The wind down and slower-paced setup at the end of My Hero Academia Season 3
wasn’t squandered with Season 4’s first episode. For those of us who haven’t read the MHA manga, the team at animation studio Bones makes it clear in this first episode of Season 4 that the ferocity from villains and disruption among the heroes we saw in past seasons was just the beginning of what’s to come.This impressions piece has vague but mild spoilers for the first episode. If you want the premiere to be a complete surprise, you’ll want to stop reading here.The MHA Season 4 premiere put on by Funimation at Anime Expo 2019 starts with a heavy declaration that sets both a shocking but exciting tone for the upcoming season. Even with that impactful start, though, it’s still balanced with some genuinely great humor I’ve come to expect from MHA without it diminishing the weight of the first few minutes.
In this episode, without getting into too many details, we see Deku being his journey toward joining a hero agency with his newly earned provisional hero license. Though we’re getting further and further away from the All Might and All for One fight, you’ll still see ripples of its impact as Deku sets his eyes on his ideal agency. I appreciate that MHA continues to double down on the consequences of every major event. Even Stain’s actions haven’t been forgotten.
Bones continues to also excel at its ability to pull in side characters and make their presence meaningful, even if they’re there for only a few seconds. This may be Deku’s story, but the other characters really help this world feel so much more alive and rich. However, the new characters introduced in this episode are the biggest highlights.The first is… well, I don’t want to spoil it, but the second who Deku actually meets is great. His quirk, additude, and relationship with Deku are just delightful.
And Deku, of course, is still as excellent a lead as you’d expect him to be. But even with how much he’s grown, this first episode in Season 4 once again establishes that he still has a lot to learn despite his progress. That leaves us with a cliffhanger that’s going to stick with me until we get to actually start watching Season 4 with its premiere date in October. It’s going to be a hard few months resisting reading the manga.
For even more on My Hero Academia, be sure to check out the gallery of awesome My Hero Academia cosplay at Anime Expo 2019.
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