With five (soon six!) Seasons and two films to his credit, it’s hard to think of new things My Hero Academia’s anime can do as it continues to adapt Kohei Horikoshi’s superheroic shonen manga. The third film to come, Mission of the heroes of the world, An easy answer to this question: Plant the Japanese heroes we spent seven years in America with and watch them do their insanely chaotic thing there.
Not much in the grand scheme of things, but there is some appeal to watching Deku use his newfound Blackwhip power to swing around the Golden Gate Bridge like one of those types of spiders we know. Oh, Deku has more than one power now, haven’t you heard? The dub trailer for the new movie sees Deku (Justin Briner), Bakugo (Clifford Chapin), and Todoroki (David Matranga) join a global alliance of heroes during their internship with the father of Todoroki Endeavor (Patrick Seitz) which they started in the second half of this final season. Saving the world from a pro-human group called Humarise who want to take down all Quirks (superpowers) is their main goal, but clearing Deku’s name after he’s been trapped is also on the agenda.
My hero never delved too deeply into what it’s like to be Quirkless other than in his early episodes when Deku was starting to master his powers after spending most of his life without them. Like Amon of Legend of Korra Where X-Men’s Stryker, the leader of Humarise has a clear and visible contempt for Quirks, and the only way for him to level the playing field is to enrich himself with technology. Will the film engage in what it says or blur it like what Korra done with Amon? Time will tell us. Anyway, it’s all hands on dek (u), and Heroes of the world embraces everything that just happened to be a flashy superhero movie, teen trio flashy new stealth combinations to the extra show of their powers that the anime can only do during certain episodes, but a movie can do it more frequently over time. The animation of the series has improved every season, and last year’s film The heroes rise up took Deku and his friends to new heights with absolutely crazy third act. There is a high pedigree here, and it feels like Mission of the heroes of the world will draw on that energy again.
My Hero Academia: Mission of the Heroes of the World hits theaters in dub and under on October 29th. Tickets are on sale now, and those who attend the opening weekend will receive a specialized manga and a 76-page booklet that gives an overview of the film’s development, including sketches of Horikoshi himself.
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