Updated: Jun 15, 2020
Movie theaters were among the plethora of businesses that closed up shop due to the pandemic in mid March 2020. We are approaching summer full steam ahead, and yet seemingly at a snail's pace. With thoughts of the summer blockbusters floating through my brain, and as my friends reflect on social media their thoughts of the last film they saw in theaters; I think about the last night I was in a theater. I can remember it so clearly as if it were the birth of one of my children; because it was phenomenal and I left the theater thoroughly elated by what I had just witnessed. Boku no Hīrō Akademia: Hīrōzu Raijingu (僕のヒーローアカデミア ヒーローズ:ライジング) My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising was a fantastic film!
If you’re here, you probably already know about My Hero Academia; but if not the TL:DR is it’s a world of super humans uncannily similar to Marvel’s X-men. However, this time around 80% of the world’s population has extraordinary abilities labeled as quirks and they’re applauded by the general public instead of the racial overtones from their mutant counterparts. We follow a class of students from a superhero high school as they hone their abilities and learn to fight super villains.
In MHA: Heroes Rising, class 1A is on a sort of summer camp, work study, where they are sent to the relatively crime free island of Nabu. While there, they take care of the citizens and perform public service tasks using their abilities to assist the locals. This film has a similar set up to the predecessor My Hero movie, which takes the students to a remote island for a summer like event. However, the meat of each film is very different, each having its own new locations, villains and plots; but an interesting point can be made for the use of the first films subtitle, “Two Heroes”, and the similarities of each film's climax. Although with that said, it isn’t in any way a hindrance to it’s quality or a complaint on my part, I loved it!
Spinning right round baby, right round, we make our way back to the last night I went to the theaters. It was March 3rd 2020. MHA: Heroes Rising was only showing in a limited number of theaters; 1,231 according to Box Office Mojo