Manga Review: My Hero Academia V 3 by Kohei Horikoshi

May Contain Spoilers

This volume didn’t hold my attention at all. The Calvary comes to class A1’s rescue, and all the police and UA officials are left with are questions. All Might’s ability to hold his muscled form continues to diminish, a worrisome discovery. Then, the students are reminded that sports day is fast approaching, and they need to perform at their best, and their future careers could balance on how they do during this most important festival.

Meh. I feel that I have read this in several other shonen manga series. Izuku still can’t control One for All, and with All Might’s contributions to protecting the world from villains in serious question, he needs to figure that out – stat! All Might tells him  how important it is to him that Izuku place well during the sports festival. Izuku needs to tell the world “I am here.” The villains will soon realize that All Might isn’t so mighty anymore, and Izuku needs to find a way to pick up the slack.

The sports festival is a way for professional heroes to pick sidekicks for themselves. All of the students participating yearn to place well, so they will be assured a career as a hero. I found the competition kind of boring, though Izuku did use his noggin to outmaneuver his classmates. Without ever once having to rely on All of One, which only breaks his bones anyway. The only time he didn’t feel blowback from the Quirk was when he was saving someone else. I guess that’s a great safety check to put on a superpower. If you don’t use if for the good of another, you will be in a world of hurt.

I continue to struggle with the art. I don’t find it appealing at all. Character designs are bizarre.  The action was easier to follow in this volume, but I just find the illustrations functional, rather than really showcasing the story. I will give this one more volume (because I already checked it out of the library), and that’s it.

Grade: 2.75 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”? 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?
A sinister group of villains has attacked the first-year U.A. students, but their real target is All Might. It’s all that Midoriya and his classmates can do to hold them off until reinforcements arrive. All Might joins the battle to protect the kids, but as his power runs out he may be forced into an extremely dangerous bluff!