Book Review: My Hero Academia (Volume 20)

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HAWKS & SHINSOU! MY DUDES BACK AT IT AGAIN!

But I digress, let me get to the actual content of this volume.

Volume 21 picks up where 20 left off, at the conclusion of the fight between Endeavor, Hawks and the Nomu’s. The story is trying really hard to make both the reader and Endeavor reevaluate Endeavor’s role as a hero and parent and I’m not totally convinced yet. He’s still a piece of shit, but he’s a piece of shit that’s trying so I guess that’s something. The big news we learn here is that Dabi is working with Hawks somehow but also Hawks is a double agent, secretly working undercover for the Hero Association to infiltrate the League of Villains and gain their trust. A true bad boy.

Midoriya is dealing with not only the whole teenage superhero thing, but now he’s also seeing visions of the previous owners of his quirk. Creeeeepy. Since it’s passed through generations of people, there’s still some bit of them living on within his quirk so those who have it sometimes see the previous owners. Only weird thing this time is that now, they’re speaking to him. Uh oh.

The plot of MHA has been focusing a lot on the pro heroes as of late, so it makes sense that we go back to UA and see the kids in action once again. This time, Classes A and B are having a joint training session where they’re pitting agaisnt one another to see how far their training has developed. A spanner is thrown in the works however with the arrival of Hitoshi Shinso, all around awesome character who should be in more scenes. I love him. There’s an implication he is being trained on the side by Eraserhead, and it seems like his new fighting style combines the binds of Eraserhead with the voice projection quirk and abilities of Present Mic in a lot of ways. It’s very cool. Shinso wants to join the hero course, and so he is placed on a team from class A and one from B and they will evaluate his performance. I love these high action training sessions because we get to see more creative implementation of student’s quirks, especially that of class B who we don’t get to see much of. Also we get some stuff about Tokoyami who is another of my favs so A+++ volume. And there’s a cliffhanger! DRAMA!

I give this 5 stars purely for Hawks.

Title: My Hero Academia (Volume 21)
Author: Kohei Horikoshi
Format: Paperback
Pages: 200
ISBN:9781974709502

Three Descriptors: Hopeful, Action-packed, Dramatic

 

 

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