My Hero Academia’s third season officially aired in 2019 (same year Euphoria’s first season aired on HBO) on Adult Swim. It received positive reviews from critics, fans and viewers alike. As an anime enthusiast, I wanna share my thoughts on every season on My Hero Academia. I already covered Seasons 1-2.
This review contains no crucial SPOILERS whatsoever. Feel free to check out my non-spoiler article.
Mighty & Weak Aspects
Mighty: Justin Briner, Clifford Chapin, Christopher Sabat, Justin Cook, Monica Rial, Colleen Clinkenbeard, Chuck Huber, Sonny Strait, Ian Sinclair, Kent Williams, Mike McFarland & Eric Vale all did an excellent job for their respective voiceover performances.
Animation brings many elements to life such as character models, fluid animation and environmental locations.
Action Sequences displays a character’s unique superpower or quirk.
Humor contains funny as heck moments. Particularly Mineta’s antics as a Cassanova wannabe. Kacchan’s over-the-top yelling. Uraraka has the hots for Deku. She’s like Isabella from “Phineas and Ferb.” Known to have the hots for Phineas.
Set after Season 2, Izuku Midoriya/Deku and his friends continue their journey to become a superhero. They learn new moves by pushing beyond their limits to increase power level. Season 3 focuses on Deku’s various challenges. His encounter with the League of Villain, seeks to rescue an ally from the baddies, witness All Might’s epic battle with All for One, endures a difficult exam to obtain a hero license and his rivalry with Katsuki Bakugo/Kacchan.
Season 3 has two story arcs. School Trip/Hideout Raid and Hero License Exam. My favorite is the former. Courtesy of the League of Villains invading Deku’s trip. To quote Martin Lawrence in “Bad Boys II.” S**t just got real!”
Pacing didn’t take forever. My eyes were glued to the TV.
Deku’s chemistry with Kacchan and his friends is the main highlight. They must band together if they want to pass an exam.
The anime’s influenced by “Dragon Ball,” “Naruto,” Sam Raimi’s “Spider-Man Trilogy” “Star Wars,” “Harry Potter” & “X-Men.”
A Plot Twist involving Shigaraki. I can’t tell you all about it. You’ll have to see for yourself. A better twist than M. Night Shyamalan’s “Glass.”
All for One’s motive becomes crystal clear. Without giving anything away. Everything changes in terms of emotional stakes.
Members of the League of Villains remind me of notable characters. The name of the organization might be a reference to the League of Shadows from “The Dark Knight Trilogy.” Toga’s my favorite villain. I also like Twice.
- Shigaraki = Darth Vader
- All for One = Emperor Palpatine
- Toga = Harley Quinn & Mystique.
- Dabi = A combination of Joker & Pyro from X-Men.
- Mr. Compress = Mysterio & Alfred Borden from The Prestige.
- Twice = A cross between Deadpool & Spawn.
- Moonfish = Rubber Man from American Horror Story.
- Spinner = Curt Connors/Lizard from Spider-Man.
- Muscular = Younger Toguro from YuYu Hakusho.
My favorite characters are Kirishima, Tsu (rhymes with Sue) & Mineta.
Character Development involving Deku. Thanks to adapting at UA, he becomes a leader to his peers.
The 58th episode, “Special Episode: Save the World with Love” builds up the movie, “Two Heroes.” Which is set before Season 3. By the way, I wrote a non-spoiler article on the first movie. So, don’t forget to check it out.
Season Finale’s last scene sets up Season 4.
Weak: As I mentioned on my previous reviews on Seasons 1-2, it can be a pain to remember various characters. I still don’t remember the students from Class 1-B. This isn’t a contest to dump every new character.
The Final Verdict: A-
Like the previous two seasons, My Hero Academia’s third season is near-perfect. If it weren’t for one nitpick, I could’ve given it my highest grade an A, FOR APEX. An A- will do. If you’re already caught watching Seasons 1-2 and Two Heroes, binge watch Season 3. So far, I’m really enjoying My Hero Academia. I’ll start watching Season 4.