My Hero Academia the Movie: Two Heroes – Mini Review

A Fun, but Flawed Film

Image result for my hero academia two heroesWith My Hero Academia about to enter its fourth season later this year, I thought it’d be fun to finally get around to watching the film that was released last year in 2018. It was a nice way to get excited for season four that felt like watching an extended episode of the show. However, I can’t help but feel the film had a lot of issues which I’d like to discuss today.

First and foremost, this was a good movie. If all you are looking for is a recommendation, then you’ve got it. I have to spoil some of the movie to talk about some of the things I’d like to, so you’ve been warned.

In case you need a refresher, the film sees Deku and All Might going to “I-Island” in order to visit an old friend of All Might’s, David Shield. The island is known for the technological research that’s conducted there and a big event is also going to be held during the visit. Additionally, the island is very safe, so naturally, nothing will go wrong… right?

I do want to say that it was really nice to see some more backstory on All Might and the time he spent with David Shield during his visit in America when he was younger. The two were a good team, and you can see that All Might really inspired David. Unfortunately, this is also one of my biggest complaints with the film

David is such a big character, along with his daughter, Melissa (who spends a lot of time with Deku) that it is weird for them to not play any roll outside of this movie. This film takes place between S2 and S3 events, yet it is never mentioned in the series cannon, despite being, well, cannon.

Everything that happens in Two Heroes is because David is worried about All Might losing his power, and thus, having the world lose its symbol of peace. Really though, he’s worried about losing this figure that he looks up to. While this makes for a great story beat, it was weird that David’s consequences are not at all explored.

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Melissa Shield

Then there is Melissa. She hits it off with Deku and they really seem to be a great team, mirroring what we see with her father and All Might. To not have her influence things in later seasons of the show felt unnatural and clunky with retrospect. If you hadn’t seen the film, then that works, but if you had…

This is most noticeable in the support item that Melissa gives Deku. It’s basically a power glove that lets Deku use 100% of his power without injuring himself. It had me wondering just how they would explain that away since he couldn’t take it off and it was capable of “withstanding 3x the power of Uncle Might’s punches”. The solution was to just have Deku punch so hard it evaporates, which was kind of lame.

Another thing that bothered me was my chief complaint about My Hero Academia as a series, and that would be the amount of recap it has. The film recaps a LOT, which does hurt the runtime, inflating that 1 hour and 36 minutes.

To the film’s credit, this did make the movie watchable if you had seen none of the show before. A movie should be able to stand on its own, and to that effect, it was successful. It just wasn’t great to have so much recap. Really, there’s probably close to a little over an hour of actual film here, which is basically two regular episodes.

At one point I even jokingly mentioned how there was a spot where the credits felt like they should play, because it was an obvious break where an “end of episode” ED would go. This really could have just been a two-part episode set for the series proper.

Finally, the film had to contrive a way to get a lot of its cast to I-Island, which made some things feel kind of forced. I almost rolled my eyes at how some of it was executed. It does make sense for some characters like Momo, Iida, or Todoroki to attend this important conference, but beyond that everyone else is just kind of there.

Past that, everything is solid. The animation, music, and story is a great time. What I’d like to see moving forward, especially with the announcement of a second film, is having these mean more to the series. I’d like to see more of the Shield family, and the additional world details play a more active role in the story proper. This was a nice holdover until season four finally comes out, and I’m really looking forward to spending more time with Deku and friends!


What were your thoughts on Two Heroes? Did you agree with my complaints? I’d love to hear from you in the comments. If you enjoy my writing, please consider a small donation by pressing the Ko-fi button below. Thanks you once again for reading and I hope to see you again soon!

8 thoughts on “My Hero Academia the Movie: Two Heroes – Mini Review

    1. I hope you enjoy it! 🙂 As I mentioned in my review, it isn’t the strongest movie out there but if you are a MHA fan, then you’ll probably have fun at the very least. Thank you for stopping by and reading a few things 🙂

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  1. I have to agree with this assessment. A very fun film but I didn’t understand where all the five star reviews were coming from but each to their own.

    I’m glad I’m not the only one who thought Melissa should have been a regular character – as I said in my review, it was odd that she gave Deku the gadget to control his power which should be a fixture of his arsenal going forward…. but nothing.

    Just odd lack of planning on the writer’s part.

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    1. It may be a thing that makes more sense in the manga? I mean, this movie is cannon. Still, it was very unusual to introduce such key players to never have them matter in the anime adaptation at least. S4 may fix that but I’m not holding my breath.

      Definitely not a 5 star film, but worth watching if you are a fan of the series for sure. Anyway, thanks for stopping by and giving this a read 🙂

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  2. Watched this in theaters feeling mostly satisfied but wanting a bit more, so I literally walked back in the theater to watch Halloween 2018.

    Yeah, it really does leave a bit more to be desired. I mean, I loved the movie, but it really did feel more like a fun 4 episode filler arc than a real movie.

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    1. I think in the theater this would have been more fun. Watching at home it wasn’t as exciting. That said, it was still a good movie but it does leave a little bit to be desired. Overall, it was a good first attempt that can only really be improved.

      The second film will be out not too long from now, so we’ll just have to wait and see how that is received! 🙂

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