pro heroes are typically over-the-top with crazy costumes and even crazier hair styles. The contrast between the students and the foes really helps with distinguishing who is who. The story is what you'd expect from a shounen manga: the main character is someone who has been small and weak and different his whole life but then he's given something that makes him into the most powerful hero around. And of course he goes to a new school where his bully goes to too. And then there's a cute girl who quickly helps out the main character and becomes a friend to him (even though he has trouble talking to girls.) Despite all of those clichés it still feels like a somewhat refreshing take on the genre. The quality of the artwork helps with that as well. So, I can see why this is popular now. I just hope each subsequent volume keeps up the fast pace and that the story and battles don't become stale and boring. Random, but why Detroit Smash? 😄

  8. 4 out of 5

    Mari

    Despite all the manga I've racked up that is on my TBR, someone recommended this to me a couple of days ago and I read it all in one day. I really enjoyed it and thought it was a great introduction to the series. I can say that I know I'm prime audience because I love hero stories. LOVE. While this is of course tasked with some of the leg-work of the introduction and while I did lose myself in the action (and how it was drawn) a few times, I thought the overall experience was worthy of a 4-star Despite all the manga I've racked up that is on my TBR, someone recommended this to me a couple of days ago and I read it all in one day. I really enjoyed it and thought it was a great introduction to the series. I can say that I know I'm prime audience because I love hero stories. LOVE. While this is of course tasked with some of the leg-work of the introduction and while I did lose myself in the action (and how it was drawn) a few times, I thought the overall experience was worthy of a 4-star rating. Here are some of the positives: - I know he's kind of whiny but the MC is also a precious cinnamon roll. - "I'm so sorry" vs "you can be a hero" *cries forever* - The MC works really hard and yes he gets a little luck and a power but hardwork is there. - Obvs don't know where the series is headed, but I'm so happy the MC starts with some traditional hero qualities. None of this anti-hero mess. HERO! HERO! HERO! - The meta-jokes, especially about how All Might is drawn. Love. And so now I've got a cart of all 7 released volumes and two pre-orders and I'll one day make them all mine.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Brigid ✩

    Ok so I haven't read manga since I was like 12 (and even then I never delved into it too much) but recently a lot of my friends have gotten into this series (and the anime) and I thought it looked cool so I was like "sure why not." And!! Damn I really enjoyed this and ended up reading the whole first volume in one sitting, whoops. Thoughts: - I really like the premise & world-building. Obviously the whole superhero/superpowers thing has been done many times before, but this takes an interesting sp Ok so I haven't read manga since I was like 12 (and even then I never delved into it too much) but recently a lot of my friends have gotten into this series (and the anime) and I thought it looked cool so I was like "sure why not." And!! Damn I really enjoyed this and ended up reading the whole first volume in one sitting, whoops. Thoughts: - I really like the premise & world-building. Obviously the whole superhero/superpowers thing has been done many times before, but this takes an interesting spin on it. The characters' powers (aka "quirks") are really cool, and I like that every power has its own unique drawback. - It's very funny actually! I was expecting something a bit more serious––and while it's definitely heavy at times, there's also a lot of humor and funny little breaking-the-fourth-wall moments which I enjoyed a lot. - Izuku is so cute??? He's just .... so small and precious .... He wants to be a hero and help people so much, and he's just so pure. I want to adopt him please. - I fucking love All Might. I'm a sucker for ""cool mentor"" characters so I guess it's no surprise but .... omg he's so awesome and hilarious. - Kacchan is a huge asshole but I'm also really interested to see where he goes as a character. - I mean in general I just really like all the characters and I look forward to seeing how they develop. UHHhhh yeah so this was a lot of fun and I'm super pumped to read the rest!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sophie Crane

    Sure to be the next big thing in the Shonen Jump world, MHA is already gaining enough momentum to be mentioned in the same discussions as One Piece or Naruto. The story is perfect for non-Japanese audiences as well as it has created a world which is both familiar for superhero fans while offering something very new and refreshing. It engages the audience as you feel for the main character Deku as he faces many trials and tribulations with a healthy dose of triumph. The plethora of characters are Sure to be the next big thing in the Shonen Jump world, MHA is already gaining enough momentum to be mentioned in the same discussions as One Piece or Naruto. The story is perfect for non-Japanese audiences as well as it has created a world which is both familiar for superhero fans while offering something very new and refreshing. It engages the audience as you feel for the main character Deku as he faces many trials and tribulations with a healthy dose of triumph. The plethora of characters are rich in personality and engaging. After reading the first volume, I`m completely hooked!! I can`t wait for the next volume and more!!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Chad

    I decided to check some Manga out and this is what was recommended to me. I've never been able to get into Manga due to the whole reading backwards thing. I still don't get why with today's technology they don't just flip the art around and present this as a normal graphic novel for Western audiences, but I digress. The story is about one of a very few young people who are born without "quirks" or superpowers. All he desires is to help people. Along comes the most famous super hero in the city "A I decided to check some Manga out and this is what was recommended to me. I've never been able to get into Manga due to the whole reading backwards thing. I still don't get why with today's technology they don't just flip the art around and present this as a normal graphic novel for Western audiences, but I digress. The story is about one of a very few young people who are born without "quirks" or superpowers. All he desires is to help people. Along comes the most famous super hero in the city "All Might" who turns out can pass his power onto someone else. But their body must be trained to control the power or it could kill them. Eventually, our young hero gets into superhero school where the book instantly becomes derivative of the X-Men or Sky High. The art is very good except I have a hard time getting past the over expressive faces Manga is known for. It drives me batty, especially when mixed in with an otherwise serious comic. Some of the hair styles are just ridiculous, "Yes, I'm talking to you All Might". The book was good enough I'd consider reading another volume just because of how obsessed other readers I know are with this. But I wouldn't say I've been converted over into a fan of Manga yet.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jen/The Tolkien Gal/ジェニファー

    Review to come later because internet ;_;

  13. 5 out of 5

    CW (The Quiet Pond) ✨

    I've been watching the anime for years now and decided that I can't wait for the anime to catch up with the manga anymore! I really want to know what happens, so I'm reading the manga from the beginning. 👀 But reading this is so nostalgic - I had been meaning to re-watch the anime from the beginning, but rediscovering the story in manga-form has been a cool experience!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Briar's Reviews

    I saw My Hero Academic pop up into my feed years ago and I was honestly curious about it. I heard a lot of people talk it up, but I never was able to find it in my book travel adventures. Then, lucky my discovered NetGalley (for the second time) and located this little gem! I was so pumped to finally be able to pick this up since I love manga and superheroes. In this somewhat dystopian world, almost all of the population have super powers. These powers, known as "quirks" can be managed and contro I saw My Hero Academic pop up into my feed years ago and I was honestly curious about it. I heard a lot of people talk it up, but I never was able to find it in my book travel adventures. Then, lucky my discovered NetGalley (for the second time) and located this little gem! I was so pumped to finally be able to pick this up since I love manga and superheroes. In this somewhat dystopian world, almost all of the population have super powers. These powers, known as "quirks" can be managed and controlled and then used to save the universe! There's heroes and villains everywhere, and they are constantly battling. At four years old, kids begin to show their powers and they learn to master them. There are hero academies to hone your skills, and our lead really wants powers and really wants to help people. Lucky him, a big time superhero finds him and wants to take him under his wing... This book is serious fun. The pictures are amazing, the plot is interesting and the characters are cool to follow. There's non-stop action and fun around every corner and I found myself just binging the whole thing (I did not intend to, but it just kinda happened). I'd like to pick up the rest of this series if I can ever find them, because I enjoy Kohei Horikoshi's story telling abilities (and the illustrations are just super cool). I can tell the world in this manga is only going to get cooler, since this is just the first volume. I hope I get to see the world building and character development flourish in the future! If you love X-Men, the Avengers and DC, you'll love these books. It's action packed and loads of fun. I honestly enjoyed the way I was able to sink into this book and just disappear from reality for a while. It helps that the book was easy to follow and easy to read. The worst part is I'm not used to the names used in this book and I don't know how to pronounce them, which is hardly a fault of the book. On top of that, I can only assume this series is going to get better. The first volume is like the pilot episode of a television show. We get an introduction to the world and the characters, and eventually we get released into the magic of the universe. Four out of five stars! Thank you to NetGalley and VIZ Media for providing me a copy of this long awaited manga!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Victoria ♡

    I'm sliiiiiiightly obsessed with this series! I just started the show and I'm so excited to read the manga along with it! It's just so amazing!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sophia

    I have done this review a little differently. Instead of reviewing the volume as a whole, I have reviewed the individual issues. Please see my reviews as follows; Issue 1 - The introduction to the world, the people and the powers. Mangas always confuse me a little but by the end, I understood what was happening and enjoyed it! I am excited to know more about this world and about the main characters! Issue 2 - So begins the long trek for Izuku to become a hero! I liked that Izuku worked for his str I have done this review a little differently. Instead of reviewing the volume as a whole, I have reviewed the individual issues. Please see my reviews as follows; Issue 1 - The introduction to the world, the people and the powers. Mangas always confuse me a little but by the end, I understood what was happening and enjoyed it! I am excited to know more about this world and about the main characters! Issue 2 - So begins the long trek for Izuku to become a hero! I liked that Izuku worked for his strength, it wasn't thrust upon him. He wanted it and truly earned it! I'm excited to see where Izuku goes and what kind of hero he becomes! Issue 3 - I love the slow progress! You see all the struggles, trials, the doubts and the fears. It's so interesting to see into Izuku's mind and what's purely instinct! Issue 4 - This just goes to show that strength is not everything! This manga has definitely reeled me in and I can't wait to see what happens next! Issue 5 - The first day at U.A isn't quite what Izuku expects but I'm excited to see how he handles it. Issue 6 - Izuku's first day at school and he is surrounded by people who are able to control their quirks and use them to their advantage. I love that even though he can't fully control his quirk yet, he was able to find the strength to concentrate hard enough to show that he has the capability to control it, no matter how small that control is! Issue 7 - Izuku survived the first day and his training has just begun! Those last panels have me so excited to see what comes next for Izuku and to see how he grows and learns! I am enjoying this world and these characters so much, I can't wait to delve even deeper!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Lord Lester

    First ever manga that I've read. Such a heroic story that talks about how to accomplish dreams no matter the circumtances that we are faced against. Must read. 4.5 stars.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Petros

    My Hero Academia (MHA) is a very relatable story for anyone with a loser mentality, at an era when a large portion of people reading manga suffer from that. It doesn’t do something out of the ordinary, and certainly does not deconstruct everything we know about shonen stories, as many insist. It is just helping the reader cope with his anxieties by giving him a story where the loser gets all the fame and glory. Basically, it’s just well-presented empowerment fantasy; it doesn’t have much of a pl My Hero Academia (MHA) is a very relatable story for anyone with a loser mentality, at an era when a large portion of people reading manga suffer from that. It doesn’t do something out of the ordinary, and certainly does not deconstruct everything we know about shonen stories, as many insist. It is just helping the reader cope with his anxieties by giving him a story where the loser gets all the fame and glory. Basically, it’s just well-presented empowerment fantasy; it doesn’t have much of a plot or even a smart exploration of its themes. And since many of you are bound to assume I am mistaken because there are thousands who praise it as the second coming of sliced bread, here are a few examples. Chapter 1 1) The protagonist is a shy boy that is bullied at school. Very relatable if you are also bullied, right? Too bad the bullying is handled with the worst possible way and ruins the drama. -It makes it seem like Deku was enjoying being tortured since he was doing nothing to stop something that can easily be stopped. - His bully is a sociopath who is later on redeemed by… not doing anything for making up for all the harm he caused. Bakugo is like a sadistic torturer who is forgiven and gets away with it. -As you find out later, the two of them were always best buddies, despite the daily torture Deku was experiencing. They were just going through a decade old tantrum because of a harmless inferiority complex. - Adults don’t care about their young when they otherwise spend the whole show advising and teaching them. Most of the bullying takes place in school and in the presence of uninterested teachers who do nothing. Heck, even the parents do nothing. The bullying is presented in the most extreme way possible and is then forgotten by everyone, as if it never mattered. 2) The world is full of people with superpowers. That makes it sound cool as a setting to have endless possibilities for action adventures, right? Wrong, it is as dull as it gets. The world is exactly like ours, there isn’t a single difference in the way society works, despite having recovered after a devastating period of anarchy. Yes, the same can be said about Marvel and DC settings, but at least over there people with superpowers are the minority, not the majority, and the one in charge of the world is not Superman. In MHA, Almight is the one who shaped everything in a world that recovered from a major disaster and the result is a world where almost everyone has superpowers and the setting is exactly like ours. We live in an era where the battery of a cell phone is enough to change airport regulations, and yet the earth shattering events of MHA have zero effect despite lasting for centuries. Also, you don’t even get to see cool stuff every week like you do in western comics, since everything revolves around rookies in a school, training to do the most basic missions. That is plus ultra boring. 3) The protagonist is basically a geek who keeps notes on the powers of every hero and villain. That makes him relatable to the geek audience, since they do the same thing, and is also presented as a smart guy who uses his brain all the time to overcome every conflict. Too bad that is almost never used in any significant way throughout the story, as Deku only resorts to using his raw power in every battle. The notes are there more as a joke to show his geeky attention to detail, but they otherwise never help him in his missions. 4) The protagonist never stops crying about not having a superpower of his own, and thus being deprived the chance to become like the hero he adores more than anything else in the world. That makes him relatable to anyone who feels powerless to chase after his dreams because of various issues in his life (money, illness, shyness). That is all it is though, since in just a few chapters the protagonist gets exactly what he wants, thus it’s just shallow empowerment fantasy. You don’t get your wishes granted as easily as that in real life. And by easily, I mean the astronomically improbable way everything plays out in the chain of events that lead to him getting a superpower. There are fewer stars in the universe than there are odds against what happened in those few chapters for this perfect storm to happen. 5) The theme of heroism is presented in a most confusing way, since every person has a completely different idea of what it means to be a hero. As much as we want to think the same applies to everything in real life, the truth is, ideals do not have any meaning you feel like at the moment. For a setting that preaches heroism on a daily basis, and Almight is the symbol of peace that embodies all said ideals everyone can mimic, this is unacceptable. Heroism is not about making money, or always winning because you are stronger than your rival. This is all nonsense the author constantly presents in any way he feels like for the sake of conflict instead of thematic exploration. Chapter 2 6) The protagonist vigorously trains his body so it can stand the superpower it will receive. That makes it seem like a cool message for the reader, how with hard work and some help from those above, you can accomplish your dreams. Unfortunately, this message also loses its meaning some volumes later, once you see there are other characters who were also perfect vassals for the superpower, well-mannered and far more trained than Deku would ever hope to be (especially that Tintin lookalike fellow). As much as Deku tries to make it seem like he deserves the power because he trained for it, in reality he began training towards becoming a hero only when he was promised a reward. That makes him sound lazy, since he wasn’t doing anything his whole life despite constantly claiming he wants it more than anything in the world. In effect, Almight just chose him instead of any other far more suitable candidate who was striving towards the same goals all his life, with no real justification other than attitude. Again, it’s just bottom tier empowerment fantasy. Chapter 3 7) The protagonist breaks his arms for the first time while using his superpower. That makes it seem like everything is not working out perfectly for him and that there are consequences for using abilities he hasn’t mastered, seemingly making the whole thing balanced. It’s all very superficial though, since there are NO ACTUAL negative consequences. No matter how many times he breaks his arms, they will be instantly healed with a simple recovery kiss ability. And no matter how many times they keep saying his arms will eventually be unable to heal after a certain amount of breaks, it never happens. It doesn’t even make it harder to write or hold something as evidence of permanent damage. The mangaka just drew a few scars on his fingers as supposed proof of his power having a toll on him, but scars are nothing more than a visual cue. They are superficial and eventually almost disappear in later volumes. It’s all fake suspense. Chapter 4 8) More fake suspense in the whole entry exam, where the protagonist passes because of a hidden rule. Not only nobody knew about rescue points, but also it was very convenient for someone to be in need of help, that person being the cute girl the protagonist spoke to just a few minutes ago, and the only one who helped out even though it wasn’t supposed to give any points was the protagonist. Once again, everything plays out in a completely artificial way so he can be retroactively proven right for something that is normally not rewarded in a test. Chapter 7 9) Even more fake suspense in how the teacher was lying about expelling the student who scores overall the least in the athletic trials. The protagonist should normally be the one, but nah, it was a lie. As you see, there is nothing you can take seriously in this damn manga, so don’t believe the hype.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Tilly

    Overall, I think it was a decent intro to this manga series, although I am not as hooked as some other people right now. I find the concept really interesting and the art style is also quite good but there were just not as many exciting events in this first volume as I hoped. Especially the backstory of the protagonist was a bit rushed in my opinion, although I found him a likable character in general and I think that he has a lot of potential. There are also some interesting side-characters int Overall, I think it was a decent intro to this manga series, although I am not as hooked as some other people right now. I find the concept really interesting and the art style is also quite good but there were just not as many exciting events in this first volume as I hoped. Especially the backstory of the protagonist was a bit rushed in my opinion, although I found him a likable character in general and I think that he has a lot of potential. There are also some interesting side-characters introduced which made me a bit curious for a the next volume. I was not necessarily blown away by this manga but I will definitely continue with the series to see how it will develop. 3.5 of 5 stars overall.

  20. 4 out of 5

    RG

    Not the most overly original concept or story. I was hoping for more to build off the basis however it was pretty standard and what youd expect. Some will love it

  21. 5 out of 5

    sally ✿

    currently reading: chapter 273 Update | June 18, 2020: Horikoshi: wants to end the series at around 30 volumes Series: currently has 26 volumes Current arc: depression Me: ಥ_ಥ --- Izuku and Shouto Todoroki are my precious sons that deserve all of the happiness in the world. (and okay, fine, Kacchan is growing on me, what an absolute tsundere) Update | July 26, 2018: Volume 11 may be my favorite so far. It was so. damn. good. All Might is a true hero. I cannot wait for Izuku to become not a symbol of peace currently reading: chapter 273 Update | June 18, 2020: Horikoshi: wants to end the series at around 30 volumes Series: currently has 26 volumes Current arc: depression Me: ಥ_ಥ --- Izuku and Shouto Todoroki are my precious sons that deserve all of the happiness in the world. (and okay, fine, Kacchan is growing on me, what an absolute tsundere) Update | July 26, 2018: Volume 11 may be my favorite so far. It was so. damn. good. All Might is a true hero. I cannot wait for Izuku to become not a symbol of peace, but a symbol of hope. Update | July 27, 2018: Volume 14: I am such an emotional wreck. I actually hate these characters and Horikoshi sensei for making me feel all these damn feelings. Goddamnit. (view spoiler)[ I LOVE THESE BOYS. I love how their relationship is being developed and how much they're growing as people. I love how Izuku is the only person Kacchan cries in front of, if that doesn't say trust then I don't know what does. I am so excited to see how much they'll continue to grow and how their relationship will continue to change and grow even stronger. They truly are the wonder duo, the heroes who will rescue and win. I love them. I love them. I love them. (hide spoiler)] Update | July 28, 2018: Volume 15: IIDA AND TODOROKI ARE THE BEST FRIEND ANYONE COULD EVER ASK FOR. I love them so much. They're so supportive and sweet when it really matters and their friendship with Izuku is so pure. I can't believe Shoto shared his soba, he loves his soba T-T (view spoiler)[ (hide spoiler)] Update | July 29, 2018: Volume 16: I love how Horikoshi sensei literally spends so much time developing his characters. We learned a little more about Mina, but Kirishima absolutely shines in this volume. He is the embodiment of manliness. And don't get me started on Tamaki "Suneater" Amajiki. I am so dang proud of these boys. They burn brighter than the sun. (view spoiler)[ (hide spoiler)] Update | July 30, 2018: Volume 18: I am so damn proud. I have never felt more proud of a fictional character as I do now with Katsuki Bakugo. He is Horikoshi's masterpiece. He shines so bright he is blinding. I didn't think I would ever like you, Kacchan, but you continue to prove me wrong. You continue to develop and grow and become even stronger and I cannot begrudge you for that. (view spoiler)[ before: now: (hide spoiler)] Also, this is my new phone lock screen wallpaper. I have no shame. Update | July 31, 2018: Volume 19: How is it that this sparkly goofball found a way to worm himself into my heart? All I associated with him before was his strange way of breaking the fourth wall, but somehow Horikoshi sensei has made me like him so much more with just one chapter. I am in awe of his abilities to develop his characters, of how much time he puts in to make sure they all are more than just flat two dimensional beings. When I first started this series in no way did I think I would remember all 26 people of Class 1-A let alone all of their quirks, and yet here I stand, loving all of them with so much of my being. I wish, I wish, I could put all these vast thoughts and feelings into words. I wish I could explain how selfless and wonderful and driven Izuku. How big his heart truly is, and how he will save anyone no matter the circumstances. Even people who corner him in a sketchy, dark hall and pour their life story out it him when they had barely even talked before. Even those who were horrid to him in the past, and even those who don’t want him to. How he absolutely sparkles when he smiles, and how beautiful he is. How much he desperately wants to be a hero who saves everyone and doesn’t make others worry about him. How all he wants is to be a hero like All Might and make All Might proud. How soft and sweet and kind he is to Eri and Kota, to his friends and his wonderful, lovely mother, to those he loves. Izuku is everything. My love for him knows no bounds. I only wish I could show how strong Shouto is in his convictions, and determined to be a better hero than his dad. How he's trying to break out of his small bubble of solitude. How he's learning how to let others in when for so long he didn't have anyone. How he's so awkward with his classmates and still doesn't really get social cues let alone what friends are. But he tries and he tries his hardest, and when Izuku calls for help, when a friend calls for help, he comes. I wish I could even begin to convey how much Katsuki has grown in these 170+ chapters from just a loud bully, whom I didn't particularly like and couldn't understand why anyone else would like, into this driving force for his classmates to try to surpass that doles out advice to Izuku in his own strange way to help him live up to his power. A tsundere through and through. And so many more, all of the character in Class 1-A, their teachers too, Emo Dad and Dad Might, all of them have captured a part of my heart and now I refuse to let them go. Update | August 2, 2018: Chapter 190-192: Somehow Horikoshi sensei found a way to make me fall in love with a character that we had barely heard about until already this far into the series. (view spoiler)[ I LOVE HAWKS. I abosolutely love characters like him, the one's who fight from the shadows. The one's who are selfless through and through. The true heroes who do not need recognition, who will fight for a better, peaceful future, no matter what. I am so excited to get to know more about him. I LOVE MY SON. Forget sipping tea, it's now slurping soba. What an absolute savage. What a total meme lord. What an icon. No one gets between Shoto and his soba. I am dying. Okay, but like one minute I was laughing because of my meme lord son and the next minute I'm tearing up because Natsu and Fuyumi are so pure and beautiful and lovely and they care so much for Shoto and I was just a giant mess. A lot of people were upset about the Endeavor redemption arc, and honesly, I'm still a little iffy about it myself. I don't think I can ever forgive him, but I genuinely think Horikoshi sensei will handle any Endeavor growth well, he is already doing such a nice job. No one has completely forgiven Endeavor yet, especially not Shoto, but he's willing to see how it plays out, which just goes to show how much Shoto has grown as a person. I am so proud of him. I love him. He's talking about his bf here :') Also, the best part is even Endeavor hasn't forgiven himself. Now, we don't know how genuine he is, but I am willing to keep an open mind. I definitely think Endeavor's first step was his talk with All Might. I am just super pumped to see how Horikoshi will handle the Todoroki family arc. These children honestly deserve all of the happiness and love in the world. I cannot wait for the next chapter! The Dabi is Touya theory better come true. I really think it could. (hide spoiler)]

  22. 5 out of 5

    Skjam!

    Izuku Midoriya’s dream is to become a superhero, like his idol All Might. The problem with that idea is that Midoriya belongs to the minority of people on his world who were born without a Quirk, a superpower of some kind. His former friend Katsuki Bakugo, who has a powerful Quirk and is naturally gifted, rubs this in at every opportunity, calling Midoriya “Deku” (no good qualities.) Midoriya has been training hard, but even when he meets his idol, he’s told that there’s no way he can become a s Izuku Midoriya’s dream is to become a superhero, like his idol All Might. The problem with that idea is that Midoriya belongs to the minority of people on his world who were born without a Quirk, a superpower of some kind. His former friend Katsuki Bakugo, who has a powerful Quirk and is naturally gifted, rubs this in at every opportunity, calling Midoriya “Deku” (no good qualities.) Midoriya has been training hard, but even when he meets his idol, he’s told that there’s no way he can become a superhero if he doesn’t have any powers. But then Midoriya proves he has the heart of a hero, attempting to rescue Bakugo from a powerful villain despite not having a chance of doing so. All Might reveals that there is a way Midoriya can earn a Quirk, and go to U.A. High, the magnet school for aspiring superheroes. Izuku Midoriya can turn around the “Deku” nickname, and make it mean “never gives up.” This shounen manga homage to American superhero comics was something of a sleeper hit; Mr. Horikoshi’s previous two efforts had a lukewarm reception, and the immediately preceding series, Barrage, tanked. So the online edition of Shonen Jump didn’t even bother running a preview when it debuted. But this time Horikoshi is firing on all cylinders. The setting is an alternate Earth where superpowers began appearing about five generations ago–it’s not clear if it’s the present day with huge changes, or a future where fashion and technology stagnated. Eighty percent of the population was born with some sort of power, called Quirks. Most Quirks are pretty minor (has tail, can attract small objects to hand from a foot away) but others are very impressive (Bakugo can create firey explosions from his sweat, Mount Woman can become a giant.) There are many criminals who use their Quirks for evil, so there are professional superheroes who stop them. There’s a lot to like about this series. Deku (as everyone winds up calling him) is not the idiot hero so common in shounen, but a thinker who wins battles and solves problems with observation and planning. Even when he earns the powerful Quirk “One For All” the power is difficult to use, so his brain is his greatest weapon. And yet he still possesses the compassion and courage of a true hero. There’s also a good supporting cast. Bakugo makes a strong contrast as the kid who has had all the advantages handed to him by birth, and takes it as his rightful due. His arrogance and sense of entitlement make him an ass, and he doesn’t lose much of that even after learning that no one at U.A. is going to put up with his crap. He does, however, quit with the bullying after events in Volume Two. Other classmates include nice (but dangerous) girl Ochako and the overly serious Iida, who get the most focus in this volume. Unlike other school-based series, where we only follow the hero and a handful of his friends, every classmate is a distinctive person and many will get spotlights in future volumes. There’s also an assortment of teachers with varying personalities. The tone is closest to Bronze Age DC Comics; some bad things happen, but the general tone is optimistic, never overdosing on grimdark or angst. As mentioned, there’s some bullying in the early chapters, and superheroic violence. There’s also fanservice in the form of female superheroes wearing skin-tight costumes (but not every female character chooses to do so.) Nothing a junior high or up reader can’t handle. Highly recommended to fans of teen superheroes and those who like their comics light-hearted.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Andrea

    My tumblr feed has basically been filled with this for the last year (mainly Bakugo/Kirishima fanart), so I finally picked it up to see what it was like. Only the first ten volumes are available for purchase in English (a little over half of what's been written so far). The focus of the series is how to deal with super powers. This is a world where the majority of the population have some form of power, and various rules (licensing) have been set up for legal exercise of these powers (as superher My tumblr feed has basically been filled with this for the last year (mainly Bakugo/Kirishima fanart), so I finally picked it up to see what it was like. Only the first ten volumes are available for purchase in English (a little over half of what's been written so far). The focus of the series is how to deal with super powers. This is a world where the majority of the population have some form of power, and various rules (licensing) have been set up for legal exercise of these powers (as superheroes - it hasn't discussed so far the use of powers for non-combat related activities, and whether that needs to be licensed). There are villains, of course, and one in particular who kills heroes because heroes receiving compensation (under the licensing system) or who do it for non-noble reasons are (in that villain's opinion) far worse than, say, people who run around robbing and killing people because they can. I haven't found the heroes are Bad because not Pure line of argument all that interesting, though the other problem of over-relying on a central heroic symbol is interesting. Still, on the whole I enjoyed the series. Like a lot of shounen, there's an (endearing, upbeat) underdog main character whose eventual primacy is linked to determination and hard work (dattebayo!), and a main rival (Bakugo), and a vast range of other characters who are friends and competitors - enough for every reader to find a favourite, and more than enough to ensure that only the central few will ever receive enough time to properly enjoy them. While main character Midoriya is sweet, Bakugo seems to be the real fan favourite, which is interesting because Bakugo is introduced as Midoriya's bully, and really is outright nasty (over-the-top rude and hostile and violent to practically everyone else to the point where he needs to be chained to the winner's podium because he's so upset that a technically superior rival didn't go all out in their battle). But Bakugo's progression (drawn with spare moments of observation, and a buddy relationship with Kirishima) from wild preening dog to some marginal acknowledgement of others is more interesting than Midoriya's predictable "wants to save everyone and realises he can't but determination lets him come close" narrative. I like quite a few of the secondary characters. Momo would probably be my fave (smart underpowered girls tend to always get my sympathy), but I don't think she quite falls into the circle of central characters, so I don't know that I'll get much of a satisfying arc with her. The pace of the story has been relatively fast for a shounen, though, really, I think I'd quite like it if they dropped the villains off the page altogether and just focused on superpowers high school. The kids interacting is more interesting to me than villains that always have another trick up their sleeves, and this last Yakuza arc seemed to drag on forever. Unlike many shounens, there is not a pre-eminent emphasis on T&A. The majority of the female characters are sensibly clothed, and there are a variety of body types. (This isn't to say there aren't quite a few less-sensibly dressed characters, or an absence of big busts - it's just less than the usual shounen fare). Of course, there are also no main female characters who are nearly as strong as the core set of characters, which is very typical of shounen.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Selena

    This reminds me of Tiger & Bunny. A lot. If the timelines would match up, then I'd say that this could be a far-flung future of the T&B universe. That's the kind of series this is judging by the first volume. In this world, ~80% of the population are born with "quirks," super human abilities that may or may not make sense. Those with hero-worth quirks work to go to U.A., a school for super heroes in training. Izuku "Deku" Midoriya was one of the unlucky few born without quirks. Despite this, he s This reminds me of Tiger & Bunny. A lot. If the timelines would match up, then I'd say that this could be a far-flung future of the T&B universe. That's the kind of series this is judging by the first volume. In this world, ~80% of the population are born with "quirks," super human abilities that may or may not make sense. Those with hero-worth quirks work to go to U.A., a school for super heroes in training. Izuku "Deku" Midoriya was one of the unlucky few born without quirks. Despite this, he still dreams of becoming a super hero, and when opportunity strikes, he gives it his all to get to his goal. So far, there are only about four characters that stand out, though there's an opportunity for more to come and go. We have Izuku, a boy still trying to figure out the whole "quirk" thing; "All Might," the ideal that Izuku aspires to be; Jerk Face Katsuki Bakugo, a guy who wants to be the greatest, even if it means being cruel to the competition; and Ochako Uraraka, a bubbly and straightforward girl who at this stage looks like the one who will be cheering Izuku on from his side as she too works at becoming a hero. There are elements of the western super hero comic universe and shounen tropes, but the mix makes for a different concoction than other super hero manga like HeroMan. As I said earlier, this one reminds me a lot more of Tiger & Bunny, but centered around the up-and-coming rather than the tried and true. If you like super heroes, definitely check this out.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Will Robinson Jr.

    Amazing! This is the first volume in what is sure to be a winning manga series. It is very surprising that we haven't got a Japanese take on the western superhero. Kohei has created a unique world and a great introduction to the quirky powers of My Hero Academia or Hero Academy as many fans are calling it. We basically follow middle school kid Izuku who dreams of becoming a superhero even though he doesn't have a superpower or what the people call a "quirk". In a chance meeting with the celebrat Amazing! This is the first volume in what is sure to be a winning manga series. It is very surprising that we haven't got a Japanese take on the western superhero. Kohei has created a unique world and a great introduction to the quirky powers of My Hero Academia or Hero Academy as many fans are calling it. We basically follow middle school kid Izuku who dreams of becoming a superhero even though he doesn't have a superpower or what the people call a "quirk". In a chance meeting with the celebrated superhero, ALL MIGHT, he is offer the opportunity to gain a quirk from the hero. All Might sees the potential in Izuku who doesn't see it in himself. Through the first volume we are introduce to his hero academy classmates who have strange quirks of their own. You really only scratch the surface of Izuku's abilities in this first volume. This series is well drawn and looks to have some amazing action ahead. Definitely it is worth a read.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Solseit

    Full review - I did not expect to start reviewing manga yet this is a lot of fun and it deserves a lot of attention! https://todaysdecameron.wordpress.com... Just lovely. In a world where most of the people have abilities, wanting to be a hero is a possible carrier. Yet, what happens when you are part of the minority without powers? How can you become a hero? Well, will power is the answer - and help from a person who will become your hidden mentor. The drawings are quite interesting, the ability Full review - I did not expect to start reviewing manga yet this is a lot of fun and it deserves a lot of attention! https://todaysdecameron.wordpress.com... Just lovely. In a world where most of the people have abilities, wanting to be a hero is a possible carrier. Yet, what happens when you are part of the minority without powers? How can you become a hero? Well, will power is the answer - and help from a person who will become your hidden mentor. The drawings are quite interesting, the ability to the author to accentuate the quirks (as defined in this series) is quite remarkable. I am going to jump into volume #2 as soon as it arrives!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Yesy (The Book Vagrant)

    Okay, well this is not what I thought it'd be at all, but I'm definitely continuing on with the series.

  28. 5 out of 5

    MrsNightRead

    My babies look so good in manga form TT___TT

  29. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    I just binge watched the show so now I gotta go back and read all the manga. It's so much fun! I love all the weird "quirks"/superpowers everyone has and I love Deku. ❤️

  30. 5 out of 5

    Chris Lemmerman

    Jumping on the bandwagon, I thought I'd check this series out. In a world where 80% of the population have super-powers called Quirks, poor Izuku Midoriya wants nothing more than to emulate his hero, All Might. One problem - he doesn't have a Quirk at all. But a chance meeting with All Might himself catapults Midoriya into the UA High School for heroes, and his life will never be the same. The premise isn't entirely original, with smackings of X-Men or Inhumans for example, but it's pulled off in Jumping on the bandwagon, I thought I'd check this series out. In a world where 80% of the population have super-powers called Quirks, poor Izuku Midoriya wants nothing more than to emulate his hero, All Might. One problem - he doesn't have a Quirk at all. But a chance meeting with All Might himself catapults Midoriya into the UA High School for heroes, and his life will never be the same. The premise isn't entirely original, with smackings of X-Men or Inhumans for example, but it's pulled off in such a way that makes the idea fresh and new. The randomness of the Quirks and the ways in which Horikoshi uses them during battle scenes is refreshingly new too. The characters are solid right off the bat, if a bit one-dimensional to start with. You've got your hero, your rival, your girl character, etc., but I'm sure there'll be plenty of time to flesh them out as we go. One thing I do notice about this is that it's probably the most Western manga I've ever read. Every chapters except the first is 20-22 pages, and there are even comic covers and proper cliffhangers between chapters, unlike the serialized nature of other manga I've read. It's definitely a good gateway drug for those who've read comics but don't really know where to start, in both premise and approach.

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