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My Hero Academia #334 Manga Review

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I still feel like Star didn't get the right kind of shake at things
BOKU NO HERO ACADEMIA © 2014 by Kohei Horikoshi / SHUEISHA Inc.

“Parting Gift”

Creative Staff
Story/Art: Kohei Horikoshi
Translation: Caleb D. Cook

What They Say
Midoriya inherits the superpower of the world’s greatest hero, but greatness won’t come easy.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
Jumping into My Hero Academia this far into it continues to be a good bit of fun, especially since the property looks to be entering its final phase next year. Having done this before with other titles helps and having seen a good chunk of the anime balances it out. I’ve liked the property but it’s not something I’m hardcore about – unlike my youngest kid who can’t get enough. With the series working some big moments and playing with an interesting cast of characters, it’s easy to get into it at this point. I had liked what little I had seen of Horikoshi’s previous work in Shonen Jump and it’s clearly been a few years since Barrage, so I was looking forward to revisiting his artwork.

Events largely play out as expected here as we get the final moments of Star’s life, which was very brief in the current context of things, and we see how Shigaraki is able to survive and hide anew. The fight between the two had its moments but it really was an over in a flash kind of situation and I don’t think they did justice for Star overall and in this event itself. She does get to provide the right commentary for Shigaraki that the right person will always stand to fight against people like him, and she at least can be secure in the knowledge that so much information will make it back to All-Might in order to deal with what’s coming. But in the end, Star and Stripe was nothing more than a minor time-buying character in this storyline. You need to have consequences and impact, which often means characters getting seriously wounded and dying, but Star really felt like she needed better.

To be fair, Star’s death is making a change in how the world is reacting to what’s going on in regards to All For One and Japan. The nations have now seen one of the most powerful heroes out there be taken down and that has them pulling back from helping Japan, essentially isolating them, as they’re keeping their heroes in-country to defend against things there instead of helping. At the same time, we see how Shigaraki has made his way back to Japan and is trying to pass off the power to a young recently escaped criminal named Kashi who is glad to be getting a second chance by heading to the sticks and just living a life instead of doing more crime. But with Shigaraki landing there, stealing his quirk and things going south thanks to Star, everything is up for grabs in how it’ll really unfold at this point.

In Summary:
The series continues to push toward the big confrontation to come and now some extra time has found its way to Deku and the gang. We do get a little time with them at the end as they’re back at U.A. and it’s good to see that a plan is being put into place. The bulk of the chapter is focusing on Shigaraki and his attempts at keeping things going and the troubles he’s facing there, which is definitely fun to watch and to see the kind of impact it has in the wider range. I still feel like Star didn’t get the right kind of shake at things that she should have but it’s also not her story, so I’m not too surprised. Unfortunately.

Content Grade: B+
Art Grade: B+
Text/Translation Grade: B

Age Rating: 13+
Released By: Shonen Jump
Release Date: November 21st, 2021

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