Courtesy of Funimation, My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising got a home video release (on October 27, 2020) that fans of the franchise can enjoy. The latest offering (Digital, Blu-ray, and DVD) does come with extra content and collectibles.
I was provided with a free digital screener of My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising for review. I bought the Blu-ray myself. The opinions I have shared are my own.
I talked about this home release on October 15, 2020. Depending on the retailer you buy My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising from, you can treat yourself to a number of collectibles. As for the movie itself, our Admin Angel wrote a review of this anime film back in February of 2020. She enjoyed it, and I (as a fan of the MHA franchise) had a good time watching this movie from the comfort of my home.
The synopsis reads:
The number one hero anime is back for a battle beyond anything fans have ever seen! Class 1-A visits Nabu Island where they finally get to do some real hero work. The place is so peaceful that it’s more like a vacation … until they’re attacked by a villain with an unfathomable Quirk! His power is eerily familiar, and it looks like Shigaraki had a hand in the plan. But with All Might retired and citizens’ lives on the line, there’s no time for questions. Deku and his friends are the next generation of heroes, and they’re the island’s only hope.
If you’re a Deku and Bakugo fan and shipper, I think you’re going to have a blast watching MHA: Heroes Rising. They are the primary focus of the film, and you know what? I’m not mad at it. I like the relationship dynamic between them even though they aren’t my favorite characters.
As for EraserMight stans, well, they do share a moment. And with how shippers work, even a few seconds are enough to fuel numerous new fan art, fanfic, and more. I continue to enjoy the EraserMight content present in the MHA fandom.
The story itself was quite interesting. I liked Nine as the villain. The pacing was good and Class 1-A got moments to showcase individual strengths. The sacrifice Deku decided to go through to protect everyone showed his growth as a character. There are certain fans who think something similar will happen once the manga nears the end. So, let’s see what creator Kōhei Horikoshi has in mind when the time comes.
As for the home release, I didn’t face any visual or audio issues while watching the Digital version. The Blu-ray presented the movie with Codec: MPEG-4 AVC, Resolution: 1080p, and Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1. If you’re able to, I recommend you watch this movie on Blu-ray because it really made the numerous action sequences look amazing.
The good news is you can select whether you want to watch this movie Subbed (with English subtitles) or Dubbed.
Extra content in the home release gave us a quick behind-the-scenes look which fans will likely enjoy.
For those that might still be hesitant to get into MHA, I think you should give it a try. I know there’s a lot of superhero content out there. However, MHA does stand apart from the majority because of how it doesn’t shy away from showing superheroes protecting civilians. Instead of having universe-ending threats (one after the next) with the heroes busy fighting planet-destroying beings, MHA focuses on a younger cast and what it means to be a hero even if a mission involves helping a random person on the street or realizing how to become a better version of yourself.
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Farid has a Double Masters in Psychology and Biotechnology as well as an M.Phil in Molecular Genetics. He is the author of numerous books including Missing in Somerville, and The Game Master of Somerville. He gives us insight into comics, books, TV shows, anime/manga, video games, and movies.
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