The newest movie on the celebrated franchise, My Hero Academia World Heroes Mission, promises another outing full of amazement and adventure. Let’s find out more about the movie and its quality in this review!
My Hero Academia World Heroes Mission Overview
My Hero Academia Movie 3: World Heroes’ Mission, or Boku no Hero Academia World Heroes Mission in original Japanese, is an action, adventure and comedy movie from Studio Bones, the studio behind all the other seasons of My Hero Academia and other acclaimed anime like Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood and The Case Study of Vanitas. The movie is directed by Kenji Nagasaki, the chief director of the series and other ventures such as Gundam and Monster.
The movie takes place between the Season 5 arcs of Endeavour Training and My Villain Academia. Like the previous two My Hero Academia movies, this movie is also an original story, which means it is not a part of the original canon written by mangaka Kohei Horikoshi. It is set under its own slightly different set of circumstances, but it features all the characters that we know and love taking on a new enemy that has been brewing in the background for a while.
– Boku no Hero Academia Movie 3 Review does not contain spoilers –
My Hero Academia World Heroes Mission Review- The Plot
“Under the doctrines of Quirk Doomsday Theory, the ideological group Humarise is convinced that all humans with quirks are diseased and must be eradicated. In order to rebuild the world, the group’s extremists have constructed a lethal device known as a “Trigger Bomb” that causes people with quirks to lose control and die. Their leader, Flect Turn, evades capture from the Pro Heroes deployed around the world.
During his work-study in the country of Otheon with Japan’s number one Pro Hero, Izuku “Deku” Midoriya, is accused of a crime he did not commit. Unintentionally involving Roddy Soul, a local, Deku soon finds himself on the run with the boy. It is now up to Rody, Deku, and Deku’s classmates to stop the Trigger Bomb plot set in motion by Flect, all while eluding the other persistent members of Humarise.” Courtesy MAL Rewrite.
Let’s get one thing out of the way first- that My Hero Academia World Heroes Mission exists is a shameful thing in and of itself. It is due to this movie that the production of Season 5 of the show was so butchered and underwhelming. The trend of all seasons of My Hero Academia having a movie in between the episodes is toxic, not only for the show’s quality but the entire studio’s. The production of a highly anticipated arc, My Villain Academia, was hurt by the sheer existence of this movie, and it is hard to get over that.
However, apart from the damage it caused, this movie is quite a spectacular effort. It seems like My Hero Academia is the only anime currently keeping the trend of non-canon shonen anime movies alive. While these efforts aren’t as grand or earth-shattering as the likes of Demon Slayer Mugen Train or Made in Abyss Dawn Of The Deep Soul, these are solid, highly entertaining and fun outings that are immensely well made and stay true to the overall message of the show.
The plot of My Hero Academia World Heroes Mission was the best among all the movies based around the show so far. The factor that helped it the most was that it fits snugly within the events of Season 5, and it didn’t feel like a day had passed since we last saw our favourite Class 1-A. This movie was the closest to being canon among all three movies because it used a plot point that had already existed in the show before, the quirk singularity theory.
I was under the impression that the theory would play a major part in the show’s canon, but if this is what came out of it, that is perfectly fine as well. Studio Bones managed to fit a lot of good narratives within the confines of a movie, and this was the first time the heroes were shown working in this scale and magnitude. The stakes were suitably high, and the main characters’ involvement looked extremely natural, as opposed to being shoehorned into the second movie’s plot.
The fight scenes were less impressive than they have ever been in a My Hero Academia movie, but they were great all the same. I guess this is what they get for trying to make a movie and a season of anime with the budget of a season of anime. The plot was well written and contained the elements of a road trip and an exotic overseas mission, elements that worked well for the movie and its characters. It felt like a Hollywood edition of My Hero Academia, and it was great.
My Hero Academia World Heroes Mission Review- The Characters
There was some solid character work in this movie. Due to the limitations of it being non-canon, it was never going to do anything too ambitious with the characters. But what it did do worked very well. Deku, Bakugo and Shoto were the three main characters who got a lot of time to shine in the movie, but all the rest of the heroes also played their minute parts very well. It was great seeing all of them working together to solve an avengers level threat together.
The new characters were a bit of a mixed bag. Rody was a fantastic addition to the cast, serving as a sympathetic anchor of the entire movie. He had great chemistry with Deku, and his role in the movie’s plot was substantial and lovely. The villain, on the other hand, wasn’t very good. He was a suitably strong threat and raised the movie’s stakes, but his overall presentation and fights left a lot to be desired. Deku, Todoroki, and Bakugo carried the fights on their backs, and I’ll never get tired of defending Deku to anyone. His powers are awesome, his personality is awesome, and he is awesome.
My Hero Academia World Heroes Mission Review- Animation and Music
There were some fantastic directorial decisions with respect to animation in My Hero Academia World Heroes Mission, and they were all mostly great. The continuous flowing long shots were beautifully done, and the overall animation quality was very high. The show’s art style as a whole is slightly low effort and cartoony, so it usually doesn’t look as good as the other darlings of the anime industry right now, Demon Slayer and Jujutsu Kaisen. However, it still looks great for what it is.
The music, as usual for the show, was extremely well done. Yuuki Hayashi is a miracle worker and has yet to produce a worse than “great” score for the show. The insert songs from Asian Kung-Fu generation were sombre and extremely high quality. The battle OSTs have always been the best parts of the show, and you can’t tell me that your heart’s pace doesn’t quicken when you hear the notes of You Say Run. That was the case for My Hero Academia World Heroes Mission, and it was fantastic.
My Hero Academia World Heroes Mission was a fantastic movie that featured a great story, lovely characters, and fantastic music and animation. It was an overall amazing package that didn’t need to exist, to begin with. Seriously. Don’t do another movie with a season’s budget. Please.Follow us on Instagram & Facebook to keep yourself updated with the latest news and reviews.