Ever since Dragon Ball Z popularized the shonen battle genre, many have tried to emulate its success. While some fall into obscurity, a few bring the genre to new heights. While Bleach, Naruto, and One Piece did just that during the 2000s, My Hero Academia took a new direction with the genre in the 2010s.
Clearly inspired by the immense popularity of superheroes, My Hero is a refreshing take on the shonen battle anime. While the tropes are still there, they’re recontextualized for a heartfelt story about perseverance.
The emotional core of the show is Izuku “Deku” Midoriya. He desires to be a hero, even though he’s among the 20 percent of humanity without a superpower. Although some extenuating circumstances lead to Deku acquiring superpowers, he’s always humble and willing to help.
While Deku brings heart to the show, the lovable cast, interesting high school setting, and high-paced action round out My Hero Academia’s excellent package.