Boku no Hero Academia 3rd Season (My Hero Academia 3) Mid-Season Review – Almost time for summer

  • Episodes : 11+
  • Genre : Action, Comedy, School, Shounen, Super Power
  • Airing Date : April 7, 2018 – Ongoing
  • Producers : Bones

Contains Spoilers

Boku no Hero Academia 3rd Season Introduction

Taking place after UA High School’s sporting event and their brief internships, Midoriya, and his classmates once again continue their training through summer camp. Unfortunately, the League of Villains happens to know where they are camping and they are once again threatening society as they gun for our heroes. This attack is their biggest yet now that they are after Midoriya and Bakugo.

What We Liked About Boku no Hero Academia 3rd Season

If you’ve enjoyed the first two seasons, this installment picks up where the second season leaves off. The stakes are higher and there is a lot more action. The voice cast returns to their roles and the art and animation are still consistent with what we have seen so far. It introduces some new characters such as the Pussycats, and Grand Torino is given an expanded role. Plus, we finally learn more about the villains.

Why You Should Watch Boku no Hero Academia 3rd Season

1. It Has Non-Stop Action

While the previous seasons were full of action, despite being halfway over, season 3 offers the most exciting action yet. The moment the villains crash the party, the fighting doesn’t end. And the fights are by no means all style but contain substance. You see how certain quirks can be dangerous to the user under certain conditions, and how sometimes, being on the defense and trying to avoid a fight is the best strategy when you’re up against a true pro. The fights so far perfectly exploit how menacing the villains are, and how undertrained and inexperienced the students of UA are in comparison despite their strong motivations to fight for justice.

2. The Story and Characters Gradually Develop

While season 2 was sort of at a standstill with the tournament arc, this season finally gives the development it truly needs. You see how Midoriya is mastering his quirk despite making some mistakes, and that deep down inside, Bakugo actually respects Midoriya after All Might’s fight with All For One, the main villain. On the same token, Midoriya implements a strategy to save Bakugo without hurting Bakugo’s pride. Not only do we get more expansion on the heroes, we also get some more development with the villains as well and see more of the truth behind Tomura’s motivations on wanting to do away with all heroes.

Why You Should Skip Boku no Hero Academia 3rd Season

1. You Need to Watch the Previous Seasons

Before watching this present season, it is best to watch the first two seasons to learn what the overall story arc is and who the characters are. While the third season reminds us that Izuku was initially quirkless, audiences just can’t have the connection with him when they see how he gets it from All Might and how he learns to master it. It is also necessary to watch the first two seasons to get a better understanding of the rest of the supporting cast and villains are. Plus, some characters from the previous season who are not seen in this season so far such as Stain are mentioned a few times throughout so watching the previous seasons gives you the full picture on who Stain is.

2. Not for Non-Shounen Fans

If you happen to be someone who doesn’t enjoy Shounen for superficial and yet understandable reasons, then all we can say that this anime isn’t likely for you. Even though this anime does stand out in a lot of ways, at its core, it is a typical Shounen title that we have all seen before. The main character is a highly motivated underachiever with a rival that has everything he could ever want. But all of that changes when someone who has faith in him passes on his power to become the man he wants to be but you also need to put in the hard work and dedication. In addition, it has other tropes typical of the Shounen genre such as training arcs, flashbacks, and over the top action. So if you don’t like DBZ or Naruto, chances are, you may not enjoy this.

Final Thoughts

For those that love manga, anime, Shonen, and even the typical American superhero genre, we can promise that this is the anime for you. While the art style is more in-tune with what you see in anime, All Might (despite being a Japanese national when you learn his real name) is the perfect representation of American Superheroes with his design, costume, and how he uses names of American cities and states to name his Sunday punches (like Texas Smash, Delaware Smash, and Detroit Smash).

When you invest yourself in this anime, not only does it have high-quality action, it has comedy and emotion. Midoriya has a very relatable journey and he is easy for viewers to project themselves onto. So if you have seen the first two seasons and haven’t seen this one, then what are you waiting for, Christmas? As previously stated, you’re going to need to watch the first two seasons before you watch season 3 and if you haven’t, please watch now!

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Author: Justin "ParaParaJMo" Moriarty

Hello, I am originally from the states and have lived in Japan since 2009. Though I watched Robotech and Voltron as a child, I officially became an anime fan in 1994 through Dragon Ball Z during a trip to the Philippines. In addition to anime, I also love tokusatsu, video games, music, and martial arts. よろしくお願いします

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