Don’t worry, it’s spoiler free.
I had attempted to read the My Hero Acedamia manga a few times, but I never could commit to it. I decided to pick it up a few weeks ago and see it through, and I am so glad I did. It was great!
I started reading at chapter one, and it was slow going. Not because the story was slow in it’s entirety, but because the anime adapts the manga so accurately. The anime is very true to the manga with few filler episodes- so if you plan to start reading the manga, its much more enjoyable beginning where the anime leaves off at episode 257.
There were so many things I loved about this manga. I would re-read this solely to read Bakugo’s character arc again. It’s the best character development I have ever seen in my 30 years of life on this earth. It’s smooth and realistic, and his goals and motives are understandable. I truly hated him at the beginning of the series, but now I like him better than anyone else.
Besides Bakugo’s arc, we also see a ton of development and growth in other characters, like Endeavor, Deku and the Hero Course class 1-A. Seeing so much growth is amazing, and I truly hope this manga progresses to them in adulthood (even if it is just one or two chapters.)
I had a bit of a hard time with this manga at times because of the fight scenes. The fast paced battle scenes were hard for me to follow at times, but I am sure they will look great on screen.
The entire plot itself is weaved together in such a way that every question is answered and each mystery is unraveled, which is truly satisfying. We are able to see so many characters in their element, however, I still think there are way too many characters. Its great to see so many heroes progressing in the story, but it also can seem like characters just suddenly disappear and then reappear as if they were almost forgotten about for the last 30 chapters. The number of protagonists could easily have been divided in half and it would still have the same great arcs and story without an oversaturation of extras. For example, in the beginning of season five it is revealed that Shinsou is working with Eraserhead to grow his power so he can be a hero. This was a story point I was genuinely excited for as I enjoy these characters- but after the few chapters regarding this, Shinsou effectively falls off the grid for 80 chapters while other characters and story points steal the spotlight.
The manag had a couple “ah-ha!” moments, with big reveals bringing answers to questions we had been waiting for for awhile. The biggest and most startling revelation could have been done a bit better. There was some forshadowing- it wasnt out of the blue by any means, but if there would have been more flashbacks and talk about this situation it would have made the reveal much more intense.
Is it worth reading? Emphatically, yes! It has humor, action, drama and everything you could want. The manga is in its final arc and scheduled to wrap up in the fall of 2022. I am looking forward to it, and currently enjoying keeping up with its weekly release as the story builds to it’s crescendo. With how the story arcs run, I would anticipate at least another two seasons of anime, so there is still a lot to look forward to.
Did you read MHA manga? What do you think?