My Hero Academia S1: You Have Taken Me By Surprise

Hey Grimms,

After much anticipation I am happy to say that today’s post is all about My Hero Academia. You can all thank Pokeninja90 from Nice Job Breaking It Hero for this review. I honestly wouldn’t have started this show if it wasn’t for her prodding. However she raved and raved about it during our last OWLS Livestream so I decided I had to give it a shot. Besides we generally have pretty similar tastes so I was confident I’d find something redeemable about this show at the very least.

I will try to be as spoiler-free as possible with this post but honestly I find spoilers in some ways to be a matter of opinion. Have you ever noticed that? What I mean is the idea that what I consider a spoiler someone else would be fine with and something I wouldn’t consider a spoiler another person would be ticked about hearing.

Or am I the only one that feels this way?!

Moving on…

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“Izuku has dreamt of being a hero all his life- a lofty goal for anyone, but especially challenging for a kid with no superpowers. That’s right, in a world where eighty percent of the population has some kind of super-powered “quirk,” Izuku was unlucky enough to be born completely normal. But that’s not enough to stop him from enrolling in one of the world’s most prestigious hero academies.”- Crunchyroll website

So what to say about this show…

I am really enjoying it!

Like I said above I wouldn’t have tried it out without Pokeninja90’s endorsement because to be honest from the description this show seemed a little more kiddish (for lack of a better term) then I have generally been into lately.

It just seemed like your standard type of feel good show you know what I mean? Kid wants to be a hero but has zero powers, however thanks to his hard work, loyal heart, and of course the power of friendship he is able to overcome all odds and be the best.

Cue the rainbows, butterflies, and unicorns.

I’m not knocking shows that have this formula by any means! I just wasn’t really in the mood for this type of show.

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Not going to lie when you first see him he doesn’t exactly inspire confidence…

I’m glad I gave it a try though because this show really made me eat my words. I will admit that the basis of the show is built on the above statement but the approach through the characters is much more different than I originally thought it would be.

While Izuku grows up completely quirkless I feel like this upbringing becomes his biggest strength against the kids that have had their quirks for ages. He has never been able to rely on a power before. So how is he able to stand up to anyone or anything?

He has to use his wits. Izuku can’t just run into things 100% blind (not saying that he hasn’t on occasion) without suffering some serious hurt or possible death. Thanks to his obsession with become a hero though he has taken it upon himself to study everything about them and the villains they encounter.

This helps him to also be a natural at thinking outside the box. That’s not really a skill that can be taught easily or at all so the fact that Izuku has learned this is a point in his favor.

On top of that because he is miles behind everyone he knows that he has to work a zillion times harder than everyone in order to be even close to their playing field.

There are no shortcuts for him.

He has to work hard and he has to be confident because he doesn’t have anyone in his corner that thinks his dream is possible.

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His ability to think things through and find weaknesses is his greatest strength right now. 

Watching him work through all of this during season one has been really endearing. I’ve also enjoyed watching him grow as a person and the fact that nothing is happening for him overnight. When I first started My Hero Academia I expected Izuku to be a Naruto type.

You know completely confident in themselves because they realize early on nobody else would be.

I was surprised to find that Izuku is not that type of character. He’s very unsure of himself which I feel is realistic to his experiences growing up. Not everyone can just barrel through those types of hardships without it affecting their personality later on.

I like that My Hero Academia is showing that through Izuku. I think it makes for a more diverse character and again helps set the show apart from the impressions you might originally have. I know it did for me.

Final Thoughts

I’m glad I gave this show a try! I’m excited to start watching season two and I hope it continues to surprise me the way that season two has. I will most likely do a review of season two when I finish it so please look forward to that!

Let me know in the comments below what you think. Have you ever seen this show and if so what did you think of it? It is always good to have other opinions for the rest of the Grimms to see. If you haven’t seen the show before has this given you some incentive to give it a try?

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P.S. If you are like me this character will make you want to run him over a thousand times.

I’ll see you all next week with a brand new post. I’m thinking of doing a LOTD post in my GrimmStyle section. I haven’t done that in ages! Or possible continue my lipstick challenge XD I really need to finish that, especially since I’d like to start the Haikyuu challenge. I guess everyone will just have to wait until next week for me to decide what it will be! I can tell you for sure it will be GrimmStyle geared!

Lots of Love ❤


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14 thoughts on “My Hero Academia S1: You Have Taken Me By Surprise

  1. My Hero Academia definitely has that effect on people. I didn’t start watching it when it first aired because I thought ‘here we go, another shonen story and this one is superpowered-highschool, pass’. But reviews were really good so mid-first season I did a catch up viewing and I was totally hooked. Not because it wasn’t what I expected, but because it did it really well.
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts on it and I’m glad you ended up enjoying it.

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      1. I have surprisingly liked season 2 more than the first season. Even though they go into a tournament arc and several other things that in most shows would annoy me, this one once again manages to make it all pretty fun.

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  2. And to think season two is EVEN BETTER than season one—or at least the first half of it is. It seems that MHA is the number 1 disease spread amongst us OWLS members. I thank Crimson for throwing me into this wild fandom. Glad you enjoyed the first, can’t wait to hear what you think of the second!

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