Boku no Hero Academia the Movie 3: World Heroes’ Mission [Review]
- Studios: Bones
- Source: Manga
- Genres: Action, Comedy
- Synopsis: “In Boku no Hero Academia the Movie 3: World Heroes’ Mission, U.A. High School students Izuku Midoriya, Shouto Todoroki, and Katsuki Bakugou face the greatest crisis in Boku no Hero Academia history, with only two hours to save the world! During their internship with the number one Pro Hero Endeavor Agency, Deku and his new friend Rody find themselves wanted nationwide for a crime they didn’t commit. Can Deku and his friends stop Humarise’s global plans of eliminating all Quirks?” -Funimation
Boku no Hero is back again with another non-canonical movie! This time around, the story takes place around the time when UA students are participating in their internship during the Endeavor Agency Arc. Different hero agencies are situated across the world to undercover the plans of the evil organization named Humarise. Humarise is comprised of people who believe that quirks are a disease and aims to take back the world for the quirkless, by eliminating all of those with quirks. The story, overall, takes a much darker route than what we’ve seen from a Boku no Hero movie but fails to really capitalize on it. The weapons created to eliminate those with quirks is showcased quite early into the movie and is shown killing victims by overstimulating their quirks to the point of self-destruction, but that same atmosphere is lost as the movie progresses, defaulting back to the comedy and action that we all know and love from Boku no Hero. I can’t help but feel like there’s a missed opportunity to create a more impactful storyline. With this being non-canonical there’s a lot of possibilities like creating a separate timeline that runs parallel with the canonical timeline? There was a moment (but I wasn’t 100% sure so I need to update these when the Blu Ray comes out LOL), where Deku reminisces about the people that he’s met through his time as a hero and one of them was Melissa Shield, who was a movie original character for the first movie, which potentially hints at these movies are in the same timeline! It’s something to think about next time there’s a new Boku no Hero movie!
Artwork & Animation:
Bones really outdid themselves on this one. The number of crazy perspectives during fight scenes throughout the movie were jaw-dropping. There were various moments throughout the movie that had me amazed at the animation, obviously, the fight scenes at the climax of the movie were unforgettable but there was a moment at the beginning of the movie where Deku is carrying Rody through the fictional city of Otheon and they’re dodging attacks from a villain and jump above at large suspension bridge and the camera angle is a bird’s eye view looking down at the bridge as Deku and Rody flip across the screen, which completely blew my mind. The energy throughout the movie is amplified through the animation but it also takes a step back when needed to showcase the city and landscape as Deku and Rody make their way across the country. And while the art is fantastic, there are moments where I had to do a double-take, like the recycling of certain scenes like the explanation of One for All taken straight from the anime. There were background scenes there were reused, which are mildly distracting. The last thing I wanted to touch on is the final fight scene between Deku and Flect which at the climax of that battle, Deku punches so fast that he creates mirages of himself overcoming Flect’s quirk, however; the way it was represented was so ridiculous that I let out a little giggle and it completely wiped the intensity that I was feeling at the moment. The rest of the fight was good, although not sure how Deku survived with those fatal injuries but that’s probably a discussion for another time.
Being a non-canonical story, pulling the cult-like organization trope resulted in a not-so-stellar antagonist. Flect, while powerful on paper was developed in the movie to be a coward who wasn’t brave enough (or smart enough) to understand his own powers. That in turn made him resent society…due to his own negligence and that didn’t sit too well with me. On the other hand, we have Rody who, through a series of complicated situations, is befriended by Deku and creates a quite fun dynamic to the movie that really made the story shine. Besides the new characters, the ones that we all know and love all have their moments, though it does focus heavily on Todoroki, Bakugou, and Deku.
Sound (OST & Voice Acting):
The internal screaming that I did when I heard Asian Kung Fu Generation during the ending credits! Probably the most surprising thing about the soundtrack since the rest of the movie didn’t really bring anything new that we haven’t already seen from the anime. Some remakes of tracks in the anime with a more robust orchestral production to give the familiar sounds more depth and space fitting of a movie set.
Like any other Boku no Hero Movie, it’s entertaining and overall a fun watch, though knowing that the movies are non-canonical is a bummer since we’ll never see the new characters or the story development show up in the anime. It’s also great that Funimation was able to bring the movie to theaters here in the US! Watching anime movies on the big screen really makes a difference!
If you’re a big fan of the series, then of course this is worth the watch! The art and animation are immaculate and the story is interesting enough to stick to the end. The original characters get their moment on the big screen but the emphasis is on the new characters which creates a new dynamic with the Deku and friends!
After Credit Scene:
While there are NO AFTER CREDIT SCENES, there are some pictures during the credits that act as an epilogue for the movie! So stick around and enjoy!
Best Girl: Ochaco, Uraraka
Now while she didn’t have a huge role in the movie, Ochaco still gets her moment in the story and still retains her title of best girl through her determination to make money and let her parents live the good life and the courage to face the most dangerous of enemies!
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