Is Boku no Hero Academia the best ongoing shounen anime? I think it might be. It’s definitely up there with some of the best. I am a huge One Piece fan and I’m still considering it. I might be forgetting some others that are still currently airing / announced that are also contenders.
Anyways, the point is that Boku no Hero Academia is straight up awesome. It’s a very memorable anime that really stands apart from other shounen anime, despite having many of the core qualities of a shounen. Also recently a 3rd season of Boku no Hero Academia was confirmed, although there are no other details about it yet to my knowledge.
What makes this particular shounen anime so memorable from the rest? It all comes down to the use of superheroes. I was thinking about it, and it’s interesting that so many anime have characters with super powers or superhuman aspects, but hardly any use the actual “superhero” concept. I don’t know too much about Japan but I’m almost certain that this concept just isn’t (or at least hasn’t been) very prominent in their media / entertainment. I understand it’s a Western creation, but they are probably still exposed to the genre quite a bit through Hollywood movies right?
It’s funny because here in the Western world we are practically drowning in superhero media / entertainment with so many shows and movies using the whole superhero vs super villains trope. I can only think of One Punch Man as another anime that uses this genre. Maybe this is a trend and we will see more superhero content in anime? I’m actually not even a huge fan of the genre, or at least I thought I wasn’t. What I am a fan of is anime that set themselves apart from others, and because superheroes are not common in anime, I am currently a fan of superheroes in anime.
In addition to the genre, the anime sets itself up so well for future development. The world, characters and plot are just perfect for the progression style we see in shounen anime. The whole use of building barriers and breaking them down throughout the anime, with the major characters growing along the way. And now that I have seen two seasons totaling 38 episodes play out, I know that I will continue to love every second of this anime.
One final thing I was thinking about Boku no Hero Academia is that while it uses the superhero genre, it also uses the shounen genre. I mentioned earlier that I’m not a huge fan of superhero movies and content, I used to be but I think there is so much of it now that I’ve started to lose interest. I still enjoy it but I won’t go out of my way to watch it. What Boku no Hero Academia does is actually different from the normal superhero content we see on a regular basis.
The basic idea is this: with traditional superhero content, the hero doesn’t have the level of growth you would find in a shounen anime. For example, Superman is strong, but he doesn’t get physically stronger and more powerful with every movie / comic released. Same with Batman and many other classic superheroes. They may face obstacles, but generally the way they “progress” is overcoming a personal mental barrier or adapting to their enemy. Shounen anime work differently, where we see characters slowly grow and become stronger and stronger until they are not even close to the same person they were in the beginning. Sort of like a very long training montage, with shounen anime you become invested in what the major characters will become and their potential.
So when you take superheroes and shounen you end up with a school for superheroes, which really is a pretty interesting idea in itself. I can’t think of any other media that use this combination, although I’m sure there’s something out there that also does this. It really just makes for a fun and enjoyable anime. Lots of action but accompanied by the day-to-day grounding force that is school. I’ve mentioned in a previous post that I like the use of a school setting in anime like this because it allows the anime to go from moments of high action and excitement to a slower more relaxed pace. Once a crisis is resolved, the characters go back to their regular lives at school.
Anyways that’s my two cents on Boku no Hero Academia (seasons 1 and 2), although I didn’t write any specifics regarding characters and the plot. Great anime, looking forward to even more of it in the future.