This is Rather “Odd”

July 12th, 2022 in Anime, General Reviews by

OK, so we are genuinely building to a series of climaxes, as each season is upping the stakes in “My Hero Academia”, to the point that it is a genuine wonder that none of them have dropped out. I mean, I suppose it’s nice to have a quirk, but some people have a quirk that’s not much better than being able to raise or lower the temperature of a room by 17 degrees. Still, it appears the villains are ‘shoving all the chips in’ to see what goes down.

Class 1-A is going on forest lodge trip, but it really is a test of their abilities. As they are being challenged by this new environment, the League of Villains show up and strew chaos and confusion into the mix and end up by capturing Bakugo. A huge effort is mounted to rescue this hero and it results in a caliber of destruction that was not anticipated.

There is a lot more that goes on, but I don’t want to take it away from you. This is a series that continues to build and you HAVE to watch every episode, as a little hint here is picked up on later. Although we primarily follow Young Midoriya, we also see what obstacles the other heroes have to overcome in order to be the kind of heroes they want to be.

At least the League of Villains hasn’t slid into being cartoony. They are still a dangerous group to be reckoned with and have much mayhem planned. They are definitely playing the long game and are not in any rush to tip their hand this early.

Binging? Hell damn yes! This series is made of sterner stuff and can easily withstand the hardest of binges, especially since some of the episodes cover four, five, six episodes to tell their tales fully, so you need to see it play out to the best of their abilities.

I don’t want to surrender too much here. If you are a fan of the series, you are going to sign up for the next season. If you are new to this, you HAVE to start at the very beginning, as a lot of this is not going to make a lick of sense to you. It’s just that there are superb stories to tell and even when it hits a clunker, it’s not that bad of a clunker (I just wish Bakugo wasn’t THAT big of an angry butthead.)

Now, MHA doesn’t really name its seasons, so I refer to this one as “Odd Season”, as that is the name of the theme song that kicks things off.

On a scale of 1 to 10:

Artwork           7 (Some of those villains are truly bizarre)
Plot                  8 (We’re playing the very long game)
Pacing              8 (You may need a breather)
Effectiveness   8 (Lots of tales to relate)
Conclusion      5 (It reaches a ‘coupler point’, but hasn’t ended)
Fan Service     5 (A similar show would be “Maburaho”)
Bingability    10 (Put that butt into the seat for a long session)

Overall            8 (Good story, very good story)

And remember, it’s first run until you’ve seen it. We have to do something!

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