My Hero Academia: World Heroes’ Mission – Movie Reviews by Ry!

My Hero Academia: World Heroes’ Mission – Faith of a Hero: Plus Ultra … Beyond!!!

Diving into the imaginary is the gift of the escape.  For each person, these worlds provide a place where magic, mystery and mayhem coincide to provide fun on many levels.  Translating these things can create fantastical worlds for anyone to explore … including film.  In this review, I look at the latest anime film in the world of My Hero Academia.  A blistering display of the struggle of heroes, this story provides poignancy in the abstract of wonder.  My Hero Academia: Worlds Heroes’ Mission brings the fun, while also showcasing the meaning of being a hero.

In a world full of superheroes, a villainous group devises a plan to rid the world of quirks.  With everything on the line, will our heroes find a way and stop them.  On the surface, the story is rooted in blending familiar concepts.  You have the typical ‘hero vs. villain’ foundation built into a world mission centered within the anime/manga lore.  In the first act, you have the initial diabolical terrorist attack followed by class 1A teaming up with Pro-Heroes (around the world).  This leads to a scene montage of the heroes investigating major population areas to find the whereabouts of Humarize (terrorist organization).  When things turn up empty, the groups are left in their respective areas to stay on patrol.  The story shifts from general setup/world building to center on our main character of the anime, Izuku Midoriya/Deku.  As the story drills down on the specifics of Deku’s mission, circumstances lead him to cross path with a local by the name of Rody Soul.  After some convenient plot devices, they become fugitives to the law.  This leads into the second act, creating a linear path that combines a ‘cat-and-mouse’ game (with the villains) as they try to keep a suitcase (MacGuffin) out of their hands.  As the story moves forward, the tale begins to seamlessly blend the fantastical within realism.  The story weaves familiar tropes within the anime’s aesthetics, creating a place where dialogue defines the relationship between Deku and Rody.  The typical ‘unlikely pair’ trope drives a unique flavor of grandeur, creating an abstract of what lies within the meaning of being a hero.

As the journey moves forward, the unexplained purpose of the suitcase comes to light.  With unique connections made, our unlike team-up prepares for the inevitable confrontation with Humarize.  As the terrorist organization enacts their final plan, the typical ‘villain tropes’ are lifted within their ideals, showcasing them as formidable foes.  As Deku and company lead an all-out assault on their base, it parallels the rest of the heroes’ confrontation on a worldly scale.  The aspect of ‘defining hero’s purpose’ is leveled in layers, a characterization that sheds humanizing meaning for all those in the fight.  This leads into a third act that mixes in over-the-top anime/action sequences, emotional fervor and defined backstories.  With a headrush feeling that brings you to the edge-of-your-seat, this leads to a climax that is memorable but fitting conclusion to the characters of Deku and Rody.  My Hero Academia: World Heroes’ mission is an exciting adventure that showcases the strength of the anime.  If you are a fan of the anime, anime (in general) or want some fun at the theaters, this is one for you.  Worth seeing on the big screen.      

Full Score – 4 out of 5 (Full Price)

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