'My Hero Academia: Two Heroes’ Brings Out the Hero in All of Us

By McKay Patrick

Well folks, it’s here. The movie every anime fan has been talking about has finally hit the big screen. The highly anticipated My Hero Academia: Two Heroes debuted Sep. 25th in more than 400 theaters across the country. The theatrical release made its way to the top in the weekly box office rankings beating out The Predator and The Nun. While some people are surprised, others, including myself, are ecstatic that the animated feature is doing so well. I’ll be honest, I’m not one to go and see a movie more than once. However, I have no shame in admitting that I went and saw this film three times. As someone who has completely devoted their life to anime, there was absolutely no question whether or not I would be seeing it.

The story is as follows: Deku and All Might receive invitations to I-Expo, an exhibition showcasing the results of Quirk and hero item research. While they’re there, Deku meets Melissa, a quirkless girl with dreams of becoming a scientist just like her father David Shield. She, Deku and the rest of his classmates are invited to attend the preview of the exhibition when all of a sudden, villains take over the island’s security system. A plan is put into action and it’s up to Deku and Melissa along with the rest of their friends to stop the villians and free the hostages of the island.

I started watching the show back when the first season was still airing. This wasn’t my first shonen but it was the first shonen to leave such an impact since Fairy Tail. I knew right then and there that My Hero Academia would go down as a classic. When I heard the anime series was getting a movie, my inner weeb immediately started looking for local theaters that would be playing it.

The anime itself is amazing and Two Heroes definitely does it justice. I walked into the theater with high expectations and walked out with overwhelming appreciation for Horikoshi and the entire production team who worked on the film. The animation was breathtakingly beautiful and the voice acting absolutely incredible. Studio Bones is bringing this manga series to life and they’re doing a fantastic job. I always enjoy a good story but clean, nice looking animation is what leaves me wanting more.

The movie truly captures the spirit of what it means to be a hero. I really love the interactions between Deku and All Might and how their relationship gives you a sense of a father and son bond. There comes a point in the movie where Deku is desperate and crying out when all of a sudden All Might is there reminding him not to “lose that smile” and I think that moment is when the tears started to fall. Smiling no matter how bad things get is one of the key features My Hero Academia as well as Two Heroes does so well. The idea that smiling will trick the fear inside of you is one of the main reasons I hold this anime so close to my heart.

There are so many life lessons you can learn by watching this show and the movie is doing its job reminding us of them.

Overall, I give My Hero Academia: Two Heroes a 10/10. It’s a great movie to see with friends and a great movie to see alone. Believe me, I’ve done both. I can guarantee you’ll walk out of the theater with a smile on your face. It is in select theaters for a limited time.