No seriously that’s what LA thought by the end of this movie and LA is saying this in a tongue in cheek way, considering the fact that Kouhei Horikoshi likes American media, this isn’t withstanding.
Now Boku no Hero Academia the Movie: Futari no Hero is set in-between the second and third season, where All Might takes Midoriya to I-Island so that All Might can meet an old friend, Dave Shields, his old partner but also so that Midoriya can see the I-Expo with Melissa Shields voiced by Mirai Shida, Dave’s Quirkless daughter, an expo holding the newest support items for heroes and the like, Midoriya later meets his classmates of 1A one way or another before some villains hack into the security system holding the entire I-Island hostage, it up to All Might and some of Class 1A to stop them.
So LA will say the first half of the movie is to get the audience acquainted with I-Island as well as giving us hints towards the latter half of the movie involving Dave. But for the most part, it’s Midoriya fluffing around in I-Island seeing all the attractions while giving Melissa some screentime with Midoriya.
It’s the latter half where it turns into Die Hard where the students of Class 1A gets to show their worth as they climb the tower to get the security system back to normal, from the typical headliners like Todoroki, Iida and Bakugou to Ochako, Momo, Kaminari, Jirou, Kirishima and yes even the grape scum Mineta gets his limelight at one point of the movie. Our main antagonist Wolfram voiced by Rikiya Koyama is our Hans Gruber if the Die Hard analogue is anything to go by and he’s your typical “final boss” of the movie but LA didn’t expect him to have links with….”him” giving us something at least that doesn’t make this movie completely isolated from it’s anime series and heck Dave Shields and the revelations towards the latter half with him, not only does he get major development but also shows him clinging to the past with All Might to be detrimental and to look beyond to the future *cough* Midoriya *cough*.
Animation-wise, done once again by Studio bones, the animation overall is indeed having the exact same aesthetics as the anime series right down to the fights shown having blocky destructive background work that bones and Boku no Hero Academia is well known for. Character designs are striking as always and the background work is in great standards. It’s Bones going to the big screen, so yeah it’s expected that the best set pieces, the fights are fluidly and amazingly animated.
Voice acting, well LA doesn’t have much to say, the returning cast is back but with three new characters thus voice actors, those being Rikiya Koyama as Wolfram, Katsuhisa Namase as Dave Shields and Mirai Shida as Melissa. The new cast is great and mingle nicely with the rest of the cast with major props to Rikiya Koyama doing a marvelous main antagonist for this movie. As for the returning cast, LA HAS to give MVP once again to Kenta Miyake as All Might but also Daiki Yamashita as Midoriya.
No movie is without flaws however, LA did find that the movie liked to flashback to the anime series and even to it’s own previous scenes at times and to be honest, sure the anime series did it for clarity but even so, if your a fan of a particular anime series and a movie came out, we should have ALREADY known this, thankfully the flashbacks were rare to say the least so that it could give us new material. The other flaw would be that as much as Wolfram is the main antagonist of this movie and has ties to “him”, he was an “ok” villain overall, it’s just felt like his presences was only truly felt near the end of the movie and not encompassing the movie, as one he was behind the shadows early on and two, on the latter half, he let his lackeys do all the work, it’s not until the finale he showed his true colors, LA just wanted more form him really. Really as much as LA has some flaws with this movie, the movie manages to defends it’s flaws and making up for it one way or another.
Melissa however was an interesting character in all honesty, a Quirkless person who wanted to be like a pro hero like Midoriya, but since she was Quirkless she went into support and loved making this for heroes like her father Dave did for All Might, a sorta of introspective look at what would of happened if Midoriya didn’t get One for All, it’s kinda too bad that we didn’t go more in-depth with her in the movie as it would had been interesting but nonetheless what LA got was still fine.
Boku no Hero Academia the Movie: Futari no Hero is an obvious must see for Boku no Hero fans and LA was worried this would do the anime movie syndrome of having it being a one-shot, isolated from the anime series movie filled with compilation scenes from the anime series, but Boku no Hero Academia the Movie: Futari no Hero did well to NOT do this but still implement in a ways that we’re still getting new material, a new story out of it and it did just that. Yes the movie has some flaws but still the movie holds up even with it. LA’s experience with Boku no Hero Academia the Movie: Futari no Hero is pretty much a 95 minute long mini-arc of the anime series, just with the theatrics of being a blockbuster movie and man does it show.
Boku no Hero Academia the Movie: Futari no Hero did go beyond PLUS ULTRA but expected from Boku no Hero Academia.