Series Review: My Hero Academia S3 – Episode 1

Episode 1 – “Game Start”

Year after year, shounen fanatics slobber over various incarnations of “Hero Academia.” Some claim that the world should share in the Hero Academia–“Our” Hero Academia, if you will. The AniMessenger swoops into the scene, vanquishing the villains who would wrest the Hero Academia from his mitts. The Hero Academia belongs to me.

My Hero Academia!


The lights dim and the fandom’s collective heartbeat thumps as the OP transports us into a world of pseudo-spoilers and “what-ifs.” The almost-disabled-due-to-muscle-mass All Might! The emaciated All Might! All Might’s decrepit master! Worst-Costume-in-the-World-Boy (Midoriya)! The Buxom Giant! The Invisible Fanservice Girl! Behold the all-consuming terror of Cap’n Handface and his right-hand-man–


The curtain rolls back, the adrenaline floods our hive-brain, and then–


Thus, our once-beloved characters decay into lecturing simulacra–puppets who drag longtime fans kicking and screaming through a haunted house of highlights:

  • Cap’n Handface still hates everybody.
  • Quirkless Midoriya = Keeper of One For All = Protagonist
  • The UA festival happened.
  • Hero Killer Stain? Grade A jagweed.
  • “Hey, Eraserhead, you mind going over the entire A1 class roster, listing their quirks, and throwing together a quick montage? No? Great!”
  • Remember all the times Deku went Plus Ultra? Good times.
  • Reminder: Todoroki’s got a half-hot-half-cold face. Strong guy alert!


The rest of the non-recap footage consists of Mineta the Bubble Boy’s half-baked scheme to ogle the she-heroes at the school pool. MHA substitutes substance for hentai, objectifying each individual heroine across a drawn-out skinny-dipping sequence. Rated M for Mature. Keep the kids far away from–


In between reveries, Studio Bones fortifies the series’ trademark humor: Bakugo berating his “damn nerd” of a rival, Aoyama’s Navel Lasering hilarity, and the most chaotic swimming competition ever concocted. A sample of the sweet action/comedy blend to come, but with a sour aftertaste.


Besides the OP and ED, The Shounen Powerhouse’s Season 3 Premiere offers nothing but rehashed storytelling. One can debate ad nauseum the efficacy of recapping previous seasons, but newcomers to the series should dispense with the synopses and binge the previous thirty-eight episodes instead. The show’s producers, betraying their lack of faith in the fandom’s memory banks, insist on re-searing every past iconic moment into our frontal cortexes. A reviewer must ponder–have we entered the fifth dimension? A dimension, timeless as infinity, unmoved between two anime seasons? A dimension we call… The Twilight Zone.


Rating: C

And, please remember:

~ Don’t Shoot the Messenger


All screenshots and promotional images are the property of Bones, Shueisha, and Funimation. The AniMessenger does not claim ownership.




  1. I don’t agree with everything in your post but I will say this was the most entertaining and witty review I’ve seen all day on this episode XD! 👏 Fantastic job!

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  2. In this day and age, recaps aren’t really necessary. Sure, there’s the person trying out MHA for the first time but they can easily watch a past episode or read a wiki. It’s an outdated tactic. But, if they put the money they saved into latter episodes I’m fine with it.
    *waits for disappointing revelation recap money was used to throw pizza party*

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    1. Haha, yes a Recap Pizza Party would be inappropriate. Honestly, I was half-expecting a recap anyway (due to past precedents set), but I can’t resist taking a dig 😉

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      1. I think now would be a great time to start–better to watch now while the series is still “young” because there are sure to be more seasons after the third 😉 The episodes are action-packed, not many lulls, so it’s eminently bingeable.

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  3. “A dimension we call… The Twilight Zone.”

    Now I want to see a Twilight Zone anime.

    Episode 1: A young woman’s dream life turns into a nightmare as she slowly realizes she is not a three-dimensional character, but fan service.
    Episode 2: Giant monsters attack Earth, but all attempts to build a giant robot end in failure.
    Episode 3: A young man becomes irrelevant after all the members of his harem create harems of their own.
    Episode 4, the season finale: Japan becomes the 51st state.

    Thanks for talking about My Hero Academia. I keep hearing about this anime, but have never checked it out. Perhaps it’s time to change that.

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    1. Ugh, yes, that would be superb.

      Wow, I’m digging those synopses–and Episode 1, that is straight out of Twilight Zone. Actually, they all are. Episode 3– “Revenge of the Haremites.” Perhaps we should collaborate on a screenplay!

      You are quickly becoming one of my favorite WordPressers. Oh, and give the show a shot! It’s a hoot and a half.

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      1. Thanks so much. I’m glad you like my writing.

        You’re one of my favorite WordPressers as well. Your writing is informative, thought-provoking, and hilarious.

        I’m up for collaboration. I’ve written two very short screenplays (both between 3 — 9 pages long) but have been wanting to write a longer one lately.


  4. For what it’s worth, I think that this was a case of a recap episode done effectively. And it gets the dumb pool episode out of the way while subverting expectations at the same time.

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    1. Interesting point! I agree that this particular recap was more creative than usual, but I’m still not convinced there’s such a thing as “a recap episode done effectively.” Thanks for the comment!

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