Anime – My Hero Academia 2 [REVIEW] – The Path To Glory Is Never Easy

MyAnimeList Rating: 8,77/10
Genre: Action, Comedy, Super Power, School, Shounen
Studios: Bones
Author: Kouhei Horikoshi
Seiyuu: Daiki Yamashita, Yuki Kaji, Nobuhiko Okamoto

After reviewing the first season of My Hero Academia, the second season was actually successful because what I had wanted was a bit achievable and no longer as impressive as the shounen anime in general, although is a bit cliche. The first season only got 13 episodes just so the anime seemed hard to get a good storytelling and perfect for me. But, the second season makes the fans of this anime more widespread again especially their diehards and fanboys. In this second season, it may come back to focus on the main character, the addition of characters, and conflicts that further broaden the character again. What made it happen at the end of the first season episode generated a lot of experience from the whole character and the second season was the restorative.

“My Hero Academia 2,” tells about after an event that occurred in UA Academy. A sports festival is held in order to get a chance to show the young superhero’s strengths in public and attract other superheroes. However, the road to get there isn’t easy, especially for Izuku Midoriya (Daiki Yamashita) who still can’t master his power. Tackled by his classmates like Shouto Todoroki (Yuki Kaji) who has the power of ice and fire, Izuku must be able to sharpen and control the situation he experienced in order to achieve victory and prove its existence to the world.

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Actually, what makes My Hero Academia 2 greatly improved from its fandom? The answer, My Hero Academia 2 just need a good storytelling, seem cliched but clad uniquely so it’s not visible, and the characters are diverse in it. In the second season, this series is more about the development of its character even Izuku Midoriya more noticeable improvement little by little and he also was able to control his own “quirk” thanks to All Might and his mentor. But, what amazes me here is the role of Shouto Todoroki is deeper than Izuku Midoriya. Katsuki Bakugou is actually a bit closed because it’s more taken by Todoroki. In addition, the story also doesn’t require more villains and something like that because it’s more focused on main characters and others. Therefore, the tournament arc is the answer to all shounen anime. However, I like this arc because there is a sense of intensity and anticipation of all of it. A new character is also here. But this is also my problem because this new characters it just disappears from their own role as if they were a cameo. However, the story is further extended to a triangular rival between Midoriya, Bakugou, and Todoroki so there is an enthusiasm for each character. As usual, there was nothing I could expect from the animation and the artwork. Just like the first season, there is no special knowledge here. But, this is more like improvisation. The battle scene is really well-choreographed and the superpower elements are more evident. One that shows this element better is the tournament arc, again. In this arc, I know many people will admit that the fight between Midoriya and Todoroki is the best. One to another, they show the power that really looks superpower so somehow I also carried in it. But, others aspect I see is just as common as the first season. It’s colorful, nice costume, smooth camera angles, and it’s a Bones studio. In halfway, My Hero Academia made me feel out of bounds when watching this anime. In fact, I watch this series in a one-night marathon because it can no longer be underestimated and I admit this is one of the shounen anime that worth watching if you want to find something that entirely there is action everywhere and the theme that it brings the superhero.

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I don’t feel memorable with the opening and the ending theme song. “Peace Sign” by Kenshi Yonezu, “Sora ni Utaeba” by amazarashi, “Dakara, Hitori ja nai” by Little Glee Monster, and “Datte Atashi no Hero” by LiSA. But, I know LiSA always creates memorable anime songs in it. Some the theme song I know even though not watching the anime at all. But, amazarashi is the best I think if I compare it with the others. Everything is strengthened from the soundtrack that produces more intense in it. Not to mention, the seiyuu is still the same as my review of what was in the first season. Its sound also produces more tune to the classical hero but it’s so difficult to forget. If I discuss the characters, there are some minor problems. One of them is Todoroki. I was originally writing why this character appeared instantly compared to its more enclosed on the first season. However, this character is the culmination of all characters so that Todoroki has more fans than any other character. This is what makes us weird because, after the conflict that was continued in each arc, this character is immediately released from the conflict earlier that he became a triangular rival between Midoriya and Bakugou became more allies for Midoriya. But, I don’t mind this because I still think is good on the other side. The other characters also become more open and more revealing the emotionally experienced backstory. Uraraka, Iida, and others more into the conflict again so that storytelling is perfect to be able to help the protagonist. Being over again, Todoroki who further extends the backstory as well as his past more into emotionally deeply adds more story to the drama but on the other hand, it becomes the benchmark of the character. Of all the characters, Chizome Akaguro a.k.a. Hero Killer: Stain is the badass in here. Perhaps, he should get more portions because he is one of the anti-hero characters that gives great influence both from the side of hero or villain. I also like Tomura Shigaraki’s part about the last line he spoke in the last episode. It’s complex but it’s logical in motivation ways though, he is an antagonist.

Overall, if you are not really satisfied with the first season, just watch the second season that’s more violent. This anime brings its audience to a higher level with the support of colorful animations, smooth camera movements, more extended characters, and a soundtrack that really supports everything. But, some lacks such as the replacement of character roles, more focused on the character’s development, as well as the often-changing characters make this anime close from what I mentioned. Despite that, Stain has fixed it even though I predicted the third season would be even insane than the previous seasons. Another great shounen shows and it’s just simple with good storytelling.


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