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My Hero Academia #357 Manga Review

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© BOKU NO HERO ACADEMIA © 2014 by Kohei Horikoshi / SHUEISHA Inc.

“Wounded Hero, Burning Bright and True”

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 as the big arc plays out continues to be a good bit of fun but it’s not without its problems. While my initial jumping on landed me into some decent character material and then some solid fight material, the exploration of longer character issues I’m unfamiliar with has hit as well. 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. But there are areas of struggle at times because it does lean into over three hundred chapters of history, so I know I’m missing out at times or having a harder time connecting things. 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 are picking up at a pretty good pace as the various fights are going on but it also leans into standard manga storytelling aspects where there’s that kind of drawn out element as well. Which works fine when dealing with a property like this as there are a lot of characters at play and it’s not just a one on one kind of thing like Dragon Ball Z gets cited for. Here, we get All For One continuing to deal with Endeavor as the way he’s going at him so hard is resulting in some significant burns and overall body decay. You see a lot of damage being taken here and Endeavor getting himself all riled up and really going at it with a kind of passion and intensity that definitely delivers. There’s a solid sense of power behind it all and that’s contrasted well with how All For One is powering through this in a kind of grim and well, not happy way but there’s a certain glee to him that comes across.

The fight sequence material and just the general presence of the powers at play here is really well-played because the layouts deliver a good sense of it and the artwork gives it a really raw and detailed look that accentuates it. With its focus on All For One for a lot of it, he does make that disturbing statement that it’s not just heroes that can have big sacrificial moments but villains as well. He knows the body that he’s using is going to be nothing but trash shortly and that means he intends to use it through and through. I don’t think it means he views it as his end, however, and there’s always that thing of being careful to not read too much into what’s said. But he has a plan here and has a kind of endgame for a situation like this in mind and that again shows just how forward-thinking he’s been for so much of this.

In Summary:
There’s some good stuff in regards to All For One here just with the sense of power and intent. I really liked seeing Endeavor going all out as well and his own intention to do right in this fight and end it, though his big Prominence Burn strike doesn’t get the job done. It’s definitely really ramping up in a good way and there feels like a potential twist in the mix when it comes to the Quirks he has and how he can make use of this situation, but I hope it’s one that does play out in as big a way as they’re teasing that it will be.

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

Age Rating: 13+
Released By: Shonen Jump
Release Date: June 26th, 2022