Manga Review: My Hero Academia V2 by Kohei Horikoshi

May Contain Spoilers

Now that Izuku is a student at UA High, the real work begins! Izuku is still trying to figure how to control One for All, the quirk passed on to him from the super hero All Might. As danger builds around him, he might not have the time to figure things out! When a horde of super villains attack his class, it’s all hands on deck!

This volume was mostly training sessions for the newly admitted students at UA High. The rivalry between Izuku and Bakugo comes to a head during battle training. Pitted against each other, Bakugo remains the vengeful bully, while Izuku refuses to lose to him again. I liked the flashback to their childhood, when they were friends. Izuku always admired Bakugo, and when Bakugo’s powerful quirk manifested, he was even more impressed with his friend. But Bakugo, once it was clear that Izuku wasn’t going to have a quirk, started picking on him. When Bakugo had some trouble and fell while they were playing, he became resentful of Izuku, who immediately offered to help him. Instead of seeing the friendship that Izuku offered, all Bakugo saw was pity. Thinking that Izuku felt sorry for him drove him into a rage, and the rest is history. I sill think he’s a jerk, but at least he has a reason for acting like a bully all of the time.

Action sequences are

the name of the game for Volume 2. First against classmates, and then again a group of villains who want to take down All Might. While it was fun seeing the kids outsmart some of the bad guys, the character designs for some of the villains are just so weird! I wasn’t clear on what was happening in some of the battle scenes, either, so that made this volume a challenge. I haven’t learned to love any of the characters yet, so I’m not sure how many volumes I will slough through. I have the first four, but that might be as many  as I read if things don’t start getting more interesting for me.

Grade: 3 stars

Review copy borrowed from my local library

About the book:

What would the world be like if 80 percent of the population manifested superpowers called “Quirks” at age four? 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?
Getting into U.A. High School was difficult enough, but it was only the beginning of Izuku’s long road toward becoming a superhero. The new students all have some amazing powers, and although Izuku has inherited All Might’s abilities, he can barely control them. Then the first-year students are told they will have to compete just to avoid being expelled!