This review was originally published on 10/22/21.
Fellow members of the My Hero Academia fandom, another dubbed movie is almost here! And boy, does it hit all the notes we have come to expect from the franchise. My Hero Academia: World Heroes’ Mission is a standalone film that takes place during the student’s summer. When a terrorist organization threatens to wipe out the superhuman society, the world’s fate hangs in the balance of the future heroes. With only a short amount of time until the collapse of civilization, Deku (Justin Briner), Bakugo (Clifford Chapin) and Shoto (David Matranga) must work as a team to save everyone. But a few things are standing in their way.
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First and foremost, I loved My Hero Academia: World Heroes’ Mission. I know it is considered a standalone movie within the universe. But, it would fit if they rebranded this as part of the overall story. I have watched an ungodly amount of filler content in my anime lifetime and most of it has this feeling that it has the same characters. Still, the character growth, relationships and events didn’t find their way into the rest of the story once the source material caught back up. This movie isn’t that. It really does feel like it is a part of the overall story of the franchise.
My Hero Academia has never shied away from discussing more serious tones in their story plots. This time around, our pint-sized heroes go against the organization Humarise who have their sights set on stealing everyone’s Quirks away. On the surface, it is just another group of bad guys looking to hurt the world. But when you really think about it, this group is looking to target and hurt people who are different. All of this is based on the Quirk Singularity theory that we find out throughout the film isn’t something many believe in.
But the serious tones don’t stop there. In My Hero Academia: World Heroes’ Mission, we are introduced to the brand new character Rody Soul (Ryan Colt Levy), who is as charming as he is quick. Most of the film sees Deku and Rody working side by side to uncover the secrets behind the mysterious briefcase. The relationship between Rody and Deku is heartwarming and watching the two work together is an absolute joy. And don’t worry, we still get the chance to see Bakugo and Shoto kick some major villain tush.
And we can’t talk about a My Hero Academia film without talking about the actual action. And this one is packed to the brim with it. It kicks off with a bang as all of the different teams head off and we get to see a mix of the professional heroes and students face off against members of the organization. And that isn’t where it ends. Throughout the film, we get moments of action mixed in with the beautiful world and story building to help balance this epic adventure. And I promise those final fights are worth every moment.
My Hero Academia: World Heroes’ Mission is seriously one epic ride from beginning to end. I highly suggest checking it out when the dubbed version hits US theaters on October 29, 2021. We’ve dropped the trailer and poster art below for your enjoyment! Will you be seeing this in theaters? Let us know in the comments below and on social media!