As summer arrives for the students at UA Academy, each of these superheroes-in-training puts in their best efforts to become renowned heroes. They head off to a forest training camp run by UA's pro heroes, where the students face one another in battle and go through dangerous tests, improving their abilities and pushing past their limits. However, their school trip is suddenly turned upside down when the League of Villains arrives, invading the camp with a mission to capture one of the students. Boku no Hero Academia 3rd Season follows Izuku "Deku" Midoriya, an ambitious student training to achieve his dream of becoming a hero similar to his role model—All Might. Being one of the students caught up amidst the chaos of the villain attack, Deku must take a stand with his classmates and fight for their survival. [Written by MAL Rewrite]
My hero academia came out at a perfect time. The very popular long running series Naruto ended, and superheroes were all the rage in western culture. Everyone was searching for the next series to quench their thirst. That’s when the anime community was introduced to a long running super hero fighting anime, “My Hero Academia.”. The creator, Horikoshi, made the number one hero in the series to look like Captain America & Superman’s love child. And the number one hero has moves referencing American states which the protagonist uses. Clearly the show was shouting out at a western audience & it worked. The show brought in anime fans, superhero fans, American fans, and casual viewers. At one point, even I was liking the show. It was until after a few days of sitting on it that I started to realize this show is not something I can praise. I went back through my experience & noticed all its plot inconsistencies, poor characterization, bad story-telling, boring fights, weak villains, its repetitive structure in every season, and how it offended me on personal level.
Story: The world is a hero hierarchy. Eighty percent of the population has magical superpowers. Children are indoctrinated at a young age to become heroes or ultimate police force of their countries, towns, cities, etc. Villains are born in because of unfair rules. Humans are banned from being heroes as its too dangerous up until now. Where our lead, Izuku Midoriya, a poor human comes in. Izuku has a dream of being the number one hero. Can he do it being broke and powerless? Watch to find out…
The first thing I’ll point out is poor characterization because I rank that highly for my metric scale. Nearly every character in the series is badly written. Considering this is a show about heroes the main thing you want to do is create relatable characters. Otherwise an audience won’t feel emotional investment to care about their progression. It’s why the western hero Spiderman is one of the most beloved heroes ever. This is because despite his powers he has relatable problems humans go through. All the characters in this show are cardboard cutouts of each other or knockoff versions of better characters from better series. They react the same and don’t stand out unless the author demands it for an episode or two to poorly manipulate audience’s emotions.
1a: Uraraka, has a sudden arc about how poor her family is to be forgotten about. The conflict isn’t resolved nor discussed again. A better writer might have shown hints beforehand for buildup or show Uraraka working on resolving said issues like getting a job. Otherwise why bring up the conflict if a resolution is not handled well nor worked on? Also there are/were no indications that she was/is poor to begin with which could have been indicated by her clothing, attitude, and body hygiene. Whilst, those may be simple reasons to indicate a character is poor it would have made more sense for the later reveal. Lastly, for some reason she is in love with Deku all because he saved her once when overall the relationship has no depth whatsoever. They share nothing in common nor do they talk feed off each-other organically. Every time I see them interact I cringe because it’s as if the writer is putting in a fantasy over himself getting a “cute” girl to fawn over him. When in reality any girl would be turned off by a whiny basic bitch like Deku. Overall, Uraraka comes off as a empty cheerleader who’s main goal is to suck off Deku when they share no chemistry at all. If anything Uraraka matches much better with the Bakugou as he inspired her to elevate her training, work harder, and take heroism much more seriously.
1b: Iida, deals with the dilemma of revenge to easily forgetting about it after a chat with a friend. This is never mentioned again and the emotional investment to his family was never built up beforehand. A good author might have shown hints, or have it take-longer for Iida to overcome his moral dilemmas. Iida is that type of character with a stick-up-his-ass. That one that likes to follow the rules obnoxiously close. However, for some reason, like the rest of the bland characters, he gets along with everyone and even lets perverts like Mineta constantly get away with sexually harassing classmates without informing authority figures. So really he doesn’t stay true to his “character” and is forced to “get along” with everyone over this fake safe space the author created. In reality characters like Mineta and Bakugou would be hated for being assholes, harassing other classmates, and making others uncomfortable. Meanwhile, Iida himself would be known as a rat and most likely have few to no friends.
1c: Momo, has an arc showing insecurities & has a panic attack. This behavior was never hinted previously. The “insecurity” is cured after a conversation & is forgotten about. To think these deep seeded issues can be solved after talking for fifteen minutes. Momo in the beginning is an obnoxious cunt. Later, the series tries to bate sympathy by showing she has anxiety & panic attacks but this is given no basis and is never brought up again in the context of the show. Overall, a wooden girl with a disgusting hero outfit for fan service… seriously why would an institution like this allow a teenage girl to wear an outfit that revealing?
1d: Shoto has an arc about family trauma but after a conversation is convinced to change by visiting his abusive mother and to work out issues with similar abusive father. This cheapens the character. Why should an audience be concerned if character’s problems are solved through small talk? A good author would show Shoto slowly developing solutions on his own. Not have the lead play God to solve everyone’s issues. Shoto had potential but this series ruined it by having his development rely on Deku’s words. How pathetic and distasteful by cheapening the real damage of parental abuse.
1e: Bakugou, has an ongoing arc/gag of his wailing inferiority complex. It doesn’t make sense as the one he feels inferior to is a powerless wimpy Izuku Midoriya. I can only assume its because Izuku is the main character but Bakugou doesn’t know this. The motivations he has are to be a hero because he wants to be the best. Wow. Such rich motivation. The bullying he does to others I thought would be do to having abusive parental figures. However, his family life is fairly good. So, the only excuse for him actively picking on the weak must be because he is a sociopath. Next for some reason the author thinks its a great idea to have Bakugou constantly opening up his feelings to the one he’s abusing. When it makes no sense. Why would any bully confess personal insecurities to their victim? It reminds me of a Key & Peele skit titled, ‘School bully’. The only way I can see why Bakugou is an extreme favorite amongst fans is because his commentary about the show is disturbingly very meta, “extra’s fumigate, nothing makes sense, nobody is worth remembering, & Deku is the worst!” – Yes that sums up the show perfectly Bakugou! So, I’ll let him slide as an ironically likable character.
1f: Izuku Midoriya/Deku, the worst shonen protagonist I’ve ever encountered. Deku is essentially a boy scout bore who is cringe worthy at best and extremely annoying at worst. In the beginning Deku claims being a hero is the number one goal yet idolizes a bully & never once trains. As once Deku learns he has no powers he gives up. All Deku did for fourteen years, according to information from episode 1, was take notes of pros, cry, & complain. It’s until a deus ex machina happens when the number 1 hero, the leads cherished idol, All Might decides to select Deku to give his superpowers too. It happens after All Might witnesses Deku attempt to save his bully from a monster whom would have easily killed him if it wasn’t for plot armor. Meanwhile, three able pro heroes stood by for no reason. No logic. So, after one event of recklessness & plot stupidity the number one hero picks Deku a random, lazy, crybaby whom he just met to be a successor. All because All Might thinks Deku is a lot like himself. This is do to All Might previously being quirk-less and given said powers. So, All Might did this all for the feels. Quite frankly that logic makes him sound like a complete fucking moron. As later we find out he has huge life threatening battle scars from being reckless & emotional yet he picks the first reckless crybaby bitch he sees???? All Might is the number one hero believing in childish idiotic mindsets. How does that make any sense at all?
1f: The fact that Deku was selected would make any hardworking person rage. Deku throughout gets unrealistic, undeserved, free, overpowered things for being reckless & stupid. It’s as if you’re watching a brat from sweet sixteen trying to come off as likable & relatable. Maybe I would have liked the show if Deku had remained human to explore the clear bigotry/racism the universe has over humans. However, the creator does not want to take on complex issues and instead ignores them after Deku gets free powers. Why show us human bigotry & ignore humans capabilities when there are characters later introduced like Stain who defeats pro-heroes by primarily not using his quirk. Stain is fast, agile, and a swords master through human conditioning not through his quirk. Yet the story ignores this completely. Perhaps lazy Deku could have trained like Stain to be a hero. However, instead Deku easily gets things through deus ex machina’s, crying, & by events he causes. One might say he gets injured a great deal. However, he is instantly healed after every fight and there are no large ramifications nor consequences to him. So, really he is the least bit underdog. As by season 2 another deus ex machina happens as Deku’s quirk has a will of its own which can break him out of OP mind control quirks. So, whenever Deku is out of commission his quirk will save him. Spoilers: in the manga he has seven more free quirks! Talk about thick ass plot armor! What is inspiring or likable about this whiny character or innovative to the anime medium? All that happens revolves around Deku be it luck, plot armor, or deus ex machina’s for someone underserving, whiny & pathetic!!
1f: Deku after one year of strength training with All Might learns advanced combat abilities & easily goes toe to toe with bullies & murderous villains. How does strength training equal precise combat knowledge and him losing the previous timid behavior he had? Notes/weight lifting do not equal a black belt in martial arts. One cannot watch a few UFC matches, take notes, and use those moves without practice in heated battles against fearsome bullies or murderous freaks. An example, the toss Deku does to Bakugou in season 1. Deku is 5’5, Bakugou is 5’7, thats 15 Ibs of difference. Considering Bakugou was wearing 6 Ibs gauntlets its an added 12 Ibs. Plus, Bakugou has trained for years, has more muscle mass, and has far superior experience in martial arts. It’s impossible for someone with no experience nor practice to use moves like this in heated battles and succeed against opponents who are aged experienced fighters. Considering this clear stupidity, pathetic and offensive nature to actual martial arts the writer doubles down by having Deku train for a single week during an internship. When Deku gets back he is able to easily do acrobatic moves like Bakugou. It’s obvious the creator did no research into the significance of martial arts training nor does he have respect for it. Those moves are difficult & take much time. Naruto had realism as far as that goes. All those characters trained for years to preform those moves. In Yu Yu Hakusho characters trained for months & years. Deku trains for a week and is on par with advanced fighters. This is a disgrace! Why should anyone root for this whiny privilege underserving crybaby?!! Deku claims to be an underdog yet he gets everything handed to him: he has deus ex machinas, followers, the number 1 hero as a coach, girls, the number 1 quirk(s), the chosen one, & learns moves faster than any experienced fighters from any anime ever. This all happens less than 50 episodes into the show. Is this an unintentional comedy?
1f: For the exams to enter UA (the number one hero school) Deku apparently gets the highest amount of rescue points for beating 1 off limit zero-point robot to save only 1 person. Why would a national hero school reward students for destroying something they said was worth zero points, and who significantly injure themselves in the process? If that were a real crisis Deku would be on the ground useless while more villains infiltrated. Plus If Uraraka hadn’t used her gravity quirk to bitch slap him he would’ve died! So yet again Deku is awarded for clear stupidity & the plot changing its consistency whenever it wants?! In other words, you can’t take the rules set in the show seriously as the author changes them whenever he feels like it to benefit his prized pony bitch Deku.
1f: Deku’s fighting animation is shit. Overall the fighting animation is generic, terrible, boring, and uninspired. However, Deku’s is by far the worst. As all Deku does to achieve victory is though a punch or kick with no thought in the animation, camera angles, design, etc. Never once do we get a fight where we have strategic battle understanding, clever tactic, comedic ideas, or unique animation. This is problematic for a multitude of reasons especially considering the series presents Deku as one of the “smartest students”, but he never uses his so-called intelligence. Instead he endangers young children constantly, destroys his body over soft emotional bait, is extremely reckless, & not smart whatsoever. In fact I consider his intellect to be almost average, which is odd considering the setting Japan. Japan has one of the highest education systems worldwide. I guess the setting must be in America for this show.
1f: Some might say Deku may be a terrible but at least we have others to focus on. Unfortunately that is not the case as whenever other characters get a chance they are forgotten about, played for laughs (Iida), used to down play the significance of abuse (Shoto), or later used for just having a crush on him (Uraraka). The other characters have no goals of their own unless Deku has something to do with it! Everything important to other characters has to revolve around this pathetic lead & its horrible. As Deku is one of the worst characters ever. I mean that from the bottom of my heart. Literally, a hero who is emotionally unstable, admires sociopathic bullies, gets things through deus ex machinas, gets undeserved handouts, OPs everyone without earning it. In DBZ characters died to get near his current OP levels! WTF!? No wonder Bakugou is so well liked I absolutely agree with everything he says about the damn show & surrounding cast! At least Bakugou can provide the audience with some needed meta comedic relief over this god damn nonsense of a series!!
Overall, there are no psychological dilemma’s for any of the teens without it coming out of nowhere, used for audience manipulation, or being “cured” after thirty minutes. Otherwise, these characters exist as unfunny gags, exposition pieces, or lazy cheerleaders. Hence I will not address other characters as they are vapid at best. All forced to get along over the safe space the author created. Clearly the author does not realize characters are distinguishable in different attitudes, beliefs, and ideas. It makes no sense to create this fake environment because it means none of these characters are distinguishable. They are all programmed bees surrounding the Deku hive. Finally, any author who uses manipulative sob tactics in characters without presenting hints, or indications, beforehand and does not execute resolutions is a terrible writer.
2a – Inconsistent & Idiotic plot. The exam set up to enter the #1 hero school in Japan are to fight as many robots as possible under a selected time limit. The robots are worth points and after the time runs out top scoring kids will be accepted. This is unbelievably uncreative, useless, & moronic. Why wouldn’t they evaluate applicants mental health, have psy. tests, or interviews. Thats what every police force does. If heroes are protecting the public and have dangerous powers they should be evaluated. They should make sure these applicants are not sociopaths, psychopaths, manipulators, liars, or spies. Also why have an exam that ultimately favors strength quirks when applicants like Shinso have far superior mental quirks?? Do to these pathetic worthless admission requirements UA has unknown spies stealing knowledge and sharing it to villains. The #1 hero school has no psychological tests, no interviews, no background checks, no shown measures to prevent spies or villains from being admitted, and only favors strength quirks. Bullshit! This series is not realistic in the least!!! It is laughable how nonsensical it is!!
3a – The Villains Are Garbage- In season 2 students are punished for self-defense for saving a pro from a serial killer. Yet they defended themselves season 1 during the USJ villain attack and weren’t punished. Oh wait this time the writer is using emotional manipulation to make us feel sympathy for the leads being punished. Well I don’t because it makes no sense. Imagine the headline, “Three Teenagers used self-defense apprehending a dangerous villain” read it again and imagine police punishing teenagers for self defense. Anyways, the villains in this series are the absolute worst. The villains are unsympathetic, boring, ugly, generic, & moronic. Why should I feel anything for a protagonist if the villains they face are literally worthless? Shigaraki, has his first mission to infiltrate the number one hero high school in broad daylight with dozens of villains. Why is he invading a national hero high school guarded by dozens of pro heroes & staff members who out class him? After he magically gets in…the #1 hero school has no cameras in facilities, security guards, nor emergency buttons?? If the show made a lick of sense some of the apparent adult villains brought along would have killed or at least significantly injured a few students. However, that doesn’t happen. This leads the me to believe that there will be no tension nor significant deaths anytime soon. As constantly characters are saved at the last minute and we see no dire consequences.
So, because of plot armor, and Shigaraki’s reckless stupidity his first mission fails. Next, Shigaraki decides its a great idea to kidnap the winning student of a national hero festival. This in turn reveals his hide out location & gets his master, All For One, thrown in jail.
Why is a grown man obsessed with teenagers & not focusing on gathering experienced adults for his evil organization? Shigaraki is an ugly, unsympathetic, uninteresting, whiny, loser who does nothing to properly advance his goals. I’ve caught up with the manga & his actions get progressively more stupid. For example in the manga he purposely destroys a weapon that works to eliminate quirks. This makes no sense. That weapon would be very useful in defeating pro-heroes which is what his goal is. Also he has one of the worst villain backstories ever. The reason to why he is a psychopathic killer is because his father slapped him a few times & refused to let him become a hero. However, aside from that he grew up in a fancy home with loving family members. Yet one night he kills all of them over getting a slap…yet we are supposed to feel sympathy or a sort of understanding to this piece of scum psycho when he has absolutely NO redeeming qualities. Shigaraki is the same as Deku because both are spoiled rotten who get everything without earning a DAMN THING. As now in the manga for no reason, no previous training, no buildup Shigaraki can destroy an entire town with his power. Fuck this series!!
The creator also introduces these braindead Nomu monsters as slaves to the villains. This is an attempt to make the villains look better by comparison. Similar to how robots are thrown in next to our bland heroes. However, in reality it only makes both groups look lackluster as they rely on these things instead of strengths or personalities of their own. Other villains like Stain have no depth, sympathy, charm, charisma, or are even good looking. The only thing going for him is he is strong and proves the racist viewpoint of humans being weak wrong. However, this idea is never discussed in the series so it proves a moot point. Also he thinks heroes are fake if they are not strong. When strength has nothing to do with the definition of heroism. Also If these villains want the absolute destruction of pro-heroes…then why are they concerned with kids in high school? Why not go to the underground villain society, gather experienced *adult* members, or stress about trained pros hunting them? Why is this ignored? It’s ignored because this series makes no fucking sense!!
4a- Bad Story Telling- If this is a #1 hero school why aren’t lessons, philosophies, anti heroes, or moralities taught or even discussed? Hell why the fuck aren’t martial arts classes introduced?! Instead, all we see is characters believing & talking in the exact same fashion over and over and over and over again. Robotically and for that matter why have challenges be so focused on fighting robots? All these fights revolve around, ‘let’s fight because you’re basic’. There is no meaning, build up, nuance, ideas, or understanding. It’s all thrown out of nowhere and resolved just the same. In fact how are most of these students admitted to this #1 hero school? Most of the students are complete morons. It’s claimed the school has a 2 percent acceptance rate numerous times. Yet nearly all the students enrolled have weak powers and dull minds. The series makes it a point to stress about the overwhelming importance of powers. However, the number one hero killer relies on human abilities to kill pro heroes! SO Why does the creator ignore this?!! Why introduce that UA was accepting humans to then have none be admitted?! The creator could have used this information as an opportunity to place a strong human-hero into the story. However, that would take significant attention away from his prized pony bitch Izuku.
5a: It’s Boring – In season two the majority focuses on a televised sports festival which apparently has more viewership than the modern day olympics. Yet two out of the three main events are fighting fodder robots, and playing chicken. I’m sure I’d love to spend time watching a bunch of freshmen fight lame robots and play chicken. The players are also keyword “freshmen” so naturally they are going to be inexperienced. So, why would anyone want to watch this? Here’s how the writer could have done the event. Take the top four students from each grade out of the top 10 district high schools to fight. The fights are four on four matches till one team is left. That winning team wins grand prize of money, fame, ranking, etc. and makes the school reputation & revenue go up. This would set up attention to seniors, juniors, sophomores, etc. The UA freshmen pick could be Shoto do to his fathers position of power. The UA junior pick could be Mirio. There are stakes for school rep., money, student careers, bets, blackmail, etc. and it would make more sense to tune in. Have one of the fighters be an OP human to give controversy. Show how far schools go to keep reputations. How much status & popularity are apart of a heroes success and why its wrong. Show Bakugou upset he wasn’t picked and know that Shoto got selected through family connection. Maybe this would give Bakugou a reason to turn villainous. Show the class wanting to be in this selection and how it motivates them all. Wow what better elements that could have been added. A novice writer came up with better ideas than the creator of this nonsense bullshit series.
4b: Bad Story Telling: In season 3 we have a license exam. If students pass they get to be legal heroes. The setup for the exam is ball tag to saving staged crisis actors. WHERE ARE THE MENTAL EVALUATIONS? Christ this is where they are given the freedoms to fight criminals in public and we have no student interviews, questions, psy. tests, etc.? It’s common sense! To top it off nearly every UA kid passes except Bakugou and Todoroki. However, they can pass by taking extra classes. So who cares about them failing they can easily pass in two months. Why did every UA student pass as far as I can see most are very incompetent & dumb. What the writer could have done is have more than half fail the first test. Then those that failed would wait a year to try again. That way we could get some necessary development for those lame characters. Having everyone pass feels extremely illogical given we’ve seen how moronic most are.
6a: S.3- In season 3 they introduce a few new characters. These other characters introduced are gags. Mirio one of the big three of UA has a gag of getting naked to use his power. Then we find out all the top three students are third years. No seniors? That seems very illogical. Then of course they’re all quirky, goofy, and awkward. This makes them feel very lifeless. If they are the elites at the #1 hero school UA have them be intimidating. Don’t use their characters as gags because thats what they’ll become GAGS! A similar pattern the creator uses on all his empty useless characters.
7a: Comparisons: I can’t believe people think MHA deserves a rating over at most a 4. Naruto is better than this and Naruto sucked. Naruto had a consistent training progress, stellar animation, etc. It had a team who researched and understood martial arts. There is none of that in MHA. Everything is sloppily put together. All the attention in MHA is to one of the most insufferable leads in all of anime. Even Gon from HxH who is thought as goodie goodie broke moral convictions, worked hard, didn’t complain, and accomplished his dreams instead of waiting for a deus ex machina (All Might) to come along. Most importantly, Gon didn’t play god to every characters development! Gon is twelve and he is more emotionally mature than Deku ever will be.
8a: Credit: I will give the series credit for its decent art, sometimes catchy music from Openings, Endings, Soundtrack, etc… The series shows off some creative powers. However, dozens of shows do this exceedingly better. I refuse to waste time on generic cookie cutter short attention span entertainment. MHA brings down opportunities for other creators because audiences continue to give money too bland anime like it. There hasn’t been a Fist of the North Star, DBZ, YYH, or HxH for a reason and it will continue to be this way by how you invest your money & time in anime. Stop investing in shit and give your money to good creators! Watch and support Vinland Saga the most decent fighting series we’ve had in years!
Overall, this is a show with a majority of bad characters, nonsense world building, boring fighting animation, piss poor villains, no depth, no personality, it’s not challenging in ideas of morality/ethics/society, it takes no risks, and most importantly its insulting on a multitude of levels to martial arts, abuse victims, nerds, and even bullies. It prevents quality shows from being produced & funded.