Thursday, April 19, 2018

Manga Review: My Hero Academia, Volume 9, by Kohei Horikoshi

Rating (Out of 5): ~3.5
Publisher: Shonen Jump (VIZ Media)
Release Date: August 2017
Volumes: 18+
Spoilers?: No.
Volume: 1. 8. 10.

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?

It’s off to summer camp for Midoriya and the U.A. students! But this is no ordinary vacation—it’s high-impact training where the students are expected to develop their Quirks even further! The teachers have set up some tough challenges, but none will be as difficult and as life changing as the threat a new group of enemies poses. What’s even worse is who the villains’ target is and why…


The class is on their test and endurance trip, training hard to get better and going through some hard trials. They start on a test in the woods, when the villains attack. There are several villains and they spread out, with a few different intentions and main victims. There's a lot of violence here, a lot of odd quirks and each hero trainee is pushing themselves to the limit.
Midoriya goes to save the kid, and we get to see the meaning of a real hero. We discover at least one person the villains are after—which ends in a not-so-good cliffhanger. We get to see an interesting challenge for Uraraka, and the teacher faces off with one villain.
I like to see each hero and villain using their quirks, the odd ones there are, and how they use them against each other. Some of the villains are truly awful, though. Midoriya also tends to push himself past the point of believable, but I'm trying to look past that.
This is at a really interesting point, with high stakes, and I'm looking forward to reading the next one.

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