My Hero Academia Season 3 Review: End of Act One.

4 and a half stars
After highly enjoying My Hero Academia‘s first and second season, I rushed into the third hoping it would be just as fantastic.
And, I have to say that, while I do think it is a great season, it does fall short of the heights of season two for me.
Again, it is still fantastic.
I have heard people call this season “the end of act one” in the overall story, and I can certainly see why.
Where the season takes All Might and his nemesis, All For One (Akio Otsuka), half way through definitely makes it feel like the first part of the story has concluded.
Although, it honestly felt like they built up All For One a bit much last season.
Whether or not this is a good or bad thing has yet to be seen.
Either way, their confrontation leads to, not only an incredible fight, but a game changing event for both All Might and the very world of My Hero Academia itself.

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The fight between All Might and All For One is essentially My Hero Academia’s act one conclusion.

The build up to this was stellar as well with the Training Camp Arc putting a spotlight on all the interesting new villains like Toga Himiko (Misato Fuken), Dabi (Hiro Shimono) and Twice (Daichi Endo).
There are also plenty of great moments from the training heroes in this arc, especially Deku, whose fight with the villain Muscular (Kousuke Takaguchi) leads to a character defining moment.
Although, I do feel that this fight kind of makes the power system feel slightly broken, with the ridiculous heights Deku takes his power to.
Then there is the second arc of the season, where the U.A students take their practical exams to get their practicing hero licenses.
Here, we are introduced to another series of interesting characters and even see a well done twist.

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The exam arc introduces a bunch of new characters for Deku and his friends to fight, one of which provides a great twist.

The twist is certainly a lot better than the one that is revealed during the All Might and All For One fight, which honestly feels very abrupt, due to the little to no build up.
Sadly, the second arc also has its issues with one episode cutting away to a pointless flashback just to advertise a movie, which annoyed me a lot.
But, there are still plenty of great things about the third season to make up for its bothersome moments.
One of these things is the character development of Bakugo.
When he was introduced in the third season, I could not understand why people loved his character so much.
He was just a bully with an inferiority complex that was always angry.
So imagine my surprise when, at the end of the season, Deku and Bakugo fight and it leads to an incredibly impactful outburst from him.
I had no idea he felt that way so this revelation served as another mini twist for me in a great piece of character development.

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Bakugo’s character development in “Deku vs Bakugo, Part 2” is both surprising and impactful.

This made me understand why Bakugo is a lot of people’s favourite character.
He is still not my personal favourite but he is definitely up there.
As for the animation and music, both are once again stellar, delivering two amazing openings with “Odd Future” and “Make My Story.”
Features like this, Bakugo and other characters’ development, and more all turned out to create a great third season that has me excited for the fourth one coming this year.
Season three may not reach the heights of the third for me but I still found it a fun time with a lot of excellent character development.

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