My Hero Academia is back hot off the heels of its most emotional Arc yet. For me these last 2 years we have been getting nothing but great stuff from the folks at Studio Bones. After successfully making its theatre debut in 2018. Its second feature film “Heroes Rising”, is action packed from the moment the Funimation logo leaves your screen. HR also has amazing character focused moments that embody what makes the property so popular. While you do not need to know the history of the characters, it does help that you know what the overall story and main character arcs are. This new feature film takes a Toy Soldiers (1989) or even Seven Samurai approach to the anime. In which the young heroes have to deal with the villains on their own. *****It should be noted that the film jumped ahead somewhat of the current anime pacing so please keep in mind if you go see it.******
The plot follows class 1-A as Deku, Bakugo and the rest of the gang get their first assignment to Nabu Island, where there is only 1,000 residents and crime is non-existent. There, they can practice being heroes without real world consequences. What starts out as the class doing simple humanitarian tasks, like finding lost cats and helping elderly people go to the hospital, quickly becomes life or death when a new group of villains arrives on shore.
With that said, plot is solid and organic. Rising‘s fight scenes are where this franchise shines delivering what has to be some of the most beautiful, crisp and energetic in the entire series including the manga thus far. The way the villains continue to put the pressure on our heroes really makes you feel as though they will not be able to escape the danger giving this movie some real high stakes. It truly felt that this might have been the last hurrah for the young heroes.
While keeping spoilers to a minimum the resolution to the heroes problem came after a shocking plot twist and possible series changing decision made in the final battle. Although some will criticize the ending, I for one enjoyed it for what it was.
To the point:
My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising is an enjoyable film that sticks to the source material. Fans of anime and fans of the series will love its special moments and fight scenes especially if you’re a fan of characters that have been over looked as of late. If you like dope fight scenes and heroic moments go see this film!
Director: Kenji Nagasaki
Writer: Yôsuke Kuroda
Stars: Dubbing Cast: Felecia Angelle, Christopher Bevins, Johnny Yong Bosch, Justin Briner, Dani Chambers
Running Time: 1h 44m