My Hero Academia: World Heroes’ Mission review

The latest My Hero Academia movie, World Heroes’ Mission, is another over the top action extravaganza sure to satisfy longtime fans. And possibly win over some new ones as well.

This time the gang of heroes and heroes-in-training have to stop a pro-human terrorist cult Humarize from unleashing Trigger bombs that kills anyone with quirks aka powers. Their leader, an ominous blue-skinned figure named Flect Turn (Robbie Daymond), is concerned that pure humanity is about to become extinct and seeks to balance the scales in humanity’s favor again.

That’s a great premise from screenwriter Yôsuke Kuroda. As always, the most problematic aspect of this franchise is the complete absence of diversity. With so many hundreds of heroes it’s disappointing the creators don’t see the inherent value of adding characters of color in the mix.

Flect Turn has hidden these bombs throughout the world. It’s up to the heroes to locate them and prevent them from causing irrevocable harm.

Main hero Izuku Midoriya/Deku (Justin Briner) is part of a team dispatched to find the Trigger Bombs when he stumbles onto Rody Soul (Ryan Colt Levy). Desperate to provide for his two younger siblings, Rody takes an odd courier job that puts him right in the middle of the Heroes and Humarize conflict.

An unfortunate incident puts Deku and Rody on the run from the authorities as Humarize tries to claim the mysterious package in Rody’s possession.

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With its hour and 44 minute run time, World Heroes’ Mission isn’t short although the time could have been allocated better.

Pacing is somewhat inconsistent. Too much time is spent on Rody and Deku on the run. This creates large pockets of the film where the rest of the heroes are off screen or just get a few montage segments instead of having significant roles.

The Deku/Rody plot is fine and has a solid arc. Still, those expecting to see as many heroes in action as showcased in Heroes Rising will likely be a bit disappointed. Like previous films, the English dub is very strong and the performers deliver the appropriate inflections and emotions.

Although immensely elaborate and fittingly destructive, some of the fight scenes play out too long. It becomes a question of just how much blood the heroes have to splatter out on the battlefield at some points.

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Other times the fights get repetitive with the heroes using the same unsuccessful strategies over and over. That’s fine with the hilariously gruff and aggressive Bakugo who’s hardly portrayed as a strategist, but not so seamless with Deku or Shoto.

That’s not a deal breaker issue since the action is so well done. Director Kenji Nagasaki does an excellent job of escalating the fights. There’s a sense of leveling up for some of the extended ones where a villain reveals a new power forcing the hero to step their game up.

For all the chaos and noisy debris elements in the fights, Nagasaki keeps the action clear and easy to comprehend.

My Hero Academia: World Heroes’ Mission is fun, but would have been even more engaging with more of the heroes being more prominently involved in the mix.

Rating: 7.5 out of 10

Photo Credit: Sony Pictures

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