My Hero Academia: Two Heroes (2018)

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The hit manga and anime finally came to the big screen in their first feature film and it is a fun and wild ride that goes insane!

Izuku “Deku” Midoraya, a high school student who has been given powers rather being born with them, heads to I-Island with his mentor and the hero who gave him his powers, All Might. The duo are there for an expo and to see All Might’s old friend David Shield, who designed the hero’s costumes when All Might was on an exchange program in California. Much to Deku’s surprise, he learns many of his classmates from U.A. High School also have arrived and in addition, Deku becomes friends with Melissa, David’s daughter who aspires to be an inventor like her father as she has no quirks as well.

When the group are invited to a reception the day before the expo, chaos ensues when everyone is taken hostage by a band of villains, led by Wolfram. With All Might having only limited power and is captured as well, Deku decides that while he may get in trouble in the long run, he has no other option. He rallies his classmates as well as Melissa, who has given him some new weaponry in the form of Full Gauntlets to harness his power, to launch an all-out assault to rescue everyone from the expo.

After three seasons of the anime, revolving around an alternate universe where more than 80 percent of the population are born with powers or “quirks” and the dreaming hero whose dream comes true when his idol gives him his powers, their first feature film has arrived, and it is a lot of fun. In this film, which is set sometime during the third season of the anime, our hero Deku and his idol/mentor All Might head to a place known as I-Island. The island looks like a stage in a Super Smash Bros. Melee or Sonic the Hedgehog game, maybe even Pokemon.

The class are all there, including Deku’s consistent bully Kacchan, who finds himself outwitted not only by Deku, but Todoroko, whose powers of fire and ice make him a force to reckon with, even because he, like many of the others, have respect for the former non-quirk Deku and his skills. All Might, still reeling from the effects of his slowly diminishing quirk partly due to his transfer of power to Deku, has a backstory that sets up the film in the opening scene.

The introduction of new characters David and Melissa Shield are great because while they are like Deku, having no quirks, David is considered a hero himself because of his expertise in inventing and was the man responsible for helping All Might become the powerful icon he has become by designing his costumes and marking him the Symbol of Peace. Melissa and Deku are a bit alike as they aspire to be like their heroes, in Melissa’s case her father and of course Deku’s case, All Might, the latter which is success.

The film does have a bit of predictability, but let’s face it. Who cares? The final battle pitting Wolfram and the heroes is quite exciting and seeing Deku faced with the biggest challenge yet is an exciting paced battle and it can be summed up in two words…Plus Ultra!

My Hero Academia: Two Heroes is a funny and action packed feature film of the anime with the final battle just making you want to jump out of your chair and root for the heroes!

WFG RATING: A

Funimation and Toho Co. Ltd. presents a Bones production. Director: Kenji Nagasaki. Producers: Koji Nagai, Kazuki Okamura, Yoshihiro Ozabu, and Kazumasa Sanjoba. Writer: Yosuke Kuroda; story and based on the manga by Kohei Horikoshi. Cinematography: Masataka Ikegami. Editing: Kumiko Sakamoto.

Voice Cast (Japanese): Daiki Yamashita, Kenta Miyake, Mirai Shida, Nobuhiko Okamoto, Yuki Kaji, Ayane Sakura, Kaito Ishikawa, Toshiki Masuda, Ryo Hirohashi, Tasuku Hatanaka, Marina Inoue, Kei Shindou, Ryohei Kimura, Rikiya Koyama.

Voice Cast (English): Justin Briner, Christopher R. Sabat, Erica Mendez, Kyle Phillips, Josh Grelle, Trina Nishimura, Keith Silverstein, Ray Chase, J. Michael Tatum, Caitlin Glass, Brina Palencia, David Matranga, Colleen Clinkenbeard, Luci Christian.

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