Bet you weren’t expecting this review so soon huh? Well, even someone who likes to take their time with these things like me couldn’t help watching this series a little faster than usual! My Hero Academia Season One simply left me too amazed to wait before jumping into the second season. And I’m glad I jumped right into it! My Hero Academia Season Two simply outstages its predecessor in almost every aspect. The first season was by no means bad, but it had its problems, problems that are mostly fixed in this season, probably as a result of the show’s sudden popularity. Anyway, enough stalling! Season Two doesn’t drag its feet for an instant, and neither will I! Let’s get right into the review!
As I said in my previous review, My Hero Academia’s strongest aspect is its colourful cast of characters. While each character(except Koji) got at least one moment in the first season, for a lot of them, it was brief and fleeting. Season Two however, has almost twice the number of episodes, and thus, twice as much time to split between its characters. Some of them get their own episode like Tsuyu(even if it was only filler) and some of them get several moments spread throughout the season’s episodes. And every single character(even Koji!) gets a fight at the end where two of them face a teacher together for their final exam! While a few are pretty much just one big joke(Uraraka and Aoyama Vs Thirteen as an example), it’s still awesome to see them doing something other than just hanging around in the background. Characters that were as transparent as Toru before, now feel fleshed out, if only a little.
The first arc in the season however, still does a good job of showcasing each character, as well as introducing some new ones which are just as interesting. UA’s Sports Festival is a joy to watch from start to finish, through both the serious and emotional moments and the lighthearted comedic moments. Main character and best girl Ochaco gets some of the focus as well as the enigmatic Shoto whose tragic past is finally revealed. Both of them get two of the best fights of these season, fights that are only really surpassed by the epic multi-episode Hero Killer fight. While Ochaco’s fight doesn’t have choreography that gets any more complex than one character charging towards the other, the music and stakes combine to create a seriously hard-hitting battle of wills. Shoto’s is similar with choreography that is relatively straightforward, but the beautiful animation makes it intense and impactful.
After that, it’s almost straight into the Vs Hero Killer Arc which has a fight too awesome for words, with life-threatening consequences. Midoriya, Shoto and Iida go up against the formidable Hero Killer Stain, a vigilante out to rid the world of ‘fake heroes’ by soaking his blade with their blood. The Final Exams arc after that is probably the weakest of this season’s arcs, but it’s by no means bad and gives many of the side characters some much-needed development. As I mentioned earlier, a bit of this development is done through straight-up comedy, comedy that’s extremely cheesy and cliche. But it’s nevertheless a fun arc with an ending that’s far more solid than the last, planting plot elements that will surely come into play in future seasons.
There are still a few problems with this season however. My biggest problem with My Hero Academia’s first season was the extremely slow pacing that made the first half of the season a drag. Fortunately, Season Two has learned from its mistakes, and it gets almost straight into the action! There’s one or two setup episodes and then it’s straight into the Sports Festival! It doesn’t slow down either. The setup for the arc after that. the Hero Killer Arc, is done during the Sports Festival, and it jumps almost straight into it as soon as it’s done. There are a few slow episodes after that, but after all the action-packed fights and intense, emotional moments, they’re more than welcome. Finally, the season ends with the students of Class 1-A facing their final exams, as well as the first real confrontation between Shigaraki and Midoriya, ending the season on as high a note as the last.
In conclusion, My Hero Academia’s second season is the perfect continuation to its first season. It kicks into high gear almost right from the get-go and doesn’t slow down until it finally comes to an abrupt end. The animation is glorious and you can feel the impact and stakes in every single fight. Best of all, the soundtrack is somehow even better than it was before, with some tracks even being upgraded and expanded upon. My Hero Academia doesn’t just spread its philosophies, it lives by them. This season truly has gone beyond, even though you might have heard its words before.
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