My Hero Academia, Vol. 5 by Kohei Horikoshi
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*Published August 2, 2016*
I’m enjoying My Hero Academia so much, and I’m loving seeing the different quirk sets and how much someone can want to prove something, even when they themselves aren’t complete sure what it is they want to prove.
What would the world be like if 80 percent of the population manifested superpowers called “Quirks”? Heroes and villains would be battling it out everywhere! Being a hero would mean learning to use your power, but where would you go to study? The Hero Academy of course! But what would you do if you were one of the 20 percent who were born Quirkless?
The final stages of the U.A. High sports festival promise to be explosive as Uraraka takes on Bakugo in a head to head match! Bakugo never gives anyone a break, and the crowd holds its breath as the battle begins. The finals will push the students of Class 1-A to their limits and beyond!
One of the best fights that happened in the sports event happened in this volume. And a lot of people may think that it’s the end of Deku vs. Todoroki, or Bakugo vs. Todoroki, but my absolute favourite fight of all the sports event is Uraraka vs. Bakugo, probably what could have been one of the worst possibilities for a fight. Even Deku and Iida are concerned for Uraraka, and Deku came up with a really quick plan for Uraraka to use against Bakugo, but she said no, she’s got to start relying on herself, and not on Deku as much.
This is what I love about this series, is that there are legitimate concerns and thoughts and feelings that these characters go through. We have see many classmates of Deku proclaim that they’ll take him on throughout the sports event, as they have started to realize that he is the real deal, he is here to become the #1 hero. Even Uraraka has started to realize that she starting to rely on Deku and his plans a little bit too much; should she continue to do so, she won’t be able to become the best hero she can because she won’t be able to think for herself. So she taking on Bakugo without any help is the best thing she could have done. And she held herself fairly well, even though she didn’t beat Bakugo.
Bakugo even took her seriously by not taking it easy on her, even though his power could very easily blow her away. By taking her seriously, Uraraka was able to prove that she could think for herself when it come to battling someone as flashy and fierce as Bakugo, and he acknowledged that she did have the ability to send him flying.
I like seeing teens figure out who they want to be, and how they can get there. I enjoy those few years in a person’s life where they are trying to figure out the rules of the world and where exactly their place may be in the world. A person can change so much in those few years that if you met someone at the beginning of their adolescence, you could find a completely different person by the end of it. And I think that’s what My Hero is trying to do, to help these teens create the best version of themselves to be the heroes they want to be. What time of life do you most enjoy? Why do you enjoy that time? Comment below and let me know!