My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising Review. A Plus Ultra Movie.

4 and a half stars
Going to see My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising last night was probably the most interesting experience I have ever had when seeing a movie in theaters.
There were so many people in cosplay, many of them jumping around in excitement and shouting out to one another, before the film started.
I was honestly scared that they were going to ruin the movie for me by shouting throughout the runtime but, thankfully, when it started, they quieted down, except for a few occasional cheers.
A good thing too because My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising is a great time that any fan of the anime should see.
Although, anime only fans should know that there are a few light spoilers for where the series will go because the story takes place a little bit further in the manga.
Directed by Kenji Nagasaki, The movie takes place on Nabu Island, where Class 1-A are taking part in a training program by helping out the people of the island in their daily lives.
However, when the villain Nine (Yoshio Inoue), who has multiple Quirks, attacks the island in search of  a young boy, the heroes in training must band together to stop him, with no hope for backup.
For starters, my favourite thing about Heroes Rising is definitely how it uses its characters, especially Deku (Daiki Yamashita) and Bakugo (Nobuhiko Okamoto), who take center stage in their efforts to save the target of Nine, Katsuma Shimano (Yuka Terasaki), and his sister Mahoro (Mio Imada).

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Deku and Bakugo are the highlights of the film, with their rivalry having come a long way since season one.

It is not just them though because almost every member of Class 1-A is given a moment to shine in this film, creating some terrific action sequences.
This results in the epic final battle of the film, which is among the most glorious animation I have ever seen.
It is also set to the moving song, Might⁺U, that was recently in the anime when Deku saved Eri.
As for the villain of the film, Nine, he is not given much of a backstory so, unfortunately, him and his minions are not that interesting from a character perspective.
Thankfully though, they make up for it through the threat level they possess.

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Nine is definitely a threatening villain, even if he is not that interesting as a character.

Along with Nine’s slightly lacking character, another minor flaw I found with the film is that it does pull a few things to make sure its events are never mentioned again in the anime.
This does make sense but some of the ways the movie goes about it do feel a little abrupt.
Aside from these minor problems, My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising is an absolutely fantastic film with a lot of great character moments, humor, and an awesome final battle.
Apparently, the ending to this film was the original ending Kohei Horikoshi had in mind for the manga but he changed it so decided to put it in here.
And, given how great this ending is, I cannot wait to see how he actually plans to end My Hero Academia. 

My Hero Academia: Two Heroes Review – Bad Episode Leads to Great Film.

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My least favourite episode of My Hero Academia season three is definitely “Save the World with Love!”
This episode is complete filler that breaks the built up tension of the arc, and the only point it serves is to advertise a movie.
However, I will admit that, even though I disliked it, the episode did succeed in its goal of getting me to watch the movie, My Hero Academia: Two Heroes. 
And I am glad I watched it because the film is so enjoyable that it makes watching the bad “Save the World with Love” episode worth it.
Directed by Kenji Nagasaki, Two Heroes follows Deku (Daiki Yamishita) and All Might (Kenta Miyake) on a trip to I-Island, a place where quirks are studied.
There, All Might reunites with his good friend David Shield (Katsuhisa Namasae) and his daughter Melissa (Mirai Shida).

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Deku gets to meet important people in All Might’s life upon traveling to I-Island.

After befriending Melissa, and then coincidentally meeting up with most of his other friends from U.A, things go wrong for Deku when a group of villains attack the island and capture All Might and Dave.
With the odds against them, Deku and his hero friends have to work together to rescue them and defeat the villains.
One thing I want to praise Two Heroes for right off the bat is its amazing animation.
I was in awe over how amazing it is right from the first minute.
The fantastic animation, along with the typically great music, adds to the tension of scenes, with the story becoming more exciting because of this.
Speaking of the story, learning more about All Might’s rise to become the world’s number one hero and seeing his friendship with Dave was interesting.

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The friendship of All Might and Dave leads to some great backstory and development in the film.

Dave and Melissa themselves are great characters but, given that this is a standalone movie, I doubt we will see them in the anime any time soon, if at all.
This does raise a few issues, considering that Melissa designs some equipment for Deku that will probably never be used again, despite their evident usefulness, but that is a minor problem which can be overlooked by all the film’s great features.
One of these features is the hilarious comedy.
I usually find Mineta (Ryo Hirohashi) to more of a creep rather than funny in the anime, but in the film he had me clutching my sides with laughter.
He is not the only character that shines though because all of the other U.A students are given moments that highlight their strengths.

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Even if all of the U.A students being on the island at the same time feels a bit too coincidental, they are all given their chance to shine.

Even some of the villain characters are good, with one having a sympathetic motive that makes you understand them.
However, while the main villain of the film is interesting in terms of his quirk and power level, as a character he is one of My Hero Academia‘s most boring villains yet.
Still, at least his battle with Deku and All Might results in some cheer worthy moments for the two of them.
In the end, Two Heroes is a great addition to the My Hero Academia series.
The direction it takes makes it stand out from other anime movies, in my eyes.