Sunday, June 5, 2016

Manga Review: My Hero Academia, Volume 4, by Kohei Horikoshi

Rating (Out of 5): ~3
Publisher: Shonen Jump (VIZ Media)
Release Date: May 3, 2016
Volumes: 8+
Spoilers?: No.
Volume: 1. 3. 5.

Goodreads Synopsis:

What would the world be like if 80 percent of the population manifested superpowers called “Quirks”? Heroes and villains would be battling it out everywhere! Being a hero would mean learning to use your power, but where would you go to study? The Hero Academy of course! But what would you do if you were one of the 20 percent who were born Quirkless?

The U.A. High sports festival is a chance for the budding heroes to show their stuff and find a superhero mentor. The students have already struggled through a grueling preliminary round, but now they have to team up to prove they’re capable of moving on to the next stage. The whole country is watching, and so are the shadowy forces that attacked the academy…


I can tell that this is a series I would enjoy, and that I should probably be following. I’ve missed the previous two volumes, so I missed a bit of story and a lot of character introductions. The class is apparently in a tournament, heroes against villains, and there are a couple rounds in this volume that eliminates a lot of students.
The odd group of characters, and the unique way they’re all drawn, reminds me of Shaman King, which is a good thing. Although there’s more equality here, and it’s more of a modern world. Also, the main character is more of a sappy underdog.
We meet a lot of unique characters this volume, each with a unique power, and I’m really enjoying the differences and the diversity here. I want to know more about them, to grow attached to them all. 
I like the friendships and the rivalries, and how they’re trying to balance both of them with everyone. The world is neat, and this was a fun volume. I should really read more.

A review copy was provided by the publisher, VIZ Media, for an honest review. Thank you so, so much!

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