My Hero Academia: World Heroes’ Mission review – Class 1A goes global and proves heroism is a universal language
My Hero Academia: World Heroes’ Mission has numerous students from Class 1A teaming up with their superhero mentors to take on the anti-quirk cult Humarise. This fanatical cult unleashed a quirk-ennhancing bomb that caused all within the radius to lose control of their quirks resulting in a massive disaster that decimated the city. Humarise has targeted 25 more cities across the globe, and it is up to the heroes to save the world.
My Hero Academia (MHA): World Heroes’ Mission is a gorgeously animated film filled with action and heart. The story greatly expands the scale of the series, taking the heroes all around the globe to take down Humarise. It also contains some of the best action sequences ever rendered for the franchise. Plus, it wouldn’t be a shonen without deeply emotional beliefs driving and empowering characters to incredible levels of power. Fans of MHA will likely agree with our My Hero Academia: World Heroes’ Mission review.
Going global with the story was an exciting aspect of the film. The prospect of seeing the heroes battle with iconic world locations as a backdrop was something that couldn’t be missed. But the film did. While they do have passing glimpses of landmarks and location identifiers, the film did not take advantage of it. It might be due to licensing or something, even then, the main focus of the movie takes place in a fictional city called Otheon. The expectation of a global setting not being met does sadly take away from the film, but it does not impact the incredible art and animation in the slightest. MHA has a history of incredible animation in their films and World Heroes’ Mission continues it gloriously. The animations in incredibly fluid and the colors and designs brought about by all of the different quirks are stunning. The masterpiece of the art and animation alone is worth the price of admission.
Luckily, World Heroes’ Mission is not just pretty images, it has an engaging story as well. Humarise is a fanatical cult bent on eliminating quirks to save humanity. Despite their hate of quirks, they utilize members with quirks to accomplish their goals. The bigoted cult has an uncanny relevance to current events and makes for a compelling evil entity that required little explaining. It allowed the movie to dive directly into the action and conflict. Conversely, it might not be for everyone. The lack of focus on the main villains makes them easily forgettable. The leader of Humarise, Flect Turn, is a mad zealot who garners the inevitable beatdown and never really garners any sympathy. His backstory is tragic but is revealed so quickly that it doesn’t land. It also doesn’t help that he’s a bigoted zealot, which is generally hard to offer any sympathy to. But in contrast to Nine from Heroes Rising, the villains never get the audience to care about them. It’s a bit against the norm of the franchise.
Where the story did get the audience to care was in its new protagonist Rody Soul. Rody is a low-level criminal who miraculously gives Deku a run for his money in an epic chase scene. With no quirks, just his own athleticism and wits, Rody was able to traverse the city of Otheon and nearly lose Deku off his trail. If not for a freak car crash, he likely would have gotten away. He is the oldest of three siblings and does what he needs to provide for his siblings. It is obvious he is a great brother and guardian to his siblings and makes it easy to forget he is technically a criminal. However, circumstances force him and Deku to team up and Deku’s unshakeable heroism rubs off him. Thanks to the inspiration he received from Deku, and a bit from Shoto and Bakugo, Rody’s heroism becomes realized.
MHA: World Heroes’ Mission is a great MHA movie, and does a great job where it counts. Villain focus aside, most fans will agree the film executes where it needs to to be a good MHA movie. It just doesn’t deliver on all the opportunities it presents. Like the lackluster use of the global stage, the film also fails to use the opportunity to introduce heroes from around the world. In the manga, we learn of All Might’s other sidekick that is different than his sidekick introduced in the Two Heroes movie. One or both of them could have been featured. But instead of other heroes around the globe defending their land and people, it’s essentially Class 1A and their mentors. It sort of takes away from the impressiveness of Endeavor being the number one hero of the world, akin to how the World Series Champion not actually playing against teams from around the world.
Lastly, the biggest disappointment was the stealth suits. These amazing-looking suits are heavily featured in the trailer and promotional images for the film. They are also seen in early scenes of the film. Then that’s it. While the introduction of new costumes and suits is commonplace in many franchises, usually for merchandising opportunities, is not new, this just feels like a huge missed opportunity. The opportunity is so wasted that it is detrimental to the film’s enjoyment. Because not only is it barely a factor in a movie, it draws attention to its needlessness. No other character has a stealth suit. They were not stealthy with their approach at all. Why would they have their regular costume in addition to the stealth ones? They do look amazing and garnered added interest for the film, but just waste the opportunity of more.
My Hero Academia: World Heroes’ Mission provides fans of MHA with the enhanced action and animation expected of an anime movie. It is an absolutely stunning spectacle of action and adventure that fans have come to expect from the franchise. However, the film is hurt by not taking full advantage of the stage it set itself. World Heroes’ Mission fully delivers what is expected of the franchise but falls short of the possibilities it has presented since the film’s announcement. Fans will surely still enjoy the film, as it undoubtedly provides the MHA spirit everywhere it really matters. This My Hero Academia: World Heroes’ Mission review gets a 3/5
My Hero Academia: World Heroes’ Mission is in theaters now.
My Hero Academia: World Heroes' Mission
My Hero Academia: World Heroes’ Mission provides fans of MHA with the enhanced action and animation expected of an anime movie. It is an absolutely stunning spectacle of action and adventure that fans have come to expect from the franchise. However, the film is hurt by not taking full advantage of the stage it set itself. World Heroes’ Mission fully delivers what is expected of the franchise but falls short of the possibilities it has presented since the film’s announcement. Fans will surely still enjoy the film, as it undoubtedly provides the MHA spirit everywhere it really matters.