The second film of ‘My hero academia‘ has been my first contact with the franchise that originated from the work of Kôhei Horikoshi. I have not read the manga or seen the series, but I come to this movie with curiosity and to tell you about another children’s movie that is placed on our billboards. Also looking to have more knowledge about characters that are used by many cosplayers in comic parlors.
In the first place what one finds is a huge cast of characters. Of course, you have to have followed the previous material to be totally up to date when you get to ‘My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising‘. But it is not necessary information to follow the plot and also in the first bars they give you a very quick update in which you already know that the protagonists belong to an academy of heroes in a world in which 80% of the population has powers or what they call here “gifts”. Now the group of friends that belong to the same class must face the challenge of being the watchmen of a small island to be full-fledged heroes.
In those gifts and in the large number of characters I see one of the strengths of this saga. You only have to look at the poster to realize that this story is not short on diversity. They all have varied abilities and forms, as we may have seen in ‘Naruto’, ‘Berserk’, or ‘Bobobo’. This causes something to happen that you have surely observed that we did with mythical series when we were little: each one asked his own to play or to have the toy on duty. It is an efficient hook for children and gives the scenes or plot a lot of versatility.
The mechanics are engaging and also follow the patterns of other anime. The main hero aspires to more and more for justice and good. For this, he is overcoming tests that grow in difficulty. If this boy named Izuku Midoriya has the powerful All Might as a reference, it is easy for children who enjoy this series/film in front of the screen to find someone to see themselves reflected. I have also seen a romp with the two most charismatic boys, imitating the dynamic that Goku and Vegeta have always maintained or the one that Oliver Atom had with Mark Lenders, that is, this second one has an inferiority complex, always wanting to be the best but staying in the shadow of the protagonist. Even in the villain, I have also seen a known pattern because, like Sylar (‘Heroes’), he seeks to seize everyone’s powers.