Thursday, March 8, 2018

Manga Review: My Hero Academia, Volume 8, by Kohei Horikoshi

Rating (Out of 5): ~3.5
Publisher: Shojo Beat (VIZ Media)
Release Date: May 2017
Volumes: 17+
Spoilers?: No.
Volume: 1. 7. 9.

Goodreads Synopsis:

Midoriya inherits the superpower of the world’s greatest hero, but greatness won’t come easy.

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. students have reached the practical portion of their final exam, but they didn’t expect to have to beat their own teachers in order to pass! Paired with his archrival Bakugo, Midoriya has to try to take on none other than All Might himself. Working with Bakugo is one thing, but is giving everything he’s got to beat All Might more than Midoriya can handle? And in a nearby arena, Yaoyorozu and Todoroki endure a similar struggle. All the while, a sinister new adversary prepares to make a move…


Midoriya and Bakugo continue their fight against All Might, where they have to overcome their differences and work together to win/or pass the test. We get to see who else is struggling and why they were paired together.
After some recovery time, it's time for them to move onto the next test, and this time the class is going on a trip for it. But during the recovery time, Midoriya runs into the villains again, and we get an update on who they are and what they might be up to. There's definitely the threat of them, but they're mostly working in the background at the moment.
This is a fun series. I rather like the crazy mix of characters, but it's also a good stand-all for superhero manga. A good middle ground, fun and exciting. I'm enjoying catching up with it.

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