“My Hero Academia: Two Heroes” was officially released in 2018 (same year Mac Miller’s fifth studio album Swimming came out) around the same time as the show. It received positive reviews from critics, fans and movie goers alike. Besides good reactions, the movie made enough revenue at the box office. As an anime enthusiast, I became intrigued watching My Hero Academia. I even wrote articles on Seasons 1-2. Once I finished viewing both seasons, I had to watch Two Heroes. Because it’s set before Season 3.
This review contains no crucial SPOILERS whatsoever. Feel free to read my non-spoiler article.
Strong & Weak Aspects
Strong: Justin Briner, Clifford Chapin, Christopher Sabat, Justin Cook, Monica Rial & Ian Sinclair reprise their roles from the show. They all did an excellent job for their respective voiceover performances.
Newcomers to the series such as Ray Chas (the voice of Noct from Final Fantasy XV) & Erica Mendez (the voice of Ryuko from Kill la Kill) both did a decent job for their respective voiceover performances.
Animation brings an immersive world to life along with character models, fluid movement and environmental locations.
Action Sequences display a character’s superpower or as they call it, “quirk.” A certain one really comes in handy.
Humor has some funny as heck moments. Mineta acts as the comic relief.
Pacing didn’t feel ultra-fast or ultra-slow. My eyes were glued to the screen.
Deku’s chemistry with his friends is the main highlight. He must lead his allies to overcome baddies if they want to save All Might and the rest of the heroes.
Set after Season 2, Deku learns to control his quirk without damaging his body. All Might invites him to an island for superheroes. The former reunites with an old friend named, David Shield. During their visit, bad guys raid the island taking All Might and Pro Heroes hostage. It’s up to Deku and his friends to stop them. Basically “Die Hard” with superheroes, but way better than Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s “Skyscraper.”
We learn about All Might’s friendship with David. They met during the former’s early years.
David’s daughter, Melissa assists Deku. Even though she’s born without a quirk, Melissa’s is useful. Thank goodness she isn’t obnoxious like Dakota Fanning’s character Rachel Ferrier from “War of the Worlds” constantly screaming at the top of her lungs.
A gauntlet plays an important part. And I thought The Infinity Gauntlet from “Avengers: Infinity War” was the biggest holy crap moment of 2018. Ya’ll know why.
I’m happy my favorite characters Kirishima & Mineta have prominent roles. Tsu makes a cameo.
An Easter Egg involving a superhero resembling Godzilla. To quote a line from “Austin Powers in Goldmember.” It looks like Godzilla, but due to international copyright laws, it’s not.” “Still, we should run like it’s Godzilla!” “Though it isn’t.”
Wolfram serves as the main antagonist. His background becomes crystal clear. I can’t tell you about. Because this review is classified. Wolfram also has the power to bend mental. Kinda like Magneto.
Callbacks to Seasons 1-2. If you’re unfamiliar with the lore, flashbacks to the previous seasons are a good thing. Not a requirement to watch all episodes.
The Climatic Battle is worth the wait.
There’s a Photo Montage during The End Credits.
Weak: Remember All Might has a three-hour time limit to stay in super form before he turns scrawny? How in the world is he able surpass his limit for an entire night?
The Final Verdict: A-
Despite one nitpick, My Hero Academia: Two Heroes is a near-perfect movie continuing Deku’s adventure learning to become a superhero. If you’re already caught up viewing Seasons 1-2. The first movie is worth your spare time. Now to binge watch Season 3. Which anime should I watch and review? Please leave a comment and I’ll reply back.