Reviewed by: Guest Contributor
Released by: Manga Entertainment UK
Age Rating: 15
Region: 2 - UK
Length: 96 minutes
English 2.0 Stereo
Japanese 2.0 Stereo
Our favourite young hero-in-training is in for a wild ride when villains threaten the artificial moving city, I-Island. Deku and All Might receive an invitation to I-Expo, the world's leading exhibition of Quirk abilities and hero item innovations! Amid the excitement, sponsors, and pros from all over, Deku meets Melissa, a girl who is Quirkless just like he once was. Suddenly, I-Expo's top-of-the-line security system gets hacked by villains, and a sinister plan is set in motion. It's a serious threat to hero society, and one man holds the key to it all the symbol of peace, All Might.
The My Hero Academia: Two Heroes Movie hits UK home video now courtesy of Manga Entertainment UK. We've already reviewed the cinema screening, but for the home video release we wanted to get a different reviewer in! Someone who is familiar with My Hero Academia via the manga, but has never seen the anime! Clark Wain guest reviews this release.
My Hero Academia, The Two Heroes is a movie that is difficult to follow at times. Opening sequence aside, it takes a lot of time to warm up. But at its best it's an action-packed adventure that will keep the whole family engaged and entertained!
The film starts with an exciting action sequence that is colourful, fast-paced and fun. We see All Might showing off his array of powers and protecting citizens of the city from crime. We then meet Deku, the protagonist of the movie. The characterization is disappointing to begin with - it is far better in the manga where you can imagine his personality. He is travelling with All Might to a scientific island which becomes the hub the remainder of the film.
On the island we meet All might's old colleague and his daughter, Mellissa, she is at the heart of the action but fails to impress. Her female friends have been dubbed (for the US) with high pitched voices; however, she is determined to help people even without a superpower.
The antagonist of the movie is a stand out character who has a great design and brings much needed tension to what would otherwise be quite a stale plot. When the characters are in a tight situation their personalities shine, and this delivers some heart-felt emotion with some great music to coincide with it. Deku is a great and determined character that should be a role model to many people, and the hero's main plan of action is always minimum fighting.
The final act makes up for some of the earlier weaknesses and includes some great teamwork and fun action. There is some awesome world building and locations look cool and inspiring. The characters' powers are creative, particularly the unique quirk of the multiple powered Todoroki. When villainous characters metamorphosise from their human forms to their alter egos, you get a sense of the brilliant artistry.
Although the first act is disappointing and lacklustre, the final few scenes have some stunning action and some heartfelt and emotional scenes that captivate and engage almost anyone watching. Everyone really develops towards the end. Two-dimensional characters are explored and you begin to root for them to save the day, and the surprisingly intense villain adds so much to the story and shocks people with his dramatic and dark acts.