My Hero Academia is coming back for its third season from animation studio Bones. The superhero series is based on Kohei Horikoshi’s comic that started in the Weekly Shonen Jump magazine in 2014. It became the second highest-selling superhero graphic novel after Batman: The Killing Joke. Last year it went global with over 13 million copies in print.
In a world where most people have superpowers, Midoriya Izuku, a high school student, is part of the 20 percent of the population born without them. But his dream is to become a superhero and enter U.A. High, the top Japanese school for aspiring heroes. After a tragic encounter with the world’s greatest hero, All Might, he discovers that his idol is dying and wants to retire. Unquestionably, Midoriya is chosen as his successor.
All Might’s powers are pass down at his Sorcerer.
Eventually, Midoriya inherits All Might’s powers and has to enroll in U.A. High, where All Might is training the next generation of heroes. But when a group of villains emerges to take revenge, Midoriya, and other students feel the pressure to either become heroes quickly or become a burden.
The government calls these powers “quirks.” The closest analog in Marvel Comics could be mutants, where attractive powers and skin like a lizard are include. Bakugo, Midoriya’s rival/friend, can explode things with his hands. Another classmate, Tsuyu, has a quirk that gives her frog-like abilities. Helps sticking to walls and jumping long distances – and some physical features like a long tongue.
Midoriya is even more powerful when he is with his Friends.
All quirks have specific names – Bakugo is called “Explosion” – probably because the government is keeping an eye on them. So, My Hero Academia seems like a good way to track and categorize people rather than abuse powers, and it’s more about basic law and order than discriminating against a group of people like in X-Men comics.
And then, the people with quirks are not an oppressed minority like mutants in X-Men comics, but a majority – and they’re running things. So keeping an eye on powers and making laws about their use is more about organizing a fundamental law and order system than abusing people. It enables schools to establish a meritocracy where students can learn to use their quirks and obtain hero licenses.