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My Hero Academia: Two Heroes at AX2018

My Hero Academia: Two Heroes premiered at Anime Expo 2018 and Anime Diet was on-site to review the film.

Fans of My Hero Academia were thrilled to hear of a movie coming out with more adventures of their favorite heroes. The events of the movie, billed in Japan as “revealing the secret past of a major character,” took place after the Final Exam arc of the TV series.  From the official synopsis:

Deku and All Might receive an invitation from a certain person to go overseas to a giant artificial moving city called I-Island. This island, a kind of ”science Hollywood” that gathers the knowledge of scientists from around the world, is holding an exhibition called I-Expo showcasing the results of Quirk and hero item research. In the midst of all this, Deku meets a Quirkless girl named Melissa and remembers his own Quirkless past. Out of the blue, the impregnable security system the island boasts is hacked by villains, and all the people on the island are taken as hostages! Now, a plan that could shake hero society has been put into motion! The man who holds the key to it all is the number one hero and Symbol of Peace, All Might.

 

Familiar U.A. students had a chance to shine again in this My Hero Academia animated film. With an energizing soundtrack, visually pleasing and exhilarating fight sequences along with well-acted character voices, the movie was a solid and fun ride for the returning MHA fan.  Live audience participation made the movie that much sweeter, as anyone who has been at a premiere with hundreds of screaming fans can attest. However, the pacing during the first half of the movie was slow and the overall storyline was not inventive.

It was apparent that writers for Studio BONES (known for Cowboy Bebop, Fullmetal Alchemist, and Soul Eater) were not trying to introduce any drastic changes in the movie, opting instead to play off the things that worked well for and made people love the series in the first place.  All the classic elements of My Hero Academia stories were present: friendship, teamwork, sacrifices, moving beyond your limits, and even a somewhat unresolved redemption story.

Arguably, these conservative plot choices showcased the studio’s mastery of animation. Even in a fairly risk-free storytelling, there were surprises and delights. Production values remained high, with fight scenes remaining fluid and well paced, and decompression used to great effect. Many points of the movie moved the audience to cheer, laugh out loud and even experience the “feels”.

My Hero Academia: Two Heroes is a must watch for the die-hard MHA fan. Those new to the MHA universe may wish to watch other parts of the series first, to build a connection to the characters and appreciate the significance of certain events when watching the movie.

Summer’s AX2017 Events Review

Sing, Clap, and Stomp-Along

Last year’s Sing, Clap, and Stomp-Along was thoroughly enjoyable. I’ve been going to it ever since I first started going to Anime Expo back in 2015. I can say with confidence that there is almost nothing bad to be said about it: it’s open almost all day for the full 4 days of AX, there’s a wide variety of AMVs to be seen, and all the people poured their hearts into their wonderful creations to be shared with the attendees. I wonder if I could do something like that too, but it takes a lot of work and requires a lot of patience to make a three minute music video, which is something I admire. The people are rowdy and the room is always full of life when you step into it. Everyone gets into the music and appreciates the beauty of the complex edits that people have spent their time making. Each AMV uses a vast variety of pop culture to match with the show. That’s what makes it so fun to go to: everyone sings, claps, and stomps together! I recommend that it’s a must-do at Anime Expo! The only downside to this event is that there are a lot of anime spoilers.

Black Butler Cosplay Meetup

This was a great way to make friends and I got to meet Connor, also known as CDawgVA on YouTube, on my birthday! It was the best birthday ever. There, me and friends were able to meet a lot of people who were also into Black Butler and enjoyed it as much as we did. I was also able to meet up with some of my friends who I hadn’t seen in a long time there too. The overall Black Butler community is nice and welcoming, and it’s nice to be around people who appreciate the same things as you.

Welcome to the Ballroom World Premiere

    Anime Expo usually offers world premieres and I felt really lucky to be able to see Welcome to the Ballroom! It truly was a once in a lifetime experience, and I’m glad to have been able to be there to see it with my friends along with the few other people to see this show. Anyone who attends AX has the opportunity to participate in something like this is well. It was an honor to see the wonderful people who spent their time behind the directing and the production of Welcome to the Ballroom. Seeing the producer of Attack on Titan there in the flesh was exhilarating, and he was happy to take part in making both shows.